WEEK TWO!!!! It feels like MUCH longer, but things are going well. 30 minutes to email is really not ever enough time, but when I sit down to write, I forget everything I needed to say... hmmm... writing me on Dear Elder is the best thing because I dont have time to read emails on here because I use my time to write! Thanks for the dear elders Ive gotten so far. even though I cant write back until P-day, theyre fun to get randomly throughout the week. MOM BROKE HER FOOT????? HOW ON EARTH??! Did Rob pick her up and spin her around again?! I leave for one week and you guys cant even take care of Mom for me. geez. I am going to try out to sing a solo for the fireside on Tuesday night and my Deaf companion is going to sign it with me. signing and singing at the same time is hard, but we are figuring out the grammar. That should be fun!
My FIRST Sunday, they called me up to the podium to speak. great. They randomly call on missionaries and for some reason, my president thought that I needed to be the first speaker so I had to get up in front of everyone and give a talk about Repentance. it actually wasnt too bad! Kinda scary to be called on at random, though!!
Sooo....heres a funny story. I wasnt feeling well after breakfast yesterday and I decided to take one of my nausea pills. After about an hour, I was dizzy and feeling like a zombie. I wasnt even able to walk I was so tired. I fell asleep in class like 12 times and I couldnt understand what anyone was signing because I couldnt focus. We went to gym and I thought maybe if I worked out my tiredness would go away, so I got on the bike. I fell asleep while biking. Pretty sure I accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of my nausea medication. They look very similar. hahahaha. So I gave up and we skipped gym so I could take a nap because I was completely NOT functional. hahaha. so dumb. I made sure to look at the right pills last night but my district was making fun of me the whole day, which they had every right to do. I have never been so tired in my life!!! Guess thats what sleeping pills do to ya, huh??? haha.
My companion sister Embley is improving her ASL. She gets frustrated sometimes but I am learning patience and doing a lot of one-on-one tutoring her with the language. Heavenly Father loves His deaf children in Oregon and He wants her to learn this language so she can find and teach them!!! YAY!
I have such a strong testimony that God loves all of His children. He sends us out to different countries and different languages to teach the people! Its such a great work! We have some so-called- investigators that we are teaching....which are really just our teachers in the other room who are pretending to be investigators.... anyway. We taught a lady named Veronica yesterday. Shes deaf. She is also an illegal immigrant from Mexico so she DOESNT KNOW ASL. We taught the resurrection, the atonement, prayer, and about Jesus Christ JUST BY GESTURING!!!!! It was amaaaazing. We had to act everything out. Just face expressions, pointing to pictures, acting out concepts. In the mission field, there are so many deaf people who grew up with hearing families who didnt sign so they are LANGUAGELESS. We have to find those deaf people and teach them but we cant use any kind of language, so its interesting. I hear that in my mission, I will do this with 60% of my investigators. Most of them are so uneducated that they just didnt learn language and they cant speak English. Or else they know some other kind of sign like Italian Sign Language and so we have to adjust to the individual. Soooo hard. and interesting. I love it though and I am getting better!!!
I forgot to tell you about my first day! I forgot my meal card, and we werent supposed to go back to the classroom, so the PRESIDENT OF THE MTC payed for my dinner!! hahahaha. They all love us because we sign.
The three elders in my district are....19. Well, sometimes theyre 12, but I love them anyway. haha. Elder Wardle has 2 cochlear implants and he cant ever stop talking. We have to tell him to turn his voice off more than any of the hearing people! Elder Roper is from Gilbert, Arizona. Hes hearing but he took 2 years of ASL in high school. Elder Alder is the district leader. Hes Deaf and hes from (Brett will love this) Preston, Idaho. Im really glad we have a small district. Its kind of crazy that there are only 6 of us learning ASL in the whole MTC, though.
Im so happy I dont have to wear nylons. Did Stacey pop yet!???! I miss Roxie.
I love you I love you!! Could someone tell me if my blog is working?