Villahermosa | Mexico
Called To Serve
July 2018 - July 2020
Week 13 . . . Happy Birthday Mom!
Happy Birthday MOM!!!!
Dang, it's weird not being home for your birthday but that's ok, I'll only miss one more. hahahah This week was pretty busy but it doesn't feel like much happened. hahaha We have been trying to find some more people to teach and walked across Frontera like a million times. It'll pay off though! We found a couple more people who want to learn more about the gospel so hopefully we can teach them some more. We have 2 baptisms this week which will be awesome. One is a kid named Ernesto who has 10 and one is a kid named Irven who is 17. They are some awesome guys who have been waiting a long time to be baptized so it's gonna be dope! Other than that I think it will be a pretty slow week because it's El Dia de Los Muertos and it gets too dangerous for us to be out. I bet we are going to have some amazing food this week! The food here is sooo good actually. hahaha For the most part it's a lot of chicken and rice but we get some good stuff too! The other day we had something called chicharones which is like pig skin. hahaha It sounds freaking weird but it is actually so rica!! There's a picture of it lol It looks gross but is way good.
Today we went to one of the members beach house just to chill and play soccer. It was so fun! It's crazy how pretty it is down here. hahaha I love it! It's finally starting to get better with my spanish! I don't know what happened but this last week something just clicked and I can understand people so much better now! I have no idea what happened besides the freaking gift of tongues! hahaha Well, I'm hoping this week is as good as the last and I hope everyone has a good halloween! Balls, we're almost in December what the heck !hahaha
Love you all!!!!
What's up familia?!
Holy guacamole! I can't believe my first cambio in the field is over already!! I can already tell how much I've learned and grown already. It really is incredible! Who knew you could learn stuff in Mexico hahahahah. First things first... I ended up staying with my comp Albrecht here in Frontera which I'm super pumped about because he's an awesome guy and there is a ton that I have yet to learn from him. So hoping this next cambio is as good as the last!
Well. this last week was pretty dang awesome if i do say so myself. It rained more than I've ever seen in my entire life this week so it was pretty tough to go out and work some days but you gotta do what you gotta do! This last Friday I legit was scared for my life when it was raining hahaha I got some vides. It was unreal! We were on the complete opposite side of Frontera when it started raining and in the matter of 20 seconds it was DUMPING! Water up to our knees in the streets it was crazy!! If the water is up to our knees then it's to everyone else's hips because everyone here is 4 feet tall. hahaha I have yet to meet someone here that is taller than me. hahaha We had to walk about 2 miles in this freaking hurricane and I have to say - it sucked! It was actually pretty exciting! Quite the experience though, I can tell you that!
We've been finding a bunch of new people to teach and as of right now we have 8 baptisms planned for this cambio! About 3 of them are for sure and the others just need to come to church. They all love the gospel and believe but I hate to say it but they're just lazy about going to church! hahaha I think it will work out though and that would be totally awesome to have these baptisms in this next cambio!!!
Today we went to Villa to see all of the other missionaries who had cambios and it was dope to see everyone! It's really crazy how fast you can make friends with people out here. hahaha. We went to the offices and I saw Elder Cottrell from Kaysville!!! He graduated from Davis like 2 years ago and i actually met him a few times before he left for the mish. hahahah It is so crazy how small the world is, am I right?!!
President Haws told us all a quote from Elder Uchtdorf is his email this week and is was "Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ." There is nothing dark enough to overtake Christ's amor and charity and I really have seen that here. Let's see what this week brings!
Love you all!
Week 11...Favorite Week So Far!
Como estan beaches?!!
Today we went to the beach for p-day with a family that lives here in Frontera! I’ve never wanted to swim more in my life because let me tell you it was a million degrees! hahahah Don’t worry we didn’t though! I’m pretty sure it was 106 today without humidity. Soooo let’s just say it was roasting weenies weather! hahaha That’s one thing I will never get used too.
I think this last week was my favorite so far in the mish. The first couple days last week were pretty dang slow but towards the end it was flying!! We started teaching a few new people who are all super interested in the church and there is a good chance that we are going to have around 4 or more baptisms in the next monthish! There is a kid named Kevin who has 10 years that we met. In the first 20 minutes that we were talking to him he was telling us that he wanted to be baptized!! It’s honestly so crazy how fast and strong the spirit works. I never thought someone could know that fast! We also started teaching this kid named Irven who is 17 years old and he is such an awesome guy. He is the nephew of our obispo here in Frontera and he told us that he has been waiting for the opportunity to talk with missionaries for months and months. He lives about an hour away from here but in the absolute jungle. We aren’t allowed to travel there but he said that he wants to take all of the lessons and be baptized. He's going to come here every weekend to talk to us and take the lessons. Then he said he want’s to be baptized in a few weeks! I know it doesn’t sound like much but he is making huge sacrifices just to come here each week. Especially when you don’t have any money and live so far away. Those sacrifices are so much bigger than I ever could have even imagined. It’s crazy what people will do when they feel something so strong and know they want something better in their life. I really can’t wait to meet with him again! He is so awesome!
Other than the new investigators and going to the beach, there isn’t much that happened this week. We walked around a ton, again! hahahah I just can’t believe I’m almost done with my first cambio in the field!! I am really excited to see what happens this next week. There is a chance that Albrecht may get transferred and I get a new comp, which would help my Spanish a ton. We have a lot going for us this next cambio and it would be awesome to finish it out with my comp! Whatever the Lord has in store though. hahaha.
Well, I love you all!
Week 10... Awesome Week!
So my Birthday, Conference and Zone Conference made it for a pretty wild week! It definitely wasn’t the same as home but the members here made sure we were all set. On my birthday this last Thursday we had zone conference, which I thought was an awesome way to spend the day. We talked a lot about why we have goals and that by setting goals and always remembering them we can accomplish anything. Apparently they always bring in dominos for zone conference so I thought that was freaking dope! hahaha They also had costco cookies there!!! Not gonna lie it was pretty dang awesome. Everyone sang to me too but that isn’t my favorite thing in the world, as you know. Before we left for Frontera we walked by the temple and it is super cool as always! For my birthday that night the bishop and his wife made me a cake and empanadas it was freaking dope! They help us out so much it’s the best. Friday another Hermana in the ward made me a cake called carlota and it is soooo good. The people here are so awesome they really would give you all they have if you asked for it. Also, thanks for the birthday package Mom. I think I’ll be good on the snacks for a while. hahaha.
The people here are really awesome it’s so dope! The Spanish is actually coming along pretty good. I can understand most of what it said it just takes me a little time to form sentences. Transfers are on the 22 and there is a good chance I’ll be getting a Latino comp because my comp may start to train some of the new missionaries coming in. We have 26 new missionaries coming and 22 going home so my comp will probable train another gringo. Oh there’s no way the hammocks gonna fall. There are these huge hooks in the wall. They have them everywhere because it’s so hot sleeping in a bed!
Holy balls conference this weekend was so sick!!! The bishop let us go to his house and watch it in English which was way better because the Prophet and Apostles have so much expression in their voices. I can’t believe they are changing church to 2 hours that is crazy! I think that will make it easier to get investigators to go to church knowing that it’s only 2 hours. It may be just an hour less but that will make a huge difference I think! Wow! 12 new temples that’s going to be awesome! They are spreading all around the freaking world, it’s insane. hahaha. I think one of my favorite talks was by Elder Bednar with the rope thing and that by these changes and this revelation we are only strengthening the gospel and the Lords church. It was so cool to see everyone speak. I love conference and it was nice to take a little "break" from the regular mission day lol.
Today for p-day we went and played soccer with the whole zone. It was super fun but you can only play for a little while because it gets so dang hot in the middle of the day! Hahaha at least my arms and face are going to get freaking black down here! Oh and you would be proud of me mom. I used your nice little cookbook to make crepes this morning! Tasted like homeJ hahaha.
The weeks are flying by already. I seriously can’t believe it. Lets see what happens this week!
Love you all! The church is true.
What’s up Familia!!!!
This last week was a roller coaster ride for sure hahahaha. We have been trying to find some more people to teach here in the main pueblo of Frontera and we´ve found a few. There were a couple of days when we walked for like 6 straight hours looking for people´s houses and legit no one wanted to talk to us. Hey I guess that´s life though! We have found a couple of solid people though that are wanting to be baptized so we should have them in the water in a few weeks. We’ll see how it goes. This week I learned a lot about what the mish is really like and it is going to be tough but I’m here to give it my all that’s for sure.
Last Thursday we had to go to Villahermosa for this week 3 training thing and it was actually super dope. Presidente Haws told us that there are 5 main things that we need to do to make our missions memorable and successful: obedience, diligence, love, effort, and have el espiritu. I’m not here to have any regrets so that’s what I’m plan on doing!
Well, I finally started working out in the morning. hahaha. I realized that I’m just g getting even skinnier than I already am so might as well try to put some meat on my bones. There´s not much you can do though when you walk, sweat your balls off, and eat tons of beans and hot food (if you know what I mean lol). Jk The food here is actually bomb! We eat a lot of caldo de pollo which isn’t the best but it’s not too bad, and then we also eat a ton of antojitos (like empanadas and stuff asi) which are soooooo freaking good! Mmmm throw some nice salsa on that and it’s the best thing in the world hahaha.
Thanks for the package too! The obispos wife is going to make the cake this week and have a little party thing at their house so that will be fun. We will be in Villahermosa for a training on my birthday so that should be cool. For conference, I think we go to the church and watch it but I’m not quite sure. I have heard there may be a few changes so we’ll wait and see, right?! The language is actually getting a little easier. I can understand a lot more it just takes me a while to respond to stuff. Thanks for everything and for the birthday presents. I’ll try to find something cool!
I am loving it down here honestly. I bought a hammock today and it was the best decision of my entire life hahaha besides the mish of course. It may have been 102 degrees plus humidity today but that’s alright. hahaha. I can’t wait to see what this week brings! Church is true!
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