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Monday, October 9, 2017

Semana Treinta y Cinco :D

Hola Hola! Another week :) 

On Monday (2nd October 2017) we went on an adventure and I literally died because it was so amazing. :) We went to Acayucon and saw the waterfalls! Guys. My heart was so full and I was so dang happy. It was SO BEAUTIFUL. And do I have photos to tell the story? No. :P We were going to buy our new cameras, but . . . we didn't get back in time. Sigh. But, take my word for it, it was honestly the most beautiful and peaceful scene of my entire life and I absolutely adored it. Plus, Hna Pèrez fell (all muddy and bruised, poor thing), so there was my laugh and justice for the day ;) On the way back, I sat with another sister and she talked to me about life and stress and sha lala and really helped me just to unwind and feel good. When we got back, we wrote home and it was great :) 

On Tuesday (3rd October 2017) we had interviews with President! :) Well, first, we had district class, haha. Got ahead of myself. And I honestly can't tell you exactly what I said to answer a question, but it was completely silent afterwards and our district leader's face. XD "Que potente, Hermana . . ." It must have been something good. Then we all ate breakfast together at Little Caesers. Mexico is the only place that I will ever eat there. They make it right ;) We had a lesson with Ernesto, and I felt so free. Rather than worrying about the reprocussions (sp?) from Hna Pèrez, I decided to teach and follow the Spirit. It was a great lesson and I think we finally touched something with him. He doesn't want to change and feels like he did all his changing before and there's no need for more. But we're constantly changing. God is constantly molding us so we accomplish our purpose here. To become like Him :) So, we're never done changing; not even after we die and resurrect and receive our glory. We're contantly moving forward. Que awesome, right? Okay, then we had interviews with President and that's always the best. :) Good ole President. 

On Wednesday (4th October 2017) we had zone conference! I talked with Hna Haws beforehand and afterhand, actually. I love her, and I realized just how much I love and appreciate my mom. :) My best friend, for reals. Oh, and the zone conference was honestly perfect. Super great, and it was good to see some friends too. (Guys, in this very moment, I totally spaced what I was talking about because the music is so great here where we're writing XD I know. Totally sinning, but it's just so nice XD) Okay, anyway, yeah. Conference, Mom talk with Hna Haws, and then we went to a lesson with Obispo Fred and Hna Angeles. We got thanked by the investigator for bringing light into his life . . . and that we've given him something that he is so grateful for. We haven't even gotten to the Plan of Salvation yet. It was amazing :) 

On Thursday (5th October 2017) oh my gosh guys. This is so bad, but it's too funny not to tell XD So, because we're eating in an area (did I mention that we have 3?) a bit far away from our house, we get up in the mornings and head to the beach to study. ;P Don't know if that's allowed, but what's the worse that could happen? Well, I got the answer for you XD So we were sitting and studying together when a guy walked by and said, "Muy bien!" I didn't hear, but Hna Pèrez did and didn't understand until a sister told us that where we were sitting was a Gay Spot XD I died so hard. Oh, I also got a random massage this day, which was SO needed. It took all the energy out of me, so I totally passed out while Hna Pèrez got hers and some references. XD Then we were walking by the restaurant where we were going to eat because the creepy guy who wants to marry me was there (I could feel it in my gut), and a sister offered us water from her little stand where she sells who-knows-what. Miracles! :) then we ate food, and when we left, we walked pretty far to find a camion to take us to our appointment, and when we found one, we ended up passing the restaurant we'd been eating at XD And while we were waiting for the light to turn green, the driver and his helper were randomly fixing the mirror that fell off IN ORDER FOR HIM TO DRIVE AND SEE AND CRASH. XD He told me to smile in the mirror for him. :D Then, when we were walking, I saw through the fence two dogs and started calling for them, only to realize that they were statues. o.o good day . . . 

On Friday (6th October 2017) we went to study at the beach again . . . AWAY from the Gay Spots. XD And just as we finished, we saw the sky turning pretty ugly, so we went to find some shelter from the rain. Just as we got to the OXXO, it started to rain SO DANG HARD. Miracles. :) Also, while we were walking to an appointment, an investigator who is a taxi driver pulled up and took us to our appointment, which turned out to be SO FAR AWAY. Miracles. Guys, this is a funny and very sad story. We were walking in the area, trying to find chamoyadas and I was about to just die because we couldn't find them. Then, I saw the store with big words that said, "CHAMOYADA" and my heart began to sore (I totally know that's wrong . . . but I can't remember how to spell). We went in and I ordered my chamoyada and . . . it wasn't a chamoyada. It was freaking garbage. I was so mad the rest of the day -.- don't mess with me and my food. 

On Saturday (7th October 2017) we went on visits with Hno Frank and that went great, especially where I got to help a young woman with some problems she's having that are similar to the problems I was having with Hna Pèrez. We also had the wonderful opportunity to fast :) and just before we got the news of transfers, I heard Hna Pèrez tell another sister that she wishes that she can have another chance to work with me (ha, no. I'd rather eat another garbage chamoyada.) And, luckily, as an answer to my many prayers, we got the word of transfers. And I had to laugh, because in my interview, President told me that he was going to move me closer to the offices and basically closer to him. And he sent me to the place furthest from the offices in the mission XD he makes me laugh. 

On Sunday (8th October 2017) we went to Boulevard and I played the piano for them. It was great, and I messed up a ton, but the Spirit was awesome. They were super grateful for it too, because there are hardly any people here who have musical talents that we take for granted in the states. Then we headed to 20 and I got to bear my testimony one last time :) It was awesome, because I honestly have a testimony . . . that has grown so much. Goodness. Then, we went to the AVO and picked up my companion (I totally did NOT realize she was my companion XD We both laughed so hard when I asked her "So, who's your new companion?" "Uh . . . you." "WHAT?!") and just worked the rest of the day :) 

Okay, dun da da dun! My new companion!!!  
Her name is Hna Palomares, she's from Sanora, and she's honestly the bomb.com I feel like I'm with Wilson when I'm with her. 4 1/2 months of abuse and now, I see the light at the end of the tunnel! Woot woot! 
And I can already tell you that we're gonna have so much fun XD because . . . 

Today (Monday 9th of October 2017) my companion and I cuddled (remember that, Wilson? XD) before she and I and Hna Pèrez got ourselves all together to leave :) We left for the AVO, ate Burger King with the elders, and then Hna Palomares and I left for our autobus. We got all ready and whatnot, and as it turns out, she had the wrong passes! XD she confused our pass with the ones to come to Coatza! So, we had to leave and buy other tickets. Then, we got home (guys, I honestly adore our house. It's amazing!) and as we were leaving to write, I ran out with my flipflops! XD Yep, I'm a missionary. And you can totally see the tanline from it ;D We're going to eat dinner with some members and then get everything organized for the transfer! Guys, I'm loving it here and my drive to be a missionary is back! All because of the little miracles God gives me.

I can bear you my testimony that the hard times are hard, but they build you so well. I had 4 1/2 months of mental abuse from my companions, and it sucked so much, but now that I'm away from it all, I can see where I grew. I can see the benefits God wanted to give me. I can see that I'm a new and better person. I can also testify of the Book of Mormon. It honestly saved my life during these horrible experiences and provided wonderful ones in the process. I know it's true. I know it's what made me . . . me when I was home. I'm in love with the Gospel, and I know God is aware of every one of us. I love you all, and I'll talk to you next week! :) 

--
Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Semana Treinta y Cuatro

Hey everyone! Another week! It went by super fast and super great :) 

On Monday (25th September 2017) we got up and were going to celebrate a birthday in our district, but the times got all switched and whatnot, so we didn't end up doing that. Instead, we ended up finding Hna Pérez's future husband. I don't know what it is, but I somehow end up with companions and watch them fall in love. XD Her face afterwards . . . and then, when we left, she started singing, "Oh creatures of our God and King." XD I died so hard. We bought our food and whatnot, and then I had a surprise. Wilson, you're gonna love this ;) I guess my shoes have gotten ugly enough (8 months, you guys. Can you believe it?) that the members of 20 de noviembre got concerned. So, they bought me new shoes! I have a blister of love from them ;) After shopping and buying shoes and eating and writing home, we went and helped make dessert for a Family Home Evening :) I accidentally made one too big XD but the little kid gobbled it up like none other, and I loved it. The message from the Family Home Evening was on obedience and recognizing the limits that God has for us, not because He wants to suck the fun out of our lives, but because He loves us, and through His commandments, we can be truly happy in this life and the life to come. I loved it :) I also decided to change my view of my companion, and it has made a world of a difference. We've honestly had so much fun this week that I can't believe we had a falling out about 2-3 weeks ago. 

On Tuesday (26th September 2017) our district class was honestly the best district class I have ever had in my life. Our zone leader, Elder Estrella, focused a lot on how we are each personally called--through revelation and a living prophet--to our missions. It is personal and individual, between us and the Lord, and I just sat there in awe, completely overcome with the Spirit. He then asked us to bear our testimony of Christ . . . and I SO needed that. He is everything to me, you guys. He's the Older Brother I missed out on as a kid, He's the Best Friend I didn't have for years. He's the only person in the world who understands me so perfectly that He can help me overcome anything and everything. And He has. I'm (and each and every one of you) a walking, living, breathing miracle and example of His grace and love. :) I love my Savior more than I ever thought possible, and to think that this love is nothing compared to the love He feels for me and each and every one of you . . . wow guys. What a miracle. :) Afterwards, we had an awesome lesson. GOSH it was so awesome! But our investigator doesn't want to change, and it drives me crazy. He does all that he's supposed to do . . . but he doesn't want to change his life. -_- Afterwards, we ate food and went on visits, and that was fun :) We were heading to a part member family's home with a member when Hna Pérez tripped SO HARD. And it was after someone mentioned something about the guy she's fallen in love with. Something they have here is if you trip, someone is thinking about you. XD I died so hard, and I didn't even have to say anything to her. It was all in my face. ;) Then we went to the appointment and laughed about it pretty hard later one. ;) Oh my heck, guys, we have a so many couples that we're teaching where I honestly feel like a wedding councilor. :P But, the Gospel can heal and strengthen us in every aspect, especially when we read the Book of Mormon as a family and apply it's precepts. We finished the night with Bolios, and I was a super happy camper :) 

On Wednesday (27th September 2017) I decided to use my first aid kit bag as a scripture holder because my box is breaking :( Hna Pérez traded me for her's, and it's awesome! When we left the house, we ran into a contact who was drunk. When we went to shake his hand, he held it a bit longer and kissed it (guys, you have NO IDEA how much self control I had to have. He was gonna get hit.). Then, he kept asked us if we were single. I told him no ;P haha. So we quickly left and took the long way to our food appointment so that we didn't have to talk to him again. On the way, we contacted a lady in her store where I found a BUY-IDAHO t-shirt. I basically died. Who finds that here in Mexico? Then we went and had awesome food (fried chicken and spaghetti) and just talked really about everything. A really awesome girl chat :) Then we went and visited a recent convert, where, on the way, we found a guy who could fix my scriptures (the spine broke. The recent convert told me that I give beautiful classes (I teach Gospel Principles) and I really appreciated that, because I am SO NOT a teacher. :'D Just before the lesson, we got a call from an investigator. He has this idea that we come here to serve a mission in order to find a husband, and he wants to be a part of my list. I did not know this beforehand. Keep this in mind as I recount this story. XD Okay, so Hna Pérez (who had this knowledge) told him that we weren't heading for his direction because sha lala (protection reasons because NO). He told her that I would say yes. She, thinking that I had been listening to the conversation, told him no and passed me the phone. Being the honest and naive individual that I am, I told that we were heading out there because we have food appointments sha lala. She tells me afterwards and I just died. Laughing and from disgust. I am 19 years old. He is 1000000000 years old. What the heck. Anyway, we had a great lesson and then headed out to contact a lady that we'd helped clean up her street. We had a good chat and getting to know her, and we gave her a Book of Mormon to read with her (she can hardly see). Apparently, she'd told us that she loves bread but can't eat it because it causes her problems. I only heard and understood that she likes bread, and I had a bolio, so after the lesson, I gave it to her. XD Hna Pérez told me later what she'd said, and I just died. It's the intention that counts, right? 

On Thursday (28th September 2017) we had an awesome language study together, and I really enjoyed it. Our weekly planning went great, especially the companionship inventory. :) We had another lesson with the investigator who doesn't want change; he still doesn't want to change. :P and then we had awesome food! SHRIMP! That's where I found out that the daughter and a recently called missionary have a thing ;) oh yes! Haha! We contacted a nice old lady who kept calling us preciosas. We couldn't stop laughing about that. ;) Spent the rest of the time in Boulevard, contacting and looking for Chamoyadas, because, guys, I NEED A CHAMOYADA!

On Friday (29th September 2017) we went to correclation meeting with Hno Frank, and it was awesome. We have so many people in Mirador, and we had a lot to report, which always feels good :) Then, the best thing of the entire day . . . PIZZA with HNO NAHIM! We had domino's pizza with Hno Nahim, and it was honestly the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I was so dang excited, I ate all my pizza so he'd buy me some french fries. :) Happy day, especially because of what happened when we got in the taxi. XD Hna Pérez was getting after him for not answering the phone, and all of a sudden, the taxi driver started giving them relationship advice! XD Then, while I was eating my pizza and half paying attention to the conversation and more paying attention to the music (I know. Such a sinner ;) ) I suddenly heard Hna Pérez ask Hno Nahim why he doesn't like sleeping in pajamas. We were both like O.o um . . . TMI Hna Pérez. XD We had an awesome lesson with some kids, where I honestly felt like Jesus. We sat on the ground and they circled themselves around us and we taught the restored gospel. It was super awesome and I loved it! Then, we were talking with an investigator, and he asked me to pray and talk in English. I just sat there and started laughing. "What?" "Hermano, I can't speak English to save my life." It's gotten so bad. When I speak English, I have to translate Spanish to English in my head, and when I do talk English, I sound like a Mexican who's trying to learn English. SO BAD. :P

On Saturday and Sunday (30th September--8 MONTHS IN THE MISSION!!!!!-- -1st October 2017) the best thing ever happened. Conference!!! Hearing from the Lord's servants is amazing, and I just sat there in awe at the Spirit I felt. The words that I needed to hear were spoken, and I felt so much happier and strengthened in my testimony. :) The messages were definitely inspired and I'm so excited for the Liahona to come out!!! YES. Oh, and you guys have no idea how weird it is to see white people. So weird. 
Some funny things from these two days:
Dad: I felt like we were watching conference together again because I just laughed at some of the faces in the choir while they were singing ;) 
We got up and knelt down to pray, and in my daze of sleepiness, I konked my head with Hna Pèrez's. XD
We were talking about who was going to come with us to see the waterfalls for p-day and Hna Pèrez told me: "Elder Estrella and Elder Rivas . . . and their companions." Yo: O.o "Elder Estrella and Elder Rivas ARE companions." XD we laughed so hard.

Whelp, that's it for this week, folks. :) I love you all and I pray for each and every one of you. Nothing is too hard, no one is too far, and everything is possible because of Jesus Christ. He gave His life so that we could become like Him and so that He could help us in everything we go through. Although it hasn't been the easiest adventure, I can definitely say that the mission is beautiful. The experiences are worth it. Even the horribly hard ones. Because, through them, I know He lives. I know He listens to me. I know He trusts me to accomplish His work as a missionary right now, but also as a future mother, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and whatever else I am. :) It's awesome and a beautiful gift to be alive. Enjoy the life God has given you and try your best every day to be better. Read the Book of Mormon, like it was mentioned a million times in Conference. Be humble, be obedient, serve those who need it most, love those who are hard to love, because they need it the most. You'll never live this day, this moment again. Enjoy it, the good and the bad. Because it's all beautiful. Because it's all a part of God's plan for us. :) I love you all and I'll talk to you next week. 

Okay, next week, I swear there will be pictures. XD I pwomise!! xoxo from Mèxico!  

--
Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Semana Treinta y Tres (and then some :D )

Hey everyone! Long time, no talk. Really, I haven't had the energy (and I don't really have it now either, but I know a few of you are concerned) to write a weekly letter. I've taken the time to write home personally. But, I thought I'd fill you all in on these past couple of weeks.

28th of August: Normal P-day. Cleaned, studied, read letters. Honestly, I absolutely loved and enjoyed every letter that I received and I'm so grateful every p-day to hear from you all. :) 

29th-31st August 2017: I didn't write much because there wasn't much to write. I felt really pressured and unhappy, especially from my companion. I felt the need to be perfect and to know everything, and I felt like I wasn't good enough or prepared enough to serve a mission. I felt like the people here deserve someone better than me, and that it would just be better if I went home. But, President told me that he needs people like be here. That there are people here for me, and that he wouldn't trade me for anyone. :) Sister Haws also talked to me and told me to have positive talk. Look at the things I can do and make plans for the things I can't do right now. To go at my own pace and not live to other people's expectations. I also completed 7 months in my mission! Woohoo :) 11 more. 

1st September 2017: I love these people. We might not agree on things Gospel wise, but they are amazing people. They are so faithful and they are very firm in their love for God. And I loved something that an investigator said: "We need to put the Gospel in our hearts." I loved that. We also had an investigator tell us that he wants to get sunday off to go to church, and another investigator wants to accept the missionaries (us)! Woohoo!

Warning: This is where it gets ugly. :P

2nd September 2017: The only thing I remember from this day is that we were walking and I nearly got decapitated by a plant. It hurt so bad XD

3rd-5th September 2017: I'm not going to go into all the details, but honestly the worst couple of days of my life. My health declined rapidly. I couldn't eat, I was vomiting, I kept having meltdowns, and I just really couldn't keep it together from all the pressure and stress and lack of love that I was receiving from myself and my companion. I talked with President and he had us go to Villahermosa to talk, to see if I could continue in my mission healthwise, and if so, to see if we were going to have transfers. After a long talk with the both us, separately and together, we decided that I could continue, that we could continue being companions, and that things would get better. We set goals and we were off to Coatza again. I learned a lot of wonderful things and I appreciate the experience for what I learned, not necessarily for what happened. :P But, as is life. 
The great things from these days were: We fasted for our areas, and we had 6 people show up to church, 3-4 of which were new investigators! Woohoo! I also got If You Could Hie to Kolob lyrics in Spanish. I also received my package from home and adored it. The candy was divine, the bug spray . . . you guys are so silly. I have enough to last my entire mission! When we were on the bus on the way back to Coatza, we got stopped and they found someone illegal. O.o 

6th-7th September 2017: So, I put into practice all the goals we made, and I felt great. We had awesome lessons, our contacts were awesome, I kept learning and progressing, and I felt so much better. So much happier. Our relationship as a companionship got better, and because we were good individually and as a companionship, our areas were doing better. :) Oh gosh, guys, something so funny was that I kept trying to tell Hna Pérez something, and every time I'd try to start the sentence, I'd trip. It happened like 4 times before I just gave up. I told her later, when we weren't walking. XD We went on adventures trying to find a contact, but ended up searching for a bathroom XD I tried to reenact something and ended up hitting myself in the face. XD Ah, life. We had an investigator tell us that she wanted to be baptized, but wanted to take the discussions with her husband. We later found out that she didn't really want anything to do with us. That's the problem here; they're so kind they won't tell us that they don't want to listen. :P 

The ugly is over.

8th September 2017: BAPTISM INTERVIEW!!!!! YES! Okay. So we got up and did studies and sha la la. Then we went for food afterwards and to Janett's interview. :) She passed with flying colors. Then we spent literally 1 hour and a half trying to work the bus system. I totally feel you, Kendra. I do not want to live in the city. XP That night, it was the first earthquake I've ever experienced in my entire life. We live on the second floor, so when it hit (8.4), our house was swaying. We were sleeping in our beds when I all of a sudden felt my bed move. My first thought was, "What is Sister Pérez DOING!?" I thought she was having a seizure or something, and then I realized it was the entire house moving. We left our house but we didn't go into the street. Our neighbor was crying hystarically. O.o but, the sky was pretty afterwards. So we went to bed. 

9th September 2017: BAPTISM!!!!! SÍ!!!!!! We got up and left to prepare for the baptism. :) When we got there, we checked the font and I can't even describe Hna Pérez's expression, especially when the brother told us that the font was clean. It had animals swimming in it. So when he told her that, I just thought, "Oh. NO." So, we spent the entire afternoon cleaning the font and preparing everything for her. :) It was honestly such a special experience. She bore her testimony afterwards, and I just melted. So worth it to be a missionary. :) 

10th September 2017: CONFIRMATION!!!! Janett got confirmed, and it rained like crazy! I absolutely loved and adored it :) Super awesome day. Then we headed to church in 20 de noviembre. I nearly died because Hna Pérez accidentally turned on the radio during someone's talk and couldn't figure out how to turn it off for like 30 seconds (30 years in embarrassment years). Then we went to help make invitations for the ward conference and to visit a sister that just got out of the hospital. She gave Hna Pérez a trash bag full of shoes. We ended up leaving late because the sister loves to talk, but it turned into a miracle. Because 5 seconds before, a guy tried to rob a store nearby. And then, when we passed, a taxi driver who was off duty gave us a ride home after the lady who got robbed yelled, "Are you missionaries?" "Uh . . . huh?" "Come on!" 

11th September 2017: Normal P-day. The other sisters came over to see the shoes that Hna Pérez got. We cleaned and did studies. Then we went to eat and shop and write home. :) Then we went and gave food to the sister who got out of the hospital and helped clean her house. Then, Hna Pérez had a headache, so I gave her some pills (it's so funny how my First Aid kit is for everyone but me) and then she took a sleeping pill. "Oh no. I took both. What's gonna happen?" "You're gonna die." She laughed hysterically and loopily the entire night. 

12th September 2017: We had an awesome district class. Our zone leader is so powerful and awesome. We got apologized to by our district leader. We contacted 11 people in one day just by applying what our zone leader taught. Super awesome! Then we had an awesome lesson with Alejandro, especially since I'm feeling so much more confident and capable in the lessons. He didn't accept baptism, but he wants to read the Book of Mormon. Woohoo-ish! Then we visited some old investigators by accident, but nothing is by accident with the Lord. ;) They needed some love, especially since the brother's health is declining. Then we had a family home evening with the brother who wants to accept the missionaries! 

13th September 2017: We had divisions, and I felt good being in control for once ;) Control freak, right? It's amazing to see your growth, but most importantly, the growth of those around you. Hna Pérez has changed so much, and I have too. I'm so much more capable, and I can see it. We had a great companionship study, I received a lot of health and love from Hna Casteneda, and we had a great lesson with Janett and some other investigators. I loved it! Because we got to teach that it's through the Restored Gospel that we can have peace during these tough times. So, in a way, the earthquakes have been a huge blessing, because people are realizing that He is what they need. :) Oh, and after telling Hna Casteneda that I was hungry, our investigators gave us food. Ask and ye shall receive. ;) Woohoo!

14th September 2017: "If I'm going to sin, it better be to good music." Me "I was thinking the same thing." Hna Pérez XD I always feel so much better when we're out and teaching and working. It's when we work the best together. :) We taught another investigator lesson one and he liked it, but didn't want to accept a baptismal date. :( but he's reading the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets, so little by little. We took a bus to take out our money, and a guy threw some trash out the window. I wish I could describe Hna Pérez's face. I died. XD Then we went and talked to a part member family, and I got told I was the favorite ;) oops? Hna Pérez told me that she missed me during divisions. I almost believed her. 

15th September 2017: Left home early to work so that we could go home early because it's Mexico's Independence Day. One investigator didn't want to receive us because he was mad at us and his situation at work. :P Then we taught a contact lesson one, but he wasn't interested. :P Went to talk to the part member family again, and I enjoyed that time. We ate with them and then went to our lunch appointment. SO MUCH FOOD. Then we went home and had a spa night, talked as a companionship, and just enjoyed the free time. I appreciated learning more about her and realizing that I am important to her, even if she has the weirdest ways of showing it. :P 

16th-17th September 2017: Hna Pérez got sick with the flu from divisions. :P She was super loopy and slow, so we didn't have much to report. But, we explored a new part of our area, and I really enjoyed it. :) I always get sick of the same places and same things. We got lost, and that's always fun (no sarcasm, really, it's great). We ran across the freeway (I felt like you, Kendra XD). Then, when we were trying to figure out what way to go, we used rock, paper, scissors to determine where we were going. Later, an investigator told us that he saw us and wanted to know what we were doing. XD He's a taxi driver. XD Then, we contacted a cool teen because his puppy ran after us. The puppy would not leave Hna Pérez's shoes alone, and I just died. XD Super fun, and I got complimented on my Spanish. :) Our lunch appointment was divine. Chinese food. I died and went straight to heaven, because I'm a missionary. XD 

18th September 2017: We went and played sports as a zone, and I loved it. :) We played soccer, volleyball, football. I made the goal in soccer and felt pretty cool, and I always love playing volleyball. :) And football was fun too, especially when an elder told Hna Pérez when she missed the ball, "You gotta run!" so, when he missed the ball, I told him, "You gotta run, Elder!" XD He didn't want to play with us for a while. Haha. Got to meet the newbies, and one knows the cup song! So, we did the cup song and it was so cool! So fast! And he can play the piano and everything; reminded me of someone from high school. :) Then, on the way back home, we contacted the taxi driver, who ended up being a bishop. He didn't charge us anything XD Then we ate, wrote home, and headed to work! Had Dairy Queen, watched the Restoration, and then ate pozole with some investigators. :) 

19th September 2017: District class was good, and I enjoyed the practice. :) I could see a lot of my progress because we have a new north american here. Cool kid. From utah. The same city as Elder Cottrell, I think. Anywho, afterwards, we had Dairy Queen as a dristrict and headed to work! We got lost on the bus system again XD We were in the back, and every speed bump sent us literally flying out of our seats. Hna Pérez's icecream went EVERYWHERE. XD And during this time, there was another earthquake, but we didn't feel it, because the bus is always moving. Taught a recent convert and encouraged him to serve a mission, had good food and good contacts, and just had a good day overall. 

20th September 2017: Read the Book of Mormon because I really wasn't feeling it with studying Spanish XD but it was good and I enjoyed it. Went and taught an investigator, but mainly just watched him and Hna Pérez debate the Bible. He doesn't want to read the Book of Mormon, but he wants to get baptized. He doesn't want to pray and ask if it's true, but he believes us. Then we ended up eating with them and talking English. I loved that part. ;) That's something I know! Haha! Then we went to lunch, and Hna Pérez told me that she loves me. She's very loving when she's sick, and it totally throws me off. We made a contact who ended up being an old investigator from Wilson. He sells fried bananas (I HATE THEM) and gave us some for free. I gave it to a homeless guy. Then we contacted a doctor who had been taught by some elders. We got some bolis and went to Mirador for Consejo and then it flash flood rained! I loved it and ran out in it, shoeless and all. The members just watched in awe. XD I loved it! It reminded me of home with Nicole and Kendra, and of Villahermosa with Wilson :) 

21st September 2017: We studied and headed out. Met with a contact and taught another investigator. Went to lunch and the sister accompanied us to a lesson, where the little girl gave me her hotdog XD This day and the day before, everyone kept giving us food. EVERYONE. We taught a part member family and they let loose on their problems as a couple. But I really felt the Spirit testify threw me that they could save their marriage through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. And guess who came to church this week? THEM! Boom baby! 

22nd September 2017: Weekly planning! I slept really good and happy. Woke up angry through XD but prayer makes all the difference. We taught our investigator and he just eats it up, but doesn't want to get baptized. UGH. Ate good food and the sister gave me so much food, I had to use the bathroom sooooooooo bad. So, we went and taught a member, and I just died. Bathroom=heaven. TMI? Oops. Haha. Then we went to pick up the part member family for the activity, and ended up contacting her family. And her husband came with us to the activity! YES. It was to celebrate Independence Day for Mexico, and they did it by being cowboys! XD Everyone wanted a picture with me because of the hat, and I met a couple from England! So weird to talk English and I almost couldn't even do it. :P The food was great, we played soccer and I accidentally hit Hna Pérez in the stomach when I kicked the ball (oops?) Then we finished the night just chillin'. My favorite, because we hardly ever do that. -_-

23rd September 2017: We had another earthquake. It's horrible. It's not affecting us specifically, but there are a lot of deaths and what not in Mexico City, Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Puebla. Yeah. Studied and headed out. I was so hangry. XD We taught an old investigator and that went great. Saw Teresa, who is deaf! I almost cried because I missed her so much! :( Looked for some contacts and didn't find them. I bought some food and was eating when someone grabbed my backpack. I was ready to let loose and pop a top and the whole shabang. It was Hna Frank. -_- he almost got hit. Then we went to teach Janett, and I just love teaching her and seeing the Spirit light her eyes when I testify. So special. :) Then we went to Women's Conference and I died. Answer after answer after answer after answer after answer. I finally understood how our investigators feel. Life without the Gospel is so sad and you feel a hole, but when you receive what you're looking for, your heart is filled. It was amazing. Such a blessing. 

24th September 2017: We had such a miracle today! 8 invesigators came to church! We taught Gospel Principles, and I just loved testifying and realizing how much I love missionary work. :) Then we went and ate food, and it was so good and yummy :) I chilled in the hammock with Hna Pérez XD We ended up going out on visits with a sister and contacting some people. It was awesome. And then we ended the night talking with members with the Bishop. I enjoyed the day and was so ready for bed, haha!  

Pictures next week!!! There's gonna be A LOT. Much love from Mexico, and thanks for you patience! :) 

--
Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Semana Veintinueve

Whelp, I looked at my email from last week and saw that it didn't send a lot of what happened the rest of the week. :( Triste computadora. 

On Saturday (19th August 2017) we studied some signs in order to teach Teresa, but she didn't end up being at her house, which totally worked out, because we were able to teach a reference and had an awesome lesson with her. She's the sweetest and very attentive to what we were saying. Very sweet. :) Then we went to lunch and my time came. Mondongo. The stomach of a cow. And I thought I was going to die. But I didn't. It actually wasn't that bad, but it's definitely NOT my favorite dish. :P Hna Pérez was a doll and ate the last rolled up piece of intestine. Guys, I'm reading my journal now, and I must have been so out of it. It doesn't make sense, whatsoever. XD But we went to teach Janett and we even got to play with her little girl, which is always so much fun. Then we went and talked to another family of ours before heading home. We had a lot of laughs, enjoyed life, and whatnot. It's so funny how things change. My 6 months of missionary life, I was worrying about the language. Now, I'm stressing about my abilities as a missionary. Ah, life. But I love the Book of Mormon, especially in Spanish. That's the last thing I wrote, so that's the most important ;)

On Sunday (20th August 2017) Can you guys believe we're finishing August? Holy heck. Anyway, we went to church in Boulevard, and taught Janett about service in Gospel Principles. Super awesome, and then we headed to 20 de noviembre for the rest of the day. The sister (Hna Emma) fixed me Mole, and I thought I was going to die. It was super good, but do not drink Sprite with it. It hurts! Then we headed out to teach, and we had the awesomest lesson EVER! It was with a reference from President, and they were going to leave in 10 minutes, but they stayed an entire hour or so just to listen to us! He was so interested, and his eyes lit up with understanding and with the power of what we were teaching him. And his wife, who is super Catholic, was so in awe over the history of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. It's people like them that make missionary work worth it. Then his kid gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek, and I just couldn't even do anything. I was so in shock and just internally died. :l anyway, we finished the day offering service. We helped a little elderly woman clean up som massive leaves in front of her house, when this drunk guy started walking towards us and talking to us. I was so ready to pop a top, it's not even funny. Oh my gosh. Luckily, Hno Roberto and his friend pulled up in their car just in time to save us. Well, save him. I was ready to fight. Anyway, we helped a part member family move into their house and organize, and the entire time, Hno Frank kept annoying me about my supposed boyfriend back home. Ay ay ay. 

On Monday (21st August 2017) we studied and cleaned the house, and watched a movie, because we have absolutely no money. It is ridiculous. This is why you must budget and not go too crazy. ;) Awe, life. We went to lunch and it was lasagna. I thought I was going to die. I ate 4 squares, which is so aweful, but it was so worth it. I was a content and happy individual. :) Then we went to write home, but literally all of México didn't have internet. Even the offices. So we got to write on Tuesday!

On Tuesday (22nd August 2017) we went to district class, and I got to be the victim for contacting. o.o Élder Petersen said something sassy when it was his turn, so when we went to contact me . . . poor kid. "Hi, sister, how are you?" "Bad." o.o "Oh, why?" "My spouse just died." Oh my gosh, I feel so bad now, but he did an awesome job! His contact was fantastic, and he applied what President had taught us the week before. Then we left to help the woman from Sunday with the rest of her leaves, and I honestly just died. We all had so much fun. Throwing bags, juggling bags, flicking blood-sucking worms off of each other, getting bit by ants XP Oh, and when we were about to finish, this ginormous spider came out of no where. All the sisters started to scream and run, and thinking "What in the world? It's just a spider." I went to look at it. It was ginormous, brown, and it jumped! So I ran away screaming too XD Then, I was pulling out a stick from all the leaves, and accidentally pulled out an entire tree. The horror. Then, when I left to accompany a sister to the bathroom and returned, Élder Raudales called out to me. When I walked over, his face was priceless, and he said "We NEED you." in English so that the sister who was helping them wouldn't understand. XD I could understand; the sister didn't want to get dirty, so she wasn't really helping them. After the service project and drinking some Coca that she bought us (best part of the whole thing), we left in divisions. I was with Hna Gonzales in her area, and we had so much fun. I loved getting to know the sisters and investigadors, and I loved out lessons. And I enjoyed getting to know her. We ended the night taking pictures for her 9 months in the mission and eating cookies for her felix cumple mes! HNA WILSON! We took the pregnancy picture of 9 months XD and then of me with my 6 month mission "baby" She has the pictures, and I'm sure she'll send them to you. :) 

On Wednesday (23rd August 2017) we ended divisions. We had a lesson with a sister and her sick son, ate a good lunch, and had a great Family Home Evening with Janett about prayer. That we need to pray individually and as a family, and that parents are responsible for teaching their children correct principles of the Gospel, such as prayer. I loved the lesson, and it strengthened my testimony of prayer. I actually took the opportunity to pray alone and talk with Heavenly Father in English, and I encourage any and every missionary who has to learn another language to do so. It was exactly what I needed, and I felt normal again. I felt like I could reconnect a little with the person I was when I was home. And it's made all the difference. :) Especially with the difficulties we've had as a companionship. 

On Thursday (24th August 2017) we supposedly figured things out as a companionship and studied before heading out. As we were walking to deliver a Book of Mormon, some random guy called out to us and it turned out to be a president of a branch. He wanted us to teach his friend on the spot, and I just sat there and marveled as Hna Pérez answered all of his deeply profound questions. It was awesome to watch, and I loved the Spirit that took over when everything came together and I could see the understanding in his eyes. After that, we had some awesome contacts and lessons throughout the day, and we finished the night helping an investigator correct some papers for her students. I love correcting, but I never want to be a teacher. :P

On Friday (25th August 2017) I think this was the worst day for our companionship. So that you understand all that's gone down, I'm gonna explain the situation. 
Hna Pérez is an awesome missionary. She's very hard working, she knows how to teach really well, and she's great at teaching people and not just a lesson. I've learned so much from her, and she's so wonderful. But she lacks patience. She explodes over just about anything that doesn't go her way or conforms to her way of thinking, and she throws a fit over just about everything. So, you could say that I'd been lacking quite the emotional love that I need as a human being, and if I wanted it, I'd only get an angry companion and we wouldn't have any success or the Spirit. So, with all the anger and random fits she threw at me just this week, I finally broke down and cried in the morning. And she refused to comfort me (I asked for a hug and she told me no, because it wasn't going to change anything) and just said, "Is this gonna change anything? No." And then she said it was time to leave and we left. She walked in front of me and far away, she refused to talk to me, she only let me talk in the lessons when it benefited her, she made me do all the talking in our meeting with Hno Frank, she basically had nothing to do with me up until 3:30 in the afternoon after lunch. But, God answers prayers in so many different ways. The sister at lunch softly put her in her place about people who cry. That's it's a way to let go of pain and purify on the heart and soul. After that, she talked to me. Nothing was resolved, but she acted like everything was fine. So apparently everything was fine. So we continued on like all was well. But God answers prayers. :) The sister from lunch gave me the love that I needed that day, we got food from a member which was a huge blessing because we have no food in the house or money to buy food until this week. :P haha. And I got my camera back from the bishop from 20! He's a miracle worker. :) And then Hna Casteneda called and wanted to talk to me. She asked about the companionship, and me being the honest person that I am, spilled it on her. So she told me that I need transfers. And then she talked to Hna Pérez afterwards, and I was already in bed, but when she came back in, I knew she was mad. I heard her rip something up, and I knew it was a letter that I had written her. I knew she was SO mad.

On Saturday (26th August 2017) I was doing some stretches when I got the distinct impression to talk to Hna Pérez. So, I got up and we talked, and as it turned out, she'd been waiting. She just started apologizing for not being a good companion and for not giving me the love that I need as a human being. She apologized for her impatience and that she allowed what happened the day before to happen. She just spilled everything on me, and I finally felt like I was able to talk to her. And our companionship was able to heal from all that had happened, and I can happily say that, since then, we've been so much better. I've felt better in the language as well as in my abilities as a missionary. We've had some rockin' lessons and contacts, and we've been able to bond as friends and not just as companions. I had a wonderful and edifying study that boosted my confidence in teaching, and we had a great lesson on the Word of Wisdom with Janett and her husband. Then we visited a member and his wife, who has cancer, and I just died. My heart was so full of feelings for this sister. She laid in bed, unable to walk or do much of anything because of the cancer. But she was so happy and felt so much better that we came to visit her. She fed us cake, and I just marveled at her and the people here. They have so little, but they give all that they can, because they know that we are representatives of Jesus Christ, even if they don't agree with what we believe. I just was so in awe. These people are amazing. And I'm super privileged to be here with them. :) 

On Sunday (27th August 2017) I was super anxious in the morning for who-knows-why. But it was a wonderful day! We went to Mirador so that Hna Pérez could give her talk. She didn't realize it was her turn, and when she did, she got up so fast that her pen fell and then she accidentally kicked it half across the room. I just died laughing. XD Then we headed to Boulevard to teach Gospel Principles with Janett. It was the Word of Wisdom again, but we focused more on goals, and I loved the example that Hna Pérez used of the Brother of Jared and his rocks that he presented to the Lord to fix the problem of not having light for the boats. We need to present our goals to the Lord and ask if they are in accordance with His will, and then continue on. I loved it. I just died in awe at her teaching skills, and I'm so grateful I have such a skilled companion to learn from. Then we went to 20 and that really doesn't have much to be said about. 20 annoys Hna Pérez, so, we'll just skip that part. ;) We had a great lunch, and then we helped a man in his wheelchair get to his house. He shared his Coca with us, which was so nice. :') UGH. THESE PEOPLE. I JUST LOVE 'EM. We went to teach Melissa and her family, and we ended up teaching them this funny whatever for when they're bored. I know that didn't make sense, but I'll teach it to you when I get home. Then we went to teach Isidro, and his family gave us dinner. XD And Pozol. And my cup fell in bird poo. :( It was so funny ;) XD And we finished the night helping the Bishop's wife and talking with her, because it started to storm. The church flooded. :( Like Villahermosa! And then, as the Bishop gave us a ride home, he totally joked with us. "So, to the right?" XD And the lightning here is SO BEAUTIFUL GUYS. I loved it. I sat in my chair and wrote in my journal and studied as I watched the awesome purple lightning crackle in the sky. Gosh. I wish you guys could've seen it. 


​Haha, I got my camera back and the only picture I have is of this awesome bug we found. Enjoy! XD I love you all and I'll see you soon!

--
Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Semana Veintiocho

Hola everyone! Hope your week went great! The internet went out all over México (well, here) so that's why this is a little late. You can cancel your airplane ticket, Dad. I'm still here and alive. ;) Te amo! 

On Monday (14th August 2017) we cleaned the house and ate pizza and I taught Hna Pérez a little bit on the piano. Then we got the call that we had our interviews with President that very day. Total panic mode for everyone, haha. So we wrote home really quick and then headed to the church building for interviews. This interview went great, and I appreciated the advice and council that President gave me. He was really impressed by my progression in the language and that I'm ahead of the game. He counciled me to not minimize my worth and power here as a missionary and as the person that I am. That God sure loves me. And that Twin Falls should be proud. :) Hna Gonzales told me that Bartolo shows people his picture of me and tells them about me. I just love that man. :)

On Tuesday (15th August 2017) we went to district class and had a blast. I recognized that the first portion of a foreign speaking mission is learning patience and humility, and to pray and rely on God a lot. Now that I understand so much more and can talk more, I'm glad that I stuck it out. After district class, we went and had pizza as a district. I got to teach everyone the cup song, and I just loved the look of wonder in Élder Valles' eyes. Like, WOAH. Afterwards, we had an awesome lesson with Janett. :) She tries with what little time she has to read the pamphlets and the Book of Mormon. She's such a doll. And then we had a lesson with Augusto, and it was like teaching a small child. I loved it. And I love teaching to the person rather than a lesson, because the Spirit is so much MORE with them. 

On Wednesday (16th August 2017) we had our zone conference and it was absolutely awesome. :) President taught us that we need to ask questions and then listen, rather than think about what we're going to say next. As a missionary learning a language, this really struck me, because while I'm listening, I have to translate and blah blah blah, but as I've applied this, it's helped a lot more with me as a person and as a missionary. I loved that the focus was on teaching the person rather than a lesson, because we can teach the lessons like they did in the past (memorized) but that's not going to help people. We're here to help people come unto Christ and we can't do that if we don't answer their questions about Him. Afterwards, I got to know the other North American here in the mission, and I loved it. It feels good to be among your own people and language ;) As we were leaving, I was teaching Élder Valle and Élder Rivas sign language, and when Élder Rivas asked me what a certain sign meant, I looked at him, horrified, and said, "Élder, that's a really bad word." His face XD "Really?!" "No." XD and then we left in a taxi and the élderes called me fresa XD as we headed home in the bus, Élder Peterson and I talked, and it turns out that Élder Sumpter (an elder from my district in the CCM) went home early. He got really sick. :( We ended the day finding out our area boundaries XD and making some awesome contacts. 

On Thursday (17th August 2017) we got up, studied, did weekly planning, and had companionship inventory. It took an unexpected turn because I hadn't realized how much pent-up feelings I had regarding Hna Ortega. But through it all, I'm able to apply the Atonement in my life and learn how to forgive and allow Christ to heal me. :) Then we headed out to teach. Watched a movie with Marisol, and she can get divorced in three months! Woohoo! Then we went to teach Isidro, but he wasn't there. So, we talked with his daughter and son-in-law, and it was awesome. She confided in us many things, and I was able to apply what President taught us and teach according to her needs. And I just loved watching Hna Pérez take off in her teaching, because it was full of the Spirit. The sister told us that what we had to say was exactly what she'd been waiting for, and she was so grateful that we came and taught her. :) then we read the Book of Mormon with Isidro and headed to the church building to use the bathroom. Triste Hna Pérez wouldn't let me use the bathroom! She shoved me in a room and closed the door, and then laughed so hard when I walked out the other door to the same room. XD and after we used the bathroom, she kept spraying me with water, so I took two-hands-full of water and threw it on her before running away. She locked me in the church building, so I climbed out the window XD sometimes, we have too much fun. 

On Friday (18th August 2017) we got up, studied, and then had cordination meeting with Mirador before eating food and heading out to Boulevard. We taught an investigator and got two references from her before heading to an appointment in Mirador, which actually didn't end up happening until later, but we found an old investigator while we waited, so all was well. We had an awesome taxi driver who was very patient with our "directions" XD we literally drove every where before we ended up where we needed to be. Haha. 

On Saturday (19th August 2017) we studied some signs in order to teach Teresa, but she didn't end up being at her house, which totally worked out, because we were able to teach a reference and had an awesome lesson with her. She's the sweetest and very attentive to what we were saying. Very sweet. :) Then we went to lunch and my time came. Mondongo. The stomach of a cow. And I thought I was going to die. B

--
Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Semana Veinticuatro

Hola familia y amigos! I have no idea how well this email will go; we're running pretty late today. And I haven't been able to journal properly, so I actually have no idea the sequence or anything. But here goes nothing!

On Monday (17th July 2017) we received our other companion, Hna. Pérez. I'd actually met her in Villahermosa with Mama Pérez with Hna Wilson. So, when I found out it was going to be her, I got really excited. She reminds me of a cute little bird. Super chipper, happy, and she is super intelligent. She studied languages, so her Spanish is really proper. I have no idea what she's saying half of the time, and neither does Hna Ortega. :P But that only means my Spanish will improve drastically, so either way, it's good. ;) 

On Tuesday (18th July 2017) Hna Ortega went to a conference in Villahermosa, so that left me to guide Hna Pérez and Hna Jimenez around Coatza. I'd been pretty worried about it since Hna Ortega had told me, because in my head, I didn't know anything. Hna Ortega always did everything, so how in the world was I going to know? But the Spirit was real, and everything went fine. I was able to open up about a lot of things to my new and temporary companions, and their advice and love and encouragement really helped me in a lot of ways. 

On Wednesday (19th July 2017) the Spirit was yet again with me, and we were able to contact a really wonderful family, and I just love them. Their names are Esperanza and David, and they are so funny. Here, gueda is white girl, and they call me their "guedita". I hate that word, but it's a term of endearment, so whatever. Hna Jimenez and Hna Pérez truly taught me about enjoying my mission and having fun while I'm here. Ever since I got transfered here, and you all know that I had problems with Hna Ortega, I'd felt like a slave and super pressured. But God blessed me with the relief that I had been praying for, and I now know that I can enjoy this time. I don't feel afraid or like I can't do anything. And I realized that the problem I had been having was Hna Ortega.

So on Thursday (20th July 2017) we had our first companionship inventory as a trio and for me and Hna Ortega. It was super intense, but I was finally able to unleash everything on her. And Hna Pérez was there to defend me and actually jumped in and showed Hna Ortega that I wasn't just blowing smoke. Wow . . . it was super intense, but it was a great learning experience for Hna Ortega. She recognized her faults, recognized the abuse, recognized that she wasn't perfect, recognized that her way wasn't the only way. I felt liberated and free, and I finally felt like the missionary I had envisioned myself being. Our lesson with a family that I adore went great, and I taught and talked and testified more. I explained more, and I felt like we were in sinc. So awesome.

Friday (21st July 2017), Saturday (22nd July 2017), and Sunday (23rd July 2017) are all a blur, so here's a blurb. Oh my gosh. I haven't had this much fun since Hna Wilson. Now Nicole, triste ;P :) We were walking and Hna Pérez wanted this fruit that was hanging from a tree, so I gave her my shoe and she got my freaking shoe stuck in the tree. So Hna Ortega had to climb the fence in public and get my shoe and the fruit. Luckily, not many people saw and the owner wasn't around. XD And then Hna Pérez wanted another fruit, so I had to take a rock and hit it out of the tree (which didn't even work. My softball skills were too much for the tree XD) I finally knocked it down with another fruit. And whenever I was feeling frustrated or down, Hna Pérez would try to show me a video, and every time, it was the wrong video. XD If I was feeling frustrated about the language, she kept showing me how to overcome pornography videos or the law of chastity videos. XD Or something else that would only make me feel like, "Uh, thanks, but . . . " 
We had awesome lessons, and we also had lessons where the Spirit was totally there, but the person totally rejected. It's sad to see the hold that Satan can have if a person gives in. It's sad to see someone so active and knowledgable about the gospel turn a total 180 and reject it all. But everyone has their agency, and we're only here to invite, not to force. 

God is real. He answers prayers, and He answers them in His own time, much to my impatience. ;P But He's real. He's really there. He really loves me. He really loves you. He really loves all of His children. And because He loves them, He has His restored gospel on the earth, guided by a living prophet named Thomas S. Monson. He has all of the small and simple and pure truths that were taken from the Bible throughout history restored in the Book of Mormon, so that with both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, we can have all of His teachings. I know that times get hard for everyone. Life isn't supposed to be easy, and sometimes we get super stressed out because things aren't working out the way we think they should. So stressed out that our hair falls out ;) but God has His hand in everything. The first principle of any religion is faith. Because if you don't have faith, you don't have anything. There's no point. I have never had to exercise so much faith in my entire life as I have here. Faith that the pain doesn't last forever, faith that someone really does want to change their life and follow Jesus Christ, faith that my family will be okay and protected while I'm gone for the next year, faith that I will eventually know this dang language -_- faith that I really am making a difference by being here and not wasting someone's time and money, faith that this is where I'm meant to be and that I can handle it. 
This week, I'm going to study faith. And I challenge you all to do it to. Find faith in the Bible dictionary or whatever the thing is in the Book of Mormon (dang Spanish. The GEE XD ) and study the principle faith. I know that I'm going to be edified, and so will you. Remember that faith is an action, because faith without works is dead. I love you all, and I know that God is blessing every one of you. You're all in my prayers, I miss you terribly, but I know it'll all be worth it when I get home and see your beautiful faces. And hopefully, by that time, I won't even remember English ;) I love you all! Tenga una bonita semana, mis amores! 

Haha, photos next week. :P I promise!

--
Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Semana Veintitres

Hola mi familia! Gracias por sus cartas, y disculpe porque el tiempo es muy corto.

On Monday (10th July 2017) it went pretty swell. We got up and did the normal, and then headed out for a little farewell party for Hna Garcia. We played games, ate, and enjoyed some time together before we headed out to buy food and write home. After we finished writing, we headed out with a member to visit some less active members. We taught some great lessons, and while we waited for the member to finish chatting, we taught three young women who are also less active. It was funny, because Hna Ortega was talking, and I waited my turn, and once it happened . . . guys, I couldn't stop talking. My mouth just went crazy with all these Spanish words and topics, and I just marveled afterwards at the Spirit. Super awesome . . . wow.

On Tuesday (11th July 2017) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR PAPÍ, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! (By this time next year, I'll have it memorized in Spanish ;) ) Today was district class, and I just absolutely adored it. First, we gave our numbers, and when we put that we had 1 DQ, the elders went CRAZY! And one elder in his accented English, "I WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT!" XD I died so hard. Ugh, guys. Our district leader is super spiritual, and he knows just what to say or teach in order to help. And he teaches according to the needs in our area. Totally diverts away from the topic to help us. Super cool, and I was able to blab so much in class. XP Haha, but I got to give some elders some advice, and I felt helpful. And then, when I asked for help with a topic in my Spanish book, the elder who can speak both English and Spanish fluently couldn't help me, but the elder just learning english could. XD I love them. And then I had interviews with president. Both edifying and very humbling for me. He told me how proud he was of the progress I've made, and he's proud of who I've become, and he's going to keep pushing me. He told me that I'm going to enjoy my mission and that when I'm through, I'm going to have a badge that no one can take away from me. I served my mission in the heart of Book of Mormon history, serving among the Lamanite blood, in the #1 baptizing mission in Mexico. Then we headed off to work! While we were talking to a reference, a family drove by and their little boy yelled, "HERMANA HÚBER!!!!!" Mi corazón. 

On Wednesday (12th July 2017) we had zone conference, and I loved it. Very edifying, very spiritual, and President always knows exactly what to teach and say and . . . wow. President just rocks. He couldn't stop laughing as we played volleyball, because if no one was going for the ball and I couldn't reach it with my hands, BOOM. There's the foot. And a scream, because I'm scared it's gonna hit the ground and we're gonna lose. XD Oh my heck. Okay, after the lesson, we went outside to play sports as a zone, and there's a game here where one person has the ball and chases the other people trying to hit them with it. So, Hna Garcia had the ball, and she totally locked in on me. The sisters and all of the elders were watching, and there was NO WAY I was going to get shown up in front of all the missionaries, so I ran like crazy and outran Hna Garcia! I was told later that no one has been able to do that, and Hna Garcia kept asking me, "What do you do in the mornings to workout!?" XD Woohoo! Then I crashed into Hna Casteneda when I was making room for Elder Piña to grab his food, and then Hna Hernandez told me to dream with her. XD Oh Mexico, Oh Spanish.

On Thursday (13th July 2017) it was another swell day. Great stretches because my body hurt like none other, and then studied hardcore. Then we went to lunch, and I literally thought I was going to die. Guys. They fed us cow stomach. It looked like a tongue. Oh my gosh. When she put the plate in front of me, and I realized what it was, I just looked at Hna Ortega, and we both thought the same thing, "We're going to die. This is it." Luckily, the family followed the promptings of the Spirit and the obvious fear on our faced and fed us eggs instead. :) Death averted otra vez! We taught the rest of the day, and had pretty awesome lessons. I talked like none other, although totally aware that I messed up ;) It's actually fun to mess up and ask for help now; before, it just killed me and I felt like . . . well, unintelligent. Oh, and when the Spirit wants something done, and He has a willing vessle, He get's'er done. I saw a man with his multitude bags and just went in for the kill. Great contact, and I felt great following the Spirit. Then off I went on divisions with the wonderful Hna Casteneda :D

On Friday (14th July 2017) I had a very edifying study and I felt so much better about life afterwards too. I had a humbling interview with president, and the days following it had been a little tough for me, especially with the things he'd set goals for me to do (contacting. Ugh, I hate contacting. Well, kind of. XD I actually really enjoy it now, because I like to blab.) I felt like I'd made all this progress and had done so great, and I was praised for it, but then there was even more expected out of me. Like, I just climbed a mountain . . . and then I realized there was so much more mountain to climb before I reached the top. :P But, I know it's all for the work. It's all for the growth and development of me. I know it's for the best and what God wants for me . . . but that doesn't always make it easier ;) Anyway, after the study, I felt like I'd gained my confidence back (that I'd lost when I went into the CCM) and I realized that my mission is a blessing. And I'm going to love it. I am loving it, it's just nice to be reminded how much I love it. :) I realized that President was right and that it's time to take my place among the noble and great ones (i.e. Hna Warren, Hna Keller, Hna Wilson, Hna Skulls, etc.). God totally answers prayers, and I know He does, because He answered mine. He continually answers my prayers, and He's continually helping me and guiding me, even though I'm super stubborn and . . . well, human. Haha. Anyway, the day went great and Hna Casteneda and I enjoyed our time in divisions. We taught some awesome lessons, pulled pranks on the members, saying that we had transfers and that I was the new hna, and I enjoyed my time with her. But when I saw Hna Ortega and I saw our area, I was so relieved to be back. I love our area. I love my companion. :) 

On Saturday (15th July 2017) I woke up feeling SO GOOD. So rested, so happy, just chipper. Our studies went great, we had awesome food with the ward clerk (he's so funny XD). We did a lot of contacting, not much teaching, because people weren't around or able to listen to us. It rained and it was so "cold" and I just adored it. I'd been absolutely in love with the mission the past two days, which was a great answer to prayer. I love my mission with all my heart. ;) We ended the day with correlation with Hno Frank. Oh heck. "Hna Húber, dijo algo." "Algo." "-_-" . . . "Hno Frank, tengo cambios." "¡¿Qué!? . . . ¿Por qué usted?, Hna Húber, ¿por qué? Deme su Facebook" XD Haha, poor kid. I told him later that I was kidding ;) But we did get a call that night . . . we're going to be in a trio! Hna Pérez! WOOHOO! And Hna Ortega is the sister training leader --cue Élder Gramajo laugh: "hahahahahahaha" XD 

On Sunday (16th July 2017) we went to church and then helped out with a service project with one of our wards. It was so funny because . . . pues, Hno Roberto XD "Hna Húber, are you strong?" "Obviously, Hno." "Wonder Woman ;D." Haha, and then literally ten minutes later, I walked up to him with my broken rake from raking up all the cut grass and whatnot. As I walked up to him, he made eye contact, looked at the two pieces of rake in my hands, and he just started laughing so hard. XD "Wonder Woman!!" and then, he said something annoying, so I held up the two pieces and said, "Careful, hno. You're next." XD and then, when we finished, he was sharpening his machette, and as I walked by, he had that look in his eye, so I made a stance of, "Come at me, bro. Luchéme (Hna Wilson, apparently, that's not a word XD)." Hno Roberto, "Oh, oh, OH!" XD He's so funny. 

Okay, guys, this week was a growing pain week, but it was so good. I know that God loves each and every one of His children with all of His heart, and He wants us to be happy. I know that His hand is in each and every moment of our lives, whether we accept Him or not, and I know that He loves you. I know that Jesus Christ really suffered every single pain and affliction and sickness and trouble and tear and heartbreak. I know that He understands us completely and perfectly, so that He can help us and carry us and succor us in our pains. I know that the Atonement is real, and that it's not just for big sins. It's for every time we don't follow the Spirit. It's for every bad thought that enters our mind. It's for every missed opportunity to preach and help others. It's for every papercut. It's for every deep wound. It's to heal us. I was healed this week, because I know God loves me. I was supported this week, because Jesus Christ suffered for me. I was carried this week when I didn't think I could do a thing. I was given peace and tranquility with the new opportunities that have been placed in my path. I was given positivity when Satan tried to bring me down. I was blessed with a healthy body and the ability to work because God loves and blesses me every day. I know with every particle of my being that God loves me, even when I don't deserve. Especially when I don't deserve it. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, that He's my Brother and Best Friend. I know that testimony is important, and that it's what changes people's lives. I know that this work is hard. Gosh, it is so hard. But it's the most rewarding and blessful thing. I'm grateful every day, even during the really tought ones, that I didn't go home when I had the chance. I'm grateful that I didn't wait to come here. I'm grateful that I didn't decide to not serve a mission, because I know that the growing pain here is nothing worth the pain I would be feeling if I were home right now, knowing that I wasn't serving my mission. Life is good. Life is blessful. The mission is the best and the hardest thing, and it's daddy-daughter time with Heavenly Father. Thank you for all of your support and love, and know that I love and pray for all of you every day. Know that God is real. And know that He lives. And know that His restored gospel is here on the earth. And know that families can be together forever through His wonderful gospel. And know that . . . everything has a reason. We can't see it or know why things happen, but it's all in God's hands. And I wouldn't want anyone else in charge of my life. :) 
I love you all, and I'm sorry that this is the only letter I'll be sending out today. Transfers means less time. :) Photos next week, I promise! 

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Hermana Húber :)
Misión México Villahermosa
¡La Mejor Misión en el Mundo!