Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Week 74 - La Ultima!

Hola mi querida familia!

Yo les amo!

Wow! I will be home next week! I had my last baptism on Friday night. Bittersweet... more bitter
than sweet.

Today lots of the members from Chiantla and Cerrito came to my area to say goodbye to me! I am really going to miss them. We ate cake and took pictures! I shared my testimony and sang.

Dad, your letter made me cry. I love Guatemala so much! I am so sad that my mission is coming to an end! Really the feelings are weird. I am sitting here at this computer chillando (crying like a little baby). Every one is looking at me really weird. jaja

Next Monday I don't think I will be able to write. So, I want to tell you guys all what I am feeling in this letter.

I remember when I came out to the mission. I was so excited! I was so excited to be a missionary and serve the Lord full time! Then I started to teach and I was a little frustrated. I couldnt speak spanish and people laughed at me. I walked all day long in the heat, in the rain, even in the cold! But then, poco a poco I started trusting more and more in the Lord and all of the miracles that He can perform! He truly does perform miracles. I am a different person than I was when I got here and it is all thanks to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love Him so much. I will spend all eternity trying to repay Him.

I remember Dallin saying in his last email that Heavenly Father had given him so many blessing. I testify of that! I also learned a ton on my mission! I learned Spainsh! I learned how to paint nails! I learned to cook! I learned how to serve and how to love! I learned that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and that He loves us.

The most sacred thing that I have learned, and the closest thing to my heart is that Jesus Christ really does live! I know He does! I saw Him working with me! I saw Him change lives! He changed my life!

Do not get me wrong. I have missed you guys. I have missed you guys a whole ton! But, I love my mission. Being a missionary is my life. I never knew I could love something so much! The time really just flew by. I asked President a few months ago if I could extend.. but, he told me no. He said that God has other plans for me. I am excited to find out what those plans are.. but, I am going to miss Guatemala so much. I love the people. I love the food. I love the culture. I love my companion. I love spanish. I love the gospel. and I love feeling the spirit so close. This will be a really hard change. But, I am really excited to hang out, play UNO with you guys, and talk like the old days! I am also excited to go to a doctor to find out what is wrong with me!

I am excited, nervous, sad, happy, and a whole lot of other things! It is going to be really hard to get used to normal life. I have so many  ideas to help the ward and stake prosper in the obra misional! I want a calling like super fast so I can start to serve! I dont want to waste time!

I just want to finish my letter with my testimony.

Se que esta iglesia es la iglesia de Jesucristo! Se que Jose Smith fue un profeta y que el restauro la iglesia. Se que somos la unica iglesia que tiene el permiso de Dios para realizar ordenanzas sagradas como el bautismo y el sellamiento en el Templo. se que El Libro de Mormon es verdadero! Y sobre todo, se que Jesucristo es mi Salvador y Redentor. Se que El vive y que El puede rescatarnos del infierno si confiamos en El y todo lo que pueda realizar.

I love you guys so much!

Hasta la proxima semana!

Hermana Bullough

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Week 73 - Nervious

Hola familia :)

I love you guys so much!
This week was really good!

On Wednesday we knocked on the door of a woman named Alejandra. We showed her the video Gracias a que El vive and she totally cried! We put a baptismal date with her and she is really excited. It is weird because I am starting to put the baptismal dates for after I finish my mission. weird.

On Thursday we had a party with the relief society. Mayrena came! She is so cool! Her kids will be baptized this friday. She wont be baptized until the 26th of December because she is taking classes of beauty on weekends! But, she goes to all of the activities during the week.

On Viernes we went on divisions! I got to go to la viña with Hermana Aguirre! She is the best! She is a nurse... I told her that I am going to study phlebotomy after the mission and she taught me how to draw blood. I am sure that wasnt really super appropriate for the mission... but, It was cool. In two weeks I will show you guys the video. She told me that I will be really good at drawing blood from people because I found the vein right away and didnt leave a mark. That was cool.

On Sunday we met a crazy woman that kept talking about the ark from the temple of saloman. She says that the united states thinks that she has it. But, she really is just crazy haha but, it got me thinking.. I know that Gods plan is to bring to pass the inmortality and eternal life of man... but, why this? Like how did this all come to be and why is that the plan? We had dinner with the bishop of my ward here on sunday night and he told me that sometimes it is better just not to ask certain questions. We are here by faith and we just need to go forward with faith.

I am really sad that my mission is coming to an end. I had my last zone activity today. It was so much fun. I got teary eyed during lunch because I am really going to miss the mission.

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know He lives. The knowledge of my Savior, that He lives, is the most sacred and valuable thing I have learned on my mission. I only desire to do what He asks of me. I might fail... but, at least I can live with the assurance that I am doing my best. Doing our best is all He asks of us, so let us be our best person!

I love you guys! I will send pictures next week!


Hermana Bullough

Week 72 - La Misión es Calidad!

Hola familia!

I love you guys so much! Time is flying by. I will only be a full time missionary for 3 more weeks. I am proud of what I have done and what I am doing and what I will continue to do in these next three weeks!

On Saturday we had a broadcast with President Nelson. He was suppose to be coming here tomorrow, but they cancelled it last minute :( So we got to watch him on tv while he was in Honduras. He is really cool! I like him a lot. He talked a lot about marriage.. which I thought was weird because we are all missionaries jaja

He said pay attention to how your mission president and his wife respect eachother, love eachother, and love the Lord. He said that if the man we want to be our future husband isnt a full tithe payer then you cannot marry him. He said if he is not going to be faithful and honest with the Lord, then he will not be faithful and honest with you! He said the Plan of Salvation is the plan of Happiness and happiness comes from marriage and family! He also said that we need to make sure our future spouses love the Lord more than they love us, because if they love the Lord more, their capacity to love us will be even bigger. My favorite is when he said "Make sure you marry someone worthy of you!

In the conference a story was told by President Duncan about when he was on his mission. He said that he was with his trainer for 8 months! They taught a family of 4 and baptized the mom and the two kids, but the dad didnt want to because he smoked and drank a lot. But, 22 years later, Pres. Duncan got a cll from one of the kids he had baptized and he said that his dad had gotten baptized a year earlier and that they were about to enter into the temple to be sealed for the eternities. I thought that was cool. President Smith told us that we wont be able to see the fruits of the people we baptized until 10 or 20 years have past. Because we will see that their children are active and serving missions and their grandchildren... That is going to be so cool.

President Nelson said that our mission president and his wife will be our best friends forever. He said we need to let them know when we get married, when our converts go through the temple, and when grandchildren of converts enter the temple.

But, my favorite part of the whole conference was at the end when he left a blessing with our missions. He blessed us to:

To be true disciples of the Lord
To be an attraction to the people
He blessed our families that they will be drawn closer to the Lord by my devotion
He envoked a blessing of health and strength in my mind and body
He blessed us with safety on our missions so that we can return home and continue to be missionaries.

I love the Lord and my only desire is to serve Him. I am not perfect, but I am sure trying to be. One thing President Duncan said was Yes or Yes. I love that. You can always ask yourself a question.. Are you going to be a disciple of Christ? Yes or Yes. The answer should ALWAYS be yes. I love my Savior. I want to be like Him and I want to do what He asks of me.

I hope all is well back home!

Hermana Bullough

Week 71 - Donde Hallo El Solaz?

Hola mi querida familia!

I love you guys so much! I feel so blessed here in the mission!

This week was CRAZY!

Tuesday we had consejo de lideres. We were in Xela all day long! It was so tiring! But, I love listening to President Smith. He is such an inspired man. He told us that on the 25th of this month we are going to have a multi mission conference with the mission Rehu! I am so excited! I think President Nelson will be here. It has to be someone big because they are combining the missions. I think I will see Cameron Smith!

My companion says I talk in my sleep.. in spanish.. that is cool!

On Wednesday I was sick all morning in bed. In the afternoon we left to work. I got a call from one of my converts in Chiantla. She said that she will be having her baby on monday (today) and that they are naming her after me! They are going to name here Natalie Pamela! I thought that was pretty cool. I want to try and come out in June of next year because so many of my converts will be getting sealed. I definitely want to be here for that!

In the evening we went to visit the familia Figueroa. I was feeling kind of down and Harick (The youngest) Said "Hermana Bullough, sabe que?" I said "que?" Y el dijo "La quiero." It was really cute. I got teary eyed.

On Thursday we went to the temple with our zone! I love the temple so much! This time I went with a specific question and I could just feel so much peace while I was sitting in the celestial room! I love the temple! I cant wait to go every single week in one month! We were a little embarrased this day because we had to be in the terminal at 530 to meet up with our zone. We set the alarm for 4 in the morning.. but, when it went off, I accidently turned it off instead of putting it on snooze! We woke up at 545 to a call from our zone leaders... They said "Where are you guys?" We told them we were on are way.. but we werent! I didnt even shower! I look so bad in the pictures! BVut, the temple was still so good!

I love the mission so much! There are so many people waiting to here the gospel and I just think it is so cool that I get to be working this job full time! I know that God lives! I know that this is His gospel!

Hermana Bullough