Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Letter 11/2

Dear Mum,(as my new collegue would say)
I'm doing great. The new area is awesome and my new collegue is so cool. His name is Elder West and he is from Chelmsford, Essex, England. He broke his hand jumping off a wall and his foot got caught. He said it's a blessing that he didn't break his back, just his hand. He played rugby before so he is a brut. It's really good I am with him because he makes me work out. He can't do much with his broken arm so he just tells me what to do. It kindof reminds me of Uncle Burke's prom video where Uncle Matt is punching him in the stomach every time he does a sit up. I will send a package around Christmas time and there will be pictures on there of all my collegues.
Capesterre is really beautiful. There's practically no tourists here so I guess you could say it's the true Guadeloupe here, and it rocks! There's tons of banana tree farms and mountains on this side of the island. There is a huge waterfall in the mountains that you can see from down in the city.
We have a baptismal date that we set last week with a young single mom named Auldrey who has five kids. Her life is so rough but her and her kids love the church and we get to help her out a lot. Today we are going to bring some rice and lentils from our food storage to her. Yesterday the gas for her stove ran out so they couldn't cook anything, it's so sad. But, she came to church for the first time last week and I think she loved it. She has a baby named Noah and there's another member in the branch with an infant as well so all the ladies were talking to them and saying 'mignon!'
Halloween sounds like it was awesome. My Halloween was lame-as expected. Here it's called the fete des morts and it was Sunday and Monday. So on Halloween (the 31) everyone was just sleeping and getting ready to party the next day, so the streets were empty and there wasn't much to do. Then on Sunday everyone went to the cemetery and lit a ton of candles and put them on the graves of their ancestors along with flowers and they sort of campout there all day, and the same on Monday. The work didn't slow down too bad.
I've got a feeling this is going to be a kick butt transfer. Thanks for writing to me. Tell Bryce I said hey, that's a bummer. Sometimes I'm scared my knees are going to flare up like they were doing last winter but everytime they start I just pray and pray and until now I've done alright. Hope everything keeps going good! Count your blessings! Thanks for your prayers! Love you bye!
-elder hill

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