Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Las Brisas - Week 4

September 7, 2015

Monday- For P-day we had kinda a sports day and played futbol (soccer) with Lima Tambo (our Neighbor zone). It was fun, I saw Elder Noel (from my CCM district) and it was nice to catch up. After that we went and ate some really good authentic Mexican American food. Mexican food really is much different than Peruvian food. But all food is good food to me. Then we had a FHE with a family from the ward. We talked about temple work and family HIstory. Then we played a game- kinda like charades- except the timer is someone pumping a balloon and if you don't guess the word before the balloon pops you loose! It was craaazy! And lots of fun. The Members of this ward remind me so much of the Gastonia Ward! (G_TOWWN!) Love their guts. 

Tuesday- We had a loooong training. It was almost 5 hours. But it was good and I learned alot. Also we had spaghetti so that was super duper. Also Hermana Larson (Pres. Larsons wife) Is just the sweetest thing ever. She reminds me alot of aunt Jill, the way she looks, her mannerisms, and the way she puts up with the Elders (like aunt Jill with Uncle Doug and LD). After that we got some DOUGHNUUUTS!!! YUMYUMYUM I have been craving doughnuts for about 2 months. They were divine. Straight from heaven doughnuts. Yum. Then we had our English class in the Capilla (church), always fun. The class is at 7 PM and one of the YW in the ward came strolling in and with sooo much confidence announced "Good Morning!" It was so funny. We all laughed. Shes so funny.

Wednesday- I finished reading in Helaman and now I'm in 3 Nephi! I think the Book of Mormon is like a drug, but in the best way possible. Yeah so today we had a lot of study time. After that we visited some people and had meeting with Isabel and Ana. Isabel is a recent convert (July) and Ana is her less active sister. They are fun and are always asking questions wanting to learn more. And they both want to serve missions! Yeaaaahhhh!! Then we had a FHE with a member- but it was also a Happy Birthday! for H- Linares! It was greeat!

Thursday- Ugh I woke uppp siick. Yuck I had a fever so I took it easy most of the day. I was feeling much better in the afternoon and didn't have a fever so we went out for a bit and went to the Institue building to do Family History. 

Cokes from Hermana Sisi
Friday- We had a couple appointments, but we had one super duper appointment. It was with a man named Johnny. He probably comes up to kinda almost my shoulder. But anyways he's great. He is in a weird situation with his female person, so they either needed to get married or separate. We told him this and he was like "Ok yeah, I'll talk to her cause this is important. We have commandments for a reason and its important to follow them." - But in Spanish- YEAHH, he's solid. He accepted his baptismal date and so now we are just waiting to find out what he is going to do with his mujer (woman). Woot Woot

Saturday- We did service, but service is hard to do here so we ended up teaching a member how to cook some colombian food. ( well i was learning too)  We made arepas (I'm not sure how to spell it) and some banana thingies. They were soo good! Also I'm writing down all the recipes so I can eat this food for the rest of my life cause it is scrumdiliumptious! Also Hermana Sisi (the member) got all the hermanas cokes with our names! She is a hoot- so much fun! We had a couple visits after that, but a lot of people were not home. 

Park near our apartment
Sunday- We were up at 5:30 to have our missionary correlation meeting at 6. I don't think I am ever going to get used to waking up early. Anyways, Church was great. It was fast and testimony meeting. It was nice to listen to all the testimonies. I can understand for the most part what everyone is saying. but I have also learned that it is important to listen to not only Spanish, but the language of the Spirit. That has helped me so much in the mission. Something that I've really come to rely on. Yeah so after church we went and visited with Walter. He is the recent convert in the wheel chair. So I had a little bit of a head cold and congestion and have been sneezing . SO I sneezed and then he turned to me and told me that I was "delicate like a flower..." Nahhh, that was a little awkward. But then I told him "Noo, I'm tough as nails" Haha but in spanish. Then we had an appointment with a guy named Nilo. He works in his car. I'm not really sure what he does but he is always in his car. But he was sleeping when we went by so then we passed by about 20 mins later and he was awake so we just set an appointment to visit him later in the week. 

My shower head :(
Something shocking. Well two things...
The shower head and the frying pan. 
Both shocked me! You have to be careful with the shower heads cause they will shock you, and its not fun. Also the frying pan shocked me when i was trying to cook! I'm a little scared to touch things now... 

Also I had mac and cheese! Yuuum! I love mac and cheese. I was making it and I remembered how a hermana told me it tastes a little different here. So I added the cheese and was mixing it up and the cheese did smell different.. like pizza.. It was strange so then I tasted it and it tasted like pizza... And I was thinking man the cheese here sure is weird... but then I realized that i had accidentally bought pizza flavored mac and cheese... but it was yummy!

Yeah so that was my week in a nut shell. Looong days and short short weeks! Its hard sometimes, but I love it. I love this Gospel, and this opportunity I have to share it with the sweet peruvian people. This gospels true y'all! 

Love and miss everyone!
With Love from Lima
Hermana Scarlett

Las Brisas - Week 3

September 1, 2015

Well this week I had my first real not cold shower! Woot woot! I think all those times I was just too lazy to shower or wash my hair back home were preparing me for the mission. But yeah its not awful, I've just learned to shower really quickly... one arm at a time haha.

Monday is our P-Days so last Monday we went to Parque de Imaginaciones - It was kinda like a really old and small Discovery Place (in Charlotte). We went on this little ride that had animatronic (is that a word?) animals and dinosaurs. It was really quite terrifying. There was this giraffe and its neck would dip down and it was all wobbly and it had giant red eyes. Yeah it was a little freaky, but the dinosaurs were cool. I like DInosaurs. There was also the bed of nails thing, one of those orb lamps that static to your finger when you touch it. Oh and also there was a giant pregnant lady statue and an "aquarium": The aquarium was basically Petsmart fish and like an eel. Yeah it was an interesting place, but it was fun. Also we had KFC and Mcflurries cause we were more in the city so that was niiice. 

Las Hermanas
Tuesday: Everyday we really study for a good bit (Personal study, companionship study, language study, and we work out of the "your first 12 weeks" book) and then we have lunch at 1 with our pensionista. NOTE: a pensionista (i don't know how to spell it...) is not our maid! Hahah we pay her every month for lunch on week days and to wash our clothes once a week. She lives about half a mile away so we walk over there and eat with her and haul our clothes over there. But shes a cool lady and has adorable children and cooks yuumyuuumy food. Anyways Tuesday we had chifa for lunch (Chifa is like Peruvian Chinese food) then we went and visited one of our investigators. His name is Segundo and he is a little old adorable man with fluffy white hair. Also He has leukemia - but hes not suuuper sickly just a little week and has to be careful- so he hasn't been able to attend church but he is trying to because he is really interested in the Church. We also visited a new investigator, Nilo, he has a lot of questions- which is really good, but I can't really answer then cause I don't entirely understand them- but he has agreed to read the Libro de Mormon! SO well have to see where that goes with him. Stay tuned. Tuesday night we had our first English Class! We meet in the capillia (church) and we had 4 people show up. It was really fun, I can't really teach that much cause I don't know Spanish yet but I actually learned a lot of new things about Spanish! Yep so that was Tuesday

Wednesday- DAVID BEDNAR (One of the 12 Apostles)!!!!! Wow I love that guy so much, I just wanna give him a big ole squueze! He was hilarious and funny and so strong and spiritual at the same time, it was ammmazing. There were 3 missions there and the CCM missonaries so there was about 800 of us. I was sitting in the 4th row so that was cool. He didn't get up and talktalktalk, it was like a conversation format- really cool. He talked about how we are agents because we have agency. We have to power to act, not to be acted upon. He also talked about hearing things which were no said. Listening to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and teaching through the holy Ghost. It was really cool, I wish you could have been there. Also after he left I was just saying how this day could not possibly get any better when President Larson walked up to me with a package from home! (Thanks mom!) Some tears were shed. 

After we were back in our sector we were supposed to have a Family home evening with a family, but it turned out to be a surprise party! Haha it was a little awkward (the party wasn't for us) Every one was cheering (after we waited 10 mins for the person to show up) and the music was cranked and everyone was dancing and we were just standing there like awkward little missionaries. Then we got them to turn off the music for a minute and shared a message and then left. Haha but they sent us home with lots of food. 

Thursday- Wednesday we really only have form 2-4:30 for appointments because we study all morning and then by 5pm we are in the institute building doing Historia Familia (working in the family history center). Yeah so not much happened thursday- well for lunch we had lentils and rice. It was good. Everything we eat is with rice. Yum. 

A lovely smoggy day in Lima.....
Friday: We visited with Elisa and Miguel. Miguel is a less active member and Elisa is his mom and an investigator (he is like 50 and she is probably 70) They are reeealy pretty poor. I don't think either of them work so I'm not sure exactly how they live. He is a little strange. I think he has ADHD or something along those lines cause he is alll over the place! We were trying to start the lesson and he kept talking about the movie Die Hard and asking who was in the movie.. I have no Idea, I think Bruce Willis? Anyways he was stuck on that for a while and then he said I was some actress named Sandra stone (??). We finally made it through the hymn and then he was like wait wait its my turn to sing a song! I have never wanted to laugh so hard in my life, but I didn't, no way. He sang some operaish song and he would use his whole body and when he would hit a long note he would do this shoulder shimmy thing and then he would wiggle his hand in front of his mouth for vibrato(?) I literally pinched myself so I wouldn't laugh. BUt the lesson was good with Elisa. She wants to be baptized but she also has some problems with her legs recently so she hasn't been able to go to church. We also visited a less active family. It was a Mom- Beatrice, and Her daughter- Emily. And Guess What! She lived in North Carolina for 15 years! She doesn't speak English, but she worked as a nurse at UNC! Small world, huh? Anyways she was at church Sunday and she brought her novio (boyfriend, he is not a member) And we are going to have a family home evening with them this week! Also we made arroz con leche in our room that night- sooo goood!

Saturday- Saturday was pretty hard cause it was like a holiday here. They were celebrating some Santo this week so everyone was at fiestas. We visited with Segundo again- he hit a milestone. He is pretty shy and never wants to pray out loud during the lessons but today he did! Yay, he's sweet. I just wanna hug him. Also we visited with Kat(h)y (our pensionista) she is also a recent convert, and read with her. And then we just walked for forever. Yeah there were a ton of fiestas that night. And alot of people out in the street drinking. They party hard here. 

Sunday: Church is hard sunday cause I really have for focus for 3 hours to understand what people are saying. But the end of church my brain is frrriiied. Also A homeless crazy lady showed up at the capilla. A couple people told us to stay away from her cause she was a little peligroso (dangerous). We went into our meeting and they shut to doors and some Hermanos helped her. After that we went and had Lunch with some members- LOMO SALTADO!! So gooood. and sopa de zapallo. All the food here is soo good! When we left there were some people on a street corner and they were all smiling and jabbering away and one of them held out his hand to shake mine and so i shook it, but then he didn't let go! SO I kinda jerked it out and then we walked away.. He was drunnnk! I thought he was just a happy peruvian guy (well I guess he was) but yeah i need to learn to differentiate between drunk spanish and regular spanish- it all sounds the same to me.   We visited with another less active family. It was a mom and her daughter Christina. They are so sweet and the want us to come back and have a FHE with the rest of their family this week. They are the cutest and niiicest! We also visited with Gianni- he is a less active member also. He is craaaazy! He is 33 and skinny and a little bit taller than me. And he can talk your ear off! But he is cool. He is the one that speaks english. Just the way he talks is so funny- he says the darndest things. And he gave us some pastries from the restaurant he works at. I'm seriously gonna get fat here. No Bueno. 

Yeah so this week was great- I wrote a lot and that wasn't even the half of it!
I am reading the Scriptures- really really reading- the scriptures for the first time and I am getting so much out of it. I'm getting giddy like a little kid Christmas eve because the dates at the chapter headings are getting smaller and smaller. (I'm at 6 B.C!) Y'all the scriptures are great. Everyone should really read them every day. Its impossible to read them and not know that they are true, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God- and it compliments the Bible so perfectly!
K I'm short on time! Love you guys and I love this Gospel and I looove Peru! !
With Love from Lima 

Hermana Linares, the caveman and I
Hermana Sara Scarlett
At Parque de Imaginaciones

Pregnant lady at the parque

Hermana Linares' english study - had to correct last one :)