Sometimes it still doesn't feel real that I'm a real life missionary doing real life missionary work in New Orleans, Louisiana! But then you go contacting in 110 degree weather with 93% humidity and only one person in two hours even gives you the time of day, and it feels pretty real. :)
I didn't really talk about my ward last week, so I'll talk about them now! So we're in a Spanish ward, but it's weird because it overlaps with an English ward. We have Sacrament meeting at 9 with just Spanish, and everything is in Spanish, then we have Sunday School and Relief Society with just Spanish. But primary, young women's, and young men's are combined with the Spanish and English wards. And then the English ward has Sacrament meeting last at 12. It's kind of crazy, but it's also super cool! Everyone is so friendly and nice down here! It's crazy because I have to switch between Spanish and English a lot here because some of the people we teach are English (basically because we're the only sisters in our area and if we're teaching a single sister the elders in our area can't teach her in her house, so it's just easier for us) and then when we're in the church building, half talk to me in Spanish and half talk to me in English. In terms of Spanish, I'm feeling pretty good! My weakness is just conversational Spanish because there's a lot of vocab I don't know. I'm pretty good at teaching lessons and classes and such because I know all the church vocab, but yeah I have a hard time understanding just normal everyday conversations sometimes because I just haven't been immersed in it as long. So yeah, the ward is great! This weekend though it was so tragic (mom, you probably don't want to hear this one), but a four year old girl in our primary drowned on Saturday. She was staying here in the United States with her aunt and uncle and cousins who are in our ward, and her family lives in Honduras (that's pretty common around here, because people need to work a ton either in Honduras/Guatemala or here in the States so they send their kids to live with family somewhere else). Our ward was just so sullen at church. It was so devastating. It was sweet though during testimony meeting because a lot of people just bore their testimony about the Plan of Salvation.
I love you all so much! And I know Heavenly Father loves you all so much too! Never forget who you are and who you have the chance to become. Heavenly Father doesn't forget that. Have a fantastic week! I'm going to Magazine Street in downtown New Orleans today, which is like the stereotypical New Orleans with jazz and beignets and all that! I'll have some good pictures for y'all next week (or maybe later today depending on if we have time after New Orleans). LES AMO!!