Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
My first attack of the dogs! I knew the day was coming when I would be bit by a dog, but I was hoping I could avoid it. But we went to the house of our misión leader and he kept telling us that the dogs were fun. Just a little too friendly. Friendly might have been the wrong choice of word. So we were leaving, and two dogs started barking and biting me. Nothing too bad because I had the protection of the Spirit. But there’re a few nice battle scars to show off.
Next, our cellular just kind of died on us. Actually, it didn’t really die, the misión switched the plan and forgot to tell us. So we had no phone for about four days and you would’ve thought it was the end of the world. Everybody was trying to get a hold of us, and the president of the misión had to send elders to come to villa independence to find us. It was a miracle that we found them in the street. It was crazy! And afterwards we had to pass by a lot of the members because they thought something horrible happened to us. How did we ever survive without cellulars?
I also got assigned another talk. I’m not a huge fan of talking in front of people especially when I have not a lot of notice. So i wrote my talk early Sunday morning. I hardly had time to get ready. I was in such a hurry that I forgot my scarf and even worse, I forgot my name plaque. So I had to endure three hours of Latina moms telling me to ¨Abrigese¨ aka ¨Wear your scarf!¨ And I had the opportunity to lead the music again. I figured out that I was in front for more than half of the sacrament meeting. While I was leading the music, going off script of my talk, and living out assignments to the members; I felt like a missionary! I have flashes of this feeling often but I usually lose it when I don’t understand something or make a mistake in my Spanish. But yesterday in church, I felt like a representative of Jesus Christ. And what’s more, I felt his love and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. It was a big momento for me yesterday. It might’ve been a bad day because I wore my glasses, but there was a huge click for me. I can be an instrument in the hands of God. I’m grateful for this experience to learn and to grow. Besitos y abrazos!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Torta de Reeses & Hot Chocolate – We started off Christmas Eve aka the night of May 8th with a Reeses cake and hot chocolate. It was one of the most delicious cakes I´ve had in the misión. It´s hard to find peanut butter and good chocolate here, but thanks to Hna. Nobles and her family, we enjoyed a delicious cake. For real, it was like a giant Reeses. That one cake was enough of a Christmas for me but it only gets better.
Traslados - We had to wait up to get transfers that night and it felt like waiting for Santa Claus to come. But it finally came at about 11 and it was the best news ever… I get to stay in Villa Independence with Hna. Nobles!!! Woohoo! I don´t have to be accustomed to a new area and a new companion. We can just keep doing what we´re doing, just better!! I´m way stoked!
Conferencia de Estaca – And then the next day we went to the Stake Conference and I got to see all the members from my old area. I love them so much! It was one of the best ¨presents¨ ever. I also saw two of my old companions which is always exciting. After being the only hermanas in a zone of about 20 19-year-old elders, you start to miss the other hermanas. It was the best! And Pres. and Hna. Olsen spoke because it´s their last Stake Conference before they leave to go home. The Spirit was so strong. And all of the missionaries there sang to them ¨God Be With You ´Til We Meet Again¨ (in spanish of course). I was a little embarassed to sing in front of all those people, but it was a tender momento. I may or may not have cried…
Llamados – And then after we got back from Stake Conference, we got to call our families!!!! It was fun, I loved it, the end.
Reunión de Planeamiento – And then after we had time to have one of the best planning meetings of my life. I´m not so much of a person to plan or make goals, but I think the misión has finally converted me. I love making goals! Without goals, I am nothing. If I don´t make a goal and write it down, I will not get anything done. And so i absolutely loved planning for an incredible transfer that we are going to have. We can´t wait to achieve our goals, and be exactly obediente, and have fun! This is going to be an Amazing six weeks! Be excited because I know am!
Monday, May 3, 2010
I´ve learned that I can pretty much eat anything, all it takes is mind over matter. So now that winter is coming up, we´re starting to eat hotter foods and one of their winter specialties is called Locro. I had my first experience with Locro this last weekend and let´s just say, it was very interesting. Locro is kind of like a soup and kind of like pudding. The color is bright yellow-orange and they just throw anything they want in there. This one had something called mondongo aka cow intestines. It´s white and chewy and pretty much disgusting. And you know what, I ate three huge plates of it. Ya, that´s right! I was pretty much proud of myself. Of course, I washed everything down with a nice fresco coca. (i realize that some of you might think that we´re not allowed to drink coca cola but we can. Apparently the coca kills parasites. Yep, you gotta´ love it!) But ya, i survived my first Locro experience. And we´re planning a ward activity with Locro that´s coming up soon. Just something that I can look forward to!
I´ve also learned that appearances aren´t everything but apparently I need to make more of an effort. I hate to say it, but I think that I have officially become a frump. It has always been a fear of mine being a sister missionary but the day has finally come. It´s starting to get cold and I have my nice, big, black winter coat that I wear everyday. So we had a couple of investigators and members that tried to help us out. Yep, last Saturday we had one of the members try to teach us about make up. We were trying to share a message from the scriptures and she wanted to talk to us about eye shadow. And then after we finished she gave us bright, bright purple and gold eye shadow. I´m way excited to try that out! And then we went to another cita and we had an investigador and after we taught her she gave us necklaces: Big huge necklaces made of seeds. She told us we had to take one and wear it. So ya, I can take a hint. I need to try a little harder with looking nicer. I´m glad that everyone is looking out for us. J
My favorite experience from this last week happened in Church. I was just about to lead the song in Sacrament Meeting (p.s. not a big fan of leading) and we had our investigador come in. I was so excited! I pretty much waved in the middle of the song. A little embarrassing, but whatever. And the greatest thing was that it was testimony meeting and our investigador went up and bore her testimony. It was so powerful and I felt the Spirit so strong. She is amazing! She´s so excited to get baptized! Her testimony and faith is so strong and I´m grateful to learn from her example. I love learning from everybody´s example, especially the example of Jesús Christ. I´m grateful to be a part of this work and to learn new things everyday. ¡El Reino de Dios o NADA!