I feel like I've been on my mission for ever. A new iPhone was released... A new era and I did not hear anything about it for weeks. I love the mission life but I do miss technology. I can't wait for January when we will receive our iPad to support the work of the Lord and my companion says that no day goes by without me talking about the iPad!
This week I received a precious letter form a non Mormon friend saying: "But if you are working from 6.30 in the morning till 10.30 in the evening you don't have time to do anything for yourself or to sleep in till 12:00 or to answer letters." Although my daily schedule is now from 7:30-23:30 her statement is still true and it made me realize that many of you have never had the chance to serve a mission and do not anything about my everyday life.
As a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ you are always with your companion. The two most important rules are: Never be alone. Always stay with your companion. As my mother predicted, this is the hardest aspect of missionary life for me. My companion Elder Ward is great! He is an amazing missionary. He has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His desire to serve his brothers and sisters here in Chiclana burns strong within him and we get along great. It is just me who prefers to do things on my own. I enjoy having time on my own and being able to do things my way, at my pace and at the time I want to.
As a companionship we live in a nice apartment in the center of Chiclana. Every day of the week we get up at 7:30. Work out. Eat breakfast. Study the Holy Scriptures on our own and as a companionship and then go out to work at 11:30. We are out in the streets seeking and teaching till 22:15 with a break to have lunch and study Spanish from 14:00-17:30. In the evening we plan our appointments and lessons for the next day and then go to bed at 23:30. The only exception from this schedule is Monday (so called P-Day). We still get up at 7:30 and work until 22:15 but from 11:00-18:30 we have time to do whatever we want. Write to our families, go shopping, play soccer with other missionaries, take pictures, sleep...
It is true that I never get to sleep in till 12:00, which is hard to imagine for anybody who knew me before my mission. It is a hard life. But because it is hard and different from anything else I've ever done, it is also the best time I've ever had.