Well hello family!
It’s been a super uneventful week here at the CCM. We haven’t been able to do much at all this week as we’re locked in what Elder Durfey and Elder Atkins “affectionately” call “The Compound” or on other days “The District” (in reference to the Hunger Games).
22 August 2012
The CCM is both better and worse than the Provo MTC. I’ve decided that there are some things that I’m really going to miss in the Provo MTC. The first few things will be the amount of people that are going through the same exact thing. Here at the CCM, there are approximately 120 Missionaries in Training (well, that’s at least the capacity) and the vast majority (about three or four to one) are Latinos that are only here for three weeks. What’s cool about them is that they get the English Missionary experience, just completely in Spanish and in a smaller place. Another thing that is both positive and negative about being here is that the security is much tighter, and we are surrounded by a massive tile/concrete wall. It looks pretty cool, but it is sure keeping us in (and I guess the others out…). The thing about being locked up here is that the real world is seriously 10 feet in either direction of the wall. It is crazy close and I can hardly believe it.
August 15, 2012
So, I’m finally here! I made it safe and sound to Peru and I’m loving every minute of it so far. (P.S. Spanish keyboard layouts suck. The shift key is half the normal size with the “<” key where my finger usually shifts.) My luggage made it safe and sound to the Jorge Chavez International Airport, and after about an hour I was able to enter the country and get past customs. Sure glad I didn’t bring anything that was against customs. Some poor gentleman had his entire suitcase dumped because they saw something on the x-ray that looked suspicious.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Well, here we are at week three! I’m getting ready to go to Peru right now and my laundry is getting done as I am writing this email. I am SO excited to get going to the Peru MTC that I can hardly believe it. Cleaning and packing just makes the experience all the more real. The airplane is going to be boring, as we can only read and sleep and maybe talk to people, but that’s alright. I can get loads of studying done while I’m on the plane.
Hola Familia y Amigos!
Things are going great down here in the ever-so-far-away Provo MTC. The language is starting to come for both me and my companion. We’re comprehending more and more of what our teachers are saying each day and el don de lenguas is truly helping us as we learn and express ourselves in Spanish. The Spirit is so strong at the MTC and I think there are only a few other instances in my life when I’ve felt it stronger or as much. The Spirit is almost constant each day and we are truly learning a lot. I am super excited to get to the field in Peru.
Elder Van Komen will travel on August 14 to Lima.
Our prayers have been answered: David’s visa from Peru was approved! This means he will be able to travel to the CCM as his call specified. Suddenly, the MTC is looking much better now that he knows he will only be there 11 more days!