Monday, December 29, 2014

FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!



I know all of those facebook friend requests, so go ahead and accept all of them.
It was so fun talking to you all on Christmas! So fun to see you and hear from you!  And you all finally got to meet Hermana M as she entered in with her scarf on her head, playing her Peruvian flute. Hahaha she's hilarious. After skyping, we stayed at the A's house for dinner. I think we might be eating dinner with them on New Year's Eve as well.

This week was good! Although we are still trying to find more people to teach and we're working with our investigators, we've been doing very well with the less actives. They're really progressing. And one of them will be fully reactivated really soon. And she's feeling the spirit of the work of salvation! She came with us to visit her aunt who's interested in the church. She's good at sharing the gospel. We'll see how it goes with her aunt.

The other Hermanas had a baptism a couple of days ago. He's good, but a bit creepy at the same time. Hahaha we were all a little scared during the whole thing. But it looks like everything turned out okay. We had intercambios right before Christmas with a couple Hermanas. The one that was with me can be pretty hard to work with, and she hasn't gotten along with any one of her companions. She says everything's fine with her and her companion, but we don't know if her companion's having a hard time. Her companion tends to keep everything to herself just to avoid making a big deal about things. I hope she actually does come to us though if anything does go wrong.

I can't believe you're seeing all my buddies come home from their missions! It's crazy! And thanks for sending me voice recordings. It's fun to hear people. I'm so happy Allison had a good experience at the temple! That's awesome!

Don't have too much to write this week, so have a great week, and FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!! 2015! NO PUEDO CREERLO! And to quote Sister Dixon, ¨This is my year!"

Love you all! Thanks for everything! All the prayers, support, everything.
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas


Zona Maranga at the Christmas party with Presidente and Hermana Borg
 
 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas, Baby!

NOOO!!!! I accidentally just erased EVERYTHING I just wrote you. Okay, well let's try again.

The Christmas party on Thursday was fun. We started off with some games. I played volleyball for a little and then I played this game that is basically just dodgeball, but with little packets of flour. So you throw it and it explodes in a cloud of flour and gets all over you. Pretty fun. Then we washed up (thanks to the flour) and took a group picture. Then we met up and watched about an hour-long stream of little Christmas videos and shorts. The longest video we watched was the Christmas short of How to Train Your Dragon. And everything was in Spanish, so I learned a new word! "Chimuelo" means "toothless". I totally gotta watch movies in Spanish when I'm home. Then we ate a really good dinner. Ham, peas and carrots (Forrest Gump?), rolls, and I don't remember what else. Then we had the gift exchange game. some Elder I don't know ended up with my creepy gift. Presidente said, "Elder, that's perfect for you!" when he walked by and saw it. I just got a little stuffed Santa ornament. Then we had the skits. They were pretty good this year. I'll have to tell you about it when we skype this week. Then they showed a fun little video that the mission offices made, but it stopped working about half-way through due to technical difficulties. Piña. Then we ended at 9 pm with a little Christmas spiritual thought from Pdte Borg. Then they gave us little goodie bags. We got home around 10:30 pm.

Then we went on intercambios the next day with Hna Mackey and her companion, Hna Castillo. I stayed in my sector and Hna Castillo came with me. She's a good missionary and works hard and all.  It's weird because as Hermana Capacitadoras, we hear a bunch of gossip and drama, but it's not gossip for us. It's stuff we need to know. So it's information for us more than it is gossip, which is weird.

Hna M and I got to go back to La Legua on Saturday for a for investigator's baptism! She's an old lady that almost got baptized last cambio, but she had to wait a little. Now she finally got baptized! Woo! Yay, M! It was so fun for us to be on splits for a little bit and go back to our old sector. We bailed on the ward Christmas party to go to the baptism. And oh yeah, about 1 minute before the baptism started they said that the lady who was supposed to give a talk wasn't coming and that I was gonna give the talk instead. I had to speak on baptism and the Holy Ghost. I just had to wing it. Welp, oh well!

Felicitaciones to Hayley and Andrew! And to Pauline with her mission call to Salta, Argentina! Wow, do you realize that the day she leaves on her mission is the day I come home?

I am so excited to talk to you all on Christmas this week! It totally does not feel like it's Christmas at all for me. I might actually just open my Christmas package (yes, I got it about a week and a half ago) as I skype with y'all.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABIES!!!!
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

 
1. After the flour fight
2. Dinner!
3. Con mija, Hna A!
4-5. Speak for themselves...
6. Intercambio with Hna C
7. Margarita's baptism!
8. Us with a recent convert we used to visit in La Legua. Go, D, go!
9. Panteón: the traditional Christmas fruitcake all Peruvians love.
 








 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Parque de Las Aguas

For the Facebook requests, I only really recognize Sister Daniels and A. Go ahead and accept those. The others might require pictures. I don't know if I know them or not. I get confused with all the Latin names sometimes haha. I watched the video you sent me! So cool to see David there in that group. You go, Dave. Sounds like the Messiah Sing Along was really good. Yeah, I figured Sister Bernards would be going home soon. Hermana B's flight leaves at like 1:30 am on Wednesday morning. We drop her off at the offices for good tomorrow. So weird. Hermana L and I will be lost without her here in Escardo. It'll be an adventure. But Hna L is the BEST! She is chill, funny, and suuuuuppppeeeerrrr cute! I love working with her! She's so cute!

Our training on Wednesday went well. Since we're new Hermana Capacitadoras, we trained just the 2 of us, without Hna B. It went well though. We did the training on compromisos y verificación (commitments and following up). We had p-day after that meeting. It was an all day thing. We got together and played soccer for a little and then we went to Parque de Las Aguas. On Thursday, we went on intercambios. Our first one as Hermana Capacitadoras. It was good. I went with Hermana T to her sector. She's an excellent missionary. Not worried about her at all. It was fun!

AHHHHH!!!!! Allison's going to the temple!!! Que emoción! That's so exciting! I wanna see pictures! Congrats, Allison!

Sorry, we still need to see when and where we're gonna Skype. My companion doesn't know yet and is trying to figure that out with her family. Just keep checking your email and Skype so that I can communicate with you on that. I'll be able to communicate all that with you si o si before Christmas, I promise. Sorry it's taking a little while.

We have the mission Christmas party on Thursday! Well, our half of the mission. So excited! We were supposed to buy a gift of 5 soles for a game Hna Borg is gonna do at the party. I found the best one. It's a bag, and it was 2 soles. I bought 3 soles worth of chocolates to fill the bag. I'm sending you a picture of it. I showed Hna M the picture of it and now she hopes she gets it at the party.

Yesterday we went with Hna B to on of her old secors in Las Flores to visit converts and members and stuff. It was fun. We're doing that again today. Our sector's been a little dry this week because of all the stuff she has to do before she goes home. But it's all good.

It's so hot here. I'm sweating all the time. And I've been getting some sun. Enjoy the cold! Y disfruten su semana! Los quiero un montón!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Photos:
1-2. Intercambio with Hermana T
3. We saw this outside someone's house. I've never seen whatever this show is nor do I understand it, but this sign was kinda funny.
4-6. Parque de Las Aguas with my companions, Hermana B and Hermana L
7. Parque de Las Aguas with the zone. I'm that little head in the very, very back.
8. The best gift ever for the Christmas party.
9. Our district threw Hermana B a tiny going away party this morning.








 
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Miracle?

What a week! Okay, so we had cambios, and guess what, I've been made an Hermana Capacitadora (Sister Training Leader), which is kind of like being a zone leader of the Hermanas, mas o menos. We do intercambios (24-hour exchanges) with all the Hermanas in our zone, and we have to do trainings at zone meetings and stuff. Also, you know where I got transferred? Magdalena. Not just in my very first ward, but in my very first sector. Exactly where I was for my first 6 months in the field! Apparently I was supposed to get transferred somewhere else, but one of the assistants told me that for some reason they switched me at the last second. I got put with an Hermana A from Argentina. I was just like, "....What...?" I kinda thought, okay well it stinks that I'm going back to a place I'm already super familar with and people I'm super familiar with, but it must be for a reason. So I went back to the same house, the same room, the same alarm to wake us up in the morning, the same streets, the same everything. I felt like I was starting the mission all over again. It was the worst feeling ever. I didn't let my companion know I felt that way though. It was so weird. We were planning for people to visit the next day, and my companion has only been in Magdalena for a month and a half. So I filled her in on the people we were going to visit and what their deal was, and I knew the streets a little better and everything too. Awful.

But then on Wednesday, we got a voice mail from President Borg while we were in a lesson telling us to call him. We called him back and was like "Hermana Hymas, are you sitting down? Listen, I made a big mistake. And it was not the Lord's mistake, it was mine. You weren't originally supposed to go there, but things got a little complicated before cambios and we changed some people around. I made a mistake. I wasn't looking at my records very well and I know you've been in Magdalena for a long time. So I would like to switch you and put you in the barrio Escardo (which is part of the Maranga stake). I know you've been in Maranga already but what do you think?" I told him that yes, I've been in Maranga, but I was in the Maranga ward, not in the Escardo ward. I also asked him if he was sure it was all a mistake, just in case I really was supposed to be there for a reason. He said that it was absolutely a mistake. So I agreed to getting transferred. So that night I went to a couple of my favorite families and said hello again...and goodbye haha. Then the next day, Thursday morning, we (all the zone leaders and the hermana capacitadoras) had a leadership meeting with President Borg and the assistants. So they just had me bring my luggage to the meeting and make the switch there. So now I'm in Escardo with my 2 companions, Hermana B from Wisconsin and Hermana L from Trujillo, Peru. We're in a trio because Hermana B is going home in a week. Hermana L is also new to Escardo and she's a new Hermana Capacitadora as well. So, we're both learning the area, and Hermana B's just training us a little on how to be Hermana Capacitadoras this week. We actually have to give a training to our whole zone on Wednesday in our zone meeting. I'm happy to be with them! They're really awesome! And I'm excited to stay with Hermana L! She's super cool and everyone I know who has ever been her companion LOVES her.

Wanna know the best part of all this? Hermana M's in my ward! Wooo! Haha I knew that too, but M didn't know about the switch until we had our meeting with our ward mission leader Friday morning with the other missionaries as well. She looked shocked when she walked in the meeting, and I explained everything to her afterwards. She said "Hermana, this is a miracle!" We talked in cambios about meeting up at the mission Christmas party, but because our mission has grown so much, they're splitting it up in 2 days. But at the leadership meeting, we found out the zones that will be together for the party. Good thing I got switched, because otherwise, M and I wouldn't be together for Christmas like we planned. Christmas miracle? Haha.

I saw the Christmas Devotional last night! Aw man, I loved the music. It made me miss cello a bit, actually. So excited for Christmas! And excited to make my cookies! I need to find someone who will lend me their oven so that I can make them. I also need to plan out with my companion when we'll be calling home on Christmas. Do you all need to talk at a specific time? Or are you free all day?

So, is "Hymas" the new baby name of 2014? STORY OF MY MISSION!!!! At cambios, my old companion, Hermana Z, who's still in Maranga told me about a less active woman that Hermana Amis and I visited, named N. She was pregnant when we visited her, but she just had her baby. A little baby girl. And do you know what she named her? Hymas. But she pronounces it like "Ay-miss", like Hermana Amis. So the missionaries asked her, oh like Hermana Amis? And she was like "No, the shorter one with dark hair." They asked her why, and she said it's because she felt a special connection with me. Her baby's name is spelled like our last name and all. Hymas. So that's right, someone named their baby after me! M was with me when Hermana Z told me, and she said, "Well, if the rest of your mission is horrible, at least you had a baby named after you!" Haha.

Thanks for the voice recording! That's awesome! I just listened to that! Wow, it's a little weird hearing your voice after so long. I'm writing a lot and I don't have too much time left. So I'll end this one and talk to you next week! Have a great one!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, December 1, 2014

#SharetheGift



I got the fall package this week! Thank you sooooo much! I am so excited to make some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! I shared some Take5's with my companion, who liked them, and some peanut butter M&M's with her and my district as we celebrated Thanksgiving. What did we do? We gathered in the church after the baptismal interview of our investigator and ordered a couple pizzas. Not much. But it was nice to get together and wind down for a little bit. Better than last Thanksgiving when I had a fish staring at me for lunch.

This week was a little stressful just because an investigator we're teaching, M, was going to get baptized this week, but after her interview, we found out that she needs to wait a little longer (attend all 3 hours of church 3 times at least) and have an interview with President Borg first. She was a little depressed, but I think it helped her realize the importance of baptism and the Church. So she actually, for the first time in a long time, came to church for all 3 hours on Sunday! It was great. I hope she keeps it up. And I hope she works on strengthening a testimony of the Church. It's a hard road for her, but her baptism will be that much more special if she does.

GOODBYE CARMEN DE LA LEGUA!!!! I have a transfer. I have to pack up and leave tomorrow. It's a little sad, but I was also kind of preparing myself to leave, just because I knew it was a possiblity. So, we'll see where I'm sent tomorrow. I'll be spending Christmas there. I might die (end my mission) there. Weird. I get little weird feelings about going home sometimes. And it freaks me out. Carmen de La Legua is right next to the airport, so there are airplanes passing over about every 10 seconds, and they're really close. The other day, I saw the lights inside a plane, and I got like a half-second feeling of weird end-of-mission-life/the-only-life-I've-known-for-the-past-almost-14-months sadness. Also, Hermana H had to call her mom this week, and I heard the whole conversation. She goes home tomorrow. It also gave me some weird feelings. So just a heads up, it's probably gonna be hard for me to come home. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited to see you all and embrace all the things I love about home, but I'm just saying it's gonna be hard to say goodbye. But, I'm not gonna think about that right now. I have a little over 4 months left. I just know it's gonna fly by.

I don't really know what else to say. I just have a mix of emotions right now. And I'm a little nervous for tomorrow. And stressed. I have to pack and write in 3 people's cuadernos still! Cuadernos are journals that missionaries will buy and pass around to other missionaries to sign and put in pictures and make it creative and stuff. I have one that I pass around. Hermana M has mine right now. They're like a cooler/more personalized yearbook. They're fun, but stressful.

Thanks for the link to the Christmas video the church did! I actually saw it already. It's really good. And it's actually part of our missionary work now. We were given little cards that advertize the video to pass out to people. It's a way to spread the message, and to contact new people to teach and such. We have to count how many we pass out and how many new investigators we get from the cards/video and all that as well. But I like it! It's cool. Thanks for the pictures of the Peruvian nativity scenes! Do you remember the Peruvian nativity scene I sent home. Did you ever get Joseph's head fixed? It is bad?

Que tengan una semana muy hermosa! Los quiero mucho! Les avisare como estoy la próxima semana!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

1. Elder P did NOT want to share our Thanksgiving pizza.
2. You can't see it really well, but there are a lot of telephone wires here with sneakers hanging from them. Supposedly it means it's a drug deal spot, but I don't know. That's what I've heard here.
3-7. Saying goodbye to my awesome pensionista, N! Some pictures look better than others...haha. But I just sent them all. It's really hot here right now. Today was a really hot day and I was sweating all day. So, sorry if I look sweaty and gross...
 






 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Small, Silly Miracles

Well...that's awkward...Thanksgiving was not this week. Sorry 'bout that haha.

You can accept at least the friend request from A. I might know L. But the thing is is that there are a lot of people named Luis here, I don't really remember. What does he look like?

Alright, sorry I've forgotten to write you about it, but no, I have not gotten the Fall package yet. Or any package. Actually, I got a halloween package from Cami this week! I had my companion, another latin Hermana from Honduras, and my pensionista try candy corn and pop rocks, which they really liked. My pensionista thinks the pop rocks are really fun. But about the packages, I've been told that SurPost, the postal service here, is on strike, so they're kinda holding on to everything and then send them in a period of like 3 months. But I asked if I would get everything before Christmas, and I was told that yes, I should.

We're trying to see if the woman getting baptized on Saturday, M, really wants to get baptized for the right reasons, or only for her family. We're pretty confused because she knows the importance of keeping her commitments and stuff, but I think she feels more pressure from her family. We're gonna meet with her tomorrow, so we'll see how it turns out.
That kinda scared me about Grandpa. Good thing he's alright though. Haha that's funny that everyone was wishing him a happy birthday. HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, GRANDPA! Oh man, how I miss those Hallmark movies. Haha, yes I do like that one. Enjoy those for me! Matt and Mackenzie are dating?! Wow.

This morning Hermana H told me I'm one of the oldies in the mission (one of the older/more experienced missionaries). That was kind of a "whoa" experience for me. I can't believe I almost have 4 months left. Guess what, I have like, 3 cambios left. This is all too weird. It definitely does not feel like it's been that long.

Our investigators and menos activos are doing well. It's really hard work sometimes, and we've had some pretty slow days this week. But, you can find miracles in every day. We had a slow day, and my companion was complaining a bit, so I actually made my companion and I take a couple minutes to count all the miracles in that day, even if they were super small and silly. I think it helped though. I love Carmen de La Legua! It's a little dirty, humble, and smelly sometimes, but it's awesome. And I love the people here. I'm gonna miss it when I have to leave eventually.

I'm out of time now. I hope you all have a great week! Love you! Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas


1-2. Preview of when we went to Parque de Las Aguas. I met a friend to teach the Gospel to as well!

3.  On a fake plane. Too soon? Notice the "Hymas Family" shirt I'm reppin'.
 
4.   I forgot to tell you that our house flooded this week! They're doing contruction next door and a pipe burst or something. Anyway we came home to a flooded house. Here's my companion wringing out some water.

5.  We passed through Philadelphia last night! Or should I say "Filadelfia"...?
 




 

Monday, November 17, 2014

This and That



Haha glad to hear you all liked the mariachi band recording from last week. Sorry, I don't have any recordings for you this week. Maybe next week you'll get something.

I have been in such a Christmas-y mood lately, although it's starting to feel a lot like summer. I'm a little jealous you're starting to get snow. And I miss Christmas music. My companion has a CD with a few MoTab Christmas songs on it, and that gets me in the holiday spirit and all, but that's about all we have for now. I still miss the things about the holidays back home in PA and the little traditions, big and small, and the things we do as a family during that season. And pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies. Just yes. However, it's better this year, now that I have over a year in the mission and I know what the Christmas season is like here (which is just a lot like a summer vacation). But I have to say, I will be pretty excited to welcome all those fun little homey Christmas season things back into my life. Well, it's a little different when you're in college, but still. Fun times.

I tried getting the music you sent me. Some of it worked one day. And some of it didn't work. You're doing it right, sending it the right way and all, but I think it just depends on some of the computers here and the format of the music file. I should be able to try again and make it work though.

That's still crazy about everyone coming home from their missions! I wanna talk to Lindsay about her mission. Sounds like she had some cool experiences. And are the Barr's in DisneyWorld right now? Ah that sounds so fun!!! Are they all there together as a family? Or is Madison out at school?

This city is full of apostasy. They love worshiping their images of Mary and their saints and stuff. We've seen a lot of little parade things in the streets with a little band and a ton of people around, and they carry a huge representation thing of Jesus, or Mary, or a saint or something, and walk around in the streets worshiping it. I'll try to send pictures at some point.

Haha that's funny about the difference between Brian's roommates and my roommates. Although it's true. Sometimes my companion reminds me of some of my former roommates.The funny thing is that now, I DO live in the hood. Carmen de La Legua is the most "hood" place the Hermanas in the mission can be sent, I think. Well, overall I think. I had some pretty ghetto parts of my last sector in Maranga, but as a whole, it was more advanced and wealthier (although not very wealthy) than it is here. I've seen a few street fights here. I've even seen a man walking away from a fight with his face covered in blood. I've also seen a few drug deals as well. But I'm alright. I've never felt unprotected or even in danger here. Welcome to da hood!

We have a lady we're teaching who has a baptismal date! Her name's M, all her kids and grandchildren are members, and they've been trying to get her to get baptized for years. The problem was always that she worked on Sundays. But now she's starting to come to Church, and she's supposed to be getting baptized on the 29th. We'll see how it goes in preparing her to get baptized. We actually have a lesson with her in an hour. Prayers are welcome in all this!

He pensado mucho esta semana en como puedo mejorar mi relación con mi Padre Celestial. Estoy en el proceso de orar y preguntar a Dios si El Libro de Mormón es verdadero, solamente para fortalecer mi testimonio y aumentar mi fe aun mas. También se que es necesario hacerlo para renovar nuestros testimonios siempre. Quiero aprender mas acerca de Jesucristo. Y esta época de Navidad parece como una muy buena oportunidad para tomar tiempo y enfocarme en eso! Entonces, hace como dos días, estábamos escuchando ese CD de mi compañera (lo de Navidad) durante nuestro estudio personal, pero bien bajito, y empece a pensar en la historia del nacimiento de Jesus. Abrí mi Biblia y empece a leer en Lucas 2. Después, leí en "Jesus el Cristo" acerca del nacimiento de Jesucristo. Aunque todavía estoy tratando a aumentar mi fe y aprender mas acerca de todo esto, y acerca de Jesucristo, en ese momento de mi estudio personal, sentí un espíritu bien bonito y muy especial. Uno puede decir que quizás todo eso fue porque estaba animada por Navidad al escuchar esa música y leer esa escritura o algo así jaja, y quizás era, pero también se que ese espíritu fue el Espíritu Santo testificando a mi que Jesus es el Cristo. Fue una experiencia bien bonita. Me sentí tranquila, y de verdad, muy bien.

As always, can't wait to talk to you next week! Have an awesome Thanksgiving for me! I am so grateful for all of you! I love you!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Sorry I didn't have time to write anyone else! Next week!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Stinky Fish Story

Hello, family-cito! This week has been good. Although a few people who had a baptismal date lost their date because they didn't come to church. But, we'll work with them on that. Also, we met the boyfriend of our investigator (they're not married), and he seems really nice and sincere! He wants what's best for his family. Our investigator wants to get married and baptized, but it's just a matter of getting him to accept marriage, and baptism for that matter.

My conpanion and I are doing a bit better I think. We are very different people with very different personalities, but we're doing well for the moment at least. Also, I would love to fill you in on my companion's size (well, she's smaller than me, in height and size. Petite, I guess you could say.), but the truth is, I am not sure at all what's gonna happen this next cambio (Dec 2). I don't even think I can say I have a guess. The thing is is that my companion has almost 11 months in the mission, and has not trained yet. And...we all think it's very possible she could train this upcoming transfer, which means I would leave La Legua. We're not sure, but it just looks pretty possible.

Wow, that's crazy about everyone coming home on their missions! It's funny, one of the other missionaries in my ward is going home on December 3rd. I keep bugging her about it. The phrase of the week from me has been "Hermana, in 3 weeks, you can...!" We've been getting her a little trunky. This p-day was pretty good. We went to a physics park thing. It's just this place where you can experiment with different things. Like, spin in a chair and going faster or slower depending on how you position your body. Stuff like that. Last p-day (Thursday) was crazy. First of all, we had some bickering between the zone just because some people didn't want to pay a bunch of money to enter an ice skating rink for an hour. Some of the missionaries were guilt tripping the others telling them they were bad missionaries and stuff for not wanting to do it. Just dumb. Then we went to Parque de las Aguas and went off to take pictures. We got some cool ones, Hermana H took a lot of better pictures of me on her camera, but she lost her camera in the park...with all her pictures...and she's going home in 3 weeks. That stinks. I'm also helping her apply for BYU and I gotta say, it's making me a little excited for BYU. College is fun.
 
So. The fish story from last week. When I got to La Legua, Hermana M was like, "Hermana, we have a problem. When I was with Hermana A, for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to buy a fish. But we never got around to cooking the fish. So now we have a rotting fish in that refrigerator that's been there for 3-4 months. Personally, I'm just scared to open that thing." We occasionally talked about what to do with the old fish/refrigerator (we had a new refrigerator we'd been using), but we always put it off. So then, about a month or so ago, M looks at me and goes, "It's time. We're taking out the fish." So we took time to plan it out and take a few deep breaths of clean air (as clean as it gets in Lima). Then she opened the refrigerator and dropped the fish in a couple bags I was holding. Then I ran it out to the curb. But as I was running, I heard, "Aww! The stench entered my nose and I'm not even breathing!" from M behind me. And then we opened windows and aired out our room for a bit. Then we booted that stinky refrigerator later. And that just stunk everything up again. Literally everything. Like, our neighbors probably hated us because that super strong stench of 4-month-old fish was probably occupying every apartment around us. So there you have it. Another great jungle experience from La Legua.
 
Ugh, I feel like I had something to tell you, but I don't remember now! A couple days ago we saw a mariachi band playing to a woman in the street for her birthday. It was kinda cool. I'm sending you a recording. What else do I want to tell you...I don't remember and I have limited time!
 
Have a fanstastic week! Los quiero mucho!
 
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming Baptisms

Hola hola! How's everything going? I don't feel like there's too much to report on this week, but here we go. It was kinda fun chatting with you a couple days ago too! (From her mother - Chrisanne and I happened to be online at the same time Saturday morning.  She was working on family history and had a number of questions, so for about 45 minutes we were able to email back and forth about her family history work.) This week has been good. A little slow some days, but it seem like everytime we have a slow day, there always seems to be some sort of miracle that comes our way. Yesterday was a little bit of a slow day, but a few people we weren't expecting to show up at church finally came! And one of them, J, is a friend of a young man in our ward named H. We also met with J that night for a little bit and he told us that he wants to get baptized this week! He needs permission from his parents, but I'm thinking they'll give permission because they like how the Church is helping him and stuff. He also cannot get baptized this week because he doesn't have the required church attendances yet. So he has a baptismal date for November 22. We're also working with a few other people that are pretty close to baptism as well. We've also had a couple people who will not be able to get baptized until December or January for a few reasons. One progressing investigator isn't married and her husband works in a mine or something and he won't come home until about mid-December. And another investigator is going on vacation for the hollidays and won't come back until January.

Also, we have a recent convert named D who is starting to get a little more involved and he's thinking about a mission a little bit. Yay! We got him signed up for classes at the local institute. Starting tomorrow and Wednesday, he will be taking Book of Mormon II and....MISSION PREP!!! Go, D, go!

Thanks for the music! I'm excited about my Christmas package and the rest of the music! Hmm...I'm trying to think of what else I want as far as music. All the stuff I had before on the ipod would be nice. And maybe some Badly Drawn Boy, U2, maybe some Jack Johnson, I don't know. I have limited time to write and I don't really feel like I have too much time to think about all of that right this second haha. Lo siento! Wow, what's with David and all his accidents? I hope he stays safe. Haha yeah...I'll keep him in my prayers! It is getting hotter here. But at least I know what the "Christmas season" is like here now, so I know what to expect. I'm excited for the Chirstmas party. But, the mission has grown and we don't know if they'll split it up or if we'll all be together. I hope they find a place big enough to fit all of us! It's not the same if we're not all together. No, Hermana Borg doesn't make a dinner or anything for us on Thanksgiving. It's basically a normal day. I remember last Thanksgiving for lunch we were given fish. Like, a whole fish. Eyes, scales, everything. But, they didn't make me eat the whole thing. Oh my gosh, that reminds me of something really nasty. It concerns a fish that was left in a refrigerator for like, 3 or 4 months. I don't have time to tell this story. Just remind me to tell it next week.

I talked with my companion a bit this week. We had a bit of a talk last night. She doesn't like talking about how she feels, but I kept talking and asking questions until I finally got it out of her. She just really misses her old sector, she doesn't like change, and she worries a bit sometimes about her family. She also says she tends to stress out really easily about a lot of things. I also talked about how I felt and how sometimes I felt judged and everything. We just put it all out on the table. I think it helped. I think she's maybe feeling better. Her attitude has been a little different today.

Okay well, I gotta go! Love you all! Chau-fa!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas





 
Sheep with a diaper. See the diaper?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Choko Slamming and Staying Up Too Late

So...what happened this week? Oh yeah, Hermana M abandoned me! I was so sad when they told us Monday night that she was getting transferred. We kept asking our district leader if it was a joke. He kept saying no. His companion even got on the phone and said, "I promise you this is not a joke." So after we hung up, Hermana M was like, "Okay, if it's a joke, they'll call us back." But they never called us back. We didn't have much time to meet with people to say goodbye. We had a lesson that night, and then after that, Hermana M wanted to go visit her convert, D. So we called him to see if he would be home. He said yes, but that he was on his way to meet up with Hermana M's boyfriend who was flying back into Lima that night. We were like, "What the..." But yeah, we went by a little later, and when we got there, we saw D at a pay phone, trying to call us. Then he motioned to us to stay where we were, and he kept going in and out of an internet cafe, and he looked like he was talking to someone in there. I knew right away what was going on. Hermana M's boyfriend was in that internet cafe. D came over to us, but he looked super suspicious. That boy is such a bad liar. Hermana M knew what was up too. But she pretended like she didn't. She'd motion to the internet cafe and say things like, "Wanna go work on your family history for a little bit?". But D would be like, "No! It's okay...we can work on it in my house, but I don't want to go into the internet place." Such a bad liar. So there you go. Once again, Hermana M's boyfriend was only a few feet away from us here in Carmen de La Legua.

So that night, Hermana M didn't get any packing done. We decided to have a last hurrah by going up to the rooftop to hang out and "choko slam". Let me explain what that is. There is a chocolate covered cracker thing here called Choko Soda. It is my favorite. I've actually made it my mission to introduce my companions to it and get them all addicted. It works. They all become addicted. Hermana M's now addicted, but she found a cool way to eat it. I'll have to take some home and teach you how, but you just bite two of the corners, sick one corner in a bowl of milk, and suck the milk through the cracker through the other end. Then eat the saturated cracker. That's "choko slamming". So we went up to the rooftop of our appartment, found an abandoned couch, choko slammed, and just talked. We stayed up really late talking. Like, past 1 am. But it was fun. Ugh, I hate this computer!!!! I was gonna send a recording of that night because it was kind of funny. But you know what happened? I plugged in my ipod and the computer immediately erased absolutely EVERYTHING from my ipod! So now, there is nothing whatsoever on there. No recordings, no music, nada. Ugh! It makes me so mad! I can't even listen to all the music you all sent me on the ipod a while ago. I'm not even gonna try putting in my flash drive or camera today. At least not in this crappy computer. I'm pretty sure with the music files you just sent me, I can put those on a flash drive. But I'll try that next week...on a different computer.

Then cambios came. That morning we dropped Hermana W off at the mission office and said goodbye. She was here with her family, but she just flew home last night. I don't know why, but I wasn't too nervous in the meeting of cambios. I feel like maybe it's because I've gotten a new companion ever transfer for the last while, maybe I'm just used to it. Hermana M went to my old zone, Maranga, but not the same ward. I got a new companion named Hermana A. She's 23 and from Sinaloa, Mexico, which apparently is a pretty dangerous place. I actually knew her in Maranga. We were in the same ward/district. I talked with her all the time and stuff, and she was cool to be around sometimes, but I was a little nervous if she ever became my companion. Just because she's pretty strict and really high strung. It kind of stresses me out sometimes. And she makes a big deal out of a lot of things that don't even really matter. I feel like she kinda also stresses out a bit about the numbers. I feel like if something doesn't really go as planned or if we have a day that's not so great, I've learned to just kinda let it slide off my back. I care about reaching goals and improving and getting better and stuff, but I feel like if something goes wrong, it doesn't really matter. Because 1, there's not much you can do about it, and 2, it'll all work out in the end. But my companion doesn't really think like that. But it's all good. It'll be fine.

I didn't actually got to do the Project Rimac thing like I was invited to do. They switched somethings around and they decided to have more missionaries closer to Maranga do it. I was looking forward to it, but whatevs. Hermana M got to do it. She got permission to call me that day because she can't find her credit card and thinks she left it in our room or something. Haha it was fun to talk to her a little. Today for p-day, apparently we made tacos (well, most of us just ate them) and then we were supposed to play sports with Zona Maranga afterwards. But they called and said they weren't gonna do it, because no one wanted to. But we were trying so hard to get them to come, just so that we could see M and another Hermana that Hermana H wanted to see. It took a while, but Hermana M showed up really quick just to pick up some things from me that she left in our room. Man, I miss her. Missin' my M mucho.

We also found out this week that the conference we were supposed to have on the 31st with Elder C. Scott Grow got cancelled because he's sick. I was also looking forward to that, but oh well. I think we'll be having it sometime in the future.

Guess what! There's an Elder in my zone, who just entered the mission a couple cambios ago, with Hermana A, and he grew up in our stake! Valley Forge stake! He moved when he was like 9 or 10 or something, I think, but he remembers some people from his ward, like the Kline's and the Rolon's. Small world! His name is Elder Sok in case anyone remembers the Sok family. He's pretty funny. He's pretty new with the whole Spanish thing, so he says, "Having a non-English speaking companion is like speaking to a brick wall. But that wall speaks back, but just in the language of brick."

Hmm, what funny things happened in the jungle this week... We saw two little children chasing a sheep wearing a diaper through the big market area. Yes, the sheep was wearing the diaper. We may or may not have followed them just to get a picture with the sheep. Our pensionista, who is an active member, who also worked in the temple, started drinking wine during one of our lunches with her this week. You could just see all of us missionaries looking around at each other. Haha man, I just started laughing. We also went to this one house to visit a family, who ended up not being home, but when I went to ring their doorbell, I notice out of the corner of my eye that it seemed like the lights in the restaurant next to us turning on and off. Then a lady comes out of the restaurant and says, "Hey, that's not a doorbell! That's a lightswitch!" Oops. We also passed by a less active man who also happens to be transvestite. But this time, we passed him and he wasn't wearing anything other than a women's red leather jacket, just covering what it needed to cover. No pants. You also never think you'd be looking into the eyes of a less active member, who happens to be a transvestite, singing BeeGee's and the Eagles as he plays the guitar in the middle of the marketplace. Yes, that's happened with Mackey and I. Welcome to the jungle.

Don't have any more time! I love you all! Hope you have a great week!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sunday Miracle

Not too much has been going on with me either. I'm loving life! Don't remember too much of what happened this week...I'll try to fill you in the best I can. We're still working on helping some people out, and some are close to getting baptized, but they're not quite there yet. We're focusing on these two 16 and 12 year old sisters, E and A. They want to be baptized, well at least E, but her less active mom is saying that she needs to be older to get baptized, we've been trying to have a lesson with the mom there, but she works a lot and is hard to find. We're also working with this man named S, who's been pretty lazy, but he came to church for the first time yesterday! So that is definitely some progress. We're also teaching this old lady named G, and her son, R. She's an investigator, and we thought that R was too, but then he told us about his baptism. He apparently was baptized in our church, as well as his wife and brother! But they just haven't gone to church in many years, and don't remember anything. We still need actual proof of this still, but that was kinda a shocker to us.

We went to the temple on Wednesday and it was great! I love the temple! We also had interviews with President Borg on Thursday. That was nice. He's a really great mission president. He smiled and told me, "I am so pleased with you.", so that feels good. I also mentioned to him how well Hermana M and I get along and he said, "So if you stayed togther again, you'd be happy with that?" To which I responded "YEAH!" I told Hermana M that and we're hoping we don't get a cambio. We'll find out later today... I really hope we don't get switched.

During the interviews with President, my companion and I and the other 2 Hermanas in our zone got to go out with Hermana Borg to go visit our appartments. It was so fun! I love Hermana Borg! My companion and I actually forgot to bring the keys, so we couldn't get in, but Hna Borg trusted us and said that at least it's in a safe spot. We got to ride in her nice, clean, air-conditioned car that DOESN'T smell like B.O., and just have a fun time together. And she got us ice cream as well. She's the best.

So I got sick yesterday. I felt a little sick in the morning, but it wasn't too bad. Then we went to church, and right before the Sacrament, I felt really sick. My companion told me I was really pale too. I just felt faint and really weak. And my whole body ached. But, I had to give a talk. Hermana M told me I could tell bishop that I felt like I was gonna pass out. But I decided to try it, and just end it quickly if I felt like I couldn't continue. But I miracle happened. I felt awful going up there, but as soon as I opened my mouth, I felt fine. Normal. But then as soon as I ended, "en el nombre de Jesucristo, amen." I felt really awful again. So there you go. I was given just enough strength to give my talk. Then after, I just felt worse and worse. We left after the second hour. We were in a trio for a little bit, with me, Hermana M, and Hermana H (her companion was visiting her old sectors because she's going home soon). We got home and they both took good care of me. Gave me a back massage, bundled me up in my bed, made me tea, and took my temperature. I had a fever that kept rising. It was official. I had the flu. I stayed in all day yesterday and just rested. I also got a blessing from a couple elders that came by our house. I felt so guilty to rest for so long, but it felt good. Now I feel better today! I have a couple very small symptoms, but they're going away, and I feel a lot better.

Don't know what else to say. Sounds like your trip to GA was fun! It's slowly getting warmer here. Today is beautiful! Blue skies and sunshine.

Hey, so if it's not too much of a hassle, I'd like some music. I know you can send music files through email. We'd have to see if it works. But I don't know, like maybe some Christmas music, Badly Drawn Boy, and maybe U2. That would be awesome. Let me know what you can do. Maybe Grace or Allison can help you out with it. (This is her mom -- I think I can figure it out!!)

Los quiero mucho! Que tengan una semana muy hermosa y llena de sorpresas!

Con amor,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Family History

Hey! So as for people in my mission...we could have an Elder Wilcox. The truth is I really don't know. My companion's name is Ana Mackey, so I doubt they know each other. I do know an Elder Jefferson though! You'll have to ask that missionary if it's him. He's from Utah, and he's biracial, with blue eyes. I think he goes home fairly soon. He was one of my Zone Leaders in Maranga. And there isn't any Hermana Hanson in my mission. Also, I don't know if I ever told you that one of Jack's friend's came to my mission this last cambio. I've emailed Jack a little and he told me to keep an eye out for his friends, Elder Irving and Elder Cluff. So I don't remember seeing an Elder Irving (maybe he's coming to the mission later), but I did see an Elder Cluff. And President announced that he's from Alpine, UT, so that's gotta be him. I haven't met him yet, though.

I hit 1 year in the mission, and my companion hit 6 months on the same day on Thursday! Wooo! We didn't have very much to celebrate though, so after planning that night, we pulled out some Ají de Gallina, a delicious and very peruvian dish, from the refrigerator that a member made us, stuck in a cheap little match in each dish, not a candle--a match, turned out the lights, and sang Happy Birthday. I actually have a little video of that that I might try to send you on my flash drive. It was pretty funny. My companion's crazy. Sad to think we only have a little over a week left in this cambio. I'll be so sad if one of us gets a cambio.

So Hermana M's been telling me about how her brother and her boyfriend have been traveling all over South America. They've been in Lima the past few days and were gonna pass through Carmen de La Legua to pick up a note that my companion left for them with one of her converts that we visit. But what are the chances we'd actually run into them while we're working? So Saturday afternoon we're walking through the street and my companion's telling me a story about her boyfriend. We get to the end of the block and are about to turn the street. Then I glance over to the neighboring corner because I see a gringo, which isn't very common here. So I keep looking, and then I realize that I recognize him and the guy he's with from my companion's pictures. Then I say, "Oh. my. gosh." It's Hermana M's brother and her boyfriend. Then I say, "Hermana, is that...?" Then she answers, "Yes." Then we're walking toward them because now we're on the same street. They see us too. But they don't react. Just stare for a little bit and then turn around. Then we turn the corner and walk in a different direction. My companion doesn't react either. She says, "You can turn around and get a glance if you want." So I did, but they were gone. We think they were ducking behind something. So then we're rushing to D's house, the recent convert, to drop off one more thing before her brother and boyfriend get there. Man, my heart was pumping and I was on an adrenaline rush, while it didn't seem to even phase my companion haha. It was crazy haha.

This was interesting. We had a lesson with a new investigator named Y, who has investigated the Church for a long time before and then she moved to La Legua and just recently came across a member who presented her to us at church. So we met with her and there was a time where we read the last part of the introduction to the Book of Mormon with her, then I looked up from reading and asked her something concerning it. Then she apologized and explained that she wasn't really paying attention to that last part because she couldn't stop staring at the bright light that surrounded us. She explained that she can see a really bright "aura", she called it, surrounding people sometimes. Just like a really bright white light. But she said the first time she saw it was when she was younger and only saw it in the Church surrounding only a few members. Then for years and years, even with other missionaries, she never saw it again. Until our lesson with her. It was weird she kept marvelling and pointing at it, outlining us with her finger, and talking about how strange it was because it has been so long since she's seen it. She said "I'm assuming it means that the person who has it is a really good person or that what they're saying is true." Then I asked her if she thought what we were teaching her was true, and she said yes. But when we invited her to be baptized she said she didn't feel ready yet. She's also not married and her boyfriend, for his job leaves for a long time and only comes back every now and then, and that might be only for a week. And she needs to get married before baptism, so we'll see what ends up happening. But kinda crazy, right? Haha we must be angels!

Yes, I saw most of conference, but thanks to some technical difficulties, I only heard like 3 talks from Saturday morning's session. Sorry, I missed Elder Robbin's talk. So I'll have to look up the talks from that session online. Either that or just wait for the Liahona.

So remember how I told you about that project that's going on in Lima with missionaries who have experienced time in the mission and all that. It's called the Rimac Project (because we'll be in or near Rimac). We'll be in central Lima to street contact from 2-5 pm and the objective is to contact over 1000 people or something like that and a ton of referrals. This is happening October 26th. Sounds kinda cool! Should be fun. I'm just gonna go out and have a blast. Considering how touristy it is there, I'll probably be contacting some Americans or Europeans. It wouldn't surprise me.

As for Christmas, I'm not sure. Something I love like chocolate covered pretzels, or Take5, or something. Also, maybe some solid color skirts, like black and brown (and maybe white?) would be awesome. And I'm kinda serious about the French Book of Mormon. That would be sweet! I don't expect like a nice leather one or anything. Just the classic blue or something.

Anyway, I'm out of time. Thanks for the family history stuff! I'll look into it! Have a great week! Love you!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

P.S.  My companion is a proud supporter of Family History. Check her out in this Mormon Message! Haha

1:29-1:34 "I don't think it's just for old people." "It's really easy!" Haha

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Anniversary Week

Accept those friend requests! One is Hermana R and the other is a recent convert in Maranga. Oh my gosh! Caitlyn had her baby! That's so weird. Haha I told that first part about Billy Joel and Hermana M giving you an extra point to Hermana M. She said "She just got 40 points for saying that." So there you go.

I cannot believe I have a year in the mission (well, on Thursday). It's super crazy. Although I feel a lot more experienced and I can actually speak Spanish now, I feel like this year has just flown by in the blink of an eye. I cannot believe I come home in 6 months. It's gonna fly by as well, I can tell.

So, I actually did get to see Conference this week! The only session I didn't see was the Saturday morning session. I'll be seeing it next week in the stake center with the rest of the stake and will watch with other missionaries in English, I believe. But we had the chance to watch it online only if we got investigators or less actives to come with us, which we did. We watched it in Spanish though, obviously. But this was the first time they had speakers speak in their native language! That was cool. With the Spanish speakers it was cool because we didn't have anyone translating over the speaker, we just straight up listened to the actual speaker! Same thing with Richard G. Scott. But wait, he gave his talk in English, didn't he? Let me explain. Richard G. Scott is his own translator! For Spanish anyway. It was cool to listen to the talk in Spanish, but in his own voice. I am excited to see the conference next weekend as well. I liked a few talks, but during David A. Bednar's talk a kept thinking of a friend of mine back home who's not a member. She writes me sometimes and she's always been super supportive of the mission and the Church and everything, but I've almost always been a little nervous or scared to invite her to anything or do anything regarding the Church. But I felt prompted to write her and say something. I actually felt prompted to send her Bednar's talk. So I got on this morning and luckily had an email from her to respond to. So I took that time to send her the clip of Bednar's conference talk and ask her to watch it and get back to me on what she thinks. I bore my testimony a little bit and told her I was sending that to her because I love her and I know that God loves her. We'll see if she watches it. I hope so. I was pretty nervous to invite her to do this, but I felt prompted, and that comes from God. Fear comes from Satan. You just have to choose who to listen to. Besides, who ever really knows what will come from sharing the Gospel with someone?

We got to go to the temple this week with some ward members. We could only go if we had recently reactivated members, or recent converts with their own family names to bring to the temple. So this past week was really busy as me and my companion ran around inviting everyone to the temple helping people with their family history. So we ended up taking a recent convert, who just did confirmations because he's in a wheelchair, and a family that we're working with. Some have been pretty lax with the Church, but they went and did baptisms, and loved it! It was their first time too! Yay for the power of temple work!

I'm out of time and I won't have time to write back anyone else who wrote me this week...:( But next week, everyone! :) Love you all! Have a great week!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

PS. I taught a lesson last night while an old lady gave me cornrows on half of my head...literally during the lesson as we were teaching. Welcome to the jungle. Welcome to La Legua.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Companion Love -- Week Two!

Hermana M is from a little place called Placerville, CA. I've actually wondered if it's hard for certain missionaries to have their mission changed as well. We've talked about it. I wondered if it was especially hard for her because she also has such a love for Russian. She's studied it since she was 12 and has always wanted to go to Russia or somewhere that spoke Russian. So she was really stoked when she got called to the Ukraine. But she said when they called her group into the president's office in the MTC and they all got their mission reassignments, she just thought, "Okay, well here we go! Let's rock this thing!" Then she said it got a little harder later. She admits that sometimes it's a little hard just because she doesn't exactly know why she got called to The Ukraine in the first place. She says that maybe it was just to meet the people she met in the MTC or something like that. But she has the faith that she's where she's supposed to be right now. And honestly, she hasn't shown any signs of it being hard for her. She loves it here, and she's rocking it. Every now and then we'll be talking and then she'll just pause and say something like,"Oh my gosh, WE'RE IN PERU!" as if after months it still hasn't sunk in yet or something haha. She's doing great and always has a great attitude.

Funny story time. One night last week after teaching English classes in the church, a member wanted to take us out to eat something. There's a member who lives right next to the church who has a little cart outside where she sells food. So she took us there. We were handed soup. I get a good look at the meat in there. It's not normal. It's really squishy. I immediately had a flash back to when I had mondongo (cow stomach) in Maranga with Hermana Z. So I ate everything else that was in the soup and when I got to the meat, which we're pretty sure was actually liver, I took a deep breath. Then I looked over at Hermana M and saw that she finished. I asked, "How did you eat all that?" "I mixed it with the other stuff." "What is it? It's squishy." "I don't know. It could be liver." "Aw man." "Do you want me to help you finish it?" "No, that's okay you don't have to if you don't want to." And then she goes, "I don't want to, but I'll do it because I love you." And before I could even stop her or tell her again that she didn't have to, Hermana M shoveled in spoonful after spoonful of that stuff. And I say stuff because we're still not completely sure what it was. And then I just see her start gagging. I honestly thought she was gonna throw up. But she finally got it down and exlaimed, "Ahhh! That's nasty! I have NEVER gagged before in my life! I thought I was gonna throw up for real!" No one else at the table understood us though, so when they asked what's wrong, Hna M just pointed at the ají (hot sause) and said "Pica.", which means like, "It's spicy." Just blame the ají, I guess. Thanks for taking one for the team, M!

This week has been pretty good! We have some people who lok like they could be getting baptized soon! They are some really great people. Humble too. Really willing to listen. Some have some difficulties with somethings that are making it hard for them to go to church or get baptized, but we're working on that, and I have faith that things can change! We're working with some less actives and we're doing well with them too. I always love seeing people progress.

So yesterday the zone leaders assigned me, and someone else I think, to be the Obra de Salvación people and call the missionaries in the other wards and ask them questions that have to do with the Work of Salvation on Sunday nights, and then report it back to the zone leaders. Also, my district leader called me this morning to tell me that I'm wanted to be part of some program that's gonna be put together next month. Don't really know what it is yet. I'll have to ask for more details, but apparently it's some program that the church is doing to promote the church or something. I asked if it's like a worldwide thing, but I think they just told me it's just Lima. And I don't know what kind of program this is, if  it'll be filmed or interviews, or what. But they want some missionaries in it that have over 7 months in the mission and "speak fluent Spanish". And they want me to be part of it! I don't consider myself a fluent speaker, but it's flattering to hear that other people think I am! Haha I've also had other people tell me that I speak fluent Spanish. Even down to the point where some people have asked me if I'm Peruvian.....? Haha okay, that seems a little extreme. Like I said, I don't consider myself fluent. But, still flattering to hear that.

We won't be seeing General Conference until the week after because that weekend is elections here, and it's illegal to have meetings on those days. So don't tell me anything big or anything until I've seen it. But I did see the Women's Conference on Saturday night. I saw it in Spanish though. I liked it! It was really good! I'm hoping I'll be able to see General Conference in English again. All the hermanas in the mission also had a conference this week. It was good! And it was fun to have a meeting with just the hermanas and hang out with them.

Anyway, I should be getting off. Que tengan una buena semana! Los quiero mucho!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, September 22, 2014

Companion Love

So...I just gotta say that I LOVE MY COMPANION! Hermana M is super awesome and we get along really well! We've never disagreed on anything and we just have a great time. She's way funny too. I'm gonna really miss her when one of us gets transferred. We both talk a lot though. Our whole time together, I don't think we've ever gone to bed on time...haha whoops!
 
We share a common love for, well, a lot of things, but especially languages. She's obsessed with Russian and I started remembering some French too. I taught her a little. Although, I don't remember basically anything! It's kinda sad. I feel like I've basically lost it all. Haha but she's taught me some Russian. I learned how to say, "I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet.", but I basically forgot like half of that. Still working on it. But here's my phrase of the week! "что такой..." It means, "What the..." haha. And we listen to the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast in Russian like, everyday haha. I also taught her the German phrase, "You have a face only a mother could love." She loves it and practices it everyday.

It's interesting how the things you write me sometimes are things I think about during the week. Haha I was thinking about that whole cat/dog thing with you and dad this week. Don't know why. I think it just popped into my head.

I met the ward yesterday. It was my first Sunday in Carmen de la Legua. And I was asked to give a talk too. On anything I wanted. I talked about trials of faith. Gotta love those pruebas de fe! My companion was funny, and really nice. After I sat back down, she just goes, "Well, way to knock that one out of the park." Our ward is super small I cannot believe it. Hermana Mackey told me there are 130 families, but only 30 are active. Looks like we've got a lot of work to do! We have Sacrament Meeting in a pretty tiny little room. It probably looks like 1/3 or so of where we have Sacrament Meeting at our church building in PA...and without the overflow! We're teaching some pretty great people, but some are having a hard time coming to church. We're working on that.

Glad to hear everyone is doing well and that Brian is loving life out at BYU. He's a FHE dad?! Chevere.

I cannot believe I am getting closer to having a year in the mission. That's too crazy. My companion actually has 6 months less than me, to the day! When I hit a year on October 9th, she'll hit 6 months. We gotta do something big.

One of the Hermanas in our district/ward, Hermana W, just turned 22 yesterday, so Saturday night Hermana Mackey and I stayed up all night writing a parody song for her. We performed it after lunch yesterday. It's got parodies of "16 going on 17" from the Sound of Music and "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast...but ghetto-ized. It's pretty clever if I do say so myself.

I don't really know what I want for Christmas yet. Maybe my favorite candy Take5, skirts, maybe a French Book of Mormon (Le Livre de Mormon), and....I don't know. I have to think. What do YOU all want for Christmas?!

I love you all and I hope all is well! Always in my prayers!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Photos: Just a preview of p-day in da ghetto wit Mckjangles.
 
 

 

Ukranian Companion (kind of)

Hey! So now I'm serving in.....Carmen de la Legua! It's in the San Martin zone. It's been great so far! I still miss Maranga (my favorite area so far), but it'll be good here. So you know how I was so worried about everything with transfers and who was? But, it's been really great! My new companion is Hermana M from California. That's two gringa companions in a row. She actually has only one cambio more than Hermana Amis. So she just finished her training. Her trainer left, and I came in! Wanna know something wild though? She's one of the missionaries that was supposed to serve in the Ukraine. She was in the MTC in Provo learning Russian for 4 weeks, and then they told all the missionaries going to the Ukraine that they were getting reassigned, and a bunch came to the best (and smallest) mission in the world! She's obsessed with Russian though. She said she's gonna teach me haha. We get along pretty well. She's pretty dang funny.

Carmen de la Legua is in a part of Callao, kind of. And it's one of the more dangerous parts. I'm one of 4 sisters here in my zone. However, I haven't felt unsafe here. At least not yet. They don't send sisters to the really bad parts of Callao, so we're good there. Some parts actually seem a little quaint.

I don't have very much time to write this week! So I'm trying to finish up and get in the essentials. Whoa, that's pretty cool that my blog is on that list thingy. I love getting emails from everyone every week and I always read them even if I don't have much time to respond! So, I might not get to everyone's emails today. At least not the sibs... So please tell them I'll try my best to respond next week! It sounds like Brian's having a great time out at BYU! He keeps telling me funny things that have happened! It's fun to read! And congrats to David for writing in his journal for 10 years! I gotta get better at that.
 
Oh and I got the care package over a week ago! I just forgot to tell you. Thanks everyone! I loved it! My companions have loved the candy as well. And I loved the little notes from everyone!

Hope you all have a great week! Love you!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, September 8, 2014

Transfers

No, I still don't know where I am going. We never know where we go until President announces it in the actual meeting. But I am scared haha. Elder C, who's in the offices has seen the cambios, and he gave me some clues. He said he knows her, but only by sight (like, he doesn't know her personally), and he's not sure, but he thinks she has less time in the mission than I do. He also said I'm not staying in Maranga, and I'm not going back to Magdalena. I have to say I am really, really scared I'm going to be put with this one hermana who scares everyone haha. But really. I know her. And there's a chance I could get put with her. I know I said this type of thing last time and it turned out fine, but it's different with this hermana. Is it bad to pray that I don't get put with her?

Hmm...what happened this week. Well on Monday, we had another earthquake! A little baby one though. Always a little freaky. What would I do if it ever got bad? Also, we had an interesting experience with a less active lady. I never liked visiting her. Why? Because she never did anything! She always talked about how she had so much faith, but she didn't need to read her Book of Mormon or pray or go to church or anything, because she had faith. She was just pretty prideful and besides that, she talks more than anyone I've ever met! It's ridiculous. Then we met with her last week and she told us she ran into a member who invited her to a noche de hogar that we were gonna have in the member's house. Hermana A and I had to teach. And the less active lady said she was gonna come! So we arranged to pick her up and everything beforehand. And when we planned the lesson for the noche de hogar, I was like, "We gotta teach about faith without works is dead!" haha. So we planned and taught about the brother of Jared. We read bits of the story together and ended with a video that talks about the importance of acting now. Well, everyone loved the lesson. And especially the less active lady! She loved it and has been coming to our noches de hogar every time! And she's been coming to church! And she introduced us to her friend who lives around the corner. His name is R. We taught our first lesson with him in the less active lady's house. And he's living with his girlfriend, who he's been with for 23 years, so you know what we taught the first lesson? That's right. CASTIDAD, CASTIDAD, CASTIDAAAAAD! We taught the law of chastity. And he was kinda funny. He was like, "Oh. I'm breaking this commandment. I gotta fix that." And we were like, "Yes. Yes you do." So he said he's willing to get married, but he's not sure about baptism yet. Eh. Poco a poco. I hope the Elders coming here continue with him.

We were supposed to meet up with R for our second (technically 3rd, I'll get to that) lesson with him. But he had to stay home and take care of his girlfriend (she's a little sick (they're old)), so he bailed on our lesson in the less active lady's house. And right before going to the noche de hogar with her, we decided to share a spiritual thought with her. We had no idea what it was going to be, but we just asked her how she was doing and just listened, hoping to let the Spirit prompt us with what to say/share. She's going through a little bit of a hard time. I don't remember exactly what she was struggling with, but life's a little rough right now for her. It just seems like so many different things are happening to her right now. So as I listened, the scriptures to share just popped into my head. So I opened my scriptures and had her read it. She started crying. It was somewhat of an answer to her prayers I guess. Or at least a message that comforted her. So all of that worked out just because R didn't show up. Wow. That was part of God's plan. My expectations don't matter at all haha. We were put there to wait for R, only to share that scripture with the lady. This is so much bigger than me.
 
 
We ended up telling that lady yesterday that we are leaving the area, and she's sad, but she expressed a lot of gratitude for us. She said she was so stubborn and prideful and always came up with excuses, but we kept coming to visit her, until she finally heard the messages that touched her heart. Chevere!

So after our first lesson with R, we went to a little noche de hogar we had with an elderly couple in the ward and a friend of theirs, whom they wanted to introduce to us. It was maybe the worst noche de hogar I've had. They thought it was fine, but it was just weird. Roman wanted to come to our next lesson so that he could learn more. We started teaching about the Book of Mormon, but then it turned into a million other topics. And Roman randomly brought up chastity. But it didn't fit at all with what was being said. And the friend of the couple, M, randomly started singing some song he liked, and we just sat there in silence and waited for it to end. And it was longer than you would think. Really awkward. And during his little solo, Hermana A and I just looked at each other and tried really hard not to laugh. Oh man.

So in the mission, we all have these little journal things for other missionaries to write in and put pictures and personalize it and stuff. Like a fun yearbook-ish thing. But cooler. Anyway, Hermana A did mine and it's 4 pages long and it's soooo funny! I think we both almost wet ourselves when I went through and read it out loud. Haha she's nice. And a good missionary. I'll miss her.

I had to say goodbye to some people yesterday. That stunk. I still have to say goodbye to some people today. That stinks. But what was fun is that we got invited over to our ward mission leader's house last night and together with him, his wife, and another young couple from the ward, we made pizza! Kinda as a fun little thing to do, and a little goodbye thing to me and my companion I guess. I love this ward!!!! It stinks so bad saying goodbye to my friends here! Haha

Anyway, I gotta finish up now. Thanks for always updating me on everything! Until next week!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, September 1, 2014

Life Goes On

Oh my gosh it's crazy how life goes on while I'm here. I knew that Emilee was getting married and that Caitlyn was pretty far along in her pregnancy. Caitlyn wrote to me on my birthday and told me all that. Sill, crazy.

We had a really good conference with Elder Grow from the 70, Elder Soares from the presidency of the 70, and his wife Sister Soares. Elder Grow's wife was sick, so she wasn't there. But Elder Grow talked about conversion, Sister Soares talked about the importance of obedience, and Elder Soares talked about obedience, using the mission to establish a firm foundation in the faith (because life will get a lot harder after the mission), and being a diligent worker in the mission. It was all really good. Elder Grow must've served in Argentina or something, because his Spanish was a little different. Elder and Sister Soares are from Brazil, and Elder Soares spoke to us in Spanish, but he's learning, so some things were a little off, but he spoke really, really well! And Sister Soares spoke to us in Portuguese, with a translator. But we almost didn't need a translator because Spanish and Portuguese is so similar! It sounds really cool actually. It's like a mix between Spanish and French. I understood a lot! It was fun to listen to. Elder and Sister Soares also came to my stake in Maranga and spoke at our stake conference yesterday, along with our stake president, Presidente Borg, and Hermana Borg. They spoke about the Book of Mormon, how reading the Book of Mormon to children will help them stay on the right path, or bring them back, and the importance of tithing. It was good and they seemed like super famous to all the members here haha.

Elder C left us this week. That was a little weird, just because I've had my entire mission with Elder C haha. Literally when I got to the field, he was in my district, then he became my district leader, and then we got transferred to the same district in Maranga haha. But now he's a secretary in the offices. And his companion went with our zone leaders until transfers, so our ward's without elders until the 9th. Then they'll suddenly get 4 elders!

P-day was a personal day, so after we dropped off our clothes and stuff we went to an Incan Market and my companion bought some stuff for her family. And this morning I got a call from a number I didn't recognize. So I picked it up. "Hola! Buenos dias!" "Esta es Hermana Hymas?" "Si." "Hi, friend!" Haha it was Hermana R inviting us to meet up with her and her companion, and Hermana B and her companion (and my mom), Hermana N! So we met up with them at a big mall place near me and just ate lunch together at (Chili's). Hermana N and Hermana R are going home next week, so that stinks. It stinks saying goodbye. But, Hermana N and Hermana R want to go study at BYU, so hopefully that works out, because that would be sweet!

Welp, I don't know what else to say. It's still crazy how everything goes on at home. Brian's at BYU, Grace is a Junior, Jack's on his mission, etc. Jack wrote me back haha. He said he's loving it and he has a couple friends going to Lima, but I should tell him there are 5 missions in Lima haha. He's funny, he ended the email saying, "thanks again, you have fun knockin doors while im sitting in a class for 10 hours." Glad he's enjoying it.

Hahaha yes, Grace told me all about her temple trip. It was funny. How's everyone else doing? How's Jeff's staph infection, by the way? He's been in my prayers.

I've been feeling really great lately, for some reason haha. Just like, a lot more confident and stuff, I guess. I feel comfortable with everything. My teaching, training, my Spanish (although I'm always improving), living and getting all over Lima, etc. It's a good feeling, and I only hope it grows. My testimony has also increased and continues to grow. I know that everything we do in the Church is significant. I know this is the truth. I know that God is merciful and loves us immensely. God is good.

I should get going probably. Hope you all have a fantastic week! Love you! Can't wait to get my package!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Moving On

Oh man, where do I begin. So, we went to the temple yesterday, which was nice. And Hermana Anderson from my zone went home last night in order to start back up at BYU. Sad. She's really cool. This week has been crazy. We spent a bunch of time looking for rooms to rent. We even took a whole day to do so. It was really frustrating. BUT MONDAY, we got a call from one of the assistants, and he said "Well, don't worry about looking for a room anymore, because what's gonna happen is is that we're gonna put.....elders there." So then I was like, "So you're saying we're both being transferred." And he said yes. NOOOOOOO! I love my ward! And I love my sector! Yeah, it's not the safest place in the world, but it's not that dangerous either. Anyway, we're sad. We're sad to leave the district too. And Hermana A kept saying, "But you have to finish my training!" She doesn't want to leave me, and she's been saying that for a long time because everyone kept saying that there was a chance I could be transferred in the next cambios. I'm gonna miss her too. She's a good girl. I've enjoyed being with her. We'll both be leaving Maranga these next cambios on September 9th (11-month mark!). Now I'm so nervous as to where I will go, and who will be my next companion. And who will finish the training of Hermana A? Well, now we know she'll have a stepmom.

Oh my gosh, there was a crazy, crazy fight outside of our house Monday afternoon. We went looking for houses that morning, then we went back home to do language study and get ready to go to lunch. I was talking to my companion, or on the phone or something, then I just hear people screaming outside. I was like, "What the heck?" Then I go over to the window to check it out. I see three women below where we live going at it big time. And it was 2 on 1. Super crazy cat fight. Screaming, hitting, and punching and stuff. And one of them had a big pink stick that she was hitting one of them with. I had to talk to a couple people on the phone, but my companion saw the whole thing and said it was very brutal. Blood and everything. Crazies. Then the cops showed up, but a little too late. We also heard cops on our street the night before. Yeah...maybe it's a good thing that they're getting us out of here.

Remember how I said I was scared about getting one Hermana as my companion, but she ended up going to my old companion, Hermana Z? So, yes, she can be pretty serious, but she's not scary like I thought she would be haha. I love her! She's cool, and we talk a lot. We're very different, but we get along well. She and Hermana Z also invited over us to their house one night just to make tacos for dinner. And she's from Mexico, so...authentic, man! They. were. so. GOOD! Man, I'm gonna miss this district.

This Saturday, we have a special meeting with two 70's, Elder Soares and Elder Grow, and their wives. I can't remember if anyone else is supposed to be in our meeting. But you know who was going to be in our meeting? Elder D. Todd Christofferson. But, we've just been told recently that he has to go back to Salt Lake for something and won't be able to meet with us. Bummer. But the meeting should still be good! Something cool: our bishop told us that apparently while we were walking with the Elders on Friday to where we were gonna eat lunch, the bishop drove by in a van with Elder Waddell of the 70, someone else I think, and Elder Neil L. Andersen. And they saw us near a stop light near my house where we met up with the Elders, recognized us as missionaries, and pointed us out! Then our bishop was like, "Oh! Those are my missionaries!" Haha then Elder Andersen saw Elder Chatwin's blue slacks and asked, "Is that Elder wearing jeans?" Kinda funny. Now I wish I saw that van when we were there.

So, the earthquake here. Nope. Didn't feel it at all! I did hear about it though. M told us the next day. But, she also said she didn't feel it. Her son did, though. But I have felt earthquakes here before. They happen all the time, it's just a matter of if you feel them or not. I think I've felt...2... One was when I was in Magdalena with Hermana L. We were sleeping and then all of a sudden we felt a little one at 11 pm. We had a lot of construction on the street outside our house at that time, so it was normal to feel rumblings and such. However, we know for a fact they don't do contruction at 11 pm haha. So, it was an earthquake. And other people felt it too. Hermana Lopez was like, "Hermana, did you feel that?" and I said yes. Then she said, "Was it an earthquake?" And I said yes. And then we went back to sleep. Haha I was so tired that I didn't care. Then once when I was here with Hermana B, we were in a lesson with a less active lady, and all of a sudden, we felt a rumble for a few seconds. Then it got stronger and everything was shaking. The lady we were visiting got really scared, grabbed Hermana B by the arm, and headed towards the door to evacuate. But just before she got to the door, it stopped. It wasn't very long, but it was a little bit freaky just because I didn't know if it was gonna continue to get stronger. I hope we don't get anything really big here.

I sent Jack a quick little email! And I read Ashley's email. Thanks for those! I may not be able to read them all the time, but every now and then, it's fun to see what's up with everyone. Hahaha I thought that was so funny about people saying, "The Lord will protect you" to Amanda. Aww, sad that the Sutton's are gone now. That'd be so cool if they ran into Jeannie.

Welp, I think that's about it for the week! Stay tuned next week for more Peruvian adventures! Love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Love,

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

P.S. - Hermana Borg wants to put together a cookbook from just the Hermanas in the mission. So before the 9th, we have to hand in a recipe we like. Since it's my favorite, and it's so simple, I feel like I should send in the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe. Or should I do something different since they don't have the ingredients here?
Could you send me that? I know what it is and all, but I'd like to have measurements (amounts) correct and stuff. Thanks!