Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Have we not great reason to rejoice?

Hola mi familia!

Ammon asks a great question in the book of Alma: Have we not great reason to rejoice?

Sí! We have so many reasons to rejoice! This week has been full of them. 

Reason 1: estoy muy agradecida por a la oprotunidad de ver congrencia general en el CCM.  La cnofrencia esta muy bonito.  Me gusta mucho!

Really though, GC was AMAZING! I am so grateful that I got the chance to watch it in English here at the CCM.  DAD! I SAW YOU!!!! I was SO PROUD! My district was all watching it together, we passed around your picture and we were all on the edge of our seats during every song looking for you.  Every cinco minutos, someone would barge into the room and ask if I had seen you yet.  Sure enough, there you were.  They zoomed right up on you and everything.  The room erupted into applause and cheers and I promptly burst into tears.  Not because I was homesick, but because I am SO PROUD OF MY DADDY! But even more than that, conference as a missionary is AWESOME! Who cares about the Super bowl? Conference is the event of the year, and it happens twice a year!!! 

Reason 2: Mi padre es en THE FREAKING MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR! You're the coolest. During the rest hymn we all stood up and sang as a district.  I felt cool knowing that I was singing alongside my dad, although we are countries apart.

Reason 3 to rejoice: I got to go to the temple today.  We get to go every day, but today was extra good.  How blessed are we to have eternal truths revealed to us in the temple? Extremely blessed.  I even did the final part in Spanish.... And didn’t completely mess up! More reasons to rejoice.

Reason 4: My CCM districto.  For reals, my district is amazing. It’s incredible to see how 7 different people can be brought together so perfectly through the Lord.  We work hard, and we play hard too.  Namely, the Elders try to mess with us.  This week, they spent 5 days trying to convince us that it is cooler inside with the lights off.  Every day we would come to class and they would already be in there, huddled, studying in the dark because "It is just so hot outside."

What dorks.

Reason 5: For the next few days I have a temporary companion.  Her name is Hermana ______________, she has been serving in the Rhetalaleu mission for the past 10 months, however, after getting Dengue fever for the third time they are sending her stateside.  Usually, when someone gets Dengue 3 times they die, but she isn’t dead so she is off to Texas instead.  She is honestly the COOLEST sister I have ever met.  Her flight got cancelled, so she is here at the CCM until she can fly out on Wednesday.  She has such a positive attitude and has been helping me a ton with my Spanish.  She gives great advice and is way cool.  She looks and reminds me a lot of Annie Wise, you know, if Annie lived in the jungle for 10 months and stopped brushing her hair.  I love this girl.  I feel like I just inherited a trainer while still in the CCM.  Nothing better.  Definitely a tender mercy from the Lord.  She gives me hope that I will one day know Spanish because after 10 months, she can’t even speak English anymore. 

Starting school immediately after my mission will definitely be an adventure.

Reason 6: Predicad mi Evangelio.  For reals, how did people ever be missionaries without this book? During conference, several General Authorities quoted lines directly out of it.  It was awesome! Family, you should all start reading from it too! Especially the Christ-like attributes section.  It’s such a great guide for anyone, member or missionary. 

Speaking of which, what are you guys studying right now in the scriptures? I want to hear all about it.

Pause, someone is barbequing a wild dog outside right now.... Welcome to Guatemala, folks.

Anyways, I enter the field next week! Everyone please send some prayers my way! I feel like I don’t know any Spanish, but I know I will learn quickly through the Lord.

Also, I know you guys just sent me a package, but there are a few more things that I need....

1. Hermana ___________ recommended I start taking trunature digestive antibiotic.  She says she bought hers at Costco, but any type of digestive probiotic would be a good idea,  Over time they will help me build up immunity to parasites.... Not a souvenir I would like to take home, gracias.
2. Lice medication, another recommendation from Hermana ___________.  Apparently if I need it, it can be hard to find here.  Better safe than sorry.

3. Refills of my facial medications

4. More short sleeve shirts *its hotter here than 75 degrees

5. Hymns Made Easier book, I am going to have to play all the time

6. Clean and clear face wash

7. Battery for my camera (look up the model on Amazon prime purchase history) mine was stolen for reasons that I don’t understand, and my camera is useless without it.  Also, another SD card would be great!

8. One more skirt made of material that won’t blow all over in the wind... because most of my skirts do.

THANKS SO MUCH MY FAMILY! I LOVE YOU BUNCHES!!!! Also, because I am leaving next week I very well may not write, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from me.  I love you all so very much. 

Yes, we have great reason to rejoice, for we rejoice in Christ.

JesuCristo vive

Con amor,

Hermana Wise

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