Bueno, querida familia, tengo que decirles que mi inglés ha malogrado entonces ya no voy a poder escribirles en la idioma de mi pais. Pero los que no hablan castellano pueden pedir a mis padres que traduzcan las cartas desde ahora.
BROMA. I can still speak English…it just feels unnatural! Hehe. Actually something that really bugs me is when people speak English to me. Unless its another missionary. And it bothers me less when members will say English phrases to me or call me “sister” instead of hermana because I know most of them just want to practice, but when were walking through the street and pass by and somebody says “hello booteful” or some other remark it irks me just a bit. Oh except the other day when a whole family was walking down the same street as us on the other side and they were all speaking English to each other….I was like “woaaahhh! I wonder what theyre doing here!” Haha it was kind of funny. It would be so awesome to have a Best Two Years type of experience where I find someone in Peru from America and have to teach them the gospel in English…except I think it would be hard cause now I only know those words in Spanish.
Well anyway I have to tell you about yesterday! It was a great day for several reasons. Apparently there was some kind of memo that went around the ward and it was Bring Your Friends to Church Day in Barrio Salamanca….actually its been Bring Your Friends to Church Month and well yeah you guys can just imagine why that would make a missionary happy. We have a ton of new investigators and its the best when we find them at church because well first of all theyre already interested and second they already have a friend to come with! This is only one of the reasons I love Salamanca. But really Im going to cry when I have to leave.
Speaking of leaving, we had transfers this week! And I am still here, felizmente. But I have a new companion. Hermana Sagastegui from Trujillo, Peru. We had to warm up to each other but I can tell you now that we are going to be friends. Like, it might be hard to go to bed on time and not stay up talking all night! Just kidding. We are going to be way too tired to not sleep because weve got tons of work to do and are both really excited about it. Shes been out on her mission for 14 months now so shes just a taaaad bit trunky…but its okay. She loves David Archuleta, and lucky for us hes Mormon and has some songs we can listen to! Weve been listening to Christmas music from when he sang with MoTab. But Im excited to be learning a lot from all the experiences shes had. Salamanca is a change for her cause shes been in all the pituca ($$) areas of the mission and hasnt had to teach so many people who live together but arent married. Its been kind of funny on our way to every appointment the first few days or when Id tell her about some of our investigators she would look at me and say “Oh, dont tell me they con viven too…” and if I said no shed say “Yay, un milagro!” Haha.
Anyway back to yesterday. Another reason it was great it because they called a new ward mission leader. The one we had before did absolutely nothing, like I didnt even know him. But this new hermano is super stoked to help us with missionary work and of course we are stoked to have him!
Also, I got a letter from HERMANA PEARSON. The first one from Argentina. Enough said.
Okay and maybe this next one shouldnt be a reason yesterday was “great,” but it was funny. We decided to move things around in the room a bit last night and decided to put the water dispenser on top of the dresser because before it was just sitting on the floor. Well when I went to put a new, FULL jug of water in, I dropped it and it broke and flooded almost the whole room. It was silent for a second and then we just started LAUGHING….then spent a good amount of the night cleaning up. But it reminded me of a time Papa Murphys flooded one night because the drain to the dishwashing sink broke.
So I wanna tell you a couple stories. We are teaching a 17 year old boy named Ever. Hes the nephew of a member. Weve been teaching him for quite a while, and it has taken him a long time to warm up to us. Like he seriously didnt talk at all in the first few lessons. It was rough. But he is awesome and really wants to learn. We just have to move really patient and slow with him. But I wanted to tell you about him because when we started teaching him, he really didnt know that much about Jesus Christ. Like who He is or what He did. And I just realized the other day at the end our lesson what a privilege it is to be able to teach him about who his Savior is! I mean I guess Im pretty lucky to have known about Jesus since my Primary days. But I dont think I realized before the mission just how important He really is in our lives. And thats a blessing of having the job of inviting others to come unto Him. Its the best job there is. I studied the phrase “come unto Christ” the other day and learned a ton but one thought I had was why do we use the word “come” Well Id like to say we come to Christ because he is waiting to receive us.
So the truth is, without Hermana Sassetti Ive been a tad bit lost in our area. I always just followed her so even after 3 months I dont know this place as well as I should. And the truth is, there are parts of the area Ive never even been to because its so big. But anyway we were lost the other day looking for a members house in one of these parts. We couldnt find it and decided to just try and find our way back and as we were walking a woman ran up to us and said “Hermanas! Where is the church here” (question mark key doesnt work…) and turns out she was a less active member who moved a few months ago and has been wanting to come to church but she didnt know anyone here or where to look for it. She asked us to please come visit her and help her come back. And to teach her husband who isnt a member. It was a simple but cool moment because we just thought we were lost not that we were following the Spirit but clearly Heavenly Father had a plan!
Also, Yanet. She is so awesome. She has such a great testimony but is just waiting to get baptized because she hasnt been able to come to church because of work but is trying so hard to get her schedule changed, and is working really hard to get married too. She lives in a hotel with her 3 year old son Carlitos who is quite a…..handful. Makes it a little hard to teach sometimes. The other day we went over for an appointment and it was hectic because literally minutes before Carlos had flushed her glasses down the toilet and she wasnt going to able work the next day and a bunch of other stuff. But she still wanted us to teach what we had planned. At the end when she prayed, she thanked Heavenly Father for the wonderful day shed had and for blessing her with the missionaries. Her prayers always humble me because she is always thankful and is just glad that we come.
Oh yeah so other funny moment that I have to explain from the picture. Last Monday we went to this place called Gamarra which is kind of like the Canal St of Peru but even crazier with even more people and the stuff is even more cheap. Needless to say, I loved it. But yeah this guy came up to us and handed us these little flyers…it says “clothes for Christian women….SKIRTS and much more!” Ok just kidding the pictures wont upload so some of these stories may make less sense and be less funny. Next week.
I have a few more laughs to share with you but I will have to save them for next week too.
But OH YEAH before I forget I have to tell you guys what may or may not be the best thing Ive learned on my mission so far. I have figured out the secret to fasting. On what we knew (or had a strong feeling rather) would be our second to last day together, Hermana Sassetti and I had a lesson with our favorite investigator. He is so ready to be baptized but kept telling us he wanted to “fix some personal things” before and that we were just going to have to wait. Well that day we finally found out what those “things” were and its what we call a pregunta 4. But Hermana Sassetti and I really love him and his girlfriend (who is a member) sooo much and so when we left we decided that we were going to fast for him because he really wants to get baptized. And every time I thought, “oh man Im so hungry, or so thirsty, or how many hours until I get to eat again” I instead thought of why I was fasting. And wow, that is the trick! If you remember your purpose instead of your hunger it is so much easier. I know fast Sunday was yesterday but maybe its something you can apply next month. 🙂
And with that I must leave you until next Pday. God be with you until then! 😉 Oh yeah and the Book of Mormon is true. And amazing. Read it. I dare you.
Looooooooove from Lima