Monday, September 22, 2014
Week 11: Missionary Time is the Strangest Thing Ever
The title says it all.. I've been out about 2 1/2 months on my mission. Some days it's felt like a week, others an eternity. A minute in the "real world" is a month here. It's really so strange.
iPhone 6, huh? I heard about it, but I have no idea how it's different hahaha. So... other than that it's newer, what makes it better? Is it basically a mini ipad?
I'm glad to hear everything is going so well. Baseball, seminary, school, OUAT, the usual. Things here have been a little up and down this whole past week, but it's still awesome. I'm starting to realize that I will do the same thing every single day for another 15 1/2 months. Seriously, missionary time. It's all so good, but sometimes it just hits you.
Well. Let's get started.
Karen cancelled, she had an appointment, so we went and saw a recent convert instead. This recent convert, Joana, can't read, so that's an interesting tidbit. Some others actually can't either, it's kinda strange. But we shared the visiting teaching message with her about how Christ is our Comforter. Read it, it's really good. Then Alma 7:11-12.
Oh yes, we went to the mall last week too because S. Melo needed shoes. That was just about the strangest and yet most normal thing I've done on my mission so far.
During service at this Catholic Charities food line thing, I put the largest amount of hot dogs I've ever seen in my entire life into a fridge. I seriously doubt I've seen that much meat in my whole life.
We saw Jessica! But... Nilse apparently moved in with her boyfriend. We have a little more information now, but she basically dropped off the map for about a week, not even Jessica heard anything from her, until, when the other sisters somehow ran into her. And then we lost her again. Sooooo I guess that's a dropped date. Pray for her to want to come back and want to change, please.
But Jessica was awesome! We taught Gospel of Jesus Christ and she loved it. Oh, yeah, and she's amazing because she went to church last Sunday, went to YW and learned about having good language. She then decided--on her own--to try to stop swearing. Golden? Yes.
Then. We went to Celia's house to talk to her and her parents. Celia was actually at Jessica's house doing hw, so we saw her there but she didn't go back home in time, so we ended up just talking to her parents. But we got their permission for her to be baptized!! Finally! Ah, an amazing day.
We've really started to use time very wisely, so now we do an hour of personal study, an hour of comp study, an hour of language study, and an hour of training 3 or 4 times a week when we don't have meetings and things. So that's exciting. It is actually really good, just a lot of studying!
We saw a few members--who I could really talk to in Portuguese! Blessings for language study, for sure--today, including one of the YW, and that was great. We're really trying to help all of them get more into Personal Progress, and I love getting to know each of them individually! I'm so excited to be doing that.
And.... we had an appointment set up with Eugenia but she wasn't where we told her to meet us. So. We dropped her. It was sad, because I love her and she is really great, but she hasn't actually followed through on a lesson with us for weeks now. I guess the law of chastity scared her off or something. Alas. But Aurizanda, another investigator, is progressing! She still needs to figure out her living situation, but she really wants to be baptized. So as soon as she can move out I think, we'll give her a date! Woohoo!
But yeah, I had a little meltdown over the things I'll miss if Arissa and Elizabeth are really both getting married. I'm happy for them, but I don't get to do a single thing to help them prepare or anything. So that's sad. I asked the Elders for a blessing, because this has been really difficult for me, and they gave me one. Can I just say again how grateful I am for the Priesthood? It's an amazing blessing, and it is so impressive to me when these boys my age or younger can give me a blessing straight from our Heavenly Father. I felt a little better after that.
Ah, weekly planning. Always makes the day a blur. Uhhhhh I forget what happened. OH. We went to lunch with the elders because it was Elder Halling's year mark. That's right.
Elder Halling, one of the Haitianaries had his year mark, so to celebrate, of course we went to No. 1 Buffet. It is No. 1 after all. (a chinese buffet, a particular favorite of the Brockton missionaries) So the West Bridgewater elders are not in our district nor our zone but they cover Brockton? Go figure. We're working on the APs about that.
After planning, we saw Jessica again! We taught her about the Word of Wisdom, and she basially accepted it right off the bat. She's so great, my goodness. She always comes up with just the right questions and the right answers, and it's really amazing.
We saw Karen again too, and taught her the law of Chastity. And she was totally good with it! It was a short lesson because she was leaving soon, but good.
Then we saw Celia (& Beizinha) and gave her a baptismal date forand she accepted!!!!! Oh, finally. It helps that she and Jessica are good friends and we know her parents are definitely supporting her this time (she's had 2 dates in the past). Beizinha says she really thinks this one will work out. Hurray!!
District meeting! always fun. We taught a less active, an old/new investigator who is just fantastic, and a quick member lesson. The women we saw today are great. Some of them just have difficult things in their lives, you know? Oh, but we did bring a YW, Talia, with us to see the investigator. She was so excited! She's 13 and this was her first time going out, so that was really exciting for her. Think Merrily, but shorter and slightly louder and Cape Verdean. That's Talia.
Oh this day was hard. We tried to see a YW, but she had a modeling audition in Boston, so we just helped her mom translate her homework. That was pretty cool because it was about child development stuff, so I actually remembered a bunch of it! That was neat. It took a nice long time.
We had a Relief Society activity on eating healthy and picking healthy foods. It was good, I just really couldn't understand.... anyone. Cape Verdean women are really hard to understand when they get going really fast, even the other sisters say so. I was having a bit of a down day already, so that was really hard for me.
Because. Karen texted us and said she wanted to just go to her old church instead, but we could still meet from time to time. Soooooo that was way sad. We haven't really talked to her about it yet, but we will tonight. I hope we can get AnaPaula to come with us and help convince her otherwise = feel the Spirit. Oh Karen. Something's a bit fishy, so we're focusing on inspired questions today!
And we finished up with a YW lesson and a nice long and big crying fest for me. The language was really hard today, and I was stressing out over Karen and things. It was really hard. I can see where I'd like myself to be, but I don't quite know how to get there. The sisters all were so kind and helped me as best they could, but they're all fluent in Portuguese and haven't gone through this at all. they promised they'd help more and speak more Portuguese around me. I need to pray harder and work harder. As I was thinking/praying about it all, I thought immediately of Hymn #130, Be thou Humble. Those words were exactly meant for me in that moment. Every. Single. Word. Definitely revelation and a tender mercy.
Church was less crazy this week, especially because only one investigator was there. But we went to YW and they had blue cupcakes to eat, so that was good. We had a lesson with Laura, our investigator who now always comes to church, and it was amazing! She is so smart, so intellectual, and really wants to be sure this is right and she is prepared. And now she has a baptismal date for the!! She's amazing too, so strong and steady. Definitely a blessing for us.
That night we had a fireside about Joseph Smith, given by Pres. Packard. It was AWESOME. Celia and Jessica came!!! Ah, I love hearing President speak. He's really amazing.
Well family, my time is short. But I love you and hope you all have a great week! The work is good, it's hard, but I am trying to do my best. I'm still definitely working on consecrating myself, because that's really hard to do. But I love being a missionary, and though I miss people and will miss really important weddings, I'm definitely supposed to be right here, right now. I'm not sure exactly why, but I love it here. This week will be hard, I think, but good.
Hurrah for Israel!
Our girls! Me, Celia, Jessica, Beizinha, and Sis. Melo. Beizinha is the BEST. She comes out with us all the time and just barely decided to go on a mission. She's 18, so she's got a year or so left, but that's okay. She's gonna be great. Celia and Jessica both have baptismal dates for Oct. 11!!!