Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Hola everyone! Things are great here in the CCM.

Last friday our teacher made us sit in a circle and we had to say nice things about everyone in our district. It really bought us closer together. It shows that our teachers are inspired becasue we hadn't really been getting along very well.

Last Saturday Hermana Saylin tore her ACL playing soccer at gym. We thought she was going to have to go home on Monday. She went and got an MRI at a tiny hospital in Mexico (we didn't get to go with her no matter how hard I tried) and her doctor back home decided that she is going to stay here until the six weeks are up then she going to go back to utah and have surgery. She'll join us in Honduras about 12 weeks after that. We are all so excited that she is able to stay for the rest of our time at the CCM, it wouldn't have been the same without her. Things were pretty chaotic for a few days while figured out what was going to happen to her.

Hermana Turner and I are still teaching Segio and Enrique. Sergio is "getting baptized" this saturday. It has been good practice to teach him enough lessons so we actually get to teach the commandments. Enrique is a bit more difficult to teach, he doesn't seem as interested. We are really trying to get to know him and find out his needs. For me, that is the hardest part of missionary work: getting someone to tell you what the problems in their life are when they don't know you very well. I never know what questions to ask. It makes it hard to teach people, not lessons. I'll figure it out some day. I like to hope it will  be easier when I'm working with real people.

Last night Hermano Hernandez had us teach each other the Gospel of Christ... except he had us do it in ENGLISH!! You would think that would be easy, but it was way harder than we thought it would be. Hermana Saylin and I were teacher Elder Baird. I kept instinctively wanting to say things like Yo sé que, or Bien, or Qué piensa sobre esta escritura? It felt so weird, but I know that the Spirit was there and that's all that matters. Plus, Elder Baird said we taught a really good lesson, so that felt good.

Also, last night Hermana Turner and i were in TRC. We started off teaching with some of our usual get to know you questions: Tell us about your family, do you believe in Christ, how do you feel about your relationship with God. The two girls we were teaching were giving us golden answers. We asked them if they had a specific religion in their lives and gave us a weird look and said, Sí, somos miembros." We were totally caught off guard. Normally members pretend to be investigadors when they come to TRC. We shared some thoughts on arrepentimiento and servicio. It was an interesting lesson.

Today has been a great day. Having pday on Thanksgiving has made it actually feel like a holiday. Lunch was really nice. They set out nice table clothes and everything. There was turkey, mashed potatoes, and some amazing pumpkin pie. It wasn't the most amazing meal but it tasted 'murican and that is all that matters. We cherish things that taste like America around here. 

A little while ago our district, one of our teachers, and some elders who got here the same day all played a game of soccer. We played on the outdoor basketball court. Ha ha only in Mexico does the basketball court have soccer goals under the hoops them. I realized that I actually kind like soccer when there isn't so much useless running. :)

Pues, I should get going. Hope you all have great Thanksgiving and another great week. Do something nice for someone this week. Love you.

Hermana Odekirk

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