okay this week, WOW. We have been so busy. We had a lot of meetings and a lot of things are changing in the mission, definitely for the better! We are seeing so much revelation and our ability as missionaries to discern the needs of our area and our investigators and we feel so much trust from the leaders of the church and its really changing lives!!! This week we had our first ever all spanish missionaries training, so all like 20 of us came and had a conference and it was awesome because branches really are so different than wards so we were able to talk about problems and find ways to fix them that we just cant quite do with our regular district or zone leaders and we also talked a lot of how to work better with our culture even being here in the united states. What a life right who am I. But it was so fun seeing all the misioneras together :)
Fun story of the week: so our branch was doing a dance for the relief society birthday activity that the stake was doing and they needed more people so somehow they roped the missionaries into being a part of this dance... Now i thought i was signing up for a cool culture dance with big dresses and flowers and culture but we were quite surprised.. pictures attached, but i PROMISE i am a SPANISH missionary!!!!! hahaha I wish I could show you all the video... it was A SMASHING GOOD TIME. And everyone said the missionaries did a killer job because we just had no idea what we were doing we just had fun with it. Our investigators saw us as real people too! (who'd a thunk we're actually normal?)
As for the work this week: it keeps a rollin. laticia talked to her pareja about getting married but he really just doesnt want to. Kinda heartbreaking especially for her, but we are hoping and praying and doing all we can to make sure they still have that spirit so soon they can get married and baptized and start recieving all the blessings god wants to give them. We taught them about temples and eternal families this week and monae, the younger daughter, she says "is there chips in there? Because I'm not gonna be happy if I dont have chips". We had to explain its a bit of a different 'happily ever after' than disneyland... but point is theyre stoked for it someday! Hermana Short is doing so well and adjusting and getting more confident and learning more spanish which is great because my voice is really struggling but good thing God is helping us out. Sometimes the work is hard and people cancel and people say mean things to us but I dont know how I still always hit the pillow smiling. Exhausted, and smiling. I love the mission.
ps we went to the beach today... your local hermana reed is as awkward as ever. LOVE YOU ALL. CONGRATS ON THE NEW HOUSE MOM AND DAD CANT WAIT TO SEE IT IN 10 MONTHS!
Hermana Reed IV
History tends to repeat itself, so I've been told. And this week we had a SWEET view of some history.
This week we had another round of exchanges. STL is different for spanish so me and the other STL cover all of the hermanas for the whole mission but we aren't companions so I'm like solo STL and its a lil' rough because I dont know what i'm doing and i'm still a baby missionary so i fail a lot. ANYWAYS we were supposed to have an exchange this week and I was going to go with one of the companions of the other STL (shes in a trio) but like I recieved probably one of the most strongest spiritual impressions i've had in a while that my comp needed to go with hermana huhem. So we changed up everything last minute and hermana huhem and hermana short stayed in federal way meaning i went back to GRAHAM. AKA MY HOME. With hermana souza AKA MY MOM and hermana mcgarity MY AUNT OR SOMETHING. It was so weird being back and it taught me so much about who i am and how i've changed and what i've learned. It was so great seeing some old investigators and my old apartment and wow so many feels. But it was a great exchange!!
This week we continued to teach the Fuentes family and they are progressing towards their baptism but we have found out that laticia, the mom, isn't married! So if all things go well we will be having a wedding this week (weddings, I love weddings! This quote applies even more as a missionary). Then she will be able to be baptized with her daughters next week. PRAYERS FOR THIS FAMILY CAUSE I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH. We also made prayer rocks with them to help them remember to pray and they wrote "I love hna reed and hna short" on the backs and wow tears.
MIRACLE OF THE WEEK: Hermana Short and I had a goal this week to talk to literally everyone like even the people halfway down the street driving away in their car EVERYONE. We knew God was going to provide miracles. It started when we were trying to contact this potential investigator and she wasn't home so we were walking back to our car and we talked to this guy on the street, then we talked to another guy on the street and he was definitely needing the missionaries that day, then we saw our potential come home!!!! So we finished talking to that guy and went and knocked on her door and she didn't answer us... but we were just thinking "it's okay we still needed to talk to that other guy". Then we went to the apartments next to those apartments to contact an old investigator and we knocked on this guys window in his car who was getting ready to leave and surprise he spoke spanish!!! So we had a great conversation with him and he said we could come back and told us of another apartment where there were spanish speakers-WHAT MIRACLE. Then we tried to contact our old investigator but she wasn't there so we started walking back to our car and we run into this guy, Rafael. He had never talked to missionaries before but was so excited to talk to us and he shared how he wanted to change his life and how he didn't like what was happening in his life right now. He said he knows he has sins, and his biggest is he loves to drink but that he wants to change and he doesn't know how to change but wants to find God. He then said he would be more comfortable meeting in a church and he wants to meet some other members first so he could be more comfortable at church. Then we found out HE WAS THE ONE WHO LIVED IN THE APARTMENT THE MAN IN THE CAR TOLD US ABOUT. If we would have been 5 min earlier, Rafael wouldn't have been home yet. If we would have been 5 min later, he would have been in the shower getting ready to go to his brothers house and wouldn't have talked with us. It all happened because we talked to everyone who was even within sight and I know it was such a miracle and God blessing us for talking with EVERYONE. The church is true!! hAVE A GREAT WEEK MY LOVES.
Hermana Reed IV
1 PRAYER ROCKS
2 FW zone training
3 sisters selfie
4 hna mcgarity
5 update hermana souza still doesnt like pics
Hola mi familia y amistades!
The work just keeps pushing forward here in the good ol' Fed Way, and by keep pushing forward I mean it has changed SO MUCH FOR ME. Throughout the mission I feel like I've been progressing solidly more and more and it's been hard but manageable. This week the learning curve just changed the game and I feel like those video game characters that like run into walls and then they like stand up and smile again but then they just keep running into the wall. Accurate.
This week I held my first exchange with the hermanas in Kent. Sister Training leader is a little different in the states because they have the regular STLs and then we have spanish STLs so I am just over the hermanas and my companion spanish STL is in a different companionship. It's hermana huhem and she's actually in graham with hermana souza and hermana mcgarity! Which means I get to go on exchanges with Hermana Souza and Hermana Mcgarity as well! SCORE I GET TO GO BACK TO GRAHAM. I am so excited and I've missed hermana souza loads!!!! That should be fun. Anyways so we did an exchange with Kent but it was my first exchange and I was kinda stressed and mostly didn't know what I was doing so we forgot to tell them to make sure they switched phones and then after we switched companions and started driving away we realized that me and hermana livingston had both phones... not good news. We had to drive all the way back to Kent and try and find the hermanas which didn't work because hermana livingston was also brand new to the area and didn't know where she lived. So half of the exchange was us driving around in Kent but it's okay because we found them and were able to come back and still have a good rest of the exchange :) Maybe someday I'll get better at those, I hope God forgives me. This week we also had MLC, talk about a change of learning curve... all such great missionaries there I was overwhelmed. we had two members of the missionary department come and teach us! Brother King and Brother Gonzalez, IT WAS AMAZING. I was spiritually chastized so much and I just realized I have so much to do in my life and in my mission to do better. Brother King works for the missionary department in their like communications committee and he was in charge of the light the world campaign and he also showed us the videos for the churches easter campaign, we were the first people to see the OFFICIAL video! It will be launched May 31before general conference. Get excited people, it is so good and Jesus Christ is the most AMAZING HUMAN BEING. #PrinceofPeace
We have seen so much progress in the work this week. Laticia, Destiny, and Monae Fuentes are all progressing so much! This was their 3rd week at church in a row and every week they just get so excited and so happy for church. They know how much it blesses their lives, especially with all these hard things going on for them. WE taught them Word of Wisdom and Laticia literally went into her kitchen and brought out all her tea and asked "which of these can I drink and which do I need to throw away?" WOW I COULDVE CRIED. She is so prepared and just so willing to change her life to come closer to the Savior. I love the power that His atonement has. Their date is tentatively for Marzo 25. Lots of prayers that they can continue to progress for that day :) We also started teaching another family, Tony, David, and su esposa. We set an appointment with them and then earlier that day Tony texted us and said "we are making you dinner for the appointment tonight do you like tortas?" and we were like Tony don't worry you dont have to make us food! He said "too late, already bought the stuff". more or less translated as such. BUT THE TORTAS WERE SO GOOD. And they all want to be baptized!! Tortas and Baptisms, does it get much better than that?
I love my Savior and I love the chance I have to share his beautiful and glorious message with the world here in Federal Way! Estoy agredicida que tambien puedo predicar su Evanglio en espanol y trabajar con estas personas que son tan marivillosas. Que Dios los bendiga esta semana!
Hermana Reed IV
1 comps with hermana huhem for a day METAS CUMPLIDAS
2 HEY THERE FED WEEZY
3 photo fail tag check
4 MISIONERAS PARA SIEMPRE
BUENOS DIAS BUENOS DIAS YES I AM STILL ALIVE
I know we all thought I wouldn't make it, but I've made it past the child crying all night and not sleeping phase and Hermana Short is eating solids now!!! Such a proud mom :)
My new greenie comp is Hermana Short! She is actually so awesome and basically a better missionary than I am, BLESSINGS. She is from Sandy, Utah (real creative hermana). Just kidding utah is the best. She went to mexico for the MTC and is basically at least 10 shades darker than me. I promised her WA will fix that real fast :) She is such a blessing to me and I think she is actually training me... which is good looks like I need it. We have had such a great week of miracles and rain and we found out our apartment complex has a GYM WHAT THE MIRACLES I KNOW.
Fun fact of the week is that as many of you know I'm kinda a talker, and with last weeks companion jumble with lots of lessons where my companions didn't know spanish I've had to be a talker.. and so Sunday night I started losing my voice. This whole week it has been gone and to say I sound like a toad is an understatement. I have to scream to be able to have the people on the streets hear me and even then my voice is cracking and being all gross the whole time. hermana Short has still not heard what my actual voice sounds like, but someday I think I will convince her that I actually am a girl. Through all of that, it has still worked out and we've seen so many miracles and lessons LLENA DEL ESPIRITU. We are teaching a family, los fuentes, that are progressing so much. Last week they got evicted from their house, but they came to church last sunday and then were able to get back into their house for a few more weeks! It was so awesome as she told us that she knows God is blessing her because they are going to church. They came again this week and are loving it and loving feeling the spirit. They also came to our branch activity this last Saturday and we were able to show them the baptisimal font and talk to them about what their baptism will be like and the spirit was so strong. I know God has helped us to find them and has been working with them to know that this is the step they need to take in life. I am so blessed to be able to work with them! We also had another festival of finding this week where we all switched up companionships and went finding for all of Saturday. My comp was teaching all by herself in spanish and wow I'm just such a proud mom :) The attached pictures of me and Hermana Short describe our relationship pretty well and I promise we do do missionary work too ;)
I love this gospel!! I love being a missionary and sharing the message of joy with the world. I know God loves us and that Jesus Christ is there to lift us through our trials no matter what. I love being a trainer and I love being with my companion as she eats pasole for the first time and talks to strangers and it's just such a blessing to be on the Lord's errand. Have a blessed week my loved ones.
Hermana Reed IV
1 two of the 11 comps from last week :)
2 Monae's drawing of me I guess my hair is lookin real good these days
3/4 IM A MOM
5 this was a nice photo outside this nice russian ladys house and im moving to ukraine because it makes me happy
FW district transfer 1 feat woodland we're so WA it hurts
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.