Arizona, Week 1 – Culture shock, high-tech tools, and a huge Spanish ward…

(Phoenix area with Sister Miranda Taylor)

Nothing really new this week….. just another crazy week in the mission. Haha, ok, that was a lie. EVERYTHING is different. So on the plane ride I was trying to get used to English again and that was hard enough. Then we got to the airport and the bathrooms freaked me out — they have automatic toilets, faucets, and hand dryers, and you don’t have to buy toilet paper like in Chile. Just as I was getting over the bathrooms, the President and his wife picked us up and brought us to the mission home. They were telling us all about the new mission and how it’s one of the highest-tech missions in the world. Like leaders in Salt Lake just ask us to try out everything new in this mission. We have cars, bikes, phones, iPads, Facebook, and a GPS tracker that monitors our driving and where we are at all times. We even do P90X for exercise in the mornings! Wow. In Chile the most high-tech thing I was lucky to have was a washing machine. And even then we had to hang up our clothes outside to dry them.

So it’s been really overwhelming and exciting. I’m being trained on everything. I didn’t even feel like a missionary at first. The president’s wife took us to Panda Express on our first night here and I almost cried. It was so weird and they were playing a bunch of music I like. I thought I was dreaming. I took the nicest hot shower of my life that night and everything was so clean and I couldn’t even believe it. It was so weird not to sleep in my sleeping bag. I’ve been kind of jet-lagged this week too. When we plan at night it’s like 3 in the morning in Chile and it kills me. Then I wake up super early and just lay in bed because I can’t sleep.

Anyway, that’s enough about that. I could go on forever talking about how everything is different.  But Arizona is way cool, and Phoenix is awesome. It’s like a desert with palm trees and amazing sunsets. There is a mix of culture like I have never seen, but mostly I feel like I’m in Mexico. Everyone gives us super-yummy Mexican food and the Spanish ward is huge, like way bigger than any ward I had in Chile. My companion, Hermana Taylor, is awesome.

I’m totally out of time to email anyone back and I seriously have like 30 emails that I haven’t even read yet. It might take me a while to get caught up. Love you all!
Hermana Berbert


Updating this site for Anna’s new mission assignment…

(From Anna’s dad]: As I am starting to update Hermana Berbert’s blog to reflect her new mission assignment I’m feeling sentimental. Anna loved serving in Chile and the year that she spent there was one of the most positive and life-changing years of her life. Even though Anna is super-excited about serving in Arizona, it makes me a little sad to hide the links and contact information from Chile. I am going to include some of that information in this post as a way of archiving some of that information. I have finished updating all of the links on the home page, and everything is current except for the map on the main banner.

Mission Map   chile-rancagua-mission-map-small3-e1372794025366

Hermana Berbert
Misión Chile Rancagua
Alcalde Eduardo Melero 883
Casilla 2-C, Rancagua
Lib. Gen. B. O´Higgins

Banner - Chile Mission

Weather example (not updated):

Weather - San Vicente example

Post by the Parents: Phone calls home…

On Tuesday morning (March 25th) we were surprised to get a phone call from our daughter. She was in the Dallas airport getting ready to catch her flight to Phoenix, and she had permission to call home and let us know that she was safe. We were only able to speak for about 5 minutes, but it was a fun surprise.

Then in the evening we received another phone call from our daughter. Another great surprise! She was at the home of the mission president, President Toone (who some of my friends know because he served in a stake presidency in American Fork, Utah). The president had asked her if she had called home yet, and she said she had only been able to speak with us for a few minutes, so he told her to call home again.

We were able to have a relaxed, unhurried conversation and it was wonderful. Anna’s English is starting to come back, though she still speaks with a Chilean cadence and accent. We spoke with her for about an hour and we loved hearing her tell about her experiences. I’m sure that her next blog entry will include some of the same information that she shared with us on the phone, so I won’t go into any details for now. Suffice it to say that she is excited to serve in her new assignment and she feels that she is where she belongs at this time. She has a strong testimony of our Savior and she will gladly serve Him whenever and wherever and however she can.