As always, I love hearing all the updates and news. Thanks Dad for talking about being stronger after your therapy. That is what this mission is, becoming stronger after the trial, even though I feel really weak as it goes along.
Hna. Santiago is really hard. I don´t know all the details (or hardly any) of her life before, but she comes from an indigenous pueblo where Spanish is not the first language. She is childlike in a lot of ways. It can be really hard. It is also extremely humbling (again) because when she criticizes what I do or what has been done here, she´s often right. Also, sometimes she talks nonsense and I have to excuse myself. But I know she was sent to Villa Gonzalez to work, and not to just be babysat by a patient(ish) companion. She is helping to accomplish the work. She is pushing us to accomplish the work.
Sometimes (in the past week alone) I feel like I can´t get through this.But I get mail from home, and I feel so much love. And there are people here who love me and support me. She doesn´t have that. That´s why I have to push through this and give her what I can. I have so much, and she has so little. And it is hard to give, and love someone who drives you crazy. I´m really trying to love her though. In some moments more than others.
So I love you guys so much. The longer I am in the mission the more grateful I am for the things I have. The opportunities, my life in America. As someone with the gospel. We are ridiculously blessed. And this country isn´t even 3rd world. It is so much worse in other places. We have to do something with what we have been given.
Love you so much,