Week 61 – Elder Renlund to visit!

Wow…bishop´s wife 🙂 That´s a lot of responsibility too. He didn´t tell me Grandma Smith´s reaction.

We had zone conference last Friday (picture attached). We talked a lot about how “the field is white already to harvest”. It´s true. It doesn´t matter how small or difficult the area seems, the people are always there to teach. Its a matter of faith on our part; we can choose to believe it and we can harvest or we give up and we bury our talent in the sand. I want to reap, gracias 🙂

This 6th of June Elder Renlund will be coming to our tri-mission conference! I´ll be singing in the choir so I´ll be up close and personal. Whoot whoot.

Love you! 2 more months!

Abby

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Week 59 – Juayua

Hey mom!

Can´t wait to talk to you guys! It´ll be through Google Hangouts or facebook, next Sunday at 5ish our time.

I’m in an area called El Progreso in zone Juayua with Hna. Calero. She´s from Nicaragua. I only know her a little bit. It´ll be fun. This zone is in the middle of the mountains.

I like Juayua. It´s a lot cooler here and it rains! We got soaked a few times but I love it. Don´t worry about my safety…I´m always fine haha. A gringa always stands out but it´s more like a circus show than a real threat haha. The branch here is small and everyone has told me that it´s a really hard area….etc. I think mostly it´s the bad attitude of the members. It´s a good area, we just have to be smiley and happy all the time so they´re more encouraged. It´ll be a good place to end my mission. It´s a little touristy and really pretty.

I´m super sore because it´s all hiking here! Holy cow these mountains!! haha I feel like I´m hiking the grand canyon again. I´ll send pics next week. It´s a cute little village with the typical catholic church in the center with the bells ringing all the time. The food here is a little weirder…I´ve now tried Iguana eggs and chicken feet soup :/ This is what Americans picture when they think of Central America.

I´ll see ya soon! Love ya!

Abby

Week 58 – Best Buds

Well, this week is change week and I am totally expecting to get transfered. The thing is that Pres. Spjut hasn´t called me yet! He usually calls his leaders on the phone to tell them changes. I´m kinda nervous. I would be happy to see F. Rivera get baptized, but 6 months in one area is already kinda crazy. I still have no idea if I´m staying or going :/

I thought I`d include some of the quotes I`ve been hearing that I really like:

“God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity in the clouds, the oil in the earth. He left the rivers unbridged and the forests unfelled and the cities unbuilt. God gives to man the challenge of raw materials, not the ease of finished things. He leaves the pictures unpainted and the music unsung and the problems unsolved, that man might know the joys and glories of creation.” – Pres. Monson

“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” – Boyd K Packer

“If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead.” – William Law

“There is more individuality in those who are more holy. Sin, on the other hand, brings sameness; it shrinks us to addictive appetites and insubordinate impulses.” Neal A Maxwell

Eric, Peter, and Tito will get baptized in May. They were going to get baptized last week but Eric had a problem with the Word of Wisdom that he hadn´t confessed earlier. He´s fine now. He went to the temple yesterday in the ward´s trip. He loved it and is now newly committed to doing everything in order to make this covenant! General Conference and the temple have been keys in his conversion. He wants to be a missionary 🙂 That makes one happy Hna. Morse.

This week I slept in my hammock the whole night (I told you that I bought a hammock, right?)! I had to get out the mosquito net because there were so many haha. We also found this cliff/lookout place and we had a little photoshoot. Me and Hna. Thompson are best buds. It´ll be fun to hang out with her in Provo afterward.

I´d love to carpool out to Utah if Matt has room for me; I dont want to pay for a plane ticket and have to pay my baggage too. Yes, the hot weather still plagues me. It´s so humid too! It´s pretty awful sometimes; Saturday we couldn´t keep going – we stopped and bought a smoothie 🙂 sometimes ya just gotta catch your breath then you can work better afterwards.

Can´t wait to see you guys in 2 weeks! It´ll be Sunday the 14th. I let you know more details next week.

Love you!

Week 57 – Rough Week

This week was a little rough going. Ana`s baptismal date fell through because her crazy sister said that if she got baptized she`d stop giving her money every month. Ana chose the money over her salvation…. We also found out that Rosi is sleeping with a married man that she doesn`t even like for money as well. And her kids know all about it. Satan has such a grip on them, all for freaking money!! I was really frustrated Sunday morning but during the Sacrament I felt aliviated and a sister shared D&C 18:15-16 in her talk and I really needed to hear it. I`m alright now because I know the Lord is happy with my effort and there are some thing we can`t control. I still feel confident that Rosi`s kids, Eric, Peter, Tito, and Tati can get baptized this Saturday.

This past p-day our district went high up into the middle of nowhere to a lagoon where we grilled beef and made lunch. I was sad I couldn`t swim (I might have been scared to even if we could because of weird animals or contamination), but it was fun. It reminded me of the cabin 😦

Week 56 – Alfombras – Holy Week

This week was fun. I´ll send you photos of some of the holy week traditions they do on the street. They´re called “alfombras”. They put colored corn starch or something in designs on the street, sometimes with other plants, flowers, etc. Really beautiful! I was in a little town called Ataco. Lots of processions and wierd Catholic traditions 🙂

Ana Ramierez passed her baptismal interview and will be getting baptised this Saturday! F. Rivera are also doing great. Rosi broke up with her boyfriend! The gospel is changing her. The whole family, really. They´re like family. So much so, the other day one of the kids farted really loud during the prayer and none of us could keep it together enough to finish the prayer. It reminded me of my own family haha. I love them so much, especially for facing so much opposition and still going with what they know is right. They all came to church yesterday and on the way home they ran into one of the Christian pastors that really hate us haha. I had talked to him before and he´s one of those people who has watched every temple video on utube, criticizing everything. Anyway, he was yelling at them and they stood their ground. Then we arrived at the scene and Tito, the 10 year old, told him to tell it to us if he had any problems but that they didn´t want to hear it! It was hilarious but profoundly inspiring.

I´m completing 15 months this week. I´ll be able to skype you guys in a month! Time is flying.

Love you all!

Abby

Week 55 – Very hot here

Hey mama,

So this week was pretty good, but super hot. meltinggg… We had a little general conference miracle with the Rivera family. We stopped by last Tuesday and they were so excited to share their thoughts and notes on General Conference! Rosi had taken 5 pages of notes (more than what most members do). That night we invited to baptism and she said yes! I don´t know how exactly yet but they´re preparing for the 29th. Hopefully she won´t have to do it secretly. I hope we can get her to break off the relationship.

We had ward conference yesterday and it was nice. It´s soooo hot here this month! Mom´s photo of you getting pulled out of Oldfield by a bulldozer was funny.

I sent a picture of me with a bunny that we found and also I forwarded a picture of all the gringos in my zone watching conference in English 🙂 the beautiful language of the restoration.

This week is Holy week so there should be some good photos and stories next week.

Not much this week but love you all. Pray for you everyday.

Love, Abby