Gloucester 8-19-13

Hellooo! I have news! First though, lemme splain what all happened this week. It was our first full week together, Hermana S. and I, and we just went straight to work. In case I forgot to tell everyone, our companionships were switched up a little bit in the middle of this last transfer, so Hna V. switched places with Hna S, who I just started training instead. She’s been working really hard and we’ve been getting a lot done together. At the beginning of this week we had a lesson with a few ladies we’d been teaching for a while, but were never going anywhere. Finally I felt to tell them that there were other people that we needed to teach that were more prepared to hear our message, so we were going to focus on them. This didn’t really make sense to me at the time, since they were really actually our only investigators. But I said it anyway, and we parted ways until they feel ready to call and listen again. But we went ahead and focused our efforts on finding people that were prepared. One day we were driving and passed a greenhouse that we’ve driven past 20 times already. We decided to go ahead and stop in, and we did. We approached the hispanic workers there and proceeded to talk to them. They asked what we do and as soon as we told them, they asked if we had time to sit and talk with them. So, con mucho gusto, we did. We sat and taught the message of the Restoration. And they were so excited. They had so many questions and asked if they could come to church even if they weren’t members. We told them of course! And they promised to ask work off to come. We stopped by again a couple days later just to check up on them and they again asked if we had time to teach them. So we did, this time about the Plan of Salvation. They were equally as excited and now want to be baptized. We will hopefully see them again this week at English classes, and they promised to bring all their friends. We’re really looking forward to it!

So about my news. We had transfer calls last night, and President Baker informed us that there would be some new changes. Hna S. and V., both of whom have not yet finished their training, are being put together as companions and will finish their training together in a different area of the zone. I am to stay here and train again. But this time, I’ll be given two Hermanas out of the MTC. He said he’s never done this before, but felt very strongly I could do it, so I agreed to do my best! I’m so intimidated and I can’t even begin to think about how I’m going to go about training two new missionaries at the same time, but I’m sure at the very least I’ll grow a lot from it! So this Thursday I’ll pick up my new companions in Portsmouth, and we’ll start again! I’ve only been a missionary for a little over 5 months, and I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing, let alone how to do it in Spanish, but I was blessed with a really great trainer and some pretty awesome first trainees, so hopefully this next couple transfers will be very enlightening for all of us!
I’m so grateful for all of the love and support I receive from all of you, my family and friends. I love you each dearly and hope all is well! You are in my prayers each night.
 
Love,
Hermana Karson

 

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Gloucester 8-12-13

I think I always start off saying it’s been a crazy week, but man, has this week been crazy! It started off pretty normally (as normal as a week in the life of a missionary can be), and we had a few appointments, most of which fell through, meetings, etc. Then mid-week we went on exchanges and I learned SO MUCH. The problem with being so far away from everyone else in the mission is that we don’t have much contact with the other Spanish speaking missionaries outside of our district. So it was a minor mind-blowing experience to learn how to plan more effectively from another Hermana. I don’t think I’ve gotten that excited about goal setting in a while. But at the end of the exchange, we got a call from President Baker (which is always scary) telling us that my companion Hna Valdez and I would be temporarily split up to accommodate an emergency transfer for another companionship. So that added to the craziness. So I am now training my second trainee, who speaks 0 Espanol. So it’s been difficult and I feel completely unqualified to carry the Spanish by myself, but I feel like I’m improving for sure and I’m grateful for that. We’re working together on her Spanish and she’s learning really quickly. I think this will be a blessing, however challenging it might be.

One of the first items of business was to get her some food, so we went to the Walmart. There we saw a large group of former investigators, whom we’ve had to stop teaching because one of them happened to be in love with me. No big deal. At first he was just a little confused and once I explained our rules as missionaries (no dating), he seemed to understand and was embarrassed about the whole thing. But the next week he sent us a message professing his love. So we figured we would have to talk to our leaders again, but before we got the chance, he called again. For emphasis I guess. After that my companion and I felt very uncomfortable and decided to stop teaching him until we could have other Spanish missionaries (preferably elders) go teach him. But every once in a while we’ll run into him around the area and have to awkwardly avoid them. How nice that my new companion’s first experience in Gloucester was not talking to Hispanics in Walmart. She must have thought I was such a bad missionary until I explained the situation. But she’s taller than all of them, so I think we’re safe ;) .
All in all, it was a challenging week, but one filled with growth. So until next time, cuidense mucho!
 
Love,
Hermana Karson

Gloucester 8-5-13

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It’s been a slow week in a lot of ways. Our numbers weren’t quite as high as we’d hoped, but also, we got stuck in traffic. A lot. We had meetings all this week and none of them were where we live, so we ended up driving all over the place. We had a meeting in Virginia Beach one day and were supposed to be back for an appt in Deltaville that evening. We left the meeting at 2:30 so we figured we’d have plenty of time and then some. But we got stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for FOUR HOURS. They closed the road and we couldn’t go anywhere for a long time. That happened twice. Thus the lackof appointments. But cross your fingers this week will be better! We ended up going out of our area for church yesterday at the Stake President’s request, and found a ton of people to teach! So that was good. We were hoping to be able to move into our new apartment that’s more centrally located soon, but apparently it won’t be ready until September first, so we’re really going to be struggling with miles. Lots of factors make it difficult to have meetings with our investigators, but that just means someone is working extra hard because they’re going to be extra awesome! We have lots of people to contact the coming week and I just know it’ll be awesome. Quick miracle story. We had planned to go up  to the top of our area on Saturday to see if we could track down some lessons with potential investigators, but most of the people we wanted to talk to only stop working when the weather is bad. So Hermana Valdez and I each prayed the night before that it would rain. The next morning we woke up and it was bright as can be, but in companionship study we prayed again, and what do you know. An hour later it starts pouring. We got up to see our potential investigators and we were able to see someone in almost every place we went to. Never underestimate the power of prayer! I hope each and every one of you have a spectacular week filled with little miracles.Love,
Hermana Karson