Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas! December 21, 2014

Well this week will definitely be one that I wont forget! So yes I got a new companion. I am training him he is from Bacolod so he is a native Iloingo speaker. He is NOT Elder Schaffer that’s for sure but I am just trying to love him for who he is. He’s one of those kids that just takes and doesn’t ask or anything like that. Like food, my razor, everything. But it’s okay:) It’s good it’s preparing me for when I am a father. I mean I never took Dads tools or anything right:)? But let’s see Wednesday I went down to Iloilo to transfer meeting and trainer’s trainee meeting. It was nice I am way tight with some of the office elders so we stayed up till like 3 talking. I was a bit tired the next day. But after trainer’s trainee meeting then got my new companion. Um I also got this other bit of news that I am the new district leader for our district! It’s been so busy this week. I have to be honest, I feel the Lord is asking a ton of me. But I do know one thing, I have listened to a talk by President Eyring about the scripture how everything will be for our learning and my comp is brand new so I am basically teaching everything and my head hurts so bad, yesterday I fell asleep on the floor with my clothes on and woke up at 3 in the morning. Everyone has baptisms for Christmas and so I had to interview them. But before that so the next day Friday we had the zone leaders come down to Interview the candidates we have for baptism right and I must have ate something bad because I woke up and was throwing up and had the runs way bad. Sorry but it’s true! So we had to fill out the brs that morning before the ZL got here so I was on jeepney and was throwing up out of the side. haha it was terrible but I am fine now and our investigators all passed!  5 for Christmas baby:) So then I went home and just went to bed. I thought I was going to die. I wanted my mom so bad. But let’s see I also spoke yesterday about how Christ is the biggest gift to us and we show our love for him by following his example. I had an interview yesterday as well it was way spiritual, the sister was solid she was from Passi an area from my district I had to write the questions to make sure I remembered how to say them. It was nice. After we had a dinner and the kids loved me haha one of them started crying when I left because he said we were best friends! J Also one of their daughters said I was the most beautiful human she had ever seen hahaha I started laughing. But also its Christmas time so I have been reading the story of the Saviors life with our investigators. Idk how I’m going to feel to be honest. I’m a little worried! But that’s about it I will be able to express more in a couple days. I’m planning on calling you on your Christmas not mine because we have a ton of baptisms!! But that’s it thus far. Oh also Nyny Valdarama my mom here is way sick and she has appendicitis and has no money to get it fixed and I seriously feel so bad I have no idea what to do. Because I love her and she is helping me so much to save her family! But that’s about it! I love you all:) Merry Christmas!
Elder Cuillard

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December 14 2014

Hey guys! Well this week has been great until yesterday! Thus far yesterday
was the hardest day I have had for sure, because my companion is going
home! Seriously it’s so hard for me because he was like an older brother for
me and besides that, I was literally reliant on him for the lessons and
everything. Yesterday I taught my first two lessons alone with the brand new
Elder, Elder Wight.  We went on splits and they had appointments and the only
members that could work are way out by their appointments. So Elder Silvano
went with him and I went with Elder Wright who is not good at the language
at all. Seriously you want me to be honest it was TERRRIBLE!!! I seriously
made no sense! The first lesson I reviewed the baptism questions so it wasn't
bad, I just read them... then the next lesson was a disaster. There are two recent
converts and then there are 5 new investigators and so I tried to teach
about Joseph Smith and praying to know, it was awful! I left and just lost it!!
Seriously I had NO idea what they were saying, no clue. And the saddest part
is that I study like every day and its still this hard.  But I was so
nervous I was sweating and I don't get like that but here I do!  I don’t know why I am! Just know it was rough and the mission President said I might be training and I don’t know what I will do. I had the strongest prayer I've had in my life last night just pleading for help... well honestly Elder Shaffer and I had dinner appointments everyday this week! That was solid! I was pumped people never have money so we would always eat by ourselves! But we also just had a good last week together like I kind of felt like I lost a brother! I love him! He was the best trainer a kid could ask for! But what I learned from Elder Shaffer.
1. Everything will be fine.
2. That you need to be patient and not get upset at little things and try to
look for little achievements.
3. How to teach.
4. To be a hard missionary but to also have fun to where the investigators
love you and want you over.
5. That the mission is hard! Embrace the hard. He gave me some throw downs
when I needed them and I'm glad he did!
 We had our Christmas party this week.  It was Elder Shaffer and I who
conducted. It was fun and there was a ton of people there!! Then we had a ton of
Christmas parties for families this week because Elder Shaffer was going
home. This week was way busy. Two days were cut out because of the Christmas party!! But that's about it.  Please pray for me it’s going to be a rough
little while I'm sure but I am just praying I can find a way to get the
Lords work done!
Love Elder Cuillard

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Typhoon?? December 7 2014

Hey so this week has been a pretty nuts week. We started this week with just teaching our soon to be recent converts who will be baptized on christmas! Their names are Jay ee Reese, Joana Mae and Medjio Saratou Reignneir, Sister Josephine and Joaan. so I am way pumped for that.  But i am way sad Elder Schafffer leaves in 9 days. I sometimes feel like I'm just coming right with him hahaha but idk we literally are just reviewing for there baptisms because they are getting so close.  They also made a huge deal out of the typhoon that was suppose to hit us way hard and it was like an average day in Utah and they wouldn't let us work yesterday.  So we had our own sacrament at the house and watched the testaments and some other church movies and stuff all day.   Yesterday it was the longest day of my life!! hahaha I wrote the family a letter though!  But literally this week was way boring, we helped people from Wednesday to Saturday tie down stuff and just little stuff like that, it wasnt to bad though.  We were just moving trying to help people this week prepare!! Other than that, that was our week! It' s our sm day today so I am in illoilo city.  We get to go to the mall thing today to go walk around I'm way pumped:) But also thank you to Tiffinany and Jax! I got their package and thank you to The Lamar Smith Family they are awesome tell them that I love them for all the letters from them!!!  Tell Lamar  I wont bring home a Filipina, I promise:) 
 Love Elder Cuillard 

Monday, December 1, 2014

November 30 2014 Happy Thanksgiving

November 30, 2014
Hey family and friends,
Well this week was a great week with a lot of different experiences. I had my first Thanksgiving away from home so obviously that was hard for me, but I’ll tell you about what we did. We made a big dinner and then sat around the table and talked about what we were grateful for. There is a lot to be grateful for but all I could think about was the fact that I have an amazing family and amazing friends! I started crying as I told the other Elders in the room that I was grateful for you guys and the life I was blessed to have! It was by far the hardest day here. I felt really lonely! But it’s all good! It kind of just passed and we left the house and went to work. There has been a ton of thoughts that have crossed my mind this week. I have been really trying to figure out why I am here in the Philippines. At times I don't feel like I am doing a whole ton to help people and I feel like my talents with people are just not here any more and the things that I was good at I feel like are my biggest weaknesses now and sometimes I wonder why its so hard for me and I get really frustrated. I feel like I just want to help so bad and I don’t feel like I am. But I have been really trying to just focus on the good things but I feel like it’s been hard! But it’s made me realize how grateful I am for the ability I have to communicate with people from home so easily. I thought that the things I would miss the most would be other things, but I literally just miss being able to sit and understand what someone’s saying. There are times I understand then I feel like it goes away very fast. 
 On the other side of things I gave two baptismal dates out it took me like 2 weeks to memorize what to say. But I did that! We have about 5 dates for Christmas baptisms so that will be awesome! We also moved a house this last week by hand we lifted it up and moved it... HAHA! Only in the Philippines would you literally lift a house up by bamboo and lift it to a new location. Also this week went down for the worst food I have eaten yet. It was pig blood and intestines. It was nasty.:) I was shocked they like were playing in the blood then just dumped it all in the food. I thought intestines were bad HAHA nope! HAHA but that was my week this week we taught those investigators who have dates this week that’s about it! They are ready its just reviewing but they live so far from each other its hard to find time. I have been reading Jesus the Christ at the moment it’s a great book! I have been trying to become the kind of person who knows Christ and questions that have been in my mind all week and its this when I leave this earth one day will I know my Savior when I meet him? Will I know him and who he is and his attributes and if I want to be his servant I better know who I’m serving right? So I have been focusing on that and the lessons for study time but that’s about it I love you all and hope you have a great week:) 

Love Elder Cuillard

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 23 2014- Happy Thanksgiving

Well hello family it’s been another week as I look back I cant believe that it’s been another week! Some days seem to go by FOREVER! But overall the weeks are going by way fast! But wow I can’t believe Cory is home... I remember her with her call at our house! That’s nuts. Tell her hello and I love her! Also tell the family I love them all and miss them to enjoy the Thanksgiving! The time is starting to speed up a bit! It’s weird actually I made a goal two weeks ago that I was going to take down all the pictures of the family I had on my desk and move them to my room and replace them with pictures of the savior and I feel like that’s really helped me! I have noticed that I am starting very slowly to understand what’s going on! Like slowly I’d say I am probably understanding about 60%, depends on the subject... but speaking on the other hand is not the best actually I am not good at it at all HaHa but I don’t know. I sometimes feel like I am heading home with Elder Schaffer its kind of weird because people are always bringing it up like Elder you only have 3 weeks and we have so many appointments for food because of that, so it like makes me feel like I am just heading out with him HA but obviously not close! I don’t feel ready yet I still have a ton of work to do here. But this week we actually got punted a but we had some lessons with a family named the Castor family and two of them accepted baptismal dates and we have three progressing that tomorrow if all goes as planned we will be giving dates to. We should have about 7 baptisms on Christmas which I’ll be baptizing like I’m excited but I don’t feel like I should be doing it. It should be Elder Schaffer! But it’s okay. I’m super excited for them to make that step! Let’s see, other than that we taught the first lesson to those families and that’s about it as work goes. We had a ton of hours about 58 hours of work but not a ton of lessons. We caught people at a bad time or something. They all came to church though we had 7 at church! That’s solid! Two great weeks in a row! So one night we worked with our branch president and he has this old jeep like from WW1 or something? I don’t know but its wayyyy old but anyways he took us to a couple referrals then after I was in the back looking up at the stars which are sweet here. Every night I pull out my yoga mat and look at them and stretch! But I was just overwhelmed with the feeling of how in the world did I get so blessed to have the life I have and these people I look at them and literally they have NOTHING I don’t think you all understand the level of poverty some of these people are in. And it makes me think sometimes who am I this spoiled kid to tell these special humble people to pay tithing when it was hard for them to pay because maybe I would be able to buy lunch one day instead of bringing a sac lunch ya know? I’ve just realized how blessed we are to have the lives we do. I have really been thanking the Lord for all the blessings that I have!! That’s about all for this week but I love you all!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving they don’t celebrate it here so the three of us white guys in the house are buying a chicken to eat:) yummmmm! Take the time this week to realize the AMAZING LIFE WE ALL HAVE! 
Love Elder Cuillard

Love Elder Cuillard

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17 2014

FYI: So a week ago Elder Cuillard was thrown from motorcycle in a crash on his way into the city. He was lucky only a few bumps and bruises.

Hey Family and Friends:)
Well hello I hope you have all had a great week! I will be honest this week has been the longest week ever!! I feel as though it’s been like a year. I had to lay in bed all day for 4 days and I am feeling a lot better! I really thank you all for your prayers on my behalf. I have felt them this week as I have been trying to get better. But as for the week goes not much happened since I was in bed so I read a lot and watched a couple church videos.  I love /”The Lords Errand” it’s about our prophet. He taught me a lot about how I should be a man who follows promptings. I have been trying to develop that while I have been here but its been difficult for me. But I feel as I keep trying the Lord will bless me. President Monsen says at the end of the video, I hope when the Lord needs something, he calls President Monsen! It made me think ya know I want to be like that too. Even though I can’t speak as much as I’d like I have been trying to find other ways to serve people. We also worked only 18 hours this week and we had an all time high at church with 10 total investigators!  What do ya know? The Lord blesses those Elders who get in accidents:) hahah But it was awesome! We are planning on having some baptismal dates given to some of them this week. The stake is planning on having a white Christmas meaning they are trying to have 100 baptisms that day at the big church in the city and I am trying with Elder Schaffer to get five! That's the goal it’s going to be hard but we will keep trying!! Other than that we didn’t teach a ton this week it was mostly a recovery week. I had a lot of time to contemplate my life and think of ways to be better. I am grateful for the accident it’s made me realize how blessed I am to go out and work everyday! I am super excited to go out and work this week. Thanks again for all the prayers I love you all:)
Elder Cuillard

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 9 2014

Well this week had been a crazy week! It started off really well actually the NyNy (Grandma) we baptized a couple weeks ago is on FIRE. She has recruited her whole entire family over for lessons. It has been awesome. I am way tight with their family. NyNy is like my little mom over here even though their family is the hardest for me to understand because they speak NO ILLONGO. So it’s straight up “Calinog Kariah” (their own language) it’s way hard, but I love them so much. Also I am way tight with two of the teenagers. One of them is JP he is starting his medical stuff for his mission next week, so we help each other because I am way good at teaching the lessons in English because my trainer is an absolute stud. Seriously knowing he is going home is going to be way hard for me. But I try learn as much as I can from him because he is the best white kid at everything both teaching and the language and we are like brothers no joke! But the cousins of the family we are teaching are way interested as well. The family’s name is the Valdarama. Then the other family is the Doronio family but their daughter has been in the hospital for a while now. She has been sick with a heart condition and they can’t go to Iloilo because they are way poor. We visit her about three to four times a week, she loves us. She used to be way shy but now she talks to us and enjoys our visits. We gave her a blessing and she ended up getting better for a week and told us it was because of us that she got better for a while. She’s got some crazy faith. So here is our plan. We have been teaching them about Joseph Smith the last little while. We will start the plan of salvation this week. I just hope their daughter gets better. I would be so sad if something happened.  She’s like one of my best friends here. Well we have a baptism this Saturday. It’s NyNy Valdaramas daughter. We have been working with her to get married. Her and her husband have one kid, he’s a stud but the husband wasn’t a fan of us at first and wouldn’t listen but Elder Schaffer and I executed a plan boomerang, meaning we would start by just little talk. He drives around and sells ice cream and its gross, but every time we see him we buy ice cream and talk. Then before we knew it he started to join a little but would make sure his cross on his neck was showing:) HA! It made me laugh! But he’s now taking the lessons but has some serious wow issues but we got this. But Jay Ay is the sister’s name. Also we got two more Elders this week so now there are four of us in Calinog at the moment. I am not the youngest any more:)!!!!!!! Hallelujah!! There is a new white kid, he is so shy and a little quiet but I’m breaking him. His comp is a NATIVE Illongo speaker which is nuts, so I told Elder Schaffer and him to speak Illongo all the time and they do, and Elder Silvano wants to learn English so we help each other and the new Elder. I have been helping him a ton. He’s had a few break downs and I’m like brother, I got you!!  HAHA! But he’s way nice, his name is Elder Wright he’s taller than I am so we have three guys over 6'3” in Calinog and one Pinoy (meaning native Filipino) and he’s a stud so we get “hey Joe” ten times more now. "Kanot" means American. So everyone says “Kanot Kanot” and then I answer back “sino sa akon? Indi pinoy ako?” which means, “No, I am a Fillipino” HAHA! But that is what they say here. But that’s about all this week. Here is my little inspiration I have felt this week. Forget yourself and become a “Pinoy”. Which is what I am trying to do.  I am literally trying to forget home and life before this and become the servant the Lord wants me to be. It’s still way hard but I am trying to become a man of God. I know he’s got our back if we keep pressing forward in faith. I love him and am just trying to trust him and recognize I need to be chopped back so I can grow the way he wants, not the way I want. I am grateful to be here and hope you all have a great week! 
Love Elder Cuillard

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 26, 2014

  Hi everyone! Not a ton happened but I had a really neat spiritual experience that I will hold close to me through my life. It was Wednesday, and we had just gotten up and finished p 90 x which im not going to lie is giving me a sweet looking 6 pack. No joke. But anyways, we finished our bucket showers and we had sat down to have personal study and I have been reading in the bible to places where it talks about the differences from us and Catholics. Everyone says we are all children of God and we all believe the same thing. They also believe that God is 1 being and can be in three places at once, so I have been reading about all that stuff to help enlighten our investigators.  So anyways, we get a call from the branch pres wife and she works at the hospital. It's not a hospital I  wouldnt EVER go there I don't care how sick I was!! They have about 4 people in each room and have a couple fans and it's just a TON of sick people with no money so they can't really be treated. But she said Elders can you run to the hospital real quick and come give a brother a blessing? So we went right away. We were honestly having a solid day like I was really enjoying it. We both were thinking it would be a little something ya know a flu or something. I've given so many blessings. They call us because no one else has olive oil. It is so expensive here and people cannot afford it. So we get to the hospital and the lady sister's friend is waiting for us because it's her husband. She seemed pretty shaken up but pinoys are kinda dramatic so I was like hmmm well we walk in the door and the man is lying there on his bed, his 12 year old daughter is bag valve ventilating him his eyes are rolled back and she says to him the elders are here to help you. We blessed him to arrive home with peace in his heart as he knows that the Savior loves him, we also blessed him not being a member to accept the sweet message of the atonement and to be at peace. We literally finished the blessing and he passed away. We walked out and then walked home which was WAY far away, but it seemed like nothing though. We didnt say one word, nor did one person say one word to us. No" hey joe" nothing and that never happens. It made me think about so much, how blessed I am to be here and how I have been given so much. How grateful I was that I was worthy!  Just everything! It was crazy cool and I haven't really ever felt the spirit speak to me like that. I literally felt whisperings in my ear. The craziest part about it is that I anointed, and I would feel to say something and Elder Schaffer said EXACTLY what I would have. Very Very sacred experience for me. 
  Well on the other side of things we had two baptisms this week it was AWESOME!  NyNy Valdarama which was just SOLID she is hilarious. She says I am not as gwapo as Elder Schaffer but I am his back up so its okay:) hahah it makes me laugh. Then a little boy who is part of a less active family but the mom always comes his name is Julious. He's a stud. We also got invited to a feista!  You literally walk into peoples homes and just eat the food. Like its weird but we had some good food and some weird stuff..... I don't know about what I ate but whatever right:) hahah My favorite is ADOBO it's vinegar, oil and soy sauce with pork and rice it's solid.  We met this crazy Ny(Grandma) that day who was the funniest lady I have ever met she is in the purple we walked in and start talking "oyyyy kamusta ny salamit gid sa abortunidad" and then get cut off and she goes I speak ENGLISH YOU IDIOT!  Not really good at all, but it was hilarious!  There was also a parade today and we were walking with our laundry to drop it off and more people looked at us because we are white. Perks of being white here. Literally everyone says "hey joe"  looks at you, and all the girls laugh so hard!  They also say "ohhhh gwapo sila" meaning they are hot! And my favorite is to turn and say "sino? sa akon? waay indi gwapo ko who? me? I'm not quapo" and they burst out laughing and get all red it's funny! But also I have learned what its like to be broke this week. I  have ate oats for like every meal both Schaffer because we wont eat canned sardines everyday. have to tell you what happened yesterday. It was a crazy spiritual experience.  We found out that one of the sisters who wasn't going to be baptized because she was having to feed her family and had to go harvest rice so that her kids could eat, but then decided not to work so she could be baptized. Elder Schaffer and I asked her to make us this treat and then payed for her to feed her family and that is one reason I am eating oats this week because we kinda ran out of money. Its not like a job its like they find a field and they get to keep the amount of rice that they harvest for the day. And Everyone needs rice so it goes way fast. And we traveled a ton for conference and stuff so we were WAY short on the funds so we are living off oats hahaha and this stuff called energin. HAHA so mom the package literally SAVED ME. Anyways that's about it I love you all have an awesome week!

Love, Elder Cuillard

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 19, 2014

First off let me reply to mom and dad:) So I have really just been questioning a lot this past week like why I am here in the Philippines when I feel like the Lord could have been using me so much more somewhere where I could speak ya know? IDK if I have ever mentioned this to you guys but it's not one language I'm learning, there are 3 different languages that people speak here. First Kariaya, Illongo and Tagolog, then like in between that there are little English words they use but they don't understand English or even realize that it's an English word. So we will go to one lesson and one family will speak one, then the next lesson another, and one family we teach speaks all three. So if you can imagine its difficult. Very difficult but I spoke yesterday and it was good but I was looking through my scripture case and found a note from you dad the one where you wrote it in journal style and I read it and it really made me happy. idk it helped me realize that this is not about me. It's just not. Mom I have not gotten anything yet from you, it takes about a month or so:) but its all good I'm starting to get the hang of things I am just pumped to be able to throw with a lacrosse stick:)!!!!!! Also I am so jealous of Yellowstone! I want to see some pine trees:) Ha!  I only see a ton of buko trees (palm trees with coconut) we get the BEST BUKO JUICE EVER here:) I love that stuff!! But I miss you and I hope you all had a great time! The one thing that I  regret more than anything is not spending more time with you guys!

So first I didn't really tell you a ton about last week so one day last week I almost died! It was freaky but it was so fun and nuts!!  So we were way out in the bukids like the middle of NOWHERE haha so we would have had to walk for like 3 hours to get to where we needed to go and it was dark. It gets dark at 5 here and the sun comes up at 4 in the morning. But anyways so we see this motorcycle, and we flag them down! Long story short, we hop on with 4 dudes on a little motorcycle then we start talking to them and we figure out they are drunk like so drunk!!  I was like well Heavenly Father if I need to get off tell me because I really don't want to walk but I really don't want to die. Anyways we made it safe! Also this week we are teaching a sister named Jemma and her daughter who is 16 and has a baby!  Not really weird here?? We also have a girl who joins in with us, like one of their friends, so anyways I guess that the one friend has a massive crush on me.. I felt so weird... the girls no joke LOVE us because we are white I've had multiple moms try to get me to take their daughters and I'm like "wala indi indi" It's not my purpose! We are way pumped though we have a baptism on Sunday! Sister Valdarama, she is way sweet she is a "Ny" or grandma! She is awesome! We have been working on her since I got here. We had 5 dates set but I think we are going to drop a couple because they are not showing the desire. Elder Schaffer and I have a goal not to count baptisms as our numbers, but count conversions. We don't care if we don't baptize because if we do some will be inactive the next week ya know? But it's been good so my scriptures like are falling apart idk why!  So I ordered some new ones for while im proselyting and I will just be extra careful with the ones I have, I think its the humidity.Oh so cool story Sis Sebastian my first baptism, she is inviting her friend to join in on lessons and she is solid like definitely a baptism soon:) hahah I love the Sebatians they are my fav I help out Reese their little girl with times tables while she helpes me learn the language. I love them because they spreak pure Illongo! Also super cool, a family was way sick and we gave them blessings and the next day all of them were better! When we came back and the Ny (grandma) said wow you young boys have some serious power! Ha! Then we got to testify that it wasn't us and it was really good:) So here is the new idea Elder Schaffer and I have, So there was a huge party next door and they were playing music till 3 am no joke! I couldn't sleep to save my life but that night I got some inspiration. Sooo here it is. We are going to organize a big christmas program with all the other faiths and get all the leaders in on it and it would be a big missionary opportunity and I'm pumped. I'll give you all more details later! But thats about it! The Language is still awful:) hahah but whatever right! It will come as long as I keep doing what I am doing! "amat amat" that's what everyone tells me, meaning its coming "slowly but surely":) Anyways I love you all have an amazing week!

  Love Elder Cuillard

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 12, 2014

Hi!  So I’ll respond to your questions first... So Dad, yes, the catholic church is right around the corner -my house is like right by it. But I spaced taking a picture of it, my camera is at the house and we are 3 hours away we have been here this whole weekend because of conference. We had 10 investigators with us and the stake president came up to us and told us how impressed they are with us. Our branch may become a ward soon.
So I am sorry about pictures but we have to get on and do Facebook Wednesday so I’ll send some pictures then. We have transfers that are every six weeks. Mom we have water about half of the time but toilets don’t flush so you pour water in them then the shower doesn’t really work so bucket shower it is! My house had a mouse in our food. It was in our rice but it escaped and we ate the rice anyway! It’s still roaming our house somewhere.
My week was honestly a rough one... we worked our butts off and we lost an investigator. I was seriously so sad...  I ended up crying telling her how sorry I was because I felt like it was because maybe I didn’t convey the message right,  and I promised her an answer but she said she had a dream about the catholic church...I don’t know, it was just a rough day. Monday we had a FHE and we had dinner and I ate something bad and ended up blowing chunks for the night... that was awful!! I was like where is my mother? But I’m good now.  We teach about 30 lessons a week. We have 5 baptismal dates, not this week but next so I’m pumped! This week we taught to the same families as last week so that didn’t change. My language is still so hard like so hard. I think I start to get it then nope... but whatever. It will come I hope! Well everyone is celebrating Christmas and it makes me miss home a lot, like just missing the family and seeing temple square for conference was like wow I miss that place its all so clean and white ahhhh:) but one day... right?? Seems like I’m never coming home!! But I’m trying not to focus on that:) the people here are great I don’t have much time but that’s about it today! I love you sorry for the short email we are not at home!! I love you!!

Elder Cuillard