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