Hey hey everybody!
First thing's first, congrats Bryce on your mission call!! I couldn't be more proud of you bro. Let me tell you, it's gonna be difficult. Really difficult, in ways I can't even explain. But it's so, so worth it. So worth it. The blessings outweigh the downfalls by 1000 times. You will learn so much - about the Gospel, about other people, and about yourself. You'll learn things - things about yourself as well as practical skills - that will help you for the rest of your whole life. Tuscon, AZ that's awesome man! Fish fish, got your wish: you're staying in the states speaking English haha. Poor guy ;] no no just kidding haha. You'll love it, and I know you'll do great. I should be getting more stamps this week or next week, so I'll get you a letter before you report to the MTC.
Ok, secondly, what the heck? How are we almost in February of 2010 already? This means only 1 thing - that it's Dad's birthday this week! Happy birthday Papa Bear, you crazy 21-year-old you! Haha but yeah, where did my 5 months on the mission go? It still feels like I'm getting accustomed to everything, or that I just got here yesterday. Changes came and went on Tuesday, and believe it or not, Elder Ganga and I are still both here for a 3rd change. That's really, really rare in the mission. 3 changes with one companion is strange enough, but he has been here for 6 months already which is even more weird. He'll have 7 1/2 months in his mission here in Ciudad del Este after this change. And he only had 1 area before this, so that will be 2 areas in 10 1/2 months. Insane, I tell you, insane. But, it's the Lord's will and we'll keep working.