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 :)
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