Monday, May 11, 2015

So this will be my last email home...isn´t that weird? So I´m not going to lie, I feel sort of will be so different going back to the life has totally been something else for months ...for example I won´t have to throw a bucket for water down the toilet everytime I want to flush it....and there won´t be tortillas! what? That´ll take some getting use to.

Last Saturday one of my old investigators got baptized, her name is Lionides and she was really a miracle. The grumpy old man that she was living with left and the next Sunday she went to church! And the next week she was baptized!

I´m not going to lie...I´m pretty excited to see my family again...its been AWHILE....if you guys haven´t seen my mom´s facebook posts (because I´m sure she´s been posting about it ) my parents are coming to pick me up here in Mexico...hopefully we´ll get to visit some converts and some cool places, but I´m just excited to be home and to lay down on my carpet, I´m not even kidding..

I´ll see you all in a week!
This Saturday we had 2 baptisms and they were awesome. The grandma´s name is MarĂ­a de los Angeles and her grandchild is Juan.They are awesome. This next Saturday we should hopefully have the baptizm of the other grandchild Jorge.He´s 17 and he wanted to get baptized a month ago but as soon as the elders left and we got here he stopped going to church and he was just acting weird...but then we had our district leader interview him again and we were actually able to help him and find out the actual problem! I had the coolest experience too...I was in sacrament meeting yesterday sitting beside Jorge and I was just thinking about how to help him....and I had this thought ¨open your scriptures¨ and it was the weirdest I did it and I opened up to Alma 42:27

¨Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely. and whoseever will not come the same is not compelled to come- but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds.¨

Whoa!! That was totally the scripture that he needed. It was such a beautiful experience being able to share this scripture with him....there are just some people that you know that you were sent to a specific area for them...and he´s definitely one of these investigators...he just needs someone to love him and understand him.I can´t wait to see him get baptized on saturday! Please pray for him everyone!
Then on the 9th we have another baptizm planned for Fernando....he is so awesome...I love his story, but we´ve still got to help him a lot though because he´s still struggling. He has a smoking problem and his brother just died a month ago so he´s having a really hard time trying to quit...but yesterday he received a priesthood blessing and at the end everyone was in tears, it was such a spirit guided moment and I am seriously going to miss having these sweet spirit moments that a missionary always is able to see.Hopefully Fernando will be able to stop smoking and hopefully that blessing that he received will help him to have a stronger testimony. I know if strengthen my testimony.

Oh! The funniest thing happened the other week companion and I were with some members and they were telling us about their kids...and one of their girls is named ¨Abish¨ from the Book of Mormon...and they said ¨yeah...she was the first sister missionary in the Book of Mormon..¨ and my companion says ¨yeah she was also less active...¨ HAHA! It was so hilarious. I am going to so miss the mission!

See you guys in 2 weeks

Hey everybody, this week has been hilarious and super hot....but I have some friends serving missions in Brazil and in Arizona so I can´t really complain haha.

Yesterday was stake conference and I totally had to give a talk and share my testimony about the joy of missionary work. I´m not going to lie, but when I saw how many people were there I actually got a little scared and took my notebook out and started adding more things to my talk lol ...seriously I had written down some basic points that I wanted to talk about but when I got up there I just bore my testimony and shared a few stories and apparently it was good, but I don´t even remember what I really said, haha. But apparently it was alright so I didn´t really worry too much about it.

Afterward we went to this lesson with a less active family and at the end of the lesson the little boy (he was probably 1 and a half years old) (( and he was walking around in just a pair of underwear)) pulled down his underwear and went pee on his grandfathers sandel. It was the highlight moment of my week. We were all just laughing! And the little kid didn´t even look sorry, apparently it´s not the first time that he´s done it though haha!

Oh! Ok so this was a little ridiculous (but the lady was obviously in a bad mood...but it was still ridiculous) so we´re doing divisions and my companion and I are dying for thirst, so we go into a small little homeowned store on the side of the road and we ask for 2 bottles of water.....each bottle costed 8 pesos and we put our money together and we only had 15.7 pesos...we also had a bigger bill, but the lady didn´t have any change so we had no other choice but to use the coins that we had....and the lady told us ¨each bottle is 8 pesos¨ and we were literally dying of heat...we actually did the math and that .3 pesos that we needed were like 2.06 that was fun: we went to another store.

Oh! okay here´s another my companion and I were teaching a lesson on repentence and we wanted to do this demonstration with clorox, water and fruit juice...but we didn´t have any fruit juice, (we had completely forgotten about it!) so we ask them(the two kids we were teaching) if they had any and they said we asked them in they had any coke (because basically every house in Mexico has a bottle of coca cola) so we did the activity with the hope that the clorox would make the coke clear).....the good thing was that we were sitting next to the window so that when we did the activity we just lifted up the glass into the light that was coming in through the window behind us.....the activity sort of worked...not really, but it was pretty funny and that kids loved it! haha!

I love you all and I hope you´re having a great week!

Happy birthday mom! love ya!

I´ve been learning how to cook this week! These enchiladas that we made totally turned out good...I will definitely miss Mexican food. It´s THE BEST.

First of all my companion and I have seen so many miracles here in our area. It´s amazing. I remember that we shared the Restoration lesson with a family and during the First Vision part when we told them to close their eyes, I just remember feeling overcome by the spirit and it was so powerful, I could barely finish it--we were all crying.

We´ve just been having so mnay spiritual experiences and I know that I´ve been called to this mission for a reason. I really think it´s going to be hard for me to leave this spiritual missionary bubble if I´m being 100% honest. A few days ago we taught this man whose brother had recently died (his father who is less active was also there) and at the end of the lesson we asked the father to give the closing prayer, but he just couldn´t get himself to do it...he told us that he had stopped praying ever since his son had died. It was a beautiful and overpowering experice being filled with the spirit and being able to testify to this man...telling him exactly what the spirit wanted him to hear. I can definitely tell you that it wasn´t me who was talking...100% spirit right there. I´m so glad that we have the plan of salvation and that we know that families can be together forever. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hermana Cortez and I also gave the relief society lesson on Sunday and we shared about Ezra Taft Benson and his testimony on Joseph Smith and we just cried. I´ve definitely come to realize that without the restoration of the gospel in my life, I wouldn´t have any of the blessings that I currently enjoy.I´ve been actually feeling the spirit a lot this week and I can´t believe that in 4 weeks I´ll be home. It just doesn´t make any sense to me...I´m not going to lie, I´m a little nervous, just because I won´t be living the life as a full time missionary and I know I´ll miss it...and it sort of gets me teary-eyed..but I just hope I´ll be able to enjoy this little last bit of time.

I got a few letters this week for some of you!---you´re all great, I just wanted to let you know that I love you and that I hope everyone´s doing great. Keep praying for me please, it´s really weird finishing up a mission.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Okay so just to start off with some quotes that I KNOW were turned into some type of Facebook meme during General Conference.

¨Stay by the tree!¨
¨A Saint is a sinner who keeps on trying¨
¨I can teach you to dance, but you have to hear the music¨
"Marriage is more than your love for each other¨

I´d just like to say that I LOVED GENERAL CONFERENCE. My favorite talks were definitely, Henry B Eyring (fasting), Wilford W. Anderson ( I can teach you to dance, but you have to hear the music), Dale G. Renlund ( Latter-Day Sinners, Quiters and Hipocrites), jMichael T. Ringwood ( totally made me think of my dad) and of course Jeffery R Holland.

I´d definitely sum of the conference by saying that they talked about --marriage, building stronger families, the atonement, and helping people that have fallen away. It was great and all the questions that I had were definitely answered and in more than one talk, so that definitely made me happy.

Oh! I also made my famous mickey mouse shaped pancakes on conference morning and they were delicious.

This week other than conference has been a little difficult if I´m being honest. It was been hot and we´ve gotten lost A LOT. But it´s been rewarding despite everything. We are going to go to the house of a family on Wednesay that is made up of a grandma and 3 grandkids. One of the kids and his grandma are ready to be baptized, hopefully we´ll be able to help them with that this Saturday or next Saturday. We´ve just met them but the boy said that he´s been going to church since last year, so hopefully we´ll be able to see them and work everything out according to their needs.

The ward members here are AMAZING. The majority of the members have cars too and that´s awesome because they´ve been able to show us what routes to take on the ´combi´s ´ (mini unsafe buses) and also they´ve been able to show us where the investigators of the older missionaries live.

Today my new companion, Hermana Cortez and I went to Taxco with Hermana Young and Hermana Sturt. They´re the Sister Training Leaders and they´re AWESOME. We all get along pretty well and we were able to go into this huge golden Catholic church here that is made of gold on the inside....isn´t that pretty cool?

Stake Conference is coming up on the 18th and 19 and I´m actually going to be everybody pray for me please! haha! About the joys of being a missionary. It should be pretty awesome, I´ll let you guys all know what it happens.

5 more weeks, crazy isn´t it?

Love you all!!

Oh and this kid in the picture is crazy. He´s the Relief Society´s kid and he took off my name tag and licked it clean...he´s hilarious and showed me all his super heros. He´s super cute and has A LOT....of energy...but a lot. Haha!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Okay well...I have 6 weeks left and I`ve been sent to open a new area that is literally one area over from my last area!! haha! I`m with Hermana Cortez, she`s from San Diego and we`re gonna work super hard here in the area. I can`t wait to see the miracles that are waiting for us.

Oh and we had 3 baptizms!! Woohoo!!! Their names are Reina, Delia and Luis. It`s a family of 3 that just get baptized and confirmed last week and I`m so happy for them. They`ve been coming to church and going to the activities for over a year now and it was totally their time.

On Thursday night I went to be with the sisters from another area here in Iguala and they`re so nice. We got along great! Today about 3 hours ago we went to the bus station to pick up my new companion and I told her ¨sooo...have you ever opened an area before?¨ and she didn`t know that we`d be opening an area! haha! Isn`t that crazy!

The heat is still going strong. I saw Sister Durham from the last time on Thursday too! She`s going to be a sister training leader in Cuernavaca. She`ll be great!

I love you all!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wow...ok SO MANY THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. First off....Elder Clayton and Elder Piper came to Mexico to have a special conference with us. They were accompanied by their wives and also Elder Miron was here (area president) and it was awesome. I´ve never felt that spirit so strongly and it was such a special experience. Afterwards we went to eat tacos al pastor...and that was delicious. I love the food here in Mexico, it seriously is a big perk of being here in Mexico. Although I will admit that I´ve probably gotten a little rounder than I was when I first came here lol But it has totally been worth it.

My companion, Hermana Silva will be going home in 2 weeks and she has been ready to go for like a month lol It´s been a little distracting considering that I´ll be leaving right after her in 8 weeks but that´s okay, I´m trying my best to stay focused and on track here in the mission. I wonder who my new companion will be! It´s sort of weird thinking that after the mission is over I´ll be back in the real world again and I´ll have to work and go to school...and later eventually have a family of my own. Wow. All of this is becoming a little bit more real as the weeks pass by. But in the mean time, my companion and I have been trying to go on as many splits as possible with the Sisters in our Ward because we´ve got to get the most out of this time that we´re here together and we both know the area.

We should be having a baptizm here in 2 weeks. Her name is Reina and hopefully her son, Luis and her daughter Delia will be taking this grand step of being baptized together on the 28th. Please pray for them! They´re amazing. They´ve known the church forever and the crazy thing is that they got so used to the ward (without being in the limits of the ward) that they actually moved into the ward boundaries to be a part of the ward where all their friends are!) Isn´t that crazy? We told them oringinally that they could come, that they could even be baptized, but it´s better to be baptized in their own ward (according to the ward limits) so that they´ll be able to have a calling and progress spiritually. It´s been a rollercoaster, but I really hope that they´ll be able to take this important step, everyone together. They´re amazing and they all have a lot of faith. I love them all.

The weather here has been sort of weird, but I´m okay with it because I love the rain and it´s been raining here. In April and May is when Iguala really gets hot, so we´ll just have to see. I´m pretty sure I´ll be coming back brown.

Oh! Okay so this is pretty funny...but we have a less active olderly couple in our ward and the man is sort of deaf so whenever we talk to him we have to yell and it´s sort of funny because he also has a parrot....and whenever we try to speak loudly the parrot starts to yell too and it´s usually crazy whenever we go over there, but they´re a great couple.

The members here in Iguala are awesome too, one of my favorites is Estella...she´s 55ish and we probably go over to eat at her house 2 times a week. She took us out today to see the biggest flag in the world! And it´s here in Iguala! The Mexican flag was also made here in Iguala! isnt that crazy? A small like town and it has the world´s biggest flag!

I love you all and I can´t wait to see all of your smiling faces! :)