Monday, May 26, 2014

Faith Brings...Miracles

T'was a wonderful first week in Shoreline. I really like it here. The area is pretty similar to Seahurst and I know I will LOVE it here. The branch is quite a bit smaller here with about 30 active members but they are all super magnificant and seem pretty mission minded and willing to help us out. I again won't be able to write too much this week because we're at the family history library to email but I will try to tell you all a little about what's going on with our investigators a little bit. 

So firstly, Berenice. She's great! She is a referral from a member, Hermana Black. They are best friends and Berenice decided that she would be interested in meeting with the missionaries. They met with her once and she came to church once before I got here and we were able to meet with them this week as well. We taught her about the Plan of Salvation and it went really well. She had read the pamphlet on it and understood it all. Her and Hna. Black talk about gospel topics all the time and she is sincerely interested in knowing if the church is true. She said that she has been praying to know if it's true and doesn't know that she's received an answer yet, but that she knows that it will come. She said that since she met us a bunch of people have came to her randomly and tried to talk to her about other churches and it's always right after she feels like she's received an answer. We told her the Satan is going to work really hard against her right now because he doesn't want her to be happy. She liked the idea of reading from the Book of Mormon or praying every time one of those doubts came to min. She has a baptismal date of June 13th so please pray for her that she can receive an answer and be prepared for baptism on that date.

Another one of our great investigators is Alejandro. He's been to church the past three weeks now and has a ton of potential. He just gets too focused on the information part and not about receiving answers from God. So please keep him in your prayers as well.

I love serving with Hermana Norton. Things are going great. One thing that I have studied this week is having the faith to see MIRACLES! I feel like I started my mission with so much FAITH! Everyone I met was already basically in the baptismal font from my point of view. But as I saw all the people NOT progress, slowly I started to doubt in people. Sometimes I would teach certain people with the attitude that they probably wouldn't accept the gospel. How horrible is that?! So I read the best scripture the other day it's Alma 37:40. It's talking about the Liahona and the miracles that Lehi's family were able to see because their great faith and obedience. 

 40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God;therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.

It hit me that if I have the faith for their to be miracles here AND I do my part to work hard, I WILL see miracles. And it's the same way in ALL of our lives. We will see those daily miracles that we never even expected were possible. 

I love being a missionary here in the Washington Seattle Mission. Aka ZION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

11 Months!

The time has finally came... I have been transferred :( After 5 amazing transfer I am now serving in the Aurora Branch in Shoreline. I'm really really excited. I am now companions with Hermana Norton :) She's the cutest little missionary and I'm really excited to serve with her. I am really sad that I will not be in Seahurst anymore because I honestly love the branch and the people with all my heart, but I know that I am going to love Shoreline a lot.

I don't really have any time because of transfers but it was a great week with lots of member participation. We were able to get a bunch of people to church and it was a week full of miracles. Oh and did I mention that I hit my 11 month mark the other day?! Say what?! Time's flying by so I've got to work my hardest to not waste a moment. 

I love you all LOTS!!!!!!!!!

Con Amor, 

Hermana Pier

Monday, May 12, 2014

I <3 Missions!

Overall I'd have to say that this week was pretty solid.

Miracle 1-
The Vasquez Family! We went to stop by their house this week and Marlene, the 10 year old daughter, got so excited and told us that she was working on the "Faith in God for Girls"!  Which is a program that the church has for the primary so that they can learn the scriptures, how to grow in their faith, etc. She's been going over the their fellowship families house and working on it with them. So Sick! She told us that one of the things it says to do is to share the story of Joseph Smith as a thought during a Family Home Evening so she wanted to do it. She asked us if we could invite the Nunez Family (their fellowship) over and come do an FHE with them this week so she could teach about Joseph Smith. Uhhh... CAN DO! So that will be happening tomorrow. Other exciting things happening with the Vasquez Family:
They came to the Mother's Day Party our branch had on Friday and the parents both came to church on Sunday :) The best part is that Hermano Vasquez, Sergio, was never super interested in learning but he said that he just really felt a strong desire to go to church that day. The branch was amazing and really made them feel so loved and welcome.
Miracle 2-
The Giles Family, the less active family I always talk about, had an amazing miracle... Oscar, their 14 year old son received the priesthood yesterday! I've never been so excited. It makes me really happy to know that they now have the priesthood in their home <3

Miracle 3-
We got out of the ditch that Hermana Boley drove us into hahaha. Basically the roads are really skinny here. And as missionaries every time the driver backs up the other missionary has to go behind the car and help back them up so that they don't hit anything. Which is all fine and dandy except missionaries don't want to make their companions get out so they do EVERYTHING possible to not have to back up. Well, we were going to visit a ref and we realized that we passed the address and needed to turn around. As we turned, on the side of the road there was a patch of weeds and grass growing so she went to drive on it, thinking she could make it just fine. But... that grass was actually very long and covering a ditch. So in we went and our back wheel was like 2 feet off the ground. Some construction workers came to try to help us but said that it was a lost cause and that we should just call a tow truck. So we got in the car to call our vehicle coordinator and right then this guy pulls out of his driveway, sees us, and stops to help. He was just this little man and he's all like, "Ok, let's lift the car out of the hole." So Hermana Boley gets in the car and puts it in reverse and this man and I are in the ditch trying apparently going to lift it out and somehow it worked. MIRACLES! Hahahah I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen.
Miracle 4- 
We had 5 investigators at church yesterday with was so great. especially because 11:00 rolled around and NO ONE was there. We were really worried but just a few minutes later they all started filing in. 
Sunday really was just great! Best birthday ever. Firstly I got to talk to all my families. (and Josi and Taylor Ann) :) Me hizo muy feliz. Family is literally the best thing in the world. And then I got to watch the video that Josi put together for my birthday. oh my it was the best present I've ever received. It made me so dang happy.  Thanks so so so so so so much Josi. You're the best <3
After the skype calls we went to a member dinner and it was their 7 year old daughters birthday as well. They sang to us both and cut Dafne was so excited that we had the same birthday. And then last night while we were planning there was a knock on the door and the 4 elders who live in our complex were there and sang me happy birthday and gave me some treats.
To end I just wanted to put a fun little poem that was hanging in one of our members homes. I love it!

The Difference:
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day:
I had so much to accomplish that I didn't have time to pray. 
Problems just tumbled about me and heavier each task.
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered. He answered, "You didn't ask."
I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak:
I wondered why God didn't show me. He said, "But you didn't seek."
I tried to come into God's presence" I used all the keys at the lock. 
God gently and lovingly chided, "My child, you didn't knock."
I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering my day.
I had so much to accomplish, that I had to make time to pray.

Pray really is so powerful and I know that God ALWAYS is listening and wants to hear from us. 

Con Amor, 

Hermana Pier

Monday, May 5, 2014

Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me

It's been a beautiful week here in Seattle. And by beautiful I mean that th weather has been crazy. The beginning of the week was back and forth between raining and being sunny changing about every hour. Then, we got two days of gorgeous 87 degree weather. All leading up to 3 days of non-stop buckets of pouring rain. Hahah it was great. Except all the ups and downs in the weather have been making me sick. I've been losing my voice so I sound a little, well maybe more than a little, weird. I'm pretty sure my voice is about to give out completely. The best part was that yesterday we were out tracting and all of the sudden I got hiccups that lasted for like an hour. I was trying to talk so that people could understand me, but meanwhile I wa s hiccuping all over the place. Rough! Haha poor Hermana Boley has had to do a lot of the talking these last few days. 

We had zone cenference this week. I LOVE Zone conferences. They told one story that I really loved and learned a lot from. I'll try to explain it but it may not be as good as it was in the conference. 
There was a village and on top of a huge hill outside the village there was a giant boulder. It had been there forever and it was impossible to move, but because the hill was steep they knew that if they could just get it moving, it would gain momentum and go down the hill. One day their leader told them that they all needed to go and push the boulder with all their might. So they obeyed. Day after day they worked and worked trying to push the boulder but still the boulder didn't move at all. After quite some time they all voiced their frustration saying to the leader, "Why did you ask us to move this boulder? We all know that there's no way it's going to move." And their leader responded, "I didn't tell you to move the rock, I just told you to push. Now, look at how much stronger you are. Look how much you've grown." 

I have been thinking about this a lot this week and how our leader, our loving Heavenly Father puts us in some tough situations sometimes. Sometimes there are things that to us seem silly and too hard to complete, but He knows better. Every fallen through appointment, every investigator that drops us, and every down right hard day as missionaries refines us and strengthens us. And it's the same is "normal people life" as well. We learn and grow. Some things Heavenly Father asks us to endure seem down right difficult. But He is always there guiding us and supporting us. 

I know that one of these trials that has been hard for my family this past year and something I haven't talked about very much is my step dad's cancer. He has been in remission for about a month now but there's a lump on his neck again and he will be tested tomorrow to see if it's cancerous or not. I would like to ask any of you that can to please pray for him. I know our family could use the prayers right now. The amazing thing to know though is that no matter the outcome, it's God's plan and everything will work together in the way it's supposed to. 

This week should be a great one! I will get to call my families on Mother's Day and will turn the big 2-0 on the same day. I just want to end telling you all that I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ loves each and every single one of you so much! I just wanted to share the words of one of my favorite hymns, "Jesus, Savior, pilot me." It's so amazing to know that he is always, always helping each of us personally.

  1. Jesus, Savior, pilot me
    Over life's tempestuous sea;
    Unknown waves before me roll,
    Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal.
    Chart and compass came from thee;
    Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
  2. 2. As a mother stills her child,
    Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
    Boist'rous waves obey thy will
    When thou say'st to them, "Be still!"
    Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea,
    Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
  3. 3. When at last I near the shore,
    And the fearful breakers roar
    'Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
    Then, while leaning on thy breast,
    May I hear thee say to me,
    "Fear not; I will pilot thee."

Con Amor,

Hermana Pier

the little kids with the lesson we made to teach the building up of Christ's church when he was on the earth and in the actualidad. 

My planner this transfer. (Thanks for the quote print out Taylor!)