Saturday, May 31, 2014

"My Mysterious White Medicine Bag"

Hola family:) 
First, let me get down to the nitty-gritty..probably not how you spell that! So yes mom I went to the doctor yesterday evening because my asthma got super bad and I had a high fever and so my companions made me go to the doctor. So when I got there the doctor was like, oh it's just a cold then he asked me, wait do you have asthma? As he was hearing my back and my chest with his doctor thing and then he was hearing my breathing and as he's using his doctor tool, he goes "oh no.." and then it freaked me out so apparently there's some kind of infection from my asthma and he gave me an inhaler and then 2 other antibiotics and they're let's just say I felt like a super druggy when I was walking back to the campus with my steroids in my mysterious white medicine bag they gave me. I have another appointment on Monday at 8:20 to follow up and he said if it's still as bad as it was then I'll be admitted to the emergency room. He had me take a breathing test that went to 1,000 but I barely got to 200 so I mega failed. I didn't have a fever this morning before the temple and I think it's because Heavenly Father blessed me so I would be able to go because as soon as I got back it shot back up to 101.6. This is probably really scaring you but don't let it because I'm in the Lord's hands! And he has my back :) And so do my companions haha they won't let me do anything physical. Basically I slept for 11 hours last night and woke up in the middle of the night sweating so bad there was like a pool of sweat. tmi sorry. But if I get sent to the emergency room then you'll probably be notified, so all is well :) 

Okay!!! My week! Our investigator, Ana Maria was here on Wednesday..not it was Thursday and we were giving her a lesson and after we all taught her she comes out to say bye to us, then walks back in as hermana Martinez and she is our other teacher!!!! Basically I was so stoked. I feel like I already love and know her. She only speaks Spanish and she speaks a little English that she's learning at BYU. Her English is like our Spanish to say the least. But she is so great I feel so blessed to have her as our teacher. She is such a blessing and brings the strongest spirit wherever she goes. 

Also, Last Sunday my disctrict went to a devotional and Elder Bednar gave a talk that waas called, The Character of Christ and you should all look it up because there are so many things in there that can apply to everyone. Some of the things that were in there were getting over yourself. This mission isn't about me and I can't be telling myself "I want I want I want" or, "yo quiero, yo quiero, yo quiero". My mission is about serving Him and bringing others closer to Christ. My desire or my purpose for my mission can't be to benefit myself, because nothing will happen if that's my motive. If I work hard to bring others unto Christ, and if I focus on the spirit then the blessings will be given to me as I go. Also, you should all read Ether 3:4-6. When you read this think about the following: "If you pray and sit and wait, you'll be sitting for a long time". You need to ACT! That's key. If you don't act and if you expect the blesssings to just come without you putting forth effort, you'll be there waiting for the blessings for a long long time. Also in Bednar's talk he talked a lot about when everyone turns inward to focus on themselves, Christ turns outward to help other people. When Christ just finished suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, his 3 apostles, Peter, James and John, fell asleep while he was out there suffering for all of our sins! After that they were walking and Christ was about to be crucified while some mean guards came and were being way rude and Peter cut off one of the guard's ears. In my head, I'm like, You show em who's boss Peter! But in that moment Jesus Christ took a moment and healed the guard's ear...when they were about to kill Him. Pretty cool huh? I would have been like, you deserved it mean guard but JC always turns outward in service and love and Charity and I want to be that kind of missionary! But like I said earlier, it takes me doing something about it. 

So basically Hermano Hammond, one of our teachers, is the best and he said this during the week and I loved it: "If you're feeling discouraged during your mission, you're thinking about yourself". Which is really true. There have been 2 times this week that I've been super homesick and one day I went in the bathroom and cried a little bit and I said a prayer and immediately after that I just realized that everything is so okay. I have a family and friends and an awesome support group in my life with whom I feel so much love and support from everyday. By the way I showed everyone my family in my district beacause we were all doing that one day and Hermana Tu'akalau says, you are a spitting image of your mom Hermana Rome!! And also she called me her barbie doll because she says I am so girly. She said that in her cool New Zealand accent might I add. 

Oh oh oh before I forget, okay Elder * is really a sweet spirit but he falls asleep seriously all the time. One day this week we were practicing teaching lessons to eachother and Elder Giliam and Elder Evans were teaching him...mid lesson Elder * falls asleep and they asked him a question and he didn't even wake up!! And then he woke up and listened for about 5 seconds then went to sleep again while the Elders were asking him another question. Oh my gosh he kills me.

Then there's Elder Royster, basically he's a boy version of me and one day he was talking about elder Anderson's spanish and he says a=in a valley boy accent (he does the acccent to try and make fun of me) and he goes, "he was speaking super fast, and super illegibly" hahaha. We were like..illegibly is for writing? and Also, we were in the middle of a lesson and we looked at a page that combined 'a' and 'el' into 'al' (mom, ask dad he'll know what I'm talkin  about" and Elder Royster goes, "'A' plus 'el' equals 'al'? I didn't know spanish had math in it too!! Haha. too funny. And one day the elders took my camera on one of their nature walks and took a bunch of selfies. They didn't bring cameras so the pictures I send to you I'm sending to their mother's as well per their mom's request. 

Oh something else kinda cool that I got to do. There were 2 teachers that wanted to do a mock lesson for my district and wanted me to be the investigator and the lesson was almost an hour and a half. Let's just say my brain felt overloaded with all of their fast-paced spanish! But I got done and Elder Evans and Elder Royster told me "Hermana, you did so well. I couldn't follow along and I understood about 18% of their Spanish"  So it made me feel good and honestly the Spirit makes up so much of the lack of spanish I have. But I am learning and all will be well. 

My companionship had a lesson for real yesterday, but the people are workers pretending to be investigators. It was...hard. Their names are Hely and Jose and they are married and super cute together. We taught them about spanish and what not and they asked if we would teach them again this coming Wednesday! Cool ya?

Being on a routine here at the MTC has helped me to be a more focused person all around and the lack of sleeping in until 9:30 doesn't even bother me anymore. Every morning we wake up at 6:15 to say companionship prayer then personal prayer then we get ready until 6:55 and then we go to breakfast until 7:30. After that we have personal study until 8:30 where we read scriptures or study Spanish and then we go have companionship study until 9:30 where we plan lessons and memorize things like Joseph Smith's vision and our missionary purpose all in Spanish. from 9:30 to 10:30 we have language stydy which we do with our whole district and then from 10:30 to 11:40 we have gym time where we cando cardio or play basketball or volleyball and stuff like that which I love. It wakes me up. After that we have lunch at 12 until 12:45 where we eat...haha I guess what you would normally think would go down during lunch. And then we have spanish class from 1-4:30 and then dinner until 5:15 and then class until 9:00! Then we sing a song and pray as a district and go home and get ready for the next day and start all over!! It's really fun I love it :) 

OH! Elder Nelson gave a devotional on Tuesday!! I Was in the same room as him...oh my gosh so so so so ooooo cool and I'm in choir so I was on TV for all of the other Mtc's so holla :) 

I'm running out of time and I want to send pictures, so I'll finish answering other questions in a letter yes? I love you all!! OH! Mom thank you so much for the package. My whole district loved it and we had a lot of fun with it :)) thank you thank you. 

PLus also, keep the Dear Elders coming!!! I love reading your letters and hearing about your lives, makes me happy:) 

Yo se que la iglesia de JesuCristo es verdad y yo se que missionary work es de Dios y el Evangelio trae mucho felizes a todos las personas. Okay until next week. I love you all:) 

Hermana Romeril 


Her classroom....

Laundry day!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

"The Lost District"

Hola mi familia! Como estan? Well, my first few days at the MTC have been wonderful! I love it here. I love my district and I love my companeras! Yes, I have 2 companions:) Hermana Woolley y Hermana Tu'Uakalau! Mom! Hermana Woolley is the sister that I was friends with before my mission! And remember Hermana Morris? She's in the same apartment as me!! so, there are 5 of us in our Residence Hall :) Me and my companions, Hermana Morris y Hermana Pukahi. Hermana Morris is from CA, Hermana Pukahi is from Hawaii, Hermana Woolley is from Orem and Hermana Tu'uakalau is from New Zealand :) I love them and it's great because when it's tim eto sit down and learn Spanish or study the gospel, we do that but we also have so much fun other times. I live in the West Campus of the MTC and now all of the Spanish speaking missionaries live in the West campus and do everything there (eat, study, gym) so it's fun to walk around and say Hola como esta? to every missionary you see. Hmm let's see I have all of my Spanish lessons with my district and we spend basically all day together. My district is my 2 companions,, Elder Royster, Elder Anderson, Elder Evans and Eder Giliam. We're all going to Argentina, minus Hermana Tu'uakalu! She's going to Texas. Yesterday we gave our firt lesson in Spanish to an Hermana called Anna Maria. My companeras y yo were so so terrified I think we said 3 prayers before we went in to teach her. The name of our church is so hard to say in Spanish. So so long and we practiced it for a good 25 minutes before our whole district got it down. It's amazing how much the Spirit guided us in the lesson yesterday. The words just come to you and you find ways to say things in Spanish that you wouldn't be able to come up with on your own. Amazing. Also, the spirit is so strong everywhere you go - even during gym time. Everyday we have gym from 10:40 to 11:30 and Hermana Morris WORKS us. I am so sore right now. We do workouts on the elliptical, we don't have tredmills in the West campus and we go to these high levels where my legs feel like they're going to fall off! True story. Then we go over to the yoga mats and do pushups and situps and leg lifts and planks and all of these crazy workouts and Hermana Morris is no push-over...she makes sure we all do every part of our workout! Which is good, getting in shape is good. Why does it have to be so hard haha hot dang! I love it though I'm super grateful for her. I tol her she needs to be a  personal trainer when she gets home from the mish.

Spanish is coming along well. We learned how to pray in spanish yesterday!! I said the closing prayer and I nailed it! Disclamer: I was looking at the board the whole time shhh don't tell my district :) But for real though, people in my district tell me I have spanish down and Elder Giliam told me the other day that he wished he could understand and speak spanish as well as I can, only to get a lecture from our teacher, Hermano Hammond, to not compare your progress to other people - to only compare your progress to yourself. I really liked that. My valley girl accent is going away I'm kinda sad! As I focus on how Hermano Hammond speaks and sounds, I try to speak like him and the accent comes along with that. Also, Heavenly Father probably knows that the Argentines wouldn't understand my spanish if I spoke with a valley girl accent. I'm digging the new accent though, I sound a little bit cool.

Okay let me tell you about my district. First of all, Hermano * is such a sweet spirit and he really lightens the mood when we're all serious. Yesterday night we were all trying to read the missionary handbook together our loud and Elder Evans was reading - all of the sudden Elder * completely and so loudly rips one hard core and we all looked around not knowing what to do and we just started busting up it was hilarious and Elder * just looked around the room and laughed inside of his hands hahaha. Good thing it didn't smell gross. And the rest of the time Elder Royster kept looking at Hermana Woolley and me and we couldn't even take it. Elder * is something else but we embrace his uniqueness!! We're all so different in my district but I think that's what brings us closer together. If we were all the same that would be so boring. My district is like my family out here. The Elders really watch out for us and make sure everything is going alright and they're all great. Hermana Tu'uakalau is so funny man. She is polynesian with a New Zealand accent and it is SO awesome. I just want her to talk all of the time because her accent is so intriguing! She always tells me and Hermana Woolley "I keep tellin you Hermanas, I'm not your average sistah" She is polynesian and she tells us thhat she might as well be a guy because she's big and strong haha and also, she tells me "Hermana Rome! You are your mothers daughter you seriously look like her twin" And she saw a picture of me, Kait and Mom and she's like, "how do i tell you all apart? Your like twins!" That made me feel good! I always take it as a huge compliment whenever someone tells me I look like my mom and sister :) Oh and a lot of people in my district call me Hermana Rome because they say it's hard to say my last name! And that's Rome with a spanish accent, like Ro-may. :) Oh another funny thing that happened on Thursday!! My district and I had to go to a meeting, but we got the church buildings mixed up and took a bus to this other church way far away and the buses only come every 30 minutes, so we were stuck and realized it was at the church building right by our Residence Halls. Woops. and we got to the class and the maestro said, "I've been preparing all week to teach you this lesson now we only have 15 minutes for it. First, let me send a text to someone who went out in Provo to look for you" So after that, we call ourselves the lost district. Clever, no? o si?

Oh and I got called to be the Senior companion out of my trio companionship!! Basically it sounds like a cool name but it's  not that different than a junior companion - I just write reports and give them to my Zone leaders, Elder Evans and Elder Giliam. I'll send pictures if I can...the older missionarie never taught us how to put pictures on here so we're all trying to figure it out.

The food is...okay haha definitely not gourmet in the weest campus. I remember Connor telling me that there were a ton of options, but in the West campus, since it's smaller, we only have a select amount of things to choose from. But i normally always have like, a salad and they always have vegetables and what not and the food isn't actually that bad. I think by the end of 6 weeks though, I'll be ready to try something else :)

My time's almost up, but I love you all!! Thank you for all of your support and love and mom thank you for the dear elder letters! I am going to reply to them later today after I do laundry and what not. Also, I want to point out if you do write dear elder letters, I will get them everyday but I can only reply to letters on my Pdays. I don't think I need anything out here..I have all my basic needs taken care of and I am totally content! So after reading this mom, don't worry! I'm not dead or sick or sad or anything like that so just know I'm safe and so so happy and don't worry :) I love you. and I love all of you guys!! Dear elder letters!! I love getting them so if you write them I'll be so so so os o sooooo grateful :) It's seriously like Christmas day on Pday. OH!! And don't worry how long your emails are. I'll have time to read them. Every pday Morning we go to the temple at 7 and then go printoff all of our emails and bring them home and read them before our hour of emailing starts so we can use it all to write people back. So, tell me all baout your lives I want to know everything!!! I love hearing how you are all doing and it keeps me going to know that the people I love are doing happy things. So write away!!! :)

I love you guys so much :)
Until next Saturday,
Hermana Romeril, o Hermana Rome :)

PS i can't remember if I told you but my Pdays in theMTC will always be on Saturdays!!:)

PS again, I can't remember what that Ps was for but I'm sure it was important. I'll tell you next week if I remember! :):)

Hasta Luego! Tienen un gran semana. :)

The Elders got lost...again so these are the sisters in my zone :)

Hermana Woolley, me, Hermana Tu'uakalau

Hermana Woolley, me, Hermana Morris all going to Cordoba Argentina!!  
        Elder Evans, Elder Giliam, Elder Royster, Elder Anderson on the top
Hermana Pukahi, Hermana Morris, Hermana Woolley, Hermana Tu'uakalau

The middle one is Hermana Yates, she's our senior training leader. The left, Hermana Pukahi, me, Hermana Woolley, Hermana Yates, Hermana Morris y Hermana Tu'uakalau

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Destination: Provo MTC

Hermana Romeril left early this morning to report to the Provo MTC. She will be there for approximately 6 weeks before going out to Argentina. Here are some pictures of her at the airport before she left....

Entering the MTC

Our sweet Kelby made it to the MTC via Aunt Heidi Finklea Mobile :D  Heidi, a busy mommy of four, picked Hermana Romeril up at the airport and hung out with her all day until she entered the MTC.  Words cannot express how thankful we are that she was able to spend this time with you.  Heidi reported she was excited when she got out of the car to start this journey.  There where missionaries waiting there to greet her and take her luggage.  We know that she is being well taken care of :D

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Setting Apart "A Holy Vessel"

Hermana Romeril was set apart today as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by President Wayne Minor.  She now calls herself "a holy vessel".  (Leave it to Kelby to come up with these funny sayings :D)  She will be leaving tomorrow to the Provo MTC.   Love you Kelbers!