Baptism Galore

Hey everyone!

unnamed-1The Avalos Family was baptized and confirmed over the weekend! They are all so amazing and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to watch them be baptized. But let me tell you, it was a struggle. So Satan works really hard on those being baptized the week before their
baptism date. On Tuesday our ward mission leader calls and says, “So I just met with the Avalos, and the father said he doesn’t want to baptized anymore…” It was already almost 9pm so we couldn’t go over there. I was so sad and I know Hermana Knudson was too.

unnamedWe get home and after planning I go and pray my little heart out for this family. I end up getting an answer immediately that was basically like, “This is to test your faith.” SO we decided to say to ourselves, “No, the whole family WILL be baptized on Friday!” The next day we have a mission broadcast in the morning which I think prepared us for the lesson we had with them that night. Everyone kept coming up to me (and this was really testing my faith) and saying, “Wow! The ENTIRE family is going to be baptized? Like ALL of them?” And I just said, “Yep!” I kinda felt like I was lying but hey I call it having faith.

That night we go to the Avalos and the dad walks in and I was like, “Brother, what happened? Is it the church? Is it the gospel? What is the problem?” And he said that it was not the church and at he knew it was all true but that he would not be baptized. I was so frustrated because he just wouldn’t say why! After a while we finally figured it out. Turns out there was family problems and fights and pride got in the way. We showed them a video about the temple and I have never felt the spirit so strong in a lesson before. Then he said, “Yes, hermanas. We are ready to be baptized on Friday.” I don’t know how it happened exactly but I know I had little part to play in that lesson – it was
all the spirit.

The day of the baptism was so stressful as they were late and everything but now it’s over and it turned out great! I think I stressed out so much that the next few days after I ended up with a fever. But hey that’s okay.

unnamed-2After they’re baptism I hurried over to another baptism for a former investigator of mine in an old area! He grew up Jehovah’s Witness his whole life and has gone through 7 missionaries but he was baptized! I was supposed to give a little presentation but I got their late because our baptism was right before. Luckily I got to take a picture with him though, it was great!

unnamed-3Well I am still in pueblo but I have a new companion! Hermana Gonzalez has gone full-field out of the visitors center and is now here with me. We came out together. I actually met her in the MTC and was super excited because she was the fist person that I met going to the same mission as me!

Anyway I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Hershey

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Elder Andy!

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Hey everyone!
This week has been so great. We had zone conference and our mission president announced that Elder Neil A Anderson and Whitney L Clayton are coming to our mission! We will be having a mission meeting this Saturday. I am so excited!
He also announced that we won’t be having transfer meetings anymore which is a bummer. So my pdays will be on the Tuesdays of each transfer. So next week I will be writing on Tuesday.

So I hit my year mark this past week. It feels kind of strange but I also feel like I still have tons of time in he mission and like I’m never going home. I don’t know it feels so weird! I don’t like to think about it too much.

I have really been studying deeper in the Book of Mormon and today I read in 2 Nephi 33 which is my favorite chapter. “10. And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.”
I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know I would not be where I am today without Him. He brings peace to me especially during the days when I feel I just can’t go on anymore. He never leaves us, we only lave Him if we choose.
I’m grateful to be here on a mission at this time. I hope you all have an amazing week!
Hermana Hershey

Rosco

Hey everyone!

This week went really well. We have seen a lot of miracles. The only thing is, I have been super tired. Just exhausted. We had Zone Training Meeting, and one of my zone leaders, elder Renel, gave a training on working hard and diligence. He asked the question, how
many of you are tired? Like literally exhausted every day?” And of course I raised my hand along with almost everyone else. Then he said, “Good! That’s a really good sign. That means you’re working hard.” I have never thought of that before, but that’s true. If you’re tired, and all you want to do at the end of the day is sleep, that means you worked your hardest. So now whenever I think I am really tired, my mentality has changed, and I am glad I am tired.

Also this week, it has been raining a lot. When we went to the temple, and walking back to the car afterward I was soaking. It’s strange because it rained a lot in the summer during monsoon season, but it was hot and now the rain brings cold and I am not used to that.
However, I really like the rain, so it was fine haha.

So, I ran into my mission president the other day and he said, “Sister Hershey, who is your dentist back in Idaho?” and I told him Dr. Walker. And he said, “Oh yeah, I know him. You have some nice teeth. I think you have the best teeth in the whole mission.” President Jenkins is actually a retired dentist, so that made me happy! Thanks, Dr. Walker. 🙂

This next week I hit my year mark. And that’s kind of strange. I don’t know how I feel about that. Time flies by so quickly! Six months ago I was with Hermana Judy in Valencia. And now I only have six months left! Weird!

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This is roscoe

Also, in the Mexican culture, they celebrate a holiday on the 6th of January called “Día de los Reyes Magos” which means “Day of the Three Wise Men”. I have never heard of it before now but it’s pretty big. So during the day the “three wise men” bring children presents and put them under the Christmas tree. So it’s like a second Christmas for the children! And the biggest thing they do is they have a rosco which is this big bread circular thing and hidden inside are a few baby Jesus figurines and if you get one in your piece then you have to make everyone tamales. It’s kind of a funny tradition.

Well that’s all for this week! I hope you all are doing well!

Hermana Hershey

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My new ward mission leader proving to everyone that he didn’t get a baby Jesus in his piece!

 

New Years Fiesta

HAPPY 2016!

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My zone and I at the New Years party. I am right next to the Polynesians who I got to “beat up” during our skit 🙂

We had a mission party on the first and it was so fun! We played tons of different games and did skits and things like that. I’m super glad I was sent to this mission. I was bummed at first when I opened my call and saw Mesa but now I would not change it for the world! I have made so many new friends and honestly this was the best mission for me! Now that I can actually speak Spanish it makes it even better.

So the family we have been teaching has a baptismal date for the 22nd of this month! It was such a miracle. On Saturday we went to their house and asked each of them again if they wanted to be baptized and they all said yes. The only thing is the father said he felt that he hadn’t received an answer to his prayers yet. We talked to him about the Holy Ghost and how it works differently for everyone. Well, the next day in church they all came again and I was talking with the mom and she said, “Have you talked with my husband?” And I said no. Then she said, “He said he is ready to be baptized now!” And I was so happy!

We have seen a lot of miracles this week. The beginning of the week was kind of slow and I was not feeling the best. However I have been praying for more diligence so I took that as a test. Even though it was rough and very slow and we couldn’t seem to find anyone to teach, we kept pushing through. Well we ended up seeing tons of different miracles because of that! We found a new investigator out of the blue and things seem to be falling in place! Now that Christmas Lights at the temple is over we have more time in our area which I am happy about.

Something else amazing happened! One of my old investigators from Valencia (the Jehovah’s Witness) messaged me on Facebook and told me that he was getting baptized! It’s the same day as the family we’re teaching but hopefully I can make it to that. I thought it was awesome that he messaged me to tell me that!

Also on the 31st we worked inside the visitors center. It was fun but I was super nervous because there is a lot of people and we had to stand in front of them and talk about the gospel and stuff. It was easy in Spanish, but when I had to do it in English it was kind of
weird. My companion for the night was Sister Duran and she was so helpful and encouraging! I got used to it at the end but the beginning threw me off a little bit. It was fun anyway.

Well I hope you all have a great week and even better new year!

Hermana Hershey