Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 25th Letter

Dear family and friends,
So I got the best news yesterday. We got to go to a fireside in the institute building that is right next to my first area: Las Brisas.  The fireside was about Historia Familiar (Family History) so basically the whole Las Brisas ward was there too. I got to see lots of my friends from there and chat with them. The Elder Uceda that is from the Area Presidency used to be in that ward. His son is now bishop there and his wife Bertha was one of my favorite people in that ward.  Although she has two young children, she always completed her role every member a missionary by coming with us to do visits or lessons every Sunday after church. So there was this less active old guy named Anibal that we always went to visit. He has diabetes and had to get lots of blood taken so he is very weak. He can’t walk because his legs are messed up and really skinny and he always has lots of pain. He would always cry and ask us what he did to deserve this punishment from God and so on…One time visiting him we told him if he had faith in the Lord, he would give him strength to get up and walk to church to be able to attend. Bertha told me that this month he came to church on his own. He came walking, by himself. He is active and strong in the church again!!! What a miracle that Lord has given us!!!!! When I heard it I couldn’t believe it and started crying because I was so happy. I know God works through us to bring to pass miracles. Its amazing. I’m so happy!!
It strengthened my testimony so much to know that all the work we did, every time we visited him-paid off. I know my Savior lives. I know God lives and works to help his children in these last days. That was my experience for this week.
Our ward mission leader is missing in action. No one has seen him for 2 weeks now. The bishopric went to his house and he never answered. We called him and texted him and he finally answered us and said through text he was sick. I have a feeling its something more than that but at least the bishop is aware and can help. I hope he will be ok.
We are doing good. Nidia got baptized last Saturday. We are shooting for 3 more baptisms by the end of May. We will see what happens. Something funny that happened this week was that we went to eat at a restaurant and had an ají challenge. Ají is chili pepper salsa and it’s really spicy. We took videos of it which I can’t send through email but a missionary from Ecuador doesn’t like ají so it was funny when her face turned red when she had to eat a spoonful of it and was panicking because she wanted water.
I’m truly grateful for the mission and how it is changing my life, and my heart.  My desires are changing too, and I know its for the better. I feel so happy to have it in my life. And to be able to share it with others. Sometimes I feel exhausted.  It’s true but I never lose sight of what I need to do to make me happy and others too. The Gospel truly makes us happy when we can live it. We are freed from sin and sorrow. We are happy and feel peace to know that the Lord is in charge of everything and that everything is going to be OK. We can truly rely on him and his Prophets. Their words will lead us to eternal life.
Heres a cool video of family history is spanish. It’s a song by David Archuleta:
Love,
Hanna
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May 18th Letter

Dear family and friends,

So yesterday we had a training meeting in the stake from the area authorities. Apparently no one knew about it so the only one who knew was the bishop and no one else showed up. We were disappointed but we will keep trying.
This week we had a baptism of Nidia. She is a single mom with a 14 year old son. She has a boyfriend who is a return missionary in our ward. She lives in another part of Lima (not our ward) but she wants to move here to Lince. She went to stake conference with us and heard President Borg speak. After the meeting we introduced her to him and she said she wanted to be baptized by him. It was a special baptism because he came.
Tomorrow is transfer day. It’s going to be my companion´s last 4 weeks of her mission. Ahhh!!! She is going to get trunky. At the end of June President and Hermana Borg are going home too. Everyone is sad. We all think the new president is going to be way strict but you never know.
Yesterday we went to a family´s house to eat lunch. They have a pitbull!!! His name is Sheldon and HE IS ADORABLE.. The family is obsessed with their dog just like we are obsessed with Teddy so the WHOLE time…I’m not kidding!, The whole time we were there we talked about dogs. I talked about my job and they told me about how everyone was afraid of their dog because of his breed. He was so obedient and calm. I loved him. It made me miss my job and Teddy. Awww.  So it was a good week.
Love,
Hanna

May 4th Letter

Dear Family and Friends,

Maria’s mom died this week. It affected the family a lot. We got to go to the service and it was depressing. Maria was really glad we were there and even though she was sad, we had taught her the Plan of Salvation this past week so she knew where her mom was. It’s challenging when the world tells you shes gone but the church tells you shes OK. I know everything is going to be OK. Can you pray for my companion’s mom this week? She is going to have an operation this week that is pretty big. We are worried.
I have come so far as a person and a disciple of Jesus Christ. I can’t believe it. I remember before my mission I wanted to go so I could be more spiritual. It’s so much more than that. The mission opens your eyes to the truthfullness of the gospel and how it is the very core of our existence. Its has strenghtened my relationship with the Saviour more than anything. I feel like I know him better and appreciate more his sacrifice and teachings. I can testify with power and certainty of the church, the restored gospel, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and so many other things that the world just brushes off as nonsense. It’s true. It’s all true!!! I love the mission. I have learned so much, and being here has taught me where to get answers to my deep questions and doubts. I have grown to LOVE the scriptures. I am reading the old testament, and reading the Book of Mormon every day and using its principles to teach people of the truth. Wow its amazing what the gospel brings us in this life.
Hey I don’t have time to write much but I’m doing good!
Love,
Hanna