How is everything in beautiful Highland, Utah? From Mom's email, it sounds like you are all happy and well, which makes ME feel happy and well! Just a heads up, I don't have very much time today because we don't really have a P-Day today, but I will do my best! There's one disadvantage to being a piano player in that I am at President's beckon call for any sort of musical project. Today we are going to capital with a little musical group to do a musical program for the wife of one of the mission president's in a different mission. She is in the hospital recovering from a stroke, so we're going to go brighten her day with music. The downside is that we came early to the offices this morning to write our emails, will leave, and won't return until 6:00, with absolutely no P-Day, but the upside is that we get to spend time with President and Hna Carter AND have lunch at the mission home which is like a sacred privelege here. PLUS, I've made friends with Hermana Carter, and when I was talking with her about a little Christmas package that I wanted to send to my family, she volunteered to give it to an RM that will be visiting to bring it back to Utah! I still don't have all the little gifts I wanted to send you guys, so it's kind of random, but it's something! So I'll include our address and your numbers so that the RM can call you or get in contact.
Everything is wonderful here in San Justo. Of course, the greatest event of the week was JESUS' BAPTISM!! Oh my goodness family, it was the most beautiful thing on earth, moments that I will remember and replay in my mind for years to come. It was this past Saturday, and the ward came to the chapel to support Jesus. They are all OBSESSED with him, one because he is a male and the ward needs strong priesthood holders like crazy, and two because he is just amazing and the most loveable, adorable kid ever! I included the pic from his baptism, and I like the other one of him and Hno. Efrain after the baptism because it KIND OF captures the spirit of happiness that was there. After his baptism, the Bishop asked him to bear his testimony, and even though Jesus is like a DJ and singer, he is TERRIFIED of having the attention on him with things like this. But my heart almost burst with happiness as he slowly got up and shyly walked up to the pulpit. As he began to talk, the fear slowly melted away from his face and he was just about glowing at the point where he said, "I don't have words to describe how I feel right now. It's like an incredible happiness that I've never experienced before. I'm just so happy." I can't count the number of times I heard the words "felicidad" and "increible" come from his mouth. Wow, what a privelege it's been to teach Jesus. I want to be a part of his life forever and see what wonderful things he does as a powerful priesthood holder, starting with THE MISSION!! You know what I think is going to happen? Cam is going to get called to serve in Peru, Jesus is going to get called to serve in the same mission, and they are going to serve together. That would be a dream come true. No matter where he goes, Jesus is beyond excited, which is crazy when I think that he knew nothing about "priesthood" or "missions" or "Thomas S. Monson" two months ago. The gospel of Jesus Christ has literally changed his life (temporal and eternal) and it shows in his face and in his actions. How incredible are the blessings of serving a mission and witnessing experiences like this. They are sacred and beautiful.
Hermana Castillo and I are still hoping with all our hearts that we stay together in San Justo, but we won't find out until tomorrow night, and we honestly don't know. President told both of us in our interviews that he trusts us and needs us in the mission, so who knows. Whatever happens, we'll trust that it is the will of Heavenly Father and He has great things in store for us!
This week and the week before, an Evangelical preacher came to San Justo to work miracles and preach and prophesy and do all sorts of stuff. They set him up at the near by university with an insane sound system that reached all the way to our apartment with GREAT POWER, so every night for the last two weeks we tried to drift off to sleep with the shreiking and yelling of, "TAKE out the Devil! TAKE out the Devil!" and crazy things. Needless to say, we were happy when it ended on Saturday and we were finally able to get a good night's sleep last night. I love the funny random things that happen on the mission. We also lost our water last week when the temperatures were about 98, so I went three days without a shower and it was the grossest experience of my life. BUT we took joy in suffering a little bit for the work. :)
Gotta run now, but I love you all SOOOOO much and I love being a missionary! Have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving!