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