Happy December! Woah it`s weird. I`m coming up on one year
being a missionary this week. I just can`t quite remember what it`s like to be
anything other than a missionary. hahaha. I sent two packages last week with my
nativities from the photos. I`ll be sending more nativities (or whatevers) by
request in the coming weeks, although I can`t promise that they`ll get there by
Christmas. But no worries, they`ll still be good by next Christmas. :)
Concepcion`s glasses are basically two magnifying glasses in
a plastic rim. I wanted a picture of her in them, because it`s absolutely
adorable, but I figured this is ALMOST adorable... hahahahahaha
There are lots of dead things in Honduras, so there are also
lots of vultures.
Sometimes in life, the dog is just sitting on the car.
Nobody really knows why.
Anyway, this week has been, well, fast. This weeks medical
endeavors included many things, as always, but more than anything, we enjoying
many wild animal experiences this week. To borrow a page from Zippy: a short
list of things that bit my missionaries this week: dogs (of course), a rat,
bugs bugs bugs, a giraffe. Let me just explain the giraffe, because it is one
of the more entertaining calls I received this week. The call went like this:
Missionary: Well... you see... something happened today
Bayles:Uhhhh huuuuuuuuh...? Digame
M: Well you see, I was at the zoo when a giraffe came up to
B: uhh huuuuuh
M: And it kind of started licking me
B: uhh huh?
M: And its tongue was really scratchy
M: And it`s tongue kind of scratched me on my arm.
B: Oh, that`s... weird.
M: Ya. I was just wondering, what should I do for that?
B: Hmmm. Good question. Have you cleaned it up at all?
M: uhhhhh no.
B: Ok, first thing, clean the area with soap and
M: So what you`re saying is I should take a shower.
B: No, just wash your arm really well.
M: well... it kind of licked my head too.
B: ... What?
B: And how exactly did that happen?
M: Well, it started licking all the way up my arm and
eventually reached my head, and then I think it liked my head better, so it
kept licking it.
M: And then I think it thought my hair was straw or
something, cause it started nibbling on my hair with its soft soft lips.
B: And you let it?
M: ...well, I got a really great picture!
Welcome to my daily life. hahahahahaha. I`ll send the
picture if he ever let`s me get my hands on it. It had better be a great
The other bite that was slightly more tragic was a dog bite.
Some poor sister got bit by a dog last week. When you get bit by a dog, you
have to keep an eye out for the dog for 7 days, because a dog without rabies
can`t live more than 7 days. If the dog is still alive after 7 days, you
probably don`t need the rabies vaccine. Anyway, she was on the 7th day of
observation and saw that the dog was alive and well. She was celebrating
oh-so-happily when another (more vicious) dog attacked her just down the
street. You`ve gotta love the mangy dogs of Honduras.
Today I was part of a nursing video conference that included
all of the missions in Central America. Technology really is amazing. They were
saying that one in three missionaries gets sick in CA within the first three
months (and that only includes REPORTED incidents haha). We`ve got a lot of
work to do here.
Anyway, on to responding to yàll.
It almost blows my mind that 2014 is almost here. It
also kind of freaks me out that I`m coming up on my 2nd Christmas as a
missionary. I must admit, Christmas in the mission is a very different
experience than in the home (just as Thanksgiving is VERY different here).
Thanks in advance for the package. As far as the deer, the white tailed
something-or-other deer is the national animal of Honduras. I`ll tell you what
though. I`ve seen snakes, lizards, turtles, vultures, eagles, wild cats,
spiders bigger than my head, all kinds of birds, a cavy, dolphins, crabs, and
all other manner of wildlife, but I have yet to see a deer. haha. Cold, what is
cold? haha Just kidding. We actually had a cold snap for this entire week. It
rained for 6 days straight without stopping and did a cold sooooo cold that I
couldn`t even sleep at night. haha. We were walking in the street shivering in
our summer clothes and sandals as we experienced humid-cold (something I can
now testify is real). I think I actually prefer melting to the sidewalk. haha.
I really liked all the quotes, and I liked your ringworm trivia. One does not
normally get ringworm from cats, but someone suggested that the cats here are
carriers (and you can tell because of their ugly bald patches). haha. What luck
I have. hahaha Thanks for the letter and thanks for all of your love and
support. Love you!
It was definitely weird being away for Thanksgiving. I
was thinking about Thanksgiving and everything it means to me, and it was weird
to spend it here, where no one understands the beauty of Thanksgiving. I was
trying to explain to my companion that it`s not about the food, but she didn`t
get it. She thinks Gringos are weird and crazy and too serious (although she
says I break the mold... except the weird and crazy bit). I bet it was awesome
seeing errbody for thanksgiving. I`ll be excited to be there for the next one.
Anyway, love you lots! Take care. Oh, btw, I definitely don`t remember my
pin... I tried every combination I could think of, but I don`t remember at all.
Either that or my card just doesn`t work here, but I`m pretty sure it`s the PIN
No worries about the Thanksgiving plump; I guarantee
it`s nothing compared to the Hondurans-love-me-a-little-too-much plump. Yeah.
Try running that one off. hahaha No worries about the ringworm, it`s almost
gone now. I`ll tell Hna Reyes Ooooiiii! for you, but I must say, she`s
definitely not accustomed to the nursing schedule. She absolutely despises it.
hahaha. I`d love to say she handles it with grace, but she just outright hates
it, poor thing. It definitely takes some patience and some adjusting. Thanks
for the scripture in Romans. I love that one. I almost sent my shoes home to
get bronzed when I was in Olanchito, but I just ended up throwing them away. I
almost regret that now. They were fabulously pathetic. As far as the Nativities
go, I have only heard back from LaDee. Tell the sibs I`ll only be able to buy
them for another week or two, so if they want one, they`ve gotta get on it!
haha. Thanks for everything! Love you tons!
Welp, I do believe that`s all for now. I`ll try sending some
pics. Love you all oodles!
p.s. I just learned: quick commands on keyboards don`t work
on Spanish keyboards. For example, when you select all and hit CTRL C to copy
the letter you just spent 45 minites to write your family, it deletes the
letter. Happily, the Spirit showed me the undo button and I stopped freaking
out. :) Ciao
haven´t made the thanksgiving feast yet, but don´t you worry… that´ll be
happening soon. We´re going to be eating thanksgiving with a gringo who is
currently a less active member of my ward; he even mentioned that there will be
green bean casserole, so I am really looking forward to it. Also, he´s from
Arizona, and we all know that Arizonans and Nevadans are made of the same
desert sand, so I think it will be a great night. Haha
can get a flash drive here just fine, the only thing is that I can´t remember
the PIN for my bank card, so I am stuck for the moment. I don´t know if yáll
know my PIN, but if you do, could you figure out a way to send it to me? That
would be more than awesome. I honestly don´t need a camisole… we don´t like
layers here because they make us die. But if you´ve got a white shirt in mind,
that would be great. White doesn´t stay white very well here. Haha. Still
Reyes is cool. I think she doesn´t like the nursing stuff, but she deals with
it mostly. Haha We´ve had to adjust our strides a little bit together; I´ve had
to take it down a pace or two and she´s had to crank it up a little, but we get
along well and we´ve had a good time together thus far.
election is normally super dangerous here in Honduras, so when I said I was
helping get ready for the elections, it´s because we were preparing the mission
for an emergency situation. As the nurse, my house was one of the safe points,
so we had to stock up on a ton of food and water. In fact, we spent three
days on lockdown in the house (just as a precautionary measure) and that´s why
I´m writing on [Tuesday this week. Happily, the election went by without even a
slight hitch and all are safe and happy in Honduras. They say it was one of the
most peaceful elections in like 10 years, so we´re happy to be out working
again. J Three days in the house is…
an experience, but it was also a much-needed break. It was nice to just study
in pajamas and take it down a notch or four.
time is absolutely flying these days. I look at the date and think how
impossible it is that it´s almost December. Imagine that. The time
spending has been more on missionary work than nursing, but I´ve also spent a
lot of time (and money) on nursing this week. I just had to send ANOTHER sister
home for health reasons, and it always involves a lot of work making sure we´ve
done everything possible before we finally send them home. It always gets me a
little bit to send them home. It reminds me of how a doctor must feel when he
loses a patient, except a little bit less extreme. I just want to help them all
stay and work to the fullest, but sometimes God has other plans. As a mission,
though, we´re healthy and well, although I must say, a day in the life of Hna
Bayles is different than a day in the life of just about any other missionary.
It´s amazing to me how very different my mission experience is from that of my
brothers and friends. (and not just because I´m a girl haha). If I had to
compare my mission to that of someone else, I´d go with David, but only in the
¨living in Latin America and dealing with all of the funny things that accompany
that¨ sense. It really is such a different experience. But so so beautiful.
years and an eternity to go. Happy anniversary, Eileeny.
for the quotes on faith. I´ve been reading the new testament, and with three
days in house, I blazed through a good chunk of it. The more I read the New
Testament, the more I see the real power of faith. How many times did Christ
tell the people ¨thy faith hath made thee whole?¨ He never said, ¨my power and
authority as Son of God and Messiah has made thee whole, ¨ no, He said it was
their faith that healed them. It´s something I´ve been thinking a lot about,
and it´s really a lovely thought.
trip sounds more than wonderful. I´m so glad you got to see all of them and
especially that you got to go to Nath´s baptism. I was thinking about him all
day Saturday and Sunday, and just smiled like crazy. I was thinking about how
he´s the only one who calls me by my middle name, and how much I love hearing
him call me así.
need thee every hour is my favorite hymn in English. I miss hearing it. Haha
The piano bit sounds interesting and funny. I´d love to hear bass-y primary
baptism sounds absolutely beautiful. I only wish I could have been there.
I´m veryyyyy familiar with, but snow and cold? I honestly don´t remember what
it feels like to be cold, and I can´t quite imagine how snow is. I know I´ve
touched it before and everything, I just can´t figure it out in my head right
now. It´s like the idea of dragons… it just doesn´t seem real. Awesome, but not
Augh. Last thanksgiving was the last time I saw LaDee and Kirk and the kids. We
built a fort. Man oh man. Has it really been a year? It´s so strange to think
while you´re all together, will you have anyone who wants a Honduran nativity
choose from the three types of nativities and tell me which they want so I can
buy more and send them through the mail? One is made from corn husks (typical
of Copan and Santa Barbara here in Honduras) and the others are made of Barra
(or clay), which is typical of all of Honduras. I can´t promise that they won´t
break in camino, but I´ll do my best to keep them whole. Anyway, look at the
pics (o todos vosotros) and let me know which yáll want. J
week was hectic and crazy, but all ended well and we are excited to work work
work this week. I found out I have ringworm, but of all the parasites possible,
it´s the best to get as it has nothing to do with your insides and only makes an
ugly spot on the affected area (for me, the leg, and let´s face it: the
mosquitos here have already made MANY ugly spots on my legs, so I think we´ll
be just fine hahaha) and is very easily treated. Hna John thinks I got it from
a cat, and I know exactly which one it it… the unlucky black cat of Concepcion,
which has a bald spot and is always persecuting me. Hahahahaha Anyway, all is
more than well here in Honduras. Take care and be good and have a great week.
I love you all ooodly dooooodlies and bunches of oats.
It is so beautiful to hear from you all. It´s nice to take a
moment and think about something other than the million things that are
constantly on my mind. This week has been another rough one, but reading this
particular letter made me so happy I´ve just sat here and wept. Tell Nathan I
could not be happier for him. Tell him that this little gal is so proud to have
him as her uncle, and that even though I can´t be there for the big day, I will
be thinking of him all the day long. Tell him of all the baptisms I´ve had or
heard of here in the mission, this one leaves them all behind. This is one of
the happiest moments of my mission, going hand in hand with the news that Josh
went to the temple and that Nigil is serving a mission. You tell that beautiful
man that these little eyes of mine just won´t stop reminding me how happy I am
for him; I can´t get them to dry up. God is so good.
This week has been rather hectic. We´ve been preparing for
the elections (I don´t remember if that´s how you spell it in english... google
translate elecciones and you´ve got it) here, which will take place this coming
Sunday. For the majority of the missionaries, that doesn´t mean too much, but
for the office staff and for this little nursey-girl, it´s kind of a lot of
work. This week we also had cambios (transfers, I think they´re called in
english). I have a new companion, Hermana Reyes from the Dominican Republic and
she´s 19 years old. I also kind of have a new area. When we had cambios I didn´t
have a new area, but then President called to tell me he was pulling all of the
missionaries out of my area, elders and hermanas alike. He had another area to
put us, but after visiting the area decided that he really didn´t feel alright
about having hermanas there, so... right now I don´t have an area. hahaha. I
think we´re going to return to my old area for the next who-knows-how-long, and
afterwards we´re going to go to some unknown location. hahaha. It should be a
fun experience. But no worries, no matter what happens, I´ll be here in San
Pedro Sula (which, by the way: in the letter, one of yáll said something about
going to a bigger city to buy shoes... SPS IS the big city... the only thing
bigger in the whole country is the capital, and to be honest, I´m not sure
Tegucigalpa is actually bigger than SPS. haha).
Mumsie, I got the Thanksgiving package. Thanks so much for
that. As far as Christmas ideas, I was thinking of buying a hard drive because
all of my memories are fuuuuuull, but I don´t think that would be something to
send in the mail. haha. I don´t even know how much something like that is
worth. Other than that, I have no idea what I would want. I feel like I have
everything I need (and more!), but it´s all good.
Eileen, sounds like you´ve had a fun week or so. I bet
that´s been fun seeing all the family and errthing. I´m glad you got some days
to relax and read some books. I forgot that books exist. haha I know that
sounds funny, but here they really don´t have books aside from the bible (and
once we come along, the book of mormon). How funny.
Dad, I already told you how I feel about your bit of the
letter, but I´ll say it again: I could not be happier. Tell Hno Rechsteiner and
the Lukers I say hey and i love them. Tell them thanks for everything.
I had more to say, but, alas, someone´s heart is arrhythmic
and they´ve got tachycardia, so I´ve gotta run. I love you all a ton. Take care
and be gooooooood (as Brian and ET would say).
I`m sorry I haven`t really written much lately. It`s just
been a very busy and crazy time. It`s been a super frustrating couple of weeks,
but I`m doing alright. I`m glad you got the package. That means I can try
sending more stuff. :) The statue actually isn`t quetzaltenango, it`s a
copy of one of the mayan carvings in copan. And I`m glad you liked the
maracuya... I``m sorry I couldn`t send you the real stuff like I`m drinking
here, but I`m glad you enjoyed the fake thing. haha.
These last few weeks have been really hard weeks for us. A
lot is changing in the mission. Lies. A lot is changing for me in the mission.
Cambios are this week, and I am almost positive we`ll have changes. I think
I`ll probably stay in my same area, but I think I`ll have a new comp. Even if I
change areas, I`ll still be in San Pedro. The nurse is pretty much stuck in the
city. haha. But it`s alright. Aside from a few undesireable things, it`s really
nice being in san pedro. I really love getting to interact with President and
Hna Dester. They were in Guatemala this last week, and it was surprising to me
how much I missed seeing them and talking to them. That`s one blessing of being
the nurse, that I get to interact with them every now and then.
I finally got the Halloween package; thanks so much! My comp
was so excited for the candy too. We`ve been gobbling it.
Welp, here`s a picture of me in my new SPS futbol
Sounds like you all ahve had a fun week and everyhting. I`m
glad you`re getting to have visits and everything. I wish I could see all yàll,
but I`m glad you`re getting to spend some quality time with the little
I honestly don`t know what to write you all right now. We`ve
been finding a lot of new investigators, but the majority of them only progress
for a week or two and then they don`t want anything. Anyway, we are always
looking for new people and always working to help the ward and the people here.
Our planned baptisms just fell through. One of them is moving to Copan
suddenly, so he won`t get baptized. The other is moving to La Lopez, so she
also won`t get baptized. The other`s mom just prohibited her from listening to
us anymore and she asked us not to come back. That`s always fun. But we`re
working hard and hoping to work more integratedly with the members.
Tell Andrea and Jim and Eileen thanks for writing me. Thanks
for writing me to yàll too. I really love hearing from you every week. I`ll try
to write more next week, but for now, that`s about all I`ve got.
I really loved the pictures so thanks for that. It´s crazy
to see how much those little sobrinos are growing up. The biggest surprises
were Noah and Elise. Holy cow they´re getting big.
I honestly don´t know what to write you all this week. I
went on exchanges to El Carmen with Hna Tanner this week. She´s really cool and
we had a pretty good time, although it rained like the dickens (which made the
holes in the soles of my shoes suddenly VERY inconvenient). I´ve officially
walked through inch-and-a-half thick soles, which I consider a pretty decent
accomplishment, especially considering that I currenty have (relatively)
beautiful roads to walk on here. (Let´s be honest, compared to the States,
these roads are post-apocalyptic, but for Honduras they´re gorgeous.) Anyway.
That tells you how much walking I do. haha. Including the other pair I walked
through and the two pairs of rubber shoes I´ve walked through and the wear and
tear I put on my other pair of shoes before I gave them away, I´d say that adds
up to about 4 inches of shoe sole that I´ve pounded out of business. But no
worries, I bought some new rubber shoes today. I love these things so much. And
they only cost 40 lempiras, which is to say slightly less than $2, so I´m back
on my feet, as it were.
This week has been insane. Absolutely insane. We´ve had so
many health problems in the mission lately. I got about 14 calls in less than
10 minutes last night. I was getting new calls in the middle of calls and by
the time I would hang up with one person, I´d already have 5 new calls. I
predict that this week will be even worse, although I won´t give you details as
to why until next week. Moral of the story, it´s been CRAZY. Add on top of that
that we´ve had to take over another companionship´s area (more or less) and the
result is a very very very exhausted missionary. But I´m alright, no worries.
I´m healthy as an helote.
Aside from that, the work goes forth. We´re currently
working on reactivating our ward mission leader, so that´s been interesting.
It´s amazing how much of an influence the members have on the work. When they
don´t dig in with the missionaries, the work is nearly impossible and painfully
difficult. But when the members heave their part of the load, the missionaries
can´t help but see miracles. Incredible.
Um, I´d respond to your emails, but I´m afraid I don´t
really have time. I´ve only got a half hour left of pday and i just got a call
saying that a sick missionary is coming in to ask me questions and get healed
and everything, so I guess I´ll talk to you all next week.
I would like to announce that this week I ate
a chicken´s heart and liver (and ascending aorta if we´re being specific),
something I´ve never done before. I would like to announce that I liked it.
Also, I was extremely surprised by how very similar the chicken´s organs are to
human organs. They´re exactly the same, just more tiny (thus more cute? I just
don´t know, but that seems to be life rule #347, so I think I´ll stick to
it...?). Also, I remember discussing in Physiology classes how very smooth the
walls of the heart and arteries are. Little did I know, HE WASN´T KIDDING;
those things are so smooth! I also ate a McFlurry this week. Who knew such
sophisticated things exist here in Honduras?
I was remember something funny about Concepcion the
other day and I couldn´t remember if I´d told yáll or not: Back when Concepcion
was still a non-member, we went to visit her one day and found a water bottle
looking thing filled with what looked like marijuana. Although it´s not that
unusual to see marijuana here, it IS a little strange to see it in the house of
your 85-year-old investigator who is working towards baptism, so we asked her,
¨Hey Concepcion, what´s that?¨ She looked at us for half a second and said,
¨Marijuana mixed with alcohol.¨ Oh. Ok. haha. We just looked at her for a
minute to see if she was joking or serious, and when she made a slightly
embarrased face and laughed a nervous laugh, we knew she wasn´t joking. She
later explained that it wasn´t to smoke or drink or anything like that, but that
she put it on her joints to make them feel better. She told us it was the
¨natural¨ remedy. hahahahahahaha. Whatcha gonna go? She´s 86 years old, she can
do what she wants. hahahahaha
We hiked the CocaCola Mountain today, but the
giant Hollywood style letters are down below in an area where you have to walk
through ticks, stinging bugs, spiders the size of your hand, and poisonous
snakes to get to them, so we just took pictures from the lookout above them. By
the way, I saw the hugest spider ever today. Also, I saw a poisonous snake fly
out of the monte (scrub? I don´t remember how to say it in English) and attack
a bearded lizard who was running across the dirt path on his two back legs. My
life is so Discovery channel. Or maybe Animal Planet. I also saw a goat
Finally, yesterday I had the incomparable pleasure of
hearing one of my recent converts giving a talk about the priesthood yesterday.
He also asked the bishop for a calling in the church because he wants to serve.
That is what I like to call Pilas. :)
[In response to specific items within emails:]
scooter? Man oh man, I would give my left foot for that
little piece of beauty. Augh. Also, I would give my left foot for full-time
missioaries who search out people to teach. Man-oh-man. How awesome is that.
Those little baby-folk sound pretty awesome. Thanks for the scriptures and the
Halloween weekend sounds like it was pretty fun. But isn´t
halloween this week? Hmmm? I was thinking about the foam ghosts in the entryway
and the spiderwebs all over the house. I´m bummed that they don´t really
celebrate halloween here, but I´ll get another one some day. Remind me that I´m
going to dress up as the sunkist raisin girl next halloween (one of the elders
told me that I´m her hahahahaa). Elise´s tuotle and Noah´s donkey donk sound so
cute. I miss those lil guys. Autumn. What is that? Oh man. Thanks for the love
Woah-ho-ho]! That´s really cold [40 degrees F]. When I come into the
office, I almost can´t stand the air conditioning. And that´s like, 75 degrees.
Soooo coooooold. That´s cool that you got to go up to Parawon and that you´ll
get to see grandma and grandpa. Take good care of my scoot scoot. You know how
I love that thing. Hey, thanks for errthing! Lovesies.
Disease of the week: amoebic dysentery. That´s what´s up. :)
No worries, he´ll be completely fine after these antiparasite pills.
Another note: a woman from my ward here in SPS is going to
be in Las Vegas 16 of November for like 8 days, so if you want to hang out with
her or send something back with her, she´d probably be happy and willing to do
it. She´s really great. She only speaks spanish, but her son (who will be with
her) speaks english.
This week, we saw two very fat chihuahuas this week. They
looked like two very fat overstuffed sausages with huge round eyeballs. They
were so chubby and over-excited. We´ve decided that if we continue in SPS,
we´re going to be these two little sausage dogs. Companions and all.
I really enjoyed reading your letter. Thanks for including
the clip from Nigil. Man, if I could live in the MTC again, I´d do it. It´s
such a spiritual and wonderful place. I had the greatest spiritual experience
of my life in the MTC, and I don´t see why anyone wouldn´t want to be there.
Man, what a place. I´m glad you´re enjoying the Youth Center. I know it´s a
huge responsability, and probably something where you probably don´t see the
fruits of your labor, but it´s such a beautiful and important calling.
By the way, I met the Honduran version of you and she almost
made me cry because she reminded me so much of you.
Thanks for everything. I really am so grateful for your love
and support and for everything yoiu´ve done for me. Lots of love.
I really am pretty healthy here: I know yáll get to hear
about the extreme cases, but it really is a pretty healthy place here. Lauren
wants another dog, eh? That would be pretty fun. Grandma and Grandpa are always
having adventures, eh? Poor things. They just have so many complications in
their life right now. I really hope they´re happy and doing well.
We had that same lesson this last sunday, and it was so good.
I´ve heard that story before, but I loved hearing it again. It really testified
to me that this church is not the church of any mortal man, but the church of
Jesus Christ. That when one leader in the church passes away or has to be
released, the church goes on. That to me is such a testimony of the Divine
source of this work. Welp, thanks for the letter and for all of your love and
support. Love you tons.
I liked what you said about that there is no easy passage
through life. I think it was Brigham Young who said that every trial we face is
NECESSARY for our exaltation. It really puts things in perspective, eh?
So, what you´re telling me is that your marriage class was a
¨til death do you part¨ kind of assignment? bhahahahaha. I hope more people start
going to your class and learnin how to be more lovey dovey. Tell them to read
the family: a proclamation the the world. Then they´ll want to go to your
I´m jealous of your pumpkin cookies. We definitely don´t
have an oven. People don´t use ovens here. If they have an oven, they use it as
an extra cupboard or pantry. I remember the first time I saw someone pull some
groceries out of the oven, followed by a bowl and a spatula. I was so confused.
How bout you just make me some pumpkin cookies in like a year. Sounds
That´s funny that you mention the moon. I was looking at it
with a grumpy old man named Ramón the other day and he said, ¨You´re parents
are looking at that same moon right now, thinking of you.¨ I wonder if you
really were looking at it right in that moment. Some day I´ll look at that moon
and hope that Honduras is looking back at me. Funny how life does the old
switcheroo on you. haha. Anyway, thanks for the letter and the love. Love you
To finish off, I just want to testify of the power of the
fast. We were fasting to find new investigators this week, especially a family.
We walked into one investigator´s house and found 3, two of which are part of a
(hopefully golden) family that we contacted later in the week. The other is a
bit of a funny story. About three months ago, we contacted a woman in the house
of algunas investigators. We really wanted to teach her, but had to leave
without getting her contact information. We then spent the next two weeks
searching for her but never found her. For the last three months, I´ve been
looking for her, and last week we walked into this investigator´´s house after
fasting to find people who would progress and less than 2 minutes later, she
showed up for an impromptu visit, saying she didn´t know why but she just had
the thought to visit this person. God works miracles. I don´t know what will
happen with this investigator, but I know God has brought her back into my path
for a reason, and I intend to find out why.
I had something else I wanted to tell you, but I can´t for
the life of me remember what. Anywya, I hope you´re all happy and well. Love
Flesh eating bacteria? Been there, done that. Some day I
will send you all a picture of the poor elder´s leg. You know, back when I was
studying parasites and microbiology, I almost didn´t believe that necrotizing
fasciitis exists, and really it´s such a rare bacteria that it almost doesn´t
exist... but here in good ol´ Honduras where everything is bigger, scarier,
germier, and moister, it´s just something that I get to write home about.
Cheers for that. We´ve also got an inexplicable illness going around (you know,
going around central america) that absolutely destroys the intestines. It´s an
unidentifiable, untreatable, unknown SOMETHING (probably a parasite) that is
taking out a missionary or two every couple of months and leaving them with
lifelong post-infectious IBS. Who knew being nurse in a climate and area that
is a living growing petri dish could be so... exciting?! The good news is,
things like these are a rarity. :) We´re healthy as a mission, for the most
Honduras also has a Florida and a Las Vegas haha. The story
behind the name ¨Honduras¨ is that when Christopher Columbus landed here in
Honduras, he said, ¨thank God we´re out of those stormy depths¨ or something
like that, and the name ¨the depths¨ just stuck I guess. For that same reason,
the cape where he landed is called ¨Gracias a Dios,¨ or ¨thank God.¨
Our investigators are suddenly very sparse. haha. We just
had to drop every single investigator we had for one or more reasons, but we´re
basically starting over at ground zero. The good thing is, we still have a good
pool of less-actives that we´re visiting and we just found a bunch more.
Anyway, it´ll probably be a rough start getting back up with investigators, but
sometimes everybody just decides to be unprepared all at once. haha
I´m glad to hear that Nigil is doing well and is safely in
Columbia. Those first few weeks are super rough, cause you have no idea what
anyone´s saying and you have no idea how to respond, but tell him it will come
with time (even though it doesn´t feel like it right now). One day he´ll just
wake up and realize that he´s fluent. It´s incredible.
Sounds like all the family stuff was great. It´s small
little moments like those that you miss in the mision, not necessarily the big
moments. :) Take care and thanks so much for everything. Love you! (hey, by the
way, you´ve been in my dreams every single night for the past 2 or 3 weeks.
It´s nice to see you, even when I can´t see you. Also, Brian made a candid
appearance last night, so that was a fun little reunion).
You´re right about the admin bit, although I would say the
frustration is mostly that being the nurse for the mission really should be a
full-time calling (actually it IS a full time calling; Hna Tolliver´s mission
call was to be the nurse, but to also be a missionary... I´m just filling in
haha), which means that I can be a great nurse or I can be a great missionary
or I can give a great effort at doing the both, but it´s a little tricky.
hahaha. Add training a new missionary to that and you may as well just hand me
my red boots and my golden lasso and call me wanna-be-wonder-woman. hahahaha
Just kidding. If I had the super powers to do it all, then you I could earn my
stars, as it were. Although I must say, the things I have seen so far count for
about 20 years in medical practice, because I´ve already seen so many rare
diseases and treated so many every-day occurances. I´m trying to thing if PA
school will count all of these hours as Clinical hours.... That would be
SPECTACULAR and would make it possible for me to go right into PA school after
BYU. But that´s in the Happily Ever After part of this story, and we´ve not
quite vanquished the villain yet, so let´s not get ahead of ourselves.
The Primary President sounds awesome. I look forward to
meeting her in the Happily Ever After. The seminary also sounds awesome (the
biking one, not the boring bee-hum one). ;) I really miss riding my bike. I
think when the opportunity presents itself, I´ll just ride my bike everywhere.
Wow, I am so proud and excited for Josh. That is such happy
news. Man, I just am so happy for him. Tell him I couldn´t be more proud and I
know he´s made the right decision.
I loved the scripture and loved the message. Thanks so much
for everything, Pop-a-dooodle-doo. Love you!
I lurved the package, so thanks a bundle. It was really
great. I also loved the picture, although I can´t say i say the message of the
ants. I´ll have to look again. Another happy thing is that I got the package
from La-dee. It was awesome. I absolutely loved the pictures of the kids, but
the picture of Arie made me cry. She´s not a little girl anymore. Who gave her
permission to grow up so fast and turn out so gorgeous? Augh, I can´t believe
she´ll be in Young women´s when I get back. I just can´t handle that. Anyway,
loved the package so tell La-Deee thanks a million. :)
That reminds me, I just sent my first package to yáll. This
package is a test package of rubbage that weighed a fair amount so I can know
whether it´s safe to send other things that are not quite so rubbishy. I talked
to a bunch of other North Americans who say not to even bother because nothing
ever arrives, but I´m trying it anyway. So, if a random pepto bismol box (yep,
I sure am the nurse... we plow through that stuff in the mission) shows up
addressed to Mumsie and Pop-a-doodle-doo, it´s probably from Honduras.
Changes of the week, Ana, who has been inactive for 14 years
finally came to church and loved it! Also, Joél is reading the book of mormon
and is working on finding a new job so he can come to church. :) Baby steps,
they may seem, but to me, they are 4 months of work finally paying off. I love
my less-active members. I always knew Visiting Teaching was important. Plug for
the relief society from Preach my Gospel: Harold B. Lee: ¨Missionary work is
but home teaching to those who are not now members of the Church, and home
teaching is nothing more or less than missionary work to Church members.¨
That is a cool and happy scripture. I love links between old
and new and everything.
Tell Sister Clayton and Gail I say OOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIY! (Hey!)
and I love them. Whenever people see the pictures of the family that I have, I
always just classify the picture of Gail and I at the temple as, ¨that´s me and
my aunt,¨or some other family description. I´m glad you get to talk to Kathryn
about church stuff. She´s such a nice and friendly lady. :)
Tell grandma and grandpa I say hey and I love them oodly
bunches. I pray for them all the time and hope everything is good with
It blows my mind that it´s not still summer there. I just.
It´s still summer. Here. And will be. Forever. I just can´t quite understand
Anyway, I hope you are all doing well and that you are
loving life. I´m going to sign off now-ish, but first I want to tell you one
We went to visit family Moncada (Eileen, Hna Romero, the one
I met in your house, was there, as were her sisters... the Moncadas are her
parents and they´re in my ward here in SPS). Brother Moncada has had very
serious health problems and had a very close call in dialysis this week. We sat
and talked ot him for a bit and listened as he wept that he wanted to enter the
temple one more time before he dies, and he still wants to serve a mission with
his wife, and he doesn´t want to leave his greatest treasure, his family
behind. I sat there and thought of the faith of this beautiful family,a dn the
joy in knowing that, even though when he eventually does leave his family
behind, it will only be for a moment because of the sealing promise of the
temple. After a bit of time listening and comforting him, we asked him if we
could sing a hymn. His wife told us for him, ¨he wants to sing his favorite.¨
We then turned to no. 137¨¨Tu me has dado muchas bendiciones Dios¨ and sang a hymn
of gratitud. He wept and wept and wept. I cannot fully understand the
unshakeable and determined faith of this dear and beloved family. They are
truly a part of my family here in Honduras, and I hope someday to be a little
more like them.
Know I love you all tons and wish you all a very happy
Estoy escribiendo con un poco
de prisa porque tengo que regresar al hospital mas o menos pronto. Tuve que
traer un elder al hospital por una operación. En otras palabras, esta semana ha
sido locísimo con cosas medicas. jajja Tuvimos que madrugar y todo, y ha sido
un día un pocito estresante. jajaa. Pero no se preocupan; todo va a salir bien.
Tambien, yo tuve que enviar un OTRO misionero a la casa porque él vino a la
misión con picazón de la piel, pero este picazón cambió rapidamente hasta
cellulitis with lymphangitis, lo cual empezó a contagiar todo su pierna y...
pues él se fue a la casa, pobresito. Hemos visto muchos problemas medicas
recentamente, pero es increible como el Señor cuida a Sus misioneros. Realmente
este picazón era una bendición por este elder, porque si no lo tuviera ahorita,
probablemente lo tuviera más adelante cuando sería mas dificil ayudarle. Bueno.
I bet that was fun to spend so
much time with the family. I believe family is the one thing that will bring me
back from Honduras some day (nothing else could tear me away haha). I bet Nigil
is going to do great, and I KNOW he´s going to love it. I´ll tell you what,
those 6-week MTC missionaries can speak spanish faster and better than those
with more time. It´s incredible how prepared they are in such a short
time. I loved the emphasis on the obra misional in this conference, and thought
it was incredible. We work with the members every moment possible. In fact, I
have yet to go contacting or tracting in the mission. That´s not to say that
the members always support us 100%, but really we´ve seen taht the key to
everything is meeting the members´ friends. Every convert I´ve had (minus one)
has been the friend or family of a member (and that is why every one of my
converts is going to stay in the church as well, if I have anything to do with
it). If members would just make good friends and present them to the
missionaries, the work would move forward so fast. Whatever person can receive
these things in the right time and with the spirit and a friend. Easy. Just
introduce everyone you know to the missionaries and it´ll be great. haha. Lots
your California visit sounds awesome. I bet it was sweet
takin the new little carito out, and all the food and fun sounds bodacious. The
conference was amazing, and I couldn´t have been more impressed and proud of
Elder Holland for his courage in leading by example in encouraging others to
get help for a problem that is real and debilitating as broken bones. I was
especially impressed with the talks this conference. I felt like they addressed
real life issues directly and boldly, and for that I was very impressed. All in
alll, I think it was an amazing conference. As far as finding a new place to live,
we still haven´t found anything new, but, yes, it´s been a juggling game to
find new areas and housing for the hermanas. I´m so glad I made the decision to
go before the announcement. I know yáll were a little freaked out by how abrupt
and sudden my decision was, but looking back now, I know it had to be
that way, and I know I had to leave exactly when I left. I´m glad to hear that
G and G are doing a little bit better and I will be praying for them to
continue recovering. Thanks so much for all of your help and support. I really
am so lucky to have had the parents I´ve got. Some day I want to know your
secrets, because I just can´t figure out how yáll helped little punk-kid Maren
stay on a track to the temple and a mission after growing up in the middle of
Sin City. It´s like a math problem without an answer. I just don´t get it.
Miracle workers, that´s what yáll are. haha. Anywya, love you oodles!
Hey-a! I got the package and
the hump day envelope! Thanks so much. That was AWESOME. I stillhavenpt gotten
anything from LaDee, but that´s not to say that it couldn´t arrive in three
weeks or so. haha. I especially loved the nutella and the t shirt. For
Christmas, I want nothing more than Kirkland trail mix. Also, all the HOndurans
want beef jerky and it´s making me wonder if my memory of beef jerky isn´t as
good as it should be. Anyway.j hahah. yup. The german restaurant sounds awesome
and I loved the pictures. Sounds like it was a fun birthdya. I bet that´s
awesome, seeing Carlos play it up. I will forever be grateful for those
screaming voices from the sidelines, ¨Come on girl! Woohoo! yea Bear!!!! Twenty
bucks if you get a homerun!¨´ hahahaa (ask dad if he remembers that $20 homerun
I got hahahahaha). I know it was probably miserable waiting in the bleachers in
the heat and sun and cigarette smoke, but I really appreciate that you all took
the time to be with me, even if you weren´t running on the field with me.
Painting pumpkins. Woah. I forgot what October means in other parts of the
world. It´s still summer here. Woah. Pumpkins. Man, I think I´ll miss
Halloween. haha The Book of Mormon and the gospel have such power. If anyone
ever has doubts or questions, just read the Book of Mormon and you´´ll be good
to go. I loved General Conference too. It´s what´s up. The only thing that´s
changed in my mission address is that you should put mission oeste on the
package because otherwise it gets mixed in with everytiig from the other
mission. Otherwise, it´s all good. Looove yooou!
Other than that, this week has been mostly just the norm. We
didn´t have much proselyting time because of conference and new missionaries
and people deciding to get horribly sick inthe mission. On the sunny side, Joel
smiled this week. Like, really smiled and had light in his eyes. He´s reading
and he´s changing little by little every day, and I couldn´t be happier. Life
is crazy, but little by little we become who and what we need to become.
I love you all more than you can imagine. Take care and we´ll talk next week!
Hey y`all. How`s it goin in Gringolandia? It sometimes blows
my mind that yàll all in, like, autumn or something... we`re still in summer
here, but the wet version. And after that, we`ll switch over to summer... the
dry version. hahaha. Anyway, things here are going. Allan got baptized Saturday
and that was really awesome. He received the gift of the Holy Ghost and then
the priesthood yesterday. So awesome. :) I can`t send pics because I forgot my
card reader today, but I`ll send somethin next week I think.
This birthday was... well... I think it was the worst day of
my whole mission. hahahaha. Maybe I`ll explain someday, but no worries, it
would have been a bad day even if it hadn`t been my birthday. I just don`t have
the time or desire to explain right now. Mumsie, I still haven`t received the
package or the envelope, but I`ll keep my eyesies open. :) Eileen, I did get
your package and your card. Thanks so much. All of us office people ate all the
candy in like 2 days flat.
I`m excited to see my hump day pic, and I`m glad
Sister Luker could use my letters in RS. If I could give a 10 minute speech to
the church as a whole on any topic I wanted, it would include visiting
I`m glad to hear that G and G are healing up better. I wish
I could be there to help them out and all, but I`m glad that they live at least
relatively close. Maybe they will be able to move closer so y`all can all party
it up in Vegas.
That was cool to see all those sisters singing for the
SocSoc general conference. I didn`t cry, but >I did see two of my friends
who I didn`t even know were going to serve missions, so that was AWESOME. (p.s.
did Sarah-bear ever decide whether or not she wanted to serve?)
I hope yàll enjoy soCal. Sometimes Honduras reminds me of
California (specifically LA and Valencia). Maybe yàll will think of lil old
Hey, speaking of your friend Jeff Stewart, I`m friends with
one of the nephews of one of your friends. haha Elder Bergquist, who also works
in the office is the nephew of Mark Dixon. He also lived 5 minutes from us back
home and went to the same high school, but we never met before the mission.
haha. It`s fun talking to someone from home. It`s weird, but awesome.
Sorry your finger got hurt. I have a hurt finger too, and
it`s a bummer (part of the birrthday of doom hahahaha), but at least I don`t
have to do dental work or type usually.
That`s cool taht you got to teach and all. And even cooler
about my scoot scoot registration. Does that mean that nobody`s been using it
this whole time? What a shame haha. It`s like the funnest thing in the whole
I think your thinking is great with the whole moving G and G
down to vegas thing, but I don`t know what they`ll think about that. They tend
to like where they are and everything.
Your right about me being stoked for conference. I am so
excited. And I`ll even get to listen to it in English. That`s what`s up. haha.
We`re definintely inviting our investigators. There`s nothing like teaching
someone about modern day prophets and then getting to show them who he is and
what he`s talking about. We`re gonna get as many people there as we can. It`s
gonna be so awesome.
I love Primary. If every member had the faith and the
excitement of the Primary, the church would move forward without obstacles into
every nation and every corner of the world. The other day we went to visit a
recent convert from the elders and her grandaughter gave the final prayer. In
it, she said, ^please help las Mormonas to come back tomorrow and help them so
the rain doesn`t fall on them.^ I was laughing, but it was honestly so sweet.
The rain is a beast here.
I`m glad you liked the pictures. Meylin is doing well,
although she`s got a couple of questions and doubts. We`ll hope she goes to
conference to get some awesome answers. :)
Elder John is a nice man. He`s Heidi`s uncle, too, which is
kind of fun. we`re almost like family haha.
I loved the women`s conference. I loved the emphasis on
covenants. So cool.
Love a dub dubsies!
Anyway, this week there are changes. My companion and I
don`t have changes, but we`re really looking to move in this change. It`s
killing us living so far from the area. It`s workable, but it`s a pain and it`s
so expensive. We`ve got six of the new sisters staying with us starting tonight
and tomorrow. the other three are going to stay with president.
Anyway, what I really want to tell you all about today is
Joel. Joel is someone I`ve now been working with for 3 months, and he still
hasn`t returned to church, but this week something amazing happened. We went to
his house with a friend and talked about the atonement for about a half an
hour. Then we gave him a book of mormon and promised him that he would be able
to solve all of his problems if he read the whole book through. Then we
returned a week later, and after a week of reading the book of mormon,
something had completely changed inside of him. He had such light in his eyes
and for the very first time in these three months, he smiled a real and genuine
smile. I don`t know what`s going to happen with Joel or if he`s going to come
back to church in my time in La Primavera, but for one small moment, I saw
change in him, and that is exactly what this gospel is about. Success in the
mission is immeasurable. It is those small and tiny moments when God`s hand
captures the weak and hopeless and turns them into something eternal and full
Anyway, I hope you all have a great week. I love yàll oodly
p.s. Tell Jordan I got his last letter and I`ll be
responding one of these days soon.
Welp. I´ll be doublin´ up on 2s in 2 days. Here for
birthdays, sometimes they smash eggs on your head, so I´m keeping it on the
down low hahahaha. Just kidding... they´re usually nice enough to smash an egg
with confetti inside instead of a regular full egg, but one never knows.
This week it´s rained like crazy and a couple people have
gotten pretty beat up from it. Two ladies in our ward got swept off their feet
(and down the mountain) by the current running through the streets. They got
completely torn up, poor things. It really is like walking in a river when it
rains here. Another person fell into a sewage hole and she drowned. What a way
to die, drowning in a rushing river of sewage. I think Nancy had it better,
We´ve had a really cool week, but nothing too exraordinarily
amazing. Well, ok. Let´s be honest, every moment of the mission is
extraordinarily amazing and we´ve seen miracles this week, but nothing too out
of the ordinary happened. We had a couple of amazing lessons, though. We had
one with Meylin about the Book of Mormon, and the Spirit was so strong, I was
surprised there weren´t angels in the room. Then again, who knows? Right after
that we entered another house where we immediately felt the lack of the spirit.
After that we had to machete her for not doing her part in our lessons. She was
sad, but it was either that or leave her.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, by the way. Mom, the
package hasn´t arrived yet, but Eileen, your package arrived. THanks a
Thanks for all the support and love. I will write yáll more
Love you tons and tons.
Take care of yourselves.
Here is a picture of a Licha. I think they´re tasty
P.S. I am Elder John, serving here in Honduras with my
wife. I am the financial secretary, and my wife is the mission secretary.
As such we spend our days in the office and often get the chance to rub
shoulders with your precious daughter. She told me that she felt badly
because she knew she was sending you a "lame" letter. I asked
if I could take a moment and let you know about your daughter. I know
that I am not telling you anything you don't already know, but she is a very
special young lady. A zone leader told me just last week that "if
every sister missionary were like Hermana Bayles, we would love having sister
missionaries in our zone." She is an extremely confident and
competent missionary. Undertaking the task of being mission nurse without
being a nurse previously would have been too much for any other sister in our
mission. Actually, what she is doing is quite remarkable.
Personally, I worked with the youth of the
Church before I retired. In so doing I had the privilege of meeting many
of the best the world has to offer. I just wanted you to know that Sister
Bayles is one of those "great ones." I've never seen her
unhappy, moody, or demanding of special attention. You did a fine job of
raising her. I imagine that she came that way, but you helped her
maintain her premortal status.
Thank you for offering the sacrifice of your
daughter. May the Lord continue to pour out the blessings of having a
missionary in the field upon you.
God works miracles. Here are some I saw this week:
and Josué finally got baptized! She was insistent that they were going to be
baptized the 6 of October, but this last Sunday, we went to her house and she said
she couldn´t be baptized the 6. She asked when she could be baptized, and I
almost jokingly said, ¨This Saturday if you want.¨ Then she said nodded her
head and said, ¨Así sera.¨ I just about cried.
and months of her telling us there´s no possible way prophets exist in these
days, that there´s no possible way the priesthood exists in these days, that
there´s no possible way the church was restored through a modern-day prophet,
we reviewed the baptismal interview questions, and when we asked her about
Joseph Smith and the Restoration (if she believed that the church had been
restored through him and that we have a modern-day prophet), she responded ïn
an old-lady growl ¨seguro que si!¨ You´ve no idea how happy I was. J She is so beautiful. Mi abuelita de la
I finally got up the umph to try out Sopa de Mondongo, which is cow stomach
soup. It´s actually pretty good. One side of the cow stomach is all smooth and
muscular and the other side is like a honeycomb of flesh and muscle. It was
really fascinating to look at, and it tasted pretty good too. I was telling
someone about it afterwards and they asked me, ¨oh, sopa de tripe?¨ It was only
in that moment that I realized I had just eaten tripe of the cow variety. I
know we always joke about people who eat tripe, but don´t hate it ´til you´ve
ate it. Hahaha It´s funny. Some of you might remember my first-ish week when I
ate chicken feet and was absolutely repulsed… now I see people boiling chicken
feet and I almost want to try them again. I hear people talking about cow
tongue and I get all excited. I hear about snail soup and I get all curious to
try it. I think Honduras might be messing with my tastes in food……. Hahahaha
is that moment when your recent convert shows up to church in a white shirt and
tie and sits himself at the Sacrament table. Happiness is watching him worthily
and respectfully parting and blessing the sacrament, then hearing him bear
testimony twice of how happy and grateful he is for the gospel. Happiness is
when he accompanies you to an appointment to teach another man of roughly the
same age and spends the entire lesson testifying of the miracles and tender
mercies that led him to be baptized. Happiness is when he tells you of his
plans to marry his recently-active-again girlfriend in the temple in one
year. Happiness is when God takes over and we get to sit back and see the
hand of God.
challenged Alan to be baptized. Alan, who didn´t believe a single thing we
said. Alan, who had innumerable doubts. Alan, who rejected all we said. …He
looked at us for half a second, then said, ¨Porque no?¨ He will be baptized the
28 of September, and receive the Holy Ghost and the Priesthood the 29. He has
already told the whole ward and all of his friends. He is so excited.
want to talk about faithfulness to the Lord, let´s just talk for a moment about
Ana. Ana is approximately 1,576,248 years old. She can´t hear a thing, and she
is always chomping gum with her slightly-too-wobbly-to-be-healthy jaw. She
comes to church every Thursday, just to watch the kids play soccer and watch
the Relief Society have their activity (which usually involves verbal cooking
instructions for new and exciting recipes). She comes to church every Saturday,
just to sit and watch the people come and go as they enter for Institute
classes. She comes to church every Sunday just to sit in a Holy place for three
hours. She doesn´t hear a single word during all three hours of church. She
doesn´t come for the words; she comes for the spirit and she comes to obey the
Lord´s commandment to keep the Sabbath Day holy. She shuffles to the hard metal
chair in a room that is too hot and lowers herself painfully into a sitting
position. She then sits, chewing her gum as she waits for the first hymn. I
pass by to say hello, and she screams, ¨Mi muchachita! Cómo está? Cuando puedo
invitarle a comer pollo?!!!¨ I give her a hug and a kiss and say, ¨Cómo está mi
abuelita?¨ She pats my hand and smiles. She doesn´t hear a thing I say to her,
but still she smiles as if she knows exactly what I mean. We all sit for
Sacrament meeting and we begin singing the first hymn. She shoves her hymnbook
in my hands and says, ¨Busquemelo¨ as she fumbles with her glasses. Then, with
my finger tracing the words we´re singing, she begins croaking out a warbly
testimony of song. Sometimes she gets impatient, waiting for the rest of the
congregation to sing the words she´s already read, so she skips ahead of where
my finger is indicating and sings as she pleases in her little croak of a
voice. The whole congregation can hear her singing as they pause to begin a new
line or verse. Some children giggle, some adults shift their eyes, but she just
keeps on singing. The song ends and we pray. Later they pass the sacrament tray
and she stops chomping her gum long enough to take the bread and water.
Faith is not
going to church for the members or the songs or the talks or the benches. Faith
is loving God so fully and completely that you would hobble your way to His
house of worship, just to be able to feel of His Spirit and partake of His
sacraments as you chomp your gum and make faces at the missionaries in your
happy little world of silence. Who says the pioneers are dead and gone? Who
says sacrifice ended with crossing the plains? Who says faith can only be
counted if we´re pulling a handcart. May we all grow up to be a little more
like mi Abuelita Ana.
are changing my life right before my eyes. I wish you could meet them and see
the change they´d work in you. These people are family.
I love yáll
I sent a different letter separately, but just to respond to
yáll and give you some heads-ups:
I have changed my pday back to Monday. It´s a long story,
but from here on out, Monday is the day. You can still write me on Friday if
you want, but I won´t be reading until Monday.
I´m loving being the nurse. It´s just enough of a
dramatic change of pace every day that it´s keeping me moving like crazy and I
like it a lot. Thanks in advance for the package. As far as Copan goes, I
will probably not ever be able to go. Assuming I´m nurse for the rest-ish of my
mission, I will probably not leave SPS for the next 9 months. That´s a bit of a
bummer, but that whole ¨I´ll go where you want me to go¨ thing applies
in-country too. haha. I´m sad to hear about G and G. I wish I could help them
out, but God wants me here more than He wants me there right now. Take care of
them. They promised me they´d be in my wedding, and we´ve still got a ways to
go before THAT happens. hahahaha.
You can send things directly to me. They've changed
the mission rules in the whole world if I´m not mistaken so now anyone can
write me and I can write anyone. That doesn´t necessarily mean I´ll have time
to respond to all those letters from the whole world, but I will always respond
to your letters. :) You´re top 3 in the response list. Actually it´s about a
tie for number one. I loved the quote and I loved the clothes story.
hahahahaha. It´s funny how sometimes we say things without realizing how it
sounds from the outside. hahaha. Whenever I wear pants, the whole world is
suddenly very surprised that I have legs above the knee. Surprising, I know.
We´ve definitely had some wet weather these
days. haha. But it´s not sooooo bad. We were completely soaked the other day
because we gave our umbrellas to some hermanas and we were walking up the
river, errrr street, in water almost up to our knees. haha And you thought
Vegas flooding was bad. We went to Marina´s house and she just looked at us all
confusedly as we dripped on her front step and wrung the water out of our
Well, I love yáll lots and lots. Take care and do something
crazy for me.