Friday, October 18, 2013

August 5, 2013

5 August 2013

Well this week Rocio got baptized!!! Wohoo my first baptism in the mission. She was so super cute and sweet. I guess about 3 days before the baptism some Jehovah Witnesses stopped by and said some terrible things about the Book of Mormon, and she asked them why they would they say such bad things about my religion? She is so sweet. Both of her babies had a fit when she went up to receive the Holy Ghost though, but in all it all went well.

I am still with Hermana Romero this week; Thursdays are transfers so we will see what happens, we will probably know tomorrow or Wednesday if there are changes. In our mission it is not normal for someone to be in an area that long. Normally it is 4 months; We think it was just so long with her because she got trained here for three months and then she in turn became a trainer for me for another 3 months. I’m already preparing for her to leave, (and maybe I’m a goner too). I am definitely going to miss her a ton.

To answer Mom’s question: Yes, we receive money every month for food, transport, rent, utilities, clothing and personal items. We also get fed a ton here. There are some days when every house we hit feeds us. There are some days we eat so much that I feel like I am going to throw up because I am so full. That being said, I know that I lost the pounds that I gained at the MTC (from sitting in class so much). Today when I woke up I was pretty ill and that was not fun, it is the first time since I have been here that I have been sick. I found out later that one of the other Elders was ill too. We had all eaten lunch together the day before, so we are guessing that something in the food didn´t settle well on our gringo stomachs. Both of the Latin American missionaries were fine. I used some of the medicine that I brought with me from home, and I gave some to the Elder too. I already feel a ton better.

Saturday we went contacting to one of our neighbor’s house. Missionaries in the past have talked with them before and we were trying again. We started talking with one of them outside his house and one of his friends came by during our discussion and he got really interested and so now we have an appointment to visit him this next week. Things are starting to change here, slowly but surely in the right direction. It is really exciting to see the change. Right now they are only small changes, but by small and simple things great things come to pass. I love you all and think about you. Have an excellent week!!

Les Amo,

Hermana Anneliese Jenkinson

Monday, October 7, 2013

July 20, 2013

Hola Familia,

Wow week was a hard week that ended on a good note. So Hermana Romero´s foot was doing really good she had to wear the boot for like two weeks and them it was better, but then this week it started to hurt again, but if a different area so once again i went out with the youth while she rested her foot. This time I understood the people we were teaching the problem was that all of our lessons fell through. When i say all i mean all!! We have been really focusing on trying to gain the trust of the members this week because to be honest in our area we do not have thier trust and we can not do this work with out them. This week was super hard and frustrating and then at the end of the week president came and did interviews with our district. They went really well. He really is an amazing mission pres. He has a lot of expectations, but it makes us work hard. After his interview we went to the house of one of the appointments that had fallen through earlier in the week. The appointment had fallen through because she wasn{t home which was really wierd. Her name is Rocio and she is a 19 year old girl with 2 kids and has been married for 4 years already, which is really odd because almost no one is married here in costa Rica. Anyway she is a super sweet sincear girl and she has already attented church with us 2 times. It turned out that she was at a friends house that night and tried to get back on time but didn{t quite make it. Any ways we started the lesson with her we gave her a book of mormon about 2 weeks ago and so we asked her if she had read any of it and she said very apologeticly, i have only been able to read a little bit, and we where like that is ok how much is a little, and she said, well i am only just starting Jacob!!! And we where both blown away and were like no that is really good, that is a ton. and she was like well by husband is almost done with it. We have never met with her husband and he has already read almost the whole book of mormon!!! We continued on in the lesson and hermana Romero had a picture of the costa rican temple in her hymn book and rocio saw it and asked about it and we explain it a little and she was like i want to go there some day!!! Then at the end of the lesson we gave her a pamplet of the resturation to explain about how to recieve an answer and she flipped through the pamplet and saw the picture of joseph smiths first vision and she stopped and she said, i have seen this before and i was like oh i think we showed it to you when we explained about josph smith and she was like, no i have seen it before that. When i was eight i had a dream and i saw this, except for i didn{t see the two people just the colomn of light. Well to say the least we were both shocked and we told her that was probably god talking to her. We are going to visit her tonight so we will see how it goes.

Well we no longer have problems with mice!! YAY Spanish has definatley gotten easier and i can almost always understand people only in the nights and the early mornings do i still have a hard time. Now when i speak english i speak really bad spanglish. When i come home you might not be able to understand me :) ha Ha I got the pics, i loved seeing them all. Oh my goodness william is so tall!!! I can not believe it. What happened to my little brother! ;) I have a couple of other stories this week but they are best explained through pics :)

Love you all,

Hermana Anneliese Jenkinson