Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weeks #78 and #79

Well hello all! It was QUITE the crazy week. It was the last week of the change, and we got a call from the assistants on Wednesday morning. Just a simple question, to ask us if we had printed off a talk the mission president had sent us. With that call, we though we were "safe" ... but NO. Another call a bit later and ... closing the area. 

It's not too surprising really if you think about it. The house was a disaster, and there was no work in the area. President wanted to switch out the Elders for Sisters, but certainly couldn't have sent sisters in with the house in the condition it was in. They probably would have preferred to go home! So, the president needed some Elders to come in and fix up the area, and the house. Elder Diaz and I got the call. We fumigated and cleaned up the house, met with the members and even had a baptism. All fixed up. So we closed, and sister missionaries will open and try their hand.

Honestly, I was pretty sad to leave Mananatiales so quickly. Even with very little time in the ward, I learned to love it. All the members were so ready to work with the missionaries, it was a blast.

Now I am in my new area with a new companion, Elder Cocneja from El Salvador. He is a convert of about two years. We actually already me in Apizaco. He was in one of the neighboring wards and we had one day of interchanges. It has been fun to reconnect. 

 Getting settled in ...

New View ...

My new area is in the same stake (LaLiberatad) in Antequera. It is bigger, richer ... and dirtier. Here the cornfields have disappeared and are replaced with businesses. Again, we are opening the area. It's a similar situation to how I found Manantiales (the previous missionaries hadn't worked very hard) but at least the house is clean!

These changes remind me that I am old. The sister missionaries that I was with in the CCM and going home. That means I am down to the last four changes of the mission. Got to make it count!

*** Between Brothers ***

08142016 #78
Dear Landon, I drove to Italian Village and Maga's house this weekend. I'm getting a lot less nervous driving, but I still have flaws lqtm. I really hate backing out though. Si, yo tengo seminary para la clase 2 con mis amigos (nuestra mama no tiene una idea que estoy diciendo porque estoy escribiendo en espaƱol teehee!). It's been a while since I've talked in spanish, so sorry if that doesn't make sense lqtm. Yeah, I would have much rather taken Driver's Ed in the summer too, but it was the same week as Dixie, and Dixie was the same week as Seattle. Which didn't end up happening :( so... Sophomore orientation is this Friday only for like 3 hours. I'm not excited for that. Summer is too flipping fast! I went to Seven Peaks on Friday with some of my friends and it was sooo fun! I went on all of the slides, and my favorite one was a straight-up drop off! My friends were watching my from the bottom and they said they saw my whole mat and feet not touching the slide. I was flying!! We're probably going to go again this week. There's this new DC-ish movie that came out called Suicide Squad, it looks so cool! It's pretty much most of the DC bad guys being good guys to kill aliens or something. Idk, but the trailer is litt! This Thursday I'm probably going wave running with my friends and Cal and TraviClaus. Yesterday, Dad made ribs on the smoker and I think they were the best ribs yet. I had two of my friends come over and we had so much fun just doing stuff downstairs. So yeah... this week might just get crazy XD Wuv ya boi, Keat

Dear Landon, the Rio Olympics have been very cool right now, and we have finally been able to watch some USA Basketball. They do have some really good players, but some of the best ones are not. That includes: Stephen Curry, Lebron, Harden, Westbrook, Isiah Thomas, Anthony Davis, and that is just to name a few. They are definitely not going to win the gold medal if they keep playing like they are playing, because the three games they have played have been within 3 points. And they have not been against the 2nd or 3rd best teams yet. We have been watching a lot of other Olympic events, but it is harder to explain them to you, because it isn't basketball. But we have watched a lot of running and swimming events. I got a 10km egg in Pokemon GO, so I wanted to hatch it fast, because they have the rarest Pokemon in them. And these past few days, I walked a lot, and when it hatched, I got a.... Onix. I've already caught like 5 of them, and I could of gotten a Lapras, Dratini, an Aerodactyl. But I had to get an Onix. I got my shots for middle school a few days ago at Walgreens. They didn't hurt a lot, but I was kind of nervous to get the shots. There is less than a week of summer left, which is really weird, but it will be cool to see my friends again.    Love, Cooper

Dear Landon, the Olympics have been happening now, all I really like watching is running and basketball. I had a double header this weekend, I lost one and I won one. The one I lost was against the hardest team in the league, but we only ended up losing by 11. This team has won others by 50+! We held them to only 38 points. They have gotten to 72 points before! My teammate actually dropped someone and finished off with a three pointer in the game! In the second game, I don't exactly remember the score, but we dominated. I got six points. I also got like five assists and three steals! We went to Italian Village earlier today, all I can say is that it was soooooooooooooooo good. The pizza benders is delicious. I only got sausage and pepperoni on mine. Next weekend we are going to do another sleepover in tents at Maga's backyard. That all that I have got to say. So, love ya man! ColtBolt

08212016 #79
Dear Landon, So on our campout to Maga's house, it took me  hours to fall asleep. It was still really fun though. Addie, Will Aiden and I kept trying to balance and walk around her garden. I got the most in a row at 5. I almost got 6 in a row. The movie we watched there was, "The Angry Birds Movie." In the morning, we were going to have breakfast at a little place by the prison. Right when we got there, we found out that it was closed on Saturdays. So we ended up just going to McDonalds. The Olympics are over now. USA has won the Gold Medal because they just obliterated Serbia by a lot of points. We had just gone to Italian Village. While we were waited, we played Paper Football on the tables. Dad, Keaton Cooper and I played and I got the most points at 45, Keaton got 2nd with 39, Cooper was 3rd with 24, and Dad came in last with 12. After dinner, we went to Maga's house to celebrate Courtney's birthday. It was a lot of fun. That is all I have to say, so love ya man!           ColtBolt

Dear Landon, a lot happened this last week of school. First of all, I got to go to my new school (Elk Ridge), and got to see where all of my classes are and where my locker is. I got my combination down, and I am still working on where to go to my classes, but I have been doing good. My orientation is tomorrow, and I hope I will do good, because it will be a lot more crowded. And it sucks that I only have 1 class with 1 friend out of 4. I still need to see if any of my other friends have classes with me. But our lockers are pretty close to each other, so we will get to talk in between classes. And we had the backyard campout at Maga's. A lot of Pokemon had spawned there, but I had no Poke Balls, so that blew. The movie we watched was the Angry Birds Movie. It was a great movie, and had a lot of funny moments. Then it was time to sleep, but I did not want to sleep in the tents. So I slept on a recliner under the stars. It was kind of cold, but it was also very comfortable. But the things was that I wasn't used to sleeping that way. So I woke up multiple times in the night. And the Gold Medal game was today with USA going against Serbia. The first time they went against each other, USA only won by three points. This game was a lot different, with USA blowing them out by 33 points. So they claimed the Gold Medal ending the Olympics.   Love, Cooper

Dear Landon, orientation was just as easy as I thought it would be. The night before, I had a bunch of people texting me because they were nervous and didn't know what to do. On Wednesday, my friends and I went to the school and found all of our classes. I'm not scared at all, I just know that I'm going to get criticized my Cal's friends for stupid stuff they'll make up and then his other friends will stand up for me and then make fun of something else. That's just what they do. I have at least one friend in all of my classes, and I have 7 of my 8 classes with one of my best friends and 6 with another one. So I'm pretty much set. We had a backyard campout at Maga's 2 nights ago and it was way fun! It's become pretty obvious that I've officially taken over your position of occupying the little ones (Amare and Sam are with me all the time lqtm). I just slept on the ground in a sleeping bag without a tent. In the morning, we were planning on having breakfast at a cafe near the prison where some in-mates are working, but it was closed on Saturdays, so we just got Micky D's. Everyone, except me, was really scared about going. I wanted to go though because I thought it would be cool. Cal and I have our first day of school tomorrow and Coop has orientation. So yeah... Wuv, Keat

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