Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 Kaitee and her companion, Hermana Llerena
 This is an awesome family that has been taking the discussions with the sister missionaries.
Hermana Hall, Hermana Llerena, Hermana Yulie, and Hermano Edgar.  Hermana Julie is Kaitie's pensionista and Hermano Edgar his her husband.  Hermana Llerena is Kaitee's companion.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Here are some photos of Kaitee and her first companion, Hermana Mejia.

This week was crazy. Me and Hermana Mejia were convinced that she was going to stay and we were going to have another transfer... To the point that when our district leader called... We thought he was lying. But we packed up her stuff and Hermana Mejia left. She's in Pirai, which is another part of Santa Cruz. She's training another gringa, this'll be her third. She's going to finish training her (her new daughter already has a transfer of being trained) but at the same time she's going to be a sister leader... with an hermana in another companionship. I'm unsure how that works.... But my "mom" is awesome.
My new companion is Hermana Llerena and... We're both new. She has 6 months in the mission and she is such a hard worker. I have never worked harder in my life than I have this past week.
The day she got here every plan we had fell through... We had a lesson planned with an investigator whose name is Hermana Yanet, but only her dad and husband were home. "She'll be back in like a half hour!"
So we were sitting on a bench waiting for her to come back and I say to Hermana Llerena:
"I have a confession to make."
"Contacting really scares me still."
"Yeah, okay, we're going to practice. I'll contact this one, you'll contact the next."
Later that day she told me that contacting scares her too. She just did it because she knew she had to.
So anyway, we're both scared, but we're working. We're contacting so much, and I think my spanish has gotten a lot better this week. That's what happens when you have to talk to strangers in a foreign language, I guess.

But we're contacting a ton, finding a lot of new investigators... And she's really easy to get along with, so that's good. I miss Hermana Mejia like crazy, but she stayed in the city, so I'll be seeing her. :)
Anyway, I'll let you know the status next week of the new investigators we found! We have high goals and high hopes! :)
I love you guys! Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hey, I don't have a lot of time, so this one is going to be a little short.

Monday night the power went out and so we couldn't sleep with church
music as we usually do.... But as a result, I talked in my sleep....
IN SPANISH. I said "It's really hard to be a missionary.... but even
harder when it rains!"

I also complained that I couldn't rest on my P-Day. In my sleep.

Speaking the words of my heart, I guess.

Also this week we went to immigrations. We go to immigrations every
three months, because our visas only last that long and then we have
to extend it after that. Yeah, we were there for 8 hours. It was like
a Bolivian DMV.

I can't speak English or Spanish... This week we were in a district
meeting and another sister missionary was like "Hey, do you like
Reeses? My family sent me some, but I don't like them."

I've been craving Reeses since I got here, so I got way excited and
said "Usted have Reeses??"

.... I don't know what language I speak these days.

Transfers are this week! I find out tomorrow if me and Hermana Mejia
are going to stay together or if something is going to change, and
then Wednesday morning everything changes. This transfer is going to
be nuts. They're changing a ton of areas and taking hermanas
completely from some areas, adding them to others where there weren't
hermanas before... We're nervous. But ready to do the Lord's work
wherever He puts us.

I love you all and hope you have a great week! :)

-Hermana Hall

Monday, January 5, 2015

Here's my weekly update :)

New Years was pretty nuts. New Years here just pretty much means
parties. But people keep their Christmas lights on and there are SO
many fireworks... Super low in the sky, sketchy fireworks. At midnight
me and Hermana Mejia got up and watched them and the whole sky was lit
up... It was so cool. We also figured out that we lived in 2015 longer
than you guys! I lived three hours and one year later than my family!

The Morales family made us dinner and it was so good. So stinkin'
good. We also passed by Hermana Julie's house (my pensionista) and she
gave us these sparkly headband things that said "Feliz 2015." That's
going to be a pretty cool souvenier, especially since 2015 is the year
where I'm going to be a missionary all year!

But when we got home there was a party in the house behind ours...
They started playing music at 10.30 and when we woke up at 6:30....
they were still playing music. When they party in Bolivia, they party.
But then we left to go to our zone conference, and there was no one in
the streets. It was eerie. Everyone was late to the meeting because
they couldn't find a taxi, much less a micro (bus). So New Years was

Hey, thank Julie Lewis and Doris Barton for me! Doris sent me a letter
and Julie had all of the activity day girls write me. They're so cute.
Also tell Granny B thank you thank you thank you for the Christmas
package. It was awesome.

Oh, funny story! We live above a family and our landlord has a
daughter nicknamed "Chichita." She's super cute and way funny...

Well, sometimes the Zone Leaders have to come to the apartment... And
before I got here one of the ZLs came and she pretty much fell in love
with him. And she was always joking around with Hermana Mejia like
"Where's my gringo?"

One day she was kidding with us about how she doesn't like Latinos and
how she wants a gringo... Hermana Mejia told her that the Elder she
had a crush on went home... And I was like "Hey, my brother's
single... and he knows Spanish!"

And now she calls me her "cuñadita," or "sister-in-law." So tell
Dustin if he's ever in South America... He's got a date.

That was pretty much my week. This is the last week before transfers!
They call us in the night a week from tomorrow! I'm pretty much
freaking out... But God provides a way for you to do whatever He asks
of you!.