Week 24

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hola familia y amigos!

So, we now have 30 minutes to write so we can work more on P-day. It's crazy but it's the will of the Lord! So I'll just recap everything as well as I can.

My comps are so amazing! I love them to death! We work so well together!

The work is pretty busy over here lately, which is great but makes little time to do much else but work and sleep! We eat if we're lucky (jokes, mom and dad, I am well nourished I promise!) but with our new callings as rescue missionaries we are super tight on time! Time is GOLD on the mission. I've never wanted more time in the day than now. 

So our investigators are progressing really well! We have a baptism on Friday and Saturday and a family next week! And we found 2 new families yesterday and they seem pretty interested so we'll see!

It's been an amazing experience helping the menos activos (less actives) come back to church and work with them. Again I'd like to repeat that if you know of someone who hasn't been to church in a while, lift them up with a simple call, note or visit and let them know that you are thinking of them! It makes a world of difference!

We have a conference with an area of the seventy on thursday and I'm going to do a musical number with a couple other missionaries. I'm pretty excited but a little nervous because it's in front of the whole mission- but yeah it's a great opportunity to share our talents!

We were the zone with the most success this month again so we're gonna have another super P-day! wooooh!

The mission is growing my testimony so much! I feel so converted to the Lord and His work. I love being here and I never want to leave! Haha just kidding I wanna go home to see the baby presh Nathan! And all my hermanitas (little sisters) leave on their missions! I hope you are preparing right now Shannon and Kayla- the time will come quickly. 

Well I love you all! Enjoy Halloween! They don't really celebrate it here but they're already preparing for Christmas- crazy. And I saw the candy cane kisses! But I didn't buy them cuz they're caro (expensive). But I think you know what I want for Christmas now so...

Con amor, 
Hermana Infanzon

Week 23

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hola from the trees of Arboledas!

Still here in my hometown. And I have 2 new daughters! My family is growing very fast in the mission. My other children, Hermana Broadhead and Hermana Martinez se fueron with madrastos (went with ?). My CCM comp Hermana Foster stole my daughter Hermana Broadhead from me, now she is her stepmother. But I know she will take good care of her :) My 2 new chillen are Hermana Romero and Castro. Hermana Romero is really Hermana Baratta from Boston but they changed her name because it means cheap in Spanish (how secret agent is that?) and Hermana Castro is from Nicaragua and Hermana Romero is 20. They're both so awesome! It's been a great week training them, they adjusted well to the lifestyle changes and are getting right into the work with me! They talk to everyone, I love it.

This cambio (transfer) was pretty big because we have received a new calling. The President has called us and some other missionaries to be missionaries of de liderazgo and rescate. Which means rescue leadership missionaries. It's kind of a test drive right now that the prophet has put into action (I think in all the missions? I'm not sure.) But it has been an answer to my prayers. We have a focus on less actives now, so we are still going to teach and baptize investigators, but our main work is going to be to reactivate. We have already seen results! We had 3 inactives come back to church yesterday that hadn't been for almost a year. One of them brought his nonmember girlfriend, we taught her for the first time yesterday, and she has a baptismal date in November. M is so excited and prepared for baptism, and we never would have found her if we didn't visit her boyfriend R and invite him back to the fold. It was a very fulfilling week for me. I have felt the love of Christ for all of his sheep, even the lost ones. He never forgets his children and we shouldn't either. I encourage every one of you to think of someone who hasn't been to church for a while. Pray for them tonight, write them a note, give them a call, and invite them to return. The Atonement gives us this chance to become a new person, no one is excluded from this.

S is doing well and is preparing for her baptism on the 1st of November (she was going to have it on the 2nd but we changed it because it's the Day of the Dead and she didn't want to remember her baptism on that date haha)

We have some new investigators, A and E who are very interested in the church. We also met P this week. All of them we felt to teach Lesson 2, The Plan of Salvation, and they received it really well. One of my favorite things to teach is that we lived with our Father in Heaven before we came to earth, that we accepted His plan to come here, and that He knows every one of us by name. The light that comes to their eyes makes me know that this wasn't new knowledge, but a reminder of who we are. We are children of a loving Heavenly Father, who has given us His son Jesus Christ to prepare the way to eternal joy and happiness with our families. How great is this knowledge! I hope there is no one in your social circle that is not aware of this beautiful truth! Share with the world the truth of the gospel. Please, they need to hear it. Sharing the gospel has been such a source of happiness for me. If you need the Spirit with you more, if there are problems festering in your hearts or homes, I promise they would resolve themselves through the blessings that come from accepting the call that God has given each of us to be missionaries.

Serving as God has instructed us in these latter days need not be difficult  It doesn't require power, it gives us power! The savior, the greatest teacher, has shown us how to do it. Study his parables and put into action the principles found. The work of salvation is given to every man if we learn how to do it in ways that mirror the mind and the ways of the Lord.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways" (Isaiah 55:8)

Con amor, 
Hermana Infanzon

Week 22

Monday, October 14, 2013

Como estan todos (how is everyone)? And how is the weather there? I hope you're enjoying gorgeous Autumn. It's hecka hot here right now! I'm quemando (burning). So we're going to the President's house today to have a water fight cuz my zone had the most exito (success) this month! Holla back!

We taught E this week. She's the daughter of an investigator we have been visiting. She said that when we come and pray for her and her family she feels a strength and love that she had never felt before. She said that she can feel our sincerity to help her and her family with their difficulties and she is excited for us to come back and share some more!
We also have S who's going to be baptized in a couple weeks! She's dating a member in our ward, K, who wants to marry her in the temple. They are really sweet together and she has a great desire to be baptized! (not just for him, don't worry haha) She prays and reads so much to have the Spirit, because she says she loves the Spirit that the members of the church have. Her family is really Catholic and don't want her to be baptized, but she said she wants to change her life and become a member, so please pray for her that her family will accept her desire!
The G family is so great! The husband is an English professor and loves reading the Book of Mormon in English. They went to General Conference and were really impressed with the prophet! They are very interested to learn more so were going to them tonight to have a Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) with the C Family.

So we have changes this week! On Wednesday. I feel anxious as cambios
(transfers) arrive, I don't know if my time in Las Arboledas is done or not, but I completely trust the will of God and I'm excited to see what more He has in store for me and the members I am going to work with. I am very grateful to Heavenly Father for blessing me with a great first area and Latter-day Saints who are going to be my examples for life. I feel a conviction more than ever to work with the members, I know we are fulfilling our purpose as servants of the Lord when we serve side by side with the Saints. 

Yesterday I had an amazing experience with our mission fast. We all fasted yesterday for the member missionary work here. I had never felt so much power in fasting before, but this time was different. Miraculously, I didn't have any hunger pains haha. I believe the first difference was that when we started the fast, we really tried to pray with fervency to receive the help from the Lord that we wanted to find new ways to work with members and involve them more. The other difference was that after we prayed for revelation, we looked. We searched, we talked and discussed. We put our faith to action, not just waited for the revelation to come. And as we talked about our members, a thought popped into my head. It was so sudden I knew it hadn't come from me. At first I didn't feel too sure if the idea would work, but I went with it and as I did, a flood of ideas came into my head. The more I planned, the more sure I felt that this was an inspired thought. Personal revelation truly does come when we put faith to action.
This week I encourage you all to put your faith in your prayers and see the miracles that follow!

Con amor, 
Hermana Infanzon

Week 21

Monday, October 7, 2013

This was such a great weekend because it was conference! Thanks for thinking of me family! I was obsessing about conference all week before it came and the night before I couldn't sleep I was so excited! And when the weekend finally arrived I was all ears. I received soo much help from the things said! I know we all did. Especially from President Monson's talk. He is a great example of strength through trials. To be honest, our week was tough. As a companionship we lost a little unity, but the conference kinda struck us into humility and I haven't been feeling one bit of discord or discouragement since! The Lord loves us. That I know more than ever.

I have relied a bunch on the lord to pull me through some tough times and the faith I put in my prayers was the faith that saw results. Really if I'm being honest, I've never felt so overwhelmed in my life, but at the same time never so peaceful and sure of what I'm doing. But the supplication that we bring to our Father in Heaven is always heard. I encourage you all to pray every single night and morning, on your knees, and say out loud the desires of your heart, and I can promise followed peace and comfort from a loving Savior. Search and find. He is the way and the light. The light that I have, truly comes from Him.

I was telling Aunt Laura how the talk by Elder Christofferson really hit me and how I thought of all the good influence of the women in my life. The faith that you have truly does grace you so naturally it's like you don't even notice it. Don't sweat the temporal things, they're not worth the stress. All that matters in this life is being close to the Lord, so I encourage you to take action and make any changes you need to in order to have personal prayer, scripture study, and family prayer/scripture study everyday. This is the MOST important advice I can give anyone with struggles. It really is my anchor through this challenging but rewarding time in my life.

About the governement, that's so funny about the article! And too true. The church should run it haha

I'm a terrible person because I never leave time to write more about my week so I'm gonna try to make notes throughout the week to be better!

I love you alllll!

Con amor, 

Hermana Infanzon

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