Sunday, August 25, 2013

Second week


Guys, I finally left the MTC! I have been in my first area for about a week. I am in a trio! I love it. I have one latina comp, and one american comp. Hermana Bazan and Hermana Gale. I am serving in La Florida in Huancayo! I am sooo grateful that I am in this area because I didnt have to travel for much. It took me 6 hours to get here from the MTC! Crazy, right? Ok, so where to start. Peru is like Idaho and Utah in the sense that there are alot of members here! Like tons of people here are members, it is pretty cool actually. But, sad at the same time because a lot of the people are also inactive. I have a pensionista, and she is wonderful! Her name is Giovanna and she is a member. She has two daughters, and her life is so hard. Her husband is abusive, and he drinks... She just got seperated from him. I hope that all the blessings possible come to her life. She is a good cook.. BUT the food here gets me sick. My stomach is always in pain.. it´s awful. Like I either have the nuncas (I cant go to the bathroom) or the siempres (diarrehea). All the Americans here are always getting sick and running to the bathroom. Now, my ward is very interesting. Our bishop doesnt really like the missionaries. I dont know why... But, I am making it my personal goal to make him love the missionaries and love missionary work. My companions keep saying that it will never happen, and we have a bet. If I get the bishop even a little more interested in missionary work I will get candy, and if I fail I will get them candy. Please pray for me.. because I want our ward to grow! Anyway, Peru is interesting that people here are very very open! Like I have seen so many women breast feeding everywhere, and I saw a man peeing yesterday in the middle of the road! Like it was normal! Luckily, I didnt see anything. Me and My american comp are constantly getting stared at here. Like no matter where we go her and I get whistled at. I feel a little unsafe to be honest, but the Lord will protect us. Like no one is out in the streets pass like 7 other than the drunks, and whenever we are walking we try to stay together as much as possible.
But, the people here are so poor. It makes me sad.. alot of our members are not doing so hot financially and there homes are dirty and small. But, whenever I see their faithfulness it motivates me and makes me want to be a better member! 
I am teaching this family who is very special! They are going to be baptized in 2 weeks! Can you believe it I have my first converts already (: Sonia, Miguel, Mauricio, Paolo, and Leyla.
I just want to tell you all that I know that this is the true church, the same church that Chrsit organized when he was on earth. I love my Father in Heaven for all of the blessings and trials he gives me. I know that with his help I can overcome everything and anything. I am so grateful for my parents, and my brothers and the examples they are to me. I know that Christ lives and he is my Savior. I want to be like him one day. 

And trusting my all to thy tender care I´ll do thy will with a heart sincere I´ll be what you want me to be..... my motto for life and even more now as a servant of the Lord.

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Macias

Thursday, August 8, 2013

First week


I loved your emails.. It made me cry actually... which I am not proud of. The MTC has been sooooo hard. My companion is 39 years old, and I am with the Latinos. The Latinos are very nice but there spanish is crazy fast and its hard to catch up. My companion is very stubborn and isnt obedient and worse of all she treats me like a little kid because I am younger than her and I hate that. But, I have tried praying everyday multiple times a day for her and it can only get better. Sometimes I kind of wish I didn't know spanish because I would be in the group with the kids I met at the Airport instead of the Latinos.
Anyway, the Latinos finally warmed up to me despite the fact that I am american. But, the Elders are constantly staring at me. At first I didnt like it very much because they would check me out, but now that I got to know them I love them. My two favorite elders are Elder Torres from Peru, and Elder Parra from Utah. Elder Parra and I translate like twice a week for the nonspanish speakers for devo and chruch and boy its hard! Latinos speak really fast and it confuses me. I will admit though despite all of the discouragement I get I often feel comfort from my Father in Heaven. I have never had so many prayers answered so quickly in such little time. All my prayers here ALWAYS get answered. I love it.
I want to thank you for writing me. I want to share a really need experience.. I have a bookmark someone gave me and I have them in my scriptures? I left it in my english scriptures, and I use them alongside my spanish ones. One day I seriously was on the brink of tears because my companion and I dont get along as hard as I try. I was sad that I had a compánion who wouldnt listen and what not. Then I read my bookmark that said WORRY IS THE ANTICIPATION THAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE BAD. FAITH IN THE ANTICIPATION THAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE GOOD. AND FAITH IN GOD IS THE ANTICIPATION THAT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME IT IS FOR YOUR GOOD. I needed to hear that so much. It was an answer to a prayer.
Also, I met Blayre Thiel here at the MTC! She came to the MTC the same day as me and is going to the Lima East mission the mission that mine broke from. She lives right across the hall from me. I LOVE HER! Her and I get along really well and are constantly laughing. She is from Idaho Falls, and we get to talk about Idaho and remense about America haha.
Like the food here is eh... I eat rice and potatoes all the time and I hate it! Like who in the world thinks that eating that many carbs is a good idea? Like really come on. What is amazing is that I have not gained weight! To the contrary I have lost weight.. I dont know how but I did it. Anyway back to the rice like its so plain and they only let you eat three times a day. But what can you do. Oh and they eat eggs all the time its digusting.  
 Anyway, I love you tons. And always remember in the mission field after every no you are only getting closer to a yes.

With lots of love,

Hermana Macias
The attached pictures are with me and Herm. Thiel and Herm, Scott. Then my district theyre all goofs but I love them. I went out on my PDAY and I bought bags and ties for the family.

I made it to Peru

Hi Family!
I made it to Peru safely last night. But, I made it to the MTC like 3 hours late. I got in at like 3 am. I am pretty tired, because the Americans got to sleep in til 9, but since I am fluent I had to get up with the Latinos... at 7:00... So needless to say I am pretty tired. But,  its a lot to take in. My companion is Hermana Ninaja.. she is 39. Yeah, I don`t know how this is gonna work out. But the Lord works in amazing ways. I am sure that I will learn something. Lima is very beautiful! It is like Mexico but honestly I think its prettier, and cleaner. No offense Mom  and Dad. But it is a little chilly. Kind of like California during the winters. I havent done much other than get my name tags, received one more shot, and some materials to teach. I should be meeting the president of the MTC in a little bit. I am pretty excited about that. Anyway, I love you and I cant wait to email you on my PDAY.
Hermana Macias