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Monday, April 28, 2014

My language is all messed up

Buenos dias hermana y hermanas, este semana i was un poco enferma... dehydration. here i have to drink about 3 liters of water while im out working and 1 liter of this gross electrolytes stuff... yeah i wasnt doing that, entoncs, yuo became enferma. estabien...all hemor ahorra...all better now... the language is starting to get better yo unerstand a little better, its crazy what 1 week and a little fe can do. I will say its hard to type long things in english. i dont know spanish, i dont know ingles...thats no bueno. the hardest thing personally for me here is always having to wear shoes and be super poline in how i sit and eat. <i just want to kick of my shoes and cross my legs and maybe burp a little...hehe...the food is so good! pero. here burping is supppppper suppper grossero...rude...also when you dont understand someone and you say que? which means what. that is very very rude...you have to say mande...entonces... yo had my first baptism this week, it feels like ive been here forever. well i helped the lord have a baptism, its not my baptism. but you get the point. Olga y esmerelda, who is olgas daughter. it was so beautiful. seriously if you are bold milagross, miricles happen. we cant really understand each others words much, pero, we are like family, its crazy. and the baptism and confirmacion, was muy bonita. Now already she is being a missionary to her neighbor and her neighbor wants to learn more, its wonderful. sorry im not supppose to talk or wrte in english and this is hard thinking normally in english. so this letter might be weird, also these keyboards are wack....The work literally never stops. sometimes its dificil, so tempting to just fly back to hawaii, work at pcc, go beach...cruz...but then i remember how selfish that would be of me to even think! this is the work of the Lord! 18 months is nada. and it is so beautiful feeling and watchinhg others change their lives into faithful disciples of Christ. this here is happiness. forget the heat, forget the little petty pointless things that slow you down, and forget yourself, box up your passions, serve with everything you got, con su corazon! the people here are awesome, i love them to death, they keep me going! To have a successful mission, also, to have a successful life, it requires, WORK! you gotta shut up and drive! work combined with faith IS THE ONLY SOLUTION! You can´t expect something you don´t work for, and only hope for....you can stare at those dirty dishes all you want,,,they wont clean themselves...hehe...love you alll te amamos mucho...



Monday, April 21, 2014

Love it!

okay so I don{t have much time. It is a completely different world here....if i have typos i appologize the keyboards are weird... So my companion is from peru....she is leaving in less then my 12 week training....so thats sad...she doesnt speak english, so I don{t talk much these days...haha...which is weird for me! The spirit is really teaching me....It can be hard living somewhere where you have no idea how to understand anyone...and all i ccan talk to is the wall, and heavenly father of course! <i love the people here! they are so ready for baptism!!! and they are nice too me as long as i am trying to learn the language, which i am, i have no choice haha. Culiacan is such an amazing beautiful place and the kids are so smart here, they are setting examples for their parents by getting baptized i love it






Sunday, April 13, 2014

People were yelling and mocking us

Hola! I don't have much time today, I have to pack and stuff... I'm leaving earrrrllly Monday morning for Mexico, I have never been more excited! So just a quick experience I had this week. I went to Vegas to get my visa, and being out of the MTC was great! I felt realllly like a missionary, every person I passed I just wanted to talk to and I wanted to help them or know if they were searching for something more in life....haha...it sounds so dumb, but I just felt such a love for everyone even in sin city! Well when we landed back in Utah around 11 at night we were walking out of the airport and a family of about 10 started yelling my heroes, the missionaries, this is so awesome, and clapping and hollering....they were mocking us. It hurt, but I wasn't sad, we just smiled and waved like they were serious...haha. Later before I went to sleep I kept pondering on this family, I felt so sad for them! I just wanted to help them see WHO they were rejecting...because it wasn't me....Christ till this day continues to be rejected, I felt a pinch of how the Savior must have felt. All he did was serve, and love, and teach to gospel. and many rejected him, laughed, mocked, spat on him....abused him, but he STILL did what was to be done, he still forgave them and loved everyone even the evil ones. 1 Nephi 19:9 "and the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the childern of men." This scripture kept ringing in my head, and now more than ever am I determined and excited to go out and serve. Love casteth out all fear, so we need to have that unconditional love for our Savior, and follow in his footsteps by serving him and giving our lives to him. I'm typing so fast so all of this might not make much sense....I love you all!!! In this day and time it is crucial that we stand STRONG for our beliefs and not falter. We are getting stronger and the world is getting more wicked! But after this experience I kept listening to If you could Hie to Kolob..... there is no end to matter, there is no end to space, there is no end to spirit, there is no end to race. there is no end to glory, there is no end to love, there is no end to being, there is no death above. there is no end to virtue, there is no end to might, there is no end to wisdom....there is no end to light, there is no end to union, there is no end to youth, there is no end to priesthood....there is NO END TO TRUTH....the wicked one day will perish....but the righteous will be lifted up....it's time to warn and invite people.....all is well in Zion. Hermana Megan Waddell




Saturday, April 5, 2014

Got to meet David Archuleta. :)

Hola! Today marks exactly a Month since I've been in the MTC! and its conference! what a great way to celebrate! haha. So this week has gone by sooo fast and has been filled with many eye opening experiences! I'm finally getting to a point where I can see my progression, that is the best feeling! I'm headed to Vegas Monday to get my visa with Hermana Nicholl! Then next Monday I am off to Mexico! My spanish is only enough to really get around and sound like a 3 year old. But I'm so ready to leave! I know I'll learn in Mexico, I have literally no choice...haha. I'm in love with sharing the gospel, especially the restoration and plan of salvation. How lucky are we to have such an amazing plan of happiness! I've learned something today that I liked, righteousness is a choice. We need to be Bold, we need to stand true to our beliefs and defend our beliefs in a way Christ would defend. This world today is so opposite from how we are commanded to live! People are confused about what true happiness is, let us with love and unshaken faith share that happiness with everyone. Every time I teach I am able to feel and discern a bit of what our investigator is feeling. I have learned that I only get 18 months to wear this badge and to be set apart as a missionary, Its such a beautiful gift to me. I've never felt closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It's not enough to feel impressions, we need to act on our impressions, we need to DO SOMETHING MORE! I now believe that if you go throughout a single day and you do not do some sort of service, or spread Christs love in any way....You have wasted a day of opportunities to be an instrument in the lords hands. I have so many scriptures and amazing experiences I could share but that would take forever. I'm so grateful for this opportunity, It's really not me, I'm not worthy of these blessings and authority I am able to have, but I know if we do our part as hard and diligent as we can the lord WILL carry you the rest of the way. I've seen it happen even in the MTC through investigators, through companions, through myself. I wish everyone could live the experience I'm living. Like said similar in conference today, I KNOW this is the true and everlasting gospel, and the book of Mormon mixed with prayer can change and strengthen lives, I know it like I know I'm only 4'11. It. is. a. Fact. I just want everyone to read this book, I still don't remember every story, I can't recite all of the profetas y revelations in it, but the feeling it brings I can't deny. Something that David Archuleta said in our Devotional Tuesday was on his mothers conversion. She said It was not what the missionaries taught me, I really can't remember much of the teachings, but I got baptized because of WHAT I FELT. Davids mother Felt the truth through the spirit from God. and YES David A. came and sang for us and talked to us, and Yes I shook his hand! and Yes I'm going to Marry him one day.....haha. Well I just want everyone to know who reads my blog, which I hope a lot of you do! I love you so much and I thank you for your support! I need it! Thank you for all who have helped me grow and truly convert as I continue to, you are all examples to me! Next time I write I'll be in CULIACAN, MEXICO! So thats Chido! everyone please write me. hehe. I need some home every once in a while! muccchhho amor! -hermana Waddell
 

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