Hola Mom and Pops,
Big news this week! I'm not sure how to start this so I will just jump
right into explaining: usually when people are transfered in this
mission, they get a phone call during the day before so they can have
time to pack, but not enough time to fill their whole day with saying
goodbye to everyone. This transfer there were a lot of emergency swaps
last minute, so a lot of people weren't fully informed. We got called
the night before transfer meeting, and were told that Hermana I.
would be leaving and that Hermana C. and I would stay. Of course
we were all sad, and spent the whole night helping her pack up and
write little notes to everyone, but by the time we got to transfer
meeting the next morning, we were all ready for whatever was coming.
Or so we thought. When Las Arboledas came up on the slideshow, it
showed Hermana C.'s picture, and her new trainer, and NOT MINE. I
was very confused--why wasn't I in the area that I was supposed to be?
It wasn't until a couple slides later that my picture showed up with
Hermana W. for the area of Monte Cristo (still in the stake
Ilopango!). Surprise! I was being transfered! It was pretty crazy--we
had to run home to my house and pack everything up (y'all should be
proud that I only took 45 minutes to pack) before we could start our
day. I loved it, I'm not gonna lie. It was an adventure, and I love
Now, I'm sure you all want to know a little bit about Monte Cristo.
I'll be sending some photos in another email today, but we've already
had a baptism since I got here! It was so exciting! The sister is a
member of a family of recent converts who have been getting baptized
one by one over the past few months (and will be getting baptized in
the coming months).
This family is incredible. We spend a lot of time at their house,
teaching members of their family and other investigators, so I have
already gotten to know them really well (and the 11 year old
stepdaughter calls me her "hermanita" so that is pretty hilarious).
They are so generous and loving. I stepped into their house the first
day I got to Monte Cristo and they were all hugging me pretty much the
instant I got there. I am going to have a great transfer here--the
other hermanas left our area in really good shape (a lot of really
positive investigators, involvement of members, and references), and
Hermana W. and I are planning to work really hard to keep it that
Speaking of Hermana W., she is great! The first things she said
to me when we started planning for our first day together is that she
is a stickler for obedience, punctuality, and listening--all of which
are things I felt like I was lacking (not much, just a little
bit...don't worry!) in my other companionship! I love that she is so
direct and so firm in her testimony. I have loved all my companions so
far, but what I love most of all is that they all have different
strengths that I can learn from and that I always have something I can
be applying a little more in my life.
My wisdom from this week is the importance of how you view things/what
your vision is. I was sitting in a Relief Society meeting on Sunday,
listening to the importance of Visiting Teaching, when all of a
sudden, it just clicked in my head how truly important Relief Society
can be, when done right. I never really took the idea of bringing
people food when they are sick or going through hard times seriously,
but in that moment, I could see how powerful the impact of a
fresh-cooked, hearty meal could be when someone really was struggling
to make it through the day. When it seems like the world is falling
apart, the little things really do make a difference. I know that this
church has the power to change lives, and that service has power more
than anything else to change people's hearts. Christ when he was on
the earth "went about doing good", and as members of his church we
should do the same.
Love you ALL,
PS. Please inform Christy Haynie that I have gotten her Christmas
letter and that, even though it is going to be a challenge, I will
wait until Christmas to open it.