April 10th 2012

Hello family! sorry, i havent written in a while. but today si!  i hope everyone is well....i know i am! no, really. im dying of the heat and my skin is slowly being roasted...but im still white. i really dont think that will ever change....
Wasnt Conference great!?!?!?! it really answered a lot of my personal questions, i loved the talk by Richard G. Scott about recieving revelation and President Monson. it really is an amazing gift that we have to be able to hear the voice of a prophet. it did make me sad because it is my last conference in the mission. and conference in the mission is the best! 

weird side note: my companion has decided its time for me to be 'baggy' so at least once a day she tells me that i only have 10 weeks left in the mission....guess what! i only have 10 weeks left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

but there is so much to do in those ten weeks. we have some investigators that are progressing and i really think we are going to baptize this month! Wendy (have i talked about her?) has a testimony and comes to church by herself, she wakes up and gets her four little kids ready  and comes to church even though her husband makes fun of her! she is ready but is afraid of falling afterward, we are trying to help her gain the faith and confidence necessary in God to make the jump! i think its going to happy pronto!  we are also teaching WIlliam, he wants to be baptized, he just never has time! once he came to church by himself without a call from us without anyone passing for him, he just came for the last hour! its just hard to find him to teach him.  the work is progressing here in Succotz. we are trying to keep the animo going though the heat. there is a river going through our area that is the color of Jade and bright and beautiful!!!!!!! EVERYONE goes there to pass the hottest part of the day...we just walk by it and sing songs about how unfair it is that we cant!!!!!!! i am going to take a trip especialmente to come and spend all day in the river!  although something insane happened yesterday on the bank of the river

we found a family that we had an appointment with, they werent at home (cause they were at the river) we found them in  the river and went to talk with them. there was an inactive member there too. so we were talking and the kid said\ "you guys should go in the river' we told him we couldnt becuase it was against mission rules and he said 'oh! you cant go in cause joseph smith told you you cant' and then they started in! he asked us 'why can joseph smith have seven wives and i cant?' and a whole bunch of other things. we invited him to listen to us instead of just talking about things that he didnt know and he agreed. we started explaining about prophets and making a connection to Moses. then the inactive lady pipes up and says 'THats a LIe!!!!!! there is no such thing as prophets now, your prophet couldnt part any sea like moses.' i testified that if god commanded it\, he could  then she started ranting and contradicting herself. she started talking about how presidente monson doesnt have the authority, but then she said  both he and the pope have authority. then she said we all have authority. then she said nobody had authority. the point is, she just kept ranting and saying things that didnt make sense. we tried to teach but she wouldnt let up and was filling the investigators mind with trash. but then something crazy happened. she stopped, neither hna sierra nor i wanted to fight so we waited. when i felt the spirit i started testifying of the truth. that yes we do have a prophet. God IS talking to us. and these men DO have the authority. it was amazing! i felt the spirit and i know that they did too! it was a confirmation to me again that yes! these things are true! the gospel is true and its on earth! after i testified, hna sierra testified just as powerfully if not more. and as we were testifying and calling to repentance  the sky got dark and it started lightning and thundering! everyone ran out of the river and then it started raining!!!! we left and made it to a members house before the real downpour started. then for the next 30 minutes it poured! and the member just kept saying three or four times that it is unheard of that it rains in this month. that this NEVER happens!  MUAH HAH HAHAHAHAH!!!! power of God!!!!! it was so awesome!.  
you hardly ever see the line so definite between apostasy and the truth when we are talking to someone....it was a an amazing experience because we didnt fight, nor did we want to, we just testified and the spirit confirmed! perhaps thier minds arent as open, or didnt feel it, but i sure was convinced! 

the work of the Lord keeps going. no unhallowed hand can stop it. even though sometimes it seems that nobody wants it. i do. and im going to do all i can to find other people that want it and help it grow. thats why im here. and i am so happy to be here.

i love you all. el fin se acerca, necesitamos prepararnos! sean diligentes, sean fieles. sean firmes. sean constantes. nosotros somos el ejercito de Dios.!
hasta pronto!

Tuesday March 6th 2012

Hello everyone!

i am still here in
Belize...hahaha and i am happy! there is a great mix of adventure and world
conquering going on here....
we are teaching a few people that are really positive, but the work is
a lot slower here...
Jesucita is the sister in law of a member, she has always just visited
churches that invite her, but has felt the last couple months a need to join a
church! she is reading in the book of mormon and loves learning about the
things we teach because they just make sense! the only thing is it is really
hard to find her! please pray for her
we are also teaching a family that are pretty positive, the Jimenez
family, one member of the family is a member of the church, and we are working
hard with them. but we definitely need help from the heavens. please pray for
last week we went to a 'rancho' of a couple of the members...it was
pretty amazing...ill let the pictures explain!
i love it here...time is running and i dont feel the days passing, and
i am definitely enjoying the ride!


A whole new world!!!

haha...i have just entered not only what seems like a different mission, but a completely different world! this last week has been pretty crazy, the biggest change i have had in the last year or so.
i dont know how to fit everything i have to say in one email, but ill try.

my new area is in Succotz and Benque Viejo, two small towns that are about a fifteen minute walk from each other. we are right on the border of Guatemala, as we are walking on top of the hills between the two towns we can see Guatemala, and actually one of the companionships in our district is serving accross the border!

Just like... riding a bike

we use bikes, but not all the time bacause our area has a ton of hills and sometimes using bikes takes longer than walking, but we do have to use them..haha. i havent ridden a bike in so long, the first ride was a little bumpy! and the dogs are meaner and angrier here. they chase you, and now that we have a bike, when we wiz past they just start chasing! not that im afraid of them..but....

the climate is WONDERFUL!!!!! it is HOT and Humid!!!! we sweat ALL THE TIME right now it is about as hot as my first area (sensunapan) in the hottest part of the year, but here they say that the hot season is just starting...we have a lot to look forward to :D

Lengua Unica

the language is unico! the official language of Belize is English, they also speak creole (sp?) and Spanish. but in succotz, they speak spanglish! all of the nouns and some of the verbs are in english and everything in between is in spanish...some of my favorite phrases that i have heard so far are:

"anda por grandpa y traerme mi wallet"
"ha terminado su homework?"
"no entiendo estas crazy people!"

basically they speak the way i spoke the first five months in the mission...it makes me laugh. but I am super thankful because it means i wont completely forget spanish. the other side of Belize only speaks english and creole. However. yesterday i was in the bus and the person i was sitting next to didnt speak spanish. so we were talking in english and i basically gave him the entire lesson about the restauration...it was the hardest thing ive done in a loooong time. i had to repeat a lot of things and make pauses because i had no idea what words to use! then i would say words in spanish and he would laugh. it was definately an experience to remember.! the cool thing was that he was interested! he doesnt live in our area, but he lives close so we'll be able to follow up with the elders!

the people here are very different. the church only has about 30ish years here and 3000 members. its divided into two districts , there are no wards, or stakes. our district president is only 28 years old!!! the church is VERY young here, but it is growing...they are more closed than people in el salvador. perhaps because they have mostly english (from england) ancestors. but the work is the same and i know with prayers and work we will see miracles. i can feel it!

my companion is Sister (je je je, we are sisters here! weird!) Sierra. shes from...HONDURAS!!!! and has eight months in the mission. shes awesome laid back. at first she didnt want to come to Belize, but now she loves it. we are going to have fun!

the food is...different...they dont have any fast food or chain restaurants here. they eat...beans and rice, rice and beans (yes, they are two different dishes) fry jacks (fried flour tortillas) they eat flour and corn tortillas and a TON OF RICE!!!!

i think thats about it for now. time is short i'll write more about our belizeno adventures next week!

Prayer Works!!!

February 13th 2012

okay, today is a big email day. because ive got big news!!!! changes again! i cant believe it. they say your last six months fly by, but i didnt really believe it entirely....but its true...i have not felt the last two transfers at all! the days are flying by and they are about to fly by faster because

IM GOING TO BELIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!

yup. its hard to believe but its true. :)

i dont have much else to say, this last change was probably one of the most difficult changes in the most difficult areas, but it really was a blessing because i have grown the most. my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is stronger than every and i feel my relationship with my Father in Heaven growing every day. i have learned to work with people that are very different than me and i am coming to accept the challenges of life without getting discouraged (aka no baptisms). every experience in the mission is for our benefit whether its success or ...nonsuccess...ive seen miracles in the challenges. it really just comes down to trusting that God knows best and it will all work out for our benefit. it really has been a blessing and now i am getting exactly what ive asked president for for the last three transfers!!! haha! now well see if i really wanted it :) i love you all and i hope everything is going well. write me!


January 30th 2012

why is my family so big?! i want to write you all every week...but time just doesnt cut it...i love each of you so much its impossible to write it out in words in an email.. its much bigger than 12pt font. and even though the majority of you dont write me often, or dont send cards, you really need to quit feeling guilty about it. because i dont feel bad. i know you love me. in every moment of my lifeyou have been there to support me. i feel the support without paper and ink. i feel it over thousands of miles and without telephone lines. even without photos or a computer. i feel your prayers in every moment that i have been here. and i thank you for them. i love each one of you so much. please quit telling me how much you suck. and how guilty you feel. i hope i am not saying anything to make you feel guilty and if i am im sorry, because i dont mean it. i love love love love love love love you,. and when the time comes you can all show me how much you love me in person....cause time is running out...FAST