Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 21st

So this week has been super awesome and i have like no time to write today because we are SUPER busy.  But that's life for you!

Miracle of last week probably had to be V.  He is amazing.  We received his information from the english sisters in the area and we went to visit him Thursday night.  When we knocked the door and said he were looking for V, he invited us in and was so eager to start listening to us.  We went and sat down and started teaching right away!  We asked if any of his other family members wanted to listen, and he invited his wife and daughters 
-"Who wants to come hear the word of God?"  and when no one else had any interested this was his response
-"Well one day when he comes you will wish you had listened to the word of God!"  

He's Catholic but nonpracticing and he was confused about some of their beliefs.  But he is so eager to learn and progress.  And we went back Friday and taught more and it was just incredible! 

Saturday night our ward had a PARTY!  And it was the best mexican party i've been at my whole mission!  The sad part was that it was a dance and being missionaries we couldn't dance, but it was SO MUCH FUN seeing everyone else and just being part of the same energy.  I know one of the sisters was taking pictures for facebook, hopefully you saw some of them :)

And today, as a zone we decided to go on a hike to Mammoth butte.  We started at 11:15ish and finished around 2?  But it was awesome... I really hard hike, but definitely worth everything because of the view.  Just like life actually!  Sometimes we have really hard times in life and every time we look up, life just seems to keep getting steeper and steeper, with more and more rocks.  But we know that we have a Loving Heavenly Father who is watching over all of us, and can see the grand design, instead of just the mountain!  I invite you to think of the mountains in your life this week and ponder on the "what can l learn?"  instead of the "whys?"




Monday, October 20, 2014

october 17th- ONE YEAR!

1 year.... who would have thought the time would fly by so quickly/  Okay so for me it was quick... especially since I've spent 6 months in my current area... and October is 1/2 over and the transfer ends in 2 weeks (so Monday the 27th I will be emailing.... just for a heads up).  

So this week, actually Sunday night, one of the most devastating things happened.  I lost my planner.  It fell out of my lap onto the ground as I was getting out of the car, and then we believe it blew away...  Now I think you have to be a missionary to truly understand, but yeah, for about 12 hours, it was devastating, and then I got over it, found a notebook and converted it into my planner for 2 more weeks.   But as I reflected on planners in general, it finally started to hit me what 6 months means.... and then that was devastating.  But again, it was short lived because missionary work had to be done.  

But since I lost my planner, my recollection for what happened last week is going to be lacking.  But I do remember that we spent a lot of time teaching less active members, and we spent some time finding.  

Miracles that happened:
-one of our former investigators came to church!  And we set up an appointment with him.  We had lunch with him and his wife yesterday and it was awesome!
-we had spent the last couple weeks trying to get back in contact with a family that we stopped teaching.  Sunday out of the blue, the wife texted us and invited us over Monday.  We had an AMAZING lesson last night!  Miracles exist, God loves us and his Children are prepared!  That's how I was feeling last night, hopefully y'all can vicariously feel the same.
-we had extra time last night and we decided to swing by a couple investigators whom we haven't seen in a while.  Well, one of them wasn't home and the other was!  We had an awesome lesson, invited them to church and she said she'd come!  We're seeing them again tomorrow and so hopefully it goes well!  
-we have a new ward mission leader!!!!!!!
-exchanges were amazing!  I went over the mountain with Hna P and we had a great time together, teaching, finding, etc.  
-we have a lot of potential investigators that we get to meet this week and hopefully start teaching!

I just want to let you all know that I love you and that I am so happy.  That's one thing I came to realize this week, even with everything hard going on, with people not progressing or listening, I am doing to Lord's work and I am happy.  There is really no way to describe the feelings one can get from the Lord for doing the right things.  But happy or in Spanish, estoy contenta.  I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that through him all things can be made right.  I know that he loves me and cares about me individually.  And I know that through truly following the Gospel of Jesus Christ I can truly be happy.  

october 7th

So remember how last Monday I went to the temple.  Wow, was that really a week ago?  Well, we have more pictures from that trip :) (thanks to one of the elders).  

Well, due to that temple trip, and then a shortened p-day last week was really long.  All we wanted to do, was go back to the temple and stay there.  But that wasn't an option and therefore, we continued forward, counting down the days to General Conference.  

We spent a lot of time last week doing a couple of things.  1) Finding new investigators, 2) Reminding ward members about general conference 3) trying to get in contact with current investigators.  So that's pretty much what we did all week.  

Friday we had a wonderful zone meetings in which we talked about something.... let me pondering what we talked about for a moment.........  we talked about resources we have and using them (such as members, Preach My Gospel, etc.).  It was really good ( I promise I wrote notes to review... it was a long weekend....) and there's lots of things that we can apply into our teachings/studies to help us improve as missionaries .

And then Saturday happened!  All week I hadn't been feeling well, Thursday was allergies, Friday a head cold and Saturday I woke up feeling sick.  But it was General Conference and i was determined not to miss it.  Until I started throwing up, and realized I had the stomach flu.  So I went back to bed (miserable by the way.... not because I was throwing up, but because we were missing Conference).  In between sessions, the elders in our ward, and zone leaders came over and gave me a blessing.  The afternoon was spent sleeping, studying and watching basically every movie we own in our apartment (ie The Joseph Smith restoration movie (hour long one), Mountain of the Lord, Legacy, the Testaments, the District, etc.).

Sunday we went to the Church to watch conference.  We watched it in English, through had wished that during Elder Martinez's talk we had gone to listen to it in Spanish since that was the language it was written in.  But we had a couple investigators at conference (2 on Saturday and 1 Sunday) and we decided just to watch it in English.  And from what I saw of Conference, I LOVED IT!  (I'm listening to Saturday Morning right now...)  It is so incredible to know that we have a living prophet who guides the church.  I love how in conference, no one is assigned a topic, but how it's all chosen by revelation, and thus when talk topics overlap, it's because that's what God wants us to hear!  We are so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to listen/watch General conference twice a year, and to be able to have modern applicable scriptures in our lives!

Yesterday was zone conference, in which President Miller, came down and we had lots of trainings and learned a lot.  Our whole focus was on using time more efficiently as missionaries to fulfill our purpose.  And do you want to know the best part?  we got to watch MEET THE MORMONS!!!!!!  Since it's coming out in theaters this week, President showed it to us, because we're not allowed to see it in theaters (part of it is kinda missionary distracting, so that's why we're only allowed to watch it once).  But it is incredible!  YOU ALL SHOULD WATCH IT.  It was cute, informative, spiritual, touching, and it just makes you laugh and smile.  So visit meetthemormons.org and find local theaters that are showing it!  And then take all your friends (and family members... and then share Elder Bednar's talk)!

Every day I'm getting better (health wise).  I was supposed to get a flu shot at zone conference, but that didn't happen ;).  I just want to let you all know that I love being a missionary, even with all the challenges we face daily.  I love knowing that we have a living Prophet and that I am part of a missionary force 88 thousand strong.  But I also love knowing that my Heavenly Father knows me personally and He cares about me personally.  He knows exactly what I'm going through and how to help me, for some reason I wasn't supposed to see conference on Saturday, but that's alright.  For some reason we're struggling to teach/find, but that's alright.  Through faith in Jesus Christ, and then action upon that faith, anything is possible!

september 30th

So probably the most interesting that we did last week was go to the temple, oh and the Women's broadcast (I almost forgot about that).  The rest of the week was long, tiring and slow.  But I guess that's what you expect when you have the temple trip to look forward too.
 
We spent a lot of time finding people to teach, but we haven't had very much success.  So we're praying and pondering on what we can do to reach out to more people and invite more people to act and learn more about Jesus Christ.  Luckily, conference is this weekend and it's going to be AMAZING.  And then to make this week even better, we are having ZONE CONFERENCE on Monday.  So it's a weekend full of Conferences.
 
Friday we had district meeting, and guess who was there!  Sister Callaway!  She was called as a Sister Training leader down south and so we got to see each other again! 

 
Saturday was the women's broadcast!!!!! While none of our investigators went, there were a couple less actives there and I am very content with the number of sisters who went (especially the one who realized how it important it was, and since her husband works out of town, brought all 4 of her children :) ).  It was just incredible to hear the words of our inspired leaders and to receive answers to questions I had been pondering.  These past couple weeks leading up to conference we have been inviting everyone to write down their questions.  While, I myself have been slacking and have not written any questions, but I know that the Lord knows me personally because I still received answers to the questions I was pondering.
 
And then yesterday.  It's a 4 hour drive to and from the temple, but let me tell you, it was worth every minute of it.  After yesterday, I am so grateful that at home (and then when I go back to school) I'll be within 10 minutes of a temple.  I definitely know that I took that for granted before my mission and it took 5 months of not being able to go that helped me realize how wonderful the temple really is.  With the stresses of everyday life, and then the stresses of missionary life and worrying about your investigators and then everything else under the sun (sometimes that's how it feels) it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders the longer I was in the temple.  The love that heavenly Father has for me, and everyone was reconfirmed and I just want to go back so badly! 

 
Then we started home to El Paso.  (haha home... :) for now at least).  And we had almost made it to Las Cruces when bang!  The tire went out.  But luckily there were several miracles.  1. No one else was around us when it happened and we were able to pull to the side of the road, and fix the tire.  2.  Brother Bishop was able to fix it all relatively quickly.  3. It wasn't raining, and the lighting that we saw over El Paso, stayed over El paso.  4.  Everyone had been wearing seatbelts (mine had problems earlier in the trip, but was working fine when the tire went flat).  And so currently I'm 2 for 2 on temple trips and tire problems.  And everyone decided that I'm cursed and so, for the next temple trip I better be serving in an area closer to ABQ or else I'll send up 3 for 3.