Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This is it...

My last week with Christ's name right next to mine. How I'll miss it.

This week has been a little crazy! I got stung by a bee under my eye and I biffed it pretty hard core on divisions and my hand was swollen for like three days... it's like internally bruised. Yay. Also on those divisions I found out that the mom of one of the Latin sisters in my zone lives in Tooele... so that's a little nuts! Small world. Does Jessica know a Maybel that's 15 and from El Salvador?? haha 

This is my last email home. I am kind of in denial about all this... I can't believe how fast time has gone. But to commemorate, let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we? Remember when...

I ate fried pig skin? We moved overnight to ditch the drunk men outside our door? I got called to train a white girl with only 5 months in the mission? I basically peed my skirt on a public bus? #SinVergüenza. The APs thought that my Ward Mission Leader and I thought were on a date? I got emergency changed to my Grandma's? I gained XX pounds in 4 months? We captured a ginormous cockroach in a Pringles can? When we got our lost phone back? I suffered during Pizza Hut's remodel? Taylor Swift made me sumamente trunky? We visited some volcanoes? I found bugs in my Trix cereal so I burned it? A grim reaper freak was in the middle of the street at night so my companion and I took off running like mad? I taught a Buddhist and a Jew in the same week? We found a mini St. George hidden in my area? My Preach My Gospel fell in the toilet? Still mourning that... Some lady told me she dreamed about me months before I even got to Matagalpa? When I gave a talk in church on 5 minutes notice? More than once... Loam. My old investigator from Jinotega got baptized after I re-introduced the missionaries to her on divisions? I got hit in the head with a baseball? I spent almost all my mission with white girls and newbies? We found a turtle on the mountain? When some guy yelled at me for not telling him my first name? We killed a mouse with a broom? We paid children to knock on doors for us so people would actually open them? I saw a dead man in the street? When we crossed a Tarzan bridge on the daily? (Another board came off this week...) I projectile vomited after drinking some bad juice? And remember when I learned Spanish? And when we taught lesson after lesson after contact after studying after contact after lesson? When I learned that obedience is more than just a good idea, it's a spiritual principle of faith and power? When the spirit protected my companion and me from who knows what in Jinotega? When the windows of heaven opened and poured me out strength beyond what I ever thought was possible? Seeing my weaknesses helped me become strong? When my testimony made a 180 turn around while I struggled. When I realized that thinking about others really is the key to happiness. When I found out that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God. When I came to love these crazy people with all my heart.. When I found out the Book of Mormon really does change lives. I came to understand what the Atonement really could do for me. When I found out Jesus Christ really is the Savior and Redeemer. The biggest change really was in me. 

I am about out of time. I wish I could convey with these words how much the gospel means to me and how much I know it is true. I know it. God loves us so much. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is God's kingdom on earth. Coming to Christ is really the only thing that gives us lasting peace. Now is the time. He's shown the way. He beckons with open arms. He loves us. Never forget it. 

See you soon.

Love, Hermana Gubler

The zone!

Her mom is in Tooele.

My piñata toady!

Hna Eteaki

I was pretty excited for cake...

Hermana Coello

My Hermanas today at the goodbye party :)

Thanksgiving dinner. The best we could do. French toast cheesy potatoes, pineapple, and eggs. Best.

Oh, how I'll miss this girl. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wet hair don't care - Happy Birthday!

For those of you who have been asking, I get home on the 15 of December at 9:38pm. I would love to see you all there! My homecoming report will be the 20th at 9am in the Erda chapel (323 East Erda Way). Again, everyone come!!! 

We had a mouse problem, so we bought some mouse poison, which seemed like a great idea... till the mouse died. Dead mouse on the kitchen floor... It looked like it was screaming in pain when it died. Last time I'll do that... Gross.

We've also been washing our clothes all by hand so that's been a treat. I'll post a video of how that works when I get home. 

Pray for Indira and her dad and that he'll let her get baptized this Saturday

Andd thanks for all the birthday wishes! Hermana Near is the cutest and did this balloon thing with 21 things she loves about me. And we ate cake and blew out candles and I was going to send a video but I forgot and now I have to get off. 

Also. Never be obedient only when you understand why the rule is there. Have faith. Obedience and faith go hand in hand. Easy to say and easy to do. Just decide now.

Ok, that is a really condensed version of what I was going to write this week! 

Love, Hermana Gubler

These little pals are everywhere in our house. We like em because they eat the bugs.

Anndd This is Virginia. She's literally half my size. She's a member and the cutest.

Birthday balloons

All about that cake. Bout that cake. Also look how white my knee is compared to me. Whoops

She turned two on the the day I turned 21. Wooo

Late night paper work. Yayyy
Where I was one year ago today celebrating my birthday. Miss you Wheat!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Don't hold your breath while reading this...

All my agendas! (next photo also)
 This week has been a whirlwind. How is it going by so fast??? I don't know what to write because I feel like I wrote yesterday. Also, I had a wicked migraine this morning so if this isn't coherent it's because my brain feels like jelly. 

Just so everyone knows, Hermana Walborn is training a gringa. Which makes me a Grandma. I'm so proud. 

I've been hearing a lot on current events lately... The church handbook policy uproar, and I heard about what happened in France on Friday. My heart goes out to the families of those affected. The handbook thing kind of upsets me though. Sometimes I think we forget that having faith that our leaders are called of God includes having faith in their decisions... sheesh. 

We had a neat experience yesterday, we walked into church to find four white people. That's never happened to me before and I felt strange not being the only blonde in the chapel. Their names were Travis and Mandy Lloyd and the others Ryan and Marci (don't remember last names) and they were visiting from Salt Lake. We sat and chatted with them and found out that Elder Lloyd served in this very area 17 years ago. He recounted to us a bunch of his experiences and it was amazing to hear how much the church has grown in that short time! He taught and converted some of the strongest members in our ward who served their own missions and their efforts have had far reaching effects! That all traces back to him! It just made me so excited to come back here in a few years and see the impact from what we've done and the progress Nicaragua will have made. I HOPE TO SEE A TEMPLE!! Soon soon. Also Brother Lloyd says he'll be calling you this week, Mom. He wants you to know how we're doing :) And they gifted the Elders and us some money for lunch but we decided we're going to do secret Santa for a few poor families instead. Crazy that I won't be here for it....

We had some problems this week that stemmed from that cheating experience and all I can say is that it's kind of offensive to me as a woman that all the women here base their self worth off of their cooking abilities. We're more than our cooking skills... I read a really awesome article in the Liahona this week that I believe was called "The Spiritual Influence of Women" that I really loved. It reminded me a lot of Mom. Though sewing and hair styling and cooking and decorating are all wonderful things, they're not what defines us. The Lord needs spiritually independent and strong women who will stand as defenders of Zion. That's my Mommy! I loved it a lot.

So you remember the references from Hermano Heneodoro?? One is an incredible soul who told us this week that she felt like God was calling her to this church and she knew she needed to be baptized. She's been reading the Book of Mormon for quite some time before we got here so her answer came fast. We went to her house in the morning to go to church with her, though, and she told us that she decided to go to her husband's evangelical church because they're going to be moving to a part of Nicaragua without an LDS church soon and she didn't want to have her family religiously divided. We were really devastated. I was praying that day to receive the confirmation that God wouldn't forget her, and that some day she would find the courage to join the church, and I received such a calm, peaceful feeling in my heart. I know that God won't abandon her and someday she'll find her way home. We all wander, in a sense, but I've learned on the mission that Christ never leaves us. In 2 Nephi 26:24-25 it says, "He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation. Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price." God loves all his children. He's patient with us. I'm a testament to that!

Well, this email turned out to be extremely long. If you made it this far congrats. I don't even want to reread it it's so long. My bad. hahaha

¡Les amo un montón! Espero que tengan le mejor semana. :)

Hermana Gubler

The backs of the agendas.

And Nicaragua changed their money's look! The new one is on top.

New money.

Monday, November 16, 2015

It's Official... I'm Dying.

A nice shot of my daily life :) Oh how I'll miss this...
And Hermana Near is killing me. 

Here's to my last change!! And the fact that it's cut 2 weeks short! This is the third change I'll have with Hermana Near so she'll be the only companion I'll have more than two changes with. I love her so much and I'm so glad to push to the end with her. :)

This week was a little crazy just because I still haven't been reimbursed for the money I lost. So we didn't have money to pay our laundry or lunch cita so we've been cooking and washing our clothes ourselves.. And living off of nothing. That's been fun. We also got cheated about $500 cordovas ($20) so that was just the cherry on top. I think the Lord is preparing me to be a poor college student again... That's probably a good thing. And I've also been able to adjust back a little because we've been making American food! I LOVE SPAGHETTI. SO MUCH. And chicken without bones. The best.

We worked with a member named Heneodoro this week in a poorer area because he told us he wanted to introduce us to some people. He's a fairly new member, 3 years or so. BUT GUYS. He introduced us to the most ready people I have met in all the time I've been in this area. Do you want to know how he found them?? He was just in the area and contacted them himself. Like what?? Just went up and started to talk to them about the gospel, never having met them before. Talk about no fear!!! Both the references were people that already have friends or family that are members.. And seriously are SO PILAS. I am just so amazed by the courage and conversion of this new member. He's an example to all of us. There are no excuses! Every member a missionary!

We also had District Conference. WE ARE SO CLOSE TO HAVING A STAKE. So close. President and Hermana Collado are amazing. I seriously have the most amazing mission President. I love them. 

The only other thing that I wrote down was that I fell a million times this week. Once a kid literally attacked me to help me up. I was yelling, "I'M OK". It was super awkward.. 

I've been looking back on the mission and all the things I've learned and how I've changed. I have gained a big appreciation for Christ's Atonement and this wonderful mission experience he gave me. President said something a few weeks ago that is pure truth: "The more you get closer to God the more evident your weaknesses and faults become." It's so true. I think that's why the mission humbles you so much! He shows us our faults a little bit at a time as we are ready to see and fix them. I see all my faults - and the number isn't near small - and I am just so filled with gratitude that the gospel's ultimate goal is change. We can do it! We can become better! I feel so much closer to Christ than when I started all this and I feel so much more reliant on him and his Atonement. It truly is a wonderful feeling.

Love you! Have a wonderful week! 💕

Hermana Gubler
This is a throw back to when we got pasta at this Italian place. It was some of the crappiest pasta ever.. But hey. It's noodles. I AM SO EXCITED FOR NOODLES AND COMPANY!!!! Sorry was that trunky?? I have dreams about it weekly. Oops.

We made these tortillas with our bare hands.

My companion ate that. I refused. It is a fish head. In its entirety. She said it was really good. Brave soul.