Monday, July 27, 2015

Hump Day!

As my family is SO aware, I hit my half way mark! 9 months. That´s insane.

9 months!!

At first I decided that I was going to completely ignore it. Because I never want this to end. I love the mission SO MUCH. It´s the best decision I´ve made in my life, and why would I ever want to pay attention to the fact that I now have less time left to serve? But then I decided to pay attention to the fact that I´ve served the Lord in this beautiful country, I´ve met countless people who have changed my life forever, I´ve never felt this kind of joy, I´ve seen too many amazing things to count, I´ve felt the influence of the Spirit stronger than ever before, I´ve learned and learned, and learned some more, the scriptures have become even more important to me, I´ve made so many friends that will be a part of my life forever, the Atonement has never been more beautiful or sacred to me, Ive had so many opportunities to grow, serve, and love, etc. for NINE MONTHS of my life. And I still have another beautiful nine months ahead of me. It´s a wonderful thing, this halfway mark. I still never want to finish, but I know that eventually, it´s something I need to do. But that´s okay, because I´m living every single moment to its fullest, in the way the Lord wants me to. I´m so incredibley grateful for these 18 months that I have to serve Him. 

This week was awesome.

More than half of the mission went to Cusco, and we got to hear Elder Juan A. Uceda (a member of the Seventy and the Area President) talk to us for about 5 or 6 hours. It was... Incredible, to say the least. I´ve never taken so many notes in my life, and I´m definitely a note taker. I honestly don´t know what I could even say about this conference. It changed my life. And WOW am I grateful for the opportunity us missionaries had to listen to him for 5 or 6 hours. He taught us so much, and he was so guided by the spirit. It was an amazing day.

We also got to eat in the mall in Cusco. That was great. I love Papa John´s. And Burger King. Yes, we ate in the mall twice (we were there for 2 days, so why not?). American food is fatty and nice. I like it.

I get a little crazy when I get to eat American food and we´re going to hear one of the Seventy speak. Also, how in the world is my body so awkward? It´s cool. At least I´m aware of it.

The Hna Capacitadoras like to steal my Minnie when we´re traveling to Cusco.

Me and Hna Fernández in Cusco (it´s cool to have your old comp in the same zone.)

Hna Vitola, another one of my favorite Colombianas, and Hna Hill crazy hair. It happens when I don´t shower cause we´re going to be in a bus for 3 hours on the way to Sicuani. Yeah, there´s no way I´m showering for that.

Also, in our reunion de distrito our district leader asked us to write a list about why our companions are awesome. So we can be more grateful for them, and more united or something. I thought it was fun, because I´m happy with Hna Páez. She´s like my favorite Columniana ever. Here´s a couple reasons why Hna Páez is awesome:

- She loves Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, the same actors I love, Captain America, etc. Way to have a good taste, compi!

- She´s probably the most patient person I´ve met in my life, although she thinks she needs to work on it more.

- She´s always willing to help me, and anyone else, with anything they need.

- She tells me (during our email hour when I ´m asking her... hey what´s your favorite bands again? Aren´t they groups I love too?) "Seriously, right now? We´re emailing our families, I can´t remember bands right now..."

- She LOVES her mission, and the Lord, and hopes to never end her mission. She´s an incredible teacher, missionary, etc.

Basically, I´m lucky. She´s the best. And we FINALLY took a picture together! After ALL of my time in Cusco in the same district, we came to Sicuani together, but had different comps, and now that we´re comps, you´d think we´d have at least one, but we don´t. We´re not entirely sure how that happened.

I love you all and I miss you all SO MUCH. 

I´m not sure I´ve ever been this happy. How is there room for all of this joy and love in my body? I´m not really sure, but I´m loving it. There´s really nothing better than this.

Have a wonderful week!
Hna Hill

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hump Day Love

(Kelly here)

Of course I'm celebrating like crazy right now since Keni is half way done with her mission today. I rounded up people to take pictures of themselves so I could surprise her through email.

One of the things Keni is known for is making faces for pictures. You'll see that many people played along, knowing it would speak to her.

Mum Kelly
 Dad Kendall
 StepMom Valerie
 Brothers (Squatch and HJ)
 Gma Lo-Lo and Gpa Dale

 Gma Myrn

BFF Callie 

 StepBro Justin

 StepBro Ryan
 Cousins Anton and Britney and Baby J
 Uncle Mike
 Another bestie Kayla
 Kendra - a YW's leader - and her cute kids.

Monday, July 13, 2015


(Kelly here) ... Keni didn't write a blog post this week, but she did send me this message because it's my birthday today:

Or in Spanish: ¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS! 

You completed another year! Wow that came out Spanish. Grammar is hard in English. Just so you know, Jake helped me realize that I was writing to like everyone except for you every week. Yikes. I´m a sucky hija. 

No blog entry this week. Running out of time, and also nothing happened this week. I was sick in my bed. (DON´T WORRY. I´m okay! Normal stuff.) 

Something funny about spanish that I´m certain you´ll enjoy: 

Llama in Spanish is llama. You only pronounce it differently. it sounds like Yama. It also means a couple other things. My personal favorite, and one that never ceases to make me giggle like a 12 year old....

llama de fuego means flame.... but the first time I read that in the scriptures I was so confused. Because if you don´t know that llama also means flame, you think llama de fuego means 


I hope that made sense, because I´m basically always giggling when it says that in the scriptures. And it says it a fair amount. I love Spanish. It´s a crack up.

Anyway. I hope you have the best birthday EVER and know that I´m sending you all my love and hugs! 

A birthday reminder: In about a week I´m half way done with my mission. I´m sure that´ll make you squeal like a little girl. 

LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH! Te amo y te extraño muchísimo!

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July in Sicuani!

This week was a little crazy. First, I packed everything to move literally 5 minutes away. #IHatePacking

Second, I sweat for the first time in my whole mission. It was hot. Not going to lie, I didn´t miss the whole sweating thing.

Third, It was INDEPENDENCE DAY! Which pretty much just meant that we worked while wearing red, white, and blue. We went to Chumo (a part of our sector that has 90% cows and sheep and 10% people. I love Chumo.), there was snow in the mountains, we took a lot of pics, and then later that day we went to a funeral of  member that neither of us knew. Odd 4th of July, but it was really great too. It was nice to be a support for the family of that member who died, and there was SNOW in the mountains! 

4th of July in Sicuani. There was snow in the mountains :) 

Fourth, I love my comp. She´s so great. We were in the same district in Cusco, so it´s fun to reminisce... (someone... How do you spell that? I used to know.) She´s from Columbia, so there went the Argentina pattern, but I´m  just happy I still have a latina companion :) Latinas are the best.

My Colombiana compañera celebrating the 4th of July with me. She´s a sweetheart. 

Fifth, me and our district leader spent about 5 minutes trying to remember what a power converter was called. And actually, I´m still not sure that power converter is the right word.

Sixth, I studied the crap out of April´s conference issue. And I found a quote that I LOVE.

"I am here because I desire with all my heart to follow my Master, Jesus Christ. I yearn to do all that He asks of me in this great cause. I hunger to be edified by the Holy Spirit and hear the voice of God as He speaks through His ordained servants. I am here to become a better -woman- , to be lifted by the inspiring examples of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to learn how to more effectively minister to those in need. In short, I am here because I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This is why -I am- willing to make sacrifices and not just declarations to follow the Savior."  - Dieter F. Uchtdorf (On Being Genuine - April 2015 General Conference)

It´s so true. This is why I´m here. I´m here to invite others to come unto Christ. And sometimes, I´m not going to see the fruits of my work here. Who knows if I ever will. Occassionally that bums me out a little bit. But if I leave it all in the mission field. If I work so hard, and continue to improve and get to the point where I´m so used up that I´m the woman God wants me to be, it doesn´t really matter if I see the fruits. Because I´ll know that I did my best and that God is pleased with me. And that´s what really matters. I yearn and strive to be who our Heavenly Father wants me to be. So I´ll do whatever He asks of me. I´m willing to make the sacrifices. They might not be easy, but hey. I´ll have the Lord on my side. 

It really can´t get much better than this.

I love you all so much!
Happy 4th, happy birthday to my little brother Justin, and have a great week!

Hna Hill

Saying goodbye last week to Annel and Alejandra. Two of my favorite people ever :)

And the niños, who refused to believe I was leaving.

My pensionista Carmen, her family, me and my comp, and the elders. 

I found a tiny little frog. And I picked it up. And then tried to kiss it.

Gotta find my prince charming somehow, right? Why not a tiny frog in Chumo? #ILoveChumo