Family family family!
Thank you for being the best! I can not tell you how much i love hearing about each of you. Sister Cedillo and i share a great love for our families. Without getting trunky we have fun telling each other stories from our childhood and fun things from the emails we recieve. Her brother was called to the Las Vegas West mission. He comes this summer. Pretty funny though! She is the best! we had a bit of a rough morning yesterday. During our companionship study, we shared some thoughts that got us ready and remotivated. The day actually turned out to be really good. No specific success but we were happy, optimistic, and enjoying being together doing the work of God! It was great. I wish there was a way to explain how wonderful it is to be a missionary but it isn't that i'm enjoying anything specific. There is so much joy to be found in the basics....walking in the sun, talking to everyone, laughing at lame missionary jokes and weird rejections/excuses. The simple work is hard but so enjoyable! Thank you for supporting me though prayers and fasting. We talk about family prayer a lot. we have a new contact method we've been asked to use called the blessing contact. We explain that we are representatives of Jesus Christ, ask them what they would ask the savior for if he were there, then ask if we may offer a blessing or simply a prayer in their home for their needs. We ask how they feel afterwards, refer them to mormon.org then set an apt. It works well for street contacts. Honestly, the majority of street contacts are referrals. We are in a wealthier area and there aren't as many hispanics. It is a great way for missionaries to get started with new referrals. It is also great because with a simply prayer, we can teach simple principles of the gospel, they can feel our sincerity and love for them as well as feel the spirit. I am not sure if it is just our mission that does it or if it is widespread but either way, it was inspired and it is effective. The people that let us in are the ones that let us return. The ones that don't hopefully will keep their commitment to look at mormon.org and have interest soon. Lupita - Guadalupe- paid tithing yesterday. it was great to see her apply things she learned in church. We haven't taught her about about tithing yet but last week in sacrament meeting there were two talks. It was so neat to see her exercise faith in such a simple way. I love her and Antonio a lot. She said this week that when she is baptized she wants us to be there. Her date is july 14th but we are certain we will need to move it back. She works for a member of the branch so we started teaching her here. Her husband said he would like to learn but only from the missionaries that teach his wife. We have special permission from President Neider to go to the north las vegas to teach them. It's tricky but we are working with the other missionaries as well.
...Also, thank you elder shroedter, elder tingey, janae, and robin daily/ sister daily for your letters! I love you all!
Hurrah for Israel!
Dear President Neider,
I think every week gets better and better! When i was preparing to come to the mission a lot of people asked what i was most afraid of and what i was most excited for. My response is mostly the same. I am still afraid of the refining process. I know that i have weaknesses that will improve little by little. I know that i will discover more as the time goes by but i am also know that the Lord will help me because i am his daughter and he loves me but also because i am on his special errand. The refining process can be rough. I'm a little nervous but i have faith! My response to what i was most exited for was to get close to people. I'm excited to get closer to my leaders - you, sister Neider, bishops and ward leaders, Sister Cedillo, and the many more to come. Besides my leaders, i know that i will get close to my companions and the people we teach together. This week i finally felt the progress of 6+ weeks as a missionary. Sister Cedillo and I had some great companionship studies where i felt the spirit strongly. I also had the opportunity to express gratitude to one of our investigators, Lupita. She's the one we visit at work here and in her home in North. At church yesterday she paid her tithing. We explained that she didn't have to pay tithing until she is baptised but she insisted. she is a clear example of faith. When we taught her and her husband, we were a little bold inviting her husband, Antonio, to be baptised. He still declined, unfortunately, but i believe that Lupita's example will help him. Afterwards, i felt prompted to simply express our purpose as missionaries and our love for them. I loved feeling a genuine love for them and being able to express it!
Besides Lupita and Antonio, everyone is going well. I love being a missionary and i Love the Las Vegas mission. Thank you for all that you do, President! Hurrah for Israel!