Monday, March 25, 2013

Letter Home, March 25

Email home:

I hadn't thought that you're right next to Maddy until you mentioned the Temple! You'll have to tell Kai to text her and let her know! Maybe she'll come say hi while you're there or something. Then she can fill you in on everything I forget to say in my emails.

We actually got 4 inches of snow yesterday! They aren't used to the snow here, so Elder Hawes was warning me as we went shopping this morning that there was a good chance that all the milk, eggs, and bread could be gone. I was lucky and there was some left. I am staying pretty warm, but honestly cold here is nothing, except for the wind. Which is coooold. Makes me think of BYU-I.

I have yet to receive any of my cousin's letters outside of the MTC. I'm not sure how DearElders works still. Do you know?

I have 30 min to an hour to study spanish each day, which basically feels like having 5 minutes to clean the whole house after a massive flood. The people here speak so much english...haha, but really I actually get a lot of spanish practice in with our spanish investigators. I'll talk more about them in my "official letter" (see below) I guess.

Training is a piece of cake. Just feels like an MTC aftertaste.

Elder Hawes said that his parents asked him a few months in why he had never mentioned any investigators, so I'll try and include them when I write home!

Thanks for your letter!

-Elder Hicken
Elder Hicken's "Official letter"

Dear Family,
            Email time is so short! And we get kicked off as soon as time’s up. We get 30-60 minues based on how busy it is.  So this will have to do instead of an email (he sent home a hand-written letter). Sorry to whoever types this up for the blog, but thank you! I’ll try and make it short + sweet.
            So tell me all about Peru plans! Do you need visas? When do you leave, and where are you going? Where are you staying? For how long?
            Renen- Thank you for your unicorn. I CAN read your handwriting so your letter wasn’t a waste of time!
            Thanks for John’s address! We’ll see how quickly I can get sent on a letter to him.
            Hey Kai, send me all your swim events/times after every meet!
            Renen! It’s so cool that you’re teaching drum lessons! You can totally make bank with that!
            Kai, I’m glad that Parm (Miss Parmenter is the high school choir teacher and music department chair) is keeping it interesting, as usual.
            Dad! How’d the missionary training go? We had 21 lessons last week, so we made your goal! The stake here has a goal of 13.
            Could I ask a huge favor? Could you order me an aux cord and a usb charger from China?
            As a family, you should most definitely listen to ‘The Missionary Next Door! Esp. the part about dating + discussions.  Good stuff. Lots of parenting ideas, too.
I’ve decided I want D&C 88:133 in my entryway.
Art thou a brother or brethren? I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellowship, in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to be your  friend and  brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever. Amen.
Hmmm. Suggestions for trek… be a FAMILY! Have family scripture study, prayer, and whatever else you can to make it seem like you really are a family. As for the study the atonement and strive for unity, that sounds like what I’m supposed to do as a missionary. Maybe there’s a reason…
Sierra! Thank you for all the great questions! To answer them, some of our investigators names are Tim, Hector + Yolanda, and Farran. My daily schedule is study in the morning until lunch, then tracting (knocking doors) until dinner, and then we visit people at night. I did get your package! Thank you for your pictures and the scripture organizer! I took a picture of the first scripture I put in. You’ll  see it soon! Hmmm, my favorite thing is probably the confirmation from the spirit that someone is truly interested in learning more about the gospel.
 Alright! Well life is incredibly busy! So much to do, so much to teach, so much so learn! I hope everything is well in CO, that everything went great with the trip to UT! I’m doing great, practicing as much Spanish as I can. Actually, yesterday at church I taught the Spanish Principios del Evangelio (Gospel Principles) class, and I translated all of everything for our Spanish investigators (Hector and Yolanda).
It always seems like there is less and less time to write every week!
I hope all is well! I look forward to hearing from you again soon!
            Elder Hicken

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