Sunday, May 15, 2016

Acts 20:24

This weekend was the best/worst. 😊☹ too many mixed emotions. So
Saturday morning we went to the Pulga and got some Hispanic things.
The lady there selling the stuff loved that me and Sherbaby looked
like Barbie twins and could speak Spanish so she gave me a discount💁
#twinningiswinning #blondesdoitbetter then the Barreras came down from
Conroe to visit me and took us out to lunch! They are my family:) I
love them. Then we ran around a couple other places saying goodbye and
in the night we had a party for the homecoming of Elder Nuñez! He
served in Honduras and he is legit and his family is the best. He just
got home this Wednesday and he's not awkward at all so he gives me
hope☺️ Saturday night, me and Sherbaby didn't sleep a WINK. Literally.
Their was so much to do but those hours were the best hours of my
whole mission. We just talked about our moms. And we read moms poem,
I'm just right here, and bawled like babies all night long. 💔😭
On Sunday I got to speak in church with the return missionary, Jared
Nuñez ha. It was like dejavu of when me and sister. He gave his
homecoming talk and I gave a going away talk haha. I spoke about
angels watching over us and helping us. I shared. Quote by Jeffery R.
Holland: "My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both
the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God
never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that
we face. And always there are those angels who come and go all around
us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal." I know
my mom has helped me my whole mission. And I also know God has sent me
mortal angles to help me too, like all the wonderful members I've met
who have taken me in and would do anything for me. And other
missionaries, especially Hermana Sheirbon. I literally cannot imagine
my life with out her. She is my other half.
After church we had Eva's baptism and it was so cute. Let me just give
a little background on the Davila family. They are HUGE in the Spanish
stake here. Everybody knows them. So one of the grandkids got baptized
so basically the whole stake was there, no big deal. I really wanted
to get a picture with the whole family but I didn't get a chance:( we
were running around crazy! But when I come back to visit I will, it is
my goal! Then after the baptism we had to go to the stake center for
the missionary fireside. I have been waiting for this fireside for
MONTHS. I love the missionary firesides so much. And this one was
going to be all the Spanish missionaries and the last time I had to
say good bye to them. And Francisco, our recent concert was speaking!
But something terrible happened. It starting raining really hard, and
we were afraid they were going to cancel it. So me and Sherbaby prayed
con toda nuerstra fuerza that the rain would stop so we could have the
fireside, and it did! The church is true. It was an amazing night and
Franciscos talk was so good! I got to see lots of friends. But it was
really sad because I hate saying goodbyes☹😭
The subject of this email, Acts 20:24 is Paul speaking at the end of
his ministry. He had gone through so many hard things and trials and
this is what he says, "24 But none of these things move me, neither
count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course
with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus,
to testify the gospel of the grace of God."
This is exactly how I feel. My life means nothing to me without Jesus
Christ. I am so grateful for the wonderful opportunity I had to
represent my brother and savior everyday for 552 days and to testify
of his gospel and grace, and I finish my course with joy☺️💟

Las fotos:
Nuñez family
Eva's baptism!
Conroe friends
Missionary homies


Just Keep Swimming

Soo if y'all don't watch the news for Houston Texas, this whole last
week we've been underwater. 💧 everything flooded so much. School was
cancelled for a full 5 days! Roads were closed all over the place,
homes were destroyed. But the coolest thing is the temple didn't get
flooded even though there was water completely surrounded it on all
sides! The church is true👏

So this email is actually one of two because soooooo much happened
this last week. It was seriously the busiest week of my mission. But
is was amazing. It was really happy but also sad at the same time.
Last Monday we couldn't do anything because we were trapped in our
apartment. Last Tuesday we got together as a zone and made baleadas
and platanos fritos, my favorite food. ☺️ 🇳🇮
On Thursday my English class threw me a despedida fiesta and it was
really cute! They are awesome. I really love teaching the English
classes. I will miss it!
District meeting on Friday was amazingly sad.. :( I love my district
so much! My darling x-companera gave a heart warming obituary about
me😢 Pive and Jonesy played God be with you til we meet again, while
playing the guitar soo 😭😭

The next email I send out will talk about what happened this Saturday
and Sunday! The best two days ever! Stay tuned:)

Making Baleadas with Luz and Sherbaby
The cutest family ever; Cabrera, Jonesy, Pive. Father, son, grandson
English class party!
District meeting, aka funeral :(


Esta semana estuvo buenísima☺️ fuimos al zoológico!
It was a really good week, on Monday we got to go the zoo and it was
really divertido
This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to go on exchanges to
bearcreek, my first area in the mission. I was so happy, I got to go
to Vickie's baby shower, little background on Vickie, she was my
investigator a year and a half ago when I was in bearcreek and we
threw her a baby shower for her first baby, she was baptized and is
now a member, and a year and a half later I was able to go to her baby
shower for her second child! Yay☺️❤️ I also got to visit the Alcaraz
family, my first recent converts in the mission! And that was awesome.
This week we went contacting in these apartments that we thought were
pretty Hispanic, but we started knocking and turns out that there was
just a bunch of people from Egypt that lived there? Egypt! And they
were all the nicest people I've ever met in my life. Sooooo nice.
Every single one invited us in to their home, introduced us to their
families and offered us something to drink. They tried so hard to
speak with us in there broken English. They all only have a little bit
of time in the states because they are like refugees that have to come
and live here. I wish I spoke Arabic so I could teach them! They are
way nicer than all the white and Hispanic people that we contact.
Really cool culture.
So this Saturday, we were at the Pulga(Hispanic flea market) and it
started raining and we got soaked. ☹️😓💦
The district 💁
Rocking sweaters around the waist
Ostrich photo bomb 📸
Another cute puppy I found while contacting Egyptians
Houston rain probs
Vickie's baby shower
La familia Alcaraz

Baleadas are life

This weekend I got to go on exchanges with Hermana Parslow and it was
the best. I freakin love her. We had too much fun, and we did work in
Jersey Village! We came out together so we are going home together and
we are so excited! ☺️ #twinningiswinning
Also it was the best exchange ever because I got to eat baleadas
twice! Which is my favorite Hispanic food ever. 🇳🇮
This week I got sunburnt because we decided to do weekly planning at
the pool so we went to Bahama Bucks after to cool off, which is the
best snow cone place in the world🍧
We were contacting in these awesome Hispanic apartments and ran into
this niña chiquita tan linda. 😍