Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 26th Letters

Dear family and friends,

This week was interesting. I am definitely being stretched more than I ever have been in my whole life. But…I kind of like it. We are teaching a lot of people. We are preparing for 3 baptisms in February! I want to make sure these 3 people have the best understanding of the Gospel and the love our Savior has for them.
Yesterday we met a man who had come to the chapel looking for us the other night but unfortunately we weren’t there. We met him and got to teach the Plan of Salvation. He has had a messed up life full of drugs and bad decisions. He told us he wants to leave it all behind and change his life. We told him that God loves him and Jesus Christ understands what he’s going through. He said he wanted to believe what we said. We are so excited to teach him and help him make all the changes so he can be happy. He said the closing prayer and prayed humbly to know if what we said was true and to give him the strength to do God’s will. We were all in tears by the end, even my companion who didn’t understand what he was saying. It was so beautiful.  We are going to visit him this week and he agreed to come to a family home evening that we are having with some members. I’m so excited!!!!
It’s hard to describe how I feel, but I can say I’ve been the happiest I have in my whole life. The power of the Atonement and Gospel of Jesus Christ is greater than any trial or worldly thing. I can feel its power through the Spirit each time I testify to someone about the love our Savior has for us. It’s a spiritual high that never ends if we are obedient and respond to the calls and prompting of the Spirit. I know this Church is true and that we can see its miracles everyday of our lives. I live for moments and opportunities like this. Since the beginning of my mission I have yearned for the opportunity to meet and help someone change their life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am SO excited. The Spirit that you feel in these moments can never be forgotten.
Love,
Hanna

January 12th Letter

Dear friends and family,

I have news for you… I´m training a brand new missionary!  My week was interesting, very busy. My new companion is Hermana Hunter from California. She is white and blond and excited to learn and be a missionary. She is 22 years old. She is great and is very animated to learn Spanish and how to be a new missionary. She speaks little Spanish.  I have to help her when she doesn’t understand. It’s hard being the senior missionary. I didn’t feel capable or prepared but the Lord made me rise to the occasion. I am learning so much and trying my best to teach my companion how to be a great missionary. But I’m happy to be with her. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do I know the Lord put her in my path for very specific reasons, so I will not doubt his decision. My voice was rough this week from talking so much.  I am learning to be more patient with her and be more humble. And more obedient too. I have to be an example of everything I do and say and in a way it should always be like that. We shouldn’t have to be more obedient just because we train a new missionary. We are doing the Lord’s work and He expects that of everyone of us. It’s amazing to be able to serve the people all day everyday. You have a special spirit with you. It’s like the Holy Ghost is always with me but is twice as strong. It’s a privilege and I am grateful to be in the Church and help others know Jesus Christ.

I know Heavenly Father is with me and loves me and has given me this opportunity to be here. I’m so grateful for the gospel. It is changing my life, changing me. I am becoming more like Christ in all of my attributes. I love being here even though it’s hard. I know the hand of the Lord is in my life and is helping me grow. I have very helpful leaders in the church and my zone leaders and district leader are awesome and always there to help. I love the Gospel. I was reading in 2 Nephi 31:21 the other day and it hit me-all the things that God does, He does for us to reach the goal of eternal life. It’s amazing to think that He loves us that much, but I know He does. If we do our part here, He will show us the blessings greater than we could ever imagine.
Love,
Hanna

January 5th Letter

Dear family and friends,
This week I was sick for 2 days but now I am better. I miss you when I get sick but my sweet companion is always here to help me. She tells me funny stories and talks about her family.
New Years was fun. The 31st we had Pday because its pointless to proselyte when everyone is drinking or preparing the dinner or is with family. Haha. We played soccer and volleyball and ate a huge dinner with the elders who we share a ward with and our pentionista´s family at about 11 pm. She prepared turkey, pig, and chicken, hot chocolate, apricot punch, apple sauce, mashed potatoes, noel rice, etc…. it was no less than AMAZING. Then we put on our yellow 2015 glasses and leis and went outside to watch the crazy fireworks. It was fun and we ate 12 grapes for the 12 months too. On new years day we watched the movie Frozen as a zone in Spanish. Haha it was funny to see the Elders cracking up from the kids movie. Then we all went out to eat at Papa John´s which is rare because its more expensive It was great. I had a good time!
Its been more and more enlightning to me the things I took for granted at home that no here are different or simply aren’t here. I’m eternally grateful for the Gospel, that I grew up knowing it and living it. There is nothing more precious that growing up in the Gospel and learning from a young age to live the commandments and see the blessings in your own family. Something me and Hna Antonio started this week is Insanity videos to exercise. I’m hurting and sore but exciting that I actually like the videos.
Have a great week.
Love,
Hanna