Monday, September 29, 2014

"La obediencia es vivir el evangelio con gozo." -Pres. Uchtdorf

My dear family!!!

I sure have lots to tell yall this week! Hope I can type fast enough and that the keyboard keeps up this week. :) Super busy and super blessed. Here we go..

First off, for exchanges! I forgot to write about last week too. Last week I got to be with Hermana Hualinga for a day! I sure have learned lots from this sister, and I keep learning more. The greatest thing I have learned is charity and love. When we have that, we can be happy, when we dont, well we are not. It was great seeing her progress and the missionary she is becoming. I loved in the womens conference the talk by persidnet uchtdorf about obedience. I was thinking a lot about what he said, how obedience is to joyfully live the gospel. The purpose of life is to have joy, 2 nefi 2:25, and to have true joy that means we need to be obedient. So really the purpose of life is to live the gospel happily, and when we are able to do that we can find even more joy and happiness than ever before.
 And then for this week I got to have a work visit with Hermana Castro!! I remember the first exchange with her, it was the 2nd week of her mission. She has learned so much and is so great at making contacts in the street. We had such a great expereince teaching an investigator, Siliva. She is catholic, but really wants to know if this church is true. Hna Castro pulled out a book of mormon, to give her, and explained how it is thorugh reading and praying about this book you can know if the church is true and if joseph smith is a profeta. Silivia is about 50 years old and is so cute. And when she saw that we were giving her a libro de mormon, she through her arms up and shouted with joy!!! hahah she said it was an answer to her prayers, and that she was wanting one of those! It made us all laugh so hard, and it is the happiest i have ever seen anyone receive a book of mormon. I will remember that moment forever, and every time i read this book i will try t have that same excitement, because its true!

Our mulit-zone conference was so so great! All about learning to trust in and follow the spirit, because this is the Lords work! President Rowley is so inspired and full of this spirit, when you talk to him he transmits the spierit of the lord through his eyes. I want to strive to have that same spirit too. Giving my last testimony made everything just sink in a little bit, that my time as a full time missionary is getting clsoe to its end! I am so thankful for the testimony of this gospel, and how in this past 15 months I have been able to add to it each day. I know that Christ lives and loves me, and that´s why Im here and keep serving, because everyone needs and deserves to feel this love too! My faith has been strengthened so much, especailly through the experiences of others. Like hna Macias for example. She is a convert of 2 years, and is so powerful! Her dad died when she was 11, and she transmits happiness and truth to everyone, because she knows its true. Also, Zuly, an investigator, shared some life experiences of how she was able to develop faith in God, and through this time with the passing of her mom. I am so thankful for these incredible examples of faith. 

Things are progressing here! We now have a mission leader in both branches, and our branch councils have been going so much better. We are getting more organized too, teaching in the different branches all of different days, and are being more efficient with always having members too. 

So eleccions for all of peru are this saturday and sunday!! There is a law that all churches are closed. So....we wont be having church, and we wont be seeing Gerneral conference! yeah, i know! But we will be seeing it the 11th and 12th. So please dont give everything away in your emails this week.:) 
Other news is that serpost, the post office wehre teh mail comes into piura, is on strike!! so we cant receive any letters or packages. Until this ends. So jsut keep the emails coming, and maybe one day ill get the letters. : ) thanks for seding htem anyways! 

love yall lots! have a wonderful week and let your light shine through, because la verdad brilla! :)
love 
Hermana Garlick

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Hermana Garlick!



There are no real endings, only everlasting beginnings!

Hola Familia,

Wow, what a week. Thanks so much for your prayers, they sure are boosting me along. We had a great experience in the week with fasting, and knocking into the door of Nely, a less active member that recently moved here! Prayer really works.

Hna Macías is the best! she is from augas calientes. She teaches the doctrine with so much power. we have lots of fun together, reminds me of being with you jess and kell :) 

Grandma Marlene´s funeral sounds like it was so incredible and spiritual. I sure want to hear that song yall sang that you wrote Nate! We also had an investigator, Zuly, loose her mom this week. We were there for her, and bore testimony of the plan of salvation, and of the power and peace of prayer. Being far I have sure been able to feel peace through prayer. I know we are all part of a great plan of happiness, and I am so thankful Grandma M was part of our plan of happiness. I love how this life is not really an end, its really the start! like president uchtdorf said. She is just starting the next part of the journey, that we are all on.
Music and the spoken word also sounded super great. Thanks for the pictures! :) Music really has power. 

I love studying the scriptures and preach my gospel for an hour each morning. I love the part in pmg where it says, that the best way to help the people is to teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love that. We may think doing other things can help people, but helping them increase in knowledge of the gospel of jesus christ is how they can hop on the path to eternal life. and that's kind of important. 

Sure love y'all lots! I have my last multi zone conference this week. What?! Come what may and love it!
love
Hermana Garlick

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ANDALE!!

Hola Familia!!

It sure has been fun being companions with mi compañera mejicana Herman Macías. :) She is super outgoing and fun and we have already been able to see miracles with less active members taht were able to come to church. The key is to love and to serve. 
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! :) It has been a great day. We made a cake, and then went to a mexican restaurant we found here with the other 4 sister missionaries in talara. Look it up on facebook orale talara. maybe there are coupons. haha
We have a new rule in the mission, we cant let a couple pass by without talking to them! It has been fun this week, we talked with 16 couples, some of them we had to chase a little, but we are setting the goal to do even more this week! It is so great talking to everyone about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  I love in Helanaman 5 how nefi and lehi werent burned in the fire. Sometimes in life, fire comes, but if we trust in the lord, it wont burn us. 
Love yall so much, so sorry this is so short. I sure have the best family ever! Keep going and I know everything will work out. Love what may!
love,
Hermana Garlick

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Let's Go and Do, Not Sit and Stew!

Dearest family!!

Lots of great news and great things happening!! It was a wonderful and full week too. :)

Where to start? Last week with Hermana Villena. The time with her was sure sweet! She will always be a great friend. another crazy fast 6 weeks. And onto the next here in Talara with Hermana Macias!!! :) with accent on the i but I cant figure out how to do that on this keyboard. :) She is from MEXICOOO!! And is super fun and outgoing and ready to work! Hermana Gutierrez trained her the same time I trained hna Gozan! And President Rowely changed some things. Now, just Im a sister leader, not my companion! And we wont be traveling to Tumbes. So we will visit the 2 other companionships of sisters here in Talara, and we will do 2 intercambios with each of them so that I will be with each of them once! Its super different and interesting, but I know it is through revelation that president made these changes. Im excited to keep serving and keep going and doing! I love the attitude of Nefi in nefi  capitulo 3. He really didnt know why or how he was going to keep the commandments of God, but he knew hed prepare away, so he just did it! So Im ready to do what the Lord commands. 

We had leader council this week, and once again it was incredible. President talked a lot about the need for increased emphasis in family history, and the need to help all we are teaching make accounts and get going on this! So we are doing it. Also we talked a lot about the importance of weekly planning and daily planning. I loved before the mission listening to mom and dad sunday night plan their week out. Being united in a plan and then fulfilling the plan during the week to accomplish our goals really is how we can see miracles and progress. So we are working on that too--improving our planning sessions and making sure that every act during the week helps us accomplish these plans and goals using every minute wisely. 

We had a sweet experience Sunday. We always make a plan in the morning before church at 8, and then again at 10 for the other branch, to go and pick up investigators or less active members. Well, for some reason I felt we should go to pick up a second counselor of talara alta. Well, we did, and actually woke him up! His whole family came to church with us. Later in consejo de rama, he shared how thanks to the sisters, he was at church, how he had worked all night and slept in his church close, and our knock got him and his fam up. I know that as we fast and pray the spirit can really guide us to do what we need to do. 

Way to go Jared in getting your eagle scout!! loved seeing all those pictures and am so blessed to have such incredible examples in my life. My brothers are the best. 

I love here how there are little stores everywhere! LIke every 5 houses has a store with all your basic needs. What we need is always close by! Im going to start a store in our front porch too. 

Love yall tons!! have a wonderful week, and I will too with my new companion!!! Go and do!!!

Love 
Hermana Garlick

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Heavenly Father trusts those with the truth who wil share it." -Pres. Uchtdorf

Mi Querida Familia!!!

So I just had a panic attack and thought I had five minutes left, but just realized that I reeally have 30! haha So sorry for the super rushed replies to your emails. haha  I love running to buy fruit from the market each monday morning! and then I run back with it all in both arms. its a great work out jared and dallin, yall should run to HEB for mom before seminary, and you will save gas too!

It was SUCH a great week! Seriously! I say that every week, but this week really was. Here is why:

First off, we laughed lots. The first reason was because I had a dream that I looked at our cellphone, and the background was changed to a picture of Grandma Garlick with another grandma, and they had on extra large fake noses! That sure made me wake up laughing. The other was that we thought the power went out in our room since the light didnt turn on where the door is, and our house is super long and dark. So i had to run in screaming until the kitchen to turn the light on. It was super funny. We laughed so hard. Our neighbor thinks we are crazy I think. But then we sing hymns and its all good again. :)

This week we got to teach seminary three times!! It was so great. I loved it. We were able to tie in the missionary lessons into these chapters in the book of mormon. It was incredible, as we were teaching, memories were flooding back from everything I learned in seminary. Im so thankful for all my teachers and all they taught me. I dont know how many times i said, when I was in seminary, my teacher taught me... or something like that. I know those years in young womens is such important preparation time for life. So everyone go to seminary! Its the best! Maybe I will be a teacher one day. That would be really fun. 

I had the opporuntity to serve with Hna Cisneros this week! She and Hna Garner traveled from Tumbes to be with us! So we were all four together, except for when we went out to teach. Hna Cineros is from ecuador and so sincere and selfless. The members that visited with us felt so loved, she asked ALL about them and was such a great example to me of forgetting yourself. All of our appointments might have fallen through, but we were able to be led to two other families who want to receive our message! It was incredible this day, because hna Villena and I decided to fast. Fasting really works. I felt an added strenght, power, help, and guide to teach, talk, and remember all I needed too. Hna Villena told me the same happened with her. Fasting and prayer are like a piano, you have the white keys and teh black ones. With just the white keys or prayer, you can make some beautiful music, and see blessings, but with the black keys, or fasting, you can see miracles and an added level of beauty to the song. 

There was a Funeral this week, and I of course played the piano like I do for everything. I was thankful for this opportunity. I love to share my testimony through music. I still remember when nate helped me at byu prepare to play my piano solo my last sunday in my ward there. You told me, dont play the notes, play what they mean. Well thats what I always do now, and I love it. It may just be the basic hymns in the hymn book, but I feel the spirit each time as I play as I play what I know is true. In the funeral, surprise, a dog ran in! Its like my fourth time with a dog in the chapel on my mission. And it is one of the dogs here that doesnt have fur. Everyone calls them feo, or ugly, because its true. They are called viringos. And I was talking to a member afterwards, and they explained to me about them. They are considered holy! They suck away any sickness, or sadness, or problem that we have, and take that upon them themselves. Wow, when I heard that I just was in aw. Thats why elderly people have them, and why they let it enter in there. In a way, they are like Jesus Christ. He took upon himself every sickness, problem, and sin that we have had or will have. Im so thankful for the atonement. And Im just a little more thankful for these dogs now. Look what understanding does!

Sundays are always the best. playing prelude the kids come up and want to play too. This week instead of wispering to them to go sit down, I took their fingers one by one and play the hymn with the right hand and do the left hand jared taught me that works with any hymn. :) they love it! great news at church too, we got a mission leader en la rama talara altar! Gustavo! woohoo! We are excited to get working with him. 

Then comes the miracle! zuly was walking down the street, and stopped us, with all her laundry falling out of her arms. She said she listened to all the lessons from the sisters in talara baja, and is reading in 2 nefi 20, and went to church lots of times, and wants to be baptized!! the reference never got passed after she moved, but Heavenly Father made sure we were in teh exact right spot at the exact right time to be able to meet her!! she has 6 kids and is separated from her husband. God really is a god of miracles!

The atonement carries me every day, it carries all of us! I am so thankful for Christ, and for the sacred responsibility heavenly father has entrusted with me-preaching the restored gospel of jesus christ. He has trusted all of us with something so precious, the truth! And he has done that because he knows that we will share it. So lets just do it. It doesnt matter how simple the effort is, each day we can shine the light of the truth to all! So go for it! and we will stick it.

Ready for another great week! last one of the transfer, and last one with hna Villena before she goes home! Next week Ill be writing with my new companion! so crazy. Ready for the best week of our lives.:)

Los amo muchooo
Hermana Garlick