Monday, May 25, 2015

3 months, but no time!

All is well.  Everything is getting better, hotter, busier, and more fun!

This week is our trip to the temple!  This is extra special for me because the mission split is July 1st.  Next transfer will determine where we will go for which mission.  I feel that I will most likely stay in the Yakima mission because there is more Spanish work to be done here.  The only problem is that there is no temple within the Yakima Mission (soon to be) Boundaries.  If I stay in the Yakima mission, I won't be visiting the temple at all for the rest of my mission.  Anything could happen though!  So after this next transfer, if I am put in Yakima, I will not have temple trips at all.  I won't be able to attend the temple until I return home.  I look forward to going to a session with my wonderful Zone, and more importantly, not being the only sister companionship!  Ha ha!  We only have two sister companionships in our zone, so I am excited to go to the temple with the other sisters!  We have plans to go to a Deseret Book in Far West, which is out in Richland before we leave to come home.  We will wake up at 5 in the morning, leave at 6:30, attend a session at 9, shopping and lunch after, and then return home.  I am so excited to go!  This will be the 4th temple I have attended since I received my endowments! (Brigham City, Logan, Mexico City, Richland)

We have tried some new finding methods, which include chalking pictures of the Plan of Salvation,, etc. We also have started 'garbage tracting', which is picking up garbage as we talk to people.  Multi-tasking!  It is especially needed in the trailer parks, in which we met someone who came out and gave us water bottles! She was so sweet!  She thanked us for cleaning up her neighborhood. 

We also have had more members come to lessons with us, which has been a blast!  We have been talking with an older couple who are interested in learning how to read, and we plan on inviting them to take the Daily Dose classes, which are Spanish classes from members in the Spanish ward, who speak English as well. 

The work is slowly progressing!

Love you all! have a safe and awesome week!

My planner for this transfer: the Ukraine Temple

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Candle of the Lord

Hello everyone!

I don't have much time again this week, but our biggest tender mercy story this week begins!

We have been in contact with a less active family that has some of the cutest kids ever.  The 8 year old, Julissa, has such a love for church!  She is quite the girl!  She was the only person in her family who attended church this past Sunday out of her whole family, and we had great plans for them to get them active and help Julissa get baptized.  We had planned to talk to her Mom, Maria, about permitting her to be baptized, and as we walked into the house, they kept expressing their thanks for us, and then told us they are moving to San Francisco...  It was so devastating to hear they are moving!  But we know moving will give them a new chance to start over, and for her mom Maria to find more work.  Her mom also announced that they will not be letting Julissa get baptized until she is older and can make the decision for herself.  She is very sweet, and she deserves the support, and as a result she is getting that support she needs.  Maria has been in the ditch lately and we are going to be give her a printed talk today to help her boost her confidence and mood.  We found a perfect one from General Conference that we are hoping will help her.

Tender Mercy part... The same day they told us they were moving, we found 3 new investigators about 20 minutes away in Rock Island that we have lessons with this Friday.  We are feeling so blessed.  Hermana Wortley and I continue to grow closer every day.  I am so blessed to have her as my companion.  

I also found a talk I have been loving, and to close my weekly update I will include the title and General Authority.

The Candle of the Lord by Elder Boyd K. Packer

Have a wonderful week!
Guys!  We are pro mouse catchers! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mediocre Week

Hey all, 

I don't have too much time today, but I want to share something from our Relief Society lesson we had yesterday.  
15 ways to be happy :)

1. Love your choice
2. Gain unshakable faith
3. Spend meaningful time with those you love
4. Do with what you have
5. Have faith in yourself
6. Maintain Integrity
7. Prioritize your desires
8. Remember what matters most
9. Be what you want to become
10. Be kinder
11. Don't whine
12. Know and Do
13. Persist
14. Exercise meekness
15. Remain Faithful!

I have personally experienced many of these this past week. Especially with one of our investigators dropping us. It was very sad, but she wants us to come back in the fall... APPLE SEASON. YOU'RE KILLING OUR WORK!
All is well here in East Wenatchee.  We are working our best, with lots of meetings, and many tender mercies. We have a potential investigator, who was dropped before I got here, and who we went back to and visited with. She wants us to come back and eat with her!  We are so excited!  Our goal this week is to have Evonne on date for baptism this week on Wednesday when we eat with her. She is so, so sweet, and we look forward to helping her progress. 

Talking to my parents yesterday was so awesome!  I'm so glad I was able to Skype with them and catch up.
We had a service project on Wednesday to help a group of humanitarian workers lay sod, and since then, my arms have never been the same... both good and bad!  Neither my lower back.  It was so much fun to be with almost our whole zone.  We helped lay sod for a whole yard in 4 hours.  That's called teamwork!  I absolutely love my zone and when we have service opportunities!  It's wonderful to have this opportunity to serve with these awesome missionaries. 

We went back and visited Evonne and she offered us Horchata... Yeah!  Almost couldn't have it, until she said it was lactose free!  She saved my life that day, literally!

A recent convert's sister and mother forced us to take some Mexican chocolate home with us because we try to visit with him almost every week.  We also had an activity to get our less active Spanish group members to come out and visit by watching The Testaments in Spanish. We had one AMAZING family show up, and it was great. This week we are having a car wash with our less actives.  We are getting that base ready for the Spanish branch!  We have amazing members who come out with us everyday to help us teach.  We may not get many lessons when we have them out with us, but we try everyday!

Love you all.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, might, mind and strength!

As for the pictures, we are having a blast!

Monday, May 4, 2015

First Transfer, made it!

This past week was definitely hard, as my stress and anxiety continues to increase.  I have received a blessing this past week from my District Leader, which helped a lot. 

This past week we unfortunately had the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, and it was... let me tell you, incredibly busy with everyone in town.  Car shows, car parades, the carnival, the fair, the whole sha-bang!  Let's just say that the Apple Blosson Festival... STOLE all of our investigators and took our appointments with them... that's the only way to put it!  Conversely, we have had lots of tracting opportunities this week and we even went on a hike last P day with our district. It was pretty awesome!

So one of the miracles we've had this week was when we were tracting on Saturday night, we got transfer calls.  No worries, Hermana Wortley and I are staying! :)  We received a call from our Zone Leaders about a new project we are starting to increase our attendance in our Spanish group (we are starting to have activities once a week to help our less-actives get together and know each other) and they asked us how many new people we were going to find that night.... well, we said 2!  We were a bit nervous for that, but we were able to follow the Spirit and in the last 10 minutes of the night we found 2 potential investigators, that we plan on visiting later this week. It was a miracle!

This week I have been learning to put my trust in the Lord with my anxieties. I have definitely magnified the role of prayer in my life, and it brings comfort at each of my prayers that he IS listening. He DOES care about each of us, but when we don't feel a confirmation of him listening, we MUST GO TO WORK!  I've been thinking back on what President Gordon B. Hinckley said when he wrote home while he was in England on his mission when he really wanted to come home.  His father wrote back and said, "Gordon, forget yourself and go to work"!

The Lord pours blessings upon us every week that we sometimes take for granted!  Every little blessing counts! 
My companion has been my rock, and she always will be.  I feel incredibly lucky to be her companion!  Her mom made me a scripture case for my English quad, and I'm in love with it!  We have also been running to the bakery, ya know... once in a while for the best donuts in the world!  Yum...