Monday, October 28, 2013

19th B-Day Special Day for 2 Hermanas and Elvira

19th B-Day
Special Day for Hermana Talbot and Rivera and Elvira

Family, Friends, and The Blog. =)

So I am running out of time this week. I am not sure why. Oh never mind, I know why. Because I am getting nursing calls while I am trying to use my internet time here in the mall. Hahaha. Nah. It's okay. So first, I guess the nursing stuff. So at whatever time in the day or night that someone has a problem medically, they call me. That's it. I have had anything from rashes, to throwing up, to "I can't walk", to "I fell today, but I think I'm okay" to "I have a fever of 102"... to all sorts of other stuff. I thought I was going to have to send one of the Elders to have his tonsils out this past week, but we are going to wait until he gets home. I did send him to the hospital though and thank goodness I did. It's so hard here because I can't see them or assess them. Sooo difficult. And the companions try their hardest, but they just aren't nurses. Sometimes I think they think I am absolutely crazy when I tell them to do something for me like look down someones throat or take their temperature or such. It's quite hilarious sometimes. The Spanish is a struggle at times, but it's coming and thank goodness I have Hermana Rivera. She is absolutely wonderful.

So people here have started asking what my first name is so they can add me on facebook. When I tell them Brooklyn they ask me if it's like Broccoli. I just start busying out laughing, Mom. HAHAHAHA. Rose, like Dante calls me... Do you remember that day?
Mom, there's an hermana in our sector who added me on facebook and sent you a message in English. She wants you to respond back in English and her grandson who speaks English can help her translate. Hahaha. These people are so funny.

We had a baptism yesterday. Elvira. It was absolutely the craziest day. If anything else could have gone wrong, it would have been that she "changed her mind". So the dress that we had for her didn't fit, we couldn't find white pants big enough for her son to wear as he baptized her... but for these, she just moved all of the buttons over and took out the pleats. Hahaha. Then we get to the baptismal service and the first speaker isn't there.... then we get ready for her to go to the font and her son steps in the water and he jumps back out and says "we can't get in there. that water is boiling!". His foot was bright red after he was in it for like 10 seconds. Sooo they ended up having to empty out some of the water and put a hose from an outside faucet, through a window, to put cold water in the font. I just couldn't believe it. Elvira and her son Jorge just started laughing hysterically as they talked about being "cooked" alive at a baptism. She was like "I'm gonna come out like a boiled chicken". BAHAHAA.  Oh ya and the video that we were supposed to watch didn't work either because we couldn't find the remote for the DVD player to change the language from English to Spanish. Ya needless to say it was probably the most stressful baptism ever, but she got baptized!!! So is so happy and we are too. We also gave her a pair of her own scriptures and we wrote our testimonies in the Book of Mormon and Jorge wrote his in the Bible. She said it was the best gift she had gotten that day. So worth the money!!!

We went to the temple this week too. It was absolutely wonderful. I did the whole time in Spanish and was surprised how much I understood. Pretty much everything. Wow. =) Oh ya.
I made pancakes this week. Thanks Mom for teaching me how to flip em.

Go read Mosiah 27:14. Pray for your families... Prayer works!

I love you all. Thanks for all your prayers and emails.


Monday, October 21, 2013

18th B-Day Starting of Mission Nurse Specialist Role

B-Day 18 
Starting of Mission Nurse Specialist Role

Hey Family,

So I have a mountain of things to say this week, so I am going to write first before responding specifically to emails. =)

First of all, we went to Applebees this week. It was like going back to Heaven for an hour or so. I was uterally shocked that Hermana Rivera had never been to a restaurant like that before. When you have a menu and need to order from it. I am so blessed for growing up in the States and having the wonderful family that I have been blessed with. I love you guys.
We have a baptism this next week. Her name is Elvira. She is absolutely amazing and I am so excited to see the joy in her face as we get closer to this Sunday (the day of her baptism). I do have to say, though, that Satan is working hard in her life right now. With complications with her living situations and her family, as well. HE WILL NOT WIN. =) 

Also this next Sunday is the Primary Presentation. I am playing the piano for it being that there is no one else who plays the piano in this ward. I am so grateful for this talent I have been given!

Yesterday was my birthday in the mission! 4 months!! It's starting to go by quickly. The weeks seem like days. The changes (every 6 wks) seem like weeks. 

We are off to the temple in the morning... Hermana Rivera, Hermana Jennings, and me. We are so excited! I am going to try to listen in Spanish this time. Crossing my fingers that my Spanish isn't quite as bad as I think it is. =)

So random thought. We were walking down the street the other day and a Chinese guy walks past us and Hermana Rivera turns to me and says "Jackie Chan!!!!!" I about lost it in the middle of the street as I almost peed my pants. Sometimes I just have to shake my head and keep on walkin'. Hahaha.

OH I GOT THE BOX OF CHOCOLATE!!! We were so excited to get it! Can I just tell you how excited the other Sisters were too? It was like Christmas in October. Thank you Momma. We are enjoying every single bag of chocolatey goodness. MMMMMM.

I have started the nursing part of my mission. The day I started the calls came in at 8am. My hours are from 11-3 hahaha. But all is well. I've only gotten calls about things I can't do anything for. Mostly rashes. I just shake my head and say "well I can't really do anything for that... you're just going to have to wait a few days and see if it goes away". HAHAHA. It's quite interesting to try to understand everything in Spanish, but thank goodness for Hermana Rivera. She really is my assistant. We just put the people on speaker phone and she helps me understand by pointing or acting out what they're saying. Nothing like cherades (I honestly don't know how to spell this) when it comes to the health of the missionaries in our mission.

Hermana Runnells and me were talking about how when we were younger how we thought missionaries were like perfect and they had so much power! Well we know that's not true now.... and we were talking about how the members of the church have the same power. The power that we have is the Spirit and every member has the same right and ability to feel that Spirit, just like us. We talked about the importance of Home and Visiting Teaching and how it's such a simple but crucial thing in the church. All that is asked is to be a missionary to those families or people. So simple! So for all of those Moms or Dads who never had the opportunity to serve a mission... DO YOUR HOME AND VISITING TEACHING. It's just like missionary work! And to all those who did serve, remember the importance of your members while you were on your mission and how you now are that member... We talked about the things we need to change when we get home. Like for me, I need to stop wasting time on FaceBook and the internet... to get my butt out of my bed and go with the missionaries to lessons. I need to be more grateful. Because with more gratitude is less pride. I am ready to change my life... this mission has changed my life... and those changes are for a life time, not just for now. I am ready to leave people, things, and lives better than the way I found them. It's time. Time to be better.

Missionary Mama B Talbot =)

P.S. I don't have time to read this through to check for spelling and stuff, soooo hope it's readable. LOL.

P.P.S. The picture of the 3 hermanas. Me, Hermana Palacios in the wheelchair due to a sprained ankle (it was fun pushing her around the sector when I was on divisiones haha), and Hermana Urzagaste.

B-Day 17 Addemdum

B-Day 17 addendum
Queridos,Hermana Talbot, una hermana de nuestra misión, es una enfermera entrenada y licenciada, y empezando éste Sábado (el 19 de Octubre) ella será llamada para trabajar como enfermera para nuestra misión. Desde el Sábado en adelante, en vez de llamar a la Hermana Wright, deberían llamar a la Hermana Talbot con sus problemas médicos. Ella tendrá su propio celular donde la podrán contactar, pero ella todavía estará en su sector haciendo proselitismo con su compañera así que por favor llamen entre las 11am-3pm. Por favor no la llamen fuera de este horario a menos que sea una emergencia médica para que ella y su compañera puedan seguir trabajando en su barrio.


Dear, sister Talbot, sister of our mission, is a trained and licensed nurse, and starting this Saturday (October 19) she will be called to work as a nurse for our mission.
From Saturday onwards, instead of calling the Wright sister, they should call the sister Talbot with his medical problems.
Dear, she will have his own cell phone where you can contact her, but she will still be in its sector thus making proselytizing with fellow to please call between 11 am - 3 pm.
Please not call it outside these hours unless it is a medical emergency that she and her partner can continue working in your neighborhood.

Muchas Gracias Élderes y Hermanas

La Oficina

17th B-Day Getting Ready to Start the Nursing assignment soon!

17th B-Day 
Getting Ready to Start the Nursing assignment soon!

Hi everyone!!

So I've got some news finally about the nursing responsibility that I've got. I will be starting this coming Saturday (19th October). What happens is if any of the missionaries in this mission (Santiago Este) have a health problem they call me. I have picked up the role earlier than expected due to Hermana Wright (Mission President's wife) needs my help. =) I do have hours that they call call me. Hermana Wright thought that would be best. So the next 2 or so weeks before the next change is an experiment as to what is working well and what is not working well.

I am so grateful to have Hermana Rivera as my companion right now. She has helped me out a ton the past few days to get me ready for the crazy calls I am going to receive. I will have some funny stories I am sure. =) I am going through the in-field 12 week training a little faster than 12 weeks, but all is well.

Hermana Rivera and I are getting along perfectly.

My boogers are black, just in case you wanted to know. The polution here is HORRIBLE. I am just thankful my nose hairs are doing their job and I am hoping that that crap isn't in my lungs. (We can hope right?)

MOM. FEED THE MISSIONARIES!! I don't know if it's a problem in Maine or not, but at times it is hard for us to get meals. Help em out!

I love you all! Say hi to all of my friends and co-workers for me. I miss you all!!

P.S. For the photos. Um, there's... 

us studying in the morning with the sunshine... trying to tan or legs....

 my eyeball so you all know that I am watching you!!!....

and the HUGE broccoli here!! Seriously, the veggies are HUGE.

Monday, October 7, 2013

16th B-Day the Hermana who eats bird brains

16th B-Day
the Hermana who eats bird brains??

Bird Brains?? ewe for real???

Hey Familia!!

Hi. =) I have attached 2 pictures for you guys this week. One I was eating the brains of birds this week. Actually it was really good. I was surprised... but you have to put lots of butter on them!! HAHAHA. Lies. It's a fresh walnut. I hope I tricked some of you for maybe like 2 seconds. =)

We were able to attend General Conference. I watched the Relief Society session in Spanish and the rest in English. I was so thankful that they had set up English because I definitely understood way more than I would have had I listened in Spanish. Also, I wanted to write in my journal in English because I'm pretty sure whoever reads it won't understand in Spanish hahaha. I tell you what though, my spelling in English is HORRIFIC! I don't know what I'm gonna do when I get back home. I feel like I need to go back to school sometimes. I am teaching my companion English and sometimes I can't even remember how to spell something. It's terrible.

Hermana Rivera and Talbot before General Conference Santiago, Chile

So I don't really sleep here. Before my mission as Mom can attest, I was the sleeping queen, but now... I just can't sleep. I am not sure what it is yet, but I think it's stress to be honest. So I don't really dream hear either. I've never really been a dreamer. BUT I had an interesting dream Friday night. It was about you, Mom. So this was my dream: I was with Hermana Rivera and Hermana Jennings. I had a cellphone like we have hear and it started ringing. So I answered it and the person told me to put the phone on speakerphone so everyone could hear, but she specifically wanted to talk to me. (mind you this dream is in spanish... what? haha)... so I put it on speaker phone and the lady says "Hi. I'm a nurse at the hospital. I just wanted to let you know that you're Mom was in a terrible accident. You need to come home now because she's not going to make it until you get back in 2014". Okay, I woke up in a start and just started bawling!! It was so real and so scary. I can't even tell you how horrified I was. I had wished so back I could have called you, Mom. I have fasted and prayed yesterday and today for you. I hope to never dream ever again in my life.

General conference was wonderful! If you didn't watch it, go watch it! If you did watch it, get the printed copy as soon as you can and study them! I know the messages were truth and were specifically for each of us. I could not believe all of the talks that were on convenants and missionary work. We were just all sitting there saying AMEN. =)

I love you all. A lot. I hope you are doing well. I cannot wait for all of these promised letters that are coming my way. I'm about ready to go kick some butt in the mail system. =)