Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Week 29: Cambios y Enfermedades

This is our family of investigators that went to church this Sunday!

Well, I got my cambios.  I am currently in Acambaro Guanojuato and its about 6 hours from Guadalajara.  I am with my new companion, Hermana R. and she used to be my sister training leader.  Hermana H. also received a cambios! We thought that she was going to stay in our area, but she is also going to leave to Morelia.  They are going to be closing our area. 😩 
This is the family of Hna Olga.  She has 9 children,
and they are all amazing!  I love this family!

All of the missionaries are old in the mission, so they are all going to be leaving.  We really don't have many missionaries, so they have started to close some areas.

I was hoping to be able to end my time in Tlaquepaque with a bang! But sadly, I ended up getting sick instead. I don't know what it was but I was sick for about three days.  At least not too sick to stay home.

I will let you all know of the area when I myself learn about it! Talk to you all next week!!

Love you!!
Hermana Boice
All of the children of Hna Olga call me Number 18. I think its from a TV show, but apparently I look a lot like the character. And this is Leo, he is 11 years old, and invited the owner at a small store close to the church to come to the services and receive the missionaries.  
And what do you know? He is now one of our investigators.  Future Elder!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 28: Chapala!

I forgot to say that I completed 6 months in the mission like almost 2 weeks ago.  So, yaaay! And I completed 5 months here in Tlaquepaque.  We are going to be having cambios in 2 weeks, and I feel like I am going to be saying goodbye to my first area :(  But new places and new adventures!

Mystery meat that was smuggled out in a baggy...
Two stories about food this week.  First, we were eating with a member, and at the end of it, we found out that the meat was cow heart.  But then I heard later that it was horse heart.  I really don't know which one to believe, but we ate one of those.  It was actually good.  The second, we ate at one house and she doesn't really cook very good.  The food was so bad that we had to sneak some of the food into a bag and stuff it in our bags. See the evidence to the side of this???
Today we went to Chapala, the land of the Americans! It's about half and half there, lots of things are in English. Tlaquepaque and Chapala are the most touristy spots in my mission. Fun fact, be grateful for public bathrooms and that they are free!!!  If you need to use the bathroom, be sure to have 5 pesos ready, or else you can't go.  Yes... you have to pay for your toilet paper and to use the bathroom. Ugh!

Love you all, and talk to you next week!!

Hermana Boice

Land of the American's in Mexico.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 27: Happy Birthday Preston!

A big happy birthday to my brother Preston who turned 10! 2 digits now! 

This week has been full of experiences.  First off, we had no water in our house for almost 3 days, and we live 4 girls in our tiny house, that love taking showers every day.  There was always a little bit of a drizzle from the shower, so we just ended up taking bucket showers.  

We had General Conference on Saturday and Sunday which was the best! We invited all of our investigators and less actives to go.  We showed up on Saturday at 9:30 to find absolutely no one, and the church was very dirty.  We started to clean it, and the secretary showed up at 10 when conference starts and found out that we didn't have the cables we needed to use the projector, so they went out to buy them while we waited.  We had the idea to watch on the computer in the office while we waited, but it was locked, so we walked to one of the members houses who had keys.  I had to watch it in Spanish, which was a little hard.  It was hard to focus a bit.  But we found a laptop to use for English, and Hermana S. and I went to watch in English.  After 10 minutes, the secretary came back and needed the laptop, so we had to go back to watching it in Spanish.  They put the Spanish up on the projector, and we moved to that room, but we couldn't watch in English because they needed the computer in the office to do some stuff. And it was only us 4 missionary`s who showed up.  That was how that day ended.  Sunday more people showed up...thank goodness, and our new investigators Hector, Diana, and their 5 kids came also!! I watched the first session in Spanish, but watched the second in English, which I was thankful for (Hollands talk was awesome!)

Later that day, we were walking in the street, and a lady came up to us, and was reaaaaaly excited to see me. She called me Hermana Joyce, and started talking super fast and weird about how she knows us, wants to listen to us, and wants us to come to her house RIGHT NOW. We were a little weirded out, but we said that we could talk to her for a bit.  Out of gratitude, she grabbed my face and put a big kiss on my cheek and started to push us in the direction of her house.  The weirdest thing that happened was when she was talking to me, she grabbed my arm and put her arm through it and we kept walking.  I am sure my face was very clear to Hermana H. that I was starting to feel a little hesitant.  The whole time she was talking under her breath a bit like a crazy person. ¨Yes, you are going to come to my house, we are going to talk about God, yes, we are going to talk, you are going to come, we are going to talk....¨ When we got to the house, she was pushing us in, ¨come in Joyce, come in, sit here Joyce, come in, sit here, I am going to get water, sit here Joyce, come in....¨ That was when I looked at Hermana H. with the look of, WE NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE.  She told me to get behind her and said that we had an appointment, and that we will come by some other day.  The Lady started getting desperate, ¨No, sit here we need to talk, sit here.¨  But long story short, we left, but before I left, she asked me if she can give me another kiss, to which I just held out my hand to shake and practically started running from the house.

Today we had a Zone activity, which was in another area Reforma.  We decided to take a taxi, and after a while we got a little lost.  The taxi driver stopped the car to ask people for directions and that was when we felt a huge bump from behind.  A guy on a bike ran into us, and him and the taxi driver started to fight a lot.  But thankfully we arrived at the activity.

That was about it this week, but I will talk to you all the next week!!!

Love Hermana Boice