First of all, I´m grateful I got to see grandma one last time before I left, and I know she is in a better place. I´m sad I don’t get to be there with you guys through this hard time, but know that I am praying for you. I know grandma will be here with me just like she said she would. (Note: Grandma Colleen passed away on Monday. Sam had a chance to visit with her the day she left for her mission.)
Oh man where do I begin!! I love, love, love it here in Mexico!!! I’m already sad for the day I have to leave. The MTC is so beautiful and so much fun! The food is awesome; I literally have rice and beans for every meal! It’s the best!! . When I got here the first day we had to like go get a check-up with the MTC nurses and stuff and they had to give me a tetanus booster......that was a warm welcome!
My companion is Hermana Cheadle from Minnesota! She’s great! She is very outgoing and excited about being a missionary. We get along well and work hard together! We live in a casa with 20 other hermanas, but there are 4 to each room. Our other roommates Hermana Gouger from California, and Hermana Rhees from Utah, are both awesome! We all have so much fun together!!
Our district is made up of us 4 Hermanas and 4 other Elders. All of them are awesome and we have a lot of fun together! We are already a family, it’s awesome! All of us except 2 are going to the same mission so that’s pretty exciting! Hermana Findlay is in a different district, but her room is right next to ours. All of her roommates are also going to Osorno! They are all awesome so I am excited to serve with them. (I’m saying awesome a lot, cuz everything is awesome.... =) )
My Spanish is coming!! Me and my companion have already taught 3 lessons in Spanish to our investigator Hector! Yesterday we invited him to be baptized and he said yes!! I really can’t believe how much Spanish I have learned in less than a week! I can already pray and bear my testimony, and I even got asked to give a talk in sacrament meeting on Sunday about the book of Mormon, IN SPANISH!! I was so nervous but afterwards we had interviews with our branch president and he said my Spanish was perfect!! I was so happy!! I still have a long way to go, but I know the gift of tongues is real.
The days here are so long, but they go by so fast at the same time! We are up at 6 and don’t go to bed until 10:30 and we are working hard every minute in between. I really can’t believe I’ve been here a week already, but it feels like I’ve been gone so long! It’s crazy
So I think you will appreciate my near death experience story! =) So Dad was right, the MTC was an old high school. They just closed it and made it into the MTC about 2 years ago. It’s so beautiful here! Anyway so they are doing a lot of work on the old buildings and stuff so yesterday we were sitting in language class and all of a sudden we hear like this crazy bang above us, we look up and see that one of the light covers is like falling off! It happened in like slow motion, but happened so fast at the same time, all of a sudden the cover comes crashing down, lands on my desk and then shatters on the ground. These buildings are pretty old so the light covers are like this glass stuff. The cover left a huge dent in my desk! I’m not even kidding you when I say had I been 2 inches further up; it would have hit me in the head!! Not even a piece of glass hit me or anyone else! Someone was watching over me, no joke! We are now switching classrooms... =)
My language teacher is Hermana Perez! She is so great! She is so helpful and patient with us. She is probably the main reason why I’m picking up Spanish so quickly. We have 3-4 hours of language study every day and she makes it so fun! I love her already!
Being a missionary is the best thing ever!! I am already dreading the day I have to take my nametag off. This is seriously the best decision I have ever made. I know it will be hard, it already has been. Learning a language is difficult but I know I’m not doing it alone. I love it here and I can’t wait to get to Chile!!
My testimony is simple in Spanish, and it isn’t perfect yet but I hope one day it will touch someone’s life.
"Yo se que la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias es verdad. Yo se que el Libro de Mormon es la palabra de Dios. Yo se que El Salvador vive y yo muy agradecida por El." (sorry dad if that was awful... =)
I love you all and I miss you lots, but just know that I am loving it here and that I know you will be blessed. Hang in there this week and tell Grandma that I love her.
Love you!Hermana Segura