We didn’t hear anything the first week that Hanna was out of training. She was finally able to get settled in after a week and let us know how she was doing…
My zone is Magdalena and my ward is called Las Brisas (The Breezes). It’s pretty small and we walk everywhere. Today we went to the beach at Miraflores and played volleyball and soccer with 3 zones.
My spanish is improving as I listen to my companion talk to others and as I pray and study. I really don’t like not being able to communicate with others and its frustrating when I actually know what to say but not in Spanish. I just have to be patient. My companion (Hermana Rodriguez) is from Mexico and knows some English! She is awesome. She is very sweet and patient with me. When I get super frustrated with myself she knows how to help me.
For those who want to write me letters (and I love letters), here is my address:
Jorge Basadre 592
Oficina 604 B
Dear family and friends,
I have reached my last week at the CCM!!! Our last Pday here is today, but I’m lucky enough to be in a mission with the temple in the boundaries. I will get to go every 6 months at least. 🙂 I have been working so hard on improving my teaching skills and spanish. All day everyday we are learning more about the gospel and how to be better missionaries……in spanish. I’m definitely GRATEFUL for the 5 years of spanish I had in high school. The most important thing I have learned from my teachers here is to teach with the Spirit. If the spirit is not present, then you can´t teach the investigators. I’m used to having a well prepared and thought over plan when I teach. But here, that doesnt work. You have to find out what your investigators need and go from there. Its scary but I’m loving it. I have been proselyting twice and will go again this Saturday. You get a latina companion, or someone who already speaks spanish and go with members to inactive member’s houses. I can’t understand most of what goes on becuase everyone speaks at a 100 mph but I have born my testimony and taught about the Plan of Salvation. Its exciting here becuase many of the people are willing to let you come into their home and share a message. EVeryone is very open and excepting. People greet eachother with not a handshake but a mock kiss near the cheek on both sides. Its strange but you definitely feel closer to everyone. (of course as a missionary I can’t do that with guys). The driving here is absolutely crazy here. You think we have problems in the United States? No. Just look up driving in Peru and you will see what Im talking about. No one waits for pedestrians either so thats nice. We also had an earhtquake, my first one! It was scary but didn´t do any damage. We all ran outside screaming and huddled together until it ended. The missionaries from South America didn´t even flinch. They looked at us like we were wusses because they are so used to earthquakes. Haha. So many new things to learn. Next week I will be able to post my mission address for you all. Love you all and have a wonderful week.
Hermana Hanna Bruns
Hanna is getting to go out of the missionary training center and use a little more of what she has learned to teach people about the Gospel. She is excited to use her new Spanish skills to help people understand the importance of Jesus Christ. She related a story to us about a lady who had been praying for someone to teach her husband. She told Hanna (with tears in her eyes) that her prayers had been answered. Hanna is grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission. She will be out of the Missionary Training Center in just two more weeks.