Monday, September 22, 2014

Estoy Gordando

Dont worry about me going hungry here, believe it or not we have TOO MUCH food. haha I am gaining weight I can tell.. lets just say the elastic on my skirt didnt used to be so tight ;) 

This week was pretty good. SUPER long though haha part of me feels like Ive been out here for my 18 months already but then my companion kindly reminds me that Ive just started. 

We had a baptism this weekend, and seriously it was so amazing... this man had been through two other sets of missionaries already! He was what we call an eternal investogator. I dont know how or why but with us he finally did his part and acted on his faith!! He is married and has a daughter that is 3... his wife has been a member all of her life and now they are preparing to be SEALED IN THE TEMPLE :) it makes me so happy! Its strange to think that because of me, in part, a family will be together forever! 

I miss you all so much. Its weird to think life goes on at home, that things continue to happen. btw sorry if things are spelt wrong... this keyboard is stupid.. and english is dumb too. haha

The language is still an issue sometimes.. I can talk alright but understanding some people is impossible. one day I will be alright! haha I just hope its someday soon! Im actually ahead of a lot of people in my group.. ppl tell me im picking it up fast! so thats cool!

Being here is so hard. Somedays feel like they wont ever end. Ive definitely learned to rely on the Lord. Its hard because the only person I have to talk to 1) talks a different language and 2) we dont always get along. So alot of times I feel alone down here in Ecuador. But then I remember I have a whole family back home, a guy in Chile, and a Heavenly Father that support me and love me more than I can understand. I love you guys so much! Keep being awesome! 

'Hna Miller
my newest baptism!!!

haha! Yes It is hot and this feels good!

mmmmmm so yummy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Patience is a Virtue

Okay, I will be honest. Before my mission I thought I was a patient person.... Well. I was wrong, so so very wrong. Haha I am trying so hard to be patient, but its dificult. Patient with the language, patient with myself, patient with the people... patient with my companion. This is something that has brought me so much trials these past months. I try so hard every day and know that eventually... little by little it will get better. But, heres the problem.... I want patience and I want it NOW. Haha, so this week in my personal studies I have been studying attributes of Christ and trying so very hard to apply them to myself. One thing that brings me comfort is that I know that Heavenly Father and Jesucristo have perfect patience with me.

Sounds like you guys had an awesome week! Glad to know that everything is well at home. Things here are good, but its SO HOT. Haha Jessica asked me if its been cooling down here for winter time..... girl... im IN winter.... its only getting hotter. The sun is so strong here that at certain times of the day we have to walk around with umbrellas. We look like a bunch of Jehovahs Witnesses. Lol Whatever. 

Also its so strange being the minority. Its really funny because I actually forget that I am white sometimes haha I get so used to seeing darker skin, dark eyes, long dark hair that when I look in the mirror at night it freaks me out! lol 

I miss you all so much but please know that I am doing well. Little by little I learn something new. AND GUESS WHAT. I have a baptism this saturday :) A man named Hector. His wife is a member, and he has a 3 year old daughter. They have been married for a little over 2 or 3 months. And seriously it is incredible the change that this gospel has made in him! I am so happy. Him and his wife remind me SO MUCH of Jessica and Sam it is so funny. I love teaching them. AND one year from saturday they can be sealed in the temple! :) I AM JUST SO HAPPY FOR THEM.

anyways. I love you all! I got your picture last tuesday dad... it was awesome hahaha :) Thanks for the cards, emails, notes, and prayers! Les amo! Y Mariah... keep your eye on the mail box... I sent you  (a really late) birthday card.

-Hna Miller

Hermana Miller gave this little girl a simple rubber ducky and she was so humbled at the happiness it brought this litter girl! she said it was a beautiful experience!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mi Amor, Mi Angel, Mi Reina

Okay, first things first... funny story...

There I was walking down the street minding my own business when all of the sudden this man about two stories up some construction scaffolding (side note... they use giant bamboo looking stuff as scaffolding here) started waving his arms, saying"Excuse me, I have a question..." so we stopped untill he started saying "Whats happening in heaven???" we were all like... huh? hahaha and then he says "Whats happening in heaven? Because it looks like God threw out one of his angels!" And now everyday when we walk by he waves his arms around, blows me kisses and says "MY LOVE, MY ANGEL, MY QUEEN" hahahahaha its super funny.

Also, this week was actually super awesome! Me and my companion are slowly but surely figuring out how to work well together, and lets just say I thought I was patient before the mission (I was wrong) haha I am learning a whole new meaning to the word paciencia. 

We had two baptismal dates for the 20th. One for the woman named Sonia, and the other for a man named Hector. But Sonia didnt show up to church this sunday because of work (and she needs to attend at least 3 times before being able to be baptized) so her date fell through. But we are woring on getting her there the 27th :) She has a desire to get baptised, its all just a matter of talking to her boss about work! but! Me and my companion Hermana Zarate are super excited to see people progressing! :) YAY FOR CONVERSION. haha I have learned so much already and im still only a greenie!

Ecuador continues to be crazy everyday, there is so many things I want to tell you about people, food, culture! Ay ay ay. I will keep you all updated as best as I can! Les quiero mucho!

Hermana Miller

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hace freakin' CALOR

Hola! Another week down! El 4 de Septiembre I will be a missionary for THREE MONTHS. What?
Okay... believe it or not I ate FISH EYEBALL two days ago. haha We had fish (and when I say fish... I mean the WHOLE fish) head and all (you dont eat the head though haha) and when I was done eating our mamita (the ladies that feed us lunch from our ward) said that the eye is really good for you and that is a delicacy for a lot of people... And of course as a missionary you cant say no.. so what did I do? I ATE IT. GAJSHGDLASHGDasdjfakjshf ajdhfkjasd .... it wasnt that gross but the texture is really weird haha SUPER weird. Oh and also, next week a ward member is going to feed me GUINEA PIG haha Im scared. I will for sure send pictures.
This week was a little better than the last.. still rough though. We have an Investigator, Sonia (the woman we almost left) with a baptismal date! However, yesterday when we went to her house no one was there and her neighbor told us that she saw her and her daughter leave with suitcases on an emergency trip... so ya....we dont know what happened there.
Also, today we had Cambios (transfers) in our Zone... but no one in my house had cambios... so here goes another 6 weeks with my companion... yaaaaaaaay.....
I am learning patience for sure!

I love you all so much and please dont worry! I have really hard days, days where I want nothing more than to go home, but I know I have a purpose here and Im not gonna leave till its done!
-Hermana Miller


Hola mi familia!

Still sweating over here and its only gonna get hotter. In the nights the people always talk about how cold it is and how freezing they are... and im over here like "Hey... just drowning in my sweat... no biggy" Just kidding the nights arent that bad, but seriously ITS SO HOT. I guess thats normal when you live on the equator. Lol danggit.

Also, still no guinea pig. BUT he said he is going to make me some.. so we will see. Other than that no strange food this week. More Encebollado though. And I am gonna get so fat haha they feed us WAY TOO MUCH. So dont worry about me going hungry.

Also, Spanish is doing okay. Haha, I dont know. I feel like I can talk pretty well but understanding others is still a problem because they either talk way to fast, slurr there words.. I dont know.. haha but I hope this gift of tongues thing kicks in soon! Lol 

Mi compaƱera y yo are a little bit better.. our personalities are just really really different and we come from totally different countries and cultures so we disagree on a lot of things. Which makes me feel bad a lot of the time, but whatever. 

ANYWAYS, I am on splits with another hermana for today because hermana Zarate has a meeting with the leaders. So Im here with hermana Rostenburg from Utah. She is really funny and cute, so todays been fun.

Our situation with investigators is still rough. We have investigators but none of them are progressing as of now. Being a missionary is really hard. Because I am 19 years old dealing with things I have no expirience with... abusive spouse, divorse, death, sickness, infedelity. AY AY AY.. no se.. I am trying my hardest to help these people! But something that comforts me is that this gospel really can help them change their lives for the better!

I love you all! Thanks for the letters, and the emails!

I sent you a letter last week! So keep an eye out! 

Love, Hermana Miller
 Mi compaƱera    Hermana Zarate