Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Solo quiero empezar mi correo con FELICITACIONES JAMES!!!!!!! Que bueno que se graduó de la universidad! Mama! Papa! Ya llevan dos! 3 mas!
Les amo tanto!
This week was a great week! I absolutely love being a missionary! I really cant remember what life was like before the mission. Being a missionary IS my life. I dont know what it will feel like to sleep in one day or even talk to a boy! That is a scary thought.
Martes we had our zone meeting. The assistents came! It was fun to see Elder Bryan again. He was my favorite zone leader that I have had.He really cared about us. After the zone meeting we went on divisions! I got to go on divisions with Hermana Peña. These were her last divisions! She will be finishing her mission next week! Along with my mom, Hermana Madrid. Wow. She is my first companion to go home! All of my other companions still have a long way to go! Hermana Peña is muy buena. Her and I will be friends forever.
Recently I have been learning a lot about Jehovahs witnesses. There are so many here in Cerrito. I have learned quite a bit of scriptures that help me combat against them.. but with love! jaja
Marycielo, Keitlyn, and Youri will be baptized the 8th of August! Harkin cant be baptized yet because he is only 6. They are so great! Marycielo invited us over to her house for lunch on Saturday and while we were eating she looked at me and said "We cant drink Coffee, right?" I loved how she asked me like she was already a member! Her brother also will be getting baptized, but not until the 21st of August. They come to church every sunday and they all bring their books of mormon. It is so cute! jaja
I got to see Meet the Mormons yesterday because I had an idea... There is no movie theater here in Huehue..SO.... We are going to have a movie night in the church! There is a radio in our area, and the lady who owns it is a member. They are going to announce our activity every day like 4 times a day. We are going to put huge banners outside of the church. and We are going to give invitations to everyone! I guess they did something like this in Xela in one ward and more than 70 investigators came! I want EVERYONE in Cerrito del Maiz to know about this activity! I want them to be excited about it. I think this will help us a lot! But, we saw it yesterday because we showed it to the ward missionaries so they can help us announce the activity.
I love being a mormon! I am so proud! I know that this is the church of Jesus Christ. I know it with all of my heart! I want everyone to have and know what we have and know! So many blessings are in store for those who truly have desires to serve Gpd and those around them. If I have learned anything on my mission, it is that my only true and real desire is to serve God. I love Him and I love all that He has done for me.
I love you guys!
I titled my email "Satan and the work of the Lord" because this week Satan has been working so hard! But, dont worry! We are working even harder! Yesterday I got REALLY sick. Seriously. I have never felt pain like the pain that I felt. I started feeling sick yesterday at church, but, it kind of felt like hunger pains. So, after church we ate lunch with Jessi. It was really good, but, then I started to feel even sicker! We had a lot of really important appointments planned for the night time, So, I told my comp that I thought it would be a good idea if we went home and took a nap so that I could work effectively in the night time. Well, we went home and I took that nap. But, I still didnt feel well. But, I know this is Gods work, so I just told my companion that we would leave to work even if I didnt feel that well. But, we went to our next appointment and they werent there! So, when we went to our backup plans house.. I couldnt take it anymore! I layed down on this womans couch jaja. We decided it would be better if we went home. I called the nurses, but they just told me to rest and to take some tylonal. Well, I have been here so long that I didnt even have tylonel! jaja One of the counselors in our ward gave me a blessing. I threw up ALL NIGHT LONG. I called the nurse at 230 in the morning, because I seriouslt thought that I was going to die. But, she told me they couldnt do anything until the morning. I finally was able to sleep at like 8 in the morning. I slept until like 1 in the afternoon. I was sad because we had a district activity today and I didnt feel well enough to go. But, I am grateful because our zone leader brought me gatorade and crackers and medicine. I was really grateful for that.
Yesterday we had 5 investigators at church! That was fun! Marycielo and her daughter Kaitlyn are the girls that will be baptized the 1st of August. She shared an interesting story in gospel principles, she said that she was planning on telling us that she didnt want to hear from us anymore. But, that morning when she woke up she felt like she needed to go to church! The lessons were REALLY good yesterday. In Relief Society the bishops wife gave the lesson about eternal marriage and family. It was really good! Hermana Marycielo had also told us that she wasnt going to be able to stay the whole time.. well, guess what? The lesson was so good that she stayed the whole time and asked us if we could do a family home eveing with her today.
I got to go to Prado this week on divisions with Hermana Crystal. It is super fun to be with a gringa. We think the same things are funny. We were also able to put a few baptisimal dates with a few of their investigators. It was so fun!
On Friday we had interviews with president! I seriously love that guy so much. He is really inspired. He told me that "We dont have success, the Lord does." That was nice to hear. He told me that if we want to be succesful in this life, we need to do 3 things. Daily scripture study (in family and personal), Daily prayers (In family and personal), and we need to keep the sabbath day holy. He really talked a lot about keeping the Sabbath Day holy. He also told me that God is proud of me. That was good to hear, sometimes I worry about that.
Elder Perry, my zone leader, is really smart. He has been analyzing this whole gay marriage thing. He said that rainbows are the symbol for the new and everlasting covenant, or in other words, temple marriage. But, it is ironic that gay people also use rainbows as their symbol. In the scriptures it says that before the saviors coming, we wont see a rainbow for one year. He thinks that what will happen is that gay people will start to say "We want to get married where we want to get married!" They are going to start to fight to try to get married in temples. Well, the Lord will close the temples before that happens. Elder Perry thinks that is why in general conference they talked so much about family and stressed temple marriage. Because we might not have the temples for much longer. My companion was also telling me that gay marriage is not just something that has been happening in the states, but, all over the world. The United States is a power nation, and now that we have legalized gay marriage, everyone else will start to do it.
in 3 Nephi 16:10 it says
10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
Well, the world is starting to sin against the gospel. And the fullness of the gospel can be found in temples. I thought this was interesting. So, go to the temple a lot! and listen to the Prophets voice!
I want you guys to know that I know that Jesus Christ lives. It doesnt matter what we have done in life. We can always start a new chapter and we can always try a little harder to be a little better. I know that This is the only true church here on earth and that if we listen to the spirit and the Prophets voice, we will be able to conquer the world. I love this gospel and I love my Savior. The two things together have changed my life. I am excited to finish my mission strong and then continue this amazing work at home.
I love you guys more than you can imagine.
The photo with the planner is because I will be starting my last agenda soon and Hermana Peña made me one that says "Welcome home, Hermana Bullough!" jaja
Monday, July 13, 2015
Mi querida familia!
I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I know He listens to our humble prayers. I know miracles are real.
This week something really sad happened.
On Tuesday my camera was stolen from me. I will tell you how it all happened. But I know God lives.
On Tuesday morning we had a zone meeting and I was taking a ton of pictures because we were doing some role plays and they were hilarious! So, I know that I had my camera in this moment. After our meeting we went back to the house to do a companionship study before lunch. There we also took a ton of pictures. I was sure that I put it in my backpack before we left. We then went to the Bishops house to eat lunch. They had another commitment, so they left us alone in their house to eat.
After lunch we went to our investigators house. She was going to be baptized the 18th of this month. We were washing her dishes and she put our backpacks inside of her kitchen. I am positive that that was the moment when she stole it. It is funny, because at one point her daughter that is one years old had a strainer on her head and I thought to myself "I want a picture" but, I decided not to... I think it is because the spirit was trying to tell me to go get my camera. But, I didnt listen.
After teaching them, we left and went to another appointment. In this appoinment we were taking water out of a well, and I wanted pictures! But, when I went to get my camera, it wasnt there. I didn't want to freak out in this moment. I said to myself "Don't worry Hermana! Your camera is in the house!"
But, that night when we got home, we destroyed our house looking for my camera! It was NO WHERE to be found! I just started to cry and went to bed. I had 500 pictures on my camera. I started praying that day that God could make a miracle happen. I promised Him that I would work harder than ever before if He would just help me find my camera. Also, Hermana Lopez told me that one time she had a wallet go missing from an investigator's house...
On Wednesday we called the hermana and she said that she didnt have it. We also went to her house in the afternoon and she said she didnt have it and acted really worried.
Thursday we went to her house and when she opened the door, she said "Do you feel better today?" and I said no then she said "Dont be like that!" Rude.
Friday she called us and told us that she needed to talk to us.. but, when we got to her house it was only because she wanted to talk about her baptism!
I was SO frustrated and sad this whole week. I am sure that my companion was so annoyed from my complaining! Everyone was.
On Sunday, when I took the sacrament, I prayed that Heavenly Father would help me feel peace through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When I took the sacrament, I felt fine! I even bore my testimony about the experience!
Then today in the morning, I called hermana Lopez to see if we could meet up in the internet so that she could pass me the photos that we took while we were together so that I would have some of the memories. The timing was perfect for everything.. SERIOUSLY. Listen to this. We were going to go in the afternoon. But, Hermana Lopez called me in the morning and told me that they were only going to go in the morning because their zone was going to have a zone activity.. So, we had to go in the morning. When we got their, they said lets go upstairs to do it right now before the elders leave us... so when we got upstairs, our investigator was sitting on the couch in the internet. We went to go say hello to her. I honestly was a little bit annoyed with her. But, she said that she was just waiting for her sister. So, we sat down.. I looked at hermana Lopez and said "Do you think they sell cameras here?" and in that moment, she got up to go talk to the man in charge of the internet.. I thought that was weird. So, when she came back and sat down, I said Hermana Rodriguez will you come with me to see if they sell cameras here? When we got up, she followed behind us! She tried to distract us.. she said "Look at these cameras that they have over here!" But, then I looked at the guy and I said "Hermano, has someone tried to sell you a pink camera?" He got all nervous also. Then I SAW MY CAMERA. It was on the floor behind him charging! I said
"That is my camera!" I said, "Who tried to sell this to you?" and he told me that our investigator had tried to sell it to him! My companion said that it was like a soap opera. When I turned around, she was behind me.. and I said " Hermana, did you try to steal my camera?" then she started to make a bunch of excuses.. I asked her where my memory was and she said that she didn't have it. I said "Hermana, I will not be mad. I just need to know that you have my memory." Then she just started to cry. She said they she needed money desperately.. so she stole it. I forgave her and she said that she has my memory in her house.
I know God lives! I know that He planned everything perfectly! I know He loves me!
On another note, I just want to advise everyone that they should prepare themselves spiritually and physically. When Elder Perry said at the beginning of the year that this would be the year that would change everything, I think he was talking about the gay marriage being legalized. I think it will be like a domino affect. Brothers and sisters, The dominos have started to fall and there wont be much time until the last one falls.
I love Heavenly Father! I believe in Magic and Miracles!
|A little 4th of July luncheon|
|Just like home. :)|