Hola Familia y Amigos!
Ojala que todo este bien. I think that y'all should learn Spanish, so that I can type my weekly emails in Spanish. That would be could, but since y'all don't know Spanish, I will stick with English, for now.
I went on an exchange to Park Glen 1st and 2nd wards this week. It is part of the Hurst Stake. Sometimes it is nice to interact with English people. Sometimes I forget that there is an entirely different culture here in Texas. I was reminded that night is Game Night, during high school football season, and that most English-speaking Texans go to the Football games. I also realized that I may have burned out my taste-buds by eating all of the spicy Mexican food. We were served Chinese food, and they told us to beware of one dish, because it was spicy. I couldn't taste the spiciness. I thought that it just tasted good.
My companion in Park Glen was Sister Tullis, and we have decided to be roommates at Utah State next fall. She is majoring in Math Education, and went 1 year before her mission. We had so much fun during the exchange we came up with a bumper sticker, "I believe in the empty set." :) We also did a lot of good, did a lot of service, and taught a lesson to a woman from India.
The big news for this week is that Yesenia is getting baptized! She is finally ready to make the step, and we are so excited for her. This has been a really long journey for Yesenia, and we are very excited that she is finally ready. During the last month she has changed and grown so much. She is living the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity! She has been tempted a lot to break both of them, but she has stood firm, and said no. She has told her boss at the Pulga that she will not work on Sundays, and she isn't backing down. It is so good to see the positive changes in her.
We've been thinking about it, and we decided that when Yesenia really started to progress was when we got her a picture Libro de Mormon. Yesenia is still learning to read, and missionaries have been trying and trying to help Yesenia read and understand the Book of Mormon. Some missionaries, even bought her the Book of Mormon on CD, but it is hard for her to understand all of the big words. But with the picture Book of Mormon, she can read and understand the stories of the Book of Mormon, and there is definitely a power in the Book of Mormon. Whenever someone reads and understands the Book of Mormon it changes lifes! The Book of Mormon is the best!
Also I have been thinking about John -36. "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." We are really seeing part of that here in Fort Worth right now. Our district leader, Elder Barnett, served here, in my area, last year. He taught Yesenia and her family a lot. Now he is back in the ward, in a different area, but he will still get to be part of Yesenia's baptism. In fact, Yesenia, asked him to baptize her.
It is a good time to be a missionary.
Hurrah for Israel,
Hermana Julie Anna Sanchez
Panda Express on Hermana Bush's hump day!
A random cow at the Stockyards
God Bless Texas
Yesenia just after her interview!