April 24, 2017

No se que decir

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for all you do! You're great! I ran out of time again today, so I guess you get the short version.

Last week my district leader helped me set a goal and followed up twice. He's a great district leader, and it's something I looked forward to, so I did a better job. Accountability works.

Saul passed his interview, which is a huge miracle! It's hard to teach kids and parents because the kids don't really engage with Spanish, and the parents don't understand English.

We found a couple of cool investigators, one of which went like this: We came to have a lesson with Luis(a referal), ended up really teaching his wife, but in the end the only person who committed to anything was his brother, so Roberto is our new investigator! 

Anyway, I love you all, and I'm thankful for all that you do! Have a great week!

Jenifer drew a picture of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

 Elders Albertson, Johnson, Olivias, and Horrocks with Hermana Sleight and Hopkin

Saul passed his baptismal interview, waiting on paperwork! 

No description, Mom just thought it was cute! 

April 17, 2017

La Familia: Una Proclamacion al Mundo

Dear Friends and Family,

I love you so much! Thanks for all of your support! Happy Easter! I have so enjoyed celebrating the Resurrection of the Savior. I hope you have as well.

I learn so much from the Holy Ghost and the scriptures every week, and as I've been reading the Book of Mormon from Joseph Smith's perspective, I've noticed how much the voyage of Nephi's family is like the experience of the pioneers. So many of the verses seem perfectly written to prepare Joseph Smith to lead the saints as far as he did. It must be the same for us. The Book of Mormon is perfectly written to prepare each one of us for the rest of our lives.

We went to the temple with the Vasquez family, and it was so perfect for helping them with their current needs. The sisters gave Lorenzo and Corina each a copy of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World", and when we visited them last night, one was framed on their wall, and the other was the only thing on their fridge. This family is serious about living according to God's plan for them. I love being a missionary!

Andrew woke up cranky and with a headache, but he didn't let that stop him from getting confirmed. I'm so proud of him. Then we made this Plan of Salvation on the sidewalk! 

Rosa noticed something interesting at Stake Conference. She noticed that we talk a lot about our personal spiritual experiences, and sometimes not so much about the life of Christ. At first I was bothered, like she was, but then I decided that we must share spiritual experiences because they are the record of the Living Christ. His miracles are still happening today, and we don't need to neglect to acknowledge them. I love celebrating His power!

I love you all, and I hope you have a great week!

Hermana Sleight
Carmen with the Vasquez family at the visitor's center

Plan of Salvation in sidewalk chalk...that's just her style!

April 10, 2017

El Bautismo de Andrew

Dear friends and family,

I love you all so much! Thanks for all of your love and support! I really appreciate it.

This week I studied a talk called "The Wind Beneath Your Wings" by Pres. Uchtdorf back in the day to BYU. One thing that I really like about it was that he talked about our need to control ourselves. This stands out to me about virtue and self-control: as we put things out of our minds, we find it's easier not to do them. Don't want to eat desserts? Get them out of your sight! Don't want to think that bad thought? Replace it with something loud and gospel related (like imagine a huge group of children singing Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam really fast). 

Andrew got baptized on Saturday! Everything went well; all of his family came, the talk and musical number went well, and most importantly, what he said about his baptism and how he felt is that he felt complete darkness under the (very cold) water, but total brightness coming out of the water. He said he felt like a new person. How precious! 

Sorry I don't have any pictures. I heard one made it to facebook. Maybe my mom will be nice enough to post that one. I just don't have time, see. It's not that I didn't take any.... ;) 

I love you all and thank you for your support! Have a feliz Holy Week! Don't forget to share #PrinceofPeace with everyone you know and have them do the same! Some people won't know what Easter is about until you share it with them. Trust me. It's happened to me plenty.

Hermana Sleight

April 3, 2017

Mirad al Cielo

Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for all of your love and support! You're truly wonderful to me! 

I loved General Conference, and there were so many direct quotes I wanted to put in this email, but as usual, I have squandered my time, so I'll just slip in one from President Monson on reading the Book of Mormon daily, "Please do so." So there you have it folks! A precious, polite request from the mouthpiece of God to study the Book of Mormon every day. I can testify that it will make you happy. 

Andrew passed his baptismal interview, and he's getting baptized on Saturday

Yesterday at 1:15, Rosa called us and asked if someone was coming to pick her up for the afternoon session. We didn't remember making that kind of promise, and indeed no one was coming. We thought all was lost for her to come to church, but after the session, she was waiting for us! She had called a taxi and came in during Elder Stephenson's talk! How cool is she!?

We've run into some road blocks for Lorenzo and Corina's baptism, but we bumped up Saul's by 4 weeks! He is so ready to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. He even came to general conference and despite it being so boring (he's 9), he sat until it was time to leave. Mom, those coloring books you sent finally have some color in them.

We found Joseph because Hermana Hopkin opened her mouth and shared the gospel. It was amazing. He's from Nigeria, and he had a friend that would read the Book of Mormon with him there. He was begging for the way to have a relationship with God and he truly wanted to know if he could be forgiven of his sins. He said that he's heard a lot about God recently, but he knew we knew Him, and he wanted to be like that too. He said we were the first people that made any real sense. What a miracle! I expect that he'll get baptized soon.

What a wonderful week! Apply what you learned from conference fast! You've only got 6 months until the next! I set a goal to memorize the Living Christ. Anyone want to do it with me?

Love you all!
Hermana Sleight