|Beautiful Real Del Puente!|
Time for an update from (or more about) Elder Ririe!'
He is doing fantastic! Email and snail mail has been a little sketchy lately, so we're having to compile info in bits and pieces. He's latest transfer was to beautiful Real Del Puente. It's only about ten minutes from his last area (most likely calculated by walking distance) but he said the economic difference between the two areas is like night and day. He's in what's considered to be a ritzy area. He is serving with Elder Bingham from Utah and they also live with two of the zone leaders. He's completely happy about that because they live in an actually house AND they have air conditioning! He calls it the perks of being with the zone leaders!
The language is coming along awesome! In fact, in his last letter he told Tanner that he'll probably end up writing it in Spanish, which he did! Not sure if that was intentional or not, but we don't think it was and Tanner appreciated the heads up!
They've had 3 baptisms in the last few weeks with another one scheduled this Sunday. When we ask him what the best part of his week was, he answers "teaching the lessons". Most spiritual part of your week, "teaching". Most fun you've had this week, "Teaching!!!!" I gather he loves teaching the gospel! This Sunday they are baptism two children from a family they've been teaching. The mom was baptized a couple weeks ago. He was so excited to be able to teach and baptize an entire family and watch their lives change before his eyes. The mom is a single mom and had been out of work for a very long time. She was able to get a very good job the day before her baptism and attributed it to following the teachings of Jesus Christ and committing to be baptized. She invited the missionaries over that night to feast on tortillas and beans - the best meal her family had had in a very long time. Hunter said it was very humbling to see the kids so excited over tortillas and beans.
He said he's getting somewhat used to the heat and humidity and he doesn't even notice it half the time now. With the World Cup going on he said whenever there was a game on they had to stay in their apartments for most of the day. He didn't like that very much, especially knowing a game was on that he couldn't watch!
He's a tiny bit homesick and has asked for letters! Lots of letters!!! He said the only one he hears from is from Mom!! And he says that's getting kind of boring (gee...thanks bud!) LOL. He would love to sign onto his email next week and see a different name in his inbox besides Mom! ;) hint hint! For those of you preparing to leave on missions, remember this and get him a letter out! Seriously, he would love to hear from everyone and he says letters help with feeling homesick.