Thursday, November 18, 2010

A very successful week ~ and a surprise transfer!

Hey everyone! Good afternoon!
It's a warm, sunny day here in Mina, and the smell in the air is that of summer back at home. And for me, it totally feels like back home - that is, until I remember that we're halfway through November. Weird. I read Josh's email (I think from last week) and he has pictures of Halloween and Thanksgiving things. Not having more than one season is kind of strange. :)
Well, it's been a great week, and there have been a few surprises. First, let me talk about Juan Carlos's baptism. The baptism part went off without a hitch - he asked me to baptize him, the branch showed up and was very supportive, and the service was beautiful. All cool there. I've got a picture that I'll try to upload in a second here. In his family, his mom and younger sister (age 10) are members. He has another younger sister of 7 who also attends church. His dad's your typical deadbeat drunk (sounds harsh, but it's true), and doesn't really give him a lot of support, but doesn't stand in his way either. His mom's really strong in the Church and emphatic about her chilren being faithful too. The baptism was awesome, but there were a few complications with the confirmation. It's a bit of a long story, but here are the details - Juan Carlos was electrocuted about a month ago (I think I mentioned this last week-a live cable near his eye, traveled through his body, tore part of his foot on exit), and so his left foot's in pretty bad shape right now, so he needs to wear flip flops everywhere. Yesterday morning he wanted to wear church shoes to church, and his dad told him not to, and that turned into an argument, and Juan Carlos got angry and refused to go to church. I went to Canticas Ward this week (we switch off every Sunday), and so after sacrament I headed over with a couple members and his mom to talk to him, but he had ransacked the place and was nowhere to be seen. I guess he did the same about a year ago (looking for money and then bailed by train to Mexico City), so we were kind of worried, but later his mom called us and had found him down by the railroad tracks reading the Book of Mormon. (Kind of a neat end to a worrying situation.) I think he's still pretty emotionally affected by his childhood and the way he's been living since - it's been rough - and that he just needs some time to get used to things. He says he's going to church for sure this Sunday. I hope so. Regardless, he's a cool person, and it's been fun getting to know him.
Javier and Susana still haven't made it to church (he works every other week), but they're doing really well; we had a very powerful lesson with Javier last week - the three of us shed tears - and he's devouring the Book of Mormon. Perfecto, in Canticas, is getting baptized this Saturday and it should be awesome. Cristina has been hard to get ahold of, but seems to still be interested. Deysi and Guillermo are still there, just waiting on paperwork. Another woman named Reyna, from Canticas, is just waiting on a birth certificate to get married and baptized. So we're teaching quite a few people, and should see lots of success in the next few weeks...
...and I won't be there for any of it! :( Yep - special transfers! (Mission-wide special transfers, so it's not my fault haha.) Turns out we're getting a batch of 28 gringos tonight, and so the President is making some huge changes, opening and closing areas, etc. Who knows why they're coming today instead of in four weeks - maybe they've been waiting on visas or something, who knows. It's kind of strange, but oh well. So Mina's getting six more missionaries and things are getting moved around. (Also, an entire zone - called Los Tuxtlas - is getting closed. I didn't know that even happened...) My companion's staying in Paquitál with a new companion from somewhere else, and I'm going to the area Palmar, still here in Mina. My companion's name is Elder Valencia; I've seen him around, but don't know him very well. And I'll still be District Leader - but they're dividing the zone, and I'll end up in the other one. It's pretty crazy; the whole mission is having changes like this. I totally didn't expect this - who would? - and was a little sad to be leaving Paquitál, since I've really enjoyed being here and was looking forward to the upcoming weeks. However, I know that Palmar is where the Lord wants me right now, and I have the feeling that great things await me there. So, it's kind of a mixed bag, but overall I'm excited and looking forward to the changes. Tomorrow morning I head over to the new area, and next week I'll be able to tell you all about how it is.
Well, that's really all the big news of the week. Oh, Saturday morning we went to Canticas to help a sister and her daughter out with some yard work, and I mowed her lawn! With a lawnmower! Yards are rare here, and I didn't even know lawnmowers existed, to be honest. :) It was pretty fun; I haven't mowed the lawn in a while. Cool stuff.
Yep, I think that's about it. On to the replies! :)
Let's mix things up this week...
Dad - I figure that for once you can go first, so that I can finally say everything I have in mind. :) You asked about our daily routine and knocking doors. We usually have a couple appointments in the morning, but if not we use that time to contact in the streets and knock doors; it seems to be more effective in the morning or right after lunch. We try to talk to as many people in the streets as we can in between appointments, and then we go street by street, depending upon where we are, knocking every door and looking for people to teach. The number of people who accept us changes depending on the hour, the place, and the day - sometimes everyone opens up for us, and sometimes we'll get 30 houses before even talking to someone. But, for the most part, people are pretty willing to let us in, even if they have no interest in the message. I forgot to take a picture of a typical house/street - I'll do that this week - but they're pretty small and painted lots of strange colors. :) haha. It's true though. Most people seem to have jobs - practically half the city works for Pemex (petroleum company with a bunch of plants here). You asked how it compares to Chile - I think the closest is the house of the old branch president we visited. Mina reminds me a lot of being there. It's really not that big of a city, to be honest. As for the native missionaries, there are a lot of them that want to work hard, but I'd definitely say that many native missionaries are much more (how shall I say?) relaxed? (lazy missionaries).  I've met Elders from Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Bolivia - oh, and I've heard of some from Canada. :) The rest are gringos or Mexicans. I really liked your comments on the stake conference from last week - I found a cool correlation between the two talks. The one talked about standing in holy places, and carrying that holiness with you - well, the phrase "lift where you stand" from General Conference (in April, I think) came to mind, and then I thought, "purify where you stand." Kind of a neat idea - disciples of Christ carrying His light around the world and making different places and people just a little more holy by their example. That, of course, ties in perfectly with the tapestry idea from the other speaker. The two ideas kind of came together in my mind and it seems cool. We should all make the world more holy, wherever it is that we are, and in that way we create just a little bit more of the Gospel tapestry. In the President's email today he talked about how we should focus every day on doing things that we won't regret - filling our lives with goodness. Kind of goes along as well, in a way. Oh, and that poem was wonderful (the one from last week). I absolutely love it. I have read it a bunch this week, and really pondered on it. Very cool. Thanks for sharing that. I really liked your comments this week on hymns. Cool thing - I have a Tabernacle Choir disc called "Called To Serve," which I have listened to many times now, and two of my now-favorite hymns are from that disc - Redeemer of Israel and How Firm a Foundation. Funny you mentioned both of them. Man, what good lyrics and powerful messages. They inspire me every time I hear them. Hymns truly have a lot of power. Also cool your thoughts about them. Well, as always, more next week. Thanks for everything, Dad. I really appreciate it. I love you very much. :) (Oh, and - two taps!) :)
Mom - Hey Mom! :) Thanks for sending the Christmas packages and stuff (no, I haven't received them yet, just thought I'd thank you in advance haha). I'll let you know when they arrive. You asked about church responsibilities - I teach Gospel Principles every other week (trade off with my companion), and every month or so they have a missionary speak in sacrament meeting. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to do so here. Rats. Doing splits with the youth is cool; it lets me get to know them more and is a good experience for them too. No rush on the new address for Grandpa and Grandma Greer - I probably won't head to the post office until December. I should have a bunch of letters ready to mail by then, though. It was cool to hear about what Reagan's been up to; sounds like he's happy and having a lot of fun. I'm glad. Miranda and Gabbie seem to be doing well, too. And Neeks? I'm sure she's still zipping around. I can't believe it's snowing there... :) Sounds like this week should be a busy one! I hope you enjoy it, though. Thanks for everything, Mom. I love you very much! :)
Miranda - Still excited for Harry Potter 7? I'm sure you'll have a good time. Also, tell me a little bit more about The Kite Runner and what else you been reading? How's school been going? Did you get your English paper finished? ;) Mom said you finished the Book of Mormon and your Personal Progress - that's awesome! You'll have to let me know more about that next week too. How's everything with your calling in the Laurels? Keep me up-to-date on the BYU application and everything else that's going on in your life. I hope you have a wonderful week! I love you very much! :)
Gabbie!: Hey Gabs! :) I have to say, your story about riding Goose last week sounded pretty cool. You're getting to be quite the horseback rider girl, aren't you? :) From this week, I recognized the first Toy Story quote, but not the second one... I'm sure it's just the English-Spanish confusion. Haha. How's your reading coming along? Did you ever pick up The Westing Game? You asked about the number of youth here - in the ward, about 15 altogether, and about 7 in the branch. Not many, compared to at home, but still not too bad. I'll let you know next week about the new ward. The Bishop's Youth Discussion sounded pretty cool too; I'll definitely have to try that activity you mentioned with some investigators sometime. Gabs, thanks for being so awesome. Have a great week and enjoy the nice weather! :) I love you! :) PS - congratulations on your grades! Woo! :)
Thank you, everyone, for all the things you do for me. I'm having the time of my life out here. I love you all very much, and know that the Church is true. Be strong and faithful and seek the Lord's blessings. Have a wonderful week, everyone! :)
Con mucho amor,
Elder Greer

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 8 + previous 2 letters

<Justin's had a successful couple of weeks and the work is moving along. I will post excerpts from letters a couple weeks ago, then this week's letter and we're caught up!  Mark>

Excerpt from October 25
This past week we've been knocking a lot of doors, looking for new people to teach, and have found moderate success. I've been studying the New Testament a lot this week, reading through the Gospels and focusing on the testimony of the Savior found therein; I really enjoy reading some of the firsthand accounts of His miracles and teachings. But aside from all of that, it's been a pretty normal week - enjoyable, quick, and full of work. The only thing that stands out is the baptism we had on Saturday.
Saturday was the baptism of Inés Peña Gutiérrez. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned a little bit about him. He had started off being a bit shy around us (and everyone else, for that matter), but as we taught him more we became pretty good friends and he opened up a lot. He was really looking forward to his baptism and didn't seem the least bit nervous. The baptismal service was really nice; we had a lot of support from the members and the talks were pretty spiritual (if I do say so myself - I gave one on repentance haha). My companion, Elder Silva, performed the baptism, and it went off without a hitch. Yesterday was Inés's confirmation and it was equally spiritual. I think he's going to be a strong member in the church (every time we've passed by for him to go to church, he's dressed and waiting outside for us - seems pretty eager about everything). He should be able to help his family a lot with his example, and we're hoping that further along they'll want to follow him into the Gospel. For the moment, all is well with Inés, and I'm really grateful to have been a part of his conversion to the Lord's Church.
What else, what else... well, this week we have Zone Conference on Thursday. I'm looking forward to that, and hopefully will receive some letters/packages. I'll let you all know next week how it went. This is also the last week of the transfer, so I might have news next week - though I feel like my companion and I'll be staying here another transfer.
Gabs - Hey Gabs! How's it goin'? I laughed last week at what you said about Lauren's new sister... something along the lines of "I don't know if anyone told you that Lauren's mom is pregnant... well, she had her baby this week." Haha. I don't remember anyone telling me about it before - kind of skipped the whole nine months! :) Sounds like things are going pretty well in school and that you're getting pretty good grades - keep it up! Oh, and speaking of Lauren's sister - thanks for reminding me - you mentioned remembering drinking chocolate milk in the hospital when Reagan was born. My first memory is of drinking chocolate milk and watching Lady and the Tramp in the hospital with Grandma Greer when Miranda was born. Cool, huh? Your hike up the mountain from last week sounds like a lot of fun. That's one thing I've missed in the mission - we do lots and lots of walking, but never just for pleasure or checking out the scenery; we always have to get somewhere and teach a lesson or something. I'm looking forward to going on hikes with you and Dad and Nikka when I get back. How did your CTE with Laura go? (I guess I should just check the email from this week to see if you say anything about it, huh?) You asked about Chinese food - yeah, there's Chinese food down here, and it tastes pretty much like the Chinese food back at home, but there aren't many opportunities to eat it for us. Gabs, thanks for always writing and for being such a great sister. I love you very, very much and hope that you have a wonderful week! :)
Miranda - Hey! Continuing with the theme of things my sisters said last week that were funny, you talked about how your guy friend admitted "on Facebook, and to the world," that he enjoyed watching Gilmore Girls. I imagined Dad making a comment about how Facebook is not the same thing as "the world," and it made me laugh. Dad, feel free to make such comment here. :) Anyway, on to more important things. Mom says you've been working hard on the English AP practice tests. How's that going? And how's the rest of school going - how are all your classes? Still enjoying them? Learn anything cool this week? :) What are your plans for college? You mentioned going to the U... I keep thinking it would be pretty cool if we both go to BYU when I get home - we could even have a class together or something. Might be kind of neat - what do you think? Have you made any plans yet, or just focused on the present? :) Well, Miranda, thanks for your emails. I always enjoy reading them and they make me laugh. Thanks for being such a great sister. Have a wonderful week! I love you very much! :) PS - how goes the Book of Mormon? :)
Mom - Hi Mom! :) It sounds like Reagan has been doing pretty well lately, all things considered. Is he still making improvements, or has he hit another plateau? Give the little guy a big hug from me, okay? :) You asked this week about my sickness - I know at one point I had a throat infection, but I don't remember what the shots were called and the doctor never told me exactly what it was I had. The whole "going to the doctor" thing works kind of differently down here, it seems. Oh, and he was just a normal doctor, not from the mission or anything. Thanks for always telling me about how everyone's doing - I always love hearing that kind of thing. I hope you have a very wonderful week, Mom. I love you very much. :)
Dad - How's it going with the writing? I always enjoy hearing about what you've been up to, the critiques, the plans (schemes, etc.) and all that. Are you still going to submit for Writers of the Future? We were eating with a member last week and I saw an interesting book on the table - "Creámosle a Cristo," or, for the rest of you heathen folk back home (hah) - "Believing Christ." I remember you mentioned having read the book, and we've talked about that concept a lot before (in fact, it's one of the "Seven Rules for a Successful Mission" you gave me back before I hit the MTC - thanks for those, by the way. They're really good). I skimmed through the book a bit and really liked what he talked about - the whole idea of allowing Christ to free us from guilt and accepting forgiveness when it comes. Cool stuff. It was interesting, too, what you said in weeks past about grace - I've been studying it this past week a bit, and I realized I always kind of played it down in my mind, preferring to focus on works or other things. But the concept of grace is powerful. In fact, I have an Ensign article I found about it that I really liked - I forget which one, though. Maybe for next week I'll let you know; I really enjoyed it. Anyway, as you said, the time passes quickly, so we should be focused not just on our goals, but also on enjoying the journey. I feel like I really have fun each and every day, and I think that's important - to live in the here and now, and not be so focused on the future that you don't notice the beautiful scenery. It was neat to hear about Mikey coming home, and interesting that it's taking a little bit of effort for him to get used to being home. I wonder how it will be for me. So far, I've been in cities in every area, and from what I understand Mexico's better off than Guatemala as far as economy and all that, but who knows - maybe I'll end up finishing the mission in a little pueblito too. It'll be interesting to see what happens, and very interesting to come home and adapt to "normal" life again. I'd love to hear from Mikey, by the way, if he has the time to write a bit one of these days. Thanks for sending the conference talks. I really enjoy reading them. Just keep sendin' them along, I say! :) Well, that's about it for time. Thanks for always writing me and supporting what I'm doing. Thanks, as well, for your great example. I love you very much and hope that you have a wonderful week! :)
Thanks, everyone, for all you do for me. I love you all very much. Have a great week!
Con mucho amor,
Elder Greer
From November 1 2010
... Some cool things happened this week, though. We found and are teaching a woman named Cristina who recently had surgery on her upper leg, and so she's basically confined to her house for the next few months (though she can walk around a bit and go places if in a car). It makes a really good situation for us, since she's pretty much always at home and available. :) She's also really willing to listen, and it seems like she's open to our message. We'll be working with her a lot this week. Please keep her in your prayers.
Things are going pretty well with Deysi and Guillermo - they're getting the money and paperwork together to get married and then baptized. I'm thinking that in about three weeks they'll be ready with everything - in the meantime, they're continuing on firmly (poor translation from my Spanish-thinking brain) and are enjoying the Gospel more and more each day. Good stuff there.
Inés is also doing really well. He's having a great time in church and his mom has started listening in on our lessons. We're hoping that she'll make the decision to be baptized pretty soon here. She's come to church the past two Sundays, and we're seeing some progress there. Oh, and Inés received the Priesthood yesterday - he was pretty excited about that.
We had Zone Conference last week, and it was wonderful. The President talked a lot about the living Christ - in fact, he recited "The Living Christ" from memory and it was a pretty powerful part of the conference. My testimony of Christ as our Savior and Redeemer was strengthened and deepened. Every so often I have those moments where my mind seems to expand a little, the Spirit testifies to me, and I grasp the concepts of the Gospel a little more fully and in a more profound and personal way - those are wonderful experiences, aren't they? Kind of like a little glimpse into the other side of the Veil, seeing and feeling the truths that we once lived and were a part of. Well, the conference, and some of the things I've studied lately, have had that effect in my life, and it's been incredible. The Gospel is definitely true - and more than that, it brings such a love and light into our lives. :)
In the conference I did indeed receive some mail and packages. :) I got a letter each from Lisa, Laura, Brother and Sister Windley (I really need to write them a letter soon - they're so awesome and consistent in writing me, and I love reading their words of wisdom), and Mom. The card from Mom had the new debit card in it - it arrived safe and sound, so you can go ahead and activate it. :)  Also, I received a package from Mom and one from Lisa and Laura. Theirs had a video ("To This End Was I Born," which is a great one), some HLJ (CTR) rings, a pamphlet thing on the family, and a note - it was pretty cool. Pass along my thanks and gratitude. The package from the family had an extremely smashed Pop-Tart (that one made me laugh - still tastes great, though!), a great tie, and a much-appreciated watch (I finally know what time it is. Haha). Thank you very much for all of that. I really appreciated everything. And it was cool that something finally came through, too.  
(My companion just read me an email from his older brother, who served a mission ten years ago and pretty much went inactive six months later. In the email, his brother says he's had a complete change of heart and is back in church. Pretty awesome.)
One other cool thing from this past week - I played baseball this morning! The zone got together to play a game with some members (men and youth alike) from around here. We played a couple hours and I had an absolute blast. It was great to step up to bat again and find that I hadn't lost everything - I connected pretty well a couple time and made three runs. :) Also, I had a chance to pitch a little bit (not in the game, because we were just throwing soft, but afterward, where I could really fire it in there), and it was a lot of fun. It felt great to work my arm again like that. To be honest, I miss playing baseball, and hope to be able to play some when I get back. Playing today was a lot of fun.
Con mucho amor y un gran abrazo,
Elder Greer
November 8 2010
Hey everyone! :) Man... what a wonderful thing life is. Sometimes it's nice to just take a second to pause, take a deep breath, look around you, and realize the magnificence of all of God's creations. (I'm looking around me here at the cyber, and all I see are kids on Facebook and other kids playing violent videogames. Hah. Maybe this activity works better in the mountains or something...) I love being able to check my email once a week and read of all sorts of amazing things from people I love. I get to read Josh's emails, which are very inspiring; occasional emails from Lisa, Laura, Grandpa Greer, and other friends out on missions, which give me great advice and let me smile and laugh a little; and, of course, I read the email from you guys (the family), and it always makes me feel really happy to know that things are going well and life is good. It makes me appreciate a little bit more the blessing of life and the chance we have to interact one with another. I've commented on this before, but relationships are truly the most important thing we can create in this life - aside from them and our memories and knowledge, what else can we take with us? So dedicate a little time this week to strengthening and enjoying these precious relationships that make life so wonderful. Get it? (Got it.) Good. :)
Well, it's been another wonderful week. Elder Silva and I started off the transfer with renewed energy and it really paid off. We were able to find and teach a bunch of people this week, and place the groundwork for our labors the rest of the transfer. The Lord is truly blessing us, and in part it's for our efforts to obey and work diligently (and the other part is due to His tremendous mercy and love which He continually showers upon us). I've felt so good this past week - in tune with the Spirit, focused, happy, and at peace. It reminds me of something that Elder Lanham said in one of his letters to me about a year ago - "there's no guilt or remorse in missionary work, just one focus: Christ. We try to be like Him, and our lives become swallowed up in His love, and little by little we come unto Him." It's a pretty special process, and I feel like it's been highly accelerated throughout my mission - I've had so many wonderful experiences and I have grown so much. I'm still the same person, just a better version of who I was before, and a little bit closer to the person God wants me to be. It's pretty neat stuff. :)
Info on investigators. Cristina's doing well; she's practically accepted a baptismal date, just has a little bit of hesitation and wants to pray about it. She went out of town this weekend and wasn't able to come to church, but we have another appointment on Wednesday and we're going to try to get her whole family together (plus bring some members along to fellowship). I feel like she's going to make it to baptism; we'll be working hard to help her this week. Javier and Susana are doing well too. I'm not sure if I mentioned them before - we first met with Susana, and then the following day taught Javier, her husband (they're a young couple), and he really took to the message of the Restoration. He seemed kind of unwilling to listen to us at first, but then the Book of Mormon got ahold of his heart and opened it right up. :) We left him the first day with Alma 32 - he read it twice, then started at the beginning and read all of the introductory pages leading up to 1 Nephi. He felt the Spirit very strongly while he read and told us he had been pondering what he had learned and applying it in his life. It's been pretty awesome with him. They weren't able to come to church yesterday either, but we're going to do our best to get them to go this week. Javier's really excited about baptism, and with a little bit of work Susana will get there too. I'm really excited to be able to teach and help them this week.
Deysi and Guillermo are waiting for some tests and paperwork... we figure they'll get married and baptized the first weekend in December. So far so good there. Inés is going strong, and little by little his mom is accepting the restored Gospel and changing her life. Also, we met two other great investigators this past week. The first was Juan Carlos. He's 15 and the son of a member who lives in the Canticas branch. He's always been pretty rebellious (always running off to the US, hah), but about a month ago that all changed. He was riding atop a train trying to get to the States (remember the newspaper articles we read before the mission about accidents in Chiapas?) and was electrocuted by a low-hanging cable. It was pretty intense - half of the bottom of his left foot is missing (just... gone!) and he has a pretty nasty wound near his right eye, where the electricity entered. It's pretty crazy. He made it home with the help of some friends (and the police), and has had a total change of heart. He wants to make things right in his life and follow the Savior. He's getting baptized this Saturday. :) It's made me really happy to see the changes in his life and I know he'll be a strong member and a future missionary. I'm really looking forward to this weekend. He could use your prayers so that everything goes well. Also, we met a man named Perfecto (cool name, huh?), also in Canticas; his children are all faithful members, but he's always been a drunk and hasn't wanted anything to do with the Church. Well, he too has had a change of heart; he's stopped drinking, and we've planned his baptism for the 20th. And this is just the start of the success we'll be having! :) I'm looking forward to working with all of these people and I'll be sure to keep you informed on their progress.
Well, that's about it for now. Time for the good stuff. :)
Mom - Hey! :) You talked about the Windleys (and Dad too - send them my best, especially with the operation business going on). They've written me every single month; they always send the ward newsletter and a handwritten note. I really appreciate that; it means a lot to me. One thing's for sure - I haven't suffered too much in the mission, with such great support and love from home. :) Wish Reagan a happy birthday from me and give him some sort of awesome older brother gift, okay? :) Only 285 days left? Yikes... :) Well, I'll have to write more next week. Thank you for everything Mom, and I hope you have a great week. I love you very much. Talk to you next week! :)
Miranda - Congratulations on the 4.0! Whoo! :) I think I've heard of The Kite Runner, but never read it. What's it about? It's cool to hear that you're enjoying the Shakespeare class; I've really liked all the plays I've read, and definitely learned a lot too. As for the Spanish AP test... hmmm. There are parts where you have to record yourself speaking and answering some test prompts... written parts, where you answer questions... listening parts, where again you answer questions... and a part where you have to write a bit. I don't really remember too well, since I took that test three and a half years ago, but I do remember that. It's a test of general comprehension, so basically there's nothing specific to study; or rather, everything you study will help you. Unfortunately, the only advice I can give is to come to Mexico for a few months and then you'll pass without a problem: :)  Yeah, el día de los muertos is celebrated here - lots of candlelight processionals and other creepy things. We just avoided most of it. :) And Thanksgiving... probably not, unless I can get some members to celebrate it and invite us haha. Oh well. Good job with the Book of Mormon! Let me know when you finish. I'm looking to finish again before the end of the year... I'm in Mosiah right now. I love that book. Thanks, Miranda, for being an awesome sister, and I hope you have a great week. Love you very much! :)
Gabs - Hey Gabs! :) Your horseback riding adventures sound pretty awesome! I laughed a lot at your Ace Ventura quote. :) It seems like you're getting pretty great at riding horses - I'm excited to see you ride (and maybe try it out myself) when I get home! :)  What else have you been reading lately? Well, Gabs, your part is a bit short this week. Sorry - next week will be a whole email just for you! :) haha. But thank you for being a great sister, and have a wonderful week! I love you very much! :)
Reagan: Hey Reags! Happy birthday! (Somebody give him a big hug for me, and again on his birthday, okay?) Nine years old. Wow. :)
Dad - I really liked your thoughts and what you said about Stake Conference. It sounds like it was pretty good. I just loved that poem you put in there - it's really profound, and has a powerful message. As for the baseball - yeah, we rounded up some mitts from ward members and had enough to all play. An older man who's a coach for a local team let me pitch to him a bit, and said that I throw hard. :) Baseball's not too popular here in Mexico, but there are still teams here and there, and it was fun to play again and to remember the good old days. As for knocking doors, we usually tap on the gate with a coin or shout "buenas tardes" until they come outside. Some people have doorbells, too. But maybe this week I'll try the cartwheel idea... :)  Yeah, I'm looking forward to staying a second transfer in this area. It'll be fun. Thanks for everything, Dad. Have a great week. I love you very much. :)
Thanks, everyone, for all you do for me. I love you all very much. Have a wonderful week!  
Con mucho amor,
Elder Greer