Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Week 1 down - 103 left!!!

Hey Mom!!!  

Gosh I love you and I miss you SO much.  This week has easily been one of the hardest of my life - but also one of the most rewarding.  Yeah.. My hair getting chopped was sad... But it has already been growing back and they say they might cut it again soon (Yeah, not gonna happen).  I will not get my camera or mp3 back until I head to Honduras. No big deal - I am way too busy anyway to listen to music or take pictures or really do ANYTHING other than study Spanish and the gospel.

In other news... I have been called as the first district leader for our district (Lucas/Luke)! The leadership position lasts for 2 weeks, and in a nutshell, I go to a lot of meetings and if anything goes wrong - it is my fault.  It is great.  I sincerely love it and it is SO rewarding and challenging at the same time. ( I cannot for the life of me find the apostrophe on these keyboards... They are ALSO all in Spanish.  Great, is it not?)

 Elder Jolley and I are actually teaching our first investigator, who is our teacher but like.. an alter ego.  We teach him every day, totally in Spanish.  It is VERY difficult, but Elder Jolley and I get along really well, so it has been strictly difficult on the part of the language. Our relationship does not have any negative effects on our lessons.  We have studied how to pray and bear our testimonies in Spanish, and I have memorized the Missionary Objective, 3 different baptismal invitations, the first vision, the first 5 Articulos de Fe and D&C 4, verses 2-5, ALL in Spanish. I am very proud of that, just for the record.

Sundays at the CCM are CRAZY. Lectures all day. Good ones.. But long. We are pampered her when it comes to food.. And work out time.  No weight gained!!!

I went to the temple today, actually! Only me and two other missionaries got separated from the group.  They rest did it in ingles... Ours... ALL spanish. Most difficult task OF MY LIFE. But SOOO Spiritual.

Anyway, Now that you are caught up on my life, here are the spiritual things...
This has been humbling. I have never been so reliant on the Spirit, and OH how powerful it is here. Crying due to the power del Espiritu Santo is no uncommon thing... It is so easy to recognize, and as time goes on, I feel more and more in tune with the spirit - especially when I feel most broken and doubtful of myself.  I suppose that humility truly does draw the sprit.. And.. I have been very humbled.  I gave a lesson on Sunday on the priesthood... I gave the anology of a lighthouse.  A lighthouse can illuminate and give direction to all those around it.. But to itself, it can not provide light.  The priesthood is a purely giving mechanism, given to worthy men for the sake of 'protecting, presiding and providing' for his family (Family Proclamation).  So, with that in mind, I intend to let my light so shine before men, that they may see my good works and glorify my father which is in heaven (Matt. 5).  

I love you all so much. I miss you, but this work is so real. I have never known it so clear than now. 

Quiero compartir mi testimoio con ustedes, yo se que Evangelio Restaurado de Jesucristo es verdadero. Dios nos ama, y es muy real.  Jesucristo vive, y su Expiacion es hermosa.  Yo se que el Libro de Mormon es la palabra de Dios, y es otro testamente de Jesucristo.  Yo se que mediante la obedencia a las leyes y ordenanzas, podemos regresa a nuestro Padre Celestial.  Y estas cosas las decimos en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.

OHHH And tell everyone on the blog THANK YOU FOR THE EMAILS.  I am praying for all of you and YOU ARE ALL in my thoughts! Email time goes by FAST... And this was my first P-day.  So.. Keep sending if you want, and I LOVE having them!  Alyssa, Lizzie, Kelsey, Ashley, Stephanie, Crys, Emily!!!!  I LOVE YOU ALL AND I MISS YOU! GOOD LUCK IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVORS and definitely check the blog! In other weeks, if I have the time, I WILL respond individually... So, that option is very open and probably will happen in the coming weeks. Love you all! God is good and he loves us nand this work is real and if you are having doubts or fears or concerns.. READ THE BOOK.  THE WORDS OF CHRIST WILL TELL YOU ALL THINGS WHAT YE SHOULD DO. Compartir El Amor!!!

There is that lay down. I am getting short on time, So.. I LOVE YOU!!! LET EVERYONE KNOW I LOVE THEM TOO - espcially Dad, Nanny and Jakob. 

Talk to you as soon as I can. P-day will not always be the same.. But I WILL write! Talk to you soon!


BTW... I bought Guatemalan Aladdin pants. They are wonderful.  


Tell Nanny I love her too!

Kiss Jakob for me. And.... 

I baked you a pie! 
Oh boy, what flavor???

Me and my district quote it ALL the time, just cuz of Jakob. Love you all.


  1. How can they take away his camera after they shaved his head?! There won't be any proof!

  2. That's exactly what I was thinking - last time he didn't have any hair was when he was a baby!!!