Vivo en México!

So I’m not sure where to start…yeah. A lot of things happened since last Monday. So the first day in Mexico was pretty much insane. Like you don’t really realize what culture shock is until you experience it for yourself. From the moment we went from our transfer from Monterray to Ciudad Juarez, everything was is spanish–and I understood pretty much nothing! And landing in Juarez, the alarm was going of and everyone evacuated the building while we were getting our luggage in baggage claim and we still don’t know what happened there. But from that point we went to the mission home and met President Derbez and his wife there. (And let me tell you, the mission home is gorgeous. My interior design and architecture self almost died right there). Anyways after all that, we ended up spending the night at the hotel (which was pretty nice too–the bed I swear was made in heaven) and spend the last night with my companion Hermana Steele. (Shout-out to Hermana Steele 😉 haha )

The next day we got assigned companions! And my companion is…drumroll….Hermana Ramirez! She’s pretty cool! She speaks about as much english as I do spanish. We *attempt* to speak english in our apartment and spanish outside the apartment. Oh and our apartment arriving there was pretty gross, like no-one cleaned it…ever. but I’m working on it haha. I have picture’s of the apartment! You’re welcome 😉
Oh and the first day I’m pretty sure I was still is shock with the spanish because I didn’t understand hardly anything, but after a couple days my spanish is already getting a lot better. Though I’m not even close to knowing spanish. I understand the main concept of what people are saying and I know just enough to participate *most of the time* in lessons and such. And the people here are so nice and friendly! And the members are amazing, and have such amazing conversion stories! The members feed us lunch every day, and the food here is amazing! No joke. Come to Mexico. Amazing Food. And I haven’t gotten sick or anything yet! haha 🙂
It is truly crazy how much we walk in one day! Because that is what we do. One day I need to find one of those step counters so see how much miles we walk in a day. Good thing I have some comfy shoes, or else I would want to chop off my feet and die. Though sometimes the heat kills me here. It’s like 72 degrees right now in the morning because it is cloudy and it rained, and my companion thinks it’s kind of cold. Let that just sink in. haha Needless to say it’s going to take a while for me to get used to walking in the heat all day because it is always hot here. (though you think I would be tan by now? but no..sigh) Can’t wait for winter!
It rained about 3 times since I’ve been here. The water floods parts of the roads. I’m waiting to watch as people drive through the water to see if it ever floods the motor. I’m truly surprised it hasn’t happened yet. I need to take a picture to show you how deep it gets in some little places! It is crazy, but I love it! Rain is amazing, so much better than the hot sun!
This is kind of random but the icecream here is amazing! I had pina ice cream–some kind of nut/seed that I never had before! Amazing.
And Lastly, here is a funny story. So, President Derbez is a very interesting character. So a couple days ago, He shows up to our lil apartment to pick up some of the things the other hermanas before us left (I think). I just had finished cooking potatoes in a pan (like I do) and then he asked me for a potato. I give him one and all I understood was that you can cook a potato in 4 minutes. Takes the potato, spends maybe 7 minutes cleaning our nasty microwave that we haven’t used yet, and then cooks me a potato…after I just made potatoes.  hahaha wow. solo wow.
Love you all! Just know that I’m doing good! The work is really hard here because we pretty much started from the bottom when we got here, so we struggle finding people to teach all day, but we are working hard and now we have about 6 new investigators! I love these people so much! I can’t even explain it! I don’t even know what they are saying most of the time, but I love them, I’m liking Juarez, and things are just good–even though it’s really hard!
Con Amor (with love)
Hermana Bunderson
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You don’t think you’re the crying type until you sing “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

We leave in pretty much 9 days now. I never thought before getting here into the MTC how much I would love it and all the people I meet. And even just on Sunday singing to the district above us who left Monday, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” I cried a lot. (Remember when you all sang this song to me at my Farewell?) I don’t think I’ll see any of them again in this life, and it’s hard. It’s going to be such a hard time leaving my district. We are pretty much a family here, we have the most hilarious of times, and we spend almost every hour here together. And it’s no help that since Monday we’ve all had that song stuck in our heads–all the time. I’m going to be a mess when it comes to say goodbye. It’s been the best month just being here.

haha and if you don’t think you’re the crying type, just watch the Testaments again (I know you’ve all probably seen it before) and try not to cry at those last 10 seconds. We watched that after devotional on Sunday, and when the lights came on and we looked behind us all these Elders going to Japan were red-eye sobbing, struggling to wipe them tears from their faces and regain composure.
And the thing of this week was doing a variety of handstands, headstands, and handstand-pushups. I dare you to stop me at 3  (this is for you Abby) 😉 So I’m learning not only spiritual stuff here at the MTC, but also yoga/balance/core work. Me and Hermana Hansen are going to work on this and by the time we get off our missions, we will be doing epic yoga on paddle boards somewhere.
We got our travel plans yesterday!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh! It’s getting so real! Mexico here I come!
We have to report to the travel office at Sep 15 at 2:30 AM. I’ll just repeat that: 2:30 in the morning. haha But we depart at the Salt Lake City airport at 6:00am and then drop into Dallas TX at 9:40am and take our next flight at 2:25 pm to monterrey, Mexico arriving at 4pm.  Which then we will have an approximately 11 hour drive into Ciudad Juarez.  So exicted! 🙂 I’m just so pumped to get out there and love the people of Mexico to death! ….or salvation? Whichever comes first. 😉
And I’d just like to give a shout out to my amazing friend Stacy Campbell who got her call to Farmington New Mexico! You will do amazing things! I’m so excited for you! 🙂
And sorry this is such a short email! Pero no tiempo aqui en la MTC! I promise all is well, the spirit is amazing and I wish I could better express my spiritual experiences over email. Or just any experiences in general in such a short time…yeah. Maybe in the field I’ll have more time to write everything. There just is so much stuff and so much I want to say that somehow I end up saying not much. But I’d like to thank you all, you are just so amazing and supportive and awesome! I enjoy getting to write you all each week!
Con amor,
Hermana Cami Bundersonweek5 (1) week5 (2) week5 (3) week5 (4) week5 (5) week5 (6) week5 (7) week5 (8) week5 (9) week5 (10) week5 (11) week5 (12)

The Banana Bandit

(Don’t worry I’ll explain the above title in a moment)

 
So this week went by soooooooo (emphasis on the so) fast! For half of Friday I had the belief that it was still a Tuesday, like no way it was already Friday. This week has been good! Spanish is coming along slowly but pretty well and things are just awesome. Not the most productive week I’ve had, but it was hilarious. And it’s too bad because most of the hilarious events that happened would be pretty awkward to tell ya’ll over email…so sorry bout that, but it’s for the best. Just know that this week was hilarious! If you really want to know more you can write me, so hah.
 
One event I can tell you is the story of the banana bandit. Our classroom has fallen victim twice this week to this elder (his name yet to be known). In the evening, while we are “diligengently” studying in our classroom. Suddenly someone opens our door real fast and throws in the nastiest refrigerated brown banana you have ever seen. The first time it struck, it hit Hermana Hansen. We are now on banana watch to find out who it is and catch this mad man. Like we are ready to chase them down the street if necessary and throw one of their bananas back at them. And that is the story, so I’ll update you on the result next week.
 
Oh and on Tuesday me and Hermana Steele went up to main campus. We went to their bookstore, and their little clothing store (I got a skirt!), and ate the food there. Let me just say this, the food and selection at the main campus MTC is so much better. I could just live there. They had everything I could ever want. I had cafe rio style salad and randomly, fries. I followed my heart and got everything my little heart could desire. You don’t get that kind of selection here at west campus, you just don’t…
 
And Thursday was my little adventure out into the real world to go to the Mexican Consulate for Visa stuff. So a group of us 17 elders and me being the only Hermana, ventured out into the real world for the first time. We rode the front runner up to Murray central and then took the trax to the bees stadium and then walks a couple blocks to the consulate. And grabbed a Maverick sandwich on the way. And apparently being a missionary is like celebrity status haha everyone waves and everyone just talks to you. So that’s pretty cool! And on the way back I got to meet Spiderman!
 
And one of our teachers, Hermano Snyder is leaving this Monday. So we covered his motorcycle in sticky notes and all of us are going to write him letters for when he leaves. Also, we are throwing him a fiesta on Monday! Woot Woot! 
 
And just to end, yesterday I had just the most amazing spiritual experience. We went as a class in the afternoon up to the Wyview chapel. But the moment we stepped in there you could noticeably feel the spirit so strong. It felt like a temple–that alone was amazing. And we were learning about revelation through church attendance and our teachers gave us a tour of the church (in spanish as always) and it was kind of awkward and none of us really knew what was going on, but the spirit was so stong in that quiet little church building. And then we got to the chapel and we talked about idk what, but then Hermano Snyder sang “Come Follow Me.” During that song, I suddenly remembered my question I took to the temple on the last P-day. It’s kind of too personal to talk about over email, but it was amazing and the answer so clear. And then Hermana Steele and I got the chance to give a tour to Hermano Synder, just being himself and talking about his struggles in life. The spirit was so strong, and we all were crying, and we stopped talking in spanish because we couldn’t find the words we needed to say in anything but english. I’m telling you right now, that the Holy Ghost can really speak through you. And the calling of a missionary is real, and missionary really are doing the Lord’s work here and throughout the world. Church is true. I wish I could bring everyone with me that day, just so they could feel the spirit there–It was almost tangible. Yo se que la iglesia es verdadera.
 
Con Amor, Hermana Bunderson
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