Monday, January 26, 2015

Guys... I'm Mexican!

Hola amigos!

Well this week was really good! I love the members here and I love my companion and we work really well together! I still don't know how to get anywhere in this area haha, but that's okay. 

Some things from this week:

* All the missionaries in my mission have to fill out this family history pamphlet and while I was filling it out (thanks to all the info my mom and grandma sent to me) I found out that I have family that was born and lived in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Even though I know that in no way does that make me Mexican, I thought it was cool so now I'm telling everyone that I'm part Mexican, hahaha.

* We had our 3 month interviews with our mission president on Wednesday and now I'm super excited to work hard and have success in this area. Interviews with President are the best.

* The other day we went with some church members to visit this woman named Erica. She is 30 something years old and she has this disease where she can't walk and it's really hard for her to make fluid motions and she can barely talk and takes a bit for her to understand things. She lives with her sister who is gone all day at work so she basically lives alone and is in bed all day. We went to go bring her food and had to help her eat it and had to help her go to the bathroom and everything. After we sang hymns to her and she was so happy and sang along. It was such a humbling experience... Wow. She didn't complain about anything and was super happy and smiley despite everything she goes through. She never really goes to church because she can't unless someone takes her. But on Sunday someone brought her to church and we were so happy to see her! But yeah, I'm so grateful to have health and a body and brain that function properly. I didn't realize how much I take that for granted until the other day being with Erica.

*  We have this investigator who's a little person and so is her daughter and they are so cool.  It is awesome teaching them because they have so many questions but then understand everything super well after we explain it.

* The other day I had a 7 year old in a Spiderman costume giving me advice on my life and what type of person I should marry and what I should do with my life after the mission, hahaha. He seriously talks like he's an adult and it's hilarious. And he was telling us all about these girls that are fighting over him and all about his plans for when he grows up. He says he's just gonna work and give the money to his wife so she does everything... hahaha, atta kid!

*  On Friday it was my 6 monthaversary in the mission!! Wooh!! Now I have less than a year left in the mission. The time has seriously gone by so fast and this time next year I'll be home! I'm still loving the mission though(:

Well I hope you all have an awesome week! Remember to be thankful for what you have and who you have in your life. And show a little more love for the people around you(:

Les amo!

Hermana Eyring

Hermana Perez!

One of the little "Pueblitos" in our area. 
We're seriously in the middle of nowhere, haha.

It was really cold and rainy the other day so an 
investigator gave us these huge jackets to wear.

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same"- The Fray

Wow this week has been interesting... I seriously felt like it was my first week in the mission field all over again. New area that I don't know, new companion that I don't know, a ward/members that I don't know. I was super sad and nostalgic and was missing my old area so much. I never thought I'd say it but I actually have been missing my old area more than home (besides my family). (: But yeah I've just been feeling really alone lately but I just need to trust in the Lord more and I know everything will be okay. (:

So now I'll tell you all about Transfers. We waited forever for the bishop to take us to the bus station so when we got to transfers 5 minutes late, they had closed and locked the gates to the church so we had to wait outside with like 6 other missionaries until the meeting was over before we could go in. Needless to say, when they called my companion's name I wasn't there to greet her and give her a hug and I felt SO bad.  :( Also I had to try and figure out what zone and area we were in. My zone is called La Libertad Norte and my area is called Aquiles Serdan 2. (Aquiles Serdan ward) I'm in Puebla like 20 minutes away from the mission offices... and far away from my other area. :(  I really thought I was going to stay in Tlaxcala for longer. Hopefully I get transferred back there soon because I love it there.

My new companion is Hermana Camas (yes, Sister Beds haha) and she's from Yucatan, Mexico. She's 21 years old. She's really sweet and really wants to be a good missionary and work hard. She's just a little shy and I've been trying a lot but we haven't really gotten to be much of close friends yet. I love her though!

My new area is a lot different than before. It's a lot more city-like and the people are a lot harder and closed off. It's smaller than my other area so we never take combis and walk everywhere. We never get to go into a different city or anything like in my other area because the church and everything we need to go to is close. So we pretty much see the same thing every day 5 times a day. :/  The members in our ward have helped us a lot and they are SUPER involved with missionary work. They have helped us a lot since we don't know the area or the people at all, especially the Ward Mission Leader and his wife.

Our 2nd day we got super lost in our area and it took us like an hour to find our house when it was only a 10 minute walk... and we were even with a member haha.

Our house... I never thought I'd say this but I'm pretty sure I liked my other house better. We don't have light in our room and so far I have found a gecko,  a "small" tarantula, and a bunch of cockroaches in our house. But the missionaries that were here before us already had a new house set up so we're just waiting until the person who's gonna rent it to us finds the keys and can show it to us. Pray for us!

Oh fun fact: Elder Estes, one of my friends from my MTC district, is my new district leader so that's pretty cool.

Well I'm pretty sure that's it! I know this next week will be better but I could really use your prayers. You are all awesome and I love and miss you so much. 

Have a wonderful week(:

Hermana Eyring

Sunday, January 11, 2015

"Hermano, tiene `Pepto Bismal: 5 problemas, 1 solucion`?"- Elder Carrasco

As I'm writing this my emotions are all over the place guess what? I'm gonna be a mom!!! Okay for the people who don't understand that, it means I'm going to be training a brand new missionary for the next 2 transfers (3 months). Ahhhhh I'm so nervous! I still feel so new and now I have to train someone else. 

On top of that, we have to open an area... which means we are both going to be new in the area and we both aren't going to know anyone or know where anything is and we're basically going to have to start from scratch. WHAT? I don't know how to do that, haha. I still think President made a mistake or something....

So yeah this week has been pretty sad for me because I had to say goodbye to everyone here. I was actually crying in church yesterday saying goodbye. And tomorrow I have to say goodbye to the best district ever and my companion who is like my best friend. :( So yeah, I can't tell if I'm excited or nervous or sad or anxious or all of the above... and I'll have a lottt to update you on next week!

Okay well a couple of the things that happened this week:

* This new member in our ward who just got back from his mission this year invited me and my companion over to do a service project for him and his family on Tuesday. When we got there they put us to work cutting and stripping bamboo to build a chicken house. It was fun but hard under the sun that was super intense that day.

* For New Years Eve, the bishop's family had a party at their house and invited us and it was so fun. Everyone was dancing and laughing and they fed us a super good dinner. We may or may not have stayed a little later than we should have... haha but it was so fun we just couldn't leave. We were happy that we had something to do for New Years instead of just sitting in our house!

* Our investigator Marta has a dog that just had puppies and they are the cutest things ever. The 3 that we like the best we named Sierra, Joel, and Dario (after me and 2 of the Elders in our district who were there). We have gotten to play with them a lot the past few days and I'm in love with them and was so close to trying to send one home (sorry mom...).

Well that's pretty much what happened this week! Keep me in your prayers with this whole being a trainer thing haha. I love and miss you all and hope you had an awesome New Years and that 2015 treats you well(: 

Ciao xoxo,

Hermana Eyring

Beautiful floppy hat that they gave me to keep 
the sun off my head while chopping bamboo.

My friends had a contest to see who could put the most stickers and Hermana Pasten 
and my foreheads. Also the adorable puppy named after me.

I love my district so much! I'm going to miss them like crazy.