Monday, September 1, 2014

Moving Day


 I moved again, but this time it was only 5 minutes away. We were living in this 4th floor apartment.  There was only one room on each floor and there were just stairs. That apartment is part of the reason why there were special transfers. Hna Jensen's last companion for 3 days had back problems.  Thursday morning she phoned President to tell him this and he  said 'You live on the fourth floor. You can't do this to your back.' So that happened and she's in the Port now where she's close to the hospital to do tests.

Now we live in an actual house. It is so cute! When we have everything set up I'll take pictures. It's the kind of house know when you draw a typical house with a square for the house and a triangle for the roof... it's like that. It also has these little little windows in the roof. The Elders helped us move as well as Hno Charly. The house we're renting belongs to this guy in the ward. He didn't move his stuff out, and it was 6 in the morning. So we weren't the happiest campers. While the Elders were helping him move his stuff out of the way...Hna Jensen and I were going up and down 4 flights of stairs to move our stuff. After that we needed to clean our apartment. The sister training leaders came after a little bit to help us out. So...that was basically my day. We still have some work to do to get our house all in order. Moving is a pain.

I'm not sure if I've said  how long Hna Jensen has been on the mission. She's just a transfer ahead than me. We're really similar. We both like to be timely people, we love hugs, we love essensial oils... she has this little kit of them. She also likes organic food.  Best of all ... she's a fellow nerdfighter! The other day I said... "so we nerdfighters are preaching the gospel. That's probably one of the best ways to fight against world suck.´´

The way we work our speaking of English and Spanish is we start the Spanish when we begin studying and end it mas o menos when we get home.

 I sang' Oh Canada' this week. We were walking down the street going to an investigators house and ran into the family Charly. I say it backwards cause that's how it is in Spanish. I love them! I think they are the Hernandez family of Nogales.  Hno Charly is the ward mission leader. The older son... I forget his name, asked me what the Canadian Anthem is like ... so I sang it..In the streets with people walking by. No shame. Hna Gladys Charly said 'you should have seen your face. You just lit right up when you were singing your anthem.'

Okay...our investigators... I want to start with Ana because I just love her. She had one or two weeks of being taught before I came here. It was her husband actually who was a reference from the church offices. But Hna Jensen ... or was it Hna Terry... I forget which one... went to their house and Oscar (the husband) wasn't there.  Ana asked if they wanted to come in. Of course! Ana is golden...she accepts everything really easily. When she learned that coffee was against the Word of Wisdom...she just right stopped drinking it. What is hard is that she has to wait 4 more weeks until her baptism because her date keeps falling. Last weekend her baby got sick in the middle of the night and this Sunday her sister in law showed up out of the blue and told her to watch her kid.  This frustrates Ana because she really wants to get baptized. Please pray for her. Really...please pray of all our investigators. Oscar is awesome and really tries to understand what we're saying. But just recently his shifts got switched to he doesn't have a baptism date because he can't attend church. He's also having a little troubles with the not drinking coffee. So keep him in your prayers too. When we taught the Plan of Salvation this week he told us that his end goal was to have an eternal family.

Ivan... he's done getting taught all the lessons, but he's not entirely sure if he's ready for baptism yet. We have a goal for this upcoming Sunday. Ivan is sick...the doctors diagnosed him with cancer but they're not sure where. So he's taking chemotherapy which can really tire him out. One thing our District leader told us to try to help him this past week was to read Alma 24... about the Anti'NephiLehites, so we left that as an assignment with him at the end of one of our lessons.  We read some of it with him during the next lesson. He told us the next time we visited that he read it again.  This Sunday it was talked about during the third hour. Because Ivan doesn't feel the best all the time, he doesn't always stay the three hours of church but this time he did, and he thought it was really cool.

Tabitha. She's the mother of some recent converts in the ward. She tells us that she finds it will be dificult to change, as she's been in her religion for 28 years, but she never says she won't change. One thing we've tried to tell her is that she's not changing... she´s adding on to what she knows about God and Christ, really she´s getting the fullness of the gospel, not just part of it.

Catolina. She's a reference from a member. Please have her in your prayers. Our first meeting with her she was just so confused. The Jehovah's Witnesses are also seeing her ... so she spent about 10 minutes asking if it wrong to put up a Christmas tree at Christmas time. She feels like a bad person because she hasn't been to her own church in a year (she's Catholic) and she's listening to both us and the Jehovah's Witnesses. She has a shell, but our second visit with her it was starting to break a little. She told us that her husband left her a year ago, and she's really having a hard time with that. She didn't go to church though. We passed by her house yesterday and she said she was busy with house chores. We told her that if she really prays to God to know which is the road for her, he will answer. Please pray for her.

This Saturday we started this mission activity. It's movie nights at the church. Movies made by the church. We watched The Testaments. There weren't a whole lot of people there... but some who did come were a reference for us from Hno Charly. They were really  touched by it. We hope we can find them this week and start to teach them.

That was a bit of my week.
I hope all of yours were awesome,

Hermana Tessa Marie Jones

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