Monday, August 31, 2015

Gettin' Southern in Here



1.  How is your new companion?  Tell us about her!

Her name is Hermana Bevans. She's from...............TEXAS.  Gettin' Southern in here! She is super cool, lives on a farm, has worked in just about every job imaginable, and has been a member her whole life. She has a really strong testimony of the Gospel, so that is good. She's 19, taller than me, and looks like a Mexican because she's half Mexican. But she doesn't speak Spanish, so we're working on that - ha ha ha! She is also a direct descendant of Wilford Woodruff, so that's nifty. 

She loves me a lot, ha ha. She told me last night that I was a tender mercy. She said that in the MTC she was really worried about who her trainer would be, and so she got a blessing before she went out and it said her trainer would be someone who sincerely worries about her and cares about her. So that was sweet.

2.  How is the training going?

Its so weird. She is very independent, so sometimes I feel like she's training me. So far we have found some new investigators, and we've had some very very spiritual moments and lessons. The other day we were looking for a house on some streets in the end of our area. And so we get to one street and its a dead end and I knew instantly that it wasn't the street we were looking for, but I felt the Spirit prompt me to stay on that street. So we started knocking doors and found a new investigator. Then, as we were leaving we found another guy who wanted to listen!

3.  Does your new companion remind you of how far you have come on your mission?

Yeah. Its kinda freaky. I feel old. I am the hermana with the most time on the mission now. Everyone else has less time than me, and its really weird to think about. Its even weirder to think that this is my last transfer, and that this is my last companion, and the end. But Hermana Bevans has her whole mission life in front of her! Its crazy!

4.  How was the work this week?

Refreshing. I made some mistakes, and there are things that I could have done better, but we're working. I'm contacting, we're teaching, and I'm TRYING. We had someone committed to go to church this weekend, and even though they didn't come it was nice to just have something to plan for and think about. I really love being a missionary and I'm trying to make this transfer even better than all the other ones!

5.  Did the other two Hermanas in your apartment change?

Hermana Santos is still here, and her new companion is Hermana Diaz. Shes from Chile, she is 25 years old, and is turning 26 next week. She is a nurse, and she is suuuuper social, funny, servicial (helpful), and loving. She is exactly what La Falda needs. She is kinda like me in the fact that she stresses and always wants to be working - ha ha.

6.  How does it feel to be in your last transfer?

It hasn't really hit me yet.  I just feel like this is just another transfer and that I have a new one coming up. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has been giving me marriage advice and has been predicting how long it will take me to get engaged. I say "3 years" and they say, "3 months," and then I go hide in my room in terror. 

Seriously, people give me flirting tips, and marriage advice, and whenever I escape and someone asks me why everyone is laughing at me and I explain that they are giving me marriage advice then the person talking to me just tells me to take notes and joins the crowd!

7.  What is something you have learned this week?

I have learned that I have lots of stuff to do better. Mom, I've got some kinda weird reputation in the mission here. I go to look for my companion and there are only two Hermanas training and about 15 Elders training. So we are all seated in a different room from all the new people and we're waiting for Presidente to come talk to us and one Elder goes, "Hermana Eubanks, how many people have you trained now?  Isn't this like your fourth hija?" And so I said that it is not my fourth. 

I didn't even really know that Elder. I had seen him like once in Mar del Plata! And then Presidente gets there and asks who had trained before and I raised my hand along with a few other people and Presidente asked if we could give some advice to the first timers and mom, everyone looked at me and that Elder goes, "Hermana Eubanks?" and I wanted to go hide under a rock. 

I have this rep of being a trainer. So I've decided that if people are going to think I'm so good at all this then I have to make it true. I have to live up to that rep. So I've been making lists and praying to know the things I can
change to be the best missionary that I can. I've learned that I have a ton of weaknesses and that I have LOTS to fix.


8.  Did you attend any good meetings this week?

This is funny. We had a conference for the Area this weekend. So the whole stake got together and there was a broadcast from Salt Lake where Elder Cook and Elder Hales talked to everyone and also a Seventy, and the Second Counselor of Young Women, and the Area President. It was cool!

I have no idea why, but the first talk and a half was on the wrong transmission and so all of the Spanish was being translated to English! So the whole congregation just sat there in confusion except the few people there that spoke or studied English. English translators are so funny sounding. They sound so happy.

9.  Tell us about someone you met this week.

I met a lady who doesn't believe in God, but is very, very interested in the fact that so many people believe in God and she wants to know more. She says that her parents never took her to a church ever and that she just learned to not believe in God. But she was so friendly! 

We are going to be visiting and working with her. We found this woman because we were looking for the house of a less active member. So we get to the house and I knock the door and when the person asked, "Who is it?"  and we said we were missionaries and she asked if we could visit later. I said OK and normally I confirm the name of the person who lives there to make sure we have the right person, but I felt like I shouldn't. 

So we actually did visit later and got to know her. We invited her to church and she really wants to go! She is not the person we were looking for, but it doesn't matter!

10.  What sort of things did you eat this week?

Goulash. Hermana Bevans cooks, so she made us this soup with ground beef, potatoes, squash, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Also, we ordered empanadas the other night. We had some really good ones with chicken and a white sauce in the middle. They were some of the best empanadas that I've had out here!

11.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

Well, I was really dumb and I broke our fridge. All you future missionaries out there, listen up. if you want to get some ice out of a fridge, DON'T DO IT WITH A KNIFE. We didn't have any ice, and Hermana Diaz had a headache and so I decided to pick out some ice from our almost completely frozen over freezer with a knife. 

Everything was fine until I hit a pipe and the freezer gas started coming out. So I yelled and closed the fridge and we unplugged it.  Slowly during the whole week our fridge defrosted and now we are without a fridge. Yeah, so I feel really, really, really bad about that. One of my dumbest moments. It was a sincere accident.

We've started keeping a tally of how many times a day I trip. I have an average of about 5 a day.

It was funny when I met my comp. When she first saw me (from a distance since they were trying to keep us apart) she thought, "I bet mine is the whiter one." It was me and Hna Colon from Colombia that were training. 


So they were announcing who were companions with who and Presidente goes, "Hermana Eubanks with Hermana Bevans! Georgia and Texas! What a pair!" 

I sat next to her and I asked her something and she responded in Spanish with a perfect accent and so I thought, "Yeah! She already speaks Spanish!"  

So then I asked if she speaks Spanish, in Spanish, and she goes, "What?"  So I asked again in Engish and she said, "No. Oh, no, not at all." and I thought, "Maaaaaaaaannnnn."  But its cool, its kinda fun teaching someone to speak a new language.

And that's all. I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you so much and I'm always talking about yáll to my comp and every other missionary I meet. Evan is famous for his comics, several Hermanas have asked me if he  has sent me more comics yet.  

Since this is the last transfer, I'd say not to worry about sending me any more letters. OK? They might not get to me in time.

A Seventy is coming to visit us this next week!

Love you!!

Amy





Hermana Cifuentes


Presidente Cifuentes










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