Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Big 2 0

Happy Birthday to me!  From the mission.  Well, my early birthday present is a new area and I am now living and serving the Lord in the motherland of XALAPA!!  I am so happy to be here, seriously!  And you know what? I am compañeras with another American. Hermana Menlove!! She is super great and I am really excited.  A little nervous, but I know that it is going to be super awesome. I am really so happy to be here in Xalapa with Hermana Menlove!  She too is half daughter of my mom so we are kind of sisters.

Last night at nine they told me that I had to be at the bus stop at 7 in the morning on Monday!! And my ward had a birthday party planned for me for tonight but I don't get to go.... But asi es la vida... I didn't get to say goodbye to anybody and it broke my heart.  But I guess it's okay, I am not sure that this birthday will feel any different than any other day on the mission.  I am really pleased with the changes and I know that we are going to have a lot of success.  

Yesterday we had a baptism and it was the best thing ever.  We baptized a girl named Fani. She is 17, almost 18, and she seriously became one of my favorite people in the world.  I just love her and to see her take this step seriously made me so happy. The fact that I was apart of something so amazing is just freaking awesome!  But just like every other baptism there were difficulties.  The font was full of super dirty water.. there were FISH swimming around in the water.  It was seriously so so gross.   And the water wasn't draining so we had to get in there with buckets and dump the water ourselves. So I kicked off my shoes and went to work scrubbing it clean and taking out all the water. I am proud to say that that water was super crystal clear.. de nada.   It was such a great day!  I couldn't have asked for a better last day in Martinez de la Torre.  And I am now ready for my new adventures here in Xalapa! 

I love you lots! 

Hermana Chandler

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