Monthly Archives: July 2014

Week 20 + HOLY COW I’M 20!!!!

July 21, 2014

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Hoooooooooooooooolaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So yeah. Today’s my birthday and I’m officially no longer a teenager. This picture is from Saturday – my companion had bought a mini cake on Saturday and we ate it in celebration of it being my almost last day as a teenager. And yes, that is a match instead of a candle that’s on top of my cake.
Today was pretty fun. My zone leaders told me last week to pick out what I wanted to do for today, but since everyone is broke  – what with it being the end of the month and all – I was just like ‘I dunno, whatever you guys wanna do’. So the elders ended up deciding to go play soccer at 7 in the morning and I was just like ‘eh why not’. I played for like 30 minutes, running around the field not having a clue what I was doing, until the hermanas and I decided to just give up and go talk on the sidelines, haha. But it was still fun. Honestly, I just kind of wanted to hang out with my zone because they’re a lot of fun.
We ended up going back to the chapel and just hung around. We played like a few games and then one of my zone leaders (Elder Dominguez) was like ‘everyone go outside we’re gonna play water balloons’ and so we all went out. Then next thing I know, all of the Latino missionaries are throwing eggs at me and screaming happy birthday. Apparently that’s a Mexican tradition for someone’s birthday (except they also through flour but they forgot to bring it). It happened so fast that I kinda didn’t know what was going on. One thing I was waiting around, and then suddenly I’m covered in eggs.
It was pretty funny seeing all of the American missionaries’ faces. They were all like ‘what the heck is going on?’ and just so shocked that the Latinos would do that. My other zone leader (Elder Brown) was so mad at his companion and he kept asking me if I was okay and if I was mad and just making sure that my day hadn’t been ruined or whatever. He’s usually pretty laidback but these last few weeks he’s been a little cranky because this is his last transfer – though the other hermanas and I are always getting onto him about how he’s not allowed to be cranky at us. But yeah, so he was super ‘preocupado’ but I was just like ‘don’t worry about it, this is great’. I mean, it was gross but I feel like I’m officially Mexican now. Then after the shock wore off, everyone started laughing and we cleaned up the church. So it all turned out good.
This is me with Elder Atwood (he's from my generation!). We were talking when the whole egg shebang happened and his sweatshirt unfortunately got caught in the cross fire.
This is me with Elder Atwood (he’s from my generation!). We were talking when the whole egg shebang happened and his sweatshirt unfortunately got caught in the cross fire.
And here I am with the mastermind behind the whole thing. Hermana Rodriguez was the one who bought the eggs and gave them to the Latino elders. She didn't want to hug me cuz I was all covered in egg yolk but I was like 'too bad, this is revenge'.
And here I am with the mastermind behind the whole thing. Hermana Rodriguez was the one who bought the eggs and gave them to the Latino elders. She didn’t want to hug me cuz I was all covered in egg yolk but I was like ‘too bad, this is revenge’.
And yeah! That was my day. Tonight I’m gonna go with some recent converts and they’re gonna make me chilaquiles (probably my favorite food I’ve eaten here) so I’m super happy about that. The other hermanas in my area were gonna buy a cake for today, but since we had to be at the soccer field at 7, they were like ‘we’ll eat it tomorrow at district meeting’. Plus, there’s this family in the ward that kind of just adopts us missionaries, who are gonna give me cake on Sunday when we eat with them, so it’ll be good.
Thanks for you guys all writing me this week! I think this is the first time that all three of the potos wrote me the same week, so that was a nice surprise. Oh, and HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY TO JD!!!!! Lila sent me pictures of that feast you guys and I may be just the slightest bit jealous. I can always count on JD to pig out on his bday. I’m glad you’re all doing well and that you had a good time.
And now for a few more photos:
Here are the hermanas and I at a stake activity from last night. Our stake has a youth choir that's really good and so they did this program that was a little a la 'music and the spoken word', and it was really beautiful.
Here are the hermanas and I at a stake activity from last night. Our stake has a youth choir that’s really good and so they did this program that was a little a la ‘music and the spoken word’, and it was really beautiful.
Elder Atwood sleeping it out right after we got back from playing soccer, haha.
Elder Atwood sleeping it out right after we got back from playing soccer, haha.
And just a little more Mexican artwork for you.
And just a little more Mexican artwork for you.
So yeah! That’s it for now and I hope you all have a greaaaaaaaaaat week! This week there’s an EFY going on for all the stakes in Queretaro and all of the missionaries here are invited to participate on Wednesday, so that’ll be fun. But more details next week!
Love you!
Hna Sanabria

Week 19!!!

July 14, 2014

Holllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

So this week was a pretty good week. There really wasn’t much that happened out of the ordinary – we’ve been finding new people to teach and working on their progression. Every week Presidente gives us study assignments from Preach My Gospel and this week we’ve been studying Chapter 4, which is how we can learn to recognize the Spirit and I love it. It’s probably one of my favorite chapters from PMG and I highly recommend you guys to read it because it really has been making a difference in my every day life.
Today we finally had another zone activity, except we just went to the stake center to play basketball and Uno. It was pretty chill but still fun because we got new missionaries in the zone and so we were all getting to know each other. We all went to eat at KFC afterwards and it was hilarious because there was this elder, who’s from Utah but he’s Samoan, who bought like a whole chicken bucket just for himself and was just pigging out and you could tell that he was in heaven. It was just really funny to me because it reminded me of something JD would do.
Anyway, I don’t really have much pictures for this week because there hasn’t been much to do. But for now, here’s a picture of this crazy chihuahua  that lives a few houses down from us.
I call him Mad-Eye Moody. And now for some pictures from today with the other hermanas in my district.
I call him Mad-Eye Moody.

And now for some pictures from today with the other hermanas in my district.

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And that’s pretty much it as far as my pictures go. Next week I’ll have much more. Ahhhhh, I can’t believe this is my last week as a ‘teenager’. It’s so weird that I’m gonna be 20 – it makes me feel ‘so old’ (in the voice of Tula’s dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding). I have no idea what I’m going to do on my birthday, especially since it’s a P-Day and all. My zone leader was just like, you tell us what you want to do and we’ll do it, which doesn’t help because I’m terrible at coming up with activities but hopefully I’ll be able to figure something out.
Anyway, I’m glad that you’re all doing well! Thank you Dad, for giving me that super detailed update on the World Cup. Ever since Mexico got kicked out, the World Cup kinda died around here. And Isaac, try not to suffer too much with your reading assignments for AP Euro. 300 pages really isn’t that much. 😛
Hope you guys enjoy your time together before Lila goes out to Provo and Isaac back to Florida.
So yeah! That’s about it for this week!
Looooooooooooooove,
Hna Sanabria

 

 

Week 18 + Transfers!!!

July 7, 2014

So last night we found out about transfers and………….

it looks like I’m going for 6 months in Tejeda! And I get to stay with Hermana Kitchen! We (as in the 4 hermanas in my district) were all dreading transfers last night cuz none of us wanted to leave because we really enjoyed being together us girls and yeah. When we found out that none of us got changed, we were like ‘YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!’ and so we’re all super happy right now.
This week was pretty good. We found like 6 new investigators who seem pretty promising. One of them is this 16 year old kid named Roberto and he’s golden! We met him on Saturday and invited him to a baptism the other sisters were having and he was like ‘yeah, I’m gonna do everything possible to go’, and we were like oh great, because that’s what everyone says to not commit themselves. But we get to the baptism and he actually showed up! And it was so cool because afterwards he was like ‘Can I get baptized?’ and my companion and I were just like ‘OF COURSE!!!!’.
PLUS he also showed up to church the following day and stayed for ALL 3 HOURS!!!! Then after church, he called us and asked us about fasting and if he could do it and how we was going to some stake activity in the evening and that he wanted to sign up for some courses that the church was offering. And then this morning he called us again about some questions he had while he was reading the Gospel Principles manual and how he was doing the extra study assignments in the back of the Restoration pamphlet we left him and aaaahhhhhhh! He’s such an awesome person! Definitely one of those ‘tender mercies’ from the Lord, because he’s probably the most dedicated and committed investigator I’ve had in the mission so far.
And yeah. That’s pretty much the most exciting thing that happened this week. Well, besides the part where I got a cold – and on the 4th of July, too! I had all these plans to make the 4th super special – like I was going to make pancakes for breakfast, and wear red, white and blue, and all that fun stuff. But I woke up feeling awful and was like – nope, there’s no way I’m cooking today. Much less put an effort into my appearance. So yeah, that was unfortunate. Thankfully, my ward mission leader was able to give me a blessing (plus some amazing anti-flu pills) and afterwards I just stayed in my house all day sleeping. But by Saturday I was perfectly fine. All I have now are just mocitos and a little cough. So no worries, Mommy!
I’m glad you guys had a good time and ate well. I ate pozole, which is this amazing traditional Mexican soup thing (it’s giant white corn kernels, in a caldito, with shredded pork and you eat it with tostadas and it’s amazing!) that’s super delicious. But yeah.
And now for some pictures!
Here's a picture of my zone right after our district meetings. This was the last time we were all together because the other district all had changes, which I'm a little bummed about because I really enjoyed my zone this transfer, but oh well.
Here’s a picture of my zone right after our district meetings. This was the last time we were all together because the other district all had changes, which I’m a little bummed about because I really enjoyed my zone this transfer, but oh well.
And a goofy picture, of course.
And a goofy picture, of course.
A little bit of Mexican art for you.
A little bit of Mexican art for you.
And this was from today at Carl's Jr. with my district. By the way, I GOT BANGS! (To quote Elle Wood's friend from Legally Blonde)
And this was from today at Carl’s Jr. with my district. By the way, I GOT BANGS! (To quote Elle Wood’s friend from Legally Blonde)
And that’s it for this week! Loooooooooooooooove you!
Hna Sanabria

Week 17 + La Peña!!!

June 30, 2014

Hola!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, so today you guys are gonna get A LOT of pictures because for P-Day we went to La Peña de Bernal, which is pretty much this giant rock. Like, it’s the 3rd largest rock (peña) in the world, or something. And I actually hiked it. Well, 3/4 of the way up because I think the rest we needed equipment or we ran out of time or whatever. It was pretty exhausting but the view was so worth it. Since it’s a lot of pictures, I’m gonna send them as attatchments in separate emails and just put a few in this one.
Originally this was supposed to be a zone activity, but none of the elders in the other district were able to get a ride (the only way we could go was if a brother/sister from our wards could take us, stay there with us, and then give us a ride back), so it ended up being just a district activity. Hermano y Hermana Kinsey (he’s from Arizona but married a Mexicana) was kind enough to take us and also bought us all breakfast and snacks and he was just awesome. This us with them and their dog Bruno in front of one of the million catholic churches that were in the little pueblito.
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My district!
My district!
This is us after climbing the Peña (it's that giant rock thing behind us). While we were up there, we found two other elders from the other zone here in Queretaro who had gone by themselves because no one from their district could get a ride.
This is us after climbing the Peña (it’s that giant rock thing behind us). While we were up there, we found two other elders from the other zone here in Queretaro who had gone by themselves because no one from their district could get a ride.
And here am I at the top of the peña. Well, not all the way at the top but pretty close. I still can't believe I actually made it up there.
And here am I at the top of the peña. Well, not all the way at the top but pretty close. I still can’t believe I actually made it up there.

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So yeah! That was my P-Day. It was a ton of fun though now we are all exhausted. We were all joking around saying how we should write to Presidente saying that we shouldn’t have to do exercises the rest of the year because with the hike it was sufficient. Also, for all of us (menos our district leader Elder Lima), it was our first time visiting the peña and we were like ‘first and last time’ because holy cow. I’m surprised I didn’t get a nose bleed from that hike.
As for my week, well it was pretty good. We’re still working on finding more people to teach but little by little we’re starting to reach our goals which is awesome. I can’t believe it’s already the last week of transfers! Ahhhh, I really hope we can all stay the same for another one because it’s been so much fun and my zone/district is pretty awesome. But I still have a week to find out what’s gonna happen. There really isn’t much other news to say – it’s still raining a lot but I haven’t gotten sick, which is great. And yeah. Hope everyone is doing well back home!
Looooooooooooooooove,
Hna. Sanabria

Week 16 + PICTURES! (A week late because of the power outage)

June 30, 2014

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‘GET THAT CORN OUT OF MY FACE!!!!’ (but not really because it is delicious)
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It’s been raining here LIKE CRAZY!!!!!
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This is Emilio. He’s a youth here in our ward and we went to his family’s home to celebrate both his and my companion’s birthday. His older brother is serving in Chile (I think Santiago North or something like that), so his parents are always asking me about how Chile is and stuff.
Okey dokey, so first things first:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DALILA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhh, it is so weird that she’s 18 now. What the heck, when did she become an adult?! But seriously, feliz cumpleaños and all that fun stuff. Also, happy belated Father’s Day to Daddy. Totally forgot about it, sorry.
Also, HOLY COW I CAN’T BELIEVE MITO IS 2ND COUNSELOR!!! That is so weird yet awesome! We are definitely all growing up.
I’m so glad you’re all doing well. Things are going pretty good here.
So yesterday the power went out while I was writing and I only have a few minutes to tell you guys I’m okay but I looked and saw that it saved my draft so I’m just gonna send it now. Next week there will be more, don’t worry!
Loooooooooooove you!​

Week 15 + Interviews!!!

June 16, 2014

So good news first – I finally bought a camera!!! I got it this morning at Walmart so I haven’t really taken any pictures yet, but next week there will be plenty. So yeah, I’m sure Mom is super happy about that.

As far as the work goes, we’ve been focusing a lot on trying to find new investigators. It’s been a little frustrating because all of the investigators that we had in teaching dropped because they haven’t been progressing. Not only do they not come to church, but we haven’t been able to find them in their houses either. But thankfully we recieved a lot of referrals this week (15 – the most I’ve ever got in one week in my whole mission), so we’re praying that we’re going to have a bunch of new investigators soon. My area has improved a lot since when I first got here – the members are getting more involved and motivated, and they’re really starting to focus more on ‘la obra misional’. We still got a ways to go with them, but things really are starting to pick up.
On Tuesday we had another zone council and it was amazing. It was pretty much all focused on the Atonement and holy cow – spirtitual overload. We started it off singing ‘The Lord is My light’ and then my zone leader goes and asks all of us to think about how Christ is personally our light. So for like 15 minutes we were all sitting there, pondering about our personal relationship with Jesus. And wow. It was both super amazing but at the same time, a bit of a guilt trip because we all came to the conclusion that we really didn’t know Christ as well as we should. So we put a goal as a zone to focus on the Atonement this week in our studies and apply it to us personally, and yeah. It has really made a HUGE difference. I was super thankful towards my zone leaders that day because you could really tell that they had put a lot of prayer and thought into their lesson. We had to take like a 10 minute break after that, before going onto all of the ‘technical’ stuff (like goals, rules, questions, etc), because everyone was teary-eyed and no one wanted to interrupt the reverent Spirit that was there. It was almost temple-level reverance. Yeah, it was awesome.
And I feel like I’ve really learned a lot about the Atonement this week, both on an intellectual and spiritual level. I almost finished all of Jesus the Christ (I have 10 chapters left) which has helped a lot, but also just thinking personally on how the Atonement has applied in my life. Like all of the dumb things I did or my disobedience, and seeing how all of that has been forgiven because of Him. It’s just like this huge feeling of peace and yeah. It’s pretty amazing.
Though the highlight of my week has to be when we had interviews with Presidente. As you all know, I love hearing my mission president speak. However, it’s so much more awesome when it’s on a personal, one to one level. The first thing he asked me when I entered his office was how my relationship was going with my companion. I was like, it’s going great (and it is, because Hna Kitchen is pretty awesome). He then asks me ‘How about with Hna. Aguilar’ and I was like ‘Yeah, that didn’t go so great’. And he chuckled at my directness, and then he started talking to me about how he had always been aware of my struggles. Which surprised me, because I really didn’t think he knew about how tough it was being with my trainer, since I did my best not to ever mentioned it. But he had known all along and when he began to talk to me about he was aware of my suffering (that’s how he phrased it), I just got really emotional. Because it was true, my first three months were pretty much the hardest months of my life and mainly because of my trainer. And for the longest time I felt like it was all my fault that our relationship wasn’t well. That I was the prideful one and that every time something went wrong, it was because I wasn’t good enough. And there was a moment during those 3 months where I honestly felt like I couldn’t do anything right, that I was an awful missionary.
However, when Presidente began to explain to me how he knew I had suffered a lot but how he put me with her for two transfers because that was what the Lord had directed him, I felt a lot of peace. And it’s true, I learned a lot from those 3 months. I learned to rely completely on the Lord and it really helped me strengthen my testimony. It also really helped me regain my confidence. And then he began to talk about how he knew that I had a lot of potential. That I was a really sweet person but I also had a spirit that was ‘inmenso’. That I had the ability to impart confidence to those around me. And it was amazing, because afterwards he explained that everything he had just said, came to him from the Spirit and it’s true. Everything he said were things that sounded practically identical to my Patriarichal blessing and I know that the only way he could have known those things, were if was in tune with the Spirit. And yeah. That interview was just a huge testimony builder for me – not only of the authority of my mission president and how he truly is someone called of God, but also in the love that Heavenly Father has for me. That He truly knows me personally – He knows all of my strengths and weaknesses. He is aware of my needs and my problems, and he only wants the best for me. And even though it may not be what I want, I’ve come to realize that Heavenly Father truly does know best.
I heard that part of the process the apostles make in assigning someone to a certain mission, is that they also take into consideration who the mission president is. And I know that Heavenly Father sent me here to Queretaro because this is the best mission for me to truly reach my potential. All of the experiences I’ve had here – both good and bad – have been in order to help me become the person Heavenly Father wants me to be. And it’s amazing.
And yeah, I know this church is true and that Jesus is the Christ. That he is my Savior. And there’s nothing more amazing than to have that perfect knowledge that I am a child of God, and that he knows me personally and by name.
I’m so glad you’re all doing well and I promise next week I’ll write back to Isaac better because I’m out of time, but yeah. Love you!
Loooooooooooooooooove,
Hna. Sanabria