Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
- Melody Beattie
1 And now I, Mormon, make a record of the things which I have both seen and heard, and call it the Book of Mormon.
- Elder Garza and Elder Lainhart
"Never forget which way you face..."
(This Native Spanish Speaking Elder leaves in two weeks after completing his two year service. He just recently took his final English Exam. Aren't you so impressed with these missionaries?)
This week was awesome. I felt The Holy Spirit to be my constant companion with so much strong than in any other time in my life. In the last thursday after a lesson with one of our investigators I felt a ton of love through the influence of the Spirit and it make me talk with everyone person that we meet in the way to the food appointment, and through all the day We worked hard and we fix a Ton of appointments for new people we were finding. And in the other days of the week (friday, Saturday and Sunday) we work with all our strengh to teach and find people, but it look like every people are rejecting us with little exceptions, But in the night each days at planning I felt the sweet feeling of the Spirit confirming that I had Done all in my reach to help others and invite them to come unto Christ, I just read your letter this morning and when I read it I felt Like it was directed to me . And in the last Ward Council (there were some rumors about that some of the members of the council don't want us to be there every Sunday, because we use almost a lot of time in the council) we talk about the ward mission plan and the vision the council has for the Ward, And after ask about it and read a little part of PMG in the council the Spirit came with a Strengh as I never felt in a council, then through almost each member of the council we receive the revelation to Hasten the work of salvation and the presidents in the council fix goals of attendance to each organization for the end of the year. The vision in this ward is changing, I know that actually we don't have a lot of lessons as we want but we are changing the vision of the work and I know because the Spirit Has Testified to me that we are doing our best and we are obligating the Lord to Bless us. I have felt the assurance that we are going to achieve our goals for the month of December and even for more time. But the most important Is that no matter what is going to happen when I go home, I have "a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men". In my latter studies I have learn a Ton about the doctrine of the gospel, but today when I read the words of the Lord to Moroni:
" And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father."
The Spirit of the Lord touch me so hard with the words "thou hast been faithful", actually I feel a sweet joy in my heart and I know that I have been faithful to the things that the Lord has requiered of me til this day.
Thanks dad,(President) thanks for help me to reach my potential as missionary I know that there is things to do but I know that I'm on the Lord's errand, and he is pleased with me, We are going to continue working and giving our best to the Lord, have a Great week and the Lord'll continue sustaining you and sister Egbert
"The Lord invites us using various verbs: 'Come unto me,' 'Follow me,' 'Walk with me.' In each case it is not a passive invitation; it is an invitation to act. It is addressed to all mankind by the one who is the Prophet of prophets, the Teacher of teachers, the Son of God, the Messiah."
- Elder Eduardo Gavarret of the Seventy
Baptism days are some of the best days of our lives! How can we not but SMILE?!
All in a days work
On divisions with the Sister Leader Trainers...
"A joy shared is a joy doubled."
Loving us some service... Tulancingo
'And all people live, not by reason of any care they have for themselves, but by the love for them that is in other people."
- Leo Tolstoy
This is just a one sided conversation!
"Happiness seems made to be shared."
- Jean Racine
"A child's laugh could simply be one of the most beautiful sounds in the world".
"Don't worry Hermana Egbert- the bike is OK!"
This district celebrating Hermana Sanchez's ONE Year anniversary in the mission...
Elder Santos in his last weeks of the mission- promising to give 110% to the very last hour... Keepsakes from his mission will include these 'agendas'
"Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light."
A generous member of the Molango Branch bought these matching scarfs for Elder Katich and Elder De Leon. Looking good Elders!
The great "Ojo De Agua" district with the visiting Zone Leaders.
(This Elder is just finishing up his training- and his trainer will be completing his mission in two weeks and be returning home.)
Hope you are doing well. I had a very successful week in almost all aspects of the mission, I saw a lot of improvement this week!
I started this week with a personal goal of getting the most out of exercise and being exactly obedient to the morning schedule. I prayed sincerely for Heavenly Father to help me because mornings have always been a struggle for me. With the help of our Father and heaven and a sincere desire to change, I've become a much more productive missionary in the morning. I know that if we include Heavenly Father in our life, that we can become what we want to be quickly and more easily. This is something that keeps repeating itself through the mission.
Id say my biggest success this week would be that we brought 5 people to church yesterday. My companion and I made a goal to talk about going to church and baptism in every lesson we taught and I honestly feel that that was a game changer. This week we didnt have to drag everyone to church like we usually do. Our investigators understood the reason we go to church, and made a goal to go. Im hoping to get 4 out of these 5 investigators baptized this cycle because they should have the church days if they come the next 2 weeks. Its amazing how many new things you can try as a missionary, and how just one little goal like this could change so much.
The mission is treating me well, I look forward to where it will take me. While I love the situation Im in with my area and companion, Im excited to see how a new companion and new circumstances will teach me as my companion leaves this cycle.
Thanks for all you do.
NO TIME TO BE SICK IN THIS MISSION
This week we had our Mision Mexico Pachuca Flu Shoot Out... look at those sad and pouty faces... I still owe them all a candy sucker. They were so brave and each zone was done in less than 10-15 minutes. Talk about efficient missionaries.
Until next year....
Tecamac 1 Zone Capacitation-
Elder Bickley honestly portrays how everyone was feeling after their injections....
I hope he isn't still traumatized! We love you all!!!
Happy Birthday Hermana Laguna...(second sister from the left)
Tecamac -2 Zone at Capacitation
This zone was awesome- as I totally interrupted the beginning of their capacitation- I think the zone leaders were going to redo the opening song to bring the spirit back after all the injections.
Only one screamer in this group...
The Pachuca Centro Zone at Monthly Capacitation
"Ouch- those shots were NOT the highlight of our day"
In the end...all was well. This zone had a special spirit at the capacitation. I was able to catch the very end and was so impressed with the presentation by the zone leaders - sister leader trainers. Nice job
The Pachuca Mex Zone working on English Study so efficiently after zone capactiation. Soft music was playing in the background and everyone was helping everyone. I was so impressed!
Elder Contreras (zone leader) checking area books with each companionship.
Tulancingo Zone- Capacitation Day
Faces of the flu vaccine shoot out
Tulancingo Zone- Capacitation Day
Faces of the flu vaccine shoot out
Pachuca Sur 2 Zone- finished up with Capacitation.
I arrived after zone capacitation, language tests, and everyone was just heading out to start their days work...It must have been great because everyone was wearing a smile!
"A day without laughter is a day wasted."
Tezontepec Zone Capacitation
President attended the zone capacitation in Tezontepec and was so impressed with the Zone Leaders in this zone. He said quote, "they did outstanding, very well done!"
(This new sister is in her second cycle...)
realmente yo se que que Jesucristo puede ayudarnos sea la debilidad que tengamos , me siento bendecida por servir en la mision y eso es lo que siempre desee desde que me uni a la iglesia cuando tenia 14 años ....ayudar a todas las personas a que sepan que pueden cambiar sus vidas y ser felices !!! mi compañera y yo estamos muy felices y animadas para trabajar !! nos estamos esforzando por trabajar con los miembros no ser cargas para ellos sino apoyos !!! wow presidente estoy muy feliz por que dos de los conversos del anteriror ciclo el domingo pasado compartieron su testimonio y mi corazon se conmovio por que vi en ellos como el amor de Dios actua en sus hijos !!! ellos nos agradecieron a nosotras y yo dentro de mi dije ...es Dios no las hertmanas !! estoy muy agradecida a mi Padre por que me esta llenando de buenas experiencias al encontrar conversos reales !!!! sus preparados !!!! Presidente me encuentro muy feliz!!! feliz feliz !!! puede llover mucho , puede estar la neblina , podemos estar caminando hasta dolernos las plantas de los pies pero todo es compensado !! quiero ser mejor misionera ..quiero servir con todo mi corazon alma mente y fuerza !!! estoy muy agradecida muy agradecida!!!! Hna. C
Weeks Photo Gallery
Hermana Nunez and Hermana Diaz welcomed Hermana Lorenzo after special changes...
Hermana Parker in the office prior to her flight home. Hurry back- see you soon!
Elder Steadman and Elder Castano working hard in their area... I just happened to have a plate of banana bread in the car for them! SCORE!
I dare not ask what is in that frying pan!
Yum.... a 'torta' is so good!
Elder Felsted - Elder England taking in the sites of the pyramids at Teotihuacan.
"Having a little bit of fun!"
I wondered how this training situation was going to turn out....
Elder England I hope you are not scarred for life!
Look at this cute little wrestler.... and those muscles! Oh my!
Have I mentioned Halloween is a BIG DEAL down here in Mexico?
"I've been waiting all day for this taco!"
We are pretty handy in the kitchen! Trying out our tortilla making skills...
Hermana Rojas and Hermana Suazo taking care of business on P-Day! Cleaning up a storm-
I caught him!!!
A little Pre-Thanksgiving Celebration (do they even celebrate that here?!)
Thank goodness our missionary (Gangsters) are sweet and harmless...
Leadership Consejo- 5th November 2014
Look how we just keep growing?
One new set of zone leaders and one more set of sister leader trainers.
Thanks to Hermana Bailey who took pictures with my camera while I was running around...
Lunch was honey baked ham, potato casserole, corn, green salad, frog eye salad, garlic bread and pumpkin bars for dessert and birthday cake that the Sister Leader Trainer Trainers brought. Though its a tight fit (#42) when feeding everyone in the house; it is so much fun being in the mission home that we will continue to do it as long as we can before we have to move it to a chapel.
Thank you so much for being such a great group of leaders...
I love the matching Ties of Zone Leaders Elder Clark and Elder Smart
Simona (above) who comes and helps me clean up after the event and her cute grandson.
He wanted to see all the missionaries. Simona is a church employee for 20+ years and until the mission opened was on the landscaping maintenance crew for this area. She is an angel...
President and his special birthday card signed by all the consejo.
Supplies/ Mail delivery system right here...