Ky sent me this picture today to show me that she really is happy :)
Monday, October 27, 2014
Well this week flew by!! We had splits two days this week and were able to go to a different area yesterday! The splits went really well because one day I was with Hermana Ford who is also from Utah and the other I was with Hermana Santana!!(: It was so fun working with her again and seeing how much we have both progressed these last two months! We found some really great investigators this week and 3 of them have baptism dates! We also are seeing a lot of progress with the less active members and so many of them are coming back to church and it is so great! We are trying to bring more unity to the ward here and I feel like it will really help the work in all aspects. Yesterday we were able to go to a small town with about 10 members because there is a young kid who wants the lessons. He found the church website when he was looking for music and he put his information in the website and has been recieving the lessons over the phone for the past year!! It is such a crazy story! We will hopefully be able to teach him and help him be ready to be baptized! It is cool to see how much faith he has! We have a lot of really good things planned this week, and will hopefully see a lot of progress! I am glad to hear all is well back home! I love you guys so much! I hope that you guys have another great week!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Cute Hermana Searle emailed on Monday and asked if she could spend a little money. We of course told her yes. She was so excited because she got these cute new shoes. It was actually really awesome to have her ask me a "normal" question. You know "Mom, can I have some money?" HaHa! I love her so much and I think she is the cutest thing ever:)
Well this week was something else! It has actually been pretty stressful because well my companion doesnt know anything about the area, or any of the people so I have had to do a lot of work on my own. But she is trying hard to learn the people to be able to help! But this week we were able to find some really good new investigators! We found Nedy, and she is Golden!! She was sitting outside of her house one night and we contacted her and she was really interested! We said a prayer with her and set up another appointment. We had our appointment with her yesterday and as we were explaining the book of mormon she told us that she has one! Which here that is a miracle, because EVERYONE is catholic!! But she really does have one she has the Book of Mormon with D&C and the pearl of great price and she reads it!!! It was such a great experience! She told us its hard for her to understand but she always feels at peace when she reads it and she wants to understand it! She also has a hymn book and other books from the church that her dad had given to her a couple years ago! She really is so great and I am so glad we found her! She is going through some rough things right now and said that before we contacted her she was just praying to find the answer and then we showed up! So it was overall a great experience! That was the highlight for the week! And we will be teaching her again tomorrow (: The hard part of the week was we had to stop teaching one of our investigators :( She is a 14 year old who wants nothing but to understand the gospel and her parents wont let her recieve the lessons but she asked if she can still read the book of mormon even if she isnt getting the lessons and of course we told her yes! I hope that her time to recieve the fullness of the Gospel is soon! She will be a great member of the church one day! But overall things are progressing here and we have a good week ahead of us! I am so glad to hear everyone back home is well! I love you guys so much!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
So this week I dont have hardly anytime but I just wanted to let you all know that I will be staying in Vallarta! I am with Hermana Cedillo, she has about 3 months more than me in the mission and she seems really great! This week was really good, but kind of sad! It was hard seeing sister Zepeda leave because we really were such good friends! But she is coming back to visit in Novemeber so yay! haha we found some really good new investigators this week! And hope to see them progress! I really dont have much to say for this week but I am doing great and so happy to be here in Vallarta still! It will be a little hard cause I am the only one who knows the area and I dont even know it very well but with our map and the members I am sure we will be fine(: haha I love you guys so much! Sorry this is so short!
Monday, October 6, 2014
Wasnt conference just amazing?? It was definitley the best weekend of my entire mission! It is such a blessing to have a prophet who is called of God with his aposotles to guide us and direct us in this world that is so difficult to live in! I loved every minute of conference and was really sad when it ended! But what was everyones favorite talks?? I dont think I can choose just one favorite one, but I do have to say that Elder Bednars was amazing!! It was so great how he adressed all the people who arent members of the church to truly explain, in a way only a man called of God could do, the reason why we as members of this church are so eager to share it! As a missionary I guess I just related alot more to the reasoning because I am sharing the gospel all day everyday, but it was a powerful message! I also really liked the talk given by M. Russell Ballard! It is so true how we need to "Stay in the boat!" Overall conference was so amazing! It was a really cool experience watching conference as a missionary! And, I got to watch it in English (: haha but when people gave their talks in Spanish, we switched it to the Spanish channel! I also thought that was such a cool thing! I loved that people were able to give their messages in their native language! Such a great addition to conference! This week for us has been good! We had our interviews with President Wagner on Friday and it was really good! I am lucky to have him as my missionary President! And hermana Wagner is great too! They take really good care of us out here! We then had splits, and I was with Hermana Ibanez! We got to Guadaljara the same day but since she is from Mexico she was only in the CCM for 2 weeks so I have more time than her as a missionary and that was such a weird feeling! haha I think it was the first time my entire mission I didnt feel super new! Which I shouldnt feel new cause I have 5 months in the mission haha but yeah! It was a really good day with her! And then Hermana Zepeda and I have been pretty frustrated because we are having a really hard time with investigators so President Wagner told us to street contact at least 100 people each day and we wont be discouraged! And it works!!!! On Friday it was 101 and Saturday we contacted 106 people and yesterday it wasnt quite as many but we contacted 65 people! It is amazing how different it feels when we literally invite every single person we see to come unto Christ! And it makes for funny stories too! haha I will share one, We decided we would contact a bus, and I was going to do it( talk about scary!) So we get on the bus and I ask the driver if i can share something with the people on there and he says yes So, I say that we are missionaries and all that jazz and hermana zepeda explains that we will give people cards with an internet page on the back that they can look at. And this was the first time I contacted a bus and it was soooo funny because the bus driver was crazy and we about fell like 500 times but my bus surfing skills i learned from all the cross-country trips paid off haha needless to say we enjoyed looking like fools and i learned how to yell in spanish! haha so yeah that was good! We have found some new investigators that we will be teaching this week! And sadly, this is Hna.Zepedas last week in the mission! But we will make it the best one yet! I am so glad you were all able to enjoy conference and had a great week! I love you guys so much! Thanks for everything!! (: