So I was chastised by my grandparents because apparently it slipped my mind to tell you all some vital statistics about my companion.
Hermana Haymond is from Santaquin, Utah (but she was born in Logan!), and she is now in her second cambio in the field. She spent six weeks in the MTC in Mexico City and honestly it just freaks me out that our MTC experiences were so wildly different. I keep trying to tell her stories about the MTC and the locations of things and the cafeteria food and things like that, but then I remember that she is not familiar with any of it. It's just strange.
This week Hermana Lovell called me and asked if I was up for a two-day mini cambio with her.afternoon, all day , and then switch back morning. I said I totally was! She is going home in two weeks :( and so I was really glad to get a chance to do one more "mini" cambio with her. She came to Hualqui and we had a great old time. I always have so much fun with her, and she is an amazing missionary and really knows how to make you feel good about yourself (I think I have probably said that before). She isn't trunky, but she is getting a little bit more loose-cannony as her departure date draws near. It's funny. She takes pictures of some pretty strange things, but how else is she going to be able to remember what Chile was really like? morning before we left we spent a few minutes doing a photo shoot of her in my huasa dress, since she doesn't have one. It was great.
Today some of our friends from the ward, Carlos and Maria Graciela, took us out to lunch. It was awesome. They are so good to us. This ward is really amazing, and especially the members who work with us in the obra misional. And Maria Graciela is one of my favorite people ever. We normally aren't allowed to go to the mall, but they wanted to take us to a certain restaurant that is part of one of the malls here, so I called President and asked him if it was okay, and he said that it was. But of course no shopping allowed! There was one moment where I wished I could have gone shopping - there is a Gap in that mall. But really I would have been more tempted just to go in and feel the Gap feeling and smell the Gap smell and unfold and refold some Gap clothes. I know that doesn't sound very fun to any of you, but I worked at Old Navy for three years, so it would feel like home to me.
As fate would have it, several of my companions have been seriously under-educated in the film department. If I quote something or am reminded of something I am often surprised by what they don't recognize. It was really bad with Hermana Lyons. Her movie list is so long. Hermana Haymond's is shorter, but mostly because she just has different taste. Isn't funny how Heavenly Father works? They needed some serious film education, and so He gave them to me as companions so that I could help them out when we all run out of missionary time. I knew I had this special "gift" of cinema madness for a reason!
Also today we went shopping at Líder (WalMart) instead of Jumbo and we got some American peanut butter and some more garlic pills (anti-flea!), so that was great.
All in all it has been another crazy but good week here in Hualqui and in the Misión Chile Concepción (the best mission in the world!).
How are we all doing on our Book of Mormon reading? I am not necessarily getting BETTER at reading in Spanish, but I am still doing it! Oh sea, reading in Spanish and pronouncing the words and stuff isn't that hard for me. I just don't always get anything out of it.... But even if you are in my same boat, KEEP GOING! The Lord will bless you for your efforts, even if you struggle to understand sometimes. I know that I have seen that on the mission many times.
Well, it's time to go now. I hope you all have a wonderful week!