Sunday, October 26, 2014

I Don't Think We're in Sochiloa Anymore

October 20, 2014


Hello friends, family, and all other loved ones!


This week flew by, and I am both happy and sad to report that we worked so much that I didn't take any pictures :( That's a good and bad thing I guess. 

Things are different, as you might expect. But to be honest, they are different in ways that I never imagined possible. But, I'll tell ya'll about that after the highlights. ;D 


-So, remember how my companion is really little? People like to comment on that. Like the less-active member that we visited who asked me, "Did you come with a baby this time?" It's a good thing Hermana Gonzales has a decent sense of humor.

-People also keep asking her if she's related to Hna Mendez. I dunno why, but that makes me giggle.

-That awkward moment when you are teaching and the 14-year-old decides to stop listening to you and suck on her husband’s ear. Or maybe she was just kissing him. And yes, you read that correctly: fourteen years old with a husband. The lesson didn't last much longer than that, oddly enough.

-The temperature is going down! I hardly sweat during the day and more than once we forgot to turn on the AC for our planning session and didn't notice. Before, I would sweat so much even with the AC that my knees would slip around on the tiles during our prayers.

-My companion was teaching me these tongue-twister like things to help me talk faster in Spanish. Well, apparently I said something not good because she started laughing hysterically and said to not say that one any more, but she wouldn't tell me what I said or what it meant.

-People here like American music, and apparently the children of the Relief Society President like Black Eyed Peas. Therefore I got to hear a collection of their songs, including "Don't Phunk With My Heart" and "My Humps." Why? Why!! 

-I have no idea what I am doing. But apparently I fake it really well, because people keep telling me I'm doing a good job.


OK, the title. To be honest, I can't believe that I am in the same area that I have been for the past few transfers. All of a sudden, things are ... easier? No, not easier -- they're still really hard (this is a mission, after all) -- but not everything is an uphill battle. Like the fact that we invited people to be baptized, and they said yes. And they are really excited about it. And it happened more than once this week. And others are going to pray about whether they should be baptized. And OH! There are actually people in the street that we can contact!! And they don't all say "No!!" like they have for months!! 

Where am I?? 

Who knows? But I do know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers. He's answered mine, and he is listening to yours. For those of you who have told me "I pray for you all the time," Well, I can tell you that He is for sure listening.  

This is going to be a great transfer. Hard as all get-out, but really, really great despite it all :) 

Until next week!


Hermana Anderson


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Since Yesterday Everything Has Changed

October 13, 2014


Wow. OK, remember how I told you it was transfers? Well in Spanish, we call them cambios, which literally translated means 'changes.' Well, President told us, more than once, we're not going to have a lot of changes this transfer. 




And more ha.  

Nearly everything changed!

I might be developing some trust issues here …

So, I am now the only remaining missionary in Sochiloa from before. Elder Bloxham has finished his mission (hats off to an excellent missionary and friend), Elder Miranda is going to a pueblito in Sinaloa (the other state that's in our mission), and Hermana Mendez is hopping the borderline into the neighboring zone. I honestly feel like I lost three siblings. We cried – even the elders, even a little bit in front of us. Yesterday Hna Mendez said that it felt like a great band was breaking up, or Los Chicos del Barrio (in English, that's the name of the TV series, the Kids Next Door). Never did I expect to be so sad to see people leave that I have known for so short a time. But with everything we've been through here in Sochiloa, I can't help but love them all. And I miss them already :'(


So, I will now be helping not one, but three missionaries learn the area. And, oh! Fun news! I'm a stepmom! (That means that I'm training.) AH! And guess what the zone leaders didn’t tell me yesterday when they called us. That I would be training. Sheesh.

But here she is! 


Twenty years old and from Peru, I will be helping Hermana Gonzales to finish her training as a missionary. I will also be leading our area, helping the elders with theirs, helping the ward, trying to find new investigators, trying to help the recent converts gain a pure testimony and prepare for the temple, trying to forget all of my weaknesses and trust that everything will be ok, and all while being a happy, knowledgeable representative of Christ. Stress levels rising ... At least I'm not an STL and I don't have to teach anyone Spanish ... Ni modos, this will most definitely be a growing transfer in a very big way.


Highlights (apart from transfers that is):

-The moon has been super cool this past week, just a really big ball of orange and wonderful to look at. A true Harvest Moon and I love it!

-Music continues to be a weak point for me. On our hardest day this week, our Relief Society President gave us a ride as she accompanied us to do a visit, and on her radio was playing "Come With Me Now" by the Kongos. I love that song and it makes me think of my mom, because she also loves it and sings it with passion.

-I am becoming Mexican. I made spaghetti for dinner, and for sauce we only had this boxed (not canned, boxed) tomato sauce that tastes like Chef Boyardee. So I added salsa to it. Fairly normal. But then once it was ready, I added hot sauce and lime juice. And dear goodness was I content :)

-While doing service this week, raking and sweeping, I saw Hna Mendez walking to the other side of the yard wielding the 12-foot pole that is used to cut mangos from the really high branches. When I asked her what she was doing she just very calmly said "What? There's a spider." I laughed until I cried.


Alrighty, I think that's it for now,

Love you all!

Hermana Anderson