Guys. Can you really believe it??!!! We are in the month of June. How is that even possible? It’s killing me!! So here in a couple of weeks I will have been here in Mexico for a whole year. At this point last year I was still in the MTC. Crazy how fast times fly.
So y’all ready to hear about my first week in the area? I’ll try not to bore y’all too much. Well not a whole lot happened. To start off, Hna Argueta and I get a long soo well. Like amazingly well, like we are sisters or like we’ve known each other forever. The funny thing is, we always call each other queñada which means sister-in-law in Spanish bc I always joke that she’s going to marry Richard and we are going to be family. But I stopped to think about it and it would be a blast if she ended up getting to know Richard and marrying him. Sorry Richard, but I may or may not have sold you off to my companion, haha. And if that doesn’t work, I’m dragging her to the states (this is an actual goal I have that I will help her meet. She wants to move to the states and gain her education there and marry an American. She loves everything American, it super funny!) and I’m helping her find her husband.
Naw but in all seriousness it’s been a lot of fun to be with her. She has one more transfer than me so it’s been nice having someone how knows how to teach and work hard. But at the same time we joke around a lot and laugh a lot. She’s pretty amazing. I hope that one day you all can meet her.
Saturday we moved into our new house. It’s super tiny, but I am in love with it. I’ll send pics next week of how it is. I forgot to take some before we left this morning. The most amazing thing about it is behind us the neighbor has this HUGE tree that gives shade to the whole house so when the sun is beating down on it the house doesn’t get very hot. And at night it’s actually super cool, temp. wise so I’m not dying too much of heat at night anymore, haha
Sunday was a very interesting day. Now I’ll remind y’all that my last area was a HUGE ward. Like 250 members came every week. And they all worked really well with us. So I was used to that. And this Sunday was my first here in Itzaes. And literally EIGHTEEN MEMBERS SHOWED UP. I just about died. We are a WARD, technically bc I guess we have Sacerdocio [Priesthood], but I guess literally everyone has become inactive over the past couple of years and at this point almost no one comes. It was horrible, I wanted to cry. So now I know why I’ve been sent here. To help build this ward back up so I have a lot of work ahead of me, but at the same time I’m kind of excited for it. So lots of prayers for our tiny ward would be appreciated.
Right now it’s raining super hard and bc I love the rain I’ve been enjoying it a lot. And we just got out of our zone meeting and as we were walking in the street I see this woman struggling with her car trying to push it and she’s all alone in the rain trying to get her car out of the middle of the street. So my companion and I stop and help her move it. it was really funny bc we kept messing up and bc there is like no such thing as a drain system here in Mérida, all the water and dirt and gross stuff just fills the streets so by the side walk the water reaches up to my mid-calf and we are trying to push this car and walk in the water. It was a lot of fun. And after we got it straightened out we talked to her and got her direction so the Elders can visit her bc she’s not from our area. I had been using a black trash bag to protect me from the rain and she didn’t have anything and she still had to walk all the way back to her house so I took it off and gave it to her so she wouldn’t be sick. It was just a moment that I really enjoyed and I have a very firm testimony that when we serve others with a heart just to help them that is when we feel good ourselves. I’ve learned here in the mission that when we just feel depressed or just don’t feel good to SERVE. That is the all-time cure for depression. If we serve others, we stop thinking of ourselves and in turn start to feel how the Savior felt. And that’s when we learn to be more like Him. It’s something very powerful and very real. So try to serve someone this week!! I promise that you won’t regret it!
That’s it for this week.
Love you all so very much and thanks for everything!