Monday, August 31, 2015

Party in the DR

Wow well things here are so crazy insane. It is awesome. I love it. Things here are so so so wild. For example, yesterday we bought bananas from a guy riding a donkey down our street. Like what???? Also people are always BLARING music. It is a party in the street all the time. Also when I said we don't have power on Tuesday Thursday or Saturday I meant the most of town I am in doesn't have power. Imagine not having power for six hours a day three times a week???? There are so many people in the streets because it is so hot inside the houses and they can't watch TV. Somehow they still keep the music going. Mom you would love the music and I can picture you dancing zumba in the streets. LOL. 

You Have Got to BEAN Kidding Me???
How clever is that since I don't like beans. If I could have a phone I would total use that as a caption with a picture of a plate with no beans because I STILL HAVE NOT HAD TO EAT BEANS (unless you count the four that I tried in the MTC). Speaking of insta sometimes I wish I had a phone so I could post some snap stories because like I said it is crazy here and you guys would go wild for this stuff. They should do a missionary snap story one day lol. But honestly the food is really good. The other day we ate at a members home and she gave us this avocado that was purple on the outside and it was the best thing I've ever had in my life. They also have guava and passion fruit juice. Seriously Heaven here. If you don't believe in God I have some news for you because how else would I have made it through two months in a country who eats primarily beans without eating them. Answers to prayers can be the only reason. 

Spanish is Hard
The language thing is tough but I am making it through. During our lessons I can really feel the Spirit when I speak Spanish because I know I'm not doing it on my own. Even with the Spirit I'm not perfect. During one lesson I was trying to find the word in the scriptures for infirmities to say that the Atonement covers our sicknesses and infirmities but in Spanish there is only one word for the both of them, enfermadades. So basically I thought I had found the word but I actually ended up telling these people that through the Atonement they can overcome their bowels. Oops! But my companion cleared things up. We ended up having a really great second lesson so I don't feel as bad anymore but I wanted to cry once I figured out what I had said.

I have prayed more in these past two weeks than ever before in my whole life because we ask the people who they want to pray and EVERY SINGLE TIME they pick me because I'm white nd can't speak Spanish. I am actually decent at praying though and I have improved so much because I literally pray every lesson. I have probably prayed a million and six times.

Okay so this morning I did laundry and I think you will all be very proud to hear that I actually have a system to how I clean. Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not clean or organize but here I have gotten very good at it. The mission changes you let me tell you. I have already seen so much change in myself it is insane! I love it hear so much and this is the biggest blessing of my life. I hope all of you are doing amazing and I love you!

All the love,
Hermana Bossard
Can you tell which one of my feet was bothered by the bug bites?

my super hip and cute bag fanny pack thing

me and Hermana Castillo (my compa)

a nice surprise in the sink

My House

You All Get Saved

Have you ever watched Oprah when she gives stuff away and she like screams look under your chairs you all get a new car, a hour, etc. That is how I think it is with the Atonement. Imagine Jesus Christ hosting a talk show. Look under your chairs. YOU ALL GET SAVED. YOU GET SAVED. AND YOU GET SAVED. EVERYONE GETS SAVED. Because honestly he died for ALL OF US so that we can all be forgiven and return to him one day! How cool is that! (Look up Tyra Banks vaseline to see how much emphasis I would put if I were the one telling people they get saved)

This week has been truly crazy! Sorry if my punctuation grammar or spelling sucks but my computer doesn´t have a functioning keyboard so I promise I am trying to press the right buttons. First off I have perfected bucket showers. They are actually not that bad. Once you pour the first bucket it is smooth sailing. It is kinda hard to get all the soap out of your hair but I have the method down. Sometimes after I shower I sit in front of a fan with my wet hair to remember what it feels like to be cold. The power here is also pretty iffy. We never have it on Tuesday Thrusday or Saturday from 2 to 7 but that´s okay because we aren´t home for most of that time anyway! One night we did lose power and had to plan by the light of my headlamp. Shout out to Ruby Matesen for having the same thing happen and prompting me to buy a headlamp. I have a million bug bites lol and I had a really bad reaction to some and my foot was huge and it looked so funny. I am going to try and send a pic if this comp will let me. Also one morning I found a dead cockroach in our sink. I freaked out so bad but I got the courage to throw it out. Life in the DR is always an adventure and honestly it has already changed me so much because I think it is crazy to live like this but this is the life of the people here. I can´t even imagine feeling like those things are normal. The people here are so happy with so little it is incredible.

At first I was a little jealous of some of the other sisters because they are in more desirable areas in the mission but honestly I am SO meant to be here. There are people that are so similar to me. We are teaching one girl who is so sassy and spunky. She is 16 and literally asks all the same questions I did. Being on a mission makes me think a lot about how I was as an investigator. LOL. We also teach this boy who goes to the capital to play pellota (baseball) Monday through Firsday. He pitches. Mom you would love him. He is kinda quiet but he just looks like an athlete. His hands are huge! I love the people here so much! They are all so incredible and strong!

I think you guys would all be proud of me because my area is kept clean. I am never going to complain about laudry again after my experience with doing laundry here this morning. I had to be the washing machine! It was crazy. I also am going to be an amazing cook after this. We went to buy chicken and this guy literally pulls out a full chicken and cuts it up and gives it to us! So crazy. It was like shooting out blood and juices haha. Also we got that and a bunch of veggies for two dollars! It is awesome.

Everyone here is so sweet and they all try to speak to me in English but usally I just get more confused because I don´t know it is enlighs and their english could use some work. My Spanish is coming along but I have a lot to work on! But I know the Lord will help me. I love the verses in Alma 42 about the mercy of God when I make mistakes. I know that I am not perfect but through the Lord I can work through my imperfections.

All the love
Hermana Bossard xoxo

Monday, August 17, 2015

                                                   why everyone thinks I have a disease
                                                 why everyone thinks I have a disease

WOW What A Week

Wow this week has been crazy. For starters we got to walk around the temple while Nick Jonas was playing and we could totally hear him and sing along. It was awesome! 

Last week we went on splits again and it was CRAZY. I have a lot of bug bites and I don't react well to them. Everyone thinks I have a weird disease. Well I was praying at this one women's home. She starts hitting my legs with a pillow while I am saying a PRAYER! WHAT! Then when I finish she pretends like she didn't do it. Then she went and grabbed so cream and massaged it on to my legs for a solid five minutes. It was so weird.

We also had a final testimony meeting with our district before leaving the MTC. It was so awesome and emotional. Christ lives. Christ loves us. This is his true church on earth and the Book of Mormon is the word of God. 

I am finally out of the MTC! Woo!!! My area is la Union in Santiago city. My companion is Hermana Castillo from Mexico. She doesn't speak any English. We also have buckets for showers. It should be an interesting transfer but I am excited to learn. It is awesome to finally be out here.

All the love,
Hermana Bossard xoxo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

                                                               all the homies
                                                                  all the sisters
                                            Me and Hermana Keith in the rain poncho
                                                          Me and Hermana Keith
                                                                 Selfie Squad

Last Week in the MTC

It is so crazy to think that the next time I write I will be in the field! HOW EXCITING?!?!!! I am pumped. We got a little taste of the real mission life when we went on splits. I went wife a girl from Guatemala named Hermana De Leon. She was so sweet and humble. Communication was tough since she spoke very little English but we made it work! It was an awesome day! We taugh this one lesson where I got to pick the scripture we shared so I picked Alma 38:5. Everyone go read it now. Then we both bore testimony, mine in very broken Spanish. The Spirit was so strong and I was sitting there thinking is she feeling this? she has to be feeling this! The women is a less active member and she said she could really feel the Spirit as we taught!!!! It was awesome!!! Then my cute little companion bought me some ice cream at the end of the day. It tasted like America. It was such a tender mercy! We had walked so much and I was disgusting by the end of the day. I was so tired! I went to sleep early that night haha I LOVE THE MISSION!

Also NICK JONAS is playing at the park across the street this Saturday so if anyone happens to be going come across the street to the temple and say hi! We are definitely keeping our windows open that night. Maybe we will convert Nick Jonas! Wow I sure hope I bump inot him ahhaha

This week my district assigned everyone a Disney and Harry Potter character. I got Belle and Hermione. No complaints haha. This reminded me of a talk called Your Happily Ever After that was the theme of girls camp the year I joined the church. I went and read it and was reminded of those sweet first moments when I started to learn about the church.

This week I also read a talk by President Uchtdorf called "Of Things That Matter Most" and it is truly life changing. It is about slowing down when life gets hard and I recommend that everyone look it up because it is important for everyone to read and remember. My eyes are being so opened to who I want to be in life. I love what the mission has done to me.

We had a metting with just the sisters this week, and Hermana Romney (MTC mom) prepared an awesome lesson about how this mission is not about us. It is about doing whatever the Lord needs us to do. It is so amazing how much we can improve our lives when we give our will to the Lord happily. I love the mission! I am here because I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He makes it possible for us to be forgiven. How beautiful is that? Through Him we are truly able to do anything. Boy that just sends tingles down my spine.

THIS WEEK I ATE FOUR BEANS. They didn't taste that bad. If that isn't a testimony that througo Christ we can do all things, I don't know what is. He makes it all possible. I am so grateful for His love. He loves you all so much and so do I!

All the love,
Hermana Bossard xoxo

Monday, August 3, 2015

We wear pink on Wednesday

just for anyone who thought the mission might take away my spunk... it hasn't

1 Month Down 17 To Go

Well this week has been one of the less eventful ones. It is crazy that we have been here for four weeks already! Only two more weeks left in the MTC what?!?!?!!! I cannot believe I will be in the field in my first area in just under two weeks! Time flies!!!!!

Last Friday we went to the University again. We were kind of in a weird mood, but the University gave us some laughs. Some guy in a group asked us for a pamphlet so we gave him one. Then all of a sudden a look over at Hermana Keith and she gives me a "HELP" look. This guy had been holding her hand for seriously five minutes and kept telling her how pretty she was. It was so uncomfortable and we were like okay here is a pamphlet bye. It was great. We also gave this woman a Book of Mormon and I could just tell she knew it was true. We got her phone number and gave it to some local missionaries. It is crazy when we go contacting because everyone is like I would love read about Jesus but I don't have money for it. We are like no no no it is FREE! They are so grateful when we give it to them. I LOVE giving people the Book of Mormon!!

We moved this week because we got a new sister we have to live with. My room is much bigger and I only share with one girl now instead of two. I am truly living the dream here in the DR! We also had salmon one day YUM! The food has been pretty weird though. One night we had bean stew and rice. I was like OMG you have got to be kidding me. Looks like I am eating rice for dinner. But then I was in the kitchen getting water and I saw tortillas and cheese in the fridge. I asked the woman who works in the kitchen who LOVES me if I could make a quesadilla and she let me. Oh what a BLESSING! Church is true.

Well this is about all I have now. Thank you so much to everyone who writes me. I LOVE reading your emails. Sorry if I don't reply or my reply sucks because I only get so much time on the computer. I love you all and more importantly the Lord loves you all! It is amazing to think about everything we are blessed with. I am so grateful for each and every one of you! 

All the love,
Hermana Bossard xoxo

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