So, sounds like things at home are good and exciting for everyone! ;) Lots going on and sounds like everyone is busy! But hope you can get everything done and have some relax time! And hope Rufus keeps going strong! That dog...just keeps going it sounds like, though he may be limping along on one cylinder...I thought only cats had 9 lives...i guess he does too!
Thanks for all your emails! You guys are awesome! And I hope you had a great anniversary, mom and dad! Exciting!
Well, I guess I will start by answering mom's questions:
The living conditions here are pretty good. We have a pretty big house with an AC in the bedroom, so thats nice. And we have been trying to keep it pretty clean! The people I live with are great! I have Elder G., Elder S., and my comp, Elder W. We all get along well, and have a lot of fun together. But Elder W is really quiet and keeps to himself, so we are having a hard time but really trying to work on helping him get more involved with everyone. The food in Manado is really good. And really spicy. But they like a lot of fish here, so I sometimes have a hard time with that. But they also have pork here, so that is good! My favorite thing that I have tried is fried banana slices, and then you put this spicy sambol on them, and the sambol for fried bananas is a lot like Pico D'Gallo, and is really good! Weird combination, but super delicious! The only problem is that the food here is all super unhealthy! Way worse than Solo! And we don't ride bikes (but we do walk a lot!). So, Elder G. and I are trying to go a little bit healthier and are going to try to start cooking at home a little bit more and stuff, but we have to learn how to cook with what we have here haha! And we have to figure out all of what we need to buy and then go shopping! But then hopefully we can do better! But we have been good and getting up and going running along the beach for the last few days. So we are going to try to do that several times a week and exercise every day! And on the way home from running we get our healthiest meal of the day--A McDonalds egg McMuffin! Haha sad when that seems healthy! But it is a lot of fun and feels good to go run every morning, and the scenery isn't bad!
The mission couple here is awesome! They are from Arizona. They take great care of us, and take us to do awesome stuff every P-Day! Today we are going to see these cool monkey things that are only here, and they are the smallest primates in the world. SO that will be fun! They are awesome! But we don't live too close to them. Including the mission couple, there are 8 missionaries in Manado. There are also 2 Sister missionaries here.
The guy out of town, we have not been able to contact yet. He has been hard, and may be avoiding us from what I have heard. We are working on him mostly through the mission couple, but they are having a hard time ever getting contact with him. Hopefullywe can get out there soon!
Well, this week has been pretty good! I am happy and loving it here! It really is missionary paradise (most of the time). So, thanks for everything! I love you all! Have a great week!
Love Elder Wood