Monday, October 28, 2013
The song in princess diaries, miracles happen once in a while when you believe,(haha kell) is way incorrect. They happen all the time! Every day infact. Carlos was baptized Saturday!! It was such a special and rewarding experience. I have been working with him since I got here, and to see him finally enter the waters of baptism was incredible. He was so happy and his wife, Olga. She bore her testimony and explained how she had been waiting for 30 years for this day. And I thought waiting 3-4 months felt long! haha. Anyways the Lord is working so many miracles. And they are right in front of our faces.
Jess your story you wrote is incredible. I think I read it five times this week. This life is full of difficulties and tests. The trick is relying on the Lord and coming out of trials refined, not damaged-like you said! The command the Lord has for us to ¨¨be ye therefore perfect,¨¨ is only possible through our own personal suffering and learning here on the earth. In our past District meeting we were talking about the example of Jesus Christ, and how he was sent to earth, he suffered, died, and was resurrected. We also, were sent here on missions, suffer our own trials, give up our old selves and give ourselves to the Lord, and come out a changed, disciple of Christ. I´m thankful for this life and for the things the Lord allows us to learn through trials out of his love.
This week was fun, we started teaching a couple, Karina and Tosheo and Karina is from Brazil! I love her accent. She also speaks English, and Japanese! I was explaining about the Book of Mormon and I couldn´t remember a word and Karina said, you can say it in English! ha I froze because I forgot how to speak English too. haha She told me I could teach in English. But then I said my companion wont have an idea what we were saying. haha So we stuck with spanish. But that was kind of fun! It´s hard for her to understand the language of the scriptures in Spanish, so we are going to see if we can get one in portugeuse.
Hope y'all have a great week! remember to recognize, and record and thank the Lord for all the miracles you see each day, they are all around us!
Love y'all lots!
Monday, October 21, 2013
My Dear Fam!
I hope no one had a heart attack that I am writing so late! It has been a crazy day. We had a lunch with our district and all baked a dish of our typical food from our country! I made some fried chicken and frenchfries! (which i didnt eat) haha. it was super fun! My favorite were the tacos from Nicaragua. super delicious!
This week has been great! We had a sisters training meeting in Piura which was super great. I love getting together with all the Hermanas here in the mission, and especially seeing hna gutierrez again-each time its so fun to see how much more spanish we both know! We learned about the importance and power we can have in the families. The family is so important, and it is under serious attack! We are working with so many families and I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what can bless the family the most! After the meeting we got to eat pizza and it was the best thing ever. And the crust here is SUPER fluffy. so great. I have so many great pics I want to send but everytime I try it freezes up. So maybe one day yall will get to see my adventures!! =)
this week we had a lot of struggles with contacting and teaching our investigators. so many trips, work, and busy schedules! We keep doing our best and hopefully this week we will be able to teach a lot more. But it´s always amazing to me to see when one thing seems to not be working out, something else does. It´s all in the Lord´s hands and we just need to trust in him. Pray for Carlos that he can be prepared and have his schedule free for his baptism! Olga, his wife, talks sooo fast. I hope one day i can be good enough to understand everything she says. but for now I just smile and nod and she keeps talking =) haha
Hna canaquiri cant roll her tongue either! But what i learned is that you can roll your rs in your words without being able to roll your tongue! she has been helping me with pronunciation and have been getting a lot better! I kind of like Español!
our zone leaders gave us this talk called ¨The 4th missionary¨Im still reading but it is so good. It talks about the type of missionary or person we should strive to be. We can be obedient to the lord, but its not until we give our whole selft to him, our might and strenght AND our heart and mind, that he can work with us, and use us to bless others! look up this talk ok!
love yall so much! siga adelante!
con mucho amor
Monday, October 14, 2013
What a week! So many changes and lots going on. First of all, I got a new companion, Hermana Canaquiri! She is from Lima and is super cute. We have so much in common and I am so excited to be her companion! She loves learning English from me and she cracks me up. She is getting good at her prayers, we do a day all in English and a day all in Español. She has the same time in the mission as me as well-3 months! So she just finished her training as well and her first area was close to Piura. It has been so different without Hermana Rosas and having to teach Hermana Canaquiri the area and about all the members and people we are working with! At first I was a little overwhealmed with everything but as I relyed on the Lord I have been given so much strength! I am excited to continue to work here in Paita and to learn from all the sweet people here!
We are working a lot this week with Carlos, Angelica and her two sons, and Marcella and her two grandaughters she lives with. It´s amazing the power the Libro de Mormón has to change lives and the power it has in conversion. I am so thankful for this book and for how it has blessed my life. Each time I share my testimony of the Book I feel the Spirit and am so thankful for the knowledge I have and for what I can help others come to know for themseleves.
We are helping the primary prepare for their first primary program ever the end of this month! I taught ¨Con el Salvador al Lado¨¨ (If the Savior stood beside me) to the primary with just my voice becuase we didnt have the chord for the piano! ha. they did really well, but we got lucky and the man with the cord came. haha. So I was able to play for them to learn the melody, because they really only know one other song, I am a Child of God. It´s kind of hard to learn the songs without a piano player! In church on sunday we practiced again and are going to have one more practice. Thanks mom for teaching me piano and helping me want to practice every day! I have seen what great value it has had and I am so happy that I can help these cute kids out to learn some more songs!
So the other day Hna C and I made tons of french fries and I went a little crazy and I think I had way too much oil. And then we started to fast. The next morning I woke up with a super sharp pain in my stomoche, and it lasted all day long! I walked around hunched over and I never have felt that kind of pain in my stomache. I kept thining about how bad my knee hurt in the night the week after the surgery and that helped my stomache feel a little better. All the relief society sisters were so sweet and crowded around me asking me about what I ate and telling me about all these medicines that I should take. ha But I got a blessing from our district leader, and that gave me so much peace. He blessed me that I would be able to rely on the atonement of Jesus Christ. We kept working the rest of the day, and I still had the worst pain. That night before I went to bed hna. C said in the morning it would all be better. All that night I couldn´t sleep becuase the pain wouldnt go away. When my alarm went off in the morning after all the chickens, I didnt want to get down off my bunk to see if it hurt, but as I did I couldnt feel any pain! It really was a miracle and I am so thankful for prayer and for the lesson I learned from this. And I am also never again going to eat a lot of oil right before I fast. No more french fries for me.
Love you all! Eat some lettuce for me! Because we cant here! Remember what´s most important! And always rely on the Lord.
Con mucho amor,
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
So we found out Hermana Rosas is getting transfered in the morning which means I will be getting a new companion tomorrow!!!!!! It is going to be so different here in Paita without Hermana Rosas. I have learned so much from her and she has been such a patient, loving, and magnificent trainer. One of the most important things I have learned from her is the importance of this work and how to serve with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. I am excited though to meet my new companion! It will be an adventure, that´s for sure. Good thing we are in the hands of the Lord. Thanks for all your prayers!
I was reading the Liahona the other morning and just about freaked out when I saw the article I was reading was by Lauren Bangerter Wilde!!! It is about finding success on the mission. It made reading it so much more meaningful knowing it was my cousin who served in Germany who was talking! I am thankful for that and for what I learned-how success on the mission should not be based on the decisions of others. Everything is in the hands of the Lord and if I do my part and serve with all I got, well then I know I am being successful. Thanks Lauren!
General Conference was so sweet! I wasn´t able to understand everything, which was a little frustrating, but I definitely was able to receive more personal revelation than I ever have before during a general conference! I think it had to do with the fact I was paying more attention to how I was feeling and not so much what was being said. I loved the musical number Beautiful Savior. It reminded me of when we sangthat in ward Choir with Nate. I love that song and am thankfulfor the spirit I could feel during it!
We had the baptism of Guillermo Saturday, he is the son in law of the president of our branch! It was so great. We are praying and fasting for Carlos. He all of the sudden got toobusy and it is hard to get a hold of him. He went from being super excited for his baptism to not wanting to talk to us. We dont know all the details but are trying to do all we can to help him. I hope we will be able to meet with him this week and helphim with whatever it is he needs! It´s comforting to know that the Lord knows excatly what he is going through, and while we dont, if we work through the Spirit we will be doing the Lords will. We also are working with Angelica and her two sons, she has been to church three times and wasat 3 of the sessions of conference! We hope she continues progressing!
Well, have a great week! I have been feeling more and more focused and dedicated to the work. I have so much to be grateful for and I am so thankful for this gospel. It´s true!
Love ya´ll so much!