Sunday, July 27, 2014

forty five-week Third tramsfer in Villa Rica

Another transfer down in this awesome life as a missionary. A third
transfer in Villa Rica I think is going to do wonders for me. I have
so much to learn still, and I am excited to. This área is very
difficult but just the past 3 months that I have been here I have seen
huge changes. I would like to share a very cool experience that
happened the Tuesday before transfers. A member asked us if we could
go to her home for an FHE she was having, and we made room in our
Schedule to attend. To my surprise a couple members got to together to
say goodbye, and express their feelings for us. They expressed their
feelings of love for us, and admiration. I was surprised that I had
done something for them. I was able to show forth love towards them,
and concern that I wanted their ward to be better. They said that they
felt christlike love from me, and that was really awesome to hear. Now
my new companion is Hna Whitlock. She is from Gilbert, Arizona. She
has been on her mission for 8 months. She just got out of Huanuco for
the first time in her whole mission. I really like her. She is a lot
different than I am and I think that’s gonna help me a ton. She is a
lot from bold, and direct. I feel like that’s gonna help tons in Villa
Rica. I think my favorite thing about her is her work ethic. It has
been a while since I have had a companion who is very, very hard
working. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to come home from a
long day`s work and be tired, because you know that you did your
absolute best for the Lord. I am about to hit my one year mark on the
mission in about 10 days, and its crazy how fast this time in our
lives goes by. I remember when I was trying to decide to go on a
mission, and look at me now?!  I am almost done serving my God, my
family, and the people of Peru. This is an amazing experience, and I
will always remember it. Something I have been thinking a lot about
lately is the will of Heavenly Father. Sometimes the craziest things
can happen, even to the nicest person, and yet we need to see the
larger picture of everything. It is during those moments when prayer
becomes more vital in our lives, but we don’t pray to change Heavenly
Father`s will, but rather we pray so that we may understand it better!
I know that prayer is so important through this mortal life, and that
it has become a necessity of life for me. I love to pray. I love to
communicate to my Father in Heaven, I love to know and feel everyday
that He does love me and you.
Con amor,
Hna Karen Lisette Macias

week forty-four FHE helps to do decitions!!!

forty-three week little success in Villa Rica which is good

Well this week has been a crazy week, but its been a good week as well. This week has been full of miracles, and lessons. But this week has also been tons of fun. We decided to celebrate the 4th of July with a member who used to live in Florida. It was so much fun! We made burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, smores, and ROASTED STRABURTS! It was so much fun to be celebrating such a special day with the elders, the members, and their family. I love America (: This week I had been receiving many promptings to go and visit a sister in the ward. But, I kept thinking I can definitely go sometime later on in the week, or I would say I cant today I will try to make it tomorrow. When the prompting was very strong and I could not deny it anymore I gave in and told my companion that we should probably visit this sister. We finally got to her home, and we did not find her. But, her husband was home, and he had told us, ´wow, I am so glad you came´. He began to explain to me that his wife had been having a horrible week. She had found out that her grandmother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and her close friend was very sick as well. His wife had been just hoping for us to stop by and comfort her. When he told me this I felt horrible, because I ignored the prompting for so long. Yesterday during sacrament meeting Hna Chamorro found out that her grandmother had passed away. Luckily we were there and we were able to compfrt her when she really needed it. But, I learned a very valuable lesson this week. NEVER postpone a spiritual prompting. No matter how small. No matter how insignificant it may seem to you. The Lord is asking you to be on His errand, and we need to gladly accept and press forward. This experience I am pretty sure will serve me for the rest of my life. Now on to the miracles of this week, lately I have been praying for help and guidance as to what I should do to help the ward. I have truly been divinely led in my personal study, and in the streets. The whole 3 months I have been in Villa Rica I have had very little success finding any less actives, but this week they have been popping out of no where! Whats even greater is the fact that all of them are in the Young Women and Relief Society organizations. It has been a real testimony builder for me to be able to find these people at a time in my mission where I have been focusing on those organizations, and how to help them. I testify that our Father in Heaven knows our hearts, and He knows and recognizes how hard we work to do His will. He does answer our prayers and He guides us everyday. At times we don’t realize that He is guiding us until everything is over, and we can look back and notice that He had been carrying along this whole time. I love the Lord, and I love His gospel. I am so glad that I can dedicate 18 months of my life to Him, and His children. I know that great things are coming ahead. They might not be big changes, and they might not mean much to many, but it will make the difference for a few. I ask you to please keep these inactive sisters in your prayers, and to keep me in your prayers so that I may know how I can help them to come back to full activity.
Con amor,
Hna macias (:

forty-two week still working hard

It has been a long and hard week. We have been MIA for about 3 days. Last Sunday my companion was sick, and we spent 2 days in La Merced. Coming back from being gone for so long can be hard, because your investigators always seem to disappear when you don’t see them for a little. But, luckily we were able to find most of them. As of right now, there is just one that we cannot find. We have tried looking for Pedro 3 or 4 times last week. It would be so much easier if he actually used the cellphone he has. He never charges it or pays for minutes. Finding him is like an intense game of hide and go seek. But, he is such an amazing investigator; a really great guy. Well I would like to start this letter with some humor. On Friday we were waiting in the Elders´ pension because we had a meeting with the bishop. While waiting we decided to try the anticuchos that the Elders´ pension´s daughter sells. She sells two different types: chicken breast, and beef heart. I wanted the beef heart, because they say its delicious, and it is. My companion wanted the chicken breast, because she is not a huge fan of weird meat. I began to try to convince her to try the beef heart, and she was absolutely refusing, until the less active member says, ´Hermana Jensen, if you eat an anticucho of beef heart I will go to church on Sunday!!´. She did not have to say no more for my companion to want to eat the anticucho. She began eating it and it was so funny! Her face said it all! She kept repeating while chewing it, íts all mental, its all mental…. You can do this. Hahaha I thought it was so funny. But long story short… the less active didn’t come to church, but it made for a memorable night. Now on to my investigators… there is always good news(: Dayeli is progressing AMAZINGLY!!! She reads her scriptures, and prays every night. She is an amazing little girl. She is doing everything we ask her to, but coming to church has always been an issue for her. She is only 11 years old, but she has so many responsibilities. She takes care of her two younger sisters who are 4 and 1 year old. She basically is like a mother to them, and its hard for a grown woman to go to church with those responsibilities can you imagine on an 11 year old? But, this Sunday she came to church! I was so surprised!!! She brought her two younger sisters all dressed up with their Sunday Best, and to beat it she lives like 25 minutes away from the chapel walking!! If only we all had the faith of this young child to come all by herself to church. We have set up an appointment with her mother and father to get her permission slip signed for her to be baptized. The last time we spoke to them it was 3 months ago, and they gave us a list of things that theyd like to see in Dayeli in order to allow her to be baptized, and shes doing them! I am so excited. Please keep Dayeli in your prayers(: Now the wonderful Familia Montes. They are doing great. We talked to them about getting married this week, and they accepted!!!! They have plans to get married the 24th of August in a massive wedding going on in Oxapampa, because it will be cheaper. I was so surprised because usually talking about getting married is like pulling teeth. I was so happy when they both agreed to get married… shoot I felt like I was getting married hahahaha. But, Satan is really smart in how we wants to discourage people from always doing the right thing. Last time we saw them they had an argument, and we are afraid that it could discourage them from getting married. Please pray for them to hold on strong, and to grow in their testimony of Jesus Christ. But, the biggest news for the week is that Hna Jensen, and I will be helping the Villa Rica Relief Society with their Visiting Teaching responsibilities. We are coordinating with the RS President to plan an activity in which we will explain to the women what RS is, what Visiting Teaching is, and introduce the companionships to one another. I hope this all becomes a hit. My past calling in the YSA ward was Visiting Teaching coordinator hopefully my past experiences can help me with what we have planned to strengthen this ward. 
con amor,

hna macias

forty first week Celebrating her birthday!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

fourteenth week world cup, I am going for Mexico, Brazil, Germany, and of course USA!!!

Happy late Father´s day! Sorry for not being able to send a good letter last week. I was in La Merced and the internet is ´pretty slow there. But, it was fun being there and being able to hang out with all of our zone. The best part for me was being able to hang out with the other sisters in the zone, We went to a waterfall, and it was really pretty. But, you know me. I am not a huge stare in awe kind of a person. I can look at something for a little bit, but after about 5 minutes I get bored ha. But, if someone takes me to a history musuem I could stay there for days! Interesting, right? Well I heard that the world cup started this week? Thats awesome! I love soccer. I am going to have to watch the reruns in a couple of months. I am going for Mexico, Brazil, Germany, and of course USA!!! Well, the biggest thing that happened this week was a surprise! I received a birthday package from a family in my ward back home. I used to be their babysitter for years! They sent me drawings their kids had done for me, and it was super touching. But, this package came right on time. Last week when I was in La Merced I was really sad because I had found out that my parents package for my birthday did not pass customs, and was back in California. I felt bad because it had been the second package they have sent that I have not received, but to my surprise I got one this week! It is amazing how the Lord blesses you, and always wants us to look up and believe even when we are down. Well, our ward is doing ok. We are seeing some progress here, but it is like pulling teeth thats for sure. At times I feel frustrated because all I want to do is help them, and it seems like they dont care. Or they do not realize how much they need it. But, I have come to realize that is probably the Savior feels about us. He tries to help us, and mold our character, but sometimes we fight back and dont want the help. I hope that we can always remain humble, and trust the plan that he has for us. That is where I am at, and where our ward is at. I hope and pray that Heavenly Father gives me the strength I need to help this ward. If you can keep the Villa Rica Ward in your prayers, and their leaders it would be largely appreciated. 

con amor,

hna macias

thirty ninth week Home sick that is for sure!!!

Hey mom I am not really sure if my package is here or not, but I will make sure to check. How are you doing? How is Dad? I hope that everything is going awesome. I am doing well. Taking everyday one step at a time. I am learning to press forward that is for sure. Tell me more about how you are mom? I miss you(: But dont worry time flies by when you are on the Lord´s errand. 

con amor,

hna macias