Monday, August 18, 2014

Breathing in the Last Few Smells of the Jungle Rain

Hey Fam!
Wow what a week. Well remember me telling you guys that we had 5 baptisms this last week, and that there wasn´t any problems but that I was waiting for the problems to come because there is ALWAYS problems when it comes to baptisms? Well them came. Haha We found out that ??? and drank coffee 2 days before her last interview for baptism. Lame! So we told her that she had to wait another week to get baptized. However she was planning on getting baptized with her sister ????, but ????  didn´t drink the coffee and was allowed to get baptized this last Saturday. So we asked ????  if she wanted to ahead and follow with the plans and get baptized Saturday the 16th or if she wanted to wait for her sister and get baptized on the 23rd.  She told us she wanted to wait to get baptized with her sister. If was a really beautiful moment with them, there was a lot of sisterly love between the two of them. So this week we were able to baptize 3 souls and ???? and ???? will be getting baptized this coming Saturday. Woot! Things are going so well in the mission. 

This Sunday it rained like crazy!!! My comp and I were about and about visiting less actives when the storm hit. We ran for cover and waited out the rain under someone´s front porch. (totally normal here) I took a couple deep breaths of the smell of the jungle rain while we watched the little kids splash around in the mud. A large lump formed in my throat as I thought to myself that this might be one of the last times that I get to have an experience like this. I love my mission so much. Peru´s jungle has become my home for a year and a half. I love these people and I love helping them come unto Christ. 

I´m enjoying the time that I have here left in the mission. Thank you all so much for all your love and support. Thank you for all your prayers.
Con mucho amor, Hermana Price   

Monday, August 4, 2014

Look at my Eyes - Not My Ears!

Wow! I had the CRAZIEST week of my whole mission. I don’t even know where to start. First of all my comp and I didn´t get transferred (we both knew we were going to get transferred) HOWEVER… my comp got called as another sister leader with me! So now all the comps of the sister leaders are now sister leaders as well. It´s awesome!!! I think I was happier than she was when we found out. It´s going to help me out a ton. Because now I have someone to help share the load. 

Also this week we´ve had two sick sisters in the hospital. They both entered the clinic Tuesday the 29th and were finally released to go home Saturday the 2nd in the morning. So when we have sick sisters in the doctor’s office what happens is we have to go and be with them. So my comp and I were running in and out of the clinic ALL week. Finally when we both got to go home and shower and rest a bit we got a call from the Zone Leaders saying we had to go and pick up this new sister and she was going to stay with us for a couple of days So we went to the mission home to pick her up. She was so cute and SO stressed. Oh, I remember those days well - she was like a mini me. She is from Morgan. And guess what dad, she knew Scott Summers! She said it was really sad for the whole town when he died.

However once we got here all settled on the plane to Pucallpa, we get another call saying that the sister leaders from Moyobamba will be staying at our house with us for the conference. Let´s see…. Four girls and two mattresses, what are we to do… So let´s just say my comp and I were a little tried this week.

Finally Sunday rolled around and we did a Blitz with the ward to go visit less active members. It was really fun, but here´s a little side story. We went to this less active house and we started talking with XXXX. XXXX is about 50 something and works on the river shipping goods back and forth. I asked him why he hasn´t been coming to church the last couple of years and he openly told me that he had fallen into drinking beer again with his friends. He knows that he shouldn´t drink,  but he said just can´t tell his friends no. He was a really sweet man and super honest with us which was nice. But while he was telling me all this, he wasn't looking at my eyes……. he was looking at my EAR!!!! Hahahaha! Bryan! Do you remember how you would always look at my ear and it would bother me so bad!! Haha It reminded me of you. 

Love you guys. I´m glad this crazy week is over. See you all in 35 days!
Love, Hermana Price

Monday, July 28, 2014

On Cloud Nine!

Hey fam!
Well… guess who is starting her last transfer…. Hermana Price is!!!! Woot! I feel like I´m on cloud nine! Things are going GREAT here in the mission. J This week has been nuts! So whenever one of the sisters get sick I have to go to the doctor’s office with them, so I got a call from the zone leaders saying that Hna. XXX (she is from Texas) is sick. That was Thursday afternoon so I spent all of Thursday, all of FridaySaturday AND Sunday until 8 at night. I feel like all the nurses and doctors that work there are my friends. Haha I even got the doctor to read a couple of verses in the book of Mormon! And I gave the nurse a “Proclamation to the Word” pamphlet because she is having problems with her boyfriend (who is also the father of her child) haha It was actually really fun to be in the clinic all that time with hermana XXX, she is an awesome sister, it was nice to have all that time to talk to her and get to know her more. Then, 2 other sisters showed up while I was there sick with stomach aches, so them Sister Gomez showed up to help us out. So it was pretty much a little party in the doctor’s office all day. J

Another short little story of this week, so we´re teaching this lady and her kids, she kids are members and she wants to get baptized SO bad but the missionaries never could baptize her before because she still lived with her husband. The don´t actually live together. They live in the same house but her beats her and the kids, and they don´t even really talk to each other, but we have to follow the mission rules and we can´t baptize her while she is still living with this guy. So we decided to help her find a house to move into. Tuesday we visited her and told her we would fast with her, and help her look for a house, Saturday in the afternoon we started the fast, and of course ended the fast the next day on Sunday. Of course I was in the clinic but just after I said amen to end my fast, my comp called me and told me that Hna. XXX found a house and they are going to move in Monday morning!!! It was so awesome!!! I love moments like that in the mission! So we stopped by after breakfast today to help them out a little today, and they were all smiles and watery eyes. Hermana XXX  will be getting baptized August 9thJ My comp and I are really happy and our testimonies have grown. I know that God listens to our prayers. Thank you for all of your prayers and support that you show for me. J I can´t wait to see you all again!
Love, Hna. Price 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lovin Life

Hey Guys. J
How are you all doin?? Ben and Krystal congrats with the new offspring! She is super cute. J Bry sent me a pic and maybe it´s because she has a little hat on but, I figured she would have a lot more hair! ;) She is adorable, and I love her name Ellie, it just fits. J Sooooooooooon I will be home and will be able to meet her. Then while we are all at the airport Elise´s water is going to break and we are all going to go to the hospital! How´s that for a family party!? Oh how I miss all of you, I can´t wait to come home and spend time with all of you guys, Benny Boy, Krystal, Tammy, (I want to go visit Uncle John for sure) Joshy, Abi, Jer, Bridger, Code Man, Grampa, Grandma Clark, Auntie and Latu, Sarah and Spencer, Corinne and Clarence, uncle brent aunt Kristene… am I forgetting someone? Oh ya… Y algien muy gapo y alto… haha but yeah, enough with the trunky talk. ;)

Things are going great here in Iquitos. I´m still getting use to all my duties as a Hermana leader but it´s actually really fun to be able to help the sisters in the mission, I have three little gringas in my zone and its nice get give them some words of advice and encouragement. It takes me back to when I started the mission. They are all so worried about the food and the hygiene here in the jungle. They have all these questions about how the numbers work here in the mission and if their hair is going to be healthier here in the jungle. J I love them. 

Well just a quick little story, Sunday I realized how far out in the middle of no where I really am. Yet again there was a group of people from the states doing humanitarian work in my area. Whenever I see a white person in my area I´m probably just as shocked as the natives here, I forget how far away I am from the world. Anyways…. My lovely Zone leaders are telling me to get off now… Dang. Haha well I will talk with you guys next week! LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLL!!!!    

Monday, July 7, 2014

Crazy Girl with Twitchy Eye

Hey peeps!
How is everyone doing! I would put a question mark and a smiley face but this keyboard isn’t working so bear with me. But this week has been CRAZY! Frist off I had my first Zone Conference for the leaders in the mission. Funny story… I didn’t know when the meeting was so Wednesday morning rolls around and about 815 when the elders remember to call me, they told me that the conference was starting and I had about 10 minutes to get there…. Thanks elders! So I scrambled for all my stuff, fixed my hair the best I could and then rushed out the door. I arrived late and walked into the conference room while they were talking about how many baptisms we had in June. When I got to my seat the zone leaders sarcastically said, Please sister Price at least try to be on time next time! Haha

So this week Ive just been busy doing my daily missionary chores. Also I have been visiting the sisters in my zone and the second zone that I am in charge of. In other words… Im super busy!!!! And SUPER stressed!!!! Im so stressed that my right eye keeps twitching haha… I probably look like a crazy girl or a chicken with its head cut off. Haha

Speaking of time… I don’t have a ton of time to write you guys, but just know that Im happy and taking it day by day. Im trying to remember to breath and stay calm and just remember that Prices can do hard things. I will write you guys a better letter next week. There isn’t much time because one of the elders walked by my computer and tripped on the cords and shut off the power of my computer. Haha But I love you guys a ton! Talk to you next week.
Hermana Price    

Monday, June 30, 2014

Yuca is not Yucka and Chicken Bigger than My Face!

Hey Family!
Well Im going on week three here in Iquitos and my time here is
getting better. Ive been able to get to know my comp a little more as
well as my area. My area is SO small its the smallest area Ive ever
had. My comp and I can walk around the whole area in about 10 minutes.
She has more time in the area than I do and she tries not to get too
frustrated about how small it is but its hard not too lose patience
with finding new people when you feel like you have knocked on every
door. But with all that said, we are doing good. We have found some
awesome families and we are doing our best so that these families can
progress. This week Gaby and her two kids came to church with us.
Saturday night we passed by their house to remind them, but when we
got there we found a HUGE party. Gaby is Mrs. Social butterfly and she
was having a massive BBQ with all her family, friends and neighbors.
They had balloons and a live band playing. Usually the people here
throw big BBQ parties to help pay the bills. They sell food and beer
and people come by the bucket loads to party. So while we were there
we bought a plate of food. 12 soles a plate!!! Super pricey! But
that’s ok it was for a good cause. ;) The plate of food had a piece of
chicken bigger than my face and yuca. Mmmmmm I love yuca. It’s like a
potato but different, and of course the spicy creams… makes my mouth
water just thinkin about it.  But Sunday morning rolled around and
the family was up and doing their daily house chores we asked them if
they still wanted to come to chruch and they said “sure! Why not?”
haha I thought for sure they were going to say no because they were up
until three in the morning partying. Crazy people. But I’m glad they
came.  I hope they liked sacrament meeting and weren’t too tired. But
we will be visiting them tonight.
Then Friday night was super special. So we are teaching this awesome
family and Friday night we had an appointment with them. We’ve been
teaching them in a members house because of some problems with Roy’s
mom not wanting us over. Anyways, we get to the house of this member
and there sitting on the curb waiting for us is Robert, Roy and
Durbi’s little 12-year-old son. When he saw us he got a huge smile and
walked up to us. With his book of Mormon, resturation booklet and a
pen in hand ready to learn. He told us that his dad had to work as
well as his mom and that he was there to represent the two of them. He
is so cute and sweet. So we taught him with the cute little member
family.  It was a good night.
Then Sunday night rolled around… it rained and rained and RAINED some
more. My comp and I didn’t have our boot nor our jackets and we were
too lazy to walk all the back to the house and change our clothes, so
we just keep working like normal and we got SUPER wet . Just a normal
day in the jungle.  Actually I think I’m going to miss the rain here.
It’s really refreshing and sometimes it helps wake me up a little. My
comp and I kept splashing around and screaming while we walked. It was
really fun. 
But anyways I’m doing good here in Iquitos I still miss my Moyo but
that’s ok. Change is a good thing and I’m enjoying my new calling and
my new comp. She is super sassy and fun so I’m grateful I have her as
a comp. I hope everyone at home is happy and livin the way they
should.  I’m so excited to see everyone again and get home but I feel
like the Lord has given me my last hill in the mission. My last chance
to give the mission everything I’ve got and work my hardest, and for
that I am thankful.  Thank you all for your love and support.  and
I’ll hear from ya all next week! Con mucho amor, Hermana Price

Monday, June 23, 2014

Coming Full Circle - back in Iquitos!

Welp. It happened. I got my last change in the mission and I am so sad. L Again I am in the huge, busy, noisy Iquitos city. I feel so weird being here retracing my steps from when I first started the mission. But I´m excited and ready to work. J Not only do I have a new area, a new comp, I am also the new sister leader and I´m responsible for 9 sisters, so it looks like I will be staying plenty busy here in Iquitos, which is a blessing. This week has been like any other “first week” with a change. Everything is new and I´m just trying to get to know everyone, and everything. We actually had an AWESOME week this week. We´ve found some pretty amazing families who are prepared to live the gospel, it really cool to see how the Lord guides you to find his children. J
Benny Boy might be interested to know that my comp is from the Dominic Republic and she is AWESOME! It´s been a little different to get use to the way she talks. They talk pretty differently and have all sorts of slang words that I am not familiar with, but it´s alright. J It will get easier with time.

Last night I had a REALLY bad fever. I woke up in the middle of the night shaking! I probably looked like I was possessed by an evil spirit. Haha It was so bad that I had to wake my comp up and ask for her help. :P She gave me her blanket and went and got my socks for me and got me some pills and water to help break the fever. What a great comp. J However I definitely don´t like getting sick in the mission because I don´t have my dad to come baby me. :P Anyways I´m doing a lot better this morning. J I´ll write more next week once I know a little bit more about my area. Thanks for everything!!! I love you all so much! Send some prayers my way I feel pretty nervous about my new calling I hope I can help this sisters. J

Con mucho amor, Sister Aubrey Fay  Price. J