Monthly Archives: November 2014

E-Mail on 11/17/14 – Wind is an Hermana’s Worst Enemy

It´s been soooo windy and cold lately!  Between the scarves, the skirts, and the hair… we show up at citas looking a little crazy.  And I’m sure we’re quite the scene on the street.  Literally the worst.  I’ll take rain and snow over wind as a missionary.  It’s fine though because I genuinely like the constant use of cardigans and tights.

I super totally lied last week when I said it was Stake Conference. It’s this weekend.  So… yeah.  Awkward.  But the really incredible thing is that Elder Cook set a time aside to meet with the missionaries in the mission.  WOAH!  So… yeah.  That’s super exciting.  Saturday, before the conference, we’ll be there with him and a bunch of the missionaries (the ones who are far will have to miss out…sadly…).  My companion is thrilled because, well, those outside of Utah don’t have the chance to see these people as often as we do.  I’m mostly excited for her at this juncture.

This locutorio smells like smoke.  It’s awful.  I can hardly concentrate.

Raul came to church this week which is incredible.  He’s a less active who I haven’t really gotten to know but lately he’s opening up and we’re making big progress with him.  HE CAME TO CHURCH!  I’ve been super excited about that.

Adrian disappeared to Italy so he lost his fecha…because he was in Italy instead of being here… to get baptized… Whatever.  He said he’d be back tomorrow so we’ll get him to the conference and he’ll get baptized and it’ll be fine.

Juana “accepted” a fecha.  She actually said the words “No voy a bautizarme este día” as she was writing her name on the calendar so I think she’s lying about not getting baptized.  She’s just afraid of commitment.  We had a really fantastic visit with her and a member who helped a ton.  Returned missionaries are the best at member visits!

The Hermanas of Sabadell moved out and then back in… still have bed bugs.  Poor dears.  But we had missed them for the 4 days that they were gone.  We’re excited that we can have them for the holidays.  It’ll make them that much better!

I just love the mission.  It’s about the greatest thing ever.  We had a slightly slow week but things are just so promising right now.  I’m stoked!  We have an incredible week ahead and we have a great ward and a great district and everything is super great!  I feel like a cheerleader… gross.  But everything is just great!  The gospel makes you happy, I can testify of that.

Read the Book of Mormon, peeps.  You should be in Alma 56.  We’re getting closer and closer!  I need to pick up the reading in Spanish so I can finish it again by my goal… but just keep reading!  I love you all!

Hermana Durham

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E-Mail on 11/10/14 – Our Big, Fat, Ecuadorian/Dominican Wedding

Amparito and Fernando got married on Saturday!  Amparito is the cutest little lady from Ecuador who is all about helping us out and sharing the gospel.  She’s been a member for awhile.  Her significant other, Fernando, is not a member.  But he will be soon!  This whole week has been full of helping out here and there to get them all ready.  We were also told that we could invite people…so we definitely did.  It was really great!  They were so cute and so happy!  I had to tell Amparo to stop worrying about everything and just enjoy her day.  Multiple times.  And you best believe that we went fishing… lots of numbers, lots of inviting people to the church and activities and such.

Juana is also finally moved out.  What a relief!  She’s a lot more calm now and hopefully this means she can get focused on the gospel.  We met with her last night and she seemed a lot happier.  We’re hoping she comes to a Noche de Hogar with us tonight where we’ll talk about obedience so we can get her to commit to things… like reading, praying… baptism… the usual.

Adrian came to church yesterday and stayed for all 3 hours.  Miracle of miracles!  The problem is that he’s still not really letting us set up enough visits with him so we can’t teach him everything so he really can’t be ready for baptism this week.  Plus, we’re not 100% his motives are where they should be.  I have hope in him.  It’s just going to take some time.

This weekend Elder Cook will be coming to talk to our Stake.  Am I a little excited?  Definitely!  Are we telling everyone and their dog to come?  YES!  Well… not their dogs.  Sorry, Gary.

I bought a new plant this week.  I neglected to mention that Penelope had a really bad fall, broke her neck, and had to be put to rest.  Mostly because it still hurt… It happened at the beginning of last transfer.  I had avoided replacing her because it’s hard to replace your dear friend you’ve had in all your areas, but finally I did it.  I have a new, tiny plant named Montse.  Catalan name.  Not sure what I’ll do with her in about 3 months but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Today we’re going to play ultimate frisbee in Barcelona.  I don’t know why, but we were obligated to come by the Elders.  Therefore, those are our plans.  Hopefully it can relieve some stress.

It’s getting cold here.  Really cold.  Esther, another investigator, has offered to fix my gloves so that I can start wearing them and not die.  That was sweet of her.  So yeah.  Scarves and sweaters and tights and gloves… tis the season!

I hope you’re all reading the Book of Mormon.  Start studying Preach My Gospel too while you’re at it.  It’s the time of year to start sharing your testimony of Christ and what better way to do that than through the Book of Mormon.  Be good, do good, always smile!

Hermana Durham.

E-Mail on 11/3/14 – “¿Sabe lo que dice de los martes? No te cases ni te embarques”

Wise advice from my bishop this week. I’m starting to wonder if I even copied it correctly… Hmm… no importa.

This week was … slow.  At best.  We’re trying to help Juana move out of her house which has actually just been me cleaning little things here and there and Hermana Stanciu looking at the things Juana might throw out.  Literally the longest process of moving I’ve ever seen.

I’ve learned how to say “Goodnight, I love you” in Romanian.  My companion tried to teach me to say “I am beautiful” but it was too late at night and too hard to say.  But I AM learning it!  And Spanish.  She helps me all the time and it’s cute because I get to help with English.  We sing hymns in English and read the white hand book in English too.  That’s been weird because I’m used to Spanish only.  I taught her “As the Shadows Fall”.

Halloween happened.  We bought face paint and got a little artistic.  Next time I’ll send pictures.  A member made us pumpkin pie too!  That was cute!  They do take care of us here…keeping in mind all our holidays and such.

We’re getting to know the members a lot better.  We basically have our Christmas plans set up so that’s good.  That was apparently a priority for my companion.  It was one of the first things she asked me actually… my response was “Uh… it’s still October…” and that wasn’t good enough.

Adrian has accepted to be baptized on the 15th but the further along we get the more it seems that he’s in it for the cute girls that show up to chat and not for the Lord.  Kinda discouraging.

Over all, we have very little to work with in the area.  We need to find new people, talk to everyone, find a bunch of less actives on our list from the ward.  I still feel really new to Terrassa and the further along I get the more new to the mission I feel.  I straight up feel like I was in training yesterday.  Didn’t I just leave the MTC?  No?  That’s not what happened?  Sheesh.

No one here knows how much time I have in the mission and that’s a relief.  I’ve devised a brilliant plan!  I’m going to just tell them on my last Sunday here that I’m going to Barcelona.  Not a lie, just a stretched truth.  I am in fact going to Barcelona… and then home… but no one needs to know that.  It’s worked wonderfully.  Everyone thinks I’ve got like a year or so in the mission.  Mwahahaha!

So basically, we’re starting activities, getting the ward pumped up to do some work, lots of menos activo work (love that actually) and finding new people.  Is there anything too hard for the Lord?  No.  So… off we go!  It’s getting cold but that’s okay because I like that better anyway.

Be good, kids.  Share the gospel with everyone!  Read your scriptures, pray every day, and go to church.  Or you’ll suffer.  Basically what I’ve learned from my studies.

Hermana Durham