Westin has been assigned to serve in Canby, Oregon.  He is serving in a Spanish speaking branch of the church.  This is an e-mail from his first week there. 


So first off, my companion is a really nice guy!!  This is literally the most EXHAUSTING work I have ever done.  I have never been more tired in my life.  I have never realized how much I love sleep!  When I would feel really tired at home, I would take a nap for 2 hours, here I have to go work for 5 more hours. This is really difficult emotionally as well, but whenever I am in a lesson with someone, telling them about the love that the Lord has for them, I start to understand why I am out here.


I LOVE President and Sister Morby. I think Sister Morby should have sent you a picture or two?  I have met one on one with both of them, and they are truly fantastic.  I told President Morby about how this hard for me being away from home and all that.  He said to take it one day at a time, and he related the story of Peter walking on water.  When Peter kept his eyes on the Lord, he could make it, he could walk on water!  But when he let his eyes off of the Lord, he began to sink.  I have to take this one day at a time, with my sight on the Lord.  Otherwise I will sink.


Our small branch yesterday had around 40 people there.  I gave the closing prayer in Spanish.  I couldn’t understand the classes that day that much because I was SO tired and SO hot, and because it was in Spanish.  All of the families here are awesome.  I have eaten at just about all of them and they are truly fantastic.  The food here is amazing!  Last night I had steak, hot dogs, rice, Neapolitan ice cream, rolls, and mango juice. One Hermano in the branch grilled SO MUCH that I got two steaks and two hot dogs!  Mexicans love feeding you.  I feel I have gained weight here.  I like being able to work out 30 minutes in the morning as well. We have this little gym in our complex, and I have already put on muscle!  It is weird getting free stuff as a missionary as well.  This guy who never really let missionaries share a scripture with him before bought us some Jarritos (soda) and some bread.  I get really frustrated at times with the language. When we are in a lesson, I KNOW I can help the people, but I just can’t say the words in Spanish that I want to say.  On Saturday, we had to schedule lessons around the Mayweather-Canelo fight because most all Mexicans in town were watching the fight (Canelo is Mexican).  We visited a wedding yesterday of some local members.  And it had “worldly music” and it was so cool.  We have two other missionaries in our branch, Elders Strouf and Villatoro.  They are really cool.  We do a lot of stuff with them, including dinners.