Monday, May 26, 2014

Miracles and Melodies

Well it's safe to say that everyone in Mexico knows that Hermana Neuberger loves to dance and sing....and I might have to admit that a few people might have witnessed me bust a move here or there.  I found out the other day that a large percent of the people I know here believe that I'm gonna be crazy famous some day because of my singing and dancing skills.  If that isn't proof enough of the fact that nobody has actually seen me dance for real I don't know what else is :) 

Second of all my teachers in the MTC did not even come close to informing me about how much trouble people would have pronouncing my name.  I love how the same things always go down: 1) Hermana Neu....... 2) Hermana Young and Hermana.... 3) Hermana....Youre just the best 4) Neubaby (the new one from this week that's really caught on) 5) Gerber.  
Nuestra Panderia
Safe to say people here don't have a clue unless they've sat around to take the time and luckily for me a few incredible souls really have!!! 

So it's also safe to say we need to get our new building finished pronto because as much as I love sacrament meeting under a tarp, I don't exactly love the grass that rains down like snow throughout all of sacrament! The tarp has fallen down every week for the last month so every time we  get to sacrament on Sunday there is a new unique configuration of how it's being held up after being ripped down by the storms.  This week they were using brooms, rocks, ladders, and trees.

Future Missionary Adriana
Well I'm not trying to brag on my converts or anything, but I'm highly certain they will never cease to amaze me.  There really isn't enough that can be said about Adriana other then the fact that she wasn't just baptized, she was converted with all her heart, might, mind and strength.  Now she's doing all she can to help others also get that experience!!! She comes out with us everyday and wants to be a missionary with a name tag so badly.  When we told her the other day that single sisters can serve missions at any age she jumped up and down with joy (I'm pretty sure I heard every single guy in a mile radius groan haha).  Someone gave her a future missionary name tag the other day at church (pic included) and she's thrilled out of her mind.  The other day when she went out with us (I forgot my name tag......) she stopped and contacted a family all on her own and then said the reason I had forgotten my name tag is because she deserves it more then I do :) Gosh I love her so much! Plus she loves seeing us which always makes my day.  I made the mistake of mentioning transfers last week and she started crying at the thought that we might be leaving.  She now checks every week to make sure that it's not the week we could be leaving.  I'll stay here forever if I can just travel around with her as my companion!

I seriously love less actives and how much they love the gospel. Plus seeing them grow again and use there dormant faith is sometimes even better then new investigators. We currently have a family that doesn't want to take the lessons any more, wasn't attending church when they were taking the lessons, and now that they're not taking the lessons have been at church 4 Sundays in a row......are you as confused as i am?? They're also the family of Adriana so that's pretty laughable :)

We've been working really hard to find every person in our ward, now that we've finally obtained a ward list that is.  In one colonia we officially have FHE every week with two less active families (the Cruzes and the Rojas), who happen to kind of be neighbors!
Family Home Evening
It's a really big deal and makes me so happy every Wednesday night. Last Wednesday night, my comp and I were 10 minutes late and they would not let it go that we had shown up late.  The amazing grandma, hermana rojas, said she'd been waiting for our smiles to brighten her house since 6 (an hour early) and my heart just melted!!!! They've now reached out and invited members in the area and other friends, so basically pretty soon there's gonna be 30 people attending FHE and I think the more the merrier for sure!!! The hard part is that the reason they can't attend church is money oriented, BUT yesterday they were all there and radiating so much joy that I'm pretty sure I gave them each 10 hugs.

So if that's not enough miracles for you i'll just throw in another as icing on the cake. Yesterday we went to a whole new area that we though was where some families on our ward list lived, simply because no one had ever heard of the streets before and because no one knows that area.  We wandered for a while and found a few of the houses, but nobody was around.  As we were walking we ran into this old man (didn't think anything of it), walked down another street, passed him again, and then as we were coming back from a dead end we saw him it kind of felt like time to talk to him.  He knew the person we were looking for and lead us right to the house. The man who lived there wasn't home, but as we were walking down the street another man dropped his water jug cause he was so excited to see us and gave us the most enthusiastic handshakes.  Turns out it was Miguel, the guy we'd been looking for, and if we hadn't taken the time to talk/walk with the other man we would have never run into Miguel because we would have already been gone.  Miguel hasn't had contact with the church for 5 years, but reads the gospel doctrine manual every night and studies the scriptures.  He's 70 and lives all alone and basically told us to pass by all the time.  As we were leaving, he told the guard to always let us through.  He must have said that we were missionaries from his church at least 10 times and just couldn't stop smiling.  I have to admit my vision was quite blurry as I left due to the abundance of joy I was feeling.

So is this work worth it?? You better believe it is!!!! When we find the right people nothing else matters because I'm truly there for them! There are days where I get laughed at and ridiculed for how much of my life I'm wasting, but then the flip side happens and people call me marvelous, an angel, and a miracle all in one day and it's safe to say my happiness is so sky high that the other moments really can't get me down!  People always say to do what you love and love what you I'm thinking of a new career path: Life long Missionary :)

I love you all!

Hermana Neuberger

Rockin' my new soccer jersey!

The jersey has my favorite number and check the name! Awesome!

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