Monday, February 27, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
so right now i just have spanish spanish and spanish. i am in a trio and there are two new hermanas in our ward so in total there are 5 in our house: all latins and me. haha its pretty funny because they are all about 5'4" and then me who is taller than most of the guys here. i feel at times like i am a hen with all her little chicks and i am always watching out for them. it's fun teaching in a tri too. my comp that is from Mexico, Hermana Mendieta, is really funny. she is always saying funny things and the things i understand or have explained to me slower are really funny. the people love her here. she has been here for 2 changes so they know her pretty well, which is good becuase we just took over her investigators and gave the new sisters the city of Xula.
I was a little sad about not keeping Xula it becuase i really wanted to work there. but it's okay because we are working in another area that is really pretty, too. it's called the Guitarra. but what i love the most is always laughing with my companions. i forget at times how different our lives are. i love hearing thier stories and especailly Hermana Mendieta she is a convert and she was a Catholic, Jehovah Witness, and a Sabbitista before she came a member, she has like 4 different bibles, but i love hearing her story i am learning so much from her and Hermana Gonzales.
there is so much work to be done here and i am so thankful that i am here. we had a baptism sunday morning and we have other possiblities. right now we are working with a family, the Flores family. the husband is a minos activo and his wife and two sons are not members, there were so many things that lead us to this family. also we are teaching another family named Familia Chapeta. it was funny how we met him, he had a wheel barrel of wood and he looked really tired so we took it and pushed it to his house, i am sad to say that i have become weak and i was feeling it the next day. but he let us come into his house and eat with them. his wife at first did not wanna let us in but with time she softened and when we left they really wanted to hear more. they have a son and his name is Juan he is so cute. i love the kids here they are so close to the Lord. he is so excited to learn about the gospel and the parents were feeding off his energy. also we taught two kids, thier mom is a member, and it was a great lesson. it will be a lot of work with them but it was fun seeing how we teach with the three of us.
i really like it here and just learning from my comps also i can testify of how the spirit can change people's hearts. i have seen how some people are so hard at first but after 1 lesson they are changed and are more receptive. it reminds me of Ammon in the Book of Mormon when he is among the Lamanites and while teaching the king the king's heart was softened. i know that this work is the Lords and that this time is His. i am so excited for this change and for searching for people. it's hard and it is getting a lot hotter, but it is so worth it.
Monday, February 13, 2012
monday night at 10pm i learned that i had changes and i was leaving the area.... changes are not until 15th of this month so this was not expected.... so i had to hurry and pack and be ready to leave at 6 am wed, because right after our temple trip i was going to my new area. i was really sad when i found out and wanted to cry but my companion was already doing that so i knew that i had to be strong. i wanted to say bye to all the members and the people here but i was not able to. it was hard for me to just leave and not say anything to anyone especially my converts.
so after the temple we ate at wendys then i headed to reu to the mission office. when i got there we just sat at a table and they gave us our new companions. they had these changes early because the sisters from mexico came in a week early and my companion was training. so my new companion is hermana gonzalez, and she is from guate city! the capital. the Lord answers prayers because i really wanted a companion from here to learn more about the people. she is amazing. she was supposed to be ending this change but she decided to extend her mission so i am going to be her last companion. also i learned that i might be in a trio for this next change....
we are opening an area and this area had other sister missionaries in it already, we are just splitting it up because it is big. so right now there are four of us in a house and i feel like i am with roommates. it's a blast! one sister, hermana acosta from peru, is having changes though and the other sister, hermana mendieta from mexico, might stay with hermana gonzalez and i. so with our area there is reu and that is pretty much city. then there are the outer parts and xula. i really like it, it is about a 10 min drive in the tuktuk (it's a little motor thing made into a little taxi. they are pretty legit. i like them). but this area is jungle! like what i imagined when i first got my call to guate.
it's great, and my companion is amazing at contacting. one day we got 20 contacts, but the hard thing is going back and teaching them. so right now it's just the whole finding people. then at 6pm we return to reu area near our house and contact here. so we have been busy with walking around and getting to know our area. it has been fun. also my comp is getting a corte skirt made for me to help me remember that she was my first guate comp. she is really nice.
it's kinda cool seeing myself live in a house and country with just spanish speakers and i can get along fine.... also i am at the point where i am scared to talk english to people. haha when i am with the gringo misionaries i always switch to spanish, too. it is funny. i am really enjoying it here and i am thankful for this new experience. it was hectic but i am already learning a lot. i am looking forward to this change with my new companion. also she can dance salsa! how cool is that!!!! hahha we are planning on dancing for our exercising. lol.