Transfers happened this last week, speaking of, wow, that was something to experience. The area and everyone you work with have the chance of getting uprooted every 6 weeks. You're just waiting for that call to come the night before. And even then, President might call you Wednesday morning and change it. It's insane, nothing's ever for sure out here. But I did get asked to train (except one of my ZL's called me the day before and played this awful joke where he told me that everything I knew about transfers was changed, etc. He got me good. I only finally called him on his joke when he said they were just gonna transfer me to the Jackson, Mississippi mission instead :).
Anyway, so I'm training. And wow, is that a responsibility. It's pretty unheard of, to train after 6 weeks, and I've never heard of someone doing it in a language they didn't know, and basically opening a new area since there is no teaching pool here. So all the Elders at transfers were shocked. Some are skeptical, well, they all have their own opinions. But that's the circumstances of being in this mission when it's new to have Spanish sisters. I don't know why it was me, instead of the other experienced missionary (the one training Sis Walker) but someday maybe I'll know why. Right now, I'm just trying to dive into it.
I love my new companion, she has SOOO much faith! It's incredible. She is from Boise Idaho and her name is Hna Ward. We get along really well, she's awesome. We have still been doing service, and we have also been working in our area, although we still haven't taught a lesson. I have yet to teach an investigator in Spanish, but that will change in the coming week.
Yes, everyone understands the language of service, especially when they are in such dire circumstances. Hna Ward and I will hopefully be together 2 transfers, cause its a 12 week training program and it looks like I'll train her all the way through. And yes, Spanish is completely new to her.
It's just craziness. We're learning to navigate our way in Kenner, I can find our apt :). The office Elders even brought us a couch the other day so now it looks like someone lives in our apt :).
Mahala was baptized yesterday morning! It was so powerful. We've had 2 others, but this is the first person that I found and taught all the way through. We did have transfers so she was technically "someone else's" but I'm still in the area, just a different language so she asked me to speak. It was so amazing to be there. The Spirit was just so dang strong! And then I was there when she was confirmed in church, and she actually bore her testimony. WOW!! It was one of the purest and strongest testimony's I've heard. I didn't cry during her whole baptism, but she totally got me with the tears there. Tears of joy. She ended with the "I'm so grateful the sisters knocked on my door." Wow, you hear that in a lot of stories but that's the first time it was ever talking about me. I'm so grateful for her example of faith. It's only the beginning for her and it'll be hard to not be teaching her anymore, but I know those missionaries and that ward will take care of her.
Anyway, we gotta get out and start proselyting so y'all have a fantastic week!