Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Time is Flying!

Dearest familia, 

I am currently writing from a cyber in Quito because we had to travel Sunday night to work on some more visa stuff for Hermana Medrano this morning. Well, they had to work on visa stuff. I spent my P-day with Hermana Rolfson from Canada. She's super cute. She has one change more than me in the mission and she is also training an hermana from peru. She did a year at BYU before the mission. We ate greek food, went to the artesan market (sorry i dont know how to spell in english anymore), and wandered around and talked a LOT. Good to get some english in every once in a while haha. 

When we went to Quito last Tuesday I got to see Hermana Adams! It was so fun to hug her and talk to her quickly and give her all the updates about Ambato El Recreo. It is crazy that I am still there. I have no idea what to expect with the cambios on Sunday. Nobody ever has 5 cambios in one solo sector, but our sector is the biggest in the mission and my companion is so not ready to be able to lead the sector. They can't take me out. But they also can't leave me there for 9 more weeks. Ah I don't know. We will see!

Honestly I don't know what happened to May. My time is flying and I am starting to think that I really am not a fan! 

I love the work. We have so much to do, investigators and less actives and recent converts. SO many people to visit, and how is is that sometimes we only manage one or two visits in a day? Everything falls, people confirm and then theyre not even there. But we are contacting a ton. It is different for me to be in charge of that. I've always been the junior companion and haven't had anyone who has made me be in charge. Now I am definitely in charge :) when I started my mission contacting was terrifying. Sometimes it still gives me a little bit of hesitance but when you do hard things they get easier! 

Something exciting about this week.... ummm...... We had 2 families come to church! Evelin and her mom, and also Familia Dutan. I might have told you about them? One of the daughters came last week and yesterday she came with her mom and her sister! Lots of hope for baptisms within the next few weeks. I better be here to see them! AH! 

Something else, we had our last zone conference with President Christensen! It was very spiritual, very powerful. The Spirit was teaching me like crazy. Lots to work on and lots to improve. Zone conferences are really fun, and I am super excited for the next president to come. 

This week I got a letter from Madelyn Benson and a package from Alli! I am blessed with the best friends in the world! 

Well, I don't know what else to say. I love Ecuador. I hate dogs. I love training. It's kinda hard though. I like traveling. We have to do it a lot in training. I am learning how to talk when there is lots and lots of silence. Not my strong suit. I am grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost. "I believe in Christ, so come what may!" 

Chao! (Or, here ya go, Dad, ciao!) 

Hermana Hasleton 

What even happened this week?

Dear Family, 

We had transfers again yesterday, because the new presidente will arrive in the next few weeks, so this transfer that is coming will be 9 weeks. But guess what? Still in Ambato! Not a huge surprise since I am training and our sector is the biggest in the mission, but it's also crazy because NOBODY stays more than 4 transfers in one single sector. And yet, here I am! I will be completing 9 months in the mission before I leave Ambato! Unless there are emergency transfers. It is always a possibility. 

What even happened this week? I don't know. I am sorry. But I am going to try. I'll do what mom does and go backwards in my week :) 

Sunday: Still playing piano on the awful keyboard. It doesn't help that everyone is tone deaf or just can't follow music. The congregation started singing before I finished playing the introduccion of the last hymn yesterday. I was laughing, and the other american elder in our ward was at the back of the chapel laughing. Nobody else noticed!  

We didn't have anybody to feed us lunch yesterday and since it's sunday a restaurant isn't an option, so we went to the house and made eggs and crepes and watched the district for our lunch hour. It was actually pretty fun. My companion still doesn't talk much, so when we are in the house we listen to lots of EFY music or I try to babble on about something or other. In case you didn't know, I am not a babbler. Learning new skills.

Um On Saturday, we had a crazy day. We had 9 confirmed visits and a ward baptism to go to. Of course, lots of those visits fell even though people had scheduled and confirmed them. We still got lots of them in. Maria Dutan came to the baptism with her mom. They are so excited to get baptized! They had a date for the 24th of june. We visited them on Saturday night, and when we got there, Maria said, "yay! I have been waiting for you!" Hearing things like that just make my heart happy. Something else that makes me happy, when we ask when we can come back, and they say, "Tomorrow!" But, they didn't come to church on Sunday. So now we aren't sure what date their baptism will happen on. A sister in the ward is going to give them reading lessons. 

On Friday, I can't remember what happened, just that we had lunch in the ritzy restaurant and that I accidently put too much aji on my rice and it was super spicy. still pretty flavorless, because its ecuador, but my mouth was on fire. Oh i remember something. On a way to a cita, we saw this GIGANTIC pig. We weren't in the country, we were on a busy street. An hour later, we were coming back from the cita, and that pig was roasted. Like, literally, one hour, its alive and normal, and then its dinner! Haha it was hilarious! 

On Thursday, we had district meetings as usual. Hermana Medrano and I made cookies the night before to take to meetings. No-bake cookies, of course, we don't have an oven. Um. What else. I am the english tutor for my district, so i had to teach english for a bit at the end of district meetings. We were contacting in the street, talking to a lady that was picking these strange fruits from her tree, and we were just about to contact her and ask when we can visit her when this drunk guy comes up yelling "GRINGA! GRINGA! Dame la mano!" Needless to say, we got out of there pretty fast, and I was upset, because I wanted to give that family a chance to have salvation! 

Wednesday and Tuesday and Monday were pretty good too, I am sure. But I have no more time, so sorry. I love you all. Sorry mom that this was so short. I promise to write the big email first instead of last next week. LOVE YOU! Have a blast in powell, don't miss me too much ;) 

Hermana Hasleton