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Letter From Rhys - Week # 8 - Talked With Everyone!

Feliz lunes (Happy Monday) from the tropical land of the Republica Dominicana!
This last week as been crazy awesome! Last week during P-day we got to go to the Mega Centro which is a 3-story mall that’s full of very interesting things. We went into a couple clothing stores and made fun of the weird fashions and bizarre choices of tie designs they had!  We also had the opportunity to go into a sportswear store and check things out!  We heard American music and it was awesome but at the same time really weird!!!
After, we went and had the pleasure of eating Taco bell!  However, I don’t think my body liked it very much because while I was emailing you all last week it hit me like a truck!  And for this purpose, I had to sadly cut my email short because I could not focus at all on what i was saying!!!!!  If that’s too much info, I’m sorry but suck it up and deal with it! LOL JK.
Anyway, this past week was really standard apparently.  Our entire schedule was full for like 3 or 4 days an…

Letter From Rhys - Week # 7 - Field Work for Days!!!!!!!!

This is Elder Wheeler reporting from the tropical land of Republica Dominicana! I stopped using que lo que because its slang and the Lord has asked us not to use slang in even our letters home.  I pray that he will consecrate the effort I’m putting towards gathering his sheep!
The First Week in the field has been AMAZING!  There are so many people wanting to know about the gospel and getting to teach them keeps us busy. The hardest part is getting them to church! On the bright side were always busy!
We do a lot of walking and taking the cabs everywhere! It’s really interesting because they have this amazing system where you can fit 8 people in a little 4 person sedan!  It’s not for those who get claustrophobic! We had a lot of meetings this week too so I haven’t had much time to study or proselyte for that matter.
On Friday we had a fun time cooking for an investigator named Jenni. Jenni is awesome.  She has been taught by the missionaries before and has had all of the lessons. How…

Letter from Rhys - Week #6 - More Shenanigans and Hurricanes!

[Editor’s Note:  Because of the difference in P-days between the MTC (CCM) and the field, this letter, which is actually the 5th real letter we’ve received, written at the end of week 5 is labelled Week #6.  Going forward, the letters will be numbered by what week number is BEGINNING instead of ENDING.  You have NOT MISSED A LETTER!
Rhys will actually go out into the field next Tuesday at the end of 6 weeks from when he reported to the MTC.  He will be unable to email home next week.  When he picks up the emails again the following week (on Monday), it will actually be the end of 7 weeks, but the beginning of week #8 and will be numbered as such.  Now that this is all clear as mud, I’ll leave you to enjoy the real reason you’re reading this.]
Que lo que from the tropical land of Republica Dominicana!
This week has been full of fun and excitement for almost no one! Well... that’s only partially true. 6 weeks have gone by soooooo fast!!!!! I can’t believe I leave for the field on Tuesda…

Hurricane 2.0

YOOOOOOOOO! So this Hurricane Maria right?! 
Yeah. 
Same deal as last time, got a generator, plenty of food and water and we're on a hill top.  Sooo, yeah, todo bien en la Republica Dominicana!  Have a fantastic day and I'll be emailing at 1 pm EDT tomorrow afternoon! 
Catch you later!

Elder Rhys Wheeler!

Letter From Rhys - Week #4 - So Much Randomness, One Subject Line Won't Do

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Que lo que from the tropical land of Republica Dominica!
Upon request, here's a little more info based on what happened to us from the hurricane. WE DIDN'T GET HIT! YAY! However, all the elders that were supposed to go to Puerto Rico got pushed back a week.  There wasn’t much change in our own schedule or what we did except we went to the temple right next door on Wednesday instead of Thursday.
I've heard that my last email seemed a little "canned" like a pack of sardines and for that I do apologize but there isn’t really much that’s gone on the last 2 to 3 weeks that’s made them stand out!  It’s much like school.  You come home and Mom's like "How was school today?" and the only thing you can say because it’s just the same day basically over and over is " It was good." ... I suppose that could be my fault for having an outlook on that but there's not much I can do to keep things interesting without sacrificing some line of obedience …

Pictures from Rhys - Weeks #1 - 3

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Rhys was finally able to find a way to upload his pictures, so I thought I'd share several.  Some of them are a little blurry.  I think he was expecting the camera to be a touch more responsive.  There are quite a few here, so enjoy!  All time stamp dates are in the DD/MM/YYYY format and times are in 24HR clock.












Letter from Rhys - Week # 3 - Nothing Special!

Que lo que from the tropical land of Republica Dominicana!
Trying to come up with stuff to write home in the MTC is very hard to do since we basically do the same thing every single day.  
We had an opportunity to go to the University last Friday and talk with people!  It was very fun and very inspiring to try and communicate with other people when all you speak is very broken Spanish.  We tried to place a Book of Mormon, but everyone we talked to already had one.  No surprise really.
The experience helped inspire me to reach for higher limits and now I’m even more motivated to learn the language.  
Before the Hurricane hit Puerto Rico, our President of the CCM had bought a metric crap ton of food and water to last us all 3 days or more if it were to affect us.  The missionaries going to Puerto Rico are forced to stay here until Monday due to the storm but there’s no issues in that regard.
There is this one elder though, named Elder Lalli (Lolly) who’s going to Puerto Rico.  This gu…