Sunday, September 21, 2008

hand written letters to family - Sept. 18, 2008

I'll have to summarize a letter we got from Elder Curtis this week. He really wants some raquetballs to play with in their down time, and here I thought they were working him so hard he barely has time to write. Hmmmm. I guess they have been having massive tournaments in their room. I can't imagine how they squeeze everyone in that room. He is bored of his music and wants more. I'm hoping he will get me his ipod asap so I have time to put more music on it. He put off deleting his other music until like Sat. or Sun. before we left so he didn't have much time to put "new missionary" music on it. He wants some church CD with bagpipes? I'll have to get him to be more specific. A few others are the "Lord of the Rings", "Star Wars" and some Beatles without words. I was surprised to hear that they can listen to anything without words. So I better get busy, he loves his music. But....once he gets to Mexico it might be spanish music that he finds he likes better. Oh well, I've got some music and some great talk tapes that we are going to get to him. Feel free to send him some just let me know so we don't duplicate. :) He also is begging for red bulls because there is no caffine in the of course we got a package together. I'm enjoying it while I can in case I can't send him packages to Mexico. We heard they are redoing the Mexican mail system so it will be more reliable. I hope it works. Josh sounds like he's doing great, he is enjoying being at the MTC and is learning so much. I love to see how he changes from week to week. He sent a letter to each of the kids and drew a picture of his room. That really helped them to not miss him so much. Sam didn't like being called a picklehead but really liked hearing from his big brother. Josh had to make sure that Lia knew he wasn't teasing his compainions too much. She worries about it and hassles him in every letter she sends him. We miss him and love him so much! I'm grateful he's doing so great. We got to go to two of his friends farewells today! He will still be in the MTC when they get there and is excited to see them. I love his friends and love to watch them turn into such great men. What a blessing to have so many serving a mission at the same time. Please include Josh in your prayers, he's headed for some serious changes and will need it. Call if you want more information or how to get a hold of him. Dear is still the easiest. I can walk you through it!
We love you!
Cindy and Sean

Elder Curtis' Room

This is Elder Curtis' room at the MTC. His chair is the very little yellow one, and his companions desk is right next to his. The bunkbeds are to the far right and on the left in the front. Somehow they play raquetball/2 square with another group all in this little bitty area.

Also a picture of him hanging out with the roomates, Elder Friend and Elder Montovlo.

The MTC district

This is Elder Curtis district at the MTC. One of his teachers Hno Salmon is kneeling in the middle with the white name tag. Don't they all look soooo young! They should find out this week when they get shipped out of the MTC.

New Pictures!!!

This is Elder Curtis' roomates. Elder Friend is to the left (blonde hair), not sure where he is from. Elder Montovlo is to the right and is from Mesa, AZ. He is Joshuas companion.

e-mail #6 Sept. 1

Sept. 19, 2008
I think im just gonna send my ipod back home and then you can just send it with macen (one of his friends report to the MTC Oct. 1) when he comes up here or mail me another package... ill probably be sending some stuff home before i leave too i just dont know what or if i will have to. but yeah other than that i need some sandals for showering, i figure some of those Old Navy ones that are like a dollar or whatever in a size 14. Antoher CD if you can find has bagpies and is called ''praise to the man'' its all about the Joseph Smith songs, other than that just cool music that you think i might like and as much as possible! and if you give it to macen to bring up see if he has any music to put on it to just make ABSOLUTELY sure NOT NOT NOT to sync my ipod cause then it will erease everyhting but it shouldnt on our computer, and yes some john bytheway would be cool and talk tapes for sure thats a good idea, what picture did you get on my cards?? (We ordered some missionary business cards to hand out with his home address on them) well other than that my favorite candy???? not sure the jerky was the first thing gone out of your other package so that was good! gum is orbit sweet mint, and yes im serious about the Red Bulls! and yes it is allowed kids get them all the time, other than that im doing good just learning spanish all the time and having a blast!! i love it here i cant imagin what its gonna be like down in Mexico!!! no word on VISA's yet so thats a bummer, but today at the temple we did sealings so we were proxies for sons and also whitnesses so that was way cool, me and another elder were in a room with 3 other older couples who had served at least 3 missions together as couples and they came to do the work for their neighbor so we helped them and the man of one of the couples was the Sealer so that was cool, they would take breakes every so often and teach us about the covenants we were making for them and the blessings that come from this and it was AWSOME! i learned so much i cant wait to do that for myself!, it was really cool to see it happening and the amazing spirit that was in the room with us as we were doing their work, well that was the excitement for today not much other than the senior district just older than us is packing this week, its kinda wierd seeing them get ready to leave, we've all gotten really close so its gonna be wierd without them, but im excited for them they are all going to Santiago, Chili so thats cool. but yeah how are you guys doing? how is everyone else doing? i haven't heard from anyone else in a few weeks.... did you get that book i sent??? (he sent the kids an illustrated Book of Mormon book) how did the kids like it? i thought it would help them understand and get more from your readings, well i better go we are heading to dinner now but next friday at 5:20 ish i think for you it will be 4:20 in the afternoon you should get on your email and we can talk back and forth like chats, it could be cool hahah okay well i love you guys so much thanks for everything.
p.s. tell macen to write me!!!!

Elder Curtis
i love you