SO hmm where to start. This week was great!
We have an investigator that's really our teacher but her investigator name is Ana Maria! This week we were teaching her the plan of Salvation and yesterday we were teaching her the 3 reigns of glory and she told us that she has a friend who has cancer and has like 2 weeks to live and she asked us what is going to happen to him after he dies? She said “”We believe in our Catholic church that he goes to hell or heaven and I don't know that he's clean enough to make it to heaven.” So we talked to her about when people die if they haven't had the opportunity to hear the gospel in this life, there is missionary work going on on the other side and if her wants to accept it then he can and receive the necessary ordinances to become a member. And then I felt a really strong impression to tell her that she is one of Heavenly Father's elect daughters and that se has such a significant, important part in this life and that she never has to feel alone. She has Heavenly Father and her family who love her so much and who will always be there for her, especially heavenly father. Needless to say, the spirit was really strong and it was a good uplifting moment.
Also, last night my district had a discussion about just a lot of things...our stories and how we got out on the field and what we thought about being here and it was so cool to see why everyone was here. You know, this whole time I've been joking about Elder *and how he's so different and a sweet spirit, but mom I remember you told me growing up that everyone has a story and everyone is who they are because of things that have happened in their lives. Elder * is really tough sometimes, for example this week I was teaching him a one on one lesson and while I was mid sentence he just fell asleep...while I was teaching him and it was a little bit frustrating, but I said a quick prayer to help me to have love toward him and I closed my prayer and all of the sudden I wasn't annoyed at him, the whole situation made me want to help him out even more so than before. Although I don't agree with some of his choices that he makes, it's important that I show him the pure love of Christ. The kind that doesn't let him fall and the kind who lets him feel loved and supported. He is somebody's son, big brother and grandson and they love him, and I know that you guys would want people to treat me right so it's important that I do the same.
Also, yesterday I'm sorry to admit but I hadn't washed my hair for THREE DAYS while it was naturally curly and I washed it last night and for real, it was in so many knots and I couldn't get them out so Hermana Tu'akalau was like, Rome (Rome-ay) get over here let me get those out. So I went over there and legitly I felt like my scalp was being ripped off! She was brushing it so hard and I felt like I was that girl in Princess Diaries when they were transforming her hair from a fro to presentable...needless to say my head is still throbbing. Gotta love Hermana toots. oh ya that's what we call her. And she made a gangsta name for me K-LOAK. (life of a krip) so uh ya it's cool.. I'm basically a gangster you could say.
On Wednesday my district hosted the new greenies! And I saw my friend Camry Bennion from EFY when I went with Rachel! :) I was SO excited and I haven't talked to her forever but it was so fun to see a familiar face in this unfamiliar place! Also, Hermana T leaves us in a week on Monday..ugh I'm so sad. She's so great and she has an amazing story as well. She's so strong and dedicated and I am so proud of her for being here. She truly changes lives and she's struggled with her Spanish but she's recently just come out of her shell and when she talks in the lesson, she really listens to the spirit and she knows what the investigators need and I am learning so much from her. For example, Hermano Wallace, one of our teachers, told each companionship to go in different rooms and teach a lesson one to our companions and Hermana T asked how my day was and she asked what was bothering me and that was the day I was really missing family and I just told her what I was thinking and she gave me the best advice. She stopped and made pauses to let the spirit tell her what she should say and honestly, she told me exactly what I needed to hear and she is so amazing I so wish you all could meet her. And Hermana Woolley is great too! We have the best times together and wanna know something cool?!? We all fart!! We're all so gross together it's great. Our room smells disgusting at night. But that's okay because we are all gross together. :) After we poop we tell each other how big it is too (this is Kelby’s mother and if I knew how to -- I would insert an EMBARRASSED emoticon!—I didn’t raise her to talk potty talk!!!)...also when Hermana T goes poop she says "I'm going to bless the bathroom with my love." or "I'm going to go drop my kids off at the pool" Holy Gina she kills me!
This week I took a Spanish test online where the computer gave me 8 prompts and I responded to them and my teacher gave me my results and the evaluators told me that my Spanish is surprisingly good for how long I’ve been in the mtc and they said I don't say my Rs quite right...dad I say an actual R like a gringa instead of saying it more like a D...woops :)
On Tuesday Quintin L Cook spoke at the devotional!!! GAH! :) He made some great points like...I am my first convert. I must be converted to Christ fully before I am able to convert others to Christ and that it's so important that investigators become converted to Christ, not to the missionaries. We teach everybody...the rich, the poor, everyone because no matter the social standing, we are all children of God and he loves us so much and wants everyone to come unto him. He doesn't care if someone drives a Porsche or someone who doesn't have a car at all. To him, we're all equally divine and amazing. I watched the ugly duckling Mormon message this week by Uchtdorf and it really opened my eyes. It's important to realize our divinity and potential as God sees.
This week all in all was wonderful and I love reading scriptures. I read them both in English and Spanish and it's so fun to try to figure out what in the world I'm reading in Spanish and it's fun to write down my impressions along the side of my scriptures. I love you all and thank you so much for your support. I couldn't do this without you.
I wrote a letter to you about how my asthma is so you'll get that soon. But I’m dong so much better!!!!
Dad Happy Father's Day!! I hope you get my card soon and I hope you know how much I love you. I'm trrying to figure out how to send this recording but if it doesn't send, know that I spoke some good Spanish in that thing and you would probably be surprised ;)
Mitch how was the trek? I want to hear all about it!!! :)
So cool btw about Dana having a baby! She'll be such a fun great mommy :)
I love you all and I can't wait for next Saturday:) :)
You're all in my heart.
Companion Photo Shoot!
My Spanish scriptures :D