Monday, April 18, 2011

Elder Mori

My new companion is Elder Mori!! Before I tell you about him, I need to tell the story of how we met, or how we didn´t meet I guess. He called me in the morning on Wednesday and told me he was getting on a bus soon and would be there around 1 or 1:30. But we never specified where he´d be... I was with the Elders in Oeste since Elder Robinson left early in the morning and we assumed (along with our zone leaders) that he´d be getting to Alvear at 1 or 1:30. So we made sure to be there a bit early and 2 o´clock rolled around and we thought his bus was just late. Then two big busses pulled in and we thought for sure this was him. It´s always a bit nerve wracking when you meet a new companion and on top of that he is my first latin so it was a big deal. We were anxiously waiting for him to pop out...and he didn´t. Then four more busses pulled in and we´re like alright, for sure he´s gotta be on this one. Anddddd, he wasn´t. We thought he´d gotten off too soon in another city or something so our Zone Leaders that were waiting with us left and then called back and said there was a bus that went straight to Bowen and that maybe he had taken that one. I had thought about that possibility before and had mentioned to the Elders I was waiting with but they thought he would have mentioned it if that was the case...haha. Anyways, we finally took a bus back to Bowen and found him in the Terminal. He had been waiting there for like 4 hours. By that time I wasn´t even that nervous, I just wanted a companion again haha. He was nice about it, and makes jokes when we tell the story about how he had thought he was going to have to sleep there in the Terminal that night haha.

But, I´m sure you all want to know how he´s like. Elder Mori is from Peru, hardly knows any English, and is shorter than me. haha. The only thing that´s changed from Elder Robinson to him is that I now walk on the right side of him. And what I mean by that is that practically everything has changed. Obviously I speak way more Spanish, I´m doing more teaching and add a lot more to conversations because the people already know me and Elder Mori only has a year on the mission so isn´t as experienced as Elder Robinson was at always coming up with questions to keep conversations going and stuff like that. He always walks like a gazelle. I´m not even joking. I don´t even know how it´s possible because his legs are smaller than mine but it´s incredible. It reminds me of one time Austin and I were late to Pyschology class and he was walking as fast as he could with his giant dinosaur legs and I was walking/jogging to keep up with him. Haha, except now it´s with this tiny little guy from Peru. He also has giant speakers, and we regularly rock out to the MoTab and Alex Boye. It´s way cool.

I can tell my Spanish is getting way better already. Just having to speak all the time and explain past situations of members or investigators and keeping a conversation/getting to know him has improved my conjugations and stuff like that. I´m also learning a lot of random words I never thought I´d learn like tack, seaweed, gear shift, exhaust pipe, drain, and eyelash. haha. We´re getting along well though and I have a lot more responsibility so I´m growing a lot.

The funny story for this week is from the Mexican singer Vicente Ferdandez. We were at our lunch on Sunday and the family had him on the tele. The family had this DVD that had music videos to all of his songs. First of all, he is super Mexican. He had a giant sombrero, black curly hair, giant sideburns, and a giant mustache. Just like something straight out of Nacho Libre. Practically every song of his had some kind of horse in it. The first one I saw he was singing romantically to this horse and stroking it´s hair, it was so funny. I´m laughing right now just thinking about it. In some of his other ones he was singing while taking a shower, and milking a goat. I´m not even kidding. His music video consisted of milking a goat. I could not stop laughing. haha. If you can find it, you have to watch it. I know Madeline would die laughing, I was thinking about her the whole time haha.

Welp family, thanks for all the updates as usually, sounds like everyone is doing splendid.

Love, Elder Lousbury

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