HOLA HOLA. espero que me recordaran cuando estuvieron teniendo una fiesta sin su hermanita favorita. TODAVIA ESTOY AQUI NO ME OLVIDEN. pero espero que de verdad tuvieran una buena semana juntas. los quiero mucho.
Okay I know youre all dyyyyyying to know what life is like with my hijita. Dani and Dee I'm feeling what its like to me a mom for the second time. i think it's a little easier the second time but all the flashbacks are real. My comp is Hermana Wilson from Utah and she's seriously so cute hahaha I don't really know how to describe her except by saying she's so cute. She went to el ccm en Mexcio like I did and she actually had the same maestras that hermana short did, wow they really are sisters and both my babies. speaking of babies, SO GLAD WE'RE OPENLY TALKING ABOUT ALICIAS BABY NOW! FELICATACIONES ALICIA! Thanks for being kind and waiting til' I get home to actually have the child ;)
When I first got the call to be a trainer again I'll be real I was kinda nervous because training can be difficult, but I was excited because training brings miracles and that's excatly what we saw this week!! Here's just a few.
Okay everyone remember the mexican party I crashed last week? SO GLAD I DID THAT. Because on Wednesday we had a return apointment with Antonio Barreras who was one of the guys we met at that party. This man is incredibly prepared for the restored gospel. We taught him all about Christ and His ministry and we invited him to follow Jesus Christ by being baptized and he said yes and accepted a baptismal date right there in the first meeting. My favorite line was when he asked us "so you can't come in unless theres another female?" and we said yes and he said "wow. that's really respectful. Theres not a lot of women who respect themselves like that these days. you girls are different". Wow I love the gospel. So we invited him to come on Friday to the church for a church tour because we also have Bible class on Friday nights so there would be members there and we could show him around but then Friday comes around and nobody comes to the bible class.. the only member there was Hermana Jeronimo, the relief society president, and literally nobody else. The bad part of that is that we can't bring investigators into the church unless we have a priesthood holder there, so Antonio shows up a lil' late (hispanic standard time) and we can't even show him around. So we bring some chairs out and have a lesson outside and we are teaching about the book of mormon and hermana wilson asks in some broken adorable spanish "que piensa que Dios quiere para usted?" and antonio responds "creo que solo me esta preguntando lo que quiero. y donde quiero estar" so i chime in and say "y hermano barreras, que es lo que quiere?" and he says "felicidad" and I say "y donde piensa que puede encontrarla?" and he says "en la casa del Senor" .. .. .. "Hermano y donde estamos?" "en la casa del Senor. Puedo sentirlo, aun afuera" It was probably one of the most powerful lessons I've had on my mission, just looking at the church not even inside it you can feel that its the right place to be and that the spirit of the Lord is there. HE IS SO AWESOME AND SO READY. PRAY FOR HIM PLEASE!!!
miracle 2: every first saturday in the transfer we have something called finding day where the whole mission goes out finding for the whole day and its basically my favorite day every 6 weeks. Sister Arnold and I decided that we wanted to base our finding with the sisters in Renton off of Alma 52 I think it is where the army of helaman is leading away the lamanites but theres the army of nephites behind the lamanites and they wake up one morning and can't see the lamanites anymore and so helaman asks his army "are we going to go back?" and the fearless stripling warriors trust in the Lord and go back to help their fellow soldiers and win the battle because they were all together. So it inspired us to trust in the Lord, turn back, and go to war together. We bombed an area at a time, all 6 of us and it just felt so powerful to all be there and to pray and then split off and see miracles and come back and have referrals for the sisters there and to know we overcame the world we overcame the battle and we helped people come unto Christ. It was a great finding day. In one situation I was with a new sister, sister Morris, and we were knocking this neighborhood and we were talking to this lady and she was awesome and we taught her and then on the way out we asked do you know anyone who speaks spanish around here? and she just laughs and says "the farm". umm what okay what and she tells us theres this farm that always has mariachi bands. as we walk away I just say to sister morris "sister. we're going to the farm" and she says "we're going to the farm" so we go to the farm and we meet Omar who is like in rodeos and he shows us all his horses and we teach him the restoration in front of his horses who i also think would've accepted the baptismal invitation ahaha but omar was so awesome and wanted to come to church so bad but he couldnt that sunday but he will soon because we're teaching him now. I LOVE MIRACLES.
okay i realize this letter is now really long but last quick things. Thursday we took Esmy to the temple because the young women had a temple trip and she freaking loved it and promised we would go in together someday I LOVE HER SO MUCH. Then on thursday morning we had a new missionary training and once again blessings for having a baby because guess who came to talk to us? LINDA K BURTON THATS WHO. For those who don't know who Linda K Burton she is the now ex relief society general president of the church and she's probably the most incredible woman of all time next to marita of course. She talked to us about the power of our callings and just loved us so much and encouraged us to keep going for the rest of our missions and for the rest of our lives. I extend to you all the same invitation! Keep going. for now and for forever and don't forget who it was that got you here. I love you all so much!
hermana reed IV
1-3 EL TEMPLO
4 this is me with Hermana Hoyos who I found out served in the same mission as dad in peru!!!!!!!!
5 weekly tongue selfie with Fabiola
6 trio life was gold last weekend
7 ps we got a new car again #blessings 2017 corolla
hellllllllo friends && family to the weirdest week of my mission!!!! so much happened and then im here at the computer and can't remember anything. Forgive me for my jumbleness. First of all can I just say how much i love being a missionary? Its so weird how okay it is for me to just always be with another person and just talk to strangers all the time. I'm so grateful for the strength i recieve from my Heavenly Father because i never thought I would be in this situation, nonetheless be so immensely happy about it. la obra sigue adelante.
So first off this last week we found out we were moving apartments, we were stoked because our apartment is in a pretty sketchy part of town behind a fred meyer and next to some traintracks where all the homeless people live so we were excited to move, until they told us it was in the same apartment complex just a smaller apartment hahaha but its okay because it didn't take AS long to move things and now theres less to clean! Blessings. moving took a solid day, I realized i've never actually moved everything from a house, so to all my siblings that thought i was getting out of helping the parents move i paid my dues. But now we're in our new lil apartment and we can keep doing the work!
On friday we had a really cool experience in MLC. As leadership we try our best to help the missionaries reach the highest potential they can reach, and its hard being a missionary and doing all the things we need to and finding success in the midst of a lot of rejection but I've learned a lot about the power of goals. The first presidency has encouraged us to set transfer or monthly goals to help us stretch and reach our potential. we wanted to set a goal for the mission on baptisms this transfer that would push us to be closer to what we should be reaching, because quite honestly we should be baptizing a whole lot more but we have a lot of difficulties in the mission. It was humbling to kneel down as a leadership council and pray to the Lord on what His plan is for our mission, what we can do to help them, and how many people He has prepared in our mission to enter the waters of baptism this transfer. It was incredible as all of us came to the same number. I know that the Lord is in the details, He knows exactly who is ready to join His church, and He will guide our mission to them this transfer. I am so pumped!
This was also Hermana Baird's last week in the field and we worked as hard as we could when we were together, but with MLC and her departing temple trip and interview and devotional we were hardly together, but we did see some crazy miracles. On tuesday night we were with a member, the relief society president, and we had a lesson fall through and our relief society president was kinda down, going through some hard stuff, so we asked if she wanted to go knocking with us and she said yes! We started knocking around in the apartment complex and nobody was answering really and I knew that God was going to provide a miracle to increase the faith of this member. we stood still and asked ourselves if we were in the right place. we then heard this really loud music coming from an apartment, and we realized it was some spanish rap hahaah so we went and knocked on this door and wendy from guatemala answers, She said her baby falls asleep to that music and her baby was passed out in her lil crib. Our member gets so excited and starts sharing the gospel and talking about random things and we were almost scared that this lady was going to get scared off but no, she invites us in to learn more. We taught her and invited her to be baptized and she accepted a date for later in september. God provides moments of faith to build His saints. Wendy came to our bible class on Friday too and loved it. god is so good. another miracle: two nights ago i was with two english sisters while hermana baird was in her exit devotional and we walk past this giant mexican family party and we waved and they were like 'the mormons! " So i was like eh lets talk to them and the sisters were like WHAT but i just had no fear but we ended up teaching this like 45 person party of drunk mexicans but they totally loved it and we got a return appointment. SO GOOD.
I could go on for hours about the ways I see the hand of the Lord in everything I do everyday. i know He is aware of all of His children, and He sends us to their need when they are ready to accept this message of joy and hope. He also knows, that this area is in need of a greenie fire missionary. That's right folks, ITS A GIRL. HERMANA REED IS TRAINING ONCE MORE. Pray for me and my new baby! I love you all and I love this work!!!
okay lots of pics
1 zone kick ball. this is the chines symbol thing they do for love hahaha
2 district pics
3-4 this is mostly for Dani to show what i do for excercise every morning... i love WA
5 me post move.... RIP
6 this was when me and hermana baird invited ourselves over for dinner at the rasmussens and we had date night... this was the best day of my whole mission
7 MLC thug pic feat. Pres Ras money
8 we made these shirts
9 weekly fabiola selfie
10 notice the current temp
11-12 final goodbyes with hna baird )':
13 la familia espinoza en la iglesia
14 mi amiga Jocelyn y su perritito ahhh
HOLA HOLA COMO ESTAN?!
can it really be that I've been a missionary for Jesus Christ for a whole YEAR? Dreams do come true. I'm serious, being a missionary is a DREAM. I love it. Even though this week was pretty crazy. I refuse to say it was hard, because missions aren't hard, but it was a whole lot of learning this week. It started out pretty great because we finally went to King Donut's Teryaki and laundry and it was the best experience of my life. 10/10 would go back again for their curry. If anyones in Seattle go check it out!
I don't have a lot of time because I had a surprise visit at the library today from Sister herlin (english missionary we lived with my first transfer) but this week we learned a whole lot more about Lastenia's situation with her boyfriend and it is just so heartbreaking to see people who's lives are filled with pain but I know that God has directed us to them to help all of them come unto Christ and learn of Him to be ultimately so much happier in their lives. Esmy, her sister, went to girls camp this week and SERIOUSLY LOVED IT. Man I miss girls camp, but even not knowing English perfectly she said it was the funnest thing she's ever done!
This week we did everything physically and humanly possible to help our investigators come to church and I had so much faith I felt like so many people were going to come because they all committed to and church comes around and youre waiting at the door and nobody comes and it just seriously breaks your heart a little because we need church! We need to show our Savior that we are grateful for the sacrifice He made. We need that power every week. Its interesting to look at me as a missionary and feel like I'm working the best I have ever and still we see not many results, but I am going to keep working harder than ever because I know, I have known for a long time, that I was going to be serving here because I know there are people I need to help here. Back when I was in Graham I knew I was going to serve in Renton, i don't know why but I felt it back then and I know that there are people here waiting for me. This week is going to be crazy as Hermana Baird's last week but I'm ready to work her harder than ever! I know God lives and Jesus is the Christ and this is His restored Church. I'm so grateful to be His representative. I love you all!
Hermana Reed IV
1 Sister Herlin is back with her FIANCE EW
2 sister herlin 5 ever
3 king donts teryaki and laundary hahahahah
4 Pollo con Tojadas de Honduras
5 Fabiola is getting better at doing my hair #gemelas
y hermana jeronimo the best missionary in the world
I could probably title every week the same thing. Milagros are everywhere. I know that this work is driven by the hand of the Lord because everything about this week is incredible.
We had interviews with our mission president this week and let me just say President Rasmussen is such an amazing man!!! It is so cool to have someone who is called of God to recieve revelation and guide me specifically as a missionary. He gave me a lot of council and advice and I just admire the man so much. He encouraged me to start a journal the way president eyering does of ways I felt the spirit guide me that day and it is so cool to look back on my days at night and realize what things the spirit told me to say, what doors the spirit told me to knock, and what commitments the spirit told me to extend. This is so not me doing any of this.
This past week I have learned so much about missionary work and about my Savior and really my purpose as a missionary. For those who dont know, missionaries are in charge of the spiritual welfare. We are literally here to help people come unto Christ in any and all ways, especially those who haven't yet done so. There is a return missionary that moved into the branch this summer who was AP in the Florida, Fort Lauderdale mission and has taught us so many ways to help people understand that Jesus Christ literally atoned for YOU and that in choosing to follow Him and be baptized He can relieve us of all our burdens. THAT'S what people are missing! It has been so cool. We've been implementing something we call a harvest prayer. basically we knock doors and they open and we introduce ourselves as representatives of Jesus Christ and testify of how the spirit has led them to their door and then we ask if we can leave a blessing on their home. So then they let us in and we ask them what they want us to include in our prayers (discern needs) and pray and then testify of how the atonement can help them and that they can follow jesus christ and recieve the help they need through baptism. One cool experience this week was when we were knocking doors and we met a lady and we did just this. We then find out that she had been taught by missionaries in the past 2 years ago when her family came into town from Mexico. her family had also learned from the missionaries but returned to Mexico. These same family members are coming into town again this next Tuesday. It was incredibly divine and she accepeted to be baptized! Just a testimony that theres no way I could just happen to knock on her door. This is God's work.
Other cool story: on Sunday night my companion and I were just motivated out of our minds to find people prepared to be baptized. We went to contact a potential investigator and she wasn't home but we felt like we were supposed to be there so we kept knocking and nobody was home/interested. We stopped there on the sidewalk and asked each other, does God want us to be here? I felt a strong yes, but not where we were building wise. So we said another prayer, right there, on the sidewalk, and asked to know where to go. Both hermana baird and I felt guided to the second floor of the building behind us, when we went up the stairs there was a mormon.org card on the ground. OKAY SO LIKE WHAT. yeah so we knocked and the english missionaries had talked to him before. He was from the Phillipines and his dad died a year ago and he was suffering from PTSD from being in Iraq for 3 tours. It was amazing to feel the spirit just there on his doorstep as we testified of how Christ is better than any doctor and better than any medicine and is the only one who can truly heal us. He as well expressed the desire to follow Christ through baptism.
Other major news, everyone remember Petra my bff back in Federal Way who had to postpone her baptism because her boyfriend Vicente couldn't find a place to live? well get this, HE GOT BAPTIZED THIS PAST WEEKEND. From the second it happened I knew that Petra had to postpone her date for him. it was all for him. God knows everything, he knows everyone and he did it for him. Crazy story getting to his baptism though, we drove with an investigator: hugo the boyfriend of Lastenia. You could say he's a bit of an excessive driver. He also drives like a mustang convertable or something... Let's just say there was some serious angel protection because I dont know how we didn't die hahaha but hey they all came to the baptism with us and it was awesome!
Last but not least, we got the joy of seeing the lovely hermana huhem again as she came back to visit the mission. She impacted my mission so much, and meeting her family and seeing her again just makes me realize how happy I am to be here and to be a missionary. Don't be surprised if I never come home. I love this work and I love Jesus Christ and I know that it is only by following him through baptism that we can be lifted of our burdens and find eternal joy.
Hermana Reed IV
ps throwback to a year ago when I was leaving for my mission... where has time gone??
1 HERMANA HUHEM NEVER DIES
2 this is a nice pic that hermana short captured of me cleaning her shoe with a leaf after she stepped in dog poop. just missionary things
3 hairdues by Fabiola
4 hermana short and reed back at it for exchanges
5 mid convertible car ride (it took me 20 min to brush my hair after)
6 FELICITACIONES A VICENTE Y PETRA :)
7-8 all you need to know about what Renton is like
Hermana Fallyn Reed
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Federal Way, Washington Mission. July 2016 - January 2018.