Well, it is the 5th transfer!!! ALREADY. My mind is in shock, I cannot believe time is going by so fast!! For this transfer I will be in......drum roll.......OLIVO, XALAPA!!! I am staying in my ward!! SOOOO EXCITED!!!!! Hermana Q and I get along so well!!!! This will also be the longest I have been with a companion! I am super pumped because I do not need to waste time trying to find a groove with my companion, we have our groove and we work so well together!!! This will be an amazing transfer!!! I know it!!!!! Ah, just so excited I cannot express it enough! Also, I am SOOOO lucky because I will be here in Xalapa for the whole summer!!! Xalapa seriously has BEAUTIFUL weather ALL the time. So, so, so, SO blessed!!!!!!
This week was a great missionary week. I cannot really describe it other than that. SUCH A GOOD WEEK TO BE A MISSIONARY!!! I can feel the Spirit guiding our steps and I feel so much love for the people here!!!!!
I have been studying and reading Our Search for Happiness. This book is TRULY amazing and I HIGHLY recommend that everyone should read it!!!! So inspirational, so motivating, I love studying in the morning!!!!!!!
The hermanas in my ward are the sweetest little old ladies. They love us so much, and show it through the amazing food they are always giving us. They melt my heart!!!! They literally spend the whole morning preparing for us, and they never want us to leave! I am always so torn, because they love our company but we have appointments too! Working on finding a balance with all the love here.
There is a fruit here called tuna. No, it is not the fish. It is from a cactus, a lot of people here eat another part of the cactus called nopal. I do not know if its a vegetable or not...but the tuna is sweet and looks kinda like a pear. But there are SO many seeds in it! Basically all seeds. And right now is the time of the tuna, so people can buy 5 kg....more than 10 POUNDS....of tuna for 10 pesos...less that a dollar. I do not know how many more tuna seeds my stomach can hold. Quite possibly I have a little forrest of tuna cactuses growing in it.
I was humming and singing in my sleep the other night, told by Hermana Q, so that is something that does not happen every day!
We got a little lost walking to the comida (dinner appointment) one day. We ended up semi-climbing the side of a smallish mountain, and emerged behind a complex called the Casas de Homex. That was great, because we knew where we were..but there was a longgggg fence, without a break, that was between us a civilization. We found a break in the fence and somehow squeezed through with all our stuff. We must have looked SO strange, 2 missionaries in skirts with bags and scriptures emerging from the woods looking slightly derranged and frantic. Yes, a woman saw us pop out of the fence and she gave us very strange looks. But ni modo!!!!
Investigators and people:
Saul: He has a new light about him!!! He seriously looks like he is glowing. And he told us he feels different too!!!! THE POWER OF BAPTISM!!!! He also told us that he is still keeping up with the harder part of the Law of Chastity, and that is GREAT to know also! A little confused with him though. On Saturday night, he called and told us that he was not going to work on Sunday because he told his boss that he had a commitment with his Heavenly Father. YES HE SAID THAT!!!! We were super pumped!!! AND THEN......he did not even go to church!!! We went to take his sons to church too, because they were supposed to be confirmed...and not one of them went! We showed up to church 40 minutes late, and guess who was visiting? Presidente Greer, our mission president!!!!!!! AHHHH. Not our proudest moment walking and bumping into people to find seats in the crowded chapel. We also went to talk with Saul last Monday night and we were talking about his baptism and then his VERYYYY drunk brother showed up. Well, the Spirit left the room, his brother kept falling off the couch, asking what our names were and where we were from ( at least 15 times), and then slightly began professing his love for me and asking me when we were going to come back to visit. Ug. Interesting week to say the least
Abi and Norma: We had an AMAZING lesson with them on Tuesday, we talked about all of the Restoration. But then we went on Friday to visit them, were told they were not there, went to visit their other cousin in another part of the houseish thing they live in, and when I walked in I saw Norma trying to hide. Being oblivious, I shout out HOLA and coax her out of her hiding place. Hermana Q said she saw Abi hiding too...but she never emerged. Once again confused as to whether or not they want to listen to us.
Yolanda and Rosalba:YOLANDA LEFT HER FRÉJOL!!!! AAAHHHHH. Meaning she left her boyfriend!!!! YAYYYYYYY. MIRACLES HAPPEN!!!! We showed up one day and she just told us straight out that she left her bean. We thought she was joking with us, but no!!! Such a strong, independent woman!!!!
Perla and Monse: These two girls are SO great! They take notes during the lessons, write down their questions, go to activities in the church, have prayed and they know that this church is true!!!! The only problem......is their moms. Very Catholic. But little by little. These girls are so sweet, have such strong spirits and their desire to learn and do the right thing is contagious. I love them like they were my own sisters!!!
I love you all! Thank you for your words of encouragement and love! I appreciate every little thing. This church is true!!! Joseph Smith restored these amazing doctrines to help us in these days. I am so grateful for my family and the example they have been for me!
Love, Hermana Westergard
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( Looked it up and I think it's a type of moth-so no too scary)