Tuesday, July 29, 2014
This week was a little crazy with the transfers and what not, but I've finally made it to Monday to tell you all about it. I found out on Tuesday that for sure I would be leaving Marcala, but I had no clue where I would be going. My new area is called Country, but don't let the name fool you, I'm right smack dab in the middle of the city. It was like having culture shock all over again. I went from a tiny, tiny pueblo to being in the middle of the big city. But, it was a good change. I've really enjoyed what I've seen so far and it always smells like bread in the streets, because there are a ton of Panadaria's (places that sell bread).
My new companion is Hermana Ixcoy (pronounced Ishcoy) and she is from Guatamala just like my last companion. She's been here for about a year now. She is super patient, humble, and loving and I've really enjoyed these passed few days we've had together. We have really similar personalities so we get along really well. I think it's going to be a good 6 weeks, but also a quick 6 weeks.
My first day in Country we went to visit a family of 5 that are going to be baptized this Saturday. They are super kind ,and from what I've seen, super ready to get married and baptized. Later Hna. Ixcoy told me that this Hermano dropped his job so that he could come to church, and as of right now he still has no job. We are praying for them and know that God will provide a way for this family, because they are doing what he has asked of them.
Well, that's all about my new life for now. I'm enjoying it, but it's definitely a big change. Oh also, one more thing... guess who I found in Honduras on Wednesday?! Miss Cambree King! I'll attach a photo to this email. I love you all lots!
Monday, July 21, 2014
So yesterday I was supposed to play piano in Sacrament Meeting for the first time and I was pretty excited. We left the piano in the chapel the night before and when we got there in the morning it was gone! It's an electric piano, so it can be moved easily. The problem is we don't know if a member moved it and it's hiding somewhere in the church or is someone (somehow) stole it. I felt so bad, because yesterday was most likely my last Sunday here so they'll have to stick with the CD version of the hymns until they finally find the piano again. Also, I taught Gospel Principles for the second time and it was TONS better. Well, I don't know if the actual class was any better, but my Spanish has improved so much in these 6 weeks. The gift of tongues is real.
Also, my companion is a little crazy and decided to buy one of those miniature ovens that are made to cook miniature pizzas and things, but the good news is we can now make cookies that are soft and delicious and not rock hard like all the other ones that are here. We've tried it twice now and our cooking skills have gotten better each time. Also, one of the members here taught us how to make pastelitas de pina or something similar to mini pineapple pies and they were so good! I can't wait to try them again by myself! I even have a photo that I'll attach to the end of this e-mail.
The work here in Marcala has picked up substantially and we've seen lots of baptisms from the branch and also from us 6 missionaries. I think it helps the members to gain confidence in us when they see that we really are working and bringing people into the church. When I first got to this area the members needed all the help and support they could get, but now they're actually starting to help us out and realize that they have potential to help out with the missionary work of the church. When we work hard and exercise our faith, God always blesses us... sometimes we just need a little patience. :)