Hola de Argentina!
This week, or few days really, has been like 2 weeks long haha. BUT, I made it here safely after three days, lots of fog and some alone time in a hotel in Buenos Aires. I got to Neuquen finally on Saturday afternoon and went to get salmon (aprovechar while I could) with Presidente and Hermana Lovell and the APs. Then they dropped me off at my pension to meet my two new comps (yay trios!) I'm in Villa Ceferino, a barrio in Neuquen, so essentially the city, or part of it at least. It is cool, bigger than where I was before in Allen but so much is the same. It's kinda crazy haha to remember all of it again. My comps are Hermana Huisar from Tihuana Mexico (her ward is close to San Diego haha) so she speaks a lot more English than Hermana Cornejo. And, her grandma lives in Rockford, IL!!! Small world! Her parents speak some english too because they used to live in Chicago! She has visited Chicago many times and knows the Bean and stuff. She is super great. She understands more English than speaks but she wants to learn more. She is so sweet and like a mom, put my sheets on my bed the first night and everything! She will probably stay with me here, we think, (transfers are this Saturday bc Pres is leaving and so this one is only 4 weeks and the next one will be 10 weeks) so I hope we stay together here bc 10 weeks is a long time haha and I like her. She has only been here this transfer too and my other comp Hermana Florence from Ogden has already been here 2 transfers. Herman Huisar got here in January and Florence in April so we will be going home together in August 2016. We have the same time total in the mission! So, that's cool. But, we are all pretty new haha but with one native speaker, so that's super helpful. Herman Florence and I are probably about the same speaking Spanish. I feel like for the most part, I just need practice speaking...but so much has come back! Conjugations are still taking a little longer than they were when I left but I really don't feel much different than Hermana Florence so that's good. (My accent is better shhhhh but she is more fluid speaking and she is more used to the mission haha.- I'm very new again!)
Saturday was good, some funny moments walking around. It rained and was kinda cold yesterday and today. Stake conference was yesterday, and it was cool to be in a room with like 300 members!! The most I've seen in the mission. Some from far away but still 300! It was President Lovell's last stake conf here! And Hermana Farrow (from the MTC) is in my zone so i got to talk to her. It was amazing!!! She is so great and is training now for the first time and doing well.
Also, I saw Hermana Bitton (with broken foot prob thing). She ended up not going home when I did, so she is also at like 9 months. She went to Allen right after me and she gave me a full report! Right after I left, Nicole got baptized whom I taugh just a little at the beginning of her learning and then later her sister in law that we knew well from gamilia echeguray and then her husband. Nicole's brother and now her mom almost too!!! So happy for them and Hermana Bitton told me I should know and feel like I did actually do something to help in that short time! Made me grateful! It was hard to not feel a little down at seeing them so far into their missions and totally used to things and the language and everything--- I'm not going to lie. But, it's ok and I know ill get there, trying not to focus on that.
We had a lesson last night where we had to drop an investigator. He has addiction issues and has been with missionaries for awhile but isn't changing really very much. So, he needs more desire. Everyone (besides me oops) was crying like crazy and my comps were really upset by it but it hit me all over again just how real and hard people lives are and this work too. It really changes lives.
I am comfortable in our pension and with walking so far and stuff. The first night, I couldn't sleep so Swas hard (haha) but last night was better. I got some stuff unpacked, so I feel less flustered. We are going to stay in from the rain this afternoon and watch 17 Milagros (finally I get to see it haha) and then we'll get ice cream with the family of our ward mission leader, Miguel. He is 19 and so great! It literally feels like going with another elder when we go teach with him like last night. He is preparing for a mission and will be SO great! Elder Myers is in my district and in my ward, hahhaha! I met him once before leaving and everyone jokes that we are siblings. And his dad's name is Mark and his comp is from BA.
It's kind of weird being in a trio, but really nice for the beginning, because they know everyone already. Just like you said mom, I'm able to meet people, share my trestimony when I can, observe, listen and try to learn. It's a good thing I think!
I love you and miss you guys so much!!!! I showed pics of you today to my comps! I am trying to be patient with myself. I'll try to send my voice recording from the hotel if I can! ha
Im so greatful for this gospel and to be here and for you guys! Sorry for typos!
Besos y abrazos-
Hermana Emma Myers