Monday, December 18, 2017

Semana Cuarenta y Cinco

Hi everyone! Whelp, I have literally no time, but we'll see how far I get :) 

On Monday (11 December 2017) we went to Palenque to play sports as a zone and to send Mamá Pérez off. It was super fun! I gained some mad respect from the elders. I may not be good at sports, but I can pull out some wicked moves when the moment calls. ;D We played head volleyball, and when I slid from literally one end of the room to the other on my knees to get a ball that no one was going for, yeah. The elders know not to mess with me XD We played soccer and basketball and head volleyball. It was so fun, and I was so tired afterwards. Ugh, but guys. The lessons were amazing afterwards. I love it when God takes over. He just . . . works miracles. The gift of tongues is real and the power of God hasn't ceased. It's so amazing. GAH. GOOSEBUMPS.

On Tuesday-Thursday (12th December 2017-14th December 2017) I literally died for three-ish days. For those of you that know me, you know how stubborn I am about going to the doctor. On Tuesday, after lunch, my energy suddenly just zapped and I couldn't handle it. But guess who has the best elders ever? YO. They gave me a blessing. Totally bawled, but that was okay. But I couldn't work the rest of the day. Or the next day. Hna Sánchez kept saying that we needed to go to the doctor, and I told her that if I felt bad the next day, we could go. So, I stayed in bed and slept all day. Got some mad organizing done with the areabook because I didn't want to feel like a complete and utter loser. But, on the third day, that was it. Hna Sánchez wouldn't quit pestering me, so we went to the doctor. They said that I have a stomach infection, but I don't trust the medical system here para nada. Anyway, they drugged me up and I stayed home another day in bed. But, again, who has the best elders? YO. They went by and bought my medicine, and Elder Hamblin told me that they were going to bring some movies by as a joke. How cruel. But, they were actually pretty worried about me. How sweet. I felt like Alma the younger repenting for eating so many tacos. :P "No more tacos for you, okay?" "Yes ma'am." "Do you want a shot?" "Do you want to get hit?"

On Friday (15th December 2017) I was reserrected and we went to work. We had some awesome lessons. GOSH. So potent. Hna Sánchez told me that I can planchar pretty good when it's needed, but that I chew people out with love, so it's kind of a soft plancha (guys, I wish I could translate that, but I don't remember English to save my life.). 

On Saturday (16th December 2017) we went to help out the elders with their baptism. It was the cutest thing. I also had an accidental 2 hour study session because I was so engulfed in the scriptures. GUYS. Study the scriptures. Pray with real intent to act on the answers that you receive. It will literally change your life! :D ah, but when we went, I saw a cake in the back with a cross and a baby being baptized, and without even thinking, I told Hna Sánchez, "This is apostasy." Turns out, it was the girl's parents who brought the cake and they're not members. Thankfully, they didn't hear me. XD We're good friends now. 

On Sunday (17th December 2017) GUYS! BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION! TWO! Woohoo! :D So, Michelle and Ericka got baptized. Their mom was so happy with us. She's inactive, but she's started reading the Book of Mormon again and she's praying more. I just loved watching the changes. Before and after. You can totally tell the difference when someone has the Spirit and when they don't. So beautiful. :) We had an awesome lesson with our Branch President and then ate dinner with the family that we baptized. We sang our hymns and little dealio for Christmas, and Elder Peña tried to help me when I flipped to the wrong hymn, but I thought he was messing with me. So, while the elders and Hna Sánchez started singing one christmas hymn, I started belting another. XD So embarrassing, but they messed up at the end, so it all worked out. Fast-acting karma. 

I pondered a bit this week, and I realized a lot of things, but most of all, experiences. I expected a lot out of my mission that wasn't fair. I expected it to be perfect, and I expected myself to be perfect. But, without these experiences, I'd never be the missionary that I am. I wouldn't be able to help people in the way that I can now. So, my little testimony is that everything that happens, good and bad, prepares us for something more. Also, that celestial moments exist. I felt it in sacrament meeting this week during the sacrament. Celestial moments exist, we just need to put ourselves in places where they can happen. :) 

Anyway, loved the week, even though I died. :) Loves! XOXO from your white girl in México! 

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

Monday, December 4, 2017

Semana Cuarenta y Tres

Hola hola! :D

On Monday (27th November 2017) we went to go shopping for our groceries (we literally had nothing) when the phone totally malfunctioned. XD So, we had to go to Coppel and talk to like, 3 people before we could get another phone to get ahold of the elders so we could meet with them and use their phone to call the offices. So, they met with us as we were eating 5 peso tacos, and while Hna Sánchez was talking and getting things worked out, the elders chatted with me. I just laughed so hard, because they asked me how many boys are waiting for me at home, and they wouldn't believe me when I said no one. Elder Ruiz, "Nah, you have like, 10 guys waiting for you." Maybe, but as far as I'm concerned, there's no one waiting around for me. That's how I wanted it and that's how I like it ;) After getting the phone fixed, the elders bought a Chamoyada to share, and while it's nothing like the ones in Villa, it was WAY better than the one in Coatza. I just laugh so hard thinking about that. We also had problems with money, because there wasn't any money on our cards, so I just walked around the entire week completely broke. But, we did manage to buy sufficient amount of food :) which is literally everything if you want a happy Hna Húber. And as we were shopping, the elders joined us and I just died. "Hna Húber, which one would be best for me?" Elder Ruiz, holding up lady diapers. So, I grabbed diapers for little girls and gave it to him. "These ones." Then we went home to put everything away before heading out for a lesson and a family home evening night. The lesson was on the plan of salvation, and it just went so good! :D ugh! And then the family home evening night XD I just love one of the teens there. He makes me laugh so hard, and he's a little rebel like myself. While we were eating, I asked his dad how his finger was because he nearly cut it off. "Bad." o.o "Oh. That bad, huh?" "Yeah." So I made the hand signal that they use here to say yeah with my finger, and we just laughed so hard, because it was a horrible joke given his finger situation. XD

On Tuesday (28th November 2017) we headed out to district class, and I loved it, but what I loved the most was how much God was chewing me out. It was on loving your companion and loving the investigators. I have no problem loving the people, but oh my gosh, companions kill me. You all know about my past companions, and this one is no different. She's not abusive like the first two were after Hna Wilson, but she drives me crazy. Holy heck. An example (that I swear has an awesome spiritual lesson to it) from this day was the phone. I sent a message to the branch president to know what the hymns were (yeah, I played once in sacrament meeting and now, I'm playing everything for every one. Devotional, sacrament meeting, primary program, etc. UGH) and she all of a sudden got really weird about it. "Who are you texting? What did you say?" etc. If you know me at all, you know that este no anda. -.- to say the least, I popped a top. So while she was keeping her distance for a while, while I helped out at the piano classes and english classes, she read the scriptures where God totally chewed her out. It was honestly neat to see that God was on my side. She told me about the experience later, and I just felt the love of God super strong in that moment. Like, yeah! High five. :) And then, later that night, she got chewed out again. XD So, she learned her lesson, to say the least. To end the night, a recent convert randomly found us in the street and gave us some bread free. It was another little gift from God, because He knows how I get when I'm hangry. 

On Wednesday (29th November 2017) we had some rockin' lessons, and I honestly loved my studies. Although I'm constantly getting chewed out ;D I love seeing the mercy that God has on me. That He gives me SO MANY opportunities to change and to do better. That He let such an imperfect and incapable daughter like myself enter into His great work and glory here in México. And not just México, but exactly in the area where Jesus Christ visited His people after His ressurrection. Exactly where so many Book of Mormon stories took place. With His convenant people. He has so much trust for each and every one of us. He loves us all so much. Something that I've learned from this companion is that everyone has the love of God, but not everyone has His trust. Kind of like normal relationships with people. Haha. But, it's been awesome to see the Atonement work in my life, and thus giving me a greater testimony and spirit to help others see the miracle that is Jesus Christ. And what better time of year than December!! 

On Thursday (30th November 2017) I turned 10 months old in the mission. Do you know how weird that feels?! I totally died when I saw the paper that said 10 months on it from Hna Sánchez. It didn't hit me really that hard until I was studying and looked at the big bold 10. I just felt so weird, like, I DON'T HAVE ANY TIME TO WASTE but at the same time . . . 8 MORE months? Haha. Anywho. It definitely kicked my buns into high gear, and I realized just how much I love being a missionary. Gosh, I love this work. And I love seeing the love God has for me and for His children. I'd been praying for someone, just SOMEONE to talk English to. You guys have no idea--actually, Bishop, you might ;D but seriously. NO ENGLISH. And then, God gave me these awesome elders. :) We talk English like it's no one's business. The Mexicans too. Just . . . BLESSINGS.

On Friday (1st December 2017) we went to a wedding! :D Well, "wedding". It was kind of the most pitiful wedding I'd ever seen, but she's gonna get baptized now, so it's fine. :) super cute and awesome. I was a happy child. :) And...PHOTO!

On Saturday (2nd December 2017) we met the BEST little kid ever. He read like 9 chapter in the Book of Mormon by himself and totally told us the entire story and wanted to keep reading and has been reading every single day. I died. The only problem is his mom, if she'll give him permission or not. But he's totally gonna ask and he's totally gonna get baptized. Gosh, I love the chosen people God has here! AH. It's just awesome to be a missionary and give service every day and help people and love people and be like Christ. :) I love it. We had a lesson with a lady that we contacted in the church, and pay attention, because her story afterwards makes me laugh. We sat there, and I didn't understand a single word she said. That's how I know that the gift of tongues is real, because if the Spirit isn't there, like, really really isn't there. Like bad spirits are there. I don't understand a thing. So, yeah. I felt like Satan or some of his followers were there. Super creepy. As we were returning to the house, I was thinking and reflecting on the week to think if anything funny had happened, and just as I drew a blank, I totally biffed it over nothing. XD I just laughed and looked up at the sky and laughed with Heavenly Father, because I know He blessed me with that. XD So, if nothing more, I have that to report to you guys as my funnies. 

On Sunday (3rd December 2017) the crazy weird Satan lady from the day before came to church. We thought, "Oh, great! Investigator in sacrament meeting. :)" Then, like, 5 minutes afterwards, she got up (this is fast and testimony meeting, where people get up and bear their testimony) and started screamed and yelling and prophesying of who-knows-what. I was up on the stand at the piano, and I tried so hard not to laugh. I couldn't handle it. My hand was over my mouth, and my mouth was wide open. I couldn't believe it. After they escorted her out, it was awesome to see the members get up and bear their testimonies, defending the faith and testifying of the truth. I absolutely loved seeing the experience strengthen rather than hurt these people. So cool :) the elders are going to go chew her out sometime this week ;) OH MY GOSH. If you guys didn't see the devotional, go see it. I loved it! :) It totally chewed me out too, but I loved it. This is a wonderful time of year! ALSO, go to and check out the #IluminaElMundo or #LightTheWorld initiative. The videos are the cutest and sweetest things, and the ideas of remembering Christ during thing Christmas season will honestly bless you guys. I can promise that as a representative of Jesus Christ. :) 

I love you guys! I know this church is true. I know that this is the gospel of Jesus Christ and that He guides His church through a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Book of Mormon is true with all of my heart, and I know that God loves each and every one of us. I know that you are all special sons and daughters of Him, and that He sent His Son for YOU! How cool is that? :) Happy December my friends! Loves! Xoxo from your white girl in México! 

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Semana Cuarenta y Uno

Hi everyone! How's it been? 

On Monday (13th November 2017) it rained so hard and I loved it! :D The best thing of the day was the Family Home Evening Night with our date! It was so spiritual and so amazing. We were all really keyed in on the Spirit, and I just loved hearing the goals that the family and our date had to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Reading the scriptures. Spending time with family. Learning the hymns better. Seeing things with an eye of gratitude instead of pitying the day. :) It was so nice!

On Tuesday (14th November 2017) I lost my USBs right after organizing them and getting all of photos on them :( To say the least, I was a very angry missionary XD but we had an amazing lesson with our date, who just totally ate it up. And then our friends from our restaurant gave us free milkshakes. That's one way to cheer me up :) Then, we headed to the other hna's house to spend the night because the next day, we were heading to zone conference. 

On Wednesday (15th November 2017) we headed out at 9 o'clock in the morning for zone conference, and it was honestly the weirdest and most emotional day I've had in a very long time. XD One minute you're okay, then President starts choosing "volunteers" and your blood pressure suddenly rises to a deathly rate. But it was really good, and honestly, the best part of it all was my interview. I was able to see the love God has for me and the love that President has for me. He told me that I am an asset to the mission and that I'm hitting my prime. I really appreciated that, because up until now (even now XD) I've felt like, maybe my mission has been a total failure and that I've only wasted God's time and my/my family's money being out here. But he helped me realize the reality of my situation and my mission, and honestly, his help has changed my entire perspective about my mission. :) It was honestly the best day ever. It was funny too, because during the entire interview, he mentioned that I had transfers 4-5 times, but I never really thought to ask. So at the end, "Well, do you want to know where you're going or not?" XD So, he told me that I was headed to Emiliano Zapata in Tabasco with Hna Sanchez (Wilson, yep! Hna Sanchez from my training! Woot!) So . . . that's where I am right now XD Surprise! They closed Oluta, which means they took out sisters and gave it to the elders. :) 

On Thursday (16th November 2017) we had our baptism interview! And I found out that Elder Baugh knows about my blog from his mom! XD I died SO HARD. I could not believe that people know about my blog. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, I have a list of some people that I send this email out personally to. The rest heads to an email that directs this email to a blog, so that people from facebook and whatnot can see it. But, never in my life did I imagine that someone outside of my knowledge was reading it! XD Then, as I freaked out, Elder Peterson told me that he read it too! Do you know how much that freaks me out!? People know more about my mission than I do! XD Anyway, I freaked out, but our date passed his "test"! And during the lesson before, he started asking about the temple. I died all over the place. 

On Friday (17th November 2017) our day was filled with blessings. :) It was amazing. We spent the day getting everything ready for the baptism. We headed out to the church in Acayucan, but it was locked and the sisters were super far away. So, we waited for them to finish their appointment before heading out to meet them half way for the keys. BUT a bishop randomly showed up out of no where, so we didn't have to! Then, we got all dressed to clean the font, but it was already full of water and clean! So, we made the poster XD And ten, we were waiting for a bus to drive by, but it took forever, so Hna Palomares wanted to head out towards a store to see if it would show up there, but I got distracted by the alligators. XD BUT, it was revelation because the tardiness brought the bus. ;) Super duper blessed. And my studies were awesome that day! I realized just how much God loves us. We each have a special place in His heart, and He wants to help and protect us. He is our Father, and I just think that is so amazing, especially when I think of the relationship I have with my dad here on earth. To think that that love is 10x stronger and more in my Heavenly Father just blows me away, especially where I'm such an imperfect and rebelious daughter. 

On Saturday (18th November 2017) we had our baptism! We spent the day getting the house ready and the areabook ready for the elders. We headed out to eat and I had crab legs :) It was so good that I didn't realize how intense I'd been eating until I washed my hands and put lemon on my hands to take away the fish smell, and I realized that I'd cut my finger XD Then, we headed out for the baptism! On the way, there was a butterfly on my window, so I shooed it away to get it out the window. Hna Palomares and I were cheering it on and shooing it out, until it left! And then, it flew by our window again to say goodbye. :) warmed my heart. THEN WE HAD AN AWESOME BAPTISM! Just the best thing ever. :) ugh, best day ever. That's a lie. Sunday was the best ;) We received legitamately our transfers that night. I was headed to Zapata with Hna Sanchez and Hna Palomares to Coatza with Hna Castaneda. 

On Sunday (19th November 2017) we gave our goodbye talks, and I can't tell you how awesome it is to just speak by the Spirit without notes. Just letting it come to you and spill out of your mouth is the best feeling ever. :) Our date got confirmed and I was just so happy! Then, we headed to Acayucan to pick up Hna Navarro because her companion already left to go home! :) And when we came back, I heard the most wonderful words exist our date's mouth. "Yeah, my goal is to become a better person, and to accomplish that, I'm going to keep coming to church, and then I'm going to go to the temple. And I'm preparing myself to go on a mission." I cried! Not really, but I was super happy. I screamed. XD Then, we went about telling people about our transfers and saying goodbye. The hardest was at the restaurant. We walked up and there they were, with a cake. Gosh, I hate surprises because then I cry. So we walked up and I saw it and instantly turned to walk down the street and cry. I couldn't go in for like 5 minutes. XD I just couldn't handle it. They had a mariachi band play for us and we ate cake because we weren't going to spend our birthdays/Christmas with them. And then, our date showed up and wrote us notes! DX Tears everywhere! Literally the best day ever :) 

And today, our date showed up at the ADO to help us with our bags at 4:00 in the morning. WHO DOES THAT!? Anyway, I love you guys so much. I don't have much more time, but I want you all to know that I have a testimony of God's love for His children. I have a testimony that His Son lives, and that through Him, I can be a better person every day :) Loves! 

I'll send the picture next week if I can :( the computer and my camera are NOT getting along. 
Xoxo from your white girl in México! 

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

Libre de virus.

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 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!