December 8th, 2009

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Super Pday and the Burger Prize

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

¡Hola familia!

It’s P-day. But not just any P-day, its SUPER P-day! Back in the old days, when I was a new missionary, I thought super P-day was something good. But now I know, it just means I have to clean more than usual. Today I was on kitchen duty and I felt inspired to move the microwave over and clean underneath it. Big mistake. I think I may have been the first person to ever feel the inspiration to do so in that house. I don’t want to give the impression that we don’t do a lot of cleaning, but it’s true that there are some areas that nobody ever thinks to clean under. After all, you have to consider that we are just a bunch of 19-21 year old guys. So be proud mom, I cleaned something which has never been cleaned before! And yet, no matter how much I clean, mom still finishes her letters with “clean your house” or some other similar variation. Ironically, while the rest of the house is very clean right now, I still have not gotten around to my room. Well, to be more specific, it’s my closet that I need to get around to. It’s a little disorganized. Ok so I still have some work to do before I become a clean freak like mom. But hey we are supposed to become perfect, line upon line and precept upon precept, here a little and there a little—strong emphasis on the “little” part.

Oh, Ecuador finally got copies of the conference edition Ensign. I still don’t have a copy in English but I do just fine with the Spanish edition these days. Hey did you guys like the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional last night? It was awesome right? Ok so I guess you might not have seen it since nobody mentioned it but I did enjoy it. I had been looking forward to it all month actually. Partly because I miss snow and I wanted to see shots of Temple Square with snow and Christmas lights. I was not disappointed. I also enjoyed the talks; they were good, and it made me feel more like we are in the Christmas season. And I have to be honest; those moments are few and far between because it has been just plain hot this week. I did put up my awesome Christmas tree and fireplace the day after Thanksgiving, like I said I would, and my guitar Christmas music CD helps, but I have been having a hard time getting into the whole “Christmas spirit” thing.

Elder Abriel tells me that I have a couple of packages from you guys that have arrived. I have not seen them yet but he tells me they exist. I should get them Wednesday. So I have a couple of new funny stories for you guys about Elder Muhlestein this week. We were eating lunch one day and we were about done when the mamita asked Elder Muhlestein if he wanted more rice. He turns and looks at me like “translate that please” and I told him, “She wants to know if you liked the rice,” and he looks at the mamita and says, “Uh huh, yep,” and before he could say another word she throws a couple of large spoonfuls of extra rice on his plate. He just stared at it for a second and then he looked up at me and said, “I hate you,” and got to work on round two. I don’t know what inspired me to mistranslate but it was pretty funny. Luckily Elder Muhlestein is a big guy and was able to knock back that rice with relative ease—sort of.

Ok time for story number 2. There is a sort of wild pepper that grows in Ecuador that is called a “rat pepper.” It’s really small and very spicy. I happened to notice a bush loaded with them a few days ago and I told Elder Muhlestein to try one. He bit a little off of the end of one and I guess he decided it wasn’t so bad, so he popped the whole thing in his mouth. Those things are powerful so of course the usual display of watering eyes and red face occurred after he ate it. Sort of like a small scale version of my jabeñero incident back in the MTC. The interesting part was when he decided to wipe his eye. Apparently he still had some pepper juice on his hand because he started saying, “Ah my eye!” So we bought some water and he poured about half the bottle on his eye and the other half in his mouth. Afterwards he claimed that it wasn’t that bad and that he would eat another one, just without wiping his eye the next time.

To close this super P-day edition of the Walke weekly report, I would just like to say that today I will be eating a burger for dinner—and it will be free. I’m not sure how it got started but a few weeks ago Elder Barrientos was making some outrageous claim about how they could out teach us any day; so that somehow led to a contest of who could teach the most lessons in a week, with the prize being a hamburger. So last week we won. In fact, we killed them. We beat them by 7 lessons or some ridiculous number like that. So last Monday they bought us burgers. Then Elder Barrientos claimed that they would for sure win this week and wanted to up the prize to a burger and a shake. I guess he thought the first time was a fluke or something. We agreed and once again we creamed them. So tonight Elder Muhlestein and I will enjoy a delicious burger and shake, compliments of Elder Barrientos and Elder Rodriguez. For the record I have not heard any suggestions that we will have the contest again this week.

That’s the news this week guys; chances are good that I will get changed next Monday, now that I have been with Elder Muhlestein for 2 transfer cycles. But I never do guess right when it comes to changes, so I will talk to you next week. I will probably still be in Ecuador but more than that, I don’t know. Have a great week!

Te quiero,
Elder Walke