Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Multi-Cultural Week

November 24, 2014

So this week has been very multicultural we've taught people from India, Japan, Britian/Spain, Spain, Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, Paraguay, China/Canada/Germany, and a bunch of other countries I can´t remember! We also had a Thanksgiving dinner with the Calderon family and one of their daughters (who´s also the young women´s president and expecting her first child) prepared it. She even made stuffing! And we´re gonna eat with all the 8 missionaries and 2 married missionaries in Alcalá for the actually Thanksgiving I´m so excited! 

First off church yesterday was awesome! They´re doing a whole missionary week here in seminary and on Sunday all the youth received their calls (just like home, but wait for it, it get different) annnnnd here´s the part I´m really excited about: They've all got to go out to lessons with us this week! Holla! I´m so excited for them! And this week they've got to live by the mission standards and teach and truly prepare. What a great experience!

Guess what we´re gonna do next P-Day? Go make holiday treats with Hermana Waite in her apartment in Pavones! Hahaha we´re so excited to make American treats with an American grandma!  Our piso already has a Christmas tree so we´re all set in that area and one of the ward family fed us Thanksgiving dinner already (The C.´s, they´re so awesome and they love us) and all the 8 missionaries are gonna go eat with the 2 new married couples and have a Thanksgiving all together. Yay! I can´t even believe it....I've been out 5 months today! Whoa and 6 months next month! One sister said the weirdest thing for her was when she hit 6 months and then all of a sudden she realized that she was never going to have another 27th of December on her mission, no more repeat days. I still feel so inadequate, but poco a poco!  I've still got a lot ahead of me! We've got to pass C. that has a son on a mission and isn't a member to the other sisters in Azqueca cause she lives out of our area, but thank you so much for your prayers. Wish us luck! Muah!

-C.: I love C. She´s bomb. She´s Spanish, has short blue hair, social anxiety, liberal views, and is a tattoo artist. Just my type of person! She´s also already read the Book of Mormon, but she just doesn't understand the concept of faith. It´s all fine and dandy for her, but she is very set that while other people can experience faith and it can be real for them, she cannot feel faith. She´s also studied Mormonism before and respects Mormons and also the Norse gods the most. I guess we´re somewhat similar? ;)
-M. Is a menos activo and from Japan. When we first walked into her house she kind paused awkwardly and was like "Annnd this is a Japanese house sooo you´ll have to take off your shoes." It was pretty fun! We´re also gonna start teaching another Japanese girl so we've planned a Noche de Hogar at her house for this Saturday! She´s really excited to get to know another Japanese girl. (Fun fact: M. attended UVU and that´s where she met her Spanish husband!)

CPdE: Sooo remember a few emails ago where the guy kissed our hands? So we walked past this same guy (we didn't realize it at the time though) and he was all dressed up with a beret and army clothes and he walked by us and snapped to attention and saluted us as we passed! Hahaha! After we walked away, we realized what had just happen and who is was. Well guess he´s good enough to be used twice!

From Hermana Fowers:
"Let us start with T. and S. They are from India and are Muslims. We met T. on the streets with his little 2 yr old son...we started talking about eternal families and he invited us over to eat (Indian food... woohoo) and talk. Sweet. So we go over and eat some very very delicious food. and start talking about the gospel. Come to find out they are Muslim. very Muslim. but they belong to a branch of the Muslim church that actually has some ideas and beliefs that are similar to ours.  Just with one key factor missing: they don´t believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. It was a great experience to testify of Christ and everything He has done for us. We ended with a prayer...before we prayed they both ran out of the room to grab something. We were kind of confused what was going on... they came back into the room with full out veils and hats- apparently that is how they show respect while they pray. It was a super cool experience."

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