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 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 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Thoughts of a 9 month missionary


Wow, I cant believe that I'm 9 months into my mission. It's true what they say, ¨The days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days.¨

I decided that I would write down 9 things that I have learned living here in Mexico:

1. When you arrive in a new area, always ask the members where the non-dog taco stands are
2. If people forget your name and go with the ever close second Hermana Trump just go with it
3. When a dog bites your companion, try to find the biggest rock to scare it away
4. A combi (van) will never stop completely, therefore call on your inner 8th grade hurdling experience and sit as fast as you can
5. Never EVER deny second helpings at meals
6. The best washing is hand washing everything
7. Arroz con leche popsicles have my heart
8. When climbing up tall hills for lessons, think SI SE PUEDE
9. Love the people with the same love that you have for the Lord

I think one of the most impacting and wonderful experiences I have on my mission is seeing true Christlike love between members, non members and less actives. For example, we have an investigator named Jose Lopez. He has been living on his own since he was 14. He earns about 25 pesos everyday which is a little more than a dollar. Before we met him, he didn't know who Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ were. A month later, he goes to church with us on a regular basis. He also has a great relationship with the members and is preparing to be baptized at the end of April.  We passed by for him to head to conference and then we stopped at a member's house.  Hermana Juanita ( the sweetest lady that you will ever meet) greeted Jose with a huge smile and said ¨Jose it's so great to see you! We are so happy that you are coming to church with us! I ironed a White shirt for you inside." 

I will never forget the smile of Jose when he walked down the stairs with his new White shirt. This meant everything to someone who is trying to change his life and has never owned a White shirt before. THIS IS CHARITY, THE PURE LOVE OF CHRIST. As missionaries and members of the church, we need to strive to have charity all the days of our lives because charity never faileth. How grateful I am that we have a perfect example, our Savior Jesus Christ to help us to do what is right. This is the number one thing I have learned most about here on my mission and wow... I'm super grateful that I still have 9 months left to learn a little bit more!

Love you all,

Hermana Herrera