Nice to meet you, Elder Cook

What a week!

Letters from the Young Women
Letters from the Young Women

I got a nice surprise the other day from the Young Women back in my home ward. They sent me letters that they wrote a Girl’s Camp! It was super nice and I loved reading them all! Sounds like everyone is doing great which makes me happy.

Elder Cook
Elder Cook

Yesterday in church we had just got out of a meeting and went into the foyer to wait for another meeting (we had a lot of meetings that day) and the other ward was just getting out of sacrament. We noticed everyone surrounding this one guy and it turned out to be Elder Cook from the Twelve! It was super awesome but we didn’t want to go up in the middle of the crowd. But then, he and his wife saw us and that we were missionaries and they came up to us in the foyer and shook our hands and asked where we were from! It was so cool! Especially since HE was the one that wanted to shake OUR hands. He is a super nice guy and so is his wife.

The Pimienta's rat. It looks like I'm eating it but I promise I'm not.
The Pimienta’s rat. It looks like I’m eating it but I promise I’m not.

This week we also went to visit the Pimienta Family in our ward. They have four little kids and they all remind me of mis sobrinos! (nieces and nephews). The Pimienta’s are just the greatest family ever! They both served missions and they love helping out the missionaries. They’re also super hilarious which is even better. One time they found a rat in the street so they kept him as a pet: that’s how cool this family is.

Well the area is slowly but surely improving. It has been struggling this last year or so, so we’ve been trying our hardest to improve it. I think we are making great progress though. We are going through our area book and having to drop a lot of the people since they are either not interested or don’t live there anymore. But “Oh esta, todo bien” (all is well). It’s definitely a challenge but I know that if we don’t
lose faith and hope everything will work out.

That’s all I can remember about this week. Thank you to those who
wrote me letters and all of your kind words. I can really feel your
prayers! Have a good one!

-Hermana Hershey

The temperature yesterday
The temperature yesterday
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Keystone

My friend serving in Canada sent me this weird looking stuffed animal.
My friend serving in Canada sent me this weird looking stuffed animal.

Hi everyone!

This has been a really good week. On Wednesday all of our plans fell through for the night and so we were kind of lost and didn’t know what to do. We decided to pray and ask Heavenly Father what to do. Immediately after we felt prompted to go to this family we found the other day that didn’t open their door earlier. We knocked on their door and they were home and had read the introduction to the Book of Mormon (which is what we left them to read when we first met them) so we taught them the restoration lesson and it was so amazing! Now we have two new investigators!
We had exchanges again this week and I was with Hermana Guevara. She’s so awesome and we had the greatest time! She cracks me up and kind of reminds me of Amber so it was even better. We were in her area and she was just transferred there not too long ago so she doesn’t know the area too well. We kept getting lost and it was just really funny I was laughing basically the whole time! We also found a new investigator that night which was awesome!
Our mission is focusing on the Book of Mormon (which I think I’ve mentioned before) so I have really been studying it a lot. The Book of Mormon truly is the keystone of our religion. If it’s not true: nothing in the church is true. But good news! It is true! It is literally the most correct book on the earth. Through the Book of Mormon we can learn so many things and gain a testimony of the gospel and of Joseph Smith. If anyone reading this letter right now has never read the Book of Mormon, I strongly encourage you to read it right now, starting with the introduction, whether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or not. If you read and sincerely ask Heavenly Father with real intent if the book is true, you will receive an answer. I know because I have done exactly that.
There is a talk I read in the Liahona not too long ago that I encourage you all to read. It’s called “The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon”. This is the web link:
I will leave you all with a quick testimony. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it is the word of God. I know that by the power of God, Joseph Smith translated it. I know that Joseph Smith was, and is, a prophet of our Heavenly Father. I know, without a doubt, that this is the true church of Jesus Christ restored on the earth today. If I didn’t truly know these things I would not be here in Arizona, preaching the gospel. Though at times it may be difficult and I am serving in a place with a lot of opposition against Mormons, I would not change what I am doing at this very moment. I know it is right and because I know it, I cannot deny it.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Hermana Hershey

Eating Cacti

Hello everyone!

What an eventful week it has been. We have been visiting a member in
our ward and have been teaching the whole family. Only the mom,
daughter, and nephew are members. We read Lehi’s dream in the Book of
Mormon and they really liked it. The grandpa came to church yesterday
which was so amazing! They are definitely so fun to be around and the
little girl, Grecia, loves having the missionaries come over. She is
always so excited to see us it’s adorable!

We went to the temple this week and it was amazing as always. I always
feel so refreshed after the temple. There is a feeling there that you
cannot get anywhere else in the world. I truly know that it is the
House of the Lord.

Also this week, I ate a cactus! It’s something a lot of people eat
here actually. I was so excited to try it but didn’t like it one bit.
Not so much the taste, but the texture was not my favorite thing in
the world.

We went on exchanges this week and I was in Pueblo with Hermana
Preston. It was a lot of fun and we saw a lot of miracles that day! We
also ate at In n out for dinner and you would not believe it but so
many people here don’t even know what animal style fries are! It was
different than California for sure.

My Spanish is improving everyday which is a relief to me. I thought I
would never get this language down! It takes a lot of prayer and help
from the Lord but I know that he truly blesses the missionaries that
he calls to speak a different language than their own.

I am loving it here in Arizona even with the heat! The people are so
kind in my new ward and I’ve been loving getting to know them. I can’t
believe I hit six months tomorrow! It’s crazy to be able to say that
by this time next year I’ll be home.

Well I hope you all are having a wonderful week! Remember who you are
and what you stand for!

Hermana Hershey

Grecia!
Grecia!
a cactus (not the one I ate) but they are everyone's favorite decoration over here.
a cactus (not the one I ate) but they are everyone’s
favorite decoration over here.
Hermana Judy and I when the sky was amazing!
Hermana Judy and I when the sky was amazing!
my wrapped ankle :(
my wrapped ankle 😦