Thursday, April 24, 2014

Last Post From The CCM!

Remember when I mentioned that random earthquake drill? Oh boy am I glad we had it. Okay, so we are sitting in class and all the sudden this annoying loud siren goes off and somehow we just knew what it was even though we had never heard it before, so we all took off running. So we go stand in these designated spots (these circle things with giant arrows) and wait. At first I didn't notice anything but then I realized that I was rocking back and forth and as were the buildings and trees and light posts. It was the strangest thing. I literally had no control over my own ability to stand. Luckily there were no injuries or anything. Things were fine after a few minutes. But it was pretty cool. We have had about three false alarms since then, but we are all safe and sound here. 

So Sunday was pretty good. They really made an effort to make Easter special. We had Sacrament in the auditorium with the Latinos too which was cool cause usually we are split. I loved how much attention and care they took to make it a success. Something about being in an auditorium filled with missionaries made it super special to me. It is amazing to think that we are all here with the same purpose. We had a great MTC Easter devotional we watched by Uchtdorf, and a whole bunch more devotionals later. So many to the point that I can't really tell you who said what in which one. Sorry. Just know they were really great and that one thing I really loved hearing from them was that as missionaries Christ blesses us. If we trust Him, he takes away our fears, eases our sorrows, and sends so many blessing to our families. At one point that was said and there was and awwww throughout the room. We all misses our families so much and it is so great to hear that they receive blessing for our service. 
Monday was super exciting cause there were TWO package slips for me and my companions each had packages. Thank you so much Mom and Celia for sending me the treats. And the notes totally made me cry. I just felt so loved. I shared with the mail lady, and some Latino friends that didn't get anything. It really was great.Thank you soooo much!
I leave this lovely CCM officially on Monday at 7am. I cannot believe how fast time has flown. Last night we taught members to get experience on how we can help members grow their faith, and I realized that I really don't know Spanish well at all. My companions kept nodding and saying affirmative responses to these people and I could feel myself starting to panic. Like oh no, I don't understand these people at all. It was kinda scary. But then we left and I was quietly thinking about what I was going to do about this, and suddenly both of my companions admitted they too had no idea what was being said. So apparently they are just better at faking it than me. I am not nervous to leave here. This place has served it's purpose. I am excited to go get to work. I know that I have a ton of mistakes ahead of me. Probably a lot of tears and prayers. But you know, I want nothing more than to do this and do this well. I am so excited to get to Honduras and share the love of Christ with all these people. They may not understand me very well, and I know I won't be able to understand them for a while, but I am not alone in this. I like to think of one of my favorite verses in the scriptures. D&C 84:88 "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." What better than to know that. I am so grateful for this privilege I have to serve. 
I love you all so much! I miss you and pray for you always. Can't wait to email your from Honduras next week!!
Here is my wonderful district in our last week here in Mexico! Hello Honduras for all the Elders, Myself, and the Hermana on my left, and Nicaragua and El Salvador for the other Hermanas. Whoo!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I gave my first talk on Sunday!!! It was a complete success. Apparently when I am nervous I speak Spanish SUPER fast and the only people that could really understand were the branch presidency. But I did it all in Spanish, from the heart, and it made sense. If only my branch could have understood. I talked about the importance of the holy ghost in teaching. I told them that I know that it is so hard what we are doing, but the Lord is on our side and wants to help us so much, D&C 28:15-16. I told them that I know we all miss our families and that we worry about getting things write, but if we trust in the Lord he will bless our families so much while we are here. Our investigators are going to learn by the Spirit. I do not have all the words to convert a person, but I can open my mouth and teach through the Spirit with the Lord on my side. I think this lesson was more for me than for my branch, and I am so glad I had the opportunity. 
So after my talk one of the branch president's counselors got up and spoke. So he starts out by telling that he was volunteering at an event with dogs and cats. He doesn't speak English very well, so we are like okay something about dogs and cats this is going to be great. Then he says, "I didn't get to eat breakfast in the morning so I'm very hungry." He tell us this woman walks over with a giant plate of meat and offers it to him. At this point all of us have very similar looks of disgust on our face. Like for real, he is at an event with lots of stray cats and dogs and this woman just offered him a bunch of cooked meat. Like is he going to eat these animals? What is going on here and why is he telling us this??  He then tells us how he was sick the next day and he still went to work even though he was sick. He explained that no matter how ill he felt, he was glad he had done the service and went to help a VACCINATION clinic. He was helping animals get spayed and neutered. Could he not have said that in the beginning??? Anyways, he said that he was glad he had done the service and even though he was sick, he still went to work for his family. He told us how happy he is that we are serving for our families and to stay positive. It had a great ending. But we seriously thought he had been eating cats and dogs, I mean, we are in Mexico after all.
I haven't really talked to yall about my investigators here mostly because they aren't "real" investigators. They are our teachers taking on the role of some one they taught on their mission. It is surprisingly hard, and we do take it pretty seriously as a companionship. It is crazy how much I love these people and want for them to be happy. We had our first person accept baptism this week and we were so excited. It was the best feeling. Then to our amazement, the teacher we taught trusted me and my companions enough to bring a real friend of his that is not a member and we taught her last night. We learned so much from that experience. It was not perfect. And I invited her to be baptized and she said that she would love to receive the priesthood. Oh man talk about panic. But she said she felt peace and comfort from our lesson and it was an amazing opportunity.  She agreed to come back next week. I can't believe I have only been attempting to speak Spanish for a month and I already have a real investigator who doesn't know even a little bit of English. But it's like they say, when you pray for something God gives you opportunities, and boy have I been praying for help with the language. What a wonderful opportunity.
Today we got to go to the Mexico temple! It was super awesome to get to leave the CCM. The temple is currently closed so we were only able to do a tour through the visitors center, but we really enjoyed the break from our normal day to day activity. 
Other than that things have been normal. We went from 4 teachers to 2 which was sad, but we won't be here all that much longer so we will get over it. Things are good. Spanish is improving, and I am so excited to get to Honduras. Hope all is well with everyone at home. Till next week!

Hermana Moyer 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boy do I have a lot to tell yall. I will start from the beginning of the week.
On Thursday after our Pday ended we went to dinner, and they surprised us with pizza AGAIN and curly fries. No joke. And Cake. Though the cake here is weird, but hey cake is cake so we were excited. 
Friday we had our service project. We had to get in the back of this truck and deliver all the huge jugs of water to the classrooms and casas. Actually, the Elders had to deliver them. The sisters mostly sat there and watched. Don't worry, I was the one that handed them the jugs from the truck so I definitely worked, but it was really funny to watch the Elders act like such big tough guys. They were dying. 
On Friday Hermana Christopherson, one of my companions, got Krispy Kreme donuts delivered here from her dad so we got to enjoy that special treat. It was so delish.
Saturday and Sunday were great. Conference, conference, conference, and the meetings before and after. They were long days. I was really impressed with how well I payed attention for the majority of it. I took pages of notes and I have never done that before. I will be honest though, the last session on Sunday the auditorium was BURNING hot. We were all sitting super close together and it was started to feel claustrophobic. I fell asleep after the first talk and didn't wake up until President Monson was speaking at the end. After it was over I realized every one looked pretty sleepy and we all admitted that we had fallen asleep. It was just so hot in there. I can't wait till I can get a hold of those talks I missed and read them later though. 
Sunday night my branch president brought a birthday cake and he and his family sang the spanish happy birthday. It was super super cute. The cake was interesting and also delicious at the same time. Though I missed my usual Costco cake or cheesecake. 
Monday was the funniest day I have had since I have been here. I woke up and first thing, enjoyed diarrhea. Sorry I know that's gross but it really made the day what it was. Since I was wide awake I woke my companions up on time with a super positive attitude and tried to start the day off good, which is weird cause usually I am a grump. It only took about an hour for me to complain about my bathroom issues and to my surprise my companions admitted they too were dying of diarrhea. So after breakfast we have personal study and we made it through that okay. But then we had to teach our investigator Luis and I literally had to end the lesson quick and run the to bathroom. As did they. It was so funny. I literally could not stop laughing. So there we are all three of us dying on the toilet and laughing about it. After that we just decided that we were going to sit outside the bathroom and study and did so for quite sometime. Oh what a birthday. Seriously, the gift that just kept giving. We went to lunch and guess what they had. Well since I can't see your guesses I will just tell you. HAMBURGERS! Now, we probably shouldn't have eaten them in our current condition, but they were OH SO GOOD. Not even kidding. So then we spent the rest of the afternoon pretty much going to the bathroom and sleeping and hating all food Mexican. It was great. That night we had class again and it was normal expect for one of my teachers Hermano Hernandez, would randomly say "Feliz Cumpleanos Hermana Moyer" all throughout class and it was super cute. We had to teach an investigator that night and we were the last ones to go. When we got back to the classroom the lights were off. We turned them on and the room was filled with people from my generation (arrived the same day as me) all singing happy birthday to me. In English. And this Elder made me a ghetto cake out of cookies and candy from la tienda. Oh my gosh, it was so awesome. It was the perfect Mexico birthday, I could not have imagined a better experience here. To top it all off the each wrote me a note individually telling me that they appreciate me being here and and such. And one of the Elders wrote a fake one from "Doug and Sandy" that said "Dear FAVORITE daughter, we are so sad we can't see you on your birthday." It was sooo cute. They all thanked me for making them laugh which made me super happy. It really was a good day and I am so glad they made the effort cause I really missed family.
We live with crazy Latinas and holy cow are they loud. In one night they had ALL of us doing the limbo and singing and going crazy with them, then suddenly there was a pillow fight and I don't even know. Who knew that living with them would be such a blessing, but boy are we grateful. The make it so much easier to end the day well. 
I think that's everything. Sorry there is sooo much. But it was a good week. I hope all is well with every one. Till next week! 

Hermana Moyer

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This week was not nearly as exciting or crazy as our first week here. We do the same things every day now and have adjusted to our busy schedule. We are learning so much here. It is truly an amazing opportunity to be here in the CCM where the teachers care so much and want so badly for us to learn what they are teaching. My Spanish is improving slowly but surely. I know it is going to be a long difficult road learning the language but already we have been blessed so much. 
On Sunday we had our first fast. Actually it started Saturday night, but we didn't know so it was kinda a surprise when we were told there was no dinner. It was a great experience to get to start a fast with my companions and then fast individually for things that I needed. I was a little frustrated with how many times people said they were hungry, because I felt that it kinda defeated the purpose of fasting if you complain the whole time, but I know that each of the missionaries I am here with, along with myself, has so much growing to do. By the time we go home in 18 months or 2 years, we are going to be such better versions of ourselves. Oh and the feast. Boy was there a feast once our fast was over. They gave us the most delicious meal I have ever eaten. We didn't even know what it was. But it was sooooo good. And they feed like everyone for break the fast so this place was filled. Which is awesome cause there are only about 150 missionaries here from the US. I think it is their slow time of the year. 
I got really frustrated with the language one night.  We were working on the computer and I just could not understand what I was supposed to be learning. It didn't make any bit of sense to me. Our previous investigator, and now teacher, came over and showed me what the computer just could not teach me and it was such a blessing to me. I felt so low in that moment, and there was the Savior reminding me that I am not alone, and that when I really need help he will provide a way. 
We taught four new investigators yesterday in Spanish. It was pretty awesome to see how much we had improved. Compared to the first week when we were straight up reading from pamphlets, and now all we needed was a copy of el Libro de Mormon and could teach pretty successfully. I was super impressed. I know we aren't great, but still... 
I am indeed becoming a pro in ping pong. Except now we have stepped it up and play a game called around the world. I have no idea how to explain it other than there are six people and you run around the ping pong table hitting the ball. It is a lot of fun. One day we were playing and the floor was slippery, oh man was it bad. We were sliding all over the place. I managed to end up on the floor a couple of times myself, and the others we all over too. We were laughing so hard. We probably should have stopped seeing as it wasn't so safe, but it was too great. Our gym time has truly become important to us each day. Our brains really need that break.
Pizza Tuesday was of course amazing. And again they brought out the ketchup. I seriously do no understand why ketchup only appears for pizza night. So weird. The devotional was really great too. Can't remember what it was about, but it was in English so it was amazing. I think it was about conference. Things are really good here. I am learning and growing so much and as much as I miss home, I am so glad that I have this opportunity. Don't forget to watch conference this weekend. In comfy clothes! We get to watch all the sessions in our nice clothes and we aren't allowed to sleep or the call us out in front of everyone, so I KNOW I am going to learn a ton. I hope yall do too!!
Till next week,
Hermana Moye

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

First things first, I realized about three minutes after we got off our computers last week that I forgot to get ANY mailing address... so email them to me please! 
The first three nights were super hard. Every one here speaks Spanish all the time so we can learn by immersion. It was super intimidating. On Sunday we were able to relax a tiny bit and felt a lot better about it then. I don't speak very good English or Spanish anymore. It is all a jumble. I was super proud of myself though cause by Saturday I could pray, bear a simple testimony, and say my missionary purpose in Spanish. Hooray!
The food here was also pretty terrible the first few days. Nobody has any clue what it is and it tastes weird. But then by the third day we were so tired and hungry we didn't care any more and so now I really enjoy it. Especially the beans. MUY BUENO! Seriously though our days are literally just us surviving going meal to meal. We have so much going on. The best day is Tuesday because we get a Costco pizza feast for dinner before going to devotional. I can't even begin to describe how good that pizza was. I almost cried. Lol. It threw me off though when the natives covered their pizza in ketchup. We hadn't seen any ketchup before at all and suddenly they were covering there delicious pizza with it. It was almost a crime. On Sunday they surprised us with hot wings and fries, which are normally not something I would want. But it was so American we scarfed that stuff down. Even though we were in our nice clothes. Man that was a good meal. 
Something that made me laugh last week, we were in this super serious meeting about safety and this Teacher starts yelling to the Elders in broken English about how he doesn't understand why American Elders are so gross and they REALLY need to wash their hands. He said he has been in the bathroom with them and seen them just walk out after doing their business and was so frustrated. He told them "YOU GET DIARRHEA HERE!" I was totally cracking up. He was just so serious about it. 
In gym, this girl I met and I play ping pong. Which you wouldn't think is a workout but we are so terrible that we end up chasing the ball all over the place. It is pretty funny. We are determined to be masters at the end of the six weeks. 
Random story, we were in class and all the sudden these men are running in the halls yelling at us, but we don't speak Spanish so we had no clue what was going on. They just kept yelling at us. Finally they start using dramatic hand gestures, and apparently we were having an earthquake drill. It was no big deal in the end, we just had to go outside and stand in these designated safe ares. The situation was funny though. I can imagine their frustration at our blank stares. 
Random fact, there is no such thing as AC here except in the auditorium. So all the windows are open all the time and we get to enjoy the lovely scent of Mexico that is usually sewage. We are lucky though that it doesn't get very hot or cold here. It pretty much stays consistent throughout the days. Funny though how you miss things like cooler air. 
Sorry there isn't much structure to my email here. So much to say! 
We don't drink the water here. They are on their own well so it is considered safe, but they bring in these giant jugs of water that we use and also they gave us filtered water bottles. They are pretty good at taking care of us spoiled Americans. 
Every week they assign everyone a topic to speak on for Sunday in Spanish. You have no clue who is going to speak until they announce it at the pulpit. It feels like Hunger Games. For real. Luckily I didn't have to last Sunday because I seriously do not know enough Spanish to speak about a topic on Sunday. 
Most embarrassing moment so far... The other day I was carrying my lunch tray to the trash in one hand and my companion stopped me for something and when I turned around I straight up SLAPPED an Elder in the butt. I don't know how I did it, and I had no clue he was there. The worst part was the he is one of the natives here so I was trying to apologize and he had no clue what I was saying. Man was I red. Now every meal he sees me he kinda gives me this look and I turn red all over again. Fortunately for me the natives only stay for two weeks. Lol
Our Spanish teachers like to make fun of us and one of them will say a whole bunch in Spanish and ask if we understand and we all nod of course cause no one wants to admit we have no clue what he is saying, and he will say perfecto. But its more like pair-fec-Tohh. It always makes us laugh. I taught them to say yall and howdy partner and it's hilarious when they use it.
My companions are great. It was weird at first to be in a trio.  We didn't know the dynamic but we have worked really hard to get to know each other and get an understanding of our individual needs. They really are great women and I am so glad to spend this time with them. 
On Friday we had to teach our first "investigator." In Spanish. Which caused great panic. His name is Felipe and the poor guy had to sit there while we flipped through our books. And again the next day. We did a ton better on Monday. The bad thing is that we get super nervous and start laughing. We just have no clue what we are doing. We found out much too late that he is going to become our teacher as soon as we finish teaching him. Our last lesson is tonight. So that means tomorrow he will no longer be Felipe. I don't know if I like that so much, he know how terrible I am at this, but I know that it will be really great as he teaches us what we need to know. 
Things here are really pretty good. I am trying super hard to be positive and happy as well as have fun at the appropriate times. Spanish is not easy, but they tell us to speak Spanglish and we will get there. I hope all is well for everyone back home. Remember to appreciate things like water, and American food, and air conditioning. 
Love,
Hermana Moyer