Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shaun White

Things are getting better with Hermana L, I think. It's pretty good. She's a really good missionary. We help each other. It's kinda funny. She wants quality food. Haha good luck with that here... And she can be kinda serious sometimes. Haha but she's good. I'm pretty happy with her right now. Did I tell you we have the same birthday? Hooray for July 8th! Yep, my daughter is exactly 4 years older than me. And haha it's a little funny, I think if she were American, she'd be from New Jersey. It's kinda like the SNL The View "Who cares?" thing. But really, she's pretty good.

If it's alright, I'd like to ask you guys to pray for those we teach. Especially pray for the recent converts in our sector, Kristen, Jefferson, and Paola and her family, who all need friends in the church and help attending church.
Training's going pretty well so far. I'm already learning so much. It's interesting to see how much I have to step up now and take the lead here. It's interesting to see how much I'm in charge of now and what I have to do. It's good though. It's kinda cool that I'm learning all these things now at only 4 months, so that I can apply them to the rest of my mission.

Hmm...things to send me. I don't know right now other than the iPod possibly. Maybe a skirt or two, long skirts are best. Or a couple more white shirts that I could wear under shirts or something. But if that's too much, no worries! Oh, and music! Disney, if we have it, Piano Guys, which I have, Vocal Point, and Noteworthy. My brain's kinda scattered right now. But thanks! And yes, keep an eye out for the package! I sent it about a month ago, but yeah, I think I did put our home address on it. Oh man! So Allison already had her thesis defense. Wow, what happened? She rocks either way. You all are in my prayers. Oh man, how badly I want to run again. Never thought I'd say that. But really, I actually do miss running.

It's still really hot here. Today's p-day was kinda fun. So, Hermana L had to go in to do migration work today, so I went with a bunch of other Hermanas to Larcomar. It was fun. Today was a personal p-day, so it was just a bunch of the Hermanas in the zone. Larcomar is this big mall-like place outdoors by the beach. We hung out there and ate lunch at Chili's. That was nice. We ate good food, heard a bunch of American music for a change haha, and there were a million TVs playing the Olympics, so naturally we saw some of that, cheering on Shaun White. And we all were nervous for the Americans (well, us American Hermanas), and reacted when they wiped out. But seriously, today was the day of American music. I have to say, it was pretty nice to hear again. Actually, there's a man in the internet cafe right now playing a bunch of American music.
I don't really know what else to say right now. Kinda boring, I know. Let's hope next week will be better. Oh, we contacted a reference from the offices the other day. She talks soooooooooo MUCH! And she's sure her house is haunted.... Let's see how this goes haha.
Until next week! Love you all! Stay warm!
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

I'm working on sending the flash drive with my photos. But I wanted to send you these tonight, just because.
1. A Peruvian shirt a couple in the ward gave me. It's supposed to be a pretty Peruvian thing. The bird is the...national bird here? I don't know. It might just be an ugly Peruvian bird.
2. I bought this shirt today! Hahaha I thought I had too. They also have a bunch of other ones for other movies and shows, like The Simpsons, House, Titanic, Star Wars, James Bond, and one for The Beatles.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tan Lines and Transfers

WOW! To that big explanation of your wacky week and to the pictures! I loved the picture of creepy Target! That looks cool. Oooo that'd be fun/creepy to play like hide and seek or something there. I still feel like I'd love to experience all this, but I will pray for you all. I'm sure it's hard right now. We have an inactive man we visit regularly who told me that the power went out in NY and PA and stuff.

I always forget to say some things after I write you all, but congrats to David for getting to sing in General Conference! I like to tell people about that. That's way cool. I look forward to seeing him! Aw man, I was gonna say something else, but I don't remember. I have my pictures ready, so I'll send them soon. Did you get my package yet?

Hmm...what happened this week? Oh yeah, MY FIRST BAPTISM IN THE MISSION! Welcome to the ward, P! We find out cambio (transfers) information tonight, and well, I'm scared. I got an email from Presidente Borg today that said basically "Good job. You're doing really well. I'm excited for what this next cambio will bring for you. I think you're ready to take the next step. See you at cambios." Um...what. Yeah. I'm especially scared. You'll find out next week what's going on.

This Wednesday, my comp got 2 wisdom teeth out, and I went out that day with an 18 year old from another ward in the stake. She's awesome. She's planning on serving a mission, and is almost done with her papers. She was a big help. But, I was also able to manage somewhat. I kinda just want to...not train yet haha. I just don't feel quite ready yet. It's really likely that I'll stay here, but I'm not sure for sure. We also heard that a lot of new sectors will be opened by Hermanas, so we'll see what happens. The anticipation is killing me though.

Nothing much really happened this week though. I'm getting a little tired with the people we're teaching. Some people have decided not to listen to us, or other things have happened that's just been hard on the work. We need more/new investigators.

I have really bad tan lines. I've got a farmer's tan, a watch tan line, and really, really bad shoe tan lines. I want to send pictures at the end of the summer. It's still really hot here, but I have to say, there are some days/moments that feel nice. I really like the mornings, right before noon. It's bright and sunny with blue skies, but it's also usually cool. Especially because we're in Magdalena, a bigger part of the city, with tons of buses/taxis/cars rushing by and tons of big buildings (most of which are apartment buildings...with intercoms outside...which is a big reason why it's hard for us to get inside homes). But yeah. In the morning and at night, when it's cool, I like it. The rest of the day, when it's blazing hot is not fun.

Brian told me about how's he's close to his Eagle! That's great! And he and Grace told me about the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics...and the ugly sweaters. Haha really? They really had a best dressed/worst dressed this year? Way to go, America. Makin me proud. And Allison told me about her story she's working on. Sounds like she's made for that writing stuff.

I have to go now, but I look forward to talking with y'all next week! Love you! Chao!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, February 3, 2014

What a Day!

I got your package on Tuesday! Thanks! It's great! I gave one of the Pez dispensers to my comp because she asked what it was. It was new for her, but she liked it haha. I'm trying to work on sending pics. I don't have to much time to read letters and go through my pics, so I don't know if you'll get them quite yet. But I'm working on it. The snow track is moving? Can you tell it to come to Lima, please? Really though, that must be annoying for you all right now. Wow, what an experience at church yesterday!

I don't have time to write everyone back today, but just so you know, I DIED laughing at Brian and Megan's Olympic flag! I honestly can say that I laughed out loud for a good while. I can just picture it. That's funny. Wow, no David didn't tell me about how serious his head thingy was! That's crazy! Yeah, take it easy, Dave.

Not much has happened this week, but I enjoy listening to music other than EFY music, so thanks! The ward's getting better I think. We had a really good ward council, lead by Hermano A, the father of the family who loves my comp and I. I Skyped you guys from their house. They call us their daughters. He's really cool, and a really good guy. He's really good at planning what needs to be done in the ward. Bishop and his family were on vacation, and this was the first really good ward council we've had. He's back now, but hopefully things get better. P has her interview for baptism tomorrow morning, so let's hope she shows up and it goes well. If it does, we have a baptism on Thursday! My first so far in the mission!

We had stake conference this week. And Presidente and Hermana Borg spoke at both sessions. They're great. I honestly have the best mission president and mission president's wife ever. We had one investigator, J, showed up! Solo! He's good, and loves the church and all, but he's been taught forever. He has a problem with accepting baptism. We think his problem is he know's his life will change after he's baptized, and he's afraid he'll fall. We're working with him though. We also have an awesome investigator, who I believe I talked about last week. She came to church last week, but couldn't this week. Her name's E. She seems promising. She's progressing so far, and shows interest. We think there'll be more interest after she learns of the Plan of Salvation, since she talks about her family (most of who've died) a bit. We're planning on teaching this next, if we can get an appointment with her this week. We've now taught 2 other Jews. We'll see if we can get appointments with them to teach more. I hope these people progress.

I'd be more than happy to talk to Maddie about what she's feeling! If you can, maybe you can send me an address and I can write her a letter or something. Seems like she's feeling a bunch of things I felt, too. Maybe I can help. Yay! I'm so happy to hear that the Wawrzyniak's will be bringing home their daughter soon! I read Marisa Maxwell's article. It's good! And isn't it kinda cool tho think that youth here will probably read it to, but in Spanish?! Cool. And congrats to Kalan! Honestly, everyone's getting engaged right now haha. Wow, Brian, Matt, and Megan are family history experts now, huh? Sounds cool! And fun! I have seen the new site! They're pushing it here, too. And we've helped some people with setting up their account. It's way cool! I so want to work on my own when I get home! And congrats to Brian for getting into BYUI!

Today for P-day, we got chased out of an cool cemetery and just went and talked and ate ice cream at this mall food court thing. Okay, we didn't really get chased out, but our zone leader basically got us in on a bribe, then we found out it was a whole lot more, so we left haha. Not much today. And it was suuupppeeerrr hot! February it this weird carnival month thing for Peruvians here. They throw water at everyone. We know 2 Hermanas in our zone who got hit yesterday. We'll see if I get it this month... Oh and my comp gets 2 wisdom teeth out on Wednesday. So at least on Wednesday, I'll have a "mini missionary" with me. We got a youth from another ward in the stake. So...I'll have to lead everything. Yikes! A little scared, but it should be good. Pray for me that day.

Hmmm...maybe you could pray for us to find ways to get the ward members more involved. Also, for my health. And maybe also for me to be able to express myself in lessons and just with people here. I'm working on it, but it's still a little hard. Still pray for my Spanish.

Transfers are on the 11th, but I won't find out any news until the day before. We'll see...I get scared and excited at the same time. Also, can you believe I hit 4 months on Sunday?!?!

Thanks for everything! Until next week! Love you all!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas