Monday, August 18, 2014

Last email from Tali in Texas!

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: He peleado la buena batalla, he acabado la carrera, he guardado la fe. 2 Timoteo 4:7
Hijole. l never. ever. thought this day would actually come! lt's one of the strangest feelings l've ever experienced. Ever. lt's not happy and it's not sad. Just kidding, it IS happy and it IS sad. lt's pretty much every emotion that l've ever felt all put into one!
Haha that sounds real dramatic.
One thing l will be sad about is the fact that emailing won't be so cool anymore. :P Mondays were always so fun as we pulled up to the library and we logged in to our accounts! l remember sometimes l would even get butterflies in my stomach waiting to see what my family and friends me habian dicho. l hope that every monday for the rest of my life l have that same excitement to talk with my family (FHE?) hehe l think the church does that on purpose :) 
This week was great :) We had an amazing lesson with an amazing new family! The daughter is the one who went to teh baptismal service last week and wanted to get baptized. We ended up moving the date. But as we taught about the Restoration with a sister from the branch, the Spirit filled the room so strongly! Hna. Melendez shared her own conversion experience and how important it was that the Spirit touched her heart in that moment. The mother who we were teaching started crying, and told us that she has never really felt the desire to look for God, but that in that moment, she felt like it was HER time. Which was a complete change from the last time we met. Last time she was super supportive of her daughter learning, but she wasn't really interested for her own self. Man. it was a sweet lesson. l wish l was staying to see how they progress! 
We had another really cool family lesson! They're a young couple and the brother. The brother looks like he's had a rough life, but as l watched him playing with his little 5 month old son, l was filled with the impression to ask him what he thought about baptism. (we'd just taught them the plan of salvation) He said he's down!!! They're aLL DOWN! :) 
Hna. Fotu will be training a new missionary here..... l know that the Lord has sent them to this area, and He's going to guide them through this Whitewash....
Hna. Lopez and l are awful at saying goodbye..... we've been crying for about a week straight! but it will all be alright. She's headed up to Lewisville! 
We had an exchange with the Gatesville sisters last week! Haha english exchanges are the best. "What's your name?" "Jose." "How do you spell that?" hahahahahah
Thank you for everything that you've done to support me..... l'm so excited to see you all this Thursday :) Yesterday in sacrament meeting the song Families can be Together Forever brought me to tears as it hit me that this week, l'll have a family again! lt's so weird.
Hurrah for Missions! Hurrah for families! and HURRAH FOR ISRAEL!!! :)
-Hermana Gomez
Thanks for the plaquitas :)  They got here! (Future missionary tags)

Pictures:

Eddie's baptism! He went to the temple to do baptisms last week!!! :) WOOHOO!!!

Martha's baptism! :) 

The district! :) minus one of the lame camera shy zone leaders :P 

We made pupusas!!! jajaja y fracasamos. pero ni modo. intentamos. y eso es lo que cuenta verdad?? :)
Funny story: in the middle of making them (night before last district meeting) the stove exploded. So we had to stop making them, and then take them to finish cooking to the church before district meeting. So we were studying and flipping the pupusas and suddenly the kitchen of the church filled with smoke! jajaja adventures of being stupid.

one of the many goodbye photos... l'll steal the rest from Hna. Lopez' camera and send them. 
UGH this was the worst time for my camera to break down! 









Friday, August 15, 2014

a great week of baptisms!

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: "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." -lan Anderson
That quote right there is the one that l wrote on every single one of my planners. lt's so so sooo crazy that l am going home. This last week l had my exit interview with President Ames. He started by asking me for any concerns or questions l had about going home. l honestly had nothing to say because l have honestly been blocking it out of my brain! lt was a hard interview because he made me face the fact that it's really coming to an end....
This weekend has been amazing. We had a baptism on friday and another on sabado. On saturday, we had an investigator come to watch, and afterwards, she told us that she wants to get baptized!!!!! So we're going to do all we can to make it happen on the 18th :) The baptism on Saturday was also awesome! Our investigator had been texting us to tell us how excited he was, and after the baptism, he said he "felt like he was floating" all the way home! 
We had the privilege to cook with some hermanas this week :) We made some empanadas de camote, gorditas de azucar, y some fetching yummy pupusas. Our "strict diet" failed this last week... But groceries are no longer in our budget and the members were feeling extra generous and gave us leftovers! :)
This week my diligence was tested! Last p-day l was playing soccer with the elders, but l had forgotten to bring shoes. Hence l was barefoot. Of course l left with a swollen toe. l didn't think much of it until the time came to put shoes on again. lt was SO PAINFUL!!!!!! Haha the morning after l was tempted for the first time to not run. But..... after coming this far without missing a day, l couldn't just quit cause my toe was swollen! Haha so l ran like a gimp with one shoe and cut out a few of the laps. lt brought a whole new meaning to "endure to the end!" 
The little missionary tags came!!! Yay!!
Also... my camera died yesterday. lt's been struggling for a while, but it finally gave out. So..... the last few days when we go to the temple with President and stuff might be photoless :(
Small world report: Walking on the street a random guy stopped us. He asked where we're from. l said Tooele. He asked if l new Sadie Johansen. Turns out it was Dani Johnson's brother!
A guy in the YSA branch gave a ride to one of our investigators. Al oir que soy de Tooele, me pregunto si conozco a Jared Mcbride! He was his roommate! Crazy stuff!
Y'all may have already told me, but do l have a topic for my talk on the 24th?
Man. l have so much to say and no time. 
Hasta la pasta. 
l want to hold Rosie soooo bad!
-Hermana GOmez 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Funny stories from Tali and proof of 111 degrees

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: "Jesus wants me for a zombie?!"
Alrighty. Well l can only imagine how bored the few of you who read this are after tantas semanas.... so l decided to make it purple! 
Firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DALLIN AND HNA. LOPEZ AND SIERA AND HARRY POTTER AND ROSEMARY!!!!:)
People keep asking me what the first "non-missionary thing" l'm going to do when l'm home. And every time l tell them: Hold a baby. l'm SO excited to hold her!!!
l'd also like to thank Camilla for the taco scented chapstick. l have yet to try it out, but l'm sure it'll be wonderful :) 
Last night Hna. Lopez was telling me about one time when an hermana was cracking eggs into a frying pan and a live baby chick fell out! lt was alive!!!!!! lt dropped into the hot pan and got all burned, but they saved it. l made a joke about it having to wear a mask over it's face to cover up the burn scars, and Hna. Lopez cried out, "lt was the Phantom of the Farm!!!!" jajajajajaja lt was so. funny. So funny that when we said the closing prayer to leave the lesson, we were all giggling so hard the Spirit completely left. Hahahaha hilarious :)
Another funny story is about the Quote of the week :) We were singing in a baptism of a boy in the ward (he speaks more english). The kids from the primary were singing, and one of the hermanas (doesn't speak much english) nudged me and said, "Hermana! l've never heard 'Jesus wants me for a zombie!'" Jajajaja good old spanish accents :)
We're so excited for a baptism this weekend! While we were teaching him about the Plan of Salvation, we read the scripture in Alma 40 about how our bodies will be perfected in the resurrection. He sat and thought after we read it, and said, "THat makes me think of when Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus.... did they have that perfect kind of body?" We told him that they do have that body, and he got way excited! In his own words, "l like that! l LOVE that!!! That is SO COOL!" He made the connection that God has a glorified body, and so we need to get one too. lt's been such an amazing experience to be able to teach him. He also loved the story about the strippling warriors. lt made him feel more peace about his deployment. 
Well.... l think that's enough random stories for one day. 
Que sigan adelante en sus vidas. Les espero una semana muy feliz :) 

esta foto es de Isa and Maria :) They like to take our name tags and pretend to be us when we go. They even teach the lessons!

And their brand new baby sister Ali :)


One of the elders in my district's family history adventure!


We finally got to go on base!!!! lt's..... reeeaaallllly cool. (tone dripping with sarcasm)

ya l did get the familysearch info! l will have to look at it if we have time again this week. Most of our mormon.org time will be used to make the 2 baptismal programs!!! :) We're super excited. 
Another good thing that happened is that our recent convert Trey just emailed me and said that missionaries found him at his  new house in South Carolina and they've started teaching his whole family!!!

note the 111 degrees outside :P 
l don't know if l ever sent you the pictures of our tamales? But here's one of them!