We had a very very full week but it was very good! Hermana Greenwood and I are getting a long great and she’s really improving in her Spanish and in her confidence. She’s been giving more of the lessons now and now that she knows these people she knows better how to work with them.
This week we went on an exchange that was a little different. Something they decided to do now is to have exchanges with English Sisters. I was so excited to go with a Sister I know pretty well since we lived in the same apartment for a while. She’s got the same amount of time as me in the mission so we’ll be going home together. It was very fun but very interesting because I could see the symptoms of Trunkyitis. She’s having a very hard time and it makes me very thankful that I’m not going through that. Of course I think about home and have been thinking about what I’m going to do when I get back, but it doesn’t distract me, and I’m not trying to deny that I’m going home like this Sister was, she didn’t even want to talk about it. So it made for a very interesting day, especially since she can’t speak Spanish.
We got very lucky this weekend, sorry they told us not to tell much about it until now. Elders Andersen, Maynes, and Bishop Causse toured our mission. On Saturday we had a special conference with them in the morning and it was powerful! The Hermanas get spoiled in the mission, no matter what time we show up they always have us sit right up front, and I had the best seat. I was asked to give a prayer so I got the end of the second aisle. During his speech Elder Andersen decided to come down from the podium and speak to us closer and for about 80 percent of his talk I was about a foot away from him. It was so cool. At the end of his talk he stopped and started to cry and bore testimony that he knows that Christ lives. I could feel the spirit so strongly and I know that he really is a special witness of Chirst. It was a very good conference.
Then on Sunday we got lucky again! They were coming down to Phoenix so that they could train the priesthood and speak in our stake and we just happen to go to the stake center so we were actually there with him again while most of the people in the stake just got to watch it from the other buildings. It was really cool because he speaks Spanish pretty well and he stopped part way into his talk and said, “Now Brothers and Sisters, I’m going to give most of my talk in Spanish, so you’re going to get the chance to see how it is for your brothers and sisters all the time.” It was very cool, I’d been really sad up to that point because they’d run out of headphones for the translators and so most of the members there couldn’t understand what they were saying but sat reverently anyways listening. It was a very good experience for the English speaking members.
Well I love you all! Have a great week!