May 22, 2014
I only have sixteen minutes left to write this letter, so I'll see how far I get. Last night, I wrote down what I wanted to cover in bullet points in my journal, so this email is going to be a series of bullet points!
· EMAIL TIME--As you've probably gathered, I'm pretty sure my email time here changes from week to week! I started emailing everyone in the U.S. at 6:30 this morning, so it's super crazy to think it's in the wee hours of the morning in Colorado!
· PROSELYTING--Hopefully I spelled that right. Anyway, I get to go proselyting this Saturday! My companionship is being split up temporarily. Hermana Schaeffer is going with another hermana from Paraguay and Hermana Simmons and I are going by ourselves. Hermana Schaeffer is an awesome missionary and knows Spanish really well, so she will be missed greatly. But Hermana Simmons and I are just SO EXCITED to get out there and talk to real people!
· HAIR--Mom, I realized I never answered your question from last week's email! Sure enough, the plugs are really different here, so without a converter, I'm not able to use my straightener and curling iron. But you know what? It's been a great break and my wavy hair is loving the humidity! So not having a converter isn't a problem at all, and I'm excited to buy one in Uruguay!
· EXERCISE--I thought you would appreciate how I´ve been exercising these days. I met another North American hermana who loves running, and so we just run around and around in circles in the backyard of the CCM. Each lap takes less than a minute, so it is repetitive, but it feels SO GOOD to get a run in (especially when we're cooped up inside all day). Sad news is that my running buddy now has a different exercise time than me (but I think we may be getting switched back to the same time) and that they put up caution tape all around the grass so I can´t run laps anymore! Hopefully the tape will be gone soon!
· MOVING--New Latino missionaries are arriving today (the others left on Tuesday), so I had to move rooms last night. We were spoiled in our last room. It is definitely the biggest, and we just had five girls to two showers and two toilets. Now, it is going to be five girls to one shower and one toilet, but I am up for the challenge!
· PEOPLE--I honestly admire so many people here at the CCM! I´m quickly going to tell you about the cook. Every day, we ask how he is doing as we´re going through the line, and he always says "siempre bien" (which means ALWAYS well). I love the "siempre" part because being a cook is hard and probably not the most glamorous job ever, but he has such a good attitude!
· TEMPLE--I forgot to tell you, but I went to the temple last Thursday and am going again today! I am so jealous Linds got headphones...that definitely did not happen with me, and let's just say it was a little rough. Luckily, God understands! Oh and funny thing, the lady who helped me at the end totally wiped her brow dramatically once I finished. My goal for this week is for that not to happen.
· CRYING--I have only cried one day here! Yay! Like you wouldn't believe this, but out of my companionship, I'm the person who cries the least! On Friday I just felt a bit homesick so I started tearing up a bit right before bed. I wanted to lift my spirits so I got my folder out with encouraging letters from people, ancestor stories, and my patriarchal blessing. Tears of homesickness turned into tears of joy because I realized how blessed I am to be where I am right now. I loved reading Grandpa Browning's story about our ancestors being angels in our lives. I totally know they're helping me out!
· GROWTH--I know every missionary says this, but I definitely feel like I am growing here! I have especially come to love the scriptures WAY more. One day, I was studying patience, and I came across D&C 6:36. I'm pretty sure that's the scripture Linds hangs up, so it was a tender mercy to feel connected to my sweet sister. I just love that we get to be serving at the same time!
· PICTURES--Okay so as you know, I am not a technological genius whatsoever. I'm not really sure how to load pictures yet, but just know I am working on it. So hopefully some pictures will be coming your way before too long!
· AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, SPANISH--Spanish is so hard! But for some reason, I think Heavenly Father has blessed me with the ability to not get too down on myself when I feel like I'm moving slowly or making lots of mistakes. I am learning more and more every day, so I am grateful! Oh yeah and guess what?? Yesterday we had a substitute in our grammar class. He only spoke in Spanish, and I understood most of what he was saying! And then, he showed our class an example of how to get an investigator and then decided to call on just ONE missionary to continue where he left off. Guess who he called?? Me. I was freaking out because I didn't even have my companions with me and every one in my district was watching me, but it went surprisingly well. Being a hand talker has really been a blessing in the CCM because I can usually get my point across with my broken Spanish, hand gestures, and facial expressions. But after, I realized I did the exercise completely wrong because I started from the beginning again instead of picking up where he left off, but I still felt SO GOOD about my efforts. I am just doing my best, and I have full faith Heavenly Father and Christ will help me learn this language.
Anyway, I love you all lots, and just know I am doing okay!! You are the best family I could ask for, and I truly feel your prayers each and every day!
Have a wonderful week,