Here is Austin's letter this week--
To start off I am loving it here. The time goes by so fast it only seems like yesterday that I was writing you. The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. I guess that is a blessing of its own. I get so much time it feels to learn the language but at the same time I don't feel homesick because it only feels like yesterday since I got here. I am so glad I got a journal because there is no way that I could remember all of this. To answer some of the questions this week that I got lots, start with my aunts. Anna no I didn't think of the blog my mom did but I think its a wonderful plan and hope I get to see it when I am in the field (you can't do anything with the computers here. You can't even right click) Second my "contest" is just for fun and a way for me to get mail while I am here for once I am in Bulgaria the only thing that I will be able to send or receive from is email. Also one of the kids in my district, Bennitt, gets ten letters and two packages a day (this is not an exaggeration!) And his family only lives fifteen minutes north of here. It is so bad that my district has joked that the second coming will be here when he received no letters and we will get five each. So the point is that I WANT MAIL! The contest doesn't matter but it is still in effect and I might allow a snowzer (I can't spell either) but you would only get half because Nate needs an outside dog and I am just biased. Regarding the contest, Merr secured lead again with her gallon bag of peanut clusters (my district loves her and asked if me if they could receive packages from my family.) And I also got a letter from her this week. I will like the most about being out of the MTCis that I will be able to have my own schedule instead of having every second of my life controlled by others. The thing I will miss the most though is having three square meals a day prepared for me and the ease of getting packages and treats. This week was a busy week for we learned probably the hardest thing about Bulgarian. This was past tense and direct/indirect objects. The reason they are so hard is 1. past tense conjigation one has 10 different exceptional rules 2. D.O/I.O. make you talk and that is confusing and difficult aaaarrrrggg!!! Other than that it has been another average week and you will have to wait till my journal comes back with me to find out details because I can't remember them now. Please send me pictures of the puppies. I want updates also a picture of Kenzie's new hair would be nice. Remember Bulgarians like pictures of families so send them. I can get a photo album here that can hold up to 250 pictures for about 3-4 bucks. So don't worry if I can't keep them all because I can fit them. Don't worry mom about not getting the card back, my 1 gig will last me. Sorry but no new pictures today, I haven't taken any good ones. I should be able to take some good ones soon though because two Elders got sick with phenomena and had to stay back here for awhile instead of shipping out. One of them moved into our room because the two that used to be here had moved out to go to Nashville. The one that moved in is majoring in photography and showed me how to use my camera to its fullest extent. I can't think of anything more to write about my stay here other than this is my fifth Wednesday and I only have 4 more to go. Dad's letters have been getting to me as well as Robbie's one liners. By the way, Robbie, great job I knew you could do it. Oh some random girl (I hope) sent me either a secret admire letter or just expresses herself that way I don't know who sent it because they didn't sign it and it only had an address for the return. The address is 147 W. Circle Drive Payson, UT 84651. I don't recognize the address and couldn't look it up on the computers here. The letter has hearts by my name and it is underlined in the address. It says I am their hero twice and that I could crush spiderman and that I make them smile. There is also a picture of a heart with an arrow through it saying I love you. Then a picture of a buff guy with a black eye mask on captioned Austin, my hero and finally a bat signal but with an A not a bat. Can you find out who it is for me because I don't know how to respond or not. For now I am just going to send a letter back saying "Thanks for the letter, it made me smile, but you forgot your name. Can you tell me who you are?" I think that is safe enough tell I know who they are. Other than that no major concerns. Keep up the letter writing because they are my life blood and I love you all.
Signed in Bulgarian-Elder Ewell
p.s. I am so glad I didn't seal this letter because Elder Holland came to talk to us. I can't go into detail because I need to go to bed. You will just have to wait for my talk journal.
p.p.s. Here is some exciting news when I fly out I will be able to call you guys. When I get my travel iternarary I will write and tell you when I will have time and how long.