1. You said you have mission lingo in your mission. What is some of it?
So "trunky" in my mission is "baggy" (homesick). The gringos have lingo like "subing" that comes from the verb subir which is to like go up to comp mayor (senior companion) or district leader or zone leader or whatever. And bajared from bajar which is to go down.
2. What did you do for P-Day today?
We had a manana de talento (talent day) and so people showed off their skills so we sang the song we wrote and most of the others did improv stuff. It was funny and then we played around a little bit. We went to Wendy's and then Hna N and I went and looked at some little shops and bought some sandals that are Honduran so I will take a picture of those for next week.
3. How was stake conference? Do they do both a Saturday evening session and a Sunday session like they do in the States? Did you have any investigators there?
Stake conference is this coming Sunday.... but church on Sunday was good! We had seven people there!!!! It was really sweet! At first we had three investigators there, I and her son E and Is, and then an investigator we were waiting on, S, came with her whole family! So it was really awesome! And we had to speak in church yesterday... all four of the missionaries. So I had to speak on how to invite people to the ward conference which is on my birthday.... so that was exciting stuff.
4. Are I and her son E still planning to get baptized on the 23rd? How is G doing? Were you able to have a cita with him this week?
They are still planning on it,. but I is having a hard time not drinking her coffee... she says that she will dejar, leave, it when she gets baptized but .... so we need to talk with her this week. G... well, yeah, I don't know. I feel like we came into his life to help him a little but but his life is really crazy right now and he pretty much doesn't have time for us. So I feel like we were able to help him a little buit and give him the tools to put his life in order but I don't know beyond that.
5. What miracles and tender mercies have you seen this week? Answers to your prayers?
We had people at church and people that are really there to progress!
6. How has someone else blessed your life this week?
Marcia had her birthday this week and she invited us over. We decided to do something nice for her so we made a big card and I gave her trail mix becasue she loves it and we made some Rice Krispie treats that we made with a little too much butter... but she loved it and she started crying and everything and we thought we finally would get to serve her. but no, she invited us to her birthday party and fed us and gave us cake and had a good time with us and I just love her so much and admire how even on her birthday she still cooks for us and she still thinks about us. It's like her whole life revolves around making sure everyone else is okay and it just amazes me.
7. How have you blessed someone else’s life this week?
Well, we got specially invited to the ward choir this week and then they asked me to play the piano for them. Thank goodness I can play the two hymns that they are going to sing for the ward conference.... "Let Us All Speak Kind Words to Each Other" and "Love at Home". We are doing so much for the ward here and it's great... we spoke on Sunday and planned citas for a mini mission for the primary children this past Saturday. They did a mini-MTC and we had them visit less actives or really good investigators. There were only five companionships of Primary Children (ages 8-12) but they all seemed to have a good time, even if they were hot and complained that they had to walk for a long time! Hahahaha!
8. You said you and Hna N wrote a missionary themed song to the Cup Song from Pitch Perfect -- what are the words?
Well, they are in Spanish....but here they are:
Tengo mi llamamiento a Honduras, para servir mi misión.
Se que Dios tiene algo, hay personas esperando,
ya me voy de aquí.
Ya me voy, ya me voy a servir.
Si, me van a extrañar.
Voy a bautizar la gente, voy a perder mi mente.
Si, me van a extrañar.
Cambios, milagros, pena y estrés, como puedo aguantar
Yo no entiendo nada de lo que esta pasando,
San Pedro Sula Oeste.
Aquí Estoy, aquí estoy a servir
Ya soy misionera.
Estoy comiendo Baleadas y pollo con tajadas.
Hace bastante Calor.
No puedo creer que ya me toda ir
Yo estoy super baggy
La misión me ha cambiado por tanto trabajo
Ya no Quiero salir... NAH
Ya me voy. Ya me voy de aquí
Si, la voy a extrañar.
Quiero ver a mi familia y besar a alguien super guapo.
Si, la voy a extrañar.
(Translation from Google translate so this may not make sense:
Got my call to Honduras
To serve my mission
I know God has something,
There are people waiting
I'm leaving here.
I'm leaving because I'm going to serve
Yes, I will miss.
I will baptize people
I will lose my mind
Yes, I will miss.
Changes, miracles, pain and stress,
And can hold (??)
I do not understand anything of what is happening.
San Pedro Sula West.
Here I am,
Here I am to serve.
I'm already a missionary.
I'm eating baleadas and chicken and tajados
It's pretty hot.
I can't believe I go any longer
I'm super baggy
The mission has changed me so much
I want to be tight. NAH!
I'm leaving here.
Yeah, I'll miss you.
Want to see my family and
Kiss someone super handsome.
Yeah, I'll miss you.
(I think there are some idioms in there that Google translate doesn't know...I'll have to ask her for a better translation)
9. What was the best thing that happened this week?
I think it was that we got to drink root beer. We had noche de hobar (Family Home Evening) with a family and ate pizza from a place that sells things from the States so it was almost American pizza and we saved a few slices and drank it with the root beer we bought last week...I cannot tell you how good that root beer tasted! I savored every sip! It was so dang good. So do me a favor and everyone go buy a root beer and savor that soda and make sure you pay attention to the hint of vanilla aftertaste that just makes it soooo dang good. I miss that stuff! On a more spiritual note, we went to a noche de hogar with Andrea last night and I swear she is just so pilas (great?). I always learn from her and from her family and I love that live below us! They are the best neighbors. And she made donuts.
10. What was the funniest/funnest thing that happened this week?
P-days are always funny... but especially some of the elders' "talents" from today... enough said.
11. What did you learn in church yesterday?
That there truly are people prepared for this gospel and they will come. and we talked about marriage in Relief Society... UGH.
12. What did you do for your district meeting and zone meeting this week?
Hna N and I made fruit pizza!!! Marcia helped us make an icing that was really good and we bought a sugar cookie mix at the big grocery store and made a sugar cookie and put on the icing and fruit and it was way good. We used kiwi, bananas, pineapple, and grapes. :)
13. What was the spiritual highlight of your week?
I really like going to noches de hogar with Andrea. Last night she talked about Jonah and that story is so good and there are so many lessons to be learned from it. But we really just need to obey the Lord's command and to preach the gospel. I think it's ironic or just a little appropriate or funny (I don't know the word) that in the end Jonah is waiting for the people to be distroyed and is a little ticked that the Lord hadn't done anything to them because he really didn't realize that he was the means to bring 120,000 of the people of Ninevah to repentance. We need to rejoice in the work that we do.
14. What did you learn from your personal study this week?
There happened to be a ton on family and marriage this week which just makes me baggy... but I like what it said in Preach My Gospel... "El cielo es la continuacion del hogar ideal"...heaven is the continuation of the ideal home. But really the relationships that we have and establish her are the most important things! Really, the family we have here is the family that we are going to have there so if we don't take the time to make things work or to build a good relationship it's not like we are going to just wake up and have everything perfect in the celestial kingdom! We really have to make the relationships the best we can here because the life we will have is just a continuation of what we built here on earth if that makes any sense.... so really just that family is super important and I need to do better at making my relationships matter.
15. Do you know that I love you SO much and I miss you?
16. What was the most beautiful thing you saw this week?
My can of root beer. and S with her whole family walking into the church. :)
17. It seems like the water situation is worse where you are now than in most places you have been...that surprises me because you're so much closer to the big city. Is it really that way, or is just my imagination that the water situation is worse there?
No, it's worse... maybe not as bad as Santa Rosa...the water comes more, but we share the tank with people and that's where the problem is....
18. Did anything unusual or strange happen this week?
Not that I can remember... it has been raining more but it rains for like 5 minutes and then stops, lol, and it's always sooo dang hot!
19. What are you looking forward to this week?
I am looking forward to the stake conference.
20. What did Pres Dester have to say this week?
He talked about our companions and why it is that we preach two by two and then he repeated some of the mission rules that apply to helping and loving our companions. And he said that we can't go to the mall for my birthday which made me sad. I won't lie....I cried a little. I'm SO tired of my clothes. I have found that there are a lot that I just don't wear because they show sweat, or the fabric is just too hot, or the skirts are double layers of knit and so they're too hot or not comfortable to walk in. I'm excited to open my birthday packages and see what clothes you sent! :-)
21. What was the best thing and the worst thing you ate this week?
The best thing... Marcia's birthday cake! It was a vanilla cake with peaches in the middle and on top and it was really good! The worst thing.... I don't know. I think some old peanut butter that I had that I bought in El Dorado...
Yup, that's about all I got folks... I'm not too exciting.
I love you!
Me with Hna N
Making a big birthday card for Marcia
Painted my toes...