October 17, 2012

Hola Familia y Amigos
Im finally in Bogota and I finally have the chance to send an actually email after a week. This place is pretty crazy but I love it here. The CCM here is really nice. Ill try to catch you all up on what has happened this past week. So we arrived in Bogota after a connected flight in NY. We landed around 1030 and from there we had to navigate our way through an all espanol airport. Ive never realised how important being able to read is but it was pretty humbling to not have any idea what anything said or what was going on. Its pretty embarassing when a little nino speaks better espanol than you. A few of the elders in our group lost luggage so we waited around the airport until 1130. The attendents said just to wait till tomorrow and they would send it to us. We left the airport at 1030 and found our driver amid the crowd of yelling and screaming people. We all crammed into a van and drove to the mtc. 8 elders and 2 years worth of luggage, it was a tight squeeze. We got to the MTC and they gave us some snacks and sent us to bed. The next day we started our day at 630 in the morning. Its relatively similar to the provo mtc but the food is so much better. The food is all real as oppesed to the provo mtc and every meal we have freshed squezed juice. Its probably one of the best things ive ever had. We have language classes and gospel classes but the only difference is that we are constanlty surronded by latinos. Currently there are 8 americans and 84 latinos here. Its a real blessing though. Its forcing me to learn the language really fast. Once i decided not to be offended by being called a gringo they are all really nice. They will help me out with my spanish all the time.
So the next day of note would have to be saturday. We have only been in colombia for 4 days and wat do they have us do? Oh thats right go tracting all day with some elders in the bogota north mission. To say i was nervous would be an understatement. I had a native companion from the ccm here and we were with an elder who had only been in the field for 3 weeks. He was a gringo tambien so he didnt know much spanish. This day started out pretty nervewracking but it turned out to be one of the best days ive ever had. The people who we taught here in bogota were some of the nicest people ive ever talked to. Although for a good majority of the time i had no idea what was going on i was able to talk to people on the street, knock on doors and share my testimony. Since we were working in what will most likely be my mission im really excited to go back and be able to follow up with the people we talked with and who seemed receptive. Even the people who didnt want us to share with them were really nice. Now onto the actually city itself. Its likea whole different world here. Im a bit sad i cant send pictures but here in the mtc they take our cameras so we cant use them. Next week ill ask if we can grab our memory cards prior to email. So on saturday i walked around the city all day (missionary work is tiring, my feet were way sore) but yesterday (tuesday) we were given the day to tour. We started by going to the bogota temple which was an amazing expireince. I cant even begin to describe how beautiful it is. After that we went the meuseum of gold, the name speaks for itself. But the highlight was taking a tram up to monteserrat. This is a catherdral on top of a mountain that overlooks the city of bogota. Its amazing i encourage yall to google it. The city has no limits it goes on for ever. So my times about up but im enjoyig myself here a lot. Ive got three weeks in the mtc then i get to be in the field.

Bogota Temple

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