Florida Ft. Lauderdale Mission; Spanish speaking
Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.
Hi welcome to my blog! I have been called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and am speaking Spanish here in the Ft . Lauderdale Florida mission. I am currently serving in Hollywood. I am a part of the greatest work of all time.."
hey everybody.. sounds like you all got the news i am going to be on bike before i did.. in fact president has said nothing to me so i first found that out from dad! sounds fun! i am SO excited! i know in the keys they only have a bike area so i hope one day i can fulfill my dream of serving in the keys. you all asked for my address and right now its 17660 NW 67th Ave #1614 Miami, FL 33015 but i will be moving next wednesday morning so only send stuff if you know it can arrive by tuesday, otherwise send to mission office and i'll get it at transfers! i have no idea where i'm going to be transferred to. not a clue. landon- happy birthday tomorrow! hope you have a good one.. mom-sister lawrence sends me the ward newsletters monthly but thank you! i got the halloween candy mom thanks and guess what.. it was a good thing you sent it cause sat night we had a ward trunk or treat and it was SOOO fun and i got to give out candy! so that was perfect! thank you! well its been a long weird week with lots going on. last mon i went in the biggest mansion i've ever stepping foot into, it was member who spends summer at their house in Park city and winter here. i have never been in a bigger house in my life and it was just 2 people, kind of a waste but ya i took pics i'll show you all some day. when president told me at my PPI on tuesday that i was going to move back to miami lakes with sister fiala i was shocked cause i was actually really starting to like boca and my trio! i really miss it now but being here is good and its so fun to see the members again. i didnt get to say bye to a lot of them last time i left so i'm happy to be back again, although its wayyy different serving here with hermana fiala than it was with hermana van de graaff. i have been working on having boldness, and using my authority. well last tues this man asked me a question and in order to answer i had to tell him he was wrong, it was probably the scariest thing i've ever done but i know the Lord needed me to do it. this man told us not to come back again and i worried it i ruined the chance to teach him, but i am sure that what i did was what the Lord wanted me to. i got my flu shot and ow i felt for 24 hours like i got punched hard in the arm.. but i'm glad i wont get sick. sister moore and sister lowe had a girl with autism go out with them for 2 days cause this girl wants to serve a mission, soo we had 6 girls living in our tiny apartment but it was soo fun i absolutely loved it and now its weird to just have me and my comp, with no one to go home to at night. excpet mr bear. tracting last week i met this old lady Ana who is diehard catholic and she only spoke spanish soo it was me and her just talking and she was like being so crazy and then like grabbed me and was shaking me and was yelling about how only Moses has seen God.. gosh i like almost peed my pants it was so scary.. we taught this Hatian family but speak english and people from hati do NOT make eye contact with you and that was so awkward like teaching them but they wouldn't look at us no matter what. its weird. oh prayers this week: Reniel, joel, rosa, karina, alberto, and corvalon family. so sister pirotta got transferred friday too and went to boynton so sister denson joined sister lowe and moore til transfers. sister denson called me last night and said our invest alex came to church again and that he left with such a big smile on his face. i love seeing how happy the gospel makes people! on saturday hma fiala had this goal to tlak to 100 people but we only talked to 47.. it was raining that day and she made me pray for the rain to stop so i did and 5 min later it stopped.. i feel so weird doing that. we are all in the north now and its diff cause i used to just serve in the south mostly when i was here. i got to lead music again yesterday in sacrament meeting haha thats like my calling when i'm here then we had GOOD dinner at bishop dennis.. i missed having good sunday dinners when i was in boca. when i packed up i knew i'd only need my stuff for like 1 1/2 week til i had to pack again so i put most my stuff in my big huge suitcase and stuff for the time i'm in ML in the smaller one and its been so nice to just unpack a little and not worry about the other stuff. well happy halloween this weekend, i hope you dont meet any vampires... i love you and will write you next tuesday (cause its pros monday) take care and stay warm while i am here sweating and sleeping with the fan on and no sheets or blankets.. too hot... xoxoxo hermana meryl call
hey fam how are you all doing?? miss you all so much. i am just finishing a voice tape and promise i'll get it in the mail today or tomorrow (prob send to rustler rd) and that will have more details. watch for it by the end of this week! last p day we went ice skating and they had one of those dippin dots machines.. mer it was just like the one in vegas.. it was soo awesome i was so happy. i had a cold this past week but i got meds and took a few naps and i'm all better now. didn't ever get too bad. i just found out we won best car zone of the month so we get free pizza from elder dalling (he's the senior mish who takes cares of cars. poor guy. he's always stressed out.) i am not obessed with boston market, there are a thousand here and they have these sweet potatoes that are SOOOO good try them! we celebrated sister moore's 22 bday this week that was fun.. lots of treats and not enough running.. good thing most my skirts stretch haha, we met these 2 sisters named diana and carolina they are from argentina and i LOVE them, they are so cute like 21 and 25.. they live next door to each other cause diana is married with 2 kids. mer and marci wanna live next door to me someday? :) oh! i truimmed my own hair this week. all by myself. it was scary but needed to be done and i didn't have any $5 coupons and i learned from dad thats the only way to go... we have been tracting soo much this week, countless hours spent knocking doors and getting doors slammed in our faces. we even met the meanest person i've ever talked to EVER but i just remind myself not to take it personal and how sad that these people are saying no to Jesus Christ, not me. and thats even sadder. please pray for nick, mardine and isabella, alex, jeff, vanessa, diana, carolina, tad, joe, and melissa. most those are potentials we are trying to work with, not all invest yet. why did john jospehsen send me some forward.. is he always going to do that? we have been going to this care center for old folks cause a lady in the ward just had bipass.. it is so lively and fun and i like going there... i think of grandpa vern when i do and hope he enjoys his :) i want anyone who likes treat cereal to buy this strawberry frankin berry halloween cereal it is so dang good and makes your milk go strawberry after. a cute lady sister gwynn from our ward is comign to utah soon like maybe next week so i might send some stuff with her. we have had a lot of strange men hug us on the street it really freaks me out cause i hate dont know them..plus males are scary to begin with.. i tried to contact this lady the other day walking down the street and she said she couldn't hear so i started doing sign language ( i can only do a little) but i was saying in sign that i am a missionary and all that...well she turns and yells at me that she wasn't deaf, she just couldn't hear very well cause she was sick. oops. i think that made her mad. but at least she took the card i wanted to give her. we finally had an invest come to church! alex came yesterday (19 yr old from hati) but he was late and left early.. but at least he came! miracle! everyone knows where our church is cause they all go to the church across the street called calvery chapel. its a huge church well it is a huge one in ft laud and a smaller one up here, but they are broadcast on tv and sooo many people go there that they have cops directing traffic. ha. ok well read my email to pres for more spiritual stuff, sorry this was a little goofy but i love you all so much and take care and talk to you soon!!! xoxoxoxxo hermana meryl call
Here are a few pics from this week. One is of baby turtles like Rocky and Krystal but TINIER they were so so cute yesterday at Andressa's. I was Andressa's EFY Cousnelor last summer!! She is in my ward and I love her. It was her bday so we had a dinner yesterday.
hey hows everyone? busy long week in boca raton (did you know that means rats mouth in spanish?) this week can you send my slip with daylin? its no hurry but want to save you guys postage. i bought a 8gig camera card last week dont worry it was on sale so i am happy taking lots of pics with my ghetto camera...i started a license plate collection cause there are like 50 diff florida plates its fun to always watch for ones i dnt have yet. the work is slow and hard here and we only have a few progressing investigators.. I'm going to have Elder Jones type a little bit of my email.
(Alright, this is Elder Jones. Sister Call's hands hurt, so I'm typing this for her. She'll write a longer letter later on today.) On Tuesday, at Zone Conference, President Hale told me about a Temple Square Sister who is coming to my mission on Wednesday or Thursday. She's a Spanish missionary, and I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I think I'm being transferred to be her companion. But I'm not sure yet, I guess you'll find out next week! So Mom, send my mail to the Mission office. A lot of people have been getting the Swine flu, so I'm going to get a shot, and I hope I don't cry. Tell Camille "Happy 8th birthday," And I want pictures from her baptism. Sorry this is short, I promise I'll write a nice love-letter later today. I hope everyone is good. I'll talk to you soon. I love you, soooooooooo much!!!!!
i was just able to experience one of the greatest weekends of my life.. i am so grateful and will forever remember President Monson announcing a temple here in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, greatest mission in all the land (sorry tay). see email to pres for more of my feelings on the temple :) i tried sending more pics today mom but comp was being too slow. next week ok? prayer list:jose and alihandara, margo, mardine and isabella, capverdes, nick, and valerie. as christmas time will be appraching i wanted to say soomething i really want i want like a small heart gold locket on kind of a longer necklace gold and i wish it could have a small family pic inside.. i know thats a big dream but i want one so bad. so i'm letting you know 3 months early. thanks for the package and yes its the right cord thank you.. how come you always put like 20 stamps then add 75 cents haha that always makes me laugh. last week we got to watch a space shuttle take off it was way sweet I LOVE FLORIDA. i have had to buy and make rice and beans since my body craves them daily now. these americans keep giving us chicken.. ok so this guy jose and his wife alihandra we met last week and i've taught them twice. the first time we taught him, he'd already read the BOM and given it to a firend then his friend got baptized. so we gave him a new one and he read it all already. i took a spanish member over with me and she and i taught them again but they are catholic and set on their ways and it is so hard for me cause i know they know its true but wont do anything about it. they really want me to marry their 25 yr old son and called him when i was there wtih the exchange and made me talk to him on the phone it was probably the most awkward minute of my mission.. i'm like freaked out of boys.. we also tracted into a husb and wife mardine and isabella, they took missinary discussions in hawaii and know ALL about the church and they are letting us teach them again. we are excited! we spend SOOOO much time every day knocking doors and tracting, something i NEVER did in the spanish program. it is so differenct i cant really explain. we get sooo rejected sometimes but i try not to take it personally but it makes me sad when these people dont want to hear the important message we need to tell them. we did exchanges friday and at sister lowe's invest she fed us coffee cake with REAL coffee in it ew ha we couldnt say no... it was grosss.. we also went to the hopsptial to visit a member who just had double bipass surgery and man i almost got sick i am not a fan of hospitals. um i LOVED general conf so so much, i even stayed awake for most of it. we went to the church each session and 0 investigators came... only like 10 members came because everyone here has satalite. my fave talk was Elder Hollands and also the one Sun afternoon about opening boarders of nations (Neilson?) i KNOW that Cuba will open one day, that those prayers will be answered just like the temple one was. i have learned so much recently from my Patriarchal Blessing and am so gratefully that I know we are Heavenly Father's children, he cares about us and wants the best for us. we are focusing on making the FFTL mission become Zion, and I know it will be. Soon. I love each of you with all my heart and am so glad you support me in the greatest work of all time. I pray for you, I hope the best for you, and think of you often. Take care and will talk to you soon. Hermana Meryl Call