This week has been better than last week! I wrote you a letter with the details of some dramas, but this email will be to highlight the good stuff. Thanks for all your support and advise as to handle things. I sure am learning a lot, on how to handle people choices and living with others that I have not had to deal with before. On to the good stuff...Let me first tell you about Monday night :) Jonathan Martinez challenged me to eat 6 "Bear Hot Spicy Wings". He has challenged Elders to do it in the past and only 2 Elders have been able to. He gave each of them one of his watches at the time as a reward for eating them. I guess one Elder even threw up trying! I told him I didn't want his watch, so he told me he would give me $20 for each wing I ate. So on Monday we had an appointment with him and he brought the wings! I start eating the first one, and it was HOT but I was OK. I made it through the first 3 wings like a champ! Once I got to the 4th wing it got tough! My lips were on fire! I pushed through it and at all 6!!!!!!! Hermana Martinez made me drink some lemonade right after and eat baking soda to calm my stomach. haha! She is so awesome :) My lips were on fire for like an hour after! When I got home my stomach started hurting a little. The next morning I woke up at 5am in the fetal position near tears! hahaha! It hurt so bad! Needless to say, it might have not been the best decision I have ever made regarding my health!!!! hahahaha!! It hurt!!! haha! I will never do the challenge again! ha!
Also, some more wonderful news about Jonathan... He is doing SO great! SO SO SO great! He is progressing so much! A complete 180! He got his temple recommend this week! I almost cried! So huge! I feel like that counts as much as a baptism! He is planning on coming to the temple with me and Hna. Soto for our half way mark to do baptisms! I can not wait!!! And speaking of temples... I hear there is a NEW new movie!! Have you seen it yet Mom? I hear it is pretty similar, but slightly different.
Also this week... we met with Mirtha (pronounced Mirta) who is the sister of the family in our ward that came up to us and told us she wants to be baptized! She is soooooooooo cute! She is from Honduras and has been in the states for 2 weeks and doesn't speak a word of english. She is darling! I want to be her best friend! haha! I am really looking forward to teaching her! We are going to try and set her up with a baptism date this week :) She has taken the lessons before in Honduras but it has been a while, so we will be teaching her all of the lessons again. There is an Elder that was teaching her who is now home from his mission, that she wants to perform the baptism. We will have to coordinate with him and find out when he can come to Colorado and do it :) I can't wait!
This week we had interviews with President Brown. I was so grateful! I needed them! I was the last Hermana to go in for my interview. Everyone else came out bawling... which made me nervous. When I walked in, the first thing he said to me was, "So when are you and Sister Mehner going to be companions? Sister Brown and I have been thinking when it should be." I was SO happy! Ally told him in her interview from June to July! That way we can be together for our birthdays and year mark :) Then he opened the interview with a prayer and looked at me in the eyes, took a deep breath, and said, "I have never seen so much drama before. Sister Mangum, counsel me. What should I do?" I was thinking, "You are supposed to give ME the counsel and advice! ha!" It was great interview, we talked a little about all of the drama that has been going on and he was so nice and just apologized that I was having to be in the middle of all of it and thanked me for helping everyone. He said he really appreciated the fact that I am able to just roll with things. He could tell I was stressed, but happy. Which I really am. Stressed for sure!! But also very happy! He told me that next transfer he is getting a new apartment and splitting the Hermanas up and only having 1 companionship live together. I think it is a great idea! My interview was great and much appreciated! And my love for President Brown grew for sure!
Also this week, Hna. Soto asked me to dye her hair. Sister Martinez helped too. I have never dyed anyone's hair before. It was fun but not something I thought I would be doing on the mission, haha! I think I remember that you had to cut some Elders hair on your mission mom, is that right??? When you were out in the middle of nowhere - haha - I guess I am developing some new talents.
Hna. Soto's stomach pain got really bad again while we were at the church for Pday yesterday. I don't know how to help her, which is hard! This has been going on for this entire transfer and I feel bad that I really don’t know what to do. I called Ally and asked for advice. She was amazing! I love her SO MUCH! I am so grateful she is here! We decided to fast together today. This has been a tough transfer! Really hard! I have not had to deal with the kind of problems that face me right now so far on my mission. It has been hard to have all of the drama, and then the fact that some days Hna. Soto and I can not even work because her pain is so bad. I really hope things get better and I am really excited for this transfer to be over. 2 More weeks.
Anyway, on a happier note... I AM SO HAPPY FOR LENNON!!!! I am so happy she got her papers in! I can't wait for her to be a missionary! So my predictions are where she will be serving....
State Side: Pennsylvania, Spanish Speaking
Foreign: Sweden or Canada
I am so happy for you Lennon! You are going to be an amazing missionary!!!
I love you guys! Thanks for your package and letter this week Mom! I really appreciate it! There is something special about getting a letter in the mail. So thank you :) I needed it! And what you said at the end of your letter, that I am here to be an example, I really do believe is true. Despite everything I have told you this transfer with all of the drama, I am the peacemaker for these Hermanas and if that is what the Lord wants me to do right now, I will try to be patient and please Him with my performance and actions! It is just other sisters who struggle getting along with each other. The next day after I got your letter, Hna. Martinez said to me, "You are such a good example of what a daughter of god should act like. You are my hero. I am going to name my daughter after you. For real. Her name is going to be Hannah, and I hope she acts just like you." I am not telling you guys this to brag. I am just sharing this because I needed to hear that. I have been trying really hard to be friends with everyone and to have the spirit with me as my constant companion this transfer. I am grateful that I have made a difference and I know the reason I am here, serving in this area, is because I need to be here for these Hermanas.
Thank you for your prayers, I feel them! I love you guys so so much!
My pics this week include a beautiful Colorado sunset, some humanitarian work which I LOVE doing especially with the hilarious Hermana Hoer, me and Soto, cute babies, and Johnathan and the HOT WINGS!!!