Erik called us about 4 PM our time and what a wonderful Christmas Present! We put him on the speaker phone and recorded the whole call with the Family.
Since Elder Erickson went home last week, Erik has been serving with Elder Gonzalez, another missionary that has been out about 4 months. He speaks Spanish so they have been doing alot with the Spanish investigators and even had a baptism on Christmas Eve! (See Erik’s post about the details) The font takes about 6 hours to fill all the way so they had to get to the Stake Center at 4:45 in the morning!
He has a small 3 foot Christmas tree they found in the closet and he had to so some repair work on it. He also got the small one we sent him. He’s been eating alot of Ham at all the member’s houses and lots of yummy food they all give him.
He spend Christmas Eve with a family that spoke both English and Spanish fluently so they had tomales and ham for dinner and then went home with about 20 gifts to open on Christmas which included new socks! He also inherited a bunch of ties and white shirts from other Missionaries that have gone home.
He really liked the 12 days of Christmas stuff we sent with treats and a gift to open every day.
He is getting a new companion today and he will be the trainer! He said there were 11 new Missionaries coming in!He was the Temporary District leader after Elder Erickson left, but he is ok with giving up that responsibility to be a trainer. 🙂
We learned from Erik that if they are teaching a family and it’s time for “Jeopardy”–the show that everyone in Michigan loves– then the visit is over! (Pretty funny)
In his apartment building they have some really good neighbors. Fed Ex leaves his packages with one of them and an Asian family gives them a good deal on food at their nearby restaurant.
He thinks that he will be coming home in June or July of 2013 although we are not counting the days yet–it’s just nice to know when it will be. Austin will probably leave on his mission in the Spring before Erik gets home but we knew that would happen.
All the roads except 2 in Romeo are dirt so they don’t wash the car and don’t ride bikes because the homes are all about 10 minutes away from each other out in the country. They are going to try tracting again in town now that he is getting a new companion -they can retry some of the areas that Elder Erickson did before Erik arrived. The weather has been good, no snow and warmer than usual like it has been in Utah.
He is healthy, sleeping well, and eating good–all the things mom’s worry about. Matt asked him about being homesick and he said he had been a little over Christmas, but the letters really help.
We are so proud of him and that 2 hour phone call felt like 10 minutes!
Grandpa and Grandma weeks came over and got to talk to him as well.
We are thankful our missionary is safe, happy and doing so well!
Thanks for all your prayers!
Happy New Year!