Monday, March 30, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 -- Week #6, Day #37 Guatemala MTC

March 25, 2015  12:37 pm
Today is P-day! Yay! We have a different schedule today, as we're going to the temple for the 3:00 pm session. So we had an easy morning, wrote our families, painted my toes that icy blue I came here with (thought it appropriate to come and go with the same nail polish... I'm such a girl!) and went and played volleyball and got some sunshine for a while. Also, did some weights and stretched, I'm getting closer to having my right split! Yay for me! I'm feeling pretty good, physically, just got showered and dressed again, gonna head to lunch in a few minutes...the gym next door is playing  "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon really loud, and it made me smile for a second that they are always playing American music... 'MURICA!!!

So after lunch we have personal study time, I think, so I'm gonna mark some scriptures that are good in teaching, and get prepped for lessons tonight. And then we go to the temple, and come back for dinner, and then I think we have a grammar lesson and a whole bunch of practice teachings....the work must go forth, my fellow men! So yeah, it´s been a very good day so far, it's nice to have some time to get pumped back up and feeling good about myself. On to lunchtime!

10:14 pm
Well, that was a fun day. We didn't teach Karen because los elderes went over time, so we'll teach Frederman, Lucy, and Karen tomorrow, in addition to our normal practices with the latinos. Yay for teaching! Also, during practices tonight, one of the latino elderes I was teaching gave me feedback that I shouldn't be frustrated while teaching, and that I should learn Spanish better. So that was interesting. I will be sure to try and put that into practice, as I'm already trying to do that.
Anyway, we were reading about Alma the Younger today in our estudio del Libro de Mormon, and I just thought that the part in Mosiah 27:14-15 click:  Mosiah 27:14-15  when the angel was speaking was pretty neat, you don't hear many angels talking about themselves like that, and I wondered who the angel was. So that was my spiritual enlightenment from today, I'll finish the rest of the chapter tomorrow. I like reading in the Spanish scriptures because they use a plainer language that the English ones do, so it's actually easier to understand the Spanish ones sometimes. And with all our grammar lessons and stuff, I can pick up on what´s happening a lot easier. The scriptures are so awesome, you should definitely read them sometime!
Also, our temple experience today was a little different than normal, since we saw one of the old presentations, which was interesting to watch. I think I can say that I like the newer ones better. But overall it was good, it was nice to go and have our last time in the Guatemala City Temple with just distritos mateo y jeremias, as we are the only nortes leaving next Tuesday.

In some fun news, my wonderful momma sent me the lyrics to "Pura Vida" click:  "Pura Vida" by Don Omar, which is a fantastically happy little song in Spanish that I love, and so I've been jumping around and singing it to Hna Kleinman because she's having somewhat of a rough day today, and I can get her to smile and laugh at my silliness. But it really is a nice song, and it makes me feel happy inside, so that whole exercise is partly for my benefit as well.  [Pura Vida = basically about living a good life, being happy, overcoming struggles]

"Pura Vida" by Don Omar
Don
Tu melodía
El Rey

Debes empezar a vivir
A soñar, a reír
A gozar y sentir

Todo lo malo quedó atrás
Decide no sufrir
Piensa en ser feliz

Y solo baila
Olvida las penas y el dolor
Ven y derrama el sudor
Solo baila
La vida es una sola
Y mejor
Bailar con la luna y el sol

Vida, pura vida
La vida es una copa
Y se bebe gota a gota hasta el final
Vida, pura vida
La vida es una copa
Y se bebe gota a gota hasta el final

Hasta el final
(Don Don, Don Don, Don Don)
Hasta el final

Eres candela
Y llevas la llama por dentro
Déjala salir
Vive el momento
Y lo que pase mañana
Déjalo venir
Pero solo piensa en bien vivir
Y en reír

Mira a tú alrededor
Todos apostamos a ti

Y celebra que la vida es una
Que pa' tu cintura, temperatura
Esto sí que es vida, libera la tuya
Bailemos con el sol y la luna

Y celebra que la vida es una
Que pa' tu cintura, temperatura
Esto sí que es vida, libera la tuya
Bailemos con el sol y la luna

Solo baila
Olvida las penas y el dolor
Ven y derrama el sudor
Solo baila
La vida es una sola
Y mejor
Bailar con la rumba y el sol

Vida, pura vida
La vida es una copa
Y se bebe gota a gota hasta el final
Vida, pura vida
La vida es una copa
Y se bebe gota a gota hasta el final

Hasta el final
Hasta el final

Baila como si no hubiera gente
Que brille el sol bien caliente
Y lo que se va no vuelve
Vida es una sola
Vive sin miedo de lo que piensen
Ríe sin detenerte
Y ama sin contenerte
Vida es una sola

Vida, pura vida
La vida es una copa
Y se bebe gota a gota hasta el final
Vida, pura vida
La vida es una copa
Y se bebe gota a gota hasta el final

She's so awesome [Hna Kleinman], I love her, and I'm proud of the progress she's making. The elderes that she taught tonight also said that she needed to improve her Spanish, but you know, we just need to take that with a grain of salt, because we can see our own progress over 5 weeks, whereas they've only seen us for 5 days. So we're still learning, and that's OK. But our teachers have taught us well and are proud of us, and they aren't worried at all for us in the field. And Honduran Spanish is different than Guatemalan Spanish is different than Mexican Spanish is different than Peruvian Spanish, so in the end, we'll learn what Spanish we're using in the field and that's good enough. We really are doing great out here and I love it!

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