Saturday, August 27, 2016

Even Missionaries have to be cool when you're 19

New companion!!  Elder Platt has come to the rescue!

A great letter this week. Lots of changes for Cody!!

First off guys I need pictures, honestly the only people sending pics are Mark and Andi ( and smiles but it was of a toe, a fetching toe) so come on I need more pics!!!!!!!!!!! Second, I got a new companion because my other companion went home for medical reasons.  My new companion’s name is Elder Platt, he is from Colorado Springs.  He is the best! It is such a blessing to have him as a companion. My gosh his Spanish is good, he is exactly like our family and laughs at all of my jokes.  And the best part he loves the story from Dave's mission about “so great!!!!!” 

So this next P day will be on a Friday, but the next one will be on a Wednesday.  Something to do with us being off to Aguacalentes.

I need to hear what happened with the Olympics, like come on people!!!!!!!!!

Because of the panic attacks my old companion had I missed about 20 hours of class time so my Spanish is AWFUL.   I'm so behind, so my new companion will kick me into shape hopefully!!!!!!! 

So six months ago today I opened my mission call.   Can something seem that long ago, and yet short all at the same time?

I lost 15 more pounds!  I don’t have a gut hanging over my pants anymore and when I put my pants on it looks like I am from the biggest loser, its pretty funny.

I leave the premises when we go to the temple and to get our visas. It is way too sketchy out here to do what Dave did because every night we hear gunshots.  I  miss elk!  I told my companions about hunting and gosh I miss it, but who cares I'm in Mexico now!!! I freakin’ miss the Land Cruiser, my gosh that stick shift, holy crap!!!

Ok, so I thought of more stuff in the package.  I need pics of the fam in a book or something.  I need a new belt, I’ve lost 15 pounds and my belt is too big.  I need a new camera, it broke! I know, sorry it didn’t turn on one day.  My companion left because of health problems, his family said they would not love him if he came home.  I felt bad, and his life just fell apart in seconds. It was bad, so I hope you don’t do that to me if I do come home. I don’t think I will, because I love being a missionary, but I’m ready to leave the CCM.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cody has made the transition to missionary!!

First off I cant stand it here in the CCM anymore, I’m ready to leave, my roommates are driving me insane!!!!!!
My companion is the worst, he has no manners whatsoever!   He farts whenever he wants, and whenever I talk to him about it he says, “the district will just have to get used to it” and he is just selfish.  I hate it!  He’s been having lots of panic attacks, so we have been to the doctors a lot, like 10 hours in his office.   He personally knows elder Payne now, so that how its going with my companion.  Not fun, but a growing experience.

My foot was hurting when I looked at it, I had an ingrown toe nail.   I pulled it out myself and holy cow it was pretty disgusting.

Our afternoon teacher Hermano Suaste, coolest guy in the whole wide world, loves me because he spends so much time worrying about me, and he even sits by me at lunch and dinner.

I had a cold earlier, and that cold triggered a super bad ear infection.  To the point that puss was squirting out of my ear, it killed soooooooo bad.   The doctor said that was the worst one I’ve ever seen.

I’ve heard stories about “forgetting your first name” and I cant believe that i actually forgot my first name.   I saw Cami, an old friend, and she said “Cody Cody Cody!!!!” Then she said “Elder Smiley” and I was like ya? It was pretty funny!!!!

It gets dark at 7 at night and light at 8 in the morning. Kind of insane, and these Mexicans are the hardest working people, its absolutely crazy!!!!! 

I officially had a worst and best part of my mission because my companion had a way bad panic attack and Elder Adams, who is a saint came over and said “do you need a priesthood blessing?”  My companion said that he would.  Then Elder Adams asked “who would you like to do it?” and he looked at me.   I got nervous, and shook my head, but I did participate in it.   After I felt bad cause I said no, and I really wanted to, but got too nervous. It was cool to participate!!!!

Sorry my emailing has been everywhere we go to the temple for 6 hours and its kind of crappy because we have no personal time, so sorry if I didn’t respond to everyone but hope you guys are doing great!

You are welcome for the pictures, and I cant wait to hear from you guys next week.  I love all the emails, all my companions are looking at my letters and making fun of me, but its great to see all of the emails love all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got a letter from grandma. I’m the only one getting real letters!

One more thing I LOVE BIENG A MISSIONARY, I cant even imagine how amazing the field will be!!!! I’ve earned the name sonrisiamente, and my gosh my whole zone loves me.   Its awesome, I love the people, {besides my roommates}, but its good that people love me and I do feel everyone’s love, especially from you and mom. L

I have five minutes! So we were at the temple and two Mexican missionaries saw my name, smiled laughed and gave me hugs.   It was really cool. 
If you have any more questions I’ll be happy to answer. I love you, and I’m sorry I didn’t hug you more   when I was home, cause I would kill for a “momma hug” right now.

Love your guts

Double the name tag, double the missionary effort!!

My room and my companion

How cool is this photo!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bishop Gillies
Friends on "Leave Eve"
Mark on his "Tippy Toes"

Supporting your missionary
Missionary & Missionary Mom

Friday, August 12, 2016

Letter #1 We got Mail!

I know I know it took me long enough!  It was hard not hearing from everyone, and my gosh this past week and a half was a tough one.  They shove language down my throat, I have no idea what they are saying. My district is the coolest district ever. Elder Platt is exactly like Smiles, its so funny he likes everything that Smiles likes, and he laughs at all of my jokes!!! One time he didn’t come for study time in the classroom, so at the cafeteria I asked him what he was doing and where he was.   He said, and I quote "I don’t want to blame everything on 9/11, but it definitely didn’t help” My gosh it was the funniest thing I’ve heard all week! He is my favorite!!!!!!! If it wasn’t for gym time I would probably leave the CCM because its hard, and on P days I’ve got to go to the temple so I’m always in Sunday clothes besides gym time!
I love all of the emails I got, I started to cry after I saw all of the emails because I didn’t think anyone was going to write me or miss me!
So far in the CCM I’ve lost 10 lbs and it doesn’t help that my house is the farthest away from everything. {Dad before you ask I’m in house 30 and when you look up the CCM you’ll laugh. It takes my companion and I 15 minutes to get to the cafeteria because he just goes so fetching slow. Sorry about the spelling or punctuation the keyboard is so messed up here!

Homesickness hit me hard the first two days, then it just stopped, so that was really good and every time I think of home I say “AND THEN WE BAPTIZED”.    That book was the best and worst thing, best because it makes everything better, worst because I cry every time I read it.