July 21st Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was hard but its true, my testimony and spanish are improving. as is my ability to teach. I taught my first lesson this week!! Woo hoo. I love helping people through the gospel. Sometimes I want to help them sooooooooo bad but dont quite know how to say it. Thats what I have yet to learn. This food here is strange and to be honest i dont like alot of it but am learning to be more excepting. And we got junk food at our apartment so Im set. We had a pentinest who is a member and makes us lunch every Tue through Fri and does all of our laundry. She is great and told me she will be my temporary mom while Im in this area. Awwww She is so comforting.

My ward is awesome and our ward mission leader and his wife feel like friends. We go over to their house for correlacion to talk about investigators every week and also eat over there sometimes. He is always willing to come out with us prozelyting and willing to help us in any way. The bishop is good and we are trying to work towards a more effective ward council because its not the best right now. I understand how important the members are in the work! They have connections and have things that will help the investigators that the missionaries dont have. Make sure you are helping the missionaries!

My zone is Magdalena. Ward is Las Brisas. Its pretty small and we walk everywhere. Today we went to the beach at Miraflores and played voleyball and soccer with 3 zones. Im so jealous of the reunion!!!! I remember when we passed Hanging Lake and couldnt go for some reason some years ago.

My spanish is improving as I listen to my companion talk to others and as I pray and study. I really dont 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. We visit lots of menos activos and a couple of them were great church leaders. I don´t understand how people lose their testimonies like that. One served a mission and loves the church but thinks its changed since 20ish years ago. People are just hard to understand and its difficult to know how to help them. Most of the time i don´t know,. My comp. is from Mexico and knows some english! She is awesome. Hna. Rodriguez. She is very sweet and patient with me. When i get super frustrated with myself she knows how to help me. So in essence, shes my mom at this moment.

I am doing well. Just having trouble being patient with my slow learning pace is all!

Love you lots, Hanna

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