So, there is a brother in the ward that is leaving on his mission this Wednesday. He is having his farewell today. I have discovered this week that mission farewells are a lot different here than they are in Utah. In Utah as you all know the future missionary talks in church and then people come over for a little get together or whatever. But here... the future missionary doesn't speak in church and the ward just throws a huge ward party for them. It is sweet. I think this tradition needs to be brought to the states. They have been talking about who is bringing the tamales, cakes, piñatas and many more things for this farewell over the past few weeks. Since it is P-day we will be going and helping serve the food and it should be a good time!
Well, I have finished yet another transfer out here in the mission. We just got news for changes yesterday and I will be with Hermana Magana another transfer. This is going to make for 6 months or 1/3 of our missions served together! That is crazy! We are literally eternal companions. Which definitely has it's pros and cons haha.
This week we went out looking for a bunch of new people to teach. We did find a lot of new investigators but they are all going to take some faith. I don't really know how to describe to you some (most) of our investigators right now. But, wow, their lives are hard. Something that has been unique to me as a missionary is the impact these people can have on me and well my companions too. Sometimes we go into house and can really feel a spirit of happiness inside. Doesn't matter how messy, smelly, small, some of these families are seriously so happy through it all. But some houses we walk into and can literally feel the sadness.
Yesterday, Hermana Magana and I contacted a family and ended up teaching them a little bit they were cold towards us at first but as we began to really talk and understand all that they have passed through well.. H E double hockey sticks and that well sometimes it really is so hard to believe. I was extremely grateful that they took the time to even just listen to us even though we are two young girls that really have had nothing bad happen to us in our lives. God has given me a lot of privileges as a missionary to share what seems like a little bit of happiness with these people but really is a happiness that they and we don't even understand. Anyways we left on a good note and Hermana Magana and I went back out to look for other families. As we walked in silence I began to cry a little and looked over at Hermana Magana and noticed the tears in her eyes as well.
I don't mean to share this so you all think that I am sad out here. I think you all know that I am the happiest I have ever been, so I am not too worried. But the spirit I felt yesterday was awesome. I feel like I felt a little bit of the sadness this family was feeling along with a love for them. I am hoping they will keep on accepting our visits because they are a really special family.
We also had a family come to church with us yesterday and Hermano Jose who is preparing for his baptism on November 24th. Hermano Jose is awesome. He was all dressed and ready when we went to pick him up and then he walked around our area with us looking for our other investigators. Like I think I told you all before.. he will be a bishop or something of that sort one day!
Well, what else.. the elders in our area had a baptism this weekend for a really cute couple. Bishop called us about a half hour before and asked us to sing at the baptism haha. So we went and sang.
I don't think I have anything else to add but I love you all!