Over the river and through the woods . . . she is transferred - and happy
New companion and apartment mates in S.
have been transferred! I am now living in S, a little city in
the outskirts of ____. We go over the river and through the woods
every morning to work in S (literally, there is a river that
rises with the rain that we have to jump and it is pretty jungley). Our
house is a definite upgrade from our last one because we have a sink
inside! Our new house is also different because there are four girls
instead of two, fleas instead of cockroaches, bucket shower instead of a
shower with the handle that shocks your hand, and we have a little
garden outside. It is beautiful and it feels like a hotel because it's
one of the nicest houses in the mission. My new companion is from
Equador and is named Hermana G. She is already one of my best
friends, and I am so blessed to be working with her. The other two girls
living in our house are super fun and I am so happy here!
was a little sad to leave my last area because of all the people I grew
to love. C (the woman we have been working with since I arrived in L. finally made the commitment to be baptized and I had to miss
her baptism since I was transferred but I'm just happy that I was able
to see the process and that she finally made the decision. She is one of
the most strong-willed women I have ever met. The weekend K was
baptized, she invited her son (who didn't know she had accepted a date
to be baptized) to attend with her. When her son denied, she simply
responded, It's okay, you can come to my baptism next weekend. Hahaha
My new area is really different, and since we are close to A, I'm
not the only white person here! We contacted a bus last week (one of us
goes to the front of the bus and announces who we are and a little bit
about our message, and then we talk to every person individually on the
bus to ask for their address to pass another day...we do this every time
we take the bus) and after I contacted the bus, I started talking to a
guy and he said to me, very slowly, I speak English. Haha, turns out
they are a family on vacation from Arkansas haha.
I am already
falling in love with the people here. Most of the time, when I am
meeting a person and I tell them my name, they always say, OH! Like
Hansen and Gretel. Most of them live in houses with just a tin roof and
blankets, or tarps, for walls. The area is beautiful, and I can see
THREE VOLCANOES on clear days (and one of them is usually puffing
smoke). The roads are rough cobble stone or just dirt with rocks and the
area is pretty hilly.
As a final note, it is pretty funny how
they have different animal sounds. For example, in English, we think a
dog says, Ruff, ruff.But it's different in Spanish. And if you ever meet
a little Latino child, you should say, Cock'a'doodle'doo because they
think it is the funniest thing in the world. I'll take a video of some
of the kids because it is so cute.
I am happy here and I am so
honored to be serving a mission in Guatemala. Every day is changing my
life and although I miss home, there is no place I would rather be than
in the Guatemala City Central Mission.