(From David, Zoe's Dad: Read through to the end and you can see Zoe's first attempt at writing Spanish. Not bad for a first try!)
Hola everyone! So everything is good as usual. We just got 50 new missionaries today. From the US and from mostly all over Central America and the Caribbean. Most of them will be leaving with us in 2 weeks, but about 10 from the US will need to learn Spanish, so they'll be here for 6 weeks. It's always fun to get new people, but it means today is crazy just trying to get people moved-in and welcomed.
Things have been good. Nothing too new. But we did go to the University this last week and that was really fun! People would see our name tags, so they'd come up to us and say hi and I didn't know Santo Domingo had so many Mormons! One lady we met is a Mathematics professor at the university and she also works at the temple. But besides the Mormon's we met, we talked to a lot of people are they're always really friendly and nice and patient when we try to talk to them in Spanish. One man spoke English (which was awesome) and we ended up giving him a Book of Mormon. He said he was religious, but nothing specific and that he believed in the Bible (kinda) but doesn't believe everything he reads. So we had him read Moroni 10: 3-5 and told him that we didn't have to convince him that the Book of Mormon was true, because he would know if he prayed about it. And that was the end of that. But it was super awesome to be able to talk to him for quite some time!
Another cool experience was just at Church this Sunday (we just have church with the missionaries in the MTC) my companion and I taught our District a lesson on obedience and dillegence. It went so well! It was so nice to be able to teach in English. It reminded me that I love to teach and got me re-excited to start teaching even more and once I get a hold of Spanish things are going to be so fun! And seriously the lesson was WAY good and fun.
Also, as a side note, there's a senior missionary here with her husband and they're from France. She super reminds me of Aunt Linda, except for that she's French and not Welsh. She's super nice.
Also, mi espanol es ok (kinda), perro estoy muy nerivosa escribir en espanol. Perro, un dia escribe in toldas los espano. (sorry if this wasn't even totally correct)
Aaaand, we kinda of have a saying in our district that I will share (particulary for my sisters and a few other people who will get it.) Yo tengo nuenta y nueve problemos, perro mi espanol is no problemo.