(Written Tuesday, November 11, 2014)
Hello friends and family!
The title of this post is the motto of our group of missionaries. It´s pretty funny and kind of true. It feels like lying on a smooth stone, but at night after working hard to listen and understand and speak Spanish, your brain is fried and a smooth stone feels pretty good! Don´t worry! I sleep very well at night! And Mom, you´ll be happy to know that my appetite has probably tripled since I have been here. I eat two corn dogs and I’m still not full! On Tuesdays which are pizza nights, I eat pizza as big as my face and eat the whole thing. I get so much food and it´s all sooooo goood!
I am learning so much about the Spanish language and learning how to teach people! I love it so much here. Last Wednesday (and yesterday) my district (or group of missionaries) all did an English fast meaning that we didn't speak any English and attempted to only speak Spanish all day. It was really hard, but I learned that I knew a lot more Spanish than I thought! It was awesome!
Also, we all took cute pictures in pajamas at our sleepover last night. These make me chuckle :) Missionaries can have fun too! Don´t worry :)
We watched a really powerful video in class about the Book of Mormon and the efforts that were made in order to bring this sacred record and another testament of Jesus Christ into the world. It expresses all the hardships that the prophet Joseph Smith and all the early Mormon members went through. It´s so powerful to me that people were willing to die for these things that they believed and saw. I know this gospel is true without a shadow of a doubt. I just want to add my testimony to the testimony of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (a general authority of our church). So if you have time, watch the video “Testimony of the Book Of Mormon Jeffrey R. Holland” on youtube or visit my blog and it will be at the bottom of this blog post!
I wish I had a lot of time to write, but I spent a lot of time emailing my family because they are pretty important. I love this gospel and I love my savior, Jesus Christ. I know he died for us so that we might live again and be with our Heavenly Father once more. This life is so beautiful and I am so excited to share this gospel with so many people because it makes me so happy!
Until next week, two of our other mottos are “End your day, the Latino way” (by only speaking Spanish so you can learn the language) and “No Toca Las Tortugas” which means don´t touch the turtles. I don´t know why, it´s just super funny to us.
Hermana Alayna Nelson