Monday, April 20, 2015

"Ey guerita (cute little white girl), no sé ingles pero sí lo supiera te diría que te amo." - Worst pick up line ever from a construction worker


Well I'm writing a little bit late this week because we had a zone activity 2 hours away in Puebla and we got back a little late! In the zone activity we had parts of the 2 zones in our stake. We played soccer then had a water balloon fight and when we ran out of water balloons we just started filling up buckets with water and throwing them on each other. Yeah, I got super sunburnt and soaking wet but it was definitely worth it haha.

Random things from this week (don't have much time) :

* Well exactly 9 months from today I'll be home... halfway! So that's a fun fact.

* People always call us "little angels" and it makes me feel so happy inside... haha. (:

* I'm again realizing how much I love kids. For whatever reason we have been around a lot of kids this week and they are the best and really we should all learn how to be humble and trust in God like them.

* A member made me eat bone marrow yesterday... Probably one of the strangest things I've eaten in my life.

* Happy moment: Blowing bubbles at almost sunset with "Summer" by Calvin Harris playing in the street... without a care in the world.

* Cool experience: We were at a member's house one day this week and then this lady named Yolanda, that we met once before, (who is not a member of the church) came in to read the emails of her daughter who is on a mission somewhere in Mexico. (She can't read so the members read the emails to her.) We talked with her a little bit then I felt like I should ask her if she had ever wondered what her daughter is doing in the mission and if she wanted to talk to us one day about it and if we could teach her some of the things her daughter is teaching. I said that all of it was beautiful and it would help her. She kinda brushed it off and was like, "yeah maybe another day" (which is what everyone says as an easy way out of not listening... haha.) Then the member opened the email from Yolanda's daughter and almost started crying and said "Wow, it's amazing how the spirit works." Then she read part of the email and it said, "Mom, you should really listen to the missionaries, they will tell you lots of beautiful things that I know will help you." It basically said exactly what I had said a minute earlier. Then Yolanda said, "Well, how about you guys visit me on Thursday and teach me a bit." We taught her a bit and now she's a new investigator. (: It's amazing seeing God's hand in this work and I know he is preparing the hearts of the people here and everywhere.

You should all watch this video because I love it and it really reminds you to focus on the little things that really matter and make us happy in this life:

Well that's pretty much it! It's crazy how fast the time is going by. This transfer is already halfway over! Hope you all have a great week. (:

Hermana Eyring

Can't really tell, but everyone is all wet after the zone activity.

Oh yeah we also made balloon animals in the zone activity...
not quite sure what I made... ;)

Blowing bubbles off the roof. (:

Mateo, Luisy and Damian (:

After our district meeting with the zone leaders this week.

"Sí Elderes, yo sé que Will Smith fue un profeta de Dios" "Espere qué?"


Well I don't have much to talk about this week but I have long explanations with each thing... haha... so here's pretty much everything:

* So we were eating in this restaurant and they had a big TV playing music videos super loud and I hear a song I've never heard before (I think it's new but who knows because I'm completely out of the loop.) and it's called "One Last Time" by Ariana Grande and I keep hearing it and it's my new favorite. And yeah being in the restaurant made me realize how separated I am from the real world... hahaha.

* On Thursday we had a special multi-zone conference which was super good! We talked about so much I can't even summarize it. We talked a lot about the Plan of Salvation which was awesome. And I got to see Hermana Camas!! She was telling me all about the area I was in with her. There was a family we were with a lot there and she told me that their little boys always asked about me along with other people and it made me so sad that I had to leave but so happy that people actually remember me there... haha. Also for the conference we got there super early with our district so we went to McDonalds for breakfast (which was actually really gross) then for lunch afterwards we had Subway and I was so happy. They do NOT have that kinda stuff here in Serdan.

* Friday I got sick :( I woke up in the middle of the night and throughout the morning I was in the bathroom throwing up and my stomach was hurting so bad and it was the worst. So yeah we didn't leave the house at all on Friday and I'm pretty sure I lost like 5 pounds... haha. But hey I'm almost halfway done with my mission and it's only the 2nd time I've gotten a stomach sickness! I talked with our mission president's wife and she thinks it might have been from all the Ibuprofen I was taking. (Background: my back has been absolutely killing me the past few weeks, like everyday I can barely stand it. So she gave me this regimen of 3 ibuprofens 3 times a day, so 9 per day.) So now I'm afraid to take medicine since apparently my body can't handle it well...

* Last Sunday my straightener kinda exploded and burnt some of Hermana Pérez's hair off and left part of mine super ugly and burnt and it's still like that and it makes me want to cry every time I touch it. Just thought I'd share... haha.

* A scripture I liked from this week that actually made me really think about things:
Mormon 8:38 (Book of Mormon) "...Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies. Because of the praise of the world?" From that I learned that it's worth way more to follow Christ and the path that will lead us to eternal happiness than to deny Him and our belief in Him (which will lead to eternal misery) just so the world will praise us. The worldly possesion or "praise" we have here, we won't be able to take with us after this life. We decide here on earth how we want our eternity to be.

P.S. Shout out to the woman who has been my rock and hero my whole life (even though I don't show it enough) and the woman who I honestly don't know what I would do without: My momma! Happy (almost) Birthday mom!!! I am forever thankful for you and all you do for me. (:

Well I love and miss you all as always. The time is going by crazy fast and in less than a month I'll be Skyping with my family. (:

Hermana Eyring

Reunited with mi hija!! She doesn't smile much in pictures 
but I swear she was happy to see me she almost cried (,:

My zone for this transfer, Amalucan Este!

Okay well you can barely see it but the huge bump I got from hitting 
my head on a metal box sticking out of the wall.

Don't have anymore pictures so here´s a nice babydoll that a member killed...

"I can teach you to dance, but you have to hear the music."

Happy late Easter!!

I want to start off this email with a video that you should all watch that's called "Because He Lives." Watch it!
This was a good but super busy week and we feel like we weren't really teaching at all. We had to go to Puebla 3 times this week so basically we were traveling half the week since we're so far away from everything. We had a zone meeting on Wednesday then Saturday and Sunday we went to Puebla to the stake center to watch General Conference. But it's kinda nice to escape Serdan every once and a while... haha.

Hermana Perez lost one of the fillings in her tooth the other day so we had to go to the dentist. Wow, I am never going to the dentist to get anything done to my teeth here. It's so sketchy... haha. So even if my teeth start to fall out or something I won't do anything about it until I get home.

So Friday was Good Friday or Viernes Santo. Here NOBODY opens their businesses and nobody buys anything on that day. And they have these things called "procesiones" where they walk around in huge crowds with either a huge crucified Jesus on a cross or a huge Virgin Mary and chant and stuff and it's so creepy.

The other week we started teaching a couple named Mario and Elizabeth. Mario is a member of the church but has been inactive for years and his wife isn't a member. We've only taught them a few times but they're awesome and progress really well. They confessed to us the other day that there was a long time that they didn't want to accept missionaries again and didn't want anything to do with the church, but then when we showed up they felt something different and want more than ever to listen and to follow Christ's example and live the gospel. Elizabeth says she wants to be baptized, but we haven't set a date yet. Mario says he wants to start doing everything he can to be worthy of using the Priesthood and be an example to his family. WOW... the Lord has been helping us make a difference. With them and another part-member family that we have. I'll talk more about the other family later but the dad wants to be baptized and we're finally going to set a firm date with him and they are reactivating. (:

For General Conference (Every 6 months the leaders of our church have a conference where they speak and we watch it on TV or by satellite in chapels.) We went to the stake center to watch it and I got to watch it in English with the other 17 or so American missionaries in our stake and it was awesome! There is something about being in a room full of missionaries for conference that makes the spirit so strong. 

Okay well I have a lot that I loved from Conference that I wanted to share. Most of them from my favorite talks:

* My quote in my subject line and just his whole talk by Wilford W Andersen was great.
* We need to really learn what we claim to believe - Dallin H Oaks
* "Twas I, but tis not I." God cares about who we are and who we are becoming, not who we were. He expects us to keep trying and recognize that other people are trying too. - Dale G Renlund
* Sometimes we look but we don't really see. We hear but we don't really listen - Gérald Caussé
* Without Christ, we would fall and keep falling forever. We need Him. - Jeffrey R. Holland
* It is by grace that we are saved after all we can do, but "after" does not = "because" - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
* Can you see the hand of God in your own life? Look around you. - Neil L. Anderson

Yeah General Conference was awesome and if you haven't watched it yet you need too!! I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and without him we are nothing and can do nothing. He is the ONLY way we can overcome challenges, be healed, and return to our Father in Heaven. I hope this Easter you were all able to celebrate, and really know what you were celebrating: The hope we have in Christ, his Atonement and his resurrection.

I love and miss you all(:

Hermana Eyring

With the family we ate with on Sunday inbetween conferences. 
Hermana Perez knows them from years ago!

Conference Sunday!

The view from our roof of Citlalteptl (volcano) and the mountain with the telescope.

 Getting Dominos pizza with the other Hermanas in our district in between Conference sessions.

Our favorite Sister in our ward here edited a picture for us... hahaha.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Tengo que llevar mi shampoo y jabón para mi bautismo?" -Luis

Hey! Well I don't have too much to talk about this week... but on Saturday they told us who has transfers (transfers are tomorrow) and guess what... We DON'T have transfers... what? Hermana Perez and I are staying together for a 3rd transfer in Serdan and it's not very common to have companions together for that long. We're really excited for this transfer and know it's gonna fly by. But we're also pretty sad that we won't be going to the big transfers meeting tomorrow because we have a lot of friends who are leaving and we won't be able to say goodbye. :(

This week:

* Well Luis got baptized on Friday!! It was super awesome and he was so excited. And his super catholic mom (who never wanted to accept us in her house) came! She said she was very happy for him and that she was glad she got to meet us. Everything was great. But then came Sunday, which was supposed to be his confirmation... and he didn't come to church. :(  He told us they had a problem and had to leave Serdan for the day... And he won't be able to be confirmed for 2 weeks because of General Conference this weekend, so that kinda sucks... but we're not gonna get discouraged!

*We're pretty sad about transfers because 5 of the people in our district are getting changed :( 2 companionships are closing their areas and our district leader is getting changed /: So we're sad and anxious to know who the new people in our district are gonna be!

* On Saturday this member who is an English teacher here asked us to come to a presentation that his students were doing. We came and he made me like the center of attention and had me ask questions to all the students in english and then had them ask me questions. They were taking pictures of me and everything it was so weird. I realized that I even get embarrassed speaking english in front of people here haha. It's weird.

* In our district meeting this week we were talking about how essential the Book of Mormon is and how we should be using it more in our contacts in the street, lessons, etc. So we started doing it and it really makes a difference. I love the Book of Mormon so much and I don't understand how people can reject it without even reading about it or learning what it is. It's truly the word of God and a perfect compliment to the Bible. With those 2 books we have all the instructions we need to gain eternal life and happiness.

Well that's pretty much it! I'm super excited for this weekend because it's General Conference. (:

I love and miss you all

Hermana Eyring

Luis and Hermano Zeniff (our ward mission leader)

Hadn't taken an iPhone selfie in a while... a little rusty.

Helping some members set up their "Papeleria."

We seriously eat Elotes almost every day... I think it's an addiction...

Rainy season has definitely started!

Yes chocolate bar, I forgive you.

Luis before his baptism!