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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It Hit 98 Degrees This Week. I am a new shade of Red!

March 16th

New Companion, Hermana Rodriguez
H Rodriguez is a new convert from CT, but only a couple years, 
she is originally from the Dominican Republic, and Rebekah
LOVES that they speak Spanish most of the time!

Pday FLOUR fight,Hermanas Glauser, Day, Jensen

Elder Gamble-Thomas and Hermana Day

Pretty Sunset (pretty girl too!)

Approved Street Art, Downtown Burbank

Silly faces with the Ramirez family

Elder Small, English speaking Elder, she met him at an EFY a few years ago!

Hola Hola

Pday last week we got together as a zone and played some capture the flag and had a flour fight, it was so fun!

Funny story, Jose and Edith fed us tacos, yum! Until they had us try a second taco, with "vaca de lengua" yep…I had a COW TONGUE taco. Officially the weirdest thing yet! This week I also got to try papaya, it wasn't ripe yet though. We get a lot of pescado (fish) out here with rice and it's very good!

I attended my first transfer meeting EVER on Tuesday and it was pretty good! My new companion is super adorable! Her name is Hermana Rodriguez, she is from the Dominican Republic (wooo my Spanish is going to sky rocket!!) and currently her family is living in Connecticut :) She likes to speak to me a lot in Spanish, now I just have to work on responding in Spanish! :) She's super cute and we are working along with the contacting and teaching and we do role plays every day to help!

I get to drive around everywhere as well, turns out I actually know the area, even though it is pretty big! :) I've never been so thankful for AIR CONDITIONG in my whole entire life! It hit 98 degrees here this week, with the other 2 days being around 94. Talk about SUNNY! I'm loading up on the sunscreen and reapplying a lot, no worries there, still got a little bit of a burn and reddened cheeks but what do you expect, I'm a redhead, we weren't built for the sun haha :)

We found some service to do as well, and we're helping out Hna. Guevara as she helps one of her vecinos (neighbors) by trimming their bushes and weeding the yard -- it needs a LOT of work so we started helping her out in the afternoons as well. It's the MIDDLE of the day and the hottest times, but the Lord is blessing us with service and he gave me some shade :) The coolest part is, we don't have many tools to be doing the yard work and getting rid of the thorny bushes, so ... I got to use a MACHETE! Yup, that's right. SUPER AWESOME! I did ask for a way to exercise my arms more, so here it is!  Afterwards we share messages with Hna Guevara and have Ginger-Ale and bluberry bread :) She's so cute :)

I love this missionary work and the people I'm meeting and everlasting friendships that I am making with the members, community members, missionaries, and ultimately, with my Savior. <3

I love you all lots and lots! Also, check out the Engisn article, "Follow the Path of Happiness" by Bishop Gerald Causse, its' very good! :)

Have a good week! May the Spirit be with you as you continue to feel God's love for you throughout the week <3

Con Carino,
Hermana Day 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Working in Burbank!

MARCH 23rd

Hola Hola!

Before I went on my mission, I had no clue how much missionaries got to know each other, now that I am here it is the coolest thing ever! Hanging out with other missionaries is so much fun! We're all in the "awkward" missionary life and get to share the funny stories, the Milagros, and the testimonies. I'm building friendships out here that I've never had before, and as much as I loooove the friendships I have with the members and recent converts and investigators etc. I am even more grateful for the friendships I am making with these missionaries I have been blessed to serve with! Their examples are amazing, their spirits always lift mine, and I really just can't describe how much I love my missionaries surrounding me! I love this opportunity of eternal friendships and yep, I'm tearing up, being a missionary is so awesome-- in ALL aspects!

I HAD MOLEY AGAIN!!! AGAIN, FLIPPIN AGAIN!? ayudame!!!!!! I've had it 4 times now, it does NOT settle well, and I think I've had it more often than all the elders in their missions here put together! go figure! haha

We went to district meeting on Martes, I've had a prayer the past few days asking for just something, anything to come along and prove to us that we're good missionaries and to have some miracles! During district meeting, Elder Reynolds gave a training about "how to be a successful missionary." It was soo inspired! "Wanna know how you can be a successful missionary, Hna Day? ...YOU ALREADY ARE!" Ahhhhh, thank you Spirit!!! <3 I cried, so did Hna. Rodriguez.

Our cita with Jose and Abel was tons of fun, boy do I miss them!! Their smiles and spirits are so uplifting and oh how I love them! I started crying during the lesson some because we were talking about temple work and sacerdocio (WHICH!!!! JOSE BLESSED THE SACRAMENT YESTERDAY!! AHHH!!! I TEARED UP AS WELL!!!!! AND THEY'RE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT GIVING HIM THE MELCHEZEDIC PRIESTHOOD!!! AHHH MOST PEOPLE WAIT ALMOST A YEAR!!!!!!!) anyway, I teared up in the lesson because I realized something so amazing!! Jose can go through the temple next February, and because I was the missionary for his baptism, I GET TO GO WITH HIM THROUGH THE TEMPLE!! AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY DREAMS!!!!! AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!<3 He's so amazing!

I know that this gospel is true and I love my Savior so much! I am super excited for General Conference coming up -- invite your friends to come listen to the Prophet's voice! And it's also Easter -- what!? Awesome!

I love you all sooooooooo much! Big hugs!!!!!

Con carino,

Hermana Day

FOR P-Day this week, we were able to take the Walking "Cities" Tour at Universal Studios
Hermana Castellano, from Honduras

Giving Iron Man a High 5

Cool Dudettes!

Hermana Rodriguez and Hermana Day at Universal Studios


Sisters in the Zone

Selfie with my Hermanas

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I Stay in Burbak: Round 4!

Hola Hola!

This week has been pretty sweet! I'm on my FOURTH transfer remaining in this wonderful area -- ahhhh, I looooove this people so much! <3   I get a new companion (which I find out who she is tomorrow ah!) and we get to find tons new investigators and do tons of contacting to start off this transfer because ........ all our investigators are BAPTIZED now! :) Eso! :D

Yesterday, Samantha, the cute little girl, had her baptism, and it was so fun! We got to sing "Soy un Hijo de Dios" with the primary and young women (and even got the elders to sing!) and oh what a sweet spirit! After teaching here for about 4 months, we finally got her birthday for the baptism papers/records to fill out and...turns out... SHE IS 8 YEARS OLD!!!!!!! Sooooooooo she didn't need the missionary lessons and she actually needed an interview by the Obispo (he quickly did it there....) and it was very exciting!  We have tons of fun photos, and there was such a special spirit!

Abel (Jose's brother) got to come and brought his little daughters (Gia and Italy) as well, where we got to teach them a little about baptism. They came to church earlier in the day as well and they are just sooooooo cute! In the middle of all the talks they ran up to my pew, scooted in, squeezed themselves beside me, and started doodling some fun photos for me :)
Ahhhh, I loooooove the Martinez Family!! (that's jose, jossymar, abel, etc!) They are sooooooooo prepared and soooooo amazing! Speaking of which, after church on Sunday we got to do another after lesson with Jose and Jossy, the Gospel of Christ, where we shared Mosiah 5:15, about being steadfast and immovable and enduring to the end to receive all those promised blessings! Jossymar shared his testimony about why he was baptized and totally teared up! This gospel is amazing and changes lives, it is so powerful and brings so much joy! Always share it!

We contacted a "rapper" from South Carolina, his name is "Sun-e-Swag," and we said a prayer with him. He let us listen to what will more than likely become the next top hit single at some point in time, "For the First Time," and it was actually pretty decent! So if you ever hear a good new song with the chorus of "for the first time", I contacted that guy! And got a photo with him! He said if he ever joined a religious group, it'd be LDS because they know what they're doing and always have answers haha :)

I ate some bean soup the other day. There was a giant green "bean" in there, so I decided to eat that one quick and first. Turns out, it was a Jalapeno pepper. No big deal. JK, super big deal, MY MOUTH IS STILL BURNING! Everyone was cracking up, apparently it's "just for savor" and no one eats those all at once. It was funny, I ate it, and didn't want to make a face, so I was like "um...Hermana...que es este?" and pointed to the one in Hna. Glauser's bowl. They busted up, once I learned it was a pepper and was supposed to be that spicy, I made the faces, my eyes started watering, and not even the giant roll beside me could save my taste buds. It was hilarious )
I love this missionary work and I am very excited for the adventure this week holds! eso! Keep being amazing everyone and I love you all lots!

Con Carino, Hermana Day
Backwards Hat Day for Pday

Service Day

Hermana Day and Hermana Woods

Hermana Jensen and Hermana Day

"Who's hair is longer?" 

Hermana Jensen, Hermana Glauser (going home this week!) and Hermana Day

Bekah just LOVES these cute girls!