Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spanish is coming surely but slowly.....

Hey so sorry about the not writing much but its hard to remember everything and answer all of your questions.  We study for 3 hours every morning and two of those are with your companion. So one hour is personal study. I hope Alecc is still studying but it isn't like all we do as missionaries is study. He was a good missionary and helped a lot of people.  and you know people love him so of course they are going to want to talk to him. RM's have this big title but they are still normal people. still make mistakes. still have things to work on. LOVE YOU BIG Bro.  He didn't write me this week so i don't know how he is doing. HEY AL ID APPRECIATE A LETTER! now that you have time! (yes got both packages thanks! and are you trying to make me fat?????)

Which reminds me of a funny story. so last night at dinner Hna. Rubio asks me if I have been losing weight... (WHATS THAT SUPPOSE TO MEAN WAS I FAT BEFORE???) not losing weight not gaining weight. just living the life of a happy missionary! yes we get fed a lot almost everyday. and the food is so good. I love it! nothing too crazy though but it can be pretty spicy WHICH ROCKS!

Okay we had a great Noche de hogar a noche como nuestro barrio. estuvemos in charge. It was the tree of life so we blind folded them and they had a holy ghost(one of the missionaries) and tempters(the smooth talkers in the ward) we placed their hands on the garden hose to follow the "iron rod" and I said "soy el espiritu santo. Necesita algo pidame" Literally moments I said this the tempters would just say "this is a better way come with me" one by one they let go of the rod and never asked for the help of the Holy Ghost. so sad on how this is so true. So I have two really good experiences with this. One of the youth got tricked by the tempters and she was almost into darkness and she stopped walking and in a soft voice, "espiritu santo? donde esta?" I then helped him back to the rod and she made it. So many times we get lost and in the times we need it the most we ask. in prayer for the guidance and the ability to find the rod again. So powerful. the second one I want to tell you about is when I was guiding the bishops son. He asked who I was once. and I told him. He followed the rod very well. But never asked me for guidance. He came to a split were one side was the rode and the other just looked like it. he didn't know which one to pick and the tempters where working on him. He never asked. I hear his mom in the background. "misionera ayudele" but I couldn't he didn't ask. He didn't make it to the tree of life. I went and talked to Hna Olvera about how I couldn't talk to her son because he never asked me. It really touched her and me. 

How do we feel being the family members of people that fall. We are begging for the Holy Ghost to help them. But it starts with them. We have to ask. and I talked to Gio about how he felt. He told me He thought I left him. So as people are off the path they feel alone and abandoned. But in reality I was there the whole time waiting for him to ask. After the activity we went into the chapel where the tree of life was and we had a powerful testimony meeting. 

I am so grateful for that experience. Super incredible! I am so blessed to be a missionary! We found four promising people this week. pretty excited about that! I love you all transfers are next week so I hope I stay in Pomona! Kinda scary. 
xoxoxoxoxox Love you alll soooooo much!
Love Hna Quezada


Love you too. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family and friends! thanks for being my mom. now stop crying and go serve someone. grab kiki make some cookies and go give them to someone! xoxoxx have a great week!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WOW how the time FLIES......and ALECC is home wowzer.....

Looking for new investigators :)
So crazy Alecc is home. Seems like he is adjusting back to his old self. On that computer with his music. Does he sleep a lot? because I think that is something I might do. Because as a missionary you are always tired! OH MY I was so tired this last Saturday we played a soccer game against el barrio de Chino por tres horas! era horrible! but we won 4 to 3. there were a lot of investigators there too! which made the tiredness so worth it!
 I cant imagine how alecc is feeling right now but ya give him a break. He loved those people for 2 years and now he gets thrown back into the world. eeeeckk not excited for that one. But he looks good. fun pics! I hope all goes well this week and the picture thing wasn't my idea it was a lady in our ward. Way cute family they are actually moving back to Utah soon. I love all the people in our ward so much. It is a love I cant even describe. Hna Ward and I were talking about it yesterday. I just want to do everything I can to help them and I can never do enough. It is super interesting on how much people trust missionaries. I love my job. All I do all day is talk to people about the gospel and how it can help there life no matter who they are.
This week was tough lessons wise but we have great potential. We should be having a couple bautismos these weeks coming up. I just wish everyone would be willing to listen because if they listen with an open heart the spirit will testify and they will feel of the truth. The world is so bad and I hope everyone can feel of the goodness of God.
Sorry not too much happened but yes it is super hot here. I hate walking by swimming pools with everyone laughing and playing.. But to our advantage people feel bad for us and give us water which gives us lessons most of the time! Pomona is great and we will be working even harder this week! I love you keep going strong because even when you feel weak you have the Lord which nobody can beat! xoxoxox
Hermana Quezada

My kind of riding a bike.....hahahaha

 We aren't doing the web thing yet. Which I am grateful for because I don't know how to do normal missionary work yet. But I guess I will never know how to do normal missionary work because it is always changing. With every person. So I cant believe that Alecc comes home. and that's good papa is coming. I'm really glad to hear that. Please send pics. It is killing me. Well actually I don't really think about it besides Pdays. Life is too busy over here to be soooo focused on me. Whenever I get down I have to realize that's satan. So Our Heavenly Father picks me up 2n 4: 20-21. no funky food just great latin food. I love the food. And I love the salsa. Pero no se si es major como la salsa de mi mama. You have pretty good salsa. There is this guy in nuestro barrio and he reminds me of Papa and he brought his own salsa to a NDH and he was sweating it was so hot. I tried some... HOT! Our living conditions is in a members house that keeps everything spotless and never turns on the AC.. Nights (like last night) I don't even get in the covers. She is super nice. Widowed really young with no kids I feel so bad for her:(
Don't really have a fav moment. Prolly after a lesson where you can see progression. Or when I see Maria continuing to progress. I love her! The Elders are great. Reassure alecc that I'm not flirting and not wining and I am working really hard while respecting my leaders. feet hurt sometimes. but I have been very blessed with a back that is pain free. I don't know how or why but it is a miracle.
Okay funny story. We have been working with steve and the WOW. which is tough and we texted him to read the bullet points on page 11 and 12.. He texts us "I cant find them". We double check in our pamphlet "yep its 11 and 12". "there are no bullet points on pg 11 or 12 in the Book of Mormon" AHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHA HE WAS LOOKING IN THE BOM! super funny. So when you invite someone to do something do it clearly! We are working with his belief in jose smith y el libro de Mormon. He will get there. We should have a baptism this sunday. This work is so great and the love God has for His children is even greater then anyone can imagine. I love you so much and give alecc a hug from me. Tell him that I'm sorry for not being there. but I know he would rather me be out here. xoxoxox go do something great!
 Spanish still stinks but getting better.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Happy 4th of JULY (2 emails into 1)

It is so good to hear from you all and I am glad the fam reunion went well. why weren't there many people this year? just super busy? I know everyone is growing up and all  but they are the family reunions SUPER FUN! thanks for the pics I love seeing them! so something that I wish I could have on my mission is my family. I thought I knew the purpose and I thought I have loved you guys before but ya my whole perspective has changed. I don't talk about you much because it is hard for me. BUT you guys rock and Alecc comes home so soon. That blows my mind. I cant believe that. 
But saul is not getting baptized in this month unless a miracle happens. but STEVE he is the one preparing for baptism. His date is this Sunday but we will see. We dont want to baptize just to get a baptism. We are here to convert for life so as we do so if he needs more time to prepare we will give it to him. But we have been promising some big blessings and he really is progressing. 
Something crazy that has happened that really isn't funny but is not really common. is we have almost gone through all of our potential investigators, former investigators, and our menos activos part member families. So for finding we will need to start from almost scratch. We are working really hard. And I cant describe on how much I love our barrio. These members are so humble and have taught me so much! I love my mission. Oh and Maria our recent convert is great. She is the best. I wish her husband would jump on the wagon. Hna. Ward and I are good. She is awesome. She never sises to amaze me. I kinda compare her to an older version on brooklyn barrus. She is super tough but has a sweet testimony. I love working with her. I am learning a lot from her. 
As for a story so on the 4th I ate bad chicken at our ward bbq and that wasn't fun we attempted to pass out cards at a parade. and at the end of the day we finished it off with poppers so that we could feel a little bit festive. Missions are great. I have been really pondering prayer this week. one of my favs to share is 3nefi 18:18-21 i might have shared this with you already? oh well twice the blessings! 
Kaisa man thats nuts. Ya he was one of my teachers in the MTC well not my direct teacher but ya we worked really close with him and he helped me probably the most while I was in the MTC. Super weird. Hermano Snyder and my lil kais. Well good for them. he is a great guy... weird.. I love you so much and this church is so true so go spread it. xoxox con toda de mi corazon, les quiero, Hermana Quezada

Way to make me cry. I love that you had such a good experience at trek. Man the womens pull. Man. that is some power. One day I will go on a trek with my family. that is really neat im glad you had that experience. super neat. Isn't the Lord incredible. how those people could do that. and as you said in your letter, you cant do it alone. and we are in a spiritual trek right now. The world is getting worse and worse and we need to be those righteous saints that pull with all of our might. And as we do so start putting people into our handcarts and pull them until they can pull with us. I'm so happy you experienced that because. I can feel the spirit so strong as you write about it. Did ces get to see bodil? I hope so that is another thing that I want to do when I get back.
CONGRATS MEGS. that's crazy. Who knew there would be Cantonese up there. Super crazy. I was hoping she would be speaking Spanish. Oh well. I am so happy to hear that she decided to serve the Lord. It is the best thing. I love it. all day everyday you talk to people and help them come unto Christ. What better way to live your life!
Hna Ward is great we dropped off Hna Crawley this morning. That was bitter sweet I love her so much! but yes Hna Ward is awesome we are starting to click more and that will improve our teaching and finding more. She know a little bit more Spanish then I do but we will make due. I hope to be so much better by the end of this transfer. Oh I gave a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday. That was fun. It was short I was the last speaker so I only had like 7 min. The Spanish wasn't perfect but it came from my heart. Ces went in with no notes either just some powerful scriptures! but im not as funny as you!
Steve and Saul came to church. Saul was a shock! But Steve told us he feels like he will be ready by the 14th! LOVE THE PROGRESS he is going to be amazing in the church! I love you all so much. Letters are the best gift! xoxoxox give everyone my love at the fam reunion! xoxox
con amor Hermana Quezada