Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas to all!

Hola amigos y familia!

Welp this week was terrific!  The first few days were hard but it was all worth it because of a neat experience we had on Sunday. A young couple walked into sacrament meeting. The hermana, Jessica, ran up to us and said, ¨Hermanas, I want to get baptized. I've been taking the lessons in Mexico City. The only problem is that I'm not married.¨ Our mission leader ¨knows a guy¨and they were able to tie the knot Chrtistmas day.  What a blessing!  #bestchristmaspresentever 

This will also be the last time I'll be writing from Mexico. I head home next week on the second. I want to thank all of you for your support and love. I have loved my mission and I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to serve. It's been an amazing experience that I'm sure ¨if you ask me¨ I could talk for hours about. 

I read a quote that I think is so true. ¨The Lord strengthens our backs to support our trials.¨ -Elder Holland. Its so true, when I look back in the darkest hardest moments I can always see the hand of the Lord. It is so rewarding to know that when we are in the service of God, He will help and lift us up. He will not let us fail. We just need to keep the big picture. 

I love you all and I'm sending muchos abrazos y besos from Tlaxcala, Mexico! 

Hermana Herrera 



Family picture for the Christmas card.
Have a great luchador Christmas!




When you spend Christmas at the mission home




When your investigators get married!




Jessicaaaaa




Happy couple




Monday, December 18, 2017

Tis the season



Here are some pics of what we've been up to these past few weeks. We are really applying ilumina el mundo (light the world) with all the members here in Tezoquipan! 

1. Be a good samaritan... the Delgado family had a great idea of making home made goods, DOUGHNUTS, to share with the rest of their gigantic family. There are so many of them that they all live in a privada that's named ¨Zarahemla.¨  I'm literally living in the mormon colonies.
 
2. Celebrating this Christmas with amazing sombrereros  # vivamexico
 
3. We had our ward Christmas party... which means that the Relief Society preps their skirts and dance their feet off. Hermana Ruiz and I were trying to copy their moves in the back . Mama Irma loves having her picture taken. She´s the hermana that lives upstairs from us. 

4.Got to say goodbye to this chica Hermana Rosa! She was baptized in June and still going strong! 

As we are going into this week I feel really grateful that I can have another Christmas here on the mish. We have been able to do the light the world project every day and enjoy the sweet spirit. I love how this ward is so united. Hermana Ruiz and I are running around like crazy trying to finish these 2 weeks we have left. 

I love you all and thanks for your support! 

Hermana Herrera















 



Monday, December 4, 2017

It's all worth it

Hola amigos y familia! 

So sorry about last week! This email is going to be a mix of what's been happening these past 2 weeks and what I've learned. To tell you guys the truth, last week was a little rough. We had to face some pretty big obstacles Hermana Ruiz and I. But we learned a lot and we were greatly protected! 

I´LL EXPLAIN. One day we decided to go tracting in an area that we haven't been to before. We decided to go the extra mile and go to the last house. But as we were walking, 2 huge really angry dogs started freaking out. Not a second flew by when I realized I forgot to teach my compa something really important: not to run when there are really mad dogs. But it was too late, my companion took off down the hill. Knowing that there would be no way to catch up to her I realized I was dead meat. I honestly stood there and prayed as these dogs came charging. But right before they came to bite me alive, their owner came running out of the house and saved me. 

There is a point to this story and I'm going to head to the scriptures. In the Joseph Smith History we can read Joseph´s experience of the first vision. In verse 15 and 16 we read about a thick darkness that seemed to be his destruction but as he prayed, Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father came to him. 

I know that before the most spiritual experiences, satan will do his best to interfere. I said that these past 2 weeks have been a little rough but in the end Hermana Ruiz and I were able to have some experiences that made it all worth it. 

here are just 2: 

Our mission leader and his family hadn't had the courage to teach dear friends about the plan of salvation after the death of their only son but finally decided to do it ( it's actually the same family where we gave service husking corn a few weeks ago).  With a carefully planned lesson and sincere testimonies this family was comforted and hopefully in the future will be able to go to the temple. For now, they want to keep hearing from us. 

A member gave us a reference of 2 little girls who were taken out of their house by the government. They now live with their grandparents. As we are teaching them, we are helping them understand who they are and the worth that they have. 

I feel very grateful that Heavenly Father trusts me to help teach His children. And I know that trust comes from going through trials to prove my faith! We are very happy! 

Also check out light the world! I'll talk about what we are doing for Christmas next week! 

Hermana Herrera 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Eliminating personal husks

And that's a wrap with our first change here in Tezo town!

This week was filled with more service and a lot more sun. The weather is weird here, it's like Texas hot summer in the morning and Texas winter cold at night...
 
We got a call from our ward mission leader saying that a couple of ancient investigators wanted our help to ¨piscar" which I have no idea what the significance in English is... like harvesting corn?  I guess they wanted to see if we were the real deal... We had tried to contact them before and not had much luck so we thought this was a great idea. 

Saturday morning we headed to the fields (which are everywhere here) It was pretty tough work and I cut my fingers a lot but over all a really good experience. The family was SO impressed that they offered us Chela´s, which is a really cold beer. But we agreed on an appointment instead. 

While we were peeling off the husks of the corn I got to thinking about how the atonement can really eliminate some ¨personal hard layers".  This can be bad habits or sins.  I can see that Heavenly Father puts us all in the refiner´s fire to help us be more like His Son. But the best part is that although we will progress and become better we still have our unique spirits. 

Every corn that we husked was a variety of colors. There were so many reds and oranges and yellows. It was awesome!  How wonderful that all of us as children of God are different and unique but we all contribute in a way. The necessity of uniqueness is vital. 

Hermana Ruiz and I had a hard experience on Sunday. On the mission you hear some heart wrenching stories that are hard to hear. We came out of a lesson and Hermana Ruiz started to cry. She told me it was hard and that she felt so sad for the situation of the hermana. She asked me how it was possible to endure when everything around you seems lost. I told her that it wasn't a bad thing to have those feelings that it's actually a privilege to mourn with those that mourn. But I learned long ago that we can't do it alone, we need to depend on Christ like the apostles did during their ministry. And we need to help others do the same.

I love this work and I love seeing the hand of the Lord. I know that He is personally ¨taking away the husks¨ to help us find and live to our potential.
 
Love you all! 

Hermana Herrera 




Our mission leader and service




Our district. Imagine a bunch of Primo Marios




Got lost...per usual but hey we found the Tlax sign!




Monday, November 13, 2017

Stretchinggggg and all the good stuff

Guys fabulous week!

As you may have noticed... the skirts are coming back and the struggle is real. But hey that's okay because obedience is necessary to see some miracles! 

Hermana Ruiz and I are still in that weird limbo where we are trying to get more familiar with our area. The church is true because of revelation.  And revelation is definitely necessary in our planning. I feel like we are being stretched with our faith and trust in the Lord. 

I'll explain... there are a couple of pueblos that are a bit far. Usually missionaries don't really focus on these places because it would be hard for investigators to go to church. But we felt a strong impression to visit one that's about 30 minutes away. We have no records of missionaries working there in the past. While we were there we didn't have much luck with our contacts until we saw an older woman taking a rest before a really steep hill. We asked to help her with her bags and off we went!  We walked  for about a good 40 minutes. I think those hills almost hit the heavens they were so steep. When we got to her house, we were able to meet her kids. They expressed the lack of God in their lives and we invited them to church and they came! 

Then an older couple in our ward accompanied us in one of our charlas and turns out they are cousins that haven't seen each other since their childhood! This was super special to me because it reminded me of my cousin Ryan and his conversion.  He is on a mission in Japan now. Love you Ryan! 

Basically, we trusted in the Lord, acted and He blessed us with more investigators to teach. In the Book of Mormon in Alma 37:11-12 it talks about our need to trust in the Lord  even when we don't understand everything because His ways are not like our ways. There are 3 specific reasons why we need to trust in God found in verse 12.  I invite you guys to read it. 

Best of all Esme got baptized which is a miracle in itself! 

Love you all,
 
Hermana Herrera 



Mom's doing the countdown and Hermana Ruiz is having fun with the board.




How many cachorros can Hermana Herrera hold?




Esme's baptism!!!  She is such a great example to her family!








Monday, November 6, 2017

This is my joy

HOLA FAMILIA Y AMIGOS 

Guys this week was so great! I just want to write an email of gratitude. First of all, Hermana Esmeralda past her interview for baptism. She is the teenager that got the miracle permission from her father. She is going to get baptized this Saturday! 

Today Hermana Ruiz and I headed to Puebla because I had an interview with our mission president. I came out of my interview and guess who I saw?  My old companion Hermana Romero and she looked happy as ever! 
 
Basically I'm really happy and really honored to see so many miracles in my life and others, especially at the end of my mission. My feelings are perfectly described in Alma 29:9 

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."

Thanks for all the support and love,
 
Hermana Herrera
 
till next week to see my face.... 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Examples make the difference

HOLAAAA FAMILIA Y AMIGOS 

Guys things are looking up here in good old Tezoquipan! With the help of the members we were able to have a lot of people come to church! We work as a ward and it is really paying off :) 

That's what I want to talk about today.... there is a common phrase here that says ¨Pueblo chiquito, Infierno grande.¨ The chiste or chisme ha.. is that it doesn't take very much for something to get around. And I think that's true but we can change the infierno to something a lot better: CIELO. I have seen over and over again how people follow by example. When we all follow our Savior Jesus Christ our example can be contagious. We can inspire others. It just keeps going on and on... like a positive train.  

Just look in the Book of Mormon with Aaron and King Lamoni's father.  His heart was softened with the words of Aaron to the point where he was ready to be humble enough to receive an answer from God. I love his heartfelt prayer that is found in Alma 22:18. He starts off by saying, "Oh God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God....¨ People depend on examples to have the inspiration to change. 

I am so grateful for Hermana Ruiz and her example. Sometimes I don't even feel like I'm training because she is so prepared and ready to do her best. 

I love you all. Have a great week!

Hermana Herrera 

P.S. Along with Dia de los Muertos, our pants die. You guys will no longer be seeing Eldera Herrera





Guys my area is beautiful!  Blessed!










Where is Hermana Ruiz?




What does Halloween mean for me?  A ton of pan de muerto.
Also meet Carmelo.  We are teaching him and his wife.




TRUE LOVE






Monday, October 23, 2017

On our feet and moving with faith

Okay week 2 down here in Tezoquipan. We are on our feet and moving with faith. This week was a special one for me. I was able to understand a little bit more about the atonement. We had to go to Puebla to a meeting with the new missionaries. Our president focused a lot on the atonement.  We read Alma 7:14-15 and talked about what everyone knows about Jesus, that he suffered pains and afflictions and died on the cross for us. But there is a whole other deeper perspective that people don't understand. In fact the people that scratch the surface of understanding are the people that depend on the atonement to get through their trials. 

The other side of the atonement is letting Jesus Christ train and edify you.  It means being completely dependant on someone that loves you and won't let you fall. President turned to the new missionaries that can't speak Spanish and told them in a powerful testimony you can do this! The Lord will not let you fall if you accept His help! This struck me hard because I know that it is true! My training time was one of the most difficult times of my life. But I'm grateful for it because I became a better person with the help from the perfect person, my Savior.  I look back not with bad feelings or remorse but with gratitude. 

This week we saw a lot of miracles. I'll just share one more thing that happened on Sunday. There is a mom and her daughter who have been going to church for the past month. They both want to get baptized but were lacking the permission from her husband. We went to go visit them and I saw him and guys he was huge! Like taller than me and that's hard to find! We talked about the importance of baptism by sharing the Book of Mormon. Then after that I asked him how he felt about his wife and daughter getting baptized. Honestly I don't even remember what I said all I remember is him saying yes. HUGE MIRACLE! We were able to put dates for November. The Lord helps His missionaries complete their callings. 



Here is mi hija holding a screaming pig like her mother asked her to do




Me carrying a giant bunny, almost as difficult as the pig




The Popocateptl volcano having some smoke




Monday, October 16, 2017

Mas Fotos




I totally forgot about the brea la luna. Its bread filled with chocolate and it's amazing and only found in TLAX!




Hermana Rosa's baptism
Due to the incident with Mowgli, we didn't have time to change into our faldas
 




The most beautiful Catholic church in the state...Need proof read the sign





Happy




Fotos





This car is filled to the brim with my fav people heading to my old zone, Amalucan




Saying hard goodbyes! Yamily is getting baptized!




The legacy lives on. Good luck in the real world Hermana Cervantes!




Hermana Ruiz enjoying some classic enmoladas

CHAOTICNESS if that's a word

Hola amigos y familia! 

Its your Hermana here freezing her socks off in Tezoquipan, Tlaxcala. This week was in one word chaotic. I have only opened an area once when I came here on the mission so it's all a new experience. But I have learned the importance of listening to the Spirit and fasting and praying really hard. I will say that the ward is really supportive and anxious to work.
Hermana Ruiz is sooo great and special.The love for my daughter is real💜 Her testimony strengthens me everyday in the chaoticness... if that's a word. She´s like a sponge always soaking up the good. Our studies are something that I'll treasure forever! They really help us have the strength to get up and going without any idea what's going to happen.... hmm I gotchu Nephi.  

We were able to have a baptism this past Saturday. Her name is Rosa and she is so wonderful! She is the first to be baptized in her family and she has 7 children that we will get to teach. I know her example means a lot.

Actually funny story, so we decided to pass for a family so they could go see what a baptism looks like. It's a young father with his 2 kids. At first sight one of the boys was the perfect image of Mowgli from the jungle book. Therefore I call him Mowgli. Anyways Mowgli was following us from a distance. I turned around every 5 seconds to check if he was still there. When we almost got to church, I turned around and poof he was gone. I now understand how my mother felt when we lost David at the zoo once. Also I have major respect for my aunts... I know Whetten cousins are all Mowglis. We all began searching for Mowgli and found him a few minutes before the baptism buying a coke... classic. 

To close with all the craziness, I would like to share this scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 123:17 ¨Therefore dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power, and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance to see the salvation of God and for His arm to be revealed.¨

These are the days to prepare for Christ´s coming. We need to do all that we can. I'm so grateful for parents who have taught me to do the best I can always. So thanks for your prayers! 

Until next week,
Hermana Herrera

I owe you guys some photos...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The biggest plot twist of my MISSION

HOLA AMIGOS Y FAMILIA, 

Well well well, I think the biggest news is that I'm a mom! I got the news on Wednesday that I would be finishing my mission by training a greenie (: and will be leaving Bosques ): Yesterday, as we were at the church waiting for the newbies I felt really excited and nervous. I know that this is a great and important responsibility!
I also had a couple of days of pure goodbyes. It was super hard to leave Bosques. I love all those members and recent converts. The good news is that Hermana Yamily, Isis´s mom, is getting baptized this FridayI also had to say good bye to a few of my past companions. Hermana Galicia is finishing her mission up in Puebla so I won't see her and Hermana Cervantes finished her mission yesterday ):):
I will be training in Tezoquipan, Tlaxcala. It's about an hour away from my past area Nanacamilpa. Mi hija is Hermana Ruiz.  She is from Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico. I think from the second I met her I could feel her sweet spirit and desire to learn. I feel really happy that I can help her grow and learn here on the mission.
Welp, that's all I got and will keep in touch with all of the adventures we will have here in good old TLAX. 

 Hermana Herrera 

Monday, October 2, 2017

You don't know everything but you know enough

Hello familia y amigos! 


So this week was a great spiritual high just like every other week in the mission field. It was a necessary and refreshing thing to hear from our apostles and leaders. I wish I could share all of my thoughts with you guys!!!!! 

A lot of things spoke to my heart, but I loved the las few quote Elder Anderson shared: 
¨You don't know everything but you know enough¨and ¨When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in the presence of God.¨ - Elder Hale 
Somewhere along the lines of that... 

With area changes coming up this week, I've found a lot of peace in these sayings. I know for a fact that change although ¨hard¨ is a good thing. It is necessary to help us grow. 

Recent converts go through a lot of changes... Imagine their whole lives are absolutely different! It's like a whole nother culture! I'll just say that I really admire all new converts to the church. Their faith is very visible through their efforts. Seeing Ulises and Yolanda at every session of conference made my heart soar. I sneakily took a picture of them(: They don't know everything but they know enough to put one foot in front of the other! 

Have a great week! May we accept and endure change like the new converts of the church!
Hermana Herrera


Ulises and Yolanda




Beehives are missionaries also!




Craziness

Monday, September 25, 2017

2 weeks worth of pictures (:



Seeing my girl Hermana Stewart!




September 15th celebrations means matching skirts!




Getting locked out 30 min before church. HELP!




When there is damage in your house from the earthquake
 and you have a sleepover with the hermanas of Xona




From the Dominican Republic to Texas matching pajams are still a thing 




Women's Conference in English with Hermana Zutz. BLISS!

When worst comes to worst, BE LIKE JAIRUS

Hola amigos y familia 

OK OK, I'm doing fine here in Puebla. Yes the earthquake was quite the scare and there is damage. But we are all doing fine and trying to help in the ways we can. Y'all can forget the once in the lifetime post. I can now say that I have felt an earthquake and I did not like it... 

These past few weeks have been quite the ride and I feel like a test of my patience. I think Hermana Romero and I have passed through pretty much everything: piojos, getting locked out of our house 30 min before church, earthquake etc. and the most heart breaking, investigators that are not progressing. Through the midst of all of this I have found myself more earnestly reading and studying the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I can honestly testify that it is helping me become the missionary that Bosques needs right now.
I would like to focus on one of the stories that I am studying which is about the daughter of Jairus. 
Jairus was a respected man of great power. He was actually a ruler in the local synagogue. His daughter was sick and on the verge of death. Jairus knew that the only way his daughter would live is if he asked for Jesus Christ to heal her.
His first step in coming unto Christ was asking for His help, risking his social career.  On the way to Jairus' house, Christ stopped to heal a woman. I love it because it says in Jesus the Christ ¨No intimation is given that Jairus showed impatience or displeasure over the delay; he had placed his trust in the master and awaited his time and pleasure.¨  The was his second step. 

The third step he took was when messengers told him that his daughter had already died and there was no use to ask for Jesus´s help (which surely was his final straw of hope). He seemed to have still looked to the Lord for help, and the Lord answered "BE NOT AFRAID ONLY BELIEVE."
I think in this life we are on the journey of these 3 steps. Sometimes it is easy to accept Christ but we are impatient of His perfect timing. Or sometimes we are super patient until we get hit with our final straw. It is all about our personal progression, unique and usually untimely.
I feel like we go through many different types of trials, like getting locked out of your house at a really bad time or when a earthquake happens and people are not getting the supplies needed to survive. ( Our ward sent out a truck to some smaller towns full of supplies and it was a very hard trip to get it to them) In these times we need to ask ourselves which step we are on... and if we really are going to "BE NOT AFRAID ONLY BELIEVE". 

So Hermana Romero and I are going to keep trying and keep in mind the 3rd step. Because that is where you find life changing miracles. The Lord will raise us and the people around us up, if we believe...

Love you all and thank you for your prayers and concern,

Hermana Herrera

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Second shot

Hola familia
 
We recieved permission to write our families. And I got my second shot, haha. I finally felt an earthquake and it was actually pretty scary. Hermana Romero and I were in a super market and we just took out money. Thank goodness because we needed it.
 
We were in the bathroom and then all of a sudden everything started shaking like crazy. We ran out and everyone was screaming and sobbing. It was like a movie and it made me think a lot about the second coming and how those who are prepared won't fear.
 
Anyways we are doing good. There is some damage in our house so we stayed with the Hermanas in Xonacatepec. The dueno is going to check it out tonight and we have to report to President. 

Hermana Herrera