Monday, May 26, 2014

Going back to an old area 05/26/2014

This week has gone very fast. This Sunday we had the chance to be really busy in the work and all of the lessons went great! We had our investigators who are preparing for baptism come to church and they are all progressing a lot.
We were in Durango and pagaso springs this week for exchanges, it was really neat going back to an old area that I served in it felt good to know that the people there still have great missionaries! It was a neat feeling driving up to Durango and having flash backs of all the things I experienced in that area it was a good reminder that the work is the same everywhere.
Our area is going great we are almost done talking to everyone who lives here but I know that the lord will help us to continue to have more work for us to do if we do our part. It’s a blessing being in this area its teaching me how to be more patient with the work. The branch here is amazing they are full of love and service.
We are actually teaching a 10 yr. old who is very smart in the gospel and comes to primary by herself, she is an example to me that when you are converted to the gospel you would do anything and everything for it

There are many tender mercies that I’m experiencing on my mission and I can’t believe that 15 months have passed so quickly I still can’t believe I am almost home. My mission has really taught me a lot and in not perfect and I will never be but I know that I can try my hardest.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Coming home September 2nd instead of the 10th (May19th)

"Pride is the handle that fits all of Satan's tools" One of my favorite quotes ever!!

So this week has been great we were able to have our investigators attend church and 2 of them got approved for baptism! The work is slowly picking up here but all is going great! Like I mentioned we have the opportunity to do a lot of service and I got to learn how to chop wood and how to milk a goat! I know my future husband really will love me now that I know how to do all of that!

This week we were able to spend our Sunday in paradox and it was so new to me that there is only 12 members but they are all so very strong! The talks were amazing!!!

We have been having great lessons with some less actives. We had the chance to watch a conference talk with one of our investigators and it’s so wonderful to hear President Boyd k. Packer testify of our loving Savior it was a treat watching it again. During the lessons he told us that he already knew that this was the truth. I know that for many people it simply just takes a few steps before they know it to be true and I know for myself that I didn't receive a huge answer when I was wanting to know, I simply accepted the gospel and I have let it lead my life and serving a mission is where my heavenly father wants me to be.

New information to all: I just found out that I am actually coming home September 2nd instead of the 10th, my mission president has a mission president seminar on the 10th and he does not want to miss our departing testimonies so it is approved that all of the missionaries going home on the 10th will now be coming home on the 3rd. Time is flying by!

Mike the road kill is everywhere!!

1st week in Paradox

Well this week was my 1st week in Paradox and La Sal. It is a very beautiful area. The people here are great and they are all very kind. Missionary work here consists of a lot of service opportunities, which is a lot of fun we get to learn a lot of new things like branding cows!

So far we have been getting great lessons with some less actives and it’s so powerful whenever we teach the restoration it strengthens me a lot and helps me to realize how true this church is. I also found a new Spanish family, I just love how every time I enter a new area there is always Spanish speaking opportunities. So far everything is going great we are starting our exchanges pretty soon with the sisters in Utah, Durango and Pagoda springs so it will be a very busy transfer.

This area I very different I wake up to cows mooing in the morning and there is no such thing as an alarm ringing in the morning because the cows have that in control!! It’s been pretty cold here it snowed on mother’s day just a bit on the mountains but soon it will be warm.

TRANSFER NEWS: Paradox Colorado May 5

TRANSFER NEWS: I’m going to Paradox Colorado I heard it’s beautiful but there is no Walmart, no gas station, and the population is 140 and there is 12 members in our branch! I’m really excited to serve there and I believe this is my last area but it’s all up to the lord! I love Kirtland so very much it has changed me and I will always hold that area close to my heart all of the friendships I have made and the many good people that are there I surely will miss but I know that the Lord needs me in another area, wherever the lord sends me I am more than happy to do it! I have come to realize that we really can’t see what the lord has in store for us, but we can know what he has when we do his will with a heart full of happiness.

This last week in Kirtland has been amazing! We had a baptism with Mercedes. She is so cute and was very excited to be a member of this church. At her baptism the spirit bore witness to me that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. We also where able to find some new investigators.

We had the opportunity to do exchanges all the way in page Arizona. I haven’t been to Arizona in such a long time but it was fun to serve there for a day. Page is a beautiful place! But I think im stuck in Kirtland! I truly love this area! We have had much success in it. I also get to be over 4 new areas as a sister training leader! I get to be over Durango, Blanding and Pagoda springs! I’m excited to go and have exchanges there!

I will be arriving to Paradox on Tuesday afternoon

One of my favorite things I got to do in Kirtland was how to pray in Navajo and I’m glad I finally got it!

Windy Storm April 28th


This week was a fast week but it has been a week full of pretty different experiences!!! How do I even begin... well we had exchanges this week Saturday and me and the sister that I was out with we were walking and we got out of a lesson and continued to walk to find some people as we were walking a storm approached us and I’m not talking about a windy storm it was the most terrifying storm I have ever been in especially outside, there was tumble weeds and rocks and dirt hitting us we ran from road to road not knowing where to go our car was back home and we were a couple of miles away. The storm would not allow us to even move, we then huddled to a car and waited to see when the storm would stop and as we were waiting a family saw us from their trailer and they told us to hurry and come in so we ran and went I not knowing them but then as I was entering the home I knew this home looked familiar and it was a trailer that we had traced into and they were not interested in our message, I laughed inside because I knew that they would realize who we were. We then started to talk to them about what we believed and they did open up they asked very good questions and we were able to answer them. It made me realize in the end that it didn’t matter if in the end they were not interested, what mattered was that me and my companion were able to plant a seed.

This week we also had another interesting experience, we were walking and we went to go see if one of our investigators was home he ended up not being home, we assume he was at work but as we left his front door we came across a dog who look very hurt we tried helping it calm down. We then heard our investigators home open and it was his wife who had never before talked to us and told us that she was not interested. It ended up being her dog and she only spoke Spanish and I was able to talk to her and build that relationship as time went on she ended up telling us how she just lost a loved one and how she really had no knowledge of what will happen after death I was able to tell her that, that is what we as missionaries teach about, she had a light in her eyes and she said well next time you come and teach my husband come and teach me too  “ come and get me out of my doubts” (Lord I believe; help thou mine unbelief). I thought to myself how many of us have doubts that we live with and how in the end there are so many out in the world who are confused but I know that we do have a loving God who provides us with answers and direction I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to have this calling to teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week we also had 2 of our investigators get on baptismal date for June we will be having a baptism this Saturday and we had 5 investigators at church this Sunday!!The work here is going great and I love this area with all my heart! Let’s hope now I don’t get transferred this next week, we receive news on Saturday the 3rd and transfers are on Tuesday!