December 11, 2013
im so high strung right now im so happy!!! i have less than a week left in the mtc! it becomes more and more real to me every day. yesterday especially since we were in las vegas all day. surprise! we woke up at 4 am yesterday, flew out at 9, sat around with a service missionary for literally 3 hours while he talked at us about mexico, then went to the consulate to get our visas. then had a flight at 5 pm to come back to the mtc!! showed up at our apartment at exactly 9:30 when we were supposed to be. que bendicion. and it was such a long exhausting day. the church is incredible for being able to coordinate that all so well. basically to explain, we had to make an appearance at the consulate, get our pictures for our visa and fingerprints, and that was that. the actual process took literally less than 2 minutes per person. BUT going out into the real world was the best part! everyone looked at us differently and some were extra nice and others were pretty short with us. did i mention putting my nametag on is the BEST part of my day? i am sooo lucky oh my goodness i cant even fully explain how much of an incredible experience this is. so when they got all angry at us for wearing them through security it felt so sad taking it off it was wierd. no wonder returned missionaries are so sad about coming home. parting with that is the worst!!
so yesterday we were approached by so many cute people. a woman came and shook all our hands at the terminal and she started crying. she said that she was about to go pick up her son after finishing his mission in Guatemala. we were asking her questions but she couldnt even talk about it without getting incredibly emotional so i told everyone to let her be haha. poor thing how exciting. she said she jokes with everyone that shes going out there cuz they have to drag him home he doesnt want to leave! then we were on the tram and we gave up seats for this little old chinese lady and her daughter. she got all happy and smiley and stared at us (10 hermanas and 1 elder) and started talking to her daughter in chinese. the daughter told us she said we were all very beautiful. how cute!! i wished i had a chinese book of mormon or something haha. hermana weaver told her she liked her hat and she replied (after it was translated) "china!!" all smiley still. hermana weaver said "yo tambien!" which im not sure if it was an offensive comment but it was in spanish and yea whatever but still so funny hahaha we were all like oh my clothes are from china too! anyway moving on..
LAST WEDNESDAY after i was already done emailing hermana riedelbach and i were at main campus to have dentist check-ups and apparently we both have weak mouths. interesting little old man with gold teeth let us know that. anyway so we were just walking around and by the main entrance getting directions and there was a woman sitting on the couches reading. she looked up and saw us and wanted to know if she could ask us a question. we of course said sure and she asked us if we believe in the bible. turns out shes an investigator living with her sister, and her sister doesnt like it when the missionaries come to her house so she comes and sits at the mtc and asks the missionaries her questions. what courage that is!! going right to the source!! we told her all about how the book of mormon and bible go hand in hand and asked her about her own beliefs and her life and she was so happy and interested and loved when we explained to her what we were doing and why it was so important to us. she didnt want a book of mormon bc she didnt wana upset her sister, but still, we were so glad to answer her questions and would have talked to her all day if we could have! i started asking every companionship that walked by us while we were talking where they were going on their missions and where they were from so she could see how diverse it all is. she was so surprised. anyway i hope she comes back and gets more of the correct info she is looking for!!
i didnt tell you much about thanksgiving, but we watched a video about mormon helping hands and i thought about brandon geurts and sariah and amanda north and their clubs at school!! they have to watch a mormon helping hands video about cleaning up new york city after the hurricane. its incredibly inspiring. everyone HAS to go on mormon.org and find the videos they have. theyre so incredible and uplifting. on sunday a couple of us were in our classroom watching videos and sobbing because we were so touched. GO WATCH the video mountains to climb. id already seen it before and i was like dangit i know im gona cry and ive already seen this!! mormon.org and lds.org are SUCH great websites and they literally have every bit of info anyone could ever need.
SARIAH - you know that blue flower with quotes on it that i put on your wall? well it means something!! look up the talk by elder uchtdorf called Forget Me Not. its so good!!
everyone else i have a challenge for you!! when you are taking notes in church or at a fireside or devotional, draw a line in the middle of the paper. on one side write things the speaker said that you like, on the other side write things that you like that the spirit says to you. theyll be completely different but both awesome.
this week for scriptures you should read alma 26. it reminds me of how all my friends and i will be when we get home from our missions and glory in the work of the Lord and all of the incredible opportunities that he has blessed us with. sometimes we dont know what we are going to say to people that we know we have the opportunity to help, but if we rely on the spirit which we are blessed to have with us, the holy ghost will be able to tell us all things we should say. everyone needs and can benefit from this gospel. i see miracles every day. this is THE true church of Jesus Christ, and we have an incredibly beautiful message of hope and happiness to share with so many.
OH YEA BY THE WAY I HAD TO GIVE A TALK IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY. they choose 2 people out of the congregation on the spot so we all had to have one prepared. so first they say hermana riedelbach and i was like okay good i can relax, then they said followed by hermana zimmerman and i froze. great! hahah but it was fine and people said they liked what i said and it made sense. probably an 8 minute talk in spanish. yay!
food for thought from President Monson, "the world would be much better if we could give the gift of understanding." in every aspect.
I LOVE YOU ALL AND IM COLD BUT ITS OKAY. ill be in Mexico so very soon!! apparently all the missionaries in our mission have been so excited for us to come and theyre all well aware that theyre getting american girls on monday!
oh yea another thing i heard that i liked, from the old service missionary guy that talked at us. he said "dont date a man that couldnt be called as a bishop right now." ....i was sitting there thinking what is he talking about?! but of course he explained that that would probably not happen, but set standards high because youre worth it. **cough cough my teenage sisters/all girls of the Orange stake** thats all!!! :) he may have been referring to when i come home, but still, watch yourselves.
con todo mi amor!
P.S. hermana weaver called me Zim-mormon. cant believe nobody else came up with that all my years of being made fun of. hasta luego!!! sorry this is so long
i have another hilarious story. our villahermosa elders are in the same district as elder bake. they told us the other day that bake's companion and one of the others, elder jeppsen, decided one night to cut up their sheets and make dress shirts. I DIED. they sat up until 1 am sewing dress shirts hahahah. then they wore them to a service acitivity and one of the employees was like "hey are those the sheets we gave you?!" i honestly dont understand elders sometimes but theyre all freaking hilarious. okay bye :)