Mexicans just GET icecream!!

GOOD DAY MY LOVELY FAMILY!

So last week i forgot to mention that we do a service project every tuesday and they are ALWAYS fun. We hopped in the back of this truck with a garage in the back of it (sorry i cant explain it any other way) and the back was completely open. we literally would hop out of the back as he was driving and we would collect all the water containers from all over the mtc neighborhood. (we have filtered water bottles in our casas) it was SO MUCH FUN. We would run ahead of the truck, grab the containers, throw them to each other through an assembly line, and then hop back in the truck and more people would hop out and go for it. I loved it because i have missed running a lot. but OH MY GOODNESS. ahahhh okay this is so sad but we all laughed so hard…..Hermana Hill (my companion) was trying to jump into the truck as we were driving and her arms latched onto the truck ahead of her feet and she totally ATE IT. I was like “HERMANA!” and jumped out and helped her up. But we were allll laughing (including her) so it is okay and she is fine 🙂

I set a goal to learn three songs on the piano before I leave the ccm! So far I have “sweet hour of prayer” and “We thank thee o god for a prophet” down!!! They are pretty easy. but i actually cant play them exactly right. I play some minor chords and make it sound cooler!!! so yeah.

Mexicans just GET ice cream. Like, they have perfected ice cream treats. They know that the cone should be chocolate covered in the WHOLE inside of the cone and that there should be a big chunk of chocolate at the bottom. They mix the most ingenious flavors….they just….GET IT. So if you ever want something good, go to the mexican tienda, otherwise you are only settling.

Okay on the more spiritual side of things, I am starting to realize how dramatic of a change this mission requires. Like, i literally have to learn to control my thoughts. I have to train myself to be focused so that I can allllways feel the spirit and I can know how to help people. It is really weird that I only have two weeks left here. I am kind of freaking out. This last week i realized that I am definitely progressing, but i am not progressing as much as I could be. I could be working a lot harder. So that is what i have been trying to do. I need to focus on and strengthen my relationship with Heavenly Father right now. That is what should matter most. So i am trying really hard to let go of my socialness and be a little more constructive with my time.

I think that being constructive with time is a good thing for everyone to have too. I watched some videos on lds.org this week and i loooved them. So please look up and watch “mountains to climb”, “your potential, your privileges”, “My brother Hyrum”, “Enduring Love!!!!” “Extraordinary gift!!!” and “daily bread:pattern”. Soooo great. especially make an effort to look up the ones i added !!!!! to. okay? okay 🙂 EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THEM.

Something else that i am trying really hard to do is work through being tired. There are days and times where we have some extra time where we could take a short nap if we wanted to, and i am not trying to say napping is bad or like rag on anyone, but when my companions take naps, i try really hard to push through the tiredness and read my scriptures instead. I have been thinking…I cant just sleep whenever i’m tired when i am actually on the mission. So i need to train myself to work through that so i can be stronger. I really enjoy it and I feel like the scriptures give me energy. It’s cool. 🙂

Something that my district leader, Elder Pope, said was “God never changes, people and situations change.” I really really liked that. When people think it’s weird that we have changed rules and stuff in our church, it doesnt discredit that our church is true or that god isnt always constant. People and situations change and Heavenly Father decides what is okay when. That is why it is crucial to have prophets. okay well i love you all soooo much and i cant wait to hear from you again next week! i am trying really hard to write shorter emails but its hard. it will be rough in the field. kl ove you all!!! :)) till next week!!

From now on please send anything to this address since it takes over two weeks for anything to get to me here in Mexico.  They won’t forward anything to me that arrives after I leave for Ecuador.

Hermana Madison Amy dunne

Ecuador Quito North Mission

Calle Francisco Robles E4-151

(y Avenida Amazonas)

Edificio Iglesia de Jesucristo

Quito-ECUADOR

the parenthesis part is only there if you are sending a package! 🙂ImageImageImageImage

3rd week in the CCM

Hola mi familia!!!! 🙂

Okay so first of all, i want to apologize for saying “buey”…apparently it’s not the nicest term…according to the nativos here. haha whoops.

So, this week has been really super great. I have actually been sick the past two weeks with a headache, sore throat, and lots of congestion…but I got a priesthood blessing from my district leader, elder pope and his companion elder madrigal and now i feel better 🙂 woohoo!! Okay so last pday i emailed you on 9/11 and forgot to mention how weird that felt. All last week/weekend we had been celebrating Mexico’s dia de independencia! Which was this monday and it felt so weird because there were decorations EVERYWHERE for mexico and not one thing to remember nine eleven. I know i know, i’m in mexico, what should i expect? haha but it was just super weird. I had a moment of silence in my heart…along with all the other americans here. BUT OH MY GOSH okay so i want to be latino soooo badly. like, friday night we had this HUGE celebration in the gym which was basically a party and it was the weirdest thing because i didn’t think they would allow missionaries to do that. haha but they had natives perform traditional dances–and just fyi, one day i will dance like them and wear those HUGE frilly dresses. awe man. i wanted to get up on the stage with them and dance sooo badly. haha MAN. And people sang and we all sang their national anthem….it. was. great. We sat in the stands with the natives too so they were going CRAZY and i can say that it satisfied my craving of yelling at football games. my throat hurt so bad haha i was still sick then so it probably wasn’t the best but it was fantastic. It was HILARIOUS though because there is this native elder that I have been seeing everywhere and we were sitting in the stands with him and he keppppt asking me to smile for him…like, he was just taking pictures of…me. haha it was the weirdest thing. so after the celebration he asked if he could have a picture with me and then all of a sudden ALL of these nativos starting asking me and my companions to take pictures with them. it was hilarious. we felt famous.

Spiritually, i am growing a lot. I really think i am starting to understand the spirit more. Like, i really have to put all my trust in God and pray with all my heart that he will help me learn and teach. I have taught lessons where i asked for HF to help me know what questions to ask or what to say back to them or what scriptures to find that will help them and SERIOUSLY every time I end up saying or finding something that i never had thought of before. Like, a question will pop into my head and i can´t stop thinking about it so i ask it and then EVERY TIME i have done that, the investigator has opened up and/or started crying. All i have to say is that this REALLY IS the Lord’s work and I REALLY AM just an instrument in His hands. He knows the intentions and thoughts and feelings of the person i am teaching, so it is crucial that I listen to the Holy Ghost and I am listening to the promptings I get. Gosh, like I have had a few times this past week where i have felt a little down but then i just think of how I need to be better than that. And how this time is so short and i better work hard otherwise i will come home with regrets. And how i can’t be distracted with my worries or my problems or the things i miss on this mission because i need to be worried and involved and concerned with the people i am teaching. I have no room to be selfless. I just don’t let myself think that way. And if i ever do, i just pray for HF to guide me to a scripture that will cheer me up, and every time i pray about that and then randomly open my scriptures, there is ALWAYS a verse screaming comfort to me it is insane. Like this last week, i opened to St. Luke 24:36 which says “peace be unto you.” I was like….no….way. So i tried it again and randomly opened to 2nd John 1:3 which says “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” like WHAT THE ACTUAL DEV. Heavenly Father basically spoke straight to me through the scriptures!! I am amazed at the level of spirituality i am experiencing here. I love it. soso much.

Shout out to Nana and Grandpa for sending me the most amazing package ever and making my whole district happy! WE. LOVE. FOOD. hehe okay i promise i eat a tooon, but i actually have lost 5 pounds since i’ve been here. Nuts, huh? I don’t get it. I will try and eat more…

Also, shout out to Jan for sending me two letters before my own family! Hahahaha Cheered me up for sure. Also, whoever said it was a good idea to bring earplugs, YOU’RE RIGHT! If i didn’t have them to sleep with, then i would probably be up an extra hour. This city is sooo noisy. And people are allllways honking their horns…and it lasts for seriously like a solid ten seconds. I don’t get it. People need to cool their jets! I also use the earplugs for during class when i’m trying to study. My district is absolutely insane and very very loquacious. (SAT word, ya dig, dad?) It is starting to trend. ahha I gave my friend Elder Foster some ear plugs to use during class too. they’re nice ish.

Just so everybody knows, THE BOOK OF MORMON IS TRUE!! I can say that with my whole heart and soul. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind! So everyone needs to read this book. It will change your life forever, I promise. Pay attention to how you feel when you read it and make sure you read the introduction and moroni 10:3-5. You won´t regret it. Read about how Christ visited the Americas too!!! 3 Nephi chapters 8-11. AH this book is so great. I don´t know why I didn´t read it sooner than this last winter. Absolutely amazing. And full of adventure, and history, and spirituality, and real life problems, and action, and romance…the whole she bang! Gah. I love this book.

On another note, everyone should probably listen to the whole EFY 2013 CD…I want these songs on my ipod so badly! But I can´t download them for some reason. You should probs send me a CD mom 😉 SO GOOD. You can find them on lds.org under the search “youth music” then the first link…i think. haha look em upppp and dowload emmmm

i play soccer or volleyball every day and i LOVE IT. it is so much fun and i know it is the only exercise i get all day so i go as hard as

Con parte del amor de mi corazon, Hermana Dunne!!!

(Los otros partes son por Wes y Jesucristo y Dios!! Lo siento!)

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Week Two

Que tal, buey?! This is what our district ALWAYS says. buey really means ox, but it´s slang for like ‘dude’… Second, HOLY SMOKES does Heavenly Father love us! Like seriously…okay. familia, i want you to watch “Earthly father, heavenly father” video. es muyyy bueyno., HELLO!!! Ah. This week has been craaaazy amazing. (hehe…buey…)

okay so they have nutella here. HALLELUJAH. basically have a nutella/peanut butter sandwich every day. just kidding, i wouldn´t do that to myself. but they are fantastic! okay so i am still figuring out how to collect all my thoughts and make this a coherent email, so for now i am just going to write stuff for ONLY nuestra familia right now 🙂

Right now i am trying to finish the BOM in spanish! 🙂 I was hoping to finish it before i leave the mtc…but that might take a miracle. we´ll see! 🙂

Sometimes at meals i sit with the natives so i can practice my spanish better. they are so intimidating. haha

It´s a lot harder for me to read the scriptures in english outloud. spanish is a lot easier. and i like the way it sounds soo much more. Like, now when i read the scriptures for personal study, i only use spanish ones because it sounds so much nicer. I also only pray in spanish now! for class, for companionship prayers and for my personal prayers 🙂 I started THAT like last week though.

Elder Holland talked and BOY was it FANTASTIC. I never want to stop being a missionary. ever. Let me give you some quotes I wrote down from his talk:

It is a great time to be alive and to be a missionary.”
”You´ve gotta be the best missionaries we´ve ever had. Because no one has ever been faced with the things we are faced with now.”
”I command you to come home with at lease ONE convert and IT BETTER BE YOU.”
”Everything I cherish in this world, I have because of this church…almost everything that I have, I look back and see it all strated with that call.”
”God´s chosen young people since the beginning of time. And he´s chosen you¨”
”You have this in the very marrow of your being. And at leaset we can count on YOU coming back converted.”
”You are going to have the gospel so powerfully and so firmly in your soul, that you are going to astonish people.”

Something i am learning to do is TRUST the Lord no matter how nervous i may be.

now for my random spiritual thoughts:

“Because Jesus walked a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to.” -Jeffrey R. Holland. Soak that in for a minute.

I read Ether 12:27 and felt SO STRONGLY that i needed to share it with you and everyone! Look at the verbs only and see how we should live.

Also look at the action words in Omni 1:26. AND DO THOSE THINGS. Gosh i love that scripture

This quote is super cool: “If you really want to do something, no one can stop you. If you really don´t want to do something, no one can help you.” I think anyone and everyone should hear that!

“No, God does not need us to love Him, but Oh, how we need God to love us.”- Dieter F. Uchtdorf. 

                                               Okay, news! I was made a sister missionary trainer!! I am bascially just accountable for how all the sisters are doing in our branch. So i, along with my companions, have to get to know everyone and check up on them and stuff which is pretty cool!

Okay, so i am sorry this is so unorganized, but i will be better. my thoughts have been scattered and i had sooo many thoughts.

oKAY! tata for now! i will keep you updated more next week.  I love you all so much and CAN´T wait to hear from you next week!!! 🙂 Te quiero muchisimo!!!

con todo mi corazon,

Hermana Dunne 🙂

pps- I have memorized these things….(not copying them down! seriously straight from mi mente!!!):

Seguirá el ejemplo de Jesucristo, al ser bautizado por alguien que poseea la autoridad del sacerdocio de dios?

Vi una columna de luz mas brillante que el sol directament arriba de mi cabeza. Y esta luz gradualmente decendio hasta descansar sobre mi. Al reposar sobre mi, la luz, vi en el aire, arriba de mi, a dos personajes cuyo fulgor y gloria no admiten descripcion. Uno de ellos me hablo, llamandome por mi nombre, y dijo, señalando al otro, “Este es mi hijo amado, Escúchalo.”

Bien hecho, ehhhh?? hehe i am very proud of that! okay adios! te quiero mucho!!

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Letter number one….Spiritual Prison

HOLA FAMILIA!!!!!! So today is finally my pday. i have so much to say but there is literally a timer on this computer hahah ahhh but i will try and write as much as I can!! i would write smiley faces too but i´m not skilled enough yet. blehhh okay! so i gave you the wrong address. that address goes to the temple and where the old mtc is but they still forward letters here. the actualy mtc address though iss:

Carr. Tenayuca-Chalmita No. 828,

Col. Zona Escolar, Deleg. G.A. Madero,

C.P. 07230, Mexico, D.F.; Mexico

(the E in both mexicos have accents but i can´t do those, sorry.

HOLY SMOKES soooooooooo I AM THRIVING!! I love this place so much and i love everything i{m doing!!! i know that i am definitely here for a reason and that i have some things i need to work on, myself, so i´m super grateful to be here. i´m almost always tired, but i somehow still have the energy to stay awake. i´m learning sooo much. About the gospel, about how to teach, about how to be more personable and how to better myself and strengthen my weaknesses. heck, guess what?! After three days of being here i taught my first lesson! There are teachers that act like investigators, or people who want to know about the gospel, and we teach them. it{s cool because it actually seems like they really are trying to learn stuff….and oh my gosh my spanish is improving so much!! i think that if anyone wants to learn a language ever, that this is the perfect way to do it. you get thrown into it and then you{re forced to understand people. and every day you{re taught lessons in spanish and then you have to teach lessons in spanish too. there is a guy in my district who has never spoken spanish before and after one week he{s already speaking pretty dang well! and even when we{re not in class, we still speak spanish to practice so it{s actually amazing how much people progress here.

I had some spiritual thoughts and scriptures i really wanted to share but i forgot my notebook, so i will have to tell you next week, but they are soooo important!! like, when i heard these things and read these scriptures, they brought tears to my eyes and my whole soul felt like it was overflowing with happiness and excitement and love. i can{t even describe it, but it was just absolutely amazing. This is the happiest i have ever been in my entire life and would not want to be doing anything else with my life….like NOTHING ELSE. it{s so great seeing how happy this gospel makes everyone. and always having the spirit with me is such a help. i can think clearer and stay awake longer and study better and comprehend things better…ahhhh i just feel soo incredibly blessed.

Here are a few quotes i want to share:

“I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because Salvation was not a cheap experience…why would we think it would be easy for us if it was never, ever easy for HIM.” -Elder Holland. I love this. He added how what we experience doesn{t even come close to what He experienced so he{s not trying to make a comparison like that, but he iiis saying that we are getting a taste of what He went through so why do we think it would be easy? it shouldn{t be.

okay so this mtc is in the middle of the most GHETTO city. oh my gosh i{m not trying to be talking badly about mexico city or anything, but i feel so sorry for them. it is so run down and seems suuuuper sketchy to me. On the bus ride from the airport to the mtc, i saw the city and it is so run down and i never saw one happy person 😦 maybe that is just what i saw at that time and i know people are happy…buuuuut it just seems so dark and sad here. Every single night I hear gunshots and fireworks. And there are sirens and police helicopters going strong all day every day haha it{s insane. but luckily, there is a huuuuuge concrete wall surrounding out campus and barbed wire at the top soooo we{re safe…but now i know why they call it a spiritual prison. it is so spiritual and beautiful and uplifting, but the walls make it look like a prison from the outside. hahahha :´)

OKAY SOOOO someone told me that the food is nasty here but I LOVE IT. it{s so freaking good. and the other day they gave us this ice cream bar, and I KID YOU NOT, i have never tasted anything so delicious in my entire life!!! it{s called a “solero:paradise” and it{s pinapple, passionfruit, mango, and peach with a creamsicle part in the middle ! AHHH Seriosuly, google it or go find it at the mexican market. you won{t regret it.

i would write more if i could but i can{t so hopefully next week i will get my ISH together and be able to not be so flustered or stressed out. pdays are NOT relaxation days. there is so much more to do and this stupid timer on the screen is driving me insane! liiiike I JSUT WANT TO POUR MY SOUL OUT TO MY FAMILY, IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!?!!!!!?????

okay well i hope you{re doing great. i{m going to try and send you some pictures 🙂 l lovee you all forever hermana dunne (madi) 😉  ps it would be super great if somehow you could get tons of snacks to me cuz i{m always hungry hahah i crave popcorn but i don{t think we have  amicrowave anywehere.ImageImage