Experiencias de una Misionera in Niños Héroes

Stories! what ya´ll really want to here from me haha
The Funny:
One day this week, we prayed that people would find us instead of us finding them. Needless to say we forgot to say the part that we want people ready for the gospel to find us and not just random, not ready people.  So speed walking down the Street to an appointment we were a little late to, we were stopped by almost everyone. A member, a random guy on a bicycle, and more. While we were inviting the guy on the bicycle to stake conference that was this last Sunday, some guy was waving us to come talk to him by his house. We werent going to go over an talk to him because we were late and aint got time for crazies and all, but he kind of stopped us. So, and here is where it gets kind of funny. So this guy has started a church and knows that our church has money, so he wants the help of our church to give his church chairs. Because his church just has a dirt floor and no chairs. While my companion was talking to him, one of his son´s came out and started hitting on me….super awkward. But then his other son came out too who was playing guitar inside and starts talking to us too. Apparently this son, who is 27 and speaks very eloquently, is the profet of this said church. They also brought out a giant horn which they use to heal people when the profet blows on it. So I guess we were healed haha. After that, this profet started hitting on me too breaking the ice by saying I looked like his friend and showed me a picture on his phone of some photoshopped asian girl. Weird. This all happened within 5 minutes in the street. Awkward right?
The Really Sad:
Okay guys. Just don´t leave the church, especially for stupid reasons. Like oh my goodness we had just one real hard day this week where all this went down. So Saturday we were visting and going around to people and giving them invitation to the Stake conference. So we went to this family, this cute older couple that just reciently ha been coming back to church since we´ve been visiting them. And everything has been good. But they just said how they needed to talk to us, and said how they are never going to come to church anymore because they asked the bishop if they could switch out of gospel principles class because they feel kind of bored their because they think only new, stupid people just go to that class and they know everything…which isnt true right there…but anyways, the bishop was really busy during church like always and asked if he could just talk to them later. So after that, they were really offended and never coming back. And another lady, a member, said she is never going to come either because someone took her marker and forgot to give it back….
….just what?  so we got a lot work to do to help them. But it is just so crazy and so sad. Yeah, I don´t know, just go to church people. fo reals.
And The Spiritual!:
So this experience just shows to me how powerful the Book of Mormon really is! So, a few weeks ago we got a reference from one of our investigators for her neighbor, Simona, who is awesome. It is true, she and her husband, Benito, are amazing! From the first time we met with them, they said how they wanted to know which out of all the churches was true. From that time in the last 2 weeks, she has been coming to some of our weekly activities, she showed us how to make tamales, and we brought over stuff and made chocolate chip cookies with them and their grandsons and granddaughter! We also last week invited them to read the Book of Mormon, briefly saying how it will truly bless their lives and that they´ll know the church is true if they read it. We didn´t even get to ever teaching about what the Book of Mormon is or Joseph Smith or anything, but when we gave it to them, they were so grateful and said they would read it. Benito even said, I´ll read it in a day, and if I don´t finish it in a day, I will read in in 2! Amazing right? Just yesterday we got to talk with them again and we asked where they were at in the Book of Mormon, and they said they are about halfway through. In a week! haha Simona was even saying how she sometimes even falls to sleep with it. Also they said how they never wanted to know about religión or anything before we met them but now they want it so much and want to be a part of our church and they already see how it has blessed their lives. Ahh, I can´t even think of how to say how amazing this is and all else that went on with them!
This Halloween, suddenly we had a meeting with all the missionaries in the Ciudad Juarez part of the mission. Some 150 missionaries! This kind of meeting doesnt happen that often! It was pretty sweet just meeting a lot of missionaries and seeing everyone I already knew and everything! Though I forgot to bring my camera…sorry mom…
So some random facts about the Ciudad Juarez Mission.
It is the healthiest mission in Mexico
The highest retention rate of converts in latin america, 80 percent
Also the best in family history.
And the good news…because of this we get the reward of being able to go to baptisms in the temple sometime! YAYAYAYAY!
Anyway, I love you all! Ask me some questions, Im kind of really terrible at knowing what to write about sometimes. The struggle is real!
Con amor siempre,
Hermana Bunderson

You can see it in their eyes!

This last Saturday it was the baptisms of our investigators, Hermana Patlan and her daughter Juanita. The husband is a member and is amazing. And not even a while ago her experience with the missionaries was her running from them. And recieving lessons from the missionaries was “I am not going to be baptized!” Yup. After a while, they started teaching her again. They barely accepted the invitation to be baptized just before I got to this área. So I only got to see just a part of her experience but just teaching her almost everyday before her baptism you could see the change in her eyes. You really can see the light of Christ in her eyes. And it was so amazing to just be there for their baptism, and at their house everyday, they are so sweet and amazing. The gospel really does change lives! Nothing beats seeing that as a missionary. Missionary work is really hard sometimes, but that is what makes everything, and I mean everything worth it!

And besides that everything is going good! Spanish is getting there. I’m able understand a lot and talk a lot more. Though my grammer is terrible haha. Luckily I have my companion to translate for me sometimes!

My Schedule is pretty much standard missionary Schedule except we HAVE to be back at our house at 9pm. (every body says they are really afraid for us being out past dark at like 7, probably for really good reason, but we haven’t had any bad experiences. Pinky promise.  Everything else is normal. We leave at 12pm hit a couple of appointments before lunch at 2. and then work the rest of the day. And that is how it goes. The life. 🙂

And my food addiction. I love beans, rice, and chicken with tortillas. They are amazing and the staple of life here. I love it. But usually we have something different everyday. Though I don’t like chizaron. Fried fat. gross. But besides that I haven’t tried anything too crazy. Oh and there is some pretty cool fruit here. Like guayava and tuna, you think being so close to the border they would have it in America, but nope.

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Sorry for not writing last week, there was literally no time because we were up at the mission office.  And now I have less then an hour to write. Lo siento.
Ill start with how I have a new companion! Say what? Yes! Its Hermana Sutton and she is from Brigham City Utah! Crazy! Its like we are practically related haha. She is awesome! A little backstory, I transfered Monday night after going to a baptism at the church and then I literally had 15 minutes to pack. Crazy. So now Im in the area called Niños Heroes, just a little bit below my last area. It has been awesome! Oh and our little casa is literally a furnished house. It is amazing.
And…..drumroll please….we went to the temple! Believe it! It wa because a Hermana in our ward got permission from us from the president to go with her as she went through the temple! I almost forgot how much I loved the temple, the spirit was so strong there!
Conference was amazing! Conference is 10 times cooler here on the mission. And I listened to the first session saturday morning in spanish, but then my prayers were answered and someone brought us a laptop so my and Hermana Ellsworth who has been out about 3 months, could listen to conference in English!
Spanish is going well! Im getting a little bit relaxed on learning spanish since my companion now speaks English, but im still learning a lot. I just need to practice more haha. But Im understanding Spanish really well now! Just not speaking it. haha
Things are going amazing! Im truly loving it here! It feels like Ive been here longer than just 3 weeks today. Love you all! And sorry I didnt write much today. Just know that I love you, and Ill talk to yall next week!
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