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Monday, April 28, 2014

So, I don't remember anyone mentioning how heartbreaking it would be when the investigators we have aren't progressing. We are teaching some awesome people, but at the same time, really difficult. It seems like half the people here need to get married, and then half of those people dont have the money to do it. We work so hard and think that they are progressing and then, boom. They don't show up to church. Or, boom. The started smoking again, or realized they dont have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. It's so hard sometimes because I have all this knowledge of things and I'm sharing it with them, and they just don't seem to understand the importance of it sometimes! How frustrating.
But its okay. I'm really starting to catch on to the language. Well, you know, for the most part. And now I can actually listen to what the people are saying, and teach them according to what they need personally. Im learning so much. Im growing so much. (spiritually... and physically from those pan dulces!) Haha nah not really. But seriously, I have changed my perspective on learning, to study for my investigators and people I teach instead of for myself. And the change is phenomenal. Im so much more focused. Focused on my purpose here and focused on what the Lord wants of me, not what I want. Its a great feeling. Exhausting and sometimes frustrating, but amazing.
Ive been thinking a lot about a scripture in Jacob 2.. creo, but it's about our thoughts being the reason for our sins. Now, this is something that seems really obvious right? But at the same time, really difficult. How can we keep our thoughts SO clean, that we dont even THINK to sin? Not letting our mind wander is probably one of the most important things we can focus on. If we always keep a clean mind, we will always have a clean spirit.
I hope you all have the Liahonas so that you can study the talks from our leaders. And also coming up the new one with all the talks from general conference. Cherish these words. Use them as a map for the decisions you make in life. I am so grateful for this gospel, and for the priesthood that it holds. Without the priesthood we could not do what the Lord wants of us. It is SO important, and we need to recognize and learn about the power of the priesthood. What a sacred calling the men in our church hold. I am forever grateful.
Well, I love you all. I had hamburgers yesterday, so a little taste of America was nice. Also, Im starting to get accustomed to the food here, POR FIN!
But ya, pray for my investigators! They need as many as they can get. And remember your purpose in life. Dont waste time forgetting to become like Him.


Con mucho amor,
Hna Waddell
also, we played futbol today and I made 2 goals, HOLLA.


                                                    District trainers at MTC

            Chicken feet soup... Didn't eat it, would not eat it.......ever
                            Found a cool Polaroid sweatshirt!

Monday, April 21, 2014

EARTHQUAKE!!



So there was an earthquake this week. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Ive never experienced one before so I was totally thrown off. But it lasted for a good minute and a half! But everyones safe! Atleast everyone I know...
This week has been slowww and harddd. Because They dont just have Easter for one Sunday here, they have this thing called Semana Santa and people are on vacation and out of town and have family ovre for 2 weeks! So its been hard getting ahold of people and getting people to church. But also kind of cool because it gives us more time to teach those investigators that arent on vacation.
Its been raining this week and I love it.
Oh, the other day, we were at this investigators house and they offered me abuelita hot chocolate because it{s my favorite and everyone knows haha. And I was like ya most definitely! And they were like okay, the stuffs in the kitchen. Haha, so I went in there and made everyone some Abuelita! I guess you could say Im pretty comfortable with that family already. The mom is like so ready for baptism it{s not even funny. We{re just waiting for her to get married this month :) Im soooo excited for her! Shes even starting to learn about the temple and preparing for it! How incredible right?!
Well, my companion left some stuff at walmart and we{re almost out of pday time, soooo I better go. But Know that I love you all. And also, you should all read the talk orrrr book by Elder Holland called In Times of Trouble. Also this awesome video that I absolutely and utterly love. "Because of Him." Remember Him always.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S3TI4bYerU



Love and miss you all.
Con amor, Hna Waddell
                                                               Teotihuacan ruins


 Cool blanket I got at the ruins



                                   My awesome district!

 Hermana Stoeger!


 Pyramids at Teotihuacan

My professional mickey mouse/lion pancake I made for my companion because Im the best companion in the whole entire world. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Busy serving The Lord

Sooo, I just realized I forgot to write my blog email... Whoops. And Im basically out of time. BUT I didnt get transferred! Thanks goodness! Im still with my wonderful companion who I am started to really connect with. Our teachings are much more in unison now that my spanish is improving and we are working really hard. I{m striving to be exactly what the Lord wants me to be and get lost in the work. Sorry again! But my pictures won{t work. I think I need a new card adapter so thats really depressing. I have so many I want to send! But anyways, I hope everything is doing so great in whatever shinanigans are going on in life. Remember you are never alone, God is always there for each and every one of us. I love you all. 

Con amor,
Hna Waddell

Monday, April 7, 2014

Still can't send pictures

So first of all, we had interviews with our Mission president this week which was awesome! I got the opportunity to do role play teaching with his wife Hermana Call and at first I was sooo nervous because obvious reasons. But afterwards she was soooo surprised with my Spanish and the spirit was so strong and just wow.
Conference was awesome, even though I did not understand everything (it was in spanish) so that was a little bit frustrating but ya know, estaaaa biennnn.
Lizbeth one of our investigators made a baptismal date so we are sooo excited for her! I can just see the light of christ growing in her eyes every time we visit. Along with Familia CardanasPerez, they are wonderful. And theyre desire for this gospel is skyrocketing. AND today, they took us to the Teotihuacan Pyramids! Which was sooo awesome. I have so many pictures but the computers here never let me send them :( So Im actually really sad about that. And I finally bought a blanket! Its from the pyramids so its actually pretty flippin awesome.
I realized this week that Im going to struggleeee with the food here. I seem to only enjooy 1/10 meals here haha. Its so different and majority of the time I get sick off of it. But yesterday I had a hamburger and boy did that take me back to good ole´ United States food! But no, it´ll be okay. I just need to stop being a baby.
I´m starting to finally be in more tune with the spirit and what people I teach need. It is amazing what the Lord can do to help us. And how much he WANTS to help us. I have never been closer to Him in my life, and I have a goal to never deviate from this. Something Ive been thinking about a lot lately is ¨being alone¨. During conference somebody mentioned that sometimes we have to stand alone. And even as a missionary with a constant companion its easy to feel this way, especially when I dont know the language as well as I´d like. But also something to think about...we might feel alone. But...we are NEVER alone. Never. Heavenly Father is always there with open arms and ready ears waiting for us to COME UNTO HIM. Never let yourself feel like there is no one to go to, because you´re forgetting the most important man who lived on this earth; Jesus Christ our Savior. And through Him, we can do all things.
I love you all and hope that you realize how much Heavenly Father loves you too.
All is well in the promised land.


con amor,
Hna Waddell
 

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