I am so spoiled here in Arizona! I have an amazing companion Hermana Aguilar!! She was born in Chile (shout out to KimberLee) and raised in Utah...so speaks perfect spanish and English *dream come true. It was funny because when president Jenkins annouced our companionship at transfer meeting, he said "I don't know if it is a good idea to put a Chilean and an Argentine together...there might be some problems" haha I LOVE HER. She reminds me so much of Melissa Hoynacki. Like so much. She has such an amazing outlook on missionary work! This is her first time training and being full field (she was called to the visiting center). The people here in Mesa are so so so nice. Even the people that reject you..they do it in such a nice manner. hahaha. I'm so spoiled here. We have a really nice apartment, car, phone, ipads, and we get fed every night. The members are so so sweet.
okay so I'm sure all of you have heard that it was 117 degrees here. yeah. It really isn't that bad!!...mostly because we have a car.
I am over two wards! The Eden Park YSA ward and the Tierra Rica branch. I am definitely speaking more English than I would like, but it's also nice to practice contacting in English. We also have to get a little creative when finding people teach. In my area there are only like 3 Hispanic neighborhoods and as you can guess, not that many YSA. I have learned so much this week about God's will and having faith. The field has been a hard transition for me, and I have had to depend a lot on Heavenly Father. Sometimes I feel so small and insignificant, but I just have to keep reminding myself why I'm here and who I'm here for.
My mission president is so nice and pretty much the greatest! President Jenkins reminds me a ton of Grandpa Allen...don't really know why, but it makes me happy :) There are so many different cultures here! I love it. We are teaching a man Enrique from Guatemala
Saturday we didn't have that many appointments, so most of the day was spent finding. It was the end of the day when we decided to go to this one house in the area book and see if the person was interested or not. When we pulled up to the house I started to feel really nervous. (I was kinda upset with my spanish from the previous lesson so I thought that just made me extra nervous). Hermana Aguilar asked how I felt and I said "great."
When we approached the door, we were standing outside for a good minute and I had this thought come to me "you need to leave NOW." I turned to Hermana and asked if we should go and she agreed. The minute we turned and left I felt this HUGE chill go through me.. like the spirit telling me it was the right decision. The feeling was so so overwhelming I burst into tears in the middle of the road. Hermana Aguilar turned to me and said she was so glad we left because she remembers coming to that house before and having a similar feeling. God's hand really is in my life and I'm so grateful for it.
I love being a missionary. I loved walking down the street and watching people quickly walking to the cars as if we are going to attack them. I love serving. I love Spanish. I'm so blessed to be here and to have such and amazing experience.
Sister Emma Allen
Arizona Mesa Mission
2525 North 32nd Street
Mesa, Arizona 85213-181
ps. I miss my MTC district. Hope you all are doing well!
Welcome to the Arizona Mesa Mission (and 117 degree record breaking temps. August in Arizona)
Hermana Allen with President and Sister Jenkins Arizona Mesa Mission Presidents