Monday, August 29, 2016

Combi, carne, and contacts

Hello! This week has been a little hectic but super great. Something that stood out to me this week is the importance of street contacts. As missionaries, we are encouraged to talk to everyone. This has been a little bit of a challenge but actually kind of fun at the same time. There is a poem that an Elder wrote that I think describes the importance of sharing the Gospel with everyone. 

I have my life
my thoughts, my sorrows
I have my life 
my joys and furies 
I have my friends
That are close to me 
That man over there? 
well, he's just a passerby 
He has his life
his joy his fame
he has his life
his trials and pain
he has his story 
he's a little shy 
I would never know this 
'cause I'm just a passerby 
we all have a life 
and we all have a story 
amazing things to be told 
of passion and glory 
the people we pass
in a blink of an eye 
we need to think 
are they just a passerby? 

Elder Nielson 

I know that when we take the time to share with our friends this precious gift, we can gain a greater appreciation of the Gospel and develop stronger relationships with others. Also, missionary work definitely requires the help of the ward members. I'm extremely grateful for the members in my ward who are always willing to feed us yummy food and join us for lessons.

I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Herrera 

Tacos down the street are the

Combis, my greatest enemy! I really don't know how people don't fall all the time.
  It goes from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds.

In front of the church with Hermana Flores

Puebla crew: Hermanas Platt, Robertson, Hemming, Stewart, Zutz, Shoenfield and Elder Sterling

Monday, August 22, 2016

El Campo

Hello! I'm offically in the field. My area is called Independencia 1. Something special about my first day in the field is that its' the same day as my great grandmother's bday. Because of my Mama Rebecca's decision to accept the gospel, I'm able to have the gospel in my life. 

My companera is Hermana Flores and she is from Morelia, Michoacan. Hna. Flores has been so pacient with me and I'm super grateful. I also think that I need to make a rule that you can't be my companera unless you're below my shoulder haha because that seems to be the norm. 

Since we are opening an area, most of this week has been getting to know the members and trying to find investigators. One of our investigators is Miguel Angel and his 3 sons. They work at a cemetary so we usually have our lessons there. Yesterday, we were talking about the commandments. Miguel had some pretty great questions and we had a great conversation. One of his questions was, why do we have to be obedient to all of Gods commandments? This is something really important and to some degree I think we all struggle with. I love a quote from Elder Uchtdorf about this, "Obedience, it is the process by which we discover what we truly are made of. " Sometimes being obedient is hard, it's against the natural man. I know when we are obedient we can have a closer relationship with Heavenly Father. 

I hope you all have a great week. I love you all.

Hermana Herrera 

My teacher in the CCM


Hermana Flores 

Love my CCM district and teachers

Monday, August 15, 2016

First day in Puebla

I just got into my area called Independence in the Liberated Stake and of course my companion Hermana Flores doesn't speak a lick of English pero es ok because I think I'm going to learn Spanish a lot faster this way.  I'm already being challenged.  She's a cutie and is from Mexico.  She is the first missionary in her family and she's a great example to me. I'm excited to start teaching with her!

I really like my mission president.  We had a really great interview.  I expressed my concerns and he gave some great advice.  We left the chapel and got into a taxi to go to my area and it started raining like crazy!

I will write more next week! I love you all.

Hermana Herrera

My District

Thursday, August 11, 2016

4 more days to Puebla!


Nothing out of the ordinary this week.  I leave for the field in 4 days so I'm pretty excited but super nervous!  Something that I have been pondering about this week is what kind of missionary I want to be.  

There is a quote that applies to everyone, "Your greatest work, your most important creation is and will forever be you."  This doesn't mean what job you have, who your family is etc. This means when everything falls away, who are you?  

There is a scripture in Mosiah 4:9 that I treasure dearly.  When we believe in His wisdom, we can gain a better understanding of who we are and also that Heavenly Father has a greater plan for each of His children. 

Also SHOUT OUT TO MY BEST PAL BAILS who was in the MTC choir in Provo. You look good and it took about 1.5 seconds for me to start crying!

157 mosqutios 
3 mice 
1 bird

I love you all and hope you have a great week! ​


Hermana's with photo bombers!

Soft cast after volleyball injury but we won!

Bird in our casita!

Friday, August 5, 2016

One Month Down!

Can you believe it? This week has been so great but alas so very long. I think the highlight was definently our temple trip this Friday. I treasured this because I actually don´t have a temple in my mission. I know muy triste pero es ok. 

Something that I´ve been thinking a lot about is charity. In Moroni 7:45 replace charity with your name. This really helped me identify some specific things that I need to work on regarding charity. I also love the promise found in 48, that when we see Christ we will be like Him and we will see Him as He is. 

I cant believe that I will be in Puebla in about a week! The CCM has been great preparation and I love the spirit that´s here. Something that was a tender mercy was actually being called to speak last Sunday. The subject was the Book of Mormon and why it was another Testament of Jesus Christ. I loved testifying in Spanish and was actually able to see my own progression. Slowly but surely right? I hope you all have a great week! 

Hermana Herrera 

Hermana Hemming and I at the Mexico City Temple

Naomi asked for a pic. Got a little teary eyed, I miss my little sisters!

The view outside our casita!

With our teacher Hermana Aguirre

Our district with our teachers, Hermano Weber and Hermana Aguirre