Sunday, July 27, 2014

forty five-week Third tramsfer in Villa Rica

Hello!!!
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

thirty eighth week

New transfer has begun today. Which means that new beginnings are starting, and new hopes are flourishing. I am excited to see what the Lord has prepared for Mision Peru Huancayo. Well this week has been an interesting one. We worked the best that we could. We got back to our area on Wednesday, and we were fighting some altitude sickness. But, all is well(: Some of our investigators before going to Lima were showing some really amazing progress. My biggest fear was that I would return and that the progress would stop. We came back and some of them went back to old habits, but most are holding out strong! I am excited to see whats in store for them as they showforth true faith. I know that the Lord will help them, and guide them to do whats right. The biggest news is that one of my investigators is getting married this week!!! Which means that she will now be able to partake of baptism. She was so excited to tell us about this. I am excited to see her get baptized, and I am amazed at the faith she demonstrates in wanting to follow the Savior. If you could keep Janet Moscoso in your prayers that would be pretty awesome. She is the best. We have two other investigators that seem to show a lot of potential. They assisted church this sunday, and are just always so happy to see us. I feel like they were truly prepared from on high. If you could also keep Maria, and Cielo in your prayers that would be great. So lately I have been studying Jesus the Christ, and its such an amazing book. I read one chapter and I feel like my mind is blown the whole time. Elder Talmage has a way of taking the smallest detail and just expounding it. He has really helped me to understand our Savior better. I can only imagine how I would feel if one of the 12 apostles or the Prophet talked to me like in person the feeling would be the same. Something that I came across in my reading really interested me. He was speaking about Martha and Mary. The two sisters that are followers of Jesus Christ. He explained how Marthas heart was in the right place. She was trying to make everything perfect for the Savior, and tried to be a good host. But, Mary had an eternal perspective that Martha lacked at that moment. As I was reading I wondered how many times in our lives are we Marthas? Where we place mortal, temporal things before spiritual and eternal things. We have good intentions, and we try to accomplish and do everything that is expected of us. But, we must always remember about the things that matter most. The gospel, and our family relationships should never be mistreated. May we always be Marys, and if we are Marthas from time to time thats alright. But, always place on a higher scale the things of the eternities. Also a friend about 2 months ago sent me a quote from this awesome book. The book is called the Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox. The quote said, ¨Their imperfections gave them a reason to seek Christ, and now they wanted to help others do the same. In each case, God did not see their mistakes and sins as hopeless disasters. He saw them as Growing Pains¨. I absolutely love this quote. It reminds me constantly that my past is my past, and my present is as bright as I want it to be. God sees the potential in me, and He will always help me be better. I know that thats true for everyone. Always remember that we are growing pains(:

con amor,

hna macias

¨I saw the angel in the marbel, and carved until I set him free¨ Michael Angelo

Sunday, June 1, 2014

thirty seventh week short trip to Ecuador

Well, this whole week I have been in Lima, and its been a really interesting trip. Lima is so different than Huancayo. Its reminds me of Los Angeles in many ways. But its nice to see something different. I wonder how I will feel about the Los Angeles Airport or Los Angeles in couple of months... because its way bigger. Oh big cities. There are so many bad things, and yet so many good things like life. We flew out to Ecuador while in Lima.... that was so unexpected, and cool. I guess we needed to leave the country in order to renew our visa? Well, Ecuador truly does live up to its reputation it is really really hot. I made the mistake that day to wear long sleeves. I was dying! The biggest highlights of the trip where that while I was in the temple I bumped into my first visiting teachee from BYU Idaho. I saw Sharela in the temple with her husband. I knew she was from Peru, but she married a person from Texas and I never thought I would see her again.... especially in Lima when I serve in the mountains haha. It was so awesome seeing her! I couldnt believe it. Later on that same day I returned to the Lima temple to wait to do an endowment session, and my ward from Cerro de Pasco was there! They were there to do baptisms! What a crazy small world. What made me even happier was to see two of my converts waiting in line to enter the house of the Lord. It truly doesnt get any better than that. Being able to see those two teens with the other Latter-day Saint youth from Cerro assisting the temple. I thanked my Father in Heaven a lot for that sweet blessing. And our last miracle for the day was that I got to enter the temple. I was able to enter to the Celestial room and I got to sit there and simply let the spirit work within me. I felt tears in my eyes when the thought came that one day I will be in here united with my brothers, and my mother one day. I also have not lost hope that one day I will also be here with my Father. I also felt prompted to go into the sealing room, and I know that is where eternal new beginnings start. I know that it is there where the next chapter for my family begins. When my brothers, and I one day will be sealed to our eternal companions, and we being our individual journey back to the Father. I strive everyday to make that dream a reality. I am so thankful for the gospel, and I wish all these joyous blessings for my converts. This is where true joy can be found.

con amor,

hna macias

¨It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.¨ CS Lewis

thirty sixth week The Multizone conference

This week has been an awesome one! The multizone conference that we had in La Merced was honestly what made my week. I love being able to hear the inspired things others have to say. The only thing that I wasnt a huge fan of was the heat. Oh my goodness La Merced is an oven. It was pouring buckets of rain, and yet it was still hot. It was such a strange feeling. Beautiful place though. The training though was awesome. But, what I liked the most was the talk given by the assistents that day. They asked an interesting question that I just loved. I felt like it penetrated my every being. They asked what is the worth of a human soul? While they gave us time to ponder in our hearts what the answer may be I felt like I had an answer.I thought the worth of a human soul is the live of a perfect man, even the Son of God. I kept pondering this answer, and then one fo the sister training leaders says the price of a God. They began to explain to us the worth we have as childern of our Heavenly Father. We are of so much worth to Him, and if only we could see that in ourselves. We seem to comply in our minds the worlds lies that we are nobody, and we are worth about the same. When we allow that false thought to dwell in our minds we begin to actually believe that. While I was sitting in the Multizone it made me think of a conference talk given by President Uchtdorf titled, You Matter To Him. These are the quotes in particular that were in my mind. ¨This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of creation we may appear to be nothing, but we have a spark of Eternal Fire buring within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation- world´s without end- within our grasp. And its God´s greatest desire to help us reach it. Brothers and Sisters the most powerful being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love. God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season- He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him´. Now a brief up date in my area. It is going awesome, and we have a baptism this week(:

con amor,

hna macias

Thirty-fifth week Mothers day!!!

Happy Mothers Day!!!! Well late Mothers Day. This week was a good week. We had a lot of work to do and get done until the weekend came. On Saturday we had to travel to La Merced. Man it is so hot there. It was not even 10 o{clock and it was so hot and humid. Our Zone Meeting was awesome though. One of my favorite things in the mission is to get inspired help from my fellow missionaries(: I feel like this is an awesome zone! Even though we are really spread out and we wont be able to see each other often if at all but I felt the spirit very strongly during zone meeting. After our zone meeting we had a one hour ride back to Villa Rica with the Elders. We got back at around 1 o´clock and we had our lunch. After lunch we had to run to church for the mothers day activity we promised the ward that we would help prepare and what not. The activity turned out to be a success a ton of people came! The most exciting part was that Hna Jensen and I had 4 investigators present and they brought their families(: Nothing better than that. To have them mix and mingle with the members and feel at home. Hopefully we can get some good progress from them all. I can see that they are changing. Who knows maybe I was sent here to give them that extra needed push they needed? I also was able to speak to one investigator who has been taking the lessons for about 4 months about getting married to her ´husband´, and she agreed. She said that shed talk to him about it, and a couple days later we followed up with her AND SHE DID IT! Not only did she do it, but her husband agreed(: I think we might have a baptism coming up soon! I am so excited. Such a huge tender mercy of the Lord. After that we had a pretty normal sunday. It was jammed packed with all of these things we needed to do. But, the biggest highlight was being able to speak to my Mom and to my Dad. I am so blessed to call them my parents. I appreciate all they have ever done for me. They are the reason why I am here right now. They have helped mold me to become the young woman of God they knew I should be. My family is doing awesome, and they are all progressing. Sorry I dont have much to talk about this week, but next week will be better.

con amor,

hna macias

Thirty-fourth week Feliz Cinco de mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! If I cant eat mexican food, hopefully you can for me(: I like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. I continue to tan very nicely in my new area. People actually think that I am Peruvian, so that should hint on how good of a tan I am rocking. We started eating at our new pension this week. Our new pensionista is a member who owns an Italian restaurant in Villa Rica. I am loving eating there. The food is wonderful, and we get to eat a lot of vegetables. But, what I love the most are the portions(: Theyre super normal, and I love it. Everyone kept telling me that I would gain weight in La Selva, and I am going to prove that wrong. I refuse to gain weight, and with this new pension it seems like a legit goal. This week was an awesome week. We found some really great investigators that can progress fast, and we even dropped a couple. I know that the last part doesnt seem like it would be a good thing, but it is. They dont want to change, or progress so we politely told them that we wont be coming over as often. We will drop by every once and a while to see how they are doing though. We are trying to find and focus on the people who want to change and come unto Christ. But there is a lot of progression going on right now. Last week I was feeling extremly over my head. I didnt know what to do, or how to do it. And then once I knew what to do I didnt know where I should begin. My companion, and my District Leader have been telling me a lot this week that they see major changes in my area, and that we will see the fruits of our labor soon. I trust them, and I hope that I am doing my part to help Heavenly Father´s spirit children reach their potential. I started reading the Bible this week, and it is definitely an interesting read. I really like the stories, I will admit though they are a little weird haha. But there are a lot of good doctrine and principles that can be found in the Bible stories. I am about to finish reading Genesis this week, so I am slowly progressing. I am reading the Bible during Personal Study and I am trying to read the Book of Mormon during Language Study. Hopefully this will help me, my companion, and my investigators... extra study! Also my new companion is just awesome. I really love Hna Jensen. I really enjoy our companionship. We truly bring out the best quallities in one another, and we strive everyday to do our best. We always are talking and just laughing. I am very happy and honored to be her companion. This week I have been thinking a lot about, ´what makes a succesful missionary´, and I realized some important things. I realized that my success as a missionary is not based on how many people I help get baptized but rather on how many people I help. My companion and I have been talking a lot about our fear of not baptizing this transfer. As we were speaking we both realized that maybe our mission in Villa Rica is not to baptize. But rather to plant seeds, and help this ward and its members get active in their faith. If that truly is my mission I am very happy to be doing this. I am simply a servant of Christ. I pray for help, and I receive answers, and I simply do as I am told. It makes me think of something I used to tell one of my best friends before we would go on our missions, ´God will always answer our prayers, and the answer will never change. The only thing that changes is our willingness to obey the answer´. I know that if we truly want success as missionaries we need to be obedient, and we need to rely on Heavenly Father´s help. Once we receive help we need to do all in our power to do as we have been guided to do. 

con amor,

hna macias

Thirty-third week Villa Rica, Mucho cafe

well I am pretty sure that no one is surprised to hear that I am no longer in Cerro de Pasco. I am now serving in Selva Central (jungle), and my area is Villa Rica. It is soooo pretty here. I really think that any person would just absolutely love it here. It is so green! But, it is so stinking hot and its weird to sweat so much here. I honestly never thought I would get the opportunity to serve in the Jungle. But, I know that I am a really lucky missionary. I got the pleasure to serve in the highest city in the world for 6 months, and now I am in the jungle. I am really happy to be here. It is such a blessing. My new companion is Hna Jensen. She is from Logan, Utah. I am really excited to be serving with her. I feel like we will have a lot of success together. This area is pretty small, but there is A LOT of work to be done here. I hope that Heavenly Father will help me to help this area progress. I have a big vision for the work of Salvation in the Jungle. A lot of members come and work here, but they go inactive because the church is not really big here. There are alot of small villages, and they are really far away. Lots of people find it almost impossible to stay active here. I want to change that for sure. I want this place to be as strong as the other areas I have served in. I am just anxious to see what the Lord has in store for this place, and for my companion and me. I feel very humble here. I pray everyday that the Lord will give me the strength needed to do great things here. I know that I cannot do this on my own. I need the Lord´s help. Boy do I need his help. I have come to realize that all of the success I have had on my mission is directly influenced on my humliity. If I ever think that I can do this on my own I get a very quick reminder from the Lord that it is not true. I can never do this on my own, because this is not my gospel; rather, it is His gospel. Well in about two days I received 52 bug bites and that was exciting haha. I guess they  just really like my blood.... I guess its a compliment? But, the biggest news is that I am no longer pasty white! In the past 3 days I have had in Villa Rica I have tanned rather nicely to be honest. My sister missionary tan is doing pretty good, and I wonder what it will look like in the future haha. I am proud of my mission tans... I am working hard. The work of Salvation halts for no one ,and I am trying to catch up with it.

con amor,

hna macias

fun facts:
1- everyone here grows coffee... even the members, and they sell it to Starbucks. 
2- The street have coffee beans on the tile moldings, haha.
3- I live in a coffee shop hahahaha

popping popcorn version of Villa Rica inspiratoion coffee

´you can take a handful and never sleep, a coffee bean that is never sweet¨ haha

thirty-second week My goal is to read all the scriptures

We had two baptisms! Jose and Piero were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They couldnt be confirmed because it was stake conference. But this upcoming Sunday they will be confirmed and hopefully Jose will be ordained a Deacon. Many wonderful things are happening in Cerro de Pasco. This zone is a like a beehive. It is constantly busy, and many things are all occuring at once. I had an interview with my mission president, and it went awesome. I truly appreciate everything he does for me as a missionary, and for my other missionaries in the mision Peru Huancayo. We also had the privilege to do splits with Hermana Henderson. It was a lot of fun. Luckily we knew this ahead of time, and we decided to avoid steep hills, because its super hard to breath in Cerro when you are not used to the absence of air. But she did an amazing job keeping up with us. The biggest surprise was that she is not afraid of dogs... like at all. Which is amazing! Because there are a ton of them in my area and they all bite... and by all I seriously  mean all. My aim has definitely gotten better since I began to serve here for throwing rocks at them haha. Well this upcoming weekend we have 2 more baptisms planned. Brenda and Myshel will be making the baptismal convenant with our Heavenly Father. I am so excited for them. They are extraordinary young women, and they will become excellent mothers in Zion when the time comes. Also I am happy to report that I am almost done with the Doctrine and Covenants. I have a little over 15 pages left to read, and once I finish that I will move on to the Pearl of Great Price. Hopefully by the end of next transfer I will have finished the Pearl of Great Price, meaning that I finished reading the triple combination. My  next adventure will be to finish the Bible.. I want to finish all of the scriptures. Well, at least that is the goal. (: Well transfers are coming up tomorrow and I wonder where the wind will blow me. I am pretty certain that I will get transferred because I have been in my area 6 months. Its a hard thing to accept to be honest. I have grown to turly love my ward, and the people whom I serve. I really feel like I will be leaving part of my heart in San Juan. There is a 19 year old girl in our ward who is preparing to serve a mission in our ward who always accompanies my companion and I to our lessons. Her name is Leslie. Yesterday she told me something that truly touched my heart. She gave me a hug and said that she is said that I will be leaving. But she also said, `Sister Macias, you are the best missionary ever. Dont ever change. You have changed my life`. It was so hard to hold back the tears. I couldnt believe that I influenced her life, because she has changed mine. She is such an amazing example to me about being faithful in the church, service, humility, and love for our Father in Heaven. I have never met a person like her ever. Not in my stake back home, or even at BYU Idaho. I know with my whole heart that she is going to make the greatest missionary. The people she will meet on her mission will be highly blessed by her service, and she will be also. This is just one of the many examples I have in my ward in San Juan. There are so many good people here. I am grateful for the knowledge I have about eternal friendships. I know that I will see these people again. They will be my neighbors in the Celestial Kingdom. I cannot wait for that day.

con amor,

hna macias

Sunday, April 20, 2014

week thirty one five baptisms in the zone!!

This week was amazing! Our key indicators are looking awesome. We had 8 lessons with a member present and that was truly exciting! But, there was a slight bummer... I got sick this week. My pension made arroz chufa de mariscos... and sadly I didnt have a finding chance. But, luckily I got over it quickly. I was able to rest tho, and that was really needed and appreciated. So Jesus got baptized and confirmed this week, and it was an awesome baptismal service. We had a combined baptismal service with Yanacancha, Carhuamayo, Cerro de Pasco and us, San Juan. Ultimately, we had 5 baptisms in the zone. It was a huge tender mercy of the Lord. So this week we have 3 baptisms set for this weekend.They have all had their pre interviews, and we have their baptismal service all planned out. We even know who will baptize them, our bishop and our first counselor. I want to share something really special that occured after a pre interview. Piero is 11 years old, and he passed his preinterview, but after he wanted to talk to my companion and I... I was afraid that maybe he had changed his mind. But to my amazement he came to confess a sin he commited when he was simply 3 years old. He accidentally killed a cat. But, I was deeply touched by his faith. He understoof that he could not be baptized if he wasnt worhty, and he did his part to be worthy. If only all of us had the bravery like this young boy to confess our imperfections to the Lord. He understands the principle of being worty I think better than most adults in the church. It is truly a privilege to be teaching this young man, and being present at his baptismal service.

con amor,

hna macias

in about two weeks I will be hitting my 9 month mark... when I got to cerro I had just got out of training.. I had 3 months in the mission. boy time sure does fly.
General Conference was amazing! I got to hear it in English and that was super awesome. I think that my favorite talks had to do with Obedience. It was nice to see that this eternal principle applies in our normal lives as members, as well as missionaries. I have come to develop a real testimony about obedience. Obedience truly does bring forth so many blessings. I absolutely love the counsil of Heavenly Father. He is so wise in all of the things that He asks of us. Everything is for our good, and He only wants whats best for us. He doesnt want us to hurt, and sometimes our narrow and earthly minds cannot phatom eternities like He can. I have always made it a goal to be obedient with exactitude on my mission, and that goal continues. But, I also have a new goal to be obedient with exactitude once I return home. I will not let my standards waver. I am a representative of Jesus Christ at all times, with or without plack. But there was one talk that absolutely blew my mind! It was the talk about the winter olympics. The speaker said something that was amazing, ¨we are eternal beings, and thus we do not like endings. We like new beginnings´. When he said that I felt my chest literally burning because the Holy Ghost was testifying of his words. What he said was so true. I am afraid of endings. When I mean endings I mean any type of endings. I fear what would happen after highschool, what would happen once I graduate from BYUI, will I get into Law School, etc. But, then I realized that I dont have to worry. All those things are temporary, and I am an eternal being and life goes on. That is a truth that I teach to all of my investigators. I know that these 4 minutes are my time to shine. More importantly I know that these ´30 seconds¨ the Lord is giving me to serve Him is my time to cultivate Christlike attributes. I seriously just love, love conference. I remember when I was really young and conference seemed like torture because it was so long. But, it isnt like that anymore. I truly flies by like a twinkling of an eye. Well this week has been really great. We were able to meet some really cool investigators that seem really interested in the gospel. Hopefully they will progress quickly. They have had a really hard life, but they do not let that interfere with the relationship they have with Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father. They truly are people to admire in my life. I dont think that I will ever forget them. I have only met them for a week but I have met with them 5 times this week. I sat in their living room and heard their live story, and I cried alongside them. This is why I am here. To find those who burdens are heavy and need someone to make them light. I am here to help them apply the atonement of Jesus Christ better in their lives. Let´s see this week should be really awesome! We have 2 baptisms planned for this week. One of them is super fijo (set), and the other is a possibility. It all depends on if her daughters are in town. But, Jesus is set for this saturday. I have been teaching him for 5 months, ever since I came to Cerro. He grew up in the church, and his whole family are members but he never was interested. He has changed so much, and he definitely isnt the same 20 year old I met 5 months ago. But, if you could pray for Hermilla, and Jesus. I would appreciate it a ton, and I know they would too. They need support from every person that can offer it. Oh but the biggest news is that my Father is taking the missionary lessons again.... but this time my older brother is teaching him! Isnt that crazy? My older brother´s mission is allowing him to teach via skype to people and got permission to teach our Dad. I am so excited. When my brother told me this I had tears running down my eyes. What more of a powerful experience does one need then to have a servant of the Lord testify to you the Christ lives, and for that person to be your very own son. If you could pray and fast alongside my family and I so that my Dad will accept the gospel we would really appreciate it. The goal is that my younger brother will be able to effectuate the ordinance once he returns home from his mission in a few months. Overall, I am doing great, and so is my trainee. I am so grateful that the Lord has sent me to Cerro de Pasco to serve on my mission. But, I am even more grateful that He has given me 4 wonderfully amazing transfers here. I have learned so much and I just love it here. Whoever gets my area after I leave is getting the BEST area in the mission. Not doubt about that.

con amor,
hna macias

General Conference week thirty





This week was amazing! Our key indicators are looking awesome. We had 8 lessons with a member present and that was truly exciting! But, there was a slight bummer... I got sick this week. My pension made arroz chufa de mariscos... and sadly I didnt have a finding chance. But, luckily I got over it quickly. I was able to rest tho, and that was really needed and appreciated. So Jesus got baptized and confirmed this week, and it was an awesome baptismal service. We had a combined baptismal service with Yanacancha, Carhuamayo, Cerro de Pasco and us, San Juan. Ultimately, we had 5 baptisms in the zone. It was a huge tender mercy of the Lord. So this week we have 3 baptisms set for this weekend.They have all had their pre interviews, and we have their baptismal service all planned out. We even know who will baptize them, our bishop and our first counselor. I want to share something really special that occured after a pre interview. Piero is 11 years old, and he passed his preinterview, but after he wanted to talk to my companion and I... I was afraid that maybe he had changed his mind. But to my amazement he came to confess a sin he commited when he was simply 3 years old. He accidentally killed a cat. But, I was deeply touched by his faith. He understoof that he could not be baptized if he wasnt worhty, and he did his part to be worthy. If only all of us had the bravery like this young boy to confess our imperfections to the Lord. He understands the principle of being worty I think better than most adults in the church. It is truly a privilege to be teaching this young man, and being present at his baptismal service.

con amor,

hna macias

in about two weeks I will be hitting my 9 month mark... when I got to cerro I had just got out of training.. I had 3 months in the mission. boy time sure does fly.

More Snow week twenty nineth

So last week it snowed like crazy in Cerro, and this week it has been super sunny. The people in my ward tell me that its time for Spring. I guess Spring here is super intense. It gets really hot during the day, and at night it gets to the low 20s. Cerro de Pasco has honestly some of the oddest weather I have ever heard of. I even think that it beats Rexburg, Idaho haha. This week has been really rewarding, and gratifying. I have been able to work really hard, and I am seening even greater efforts  from the members. This week they have given us 15 referrals! Crazy, right? They are really working hard, and they really want new missionaries in our ward. I guess we will see what the Lord has in store for the San Juan Ward. We found two investigators this week that are seriously golden. They have always wanted to come to church, but they just didnt know how to come and if they could come uninvited. When they told me that I just smiled and said you are welcome in all of the churches, just walk in and you´ll see many bright faces to see you. Also, it was one of our recent converts birthday, and we were able to bake her a cake. That was a lot of fun. We were also able to watch the general women´s conference with them at home. (Thank you internet at home) I would like to share something that happened during the conference that was awesome. I know that I told you last week that I have been pretty home sick lately. Well this week wasnt an exception sadly. I just really missed my mom. But, I received an amazing spiritual confirmation that my mom was with me. Even though we are thousands of miles away we were connected in the spirit. The boht of us were watching the same thing, and being inspired by women called of God. I couldnt help but shed tears of joy. I was so happy, and I couldnt stop smiling. I know that this weekend is a special time in the world. It is a time when all of the Saints will be united in spirit. We will be able to sit and listen to the words of the Living Prophets (D&C 68:4). Having this opportunity to listen to the Prophets is an opportunity of a life time. Its like being able to hear God himself and not take up the opportunity. In the beginning of Mosiah 2 we see a perfect example of this. We see that saints from all over the land came and we united to hear King Benjamin. The multitude was so large that the King built towers. He did this so everyone would have the opportunity to hear him. Now in modern times we see that saints from all over the world will be united in spirit to listen to the prophet of God. The Lord is also hastening his work. He is allowing technology to flourish so that everyone can hear the prophet. I know that this is the restored church of Jesus Christ, and I know that every principle of old has been restored. General Conference is one of those things. This is a weekend of pure revelation.

con amor,

hna macias 

D&C 71:1&3 

I know that this time in my life wont last forever, and for that reason I will work until the Lord stops me to bring his children back to him.

Snow, Snow, Snow twenty eighth week



Snow, snow, snow, snow, lots of lovely snow in Cerro de Pasco. It made it really hard to work in but it was a pretty sight. It is something nice, and out of the ordinary scence of gray in cerro. I did take advantage of the members creativity when they made a snowman. I had to snap a picture of it. I had a cold this week, and that made it murder to work as well. But, with the help of the Lord I was able to push along and help Heavenly Father´s spirit children. On a better note, I am doing better! My cold is almost gone like completely. So that is a huge plus. We have two people on baptismal dates for April, and hopefully if everything goes well they will be baptized into Christ´s church. I am excited. There is nothing better than seeing someone come unto Christ and change their lives. Everytime this occurs they dont change by themselves. You change with them. It is inevitable. Just like the love that grows for the people I teach. It is impossible to not love them. Lately though I have been feeling super homesick. I have been missing my family and my brothers a ton. I am so grateful that the Lord blessed me with the family I have. I have never been closer to them now that I have never been so far away from them. My family as well has never been closer now that we are spread across two continents. I love missionary work. I am so glad that Elder Hill, Slade, De Soza, and Taylor decided to serve missions because they found my family. I am grateful for the sacrifices they have made for the Lord. One of the reasons I decided to serve a mission was to express my gratitude to the Lord for all of the blessing He has given me, but I have come to learn something really important: you can never do more for the Lord than He can do for you. I know that is true. Even though I am serving Him He is still giving me so many blessing. I will forever be indebt to the Lord for His goodness to me. That is why I want to be in His service forever. I want to spend my life in the service of my God.

con amor,

hna macias

Sunday, March 16, 2014

week twenty seventh

We had a baptism this week, and it was an awesome experience. His name is Miguel, and he is a wonderful young man. I am happy that the Lord has helped me help him to make this convenant with Heavenly Father. But, the only bad news was that the baptismal water was like freezing because our heater broke have way through. This young man is a champ! He got baptized in cold water! And he was so happy. I honestly felt like I was watching the church movie the Apostacy when Wilford Woodruff got baptized in a frozen river haha. This week has been an awesome week. It has had some trials but we were able to work through it (D&C 3:1&3). So in other news my shoes are like seriously worn down to their soles... and I am happy about that(: I am working these shoes until they can go no longer, and after they can go no longer I will start using my other ones. I will not stop working in this work until Heavenly Father stops me (Isaiah 52:7). I will keeping speaking to every person I come across and I will proclaim the good news that Christ lives, and that we have a Prophet today. So something that I have been thinking about this week is how my older brother and my very best friend in the world hit his one year mark this week. This means a lot to me because that means that in less then a year my family will be united again. I have so much hope and faith for that wonderful day to come. My family has not been together for almost 2 years, and we wont be together until next year. But, I am glad that my family and I can consecrate our time for the Lord. It is a true privilege to be serving alongside my brothers and sharing this message with so many other people. My family is spread through all the extremes of the Americas. We are all sharing the same message. From the oceans in Southern California where my family is from to the oceans of Virginia where Elder A. Macias is serving. From North America, to Central America where Elder O. Macias is at, and lastly to South American where I am joyfully serving. I know that all of this couldnt have been possible if it wasnt for my parents. I am grateful for a righteous mother, and for the example she has given me. She raised a modern day Army of Helaman haha (Alma 56:47-48). I am most very grateful for my non-member father. Thanks to his support I am here. I notice every day what a great blessing he is for me and my brothers everyday I am here on the mission. I have met so many dads who prevent their families from participating actively in the gospel, and yet my dad has never done that. I truly feel the words of Enos when I think of my dad (Enos 1:1).

con amor,

hna macias

week twenty sixth

It feels so nice to be in my area again. I have missed it a ton. This week has been a good week, because my companion and I have been able to reach almost every single one of our goals. Its faith building when that occurs. It helps give me strength to keep pressing forward. Well, we have found 5 new investigators this week, and they have a ton of potential to progress. I am excited to help guide them unto the Savior, and to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. Also, this may be my last week in Cerro de Pasco. I have been in this area for 3 transfers, and its honestly a bitter sweet feeling to possibly leave. Sweet, because I want to get to know other places, and I want to help others come unto Christ that I havent had the privilege of getting to know. But, bitter because of what I will be leaving behind. I love this area. Most people tread coming here, but this is honestly the best area to be in. I have learned so much from being here. I have learned how to be a real servant of Jesus Christ here; which is so much more than being a missionary. Anyone can be a missionary, but not everyone can become a true servant of Jesus Christ. I have learned how to trust in my Father in Heaven more purely, and I have learned more about my older brother Jesus Christ here. This has been the hardest area I have ever served in, but it has also been the most rewarding. I come home tired knowing that I have done my best for the Lord, and that is an amazing feeling. So the biggest news of the week is that I have finished the Book of Mormon for the first time in Spanish. I am happy to report that the Book of Mormon is also true in Spanish, haha. I seriously never thought that I could love the Book of Mormon more, but I do. I feel like I understand it better in Spanish. Its just an amazing feeling to read the words of the Prophets and to feel this burning sensation in my chest. Those feelings are what strive me to preach the truth unto everyone I see in my area. I love the book of mormon. If you have never read the Book of Mormon, I invite you to do so. It will and it can change your life. You simply just need to have faith in the Lord, and put His word to the test. Ask Him to confirm to you if the book is true or not. There are only two possible answers. I was reading in Mormon Chapter 9 this week and it made me think of a very sweet experience I had in my youth. Ch 9 in Mormon speaks about miracles, and how Heavenly Father is a God of miracles, and will always be. It also tells us what a miracle is. It doesnt have to be huge, and outstanding. It can be simple and pure, and it can still testify of the reality of Jesus Christ, and Heavenly Father. When I was 15 years old I was reading the Book of Mormon for the very first time in my life with the intent to receive an answer. I went on a hike and I decided to sit on a rock over looking the pacific ocean, and looking at the night sky. While sitting there I just had the urge of asking Heavenly Father if He really knew me, and if He loved me. I wanted to know if He was there, and I wanted an answer. I began to sing a child´s prayer, and I received my answer. As I began to observe the night sky, and was looking at all the creations of God around me I got an overwhelming feeling that He loved me. That He created everything in the Sky as well in the Earth, and yet He knew me perfectly and He loved me. I knew it and I could not deny that feeling I received. I know that He lives. I received my answer. To others it might not seem like a miracle, or like an answer, but to me it was. I will never be able to deny my first real testimony.

con amor,

hna macias

Thursday, February 27, 2014

twenty fifth week





Well Hello!

Lets see, this week I spent it outside of my area. I spent the whole week in Huanuco, because my companion needed to go to Lima to work on her immigration status. I was able to work really hard in Huanuco, and will there I was able to find some investigators who will be moving to San Juan in like a couple of weeks. So I am pretty excited to see where they will go. One of them accepted baptism during the first lesson, and I am excited for her. She is very excited about the gospel, and knows a lot. She´ll progress very fastly and I am excited to guide her unto Christ. But the biggest news though is that while in Huanuco I picked up a pretty sweet tan. I am no longer pale and pasty haha. But, while in Huanuco I got to study a lot about the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have been able to learn that even we as missionaries need to apply it just as much, if not more than our investigators. I was able to watch the difference the atonement made in the mission and on the missionaries serving alongside me when it is used and applied properly in our lives. I love the atonement and I love the security we can find in it. I also know that the atonement is there to use it. I invite each and everyone of you to come unto Jesus Christ, and to use the atonement more fully in your lives. It will and it can make the difference, By doing so you will be able to find more meaning in your life, and more purpose.

con amor,

hna macias

helaman 5:6




Well Hello!

Its been a long time I know since you have heard from me... ha. Anyway I am doing fine. This week has been a very rewarding week! I have been able to work diligently, and we have been able to help the members a lot. They have had a lot of activities, and they asked us to support them and we have. Luckily, these activities have been great for us as well, because Investigators have come. But, the most exciting part of this week is that we found a WHOLE FAMILY, and get this they want to be BAPTIZED... Like crazy news right?! Within 5 minutes of meeting we had asked them what they expected from us teaching them, and taking the lessons. Then they responded, ´¨I expect to be baptized in to the true church of Jesus Christ.¨¨ I couldnt believe it! And there is even better news! We found an investigator last minute on Sunday, and she is so interested in the church. Like when she saw us walking by she like flagged us down, and talked to us about how shes been looking for us. She wants to be baptized! I dont think I can express the joy my heart feels at the moment. These people have a sincere desire to follow Jesus Christ, and I can help them do that. There are just not enough words to describe the joy that comes from helping another come unto Christ. It is the greatest thing possible. Now, I want to share with you something that I had read in my personal study. Well, I am almost done with the BOM in Spanish for the first time, and I love it! I have like 50 pages left. But, anyway while reading through 3rd Nephi something caught my attention. When Jesus Christ comes to visit the Nephites He tells them to feel the wounds on his Hands, Feet and His side. I wondered, why does Christ have the wounds when He is a resurrected being? I remembered the promise that we receive in 2 Nephi that not a single hair will be missing on our head. As I was pondering this I began to read and search for an answer. Then I remembered a scripture in 1 Nephi 21:14-16. I finally realized that the reason why Christ still has the scars of His atonement is so that He can never forget what He has done for us. I am pretty sure that whenever He sees his wounds he is reminded of the love he has towards us, and it helps him become more merciful. But, I also realized that this works for us as well. Thanks to Him, and that single act of Kindness we can be with our families forever. We have been redeemed, and our future has so much more meaning now. I am trying to be more like Jesus Christ, and I want to live with him once more. Thank you for all of your help. Thank you for your support. You are truly amazing and an inspiration for me.

con amor,

Hna Macias

3 Nephi 21:10

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

Monday, February 10, 2014

twenty-third week

This week has been pretty grand! Like very grand, times dandy, times peachy (:. Of course it has its ups and downs, but we have got to look at the positive side to everything. I am learning a lot about my Savior, and more importantly I am learning to be more like Him. So big news, our numbers improved this week! Its really exciting to see the fruits of our labor beginning to blossom. The biggest news is that someone accepted a baptismal date, and we are planning on putting a date on Aide and her family. Let´s pray that it goes through. This is a miracle by the way that we have someone with a date, because our area has gotten a lot harder lately. Right now its summer vacation in Peru, and NO ONE wants to stay in Cerro, because its so cold. They could just go to lima, and experience a real summer. My  area is a legit ghost town haha. But, its great to see that the Lord is placing people in my path that I can help. People that need this message, but not only need this message, but someone who is willing to chande their live for Heavenly Father, and His Son. So tender mercy of the Lord: I am in Cerro for a third transfer. I know you know this already, because I mentioned it last week. But, this is the tender mercy: I am able to see my recent converts progress, and its the greatest feeling in the world! I know that I have spoken to you about a young man who is 18 named, Johnathan Zaravia. When I met him he was an atheist, and he did not want anything to do with the Gospel. After teaching him for about 3 weeks he decided to get baptized (1st Transfer), then he received the Priesthood and he began to bless the Sacrament every Sunday (2nd Transfer), and now I was able to witness his first talk during Sacrament meeting (3rd Transfer). I was so happy at church being able to get uplifted by someone I taught. Its great to see the progress that he is making in his life. He is also preparing himself to serve a fuilltime mission. I had the privilege of giving him a preach my gospel. I honestly dont feel like there are enough words to describe my happiness (Alma 26:16). Now, on an another note. I want to share with you all something very awesome, and spectacular. I am not sure if many of you know this, but I have some of the best examples to look up to. I am serving side my side with many of my best friends, and they are inspirations to me. They help me press forward, and be a great sister missionary. Some of the people are Aldo my older brother (serving as AP), Omar my younegr brother (serving as ZL), Mariah (serving as a trainer), and Kailey who is now serving as a sister training leader!!! (1 Tim 4:13-16). Seriously, I have the very best friends in the world. Not only is our friendships based on fun, and adventures, but it is also founded on the only true church of Jesus Christ. Its a humbling experience that my best friend, who has been out the exact same time as me, is a sister training leader. I know that the New Zealand Hamilton Mission has chosen an excellent leader. I admire Kailey alot, and I always have since we met. She has such a strong testimony, and she has sincere desires to serve the Lord. Thanks to her I am serving my mission. She was able to tell me that I had received my answer, and that I should go through with it. She was able to help me keep going with my papers when my family was so far away from me, because I was at BYUI. She has become to me like the sister I have never had. But, more importantly she is now able and capable to better serve people. She will be blessed by the service she gives to the sisters in her mission. Kailey along with my other best friends are great examples to look up to. Thank you for being faithful, and true to the Lord. Not only to him but to your fellow missionaries, and to the people you are serving in your individual missions. God is Good. I love you all, and keep pressing forward!

con amor,

hna macias

hna banta shared a fruit rollup with me! It had a tattoo

and we went to huallayay!