Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 30th Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was normal. We started using a card they gave us in the mission for the Work of Salvation. It’s for members to help encourage them to share the Gospel with others. It’s been fun. It’s hard for us to focus of visiting members when the less actives and investigators and recent converts need our attention. But the mission has commanded us to have them participate. Even to someone you don´t know, you can make a difference by talking to them. Today on the bus I was sitting next to a man and at first I had no desire to talk to him. I was tired from the day and wanted to think. But I felt guilty as my duty as a missionary to open my mouth to everyone. But the one who started the conversation wasn’t me. It was HIM. He started to talk to me in English, thinking that I couldn’t speak Spanish. We started talking and he told me he was waiting for missionaries to call him to organize a visit to his house to teach him but no one had called him. Wow. I couldn’t believe it. We got his info and are going to send the reference today so they can go to his house. It’s amazing how the Lord shows us that He is in our lives. He is the one that gives us the strength to continue.

We had interviews with the president this week. He told me we were going to get transfers this week for sure. He was probably going to close our sector. There are lots of sister missionaries going home this transfer and there aren’t enough of us to fill all the sectors. So looks like my sector will be taken over by the other hermanas in our ward. I’m scared because we have investigators that are progressing and recent converts and less actives that need our attention like 4 times a week!  They won’t get that if we leave….It worries me but I know Pres. Borg is inspired by God to do these things.

We had 2 less active ladies reactivated these past 2 weeks. They are awesome. One is a single mom and now has a calling in relief society. The other is an older lady with diabetes and other health problems so she really can’t go to church a lot. She was a temple worker but when her health went bad her recommend expired. This week she had her interview with the stake president and got it renewed. Even though the temple here is closed until May, she expressed her firm desire to have a good recommend at all times. She is a great example to everyone. We invited both ladies to share the gospel this week with friends and family.

Hope you have a great week!

Love,
Hanna

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March 23rd Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

My spiritual experience for this week has been something going on for awhile but I haven’t really felt it as strong as now. We have a less active family that is really struggling. We did a fast with her to help out their family. I have been thinking about them lots and about how people just willing tell us their problems because we are missionaries and they always trust us with private information. I thought about how I share the weight and load of their problems everyday (just when I think about them or pray for them or cry for them). It’s just like the Savior did for us and still does everyday. He took upon Him everything, EVERYTHING that has ever happened to us, The things we’ve felt. I feel that. I know its a billionth of what He suffered but I have more appreciation for what He did for us, now as a missionary.

The most awesome thing I saw was the view from the top of a mountain. You could see the shantytowns of Chorillos and then to beach of Larcomar and all the rich peoples houses. It was beautiful. This week we reactivate an hermana! Her name is Carmen and has a calling now. She has been sharing the Gospel with her coworkers and wants to go to institute. She is cool.

Our bishop wants to move to Utah. I really want him to because his son is special and needs a school with special attention and I want you to meet him! We will see. I think next week I will either get a change or my companion will. I’m scared!

Love,

Hanna

March 16th Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

I feel like some prayers of mine have been answered this week. My companion and I are doing better. We are talking more and she is letting me know when she’s bothered by something in general or something I do. It really helps! Our relationship is going to improve I’m sure of it.
Our investigators are doing OK but not progressing very much. One came to church yesterday, that’s good! I know the Lord will help us. We are working with a less active family who is passing through lots of trials right now. They aren’t in a very stable situation and have 3 young kids so it’s been hard. Their families are losing sight of what it means to live the Gospel and are straying a little bit. We are going to fast with them. Usually from what I have seen in the mission when people struggle and don’t know any other thing that they can do fasting is always the answer and patience. It works! We usually fast twice every month. ha ha
Our bishop is in the United States right now visiting his family and looking for a place to live in Utah. He really wants to move there. It would be soooo awesome if his family did move to Utah. Then we could visit them!
Yesterday in the evening we were walking with a member and I felt something rub against my leg. It was a puppy that had been abandoned! AHHHHHHHHHH So for the next hour we looked for a home for the poor thing. I still love dogs. I was missing teddy a lot.
Have a great week. Women here use lots of big but neutral colored clips to put their hair in a bun or up do. They are really simple and fashionable. You look at a lady and think she is 40 years old but she is really 65 years old. It’s amazing. The people here are thinner and younger looking.
Love,
Hanna

March 9th Letter

This week my companion got sick. Her body isn’t used to the food here so she got a virus. We are taking it easy today because she has to recuperate her strength.  Renzo works on Sundays but at least he has a good job! We have to wait until he can come to church before he gets baptized. Another investigator we are working with is Cesar Cabezas. He is 37 and lives with his parents. His mom has Parkinson disease and his dad is not doing so well. He has little time to meet with us but is really excited about the Gospel! He is going to get baptized soon I hope. He was so prepared from the beginning.

Love,

Hanna

March 2nd Letter

I’m still in the same ward, just in a different zone now. Our ward is doing good. We did service this week with a less active family that has 3 mentally special people  and have very little means to support themselves. We deep cleaned and painted a room and 2 bathrooms in their house and a bunch of the ward came to help us. I think one of my favorite parts of being a missionary is service projects. When you help someone you feel so clean a useful and you love them. I love my ward and never want to be transfered!
We had stake conference this week and our mission president went and 2 members of the seventy. The messages they all shared were centered in the family and living the Gospel in your home so your kids learn from example how to have a testimony and be able to share it. They shared quotes from the Proclamation for the Family too and it was awesome. I know that the most important work we do is within the home. Its important we learn to share our testimonies with our family.
Love,
Hanna