Monday, June 23, 2014

A Big Hasta Ver and I Turn 9 Months!

Well family this week, like normal, has been nothing short of great and wonderful! Can I just say I love being a missionary!! This week I hit the magic half way mark or "bump day." As tradition in the mission field, the elders burn ties, pants and shirts but the sisters take a picture with a ballon making them look pregnant to represent 9 months! So this week I had the privilage of taking my "baby bump" picture! On my "nine month birthday" we had our final meeting with President Durrant. He leaves this upcoming week and we get our new president, President Taylor this Saturday. We sang Hasta Ver to him and his wife, and there was not a dry eye in the house.
The training that he gave was amazingI He focused on Jesus Christ and wrote an amazing song and gave it all to us! We were able to just sit in a meeting, cry a little, laugh a lot but most importantly, feel the spirit so strongly. As he and his wife gave their final testimonies, I was just filled with such gratitude to have had these amazing people as my leaders. I am so fortunate to have had the oportunity to be under the guidance of President Durrant for the past 9 months. He is amazing and he has helped change me and who I am as a person. I am so grateful for all that he did and continues to do for the missionaries here. With his love and invitations he helped shape us into missionaries and people that Heavenly Father wants us to be. There was never a day where I didn't feel loved. I truly believe that one of the reasons that I was called to this mission was to be under his guidance. I am excited for the new mission president but also a little scared about what is going to happen! I know that he will be amazing as well, it will just take time for a little adjustment!
Besides the Specialized Training, we knocked a lot but were blessed to find some good people, and then also some people that just wanted to bible bash. I got my first really hard bible question this week, and I didn't know the answer, but we were able to study it out and with a little help from our Zone Leaders we found the answer. Bible bashing is so dumb, but it does help you know the bible better, but really we try and stay away from it! My companion is still amazing, we are a little worried about transfers, but we know that whatever happens, happens!
The boy that came to church last week is doing great. We were able to teach him this week and invite him to be baptized. He accepted a date for mid July, so we are excited to keep working with him. Other than that though we are still in the finding stage of the missionary work, but we see little miracles every day. One miracle (not really having to do with missionary work) was when we were knocking, a lady opened the door. I could smell something really good inside and I asked her what she was cooking and she said paposas, i.e my FAVORITE hispanic food! I told her how much I loved paposas and she went into her little kitchen and came back with 4 paposas! WOOHOO!! They were so good!
The work is moving forward and everyday is a new day! I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer vacations and is staying cool...I am still hoping for that kid to just push me in the pool when ever we walk by! haha Have a great week!
Hermana Cattich

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