Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week 2 in Coatzacoalcos

In the hills of Coatza
Another fantastic week in Coatza! An interesting one, and it kind of flew by so I´m hoping I don´t forget any important details... First, my companion: love her. She´s the life of the party. Really good analyzer, hard worker. She has a cookie addiction and realized that she´s gained 9 kilos since getting here so my new full-time job is to help her control herself. Besides the weight-gain, she´s going great. Oh wait I forgot to mention the the UTI. She had to get a nice big injection in the butt the other day. And today. And tomorrow. And she has like 3 bottles of medications to take. Ah my poor companion! But she´s a big girl, she´s staying strong, doesn´t complain, except when her backside is a bit sore. Second, I´m learning that hard work really pays off. Like, REALLY. I feel so happy even though getting a baptism is nowhere close. It´s incredible to work with members, establish that trust and just be walking and talking and contacting all the day long. It´s so great in fact, that sometimes when I´m not thinking 100% straight I tell myself that I would like to keep this job my whole life. And then I get home with sore feet and thank God for the little He requires of me. Third, my funny story of today: It´s P-day. Which means: laundry, mopping, showering, washing dishes. All of which require one important ingredient. WATER. And guess what they took from us at the peak of the job. The water. SOOOOOO like the brilliant problem-solvers we are, we decided to take a taxi in our sweaty running clothes with towels draped over our shoulders and a suitcase to a sister´s house so that we could become CLEAN again. She has a really nice shower by the way, I haven´t felt so clean and pretty in my whole mission. So refreshing. Which reminds me of the gift of repentance: He aquí, quien se ha arrepentido de sus pecados es perdonado, y yo, el Señor, no los recuerdo más. Sorry you're all gonna have to put that in Google Translate or go to D&C 84:42 because I´m too lazy to translate.  I cannot express how much I love this gospel. That´s why I´m here! Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts and I wish you all a very wonderful week!

Sister Wilson
On the way to take a  real shower!
Got a little distracted in the lesson with these cuties


Celebrating my "daughter's" first three months of her mission before I got transferred :(

They moved me to Coatzacoalcos. And I totally did not see it coming.
But it's cool, it's a nice change. It's a lot cooler here --the weather I mean. Rains every night, cloudy during the day, sea-breeze (yes, they sent me to the beach again)

My new companion, Sister Morales
And I have an awesome companion. Her name is Sister Morales. She's from Mexico City, she's a really hard worker, only has 3 months on the mission but acts like she has 10. I know I'm gonna learn a ton from her and she's really great about coming up with new ideas, actively seeking people to teach... Ah I just love her so much already! Super exciting. If I had gotten any other companion, I feel like the transfers from Carmen would've been hard. But I'm adjusting well :) Did I mention she likes running? So we run every single morning (well, except Sunday, Day of Rest). I almost don't want this companionship to end!!!
Saying goodbye to the recent converts and some of the members was difficult, but LUCKY ME I get to carry all those memories and precious moments with me forever, and the hope that someday soon I will get to see them again.

Too many feelings to say what I wanna say, so I´ll communicate it with a scripture (Moroni 7:45-46)
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity,ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all

It´s true! Couldn't have learned it better anywhere else!

Five feet big iguanas ins El Carmen