Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I love it.....life is BEAUTIFUL!

This week was pretty much the best week ever! I have so much to tell you all. Last pday we dyed my hair...I actually really have brown hair now. I dont know how i like it but whatever haha. On Wednesday and Thursday we did divions with our sisters from mollendo. I got to be with Hermana Escobar, from California and we had a great day together. it was fun getting to know her and helping her out! 
The best part of this week was that we met all of the mission goals this week and completed our monthly goals too. it was the best feeling in the world. we got the most lessons I've had in my whole mission, had a baptism and 2 rescues. It was an amazing feeling last night to finish the week like that! So yeah, Luis got baptzied last night. Hes 20 and shared the sweetest testimony after his baptism yesterday. I have some pictures to send. We rescued his cousin Marco yesterday, which is like the funniest kid ever. When we teach their family it feels like a big black family from the broncs haha. we love them so much! we are working hard to get them all active and baptized so that they can go to the temple in December with our ward! 
After the baptism yesterday morning we went to get in a taxi to head to stake conference and we started talking with our taxi driver to find out that he is a less active, and has been for many years. So we invited him to stake conference thinking that he would say no, and said "ya know, you guys are helping me remember all of the good things about the church, i think its time to go back" so he walked into stake conference with us and stayed for the whole 2 hours. It was super cool haha. i love little miracles like that in the mission!
I wish I could express to you all how happy I am in the mission right now. I LOVE IT. I crave having super spiritual lessons and teaching and helping  people. Its just such an amazing experience. I love my brothers and sisters here. But I couldnt do it without all of your love and support, so thank you. Im crazy blessed!
Life is beautiful!!! Have the best week ever!

Luis's baptism

Us and Luis 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hard Work......

 This week was great, so great. We had a lot of good lessons this week and found some new investigators. I am of course still loving my time with Hermana Menlove. We just laugh like crazy together.  
On tuesday we went to Mollendo, like 2 hours from here for a zone conference. Because I dont know if I told you guys this but they changed a bunch of things in the mission this last change. They got rid of 6 zones and put them together. So now our zones are huge and we don't get together like ever. President doesn't want unity in the mission he wants hard work. So once a month we get together for zone conference. The ride to Mollendo was so horrible haha. It is a very windie road and we went in a small convey which was driving SO insane. We had to stop a couple of times to let the elders throw up haha. We all felt horrible by the time we got there. BUT it was a great conference. I got to talk about family history. Something we are focusing a lot on in the mission. We are really helping our ward here (in alveline caceres) with their family history. We made a deal with president that if we got all our rescues and converts to fill out their my family book, that he would pay for them to go to the temple. So we are working hard with them, its super neat! Anyways, on the way back from the zone conference I took a pill to help with the road sickness which knocked me out for the rest of the day haha so funny. 
The Lord is really blessing us and we can sure see His hand in everyday. We found a new family this week that was basically put into our hands. We were sooo stoked! We were going to visit a less active when a little girl opened the door (theres like 20 people that live in every house here) and so we asked if we could share a message with her. She let us in and we ended up teaching her whole family. They were awesome, we are having a family night with them this week! 
Im SO grateful to be here. I love my mission. Thanks for everything! 
love you all!!

With President and Hermana Zobrist

Goofing off....

Our zone in Mollendo

Hermana Menlove; our room.

I dyed my hair.....

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I love the mission.....

HEYY everyone,
Well this week was the best ever! I really didn't want to come back to Arequipa, but i'm super happy to be here. I LOVE my new area. Its so great. We are a little out of the city so its nice. There is still fields and hills. Being with Menlove is like the best thing ever! We just laugh all day long together and have super spiritual experiences. I am going to enjoy our time together so much. Plus we teach really well together so its been great!
We were running every direction this week. Monday I got here a little late and so we went to dinner then had a couple of family nights. On Tuesday we went and picked up the new group of missionaries that just came with the office and pres and took them on a tour and trained them and ate lunch. It was super fun! On Wednesday we were at the office all morning and then slept at the mission home with all of the other leaders in the mission and had a conference (we had to talk and I was so nervous haha) and ate dinner together. On thursday we finished our training and then headed back to our area to work! We had some GREAT lessons this week. We are teaching the cutest couple Erica and David that have 2 little kids. We had the most powerful lesson with them, we were able to share our testimonies about eternal families. It was amazing. Please keep them in your prayers. We are also teaching the greatest young man, Luis. He's progressing great. He's getting baptized in two weeks and is the best. So eager to learn and grow and change! So those are just a few people we are visiting. This ward is great!  I'm excited to work hard with the members. I LOVE the mission. Its the best to be able to serve people with all of your might and strength. I'm so grateful for this opportunity. 
I'll share a funny experience with you all...well i have lots haha. Yesterday we went to pick up the cutest less active for church and so we were walking to church and she had her little boy and I was walking behind them when I heard a growl, so i turned around and there was this big black dog growling at me, so i picked up a rock and went to throw it at it and it started to growl even more and then bark and then took of running straight for me so I took off running and ran right past my comp and the less active with this dog chasing me behind me screaming. They were just starring at me like what the heck is going on. Don't worry nothing happened. Just scared the crap out of me haha. I hate dogs here. 
Another funny thing is that me and menlove have been SO exhausted this week so we've been sleep walking and talking almost every night haha. I usually wake up and well be up talking or doing something its hilarious because menlove never remenbers it in the morning haha. 
Anyways, I love you all! I love the misson, and i LOVE my Savior.
Thanks for everything, talk to you all soon! 

 All the new girls, us and Hermana Zobrist (Presidents wife) at the new temple site.

 Messing around....

 Hermana Menlove, Hermana Anderson, and I. We are all from the same group and now all of us are Sister Leaders now. :)

 My new area.

Making smores over candle light in our room. 

Monday, October 5, 2015


HEYYY....Im emailing early this morning because....I have changes. Im going back to Arequipa...boooo haha no it's good. I just LOVE Moquegua. This whole week 
was just super great! I origanally got called to open up a new área in Arequipa with Hermana Sánchez (my best latin friend) so i was super stoked because I knew it was going to be hard and we were going to work hard. THEN on Saturday pres called and changed my changes.. SO now I am going to an área called Hunter...and I am one of the new misión nurses...LOL right?? guess who my comp is...Hermana MENLOVE..just my BFF. I'm super stoked/nervous/sad. I don't know how i feel. It will be weird living with a North American but I know my time that I do have left in the misión is going to FLY! This change will be really different but I'm excited to see what happens.
Wasn't conference the best?! I loved that they talked a lot about being a true disiple of Christ. It made me think a lot about what I am doing...am I being a true disiple of Christ?..and If I am like Larry R. Lawrence said...What is keeping me from progressing. What more can I do? I want to challange you all again just like Elder Lawrence did...to get on your knees and ask what more is keeping you from progressing. I promise that you will have a great spiritual experience, because I did. It will be cool :)
My adorable (hija) comp put her first baptismal date this week. I was so proud haha. Im sad I am leaving before his baptism (linco) but I know he will be such a blessing to the church. He's an AMAZING person. He went to all of conference and He even came to my farewell party last night. It was cool.
I will FOREVER remember my time here in Moquegua. Most of all I will remmeber the people that I met here. They had a big impact on me and who I am. I love Moquegua because it gave me the opportunity to change and grow SO much. I'm grateful for the hard times, beacause they shaped me. It's really hard for me to leave BUT i know I will see all of my brothers and sisters here again..thats the most beautiful part of the misión!
I really enjoyed my time with Hermana Alvarez, I love that in the misión you end up having best friends from different parts of the world. ( I have alot from Bolivia haha) I can honestly say that she is one of my dearest friends. We have shed a few tears. Im just so proud of how much she has grown in just this short time that we had together. Shes an amazing missionary!
Well, I am excited for this new change, a new chance to set new goals and to work harder. I love you all SO MUCH. have the best week ever!
Quiero compartir mi testimonio con ustedes.. estoy muy agradecida por los desafíos que tenemos en la vida, por los milagros. Se que hay un Dios. Un Dios de milagros. que el es nuestro amoroso padre celestial y que el nos ama. se que El tiene un plan por cada uno de nosotros. y que el solo quiere que nosotros podemos volver y vivir en su presencia. Se que su hijo Jesucristo es nuestro salvador. que el murió, y tres días después el recesito. El vive. Y por medio de su expiación. por todo lo que el sufrió por nosotros. podemos ser perfeccionados. Se que el libro de mormón es verdadero y que cambia vidas. SE que la iglesia de Jesucristo de los santos de los últimos días es verdadera. la única iglesia en la tierra que tiene la autoridad de Dios. Amo mi padre celestial y mi hermano Jesucristo. amo cada uno de ustedes!
"I want to share my testimony with you. I am very grateful for the challenges we have in life, miracles. I know there is a God . A God of miracles . That is our loving Heavenly Father who loves us . I know He has a plan for each of us and that we can just want to go back and live in his presence. I know his son Jesus Christ is our savior . He died , and three days later He was resercted. He lives. And through His atonement. for all that he suffered for us. we can be perfected. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it changes lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. The only church on earth that has the authority of God. I love my Heavenly Father and my brother Jesus Christ. I love every one of you!"

My heart is full today with love for my family and this brave missionary. Kinzie looks AMAZING, so HAPPY and has that glow that we all strive to have. I couldn't be more proud of her and the experiences she is having. I just smiled through my tears this morning as we emailed and I could just feel her love and excitement for her mission. She is a blessing to our family and inspires me to be a better person everyday. Thank you for all the love and support, all the prayers you say on her behalf. The gospel is such a gift!! 

Her HAPPY Mom, Heather :)

 On the radio in Moquegua....i'm famous! 

 We got permission to eat Ceviche as a zone....it is SO good!!

 My beloved Moquegua :)
 I think we were trying to make a heart. ha

 My farewell party last night. I love my ward.

 My Bishop and his family.

 Transfers are so fun trying to fit everything back into your suitcase....NOT!

 This morning with Falvia..my custest Little girl EVER! She drew me some pics to take with me...

With my pensionista and her husband this morning.