We were thrilled to hear from Ryan yesterday! Here is an excerpt from his e-mail.
"My first meal here was a sandwich that only consisted of bread and meat. I had to go to the salad bar in order to get cheese and lettuce. This definitely isn't America! haha
I miss all of you guys so much! This week has been so busy, and I have learned so much! We were all given an investigator to teach, and our first lesson with her was last Saturday. It was horrible! My companion, Elder Boswell from Canada, and I definitely weren't prepared. That night we were taught how to make effective lesson plans and given techniques to use while teaching. I definitely wish that I had that the first time around because our second lesson was amazing! Her name is Natalie, and she has never believed in God but has always hoped that there was one. We focused our entire first lesson on how much God loved her and what she has to do to figure out that he is here. It was so powerful. The Spirit definitely did it's job because the next time we arrived she was beaming and told us that she was reading The Book of Mormon! That is such an amazing thing to hear as a missionary! This experience has been so great, and I've only just begun!
The other Elders in my district are so cool! We have people from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, and Ecuador - so many different parts of the world, and we are all here for the same purpose! And for those of you that don't know our purpose, here it is, "To invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End."
I found that the hardest part of my week has been today. We usually have classes and study time from 7:30-9:30 so we're are constantly doing something and don't have time to think about anything else. Today we don't have classes until six. This makes me think of home and everyone that I left behind.
Everything here is so different. Every time I look out my window, I freak out that someone is driving on the wrong side of the road.
I love and miss all of you! Have a great week!"
As always, we are so thankful for our sweet Ryan. He has such a love for others and will bless those he encounters on his mission tremendously!