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.
Hna Karen Lisette Macias
Sunday, July 27, 2014
How are you doing? I hope you are doing great!! Well this week has been really great. The few investigators we do have our progressing nicely, and we were able to really focus on them. We have three investigators with Baptismal Dates for August. If you could keep Pedro, Dayeli and Isabel so that they continue to progress. This week was really fun! Hna Jensen really enjoyed teaching our investigators, and we enjoyed getting to know some of the less actives. We have been having a lot of success with the less actives lately. For the past 2 ½ months that I have been here it was crazy hard to find any of the less actives. But these past two weeks we have been finding them like cake. It is an awesome thing. We had one experience yesterday that was awesome, and I would love to share with you. This less active´s name is Liz, and she used to be the Relief Society president in the ward before getting released. Once she got released she went inactive for a couple of problem s she was having with some of the members. We met her at our pension´s restaurant, and they informed us that she was a member. Hna Jensen and I made it a goal to find out more information about her. From what we could gather it seems like this sister still has a really strong testimony about the church, but her relationship with the members might be the reason she wont come back to church. For the longest time I have had a strong impression about asking a ward family if they would be willing to hold an FHE at their home, and invite Liz. I have had this idea for about a week, and I finally went through with it yesterday. To my amazement it went over really well! At first I was really scared, because when I asked the member to invite her to the FHE she seemed super hesitant, but luckily we convinced her to try anyway. She called the less active, and she accepted the invitation quickly! It was super awesome! I am really excited to see whats going to happen with Liz, and if you can keep her in your prayers I would really appreciate it. Now on to the biggest highlight of the week! This member family that I was telling you about in the last story are the Palomino´s. They are an awesome family, and really supportive. They have 3 daughters, Lady, Kimi, and Allison. Their oldest daughter Lady was in town this week from La Molina to spend time with her family. This whole week that I have known that shes been here I have felt the need to go and visit the family but with her present. I set an appointment with them yesterday to talk about the FHE we wanted to have, and after planning I began to talk to Lady. She began asking a lot of questions about the mission, and she asked about my decision to go on the mission. It was amazing that her story and mine seemed to be the same! She was having some of the same doubts that I was having, and she was expressing her anxiety over trying to make her decision. As I kept hearing her I kept imagining myself 2 years ago trying to make the decision, and it brought back the best memories. After listening to her I shared my story and my decision process, and most importantly my testimony about my decision to serve a mission. I felt the strongest impression to tell her something Kailey and I would say to one another in order to press forward with our decision to serve the Lord, ¨the same question we ask Heavenly Father will have the same response always, the only thing that changes is our willingness to obey´. After I told her that she began to cry, and she said, ´hna I know that you are right. The Lord has been telling me for a long time that I need to serve a full time mission…. I am going to serve a mission´. I was so surprised by her response, and so was her family. Her whole family began to cry and hug one another. Crazy experience, right?! It goes to show that the Lord is always watching out for us, especially through other people. I extend the invitation to you to serve others, and always try to be a blessing in another person´s life.
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.
Hna macias (:
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.
I dont know about you, but I´m feeling 22!!! Taylor Swift could not have said it any better than that. I am now 22 years old, and so far its cool(: Luckily I still feel very young at heart. Well my birthday was on Thursday, and it went awesome. Some of the members really wanted to make me feel at home. They decided to make me jello (because they know I love Jello), burgers, and at night the other missionaries in Villa Rica surprised me with a small Birthday get together. I was deeply touched by the kind gestures of kindness everyone did for me. It truly made my birthday very special, and one that I will not forget. It is a little weird that my only birthday in Peru has come and gone. The best gifts I have received have been from my Heavenly Father: He has given me a loving and supportive family, He has given me another year of live and hopefully many more, and last but not least the opportunity to serve as a Representative of His Son, Jesus Christ. This week has been a crazy, hectic one but a good one. My companion, Hna Jensen, was very sick yesterday, and we couldn’t go out and proselyte. But luckily she is doing a lot better today. Last week we had the opportunity to do divisions with the Hnas of San Ramon. I got to work with Hna Hafen, shes from St. George, Utah. She is a really great missionary. She struggles alittle bit with the language, but she has a strong testimony, and she knows why shes here. I absolutely love that quality about her. Well, I like that quality about all new missionaries. They help remind me of why I came to the mission, and that I should be as excited to serve and share the gospel as they are. While I was doing divisions with Hna Hafen we found a lot of new investigators, but one in particular that I would like to tell you about later on; her name is Jenny. But overall, Villa Rica is doing well. We have a lot of investigators, and many of them have baptismal dates. But sadly not very many of them are progressing. I began to do a little soul searching this week. I was feeling a little down because of that. I began to ask myself questions like, was I doing what I should be, was I doing enough, and was I enough to help these people? I was pondering these questions while speaking to Jenny. As I prepared myself to talk to her, and share a message with her I opened my scriptures, and I opened up to 2 Nephi 32:4. I read the scripture and it says, ´Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark´. I realized while reading this scripture that I cannot force someone to progress or to want the gospel. My responsibility is to share the message, and give them the necessary tools to ask, and receive answers if they earnestly seek them. As I realized that I felt the spirit enter into my heart, and give me the needed boost to teach better. I began to speak to Jenny I felt like I was being guided by the spirit. As I continued to teach she began to open up to me more, and more. She began to explain to me how she lost her son is a car accident, and I began to tell her about the Plan of Salvation. I know that the Holy Ghost is real, and that He is the teacher. I am simply here to be the instrument. Only He can take this message, and reach the hearts of the children of Men. I invite you all to share the gospel with a relative, a close friend, or a complete stranger. We all need this wonderful message (: pass it along.