Monday, January 6, 2014

The first email written in 2014 on Mars.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can´t believe it is already the year 2014. Time sure flies. It seems only yesterday that your mother and father were in here buying their first wands....oh, sorry, Harry Potter quote.......It seems only yesterday that I was at home with you all celebrating 2013! The mission does this strange time warp thing where you never can tell how fast or slow it goes. It might just be Ecuador, though, and the fact that I´m living one big summer.

For New Years, we all had to be in our houses at 6 p.m. On Monday, the other two hermanas in our house got moved out, so it was just me an my compañera for Año Nuevo. What we did, is that we decided to do all the traditions we could in our house for Año Viejo. We ate 12 grapes, counted money, ran around the house with our suitcases, drank some soda and threw the cup over our shoulder, and then just gave a testament since we couldn´t actually burn anything in our house. It was awesome. We had lots of fun. I thought I was going to wake up in the middle of the night because of all the partying going on outside our house, but I slept like a baby. Thank you for sharing that talent with me, mom. It´s come in handy quite a few times. Oh, and I told the people here, they have to add "Conejo conejo!" to their list of traditions.

The past week has been even more fiestas for the Día de Inocentes. It´s like a mix of Halloween and April Fools Day. Mostly people just dress up randomly and occasionally people do bromas. There was a small parade we got to see the other day with people dressed up as the kings who went to give gifts to Jesus, and others playing music. It was pretty entertaining considering the general lack of musical talent here in Ecuador.

My companion and I have been playing Don´t Eat Pete this week, too, and it´s great because I found mini marshmallows! Miracle of miracles! We also have been working on helping hte other hermanas in our zone. We had an intercambio this week and it was really good. In our sector, we´re not having much success finding new people, so we´re trying to work with the members to give us referencias. But we have been rescuing some menos activos! It makes me happy.

We also have been learning the importance of obedience with exactness. Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles. We need lots of miracles here, so we´re doing our best. Mosiah 22. We also focused this last week on helping the hermanas to have charity. Moroni 7. Mateo 22:36-39. Charity is the pure love of Christ, and whoever has it in the last days, it shall be well with him. I want it to be well with me, so I´m working on having charity.

I love you all and hope you had an incredible New Year!!!!!!!!!!!! Exito!!!

Hermana Ayer

P.S. Elder Uceda of the Seventy is coming to visit the mission this week!

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