Christmas and New Years!

Family!

Wow! This week has been sooooo fun and awesome..partially because I was able to facetime and talk and have a blast! That was so fun to see everyone and see that you all are alive and actually exist and I don’t make you guys up  like I feel that I do.
So guess what….Its transfers….annnnd….We got a phone call on friday saying  Hermana Andersen is training again…which means that either we are going to be a 3 pack or one of us is getting transferred! I cant tell you how crazy this weekend has been because of it. But, we have both been praying and trying to figure this out and we both feel like we are staying here and will be a 3 pack…aye…
So I want to thank everyone for the packages, the cards, the letters! I have LOVED them and I wish I had time to write letters but I havent had a day yet, ooops…the work calls.
This week has a special week for me because I have been trying to be better in many ways, I have been trying to push myself in the language and pushing myself to be more hardcore bascially. This weekend I saw growth in myself and growth in the gospel and I know that its only because of my Heavenly Father and his help. My ability to speak the language is continuing to skyrocket and the ability to understand is also. I remember not being able to understand a lick of spanish and now its awesome to see that completely change. Anything is possible with the Lord on your side.
Also…my favorite day of week this week was Saturday…because we went on exchanges with the other spanish sisters in Everett and it was so fun! we are in Lynnwood and I stayed here and Hermana Andersen went to Everett with Hermana Pellegrini ( who is related to Tony Pellegrini In Cedar- He is her uncle!)
Hermana Wahlstrom came with me and I drove for the first time in 3 months and I thought we were going to die hahah.
But we had the funnest day!
First- everyone here thinks that I am an indian from India so they try to speak to me in their native tounge…so we got attacked by like 7 indians trying to convert us pentacostle…then we had missionaried by a missionary for Buddahism…them we met this creepy old man who believes that jesus is the “energy of the earth” and then we were walking away and this man rolls down his window and turns out he is a senior missionary and was like “Hey sisters! want a 25lb turkey?!” I was like….”wait are you serious?” So we now have a 25lb turkey.. THEN…we met these 16 year old boys up to no good and I gave a pass along card and one of the boys was like “I could probably paint this..” It was a pictures of christ with the lamanites and I was like “great…you paint it…call us, and we’ll teach about what you just painted” haha who knows if that will actually happen. Then I met a man who belongs to group called the Rainy City Heros…and him and his friends dress up as “non threating” super heros and walk the streets and intervine in crime…
I have had such the week hahah
I have never been so happy and had so many trials but been so happy! I am convinced that EVERYBODY needs to go on a mission because its where the real life is at!
I have been stuyding alot and I have been learning more and more about who God is. I hope that one day everytime I contact someone I can bring them closer to God. Because the more you learn about God and the plan he has for all of us…the more I want everyone to have it! Its so precious and speical and sometime I wanna shake people because they dont know what it is. But one day I know we can all have it. I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve. I LOVE IT!
untill next week…
Love Hma L!

Regocijad! Jesus Nacio!

Hola Familia!

FELIZ NAVIDAD!

Can you believe that it is almost Christmas and also, how the heck is it monday again! I need time to slow down! hahah I feel like time is flying by and I have so much work to get done and people to see and teach and there just isn’t enough time!
This week has for sure been a week of trial, but a week of great joy. we have 2 people date for January!
Claudia is on for Jan 10
Diana is on for Jan 11
The Lord has prepared people all around! It boggles my mind that he is just giving us people left and right it is crazy!!
So I dont remember if I talked about Maria and Marco last time? We met them tracting and I can to a door and had a feeling to knock it and wow are they prepared or what.
at the moment they are studying with 5 different religions! And when we were teaching the first vision de Jose Smith it was SO powerful and Maria was crying and she was like I KNOW WHICH ONE IS TRUE! everytime we speak and testify she cries and its so powerful!
Then…..we have the biggest trial yet….the dear sweet son of God…Edgar.
We met him because We knocked the wrong door but he was open so we taught him but he has a complicated history.
He grew up in a gang, is the head over the seattle portion of his gang, has killed people, he calls the shots, he does the drugs and collects the money hes pretty hardcore.
He was recently “saved” by the baptist church but is still looking for truth. But he is super discrepectful when It comes to mission rules and our doctrine. So we dropped him last night, but then we decided we are handing him off to the elders this friday so YAYA! but I have never had the hardest time teaching the gospel and keeping the spirit. I love the lord.
He invtied us to a baptist sermon and we went. And they were totally trying to “fellowship” us hahaha. So funny. But naw sorry….
But another great experience and time to really strengthen my testimony about the church. He told us we were just crazy people and that he doesnt think alot of people could believe out message.
I guess he just isnt ready.
Through thick and thin I love this gospel and I am SO grateful to have the knowledge of the gospel.
I am sorry this email is short, but LOVE YOU ALL!
Hna L 🙂

PDay!!!!

Hello my dear sweet loving beloved family,

Hi. what are you guys going and do you still remember me?
Hahah just kidding. I know you do because I still remember YOU!
So this week went by faster than last week…HOW! I want my weeks back!
This week was full of miracles and love and the hand of god in everything!
P.S. guess what is exciting…9 days till I call!
Everyone says that calling home is like a first date and you get super nervous hahah!
I dont know where to start but let me give you the miracles of the week kk. So we had the BEST lesson with Claudia! We finally formally got her on date for the 11 of January! MY FIRST BAPTISM!
We finished the restauracion and then the next lesson we started the plan de salvacion but she wouldnt let us leave until we taught the WHOLE lesso nbecause she was so amazed so that lesson was long but then after she was like wow…We had taught her about the priesthood and she asked for a blessing. On sunday (yesterday) she came to church (YAY) and  it was the best day ever!
We had 3 baptisms on saturday night and so in sacrament meeting we had 3 confirmations and the spirit was SO strong. I started to cry and so did my comp and even Claudia. The prayers of the gift of the holy ghost was so strong and powerful. Even the sacrament was strong. This was Hermana Jaramillos last sunday, she goes home on Tuesday! tomorrow! So we sister missionaries had prepared a special song…we sang my song Savior Reedemer and called to serve. We sang it in spaniish and The spirit was so strong…maybe because we are missionaries I dunno but Hma. Jaramillo started crying and everyone in the audiance was and even bishop. Such a blessed special opportunity. Then after church we went with the elders and Claudia recived her blessing…she was crying before they put their hands on her head, then after she was like thank you…thank you. then she came back and sat iwth us and was like…wow…what is this haha 🙂
Then I asked for one because I have been having really bad headahces everyday for a long time and I know that through christ he can heal. So in my blessing I got more than I bargined for. They blessed me and promised me that my family is being watched over by angels. That I am promised that you guys will be taken care of while im gone, and because my time is precious everyday to the Lord, that he will take the time to keep you guys safe and protected from harm. I was promised the gift of tounge and interpretation. Many other things that I cannot write right now, but I know that if you guys are living in the ways of the Lord….prayer, family night, scripture, bed on time….that you will be blessed. But, Im not home to make sure these things happen. SO its up to you guys to use your agency and to be obedient. To act and not to be acted upon.
Then later that night we had a stake event and every ward in our stake prepared a christmas song and we all met at the stake center and sang and had a christmas program and it was so fun! we sang Regocijad- Jesus Nacio ( joy to the world) and the spirit was just….SO AWESOME!
Also guess what we get to do today…since its hermana jaramillos last day we are gonig to Red Robin as a distric and they going on the ferry to an island and going to light houses! Because guess what… I live like 3 miles away from the Ocean! HOW COOL IS THAT HUH!
So news with Rigo and Pat…..muy malo. We need to drop them. My heart is so ached by this, but I cant teach them and expected to be baptised if they wont act.
I have a testimony of the work and the sacred divinity of the Gods children. That each one is a precious creation, that each child has a purpose in life, that every single one of Gods children is a special gift. I love this, I love my mission, I love my life and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that only though the light of the gospel we have a chance to change for the better and to become agents unto ourselves. The time of the coming of the lord is near, and its our responsiblity to make sure that we are ready. I know that Jesucristo is the the only begotten son of the father and that through him all men can be saved.
This christmas season is so special and so are all of you. I love you so much. too the moon and back!
🙂 Love Hma. L!

2 Month Mark!!

Dear Family,

This week went by SO FAST I can’t even tell you! I feel like it was just last Monday! So I’ve been 22 for a week now….I’m old.
This week has been so good and has helped me build my faith loads and loads.
I’ll start by saying thank you for the birthday packages family and aunt diane! I was like a kid on christmas time haha. I didnt wait to get home! Aunt Diane, we have been watching conference non stop! I was so happy! I LOVE YOU!
But I don’t even know where to start this week….
So we had a lesson with Pilar and Jose…Jose is so ready is crazy and pilar is wanting to find the truth but feels guilt because she has attended so many churches she doesnt want God to be mad at her. As soon as I heard her say this My heart filled with joy because I new she was ready and I knew the spirit was ready to testify to her as well.
We asked Jose if he wanted to pray at the end of the lesson and he said the nicest and sweetest prayer that just filled my heart….some of the things he said where ” Thanks for sending us the girl missionaries to help us know who you are, and showing me how i can live too”
I have never felt the spirit so strong in such a sincer and simple prayer.
This week has also been hard with Rigoberto and Patricia because the divorce is so complicated and they aren’t keeping commitments but they still want the churches help with money, food and my heart is torn in so many directions, I’ve never prayed so hard for them. SO keep them in your prayers….they got a notice of eviction yesterday and we are working with them and their manager to at least let them stay for Christmas.
Through this I have learned the lord has plan for every single of of his children no matter what the circumstance.
This week I have read 3rd Nephi up too Ether and I have learned that the Lord is coming to heal us and to lift us up…
I LOVE YOU ALL sooo sooo soo much! I got the letter from mom and grams and I was happy! my comp gets like 3 letters a day…no joke. And I get like 1 a week WHICH I AM GRATEFUL FOR. But…… 🙂
I LOVE YOU ALL!!

Washington Week 2 December 2nd 2013

My dear beloved family,

How are you all doing and how was your Thanksgiving and birthday party for me that you had without me? 🙂 haha Just kidding,
This week has been AWESOME! Even though every week is awesome. We have 6 new investigators! and we have found them all from contacting and tracting except for 1.
The cool tender mercy for this week was that we are working with Rigoberto and Patricia. Rigo is still legally married but cant find his wife to get divorced, and him and patricia have 3 kids together. So gettng baptised is pretty difficult for the moment. But, we felt like we need to understand if baptism is something that is the long term goal and if so, we wanted to teach them about fasting and invite them to fast with us this past week. So we asked them and it was so hard to get an answer out of them and they didnt wanna fast because of this or that or blaahhhh. But they fnially understood and we had them each write down a question they had for god that they could pray about during their fast. So we did that and prayed with them to start the fast for all of us. This was saturday and sunday morning when we got to church we didnt see them. (in our branch we have sunday school first, then relief society, the sacrament) So they didnt show up during sunday school…..me and hermana were like..where are they? and we had already been thinking if we needed to drop them because they havent been putting forth any effot. So I turned to hermana andersen and was like “how cool would it be if they still showed up?” then in the middle of relief society patricia walked in! I was so happy and my swelled up! then after sacrament meeting we spoke with them about if they kept their fast and what not, and they were like “we did, and we prayed everytime we went to the bathroom just you said so we wouldnt forget and I didnt get hungry and I felt really peaceful.” We were both so happy and new that God was telling us to keep going with them. So we broke the fast and gave them all and orange 🙂
I know that the Lord preserves people that he knows are ready and that the spirit is the real teacher. This week for my Birthday was so werid! mostly because I wasnt home and everything but It was still so awesome! 🙂 Everyone sang me happy birthday in spanish and we went to Carmens house for dinner and she made a delicous dinner and even a bright blue mexican cake! I was so happy and I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
We are going to target today to get some warm clothes and Im SO excited!
I know this church is true, I know that the things we learn and true and simple. I know that no matter how many times I get rejected and doors shut in my face that I am grateful for the 1 that lets us in, or the one that lets me bare my testimony. I am grateful the hardships and for the language barrier because I know that one day I will understand the Lagrange better, but for now….Im where I am needed and I am learning what I need to be learning.
I love you all so much and am so grateful for prayers. I pray for you all of the time.
Do work and dont be a bunch of bums….the lord needs servants! 🙂
LOVE YOU!!!
Dont forget about me 🙂
#imbasicallyalegend