- What is the story on the skirts you and your comp were wearing in the
pics you sent last week?
Okay, those skirts are these really fun skirts that you find here in every little feria. (feria- a Chilean farmers market where they sell all kinds of random things LITERALLY you can find anything in the feria, and its dirt cheap! I had just been wanting to buy one for so long, and this sweet little lady in the feria offered me a deal :) they are double sided!!
- How did your singing class go?
The class went well. I definitely have some vocabulary I need to look up, which will be in my language study time tomorrow. But it went well, a few people came that saw it on Facebook, and a few from the ward. More people have already said they are going to come. We worked mostly with breathing this last week!
- Do you have another set of Hermanas living with you? Is your apartment
We do still have another set of Hermanas living with us. The apartment is... perfect for two ha-ha. It is a little tight... but we make it work :)
- Did you make chocolate chip cookies?
We did not make the chocolate chip cookies last week, because we couldn’t find shortening so we had to ask Hna Smith, one of the senior missionaries what to do. She explained everything so we are going to try it today!!
- What funny thing happened this week?
Okay, talk about a funny thing. The elders had a baptism this week. SO there is the CRAZY HYPERACTIVE two or three-year-old in my ward named Elias. The whole ward just kind of knows that Elias is crazy and that his parents can’t control him no matter how hard they try. We have all just learned to roll with him. So during this baptism, before the ordinance, we were in the chapel for the service part of it, and I was playing the opening hymn and this little kid runs up and starts pounding on the keyboard. Well, I was playing The Lord is my Light, which I had never played before that day, so I got lost super easy. So my ward mission leader Karim (24-year-old RM) comes up and picks up Elias and hauls him away. But during those few seconds of playing, he managed to make a recording of our duet, and start playing it. So I take my hands off the piano and that madness is still playing. So I whisper "KARIM!!" as loud as I possibly can and we just start pushing buttons until it stops. By then I was laughing so hard I was in tears, and I was completely lost, as was everyone else. So Karim just starts belting the chorus and I just tried to catch up to him ha-ha. Also during this meeting, this little child almost knocked over the vase by the pulpit, pulled his pants down in front of everyone, drank out of my water bottle, and spilled it on the guy who was getting baptized. I just literally cried through the whole meeting.
- What has been the hardest thing on your mission?
The hardest thing about the mission... I get asked this a lot, and I never know what to say ha-ha, I’m doing good! But this week I really did think of something that’s hard for me. People’s agency. I just wanna make them do what they’re supposed to do. I know it’ll make them happy, I told them it’ll make them happy, they believe it’ll make them happy, and yet they DON’T DO IT. But I’m also learning a little bit about how our Heavenly Father feels. Ha-ha that’s what’s hard for me, but it’s a good problem to have :)
Well, yesterday I completed five months as a missionary! happiest five months ever!! It just goes so FAST!!! In two weeks more we have cambios. I know I don’t want to leave my ward. I love it here. I love the people and I don’t want to go, but we´ll see what happens :) I would also like to comment on what grandma and grandpa said about enjoying fall. IF ONLY. Right now, I am enjoying both summer and winter, everyday a bit of each. In the morning and at night it’s pretty stinking cold. But during the day we are still burning up, ha-ha! But I love it :) I just love being a missionary!! Share the gospel, it makes you happy! I love you guys :)
Amor, Hna Stanley