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!

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.