My companion is awesome, awesome, awesome Sister Price. She is awesome. We have just clicked and the Spirit has been so strong where ever we go. We have already had some incredible experiences and it’s only been a week. She’s awesome. #LikeAwesome
So Orange Walk is a great place. What I love is the whole Bob Marley “ya man” culture. The languages here are Spanish, English, and Creeol (don’t know how to spell that). I am going to have THEE weirdest accent when I come home, I can already tell. Haha! Weed is legal here in our little Orange Walk, so I deal a lot with people with problems in those areas. Which is my favorite. I am from Las Vegas and so this kind of stuff isn’t scary to me. What I love is seeing people change for the better. And for them to realize that we have a purpose on this life and that our bodies are sacred and we need to take good care of them. And I’m pretty sure rotten teeth and black lungs do not fall under that category. The houses are cute and colorful. When we contact houses we yell outside because here it is rude to knock on doors. And the thing here is to say “goodnight!” It’s so weird getting used to telling people, “Goodnight hello. How are you?” Haha! I am getting an equal balance of Spanish and English everyday. It’s been really good for me. And the weather here is getting hot, lucky me I missed out on the cold breezy perfect season. We are now entering into the HOT HOT HOT season. Yikes! Not too pumped about that. People that have met me have said, “You are too white, go get burnt!” “And I thought your companion was white, dang girl.” “Have you ever been out in the sun child?” Oh my. Little do they know I Tori Patterson, have a tan line. This is the darkest I have ever been in my life… and yes it’s still white, but I want to claim I’ve moved on from sour cream to maybe… a nice beige. No clue, either way I am getting darker. That’s why I have a year and a half on the mish, lot’s of time to get tan.
For my lil spiritual thought I want to share an experience we had with our amazing new investigators we have. It’s a little family. And the dad has had an insanely rough upbringing. I can’t even begin bad. He’s just taken a lot of wrong paths in his life. Haha, he was convinced into meeting with us missionaries by a family member, at first he was not happy about it, but he accepted the invitation to come to church. He felt something there. He knew it was true. And he knew he needed to change. He has stopped drinking in just a week, he is cutting down on cigarettes, reading the Book of Mormon and Bible, praying, being a better father and husband. The change in him and his family is incredible. It is amazing to see the light of Christ light up in people’s faces. Because everyone has the light of Christ, it’s just finding the truth that just makes it glow even brighter. I would sometimes get that back home, “You just have a glow about you.” And I am telling you it’s because of this gospel and I can testify of that. That night he told us, “I feel something every time I go to church, every time I read, a feeling I can’t explain and it’s a feeling I don’t ever want to lose.” That lesson that night was incredible. So powerful. I am so excited for their two little kids because I know this is what they need in their lives and there lives will be better because of the decision their parents are making. I love the gospel, I know it to be true.
I am here as a missionary far away from home, family, and friends, because I want to give just 18 months of my life being away from my family so I can help other families have what I have. I am here because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth again. It has been restored. It has blessed my life and many others. It’s always about just taking the risk, then once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to turn back. Because you’ll know. Ahhh, I love being a missionary. I testify God lives and His son Jesus Christ. I testify that we have a living prophet of God on the earth again, Thomas S. Monson. I testify that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ and that with the Book of Mormon and Bible we have the plenitude of the gospel. They are both words of God. I am doing a lot of testifying right now, but it’s because I can. I have seen it in my own life and I want everyone to taste of the goodness, the fullness.
I love you all, hope you have a fantastic last couple of days in January. This year is already going by quick! Yikes! Adios!
So grateful for this girl and all she is experiencing.
Until next week!