Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 4, 2016- New Year Resolutions

Hola familia y amigos,

I'm going to be honest, this email will probably be short because this week was a lot of walking around and contacting people. So nothing really that exciting happened. 

Our mission changed the goal of 10 contacts everyday to 30 which means we have to talk to at least 30 strangers in the street everyday haha. It doesn't sound that hard but in San Pablo its sometimes a little difficult because there are not many people in the street, or in their homes. A lot of people work outside of San Pablo. So this week we really pushed ourselves to do the 30 contacts everyday. We ended up spending lots of hours just walking around and talking to people. 

On Tuesday we had intercambios. I stayed here in San Pablo with the hermana lider Hermana Segura who is actually from Utah. She´s gringa but her dad is Colombian! I love Colombians haha. It was a good day and it was fun to be able to speak English with someone for a little bit haha. 

The elderly lady that was on her death bed, Hna Ena passed away on Thursday. We were able to visit her one last time on Tuesday and sing her more hymns. We were able to share the Plan of Salvation with her family. They all live in different cities so we could only send them as referrals. 

Thursday was New Year's Eve and we contacted some more and then ate dinner with a menos activa Hna Olga. She was the only person to offer to cook us dinner early. Here, everyone eats dinner at 11 at night... but we had to enter our house at 9:30pm.  We ate with her and made her brownies for dessert. Hna Olga is a little crazy,.... but she really does love us. 

That night we went to bed like normal but set an alarm for midnight and we woke up and celebrated for 10 minutes haha. We wrote down all that we've done this year and then burned the papers outside on our front porch... don't worry, we were being safe and careful.

We also wrote our goals for this upcoming year. It was weird to not write about the mission. Hna Villena who only has 5 months in her mission wrote goals about baptisms, companions, scripture study and I wrote goals about work, studies, friends and getting married.... haha just kidding !

Saturday I think was a hard work day. Everyone had left for vacations, it was super hot outside and we knocked practically every door in San Pablo but only 5 people opened up and wanted to talk to us... we talked but then they said they weren't interested... we also contacted a crazy man who told me that the United States has it's own Abraham, like from the Bible.... Abraham Lincoln.... that was an interesting conversation. 

On Sunday we had a noche de hogar with Hno Aldo and his family, then they fed us lemon pie. I love pie de limon. They take care of us. 

And that's really all that happened this week. We´re just trying to work as hard as we can and I'm trying not to think about how I'm coming home in 3 weeks.... there's still a lot I can do in 3 weeks. I'm really grateful to be here and to have a new year to dedicate myself to the Lord's service, with or without the nametag. 

happy new year! I encourage you all to set new goals and resolutions with the question in mind "what can I do to improve? what can i do to serve Jesus Christ? what can i change in order to become who Heavenly Father wants me to be?" love you all! thanks for all the love and support!

love, Hermana Williams

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