So, I don't even know where to start. Sorry if this letter is really jumbled and doesn't make any sense.
It has already been two weeks since the Haitians came so they left on Tuesday. That was probably one of the saddest moments of my life. We get to know these great people only to say goodbye to them two weeks later. When they left, I really wanted them to know how much we Americans loved them, and how much we loved their spirits and I got the impression that I needed to bare my testimony in french. I went up to President Freestone and asked him if it would be "legal" for me to say it in french even though I'm supposed to be learning spanish, haha. But he said, "It would be an illegal testimony, but he would enjoy it" haha, So, I had one of the missionaries help me who spoke really good english. He said I have really good French :) Anyway, on their last night here for our family prayer meeting we have every night, I gave my testimony. Their smiles were PRICELESS! Then we sang God Be With You Till we Meet Again. One verse in Spanish, One verse in English, and then the last verse in French. Also, another really cute moment about that day...So, there were 4 sisters from haiti, and we have this tradition that we write in journals little messages to remember them, so, when we wrote in their journals we tied ribbons around them, and gave it to them. They LOVED it, so that night, they all wore their ribbons and even color coordinated them with their outfits! SO CUTE!
Okay, another story (This email is just going to have a lot) So, yesterday, we went down to breakfast as usual and started getting the food as usual, no big deal. But then, the cook (Alex) brought a HUGE pan out and set it down on the table. The pan was filled with super rich chocolaty BROWNIES! FOR BREAKFAST! We all looked at the cook and we were like, ¿En Serio?! He just smiled and walked away, it was litterally the best breakfast ever. He knows us missionaries well :)
Anyway, the new missionries are here now for the next two weeks! THis time we have One Samoan, Jamaicans and Latinos!! President Freestone asked us if we wanted to move into a room with the new Latino Hermanas so we could immerse ourselves in Spanish. And we were like, YES! So, we are now speaking spanish Day and Night! It's super hard, but I love it! It's wierd to speak english now. The Jamaicans don't speak spanish, so we try to talk to them in English, but we always end up saying some things in spanish and they get really confused. What is really cool about this new batch of missionaries is that there is an american missionary going to the West Indies on his mission, and he is the first american to EVER go there! How cool is that! Missionary work is changing people!
One last story. So, every day we have around an hour and a half for Gym time, and we have been playing ultimate frisbee every day. We play super hard. It gets really intense at times. So, two days ago when we played frisbee, i went to go catch the frisbee, and i didn't see that there was an elder right there, so I kinda ran into him...well, more like mauled him over....on accident...it was super embarrasing...But, I swear I didn't see him! And then, my companion was playing with a basketball nearby and the frisbee went over in her direction and one of the Elders TOTALLY ran her down. Like flat on the floor down. Now, not only did he run her down, but he is also a 6 foot 2 basketball player from California who played college basketball....yeah, just imagine. It was really funny afterwards. We joke about it now :)
I hope you all had a great Easter! My easter was FANTASTIC. It was the best easter I have ever had in my life. For our church meeting we got to tune into a devotional in the Provo MTC that was live by Elder Uchtdorf! It was SO POWEFUL! He talked a lot about the story of Christ's atonement, crusifixion and ressurection. THen he talked about Peter and how we are all like him. We go through periods of doubts, and our testimonies falter at times, but then they are ever strenghtened and we can testify of Christ and his power. When Christ was ressurrected, Peter testified so boldly of Christ. He sacrified his life for his belief in Christ, and that is the example we all need to follow. The world is turning away from Christ, but it is important to always follow his footsteps even when its not the popular thing to do.
As always, I love you all! My spanish is coming along. We are going on splits with the missionaires tomorrow. That means, that I am going to get paired up with a really missionary in the D.R for 8 hours and do real missionary work, and teach REAL investigators. I'm super nervous, but i'm sure it'll be a great experience!
Here's a quote for you: "We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to BECOME!" Richard G. Scott.
The pictures, are
Me with the Haitian sisters and their ribbons
us with the haitian elders
and our district just being crazy in class :)