Monday, December 20, 2010

5 More Days Until We Talk to Dallas!

Hey fam!

P day has been changed to the 25th this week so we only have a few minutes to write to let you know about the plans for the Christmas call.

You can call me at one o clock in the afternoon in Utah, which will be two o clock in the afternoon here in Michoacan. I'll be at the home of the Arreguin family. I'll let them know that Grandpa Bob would probably be doing a test call this week sometime to make sure the number works and everything. We'll have one hour to talk and I'm super stoked! I'll be able to write the regular e mail this saturday and send the pictures from the baptisms and the Christmas stuff. By the way, all my packages arrived on time (don't worry Bam, I got my little Christmas tree set up on time and I have my presents and candy all set up underneath, and I've been enjoying the hot chocolate! I'll send a picture of the tree on saturday too). It was sort of a Christmas miracle, I'll tell you all about it in my e mail on Saturday!

I love you all!

Elder Aguilar

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

11 Months

Hey fam!

How is everybody! Sorry but this e mail will be a little short because I don't have much time. This week almost all my mail got here! We had a big party in our house. It was actually a surprise from one of the zone leaders Elder Vasquez. It turns out me, Elder Sanchez (who lives at our house), and Elder Vasquez all have birthdays in November, so we had a little party. I included the pictures.

We had a baptismal service on Sunday that went really well. It was a neat experience. We hadn't been able to catch her at home for like three days before her baptism, and I was super stressed that she might not make it. We headed towards her house in the morning with a taxi, and there she was with two of her kids all ready for church and the baptism, already walking towards the chapel. Sweet. Maria de la Luz Cisnero Galvez was baptized by my companion Elder BriceƱo. I'll send the pictures next week.

We were on divisions this week for three days with Elder Vasquez and we learned a ton from him. It was pretty cool. He came initially for the birthday thing, but ended up staying longer to help me with the district. There were a few problems that needed to be corrected in the other companionship, but everything is good now.

The sebichi was good by the way. It was way different than I expected but it was really good!

Mom- I sure can bear my testimony in Spanish on the phone for Christmas. Just remind me when I call. I'll have all the info for the call next monday. That's so crazy about Shalyssa and Kaela! How ironic. And cool. haha. My birthday package was awesome. As you can see in the pictures I baked my cake! And the build a bear was sweet! Love you mom! have a great week!

Dig- Wrestlilng sounds awesome man! Say hi to McCumber for me! And yes of coarse you can use my shoes. haha. Love ya dig. have a great week!

Nay- That music therapist stuff sounds awesome! That'd be the sweetest job! Where did Logan go on his mission? Love ya nay! have a great week!

Dad- That's sweet you met that Michoacan family. The people here are pretty great. I sent that testimony in a seperate e mail. I'm excited to get a copy of the other testimonies too! Love ya dad! Have a great week!

Shash- Good luck with your Jazz att. stuff sloosh! Tear it up at the old folk's home! haha. Love ya shash! Have a great week!

Den- That's sweet your doing so great at the piano! Let me know how your recital goes! Love ya! Have a great week!

Egans!!!- Thanks for the package! It was awesome! The CD you sent in the package arrived broken in half! It was a tragedy! I was wondering if you could maybe send the recordings over e mail and I could burn them onto a CD? Thanks! Love you all!

Thanks SO MUCH for the packages Bam, Hardings, Egans and Fam! All the Dear Elders too! Love you all!

Elder Aguilar


Party Time

Elder Aguilar's Birthday Party - Better late than never!

The Build-A-Bear is his present from our family - when you squeeze it's hand it sings Happy Birthday from all of us.


That's Dallas' Birthday in a Box we sent him.  Looks like he had plenty of cake!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hey Fam!

How is everybody? This week has been good. It was a little slow and there were some pretty crazy trials for me personally, but I learned a ton and I'm super thankful for everything that happened. We didn't really see any success until saturday and sunday, when we suddenly started to find people all over the place. Quite a few members started to give us references for appointments to visit their family members that need the gospel, and we found a family that listened to the missionaries a long time ago and have been reading the Book of Mormon ever since, even though the missionaries hadn't continued to teach them.

The other companionship in our district moved in with us this week which will be sweet. One of the Elders has a ton of church music and a pretty sweet set up to play the music, and two more people in the house means two more people that might have extra food to share with me. It will also be really neat to get to know the other Elders better and be more involved with their investigators etc. We'll be doing divisions with them this week to share ideas for contacting and teaching etc.

Tomorrow one of the sisters in the ward is making us something called sebichi (i think that's how it's spelled) which is raw fish in lime juice. I guess you can eat any kind of raw fish in lime juice and it's healthy. I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy it.

We went and helped the Elder's quorum president paint his house the other morning for about an hour. My comp use to paint houses and cars in Peru to make extra cash, so he showed me how to paint a house right. It's not as fun as I thought it would be, but I learned how to do it pretty well.

This week one of the houses in our area caught on fire. A family with small children were inside asleep, but they were luckily able to get out without any problems. Everything in the house ended up burning right to the ground. It was pretty cool to see the people that live here take action to quickly help the family out. This wednesday we're going to go over there in the evening with some of the members of the ward to donate a bunch of clothes and stuff and help with some of the reconstruction.

Saturday we were knocking on doors when we arrived at a house that had the door open. Inside the door was a long hallway that went all the way to the back of the house. When I knocked on the door this little dog came running around the corner at the end of the hall at full speed. It ran straight to me with out even hesitating and just bit me on the shin. Luckily it was just a little dog like I mentioned, so I just laughed when it bit me and it ran away. It was pretty cool.

Well thanks for everything fam! I hope you all have a great week!

Gram- My dad pointed out to me that I totally forgot to thank you for the birthday money! Thanks so much gram! I was able to buy a ton of tacos for my comp and me and a better cd player to listen to mo tab and the draper sisters with the money that you and bam sent me, and there's still plenty left over for more tacos or tamales or something. Thanks! I love you! have a great week!

Mom- Benita Garcia Espinoza isn't quite beautiful thanks hope, that'd actually be Bonita Gracias Esperanza. But they are very simillar! haha. Thanks for the update on the fam. That's sweet that our fam is friends with Phillip now. That guy's funny. So about the mail, I still haven't recieved anything, but the Zone Leaders went to Guadalajara last week so I should recieve it all tonight at the district meeting. I'll let you know for next week. I'm attaching the pic from my birthday thing to this e mail! By the way the whole biting the cake thing is a tradition in mexico. They're supposed to shove your face into the cake too but I managed to escape that part. haha. I love you Mom! have a great week!

Shash- Sweet job with your jazz att concert! I can't believe how big you are already sloosh! I love ya! Have a great week!

Den- That's sweet your in B ball man! keep me updated about your games! Love ya! have a great week!

Dad- Thanks for reminding me about gram. Keep me updated on how she's doing. The District leader stuff has been going a little better now that the other elders are with us in the house. Love ya! have a great week!

Nay- That stinks about your knee nay! don't snowboard you could end up with a way bad injury. haha. So what's a music therapist do? That's awesome you're learning guitar. Love ya nay! Have a great week!

Dig- Sounds like you had a fun week man! Those junior high years are the funnest. I remember it like yesterday. keep me updated on everything. Love ya! have a great week!

Love you all!
Elder Aguilar
Happy 20th Birthday Dallas!  I sure am glad someone made him a cake since he didn't get our package.

Elder Bricenio and Elder Aguilar - November 17, 2010