Thursday, February 26, 2015


This is Lizeth! Born in El Salvador, raised in Canada and
dating a Mexican from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico! I love her very much. 
Hi everyone!

This is my other friend named PENELOPE!
She is so huge and so loving and I just love her!
Well, I don't have anything to say to foreshadow what I am about to say about the last week so I am just going to spit it out. Things have not been easy. I feel like there is truthfully something between my companion and I. I don't know how to explain it really. She is very hard and I mean that in a spiritual way. In these last weeks I have tried so very hard to help her. Truthfully I just don't feel like she ever opens up to anyone. I feel that she doesn't let anyone in and this is super hard for me because I love to just talk about whatever and get to know someone and all of that. Well she has told me stuff, that's true. I know about things but you can talk about things but it really doesn't mean that you have built a spiritual connection.She has expressed to me a few things about her past that are difficult to get over and I feel like YEA WE HAD A BREAKTHROUGH but then it goes back to normal. I feel like I personally have been putting a lot on my own shoulders. I take responsibility for everything. I have felt overweighted with STUFF. It's been stressful for me because I am thinking about a lot of things all of the time. the majority of the things that I think about are things that I have to think about and that's ok but I feel like I am the only one worrying about them. I have literally thought in these few weeks, "ok I can't handle anything else." Dramatic, pathetic, contrite, and hopeless. That's how I would describe these thoughts in the sense of how I felt towards them. When I thought these words they were accompanied by feelings of deperation and giving up. That statement that I ssaid to myself is 100% true. Why? Because can't handle it all by myself. I just can't. So this thought should have been accompanied by feelings of humility and dependence on the Lord.
Ok, I am going to Narnia....
To be honest, i think I learn more in my letters home to you guys because I have to sit myself down and put everything together. I am truthfully so small and weak, and that's ok if I recognize this and let it humble me. I am constantly asking God to help me throughout every single day and He has helped me. I couldn't have made it throughout this last year without Him. Many of you know that I was ready to throw in the town after the first weeks in the mission. But He has strengthened me. He has humbled me. He has loved me. He has made me an instument in His hands in many occasions. I am not worthy of these grand blessings because I am so inadequate and imperfect but that just shows the nature of our Heavenly Father. He will go through hoops and bounds to help us. He has saved me. 
We had a conference last week with the area 70 and
 I was able to see a few of the girls from my MTC district
 and Hermana Pirez and Hermana Johnson from my last ward!
The last few are of me and my comp and the other 
companionship in our ward and our district leader and 
is companion and more evidence of the weirdness of elders..

We have the great blessing to have the baptism of a 26 year old names Kristal this upcoming Saturday. We didn't find her but she has found us. She has been a wonderful blessing in our lives. She got to church after talking with missionaries on She found the gospel all on her own. She studies, reads, prays and repents without us asking. She is a very wonderful daughter of God and I feel privelaged to see her make her first covenant with the Lord.

I love you all so much. I pray that every single one of you with strengthen your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in this day so that you can be lead and changed by Him. He is mighty to save.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELDER HUNTER HUTCHENS!!! Enjoy your last birthday in Australia for a long time :) haha

Well last week we had transfers early. Usually they would have been today but we have a mission tour happening this week so our mission president did them early. I have gotten transferred.... But don't worry it wasn't the big of a transfer hha. As I mentioned, there were 3 companionships (6 sister missionaries) in this ward but since this transfer they pulled out a companionship and now there are only 2 companionships or 4 sister missionaries. They didn't make any big changes, all that were here stayed. The big change that happened is that we were moved to the other half of our ward boundaries. Sooo we are in a new area but in the same ward. We have all new investigators. We have a family of 3 women, a mother and her two daughters, another family with the same situation of three women, a girl of 26 years named Cristal who will be getting baptized te 28 of february, a older gentleman named Jesus who we are planning for the 7 or march and there a quite a few more. There is a lot of work in this area which I am really happy about BUT our new area is so much bigger than our last so we are trying to not get too lost. 

This last week was full of just a lot of patience because we didn't move into our new house until today. We were travelling a very long distance everyday. It was 30 minutes to get to our area. We have to take buses. However, we are finally all settled in so we will be working a ton....but still not this week haha. Because of our mission tour thing we will be spending two full days in meetings. Then stake conference in this weekend so we will be there a lot as well. It's quite interesting our next week but we will do all that we can.

I feel like this email sounds weird and I just want to make it clear that I think I am sick again. I have been having stomache problems again and I am not sure why. I have to start tomorrow morning not eating to see if I can calm my stomache down so we will see what happens. 

I am so sorry you guys but I haven't been taking as many pictures as I would like because it is a rule that we aren't allowed to carry our cameras around anymore. Our mission president doesn't want us to look like tourists or trouble makers with the circumstances of Mexico right now. We are only allowed to take them with us for special events. We are having a family home evening tonight with a family in our ward so I will be taking my camera to take a picture with their huge dog named Penelope... oh and the family too! hahaha

Love you guys so much! Miss you all!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

An end to the drought!!!!!

I had to do it :)
SHOUTOUTS!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my AWESOME and VERY YOUNG ;) Bishop Uncle Lynn! Thank you for being such and example to me and showing me the way to the gospel!! ALSO! Happy birthdayyyyyyy POPPA HUCTH BROTHER HUTCHENSSSS!! You too are so very youg and have so many years in front of you! I LOVE YOU BOTH!!!!
 So FINALLY! We saw an end to the three week drought that we had of not having any investigators at church... It was so freaking hard. I am not going to lie, it was so hard. A lot of trials came in this time. But last week we found a lady named Mari. She is incredible!! The day we contacted her I felt this crazy feeling that I already knew her! She has had an unreal amount of trials in her life but she desires with all that she has to do what the Lord wants of her. We go to see her every other day. She loves learning is so very smart! She reads a ton, does the additional study in the pamphlets we give her, and prays. She came to church and looked just like she belonged there. I just love being around her. She is so damaged for her life but also tries so very hard to be the person that God wants her to be.
This is what sleeping in the living room looks like... Last night we
tried to go to bed early because we had stayed up late for the
detector incident... but we couldn't sleep.... So for
20 minutes of the hour early we planned on sleeping
we took pictures instead :) ENJOY

I also completed ONE YEAR in the mission. In only 6 months I will be home. The time has gone by so fast but I just love it here. Sometimes I still can't believe it. I can't believe that I am living in Mexico, speaking Spanish every single day all day, and that I am a missionary. It's so wonderful!
We had a really funny experience Saturday night/ Sunday morning. Our gas/CO detector went off. It's a new thing that the mission has given us, these detectors... and it turns out that nobody knows what to do when it goes off. Haha so after about 2 hours of phone calls between us and our district leader and zone leaders... we ended up pulling out our matresses at 2 in the morning to the living room and sleeping in there for the next two nights. That is the consensus that we and the elders came up to. We are pretty sure the detector just malfunctioned but to be safe this is what we did. It was super awesome haha. 

Anyways, thank you all so much for the kind words that you gave me for the incident that happened. It is comforting to know that you all love me so much to take time to say these things to me. I am doing so much better. I have been studying a lot and learning so many things. I know that this gospel really is the key to the everylasting happiness that we all look and desire for.

I hope you all have a great week!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Broken hearts and contrite spirits

This email will probably be rather long. I am grateful that our mission president allows us 2 hours to write. I will have to admit that this was probably the hardest week for me in the mission. Harder than even the first month or so when I wanted to go home. I am not really sure how to start this email. On Tuesday afternoon, in a meeting that we had with other missionaries I was informed of a very tragic accident that happened in my last area. I was informed that the oldest son of a family that I worked with there killed himself on Sunday afternoon of last week. I knew that he was passing through some problems but the news still caught me off guard. I love this family so very much. The mother and her daughter accompanied us often. I had talked with him a few times about his mission experience. I could feel the pain in his eyes. As I was told this news, millions of feeling rushed through, around, and into me: saddness, guilt, regret, confusions, hope... There were two occasions in which I felt the impression that we should visit them more often, and not because I didn't want to but because the other requirements of missionary work eventually absorbed these feelings. I will be honest, I lost it. I felt very guilty. Later I came to a very clear understanding that there probably wasn't much that I could have done. I would have wanted to share experiences with him and talked to him about other things that maybe could have helped but I as a missionary certainly would have never been found one on one with a male in those kind of circumstances. I could go on and on about what I felt but it truthfully would distract from the things that I learned. I will tell you though, I truely feel that what happened to me in the time after knowing this information was a very humbling experience. I truthfully compare what I felt to what Alma felt when the angel came unto him.  

"Oh, thought I, that I could be banished and become extinct both soul and body, that I might not be brought to stand in the presence of my God, to be judged of my deeds."

I know that that sounds really dramatic but I had never in my life felt the way that I did. I realized that I knew nothing. My whole body hurt. I got a grip of myself. The mission president was aware of the situation and so his wife came to speak with me. She really helped me out. I still worked that day, I never took any rest days. BUT my body felt so very sore and weak for the next two days. I felt tired. And in the next week I was faced with a lot of challenging people and a lot of experiences that helped me learn. I tried writing down all the things that I had learned but I couldn't. I have been on a pondering spree. I pondered so many things this week. I studied so many different subjects. I wanted to understand so many things. I feel as if there are two things that I really learned this week and I would like to share them with you all.

1. How we choose to react to situations will either free us or bind us.

I will start with my reaction to the news that I recieved. Although it was necessary because it gave me a taste of something I had not tasted before, it also was very unnecessary. As we are fronted with "news" we have the choice to react or ponder. Reacting is a very dangerous thing. I will give two examples. With a boaconstrictor (I think that's how you spell it, but those huge snakes that squeeze their pray to death), for what I understand if the prey of the snake struggles when it finds itself in the grips of the snake, the snake begins to squeeze faster not allowing the animal to have a chance to escape. It's the same concept with quick sand. The more that you struggle in reaction to it or in desperation in the quicksand the quicker it pulls you down.

For the last 4 or 5 years I have found myself so very "bound" with anxiety. In one point of my life, I allowed my anxiety to bring me to a very dangerous situation. As I have grown in these years with it I realize the my anxiety is a purely spiritual problem primarily because I react instead of ponder then act. When a difficult situation enfronted me I reacted with frustration. God had given us the beautiful gift of free agency. This agency allows us to 100% choose in every single situation. He has given us this agency "to act for (ourselves) and NOT to be acted upon." (2 Nephi 2:26) If we allow ourselves to ponder with an prayer in hearts to the situations that we come to we ultmately will be more free. We will be ably to glory in this liberty that we have been given. If we simply react to situations we will be bound by the consequences of them and find ourselves in a very deep hole that we can not get out of ALONE.

2. Love is THE MOST POWERFUL source that is on this planet.

I would like to share the story of Lehi and his dream first with you guys. In a story in the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Lehi had a dream. In his dream he saw a tree that had fruit that was the most desireable and most delicious of all fruit. When he partook of the fruit it filled him with the most happiness he had ever felt. The tree was called the Tree of Life. Lehi told his children about this dream. Later on, one of his children, Nephi wants to know what the whole dream meant so he asks the Lord. This is what the angel that spoke to him said about the tree and what it represented:

 21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?

 22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.

 23 And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.

All of the problems in this world are caused by our misunderstanding or lack of love. Love is freely given without expecting anything back. I could have easily hid myself up in our apartment waiting for the pain to go away. As a missionary came up to me to see what was wrong I could have shunned her away but the only have found the happiness and peace that I looked for was by allowing others to help me through the process because in others, whether they are good or bad, is where we will find the love of God. The best cure for what I was going through that day was to go out and love and let people help me as well. We came to know a lot of people who are certain the the humanity is so awful and that God doesn't love them so why should they love others... and they are miserable. But they will never be able to taste of the love of God if they do not allow Him to love them through others. As I have suffered with anxiety the number one thing I would do in my attacks was shut everyone else out. We can literally feel the love of God as we let others in and love them despite their imprtfections. And I testify that I know the love of God. I have felt it in very small but powerful occasions. We do not find love in cars, money, our job, or anything else. We find love in the people that sell us that cars, that lend us money, that we work with in our job. We find love in loving others without expecting anything back. We find love and happiness when we allow others to enter our lives without jodgement. We find love in being humble and understanding that God put us here TOGETHER to love one another despite our differences. We find love when we understand others and put their needs before ours. AND WHEN WE FIND LOVE WE FIND THE MOST RIGHTEOUS HAPPINESS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.

I invite you all to ponder before you act and to love someone you never thought you could love. I love you all so much. I hope that this made sense. Everything is really good.