Here is a link to a video called "Glorious" by David Archuletta. Pretty Good.
Here is a link to a video by David Wetzel, our son, called, "Hilarious" - he calls it the un-cover of Glorious.
We email to each other as a family all the time. Here is David's latest letter.
Mom and Dad, I love reading about your mission
every week it's the same thing, but I love it. I love thinking of you serving. I love thinking of you happy. I think of Mom's grin as she sees how Dad loves the people and how the people respond to him. You (plural) were born for this moment! This is a beautiful culmination of your life.
my week highlight is that I posted a video on youtube. go to my facebook and follow the link to youtube. I recorded in a studio...you'll have to check it out...be sure to give me a "like" on facebook and youtube--it will up my publicity (and this is definitely a publicity stunt...)
have I mentioned that I agreed to coach an ultimate frisbee team? We had our first practice this week. We have some incredible talent. I was really impressed. I came prepared as a coach with an instructional video on how to throw a backhand from the world's best-known ultimate frisbee player, Brodie Smith. As soon as I said we were going to watch it, all the boys said "I've already seen it." Then I checked their form, and I was just thoroughly impressed. For bragging's sake, I need to say that I bested them all in accuracy except for 1 young man. And when we ran lines, I beat every single one of them. That felt good. Still got game!
It was lots of fun having everyone over for Leti's birthday celebration. Really enjoyed having the house full of cousins and jonathan and stefi and Leti and stacey.
Spoke in a ward today and that is always fun... (he is on the high council)
Primary program today. I threatened Izaac that if he didn't sing loud enough I would flunk him and he'd have to do primary again. He did well, so I guess this was his last primary program. Fun to hear him and Junior say their parts in spanish. I missed Maria's little part b/c I was at the other ward speaking...
1 week ago we were still enjoying 60s. Tomorrow the high will be in the 30s. Next day, too. After that back to 40s, but looks like winter is here to stay. Can't fight it. Must embrace it. Embrace it. Embrace it. Let it blow through you. Breathe it in. Live in harmony with it. Dance gracefully. Then go to St. George for a weekend...
Elder and Sister Spjut were in our mission for 5 months before they left to be mission presidents in El Salvador. Here she is making tortillas like they do here - over a fire with a griddle.
|This is from last February, the path we take to church, The corn field was barren, just the stalks left. Later it was burned off and replanted|
They get 2 full crops of corn here every year. Here is the same field,
Sometimes they leave the corn stalks and plant beans next to them, so the beans climb the corn stalks.
Maybe Disney should have called the movie Jack and the corn stalk.
Poinsettas grow year round here, like they did in my home in Los Angeles. Just this month they started turning red. This one belongs to our neighbor, right in front of our house.
Here are some Poinsettas that are over eight feet tall.
Last Feb. I met a new member of the
church who works on the coast. I asked him about fishing, and he
told me that in November was a good time to catch Red Snapper and
Black Sea Bass.
So yesterday I went fishing. We got up
at 5 to be on our way at 6 and got there at 7. Then we had another
ways to go before we got to his house. Br. Ernesto Arreaga lives out
in the boonies where he takes care of 3 huge reservoirs of shrimp.
He took a net and got us some shrimp for bait. A little while later the boat showed up and we were on our way.
We used all of that for bait.
It was like a Safari boat ride, gliding
down a murky river with over hanging trees, roots sticking out of the
water, lot of different kinds of birds, and water life.
One of the first things I saw was
something about 10 inches long quickly skipping away from us on top
of the water, although it was so quick I couldn't see it, just the
water skips. Ernesto (Neto) told me it was a Cuatrojo, later I
figured out Cuarto Ojos, or 4 eyes. It is a kind of fish with a long
tail like a lizard. Each eye is divided in 2, so it can look up out
of the water, or down into the water as it glides along the surface.
The boat ride was about an hour long.
We stopped at a little village along the way to get some things, then
continued downstream till we were at the river's mouth where it
empties into the ocean. We started fishing at 9:30.
I got out my collaspible rod and reel
with 6 lb. test on it and they thought it would hold up. It wasn't
long before we were hooking fish. Twice I had big ones bend the rod
down good, maybe 5-6 lb. Fish. We caught red snapper, black sea
bass, cat fish, and 3 other kinds that I couldn't indentify. We
probably had 25-30 fish. 3 were about 15 inches long, the others
were small, around 6-8 inches. I would have thrown them back but
here they use everything they can get. The small ones are for soup.
An hour boat ride back, another while
to get home, about 3:30 – tired but content. It may never happen
We got home in the late afternoon from the temple, and had the baptismal service 90 minutes later. She asked that I baptize and confirm her.
We had dinner with the Rodriguez family as it was Drismy's birthday (5)
The Stake had a Bazaar to raise funds for EFY. This is Dulce. Her parents were baptized 3 months ago.
Every ward did a special number. Here is Lila Galindo. She and her husband went to the temple for the first time last month (see pics above).
Here are the sisters with Nery = from our ward, in Gardenias