Sunday, January 18, 2015

A week back in Mochis (Emailed 1/12/2015)

Hi again!  How did everyone's week go? 

So my first week back in los Mochis was pretty crazy.  It's been fun to go see some of my coverts and investigators and the members here.  They were all pretty surprised to see me here again!  That has made it pretty fun.  They all tell me that my Spanish is a lot better than it was then, so I guess I've improved!

It is so weird to me to be here though.  I am walking down the same streets that I was before.  We visit other people though.  I go home to the same house, sleep in the same bed, buy food from the same places and from the same people.  It's all the same, but it's all different.  I'm a lot different too though, and I think that's what makes it so weird.  I don't think in the same way that I did then.

This is still the prettiest area I have had.  I am on the outskirts of the town.  Lots of dirt roads, lots of open fields, lots of canals.  This is the epitome of middle of nowhere northwestern Mexico.  It is so much different here.  The way of life is just incredible sometimes.  there's somethings that I never would have seen anywhere else here.  I love it.

Really I'm just getting to know the people that we're teaching now.  I'm not new here, so I'm not lost and I know a lot of the people already.

Anyways, I'm excited to be working here!  Love you all lots!!!! Miss you guys!!!
(I just wish you could all hear the unbelievable amount of noise here right now.  We are talking battles of who can play their music the loudest...)

Love you!!!!

Hola! Como están? (Emailed 1/5/2015)

So, I wasn't able to write this last week.  On Christmas I told you all that my companion got chickenpox.  So we didn't end up leaving the house in almost 2 weeks.  I was a bit sad because it was the last 2 weeks of the transfer and I wanted to go visit everyone, but I actually ended up loving my time stuck in the house. My companion pretty much slept almost the whole time so she didn't scratch, and I read and read and read and studied and studied and studied.  By the time we were able to leave, I had been able to learn so much.  I was able to receive so much revelation from the spirit and just be edified so much more.  I guess when you're set apart from the world and put in a house with only the scriptures and church materials to study all day long that happens ;)

When we were finally able to leave the house and visit everyone, there were only 2 days left in the transfer.  We tried to visit as many people as possible, but sadly we weren't able to see everyone. Then on Sunday, we got transfers,  They made us wait until after 8 in the night to receive our transfers.  So stressful!  I am now in Los Mochis again.  It was sooo hard to leave las haciendas in Obregon.  I loved that area soo much and really was hoping for another transfer there.  Everyone figured I'd be going though.  I had a lot of time there already.  Everyone was pretty sad though.  They didnt want me to leave either.  Some tears were shed and lots of hugs and pictures.  I packed my bags quickly and left in the morning.

So now I'm here.  In Los Mochis Sinaloa. In the same ward where I was before, in the exact same area as before, and I'm even sleeping in the exact same bed that I slept in before.  It's funny, because when I left mochis, I was sad, just like always.  Everyone here told me that they wanted me to come back and visit them, and I thought before that I wanted to come back to this area and finish my mission here.  Then in this last transfer I thought how glad I was that we didn't return to our old areas.  Funny how Heavenly Father does things sometimes ;)  I figure I left something here undone and have to find someone else.  Or who knows!  It will be so exciting to find out why I'm here again though!!!

I'm disappointed though because I had a great idea in how to figure out to send pictures again, but I cant get this computer to work!!  So maybe the next week!!  And if not, the next or the next, or maybe in 5 months when I get home ;)

Well I love you all tons!!!  Miss you!!!

¡¡¡¡¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!! (Emailed 12/24/2014)

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!  How are you all doing??

I still cant get it into my mind that it really is Christmas tomorrow.  It's so weird to not have a normal concept of time ;)  The mission throws me off.

I am so excited though!  What are your plans for Christmas?   I cant wait to skype!!!! :D

Also, can you all believe that I have been gone for more than a year now?  This is so weird.  It really doesn't feel like I have been away for a year.  I really do miss you guys!  I am having such a great time though!  I have learned soo much!  I have loved being able to look back and see how much I really have learned and changed.  how I have progressed and the way that I think now.  I love my mission!  It really is the best experience! ;)

So I was going to send you some more pictures.  I had some really great ones, but I cant get it to work!  I'll write you all a bit more next week too ;)

I'll see if I can get the part 2 email to send or not.  We'll see.  You wont be receiving all of the pictures I wanted to send, but that's ok.  I love you all tons!!  Miss you!

Espero que disfruten su navidad!  Feliz navidad a todos!  Les amo mucho!!!!

Foto Tour de Mexico :) (Emailed 12/8/2014)

Well hi!  How's everyone doing?

So I'm sorry I didnt write last week...  Ran out of time...hahaha ;)  So I figured I'd make up for it this week with 2!  Well, actually because I wanted to send pictures of all my crazy adventures!  We just cant send too many pictures at once, so this will come in 2 different parts.

Meet some of the elders I'm serving with here.  And yes, that would be my arm.  I locked the elders in the church, we took a quick picture, and then we ran off ;)   Dont worry though, they had keys too....

 So my companion and I have had some great adventures on the buses.  This is a picture of us when we accidentally took the bus that went the wrong way to the end of the line.  I figured it would just go in a circle until we got to where we wanted, but no.  It stopped.  We had the great opportunity to get to know the bus driver and the other people on the bus though!  I found it hilarious!  My poor companion was just clueless though ;)  We also have had many more awesome bus stories.  We even sat in the front part of a SUPER packed bus.  ]We're talking where the dashboard is.  So cool!

This is a durado de carne asado.  It's when they take corn tortillas and put them on the grill until they get hard and crispy, pile on the grilled meat, salsa, guacamole, and all sorts of goodie!  Soooo delicious!

Welcome to the streets of Mexico.  This is where I work everyday.  It's about 6:00 in this picture.  Bright colorful houses, dirt, and the moon!  It's pretty cool ;)