Archive | March, 2012

the week i had a sinus infection AND cold AND Fall suddenly appeared

27 Mar

This week was not eventful at all. Except for my nose was going crazy up da ying yang. But today was a lot of fun!! The Davidsons came to celebrate that we all finished El Rescate! Yup. WE´RE DONE!! I probably didn’t explain what exactly it was, but just know that it involved running around ALL of San Jose and the majority of our time to find these less-actives. And… none of them lived at the addresses we were given… but we are done with that, so that’s cool. So today they came, bought us hamburgers (Guayan style = such a shame and nasty… except for it has ham, cheese, and an egg, so that’s fun) and we played games! We played Pounce, which we WILL play once I get home, and we played Settlers of Catan. Super nerdy, I know … but I won!!! With the help of Hna. Davidson. All the elders were so mad that she was helping me out.  The Davidsons finish up in July, and then they’re heading back to the states for a while, and when I get home, they’ll still be around and not out on another mission, so I hope I get to see them.

Today is Hna. Laura’s birthday. She is the best member everrrrr. I love going to their house. This morning we went over and made pancakes for her. She was like “They were made by an American! THEY’RE LEGIT!!” I had her 3 little sons help me out. they made a MESS, but they made some pretty awesome pancakes and eggs. And we are about to go over again to play Pictionary as a noche de hogar with the elders, and a couple who just got sealed this weekend.
Change calls are this next weekend… Our bishop gave us goats milk. That was…. fun…. he lives super far away, so we had to catch the bus back into the city holding a Pepsi bottle full of goats milk. It was… interesting. Apparently it doesn’t have lactose!! He was like “HERMANA RUIZ! ENJOYYY!” It was funny.
We get to have another sleepover with the hermanas in Progreso this weekend! I get to see Hna. Kirkham! I hope we get to do splits, so I can go with her and just talk. I need help to be sane again. We get to watch conference in Las Piedras with the whooooole zone. Its going to be a lot of fun. I’m excited!!! I friggin’ loooove conference!!
Anyway. I love you all so much. Pray this week that someone in conference will answer a question, or doubt that you have, or to speak about a topic that you specifically need, and to recognize that talk when it comes. CONFERENCE! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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Mar 19 the week of Gaucho Fest 2012!!!!!

22 Mar

It was hilarious. We were walking home from Church and I hear “VIVA LA PATRIA!!!” from the plaza, and I was like “What? LET’S EXPLORE!!” and it was a parade of gauchos, like, hundreds and hundreds of horses and gauchos. It was amazing. And later, we got superrr lost, and stumbled upon the Woodstock of Gauchos. All I wanted was a picture with one, his horse, and his mate… the drink… not the partner.
This week was really really hard. Things with my companion are not improving. It’s very hard. There is just no effort coming from her, and it’s so unbelievably difficult. We are just complete opposites. Gotta adapt.  We aren’t finding people to teach, and I know that its because we don’t have unity. She keeps just giving up, and a lot of the time I feel that way too… but ya can’t! I don’t know what to doooooo. I’ll be oooooooookay!

My 2 favorite people in the ward are getting sealed this weekend!! I love them so much. They’re Alejandro and Adriana. They’re a young couple who are converts of like 4 years. She sings! Really lovely. And he works at a molino that’s right next to their house. Like, literally. He takes 2 steps and he’s at work. It’s pretty funny when we eat lunch, and he’s like “I have to start going to work now!” and it’s like 2 minutes before. Haha. We have lunch with them every Friday. Oh, have I mentioned that we eat lunch with people here? Dinner doesn’t exist, and if it does, it’s at like 11pm. Lunch here is serious business; so is SIESTA!! There is NO ONE in the streets from noon to 3. Seriously. Everything is closed, and if we knock doors, we do fast contacts because people are grumpy because they were napping. I wish we could siesta!!
Also, I’m ward chorister. It’s cool, I guess. Except for the pianist is HORRIBLE. Not only is it just a fake piano, it’s like an 8o’s synthesizer and the hermano just learned how to play, and he’s decided to tackle the regular hymnal instead of Hymns Made Easy. All the hymns are slaughtered. It’s so sad. I have to literally hold myself back from laughing. A lot of members have been like “I’m so sorry you have to lead”. It’s really funny.

We went to Santa Lucia again today. It was a lot of fun. We made tacos!! And I tried to make tortillas. I have a recipe Hna. Bowers left me, and they were good… except for they didn’t look pretty, and there were 10 of us and only like 16 tortillas came out. And there was a huuuuge thing of taco meat….. so we just ate the meat alone after. We went to get ice cream after at this one amazzzzing ice cream place. I usually hate milky ice cream, but this place is amazing. Miracle. My district is really awesome. They’re good Elders. They’re hilarious, and we all get along really well.  Except for 2 other elders who exclude themselves completely from the group. It’s really annoying. They’ve complained about not feeling included, and them bam, they run away the 1st chance they get.  There are a lot of things that annoy me. Haha. But Elder Liddle found Skittles in a supermarket this weekend, and he shared, and a ray of sunshine appeared. Haha. Mini miracle. It’s the tiny things that are getting me through. Prayers would be appreciated!! And skittles… haha. I love you all.

Mar 13 11 months down, 7 to go!!!!!

17 Mar

DUDE. Next month I have a year. CRAZY. Trunky call. UH OH. I think Byron said flying in to SF was easier? WOW. Actually thinking about that is weird. Haha.

This week was really really hard. These next 2 months are going to be really hard. Training is hard, and I’m having challenges working with my oro. I’m trying to love her, but I haven’t gotten there yet. There isn’t just a wall around her, there is a fortress, and then 20 feet of lead wall, then a moat with sharks with lasers on their foreheads… and then an electrical fence like the ones in Jurassic Park… and then invisible duct tape over her mouth. She got snappy yesterday and I got very very angry. I never get mad. This is all weird.

We lost our golden investigator. She was NOT herself when we went over, and I was actually kinda scared. I didn’t feel the spirit all, and I didn’t like it. I felt… vulnerable and unprotected. I hadn’t felt like that the whole mission. So we tried to get her to let us sing her a song, and she just kept refusing and saying crazy things, and then we eventually sang and read a scripture and then she calmed down. She’s epileptic, and i think she may have changed her medications. We had zero investigators in church, and no recent converts came. BUT… Gerardo came!!!! The man who we found LAST Sunday who was sad and said he would come, and he did. It was precious. He saw us, and he started crying. And for some reason I had to teach Sunday School, even though the teacher was there AND the ward mission leader….. random… but it was all about the life of Jesus, and I could tell he needed it. It was a good lesson. Even though he’s not in our area, I really hope the elders can teach him and get him baptized.

We had an activity yesterday, and we had NO time to write, so we are doing it today. We all played soccer and watched the Emma Smith movie. It was a LOT of fun. I made cookies. Like, real, delicious cookies. I now will for realz make happy time cookies for my kids.
But yeah. Prayers would be greatly appreciated. Times are tough. At least when I’m done with training, I’ll have 13 months! Woo!! Haha. I love you all!!

the week i made my oro cry… ON ACCIDENT

6 Mar

I’m the worst trainer everrrrrrrrr. But she doesn’t talk, at all, and its REALLY frustrating and so incredibly difficult for me. This is a companionship, it def doesn’t matter who’s junior or senior companion or if I have en eternity on the mission, or am new. We’re all set apart to do the work, and if you don’t ACT, then how will you progress. Maybe I’m trying to throw her into the pit, but honestly, she’s already in the field, she needs to work. But she’s really really nice. She’s so innocent and wants to do good. I think training is seriously prepping me to be a mom. Haha. But I want to teach her well. And I will. I’m gonna send her off to Argentina right.

This week was crazy. We were running around ALL of San Jose finding less active people. As in…. wild goose chase to find their address, because NO ONE on our list of 300+ people live where it says they are. But we had an AMAZING experience with a man named Gerardo. We were looking for his family, and she was finding his door, and at first he was a little standoffish and was like “They aren’t home… they just left,…” and we were like “Ok, so these people live here? Are you baptized in this church??” and he was like “No… I used to go… but no, I never got baptized,” and I felt like I should talk about families, and so I started talking about how the gospel will bless all his family together, and I know ’cause I’ve seen it in our family, and he started CRYING. And I was like “Um… Gerardo, are there family problems?” And he went off on how his family is all messed up, and he doesn’t know what to do, and how he’s been looking for an answer. And we were like “It’s not a coincidence that we’re here…” We actually were going to go to another part of the city, but when we were in a fork in the road, I last second decided to go to the right, which was to find Gerardo’s family, and bam, there was Gerardo, waiting for an answer to his prayers. We then taught him about families, and the plan Heavenly Father has for each of us individually, and as a whole family, and his heart just completely opened. His eyes were all watery and he was totally feeling the Spirit in his heart. He himself was like “When are the church meetings?” and he said he would totally come. I believe him, too. He’s so great. He’s in the elder’s area, though. So that sucks. But we said we would see him at church, and he was happy.
We also had a crazy miracle with finding a new investigator in our area. There was a lady on our list to find, Maria Isabel Gonzalez, and we went to this address, and a lady came out. And her name is Maria Isabel, but not Gonzalez. And I thought she was just lying to us, but then she let us pass, and I was like, “Wait … what?” And she listened, and she, too, was like “Can I go to church on Sunday??!” And so she came yesterday, and she has a fecha for the 17th! Pray for her PLEASE. She’s so amazing. She needs to get baptized. She needs a lot of prayers. She’s all alone and she needs to gospel to make her feel whole again. I love her. Today’s her birthday. We`re going over at 7 to festejar with her. It’ll be great.
Yes, yes. Good, good. Gotta get going now…. pray for me. Oh! We’re doing a choque de fuerza in Canelones on Wednesday. It’s when our entire district goes to one area and attacks the place. The elders in Canelones have NO investigators, and so we are gonna go help them out. I’m really excited. This time it’ll be a real choque the fuerza. When we did one with the hermanas in La Paloma. It was more like “choque de fotos on the beach”… Yeah. My bad. But this time it will be amazing!! I love you all very much. Pray that I won’t make more tears come outta my oro’s face!! love yoooooooooou!!