Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Never have enough time to write! (Erin)

Okay, I promise one of these days I will get this whole email thing figured out! 

This is my last week with Hermana Sanchez, which is only a little bit frightening. I have a feeling I will be staying here and she will be leaving, who knows where. I´m only slightly terrified, but trying to have a better attitude about change in general. 

We are STILL working with Andros and Erika to get them married, but they now have a date for their wedding. Of course it´s the 16th, after Hermana Sanchez leaves. They were really bummed about that, but that´s okay, as long as they actually get married and then baptized. Jorge passed the Sacrament for the first time yesterday and that was incredible. It was like watching one of my brothers do it for the first time. He is such and amazing kid and an example to me and his family. We are also working with another investigator, Eduardo. He smokes, so we are working with him on that right now. His wife was baptized in March or May and she had the same problem with smoking before that. 

So, every single Baptism date we have set as a companionship during my training has fallen through and we have had to set another one. It´s so hard to do, but it testifies to me that this is God´s work not mine, and these people need to be ready, they need to be converted to the gospel. God´s timing is perfect. I am here to do HIs work, in His way, not mine. 

I love you all lots!
Miss you terribly, but know that there is no place I would rather be then in Puebla Meixco right now!
Hermana Enright

White Washing (Amik)

We got transfer logistics last night! Elder Welker and I are being white washed out of the ward.  Elder Welker will be going to Bermuda dunes as District leader and I will be going to Fontana Baseline ward to be companions with DL Elder  Larbarges and back on a bike.  This has been a great area and I feel like I have really grown this last three transfers with Elder Welker.  

One of the main things that I have really began to understand is the Sacrament and how it is a renewal of covenants and a cleansing covenant in and of itself. The sacrament prayers show us the covenant, the two way promise between us and God, that takes place when we partake of the sacrament. This cool and awesome covenant requires us to keep the commandments, to remember the Savior, to be missionaries and tell of the restoration of the Gospel. It allows us to have the key to personal revelation at all times. The sacrament is
critical if we want to move through life with Heaven's guidance because it is like being baptized again and again every Sunday. This is part of the Baptism of fire of the Holy Ghost because as we do this we are cleansed as we strive to do better. However, Sometimes, due to the repetition of little things, covenants and commandments such as the Sacrament, are belittled in our mind. This has definitely happened to me before. The renewal it can bring may be missed if we are not careful to make it a priority and ponder frequently what it means. If the Sacrament is not a highlight of your week now, we should really be doing anything and everything so that it is.

Also, this last week our Oak Valley ward had a missionary return on Wednesday from his mission in Pennsylvania.  A cool thing is that Elder Wool, the RM, was companions with one of the Elders that was in
my mission prep class.  I would copy and paste his name, since I have no idea how to correctly spell it, but I can't find it on LDS tools anymore since my home ward has now changed stakes.  It was the Elder that went to Pennsylvania and who's name started with a P.  (Elder Perzadah)  

Anyway how is the new ward?  I guess it might be too early to tell, but is there anyone who is in the ward, or not in it, that I know? Also, where did Drake go on his mission? Also, the pictures are a bit of my district, and another one since our district leader was quarantined because he was sick.

Elder Enright

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

(Erin August 1)

Okay, muy rápido. We are working really hard with Andros y Erika to get them married, LEGALLY, so they can be baptized this weekend. Goodness I didn't know it was so complicated. But they´re almost there and then they can finally get baptized. They already act like members. Signing up to feed us, going to clean the capilla on saturdays, PAYING THEIR TITHING! Their son, Jorge, was baptized two saturdays ago and recieved the Priesthood yesterday. Wow, a 12 year old gets to be the first priesthood holder in his house! It´s incredible to watch the gospel change peoples lives. But I have never really seen how hard Satan works to keep the work from progressing before my mission. He works just as hard to stop it as I do to keep people progressing and it is so annoying! Each and every person we teach has their own personal struggles with something and I´m learning fast to teach about repentance and trust in the Lord's commandments. So many people here believe that if you believe thereis a God and that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and occasionally feel bad about the wrong things you do, you're good. OR they like to listen to our lessons but have no desire to actually keep commitments. They think listening is enough and it most definitely isn´t! But that´s okay, cause then I get to teach them that. Yay. 

Okay, love you all lots. Keep emailing. It´s so weird hearing things about home or the states, because I hear almost nothing! except of course when people ask me (specifically because they know I'm american) "what do you think of Trump, why does he hate us?". It's fun coming up with different ways to dodge that question and change the subject to the Gospel.

There´s a member here who named his new baby boy Kalel (that´s not how you spell it), after Superman, haha, love it. Also my comapnion told me the other day that I talk in my sleep, in spanish! YAY! haha. Let´s see...I´ve got a great farmer´s tan and people are telling me that my Spanish is getting better, even if I do still have a weird accent.


Here, evidence that we celebrated Harry Potter day. Yes, those are seriously cheese stix from my package from granma that I saved specifically for this occasion. We also had Jelly Beans. Really, what else do you need?

This is Hermana Sanchez, yo ,Hermana Daisy, su mamá y su hija, Viri. Viri came with us lots to lessons, but they moved to the other side of Puebla =(

Have a good week! (Amik August 1)

On Monday night we got a lady on date for the 20th of August, the day after my year mark. Which is odd since it does not feel like it has been that long.  Also, we have another lesson tonight with a less active family and we are teaching the first vision. We also have home teaching.

I recently watched a video on the story of the widow of Zarephath. During a time of famine, the prophet Elijah called upon widow, who had no means to feed him, to provide him with water and bread. Her response was, “As the Lord thy God liveth, have not cake, but an handful of meal in barrel, and little oil in cruse: and, behold, am gathering two sticks,that may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die”
The prophet promised her that “the barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail. “And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days” Her barrel, which had had enough for one last meal for her family, was multiplied to allow her family and others to eat many days. The same type of miracle—based on our own offering—was occurring in our family.  
With my natural gift for humming I just think of the hymns nearly all the time.   Also, At times I do not even realize that I am humming till my companion looks at me and asks me why I am humming Christmas music.  Apparently I have really gotten into Christmas music.  
Out of nowhere... , transfers are coming up on August 10.    
Thanks for the pictures
Anyway have a great week

Pictures! (Erin July 25)

Okay, so I´m mostly going to send pictures with a slight background story for each, okay? okay. 

First of all, the greatest news! This is Jorge Oliver. He got baptized on Saturday! He´s pretty much the coolest ever. Always wanting to know what something means in english, always coming to church half an hour early WITHOUT his parents, ha. I seriously love him and his family so much. 

This, is on the wall in a member´s home, right next to a picture of Christ. Haha.

So last conferencia de zona I got your guy´s package AND gradma´s. We didn´t have any time to take stuff back to our casa, so I broke open the one from grandma and stuffed it all in my bag. yeah and I carried all of that around with me for about 6 hours. OW

During intercambios we met these kids while waiting for an investigator to show up. We played fútbol with them for awhile. 

It snowed!...okay, not really. Last pday we were cleaning out our fridge and the little freezer part was almost completely iced over, so I took a knife to it and hacked it all to pieces. And then we made snowmen. 

People here are amazing with art. All over the sides of houses, on the street. This is in a member´s home. Pretty cool. 

I´m pretty sure this was from Fionn, but I can't thank you guys enough for it! My scriptures fit perfectly and I was looking for something the week before to fit them in! Inspired

Yeah, darth vader noodle. One of the coolest things that came in Grandma´s package.

 Okay so I totally forgot to send pictures of the pyrimads, so here´s one inside. Purty sweet


Bottom of the one we could climb.

Just playing fútbol and getting sunburnt


Hermana Cardona. Her family makes bolis, which are the most delicious thing ever, Like popsicles, but better.

Oh Amaya. There are no words to describe how much I love this girl. 

Last but not least! JORGE IS OFFICIALLY A MORMON NOW YAY! And hopefully his parents will be getting baptized this coming saturday!

(Amik July 25)

With President and Sister Dixon

(Erin Jul 18)

WE FINALLY HAVE A BAPTISM! Jorge is getting baptized this Saturday. His parents baptism fell through because they aren´t married legally and have been working towards getting enough money to actually get married. You definitely have to ask every couple here if they are married legally the first time you teach them. Most people are either Catholic and get married through the church or just live together. Ugh. But yeah, Jorge is the greatest, he didn´t want to wait for his parents. So he gets to be my first baptism! YAY!

Um...we had interviews with the mission president, which was great. I set language goals with the mission president´s wife and then the president talked a lot to me about how my mission is not only for the people here, but also for me. I have the oppurtunity to prepare now for my future family. So yeah, I´ve been thinking a lot about that. You know how your studies and church talks and conversations are all about the same thing for a week or two and it's kind of weird? Yeah that's what it´s been like for me after my interview with the mission president. 

Um...que mas...We had a mini actividad de zona today. Played volleyball and fútbol. I´m pretty wiped out. But, hey, I´m definitely getting better at fútbol. I can totally hit the ball with my head and I´m very proud of that. Still working with Elder de Jesus on Portugues every now and then. It's pretty fun being around the other missionaries and talking in english, spanish, and portuguese all in the same conversation. Languages are fascinating. 

Pues, I can't think of anything else. I love it here, I love watching the gospel change lives. I already love so many of the people here and I´ve only been our about 4 months. I don´t want to leave this area! But, the coolest thing is, that I know everything will be fine and somehow I will be able to keep in touch with those who matter most. And if not here, then in the eternities, we´ll all be the bestest of friends. 

I´ve been studying charity a lot because I find it interesting that it so necessary for our salvation. So, yeah, go serve someone! Love makes the world go round right? 
Bye for now!
Hermana Enright

Greetings (Amik July 18)

This week has gone by great!! For everyone it seems too!  Aislin it sounds like you had a great time Wednesday.  I just asked another Elder who they were and he started getting all excited about them and talked about how he loved the songs "stressed out" and "ride" He even started singing the songs.  

Also, I was reading In Matthew 9: 10-13 which I loved because it really shows why Christ came.   "And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Christ came for us to show the way back to Heavenly Father.  The only way there is by the doctrine of Jesus Christ namely: Faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  Indeed Christ, the physician, came to help all of us, especially when you consider that we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. The best thing about the gospel is that we get credit for trying, Thanks Elder Holland.  

Anyway, tonight we have a lesson with a member referral and hopefully it should work out.

Sent from my iPad

Happy Birthday! Rhys and Kegan!! (Amik July 11)

That cool birthday adventure sounds awesome! I kind of miss swimming. Anyway Aislin, who are the twenty one pilots?  Any songs that I might remember? Because all I think of is the pens that don't write well on glossy paper and with the springs that make the pens really effective "air pilots" because you could use the spring to send the pen flying.    

Anyway this was kind of an eventful week.This last Saturday we went and contacted a lady who at first told us a fake name, saying that the lady we were looking for wasn't there. We were pretty surprised when she apologized for lying for us. A pretty cool experience! Hope she calls us back! We gave her a family search card and Book of Mormon. 

We've been doing a lot of member work recently. Most of our spare time is used contacting less active members, making Emails for the Ward and investigators, and visiting active members to build their faith. It's a very different approach from the start of the mission where most of our time was taken up visiting random people (effectively tracting except to people we knew). Definitely an interesting time for missionary work! 

We had a stellar returned missionary come home last Thursday. He is every missionary's dream because he called us and said "How can I help?" Elder Welker had a few bad experiences on the mission where returned missionaries came home from their mission with a "silver bullet" to baptize the entire area (only to find that different parts of the world are... different) so definitely a breath of fresh air for both of us.

Have a nice week!
Love you all so much!