Monday, September 29, 2014
My Dearest Family,
This week we had inter-cambios again and this time I got to stay in Country and Hna Ludlow came to visit me for a day. It was super fun and I didn't realize how much I've missed speaking English until she came. I learned a couple things from her, 1. The time passes by so quickly on the mission so we have to take advantage of every moment and enjoy it and use the time we are given wisely and 2. In the mission I've learned to have a different idea of what is clean and what is dirty. For example in the morning sometimes I pour out my cereal and find ants in, but we've found that the best solution is to just pour in the milk wait about 6 seconds for all the ants to run out and then enjoy the wonderful, nutritious bowl of cereal.... Ya, I don't think I ever would have done that at home, but you do what you gotta do in the mission.
Also, we had a baptism this week!!! His name is Diego and he's 9 years old. His mom is a recent convert also, but they were super wonderful and supportive in his baptism. His dad, Orlin, spoke and shared a brief, but powerful testimony about the temple and the desire he has to go there with his wife and family someday. It was a beautiful heart-touching testimony. Watching one of your converts get baptized is one of the most rewarding things that can happen on the mission.
My companion and I have also learned this week that it is better to be direct when teaching rather than beat-around-the-bush. The scriptures tell us (in 1 Nephi) that the wicked will take the truth to be hard, but in D&C it tells us that God's chosen will hear word and accept the invitation to repent and be baptized. So when we teach directly we are able to find out if the people we are teaching are chosen or if it isn't quite their time yet. I really love being a missionary and love sharing the gospel with others everyday. Sometimes it's a little frustrating and we have our low times, but the baptisms and high times more than make up for those rough days. I love you all so much!
Monday, September 22, 2014
My companion and I had an AWESOME week! It was a little frustrating the first 2 weeks, because we hardly had any investigators and less progressing. But, this week was completely different. We found so many new people to teach and a lot of them actually have a desire to hear our message and ask God if this is all true. I have this great feeling that we're going to start having some baptisms in the next couple of weeks. I'm not exactly sure when, but I've got faith that it's going to happen. I've learned this week that sometimes we make awesome plans that we think our perfect, but then we head out the door and our day goes not even close to according to plan. However, this week, those days were the most successful and best days we had. It's funny how God works sometimes. He tries to teach us the importance of relying on him always. And even though we had some CRAZY days, this week has been the best week I've had in a while. We were also super blessed to have a Reunion de Nuevos, with all the trainers and their trainees this week and it was wonderful. President talked a lot about the importance of having unity in your companship and how we always have to work together and treat each other as equals despite how much time we have in the mission. Lucky for me, Hna Almendras and I get along super well and we don't really have problems with unity. So my short, spiritual message for this week is, When we have sufficient faith, nothing is impossible! Remember that always and our lives will be a lot better. Thanks for all the prayers and support and I love you all tons!
Con Mucho Amor,
Monday, September 15, 2014
This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to the temple for the 2nd time here in the mission and it was beautiful and amazing as always. Our mission President always stresses the importance of going to the temple with a question in mind, because when we´re in the temple we are more open to receive personal revelation. My question this week was... How can I fully give myself over to the Lord? Right now I’m trying so hard to lose myself in this work, but sometimes it´s hard with the daily distractions that we have every day. As I was sitting and pondering after the session I got my answer. If I really, truly have a desire to lose myself in this work I have to love the people, and if I want to truly love the people I have to think of them and treat them as if they were my own family. And that shouldn´t be so hard seeing that we literally are brothers and sisters here on the earth. So, I made a goal that from here on out I´m going to teach every person as if they were my brother or sister or my aunt or uncle. I know if we have that kind of mindset it will be nearly impossible to not have deep love for each person that we teach. But, with everything there is opposition. In this week we lost two investigators... they told us that they couldn´t meet with us anymore because of one thing or another or just that they weren´t interested. It was heart breaking for me and my trainee, but we´re moving forward with our chins up and with faith that there are other people out there just waiting to hear about the gospel. Remember that nothing is impossible with God and that we can overcome any obstacle with his help. I love you all so much!
Hermana Brooklyn Hansen
Monday, September 8, 2014
So, on Wednesday I rcvd my new companion! Her name is Hna. Almendras. She´s from Bolivia and is 20 years old. She´s super sweet and helps me out with my spanish when I confuse my words during the lessons. I´ve really enjoyed this first week of training. It´s been wonderful, because I can take all the good things I learned from my other companions and put them all together and get rid of all the things that I didn´t like. But also, it´s super hard because you are in charge of EVERYTHING. My companion doesn´t know the area or the investigators or the members so I have to take the initiative to show her the ropes. I know it´s going to be hard, but I¨m super excited. Also, our first day here we put a goal to baptize 10 people in these 3 months that we´re going to have together. Wow, we´ve got some work to do, but we´ll get there.
This week we also had a conference with Elder Ochoa of the SEventy of the area and the YOung Men President of the entire church. They talked to us about the importance of the Sacrament and how we need to make sure that our investigators and the members here understand the symbolism. As members of the church we really have a great opportunity to cleanse ourselves every Sunday and renew our baptismal covenants with God. How lucky are we to have the opportunity
to have a clean slate EVERY week. That really is such a blessing that I didn´t quite fully understand before. I hope that this week as you partake of the sacrament you will think about what it really means for you personally. I love being a missionary and I love sharing this message of happiness with everyone whether they will hear us out or not. Remember the Savior always.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
My Dear Family,
So, last Monday in the afternoon we got a call from Presidente Fortuna and guess what?... I bet you'll never guess... I'm going to train! I'm super excited, but super nervous too, because I still have a lot of things to learn for myself. But, I figure if President called me (and he's an inspired servant of the Lord) I must have something to teach a brand new missionary. I went to a meeting for all the people that are going to train in this transfer and all of the names of the new-bes have Latina last names so I'm like 95% sure that my companion will be Latin and speak better Spanish than me. But, in the mission the important thing isn't how much of the language you can speak. It's more about your determination to bring the spirit into every lesson you teach and have a genuine love for the people you teach. In this meeting the very last thing that Pres. Fortuna said was "No hay tiempo para temor" or in other words "there isn't time to be scared". And that was exactly what I needed to hear. In the mission there really isn't time to be scared of whether people are going to slam a door in your face or reject the gospel. If we're doing all that we can to do our part and let the people know why we're here than God is going to help us with the rest. He will never leave us alone. So in short... I"m still nervous, but I'm super excited to train.
Also, we had intercambios this week and I got to go visit a different area with Hna. Ludlow. She was wonderful and gave me lots of encouragement and words of advice for training. Right now I'm just super excited and almost can't wait until Wednesday to receive my companion. Well that's all I've got for this week. Stay strong, be bold, and have courage, because this life is too short to be afraid of sharing what we know with the people around us.
All My Love,