Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Week 3 in CCM Mexico (January 28, 2014)

This week was good! I AM SICK THOUGH.
Last Tuesday after I finished emailing we went to the clinic and saw the doctor. I had a high fever, the result of a bad cold. He instructed my companions, who were also sick, and I to get lots of rest. So for a whole week we got to sleep in! My companions are better now but I saw the doctor again yesterday and my body couldn’t heal myself from the cold and it started to turn into something worse so the doctor gave me antibiotics and some other stuff. I am slowly getting better but I'm still sick, unfortunately.

I gave a talk all in Spanish on Sunday! The way sacrament meetings work here is that everyone writes a talk on the same assigned topic and then during the meeting we find out who is talking right then and there. And I was the third person picked on Sunday to give my talk on the atonement. Good thing this talk was the best one I've written yet! I used a lot of scriptures and bore my testimony a lot haha. The talk only has to be 5 minutes but I was still nervous. I think I did a good job. I took a picture of the talk and will send it after this email!

My Spanish is progressing, but slowly. I feel like I’ve learned so much in the past three weeks. I can have very small conversations and I can understand so much. I understand other people talking very well but it’s just the talking back that I struggle with haha. Just like in French!

The days here are very long, and there’s never a free moment. But I guess that is good because it hardly gives anyone any time to think about all the things and people we miss. But I do daydream A LOT haha.

I love having two companions. We are always laughing and having a fun time. It can be hard during meetings with investigators, because it can be hard to split out our time and thoughts between three people, and because my two companions are more advanced at Spanish than I am. Starting tomorrow I am supposed to do 60% of everything in our companionship, planning and talking during meetings as assigned by our afternoon teacher Hermano Castallanos. He’s the same age as me which is funny, but he knows a lot about missionaries and how to be a good one. Last week while teaching our investigator, Ryan, Hermano Castallanos sat in to help us but I was so nervous because he was intently watching us and I froze. AND THE WHOLE THING WAS IN ENGLISH. So he left because he could tell I was nervous. And then it got a lot easier when he left haha; Shame on my part.

 This whole week I’ve been thinking about how much I miss going to see movies and eating popcorn. I miss it! Everyone at the CCM gets to watch a church movie every Sunday, in the huge auditorium. This past Sunday we watched two short films, not as fun as last Sunday we watched a movie about Joseph Smith. I know I’ve seen parts of it but the whole thing was so good. I'm definitely a fan. During the "romantic" scenes everyone got all giddy and it was HILAROUS. I just wish we could have popcorn too haha

I love my district so much. We do everything together. My companions and I are the only girls in our district; it’s fun anyway. The elders are so funny and very mature for their age. Our district leader, elder Saunders, is the second youngest out of everyone but he is so mature and our maestro even guessed that he was 20. We did a thing where everyone was trying to guess everyone else’s first names and one of the elders guessed my name on the first try. Everyone said that I look exactly like my name. They are a really cool bunch of people and we have a lot of fun during our looooong days in class. I am learning so much here, not only about the Spanish language, but also about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I enjoy it but it can also be VERY exhausting. I love how kind everyone is and the peacefulness of the CCM. I can't wait to hear from everyone again next week! Love you!

-Hermana Jaquez

District 12A 
I look awful because I'm sick. 
<3 Hna. Young
Ready to email 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Week 2 in CCM Mexico (January 21, 2014)

    Hey guys! So the second week here at the CCM was way easier than the first. There is so much studying to do here but we also have a lot of fun. Sundays are a bit different because we have sacrament meeting with just our districts so it's my district (12a) and then district 12c so around 20 people ha-ha. Also the thing about Sundays is that everyone has to prepare a talk on the subject they give us and then right there in sacrament meeting they call out who is going to give the talks. So you always have to be prepared with a talk. And it has to be in Spanish! The whole meeting is in Spanish too. My first two Sunday I didn't have to give a talk which I am grateful for. My talks weren't that great. This past Sunday my companion, Hermana Young, got called on to give a talk and her talk was sooooo good. Her Spanish is amazing and her accent spot on. She took two years of Spanish before coming here so that was to her advantage. 
    My Spanish is progressing very slowly and it's hard sometimes but I try not to let it upset me. I just try my hardest and I think that is good enough because my teachers are always encouraging me even when my accent is horrible or I have to ask for help. So that is a real blessing.
    My teacher’s names are Hermano Garcia (morning teacher) and Hermano Castallanos (afternoon teacher). We also used to have another teacher but he moved on to teach a new district that just arrived last Wednesday. His name is Hermano Hernandez and he is hilarious. sometimes he says things in English and we all are like "oh we can speak English to him!" but then when we say something in English he doesn't understand and we spend 30 minutes trying to explain what we are trying to say. Ha-ha. For example we spend an hour explaining mullets to him. And then my companions and some of the elders were teaching him American slang. It was funny.
    Classes are hard. They’re all in Spanish so I often have a look of huge confusion because I have no idea what is going on. And then my maestro will look at me and explain in English. It is sad but also hilarious. I can bear my testimony in Spanish and pray though. so that is nice. I get called on to pray so much here. And I decided finally that I should just stop using the cheat sheet and learn some phrases since everyone is calling on me ha-ha. I guess that was the motivation that I needed. 

    Testimony: Yo se que Jesucristo es el salvador. Yo se que el evangelio es verdadero y yo se que dios es amoroso. Yo se que Thomas S. Monson es el profeta y él es inspirado. yo se que la iglesia es verdadero. En el nombre de Jesucristo, amen.
  My companions are amazing. They are so good at Spanish and are always trying to help me. We try to say all our companionship prayers in Spanish and I think that is also helping me a lot. My companion Hermana bleak, from Los Angeles, is a big Harry Potter fan and even listens to Harry and the Potters and we have really bonded over that ha-ha.
    I am running out of time because we only get an hour on the computers but I really miss you guys. I can’t wait to email you again next week!

In our closets. Hna Bleak, Me, Hna. Young
our best friends who we eat lunch with everyday. They're gone!
Walking to go email!

My group made this.

A view from our classroom. note: mexico flag.

best part of p-day: resting.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Week 1 in CCM Mexico (January 8th-January 14th)

  Thank you for the birthday wishes! I’ve been so homesick. There is little time to be homesick; because every moment of our day is planned out.
    The Teachers only speak Spanish in all our lessons; The Spanish is HARD. I’m struggling so much but I also feel like I am learning fast. We study ALL day long from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed!  The Spirit is so strong here and I love it. It is also really hard because I have so much work to do with Spanish.                             
    Ahhhh! I feel so pressured right now because there is a countdown to my computer time. I only have 50 minutes left and I have 15 emails from you and friends. I feel so blessed. I have two companions, Hermana Bleak and Hermana Young. They are the best. We are already really great friends and I love them so much. They speak really good Spanish and they are so patient with me. I can pray in Spanish; Kind of. I have done it three times now; once with our investigator, and two times in class. I always have to look at a cheat sheet for help but I’m getting better. I can introduce myself as a missionary and I can bare my testimony pretty well. The spirit is everywhere on this campus and it feels so amazing. All the missionaries in my district are great. We almost all flew in on the same plane from Dallas.
    My birthday was good. I was sad that I spent the whole day studying but at the end of the day all the people from our district (all three classes) came in and sang me Happy Birthday in Spanish. I felt so loved even by these people I knew for a day they all wrote me a note and gave me treats.  I had mentioned my birthday to one girl. Once!
    At first all the Mexican food in the cafeteria was very different but I’m starting to get used to it. The weather here is COLD. I definitely should have brought more than just two small Cardigans. I can already tell that I will need another pair of shoes when I get to Honduras. Haha.
    I miss you guys and I think about you throughout the day. Thank you for the pictures of the cats! I miss them too, they are so cute. I am going to try and figure out how to send pictures. I will figure it out eventually haha. I love you guys! There is so much to write and so little time. I love you guys!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Arrival at the CCM Mexico (January 8, 2014)

My flight was great! Nothing went wrong.  There were quite a few missionaries on my flight from Dallas to Mexico City.  Getting off the plane in Mexico I met Hermana Young from Utah we are both going to serve in the Honduras, Tegucigalpa mission! I was so happy and relieved that I had found someone so quickly.  Hermana Young and I stuck together all through immigration and customs; I was so relieved I didn’t have to figure it out all on my own!

The flight from Dallas to Mexico City was not long at all, but I was soooo tired.  I still am! After going through immigration and customs we all had to wait for almost an hour while we got our bags sorted out.    On our bus ride to the CCM (Spanish for MTC) we rode though the city, there was a lot to see and it was really interesting! I will show you the pictures I’ve taken on another day.

Things I remember about the bus ride to the CCM: the smell of the city, the colors of the buildings, there is graffiti everywhere and some of it is really cool, many street vendors and some who walk through traffic, the hills around the city are really cool and I like how there are houses that grow up them.
 When we got to the CCM we got our information packets.  We found out who our Companion is and guess who mine is? Hermana Young; my airport buddy! We were both pretty excited.  We then went to eat dinner. Alllll Mexican food in the cafeteria, there were a few things I was not familiar with. All the food was pretty good except for some jello-type thing that Hermana Young and Hermana Tulley (from American Samoa) also tried and the consensus among our group was; Never again. Everyone in the cafeteria was coming up to introduce themselves, helping us find the bathrooms and showing us where to put our dirty trays. It's so nice.
Everything is so structured here.  I actually like it, it makes me feel relieved, and chaos would make me anxious. Ha-ha.  I can't believe that I'm actually in Mexico City already. Everyone here at the CCM is SO nice. I can't wait to talk to you guys and read to your emails.  I love you guys! Send me lots of mail!  Sam

Package Mailing:
Sister Samantha Jaquez
Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission
Colonia Florencia Norte, Contiguo a Sears
Entre Boulevar Suyapa y Price Smart
Edificio Plaza America, 3er Piso
Tegucigalpa M.D.C. Honduras C.A.
Phone# 504-2239-5587
Include Phone Number with ALL package Mailing.

Letter Mailing:
Sister Samantha Jaquez
Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission
Colonia Florencia Norte, Contiguo a Sears
Entre Boulevar Suyapa y Price Smart
Edificio Plaza America, 3er Piso
Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras

on the plane!
leaving missouri
arrival in mexico!
the bus! (leaving the airport)
on the bus
hashtag el hobbit
mexico city
arrival at the MTC!
first meal