Knock, Knock, Knocking

Hi!

This week has been good. We have seen a lot of progress. In the Arizona Mesa Mission we are discouraged to do door-to-door knocking. However, in our area, we need to do that. We don’t have a ton of members in our ward and we never really receive referrals. The area we are in is tricky but we think we can really make a difference if we
try.

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The 50th house we knocked on.

There is this condominium complex in our area with around 500 condos in it. We decided one day to start at condo number one and work our way through until we hit the last one. So far we’ve knocked about 130 doors in that one complex. We have found 2 Spanish people, one that it interested and one that isn’t. The rest we talk to and give a Book of Mormon (if they are willing to listen) and then we give them referrals to the English missionaries. It’s been fun expect it’s over 110 pretty much everyday so we sweat quite a bit. Luckily we only have about a month left of the heat!

This Saturday our ward is putting on a cultural event! We are so excited and we have members in the stake handing out invitations. So hopefully we will get to meet a lot of people and receive a lot of referrals! Our ward is doing different dances from all around the world and they are also serving tacos afterward. It should be a blast! We are really excited for it.

It amazing to me to see the progress in this ward since I’ve first arrived. It’s been a struggle and we still have a long way to go but I am grateful for all the the support we receive from the stake. They have been a huge help in getting the work going again.

Well I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Hershey

Obediencia Exacta

Hi everyone!
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My companion and I

This week was transfers and Hermana Gutierrez is now with me in Valencia! Our first day together was really awesome. We were walking around a condo complex and we walk by a house that has a mop outside their door (that’s a sign of Spanish-speakers) so we decided to knock on it looking for “Guadalupe”. A man opens the door and it turns out he wants to know more about the church! We had a lesson with him the next day and when we walk in the door his 2 year old son was wearing a BYU shirt. We asked if he was a member but he said no and that they got that shirt as a hand-me-down from his Aunt. It was really interesting. Anyway, he had a lot of questions which is a good sign and we are going back today to teach him the Plan of Salvation!

Also with transfers, we said goodbye to a lot of great friends who have finished their missions. It’s hard saying bye but I know that they’re off doing great things with their lives and they all finished their missions with honor. We also said hello to the new missionaries fresh out of the MTC! One of them happens to be Sister Hirschi (pronounced exactly like Hershey). That could be confusing.

We had a lesson in the Visitor’s Center also this week with a sweet old lady whose daughter really wants her to be baptized. We watched Meet the Mormons and she seemed to really like it. We should be having a lesson with her this week so she can learn more of her daughters religion.

I was reading in the Book of Mormon for personal study in Alma 57. As I’ve been reading about the stripling warriors, one question kept coming to my mind: “How are the striplings warriors so powerful and successful?” As I got to verse 21 I found the answer.

“Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.” (Alma 57:21)
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“…I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” (1 Nephi 3:7)
Have a wonderful week,

Hermana Hershey

Transfers & Balloons

Hi everyone!

This has been another crazy week with a lot of things happening. First
of all, it’s transfers again and I can barely believe it. I am staying
in Valencia but getting a new companion. Her name is Hermana Gutierrez
and she is basically my best friend so I am more an excited! We met in
the MTC and came out the same time. However, I will miss Hermana Judy!
She has been so great and we have had a wonderful transfer! She going
to my old area, Liahona 4th, which is so exciting!

One of the balloon pics!
One of the balloon pics!

On the 7th it was Elder Foulger’s birthday (one of the assistants to
the president) and we all got balloons and filled his room with them. It was fun but it was even more fun to see our car filled with
balloons (I have a lot of pictures)!

Purple Pants!
Purple Pants!

On Saturday our stake was having a clothing exchange and I am blessed to be apart of a super rich stake so I found a lot of nice things! It was exciting but the best thing I found were these purple pants that are probably from the 80’s or something (I have a picture of that too).

Things are going well in the area! We are continuing to find and find and find. It has been going pretty well and things are looking up! I am excited for this next transfer to see all that happens. I am so grateful to be a missionary right now and I cannot believe I hit 7 months this week. Time is flying by and I hope to make the best of it.

My testimony has grown a lot and I love the fact that I get to shareit with people everyday! I know that Heavenly Father is always there and He truly wants the best for each of us. Whenever I have a bad day or I feel lonely I know I can always turn to Him in times of need. I encourage you all to do the same. Whether you have a trial or question you want answered, or maybe you just wants to say “thanks”. Turn to your father in heaven who loves you more than you can comprehend.

I love you all.

Les quiero.

Hermana Hershey

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BALLOONS!
BALLOONS!

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The Blitz

Hello everyone!

This week has been very eventful but I will try to include everything.

Hermana Judy and I trying to film a Spanish video
Hermana Judy and I trying to film a Spanish video
On Saturday our district got together and did what we call a blitz. This is where the English missionaries came into our area and we picked a neighborhood and we all split up (each with a member of the church who could speak Spanish) and we knocked door to door trying to
get Spanish speakers. It was something I was dreading all week but turned out to be the best experience of my life! I was with Sister Buduan who is and English-speaking missionary from the Philippines – she is so cute and funny!

The first person we talked to was Levi. He didn’t speak Spanish but we had a nice conversation. He ended up opening up to us and telling us all about his beliefs. He said to us, “I know that you missionaries get yelled at, get things thrown at you, and go through all this trouble everyday, yet you’re still smiling.” I then realized that at that moment I WAS smiling and I looked at Sister Buduan and she was smiling too. I felt so happy right then! I looked at Levi and I said, “Yes, I know it seems crazy, but we are here because this message changed our lives and I know that it can change yours too.” We then testified of the Book of Mormon and he ASKED us to give him one! HE asked US. That never happens! So I was a super bad missionary and didn’t have one in English with me but I brought him one the next day.
It was so cool!

The rest of the night we walked around knocking on each and every
door. We only found 2 Spanish speaking families but I had one of the
greatest times on my mission. Even when we encountered those who tried
to argue or those who were rude, it didn’t phase me. I know that I
felt so much joy because I prayed for it. Heavenly Father truly wants
all of is to be happy and if we pray he will always give us the answer
we need.

The Pimienta kids
The Pimienta kids

A member in our ward, Hermano Pimienta, has been coming out with us every night. He really wants to help build the ward and he loves missionary work. The best part is sometimes he brings his kids! Last night we went to a family and he had all four of them. It was bit crazy but it was really fun. He also is a photographer and one tactic we use to try and get people is we going around with a camera and offer them free family pictures. We actually get a lot of positive responses from it! I told him I did some photography before my mission and showed him some pictures and now he wants me to take the family pictures! I was super excited because I really miss taking pictures but I think I need to ask my mission president if it’s okay first. Let’s hope he says yes.

Well anyway, I hope you all had an amazing week! My week was crazy busy but I had a great time. Busy is better. Miss you all!

Hermana Hershey