Friday, July 19, 2013
July 18, 2013
Its really good to hear from all of you, your emails are great, although I didnt really have time to read them through... I want as long as I can to write all of you back. WOW there is so much to tell you!!!
I have been at the CCM for over a week now and everything is so amazing!! I absolutly love it!! The food is great, the weather is perfect and the spirit is so strong. It has been a really neat experience to be some of the first North Americans here. The school just closed in June and the first missionaries arrived about 2 weeks after, but they are still trying to figure alot of stuff out. The campus is huge and there is a lot of housing but there are only about 400 missionaries here right now. Every week it will grow and by the time I leave there will be absolutly no space in the lunch room. Its really cool because we get to eat lunch with the Latino hermanas so they help us alot with our spanish... however, sometimes its difficult for them to understand us.
My companion, hermana isrealson is amazing!! Probably the most spiritual person i know and everytime she teaches, i learn somehting new. Also, neither of us knew alot of spanish, so we help eachother out alot. Our casa has about 14 girls, 8 north americans and 6 latinos. We are lucky enought to have 2 latino roommates, both from mexico. Hermana Martinez y Hermana Sosa. Neither of them speak any english so our conversations are really funny, but they are great!! I love them so much!! We read in the Libro de Mormon with them every night and they help us with our pronunciation. (sorry about my spelling, there is no spell check on this computer and the keyboard is a little backwards from the ones in America.)
Anyway, my district is awesome. There are 8 Elders, all going to El Salvador and my and my companion. We all get along really well and its so much fun. They all tease me alot because I am 21 and "have so much experiance and knowledge"... they are all 18, but we have a blast. They are all so strong and their testimonies are so powerful, I know they will be great missionaries.
So starting the first day, we have 3 hours of language class. Spanish is great, and everytime i hear someone speaking, I get so excited. I cant wait for the day when I can talk about anything that I want to. As for now, my spanish is coming along slowly. Pues, estabien. We have already taught 4 lessons in Espanol including the first vision. Its amazing the spirit that you feel when your teaching. Our investigators name is Christofer (hes really a teacher here) but he is an 18 year old boy that lives in a Catholic orphinage and has had a really hard life. When we first met him, he was really sad and lonely, no friends and no familiy. But he has been really awesome to teach. Althought we dont speak one english word in the lesson, he is pretty understanding and loves to ask questions. Last saturday, we taught him a lesson about the atonement and it was so powerful!! As i was bearing my testimony, I felt the spirit so strong. I had never really questioned that the Atonement was true, but there was something about teaching that the Savior suffered for us so we dont ever have to be alone... it was so powerful!!
Also, during our third lesson, I had a prompting to ask him to pray with us to know if the church was true. And as he prayed, you could feel the spirit enter the room... it was so strong. I think we were all strengthened a little that day. Yesterday, in our lesson, we asked him if he would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. After a very long pause he said yes, that he know it was true and he knew that is what God wanted him to do! It was so amazing!!! (He didnt say yes to anyother companionship in the group... so we much have done something right.)
I have so much to tell you, and not enough time. Our P day while at the CCM is thursday. Today we had the oportunity to go the the Mexico City temple. It was an AMAMZING experience. We did the entire session in Spanish and going through the veil was really cool!! Thank goodness temple workers are so nice and patient, because i needed alot of help. The celestial room is so beautiful and it is amazing the kind of inspiration you receive when your in the house of the lord. Unfortunatly the only time we get to leave the CCM is when we are on the bus to the temple and back. The CCM doesnt feel like Mexico, its a completely different world outside the fence. We are extremely lucky that the church takes such good care of us!!!
I have grown so much!! I am learning alot about the gospel but also about myself and how to better serve Gods children. Its amazing what you can learn when you humble yourself and let the spirit teach you... So far it has been a very humbling experiance but I love every minute! Our district has the best teachers, Hermano Hill y Hermano Zolpa. They are so helpful and they try really had to keep us involved and happy.
Well, I love you all more than you know!!! I am so blessed to have such amazing family and friends like you!! I feel your prayers and I send mine your way every night!!! Thanks for all you have done for me! Im out of time but ill see if i can log on again and send some pictures.
Love Hermana Johnson!
Posted by Melissa Dye at 9:01 PM