Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The name tag never comes off!

All us Spanish missionaries for the Spanish ward

Hello my fellow missionaries and family. 

This is my final last two days as a missionary. 

I can't believe how much this gospel has changed me. I honestly cannot believe it. As I started my mission, I was stubborn once in a while, and it took me a while to learn certain things, But I now have become someone I never thought I could become. And it's all thanks to the plan that Heavenly Father created for me, the potential that he has given me to become like him. He will forever be what I like to call, is a word in Spanish that doesn't translate to English. "Amparo" Is usually used as a woman's name, but Amparo literally means shelter from the storm, or safe haven. He has protected me, kept me accountable to him, and has been there at every single moment during my mission, even when I couldn't admit it to myself, he has ALWAYS been there. 

Being a missionary, is hard, fun, exciting, stressful, and just every kind of feeling rolled into one. But one thing I know for sure, is that being a missionary is probably one of the best things you could do during your life time. Whether you are able to at this moment, after finishing high school, or if needs be, wait for a time, possibly until your married, but being a missionary is something I recommend to every member, because honestly, it's something that not everyone can comprehend. All you can do is just go for it; serve a mission, and find those people who are in need of the gospel. Because everyone needs it, not just members.

Our District
This part of the country has my heart. The people, this place, all have special places in my heart. Even when I am released, and I am asked to take it off, my name tag will be forever carved on my heart. 

I'll see you all in a few days. 

At the airport on August 16th, leaving her mission.  This was sent to Mom's email address from Sister Lewis this morning.  

Silly Elders

Monday, August 8, 2016

Last minute miracles are the BEST!

Hello everyone! 

So this past week we did AWESOME! We had some sweet member present lessons with some really sweet members, in particular, an RM in one of our English wards that just got home from his mission to El Salvador. Holy cow, let me say, he's a bold man! Jorden was so loving and bold with our house full of investigators, whom are named, Elizar, Benjamin, Ismael (who's brother referred the elders to this house full of gold) and Coset. They are all so ready to eat up the Gospel, mainly Elizar. He loves and eats up the Bible, and talks about it quite often. We had two sweet lessons with him this past week, first with Jorden (during this lesson with Jorden there, Elizar he would do his best to read at least 30 pages in the Book of Mormon... Pues, we'll follow up on that then! unfortunately not, he's still intrigued by the concept of The Great Apostasy) and then another RM, Stefano, who just returned from Mexico, but he and his family are originally from Ecuador (This family blows my mind, I love them so much) and it went super well with Elizar and Stefano, and then Elizar brought up the question about the Holy Ghost and how a person should receive it, and that lead the conversation to baptism, and this was all after we had an in depth conversation about the Great Apostasy.... So it definitely wasn't something we planned on, but we did however, set up another return appointment so that we could talk about baptism. Mind you, he's already accepted the challenge, but tonight we are going to put him on date! We have plans to stop by just about every day to go teach them, as well as reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible together, because he literally begs us to explain the comparison, but we aren't even complaining. We are just happy he's so willing and ready to listen, and understand more about the church.
The beautiful plants of WA. :) 

Thursday was quite a challenge.. Hermana Baird became sick during the night and couldn't sleep. She finally was able to go back to sleep.  When I realized first, how sick she really was, which was a small case of horrible food poisoning, and second, that we were to receive a mini missionary that same morning to come out with us while her original sisters had meetings in Yakima. So, she showed up anyway, and started language study with me, and then we had a few appointments, one being with this youth's Mom, which was so funny once we jumped in her Mom's car.. Oh goodness, that family, is related to the amazing RM Jorden.. They are such missionaries! We then were picked up for dinner, which Hermana Baird was able to eat a bit, then we returned to our house so she could rest, and then we headed out to correlation at the seminary building. We then met a couple who are members, who's daughter is heading to Brazil in September for her mission, and their family is the main fellowship for a Part Member Family we are trying to get a hold of, so luckily they will be coming with us this week sometime. 
We did a lot of walking again this past week, it was awesome! I'm finally getting more used to it, even though I come home in about a week, No big deal.

Then yesterday, we were street contacting when we met a young father in one of the near by parks and started talking with him, and he said something super profound that I wanted to share, and no, he's not a member.
"You know what missionaries? God doesn't have authority..." *oh shoot* "He has POWER! He gave his authority, which is to act in God's name, to his son, who is by the way, a completely different person, and then Christ gave his authority all down the line through the apostles. That's what makes sense to me, but I need to know what the Holy Ghost exactly is... Can you explain it to me?"
Holy Goodness sakes alive, we sure can Pedro! He basically set up his own appointment, and wants us to meet his wife, and even asked if we can kneel during the lessons we give him and his family. We have been sincerely blessed to find Pedro, and Elizar, a long with a few more people that we have appointments with this week, and I don't even think that happens very often. We have an appointment set up, at least 1 every day for this week. Woohoo!  I am so happy to take part of these last minute miracles, and to conquer out my last full week in the field.

On top of all of these miracles... 
We got 2 texts this week from Hermana Knight and her green child Hermana Hull.
"Trevor is getting baptized August 20th!"
The second one said this...
"Trevor is getting baptized August 13th, woo hoo!"

I literally can't believe it's happening... He's finally ready, I won't be able to attend the baptism, but I'm just happy it's happening! I'm literally on top of the world today, I am SO happy how much the gospel has helped me be an instrument in the Lord's hands, and how much more it will influence me for good as I finish strong this week. 
I know that God lives, and that he has a body of flesh and bone, and I know that his Son, The Only Begotten Jesus Christ, has suffered and died for every single pain, and unfair thing in this world, not only so that we wouldn't feel alone in our lives, but also so that we may repent and become clean again, through his atonement. I am so happy to be a missionary, I love this amazing job I have to carry out for the Lord. I LOVE being a missionary. 

Hermana Marble

A really wide door we found.. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Punchy-ness adventures...

Hello everyone! Here is the video to explain my title for this week. :) 
This past week was definitely a struggle, but it has been a blast! 
It has been in the one hundred degrees this week for the temperature... and It's been crazy!

We were walking on Tuesday, when we walked a VERY long distance home from the seminary building, where we were helping the seminary teacher for the high school do some office work. It made me feel like I was in my Mom's office again! filing, cleaning, laminating, she even brought some fruit for us to eat. She's amazing! Not as amazing as my mother though. :) 

After we walked all the way home, we literally passed out on our apartment floor. It was SO hot, we may or may not have started laughing uncontrollably because of how hot it was. It was a blast though, we tried to find as many cold things to eat as we could, got cleaned up, and headed out walking.... again... It finally cooled off to the 90's towards the end of the week, and believe it or not, we felt it! 

We had an awesome lesson with our ward mission leader, who served his mission in Argentina. His Spanish is SPECTACULAR! He basically is still a missionary inside a members body, he ROCKS at teaching lessons with us. We taught the Word of Wisdom to one of our slowly progressing investigators, and he just jumped in whenever in the lesson as if we were in a tri-pan. (maybe a quad including the Holy Ghost, of course) We also got asked out by an older gentleman this past week right as we were walking home... He wanted to take us to shoot pool, and we said no.. He was disappointed.. we didn't know what else to say other than we are missionaries. Luckily, Hermana Baird took over that conversation. 

The fridge of a walking missionary...
We've been working great with the members! We've had quite a number of great member lessons with some of the members from the English wards we cover. Because we've been getting involved with them more, on accident (being given rides home by sweet members) and purposely set up member lessons, We've been receiving so many member referrals! We even attended one of the English wards with permission, and we had everybody on their toes about if they had actually gotten sisters! Unfortunately, not completely... Everyone in this certain ward has begged to feed us, they are so sweet! The elders in this ward are going to have to get used to sharing a ward... Because literally, all the sisters in the ward already want to feed us and help us since they can't quite help the elders with too much. #blessingsofbeingasister

We had a few interesting lessons with less actives by translating for them about tickets they've received, and having 3 different lessons all in the same house, at different times, each a few minutes after the other. We've been on a roll!

Someone asked me this morning, "What is one of the greatest lessons you've learned on your mission?" Well some things I've learned on my mission..

How much potential that each of us have as sons and daughters of Heavenly Father.
We are pieces of art... He has created us each very differently for MANY purposes.
Especially, relating to your mass email from today, that we are called to specific missions, areas, and companions, for MANY reasons. 
I have had to slowly accept that things are the way they are, because He made them that way.
We each have divine potential, for what he wants us to become; and if we are humble, submissive, patient, and urgent in listening to the spirit, we can conquer all that lies in our path. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Members Galore!

​Buenas Dias mis amigos!

Entonces.. This week was pretty darn good. I can't really explain how this week went, it was successful, but as us missionaries say, it doesn't always show in our numbers of lessons. It was successful because we truly learned how to teach, and not just anyone, but the members! Ever since our recent ZTM we have turned our focus for this month on working with members on their missionary work and strengthening our relationship with them. For instance, we have done a lot of service this week! We even had a member's son chase us down the street last night to give us freshly made cookies! I'm pretty sure he ran at least a mile. #13yearoldathlete

We've had some awesome dinner appointments this week with these amazing members. We have had a blast working with them.
I don't have much more time or much more to share, but the least I can say, is that I love being a missionary. And I've got 3 more weeks to live it up! 

Love you all! Have a great week!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mom Update...

Our Sarah arrives home on August 16th!  She will speak in the Providence Second Ward at 1:00 the following Sunday, the 21st.  If you were good friends with her before her mission and would like to attend, the address is 355 Canyon Road.  We will be having a meal after the block, so about 4:30 at our house.  Please please please RSVP to me if you are coming to eat, and to get the address at lindamarble@landez.com.  I won't publish our address here. 

We can't wait to see our beautiful girl again! 

Waainning in Wenatchee

Hello everyone!

This week was awesome! Our District Leader's greenie has been sick for a while now, and so because our last Pday was 7/11 we had a member take us to 7/11 so that we could go pick them up some slushies, and we took those by at the end of Pday... The poor sick elder is suffering from bad allergies/head cold.. It reminds me of my first few months here!
We met some really cool people this week and we had a young member come out with us on Tuesday for some lessons, and she ROCKED it. She and her family had me and my companions over for dinner multiple times at the beginning of my mission, and they are so sweet. On Wednesday, we had our Zone Training Meeting, which this month, we as a mission are focusing on Member missionary work. We've read and studied a story/talk about a sister missionary who goes above and beyond to get members involved with missionary work. If any of you are curious, look it up! (The Susan Fulcher case) We've been taking it above and beyond to involve our members in doing the missionary work. We have loved it!
We are currently working with a less active member to stop smoking and to come back to church. Luckily he doesn't have the money to buy much more right now, so he won't be tempted to buy it anymore... until his next pay check comes. So we made a calendar for him, and a to do list for every day for the next two months. Pay his tithing, pray, read his scriptures, and go to church every Sunday, that way he can check it off and be accountable to himself!

Unfortunately, our main investigators are not making the gospel a priority at the moment. So we won't be visiting as often, and only mainly working with the wife who has the most potential at this time. The husband on the other hand, has deliberately said he is not searching, and he is happy the way that he is.... So that's that! But, his wife is still on board for everything! She got attention on Sunday during Relief Society where we talked a lot about temple work and family history work. She wants to get started on Family History! And we'll be talking about the temple with her this week for our member home court lessons!
We also had some AWESOME exchanges with our Sister Leaders, where I was able to go with Hermana Tecuatl to their area which is... MY old area. So Luckily, they asked me to direct them about where certain people live, and which people to continue teaching, and to go find less actives. Some recognized me, which was pretty fun to catch up! I have really enjoyed serving wth Hna Tecuatl.
Over all this week has been great, and we are looking forward to a great new week! We are so pumped to keep working! We also had interviews with President and Sister Lewis, which was a blast!
Well, have a fantastic week mis amigos, y nos vemos pronto!

Monday, July 11, 2016

A walk down Memory Lane...

Making last minute visits in White Salmon with Hermana Knight before I left.
So this week has been quite the ride!

I said goodbye to a few people before Wednesday when I got transferred. That was a bit sad, but it was also not as bad as I expected it to be. 

On Wednesday, we got to the transfer site and received all the missionaries coming to our zone, and also we received Hermana Knight's greenie!  Hermana Hull is from Texas as well (coincidence, right?) and had some flight problems, so she didn't show up in the Yakima airport until just past midnight with her MTC companion, and then woke up bright and early before all the other missionaries to get ready to drive down to us. That poor Hermana... Hopefully she slept well!  

Then I jumped into the Assistants' Nissan Truck and drove up to Yakima. It's about a 2 hour drive, and I was the only Hermana getting transferred, let a lone, in either car.. so it was me, Elder Shugart, who was my second district leader during my mission, and another spontaneous elder we love to serve with. We three had a blast talking about the work happening in our areas, and telling stories of investigators. 

We arrived in Yakima and then, during another 4 hours, drove up to Wenatchee and arrived around 3:30. I was so exhausted from driving so much and moving luggage around and helping everyone get situated!  As we arrived in Wenatchee, I received the cute Hermanita Baird! She's adorable and so ready to work! She is from Missouri, and has been out on her mission just since March; she's still fresh in the field. :)  

As we gathered our stuff together, I slowly came to the realization as she and I talked about what would happen that day, that we are in a WALKING AREA!  Woo, I looove walking, yes I do!  We cover the boundaries of 2 wards on the west side of Wenatchee, and we have no car.  Which is definitely tough!  We do partially share a car with a set of sisters, but we only have it twice a week. But hey, a car is still a car even though we barely have it!  So we got situated in someone's car, dropped everything off, went to a Hispanic member's house for dinner, and then went out and worked!  We really can make it work without a car. I can probably say I'm bound to have blisters REAL soon, but I love walking! 

My ol' crib
 We have a small, tiny, little apartment, and our Sister Leaders live in my old house with the Bishop of another ward across the river. That was reminiscent on Sunday as we stopped by after correlation for lunch at their house before returning to go to Sunday school. The ward is pretty small, but during the winter, like most Spanish areas in our mission, it will get more busy since most members are working in the field. Being in a walking area is really fun. It's really easy to talk to people, use time more wisely and plan everything out to almost a "T".  
We have service opportunities pretty often during the week at a local Museum where we help prepare projects for the youth camps and activities they have during the summer. We have a sweet ward of members who remind me so much of my Hispanic families in Yakima; ALWAYS willing to feed us, give us rides, go out with us to lessons, and all that good stuff. 

I was able to see a lot of old faces in the Spanish ward, especially Wendy and her older sisters. We had some good time to catch up during our ward dinner together after Sacrament.  

Can I just say, I LOVE change? 

I was able to really feel the spirit yesterday during sacrament meeting. And I've been thinking hard lately about why Heavenly Father wants me in the Spanish ward again... and I had a warm fuzzy feeling come over me, almost in all the classes that this is where I need to be, and to be companions with Hermana Baird. I feel so at home here... Just like in Yakima in the Spanish Branch, It's literally the best feeling ever to be just working in  Spanish area again. I have really missed speaking this much Spanish, and just being a part of the Hispanic member culture. I truly missed it here, and I love the people we are working with right now!  We are currently teaching a few couples who are holding each other back from certain things, and particularly one named Lucy. Hermana Baird and her trainer met her right before transfers last week, and Lucy has literally lost everything.. her family, money, and nearly everything she owns. Her face lit up as we taught her the restoration, and said she wanted to come to church, and to find friends. I was a little skeptical at first to hear that she wanted friends, but she literally needs them... She has nobody close by; family, friends, relatives of some sort, None! She came to church once we found her a ride, and she LOVED church yesterday. The ward has already embraced her like family. The work is somewhat slow, but we are excited to get to work this week with our current investigators. I wish you all the best for this week!

Espero que tengan buen semana, y hasta luego!

In front of my old house with our Sister Leaders :) The short blonde one is Hermana Baird!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Adios White Salmon!

Hi everyone! 

Happy 4th of July! Hope your day is full of fun plans! This past week has been really slow again. Not much has been happening... But we did have a great revelation experience this past week together.  On the verge of tears, laughing so hard because we were so frustrated, and ready to tear our planners apart, Hermana Knight opened her scriptures to something that completely changed our point of view.

In the Doctrine & Covenants section 25 is when Heavenly Father instructs Emma Smith to compile hymns and songs for the saints, and these are the first three verses of the chapter that called our attention. 

 Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while speak unto you, Emma  Smith, my daughter; for verily say unto you, all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters imy kingdom.
 revelation give unto yoconcerning my will; and if thou art faithful and walk in the paths of virtue  before me, will preserve thy life, and thou shalt receive an inheritance in Zion.
 Behold, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou art an elect ladywhom have called.
Through every little struggle we've had, this whole chapter brought so much comfort to us in our time of need. This chapter was literally an answer to our prayers, which I know and can testify that our prayers were answered, and that Heavenly Father DOES listen. We just have to pay attention to the "still small voice." Lately as from my past emails/blog posts, Hermana Knight and I have had a struggle. Together as a companionship, and especially in our area... We've been struggling with so many things, but we've come to the conclusion that we have learned SO much together that we are in store for some new changes soon. 

When transfer call day came on Saturday, neither of us knew what to expect... But surprisingly, we got a call! President Lewis has asked Hermana Knight to train a brand new missionary, and he's asked me to return to Wenatchee, to cover an area of two English wards, and to work in the Spanish ward I used to work in at the beginning of my time there; ever since after that split it became harder for us.


This is just so crazy for me to think about.. My Spanish is rusty, but luckily I'll be fixing it up in no time!  Right after I left that area, they pulled together the Spanish ward into our stake center and had a lot of changes, so this will be very interesting!  I am quite sad to leave White Salmon, but I'm happy to have another chance and another shot at finishing strong in my "baby area".  I am a little sad for Hermana Knight, for training a new missionary in a very very very slow area, but I am so excited for her to train!  She's gonna be one of the best trainers I've ever worked with. She's gonna rock that new Hermanita's socks right off!  Well, I am extremely thankful I could serve in The Dalles, and work with my amazing zone.  They are all basically my role models, and this area has so much potential.  We are seeing little small miracles every day despite our slow areas, and of course, we've spent quality time together. I love these missionaries, they'll always be in my heart.

I can't wait to get back up to Wenatchee, this has been an amazing journey, I'm going back. 
Love you all!

 We hiked to Wachela falls last Pday, because this is my favorite water fall in this whole area, and no body had been to it yet except for me... So Hna Knight and I pulled together our zone for the short hike. #exiledtothedalles❤🤘⛵🌊 

Monday, June 20, 2016

What a week!

Hi everyone!

This week started out awesome with playing ultimate Frisbee for about 2 hours solid on P-day, so later that evening I was pretty tired and I had a hard time staying awake during our evening while out working. 

Tuesday we took a less active member with us to Trout Lake to visit a friend of hers who she referred us to!  The only problem was... when we got there, there were some Kirby Vaccum salesmen in her living room showing her their fancy vacuums.  So that was a bit of a  distraction, but luckily we introduced ourselves to the workers, and left them with some proselyting cards.  They came from Portland so we won't ever see them again sadly. Later that night we ate dinner at a member's house where their daughter Megan is starting her mission papers! Woohoo!  Megan is also one of our ward missionaries, so she got to come knocking with us later during the week!  

Later that night we visited Jose, our Hispanic less active, who is not doing good after his open heart surgery, so we decided to keep him and his Mom company while she told us about her conversion story, which took place right outside of Portland. She is AMAZING!  When she and her husband were baptized into a small Spanish group that linked off a big ward, the members embraced them, even with the language barrier.  They are so sweet and are taking care of Jose along with his family until he has recovered better. For the time being, he's not doing well. We were doing a lot of less active work this week, and that was good to keep getting to know different members of the ward.  We've also been doing a lot of service lately, and we've been given a bunch of fun things from the members like homemade strawberry jam, cherries, REALLY good cherries, and some other fun things. 

We had a youth from the young men come knocking with us, who is 13 years old. He's the cutest little missionary you've ever seen!  He even knocked a few doors while we were out!  We've been trying something new this week, due to some things that happened in our district meeting.  Usually we don't mind role plays, but when we started to role play I got so distracted, so we went out in the foyer and started role playing again. Hermana Knight and I have decided to start role playing with distractions, which has been helping me so much!

We visited a member this week who was in an accident with a horse and isn't doing well, so we got to spend some time with her keeping her company and helping her. We had plans to visit an Hispanic less active member, when he called us asking for help on his Sunday school lesson.  It turned out he's been lying to us for quite sometime. It's really disappointing, and so we won't be able to visit him anymore due to some problems that have come up. 

We stopped by the Derek family this week because we haven't seen them in quite some time, and we got to talk to the Dad, who's been reading in the Book of Mormon. He's making some great connections with Joseph Smith, because like him, Matt has had a lot of questions about religion, and has been asking to know the truth. They've told us for quite some time that they would come to church, well, lately they haven't.... until yesterday!  They came to church finally!  Right before the Sacrament was being blessed, to be exact.  His kids LOVED primary, and his son made some really cute comments in primary, talking about how they weren't going to be visitors soon anymore, because they wanted to be members.  I miss primary, I hope secretly I can have a calling in the nursery or primary when I get home because the spirit is literally so strong in the primary room. We got to go watch the primary for the 3rd hour on Sunday and help keep the kids under control. 

Well, that's been our week. Luckily my emails are getting more interesting week by week, right? :) 

Well, have a great week everyone! Good luck with everything and preparing for 4th of July!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Spiritual Fire Hose!

Hello everyone! How are Ya'll doing? 

So this past week was amazing! 

First, We went back to an investigators house... the same investigator where we got stuck in traffic trying to get back home.. We went to her house, and sat down while having a pre-chat before we started our lesson. Pretty soon her dog starts freaking out about something in the corner of the room under a pile of boxes. She told the dog to "Knock it off" and explained that sometimes he's a wuss about silly cobwebs or spiders. We continue to talk, but pretty soon the dog started to growl and Sister Knight heard a "hiss" come from where the dog was. Ellen jumped out of her chair, screamed a few words I won't ever repeat, and told us to get out of the house.. "IT'S A RATTLESNAKE!" We literally sprinted out of the house while she quickly picked up her dog and ran out with us.. 

We ran next door to her neighbors who are members, and the father wasn't home because he was with his family working 20 minutes away at their business office. As we walked back to where she was on the side of the road, we told her what happened and she said, "I give up, I'm getting the Mexicans!" She ran next door to her Hispanic neighbor, who followed her over with a Machete in his hand and his wife followed behind with a few random things. We looked at each other with bizarre looks on our faces. "Don't worry ladies, I've dealt with them rattlesnakes before."  

*GULP* okay mister! We then held the dog down outside while they took care of the snake. 45 minutes later we were sitting down again in her house, all calmed down after it all happened. 

As for our exciting conferences, It was amazing! Holy cow, it was just a fire hose all day, for two days. We heard from Daniel L Johnson, and we got so much out of it!  He made a lot of progress with teaching us the basics. Something he taught us was that we can compare our investigators to tomatoes; If we pick a green one, and yell at it to ripen it won't do us any good. But if we set it aside, and keep looking for the RED tomatoes (the investigators who are prepared and ready to keep commitments and are serious about taking the time to learn about the church) then it will be an easier time waiting for the green tomato, and it saves a lot more time as well. 

So, after our two days of conferences, we learned about teaching Hispanics and the role we must fulfill as THEIR missionaries.  We also learned about preaching and teaching repentance and baptizing converts... Now at first that sounds strange.. correct? Baptizing converts basically means that we should be baptizing and teaching those people who we know are prepared and who are ready to come to church, THIS Sunday, who are ready to read the Book of Mormon, EVERY DAY, and who are ready to pray for answers, EVERY DAY. I have loved these conferences, especially seeing and spending time with the other amazing missionaries I love. 

Rainbow and rain while I went on exchanges in Yakima after conferences 
Hna Harston and I

I got to see Sister Reynolds from my second area at the Yakima church building between traveling for conferences, bittersweet moment!!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Expect the UN-expected.

So these past few weeks have seemed pretty boring, right? Well... Do I have a story for you guys!

So for those of you who have been following the weather for my area (Mom and Dad) We have already hit the 3 digit degree mark! Yesterday got up to 105!  Luckily we just got our A/C installed in our apartment so that was perfect timing! 

As for our investigators, nothing really has changed much. Still out knocking, visiting our less actives and asking everyone for referrals... EVERYONE.  Plus no body in town has been in a happy mood with the heat, so we've gotten some doors slammed in our faces this past week. Oh well!

​Us in our nightgowns at the members house sleeping over :) 
So this past week, across the river in Mosier, we had a train that derailed and blew up (11 train cars to be exact) which turned into a oil fire on the train tracks.. Due to this accident, the State patrol shut down the 84 on the Oregon side and made everyone re-route to the highway 14 which is on the Washington side... This traffic was sooooooo busy!  We had an appointment with someone in Lyle about 20 minutes away, and it wasn't so bad when we first drove out there, but coming back was much worse. After only going about a mile within 45 minutes, we called our leaders to tell them why we would be coming home late... and once we talked with them, we told them our options of what to do... We felt a lot more comfortable staying at a members house overnight rather than staying up until midnight trying to get home to White Salmon. So, we got permission within 15 minutes from President (which never happens since he's always on a time crunch) for us to stay with a member that night until the next day until we could drive home after all the traffic cleared. So, we had a totally unexpected sleepover with some members, and they took us to breakfast the next morning, so that was a blast!  We also had a fun festival/ fair happen in White Salmon that one of our few investigators at the moment had her own booth set up for her boutique, so we went by to see how the day had been going, and it was awesome!  She had a lot of business happen during the festival. 

This week has gone well, I've been learning a lot of really awesome things, especially turning outward when I would feel the need to worry about myself and turn inward. I LOVE being a missionary, I hope you all have  a fantastic and hopefully a cool week!
Haircut in hot weather - Love it!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Reality of being a Missionary

So, this week was not what we expected at all.. We went from being on fire last transfer, to slowly turning into small tiny little sparks. I want to be honest with you all, my missionary friends, and my friends who will soon be going on missions. Living with someone for 24/7 is not easy sometimes, and when it's not you have to work it out. Heavenly Father wants the best for us, but he also expects a lot of work on our part.

I have been on quite the roller coaster on my mission with companions, and I want you to all know, that it WILL work out. Not everything is easy, but it's all worth it, and missionary work is only accomplish-able with the Holy Ghost. He is so extremely important to have at all times. And whenever you can't push through, you kneel in prayer and you ask for the strength, just as Nephi of old did.

17 But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound.
18 And it came to pass that when I had said these words, behold, the bands were loosed from off my hands and feet, and I stood before my brethren, and I spake unto them again.

This work is SO important. What a blessing it is that we have been baptized, and that we have the Holy Ghost with us always. We MUST keep the Holy Ghost near. He guides us through everything, and if we don't listen to him and follow what he says, we will receive consequences of all shapes and sizes.
I promise that all is well.. But when problems rise up, I've kept my head above the water and never looked back.. I just keep swimming just as Dory explains.. :)

Love you all, have a great week.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Slow and steady wins the race... right?

Hi everyone! 

I hope ya'll are doing great, I've really enjoyed the work lately in White Salmon... The only problem is that our work has slowed down a great deal. We've been dropped by a few investigators, and we haven't had as much contact with Trevor as we hoped for. 

Our good news, is that we had blitz exchanges with our STL's who came down from Yakima. They are currently serving in Hermana Knight's old area and live with the sisters who are serving in my old area. It was awesome exchange to learn so much from these two sisters, one of which is heading home tomorrow at the completion of her mission, and she ROCKS!  Shout out to Hermana Anna Streuling from Utah!  The other, which I've talked a bit about in the past, Hermana Dee, rocked my socks during our exchange.  We had a lot of catching up to do while we got ready to kick back and go to bed.  We talked a lot about our good ol' Englewood Branch of Yakima.  We learned a lot over our exchange, and enjoyed the rest of our week. 

We also just got transfer calls on Saturday night... With my time left on my mission I expected to leave White Salmon and finish my last two transfers somewhere else, but fortunately... WE ARE BOTH STAYING OTRA VEZ. Yes, I may or may not finish my mission in White Salmon. which personally would be extremely ideal to me because I LOVE our area. But as the hymn goes, "I'll go where you want me to go, Dear Lord."  I've been pondering on the hymns we sing as member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and I have come to the conclusion that I could listen to church hymns for the rest of my life... personally that's just how I feel right now.  In every moment of need that I've had, there's always been a moment when I have a church hymn going through my head that has helped me through the tough times. 

I am excited to be in White Salmon for another transfer, I love being a missionary, it's one of the best experiences I've had yet! 

Love you all!