Monday, May 26, 2014

So I have big news everyone. We recieved our cambios today and my companion is going to a different area and.....wait for it...wait for it..... ya Im going to be a trainer. Im pretty terrified to be completely honest. But I know that I was called for a reason. Its going to be a fun bumpy ride.
Ive been thinking a lot about Jesus Christ and all that he did for us. Well I basically think about this every day, but especially this week. I was thinking about the trials we go through in life and the moments that we might feel that we just arent good enough, and we just cant go on. These are the most important moments for us to remember him. Remember all that HE did. Remember all that HE went through. Remember how much HE loves and cares ffor us. He knows us, inside and out. He knows how we feel. He knows what we need. And he knows whatever comes our way in life, we can push through. And we can become. Become more like Him. And become the best person we can be.
We must never forget the life of Jesus Christ. He is the perfect example. The most loving brother. He is our Savior and our Redeemer, and only through Him can we recieve eternal exaltation. Just remember that it was not easy for him, so why in the world should it be easy for us?

I am loving life here in the mission. We may not have baptisms, but we experience miracles. I see it every day in my investigators. Their faith is growing. Oh and we went to the Visitors center of the temple this week with some of our investigators! It was sooo beautiful! I can{t wait till I can enter the temple again.

I love you and all, and pray for you daily.
Con amor, brazos,
Hna Waddell


                                     Mexico City Temple

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So I have like no time today at all. But this week will be my last week of training and its basically for sure that Ill be exchanged on Monday. Im not exactly looking forward to that, but change is good. A family of menos activos has a daughter who´s 8 and we were preparing her for baptism because she turned 8 and she got baptized this sunday, so we´re happy for her decision and desire. My words are so broken right now haha. I tried to pray in english today and let me tell you.... bombed it. My spanish has improved sooo much. We had a zone conference with Pres. y Hna Call esta semana y estaba answering almost all the questions, and me and Hna Acosta did a little skit talking about obedience. It was pretty funny. I have some pictures from this week, but this computer isn´t letting me send them soooo NEXT WEEK.
But ya, all I can think to say right now because I literally have no time, is keep me and my investigators in your prayers. Im happy as can be out here, but it can also be hard. We haven´t had any of our investigators really commit to baptisms or even coming to church and its to the point where we can´t really do much more for them. So ya, prayers and faith please!
And thank for all the bday wishes! I have some awesome people in mi barrio who celebrated my birthday with surprises :)

con mucho amor,
Hna Waddell

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Like my sister said in her email. Missions are rollercoasters. I have had more ups and downs here than in my whole life. We go from laughing and having the time of our lives with one investigator, and then an hour later, we found out that two of our favorites have left the state and aren't coming back.
The downs often seem more extreme than the ups, but I know that if we didn't have both, this wouldn't even be half as amazing as it is.
Also, I never even realized until this week the trust that people have in is. They confide in us, they want our help and advice. And I know that if we do it through the Lord and in His way, these people will be blessed more than they can imagine.
I also realized why all my other friends on missions barely ever sent me letters. Because there is no time! We are sooo tired by the time we get home that in that extra 30/40 minutes before bed when we could do that, we're usually sleeping. Or washing clothes (because we have to wash them in the sink). While mind you I have written a few letters to people, I have no idea when Ill have the time to send them. It just crazy to actually be so caught up in work work work that I barely think about myself, and my main focus is on my investigators. I love this work so much.
Well I was going to try to send a video of me instead of writing an email because it was a pretty funny story. But I dont know how to send large files. But heres a picture of my ward mission leader and my Bishop. Yup. Sums up a lot of personalities in my ward.
Happy Mothers Day! I hope everyone recognized all the blessings in their life.
Con amor,
Hna Waddell

Monday, May 5, 2014

In His time

I really enjoyed this week. While there have been some rough patches I am really starting to notice my progress personally and with our investigators. Even though things are going really slow, I know with time and a continuation of hard work, my work in the hands of the Lord with pay off. It´s really important to make it a goal to smile, every day. Especially those days that are hardest. We often look at all that we lack, rather than all that we are blessed with. And to have this mind set can corrupt our attitudes for our whole lives. And who wants to be sad and grumpy for their whole lives? Not me! So why not choose to be happy? Because after all, it is up to us.
The baptism dates we had planned for this month have been postponed, but we have faith that we can shorten that postponment.(dont know if thats a word, but ya) I hope that we can act as sharpened and refined tools in the hands of the Lord, sometimes I feel like we arent doing enough, but then I reallize patience is a virtue, as long as hard work and a steady hand are involved. I like to imagine Heavenly Father not sitting in a golden throne of eternity, but standing in front of a GIANT whiteboard with names and images and arrows and a map of His plan, and him just analyzing and vizualing and pondering on what He can do to help US become. I love this gospel. I love this beautiful opportunity I have to serve Him as a representative of Jesus Christ. I love the blessing that we recieve every day from His grace. I just love life.

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Waddell

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