Dust Storms

Hello everyone!

This week has been really good and really hot! We were going to teach
the Plan of Salvation to a family and we took a box of crayons in our
car for them to draw it on a piece of paper. When we got to the
lesson, I opened the box of crayons a they were melted! It’s a good
thing we brought pencils, haha.

Also, we were walking through a trailer park to give a lesson when all
of the sudden the wind started picking up. I turn around to see a
tan-colored sky. It turns out Mesa has dust storms around this time of
year! We ran to our appointment and they let us in. It was insane!
People’s roofs were flying off and we saw someones pool going down the
road! I was only in it for 30 seconds or less but I had a layer of
dirt covering me. It lasted for about an hour and a half.

We have been working really hard in our area and seeing a lot of
miracles. We received transfer news yesterday and I am going to a new
area. I will be whitewashing (which means both companions are new to
the area) with Hermana Judy. I don’t know her super well but I’m
excited I get to! I know that she’s from Idaho and she has been out on
the mission field for 12 weeks. We are both still learning Spanish so
this will be a lot of fun! It’s my first time being senior companion
and I have to say I’m a little nervous. I had a feeling it would
happen though since I am the second “oldest” full-field
Spanish-speaking sister missionary in the Arizona Mesa Mission.
Hermana Hawkins (my current companion) is the only one who has been
out longer than I have. There are other sister missionaries who have
been out longer than I have but they are called to the Visitor’s
Center. I’m sad to leave the area I’m in now because I have grown to
love the people so much but I am also really excited.

Anyway, things in this mission are rapidly changing since almost all
of our Spanish-speaking Elders are leaving this transfer (tomorrow) or
next. Areas will be moved around a lot and it will be interesting to
see what happens. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hermana Hershey

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¿Ya es lunes?

Wow, time is flying by! I can’t believe I’ve been on my mission for
close to 5 months already. I seriously feel like I just emailed you
all like 3 days ago, it’s crazy! (¿Ya es lunes? Means: It’s already
Monday?)

Things are going well here in Arizona. It is really really hot! Even
on a cloudy day, it’s over 100 degrees. We played soccer this morning
at 6am and it was already in the 80s. But nevertheless, I love it
here!

Yesterday the Jimenez Family came to church! They are such a wonderful
family! We invited them to be baptized on the 27th of this month but
they said they would think about it. They are just a wonderful family
and so kind to us.

The members in our ward are also so awesome! They have been coming out
with us to teach a lot. It is always great to have a member with us
when we teach because they testify of the things we are teaching and
it is so powerful. It’s also nice when they give us rides because we
have a pretty big area and we’re still on bikes at the moment.

Oscar, our investigator, is doing great! We changed his baptismal date
to the 20th so that his friends (The Hineman Family who have been kind
enough to let us have lessons at their house) could be there since
they will be out of town on the 13th. But he is excited to be baptized
as are we! He is so awesome and has already signed up to go teach with
the Elders in our ward!

Anyway, hope you have a grand week.

Hermana Hershey

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I'm really bad at taking them. But here is a great picture of my bike!
Sorry for the lack of pictures,
I’m really bad at taking them. But here is a great picture of my bike!

Me Cambié

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,

I want to start off this email by telling you about a mission-changing
experience I had this week. We went to visit Angie, our investigator
who now has a baptismal date, but we ran into her mom and a few of her
“friends” from her bible study “class”. Immediately walking in the
door I knew what was about to happen: we were about to be patronized
by these people. Yet oddly, I felt the impression to stay. This 80
year old man started asking me many rhetorical questions about the
bible, meaning he would not give me a chance to respond. Even when I
did respond and shared what I believed, he would mock me in some way.
Just for the record – not once did I argue, raise my voice, or treat
these people in any un-Christlike manner. I simply sat there while
this old couple was telling me how I am a fool for what I believe in.
The man looked me in the eyes and I honestly can’t remember all that
he said, but I remember the look in his eyes and the darkness I can
never forget. Shaking, he yelled “How dare you sit here and tell me
that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God!” And not once did I even
mention Joseph Smith. After some time, I managed to utter a simple
testimony of how I knew and I prayed to know that this is the true
church of Jesus Christ. To tell this story in whole it would be pages
long, but just know, that moment changed my mission – my life –
forever. I walked away from that house and 3 Nephi 5:13 came clearly
into my head.
“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been
called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might
have everlasting life.”
At that moment I knew, without a doubt, that what I am doing as a
missionary is right and is the Lord’s work. I then thought of Joseph
Smith and the opposition he faced. Then I thought of our Savior, and
all that He went through in His life. My life in that moment didn’t
seem so hard anymore. My testimony had been strengthened because of
that experience, along with other trials I’ve had to face. I don’t
plan on the rest of my mission being easy and I know opposition will
always be in my way, but it is something that I am grateful for. I
could not face the adversity I do everyday without the help of the
Lord. One thing that has helped me immensely is daily scripture study.
If you aren’t doing it now: start.

Well that story took a long time to explain. But in other news, our
car is getting fixed from the accident so we are now on bikes! It has
been fun but insanely hot. Dehydration is a real thing. But being on
bikes is so good because then we get to talk to everyone! We have 2
baptismal dates set and we are seeing many miracles. We watched
Conozca Los Mormones (Meet The Mormons) with our investigator, Oscar,
last night at the visitors center. It was awesome!

I hope you’re all doing well. Keep going strong and don’t forget to
put the Lord first in your life!

Hermana Hershey

The Mesa Arizona Temple last night.
The Mesa Arizona Temple last night.