Fútbol

Hey!

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One of the Shreve girls

I hope you all had an fantastic Thanksgiving Day! I know I did. In the morning we went to a party that our ward was throwing in the park. Instead of playing football we played fútbol (soccer) and it was a lot of fun! The hispanic people here do Thanksgiving a little differently. For example we didn’t have turkey, instead we had chicken. And I don’t think I’ve ever eaten refried beans on Thanksgiving until this year. It was cool to experience something new! Then for dinner we ate with the Shreve Family. It was a good Thanksgiving!

Since we weren’t supposed to go tracting on Thanksgiving some of the people from our zone got together and played games at the stake center. We played Star Wars Monopoly and I won! It was so fun but kind of weird because I haven’t played boardgames in the longest time.

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The figurine the Ohio lady gave to me

Our first night working at the Christmas lights was on Saturday. It was really cold! It was a lot of fun though. I like that the Visitors Center is remodeled so that we have the chance to invite everyone to go look inside and they can’t give us the “I’ve lived here for 20 years, I know what the Visitors Center looks like” excuse. 🙂 I have already met some wonderful people. I met this young girl and boy who are from Japan and they are doing school here in Mesa for a little bit. It was so cool! Also, this family came up to us and they said, “Hey! We have something for you!” and they gave us both these little figurine-missionaries. They tried to get ones that look just like us. Turns out they are from Ohio! I told the lady that my brother is serving there and she said, “What’s his name? I am at the mission office all the time!” But they are in the Cincinnati Mission boundaries. Bummer. 😦

So I’ve been trying to work more on my Spanish. As a missionary in the U.S. learning a new language doesn’t come quite as easily since I’m not surrounded by Spanish all the time. I was kind of beating myself up about it this week. Then I went to dinner last night with this wonderful lady in our ward and her mom was over. Her mom is from El Salvador (and speaks zero English) and she was talking to me. She said, “Where did you learn to speak Spanish?” and I said, “Here, in Arizona while on my mission.” And her eyes got super big and she said to her daughter, “Did you here that, mija?! She learned Spanish here in Arizona and she doesn’t have a bad accent! She’s very good!” I think that was just a reminder from God that maybe I’m not doing as bad as I think I am. That made my night.

Well that’s about it for this week. Next week we have a lot going on. We are going to the temple and we have our mission Christmas party! We are also still working Christmas lights every other night.

It’s a great day to be an Arizona Mesa Missionary!

Hermana Hershey

The 5K

Hi everyone! Feliz día de acción de gracias. (Happy Thanksgiving)

This morning we had our mission 5k and it was so fun! I loved it! I got to be with all of the missionaries in the Arizona Mesa Mission, and I just have to say, I love my mission! I love all of the people and I am so lucky to be in such a beautiful place.

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Spanish missionaries at the 5K!

This week was such a great one. We had interviews with the mission president and it went really well! I always feel spiritually uplifted after talking to president and sister Jenkins. They are so awesome!

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My name tag in the display

We also went to the visitors center which has been closed for the past two months for remodeling and it is so cool! They have a ton of new exhibits. One of them is called “8 Stories” and it is about eight different missionaries. They have a wall with like 11,000 missionaries name tags displayed and I sent mine in and it’s on there! It was so
cool to see my name in a display!

So the Mesa Temple does Christmas lights every year starting the day after Thanksgiving and the full-field sisters help out and walk around outside talking and directing people. We are scheduled to go every other day and I am so excited! I’m not that excited for all of the protestors but I am excited to be around Christmas lights every other day for a couple of hours! It’s going to be exhausting but super fun, at least that’s what I hear.

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At an activity for the Young Women in our ward

On thanksgiving day our ward is having a party in the park. They are going to be eating and playing soccer! I have come to LOVE soccer while on my mission (one of my least favorite sports before) and so I am super excited for that. Then we are going to a members house for thanksgiving dinner and we are planning on going to homeless shelters and passing out little bags of candy. We are excited for that!

I hope you all have a good week and a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Hermana Hershey

Noche Hispana

Hey everyone!

This morning I walked outside and said, “WHERE ARE WE? ANTARCTICA?!?!” Because it was 55 degrees and I was freezing. It’s funny, because I know that 55 degrees is nothing compared to Idaho WHERE I LIVE but I think my blood has thinned out due to the horribly intense summer I had the last few months. But I shouldn’t complain, 55 beats 120 any day.

This week has been good! We had a zone training meeting so I got to meet my new zone. They are all a little crazy but I like them. We are the only Spanish missionaries in the zone which is kind of a bummer but it’s okay! They are so funny when they try to speak Spanish! I’m pretty sure I sounded just like them before my mission, haha.

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My Zone

 

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Spanish Cultural Night

We had a “Spanish Cultural Night” in our ward and it was so fun! There was tons of different foods (like pulposas) and a lot of dancing! Spanish part is are always the best but they also last forever! We had to leave in the middle in order to get home in time for curfew. But I love the people in this ward!

We had an awesome lesson with this 19 year old girl where we taught the plan of salvation. The spirit was so strong and she said, “I just really want to be baptized! I wish my mom would see that you guys are Christians and I wish she would listen to what you have to say.” It was so awesome! We set a baptismal date and then we came back the next
day and she said she didn’t want to be baptized anymore. I was like, WHAT! She looked some things up online and found a ton of false information about the church. It was a bummer. But she still wants to learn so it’s kind of a weird situation.

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s’mores
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s’mores

We were teaching a recent convert, Tracy (I went to her baptism a few weeks ago) and they were like, “Hey do you sisters want to make s’mores?” So of course we said YES! And it was crazy because her dad had never had s’mores before. He said they don’t even exist in Mexico! So we made s’mores with them and their neighbors came over and we got to know them a little bit.

It was a pretty good week. I hope you all are doing well!

Hermana Hershey

Mesa Por Vida

Hey everyone!

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Downtown Mesa. It says “Mesa for life”

My first week in Pueblo went really well! The members here are so nice and welcoming. It is nice to be in Spanish work 100% now. I am getting to know all the members and investigators. There are a ton of eternal investigators (meaning that hey have been taking the discussions for a LONG time) but hopefully that will change soon.

Since it’s November, I am trying to focus more on being grateful and serving others in ways that I usually don’t. The other day, I wrote a card to a random stranger. I just took one of my cards and wrote anything I felt inspired to write. Then I prayed that I would run into someone who needed it. And I did! I saw this girl walking into her house and I ran up to her and gave her he card and left. I’m not sure if made a difference but I have faith it did! And it was really fun.

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Me and my companion, Sister Knudson

My new companion is great! She hates taking pictures and I love taking them so I’ve been trying to make her love them. 🙂 We went to downtown Mesa today and took a few with some other sisters and she was a pretty good sport. She’s awesome!

On Wednesday before transfers we had Hermana Gutierrez

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Hermana Gutierrez, Aguilar, and me

with us for the day! Her companion went home (finished her mission) so she needed to stay with someone. We had so much fun! She was definitely a great companion to have. As well as all my others. I’ve been pretty lucky with all my companions so far.

Well this week has been good and I’m still trying to get to know the area. I am loving it here in Mesa. The weather is finally nice! It was 70 degrees the other day and I felt like wearing a parka it felt so cold!

 

 

Hermana Hershey

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Downtown Mesa. It says “Mesa for life”
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A baby chicken

Traslados de Nuevo

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a fun Halloween. I know I did because I got to do sealings at the Mesa Temple. It was a ton of fun and the celestial room was so crowded because almost all of our mission was there as well as some people from the Scottsdale Mission. So I got to see Elder
Shepherd and Biddulph from my zone in the MTC! It was a lot of fun.

unnamed-1We received transfer news and I am being transferred again! I knew it was going to happen since this area I’m in now is usually a VC area and I am not a VC sister. I will really miss everyone especially Hermana Naumann (the branch president’s wife). She is so funny and is always making me laugh! I had a fun experience in the YSA ward as well. Luckily I have most of them on Facebook. I will also miss my companion, Hermana Aguilar, who is being transferred as well to another area.

image6My new area is called Pueblo and my new companion is Hermana Knudson. She is still pretty new and she is from Virginia. I am really excited! I heard it’s a pretty good area.

We have a golden investigator in the Spanish branch who wants to be baptized. He has been to church twice and just moved here from Mexico. He is awesome! I’m sad I won’t be here for his baptism but I’m happy for him.

Well, it was a pretty good week. We found out how to duplicate ourselves in pictures on our iPads using panorama so I”ll add a picture I took of Hermana Aguilar 🙂

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Have a good week!

Hermana Hershey