Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mexico MTC - Week 5 - Flight Plans

Hola, everyone!!! And happy Thanksgiving!

I can't believe I have been gone a month already!! Time is seriously flying by! I got my flight plans this morning and I leave the MTC at 3:00 Monday afternoon! My flight from Mexico doesn't leave until 7:45 that night and then we get to Santiago around 6:00 Tuesday morning! After that we have a flight to Osorno and we will get there around 2:00! According to my travel plans, we will be in Osorno for about 10 days before we get to what might  be our first area, Valdivia. I'm not sure if that is what's going to happen, but that's what it looks like to me! All the people in my district that are going to Osorno have the same plans so I'm really excited that I will get to be with them through this craziness! I am going to miss the CCM so much. I feel like I'm leaving home all over again. This week is gonna be rough.

This last week was good! A lot of the same stuff happening. The Spanish is getting harder, more complicated. I have no idea how people remember all the different forms and tenses and irregular verbs and all that. I'm sure it's the same for people learning English, but I go from feeling like I'm pretty good at Spanish, to sitting through another 4 hours of language study and I'm just like I have no idea what is going on.
But by some miracle, it sinks in! 
Yesterday I had a cool experience teaching our investigator, Jose. We were planning on teaching him about faith and repentance, but when we asked him how he was doing and how he felt about the Book of Mormon and about the church, He said he felt something different and wanted to learn more! He then said that the past week he had a lot of his friends invite him to go drinking with them, but for some reason, he felt like that was wrong and he didn't really have the desire to drink anymore. We hadn't even taught him the Word of Wisdom yet! Right then I knew he needed to hear that lesson so I turned to my companion and said "Word of Wisdom" she nodded and we taught the Word of Wisdom in Spanish for the first time! I have been studying the Book of Mormon a lot and I have marked up a ton of things, so when I can use a scripture to teach something, I can pull it out really quick. So I turned to D and C 89 and shared with him the promises and blessings from living the Word of Wisdom. After we were done teaching my companion turned to me and said that she was just about to nudge me and tell me she felt like we needed to teach the Word of Wisdom right as I turned to tell her the same thing! I knew we had listened to the spirit. It would have been so easy to dismiss his comment about drinking and go on with our lesson plan, but that wouldn't have been right. Even though we weren't really familiar with the Spanish in that lesson, somehow we made it through! After this I realized that even though I am nervous to get out into the field and teach real investigators who only speak Spanish, the Lord is going to help me through it and that I know enough Spanish to go out and teach. My Spanish is far from perfect, but with hard work I know it will come! I am so excited for my next adventure! 
Countdown to Chile: 6 days!! 
Hermana Segura
My district and I today!!

the first big nasty bug i´ve seen here ....gross!!

Sometimes the struggle is real.....

This large package of goodness is like 50 cents.I love dem.....

My favorite Hermanas!!

Happy thanksgiving from district 7B!!!
We were attempting to be a thanksgiving meal cuz we don´t know if we are going to get one.
Hermana Gauger and I are Indians, no one wanted to be a pilgram

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mexico MTC - Week 4 - Solo Español

Hola, from Mexico!!!!
Can´t believe another week has come and gone! They are going by faster!!

This week was great as usual! Sundays are still my favorite. We leave the casa at 7:00am and don´t come home until 9:30pm, but everything in between is major spiritual motivation!!! We have Relief Society in the morning, then we have ´Sunday School´with our district leaders, and then we have sacrament meeting with our zone where we listen to each other attempt to give talks in Spanish! I had to give another one last week! I thought I was off the hook since I gave one my first week, but apparently not! It´s fun though! Sundays are awesome!
It's hard to believe I can just go up and give a talk in Spanish! It's amazing how it doesn´t sound foreign to me anymore. I would feel comfortable having a conversation with a native speaker, which is actually really fun to do because they are trying to learn English here, so they talk to you in English and we talk to them in Spanish! We have now been named worthy to wear the orange sticker on our name tags that say ´Solo Español ´ on them. People can only talk to us in Spanish and we aren´t allowed to reply in English! It´s pretty nuts! lots of Spanglish going on! 

When I get on here to email I feel like I can´t remember anything we did! We literally have the same schedule everyday, but we still have a good time! We laugh a lot! I love my district so much! We were seriously meant to be together! I´m really dreading the day we leave the CCM! I love it here so much! It is such a beautiful place! it´s like 70 degrees here everyday and there are palm trees everywhere and the prettiest birds! There are like these green parrots that fly around everywhere! I´m still trying to get a picture of one! I love it even with the "cannons" outside the walls, (apparently they like to play with sticks of dynamite here for fun, so its sounds like there is a war going on outside the walls everyday....its fine.) I can´t believe I will be headed to Chile in just 2 Weeks! 
I love the pictures you all sent!! They made me laugh! I miss you guys a lot, but I´m never really homesick. I know this is where I´m supposed to be and I´m loving every second of it! I never have a doubt about whether or not I am going to learn the language or if I´ll make a good missionary. I don´t have doubts because my confidence is in the Lord, not in myself. I am not capable of doing any of these things alone. But because of the Lord, I am. I am confident because I'm an instrument in the Lord's hands and He is going to enable me to do His work. I am here in the MTC to learn and to make it easier for Him to work through me! I am so grateful I don´t have to do this alone! 

Estoy muy agradecida por la oportunidad estar en el CCM. Estoy muy agradecida por la oportunidad a servir El Señor. Yo se que la Iglesia es Verdad y El Libro de Mormon es la palabra de Dios. Estoy muy agradecida por este conocimiento.

Love you guys! Talk to you soon! 
Hermana Segura

The great wall!! This wall surrounds the entire MTC!
we literally can´t see anything outside these walls except the sky!
Its pretty crazy

Searching for those who need the truth!! but only at 20km per hour... =)

Our cheesy fall picture!!

The best looking sisters in the CCM!!! love them!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mexico MTC - Week 3 - Half Way !!

Hola, Everyone!!
Another week has come and gone, which means tomorrow I am half way done here at the CCM!! Definitely a bitter-sweet feeling.
This week was good! I woke up sick with a cold on Wednesday and then woke up with no voice Thursday and Friday, which made it really hard to teach. Now I just have a nasty cough, but it's getting better!

Teaching has been good and not so good this week. Some lessons are super awesome, and some not so much. I really am beginning to understand the importance of study and prayer. We pray like 80 times a day I swear! you should see the marks I have on my knees! It's so good though. Everything is so much better when you start and end with a prayer.

I have to talk about the highlight of my week first so I don't run out of time! Today we got to leave the palace walls and go to the Mexico City Temple!!! (you should see the walls that surround this place...it's insane. and the giant gate.) As we were leaving we sang. Finally, they were opening up the gaaaaaaates!!!; like on Frozen.......Anyway we were super stoked to get out of the CCM for a few hours! The temple is about 30 minutes away from were we are so we got to see a lot of the city! The driving is absolutely nuts, but it was so much fun! We live in such a bubble here in the CCM, it was weird to see real life happening outside! 
The temple is beautiful! We didn't get to go in because they are doing some renovations on it, but we did get to spend a few hours in the visitors center and talk to the missionaries there! That was so fun! It gave me a little more confidence in my Spanish when I was talking to the sisters serving there because they were natives trying to learn English, and we are exactly the opposite, but having the same struggles! The sisters would look at each other when they couldn't remember how to say a word in English, just like Hermana Cheadle and I look at each other when we don't remember how to say a word in Spanish! It was so fun talking to them! They said my Spanish is awesome and that I shouldn't be shy to speak it! That made me feel good! Sometimes I feel like it will never come, but then I remember I haven't been here very long! I know it will come with time and practice!!

Being in the city made me so excited to get to Chile!! I can't wait to be able to just walk around at talk to everyone! Even just waving to people on the streets when we were in the bus was like the best thing ever!! I love it here in Mexico, I can't imagine how much I'm going to love Chile and the people there! 

One thing I don't like much about the MTC is we aren't allowed to listen to music. I can't tell you how much I wish I could listen to something when I get ready in the Morning, or when I feel kinda bumbed out. Me and my roomies sing a lot in the casa! My companion is an awesome singer, she was in the BYU women's choir so she taught us how to like harmonize and cool stuff like that! Our Elders in our district sing really well too so we sound awesome together! We may or may not have joined the MTC choir......I am very grateful when we get the chance to hear good music.
Well I think that might be all for now! I'm gonna try and get some pictures uploaded here really quick of our temple trip today!! Love you guys and miss you lots!! hug squishy and Murphy for me! Talk to you soon!

Got these sweet cases for my Spanish BOM and Bible
at the Temple Bookstore.  Pardon my face, I was excited !!

So, I thought the cart on Nacho Libre was a joke..
I'm not kidding when I say everyone has one of these...

Me at the Mexico City Temple.

Cheesy Picture of the day !

Las Hermanas of District 7B.

Me, next to the Basura.

The beautiful Mexico City Temple !

We have a nutella bar every day and we spread it on our bread
with canoe paddles.. me and Hna. Guager.

Thanks for the Package !!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mexico MTC - Week 2

¡Hola, hola!!!
Man I cant believe how fast this week has gone by! I feel like I have so much to tell you guys!! sorry if last weeks email was kinda crazy. I was just trying to get all that info down in an hour and crying the whole time didn't help me much, but its all goooood!! 
Well p days are the best! We kinda just get to hang around, do laundry, clean our room, play ball in the gym, that kind of stuff. It is so nice to have a break from the 16 hour study days. I don't realize how close I am to having a mental break down until like Monday night when I realize I get a break the next day! Its a good mental break down though! Tuesday is not only p-day, its also PIZZA NIGHT!!!! I still love my rice and beans everyday, but there's just something about pizza....
I seriously can't even express to you how much I love it here at the CCM!!! we pretty much have the same schedule everyday, but it never gets boring! I wake up every morning so excited to see what the day brings, even if its just studying for hours on end and sitting through 4 hours of language study. It's the best and I wouldn't want to be doing anything else!!
This week was full of excitement though! Our convert Hector that committed to be baptized, turned out to be our teacher. The first week Hermana Perez was our teacher and then, after we were done teaching Hector she was like oh by the way, Hector is actually your real fundamentals teacher, I'm just your language teacher, and then in walks Hector/ Hermano Carranza........ we were like what the heck....He is such an awesome teacher though! We are now teaching a woman by the name of Juana Maria, played by Hermana Perez! Last night was our first night teaching her and it was great! It's weird how someone can go from your teacher to your investigator, and be a completely different person. I didn't feel like I was teaching Hermana Perez, she was Juana, and she needed the gospel in her life. 
This work is seriously so crazy. I cannot believe how much Spanish I know and how much the Lord has helped me get to where I am. Two weeks ago I would have never thought that I would be teaching lessons, giving talks, and bearing my testimony and praying in Spanish in front of people after just 10 days in the MTC. Last night while teaching Juana, words were literally flying into my head and out my mouth. No joke. The gift of tongues is real. I said things in that lesson I didn't even know I knew how to say, but because I opened my mouth, the Lord filled it with the things I needed to say and with what Juana needed to hear. It's incredible. The feeling is indescribable. If I had to come home right now, my testimony would be 10x stronger than it was when I got here. I thought I had a strong testimony, and that is why I chose to serve, but I was wrong. Things happen here that cannot be explained any other way other than that God lives, and He is watching over His missionaries every second of every day, and He is helping us through it all. This gospel is true. I know that now more than ever. 
Being here is like a dream! I can't believe I'm actually on my mission. I was talking to my companion and my roommates this morning about how we are beginning an adventure that will affect us through the eternities. What a crazy thought! At the same time life back home feels like a dream.....everything is just really weird, but in like the best way ever!!
Thank you all for each of your little paragraphs! I would love to email you all individually, but I don't have a ton of time and I'm still trying to get the hang of this Spanish keyboard....which really isn't that different from an English keyboard.....but for some reason it's giving me grief....I will get faster at emailing eventually.
Im glad grandma's funeral went well. I'm sad I couldn't be there to support you guys, but I know if I was still at home, I wouldn't have had the experience I had with Grandma before I left. I got to talk to her and say my goodbyes, because I knew they were probably going to be my last. I am so happy for her though! She is finally back home! Getting that email last week was really hard, but it truly showed me the meaning of forgetting myself and getting back to work. I cried about it for an hour, hugged my companion, and went back to work and didn't think about it again until Saturday, when I figured the funeral was happening. The Lord blessed me with comfort in knowing that you guys would be okay without me there, and comfort in knowing that maybe grandma was just waiting to send me off, and then wanted to come along for the ride!

I'm so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve the Lord and represent Jesus Christ! This is the greatest experience ever and the greatest work ever!! It's hard, but a different kind of hard. Hard as in hard work, but its so much more rewarding than it is hard! I'm loving every second of it and Im sure it gets better from here! I love you all and I miss you lots, but I know this is EXACTLY where I am supposed to be! 
Love you!
Hermana Segura
I'm gonna send some more pics that I didn't get the chance to send last week and a few from this week! I love this place and my district so much!
The Lord was looking out for me !!
Me and my comp Hna. Cheadle from Minnesota.
We drink these every morning to help us from getting sick !

This is our room. I sleep on that bottom bunk!
Notice how the bed is made and the floor is free of clothing.
Laundry is rough... just kidding, we have a washing machine !!