The excitement mounts! Aaron will be leaving on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 to go to the Guatamala Missionary Training Center. He loved the MTC at first, then I think reality hit that he would be gone for two years, and he had a bit of a slump. He sprained his ankle, and got sick, and didn’t really send anything interesting to post, but things are looking up for him, and he is sounding very excited to be on his way to Central America! Here’s his email from Thursday Jan. 19, 2012:
Yep I have less than a week to go now and I am off to a new country and won’t set foot in the U.S. for two whole years! I am so excited to get the chance to go down there. So with my travel plans, I leave SLC on Tuesday at 4:55 pm and land in LAX at about 5:50 pm their time. I don’t fly out again until 10:45 pm their time and get to Guatemala city at around 5:50 am. It is going to be such a long day with being on a plane all day. I’m not really sick anymore, but I don’t really feel all that great still. I just need to go out and do something and not sit on my but all day every day. I got the package you sent. Thanks for that! I am going to leave my shoes home and I don’t think I need anything else before I leave. I think I’m all set. When I get down there, I’m going to get to go out on splits with the missionaries that are in Guatemala City. I also get to go out and practice street contacting when I am there too! That’s awesome huh!? If it’s not to expensive to send, I’ll try to find some ties and bracelets or something like that when I get there. Have you seen pictures of the Guatemala City Temple? It is such a pretty temple. Look up some pictures of it. It is in the city, but it kind of seems like it is kind of in a jungle area also. I haven’t seen Nick or Logan yet, but I am going to try to find them today. I will see them sometime before I leave at least.
I am really starting to like my mission. I changed my attitude about things here and have completely turned my mission around. I am a lot happier of a person and am starting to have a really good time. The more fun I start having, the faster time goes. I will be in Guatemala soon and wonder where my last week here went. It is going to be so awesome to go there! I am the travel leader for the group that is going with me, which is cool, except for the fact that I don’t really know what I do or anything yet! Haha. Oh well though, I will find out sometime soon! I will send an SD card home soon with pictures. Sorry I haven’t sent it before. Don’t worry about sending it back for awhile though. Just send it whenever you are planning on sending a package again. I should be fine with the weight for things though. I’m going to take my temple stuff and just put it in my suitcase and take my temple bag as a carry on with some books and other stuff on it if I end up needing to get rid of some weight. So I had something really funny happen to me the other day, but kinda gross too. So I was sitting in one of the stalls using the bathroom and I heard the one next to me flush. I didn’t think anything of it until I heard water pouring over the side if his toilet. My feet shot up to the stall door just in time to see a sheet of water shooting under me. Luckily I didn’t get any on me and there was a drain right there next to me so it all drained out pretty quick. I was laughing so hard when it happened though! Haha
Well that’s about all I’ve got for now. My next email to you will be from Guatemala! It’s kind of weird to think that in less than a week I will be gone and not set foot in the United States again for almost two years. I am going to love it there! I love you all and hope you have an awesome week!!!!!
Aaron (Elder Black)
Later on Thursday he wrote:
I saw Logan today in the cafeteria. It was pretty cool to see him. I also saw Mr. Hunsaker and his wife. I guess they got into the MTC a few days ago and are headed off to the Farmington, New Mexico. I haven’t seen Nick yet though. Love you!
(Logan and Nick are friends of Aaron’s who just entered the MTC yesterday, the 18th. Mr Hunsaker is one of his teachers from middle school that he really liked.)