Hola everyone!! Wow, this week was a great week and some pretty big changes happened in my mission life! But thanks for the birthday wishes everyone!! I ended up having a great birthday here in Chile!! And I did get Grandma's email - thanks Grandma!! :) Man, it looks like Derek has got Ryan on the right path with the fireworks thing - way to go Derek :) and slick jeep!! :) I was sad to hear about what happened with Bishop. I will be sure to keep him in my prayers. We have a member going through the same thing right now and it ain't easy, that is for sure. I hope everything goes alright there!
Well last week was my last week with Elder Haumani. He was a great comp and I learned a lot with him. He will be an awesome missionary. This week the members and other missionaries definitely took care of me for my birthday!! All in all, I was given 4 cakes, haha. I think I gained a couple pounds this weekend. One cake from the district, one from my ward mission leader, one from Elder Reyes and Keddington, the Elders we live with, and one from a family in the ward - lots of good cake!! I have some pictures of some of them that I will send! I am gonna have to go on a diet this week!! Oh, and thanks a ton for the package Dad!! Jerky and Reeces M&Ms, dang, you know me pretty good I guess or got lucky or something!! But shoot, you hit that right on the dot. I got it this week so it was perfect for my birthday. It definitely was not too hard to be away. I felt right at home here. And thanks for the pics too! Too bad you did not find the cave! I wanna go to that too so you better find it before I get there :)
Well today was the change meeting. We just barely got back from Santiago. I got put with another gringo!!!!!! :) I don´t know, I just have a little more fun with the gringos haha. I have more fun in English I guess.. but anyway his name is Elder Buchannon, from Gilbert, Arizona. He is an awesome kid and we are gonna have lots of fun here, I can already tell. I am super pumped to work with him here. His mom is Chilean, but he didn't speak Spanish before the mission, but he speaks good - really cool kid.
Yesterday we were working and I got a call from the assistants, and they said they were putting me as district leader, so starting today I am district leader of a group of missionaries here on the coast. Should be pretty fun! Looking forward to getting to know some of the other Elders a little bit better and working with them! Today the change conference was huge and they changed pretty much the whole mission, lots of changes! But I am really excited for my next couple of changes here in Llo Lleo. Looking forward to it a lot. This change I will hit my one year mark, stinkin crazy!!
Well, I hope everyone is doing good! It was great to hear from you all!!