Tuesday, December 10, 2013

fourteenth week my shoes are worn, but they are worn because I am laboring in the work of salvation and I cannot be any happier.





Well, this week we had a baptism!!!!! Yes, I had my fourth baptism this week for this transfer! I am working harder now then I ever have in my mission. I can see the fruits of my labor, and see the faith of the wonderful people of Peru growing. I am learning alot right now. I am learning how to lean on my God, and my Savior for help. I am learning to be more humble, and always remember that my succes is not really mine, rather it is the Savior{s success. Everytime I have a baptism I realize the victory it is for Jesus Christ; it is His victory because His death is not in vain. I have found someone who is willing to leave everything behind to follow the Savior, and that in itself is a miracle from Heavenly Father. I am so gald to be sharing the good news of this christmas season that Jesus Christ was born, and lives! I love this work. I am truly happy. I have never been so happy and tired in my entire life. I am given my all and my best to my elder brother, and my supreme example of meekness, Jesus Christ. Well, what can I update you on.. its cold ;D haha whats new! But, my area is progressing really well despite the trails coming our way... and trust me there are many. But, the thing that impacted me the most was the Christmas devo I was able to watch yesterday. I really enjoyed the talks by Pres. Monson and Elder Nelson; they really spoke to me. I was wondering alot about the sacrifice the Savior has done for me and you, and I was wondering how I could possibly repay Him for so much mercy, and love shown to man kind. The answer came in the form of Pres. Monson. What gift are we going to bring to Jesus Christ on His birthday? Our heart. I can testify that that is the only true gift we can give our Savior! He has given us His all, then why cant we do the same? The only thing the Savior has ever asked of us is our willingness to be like Him, for our actions to be His, and for our Will to be the will of His Father. Its this time of year that we remember the Savior and His majesty, and it is this time of year that His spirit influences even the coldest of hearts. It is now more than ever that we can decide to change and be more like Him. I invite all of you to give the Savior the best gift possible, your heart. Align your will with His. It is now that you can spread His spirit to everyone by serving others, and testifying that He lives. That it is His spirit that summarizes the Christmas season. This time of miracles truly testifies that He lives, and that He loves each and everyone of us. I love my Savior, and I am glad that I can give Him this simple, and pure gift of my heart. I want to be more like Him. I want my countenace to testify that He lives, and that I love Him.

con amor,

Hna Macias

1 cor 1: 25-28
1 nephi 11:13-23

my shoes are worn, but they are worn because I am laboring in the work of salvation and I cannot be any happier.
 
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

thirteenth week




hello friends and family what can I say about this week? Well we had a multi-zone in Huanuco and it was fun! There was 4 zones present and about like 10 companionships of sisters. It was nice to not be surounded by elders all the time haha. But the best part was that I got to see my favorite companion at the multi-zone! Hna Gale was my second companion in the mission, and I truly miss her. She is so funny and she is such a great missionary. It was her birthday, and I surprised her with some gifts nothing special, but something from the heart. After going to Huanuco we returned to Cerro, and to be honest I was so happy to be back. Huanuco is stinking hot, and I prefer the cold haha. Like at night it gets to 85 degrees, and needless to say I was dying of heat! Once I got back to Cerro my companion and I wanted to work really hard to have great numbers this week. We wanted to make up for the week we lost in Huancayo, and the 3 days we lost in Huanuco. Luckily, we were able to meet our goals with the help of our heavenly father. He is so good to us, and I have noticed that when I am more humble He blesses me more. We have been able to reactivate so many families, and it makes me so happy. We have also been finding a lot of golden investigators lately. But, the biggest blessing of all is that I will be having a baptism tomorrow! I am so happy! We have been praying alot for this investigator to be baptised and she will be. Her husband finally signed the permission slip, and she will be baptized tomorrow by the bishop. But, trials are always coming are way.  A couple things occurred that made us cry, and we were both really sad. . But, I am really grateful for this trial because it made me remember something really important. It made me remember my testimony, the first time I knew without a doubt in my heart that this is the true church of God. I was asking myself why I came out on my mission. Then I got the spiritual confirmation I got that afternoon when I was 15 years old. I am here because I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He is the redeemer of the Lord, and that it is through His atonement that I can return to my Heavenly Father^s presence. I also know that God lives, and that I am His daughter. Everything in this world testifies that there is a living and loving God, and that he exists. We are His children. He knows me better than any other person in the world. I am His Daughter. I knew coming to my mission that it wasnt going to be easy. That people would reject the message I have to share, and would reject the charity and love I have for them. I knew that if it was never easy for our Savior, then of course it would never be easy for Him. I am glad to be walking the same path He had to walk for our salvation. It is thanks to His unselfish love that we have been redeemed. It is thanks to Him that we have the opportunity to live once more. I have reason to walk tall, and proud because I am doing the things that the Savior would do if He were here on earth personally ministering to this people. He is the person that inspires me to keep pressing on despite how difficult this can be at times. I love being a missionary. I wouldnt trait this experience for the world.

twelfth week



this week has been a hectic one... I have been SOOOO busy. Haha sorry for the sarcasm. I havent done anything at all this week. Last tuesday my companion and I had to travel to Huancayo because she needs to get her wisdom teeth taken out. We spent the whole week there. We were there from tuesday until saturday. We had a baptism for this week lined up but that fell through because we were sick, and she will be getting baptized this sunday. I would love it if you could seriously pray for Minerva, and for her baptism to go through. Anyway, I learned some really important things this week while I was in Huancayo. One thing, is service, and how to love your companion. We werent the only companionship in the sister mission home because of illness. There was another companionship there, and they do not get along at all. It shocked me to see them yelling at each other, and disrespecting one another infront of other sister missionaries. I was even more shocked to see that one companion didnt care about the health of her comp. SHe would see her cry because of the pain she was in and she wouldnt do anything to comfort her. She acted like it was nothing. I was surprised, because I did everything for my companion. I helped her with her pills, and I helped her walk because of the medication... she was a little tipsy. But anyway, I was seriously worried about my companion and I did everything in my power to make her feel comfortable. Which is why I was shocked to see other servants of the Lord not act like He would act. I really love my companion and the relationship we have. We are working hard, and having so much success together. Sadly, we wont be together next transfer, because my Mission President told me that I will be training so thats a bummer. But, what an honor to train once more! Anyway, I also realized how much I love the Holy Ghost, and how much I need His companionship. While I was in Huancayo I wasnt able to read my scriptures much because I was helping my companion with her doctor appointments, and I also wasnt teaching or proslyting. I noticed how empty and sad I felt to see so many people that I wasnt able to talk to and share this gospel with. I love being a missionary. I love being able to bring true joy to people, and show them where real happiness can be found. I seriously dont know how I was living my life before that I wasnt sharing the gospel with all of my non member friends. And I still cant understand how sometimes I would not read my scriptures for a day, and feel normal. I am truly changed by this wonderful experience to serve and wear my Savior´s name on my chest. I invite each and everyone of you to help the missionaries in your ward. Be a friend to their investigators, and give them references. Please pray and fast about one person that you could share the gospel with before christmas time. This is the time to share the goodnews that comes from the Savior. THAT HE LIVES, THAT HE ONCE DIED, BUT HE RESURRECTED. That he atoned for our sins, and thanks to Him we as well will have victory over death. I love my savior. I love his sacrifice that gives me an opportunity everyday to be the best Karen Lisette Macias that He knows that I can be. Also, please bring less actives back to the church. Dont forget about them. They need the gospel too, maybe even more because they once knew and they have fallen away. Go find our lost brothers and sisters. Remind them always that they are never forgetten in the eyes of our Heavenly Father or in the eyes of His true and ONLY church.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

con amor,

hermana macias

Alma 5:7;13

eleventh week



Soo.... I have a cold... and yeah I dont feel super great, but thats fine. The work will always continue. Anyway, my companion isnt feeling super great. She has her wisdom teeth coming in and she is in a lot of pain. And it stinks to see her hurt so much, but I have been taking care of her, and the lord has been watching us. We couldnt go out and teach for 3 days straight, but our numbers didnt get too down! that made me really happy. Isnt it a crazy thought I have been out on my mission for 4 months! Crazy, right? But, I have never been happier in my life. I love being one of the Lord´s servants. I am loving this work even though at times it can be very discouraging. So the big news of this week... I had 3 baptisms! I have been working really hard in this new are to see progress, and the Lord is preparing the way. I love having baptisms, not because of the numbers, but because I see people change, and wanting to serve Jesus Christ. It is the most beautiful change you can ever witness in someone. It is so beatiful to see someone´s countiance change, to see the light in their eyes change to something so much better! Also,  it snowed last week! It is freezing here because I never get a break from the cold. I was super happy to see the snow to be honest, but my companion was  dying haha. She is from northern peru and over there its like 100 degrees like all the time so she is constantly coverted up, its pretty funny to witness to be honest haha. So anyway, I love you all and miss you. Sorry this is so short I had a lot of emails to write today. But I love this work and I know that this is the church of Jesus Christ it has changed my life. I feel so honored to wear my Savior´s name on my chest, to be one of his representatives. I know that my family will one day be an eternal family, and that we can all rejoice in the covenants we can make in the Temple with our Father in Heaven. I know that when we put our trust in Heavenly Father miracles can occur. I am so glad that Heavenly Father has placed all of you in my life.

love,
hermana macias

helaman 10:4-5

week tenth


Cold cold cold cold cold cold. It is seriously so flipping cold here!!! Its not as bad as rexburg, idaho or even utah, but the people here are so poor that they dont have heating! you can never escape from the cold. Its probably like 30 degrees in the day and maybe 15 at night. I am surprised that I havent gotten sick yet but I am so happy to be here. This area in Lima East was a punishment for disobedient missionaries. All of the missionaries that got sent here were sent because of their disobedience, because the conditions are so hard. But, with the new mission and new mission president he has changed that stigma of cerro de pasco. He says that the members deserve to have all good missionaries and not disobedient ones. He sent me this email this week:
Sister Macías: Thanks for your letter, and your sweet attitude. Or is that altitude? Anyway, thanks for being one of the Chosen Frozen. Like I have said multiple times, I send no one to Cerro that I don't trust. The wards there deserve good missionaries, the conditions are a challenge, and if you get sent to Cerro (and you did) that means I think highly of you. Good luck!

its nice to know that my mission president has so much confidence in me even though I have only been out on my mission for 4 months. Anway, my companion is awesome! Her name is Hna Becerra, and she is from Peru. She is such a great missionary. I really do not feel like I am training her at all. She has such a strong testimony of the gospel that I am truly honored to be her companion. Her and I are constantly laughing and teaching. We are having a lot of success and having fun while spreading the gospel. The way a mission should be! Thanks to hermana Becerra I am trying even harder to be a good senior companion, because I want her to feel the joy of seeing someone get baptized and change their life for the better. I have been praying alot to our heavenly father to bless me and help me be a good companion to know what to say and what scriptures to use and he is helping me. I have been able to feel the spirit work through me in the discussions. Never in my mission have I felt the impressions to tell people ¨äs a representative of jesus christ I promise you that....¨I seriously had to fight back the tears, and so did my investigators. They felt the spirit I know they did... it was undeniable. And I committed three of them to  be baptized this week! The Lord is always so good to me, thanks to his mercy and love I am the missionary I am today. He is showing me the things I need to do to be a better person, and a better servant of him. I love being a missionary. There is truly nothing else Id rather be doing with my time. So, on a fun side. I went to a quinceneira because my pensionistas daughter turn 15 and it was so cute! it made me think of mine! It was so nice to see her dance with her dad, and it made me miss my dad. He is such a great man, and I am glad that he is my dad. ,My dad will forever be the first man I have ever loved in my life. I miss you! BUT BUT BUT BUT--- i ate chicken heart soup this week... it was surprisngly delicious! I really liked it! haha. Oh and there are craxy amounts of dogs here, and they chased me and my companion. We had to throw rocks at them, because there was like 9 of them chasing us.... twice in one week! But we are all safe tho! oh the life of a missionary! I love you all and miss you! thank you for your support

con amor,

hermana macias

Monday, November 11, 2013

Ninth week


What is happening in Peru?!! Llamas, potatoes, rice....


 


Hi guys! Sorry I didnt write you yesterday, but my mission had transfers and it wasnt very oraganized to tell you the truth. We received 18  new missionaries on saturday and they met their trainers on sunday, then monday everyone got changed to their new areas. We receivced 8 north americans and just 2 latinas this transfer. We officially have more north americans then latinas, and most of the latinas will finish their missions next year in March-ish. Isnt that crazy! A lot of companionships are two gringas together! Crazy how much the mission is changing right? So what is new with me? Well.... I AM TRAINING! My daughter´s name is Hermana Becerra, and shes so great! I truly feel so honored to be her trainer. It is a truly humbling experience to have the Lord trust you enough to train one of his representatives when you have only been on your mission for so little. But, I am happy to serve her. Also, I finally left my first area :/ and it was probably one of the saddest things I have ever had to do. When the members, my investigators, and converts found out I was leaving they all came to my pensionista´s home to say good-bye. It was truly hard to hold back my tears. Alot of them cried and they wished that I could stay a little longer. I have truly come to love them all so much it was hard to say goodbye. Even though my ward was hard, I truly loved my time in La Florida. My new areathough is cerro de pasco. The tallest city in the world... it snows here! haha but I like it so far! everyone is amazed that I am not dying of sickness because of the altitude but the Lord always protects his servants and I know that he is protecting me. Sorry the email is short... the internet here is slow and keeps freezing.

love, 

hermana macias

John 17:3-4;6

my mission plack scrupture and it is soooo true! 

she is my momma in la florida! she is from mexico! She seriously took care of me so well. But, dont worry mom... I will always love you more than anyone else!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eigth week


  
Well I am pretty sure you will not be surprised when I tell you that there are a lot of drunks here in Peru. I have a great idea that would help them out economically and maybe just maybe make less drunks in Peru. They need to tax the heck out of all liquor! They can make a ton of money and the people here are pretty poor and will hopefully stop buying so much beer. Haha well thats my ingenious idea. Oh, and I forgot to mention that all the drunks here are bilengual! Haha well when I walk by they always want to speak english with me.. its kind of funny. Also, I want to thank you all for the letters I received last week! I received 6 letters, and needless to say I felt very loved. It was nice that they all came together! You are all the best family members, and friends anyone could ask for. I am so lucky to have you all in my life. Also, I need to share with you the highlight of my past week: Kraft Mac N Cheese! I spent 6 soles on a box because I was craving and it was the best decision of my life haha. It made me think of my poor BYUIdaho ways when I would eat it out of neccesity. It made me think of Kailey and how her and I when we couldnt eat anything else because we didnt have anything would eat that and chili. All I needed here was chili haha. Oh memories, they just make me smile. And, so.... remember how I am here on a tourist visa? Well they last 90 days and mine expires in 2 weeks... so I might have to go back to the USA and serve in a mission there until my residency comes through in Peru. But, we will see in these next 2 weeks I will either be in Lima for 4 days gaining my citizenship in Peru or I will be in Lima to catch a plane ride to America. I wouldnt worry much tho! The Lord knows that He is doing, and I will be happy with whatever the outcome. So I am pretty sure you have already noticed that this has been a really hard transfer for me. My companion and I do not get along, we had 2 baptisms fall through 5 minutes before the ordaninance, and we are struggling in finding people to teach. But, I do have one person who accepted a date! I have been teaching her since I have been serving in La Florida. She has been investigating the church for over a year, and wasnt able to get baptized because she wasnt married. But, she finally seperated from that man 1 month ago and she can get baptized! I am so happy because I finally feel like I am doing my job. She will be baptized the 2 of Novemeber. I love her. Her name is Katy and she is just wonderful. I am also teaching a little girl who is 9 and her name is Shira. Shes so sweet. Shes really poor but she is such a good daughter. She is always helping her mother in their little store which is their house. Their home is the size of my room. I am excited though, because she is progressing! She wants to get baptized and her mom is letting us teach her. We actually just taught her mom yesterday, and I think she might be interested in taking the lessons for herself! I am excited! I have known their family since I got here but it never occured to me to teach them. I am glad that the holy ghost prompted me to ask them if they were interested in talking to us more about Heavenly Father. Also... I love my pensionista! She is so sweet! She noticed that I havent been eating much and she decided to make me pasta twice this week! She figured I wasnt eating because I was sick of eating white rice, and potatoes. She was right! Haha I am so glad for her mothering ways and recognizing what I was in need of ha. Also... here is something funny that happened this week. I ate deodrant.. yeah dont judge me! It sounds a lot less dumb when you know why. I was eating an oreo during personal study, and I usually eat the cream seperately. After personal study I placed my book of mormon cover on top of my bed, and my deodrant was under it. I didnt know that though! I was putting on my makeup and after I picked up my book and saw what I thought to be oreo cream... I ate it and it wasnt oreo cream! I seriously almost died! It tasted so bad. ALSO BIGGEST NEWS OF THE WEEK. I FINISHED READING THE BOOK OF MORMON LAST WEEK! I did moronis promise again and I keep getting the same answer I got the first time I prayed about the divinity of the Book of Mormon. I love this book and I know that it is the word of God. My new goal is to read it in spanish and I am reading the New Testament in english. I am excited about this. Also, I am learning Quetchal which is the original language of Peru, and I am so excited! I am waiting for a Book of Mormon in Quetchal because some people here dont speak SPanish. I am excited to be trilingual! Also transfers are next week lets keep our fingers crossed for me! President told me that I might train and open a new area because there are 12 sisters coming in. He says I am ready.... lets see what the Lord thinks. I love you all!

hermana macias

14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
 15 For can a awoman forget her sucking child, that she should not have bcompassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may cforget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the apalms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

me and shira! Sorry the picture is so bad.. there was no light so it makes the picture kinda bad. But isnt she adorable!!?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

seventh week

So... lets see.. where to start, lets start with some humor? Ok, so last week I got hit on and got asked out on a date! Yeah.. thats right. Somebody asked me out haha. It was a little weird to be honest. I think I have been on the mission for a long time because I didnt realize until like way later that he was only hitting one me. His name is Freddy and he came up to me and started asking about the church. Me being a missionary didnt think much of it, and thought heck ya I can contact him. Then I realize like 10 minutes later that he has not even directed a word to my companion. Thats when he began to ask me how long I would be on a mission for and he offered to buy me a drink. Haha.. thats when it hit me that he wasnt that interested in the message I had to share... Oh the adventures of being a sister missionary in South America. Its really fun. So the biggest highlight of this week was the fact that I got to have an interview with my Mission President. Thats seriously a huge perk of serving in Huancayo that the mission office is 10 minutes from my house, and I can go often and speak to my mission president and his wonderful wife. I went into the interview super excited because I truly love my mission president, and I love talking to him whenever I get the chance. He and I began to talk about my area, and my companionship... and we all know how that is going. And he gave me words of comfort. He apologized and told me that maybe the companionship wasnt inspired. I told him that he had no reason to apologize because I truly feel like this was inspired. I have always had a hard time telling people how I feel when they are mistreating me... many people told me that Karen...you need to grow a back bone, or in your mission something is gonna happen that is going to force you to have a backbone. I truly feel like this experience is helping me do just that. Our inventories are honest, and I tell her exactly how I feel. After telling my mission president this he felt alot better, He asked me about how my family was doing, and my brothers. I got to update him about how AMAZINGLY AWESOME my family is. I also told him about the plans I have to chnage my ward and their excitement about missionary work. After I was done explaining all this to him he looked at me and smiled. He said, Hermana Macias you have truly changed. You are not the same missionary that came 3 months ago. At first I didnt think much of that because I truly feel like I havent changed much if at all, but once I got home I realized how true that was. I have changed. I am a confident missionary, and I am not as shy as I used to be. I know that it is the atonement of Jesus Christ and the love of my Heavenly Father that I am changing. I am finally becoming the person that they know I can be. I am finally becoming the Karen Lisette Macias that I have always wanted to be for them. I am learning to forget myself, and change who I am for the Savior. It is a humbling experience, and its an honor to be placed in the purifying fire of the love of Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I am grateful for trials, and for all of the experiences I have had on the mission because it is allowing me to come to know a man of sorrows, and grief. My Savior. He is the only person that truly knows everything that I am experiencing here on the mission, and I am experiencing all these things for His sake. It is truly a privilege to go through this for my Savior, and to have Him at my Side experiencing all these things. My mission president is right... I am a different person. I am glad that I am. The person I was before was a great person too.. but this new me is more like my Savior. I hope to keep improving so that one day I can be just like Him. Also, its been pouring rain here in Huancayo! But the funny thing is that whenever I have my rain jacket or a coat on it doesnt rain. But, whenever I am not ready for all the rain.. it pours and it never ends from morning until the night. Its kind of fun though. Well, kind of. Sometimes we try to go to a members house to wait for the rain to stop but the members wont let us in and they say stay warm and dry..... but they dont let us in haha. Its really funny. Oh also, appárently I talked in my sleep this week, and it was in Spanish! Thats a super good sign... well I would like to believe. That means my Spanish is getting better. They say that you know when your spanish is good when you dream in Spanish... I imagine that its the same when you sleep talk right? haha. Also, cuy is nasty. Totes not worth eating! I also almost died of being overfed yesterday, but the member said that if we didnt finish she would be offended... I couldnt walk and I almost through it up. Haha its kind of funny how thats my problem here... being fed too much by her. Oh well.



I love you all!

hermana macias 

here and there, now and then God makes a giant among men.

Here is me and the cuy I ate.. its an ugly animal
Here is me and Hna Rhoten and Witt... we are the only american hnas in Huancayo
Here is my sister missionary tan... I am really proud. I have worked hard for it haha

sixth week she wants candy

Yes mom t is in my room in my book shelf. Its really big and green and I use it to write quote into. And for some reason your email is not opening it sent it in a secret format. But yeah thats what I want my green quote book its on my book shelf and go through the book and if you see my writing in it and see that there are quotes then thats it. And also I want candy! You know my favorite twx, kit kit, skittles, hot cheetos and please buy a ton!!! And if you can send peanut butter. But thats what I want. And dont forget to put it in the name of my mission president, and then (Hermana Karen Macias)
Howd you love conference? I thought about you alot! It was so amazing!

fifth week


Ok, sorry if this email  isnt very long because the keyboard is horrible and the internet is soooo slow. Well, I was not transferred and I am not training thank goodness!! The amount of sisters expected didnt come. So I am soo happy haha. Anyway, I have a new companion from Peru and shes nice. She doesnt really know much so I am basically the senior companion and its hard. But, I love it because I am learning so much from the responsibility. But, I am part of a new zone! There are now 5 zones in Huancay0, and things are a tad disorganized, but theyll fix themselves out with time. This week has been a hard one, because of my new added responsibility. Also, there is so much progress with my ward and the members are helping out a ton. I had to work a lot to get to where we are. The members that kind of worked before are now working really hard with our referrals, and i appreciate it a ton. We have been having more activities to invite non members, and they have been fun and weird at the same time haha. Like two days ago they had a carnival and a food feast. I tried a ton of authentic peruvian food... I have never had corn, potatoes and rice in so many different ways haa. Like the food wasnt that great if I am going to be honest. I almost through some of it up. BUT speaking of food my pensionista is making me guinea pig this week, and she isnt telling me when so I can eat it. I am so scared! Like dude.. thats a rat shes gonna feed me haha. But, give me prayers so that I can eat it and not get sick. Mind over matter, right? I hope so haha. We were gonna have a baptism last night but it didnt go through because she did not want to get baptized and her mom wouldnt let her either. It is a sad experience but what can you do right? Agency.. everyone has it and sometimes it can get annoying ha. So I have come to realize a lot this week how amazing the savior is. Everyone knows that he lived a perfect live and it was free from sin. But everyone seems to forget that he suffered temptations too, and that he has felt everything for us in the garden of gethesamene. He knows what is feels like to have cancer, to be spit on, made fun of, humilated, and hated... and he didnt deserve it. He did that for us to be a PERSONAL savior for us all. He needed to learn how to succor his people. Its amazing to take that all into consideration and to let that all sink in. Its truly amazing. I love our Savior. I truly dont know where I would be in my life if it wasnt for the atonement, and me knowing how much he and Heavenly Father love me. It is truly remarkable. OH BUT I HAVE SUPER HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE NEWS.... I can now snap my fingers together like all the latinos and north americans that have served spanish speaking missions haha. I have been trying to learn how to do this for like ever, but I finally devoted time to it yesterday. Like no matter where I was walking I was practing loosing up my index finger to snap on the rest when I flicked it ha. I am so proud of my self to be honest. Sorry the email was so short... the internet was super slow and I hate this keyboard.

take care

Hermana Macias 

1 nephi 3:5

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fourth week

Where to start this week has been awesome! Its been hard but awesome! Like last pday we spent it with Sister Henderson! She helped us make brownies! They were so delicious! My favorite part of that pday was the fact that I got to wear President Hendersons apron... its like I was mission president for a day haha. I love them so much! It has been raining so much here! Like it is so odd.. its super hot, and it rains.. or its super hot and its way cold in the shade. Its like my poor body doesnt know what to feel exactly haha. Like it has given me the sniffles a little bit, but dont worry I am taking care of myself, because a sick missionary is a no good missionary because it makes it super hard to teach! My companion has been sick all week, and its super hard to watch. But, shes great she doesnt let that stop her from working hard. I love our companionship because we both try our hardest everyday to serve the Lord, and the people of our area. So... I am pretty sure I have told you before a mexican family moved into my ward! They are a tender mercy of the lord for sure. I have been praying everyday for the lord to help us and try to get the members excited about missionary work, and then they moved into the ward! The two daughters want to go out with us and do splits! They are the best and the mom wants to have FHE at her place all the time and she wants us to invite our investgators. Can you say blessings? I love their family.. and I feel like the Lord sent them my way to help me not get homesick. I love speaking to them whenever I see them because they are so warm and sweet. They make me miss my parents less, and they want to cook  me mexican food.. which is sweet because I wont miss home so much. `Peru is great, but the mexican culture is so different and the people are warmer. But, what can you do... I am going to show them what it means to me a mexican american haha.. despite that I am so white.. A lot of people dont believe me when I tell them my parents are latinos... darn my whitenesS haha. Also, I baptized a family on saturday! A mother and her two kids! It was awesome! I have been here since the beginning and its great to see someone change their live for the better. Its amazing to see their faith grow when you look into their eyes when they are bearing their testimony. That family is so special to me because it makes me think of our family. My mom and my brothers and I decided to get baptized and I know that it has been the greatest decision we have ever made! Having the privilige to serve alongside my brothers is a blessing because we are working together to bring people unto christ. I am so glad I was born into a righteous loving family that loves the gospel. I am glad that my dad has helped raise his kids in the gospel, despite him not being a member. I know he is a great man, and I am so glad he allowed us to be raised in the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, guys I have a baptism today for a young woman who is amazing! I love teaching her because she is so strong! Also... rumor has it that I am training this transfer! One of the sister training leaders told me that... and I hope not I do not feel ready! My very own training is not even over yet! But the Lord knows better than I do, and if he says I am ready then I must be. All I know is that I am going to need your prayers if I am going to train. I want to be a good trainer.
love,
hermana macias
Alma 32:27 this goes great with the talk Lord I believe by Elder Holland!







I am happy to be serving the Lord!

This week has been super hard! It was our first week completely by ourselves without our trainer. But we have learned alot! Like we have found 2 whole families to teach and they have accepted a baptismal date! It is so awesome because I have been praying to find more investigators, and we found them! Its great!!! I have been trying so hard lately to be more humble, because I have come to realize that humility is the key to success in the mission. If you are not humble good flippin luck to you! For real! We have walked so much this week! Like to the point that my feet were bleeding a little bit, because of my shoes and how try my skin is in the mountain air. But, I am okay with that! I am happy to be serving the Lord! He never said it would be easy but he did say it would be worth it! And I can definitely tell you that it is so worth it! I have come home everyday this week completely exhausted! I just want to sleep but instead, I try to study during all my free time to help my investigators, and to become a better missionary.. Like seriously I wait til 10:30 to go to bed, and I study as soon as I wake up and wait to take a shower, and I also read while in the bathroom haha. You can never study too much or be too obedient. So this week as 9/11 and Hermana Gale and I asked our pensionista to make us hot dogs in order to help us through this hard time in our nations history... And she totally did it! haha it was awesome! Her and I got to eat legit hot dogs! Which is a nice break from all the rice they feed us, and potatoes! Oh also, I found 50 soles on the floor that day! It is so nice! Because thats all the money I get for the month, and I found it on the floor! But, I am going to use it today to buy my pensionista flowers, because she is so good to us. She is always feeding us and helping us... and she actually cooks a lot for us compared to other pensionistas! Like some missionaries literally just eat like a boiled egg and avena.... thats it for breakfast and dinner. Also, this week we had a missionary activity because our ward does not care about la obra misional ( I forgot how to say it in english), and we had a movie night. The point is to have one of these activities every week, and for them to invite investigators for us to meet. This week we watched the other side of heaven. Hermana Gale and I were super happy to watch a movie! We were so happy because we thought it would be in english with subtitles in spanish... and it wasnt and it ended up making us super trunky! Like they talked about BYU, dating, marriage, going home, and it just made us trunky! Haha like there is a part where they kiss and her and I had to turn around to not see it, and the ward thought we were trying to be funny... but literally we did it because we knew it would make us miss home.. and our old lives... like being able to hang out with boys by myself without a babysitter haha. Also, mom good luck with your talk in stake conference! I know youll dp great because youre a macias! We had stake conference this week, and it was odd because its for all of peru and its from salt lake. The leaders in the stake dont speak, its literally just a thing they watch. But the talks were awesome! Two apostles spoke and the second counselor of relief society.

Love,

Hermana Macias 

1 Timothy 4:12-15


 
                                                                                                                                

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Second week

Ok,

Guys, I finally left the MTC! I have been in my first area for about a week. I am in a trio! I love it. I have one latina comp, and one american comp. Hermana Bazan and Hermana Gale. I am serving in La Florida in Huancayo! I am sooo grateful that I am in this area because I didnt have to travel for much. It took me 6 hours to get here from the MTC! Crazy, right? Ok, so where to start. Peru is like Idaho and Utah in the sense that there are alot of members here! Like tons of people here are members, it is pretty cool actually. But, sad at the same time because a lot of the people are also inactive. I have a pensionista, and she is wonderful! Her name is Giovanna and she is a member. She has two daughters, and her life is so hard. Her husband is abusive, and he drinks... She just got seperated from him. I hope that all the blessings possible come to her life. She is a good cook.. BUT the food here gets me sick. My stomach is always in pain.. it´s awful. Like I either have the nuncas (I cant go to the bathroom) or the siempres (diarrehea). All the Americans here are always getting sick and running to the bathroom. Now, my ward is very interesting. Our bishop doesnt really like the missionaries. I dont know why... But, I am making it my personal goal to make him love the missionaries and love missionary work. My companions keep saying that it will never happen, and we have a bet. If I get the bishop even a little more interested in missionary work I will get candy, and if I fail I will get them candy. Please pray for me.. because I want our ward to grow! Anyway, Peru is interesting that people here are very very open! Like I have seen so many women breast feeding everywhere, and I saw a man peeing yesterday in the middle of the road! Like it was normal! Luckily, I didnt see anything. Me and My american comp are constantly getting stared at here. Like no matter where we go her and I get whistled at. I feel a little unsafe to be honest, but the Lord will protect us. Like no one is out in the streets pass like 7 other than the drunks, and whenever we are walking we try to stay together as much as possible.
But, the people here are so poor. It makes me sad.. alot of our members are not doing so hot financially and there homes are dirty and small. But, whenever I see their faithfulness it motivates me and makes me want to be a better member! 
I am teaching this family who is very special! They are going to be baptized in 2 weeks! Can you believe it I have my first converts already (: Sonia, Miguel, Mauricio, Paolo, and Leyla.
I just want to tell you all that I know that this is the true church, the same church that Chrsit organized when he was on earth. I love my Father in Heaven for all of the blessings and trials he gives me. I know that with his help I can overcome everything and anything. I am so grateful for my parents, and my brothers and the examples they are to me. I know that Christ lives and he is my Savior. I want to be like him one day. 

And trusting my all to thy tender care I´ll do thy will with a heart sincere I´ll be what you want me to be..... my motto for life and even more now as a servant of the Lord.

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Macias

Thursday, August 8, 2013

First week

Eveeryone,

I loved your emails.. It made me cry actually... which I am not proud of. The MTC has been sooooo hard. My companion is 39 years old, and I am with the Latinos. The Latinos are very nice but there spanish is crazy fast and its hard to catch up. My companion is very stubborn and isnt obedient and worse of all she treats me like a little kid because I am younger than her and I hate that. But, I have tried praying everyday multiple times a day for her and it can only get better. Sometimes I kind of wish I didn't know spanish because I would be in the group with the kids I met at the Airport instead of the Latinos.
Anyway, the Latinos finally warmed up to me despite the fact that I am american. But, the Elders are constantly staring at me. At first I didnt like it very much because they would check me out, but now that I got to know them I love them. My two favorite elders are Elder Torres from Peru, and Elder Parra from Utah. Elder Parra and I translate like twice a week for the nonspanish speakers for devo and chruch and boy its hard! Latinos speak really fast and it confuses me. I will admit though despite all of the discouragement I get I often feel comfort from my Father in Heaven. I have never had so many prayers answered so quickly in such little time. All my prayers here ALWAYS get answered. I love it.
I want to thank you for writing me. I want to share a really need experience.. I have a bookmark someone gave me and I have them in my scriptures? I left it in my english scriptures, and I use them alongside my spanish ones. One day I seriously was on the brink of tears because my companion and I dont get along as hard as I try. I was sad that I had a compánion who wouldnt listen and what not. Then I read my bookmark that said WORRY IS THE ANTICIPATION THAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE BAD. FAITH IN THE ANTICIPATION THAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE GOOD. AND FAITH IN GOD IS THE ANTICIPATION THAT WHATEVER THE OUTCOME IT IS FOR YOUR GOOD. I needed to hear that so much. It was an answer to a prayer.
Also, I met Blayre Thiel here at the MTC! She came to the MTC the same day as me and is going to the Lima East mission the mission that mine broke from. She lives right across the hall from me. I LOVE HER! Her and I get along really well and are constantly laughing. She is from Idaho Falls, and we get to talk about Idaho and remense about America haha.
Like the food here is eh... I eat rice and potatoes all the time and I hate it! Like who in the world thinks that eating that many carbs is a good idea? Like really come on. What is amazing is that I have not gained weight! To the contrary I have lost weight.. I dont know how but I did it. Anyway back to the rice like its so plain and they only let you eat three times a day. But what can you do. Oh and they eat eggs all the time its digusting.  
 Anyway, I love you tons. And always remember in the mission field after every no you are only getting closer to a yes.

With lots of love,

Hermana Macias
The attached pictures are with me and Herm. Thiel and Herm, Scott. Then my district theyre all goofs but I love them. I went out on my PDAY and I bought bags and ties for the family.

I made it to Peru

Hi Family!
 
I made it to Peru safely last night. But, I made it to the MTC like 3 hours late. I got in at like 3 am. I am pretty tired, because the Americans got to sleep in til 9, but since I am fluent I had to get up with the Latinos... at 7:00... So needless to say I am pretty tired. But,  its a lot to take in. My companion is Hermana Ninaja.. she is 39. Yeah, I don`t know how this is gonna work out. But the Lord works in amazing ways. I am sure that I will learn something. Lima is very beautiful! It is like Mexico but honestly I think its prettier, and cleaner. No offense Mom  and Dad. But it is a little chilly. Kind of like California during the winters. I havent done much other than get my name tags, received one more shot, and some materials to teach. I should be meeting the president of the MTC in a little bit. I am pretty excited about that. Anyway, I love you and I cant wait to email you on my PDAY.
 
 
Hermana Macias

 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Walking By Faith

There comes a point in your life when you are walking by complete faith. The path ahead is completely wild, and dark, but you keep walking because Heavenly Father has told you to proceed. The end of the path may not be what you wanted, and it could be less than ideal, but it's what He knows is best. Well, I don't want to get too personal but I do not know what's going to happen when I come back from my mission. I won't explain what on here, but I feel like I have come to that point in my life. One of the reasons why I was so hesitant about my mission was because I did not know what I was going to come home to. I have noticed more than ever this week that I still do not know if the situation will remain the same, get worse or go back to what it once was. But, I have finally realized that I am okay with whatever the outcome. While on my mission I will be doing what Heavenly Father has commanded me to do, and I know that everything will be ok; one way or another.
There is a hymn that we sing in church that has taken on a completely new meaning to me. I have come to find a lot of solace in it. The hymn is "I Will Go Where You Want Me To Go". There is a verse that has touched my heart, and it says, "So trusting my all to thy tender care, and knowing that thou lovest me; I'll do thy will with a heart sincere: I'll be what you want me to be". I am going on my mission with complete confidence that it is what I am meant to do at this point in my life. I am showing complete utter confidence in my Heavenly Father, and I have that confidence because I know He loves me. I know that nothing in this life will be constant, but our relationship with our Heavenly Father. But that relationship is completely on our choice to have Him present.
I have made it a personal choice to do whatever I am commanded to do by my Father in Heaven; even if I do not understand why. Trust me, it is a characteristic that has taken a lot of patience to receive, and humility. But, I wouldn't want anything else but to show Him that I have completely faith in His plan. I am already learning a lot from my mission, and I am so glad that I am going.
I walk by faith, and I walk in confidence, because I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are walking beside me.
I am so grateful for a loving and kind Father in Heaven who is mindful of my life, and is giving me guidance to make choices that will ultimately make me happier.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Following A Prompting

Now, if there is one characteristic that I want to get better at is following promptings from the Holy Ghost. Don't get me wrong. It is a huge priority of mine to bless others and become an answer to a prayer. I love being used as an instrument in the hands of Heavenly Father to testify of his love for His children. Also, it makes me happy to serve others, and to watch over them. It's my personality to be a nurturer to everyone I meet.
Yesterday at institute we learned about President Thomas S. Monson, and we talked about certain characteristics that are uniquely his. The first one that everyone in the class agreed on was his ability to follow every prompting he receives. The one story we all talked about was one he shared with the church during a past general conference; the name of the talk was called, "Consider the Blessings". The story was about a prompting he received about an old friend he knew that was in a wheel chair. After going out to see him he found him near the edge of a pool. Apparently, this man was contemplating ending his life, and if President Monson wasn't there he might have gone through with it. Now, I am not trying to say that I want to become a lifesaver for everyone I meet. I hardly believe that I have that much of an influence on people. But, it made me think of how many promptings I don't follow through with.
People always come to mind randomly, and I usually am pretty good at contacting them to make sure they're ok. But, there are sometimes I get a prompting and I justify not doing it for many reasons. I think that I don't want to annoy them, or that I don't want to reach out and have them reject what I am doing for them. As I was sitting in class I began to think what happens when I don't follow promptings I get. I got pretty sad actually when the thought came. I didn't want to be the reason why someone's prayer wasn't answered, or their life was not made easier. I made it a goal during class to try to become better at following promptings.
Every missionary I have ever spoken to always tell me that the key to missionary work is obedience, humility and following the Holy Ghost's promptings; that's the miracle combination. I want to be such a great sister missionary. I want to bless others lives by introducing them to the gospel. I want them to know that no matter what happens in life there will always be one constant factor. That factor is our Heavenly Father. He will always be there for us, and He will never leave. I want to bless their lives, and help ease their lives. I do not expect my actions to be lifechanging for people, but I do expect to make people feel like they are not alone. I want to be a friend to all. I have such a deep love for people and I want them to feel my genuine love for them. This love I have for most people I meet is quadrupled for the people of Peru, and I do not even know them. I just want to do everything I can for these people. I want to do everything I can to become the missionary they need me to be. I have had 21 years to prepare for this moment in my life. I have had 21 years of mistakes, 21 years of hardships, 21 years of joy, happiness, and love for the gospel that has prepared me to become Hermana Macias. The only thing I know I will regret prior to entering the MTC is thinking that I could have done better to prepare. I am going to do my best to prepare, and so far I think I am doing pretty good at preparing; mainly because my heart is in Peru. I am going to my mission to follow what Heavenly Father has told me to do. I am also going to Peru to follow my heart. ¡Que viva el pueblo de Perú!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Struggle

From start to finish it took me about 5 months to receive my mission call. I was 20 years old when the announcement was made that young women could now serve at the age of 19. The only thing that went through my mind was that I had to make a choice now. Before, I could use the excuse of my age to not think about a mission. I had no excuse anymore. I had the hardest time trying to decide whether or not I should serve a mission. My whole life I had numerous people tell me that I HAD to serve a mission, and that really bothered me. I didn't like the idea of being forced to serve a mission, but secretly I was always considering it. I wanted to make sure that if I were going to serve it was because I wanted to, not because I was forced to serve or it was expected of me to serve.
What I decided to do was to ask myself why I wanted to serve a mission. The answer that kept coming to mind was because I loved my Heavenly Father, and I wanted to do whatever He told me to do. I did not care if it was going to be hard, because all I cared about was pleasing my Father in Heaven.
From that moment on I decided to begin my mission papers, and not stop unless my Heavenly Father told me so. Don't get me wrong it was a super tough decision to make. There were times when I would break down and wonder can I really do this. Does Heavenly Father really want me to be one of His many missionaries? The one thing that kept me going was the fact that I had already gotten an answer, and I needed to follow through with it. I have learned that Heavenly Father always answers our prayers and the only thing that changes is our willingness to obey. And I had an answer and I knew what I needed to do. The prophet Joseph Smith Jr. said it best when he described the answer he got in the Sacred Grove. He said, "for I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it". That is what kept me going in my decision to serve a mission. I knew that Heavenly Father had given me an answer, and He wanted me to serve a mission. I could not deny the answer that He had given me. I know that Heavenly Father has called me to become one of His servants. I cannot deny the happiness I feel when sharing my testimony with others. I know that this is what I am meant to do. I know that there will be moments when I will not feel qualified to serve my mission, but I know that I can find confidence in the answer I received.

Strangely Dim by Francesca Battistelli

I've had all these plans piled up sky high
A thousand dreams on hold
And I don't know why,
I got a front row seat
To the longest wait
And I just can't see
Past the things I pray
Today

But when I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
Cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around
Any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim

Sometimes where I stand
On this narrow road
Is in a raging storm
Or a valley low
But oh

When I fix my eyes on all that You are
Then every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
All my worries fade
And fall to the ground
Cause when I seek Your face
And don't look around
Any place I'm in
Grows strangely dim

I don't know, I don't know
What tomorrow may hold
But I know, but I know
That You're holding it all
So no matter what may come

I'm gonna fix my eyes on all that You are
'Til every doubt I feel
Deep in my heart
Grows strangely dim
Let all my worries fade
And fall to the ground
I'm gonna seek Your face
And not look around
Til the place I'm in
Grows strangely, strangely, strangely dim.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Errand of Angels

I LOVE SISTER MISSIONARIES! Really, I love them all so much! I believe that sister missionaries play a crucial part in spreading the gospel. I say this because most of my life I have been surrounded by many beautiful, amazing, and sweet sisters. I also believe that those very sisters that I mentioned prior have played a crucial part in my decision to serve a mission.
Sister missionaries have a tenderness, and sweetness about them that can reach homes that many elders would not be able to. Naturally as women Heavenly Father has given us certain traits that are especially unique to us. Those traits in particular are the key successes of a sister missionary. I have personally experienced this with many of the sisters I have met in my life. Now, why are sister missionaries so different? Well, first of all sister missionaries were called of our Heavenly Father to be representatives of Jesus Christ. Second, they are women of God, and as women of God they are different in a beautiful way. Sister Margaret D. Nadauld gave a talk titled, "The Joy of Womanhood". In this talk I believe she explained very well the reasons why sister missionaries are so special when it comes to missionary work; "Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity".
Now, sister missionaries have played a crucial role in my decision to serve a mission because of their example to me. Ever since I was young I looked up to the sisters so much! I thought they were the most amazing girls I could have ever met. I wanted to be just like them! I drew a picture once when I was 11 years old and it was a picture of me as a sister missionary. I loved seeing them everywhere! They were my idols. As I got older I began to become really good friends with the sisters. I was able to see the side to them that was uniquely theirs. If it wasn't for that bond I developed with the sisters I would have never begun to go out with them and teach lessons. I enjoyed all of the moments I had with them. Once I graduated highschool and I started college at Brigham Young University-Idaho it finally hit me, "wow, I can actually hang out with them as just normal people, and they have first names!'. My friendships with these sisters continued after their missions. I loved being able to talk to them, and see another side to them that I didn't see on their mission. As I began to contemplate about my mission I was able to confide in them, and they gave me the best advice. They had so many words of encouragement for me that allowed me to continue in my decision to serve the Lord. Now that I have my call and I am anxiously waiting to serve my mission I have their examples to motivate me. I want to be a sister missionary just like them. I want to love the people like they loved me and my family. I have a special place in my heart for all of the sisters I have ever met. They have changed my life for the better, and they have influenced me. Their decision to serve a mission is having a large ripple effect, because I am now serving a mission and I will hopefully bring others to the gospel. Everything I know about sister missionaries, and how to connect with my investigators I have learned from them. I hope I can be like them, because if I am then I know I will be a successful missionary. I hope that they know how much I love them, and how much I still look up to them. They are some of the most amazing women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. This also applies to all of the soon-to-be sister missionaries I have met thus far in my life. The humility they demonstrate is inspiring, and motivating.