Thursday, 21 February 2013

Companions, Spanish & Bananaaaaas

So...the title of this post is not Kenzie's, but I didn't want to title all the posts the boring date of the letter, so I took a little liberty as the editor of this blog to title it myself...hope kenzie won't mind :-)

I've also inserted some pics she sent me - yay!

In the Miami Airport, headed south!

First day -- Kenzie, the mission president and his wife

The group of missionaries at the Dominican Republic MTC

Feb 21, 2013

This past week has been a blur. When we were first driving from the airport to the CCM (Centro de Capaticion Misional, a.k.a. MTC), Hermana Freestone (The MTC President's wife) told us that the days here seem to feel like weeks, but the weeks tend to fly by like days. She could NOT have been more right.

I was exhausted the first few days I was here and my emotions were all over the place. The lifestyle change, surrounded by new people, and frustrated with a new language was so overwhelming.

But luckily Heavenly Father knew what I needed and our lessons Sunday reminded me why I was here. I also adore mi companera, Hermana Christensen. She is seriously my best friend. We get along so well and have lots in common. She cracks me up. We've helped each other alot through all of our frustrations.
Hermana Coe and her companion, Hermana Christensen

On Saturday during our physical activity time we were able to play games with the kids who were here visiting the temple with their families. We had so much fun teaching them 'duck, duck, goose' (or in our case; 'gato, gato, perro' because let's be honest, we didn't know the word for goose...)

The food our first few days was straight up banana flavored. Banana pancakes, banana bread, bananas... but the "best" was what we deemed Banana Lasagna, a.k.a. pastalone de platano maduro. That stuff was gnarlyy. I'm happy to say that besides those few days they've been mixing it up, and luckily I absolutely love the rice & beans we have for most of our meals, its delish.

Kenzie, her companion, and their two Haitian roommates

Learning Spanish has been hard but I'm progressing, I can now bear my testimony in Spanish and we've started teaching lessons in Spanish as of last Saturday (talk about moving fast.) I feel like I've grown so much already. Although yesterday in class when I was trying to help one of the hermanas explain that she was red because she was embarrassed not hot, I accidentally called her "embarazada" (sp? maybe an s) which turns out actuallly means pregnant.... oops. Wasn't my first mistake and I'm sure it won't be the last!

Yo se que Jesucristo es el Hijo del Dios y mi Salvador. Yo se que la iglesia de Jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias es verdadera. Yo se que el Libro de Mormon es verdadero. Estoy muy agredecido por la expiacion. Se que esta es verdad a recibir benidiciones.

I love you all, I love this church, I love the people of the Dominican Republic,

Te Amo,
Hermana Coe
P.S. Thanks for all the letters this week, I needed them more than you could know. Keep 'em coming :)

One of the highlights of my week was having the Munive family visit me!! They are my best friend's family (aunt and uncle). They brought me the sweetest treats and hugs. They are angels, it is so nice to feel so looked after and cared about away from home. I could not ask for a better family away from my family. 
P.S. Your sister does look just like you, Hermana North:-)
P.P.S. Emily is going to make a rad missionary someday)

Note from Sue:  Kenzie's good friend Michelle, has an aunt, uncle & 3 cousins living in the D.R. (small world, right?)  I believe Aunt & cousins are the four on the right side of the pic above.  Emily, in the pink shirt, attends BYU-Idaho and lived a few doors down from Abbie last semester in the dorms.  She posted this pic on abbie's facebook last week, and it was so fun for us to see it!!

1 comment:

  1. Yay! This is so fun to read her letters and get a glimpse into her mission. I love it! She is such a beautiful girl and I'm so thrilled for her (and you!). Hooray for sister missionaries!!