Wednesday, December 31, 2014



And please meet the baby Sofita! Today we washed our clothes and 
relaxed with a family here in the ward. The mom recently had little baby 
Sofie. I call her Sofita though! Before she was born I would talk to her 
and her mom started to tell me that she would always move A TON 
when I was talking. It was so special the first time I saw her. She is wonderful :)
Well this last week, Christmas week, was super weird and awesome haha. Here is Mexico they hardly celebrate Christmas. They celebrate more of Christmas Eve. Everyone goes to one house and eats dinner super late, like 8, 9, 10, 11...seriously. Then at 12 everyone hugs and they stay up really late talking and then on Christmas day everyone stays in there house and just sleeps. Also in Mexico they don't do anything like Santa Claus. They believe in Los Tres Reyes Magos which are the three wise man. This day in the 6 of January, that's when everyone gives their kids their presents. So anyway we are in vacations right now in Mexico so there is like literally no one here haha. It was super hard. We walked a lot cause a lot of appointments fell. On Christmas Eve we ate dinner with one of the families here. On Christmas morning I woke up sick again. I was throwing up, had um problems with my stomache, chills, sweats and an

awful headache. I spent basically the whole day in my bed. I left to talk to my parents at the church. The whole walk I threw up in front ov everyone. It was awesome haha. It was also super cold so that made me feel like home. When I finally just sat down and relaxed and started talking to my family I felt a little better but I was so tired afterwards. I have been pretty fine since. My body is really tired. Every morning when I wake up my whole body just hurts, I get a lot of headaches. I am not sure what's going on but I feel so blessed because the Lord has been strengthening me everyday. 
Cristian was baptized with his classmate who is part of our ward,
Henry. It was probably THE funniest thing I have ever seen.
 They are crack ups!
Saturday we had the baptism of Cristian, the coolest 8 year old ever. We have been working with the Garcia family. Thy are pretty new to this area and kind of less active. Cristian is the grandson of the grandma. We baptized Maria and Uriel about a month ago, Cristian is Uriel's cousin. We have been working really hard on activating them and helping them come unto Christ. They truly are so wonderful. This week we will be hosting the baptism of Roberta (10) and Frida (8). They came to us from another ward. Their parents work pretty much all of the time. The parents still are not ready to be baptized but they are supporting and encouraging their daughters to because they know that it will be the best for them. 

Thank you everyone for the Christmas and Birthday wishes. They truly meant so much to me. We have transfers next Monday so we will see what happens! I love you all so much and have a great, safe and happy new year! 

Con todo mi corazon Hermanaut

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...

I treated my comp to ice cream :)
It was excellent!
Ok, I am in Mexico so not really... but I do miss the snow. I never thought I would say it, but it{s the truth! I miss cold weather a little bit! 

This would be the family of Brother Kemish!
They threw a surprise party for me and
made some delicious flan!
My birthday cake :)
I really don't have a lot of big news for you guys. We are just trucking along. e have a baptism this week of an 8 year old named Cristian. He is super smart and super funny. We were talking about the Law of Chastity with him which is an awkward subject when it comes to kids but they need to know... So I first asked him if he had heard of the Law of Chastity before because his cousin and aunts and grandma are members. Well, sometimes he doesn't understand me because of my accent so he looked at me funny and then said "No, pero se que es la ley de hielo!" Which means, "No, but I know what the ic law is!" ....the ice law is basically when you and a big group of your friends ignore someone for a period of time. It was so funny. He's just awesome. His father is a recovering drug and alcohol addict. He invites his dad to pray with him every night and his dad is trying to give up coffee because he sat in with us when we taught the Word of Wisdom. 

The Family Lozada kids!
Two of the daughters of our second counselor.
On the left Yamilet Evolet and on the right Celeste Maelin
Well, uhhhh I am sick again ha. We found out that a sister in our ward has been serving us water from the tap which is a huge no no here. We realized that every time the four of us get sick it's after eating with her... We watched her a little more carefully the last time we ate with her and realized that she isn't using water from a gyraphone like everyone else does to make the drinks and cook.. I don't think she is doing it on purpose. There are people here who are used to using water from the tap. But we have been restricted from eating with her again. BUT she signed up to give u food for Christmas.... so we turned the tables round and said we would cook for her. I think she is actually grateful. She doesn't have much so while keeping ourselves healthy we are also doing a service for her. I feel blessed to be able to do this for her. We have had a lot of stomach problems so we are trying to get over them. I also hit my head super hard on a comi on my birthday. but harder than usual. Combis are like these little public buses that we use for transportation here. They are really small. And I often hit my head because i am so big compared to everyone else. But this time I hit it super hard and I think i might have a concussion haha.  My head has been hurting everyday since and I can sleep at about any moment. It feels like the other 4 concussions I have had. If it doesn't get better soon I think I will call the mission president's wife. :)

The last thing I just want to say is thank you to everyone for the Christmas an birthday wishes! My birthday, even though we were sick, was irritable!  A bunch on members and investigators called me. We ha three dinners. Two families that we are really close with threw me little surprise parties. It was honestly so beautiful. I felt so much love. I am still in awe in how much love was shown to me and I am so grateful for it!

Well That's all for this week! I am looking forward to talking to my family! But to everyone else, I love you all as well and I wish a very Merry Christmas to ech and every one of you! Your love, support, and prayers mean EVERYTHING to me!



I wanted to show you guys what I meant about our activity in the lat email that I sent!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thank You!!!!!

This week my trainer came back to the mission with one of my 
first and beloved investigators! it was so great to see them! 
She still has not been baptized because her husband refuses 
to marry her BUT she still goes to church with her children every 
Sunday and is super fiel. It was beautiful to see and here this!
Thank you guys so much! I have recieved so many birthday wishes and I am so grateful! It doesn't even feel like it's December, let alone my birthday or Christmas! Your love is so special to me and it truly helps me start off my weeks! Speaking of weeks, we are in the 4th week of this transfer!! WHICH IS LOCO! This transfer has gone by sooo fast! I can hardly believe that we only have 2 weeks left! I only have 5 transfers left! After this transfer I will only have 7 months left in the mission! It has gone by so fast but we still have SO MUCH work to do! 

Anyway, this last week was so excellent! We saw so many beautiful little miracles. I have said this so much recently but I truly feel like God just keep Blessing us! Every one of the people that we are teaching truly have the desire to come unto Christ and it is inspiring for me. They teach me more than I feel like I teach them! It is so beautiful to have the point of view that I have right now. I can truly see the way that Christ changes the lives of people. Last
I don't have shoes on because I let Bet-Sua 
use them. She only had tennies and it was 
just easier for her to use my flats... haha

Friday we held a really cool activity. It was a multi ward activity. We have 4 sister missionaries in our ward and 4 elders that are in the other ward that shares our building. The activity was incredible! We started out with some games then we went into one of the rooms and did a really cool Christmas devotional type thing. When everyone
came in there were 12 wrapped gifts on the stage. We showed about 5 videos and had little talks and musical numbers in between all of the videos. The last video that we showed was the video that I shared with you guys a
few weeks ago, the "He is the Gift" video. In Spanish it's "El es la Dadiva." (You can find it at The other missionaries asked me to give my testimony after the last video. I really had a hard time saying anything, and not because I couldn't say it in any Spanish but because i couldn't say what I felt in any language in my vocabulary. The spirit was so strong in the room. We had about 150 members and investigators there and you could hardly find anyone who didn't have tears in their eyes. I finally mustered up the courage to start talking. As I gave my testimony we turned around the 12 gift boxes and each box had a letter spelling out "El es la Dadiva." Everyone was shocked. To be honest, everything that led up to the starting of teh activity was just stressful. People didn't show up with the food, the tech guy didn't come so we didn't have any way to show the videos. He was 3 hours late. BUT God has His ways to teach us. He taught us patience, and trust. Everyone left that room more edified than when they had entered. It was truly excellent and so spiritual.

On saturday we had the baptism of Joselyn and Bet-Sua! They are the best! We have been working with these girls since I got here about 4 months ago. As I said it has been difficult because their mom takes them our of town or sends them out of town a lot BUT this week we were finally able to help them complete their desires to be baptized. It was a beautiful service! Very spiritual! Apparently the water was really cold because as the elder stepped into the baptismal font he was making all sorts of noises. The girls were freaking out about it so before he turned arund I told him in english to knock it off because he was scaring them so he did haha. He turned around right after I told him that and said come on in to Bet-Sua! Although he had a huge smile on you could totally tell he was faking it. It was pretty funny but the girls didn't even care! They were so excited to start their new lives in Christ! the service was super spiritual! Their mom who is super supportive but is really into her Christian church started to cry and told us that she knew that everything that we had taught her daughters was true. She is now a new investigator :) 

WE HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED! I feel so blessed to be here and to be experiencing so many things! I fell that my faith has grown and that I have been truly humbled, even though i still have a long way to go. God truly answers prayers. I feel comforted in knowing that the work I am doing isn't my own but His. I feel so happy and it's just great!

I love you guys so much and I hope you all have a great week!!
Also, I have been warned by many members the here in Mexico they SOAK people on their birthdays... we will see what happens! hahaha

Also, in the last package my dad sent me he sent me 
bazooka bubble gum for when I am in the house... 
This was the wrapper I got....
Don't worry, I haven't changed...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Let's be honest....

Me and my mission president and his wife!
I know I didn't write a lot of you guys back and this will be super short... It's not the lack of love but the lack of time. My BYU app is taking a bunch of tiiiime. But the week was great! We had a Christmas conference and I got a sweet shirt in the white elephant that we did! This week we are looking to the baptism of Joselin and Betsua, two beautiful girls that are like little sisters to me! Prayers that everything works out! Sometimes their mom makes them go out of town! 

I love you guys so much!
One of my good friends here Hermana Skinner from Utah!

Some elders that are in our zone. They are super funny! 

The only other person from Nevada! Elder Cook! but unfortunatelyis from Las Vegas! haha

Monday, December 8, 2014

Official.....Merry Christmas Time!!!!

We also helped a member decorate her
 tree outside! That sure was fun :) 
CHRISTMAS TIME!!! I can't believe it's actually Christmas time! I am so stoked. I definitely miss my family a little more that normal right now but it's also incredible because I don't feel that far from home. We have so many people here who want us to spend Christmas with us. On Christmas last year, we invited Elder Johnson and Elder Loveridge (now Brandon Loverdige haha) at my mom's house. They went bowling with us. They were a great presence to have that day. Although I don't think i will be going bowling I do know that I will enjoy my first and probably last Christmas in Mexico! 
This other dog is named Roy! He is crazy as well!
Yes, if you havent noticed, I am still in love with dogs haha

It was an excellent week for several reasons. We had an incredible miracle happen firstly! A mother, Maria, and her son, Angel were baptized on Saturday. We have been working with them for about four weeks. Maria wasn't sure about getting baptized because she truly understood the convenant that she would be making with God and didn't want to disappoint Him. We worked with her a lot, showing her who she could be if she would only put her faith in Christ, who could make her into a new person. Well, she did and on Tuesday afternoon she expressed to us that she was ready. The baptism itself kind of fell apart at the start. The ward leaders who needed to be there showed up later or didn't show up at all. The leader who had the overall for Maria showed up late and her whole family was there waiting. BUT thanks to the efforts of the other sister missionaries that share the ward with us and the elders who were going to baptize them that were there we were able to keep everyone busy until everyone who needed to be there was there. It was a beautiful baptismal ceremony. We sang Christmas songs before and after, and in the middle it was very spiritual. I just know that they have had such a true conversion to Christ. They truly desire to be the children that

God hopes that we will be. 

​Secondly, I found out that I am really am allergic to ants. I had a reaction one time to them and avoided them until Tuesday.... There were a ton in the house because we left the sugar out open... I tried to clean and had an allergic reaction haha. My eyes got big and swelled up. It was wonderful. I took allergy medicine that my comp had that night so I slept really well haha. Thirdly, a convert that we had about two months ago here, Julia, is just trucking along... She had an incredible testimony! She truly testifies that: "Christ changed me!" It's beautiful! Even at 65 years old she in accompanying us in lessons as well as the other sister missionaries, she is reading up to 40 pages in the Book of Mormon every day, AND yesterday she found us in the street talking with someone and openly shared her testimony with him and invited him to church with us.... without us asking her to! She here she is in this email as well as another with her crazy dog, Oaxaco! 
​I also got to cut my companions hair this week.. it was super fun! haha

But finally, what I would really like to invite every one of you to do is to visit the link below. And i would also like to testify of the gift that God gave us as we come into the Christmas time of year. As we get ready for the Christmas holiday, we find us focusing on the gifts that we plan to give. The truth of the matter is though, that about 2015 years ago we received the most important gift that has ever been given to us. Jesus Christ is the first and greatest example of God's love for us. This gift truly allows us to return to the presence of God and never leave it again. He is the gift. He is our pathway to finding true and everlasting happiness. Although the world waits for January 1 to be a new start and a new person, He offers this grand change in every moment of everyday. He is the most important thing that has happened to us. He changed the history of the world... we now even say Before Christ (BC) and After Christ (AC). As we find ourselves in the hardest times we can rely on Him to understand our pains and comforts us... not as the world comforts but as the Lord comfort. A comfort that is everlasting and divine. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Second Chances

Buenas tardes familia!

Well it's transfer day annnnnnd I am still in the same place with the same companion. So I will be here with this wonderful ward for my birthday, Christmas, and New Years. :)
This was our zone
This last week was very tough. We were trying to get back on our feet because of the week that I was sick. All of the times that my companion left without me she got pretty lost or was taking ways super long and losing appointments. We lost a lot of investigators last week. I am not really sure what to say right now t be honest. My relationship with my companion has been difficult. She is very forgetful to the point where we let down a lot of members and investigators because she forgot to tell me about something that she was asked to do or an appointment she had made when she was out working and I was in the house.  

Elders are really weird. That's all I want to say. 

The last six weeks have been full of this. In appointments she wouldn't be listening and so when she was asked to talk or the conversation went her way she didn't know what to say. And just other things. I have been praying for a lot of patience and asking that God would help me see her as he sees her but it has been outright hard. Finally, last week on Thursday the whole mission had to stay in their houses for the whole day because of a holiday here in Mexico and there were rumors of things that could happen. Thursdays we do a weekly panning session for the following week. We finished our prayer and we both knew we just needed to talk. So there were tears and whatnot. I expressed how I felt and so did she. We both just understood better how the other was feeling. We were fighting against a lot of pride. The both of us for specific reasons. For this we haven't had the unity that we ned in our companionship and haven't been able to do all the work that we desire. 

We realized that we had the same goal but were trying to do it in two different ways. What it all really comes down to is that we knew one of two things were going to happen. 1. we were going to have transfers and we were going to have to learn from the experience so that it doesn't happen again with another companion, or 2. God was going to give us another chance to work together, in unity and in love so that we can help His children come to know Him better. I am so grateful that we got a second chance. Since we have talked things have been better. Although, on paper, the last 2 weeks of this last transfer didn't seem like success, they were really full of miracles, 
This is Elder Leija. He died today. (He went home.)
I am just saying. This is the weirdest and most uncomfortable
mission tradition. When and elder dies, we cut up his tie.
I don't want to know what the sisters do and thus far I
have not followed the traditions of the sisters that
I have been told about because they are so weird.
And the only reason I do this one is because if I don't they
start yelling at me in Spanish and I don't like it. 
It truly was a miracle that we were able to talk the way that we did and come to a mutual understanding. We have the same goal and we are looking forward to reaching that goal together, in unity and in love. Sometimes we are stuck with someone in the mission who, normally outside of the mission, if we didn't get along with them really well we wouldn't have to be near them. But this is the mission and it is one big learning experience. And I am grateful because I am learning to love people who maybe in normal life I would have just ignored because it wasn't a requirement to be with them. I surely pray that God will strengthen me in this so that after the mission I can see my brothers and sisters in this world as God sees them and that I will work everyday to not just ignore them but find the goodness in them and help them feel the love of God more fully in their lives. 

These would be the sweet scripture cases that I got.... yea.
You can be jealous! They also have scriptures on the inside...
and the scriptures are in Spanish, because I know Spanish... hahaha
We did have a lot of great things happen this week.... great things that unfortunately aren't written on paper and sent to our mission president. But the best thing is that this isn't our work or the mission president's work, it's the Lord's work and I can feel in my heart that He is so very happy that the Hermana Ruiz and I have been able to work out our differences so that we may glorify Him every day in HIS work. And I am even more grateful for second chances. And it helps me remember as well, the second chances aren't something new. Christ gave us all a second chance when He suffered and died for us. He teaches us that as we repent of our sins and mistakes, we can be washed clean by His blood, that we can start new and fresh. He loves us so much, and everthing that we experience here is for our benefit in one way or other.
Love you guys so much!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Typhoid and Stake Conference Talks

Well, I blew that cat out of the bag but sadly it is true, I have typhoid.. yay. haha More than a week ago, on Friday the 7th of November I woke up in the middle of the night like at 1:30 and was freezing cold and had the worst desires to vomit. I went to the bathroom thinking that I was going to vomit but I didn't so I tried to make myself vomit BECAUSE I would rather sit and vomit than feel like I am going to. It's like my biggest pet peeve when I feel like I am going to vomit but it never comes up... ok enough about that haha but yea. I didn't so I went back to bed and woke up Friday morning with so much pain in my whole body. Every muscle was hurting but it felt like it was almost in my bones. I had been hot and cold all night so I checked my temp and I never had more than 37.8 Celsius which is like 100 degrees F. So the instructions we have only say to stay in in we have more than 38 C.... So I took some stuff called paracetamol and left to work haha. I was taking this every 6 hours to help with the minor fever and body aches. It really didn't help haha. 

I felt so incredibly awful We went to a meeting where our ward mission leader told me "wow you look awful, and pale. what happened?" I didn't know I was pale until then haha. Saturday was the same and it was rainy and cold at night time but we had the baptism so I just did everything I could to get through it. (That included a lot of makeup so I didn't look so pale haha) and it wasn't that hard because I was just so happy for Rosie! Sunday it got worse though and we ended up going home an hour early. On Monday we did nothing so that I could rest. I basically slept that whole day. When we got up to write you guys I was feeling better but when we did this I also had to start getting ready to leave and work and whatnot and I started feel super bad and lightheaded and body achy again so I finally called the mission president's wife. She got mad because she said I should have stayed in on Friday if I knew I had the flu so we didn't leave to work Monday. On Tuesday we had a zone conference in the morning with all of the other missionaries in this area so we went and it was awful. I felt really bad so after we went and ate and then we went home. Wednesday we tried to leave, we went to one appointment that was super successful buttttt I felt awful again and so we went to a member's house who lived by. I stayed with the members there and my comp left to work. 

I was suffering from the same stuff this whole time. But it would be weird because sometimes my upper body would hurt more than my lower and later my lower body and it just switched off and on like that. Finally the members made me call the mission president's wife again. (I found out this week that I am really stubborn and don't like to stay in the house.) She sent us to the hospital and it came positive for Typhoid. Yes, I got the vaccine. No, I do not know why I paid 50 bucks for it if it wasn't going to work at all haha. I was advised to stay in the house for another 2 days. So Thursday and Friday of this last week I was in the house the whole day. Some members stayed with me so that I could rest and my comp worked but we found out that she still has not gotten used to the area because she got lost and couldn't find streets and lost a lot of time and a lot of appointments. When she came home on Thursday night she also informed me that the stake president called her and told her that I was "invited" to give a talk in stake conference on Saturday night. Sooo I spent most of my day Friday preparing that talk. 

We left Saturday but I still felt pretty bad but I woke up yesterday and felt a lot better. I woke up today sore again in my body and I am still have a lot of headaches but on the way up right?! I am taking my medicine and all sooo yea. So I spent a lot of time last week in the house. It was really boring but I read a lot and I hope to never ever get sick again. I know it sounds like my "symptoms" are really up and down but that's what they told me that happens. It's just wonderful haha. 

On the other hand, we have transfers next Monday so we will see what will happen. Things have been crazy here with all that is going on. We have about 200 missionaries and about 175 of them are now all in one state instead of two. We are just pushing along though! But since it's the last monday of this transfer we have to clean our house really good and send in pictures. Well, turns out that Kim isn't really sure of how to use soap in powder form to clean the floors here in Mexico. But that's ok, it was funny and we got a great picture out of it!

Sorry that this email isn't so full of spiritual experiences but the most spiritual experiences I had this last week were in my dreams haha.

I love you guys so much! Thank you for everythingggg!!
Also, today marks 8 full months that I have been living in Mexico! SAY WHAAAAAT?!
Oh yea, and I cut my hair today.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

We Stand for Game Point

I HAVE TO GIVE THE BIGGEST SHOUTOUT EVER TO MY FAVORITE VOLLEYBALL TEAM EVER!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ISU VOLLEYBALL TEAM FOR BEING THE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS!!!!! I am soooo stoked for you girls, you have worked SO SO SO hard for a long time to earn this! You girls ARE THE BEST! Now get that W as CONFERENCE CHAMPS AGAINNNNN!!! AND THEN KICK BUM IN NCAA PLAYOFFS AND JUST DO ITTTT!  I was totally already repping you girls today as you will see in the picture that I will upload! AND JUST USE THE FIREEEE (hahahahahahaha I know some of you might not get that last part but it's embarrassing and I am not willing to share about it haha) SO YEA :)   Wow, that's a big shout out but well deserved! I love my Bengal girls!

 Anyway haha we also had a "big win" here in Mexico. I shared with you guys about one of our investigators Rosie, a 17 year old girl who is a rock star. Well as a review, Rosie is a rock star haha. Since the say we started teaching her she has been strengthening her relationship with God with full force. Her parents are divorced and when it came time for her to get baptized she had permission from here dad (who was willing to sign the baptism form) but not here mom. As we talked to her she made it very clear to us that she knew that this Gospel was real. She had the desire to make her first covenant with God through baptism but was afraid of her mom. Her mom said that she could do whatever she wanted but did not support it and would not sign the form. She waited for three more weeks. She even told us that she knew that she was avoiding an answer from God. We were never upset but we just tried to help her understand that it is important that we do what God asks us to do despite the adversity that may come. We fasted with her. then she again fasted on fast Sunday and gave a very large and beautiful testimony. She had two interviews with two different elders and both of them came out had been crying for the spiritual experience that she had with her. She has expressed to us the spiritual experiences that she is having through her scripture study in the Book of Mormon. The majority of these experiences are experiences that I am currently having in the mission. She is just a super star. Well in our weekly planning about a week and a half ago we knelt down to

pray in what we could do to help her to do the right thing in the sight of God. We cam up with a kind of "PS I love you" idea. For about 8 days leading up to a potential baptismal date we and other elders and sisters in our district chose our favorite scriptures about courage and choosing to do what God asks and things like that from the Book of Mormon and the Bible. We were given such excellent scriptures. The instructions were that she would read the envelops of scriptures that corresponded with these specific days every day and pray in regards to them and for the
 faith and courage to the right thing. As these days went on Rosie's testimony grew and grew. Finally, Saturday night, she came to church ready to be baptized. It was incredibly spiritual and in the end she gave her testimony.

Also, something so great happened yesterday. There are a few very difficult things that are going on in our ward. We are very close to the family of the second counselor in our ward. He is basically our bishop right now because we don't have a bishop and because our first counselor's wife is pregnant is basically never around. He expressed to me in about my third week here that he has not fasted truly since his mission, almost 10 years ago. Since I heard this I began to uhhhh kindly force him strengthen himself to do it. Finally, this last fast Sunday he did it and gave a very strong testimony. Yesterday he expressed to me his gratefulness for the work we have been doing in this ward and to me specifically for the way that I worked with him in every chance that I had to get him to fast. For the things that have been going on in our ward, the fasts he has been able to do have
been a huge source of strength for him. He expressed to us that we have truly brought converts to Christ into our ward, 5 very strong people and lovers of the word of Christ. I teared up because I felt very humbled. I have felt very guided in my time here in this ward. I feel like I have been tried in so many different ways since I have come here and that because I have tried to stay as true to Him as possible, He has blessed us with people who really are converted to Him. These people, the missionaries, the members, the investigators, have been the biggest blessings in my life. I am constantly humbled and inspired by their desires to be more Christ like and to understand this gospel. They are even leaving to go out visiting people with us and are an extra special spirit in our lessons. 

I am so grateful to be here. I am grateful to know the people that I know and to have had so many difficult but rewarding experiences. There is no other better work in this world that the work of helping people to come unto Christ.

I love you all so much, thank you for everything.