Friday, July 29, 2016

Semana 2

I got pooped on by a bird. It was yellow and chunky, but only on my leg, so that was good. :)

Our devotional Sunday was a talk by Elder Holland (2009--The Divine Companionship) and it was SOOO GOOD!!!! He asked "Was the Holy Ghost the Senior Companion today?" And that was so true this week! We got two new investigators (Rafael y Miguel) and they both want to be baptized and we taught them about the plan of salvation and a little about the Book of Mormon. So yeah. Something we have been taught is that we need to teach people, not lessons, and we need to listen to the Spirit when we teach. And at the end, Elder Holland said, "welcome to the work of angels. Welcome to the Divine Companionship." And I just LOVED that. :D 

There's a little virus going around, and Hna. Nischan got it, it's just a little stomach bug, so Monday was her hardest day, I got a cold on Saturday night, but it's just been coughing and I sound congested, but I'm not. :D Entonces, Elder Watts and E. Gilleland both have it, but E. Gilleland has more of a stomach/belly infection so that's not super good. But they are looking a little better today.

Hna. Nischan and Hna. Fry at the visitor's center
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! We had a devotional on Tuesday and it was by the Seventy that is in this area (Elder Salinas) It was so gooooooood!!! He spoke in Spanish (but we were mostly able to understand--plus there was a translator who was HILARIOUS) a couple times E. Salinas talked in English and the translator translated in Spanish and said "this is much easier". But the only way I can describe him is in the words of Hna. Bingham: "he's like a Latino version of Elder Holland". A couple times he was almost climbing over the podium. He spoke with his hands and it was just so funny. Then he talked about how we can be successful missionaries. Success doesn't matter if you taught a lesson or how many investigators you have or how many miles you biked. Success is feeling the Holy Ghost. ¡Ser obediente con exactitud! No puede fallar. (Be exactly obedient! You cannot fail) and he said that the elders don't really have to worry, but the hermanas get more variety in their wardrobe: "like a flowers". It was adorable.

Hno. Hernandez (our previous teacher--insert super sad face here) talked about how the Gift of Tongues isn't for us. It is for those we teach. The gift of tongues is so we can teach our investigators. He said that God restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ in English, but we were called to speak in Spanish. We have been called to speak in Spanish so that ALL can hear the Gospel in their own language. :D

In front of the temple last week
OKAY. So the temple. The Mexico Temple is one of the biggest temples. so yeah. And the outside was super cool because it had a lot of the aztec/Méxican influences, entonces it was super cool. And yeah. And then their visitor´s center is just super cool! And it's HUGE and there's like a kid's playroom and it's just absolutely amazing. 

Oh, before I forget: I AM WEARING JEANS!! I haven't worn jeans in three weeks and I feel absolutely amazing. Hna. Dransfield: "I forgot I had legs above the knee!"

Sunday will be my half-way mark in el CCM(in the MTC)!! How on earth did that happen??

Con Amor, 
Hna. Fry
 
*For all of you who don't speak Spanish I have translated those parts in English. But so that you can get a kick out of her Spanglish I have hi-lighted the translation in blue. Enjoy!

Bethany's District from left to right: E. Bensinger, E. Bushnell, E. Wilmore, E. Madriaga, E. Radman (squatting), E. Watts (also squatting), E. Brown, E. Evans, E. Gilleland, Hna. Nischan and I.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Made it to the MTC

13 July 2016
Hey all! I'm here at the MTC! I made it safe and sound and have all my stuff. It took forever to get through immigration but after that all was good. There were five of us in our van and it was crazy driving here. Mom would need a blindfold to be in the car driving around so that she wouldn't freak out.

Love you all! 
um..... OH Pday is Thursday so that's when I'll be emailing. So yeah. I don't know what else to tell all of you except that I'm here and that this Spanish keyboard is really weird. :)

I don't know what else to say.......... ahh! But I'm here safe in Mexico City and it's been great. The pizza we had for dinner was delicious and the slice was the size of my head. haha. Well love you and keep safe and be good! 

See you next week!
Con amor
Hermana Fry
Final goodbye at airport

Sister love

Semana 1

21 July 2016
Hola familia y amigos!!!! HIIIII!

So this keyboard is super weird because it's a Spanish one, but whatever.

Bethany with her companion Hna. Nischan
Where to begin? Well, Tuesday was fun, because we got to come to the CCM (Mission Training Center) and I don't remember what I talked about, but Tuesday is Pizza night. And then I met my companion (Hna. Nischan-- like Nissan but with a "sh") She's from Arizona. And I love her she's the best. 
And then the other hermanas in our room is Hna. Bingham y Hna. Dransfield. They are the cutest. 
 
So Wednesday we got up and went through so many classes. But it was good. And we learned a lot. Thursday and Friday... and Saturday we pretty much just go through a "normal" schedule: wake up, eat, study, then our maestro (Hno. Hernandez--all the teachers here are like 22 and served their missions somewhere in Mexico, so that's kind of cool--but they also look so much older tan their 20s). anyways, our teacher comes in and teaches us language, ... among other things, and then lunch, and language study and GYM (WHICH IS A GIFT FROM THE HEAVENS--we all love gym time. We go on the bikes or do other workouts or play knockout with others... esta bien.) And then TALL lab which is basically more language study on the computer. It kind of helps you... to learn more Spanish. And then planning, comp. study, dinner and then we've been teaching our "investigator" (he was one of Hno. Hernandez's companions on his mission). But the first lesson was AWFUL Like--so bad. AND he walked out in the middle of the lesson! But the next one was so much better. So that's been nice. But yeah. Then we have a little more language study from "José" *Hno. Madina)--the investigator and then we go to bed!

Pointing to her two homes
And I can not even tell you. I have been sweating every day. TODOS LOS DIAS. But, the temperature has been really nice. Like Sunday (WE LOVE SUNDAYS) when we were walking to breakfast I could totally see my breath. So more like the Pacific northwest here. And it apparently usually rains every night here, but some nights it doesn't.

Okay, so we've been pretty immersed in Spanish here, and it's been coming. It's been a little more difficult to figure out what to study this week, but it's still good. Anyways, so with out roommates we say a prayer before bed and I said it on Saturday TOTALLY in English, and let me tell you: it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. Like, my mind was automatically translating into Spanish. Oh, it was crazy. But oh, so good.

The food here is... okay. They try to make American food, like chicken cord en blue and hamburgers and spaghetti (that was legitimately just noodles and hamburger on top) but it's ... not amazingly great.  BUT one thing I am so excited to have when we get back to the states is SALT. They don't have any salt. ON ANYTHING!! They just have like this salsa stuff and spicy... seasoning. But no salt. And I like a little salt every now and again on my green beans. But yeah, I've been eating. So don't worry

ALSO, we get to go to the temple today!! yayYY!!! But we get to go 2/3 times in el CCM and this week is our week! So we're leaving at noon from here and won't get back until like 6.

Okay, can I just say it is so beautiful here?? Like everyday we notice something different that we love about Mexico.
Con amor,
Hna. Fry