Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I Don't Know How I'm So Happy, But I Am :)

 My little Peruvian Hermana Carrasco!
 This week I got to work with our sister training leader for a day.  She actually finishes her mission after this transfer.  She's not excited to leave!
 Hermana Barrone!  This was at a relief society activity.  agh! it was so fun.  Hermana Barrone is like our mom out here haha
 Just cuz i'm in Argentina doesn't mean I don't got my eyes on you!
I got really sick this week and don't worry, that's definitely booger on my sweatshirt!
Hola! so after I break my fast today I officially start my purification it's for 40 days and I wrote about it already a little bit, but basically during your fast to make a list of all of the things you want to better and change as a missionary and as a person in general. And you end your fast and start your 40 day purification. Every time you do something in contrary to what you wrote down, you start the 40 days all over again. It'll be good. We are doing it as a district but at the same time, it's personal. I'm excited for those changes. It won't be totally easy but I know it will be worth it!

Yesterday I had to spend the whole day in my pension. I had a cold, then a fever, then we called The mission nurse and she told us a bunch of medicine to buy so I'm taking those now and I feel better. Today's going to be way busy! We have studies from 8 to 10 then we have a lesson 
at 10:30 with Monica and Samantha our new investigators. Monica is the mom of Samantha and I'm really excited to teach them. We're going to teach them the plan of salvation – my favorite lesson to teach by far! telling people that there's this amazing and perfect plan for them – that they have a heavenly father who loves them and really wants the best for them –gah! I'm so excited!  After lunch were going to visit this old man named Juan and he has dentures –. Full set on top, full set on bottom – only his dentures broken now he's waiting to get new ones made. In the meantime he just doesn't have teeth! I thought understanding people with teeth and Spanish was hard – understanding Spanish without teeth is so much harder!!

We have an activity with all of the relief society today – they told us what we're going to do but I couldn't really understand so really I'm just going with the flow. My Spanish is coming along – I can understand more people and they understand me. The people that mostly can't understand me are older people and that's actually my goal! I could do a lot better with how much I speak Spanish. It is so easy to speak English but I just need to be more strict! I need to speak more because my accent will get better, I'll be more confident speaking the language and my vocabulary will expand.

So we have the best time with Monica and Samantha. At first we were just small talking and then I can't remember how this got brought up – oh I asked her if she was stressed out with all the work she has to do. She runs her printing business basically all by yourself – her daughter Samantha helps her with orders, but as far as all the finances, it's just her. She told us that she was really stressed out and really opened up to us with her feelings and what not. She told us her husband just died this year in February… He was really sick and she told us she's trying to do the best she can with her shop and her family. And then she started to show us pictures of her family on her phone, of her husband and then I showed a picture I always carry with me of the six of us and she asked me if I missed my family. I said I really do miss them, but I love the work I'm doing. Being far away from them makes it all worth it when I get to see people find happiness in their lives. We talked a little bit more this morning. I had written a message for Monica in the book of Mormon we were going to give her and she read it and then looked at me with watery. I was, and kissed both of my cheeks and said "much as gracias querida mija." She opened up the book of Mormon and read my note again. After that we gave her a picture of Jesus Christ and I told her it's incredible that there are so many differences in religions and beliefs, but the one thing that is universal is Jesus Christ and his sacrifice. Today was such an amazing experience. I love Monica and Samantha.

I miss you guys. I miss home and a lot of things from it, but I don't know how I'm so happy up here. Really we don't have a lot. My shower is cold most of the times and there's cockroaches in our kitchen, but I am seriously so happy it doesn't make sense to me :-)

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