Monday, February 2, 2015

The very last email!

3 John 1:13-14

Yes that is literally what the email she sent me said. I have taken the liberty of cutting and pasting that scripture so you all don't have to look it up. Enjoy! I will post pictures later this week from Panamá!

 13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
She didn't send any pictures so these are 2 of my favorites from her photos taken before her mission.
(Thanks Scott Hancock I love them as much today as 18 months ago!)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hello World! - 2nd to last email

Mom please bring a stock of stickers for Hna. V. to give the little kids and your hair straightener so I can look guapa when we go home. Please and thank you.

It was a good week, we met a cool guy from Argentina today at the canal.

No I want my journal!! Its cause I don't want to start a new one because I haven't finished the other one. It should be in a drawer somewhere or on the air hockey table. No you don't need to bring me anything.

Dear Alyssa, You are my best friend and guess what I just burped hahaha. I don't feel very good. I have a sore throat and a headache and a snuffy nose and I don't want to have to tell Daddy but I am afraid I am going to have to.  Alyssa how come you don't write me very much? I really love you and guess what I am going to my friend's birthday party and I love her so much. It is Sophie across the street. I love to play with her. I am excited to go to her birthday. Mommy and I are going tomorrow to get her a birthday present. Well we already have one thing for her but I am going to get something else that I just know she will really love. And her birthday is on Tuesday but her party is on Thursday. Alyssa I really love you so so much and I love you more than most!! Alyssa do you like Chocolate milk? Did you know I tried it and I did like it a little bit.  Alyssa did you know I like these colors, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, purple, black, white, brown, gold, grey, silver and indigo. Alyssa you are my bestest bestest friend ever. I love you to Alyssa, Love Abby

Dear Abby, sorry I don't write much, I don't have much time! But I love you a lot! and I´m so excited you get to go to a birthday party! Tell her happy birthday from your sister in Panama. I love you more than most! and yes I LOVE chocolate milk!! Especially the kind they sell here in Panama. My favorite color is blue! Love Alyssa :)

Did you plan the canal tour? I don't need you to do anything except that.

Yes Lopez is going home too! She is from Guatemala. Everyone is from Guatemala.... I have like 50 people I have to visit there some day...

Can you please send a message to Hna. Gonzalez and tell her I love her and I miss her!

Good news.... Hno Luis, Hna Leydi and their kids are getting sealed on friday (: And I´m gonna be there! (: Great way to end dont you think??

I love you!

Hna's Wandell and V. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ya soy panameña!

Today we are just relaxing

I want Ben to play!! I don't care what! Something pretty!! 

President gave Hna. L. and I permission to be comps for 3 days (: So I am going to Colòn with her my last Monday and Chorrera on Tuesday and then we will be together on Wednesday woo hoo!! 

I´m really sorry about Tawannee... is everyone okay? Are you okay?

Dear Alyssa, I am really happy that you are my sister. I want to tell you that I want to sing you a song when you come home. Did you know I went on a field trip and it was really fun. My whole class went. It was my favorite field trip of all of them. I am so excited for you to play with me. To Alyssa Love Abby

Dear Abby, I am not letting you out of my sight for the rest of forever! You are sleeping with me when I get home! And we are gonna hang out all day everyday! And I'm gonna teach you Spanish and we will talk about Panamá and Disney movies! I love you! Love Lyssa! 

She doesn't speak much English but she can get her way around. (her companion)

Q. So how did your appointment with the member lady with the adorable little boy go?
So what day is R. getting baptized???

A, It went well but they didn't go to church and neither did R... I don't know whats happening with him... :(

WOOOOOOO I LOVE MERIDIAN TITLE COMPANY!! They´re the best! (: Yes he told me! haha

... yesterday I started to realize that this is the end. In my mind I still have a month left yet but yesterday when I saw the calender I just started crying... I don't wanna leave.. I don't wanna leave my comp., she has become one of my best friends. I am really gonna miss her and Mendez and all my other friends.

See you soon! I love you too! 

Mami te extraño.. pero me da miedo que el tiempo ya esta acabando.. :/
It says momma I miss you but it scares me that the time is running out.. I don't want to go mom...

I have to go now.. I will see you really soon.

Hermana's Wandell, C., M. and V.

Elder's R., R., B, Hermana's V., Wandell, M. and C. 

Miracles happen!

Okay first off I got sunburned today! Not too bad, just a little pink. We went and played games at the park with the zone and we had Little Caesars for lunch! That's a miracle! Oh and we found this cool tree thing at the park today.

Hermana's M., V., C., Wandell and Elder R. 

Wandell, R., R., V. and M. 

So funny story! So on Thursday we called to see if we were going to have dinner (which we ended up not having cause they forgot...) and the wife wouldn't answer so we called her husband and he said at 8 o´clock... 8 O´FREAKING CLOCK!! We were like uhhhhhhhhh that's really late and we have hambre.. (I think she means they were hungry) so my comp starts talking in English and she says "UGHHHH KISS ME!!" and so I gave her a weird look like WHA? haha she sees my face and says "Uhh.. No... KILL ME!" Bahahahahahahaha

Same day I was sooooooo bored cause we had nothing to do and no one was home, so we started contacting... not my favorite. but you do what you have to! So we are contacting and this lady looks us right in the eyes and then just walks away.. then later I am like "uhhhh isn't there a less active or SOMEONE that we can visit???" Well there wasn't... so we keep contacting and we contact this house and we start by saying that we are from the church and she says "The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" and so we are like... uhhh YEAH! And in our heads we are like okay she is either a mormon hater or a member... so I started asking questions and I ended up just flat our asking if she is a member.. AND SHE IS! And she is super sweet and her son is ADORABLE!! So we set an appointment to go back and so as we were walking after my comp says "Hey you asked if there were any less actives.." Haha Gracias Padre Celestial! That's a miracle!

Then we visited a less active family on Friday and we invited them to go to church and asked if they would join us. Well the mom said she would if her husband will and the husband said no because he has lots of reasons why not to. Well at this point it was my turn to talk and before I had just been listening and I told him that it doesn't matter how many reasons he has, because there is one reason that is more important than anything else, and that's the Lord. I told him that if we want blessings we have to act not just sit around and wait and invited him to think of his reasons  and then to think of the most important reason  and to ask which is more important. So then I passed it back to my comp and as I was sitting there I thought.. Woah where did that come from? And then I felt the spirit really strongly, solidifying the testimony I already have that we are given the words we need to say in the moment we need to say them if we just listen to the spirit. That's a miracle!

Our investigator R. went to church yesterday!!! AND LOVED IT!! He made lots of friends and he was really excited and whats to go again and wants to get baptized and he´s gonna get baptized before I go home! And that's a MIRACLE! BOOM!

Then during our Sunday school class with B, (he is sooooooo smart! I love his class! I always learn soooo much) he was talking about the pre-earth life and being preordained. he said that we were all preordained to come to the earth right now and he looked at me and said that I had been preordained to serve a mission in Panamá, BOOM WITH THE SPIRIT ONCE AGAIN! Love those moments! Haha But legit it was cool.  I love Panamá! (: That's a miracle!

(the principles of the gospel teacher, he´s legit!) 

My comp taught for the first time in English yesterday because we shared a scripture with the Swalm's (: I was so proud of her! That's a miracle!

Alyssa and Hermana S.

Hermana's Wandell and Vasquez

Dear Alyssa, I really miss you. Did you know I get to go on a field trip on Friday? I am really excited because we are going to the children's museum. I am very excited that I wish tomorrow was Friday haha

Dear Abby, I love you! I hope you have fun on your field trip! Give mommy a big hug for me please! You are my favoritest person in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!!!! Love Alyssa

No I didn't get to say goodbye to snacks... but oh well! That's life! I´ll see him in 5 months and I can email him when I get back!

Yeah we could probably do that with the AP's. If not it's a really close walk and we could take them little by little when we go to take the train each day. There are only 3 office elders right now. Okay well 7.. There are 4 assistants and the other 3 office elders. My district leader ("My husband" or "The father of my children" hahahaha) is Elder R. and Our ZL´s are F. and R.

Yes I have plenty of sun screen .. I haven't used sun screen my whole mission so I still have lots left over! Hahaha

My most favorite fruit... would have to be... mamon chino. I also like papaya! and Mango! and marañon! And the water is clean here but if you are that worried yes we can find bottled water.

 I love you! I will see you wayyyyyyy too soon! It freaks me out how fast time flies.. The days feel like seconds and the weeks like minutes... it's awful... but I love you! Chao for now!


  A. (Lunch on Saturday's/my adopted older sister)

 Hna. M. (our lunch on Tuesday's)




(she is the daughter of the family that we shared a house with in Boquete, 
she just moved to Brisas with the Swalms

 The Bishop

 Hno. S. and I,
 (Lunch Saturday/ adopted family)


J. (Our ward mission leader)

K. (lunch Saturday/adopted older sister)

 Elder B.

 Hermana's M. and Wandell

Hermana's Wandell and C.

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Years and the beach

Okay first things first, I need you to find my journal that I left at home and bring it because I literally only have enough pages to get me to the 4th of  February. The journal is white and it has turquoise and black designs on the outside. 

Second of all the Swalms from Boquete moved to Brisas del Golf! Hahaha it's awesome!

New years was good. But the whole staying up late thing is not good for me anymore... haha I was exhausted the next day! 

                                                              Hermana's C. and Wandell

Hermana's V. and Wandell 

Hermana's Wandell and M.

Snacks is going to San Blas!! Tomorrow!! Leaving me 4 weeks before I go home.. but whatever I will see him in June. 

I saw hung out with O. today (:

Spanish... This will be my new super power when I get home... I can talk all I want and no one will understand me (: .

 Dear Alyssa, did you know we only get to email you 5 more times until you come home. And no more skype but guess what I get to skype with you and mom when she comes to get you. So could you tell me what time that could be so I will know when to get on the computer everyday. Did you know I have had a fever for a couple days? You are my bestest friend ever. I am so glad you are coming home soon and I am so so so excited. Only 40 more days until you come home. To my bestest bestest Alyssa love Abby
Dear Abby, I love you! Please stop reminding me how many days are left. Love Alyssa

Bring tennis shoes cause you are gonna walk a lot. and bring clothes that aren't too hot

Bye! Love you! 

So you might have to wait a while for pictures... because my camera doesn't want to work anymore.... yeah....

OH WE HAD A SLEEP OVER IN THE CHAPEL SO WE COULD GO TO THE BEACH AT THE BUTT CRACK OF DAWN AND THERE WERE A TONNNNNNN OF BUGS! Never again!!! I am still scratching... nasty little buggers... soooo tiny but soooo evil!!!