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Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas

Hola!

So like everyone cancelled on us this week. By everyone, I mean like everyone. The only people that were there were the single men we're teaching. And then, because we couldn't find members/the members cancelled on us, we couldn't teach them. Talk about frustrating. 

M C and her sons are new investigators. Her son A (T) is 14 and Al is 7. She was referred by a different bishop. Her late husband was a member (but it sounds like not active) so she went to the bishop for food. He gave her some, and a Spanish Book of Mormon and then referred her to us. She's super open to learning! Her sons claim that they don't like us. I think it's just because we always come by when they are playing video games. The 7 year old is pretty vocal about it. But we know he likes us. Because when we're done and finally let them go, he'll come back and talk to us. We just have to deal with his kicking and screaming for the first couple minutes. Then he usually covers his eyes for the next five. He's pretty funny. He's only going to read the Book of Mormon when we give him the illustrated "comic book" version. It sounds like his mom is going to make him read though.

We visited a decent amount of members this week. Why? Because they were home and would let us in.

Christmas Eve was bad. No one was home. Not a single person. We had appointments scheduled for all day with members. Every single person cancelled on us or were not there. Christmas was better. We found two new investigators!

We had a member out with us on Christmas! The problem was, no one was home. Like really people. We like triple checked to make sure it was ok if we came by on Christmas. You said it was ok!


Hermana H turned 22 yesterday. We didn't have a cake so we put her candle in a Peguino. She seemed pretty happy with it.

I think that's it!

Love ya!

Hermana Leete

All the Christmas Gifts

Christmas PJs

The Strip on Christmas

Hermana H turns 22!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It Looks Like Christmas Now!

Why hello there!

They have a dog?!? What?!? (Kevin & Rebecca)

I'm not sure exactly when I will be skyping. But, I get to call you on Christmas eve for five minutes to tell you when. It'll probably be sometime from 1-3.

We had a baptism this Saturday! Her name is E. We inherited her from the elders because she moved. They did all the prepping, she was totally ready by the time that we got her. But we had a scare! She didn't go to church last Sunday! She tried sooooo hard but everything conspired against her going! That means she only went twice, and you have to go three times to be baptized. But, she worked super hard to get that Saturday off so she could get baptized. So we called President and he said it was ok! It was like an entire three days of stress. But she's baptized! And we were able to get all of the elders that taught her to come! All 8 of us were there! The only people who were there were the missionaries, minus the bishop and the opening prayer and one other couple. It was pretty cool. She's so happy to be baptized! I sent you the picture in a different email.
E with all the missionaries that taught her


We had the Christmas Conference this week! It was so awesome! We got some amazing trainings on personal and companionship studies. And the talent show was fantastic. My favorite part was when President Snow and Sister Snow dressed up as President and Sister Claus. I have a picture. Don't worry. 

The ward Christmas party was this week. It was fun. We left when they started dancing though. I have no idea when it ended. Hispanic parties go on for like ever.

I'm not sure if I have any funny stories for this week.

We had a lot of really long lessons. Let's just say that members like to talk. A lot. Especially when they happen to know the referral we are trying to contact.

We haven't had time to play Bible Trivia, but that might be something for today.

Thanks for the decorations. I thoroughly enjoyed decorating the apartment last week. It looks like Christmas now!

Pues, I don't know what else to say.

Feliz Navidad!


Hermana Leete





It was easy to find because of all the stickers

Hermana Leete con Hermanita Leete
Hermanita Leete y Hermanita H


From the mission

Our Winter View



Those goofy headbands. They were pretty small.
This is before I got your Package.





Monday, December 15, 2014

New Companion

Familia,

I have not got the package yet. But I also haven't gotten the mail yet today. Also, because of transfers, we got mail the Saturday before transfers. So if it came after Saturday, I don't have it yet. But I'm sure I'll get it today.

I don't believe that Christmas is coming. The leaves just started to change. And when I say that I mean all three of the leaf changing trees in Vegas.

Yay for feeding the missionaries! I'm personally fond of it.

So I've never heard of this story. You should tell me it. (Why Christmas Trees aren't Perfect)

Did you buy us matching pajamas? But that's cool. If it keeps me warm. That's all that matters.

Hermana H is pretty awesome. She's super good at Spanish which is helpful. And she's super organized. So we're reorganizing the area. And the apartment. 

La familia A might be my new favorite people in the world. They came out with us for three hours the other day. No one was home and I think they were just determined to keep going until they got into someone's house. It was pretty hilarious. First, they gave us a ride in their car (to save us miles). Their car is super beat up. Their back lights are covered over with like red tape. It's pretty funny. The car shakes pretty bad when we drive too. But anyway, we were trying to find an apartment in this complex, and we could not find it. Hermano got out of the car, and ran up to like all of the buildings to try and see the numbers (some of them were hidden) and we followed around in the car. We did this for like 20 minutes until we found it. We really just drove around and around in circles. However, we did get to teach two lessons, we found a new person (she's like 80 years old) and we taught one of our investigators (M). But it was fun. They are hilarious.

We found a bunch of new people this week. That's was pretty awesome. However, we also dropped a ton of people, or they dropped us. But that's ok. We drop the old so we can find the actually prepared!

Hermana H is pretty awesome. We work really well together. This is going to be a fun transfer.

Hermano V is pretty cool. He'll follow us around for like ever when he comes out with us. We can knock on ten doors and no one will answer, but he'll keep on following us and smiling. He's pretty awesome right now because his wife is in Peru so he has nothing to do. So he'll come out with us. I haven't taken him with his wife out yet, but I'm pretty sure they'll be just as awesome.
So we have this investigator named R. He really doesn't like organized religion. He'll kind of go on a rant and we'll be like, "but we're not like that church" and he gets all worked up until we say some kind of mind blower and then he gets all quiet. Like the other day it was, "in the Bible it says that Christ's church should carry his name, we're the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". He said the name of our church like three times in a row after that. We totally blew his mind. Well, Hno V did. He's the one who said it.


Well. That's about it. I'm sure there's more to this week, but honestly, it was a lot of reading maps and getting lost. Hermana S has this area like memorized. We don't. 

Love ya!

Hermana Leete!

The one peak with snow on it

The only not blurry picture of our two districts last transfer



Monday, December 8, 2014

This week was kind of Bland

Hola!

TRANSFERS!

I'm staying here. It's weird, being in the same area for more than a transfer. My new companion will be Hermana H. I'll meet her tomorrow. I hear she's pretty awesome.

Hermana S is going English to be a sister training leader. She's not super excited about that. She doesn't like English, or responsibility. So you can imagine how unexcited she is. But I know she'll be awesome.

So, the letter isn't like saving and some of it went away and I don't know what happened, so you're going to have to piece it together.

We ate dinner with the J family yesterday. They told the best mission stories. Hno J told us about how a missionary got his querido Juan (dear John) and so got really really sad. So he called two girls from the ward and went to the movies with them. The mission president sent him to a really really hot area (this is in sur Guatemala). He came back really really skinny from all the biking and saying that he learned his lesson. It was super funny. Between him and his son, we were laughing so much!

Man, I don't know what happened this week, but we didn't teach anyone! (Well, we taught, but not as much as the rest of the transfer.) But we found M! She is super amazing and super prepared. We mentioned the sacrament and she got super excited. She thought the Catholic church was the best because they had the sacrament. She even told us of how she did the sacrament on her own once! She warmed up a tortilla, broke it and read the sacrament prayers. Oh my gosh! She's adorable! She is so humble and so ready to learn. And she was a street contact! She accepted a baptismal date for the 10th of January! I can't wait to teach her again.

And then there's E. She's so amazing! She is so determined to get baptized. Her only problem is that she works on Sunday and she has to take care of her grandchildren. But she is doing everything in her power to get to night church. She only has to go to church one more time and she has one more Sunday. She's trying to get a new job and she's working so hard to be able to go to church. She really wants to get baptized on the 20th of December because she already has that day off of work (she worked really hard to get that too).

So this week was kind of bland. Don't have many stories for you. We totally taught a lesson in the street though. Oh. We did that twice actually. Funny how that happens. This other time we were sitting in our car before going to a lesson and someone freaked us out by knocking on our window. He was wearing a Captain America jacket. He was out with the YSA sisters and they wanted to talk to us. Totally scared me though. I died a bit.

Anyway. I'm actually going to send this now. If it will let me. I'm not going to write this for a third time.

Love ya!
Hermana Leete

Hola!

Monday, December 1, 2014

I Ate a Lot on Thursday

It's Monday again.

So Hispanics eat a lot. Thanksgiving is a day of which we eat a lot. I'm a missionary so I visit a lot of people in one day. Let's just say, I ate a lot on Thursday. Only two and a half meals, I got off easy. I think the elders ate 10. I don't know how they did it. But Elder Cs is a pretty big, football playing guy. His companion is kind of skinny though. But ya. We had a Thanksgiving lunch with the S family. They are recent converts, and less active. They work on Sunday, which is a problem. I don't even want to know how many times we've told them that it's one of the commandments not to work on Sunday. Seriously people, one of the big ten. Then we stopped by our recent converts ES's house to see how he was doing, and they were eating. So therefore, we had to eat too. But we told them that we were just going to dinner, so they let us off easy with only a small portion. But let's just say, I was not hungry. Then we ate at the G's house. They had lots of people, lots of food. It was fun. And super good. I don't know what's up with the people we ate with, but they had only one option for dessert! I think we just left the S's house before it came out though (we had an appointment), the S's had a fruit cakeish thing, and the G's only had cheesecake. Where's the variety! (Mind you, it was super good, but still.) Like we always had like three different pies, and tarts, and I don't even know what. But it's ok. I survived. I really just wanted a really good pumpkin pie. I didn't get one:(

SUNNY WENT TROUGH THE TEMPLE? Why don't you ever tell me the important things in life? CONGRATULATIONS! (Or whatever you tell someone when they go through the temple . . .) I hope you love the temple as much as I do. Go often! Be a temple worker--it is simply the best use of time. You feel the spirit so strongly all the time, even in your every day life. And you learn so much too! Do it! If you can of course, it does take up a bunch of time. I have been so blessed to have always lived within an hour of the temple. Right now I'm only like 15-20 minutes away. It's pretty cool.

I have not heard of any (Christmas) tree lots. I don't think they exist here.

We had a baptism! Remember D? Ya, she's a member now. It's been such a blessing to teach her. I feel like she was just dropped into our laps. Not a problem with her. Not a single one. And her mom is preparing to go to the temple again. How cool is that? I think I told you everything about her. Everyone cried at her baptism. The young women sang a musical number. Hermana S and I gave talks. It was great. 





So we have these Cuban investigators. They are so amazing. They are K, B, A, and M (we call them KABM for short, not to their faces of course). A is the father of B, and K is the daughter of B. M is B's friend who comes over for the lessons. They are amazing because when we ask them to do things (baptism, live the word of wisdom, law of chastity, all of that stuff) if one of them has a problem with it, the others (primarily B) will explain, and exhort them to do it. We don't have to do anything. It's great. They're the best missionaries to each other. It's hilarious, and so great!

We have a little plastic Christmas tree in our apartment. I put an Angel Moroni on it. I've been wanting to do that for a long time. I finally got to do it! It was quite the elaborate process though. I had to find a picture from the Ensign, cut it out, put it on poster board so it would be stiff enough to stand up (but I don't have glues), laminate it using packing tape, and figure out how to get it on the tree. I made a little tape ring thing. But I like a result. It's a little large for the tree, but hey, it's Angel Moroni!

I put Angel Moroni on our Christmas Tree

Hermana S and Angel  Moroni are Buds.

I ate grasshoppers the other day. Yup. That's a thing. They were just kind of crunchy. We ate them with eggs and bread, just to try them. We were at a member's house.

I want everyone's conversion stories. Especially from those who had a harder life than mine. People tend to discount my testimony because I grew up in the church. Nonsense! I would not subject myself to this if I didn't know this was true. Like seriously. Missions. Are. Not. Easy. 

We like to do something called the 21 day challenge. It's when you pick some people that you would like to come back to church, or get baptized, or the like, and then you pray every day for them in the mornings and in the evenings for 21 days. You also read your scriptures everyday and have some form of contact with them every single day. By the end of those 21 days, the people that you are praying for will be significantly closer to coming back to church, or getting baptized, or whatever. I'm pretty sure that's all of it. But you guys should try doing it! Come on, it's pretty noncommittal. I'm not even asking you to preach to anyone or anything like that. Of course, that'll probably come at the end, but still! Do it! This is your work, not the missionaries. We're here to help you, not the other way around. You are not here to give us food or to serve us. We are here to serve you. So let us, by giving us people to teach. If you doubt it, Elder Foster told us that. Right now, it's either just missionaries or members helping missionaries. But that's wrong. It needs to be missionaries helping members. Ok. So that's my lecture for the day.

So now I'm at that point where I don't know what to say. I feel like I've been writing letters for like forever and my companion isn't done yet . . .


Hermana Leete

My talk on Baptism