President gave us another moment to write since Hermana Ramos needs to write her family! But her she is....! Welcome to my crazy Mexican family! :)
While Hermana Ramos took a nap.. Hermana Gonzalez and I were SUPER hungry but we couldn't leave to buy food... and all we had in the house was tuna.... this was the result of our "dinner" today.
This week was such a good one. Because we were ending the transfer President wanted me to go on some interchanges and see how training is going with the sisters and their areas. So I went on 3 interchanges this week haha it was crazy. I worked a total of 2 full days in my area this week. But the time I got here in San Jose I loved. I got to go back to Loma Linda and Puerta Del Sol. It was just fun.
I don't even know where to start.. It as great because I got to work with some of the new sisters here in the mission like my "granddaughter" Hermana Antonio... who is going to be training this transfer which makes me a great grandma!!! hahaha everyone has been calling me "la veijita" The old woman. hahah great... But it was a great interchange. We wrote our testimonies in a few books of Mormon and went out and gave them to some people in the street. It went well and we found this sweet 16 year old girl in a park. She had gone to the park because her parents were fighting. She just started to cry to us when we gave her the Book of Mormon. It was a freaking sweet lesson. The spirit was so strong in the old abandoned park.
Then, I got to eat lunch with the Robleado Family. Their daughter Joselin leaves on her mission tomorrow. She was always helping us with our work when I was in Puertas so it was fun to see her one last time before she went out! I seriously love this family!
Then I got to work with the sisters in Loma Linda. There are now 8 missionaries in the ward! 6 sisters.. living in the same house with only one tiny bathroom... it is a joke hahaha. But it was a great time! I got to spend a day with Hermana Clubb and Hermana Moreno and with Hermana Herrera and Hermana Monson! It was SUPER HOT. I got fried one day because we weren't finding anyone so we spent the day contacting in the hot sun. about midday I took of my backpack and Hermana Moreno just started to laugh. I got a bad tan line haha I will send a picture but I am sure it won't do it justice. Also Hermana Clubba and I found a recliner chair in the street so we took it as a awkward family photo op! haha. We are so strange sometimes.
While I was busy on these interchanges our Zone Leaders decided to take charge of our area. I don't know what they ate or what got into them but they called up Hermana Gonzalez and told her that Gisel need to be baptized TOMORROW! (this was on Friday) Well, her being the good new missionary she is went and with the Zone Leaders and they told Gisel she need to be baptized the next day. (Her baptism was set up for the 30th of May) She of course told them no. We haven't even taught her all the lessons so I don't know what they were thinking... But now Gisel doesn't know about getting baptized on the 30th... I think for the first time on my mission I was actually really mad at someone. Honestly. huffff... I am learning patience. The good thing is Gisel is a woman prepared by God. We won't be losing her. She still came to church yesterday even after the whole ordeal. We fasted for her yesterday and she just sent us a text asking if we could come by tomorrow :) So I know and have faith that everything will work out.
Have I told you all I love working with Hermana Gonzalez? TODAY we get the new sister missionary with us! We are going to pick her up at 4pm in the office. They are coming from Central America.. El Salvador, Guatemala and I think one form Mexico. But I am so excited! I love new missionaries! They are awesome! I will send lots of Pictures next week with all the details.
Oh I wanted to write about Hermana Vicki. She is this awesome member in our ward who is about 60 years old but she suffers from some sickness where she can hardly walk and is in a lot of pain.. i don't know exactly what it is. But she will be getting surgery soon. But we go to visit her about 2 a week. She lives with her like 23 year old son Jose Andres. He reminds me of Dano. He is a good kid but he struggles and helping out his mom. Yesterday he cut up a cantaloupe for us hahahaha I have never seen someone struggle so much at cutting something. When we finally got it served to us it was all in little tiny slivers. It was funny. But he has a ton of patience. Anyways, Jose Andres isn't a member so we have started to teach him this week. We always teach them a lesson together and then we offer service. Hermana Vicki has a BUNCH of tiny trinkets from ALL parts of Mexico that are really pretty and cool. We normal just spend time dusting them off while we talk to her. It is probably my favorite part of the week. Then when we finish up she always asks if she can say the closing prayer and she always prays for us. It is so sweet. I just really love these moments at her house. Yesterday she just began to cry because she was so happy we came by. They don't have a lot of visitors that come by but I don't know why they are so awesome. It is just one of those hidden treasures here in San Jose.
Well, I think that's about all I got to say. Tomorrow is Hermana Gonzalez's birthday! But with the new girls coming tomorrow who knows how our day will be since we have will be having meetings with president probably all day tomorrow. So I took advantage of today and made her birthday pancakes this morning. I will send a picture so you guys can see my pancake skills!! hahah
Love you guys! Have a great week!
Hay una broma en el barrio ahorita de que cada vez que los miembros me vean empiezan a cantar "El fin se acerca, Y hay poco tiempo!" .....ellos piensen que son tan graciosos... y ahora tengo el himno en mi cabeza cada rato! es horrible!
Pues bueno, hello family! This week felt like a year long which I was totally fine with :) haha We just did a bunch of stuff! Here's to hoping this last transfer is like this every week!
Well, on Tuesday we had our sister's meeting and ye I did teach for the 30 minutes in front of everyone. It was a great experience because the Lord really pulled through. I got up and all of my nerves went away and I was able to remember everything that I had planned. Dano will like to know that i taught about how we can find FAMILIES to teach. The Lord really is preparing not only people in our area to receive the gospel but families. I think it went well.. Better than I imagined but who know maybe it was a disaster. haha. oh well.
After the meeting we had lunch with President and his wife since the meeting was at their house. President asked me if we had appointments in the afternoon. I told him the appointments we had but they were at about 4 and 5 o'clock. He said good because you have an appointment at 7pm. what? apparently Miriam told president she wanted me in her baptism! Wahoo! So I got to go to Miriam and Antonio's baptism on Tuesday! It was so great! At the last minute Miriam's son Manuel decided he wasn't ready... but I know his baptism will come soon enough! So I will send pictures!
On Wednesday we had a Zone activity. The whole zone went out contacting in Puerta Del Sol looking for new investigators for the missionaries there. We passed a members house out there and invited them to join us contacting so they did! The Acuña Family. It was great to spend the morning with them! We found some good people to teach there too!
Thursday it rained a ton! or maybe it was friday.. I don't remember. But the lightening was SO crazy! I thought we were going to die! Our leaders called us to go home early because it was so crazy! I took a video you will have to see someday. The next day we spent a few house helping people clear the floods from their houses... it was a site. Two girls in long skirts walking around town with mops in their hands. We literally looked like witches! We didn't get a single good contact in that time, obviously.
We have a few investigators who are gold! Hermana Gisel and her daughter Kristin! yup. I am teaching a Mexican Kristin :) haha. Anyways Gisel's parents are members in Veracruz. We taught her about the word of wisdom this week. When we taught her she told us she had already stopped drinking coffee because she heard Mormons don't drink coffee!! We were like that's awesome, do you know why we don't drink coffee? she didn't know why... It was like when Gabriel asked Adam why he was making sacrifices... it was legit. haha. LOVED IT! Then! When we went back to visit her she told us she was thinking about how sometimes her dad still drinks even though he is a member because it is an addiction he has had forever but he has done a lot better. She said she read the pamphlet we left her and prayed at the end to know how to help her dad... it was so cute! She said she is going to call him more often. Honestly love her.
There is a bakery here that looks so good! They have a huge gigantic enormous fan that blows the smell of delicious sweet bread out into the streets but I refuse to buy some.. not yet. Because I know I will be addicted and spend all my money and come home chubby. So I will wait for a special day to buy some. haha these are my problems here in my area.
So... we are going to start the next transfer this next week. Who knows what is going to happen because Hermana Clubb is the only one not training and there are 3 new sisters coming. One of the APs called this morning to ask if we had room for a 3rd sister.. I could just have 2 new sisters with me next week. who knows what is going to happen. But it is just all too crazy. I would say I am pretty nervous but this is just the mission.. crazy things are happening all the time. I just have to get over not being prepared to have more responsibility and just do what president and the Spirit says. I guess it is one of the bet things I have learned out here.
Well, I love you all! Have a great week!
I still can't believe you all sat in front of me eating chips and salsa last night. So typical. Man, when I get home.. we are eating chips and salsa a whole 24 hours and then we can go out and do some other things haha.
Well, I don't have to much to say obviously. I will send a picture of My companion and I so that you all can see because I am pretty sure Hilz still thinks I am with the Hermana Godoy. haha
President's wife called me this morning... tomorrow in our sister's meeting I will be speaking for 30 minutes!!! Teaching the sisters about a theme of my choice... blehhh... I am stressed! It is going to make for a good embarrassing story. That is for sure.
I got home last night and was totally sad because I forgot to tell you the USA story. haha. My last week in Loma Linda my companions and I were walking the streets and we passed this house with a bunch of dad's watching a football game outside. It totally looked like a Johnson family party. The TV cables coming from the house and the TV and couches outside on the lawn... It was actually really awesome haha but there was like 12 Dads outside. When we passed the house one of them looks over at us and starts shouting "USA! USA! USA!" with a fist pump of course. Then they all joined in! We just kept walking but then they left their game and started to walk behind us shouting "USA! USA!" they followed us for about half a street! hahaha It was the weirdest thing but it was so funny because when they started to follow us Hermana bowers and I looked at each other like "now what?" SO we turned around and lifted one of our hands in the air in a fist! They all just started to shout with joy and then ran back to their game..
This probably doesn't even sound funny to you all... I will explain better later.
Hermana Bowers called me this morning to tell me "50 days left!"
Well, thanks. haha
We found some great new investigators this week. One of them being Gisel and her daughter. Funny thing is I found Gisel when she came to Puerta Del Sol my last Sunday there. Just looking for a church. Her parents are members in Veracruz. Her and her daughter are now preparing to be baptized here soon :)
Yeah I think that's all for today! Hope you all have a great day today!
Que creen? me voy de Loma Linda a San Jose por este ultimo cambio!
President called me yesterday to tell me I am going to San Jose tomorrow. I will still be training hahaha. It is all just crazy! But I am so SAD and so happy!
Sad- because we have 3 baptisms this week. Miriam and Manuel, the most golden investigators I have ever met! and Sweet Antonio! I just got to Loma Linda.. freak! But I think president is going to give me permission to go the baptism! Fingers crossed!
Happy- Because I get to met new people and work with a new sister! There is something so special about new missionaries! I love it! San Jose also shares the church building with Puertas Del Sol! I get to see all my peeps again! whoop!
This week was fantastic. I love my companions. We have had a great time together! Today we had a mission activity another sport's day... President was taking photos of me for Facebook... -_- hahah They are going to be keepers someday..
What else.. my comps and I have spent half our computer time today looking at Dano's engagements. haha they turned out really cute! I can't wait to Skype with you all on Sunday and meet Madi!
But this week was excellent we had almost all of our investigators at church. It was a miracle and nooo we did not pull the whole "Hermana Gillette is leaving! You need to come say goodbye to her at church" card. haha we are just missionaries that use our resources! haha But it worked! and they all stayed for the 3 hours. Honestly this area is so blessed!
I took some pictures with some of my family here in Loma Linda. Like Miguel and Miguelito and Miriam and Manuel I will send all the photos your way! Also with Hermanita Julisa who has basically been my companion these last few weeks, since we go on splits like 4 times a week right now. It is funny because yesterday I had to go around and introduce Hermana Bowers and Moreno to some of our investigators... haha even though they are my companions we have gone on so many splits that I had my own list of people I have been visiting and yesterday at church was the first time meeting some of our investigators haha. It was funny.
This week was Miriam's birthday and she invited us over to eat cake with her family. She ended up having 3 huge cakes made for her. It was a good time. I think soon her whole family will be baptized. Her husband is really attached to his catholic beliefs but he does listen to us and I know that Manuel sometimes shares what he reads in The Book of Mormon and stuff. It is awesome!
Oh my gosh! We met the cutest little girl out here this week. Hermana Bowers and I went to the border to renew our green cards and this little girl Heidi with her own iPhone 6 plus.. she had to be from the states side. She was talking both Spanish and English to us. She showed us this alphabet game on her phone and it pronounces the letter and then there is a photo and says the word. She clicks on "M" "mmmm.. M. Mano" Then it shows a picture of a hand which is "mano" in Spanish. She goes "Woah!! They cut someone's hand off for my game!" We about died laughing.. this was just one of the many comments that we have now been repeating all week long.
Well, I think that is enough for today since I will be talking.. no SEEING you all on Sunday! Whoop!! I am stoked! It is going to be crazy!
Oh one last story! I just saw one of my photos and remembered. Antonio one of our investigators can't read. We had a couple of days of going to look for him and he wasn't home.. so we drew him a note to tell him we would be coming back to look for him the next day ;)
Love you all!