Monday, November 29, 2010
Ok Sarah here. I'm begging all of your forgiveness since I've been a little behind on this blog! I know. I've already slapped my own hand. I commit to be better. (Mission language since it's a mission blog...that's the thing.) Anyway, the next 3 POSTS are new so please continue reading all through the November posts! Thanks!
Happy P-day! I hope Mom's birthday went well, I hope she didn't go too crazy having everyone over on Thanksgiving, and I hope you're all sitting anxiously on the edges of your seats and staring with wide eyed anticipation into the empty void of your computer screen, just waiting for me to send this email so you can read it. I know you're all really worried about what goes on in my life in this little corner of the world. Don't worry, I'll send it in about a half an hour. Whipe that sweat off your brow.
This has been a crazy/amazing/unforgettable week in THE mission. (said with emphasis. like you mean it) That's probably because we had TWO baptisms this week. Plus we got a new companion (the ever-fashionable Hermana Case) and we ate ourselves silly at two dinner appointments on Thanksgiving. That's all.
Our first baptism was Fernando. haha I really can't believe that that kid is actually a mormon. We had him in our phone under "atheist Fernando" and so now we need to switch it to "mormon Fernando." haha. he did it all in true Fernando flavor, but he got baptized! He has been so happy. Especially yesterday at church. I've never seen him like that. We had talked about taking the sacrament (because he would never take it and asked us if he HAD to take it after he was baptized...punk) and yesterday I was watching him from my perch on the stand by the piano. He took the bread, looked right up at me, ate it, then laughed when he caught me looking at him and looked back down. That laugh was worth a million dollars in my book. DONE. covenant made. He told us afterwards that he wants the priesthood (and that his "ultimate goal" was eternal marriage). I told my companions that we need to teach him that the Priesthood power is not HIS power, it is GOD'S power...and then he called us up and asked what he would be able to DO once he got the priesthood. haha. point proven. one step at a time.
Carlos was our other baptism! Do ya'll remember Carlos? you may not. But he accepted baptism on his first lesson and we were way excited about him until he told us he was moving to Mexico. FALSE. well, not entirely. But he didn't go yet. We ended up teaching him lessons 2, 3, and 4 this past week because we realized the bishop was willing to baptize and confirm him on the same day (saturday) which was also the day he would leave for Mexico! Turns out he didn't even leave so we rushed it for nothing but that's okay. He's baptized. And he's so great. After church yesterday he came up to me and asked how he pays his tithing so I got to go help him fill out his slip, which I've never done before, and I thought that was such a cool experience. He is a great man.
okay, next item of business: Thanksgiving. So President gave us a "p-day" for thanksgiving... which basically was no different than any other day for us because we went to teach carlos in the morning, then headed to our meal appointment with Hector and Esperanza. After we were completely stuffed silly, we went home and took a quick nap and then headed back out to our next meal appointment, with the Mendez family. This one was SO much fun because a bunch of the other hermanas were there (not hermana warner, but don't ask her about it, because her district leader wouldn't give her permission to leave her area even though she got invited and she's pretty bitter...unrighteous dominion...haha what? no...) . But yeah. it was way fun. we ate and then we played games and guess what one of the games was? . . . JENGA! Grandma Tingey's house anyone? I was third in the line up and we just kept going around until it fell but the person who knocked it over had to sing in front of everyone. needless to say I was shaking in my boots thinking of my voice singing spanish songs... but luckily i have years of expertness at that game! Everyone thought it would fall on me the second time around but i miraculously managed to find a brick that was loose and wiggle it out. my hands were shaking really bad when I set it on top and everyone was laughing at me but hey, i didn't have to sing! I knew all those jenga games with uncle brian would come in handy some day. Everyone was so impressed. haha. jk it was fun though. Overall, the best part was just being together with all the Hermanas. Last year was kinda lonely for me at thanksgiving because I didn't know anybody yet and I was just missing home, but by now I feel so close to everyone and so it was like being with sisters or something. or hermanas. haha
Anyways, it was a good thanksgiving, it was a good baptismal saturday, it was a good "gift of the holy ghost" sunday, and after church we went out and taught a guy named Luis who accepted a baptismal date for christmas day. so that was a nice way to end the week. "i'm dreaming of a white christmas...."
I love you all! I wish I could share so many more experiences but it will have to go in the journal and wait for a few months. too much happens in one week to type out in one hour! Have a great week.
First off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Is mom going crazy making the kids scrub the doorframes and everything? haha. I wish I could be there. That will be fun. But i'm going to have a pretty fun thanksgiving myself. Let me explain why:
1. I'm staying in Cloverleaf, so I'll actually be spending it with members that i KNOW.
2. Hermana Killpack is staying with me so I'll be with a companion that i love.
3. Hermana CASE is now with us! so there's more cloverleaf hermana to share thanksgiving with! hahaha
that's right everybody. This duo just became a trio. Welcome, Hermana Ashley Case from Manti, Utah. Here's the cool story: She started her mission the same day as I did, but when she showed up to the MTC, they didn't have a companion for her because her companion she had been assigned to had been moved up to the advanced class. Yes. are you putting this together? we were supposed to be companions in the MTC! so we've been wanting to get together for about a year now. she's really cute. One of those people who just has that "cool" factor. And she's a great missionary. She just got done training so she's all on fire and all that. haha. We're excited to have her. I don't know how the shower situation will work out...three girls and one bathroom...wait. I grew up with FOUR of us using the same shower! haha we'll work it out somehow. So i'm a little apprehensive about being in a trio but i'm excited for her to be here with us for the holidays. (this transfer covers thanksgiving, christmas, AND new years)
Other good transfer news: I'm having not one, but TWO "grandbabies!!!" that's right: both hermana Harry AND Hermana Warner are training this transfer. I'm really excited for both of them. They'll be great. I know you don't know them but they've become a huge part of my life. haha. it's cool.
So for thanksgiving, we're going to go over to a member family's house. They are the Mendez family. And their son has decided to go to the U of U because of the good word I put in for my alma mater. (what? i don't know if i used that word right... haha) But he called me yesterday from the u of u campus because he was lost. huh? i know. I told him he was making me trunky and he couldn't call for stuff like that! haha he's a fun member. they're hilarious. we're excited to go there. and they're inviting like every hermana in the mission so it should be a blast.
Other than that, we have Fernando's baptism on Saturday morning, and the Cardenas family all came to church again. Good days for the work here in cloverleaf! We just wish they weren't going to the english ward...haha jk. (but seriously)
Fernando is getting ready for his baptism. He told me last night that he knows that God governs his life and that he's not the one in control. He also said he feels a "special presence" in this church. I think it's so cool how far he's come. He still has a long ways to go but I feel good about his baptism. He's ready. Now let's see if we can get it all organized and ready to go in time! haha jk we will. the ward is totally behind him. they love him. And I just found out that one of the english ward members was his cross country coach in highschool so he came to one of our lessons and told him he's going to come to the baptism and he told him he was proud of him and his decision to be baptized. That had to be huge for Fernando. He gets so little positive adult feedback. It was sweet. There are some really good people in this world!
Other than that, nothing too exciting. i'm trying to rush it today because we only have half a p-day to get everything done plus transfers. president decided that if we just had half a pday today then he would give us the rest of it on thanksgiving so... i guess that works. but thanksgiving will be a nice break now. So i'm sorry if this sounds really scatterbrained but I love you all and i"m THANKFUL FOR YOU! haha
Hey mon! so I sorta wish I was in jamaica with my padres but then I look around at the muddy ditches and homeless refuse of cloverleaf texas and realize that I have it WAY better than mom and dad, and they should think about coming HERE for their next romantic getaway. haha keep telling myself that, right? false. I do not miss Jim. and the truth is, I really do have it at least as well off as they do, because while they're lying in a hammock on a sunny white beach, and buying red, yellow and green beads to braid into eachother's hair, I am watching THIRTEEN members of the Cardenas family walk into the chapel on a sunday morning and file in to sacrament meeting! that is right folks. they ALL came and they took up the whole middle pew! It was amazing, to say the least. Veronica (momma cardenas) seemed so happy to be there. Normally you try to sit by your investigators when they come to church, but seeing as how there were SO MANY of them there was no room left on the pew, hermana Killpack and I sat right behind them and we saw Mom and Dad Cardenas start holding hands halfway through sacrament meeting. It was very cute. That was one of those heartwarming moments you wish you could bottle up and keep to open on a cold day when everything is going wrong. It was a cool sacrament meeting. I think the english ward was slightly in awe of us. haha. The english elders have asked us to help out with teaching them because there's so many kids in a little tiny house so it's hard to have the spirit there when the kids are running all around. Hermana Killpack and I will probably take charge of teaching the younger kids so I'm excited to see what happens with them... it won't count for our numbers but that's not what it's about anyways, right? haha.
Fernando is back in business. He wants this baptism thing. I just hope I don't get transferred next week so that I can be here to see it happen. His testimony has really come just through reading the Book of Mormon. It's crazy how nothing we could say would convince him but as he reads he just gradually softens. That book is magic. or something close to that.
So in case you're all thinking that missionary life is EASY after all that sugar I just poured out, this morning I had one of the GROSSEST experiences of my life. I was vacuuming and once again turned the vacuum off halfway through to complain to Hermana Killpack about the weird smell issuing from the ancient depths of the monster that is our vacuum, along with the irritating lack of suction coming from the bottom of it, even when I went over and over the same spot and let it sit there for ten seconds or more. Sister Killpack is very down to earth so she just asked if I had changed the bag recently (and I had!) so I just kinda said "yeah, I don't know what the problem is" in a whiny voice and then she said, "well, let's tip it over and see if we can see anything wrong with it." So we tipped it over and there was about one full Jon Tingey head of hair rolled around the bottom brushes of the vacuum. In fact, so much hair that you couldn't even see the brushes. I looked at Hermana killpack and we just stared at eachother in silence for about five whole seconds until i said, "SICK." and she kinda laughed and then I said, "go get me the scissors and a plastic bag." twenty minutes later we had cut our way through that rodent of a hairball and were able to take some nasty pictures and turn the vacuum back over and successfully vacuum the rest of the room! hahaha it was NASTY. nasty. Everybody reading this go right now to your vacuum and make sure that you are cleaning it out with regularity. I probably just ripped out a five year's supply of sister missionary hair from our vacuum brushes. yuck!
Other than that, the work is going well. We met a really cute girl named Linda this week that we're really excited about. We've only taught her once and probably won't see her for a while because she's going out of town because she's in the army or something, but she's really cool. She's our age so that's always fun. And she speaks English which helps... (don't tell all my friends who are on foreign missions! it's just easier to relate to them in english, ok?) The good news is, she asked if we had church services in spanish because she's always gone to church in spanish. hahah yes we do! so we get to keep her.
We're getting excited for our temple trip this thursday (and i'm WAY excited because Hermana Warner is going to come stay with us Wednesday night and go to the temple with us because her companion has a doctor's appointment that day and since she's in a trio the other companion is going to go to the doctor so she gets to come with us! i can't wait to see her again.) And then it is transfers! I can't believe another transfer has gone by so fast. It's ridiculous. I think I'll probably stay here with Hermana Killpack but I guess you never really know. I'll just leave you all on the edges of your seats on that one and get back to you next week with the results.
Love you all!