Monday, December 19, 2011

Long Time -- No Write

Well, hows it going?  I feel like we haven't really talked in a long time, do you guys feel the same? Well, I´ll start off by answering the questions that I got today.  First of all, yes, Dad, I would like a hard copy of Spencer's talk.  That was one of the most powerful things that I have ever read.  He is amazing.

In all honesty, I don't know when we are going to call.  It kind of depends on what happens.  We are trying to see if we can borrow a cell phone from a member so that we can both talk at the same time.....but we will see.  We have sacrament meeting and that is it, so we will be done at 10 our time, 7 yours.  So, we can call then, or we can wait until later.  I don't really know when is better for you guys....if anyone is online and would like to let me know that would be sweet!  (I´m assuming you guys would prefer that I wait until after your church, right?)  I think I will plan on calling at like.....12 your time?  11 your time?  I don't really honestly depends a bunch on whether we find two phones... just keep your phone handy, and I will give ya a call! 

Mom, I still haven't gotten any Christmas packages, but I think that I should get them this week!  Also, I made a pretty large purchase on my credit card, and a large withdrawal out of my account, if you could transfer money for my credit card that would be great!

So, yep last week I completed 6 Months in the mission.  I can't even believe that I have been out here for 6 months.  It feels like yesterday we were at the MTC, but at the same time it feels like I haven't talked to you guys in about 20 years!  I'll be honest, I'm pretty excited for the phone call.  On Wednesday, (the 14th)  I did an intercambio with Elder Morgan.  We went to his area and had a blast!  So that next morning I was in Madre Vieja Sur.  Our biggest celebration for my 6 Months came that night.  Elder Hall, Me, Sebastian, and Felix went and got Empanadas, and just kinda chilled.  It was super fun.  I love those two kids so much.  They are like my little brothers.  Then, we went back to the house and did the ceremonial tie burning!!!  I was kind of emotionally attached to most of my ties-- and then I remembered this one that this girl gave me once upon a time.  I figured that was a good one to get rid of :) 

But yeah, I really realized this week how much I really do love the mission, and my focus of this weeks e-mail is going to be the things that I have learned on the mission.

Elder Reeder's Most Important Things He Has Learned On The Mission (Not in any order)
1.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church- and was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith.
2.  The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and the most correct book on the face of the earth.  
3.  Jesus Christ is our Savior, Redeemer, and friend.
4.  Prayers are answered.
5.  Families are Forever.

I could stop the list there and that would be sufficient.  But I have learned many more things :)

6.  The true meaning of Love.  
7.  Commandments aren't suggestions- they are the laws that govern the universe.  
8.  We need the Spirit with us.  ALWAYS!
9.  Repentance is an amazing gift from our Father in Heaven.  If someone gave you a brand new Ferrari, you'd drive it.  The Atonement is 1,000,000 times more amazing.  We have to use it. 
10.  We truly only love someone when we care more about their needs than our own.  
11.   Church is more than Sunday from 9-12.
12.  When you think you can't do something, sometimes you're right.  But with the Lord, you can do anything.  
13.  When we testify to people, sometimes we receive stronger confirmation than they do.  Share your testimony!
14.  Family and the Gospel, two things that we will have forever.  
15.  Missions aren't easy, but they are worth it.  

Now some "other" things I've learned:

16.  When your comp says "I gotta go" -- He means it.  (Explanation in the phone call :) )
17.  Don't procrastinate your laundry!  There might not be electricity or water tomorrow!   
18.  How to take a shower with a cup and a bucket LIKE A BOSS!
20.  How to flush a toilet with a bucket of water.
21.  Dad was right when he said, "You're spending money on someone else's wife!"
22.  Enjoy the simple things.
23.  Never take anything for granted.
24.  Sometimes its better just to nod your head and say, "Uh Huh".
25.  Clorox is a missionary's best friend.
26.  When you learn another language, you start sucking at your own.
27.  Never be afraid to share what you believe.  
28.  How to block out Roosters' crowing at night.  
29.  There is no greater joy than seeing someone change their life and accept the Gospel.  
30.  How to be a tight wad.  
31.  Respect the Peso.
33.  Nothing can really prepare you for a mission.
34.  We always have a reason to be happy.  
35.  Sometimes you just gotta sit down and enjoy a Kola Real.  
36.  Bananas in the States have got nothing on the ones here!
37.  Spoons > Forks.
38.  Never be in such a hurry to get somewhere, that you miss an opportunity along the way.  
39.  Elder Reeder has way too many R's for Spanish Speakers.  
40.  Service is a blessing -- not an inconvenience.  
41.  Sometimes, we just need to humble ourselves, and ask the Lord for help.  
42. Who the real Riley Ted Reeder is.  

I really can't even begin to say all the things that I have learned on the mission.  I have learned so many things that I could not have learned any other way, or anywhere else.  I love the mission.  I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I love you guys!  I can't wait to talk to you this Sunday!  


Elder Riley Ted Reeder

Also, I just thought I'd let you know I don't know what our plans are for Christmas!  We will probably eat way too much food at multiple members' houses, and then just hang out, Elder Hall and I.  We have a bunch of fun together.  But I feel like I'm just wasting my time writing, when we can talk in ONE WEEK!!!!  YAHOO!!!!  Tell everyone hi, that I love them, and that they are lazy bums who need to write me.  Preferably by e-mail.  Because I just am bad at writing hand letters, I'll be honest.  
Anyway, Don't freeze to death, and I'll try not to melt.  
Love, Riley

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