Monday, November 24, 2014

"Soy yo, Señor?"

¨Is it me, Lord?¨ 

We had a lesson in Relief Society (the class for women in the Church) this week about when the Savior told His apostles that one of them was going to betray Him. They didn't look around, saying, "Well, I bet it´s Peter, he didn't have enough faith to walk on the water that one time," or, "It's definitely Thomas, he doubts too much." They were humble, and they knew that they had weaknesses. I think it's so important to be humble, because without it, we can't be instruments for the Lord. Can you imagine if we went to use a shovel and it told us, "Nope, I can dig that hole myself"? I think that;s what it's like for Heavenly Father, when we aren't humble and accept that we need Him to make us better than we are. 

This week was great, as usual. Jesus, the investigator from last week, is still going strong. He's super faithful and wants to learn all he can. And then there´s Isabel, who absolutely LOVES the Church and the lessons that we teach. It's always a relief to talk to people who are really interested in our message.

I don´t have much to report today, so I´m going to send pictures!

Love you all,

Hermana Jones

Cool Spain sun :)

On our way to a conference with Elder Kearon, a member of the 70. H. Adrian, me, H. Daines and H. Rodriguez

Monday, November 10, 2014

Zebra Path

This week´s title isn´t a quote but I thought it was cool: in Spanish, crosswalk translates to zebra path (or at least, in the Dominican Republic)! Isn´t that awesome?

Well, it was a hard week. Monday, preparation day, was great as always, and we met these amazingly prepared people. But then on Tuesday and Wednesday, we were just stuck. We didn´t have very many lessons, and we walked around Torre Pacheco the entire day, looking for people to talk to and teach. All of our appointments fell through, or weren´t there, or something else happened. And to top it all off, it was FREEZING. It was 16 degrees Celsius! I don´t know what that is in Fahrenheit, but as a comparison, it is usually 30 degrees or higher here. So we left our apartment in our normal summer clothes, with a sweater cuz there were a few clouds. But out in the Pueblos, in the desert/plain area of Spain, there´s no cover from the wind, and we were SO cold. When we finally got back to Cartagena in the night (we have to take a train to the pueblos, and it isn´t very long, but the schedule´s weird, so we usually just stay there), we ran to the apartment to get winter coats before we went back out.

The same thing happened on Wednesday, and we were prepared with all of our winter gear, but honestly, I think it was even colder. Ack. And still few appointments...I think the cold scared everyone into their house haha. I kept apologizing to Hermana Adrian for how miserable it was, but she was doing great! She was smiling and laughing the whole time, even when we had visited every single back up plan and nobody answered. 

Then the rest of the week was just AWESOME. Honestly, I think we just had to go through a rough patch to be able to appreciate how amazing God is and how He guides His work. We had some amazing lessons, and I just loved seeing how the gospel affects people´s lives. And as servants of God, He isn´t going to waste our work. I have such a strong testimony that we are led to people who need us, who need to know that God loves them. Missionary work is the best!
I miss and love you all! Have an awesome week.
Hermana Jones

Monday, November 3, 2014

"This Book of Mormon will save a life..."

"...You cannot leave it sitting in your house." This is a quote from my Stake president here when he handed out a Book of Mormon in Church yesterday.

Well! I have a new companion! Her name´s Hermana Adrian, and she´s from the Dominican Republic. I LOVE her accent, and she speaks english really well. Missionaries who don´t speak english as a first language have to learn it on their missions, so we´re working on speaking english in the appartment, and spanish outside (cuz I definitely need to work on my spanish as well hahaha). We´re doing really well together...she´s super excited to be here, loves the area and the people...she´s just perfect! I don´t feel like I´m training her, I feel like she already knew exactly how to be a great missionary.

So, This week I headed to Malaga to pick her up, and we all ate together and had a great night there. Then we rode home (note: Cartagena is a full 7 hours away from Malaga, so it was an all-day thing). We´ve had a great week together, and are focusing on being exactly obedient.
Oh, and I cooked yesterday! 

This week has been kind of dull ...we´ve had a lot of people cancel our lessons, and none of our investigators came to church :( That always makes us sad, because in the church, you can feel the Spirit so strongly. And it gives the investigators a chance to see what our meetings are like, and that we´re normal people. 
We have an AMAZING investigator, Felipe. He´s from Africa and speaks English and Spanish and french and twi (his native language). He took the Book of Mormon that we gave him and said, ¨You know, you´ve been telling me that this is the true church, that there is a prophet on the earth today, and that this book is true. I want to know the truth for myself. I don´t have work in the evenings this week; I will read it, and then I will pray to God, and He will tell me if it is true.¨ We were both like, Yes! Do it! Hahaha

I love being a missionary :) I get to testify every day that Jesus is the Christ, that He suffered for our sins and because of Him, we can like with God and with our families again. I get to testify that there is a real prophet today and 12 apostles, like in Jesus´ time. It´s the best! 

I love you all! 
Have an amazing week,

Hermana Jones

     The group of trainers this transfer

hermana Adrian and I!

A 3 generation picture... My trainer, me, and my trainee