I hope you´re all doing great! This week has flown by so quickly. Next week is our one month anniversay, how crazy is that?
We are now officially sólo español…sort of. We´re supposed to only speak Spanish in class, but boy is it hard! We actually had to come up with a punishment for people who accidentally speak English, so that makes it pretty exciting. Hermana Jensen had to stack up all the desks yesterday because she said ‘stop’.
Funny story! One of the Elders in my district didn´t get his wisdom teeth taken out before coming to his mission, and they´ve been giving him some problems since he arrived. So, yesterday, he went out to the dentists office to get it taken care of. He was pret pumped about the fact that the operation only cost about $50, and he was going off about how over priced American doctors were because they were forced to go through so much schooling. Anyway, the operartion was only supposed to be 2 hours long, and it was in the morning. He and his companion leave at about 10 in the morning and arrive at about 6 at night. So how did the procedure go? NIGHTMARISHLY. They only ever numbed Elder Olsen’s mouth, and then the lady dentist takes some sort of chisel and is just hacking at his tooth for two hours. She gets one of the out, but then she accidentally breaks the other one in half, leaving the roots in it. She has no idea what to do, so she tells them they need another doctor, FAST. They are taken to the other side of the city to see another doctor, but they don’t even start the operation for aobut 15 minutes. Instead they hook him up to an IV and wait because he lost so much blood while he was waiting. Anyway, the point of the story is, be grateful that we have super expensive docters here who had to go through 15 years of training, because it saves you a LOT of pain! Also don´t get your wisdom teeth taken out in Mexico.
So one of my teachers, Hermano Santiago, is applying to BYU Idaho right now, but before he can apply he has to take the TOEFL English test. He´s been super nervous about, but we know he´s going to do great. Anyway, earlier this week, he asked me to help him practice for his English test! Apparently one of the Elders determined that I was the smartest when it came to English. It´s kind of funny that I´m teaching English to my Spanish teacher, but a really cool and unique opportunity.
Oh, and in case you couldn´t tell, I received a new calling this week! Hermana Jensen and I are the new Sister Training Leaders for our zone! We´re both so excited! President Suarez asked us to be the new leaders on Sunday, and we just haven´t stopped smiling since. I think we´ll be getting new hermanas next week, and I can´t wait to meet them.
The weather is totally throwing me off because it´s actually pretty cold, but the leaves are still green plus there are palm trees everywhere, so you don´t think it´s cold but it really is. Or at least it is in the morning, anyway. It´s basically like Utah weather.😅
Hermana Peterson arrived this week! She´s a friend from my home ward. Hermana Jensen and I were actually outside by the Thomas S. Monson buidling ´practicing´our Spanish, but really we were spying on the newbies as they got off the buses. It was so much fun! Later on I saw hermana Peterson walking to her casa and I ran out my building screaming her name and gave her a huge hug. It was pretty fun. And thank you, mom, for the cookies and candy! The Elders are especially grateful for the candy part.
We had our first meeting yesterday as Sister Training Leaders with the teachers and Zone Leaders. The meeting was entirely in Spanish, but we talked about every person in the zone individually and how they were doing with learning the language and how they were doing spiritually. It was a little confusing, andwe ended up having to leave early because we didn´t want to miss lunch, but it was a really cool experience to see how much our teachers care about us on an individual basis.
So here at the CCM, a lot of districts like to decorate their classroom doors with signs and stuff to make it look really cool. Since our door was blank, I asked Elder Armstrong if I could make something for it, and he said I could as long as it said ´El mejor distrito´(the best district), so I did! I drew everyone´s faces on it, including our teachers, and put it on the door, and soooooo many people have come in asking who did it and stuff. The Elders have all takne pictures and sometimes they just stop in front of the door to look at it. Hermano Santiago even made it his wallpaper on his iPad! I´m so happy I can share my talents with everyone like that.
On Sunday Hermana Jensen and I taught Relief Society. The lesson was on the Atonement, and it was such a huge success! Some of us definitely cried. I learned so much personally while preparing for and teaching the lesson. Because our Savior suffered for all of our sins, he knows exactly how to help us when we come unto Him. Hermana Jackson shared her favorite scripture, and it´s definitely one of my favorites now, too. It´s Romans 8:35-39, which says: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Anyway, it´s been a wonderful week! I´m so gratfeul to be here on a mission, and I can´t wait to make it out ot the field! I love you all!