Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Abrazos !!

We will be moving from our 515 Hemingway Ln apartment in 2-3 weeks!
I'm sorry I didn't write anything out last week. Every time I sit down to write on Mondays, everything that happened during the week just slips out of my brain and I don't have a lot to say! 
This weeks accomplishments: 
1. I was challenged to eat salsa roja which was super picante, and I did it! My tongue hurt for at least 30 minutes afterwards, thus gaining the respect of everyone in the branch. They were each congratulating me when we left and telling me how I am officially half Mexican. 
2. I answered the phone when Sister Martinez couldn't and I understood everything they said
3. I figured out more about the language. 

I've realized that Spanish speakers think differently than English speakers sometimes when they are expressing themselves. I'm sure it's the same with every language, but I'm starting to understand a little bit more about what I struggle with. 
My favorite language experience thus far has been when someone asks me if I want water with "jello" which always catches me by surprise. Of course I don't want jello in my water. Turns out that "jello" sounds just like "hielo" which actually means ice. Oops! 
This week the rest of the Urueta family was baptized! Sofia and Rocio were baptized on Saturday and it was such a great experience. Sister Martinez and I have been praying night and day for them, and watching as the Lord works wonderful miracles in their lives each day. They are amazing people, and I love having them be a part of my life. 
As of this morning, I have officially finished the book of Alma in the Book of Mormon. I love the Book of Mormon! It brings me so much joy and teaches me so much about the Lord. I love telling others about that same joy that I have experienced. 
I have to go but I love you all dearly! 
Hermana Abram

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Art of Spanglish

Buenos Dias! 

I have officially mastered Spanglish. I pronounce English words with a Spanish accent, and I have started using Spanish phrases to express myself that don't exist in English! It's great!

So we have been teaching this woman from Mexico for the last week or so who is a tenant in a family's home. We recently found out the man who owns the home (and lives there) was a hitman and has actually been in prison for murder! He's a completely changed man now, which is definitely good, but I couldn't believe it. He is such a saint! 

We have been getting to know a lot of members of the branch this week, and I pretty much recognize everyone (it's a small branch) even if I don't know their names yet! I've been able to build relationships with these people, and I love them more everyday! 

We have a lot of new investigators and we are starting from square one with a lot of people. Which is great but also interesting! We tend to get a lot of referrals throughout the week. Some work out, some don't. 

This week, we had an appointment with a woman named Mari, who is a Seventh Day Adventist. It was actually a really cool lesson! She is very firm in her beliefs, but she is very welcoming and loving, and accepts anyone into her home. We bounced theology off one another for a bit. Although we didn't leave with a new person to teach, she taught me so much about how to be respectful and loving towards everyone. 

The mission rocks! I'm exhausted all the time, and my life is very different now, but I wouldn't trade it ever. The little miracles that you see each day are priceless. 

I have such a strong testimony that Heavenly Father loves each of His children, which includes each of you! He understands you and loves you and He is always right beside you, waiting for you to turn to Him. 

Con todo mi corazon, 

Hermana Abram 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!!!

Feliz Pascua!

I don't have much time to write today, but I wanted to let you all know that miracles are happening here!
We love the work here. There's much to do, but it's definitely progressing.

No USB ports on these computers, so there isn't much to share other than the fact that there are many tender mercies and miracles.

Please keep praying for the people out here! We need the love and prayers!

Love, Sister Abram