Semana 1 en el Campo (Utah Provo)!
October 6, 2014
Wow, I really like the world map [that Elizabeth put together] with the push pins representing the places where temples have been built. It shows how the work of the Lord is progressing and continues to hasten. Go Elizabeth!! 🙂
My new companion’s name is Hermana Martinez. She was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish, and she is helping and encouraging me in my efforts to contribute to our lessons, listen to the conversations, and strive to understand what is said and express my feelings from my heart. She is the sweetest person ever!
General Conference was AMAZING! We watched the Saturday sessions in English, and on Sunday we watched Conference in Espanol. Despues seis horas de puro Espanol, mi mente fue frito. (After four hours of Spanish, my mind was fried.) It almost hurt, but I was amazed at how much I understood! I couldn’t understand all of it, but I received impressions of the Spirit throughout the sessions. That is what it is all about — recording those most precious things, especially the impressions of the Spirit as we listen — what the Spirit tells us as we listen is more important that what is being said. We also need to study the words of conference in the Ensign and Liahona after the talks are printed out (Mosiah 2).
I must admit, it really hurts my heart when people say that they are not interested in the Gospel, especially since we love them so much and know how much the Gospel could bless their family. But one thing I have learned even after only a few days here is to never give up on them — perhaps the time just isn’t right yet and they’ll be ready later. We are all in this work together. Some are planters, some are sowers and nourishers, and others are the harvesters. But it is all the same work – a work of love.
Respuestas a su Preguntas [Answers to your questions]:
1. I’m in a walking area, so I don’t need a bike right now.
2. We’re assigned to a stake with many wards but only one Spanish ward.
3. The interview with my mission president on the first night after arriving in Provo went well. And is it weird that it feels like I’ve met the McCunes before?
4. It was EXTREMELY hard being separated from my district Hermanas and Elders from the CCM. We were a family, and it hurt. I cried, but I know they are going where the Lord needs them.
5. We are being fed well by the members. I just let them know I can’t handle milk (usually say lactose intolerant), and they are fine with it.
By the way, we live in the basement of a member family, and I think I might be related to them! Her grandparents are Orean Ashcraft and Elva Billings Ashcraft — could you look them up? 🙂
[Kathleen is indeed related to this sister: Kathleen’s great-grandfather, Gerald Oraian Billings, is the brother of Elva Billings’ father. That makes Kathleen 2nd cousins 1 removed (Kathleen’s father is the 2nd cousin) to the member sister who owns the apartment. She is also related as 6th cousins 1 removed (Kathleen’s father is the 6th cousin) on the Ashcraft side from brothers Daniel B. Ashcraft and William Ashcraft–sons of Ichabod Ashcraft.] WHAT A SMALL WORLD!
So much has happened these past weeks, but I don’t have time to write them here in this email. We’re going shopping today, so I’ll get some stamps and write you this afternoon, sharing those spiritual impressions and experiences I had.