Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eigth week


  
Well I am pretty sure you will not be surprised when I tell you that there are a lot of drunks here in Peru. I have a great idea that would help them out economically and maybe just maybe make less drunks in Peru. They need to tax the heck out of all liquor! They can make a ton of money and the people here are pretty poor and will hopefully stop buying so much beer. Haha well thats my ingenious idea. Oh, and I forgot to mention that all the drunks here are bilengual! Haha well when I walk by they always want to speak english with me.. its kind of funny. Also, I want to thank you all for the letters I received last week! I received 6 letters, and needless to say I felt very loved. It was nice that they all came together! You are all the best family members, and friends anyone could ask for. I am so lucky to have you all in my life. Also, I need to share with you the highlight of my past week: Kraft Mac N Cheese! I spent 6 soles on a box because I was craving and it was the best decision of my life haha. It made me think of my poor BYUIdaho ways when I would eat it out of neccesity. It made me think of Kailey and how her and I when we couldnt eat anything else because we didnt have anything would eat that and chili. All I needed here was chili haha. Oh memories, they just make me smile. And, so.... remember how I am here on a tourist visa? Well they last 90 days and mine expires in 2 weeks... so I might have to go back to the USA and serve in a mission there until my residency comes through in Peru. But, we will see in these next 2 weeks I will either be in Lima for 4 days gaining my citizenship in Peru or I will be in Lima to catch a plane ride to America. I wouldnt worry much tho! The Lord knows that He is doing, and I will be happy with whatever the outcome. So I am pretty sure you have already noticed that this has been a really hard transfer for me. My companion and I do not get along, we had 2 baptisms fall through 5 minutes before the ordaninance, and we are struggling in finding people to teach. But, I do have one person who accepted a date! I have been teaching her since I have been serving in La Florida. She has been investigating the church for over a year, and wasnt able to get baptized because she wasnt married. But, she finally seperated from that man 1 month ago and she can get baptized! I am so happy because I finally feel like I am doing my job. She will be baptized the 2 of Novemeber. I love her. Her name is Katy and she is just wonderful. I am also teaching a little girl who is 9 and her name is Shira. Shes so sweet. Shes really poor but she is such a good daughter. She is always helping her mother in their little store which is their house. Their home is the size of my room. I am excited though, because she is progressing! She wants to get baptized and her mom is letting us teach her. We actually just taught her mom yesterday, and I think she might be interested in taking the lessons for herself! I am excited! I have known their family since I got here but it never occured to me to teach them. I am glad that the holy ghost prompted me to ask them if they were interested in talking to us more about Heavenly Father. Also... I love my pensionista! She is so sweet! She noticed that I havent been eating much and she decided to make me pasta twice this week! She figured I wasnt eating because I was sick of eating white rice, and potatoes. She was right! Haha I am so glad for her mothering ways and recognizing what I was in need of ha. Also... here is something funny that happened this week. I ate deodrant.. yeah dont judge me! It sounds a lot less dumb when you know why. I was eating an oreo during personal study, and I usually eat the cream seperately. After personal study I placed my book of mormon cover on top of my bed, and my deodrant was under it. I didnt know that though! I was putting on my makeup and after I picked up my book and saw what I thought to be oreo cream... I ate it and it wasnt oreo cream! I seriously almost died! It tasted so bad. ALSO BIGGEST NEWS OF THE WEEK. I FINISHED READING THE BOOK OF MORMON LAST WEEK! I did moronis promise again and I keep getting the same answer I got the first time I prayed about the divinity of the Book of Mormon. I love this book and I know that it is the word of God. My new goal is to read it in spanish and I am reading the New Testament in english. I am excited about this. Also, I am learning Quetchal which is the original language of Peru, and I am so excited! I am waiting for a Book of Mormon in Quetchal because some people here dont speak SPanish. I am excited to be trilingual! Also transfers are next week lets keep our fingers crossed for me! President told me that I might train and open a new area because there are 12 sisters coming in. He says I am ready.... lets see what the Lord thinks. I love you all!

hermana macias

14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
 15 For can a awoman forget her sucking child, that she should not have bcompassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may cforget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the apalms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

me and shira! Sorry the picture is so bad.. there was no light so it makes the picture kinda bad. But isnt she adorable!!?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

seventh week

So... lets see.. where to start, lets start with some humor? Ok, so last week I got hit on and got asked out on a date! Yeah.. thats right. Somebody asked me out haha. It was a little weird to be honest. I think I have been on the mission for a long time because I didnt realize until like way later that he was only hitting one me. His name is Freddy and he came up to me and started asking about the church. Me being a missionary didnt think much of it, and thought heck ya I can contact him. Then I realize like 10 minutes later that he has not even directed a word to my companion. Thats when he began to ask me how long I would be on a mission for and he offered to buy me a drink. Haha.. thats when it hit me that he wasnt that interested in the message I had to share... Oh the adventures of being a sister missionary in South America. Its really fun. So the biggest highlight of this week was the fact that I got to have an interview with my Mission President. Thats seriously a huge perk of serving in Huancayo that the mission office is 10 minutes from my house, and I can go often and speak to my mission president and his wonderful wife. I went into the interview super excited because I truly love my mission president, and I love talking to him whenever I get the chance. He and I began to talk about my area, and my companionship... and we all know how that is going. And he gave me words of comfort. He apologized and told me that maybe the companionship wasnt inspired. I told him that he had no reason to apologize because I truly feel like this was inspired. I have always had a hard time telling people how I feel when they are mistreating me... many people told me that Karen...you need to grow a back bone, or in your mission something is gonna happen that is going to force you to have a backbone. I truly feel like this experience is helping me do just that. Our inventories are honest, and I tell her exactly how I feel. After telling my mission president this he felt alot better, He asked me about how my family was doing, and my brothers. I got to update him about how AMAZINGLY AWESOME my family is. I also told him about the plans I have to chnage my ward and their excitement about missionary work. After I was done explaining all this to him he looked at me and smiled. He said, Hermana Macias you have truly changed. You are not the same missionary that came 3 months ago. At first I didnt think much of that because I truly feel like I havent changed much if at all, but once I got home I realized how true that was. I have changed. I am a confident missionary, and I am not as shy as I used to be. I know that it is the atonement of Jesus Christ and the love of my Heavenly Father that I am changing. I am finally becoming the person that they know I can be. I am finally becoming the Karen Lisette Macias that I have always wanted to be for them. I am learning to forget myself, and change who I am for the Savior. It is a humbling experience, and its an honor to be placed in the purifying fire of the love of Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I am grateful for trials, and for all of the experiences I have had on the mission because it is allowing me to come to know a man of sorrows, and grief. My Savior. He is the only person that truly knows everything that I am experiencing here on the mission, and I am experiencing all these things for His sake. It is truly a privilege to go through this for my Savior, and to have Him at my Side experiencing all these things. My mission president is right... I am a different person. I am glad that I am. The person I was before was a great person too.. but this new me is more like my Savior. I hope to keep improving so that one day I can be just like Him. Also, its been pouring rain here in Huancayo! But the funny thing is that whenever I have my rain jacket or a coat on it doesnt rain. But, whenever I am not ready for all the rain.. it pours and it never ends from morning until the night. Its kind of fun though. Well, kind of. Sometimes we try to go to a members house to wait for the rain to stop but the members wont let us in and they say stay warm and dry..... but they dont let us in haha. Its really funny. Oh also, appárently I talked in my sleep this week, and it was in Spanish! Thats a super good sign... well I would like to believe. That means my Spanish is getting better. They say that you know when your spanish is good when you dream in Spanish... I imagine that its the same when you sleep talk right? haha. Also, cuy is nasty. Totes not worth eating! I also almost died of being overfed yesterday, but the member said that if we didnt finish she would be offended... I couldnt walk and I almost through it up. Haha its kind of funny how thats my problem here... being fed too much by her. Oh well.



I love you all!

hermana macias 

here and there, now and then God makes a giant among men.

Here is me and the cuy I ate.. its an ugly animal
Here is me and Hna Rhoten and Witt... we are the only american hnas in Huancayo
Here is my sister missionary tan... I am really proud. I have worked hard for it haha

sixth week she wants candy

Yes mom t is in my room in my book shelf. Its really big and green and I use it to write quote into. And for some reason your email is not opening it sent it in a secret format. But yeah thats what I want my green quote book its on my book shelf and go through the book and if you see my writing in it and see that there are quotes then thats it. And also I want candy! You know my favorite twx, kit kit, skittles, hot cheetos and please buy a ton!!! And if you can send peanut butter. But thats what I want. And dont forget to put it in the name of my mission president, and then (Hermana Karen Macias)
Howd you love conference? I thought about you alot! It was so amazing!

fifth week


Ok, sorry if this email  isnt very long because the keyboard is horrible and the internet is soooo slow. Well, I was not transferred and I am not training thank goodness!! The amount of sisters expected didnt come. So I am soo happy haha. Anyway, I have a new companion from Peru and shes nice. She doesnt really know much so I am basically the senior companion and its hard. But, I love it because I am learning so much from the responsibility. But, I am part of a new zone! There are now 5 zones in Huancay0, and things are a tad disorganized, but theyll fix themselves out with time. This week has been a hard one, because of my new added responsibility. Also, there is so much progress with my ward and the members are helping out a ton. I had to work a lot to get to where we are. The members that kind of worked before are now working really hard with our referrals, and i appreciate it a ton. We have been having more activities to invite non members, and they have been fun and weird at the same time haha. Like two days ago they had a carnival and a food feast. I tried a ton of authentic peruvian food... I have never had corn, potatoes and rice in so many different ways haa. Like the food wasnt that great if I am going to be honest. I almost through some of it up. BUT speaking of food my pensionista is making me guinea pig this week, and she isnt telling me when so I can eat it. I am so scared! Like dude.. thats a rat shes gonna feed me haha. But, give me prayers so that I can eat it and not get sick. Mind over matter, right? I hope so haha. We were gonna have a baptism last night but it didnt go through because she did not want to get baptized and her mom wouldnt let her either. It is a sad experience but what can you do right? Agency.. everyone has it and sometimes it can get annoying ha. So I have come to realize a lot this week how amazing the savior is. Everyone knows that he lived a perfect live and it was free from sin. But everyone seems to forget that he suffered temptations too, and that he has felt everything for us in the garden of gethesamene. He knows what is feels like to have cancer, to be spit on, made fun of, humilated, and hated... and he didnt deserve it. He did that for us to be a PERSONAL savior for us all. He needed to learn how to succor his people. Its amazing to take that all into consideration and to let that all sink in. Its truly amazing. I love our Savior. I truly dont know where I would be in my life if it wasnt for the atonement, and me knowing how much he and Heavenly Father love me. It is truly remarkable. OH BUT I HAVE SUPER HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE NEWS.... I can now snap my fingers together like all the latinos and north americans that have served spanish speaking missions haha. I have been trying to learn how to do this for like ever, but I finally devoted time to it yesterday. Like no matter where I was walking I was practing loosing up my index finger to snap on the rest when I flicked it ha. I am so proud of my self to be honest. Sorry the email was so short... the internet was super slow and I hate this keyboard.

take care

Hermana Macias 

1 nephi 3:5