August 21, 2017

Las Poderosas

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks so much for all of the support and love!! Your prayers are being answered in my area. 

Moroni 7:33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me. (from Mom)(sorry you'll have to search it yourself, unless my mom is nice enough to copy and paste it for me:) We've been sharing this scripture with all of the members. Faith is the spark that sets everything in motion. Expedient means convenient or advantageous, and you better believe that it is advantageous unto Christ for you to spread the gospel. Lesson learned: You most definitely can do missionary work even if all you've got is faith. As President Henrie would most certainly say, Go, and Do.

What an awesome week! First up, Ricardo. We just taught Ricardo for the 2nd time since I've been in the area yesterday. He also made it to church! We are extremely stern as a companionship. Sometimes me toca to be the good cop. I'm sure any of my former companions would have a hard time believing I'm ever the good cop, but seriously, Hermana Figueroa and I are very stern. What can I say? Now he's progressing. Anyway, last night we taught him the Word of Wisdom, and the only thing he doesn't do more or less on a regular basis is drink tea. It might be a long road, or he might never touch any drugs, alchohol, tobacco, or coffee again. I have the faith for the latter:) Please pray for it to be that way as well. If everything goes as planned, Ricardo will be baptized in September.

Luisa is almost 8 and neither of her parents are baptized yet or even investigating, but her grandma takes her to church, and she's about to be baptized. She's SO CUTE! She reminds me of my sisters, which is to say, I love her so much. 

First Day we knock on Doris's door and set a baptism date with her. I love being a missionary!

Another time Hna Figueroa taught the whole lesson one and extended the baptismal invitation while I was talking to Carlos who claims he's batman. What can I say? She's on fire!!

We walked into a non-progressing part member family's home where the Christian church lady already was. Spirit whispered: "No man can serve two masters." Boldest message I think I've ever shared. Commitment: Family council to choose which church because they can't go to both. Hopefully the Spirit wins out. I still can't believe we did that.

Different non-progressing part member family, we literally were like, "did you know you're an investigator? do you know what we expect from investigators? are you going to read or what?" He downloaded the app and I think things are about to start moving there too:)

We've been trying this Book of Mormon Challenge where we invite everyone we meet to open to any page and read any part and look for something beautiful about God and Jesus Christ. One girl opened up to Mosiah 3 and I had completely forgotten about that part. It was like hearing it for the first time, which she was, and it was SO POWERFUL (poderoso). We did it with this other YSA girl who doesn't actually live in the mission, but she started with that, heard the restoration, said she agreed with it more than any other religion she's learned about, and set a church tour! What!!? Love it. 

Judith is almost 15 which is really crazy for me because so is Meredith and she's way too old to be the same age as Meredith, but asi es la vida. She loves learning about the gospel and going to church. She investigated and wanted to be baptized 2 years ago, and her mom wouldn't let her be baptized, but we're going to try again now that she's older and we walked with her to church yesterday. It was awesome!! 

Hermana Figueroa is so awesome. I love her so much!! We have 3 past wards in common and I feel like I can just be myself and she laughs and gets me. I love it. She's from VA close to DC and I love talking about east coast cities with her. We have no shortage of conversation, and even if we do, it's comfortable silence:) 

I love being a missionary! Thanks again for all of your love! Love you all!
Hermana Sleight

Hermana Figueroa, the new companion, look how little she is!

August 14, 2017

Muy corto

Record short weekly email:

Moral of the week: Love the Savior. Everything else will work out.

Yesterday this man was giving my companion the up-down, but she paid it no mind. We picked up his 3 buddies as investigators. 

Thanks for all of your support! Love you lots!

Note from Mom: They've been crazy busy. She is getting transferred this week to Canoga Park. Her new companion will be Hermana Figueora. Still driving, still an STL, and even though her year mark is August 24th, she'll be celebrating a year on September 14th, the day she got into the field. (Her president told her that her time in the MTC didn't count, so she'll come home in March instead of February) One of the best surprises we had was to get a text message with photos from our old bishop who was on vacation down there and saw her! 

August 7, 2017

Bautismo de Roberto

Dear Friends and family,

Thanks for all of your prayers and support! Time flies. I can't believe transfers are next week.

3 Nephi 15: 7(ish) talks about how we are a light unto "this people". This week I realized that if we could put our spiritual goggles on, the faithful disciples of Christ would actually be shining bright! How can we lift the veil off of our friends and families eyes so that they recognize the light we have with us? We have to reach out and talk to them about spiritual matters! So open your mouth! 

We met Roberto through his recent convert cousin, Luis. Luis brought him to a sports night, and since then he's come to church every Sunday and become one of the "muchachos" in YSA. Hermana Monarrez and I got to go to his baptism because we found and taught him before we got whitewashed out. It was a special experience. :)

Last week we went looking for a less active possibly part member family that turned out to have moved, but when we knocked on the manager's door to find a forwarding address, we found a less active family with an unbaptized 8 year old behind the door! Hooray! This 8 year old is so sweet and so faithful:) She reads the BOM every day. 

Tengo viente (last week's email that she forgot to send

Thanks so much for your love and support!

This week's spiritual thought is on reverence. I've been stressing out as I read 3 Nephi 11 because the people all knew to bow down to Christ, and I just don't know if that would be my natural first reaction! I did some study though, and as with most post-resurrection gospel living, reverence is more about how you live than whether it's a part of your culture to bow. Reverence is the way to have personal revelation. We live reverent lives by listening to music that uplifts at a reasonable volume, by keeping the commandments, by treating the Lord's house with respect, etc. Oh. I do that. I've been doing that my whole life. What a relief!

Elda walked to church again, for the second week in a row! She's a champ. I love it. She really opened up to us this week, and we were able to promise the blessings that she really needs for being baptized

July 31, 2017

No carta nueva

This is Robbie. Carmen didn't get a group email off in time. Sometimes she gets distracted with personal emails and I'm sure with her birthday last week, she probably had a few.
Last week was rough. They have a lot of investigators right now. Sometimes they would get to appointments and be stood up. Sometimes they forgot appointments. So if you could send a prayer their way, I'm sure she'd appreciate it.

Here's what she had to say about her birthday:
It was awesome! I woke up and we exercised and planned, then Hna P made the rest of the chunky monkey pancake mix, then she took pictures while I opened my presents. I love my new watch and all the clothes! It's perfect! I also think Hna W might have had this same skirt. Then we had studies and birthday cake lunch, then we went to district meeting where I got lots more presents and cards and President and Sister Henrie were there! The work wasn't all that special, but I got to eat at In-and-Out for dinner, and we picked up a homeless investigator that was eating what people would buy him. We'll see if he keeps his return appointment. 

Here are a few pics she sent me:
Happy birthday shirt and chunky monkey pancakes! 

Dirt cake made by Herman Pfeil, we love this girl! 
Which girl? We love them both, thanks Hna Pfeil for making her pancakes and dirt cake
and Happy birthday to my beautiful 20 year old on a mission!

Happy Hair day! 

July 24, 2017

Nuevos investigadores, pero no fechas

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks so much for your support!

I had some eye-opening studies this week, and I think the part I want to share is the prespective of 3 Nephi as a lesson in parenting. God demonstrated by His actions that the Nephites behavior was wrong, AKA mass destruction. Then he gave them time to recover before he spoke to them, but when he did, he taught them the principle of repentance and forgiveness, and he allowed for silence. Then later, as a reward for their changed behavior (3N11:1), Jesus Christ himself came and ministered to them. Anyway, it's a cool parallel with mortal parenting, not that I have any experience.

We are great finders! My companion and I find new investigators like crazy! It's a lesson in balance, though, because we have only 2 people on date. Sometimes I wish I could be the finding missionary and someone else could do the teaching and baptizing. That's not how it works though. 

Gloria came to church! Hooray! She always surprises me at the last second. I still think she's going to be baptized. 

Elda's sister came to visit and they haven't seen each other for 6 months, but Elda still walked to church by herself! It was her first time! The amount of faith this woman has is incredible! 

Also, there's a homeless transgender woman who lives in my area. Yesterday she crossed the street to talk to us! That's like a 6 lane street!! What an adventure! Anyway, now Erica is our new friend!

Hermana Sleight

Charcoal facial day! 

Hermana Pfeil's family has a Sunday tradition of pancakes. Carmen loves stuff like that. 

July 17, 2017

Oh no! Me quita el tiempo

Dear Friends and family,

Sorry for the quick email. Thanks for all of your support!

Please ponder the power of the Book of Mormon and look up the video, "The Book of Mormon speaks for itself". I don't know if it's publicized, but it's really good.

So many miracles I don't know where to start. How about a devote catholic coming to church with her whole family? I love being a missionary! Watch out for Miriam, Jose, and Alondra Salinas. 

I love you all!!

From her Mom: She's so busy trying to do regular missionary work and be an STL that she only washed her laundry and it's sitting in her car,waiting to be hung dry. The photo is her zone. Her mission president is to the right of the photo, President Henrie.