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!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Trust with all of your heart

First of all this email is due for a mananitas party because happy birthday UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
and happy to this hermana who completed A YEAR, unreal! 

This week went pretty well. We celebrated the 4th with rain, rain and more rain. It's so funny because I'm pretty sure the heavens are wide open here in Bosques, pouring down rain and blessings. The rain makes some great tracking stories. For example, we knocked on this lady's gate and she poked her head out the window. I had to yell for her to hear. She only understood about 3 words, missionaries, teach and Jesus Christ. She shook her head no and said it's raining! Dang, we were really shooting to get into her house. Next time! 

I heard a really awesome quote this week by Elder Christofferson. He said, ¨It is better to be trusted than to be loved.¨ I promise this is not apostasy. When I think about it, Heavenly Father loves all of His children perfectly but He trusts a few to do His work. This is super important in missionary work, because we choose daily if we want to do the Lord's work or our own. 

BUT it also goes the other way around. It's pretty easy to love the Lord, but do we trust in Him? Do we inquire of Him in all things? That's the chiste. 

This email is short and sweet but I want to remind you all that when we trust in the Lord that's when the blessings start falling... in His perfect time. 

Love y'all,
Hermana Herrera 

Monday, July 3, 2017

The WHAT and HOW of missionary work

Hola familia and amigos!

This week was great! Hermana Coello and I are still going strong here in Bosques. For this email, I want to talk about something that I've been thinking about all week..... 

It started in a comida with an Hermana. She asked me what was one of my favorite things here on the mission. That's a tough question... but I feel like one of the things that has impacted me the most is the companionship of the Spirit. Same spirit but it is just different here on the mission. For example, I can not describe the feeling I get when someone enters the waters of baptism. It's just kind of hard to describe... She responded by saying ¨Wow I would love to feel the Spirit like that in my life," but the thing is she can! Everyone can! The Spirit can be a blessing to all of Heavenly Father´s children IF we are worthy of it. 

Hitting my year mark is a tad hard to comprehend. It is so true when they say the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. Reflecting, I'm really grateful for all of my experiences that I have had that I wouldn't have any where else. It is not easy but it is always worth it. One thing that I have learned and would like to share with you all today is a responsibility that I think a lot of missionaries overlook which is training the members how to share the Gospel. I get it, it's tough. Before my mission I didn't know how to share the Gospel either. It is scary to open your mouth sometimes (especially in Spanish). I confirm what Elder Clayton M. Christensen says in his book, "The power of everyday missionaries" (which y'all should read) that is, members know WHAT they're called to do (which is to share the restored gospel to their loved ones) but they don't know HOW to do it. 

Hermana Coello and I have been focusing on and working with the members on HOW to share the Gospel. After all, what good is it to have a years worth of experience if you don't share what you have learned? This Sunday we held a training in 3rd hour. We started off by all standing up and reciting D&C 4. It was so great to hear the ex missionaries still recite it from memory. Then we explained that there are 44 principles in the Gospel and we share with our loved ones according to their needs in a simple 5 minute message. We divided the group into ¨districts¨ and every one had a different person with a specific need. As they all prayed together to receive revelation on the specific ¨person¨ it was amazing how seriously they took it. Then we shared what they would share in these situations. The answers were more than good, THEY WERE INSPIRED OF GOD.(D&C 84:85) 

We really hope that the ward members were able to see that the HOW to share the Gospel is possible and wonderful. Back to the Hermana about wanting the Spirit more, I think many members feel this way. I want to testify that if you share the Gospel YOU WILL FEEL HIS SPIRIT. This is His work, and it's an honor to be a part of it. Don't believe me? Check out D&C 68:6.

Love you all,

Hermana Herrera 

Monday, June 26, 2017

hmmm How can I descirbe my week?



On Thursday we got a call from the assistants to open the church doors for our interviews with President. We got there early the next morning and then the assistant dropped us a big one. ¨Hey Hermanas did yall know that you have splits to go with President today?¨ ¨NO, Elder what?¨ He looks back at his companion ¨Oh right we didn't tell them. Well you guys have splits with him all day: plan well and have fun.¨ 

It was a tad chaotic, BUT IT WAS GREAT. Crazy great! I actually felt like it was a huge blessing. I could fill this email with all the things I learned, but I think you guys would get hungry or something and stop reading it.  Something that I would like to focus on is one of our requirements here in the mission. We have the assignment to read the Book of Mormon twice a year. They usually have a key code where we have to highlight specific topics. Right now we are focusing on the blessings the descendants of Lehi are entitled to. It's super amazing to see how the Lord is so ready to make covenants with His people. But we must be ready to do our part. We need to be making an effort to receive those needed blessings.  President Nelson always says "MAKE DECISIONS THAT WILL HELP YOU SPIRITUALLY GROW." 

Our investigators Rosalia and Sandra Hernandez made the important decision to be baptized this past week. I love it because their baptism reflects the spiritual progression that is healing them on the inside. Although they have different situations, they are going through the same healing process.  

Both of them needed to learn about their self worth.  Low self esteem is when someone feels that they aren't good enough in an aspect or many aspects of their lives and they let other people's opinions speak louder than the one of their Heavenly Father.
There are 2 different definitions of "perfect". Perfect according to the world is someone who NEVER EVER makes a mistake.  Perfect in Christ is someone who uses the process of sanctification to be purified and worthy to live in God's presence. What is the process of sanctification? Look up Alma 11:37 and 2 Nephi 31:17.
Right now I want to focus on one thing that I've been working on understanding and that, my friends, is God's grace. It's just as wonderful as it is necessary. Grace is thanks to the Atonement of Christ and it is the mercy that will help make us one day whole. If we accept it, it doesn't pay for some but for all of our mistakes (notice that mistakes are necessary to be perfect in Christ). 

I would like you guys to read Ether 12:27 and focus on the middle part, ¨my grace is sufficient.¨ What does that mean to you? For me specifically, it means that to receive/accept grace is to show effort through 
1. exercising my faith 
2. repenting daily 
3. doing all that I can to follow the commandments of God 

My message for the week is that a way to be healed, the only way to be healed, is through the sanctification process. I have seen it work.  I have seen it with Rosalia and Sandra. I also have seen it in myself, when I needed it the most.
We must recognize and accept the help that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ gives us through the gospel. I promise the results are not only real but fulfilling and filled with joy! 

Hermana Herrera 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Members gearing up and remember the Alamo

Hollaaa familia y amigos, 

What can I say? This week was for the books. First off, we had a visit from Elder Pino a seventy here in Puebla. His talks were so good and I think that was just what Puebla needed at this time! The members are "gearing up" to work with their missionaries! 

Quick story: so in our zone conference we were all able to shake hands with Elder Pino and his wife. When it was my turn, I shared where I was from and how much time I've been on the mission ( which by the way is 11 MONTHS). Anyways, he shared that he just went to San Antonio to speak there. Then he explained that they passed by some famous building and took a lot of pictures but couldn't remember what it was called. I took a wild guess and said the Alamo? and yes it was the Alamo. My President turned to me and said, "Wow thank goodness you remembered the Alamo!"  That's right representin the great republic of Texas. 

On a more spiritual note, I wish I could share all the goodness that Elder Pino said but I hope a few thoughts will be sufficient. 

I think the most powerful thing that he said was a word repeated 3 times... you missionaries need to TEACH TEACH TEACH and it's so true. How else can we fulfill the prophecy of God to all of His children? If you think about it, teaching sounds a lot easier than it really is. THANK GOODNESS that we have a perfect example of a perfect teacher JESUS CHRIST. 

For me personally, it can be sometimes a little intimidating to teach people. Many people have past experiences, opinions or ways of living that can be a little hard to understand. Judgment is not of the Spirit and certainly not the way to help others feel Christ's love for them. So I have learned that I need to depend on my Savior to respond in a way that He would. As we study the life of Christ, we can always see that He reacted differently to every situation so there isn't really a way to specifically react to a situation or person. What's more important is have charity (the pure love of Christ).This is the key. Check out 2 Nephi 33:7-9 
I know that this just doesn't apply only to teaching, I think this is the way we should communicate with our fellowman in general. 

Some really good things are starting up, we have 3 baptisms coming up on Thursday. Every story is unique and powerful in their own way therefore I think I'm going to feature every one in the next few weeks. 

I love you all and this is the part where I say adios for another week! 

Hermana Herrera 


Zone conference with Elder Pino





Monday, June 12, 2017

BOSQUES and the definition of enduring

HOLA AMIGOS Y FAMILIA 

First off, I want you guys to know about my new compa Hermana Coello-Castillo. She is from Layton, Utah has 13 months on her mission and with her its just pure giggles. Well, silent giggles so it's extra funny!
 
So BOSQUES... 
It's going really well. The streets look the same of those in Xonacatepec so its kinda confusing in that way. I was only in Xona for a month. It was tough because their were a lot of families that I thought I could help and then I left. I think one of the great tender mercies happened on Sunday. The bishop announced there was a new Hermana and asked me to come up and share my testimony. As I was sharing, my eyes filled with tears. I could see 4 or 5 families that were with me in Xona that had moved to Bosques. That Sunday was full of joyful reunions. I feel very grateful that Heavenly Father trusted me again with His children. 

So, I want to share a quick story to help explain my thought for this week. After our Book of Mormon class it started pouring, like Texas flash flood pouring, and we couldn't leave the church. One of our investigators, Irving, was playing the piano in the other room. We ended up walking around and showing him some paintings around the church. He stopped at a big photo that showed the Mexico City temple. He pointed to it and asked, ¨That's where the special people go right?  What do I have to do to go there?"
 
We explained that the people who go to the temple want to be closer to God and they show it through their actions. We decided to show him so we all headed to the baptismal font. We explained that this was the first step, baptism, and after that we need to keep working, to keep trying, and keep believing and if we do these things we can get closer to God in the temple. That's the most ¨special¨part. 

Our President said something in this past conference that's really stuck with me. When he is in interviews with the ¨greenies¨he asks what they want to do on their missions. The most common answer is, ¨I want to help people.¨ He would then say how very Christian of them but we are here to do more. We are here to help them complete the requirements necessary to reach the Celestial Kingdom with their families, to gain eternal life and to live with Heavenly Father. Sometimes as missionaries (I see this in myself) we focus too much on baptism. YES it is important but it's not everything. 

I love this Gospel because we can always be progressing and our goal in this life is to reach and gain ETERNAL LIFE. See the difference? We must focus on baptism but we need to keep progressing. These people need to get to the temple! Before my mission, I had the opportunity to serve in the San Antonio temple. I think those experiences helped me realize the big picture a little more clearly. I think it has helped me teach with a broader perspective as well. 

I remember an experience in my first area with my first convert Francisco. The night before I left he asked me, "Hermana how do I keep in mind what is important? How do I live the gospel at church and in my home?" These questions are deep, really deep and to a 20 year old a little intimidating. I can only testify of a scripture that I try to apply to my life daily which is in Doctrine and Covenants 11:18 

"KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS; HOLD YOUR PEACE; APPEAL UNTO MY SPIRIT"
 
My invitation today is to remind yourself of the big picture! Remember your baptism and just. keep. going. 

I LOVE YOU ALL and testify that this is true,
 
Hermana Herrera 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Coming back home

Hola amigos y familia,

So after 3 months in beautiful Nanacamilpa, Tlaxcala I'm headed back home to Puebla. It is super funny because I'm in Bosques, which is a street away from my second area Xonacatepec. A sweet member offered a ride, and to an Hermana with bulging suitcases this was the best act of service ever. 

I loved my time in Nana and I've learned a lot of things that helped me have a better perspective. Like: OYE! spiritual thought! 

So as we were driving back to Puebla, I was soaking in all of the beauty around me. I love love these trees and greenery. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, and I know that His creations are evidence of His love.  I got to thinking about nature and its purpose. Its purpose really is for us! We eat, breathe, and appreciate nature. It is a necessity of life, it is never selfish. Like it is never going to hide its colors or anything! To sum it up nature is here to serve us! 

So when people say that the nature of people can change, I think of this: growing and reaching out and not focusing on ourselves. So share your beauty! Share your light and color! Because it is a necessity of life! 

On that note.. I'm not able to send pics of the beautiful nature in Nana so picture tall pine trees and an Hermana running around smiling with glee. Or just look it up in google maps.
 
Love y'all and will update on the continued adventures in Puebla,
 
Hermana Herrera 

Monday, May 29, 2017

And I wanna know...Have you ever seen the rain?



Hola amgios y familia! 

Welp another week here in Tlax past by so so fast. The weather is getting a tad more exciting, blistering hot afternoons with great thunderstorms throughout the night. The good thing is the fields are getting a lot of needed water for the crops. The members are super happy! Miracles! 

Yes miracles! 

I think one of the biggest miracles I have seen here out on the mission is the way the Gospel changes lives for the better. But it still takes daily effort to live the Gospel. I wanted to share something that our Mission President's wife shared with us in a Women's Conference we had in April. 

The principle of me vs. her
(me) is my spiritual being and (her) is my physical being. One of the hardest lessons in this life is to live so the spiritual (me) dominates the physical being. I understand real well the battle between (me) vs. (she). Especially during grueling swim practises in high school when my physical being (she) was screaming to stop and my spiritual being kept pressing forward. So when we are having a hard day let the (me) dominate the (she). 

I know that sometimes we are asked to do hard things and our physical being really doesn't want to do it. But if we listen to our spiritual me we can find the strength to keep going. 

Love you all,

Hermana Herrera



Loving this green life!




Puppy love




Exchanges with Mama Cervantes




Changing birthdays...one cake at a time!




Monday, May 22, 2017

The feelings that we remember

Hello! 

This week was full of learning new things! For example, we had our zone conference and our main topic was baptizing converts so we were all ears. A couple of missionaries went up to the front to talk about their conversion stories. It was so interesting because everyone said that they didn't remember a thing from their lessons. In fact they were very confused but they felt something that told them that this was good, to have confidence in the Lord, and to just keep going. That was the motivation that helped them make the decision to be baptized. 

So what's the key? The small whispers of the spirit. And how do we recognize it? with our feelings. Something that everyone wants to talk about ;) And what should the missionaries/ members strive to do? Help others have this relationship with their Heavenly Father. People have already said it, people don't remember much about the lessons. But they remember the feelings that help them come unto their Heavenly Father and brother Jesus Christ. 

Hermana Hernandez and I have been putting this in practice and it has been changing our lives and our investigators.  I feel like many people have this comment or past experience, "I have prayed to God and I asked for something that I needed. But I didn't get anything back. I didn't get my answer or explanation. He wasn't listening. How do you explain that?¨ I'm sure everyone has felt that way sometime in their life. 

I know that the desire is real, but maybe the faith is lacking. When we ask our Heavenly Father through prayer for anything there are things we need to do specifically. These steps are found in Moroni 10:3-4 

1. We must ask who? We must ask directly to our Eternal Father in the name of Christ. 
2. ¨If these things are not true.¨ This applies to the Book of Mormon and your personal doubts/ doctrine of Christ or needs at the moment. 
3. "Ask with a sincere heart and real intent." What does sincere mean to you? And real intent? Note that they are 2 different things.
4. "Having faith in Christ." Remember our faith is only faith after it is tested. 
5. "He will manifest the TRUTH of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost" If we want wisdom and truth of the Lord, a confirmation of His plan or an understanding of our part in His plan, this is how we should pray. 

A final thought: My heart goes out to the Schroeder family. Gage was a really great boy. I remember all the good times in Guaymas. You all are in my prayers and thoughts. I hope and testify that finding that necessary peace to move forward is through heartfelt prayer. I know that Heavenly father has a perfect plan and that we need to confide in it. It takes a lot of effort and faith, but He will never leave us alone. 

I love you all and encourage you guys to pray in this way. It has changed my mission.

Love,
 
Hermana Herrera 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A cup of sugar and Mother's Day!

Hola amigos y familia!

First! My heart might burst with joy because I got to talk to my family! It was so great to see their growth spiritually and physically! Also shout out to my mother, Cynthia Marina Herrera, for being such a great mom and for always supporting me. Also to my prima Becs for getting her call to the temple visitor's center in Mexico City. I think Heavenly Father knew that we needed to be a little closer... like only an hour and a half away closer :) 

Today I came unprepared without scriptures so if my message brings a scripture to mind, I would love to hear it! As you guys know, Hermana Hernandez is with me and I'm showing her around our area. Our area consists of the town Nanacamilpa but also about 15 smaller towns (about the size of Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua). On Tuesday, we were in one of those little towns that is about 45 minutes away from Nana, when we received a phone call that the Hermana that was going to feed us couldn't. We had decided to fast the day before for our investigators and we checked our backpacks to see if we had enough money to buy a quesadilla.  We had a total of 20 pesos, just enough for the combi ride to our church meeting later that day. We had a couple more appointments and I knew that we were probably going to fast for another day. I felt really bad for Hermana Hernandez because it's pretty hard for her to fast but we knew that if we kept working something would work out. So we said a quick prayer to help us keep going and headed out. 

As we were walking, I remembered a family that lived a little far off. We decided to drop by to see if they could give us a glass of water. When we knocked Hermana Rosy answered the door. She took a look at us and welcomed us in. As we asked for water, she looked at me and said "Hermana do you want a glass of water or a cup of sugar?"  I was pretty confused and thought that I misunderstood. She then explained that she was a missionary in Tampico and they were left without food for many days in a row. There was an Hermana that always helped them in times of need. All they needed to say was that they wanted a cup of sugar. Well, we accepted the cup of sugar and we were able to end our fast.

I learned a lot of things from this story but one thing I would like to share is that we all need help physically and spiritually in this life. And the fountain of divine help is our Heavenly Father. All we need to do is ask, but sometimes that's the hardest part. I felt a little uncomfortable to ask for help from Hermana Rosy, but she was able to discern our needs. I know that our Heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask, but the asking is necessary because that is how we show our faith. And how do we ask? Through prayer. Personally, sometimes I feel like when I keep in some things from Heavenly Father its to show that I'm enduring or that I can do it by myself. But really enduring and showing faith is expressing everything to our Father in pleading prayer. We need to have confidence that He knows what we need. So don't ask for water, ask for the good stuff, sugar! 

I love you all and sorry if this email is a little jumbled!


Hermana Herrera 


P.S Hermana Rosy gave us a cup of sugar to remind us that we can always come back! Such a blessing! 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Changing lives . . . one rock at a time

Hola amigos y familia! 


This week was so good! 

First happy 5 de mayo: per usual it was a party here in Mexico. Especially I think in Puebla because it was in Puebla that the famous battle with the French happened.

I think one of the most unforgettable experiences we had this week was with a reference from a member. In our area, we have about 5 families that are members so it's super exciting when we get a reference! So being on cloud nine, we knocked on a door to find a young teenager named Madeline and her sister Hannah that is 7 years old. As we were getting to know Madeline, there was a huge bang at the door. We looked up and realized that Hannah with her thick coke bottle glasses climbed to their roof for a better view and was throwing golf sized rocks at our heads. One barely missed my companion. Give me crazy drivers, wild dogs or angry nuns but 7 year olds with really good aim, that was something I wasn´t prepared for.
We decided to return a different day and after introducing ourselves a little better and explaining our purpose Hannah permitted us to come in. I love Madeline and Hannah because you can tell how much they love each other. It's understandable that Hannah was a little protective. It made me miss my sisters a little more. 

Something that's on my mind as we are teaching these 2 and their mom is how important it is to have self worth. Especially for girls in society today, many don't know that they are daughters of God! That they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and knows them by their name and face. This is something that is very evident with the women in Mexico. I have seen countless of stories of women that need this simple truth in their lives, and when they receive it, it's changed them in a miraculous way. . .Sometimes we let ourselves be defined by worldly definitions but that only lasts for so long. I´ve witnessed this in my life. 

If there is one thing that I want the women here, my sisters, cousins and friends and everyone else to know is that  we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and we love him. I know that the only comparisons we should make is comparing us to ourselves in the past and who we want to be in the future, not comparing ourselves to anyone else. As we shared our thoughts with Hannah and Madeline this week we could tell that it helped them have the courage to come to church this Sunday. As I was playing prelude music, out of the corner of my eye I see a pair of white glasses. Hannah gave me a big hug and was super excited to be there!
I know that when we have testimonies of the Love that Heavenly Father has for us, we can help others feel that same love. I feel really privileged that I can testify of these truths to young girls that need this knowledge and to feel His love.

I'm finally sending photos from this past month, so sorry for the delay. You will find birthday celebrations, the baptisim of Jose Alberto, Mexico sunsets and an attempt of squeezing in appropiately for a district photo. My companion, Hermana Hernandez, is on my right. 

Love you all! 

Hermana Herrera 





















Monday, May 1, 2017

A sincere apology

First of all, a sincere apology for not writing an email last week and so I'm going to try and squeeze out all the small spiritual thoughts of this crazy week to make up for it. 


But first some fun facts that have happened: 

1. We were able to go to Angelopolis also known as ¨Fresaopolis¨ to see the BYU I symphony. I almost cried when they played a song from Pride and Prejudice. The symphony went out with a bang with ¨Canta y no llores.¨  Lets just say a symphony in Mexico is way different from the States. These people do like their celebratory yells. 

2. I have a new companion! Her name is Hermana Hernandez and she is from Mexico City. She has about 15 months on her mission and I'm learning a ton. I also officially have a house in Mexico City so that's exciting.

So the work in Nana, is goingggg... the truth is this week was pretty hard.  I think I will always remember week 43 on my mission. But hey there is always something to learn right?
I think one of the most rewarding and difficult things as a missionary is having true Christ like love for your investigators. I feel like it's somewhat near the love that a parent has for a child. So I'm practically like a mom with about 10 children who wants the best for them but also worries about them every second of the day. We have had some investigators that have chosen other paths that have grave consequences. And all we can do is love and be patient.

I am reminded all the time about the covenants we make when we are baptized. I love the scripture in Mosiah 18:8-9.  As we make this sacred covenant, we choose to mourn with those that mourn and suffer with those that suffer. We choose to have Christ like love for all mankind. This love isn't something that comes overnight, but it requires a constant effort to put yourself in another person's shoes. And it is when we understand them that we can be the most help. One of our investigators had a tough week. I think taking alcohol out of his life is something that's going to take a lot of time and patience. During our lessons, we prayed silently so that we can understand how to help him. He finally shared that he drinks to forget about his past. We know a little about his past, and of what we have heard its definitely not pretty. He feels like alcohol is the only instrument that helps him forget.

As we shared this scripture in Mosiah, I felt very impressed to share that those memories are part of his life but they don't have to hurt anymore. In fact, they can be used as a tool to do good and help others in the same situations. After baptism, they aren't going to hurt anymore. That's a promise from our Heavenly Father. When I said this, his whole body shook and I could tell he was feeling the spirit. He has the promised blessings. He now just needs to make a choice. And here I am with my companion worrying and praying our heads off but I wouldn't give it up for the world. After all being a ¨mom¨ is the best calling to have. 

Anyways, the message I want to give this week is this, that we need to remember our baptisimal covenants and try everyday. These covenants are eternal and require our daily effort. I need to work on this as well. On Sunday we were knocking doors and we had a very interesting conversation with a little old lady who is from the local Catholic church. She asked a very difficult question and I didn't have a reference from the Bible right away. She cupped my face and pulled me down to meet her eyes and said ¨You poor beautiful little thing. You don't know anything. Go back home to the states.¨ Now Christlike love was not my first reaction, but I thanked her for her time and we kept walking. Its in these moments where we are tested. But I know that if I see that little woman againI'm going to serve her and give her a big old hug. 

I love you guys and thank you for your support! 

Hermana Herrera 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pictures of Transfers and Sister's Conference







Hermana Hernandez and I at the bus station during transfers.  Next to her is Elder Cano, who I finally met.  His dad and my dad were companions twice in the Mexico City East mission and now we serve in the mission next to theirs.



My generation at Women's Conference






















Monday, April 17, 2017

Birthday wishes completed!

Hello all! 

Lets just say that all my birthday wishes came true! I loved every second of it. Thank you all for the birthday wishes as well!
  
Have you guys heard about the #Princeofpeace video that's on Mormon.org? It is absolutely beautiful and you guys need to check it out. During this time of the year, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He overcame death and lives for us today! It includes 8 principles that we can apply in our lives to have more peace. 

I think one of the most devastating and common things here in Mexico is that everyone knows about the death of Christ but they don't know or understand that He died personally for them. One of the most beautiful experiences I have here is when our investigators or anyone knows for themselves that Christ is their RedeemerDuring this time and every day we must let Christ in our lives so we can find that necessary peace. I love the scripture in Alma 14:31:

¨Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you." 

There is the promise, you will IMMEDIATELY feel that peace you are silently looking for. Trust in your Father and His son. They know what's best for you and know what you need. I have experienced this over and over in my life. I'm so glad that the Lord is patient and loving in all things. Also that He sacrificed for me so I can come on a mission and preach His word. 

Alberto got baptized on my birthday and the effects are immediate! He is so happy and willing to serve. He is currently helping us with an investigator that has a problem with alcohol as well. It is really cool because he is not ashamed to talk about his past. He´s eager to do so to show people the other side. I think that's how the Atonement works in our lives, that we see our mistakes but not with guilt but a progression. 

When I look back on hard experiences, I can always see the Lord´s hand in my life. It makes me feel so good. God is so good. So when you are feeling down or  distracted, reflect and express gratitude. You will always see His hand in your life. It is that peace that makes all the difference! 

I love you all!
 
Hermana Herrera 

p.s. Don't know why but I'm having major problems sending pictures. We are on a quest to find a new cyber! 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Las mañanitas and the miracle of hope

Hola familia y amigos!


This week was fantastic with lots of many miracles! As missionaries, we all have those days where it's just a little difficult to find new people to teach. It seems that the world is just a little too occupied to hear a message from Heavenly Father. These can also be the best times because that's when you really depend on the spirit to guide you to find those children of God! 

That's what happened to Hermana Galicia and I this week. One day we got to the point where we were absolutely exhausted climbing streets to our appointments which just couldn't squeeze in the time for us. So that's when you kind of humble yourself with the attitude to do what the Lord wants us to do that day (remember temperance, still learning). Anyways we were walking down the street and I took advantage of a opened door of a house. I poked my head in to find a single mom and her children. We introduced ourselves and the message we share. Her faced lit up and she was so excited to talk to us. After sharing a quick message we scheduled an appointment for this past Sunday. 

As we entered, she began to explain how long she has been waiting to talk to us. She´s had a very very hard life with an ex husband who just didn't agree with religion. Since she divorced her husband, she has felt that it's the time to have Christ more in her life. It is amazing because from far away, she could recognize that we are representatives of him! We are so excited to work with her and for her to have the blessings of the Gospel. As we left, I got all teary eyed and everything that the Lord has confidence in us to help his lost sheep and what a privilege it is. 

The mission is hard and there are struggles but I think 1 Peter 3:13-15 describes why it is worth it: 

¨And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.¨ 

You must never be discouraged because people need to hear of the hope that is inside you. My invitation is to pick up your chin and offer a prayer of gratitude for your trials. You may not see now what the Lord has in store for you later. Trust in His wisdom and keep sharing that hope! 

In other news, Alberto passed his interview and is scheduled to be baptized on my birthday! So excited for him and I'm still amazed with his progression. This week in our district meeting, I entered to a great birthday surprise! They had pizza and cake for the birthdays in April.. they sang las mañanitas and everything. It was super great. 20 seems really crazy but I'm still warming up to the idea. 

Love you all! 

Hermana Herrera