Saturday, June 2, 2012

I've gone blond!

While you all may think I have dyed my hair. This is not the case. But
 sometimes I think I have by the comments that I get from my latina
 friends. Brown is the blond of central america. One of my friends has
 asked me at least 2 times if my hair is natural. So if you re
 considering dying your hair blond, dont. Just move to Central America.
 Of course the HIGH LIGHT of this week was seeing ELDER BENJAMMIN
 PEARSON!!! Right before I was in the middle of teaching a lesson and
 could see out the window where he would be coming in. Our lesson wasnt
 over but I saw a tall handsome man with a dark green back pack walk by
 and I started freaking out inside. I looked at my companion and we
 quickly closed the lesson. Then I ran out in the hallway and hugged
 Ben!!!!! It was amazing seeing him. We both started crying because we
 were so happy (I hope you dont hate me for saying that Ben). Ben has
 always been amazing, but this mission has truly changed him in such a
 good way. We had 45 minutes to spend talking. His spanish is so good
 that he forgot some english words. I was so grateful for the
 opportunity to see my brother!!! Families are forever. The next day I
 also got the chance to meet the Broughs (Ben's mission president and wife)

 and Elder Child and Rivasbecause they were at the MTC picking up all the 
new missionaries. It was so fun!  Ill write more in a couple of minutes.

More news from this week. My companion and I have been called to be
the coordinating sisters! That means were in charge of helping 29
sisters from the United States, Honduras, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico,
Argentina, El Salvador, and the DR understanding how things work
around here and get them integrated. They are all so wonderful. One of
my roommates really wants to learn English because she is going to be
a doctor someday so we help each other. It has been quite the task
trying to communicate and help the latin sisters but I feel like the
language is coming and for the most part Im able to communicate. On
wednesday of this week we got to go out in the city to a 3 story
market and also contacting on the city square and go to Wendys. I got
to share the message of Jesus Christ with 3 different people and give
away some copies of the book of mormon. CONGRATS ON GRADUATING

Hermana Pearson

Time keeps flying!

Hola familia! First off....A couple of SHOUT OUTS---Congrats to Becca
for graduating and all of your cool friends (you know who you are). I
heard the party was a great success and Im so happy for you!!! Also
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Becca! The Big 18. Youre an ADULT. Now you can know how
cool it feels to be old and mature like me. Also Happy Birthday to Jen
and Karen Westerkamp! Hope its the best! If anyone wants to write me
on Dear Elder, send it to the Nicaragua North mission or else it will
come hear and I might not get it for a long time. Thanks for all who
have been writing! The funny stories and spiritual thoughts have been
so wonderful to receive. This week I have had some amazing spiritual
experiences. Last Saturday was a hard one. After we checked email my
companion was down in the dumps. I thought maybe she just really
missed her family, but something was not right. She told me later that
a close family friend (just 12 years old) had passed away. He had
headaches one day and the next day went brain dead. It was so sad. She
has been really struggling. At times like these, it is when we really
put Heavenly Father to the test. He has given us the Plan of Salvation
through his son Jesus Christ and promises us that we will see our
families and receive eternal life. This week my testimony has been
strengthened so much in the gift of the atonement of Jesus Christ as I
have watched my companion put her faith in this amazing plan we have.
I love Ecclesiates 12. 7 and Mosiah 2. 41 that write about the promise
that we will return to live with the God that gave us life. We have
had a couple of lessons to teach this week about the Plan of
Salvation, and each time we have taught it, even in our broken
Spanish, the spirit has testified of the truth to me and those being
taught. I know that everyone can know the truth of the gospel of Jesus
Christ once again restored to the earth if they pray to know for
themselves. Im so grateful for this knowledge.  This week I have been
praying to understand and speak Spanish better. I have a goal to read
the Book of Mormon in spanish every day to practice pronunciation. Two
days this week as I was practicing specifically for pronunciation, I
realized that I was actually understanding what I was reading. The
Lord is helping me. This week we went out to contact people and hand
out pamphlets and book of mormons. I had a latina companion, so it was
a lot better. The people are so friendly here. We talked to some
people that really seemed interested in our message of Jesus Christ.
for the most part, people could understand me, but I couldn{t really
understand them. But I know it will come. To answer moms questions,
all my teachers are RMs and all from Guatemala. Thanks for all your
support and love. My roommate is from Nicaragua so she has taught me
some awesome new words that mean cool in Spanish---- Tuanis and
salvaje! I love it. There are 99 missionaries here right now. All the
north americans that have been here for  6 weeks and the latinos all
leave on Monday and tuesday. There will only be 19 of us on Tuesday
and we will get a new group on Wed. I love all that Im learning!!!
love you all so much!!!! Cant wait to see BEN!!!!