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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Last email

I love you all. I honestly dont know how Im feeling. But I know that this church is true. That Jesus is the Christ. That through Him we can be forgiven and we can have eternal life. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God and goes hand in hand with the Holy Bible. And I know that God loves me.



"Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full."
-2 John 1:12


All is well in the promised land.
Con amor,
Hermana Waddell



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

6-13-15



Just a miracle of the week.
When we visit one of the less actives here she always has a brother there in her house that has had problems with drinking for YEARSSSS. He always just kind of off in his own little world and we never really bother him.
This past week we invited him to listen, he did. Maybe he wasnt completely there understanding everything but he did express to us his desire to be closer to God.
We set an appointment, and part of this we challenged him to not drink not even one drop of alcohol until we had the appointment. It would be 4 days after. He accepted the challenge and we left.
Honestly in that 4 day period I was sure he had drank alcohol...


oh ye of little faith....


We went to the appointment we had set..


boom.


He was sober.


Miracle.


This man had kept his word, and after (if im not mistaken) 20 years of drinking almost every day, he went 4 days without. Now it might seem like small progress, but I say it was a leap of faith that he took. We invited him to do the same until his next visit, and I have the hope that he is keeping to his word. As he does this, in the lessons we have he understands more and really has the true desire to change and be better.
I know that our Savior helps us see miracles. I know through Him only can we change our weaknesses in to strengths, and I know that I need Him more than anything. Especially in this moment in my life. He can strengthen me and give me the comfort that I need.


Love you all,
all is well in the promised land.
Hna Waddell




7-6-15



Okay, what a week filled of so called "lasts".
We had our leadership council and zone meeting this week. Its sad to think they are the last I will be in. (until I serve a mission with my husband of course) But they were definitely spirit filled meetings where I felt I was able to be edified and lifted.
Something I have been working on this week is "The Elder Bednar Pattern".


Pattern of Learning and Teaching: Elder Bednar
I pray that all who participate will receive inspired answers to their questions. In preparation, I invite you to consider the following:
1. Prepare to learn. Before you take part, I encourage you to make time to study, ponder, and pray so that your heart will be open to hear the messages the Lord has prepared for you to hear.
2. Interact to edify. As you participate and actively listen to others, you can be edified through the teaching, testifying power, and confirming witness of the Holy Ghost.
3. Invite to act. After the event is over, ask yourself this question: “What will I do with what I have learned?”
If you will ponder and act on these invitations, you will receive inspiration suited to your life. The Lord is preparing messages for you to hear. I invite you to prepare yourselves to hear them.



Okay, so above is the pattern of elder Bednar..
I have noticed in this past week the importance of this pattern that Elder Bednar has taught us. When we prepare spiritually as did the 5 virgins with their lamps of oil we will be able to not only edify others but be edified ourselves in the process.
We were able to have a couple experiences that I liked in particular. While visiting a less active and teaching her about the Plan of Salvacion we asked her continually what she was learning while we talked about this. Her answers were never exactly about what we had said but they were related. I asked her how she had learned these things if we hadnt even talked about them specifically, she just replied "Pues supongo de Dios...¿no? mediante su espiritu..."(I guess from God, right? Through the Holy Ghost...)
We then reminded her that we are not the teachers, we are only here to testify and invite the TRUE teacher so that we can all learn and be edified together. What she had learned was personal. And what she had learned came from God.
After this brief explanation we were able to extend the question and invite her to act "Based on what you have learned today, what are you going to do?" She was then able to come up with her own committment. We didnt even have to think of it or drag her to think of something. On her own, through the help of the Holy Ghost she was able to recognize what she needed to change in that moment in her life.
I have come to realize more and more everyday what my responsibility is and why I am here. I know that the spirit is the teacher. And I know that He can only help us when we are spiritually prepared to invite the teacher.


Les quiero mucho,
All is well in the promised land.
Hna Waddell

6-29-15



Okay, Im sorry Im horrible at writing but any of you who have been on a mission you know how it is.
Well I{d just like to start off with the fact that this is the Lords work. And we are nothing without Him. I have seen His hands working countless miracles that I cant even describe.
We have been working to catch up with the Lord and His fast rythmn. I know that for this reason He has been blessing us to be able to see these miracles.
This past Saturday we were able to see 4 people that we found (prepared by the Lord in a way you cant imagine) be baptized. Everything you can think of was going wrong preparing for the baptism. Literally, everything. BUT do not fear, future converts are here... ready to make this convenant with our Heavenly Father so they can enter into the path that leads to eternal life.
I know that testimonies dont just come from other people repeating them in front of us. I remember in Highschool when I had my moments of doubt and I would sit in sacrament meeting on fast and testimony Sunday... I didnt understand why everyone said "I know I know IKNOW.." When I didnt really get the point. I felt that it was all good, but I couldnt quite figure out if I KNEW really KNEW if these things were true...
Bearing a testimony is the only way we can obtain one.
Just like the children of Israel as they were crossing the river Jordan. They were told that it would be opened for them, but did they just sit around waiting on the shore until the waters were opened? No. The waters were opened when they got their feet wet.
I know this church is true. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what guides us to eternal life and happiness. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and I could do or be nothing without Him. I love the mission. It is a part of me now, and it will be a part of me forever.


All is well in the promised land.
Con amor,
Hna Waddell


Ps the drain stopped working in the baptismal font and they hadnt emptied out the water from before so we had to empty it out with buckets and buckets and buckettssssss



6-22-15

Talked about UVU. No mass email this week.

Monday, June 15, 2015

 This week I have been kind of sick to the stomach kind of bad but its getting better. today we ate at a cute little natural restaurant. My companion is the one is darker with curly hair haha




Wednesday, June 10, 2015

6-7-15

The miracle of the week that taught us the wise lesson of, "You get what you asked for"... but in a good way! 
We had been praying so much to find someone that the Lord was preparing to be baptized. We even made jokes that it would be so crazy if one day a family just showed up in the ward, had their asistencias en la capilla and told us, "Hey weve been going to church and were not members because we havent had the opportunity to be baptized, could you help us?" Obviously we were just joking around because that seems to be a situation almost impossible to come by.... The Lord proved us wrong.
There is a family of less actives who have been reactivating in the church, we thought they were all members... WRONG. There turns out to be 4 people, two moms and her sons, who we realized while talkign to them, that THEY ARENT MEMBERS AND WANT TO BE BAPTIZED.
While teaching one in her home her excitment and NECESITY to be baptized was amazing. I just remember her prayer clearer than ever... "Gracias Padre porque por fin.......(starts to cry) podemos hacer este convenio contigo que hemos querido hacer por tanto tiempo...." or in English "Thankyou Father, because finally.....(starts to cry)... we can make this convenant with thee that we have wanted to make for a very long time..." This experience touched me so much. 
It was a miracle. I was able to gain an even stronger testimony of how the Lord is the one hastening HIS work. And His work is beautiful.
Its overwhelming thinking that this will be my last transfer. But I know it will be a good one, and I will continue seeing miracles as long as I do the Lords will. The people here need my love and my diligence so that Heavenly Father can lead them in the right path. My companion is getting transferred and thats kind of sad, but the new one coming will be awesome as well! I already know her somewhat well, Hna Ortega from the Dominican Republic. Shes a fun one!

Also we got to go to a super awesome place today calle Arcos de sitio! So pretty! And also el pueblo magico Tepozitlan which has a big detailed catholic church that is really pretty on the outside. 





 

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