Monday, August 11, 2014

Desert Bloom 1 Area

 Hey guys!

Obviously, I didn't call in the airport. We didn't have much time. 

So, I spent some money. They should reimburse me for the luggage, but I don't know how/when that is happening. I bought some food at the airport, so you should see that on my card. I have heard a rumor that we will eventually get iPads. We pay for them ourselves, but we get to keep them. I don't know when this is happening, so I don't know what you should do money wise. I am going to use my card today to buy a blanket and a pillow. Maybe some other stuff too. I'm not so sure yet. I've been using an extra one that Sister D (my new companion) had.

My bike was waiting for me when I got here. I haven't used it yet. We have a car and our area is the second largest area so we can't really bike. We would only be able to visit like two people if we biked. But, this next week we are going to try and bike more. When would just only be able to bike close by and not for very long. We were thinking of breaking up our studies so we can bike when it's still cool in the morning, come back, study more, and then drive around. But, we'll see how it all works out. I think it's a good bike, like I've said, I haven't tried it yet. All of the missionary cars have bike racks, so it wasn't hard to get it to our apartment. It's a nice white color. I should've taken a picture for you.

It's been about 115 degrees everyday thus far. Except yesterday, it was only like 105. And cloudy. The clouds were nice. I am convinced that if we didn't have a car, I would melt. It's amazing how tan I've gotten in like five days. It's kinda ridiculous. I'm not excited for the awesome missionary tan line tough. My first day in a bathing suit in Hawaii is not going to be pretty.

I am in the Desert Bloom 1 area. We have a Spanish branch here. It's really tiny. Our area covers like three English areas. It's kinda crazy. We run into English elders and sisters a lot. Street contacting is kind of ineffective for us, because most of the people we run into only speak English, so we just have to refer them to the English missionaries. But it's ok, it doesn't matter if we teach them or someone else. But we're still working on finding people. 

This week wasn't very successful. Apparently there was some sort of exchange mix-up and people didn't make return appointments, or something like that, last week so this week we didn't really have appointments, and when we did, we had to cancel them because our meetings ran late. We had a lot of meetings this week. The first one was getting new companions, the second was training, and the third was district meeting. Sister D also had a doctor's appointment this week. We haven't had much time to do much visiting and stuff. But this week will be better. Oh, we also have four hours of studying in the morning, so by the time we finish and eat lunch it's like 1. But's it's ok. It'll be great.

Sister D is really awesome. She's been out for 8 months and I'm her first trainee. She's really excited and awesome. We're going to work great together. Which is good. I was worried I wouldn't like my trainer and I'd be stuck with her for at least twelve weeks. That wouldn't be good.

My area is in Las Vegas. We cover right up to the Strip. On the other side of the Strip is the West mission. Sister D warned me not to look at billboards and that they sell porn magazines like newspapers. So, ya. That's exciting. Like all of the houses are made from stikka (I don't know how to spell it), so, like Styrofoam. Weird. People don't have lawns, they have rocks. Things are basically different shades of tan and brown.

I'm so glad you guys are getting involved in missionary work. We, as a family, have been passive for too long! We, especially since so many of us are return missionaries, need to work more. Invite more people! Work with the missionaries! Make nonmember friends! Feed the missionaries! (But don't take the missionaries out for dinner, that takes up way too much time, they have other more important things to do. And I have a experience that goes with that, I'll tell you in a minute.) Be missionaries! Come on guys! We can do it!

I think it was Thursday that we had a dinner appointment with a member and we found out that there were going to be two of our investigators there. So we were super excited! However, when we got there, they were like "we want to take you out to dinner" and we're like, sure, that's great. And they kind of told us where we were going, and Sister Davis wasn't really sure where it was and so they were just like "follow us." We're following them in the car, and we just keep on going, and going, and going, and them we realized we were at the boarder of our area. Sister D started to panic, she's all like, "I don't know where we are going, and we're leaving our area, but there's two investigators here, and we can't just stop following them, and I don't know where we're going, and I'm breaking the rules with my new trainee and I'm a terrible trainer!" Right? So we try to call the Zone leaders, and the district leaders, and she's panicking because they aren't answering, but finally they did and gave us permission and we finally ended up at a Mexican restaurant. Sister D was kind of mad that they drove us all the way out there for Mexican food. She's like, every one of the members cooks great Mexican food, why did we have to go all the way out here for some! Then, of course, the food took forever to get out there, and we couldn't share a spiritual thought because it was too loud, and she wouldn't let us leave so we were there for like an hour and a half, and ya. It was bad. I had some salsa. Too spicy for me. I also like choked on a corn flake. It was bad. I was embarrassed. Moral of the story: don't take missionaries out to eat, it's not very good.

The hardest part about being a Spanish speaking missionary in the states is that everyone has a different accent because they are from different Spanish speaking places in the world. But it'll be great because I'll know all sorts of different slang, and I'll be able to understand every accent. Also, it's hard to know when to use Spanish and when to use English. With a lot of the teenagers, you can use English, but the adults you want to use Spanish to show them that you are trying to learn. But sometimes they speak to you in English, and I just get confused. But I'll learn. It'll be good.

Anyway, that's kind of some of the stuff that happened. My flight here was pretty uneventful, except a sister and an elder almost missed our second flight. But they got here alright.


Hermana Leete

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