My first week was so awesome and it was really hard.
Elder Holland came to Culiacan and I got to shake his hand and hear him speak. It was so amazing. I was smiling so much before I shook Elder Holland's hand and he said to me, "Your cheeks look a little pink, are you okay?" I said to him that I was doing great. He spoke with so much power and he was so bold when he spoke. I even took 6 pages of notes. My hand was really tired of writing after that. I felt so lucky to get to hear from him.
Mexico is awesome, I love the people even though I can not understand hardly anything that anyone says. When people speak Spanish to me and I have no idea what they just said, I just smile really big at them.
It is really hot here. I have never sweated this much in my life before. Our apartment is good. The greatest thing in the world to me right now is a cup of cold water.
I am only reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish now. It takes me quite a bit longer to read than in English. Spanish is a lot of fun. I improve every day. Everyone says that the first three months of your mission are brutal, I can not wait until I am fluent in Spanish.
Talk to you next week.
For Dad--I did whip out my Merrell shoes. In fact I am wearing them right now. What was your first week of your mission like? Was it hard, because I am not going to lie this is hard. I have learned and grown so much from my first week, and I am loving Mexico. Do you have any words of advice for me?