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I AM TRAINING THIS NEXT TRANSFER!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
She is from Colombia and she is supposed to be in an English assignment but President is changing her to spanish because he doesn't want to close any spanish areas. He told me that I am probably only training her for one transfer because he will switch her back to English the next transfer because we are getting 3 spanish sisters the next transfer! I am really nervous but I am excited and happy to stay in this area because there is a lot of work to be done here and I am really happy. We got called into President's office yesterday and that is where he told me that I am training one of the 3 missionaries coming in and that Sister Peralta will take Sister Merrill's spot as sister Training leader! So we are getting split up and I am sad. She reminded me a lot of Jenna, how she jokes around and we have fun but sometimes we butt heads.....but who doesn't right? She is a great friend and I love her a lot.
So that is the big news for today. Time just flies faster and faster, that transfer was over so fast! I couldn't believe it! I only have 5 transfers left! That is really scary for me to think about. I can't believe that I get to talk to you all in like 2 weeks. Didn't the time just go by so fast? I feel like I just talked to all of you on Mother's day.
I'm glad that everyone is doing good! I got a letter from the Palmers this week, for Christmas. It was so sweet and made me smile. Thank you Palmers!!
The weather is beautiful! 50s this week! and my bike needs help on the back brake, it pretty much broke when I fell off my bike a couple months ago :) But everything else is good :) My boots are doing ok, and I am good health-wise :)
Please send me letters! I miss knowing about what is happening in your lives! Jenna, who are you dating?!?!?!?!
Sammie, Congrats on the new job!!.....how is Costa Vida?
Ronnie, how did your skit go at the Christmas party?
Shonna, are you playing any sports right now?
Lydia, what are some of your quotes that you put on the Wall of Wisdom?
Jess, are you ready for your test? I kind of forgot what it was like to take tests. Other things make me nervous now.......I never thought that training a "baby" missionary would be my "test".
Mom and Dad, that picture made me almost pee my pants! that picture is so funny!!!!
We are having 2 baptisms this weekend, the parents of 2 other the kids that were baptized that last week. The branch is focusing on these two families that we have brought into the church: the Ojeda Family, and the Ibarra Family. The branch is doing a little bit better.....our Stake Mission Leader told us that when the new year comes, a lot of things will change in the stake and in our branch. I don't know what is going to happen but we need some changes in our branch.
We are teaching another family, the Velez family, and they are going to be baptized on the 20th of December. They are looking great, this is my family of 5 I prayed for! They are awesome!
We went to a spanish concert in Temple Square with our investigator and it was awesome! I feel the spirit so much when I see cultural things like that. I love being a spanish-speaking missionary. It is the best. We are going to go to the lights with our girls from the Velez family that we are teaching :) I am so excited!!!!!
I had the sweetest experience on Sunday. This sunday was a lot better than the last 5. Every other sunday was so stressful but this last sunday was great. We had Testimony meeting and I sat in the chapel, looking at all of the people I have taught and all the people we are teaching and the members that I love and I just had the happiest feeling come over me. Before my mission, my happiness came from being with my friends or passing my class or going out to eat or something like that......but now, my happiness comes from seeing my investigators walk through the door of the church, or from seeing them enter the waters of baptism, or from taking them to do baptisms in the temple. I never thought that I would feel so much happiness from being a missionary! Honestly, I didn't feel this before, it took time but now.......all I want to do is find, teach, and baptize, and help these people get to the temple! That is ALL I want to do! I hope ALL of you go on a mission....Mom and Dad, I hope you can go again and be a senior missionary couple or teach english to people here in Utah :)
It is the most wonderful thing I have ever done in my life......I have also met the meanest people, I have never been persecuted for being a member this much in my life. But I have never been able to see the gospel change someone's life like I have here on my mission.
Keep working with your friends that live down the street. Post the new video by the church He is the Gift! Have you seen it? I love that video. BE MISSIONARIES!!!!! You will feel a happiness that doesn't compare with anything else!
We had the branch christmas party and ALL of our investigators came! It was great, I love this branch and I feel like my spanish is improving a lot, thanks for the prayers!
I love you all so much! I can't wait to see you in a couple of weeks on Skype
I love you all so much and miss you. Have a great week! I will pray for all of you :)