Well. I have successfully survived one week as a zebra. Wow. It was something else. I didn't think only one year of being in the Spanish program would make it so difficult to adjust back to the English world. But it sure did. I feel super super awkward at the English appointments, and don't really know how to pray in English anymore. . . Everything I say just sounds weird. But, only one more week and then back to puros hispanos! Hooray!
The week was super super busy, because Sister Raymond and I are covering both the English and the Spanish wards. Everyday is basically booked, back to back appointments, and we've had to cancel or move different appointments because we've been double booked. Its been crazy. Every morning is even more difficult than usual to drag myself out of bed.
Soo. . A recap of the week. Lets see. . .
Monday we went to the zoo. It was a very rushed, but fun time. Then I dropped Hermana Carlson off at the mission office, and Sister Raymond and I were off on our bilingual adventures. To push me right into the english program we had a dinner appointment that night with an old, white couple and ate beef stew and iced herbal tea. We weird. The whole experience. I felt the need to be like super proper. Blah.
And then right after that appointment Sister Raymond got her first taste of the hispanic culture. We went to the Sosa's house for our second dinner appointment (which she's not used to having multiple eating appointments). The Sosa house is trilingual. The Hermana is a member, from Brazil- who served a SLC visitor's center mission and learned English and Spanish. Hermano is not a member, and is from Peru and also speaks English. So that was good for Sister Raymond that they spoke English, but it was still a new experience just with the difference in how they interacted with us, and the food. Sister Raymond is THE pickiest eater in the world. So this week has been torture for her. Hermano Sosa LOVES to joke and play pranks. So when we got there he asks us if we want anything to drink, we said yes, and as soon as he says to me, "I got you the stuff you like" and winked, i knew something was up. He comes back with three beer bottles. Opens them and hands us each one. I took it, and being pretty sure he wouldn't actually give me beer, gave it a smell. Nope- not beer. Ginger Ale. :) So I happily start drinking it while Sister Raymond sits there just looking super super confused. She reads the label no less than 82 times. I said to her. "Its okay, this is okay to drink. Don't worry about it." And she says kind of nervously, "Are you sure? It has an alcohol warning. .. " Me: "Yeah, its fine. don't worry about it." She still just didn't drink it. And was super quiet the whole time. Finally when the meal is getting close to finished, I'm getting worried about her being super mad at me, so I ask in spanish how long we are going to keep this up, and finally the hermano brings out a ginger ale bottle and asks, "can you drink this?" she said yes, and he said, " well thats whats in your bottle." It took her a minute to figure it out and finally she got it. I think more than anything she was just confused and relieved I wasn't actually drinking beer. :P Welcome to the Spanish Program Sister Raymond!!!
For the rest of the week we've had many Spanish appointments that Sister Raymond has just kind of had to sit through, I feel bad for her. I can remember when I was green and only understood some Spanish, and how hard it was. And she really doesn't understand hardly at all. Some words here and there. But she is picking up on some stuff pretty fast, and can guess what we are talking about, even if she doesn't know exactly what we are saying- as long as its gospel related.
I've met some interesting people as well. One of the Sister's investigator's is a reverend from Ghana named Brother Mensah. And wow he is something. He is super philosophical and asks weird questions. Like at one point I asked, "Does that make sense?" And he was all, "How am I supposed to answer that?" umm. . yes or no? so that was a trip. He says he is looking for an "empirical experience" and wants to know for himself blah blah which is good, but he refuses to pray about it. whatever.
As for the people I've been teaching they are doing pretty well. Imelda will be getting baptized this week! She is the first person that I have been able to find, teach, and be there when she is baptized. Like for the whole process. :) She is super prepared. I'm excited for her.
The Rivera's are also doing good. Unfortunately they were unable to make it to church on Sunday because they moved Saturday and were up until 4 am moving, and were exhausted and then Modesta had to be at the apartment all day waiting for the landlord. I called them to see why they weren't there, and Modesta was pretty worried and stressed because if the girls didn't make it to church yesterday that meant they can't be baptized this Saturday, but I told her it was fine, we can just wait a week. It'll be better so then I won't be so stressed planning three baptisms on one day, and she won't be as stressed with the move and the baptism. But the girls are definitely ready. Super ready. :)
Yesterday (Sunday) was pretty intense. 5 hours of church. Yuck. Luckily the first three hours were Spanish, which were terrible for Sister Raymond, but awesome for me, and then the next hour I was waiting with and for Imelda to get her interview, and then we made it English Sacrament. It was my first English Sacrament meeting in over a year. But I survived. Something interesting/funny from yesterday is that for some reason Sis Raymond had written into her planner that we had an appointment with someone named David at 4 pm. Well. . neither of us had any idea who David was. So we missed that appointment obviously. Still have no idea who he is. . . But we were joking about it, like maybe we were supposed to find a David and thats why she wrote it down. Well, we got out of dinner appointment that night and still had an hour of work time left, so we decided to go find one of my referrals. Guess what? Her husband's name is David. And her son's name? David. So last night I got to teach two David's! And the Hermano wants his family to learn more and to get baptized. He can't come to church cos of work. . but we'll see what we can do about that. :) Thanks Sis. Raymond for telling us to look for David!
Alright. I think thats about all I've got for you this week. Its sure been an interesting one. Can't wait to see how next week goes. . .
Les Quiero Mucho!Shaelyn
Hermana Carlson and I at the ZOO! We found a moose.
Sister Raymond and I with Rodney, a quadriplegic member in the English ward.