A Memorable Birthday

Written by admin on July 5th, 2010

¡Hola familia!

Well, this letter will be a little short because I’m sort of out of time this week. Today is super P-day and we did us a lot of cleaning today. But hey, it’s all good because this was my last super P-day. Never again will I do such a big cleaning job. Well, never again in Ecuador anyway. Honestly, it’s a little weird for me that in just over a month I will be back in Texas. I’m having a hard time believing that it has really been two years already. It really hit me when I turned 21 on Saturday. I was thinking, “Oh my gosh…I’m old! When did that happen?” I would like to extend my mission and stick around for a few months but I can’t. I must grow up eventually…darn it all. I was complaining about it this week and Elder Janampa pulled out a conference talk from May 2008 about moving on with our lives—he was right. But I really don’t want to have to do math homework again!

We had sort of a rough week in our sector. First, we had a bit of a rough time with the ward mission leader, and then we had a few food-related incidents. I will relay just one of them here [Editor’s note:  the others are too unpleasant for this forum and have been removed for the sake of the children and those with weak stomachs].  Remember how there is a volcano that is erupting in Ecuador and how it’s dropping a lot of ash on the country? Well, it’s not dropping much in Guayaquil these days but there is still a fair amount of it in the streets and such. So as I was eating my soup, somebody dropped something heavy and it shook the walls of the house a little bit, causing a small cloud of volcano ash to fall in my soup and my drink, making it look as though someone had dumped a fair amount of pepper in it. Then I just sat there a moment and stared at it thinking, “No, I don’t believe it. Not 3 days in a row. It’s my birthday for crying out loud.” Then I did the only thing I could do…I ate it. I pretended it really was pepper. You may not know this but being a missionary requires a good imagination. So that was my birthday lunch.

Right after lunch I started my fast because this Sunday was fast Sunday. So in answer to your question, “Did the cake we ate in your birthday video look good?” Yes, yes it did. And to finish my tale of woe, I’ve lost several pairs of my socks. But hey, the good news is Manuel got the priesthood this week! And he and his wife are getting called as ward missionaries next week. So that kind of balanced out all that other stuff that we went through this week. Plus, we started teaching someone this week that is Ecuadorian but has been living in Florida the last 5 years and is progressing well. She even came to church once. So I may baptize someone who lives in the states because she doesn’t go back home until a couple days after I do. That would be cool.

Ok its defiantly time for me to stop writing. Have a great week you guys and have fun in Utah.

Te quiero,
Elder Walke

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