Monday, October 27, 2014

Clearly I Have Something To Learn...October 27, 2014

So the saddest thing happened the other day!  Our progressing investigators texted us and said, "Sorry we are on our way to be with our family in California.  Sorry we didn't get the chance to say goodbye." And so they moved suddenly and didn't even tell us until they were on their way!! It was literally like an over-night decision, I guess. but wow. I just about cried. I'll just pray the missionaries there find them!  We sent their info....
Other than that! There were 2 missionary farewells yesterday.  I sat next to a young woman deciding herself if a mission is for her...It was an emotional event! haha I had my farewell last year today! Crazy.  I can't believe it....Anyways, I got the chance to talk with this girl, as I did the day she decided she would serve a mission, again.  She is having doubts and questions and it was really nice to get to share with her every reason why she should (: Sure, my opinion may be bias...but this is really one of the greatest opportunities!! (:
I'm very grateful for my time in the mission.  I love these people SO much.  I often wonder where I would be or who I would be if I wasn't here...I can't imagine and I know that this is the only place I could grow the way I hopefully am to prepare for my future.  
We have been having a lot of member enthusiasm lately and they have been bringing us their friends to teach! (:  (okay, I make that sound like it's a lot...really, it's only 2 or 3...but that is phenomenal!) The Lord has really been blessing us so greatly.  Hopefully I can live up to His standards of excellence and continue to change, or in other words, repent, and better myself!
Oh! Also, we had a zone conference on Thursday. I love learning from other missionaries, it is the best!  We got to watch Meet the Mormons AND get flu shots...yes... haha but that show is, wow, sooo good! If you haven't seen it, see it! And invite your friends (:
Keep shining that tangible, warm light of Christ (: Love.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hello October 20th, 2014

My parents are the greatest parents in the world and I am so grateful for
all that they have taught me! I love them so much! I just needed to say
I don't have much time (:
But I just love how Heavenly Father does so much to let me know He loves
me! Every every way.  I hope you all make time to recognize His
hand in your lives daily.
We had an incredible miracle the other day and we had a referral who had
previously received a priesthood blessing.  When we taught him, he knew he
felt the power of God and he and his girlfriend accepted baptismal dates so
readily! It was beautiful! I felt SO much that was I was telling them is
the truth and will help them.  I love those moments.

We had a funny moment where we ran into a member's father who only speaks
French.  I didn't realize that at first and when I finally did I instantly
thought, "Oh! he doesn't understand me, I will just speak in Spanish
obviously!" hahaha and then I remembered that French is not Spanish at
all...I felt so helpless haha it was funny.

Just want to end with this little poem I wrote the other day. (It's like a
A-A-B-C-C-B rhyme scheme you know?? So yeah. It's a little different
style...Make sure you read it with the correct flow ha.

I've wandered many days
Throughout this dreary place
Where only darkness seemed to light the way.
But I've known that God exists.
It's a feeling I can't dismiss.
And someone down the road taught me to pray.
So I decided to ask God,
Just like the Bible had taught,
To find some direction for what's to come.
And on that forest ground,
Light shone all around.
As I saw the Father and the Son.
They told me truth would be restored.
It was the sound of the sweetest chord.
And I knew, for once, I'd be able to see.
From that day on into the nights,
My mind was filled with light;
That restoration restored me.

JS-H 1:13
"At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness
and confusion, or else I must...ask God." (James 1:5).

Love you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last Weeeeeek. October 14th, 2014

I don't have much time today...but we had a great week! (: 
One of our cute investigators, Ashly, bore her testimony Sunday.  That was fun to see! She is 10 and we all fasted that her mom would give her permission to be baptized because so far she doesn't want her to.  Every time we go over to her house, though, Ashly asks if we can run through the baptismal interview questions because she wants to make sure she knows all of the answers and can understand them...even though she knows them so well! I love her so much!  

We got to go to a youth activity on Wednesday and be kind of the "spokesmen" for it.  It was on modesty and Hermana Dominguez and I were the hosts and the elders were the "celebrities" that answered the questions about their opinions on modesty.  It was really fun and very powerful. 
Hmm...I got sick the other day while on an exchange and spent it doing...nothing too fun haha. It was an alright day. But I love getting to know the sisters I am around!
I locked the keys in our truck the other day...that was fun!  Always an adventure when you have me around, eh?  
We also went to the zoo yesterday for p-day! And mostly everything else wasn't open because of Columbus day (like the computer lab)...I don't know why? What do you do when you celebrate Columbus day? No disrespect...just wondering? Do you sing some songs or something? Slide show presentation?  Anyways...Have a beautiful week!! (: 
Always shine the light of Christ. 
Oh and hey! I learned a neat quote"  If you justify your sins, Christ can't. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

This Week...October 6th, 2014

Well this last week was wonderful (: As they all are...
We had a really neat experience where we found someone who was so ready to
hear our message!  It was this man walking up to his apartment and I had
the feeling to talk to him...but he was so far away!  So I didn't think I
would catch him in time.  I had the feeling again, just talk to him!  And
so I ran into the parking lot and yelled up, "Hey, would you like to hear a
message about Jesus Christ?!" And he said, "Yes, actually." He came back
down his stairs and we had a lesson there on the sidewalk.  It was
incredible.  He talked a lot about one of his friends who had been such an
incredible example to him and how he is also a member.  That just showed me
how much people really do watch you and your example and how by simply
being that example, you could help someone become more open to accepting
the Gospel later on in life.  (: It's not even awkward sharing it either, I
promise (: haha
One of my greatest examples here is my dear friend Hermana Nobel.  I think
I have mentioned her before, but she has cancer and we sing hymns with her
every week after church.  She is always so positive and bright.  Her
testimony shines through her eyes (:  Recently I found out that she has
been give about 6 more months to live...I was heartbroken when I found out,
but of course, I know she will be somewhere much more peaceful and so I am
happy for her.  Even with this knowledge she has, she still strives to be
as positive as can be and she keeps her testimony burning every day.  She
always tells us how grateful she is for our God and our Savior and I just
love her so much!

Wow. So conference was incredible! I hope that you all had the opportunity
to listen and hear what the prophets and apostles have to say to us...or in
other words, what the Savior would have us know in this day and age.  How
inspired they are!  I had never felt so enveloped in the Spirit as I did as
I sat and listened to their words.  They were so comforting, uplifting,
inspiring, and heart-changing.  I hope that we will all apply their
counsels and become better (: Become who Heavenly Father has created us to

I hope that you all have a beautiful week (: I love you!
Keep shining!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Learning God's Will. September 30th, 2014

Oh my goodness! (: I am staying in Rio Rico again! Con mi Hermana (: I
will go on 71/2 months here.  That's incredible. I am SO blessed. I didn't
feel like it is my time to go yet.
So I just want you all to know that I got to go bowling last week.  I love
bowling.  It has been so long!! I'll have to get practicing up again if I
ever want to play against the Sister Al again (: I love my bowling days
with the Lil sis...anyways.... (:
I got to go on an exchange last week to my last area! Wow. What a
blessing.  I guess there are some perks to staying in the same stake for
your entire mission.  It was way too bitter sweet.  It was incredibly
joyful to see a few people I love so much and it was completely
heartbreaking to see the conditions that some of them are in now.  I
couldn't help but cry when I saw some people I love so much making wrong
decisions.  Can't we all just understand that we have SO much to live for?!
We have SO much purpose and we ARE loved.  I just hope well all know that.
We did have a miracle there, though.  I was with a sister who came in with
my companion (so very new to the mission) and wow did she teach me
wonderful things.  Like how I should turn to the Lord so much more often
than I do!!
So here was our miracle.  We had felt the need to see Isaac.  He was a boy
I was able to visit a lot in that area.  When we went to his house, he
wasn't there.  We didn't really know what to do because we both felt like
we should be there! So as we were walking down the driveway, my comp for
the day says to me, "let's kneel right here and ask where to find him." So
we did. Right there in his driveway.  We got up and got back in the car and
started to drive kind of slowly.  He always had a tendency of popping out
of no where while we were out and about because he walks around a lot.  We
weren't seeing him anywhere, though.  We decided we would go to the park
because a lot of guys hang out there at night.  (Let's be honest, it's not
the best place to be at that hour, but we had to try to find him!) So we
did.  We went there and there were so many guys there hanging around
playing basketball and skateboarding and...doing lots of other things.  We
said a prayer before we got out of the car and I offered this one.  I
decided to ask specifically that if it was God's will for us to find him,
that he would walk straight to us amongst all the others in the crowds.  We
got out of the car and walked around each section of the park.  After 10
minutes or so, we decided he wasn't there and started heading back to the
car.  When we were almost to the car, we saw a figure walking straight
towards us.  It was Isaac! God answers specific prayers.

We have been able to find, teach and invite a lot of people lately (: it
has been beautiful! I am so grateful my Father allowed me to stay at least
one more transfer here in this area! (: I know it will be full of
The Women's Conference was also such a blessing to attend! We even had some
investigators come with us (: The blessing of a modern day prophet is
real.  The things they tell us will help us if we listen!  It is that
simple.  God knows what we need better than we do because He created
everything!  We are so blessed to know these things especially in these
dark days...Find that light that Christ has to offer and then shine on. (:
I want to end with an incredible insight from Elder David A. Bednar 'That
We Might Not Shrink' that I was able to read recently and it helped me
better understand God's will vs. my own.  (Something I'm working on) and
it's a little long, sorry haha.

"Righteousness and faith certainly are instrumental in moving mountains—if
moving mountains accomplishes God’s purposes and is in accordance with His
will. Righteousness and faith certainly are instrumental in healing the
sick, deaf, or lame—if such healing accomplishes God’s purposes and is in
accordance with His will. Thus, even with strong faith, many mountains will
not be moved. And not all of the sick and infirm will be healed. If all
opposition were curtailed, if all maladies were removed, then the primary
purposes of the Father’s plan would be frustrated.

Many of the lessons we are to learn in mortality can only be received
through the things we experience and sometimes suffer. And God expects and
trusts us to face temporary mortal adversity with His help so we can learn
what we need to learn and ultimately become what we are to become in
I know our Father knows us best.  I love you!
Also, primary programs might just be a liiiiitle better in Spanish (;