Tuesday, June 30, 2015

First Letter 6-30-15

When I First Put on My Badge!

Residents of Casa 9

Casa 9

Hola familia!!

Cómo están? (How are you doing?)

I want to apologize in advance for any weird grammar or spelling mistakes I might make in this email. Mexican keyboards are different than in the US!

I´m glad to hear that you got to watch the video I made for you! I wanted to leave something special for you, and I hope I did. It was super fun to make! :) I am so happy that Emilee´s baptism went well. I´ve thinking about her and wondering how it all went. 

I´ll try my best to give you a summary of all that has happened so far.

I was nervous in SLC as I looked for my portal, but it was so easy to find because there was a whole congregation of missionaries there! 18 of the elders are headed to the Ciudad Obregon Mission, Cam! I told them all to look for an Elder Horlacher once they´re there. The flight to Mexico was nice. I eat my body weight in Biscoff cookies and asked (in Español) for jugo de naranja (orange juice). We arrived to Mexico City and drove about 45 minutes to the CCM. The city is very, very big and colorful. Right after we arrived I got my missionary nametag and my companion. Her name is Hermana Ylst and she’s from Draper, Utah. She´s awesome and we spend much of out time when we´re not speaking Spanish either quoting Spongebob or Disney movies or speaking in this awesome Mexican accent that sounds like Nacho Libre. We unpacked and went to sleep after we had dinner. The food is actually really good. We’ve had tamales and taquitos and lots of other Mexican dishes. :)

We met our district on this day. Elders Barrus and Lunt are both going to Ciudad Obregon, and Hermanas Harman and Barton are both going to Hermosillo. I call the girls in my district "Las Hermanas" because we do everything together! They’re darling girls And I´ll try to tell you more about them next week. We memorized our missionary purpose in English then in Spanish. 

Oops Hermana Ylst and I accidentally slept in a bit this day, but luckily we made it to class in time. More Spanish on this day.

I´m going to skip to Sunday because I´m so short on time.

What an amazing day. We finally got to relax our brains a teeny bit and just enjoy meetings. There was a common theme of love throughout most of them. In sacrament meeting, which is only with my zone, I was called on to give a talk on el Espíritu Santo or the Holy Ghost. I had to read it off of a script that I had written, but I was able to bear my testimony at the end in Español. We later watched this devotional Jeffrey R. Holland gave to the MTC some years back. It was just what I needed! He talked about Peter when Christ asked him that if he loved Him he must feed His sheep.
I hope that my love can grow so much for Christ and for the people of Hermosillo. I have been called to feed His sheep and I will do my best to fulfill my duties.

I´m out of time but I want you all to know that I love you SO MUCH! I have been blessed to not have terrible homesickness, though I miss you every day. 
We´re not allowed to take pictures here at the CCM, but I´ll try to send the one´s I have taken so far next week!
 Next week I´ll try to have more detail!!

Con amor,
Hermana Hauck

Arrival Letter 6-24-15

Hermana Hauck
[Departure date - 03-08-2015] [Branch 14 - District B]
Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828
Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero
07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal

The estimated departure date for your missionary is [03-08-2015]. The use of the
above address on all correspondence will greatly facilitate delivery to your missionary
at the MTC. Please don't send packages.

Hi Mom and family!

This was a crazy and fun day! I have made lots of friends. I was kind of nervous going through the SLC airport trying to find the gate to go to. But I didn't have to be nervous for long because soon I noticed a section of suits and skirts. Sure enough, the monitor above them said that it was my gate for Mexico City. I found Hermana Harmon who was at BYU with me just barely, she is going to Hermosillo too. I also found Hermana Davis, a girl who was in my international cinema class winter semester. There were 76 missionaries on the flight. I sat next to Hermana Glauser from Brigham City who I instantly adored.

Mexico City is really big and...CRAZY! On our bus ride to the CCM cars and scooters were just zipping past us like you wouldn't believe! It was hot when we first got here, but once we started leaving our bus and walking into the CCM main building it got cold and started raining cats and dogs! I have my badge and will try to send you more pictures soon. I hope you got the ones I have already sent.

My luggage made it fine. ;)
My companion is Herman Ylst (isle with a t at the end) and she is a doll! She is also going to Hermosillo. She went to school this last year at Utah State.

I will be emailing you next Tuesday (my P-day) to let you know more about my adventures here in Mexico!

Con amor,

Hermana Hauck
PS- Remind dad that he can open the letter when you are all in the living room...he´ll know what that means.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

All Packed & Ready To Go!

This beautiful, intelligent and loving girl is packed and ready to head out the serve the Lord. She will fly out of the St George Airport to the Mexico City Mission Training Center tomorrow morning at 6:34. There have been tender moments shared this past week and especially today. Amy, Cambria, and I (Nancy) went to the temple this morning and out to breakfast. Amy has visited with her Grandma Hirschi and sisters this afternoon. She also had some friends, who are boys, climb over our back wall to visit. She will have our family over tonight when she is set apart as a missionary by Stake President Bundy and girl friends over for a few minutes later tonight. It has been a busy time packing and shopping for things she will need. We love Amy...Hermana Hauck!