Monday, August 26, 2013

Great week!!

Hey everyone! 
I hope that you are all doing great. It sounds like you are all keeping busy with work and school and everything so that is good. Hopefully it all goes really well for you! This past week here was really good! First of all, it is time for transfers again and I found out that I get to stay here in Caparra for at least 6 more weeks. I was really happy about that because there are a lot of great people that we are working with, and I didn't want to leave right now. I am still going to have the same companion too so no changes there haha. By the end of this transfer I will have been here for 6 months, so that is kind of weird to think about haha. that is a long time. But it is good! 
I had a pretty cool adventure this week when I went on a tradeoff on Friday. I was with one of the other Elders in my district, and they have a place in their area that is pretty far away and up a mountain. They always used that place as an excuse to always be using a car and never ride their bikes so I have been kind of getting on them about that since I got here. And on Friday I decided that we would prove that they don't need their car by riding our bikes out there to visit a family that lives there. It was a great time! We left the house at 10:00 am and got to the house right exactly on time for our appointment at 3:00 pm. It really wasn't that bad for me and it was actually a lot of fun, but for the other guy who was with me it was pretty rough because he doesn't hardly ever ride a bike. He might have thrown up a couple of times on the way up haha. It was cool though, the mountain was beautiful, and it was a nice 18 mile ride up the side of the mountain. I really really enjoyed it. Then everything went well with the people that we visited up there and everything, and then we got to come back. That was a blast!!! We passed a couple of cars who were riding down the mountain, and had to wait for a lot more. our top speed that we got to was 36.9 MPH! It was so fun! and it took us less than 2 hours to get back, including the time we had to take to fix my flat tire. It was sweet! I definitely want to ride my bike up there again sometime haha. I took some videos and stuff, but they are too big to email, so I will try and send them home in a package or something soon. 
Another cool thing that happened this week is that a couple of the guys that were baptized last month got the priesthood in Sacrament Meeting. That was really really cool. The dad got ordained first and then was able to participate in ordaining his son. They are both super excited to bless and pass the sacrament next week and it is really cool to work with them. I love that family and it has been crazy to see how much their life has changed since we met them a couple of months ago. Good stuff! 
So yeah it was a pretty good week out here! I hope that you guys are great back home too! Try not to have too much fun with work and school! I love you all and miss you a ton! Talk to you soon! 
Elder SEarle

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cool people! Cool week!

Hey Everyone!
How are things going? It sounds like last week was pretty crazy. Hopefully
you are all doing good now!
That is so crazy that Kylie is living at college now, and that Tyler is
almost done at the MTC already! Crazy crazy crazy!
The last week here was really good! I met some really cool people! One of
them is a lady who has a $130,000 Lotus, which is probably the coolest car
I have ever seen, and then another one was a lady who has over 2200
different elephant figurine things in her house. It is pretty crazy! There
are a lot of elephants in her house haha. Also this week was stake
conference. So I was able to go to church in Toa Baja again, and see a lot
of the people that I met in the start of my mission. That was really cool!
I got a new phone this week. That was pretty weird. They changed things so
now every missionary has their own phone and keeps the phone for their
whole mission, and they can have whatever kind of phone they want as long
as the Church's SIM card is in it. That was pretty exciting for a minute,
but the new phone is even more boring than the old phone I had. The old one
was basically indestructible and that was pretty sweet but the new one is
just a super cheap plastic phone haha. Other than that it was just another
normal week. Things are going really well. It is raining less, and it is
still hot haha. Should be another great week this week!
Well I hope that you all are doing well and that you have a great week!
Love you and miss you all! talk to you soon!
Elder Searle

Monday, August 5, 2013

Almost halfway!!!

Hey everyone! 
I hope that you are all doing great! Getting all excited and ready to go back to school and all that jazz. 
Things have been good here. It is getting HOT!!!!!! I thought that it was always hot it but lately it has been getting over 100 everyday and you can tell a difference haha. Other than that things are really good though. My new companion is learning a lot really quickly and we are still getting along really well and everything. He is teaching me how to play soccer a little bit and that is cool. I just don't really have the patience for it haha. I don't think that soccer is my sport. 
So it is pretty crazy that I will hit the 1 year mark this week. It is kind of weird to think about. I am glad though. 1 year is pretty sweet cus it means that now all I have left is the best half of my mission, when I can speak the language and know a little bit more what I am doing haha. So that is cool! 
It is crazy to think that Ky is going to school soon, and that Ty is leaving on Wednesday. A lot has changed in a year. It is pretty crazy. 
Well I hope that you all have a great week! I love you all and I miss you a ton! Talk to you soon! 
Elder Searle