Monday, August 28, 2017

The heavens are rejoicing!

 
So the best news I can give is that the Martinez family got baptized this Saturday! I can not describe in words how that Saturday evening went. The spirit felt like it was bursting from the room! There wasn't a dry eye in the room. 

Some of my favorite moments were:

1. Singing ¨Oh my Father¨ with the sisters
2. A lot of members from the Martinez family came to support them and agreed to be taught! 
3. Watching Ulises help his wife into the font 
4. Having the towel ready for Isis 
5. Hearing Ulises' testimony 
6. AND SO MUCH MORE!
 
It is amazing how people come unto Christ by small and simple actions. Ulises was a contact on the street! I can not express the importance of following the spirit.
 
Hope you guys enjoy the pictures! 

Also update I have a new compa! She is Hermana Romero from Hermosillo, Sonora!
 
With love,

Hermana Herrera 



All the missionaries that were a part of the Martinez family conversion




The Martinez Family




Saying hard goodbyes!

Monday, August 21, 2017

And we all cried with one VOICE

This week was super crazy and hard. I think a week before a baptism always is. The good news is that the Martinez family passed their interview and are getting baptized this Saturday! Whoop whoop! The whole ward is supporting, loving and attending on Saturday. 

As I have said before I love Bosques and I love these people! I think that's the best part of missionary work,  learning how to work with our fellow brothers and sisters in our Father's plan. That is how I describe missionary work.

This week we have a conference with our Mission President called ¨ Why do I believe.¨ People that have just joined the church go up and share their conversion stories and then our President gives a talk. I love these meetings because they are completely by the spirit. Personal testimonies are one of the best ways of inviting the spirit. 

President mentioned a scripture, which I think defines 3 important things in Mosiah 5:2
 
1. To be converted, you must be united. That is why we need to cry in one voice. 
2. The spirit is necessary in order to know God and come closer to him. 
3. We can only be 100% disciples of Christ, not half of the time or 75% of the time. We must be examples of the believers in word, in conversation, in CHARITY, etc. When we are united and have the spirit to be with us we will have no desires to do bad. Our actions will reflect our love for God and our fellowmen. 

I felt love for everyone that was in the room. I felt the love I have for the Savior that's still growing! And I have a great love for you guys back home. Have a great week

Hermana Herrera 



Family portrait and a Happy Wedding to Madeline! I was totally matching haha!






Good eats! Puebla is known for its food.





The Martinez family: Ulisses, Yolanda and Isis





Just in case...

Monday, August 14, 2017

A teacher that helps save souls


This week was one for the books. I think one of the highlights was definitely our zone conference.We focused on charity and 3 big questions. 1. How is charity defined? 2. What does it look like? 3. How do we live it? 
I think charity is absolutely key to missionary work. People become converted when they can feel the love from the members, from their missionaries and from the Lord. 

I've heard that the only thing that Satan and Christ have in common is that they want us to become like them. So if Christ wants us to be full of charity, Satan wants us to be full of pride. I feel like pride is one of the most powerful tools that Satan uses because it delays the Lord's work. It is very important that a missionary is full of charity, not pride. President Nelson had us kneel down and ask our Heavenly Father what we needed to change to become more charitable. I invite you guys to do the same.

Hermana Nelson gave us this good advice, ¨Beware of pride! Think about the person, not what's gonna come to benefit you but how you are going to help them have a better life.¨

Charity has really impacted me here on my mission. Maybe because I get to serve other people everyday but also that people have served me in ways that I will never forget. I think that charity has made the difference in our teaching as well. In the July 2017 Ensign there is an article that is titled ¨A teacher who helps save souls.¨  It's my go to and I encourage you guys to read it. It says ¨The Saviors whole desire and mission is to save Heavenly Father's children (2 Nephi 26:24)  In our quest to teach as He did, we can learn to be motivated by the same purpose that motivated him.¨

Being a missionary is hard.  You get put in situations that you can't fully understand because people´s lives are just so different and unique. I have often found that the only way that people will get something out of our lessons is that we have this determination to save souls. I think 2 Nephi 33:6-9 helps explain this better,  "I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus..." I hope that I can express the message in order to help save their souls.
The second coming of Christ is coming, do you really believe it? If you believe it than you will do everything you can to help Heavenly Father´s children come into the fold.
Love you all,
Hermana Herrera 



Saying goodbye




Intercambios




It's CHILES EN NOGADA time! It's only for two weeks and they are so good. They are chiles rellenos filled with fruit and cream and toped with an almond sauce and pomegranate seeds.




Mom, I want to buy all of these and take them home to you!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Visitor Center Sister for a day

So for this week, after a really bad case of salmonella, the highlight would be getting the clear to go and work. We had an open house in our stake center. All of the missionaries in our zone were there! The tour started with a cutout of Christ with the voice that they use in the temple visitor centers. The Spirit was so strong! We had a lot of success but it was tough to get people into the church. It reminded me a lot of Lehi's vision of the tree of life. As we contacted people to go in some of them looked embarrassed or ashamed but those who did go in learned something that's so worth it! 

I actually contacted a man that didn't seem interested but I had a strong impression to ask about his health. He softened up and explained that he was going through some serious blood problems. I asked him if he would want a blessing and he said yes and walked right in. After the blessing, he put his name down so the Elders can go teach him! 

But I think the crowning jewel was seeing the Martinez family walk in. We showed them the font and the Elders explained about baptism. It's a moment on my mission that I will never forget. As Hermano Ulysses looked at the font he turned to me and smiled and said ¨ I feel more and more happy every step I take to prepare to enter this font.¨ I said that is called conversion, in other words coming unto Christ through the only way, which is baptism. You are happy because you are aligned with God and His plan for you and your family. 

To close I want to share a quote by Elder Ballard, ¨One important key to happiness is to learn how to set our own goals and establish our own plans within the framework of our Heavenly Father's eternal plan.¨

I know this is true because that's what I'm doing with my life in these moments and I'm happy really happy. 

Have a great week!
 
Hermana Herrera 



Hitting up Krispy Cremes after 13 months. Glory!



Where we start the tour. Visitor Center sisters?



The boards that we displayed



Old friends compa compa

Monday, July 31, 2017

P-Day in Cholula




High School Musical jumps!




"A pale man with a bearded face teaching about God" interesting...




 When the Spaniards took over, they made the people build a Catholic Church over their biggest pyramid. It was interesting because on the way to the church, you can see a lot of ancient symbols on the walls. So these cholulans worshipped their God in a secret way. Also we went inside the pyramid. It was so cool but most of the rooms are blocked off. They told us of one room that was super special. It had lots of treasure and maybe even gold plates...




Pyramids





I spy with my little eye




District picture: These Elders are headed home this week



Para mis hermanas: I AM MOANA!




Book of Mormon cycle

Monday, July 17, 2017

Continued...







Welcome to our studio of our video diaries






Generation picture




It's scorching in the middle of the day hence the blue gatorade tongue
but HAPPY YEAR with my Texas gal Hermana Zutz!




Friday Night Tacos!
I tried cow eye!




Rain...again

Pictures Pictures

SO THATS A WRAP! We finished up our change and Hermana Coello and I are sticking together for another one here in Bosques. I'm So So happy. Here are a couple of moments of this past change. 
 
love y'all 

Hermana Herrera 



Baptism of Hermana Rosalia and Sandra.
The Hermano on the left gave us the gold reference!








Splits with our father aka President Nelson. We piled in his van.
Hermana Coello and I forgot what it was like to be in a car with air conditioning.
It was Heavenly!




The Glory!