Thursday, March 27, 2014

Training Photos


 chau to my home girls, hna mosley and hna jimenez.  but they´re both still in machala!! yay!!

members from otavalo aka utahvalo because there are so many members there.  they were at the temple being sealed as a family.  cuuuute!!!!

yay!! training!!  there were only 5 new missionaries in the group that came, all of them gringos.  and all the trainers are gringos.  so the meeting with all of us was in english so the newbies could understand.  weeeeirddddd english.  hahaaha it was really weird though, for reals.  i had to do an example of verificacion and it was awkward.  because here in spanish you can ask a ton of personal questions and people dont get weirded out in the least bit.  plus i have a hard time speaking in english so it was just a struggle.

Training Again


so i´m training agaaaaaain!!!!!!! of course.  i´ve had a total of 1 transfer where i wasnt training.  but!!!  hna jimenez and i did splits with the members monday night for like 30 minutes until the elders called and told me i had to be in the terminal in 15 minutes.  oh but when they called we were talking with hectors mom who is suuuuper evangelica and was going on and on and on so i was glad it got interrupted.  but yeah, so there went hector.  he´s officially gone.  but anyway.  so monday night hna viloria and i went to guayaquil and then tuesday morning we went to the TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  okay, i have to confess.  the week before when i was praying i told Heavenly Father that I honestly loved my companion and didnt necessarily want changes but that I wanted to go to the temple.  So basically i asked to train.  just to be able to go to the temple.  but apparently He thought it was what >I needed too!!  Yay!!  Ohhhhhhhh my lantaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa it was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is hna harper who was my fhe mom at chatthamtowne!!  she is hilarious. 

yeah, so my companion is hermana brulĂ©.  she´s from colorado and is 19.  she is super smart!!!  she doesnt speak a lot of spanish but is picking up on it so quick and already knows our sector pretty well.  yesterday i got lost and she knew exactly where we were.  she´s great.  she´s having a hard time adjusting and i know EXACTLY how she feels.  so i´m trying to do the best to help her feel more comfortable with everything.  I wish i could speak to her in english because that would make her feel 20 times better and less lonely but president told me i cant.  so it´s been hard.  but it´ll be good.  the Lord will help us.  Yay!

at the temple and on the bus with my new companion 


oh we had interviews with president and i talked to him about my release date and he said its going to be august 26th so i´ll have a week to get everything ready for school..... soooo you´re going to have to help me lots with books and everything.

oh my heck we have the coolest investigator ever!  his name is diego and he has a prosthetic leg just below his knee, so it made him gain a ton of weight because when he got in the accident, they gave him like 12 pints of blood.  hahaha that was a horribly worded sentence and it doesnt make sense but i dont even care.  anyway.  but friday we gave him a book of mormon and saturday when we went to visit him he read till page 80 and then sunday he read 50 more pages.  and he understood everything, even some of the deep doctrines!!!!!!  escogido??  yes.  he is the coolest.  he´s been in jail and has had a mujer and used to drink all that junk but he wants so bad to change and he wants his family to change too.  I just love him!

um who knew that "Christ" and "Messiah" means "anointing"??  Yeah, discovered that this week and i was super excited.  the gospel is just so cool!!!

February Photos!


mishell got baptized!!!!!!! it was seriously SOOOO HAPPY!!!!  her mom and her brother and sister came and they all really felt the spirit.  i sang a solo in english with my english hymn book :)  i sang the words to oh my father to the melody of come thou fount.  i would never ever ever ever sing all by myself in the states so i just take advantage here where most people are completely tone deaf.  but i made mishell´s mom cry so it invited the spirit and that´s what´s most important!  and then after she was baptized she gave her testimony and she was crying and her mom cried again.  but good crying, of course.  we want to work with the rest of her family becuase they are just the cutest and we love them so much!

i was really proud of my hair that day

and we were matching. yay!

temple in the fog. yay!

February 4, 2014


so we had consejo in guayaquil this week again and i got my other toe operated on... yay!!

I GOT CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  yayyyy!!! it was so happy!!!!!!!! i loved everything!!  thank you so so so sos much!!  we are definitely enjoying all the chocolate and peanut butter.  and you know me so well!  i had forgotten about my chocolate covered blueberreis and mint truffeles!!!!!

bad news bears.  i lost my sd card with aaaaaaaaaall my pictures and videos from my mission.  yeah.  it´s pretty much terrible.  but i´m surprisingly really calm about it.  i think it´s because i realized i lost it the day i read all your guys testimonies so i had the eternal perspective really going on.  so the day we get to watch a whole movie of our lives will be great and i´ll get to see the vidoes and pictures i lost.  

oh at the consejo, presidente threw down about obediencia.  so now we´re only allowed to listen to hymns and motab.  soooo if you want to send me a micro sd with some music that would be great.  i have a little bit of motab but not very much.

oh yeah so presidente took out my other ingrown toenail on my other big toe.  it´s SOOOO COOOOOL how they take them out!!!!  well i didnt watch the shots because i just hate shots.  and they hurt.  but i watched how he took it out and it was awesome!!  hahahah thank you mommy for praying for my toes.  they need it.

it cracks me up how gossip goes around amongst the missionaries.  today hna llacsa was like ohh i heard that one of the elders here was your boyfriend.... ummmm what????  hahahaha im thinking its because i went on a date with christ barrett so everyone thought we were dating.  but here in south america it´s a huge deal to go on a date with someone.  like you dont just go one a date with one guy and then another the next weekend.  weird.  havnet they heard what the prophets say about dating??

oh we figured out the secret to getting free or cheap taxi rides.  the latina asks while the gringa just smiles.  works every time.  but  dont worry, we´re not going to get kidnapped or anything.