Monday, December 22, 2014

Well you all know what time of the year it is. YEP HUMP DAY.

9 months in the mission. so fun. 

This week for my 9 months in the mission we had intercambios (I dont know how to say that in english) with the Hermana Leaders and they went really well. I spent the day with Hermana Rodriguez and american hermana with a latin last name. We get along great. We had some great lessons and it was really fun to speak in English for one day but i also felt like it would be really hard to have that temptation all the time so it was good it was only for one day. In the morning we went running in the central of Puebla with all the lights it was a great morning

Also we had our ward christmas party. Let me just stop and tell you all right now that I have the best ward on the planet. Our christmas party was like better then any school dance seriously. We ( The missionaries and some investigators) danced in 2 numbers. 1. Rudolf and 2. Mi burrito sabanero. We had our danced totally choreographed. They were awesome. In the first number I was Rudolf and in the second my companion was a donkey. She was dancing so funny I was laughing so hard. The primary asked us to sing with them and then we also did chinagins. The ward loved us and we had 7 investigators there so it was a major plus for all. After we had a piƱata and all the adults were like fighting the kids for the candy. but thats just how it is here and I love it.

I got my packages from the family this week. Thank you so much Mom and Grandma. For Christmas I asked my family for their written testimonies and this week I got the testimonies of my Grandma and Grandpa I thought it would be a good idea to read them on the bus back to our area. So i started to read and started to bawl. I haven't been touched by the spirit that strongly in a while. I loved yearning how they felt and what they believe. It was the highlight of my week. My companion asked me what was the matter I told her nothing. Just the spirit. 

I am so happy to be a missionary in this time and this place of the word. I know that I am meant to be here and I feel an overwhelming love for the people here of Puebla. I love you all and Merry Christmas. 

Talk to you on Thursday. oh WUT. 

MUCH LOVE. 

HERMANA HAN.

PS. I drank horchata today I felt so cool. in December drinking Horchata. ha lolz. 








Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Interesting Things

Well this week was quite the week. Now that I think about it, every week is filled with interesting things. That’s what happens when yours truly is serving a mission.

Well the highlight of my week was probably the Christmas party/ conference that we had this last Tuesday. We got to the chapel and the church was just all decorated for Christmas. They had fake snow in the windows and Christmas trees all around. It was so festive I loved it! Ha! We started out by eating breakfast donuts and yogurt, super healthy. Then we sang Christmas songs. We started out reading hymns and then we got to the crazy stuff, ha. We sang 12 days of Christmas and each group acted it out and then we sang the 12 days of Christmas as missionaries. Our thing to act out was on the 3rd day of Christmas my mission gave to me, 3 blisters.

After all the singing and laughing we got spiritual and talked about teaching with the spirit. I think as a missionary that’s one of the hardest things to do sometimes. I sometimes second guess if it’s my own thoughts or the spirit speaking but I just act on the impressions I get because I know if I don’t the spirit wont work within me. And I need the spirit because I, myself, Hannah Ramirez am not a good teacher but me with the spirit, well that’s a different story. After we played a game called bunko. Oh my, it was so fun and guess who won? I did, I won out of everyone! 293 points, thank you very much. Ha, I won a little Christmas mug and a bear. It was cute. After we had a Christmas feast. Seriously Hna. Christensen made us ham and like mac and cheese and salad. I felt like I was right at home in the good old USA. After we helped and cleaned up and took pics. I saw my hija Hna. Gonzalez and she gave me a present. Gosh I have got to get that girl something! She gave me my favorite Mexican cookies and a sweet note. She’s the best. After, Pres. C. and Hna. C gave us some presents and talked about the importance of family traditions. In their family on Christmas Eve they sing Christmas carols and light candles so they gave us this cute Mexican candle. I loved it. I’m totally going to have killer family traditions. Ha, remember kid of the week??

The low of my week was burning my hand in the boiler. Yep, that’s right. Okay so here in Mexico there aren’t exactly heaters for the hot water. You have to go outside and light the boiler with a match and turn on the gas. Anywhooo our boiler is strait up ghetto, like from the 20s or something. Anywhooo I was just trying to get some hot water like any other normal American and all of a sudden whoosh, the whole boiler lit on fire with my hand in there. I was like what just happened? I called Hna. Dapps cuz she’s a doctor and all she got me all set up. But then I swear the whole mission knew. I got calls from like the most random people. Seriously, in the mission there are no secrets. The news spreads so fast its worse than in high school. Seriously. They all called my asking if I had burnt my whole arm. Luckily I am doing fine now. Don’t worry; it was both a Christmas disaster and a Christmas miracle.

We had some great lessons this week. We are really seeing progress in this area. We fasted for Charlie to have the words to tell his family about his baptism. He wants to do it but his parents are really anti. Lets hope that all goes well this week.

We got permission to go look at all the Christmas lights yesterday. Its called Puebla Christmas and is so dang cute. It’s like Disneyland seriously, ha maybe not as big but I was in love. There were little Christmas cottages and Christmas lights everywhere in the city. It was awesome. We are going to go back because I forgot my camera in the house. So lets hope that I can get some pics of how cute it was. This week we have our ward Christmas party. We are singing with our investigators and I have to dress up like Rudolph and my companion as a donkey. Ha, it should be great. I’ll be sure to send you guys all the details.

Also I don’t know if you guys noticed or not but yeah this week I’m going to complete 9 months. Yep that’s right, half way. 9 down and 9 to go, I got this.

Love you and wishing you a Merry Christmas.

Xoxo, Hna Han


















Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fuertes

Well this was quite the week I must say...


So we had changes actually... ha I’ll explain. To make a very long story short I saw Pres. on Monday night after I wrote and he told me that an Hermana had to go home for some medical reasons and that the trio thing wasn’t going to happen and that he would call us tomorrow and tell us what the plans were...

Anywhooo, we went to changes and got put into the trio for around 12 hours. Pres. talked to me after the changes meeting and told me that I would be leaving the area so to pack my stuff all up. Lets just say packing was a disaster with lots of clothes and no space. Everyone here has bigger bags then me. I’m not kidding. Plus my bags have weights in them. Changes as usual were a party. Its kind of awesome now because I know a lot more people in the mission. I’m not such a newbie. My old companion Hermana Lopez got made a sister training leader. I was sooo happy for her. That night I had to pack all up and say goodbye to everyone. Hermana Gonzales (mi hija) was crying pretty hard. Poor girl. We also said goodbye to Hermana Gabby (from the sacrament dog family). It was pretty sad. She made us french toast the next day and then we went off to the offices. Her daughter started crying and saying take me with you! So sad. This is the hardest part about the mission; leaving a place and the people you learn to love 

Well so out with the old and in with the new…

My area
My new area is called Fuertes. It’s literally the central part of Puebla. It is sooo pretty. I love all the old buildings. I feel like I’m in a movie, or back in Europe. Seriously, I love it. The only thing is I feel like I’m living in a mall. Seriously, the temptation to buy stuff is killing me. When you are living on a missionary monthly budget you cant afford to splurge on shoes. Sad life but the Christmas spirit keeps me happy. There are lights and fountains and trees all around the streets. At first i didn’t know how to feel but now I’m in love.

My companion
My new comps name is Hna. Curiel. She is from Tijuana and is a convert. She was also a companion with Hermana Wells and they got along well so I think we are going to be just fine. She might not like Americans though, ha. We make a good team. She had 7 months in the mission and has been in this area for almost 5 so she will most likely be switched in the next transfer.

Mission work.
Well of coarse the first thing I asked my companion was how are our investigators. She told me we have around 5 and they never come to church. I told her not to worry because that was about to change. This week we hit the ground running and found 3 new very prepared investigators. We had 4 investigators in church. It was a good week. This area looks very merry and bright... if you catch my drift.

Another perk… Hna. Dapps is in my zone and we are only around 20 min away from each other. That means we have our mission Christmas party together. Yay!

For Thanksgiving we didn’t eat anything special, ha. We did have a lesson with Charlie who is an architect. He’s cool. He told us he would love to be baptized. He is having some problems though. His girlfriend introduced him to the church but now they aren’t together and she is going for another member so he has to like watch that go on at church. Lets see how it goes. I did buy a snickers after the lesson however and that was my thanksgiving feast. 

Elder Torrez from the 70 came and we had a mission tour for him and his wife. I got to see mi hija Hermana G. She told me she misses me and that I’m her favorite American. She’s kind of having a hard time with her new companion. At the zone conference we watched the He is the Gift video and it was sooo good. It is awesome because we have these special pass-along cards just for Christmas. Christmas is here. December is here. What??? 

Today we played soccer again, ha. An Elder from my last stake had like 5 soccer balls so he gave me one. In my new zone however I am the one who has to bring the soccer ball. We were walking to the chapel and a random guy came up to me and asked me if I played soccer. I was like no I’m a missionary, and then we got talking about God. He just went on and on about how some Gods are slow and some are fast some are funny and some are boring. We parted ways on a good note. I gave him a card and he said he was going to watch the He is the Gift video so who knows.

Well I love you all. Merry Christmas time. I’ll send pics next week of my new companion and new area. Also ha, I’m going to be in a Christmas choir. Wish me luck. Talk to you next week and talk to you via Skype in 24 days, but who’s counting?? 

xoxox Hermana Hannah 











Sunday, November 30, 2014

Well another good week in the mish.

I officially finished training Hermana Gonzalez. It was a good 3 months and we are going to be together another change. We don’t have changes but we are getting another companion. I don’t really know what she is going to be like or anything. They just told us that we are going to be in a trio so that should be interesting. Who really knows what it will be like. I’m kind of scared. When I heard that I was kind of mad but then president called me last night and told me that he had prayed a lot about this and that he is very excited for us. I feel a lot better also this means that I will be here in Esmeralda for Christmas. It should be good because it is the nicest are in the mission. A member gave us a pre-lit Christmas tree from Costco this week so that was in the Christmas spirit. I was stoked. 

As for the investigators and stuff things are still going good. This may be one of the hardest wards because the people all have money and work constantly. We are however working with a young woman named Lesley and we invited her to be baptized. She needs to start coming to church to complete with her baptism goal but the problem is that she is studying in a different town on Sundays so we need to work on that a little more. She is really cool she is like into extreme sports and stuff. Ha, she asked us if we wanted to go sky diving with her.. I was like I’m pretty sure that’s against the mission rules. 

I got my Christmas package this week and the elders in the offices called me and were like Hermana when you come to the district meeting come get your package we want to know what’s inside. Ha so I opened it up in the offices. Mom had some presents wrapped and when I went to the bathroom the elders hid all the presents. Crazy elders. After we had a zone meeting. It was interesting. We talked about being self-sufficient.

This week on Thursday we have a 70 coming to talk to us so it should be really fun and interesting. We have all these rules like we cant go to the bathroom during the meeting and we can’t hug him or kiss him. I was like well duh. I’m not gonna give the 70 a kiss. Ha. 

Today we played soccer again and also ping-pong. This week we got with another zone and my friend Hna. Orgill is in the other zone. She is doing well and is really happy. It was fun to see her. She told me that my Spanish has gotten a lot better so that was a definite plus. 

This week a member, Hna Blanca, came and accompanied us and she loves to talk and she was talking and talking and she told us that prophets have appeared to her in ghost form and have told her stuff. I really don’t know what to think about this but I just smiled and nodded. Bless her soul. 

Well other than that I left my journal at home so I kind of forgot what happened this week. But I love you all and Merry Thanksgiving.... 

xoxo han 








Sunday, November 23, 2014

8 Months in the Mission

Dang we just had a zone activity. We played soccer for 4 hours and then we ate pizza. My eyes are seriously closing I’m so tired. Bear with me if this isn’t the best email, ha. 

Well this week was a better then the past week so that was good.

We had intercambios with the Hermana Leaders and they were really good.  I spent the day with Hermana Rejon and it was really such day full of learning for me. I really felt like I learned so much in such little time. It was so fun to be with Hermana Rejon that day because we both had the same trainer so it was fun to see how we had both developed habits from Hermana Reyes.  We taught a women who didn’t believe that we lived with our Heavenly Father before but we reflected and used how to teach with power and by the end of the lesson she believed that yes, we did live with him before. It’s very cool to see how this way of teaching really works. At the end of the night we made hot coco. THANKS MOM FOR THE HOT COCO PACKAGE. Ha.

We also received a reference from a teenager in our ward and he told us that he had a friend that we could go visit.  We visited her on Tuesday and the lesson went really well. That morning we practiced the lesson and it went almost exactly how we practiced. Her name is Metsley and she doesn’t really know if God is real. She thinks that maybe people have just invented him in their minds to protect them selves. She told us that she wants to know thought, really. She told me that she has never felt the spirit in her life. She is an amazing person who genuinely wants to know.  I dedicated a lot of my personal study to how to know how to teach her better. We have a lesson with her this week so lets hope that she can feel the spirit. 

This week our goal was to contact 105 people sadly we only contacted 104. We were so so so close but we are going to contact 105 this week! Ha one day we were contacting in the bus and I was talking to this guy and he was just talking and talking and talking and wouldn’t let me talk. Ha we got to our stop and my companion got off the bus and I got up to leave and all of a sudden the door shuts right in my face. I was like AHHH no I’m alone. I’m alone in Mexico. Luckily I got off at the next stop and my companion was running my way. It was kind of weird to be alone but we were laughing so hard about it after. After we stopped by the offices and told all the missionaries there. The next day we had a district meeting and the spiritual thought was about always being with your companion. Everyone burst out laughing thanks to our little mishap this week. 

This week I’m going to complete 8 months in the mission. That is so weird. Like wut. 8 months. Ha, I feel good and happy in my mission. I feel like my relationship with my Heavenly Father has grown so much. I know he lives and I feel so blessed to be able to share that with people every day. I love you all and I hope that you guys are doing well. Know that you are in my thoughts and my prayers.

xoxo 
Hermana HAN