Archive | August, 2011

The week my zone had adventures in Maldonado…

22 Aug

….we got lost. Kiiiinda. There are only 4 companionships in my zone. Tinyyyy. And we all had zone conference and since ours is so tiny, we had to go to Maldonado to join up with theirs. So we had to catch a bus at 6am (my comp forgot to turn on the alarm. so we woke up at 5:30. awesome) to get to Rocha, to meet up with the elders, and then we went to Maldonado. NONE of us had ever been there so we just wandered down a street in hopes that it led to the chapel. And it did! Yaaay! And so we had an awesome zone conference and I think some elders got sent home because they talked about how it would be mega sad for us and our families for that to happen. All of us were confused. President da Silva talked about how he KNOWS when stuff is going down. It was pretty cool. So then on the way back, we had to get to the terminal, and the next bus was 3 hours from then, so they told us to catch a bus to San Carlos and so we hopped on a bus that said that. So then we all were talking because it’s nice to talk to someone who’s not my companion (24/7 …. it’s … interesting) and a guy turns to me and is like “are you guys getting off at the San Carlos terminal?” “Uh, yes” “Oh, you just missed the stop” and so we got off and wandered, looking for the terminal. It was fun. I like my zone, we’re tiny.

My area is hard right now. We are having NO success. Our baptisms that were planned have dropped and we didn’t find any new investigators last week. we’re praying to find out what to change. It’s hard because I was just in Melo, where I had a lottt of success, and now I’m in Castillos, and I’m working even harder than I was in Melo, and there is nothing. It’s hard. Hna Kirkham is discouraged, I am too, kinda, but I can tell it’s affecting her work. And I don’t want to have to do this all alone, which is how i feel when we’re in charlas and doing contacts. She’s good with the recent converts and members, but when it comes to teaching basics, she like, can’t. So I end up teaching most everything. It’s hard. And I get frustrated, and I neverrrrrr get frsutrated. So I’m sure she thinks I’m evil at times, but whatever. I want to baptize people, and we can’t do that by just making buddy buddy with the people. President even said that this conference. He said “these people don’t need more friends, they need missionaries to baptize them”. I’ve seen a huge change in me being here in Castillos. I am way more pushy, in a good way … in the “this is the gospel, hear it roar!!” kind of way. I’m not nervous to talk to people anymore, I like it. but i know i need to improve. I am learning a lot about being patient. I thought I had a lot of patience before the mission, working with kids and all … ohhhh no. Uruguayans and companions are a whole different story. I think I’m staying here in Castillos for 2 more changes. That makes me feel ….. eh. once we have success I’m sure I’ll like it, right now I just want to go back to Melo. Hna Bowers called me last week for something and she told me that Mirtha got baptized. Remember the one who ALL the missionaries that have ever gone through Gianola had tried to baptize? Yeah, well, now she is. I got to hear about my recent converts, and I miss them! I have to start loving Castillos, maybe some prayers will help with that, too. Also, I am learning how to cook here since no one feeds us ever. I made some AWESOME biscuits, and I’m making empanadas, Uruguayan style meat filling bread thing. I got the recipe from a lady who randomly let us in …. she had a cut open pig on her table …. it was awesome. She didn’t want anything to do with the church, like EVERYONE else here. Uggghhhh. Anyway. Prayers would be appreciated. And mail. Since Linnea left on her mission my letters have cut down like …. 98% …. haha. So yes. I love you all. I’m glad that all is well at home, and that everyone is doing their own thang. Miss you! The Church is true! YAY!

– xiomara

August 1, 2011 – The week I felt normal again… for a day.

22 Aug

Normal as in, I felt like I was on a road trip, because that’s basically what change days are. I love change days! We hopped n a bus in Melo and listened to EFY 2011 (um. that CD is pretty awesome. I NEVER thought I’d ever think an EFY CD was great. Oh how the mission changes the hearts of cold, cold people). I talked to like everyone. It was fun, changes are like reunions. I saw the elders I was in the CCM with, and it was a lot of fun. It was weird, not gonna lie, when Hermana Bowers left. I was like “Um. Ok. Now I’m just a missionary. Cool?”. Ha. But the bus ride to Rocha was also fun. Melo was a GREAT area to start in. It was a spoiled area..so now I’m in Rocha, in Castillos and it’s super pretty. It’s very European, and its pretty big. I don’t know my address, sorry Marito, you cants mega stalk me. I live on Calle 19 de Abril … in front of a Panaderia called Baguette. Stalk me! We´re an hour bus ride from any other missionaries, so that’s comforting in case of an emergency. We are the only hermanas in Rocha … oh man. Hermana Kirkham is really nice. My district leader has not ONE funny bone. It’s annoying. We have no investigators, but we did walk into a boys house and he was like “I want to be baptized!” so we´re gonna work with that.

Um, i noticed this week how much I’ve learned on the mission. I have a lot more courage, which is really nice. I can connect ANYTHING to the gospel. Someone was talking about bread, and I was like “well, the God always provides …” and I somehow managed to connect that to prophets. Not gonna lie, I was kinda proud of myself. Hna Kirkham, likes to talk to people, but i like to balance that talking with doctrine, and I don’t think she knows really how to do that, but that’s okay. We´re here to learn. I’m excited to be here. We have a goal of 4 baptisms, so we´re going to try and get that this change. Hna K thought it was crazy, but we just have to work hard to achieve it. We´re gonna knock a looooooot of doors.

I got sick again this week. Like, stomach stabbing pain. it then went to my intestines. everyone says I have gall stones. Chelsea, tell me more, like everything you know about gall stones. Because it’s really common here. BOOO. Well, I love you all. I’ll probably send pictures next week.

Eternally yours (ha.),
xiomarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrra

August 8, 2011 – The week I met a man named Jupiter

22 Aug

He was WEIRD. He went on a rant about how mustaches are a signal of power. Then he showed us a picture of his grandpa and he was like “he has a mustache! we RESPECTED him!” … then I told him Papi had a mustache and I was like “well … you’re invited to our church!” … it was epic.

Can someone email me Rosemary M. Wixoms CES Fireside talk from May? I love her and I heard her talk was amazing.
Also, Chelsea, how did you learn Portuguese? Because I have to do language study for an hour, and I’m ghettoly reading the BoM in Portuguese, but I want like a workbook. Can you make me copies or something?

I found a white hair in my head. It was CRAZY. It made me feel like a missionary, though, so that was cool. The stress makes it all legit. It was more silver … maybe this means I’ll be a silver fox when I’m old. Yesssssss. Anyway. I swear I am getting so old. My knees hurt all the time, and it scares me because this area is where an elder tore up his knees. I saw him at changes and he was in a knee brace … lovely hope. There are a LOT of hills here. It is pure hills, it’s great, but not fun when we get out of a lesson really late and have to run up a hill .. in the rain. Fun times! But it’s worth it. I’ve been sassy lately, and I don’t know why. We had a contact with a j-dub and they just kept saying things that were not true about our church, and I was correcting her in the nicest way possible and my comp was like “shut it down”. She is scared of them, she avoids them like the plague. But everyone deserves to hear!

we had an awesome charla with an investigator, Santiago, he’s 14 and we were at his friend’s house and they were all really loud and obnoxious, but he payed perfect attention and had questions and prayed so perfectly. He’s great.

Linnea sent me some taco seasoning and so we made burritos yesterday … with crepes. What the crepe! (haaaa.). They were aiiight. (gangster style) They don’t have tortillas here, so everyone uses crepes, and it was actually pretty good. I am crepe master now, I’m excited to make other random foods with crepes on the mission.

I feel like I’m gonna be here in November, my comp has been here 3 changes, and yeah. President likes to keep people no more than 3, so she’s leaving, then I’m sure I’ll get someone, and be here for 2 more. 4 months. Oh man. Well, I love you all. Ill tell you about my crepetastic creations next week. The Church is true! Yay!

– xiomarrrrrrrrrrrrrra

July 25, 2011 – change calls, copa america and me being sick again

1 Aug

Im going to Rocha, Uruguay! My area is going to be Castillos, and apparently there is NO priesthood in that branch, so this is going to be kinda hard. I totally guessed I was going with this companion. Her name is Hermana Kirkham and apparently she’s really nice, so thats cool. I’m gonna miss my area. Melo is amazing, and we had 3 baptisms this coming week. Im counting them. That makes 8 baptisms in my 1st 3 months. HOLLA. And all of them are amazing and wonderful and I have to run around the city to see them all before I leave tomorrow. Oh. Rocha is by the beach. IM GOING TO FREEZE TO DEATH.

URUGUAY WON THE COPA AMERICA!! It was pretty awesome. We usually do companion study after church, but the game was at 4, and so we decided to study then because we werent going to get ANYTHING done. We heard fireworks everytime someone scored, so thats how we kept track. Then when they won, it was all sorts of crazy. We were looking out the window and saw some kids running with their shirts off and we were like “wow, nice job, kids” …. turns out they were the kids we baptised last week. It was really funny. So basically I got fireworks on Pioneer Day. Lovely.

We had the FUNNIEST district meeting ever. I loved my district. We had a Capacitacion Misional for our whole stake, and we were the ones going to give the classes and stuff, and so we practiced that for District Meeting. Elders Luke and Ladron de Guevara did the BEST practice. Elder Ladrons dad is from Peru, the team that Uruguay beat, and so we were trying to connect the gospel to anything that people say. So he was like “PERU LOST!!!” and Elder Luke tried to connect it to the gospel. I havent laughed that hard in a long time. It was awesome. The capacitacion was saturday and it was kind of a dud. Not a lot of people came, i felt bad for our ZLs who organized it. But we had some awesome members who came. One of our ZLs got called to be AP. Totally called it. You could sooooo tell he was going for it. He like never joked around.

Hermana Bowers got really sick this week. We stayed in the house on Thursday. I read like 40 pages in Jesus the Christ and read all of the Conference Liahona. I’m so cool and sprititually informed. Ha. I’m also sick again. I couldnt sleep last night cause I had a huge headache. And all I want to do is siesta fiesta, but i have to pack everything. I think we leave at like 3am. FUN!!!! But im gonna miss Hermana Bowers. We get along SOOOOOOO well. It’s been a lot of fun, and the members here are AWESOME. Hermana Muir, I was int he MTC with her, shes coming here. She was just in the WORST area. 0 priesthood, like 3 people max in church, so she’s going to love Melo. Im excited to go to Rocha. Um, someone should email me weather updates because I’m alsways confused.

I love you all. I miss you all and I have 3 months down! Wooo! Only 15 to go ….. thats a long time …. anyway. Rock on, everyone. Rock. On.

– Xiomara