Goodbye Pueblo :(

Wow these last three days have been such a roller coaster of emotions.
I thought for sure I was staying in Pueblo but I got transfer news on
Sunday night and I am leaving. 😦 I am going back to my first area
(Liahona 4th, the super ghetto but totally awesome area) and I am in a
trio! So I have two companions now which I’ve always wanted. And I AM
WITH HERMANA GUTIERREZ AGAIN!!!! So I was freaking out because I was
so happy about that but then I realized that I would be leaving.
Hermana Gonzalez also went back to the VC so they whitewashed our area
which is so horrible! We have two more people being baptized within a
month so it was so sad! But with so few Spanish so many things had to
be changed around in our mission. My heart was seriously broken. I
have never loved the people so much and it seriously felt like a
breakup or something! I couldn’t sleep that night and saying goodbye
the next day was the worse thing ever.

Nevertheless, I am so grateful that I was able to serve there for six
months. I learned so much, and though my companionship was different
and somewhat tough on me, I have learned a ton and I am so grateful
for that. Last Friday we were in a meeting and the opening song was
“I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go” and it hit me so hard. I think the
spirit was telling me that I was going  to be transferred but that it
was going to be okay. I tried to ignore the feeling because I really
didn’t want to leave. These words in the hymn really hit me:

“There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.”

It is mixed emotions because I have always wanted to come back to my
baby area and be in a trio (not to mention Hermana Gutierrez is my
best friend), but I really do feel so heartbroken. I had so many great
experiences, especially watching the conversion process of all of the
investigators. But I trust the Lord.

I am going to miss my district! We were the only sisters and all of
those elders are like brothers to me. We had so much fun with them and
they are all so hardworking. I know that I will love my new district
as well.

So many miracles happened this week! One thing that really touched my
heart was when we were teaching a girl named Natalie. She has been
quite a tough investigator because she has a ton of questions. We went
over the restoration again and while I was talking with her she said,
“You know, Hershey, I really feel something different when you talk.
It’s like the spirit is there. It’s like he is a part of you or
something.” It is amazing to me that I can be an instrument in the
Lord’s hands to help His children here.

There were so many things that had happened this last week that I
can’t even write it all. But I will just leave you all by saying that
I am so happy to be here right now. My mission hasn’t really been what
I expected, but I am grateful for every humbling experience, every
companion and every trial that has made me grow. Now that I am in my
last two transfers I can hardly believe it. But one thing I know is
that I will not stop working until I die (mission lingo: die =
finishing mission and returning home). And even after then I hope to
continue on sharing the gospel.

I hope you all have an amazing week. Hopefully the police don’t come
every week like they did a year ago when I lived in these same
apartments. 😉 Not to scare you or anything, mom.

Hermana Hershey

2: Yaiza, the worlds sassiest toddler
3: the Godoy Family
4: my new companions!

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My district that I will miss so much, we took a bunch of pics but this one was my favorite, haha!

 

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Yaiza, the worlds sassiest toddler

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The Godoy Family

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My new companions!

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“Seguidme”

Hi everyone!

This was a really fast week! I feel like I just barely emailed you. It
is weird how it goes faster and faster as time goes on. I hit my 15
month mark last week which is so strange. In reality I don’t have much
longer but it feels like I still have a while, or that I should still
have a while. Anyway, it’s a weird feeling.

We did a lot of service this week! We helped so many people clean. I
have never deep cleaned so many times in a week in my whole life!
Thankfully I have a good mother who taught me how to clean since I was
young. Some of the things my mom would do I thought were crazy and
unnecessary (like wiping the baseboards or cleaning behind the fridge)
but now that I have seen many houses where they don’t do those things
I can see that maybe my mom was right all along. It’s funny how many
times I’ve thought, “Well, I guess my mom was right about that!” I
have realized that I take her for granted. So thanks, mom! For all
that you do!

In relief society on Sunday the lesson was about missionary work. The
lady giving the lesson said to me during the lesson, “Hermana Hershey,
what made you want to come on a mission? Did your dad say the he would
give you a car if you went?” And then everyone turns to me and I just
say, “Yes.” And then they all started laughing! But then I explained
the REAL story and that I read the Book of Mormon and it changed my
life so I had the desire to share the gospel. It got me to think of
that time (just about 2 years ago now) when I was going through some
tough times and I just wanted to know if it was all really true. I
know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that the atonement of
Jesus Christ can heal and change lives. I love that I get to share
that with people!

This week we also went to an investigators wedding! It was very simple
but super sweet. Our investigators name is Christian and his wife is a
member. He is a former Jehovah’s Witness (I know know why I always
teach so many of them!) and he wants to learn about the gospel so his
wife (fiancé at the time) called us and asked if we could come teach
him. And now he has a baptismal date in May! We are very excited for
him!

We FINALLY get to go to the temple this next week. I am looking
forward to it. It seems like it has been forever since I’ve been
because we are going towards the end of the transfer instead of the
beginning. I am so excited to go and I am so grateful we even get to
go in our mission! It has been a huge blessing in my life. The temple
is something I think we sometimes take for granted since we all have
one fairly close to us. And here in Mesa our members have 3 that they
can easily go to anytime!

Well I will end with something that I studied this morning. It is one
of my all time favorite stories in the New Testament. In Matthew
chapter 14 it talks about Jesus walking on the sea. When His disciples
saw Him they thought it was a ghost and were afraid but when they
recognized him I love what Peter does:

8 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come
unto thee on the water.

29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he
walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning
to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and
said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

I think I am like Peter sometimes. I am willing to straightway follow
the Lord and when I try I realize that it is not easy. I make
mistakes, sometimes afraid, and I start to sink. But I always know
that Christ is there immediately to help me right back up. I sometimes
feel like I am not good enough but I know that He knows I can do it if
I only try. If I am only willing to heed the words, “come follow me”.
And I know it is the same for you.

Hermana Hershey

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La Familia es de Dios

Hey everyone!

This week went well. It was raining for a couple days which was a nice
change! It was a little bit cold (well, cold for Arizona) and it was
funny watching everyone break out their jackets for the day.

On Sunday it was fast and testimony meeting and Hermana Avalos (who
was just baptized in January) got up to bear her testimony. She went
to Utah for general conference and she ore her testimony on a living
prophet today. It was so great! It has been so fun watching all of
these recent converts build their testimonies, even after baptism!

It is amazing that no matter how old we get or how long we have been
in the church, we are always learning and especially always
relearning. I feel like I learn so much each day in my personal study.
I have been studying the last general conference talk as our mission
president has encouraged us to do so. I guess I didn’t really notice
while watching conference but it is all about families and how they
are so important!

I have seen many families in many different situations. I have also
seen how the gospel of Jesus Christ truly blesses the family, no
matter what circumstance. We found a new investigator and she is
probably in her 60’s. She just recently lost her daughter-in-law due
to cancer. She is living with her son (who lost his wife) and his
three small children. As we taught her the restoration I felt the
spirit so strong! She told us how she is searching for something that
will help her family. It’s great news that the right people found her
at the right time.

The young women were having a fundraiser for girls camp and they were
selling Sonoran hotdogs and also an auction for different type of
pastries. We helped them prepare the food and I have never cut so many
tomatoes and onions in my life! But it was a lot of fun. During the
auction my companion was like, “I really want to raise my hand and
participate!” And then she said, “Do you have any money?” And I said
yes and so she raised her hand for a chocoflan (a popular Mexican cake
thing) that was being bid for $25. I don’t know if you know this, but
$25 is A LOT of money in the missionary world (and I had like $10
cash). So we were kind of freaking out because no one else was bidding
after that and we had no money, haha. Luckily a kind soul saw we were
struggling and bid $30 after that.

Well a lot more happened this week but I will just leave it at that
for now and part of a conference talk I really like called “In Praise
of Those Who Save” by President Dieter F Uchtdorf:

“Build bridges; don’t destroy them.
Even when you are not at fault–perhaps especially when you are not at
fault–let love conquer pride.”

Hermana Hershey

4: sister Hawkins is leaving this next transfer so she wanted a
picture with all of her companions still in the mission

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Helping the Young Women

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a cool picture we took

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a giant cactus

 

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Sister Hawkins is leaving this next transfer so she wanted a picture with all of her companions still in the mission

Ya Está Caliente

Hey everyone!

It’s hot already here in Mesa! It’s that terrible dry heat that
everyone talks about. It sucks the life out of you sometimes. It’s
hotter earlier this year but oh well.

General Conference was so good! I loved it so much. Whenever Elder
Holland speaks the spirit is so strong. I also liked the talk about
fathers and he importance of fatherhood. I think it’s so true how the
world today makes fatherhood seem unimportant, but it is so important.
I have seen families where the dad has left, is in jail, not
supportive, etc. and it is so sad to see families torn apart. The role
of a father in the family is so important.

I went on exchanges with Sister Sio this week and it was so fun! We
sang the whole time we were in the car it was so fun. I also went on
exchanges with Sister Crookston in her area. We had a good time too.
All of these sisters are so young in the mission but have powerful
testimonies. They are so great.

I don’t have a ton of time to email today but I just want to share a
scripture that I love. It’s in e Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 4:1 and this
is where Nephi’s brothers, Laman and Lemuel, are complaining saying
that they can’t get the gold plates from the wicked Laban because he
is too powerful. I love Nephi’s response.

“And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go
up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the
commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the
earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even
than his tens of thousands?”

I love how much trust in the Lord Nephi has. I know that it is true,
that God is more powerful than anyone on this earth. As long as we
trust Him and keep the commandments He will help us through any trial
or affliction we may face.

I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Hershey

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