Monday, November 10, 2014

November 4th

We reached transfers on Tuesday and waited a really really long time for the transfer van to come down and I was assigned to be companions with Hna Callaway again!!!!!  And the transmountain sisters became a trio (how fun is that!) So excited to be with Hna Callaway, it was such an awesome 2 transfers we had before (at the beginning of my mission) and we're going to have a rocking 1 transfer together (she goes home in December!).  So far we've hit the ground running because I just have 6 weeks to learn EVERYTHING about this area. 
 
Tuesday we had a Halloween party (#2 for me!) and I was able to meet a lot of the ward members.  While I met them, I'm not sure if I can remember all of them.... so we're still working on that.  We had some awesome investigators come to the party and we really tried to help the members fellowship these investigators so that they would feel more comfortable coming on a Sunday.
 
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were spent contact investigators, OYMing on the streets, visiting members and just trying to learn the area (driving around has really helped me pick up the area.  And I am soooo grateful for the since of direction given to me by my parents and God :) ).  Sunday we go to church and a member of the bishopric asks me if I can play the piano... and so I tell him a little, and the next thing I know is that I'm playing the prelude hymn, and the opening hymn.  And then the piano player comes and he plays the rest.  And as church goes on, I play for relief society, and I volunteered to play for primary next week too.  So, I'm hoping that practice will help and that eventually I can play something well enough for the ward to sing too... but until they, we can keep trying.  And I'm all for developing talents (and I SOOOO regret quitting piano in 11th grade...)
 
We saw a beautiful miracle on Sunday night.  We had contacted a former investigator on Saturday and she said that we could come back Sunday for a lesson.  And during the lesson we were talking about her expectations and our expectations and really just testifying how the Gospel of Jesus Christ could bless her family and it would not confuse her children.  And as Hna Callaway just kept testifying about the blessing it will bring this investigator starts to cry.  She kept telling us that she had already been told this by Hna Callaway before, but she had never seen her or met her... so it was clearly a miracle and no coincidence that we were there.  We have another lesson with her this week and we're going to see what we can do to help this tender family. 
 
Funny stories of the week:
1. We received a referral from a member in one of the English wards to come teach her housekeeper.  The lesson was a little longer than planned, and very spiritual, but we ended in trying to find the correct ward for the housekeeper to go to (she lives in Juarez).  So we found the address, found directions from her house to the building and told her that 2 congregations worshipped there, and gave her the names of the different wards.  Well, in Spanish ward is barrio, but it also means a very rough part of town, relating to gangs and cholos (or gangsters).  So when she saw barrio, she started freaking out, saying that she thought we were nice people, but that she had wasted her time in learning and getting information about the church.... it took us some time, but we were able to get her calmed down and to understand that barrio in this sense just meant congregation. 
2.  We are in the process of decluttering our apartment by getting rid of old church magazines and other things that are old or don't work.  So today we threw out an old shower curtain and an old blender, and in the process of throwing away the blender, Hna Callaway also threw away her scriptures!  Ooops.... luckily the dumpster was pretty empty and there was no real gross things inside, so she climbed in and got her scriptures (and made sure I took pictures!  Enjoy!)

 
It's been quite an adventure for me to start serving in my 3rd area as a missionary.  Sometimes I really miss Transmountain, but then again, it's only been a week, and I'm learning to love the members and the people here!  I have come to the conclusion on my mission the change is really good, it helps us grow and progress and really helps us become better people and who God wants us to become.  Without change we would become stagnant and nothing good ever comes of that.  I love being able to teach and study the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that I can help others bring change into their lives, but also so that I can more fully implement change in my life!  I just being able to apply the atonement to me, but see the growth in others as they learn too!
 
Have a wonderful week and enjoy winter/fall!  We have finally been getting fall like weather here so instead of having 70-90 degree days we've been having some rain, wind, clouds and the temperature has been staying around 60-70 degrees!  You all are incredible!  Rock on!
 

October 27th

 So since today is transfer Monday, and I have news.... I am leaving Transmountain North :(.  It is a very bittersweet moment because I have been here for almost 7 months, so I knew it would be coming, but nevertheless it is very heartbreaking to leave so many people to whom I've grown to love!

Yesterday was a hard day at church.  In the beginning they didn't announce that I was leaving and so I just thought that I could stay some more ;).  But then the bishopric told the ward that I was leaving and I was able to bear my testimony one last time to those incredible members.  

Last week was really good, for lack of better words.  We saw lots of miracles and I was given lots of opportunities to rely on the Lord, stretch and grow.

We worked diligently this week to have members out with us in our lessons.  And not just any member, but members who would help our investigators and less actives progress.  Sometimes, things work out really well, sometimes you go with the flow and sometimes you wing it.  We had all of those things this week.  But we were able to have great lessons with our investigators especially L and V.  We continued teaching L about thoughts leading to actions, and so good thoughts lead to positive actions.  We also worked on personal progress with L.  Our lessons with V really focused on answering all his questions and helping him continue reading the Book of Mormon.  It's so great to see his progress and his desire to keep learning more.

So some adventures we went through this week:  well the biggest one I can think of has been working with members.  We had a dinner with a member family last Sunday and set up a time (that worked best for their schedule) to come out with us this week.  That morning, we reminded them about the appointment, and they responded (after about 2 texts later) saying they could come! And then half and hour later cancelled on us because they had to be home to supervise cement being poured.... which would have been all find and dandy- excect they had already said yes, and the lesson was at 8PM.  I'll admit i was really really frustrated.  Especially since the same thing has happened before, and without someone at the lesson we couldn't teach.  And so after calming down and laying on our apartment floor (it was dinner time) we sent a text back saying we understood that things happen, but that we were really depending on them, and if they would either come or find someone else to come with us, we'd really appreciate that.  Guess what!  They came!  And the lesson was incredible.  

Saturday night came transfer calls.  The first call we got was from the elders at 9:15 which is very early for transfer calls.  The called us saying that they already had transfer news and it was really really bad.... and so we were all freaking out.  And then they wanted to know if we had directions to a member's house for their dinner the next night... those jerks.  And then about 9:30 the call came from President Miller calling me to become a sister training leader (so basically like a sister zone leader- so I help with exchanges and issues with the sisters in the zone).  And then about 9:45 we got the actual transfer news... with me leaving (but staying in EL PASO!) and Hna Espinoza staying in the area!  So lots on new and changes.  And i'm not going to lie, I'm terrified.  But this week I had the chance to study past conference talks and they were amazing and comforting for what was to come.  The Lord knows us individually and how to help us.

I know that we are all Children of a loving Heavenly Father who wants to help us daily.  We have to do our part, but when we do our best, we can always succeed, especially with the help of the Lord.  When we look for those daily miracles we will find them, and I love how the hand of the Lord is always in our lives!