Monday, April 6, 2015

Last Letter from Lima

Okay, everybody! Here it goes. My last letter home from my mission here in the good ole' Lima, Perú. I will first tell you about my week, and then I will express some feelings I'm having right now. Okie dokie.

This week was crazy! First of all, because of General Conference, instead of going to visit old sectors on Sunday and Monday, they gave us any day in this week, and Monday. On Wednesday, I went to Magdalena. It was great! I only got to see a few families. I visited la familia De Loayza, who I lived with, la familia Chonsen, la familia Bazan, y la familia Ampudia. Haha some of them gave me some things to take home, and they all said some really nice things. I'll have to tell you when I come home. It was great to visit. Today's a little crazy. I'm here in Carmen de La Legua as I write you. I stopped by to visit Diego and Margarita, which was nice. I'd like to visit one or two other people here, but I don't know if I'll be able to today because after this, I'm going to the mission offices in San Isidro for my final interview with Presidente Borg at 12:45. Then after that I think we'll have lunch with the other Hermanas in Escardo, and then I have to visit a few people in Maranga today, and during the day, I need to find time to go find Hermana Mackey and say goodbye, AND we need to meet up with the Bishop to get him to sign the baptismal record of our investigator (well, now she's a recent convert), M! That's right she got baptized on Friday! We talked to Presidente Borg and it's a long story and kind of a special case, but he said she could get baptized, we just had to coordinate it with the family. Do you remember her? I think I talked about her last week. She knows a few words in Español, but she speaks Quechua. So, pretty cool to have a baptism in your last week in the mission, right? That's what I thought. But man, I've never seen a baptism like this one. I can explain it better in person, but oh. my. gosh. Crazy mission experience time!

So we plan to have the baptism in the stake center because the stake center has the option to have warm water, because she's an older, frail woman. So we get there, heat the water in the font, and wait for them to show up. We also write up the program because it was all short notice and our ward mission leader wasn't going to show up either. Then the family shows up, which is only M, her daughter, and her son-in-law. We had other missionaries there, the first counselor of the bishopric and his wife, and an investigator of the Elders. So the son-in-law wanted to baptize his mother-in-law, but we kept talking to him about if he could because he also had a stroke and now like half of his body is half-dead. But he kept insisting and kept insisting. So our district leader, Elder McPhie told him, "Okay, but I'm going in the font with you." We also kept telling him we needed to practice before they went into the font. But he kept saying, "No, it's fine. I can do it." Elder McPhie told him we needed to practice, but he just walked fast and right into the font and said, "No, it's better here." So they get in the font. All three of them. The son-in-law raises his arm to the square and says the words for the ordinance. Then he starts lowering her into the water really...super...slow. We told him, "You have to go faster than that." But he doesn't. Also, I don't know if he could because of his bad arm. So he puts her all the way under, but really super slow. She goes all the way under, which is good because she didn't have to do it again. Also a good thing because she didn't have a good hold on her nose and she starts freaking out underwater, like she's drowing. She comes up, gasps, and starts coughing. During all this, the son-in-law slips and sinks. And remember, he has a bad leg. So he tries getting up, but he can't, until his wife finally tells him to grab the bar that was by his side. Meanwhile, his wife was by us off to the side and she almost ran into the font to help! It's a good thing we held her back, or else she would've gone in. Poor Elder McPhie, who was in there with two people basically drowning in the font. He tried his best to help. Haha then we hear from the the other side of the font, "Close the doors, close the doors." The doors are closed and they get changed into dry clothes. Then the son-in-law was also going to confirm her. But we made sure he ran through what he had to say first. That' part was fine. The confirmation went well. But a su maquina! My companion and I, everytime we think about that baptism, we bust out laughing and we can't stop. It was crazy. I also had to jump off a moving bus this week. Haha everything's happened to me in my mission.

General Conference was so good! I loved it. There were a lot of good messages that helped me. It was sad to have it be my last Conference in the mission though. And it was sad saying goodbye to the zone afterwards.

I cannot believe I am going home in 2 days. I will miss the mission a ton and I feel like my heart is breaking as I write this. But I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve as a missionary and representative for the Lord, Jesus Christ. He is my salvation, my strength, and my song. Now, as I start the next part of my life, I have to keep doing everything I've learned here. I know it will not be easy at all. Like we heard in General Conference, it requires a lot of effort. And I cannot go back to the person I used to be. I feel like at times it will be really hard, and that scares me. But I know God has a plan for me and He knows what kind of person I need to become. Now, I just have to do everything I can, even if it's hard or uncomfortable for me, to endure to the end. I know this Church is true. It is Jesus Christ's church. The mission has strengthened my testimony over and over again. I am really grateful for that and I will always remember the mission and the change it has left in me.
2 Nephi 22:2

I am out of time now, but as always, I love you all, and I am so grateful for all your love, prayers, and support. You all have no idea how they've helped me here in my mission. For the first time in my life, I've been able to know what it literally feels like to feel the prayers of others. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And nos vemos el miércoles!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, March 30, 2015

Last Full Week

As usual, this week was good! We have a 19 year old investigator named D who's really awesome. He hasn't fully accepted baptism yet, but we're working on it. It's all very new to him, which he's told us. But, he's reading, praying, and he came to church! And, he came to a baptism that the other Hermanas in the ward had on Saturday. We know with good hermanamiento in the ward, he can progress really fast. Now were just working on trying to get a lesson with him and the rest of his family. We also have an investogator who's like 76 years old, but doesn't understand very much. We still need to talk to Presidente Borg about in which direction we should go with her. She's living with her daughter and her son-in-law, who are both faithful members. She goes everywhere they go. And guess what! She understands Español and can only speak a few words in Español, but she speaks Quechua! We teach her, and when she responds, her daughter translates for us. How cool! We had intercambios this week with Hermana T and Hermana B. These were my last intercambios! I went to their sector in La Marina with Hermana T. They are doing really well! Hermana T is training Hna B very well and they are just a dream team! They get along super well as well, so there are no problems. Yay! But on the other hand, there are still some problems withthe other Hermanas from La Marina. The new Hermana told me that they don't usually have companionship study because her companion is always sleeping in really late. They're also not communicating very much. We're gonna try to go over to their house again this week and try to talk to them. Man, at least I am done with all this drama in a week!

Haha that's so funny that our ward will be having a talent show on April 11th, because our ward is planning a ward talent show for April as well! Hahahaha I laughed out loud just now when I read that part about what Joey Bendixen wrote! Well, it looks like I'm going to a ward talent show si o si! Yes, I did get to go the Women's Conference in our stake center. It was good! That was probably the last conference I'll watch in Spanish, because they'll probably have a room to watch General Conference in English. Hahaha yeah, C showed me the picture she posted on facebook! And she told me the majority of the people who "liked" it were my friends. Then she showed me the list of people. Then I did a double take when I saw David's profile picture. I almost didn't recognize him with the beard!

Felizmente, our training in Multizonas on Tuesday about the 13 steps of weekly planning went well! We were trying to think of how we can make something as boring as the 13 points of weekly planning fun. But we brought candy. And we had a couple practices, one of which was a little funny, and we tried to be as animated as we could. We got a lot of compliments afterwards though, and a couple companionships mentioned to us the big difference in their weekly planning session a couple days later, so it looks like it turned out pretty well. I also had to give my final testimony...like 3 times already haha. All the people leaving the mission were asked to at the Multizonas, and I was asked to bare my final testimony in our Gospel Principles class, right after I got up to share my testimony in Sacrament Meeting (although I chose to give that one). Why ask me to beare my testimony literally right after hearing it a few minutes before? Haha

Today was my last p-day! We went to Centro de Lima and a few missionaries and I went shopping instead of going with the rest of the zone up to Cerro San Cristobal. Eh. I've been three times. And I'm going home soon, so I went shopping instead. I did what's necessary and I got myself a sweet llama sweater haha. And some other stuff that you'll all see when I'm home.

One more letter before I'm home! That's crazy! Have a great week and enjoy General Conference! I'm still praying for you all!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sowing Seeds for Others to Harvest

Wow! Lindsay's engaged?! Felicidades!

This week was good! We reactivated a less active named Timotea she's progressing very well. Those who have been baptized or reactivated lately in our sector are progressing really well in the Church, which is super important. It's important that they have the support of the ward and that they have their goals (mainly their goals that lead to the temple) in mind. I think I forgot to tell you that the grandmother, G, of K, a recent convert, got baptized about a month ago in Puno! We were teaching her, and then she had to go to Puno for a month. We kept in contact with her frequently to follow up that she was reading her Book of Mormon and praying and how she felt about getting baptized here. It was all going really well, until one day she told us she wasn't coming back to Lima yet because she was gonna get baptized in Puno. The Elders there got a hold of her because her grandson is also a recent convert in Puno, and they ended up baptizing her... Oh well, she's here now and she's a really great member of the Church! Super excited about everything. She's at every activity and she's always the first one to help out, too! She's great. Go, G! We've also been told that the relative of a member family in our ward, R, who listened to the missionaries for years and never wanted to be baptized, and whom we taught in a noche de hogar with her member family, is getting baptized on the 29th! ...But she lives in a different zone. La Libertad, I think. But apparently she told her family that she never wanted to be baptized until she heard us explain about the gift of the Holy Ghost. She said she felt something really strong and felt like she needed to have the gift of the Holy Ghost in her life, and from then on, she's had the desire to be baptized! So, it looks like we're planting seeds while some other missionaries are harvesting. It's all good though. I'm just happy I get to have a part in it and see how these awesome people change. It's the coolest thing!

We had intercambios with the Hermanas from Escardo 2. I stayed in my sector with Hna A. We had a really good day! She's a really great missionary and she's training her new companion very well. She's in my group that goes home in 2 weeks. I met her in the CCM! She lived across the hall! She's from Bolivia and was actually gonna end her mission in May, since she actually has about a month less than me in the mission (only 2 weeks in the CCM), but Presidente Borg is sending more missionaries home a little earlier because the apostles are saying that we have too many missionaries in our mission right now and they need to get the numbers down. So a lot of the Elders are now not allowed to extend their missions, and a group of Latina Hermanas are going home a cambio early this cambio. Hahaha yeah! The D M family is the best! And actually, N told me in church yesterday about how she read my letter and how she and her sister commented on it. She told me what they commented, but she told me in Spanish. Haha but it was funny when she told me.

Wow! Well I'm flattered that people outside of my family want to read about my life. Haha thanks! That's nice that Sister Hall's been sending my letters to Berlynn. Yeah, it'll be totally cool to speak Spanish with everyone after the mission! But it'll be so weird to hear what their accents will be like. Haha I already know what Berlynn's accent sounds like. Los uruguayos... No worries. At least I got sent to the country that speaks the most correct Spanish! Haha (kidding...) (but not really). I'm excited to even talk with Dad and see if I can tell if he talks like a Mexicano. The assistants called us yesterday and told us we have to do a 20-30 minute training in Multizonas tomorrow on the 13 steps of the weekly planning session... Kkkkiiiiilllllllll mmmmeeeeeee...... Could that get any more boring? Oh well. We'll see what we come up with. We still have no idea what we're gonna do. We gotta think of a good game. It's just so boring that we've come up with nothing so far haha.

I thought it was gonna cool down these days, but it's only gotten hotter! I. am. DYING. Walking all day every day under the sun seems to take away all my energy. And what's more, something's going on in our building, and they keep cutting our water. So we come home tired and sweaty to a hot and humid room, and we can't even bathe. Sometimes it comes on, but it's been going off in the morning and at night. So we've been walking to the other Hermanas' house at 7am, on a busy city street, with a million people staring at us as we walk past in our pajamas and flip flops. Not the first time this has happened. Or the second. Or the third. I actually don't know how many times I've had to do that in my mission. We're planning on talking to our landlord today because it's getting ridiculous. Today for p-day, we went to Larcomar, ate lunch, and then some of us rode bikes all the way to and up this giant hill that has a giant Christ statue overlooking part of Lima in Chorrillos. Man, it was so tiring. We all sweat like crazy and I think I got more sunburnt. But it was fun! And a good workout haha! I only have one more p-day left. We'll be going to central Lima. After that, I'll be using my last Monday to go visit old sectors. My last two days, April 5 and 6, will be my days to go and visit my old sectors. I'm thinking I might go to Maranga on Sunday the 5, and maybe go to Magdalena on the 6 and swing by Carmen de la Legua that day as well. I gotta call some people and set it all up.

Hope you all have a great week! I pray for you all individually. Hope all is well! Love you lots!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pictures

1-5. Parque de las Aguas
6. A, a member in the ward from Huancayo who fed us lunch on Saturday. (Chrisanne is just 5 feet tall! It's so weird to see her tower over someone!)
 





 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Star Wars vs. Harry Potter


This week was good. We need to find new investigators, so we're contacting more people and we're having members come out to teach with us more. We're working with the PF's (people who have family members who are members) a lot as well. We're also starting to do family home evening in the members' houses about twice a week, where we invite everyone we're teaching to come. We have one tonight and we're teaching about the Spirit and how we can recognize it. We had intercambios with the Hermanas from La Marina that were having a hard time together. They're still having a hard time. I was in their sector with the new Hermana, and it's like she just started the mission yesterday. She really doesn't know how to do, like, anything. I don't mean that to sound harsh, I just mean she really hasn't been trained in a lot of things. We also talked a bit about the importance of obedience. Her companion has been pretty disobedient. And we can also tell that the new Hermana seems to be afraid of her companion sometimes. I know they don't talk very much. I don't know if they've fought before. I know I have seen moments where the trainer doesn't treat her companion very well. The new Hermana is very sweet and I know that she can be a very great missionary, but I just know there are a lot of things she is lacking in her training.

So remember the missionary who had a problem with her legs and we didn't know if she was gonna go home or not? She ended up going home on Tuesday. We had her companion, Hna T, with us for a day until she got what we call a "mini missionary" (just a member who got permission from Presidente Borg) to be her companion for the rest of the cambio. Remember how Hna T's last companion, Hna S, had to go home because she had a problem with her knee and Hna T was with us for about a day and a half? Man, she's just killing everyone off! I also heard something sad today. Remember my hija, Hermana L? Well, looks like she'll be going home with my group. Looks like she has a problem with her liver. I remember that when she came to the mission. She has pancreatitis or something like that. I remember she had to tell member what she could and couldn't eat. And sometimes she had to rest. Looks like it got to the point where now she has to be sent home early. Pobrecita.

Hahaha okay, this is funny. So after church yesterday, all 4 of us went to eat with the familia D M. They are so funny! We ate with the mom, and her 3 kids. The dad's not a member and he wasn't there. During lunch, L, the son, starts talking to me about Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. He LOVES both of those, but especially Star Wars. So he was talking to me all about random facts and stuff about Lord of the Rings, when his older sister, M, turns to me and says, "I have one thing to ask you. Do you like Harry Potter?" And I was like, "Oh, I LOVE Harry Potter!" Then she was like, "HA!" to her brother. And that's when the argument started. Then the whole table got in a big debate about which one was better. We had basically everyone against L on the Harry Potter side. Then we started talking about things from Harry Potter that would be useful in real life, like the time turner and the marauder's map and everything. L kept trying to argue, saying things like, "Harry Potter was too predictable. Everyone knew that Harry was gonna win and Voldemort was gonna die. Nobody knew what was gonna happen in Lord of the Rings." Then M cuts him off and starts saying things like, "No! Who knew Harry was gonna find the resurrection stone in the snitch?! Did you?! NO!" Then L came back with, "Do you know what story has the closest relation to the gospel? Star Wars. Do you know how many they have in their council? 12. Like the 12 apostles." So M came back with, "DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY MEMBER THERE ARE IN THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX? MORE THAN 12! 24! THAT'S 2 SETS OF APOSTLES! HA!" Then I asked M if she's ever read the Harry Potter scripture. She says no. So I tell her to go to Doctrine and Covenants 38:28. She pulls it up on her phone and reads, "And again, I say unto you that the enemy in the secret chambers seeketh your lives." Then she gives it to her brother to read and shouts "HA! IT'S IN THE SCRIPTURES!" Then L goes, "NO! THAT'S APOSTASY! THAT'S APOSTASY! IT'S APOSTASY!" Then M and I were like, "How can it be apostasy?! It's in the scriptures!" Hahaha well, there was more to that big debate, but I don't have time to write it all. But it was funny. Haha that family's crazy.

Anyway, I can't think of much else that happened this week. Wow, felicidades to Pauline! I can't believe she's getting ready to go already! Yeah! That'd be so cool to run into the Garrisons at the airport!

Have a great week! I'll try to send pictures soon! Time ran out this week...

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Work

You can accept all those friend requests. Wow! Jordan's a wife! That's crazy!!! Felicidades, Jordan! And felicidades to Matt Kunz for his mission call!

I haven't decided yet if the weather here is improving or not. We've had a few foggy mornings, but then it usually clears up and gets really sunny during the day. So sometimes it looks like the weather is changing, and I guess in a way it is, but it's still pretty hot most of the time. The Hermanas are good, for the most part. We got a call from the Zone Leaders saying that the companionship I told you about that was having some problems have been sending them texts saying that one of them isn't doing very well, and their numbers have super been low, and it looks like they could be falling back in the same old routine. So it looks like we might do intercambios with them this week. There's also another Hermana who we don't know yet if she'll be going home or not. She's had a problem with her legs or something and she's in a lot of pain.

This week we met a family that just moved into our ward. The father, S, contacted us in the street and asked us where the church is. We visited them, and they are a very great family! Father, mother, and 2 daughters. One that's 15 and one that's 9. The 9 year old hasn't been baptized yet because she refused to get baptized unless her father, S, baptized her. He couldn't because he's been inactive for about 3 almost 4 years. He was the first counselor in the bishopric in his old ward, but had some problems with the bishop and apparently also saw some tithing being used in the way it should be. So he left and now he says he's never even had a testimony. We know he has, but he's just a bit resentful right now and very closed. He went to Sacrament Meeting yesterday, which was a good start. We'll see how things go with him. The ward members have expressed that they are willing to help. We have a noche de hogar esta noche en la casa de la familia A que vive cerca. We'll see how things go. We're hoping he goes. He also seems to make up excuses to get out of things sometimes. But we're working on hermanamiento with some of the ward members. We're praying things will turn around. But it looks like his 9 year old daughter could be getting baptized soon. She might just have a cousin or someone baptize her if her dad's not ready yet.

We're also still working with R, whom I told you about last week, but it's gotten to the point where I think we're just gonna see if he actually has a desire to know if The Book of Mormon is true or not. We're gonna explain our purpose as missionaries, see what he says, and depending on that, we'll continue teaching him to see if he changes, or we'll drop him. If you're willing, you think you could please pray for S and R?

Allison and Brian told me all about the Peruvian restaurant! Haha it was fun to hear about. Hmm...what else has happened this week? Oh yeah! I got my "paquete trunky" this week. Man, I forgot! I was gonna take a picture to send you so you know my flight information and all. Oh well, I might send one next week. But if I remember correctly, I fly out of Lima on April 8th at 1:10 am, then I don't remember what time I land in Atlanta, but I land in Atlanta and my flight in Atlanta leaves at like 12:something and I get into Philadelphia at 2:06 pm or something like that on the same day, April 8th.

That's cool to hear about you all and all your races! Good luck! Have an awesome week!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, March 2, 2015

Beginning the Last Cambio

Go ahead and accept the facebook requests. As with cambios, I'm still here in Escardo....and so is Hna L! Yep, she's killing me off. At the end of this cambio, she will have been the only companion I've been with for more than 3 months. It's cool though. We get along. It was weird starting this cambio. It's like, you know it's coming and you know it's your last, but it also just kinda hits you. It was a weird feeling. It was a little sad to start the cambio. I'll admit, I've already cried to my companion a little bit. I didn't even mean to haha. I think it just kinda came out. Oh well, I think it helped though. I haven't been as sad since I cried. Maybe I just needed to talk to someone. But no worries! I'm good! Yeah, I think I get little moments of feeling sad because I'm about to leave, but I also get moments where I'm just excited! Today, I get my "paquete trunky" which has all my flight information, the information about my final interview with President and visiting old sectors, what time I need to be in the offices to leave, etc. Wow, this is really happening!

This week was good. Although, we had to go visit a couple Hermanas because they're having problems in their companionship and one of them also hasn't been very obedient and has been sleeping in really late. Like until 2 pm. We had them do an inventory and we were there to watch and help them. Then they talked to us individually. We gave them suggestions on what they could do to improve personally and in their companionship. So they set some goals and we're following up and they're saying that they're doing better. We'll keep following up though.

Guess what!!! We went to the temple on Saturday with K, the 17 year old girl that got baptized about a month ago. We helped her with her family history and she got to go into the temple for the first time on Saturday and be baptized for her great great grandmother. My companion and I also did baptisms for our family members. I did the baptism and confirmation for someone named Margaret Deague. That's most likely my last time at the Lima Temple. Unless we go when we go back to visit my mission.

We had stake conference this week, and it was sooo good! We only went yesterday because we were at the temple on Saturday. The guest speaker was Elder Taylor Godoy of the seventy (area seventy). He's actually from the first area I served in, Magdalena! He wasn't in my sector, but in my ward. I've only just heard him speak in conferences and sacrament meeting, and I've eaten lunch in his house with his wife and kids. His family is awesome! And he's super cool! A wonderful speaker as well! He spoke for a long time yesterday, but everyone was so engaged in what he was saying. He spoke about like, everything! We have an investigator named R who finally came to church yesterday (well, stake conference)! He's the only one in his family who's not a member. His wife and daughter are active members, and his son is on a mission in Argentina. He's a very good, funny man, and he's been reading The Book of Mormon every night with his family, but he's a bit prideful. He always has something to criticize, and he talks about how everyone always tells him to pray and ask God if The Book of Mormon is true, but he's never gotten an answer. So we went to their house last night and explained a little more about The Book of Mormon and why we invite to read, meditate, and pray about it. He's a little hardhearted, but he came around a little bit in at the end. We invited him to take on the invitation and, when he receives an answer, to be baptized on March 28th. He said he will if he gets an answer. It's totally possible with R! He just needs to humble himself a little bit.

About the YSA conference thing, I'm thinking maybe no... Just because I will have just gotten home, and I don't know of any one of my friends I could go with. As for BYU, I'm still looking into the classes and housing and everything when I have time, but I also trust you guys. Yeah, I think it would be better to live off campus. I don't kow much about the housing. Maybe Glenwood would be a good choice, I don't know. As for living with someone in particular, I haven't planned it out with anyone, so I think it's okay to look into it without trying to live with someone in particular.

Wow, good job with your running! I remember that race! That was a fun one to go to! I wanna do something like that someday!

Have a fantastic week! Love you all!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Photos:
1. Weird fog that has been here lately. Nice to have a little change in the weather!
2-3. Temple baptisms with K. Wet hair don't care.