Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CCM: Week Two

So, the second week is not bad. The spanish is really picking up. I taught a lesson yesterday speaking only spanish and not reading anything. My spanish is really slow and I might sound like I have a disability, haha.I found out more about Nicaragua. A native from there told us that its super hot and that its hard to sleep. He said the food is ok and they don't just eat rice and beans. He said they eat tons of burritos, so that is great. Tell Tyler good job representing.  I miss him so much. (editor's note: Tyler attended a basketball camp this past week at the rival school, Mesquite High. When they scrimmaged the coach asked the boys what they wanted to name their team. Tyler said "The Gilbert Tigers!" the coach said "NO".) The food here is ok.  I got sick one day this week, but I still went to class and learned a lot. I can now say I think that I have studied 8 hours everyday for the past two weeks. The days last forever,  but not p day. The week on the other hand flies by like no other. I have not lost anything yet! There is an awesome Elder in my district named Elder Sautter. He is also from Arizona, he went to school in Buck Eye. He never took any spanish before he came so its funny. Also about the food, we eat a lot of Nutella which I don't like so I pass on it often. My favorite thing here are the Mangos, they are the best thing ever. MOM I miss you. I'm so proud to be your son. keep your blog going it sounds awesome. Be sure to put on it how proud I am that my mother served a mission. I love you keep me up to date with everything=)
Q: How is the spanish coming? A: The Spanish is awesome. I can teach speaking it a little.                                                                                    Q: Are you losing or gaining weight? A: I'm going to have an awesome 6 pack after the MTC                                                                 Q: Are you homesick? A: Not really, but I really miss you. Heavenly Father has been    
     watching out for me.                                                      
Q: Are you getting bug bites? A: Yes but not that bad.                           
Q: Do you need anything else? A: Just your prayers                             
Q: Is your whole district going to Nicaragua? All but Elder Sautter.     
Q: Do you feel safe there? The walls are 30 feet High and have barb wire, but the blessing   
     President Ballard gave was the best protection. There is a little bit of crime but I'm so 
     protected its ridiculous haha (Eric reported to a friend but not his family that they could 
     hear gun shots outside the CCM).                                                                             
Q: Do you ever leave the CCM? A: No, Investigators come here.         
Q: Are you getting along with your companion? A: We are getting good!
                                                   I LOVE AND MISS YOU GUYS!





Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CCM: Week One

My first week..... It has been so so long the days feel like months.  I have already learned how to pray in Spanish and give my testimony in Spanish. You learn a lot here. I am the district leader and so I have to lead our district in everything. The people love my last name. This is crazy though, the 3rd day I had to teach my first investigator in Spanish!  I haven't even done that in English yet!  I can read spanish and I already know what people are saying to me. I just can't speak it yet. I study 7 to 8 hours almost everyday. I have already given a blessing to a sister and it felt great. Dad, Happy Father's Day again. Thanks for showing me how to give a blessing. I miss you all so so much. Don't worry about me. Mexico is huge. The weather is awesome here. Everyone else thinks it's hot but it is so nice. I feel like I'm in RIo. The houses here are all smashed together. Also the traffic here is crazy. There are no stop lights or stop signs. I miss you all so much. Chloe have a great time at EFY you will love it!  Also Chloe I know if you serve a mission you will be the best sister ever. Tyler kill it in baseball, you will be the best ever if you work hard. Try your best and make your family proud and send me your email so I can email just you. Halle be safe and have fun growing up. Mom thanks for going on a mission it means the world to me. All of you be safe. I love my district. The computer is junk here. If this is second world I can only think of what Nicaragua is like. The food here is not bad. The gym here is ok, I'm by far the strongest, haha. I just wish I was the best at spanish though. My camera is not working=( I'm going to sent it home. It takes a long time to get things here. I'm doing great. The first week is the hardest I´m told. Well I love you all so much please pray for me to learn spanish. I´m totally safe by the way. Talk to you soon love you all.  
I asked Eric questions in my email to him and here are his answers:
Q: Have you met Elder Brickman Williams?  A: Yes, he is just like Brother Overson and he is the zone leader's assistant
Q: How many missionaries came with you on the plane?  A: 8
Q: What is your companion's name?  A: Elder Shepherd
Q: Where is he from? A: Washington
Q: Do you ever leave the MTC and just walk around the city? A: No
Q: Have you seen anyone from home? A: No
Q: How is spanish going? A: Its hard but I have already learned more here than in 2 years of school                                             
Q: Are you sick from the food?  A: Nope

Eric's Nicaragua District 

Roommates: Elder Bennett, Elder ?, Elder Hironaka, and Companion Elder Shepherd

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eric's 1st Email After Arrival to the Mexico MTC

I'm ok mom. I love you so much. I'm going to be ok. It's awesome here. I love you guys so much and can't wait to tell you more. The people are nice. There are no traffic laws here, if you want to turn left and you're in the far lane you can, haha. Pray for me to learn the language. I'm praying for all of you. I miss all of you. I love all of you. This is great and I'm going to do great, mom. I'm one of the only kids here fresh out of high school. Most of the missionaries here are from BYU. The world is so different here in Mexico. I feel like I am in Rio almost. Thanks for being a great mom.

Airport Goodbye

Checking bags with a smile

Abby, Chloe, Tyler, Mom, Elder Hironaka, Tricia, Dad, Ellie, Andrew,

Adam and Halle

Missionaries traveling to the Mexico MTC: Sister Shumway, Elder Gallego, Elder Hironaka 

One last goodbye as they pass through security

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Open House

Eric had many friends and family come by and wish him goodbye and good luck.

Chloe, Kuresa, Dana and Courtney

Saturday, June 7, 2014

One Last Beach Trip

 A quick trip to Faria Beach with our cousins

pictured: Sam, Chloe, Hillary, Maxx, Eric, Tyler, Halle and Eli

Ventura California June 2014