Attention! I think y’all should know that I eat tomatoes and onions now! The onions are a little bit scarier to eat than the tomatoes but I eat them (cool right?).
You wanted to know about the other hermanas that I live with so here it is! Hermana Brown is my favorite and is someone who loves everyone! She is from Washington and has like 9 months in her mission. She always has a positive attitude and we talk a lot during the day. I’m really grateful she is here. Her new companion is from Peru and she just got here yesterday. So, I don’t know her very well but she seems way nice. A lot of the time I can’t understand her Spanish but one day I will!!! Hermana Rivera, my companion is a really good missionary and she teaches me a lot. We have a lot of good moments too!
Yesterday I got really sick to my stomach all day and I didn't eat anything… Which is really weird. We called hermana Silva and she told me what medicine I needed to buy and what to do. Today it hurts really bad too. I'll keep taking my medicine and see what happens. But you wanted to know more about the other Hermanos I live with. I'm really glad I'm out here on my mission. I love being a missionary and I love helping people realize their divine purpose here in this life. Seriously it's the best.
Yesterday my district and Hermana Brown's district played card games! We played spoons and Hermana brown was always the first one out! Pobrecita! but after that we played a card game version of Monopoly only there was one too many people so it was a little bit hard. But it's okay I still had a Ton of fun! After that we wrote emails and came home and I rested for a little bit and use the Bano and then we went to our 7 o'clock appointment, only he didn't show up at the chapel so we had a lesson with Dario. Oh my heck he's so funny. Dario told us one time he grew his hair out when he was a teenager and her monitor Rivera and I were laughing so hard, thinking of how Dario looked with that hair!
Fun fact. Elder Ruiz' first name is really elder! And his family were not members that when he was born! How awesome is that? Kinda really awesome if you ask me!
Yesterday we visited a lot of less actives. One that really stuck out to me was hermana b. She's a single mom and has a little five-year-old named naum. Her story is so inspiring… When she was a little girl her dad left her and her mom and her mom raised her. When she was like 11 years old, the missionaries knocked on the door and her mom to be wanted to start taking lessons. Her mom literally wanted nothing to do with it. So every Sunday hermana b would walk to the collectivo stop and took the collectivo by herself… As an 11-year-old and go to church. Eventually she got baptized and she found out that her mom was baptized in our church along time ago. Her mom never told her anything about it. She went in active for a while and she's now coming back. But moneywise, she doesn't have a lot. At all. One thing that really got me was she told us "it's obvious I don't have a lot of money but I've realized in my life that money doesn't make me happy. I find happiness when I have the spirit with me. I look back at my childhood and it didn't matter that we didn't have a car to get me to church. Money isn't important."Isn't that amazing?! She is such an amazing person. We're going to have family home evening with her on Monday at 8 o'clock :-).
We had a district meeting today and I had an interview with Elder Ruiz he asked me what my goals were specifically for me. I told him a few things and he talked about the purification we're doing as a district where you fast for a day and think of things do you feel you need to change and so, it's for 40 days. Every time you do something in contrary to your goal you have to start all over with the fast and yeah so elder Ruiz told me "Hermano Romeril, I only want you to focus on three faults at most. I don't want you to overwhelm yourself." I was thinking oh Bueno!!!
At our district meeting yesterday it was awesome. Elder Ruiz talked it and we talked about her calling as a missionary. One of the questions he asked us "why would heavenly father call such young and perfect missionaries to work with his children?" He told us it's because he trusts us. It got me reflecting on my life and it was a super motivating meeting. I feel like I know a little bit better what I'm going to do to better myself as a missionary. Oh and yesterday we found for new investigators! And three of them are family :-) really it was a miracle. It is so hard to find new investigators here – everyone almost is really Catholic and a lot of people don't really want to listen. But we were so humbled to have those for nuevos.
Mitchell has his permit!? I'm glad that I have the white Honda my senior year. Yeah it's old but it felt like a huge privilege to drive it. I mean, it has so much history! 1998 when you guys bought it. That was like close to the beginning of our new family. I'm so glad I drove that over a brand-new car! I can't believe Addison is already home from her mission wow !I'm Thursday I have my three month mark. The time is already going by so fast. I'm 1/5th done with my mission. But know there are days when I really miss you guys… But I just have to always remember my purpose as a missionary.
You are in my heart.
Day of transfers
Elder Barrios from Guatemala