Hello Family and Friends! Hope everyone has had a great week!
Yesterday, the Northern half of the WYM got to meet together and have the first ever WYM Zone Conference!! And it was even more special, we had Elder Packer of the Seventy with us and we had the opportunity to hear from him and learn from him!! I was also randomly chose to have an interview with him before the Conference, so that was an awesome birthday present!
Some things that really stuck out to me were:
As missionaries, and as people in general, we should be doing things that move us towards becoming who our Heavenly Father wants us to be. We shouldn't just wait till someone comes and does things for us, this is a time for us to learn. We may stumble, we may fall, but we can always get back up and keep moving forward. I learned a lot about myself and I learned things I can do to improve. That is one of the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can always change. We can always turn and start following the path our Heavenly Father wants us to take. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the church once said, " Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward."
And we can do just that. We can always keep trying, we need to just have the faith and the hope to be able to change. Hope is the belief, and faith is the acting on that belief.
One of our Investigators are preparing for baptism for this upcoming Saturday! And he is amazing! When we first started teaching him, he just wanted to Bible bash and ask a million questions! But as time has gone on, we've seen a change in him. He's more humble, and he asks our Heavenly Father questions through prayer.
I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve my Heavenly Father, and to be His missionary. I know that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that as we follow and live these teachings we will draw closer to our Heavenly Father. I know that this is a gospel of change, changing ourselves into who He wants us to be. I am so grateful to be serving with all these wonderful missionaries, they are such an example to those around them and to myself as well.
I hope everyone has a great week!
Week 33 -- "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." (Colossians 3:14)
Hello Family and Friends!
Hope everyone has had a great week! This week has just flown by! Where is the time going?!?! This next week we have the opportunity to hear from Elder Packer from the Seventy at a Zone Conference! So Excited!
This week we had a three way exchange! And I was a companion with a missionary who had just hit their month mark of being a missionary! It was a ton of fun and we were able to see the hands of our Heavenly Father here in our area! We were able to see many tender mercies! While we were out tracting, it got up near 100 degrees and neither of us had water, we knocked on this one door, and it was a member!! She let us in, gave us a cool drink, and then we hit the street again! I know our Heavenly Father was looking over us, and He sent us to that area so that we could see the tender mercies that He is constantly showering us with!
It's really smokey here! There have been lots of fires up North of us. But the work is truly hastening! We see miracles, we are part of miracles, and we have the privilege to see the work moving forth right in front of us! And at times, it may seem like nothing is happening, that we are standing still. But I know that as we develop and show charity unto others, we will never feel like we are standing still. We will always be drawing closer and closer to our Heavenly Father.
I love this gospel. It's a gospel of Happiness, I have never felt such joy before in my life, even though some people slam their doors in my face. I can't stop smiling. And it's a gospel of change; of bettering ourselves, to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to become who our Heavenly Father wants/needs us to become.
Hope everyone has a great week!! Talk to you next week!
Sammy Dee :)
Hello Family and friends! Hope everyone has had an awesome week!
This week has been full of miracles! Our area is on fire! This past week, two of our investigators have accepted baptismal dates! One for August 22, and the other for August 29! We are so excited for them!
This past week we also had an amazing District Council! My companion and I had given the Elders in our district some AMAZING ties and we had some AWESOME dresses. We took a family photo, and I gotta say we look great! I love my district family!! "Our Father has a family, it's me, it's you, all others too, we are His children."
This week my companion had a meeting all day in Yakima, and so I took over the area. I was companions with a new English missionary and it was an alright day. It was a little stressful, my companion for the day didn't speak Spanish, and I have never been a senior companion. There was a lot of trials during the day, but I have also been able to see more miracles here in our area. It was hard, but we need to choose to be happy in hard things.
On Sunday a lady in the Ward gave me and my Companion crowns because we are "Princesses of God". :)
I am doing great, I love it here! It's so pretty and I have my District family! :)
Hope everyone has a great week.
I know that the Lord doesn't give us anything that we cannot handle, He is on our side!
Hello Family and Friends!! I hope everyone had an amazing week!
This week has been tons of fun, tons of laughs, and some tears! This past week we spent p-day with a family in the Toppenish Spanish Branch! And it was so much fun!! We even went around Granger and we got to "walk" amongst Dinosaurs!! So much fun! Sad part, had to start saying goodbye to many people that I love from Toppenish! :( Even though I was only in Toppenish for 6 weeks, it will always be my greenie area for the WYM.
Transfer day came, and was LONG! But, I finally arrived in East Wenatchee and met my new companion, Hermana Alcocer!! And she is awesome! She trained my trainer, and we have tons of fun together! We laugh all the time and we get work DONE! We were blessed this past Sunday with 2 investigators that came to church! And they are AWESOME!!
Two Funny stories! First one: When I arrived in Wenatchee, my new companion was super excited, she got a GPS, and I have one as well, but because I had used mine, and hers wasn't charged and our car charger wouldn't work, both of our Liahonas (GPS's) DIED! We could not stop laughing. Just our luck, in this HUGE area!
Second Funny story!: We stopped by to see a Less Active member, and she started feeding us Chiles, SIX different kinds. I thought I was going to start breathing fire or something, my word. But they all tasted good, until I couldn't taste anymore! Hahaha. Life as a missionary is never dull!!
Hope everyone has a great week! Rember to CTR!!
Sammy Dee :)
I am Sister Samantha Dee. On July 1, 2015, I have been called to serve as an LDS missionary in the newly created Washington Yakima Mission. Between December 29, 2014 and June 30, 2015 I was serving in the Washington Kennewick Mission. I will be spreading the gospel in the Spanish language.