Thursday, June 23, 2016

Definitely Didn't See it Coming.

Hey there!

So last Monday we got home from our zone meeting and started to plan.
Around 9:30 my District Leader called and said, "Hermana, your day has arrived."
We had special transfers Tuesday morning at 5:30! Hermana Ramírez and I both got sent to Juárez, but we're in diferent areas. My new area is Frontera 3 and my companion is Hermana Hernández from Honduras!
She got here the transfer after me, so I've only been here 6 weeks longer than her. She's super funny and we enjoy each other.

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Frontera- border. As in, "As you can tell by the name of my area, we are right on the border. I can see El Paso every day."
Bochitos- slugbug (the car). As in, "I never realized how many slugbugs there are in Juarez. Now that my companion points them out every time that we see one, I know that there are a lot. She calls them my family."
Pacientemente- patiently/with patience. As in, "And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." Mosiah 24:15

We did not see this transfer coming, and it's been an interesting week. We're both new in the area, so we spent a lot of the week walking around looking for people. We're familiar with our area now and we found several new people to teach, so this coming week should require less walking. It was a bit exhausting, honestly, and we had a few discouraging moments. But we're working hard and we have plenty of opportunities to laugh.

On Saturday we walked around all day looking for people and nobody was home. Out of nowhere we received a referral from the mission office in a text message. So we went straight there to contact them.
The person who had requested the visit wasn't home, but his mom was. At first she didn't want to let us in- she said she's hesitant about letting in anybody who she doesn't know- but after talking a while with her, she let us share a message with her. We explained a bit about the Restoration, and she loved it. She told us that she lived in the mountains as a child and that there were some senior missionaries who used to go teach classes to the children about Jesus. She remembered that they were Mormons and she always loved hearing them.
She accepted to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. She's super cool, and we're excited to work with her.

We're working with patience, but it's not too hard when we both want to work and try to laugh every day.

I hope everyone has a great week!

​~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

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