El Amor de Dios

Hi everybody,

This has been one of those weeks where I felt like I learned something new everyday. It has been great!

First of all, the Easter Pageant is officially over which is kind of a relief. It is an awesome show but I literally watched it eight times and working in the visitors center was kind of difficult because it was slow in the beginning. But I did meet great people and had
wonderful experiences! I am happy I got the opportunity to work there for a little bit.

As you all know, my mission uses Facebook. I don’t post all that often because I don’t really like doing online proselyting but last week I had a strange feeling that I should post something about the atonement. I was starting to doubt myself thinking I shouldn’t because it seems like a waste of time. But I did and someone commented on it who is a less active from when I was serving in the YSA ward. He said that he really needed what I posted. It was kind of an eye opener that posting isn’t something we just DO as missionaries but it has a purpose. I thought it was great that one small thing I posted helped someone out.

For a long time I have struggled with understanding one thing: and that is that God loves and cares for each and every person. I couldn’t quite understand how God could love every single person when there are so many people on this earth and so many who have already died. It’s something that has been bothering me. I could feel the love for the people I teach, but when I was at the Easter pageant and looked back at the 10,000 people sitting in their seats it made me wonder, once again, how that could be possible. Wherever I would go it seemed to be on my mind of something I could just not comprehend. This is a  question I have wondered about since my first days at the MTC. I remember one day, not too long ago, praying and telling Heavenly Father that I didn’t quite understand how He could know each of us by name, but that I would believe that He did. Miraculously my answer came to me this morning in my personal study, when I wasn’t even looking for it.

I randomly selected a conference talked from the April 2012 general conference titled “He Truly Loves Us” by Elder Paul E. Koelliker. In this talk I read a part that basically said that love is multiplied.  All of the sudden I thought of each one of my nieces and nephews (I
have 12 of them). I was remembering how each time a new one was born, I loved them just as much as the last. Now that I am far from them I feel that that has grown even more. I realized that it is true: love multiplies. My ability to love each and every on of my nieces and nephews has grown and never been divided. I believe that the same is true for our Father in Heaven. Though it is hard for a mortal mind to comprehend, He loves everyone of us and knows our names, desires, fears and much more.

I felt that Heavenly Father answered my prayer in a way that I could finally understand, but it wasn’t until I first showed faith that I believed. I was planning on sharing more, but that took up a big part of the email. I hope you all had a great Easter!

Sé que Jesucristo es el Salvador del mundo y que nos ama. Pero lo más importante es sé que Él vive y ha vencido la muerte y el mundo.

Hermana Hershey

image2.JPGactivity day girls that we took around the VC one day.image1.JPGcactus flowers and you can see the stage for the Easter pageant in the back!

image3.JPGpuppies we found outside someone’s trailer.

Easter Pageant Round 2

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Hello everyone!

We had the Easter pageant this week and oh my I love it so much. I am so lucky that I get to see it twice on my mission. It’s definitely something that I want to come back and see in the future. I have also been working in the visitors center and it’s been slow compared to the night I worked at Christmas lights. But it has been great. Saturday was Spanish night so I got to speak a lot of Spanish in the VC which was nice.

We had breakfast with our recent convert this week as well and it’s funny because the elders who also taught her were with us and this was their first time having a Mexican breakfast. They drank a lot of horchata because they thought it was spicy. It made me realize just how much I’ve become accustomed to this culture because it wasn’t even
spicy to me and I wasn’t in shock for what we were eating (which was basically something like tortilla casserole with refried beans, of course). It was funny to see how the elders reacted though.

I wanted to share a funny story that the recent convert told us though! It turns out she named her son after her taxi driver. So when she was about to give birth she hopped in a taxi and said “I don’t have any money but I will name my son after you if you take me to the hospital!!!” So he was like “…okay!” And now her son can proudly say
that he was named after a taxi driver.

On a more serious note, I am still studying the atonement everyday and what I read this morning really helped me a lot. I read a talk called “Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell. In this talk he talks about trials and why we have them and how to atonement can help. I will share just a little part of it:

“We too may experience moments of mortal aloneness. These moments are nothing compared to what Jesus experienced. Nevertheless, since our prayers may occasionally contain some “whys,” we too may experience God’s initial silence (see Matthew 27:46).”

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

I realized in this moment that everything I feel Jesus Christ had once felt. It’s something I knew but I guess did not quite understand until I read that scripture again. We all have trials but they all do prepare us for the future. Whether in this life or the life to come. I
believe that everything has an opposite. The more pain and sorrow we experience, the more joy we will be able to experience when we reach eternal life.

I’m grateful for the knowledge of a Savior and for His sacrifice. I know there are many talks and scriptures on the Atonement so I invite you all to study and ponder it more.

Hermana Hershey

I didn’t take any pictures since we don’t have our iPads while in the VC but there is a photographer named Jimmy that I met here and I will show you one of his pictures from the Easter pageant!

(Photo at top of post).

 

Abigail’s Baptism

Hola todos!
unnamed-1This week we had Abigail’s baptism and it went really well! She has been taking the lessons for almost a year so it’s about time. She is so great and her testimony was so sweet. She is so hilarious too! She is constantly making me laugh! I am so happy for her.

unnamedWe also got transfer news and everything is staying the same. Same area. Same companion. The only things is this month the Easter pageant starts so we will be working inside the visitors center for about 10 days. It’s really crazy busy so we will see how that goes.

I am really excited for the Easter Pageant though! It is so amazing and one of the best things about this mission. So many people have gone and felt the spirit and as a result have been baptized! So for those who don’t know, the Easter pageant is something that goes in every year around Easter time. It’s like a big play about the life of Jesus Christ. It’s basically the New Testament in a giant play. It is amazing! I was here for it last year and I am so happy that I get to be here again for it.

We had zone training meeting, which is where all of the missionaries in our zone get together and we have a meeting and receive some trainings. All of the trainings were so great! I love my zone and luckily most of us are staying for this next transfer.

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This transfer is going to be seven weeks long instead of the usual six because of the changes in the MTC. I think it’ll go fast kind of like this last one. It’s weird to think I only have three transfer left and then I am home. It’s scary.

Well I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Hershey