Monday, March 29, 2010

MARCH 29, 2010

I just wrote the longest email ha and than we lost electricity ha im so mad right now.
I know I heard about Steve Brown right when I had to get off on Monday. It´s been bugging me this whole week. When I found out I cried in front of everyone in the computer place. But than I realized that is why I am here to teach people that there is so much more after this life, and that this life is our time to show our love to Heavenly Father and Steve Brown did that better than anyone that I have ever known. He was an amazing man. Tell the whole Brown Family how much I love them if you can.
So mom im perfectly fine. Don´t worry. I did get bitten by some spider and my leg swolled up but now it is perfectly fine. And our next door neighbor is like the best lady in the world if anything happends we can go over to her house and she will do what ever she can to help us the people here have our backs don´t worry.
My new companion is really awesome. I wish that I had my camera so that I could show you the hieght difference between us ha he´s probably 5´3´´ but he´s awesome we get along really well. The mission is frustrating about 80 percent of the time but the other 20 percent is amazing you jus have to find joy in the work and make it fun, and work hard if you don´´t work hard it´s no fun. I heard about Ethan too that stinks oh well he´ll be alright he´s awesome guy. Tell him I love him if you see him.
Grandpa he´s gonna be fine he told me that he would come to my homecoming talk. He´s gettin old he´s what 81. Ha I miss that man he always gave me the hardest time but in reality I think that he liked me the most.
I haven´t gotten the packages yet from you or grandma but we have Zone Conference on Thursday and I should get it from the Zone Leaders then.
Ha so has Willie proposed yet? Man I miss everyone but I ha and tell everyone that I love them, especially the Brown family but i have to go. But I love you all

Sunday, March 28, 2010

MARCH 22, 2010

Everything is going good here. Just teaching and walking, ha I am pretty whipped out this week. I am tired but i´ll be fine. My companion and I got gym memberships at this gym and we are going to start working out at 6:00 every morning. So this morning was the first day, and the guy who owns the gym is a BOSS ha seriously killed me. He lifted with me and I have never been so tired but I feel good, it´s kind of pointless to start right now because I will leave here in like 4 weeks but hopefully it just gets me into a good habit of working out everyday. My comp ha he´s never really lifted before so he was way way tired ha.
We contacted a bunch of people this last week ha it´s pretty fun with my new companion because we just make up off the wall names and ask people if they know where they live ha and thats how we start our conversation with them. It´s tiring to contact though cause that means that your in the sun for a long time and walking a lot too. But it´s worth it to find people to teach. We have found 3 or 4 awesome families through contacting.
I got the package thanks so much. I think we are going to watch that movie with a family for family home evening tonight. The shirt is awesome too and all the fruit roll ups. And you sent another ha thanks. I appreciate all that you guys do.
Anyways I better get going.
Love you guys so much and thanks for everything.
Tell everyone that I love them. Everyone.
I gotta go bye.
Love, Elder Hamblin.

Monday, March 15, 2010

MARCH 15th, 2010

Everything is going great! My new companion is sick, I love him. He´s been out for awhile so I am learning a lot we´re working really hard right now. Seriously I get home and I just want to pass out, ha, but we have a good time he can speak about 60 percent english so he helps me a lot with spanish. If i don´t know a word he can tell me, but we never talk in english because he´s not good enough, ha. He´s way way cool though. This week seriously has been weird, like 3 or 4 times we have randomly had impressons to contact certain people and they turn out to be people who really need it. So we have some awesome people that we are teaching right now because of this. It´s crazy how much the spirit helps you out if your working hard. Anyways Spanish is coming along, so much better, and I am getting more confidence every day. I learned more this week than I did the first 12 weeks here.
I can´t wait to leave this place, ha, that sounds bad. I love the people and my companion and everything, but I´m so sick of being uncomfortable. I have sweated every second that I´ve been here. It´s annoying. But I´ll suck it up because I am almost positive I will be out of here after this cambio.
Anyway, have you guys seen Justin and I think Ray gets home pretty soon too. Man I miss those guys.
Well I love you guys all so much,
Elder Hamblin

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MARCH 8th, 2010

Tell the Springerville Post Office workers, THANKS! (*they are the bomb when I mail out packages)
So this week has been pretty crazy we had one lady not even show up to her baptism so we looked kind of bad there, but we can´t do anythying about it so hopefully we can find her tomorrow with my new companion and get back going with her. Other than that, we had the most awesome baptism ever in this ward. It was a lady and she´s had a rough life but it was awesome. There were about 40 members there and that is so much for here, heck thats so much for anywhere. But yeah I had to confirm her in sacrament this Sunday and I'm not going to lie, I was pretty nervous. I was nervous about if I was doing it in English, than have to switch to a language that I don´t know very well, ha yeah, you can imagine how I felt. But it turned out good because I don´t know how I did it, but I think it´s because I prayed like crazy before. Actually I know thats what helped me.
So I will tell you more about this lady in a letter if I can ever get one sent.
So the rest of this week we just visited all of the people we were teaching so my comp. could say good bye to them. He´s been here 4 months so he´s pretty close to a lot of them. I just started my 3rd cambio here and I´m about to hit my 6 month mark this cambio. I am stoked to burn up a tie.
My new companion name is Elder Segura and he´s from Coasta Rica. He seems way cool and I am glad that he´s my companion. I don´t really know him to well because today is my first day with him but he seems awesome, so I will write more about him next p-day.
I put up some more pictures up, so if you want to put those on my blog that would be cool. The lady in the pictures is the one that we baptized this last week.
Oh, and I should get the package this week and I am excited for that.
Anyway, not much else to say this should be my last cambio here in Santo Domingo and finally it is with a latino, so I should be pretty good at Spanish by the time this one is over.
I love you all.
Elder Hamblin

Monday, March 1, 2010

MARCH 1, 2010

Hey Family!!
how´s everything going everything is going good in Santo Domigno!!! Just work work and work. Ha it´s tiring but fun!!

This week has been pretty hard and frustrating and stressful. We could either have a really good change and we could have 4 baptisms or we might just have 1. We just have to wait and see what going to happen.

One lady has snake problems in her house so she might have to move. She has around 6 little kids and she might have to leave to work in Esmeraldes which is a coastal town 2 hours west of here. It´s in our mission too. The population there is mostly black. Anyway, she might have to go there to work to pay for the first couple month payments on the house which would be no more than 50 dollars a month. She is so so poor but still gives us pineapples everytime that we go over there, which the pineapples here are amazing! I mean absolutely amazing! I have never tasted anything so good in all my life but they make gringos sick so we usually end up giving the pineapple away or we just eat them and then suck it up when we get sick. It´s seriously almost worth getting sick for a couple days. Ha, ha. The one girl that I was suppost to baptize, well her cousin that she´s living with jumped off a bridge into water. They didn´t know that there were rocks down there and she busted up her knee on a rock. This was like a week ago and she barely got the surgery yesterday. It took a week! The hospitals here are horrible! So horrible, about every week we give someone a blessing that is about to die or is basically dead. It is then that we get to see all the hospitals. Seriously there are rats running around, dirt and blood on the floor, it´s crazy. I am so grateful to be from America, so grateful. So now they can´t go to Guayaquil because they have no money besides they are kind of occupied with this so we have to wait. They might just call and see if they can get it authorization over the phone.
Then this one other lady she might have cancer and have to go to Quito to get some medicine this lady is amazing i will tell you more about her in a letter.

We had Zone Conference with President Sloan too this week. That guys is a stud he looked tall in the picture but he´s really not at all ha he´s probably 5 ft 8 inches. He´s an awesome guy though. He only has 1 and a half lungs and he gets tired really easy but he stayed here and didn´t go back to the US because he loves the missionaries. He´s so awesome. He told me that he was going to give me a lazy latino this next cambio and that im going to stay here in Santo Domingo so I will leave here on like April 19th. More than likely it means that I will have been in Santo Domingo longer than almost anyone else thats here. Ha, I went from the youngest too the oldest thats been here in this city, it´s wierd.
I am excited though, he said that he wants me to push this comp that I am going to get. Im excited I like working hard and it helps with the spanish too.
Oh yeah there were some small earthquakes here just little aftershocks from the one in Chile. It was wierd I felt sick when it happened, thats really it.
This is my last change with Elder Caresia. I really am going to miss him we´re pretty tight. Oh and last night we had to walk probably 3 miles in the hardest windiest rain i´ve ever seen it was crazy there were no taxis and it was such a long walk, ah it was rough.
This next cambio I will hit my 6 month mark, crazy huh!?!?
Don´t send a camera whatever you do I can just get one if I go to to Quito. I went on splits with my ZL and he said that there are places in Quito you can get them for like 50 to 100 dollars cheaper than the US. But if you do send a package soon send some more candy. ha ha You crave stuff from America here because, there is not much from America here. But some skittles and snickers would be the best, just a bunch of those and maybe some fruit snacks too. Thanks and if you can find those movies, that would be cool, but if not, it´s fine.

How´s everyone at home doing? Keep me updated and love you all so much!!! Write me back!!!

Love, Elder Hamblin.

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