January 16, 2018

Me faltan 2 meces! Quien cuenta?

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for all of your love and support. It is sustaining me as I miss my home and family more each day. 

What a special day this is! Today we have had the opportunity to sustain our new and beloved prophet and President of the Church, President Russel M. Nelson! I thought it was very representative of the Lord that in the press conference following, they stood up against pressure to change, and held true to the commandments of the Lord. God has spoken, and his servants cannot change His law. However, we all have a responsibility to love. Any person who is falling away needs love. May we hasten to care, to listen, and to sympathize before we counsel.

Stories!

About 4 weeks ago, I left the English Book of Mormon we were supposed to be delivering in my bike basket, so we walked all the way back to our bikes to get it. We OYMed to Fernando, and he's due to be baptized this Saturday in the English ward! He needs your prayers. This is a very delicate time for every convert! If all goes well, pictures will be coming next week.

THe same Elders that are teaching Fernando introduced us to Jose! He's cvooll.. More next week..
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Love you!

Mario Martinez the older came to church Sunday! This is his daughter, Eliza, with him, me and Hna Maw.
The missionaries in the Buena Vista ward! We took the picture on the wheelchair ramp so we'd all the the same height.E Wride, Hna Maw, E Stoltz, E Rivera, E Nelson, Me, E Gibbons, E Leishman


I bundled up for the rainy day with.... bike shorts, tights, socks, shoes, shirt, undershirt, sweater, sweater, coat, raincoat, scarf, gloves, hat!



January 8, 2018

Triste, y Emocionante!

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for your love and support! It is very encouraging to know there are people who remember me while I'm a missionary.

I was very sad to hear about the passing away of President Monson. I hope to keep his example of selfless service in my mind forever. What a great life he has led! 

I reviewed a talk that kicks all missionaries' behinds called "A Consecrated Missionary" by Tad R. Callister. Then I read the talk by Elder Holland on becoming Perfect  - Eventually from last conference. It was a very complimentary way to decide to rededicate to the work, but not beat myself up about my mistakes. I've definitely made mistakes, but that's not out of the ordinary for anyone.


Stories!!

I usually don't write about the hard drops, but they happen. This week we had a lesson with Mario where he tried to tell us that he feels that all religions lead to God and that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are like Jumanji - AKA the Book of Mormon is like the Bible. It's been really hard to see him slip away after so many strong spiritual experiences, but this isn't what he wants anymore, and we've had to say goodbye. 

Last Tuesday, we received a referral for Gabriela from Mayra Hernandez Sanchez, a missionary in Riverside. I was surprised when it finally clicked in my head. Hermana Hernandez was my MTC companion! What a wild ride this has been. We taught Gabriela for the first time on Thursday, and she liked it so much that she called Hermana Hernandez's mom and asked for us to come and teach her husband! Well, we'll be doing just that:) It's time for this family to become eternal. 

I love being a missionary!

 Socks and a new outfit for Christmas!

And a sweater from Nana that matches the new outfit! 

January 2, 2018

Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Dear Friends and Family,

After 15 days of not writing, I almost forgot to write this little baby up!


Ah! There's no time! 

It's been a great few weeks! Some sad drops, some happy times! Mario finally started reading the Book of Mormon, so his baptism has never seemed so real! 

Don't forget to set goals for this year, month, week, or day. Whatever you can handle and believe you can achieve:) God helps us with the rest. 

Love you!
Love,
Hermana Sleight 

P.S. from Mom, she sent a lot of pictures without any explanations so I tried to choose the best and you can deduce what's going on!






December 18, 2017

Feliz Navidad!

Dear friends and family,

Merry Christmas! Thanks for the love and support and prayers this Christmas season.

Things have been all over the place but I want to share my testimony with you of the temple. A key reason that I know that the priesthood power of God is restored to the Earth is that the temple is the happiest place on earth. We all feel closer to God as we go to the grounds, but our vision should be set on an eternal family, which requires our worthiness to enter. I am so thankful that I got to visit this week. I hope you get to see the photos!

Mario hasn't been reading the Book of Mormon and he doesn't want to quit smoking, so his baptism date dropped. We were feeling kind of crummy about it, but then he came to a baptism and felt the Spirit. He finally asked us for a Book of Mormon in English. He came to the visitor's center and felt the Spirit again. He's committed now to a new baptismal date, and I'm very sure that he'll make it. 

We found a family and they seem really cool! I'll tell you more next week because our first real lesson is tonight. If you are willing to pray for them, they are familia Marquez.

I've been having a lot of fun with #LightTheWorld! We used coupons and a left over gift card from a member to buy dinner for the homeless people that are always on this one street in our area. THen we went and there was no one, so we just left it on top of their stuff. Hope they got it :]

Love you! Have a great week and a Merry Christmas! Talk to you on New Years probably!


Hermana Maw and Carmen

Outside Universal Studios with Sister Parker and Sister Pearse (and Maw)! Carmen says these guys are BFFs!

Temple Trip :)

December 11, 2017

Humo-peace and harmony, until the fires attacked

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for the prayers of safety! We've been living in a cloud of smoke!

I've been loving the Isaiah chapters! I have a piece of advice for everyone: If you want to understand Isaiah, study it in a different language. You will be much more able to skip over the fluffy words because they probably only exist in English. 

Light the World has been making me so happy! I love being a missionary! If you skipped any of the days, try them now! The gospel is true every day of the year.

We were told we could stay inside on Tuesday because of the smoke, but we needed new investigators, so we went out anyway. We parked our bikes, knocked a few doors, and decided to try to find somewhere indoors to knock. We walked halfway home and nothing, so we abandoned our bikes and walked all the way home, and found rides to our evening appointments. #bikelife

Then our faith was rewarded! We found 11 new investigators this week! One of them is a really cool gold mine family that wants to talk about baptism at the church on Saturday! She excitedly left the room to bring us the English Book of Mormon someone had given her and tell us how she wished she could read it. We provided a spanish copy and she was very delighted!

Mario came to church. The other Mario dropped. Interesting fact! They are both Mario Martinez. That was hilarious!

Some of you saw me at Operation Gratitude. It is a really cool charity that sends packages to military servicemen, veterans, and military families. I have gone a few times, and I really support it! The founder said that she was inspired when she heard someone say it didn't matter whether he made it home or not. He hadn't gotten any packages, and no one cared about him. She said that she thought to herself, I know who cares! Americans care! And she started the charity. They just packages their 2 millionth box!
Thanks again for everything! I love you all! #LightTheWorld
Love,
Hermana Sleight

Deep in thought or sleep, same same. 
Smoky faces from the fires! 


December 4, 2017

#IlluminaElMundo

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for your support! How has #LightTheWorld gone for you?? It's working miracles here in NoHo!

So the last section of Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel has a list of converting experiences and I have always thought that it was the secret to success. You'd think I'd have studied it more closely by now. But just this week, I highlighted everything in the section that the investigator needs to do and the missionary needs to do, and (to my shock and surprise) the investigator needs to attend Church, Pray, and Read the scriptures (CPR) and thus gain a spiritual conviciton of the gospel. Nice one, Hermana Sleight.

Story time quick!

Mario the YSA who wants to be in the family ward asked us if 15 minutes a day is sufficient to read the Book of Mormon. He's so cool!!!

Mario Martinez's eyes lit up when I told him that in order to be baptized, he just needed to promise to always remember Him, keep His commandments, and represent Jesus Christ to the rest of the world. He started to say how he does that!

I love being a missionary! Martin is okay. 

Love,
Carmen

 Happy Hermanas! (Hma. Maw, current companion)
An opportunity to give service! 
Nana sent a gingerbread man kit which they made and hung on the fridge. When he fell down, Hma. Maw turned his smile upside down and left him on the floor. Carmen got a kick out of that. 

November 27, 2017

Gold Mines

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for your help and support! I need a lot of it!

Did you like #LightTheWorld??? It's back again! Just think of how great it's going to be to spread the light twice as far! Everyone who saw it last year is already on board, so share! Share! Share! We have to get the word out! You know me and math, You might think that twice the number of people will see it this year, but if we all share the video in every way possible, it'll be exponential!! (I can feel you all rolling your eyes). But seriously, this is such a door opener for the restored gospel. Besides that, it's a great opportunity to let your own life be lit up by the example of our Savior. Please, please! Light the world! In 25 ways, over 25 days.

Story time!

Yesterday, we were expecting Martin to come to church, but he didn't show. He had worked 30 hours over the last 2 days and he couldn't get up for church. We were also expecting Lexi and her siblings. No show. But count your many blessings! The Elders OYM'ed to someone that lives in our area, and he came to church for the second week in a row, even though we haven't been able to make contact with him! His name is Mario, but he's different from the Mario in the next story.

We had an appointment set with this Gold Mine and a church tour for right after. Hermana Penalosa was going to pick us up from Mario's house to a church tour with Martin. Well, when we got to the house, Mario wasn't there, but his member wife was. We started sharing a message with her and then he came! And listened! And we invited him to the church tour, and he came! Martin didn't, but Mario did! He told us about how he had had a bad experience once upon a time when a member told him he couldn't go to gospel doctrine because he wasn't baptized. He hasn't been back to the church in years. He wouldn't commit to come on Sunday. Then when we took him home, he said, "Maybe I'll come on Sunday." Then he came! His heart had been softened by the Spirit. 

On Saturday we tried to get into a goldmine's complex, but couldn't. We even tried carding the door, but there was a witness in his driveway across the street and we didn't want to look suspicious. So we talked to him! That's how we met Edwin. He's super awesome. That's all I want to say about him.

We played this fun game all week where you make a turkey with your hands(one hand is the feathers, one is the body) and you could 5 things you're thankful for and then the turkey gobbles. You say "Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!" and wiggle your fingers. It's only fun in larger groups because everyone gobbles differently and we all just laugh. 

Love you all so much! Have a great week! #LIGHTTHE WORLD!!!