Oh my gosh hello!! Just want to start off by saying that God loves every single one of you aaaaaaand…so do i! And today’s a good day so smile 🙂
So, wow. I am going to start off with the funny, then the bad, then the good. Yeah? yeah.
So you know that rat that chewed a hole in the sink tubing? It chewed another hole. And guess what? Two nights ago, it woke my comp up THREE TIMES during the night by…crawling on her shoulder. WHAT THE DEV! Okay, so that was awful. The first time it happened, she woke me up freaking out because she didn’t know what it was. I was soooo tired and delirious so i juts told her to say a prayer and go back to sleep. hahahahaha…so then she wakes up again, i open my eyes and she’s sitting at the table with the light on telling me she’s not going to bed. I was like, shoot! We aren’t going to be able to work tomrorow if she doesn’t sleep…so i get up and when I start waking up a little more i realize that a rat had been crawling on her. So i go to the kitchen (because i heard it digging around in there) and turned on the light. After i banged a cubbord or two it scampered behind the oven and I started crying. hahaha I was so out of it and just scared. It was seriously SO FAST i barely even saw it. So i hit around behind the oven with a broom and it ran back into the cubbord. So i closed the cubbords and we left it at that.
Two days later (today), it’s gnawing at the cubbord trying to get out during study time…so i was FED UUUUUP. It had been chewing at it the past two days. I went in the kitchen and banged on the cubbord and opened it up. I found the rat curled up in the corner in the torn up wooden floor, squealing. What the messsss…So I told my comp to watch it while I got my camera and flashlight. We got the housemaid to come help us get it out. Guess what she did. All she did was take the back of a broom and BOOM hit it in the corner and held it there until it died…i felt like such a pansy. aaand it wasn’t a rat. it was a mouse. End of story.
There is also black mold growing all over our walls, which is freaking me out because Hermana Henderson said black mold is really dangerous and kills people..so I have been talking to the zone leaders and secretaries trying to figure out if we can move. We’ll see where that goes.
This week we also had our district meeting, as always, and we took a taxi to get there. When I told the man we were missionaries he said “ustedes me caen MUY mal!!!” I said “porque?! Nosotros no le hemos hecho nada!” And he just shook his head and mumbled. Later in the drive i told him to take a left turn and he sped up SUPER fast and drifted around the corner…i was SO FREAKING SCARED. Then he started caaackling like a crazy psychopath. So I told him i wasn’t gonna pay him for the right but ended up paying anyway and saying “gracias por asustarme…” he was weird. and really freaky…never again.
HA! Also this week, we passed a beggar down in centro and he asked me for money. As missionaries we aren’t supposed to give money out because we don’t want to appear rich aaaaand, we really are just poor! So i didn’t give him money and he hit me with his bag! That was an odd and disturbing experience…..
We went to a baptism this week and there was a little blonde baby there and all the members and elders started calling her Hermana Dunne hahaha that was funny.
I have only cried during two lessons on my mission so far. The first, I cried as I was talking with a family about how there is nothing else we can do to help them progress. They have to do their part, and if they don’t, we have to stop teaching them. It was really sad because I love them. The second time was this week as I testified of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I hadn’t cried from being so happy on my mission until then…and it was such a powerful moment for me. The spirit was so strong and it even brought tears to their eyes as I spoke. Brothers and sisters…I know with all my heart and soul that this book is true. Heavenly Father has told me through the Holy Ghost. I know it with every ounce of my soul! Read it. I know that it changes lives. I have seen it. Not only in the people I’m teaching either–in mine too. I hadn’t read the book of mormon all the way through until a year ago. I can honestly say that my testimony was strengthened ten fold by reading it. You will feel the power of God working within you. You will feel the truthfulness of everything you read. As your spirit learns that this book is true, you will also learn that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God because he translated that book. You will feel so much love for Joseph Smith as I do, as you read his history. Read about what he went through to get this book to us. To correctly, and under the direction of Jesus Christ Himself, restore this gospel to the Earth so we can be baptized and be able to live with God again.
I would like to end this email with two quotes:
D&C124:55: “Prove yourselves unto me that ye are faithful in ALL THINGS whatsoever I command you, that I may bless you, and crown you with HONOR, IMMORTALITY, AND ETERNAL LIFE.”
“GO FORWARD and not backward. Courage, brethren [and sisters]; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be ecxeedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel…let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord…and let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together…And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever.”
Que Dios les bendiga. Live as God wants you to…confide in Him in all that you do, keep his commandments and you will be blessed.
Con todo mi corazon,
Hermana Dunne 🙂