This post is in 2 parts. The first is our skype session with Alyssa on Christmas and the 2nd is her email from Monday. Enjoy!
Q. From Abby - How are you doing in Panamá? Do you like it?
A. Good and I love it here.
Q. What has President Carmack inspired the mission to do?
A. Obey the rules because you want to not because you should.
Q. What is Sister Carmack like?
A. She is super sweet.
Q. What has been your favorite meal from the member in the mission thus far?
Q. What is your current mission theme right now?
A. Prepare ye the way of the Lord (she said it to me in Spanish but I didn't understand so I had her tell it to me in English)
Q. How often do you do laundry?
A. Every Monday
Q. What was the last miracle you witnessed?
A. Being in the right place at the right time. She said this happens a lot actually. Something will happen and they get delayed somewhere but then it puts them in the right place at the right time and they meet somewhere they were meant to talk to.
Q, What do you like about your companion? How old is she?
A. She is very very nice and she is a really hard worker. She is 19.
Q. Do you have any inside jokes in your mission?
A. Suck a pineapple.
Q. Do they have street vendors in your area and what kind of food do they serve?
A., Yes but we don't go there some of kind of iffy and you just don't know. Better safe than sorry.
Q. What has been your favorite pday activity so far?
A. Probably the causeway.
Q. Do you do a lot of service project in your area? What kinds?
A. Yes we do, a lot of painting, that is a really big thing here and cleaning.
Q. How do you find service projects to do?
A. As a missionary you are in the habit of asking people if there is anything you can do for them so people will just tell us what we can do. If it takes a lot of people we will get the district or zone together to help.
Q. What is the neatest thing you have seen in Panamá?
A. The waterfall in Boquete
Q. What is your favorite thing you smell?
A. At dinnertime when you are out walking you can smell people cooking plantains. It smells so good!
Q.How big is your ward?
A. We have like 150 people every Sunday usually. It is the only place I have been in a ward. All of my other areas have been branches.
Q. What are some of the local sayings?
A. A ya la vida and Que xopa
Q. What was the scariest thing that has happened that you felt like you were protected as a missionary?
A. Someone tried to get in our house at 5 am once. I think they were probably drunk
Q. How often do the members in this area feed you?
A. Everyday lunch and dinner
Q. How far away from the mission office do you live?
A. about an hour but you have to remember we don't drive a car, we have to take the bus and the train. In a car probably 20 minutes.
Q. What is the traditional Christmas dinner in Panamá?
A. Ham, rice and potato salad
Q. What other traditions do they have we don't?
A. Well the celebrations are mostly on Christmas Eve. That's when they eat and have parties. And everyone stays up until midnight even the little kids and they light fireworks at midnight. Everyone all over the city. The jolly old guy that don't really do that like we do.
Q. What time does it get dark? Is is different at different times of the year?
A. 6:30 every night. No it's pretty much the same all the time.
Q. What is your favorite thing about Panamá?
A. All my friends I have made here. I will really miss them.
Hi! I feel like there's not much to say since I just talked to you.
MIRACLE: two less actives are reactivating and we are working with others to get to that point! But one of them wants to go on a mission! And said that he is going to ask the bishop on Sunday about a mission!
Did you buy me a new sonicare toothbrush? I need to know if i can give mine and the left over heads to my comp?
Q. So one of your companion's in engaged. Do you want to guess who? or do you already know?
Who is engaged?? Is it Medellin??????????? If it is then send her this on facebook MUJER DE DIOS! TE QUIERO TANTO Y EXTRAÑO A TI Y TUS LOCURAS! FELICIDADES! and if it's not her then tell her the same thing except delete the last word, haha!
Dear Alyssa, I love you! So I want to tell you what I got for Christmas. playdough, some new movies, clothes, uno, pens, markers, coloring stuff, buttons, candy, glowsticks. What did you get for Christmas? Alyssa, I didn't know that you had a cold like we do. Alyssa I love that we got to skype with you. I can't wait til I get to see you but this time guess what that will be at the airport! Did you like your Christmas presents? What did you like the best? to Alyssa Love Abby
Dear Abby, I am so glad I got to talk to you too! I love and miss you! And I cant wait to see you!! Don't tell anyone put I already started packing, that's how excited I am! (I just rearranged the clothes that were already in my suitcase that I have bought while I have been here) I really liked the Christmas presents, but my favorite was a super cute picture of you! See you soon kiddo! Love Alyssa
I don't really know where everyone else slept, I wasn't paying attention to anyone else, just Osorio, haha.
Q. Did you like the Christmas stocking I sent you? Did you think those were cute?
I liked all the stuff you sent!
Hey ask Ben to ask that guy if they need translators.. because I´m really good at that!! And tell him I said hi and that I miss him and hope he is doing well (: and that he is awesome!"
Q. What goals do you have you would like to accomplish before you come home?
My main goal is just to help people come unto Christ by helping them to receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
These pictures are from last weeks pday
I love you!
Elder's V. and A. and Hermana B.