Monday, April 21, 2014

District 11 bc I love them...

I don't know. jess said that the whole bc thing is the new thing on instagram and fb. and i'm just trying to keep with the times.

 So this week we great. I hope that I get to stay here in famesa because we found so many awesome people this week. and we worked so hard and it was awesome. and then no one came to church. But it's cool. We're working on that. and we are teaching Jorge and Giovanna, (our family of oro) and everytime we leave the spirit is so strong so they better be feeling it too. Because we leave and wooah. It's pretty awesome.

Also this week the bishop's daughter came out with us. Well probably for the first and last time. Ha, we went to knock on a door, that is a reference and there are probably three dogs a little way off sleeping. So hna jimenez whispers buenas and then the dogs wake up and come after us barking up a storm. Well Jiménez and I have a lot of practice and we both just take off. and hna jiménez pushes Soila (the bishops daughter) out of her way so that she is the first one that gets away and in doing so pushes out of her hands her water and her bag hahaha Pobrecita. The good news is that she didn't get bit? but it was hilarious. We ran for a good two minutes before even looking back to see if she was behind us. Well she wasn't hahaha so we had to backtrack a bit.

Also last week we contacted a family in the street, and they said they didn't know the house number but that the door was wood. well we knocked on so many wood doors asking for Diana, whose mom is manuel. and we found three other families doing it so now we are just going to make up names and knock on doors and then ask if we can share with them. It´s got a pretty good success rate.

Oh also this week was semana santa. and I am so sick of eating fish. because even if we're mormon here we're also catholic???. not cool.
So thats a wrap.
Happy birthday to the one, the only m-swagger--sizzle the third. you know who you are.
Hermana Degn

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunshine & Summertime...oh yeah, and sorry mom!

So #ldsconf was so dang good. I really wish I had a twitter account so I could have hashtagged stormed all my notes, ha but don't worry I did it anyway. Also I hope we realize how lucky we are to speak english. That we get to listen to the words of conference and also their VOICES. There is so much more power in listening to general conference in english. It is unreal. There is so much power there. We listened to it all in english except for the sunday morning session.  I feel super spiritually rejuvinated and loved conference. There was such a theme of the importance of families that I loved! Like families are so dang cool! and I feel like I am just so full of knowlege right now. Like everything inside of me is just bursting with all of these cool insights that I've been thinking of and studying and the gospel is just so cool. also be so proud of hna jiménez who has been working hard on her english so she could watch it with me. and I am so grateful. Because also I have just been so spoiled my whole life to watch everything in english that I get nothing out of the translations. it's just not same.
Also funny story. Saturday we show up to the church and there is literally NO ONE and nothing there. so we had a frantic half hour looking and calling people to get the projector hooked up and the computers all set up so we could even watch conference. But I did miss Holland's talk. but I feel like I saw it because everyone and their dog has written me about it.

Besides that we had some super tight lessons this week. We are really re-focusing in our lessons on testifying. Like bam testimony instead of trying to explain what things are now we just testify. and the result has been that everyone really wants to read the book of mormon and it has been awesome. And then we still have problems with the gente coming to church. But i think i need to work on my patience, and we are working on finding and teaching the people who God has chosen for us to work with and teach. Because every week we have eight new investigaors who in the end go no where because they aren't married or don't want to act. So I'm working on myself to give people a chance to repent and change and not just moving on without giving them a real chance. Although our new street contact we ask if they are married and if the answer is no, ciao chico. and our start investigator can't actually read. so that was a real problem. But live and learn. We are still having fun and working hard. and our district leader kills me. he is too funny.

this is me and hna j watching by ourselves and then with the elders. who kinda missed to photo alert. but it just makes me laugh too hard.
Also my hair. look i think its growing? #blessingseverywhere
So I love you all! Here's to a rejuvinating week after a rejuvinating weekend!
also mom don't worry it is still blistering hot here.

 love hna degn

look in perú they really do celebrate st patricks day...... just late

hahaha NOT just kidding. the streets were all just decorated because they got paved and there was like a huge celebration. #citypride.
But it does look sooo much better now. peruvians are cute. and now my shoes should hang in there better.


so this one time i was so stressed out to leave internet on time that i maybe forgot to press send on my email.... um cough cough. and maybe that was last week and yeah, so sorry mom. that's why there wasn't an email last week. but i think we're even because ya'll are going to disneyland this week. So whatever. i hope peter pan and space mountain are CLOSED. toma eso familia. hahaha chiste chiste. I hope you all have a really great time and cry because i am not there.

 But okay this week was seriously the BEST WEEK EVER! We found the coolest family! LIke ohmygosh I am still on cloud nine. Basically we had our district meeting and elder martinez (i´m gonna find out his first name so you can send him a postcard cause he is the best! BUUUT) he did this whole contact like president archibald bit which was super hilarious and then we went out and did it. and it was super scary. because basically we say 'did you know you could have an eternal family because joseph smith was a profet and we can teach you about it. when can we visit you´ and then we bear our testimony. well we were practicing and its stressfull. and we contacted one lady and we said oh did you know you could be with your family forever, and she said yes and we were all, ah, no you don't. ##wronganswer. because you're catholic and you don't believe this but we do. So now we try to throw in joseph smith in there more. But long story short we go back for the cita with this hermana, and she's not home but we just keep knocking and on the second floor three kids come out and hna jiménez and i are all.... ohymygoshkidswhichmeansitsafamilywehavetotalktothemwhatdowesay. and so then the mom comes out and i resort to our game plan. IN which i speak spanish as fast as i possibly can (its pretty fast) and then no one understands me and then hna jiménez says oh she's from america and translates- It's foolproof. everyone lets us in after. So the mom brings the dad out and he invites us in and we teach them lesson one and he says yeah I'm looking for peace and and hna jimenez and i try not to scream. and we keep teaching and he's like yeah no problem i'll read the book of mormon, but i can't go to church tomorrow because he´s a marine! but he can come next week so it's all good. and yeah, his wife came and it went really well. she is really excited to read the book of mormon and it has been way cool to see how the Lord guided us to find them and how they have been prepared to recieve the gospel. (even though they don't know it yet hahaa)

 so it's been a fun week. also about the weather. here's a good story. it's supposedly starting to 'cool down'. LIES. this just means that at night it's not blistering hot. But one of our investigators was like super worried and concerned because we just keep walking around in short sleeves. Because it's still so hot! Summer will never end! and this is the coat she made hna jiménez wear hahahahahahahahaha. peruvians are funny. needless to say we went to the house dropped off the coat and then left again and yeah that's all-

have fun at disneyland. i love you all.



Sunday, April 6, 2014


Sooo not quite the front row seats that you had, but still women´s conference was good. only I had like a killer headache and we watched that super depressing video about growing up in whichJenYoung has a cameo appearance. So that's cool. Only it is depressing and basically I just wanted to be 8 years old again. Also one of the translaters was from Spain.... so I also didn't get too much out of it. But hey I felt the spirit, cried, and so I guess that basically is all that counts. I mean I was hoping we would get to hear from Holland buuut it's fine I love Eyring. haha it was great, we had a small turnout in case you can't tell from this picture.

Other than that this week we found a lot of new people. all of which turned out to be fornicadores. rayos. but we had some pretty cool lessons. this week we really focused on testifying. One of our biggest struggles here is that no one is actually interested in what we have to say but we just testified and as we left they were there reading the book of mormon! So that really blew us away. Testimonies are so cool! and they have so much power in them! They perfectly represent the gospel because as we give it away and share it our testimony is strengthen. Which is such a principle that totally blows me away!

Also, in other news this week we went to immigrations. (for like 40 hours) total headache. literally. I mean it's kinda funny because all of us could speak spanish but they basically just dropped us off with no instructions and hello ,that is a horrible idea!! so by the time we kinda get things figured out we are in a room waiting to get our pictures taken and there is a FAMILY from america that walks in. Well cice and are like oh dang this family needs to be mormon. well theyr're from Indiana and they are here in Perú as missionaries for some church I've never even heard of. I mean for the LOVE! why on earth would you serve a mission for a church that isn't even true??? but we still gave them a folleto, and a book of mormon. Only it was in Spanish and their spanish was terrible. But hey, maybe they will realize that they are crazy, will try to read the book of mormon, feel the spirit and get baptized. miracles happen. and then we got in a car crash and went to mcdonalds. #winning. That bigmac was good. and i'm doing pretty good with my peruvian bucket list. #woof

So that's been my week. also there was a chicken heart in my soup. so basically I think I can now say that I have literally eaten every part of chicken. and yeah, it was gross. cow heart is much better.

 love, hermana degn