Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Still here!... unfortunately not for long :(
Wow it's been a long time since I've written I'm sorry to all! I hope all have been well :)I feel like I have been a bit of a mess emotionally lolf these past few weeks as my time draws to an end as a full time missionary. I cant believe this is it, I've come down to the last week I have as a full-time servant of the Lord and I simply can't believe it. It's almost a bit strange my mind can't seem to grasp, that this is the end of my time here, however I know that the work and learning doesn't stop here; just that all my time and attention as a servant to and of the Lord, is coming to a close but I know that He always blesses us as we serve Him in any time, any moment, anywhere.I've had some mixed feelings and emotions these last few weeks but nevertheless, we have seen a bit more progresstion in all things. We have a bit more of an urgency to be exactly obedient so that the Lord guides us and blesses us so that we can have the Spirit. I testify that being obedient to His commandments helps us to feel His love and of the Holy Spirit who guides us and comforts us.We have had many investigators attending church! 7 were at church! Wahoo!!! The family Dominguez Cruz is still progressing, although not enough to be baptized before my departure :'( I was really hoping for that, to seem all of them in their white clothes but I also know that it's not about me so it's not what I want. All in the Lord's time. The good news is that we had Family Home Evenings and they loved it! We are also finding new investigators and seeing more miracles and witnessing how the Lord guides the individual lives of His children and I know this is true.Some interesting other things that have happened recently all all in the photos that I am sending so that you can be a part of the adventures :)***Last Monday P Day we got to go downtown and take some fun pictures.. I've included a picture of my hair now because it's growing so long!.. I also got a package in the mail from the primary of my ward ;D... got to go to the dentist to have a free cleaning ��... tried a different fruit called Anona and actually was pretty good!.. oh and last week I got an eye infection, was red and kinda swollen, wasn't pretty :(.. and a picture of some of the fun murals that are all over the city!Well I hope everyone has a great week and I can't wait to be home but first I have a work to do, a work to be finished. Please be safe and have a great week!!Love,Hermana Newman
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
¡¡Feliz Año Nuevo!..?
Helloo Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had a great New Year. Guess what we did!? We slept. Haha we slept and made a piñata.. Well now we just have to decorate it. Remember last year? Yep so I decided that it's a tradition now that I make a piñata for New Year's, it's so fun! I'll send a picture next week when it's finished.So this week so many things happened! As well as a lot of emotions have been felt! We had exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders and I got to know a new area for a day, we returned home on New Year's Eve at 6 PM for protection of all the fiestas and alcohol, and we painted a house!!!! YAY por fin! Finally someone let us serve them! I mean we are always trying to find ways to serve people but this was a project out of the norm. I even got to put on my jeans! Haha I'll have the pictures hopefully next week too of that fun event. I was so happy.The family's house that we helped paint is actually our investigator family that we're teaching that we are hoping we be prepared for a baptism at the end of this month! Wahoo. We are working with them to help the overcome their doubts and worries.. mainly from the hermano and we hope they get baptized because they also have officially decided they want to get married!!!The family's name is Dominguez Cruz. In the family is the father Luis, the kids luis (10), Alondra (12), Edwin (4), and their mom Gaby. It was so cute because this week when we had a Family Home Evening, we asked them all to share something of the week that they liked or that went well. But because Edwin is so little, he didn't understand the question really well and all he said smiling was.. Estoy feliz :) Hermana Carbajal asked, you're happy why? and he replied.. va haber boda! Which means, there's gonna be a wedding. Chuckling we said, there's gonna be a wedding? Of who? He simply told us as in a manner if it were something obvious with his arms outstretched and said, well mi familia! Hahaha it was so cute and he is super smart too. He likes to say prayers too and when we finish he loudly says AMEN! lol Ahhh Their really special to us and I know that as long as we are obedient and try our best, the Lord will help us to help them see their baptism day.Well to finish the week and start the year with a little bit of unluck.. we spent All. Day. Yesterday. In the hospital... �� It was horribly boring. I was fine, am fine but my poor companion had a kidney stone attack yesterday morning and luckily there were members ready to help us and so we woke up and as we started to get ready is when it all happened.. I felt helpless as I saw my poor companion in excrutiating pain but thankful that Hermana Kirkham helped us discern that we should go to the hospital. Because we actually had no idea what it was. All we knew is that she had a pain in her left side and it wasn't a stomach pain so I didn't know what it could be.. I instinctly thought it was her appendix but Hermana Kirkham said she thought it was a pain in her ovary because of her time of the month.. I was clueless and so was she and especially after the mission doctor nor her husband answered so she said okay, then take a taxi and go to the hospital. And when she said that I thought, oh no really? The hospital? I thought about getting lost and not knowing where to go but luckily I remembered exactly the night before, some sweet members said, Hermanas if you need anything let us know.So Hermana Pech was the first I thought of and when I heard her voice of comfort I started to well up with tears and couldn't find my voice to tell her what we needed. I found my voice and she said okay I'll my husband and I'm on my way! They dropped everything and took us there and there we spent the whole day... haha it was quite an adventure but I'm happy to say that we got her medication and everything will be just fine. We are still waiting to hear back for an appointment with the urologist so by the end of this week I hope we can say goodbye to the kidney stone of Hermana Carbajal. All I can say is the Lord truly is aware of us and answers prayers. We were guided throughout the whole day and are always as long as we are obedient, have desires to follow him, and ask for his help.Have a great and safe week everyone!Sincerely,Hermana Newman
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Helloo everyone!!I hope you all had a Merry Christmas :D We can sure feel the love of the members here, especially from all the food they share with us. Truly, we are so blessed. This week alone I think I've eaten the most cake than that in the entire time I've been serving a mission. Ooh we ate a lot of sugar and candy and food from the dinners and such haha They are all so sweet and give us little things here and there but all good... And now we anticipate the new year how excited 2016!!!This year of 2015 went by so super fast, have absolutely no idea where it went but the thing I love about a new year is the goals that we set and clearly we have the chance always or rather anytime of the year to set goals however I love the beginning too because it gives us that perspective of 365 days, what is it we want to accomplish or reflect on what we want to improve. When setting goals, it is also, of course, important to assure that they be SMART goals. For those of you who maybe at the moment don't know or can't remember.. SMART goals are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Applicable, Realistic, and with Time.I have already set my goals and desires for this year. When setting goals it is also recommendable.. is that a word?... or just recommended?... you decide haha well it is a good idea to of course, consult the Lord in His will for us. We may have things in mind but so does He, so we need to be able to aline our will with His.I know that as we constantly look to Him for guidance and assurance, He will direct us. It sometimes may be a scary thing, to completely trust in Him, but as we practice that willingness, He will bless us even more. I personally like to consider more than we can imagine :)Hermana Carbajal and I are doing great, she is wonderful, just awesome, I feel like I hardly need to train her because she learns so fast and on her own applies everything. We are having a bit of difficulties right now with a lot of people to teach but we keep on trying. I hope that we can each do our part and try a little harder to be better than yesterday and serve others the best we can. And I know that if we don't have that desire, we can pray and ask for it so that we can become like Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son. Have a great week and Happy New Year!!!!!Sincerely,Hermana Newman
Monday, December 28, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Hello one and all! I apologize I've be so inconsistent with these emails. I've repented and I'm going to be better lolHow is everyone? I hope you liked the video ''A Savior is Born''. If you haven't visited the webpage I invite you to check it out because there is another small video that's really good too I think it's called something like ''The World Without a Savior''. That whole webpage for Christmas is amazing, really special :) Here it is again if you need it's easy to remember:Well, I have to say being in the mission has had it's suprises. I didn't expect this transfer to be returning back to my second area when I came to Cancún the first time. We had changes yesterday or transfers and I have a new companion. I am now finishing the training of another missionary who is new to the mission. Her name is Hermana Carbajal. (Sister Car-ba-hall) She is from Honduras! Really sweet, down to earth and has a lot of compassion.I am excited to train her or more like help her finish training because when a missionary first comes to the mission, they receive an in-field training of 12 weeks and she already finished 5 so I get to help her with the 7 that are left! Yay :)I think the Heavenly Father sent me back here because obviously there is something I need to learn that I didn't the first time and as well, find the families that have their hearts open and willing to recieve the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope that with our prayers, diligence, hard work, patience, desire to love and obedience, we will have sucess in finding and helping them change their lives for the better by receiving the saving ordinances of the Gospel.Have a great week to all and remember to share the video ''A Savior is Born'' with everyone! Because everyone needs to know why and that it happened that a savior was born and that savior is the Lord Jesus Christ. I know His Atonement is real, I've lived it, I love it, I hunger to have it in my life. I know this is true. I humbly share and testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.With much love,
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
We are running around like crazy meeting new people, striving to have lessons with members, encouraging the recent converts, having our days fully planned with more work to do than there is time! Huhh! We're a little exhausted.
Well as I mentioned, we've been a little tired running around everywhere (our area is a bit large) but Hermana Bloomfield is so amazing and I'm so happy we're companions and together again. We have learned different things while serving a mission and I am so greatful for her grand example and desire to love, serve, do so diligently and obey with exactness. I feel like she is helping me more than I am helping her because she is truly an admirable servant of the Lord.
But by being an example and doing our part to follow the Lord, we are able to walk in His ways. After all, that is the ultimate goal. So I challenge you to think about how you can serve as the Lord would have you serve. Ask Him, what He would have You do and testify that He will let you know, He will answer you, through the Holy Spirit who, if you listen, and obey, will guide you in all you do. Be safe and have a great week!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I'm alive haha sorry it's so late writing today but all is well however I'm a little tired haha but then again I feel that way often now and then again :)
So today we had transfers! That's in part why it was so stressful. And because of transfers that's why I'm writing super late, it's a long story but it was also stressful because we had to view the travel plans for the sisters in our area and we were making calls for that at 6:30 am, shopping for groceries and helping my companion with her luggage at the same time finding a taxi to go home and such, huh, well that and more is why I have just felt like a chicken running around with it's head cut off haha un poco loca ;) BUT the good news is I stay in my same area called Palmas 2 but I have a new companion, guess who! Remember Hermana Bloomfield? My companion from the MTC? We're back together again! And as Sister Training Leaders :D
I am really happy, really excited actually to be with her, she has so much animo and it will really help the sisters. I am excited to get the chance to work with her again and now that we have adjusted to mission life and everything. It will be different but better :) We have already talked about some goals and that we are anticipated to work and work hard.
And I am soooo so excited Elder Hart will be in Barrio Palmas with us because he is awesome, really good missionary who has that spark and knows how to work. We are going to put the members to work. I am so excited about the new, haha ''new'' key indicators and I know it will change the mission because it will push us more to work harder and with the members; to get them involved in the missionary work, serve, and to help strengthen their own testimonies.
We recently have had new instruction to have a different emphasis or focus with the Key indicators and that's why I say they're new but they're not really new simply we are changing the focus and our plans are to work more closely with the members because that is really how missionary work is supposed to happen. Missionary work isn't about the ''missionaries''. It's about the Lord and His children. Every single member is really a missionary simply the title we have recieved is full-time missionaries and we are nothing more than an instrument, a tool in the Lord's hands for the work to press on. I know it's true and I hope we can all see more miracles as we are obedient to the Lord's commandments of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Love you all! Have a great week!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Believe in God, Belive that He is
Hermana Newman :)Lots of Love,What I do know is that if we want to survive in this life it is to rely on the Lord, have faith in Him, beliving that He is as King Benjamin teaches us in Mosiah 4:9. He is the only way to true happiness. This life is not easy, it's supposed to be hard. But if we lose our faith, it will be difficult to keep going. I hope each one of you can give yourself TIME to read, study, ponder the scriptures daily, and seek the Lord in sincere prayer. He will tell us what it is we need to do, afterall, the prophets have promised it themselves that He is there and He will listen if we will just believe in Him and submit ourselves to His will. I know we can do it! And perservere until the end, endure to the end.This is the last week before transfers again and I have no idea what will happen because there are so many options, I could stay in my same area again and with my Hermana Carrasco again as Sister Training Leaders but we have had now 4 and half months together or one of us could leave, it's my companion's last transfer and sometimes President grants the wishes of a missionary if they want to be with a specific companion or in a certain place for their last transfer. Then again, I could train someone because I still haven't had that opportunity so who knows!In other news, things are better with our recent converts, their all attending church again wahoo! Hermano Mauro and his wife are doing good and we are finding more investigators. Still no one who accepts a baptism date but at least the majority accept baptism :) We're still working on that.Hello everyone!How was this last week? For us it was hot.. again haha looks like the raining season has past. I figured out that instead of ''April's showers bring May flowers'' in Cancun it's October's rain brings more heat and then ''cold''. From the humidity it gets more hot but afterwards more into November and December is what here they call ''cold''. It's that time of year again where we will see hoodies and sweatshirts and coats and gloves and hats not from the tourists but the people who live here in CANCUN! It's crazy to me, their Winter is like our Spring lol
Monday, October 26, 2015
A few weeks ago as we were walking to an appointment the thought popped into my mind.. Why did Heavenly Father create Roses with thorns? Honestly I cannot tell you why I had been thinking of such a peculiar thought, sort of random out of nowhere but nevertheless it was an interesting thought and I decided to ask my companion what she thought. She said didn't know, clearly but I kept thinking and then we talked about possibilities for the why. I mentioned that maybe it's because if there weren't any thorns, we couldn't appreciate the effort it took to grow nor the beauty of the rose.
This new perspective made me remember of the reason in general why there is opposition in all things, because we would not be able to appreciate the good from the bad and we wouldn't rely on the Lord if we always have ''good times'' because even though we should remember Him in the good we somehow always seem to remember Him more in the bad.
I think mainly too I still lack a little... a lot of faith. But every day is another chance, another oportunity to keep going, keep trying and doing all that is in my power to increase my faith. While I am working on my faith, I am coming to know and remember that Heavenly Father loves me, He is aware of me, and as I pray and plead to Him for His help, He helps me calm my fears.
This week was a little tough, or better yet these last two weeks, because we have to find new investigators. When we were finding new investigators after the baptism of Carlitos and Mauro, they weren't progressing quickly enough for baptism so we decided to keep finding new investigators but in the process of doing so, satan decided to come and swoop in with discouragement and doubt so they began to not be progressing again. With the investigators we do have more or less progressing, they have accepted baptism but not a baptismal date. So that's where we are right now, and I feel bad because as STL's we are supposed to be setting the example but we don't have any ''baptism canditates'' right now :( That is one part of why I say I think I still lack a lot of faith, like my mission President wrote me this week, faith to find, faith to baptize. So we keep the hope, we keep on praying and keep on striving to change and become like Christ.