Monday, March 24, 2014

Staying Put

Yes you can accept the friend request from A. She's the bishop's daughter. Haha but I don't know why she put Henderson Schmidt. You should check and see if those are the last names of any of the guys from the band Big Time Rush. She's loca for them. Haha how cool that David got compliments on his llama tie! That's right. Represent y'all. And yes! Becky wrote me! Haha it was nice to hear from her. She's so funny. That's so cool to hear about everyone in the stake going on missions! Super cool!

I loved reading about the stake conference! Sounds like it was really good! It's been years, but I remember that fireside with Elder Robbins. He's pretty cool. Haha Grace just wrote me about the stories! Hahaha I love them! Especially the one about the Baptist man. Those are straight up miracles. I liked his messages of 1st connection and "where are you facing?" and "how would Jesus be?". Pretty cool. We have a 70 in our ward, and he spoke a bit about missionary work in sacrament meeting on Sunday. It was really good!

Hmm...what happened this week. Well, we've continued to pray to find families, and welp, we found 2 more this week! One of them I contacted in the street, and the other was a reference we received from a less-active. The first family is a young couple with a daughter that's about 5 years old (I'll have you know, I really struggled just now to remember how to say that part in English). We have yet to ask them if they're married. And in the other family, there are a ton of people! And they've met with the missionaries before. Well, we have appointments with these families later in the week, and we'll see how it goes.

Our other investigators...we'll see. L's studying and living with his mom in a different zone, so he's rarely here during the week anymore. He still has a TON of questions. And a lot of them don't even matter. We're still working on him. But he's a lot closer than others. We're also working with I. We taught him and his girlfriend, B, this morning. We taught the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity. Yay. I don't feel like my teaching was all that great this morning, but then again I'm always nervous when we teach them. I don't know why. It's never the subject, because I've taught those before and it's been fine. I think it's the fact that his RM friend, D, is usually there in our lessons and he's a really good teacher. Sometimes it's just like, "Yeah, continue teaching please. We'll just sit here and watch." It's all good though. It's good that I has good member friends to help him out. And he's a really good guy and really wants to learn and know more. Sincerely. So that's cool. And he asked us today if we could have a Family Home Evening. So we have one Friday night. We're also working with a lady named V. She's a little strange, but she's accepted the invitation to be baptized! ...Just hasn't accepted a date yet. Like everyone, she wants to know everything first. And as we explain and testify, that is not possible. But, we're working on it.

I have to go soon. But I'll talk about today. We didn't have p-day today because tomorrow is cambios. Well, I just talked to my district leader on the phone literally just now. He absolutely LOOOVVVEEES to play around with us, make me say the number 3 (story for another day) and all that. So he made it all suspenseful and all that, and.....I'm....staying here. To finish training mi hija no doubt. But he's being transferred, and actually we're all really sad about that. He's a really, really good leader. And really funny too. Elder P from Ecuador, adiós. But today, we had a lesson this morning, and then we ate ice cream at this good ice cream place with Elder P and Elder C, and then we went to this place in my sector for lunch that Hermana L and I always walk past and drool over. It looks so good and smells so good. So we went! And it was pretty good! What looks super good is their desserts. When I come back here with you guys, we are going to this place and getting dessert.

Spanish is always improving. I'm still not quite there yet, but I'd say I'm further than other missionaries with my time in the mission, and in some cases, a little further than others that have a little more time than me in the mission. At least that's what I've been told....and observed a little bit. I think in Spanglish. I'm not quite at speaking in Spanish yet, but it's total Spanglish. And this is kinda nuts. Sometimes, I think of memories and situations, and then afterward I realize I thought the things said in the memory or situation in Spanish. That's a good sign! But, I still have a ton a learning and studying to do.

I love you all and continue to pray for you! Laters!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Friend, Responsibi​lity, and the Good Word of God

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I can't believe I forgot to say that last week! I didn't forget about it, there's just always a lot on my mind. I also forgot to say that I heard a few weeks ago that Hermana R went home. Uh...yeah. Also, happy St. Patrick's day! Today as a zone, we just went to Larcomar again, ate food, and sat by the beach. Haha Hermana A and I talked and laughed about The Middle. She loves it too.

We witnessed miracles this week. Biggest miracle: we received a reference on Wednesday, met with him for the first time on Thursday, and he was baptized on Saturday. Here's the story, morning glory: We got the reference from the YM president, and he said he was a young man who wanted to be baptized. We went to visit him that day, but he wasn't there. So the next day, we planned to visit him, but later in the day. We got a call right after we contacted a family (well, a man, but the father of a family, and he wants us to come back and teach him! We have an appointment tomorrow, so we'll see what happens.) and the YM president said that J, the reference, was waiting in his house for us to come teach him and that we needed to take a taxi to get there quickly. So we grabbed a taxi (and our taxi driver lived in VA and knows Ashburn!) and went to his house. Okay, he's not a young man. He's like in his late 40s/early 50s. But we talked to him and he was sure he wanted to get baptized. Then and there if possible. The thing is, his son who is 15 or 16 years old has cancer (a tumor in each lung, and one in his leg) and is going through chemotherapy, and is basically in the hands of the Lord right now. He asked for his dad to be baptized. Everyone in J's family was a member except for him. But he really did want to, and he was ready. It was also a "If my son dies, I want to be with him forever" kind of a thing. He had all his church attendance and everything as well. He really did have a desire. He doesn't live here permanently. He lives with family here for a while because his son needs to come to hospitals here for treatment. But President Borg said it's okay. The bishop just needs to send his information when he leaves. So we taught J all the lessons in 2 days and he was baptized on Saturday along with 10 other investigators from our stake. We had a Noche Blanca. And for the week, our zone had 12 baptisms. We're on our way to 20! Julian bore his testimony in church on Sunday, and wow, he's a really good guy.

We fasted for L this week, but ended up getting someone else. Interesting how the Lord works. But we're still working with L and I. They're close. We'll see. Thanks for all your prayers for my investigators, less actives, recent converts, and members!

This was nice. We went to share a message with young men who play soccer Thursday nights at the church and invite their friends. We were told to talk to and friend a girl that was there. At first I was like, oh man. How do we do this casually? I did most of the talking. It was pretty easy, we got talking and laughing pretty easily. She told me my Spanish is excellent! Score! Haha it's funny how everyday I have a harder time speaking and thinking in pure English like I used to. I told dad a little about that if you want to see what I wrote him. Unfortunately this girl doesn't live in our sector, or zone for that matter, so...reference. We do that a lot. We always meet really awesome people who don't live in our sector...awesome. It's fine though, we help other missionaries. But, when we prayed to find a family for a couple days, we found a family! Yay! The Lord is mindful of us.

I got a nice package from Cami today! A notebook, notecards, a card, and such. It was nice! And I got a wedding invitation from Becky Rohner! You should see if you can get her email or something so I can communicate with her. Thanks for sending a package! Thanks so much for the white shirts. I probs should've explained a little better. I asked for white only because I kinda meant solid color shirts that can go with my patterned skirts. Thanks all the same for the white! I really need to look for clothes here. It's just hard, and we don't have very much time. So thanks! And thanks for the music, candy, and...well, something from Disney World! And I am so glad you all like your presents from here! The ties, the hats, and your apron. The "Peru" on your apron that has the swirly "P" is actually the mark of Peru. That "Peru" written that way is everywhere here!

The weather here is pretty hot still, but it's starting to cool down more in the morning and at night. I've heard it's gonna cool down more soon. And in winter here, apparently, it's really cold. So I might have to ask for sweaters and coats in the near future if I cannot find any here.

Hope everything is going well there in PA! I love you all, I feel your support, and I cannot wait to hear from you all next week!

Chao!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

A couple pictures:

1. P's Baptism
2. J's baptism. Surprise! We had a surprise baptism this week! We met him on Thursday and he was baptized on Saturday.
Also, here's what she sent Doug:

Haha talking over the phone totally requires the gift of tongues. When I got here, I couldn't understand anything. But now, I do almost all the talking over the phone. Thanks for your compliment about my Spanish! It is getting easier, but I still have SO much to learn! I actually have a hard time organizing my sentences in English. When I speak for a while, it's easy, but at first it's rough. I don't have all that much time to answer all those questions yet, but basically our whole mission is in the city, my area's just a bit rich than some others. It's not too big. We can walk everywhere and from one end to the other is maybe like 30-40 minutes. The other Hermanas have a bigger sector, and are doing a little better with their numbers right now...but we're working! And we'll get our numbers up there soon! This week was a little better. We've just had a rough time lately, but it's getting better little by little. Mm...some people are part members, but it's not like, a lot,
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Importance of Ward Members

Aw man! Joseph's head broke off?! Well, that's good that it's an easy fix. Yes, you can accept the friend request from C. I was actually in a lesson with them while she sent it. She and her mom are less active. She's the one where I shared Ether 12:4, and now she wants to serve a mission. But she seems to more and more on the fence about it. I think she should stick with the feeling she felt the first time and the desire she had. I'm at 5 months now! One more month till I hit 1/3 of my mission.

Glad Disney World was cool! Ah. Haha. Ha. Get it? But really. That sounded like fun.

Hmm...I'm trying to think about the music. Did you include Piano Guys, Vocal Point and Noteworthy as well? I'm trying to think of what else, but I don't know. It seems like I always think of something during the week after I write you all. Hmm...I'm trying to think about the white shirts. It just seems like white shirts are nice to have and go with basically everything. However, undershirt would be really nice. Also, you think you could throw in some more of those Flintstones vitamins? Haha sounds silly but I'm serious.

I cannot believe I forgot to throw out a congrats to Grace last week. I hit everyone but her. Grace is just awesome. I love hanging out with her and talking and watching movies with her. I love hanging out with her and I can be a sister she can look up to. And Grace can be secretly funny haha. Just like, out of nowhere. And it's awesome. And she's the best to quote movies with. Ferreal, once we quoted Tangled in one sitting. The whole thing. Expressions, songs, everything. So Grace, congrats for continuing to be an awesome sister and an example to me.

Another thing I forgot to write about is the intercambio I had with Hermana R, from Mexico. She's an Hermana Capacitadora and she is awesome! We had a great day! We didn't have very good numbers because we couldn't find anyone, but we talked and laughed the whole day. And she never said one word about our low numbers. She was super positive the whole time. What an example. She, like me, likes to talk as well. So that night we ended up talking til 12:30 am. Whoops! Haha but no regrets. It was fun. She's also a middle child. Maybe that has something to do with it...? It sounds like she enjoyed our day too. Later she told me she hopes we're companions someday. And her comp told me "She keeps talking about how funny you are." Welp, that's always nice to hear. She's cool (or here, she's "chevere"). I wouldn't mind being her comp. Haha I just realized, if she was my comp, that would mean another comp who's name ends in z.
 
Sounds like my missionary friends are doing well! Glad to hear it! Paige Baisden and I have been emailing back and forth a bit. Sounds like she's doing well and is loving Mexico. I need to send letters to Jeannie and Sienna.

Ohh this is kinda cool. So, a week or two ago, we visited this family who's kinda in the middle of active/less active. Remember R? I shared my testimony in English and he changed after that lesson? Well he also speaks French. Man, I've forgotten a LOT of my French, but he spoke to me in French and I understood! So we had a little conversation in half Franch/half Spanish. It was cool. And he actually told me I have a little bit of a French accent in my Spanish. But he said a tiny one, like I studied French before. Hmm, interesante. That reminds me, I don't think I ever told you about my first day at the CCM. I've come a long way hahaha, definitely not like this anymore, but my friends kept telling me I was pronouncing the Spanish words like a French person.

I'm trying to think of what else I can say. The work's hard right now and sometimes it seems like we walk and walk and walk for no one. And my feet are suffering from it. But it's all good. I'm trying more and more each day to adopt Hermana R's attitude. We've had to drop one of our investigators. E, an old woman who doesn't want to progress. We've basically done all we can do. She just doesn't do her part. And we went to her house this week, but she said to her friends "No, they're Mormons! I cannot visit with them right now!" And her friend was like "Oh...you're Momon's. Yeah, bye." And shut the door. We're trying really hard to work with our other investigators, especially L and I. They're on their way, we're just doing all we can. Pray for these two young men especially. Our ward missionaries are pretty good, but the other members are still pretty cold. We're working on it, but our recent converts still need a lot of help. Keep them in your prayers too. There's not too much we can do without the members. I've learned that they are extremely important.

We went to the zoo today! Not much to say about that. A zoo's a zoo. But some parts looked more jungle ("selva"), which was cool. Last week's p-day, we, the Hermanas in my zone, went to a big mall thing. Perhaps I can go to something like that on a p-day to look for clothes if you cannot send me anything or if it's difficult. I don't know.

 
Love you all! Take care!

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Monday, March 3, 2014

Multizones

Hey! So first of all, I keep thinking about my package I sent you. It hasn't come yet? Also, do you think you could send me a few more no-show socks? You can get them at Target. Skin-colored and black would be cool. Sorry, about all that snow...

Grace told me about some music you're planning on sending. Mama, you rock.
 
 Whoa! More engagements! Canda and Paige! It's funny I was actually just thinking this week, "I wonder if Paige Moffat will get engaged while I'm gone." This is called revelation, ladies and gentlemen. Is it to that same guy? Jacob, or something? Felicitaciones, Paige! Wow, congrats to everyone! Congrats to Brian on getting into BYU!!! That's awesome and I'm happy for you! And congrats to Allison on getting her Masters in Fine Arts! Super killer. David, you and your head will be in my prayers. Can't wait to see you sing in General Conference! Congrats for that! Congrats to Dad being Dad, and...getting out of the busy season of work, right? Yay, Dad! And congrats to Mom, for always holding the home and fam together and filling me in on everyone's lives. Super awesome. And when did you get called to YW's again? By the way, how are all my friends doing around the world on their missions?

So, this week was a little nuts. We had meetings, multizones, and my comp had to go do interpol work. We didn't get many normal days this week. Multizones was awesome. I always learn from them and want to be better. Presidente Borg challenged us to find families, so we're working on that. The next day, I believe, or a little later, we had a surprise zone meeting where we ate pancakes to celebrate 10 baptisms in Feb. as a zone (1 was mine!), and our zone leaders talked to us and we made goals as a zone. We came up with a really high goal, that hasn't been reached in a really long time. 20 baptism this month as a zone. It interesting though. I know that we can do it. We all do. You know why? Because we all felt the Spirit during that meeting and with that number. We know it will be really hard, but we can do it. We applied this to Joshua 3, and how it will require us to walk through the water and have faith that it will stop, according to the word of the Lord. I know that a bunch of our baptismal dates will fall, one of ours kinda already did, but that's when we have to keep our faith and keep working. Maybe the water will reach up to our necks before it stops, but I have faith that it'll stop. We can do this, and we're working hard for this. We're all joining together in a couple fasts, too. My comp and I are struggling with our investigators, but we're working. We got a new investigator yesterday, L, who's interested in baptism, but still has some doubts with Joseph Smith. We taught all about that last night, but he's still struggling with it. We also taught a new investigator, I, who also wants to know for himself if these things are true. These 2 are probably our most promising investigators right now, but they keep telling us they feel like they need to learn a ton more before baptism. We hear this a lot. It frustrates me. They just need to know that they can get confirmation from the Spirit. And this is knowledge. We try teaching, explaining, and testifying of this, but we still run into this problem. It's interesting, with L, I was studying a Conference talk yesterday, but for I. I didn't feel like it was perfect for I,but it was good. But in our lesson with L, I really felt strongly that he needed this talk a lot more than I. So we assigned it for him to read. I hope he does. It's interesting how I was unawaringly prepared to study that talk for L. The Spirit's awesome.

Sé sin ninguna duda que esta es la iglesia verdadera. Amo esta evangelio y lo que puedo sentir, gracias al Espíritu Santo. Jesucristo es mi Salvador. Él es el único que puede rescatarme. Amo mi familia y el conocimiento que podemos vivir juntos para siempre. Siento el Espíritu testificando de estas cosas. Estoy agradecida por todo yo tengo gracias al evangelio de Jesucristo y todo Él hizo para nosotros. Estoy agradecida por el don del Espíritu Santo en mi vida. Puedo sentir paz y consuelo. Esto es porque estoy aquí. Quiero compartir todo esto con todos. Sé que podemos encontrar un mundo mejor cuando tenemos esta fe.


I love hearing about all that's happening at home. Take care this week. Be safe. Love you.

Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

I'm sorry, but I'm still working on sending the flash drive with the rest of my pics, but here's some more recent ones. A little old but,
1. District lunch the day before cambios!
2. Hermana R and I (Plaza de Armas)
3. Hermana L and I (Plaza de Armas) ...with Elder C doing some weird Bigfoot thing in the background. The funny thing is, that was an accident.