Thursday, April 27, 2017

Skibby sent the following email and photo on Monday, April 24, 2017.  I had Google translate her opening paragraph, but I don't know how accurate it is.  I will put it in italics below.  Also, Nate received his mission call last week.  Skibby is referring to this in her last paragraph.  Nate will be going to the Argentina Rosario Mission, Spanish-speaking.  He will report to the MTC on September 6th.  :) 

Date:  April 24, 2017 at 9:20 AM
Subject:  Ni hao a todos!!

Hola Familia! Que tal están?? 

Pues, ha sido una buena semana. El martes fuimos y recogimos mi nueva compañera, 
Hna Tang. Ella está terminando su entrenamiento. Me sentí mal porque tenia que salir 
de su primera compañera 2 semanas antes que lo pensara. Pero, estoy súper feliz tenerla. 
No tuvimos ningún libro ni nada en china entonces, tuvimos que ir el miercoles por la 
manana a Pavones donde vino la companera anterior de Hna Tang, y recoger una maleta 
lenisima de biblias, folletos, y libros de mormon en Chino. PESABA. [Hello family! How are 
you?? Well, it's been a good week. On Tuesday we went and picked up my new companion, 
Hna Tang. She is finishing her training. I felt bad because I had to leave his first partner 
2 weeks before I thought about it. But, I'm super happy to have it. We did not have any book 
or anything in China then, we had to go on Wednesday morning to Pavones where the 
previous companion of Hna Tang came, and pick up a suitcase full of bibles, pamphlets, 
and Mormon books in Chino. PESABA.]
I thought my suitcases were heavy, but they really were nothing compared to a broken suitcase full of books. But now we have Chinese material. WOOHOO!

Tuesday night Madrid played Germany for the European cup (I think) and won! 

This week we spent a lot of time talking with Oscar. He told us that when he is at church, he forgets all of his problems and feels really good. He likes coming to our family home evenings and learning and talking about the gospel. We had a family home evening on Thursday with Yuli's family. She is a member from Peru, who is married to a Spaniard who is crazy, but a lot of fun, named Nemessio. Apparently her grandfather is from China and she had some documents of dates of family members in Chinese that Hna Tang tried to decipher because the handwriting was bad.... Anyway, we talked about having faith and how we need to center our faith on Christ. 

We threw a birthday surprise party for Lucia (a member), with the help of Daniel and Fatima (Fatima no es miembro [isn’t a member]), and it was really fun. I really wanted Daniel and Fatima to develop more love by serving others, and I hope this helped them. 

We kind of had a talk with a Chinese man named Lin Yang Gon. I only understood the part in Spanish. He is searching for a famous pianist or singer to take back to his country and earn lots of money. He wanted our help to find one, so if you know of anybody, let me know so I can inform Lin. Then he told me I didn't look like I had confidence in myself. I was very put out. But we gave him a Book of Mormon, and we'll see if he reads it.

Well, everybody is extremely excited to have Hna Tang here. We pretty much live in China town. The ward keeps telling us about a Chinese familia that was here and we're searching our area books to find them. Look out for the new Chinese branch in Carabanchel.....

Hope you're all happy and doing well. Congratulations for Nate! Everybody that's not from Spain says they speak bad Spanish here. Maybe Argentina speaks a lot better. This is all I can say about the accents:
Spain: cuando yueve en seviya, es una maraviya
Bolivia: cuando lyueve en sevilya, es una maravilya
Peru: cuando jueve en sevija, es una maravija
Argentina: cuando shueve en sevisha, es una maravisha

They speak really pretty.
Have a great week!

Skibby and her new companion, Hermana Tang, from Malaysia

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