The first time I left the CCM for real. I’m done with my training and I’m out in the real world!! It’s been sad to leave all my friends, but it’s so nice to be working with real people! I ADORE my mission president and his wife, they are the nicest people and are so helpful!
My first Area!!!!! I was assigned to Renca! It’s known for being pretty flighti (gangster) and in my district (the group of missionaries in Renca) me and my companion are the only Hermanas. The rest were sent mostly to the Andes. Don’t be worried though, my sector is one of the nicer areas in my mission! It’s sort of like a middle class suburb of Santiago. The houses (on the inside) look just like one you would find in a middle class house in America but there very very tinny. The people are wonderful and are always kind. I have decided that if you’re going to learn Spanish and know very little, do it in Chile! The people try to understand you and don’t ever cut you off!
My first Trainer! My trainer’s name is Hna Ibarra! She is from Florida and is has grown up speaking Spanish, so she speaks flawlessly. It’s super nice because she’s Latino, so when people don’t understand me, they feel comfortable looking to her.
MY first time eating real Chileano food! Wow! Here we eat a big lunch and don’t really eat dinner. But when I say a big lunch, I mean a plate full of rice an inch and a half tall, with sauce and dessert, and more! I thought I was going to explode my first meal here! But the fruit!!!!! It is fantastic! This nice family we taught asked me if I had ever eaten chileano grapes, and I replied no, they gave me a huge bunch of grapes! They were each as big as my eye!!!
My first chicken experience. So must of my area is normal but there is a street that looks like what you would think a Chileano street would. I LOVE IT!!! We visited a girl there and taught her outside at a table and there were chickens just chillin’!! hahaha I felt so legit! So my companion has this habit of using the bathroom and leaving me with people alone, and when she did at this house and I tried to communicate with this cute girl (she’s about 11) we ended up just laughing because we had no idea what the other was saying : ) it was a little embarrassing but she told me after that the Spanish would come and she would never forget me! Have I said yet, that I love these people?
Last week I got to listen to General Conference, this is a conference where the leaders of our church talk to us and give advice and teach. IT was AMAZING!! I loved every second! And it was all in English!! One of my favorite talks was by Pres. Monson about love! Here’s a clip
I know that God is helping me! I know that he lives and that he cares for me and you and the people of Chile! Each of us is important to him!!
Love you all! God Bless!