FELIZ DIA DE ACCION DE GRACIAS MIS QUERIDOS FAMILIARES Y AMIGOS!!!!!
I love the holidays as a missionary. It is such a tender mercy as the Lord guides us to people who just need some love on Thanksgiving. I really felt guided to people on Thanksgiving and it helped me realize that there are a lot of people that don't have what we have, they don't have family here or anything to do to celebrate, but I was grateful to bring the light of Christ into some of these peoples lives this Thanskgiving day.
Our Thanksgiving festivities started out with a big reunion of the south zones in the mission, about 70 missionaries there I think and we just played sports for like 3 hours. Get this, we were playing Volleyball, and president rasmussen walks in in his suit and tennis shoes hahha and guess whos team he chooses to be on? OURS. I PLAYED VOLLEYBALL WITH PRESIDENT RASMUSSEN it was the greatest day. the elders were definitely beating up on him though but he did good. and then all the sisters wouldnt play knockout but I did and did preeeeeetty good but it wasnt as fun with all the elders, theyre awkward. so then i tried to get the sisters to do something, so i taught them 3 round charades and they loved it! we did gospel version, i kid you not we had sisters acting out moses parting the red sea and nephi slaying laban. Greatest idea i have ever had. Then we started the dinners... Our first dinner was with an investigator named Teresa, she dropped us like a week ago because she said she doesnt wanna learn more, then called us the day before Thanksgiving and just said "so you can come over tomorrow." hahaha okay! She fed us well and we were able to teach them why we actually celebrate thanksgiving! most the people we teach literally had no idea. So that was a tender mercy. We then ate with a member his name is Grandpa and he is seriously the sweetest soul on the planet. He speaks no spanish, but has been coming to the branch for years because he just loves the people. Their thanksgiving reminded me of our thanksgivings at home, LOTS of family and LOTS of food. Then we had our 3rd thanksgiving in true hispanic style - TAMALES. It was a great day, all along the way being guided to different people celebrating alone. We ended up giving up all our pie to different people so its probably the first year in my life i didn't eat any pie on thanksgiving... i hope my fam still accepts me when I get home.
Another tender mercy this week, so Hugo kinda dropped off the planet for a while, but we got in contact with him late in the week and set up a lesson at the church and when we get there he is accompanied by some of my favorite people in the world: Lastenia, Esmy, and FABIOLA. I was so so happy to see them again. Hugo might be getting back together with Lastenia, which presents some interesting events, but he is really wanting to change and be better and be better for her so I see miracles in the future there.
We also taught a couple times this week a man named daniel. He just moved here from Mexico and has never been to a church before. whaaaat how is that possible but its true! He's living with a less active member so we've been teaching them and helping them both and this sunday he came to church!!! he was so cute he came in his white shirt and dress pants and with his book of mormon he was so excited to learn so that was a serious tender mercy to see what its like for someone to come to church for the first time in their life.
This week, we were also led to a lot of people who have lost their faith in God because of different things that have happened to them. Whether its been their sins, the sins of others, or just things that happen to us in life it has made them feel like God has abandoned them. I know that God NEVER abandones his children. Part of this life is having trials and overcoming them with our faith in Christ and our trust in God and I know that He truly does love us. I am so grateful for the chance i have to share that sliver of hope with people and watch how our lives can completely turn around as we embrace Christ and God's plan that they have for us. This is His work, we are His hands.
I love you fam and am so grateful for you!! Watch out, next thanksgiving its ON for the pie eating contest. ps HAPPY BDAY LOTTIE :)
hermana reed IV
1-went on a hike last pday and it was GLORIOUS
2- these are our good friends at the food bank i love them
3 - sisters on tday
4- this is grandpa and grandma :)
5 - teresa with the pavo, these were her words "dont touch the pavo" hahahaha
6- surprise visit from my favorite people
7- one more selfie with fabi for the road
8- las hermanas are Enumclaw Proud
9- more hike pics
10- best volleyball team at the whole conference
I think the mission has been such an amazing experience because it is seriously allowing me to feel emotions I have never felt before. So much love and heart break and nostalgia all wrapped up in one lil week it is crazy. But we were blessed with miracles this week, that's for sure.
Hugo is doing really well. We taught him the word of wisdom this week, and it was great how the adversary prepared him for the lesson because he actually came to the lesson after he had been smoking cigars. Nice!!!!! But it was a good way to help him realize that in a state like that it was hard to feel the spirit of the Lord, so we're working on helping him quit his addictions and he's really improving a lot and changing. It's funny to talk to other missionaries who have met him when he was in a different place and they say like "WAIT HE CAME TO CHURCH?!?" Christ really does have the power to change people, and it's been a blessing to be a part of.
The heartbreak of the week was we have been teaching Rafael and he has been doing so so good but Satan has really been beating him up and he asked for a break so he could find himself before studying more. It was really really sad, and these are the feelings im talking about because this man is like 62 and I've known him for 3 weeks but friends I LOVE HIM. he is so incredible and so full of faith and it makes me sad when Satan beats people up spiritually and they fall a little bit, but I know that he'll be back soon. He'll come back to the good Shepard, we all do.
Miracle of the week: it had been full of ups and downs asi and we really needed to find new investigators. Finding hispanics here is a serious treasure hunt, but the Lord always has a plan for us. We were contacting in a neighborhood where people had told us they though hispanics lived and serious goose eggs we couldnt find anyone who spoke spanish so we stopped and asked eachother do you think we're in the right place? We both felt like yes, but something was off so we decided to ask for a specific thing so that the Lord could provide us with a specific answer. When I said this out loud, hermana debry immediately said "someone who's looking for a Book of Mormon". There it is. So we prayed and we asked the Lord to help guide us to someone who is looking for a book of mormon and could become a new investigator for the branch. Pretty specific. So we went out and we were driving around to pick a place to go and we saw a house and we felt like we should knock it. As we got closer, we saw a mexican flag caught up in the bushes (pic attached). FAITH INCREASED. We knocked the door and met Andrea, she's actually from Bolivia, who has 4 kids and a smoking problem and liver failure and has felt like god has abandoned her in the past. We shared with her a quick plan of salvation about how God does have a plan for us and that he's reaching out to her right now, which she felt so strongly too. we set an appointment to come back and she was a new investigator and we had given her a plan of salvation pamphlet and she was looking in the back which has a bunch of questions and citations to the book of mormon and the bible and she asks whats this part? and we said oh thats FAQs and citations to the Book of Mormon and the Bible and she says, and I quote, "entonces me lo prestas tu libro de mormon?" meaning "oh okay so you can give me your book of mormon?" FAITH INCREASED. It was incredible. I know that as we act in faith with the desire to do what the Lord wants, that he always always provides. Always. He is guiding us every day and will guide us in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes, the work can be harder, but the mission is not hard. The mission will never be hard because it is the work of Salvation and it is glorious. I love the Book of Mormon, that book changed me and continues to change me every day. I'm so grateful for it. Family have the best Thanksgiving ever! I expect Reed reigning champs in all the pie eating contests and lots of happy stomachs.
Con mucho amor,
1 hermanas take a hispanic style foto
2 when you only get 30 min for lunch so you gotta take your sausage in the car... happy 6 months hermana debry
3 the mexican flag miracle
4 had exchanges this week in graham and nazareth came to lessons with us :) recent convert dreams
well, my week was super great. It was no vacation in Israel, but who does that anyways... ;) Just kidding family hope you had the best week ever and you bought me an I <3 Jesus t shirt because its true, I love Jesus Christ.
This week was alllll about steps of faith. All of us come to the point in our lives where we have to take steps of faith, often into the darkness, and we definitely have to step first before our path is iluminated by the Savior. As Ether 12:6 teaches, we recieve no witness until after the trial of our faith. So that was this week, for hermana debry and me and our investigators. We have been working a lot with Hugo and he is taking so many steps. We taught him the restoration this past week and invited him to be baptized and he accepted! We were all like wait what. hahah his actual words were "por lo mejor" meaning like probably hahha but its been great this week watching him take steps of repentance. We learned about the plan of salvation with him and he was the one that said "so the door to the celestial kingdom is baptism thats what I need to do next" why yes Hugo that is a great insight. He is incredible. We also had a lesson about recognizing the spirit and at the end of the lesson he said "before I get baptized I need to forgive. I've never forgiven anyone in my life, but I can't have that burden if i'm going to be baptized. I'm going to try to forgive". He has a lot of pain from his breakup with Lastenia because it ended pretty bad, but he wants to forgive her. Its seriously incredible to watch how the spirit teaches people what the Lord wants them to change in their lives. Hermana DeBry and I were just there, we were just instruments as the spirit came and taught him the ways he can come unto Christ. Such a step of faith and such a miracle.
We have been working a lot with a man named Rafael Zepeda as well. i dont know if i've written about him so i'll explain he's from Mexico and there he was an electrical engineer and this man is seriously intelligent, but unfortunately here his talents can't be completely used for lots of sad reasons so he's working construction but he is so humble and a true seeker of truth. He has a baptisimal date for later this month and this week we taught him about the word of wisdom. The word of wisdom is a law of health that helps us know what we should and shouldnt partake of. The things we shouldnt partake of are alchohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, and harmful/illegal drugs. So we talked with Rafael and he is like what no coffee?!?! So we were talking about coffee for a while and we just asked, are there any other of these substances that will be difficult to give up? and he said no so we were like cool focus on coffee and we committed him to give up coffee and he was all for it. So then he came to church on Sunday and we asked him how its going with the Word of Wisdom and he says "hermanas, i cleaned my coffee maker, packed it up, and put it away." *insert wooooooo from las hermanas* but then he goes "but hermanas, coffee isnt my problem. Its the darn cigars!' *insert booooo from las hermanas*. but THEN he continues "but i haven't smoked in the 2 days since we had the lesson on the word of wisdom. I feel strange, but I'm quitting!" *insert WOOOOOOO from las hermanas!* This man of huge faith took a step into the dark, didn't even tell us about said step, but is making the changes the Lord wants him to make. Man I love brother Zepeda. He's the best.
Anyways, lots of finding, lots of teaching, lots of testifying this week, and we also had a branch activity to celebrate the mexican revolution (ps all the hispanics in enumclaw are from mexico. And theyre also like all from nyarit. interesting) and it was a huge hit! We had 6 investigators come which is like a new record and I ate carne asada out the roof. We were in charge of the photo booth so enjoy our costumes. I know this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know He lives, and so does our Heavenly Father. He guides this work and leads us and is still leading us to His children ready to accept the gospel. I'm so grateful to be used in His glorious work.
1 this comes from the day i had to wear 4 layers of tights because it was so cold and i took them off and they were literal legs still in form
2 Brenna embraces her mexican culture
4 LAS HERMANAS
5 Hugo and the hermanas eating quesadillas bigger than our faces. Are you sure I'm not serving in Mexico??
Coming at ya from Enumclaw, WA!!! It's been a crazy transition, but I'm so glad to be here and so glad that God knows a whole lot better where I need to be than I do. Enumclaw is a lot like graham, only even less city haha there's a lot of farms and land and LOTS OF TREES and lots of incredibly nice and humble people. We're working on finding the hispanics, theyre few and far between, but it makes it kinda fun its like a treasure hunt. I have so many flashbacks from my first area and I'm ready to work hard, even harder than ever.
I'm with Hermana DeBry and she's the cutest. She's on her 4th transfer in the mission, and this is her 4th transfer in Enumclaw. She loves this place and loves the members and is a really great missionary. Her spanish is really super as well, we already get along so well and are excited to work hard. This week was super wild with trying to figure everything out but there is so much work to do here! The biggest miracle was this. Buckle up folks. So last week there was the crazy heartbreak with Lastenia when Hugo moved out and she still didn't want to get baptized. Well, turns out Hugo moved to Enumclaw. And I just moved to Enumclaw. So i was determined to find him. We're driving back from an appointment at like 7 oclock and I literally see Hugo running across the street and I like screamed HERMANA WE HAVE TO PULL OVER. We went back and found him and talked to him and taught him and the next day he came to the church for a tour of the meeting house here. It seriously blows my mind sometimes I think that I know God and I know what he's trying to do but I seriously don't. Him moving out of his house may have been God's way of preparing HIM to recieve the gospel, not just Lastenia, because this is the perfect chance for him to start fresh with a branch that doesnt know his story and doesnt know who he is and he can finally just learn about Christ and his plan for him. i was screaming. he got super nervous when he actually got in the church, proabbly because he could feel the spirit, and then dashed off like normal. Then Sunday comes around and we're not really sure he's going to come and all the meetings go by and we're sitting in sacrament meeting not knowing how to help him and brother unguez comes up and says theres an investigator waiting for us. FRIENDS, HUGO CAME TO CHURCH. I'm not sure i can appropriately explain how big of a miracle this was becuase I'm bad with words but I was floored and trying to keep it cool because he's the type that if you flip out he'll be like wow youre dumb but i was so happy for him. He needs the gospel because the GOSPEL CHANGES LIVES BECAUSE CHRIST CHANGES LIVES. man such a miracle.
Another great story of the week was we went to visit a less active family who lives in Orting which is like literally the middle of the woods on the way to mount rainier but we went out there because we felt like we should visit them and we didn't really know what they needed (helping people come back to church is always kinda hard) but we went and decided to just share the message of the restoration. We shared it really quickly in like 5 min, and the spirit was so strong as we testifed of the truthfulness of the gospel, and because the spirit was strong, they told us all the struggles theyre having in their life. They are having a lot of struggles, and its sad, but an undeniable impression came to my mind that if they were to read the Book of Mormon every day, their problems would go away. Then a follow up impression of "tell them that". So I did, it was kinda scary promising them something, but I felt the confirming witness that this is how they can overcome the difficulties they have, just by coming unto Christ.
I know the book of mormon isn't necessarily a one size fits all fix, but that book can help us overcome so many of lifes struggles that we have. I know it is from God. I know that it helps us come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. I know it is true. I love being a missionary and sharing this message. I love Enumclaw!!
1 bff sis rasmussen
2-3 MLC pics :)
4-5 our halloween costumes, our final moments together, stick of ephraim and stick of judah
6 while out contacting we met a nice man boiling his deer skull outside :)
7 your daily walk in Enumclaw
8-9 ps it snowed HERMANA DEBRY IS THE CUTEST
10 ALL THE HERMANAS WERE IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME THANKS CHOIR PRACTICE
What. a. week.
You will never believe the miracles and heartbreaks we saw this week. It was a crazy rollercoaster and here's why. So on Tuesday we found out that Hugo, Lastenia's boyfriend, MOVED OUT. HE MOVED OUT- YES YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. He moved out of his own house because him and Lastenia broke things off and he didn't want to be there making a connection with the girls, Fabiola and Esmy, when he knew he wasnt going to be in their life forever. MIRACLES. We didn't believe it at first, because this opens so many doors for both of them, but WOW! so we went over there, we were actually on exchanges so it was me and hermana ohlsen(hermana short's baby- so great), and we talked to her about what this means and we read in mosiah 18 about the covenant of baptism and she basically said she felt like she was already doing all those things, so then we read verse 10 and we asked her "what is holding you back from being baptized?" and she said "well now, nothing". WHHHAAAAT! It was crazy!The spirit was seriously so strong. Anyone could've felt that this was what the Lord wanted her to do. so we invited her to be baptized that weekend and she said she was really nervous and she wasn't sure she was ready so we invited her to pray about it and pray specifically about that weekend. So when we came back the next day, it was kinda on everyones minds and our branch president was there and then the whole member family of who she lives with was there, which looking back maybe wasnt the best because i think she felt too pressured and she got really nervous and didn't want to answer, so we came back the next day and it was just us and her and she told us "hermanas i just dont want to be baptized right now i dont feel like its coming from within me its not a huge desire i have. i know it will come some day, she said, but right now i'm okay where im at with these lessons and church and everything." It was probably the saddest moment I've had on my mission because literally the Lord parted the red sea for her he made it so everything was possible and she is just too content without progression. It was heartbreaking, and the spirit told both of us,me and hermana wilson, in that moment too that there was nothing more we can do with her, she's not wanting to progress right now. So shes still going to come to church and do everything and pray but we just can't be physically teaching her like we were before. It was pretty heart breaking, but I know that the Lord has other people prepared right now to accept the gospel here, so we'll go find them. I love her so much, and Esmy just wanted her sister to have the blessings she's seen since her baptism too, but we can't force anyone to make decisions they dont want to make. She told us that she knows that one day she will wake up with the desire to be baptized, so until that day...
So after that long agenda all week we realized we needed new investigators, people wanting to learn more about our message. So on Saturday we had our own Renton Hispana festival of finding and went out finding all day and we were full of faith and set goals and prayed and made plans and I swear God led us by the spirit to so many people extremely happy with their own religions. It was really incredible how many people that we met that just bore their testimonies of how happy they are in their own church and how much they love it there and how much they will never want to change and tried preaching to us and by the end of the night we get home and just lay on the ground together saying "what even was today..". We were praying all day to be led to people who were looking for the gospel and looking for Christ and this message and nothing really at all. BUT the Lord is teaching me so many things so I'm grateful for that day because I learned that there are at least people in the world who love Christ and serve him all around us and that as I practice patience and keep working hard the Lord is going to help us find the people ready to hear what we have to share.
Last miracle of the week, so on Sunday night I found out I'm getting TRANSFERRED. RIP my joy. Just kidding i'll be happy whereever I go serving the Lord :) but I was pretty sad to be leaving Renton, I love this place. The only other companionship that got transferred was the Enumclaw hermanas, so it was pretty clear I was going to Enumclaw. I love Enumclaw, i prefer to call it "city of Enoch-claw". ;) but i admittedly was kinda nervous because it is really hard to find hispanic people down there, but I know there are people prepared because theres a branch and theres missionaries and God has people there for us we just gotta find em. SO I was pondering it all night and during church on Sunday our branch president taught a lesson about D y C 82:10, in English its "I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say ye have no promise." In spanish it says something like "yo el Senor estoy OBLIGADO cuando haceis lo que yo os digo". I love that word obligado. He's obliged. His hands are tied, he has to do it and he will do it. So i've been somewhat wrestling with the Lord in prayer for a few days telling Him Lord I know this area is going to be kinda harder and I know there's people you have ready for us so here's the thing I will do everything I will talk to everyone I will ask everyone for help and I will follow every spiritual impressions to go to whatever area you tell me but Lord you HAVE to lead me to the hispanics. You have to do it. So then on Monday we were going about the day before I left and we had left a lesson with a less active and I said to hermana wilson, "anyone else we need to see here?" and we couldnt think of anyone and this one lady popped into my head shes the cousin of jose rodrigues and I thought nah she wont be home she works but the word "obligado" came to my head so I said we gotta go hermana. So we went and knocked and knocked and nobody answered, as we walked away i literally say "solo estaba tratando de seguir al espiritu.." meaning "i was just trying to follow the spirit.." and the window swings open, ITS HER. She said "sorry I was sleeping I work nights" and I was like WHAT THE. OBLIGADO. OBLIGADO. I always though Enos was the only one who could make commitments with the Lord, but now I know that the Lord is going to help me wherever I am to find his prepared children. He is obligated to do so. I know this is His work, and I'll do it in rain or shine in Renton or Enumclaw or in Alaska of wherever I will follow where He leads. Jesus Christ is the great shepard, and I'm so grateful to be his servant.
Have a great week!
1 Los Bernal
2 Esmy mi bff
3 Esmy y Lastenia
5 hermana reed y hermana ohlsen grandmother y granddaughter date
6 FOUND BRAN MUFFINS ALMOST AS GOOD AS GRANDMAS
7 RIP renton with leaves bigger than my face
8 hna wilson crying after day of finding because God blessed us with a parking spot near the house
9 hna casteneda
10 ADIOS DOCTOR JEX I LOVE YOU
11 Noche de Hogar con los jeronimo y los rodrigues
12 District of greatness
Another week another miracle. Missionary work is so... incredible.
This week I had an exchange with hermana facer and i went back to my beloved Federal Way and Heavenly Father played his "tender mercy" card because the hermanas had dinner with a member... her name is PETRA ARROYO. I could've cried! So by divine intervention I was able to see Petra and talk with her and CRY because I love her so much and she's doing so so good. Her daughter, Gloria, recently started taking the lessons from the elders which is a huge miracle because when I was there she was nice to us and started opening up but never wanted to learn and now her heart is being softened and she's learning from the missionaries and I was like so shocked and I talked to her and she is just amazing. man i love that family with all my whole heart it was amazing to see them and Petra is the greatest member missionary ever! she was sharing her testimony all through dinner and just wow really giving me hope about how people can turn their lives completely around as they come to follow Jesus Christ. She's doing so good peeps!! It was interesting being in Federal Way again, lots of memories and feels, but that place definitely has a part of my heart.
This week was good here in Renton as well. On Thursday, we heard some news that definitely broke our hearts though. Mabel, the woman we were teaching from honduras who was super pregnant and moved to Tacoma, had her baby, but she had it as a stillborn. ): gah it broke my heart to hear about it because she was just so excited for her baby she didn't care how it came even when they told her she might have down syndrome she was just ready to have and raise her baby and it was so out of the blue. Tender mercy of the Lord part 2, the hospital she was at was in our area. So we went to visit her in the hospital and we got there just in time to help translate what the doctor was saying to her about how to make sure she keeps healing, phsyically and emotionally, and it was so so hard. We really didn't know what to say, but we read from the Book of Mormon with her and sang hymns and she finished by saying "los angeles de mi iglesia. gracias." The spirit was so so so strong. I am grateful for the knowledge of the plan of salvation that gives us peace in times of heart break, because she will see her baby again. The biggest miracle, was when her husband (semi less active) said that he wants to be more faithful in the church. he sees the people reaching out to help and he wants to be in that position someday, helping people and serving Christ. Sometimes its the broken hearts that lead us to have a contrite spirit. Mabel and Edwin are getting married this next week so that she can get baptized. :)
As for our other investigators, vanessa is doing amazing. we taught her word of wisdom and she just goes off on how people drinking when their young is embarrassing anyways and she doesnt even like coffee and she is so excited for her baptism MIRACLES. then we had more amazing lessons with hermanos rodriguez tambien. They are seriously so humble and just want to follow Christ its amazing. we had a power house lesson where we went in depth more on the apostasy and prophets and everything and it was so incredible to see things click in his mind as he learned about what Christ really did when he was here on the earth. their lesson was right after zone conference where we talked all about the restoration and joseph smith and i was so pumped about how much i love joseph smith and the spirit was so thick as we just testifed that joseph smith really did help restore the church of jesus christ onto the earth again. They are amazing and came to stake conference and are progressing so much! Then for Lastenia, she made a big step this week and is cutting things off with her boyfriend, what the plot twist I know. she moved into the room with esmy so isnt sleeping with him and started paying rent and is just another person renting the room in the house now. She definitely knows the church is true and wants to make strides and this was a solid half step for her! YAY MIRACLES.
FUNNY STORY OF THE WEEK. So its been raining soooo much this week, its like the heavens opened after a summer of no rain and it just poured and we had a lesson with Esmy and Lastenia and I tried to make a joke about having to swim to church the next day, thought i was pretty funny, but i guess it didnt translate well because they were like oh hermanas we dont think we'll be able to come then it'll be too cold.. and saying things like i dont really like swimmin in the winter... soooo to clarify we dont actually need swim suits for church. hahahahaha lucky that too or else nobody would come it looks like. spanish fails by hermana reed, 15 months still learning hahaha
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It has helped me grow closer to my Savior and has helped me find my way through a world of storms and I know and testify with the prophets of old that a man will grow closer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book. Joseph Smith is a prophet of God! I'm so grateful for him and the sacrifices he made. Go read Doctrine and Covenants 135! It'll make ya cry. love you all so much!
1 equipo hermanas con petra y gloria
2 i wish you could see how much its raining in this pic but this is us running home with our pasole in the river that is Renton WA
3 everyone needs the gospel
This week was magnifica como siempre! I was only in my area for like 2/7 days, but luckily my lil baby is a professional and has basically taken over the area, so proud of her.
First i had an exchange with hermana gunner again and we were down in Enumclaw round 2. I sure love that place, but its a whole lot colder than Renton is, but we did see some miracles aka finding hispanics out the wazoo in places you never would've thought. Hermana Gunner is such an example of faith and diligence to me. we go home together so we're both ready to sprint to the end. It was really great. Then I came back to Renton and we had a great lesson with los Rodriguez again. They loved church so much!! They have had some pretty nasty experiences in the past with different churches but talked about how they just felt good at church with everyone. YES LOVE IT. Our branch president came with us, he is a super start. he's been helping us so much with the work and he's very involved and wanting to meet everyone we talk to, so he's a huge blessing. They came to church again this week and are making huge strides, reading the book of mormon even when it doesn't make sense to them. That's my favorite part of the scriptures, God doesnt wait to bless us until we understand the doctrine in the scriptures, he blesses us for our efforts, no matter our education level or understanding. THANKS GOD LOVE YOU.
This week we also saw huuuuuge strides for Lastenia and Hugo. Hugo is seriously turning a page! He read the family proclamation and was sharing his testimony on how we need to put family first and he came to a dinner at the branch president's house and was really opening up. I see him showing love in ways he never has before and I think he really wants to change. I was reviewing a little bit the notes from my setting apart blessing this week and it talked about how i would see miracles on my mission, miracles of peoples hearts being softened to the gospel and the biggest miracle of that i could think of was Hugo. The gospel of Jesus Christ really changes peoples hearts and Jesus Christ changes them for good. I love love love that I can just sit back and watch it all happen.
Exchange 2 was with Hermana Short!! Gah I love her so much. She is training and white washing and opening an area (she's a champ). Here's the greatest part. so back when i was her trainer (backstory, we're supposed to speak spanish outside the house at all times, and that was hard because she was learning spanish) i would have her listen to these songs by kari jobe (donde te encuentro is the album, 10/10 would suggest looking it up) and have her translate it and she got super frustrated because she couldnt do it but we're driving to an apointment and she says "hermana, quiero mostrarle algo" (hermana i want to show you something) and she turns on the song and starts translating it PERFECTLY. I legitimately cried. I was so proud in that moment at how much she's grown and the missionary God has helped her become. PROUD MOM MOMENT I LOVED IT. She's doing amazing.
Last miracle, we started teaching a girl her name is Vanessa and shes 15 and probably the greatest human being on the planet. She is so prepared for the gospel too. We met her taking out her trash and she was wearing a super cute jean jacket so i told her i liked it and then we started talking and she loves the book of mormon and came to church for the first time and loved young womens and esmy was actually her friend at church esmy is equipo hermanas and the best missionary ever. It was amazing when we taught her about the restoration and afterwards this is what she says "I just want to share one last comment. When you guys come, i dont know what it is, but i just feel really good and i feel happier and more positive and i feel that way for a while and then when you leave it stays but by the next day im always back to feeling bad again. i dont know what it is, but im just really grateful for the times you just stop by even because it makes me feel so much better". It is incredible to me how these people learn to recognize the spirit in their lives and how God is helping prepare her to have the spirit and be HAPPY all the time. That's what the gospel is, it is happiness and joy. I love sharing it with the world, or at least my lil world of Renton.
PS CONGRATULATIONS TO ALICIA I WONT SPILL THE NEWS BUT I CAN'T WAIT TO BE AN AUNTIE AGAIN :))))) ALSO THANKS FOR THE PACKAGE MOM AND FOR NOT STOPPING MY BY HOUSE BUT I HOPE YOU LOVED RENTON AS MUCH AS I DO
1 h short and h reed back at it
2 mother daughter pics
3 FAMILY HISTORY IM A GMA :)
4-5 we went to jimmy hendrix's grave last week, did you know hes from renton? its a thing.
6 THE FIRST BIG RAIN STORM HNA WILSON WAS SO HAPPY
7 saludos de Enumclaw
15 months in the mission you'd think I'd know a lot, but every day I realize more and more how much I just don't know. But sometimes, the more we don't know, the more the Lord can take over. Let me share just a few experiences.
This week I had an exchange with the hermanas in Enumclaw. Enumclaw is just as it sounds.... awesome. It reminds me a lot of Manassa, CO. It has one big street of stores and then lots of lil houses and fields and then the farther out you get theres the cows and horses and goats and maybe 1 hispanic in every couple hundred. It's hard to be an hermana down there, but I know there are hermanas because there are people the Lord needs us to find! So that was a focus on the exchange, but ultimately I felt very helpless because I just didn't know what to do to help them a lot find more success. They are doing everything right, but sometimes God needs us to just not know what to do. It was amazing for me to see how the Lord guided us and blessed us with little miracles in ways we normally wouldnt have recognized as miracles but they definitely were.
This week we were led to a couple interesting situations with strong members of other faiths. First, we had a lesson with a girl named Adaly who had met the english elders and said we could come back, but we come back to a meeting with her and her father who is a pastor for an evangelical church who made it very clear we were wasting our time with him. He knows the Bible very well, has been to school, has learned a lot and it was very clear there was a lot that I dont know. We were actually on splits, so it was just me and a member (hermana hoyos - ex misionera and superstar) and I loved how when we were backed into this corner of "who knows more" and him really trying to force his opinion on us, the spirit quietly just whispered to me that it was okay and that all I can really do is tell him what I know by the spirit. Us as missionaries, we don't go to school for 7 years, we don't have a perfect knowledge, but I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that this is the Lord's restored church and that the book of mormon is the word of God, and as I ackowledged how much I dont know, the spirit was able to testify of truth. I'm grateful for how much I don't know, because it allows the Lord to work through me just a little bit more.
We also went to la iglesia adventista this week! Okay let us explain. We are teaching an investigator named Gabriela and she's adventista and invited us to her church to see her baby get presented to God so we decided to go and support her. WOW I learned so much. It really helped us feel what other people feel in other churches because I honestly didn't know, and it really just touched me to see how faithful other people of different religions are too. We all are just trying to follow Jesus Christ and there is truth in every religion. We just gotta find what has the whole truth, and we're all just looking. The pastor there was really nice to us and I think could feel a light from us because he started teaching his sermon in half english because he sees these white girls he obviously doesnt think we're understanding and halfway through he screams at us and says "ARE YOU UNDERSTANDING DIS?" hahaha it scared hermana wilson a bit, but it was interesting to see how much they welcomed us there. So the next day at church we talked to our branch council and talked about what we can do to help visitors have a better experience at church too and it really helped us learn a lot. and then, when we had 2 new investigators at church, wow it was like a whole new branch was welcoming them! Hermano Roderiguez came to church with his son for the first time and they were seriously smiling from ear to ear they were so happy and the branch was so good and made them feel so welcome. Not sure if I've talked about Hermano Roderiguez, his name is joseluis and he's from Honduras and is looking to change his life and come unto Christ and we met him taking his trash out. Just another testimony that God is very aware of His children and is putting us in the right place at the right time to help them with their desires to know God.
Okay I'm kinda rambling but last story, We had a lesson with Lastenia this week and her bf Hugo came too! It was in the house of a recent convert family, los Castaneda. Los castaneda are seriously amazing. Theyre the cutest couple, he is like super buff and scary looking, like youd look at him and never think he was an avid church goer, and she is super gorgeous and has tattoos and just it would be so easy for the world to judge them but they are SO RIGHTEOUS and loving and have the strongest testimony and the lesson we had with them was exactly what Lastenia and Hugo needed because they needed to know that we can be normal people and still put God first. I know the world teaches a whole lot of things, but as we put God first in our lives and the lives of our family, everything always goes better. I know this is the restored church of Jesus Christ's teachings, and the way that we can return and live with our families and with Heavenly Father for eternity. I love being a missionary!! Thanks for reading this far if youre still here!!
1 this is real WA, blackberry bushes EVERYWHERE. FREE SNACKS.
2 describe Enumclaw in a pic
3 found this glove that brings me joy
4 hermana debry and I take on el campo
5 MLC thug pics
6 my mission president crush on pres rasmussen continues
7 las hermanas y presidente de MLC
BUENOS TARDES HERMANOS Y HERMANAS. Another great week in the PNW from your local hermana.
Update on Elva and Guillermo. They are officially back in Honduras, but not before we could have one last lesson with them. After the devotional last week, their hearts were definitely softened, which was a miracle because I was translating this video about the scientific method and atoms and creation and all this crazy science stuff and just praying they understood, but the Spirit was in the meeting and they had a change of heart, so on Tuesday we went back and knew it would be the last time we could see them before they went home and all we wanted was to feel the spirit so strong so that they would be motivated to find the church again in Honduras. So we watched the restoration movie, and it was incredibly to see how the truth just clicked in their mind as they watched. Afterwards Elva turns to us and with tears rolling down her face she says "we've been confused. but this is the reality". She just kept repeating it "Esta es la realidad. esta es la realidad". The spirit was practically tangible and we helped them find the nearest capilla in Honduras, its about 4 miles away, but we're sending the missionaries there and theyre going to go. Honduranian addresses are a little rough, part of the address includes "behind the futbol field" but I know missionaries are going to find them again. It has been a tender mercy to be able to work with them and see how the spirit can seriously change things 180 degrees.
As for the title, this is a quote from a nice man named Henry. Backstory, every first Saturday of the transfer we have whats called festival of finding and we go out finding alllll day. I'm always praying and looking and thinking about new ways to find people to teach, and the idea kept coming to me to go bus contacting. we practically never use the bus here because 1 we have cars and 2 people are crazy and fights break out, but i keep reading stories of other missionaries who do it and i kept thinking that we gotta try it. So the day before finding day we were fasting because our area really needs some miracles and I was fasting to be bold enough to teach people on the bus and be confident and help people change their lives and come unto Christ. So Friday we were walking to an appointment and we meet henry. henry is like 80 and is an ex history teacher and loooooves to talk. We tried to teach him the restoration, and he was pretty anti, but somehow i committed him to read the book of mormon. #exito and then we have to kinda cut him off because we had an appointment and he was like okay okay so i shake his hand and Henry grabs my hand and pulls me in close and stares me in the eye and says "you are a very bold woman" in like a half whisper hahahahahahahaahhaahah So i just said "thanks henry" and try not to pee myself laughing. but it was lowkey an answer to prayer because if Henry thinks im bold i can be bold on a bus. SO we went bus contacting and it was AMAZING. First we got on the bus and there was nobody else but us and this other companionship of sisters. But dont you fret, that baby filled up fast and we spread out and taught the restoration probably liek 15 times in two hours on the bus. Tender mercy was the first two families that sat next to me were hispanic and we taught restoration and got return appointments. Theyre suuuuper prepared. Long story short, we got lost in south seattle for a while but figured out the bus system and were walking around downtown renton for a while, but a member saw us walking and drove us to womens conference that afternoon. MILAGROS. It was a great experience, and we were straight exhausted, but it felt good to know those people we met were prepared by the Lord to ride the bus that day and He guided us there.
Last peice of boldness: we had a dinner appointment with a member and she had cut up some peppers and tomatoes as like an appetizer and i see this orange pepper and thought it was a bell pepper... so i pop it in my mouth and eat it, turns out this is a "chile manzana" also known as a jabenero pepper also known as only less hot than like a ghost pepper. It was the first time in my life it literally hurt me to eat something. Ive eaten some spicy things that are like hot, but this pepper caused literal pain in my mouth and i had to be drinking water or it would hurt hahahah this pepper has freaking black seeds!! but i have lived to tell the tale. I feel like a very bold woman.
I know this church is true! I know Joseph Smith really saw God the Father and jesus christ and because he did we have the restored church, with all the teachings and authority and doctrine of Christ's original church, and that has changed everything. I know that God is preparing people in our paths to recieve the gospel. I know Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God, and will be speaking to us here in 6 days! Everyone watch conference and be prepared to recieve divine guidance from the all knowing and loving Heavenly Father that we have.
Hermana Reed IV
Ps this is what my mission president said when i told him about the quinoa miracle
That is a wonderful story. I am going to call it the miracle of the quinoa. I am sure that Hermano y Hermana Aguilar will be blessed for your diligence, and for your unplanned fast.
(Quinoa Miracle Story found HERE: http://hermanareed.weebly.com/home/come-ye-children-of-the-lord)
Pss. One more story. to follow up on the quinoa miracle This week we were able to go back with our new branch president and his wife and they clicked so well. I have been reading in the New Testament and I read in Genesis 24 about the servant of Abraham and it taught me a lesson on finding. Basically, he prays for the specific event of finding the wife for Issaac and when the event happens, he thanks the Lord for the miracle. But then when he goes back to 'teach' he shares the miracle of how God answered his prayer and led him to Rebekah and it caused the parents of Rebekah to soften their hearts and let him take their daughter. So it taught me that as we tell the people the miracle it was to find them, it will soften their hearts. I testified of the miracle it was to find karen and how I was sick but God had known her need and placed us in her path and she was touched so powerfully and the spirit was so strong. She then told us this story, she said that ever since her grandmother died that shes been super scared shes going to like find her body in her house so she was scared to like go in the bathroom because her body would be there or look in the mirror and everytime her husband (novio) would come out of the bathroom she got so scared and cried. But then the night we met her she had gone out walking to just clear her head and she was talking with her mom in honduras and was saying like "i just need peace" and then shows up the hermanas!! she said i felt peace and then you talked to me. i know God sent you here. I was just thanking God so much that 1 he made me sick because if i hadnt have been sick we wouldnt have been there at that time and 2 that He knows His children so well and is allowing us to be a tool to bless their lives. They weren't able to come to church this week because they had prior engagements, but she wants to know the truth and understands that baptism is an important step but is willing to do whatever it takes to know what the truth it. It has been a serious tender mercy.
1 love for hermana jeronimo that makes us breakfast
2 post bus adventure we <3 Renton
3 Nefi made me an oragami yoda
4 adios a mi amada familia
OKAY SOOOO LETS TALK ABOUT GENERAL CONFERENCE AM I RIGHT??? Before my mission, I loved General conference but the mission makes it so much better because the whole time I'm just thinking of the people I know I want to show these talks to and it's amazing how the apostles and prophets acknowledged every need that I have and every road block my investigators are facing and our branch and our mission and wow the propehts and apostles are CALLED OF GOD I KNOW IT. For those who weren't able to watch any of conference, here's the link go watch a talk right now: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/?lang=eng
This week we saw a lot of tender mercies and miracles. classic life as a child of God he's EVERYWHERE in our lives. I'm not sure how much I've written about Mabel, but she is an investigator of ours from honduras, she just moved here with her novio and her two year old naomi from Texas. Her novio is a member but she isn't so we've been working a lot with her, but they've struggled finding work and finding a house and have bounced around living with some members and shes also 8 months pregnant not sure if i mentioned that but she has such a strong faith and it has been amazing to work with her and teach her and see how much she trusts in God to make things work. This week, they finally found an apartment, in tacoma ): so we wont be able to work with them anymore but the missionaries there will. But the relief society threw her a baby shower and I'm telling you family I have never seen someone so beaming. Her family has literally nothing, no money and nothing for this new baby and the relief society went all out and mabel kept saying that she doesnt even know what a baby shower is and she doesnt know what to expect and she was just in tears when she showed up. It was a blessing to be able to love and serve her so much and she will be baptized soon over in Tacoma :)
We met and taught a lot of new people this week which was awesome but one lesson stuck out in particular, with a new family and right before we started the lesson their friends came in so all of a sudden we are teaching a room full of like 8 adults and theyre all listening to us teach in spanish whoo lil stressful but so good. and we taught them about the restoration of the gospel of jesus christ. it was really poweful and as we shared the first vision of the prophet joseph smith and explained how Jesus Christ told joseph not to join any of the churches I felt the impression to just pause for a second. Normally I dont pause there, but i did and it was silent in the room and then all at once like all of them leaned forward and said "pero porque?!?!?!" It was the coolest visualization of real intent I've ever seen. All of them, just dying to know why none of the churches in that time were the church of Jesus Christ. I love my role as a missionary because I can help people just be able to find more truth in a world that is super confusing and help them know that their heavenly father wants them to know truth too.
Lastly, I want to add my testimony to those of the prophets and apostles this weekend that testified of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has seriously changed my life. All growing up I was pretty spotty on reading it, more focused on basketball and homework and sleeping, but when I got to college and seriously read the Book of Mormon for the first time it's when everything changed for me. i felt the desire to be a better person, to put God first in my life, and for that reason I'm here on a mission. The Book of Mormon is the word of God, it's how we can have true happiness in this life and in the world to come, and as we read it every day we will see miracles in our lives. Our test scores will increase. Our stress levels will decrease. The atmosphere in our homes will be happier. We will be more confident in ourselves. We will be able to face trials with ease. We will be HAPPY. Follow the prophets advice and read the Book of Mormon EVERY DAY. IT WILL CHANGE YOU, IT CHANGED ME. As Christ's representative I say to you, please do whatever it takes to put Christ as the center of your life.
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1 selfies w/ fabiola siguen
2 baby shower de mabel :)
3 mid conference convivio con la rama y las hermanas de ingles
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.