Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 20, 2016 (Erin)

Mi birthday was so much fun! We had una actividad de distrito hoy. We played futból and basketball. Really, I did. And it turns out that I really enjoy playing sports. Not competitively, because that gives me a heart attack, but just playing is so much fun!  We even played a little bit of volleyball with the inside of the soccer ball after one of the elders broke it. I'm actually pretty bad at almost every sport, but that's okay. Elder De Jesús worked with me and my companion today on soccer. He´s from Brazil, so yeah, he knows how to play. 

They all sang happy birthday to me and we had cake and pizza. YUM! Oh yeah, and they made me bite into the cake and then one of the hermanas shoved my face into it really hard. I literally had pieces of cake up my nose. 

Oh and since a bunch of the elders here are from South America and speak Portugués, my companion and I ask them to teach us stuff, so I know a little bit now! YAY! It is such a pretty language. 

 Me, Hermana Sanchez, y Elder De Jesus. 


 With the Assistants. We had to go change our number, Crazy story, next time!


 2. Pretty! And those snails are everywhere. Pretty sure I{ve killed I few. 


 This is Amaya. Perfect description of Joy right here. She loves food!


This is what happens when you ball hard on concrete. It´t already bruising. Yay for battle scars!

 I don't know why this is in my pictures. Some poor doll only has one arm. It makes me think of Toy Story for some reason. 

Here´s me, just serving my fellow missionaries. I love being around them all!


My companion made me breakfast!

My dear companion loves taking selfies, it makes me laugh!

And this is what it looks like to have your face shoved into a cake. Yay....

Book of Mormon is the Arch stone and transfers and some art (Amik)

Happy Father's Day!!!!!

This last week was pretty good,  also we had transfers.  Both ofOus, Elder Welker and I, will be staying in Oak Valley.  This means that Elder Welker, who has been here since a just few days before Christmas might actually end his mission here.  It is over in November. Anyway we are getting a new mission President next week and people are getting ready for a new leader and wondering if we can get someone as good as the Van Cotts.

The pictures below are in a member's home  The Tabers are older members that I actually helped move into the Oak Valley ward when I was in Oak Valley during my first transfer last year.   Sister Taber is British and a really good artist.  She got a free ride in college because of her drawings. This are a few pictures that were hanging around her house.

 Anyway, this last week we did exchanges and I went over to Beaumont.  So Saturday I had a lesson with one of their investigators.  He is about 82 and still does construction.  Anyway,  the guy was really interested in Daniel 7, and Revelations 12-13.  So we were at his place for about an hour talking about the 'mark of the beast'.  He would not tell us what he thinks the mark of the beast is since he wanted us to find out for ourselves.    Anyway, it just seems odd that so many people are so obsessed with things that are mentioned once or twice in the scriptures, like the mark of the beast, while not really seeing the doctrine of Chirst.  As missionaries our purpose is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." And as we were taught in the MTC, our missionary purpose = the doctrine of Christ.  We have come across so many people that prefer to go into topics that don't matter as much as repentance, like for example the mark of the beast, aliens, and evolution.  I am so glad that I have come on my mission.  Out here I have been able to really appreciate the gospel and have seen the blessings of the gospel.  I have seen the blessed state of those who keep the commandments and have seen the outcome of bad decisions, of paths that I might have ended up following.  Like a man we know that does not believe in any religion and thinks that science explains everything and takes comfort in it. "Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die".  Anyway it all comes down to the Book of Mormon and if it is true.  Elder Holland stated that clearly in his Talk "Safety for the Soul" .  Elder Holland is by far one of my favorites and every time I listen to this talk I just get the chills.   We are going to go over it tomorrow for district meeting.  

WALK THIS WAY!
WALK HIS WAY
Ha ha ha it is only one letter difference.

Elder Enright

 The Widow's mite.

 Jonah

 One of Sister Taber's paintings

Jun 13, 2016 Progessing Investigators are the best! (Erin)

Where to be begin....

Okay, so this week we have really been working hard with Familia Ruiz and Jesús. Familia Ruiz really relies on us. They express constantly their love for us and the attention we give them. This week their only mode of transportation got stolen. A motorcycle, which apparently they can all fit on (5 guys on a scooter). We took Andros and Erika to a baptism and they both got asked multiple times when they´re getting baptized (mwahahaha). But that´s okay because the whole family is excited to get baptized. Jesús has even told us how excited he is for baptism. It is truly amazing to watch the gospel change lives. Por ejemplo. Hermana Erika this Sunday got all dressed up for church and made sure the rest of her family looked nice as well,when last week almost all of  them wore t-shirt and jeans. AND WE DIDN´T  EVEN HAVE TO TELL THEM! 

The miembros aqui continue to amaze me. And our Bishop is incredible! He works so hard to make sure everyone is taken care of including the investigators. I met one of the members yesterday who grew up in England. He got home from his mission a year ago and when he speaks ingles he has a british accent. It´s super cool. 

When we have to travel far, we take the buses here, which are in abundance. They are so much fun and super crazy. Pretty much a roller coaster. If you´re standing up, you have to hold on to the poles above for dear life. The other day a clown, A CLOWN, got on the bus and I pretty much flipped out. 

We had a meeting this week with all the new sister trainers and some elders. Presidente Nelson talked to us about studying effectively. It was very helpful and I love being around all the other missionaries. One of the elders that works in the oficinas speaks Portuguese, so Hermana Sanchez and I asked him to teach us the basics. It´s a really beautiful language! Most languages that aren´t english sound beautiful to me, haha! I´m so excited to speak spanish fluently! Right now I am still struggling, but that´s okay. Every now and then when I´m speaking english with my companion I will say half in spanish without even meaning to. And this one time when I was teaching I asked someone to close their eyes for an activity, but instead asked them to close their hijos instead of ojos. Oops. Most of the time people just laugh at my mistakes and I laugh it off with them and move on. 

Love you all lots! 
Hermana Enright 


 MI CASA!

Kitchen and curtain leads into the creepy bathroom which i avoid using

Our desks...for studying. We spend a lot of time here. It´s the best.

ME! and my bed, where I slept all yesterday afternoon because I was dying! Except now I´m 100% better. Thanks to crackers and gatorade.

 Look, COWS! my companion got super excited when we saw these. I´m gonna eventually run up that hill one p-day. 

June 13, 2016 (Amik)

This week has gone by fast.  Sunday after church we had dinner with Bishop and at the end we were able to give service by helping them move a large piece of furniture over to non-member's place.  The non-member family then wanted us to come by that night and share a message.  So that night at eight we went over intending to share the restoration with the whole family. However, when we got there the mom let us in and then sat us by her two sons talking the whole time about how she likes what we do and how she is open to all religions that the whole point it is to be a good person and that she wants us to teach her kids to be good people.  Then she gave us each a plate with a sandwich and chips and left telling the kids to talk to us.   That took us by surprise.  So we spent the meeting talking with them about their likes and dislikes and really just getting to know them. We started going and the mom told us that she wanted us to meet with the kids once a week.  So we did get a whole new family to teach, but now we have to figure out a way to be able to involve the parents.

The concept that any religion will do is interesting.  Many of the people that I have taught on my mission talk about how they had their religion that they went to because they liked the preacher.  And then when they moved they found another religion that they liked and then they just started going to that church.  It makes me so glad that we do have a true church with the ability to change for the best by repenting.   As Elder Holland said this last conference "With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed."Just stand up and keep walking."

"Never give up, never surrender!"

Elder Enright

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Schools out so moving out (Amik)

Some of our ward has moved out these last few weeks and we have been helping with the moves. So our
Elders quorum now needs to be completely reorganized.   

Also, we have been doing these active member lessons and it is kind of funny how some members are like investigators.   We did exchanges Wedenesday and I was with Elder Burton, our district leader.  And we had no lessons planned except for the end.  Where we had one lesson with Cynthia and a member couple.  The lesson was great!  The Ulicnys, the members who were present, had brought a picture of the temple for her and talked about how their family could go and take her to the temple during the week.   It was a great lesson.  During the rest of the day we set up lessons and made/gave out prayer lists for our investigators.  
partway through exchanges, we got a text from one of our investigators that said that she was no longer interested in doing lessons and was going to look at other churchs.  I had no idea how to respond to that so we left it until we had exchanged back to figure out what to say.  We asked if we could have a lesson to find out why and we were actually told that we could. So we scheduled a lesson and had our ward mission leader there.  She had been going though a lot and did not actually want to drop us, but only wanted some breathing space since she had been going though a lot and she did not like cancel lessons on us a lot.  So we will still be teaching her.  We will also be doing emails for her.  

Also, one scripture that I have shared a bit is 1st Corinthians 10: 13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." This scripture talks about how no matter how many trials and temptations we go through.  God does not allow us to face things that
we unable to resist or stop, this scripture is my favorite one and brings me and has brought a few of the people we teach a bit of peace.

Elder Enright

Pants for days! (Erin)

So, we wear pants now for proselyting. That's purty neat. Also, I've been sick, that's been less neat. I've had more Gatorade in the last 5 days than ever in my life. 

BUT, most and super importantly, weve been teaching this family, Ruiz Oliver. They are perfectly prepared. Goodness, God's timing is perfect. We met the dad and his little girl first on the street last tuesdayish (Andros and Amaya). They invited us in and we taught the whole family (Mom=Erika, 12 yr boy=Jorge and baby=Andrew). We went over on Saturday and helped them clean up there house because the washing machine overflowed. (Service is a wonderfully sneaky way to teach people and gain their trust. I LOVE IT). After that we taught them the rest of The Restoration and invited them to church. AND THEY TOTALLY CAME! They are seriously the best and cutest family ever. Amaya, the little girl, is absolutely the cutest and loves food, so we get along wonderfully. That's my miracle story for the day. We had a zone activity today and we played volleyball! I really really really really love volleyball, probably because that was all we played as a district in the MTC.

It rains here almost every evening which is just the best. I love rain so much. My favorite word in Spanish today is Maravillosa. IT means marvaleous, or however you spell that. Spanish is getting easier. I can't believe I have already been here for two weeks!

Love you all! Muchas gracias for the emails. 
Hermana Enright

YAY PHOTOS!

 Me and my compañera looking adorable


 We got soaked!


 Pants for days!


 At our activity today.


 at the Capilla...


 Still at the capilla with Familia Ruiz

Trashbag raincoat. Best thing ever.