Monday, February 23, 2015

What a Week


I don't know aboout cambios yet. I'll find out later today. I'm thinking I'm gonna stay here in Escardo and finish off my misison here. It'd be weird if they switched me. Although, I have a feeling that Hna L's gonna get transferred.

......OH MY GOSH!!!!! BRIAN'S GOING TO HUANCAYO, PERÚ!!!! A SU MAQUINA!!! I don't even know what to say!!! I sent him a video response (below). I do remember Michelle! She was my companion for one day when I was in Magdalena! There's probably no way to let anyone in her family know. I don't even know her family apart from her and her younger sister. Her sister was working at FSY and I talked to her a tiny bit, but that was all before I knew Brian was going to Huancayo. I'll probably find a way to email Michelle after I come home. Man, I don't even know what to say. I'm super excited for him. And looks like we'll have another Spanish speaker in the house. It'll be fun to maybe teach him some things when I come home. I might even come home speaking a little bit of Spanglish. It's hard to remember certain words in English. And sometimes when I read in English, I read it with a Spanish accent. But who know, maybe there won't be much of that when I come home. My roommates in the CCM went to Huancayo. I don't keep in touch with them, but I know a little bit about Huancayo. I know it's in the hills and that it can get cold. My roommates brought coats and stuff. High altitudes and I think they even get snow. I'm gonna be telling everyone now. I'll see if I people can tell me a little more about Huancayo and how Brian can prepare and what he should bring. And he's going to the CCM here in Lima!!! I'll have to tell him all about it. It's small. Sometimes it can feel like prison, but at other times it can be really fun. From what I've seen, the Hermanas generally like the CCM more than the Elders. Haha they tend to think of it more as a prison. But who knows! I think Brian will have a good experience! But the good thing is that you get to interact with the Latin missionaries that are all there too. And he'll be doing everything I did and going to all the places there that I went! It's so small that the only possible places he'll go at the CCM that I've never been to will be his dorm room and maybe his classroom. Everything else--lunch, devotionals, church, sports, etc. will all be the same. And every p-day, which will either be Tuesday or Thursday, depending on his district, he will go to the temple here in Lima, just like I did! After that I know he can go to either Tottus or Metro, two market places, on p-day. He'll walk the same streets and go to the same places I went to on p-day! And every 2 weeks, everyone in the CCM will leave and take buses to other missions in Lima to proselyte for the day. I went to the the Lima North Mission all three times, but someone here in the mission told me they came here to the Lima Central Mission! Either way, that'll be fun. I like how the CCM here does that. Good experience. Except his mission will look quite a bit different than Lima. I'm kinda jealous about that. Lima's kinda ugly and smelly but I love it. Since Huancayo is also provincia, the people should also be a bit more humble and more willing to accept the Gospel. I also don't know how often, but at some point, Brian will be able to go to the temple while he's in the field. They don't go too often though, I don't think. We're just so close to the Lima temple that we get to go often. I've seen missionaries at the temple who came from Huancayo, Trujillo, and Iquitos. He could see people from my mission! Hermana M said, "I'll still be in the mission. I could see him at the temple!" It's not very likely, but it's possible. Brian should always ask the missionaries there what mission they're from to see if there are any from my mission! He'll go to the Lima temple every week in the CCM, but when he's in the field, I don't know if he'll travel to the Lima temple or to the Trujillo temple that will be dedicated in June. I haven't looked at it or asked my companion, who's from Trujillo, how far away they are from Huancayo. I cannot wait to talk to him all about Perú and share all my stories with him!

Congrats to David about singing in the Priesthood session of conference and to Allison for signing with a literary agent! She hasn't written me yet, but that's great news!

I did intercambios twice this week. On Tuesday I went to Maranga (again) with Hna L. She's really quiet but really, really sweet. She's a fairly new missionary from Colombia that's finishing up her training. We met up with M who I taught and who got baptized in July. She's having some problems, but we talked to her and taught her and stuff and she was a little better by the end. I just hope she can open up to the missionaries that are there right now. She said she's pretty attached to my companions (who taught her with me) and me. It's just a matter of keeping in contact with her and having the missionaries and the ward member continually try to contact her. From what I know, they've been pretty good with that. On Thursday, I had an intercambio with Hna M! That was fun! We went out and taught, and then we came home and went up to the roof to "Choko slam" again. That's the thing with the chocolate covered crackers and milk. If you don't remember, read the email that explains all about the night before Hna M got transferred. She made a couple recordings for you, Mom, which I'll send you.

We're teaching a man named G who's progressing really nicely. He wants to get baptized now, but the only thing is that he and his girlfriend are not married. We've talked to them and now they want to get married, but they want to get married in July with all their family there and stuff. Man! Okay, we'll see how this all works out. Also, remember G, the grandma of K? She's coming back from Puno! I think she's coming back today. We're gonna have to contact her and finish teaching her. She wants to get baptized here. We had K go out with us Saturday morning to visit and teach with us. We taught the Plan of Salvation to G with her. She's a really good girl and it was really good when she shared her testimony. I think it was not only good for G to hear a member's testimony, but also for K
 
, who was recently baptized to share her testimony in that kind of a setting. We're planning on going to the temple with her this week to do baptisms.

Don't think I have too much else to say this week! I'll be sending you more in some recordings!

Que tengan una semana extremadamente bonita y llena de sorpresas y amor y felicidad y sonrisas y niños que se ríen y todas las cosas buenas de la vida! Jaja. La vida es hermosa! Disfrútenla!

Con amor,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Picture:
From our temple trip a couple weeks ago.
 
 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Heart Attacks and Bad Jello

I got the puffy envelope you sent me in the mail this week. Thanks! Yeah, go ahead and log onto my FamilySearch account. I think a lot of the work I have reserved on there are sealings, but you can look. I think there might be some baptisms and confirmations as well.

This week was a little slow, but good. We had interviews with Presidente Borg and FSY again (I had to speak on stage about the same topic again, but with my companion this time). It was a little bit of a busy week, so we didn't get a chance to do intercambios this week. We're gonna squeeze in 2 intercambios this upcoming week. For Valentines Day, my companion and I decided to heart attack the other Hermanas' rooms. So we made hearts out of white, red, and pink paper, wrote on them and made a little note with a little candy to put on their desks. Then we had to plan when we were gonna go to their rooms. We have copies of their keys, so we could just sneak in. We had to pick times when they weren't supposed to be there. Everything was going well at first. We went into the room of the other Hermanas from Escardo and left everything really fast. Then we went to San Miguel and left everything SUPER fast, but then when we walked out of their room, I saw one of the Hermanas walking up the stairs. So I booked it and hid behind something, but my companion didn't have time. They came up and were like, "What? What are you doing in our room?" Then I just shouted, "YOU'LL SEE! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! CHAO!" and ran down the stairs. My companion followed me and when we got to the bottom, one of the Hermanas shouted down to us, "Ustedes son la muerte!", which is a way of saying something like, "You two are so funny!" So, we got caught. Dang it. But it wasn't our fault. The Hermanas came home 30 minutes before they were supposed to. So apart from them, we were able to sneak into everyone else's rooms without them knowing. We went to Precursores and Maranga in the afternoon. We almost got caught by the Hermanas in Maranga, but we were too sneaky for them... Anyway, it was fun. Glad to hear that the little video worked. Looks like I'll have to make more.

I'm feeling better now. Turns out I had a stomach infection. I was put on a diet and had to take some pills for a while. We're not completely positive, but we're pretty sure that I got sick from some jello I ate that was most likely made with bad water. My companion ate it too, but she's Peruvian and used to the water, so she didn't get sick. We're pretty sure it was the jello. I don't think it could've been anything else.

We went to the temple this week and I got to do a lot of the work for Alice Maud Letch, the relative I mentioned last week. It feels good to do all that for a relative. I sent you the screenshot of her work on FamilySearch.org. I think it's cool to see it says that it's been done in Lima, Peru too.

Yes, I've also heard about Allison! That's great news! I'll be rooting for her over here. I am so anxious to know where Brian will be sent on his mission! I would LOVE a video! I might just send a video response back. If you can't do a video, a recording will do! Man, I'm so excited for him! I bet he's just really excited/anxious/nervous. I almost feel like I'm feeling the the same things I felt when I opened mine. I don't know why. It's not even my call!

Que tengan una buena semana! Los quiero mucho!!! Me encanta leer todos sus correos! Es definitivamente la mejor parte de mi semana. Tan divertido!

Con amor,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

Photos: Temple trip with the zone



Monday, February 9, 2015

Taxis, Trucks, and Machetes



Hey, guess what. I hit 16 months today!

So the good thing about serving a mission in a third world country is that you get some crazy experiences sometimes haha. The bad thing is that you also are more prone to getting sick. Yep. I'm sick again. It's getting better, but it's not gone yet. It started out with just a stomach ache, to having to sit down on a curb in the street because I was about to pass out, to losing my vision and my hearing a little, to my entire body aching, to getting a fever of 103.4 F. Well, it was a little freaky at first, especially when I started losing my vision and hearing in the street, and my poor little Loayza was freaked out too. To the point where she was afraid to go to sleep for fear of my fever getting higher and having like, convulsions haha. I basically spent Saturday and Sunday in our room resting. I'm doing better now, except for my stomach. That hasn't gotten better. My stomach just doesn't want to hold on to anything I guess... We'll see how things go today. The offices are putting me on a little bit of a diet this week to see if they can figure out what's going on.

We had intercambios this week! I was with Hna T in her sector. She's doing well. My companion and I helped train her and Hna C (who was with Hna L) with a couple of things concerning their teaching and practicing and such, but they're doing really well. They're both great missonaries.

We saw a crazy fight outside our window this week. We're in our room, then all of a sudden we hear yelling outside. So we look out and we see a taxi driver and the driver of an ENORMOUS truck arguing. Then the taxi driver starts to pick up things and throw them at the truck driver. But wait, it gets better. The truck driver climbs into his ENORMOUS truck and pulls out a machete! Que en el mundo?! Only in Perú, ladies and gentlemen. He threatened the taxi driver with it, but they got back into their cars and no one got hurt. But that's just because the light at the intersection turned green. Then, the ENORMOUS truck drives off, but hits the taxi on purpose, tearing off his bumper. So, then the taxi driver speeds up and stops in front of the ENORMOUS truck, blocking it, steps out of his car, gets on the phone and yells at someone. Then he hangs up and starts picking up rocks and starts throwing them at the other guys windshield, as he continues to scream at him. Then the other guys just casually backs up his ENORMOUS truck and drives off. I knew the truck was gonna win the whole time.

Good luck with the babysitting! And the cold weather! Man, I have no idea where I wanna live in the fall. When do I have to decide? Now? I haven't been able to really look at the thing you sent me. I don't know much about many places except that David was trying to convince me to go to Glenwood. He just said there are apparently a lot of people there who served in Spanish speaking missions/native Spanish speakers.

I'm going to the temple tomorrow! I printed out a name to bring. Her name's like, Alice, if I remember correctly. I have permission to go do her baptism, confirmation, initiatory, and endowment, but we just don't know yet if they'll have enough priesthood holders for the baptisms in the morning, but if there are, I can do all those ordinances tomorrow! It's cool that my mission gives us time to work on our family history, and a temple so close to do the work there. By the way, do you know anything about the Philadelphia temple? How's that going?

Hope you all have a great week! Keep 'em comin'! I'll keep dishin' 'em out as well!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas

 
1. From when Hna. T joined us and was our companion for a day
2. Chao, Elder C! Asistente who's favorite scripture was also Ether 12:4
3. Bad quality, but me and mija, Hna. A, and Hna. A and her hija, Hna. M
4. Mi primera hija, Hna. L. Check out the anchors! Looks like she learned well from her mom.
5-6. P-day at the beach!
7. Sad to leave the beach
8. Hahaha







 
 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Carnavales

WHAT! Becky had a baby?! Wow. I can't believe how fast time flies during the mission. Welp, felicidades, Becky! Be safe in all that ice and cold weather! I continue to sweat under the sun here. I also always have my black backpack on, so as you can imagine, my back just ends up completely wet everyday. And I swear I was sweating buckets just walking to lunch yesterday after church.

Ew! I'm sitting next to a man right now you reaks of cigarette smoke! I'm dying. Save me!

So K, who just got baptized, is doing really well and she and her mom have a lot of support from the ward. We took them to the local institute to do their family history in the family history center we have there. They're doing their family history work now and they are really excited about it. They're doing well. Her mom even printed out a name to take to the temple. We're going as a zone to the temple on the 10th, and we might see if we can go early and do temple work there with them. By the way, I told you I found a ton of names on FamilySearch who all have work ready to be done! It's really cool! Last week, I mentioned to Hermana Terry that I couldn't really advance in my family history work because everyone already has their work done. Then she was like, "Nope, there's more." And she showed me something really cool. I've been gathering really disntant family members for a couple days. I'm not done either. I started on Dad's side. I'll teach you how. Go to FamilySearch.org and log in, then go to your family tree. In the left-hand corner, you can change the view. Change it to descendancy. Then click on the little blue link in the same corner that says expand. It'll show you your tree as far back as your grandparents. Pick your mom's side or your dad's side, then just keep doing that same thing. Expand, and click on a grandparent of that person. The goal is to go as far back as you can. I don't know if that makes sense. Then, when you've gone back as faar as you can, click on every little arrow that's in a little gray circle that looks like this >. It'll drop down a line of that person. Be sure to click EVERY one of those little arrows. This shows a ton of people. Distant cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. Then when you find someone who has a green temple icon next to their name, that means their work's ready. Sometimes it'll say possible duplicates exist. The missionaries in the family history center taught me how to deal with that. If you need help with that, go head and ask so I can explain next time. I don't have time to explain that right now. Everyone else, you should be able to click on the green temple and "solicitar ordenanzas" (I don't exactly know what that translates to on the english site). But I'm gathering a list of them and there's still a lot more to go. You can enter into my account and print some out to do the work for them back home too if you want. I just have to pick one of those names to print out and take to the temple naxt week. I still need to look at it.

We had intercambios this week. I stayed in my sector with Hermana B and my companion went with Hermana A. Hermana B is good and I like the way she teaches. However, she's having a hard time with her companion. I gave her some advice. Her companion is really hard and all of her companions have had problems with her. We'll be checking up on them to see how they're doing.

So, yesterday started Carnavales here in Perú. During the whole month of February, Peruvians play Carnavales, which is just where they soak other people with water whenever they want. Water balloons, a hose, a bucket of water, etc. Last year, I never got hit, and usually the missionaries don't get hit, at least not very much. Last year I heard of a couple sisters in my zone who got hit once, but just a little bit. So we were walking yesterday and you guessed it. A car drove by and someone pegged me with a water balloon. I was walking on the side facing the street, and my companion was walking on the side facing the inside of the sidewalk, so she didn't get hit. The balloon hit my side and exploded. It was a little inconveniente because it got me all wet and it soaked a Book of Mormon I had in my hand, but then of the other side it felt good on a hot day and we ended up giving away the Book of Mormon (after it dried a little) to a family we contacted in a park. We're actually playing Carnavales as a zone today for p-day. I'm excited. Water games are always fun.

That's all I can really think of this week. I don't know why but the end of this week has been a little weird. I can't really describe it. I just feel weird sometimes. Maybe it's when I get frustrated or something, I don't know. But I'll tell ya, reading your letters make a difference! Thanks! Have a great week!

Don't have time to write the others, just to let them know. Maybe next week!

Love,
Hermana Chrisanne Hymas






 
Pictures of K's baptism and goofing off in the bathroom while K gets dressed.