This week March 17:
Subject: mountains to climb.
There is an EFY song that we listen to a lot that says something like, "Give me mountains to climb, give me rivers to cross, give me something that's gonna make me better than I was" Let's just say that I'm climbing the mountain right now. I can't exactly see how this is all going to make me better than I was, but I know the Lord knows.
|Goodbye sun. Sunsets in Mazate are orange. I love it!!!|
Needless to say, this was one of the hardest weeks of my mission.
But, looking back on it, I sure learned a lot. I was on divisions one day this week with Hermana Castro from Honduras, San Pedro Sula. Homegirl is one of my best friends.
|divisions with my favorite Hermana Castro....model shot....hahaha!|
Truly! So I was having a hard time and she told me to read D&C 31. It talks a lot about family problems. I'm not having family problems so I just substituted my prueba for that. I especially love verses 9 and 13.
9 Ten apaciencia en las btribulaciones; no ultrajes a los que ultrajan. Gobierna tu ccasa con mansedumbre y sé constante.
13 Sé afiel hasta el fin y, he aquí, estoy bcontigo. Estas palabras no son de hombre ni de hombres, sino mías, sí, de Jesucristo, tu Redentor, por la cvoluntad del Padre. Amén.
So basically it helped me to remember that the Lord is watching out for me and more trials means He loves me enough to try me.
This week my precious baby girls got baptized. Highlight of the baptism was when cute Yesenia, the littlest, came out of the water and I asked, "How do you feel?" She said, "Well, me? Happy!!!" It was beyond adorable!!!! It was a lovely little baptism. I truly couldn't be happier for them! Our ward baptized 6 people this week! We are certainly echarin fuego here in Las Flores! I'm telling you these people are PREPARED!
I hit my 9 month mark this week! Half way and it's only downhill from here? Haha! Hermana Merrill and I celebrated by burning skirts :) Enjoy the hilar pics. :)
Also this week it rained a ton, but like more than ever. I guess the rainy season came 2 months early! Hooray! We spent the whole week just drenched! So wet! Ha there was this one point where we had to cross a street but it was super flooded and I was like, we have a cita and we will NOT miss it!! So I, very valiantly, tried to cross the street. I am like walking very slowly and then when the water was up to my knees! I lost my footing and almost fell and got swept away in the river! So I backed out and we waited, missed our cita, but most importantly didn't die. Rain is like nothing you can even imagine here.
|Got some wicked blisters this week and the only shoes that didn't rub them were my super cute (eek!) shoes from mom, haha. So I had duck feet for a day;) Thanks mommy.|
Well, I think that's it. This week has been full of a lot of kneeling by my bed and praying, reading in the Book of Mormon and eating with the members.
|noche de hogar!|
|noche de hermanamiento in my convert's yard :) so fun!|
Know that I'm okay and working hard. Love all of you and hope that you can be ward missionaries like Jesus commands us to.
|flowers from my girlie girl :) Yesenia|
love love love,
Last Week March 10:
Subject: ch-ch-ch-changes round 3
Haha no don't worry, I didn't have changes this time, but my comp did! I'm so sick of emergency changes... but every time it really provides such an opportunity to grow! Here I thought I'd never have them. I guess the Lord has other plans for us :)
My new companion is Hermana Beckstrand from Orem, Utah! Its pretty funny because she has been in all the same areas and has had all the same companions as me. She was in San Marcos with Hermana Lopez and just left Coatepeque with Hermana Fusi! We have a lot to talk about because we know all the same people! :) Now we are together here in Las Flores! Ah, I love Mazate. :) But Hermana Cadavieco, mi hija tan chula, is now in Esperanza Coatepeque! My area! With Hermana Fusi! Those two are going to echar fuego alli! I'm so stoked for them. Miss them, but I know that's where the Lord needs them both. And I know that the Lord needs Hermana Beckstrand and I here! :)
|What it's like to do tra|
|this is one of 30 outtakes. I adore my compita!|
|choco bananas with mi hija tan chula :)|
SO this week was a crazy one! We were in Reu and in divisions and then my comp has emergency changes and now I'm here in an internet cafe again, super fast and strange week. I didn't even have time to journal this week so I literally don't remember what happened. . .
I guess I can start with today... today we went on a run! Yay for exercise! Then we cleaned a bit and got ready to go to the market! I made my first big souvenir purchase today! I bought corte!!!!! ahhh it's so beautiful and I got the best price! It's the woven authentic clothing that the natives wear here! I was joking with another Hermana that we would wear it on the plane ride home but I'm pretty sure you guys would think I was super weird if I did that, haha; but it's lovely and colorful and I just love it!
So I can't remember anything else so I'll just go on with my investigators. Remember the three little girls that we have been teaching...... I DONT WANT TO SAY ANYTHING NOW BUT LET'S JUST SAY NEXT SATURDAY SHOULD BE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!!! I had to talk to their dad on the phone to ask permission and it was so weird talking to someone in the states! I wanted to be like, "ehhh call my mom and say hi!" hahaha. :)
This week we also started eating with the members! It's so fun! I had so many cool foods that I've never had before! Like this one type of chili called chile de arbol. Normally they ask us if we want chile and I'm just like ehh I'll try just un poquito! And so I did but I guess I wasn't supposed to use the same spoon I was using to eat to put the chile in... because about 3 seconds later I was on FIRE. Not my mouth but it was more like my nose and my upper lip! I'm dripping with sweat and chugging water and soda and just crying because it felt like actual fire. The family thought it was so funny that they gave me one. They are super rare and only grow in tierras frias, so I can dry it and bring it home for my family to try. Don't you worry you'll all have the opportunity to try it in 9 months! Hahahahaha. :) But I also got to try a dish that is super tipico aqui, Chojin! It's basically the same as caldo de res but with a tomato base. At least I can say I've tried it now! Guatemalans and their soups.... it's like they don't realize that it's 100 degrees outside with 90 percent humidity. Soup is for winter, you crazy chapines!!!
This week I learned so much about companionship unity. Someone told me once that if we want things to work in a companionship, marriages too, we need to give our ALL to the other person. That way if we are both giving 100 percent to each other, if one of us falls a little bit one day and can only give like 50, there isn't any gap. We still are 100 percent working with each other. I truly think the mission should be required for everyone, it's like the test drive for marriage, not saying it's easy or fun all the time, but you learn so much. I've found that I'm happier when I'm serving my companion. If I'm sitting around like, "Ugh why won't she wash the dishes? Why won't she listen to me? Why won't?"... blah bla blah... nothing happens. I've only seen change when I take the initiative and swallow my pride and start serving her. Truly it makes me think of the scripture in the biblia that says, "Si no son uno, no son mios", or "if you are not one, you are not mine". Simple as that, unity people! :)
Oh and just a side note, if any of you guys wanted me to bring home specific souvenirs, I'm in a great souvenir area, I'm taking requests :)
With that I'm gonna end this super short lame email! Sorry! Out of time and not much to talk about, but next week, there will be more :)
Keep doing what your doing and choosing the right always! Love you all so much!
love love love,
hermana moore :)