Monday, June 24, 2013

Eldera Gomez

Joke of the Week: "l hate tacos!" -Said no Juan ever.
Quote of the Week: "l do NOT regret manufacturing methanphetamines but l was NEVER a woman beater."
"Surely there could not be a more exciting time to be a part of the Lord's work."
l wish all of the world could have heard that conference yesterday! lt was SO good!!!! lt was like a mini General Conference directed right at the missionary work.... like a Specific Conference. Boyd K. Packer is pretty great.
First things first, l think Kevin from the Lion House is in the conference edition of the Ensign on page 56. Camilla/Dallin/Aida should confirm for me :)
Alright hmm.... well l embarrassed myself real bad this week! l was praying for the food at a member's house, and instead of saying that "we're grateful for Hna. Lesoya for giving us lunch" l said "we're grateful for Hna. Lesoya BEING our lunch."...... ya l felt dumb.
What else.... we were teaching our sweet Liliana (who won't come to church :P) and her mother in law was there, and this old lady just LOVED us, and started singing gospel hymns and so we paused the lesson to sing with her, and THAT was a mistake cause we just sang "Amazing Grace" for 30 minutes.
This week we start a new transfer! Which means l'm starting my 3rd round at "Jesus the Christ," and l'm officially done being trained. l will have a new companion on Wednesday! lt will be super weird, but l'm excited! Sister Olander is going to serve in Temple, TX. l'm just sooooo glad that l'm staying in Fort Worth South! l love this place! The only thing bad about this is that l will probably have to drive the car now :( and l REALLY don't wanna. But if the Lord wants me to.... l suppose l have no choice.
This week we've received tons of fruit from members... even this grumpy old lady who usually doesn't like us gave us a pineapple! We were very happy.
Some little kid asked me "how long are you going to be an elder?" Hahahaha l love it.
As a missionary, first names are very mysterious. lt is so fun to ask people to guess my first name! l love knowing what name l look like. So far l've heard: Abbey, Michelle, Jessica, Tasha, Katie, and Pricilla. And... that's all l think for this week. l didn't make a good "email home" list this week.... but l'm sure with a new companion and mission president l'll have much more to write next week!
Hasta Julio!
-Eldera Gomez 

This is Hermana Kasalis! She's married to the guy who served in Peru :)  

this is Pedro y Valentina who are AWESOME recent converts :)

 These are the lovely Elders with hobos in their basement :) 
Also the Familia Medrano! The kids were just baptized and the parents reactivated :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Arise, be of good courage and do it!

l'm sending a few pictures first! this computer is being weird.

this is Hermana George and l at the Father's DAy activity and also Hermana FIgueroa from the Ward :)

Obispo Picon and his wife :) she is pretty much an angel. We love them so much!

Hermana's Me, Olander, Reina y George :)

l think this was the first over 100 degrees day l was  out biking! haha it's SO hot :)

This is at the SUPER CUTE father's day activity! We're sitting by less-active Hermana Burke and Isaac her cute grandboy :)

SPanish Wards know how to party

Joke of the Week: "What did the mama broom say to the baby broom?" A: "Time to go to sweep!" -random man in church
Quote of the Week: " of good courage, and do it." -Ezra 10:4
Well this week was great! l can't believe Steve and Aida are moving to UTAH!!!! l was so happy to have a fellow southerner in the family :) But that's so fun!
On Friday l had my first exchange with some sisters that live in Azle. For all of those who don't know, an exchange is basically a missionary version of a sleepover! The weird thing was that we had to exchange with English speaking sisters... which was odd. In Azle l met a lady who is RLDS! Crazy! lt was weird to talk to someone who believed that Joseph Smith is a prophet, has a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon, yet doesn't want anything to do with the church!
Tambien, there is this crazy man in Azle named Smitty. l must share his story. He grew up in Texas hunting boars with spears. Once he tied a drunk man's leg to a car and the drunk had to amputate his leg! :( Smitty's father was a nurse guy for the army, so Smitty moved to Vietnam when he was 5. His father helped some monk guy who was so grateful, he offered to take Smitty in and teach him the ways of Monk life. So Smitty learned advanced martial arts from monks in Vietnam (like batman). When he learned enough, he returned to America and became SO good at illegal street fighting that CSI recruited him and he spent a few years going on secret assassin missions for the government! During this time he knocked a guy out and went in for the second blow, but the man fell over, and instead Smitty punched the pole behind him so hard that it cut his pinky off. ln Vietnam he was raised on whiskey, so he can drink a TON and nothing happens. He's got half a heart (it skips a beat) 1 eye, 1 lung, and 1 month to live cause he has cancer. Oh. and he can bend a nickel in half with 2 fingers. He's definitely the most legitamate person l've met. Ever.
Alright well first good news, We had two investigators at church!!! Janet y Samuel Sanchez who we have been eating dinner with CAME! We were very happy. l almost fell off the piano bench when they walked in. And let me tell ya, l have NEVER prayed so hard for the sacrament meeting speakers as l did when my investigators were sitting there listening. :)
Hmm... Spanish is coming along. l can now discern between Puerto Ricans, Venuzuelans, Chiuawaawa, y Dominicans (spelling is not going to happen.) l love the Dominicans. Haha their spanish is like... music. They pretty much sing their words!
Hm.... we had a little miracle! We found this sweet family, and the next time we stopped by they said that they were moving to houston for the summer :P BUT we prayed that we'd be able to teach them and BAM. She got jury duty and now they have to stay :)
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! l hope it was great. lt's definitely a lot less exciting than mother's day :) Haha but l hope it was great! THe activity here was so fun. l love the activities, even if our investigadores don't show up :P During the party, some kids snuck into the baptism font (which was filled from an english baptism) and went swimming! hahahaha l just think these things are funny. That's all.... l think. Happy birthday Jodilyn!
-Hermana Gomez

p.s. My elders in my district found hobos living in their basement. l'm not sure what they're gonna do...  D: SO glad it wasn't me!

Monday, June 10, 2013

100 degrees Yip. E.

Joke of the Week: "Why do seaguls live by the sea? Cause if they lived by the bay they'd be bagels!"
Quote of the Week: For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart? -Mosiah 5:13
Querido Familia y Amigos:
Hola! First, l must offer a formal congratulations to my friends Danelle, Kaylea, Bronwyn and Abbey on their mission calls and their birthdays! :) l LOVE THEM!
Well this week has been great! We taught a TON of lessons this week. And we had two investigators at church! Yolanda was one. She is a sweet old lady from Monclova. She doesn't want to get baptized though.... just come to church. Next is Melanie! We were teaching her husband too..... but he just got sent to prison for the next decade, so that won't work out. But Melanie is preparing to be baptized. She needs the gospel in her life. REALLY needs it.
Next item. l was reading the Ensign/Liahona and there is a picture of people from Grantsville in it! The conference edition page 43. Chelsie Dalton and Alex Child..... haha it weirded me out.
We taught Sunday school again yesterday! And primary was great as always. The kids here always shout out "Maria y Jesus!" for EVERY answer. It cracks me up.
So one problem that we have with teaching hispanics the first vision is that they all have visions too... and as soon as we mention that Joseph was visited by a heavenly being they spout off on all of THEIR visions and we can hardly teach at all! l'm so glad l'm Spanish speaking :)
We've been struggling to be obedient lately.... our President has asked us to not eat with other missionaries at member's homes. But the sneaky Hermanas here keep collaborating with our meal calenders.... We call the sisters and they promise us that no missionaries will be eating with us, but when we show up there's missionaries there! Hahaha but other than that we're striving to be 100% obedient :)
We had the opportunity to go on exchanges with a girl named Karla in our ward. She asked us all about being missionaries and at the end, she told us that she wants to serve a mission! And she started her papers! lt's so cool to see that others can tell how happy we are. Cause en verdad... we're super happy :) Well that's all for now.... l can't think of much else to say. Have a great week! Summer is starting up and we are going to break 100 degrees this week! Yip.E.
-Hermana Gomez

Monday, June 3, 2013

Ups and downs

Joke of the Week: Why do seagulls live by the sea?? Cause if they lived by the bay they'd be BAGELS! :)
Quote of the Week: "The speed you're going is not as important as the direction you're headed."

Hola FAmilia! It sounds like life is beginning to slow down for ya'll! You've passed through weddings, graduations, and funerals! Haha all you're missing is a few births and the circle of life will be complete.
How is Siera doing with the graduation of high school?? Haha l remember l spent a few weeks eating pizza watching Lord of the Rings to numb the shock :)
MAn this week has been full of work and full of disappointment and full of miracles. We found this GOLDEN family. We had 3 appointments fall through, so we decided to knock on this random door. The lady opened the door and after we introduced ourselves she got all excited and said "l was just talking abou tyou!" We were pretty confused, but lo and behold, her mother has been talking to missionaries in Houston for years, and this lady had just hung up the phone cause her mom called and asked "are there missionaries in Fort Worth?" And BAM we knocked on her door! But.... the catch is that her mom is gonna die soon... so their going to Houston this summer to live wiht her mom :P So those missionaries will baptize her,  not me.
My apathy has been tested this week.... It's super easy to not care about my clothes or food or face or anything... but it's REALLY hard to not care when people don't keep their commitments. Sometimes l have to remind myself that agency is a blessing :) This Sunday was pretty much heartbreaking as one by one all of our solid investigators called and told us why they couldn't make it to church.... lt makes me feel like an "unprofitable servant." But the best solution for this sadness is just to go work. And forget about the elders in the ward with their 8 baptism dates every week :P
Haha but we did have this one investigator Marci at church. She can TALK forever.... and of course, her first time at church was Fast Sunday.... and of course, she decided to bear her testimony.... so she walked up there in her party hat  (by the way, she looks like a drawing form Mary Allen Edmund) and talked and talked and talked and TALKED. lt was pretty funny :)
One of our former investigators Maria Islas called us and asked if we'd testify for her in court! She's definitely the craziest sober person we've found.
l've decided that my celebrity look-alike is the girl holding grapes on the SunMaid Raisin bag.
l still haven't missed a day of running! l'm definitely gonna make myself a "streaky strider" shirt when l'm home. And l've decided to give up oatmeal this week... it's turned into a dessert for me. l LOVE it. Haha well l guess this is all. l can't believe this transfer is already half way over! Only three more weeks of being trained! (and yes siera, l'm still in the same area) President called and certified me to drive last week and l DO NOT WANT TO. Pray that l don't have to drive a car!
That's all.
-Eldera Gomez

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tali's POEM and recipe and jelly belly tributes... very colorful and fun letter!

Just wanted to share some of the excitement we get in the mail from Tali... 
hers are always colorful letters :)