Monday, March 30, 2015


Don't have a ton of time this week but I wanted to share a cool experience we had!!!  Our ward had a ward mission activity and we had several meetings leading up to it but I wasn't sure how it would turn out...

The purpose of the activity was that members of the ward invite everyone they know to see more about what we do in church, and specifically about Family Home Evening and Sunday School classes. We got there and everyone was setting up but not a ton of people had showed up and we were a little hesitant but we started the activity.

We watched the video "The Touch of the Master's Hand" and we got up in front of everyone after (this was part of the Family Home Evening) and everyone was in tears. My comp and I spoke briefly about the movie and the worth that we all have. Then another member had organized fun games for everyone to integrate. Later, I was blown away by how each Sunday School teacher had prepared a super interactive and spiritual short message at their own table, so that people could rotate and see what we learn about in each class (gospel principles, new testament, etc). I was overwhelmed at how strong the Spirit was the entire time, literally everyone was beaming the ENTIRE activity, getting to know each other, and seeing more about how what we focus on is the Savior and his Atonement. At the end we asked if anyone wanted to share a comment about the activity and to my surprise, an investigator sprang out of her seat to tell everyone how much she loved the activity and how much peace she feels in our church. Several others shared. Then more sisters in the ward brought out these hand made treats and everyone was smiling and talking and we literally just walked out of the church SO happy. We even have a couple new people to teach now!

I was so impacted by how the ward came together to make this a special night. Maybe it wasn't flooded with investigators, but for the few that came, as well as less actives that hadn't been to church in years, it was worth it. The Lord directs our church and I am sure of that. I am so happy to be in this area and in this ward, and on the MISSION! :) Love you all! Watch the easter video from the church :) Mucho amor de Atlixco.

"Me and my comp. We have a lot of fun :) "

"My shower this week. We have no gas :( Just heating up water in pots hahaha but luckily we'll have money to buy gas tomorrow."

Happy companions!

Monday, March 23, 2015


Hello all! Its been a couple weeks. Things are going well here. My new comp (ok not so new, we're halfway through the transfer-eek!) is from El Salvador, her name is Hermana Hererra and she's really funny. We share a similar sense of humor so every day is really fun. She has a great energy about her, super pumped about missionary work, and its infectious. Its really cool when a new companion comes to the area because they bring new ideas. Like sometimes I get stuck thinking 'ah, this person will never show up' but she doesn't have words like 'no' or 'never' in her vocab, so we work with everyone and what do you know...the people respond!!

My comp has also taught me a lot about communication. We've had some great Family Home Evenings and seen that a lot of families struggle with communication. Sometimes its hard to express how we feel, or to feel understood, even by our loved ones. I  have seen how when we have the Spirit in our house how it becomes a 'part of heaven, where we want to be'. Its so amazing the changes the gospel can make in our life.

There's still not a lot of investigators progressing, Iv'e never experienced this so much on my mission until now. Hna Hererra is so energized about getting referrals and contacting them, we've literally been hitting the pavement searching far and wide for people that are prepared for the message.

The other day we walked SO much. I can honestly say it was the first time my feet just killed me on the mission. Every part of my body was sore. I was thinking about the pioneers and how brave and strong they were for all their sacrifices. Its sometimes hard when we cant see right away the results of what were doing, but i know were planting the seeds and being obedient, and that our labors aren't in vain.

"The volcano. The weather right now is really hot with the occasional dark clouds that don't give any rain :("
One thing I have seen so much on the mission is the power of the priesthood. Its something i didnt necesarily understand or appreciate too extensively before the mission, but now i really can. My comp and i have both been sick this week, im not sure why every day one of us wakes up with something new, headache, sore throat, swollen tonsils, evreything. the zone leaders have given us blessings and it was such a spiritual experience. I think its amazing how men on the earth who live worthy can have the priesthood power, the same power that Christ used to raise Lazarus from the dead. It is so real and so important. Men use the priesthood to act in Gods name, what he would do or say if He could be here with us. That is just unbelievable.

I am so happy to be on the mission. Its a lot of work but im learning so much every day. i love the experiences i have here. This week we were reading a sign outside of a business and the owner walked up to me and said HERMNA BEST! haha sometimes on the mission you forget you have a nametag on. I told him thats me! We started talkng about religion and he told us about his life, he was really funny. We invited him to church and he said how does he need to dress? We told him however he comes is ok, and he asked if he could wear a swimsuit hahahaha. I was dying.

Feeding a stray
Anyway, Im really enjoying every day here because its flying by so fast. I have seen peoples hearts be softened by the gospel. I have seen the ATonement change the lives of people who used to doubt , or even be against the church. Thank you for all of your prayers and support! Hasta luego

Monday, March 16, 2015

WEEK 42-43

Still no email from the lovely Lauren, but she did send a couple pictures. They are from one of her zone conferences!

Monday, March 2, 2015


I don't mean to alarm you but:

LOOK AT THIS PICTURE OF THE VOLCANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This picture was taken this past THURSDAY in CHOLULA, another zone in my mission. I completely freaked out when I saw it.  Of course this happened super early in the morning and we missed it. Everyone we went to teach that day asked us if we saw the lava. How is it possible everyone was up that early, earlier than the missionaries? I was totally disappointed. All we saw was thick gray smoke in our area later (pic attached), scared me a little bit. But DONT WORRY, they all say that its better for it to 'breathe' like this every once in a while rather than explode all at once. We aren't in any danger, it just looks crazy!!!!

Gray smoke from the volcano
This past Monday was another super fun P Day! A new convert thats our friend in the ward, Kathia took us to another area in our zone called Cabrera where there are a zillion flowers. As someone that is genuinely not interested in plants I was super excited, it was all really beautiful and also really relaxing to do something other than wash clothes by hand haha. One of the greenhouses (er...not sure what to call it?) was super cheap and I bought a cute little plant for 5 pesos. I named it Mark Anthony hahaha and put him in the sun in our house. I also attached a pic of Kathia making the 'Shakira ' plant dance. 

Marc Anthony
Shakira plant dance
While we were there Kathia was talking about climbing up this huge hill that everyone here in Atlixco can see called Cerro de San Miguel (Saint Michaels hill) and I thought it was a joke and told her 'oh yeah haha lets go climb up the hill!' when we left Cabrera, got off the bus, and started going up steep, historic streets  I started realizing it wasn't a joke. But it was worth it! The view from the hill was amazing!!!! It was so beautiful to look out over all of our Heavenly Father's creations. It felt amazing after the long hike to be in the shade feel the wind and see all the beautiful hills and houses below us.

I assume this is Saint Michael's hill
Happy companions
My comp is going home tomorrow! We got the call last night that I will be staying in the area. There seems to be a pattern for my mission: long chunks of time in each area. It doesn't bother me at all, I feel less stressed when I know who people are and where to go. Were currently working on a project of contacting a bunch of less actives. A lot of our investigators weren't progressing :( so were looking to find new ones and praying a lot to find people that are prepared to hear our message. The easter season is coming up and people are pretty set in their catholic beliefs so its going to be interesting.

Cool chapel

I've been really enjoying reading the book of mormon and helping others to understand it. I feel that sometimes missionaries forget that this is all new info for other people and i like to slow down and explain things with them, make them charts, bring them my kids book of mormon, or whatever it takes for them to learn to love and understand the stories. I know that the book of mormon is the truest book on earth, and it helps me in my life daily. I love you all! keep those emails coming!

View from a big clock in Alixco
Beautiful girls and quaint streets
"A big pole where expert people climb up and then fling themselves off flying around. Never seen it in person haha, it's only once a year."