There have been various things that I have been forgetting to tell you. So I made a list of them all:
It is allergy season here and I have been having allergies for the past couple weeks, but now I am getting over them.
In this area we have two big black dogs who follow us everywhere. They belong to a member family and the members just think it's funny, but it drives me and Hermana Wadsworth kind of nuts because they make all the other dogs around bark like crazy. They're pretty funny dogs. Really friendly. They even wait outside houses until we come out of an appointment. Then they are so happy when we come out. People think that they are our dogs. haha.
I love Spanish. And it has been so fun for me to help my companions learn it. I'm thinking about studying to be a Spanish teacher. Maybe I can double major with physics teaching or it can be my minor.
I still don't have the box.
Can you believe that it is December already? This year has gone by so fast. I just can't believe it. When I look at the calendar, it tells me I've been in this area about 3 months...but it feels like maybe three weeks! A part of me really wanted to stay here to end my mission. But I am excited for our transfers. We are both leaving, and I am going to an area in Osorno where both of the hermanas are leaving. I am training again! It will be so fun for me to train for my last two transfers. I'm kind of nervous about having an area where I don't know anything or anyone, but I know the Lord will help me and my companion to serve in the ways He needs. Hermana Wadsworth is also going to Osorno in another area. Uncle Evan was right--I told him there were 10 of us here in La Unión. In our zone there are 18 (10 in La Unión, 4 in Río Bueno, 2 in Lago Ranco and 2 in San Pablo). So two new hermanas are coming to our area. I know that the Lord works in mysterious ways, and that the two new hermanas are going to see miracles. We are getting everything organized to help them out once they get here.
This week we gave a lot of spiritual thoughts about gratitude, which was so fun! We could share a piece of our culture with the people here. We also made apple crisp and a frozen pizza to celebrate Thanksgiving. We sang "Tú me has dado muchas bendiciones, Dios" or "Because I Have Been Given Much" with one family, and this line stuck out to me..."Mi gratitud quiero expresar sirviendo a otros con bondad." "My gratitude I want to express serving others with kindness." As we shared the gospel on Thursday, I thought of this line and worked to serve others with kindness. We helped a disabled lady in our branch clean her house, and we taught about the Restoration to a lady in the street. It was a "happy Thanksgiving" indeed.
We also had one great day where we could share with a bunch of less actives we hadn't been able to find before, and we found a new investigator...an older lady whose husband recently died. We know that the gospel can bless these people so much! I LOVE being a missionary and being able to offer this joyful message with anyone who is willing to hear it.
It was fun to have Hermana Wadsworth officially "graduate" from her training. She is AWESOME and I know that she will be such a fantastic missionary. I am so proud of her and have so loved watching her progress. It has been fun for me because I feel like I can understand a little bit more the love that Heavenly Father has for us as missionaries, and how pleased He is with our progress. Even if we can't recognize our own progress, He can...and He loves us every day. Here's to training again!!! WOO!
I love you all so much. Thank you for thinking of me with the song, and for your words about how to face frustration and discouragement. I think that that is one of the most important things to learn as a missionary. I hope that you have a great week!!