November 20, 2017

Otra familia!

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for everything!

Guess what's just around the corner! The Christmas initiative!! Yay!! Remember how great last year's Christmas initiative was?  I encourage you to reflect a bit in the coming days on how #LightTheWorld was a blessing in your life and the lives of those around you. Then, on the 24th, check out mormon.org to spread the Christmas message for 2017! I know that the Holidays are a busy time and a time for giving a lot of everything to others. I hope that each of you is able to take a few moments and be still each day. Give a few minutes to God by reading and praying. 

What's new!

We decided to knock a few more doors after KO because we had gotten a late start and everything had fallen through. They let us in!! (that was a trainwreck because a member was around the corner to drop off dinner). We got an appointment for the next day with a member present and they asked lots of questions as we shared about the Book of Mormon. We're having another lesson with them tomorrow! Their names are Lucia and Santos.

Also we've been trying to contact gold mines, and even though we don't have any investigators, the members came to the activity (that's one family) and church (that's another), so I see investigators right around the corner! 

Love you! Thanks for all that you do! Enjoy your holiday!

All the hermanas were allowed to attend a baptism in Valencia and sing as a "girl band" (as much as can be for church). It was a fun time together. Pretty sure Carmen's comp, Hermana Maw is in the middle next to her. 

November 13, 2017

Sin mapa

Dear friends and family,

Thanks for the love and support! I'm thankful that you remember me:) 

I was pondering this morning losing ourselves in the work (back story: We got to the brand new area on Tuesday. They pulled a phone out of storage. No contacts, nothing. We put everything we needed on it. I lost it yesterday. :/ Record fast time for losing my phone. 5 days. Nice one, Hermana Sleight.) I was walking along with 3 other sisters, thinking about how between the 4 of us, we have one phone, and how my phone number has changed 6 times on the mission and my family hasn't had any of them. I really am not myself here. In a perfect world, I would be 100% a representative of Jesus Christ, and Carmen would just disappear for 18 months. Thanks for not forgetting me.

Stories! 

Hermana Maw is from Rexburg and I like her a lot. We opened this new area, but it has a lot of investigators already in it, which is awesome. We started with no map, no phone charger, no binder to put our new area book in, no proselyting materials, etc. Plus, you know me, I had lost my planner at transfer meeting. But we drew our own map! Our leaders helped us get by on materials, including a new planner for me, we got the phone number for the bishop, and boom! We're working. We love it here!

I finally got started on that goal I mentioned 2 general conferences ago, memorizing the Living Christ in Spanish. I am fascinated by it! His name is so much more frequently on my mind and lips. I encourage you all to do the same in the language of your choice.

God has not yet taken away the great sense of direction He has blessed me with, even though he has taken away my ability to remember names and faces. With a hand drawn map, I've figured out the area pretty quick. Twice now, we have gotten onto our bikes, and I have told Hna Maw where the name of the next person we were going to visit, and then refused to tell her anything else. She gets kind of frustrated, but she kind of likes the challenge I think:) Both times we had to backtrack a bit, but we got there just fine. Last night on the same bike ride where I lost the phone, she got to the edge of our area, looked up at the sign, and said, "Wait, this is OXNARD??" She looked at me all mad. "You let me ride across our area?" I couldn't keep it together. It was so funny! Maybe I'm mean. We worked it out.

Love you! Have a great week!
Love,
Hermana Sleight

PS Sorry no pictures I was counting on a nicer computer with an SD card reader.

November 6, 2017

Una familia!

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for the love and support! Your prayers on our behalf are always answered.

As I was reading 1 Nephi 3-4 this week, I asked myself why the Lord let Nephi and his brothers try and fail twice before they were able to get the plates. One reason might have been that they hadn't yet asked for help. Another might be that they needed to learn to bounce back from hard times. Sometimes, the Lord lets us all try and fail a few times, but He still expects us to try again. This is especially true for our family and friends accepting the gospel. It's not very often that people are interested the first time we bring it up. Sometimes they chase us out with 50 men. But if we follow the Spirit and go back, eventually, God will help everything fall into its perfect place.

Stories!

Yesterday at KO, we found a family!! It's a missionary's goal to find and teach families. They are going through a hard time because their son was just in a car accident, and they need a lot of help and comfort. Car accidents are stressful... We were right in their path, and they specifically chose a return appointment time when they'd all be around. I love it!!

This wonderful little woman named Leonor ordered a Book of Mormon by calling the number on the back of the card we left on her door! Missionary friends: leave cards on every door you knock. You never know!! She was so happy to get a Book of Mormon and asked for a Bible too. She is amazing! She has raised her 7 kids and 9 grandkids! She loves it. She understands the messages we've shared, and she wants to know if she should be baptized! The actually understands prayer. We didn't even have to tell her about it. I love it!

Yesterday we surprised Luis's family by stopping by and both of his parents listened while we helped Luis share what he had learned about the iron rod being the word of God with them. It was awesome! I love Luis. He always tells us about how he knows that God is a Mormon.

Thanks for all of your love and support! You're awesome! 

Love,
Hermana Sleight
Crystal got baptized! 
Hermanas left to right Penaranda, Rogers, Arenas, Pfeil, Lizama, McGlinchy, Juarez, Johnson, Figueroa, Sleight, Talbert, Johnson, Henrie​

P.S. from Mom, Carmen will be transferred to North Hollywood this week. She will be only one area short of covering the whole mission at that point! 

October 30, 2017

La Sala Familar

Dear friends and family,

Thanks so much for your love and support! You're awesome, en serio! (Hna M always uses that phrase. It's rubbing off.)

As for insights this week, I've been thinking about some Christlike attributes, including meekness, "enduring injury with patience and without resentment". This morning as I was studying meekness, I was reminded that Christ himself in both the New Testament and the Book of Mormon promised the meek that they would inherit the Earth. Whew, it's something I'm going to focus on. I realized that meekness is humility in times of trial. Trials are blessings. They're a rare opportunity to demonstrate true meekness, to "turn the other cheek" or "give him thy cloak also".

Stories!

When Hojana introduced herself, I immediately said, "Ohana means family.", and she said, "family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." She has almost no experience with church, and she cancelled our return appointment for the next day, but she walked several blocks to come to stake conference with us yesterday! She asked for us to send the YSA missionaries, and that sounds great to me:) It blew me away when after a conversation about not believing in God, she said she'd give it a try. It just goes to show, there's no harm in an invitation, even if you don't believe they'll accept.

Luis wore his shirt and tie to stake conference yesterday. Additionally, his dad said something along the lines of "Who knows? Maybe the parents will follow the children!" #goldmine I love being a missionary!

Maybe mom will throw in some pictures from the halloween party:) Wonderwoman is Luisa who got baptized 8 ish weeks ago. 

Love you all! Have a great week!
Love,
Hermana Sleight

A Halloween party at Jessica's house
Luisa (Wonder Woman) got baptized! 
This little monster is too cute! 


 Hermanas Figueroa, Sleight and McDonald having a serious moment.
 It's a beautiful day in their neighborhood!
 Is the bottom photo smoke from the fires? She didn't elaborate. 



October 23, 2017

El Espiritu Cambia los Corazones

Dear friends and family,

I sure appreciate your love and support! Thanks for even reading this email!

I found this beautiful verse in my studies this week. D&C 12:8. I didn't memorize it or anything, but from it, we learn the importance of charity. I am re-learning a long-taught lesson. The best type of missionary work is Christlike living. A missionary without faith, hope, charity, love, or virtue isn't really a missionary, name tag or otherwise. Likewise, a person with faith, hope, charity, love and virtue is a true disciple of Christ, and every person they associate with learns a bit about the Savior. I would like to be more like that.

I'm going to try to elaborate a bit more than I have been. Storytime!

So about 6 weeks ago, maybe more, maybe less, I sent home this picture of the Orellana family. I love them! It's from our first visit with them. We don't visit very often, but they have been taking our invitation to have FHE and family scripture study. Slowly but surely, the Spirit has been changing Javier's heart. He is their non member dad, and when we visited yesterday, he told us that he wants to come to church. We watched this great video, "Patterns of Light" by David A Bednar. I really love those videos. He told us with a smile on his face that for him it's been like the rising sun, but it's finally coming from his own heart. :') I believe that he'll be baptized soon.

Last Saturday, a member invited us to have dinner at her daughter's birthday party. Usually that's not really the goal of a dinner at a membe
r's home, but we went, and we talked to her sisters-in-law. They're not members. They don't live in the mission. We chatted a bit, we shared a bit about the Book of Mormon. We offered them a copy, and one accepted. We offered to send the missionaries to her home. She accepted and gave us her info. The lesson I've learned is that it doesn't take much time to share the gospel. It can be done at a party. Sure, my setting apart gives me courage, but any of you could do the same and get the same result:) I have confidence in your ability to do this work!

I love you so much! Have a great week!
Love,
Hermana Sleight
 Desk cleaning day! Hermana M said, "I found it in my desk!"
Hermana M getting Elote (grilled Mexican corn)

Proof that the car wash was closed so they didn't get in trouble with the mission office! 

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!)