Thursday, June 6, 2013

2nd letter

Dear Family,

There is a saying here that everyone says- "The weeks are short but the days are long" and it is so true! Sometimes I feel like I have been here for a month but time goes by really fast. Everything is going really well here though.

A week ago we all got to go to the temple and that was a cool experience because it was all in Spanish. The Temple here is Awesome! It is so beautiful. We get to go again later today. We were able to take pictures this last Sunday because the older missionaries were leaving so I will try to send a few of them to you guys. We are already the top dogs at the MTC now. We get a new shipment of missionaries today and we will be the group that has been here the longest. It is crazy how much we have all matured in the 2 weeks that we have been here. We have all learned so much.

One of my favorite things about being a District Leader is when I have to give lessons. I get to give them in English but the past 2 times that I have given lessons I didn't even know about it until 10 minutes before hand. They have all turned out really well though. I usually share a scripture and then talk about how it applies to us and then we discuss it as a group. The spirit is so strong when we have those types of meetings just with our district. My district is so awesome! We all get along really well. We did just find out that we are losing one of our companionships because the President decided to create a new District so that is a bummer but we will still be able to see them around.

On June 2 one of the Hermanas in my District was struggling because she didn't think she was good enough to serve a mission. She felt like she didn't know enough about the gospel to serve a mission. She was having a really tough time so I offered to give her a blessing and she accepted my offer. It is so amazing how blessings work! I know that the Lord spoke through me in that blessing. There was no way that I could have come up with the words of counsel that was given to her. It was a really great experience and she has been great ever since then. She said that the blessing was exactly what she needed to hear. Also, one of the Elders in my District was really sick. After 2 days I suggested to him that he should get a blessing. I anointed and his companion gave the blessing. Once again it was a great experience. The words that were spoken were not from his companion but were from God. The spirit is constantly here and I love it!

Learning Spanish is interesting. Sometimes I feel like I am fluent but then a couple hours later I can't remember a thing. In the mornings and at night I have a hard time speaking Spanish but in the middle of the day I am on fire. Its like I am on a roller coaster! But I can tell that I am learning.

Okay. President Openshaw is the man! We have these devotionals every once in awhile and he asks anyone if they have any questions. The Elders and Hermanas here take full advantage of this time. There are some crazy hard questions that are asked and he can almost always answer them through the scriptures. And it is all through memory. He will here the question and then say "Turn to alma 5:10" We will read that and then he will explain it and then he will have us go to 5 other scriptures! Its crazy.

Lately I have been so hungry all of the time! I am eating a ton though so it is weird. I am also addicted to Dulce de Leche now! haha At breakfast they have these little packages of straight Dulce and so we all horde them and save them for later. Yesterday I had 3 apples and I covered them in Dulce de Leche. It is better then a carmeled apple... I'm telling you. And it is really healthy too.......

I love you guys so much! You are my inspiration as I study out here in Argentina. Keep up the good work Luke! I love you buddy. Tell the rest of the Fam that I love them!


Elder Lacey

PS- Did i tell you about Elder Cook and the message he gave to us? I can't remember if I told you but it was awesome

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