Monday, February 18, 2013

This is Elder Astle's letter from Feb 11, 2012

Aye mum,
Como estais? I love you and miss you all, I am so happy and thankful for the life we were able to live so far as a family in my life and I am so excited for the rest of it and to live as a family forever. You all are just everything to me and i miss you all so much. So this week was a little bit rough. I'll talk about the middle first. Tuesday and Wednesday and my 102 fever. :( It was pretty tough being sick but the worst part was not being able to go out and work, especially when we have plans for the whole day to go visit people. And then finding out afterwards that they were waiting for us was even harder. I really dont like being sick but it's like my companion told me, I need to stay and rest so i get better faster so i can actually have a good impact in the lessons. While i was sick we played chess, my companion won the first one and i won the second one. My companion is really smart and really good at chess! Elder Knowlton is super cool, he's also left handed so every time i see him write I think of Aaron and get sad from missing him and everyone. So i just try not to watch him write things.
- So the spaghetti was actually not too great, it's just not nearly the same here, they dont have any kind of itlian sausage at all :( It tasted a little like home so for that it was good, elder Knowlton also said that.
- We ate at Chili's this week with one of the member's in our ward, it's twice as expensive as home! It was so delicious though :)
- The very next day I ate Pig skin soup... straight up saugy slimy pig skin in super spicy broth... yum I actually liked it :)

Finally I will tell you all about our investigator Raymundo. We started teaching him about 2 weeks ago. The first lesson we gave him a book of mormon and explained the restoration in short. He said ok come back in 2 weeks so i can read a little, we convinced him to let us come back in a week, this last monday. When we got there he told us he had read half the book of mormon and also he read just about everything on! We were so happy, we asked how much he believes in these things and he said 10 out of 10. We invited him to be baptized and he said yes! The next time we went by his wife and his son-6 years, they also have a baby-2 months, listened to us and really liked everything! They all even came to church on sunday and loved everything there too! Some people actually confused them with already being members. Raymundo told us that he has been looking for a long time to find the truth and now he feels he has finally found it. I love being a missionary. I love serving these people. I love serving Heavenly Father and being happy. I love feeling the Spirit. I feel so full of love right now it's hard not to cry at the most random times. It is also so so hard to be a missionary. Please keep praying, but mostly please pray for our investigators like Raymundo. I love you all so much. I'll talk to you soon.
Elder Branden Carl Astle

                                                  Sick Elder...He's still dressed to serve!

                              Feeling a little better.... Up for a challenge Elder Knowlton?

That was a little too much, back to bed!

                                                         YUM!! Meranges!
                                I don't know if this was before or after the tummy sickness.

                                                              Must be feeling better!

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