Wednesday, February 5, 2014


HOLA FAMILIA!!! Como le va????
OH MY GOODNESS it seems like it's been so long since I've emailed you all!! Ok i have a scary timer counting down so let me see if i can get as much info as i can, so i apologize for spelling and capitalization errors because this is also a spanish keyboard!!
OKAY. SO. I have the best district in the entire world to begin!! i am in a trio with hermanas frandsen and bluth, they are SO awesome!! they're from utah and are just so s
weet. we have so much fun together. I feel bad though because hermana frandsen and i already know spanish and are really good at it but hermana bluth doesn't speak as much so it's hard because when we're teaching lessons she doesn't really understand what's going on... we're trying to find ways to get her to speak!! she's bearing her testimony at the end right now. the elders in my district are AWESOME. elder schubert is our district leader (no one was surprised, he took control in atlanta even though he had a fever and was throwing up, and he is so awesome) and he's in a trio with elders denison and rupert, also awesome, and then we have elder pedersen and draney, they're great, they were also in atlanta with us, and then we have two brazilians, elders silva and santos!! they're so hilarious, i feel bad though because only hermana frandsen and i can really talk to them because they speak portuguese. THATS MY DISTRICT :)
Santiago, Chile Temple.  It is right next door to the MTC.
I have two latina roommates that we love, we talk all the time, one is hermana alonso from ecuador and one is hermana balboa from peru! :) they are so sweet. our room is called rut (ruth in spanish) and its so tiny!! smaller than the dorms and there's six bunkbeads, one shower, one toilet, six tiny closets and two sinks and a mirror!! getting ready is an adventure haha but it's great.  i love the latinos and latinas here!! i'm gonna be so sad when they leave next week... but then a new group will come!! there's only 68 people in the ccm, so i see everyone all the time. my president and his wife are like our parents!! they sit with everyone and talk with everyone and are just the sweetest. they're brand new too, they just got here last week too!! OH and i found elder daniel who lived with the serafins!! i see him all the time and he's super nice. he's roommates with one of my atlanta friends! i forgot to take a picture with him though haha we can only take pictures on pday :(
we sit in classes for like 12 hours a day, but it's okay because my teachers are great. i have hermana cabrera, hermano figueroa, and hermano henriquez. they are just great!!! hermano figueroa told me who won the superbowl on monday morning since he knew i was from seattle haha GO SEAHAWKS!!!!! i was so so happy!! the spirit has gotta be with me though because i love all my classes and don't zone out the whole time... MIRACLE.
so pday has been great!! we get to leave the mtc on our pdays!! we're one of the only mtcs that can. it was nice to get outside of the wall as some say it!! i love santiago, the weather is amazing! the stray dogs are so cute, it's hard not to pet them haha. we went to the ghetto mall and got some post its and then went to the grocery store and got candy :) it was nice just to be outside! it's so hard to be inside all day while it's summer outside... we go outside on every single one of our 10 minute breaks!
hmmm let me see.. OH. for exercise we get to go to a park down the road!! we played ultimate frisbee with the elders one day and there's also all this cool exercise equipment that we use!! i love deportes time, i keep getting sore from it though haha but hey, i guess that means it's doing something!! there's also a hermana here who speaks french so i spoke to her a bit haha. and an elder who used to live in french canada so whenever i see him he says "ca va?" instead of como esta haha i love it.
I've taught three lessons with my companions so far, and the first one was TERRIBLE. we didn't focus on his needs at all and just felt really uncomfortable the whole time and didn't know what we were doing. the second one was good, but then the third was also kinda hard because we had to teach the same investigator as before and we didn't build a good base... ahhh. it's tough!
AH it's so hard to say everything i want haha it's like i can't remember anything!! Basically, i love the mtc so so so much. I'm so happy to be here. it's so hard, harder than i ever thought it would be, but so rewarding and so fun at the same time. i feel the spirit constantly and it's amazing. i have never felt like i had such a purpose and i've never loved studying the gospel as much as i do here. I've been doing it wrong my whole life! well, not wrong, but not as well as i could have haha. ANYWAYS, sorry this is so all over the place! i love the mtc, i love you all, and i hope everyone is doing well!!!!
Hayley & her new friends sleeping on the floor at the Atlanta Airport
Hermana Hansen
*I was able to email back and forth for a bit with Hayley this morning.  I asked for photos and she was able to send these two before she had to end.  She also told me that all her luggage was found - yay! :)
She said that she bore her testimony in Spanish in her ward on Sunday - so proud of her!

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