Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lots of pictures..

Hurry up! My ice cream is melting

Hola, buen día,
¡Como está, mi querida familia? Espero que todo esté bien. Argentina is still good, getting hotter day by day. I´m convinced that I´m not going to make it through the summer here, but I guess we´ll wait and see. This week was a pretty good one, besides the ever mounting pressure to baptize. This week on the 18th of September was the Día Patria de Chile (their independence day) so Hna. Abarzua and I got to go to a little party with the Abuelitos (they´re from Chile too). They had a little Chile flag and lots of Chilean music playing. One of the CDs that other missionaries had burned for them had the United States National Anthem and I had a patriotic moment by myself when it came on. ¡Aguante America! I mean... Go America! We ate some empanadas and enjoyed hanging out with the Abuelitos. They´re so great and always take care of the missionaries.
Victor and Cristina didn´t come to church this week (because they said they already have a church), but another investigator named Estelia Maris came to church. I was really confused when she had the exact same name as a menos activa that we visit, but it turns out that Estelia Maris is a first name. We passed by her house and talked to her for a while on Saturday morning. We invited her to come to church and said that it´s really important and she said she would go. We went with her to church on Sunday and she really enjoyed all three hours. The branch president gave her a Gospel Principles book and when we went to her house yesterday, she had been reading it and knew that you have to be baptized with authority and when you are older. I was pretty impressed. We asked her to be baptized and she said that she doesn´t want to change churches so we will see what happens with her. She really liked Relief Society though when Hna. Currulef taught about faith. She asked if anyone has ever tried a new recipe before. And how does it come out? Everyone laughed and said it always comes out bad the first time. Hna. Currulef explained that this is like faith...that sometimes we expect everything to come out perfectly the first time we try it and that we´ll have perfect faith, but sometimes you have to try a few times. We have all the ingredients and the recipe, but we need to give ourselves a few tries before everything comes out perfectly. Oddly, it made more sense to me in Spanish, but it was a really good lesson.
Also, we had companion exchanges (thank you, Jonathan for the correction) this week again. I went to Hospital again, but this time with Hna. Acosta. Hna. LaPray came to La Falda and ate a whole bag of the Reese´s Mom sent me (and Hna. Abarzua is obsessed with Reese´s so she was SOOO excited). It´s a good thing I really like her. I had a good time with Hna. Acosta. We tried to contact a bunch of references we´d received, but a lot of them were fake addresses. Then we decided to visit a menos activa. The lady hadn´t been to church in 10 years or so and she told us her whole life story. Then Hna. Acosta asked if we could share a scripture with her from the Book of Mormon and she said she´d prefer if we didn´t. She said that she didn´t feel the church was necessary and she said she feels she has a good relationship with God. I was feeling sensitive about her ripping apart all the things I hold so dear, but I just decided to not say anything. Then Hna. Acosta suggested we sing a hymn instead. We started singing Families Can Be Together Forever and I just lost it. The tears started rolling down my cheeks and I couldn´t stop and I definitely couldn´t sing (pobrecita, Hna. Acosta). I just felt so sad for this lady that she didn´t understand how much happiness the gospel brings. It was the first time I´ve cried like that in a lesson and the lady told me that i need to toughen up because people are going to reject me. It was a pretty rough experience, but it just helped me understand even more how important the gospel and the Book of Mormon and my family all are to me. And Hna. Acosta probably thinks I¨m nuts now.
I also found out one more awesome thing about Argentina. It´s called La Torta de 80 Golpes. Apparently, they hit the dough 80 times and that´s why it´s called that, but it´s REALLY good. Nice job, Argentina. Well, everything is going good here. I´m helping Hna. Abarzua learn English and she´s really improving. Hna. LaPray taught her to say," Hurry up! My ice cream is melting!" during divisions and she used it on me the next day. I died laughing. We have only a week and a half left of this transfer. It went by so fast. But our little branch and the missionary work here is going great. I love you all so much and am so grateful that I know we´ll be together forever.
Hna. Seegmiller
P.S. Being "a dieta" totally stinks.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Vainillas are my life-September 15, 2010

Hello familia,
How goes everything? I hope everyone is happy and going to church and praying for your missionaries. This week was a pretty good one. On Sunday, Victor and Cristina came to church randomly. We invited them, but we had very little hope that they would actually come. They showed up for sacrament meeting with their two little kids and enjoyed it. It was fast and testimony meeting, which is a little bit more awkward in a branch because there are less people to bear their testimonies and then some people don´t want to. I think Victor and Cristina enjoyed it though. Also, a menos activa that we´ve been working with named Elizabeth Bleuler (who actually has a brother named Lehi) also came to church with her daughter and shared her testimony. It was really special and powerful. She said that the gospel has helped her through a lot of really hard things in her life and that she has always known it is true. Afterwards, she told me that it had been 15 years since she had borne her testimony in church. I was happy for her, but also determined to tell everyone I meet to not let 15 years pass before bearing their testimony. One good thing about the awkwardness was that I got to bear my testimony in sacrament meeting. I never want to take the time of the members so I never do, but this time there wasn´t really any reason not to. I love bearing my testimony because it´s really how I strengthen my testimony. Every time I say out loud the things I believe, I just feel it even stronger that they are true. There´s no way I can deny that I know my Savior lives and that this is his church on the earth. I just wish I could share a strong enough testimony to make everyone else know that too.
Besides that, this week was an interesting week for names. I met a girl named Abigail, which is a nice name in English, but extremely hideous in Español (you pronounce it like Ah-big-eye-eel...super ugly) and another girl named Heidi (Hay-dee...not quite as bad). Also, there´s a family in our ward that has four daughters, who are named María Paz, María Luz, María Sol, and María Luna. I thought the parents were totally nuts until I realized that they are just the Argentine version of Kayela, Kortni, Karli, and Kasidy. I guess that makes me María Luna. But I don´t know what they´re going to do for Jordan and Jarrett if they come along. Maybe Mario Paloma and Mario Arbol or something. Poor little kids... :)
Also, random note - Footloose is playing on the speakers in this ciber and I am enjoying it way more than the kissing song that was playing before.
Another exciting thing that happened concerning missionary work is that we went with a 13 year old girl in our ward (her dad was going to come too, but couldn´t at the last moment) to visit Jorge and Estela and we challenged them to get baptized. I was actually the one who was explaining why baptism was important and asked them to be baptized. It was the first time I´ve done that so it was a little scary. Then the little girl shared a really cute testimony of her baptism and Hna. Abarzua set the date for October 17th (which just happened to be Estela´s birthday). They have a lot of problems and are super humble right now so I think they really need the gospel. Jorge said that he wants to set that as a goal, but that he thinks the most important thing is to pray. YES, Jorge! PRAY!! So we will see if he does it. I hope so.
And finally, today for P-day, our district activity didn´t happen because President says that we need to use Pdays to clean the house until we have baptisms every weekend so we stayed at home and played beauty shop. Hna. Abarzua is a cosmetologist so she plucked my eyebrows for me, tinted them to a darker color, and cut my bangs. She also told me that one of my eyes is bigger than the other and higher than the other... "no, it´s not really important. I just want you to be self-conscious for the rest of your life." Gracias. But I am now parting my hair on the other side to cover my bigger eye...haha. Ánd tonight we´re going to finish by doing my nails and next week, she wants to show me how to wax my legs. So I am definitely learning some new things on the mission. But she´s really great and I like working with her a lot. She´s pretty convinced that she´s getting transferred in a little while so then i have no idea who will come to La Falda.
Well, family, I hope everything is going great at home. I love you and I pray for you always. Good luck with everything you´re doing. Pray for me and Hna. Abarzua. Love you so much!
Hna. Seegmiller
P.S. Vainillas are a delicious cookie that we eat all the time and we dip them in milk.
P.P.S. We also found out this week that you can kinda create chocolate frosting if you dump some chocolate milk mix (Nesquik) into a half liter of dulce de leche. So delicious... :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Así con la life- September 8, 2010

Hola querida familia,
¿Cómo va? Espero que todo esté bien. Everything is good here in lovely Bahía Blanca. A lot of stuff has actually happened this week. I forgot to tell you last week that this week on Friday, I was going to be participating in divisions with the other hermanas in Bahía. The other hermanas are Hermana Acosta, a Paraguaya, and Hna. LaPray, my companion from the MTC!!! I was excited to be in the same city as her, but we were sure we wouldn´t get to work together for divisions because we came together. But we asked our leaders who would go with who for divisions and they put me and Hna. LaPray together!! So I got to go spend the night at her house on Thursday night and work in Hospital (her area) all day Friday while Hna. Acosta went to La Falda. It was so fun! It was so good to see her again and we got to catch up on four months of mission life and what´s going on in our families. We couldn´t stop talking and laughing. It was so good to be funny again. I still haven´t figured out how to be funny in Spanish and I don´t speak a lot of English anymore. All of the citas she had planned fell through, but we spent some time with a recent convert guy who´s having trouble understanding the scriptures and I think we really helped him. We did a bunch of contacts, none of which were really successful, but the most exciting thing - we totally spoke in Spanish to everyone and understood them!! At the end of the day, we were thinking about how four months ago, we couldn´t have done that and now we can. We accomplished something! It was a very good 24 hours and divisions are super great, I decided.
We also had our Stake Conference this weekend so we got to go to that. Elder Aidukaitis, 1st counselor in the area presidency, came to talk to the Argentines. He was super bold, which was good because I´m pretty sure that´s exactly what they need. He said things like," If you´re less active, REPENT and go back to church. Forgive whoever offended you and come back to church." Then he made each group stand up, like boys from 19-25 and told them that God would be offended if they didn´t serve missions. Pretty intense. Then he asked the girls from 12-18 to stand up and told them that it´s "better to die single than to get married outside the temple. And if you marry outside the temple, you are basically writing your own bill of divorcement because you´re going to be separated at death." It was super good to listen to and I loved everything he said. It was a super good conference until right before the closing prayer when some random guy went up to the pulpit and said," I just want to clear something up. I was a little offended by what the authority said because we got married outside the temple. I just want to tell my wife that I love her." And then he turned around to see his wife, who was sitting on the stand in the choir and said," Te quiero, Luciana. No voy a divorciarme de vos!" (I love you, Luciana. I´m never going to divorce you!) The stake president got up and escorted him away and left everyone with their mouths hanging open, not really knowing what to say. It was pretty entertaining for me. He´s actually an eternal investigator who´s married to a member and she was bawling, probably of embarrassment. I don´t think he understood very well what the elder said. But it was definitely an experience. Then everyone started moving and the whole congregation started kissing each other (traditional Argentine besos) and shaking hands and it was impossible to get through. My first Stake Conference in Argentina... unforgettable.
This week, I was explaining to my companion about how I would always joke with Hna. Davis when she would say "Mission accomplished" about some little task she had finished. I would always say," Mission accomplished? Sweet. I guess we can go home now." I think it got a little old for her after a while, but I was always entertained. So I was telling Hna. Abarzua about this and she said," It´s more like Mission impossible." and then she started singing the theme song to Mission Impossible and hiding behind bushes and shooting a cat with a fake gun. It was pretty funny. And now sometimes when people on the street reject us or a cita falls through, we start singing the theme song to Mission Impossible and it helps us feel better about life.
Also, we had Zone Conference yesterday when Elder Aidukaitis came to talk to our mission. And after all the stuff he said in stake conference, I was kinda scared of what he was going to do to us. He asked us what we all had put for our goal for baptisms this week and almost everyone put 0. You have to have an investigator go to church 3 times before you can baptize them so none of us could have a baptism, but he told us that we had put that as our goal because we didn´t have desire to baptize people and we didn´t have faith that we could. It was kinda hard to hear, but in the end, it was really helpful and I think we needed to hear it. All the missionaries in the mission have kinda come to accept lately that our mission just doesn´t baptize people and we have to come to grips with that fact. But that is not true. There are people prepared in Bahía Blanca just like there are in every other part of the world and Heavenly Father can tell us where they are. He also taught us how to challenge people to get baptized on the first lesson and it´s not as scary or hard as I thought. So that night after the conference, we went to our investigators´ house and challenged two of them to get baptized and they said they would. Their date isn´t until December because they have to get married first, but they said they want to do that too. The problem is that they are moving houses this Thursday so some elders will have to continue teaching them, but that´s totally fine. I feel good about handing them over with their baptismal date and it´s totally fine if someone else gets to baptize them. So now we´ve decided to do that with all our investigators. I think sometimes people don´t get baptized because we don´t ask them to. But that´s what we are here for so that´s what we need to start doing. We still need to find some new investigators because we´re lacking a little bit, but I´m excited for this new view.
Also, I was pretty sad to hear about Big Girlie dying. She´s been around for so long, but I had a feeling she might not be there when I got back, so I said bye to her when I left. And we have the Plan of I know I´ll see her again? haha. No, I really had to try hard to keep from crying, but it´ll be okay. Also, Bahía´s weather is crazy. We never know whether it´s going to be hot or cold or windy or nice weather and it changes halfway through the day. I´m really scared for summer here and I think it´s already on its way. I´m pretty sure I´m going to die. But at least we have the Plan of Salvation.... oh gosh. Well, family, I hope everything is good at home. Good luck with everything! Know that I love you and pray for you multiple times a day. You are great.
Hna. Seegmiller aka Kasidy :)
P.S. We go to a really ghetto ciber so I can´t send pictures, but hopefully next week, we´ll go to a nice one and I can send some. We went to the Walmart in Bahía today and the Argentine equivalent of Costco so I have some fun pictures of that. Love you!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

¡BYYYEEE-ah Blanca!- September 1, 2010

Hola familia,
How´s everything at home? It sounds like everything is going well. My mission president told me that school started this past Monday when we were at his house for lunch. He is on Facebook a lot, talking to return missionaries and stuff so he knew that a bunch of them were starting school again. It was weird to think of all my friends who are going to school again. It´s nice to not think about school, but school is a lot less stressful.
This week was good though. I´m just trying to find my way in the new area and figuring out Bahía. Hna. Abarzua talks to everyone on the streets so I´ve gotten in the habit of talking to everyone again too and it makes me feel like a better missionary. Just like all my other companions, she doesn´t talk to men so I contact all the men. They have families and stuff too, but I stay away from the super creepy ones (and I taught Hna. Abarzua how to say creepy). I went to our branch for the first time on Sunday and I liked it. Most of the members are really young and a lot of them are returned missionaries. There are like 40 members, but only about half of them went this Sunday. A ton of people are sick right now... like four members of the branch are in the hospital, but all with different things. Pretty crazy. And the abuelitos told us that 8 people in our neighborhood have died of cancer in the past few years. Cancer´s not contagious, right?
This week, we spent a lot of time trying to find new people to teach. One day, I was really excited to go out and work and find new people to teach. We started knocking doors and a cute little old lady named Rosa let us in. We talked to her for a good two hours, testifying over and over again of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and how you just need to pray to ask God. She´s been Catholic all of her 70+ years of life and she said probably 50 times," No me voy a cambiar." I´m not going to change. We asked her if she had ever asked God if the Catholic church is true and she said that her church doesn´t teach that. It was a super draining experience talking to Rosa because we really gave her everything that we have to give. We tried to tell her what she needs to do, but she had already closed the door on it. It did help me realize once again that our church is true. Our church does teach us to ask God if it´s his church. They tell us to ask often so we can know for sure. And we can say that because we know that every time, the answer will be yes, the church is true. Now all we can do for Rosa is pray that she´ll change her mind.
I got to meet Beatriz this week, an investigator who is excited about going to church! The only problem is that when Hna. Abarzua and Hna. Tingey (who was here before me and everyone says she´s divina! She´s really great though) met Beatriz, she didn´t have a job. So Hna. Abarzua prayed that she would find a job and the next day, she got a job... a job where she works on Sundays so now she can´t go to church. Oh, life is funny. Sometime, she wíll have a Sunday off and then she´s going to go with us. She also has six kids, all of whom have complicated lives. They are all super cool and nice though and friends with each other (and I really like them because they remind me how fun it is to have siblings nearby) and the gospel could definitely help them. A bunch of them need to get married.
Also, I got the Ensign in English (now that we´re right next to the office, I can get practically anything I want. It´s SWEET!) for August and read the article by Boyd K. Packer about FInding Yourself in Lehi´s Dream. It´s a super good article and you should all read it. It kinda scared me a little bit because he says that we are living inside the great and spacious building and that is where we have to raise our kids. I´m scared to be a mom and protect my little hijitos from all the bad things in the world. But now I know more than ever that the church and the gospel are what are going to protect us and help us be happy.
Well, family, I hope this email wasn´t deathly boring for you. I´ll try to write down some funny stories this week to tell you. Today, Hna. Abarzua lost her card to ride the bus in her bag and was frantically searching for it, freaking out that she wouldn´t be able to find it before the bus came. She was talking really fast and had this scared look on her face. And she kept saying," OH man." in her little accent. That was probably the funniest thing that happened all week. She found it in time, but it was super funny watching her totally freak out and speak in English. And I learned another word in Spanish today when we went shopping again.... estrapless (it means strapless dress). Well, good luck with everything. I love you all and pray for you all the time.
Hna. Seegmiller

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Guess where I am now? -August 25, 2010

Hola familia,
Well, this week was transfers and I left Toay! Also, I forgot to tell you last week that I just completed six months in the mission. Six months! Time has really flown by. I already have less than a year left. Craziness. Well, I was pretty sure that I was going to leave Toay and honestly pretty excited because I was getting sick of the small town and the people that don´t go to church and the tons of sand there. But I got a call on Friday night saying that I was going to La Falda with Hna. Abarzua, which was a surprise because everyone thought Hna. Abarzua was going to train. I said before transfers that the only place I was sure that I wouldn´t go is Bahia Blanca and that is where I am now. La Falda is an area that is pretty close to centro in Bahia Blanca with a ton of rich people. Another fun little tidbit is that La Falda is the branch where the President of my mission lives. So Hna. Abarzua and i have lunch every Monday with Presidente and his family. I think it´ll be fun to get to know Presidente more than just seeing him for an interview once every six weeks. We live in a little house right behind these grandparents that are in the ward here. The missionaries have rented to missionaries there for 15 years so they know all the missionaries and everyone loves them. We even get to call them Abuelita and Abuelito, which is so fun. They´re really cool and they talk a lot. They´re actually from Chile so I hear we´re going to be having a huge celebration with them in September for Chile´s independence day.
Leaving Toay actually turned out to be pretty hard. There are a lot of people there that I really love and have spent a lot of time with. We thought I would leave so I went and visited a lot of people, but Hna. Sommer got sick right before we left and so we had to stay inside. I had a lot of time to pack my stuff though, which was quite the adventure because my stuff doesn´t fit in my suitcases anymore. I had to bring a cardboard box for my shoes. I still have a lot less stuff than most of the elders though. :) We spent the most time saying goodbye to Cesar and his family, since we spent a ton of time at their house and trying to help them go to church (his daugthers went three weeks in a row now) and I love them so much. When we went to say goodbye to them, Cesar gave me a little plaque thing that is the symbol he wears on his military uniform. I´m probably going to hang it in my house someday. He also wrote this super nice letter. I translated part of it, but it sounds kinda weird. It said something like," Thank you so much, my dear friend and may God bless you in every step of your life. I want you to know that I never thought I would meet someone as special as you. Even though I don´t know your family, I would imagine that they´re like you and I send greetings (saludos) to this beautiful family. I hope that one day, we´ll see each other again. We´ll never forget you!" And they gave me another card that says," Never forget that here in Argentina, La Pampa, Toay, Casa 73, there is a family that loves you." It was so sweet and I almost cried. I actually did cry a bunch in church when I shared my last testimony with them and Brenda kept pointing out my tears to me and saying," Secáte!" (dry your face). All the members said nice things to me and I thanked them for everything they´ve taught me. I really did learn a lot in Toay and I am glad that it was my first area.
After leaving, I got on a bus at 11:30 at night with four elders and headed to Bahia Blanca. We got here at 5:00 AM and my companion came with two other hermanas to pick me up. Hna. LaPray happens to be in the other zone in Bahia right now so she came to get me and I was so excited to see her! It was a good reunion. We went to our house and went to sleep. Since then, I´ve met a few investigators, but President told them that they need to find new people to teach because theirs aren´t progressing. He also promised them that success is coming to La Falda soon. There´s a lot of big houses and it´s a super nice area, but I´m excited to see something else. We went into Centro today and it was so exciting. I kept telling Hna. Abarzua," Look, there are big buildings!!" I forgot how much I had missed the city. I am soo not going to live in a small town when I grow up. There were a ton of people there too and also a bunch of missionaries that I´ve never met before. We ate lunch at McDonald´s and I ate chicken McNuggets and fries (so good... it tasted just like it should) and had an ice cream sundae for dessert with dulce de leche sauce (so I could be a little bit Argentine). We also went to the "shopping" (you have to say it with a Spanish accent) which is a mall and looked for some clothes for summer, but didn´t really find anything good.
My new companion, Hna. Abarzua, is cool and she likes to obey the rules. YAY! We´re also in the district with all the office elders so I think this next few transfers, we´ll be obeying the rules really well because it´s strict here. But Hna. Abarzua says they´re all really cool and we have district meeting for 3 hours every week (matáme). But if it helps, I´m all for it and I´m excited about being part of a different zone and see how it works here. Hna. Abarzua is from Santiago, Chile (just like Hna. Sommermeyer) so I might need to go visit there after the mission. She also knows how to cut hair so I´m a little upset that i just got a haircut. She says she helps all her companions with their hair and other beauty needs. Also, she wants to lose weight so we´re going to try not to eat at night. I also said that with Hna. Sommer so we´ll see how it works this time. She was in Toay just before I got there so she is my "papá" in the mission. So now I´ve been with my mamá (Davis), my madrastra (stepmom-Sommermeyer), and I´m with my papá now (Abarzua). My next companion will have to be someone out of the family. Well, I don´t know really anything more about the area except that the hermanas were recently moved to this area because they got robbed. This area is really safe though and I think that we´ll be able to have a good time here. I might be here for my birthday. :) Also, we´re super close to the office so it takes less time for my letters and package (mhhm...) to get to me.
One more fun little fact about Argentina... I bought Frosted Flakes the other day when we went to the grocery store. In English the slogan is," Frosted Flakes - they´re more than good. They´re GRRRR-reat!" Because he´s a he says GRR. Well, here the slogan is," Son GRRRR-iquísimos!" Like riquísimo, as in delicious, but it totally doesn´t work because there´s no G at the beginning of riquísimo. Oh man, I thought it was so funny. Maybe it didn´t come out that funny here, but I laugh every time I see the box. Also, in Bahía, you can find boxes of 24 alfajors (two cookies with dulce de leche in the middle covered in chocolate) for really cheap. And there´s a Walmart here for all my Yankee needs. Maybe this losing weight plan won´t work that well. :)
Well family, I hope everything is going well for you. We shall see what happens in this new area. But I´m excited to be here and find some new investigators and help them change their lives. I know that I actually am helping people here and that they appreciate the help we give them. An investigator I met the other day, said the prayer at the end of the lesson and thanked Heavenly Father for bringing me here and asked to bless our families. It was really sweet and things like that help remind me how blessed I am for being here. The mission is great and I´m enjoying life in La Falda (yes, that means skirt. I don´t know why it´s called that). Good luck with everything! Go to church and enjoy the blessings the gospel brings to your life! Love you all!
Hna. Seegmiller
P.S. An hermana who just went home started calling me Hna. Seismil. We´ll see if it catches on.
P.P.S. Hna. Arbazua really wants to learn English so I´m helping her study. I taught her to say," It reeks in here!" and she´s going to say it in our district meeting tomorrow. :)

Last P-Day of Transfer-August 18, 2010

Hola familia,
How´s life at home? I hope that you are all doing well and going to church every week. :) How are my viejos doing? Did you know that´s what people call their parents here? my "olds." I think I might adopt that for the rest of my life, if you don´t mind. Life in Toay is good.... but really dusty. There is a ton of sand in Toay. Hna. Sommer likes to joke that we are going to the beach because there´s so much sand. A few weeks ago, we were trudging through huge piles of sand on this one road in Toay and she grabbed my arm and started running, dragging me behind her, yelling, " Vamos a la playa!" It was super funny, but the little kids on the side of the road watching us probably thought we were totally nuts. After, she told me that she was imagining that she was at the beach with her family and they were running to the shore where the water is. She said," I imagined that it was the same distance as it is to that fire right there." So instead of running to the shore to play in the water, we ran to the pile of trash that someone had lit on fire in their front yard. Haha... so is life in Argentina.
Something exciting this week was that I got a haircut! My first haircut of the mission! I have been wanting to get a haircut for a while now, but I don´t really trust the peluqueras and I don´t want to pay for it. We were eating lunch with a member the other day and she said that she cuts hair so we went to her house and she cut the puntos of my hair and also some flaquillos (bangs, because mine were really grown out). I think she did a pretty good job, but no one even noticed that I got a haircut. But it was still an experience. And now my hair will grow faster. :)
Cesar´s hijas came to church again this week - Aldana, Eliana, and Brenda. They´re 12, 8, and 6 and they´re all super cute and super sassy. They crack me up. Cesar had to work so he couldn´t come, but we´re hoping that the enthusiasm of his hijas will rub off on him and they´ll come to church as a family one day. Aldana already asked her mom if she could get baptized and she has a bunch of friends at church. They liked church and singing songs and drawing pictures. When it came time for sacrament meeting, we all sat by Hno. Mareque. And it just so happened that Brenda (the same sassy 6 year old that always tells Hna. Sommer that Hna. Davis was a lot prettier than she is) sat next to Hno. Mareque. The whole time, she kept turning to me and saying things like, " His nose is gigante!" or "He doesn´t have a thumbnail!" (which is true, because he accidentally cut it once when he was cutting wood, which is his job at 80 years old) or "He sang the wrong word in the song." Oh silly Brenda...
We also had a lesson this week with Ahbram, a 20 year old that we met in a computer place. We explained a ton of doctrine to him after he had a ton of questions and at the end, we asked him if he wanted to go to church and he said," I don´t really like your church. I think I want to be an evangelista." Hna. Sommer was already super tired and a little bit frustrated from explaining lots of stuff so I said to him," Ahbram, you´re looking for the truth and this is it. Everything you are looking for can be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that is the Christ´s church on the earth today. We already know that you have a relationship with God so you just need to ask him if this is true and he will tell you." After that, he promised that he would pray to ask if this is the church of Christ and give it a chance. He also said that if he got a yes, he would join the church. I know that if he actually asks Heavenly Father, he´ll know that this is the church of Christ on the earth today and that it has everything that we need. We´ll just have to wait and see if he keeps his promise.
Well, this is the last week of the transfer so next week, I will either be in another area with a new companion or I will still be in Toay, spending Hna. Sommer´s last transfer of her mission with her (killing her, in mission terms). We shall see what happens.. Thanks for the support you always give me. I love you! I miss you and am excited to hang out with you all again.
Hna. Seegmiller