Hola again family!
This week has flown by! Thanks for the emails. You guys are the best family in the world! Mom those costumes you made for Sophie’s dance were perfect! You are so talented! And also just amazing!! Hannah I hope you didn't get attacked by a bear this week, and or found a new job. And I also hope your beautiful hair is intact and the rest of you. Love you! I was so excited to read about the Utah game!! HAHA it made me laugh and miss football, its crazy cause I hardly think about it while I´m here, but DAD I bought you the sweetest Y tie at the temple store. You´ll have to wait 17 months to get it, but it will be something to look forward too. So those who have been asking, I got Jed´s package last P day. It was super awesome, it included, taco seasoning, mac and cheese, and popcorn, various other spanish things and also the coolest bag ever! so I´m going to save the food for when I´m out of here, but the taco seasoning might be needed by next week. HAHA
Okay so this week we are the advanced group, and me and Hermana Hill are the new Sister leaders. I am mostly excited about this because we get to interview all the hermanas and get to know them better! Our relationship is so good, she is feeling better and we are working really hard. Our lessons are so much better because we have gone in there without any notes and relied on the spirit to tell us what to say and what to talk about. Of course we prepare a little but it’s pretty awesome. I really love her and even though we have different senses of humor we have found out how to work around it. Its muy bien!! I was also in the choir on Sunday when Elder Evans came to speak on missionary work. I love singing in Spanish, and I now have two Spanish songs memorized!! I miss music because we are not allowed to have it here.
On Saturday I experienced my first earth quake!! Man it was awesome, but a little freaky! We were in the middle of class and hear this huge rumble and then things start to shake and my teacher stares at the floor and really slowly in broken English says. oh... my.. gosh. EARTHQUAKE, we ran outside to our safety circles and we were safe! But man, it was easy to stay awake the rest of class.
Hna Villannueva is hilarious! We play grammar games out on the soccer field and she threatens the Elders with a bat when they mess up. We play the funniest games and her broken English is just too funny!! She always says really, instead of right. But don´t worry we try to help her.
My other teacher is Hno Davalos, He is the one that pretended not to know English for the first two weeks but now he speaks fluently. He says the funniest one liners, and I wish I could just call you guys and tell you exactly what he says. My favorite is when he was talking about is wife during the earthquake, he said... My wife was scary... and hna cooper said...do you mean scared? and he said... Yes, but she is both! ha oh man their broken English is just too funny, but I'm sure mine is great too, like when we were asked to show a new Latino sister the cafeteria and I told her the Juego was over there instead of the Jugo, which is juice not game. She laughed pretty hard and now every time she sees me we laugh and laugh. ! We met some Hermanas going to Cusco this week! They are so cute!! Also Hno Davalos said that he can usually remember his students names for 2-3 days after we are gone, but apparently that’s good because the Latinos elders he forgets after ten minutes.. haha we are all trying to get him to remember our names, by being a good class. He let us play heads up with Spanish verbs during grammar class one day! HILIAROUS! I was playing and the word I was trying to guess was escapar (to escape) and one of the elders on my team literally just jumped out the window and I thought Hno Davalos was going to die from laughing. We laugh a lot, and I can´t tell you all the funny things that happen, but just know I´m recording them all down in my journal, so one day I will tell you all the most hilarious things. OH but one more. We had a different teacher one morning and she was telling us about Iquitios because one of the elders is going there. And she said you will eat monkey hand and it will be given to you on a plate, and you will say....Ooohh HI Five! but when she said it was hilarious! Oh man I know this probably isn´t making much sense, but its pretty funny stuff right there!
I was also chosen this week with some other missionaries to evaluate some new teachers they may hire. It was way fun because I got out of class and I mostly understood what they were saying in Spanish.
Sunday! They are the best and this Sunday we legitly had a chocolate fountain for lunch and got to watch Ephraim’s Resuce!!
Well Elder Evans came to talk to us on Sunday. He is the head of the missionary office under Elder Bednar, and Elder Nelson. He talked on Tenacity! Which was so good! Tenacity is having absolute determination to get things done. And to get it done right, He talked about the Savior and his tenacity that he had to finish his work here on earth. I am so grateful for my Savior. He is my best friend out here. I also would like to leave you with just one more thought. Being a missionary is so much fun, but so much work. But I am loving it, the best thing is that every day is a battle.. it’s so hard and I miss you all so much, I can´t even think about it, but.. Every night is a VICTORY! I know that when we are allowing the spirit to be in our lives, we will not go wrong, we cannot go wrong. He will guide us and lift us when we need it. He loves us unconditionally, don´t forget that! I love you all! Keep up the emails and pictures!!
Love, Hermana Russell!