So I´m sure you are wondering where I am, who is my new companion, and just what is going on! Drum roll please.
Okay so this is absolute madness. Normally when changes (cambios) happen you get the call Monday night, but no one got the call till Tuesday night! The night before cambios! I had an idea that I was leaving because Hermana Ontiveros was called to train again (Because she´s the best trainer ever, poor girl has been training ever since she got out of training!), but I still didn´t want to pack until I knew for sure. All day Tuesday, Hermana O and I were out of it. I wanted to stay! Our investigators were on fire, we were on fire, we´re from the Zone Cusco Fuego, so of course we were on fire! But, anyways, we just had the flow of things and so we knew this was going to be a hard change.
It was one of the longest days of my life! Haha! That night we anxiously waited by the phone. For some reason eight people felt the need to call us! AKA I had about eight heart attacks! We FINALLY got the call at 11:30 that night!
Elder Reynolds was on the phone, ¨Hermana Ontiveros… Vegas… we didn´t see this one coming… you´re BOTH leaving your area.¨ WAIT WHAT? ¨And so you both need to be at cambios at 5 in the morning.¨ WAIT what… Haha! Hermana O and I slept for about an hour and a half that night. We had to pack all our stuff, clean the house, explain the shower problems, write and fill out a million papers. All the addresses, investigators needs, numbers, you name it! If you´ve seen “The Other Side of Heaven”, it was just like the scene where they stayed up all night filling out the papers for the mission president. Man, it was nuts! We couldn´t believe it! Hermana O was finally leaving the land of forgotten missionaries! Haha! It was such a last minute process it really didn´t hit me until I got my new companion! Hermana Smith! The cutest little red head from Alaska! She has just six weeks more on the mission then me. So you can imagine the stress level we both have because we are the two whitest white girls in Monte Sion (my new area) and we have less than three months of Spanish. Although Hermana Smith is incredible with Spanish, I hope I´m at her level when I am done these next six weeks. Hermana Smith is great but since my camera cord broke and I can’t send a picture, imagine the princess from Enchanted. Hashtag twins. In like every way. Although she doesn´t sing with little animals. She does though have a geniune love and care for every person she meets. I am excited to tackle this area with her!
So here´s another twist for ya! We also found out that they are adding another set of sister missionaries to the area. Because this area is HUGE. We take the buses everywhere… bye bye money. Haha! Anyways, so these two sisters are living in our house, it´s like I have three companions… guess who one of them is? HERMANA ONTIVEROS! We had praying we´d stick togther, funny how the Lord works. And her companion is the cutest! I´m obsessed. Hermana Peña from Guatamala! She´s so tender. This has been such a huge blessing for me. I have three amazing companions tro learn from and work with. I know we are here to shape up this area. And I am ready to work!
New area, new people, new goals! So let me tell you more about the area. The Zone is Santa Tecla, our area is Monte Sion. Now THIS is El Salvador to me! The culture is alive here! I am in love with it. The people are ten times happier! They actually smile! The weather is way cooler! Children hug me! The culture is just beautiful! And members actually feed the missionaries! Thank you! I am love with the area. And the people, I´ve met some incredible people.
For this week my quote is, ¨Something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.¨ I am grateful for this new challenge. I know I will definitely grow from it. I feel like I´ve jumped straight out of training, because now I can´t soley rely on my companion´s spanish. I have to try just as hard. Well, it´s all about staying positive and just keep moving forward!
So fun facts of the week.
In the mission there are 195 missionaries, 40 are Hermanas. Woo!
The other night I wanted to order a Ajo Pupusa. A garlic pupusa. I accidently pronounced ¨ajo¨ (garlic) as ¨ojo¨ (eye). So I seriously went up to order and said, ¨Hi! I´ve heard the pupusas with eyes is really good. I think I´ll get two.¨ Ya…
Somehow I have already adopted the name Hermana Weird by my District leader. He is from Mexico and is an awesome district leader, even though he calls me Hermana Weird! Haha!
Cute Hermana Peña taught me some Guatamalan terms. Hola is ChanChacui and Adios is Guambi.
So that is that. Love you all, hope I make your Monday! And talk to you next week! Adios!