Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Elder Keables is in Ecuador!!

October 14, 2009

Hey family,
Ok, I am so mad right now because I just wrote a huge long letter, and the whole thing shut down on me. Anyway I’m here I made it! I AM SO LOST! LOL. Ok, there is so much to tell you, and I don’t know where to start or when to tell you because I already lost all my time writing you once before. So President Johns and his wife are awesome, so cool. They picked us up at the airport. We stayed actually on the temple grounds, which was way cool. The temple is so beautiful! We got there way late at night, like around 12:30. We ate and went to bed. The next day we had the opportunity to do a session in the temple, which was interesting. Lol The whole thing was in Spanish. Lol I was so lost! I thought it was hard before. Anyway, after that we all went to the president’s house to have dinner. There were like 8 English speaking elders and 8 Spanish speaking. Dinner was way good, too. After that, we went to our orientation. That was pretty much the longest thing of my life. But I learned a lot, even though it was in total Spanish. Finally, when that was over, we all got to meet our companions. My companion’s name is Elder Salcado and he is from Guatemala. He speaks like no English. After meeting my companion, we all got our stuff and went to our apartments all over Ecuador. We took a cab to our place, which was crazy. No joke I almost died like 20 times. This place is so ghetto. Lol they have no lines on the roads. So we got to our apartment right? When we get there, I’m like, ok I’m going to unpack. Lol Wrong! My comp is like, let’s plan for tomorrow. But he said it in Spanish, and it took me like 10 minutes to understand what he was trying to say. It pretty much took the rest of the night to plan out our day because it’s so hard to talk to each other. Anyway, so while we are planning the other companionship got there, and they are all from Guatemala, and they speak less English then my comp. So I’m pretty much so lost on what’s going on in my life. Anyway I’ll tell you about my comp, he is way cool, from what I know of him. It’s hard to get to know one another when you can’t even say ten words, but really he is so nice and so helpful. He made me dinner last night and breakfast this morning. I told him I wanted to help, but he said I need to work on my Spanish. He is like, “I want to help you. Let me serve you.” Lol he really is so humble and really wants to help me. My roommates are the same way. They pretty much made my bed for me last night. I still haven’t unpacked all the way because there is no time. We have 3 or 4 lessons we have to teach today and I have to teach some of it. I’m way scared. I so want to send you guys some pics of this place. Really, it’s so ghetto. We have no windows in our apartment. Ok we do, but there are random holes in the wall where I can stick my head through. It’s pretty cool. Also, when I was studying this morning I had to blow the bugs of my books. They are everywhere. I don’t know what they are, but I know that I slept with them. Anyway, I think it time to go. I will write you again on Monday, that’s our p-day. I am doing great. I love you all, and miss you all.
Con Amor,
Elder Keables


  1. Ahhhh for some reason I hate that he can't talk to anyone. I don't want him to feel sad or lonely or anything!

  2. Don't worry, Whitney! Uncle Rich just told me that was how it was with him. His first companion was from Argentina, so he stopped speaking English completely as soon as he got to the country. He didn't speak English for the first five or six months of his mission, and after that, he lost his English and had to translate from Spanish to English to speak it. Once he had an English speaking companion, then he was able to go back and forth easily. U. Rich says it was the best way for him to learn Spanish, except he said that his head and mouth hurt at the end of the day from having to think so hard and from using different muscles in his mouth from speaking so much Spanish.

  3. I know Whit, I must admit I feel the same way. But I know it will pass and soon he will be best buds with all his Spanish speaking companions. Soon he won't be able to talk to US! In the meantime, we'll keep him in our prayers.