Seventh Day… What?!

Hey everyone!

This has been a great week. We saw a lot of miracles, especially yesterday!

unnamed-2So we went to two baptisms on Saturday. One for an 8 year old girl we were teaching because her mom asked us to (both parents are members). She is so cute! She was so excited on her baptism day! And then we also did a presentation for a 9 year old girls baptism. She was also so cute and excited to be baptized!

We have been seeing a lot of success in the YSA ward. We found a lot of potentials! Yesterday as we were walking into our apartment at the end of the day we see this guy walking in front of us and he says hi. So we ask him his name and he starts talking about a friend he has on a mission right now. Then he asked us to come visit him because he wants to learn more! It was so awesome!

Also, Elder Sitati (from the 70) came to our mission! Both he and his wife are so nice and gave a lot of great advice to us. It was definitely an experience to remember!

Also, another cool thing happened yesterday when we were walking to our car. We saw a man walking with his baby and we stopped to talk to him. He was really nice! We asked him if he had a religion and he told us he was a Seventh Day Adventist. I asked him a little bit about his religion and he told me things that we definitely agree on. His wife soon came over to us and she was equally as nice. They asked if they could have us over for dinner so we have them our phone number. We are really excited for that!

Anyway, hope you all have a good week and Happy Halloween!

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Not Today, Bob

Hey everyone!

This week has been an interesting one.

Well first of all, my birthday was great! All of the members were so awesome and loving. They were so sweet and made it a day to remember. Also, thanks to all of you who have sent me letters and cards! You all are so nice. 🙂

We had zone conference this week. That is where our mission president and other mission leaders give talks and things like that. I learned so much and I felt the spirit so strong. It was a great experience!

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Zone Conference

One last thing I will talk about is Bob. We stopped at a little store because my companion needed ibuprofen on our way to dinner. When we were walking out of the store this man (Bob) asks if he can talk to us. We of course say yes and he runs back to his car and grabs these little flyers from his church and gives them to us. He talks about salvation and how we are wrong for what we believe (even though it seems like he didn’t even KNOW what we believed). He then said, “So ladies, I am saved but you two are going to Hell. I hate to tell ya that.” Well Bob caught me on the wrong day at the wrong time. I was having
the worst day ever and was not in the mood to be put down.
I looked at Bob and said, “Have you even read the Book of Mormon?”
And he said he had.
So I said, “Well did you pray and ask God if it was true?”
He said, “Well… that’s the thing…”
I said, “Well okay, Bob. If you haven’t asked the One who knows all
then you wouldn’t know if it was true or not. THAT is what we invite
people to do. To gain knowledge for themselves.”
There was a lot more that he said and a lot more that happened but I’ll just leave it at that.

I was frustrated beyond belief and I didn’t yell at him or do anything that I shouldn’t have but instead of beating around the bush like I would normally do I was straight forward and very blunt. I probably should have said it in a nicer way but hey, we all have bad moments.

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The pamphlets Bob gave us.

One thing I noticed about Bob and about all of the people who have tried to come up to me and tell me that I am wrong is this: they have no testimony. Bob was just yelling false doctrine that he had been told by someone else and not a single thing he said came from his heart. He was reading out of the pamphlet and when I looked at him and said, “No, YOU tell me what YOU believe. Not something out of a pamphlet.” he couldn’t.

Now not everyone is like that. I know some people have a true belief of their church and I am okay with that. But what I believe is that pray works. If you want to know the truth you need to ask Heavenly Father. I know I’ve done it for myself and it’s part of why I am here.

This week wasn’t the greatest thing ever but I am thankful for it. I hope you all are doing wonderful!

Thanks for your love and support and thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Hermana Hershey

The Sweetest Family Ever

Hi everybody!

This is my last email to you as a 19 year old. That’s crazy.

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Brittani is the one in the purple flower dress

This week has been eventful. We have found a lot of new investigators which is good and surprising for this area. We also had Brittani’s baptism on Saturday! She has a calling in the ward and everything! She is so great and I am so happy for her.

I wanted to share just one experience that really helped me out a lot this week. On Sunday we went to have dinner with a girl in our YSA ward named Kady. She lives with her parents and 7 siblings. Three of her siblings are autistic. This family was so special and I could feel
a bit of sadness when I first met them. They were all really friendly and very inviting. At the end of each dinner appointment we have we share a spiritual message. It was my companions turn to choose the message so she showed them the Mormon Message “The Hope of God’s Light”. As she was talking about it afterward I was praying in my heart that I could say something that this family needed to hear. I was kind of nervous because I felt like I didn’t know what to say. When my companion stopped taking they all looked over at me and all of the sudden I started testifying about trials and how they help us grow. I then shared my testimony on how I know that families can be together forever. I don’t remember exactly everything I said that night but I remember looking up and seeing them all in tears. I felt the spirit so strong as I sat in their living room.

This whole week I have been feeling somewhat homesick. As the anniversary for my brothers death came up this week it was especially hard. I have been praying for help from Heavenly Father and have been trying to get through it. As we leave the family after sharing that message the words, “Remember, BreAnna, you are not here for you” came
into my head. I then remembered exactly why I chose to serve a mission: so that others can be with there families for eternity. Even though this family is already baptized and active members of the church, I am still thankful that I was able to bring to their remembrance the Plan of Salvation. I felt like something we both said helped them that night, but in turn I think they helped me even more.

I do have a testimony of eternal families. I know that we can be with our families in the next life as well as this one. As someone who has lost someone close to me, I am so happy I get to share this message with everyone!

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Hermana Hershey

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We also had a Spanish celebration with the branch!

La Conferencia General

Hi everyone!

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Me and my comp

This week has been a different one for me. Just kind of strange. Hermana Aguilar and I get along really well but we were both having trouble this week. We felt like something was off and we couldn’t figure it out. We went to the temple this week and it was so amazing! We were the last ones in the celestial room because we just didn’t want to leave. It was the most peace and clarity we both had felt since the transfer started. As soon as we got back out to the world it was the same feeling once again. We decided that night to get a priesthood blessing from our zone leaders. That immediately brought me peace and I felt like I was able to go through the challenges I am currently facing. I am so grateful for the priesthood!

Thank goodness we are such good friends because I don’t know how else we would make it through this area. I thought my last area was the hardest thing ever but this new one brings challenges as well that aren’t as easy to figure out. It’s hard to explain, but we are working through it.

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I also made Molé this week with a member 🙂

We have a baptism this Saturday for Brittani in the YSA ward. For those who don’t know, the couple weeks before a convert baptism are the WORST. Satan knows that baptism is a covenant that is so important and we are promising to follow Jesus Christ instead of him. It’s no wonder it is so difficult. We have had things happen that seem to almost ruin it. Luckily, the Lord is far stronger than the the devil and we keep on fighting.

Anyway, I loved general conference! It was the best ever! Elder Holland was one of my favorites as well as Uchtdorf and Renlund. If I remember correctly, Renlund was in the MTC and gave a talk that one time I said the prayer. So that’s cool! But maybe I’m wrong. I can’t remember that seems like forever ago.

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I think it’s time for new shoes.

One last thing I want to share: we went to visit an investigator named Gemma who doesn’t believe in God (or so she says). My companion has met with her a bunch but this was my first time. Throughout our visit she said that she just has never “felt anything” and that’s why she doesn’t believe. As she was talking I kept remembering the experience I had when I held my niece or nephews for the first time and how I felt the spirit so strong. I then asked her how she felt the first time she held her son. She explained how she felt peace and love and how amazing it was. We told her that that was the love of God. It was interesting to see her sit and ponder that for a minute.

I know that God is real and that He loves us. Everyone of us. He know you and loves you. One of my favorite quotes from conference was by Carole Stephens who said, “Trust God and trust in His eternal plan for you.”

I love you all!

Hermana Hershey