She’s been on her mission for 2 months!!

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Wow what a week!!  we had exchanges this week with the sister leaders and i was paired up with hermana pando. We had a heart to heart about missing family and working hard and she helped me think of some ways i could cheer up. One way is to DRAW. i miss drawing sosoossososo much so this week i drew a picture of Jesus! 🙂

Next story. So we were on the bus this last thursday because we had a zone meeting and then we celebrated someone’s birthday and we were headed home. Hermana Black and Hendersen are in our ward so we are super close. They were on the bus as well as another companionship. Anyway. The bus was suuuper crowded and we are always told to put our backpacks on the front of our bodies and make sure to stay away from people because they rob. Very well. So this old woman and man come on the bus and they WILL NOT sit down or choose a spot to stop. It was suuuper odd. She kept coming towards me (ps they target gringos) so i moved and made sure i had my backpack on the front of me. I also have a sling bag i always wear. I dont know why, but i had it zipped up this time. i NEVER zip my bag, but i felt like i should that day. So the lady is about to get off the bus, and she is like trying to get past me so i try and move out of her way, but she follows me and i realize she is TUGGING ON MY BAG. She was literally trying to put her hand in my bag but couldnt because there was a zipper, so i pulled her hand out and she got mad and said “PASE” like “goooo” and i said “NO. No tengo que bajar.” when i should have said “HEY EVERYONE THIS WOMAN IS A THIEF” well shoot. She BOOKS it off the bus with her husband and the doors close. I immediately told Hermana Black what happened and she just laughs and goes “yeah! you’ve got to be careful! Dang. i better check if she robbed me.” laughing, she reached in her bag…CAMERA, KEYS, MONEY, AND PLANNER GONE. They lady actually robbed her. She said she remembered that lady kept following her and she felt tugging, but thought nothing of it. So the next time the bus stopped, we BOOKED it off the bus and took of RUNNING. It was like 90 degrees, we are wearing skirts and it’s windy, my shoes are falling off….but we ran probably six blocks. We searched for them for 45 minutes and didnt find them. So yeah. That was a pretty sad moment. Buuuuut it has helped me be a heck of a lot more aware now. 

So on October 26 I woke up feeling sick to my stomach. Not like i was sick with anything but like i felt like something really awful happened. Did anything bad happen to anyone around 9:30am? I got a blessing of comfort later in the day and felt okay…but i just felt like something really awful happen. Information appreciated.

So this week I was also asked if there are flies in America….PEOPLE PLEASE. Jk. but for real, the people here think America is PERFECT. It is nuts.

I teach an English class every saturday night with two other american missionaries and it is SO fun. It is fun and feels suuuuper weird to speak english again, and the people CRACK ME UP.hahaa pronunciation is my favorite part. it’s funny for everyone.

I have been out for 2 months now! yyayayayaya. haha i love it here.

K. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Everyone and i mean EVERYONE needs to read the talk “Why I am a mormon (based on a talk given by Douglas Brian of Ogden Utah” Seriously it is so amazing and i LOVE the take this guy had. He took it from a realist’s point of view. PLEASE, everyone read this. Take five minutes out of your day. And while you’re at it, read 1 Nephi chapter 13. verses 12 and 13 talk about Christopher Columbus, 16-20 talk about the revolutionary war, and 20-42 talk about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and how they will be united. Reeally cool, interesting chapter of the BOM.

Speaking of the BOM, if you pray about the book of mormon and find out that it is true…then EVERYTHING IS TRUE. The BOM is true, then Joseph Smith really was a prophet because he translated the book. If JS really was a prophet, then he REALLY saw God and Jesus Christ and they REALLY told him to restore Jesus Christ’s church on the earth. So if that is true, then EVERYTHING this church stands for is TRUE. Everything in this gospel is true. How amazing is that. Gosh. The book of mormon is so powerful. I truly believe that the book of mormon can heal people. Just like Elder…Holland..or Uchtdorf said, Hearts can be healed just as bones can be healed. Think about it, a bone is healed by giving it more strength and time. Now how are hearts healed? Well, our spirits communicate through feelings and thoughts. And usually a broken heart is because of hurt feelings or negative thoughts. Therefore, you need more spiritual strength. Only God can heal that. Truly. So, the more you read the scriptures (and i can testify to this), the more you are LITERALLY FILLED with God’s love and the Holy Ghost. That love and those positive feelings literally fill our hearts and our minds. How amazing is that. And those feelings will strengthen the pain. And just like bones, it takes time. We need to be spiritually nourished daily so over time, we can be completely or mostly healed. How great is that? I strongly believe that this is true. The only way I can TRULY cheer up when i feel sad is by reading the scriptures (book of mormon AND the bible) and feel God empower me with positive thoughts and feelings. It is truly amazing. God is real. God is living. And God is aware of how He can communicate with us. We communicate with Him through prayer, and He answers and strengthens us through answering with amazing feelings of love and peace. How amazing is that? I think it is incredible.

Hermana Alva and I walked to one of the family’s houses during church and told them to join us. They said they were still getting ready (they were already 45 minutes late to church) so we had to go back because we have a class to teach the second hour, and they said they would meet us there soon. On our way out of that housing area, a woman said “Yo quiero escuchar la palabra!” or, “i want to hear the word!” So we told her we would visit her later. WE NEVER HAVE PEOPLE REACH OUT TO US LIKE THAT. So that was awesome. Later at church, the family never showed which was suuuuper sad. We can never trust their word 😦 But after church, we met with this woman, her name is Daisy, and her three daughters. We taught her about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and after, I asked that when they receive an answer that the book of mormon is true, if they will follow Christ’s example and be baptized. She didnt even hesitate! She said yes immediately along with her daughters. HOW GREAT IS THAT?!?! Oh man. When something sad or bad happens, something great always happens afterwards. 

Aside from this family, we are also teaching two other families and it is AMAZING to see the sacrifices people make so they can change their lives for this gospel. When a person knows it is true, they will do anything to be able to get baptized. It has touched my heart so much. There is a man named Bolivar who trains chickens to fight for a living…yes that is LEGAL here…and he asked us if we think it is a bad job. We didnt want to make him feel bad, so we told him to pray about it. He is looking for a new job now. ALSO. Almost everyone we find here is not married but are living together with children. Bolivar and his wife, Margot, have decided to get married now too! AH! it is just soo great. I love these people. 

Most of the families we are teaching are Colombian. The Ecuadorians dont usually want to hear what we have to say, but the Colombians alllways do. Most of them are here as refugees or moved here for safety. Apparently, there is a war going on in Colombia right now and it is SUPER BAD. Like, random people by the dozens get shot daily for absolutely no reason but to strike fear in people. It is so sad hearing these people talk about how their old home used to be…a lot of them still have family living there too which is so sad. They have to call frequently because they’re afraid that their family members are going to be shot. I can’t even imagine being in their situations, but they are SO STRONG. And have the STRONGEST faith i have ever seen. I look up to these people so much. i LOVE them. I want them to find peace and happiness so badly, so i have been working a lot harder. Trying to get to know them better, share my testimony more, find ways to help them emotionally and also economically. There are also a lot of couples who want to get married but they dont have the money for it. So we are going to have a baking sale or something soon to raise money for them. Missionaries have done that in the past and it helped a ton. 🙂 Gosh! I seriously can’t express to you the feelings of love i have for these people. And God loves them even more, which is incredible.

So there ya go. Poured my heart out for y’all. Also, fun fact: in 2 Nephi 12:2 if you look at the words” mountain, established, mountains, hills” vertically it spells UTAH. How cool is that. And the verse is talking about temples! super cool. Hermana Alva showed me that. She is trying to read her scriptures in English more and she found that. prettttyyyy cool.

Anyway! I hope everyone is doing SUPER well! Pleeeeease pray for the people i am teaching and please pray for me to be able to say and do the things they need. I love you all!! Till next week. 🙂

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the Duena’s puppy…..(the owner of the house)

She’s been on her mission for 2 months already!!

Wow what a week!!  we had exchanges this week with the sister leaders and i was paired up with hermana pando. We had a heart to heart about missing family and working hard and she helped me think of some ways i could cheer up. One way is to DRAW. i miss drawing sosoossososo much so this week i drew a picture of Jesus! 🙂

Next story. So we were on the bus this last thursday because we had a zone meeting and then we celebrated someone’s birthday and we were headed home. Hermana Black and Hendersen are in our ward so we are super close. They were on the bus as well as another companionship. Anyway. The bus was suuuper crowded and we are always told to put our backpacks on the front of our bodies and make sure to stay away from people because they rob. Very well. So this old woman and man come on the bus and they WILL NOT sit down or choose a spot to stop. It was suuuper odd. She kept coming towards me (ps they target gringos) so i moved and made sure i had my backpack on the front of me. I also have a sling bag i always wear. I dont know why, but i had it zipped up this time. i NEVER zip my bag, but i felt like i should that day. So the lady is about to get off the bus, and she is like trying to get past me so i try and move out of her way, but she follows me and i realize she is TUGGING ON MY BAG. She was literally trying to put her hand in my bag but couldnt because there was a zipper, so i pulled her hand out and she got mad and said “PASE” like “goooo” and i said “NO. No tengo que bajar.” when i should have said “HEY EVERYONE THIS WOMAN IS A THIEF” well shoot. She BOOKS it off the bus with her husband and the doors close. I immediately told Hermana Black what happened and she just laughs and goes “yeah! you’ve got to be careful! Dang. i better check if she robbed me.” laughing, she reached in her bag…CAMERA, KEYS, MONEY, AND PLANNER GONE. They lady actually robbed her. She said she remembered that lady kept following her and she felt tugging, but thought nothing of it. So the next time the bus stopped, we BOOKED it off the bus and took of RUNNING. It was like 90 degrees, we are wearing skirts and it’s windy, my shoes are falling off….but we ran probably six blocks. We searched for them for 45 minutes and didnt find them. So yeah. That was a pretty sad moment. Buuuuut it has helped me be a heck of a lot more aware now. 

So on October 26 I woke up feeling sick to my stomach. Not like i was sick with anything but like i felt like something really awful happened. Did anything bad happen to anyone around 9:30am? I got a blessing of comfort later in the day and felt okay…but i just felt like something really awful happen. Information appreciated.

So this week I was also asked if there are flies in America….PEOPLE PLEASE. Jk. but for real, the people here think America is PERFECT. It is nuts.

I teach an English class every saturday night with two other american missionaries and it is SO fun. It is fun and feels suuuuper weird to speak english again, and the people CRACK ME UP.hahaa pronunciation is my favorite part. it’s funny for everyone.

I have been out for 2 months now! yyayayayaya. haha i love it here.

K. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Everyone and i mean EVERYONE needs to read the talk “Why I am a mormon (based on a talk given by Douglas Brian of Ogden Utah” Seriously it is so amazing and i LOVE the take this guy had. He took it from a realist’s point of view. PLEASE, everyone read this. Take five minutes out of your day. And while you’re at it, read 1 Nephi chapter 13. verses 12 and 13 talk about Christopher Columbus, 16-20 talk about the revolutionary war, and 20-42 talk about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and how they will be united. Reeally cool, interesting chapter of the BOM.

Speaking of the BOM, if you pray about the book of mormon and find out that it is true…then EVERYTHING IS TRUE. The BOM is true, then Joseph Smith really was a prophet because he translated the book. If JS really was a prophet, then he REALLY saw God and Jesus Christ and they REALLY told him to restore Jesus Christ’s church on the earth. So if that is true, then EVERYTHING this church stands for is TRUE. Everything in this gospel is true. How amazing is that. Gosh. The book of mormon is so powerful. I truly believe that the book of mormon can heal people. Just like Elder…Holland..or Uchtdorf said, Hearts can be healed just as bones can be healed. Think about it, a bone is healed by giving it more strength and time. Now how are hearts healed? Well, our spirits communicate through feelings and thoughts. And usually a broken heart is because of hurt feelings or negative thoughts. Therefore, you need more spiritual strength. Only God can heal that. Truly. So, the more you read the scriptures (and i can testify to this), the more you are LITERALLY FILLED with God’s love and the Holy Ghost. That love and those positive feelings literally fill our hearts and our minds. How amazing is that. And those feelings will strengthen the pain. And just like bones, it takes time. We need to be spiritually nourished daily so over time, we can be completely or mostly healed. How great is that? I strongly believe that this is true. The only way I can TRULY cheer up when i feel sad is by reading the scriptures (book of mormon AND the bible) and feel God empower me with positive thoughts and feelings. It is truly amazing. God is real. God is living. And God is aware of how He can communicate with us. We communicate with Him through prayer, and He answers and strengthens us through answering with amazing feelings of love and peace. How amazing is that? I think it is incredible.

Hermana Alva and I walked to one of the family’s houses during church and told them to join us. They said they were still getting ready (they were already 45 minutes late to church) so we had to go back because we have a class to teach the second hour, and they said they would meet us there soon. On our way out of that housing area, a woman said “Yo quiero escuchar la palabra!” or, “i want to hear the word!” So we told her we would visit her later. WE NEVER HAVE PEOPLE REACH OUT TO US LIKE THAT. So that was awesome. Later at church, the family never showed which was suuuuper sad. We can never trust their word 😦 But after church, we met with this woman, her name is Daisy, and her three daughters. We taught her about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and after, I asked that when they receive an answer that the book of mormon is true, if they will follow Christ’s example and be baptized. She didnt even hesitate! She said yes immediately along with her daughters. HOW GREAT IS THAT?!?! Oh man. When something sad or bad happens, something great always happens afterwards. 

Aside from this family, we are also teaching two other families and it is AMAZING to see the sacrifices people make so they can change their lives for this gospel. When a person knows it is true, they will do anything to be able to get baptized. It has touched my heart so much. There is a man named Bolivar who trains chickens to fight for a living…yes that is LEGAL here…and he asked us if we think it is a bad job. We didnt want to make him feel bad, so we told him to pray about it. He is looking for a new job now. ALSO. Almost everyone we find here is not married but are living together with children. Bolivar and his wife, Margot, have decided to get married now too! AH! it is just soo great. I love these people. 

Most of the families we are teaching are Colombian. The Ecuadorians dont usually want to hear what we have to say, but the Colombians alllways do. Most of them are here as refugees or moved here for safety. Apparently, there is a war going on in Colombia right now and it is SUPER BAD. Like, random people by the dozens get shot daily for absolutely no reason but to strike fear in people. It is so sad hearing these people talk about how their old home used to be…a lot of them still have family living there too which is so sad. They have to call frequently because they’re afraid that their family members are going to be shot. I can’t even imagine being in their situations, but they are SO STRONG. And have the STRONGEST faith i have ever seen. I look up to these people so much. i LOVE them. I want them to find peace and happiness so badly, so i have been working a lot harder. Trying to get to know them better, share my testimony more, find ways to help them emotionally and also economically. There are also a lot of couples who want to get married but they dont have the money for it. So we are going to have a baking sale or something soon to raise money for them. Missionaries have done that in the past and it helped a ton. 🙂 Gosh! I seriously can’t express to you the feelings of love i have for these people. And God loves them even more, which is incredible.

So there ya go. Poured my heart out for y’all. Also, fun fact: in 2 Nephi 12:2 if you look at the words” mountain, established, mountains, hills” vertically it spells UTAH. How cool is that. And the verse is talking about temples! super cool. Hermana Alva showed me that. She is trying to read her scriptures in English more and she found that. prettttyyyy cool.

Anyway! I hope everyone is doing SUPER well! Pleeeeease pray for the people i am teaching and please pray for me to be able to say and do the things they need. I love you all!! Till next week. 🙂

They call me Muneca Barbie:) (week 8)

My comp and all the members call me the “muñeca barbie”. it is hilarious. no one has ever called me that…buuuut yeah. they call me that cuz they love my hair and i am white. We are going to start having an English class so i am super excited for that! We had a baptism for a boy named Josue Alexander. he is cool. People allllllways say “hello” or “how are you” or “I luff you”….and it is really annoying cuz it is always creeps so i am starting to say “bonjour!” so they think they are mistaken. jejjejjejjjejjejjejjee.

OKAY CRAZY STORY TIME. So this woman we are teaching told us how she was going to go on a trip for school and how she was really worried and asked us to pray that she would be safe. we prayed A LOT for her. Guess what happened? She ended up missing the first bus for her trip and was all annoyed and had to take the second bus. Turns out, the first bus got in a reeeally bad accident a lot of people died. So sad but so crazy. Prayer IS REAL. God IS REAL. God REALLY ANSWERS PRAYERS.

I ate guinea pig for the first time. Here it is called Cui. it is…well it tastes like chicken but it is really hard to chew. haha aaaaand the foot and claws creeped me out JUST A LOT.

Okay time for the spiritual portion of this email…

This week I have had a total change of heart. To be honest, this week i have been SO HOMESICK. I felt so awful in the morning and at night. I was only happy when i was teaching or talking to people. Finally one morning i was studying with Hermana Alva and i just BROKE DOWN. i was bawling my eyes out and she hugged me and asked what was wrong. I told her how i feel so homesick and how i dont know how to focus better on the mission and be happier. We read  ALOT of really uplifting scriptures that seriously helped so much. When you are sad, open the scriptures and read because they have POWER and bring the Holy Ghost closer to your heart so you can feel peace and comfort. The scriptures we read are:

1 Chronicles 28:20

Omni 1:26

Joshua1:6,7,9

Isaiah 58:11,41:9-10

Ephesians 3:7

Hebrews 10:35-36

1Timothy 4:13-14, 6:12

2Timothy 2:10

James 5:11

Phillippians 4:13

After that i felt a lot better but i still didnt feel totally okay. I just felt so weak. So inadequate, so on the verge of crying all the time…so alone. That night I prayed with ALL my heart and soul. I told everything to Heavenly Father. How alone i felt. How i wanted to speak better spanish. How i was sick of coming home soaking wet and cold (it downpours here). How i wanted to focus better on my mission. How i wanted to wake up happy. How i wanted to connect more with the people. And of course i cried once again. After praying and expressing everything i felt, i felt at peace and i went to bed. People. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS. I can´t say that enough. The next day i woke up with more of a desire to serve. i woke up happy. i went to work and read talks and scriptures which were exactly what i needed to hear. When we went outside on our way to lunch, IT WAS SUNNY. I hadnt seen sun until that day! We get to the mamita´s house for lunch and her daughters played with me and made me feel at home and feel loved. We shared a scripture with the mamita and bore our testimonies and she started to cry…it touched her heart and she touched mine. i felt like we connected better. We talked to someone on the streets and this woman was so humble and searching for happiness in her life. She said she wanted to meet again as soon as possible. After we talked to her, we turned around the corner and saw a rainbow peaking out of the rolling hills….so beautiful. Hermana Alva told me when she sees rainbows it means God is proud of what we are doing. We met someone else that night. His name is Javier and he has a wife and a son. He is the COOLEST person and cheered me up so much. We visited one more family that night and we had bread and hot chocolate…exactly what I wanted. Heavenly Father gave me a BILLION reasons that day to thank Him. He gave me no reason to complain. No reason to feel alone. No reason to be sad. I realized how selfish i had been. Heavenly Father loves me so much. He has blessed me SO MUCH. I am finally starting to love the people more and find better ways to make them feel loved and to teach them about this saving gospel. I am finally starting to focus more and wake up HAPPY and EXCITED to share this gospel. This gospel has brought me SO MUCH JOY in my life. I should be EXCITED to share it with others! I am starting to try and put things into perspective more and focus more on the positives. Because focusing on the negatives does me no good. It makes me sad and stressed and lowers my confidence level. When i cant say something right in spanish, i should laugh and say it how i think it goes anyway because people wont care. they see that i am trying and they will understand me. The past three or four days have been soooo much better and I love this mission. I know it is making me stronger. I feel stronger spiritually, emotionally, and physically and i know i can only go uphill from here. I am sooo humbled by the people here. They have dirt floors, bad water, cold beds, cold showers…but all they see is their blessed families and God. They thank God every day for LIFE. Why dont i thank God for giving me life each day? I am definitely learning from the faith these people have. They are incredible examples to me and they are helping me humble myself a lot more. I love it here. It is beautiful, the people are the most genuine people you will meet, and I have God always on my side. It couldn´t get much better than this. Mom and Dad, Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve this mission and thanks for giving me the life i have. I wont waste time here. I am working harder and I WILL make you, and God prouder. I love you so much. 🙂 Till next week! Love always,

Hermana Dunne 🙂

p.s.  today we were praying and i amm teaching my comp english and so she prayed in english. she said “please bless us with hell” i wanted to bust out laughing so baaaadly. but i diddnt. she meant health. she is a sweetheart. also it is pretty asnnoying because the peoplehere add “ita” to eeeeverythin as a term of endearment or to make something sound cute. like “hermanita” or “lindita”…ayyyyyyyyyy k bye bye! love u!

Having cake after this boys baptism
Having cake after this boys baptism
A fun trip to Peguche
A fun trip to Peguche
Hermana Dunne & Alva
Hermana Dunne & Alva

Many men whistle at me and make weird creepy sounds….

Hello everybody!!!! okay please excuser my spellingerrors, i am on a super crappy computer and i have to litterarlly pound on the key to make it work. !Okay! so this week has definitely been a rollercoaster. Ecuador is beautiful.The people are SO humble and SO kind. There are many men who whistle and make weird creepy sounds at the missionaries…and it is annoyingbut that is okay haha we just ignore them.here are the thoughts i wrote down from this week;

so my house isa part of another house and it is in the back. it is prety new and smells likse dust and paint. haha kind of hard to breath but it is pretty nice. we only have cold water. sooo showers are nightmares. wes told me i should shower every day. so did the mission president. and  my family but uhhh YEAH NOT HAPPENING. It is awful hahaha but it is kiind of fun. i just feel like i jumped in tamolitch pool is all. the water here is reall ycold the weather is super off and on and it will b e really hot one second then literally a minute later it is POUIRINGH. the children here are SO much mnore polite and they are so cute and happy all the time! There wasa girl in church…during sacrament meeting…playing with a centipede. hahahahha oh man it was soooo weird.the culture is very differebnt. I am super hujmbledhere. OH! i am in Ibarra!!!!if you can find the supermaxi on googlemaps, look across the street where there is a street that goes into a neighborhood and go down two blocks thento the left and my house is on the right. haha my companion is from peru. WUDDUP DAD, PERUUUU!!!!! viva! and her name is hermana Alva. She is very quite and calm and tedious and dainty., haaha she is pretty cool and i know i needed to be companions with her. she helps me have confidence when i feel down in the dumps. She has a problem in her throat though so she has to eat suuuper slow and she cant have acidic foods or driniks. it is so funny because here lunch is the biggest meal. for breakfast we usually have a piece of toast and maybe a fruit. the lunch is at 1ish and we dont ahve dinner. but HOLY SMOKES after lucnh i am not hungry until the next day around 12 or 1. so nice. why dont we do that in america? problem is that i get sideaches after eating ahha it is so much food. bu yeahi love it. and the food is SO FREAKING GOOD. SO BACK to hermana alva, I finish my whole lunch in the time that she finishes literally about one fourth of her food. so i either talk with the people or if they arent in the room i nap. hahaa. oh ya! wwe have people called mamitas who are from the ward and the cook lunch for us every day. super nice. the bread is way too good here. same with te pastries and the postres. the other day i had a bread thing with cooked chieese on the inside and suger on top- ahhah so gooood. okay so we walk and take buses everywhere. oh maaannnn i would love to see your faces on these buses. they are INSANE. they stop for a second for you to get on and then once you are barely in the bus, they start to drive off. and u ahve to whip out a quarter for them and then either make it to your seat or stand as he drives away. it is so chaotic and so much fun. their driving is horrid and so you fly all over the palce but i absolutely love it.  the other day i trieda fruit called a granadia. you crack it open and slurp the juice and seeedsout. haha it is actually so disgusting looking but verrrry delicious. 😉

so work. we are basically opening a new sector because our mission zone is having so many changes so our ward is super small. we teach a classe evcery sunday. it is fun. for some reason i keep saying. ummm my spanish is improving a lo.t i am so gald i have a native companion to help me. sometimes i get suuuper excited after teachinga lesson and i turn to her and say “oh my gosh!i felt the spirit so strong!!!!” and she just gives me a blank stare. everyone here that i teach is very humble. thereare so catholics who are pretty rude sometimes, but i just smile and laugh. they have their beliefs and are following God and i respect them. but they could be nicer! but every family i have taught lives in a house taht is basically very broken down walls and whatever they can find to use as a roof. dirt floors. they have cloths or blankets to separate rooms. usually just a living room/tv room/kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. three rooms. and it is all probably the size of our front room, family. crazy huh? they always are SO KIND THOUGH. i am so humbled by the faith these people have. they are sooo grateful for what they have. it amazes me. i feel the spirit so strongly with them. Heavenly father is so proud of them.

so i am not gonna lie, i didnt cry over being homesick until i came out into the field. When i get thinking about home or wes or how long i am here for i start to get super emotional. which makes me so mad. i wantto be here. i need to be here. and i am trying really hard to strengthen myself this week, with the help of HF of course. I have realized taht when i am thinking more of the people i am teaching and i and actually teaching and talking to people, i feel heavenlly fatherslove so strongly and i dont want to leavethe people here. they are so sweet. so kind. make me feel at home. i love them with all my heart. i also love how everyone greets each other with a hug and you touch cheeks and make a kissing sound. everyone is so kind. you always say ciao. and well yeah i just love the culture here. there is nothing i would rather be doing right now. i love this gospel and i know that this is the ONLY way, i promise the ONLY way to find true, eternal happiness. i am so blessed. and so is everyonewho has thisgospel.

okay random. Everyone says “CHOOsoh!” and flicks their wrist super hard like they burned themselves. it makes some weird sound. haha iti is just used to express emotionand it is like saying “shoot” haha it is so fun. i am the only gringa who can do it right hehehe. okay so people are always really surprised with my accent. i think it is so fun. i always catch people by surprise when i speak. and they say i speak castellano and that it sounds prettier to them,. teeheeahhh! okay i have to go. i will try  and send pictures but no promises. i love you all! CON TODO MI CORAZON,

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She’s in Ecuador!!

HOLA HOLA HOLA! Estoy en Ecuador ahorita. mannnnn. I got a three hour nap ISH on the plane. it was super hard to get good rest. But if you don’t count that, I have been awake for well over 24 hours soooo it is SUPER hard to keep my eyes open. The flights were good. The planes are ten times better than any plane I have ever been on. they have everything. And they are so much more comfortable and the food is great. Buuuut I did get suuuper sick like I thought I was going to throw up on the flight into Quito. Buuuuuut I am feeling a little better now. I can feel the difference in altitude and I am definitely a little sick from it but it is so great being here. It is so beautiful and so nice. I went straight from the airport to this chapel. We are here learning health stuff and then we are going to go to the President’s house for dinner soonish. We learn more about the area and rules and stuff tomorrow and then Thursday I find out where my area is and who my companion is!! I am BEYOND excited. I wont be able to email again until Monday though. Love you all got to go. BYE! 🙂

Conference was Inspirational and Fantastic

“DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS BEFORE YOU DOUBT YOUR FAITH” -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Awe man. HELLO! How is everyone? Gosh dang. Conference this weekend was absolutely FANTASTIC. I have never felt the love or power of God more strongly than I did this weekend. What amazes me even more is that no one coordinates their talks!!But there is ALWAYS a theme. Wow. Everyone’s words are TRULY inspired of God.

Okay, before I get all spiritual on you, SHOUT OUT TO MY FATHER!!!!!!!! His birthday is in 3 days!! Happy birthday dad! I love you sososososo much 🙂 thank you sooo much for all the love and support you have given me. I love you and it is so great being able to relate missionary experiences with you. I think about you every day and how much you have impacted my life! Stay cool and keep being friends with my friends so there will still be friends for me when i am home…chiste….but fo real. do yo thang. and have fun in MEXICO!!

Okay, this week has been great. Like, the week was already going super well because I feel like I am learning so much and this week I have been preparing to FINALLY go out into the real world…I just feel so accomplished. and then I got to finish my ccm experience with a BANG! and watch conference!!! OH MY GOODNESS. Like, I needed that so badly. I think without conference, i would be a lot more nervous and anxious today, but i am actually just SO excited to leave. I want to share this message with people so badly.

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ALSO i have been dyyyying to sing with the choir here but there isnt a choir. they choose different districts every week to sing… so on sunday, there was a district who was going to sing before conference and we were watching them practice, so i begged Hermana Finley (an hermana in our district) to go ask them if we could join. she did and they said yes. DREAM COME TRUE. we sang the efy medley song in spanish. it was beautiful and i may or may not have teared up.

Going back to conference…WOW. VERY VERY INSPIRATIONAL. Oh my goodness. I dont care WHAT religion you are, you NEED to watch or listen to or read the talk that was given by Uchtdorf possibly called “come join with us”…….maybe not. but it was given 10/5/13. amazing. everyone, i am not kidding. You are missing out on spiritual and mental and emotional upliftment if you dont watch this. i beg of you to watch it. Mom, PLEASE attach this talk to my blog post. Thank you!! Please also attach my other favorites: Edward Dube, Holland, Bednar, D. Todd Christofferson, Dallin H. Oaks, and Linda S. Reeves (all on 10/5). Here are some of my FAVORITE quotes from conference (keep in mind i had to write super fast so they might not be perfect quotes):

“The scriptures are a key to spiritual protection” -Boyd K. Packer –The scriptures are CRUCIAL for us.

Christofferson–I love how he emphasized how we really do need to be different. We need to stand out. We need to strive to be the best we can be and do the best we can because there is enough of the other stuff in the world.

“Believe in miracles. I have seen so many…Hope is NEVER lost.”-Jeffrey R Holland–When he said this, it was SO powerful. you know he is saying that from the very core of his soul. Then, he talks more about trials and hardhisps and says “If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it.” WOW. powerful words.We can work through our hard times through the power and help and hope we receive THROUGH the Atonement.

“The Lord allows us to be tried and tested, sometimes to our maximum capacity…BUT He doesn’t leave us in the ashes.”-Lina S. Reeves–WOW. She said this with so much power and all her heart. It is so true. Even when it feels as if it is the worst possible thing you could be going through, Heavenly Father is RIGHT THERE helping us through it and he is not going to let us just crash and burn. We need to hold to our faith in Him though. Always.

So all of those were from the first session on saturday and then on sunday i decided to go to conference with questions. I think it is SO important to go into it with questions because then you can see and hear when God is talking to you through the speaker’s talks. I had EVERY SINGLE ONE of my questions answered. And it was so direct and exact that I was in awe. Heavenly Father knows every single one of us. He knows who we are, how we are, what we want, what we need, when we need trials, when we need help, when we need comfort…everything. I am in awe of His glory and His love for us.

Here are a few more quotes…i am sorry i have SO much to say!!!

“All men have their fears. But those who face their fears with courage, HAVE DIGNITY.”-Dallin H. Oaks–I needed to hear this. I had a lot of fear of going to Ecuador, but after reading this powerful session of conference, I feel rock solid.

ahh! Richard J. Maynes’ talk was AMAZING too!! read that ish asap

OH MAN! This one—-“God speaks. He spoke anciently. He spoke to Joseph, and He speaks to you.”-David M. McConkie

Adrian Ochoa’s talk was also sooo great! I love how frequently he said “look up” in alll the circumstances…aw man. so good.

Okay there is so much more i could write but i have no time. But seriously…everyone should watch conference, whether they are lds or not. It is the most inspirational thing ever. and the words come STRAIGHT from God. They are so inspired. I am kind of sad because I have never really paid attention to conference much or applied it to my life in the past. But SERIOUSLY. This is like Christmas from God! It is suuuch a blessing to be able to hear these inspirational words and know how to deal with things in our lives…and to know that we have a God who loves us enough to bless us with a prophet to guide us. I can’t express my thanks enough. Without this gospel in my life i would be nothing. I NEED this gospel and Thomas S. Monson, and God. So thankful. Words cannot even begin to describe my gratefulness and love for this gospel and for the Atonement. I will never be able to put into words those strong emotions. We are blessed. Just know that. And know that God never, ever, forgets about us. He is always there. You just need to look up. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Well next week i will be in Ecuador! Finally. Till next week. Con todo mi corazon,

Hermana Dunne!

Here’s the link Madi wanted me to put on here so anyone can watch the Conference talks.

LAST WEEK IN SPIRITUAL PRISON….pix: Madi with her cousin’s friend, Beatles remake & fire hydrant with mirror…always the photographer

HOLA HOLA HOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! LAST WEEK IN SPIRITUAL PRISON!!! Don’t get me wrong, it is fantastic here and i will miss a ton of people, but DANG am I ready to get out into the field and teach REAL people!!! AHhhh and get GENUINE latino food. Can’t wait. And I can’t wait to be on my own with my companion. I feel like i will be able to focus soooo much better!

So we have this thing called TRC (i dunno why) and members from mexico city come to the ccm and we teach them. It is suuuper cool and we are given a broad topic so we can teach from pretty much any angle. It is suuuper nice meeting with genuine spanish speakers because they speak a heck of a lot faster than our teachers and i seriously have to concentrate SO hard to understand them…It is a lot easier teaching REAL people rather than our teachers because i feel like it is so much more genuine. And our lessons flow nicer, we remember our spanish more….with our teachers it is kind of awkward cuz it is role play and we know they are analyzing us so they can tell us what to work on.

I have learned three piano songs!! woohooo! i can now play “sweet hour of prayer”, “god be with you till we meet again” and “we thank the, o God, for a prophet”…..i am so happy! hopefully i will not have to play the piano in ecuador though because i cant read notes. i just memorized these songs.

I can speak spanish a lot better now

I am learning a lot more than i thought i ever could about this gospel. There is SO MUCH TRUTH in the book of mormon. I am reading a lot more in the bible now too and it is amazing the words that are in there. Seriously encouraging words that have brightened my day numerous times.

I feel the spirit so strongly in every fiber of my being when I read the book of mormon and when i bear my testimony! There is NO denying of the truthfulness of this church. I wish SO BADLY that everyone I knew would open their hearts and just give this church a chance and learn about this gospel. Heavenly Father loves everyone SO MUCH and He yearns for His children to learn more about His plan for us.

I went to the temple again today and I said a prayer while I was in there. I thanked Him a lot and then I prayed for Him to help me know what i needed to work on this week to prepare myself to leave this next week. I received a lot of inspiration and i just started to cry. Prayer is SO POWERFUL. HEAVENLY FATHER SPEAKS TO US. He is ALWAYS LISTENING. ALWAYS. And he NEVER forgets about ANYONE no matter what they have done in their life. He is ALWAYS ready to welcome us back in his arms. Can’t say that enough. Running out of time, so till next week!!! 🙂 (i will probably get to email one last time before I head out to Quito! EEP!! (FREAKIN OUT OVER HURR) Adios!!!

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