The Work has just gotten sweeter!

The Work has just gotten sweeter!
Espirito Santo, Brasil

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Humility is the Key to Inspiration....can I write that down?"

Hola Familia!

Can I just say that I love you all? It really is appreciate the things that you don´t have with you all the time, and I really miss you guys but Mexico is great and I can already say that I am a different person, even though I have only been here for 4 weeks.
And yeah....4 weeks!!!! I have already been here for 4 weeks! In exactly 2 weeks.....I will be sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting to go to SLC. BTW, the mission travel resent me an itinerary and I have to sit in the Dallas airport for 7 HOURS!!!!! Can Aunt Steph come pick me up? I don´t want to be there that long :( 
Hermana Taylor Fontenot
Speaking about Steph, I met that Sis. Missionary  from Houston that Steph was a leader over...I will attach a picture :) She is super sweet!

 I wish I could have been there for your lesson Mom, it sounded awesome. And yes.. I feel Grandpa with me all the time! I wish I could watch the girls play basketball...seriously....I am so proud of you, Shonna and Lydia! Keep playing hard, ok? If you guys lose a game, that is ok, it just makes the games that you win even more AWESOME!
I hope to get everyone’s letters soon...I will send another one this week :)
So I want to talk about some neat experiences this week....and some funny ones :)
Funny one : last Tuesday, Hermana Childs and I needed to use the bathroom so we went to the auditorium and they had like a million stalls in there. So we both picked one and after a minute or so, we both realized something....out of all the stalls we could have picked, we both picked ones with NO TOILET PAPER!!!! We sat there laughing for about 5 was so funny. 
Spiritual one: So we have been teaching Daniel F (pretend investigator) for about a week and he can be a pain in the butt sometimes. There is nothing more frustrating than having your investigator fall asleep during your lesson! So Hermana and I wanted to really help him understand about the BoM and how we can receive revelation through it....we studied and planned and prayed really hard and then just went into it, fully relying on the Spirit and Heavenly Father´s help. The Spirit was so strong in that lesson and Daniel CRIED!! With him being our teacher for real, we knew that the Spirit must have been really strong and it was the best discussion ever! We thanked Heavenly Father many times for that experience. I know that if you do all you can, the Lord will cover the rest and you will be blessed for your efforts.

This week, my district was bugging me so BAD!!!! Me and Hermana Childs are the only sisters in our district and the rest are elders...boys who are only 19 and haven´t really matured yet J They never focus when we are supposed to study, and when we try to address the problem and point out that they aren´t being exactly obedient, they just act too prideful and continue with their behavior. I was so frustrated and I felt like our district wasn’t gonna be blessed if they didn´t start doing what there were supposed to. So we talked to our teachers and they showed videos and talks and talked to us about the importance of being obedient and I think the Elders were humbled because things have gotten a lot better.

It was our teacher´s birthday on the 30th...we made him a crown and wrote him a nice letter....I will send a picture of him next week. He is awesome. So all of my teachers are just amazing....they are all 21 or 23, not much older than us but they are so wise and I just love them. We have a maestra, her name is Hermana Leslie and I adore her.....I love hugging her. I can´t hug very many people because most of the people I am with are I try to hug her every time I see her.
Random Stuff: I found another Elder going to UTAH!!! He is going to SLC West but at least I won´t be the only person trying to teacher everyone in Utah haha.
I play tennis almost every day with Hermana and some elders in our district....I suck at it but it is so much fun :)

Spiritual: We listened to a talk from Elder Holland and I got really overwhelmed at all the things they expect from us and missionaries.....that day have been kind of tough and I was tired for some reason and I started doubting if I could actually do everything they want us to do....I kept wondering "How can I meet these standards?" "I can´t do this" Then a thought entered my head and it said "The answer is really very simple: Do what the Savior would do and you will be the missionary God wants you to be." It was a very comforting experience and I Try to represent my Savior in EVERYTHING I do.

A great companion makes it all better!!
So on a mission, you have a lot of humbling experiences.....but those experiences always remind you to turn to the Lord. Saturday was probably the hardest day so far. I missed home and we had been praying all week for the letters to get here. We tried to be obedient so we could receive help from Heavenly Father. We were both really tired and the language was hard. We found out that we might lose our favorite teacher and so that made us sad. Hermana Childs started crying so we took a walk to the mailbox. I was praying the entire way that the mail would be there. I was trying to have faith that God would put the mail there because we have been working hard all week. We went there wasn´t there. I was literally crushed. We both started crying and we just sat on the ground outside the Post Office and cried for about 30 minutes. In that moment, I just wanted to hug you all again...even if it was just for a minute or so.....just to feel like everything would be ok. I missed you all SO MUCH! I had never felt so homesick...but I am doing better now…

BTW….I got dad´s letter today..finally… and I was so happy!! I can´t wait to get the other letters :)

So on Sunday, I felt a lot better. The Sacrament has a whole new meaning to me! I just cherish that time when I eat the bread and water......I love it. So I sang “Savior, Redeemer of my Soul” as part of my testimony. I have always wanted to sing it because I love it so much. It just explains my feelings about the Savior perfectly. I was so happy to do that and all the missionaries were in tears when it was done, even some Elders haha..
So I and Hermana Childs are in the choir for the dedication and guess where we are sitting.....FRONT ROW, BABY!!! Be jealous everyone, an Apostle of the Lord will be sitting 5 feet in front of me. I am so stoked for Sunday.....I will email next week about it :)

Mexico City Temple Visitors Center
Today, we went to the Mexico City, Temple! We couldn´t go inside (it’s under renovation) but it is beautiful. I am coming back after my mission to go through it. We went through the Visitors Center and it was great. I loved the Spirit there.....I wish I could go back.

The Mexico City Temple

We drove thru the streets of Mexico City and it is crazy! I have pictures to send so you can
see :)

We are getting a new District this week....6 Hermanas! And they are all going to Houston East! Is that were Steph lives?
So my foot has been hurting this week....walking and wearing church shoes have made it hurt so pray for it. I know that sounds weird but the little things can make a big different...for the better or worse.

This week has been such a learning experience. Yo se que la iglesia is verdadera. Yo se que la obra misional es muy importante y debemos compartir el Evangelio a todas personas! Yo se que Jesuscristo es mi Salvador y Redentor. Yo se que Dios vive y por medio de el Libro de Mormon y oracion, podemos sentir su amor y recibir revelacion.
I love you all and miss you. Thank you for your prayers...I feel them every day :) Share the Gospel with someone, ok? You´ll never know who is searching for the truth until you share the truth.

Read 2 Nefi 31-33. Those chapters are my favorite right now :)
I love you! Only one more email from Mexico and then I will be in SLC!!!
Hermana Warren

1 comment:

  1. Hola Sister Warren! The Schroeder Family here (Mark, Ashley, Madilyn, Avonlee) Just wanted to say how proud we are of you! You will never regret serving the lord. What an inspiration you are!