Wow!! This week was an interesting one…

Wow!! This week sure was an interesting one. I’ll start from the beginning.  Tuesday i went to the capital to pick up my trainee and our bus broke down midway and we had to get out.  A bunch of men pushed it until it started again.  The bus was so full that people were hanging out of the door.  I’ve never seen something so dangerous, haha but people gasped as we drove by.  My “daughter” or trainee is Hna Rojar from Nicaragua.  She is tiny and adorable and in culture shock, but it’s been fun teaching her the ropes and Dominican Spanish.

The the real fun began Thursday when I woke up and couldn’t open my eyes.  I wet them and removed the stuff that was gluing them together and still couldn’t see because my eyes were the size of base balls.  It was a pretty horrifying  sight and I won’t even describe what they looked like because it’ll freak you out.  haha  On top of that I have the flu.  My poor trainee is probably like, “What the heck am I doing here?”  So I had to go to the hospital and they gave me a lot of medicine for my eyes and said to thank my parents because it’s a chronic skin problem I inherited genetically.  So thank you, parents.  haha.  I had to go to the office after and lost all the pride I had left because I saw all my missionary friends with my balloon eyes and wanted to hide in a hole.  Anyways, after that I went home and slept for 16 hours straight and woke up resurrected.  Okay, just kidding!  I’m still sick but I’m getting better.  I gave my trainee the flu as well so we are suffering together.  So cute!  It’s been pretty crazy but if there’s one thing I’ve learned here, it’s that there is a purpose for everything and sometimes it is a preparation for the future.

My motto this week has been D & C 121:7, “That my afflictions will be but a small moment.”  I really love a saying I heard in Spanish and it is something like this, “God trusts His best fighters with the most battles.”  Instead of getting down, I like to think that we were trusted with the ability to defeat and grow from our trials.

Besos Y abrazos,

Hna Taylor

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This week was pretty crazy…

This week was pretty crazy but I will keep this to a bare minimum.  The grand event of the week is that I got hit by a motorcycle as I was talking to someone on the street.  I don’t know how, but I walked away without a scratch and he hit me hard!  So I can add that to the list of things I never thought would happen.  Also, I love that the people here are so trusting, we forget our money and ask if we can pay them back for food later and they have no problem.

My comp has a weird obsessions with Barney and has a singing Barney doll.  One day it was really annoying me so I meant to throw it at the wall but I threw it out the window from the second floor.  I have not laughed so hard in a long time.

I played counselor and peace-maker this week with some sisters and learned a lot in the process.  But my favorite part of this week was conference!  It felt like a holiday and I’ve never been so excited and focused on the talks.  One thing that really stood out to me is that the Atonement only heals, it leaves no track or trace.  There is no such thing as a “lost cause” and He will never turn away from us because we are all worth it.  The real choice we have in this life is to choose between happiness and pleasure now, in this life or in the life to come.  I feel like I’ve really gained an eternal perspective in the past few months and it has really made it a lot easier to know what is truly important in life.  Our direction is more important than our speed, so we can’t compare our spiritual our temporal progress to others.  Ah, I just love the gospel!

To back track a little bit, because of the events that passed in the house, they had to change transfers as far as where we are going.  So here is what is officially happening to me; I am training (I won’t know who she is until I meet her tomorrow.) and I am staying in my area for the 3rd time.  Los Frailes for life!  I’m nervous but excited, and I’m sure I will learn a lot!

I love you all!

Hna Taylor

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Diosa and her 2 kids were baptized!!!

Diosa and her 2 kids were baptized!!!  I am so happy for them and it has been so amazing to be with this family from the very beginning until now.  I love them like family and especially Diosa, the mother.  She has had  such a hard journey in her life and a long series of unfortunate events but she manages to always fight through and find happiness.  We celebrated with them afterwards and had a fiesta at their house.

Aside from that, I’m sad to say that I finally got hit with the virus.  Save the best for last, right?  It pretty much turns you into a zombie and a number of things start going wrong with your body.  but it will pass and I will live.

The most awkward moment of the week was when a member asked me to accompany him to a couple’s activity. Haha.  I told him to ask someone without a plague.  We had interviews with President this week and I love the time I get to spend with him.  He’s so full of the Spirit but also so goofy and funny.  We were just talking about random stuff and then he decided to drop a bomb in my face by telling me that I will be TRAINING next transfer.  I was trying to talk him out of it because that’s terrifying and I barely know how to be a missionary myself!  Haha.  But he trusts me so next week I will be a mother!  AHHH!!! Also, I will be leaving my zone and white washing an area…so I’m hoping I can make it through next transfer without any gray hairs.  He says it’s perfect because I have a gift for not getting stressed so we will see about that.  I know I will learn a lot so I’m trying to get myself excited!  This week I’ve really learned the importance of having the Spirit with you, especially in lessons.  We’ve really been directed to contact great people by learning to listen to this voice and act.

Sorry this week is so short, but there wasn’t much else from this week.  I love you all and hope you are doing well!  I miss you guys a lot.

Love,

Hna Taylor

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