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