Monday, March 14, 2016

Where's Jesus Manuel? (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México)

That's my half hearted attempt at word play. (Where's Waldo?)

I would tell you the story about how we decided to go to Centro (where all the cool stuff is) but the bus ended up taking us to the very edge of Saltillo.... but I'll save that story for when I get home. But I don't know if I'll be able to tell it in English...

But don't worry, I have ANOTHER story. So a while back we started teaching a man named Jesus Manuel. He's about 80 years old and has a sickness that always makes him feel dizzy. The first few lessons I wasn't super convinced that he wanted to hear our message, but then we taught the Restoration, and he went "WWWOOOOWWWWWW! I WANNA GO TO CHURCH!" He's super convinced that this is the true church and he wanted to go see what it was like. 
I was pretty sure that he was going to go to church, but for some reason I felt uneasy. Sunday morning we were going to go pick up some investigators, but I kept feeling like we needed to go make sure that he had left to go to church. So we passed by, and saw that his car wasn't there. Good! So he went. But I still felt uneasy. So we got to church, and he wasn't there! We called his phone, it was turned off. We waited, he never showed up. (The real life of missionaries). So we went into the sacrament room and sat down because the service had already started. 
I turned to my companion and said "Let's run out to the main street and see if he's there." 
Fat chance that he was going to be there, but we left the chapel and started running. The members probably thought we were crazy. We get to the main street and lo and behold, there's his car! It's easy to spot seeing as it's a red Volkswagon Beetle. But.... where was he? And THAT was when we started to hear rock and roll Christian music. We turned around and BOOM, we realized that he had entered into a rock and roll Christian church that is on the same block as the chapel. 
So what did we do? We started talking to a guy from that church that was standing outside with his kid. We kindly asked him if he could go see if there was an older man with white hair named Jesus Manuel in the church. The whole time very aware that our black name tag was shining in the sun. Within minutes Jesus Manuel came out, looking very disoriented, led by some people. 
We didn't wait for them to react and we practically dragged him to the chapel, just in time for the sacrament.
Haha later he told us that he was actually just about to leave the church that he was in because he was really confused and because he didn't see us anywhere. 
He's great!

And that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I would also tell you about the time when I had to open a pop bottle with pliers, but that's another story for another day.

Next week I'm going to learn how to make flour tortillas! Wee!!!

I love you all and I'll see you next week!

Hermana Murset

1. We teach a recent convert, Willy, outside of his house because he lives alone. This is a common occurence. I did the same with Tomas! Rain or shine.

2.Hahahaha a recent convert family that I love. The Vasquez family. The hermano is such a jokster.

Monday, March 7, 2016

6-1=5 (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México) March 7, 2016

It's not like I'm super good at math or anything, but if I count on my fingers, I only have 5 weeks left. 😲
I would start to reflect on my mission right now, but I won't do that until my last email, don't worry. 

This week went SO WELL. Goodness. I was seriously worried for our area. It seemed like the people decided that they were allergic to the sun and missionaries, so they weren't out in the street and they wouldn't open their doors. But lo and behold, they aaaaalll accepted us this week. So I'm happy. If the people are like that for the rest of my mission, I will be one happy sister.

A new assistant to the president is here. He has super long legs so beating them to contact referrals is a little more difficult. But he's cool, so I guess it's alright that we're sharing an area with them. 

The other day we went to go look for some less actives that the bishop asked us to find. We only knew their last names and when we approached the house there was a man outside. Hermana Novoa whispered "What's their last name?" and I replied "Ramos Sosa." 

She walked confidently up to the man, pointed at him in a friendly manner, and said 
"Your name is Eduardo!" 
Man, I don't know where she got the name Eduardo and he looked a little confused and I turned red and reminded her that we only knew their last names, only to hear the man reply: 
"Yeah, my name is Eduardo." 

Anyway. That's my experience for the week. I hope you enjoyed it.

Love you guys and all that stuff.

Hermana Murset

1. Maribel and Jose Manuel are two people that my companions and I found in Zarco. They got baptized on different days, but they invited us to both. They actually got baptized at the beginning of Febuary, but I just barely found the picture. They're GREAT. They're also going to invite me to eat when I leave so that I can say bye to them.
2. I said to my companion "THAT'S IT. We need a picture." So we took a selfie. I'm skinnier than normal, I know.

Let There Be Light (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México) February 29, 2016

Let me just tell you a story real quick.

So Tuesday we woke up all cheery and ready to start the day. I hopped out of bed joyfully and flipped on the light, only to find that the light didn't turn on.... Hm. That's happened to us before, but the light has always turned back on. So we went out to work. When we came back, still no light. BAAH. Turns out the light bill blew away, meaning that we never recieved it, so they cut the electricity. Hmph. So that night we took a lloonnnggg journey to the electricity place, typed in all the information, looked at how much the light bill was, and said "I have like... 50 pesos?" Yeah, we didn't have enough money. 

But two hermanas were going to stay in our house that night.

So we went and picked them up, warned them that we didn't have light, bought some stuff to eat in the morning, and went back to the house, only to find it all lit up! What the.... somebody had turned our light back on. 

Hermana Novoa yelled "GOD LOVES US!!" 
Which is true.

Aaannnddd when we woke up the next morning, there wasn't any light. We took out some money, paid the light bill, and waited.... THREE DAYS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. I know, I wouldn't survive if I was a pioneer. 
Turns out they really did turn the electricity back on, but there was a shortage so it didn't work. 

The bishop fixed it. They got a kick out of me when they asked if we had a screwdriver and I pulled one out of my bag. I found it on the street and I thought it would be useful.
But now we have light, and I am a happy missionary.

And that's my story for the week. 

That's really all that happened. But hey! I'm staying in my area with Hermana Novoa. I guess the president thinks we're a really good team. Today begins my last transfer, and before you know it, I'll be walking around in Utah.

I love you all! I can't send pictures because this computer is weird.

Hermana Murset

A fin se acerca y hay poco tiempo (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México) February22, 2016

I´ll be honest and say that I really didn´t think all that much about what I was going to write this week... soooo....

BUT. I got to go visit Zaragoza (for like the 50th time) and I took some pictures. I went to go visit the Esparza family and when I came into the house Abdiel, their little boy, yelled "HERMANA MURSET!" I nearly died. They must have been teaching him how to say my name. I took a video of him saying it, don´t worry.

I also got to see my convert Tomas!! I went to a baptism and he was there in his white shirt and tie. He has a calling in the ward and he proudly told me that he hadn´t missed a Sunday since his baptism. I was so proud and I almost cried. 

Next week I wil be starting my last transfer, and before you know it, I´ll be home and you won´t be able to get rid of me! 

I love you all. I promise.

Hermana Murset

1. Flashback.
2. Another flashback.

No Hablo Ingles (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México) February 8, 2016

I don´t know how I´m going to do it when I get home because I can´t figure out how to speak English. Sure, I speak it with American missionaries, but we seem to have created our own mix of Spanish and English. If I´m right, that happened to the Nephites one time. 

I don´t have a lot of time to write! We went to write in the morning but the church´s server was dowwwnn. So we went and did other stuff and then came back. So I have to do it quick!

This week was a pretty good one. We found 3 "escogidos" (golden investigators). They are awesome and all of them went to church. Our other investigator, Cruz Javier, was fasting for the first time. But I think he got a little confused because he showed up to church and looked like he had just rolled out of bed. He said "This fasting thing is hard! I didn´t even brush my teeth or shower so that I wouldn´t drink water. I don´t know how you people do this..." Bahahahahaha.... I was dying. 

I´m goooood. I´m starting to get a little freaked out when people ask me how much time I have in the mission. Everytime they ask me what I´m going to do afterwards my companion says "SHE´S GONNA GET MARRIED." And then that causes a riot and I can´t explain that boys are gross.

Anyway. I love you all! I hear that it´s snowing over there. Weeee! Have fun with that.

Hermana Murset

It's Raining, It's Snowing....What. (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México) February 1, 2016

So the other day we woke up, and it was pretty chilly outside. So we turned on the heater at full blast because we like to save energy, when all of the sudden Elder Ninataype (the assistant and one of the missionaries that we share the area with) called us and yelled "IT´S SNOWING!" He´s from northern Utah so this was a pretty big deal for him. And yes indeed, it was snowing. I´m pretty sure that the news of snow got on the top news and got put in the history books of Saltillo.
I would have you know that two days later I was walking around in a short sleeve shirt.
But it was cool, I have to admit. I never thought I would see snow while I was on my mission. I still haven´t written about it in my journal, though. Pecador... (Sinner...)
This week was pretty slow, but we did find a super awesome family! Their daughter has already been going to church with her grandma in a different stake. The missionaries had visited them a bunch of times, but the dad would always say nooo. But when we stopped by for our appointment, he stopped what he was doing, sat down, listened to our message, and accepted a baptismal date. You should have seen the look on his wife´s face, her eyes were bugging out from surprise, haha. We´ll see how it goes, but I have faith that they´ll progress.
This transfer is going by SO FAST. I think Hermana Novoa can feel my anxiety because I am constantly barging down the streets, knocking on doors, and demanding to be let in. Haha maybe not exactly like that, but almost. I´m just glad to be here and I´m going to make the most of the time I have left.
I love you all! I hope you have a fantastic week and I will see you in a few.
Hermana Murset
1. It wasn´t really snowing when we took the picture, but it was a real deal. Oh, and I got bangs. But they look horrible because I was soaking wet at the time. The mission isn´t a fashion show, folks.
2. The day after.

!Qúe Frío! (Oceania, Saltillo, Coahuila, México) January 25, 2016

"¡Que frio!" Is my companion's favorite phrase. It means "How cold!" 
Our house is super cold.

Hello hello hello! Here I am in Oceania, workin' hard and teachin' people. You know, the normal stuff. I am currently seated next to my companion, Hermana Novoa. She's from El Salvador and she's awesome. We set goals, and then we KEEP them. Woo! The internet cafe is like, one minute from our house, so I'm super happy. We're in the mission president's ward, so that's weird. And we share the area with the assistants. And when I mean share the area, I mean that we find them in the streets and sometimes we have to run to contact a referral before they contact them first. It's fun.

Other than that, this week has been pretty normal. Nothing wild has happened. I don't have to travel anymore! So that's pretty nice. The only excited thing was that I had a dream that I was really good friends with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and that he accepted to hear the missionary lessons. 

Life is super exciting.

I'll be super honest and say that I have nothing super wow to tell you, soooooooooooooo...... I hope that you are well and I hope that you're not freezing too much. Right now I'm in a short sleeved shirt. They say that it's going to get really cold, but they've been saying that for 2 weeks now. 
I always talk about the weather.

Anyway, I love you all tons and I hope that you have a fantastic week! 
I will leave you without a picture because I didn't take any... oops.