Thursday, May 12, 2016

third time's a charm

(hahaha I copied my mom because well I'm training again for the third time ha)

well I'm sitting here trying to think of what to tell you guys since I already told you everything on Sunday

From our family Skype on Mother's Day
They're all nuts

also sitting here thinking about how i still have an hour of internet time left what in the WORLD am I supposed to do with A WHOLE HOUR TO WRITE TO YOU PEOPLE


well okay let's start with the basics

we had changes!

on Monday Hermana Molina left me :'( she was sent to be an hermana leader! And she's on bici [bicycle] which she has wanted HER WHOLE ENTIRE MISSION so that's really exciting :D she's going to be with Hna Palmer, who was in my district in the CCM! Yayayayayay! So, she left but the new missionaries arrived today, so yesterday I was on an exchange all day with... Hermana Petramalo! she came here to the city with me and we had several lessons and somebody robbed me and then today (Pday) we went to the office and had lunch and met our new companions!

We had the opportunity to "meet" Hna Molina during our Skype -
they are two definitely cut from the same cloth.

Last moments together

My companion is Hermana García from Argentina! She's the first missionary in her family and she is AWESOME. I am already very excited to be training her; she is asking about the ward and the bishop and all of the questions that a seasoned missionary would ask if they had just arrived in a new ward; this transfer is going to be AWESOME :D I am very excited :D

Hna Garcia y Hna Schomburg

what else is happening

I don't remember if i mentioned that both of my 'daughters' are also training this cambio, but both of my 'daughters' are training this cambio! 

but I'm a horrible grandmother because I don't remember either of my new granddaughters' names hahahaha qué terrible que soy 

Hna Schomburg with her first trainee (daughter)
and with her trainee's trainee (granddaughter)

but so anyway, that's happening! woohoo! and i am basically really afraid because I just am afraid, but not so afraid as I know that this is going to be a challenge just because it's always a challenge something and well maybe I should just get over it because something is always going to challenge you and you're always going to need the help of the Lord so 


[Hna Schomburg explained to us on Sunday that she would be the only sister missionary remaining in the sector as the other three were being transferred, so it would be up to her to teach the newly arriving sisters how to get around and to find the apartments for appointments, etc. in the sea of large buildings. Having only been there for 6 weeks, she was feeling a bit overwhelmed with being able to navigate on her own.  But we know she will be guided by the Spirit and she will do just fine! Or they'll get lost. haha]

oh man this week

this week I can already tell that something rough is starting

I saw my family on Sunday and you know what happened today?

I got an email

I got a big ol' email that has a big ol' title of


and it has all of this stuff like 'make sure your home information is updated also WHICH AIRPORT DO YOU WANT TO FLY INTO' LITERALLY WHO DO THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE SENDING ME THINGS LIKE THAT

but well

ya know what

it has to happen some day

and as of right now looks like it's gonna happen on the 12th of September 

I still feel like i'm so young in the mission and that i just got here like i myself just left from the CCM and am just arriving here but in reality, tomorrow i complete 14 months in the mission and that's kind of a lot of months compared to the grand total of 18 and it makes me afraid because this last cambio went by really way too fast and this cambio is going to go by even faster because there are a billion things to do and i just hope that i can follow the spirit and do everything that God wants me to do because it dawns upon me that i am running out of time and i am going to testify as many times as possible as a missionary as i can and i am going to work even harder than i ever have because this work is SO IMPORTANT and these people and this gospel and this message



everything is crazy

everything is fast

everything is getting away from me!


but well okay, it's fine, no worries, we'll be fine

i apologize that this letter isnt that spiritual today, it's just that, so many things have happened! i encourage you all to read Alma 48... i read it this morning and it was SO WONDERFUL.

also the elevators in our building arent working so when we arrived with Hna García's luggage

we just had to hike up 20 flights of stairs with it

Just a little red-faced during the climb

and also yes somebody robbed me but it wasnt like violent or anything it was COWARDLY BECAUSE HE DIDNT EVEN PICK A FIGHT HE JUST SLIPPED IT OUT OF MY POCKET BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IT WAS


at least it was the first day of the cambio hahaha

but i had already put a pretty cover on it :( and it had my pretty temple calendar inside and all my appointments for the week and my bip [bus pass]

but i had just used the last passage i had on my bip so 


too bad for the dude if he was looking for money or bips but if he was looking for salvation HE FOUND IT (BUT HE DIDNT HAVE TO STEAL IT)

oh well

it's fine

i'm over it

but anyway

i hope that you are all well and that you are enjoying your lives and everything that you're doing and i hope that you read Alma 48 and think about how awesome Moroni is and how we should all aspire to be like him so that when we die they can just quote the scriptures about him in our eulogies 

i love the mission

i love my sector

i love my companion

i love the Lord :) in the name of Jesus Christ, amen!

sending millions of besitos [little kisses] from santiago centro; LES AMO UN MONTÓN [I LOVE YOU PLENTY]


The people you meet in the city center!

The district before cambios

The Book of Almathe Son of Alma

Chapter 48

Amalickiah incites the Lamanites against the Nephites—Moroni prepares his people to defend the cause of the Christians—He rejoices in liberty and freedom and is a mighty man of God. About 72 B.C.
 And now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiahhad obtained the kingdom he began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi; yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from their towers, against the Nephites.
 And thus he did inspire their hearts against the Nephites, insomuch that in the latter end of the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges, he having accomplished his designs thus far, yea, having been made king over the Lamanites, he sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites.
 Therefore he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger, insomuch that he had gathered together a numerous host to go to battle against the Nephites.
 For he was determined, because of the greatness of the number of his people, to overpower the Nephites and to bring them into bondage.
 And thus he did appoint chief captains of the Zoramites, they being the most acquainted with the strength of the Nephites, and their places of resort, and the weakest parts of their cities; therefore he appointed them to be chief captains over his armies.
 And it came to pass that they took their camp, and moved forth toward the land of Zarahemla in the wilderness.
 Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.
 Yea, he had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts, or places of resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose his armies, and also building walls of stone to encircle them about, round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea, all round about the land.
 And in their weakest fortifications he did place the greater number of men; and thus he did fortify and strengthen the land which was possessed by the Nephites.
 10 And thus he was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians.
 11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
 12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
 13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood.
 14 Now the Nephites were taught to defend themselves against their enemies, even to the shedding of blood if it were necessary; yea, and they were also taught never to give an offense, yea, and never to raise the sword except it were against an enemy, except it were to preserve their lives.
 15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger;
 16 And also, that God would make it known unto them whither they should go to defend themselves against their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his heart did glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.
 17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.
 18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God.
 19 Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni; for they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken unto their words.
 20 And thus they went forth, and the people did humble themselves because of their words, insomuch that they were highly favored of the Lord, and thus they were free from wars and contentions among themselves, yea, even for the space of four years.
 21 But, as I have said, in the latter end of the nineteenth year, yea, notwithstanding their peace amongst themselves, they were compelled reluctantly to contend with their brethren, the Lamanites.
 22 Yea, and in fine, their wars never did cease for the space of many years with the Lamanites, notwithstanding their much reluctance.
 23 Now, they were sorry to take up arms against the Lamanites, because they did not delight in the shedding of blood; yea, and this was not all—they were sorry to be the means of sending so many of their brethren out of this world into an eternal world, unprepared to meet their God.
 24 Nevertheless, they could not suffer to lay down their lives, that their wives and their children should be massacred by the barbarous cruelty of those who were once their brethren, yea, and had dissented from their church, and had left them and had gone to destroy them by joining the Lamanites.
 25 Yea, they could not bear that their brethren should rejoice over the blood of the Nephites, so long as there were any who should keep the commandments of God, for the promise of the Lord was, if they should keep his commandments they should prosper in the land.

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