So this week has been RIDICULOUS ! We drove up to Albuequerque..that took me a long time to spell. . .. So we found our apartment anddd got to cleaning ! But it is SO COOL there. There's a gym for us to use in the mornings, and we have a washer and dryer here too.. it's um. In our bedroom haha, but it's cool we handle it ! It is WAY different from . Like I'm not even kidding, night and day different. We have to search out the people who speak Spanish out here, which I never had to really do before. And we're in a Branch, so there aren't nearly as many people at church . But we share the church with the English wards. And I don't think I have ever seen so many English-speaking people in the past 6 months it was SO WEIRD. ! But cool at the same time. There is so much city here, and no dream of speaking Spanish in the store or anything really. Since the cashier doesn't. But it's something to get used to. I don't even know where to start with explaining this past week.
To be completely honest, I felt safer in El Paso haha. There are some things I've seen back home, but yesterday we were in the car about to get out and contact a referral at these apartments. And this man was walking by, I'm guessing a druggie ? And he was picking at his mouth, and it looked like he was trying to pull out his tooth or something. It's so sad. So sad, seeing the conditions of people and their lives that you ponly see in the movies. It's so real! This world needs so much help, at times it's so hard even trying to figure out where in the world to start. But since Hna. and I were both completely new to the area, we started this place out by talking to the Relief Society president and our Branch President. And now we have some families we know! There is this amazing family, the Gallardo family. A recent convert, our new best friend Monica, just moved in with the Gallardo's, and we have been there the past couple of days. And by doing that! We got a referral for their neighbor, who is noww a new investigator ! But the Gallardo's are SO COOL. I've been sick with a head cold this past week, and so I've been blowing my nose like crazy. So Hna. Gallardo drags me to her kitchen like a child to try this Mexican medicine called "Brocholin" ? It's like this thick minty honey-type stuff. Like the texture of honey. So I try it, and Hna. Gallardo sends Monica to go get us $20 to buy some! They would NOT take it back, and it was so sweet. It was probably the 2nd time we had visited them, and to see how giving they were, and how LOVING they were, made me realize exactly how important it is to just love everyone. No matter who they are. No matter what kind of relationship we may or may not have with them. How would we treat the Savior ?
So we have been working from the ground up, trying to figure out what in the WORLD to do with this area first. But Hermana Holland is so organized, and her last area was similar to this one. So she knows better than me what to do. And as a result! In the 6 days we have been here, we have 4 new investigators!! We're so excited. That has never happened to ME before, and all of them are so incredible. Connie in particular, treats us like we are her WORLD. She didn't come to church yesterday, and we were in the neighborhood last night, so we decided to stop by, even though we saw in the window that she was watching a movie. ..haha that sounded creepy but we weren't peeking I PROMISE. But we knocked anyway, and she let us right in, turning the movie off and giving us juice and telling us how happy she was that we were there and everything! It was incredible. It is not easy to find the ones the Lord has prepared for us to teach and help, but when we DO find them, they are able to change our lives more than we could ever imagine being able to change theirs. I have such a testimony of that. It's kind of weird in a way, teaching them when I feel they have so much more that I could learn from. It's incredible.
But anyway. I'm sorry my thoughts are so scattered. It's probably because of the people that are surrounding me in this store. We had to practically beeline through the mall today because it felt SO WEIRD seeing all the stores. But anyway. If I am going to leave this on any spiritual note, I'll leave with something that Elder Keller said the other day in District Meeting.. he was saying, "We need to make it so that our thoughts are not ours anymore. We need to work at being the best we can be so that our thoughts become Heavenly Father's thought, and our words His words." I didn't do exactly what he said justice, but it was so powerful. How much do we rely on ourselves from day to day? How much do we try and justify the things that we do, which really keep us from becoming closer to our Heavenly Father, and more like our Savior? So that is my thought for ya'll today :)
Testimony time ! Haha, Cono cada fibre de mi cuerpo, yo se. Que esta iglesia es verdadera. Yo se. Que no hay nada mas importante que el Evangelio de JesuCristo. Las voces del mundo son muy fuerte, pero cuando tenemos nuestra enfoca a Dios, nada mala va a pasar a nosotros. Nada. No hay no mas felicidad como la felicidad que venga del Evangelio. No digo estas cosas a juzgar, sino a ayudarles a venir mas cerca a nuestro Salvador. Les oro para ustedes, les pienso a cerca de ustedes. Le doy este testimonio con ustedes, humildemente, en el nombre de JesuCristo, amen.
p.s. Sorry if there aren't any pictures with this e-mail.. I'm not sure how to upload them on here! We are going to a buddhist temple today for P-day though, so there SHOULD be some good ones next week... if I can figure this computer out by then haha. p.s.s. This computer is $1500. This is the most ballin I've ever felt okay bye! haha :P
Con mi testimoni y mi amor ..
La Hermana B
p.s.s.s. SHOUTZZ! To the Deyo's, who sent me a package with BOMB. Hawaiian food ! Ya'll are the greatest.. I can't explain it and! It's AMAZING. BIEN RICA la comida ;)
p.s.s.s.s. To my home, El Paso. I love ya'll. And Hermana Holland noticed that when I say 'back home', it's when I refer to El Paso instead of California haha. I'm coming back. It;s my home how can I not :)