im in mexico. can you believe it?
it hasnt even been a week but i feel like ive lived here for years hahaha.
my companion. she is an angel! she is so sweet. so kind. so patient. she only knows about 30 words in english so it is hard at times but its forces me to learn. people talk so fast here! i thought i was pretty okay at spanish in el CCM but the first day here i could hardly understand a word. i can understand much much better now. it is still hard to speak but the more i speak the easier it gets. i am also studying the BOM in spanish! it is so helpful. and so amazing!
the work here is so great. we are opening an área so we are so so so so busy. the first night together we met with the first counselor of the barrio and him and his wife took us around to 7 or 8 houses or members and they all gave us so many referrals. it is so great! by the end of the day my feet feel like ive been at disneyland hahahaha.
one day while we were on our way to contact a reference we stopped to buy bread.. holy cow the bread is delicious.. and we met ana. ana is 19! we introduced ourselves and she invited us to come over the next day. when we went to her house we sang a hymn together, prayed and then hermana infante explained the book of mormon. her eyes lit up when while hermana infante was talking. it was amazing! then hermana infante nudged me and i bore my testimony of the BOM and said that even though i dont know the language very well and that it is hard to be here that the góspel brings me so much happiness and it is worth the hard times to share that happiness with others. the spirit was so strong! afterwards hna infante invited her to be baptized on the 4th of january and she accepted! we are visiting her again tomorrow and she is coming to church with us this sunday! holw cow. miracles.
i love it here! i live a mile from the city. its so busy and so loud all the time! the houses are right next to each other and they are all so colorful! when we ask for someones address we always ask for the color of their house hahaha. my house is green! the weather is so nice right now. it feels like Newport beach in the mornings.. but everyone here says its muy frieo......... so i am going to die come May. seriously! people are cold here. they wear sweaters and jeans.
oh i need to tell you more about the burgos family! hermano burgos is the counselor of the ward. they are seriously the best. they are 26 and 24 and remind me exactly of a mexican Emily and Travis hahaha. hma burgos has had us over for lunch every single day! her food is so so so so so so good. i ate the yummiest meal of toastadas and homemade horchata on thanksgiving so dont feel bad for me. luckily we dont have time to eat dinner or i would come home muy gorda! chiste. we walk so much i dont know it thats possible!
oh the temple. ill send pictures! its so beautiful and clean. the chapel is right next to the temple! the chapel is so beautiful too. and the chapel is ALWAYS busy. seriously! if we ever stop in really quickly there is always something going on. the people are so amazing.
i love it here. it is really hard but really rewarding. everything is so different from home. i really love it so much though! this is the greatest experience in the world.
oh! also... everyday is a big temptation. hahahaha there are coke stands on practically every corner and were not allowed to drink coke. ever -___- its so hard. luckily i have horchate to tide my cravings over!
merida really is so pretty. there are chirstmas decorations and lights everywhere! it makes me so happy! everything is great. i wrote a letter for you all this morning! i love you.
ps i did my laundry by hand this morning. i am an entirely new person.
pps jake! the sandals you bought me save my life. the shower is so scary hahahahaha and my feet kill by the end of the day. youre the best!
ppps send letters!! from everyone please!
I LOVE YOU ALL