Monday, September 23, 2013

One day it rains, the next it pours, but it doesn't matter because my life's the Lords.

HELLLLLLLLOOOOOO Family and Friends!
This week I went on exchanges to Seattle on Thursday! I was excited to work in another area with Hermana Fowlks. Well, she has been super sick since she got here from the Mexico MTC about 5 weeks ago and can only go out some days and this happened to be a bad day :( So I got in a day of studying and working on Spanish lots. On Friday night I got back to my area and Hermana Phillips and I went to go to an appointment. They ended up not being home and as we were walking away.. she threw up in their bushes. Turns out she got the stomach flu. So, we spend the rest of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the house. Entonces, not much happened this week.
But of course I had to have the best story for last....
So we were with Marco on Tuesday night and guess what?!?!?!?!
He has decided to move up his baptism date! He is getting baptized on October 19th, the last weekend before the end of this transfer. Hermana Phillips and I are both so excited that we get to be here to see his baptism. On the down side, he's asked us to sing at his baptism. Yeah.. I'm not much of a singing a duet in front of a bunch of people kinda person. This should be interesting.
Les quiero, pero mas importantamente, Dios les ama!!!!!!
Con Amor,
Hermana Pier

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We're the Sister Missionaries here in Mt. Si, teaching all the kids it ain't cool to get high!!


It's been another BEAUTIFUL week here in the Valley and I'm loving my time here!
Firstly is the weekly update on Marco!!!! Haha He's so great! We had a few lessons this week and I'm pretty sure that he should be the one teaching us. Not even joking! we had a lesson about the Book of Mormon and we were just talking about how we can apply scriptures in our own lives. So we choose a few of the stories that he's already gotten to in his reading in the Book of Mormon and talked about them. We got there and he knew so much. He could basically tell us all the details about every story and how he'd tried to apply it in his life. He is a scripture reading pro. He's loving getting to know the members in the ward and loves his calling to set the translation equipment up every week. We're so happy that he is so diligent and has so much faith!

One miracle that has happened recently is one of the people who used to attend church and ever had a baptismal date has began coming back to church! Yay! Chera is amazing and such a strong woman but was going through some really hard times and instead of going to the Lord to get help she became kind of bitter against God. We would still go visit her every now and then but she wasn't really interested in what we had to say anymore. A few weeks ago she decided to come to church and is now coming to church every week and is attending the Relief Society activities. She is working on giving up smoking and we are just trying to be super supportive and help her with the difficult change.

Last night I experienced one of those times that you know you're lead to visit certain people. First off, If you've ever had to go knocking door to door in the Seattle area on the night of a Seahawks game before, you also probably didn't have a ton of people wanting to open their doors and talk to you. This was exactly our dilemma yesterday. To add to the fun it also finally decided to rain. And when I say rain I'm not saying a Seattle mist. More like raining cats and dogs, thunder, lightning, the whole deal. We tried to visit lots of people with no luck and then Hermana Phillips felt like we should go visit Veronica. So, we decided to go visit Veronica and see if we could teach her. Luckily, she was home and let us right in and we started to read some in the scriptures with her but we soon found out she has a HUGE fear of lightning, she was more scared than her two kids were. So we said a prayer with her and decided to play a game of "Don't Eat Pete" to distract her. She loved it and was so grateful for us and that she was able to be distracted from the storm. And even though it wasn't a big thing I'm really glad we were there to help her a little.

I just want you all to know that I know with all my heart that our Heavenly Father knows each of us personally. And he knows exactly what we all need and how to help us though ANYTHING. It's been amazing seeing this not only in my life but in the life of the people in this area, in my companion, and in my family back home. I'm so grateful that every time I need someone who can understand what I'm going though, Christ knows. Always. What a blessing we have to know this and to be able to pray to him how love and support.

Les quiero!
Con Amor,
Hermana Pier

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Week 6 for realz

Transfers have came and gone and I...... Am staying in the Mt Si Spanish Area!!!! WOOT! So Hermana Phillips and I will be here and she will finish my training. And Hermana Enos got her visa and is off to Argentina as of yesterday! I'm sure going to miss her but we're also excited that see is getting to head off to her mission.

For the exciting news of this week... Marco has decided that he wants to be baptized on November 2nd! It's a really special day for him because it's his dads birthday and his dad has passed away. But in our last lesson he said that he had been praying about it a lot and he feels like he needs to be baptized that date, if not sooner. He says the most sincere prayers ever and is an amazing example to me.
This week we've just been teaching lots and loving life. Funny moment this week:
I prayed for our ward mission leaders house to be blessed with love, safety, and fish. Some spanish words are a little too similar for my liking. Also, I was joking around with Hermana Enos but instead of telling her I was going to fight her, I told her I was going to shower her. Haha Spanish can be a struggle sometimes.

Well not much more has happened this week, but I'll be writing y'all about that plethora of miracles we have this next week. But before signing off I'd like to send a good old Happy Birthday wish to my daddy tomorrow! 


                       This picture is us with Aurora. Funniest, crazy little girl ever.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Semana numero.. seis?

This week was another AMAZING week! (Of course!) How can it not be when I'm in the best place ever and I'm a missionary? It's amazing, we see miracles every day and just continue to grow so much!

One exciting thing that happened this week was teaching for a day in my area with out my trainers. SCARY! So, my companion, Hermana Phillips, is the Spanish Sister Training Leader. So every week she goes on companionship exchanges with different Spanish speaking sisters. Well she was going to be going to another area and another Hermana was going to be coming the spend a day in our area with Hermana Enos and I. Well, another Hermana has been super sick. President Choi called and asked for one of us to go spend a day with her so her companions could go out. Long story short, Hermana Pingree (an Hermana who has only been out 6 weeks longer than I) and I were all alone in my area for a day. We were terrified! What if someone said something in Spanish that we didn't understand? Or if we taught something wrong? Of course everything was fine. It was really fun getting to do missionary work with someone new and see new ways of doing things. We had a blast!!!
On Friday night there was a baptism in our zone and Marco attended it with us. It was great and the spirit was so strong and then after we got to go walk around the temple grounds with him and it was a fantastic experience! The next night a family in the ward invited him and us over to watch the Joseph Smith movie and it was a great time. Marco is such an awesome person! Seriously he is the cream of the crop. He's been to church 5 times, loves reading the Book of Mormon and is so sincere in his desires to know more. 
At church this week we finally got the translating equipment so that our investigators can wear headphones and listen in Spanish! What a blessing! We had three investigators at church and they loved it and thought it was so amazing. We're hoping this will help ever more investigators come to church because it was kind of hard getting people to come when they couldn't understand anything. It was so cool to see how excited the ward got and how great of member missionaries they all are.
And the most exciting part of the week... We joined the Mission Choir! Haha so our mission president has had this dream since he got here to start a mission choir. So we had our first practice yesterday on P-day and it was the best. It's amazing how singing can bring the spirit. Well remember how I told you about my "Knock, knock, knock" song. They brought it up in front of the whole choir and made me stand up and teach everyone the words. Then they made us all sing it. Then they had us all come up with things that were hard for us on our missions and we made up songs to learn to love them. I LOVE Sister and President Choi so much!
Something I've really been thinking about this week is the importance of not just believing IN Christ, but believing ON Christ. For me, the difference is the way that we live our lives. I think that truly believing on Christ a person will live their live centered on his teaching and try to become more like him. So it's my goal this week to better believe on Christ and not just in him.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and love. Les quiero muchisimo!
Con Amor,
Hermana Pier