Monday, December 17, 2012
On the Second Day of Christmas My President Gave to Me...
Two new companions
Yes, that's right. I am in a trio.
I don't know if I've ever mentioned it to anyone before, but being in a trio is one of my worst fears about being here on a mission. (Followed closely by being attacked by a big huge killer dog, or running into that Muslim guy again who looked extremely not happy that we were there and followed us after we left his girlfriend's house). My companions are Hnas Greenwood (from the MTC. It's a good thing I like her) and Folsom. Hna F was Hna Holmes trainer. So we're in a trio and now we're covering two areas. A part of the Encanto (Loved) ward and a part of the Cielito (little heaven) ward.
It is intense.
It's weird having to learn to work with new people. Especially two new people. And (not that I'm saying I'm perfectly obedient) they just don't strictly obey the rules. Hna P and I would frequently talk about how we can be more obedient and with all the new missionaries that atre going to be coming in we are now "Tightening Up" so there are all these new rules that we have to follow that are little to help us brecieve more blessings and my two new companions don't follow them as closely as I am used to. I never thought I would say that, but I know that if I don't just accept and follow them I'll hate all these little rules so I have to make myself love them or else I'll just have a bad attitude. So I miss the level of obediance that Hna P and I worked on, but we're all adults and I hate it when people correct my behavior so why should I correct theirs? This is my dilema and it's not like they're doing something super bad, it's just the little stuff. Daily planning now takes twice as long and we have to keep the numbers divided because they're not combining the two areas permanetly (thank goodness) so our numbers are super super low. If you judged us just by our numbers it would look like we weren't doing anything at all. But that is not the case. Have no fear. Nobody answers the door. Or they're too busy bustling around getting ready for Christmas to listen. Which is sad. They don't have time to listen to the misionaras who will bring them the best Christmas gift EVER or listen to the story about Christ's birth...at Christmas time.
Who would have thought?
But do not fear. I do like my new circumstances. Usually. =) And we're learning how to balance two areas at the same time. My Spanish is taking off because Hna P is no longer here to do it all for me and my goodness I love the people in my ward. I mean I always knew it but the thought of having to divide my time between them and another ward was so devistating. But i have been given the gift of charity and am learing to love the people of Cielito. Oh and good news!! For the first time in WEEKS! (even though Hna P and I would go tracting for hours and hours) we FINALLY found some people who want to learn more!!! AHHH!!!! It hasn't happened since we found Olivia (who did not get baptized by the way.) (we've found people, but not people who are so completely prepared for the gospel that you can feel it) So for the first time in probably 3 weeks we have found THREE new investigators who are so ready to learn. (unfortunatley two of them are going to Mexico for Christmas, but I will count my blessings) I've been praying for this forever!! And it's finally happened!! WABAM!! God answers prayers.
It has finally gotten cold here. And by that I mean 40s-60s (I am no longer the designated driver =( , so I don't get to look at the temperature all the time) Saturday and Sunday it rained just about all day. My feet were wet and frozen, but it was on those days that we found the new investigators. =) Funny how that works, right? I have been asked to accompany an elder for the Christmas mission conference...and they asked me on Saturday and got the music to me last night. It's a good thing I'm a SUPER fantastic piano player and can just bust out playing amazingly all the time (that was sarcasm)...I knew I should have kept my musical ability a secret. So we shall see how that goes. I will practice the music for the first time today after we go shopping. And the conference is one friday. I will let you know how it goes.
Well, Christmas time is coming (and the goose is getting fat) There's not much I can do for all of you for this special day, but know you are in my prayers. Watch the Christmas devotional and visit mormon.org/christmas =) Will you do that? (what's a missionary if they don't leave commitments? =) )
MERRY CHRISTMAS!! And may you remember the true meaning of this time of year