Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Di a la luz a una catracha

Yay!  My new companion is adorable!  She is Hna E from Honduras.  She is tiny and amazing!  She is really happy.  It's really cool because she got baptized less than 2 years ago.  Her family doesn't support her at all because she's the only member but shes got a strong testimony.  She's sarcastic too which is so fun because sarcasm just doesn't  happen much in Spanish.  She's really little and new in the mission so it's so hard for her to walk as fast as me.  But she tries sooo hard and she is so diligent!  I love training because it's such a humbling experience.  It's so precious seeing new missionaries do hard scary things.  But you just have to make them do it because that's what will make them be successful and happy. It's so weird to think that just a year ago I was with Hna Hansen and Hna Godfrey training.  Time flies!
Ah!  I really don't have tons of time, but I'm sending lots of pictures to make up for it.

Things are going good.  We haven't had any super crazy adveuntres yet but I'm sure there are lots coming.  Heavenly Father really wants new missionaries to feel successful.  And for that we have seen lots of miracles.  More lessons with members.  More unity in the ward.  More people commiting to go to church.  More families contacted in the streets.  It really is a beautiful experience.  It's such a privilege to be a trainer.  I'm so thankful for all that I'm learning from Hna E.

Love you all and as always thanks for your support!

Hna Haymond

The next few pictures are of us at the brick making place from last weeks e-mail-
this is where they fire the bricks every night!

Us with the guy who actually works there

Us with members that came to hang out with us

Hector Pablo hosing us down in his car wash
he's super in-active but super awesome.

My shirts all untucked weird but last day with Hna Z

My hijas!

hna E!

I LOVE HNA WISE!  This is our signature picture pose

hna R!! she came into the mission at the same time as me and is one of my favorite people.
I did divisions with her.  But shes not in our zone anymore 

A cute new missionary that was writing me to ask for help before she got here.  Now shes in my zone.  She is so sweet and I know shes just trying so hard.  I feel like shes my daughter too but shes not.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Yesterday I found out that I'm staying in this area.  Which wasn't really a surprise. The Zone leaders thought they'd do something different.  Instead of just calling us and telling us, they had the whole zone go to the stake center.  They had pictures of each companionship and when they announced the changes, they ripped the picture in half and dropped the companion who's leaving the zone.  It was really sad and funny at the same time.  Every companionship in our zone has changes which almost never happens.  I'm sad my companion is leaving.  I still have lots to learn from her.  But I'm excited to meet my hija tomorrow!

I just thought I'd point out that it's been 2 months since hna Wise and I waded through sewer water and I still don't have foot fungus.  Woo!! 

Yesterday we went to make bricks!  My area is known for brick making.  There are members who own a ladriera so we went with them.  To make the clay for the bricks you basically stomp around barefoot in a big pile of mud (I'll let you know in two months if I get fungus).  You have to feel around with your feet to get rid of the rocks.  Then we went next store to the families car wash to rinse off. It was so fun!  Every one thought it was interesting that dad worked in a brick place too.  I think I did a pretty good job stomping around, probably because of dad.  I have lots of pictures but I didn't bring my little memory card reader thing.  So you'll have to wait until next week.

We had two baptisms on Sunday!  It was such a miracle.  It gave me so much hope after not baptizing last month.   I'm so thankful that we get to teach them.  They really are super pilas and have progressed a lot on their own.  It was just a tender mercy that Hna Z and I were able to baptize together.

Today Hna Z and I gave a little workshop on gratitude today in District Meeting.  It made me think of how we said one thing we're thankful for when we say family prayer at night at home.  Even though I always said lame stuff, it's good to know that we were always trying to be grateful.  I decided that I'm going to start doing that with my companions from now on.  

Thanks for always encouraging me and for praying for me.  It's always fun to hear from you guys!  Thanks for your love!

Love you!!

Hna Haymond

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Antigua! Antigua!

This change has had the best p-days!  Yesterday we went to Antigua.  It brought back so many memories.  I was hoping so bad that I'd seen some of my converts from San Pedro or something.  But I didn't see anyone.  We went to some ruins that were pretty cool.  Not Mayan ruins.  But like old cathedrals that fell during earthquakes a long time ago.  Then we went to Luna de Miel the delicious crepe place!  AH!  I can't explain how good it is!  I had a pesto crepe and a caramel crepe with ice cream on top.  Yum!  Then we went to the market.  The Antigua market is expensive with all the tourists but I found a cool backpack.  It just stresses me out because you can bargain the prices and I'm not very good at it.  But It was a good day! I love working all week, but by Sunday night P-day feels good.

My companion is from Costa Rica and has a funny accent.  She's lost some of it by now, but people still comment about it a lot.  Costa Ricans don't roll their r's so people always think she's from the States.  They'll ask what state she's from or how long she's known Spanish and just funny comments like that.  She tries so had to talk like a Chapina but it just doesn't work sometimes.  One lesson the investigator looked at me a few times to figure out what my companion was saying.  My Spanish is sooo not perfect, but it was just funny trying to explain Costa Rican Spanish to a Guatemalan.

Yesterday my stomach was hurting and we were at a members house. Getting the members involved in health problems always turns into way more of an adventure than it needs to be.  The members told me that this tree in their yard is el arbol de la vida.  It has cured elders and hermanas for year with all their stomach problems.  So she sent two neighbor boys to climb the tree to get leaves.  She brewed up the leaves and had me drink this arbol de la vida concoction.  It didn't taste bad or make me sick or anything.  It was just a funny remedy.  I just had to see what this whole arbol de la vida cure was all about.

Things a good.  It hasn't been the best change yet but it's gone by way too fast.  We find out Monday who stays and who goes.  I really love this area and things are starting to pick up.  I hope I stay!

Saturday we got permission from a parent to let her kids be baptized!  It was one of many miracles that we've seen lately.  But right after that all of our lessons were horrible.  We had people really angry with us, contacts weren't receptive.  People wouldn't let us talk in lessons.  The people we called to invite to church said that they were done listening to us.  People were praying that we would come to the truth.  It was a rough day.  But I just can't even get down.  We are going to have 2 baptisms on Sunday of 2 really awesome kids!  Satan can't let us get away with that easy.  It's so cool how every convert is worth all the hard stuff.  And getting rejected and suffering is just good for ya.  My testimony grows so much more on hard days.  I'm thankful for my leaders and companions who have helped me realize that.

Love you all!

Yay! Ruins!  

G cooling down the brew from the leafs of the tree of life.
Its funny because they're like a modern hip family.  Its not like she's an old grandma who lives in the forest and doesn't know anything about sicknesses.  The tree is in the background with the sun shining through it

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's a Girl! (Again!)

Last night I found out I'm going to train again next change.  I'm excited!  My lil hija is in the CCM as we speak! Training is fun. I'll learn a lot.

I've had the best Pdays in this area!  Yesterday we went to this big park that the church owns.  It's like for youth camps and stuff.  But it was like a hike with a ropes course!  It was good to go outside and exercise a little and just have fun. 

We had divisions last week and I went with a sister that entered with me.  It was so fun to teach with her! It was fun to talk about memories form the CCM.  It's such a privilege to have new missionaries as companions.  But it was so refreshing to work with Hna R.

So Thursday I will complete one year as a missionary.  It's really hard to accept that.  I have so much to do and so little time.  I love this work so much.  I love this country.  I love these people.  I love these missionaries.  It's hard to think of very many things that I love more.  I can't think about the time too much.  Nothing is over yet.  I've gotta work harder.  Today in our meeting we talked about how after his life Christ went to preach to the spirit world.  He didn't even rest after Atoning for our sins!  I can't rest.

Thanks for your love and prays and emails!
Love you!

Hna Haymond

Yesterday we went to this super cool camp park thing that the church owns. 
It has a hike that has a ropes course on it.

Rope wall thing that I climbed

Me as I fell off the ropes right during a panoramic picture
My room