Monday, January 27, 2014

Personal Revelation

First of all, sorry you all are suffering from the snow, but it still sounds pretty nice to me sometimes haha. Also quickly, I think I forgot to tell you the best part of the story of DS (our Jewish investigator) coming to church. He wore this huge, long prayer shawl thing over his head the whole time. He totally stuck out. It was kinda funny. We had an investigator come to Church this week, and she really liked it. She told me how she learned things she's never heard before. Haha she wants ALL the books and manuals and stuff we have in the church now. And she took notes the whole time! Except in Sacrament Meeting...she kept falling asleep. But she's really great,and we're going to talk about how families can be together even after this life, which I think will be good since she talks about her family a bit, who've passed away. Dad sent me a happy birthday song from Mexico, but it's nowhere near what we have haha. Here, it's just simply singing our happy birthday in English and everything, and then they have like a "Ba da ba da ba da!" Then the speed up and clap and sing this (same tune as happy birthday, but faster, with three claps after each line):
 
CumpleaƱos feliz,
Te deseamos a ti,
CumpleaƱos felices,
Te deseamos a ti!
I always love it when I mention something in a lesson or share a scripture, and my comp picks it up and starts using it too. I've shared my scripture before (Ether 12:4), and my comp has been starting to use it lately too. There was one week where we shared it with just about everyone. This is interesting. I shared it once with this less active lady and her daughter and what it meant to me and why it kinda sent me here on my mission, and now, the mom told me that because of that scripture, her daughter has decided to serve a mission too. That's awesome! If she goes through with it, I think it'll bless their family a bunch. We're pretty ticked with our ward right now. To the point where my comp was in tears last night. We have this investigator, P, who's getting baptized, and she doesn't feel the support from the ward. Everyone at ward council talks about her and they don't even know what's going on. They're super quick to judge. They had a problem with the fact that she's only attended the first hour of church. We've taught her since then and she understands what she needs to do and what's important, and she has a desire to be baptized. We've talked to our district leader, and I (since we had interviews on Friday) brought it up with Presidente Borg. They tell us that we know our investigators and what's best for them. They're people, not numbers to us. The thing is, the ward does not understand that. She had her interview last night, and has to wait a week, but she's on her way. Everyone just judges and thinks she has to be perfect before baptism. Presidente Borg told me that we should go forward with it. If she has a desire to be baptized, that's a small testimony right there, and she's on her way. We help her and try to get the ward to help as well, but she'll learn and understand more over more time and gain more of a testimony. Ugh...the ward is just really ticking us off right now. Our church bears the name of Jesus Christ, why can't these people just be Christlike and love our converts?

Dad and Brian told me about Doc Singleton's situation! Wow! That's cool! I hope things work out! Dad also told me about how Jess is organizing another Big Bear family reunion. That sounds fun! Sorry I'll miss it. OHMYGOODNESS! It's funny that you've been talking about Disney World and Universal lately. Believe it or not, I've been thinking about it lately! I'll see Disney merchandise, see a carnival with rides and stuff on the beach in my sector (Did I tell you we have the beach in our sector? No one's ever on it though because apparently it's dirty. But it's a pretty view. I have pics I need to send.), etc. that remind me of Disney World. I miss it. It's the best. AND. Those Harry Potter World additions sound AWESOME! So...you've mentioned Disney World and Universal this week and last week...I've coincidentally been reminded of it for probably a month now...that counts as personal revelation, right? I say, let's go! Let's convince Dad! After my mission and before Brian's sounds like a perfect plan!

Today, we went to my comp's old sector in Callao. We have permission to go to old sectors to visit our converts every like, 3 months. I've heard crazy stories about Callao. It's dangerous. But I really liked her sector! Everyone was really nice and humble! But it was hotter there. Not cool. Ohhh...see what I did there! We've also spent the day in dentist offices because my comp needs to get her wisdom teeth taken out soon. She didn't get them out before her mission, and now they're starting to come through and hurt. That stinks. I heard American music in the office though. And when they played Chicago and "Age of Aquarius", it reminded me of you!

I brought a package to the misson office this Tuesday to be sent with the lady from Utah! So hopefully you get it soon! I included some handmade things and I mentioned to be careful with them. You should understand what I mean. With what I sent Dad, David, and Brian, they can definitely wear them of course (Elders in the CCM wore them all the time! It's a thing here among the Elders), I just mean be careful with food and stuff and I'm not sure exactly how you'd wash them. Dry cleaning? I...wouldn't put them in the wash haha. You'll probably know what to do. You'll see! And what I sent you has the word "Peru" written a certain way on it. It the Peruvian mark, and it's on EVERYTHING here.

Do you know anything about the Wawryzniak's adoption process? They're in my prayers.

I have to go, but I love you all and I pray for you all the time! Stay warm and safe! Have a great week!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, January 20, 2014

Typical Day

First of all to Dad, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! There's actually a cool little way they sing happy birthday here. I like it. I think I'll have to bring it back with me. I probably like it because ours is so awkward. Dad said he thinks my mission is going probably the slowest for you than everyone else. Didn't you say the opposite last week? Also, my P-day is Monday, but sometimes it changes based on things going on. Usually hollidays and such. Last week it was on tuesday because the temple wasn't open on monday. Man, it felt so good to go to the temple again. And this was the first time I was in a session without a translating device. After the temple we got lunch and went to this huge American-ized mall. All of us American missionaries felt a little bit trunky haha...but's it fine. We're good. Ooo and there, we got froyo from this froyo place where you can pick fruit, and then they put it in this machine that mixes it for like 2 seconds and then you have your own original froyo! It was a little expensive, but it was good! I mixed blackberries with mangos.

Yeah, the MP3 with the music you sent is good. Thanks! I haven't sent your package yet, but I might try to bring it to the offices tomorrow since I have to be there at 6 am to go do migration work all day tomorrow. Yay? All us foreigners gotta do it. Haha oh and in the Christmas package you sent me, on one of the bags, you forgot an "a" and accidentally wrote "Herman Hymas". I thought it was funny. I am now Herman Hymas. I also got a nice package from Cami for Christmas that I got at the last transfers. I forgot to tell you about that. Today was a chill p-day. Nothing really happened. All we had planned was to play sports with a different zone. All the Hermanas sat and talked while all the Elders played soccer. I talked the whole time, but for a little bit, my comp and an awesome, awesome, super friendly Hermana from Mexico tossed an American football around. But yeah, chill day.

Wow! Everyone's engaged! Congrats, all! And Hanna Crowley's the best. Love that gal. And I always love to hear who's been reading my blog! I swear, there's no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you're loved. By your friends, by your family, or (and especially) by your Heavenly Father.

Hmm...typical day. For meals, we usually have either dinner or lunch (usually lunch) with members, and if we want breakfast, we have to buy stuff for breakfast in the morning. We usually only have lunch and nothing else. But a bunch of people we visit give us a bunch of stuff too, usually. It's fine. But I will ask for prayers for my health. I've gotten pretty darn sick a few times here. Not fun. Hmm...what else. We study for like 3 or 4 hours every morning, and then we go out, contact, and try to visit people (less actives and investigators) to teach. Unfortunately, more often than not, not many are available or home when we try to visit. So we don't get to teach many lessons each day, but we progress. Some days are better than others. My area's not the easiest, because we have a good number of people who are pretty hard people. Just hardened by life and not very humble. We've actually had some really prideful people. One of them was this really old guy who was a less active, but is now officially reactivated. He's super prideful though. But he said something crazy in our last visit with him. I've never heard this before, but he believes God doesn't have a face. No eyes, no nose, no mouth, nada. WHAT?!?! He thinks God's this great creature that we cannot comprehend. And he doesn't like to listen to other people's thoughts or opinions on things. Whatevs.

Oh and remember R and his family? They're all good. The mom was sick, R was out of town because his father was sick or something, and I cannot remember what happened with his sister, but they're fine. They came to church again this week, and they are now officially reactivated! Wooh! It's cool to see a change in people. The only hard part is having to eventually step back and let people endure to the end on their own. But that's part of God's plan.

We're teaching a Jewish man! And he looks like Santa Claus! Oh man...so many stories about him already. He shares with us his prayers and chants and Jewish songs. I have to try really hard not to crack a smile or laugh. Also when I went to shake his hand before our lesson, he suddenly pulled me in and quickly kissed the top of my head. Umm...uhhh... Hahaha it was funny, but now he knows that we have rules as sister missionaries, and that we can only shake hands. And yesterday he showed up to church by himself, greeted everyone with a Jewish greeting ("shalom alehem" or something). Basically he's Jewish because it's been the tradition of his family. He believes Christ was a good man, and he believes He could be the Messiah. He's trying to find out if he was. He accepted the invitation to be baptized, if he finds that this is the true church. He just doesn't want to give up his Jewish traditions and clothing and jewelry and stuff. So...that might be an upcoming problem. We'll see where it goes. But he loved church and he's really interested in the fact that we believe in a living prophet. For him, having a living prophet just makes sense. He's a very good man, just a bit....not what we're usued to haha. And he has a couple other Jewish friends who are interested! We might be teaching more soon! His name's D S, but it sounds like Donshimon when said. It sounds so epic. Sounds like we're saying Digimon or something. Whenever we say his name (when he's not around), I always raise a fist and say in my epic voice of power, "DONSHIMON!" Because it's necessary.

That's my life right now. Every day gets better. Oh and guess, we're having 7 Hermanas come in this next transfer, so there's a chance I could be training sooner than I thought... We're not sure yet, but there's definitely a chance. I've heard that said a lot lately. We'll see what happens.

I am super grateful for my wonderful, loving, supportive family! I love you all so much and pray for you everyday! Be safe and stay warm!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, January 13, 2014

Steak

The cow intestine I ate is called chorizo. Weird food update: I ate cow heart. It just tastes like steak.

I don't really know about K. I haven't seen him lately. He's been out of town with family and stuff. He was at church on Sunday, but only for the first hour. I wonder how everything's going. I know he gets stressed with work sometimes. He did tell me that he got an email from you though and he was like, "Yeah, I'll tell you about what he said later." I just pretended I didn't know what you wrote him.
 
P is not the ideal investigator one, because she can be kind of timid and we kinda have to dig things out of her sometimes. Also, everyone breastfeeds here out in the open. She has a 3 month old....so...yeah...that's happened twice with our appointments with her. It's just kinda a culture shock thing for me. Unfortunately, she's also not keeping her compromisos to read and pray. We're gonna start reading the BoM with her, and when she prays at the end of lessons it's fine. But she's not praying on her own. She's been honest about that. We actually have a lot of people with this problem. We were talking this morning about how we can better teach this principle to people. I guess what I mean with P is that we have issues with her not keeping commitments and we sometimes have to dig to get things out of her, and yet I had these feelings that God loves her and misses her. Like I said last week, that's the first time I've ever felt that for another person.
 
Yeah...I feel like I spoke too soon about R. I don't know what happened this week. No one in the family attended church this week. Hopefully they will in weeks to come though. But yeah, last week his mom was like, "R's changed. To the point where he has the scriptures on his tablet now." I can't remember if I told you that or not. Ugh, I'm running out of time to write. The best part of my week this week was Thursday when I went on splits with a Hermana trainer in my zone. She came to my sector, so I had to lead where to go and fill her in on our investigators and such. She's from Utah and her name's Hermana A. She was way cool to work with. I felt like such a missionary that day. She inspired me to be a better missonary. She's very upbeat, positive, and diligent. It was cool. And we spoke in Spanish all day until we got back to the house that night. Then the Spanglish began. Neither of us could remember English entirely after using it all day every day. It was kinda funny. We're like, we can't even remember English! She told me she's impressed with how well I speak, and that she remembers the first day I got here and how much I've improved since then. That felt good. Haha I've been helping my comp learn English lately. Man, I feel bad for them. English is hard.

On Friday, Hermana R got really sick and our comps went on splits, so I had to stay back at the house with her while she slept. Not exactly how I wanted to spend the day after having an awesome day with Hermana A and being all pumped about missionary work, but it was fine. I still managed to retain that burning for the work.

Do other people have access to my address here? I think you told me yes. Yes, I do have speakers. I do also have something to plug into the wall to charge things, but I don't have an adaptor here, at least I don't think so, and I've heard of things frying, sometimes even with an adaptor. So maybe I'll just charge it when I write you guys every week. Just plug it into the computer. 
 
 WHAT?! I knew about that one marriage, kinda. He was engaged before I left. But I didn't know about Becky! And no, I don't know who he is. Is he brown? But that's exciting! Yeah, who's the other engaged friend? Next, I'm gonna hear about people having babies.

P-Days: Last week we went somewhere, we didn't really know where we were, but we went looking for a beach. We eventually found one. (We always have P-days as a zone by the way.) So we hung out at the beach, skipped rocks, and then found this big dirt field and played baseball. Tomorrow is our P-day, and we're going to the temple. I can't wait.
 
I keep thinking about this scripture when things don't go exactly as planned. It's D&C 80:3. "Wherefore, go ye and preach my gospel, whether to the north or to the south, to the east or to the west, it mattereth not, for ye cannot go amiss."
That's nice to think of after a hard day. It's cool that it's a scripture.
 
Hope y'all have a great week! Talk to you next week! Stay warm!

Hermana Chrisane Hymas

Monday, January 6, 2014

Brrr!

Yes! I saw the pics of Davids beard! I was wondering how that was coming along! I know he hates the feel of his beard, so how was it for him? I also saw the screenshot of the temp! Wow! That's crazy! It's funny, Brian mentioned he was jealous of the weather we have here, but I'm jealous of your weather, as crazy as that sounds! A lot of the time our weather is really nice (Tuesday was PERFECT!), for a nice summer's day. But sometimes, especially recently, it's just really really hot. But I remember that it's January and then I want it to be cold and drink hot chocolate and snuggle up in a warm house. But it's all good. I'll have that in no time (15 months, but all the missionaries talk about how fast the time flies, which is pretty true so far. It seems like yesterday when I hit 2 months in the misson, and now on Thursday, I'll have 3 months).

Haha yeah, the balloon thing at the Christmas party was a game one of the zones provided. You have two teams, tie your team's color balloon to your foot, and then charge at each other in "battle", trying to "kill" the enemy by stepping on their balloon and popping it.

I know the exact movie you're talking about! Isn't it called like something something Mr. Banks? I saw a trailer for that movie before my mission! Haha yeah, I told Grace when I come home, there are so many movies I have to watch (and the last season of The Mentalist)! I told her I want to make yummy American food and have movie nights! I think little things like that (Fridays night movie nights with the other kids, just hanging out, going to a favorite restauraunt together) are things I miss the most. Nostalgic things. I hope that doesn't sound too trunky haha. I am focused on the work here and all. My Spanish is getting better, but I'm not there yet. I still get frustrated. Not as much as before, but I still do.
We had transfers on Tuesday, which was a really chill day. The next day was too. Presidente Borg told us both days were P-days for us, because everyone celebrates NYE and sleeps forever and a day the next day. Like Christmas, we also had permission to stay up late and see fireworks at midnight. We went home that night, slept for like an hour, woke up, watched fireworks, and went to bed. I probably slept for about 3 hours or less that night because a house next to us was blasting Peruvian music and cheering and stuff until about 5 am. Transfers were fun.  As for the newbees, there were 2 American elders and 3 American hermanas, and the rest of the 17 were latins. Presidente Borg has a slide show thing where he just reveals who gets paired with who, which was kinda fun, especially since nothing happened with me and my comp, so I just got to sit back and watch.

GUESS WHAT ELSE I ATE! COW INTESTINE! I didn't know what it was until afterwards when my comp told me, which I think is better. It wasn't bad, but I don't know if some of that is because I didn't know what it was at the moment haha. Yes! I finally asked Presidente Borg about music! He said sending a mp3 without headphones and loaded up with music is okay! So please send me music! Just not Christmas music yet. We'll deal with that later. Church music, instrumental, BYU chorus, uplifting music, all that stuff. That'd be great.

Remember that family who I bore my testimony to in English and the son said he thought it was really powerful and thanked me for it and stuff? Well since that lesson, he's been coming to Church every Sunday, after not going for about a year! Yay, R! His mom and his sister are also doing better in their attendance. We also have an investigator, P, with a baptisimal date for later this month. The lesson this week with her was interesting. That was the first time I had the feeling for someone else that Heavenly Father really loves her and misses her. And it's interesting that I felt that becaus she's not really the ideal investigator. It's a little difficult to explain, but it was good.

I love you all and I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Hymas