April 13, 2015
Well, it’s been an interesting week. I don’t really know what to say. It’s been a little bit of a difficult one. My poor companion is in a lot of pain pretty much every day. She hates staying in and resting, but it’s a necessary thing. Some days we aren’t able to leave so it can be hard on her because she wants to go out and leave so badly. And I mean I do too, but sometimes I have to be the reasonable one and tell her that it’s okay and her health is the most important. Sometimes I just feel like I have no idea what to do in order to help her. So that can be really hard because sometimes I feel like I’m failing her as a companion. But igual, hay que seguir adelante. She’s super great though. I’m definitely learning a lot a lot this transfer!
Last week we did exchanges with some hermanas. (There’s a super awesome story that I’ll be saving for after the mission, so make sure when you ask me about it to ask me about my first exchanges with Palermo jaja) I was with a new Hermana (she’s in her second transfer of training) named Hermana Olivares from Chile. We were in her area and it was just so much fun. She is an incredible missionary already. I love her. I learned so much from her. I found a life long friend in just one day of divisions. She’s so awesome! :) Something she told me is that something she thinks is super important in a future spouse and just in life in general is to be able to suffer well. I thought about that and I basically thought it was genius. I mean, we all have struggles and trials in life, and we can always choose how we suffer through the trials. (This actually all might make more sense in Spanish....Sufrir bien). Anyways, what it means more than anything is that we choose the attitude we have in our trials. We can choose to go through trails with a bad attitude suffering horribly and constantly asking why me, why me OR we can choose to smile through the hard times and be happy. There is always something positive in every situation and we choose if we want to see the positive or not. Suffering well, or suffering happily. It’s something that I want to apply in my life personally.
Also in the exchanges we were just sitting there waiting for a member to accompany us when this guy just walks up to me with his hand extended to shake my hand and says "Hermana Van!!" I was like what?? Then I realized it was a member from Palermo that had accompanied me and Hermana Cipriano like 7 months ago! It was crazy! It turns out that he is now menos activo and the hermanas in Palermo had never been able to get in contact with him before. And then I just show up knowing him and we find him in the street! Too crazy!!! :)
Basically the greatest thing ever happened to me yesterday!! We were just talking to some ladies knitting in the street yesterday when one of them turns to me and was like "Vos sos colombiana?" Translation: "Are you Colombian?" I was thrilled!!! It’s super rare when people think I’m not from Germany or Ukrainia or Holland. If they think I’m from South America it’s always Brazil! But nope, not yesterday! They thought I was from an actual South American Spanish speaking country! All because of my accent (well that’s what she said to me afterwards.) So yeah, it was a very proud moment of mine!! :)
Basically not a whole lot to report this week. PERDOOOONNNNNN!!!! Jajaja! I think mostly I’m just getting super lazy. But I can’t even think about what else has happened. It’s just been a normal week. Well, Nicolas didn’t get confirmed, but next week he for sure will!! We’re having a bit of a hard time finding right now, but it’s okay. We’ll be finding elegidos super soon! This week without a doubt! Thanks so much for everything! I love you all a fullllll!!!! :) Remember, when we love the way the Savior does, miracles happen. And of course, Stay Anxiously Engaged!! :)