Como estan? Yo estoy muy bien aqui en Highland.
Well, I'm serving in Spanish now.....
just kidding. But I sure feel like it sometimes! Transfers happened this week, and I am now with Sister Ortiz in the Highland East Area. Sister Ortiz is from the Dominican Republic, and has served in Spanish for the last couple transfers, but started her mission in English. So we went to the temple with one of the people that she taught this week (thankfully the session was in English), and I just rotated between conversations afterwards depending on who was speaking English at the moment. I'm learning more Spanish every day though....maybe eventually I can introduce myself in Spanish. :P We also went to a baptism in Spanish. Sister Ortiz or one of the other Sister Missionaries translated the whole thing for me. It was really funny though. The little boy (probably about 9 years old), was pretty scared for baptism. When they opened the curtains to the font, there he is, standing with his branch president.....wearing scuba goggles. All of the sister missionaries (including me) had the giggles so hard, but we were trying to be reverent. But he was baptized! (Along with his scuba goggles) :P
We are "Whitewashing" (or "pinkwashing", depending on who you are) this area. For those of you who don't know, that means that there were elders in this area before, but now they were both transferred to new areas, and we both came in, knowing nothing about the area. They do that for a variety of different reasons, but most often just to mix it up and get the spark of missionary work going again. I know that Sister Ortiz and I are supposed to be here. It was a little interesting moving into the apartment (a basement apartment of a cute member family...they have 5 little girls under the age of 6!) where the elders lived before. Elders and Sisters sure have a different definition of "clean". Let's just say there were feathers in the fridge. :P But we spent the whole rest of the transfer day deep cleaning, and now it's really clean and more "Sister-fied". :)
It's hard to start up an area, but there are some really awesome people here. One of my favorites is a sweet severely autistic girl named Karly. She can't talk, but she's SUPER smart. She just recently learned a new technique that's been discovered, where she taps out letters on a card to spell words. She wants to be baptized SO bad! She bore her testimony to us at the end of the lesson. It was incredible. She is going to be baptized next week!!!
Hope you all have a wonderful week, and I hope you got to watch the Christmas Devotional. It was great!! If not, log onto LDS.org and watch it!!
Thanks to those of you who email me!! It's fun to hear about your lives!
Shoutout to my newly-nine year old brother, Gabe!!