October 16, 2017

Bautismo de Luis

Dear Friends and Family,

I love you and appreciate you!

I don't have enough time to do a deep study justice. This week was a lot the same as last week. Learning to turn outward and be humble. 

Luis got baptized and it was like moving a mountain to get his parents there. Then they weren't I couldn't believe it. But he was so happy:) I'm happy for him too. I love that kid.

Gloria is really crazy and tried to make us wheel her to the 99 and put her pant leg on her. Yes, that's correct, she was only wearing 1 pant leg. Yes, we did wheel her to the 99 anyway. No, we did not put her pant leg on her.

Love you and have a great week!

Luis's baptism 

Francisco Ramirize III whose jumpsuit is way too big for him. 

Hermanas Figeuroa, McDonald and Sleight with Luis and Francisco

El orgullo y la humilidad

Dear Friends and family,

Thanks for the love and support! It's truly been felt. 

Humility and pride. The universal battle between righteousness and sin. As I've studied it this week, I've learned an important lesson. Here are a few lies the devil might try to tell you, and you might believe for a while: "I'm the only one making any effort around here." "If anyone needs to change, it's him/her." "I'd be happier if my circumstances changed." "Humility means that I don't think I can make a difference." "Someone told me I was humble 3 months ago, so I don't need to work on my pride." "_______ is the mark of greatness." All of these are symptoms of pride, as is competitiveness and comparing any number of human beings to one another. Pride is anything that points our focus to ourselves. Humility is confidence that because we are representatives of Christ(which anyone who has been baptized is.), we have the power and responsibility to bless the lives of others, and doing so rather than thinking of ourselves. "Forget yourself and go to work" has never had such great meaning for me.

Stories!

Felix gave us free fruit cups because Hna F asked for "un pedacito" of pineapple. It was delicious! 

We went to Luis's 17th birthday party. It was so great:) He's such a sweetheart and it's so great to see him interact with his family. He said the prayer on the pizza in English, and when he finished, his mom looked at us and was all teary when she said, "He prayed, didn't he?" It's so great to see them thankful for us.

I went on exchanges with Hna Vincent and my mission sister, Hna Velasquez! It was a lot of fun. They are so funny and they encouraged me to open up a bit. It's nice to loosen up. It's not really natural for me, but it's a lot more fun. 

Whoops, just found this sitting in my drafts from last week. Sorry!! (so this was supposed to be last week's post!)

October 10, 2017

Post from Mom

Sometimes Carmen cuts it too close to her two hour mark and her computer logs off before she can send the general email. I think this is her third time doing it. Maybe next week we will get two updates!
She sent a few photos of her companions and Luis' birthday party that they attended. She had a good zone conference. She likes her companions. But they don't like her music selections much, lol.
Hermana McDonald is only with them for 4 more weeks and then she'll go back to Puerto Rico. The weather has been much cooler compared to this time last year but much warmer than Idaho!
I know she would thank you for prayers and for reading her blog consistently. She feels the support of her friends and family very keenly in her life.
Deep thoughts on frozen fruit cups!

Hermana F. and an unnamed friend


Hermana McDonald enjoys Carmen's singing. 

Luis' birthday, happy 17th!

October 2, 2017

La conferencia general!

Dear Friends and Family, 

Thank you for your love and support!

How about conference? It was so good! I loved Elder Ballard's talk on keeping the doctrine of Christ pure. We will never know all we can about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Focus your studies on the Atonement, Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. Don't worry about the rest. God will work it out. 

Yesterday, we taught Darlene, and she is a real truth seeker. She has a lot going on, but she met with us. She's 16. I'll try to get a picture. I just love her and how when you find those people who get it, they just get it! You know what I mean? 

Sorry, I don't have much more to share. I love you! Have a great week!

Love,
Hermana Sleight

Hermana Figueroa was showing Carmen the dirt on her face! 

The new companion from Puerto Rico, Hermana McDonald! 

September 18, 2017

Baptismo para Kevin

Dear Friends and Family, 

Thank you for all of your love and support!

This week I've been reading about the last dispensation in the Book of Mormon and its degeneration into apostacy. What a sad topic. So I'll try sharing my happier thoughts on the subject: 4 Nephi 1:16-17 is a list of "do nots" that make up Zion, but in reality, it sounds like the best place to live. From old English to Hermana Sleight's personal translation, it says there is no jealousy, no fighting, no wild parties(Hna F was sad to hear that one), no vulgarity, no lying, no killing, no lust, no stealing. I would add a sign over the door that says "Be one. Be happy." I've always taken those lists for granted. In the same study, I read the list in the Family: A Proclamation to the World, and I thought it matched pretty well. When we build our families upon gospel principles, the fruit is a Zion-like home. "faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreation activities". 

Stories! 
We were driving around rounding up investigators for church when we saw Angel Escamilla who we had to drop because he's an alcoholic. We made a funny joke about putting him on the bike rack and taking him to church. We stopped by Martin's and he said he'd come late. We called Victor and he said he'd come. Neither of them did. Agency, am I right?

Kevin's baptism. I was privileged enough to knock on his door a few days before being transferred away. He's basically a stranger, but I got a hand in his salvation. What a blessing. Oh, yeah, and did I mention his other missionaries are my former companions Hermana Arenas and Hermana Pfeil?? I love them all!!! 

Love you guys! Thanks for all of the support!
Love,
Hermana Sleight



September 11, 2017

Bautismo de nina

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for your love, prayers, and support! This area and I really need it. 

Insight from this morning: I have seen all over the scriptures that the difference between sin and righteousness is black and white, and the chasm between the righteous and the wicked is growing ever wider. Thinking of earthquakes and Lehi's dream, the river is growing ever wider and deeper. It is more difficult to repent and be baptized now than it ever has been, and those who fall away fall harder than ever before. I was reading 3 Nephi 28 and the footnotes in Matthew 10 and John 7:43 when I had this insight. But what I love most is that our job is to declare the truth clearly and without apology. (PMG 211) 

This week Luisa got baptized, and since neither of her parents on members, she's technically a convert, but since she's been going to primary, we didn't really see it as our baptism either. As a result, we didn't ask anyone to preside and Bishop couldn't even make it. :/ We also left the baptism record in the car and they didn't use her second last name. Bishop said we might have to do it over again, and that was just the cherry on top of a terrible day for me. That night I knelt and asked Heavenly Father what we needed to do. Out of respect for the priesthood, we organized a rebaptism for Saturday even though it was inconvenient for everyone. I hate feeling like an inconvenience. Then Bishop did his research and everything was okay, so she just got confirmed and that was that. Lesson learned: always take everything seriously. I wish I could stop learning this lesson while simultaneously learning that I need to loosen up and laugh more. I'll figure it out though:)

Thanks again! Love you!
Hermana Sleight

September 5, 2017

Purificados en el Horno de aflicción o sea 113 grados de gloria

Dear Friends and Family,

On what I hope was the hottest week of my mission, your love support and prayers were definitely appreciated.

Cool insight on forgiveness of sins: Often in the scriptures, our sins are compared to stains on a white robe. The blood that Christ shed for us is metaphorically the infinitely strong stain remover. What I learned as I read 3 Nephi 17:29 is that Christ has done His part by shedding his blood(providing the stain remover), but we are the ones who scrub at the stains (repent) and wash it clean (are cleansed from sin by living the gospel of Jesus Christ). I love that this biblical metaphor demonstrates so well the necessity of living the gospel of Jesus Christ beyond just faith.  

Stories! I have no time. I'm so sorry.

Angel went to ARP and we can't provide the kind of help he needs. So sad...

But we found a super awesome goldmine and he's an investigator now! For pictures, see last week's email.

Love,
Hermana Sleight