Tuesday, March 14, 2017

'Til We Meet Again

My loving and dear friends and family,

The time had arrived that I am now writing my last email. I can't even believe that 18 months have come and gone. I'm sitting here with 3 other sisters that are leaving and it all seems....normal. Nothing seems to be different. We are still missionaries and are still doing our normal Monday activities. Shop, write and eat. But what I think we all can feel is that the time God has given us to serve Him as representatives of His son Jesus Christ has come to a close. This email gives me a chance to reflect on the many experiences I have had here in Mexico. I will share a few feelings with you but words will never be able to describe the profound feelings of my heart.

First of all, thank you. MUCHAS GRACIAS! I thank you all for keeping up with ne and for caring so much. I have felt your true and sincere prayers. I know the Lord has blessed you during this time and I thank each and every one of you for the time and love you have invested in me. Thank you. I also thank my Heavenly Father for every month, week, day, hour, minute and second that he gave me. He has trusted in ME, a very imperfect girl. But this trust has lead me to trust in HIM more than any other person. I have never felt so much love in all of my life. God is so perfect. God is good. He is a loving Father in Heaven. He knows each one of us and knows exactly what we need so that we can be happy.

And now....I don't seem to have to adequate words in this moment. I have typed and retyped this email but it doesn't seem to say exactly what I feel. I have tried to make it funny, spiritual, and even just normal! but guess what? It just isn't working out that way haha. Here is the reality, I'm happy, very very very happy but I feel empty because I left my heart in many parts of the Misión México Pachuca. I have nothing more to give. I have given my heart to these incredible hard working and loving people of Mexico. I have given my heart to my God and my Savior. I am a new person. I have the same name, the same personality, a little bit of the same looks, but I am different. I am Hermana Katrina Kae Cross and I am a disciple of Christ, I am His servant. I am his hands here on earth. I am here to serve Him and to love Him just as he has commanded us to do.  I have a testimony that is in my blood and in my bones. I feel the truthfulness of this restored gospel in every moment. I know without a doubt that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is REAL. It is so real that I can't say more than Hallelujah because we have a Savior that has done the unthinkable and the impossible for an imperfect human being but He did what only the perfect Son of God could do. He sacrificed himself to save ALL mankind. It brings tears to my eyes just imagining the grand love that he brings us that he gives freely to us. 

We can be happy and have JOY here on earth. I have experienced just a sliver of this great joy in these past 18 months.I have learned that it is not easy to follow Christ but it is worth it. We may think that He asks a lot of us, but what he asks is little compared to the great gift of eternal life he promises us.Families can be together forever. I know it. I feel it. I've seen it. The Holy Ghost leads and guides us but we have to pay close attention so we don't miss what God wants us to do. He is the constant companion that teaches us the truths of God. I have seen miracles.

 I have been a witness of Christ for 18 months. I feel like Joseph Smith sharing his testimony and add my testimony to His. Jesus Christ LIVES. He is the Savior of the World. This is His Church. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored again and the power of the priesthood is here on Earth to help us make covenants and return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. I know these things to be true because the Holy Ghost has testified to me that they are true and real and eternal.

18 months. 8 companions. 4 areas. 1 mission. The biggest blessing up until this moment had been being able to serve with all my heart might mind and strength. And as Paul said " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7). There is much more to come. I know it. Now is the time to sign off and finish. Again, thank you. I love you very much. May God bless every single one of you.

With all my love,
Hermana Cross
September 2015 - March 2017

Looks like Pachuca was preparing me to go home!



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cloud 9

HELLO!!!

Let's just say I am filled with sooooooooo much joy I can't even explain it! I have been so incredible
blessed in this past week. First of all, this is not my last email, so no worries there. I'm a little short on time so this will be real quick...sorry about that.

Last week I think I was kind of wishy washy. There are a lot of feelings I'm discovering in these days haha. But this week, everything changed, starting with Monday in the evening. I felt maybe a little discouraged. I was reflecting on word of my mission President and didn't feel super confident with what I read. As now, reflecting again on his words, I see that they were beyond inspired and exactly what I needed. Anyway, that night I decided to say a very heart felt prayer to my heavenly father. Really begging and pleading for the help I needed. But as I have learned, I mentioned that it wasn't what I wanted but what HE wanted.

The next morning I was ready to work! And that's what we did all week. Work work and more work. We found new investigators and almost all accepted a baptismal date. We had 3 days straight of intercambios so that got a little heavy. Also I had my last of many things: leadership council and zone training. It was such a wonderful opportunity to share my testimony in these settings. I can see that really my testimony has grown so much. Such a true blessing. The holy Ghost seriously just does incredible things!

And now the last thing to write that makes me feel like I'm on cloud 9.

There is a recent convert family...the Family Cruz Aguilar. The dad Isaias was baptized first then 3 months later Coral (in September) and the twins were baptized. The only one left is Fernanda. Well, we have invited her many times and have done many things to help her make the decision to be baptized. After talking with her very directly we were able to put the baptism date 11 de Marzo. she accepted. There were many good signs showing her interest in being baptized this last week (keep in mind she never wanted to. Always said "No it's because I don’t want to" also she is 13) BUT Last night we passed by and Coral said "Hermana we have news" I was a little confused and then....here comes the best part...she said, "Fernanda has decided to be baptized!" WOWOWOWOW!!! seriously this is a true MIRACLE! Fernanda has never said yes. I cried from the joy I felt and man I can't believe it.  miracles are real. I know it. I'm so grateful with my Heavenly Father for helping me and for helping Fer. I'm grateful for the inspired words my president wrote me last week because those words helped me say this heartfelt prayer. I'm grateful for Coral and Isaias and the twins for being faithful in the church. I'm grateful for every single missionary that has had contact with Fernanda. God uses us as his hands and miracles are brought to pass by the work of many. He used many people in this miracle and I know that God LOVES ME AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON! Wow. I'm so happy

LIFE IS GOOD MY FRIENDS!!! I love missionary work and I love God more than words can describe. Thanks for all you do for me!! LOVE YOUUUU!!!

Hermana Cross

Leadership Training
Bearing testimony




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rules and revelation

Hello family and friends!

Another great week here in villas! We had 2 intercambios this week so that made the week seem to fly! These next weeks are going to be super crazy and so I can only imagine that they are going to fly by before I can even come to understand whats happening haha 

This week I had the chance to meet awesome people.  And I mean these people are awesome because they have had some pretty hard lives and keep on going!!! They understand “Endure to the end.” With the intercambios there were a little bit of difficulties but it all worked out okay. Usually we both go to one area when it’s super far and costs a lot but there was a change of rules. I wasn’t super happy with that change of rule but after my personal prayer, I felt that it was necessary for one of us to stay in our own area. Let me tell you that revelation is real. It ended up being a very great and successful day. I had the chance to work with Hermana Pineda in villas. Just like old times! Man I love that girl. She reminds me that I need to listen and follow the spirit ALWAYS. 

We found a man that has had one heck of a life. He has a very strong sickness and other problems but he received the prayer with an open heart and at the end he was crying. Tears of the spirit.  Also  a lady we couldn’t find for a lot of time was home and super receptive and accepted  baptismal date! I knew in that moment that’s why we had a change of rules. Also in this week, Hermana Rodriguez and I met another family that’s super awesome. The dad used to smoke but after problems in his feet (2 toes amputated) he gave up smoking and wants us to keep visiting them. I FEEL THE PROGRESS!! During my mission, I haven’t had the chance to be an eye witness to the fruits of my labor but I’ve heard of the fruits and that’s what brings joy to my heart. It’s very possible that I won’t see another baptism in my area but I know the Lord is always blessing me with new opportunities to learn and to grow. I know success is just around the corner!! I know it’s there J


Have a great week!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! 
Hermana Cross

Cristo Rey
The Family Cruz that took us to Cristo Rey
(I say they are my Aunt & Uncle - ha ha)
My lovely companion and I!
Ran into more Sisters!
Hermana Rodriguez and I selfie!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

JW Style

Hello lovely people!!

It was a very good week! Every week is a good week though! I'm happy as can be!!! And yep some of you might have heard from my parents but I now have my flight plans. WOO. Trunky papers! Just kidding. it just helps me feel even more excited to see you all :) I don't feel trunky at all. We just keep working hard and we keep on looking for those who are looking for the truth! 

This week there were a few moments that are worth sharing. On Saturday there was a stake youth
Stake Youth Missionary Youth Activity
activity. It was a day in the shoes of a missionary. they had little workshops and then we as missionaries showed up. We all split up in our wards and worked with the young women of the ward. We all split up and took different parts of our area to contact and know more people. it was a blast! We found great people and it was awesome to work with the sisters that are preparing to go on missions and even be with some of the sisters that have returned from their missions. We might have all looked like JWs but that's okay! Just trying to get out and preach the true word! it was a blessing to hear the  testimonies of the sisters and see how they really were spiritually strengthened that day. being a member missionary is the best!

We also had our first intercambios of the cycle. We went almost 3 weeks without having one and so I felt a little rusty but it turned out great. During those intercambios I just had a constant spiritual reminder that I love being a missionary. I felt it in every moment i talked to someone. It was like a hug from God telling me that this was the right choice. Maybe I didn't ever receive my answer 100% to go on a mission but I know that it was a test of my faith and her I am! And I know with all of my heart the answer was "yes." that was by far the best feeling of the week. 

Also i learned that family history is SO COOL. yesterday we were helping a recent convert with her family tree. She hasn't done a lot because she said she got overwhelmed with so many papers the sister wanted her to fill out. We pulled out her iPad and opened up family search. she started out typing the name of her grandpa. We added it to her tree and just by doing that, her tree expanded until her great great grandparents!!! We were all soooo excited! The look of her face was priceless. the spirit of family history is just wow.Seriously a spirit I've never felt!  Coming to know your ancestors is a true blessing! 

Well that's just a little bit of my week! I've truly felt the love of the savior in many moments and in many ways. his love is ALWAYS present. We just have to open our hearts to feel it :) I love you all!!!!

Hermana Cross


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Your documents, please?

Here we are together again (well together in spirit haha)! It makes me very happy to be here writing you all again. Sometimes I don't have the words to express my weeks but I do what I can and it touches my heart to hear from others that my words inspire them. I know it is the spirit that inspires, not just my words :) 

Another normal week passed by. It sure had it's moments that were shocking and heart penetrating. If we are looking for something new everyday we will be able to find joy in this life. I believe in these days that have passed by I have felt that instead of looking for the positive aspects of me, I was looking for my imperfections. It was getting me nowhere. It only made me feel worse. I expressed such feelings to my companion after saying a prayer and I know Heavenly Father heard me and as I listened to  my companion I was reminded that I am a daughter of God with a lot of potential. Satan does not stop. He will always be there trying to tear us down, but we can brush off and get back up and just keep moving forward all thanks to the atonement of Christ! 

I not only saw this happening in my own life but also in the life of a complete stranger. Hermana Rodriguez and I were contacting in the street just like any other day. As we contacted this lady, I felt the spirit guide my words and she began to cry and apologized because we caught her at a bad moment. It amazes me that the Lord puts us in the right place at the right time. We said a prayer for her in that little street corner and I can promise you that the love of Christ is not something we wait for. If we are willing to do what He would do, we can feel love for whoever we meet wherever we may be.  

This week we also had a zone conference. It was actually my last one! I didn't even realize it until after it finished haha! But it was powerful as always. Also just a small and interesting story that happened this week. We were in a small neighborhood at night finishing up our contacts when I then saw a man on his motorcycle looking at us. I mentioned it to my companion and we continued on our bikes. Well....he followed us. So we made a right and he was in the street corner. We stopped and talked to a guy selling tamales. Thankfully, members that live in that street showed up and we told her what was happening. Turns out that guy is like the neighborhood watchman. he then showed up at the members house. Okay she chewed that guy out. Big time. Probs not the best thing to contend right? But I can't tell you how funny it was. She really protected us!! For the first time in 17 months, I was asked to show my documents. How embarrassing when I really couldn't show him anything because I'm here for a small moment without my legal documents! But the member shut him down and we got out clean haha. gotta love those members that are willing to whatever to protect the missionaries! 

Anyways, I just want to tell you all that I love you. Have a very happy Valentines day!!!! I love my family. I love my friends. I love the gospel. I love my companion. I love missionary work. I love my savior Jesus Christ and I love my Heavenly Father!!! 

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that e also love one another." (John 13:34)

Hermana Cross 💟

Also check out this Mormon message that almost made me cry :)
Horses on the lookout for the truth (ha ha)!





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Green to clean

Hello lovely friends and family of mine!

Hermana Rodriguez and me
Can you all believe we are now in February?! I can't. It's just a little (very) crazy. And there are a ton of activities in these next days in February so it will go by in a blink of an eye! This week really there wasn't anything extraordinary. A very normal week. And I mean super normal...or maybe I'm just used to all of the crazy things haha. It's been a good week with Hna Rodriguez. We get along very well. That is the biggest blessing of all time. We are working hard to find new people. We are trying new things so we can see new results. It can be rough sometimes when we have to look and look and look, but I know we are going to find people that are ready to follow our Savior. People that are ready to change. People that want to live with God again. They're out there. No matter where we are or who we are with, we can be lead to these people :) 

This week was full of organizing the exchanges with the sisters for this cycle, a trip to immigration so we can all be legal again,and leadership council. Just the norm haha. This week we also had difficulties with our water. Let me tell you, water problems are the worst!!! I bet you parents our there know whats up. How is it possible that something we need to survive could cause so many problems?! It doesn't make sense. Anyway, here in mexico everyone has a giant water tank on top of the house. There were some technical difficulties with getting the water to go up and then when we got that fixed....lets just say it didn't come out  crystal clear. It might have been a little (very) dirty in the water tank. No worries...no one in  mexico drinks tap water. But we do shower and wash dishes and clothes with that water....so it was important to clean the tank immediately. We have some great elders that came and climbed onto the roof and cleaned it all out. It took them a few hours but what good sports!! They didn't even say one bad thing about it. We now have crystal clean water! It's the small but big acts of kindness that really help me realize what it means to be a representative of Christ. 

There was nothing else super huge that happened. On Sunday I shared my testimony in sacrament meeting. I would like to share it with you as well. It's one of my favorite parts about being a missionary. I can testify of the truthfulness of the gospel everyday. But can we not all do that? I know that God lives. I know He is a loving heavenly father that will guide us every single day. He listens to our prayers. He knows the deepest desires of our heart. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored and Christ himself is the head of this church. If we have faith, repent daily, renew our covenants every Sunday through the sacrament, and endure to the end, we will live happily in the presence of God. The atonement is real. Jesus is the Christ and he lives!

I love you all!!!! Thank you for all the support, prayers and love :)
Hermana Cross

Missionary leader training




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Like grandmother like grandaughter

HELLO!!!!

I have a whole bunch of super fun news for you all. This week just flew by! But what week doesn't just come and go?

I don't know exactly how to start!! You would think after so many months I would be more creative but nope haha 

Ice Cream Churros!!
Well, I'll start with the thing everyone is probably wondering about: my passport. On Wednesday we hit the road pretty late in the afternoon and arrived in Mexico City in the late evening. We ate tacos (of course) and ate some really delish ice cream sandwiches made out of churros (talk about diabetes). Then on Thursday morning (we didn't go to the temple because that's a "leaving missionaries" type of deal) we headed out early to go to the embassy, WOO. it took an hour and a half to go about 6 miles :D!! so fun. Then we entered into the embassy and stepped on so called American soil. It was pretty nice talking about legal stuff in English. We got in and out without problems. We were there about 3-4 hours. there were major miracles. Turns out the main guy helping us is a member and he was a HUGE help. We all walked out with out passports in hand (well in our backpacks but you know what I mean haha). So don't worry everyone, I will be a-okay heading home haha

La mission mexico pachuca
Also, we had a super awesome worldwide missionary broadcast. They talked about teaching repentance and baptizing converts. SUPER cool. It was like if we were watching a council. The spirit was amazing. And not to mention it was the first time that we all gathered together as a mission!! The prophets taught a lot and it helped me realize that we have a lot more work to do. Also that the gospel principles aren't separated but intertwined. Also (more big news for us) we had a change in our schedule!! I wont go into a lot of detail because I don't really have time....but! I'm SO PUMPED! We've started it and wow it's just been incredible. The prophets have thought about it for 6 months so it wasn't just a shot in the dark. Wow. Revelation is AWESOME!!

Finally, here I am writing this email on the first Monday of my last transfer. yep that's right. In 6 weeks I'll be heading home. But no worries, I'm not even close to feeling trunky! But I didn't have cambios. I'm still here in Villas and I will finish here. I do have a new companion though! Her name is Hermana Rodriguez and she's from El Salvador. Fun fact! She's my mission granddaughter!!!! Now that's super cool. The Lord is watching over me BIG TIME! He knows just what I need! These are going to be just the best 6 weeks everrrrrrrr.

I just want to share a small testimony of what was strengthened even more this week. I know that God is our loving heavenly father. He knows us by NAME. Every single one of us. He knows where we are, what we are going through and most important, who we can become. We can become even as he is. I know he loves me and he loves each and every one of you. he allows miracles to happen so that more than one person can learn in the process. Jesus Christ is his son, our redeemer, our older brother. He suffered and died so he can understand us. But he arose the 3rd day. He lives! The plan of salvation is real. The book of Mormon is the word of God. This church is true.

Have a wonderful week!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Hermana Cross

PS - I did get sick this week too...with a fever and a cough with phlegm...it was such a blessing to have 2 companions. Such a good team and good people. they took care of me mom...no worries!!! Still getting over the sickness but it's all good :)


Churros!
My Granddaughter/Companion
I wasn't feeling too great and it was cold so what's better
than working with my poncho under my jacket?
(ps... my companions didn't let me)





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Returning to the Fold

Another week come and gone! It was a different week that's for sure. It did have it's rough spots. 16 months later and it's true, I still have hard days! Life has it's ups and downs but it all depends how we react to these moments. 

Last week I forgot to mention that I am currently in a trio! I never thought I would be in one! A sister missionary returned to the mission last week. She has one year in the mission, but returned home last cycle due to personal family issues. I admire her a ton for her willingness to continue to serve the lord with all she has. It's been a transition a little bumpy just because teaching with a third person is a little different haha. we get along well and I know that the Lord wants me to learn a lot. I fasted last Sunday for humility and shortly after, President called and said we would be in trio. I know it's an opportunity to be more humble and see how I can improve. It blow my mind how much I have learned. It's so awesome!!!

This week I actually didn't spend much time with my two companions because we had our exchanges that were very much needed. I LOVE them so much. I have seen change in these sisters and I've seen change in myself. I know that God hears so many of my prayers. And even the deepest desires of my heart are answered through those around me. 

We had a our first Conference of sister missionaries this week. It was awesome not seeing any elders
All the Hermanitas in the Mission!
hahaha! Only President was there and that was something we all needed. The words that were shared were very inspired and they helped me remember who I am and the potential I have. Being with my fellow sisters is something that words cannot describe. Change is happening in every single sister missionary. At the end we all stood up and said the YW theme. The power of the spirit was strong. To stand up and say that we are daughters of a heavenly father who loves us and we love him is incredible. that is who we are. We are children of God. OF GOD!!! An eternal and powerful being whose love is infinite,  whose love was the motivation to send us His son Jesus Christ to mark the path that we should take. 

I understand more what the love of God really is. On Saturday Allison, the little 10 year old that is from a part member family, was baptized! It was just wow. She was so prepared. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I was that day. I felt overwhelmed with the spirit. There were many tears of happiness. to see this family go from way less active to super active in the church is more than I could ever ask for. It was a rescue trip. Not only for them, but also for us. they hold a special place in my heart.

My dear family and friends, I love you soooo much. I know this is the true church. When we share our testimonies, the same testimony grows and is strengthened. there is always hope. Never give up on those that have wandered from the path. Christ leaves the 99 for the 1 lost sheep and carries that one home. have a great week!!! LOTS OF LOVE AND PRAYERS!!!!!
Hermana Cross

My Mission Posterity!
Intercambios....we climbed a bunch of stairs, so of
course it was necessary to take a selfie ;)



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Super Heroes Can't Compare

Hello family and friends!!!

What a week! Every week is going by a little faster. But it's okay! It means that the Lord's work is progressing! Even when we don't see the fruits of our labor, we can feel how the work is moving. But I'm not going lie here, we are seeing the fruits. Wow God loves his children so much. This week there were some major testimony builder experiences.  

To begin, we weren't able to see Nancy a ton. When we saw her we tried to figure out what was happening and as a conclusion, we can see that she, like a lot of us, keeps a lot bottled up inside. But it was wonderful to teach that we can trust in God and talk with him like our best friend. Teaching about the atonement is my favorite part about being a missionary. We can give everything to Christ. He takes the chains of burden and pain gladly away from us. He wants us to be HAPPY! And only trusting in the power of the atonement can we really experience this happiness. Also, meeting her has given us the chance to meet her sister and her sisters family. That is a major blessing. They are prepared and man I'm excited to see what happens!!! 

This week was originally the baptismal date of Nancy but even though she's not going to be baptized, we are having a baptism!!!!! For a while now we have been teaching a less active family and their 10 year old daughter Allison. Allison is FANTASTIC. This family has progressed so much. They went from a very less active family to an active family that wants to do all they can to progress. The only problem was that the dad has been waiting to receive the priesthood again. Allison wanted to wait for him to be baptized and her brother wanted to wait to receive the priesthood. In the beginning we agreed thinking it would be a good idea to strengthen the family. But realizing they are strong and progressing we talked with them about baptism only being the gate and there are more opportunities. And guess what? Marlon, the brother, now has the priesthood and Allison is going to be baptized this Saturday!!! I'M SO HAPPY!!!! God is doing incredible things every single day! 

Finally, a very special experience.  We went to visit our recent converts and they are not in a good situation. Julio Hijo cut open his foot about a week ago and can barely walk and Vero is passing some hard times with her husband and work. Hermana P and I had the same idea and started teaching about the priesthood and priesthood blessings. Julio wanted one and we called a brother to come and help us. He was actually sleeping and decided to accept this invitation. So before he showed up, we explained to Vero that she too could have a blessing but that she would have to ask because it is according to her faith, not ours. So this brother, wow the blessing her gave Julio was perfect. He blessed with him health but then made a pause and began to bless him with the strength to withstand the bullying in school. Not even something the brother knew. Then, as we was about to leave Vero said "Hermano..." and he immediately knew that she wanted a blessing. The blessing was incredible. I can't even explain in written words the power of that blessing. It was AMAZING. so inspired because he doesn't even know Vero. Not even one bit but said every thing she was going through and what she needed to do. I was crying, my companion was crying and Vero was crying. My testimony of the priesthood has grown soooo much. I know that the priesthood is real when the brother is worthy and trying hard every single day to fulfill his priesthood duties. God gives so much to us even though we are imperfect. It really is the power of God here on the earth. It amazes me. This power is better than what ever super power the world can offer.  I'm beyond grateful for the restoration of the gospel. It brings so much more than I could ever comprehend. Every day I see a new blessing that comes from it.

Blessings blessings and more blessings. I can't say more than that. I know you all are receiving them too. We just have to open our spiritual eyes and look. They are there just waiting for us :) have a great week!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Hermana Cross




Thursday, January 12, 2017

A member testimony

Hello lovely family and friends of mine!

What a week this was! I don't remember every single detail that happened but I will fill you all in. And it looks like I haven't been the best about keeping you all updated on investigators and recent converts and sorry about that! Sometimes I don't really organize my thoughts very well haha.  

This week was AMAZING....but I think every week gets a little better haha. Hermana Pineda and I had the GREAT opportunity to have 2 special members come do visits with us. These 2 members were the daughter in law and granddaughter of President and sister Kimball! It was AWESOME. It was so fun working with them for a couple of hours. It felt really different to speak in English with normal people but man it was so incredible. They don't really speak Spanish but that didn't stop them from sharing their testimonies. Wow guys, it's soooo cool to hear these testimonies from members. I am always flat out amazed at the conversion a member has. Their words penetrate my heart. Really they just get to me. I don't understand how, but it seems to be that members feel power from missionaries but we as missionaries feel the power of faithful and diligent members. Our hearts feel with love and joy as we hear the real experiences and testimonies that come from members of the church that want to live the gospel every day.  We all may speak different languages in the world but the one thing we all understand is the language of the spirit. He doesn't have a specific language but talks to all of us so that we can understand. And well that brings me to our investigators :) 

When we were with Tanya (daughter in law) and Haly (granddaughter) we passed by the house of our German investigator who speaks English. We thought it would be cool for the sisters to meet Jenny. But what we did not expect was the priceless visit it was for Jenny. She's great. has questions of the soul. She really wants to know the truth. So we just asked Tanya and Haly to share their testimonies. Tanya chose to testify of the Book of Mormon and while she did so, Jenny's eyes filled with light. She had a smile on her face and was just sooo amazed by Tanya's words. I too felt the truthfulness of her words. It was exactly what Jenny needed. After Jenny said "I believe you. I cant wait to say the same things that you do." WOW. SOOO COOL! The power of a testimony is just wow. And they weren't prepared to say anything specifically. We need to always be prepared to share a testimony that comes from our heart. 

Nancy, the golden investigator. Well we haven't seen nacy in these days. She went to church 2 weeks in a row and we saw her everyday, but yesterday she didn't go and we cant really get a hold of her. She was doing everything and very willing, but we did come to realize she wasn't fully understanding the restoration so we did many repasses and invited her to pray about it again so she can gain a testimony. We will continue praying and fasting for her so that she can develop this testimony :) Testimonies aren't huge and heart stopping, but a testimony is the start of conversion. A testimony is like a seed. We have to act in faith, believing we can know the truth. I don't think I've ever testified so much about this being the ONLY true church but I felt that it is EVERY SINGLE TIME. 

The Rodriguez Campero family (recent converts). They are doing great and all is well. They've been on vacation so we haven't seen them. Vero didn't actually lose her job! She continues to work her 2 jobs and Julio Sr is also working. They are progressing and continue to see the Lord's hands in all things :) 

Well that's all I would like to share this week. I'm happy and healthy and also working in some very cold weather haha. But I will tell you time and time again with love and with all the certainty I have that this is the one and only true church . I know Christ is the head of this church and he personally leads and guides us through his Prophet. I believe it. I know it. God lives and his son Jesus Christ lives. We can do all things if we just trust in God. Ask and it shall be given. James 1:5-6 

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!
Hermana C


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Made in Mexico!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

This year literally flew by. Seriously I can't even tell you all how FANTASTIC this year was. Seriously incredible. I can't believe we are starting another year. And I cant believe this year I will be heading home. Life moves way to fast. But I feel sooooo blessed. I believe you all know the famous saying "New year, new me" well I can just say amen to that because it's true. My goal last year was "become a Mexican"...maybe I am still 100% american but I feel like many parts of me were made in mexico. Let me tell you some of these things :) 

MADE IN MEXICO 
  • My testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Not only in the life of those I teach and love, but in my own life. The atonement heals. The atonement strengthens 
  • Legs that don't feel pain. I think the bike has fallen more on me than I have fallen off the bike. Maybe their a little beaten up but I'm good enough to walk and bike to PREACH THE WORD
  • Knowledge of the restored gospel. I definitely didn't understand the majority of the gospel until I actually began to live it 100% 
  • My second language. The gift of tongues has blessed me more than I can comprehend. Not only have I been blessed with Spanish but also to understand the universal language:the spirit. God works miracles in many people. The connection I have felt with the Mexican people has filled my heart with love and joy. 2 different worlds united in the same love for the truth .
  • Many many MANY eternal friendships. With members and with companions. I have ever felt so much confidence in my entire life. The love of Christ has been shown to me through these incredible people 
  • Trust is the Lord. I have always trusted in the Lord but I have learned that my heart should be given to Him. If we give our hearts to the one who can lift us in the hard times we don't have to question if he is listening or not because we know with certainty that he can help us 
  • A love for the Book of Mormon. Daily scripture has taught me that modern day revelation is real and that God has NEVER changed. He will be constant in my life ALWAYS 
  • A stomach that has survived all of the foreign food and the many full plates. Almost mexico has given me a bottomless stomach haha 
  • A true love for the people of Mexico. I love these people with all of my heart. I can say I have learned so much about the saviors love from these kind and generous people. 
  • And lastly, my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has become not only something I believe but KNOW. It is part of me. It is in my bones.No one can take this away from me. I know this is the true church. I will never get tired of saying it. It brings joy to my heart to know that God and Christ live and continue to bless me every single day through the eternal truth of the gospel :) 
I love each and every on of you. I am eternally grateful for the support you have given me. For your prayers. For your constant efforts to live better lives. Thank you. Thank you to God for making 2016 a year that has changed my life. It was incredible. And it has come and gone in a blink of an eye. 2017 I'm ready for you! BRING IT ON!!!  

Lots of love
Hermana C