Hola! Tomorrow is Mitchell's birthday! I can't even believe he's already 16! I remember when I was 16… Mitchell is going to be 17 when I come home… Okay that's super weird. In like two months I'm already one third done with my mission! I can't believe Rachel Formica is almost done too. It's so nice being able to write in English. We talk in Spanish all day! So grateful you guys speak English :-) guess what? We ran today like we do every morning, but today I really didn't like it! Hermana Amaya is funny though. She knows when I don't want to run anymore and so she starts singing these really funny songs – ha ha I don't know how anyone could be in a bad mood listening to the songs she sings.
Mitchell! Happy birthday! I miss you like an albino person misses the shade when he's outside in the sun! :) but seriously I hope you're having the best day ever. I was telling people today how it was your birthday and yeah they sat Feliz cumpleanos a su hermano! Yay you are famous in San Francisco Argentina :-) but seriously I hope you really did have a great day. I've been thinking about you all day. I love you. I also wanted to tell you that you have an Argentina twin here… Seriously. We had lunch with a family today and they have a 15-year-old and he looks so much like you! And talks like you – except he talks in Spanish. It's crazy though. Can you tell I miss you? I'm so proud of you bud… I hope you got my card and I hope you like it.
I'm so excited for general conference. As a missionary conference feels like Christmas! But it's not Christmas – because if it was, I'd be super close to talking to you guys! Mom! I got your card! And Mitch and Kate's cards. First off I wanted to say thank you all so much and thank you mom for the $30. Haha elder Toledo was with me when I opened it and he was even excited to see American money! He's also excited because he wants to go buy grido ice cream with it. I want to use the money to buy a camel back for my backpack. Anyway thank you so much for sending it. The cards from you three… Were delivered the day I needed to be uplifted the most. I'm so grateful for you all.
I wanted to tell you about my not so good bike talent! I was riding my bike and my companion was going really fast so I was trying to catch up to her and we were crossing the street and I looked back for cars and forgot to look in front of me and I hard-core ran into a huge pole and my bike handle Gashed into my leg and A really good part of my leg is bright purple and blue. Whoops! I don't understand why bruises can't be pink!
Anyway, I am so happy to be out here on my mission! This is my first Gen. conference session in Argentina! And in Spanish! It started here at 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock and then5 o'clock to 7 o'clock at night. We all met together – all of the members in San Francisco and watch general conference in the chapel. I was so excited! We watched the first session in Spanish and then the second session we watched in English with the gringo elders. It was so nice to hear English! It felt like a little bit of home.
I figured out how many miles we walk a day and it's about 6 to 9 miles each day. That is unless we have our bikes – when we have our bikes it goes by a little bit faster – but that's when I usually have my accidents! It's been really rainy here for the last few days – yesterday we went to go visit a less active family and they live on a dirt road and let me tell you it was incredible how much mud and frogs there were! I've never seen anything like it!. We finally got to the other side of the dirt and we had already passed the house so we couldn't turn back and backtrack into the mud so we went home because it was almost 9 o'clock. As we were riding our bikes in the street I forgot to look down and I guess there was a step when we were trying to get on the sidewalk and I totally ate it on my bike… And I'm pretty sure all of the cars at the red light saw it! I only scraped my knee so that's good!
Anyway I have to go. I love you so much. Remember you are always in my prayers and I think the world of you. Thank you for everything you do for me. You're in my heart always.