Hey friends and family!
To start things off... QUITO IS GETTING A TEMPLE!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Words cannot describe my excitement!! I knew Quito was soon to get a temple ever since I started the mission but it was made more apparent when El. Holland came to Quito and was here for a week and a half. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Also... I hit my 9 month mark!!! Who would have thought that it would have taken so long to get to this point... BUT! I finally did it! So to celebrate, we went to the Mitad del Mundo (Center of the world) with an hermana from the ward who´s birthday is tomorrow. It was super fun and I balanced an egg on a nail! How cool is that?
We had the hermana leaders show up at our gate in the morning to study with us and see how we were doing. It is always a little awkward when the hermana leaders come over... Anyways... It has been raining like crazy this past week because of it starting to be winter. That being said, we get soaked within 5 minutes of being outside of the house. We went to Nayon and hid out in Hno. Lopez´s shop until the rain lightened. We were not able to visit many people or talk to many people in the street because Ecuadorians are convinced that if you go out in the rain, you will automatically get sick.
I am so very much done with cleaning this house that I am living in... This week, we found mold and had to clean the curtains of the house. The hermana that we dropped them off with was laughing because she asked what next of this house I was going to clean (she cleaned our sheets the last time...). She told me that the curtains were absolutely filthy... Welcome to the big city full of pollution and dust! Yuck! Hahaha oh well... It started to rain and she did not want to let us leave because of the rain. The only way we escaped was the fact that I had left the windows open in our apartment to get air moving. Later in the evening, we went to visit the family Añapa and they are doing awesome! :) They are reading and praying together!
We were finally able to visit Joselyn after forever! She has been so busy with senior year that she is always working on homework or catching up on sleep. It was so sad not to see her for two weeks but we finally got to visit her! She is still doing awesome! She is learning how to balance her schedule so that she can get all of her homework done, read the Book of Mormon, and go to church.
Today was a slightly frustrating day because all of our appointments fell so naturally we go contacting. We tried to find a few of the really good contacts that we had contacted the previous weeks but never found them! We talked to over 40 people in less than 2 hours trying to find these people. You could say I was exhausted! We visited with Nelly and she was reading when we got there! After chatting with her, we went and had a meeting with the bishop to figure out a few things. Hopefully soon we will get another ward mission leader.
Conference!!! Wooo! It was such a good conference! I got so much out of it! I really liked the talk by El. Hallstrom where he talked about our divine potential and how the most simple but most forgotten truth in the church is I am a child of God! Everyone needs to remember this! We are all beloved sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father! He is always looking out for us, making sure that we are ok and well taken care of. I am so grateful to have this knowledge and know that in the end, everything will be ok! :) After conference, we went and watched Finding Faith in Christ with Nelly. It was a good way to end the night.
QUITO IS GETTING A TEMPLE!!! :) Oh how you should have heard the missionaries yell... Actually... Oh how you should have heard the members scream and shout for joy! There are currently 150 operating temple and by the time they get all caught up on temples, there will be over 170 temples! OBVIOUSLY it is an important thing to go to the temple! I cannot wait until I can go to the temple again!
That is pretty much all I can think of right now... What were your favorite talks from general conference? Send me the name or the speaker! And if you did not watch conference, repent and go watch it! It is full of good stuff! I do not want to wait until October for the next one!!! Ahhh! Have a fantanstic week!