Thursday, October 1, 2015
Chapter 3 - Gifts of the Spirit and Family
We finally got P-day right this week. Ashley sounds like she is doing well, and she's already 1/2 way through her CCM (MTC) stay. She sent another Group Picture this week, along with her letter.
Well family and friends, here I am. On the end of week 3 and its crazy. I think I blinked and two weeks passed....I don't know how it happened because the first weeks were eternity!
WEIRD CAR ALARMS
Ok, so they have these really weird car alarms here...they like change between five different patterns when they go off...its so strange and I had never heard anything like it, but its pretty much normal now. It was just weird.
TRASH CANS ON ROOFS
So there are these things that look like trash cans on the roofs of all the houses and apartment buildings...I think we have come to the conclusion that they're for water in their houses and maybe they get filled up by rain but we are still no really sure....Its a true mystery to me...
SMALL WORLD PART II
One day our district was just talking and one of the Elders in my group, who went to Alta, was like yeah at this time last year I was probably at the Herriman XC Invitational...and then I was like, wait...Ive ran in that invite before and then my companion was like, hey Ive ran in that too..so basically once upon a time we were all at the same XC meet (the one where it rained so much and was so muddy..yeah we all remember that quite clearly) at the same time! Like what?? So crazy!
DO I KNOW YOU?
There are so many people here that look like people I know, but Latin versions of them, its crazy!
GIFT OF TONGUES
The gift of tongues is so real! So on Sunday, we had fast and testimony meeting and it was soo good! I got up to talk and it was really interesting what happened..as soon as I opened my mouth, the Spanish just started flowing...it came naturally and effortlessly. I don't even remember what I said, but I know the spirit was speaking through me. Later that day, this new Norte, who knows a little more Spanish than most who come here at the beginning, came up and told me that I was the only Norte that he could not understand. It sounds weird but I was really happy about that. Ah, the gift of tongues...so grateful for it! Also, Presidente asked me and Hermana Phippen one day if we felt happy when we thought about how we had to learn Spanish and we said yes. and he said that was the gift of tongues, and I couldn't agree more. I remember the first few weeks I told hermana Phippen that I really did not look forward to 1:40 every day when we had to teach because I couldn't speak the language, but now Im so excited to teach and learn Spanish! Its an amazing change!
THE LORD SENDS US LOVE FROM OUR FAMILY
Ok so on Sunday we were singing a song and I looked down at the composer, which I never do, and I noticed that it was Ebeneezer Beesely, my ancestor and it just brought me such great peace and it let me know that my family loves me and thinks about me often. Also, when we watched Elder Scott's funeral, they said he was going to be buried at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, where my Grandma works, and that also let me know how much my family loves me! The tender mercies of the Lord are amazing!
Yo se que Jesucristo vive. Yo se que El Libro de Mormon is verdadero y la palabra de Dios. Estoy muy agradacida por mi familia y por el plan de Salvacion. Yo se que Dios nos ama. Yo se que La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias es verdader. En el Nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.
Love you all, have a great week!