Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CCM - Week 2

(Be forewarned... the first paragraph gets a little graphic!)

Hola familia!!

What a week, I feel like it flew by (except for last night). So I wasn't feeling good all day yesterday, and then at night we hear a bunch of other elders in our casa puking their guts out. At one o'clock, I woke up and then I just blew massive chunks in the toilet. This went on for about 6 hours, I think I threw up about 12 times. pretty much the worst night of my life haha. Another Elder, Elder Jennings kept throwing up, and some other Elders in the casa gave me some ginger ale, which prolonged the puking for about 30 minutes. I also experienced the turnsies for the first time in my life, what an awful experience. And the bummer sandwich of it all is that today we were going to go to the temple, but I could not go. Luckily in the morning the CCM doctor came by and handed out anti nausea pills and anit diarrheal, so I was finally able to keep some water down. They almost shut down the entire CCM down because SO many people were barfing. I think about 75% in our casa were barfing. We think it was the pizza or something.

So yeah the thing that kinda sucks is that I'm not going to be able to play sports today. We've been playing cage soccer every day at gym time, its super fun. Haha!  Except the other day there was this guy all dressed up in his BYU soccer stuff, but I played some lock down defense on him and he got really frustrated haha.
Okay anyways, I had a pretty good week, you know the pic I had with Elder Jensen? He's my favorite, he makes me laugh so hard every day. Haha his shirt is always untucked, his tie is always way too short, and the other day he was wearing a suit jacket that was grey, and his pants were straight black. Haha there is so much stuff that he does that makes me laugh so hard. So there is this Elder Bate in my room, and he's pretty awesome, we were talking about living with each other at BYU after our missions. 

Okay so cool experience, we were preparing all day to teach our investigator, Jose, and I just had this weird impression to teach him tithing on the third lesson. Elder Esser was quite opposed, but once we started teaching him, he started talking about how he is having trouble with work and finance, so I totally started teaching him about tithing. Yeah, so after teaching him every night, Jose is now our teacher at night. So basically our investigators are our teachers right now. Our morning teacher, Hermano Martinez, is awesome. We started teaching him in the morning this week, and after the lesson, he told us to to tell our moms "Congratulations" because of how well we've done so far, and then he went on to say how fast we've learned the language and how well we are teaching.

And the other night, we walked around teaching people on the Restoration in a street contact of way, and we found three elders from Honduras! It was nuts, the guy we met was from Comayaguela, and he was talking so fast!! It was hard understanding him, it took me like a minute to process what he had just said and then  But we learned from him that there's lots of members there in Comayaguela, and that we will eat a lot of eggs, rice and beans. And we also learned that in the countryside it is way cooler, and that San Pedro Sula was way hotter (so we made fun of the four elders who are going there). Oh and there is this guy in my district who is from Australia, and he is so funny! They have way different words there haha, its so funny! 

Oh and Sundays are the best days of the week, we go and have a devotional, another devotional, and then we usually watch a church movie. (this past Sunday we watched The Testaments). Oh and then we watch a bunch of Mormon messages. Oh and nothing really happened yesterday at the devotional, we just watched Elder Ballard speak from Provo, it was pretty cool. 

Elder Wagner

Elder Wagner (in the back on the left) and his Zone!

Elder Wagner on prep day emailing his mom. ;)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CCM Week 1- What a week!

What a week! I have to say, the first 48 hours were pretty rough. No one slept the first night, and the next day lasted an eternity. However, I am now having an excellent time here! The Spanish is coming along pretty well for me, I am one of the better ones in my district. We have been teaching an investigator about 3 times now, it has been pretty cool to just teach in Spanish. It is amazing how the Spirit can just put words in my mouth. 

My companion, who is going to Comayaguela as well, Elder Esser is from Phoenix, and he is really really good at basketball. He has hops and can dunk all the time. He almost made the BYU basketball team, and he went to BYU for about a year and half before now. We work pretty well, I think we are the most obedient in our district. The hardest part here is getting up at 630 everyday. But after eating breakfast I am fine. Also, the food here is suspect. It is all like Mexican stuff or something, and I usually have no idea what in the crap I am eating. They do have a very wide selection of juice here. So I've got that going for me, which is good. Haha anyways, my district is pretty hilarious, I laugh a bunch everyday. The two other Elders in our little room are Elder Bate and Elder Jennnings. They are both so funny, because they always fight over stupid little crap like jack and cole would. They are going to San Pedro Sula west mission. There are two other elders in our district that are going to Comayaguela, Elder Jensen and Elder Hernandez. Elder Jensen is my favorite! he makes me laugh all the time, and he swam in high school as well. In the whole CCM, there are about 10 of us going to Honduras, and then a couple hundred are going back to the states, and then another couple hundred are serving in mexico, so we are pretty unique. 

Almost everyday we have gym time, that is when we play basketball and Elder Esser tears it up on the court. I'm really bummed that BYU lost to Pepperdine! Man I miss sports. Basically Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are the best days here, because Sundays are super chill, and we have a devotional on Tuesdays. Also, we are getting a new MTC president next week, and rumor has it that an apostle will come with him. So we are excited about that. 

The ccm here is beautiful, and they have their own water and we can flush the toilet paper down the toilet. Our morning teachers in the day are pretty sweet, they teach Spanish well. A couple of elders in my district have really been struggling with homesickness and the language, so it has been rough for them. Another elder almost got sent home because of a worthiness issue, but he got to stay.  

The weather is pretty nice here, the temperature is perfect. We can totally hear gunshots at night, and all of the houses around the ccm are just shacks. its nuts. I've learned so much already, I cant wait to go to Honduras already. Feeling the Spirit this much all of the time is amazing, and it teaches me so much.
Anyways, hopefully we can figure out how to do laundry today, I only have like 3 shirts, so having gym time everyday kinda gets them pretty nasty.

Elder Wagner

Elder Riley Wagner at the CCM

Elder Esser and Elder Wagner

Elder Wagner

Elder Jensen and Elder Wagner

Thursday, January 8, 2015

CCM- The Missionary Training Center in Mexico City

Hey mom and family and friends! 

I am in branch 16 and district A. I am going to leave the CCM February 17th. My p-day is on Wednesdays, so that's when you'll be hearing from me. 

Anyways, the traveling was cool! I took a good nap on the flight to Houston, and then I had like 2 and a half hours there. I saw and hung out with some elders who were going home from their Houston mission. They took me around the airport and we made some contacts and passed out some pass-along cards. It was really cool! 

And then, my flight to Mexico City was really cool. I sat next to this lady whose sister was kidnapped and killed in Mexico. She wondered where her sister was going in the afterlife, and I told her the plan of salvation and we talked for like ever. I showed her the Book of Mormon too! I gave her a pass-along card too, with my email. Once in Mexico, I met some sister missionaries and it took us awhile to find someone from the CCM. 

Mexico City is crazy. Our driver drove crazy and we were in a van and the drive was nuts. The CCM seems pretty cool.  I haven't met my companion yet. I'm going to email next week! Sorry for all the typos-- this keyboard is pretty weird. A bunch of the elders are super funny, I cant wait to meet everyone in my branch tonight and tomorrow. I'm excited to spend these next six weeks here! 

Much love, 
Elder Wagner


 Just after being set apart as a missionary with our Stake President, President Carter.
 A big hug for the little sister.
 Here he goes...
One final wave.  So long Riley. We'll see you in 2 years!
Go Forth and SERVE!

Farewell & Open House

 Elder Riley James Wagner
 Tanner and Amy
 Uncle Mark & Aunt Carla
 Riley with the Shafer Family
 Bishop & Sister White
 Sister Pam Winn
 The Greenwoods
Our babysitter:  Tiffany Winn Rueckert
 Dad. Riley, & Uncle Paul
 Proud Parents
Cole, Riley, & Rob