This week has been a lot better. I have learned about love and how important it is in missionary work. Before I was focusing so much on the language and memorizing things that I forgot to really show the poeple that I love them. I have tried to do that more this week and the difference was amazing. Everything comes a lot easier when you love: the language is easier, the spirit is stronger, and I work harder. The mission is amazing! I love the Lord and what he has done for me and what he continues to do for me.
Love you all!
This week was better. The language is still hard but I am trying to get it down. It’s still tough, but it’s fun at the same
time. I just wish I could understand what people are saying.
We had our first baptism this week! It was amazing. It helped a lot to see what we are trying to get the investigators to do. I also had my first temple trip – it was awesome! I could understand some stuff, but not a lot. The lord is definitely stretching me and it’s uncomfortable, but I know it’s good.
Thank you for all you have done for me and thank you for your prayers. I love you all!
This week was hard. I get frustrated with the language; when I think I can understand someone, I can’t. This is by far the hardest thing I have done, but I know it’s good for me. I have found out I am a little impatient — I just want to understand what people are saying. I feel like I have no personality when I talk in Spanish.
One of the two pictures below is of me in my room, and the other was taken out by some donkeys.
It is absolutely amazing how happy these people are when they have so little. They give you everything they have and are so nice. Be grateful for the little things at home like carpet, dishwasher, laundry, and a fridge full of food. Each day I realize how good I had it at home. The mission helps you rely completely on the Lord.
Thanks for all you have done for me, Mom and Dad; I have the best parents. I can’t wait to see who the new member of our family is – keep me updated and send pictures.
It is crazy here! But awesome – I love it. I can’t understand a word people are saying, but it’s coming along; I can understand more and more each day. it is amazing being in the place where the events in the Book of Mormon took place. There are ruins here and likely the Lamanites lived in them, so it’s cool to see where the events of the Book of Mormon transpired.
I’m in area called ‘Universidad 2’. It is one of the nicest areas in the mission. The members here are awesome and they serve the best food. We are the first North Americans (gringos) to come to the Oaxaca mission in a year. They were fixing the mission, so for a period of time they didn’t send any North Americans. So having us arrive is pretty new for them and for us. The North American missionaries that are here are really good. They’ve been out for a long time so they know a lot and they are really helpful.
I’m glad you found the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Misi%C3%B3n-M%C3%A9xicoOaxaca-Tierra-de-milagros/242854199079769). General Conference was really good. I missed being at the Priesthood Session with everyone, but it was still amazing. We watched it in English which was really nice.
Mom and Dad, our home is amazing! Thank you so much for loving me and teaching me the gospel. Coming here has made me realize even more how good I have it at home.