Comp: Hermana Wadsworth form Lehi
(Fam-Thank you so much for all the kind words! You are all wonderful. It sounds like life is great and summer-y and beautiful. I LOVED megan´s pictures. It was beautiful. I would love to see just a few pictures a week of everyone and what you guys did. It's so fun for me. And the computers download really quickly so no worries about that.)
This week has been crazy long. An Elder in my district keeps joking that this pas YEAR at the CCM has felt so long. But days are quickening up and the work is progressing and it's wonderful. The first few days were completely sureal for me. I kept having to remind myself that I was actually on a mission and won't be back for 18 months. It almost felt like EFY. But way harder. And in spanish.
The CCM is muy bonita and I have a wonderful companion. She is really easy going and loves to laugh. But at the same time she is the oldest child and has a great responsible and hard working attitude. Her name is Hma. Wadsworth and is actually from Lehi. We know some of the same people from back home. It's pretty great.
Like I said, the days felt really long at the beginning. And becuase of that I felt like my spanish was absolutely HORRIBLE. I had to keep reminding myself that I started learning only a few days previous. On friday *2 DAYS AFTER I GOT HERE we taught a lesson in spanish. SPANISH. LESSON. HALF HOUR. Remember that time when I took french in highschool. ya. fun times. But we did at and mainly ready from a script the whole time. That's actually one of my biggest frustrations here. During our lessons, I know what I want to say to help this person and I want to ask him questions, get to know him and really teach them, but I can't. Because I can't understand anything they are saying. It's like every mission prep technique I learned goes down the toilet becuase of the langauge. And then the spirit isn't present and its no bueno. But it's ok. Esta bien. I've actually been doing really good with the emotions. I only had one very minor breakdown whilst planning a lesson a few days ago, because of spanish, but with a sincere prayer and encouragement from my companion, all was well. The power of prayer is real, people. Use it always.
Aside from the craziness of learning a new language, it's amazing how much i already understand. I can totally bear my testimony and pray in spanish.*with very limited phrases. woot! I've had to change my attitude about studying though. In college and highschool, I did enough to get good grades, but know it's like the blessings of our success in on the line. I learned a lot from Ashley on that one. Obedience really does bring blessings. We actually had a wondrful devotional about obedience and how we keep the commandment becuase we love christ. Not for any other reasons. (If ye love me, keep my commandments) It was a bonita lesson and I felt the power. He also told us to NEVER WASTE ANY TIME. Being here makes me understand that so much more. Although it's been long, I can understand how quickly this experience is going to fly by. And I want to make the most of it. :)
I am so eternally grateful for the opportunity I have to be here. I say it every night in my journal. Thank you so much for all of your support while I'm out here. I truly am blessed. This is the true gospel and the atonement is real. I'm so grateful that I can repent every day and try a littler harder to be a little better. It really is a blessing. I love you all and hope you have the best week ever!
If you want to send me letters, do it through dear elder. Since I am here for six weeks, that would be cool to take advantage of but I have to wait until P-day. on Wednesday to receive it.
Also, you can totally send packages to the CCM. I'm not sure how the post is but there is a local company that you can go through (kinda like the philippines one?) Just go to www.missionarypackagemx.com If you want to. It's not a big deal. Whatever it would just make my life. :) Haha. No, but just to let you know.
|ON the Bus with a sister that I met on the plane!|
|All of the sisters that were on the plane with us and the bus that shuttled us to the CCM|
|It rained SUPER hard the first night we were there. This is before it really hit, but all the leaders were saying it was the biggest storm they had seen there.|
|Our casa is bonita! this is when we were upacking. My bed is the one with the nasty orange blanket. Like a grandma couch- woot.|