Friday, February 27, 2015

"Pleace and luv Hermanas" *holding up peace signs* - Stake Patriarch

Hola amigos! I'm writing a little late today because President gave our district the whole P-day off because there was an activity in Puebla where all the missionaries in our 4-zone area got to watch the movie "Meet the Mormons." So yeah we just got back and are just now writing. So I don't have much time to write aka sorry if I'm not able to get to everyone!

Things from this week:

* Today is my 7 month mark in the mission woooh!

* The other day it rained when there were no clouds and it was the weirdest thing ever and yeah just thought I'd share...

* On Thursday we had a special conference with ALL the sister missionaries in the mission and it was awesome! I got to see so many people. We talked about health and safety and it was actually really fun.

* This week we've been seeing a lot of little miracles:

1. We went to visit a 19 year old girl that we contacted on the street and she actually invited us in (they usually don't). She was really interested and had already read a little bit of the Book of Mormon a while back and she wanted to go to church on Sunday but her mom didn't let her, but we're hoping we'll have a lot of progress with her!

2. The other week there were 2 "jovenes" that we talked to in the street that gave us free pan dulce and they said they were going to go to church the other week. But they didn't go... and we kinda forgot about them cause tons of people do that when they aren't actually interested. But then on Saturday we were walking and all the sudden this guy crossed the street and ran over to us and was like "hey remember me? The bread guy?" and we were like ohhh of course! Then he explained why he couldn't go to church the other week but that he really wanted to this week. So on Sunday he actually went to church! He even wore a tie and everything. And he brought a friend and they stayed all 3 hours and said they felt really good there and want to listen to us and we're super excited to start teaching them!

3. We were walking through the park in the main part of the city and all the sudden this little girl ran up to us and said, "excuse me, my mom says she wants a pamphlet" and we were like wow okay so we followed the little girl over to her mom and her mom told us that she is a member but inactive and she really wants to start living the gospel again but doesn't know how. She said she was super happy when she saw us and so we gave her a "Book of Mormon" because she had lost hers and we exchanged numbers, so hopefully we're going to start giving her the lessons so she can remember everything she's forgotten.

4. The other night we were locked out of our house because the keys weren't working for some reason and we were outside for like 30 minutes trying to get it open. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail because it's kinda personal for me but basically I had a really unique experience with specific prayer and in the exact moment we needed it we were able to open the door and get in our house.

Yeah basically that's all that happened this week! The weeks are going by suuuper fast but I'm loving all of it! Have a super awesome week everyone(:

With love,

Hermana Eyring

Favorite selfie together (:

We had a little bit of fun (:

I'm in love with the sunsets here!

All my missionary agendas I've decorated (there's 2 I didn't decorate)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Hola buenas tardes!" "Nope?" "okay..." - 10 second conversation we have everyday with tons of people

Once again this week went by super fast. To start off I have some good news......
Me and Hermana Pérez DON'T have transfers... wooooh! We're super excited to have another transfer together as companions. (:

Okay things that happened this week:

We had another special zone conference this week on Thursday and it was really good! We talked about how to work with members better and resolved a lot of questions about gospel doctrine and how to explain it better to investigators which was really helpful. President is awesome and it was cool to get to know my new multi-zone group.

Here Valentine's Day is called "Día de Amor y Amistad" which is Day of Love and Friendship. We should call it that in the US because then maybe I wouldn't feel so pathetic about never having a Valentine. (; But on V day, to contact people, we passed out heart candy suckers and it was super successful!

Our mission president has asked us that we ask the Bishops in our area to give us blessings to be able to work the best we can in our wards, so on Sunday we did that and it was so cool! First of all, out of the 6 blessings I've gotten on my mission, it was the first one in Spanish. Everything he said for both me and Hermana Pérez was perfect and it really strengthened our testimonies of the power of the priesthood.

I like being in this area but it is definitely hard. The people here do nottt like us and do not want us here. We'll be walking and say "buenas tardes" to people and they just ignore us or avoid us like we have some contagious disease. It's so hard to love the people here who reject and mock us but the other day I was reading in Matthew in the Bible and in chapter 5 verses 43-44 it says: "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." It is a commandment to love others, even though it's hard. But when we show our love for others, we are showing our love for God.

I also realized this week that one of the reasons why we have trials and why this life is so hard is so that we can have hope and look forward to a better life to come. So that we work hard to progress so we can gain that eternal happiness that we look forward to after this life. Sometimes people turn away from God when they have problems or trials; but he allows us to have trials so that we can grow and learn from them and be better and more like Jesus Christ. God never gives us trials that he knows we can't handle and he will always be there to help us, guide us, and love us. This church is true!!!

**POR FAVOR** friends, send me pictures of us together. I'm putting pictures on my wall and I want to be able to see all your faces on it(: Please try to send them as soon as you can! Thank you(:

I love and miss you all as always, and hope you all have a happy week(:

Love always,

Hermana Eyring

Heart suckers and puppies... What more could you want on Valentine's Day?

I think it fits well right?

With our Ward Mission Leader, Hermano Zeniff. 
AKA one of the strangest but funniest people ever.

Monday, February 9, 2015

"Ok Hermana Eyring, supongamos que nunca tiene éxito con nadie en su vida de amor"

Hola seres queridos!

Well this week went by so fast that I really don't have much to talk about. Also we didn't really take any pictures so I don't have any to send this week, sorry. :(

The week started out rough but ended up good!

We have been feeling super discouraged lately so we went to the mission offices on Thursday and had interviews with our mission president to get advice and to help us feel better. He told us some really good points and gave us blessings of strength. He compared us to Alma in Alma 8 in the Book of Mormon. He compared Serdan (where I live) to Ammonihah and that the moment we were talking to him was like when the angel appears to Alma and tells him to go back to Ammonihah and not give up. The comparison was super cool and we went back and read the whole chapter afterwards and loved it! He also told us that happiness comes from inside. If we depend on the world or other people or circumstances to be happy, we'll never be happy for long. We have to decide what our attitude is going to be and if we are going to be discouraged or not. Our mission president is seriously the best and it makes us so sad that he's leaving in 4.5 months :(

On Friday night we got our legs electrocuted.... haha. We were at the house of 2 of our investigators and they were talking about this new machine they bought and wanted us to try it out. So they massaged our feet (which felt amazing) and put them on this machine that uses electricity to hit nerve points in your foot or something and apparently it's supposed to help your body in some way. But yeah, my legs and feet were like seizing and I could feel the electricity going up my legs and it was so weird and yeah I want to do it again... haha.

Here if you're sick with anything their solution is to give injections... but they give you the needle and everything and you have to do it at home. My companion's knees have been acting up so their solution was to give her shots in her butt and it was the funniest thing and I'm so glad we don't do that in the US.

I just started reading the book "The Infinite Atonement" by Tad R. Callister and wow... I love it so much. I'm only on the 6th chapter out of like 27 and I've already learned so much about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It really is amazing and something I wish everyone would appreciate. It is and He is literally our salvation and I am so thankful that someone loved me enough to suffer and die for me so that I could have eternal happiness.

Well this is the last week of the transfer so next Monday I'll be updating you on if me or my companion have transfers! We're really hoping we stay together for another transfer but we'll see what happens!

I love and miss you all tons and hope you are all doing well(:

Hermana Eyring

Pictures of our home in Serdan. It's the nicest apartment I've lived in so far. 
This is where we study and hang out. The door that you can see goes
out back where we can wash and hang our clothes.

Our kitchen. Through the door at the end of the room is a balcony 
where we see out onto the street. We're on the 2nd story.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Oooh está tan feliz por vernos verdad Hermano?" "De hecho no..." "Oh."

I had a page filled with random things I wanted to talk about this week, haha, but we'll see what I remember. This week was filled with so many ups and downs. It was one of the hardest weeks of my mission but also one of the better ones. Okay some random things:

* I love the church members in my area. We laugh so much and have so much fun with them. And this area is growing on me more and more, it's beautiful and I'm happy here!

* Downside to this area: Here I get the most attention I've ever gotten on my mission. We can barely go 5 minutes without guys ages 15 to like 40 making kissing noises or whistling or asking me to marry them. They're gross and it's super annoying. Even the women stare at me, but most of them are just glaring...

* We think we got asked on a date the other day... but we completely rejected them. We contacted these three 21-ish year old guys and they were talking to us for like 10 minutes asking us questions about the church, but then they were like "yeah we don't really want to talk about your church, but we'd love to take you out for soda and elotes when are you free?" We were all excited cause we thought they were interested in the church... yeah, they weren't haha.

* Yesterday I ate Mole de Pansa which is a "soup" of cow stomach... Ewww

* Fun fact: I fall off sidewalks sometimes. Actually a lot. Like 10 times per day. :)

* Here the people are super Catholic and they all worship images and their little statue idols. Everyone carries around baby Jesus dolls in the streets and it's super weird.

We had a really scary experience and really sad experience this week. Through both of them we realized how much Satan wants us to fail and will put anything in our way so we can't bring more people to the truth. We also realized how strong the power of God is and that he will always be there to protect us and help us, if we just ask Him.

Going to BYU and being a missionary makes you realize how awesome it is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am seriously so thankful for the joy that the knowledge of the truth gives me, and the joy I get from seeing people change their lives through it. People mock the church all the time but I couldn't be more thankful to have it in my life. I didn't realize how important it was until being here on a mission. This church is the church of Jesus Christ and it is true. I have no doubt about that and I wish everyone could feel the same happiness that the gospel gives. I know a lot of you aren't members of the church, and if you aren't and want to know what makes it so different and so special, ask me about it. I'm almost an expert at talking about it now. (;

I love and miss you all tons!

Hermana Eyring

Picture from our awesome hike today with the Gutierrez Rossainz family!

Puppets we stole from our Ward Mission Leader, hahaha.

Here everyone eats corn on the cob with mayonnaise, cheese, chili pepper and lemon. 
They're called "Elotes" and I'm in love with them now.