Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Technically Week 3

Hola mis amigos y familia,

Este semana estaba muy divertido. Mi español es mejor pero my pronunciacion es mas o menos.......

hahha enough of the spanish! Things are getting pretty repetitive here and let me just say that out district joke is that since today is friday we have tomorrow and then it is sunday which means it is a good day and then we have to get through Monday and then the next day is pizza day then it is p day so since today is wed it is basically p day. Can you tell that we live for p day?

Anyways this last week was good. I did a lot of spanish learning and teaching investigators (not real ones). My companion and I are doing really well in our lessons. This last week she was really homesick because this is her first time being away from home. She cried for the first time and did it right before we met with our investigator. I tried the best that I could but we all know I am not good with crying so a lady from the provo MTC helped us out. I know that we all have super difficult days in the mission where we just want to give up and go home, and this was her day. Hermana Evenson and I are really working on telling each other more since we dont like to talk about how we feel. haha

We also got to have a super good devotional (where someone gives a talk to us for an hour) by a member of the quorum of the 70, Elder Clarke. It was really good. He talked to us about missionary work, because that is what we are doing haha. He said that we need to make sure that when we leave our missions that we are changed for the better. We cant be the same person when we get back or there is no point in us being here. We need to realized that God is our Heavenly Father and we are his children. He also made sure to tell us the importance of the Book of Mormon and to make sure we know it is the most true book on the Earth. Love it. 

This last sunday part of our zone left, they were the district to welcome us into the zone. They were all so amazing and we only have 2 districts now :(. Hey guess what though? With them leaving and another district leaving this week our district is the oldest in our zone. Oh an guess what? because of that there were callings open. So guess who got called to be sister training leaders? Me and my companion! Yay! We welcome our new district tomorrow! I am so excited! 

Ummm let me see what else. My spanish is coming along pretty well! We got to leave the compound this morning and go into the city to see the temple. It is closed for construction right now so we got to go to the visitors center. It is sooooooo nice to see the city! It reminds me a lot of downtown LA but wayyy more colorful and dirty at the same time. Oh and new record I had a conversation with a native for 20 minutes! What up! haha we just had some natives move into our house though so that record should be broken pretty soon! 

OH MY GOSH I FORGOT THE BEST PART! I have a new boyfriend. JK he isnt my boyfriend but this little Guatemalan Elder Call Call is in love with meeeee hahah! His last day was on Sunday and he asked for my email (the equivalent of a phone number here) and wanted a picture! he already emailed me haha and it is in all spanish but he is seriously so cute you guys haha

So all is well here in Mexico. I am halfway through my stay here and I am so ready to get to Chile! I love you all and know this gospel is so true! I am so blessed to be here and to have such amazing people in my life! 

Have some Taco Bell for me because I am dying with real mexican food....except for the tamales. TOO  GOOD! 

Hermana Godown

today at the temple!

Elder Call Calls email

Elder Call Call is so adorable!!!

our teacher brought us sugar skulls for day of the dead oh and we got bread too! It was soooo good I ate it all and forgot to take a pic haha it tastes like Hawaiian rolls!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Subject: Day 15

I decided days are easier than weeks because I cant decide whether this is week 2 or 3 haha
Anyways! Most of the week I am just studying my brains out. Pretty graphic image right? haha Well my Spanish is coming back pretty well. I am to the point where the past couple lessons with our investigators I don't take any notes and do it all off the top of my head. God works some pretty great miracles to those who are faithful. Oh speaking of investigators we finished teaching Jorge last week! Wooo we got him to commit to baptism too! YAY! Oh but wait there is more.....Turns out Jorge is our new night teacher! YAY! haha His name is actually brother sines, but we still call him Jorge even though it isn't his name hahaha. So Monday we got a morning investigator and a night investigator. Our morning investigator is Aurora and our night investigator is.....Jorge! hahaha Brother Sines forgot to show us the video for our new investigator so we are teaching Jorge again hahahah 

Okay enough boring stuff! Want to here something cool? We had and apostle come to the CCM! Saturday Elder Anderson from the quroum of the 12 came and spoke to us. OH and he shook EVERY missionary's hand! What? Yeah there are 450 of us...450 hands....TONS of hand sanitizer haha but really it was an amazing time and something I will never forget! He talked about missionary work and the atonement. The first thing we should be telling people is about Christ. Missionaries exist to bring people to Christ and help them to know that he suffered for our sins. We need to make sure that we know that too and we are our first convert to this gospel. 

Hey so does anyone remember my story last week about my Sunday talk being the topic for the next week? Yeah guess who had to give a talk this last Sunday? ME! I should have seen it coming hahaha but it was pretty okay. I talked reallyyyyyyy slow haha....but at least everyone understood? HAH go me. 

Last night was pizza night and Devotional. Pizza is always good and not questionable meat...wait um actually pepperoni might be but lets just focused on the fact that pizza is delicious. Devotional was great! I got to sing come thou font in the CCM choir and the big honchos from the Provo MTC spoke to us. One of the guys was in charge of all of the teaching at all of the MTCs in the world. His talk was awesome. Also he showed us pictures of all of the MTCs all over the world. Two things. Ready? 
1. At least I am in Mexico and not in Ghana. Food. WAY questionable haha 
2. Go look up a picture of the England MTC and then if you still have the chance to serve a mission pray super hard that you get sent there!!!! GORGEOUS!! hahah

Oh and want to picture something super funny? Imagine 4 Hermanas (in skirts) and 4 elders (one with a practically broken foot) running to their houses from their classroom and back. Um Yeah you are dying right? hahaha so were we. It was for a stress management activity. Now we know running in skirts is stress relieving hahah oh man too funny Miss you all,

Hermana Godown

PS If anyone wants to send me letters use they get here the next day unlike dearelder which takes two weeks and snail (regular) mail which will get here when I am gone hahahah

​These are the Hermanas who welcomed us when we first got here and they left last week :(

​All of the Hermanas in our zone :)

​When we got locked out of our casa! It was 2 hours before we could get in to go to bed hahah

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Semana 1 at el CCM

Hola everyone

Okay so this has probably been the longest week of my life! They jam pack so much into one day here I didn't even think it was possible. I am so tired all of the time and got to take a nap today so I am super happy!

It turns out that my layover in Atlanta was so no reason because another Hermana in my district went from LAX to Mexico city sooooo I am still a little annoyed with that hahha. 

So I ended up meeting my companera on the layover in Atlanta and her name is Hermana Evenson and she is from Utah. She just turned 19 and just graduated from high school so she is a little homesick. 

We got here and had a bunch of info thrown at us then were shown to our casas. Yes I get to live in a house. Me and my companion share a room with two girls from our district who are companions hermana eldredge from California and Hermana wood from Utah. We all get along well, it is the first week though so knock on wood haha

We met our district which is elders and sisters pput together to learn spanish hahaha
There are eight of us so it is a pretty small district. We met our zone (3 districts put together well that is what ours is haha) and they are seriously awesome and we all have a good time together :)

Basically our days are jam packed with learning spanish and teaching our investigator Jorge. It is kinda difficult because my companion is originally from the ukraine so she has an accent and knows like 4 languages so you would thing spanish would be easy for her but it is wayyyyy harder. So she cant speak to the investigator like at all. I am the one who talks to him and understands him (for the most part) so it is pretty much just me teaching Jorge. FUN. The spanish is coming along slowly but I am kinda remembering things. 

Sundays are the best. Ever. We don't have to speak or hear spanish in anything besides sacrament. We got to hear a super good devotional by Elder Holland about how we should be missionaries all the time. We get a movie night too! We watched the John Tanner story and learned about how we need to fully dedicate ourselves to the Lord. Oh funny story. We have to prepare a talk in Spanish each sunday because they randomly pick people to give talks from our some. So this week it was supposed to be on the power of scriptures. So I get to sacrament on Sunday look at my talk and realized that half way I start talking about prayer instead of scriptures. NICE. Luckily I didn't get called on but guess what the talks are supposed to be on next week? PRAYER!!! WHAT?!?!?! hahaha totally something I would do. 

Sorry this is so short but I am not very good at time management haha
Anyways love you all and have an awesome week!!! 

Hermana Godown 

PS Here are pics of me and my district
my companion is the one with black hair if that makes sense hahah

Monday, October 6, 2014

About to leave!

Hi all,

I leave in about 24 hours for the Mexico MTC and am so excited! I leave at 10:45 pm so that shouldn't be too bad ;) Below is all of my info for the next 18 months in case you want to send me letters or anything else. I would love to hear from everyone and anyone.

Also does a free pouch service if you want to send a letter for free.

See you in 18!

My MTC address is:

Sister Chelsie Godown
Chile Concepción Mission
Mèxico Missionary Training Center
Carretera Tanayuca-Chalmita #828
Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero
07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal

My address in Chile is:

Sister Chelsie Godown
Chile Concepción Mission
Castellon 1063 Oficina Norte
Casilla 2210