Yes, I did get BOTH of your e-mails last week. It gave me a pretty good laugh. I'm glad that all is well at home though. That's great that Wilder is stepping up to the plate and and taking some initiative! I'm happy for him J
I'm so happy that you got my letter! I didn't want to tell you I was mailing it, but I caved. Haha, glad that you liked it. I thought about you a lot this week, especially yesterday on your birthday! I even wrote “¡Feliz cumpleanos Madré!” in my planner, and I sketched the Madrid Temple in my notes section.
Tell Shane to send me a letter or e-mail me! It'd be nice to hear from him, I want to hear from Wilder too… But I am going to send him a letter today of a poem President Sitterud told to me the other day, I could just send it to him over email but it'd be cooler if I hand wrote it out and sent it to him in the mail. The pony express is fun… Hand written letters are golden. I'm glad that you understand that.
About the money, that $50-something US dollars was a €40 withdrawal I made. That's the best way to use personal funds, by withdrawing it instead of running the card, that's what I've heard anyway. And that $16 one was for the metro ticket I bought, I'll be sure to get more photos of the metro for you, we're probably taking the metro today if we decide to go anywhere, we have to go to the mall to get more stamps for more letters.
The past couple of weeks I've been doing my endowment sessions in the temple in Spanish, I understand everything that is going on, the gift of tongues is real! My Spanish is coming along, not quite as good as I would have hoped but it's a work in progress, just need to be patient with myself and it'll all be well! I learn more and more each and every day, I find myself saying words I didn't even know that I knew. Pretty cool, in the words of Andy Jones, “Just have to believe in the magic”.
That picture you sent me of Isaias Fuentes and his wife was beautiful! I'm so happy for him! What a good guy, I look up to him in many ways!
In the photos I sent you… The BWIN red and white logo is the Sponsor for the REALMADRID fútbol team here, we were in the press room when that photo was taken, the blonde elder was Elder Skousen, he's in my district, he's from Mesa Arizona. Good guy. And in the metro, the 3 elders with me were my companion, Elder Lloyd, Elder Bob Dansie (he knows Alyssa Smith, Mary´s sister) and probably Elder Skousen again, I can't remember.
Still hate fish, we had swordfish twice this week… That's all I have to say about that.
Congrats to Evan Marshall on his baptism… That's wonderful. Tell Brice to send me a letter and that he hasn't received anything from me yet because I don't have his address!
Gotta get running pretty soon here. But to answer your question, a mission is split up into zones, and those zones are split up into districts.
I love you Mom, tell the family I love them as well and tell everyone to send me letters!! J I love you so so much. The mission is great, this is such a wonderful opportunity to show The Lord how much I love him!
Much love, your son… Elder Walker Jack Koeven