Monday, November 24, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude :)

Hello hello family and friends!!
This week was so great, every week is always so different and a nice surprise so it makes the time go by way fast! Can you believe I've been back for 2 months? So so so crazy. And it's Thanksgiving Thursday and we're a month away from Christmas. ALL of the missionaries in both zones are invited over to a members house for Thanksgiving, I'm way excitied :) I'm praying for mashed potatoes and stuffing! (I know the rolls won't even come close to those of my mom's so I'm not thinking of those..) haha Something funny, we had a zone fast this week, we start after lunch and fast until the next afternoon, finishing right before lunch. The member that makes us lunch didn't have anything ready for us the day we finished our 24 hour fast... we were starving, so she went and bought 4 hot dogs (which are about 3 inches long) and an advocado.. that was our lunch after fasting.. 2 hot dog and a half of an advocdo, and grape soda.. an attitude of gratitude, I'm thankful for the food.. :) But this week we had a surprise visit from President and Hermana Curtiss! They shared a talk with us from Jeffrey R. Holland about the Godhead and told us how we need to focus on teaching that because the investigators can't progress if they don't know who their Heavenly Father is. After we watched the talk we did practices, but in front of everyone. Hermana Pack (not my comp) and I were told we were going to teach President in front of everyone (keep calm keep calm) haha but we taught him and I asked a question and he had us stop after I asked a question. He asked all of the misionaries in the room if they felt the atmosphere change after the question, because it was inspired. SO COOL RIGHT?!?! I don't even remember what I said so it definitely didn't come from my mind haha. We had such a good lesson with Rebeca, the first one this week her dad signed her paper to get baptized WOOOOOT WOOOOOOT it's basically official now, we were kinda worried, but he signed it willy nilly :) The next lesson we had with her we got to her house and her mom let us in, but she wasn't there.. she was with her aunt in a different sector of the area. We called her and she came in about 15 minutes later gasping for air.. she ran at least 1/2 a mile to come and listen to us, she's a sweetheart. We've been worried because she's a little slow at learning, in her house they speak Q'ecxi (a mayan dialogue) but we got there and she had learned so much!! The power of prayer :) Her dad came in and was drunk and made her mom cry.. she was saying she doesn't have any money to buy food or her son shoes, but she works so hard, the husband takes all of the money and spends it on alcohol. So after Hna Portillo and I went and bought a few things and did a knock and run, but they came looking for us... so much for being a surprise... haha! As per Thanksgiving tradition, I am so thankful for 1. My family, for their love, support, prayers, and examples. I am so blessed that they raised me in the gospel. I am thankful for my ancestors for paving the way for me and for blessing me with wonderful and strong grandparents and parents 2. I am so thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know it i the only true happiness that there is in this world. Without it, I would be so lost. I am so thankful that I get to share this message with everyone I come in contact with as well. And 3. I am so thankful for my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, for their sacrifices that they made for me, that I may be able to return to live with them again with my family forever. I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week :) and Happy Thanksgiving :)
Love, Hermanita Brems
         Sometimes you just gotta take a nap with a bolo (drunk person) (Mom asked what she would have done if he woke up!!!!) Good thing she can run fast!!!!

                                                                     My Box!!!
                                                   Our nails match the autumn leaves!
                                                            Fall decorations!!
Rebeca (in the pink), her mom Margarita and little brother Carlos (notice their shoes, I bought them for them) and Jennifer. Margarita is wearing the traditional clothes, so pretty right?!
  Familia Salvador (the son is leaving for the Mexico Guadalajara East mission tomorrow!)
                                        We got shots (I went first, everyone was scared) before!
 I was waiting and waiting and waiting for my comp, I had no idea what she was doing…sleeping!!!! Hermana Portillo hahaha!!! It was so funny!

Monday, November 17, 2014

I Lovey You

Why hello everyone!
We had such a good week this week :) Hermana Portillo and I are working together so well and getting along great, she is a sweetheart and is learning so much and improving her teaching skills daily, it's amazing to watch her grow and be more comfortable! Something pretty funny happened this week, the people (men) here like to practice their english on me, usually they only know ´hey baby´ 'are you single?' 'I love you...' great stuff like that! We were walking to an appointement and this guy was walking toward us and stops all of a sudden, slaps himself and says 'oh my gosh, I lovey you.' I gave him a head nod and told hermana Portillo to walk fast! As we were walking away he just kept saying I lovey you, come back, I lovey you.. it was very flattering to say the least. :) haha We've been working more and more with the members, asking them for references and teaching their friends with them present. So far so good! That's how we met our cute little Rebekah and also we have a new investigator and he has a date to be baptized, but we'll see! We have hope, but he still needs to go to church a few times. His name is Steven and he is 18 years old, he's a student of one of the members, he told the member that he wanted to change his life for the better so the member gave us a call! So far so good :) The hardest thing for the people here is to go to church, that is the hardest thing for all of the missionaries in all of the mission, none of the investigators want to go to church, and it doesn't help that we have to take a 20 minute bus trip to get to the building. If they only knew with greater sacrifices comes even greater blessings! We're ready to have another great week and ready to work super hard as always! I sure love you all :) Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!
Love, Hermana Brems
                When your companion desperately wants applesauce…you revert to Gerber
                                    Mission Leader, we bought him a cake!!!
                                                I was making a "D!"
                                                        Always sharing!!!!!
                                                  Hiking in green Guatemala!!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Endure It Well!

Wow, what a roller coaster of a week! The first half of the week was rough, we were not having any success, we couldn't find any investigators, even the people in the street didn't want to talk to us! Nobody was progressing... nothing nothing and more nothing. We were so frustrated and just in tears! But we had a zone meeting that totally changed our minds, it was the best zone meeting ever. They talked about Jesus' life when He was here on the earth and how people rejected him and everything. They changed how I think about the mission, really missionaries get a taste of what Jesus went through, with the preaching, searching for people, and being rejected. It was a lot better than this really sad summary, it helped us a ton! But after that we turned our frowns upside down and we're finding people, they're opening their doors to us.. not that they listen with both ears, but they listen! And we have a baptism date for a little 11 year old girl named Rebekah, she's a sweetheart, her dad is a less active and her mom is investigating the church. We want her and her mom to be baptized on the same day, but the parents aren't married and the dad doesn't want to get married.. men. But she's our little angel! There's a lady in the branch that was pregnant and she gave birth and her baby died right away, so sad, but how lucky for the little guy, he was so righteous, he only had to take a breath and he got to go back and be with Heavenly Father! Anyway, I had never been to a funeral here, so I didn't know how they work. The Zone Leaders told us to be at her house at 5, so we were there at 5, I was thinking we'd be done at 6:30, oh no. They didn't have light, so they were running electricity all while we were sitting there looking at the tiny little casket sitting on the table. At 6:45 they were still running power with no sucess.. I was getting antsy so we decided to sing some hymns. At 8 we were finally given the okay to leave, finally other people were showing up. Funerals here last a full 24 hours, who knew? Well that's about it for me! I hope you all have a fantastic week :) I love you all so much! AND Happy 21st Birthday Elder Del Toro!! You're oficially a full grown man!!! :)
Love, Hermana Brems
Jenna promised a bunch of photos next week!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

What a grave sight...

Yoohoo hello family!
I hope everyone had a wonderful week and a great Halloween! Hermana Portillo and I worked super hard this week, but we still have a long way to go for the area to progress and to have a baptism.. people don't want to come to church and that's kind of a requirement! haha But we're doing great, happy and working hard :) We had a different but fun weekend, so Halloween here is celebrated November 1st and it's called Dia de los Muertos, but there's a bar close by our apartment and they celebrated Halloween October 31st. Let's just say we didn't sleep because of the music, we did however learn a few dance moves, we practiced during planning... hahahahaha! But Dia de los Muertos, nobody was home so a few companionships went to the cemetery and we did some service. I love being in a different country for holidays to see the different cultures and traditions. Here they paint and decorate the tombs, which are like little houses. They decorate them with flowers and other things, some people also leave food and drinks for their dead. They believe that in the night time the spirits will eat the food. We ate lunch, changed, then went back to the cemetery and had an activity, we passed out pamphelets, Books of Mormon, Proclamation to the Family, we did that for 3 hours... and then that was the day! But it was a lot of fun, we got a ton of references so it was totally worth it. This week we're anxious to contact the people we met in the cemetery and start teaching them! 
Shout out to Ethan for his mission call!! CONGRATS! Mexico loves the Del Toro's that's for sure! And Happy Birthday on Saturday Grandma, love you :)
That's about it for me, make it a fantastic week, love you all and thank you for all of your love and prayers :)
Love, Hermana Salchicha
                                         It rained a ton this week...
                                                         Kissy kissy!
                                                    In the cemetery!
                                                        The cemetery
                                                 Painting in the cemetery!!
                                       Night time in the cemetery ;)
                              Lions Club Eye Hospital!! Dad wants to come visit!!!
                                        All the Hermanas in the zone!