Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 21, 2015

Hermana Human saving the day and taking the burning frying pan outside

The after effects of the fire

charred cabinets, but it all came off with a good cleaning

Hermana Allan and Melgar

Christmas dinner with the President Boucher and his wife

The whole zone
Hello familia! Wow, this week has been a blur but in the best way possible! :) With this new transfer, Hermana Melgar and I set some pretty hefty goals so we've been working like crazy to reach them and we've seen so many miracles and so many good things happening here in Cabo Rojo!

First of all, Monday was the last pday for Hermana Human so Hermana Melgar decided to do a little "farewell gift" and make us Honduranian empenadas. So while she was cooking, I was sleeping, and Hermana Human was putting on a facial cucumber mask. I was woken up by a super loud "BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! FIRE! EVACUATE!" I ran into the kitchen to see Hermana Melgar holding a frying pan with a giant flame shooting out of it. She was just putting it in the sink and threw water on it and of course that made it bigger. So she dropped it in the sink while we frantically tried figuring out what to do. Hermana Human eventually picked it up and stuck it out on our balcony where it eventually went away. And we were left inside with a ton of black smoke and charred cabinets and melted soap and tupperware..... It was pretty exciting. Eventually we were able to clean everything up so you can't even tell now that anything happened. It wasn't the best way to wake up from a nap, but it was a pretty interesting farewell for Hermana Human. :)

Then, we dropped off Hermana Human on Tuesday. It was weird this week with only one companion, but it's nice at the same time.

Also, K. and H. weren't baptized but it's for a good cause! C. (the husband) wants to baptize them but he has to work through some things with the Bishop first so once he's ready, they're ready! He's hoping to be ready by the 2nd of January so we're keeping our fingers crossed!

There's a 16 year old girl that's been coming to church for months now and I thought she was a member but we found out this week that she is an investigator and no one has been teaching her or anything! We were shocked when we found out so immediately we set an appointment with her and she said that she's been wanting to get baptized but that she just didn't know how to tell people that. So now we're preparing her for the 16th of January to be baptized! She's super awesome! :)

The elders here in Cabo Rojo found a less active that just moved here and ever since they found her, she's been coming to church! And we talked with her and she wants her two little girls to be baptized so now we're teaching them as well and I know they'll get baptized!

We had a Christmas activity in Cabo Rojo 2 which was super fun! It was a bit weird because Hermana Human was there with her family and it was weird seeing her not as a missionary.... but it was fun at the same time. :)

Then, on Sunday we had Christmas dinner with the Bouchers! It's three hours from here to San Juan so we had a nice little road trip driving through Puerto Rico! I love road trips, but I must say, it's a lot funner when you're the passenger...But it was still fun to drive because I've missed driving so much. :)

And I finally received the Advent calendar! It wasn't really melted at all and tastes great! Thanks so much! Also, I received the other two packages! Thanks! Also, I don't know if you already sent one or not and I feel bad asking for something more from you guys, but if you haven't already would you mind sending a Christmas package for Hermana Melgar? I feel bad because she can't receive packages from her family.... It doesn't have to be anything big but just something small would be nice if you guys don't mind doing it. And it's ok if it arrives late, it's the thought that counts right? :) She likes Reeces and peanut butter and needs a new journal or a watch (not expensive) or.... something like that. She likes surprises so maybe you could throw one in there somehow. Thanks so much!

I'm so excited to skype! I'll be skyping around 3 oclock here so I think that's like noon in Utah. And I have only 45 minutes so write down what you want to tell me beforehand! :) Anyways, hopefully it works! See you on Friday!

I want to share a few quotes with you that I found this week in my personal studies. The first is by Sister Linda S. Reeves from general conference. She said "What will it matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?" I love this and the emphasis it puts on the importance of having an eternal perspective. This life is the time to prepare, not to receive blessings. So maybe we won't see the fruits of all we do in this life, but we can be assured that we will receive them in the next life and that our joy will be great in the kingdom of our Father!

The other is by President Thomas S Monson. He said "As we make Christ the center of our lives, our fears will be replaced by the courage of our convictions." How cool is that? I just love this quote and encourage you all to ponder on this and find a way to apply it in your own lives and figure out what fears you have that are holding you back and how you can overcome them with your faith in Christ.

I love this gospel with all of my heart and I love you all so so very much! I can't wait to see you on Friday! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Hermana Allan

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