Monday, August 11, 2014


Hola!!  How are you all doing??

I'm doing fine here in Guasave!!  Having the time of my life ;)  So I actually completely ran out of time to write this week.  I had some great stories to share with you all though.  I don't have time to tell you all about it though.  It was a good week though!  Met a lot of great people and honestly have never had so much love for these people. 

Well, hope you're all doing fine!!!  Hope to hear from you all!  Love you tons!

Bueno bueno bueno! (Emailed 8/4/2014)

Hola!  How's everyone doing?  I hope everyone's fine!!!

So this week has been pretty good!  We were able to work a lot this week.  We have contacted many people and have lots of new people to start teaching!  It seems like were really starting to get this area and this ward going again!

It really is so fun to be a missionary!  you should all be jealous!!  I'm spreading the gospel, helping people, bringing people to Christ, testifying daily, learning a new language, eating a lot of Mexican food, walking a lot, sweating, smiling, laughing, not worrying about the world, and currently, I'm sitting in a cyber and it just started pouring rain!!!  Like, a lot!  Already started flooding in the streets!  That makes me happy!!  I don't actually know how we're going to make it to our appointments tonight, but, it's all good!!  Wow!!  I wish you could all see this rain!!!!

Anyways...  This week has had some pretty crazy moments, that's for sure!!  I actually was pretty much surviving on 10 pesos these past 2 weeks.  That's the equivalent of 1 dollar.  I ran out of money this last week, and we dont get money until the first day of the week, and we didnt have the time to go to the bank during the week, until today!  Sooo I am definitely learning how to survive being poor!  Preparing myself for my college days...  :)

As well as all of these crazy moments, I have been blessed to see all of these little tender mercies of the Lord.  Like when our set appointments fell through, only to have us meet some amazing person that we can teach or completely relying on the spirit to understand someones personal needs and be able to share what they need to hear.   I really do love being a missionary!  Living for all of these small moments of being able to help these people!!   It's the best!!

Well,  I love you all and cant wait to hear from you!!!  Miss you!!!!

Hermana Skeen

Week 1 as a mom ;) (Emailed 7/28/2014)

Hahaha!!!  Ok, I love putting little funny titles in the subject line.  Ellyse already knows that....But yeah!

How are you all doing?  Sorry I didn't write a letter last week!  I got too busy.  What happened is the mission president is now requiring all the Spanish speaking missionaries to write him in English every week, so of course that meant I was helping my companion and my zone leader write their letters in English.  :)  That was pretty funny! 

But yes, this past week we had transfers and I received my first hija!!  As in I'm training another missionary.  Her name is Hna Rojas.  We are going to work super hard in this area.  This is only her 2 transfer and it's her 2nd area.  There's a lot of work to do here, but we're both excited to get to work and make some progress here.  We are also going to work a lot with her English.  By the end of her mission, I want her to be fluent! ;) Bahaha!

It's a really different change though!  This last transfer, my companion was getting everything ready to go home and was really focused on the end of her mission.  This transfer, my companion is just starting out and has a lot of energy to work.  That's good though, because I want to work a lot.  There's still a lot to learn though.  It's hard at times to train, but it's good!

This has been an interesting week for sure though.  I started off the week in the emergency room again.  But I'm already better!!  I drank some sort of "magic tea" from a member here who really takes care of me, and since then, I haven't had any issues.  So that was exciting! 

We also tried to contact some members who aren't active and also some people in the area book, but...there aren't addresses on anything.  Sometimes I'm lucky and they have written the name of the street and  even better to look for a white house or something....  But the truth is, we're not having too much luck with that.

I remember one time we received a reference from a member who told us to look for the house that has a white car parked in front of it sometimes and that there's a neighborhood dog there in the street.  :D  Hahaha!!  Oh, the life of a missionary!!

I love it here though!  Sometimes I'll just be walking down the street or sitting in a bus or just talking to someone and I am just over come with an immense love for these people here and the culture and Mexico!  I just love these people so much that I start crying sometimes!  I'm so happy that I was sent to this part of the world to preach the gospel and help others.  I just want to help them!  They are such a special people!  Just sitting here writing, I just cant help but think how happy I am.  Sincerly happy!  And I'm out in the sun all day, sweating, walking for miles, looking for houses and people that arent there, and happier than you can imagine!

It's funny because at times I think about when I'll go home and how I miss America :)  But I don't actually want to leave this!  I don't even want to leave this area and this ward!  The members here are so special!!

Today, I actually bought something super cool!!  I bought leggings that say Mexico all over them and they're all red white and green!  Bien padres!!!  Bajaja!!!

Ok, well this week I actually attached fotos!!!  Enjoy!!!

Crazy Week!!! (Emailed 7/14/2014)

Hey everyone!!  I hope you're all good!!!

So this week has been crazy!!  I has rained a lot!  And we're talking dirt roads, no drainage system, full on flood rains!  :)  It was awesome!!  It makes it really hard to walk everywhere and all that.  We have to carefully navigate our way across lakes that used to be streets.  I love it though!!

Wednesday was really great too though!  Elder Valenzuela, the second counselor in the area presidency came and spoke to us.  I got to go up to Mochis and see everyone!!  It was great!!  Really spiritual and uplifting.  Now we're all super motivated to work really hard!!  ;)  Then afterwards, Elder Valenzuela asked to have an interview with me.  That was pretty cool.

The rest of the week has been pretty normal though!  We're teaching some great people here!  It's been really cool!

Anyways, just loving life here!!
Love you all