Monday, August 29, 2016

*insert something creative here*

Hola Familia!

Well this week’s been good. Last Monday Hna. Chaparro and I went to the Laredo market (this place is dirty) but we were walking around and my companions shoe broke. so while we hunted for a shoe repair shop she just walked around without her shoe. gross.

Things are going good in the lessons with investigators. we went hunting for old investigators and in the process of finding one we went into part of my area id never been before. It was awesome! why? I finally found some green! We found this field and I was so happy that I had my companion take a picture of me next to the field. I even climbed over a junk pile for the picture. But man do I miss green. I can see mountains from my area, but they are dirt brown. (yes I know they are covered in dirt) 

Ok so everybody here keeps telling me because I can’t eat or drink dairy that mosquitos are gonna eat me alive. I haven’t really had a problem until this last week. I forgot to wear bug spray for 4 hours and I have more than 30 bites on my legs. What is in milk that mosquitos don’t like? how can I get it without drinking milk?  I will take any options.

Ok funny thing this week.  Saturday night my stomach hurt so bad. I could not sit up and walking was even worse! and we had two really awesome lessons planned! so I decided to suffer through the pain. Man was the suffering worth it! they were great lessons! Why is it funny you may ask? well its funny because it seems whenever I am at my worst God always seems to make everything go right.  But the picture of me laying on the floor is me during planning after the lessons. it hurt so bad to sit up so I laid out on the floor and still did my planning. 

So one of the members in my ward here named his son after Jeffery R. Holland. I thought that was pretty cool.

Apparently missionaries don’t have agency here. because I now have to participate in wards talent show...... and my companion is making me sing. I’m really glad these people can’t tell if I’m in tune or not.

Anyways that’s all from down here!

Love you all!!! Have a great week! 

Love Hna. McNamara

Beautiful Dress!!

Cassie got me this cute elephant necklace for Christmas. She also got her one so we could wear them while she was gone and think about and pray for each other. (AWE) She was telling me today that her chain broke, and she hasn't been able to fine a new chain or the little loops needed to fix it. So she went and got her this beautiful dress, that I found out later is covered with elephants. It made her feel better. (AWE!) What a sweet girl I have. Now I just want to know one thing......Where's MY elephant dress!?! LoL. JK....kinda...


SO happy to see GREEN!
I am sure it was difficult for her to NOT run through this field!  LOL

I think this is her favorite meal!  lomo saltado

Not gonna lie......this frightens me....

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Here we go!!!!! 8-23-16

Hola Familia!

Ok so this last week has been better. I can finally say I’m good because I really got a good spirit booster. This last week I had my first *intercambio with the Hermana lideres de la capacitacion de hermanas. I was with Hermana Garcia for 24 hours and she really helped me to feel better about myself and my Spanish. Also I’m super jealous of the view in their apartment. At night with all the lights. I tried to take a picture but it really doesn’t do it justice. Anyways it was a much needed intercambio. I can’t decide however if it was a good thing for my companionship. For the 2 days after my companion was very rude and strict with me and would only talk to me if I started the conversation. It was really rough, but it started to get better then she got mad at me for something really little. She didn’t talk to me for 2 hours.... That was rough. But I’m good. I’m just gonna love and not feed her mood swings. I’m an adult and she can’t treat me like a child. I’ve really begun to stand up for myself and so we are figuring out a system. I can see the improvement of my Spanish in lessons it’s pretty rad. But I will say I could not have done it without my Savior! One day this week I could feel an anxiety attack coming on and I didn’t really know how to prevent it in the moment. I tried talking with my companion, I tried singing a hymn and I just felt worse. then I realized I hadn’t prayed yet. so I quickly said a prayer and just asked for help. Immediately I felt peace. I was relaxed and able to continue on with the work. Please Please Pray People!!!!  Seriously it’s a life saver! 

Ok a few fun details. while I was on the *intercambio with Hermana Garcia part of the walking path had flooded with bathroom water so we had to jump over it. Talk about gross. *insert barf emoji*  Also we went to the temple and walked around it. Now it was a ward day so there were a lot of people there and we got stopped by all of them just to shake our hands. it was kinda cool. It was fun to get out of my area and honestly I didn’t want to come back to mine. But I did. I found out today Hna. Clark is going to be in my district now, so I’ll get to see her more often. It’s been great having her so close! we both have been struggling with our companions so it’s nice to confide in her every now in then because she knows exactly what I’m going through. Also so we went to an investigators house and you have to go through a locked gate to get to his front door and he couldn’t hear us knocking on the gate and my companion was getting really frustrated and so I turned around picked up a rock and chucked at his front door. what do you know he answered. So if you’re getting impatient with something or someone. throw a rock at it, it might actually work.


Love you Have a great week!!!!

Love Hna. McNamara

*intercambio with the Hermana lideres de la capacitacion de hermanas =With the exchange of training leaders sister sisters

*intercambio = exchange

Hermana she went on exchanges with.

This is the Bishop's wife I think.  She is also their cook & laundry lady. (There is a Spanish word for it I can't spell )

The New Glasses!!

Have to see from all angles!

Cassie's "Whatcha think?" face...
Assuming this is where they do emails every week.

Monday, August 15, 2016

I'm hanging but I'm there...

Hola Familia!!!

Ok first let me hurry and answer your questions. I have not heard anything on my package yet. I    
might this week and possibly next week. When the newbies from the CCM come to the mission, someone said sometimes that they forward packages with the next transfer. Also mom there is a courier that goes to Peru. They have a Facebook page. Hermana Marble was telling me about it. And apparently it is a lot cheaper. One Hermana in the mission gets a package every month from her parents. Crazy. Also the picture you took of my apartment last week is correct. Go through the small window on the second floor and that’s my front door. pretty nasty... jk  I’ll admit it, It does look pretty sketchy. Do not send mail to that address! I will not get it.  Send it to the mission home or to the mission offices. All that information should be on the mission Facebook page. Hermana Marble has a bunch of info and all that jazz on there.

So I’m doing better this week. I’m not fantastic and I probably wouldn’t say I’m good. But I’m taking each day by day and pushing through it. I’ve discovered one thing about the mission this last week and it’s that the mission brings out emotions in a person they didn’t know they had. This last week’s I’ve been struggling a bit with anxiety, it’s been rough because I’ve always been a super tough person and now here I am finding myself freaking out over little things that don’t matter. It’s even worse when my companion doesn’t talk to me for like 5 hours. Ya that really brings out the anxiety. lucky me I’ve got an awesome mission president who has been helping me a lot. And there is a book they gave us at the beginning of the field that’s really been helpful. And again I’m just taking each day 1 at a time.

ok now for all the good stuff. 

I HAD MY FIRST BAPTISM THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Luis got baptized!!!! Anyways I know he is gonna be a great member in the church. He’s already started being a missionary! He invited his friend to come to church and he was really happy to have him there because none of his family came for his confirmation. he’s 11 and his friend is 9 and they came alone! I am so proud of him.
Oh and something weird happened this week. My companion got sick Wednesday and she had to not proselyte for the last part of the day because her head hurt so bad. Well the next morning at breakfast she was telling our Pensinista about it and I kinda zoned out for a minute and then I looked up again after zoning out and my Peninista is wiping down my companion with a piece of newspaper. ok weird... well it gets weirder. After she finished wiping my companion down she crumpled up the paper went off to the side and lit it on fire. Did I mention that we are in her house? Which is technically our house too!!!!  ya apparently here in Trujillo there is a disease called "chucaque" its only in Trujillo and you get it from someone who looks at you with strong eyes. (when they glare at you) so basically it’s a curse. These people are very superstitious. Very. It’s kinda funny but can we keep the lighting things on fire for a different place? Like outside? 

Also mom can you send me the lyrics for the song Michael Jackson sings in Free Willy???

Oh and I learned that here "freaking" is a really bad word. Ya I learned that the hard way. We were in a meeting with the ward mission leader.... ya I am never gonna live that down.  Anyways it’s been fun here!!!   

This next week will be better I know it! 

Love you all! 



Memories and quotes that keep her going.....

I suspect this is where she lost her glasses.

Holding onto memories....