Monday, January 6, 2014

Casi El Nuevo Ano...sorry this is last weeks and I, mom, neglected to post..

family and friends!

como estan ustedes? Como fue su navidad? fantastico? Que bueno!

what are your guys's plans for el nuevo ano? Fiesta?

Meanwhile, in missionary land...

the rest of xmas was great. we played sports from 10 am until 5 pm. after awhile we were just so exhausted it was awesome. we were like cats. we would get up and play for maybe 20-30 minutes and then have to sit down, relax, take a nap, etc. before we could go again lol. it was the best. I got your package family! thanks so much I loved it! After that we went to a baptism with some elders in our district. then we went caroling to their investigators after since we didnt get the chance on christmas eve. it was super fun. and cold. after that we went home and lazed around. we read the xmas story together and watched The Testaments #christmas.

This week was good. With Miguel baptized, Juanita out of town as of yet, and Freddy MIA because of his mom, we havent had too many set appointments and therefore havent taught much this week. We did a lot of contacting former investigators and potentials and really havent had too much luck, but we have had some great experiences....

the most memorable one this week is when we were contacting a bunch of potentials in this apartment complex. we knock. this hispanic lady opens. I say hola! como esta? and she replies... (rudely) um, I speak eglish. (oh... thats awkward... cue my senior companion take over and do damage control). hna clark: oh awesome! where did you learn to speak english so well? lady: (rudely again) um, I was born here! (facepalm).
needless to say, we only managed to leave her with a pass along card. whoops. #nailedit. I'm sorry, but when we're speaking spanish all day and I see a hispanic lady, my first instinct is spanish! And I mean, if you were in a foreign country and someone came up to you and started speaking english, wouldnt you be grateful for the time they took to learn to communicate with you? sheesh... but we just laughed it off.

the same day, we met Hans. This crazy old 92 year old born in Norway, who was a stout
Buddhist and married to a 40 year old he met in Thailand. he had tattoos and smoked and had earrings. it was great! He was crazy. Didnt seem 92 at all. He was really nice, but he was really resistant. oh well. maybe we'll send the english elders by anyway...

also there is a plague going around our zone. currently about half the zone is sick/has been sick with various flus and colds. fun. I'm doing good so far #knockonwood but our numbers were pretty weak this week what with christmas and half the missionaries staying home.

We found Miguel! Did I tell you he was lost? Well he was. We had two or three appointments with him this past week that he didnt show up. he wasnt answering our calls either. so one day we just showed up to his apartment (even though it was on the elder's side [we usually teach him at a recent convert's house]) and he was like oh... hi! But he was fine, nothing had happened. he even said he missed reading the book of mormon, since he left his at the convert's house. so we gave him a new one and got him back on track with appointments this week. yay. but we were totally freaking out that he had already gone apostate and such... #lackoffaith.

Another great contacting story was when we doing more contacting of former's. we knock on the door, and this gentleman opens up, sees who we are, smiles a big smile and then just invites us in. we were a little taken aback after being rejected and finding empty houses all day but we walk in and are greeted by a huge family eating dinner. they usher us to the table, give us seats and food (this is all within like 10 seconds of entering btw) and we're just like um what? Then as we start talking with them, we realize that half the family are members from Mexico!! Sorpresa! The head of the house (the former we were trying to contact) and his wife are 7th day adventists but they had like 4 sisters who were members (who were all there with their families for xmas). it was awesome. so we taught them and had a member present lesson that we were not expecting, and even though they wouldnt accept any of our invitations, the spirit was really strong, and they invited us back! It was awesome! The members were super awesome and excited that they got to be there while their family got taught.

that's about it for this week....

also if any of you are curious, we have been given readings to study to prepare for elder Bednar. if you would like to study along, they are called Ask in Faith, Learning by faith (this ones a talk for church educators) and something about testimony and conversion... true conversion? idk. but they are awesome. check them out.

Well, I'm doing awesome. The work is hard at times but it is definitely moving along! I'm so glad to be apart of it! Also I can't believe that I have been out for almost 3 months! WHAT?? wow time flies. missionary work is awesome.

Thanks for all your love and support!

hermana f 

1 comment:

  1. Where did they learn to speak English so well? Well, maybe it has something to do with the fact their families have been in the US for generations so YES, they speak English well. And as far as you not having success with getting people to apostatize from their faiths and becoming Mormon, besides the fact that you violate the 11th and 13th Articles of Faith when you say that you have to be a Mormon to get into heaven, the truth about Mormonism is out there, that it's a destructive cult, a corporation masquerading as a religion. Oh, and don't start bearing your testimony at me: that's one of the signs of a destructive cult.