Milagros, Tacos, and Flat Tires

This week has been crazy! So many miracles and great experiences and I would need hours to tell you everything!! But we had one amazing experience in particular that I wanted to share. It strengthened my testimony so much that the Lord truly is in every detail. SO this monday we had a meeting in President Whitehead´s house. We had to get there by 9, and a member in the Elder´s ward works right my the mission home, so he said he could give us a ride. We usually go in bus, but this time we are able to get a ride. So he picked us 4 up, and we were driving down the freeway, when he hit a huge pothole and blew his tire. We had to pull over, and his wife came with a towdruck, and they drove us into the city, then called a taxi to take us to the mission home. It was quite an adventure. So we get into the taxi, and the taxi driver starts asking us where we were from and what we are doing here (all 4 of us are american..hahah). So we started to intoduce ourselves and explain that we are missionaries, and a little of what we do. After a little while, he got very serious, and told us that he felt something different when we got into the taxi, and that he could tell that we were truly happy. Then he starting sharing a lot of the struggles that he had gone through. He felt like his family had rejected him, and that he wanted to change, and he felt for some reason that we could help him. He said “For some reason, I trust you a lot.” So as we were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we were able to explain our message about repentance and the atonement. We talked to him about the plan of Salvation and each of us shared our testimoy about God´s love and his plan for each of us. The Spirit was so strong. When we finally arrived at the mission home, we gave him a pamphlet and took down his address to pass the reference. I hope he keeps listening! It was so interesting to see how the Lord crossed our paths so perfectly that day so that Miguel could hear the message God wanted him to hear.

I know thee lord is conscious of us and that He loves us. We are never alone. Many times he answers our prayers through those around us.

I love you all!
Here are some photos of some adventures of this week
Tacos al pastor (best. tacos. ever. Sorry Taco Bell.)
We found the lost sheep! 😉
“We spoken english! ” sign in front of a restaurant.DSC00592 (1)

Happiness

This week I have been thinking of happiness, and what really is happiness. Sometimes it´s easy to fall into the temptaion of thinking “I´ll be happy whennn…..(fill in the blank)” When I find a good job. When the semester ends. When it stops being so hot/cold outside. For missionaries: “When I learn the language. When transfers come. When I can teach perfectly…etc.” But really when we do that, we are really deciding never to be happy at all! There is always something to improve, some trial to overcome, but does not mean we can´t be happy. Being happy means understading that we came from the presence of a Father who loves us, that He has a purpose for us to grow and learn here on the earth, and that we have the divine potential to return to his presence, and live in z state of never-ending HAPPINESS! Our purpose is to have joy. Does that mean that hard things won´t happen? Of course not. But I know I am happiest when I can feel the Lord helping me through the hard things. They are vital to our happiness. One thing I have realized as I have read the New Testament, is that Christ´s life was not perfect, but He lived it perfectly. He had trials, hard times, temptations, heartbreaks, and suffering. He understands more than anyone else what it is like. Thanks to His perfect atonement, we can choose to be happy NOW. The atonement is the key to true happiness, and obedience is what makes us worthy to recieve these blessing and how we show our gratitude for that divine gift!

I love you all so much! We still have so much work to do here in Rama Aeropuerto, and I know these next six weeks will be full of miracles!!

“Depend on the Lord, enjoy every opportunity, and delight in the life you have” – Kristan M. Oaks

Love you!!

Hermana Ward

Feliz dia de los Reyes!

TODAY ES DIA DE LOS reyes! It`s like santa clause, they say that the 3 wise men come at night and leave presents. And last night all of the kids tied notes to balloons and “send them to the wise men” (They say that the 3 stars that make up Orian`s belt are the wisemen! )

We´re are doing well this week. We are working hard with a woman named monica–she is the girlfriend of a less-active who miraculously showed up at church the other day to bless her little one-year-old daughter! we have started teaching her, and she is great! The only set-back is that they are not married,  Sooo these two gilbert girls get to be wedding-planners too!! hahaha!  I am actually really excited. We have a goal to get them married by next week, so the pictures will be coming! We also have a sweet family that we are teaching, and our plan is to get them to CHURCH! All of the wife`s family is a member, and they accepted the baptismal invitation after learning about the plan of salvation. Isn`t it interesting how when we understand who WE, who GOD is, and God`s love for us, our view of our lives changes? I love the plan of salvation .

Yesterday we  had a great zone meeting, and we talked a lot about the talk “What lack I yet” from general conference. I love this talk! I love to know that a lot of the time God asks for small changes, and as He helps us correct our course, we see huge differences in our attitude and in our happiness. i LOVE YOU!!!

Hermana Ward

Ok, Now Christmas is Coming

Hi there!

This week has been real good! Sorry for not writing on monday!We had to go to a meeting at the mission home, and we didn´t get back in time to write.

This week has been great. We are looking for more families, and had the opportunity to listen to the wife of our mission president give a talk about the importance of charity and love. I loved it so much,Really our love for our father in heaven, for  is children,and for the savior is what really makes a difference in our lives. It´s easy to go through the motions,but when we act with a true desire to lift and inspire others,that is when our hearts are truly changed.During Christmas time, it is the perfect opportunity to help others feel the pure love of Christ. To do what he would do and treat others as he would treat them.

I LOVE YOU ALL!

Here are some picutres: baptism of Jazmin, and a dog that followed us forever!

Almost Christmas…

Oh man! It`s almost Christmas!! I am so very very happy!  It`s so funny, the people here have no idea what cold is. When it gets a little chilly, everyone in the street wears gloves, scarves, 2 jackets, boots, hats….and there we are with our skirts and our one sweater. hahaha.
So in our stake there is a sister who is from argentina,lived in the united states for many years, married a man from Utah, and now lives in mexico. Her house is a mix of all kinds of cultures! She called the relief society president in our branch to be able to have us and the elders eat at her house on thanksgiving! We had a real thanksgiving with turkey and pie and mashed potatoes! It was so sweet of her. We Americans were very happy:)
We are doing great. We have been teaching recently a young woman who has 22 years and is living with some members in our branch. She had recieved the lessons from the missionaries before, but said she did not feel ready. A few weeks ago, we felt like we needed to visit her and invote her to be baptized. So we had a FHE where we talked about the restoration, and as my companion shared the First Vision, we all closed our eyes. The Spirit was so strong. At the end, we invited Jazmin (the investigator) to be baptized, and she accepted! Yesterday she was baptized, and it was a really sweet experience. The family had gone out of town for the weekend, and came back to be able to be at her baptism. I love it! The elders in our zone also had a baptismal service in English! So that was crazy! It was funny to watch them try to remeber gospel vocabulary in English!
Just a quick thought! This month in the Ensign, there is a talk by elder Christofferson that taks about letting the basics of the gospel get rid of the fear of the future. He talks about how when we think of Christmas, we think of the birth of Chirst in relation to all of the great things He would do in the future. But often we forget to take time to appreciate the beauty of the moment of His birth. Of the quiet and noble sprit that must have filled the stable. Many times we think of the moments in our life with relation to what will happen in the future, but we have to take time to enjoy the temder mercies, the precious and refreshing moments of the assurance of God`s love.

I LOVE YOU ALL! HAPPY DECEMBER!

AND HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY, BABY JACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

HELLLLLLL….0 :)

Oh man! I am almost our of time, but just wanted to share a few things with you all!

1) Elder D. Todd Christofferson is coming to talk to my mission!!! August 29th! I may mor may not have sqealed in the ciber when I read the email from President Whitehead. I am so excited! We will get to listen to an apostle of the Lord!

2) The Mexico City Temple Open-House starts this week! We, as missionaries, are not permitted to go… but I am still so excited! We will get to watch the cultural celebratipon and the dedication in September! eeeee!!! I am hoping I will get the opportunity to enter before I leave Mexcio. It looks so beautiful!

3) I just wanted to share my testimony of the power of prayer. This week I have studied a lot about what it means to truly pray, and how we can develop a very personal relationship with our Father in Heaven when we take the time to truly talk to Him, to express our sincerest desires and speak to Him as if He were standing in front of us. I found a quote that I really enjoyed by James E. Talmage. He said “There must be a consciousness of real need for prayers, and a real trust in God to make prayer effective; and in mercy the Father sometimes delays the granting so that the asking may be more fervent.”  I also found this definition of prayer, which I also really liked, “Prayer is the act by which the willof the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the willof God, but to secure for ourselves and for others the blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional opn our asking for them” Prayer is truly how we show ourtrust in our Father in Heaven and in His divne plan for us. As we trun to Him, He is always willing to listen and to answer.

 

Love YOU ALL

In Da City

I am getting used to being in the city. It still feels a little strange at times using a doorbell rather than just yelling at the door…hahaha. My new companion is super sweet! She reminds me of a Disney princess and has a great love for the work and the people. I am in a ward now, so there are a lot more members to visit and to get to know, and a lot of them speak English! . We ate this week with our bishop´s wife. She is from Argentine, and has the cutest accent! People say I look like the bishop´s daughter because she has light skin, brown hair, and freckles! hehe.

I think the “theme” of this week has been the plan of salvation. We have been teaching the family of Sylvett and Abraham ,and the chose to be baptized Saturday. It was such a great experience because they really are the sweetest family. They have a little daughter named Paola (She likes to say, “Hermanita Pao”) and their son is 2 and is named Christopher. Christopher lovesssssss chocolate, so we always have to bring candy to our lessons and to church! haha. Anyways, they are just some of my very favorite people in the whole wide world. After their baptism, we asked Hermano Abraham how he felt, and he just looked at us and said, “I can´t explain it with words.” It was so  beautiful to listen to them plan what day they want to go to the temple and to see their faces just shine. Paola says she wants to be a missionary:) I know that our Father in Heaven truly has a plan for each of us. There is a saying that I love that says, “If only you could see yourself as I see you, then you would know of your infinite worth.”  As missionaries we have had the sacred opportunity to see these people with the eternal potential, and and to feel so strongly this love that our Father in Heaven has for his children. it is such a miraculous thing.  I don´t think that as humans we will ever understand the depth or divinity of God´s love for His children. But as we try to obtain a more eternal perspective we can see in ourselves and in others this divine potential. We can recognize the talents and the gifts God has given each one of His children, and we start to see others (and ourselves) as who they can be–who they truly are. I love that God´s plan is the plan of eternal progression, and that He has given us the guide (faith, repentance baptism, the Holy Ghost, and persevering to the end). This plan works! The Gospel is real! I have never been more sure of it! I know God lives and that we have a loving Savior who has made it possible for each one of us to become who we truly are!
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I love you all! Thank you for you love, support, and prayers! Be happy!

I have to go eat Panda Express now! (I love the city!! hahaha)

Love Love Love,

Hermana Ward