Week 49 – Sweet Zoila

Sorry I´m bad at writing you guys in detail. Things happen, but not interesting enough to write them all down. I´m still here in El Espino for my third change here as Sister Training Leader and I´m still enjoying that. I only have 3 areas so far and I´ll only have one more. Changes are March 22 and I´m not sure if Pres. will send me to my last area or if he wants me here for another change. We´ll see. Hna. Thompson is fun 🙂

We have 2 baptismal dates: Zoila, who is a sweetheart with very advanced arthritis. Her husband is an inactive member that we´re reactivating as well and she´s preparing to get baptized the 18th of March. It´s difficult because they always need help lifting her in her wheelchair out and back into their house (steep stairs) in order to make it to church. She´s gone 2 times now so we´re finding solutions thankfully. Her and her husband are the ones in the photo. The other´s name is Dalila and her 13 year old son Eduardo. They´re preparing for the 25th of March. Saturday we had a lesson with them and the Relief Society President. Dalila gave us a drink made from pinapple but it was a little fermented. By fermented I mean that I´m pretty positive we drank alcohol hahaha.

Your ethnic breakdown is interesting. I thought you were more English than you are. INDIA. I knew I wasn´t drawn to that culture for nothing 🙂 Jewish too…haha.

Happy Birthday Reagan! I can´t wait to get to know you all over again because I feel like you´ll be a whole other more grown-up person when I get home. Have fun!

Love you all!

Abby

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Week 48 – Erika’s Baptism

I think I´ll be getting home friday the 28th of July. Hopefully that´s not too late to see the Smiths!

5 more months!! I sent a photo of Erika´s baptism:)

Love you guys! I´m having fun, working hard, missing you. I studied D&C 138 and was hit with the beauty of the Atonement and the fact that we were so prepared before we were born for this dispensation.

Abby

Week 47 – Valentine’s Day

She´s a new companion to me but we actually came together and have the same time in the mission haha 🙂 We´ll return home together in July.

This week our investigator Erika will be getting baptized! This week we´re going with Pres. Spjut to talk with her parents because it´s a requirement for a minor to get baptized. It always makes me a little nervous.

Have a happy Valentine´s Day tomorrow…I won´t be doing anything special but the ward is having a couple´s dinner where they will be invited her couple friends and we will be contacted them. Maybe we´ll get some food in the deal too, who knows?

Love ya,

Abby

Week 46 – San Salvador Temple

Change week! My favorite companion, Hna. Alvarado, is leaving me but I´m also excited about my next companion, Hna. Thompson. Yes, she´s a gringa! She is another blondie from Utah. I´m already friends with her so I know we shouldn´t have any real problems. It´ll be a fun couple of changes. I´m staying in my area as Sister Training Leader and I really love it here. It´s my favorite ward I´ve been in. Haha we´ll see how much we´ll be speaking Spanish…I´m guessing only in lessons 🙂

This week as a zone we went to the temple in San Salvador! I realized how much I´d been missing it. In the MTC I went every week for 7 weeks and when I entered again it felt like home 🙂 It´s always so much easier to recieve revelation; the temple is the place where I really feel like I´m having a conversation with Heavenly Father. It´s a little harder to get to Detroit but do it as often as you all can! It´s outside of our mission zone so we only get to do this once a year. It´s a beautiful temple inside and out. We did a session and it was interesting hearing it in Spanish. This past Saturday one of our investigators went to the temple. She said she had a beautiful spiritual experience there and seeing us afterwards she told us without saying hi or anything, ¨When can I get baptized!!¨ She is 13 years old and super active. Her family life is hard but she is always excited about our lessons and often invites her friends to come to church with us 🙂 She´s even going to seminary and wants to accompany us on our lessons.

I couldn´t watch all of the superbowl, but during our visits yesterday I was getting calls from a friend in the ward giving me detailed updates haha. I walked into a house at about the last minute to see the Patriots win.

Love you all and hope everything is well. Pray for you every day! Congrats Seth and Sam…be gentleman.

Love ya!
Abby