Sunday, August 11, 2013

First P-Day! August 8, 2013

hola me familia!!

today is our first p day and i am sooooo excited! we dont have a ton of time to email so i will try to write as much as i can.  i sent 3 letters through the pouch on monday so i have no idea when you will get them.  so... i feel like sooooooo much has happened in this last week.  the feel like i have been here for months.  the journey to the ccm was so much fun.  i was so worried that i wouldnt find anyone or we would get lost or something but it was a blast.  i flew over with 7 other missionaries all from the salt lake area.  we all became instant friends.  i was having so much fun in the airports with them that i was just thinking wow a mission is so great! sorry i didnt call from new york.  new york was kinda crazy and we were having a lot of fun and i was worried that calling would just make me homesick.  i flew over with hermana nelson and hermand day, and elders escobedo, aokie, wilson, and 2 other elders that i cant remember their last names.  then we got to the ccm and i found out that my companion was hermana nelson.  she is from west jordan.  she is really nice and we get along great.  she does a lot of things different from me but i have learned to just compromise because we have to do EVERYTHING together.  its really weird.  we are at sea level here so when we have gym (1 hour a day) i love to go running around the ccm.  but she hates running so we usually just walk and i try to get her to run sometimes.  i hear that we can do splits with another companionship for gym so i think we will probably try that tomorrow so that we can do whatever we want.  so the first day at the ccm was a total shock.  all i was thining was that i wanted to go home and i didnt know what i got myself into and basically i was just thinking get me out of here.  a year and a half sounded like a lifetime and it was scary.  everyone spoke in spanish and i just didnt really know what was going on.  this ccm is really small and they arent very strict so no one really told us what we were supposed to be doing and i was just so confused.  then we went to our room and met our roomates.  honestly they are amazing.  they made everything better just by how friendly they were.  one is named hermana hooper and she is from austrailia!! she has the coolest accent and she is so funny! she is the only one becides the latinos that is not from the usa.  her companion is hermana barker and she is from idaho.  she is the sweetest person i have ever met.  they are honestly amazing. they leave on tuesday and i am sooooo sad.  hopefully our new roomates will be cool too!  so the next day our classes started and that was crazy too.  we basically go to classes, eat, and study all day.  we were broken up into districts of 12 people and my district is amazing!! we have a problem of getting the giggles during class sometimes and its bad.  but i have never laughed harder in my life.  my district is me, hermana nelson, 2 other hermanas, elder matt young (i think thats his name, he says he knows annie) he is hilarous.  and elder wilson that i flew over with and some more people.  they are all so great.  we have 2 teachers and they are both from peru.  they are the coolest guys ever.  it makes me love the peruvians already.  hermano porras is a tiny little guy who has been home from his mission for one year.  hermano huita (pronounced whita) is so cool too.  they speak english kinda but they speak mostly all in spanish during class.  they try to repeat things in english after but sometimes they dont know how to say everything.  i can pray and bear my testimony in spanish.  most people are way more advanced than me but hermano porras said that we just need to focus on the gospel and then the language will come later.  so we will see how that goes.  so the first few days were pretty hard for me.  but each day gets better and i can honesty say that i am loving it now.  there are definitely times that i wonder what i got myself into and a year and a half seems like so long but i know that i can do it.  and i have already grown so much in this week that i have been here.  i am developing habits that i hope to keep for the rest of my life.  we had a devotional last night from one of the members of the 70 and his wife told us dont just go on a mission, become a missionary.  i loved that.  so today on p day we get to go out into the city!!! i am so excited! the temple is closed this week for cleaning but they told us some stores that a good and so we are going to go check those out.  hermano huita has a friend that sells the peru soccor jerseys and he is going to meet us at one of the corners by the temple today.  i heard that they also have really cool scripture cases and peruvian things.  so we will see.  i cant wait to get out of these walls and see peru!! the sun came out for the first time yesterday and i was sooooooo happy!! it is freezing here.  freezing.  it doesnt rain here it mists.  like at the las vegas outlet how when its hot they turn on those mist things.  the air is always wet.  it is the weirdest thing.  but my teachers said they live 10 minutes away and it is sunny and warm all the time there.  so i have not idea what is going on hahaha.  ahh im trying to think of what else i wanted to tell you.  there is so much but its hard to remember everything!! i love being a missionary.  i love the ccm but i cant wait to start my mission out in the field.  i know it is going to be hard but it will be worth it!! i love you all and i pray for you everyday! 
yo se que evangelio de cristo es verdadero. you se que el libro de mormon es palabra de dios y las escrituras son insipiradas.  sabernos que las familias son eternas.  dios es nuestro padre celestial.  exte conocimiento me ayuda a vivir feliz y tener experanza.  en el nombre de jesucristo amen.  
xoxo hermana murdock
ps the food here is alright.  like not great but i can deal with it.  i definitely havent eaten any meat since i have been here.  it always looks weird.  but i usually get full on the other things.

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