"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Week 3 in Tenosique: The Temple and the Mayan Ruins

¡Hola Mi Familia!
How is everyone doing? Good I hope. I wanted to quickly re-assure everyone that things are going better for me. This week was a lot better than last week. Not by much, really, but it was better. I sat down with Pres. Morales on Friday after our zone conference and he gave me some advice with the food and some other stuff that has helped a little bit. I am slowly learning new things that have helped me a little bit so far. 

This last week Elder Ortiz and I didn’t have that much success with anyone because everyone is out of town before Sept. 16. This is Mexico´s 4th of July.  It’s crazy how much green and red and white you see down here. Everywhere you look there is a Mexico flag and then a Pochii horn right after. Those ittle three-wheeled cars re everywhere. I don’t have my camera with me right now or I would send a picture of one. They are so much fun to ride and they only cost 10 pesos. The money system is so simple down here it’s ridiculous. I am still struggling with the language and the food still sucks big time, but I can understand a lot more than I could when I got here. 

Like I said, we didn’t really have that much success this week because a lot of the members are out of town. I was assigned to be the English teacher and the piano teacher for the branch (ward) we are in every Thursday at 6. It’s pretty fun teaching them because they don’t really know anything. I am just teaching the basics of everything but they love to hear me play Pirates and All of Me because no one else here knows how to play the piano well. Won’t be surprised if they ask me to play in sacrament meeting here pretty soon.

We are still working with Rosa and Jose on their baptismal commitments. Rosa is having trouble with the Word of Wisdom because she drinks coffee a lot. Jose is doing just fine though. We did get a new investigator at the beginning of the week though. Monica. She is a native but she lives in Arizona. She is just down here visiting family for a little while. She is great because she doesn’t really resist anything and really understands what we are teaching her every time we get the chance. She is about 22 or 23 years old and is married. She wants to be baptized but she doesn’t want to commit to a date quite yet. Hopefully it will be soon. Other than those three, nothing has changed because no one has been home. We have spent a lot of time just walking around trying to find people. Hermano Renato is always home and we spend a lot of time talking to him when we pass by. He always calls me Elder Americano... HAHA. Hes super funny. Hopefully I can get a picture of him soon. 

We had the chance to go to the temple in Villahermosa on Saturday. It was way cool. They don’t have the new movie down here though so it was funny to hear the older one in Spanish. It makes things a lot harder to do, but I managed to do it. I also was able to be in the Celestial Room all by myself for about 15 minutes. What an incredible experience. I just sat in the chair and cried the entire time but it was one of the most memorable moments that I have had here so far. 

Today we spent the day in Palenque. This is where all of the Mayan ruins are. This was incredible also because I have never seen this type of stuff before. I took a lot of pictures and will try to get them to you by next week at the latest. It was bloody hot there but it was still really cool to see all of these things preserved in the way that they were millions of year’s ago. 

If you plan on sending packages then send it to the mission office. It’s not safe to send it here. Send me anything you possibly can, soda, books, recordings, letters, money, food, or anything that you possibly can get your hands on. I need as much as I can get here. The food is still a struggle and it’s pretty expensive to buy the things that I like at the store. I’m doing the best that I can with what I have but its difficult living off Ritz crackers every day.

Thank you all for your support through this time in my life right now. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you all. Even though this is tough, I know that it is blessing our lives. That is all I ask for and it seems that that is happening. I love you all so much and wish you the best this week. I will send pictures next week (we didn’t get back from Palenque until about an hour ago and I couldn’t go grab my camera chip/reader in time. We have been rushed all day.) Please don’t be afraid to write me or send me whatever you want. I dont care what it is. Just send it. I cherish that stuff because I don’t have the comforts of home anymore. I love hearing from you all. Te amo mucho y no puedo esperar hasta yo puedo ver ustedes otra ves. Les quiero mucho familia! Te amo mucho!
-Elder Proctor

Smile and keep your head up!
Isaiah 40:31, 1:18- check these scriptures out when you can. I love em. 

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