Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Helloooo! Finally! Even though I got to skype with you guys on Thursday it feels like an eternity since we´ve talked haha. First of all.... That was thee best day! I LOVED being able to see and talk to you guys! It was the best yet the hardest thing haha. This week has been unbelievable. So much has happened, but I have sooo many pictures that I´m hoping to send so I´m gonna keep the email short this week and try to send pictures!So anyways, like I said, Christmas was amaaazing especially getting to see you guys. It was hard not being with you though. I was so worried about this Christmas being so difficult and so different. And although it was VERY different, it ended up being one of the best. We spent Christmas eve going and singing on buses and just trying to find any way that we could to serve the people and share the gospel. Definitely the best way to spend Christmas! and the members are amazing and gave us so much. It felt like the fourth of july with all of the heat, the barbeques, and the fireworks at midnight but it was cool to experience!
And in this area is where Elder and Hermana Burnett live, so we got to go to their house and have AMERICAN home cooked food! Roast, real salad with ranch, spinach artichoke dip... oh man I died. Oh yeah, and come to find out Brother (Kent) Burnett in our ward is his uncle! So that´s cool:) Small world.On Friday, we also had another intercambio with our zone and I finally left my area! It was kind of a miserable day though unfortunately because it ended up raining like crazy and I didn´t have anything for the rain cause it was so hot earlier that day. The streets literally flooded and I was walking almost up to my knees in the street in sewer/rain water without my rainboots... suuuper fun! And my comp for the day woke up in the middle of the night with a frog in her bed. We freaked out. haha but we made the best of it and actually ended up having alot of fun!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Okay and before I get caught up in all that excitement about talking to you guys and everything, so I don´t forget... remember that next week we have changes so my P day will be on Tuesday not Monday. K cool.
So anyways, this week has been great! A whole week of talking to people all about Christ and His birth and everything. I´m pretty sure I have the story of his birth in the bible memorized now (In spanish lol). It´s been fun!
It was a little hard at first cause our investigator Adriana has stopped progressing and won´t stop drinking coffee so she can´t get baptized... so our leaders told us that we had to ¨break up¨with her haha. That was hard cause we love her so much and she still really wants to get baptized! we´re gonna keep working with her but not as much as before. On the bright side, we found a ton of amazing new investigators this week that all want to be baptized and so we are really busy with them. There are two little girls that we are teaching right now that are 10 and 13 years old and they both want to be baptized soo bad but they´re parents keep saying no... so that´s a struggle. But I know a miracle can happen so we´re workng really hard!
As far as the weather here lately it´s been sooooo weird. The rain came back for a little bit so I literally go from sweating to death and getting like blisters on my skin from the heat to sleeping with four layers of clothing because I´m freezing to death. I don´t understand! haha. And geeeez I have gotten my exercise this week. All of our new investigators that we have found live in the reeeally far part of our area and so we´ve spent a ton of time there this week and we keep being late to our house at night. On Thursday, we literally sprinted 4 straight miles skirt, backpack and all to our house. I realized how out of shape I am. haha. Oh and super random thing, we had a bird in our house the other day! I have no idea how it got in but it was just flying all around our house. Just one more pet of mine that I have along with all my cockroach buddies.... ew.
This week we also had our mission christmas conference which was amazing! a lot of good music and sooo much food. and fun gift exchanges! I loved it. Made me a little homesick though. Christmas time is rough not gonna lie. I´m kinda glad it doesn´t feel like Christmas here too much. Winter here will suck though when it´s cold and I wn´t have christmas to make it fun! Oh well:) I also saw Austin Martinez again at the conference! so crazy we´re in the same mish.
Lastly, I got the December Liahona at the conference and i literally read every single thing in it and loooved it. So I wanna share my favorite parts from that!
First of all, Christ, as the ¨Prince of Peace¨ in John 16:33 says: Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
I love that!
then some words from Pres. Uchtdorf:
Christ set for us the pattern for giving. If he were here, we´d find Him ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. May we through simple acts of kindness, charity, and compassion, fill the world with the light of His love and healing power.
And the most precious gift we can give is our time!
Also I love this quote from Him:
sometimes the most precious and sacred things are right in front of us, in plain sight, but we cannot or will not see them... I promise that if we unclutter our lives a little bit and in sincerity and humility seek the pure and gentle Christ with our hearts, we will see Him, we will find Him on Christmas and throught the year.
We can find joy through spreading joy! We should think about what gift that we can give the Savior this year... and the ironic thing is taht anything that we can give to the Savior in the end, we end up being the ones receiving the gift.
For real though, the December Liahona is amazing. You should definitely read it! and in it, ¨the reality of Christmas¨by GAry e stevenson gives lots of ideas how we can epress our feelings of the Christmas spirit.
I love you guys sooo much! Can´t wait to see your beautiful faces in just a few days!
Have the best Christmas everrrrr!!!!!!!!!!
Les amo mucho!!!!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Heyyy guysss! Guess what? Only one more P day after this and then I get to see your beautiful faces!!! wow. I can´t believe Christmas is so soon. I´m so excited:)So this week has been quite exhausting. Both Physically and emotionally. AND SPIRITUALLY. We´ve been so busy with all sorts of activities and other stuff and lots of different things for singing so we´ve had to practice a lot. It´s funny I swear nobody here knows how to sing so they think that my companion and I have voices of angels. It´s like.. for real? are you high? haha but it`s a good confidence booster! We had our ward Christmas dinner this week and us missionaries in the ward sang silent night and everyone died they were super impressed. So they asked us to do another song in sacrament this next sunday haha. And then there was a baptism of a little girl in our ward so my comp and I sang a children´s hymn for that and everyone cried... again. That´s what´s up lol.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Hey hey!How´s everyone doing?? I´m so happy to talk to you guys again and read all of your emails! You guys are amazing. I am doing soo good. I love Christmas time. Although, it feels nothing like Christmas here because I am sweating more than I ever thought possible. Seriously we have been dying!!! It`s gonna be an interesting Christmas. haha. It was so fun though, last week we visited one of our investigators (her two kids are baptized) and they had just gotten back from the mall buying stuff to decorate their cute little Christmas tree, and they wanted us to help them, so I got to feel a LITTLE bit at home doing that. It was definitely something special! And we have a ward Christmas dinner at the end of this week to look forward to and get a little more in the Christmas spirit:) Plus, Sharon... oh my goodness. The little countdown thing you made is awesome. It`s making time go by even faster. You are sooo dang creative. My companion and I open each box each day together and we get a little too excited when they have chocolate inside haha. And our room looks super cute with the snowflakes and candles and christmas bell. SO THANK YOU!