Blame the mother again for late late late blog......oooops sorry my sweet missionary I love you
|I LOVE MY MISSION!!!!!!!!|
I can't believe it's another Pday. Hijole can we just stop the clock for a sec. It sounds like your going crazy but also having a good time. I wouldn't do your externship were I did unless you know they are highering because they don't higher on very often. But man all those missionaries makes me excited. If we only had 2 missionaries out from one ward over here. That would be awesome. Keep up the great work parents. Help these youth stay strong. We are trying really hard to do that in this ward. These youth have so much potential and they cut themselves short.
So this week was nuts.
it was Hna Davis's birthday on Thursday. So yes I made her breakfast (pancakes with strawberries and yumminess) and I wrote on the mirrors and I tried to help her have a really good birthday. The district did a god job too. Each of them brought dessert (cookies brownies ect) It was really sweet. Then we had some good lessons with less actives. Carla seemed a lot more excited to come to church and participate. Hopefully our lessons helped too. We truly brought the spirit in all of our lessons. (She came!) Then we drove to my hand apt... And sat.. And waited... And sat... And a hour and a half later we got called in. So we sat a little longer. And dr saggag came in looked at the MRI
and told me I have a stress fracture in a little bone in my hand called the hook of the hammat. Which is connected to my pinky finger. This bone is one that doesn't heal if it's broken. So if I keep stressing it, it will break and then all they can do is take the bone out because it doesn't heal. Would you look at that talent I have to break the only bone that doesn't heal. So now I'm in a cast
and it's hard to do almost anything and I'm not suppose to use it at all. So now I sit here with me and my little cast. It's purple! I hope it heals well.
So this whole thing is like the atonement. You break a bone that can't heal itself. You keep going through the pain for years until you can't take it. You seek help. They tell you to hold still (or stop sinning) while the blood does the healing. Or through the blood of our savior takes away the pain the regret, the hurt. And then with his help or the help of the cast you can be made whole again. Now let's not suffer any longer and use the atonement!
Alejandra had another dream about her baptism. She was stacking shoes and then she knew she needed to get baptized. So after her completely understand and loving the plan of salvation. She wrote on her calendar. "Mi bautismo" yiiiiipppppeeeeee she's changed so much and it will continue from here on out. Talk about a miracle.
And then Sunday came around.
I HATE THE WORLD CUP.....
Alejandra did not show up to church. We were so confused because she told us she was coming. I was praying so hard. And so right after we took the sacrament Hna mancilla (her sister) and I went to find her. She caught word that she decided to sell food for the World Cup game (Mexico vs USA) which of course had to be in the morning during church. It broke my heart to see her in that environment. She had face paint on there was drinking going on and it was so worldly. The disappointment I felt I can't even describe. She could see the pain in my face. You could tell Hna mancilla was frustrated as well as we walked back in silence I had tears going down my face. It was really hard for me to see that. The effects of something so worldly. What do we worship? A sports team? Or god? The sabbath day is sacred. It pained me to watch the youth on their phones during church watching the game. Walking down the street and hear screeching and yelling from all directions because someone scored a goal. These ppl turned into animals. So we should take a step back and see what we do in the sabbath. It's not just go to church and we are good. It's all day. Like you were talking about mom with your young women's class.. Actions. Words. Thoughts. Centered and focused on The Lord. Keep the sabbath day... And really keep it.
As we were talking/eating as a district Hna angulo sprinted to the bathroom. She's a bomb missionary from Mexico. She has a sickness that affects her blood. Me being me helped her as she through up. And I cried with her as she sobbed. I've never held someone so tight and been the support as I see someone so strong fall. It reminds me of ever day matters how Christ truly is there for us. Holding us so tight and how he is weeping with us. And through his love we can be made strong.
There's too much to tell you. And I can't write so you won't be receiving any letters sorry maybe some pics. But I love you. Be strong. Keep the sabbath day and rely on the savior.
Some wise words from pres uchtdorf "no matter how many times you have slipped or fallen, rise up! Your destiny is a glorious one! Stand tall and walk in the light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! You are stronger than you realize. You are more capable than you can imagine. You can do it now! (You Can Do It Now!)"
I love you tons!
Love Hna Quezada
Ps. Please do the Book of Mormon challenge on fb. #calledtoshare
Your week sounds awesome. I'm so happy for kylee that sound like a moment that nobody is going to forget. I love the small and simple things. They really do make the difference. I hope he gets his passport soon. He needs all the time to get his visa. And he's just having fun. He needs to prepare spiritually too or he is going to be overloaded x100. He will be great. Tell grams happy belated birthday. It sounds awesome
. We had a grat week 22 lessons it was crazy.
I got the privilege in meeting president and Hermana Villanueva this past Wednesday. They are awesome. Short. Humble. Excited. And ready to work. They expressed multiple times how much they love us. They are from Mexico. Came on a leap of faith. English isn't their first language even though they speak it quite well and they aren't quite sure on what they are going to do. They seemed overwhelmed. When president shared his testimony on Christ and the church, the spirit filled that room. I was testified once again that the church is true. No matter the language. It's the same work.
Hna Villanueva told a story that impacted me a lot. It was about how she and her family were going to get their visa and they needed a ton of papers one of them was their call packet. They soon realized they forgot them. The airport was about 25 min from their house they were about to board. Hna Villanueva said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to delay the plane. Right after she said it the announcer said that the plane had been delayed. They quickly had someone bring them the papers. She ran out to get them, went back through security and then they announced that they would load the plane. Once they got there they didn't even ask for her call letter. So what's the moral? That god can do anything. He is all powerful and if we make a plan and let him on it and then go to work he will make it happen. I was pretty inspired from that story and later that day we needed to get from point a to point b really quickly and they were very far away and we were one quarter short for the bus. I said a little prayer for Heavenly Father to let me find a quarter. On the ground or something. I had a thought to look in my bag. I reach my hand and there and there was a quarter. I was testified again that god lives. He listens to us and the we didn't even end up using the bus. Which showed me that he is all powerful and he can do anything.
4th of July. It was fun. I work a blue stripped shirt with a red skirt! I was feeling very festive. Once we started planning. We start hearing all of this booming popping it was so loud we couldn't even focus. We both looked at each other and like little girls again we bolted outside. There was a firework show literally right by our house. (We live right by a golf course.) we watched for about 10 min then we went in and finished planning. We shut all the doors and windows and tried to ignore the fun that was going on.
After planning we got the sparklers out. I want to try to capture writing lds with them. So I set my iPad on the brick wall (which I was kinda nervous about it wasn't too steady) so we could put it on fb. Hna Davis went over and adjusted it and as she walked away it fell off smack on the cement.... My heart dropped. Yup there goes another expensive thing that I ruin. The glass was completely shattered. Boo for me. Hna Davis felt bad. But I couldn't let her get down. It's just money and we had fun with the sparklers anyways.
I guess this just goes on the list of dumb this that have happened to me with nice electronics. But we had a lot of fun!
Saturday was so hot... So hot. HOTTER THEN THE SUN HOT. And we probably inside for an hour all day long. Things flopped and flopped. In the morning something really sad happened. We went to Ernestinas house. (A new investigator) there she was waiting for us. Reading the restoration folleto. She was adorable. It was pretty weird we started in talking about prophets and the daughter comes out with a phone and hands it to us. It's Ernestinas really Christian daughter. She starts in telling Hna Davis that their mom has her own church and if she has any questions she ask the pastor. She asked if she wanted to know what Ernestina wanted. She handed the phone to ernestina and she just listened and said "si..si..si.. Ok.. Bye.." After ernestina got off the phone she said well since your here you should teach me. So we continued about prophets and then the other daughter came out and told us very rudely with so much discuss and hatred not to confuse her mom and that she has her own church and that she has her sister and their pastor and that's all they need, and then she told us to leave her house. It was really sad I started to cry as I saw that Ernestina had tears in her eyes. She wanted this. as we left She told us sorry. She really wanted to learn more. But her daughters wouldn't let her. Her own family stopped her salvation. I stopped at the corner and cried. How could the world be so cruel. Satan needs to stop already. But we will not stop fighting. This is the truth. This is what everyone needs, I won't ever stop trying. (This next story is sweet)
Our plans after that just flopped we decided the night before that we were going to go to an area where we had no potentials. We picked the street. Ivar... Started walking. It was so hot nobody was outside. We saw an Asian guy asked for Spanish people. No English. Knocked a few doors. Hna pointed to a house that could be Latino. So we walked closer we ended up going to the back house. We hear the World Cup. We thought we found it. The house we were looking for. This guy saw us and said "not interested" "what's your name" "doesn't matter not interested bye" "I have a question" "not interested" "do any of your neighbors speak Spanish?" "They are all Asian" "and the ppl that live in front?" "O their Mexican" "thankyou bye" that's all we needed. It was this house we just new it. The World Cup was blasting from this house. A man opens the door. He tells us just a sec he goes back into his house, puts a shirt on. He lowers the volume of the World Cup a little. His name is Alejandro. He looks tired, worn, like he has no purpose. His wife wasn't home so we asked to have a short lesson outside. He says yes. He goes in and turns the volume of the game almost all the way down, shuts the door and comes out. WHAT LATINO DOES THAT? He walked away from the World Cup. He told us that that morning he was thinking about that he needs to find a church for his kids because they know nothing about god. What a miracle. I always heard stories about that but they had never happened to me on my mission. If we just listen to god he will guide us. It was a miracle he wanted to learn more.
Sunday. ALEJANDRA FINALLY CAME TO CHURCH! She walked in the second hour and my face changed from disappointment to happiest person in the world in two seconds. We have been working so hard! Oh transfers were this weekend and we are in a trio. Hna Davis and I are now with Hna. Martinez. My first Latina companion! She's from Puebla Mexico and she's bomb! This is going to be a great transfer.
I'm better then ever. I love the mission. Como siempre. The only thing I can say is please live your covenants. It is the only way to salvation. I love you have a great week.
Have so much fun at camp. And mom don't give me so much credit. I learn so much everyday. And I learned a lot about myself this week. We were in a trio and Hna Martinez is really bold. She's a convert from Mexico and I learned a lot. A lot about myself and about the work. There is a happy medium. You need to be bold but these people need to feel you love. If the love isn't felt they won't do anything. So The craziest thing happened. Hna Martinez got a call about 5:30 friday night... And she's got ETed . What the? She had only been here for not 5 days. Not even a week. She's been called to go to el molino. A sister got sick and went home. And I'm going to miss her funny attitude. "You guys are bulling me because I'm Mexican" "your a quesadilla with fake Mexican cheese" and how she would speak Spanish with a gringo accent.. Or when I was helping her with her pronunciation in English "guith.". "No it's guiDe".. "Ok ok guith" she's a great missionary. She's going to do great things. I'm just so happy to be with Hna Davis again. We just have a really good relationship. I told her that I was going to marry someone like her because we get along so well. I love her. And last night she told me I was the sister she never had. Yay for good companions!
And Sunday. The best day of the week and nobody likes to come to church. Boo for us, Alejandra has been getting a whole bunch of junk from her fam. I want her to progress so much and her catholic family is tearing her down... So this week was hilarious with us taking peoples sins and throwing them away. So it started with Hna Davis taking some guys porn magazine and handing him a Jesus folleto. We carried it around all day and we couldn't just through it in any garbage can so we waited till we got home to through in the dumpster. Next funny thing... Well kinda funny. We went to go see Maria Romero and she was holding her throat and was talking about how David gave her something with ice and she can't drink that because it makes her hurt. So David comes back and he says that it was tequila. WHAT.... SHES 87 YEARS OLD. I told him that he should never do that again. So what do I do about it... I'm sneaky. I grab a plastic bag and I start picking up garbage and then I walk over to the hard liquor and put it in the bag as well and tie it up. I found those three experiences pretty funny.
Gotta love the mission. And I do. I'm still nowhere near close to good but I love it and I wouldn't change it for the world. Love you have a great week. I know now more then ever that this IS CHRISTS CHURCH!Love
Yes I need a new memory card ASAP! That's all.
Your week sounds awesome. I loved girls camp and I got to teach yw yesterday. Ppl are having a hard time progressing in this area but we will get them at church and help them enter the waters of baptism... This next month is going to be awesome!
The wierdest things have been happening. We ment this super Christian lady we contacted, freaked me out out. She was super nice and then she told us to go to her car and she pulled out a curly Texas long horn. Pointed it to the sky and blew into it like a horn. That's how she praised god? I was honestly confused. She talked about the horn like it was the most prized possession. (Something about about Joshua and the battle of Jericho) Then she reached and grabbed another it was a little smaller and dd the same actions... She was crying and praising god.... I didn't feel the spirit at all. We walked away very confused.
And then the next day we met a little Asian man and he knew romantic Spanish. His name was chih like chihuahua. And he made me died laughing.
Also this week we have had some disappointments. One day everything cancelled. But the saddest thing that probably happened was our lesson with lizabeth. (A less active with an 8 yr old daughter and a nonmember husband) We started teaching her trying to help her see the big picture that she has the opprotunity to help 3 people get baptized.... She said "no creo" the lack of faith she had. It saddened me. We went on and she strait up said that she doesn't go to church every week or read the scriptures because she doesn't want to. As I watched her be self absorbed my heart hurt. She didn't get it. She doesn't care about her family enough. She doesn't love them enough to change. She wants her three kids to grow up and do good but she won't do anything. She is hurting her eternal family. And she doesn't even care. It's so sad when people have the truth and they decide to ignore and live lower then their potential.
Saturday was the craziest say ever. It started off bright and early with a lesson with Denise Garcia. SHE IS BOMB she has been reading the folleto over and over and she says that it's answered so many of her questions. Her folleto was highlighted and when we got to the part about Jose smith she said she drew an arrow to him and wrote "me". We invited her to be baptized on the 30th of August and she said "my birthday is the next day!" How perfect. And then she accepted!
We were stoked! Then we headed all the way to montebello to go do some service for the samperios. So instead of cleaning the dirt on the walls they just had us paint over in.... It was fun. Some good district bonding time. We are all goons and I love it. Finished it off with a shattered vase and beans and eggs fried in way too much grease.
Now here is where the miracles start. We were waiting at the bus stop to go over to the Hnas baptism. The cabreras saw us and picked us up (miracle #1) we find out that Alejandra missed the bus so she couldn't come. (But in my prayers the night before I felt like someone was going to come to the baptism) so we had to make it happen. We call elder Ramirez he picked up right away (miracle #2) we asked him to find someone that could pick up Alejandra. We call bell 1 because we have no idea where Mallory's shoes is... No answer.. Elder Ramirez called back he found a ride (miracle#3) and the way he found a ride was because there was a mission farewell party and he knew the ppl from a previous area (miracle#4) so the problem now is that we didn't know the address... Still... Hna Davis is fiddling with the phone and the iPad while I try to figure everything out with the ride. She later told me on our walk home that she had a prompting to type in Mallory's shoes in the iPad. It showed up and we had straight directions! (Miracle #4) we head out! Miracle #5 they had a van so everyone fit. We find it really quickly we pick her up I wrote the number in wrong to call the hnos but Hna Davis remembered so they found us we hopped in the van. The missionaries staled and when we showed up there were two seats right in the front (miracle 6) Hna Cabrera was just finishing her talk. Talk about perfect timing. Everything that was said was aimed at her and she really enjoyed it.
I probably missed like ten more miracles. But I was praying so hard and we scrambled and made it happen. It happened! It was awesome!
This week was good. I'm really trying to become more consecrated so that throughout my Whole life a can finish things out strong. Yesterday at church we had such a good lesson in young women's. Yes I go to young women's. We taught the lesson. We wanted it to be memorable and oh it was. Our lesson was on covenants and ordinances. One of my favorite subjects. Let's just say we ere all crying we were truly taught and instructed by the spirit. We watched a video that was shown in general conference April 2014. After the video we had a mini testimony video. It's all about the covenants. As we make and keep sacred covenants, we are able to enjoy the blessings that god wants to give us. And that just makes me so happy about the Johnson's what a step to be a forever family! Love it. Thanks for that great news. Xoxo I love you thanks for the prayers.