(Jacob's P-Day is now Mondays instead of Thursdays--Yay Monday emails!)
Hey! It's been a while!
To start, my companion. His name is Elder Garrard, he is from Riverton, UT, he has been out for a year and a half, he has a very compatible humor, and his Spanish is awesome!
Our Piso! It's on the 4th (5th) floor and we don't have an elevator. Otherwise, it's a great living space!
Look at that organization!
San Fernando is right next to the island city of Cadiz, on the Atlantic Coast. It's normally very bright and hot, but it's almost accompanied by a cool, strong, breeze. I love it. There are two wards in San Fernando and my companionship covers area in both. There are also a pair of Elders and Sisters that cover each ward separately. I went to over 5 hours of Church yesterday, where I bore my testimony/introduced myself in both wards. It was fun! Very Spanish. People keep telling me how impressed they are with how much I understand and how I speak. It's nice, but I have much much more progress to make before I really have a handle on Spanish.
Speaking of Spanish, the people of Andalucía speak it quite terribly! At least, for a foreigner. They speak 1000x times faster than any Spanish speaker should, and they like to skip over the beginnings and endings of words. And many have super-evolved the "theta" to the point where EVERY "s" is included in that pronunciation. Normally, it just applies to soft C's and Z's. It's interesting and it makes street contacts more difficult. But, I'm doing pretty well regardless! I'm speaking in every lesson we teach and able to follow most conversations.
I never mentioned it, but leaving the MTC was interesting. The last night, I arranged a four part rendition of God Be With You Till We Meet Again for the last devotional. It was all in Spanish until a power accapella English chorus to finish it. Everyone was crying, I was beaming, it was awesome. I made some good friends there.
Schedule! Because of the Mediodía, my schedule is different! We get up at 7:30, are out of the Piso by 11:00, have lunch starting around 2:00, which is then followed by Language Study and Comp Study. After that, we head back out and the day ends around 10:15. Bedtime is 11:30. I'm loving it!
I must admit, my mother's heart swelled seeing these guys scrubbing their apartment.
I'm eating well. Nothing really specific, but it normally includes throwing potatoes, some kind of meat, and some kind of vegetable, into an oiled pan then going on from there. But that's mainly because it was a weird week for groceries so we didn't have much. I finally get to do some shopping today. Elder Garrard is excited for my cookbook.
Mothers Day! I'm open any time. The only rules are: Not during church (starts at 9:30am) and it can't interfere with my curfew (has to end before 10:15pm). Please take that information, choose the best possible time for a call, then let me know! ASAP
I found a way to download all General Conference music onto my tablet through lds.org, and we have a really nice speaker in the apartment. I'm enjoying it.
I believe that's all I've got for the time I have. I'll talk to ya next week!
Elder Jensen :)
May 8, 2017
Didn't Expect That.
P.S. One of the Conference songs I have on my tablet it I Love to See the Temple by a Korean Children's choir. I was just happily cleaning smudges off the walls while it was playing, when a connection in my mind clicked to the thought of Will and his singing. My eyes immediately got watery. I should probably find a better way to release those kinds of feelings than suppressing them into the depths of my soul :P
But all is good! Just know that I'm thinking about all of you, and I love you so much :) Tell Will and Maren I say hi.