Elder Lewis, Elder Faber, Sister Vanderhaden, Elder Vasquez, Elder Smith
The next picture is of his different stops saying goodbye to his family before he left. The images are taken two days before he left and on the date of departure.
Joshua's MTC companion was Elder Udall from Arizona. Joshua mentioned that the shortest Elder was paired with the tallest Elder. It came in handy one day while they were out on P day.
Joshua made some good friends at the CCM. It's always a wonderful thing to hear as a mother. You always hope that your child has friends to help them. Particularly when they are many miles away and you can't be there to help them through their trials, or just give them a hug.
This is an excerpt from a letter that a missionary sent his mom that mention's Joshua.
One of the highlights of my week has been helping to teach people Spanish. They dont really spend that much time teaching you how to speak Spanish here, its mostly how to teach lessons. The hardest part is that at the same time, we are expected to teach lessons and just pick Spanish up as we go. I have had a lot of people in my district ask me to teach them certain things about the language. I am so glad to have had the head start so I am able to help them. My favorite is Elder Faber. He was the only one in our district who came here with no Spanish background at all. He has been struggling quite a bit with remembering things that we're taught and asked me if I could help him out. Every night after class, we spend the 40 minutes before bed in my room, running through Spanish. He thinks the same way I do so I am able to explain things in a way that he will remember. I am increasingly astounded by the rate at which he is learning. There is no way my help, or any help of a teacher could help him progress this much. I know without a doubt that the Gift of tongues is real. I see it all around me. Not when I look at it day by day, but week by week, its extremely apparent. Working with Elder Faber is honestly one of my favorite times of the day.
Back row starting from left to right:
Front Row (Shortest people)
I am going to put some picture of Joshua and his MTC experiences below. I wish that I knew the names and places, but he's not good at sharing details in his emails. He also mentioned that even at the CCM he was troubleshooting computer issues. For some reason, that doesn't really surprise me. :)
|Santiago Temple - next door to the CCM|
|The three coins is when Elder Viglione decided to break physics with 300 pesos|
This is from an email dated February 18, 2014:
Also! I get to go on splits next week to go apostaliting with missionaries who speak the language! Very excited to do that. And then I get an hour next week for emailing only on P Day... :( But I'm doing the Lords work so I'm not bothered at all! I'm starting to become very excited to be a missionary and I just love talking to people (ESPECIALLY if they speak english :D)
And yes, I am terrified. It takes me about 5 seconds to form a sentence in my head and then speak it. I'm definately speaking and comprehending a lot more spanish than when I came here, but I probably will not be able to survive by myself without some help. I'm hoping I get a Latino companion for my trainer so that it will force me to speak more of the language so I can learn it faster.
Also! I got the day when I'm coming home several weeks ago and forgot to let you know! (sorry)
I come home on . (I think, I left my card in my shoulder bag) So it's not a full 2 years, but I'll take what I can get :D