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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sometimes when you are a missionary your investigators disapear....is tha beeeessst ( nacho libre voice)...So close to beautiful baptisms, then BAM they disappear, or flee the country for who knows why....I feel like we are starting fresh in the same area...but it is a okay! because there are plenty of people in this town that want to hear the gospel, they just dont know it yet ;).....we gonna find you, so you can run and tell that run and tell that homeboy...just kidding....thats our theme song for contacting (dont worry we change the words)...hehe..So perfect example of a missionaries sunday.....we visit everyone to get them ready for church or walk with them....half, arent home, we are running around trying to call and find, then we go to our meeting with the bishop, after go find more people....church is starting, a family calls, "well we cant go to church, we are on the side of the road, our tire just blew..." us " oh dont worry we are on our way! "to physically take you to church satan isnt going to win this time!" then we do that and get to church while one investigator was about to walk out and leave, us " hey where are you going?" her "oh well you guys werent here so i wa leaving!" oiiiiiii! noooootttt the pooooinnnt of church....goooodness, sundaymornings are the bessst i love em... but then it all just gets beautiful because they learn and feel the spirit, (we just pretty much have to dragggggg everyone to church...) I feel like my mom... well that was this week, a lot of fighting! also shouldve had a baptism, but 1. there was no water in the church...2. they disapeared....3. theyyyyy disssappppeaarrreed!!!!!! where are they....ummmm i dont know they disssapppearrred! lol....we gonna find you....puesss. estamos animada para la semana vamos a encontrar los perdidos!!! jajajaja. hijole! I love it here, I love my ward, and the people oh goodness my investigators are literally my family here. Our bonds are strong, Its the best when you visit a family or person, that when you first visited them they were so sad, so lost,,,,then just short time after you can see their faith grow, you can see their light shining a little brighter....I wouldnt give those moments up for ANYTHING in this world. We just taught the atonement and life of christ to someone. he didnt understand why christ would do such a thing for us, we dont deserve it.....wellll....that is a PERFECT love for you, and his love for us is growing every single day...lets not waste what he has given us. we have a way where we can live in perfect happiness forever with christ and our heavenly father and our families! how wonderful that he should care for me enough to die for me. I stand all amazed at the love jesus offers me. nunca el finn en nuestras vidas, vivimos con fe ahorrita, preservamos aqui en esta tierra hasta que Jesucristo otra vece venga , porque ya se que un dia esta paso ya se sin duda.....oh esta todo bien! les amo cuidese hermana waddell

Monday, August 18, 2014

TRANSFERS!...Im staying here with my companion! thankgoodness :). We have so much more work to do here. I just want to express how awesome my ward is here and our bishop here! I feel like im at home in Liberty Ward!!! Seriously one of the key to missionary success is the members! I dont have much to say, ever. Just Mexico is fine, we have a little rusty gym by our house that we started going to, so Im suppppper excited not to get too fat from all the beans and tortillas here! and we always get free horchata de coco in the streets cause there is a coco man (thats what we call him, he walks the streets selling coconuts and horchata de coco, screaming cocoooo in a high pitched I just hit pueberty voice) and he just loooooovesss us......dont worry we contacted him....well he contacted us....My companion and I are really excited and nervous for this week we have a baptism planned saturday, everything is ready and good, but we are seeing the "other side" reallllllly working on him and us and everything! I know its because he is going to be an amazing youth and leader! So keep him in your prayers! he is a very important soul! So much crazy, fun, funnnnnny, spiritual stuff happens during the week, my mind ALWAYS goes blank when I want to write my mass email , the days and weeks kinda blend together.....buttt, spanish is the same....very hard for me....The mission is just going so fast and I never wanna leave. Always remember your individual worth, because how are you suppose to love others the way you love yourself if you cant even love yourself! its the 2nd great comandment! Something Im really trying to work on! Ive been thinking alot about how every little thing we do in this church is important, once you get baptized you take upon his name! you need to try and represent christ in everything you do! everything! because more then we think people ARE watching! and a lotttttt of the time it is what they see in the people, and how they feel in the church that gives them the first impression and the choice to open the door to the true path or to walk away....sounds like a lot of pressure, but if we are just obedient and each do our part, together we can build zion faster and faster. I just watched 17 miracles and a quote that hit me, something like this " i often looked back to see who was pushing my cart, and no one was there." then you see angels pushing it....There are soooo many times Ive felt like that here, and Im sure all of the other missionaries out in the world....where angels are literely pushing me , carrying me, speaking the words through me. IT IS SOOOOO EASY TO FEEL ALONE, AND TO GIVE UP. Sometimes I really dont know what is keeping me afloat....then moments amazing happen, and i vision the bigger picture, I may not see someone here helping and guiding me, but you better believe it someone is. Because I am on the lords errand and he takes care of his good and faithful servants! dont ever loose trust in him. Ive been thinking alot about all of you who are serving right now with me, my friends, family, and people I dont know. and it just makes me so happy, we may not see each other but we are working together everyday! we all have a part in building zion. thankyou for all of your guys support and love and workkkk! Les quiero mucho Hermana Waddell ....(he will make weak things become strong, if you humble yourself...ether 12:27)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Okay, the past two weeks have been crazy, and I went to a science museum today so I dont have much time. But We just had another baptism this week! Manuel, hes a 16 yr old happy boy with lots of faith! I love this area, yesterday I helped save a parrot, the family had fed it salty foods...thats not allowed...and there was a moment where it went completely dead, i remember saying a prayer in my head and it actually came back to life!!! It was a small miracle to me....that poor bird...his name is ricky...haha...hes my new investigator...just kidding. Well we are in the hottest month of the year here, and it is reallllly hard to get around sometimes, we have lots of people to teach and find, and they dont live close, no car, no bike, just mister lefty and righty for my transpertation. some days i feel like a pioneer....(but i so know it doesnt compare to their pain). I dont have much to say. Just love one another, seriously is what builds confidence and you need that to share the gospel. Let people know you love them, and truly love them in your heart, get to know them, serve them. We are here on this earth together to help and guide each other. Find the lost sheep, we are all a sheperd for someone and also we are all a sheep for someone. Let us press forward together. I love the lord, ill do anything for him, i will give up everything for him...its so hard sometimes....so hard, but man is it so worth every second! con amor, hermana waddell









Monday, August 11, 2014

8-4-14

We had a baptism saturday...Alfonso Montoya. I dont have much to say, just It was awesome! and the spirit was so strong, and the peace was there! We are having alot of success here, its not always easy, we are in the hottest time of the year right now, and spanish is still tricky tricky! but soooo many people are ready to enter the waters of baptism. We have one planned for every week for 4 weeks! Miracles!!! well we will see if they all stay the same....Just praying they do! Gracias por your prayers and emails and love for this work! It really is hastening! I had an image of after my mission today....and lets just say, I dont want it to end! I still have a good while, but it is going by so fast! If you are in the process of thinking to serve a mission or not, let me help you..... SERVE! Seriously is the best decision you can make! We work so hard everyday, but seriously in the bigger picture I just feel so calm and at peace all the time, no worries, just loving one another and helping them. Really is so much smaller of a task than the blessings that we get from it! What a great oppurtunity this is. All is well here in culiacan, Mexico! les quieroooo hermana waddell

Sunday, August 3, 2014

So the highlight of my week was I got to see the ocean....we went to a different city for a mission program for a small ward and investigators there. it was great. but after on our way home my president and his wife know how much i love and miss the ocean....so teasing they were saying we were going to the ocean, but not really cause your missionaries. welllllll we are driving then all of a sudden i see the ocean! my heart melted and i bursted into tears. I dont know why, the spirit and memories were just so strong, my heart was home for a moment. watching the sunset over the pacific ocean....I felt such peace I can not explain. on top of thatttt, we have a baptism saturday!!!! Alfonzo! Soooo exited, he is so ready and I just love seeing peoples testimonies grow! and their lives change! okay i have no time. but the gospel is true, and if you do a little work you see miracles and you are soooo much happier in your life! cuidese hermana waddell
 

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