interesting week, haha! Because church was canceled last week due to
weather, yesterday was my first Sunday in the Sudley Spanish
Ward...and wow! First of all it was basically empty until 15 minutes
after it started, then people started to show up. Only one less active
family we are teaching came to church out of everyone we invited and
said they would be coming, so that was a bit disappointing. My singing
fits right in in that Ward, actually I think I'm one of the better
singers there. One lady passed out during the sacrament and had to be
taken out in a wheelchair, and everything is still in Spanish so my
understanding is still at a minimum.
I knew i before I got here that I didn't have the best Spanish, and I
was ok with that because I will learn, but what I didn't expect was
that I don't even know how to teach the gospel!!! I always forget to
go over the most important points in lessons, I don't know what our
investigators need, I don't know how to help them progress, all I know
how to do is teach the lessons, and I can't even do that well!!!
Hermana Moberly said that all of that will come too in time. I just
need to really focus on being able to hear and understand the
promptings of the spirit. It's just hard, because I want to be aaa
good missionary now, and not have to wait. But I have to be patient
and believe in myself! She is a great trainer.
This work is hard! I'm always tired, but it is so fun too! I wouldn't
rather be doing anything else. Oh, we get our new iPads this week, so
So I'm going to get so fat on my mission, it's awful! Haha! Our dinner
schedule is full, members always want to feed us when we visit them,
and they have huge portions! My comp said it is normal to have three
dinners in one night!!! Right after lunch this week we visited a
member and she made us a Guatemalan dish that was basically French
fries, steak, hot dogs, tomato, onion and eggs. It was good, but we
had just eaten and it was so much food and so filling, I was dying!
And then she brought out the fresh banana bread!!! I had to eat that
too, along with some aloe plant juice. I was so full after, and my
comp was just laughing at me because she said that was nothing! She
assured my that my stomach will grow quickly here.
Meeting people is so fun, it's so great to heard where they are from
and how they got here, some stories are pretty crazy! But it's so easy
to connect their story of leaving their country to come to America to
the story on Nephi and his family leaving Jerulelem and coming to the
Americas! I love the people here! Wilson and Maria are so great, they
are golden! He said that when he goes to other churches, they are loud
and not really respectful in their worship, he thinks that hymns
should be sung reverently with just a guitar or something in the
background. We told him that he his perfect and that he will find
everything he is looking for in his church, the trick is just getting
their work schedule to work around church so they can actually come!
Missionary work is nothing like I imagined, mostly because I didn't
really know what to expect, but it is so great.
Lots of love
Well, I only got four photos this week (disappointing for a Mom) but I know she is so busy with work that needs to be done and so much more important than Mom getting more details and photos. It's just that Moms need details, especially since we wait all week for this one small chance to hear how they are doing. Ashley got a package from our friends, the Bradfords and she loved it! She also got a letter from her Aunt Gina. My package hasn't yet arrived and I know others have sent her some mail, that will probably get there sometime this week. Even thought her work is hard and she is "always tired," she also states that "it's so fun" and "so great." Glad she is happy!