I say this to get the point across that because some one says they are an English major, Music major or whatever the case my be, doesn't make them an expert in that field. An example:
Esteban: My arm hurts.
Phineas: Oh man esteban, i'm sorry.
Estaban: Thanks Phineas, i need to get a good opinion on what to do.
Phineas: Oh esteban, you should ask Wolfgang. He's pre med.
This is a prime example of what not to do. The fact that wolfgang is pre med means that he is in the process of learning about medicine. Not that he knows it all.
That is the segway i am using to tell you about my interesting encounters since getting my mission call. I announced my Guatemala call in Institute Devotional so everyone knows. Now this is a common scene.
Well Meaning RM: Elder Davis! Guatemala?
Me; Thats right!
WMRM: Es emocionado usted ir a guatemala? Usted sera un representante de Cristo.
Me:........i don't speak spanish.........so......ya.
Some people assume i speak spanish because i'm going to guatemala. Not the case. Hence my upcoming sojurn at the MTC.
Anyhoo that is just one thing that has started to happen to me since i got my call. Another involved me at Walgreens. I walked in to walgreens, and back to the photo center. I am dressed in my best dark suit. I haden't even opened my mouth to the lady and she said "Passort photos will be 8 bucks. Where you headed elder?" That was pretty cool.
Also, i've been informed that i will be washing my clothes in a bucket, engaging in epic combat against rats and dealing with the nifty custom of the toilet being the crack in the floorboards.
Its one of the 10 poorest countries in Latin America. There were 6200 murders in 2008. 17 a day. Guatemala currently only has 382 people detained for murder. Do that math. So in conclusion;
- I don'r speak spanish (yet)
- My public speaking teacher is a poncer (this fact was not adressed but is still quite true)
- Guatemala will be rockin
- I hope my companion/some old guatemalan woman can pull a bullet out of my thigh using only a scripture marking pencil and a pass-along card.