Friday, August 8, 2014

An Ending and A Beginning

Hey everyone!
Well, I had surgery last Thursday and it was a success. The wonderful surgeon was able to remove the cantaloupe sized mass without difficulty. Slowly but surely I am recovering and working on getting back to normal.
Now for the sad news... It has been discovered that I am in fact, a diseased child. I have a certain disease, that although it is manageable, I will need to go through treatment for the next six months. It has been decided by the church medical team and my wonderful doctor here that my mission journey has come to an end.
I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity I had to serve the beautiful people of Honduras. I was only able to be there for a short period of time but I learned so much. They have taught me the value of love, family, and caring for others. I was able to gain such a huge testimony of Jesus Christ, and of the truth of His gospel. I know without a doubt that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church.
A huge thank you to all that supported me on my incredible journey. I could not have done it without the constant care and love I felt from everyone here at home. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. Please know that I truly appreciate all that y'all have done for me.
Never fear, I know the Lord has a plan for me and I am not going to give up. I have already taken the steps to begin school and plan to begin the joyous life of a student this fall. I am so sad my dream adventure had to end but excited to see what the future has in store.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Coming Home

Hermana Corleto and I were celebrating my recovery from two terrible illness with a treat of ice cream. So here were are at this store just after leaving the Doctor's office, buying are ice cream all happy and all that, when President calls. I happened to have the phone so I answered and he was confused because he thought I sounded like another sister that had been there for more than a year. So after complimenting me on my improved Spanish he says "Hermana Moyer you are going home."
Those were the words I never ever expected to here. I literally started crying and told him he must be kidding. I couldn't go home. I had work to do. But he explained that I needed surgery and it was better that I go home to do so.
Why do I need surgery? Well, when I was in the hospital with the two other illnesses they did a sonogram to see why my stomach was hurting so bad and discovered I have a huge cyst. After talking to the mission nurse and some other people, it was pretty much decided that I would be fine and we all thought it was something that would go away on it's own. When we went back to get cleared to work again, they told us that it really needed to be removed.
That morning I called the mission nurse and told her the size of the cyst and she let me know that she thought it would be fine but she was going to talk to the mission doctor. It was decided by him right then that I needed to go home. I had no idea. By the time President called me, the plane ticket was already purchased and my family was aware of what was going on.
The blessings in this situation... first off, I GET TO GO BACK! I am only home temporarily. Just to have surgery and return. I am also very grateful that things happened the way they did. Had I not been so ill I would never have known I had a cyst. I honestly thought my stomach hurt because we were doing ab workouts every morning. Had we not known it could have been very, very bad.
I only had a day and a half to prepare to leave. I literally had after that phone call to say my goodbyes and then the next day I had to go to the city so my companion could still work. Those few hours were so great though. We went and said goodbye to a few families, everyone gave me a ton of food, and they cried. They were so sad to see me go. It was so cool to see that I had done what I came to do. I love those people and cared about them so much that they didn't want me to go.
Hermana Eufemia, my mom in the mission. She would wash my clothes and sit with me when I was sick.  
She gave us tamales before I left. They were HUGE. 
My district threw me a going away party which was super sweet. They cooked me food and we all just sat around and talked.

 President came to our house to say goodbye and bring my travel info. I think he was really sad and aware that we were very upset so he brought us chocolate cake. It was super sweet.

 I wanted to take a picture with a donkey since my first day. Just cause they are everywhere in La Paz. We are walking next to a highway here and found this one. I think it wanted to be my friend.

I do not know why this happened. This whole mission journey has been such a struggle the entire time. I must admit that each time I get knocked down, I amaze myself when I don't give up and get up and keep going. I worked way too hard to serve and I know that I can bless people's live. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. He really must be preparing me for something big with all these trials He throws in my path. But I am ready.
I know that this church is true. I am so excited to be home with my family for this short "vacation" because it is a huge reminder of why I wanted to serve in the first place. The church really does bless families and I really feel blessed to be able to teach others how they can receive these blessings as well.
I am not giving up... I just barely started.

July 7

Hey All!!
I hope that every one is doing well! Another week down and another fast Sunday. I cannot believe it. Where has the time gone? 
So I remember when we were younger, okay even just before I left, and Mom would always yell at us for not being serious in the prayer and that we need to not laugh. I promise, normally I don't laugh in prayer. I mean I have experienced some pretty out there prayers here (they like to stand up and yell and stuff), but I NEVER laugh. Well I laughed during a prayer. So I have an admirer in church, his name is Carlos or Juan, I can never remember. Well he like to speak English to me and it's always SUPER awkward. We were in church and he came up to me and said "Sister Moyer can you come to my house" and I was kinda creeped out and all, but told him in Spanish that I would love to come visit his family. During the week we went and visited his mom, and I will admit I was happy that he wasn't there just cause it is SO awkward. But he showed up after a few minutes. I think she told him we were there. Anyways, so we had a super akward lesson and invited her to come back to church and remember the blessings of the gospel and all that. Well we are chatting and all the sudden in English he says "Are you leaving" and we were like uh sure yeah we are leaving. So we invited him to say the prayer and he prays for his family and all that then he says "please bless Hermana Moyer and uhm Hermana... uhm... uh... her companion..." then he is embarrassed so in the prayer he stops looks up and asks Hermana Corleto her name and goes to continue his prayer but his mom straight up hit him. And I laughed. I am a terrible human being, but I laughed in a prayer. It was so funny. Please bless Hermana Moyer and uhmm..... oh man. So funny.
So since I had been sick the ward missed their gringa and when we went yesterday in the middle of welcoming everyone and all that the Bishop announced that they were all so grateful that Hermana Moyer was back at church and doing well. Oh man I was so red. In front of EVERYONE. Ugh good times. It is so cool though that I have my ward family here in La Paz that care about me and want to help. I remember feeling so out of place those first few weeks, but now it's all so normal. I really am enjoying my mission and all these new experiences. 
Well I miss you all and love you soo much. 

Hermana Moyer

June 30

Hola familia!
So guess what. I was actually really sick last week. And the week before. BUT I AM BETTER WHOOO!!! The problem is that I, yet again, don't have much of an email to write. I will fill you in on what it's like to get sick in a third world country. What an adventure. So I got really sick one day, and all the sudden I had a temp at 39.5 which is bad. I don't know how to convert that. So the next day we went to the hospital and they did a test and thought I had Typhoid Fever but weren't really sure. It was dumb. So we went to the city the next day to a different much better hospital and they did a oh goodness what is it called, that test thing with the wand to look at babies in women's stomachs, can't remember, but yeah they did that to see why I had so much pain in my stomach. They didn't find much just confirmed that I had Typhoid Fever then sent us home with meds. Which is why I used the card a bunch. Sorry! 
We were told to return for a checkup on Tuesday, so that meant I had to get over here to email last week. Yeah, I flat out fell asleep on the keyboard trying to tell you guys I was fine. But I tried! We went back on Tuesday and the doc was like woah, no way, you aren't any better. So I was hopitalized for the 3 most boring days of my life. Turns out I had Dengue ALSO. Whoo. But all is well now. I am better. Not working yet, but I am giving my comp all sorts of attitude so that's a good sign. The worst part of the whole experience is that we were in this hopital room for three days with a glorious looking tv and we could not turn it on to watch the world cup. So disappointed. 
Yeah, that's pretty much what's been going on. I am all good now, and don't want any of you to worry. If anything I have learned that I am definitely one tough and determined girl and I can do ANYTHING. I am so happy to be here in Honduras. Seriously, I am falling in love with this life I am living. I can't even remember the life I used to live. Like this morning there was a dead lizard in our pila and I didn't even flinch. I was actually upset, like how dare you die in our pila cause now we have to take the time to clean it. Ugh. Before I probably would have been a lot more dramatic about it. 
I love you guys so much. I know that this church is true. I am so gratfeul for the knowledge I have the we are all beloved children of our Heavenly Father. It does not matter what color skin we have, how tall we are, where we lived. He loves us each individually and through Him we can do anything. I mean, I can speak Spanish for the most part. Not perfect of course, but people understand. I was sitting in a hosital bed last week with these two doctors telling me all sorts of stuff and I could understand. We can do anything through the Lord. Have faith. I know that through faith we can do anything. This church is true!
I love you all soooooooo much and can't wait to get back to work so I can tell you all sorts of fun stuff. 
Love Hermana Moyer

June 16

Okay so I made a list of random things here to tell you. 
The trash system here... yeah it doesn't really exist. So what they do is pile up their garbage on the street and set it on fire. It took me like 3 weeks to figure out why there was always burning piles everywhere. Yeah it's there trash. And guess what, it doesn't even smell all that bad.
Sister missionaries do have trash service. 
Public bathrooms also do not exist. So if you gotto go you gotta book it home. No joke. It is crazy. And you can't even ask a member really cause a lot of the time they don't have water so you end up just making them feel bad. 
I think Lady Gaga came out with a new song in the states recently because they just started playing it like crazy here. Like ALL THE TIME. 
Uhm the rain. Whomever it was that said walking in rain would give me soft feet had no clue what that really meant. What really happens is your feet get super soft and your toe nails crack and it is super painful when your feet are dry again. We were walking in pouring rain and I saw a family walking without umbrellas. I recognized them as the Elder's investigators and without thinking I took Hermana Corleto's umbrella and mine and gave them to them and kept walking. Hermana Corleto didn't seem too upset at me, just helped me assure the investigators that we were fine and hurried along beside me. We were completely soaked through.
People here are blunt. Like crazy blunt. So they like to tell me things like "oh hey you are sweating a lot" and I have to fight the urge to be like "NO WAY??" I mean, it's not like I just climbed up three giant hills to get to your house. But yeah. And zits... they like to point those out too.They will say hey you have a big friend on your face and it is totally normal for them. Oh and they like to tell me that my family is going to think I am beautiful when I go home cause I am going to lose so much weight here... I thought they already thought I was beautiful... :)
And now for the stories of the week...
So I had my first experiences with bad food this week. First was a "dessert." Actually it was a bowl of molasses, coconut, and cinnamon, and my companion almost laughed right there because she could see how hard it was to keep a straight face. I just told myself to take huge bites and it would be done faster. I'll be honest though, as soon as we left and were out of sight I started to gag right there in the street. Oh man was it bad. My companion thought it was pretty funny. 
Then we had interchanges on Friday so I was here in La Paz with another Gringa. Well we decided to try a fruit that they told us was super good and we would love it. Kinda looks like a GIANT snap pea in a way. So anyways we had no idea how to eat it and we just kinda went for it. It had this fuzzy white coating around what would be the pea. So we both take a bite, and I am thinking to myself "this is not good," but I am trying to embrace culture so I take another bite. And we are just quietly chewing. Finally I told her "I don't think I like this" and she was like great me too, and we spit it out. But oh man the taste in our mouth. We ate cereal, tortillas, and whatever we could, but that taste would not go away. Finally we sat there and just kept eating mint after mint. And when my companion came back from changes she saw the fruit and got SUPER excited. We just stared as she ran over, peeled of the white part and ate it then threw away the pea looking part. Yep learned our lesson... never eat ANYTHING without a Latino around to tell you how. 
This week I felt truly happy for the first time here. It's has been this crazy hard adjustment that did not feel good at all. Then I had this moment when I realized that I really cared about some of the people and since then I have felt happy. My area is hard. We have a really difficult time with both the ward and investigators. But we keep on trying because we have moments that make us feel absolutely amazing. Like one of my favorite families. They are menos acitvos and don't come to church very often. We visit them every once in a while and they just have such a hard time. The dad is a drunk and has brought down the whole family. They didn't want to pray. They just seem so sad all the time. One day we asked the hermano to pray and he said no, that he wasn't worthy and couln't do it. We told him prayer is for everyone. It's not a show. Just try a little teeny prayer. Well he said the best prayer I have heard from anyone here. It was beautiful and he prayed that his Dad would stop drinking and I wanted to cry for them. It was so sad. The next time we went to visit he said the same thing, and I told him that I remembered his prayer and that I thought it was wonderful, and it just lifted his spirits to hear that. All I did was remember his prayer and that gave hime hope. He prayed again that day. I love that I can have a little bit of an influence on these people. Esepcially now that I can speak more Spanish.
I know that this church is true and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve. I love what I am doing and learn so much every day. I had to give a talk in church yesterday. A TALK! In front of everyone, and I told them the same thing I am telling you now. Have faith. This life is so much better, so much happier when we have faith. I was reading in Romans I think it was 6 or 8, this morning. We have trials to have experience, experience to have faith, and faith to have hope. Heavenly Father loves us. Christ suffered for us. And this life is worth it. 
I love you all SOOOOOO much! And miss you all like crazy. Pray everyday for I know it will help you!
Hermana Moyer  

June 9

June 9
Every time things get super slow, we have no one to teach, and we kinda feel discouraged, we are taught a lesson. This time it was patience. So we went out looking for new people and met a bunch of bible bashers (who really have never read the bible in my opinion), Catholics, and people that just don't want religion. Determined to find people we searched for days. Finally one afternoon after a particularly unfriendly bible basher, we ran into a young woman on the street. She just happened to be out there and happy to talk to us. So we set up an appointment and she even went to church. Well last week her sister asked if we could do noche de hogar (FHE) and of course we said yes. Hermana Corleto asked what I thought we should teach and I thought that it would be best to talk about Christ of course, so we planned a lesson from 3 Nephi when Christ blesses the children. I explained to the family that in my own family we would have a lesson and sometimes play a game or something fun, so we taught the lesson and set off to play a game. Oh man it was great. All the sudden every child in the house was in the room (13 children) and we played a game similar to hot potato. Then the last round, whoever lost had to pray. We had so much fun and the family LOVED it. I am so glad that we had that experience. That is my purpose here. To help families find happiness. I don't know what is going to happen with this family, if they will join the church or not. But I do know that they will remember that night the sister missionaries came to their home and brought them all together to talk about Christ and feel love. It was a wonderful experience. 
Chinese food with the Elders on P-day... because we could. 

I was very blessed this week to receive a huge handful of letters from my family and even a package of goodies! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am so lucky to have such a supportive family. I am really appreciate your continued support throughout each week. I know it must be crazy frustrating that I can never talk much, and yet yall still do it. I can't thank you enough. 
Spanish update! So things are definitely getting better. The bishop and I have this game kinda where we check my progress with Spanish. Pretty much he tries to talk to me and if I understand then he keeps talking, and if I don't he gets awkward and doesn't talk to me anymore. It's funny. So the other day he tries talking to me and I can understand and respond and he tricked me. He asked what my favorite food was here, and I told him Baleadas, and he said great we are having that tomorrow at my house, see ya there. I totally fell into the trap. I mean the food was delish, but the problem is that we live so far away from him and I never know if I am going to make it home before becoming ill. Oh what an adventure. But hey, I made it... just barely... but I did. :) Good times
Yo quiero compartir mi testimonio con ustedes. Familias son un bendicion de Dios. Estoy agradecida para tener la oportunidad para ensenar las familias aqui en La Paz. Familias puede ser juntos para siempre. Que un gran bendicion! Se que si nosotros oramos juntos podemos recibir paz y gozo en este vida y fortalecer nuestros familias. Se que necesitamoos tener la fe. Solo por medio de fe en Jesucristo y Su evangelio podemos ser felices. Estoy agradecida por la oportunidad para servir el Senor. Espero que ustedes pueden leer y orar diariamente. Promete que si haven estes cosas recibir├án muchos bendiciones. 
Hermana Moyer 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hola familia!
Can't believe another week has passed. And next week is fast Sunday so I will only have 15 more after that. WHAT?!!
I GOT MY PACKAGE!!!! Thank you so much. My shoes are already dirty so they are being put to good use. I was excited to see Easter candy. Mmm so good. And the minion shirt is the best. Thank you.
Also I recieved 3 letters. But I know there are more sitting in the office cause at the meeting Hermana Fortuna commented on how I had a ton of them in there and was unhappy that they didn't bring them to me. She said something else but I can only understand so much Spanish. Hopefully I will get the rest this week cause on Wednesday we get to go to the temple! YAY!!!!
So an intersting experience this week. I was feeling pretty lame after our meeting on Wednesday because they had my companion and I do a practice in front of every one about teaching baptism. Well I was as usual, the only person in the room that doesn't speak and understand Spanish very well. I actually felt so embarrassed after that I cried. I work so hard and yet I just can't get this. The process is always so hard. So we left the meeting and got on the bus and took a leap of faith. We pulled out our hymn books and sang a song, then separated and taught as many people as we could. Well guess what, all by myself in Honduras I got 2 contacts. I was so proud of myself. We normally don't even get two contacts in a regular day. Heavenly Father was definitely helping me to remember to be confident. Cause I can do this. I just need to be patient.
We were fed what I call the plantain nachos for our weekly dinner at a members house. Not even kidding I am seriously started to fall in love with the food. It is so good. I haven't had a single food here that I hated.
I got sick for the first time here yesterday. It was not fun. So I couldn't go to church and my companion had a member stay with me in the house so she could be with our investigators at church. I was in bed so I didn't even see this woman, but apparently she got bored and she washed ALL of my laundry. All of it. Like for real. It was the sweetest thing. And we had people calling to check on me and some even brought medicine for me. I am so blessed that this ward has taken me in. La Paz will always hold a special place in my heart. It is so frustrating, but oh so worth it.
The Pila, for clothes washing, and dishes, and water for the toilet. 
I know this church is true. I am so grateful for the blessings of this gospel. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to be with my family forever and a privelage to teach this message to others. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I finished it yesterday and was actually sad that I didn't have more to read. We have so many blessings to gain from reading and studying the scriptures and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I love this gospel and I love this mission.
Till next week,

Hermana Moyer