Monday, December 9, 2013

Tali's mission to ICELAND!

Joke of the  Week: The. Weather. In. Texas.
Quote of the Week: "l haven't looked this stupid since l walked into Cafe Rio in  my footie pajamas!"
Hey remember when l got my mission call to lceland?.......ya. me neither.
First of all......... l have never wished so heartily for a pair of ice skates. lt would have been WAY more efficient than my trusty old rain boots. The world here in Texas has recently become a giant ice rink! Texas hasn't seen this much ice and snow for about 4 years! Hence..... we were banned from using our cars for the weekend. The funny thing about the world here is that NO ONE knows what to do in snow! No one owns shovels, snow plows don't exist, and the best ice scrapers we found were our name tags.
We don't even live in our area, so it was a bit frustrating to spend most of the day walking/slipping/falling/running. BUT it was SO FUN! :) We got to help a TON of cars on the highway get unstuck and push them out of the snow. People thought we were insane walking around in 18-25 degree weather, but we wore all the clothes we have so it wasn't too bad.
We were walking around (like they did in The Day After Tomorrow) with NO ONE outside or willing to open their doors, and a member called us and said that her less active sister (who happened to live half a mile away from where we were) was thinking about us and wanted to invite us over to eat tamales and hot chocolate! We were so happy cause it was Sunday and were pretty low on food, and would have taken approximately 24 hours to walk to our dinner appointment. But ya, little blessings like that just abounded :)
Well.... other news is that..... l am leaving Hurst. l never would have thought l'd be genuinely sad to  leave a companion after 3 transfers together, but alas, Hermana Blood and l are going to be parting..... l'm going to Arlington (home of the Cowboys) and will be in a trio with Hermana Hunter (roommate from MTC!) and Hermana Barrett (the native SPANIARD!). l'm so excited. l've heard a TON of good things about Arlington cause Hurst, Fort Worth, and Arlington are the three Spanish Wards in teh mission! And l've been blessed enough have served in all three!
Last week.... l was TERRIFIED that l would be transferred right before Christmas and my "white christmas" planned.... but last night l had a crazy dream that l got transferred to the Montana mission ENGLISH speaking! l was soooooo angry with President and l woke up SO happy to be here. A phrase from one of my favorite scriptures was stuck in my head as l ran this morning, "l am wont to swim in deep waters." l know that leaving this "home" for Christmas will be hard, but it's a matter of giving up what l want NOW for what l want MOST. And what l want most if to become a disciple of Christ. The song "l'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" is much easier said than done, but the Lord always always knows better than we do.
l was on an exchange with an english sister, and she was sharing her "bucket list." But it wasn't a list of "to-do's", but of "to-be's." So instead of "learn to play the piano" it was to be "a piano player"  or "spanish speaker" or "exerciser" or "peace-maker." l LOVE that! When we die, l'm sure that we won't be thinking about all of the cool things we did, but we'll be thinking about who we've become.
Well paz a vosotros, my new address will be: 1225 Vincent St. #1111 Fort Worth, TX 76120
THank you for the Christmas package! The tights and socks saved me! And l'm so excited to unwrap the presents :) l love you all!
-Hermana Gomez

pictures: 

Hurst South zone for the win!!!!  (the cool ones are spanish and slightly less cool are english) :)
Here is the big road bridge highway that we cross! We are in pants cause we thought we were going to do service and shovel people's driveways.... turns out no one owns shovels
lt's pretty frigid.










1 comment:

  1. who knew? Some extreme temperatures she's been facing!

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