Sunday, March 23, 2014

Email - March 10

Some people call me a wedding planner...

   This week was crazy!! My comp and I planned a wedding and baptism in just a week and a half.. loco!  The wedding was so beautiful! The colors were purple and white, we hung Christmas lights and it was so beautiful! The baptism was great as well! I am the WORST leader of music, let me tell you! But somehow I always get wound up doing it at baptisms! So Pedro and Ana got married on Friday. Ana was less active before and then Pedro got baptized on Saturday. They had to get married for him to be baptized because they were living together. They have been together for 9 years and was still not married!! Holy moly! They are super excited to be sealed in the temple in one year! Pedro is super strong, they will do well! Ana is only a year older than me, and Pedro is a few years older, so quite a young couple compared to the foothills!! They are so awesome!! So it was so funny in the baptism... While Pedro and the person that baptized him were changing, my companion and I taught a little lesson of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pedro came back in and we finished up our presentation (this was all in Spanish.. oh man). We were going to sit down and this lady (investigator of other missionaries and Native American) says "this is how we show our emotion" or something like that and sticks our her arm and like yells/screams! I don't know what to call it but super loud where it hurt everyone's ears and it lasted for like 20 seconds. Ya know in Native American movies where they do that yell thing? I don't know how to explain it and she moved her voice up and down it was crazy!! Haha I was trying so hard to not bust up laughing and I looked around and everyone else was trying not too, as well haha it was so great!! Haha we talked about it all ward council the next day.
   My companion is seriously the best!! I love her so much! I was seriously depressed for a long time and not myself but I finally feel like myself again and she is just so nice and cute and funny!! She says I should be a comedian haha, so at least she laughs at my dumb jokes! 
   I have gained so much knowledge from my mission and so much experience because I have met so many people and I love it. I know how to accomplish the world and I know I am being prepared for everything in my life, right now. There is this other girl we are teaching, she is only 15 and I really feel that she just wants some one to care for her and give her attention. She is seeking acceptance and is trying to find her place in the world. But she is so cute and she wants to know the truth so bad!. I wrote a poem in the MTC about a girl that was lost and had a desire to change. I forgot about it. We were at her house giving a lesson, (she speaks English, her mom doesn't really). I felt like I needed to share a poem that I wrote with her. I pulled out my notebook that has poems in it and I was trying to find a different poem I wrote then I turned to that one. I knew in the MTC when I wrote this poem that I would find the girl I wrote this poem for, but I didn't exactly know why I was writing it then. I read the poem to her and I knew it was for her. The spirit was strong and she said she wants to know more, she wants to change, she wants to go to church, she wants to be baptized, hopefully. This family has a lot of small issues but Heavenly Father is definitely guiding us to keep working with them. Also, when I told her I wanted to share a poem with her I said "I am lame and I like to write poems" and she said that she writes poems too it was cool! She was the one that was lost.
   I ate the NASTIESSSSST thing last Monday ewwww! K, so we went to our ward mission leader's home to talk to him about the baptism and he asks if we would like a dessert, we say sure. Bad idea!!! It was like mushy bread with prunes and coconut with 3 milks. Just way mushy and nasty!!!! We both wanted to puke because we practically ate puke. yuck!! 
   My Spanish has been getting so much better it is insane!! I thought we spoke English one time when we contacted someone because I understood everything perfectly! It was awesome but I still am way bad haha but it is getting better little by little! My comp helps me a lot!!

   So I forgot to tell you what one of the members said in my last area when I was leaving. His name is Kevin Smith and I was pretty close with his family, he is the 2nd counselor and his wife is the RS president. It was so touching what he said!! He said to me "I know you are a humble person but you are living proof that one person can make a difference." I am thankful people saw my love for the work and the Lord. I have always wanted to make a difference in other's lives, and now is my time to do that. 

Pedro's wedding

Pedro's baptism

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Email - March 3

   I am in Gilbert, AZ!!! From border of mission to other border of the mission! I am in a Spanish ward with my very very cute companion (Hermana Segura) and two Elders, Elder Vorkink (served with him in Yuma, so I know him pretty well and he is my district leader now) and Elder Whitted. Sister Segura is from Colombia, but has lived in Mesa, AZ since she has been 6. She is a native Spanish speaker and the cutest little thing ever!! Our ward is way cool! It is called Ray 5th Barrio(ward).Do I miss Yuma? Not so much but I do miss the people there a ton!! It is nice to be able to see them on facebook and stuff! I serve in both Gilbert and Chandler with the Spanish work. I don't have any English work anymore, just Spanish :) It is awesome... except the food. blah.. I don't really like Mexican food. Some things are good and it depends who cooks, but it is a lot of fat and grease. And they feed you more than you can ever imagine! And you can't say no or they get offended! My first two dinners here were actually pasta haha and then I had Venezuelan food. It was really good and not fatty or anything. But I swear I gained like 5 pounds that night because they just kept feeding me and I couldn't say no especially because they are our investigators!! Instead of tortillas they have arepas and  you put beans and meat in it. TASTY!! but I was going to die because I ate too much!! Then I had pazole. It is a type of soup and the meat in it is pig spine. They leave the bones in it and fat up the wazoo, yuck! It is good minus all the fatty meat and bones. I couldn't finish it and then she gave me more!! I told her my stomach just isn't prepared for eating so much, yet. Then she gave us rice pudding. She was nice about it and didn't seem too offended. We had dinner at the bishop's last night. He is so cool!! He is from Spain and speaks perfect English. His wife is American and went on a mission to Texas Spanish speaking. We had homemade Cafe Rio it was so delicious!! That is my kind of mexican food!! haha
    So the Gilbert Temple Culture Celebration was on Saturday. It was AMAZING!! A little cheesy but so GREAT!! It was so neat to see so many youth together and unified. There are a lot of members here!! I love it here, it is so nice and looks a lot like St. George! It is very different than Yuma haha I am glad I went to Yuma first because if I went here then Yuma it would be a lot more depressing haha. I am actually in Sister Funke's old area and she told me tons of stories about the people here so I am trying to remember everything. But she told me a lot, so I forget! I would live here, it is nice! But anyway on Saturday it was RAINING like POURING! It never rains here and of course, the day of the OUTSIDE Culture Celebration, it rains!! It was really cold! I don't know how those youth did it!! It was at 7 pm when it started! WOW! It was so neat though! They had such good attitudes and everything! The Prophet I guess was looking a little sick, so that isn't good! President Eyring came with him and he is so cute, cheering on the youth! I watched the dedication yesterday in Spanish haha. Ask me what I understood... nada!! Haha jk well I understood it if I was paying full attention, using all brain power in the world! haha But that got me exhausted so sometimes I started dozing off, but I tried really hard! It was really cool to see it in Spanish though! President Eyring mentioned the Draper Temple, I don't know what about it, but he mentioned it haha! With the Tucson and Phoenix Temples coming soon, there will be 6 temples in AZ. There are 400,000 members in AZ. It is cool to think that I have been a part of helping bring some of those 400,000 to the gospel. 
   The main investigator we have is Pedro. He is getting baptized this Saturday and married this Friday. Yeah, take that friends! I get to go to a wedding, too! And I get to plan it a little, so that is cool! I will send pics! And the Venezualian Family, they are super chevre!