Yep, I am alive indeed. In fact I am alive and doing great! Also, I HAVE A SON!! (I'll send out the announcements as soon as I can). His name is Elder Johnson from Riverton, Utah. I was pretty certain it would be a latino so when I got to changes and they told me I was training a 'Johnson' I was pretty surprised. I kinda asked, ¨Are you sure this one's mine?¨ There were 11 Latinos and only 2 Americans that came so it's pretty crazy how it all worked out. He's great, has awesome spanish, and we have a lot in common. It'll be a great 3 months working with him and I can tell already that we'll have some pretty interesting and funny stories by the end of it all.
My new area is waaayyy different from my last one. It's a lot bigger and hotter. There aren't as many tall buildings and apartments so we have no shade. Just pure, hot, Mexican sun. And there is a lot of dust and dirt that flies all around. It's really not that bad, just waaay different compared to Pantitlan. We've spent most of our time walking and contacting too so that doesn't help things. Hopefully as we get more citas we won't suffer in the sun as much. We're working super hard because we came into the area with no idea where anyone was. The other elders before didn't really leave anything to work with and the other elders we live with and share the ward with are new too. Luckily, we've recieved so much help from the members and leaders of the ward. I definitely see some great potential here and expect great things in the following weeks!
Leaving Pantitlan was definitely hard. There are some amazing people there that I know I will remember forever. It's super hard to say goodbye to my converts, too. A bunch of them called me to make sure I was doing great and a couple want to come and visit me and come with us to some citas. They're literally the best human beings ever!! I guess I kinda miss my old comp Elder Colledge too. I don't want him to get a big head in case he ever reads this, but he was an awesome comp. We worked really hard and got along perfect. I learned so much from him and he helped me become a better missionary. Luckily, I have no doubt we'll keep in touch.
So that's all the craziness this week. I felt pretty nervous when I found out I would train AND open an area. Then I found out it would be an American and I would have to help teach spanish as well. A few weeks ago, just the thought of all these things made me a nervous wreck. But here, actually living it all, I feel amazing. I feel so much stronger than I was before. I've already gotten tons better at teaching and spanish. I know the Lord is blessing me in incredible ways. I've never been a great one to accept change or at least a change I couldn't control. However, the mission and this change in particular testifies to me that it's necessary in our progression. It's something I always knew but was always hard to accept until now.
Thanks for all your love and support through all this maddness. Your thoughts and prayers uplift and encourage me everyday! I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!
To email Elder Foust, his address is: firstname.lastname@example.org