Ahh I love days when I get to write home. We all do a happy dance down the streets of Guatemala to the "house" where we write you guys! Okay first before I forget because I have forgotten EVERY TIME, I don't know anything regarding calling sadly. I am hoping I will get to call from the airport but no word so far. Things are so crazy here right now and most ppl don't even know when their flight leaves until the night before. I am assuming we will leave the CCM at about 3:30 am because we have the farthest flight. So, if I do call it will be really early. SORRY! I really am praying I get to call! I would love to hear from you all. The CCM is so insane right now. There is serious construction going on everywhere. Right now we don't have a classroom so we are hauling all our stuff to different places about every hour. The kind of shafted the "old" missionaries so the new ones can have some consistency. I don't really mind. It is nice to get some exercise and walk around. Most days we are just on the lawn next to this random house in Guatemala haha. It is so surreal. I do have a SWEET missionary tan as a result though. The construction sets off the fire alarm almost every 20 mins ahhhh! I think we are all slowly going insane. The first time it went off the Latina Hermanas were screaming and running around the halls. Hehe we had to explain to them the building was NOT burning to the ground.
I can't believe this is my last week in the CCM and my last time to write you guys until I am in NICARAGUA! Ahh I don't know if I am ready for this. Spanish is still kicking my BUTT! I am so ready to be out of here and working but I am certainly NOT ready to be teaching and talking in Espanol ALL DAY. So last week for pday we got a tour of Guatemala City and went to a market! IT WAS AWESOME!! I love Guatemala and wish I could stay longer. It is such a gorgeous place. The market was super sweet. It was so colorful and diverse. We went to the food market and just drooled over the fruit. The meat on the other hand was super sketch! Yesterday was my last pday here. I can hardly believe that. I tried to get a lot of studying and packing up done. I also went to the Temple for the last night until I return. The temple has really grown close to my heart. That was one of the greatest experiences for me. Sitting in that session with my District is something I will NEVER forget. I love them with all my heart and it hurts to think about saying goodbye. We have gone through so much together and I KNOW we will be friends all our lives. This Sunday our Elders are giving each of us a priesthood blessing of strength for our missions. It is such a blessing to be surrounded by these incredible ppl. Our teacher Hermano Cuque left for vacation this week so we had to say goodbye. I think we were all crying as he walked out the door. I hope to be the type of missionary he is! He glows with the spirit!
So with the new transfer of missionaries Hermana Teichert and I were hoping to meet ALL our Latina missionaries that would be serving with us. When everyone got here we searched high and low for sisters. Sadly we have only met ONE OTHER SISTER! All is well though she is great and we love her. We have met lots of ppl from Nicaragua though. They all just keep telling us how GORGEOUS and Hot it is. They also always say mucho bautismos! Man I can't wait to get there and get to work. One of my roommates is from Nicaragua and she asked me to find her Mom and baptize her into the church. She said SHE IS PREPARED! I hope I get the opportunity to find her.
Last week I said I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting. Well this week was fast Sunday. I thought since I talked last week I would give others the opportunity, President had other plans. As soon as we finished the Sacrament I saw him motion for me to get up there and share my testimony. So I did just that! I know my Spanish was rough but I am grateful for the chance I got to share my testimony with my fellow missionaries. My heart was so full of love for our Brother and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know he loves us and is here for us! I know he suffered for us because he loves us all. He wants to help us and is waiting with open arms! He LIVES. And because he lives we can to. I am so grateful we can live as a family forever. I love you all with all my HEART and can't wait to tell the people of Nicaragua they can live as families forever too.
Okay yesterday we attended a devotional where our area president, Elder Martino and his wife spoke to us. WOW! It was so awesome. They reignited the fire in me. Something Elder Martino said really stuck out to me. He said this will be some of the hardest months of all our lives. We will go to bed with tears on our pillows, we will be physically sick and we will spiritually be drained but the Lord has overcome all that. He did not call us to FAIL. He will help us to be exactly what he needs us to be. At the devotional our district sang the EFY medley we sang for nana and papas farewell. The spirit during that song was overwhelming! I am so blessed to be a part of his army. Afterwards some of the Latino Elders came and asked us if we used to be in the Tabernacle Choir haha so sweet.
Mom I am so glad you got to go to Texas and help out with the new baby. I am sure he is the cutest ever! I am so happy for Leigh too! She will be the best mom!! Besides you OF COURSE! I miss you guys everyday but then I remember I get to be with you all for eternity so I can do this for my Savior after all he has done for us. I really am sorry about not letting you no about the calling card sooner. I DO WANT TO CALL. I just don't know a thing. Thank you for all your letters. I always get them just when I need one. Thank you for all the QUOTES. They are perfect! And thank you for all the scriptures. They are so helpful I just got through marking them all in my scriptures. I hope Branson does get the apprenticeship! He would be so perfect for that. Him and Grant. I was dying laughing when I read Grant's fire experience. It sounds about right haha. Grant and Branson please watch some fail videos for me. I have been craving those! Instead I feel like I am doing a lot of awkward things that could be featured in one of those vids. Oh well I think ppl are getting a laugh haha. I hope you are enjoying SUMMER!!!
DAD! Thank you thank you for the spanish help. Verbs are really kicking my butt. There are so many rules, exceptions and irregulars I kind of feel like I am more confused than when I came. I think having the rules will help though.
GRANDMA! Thank you for your email. I am so excited for you to go to California (and a little jealous "wink wink"). I am so grateful for your prayers and support. I think of you often and wish I could share all my experiences with you! The food here is great and I haven't gotten sick yet! Hooray I know that is a huge blessing. I love you!!
Carsen! I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I can't wait for you to start your mission. I know you will be GREAT! Study PMG as much as you can before you leave. It will help so much. Also, come up with a good method of marking your scriptures and taking notes. I would suggest taking a list of scriptures that apply to topics as well. It will come in handy when teaching.
To my students! I have been thinking about you all a lot this week! I love you so so much and can't wait to see you again. I hope you are being good and preparing for the recital and hard as you prepared for competition. REMEMBER make the most of every opportunity you get to be on stage and share your talent. You are all BEAUTIFUL inside and out and have changed my life FOREVER! I lOVE YOU.
Lauren and Misti! You guys are the best ever! I love you both and think of you often. I hope you are doing well and smiling everyday! Lauren that is crazy the boy you have been hanging with knows Daniel and me. His name doesn't sound familiar but I am sure we have crossed paths before. Small WORLD.
Last thing is a funny story. Yesterday we were teaching our investigator Fernando (really our teacher Hermano Portillo) the Law of Chastity. After explaining the law and the importance of it we asked how he was feeling and if he had questions. After a long pause he very seriously said " I have a porn addiction". We both looked at him with real concern and love when all of a sudden he BUST OUT LAUGHING. Hahaha we all started laughing then and couldn't really get the lesson back on track. Oh man it was so funny. Any time we thought we were back on track and getting somewhere he would start to giggle again. I finally said FERNANDO we need to teach you this. Haha that just made things worse and he was crying laughing. Afterwards we talked to Hermano Portillo and said " Fernando was laughing at us the WHOLE LESSON". He just bust out laughing again and said "sometimes it is hard to ACT" hahah. I hope that doesn't happen in a real lesson. That would be awkward ha.
Okay love you all to pieces!!!! Hopefully I will be calling next Tuesday maybe around 4.30 am. OKAY LOVES!!!!