Milagros (9-16-13)

So this week. Crazy. I wish I could say we got more proselyting done, but we had some pretty big events! And even though we didn’t have as much time to get out and work, when we were able to visit people, we truly did see miracles.

First: On Tuesday, Elder Callister of the Presidency of the Seventy came to our mission, as well as…Elder Neil L Andersen of the Quorum of the 12! We were there for pretty much the entire day, but I definitely learned so much. A lot of ideas that we’ve been having for our area recently were brought up in Elder Andersen’s address to us. It really was an answer to prayers to listen to a Prophet of the Lord speak to us about what truly is important in missionary work right now. One funny part was when he spoke about how missionaries should start staying in their wards for 6-8 months (builds more trust with members, because members are just so important and vital to this work!) instead of changing so often. There were a lot of missionaries (in my Zone even) who were expecting to get transferred soon, but now no one is so sure of what will happen! Elder Andersen quoted Alma 17:23 to us…so apparently I’m staying in MonteBello till the day I die! But it really was such a blessing to be at that meeting and feel the Spirit of what was being said.

On Friday, we had a Fiesta Patriotica in the ward. What was super awesome was that we were able to get a lot of Less Actives and also Investigators to come!! The combined effort of us 6 missionaries, as well as the ward, was able to bring in some great results. The Elders also decided to buy a packet of mustaches…so all six of us wore mustaches at the party! Everyone laughed when they saw us Sisters with our mustaches on.

On Saturday, we were blessed with the opportunity to go to the Sealing of a family that Sister Nieto taught as Recent Converts out in another Zone. Plot twist though: the water went out in the Temple (and also our house). So the Temple didn’t open until 9am. The Sealing was going to be at 9am, but when we got there they told us that they were barely starting the Endowment sessions. Since the family still needed to go through the Temple, all of us Sisters who had come decided to go through with them, in Spanish! It was such a blessed experience. We were at the Temple longer than we planned, but it was such a great reminder to me of how everyone we teach has the potential to go to the Temple and partake of the marvelous blessings there. I felt the Spirit so strongly there that day. I can’t wait to start my eternal family! The family was seriously the cutest too.

Some of the other miracles:
-we have a new investigator, N., who is seriously so willing to hear the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. We met him last week outside, and he loved what we had to say. We planned to meet him this week, but it ended up that his son, who he lives with, doesn’t want us teaching in his house. Sooo we really didnt’ know what to do. So this week we decided to just knock on the door and see if we could talk to the son. Just the son, also named N., was there and he seemed really nice and just told us to talk to his dad (we’re going to see if we can work with the son at all, but for now just the dad is interested). And then Saturday again, we knocked and found the dad, again. He was excited to see us because we hadn’t seen him for a week and he is seriously so ready to learn more. We found out that he wanted to come to church last week, but because it was raining, he couldn’t walk there. But this Sunday he came! He seriously walks to church because he wants to come so bad. He doesn’t live too far away, but his humility is such an example to me. We are going to start teaching him in the chapel. Also…one of the members in the ward was friends with him when they were both kids! Like, they played in the river together, or something like that.
-we have been geting so many less actives to church recently! It is so exciting to see people who have fallen away, come back and receive the peace that comes from taking the Sacrament. They look just so happy that first Sunday that they come back.

Missionary work! It’s the best!

I know that this is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that families can be eternal, when our homes our centered on Christ. I know that the blessings of this Gospel are real and everlasting. I feel a great joy to be a missionary, guided by the Spirit, bringing this glorious message: that the truth has been restored. We need not be confused. I know that repentance is powerful. It is a step that we can never forget or skip. When we truly repent we can feel that strong peace that this Gospel brings. We can move forward with faith, and receive all of the glorious blessings that are prepared for us. This is my humble testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

con amor
Hermana Newey

another week (9-9-13)

Every new week is never like I expected it to be when it started. This past week was such an example of that. We have really been struggling recently with the investigators that we have had. Appointments fall through. They drop us (decide that they don’t want to be taught anymore). It’s been rough. Miraculously though, this week we were able to find 7 new investigators. It was seriously such a blessing. I’m absolutely loving it. A lot of the new investigators have amazing stories of how they have been prepared to hear this Gospel. Some examples:
N. – we literally just street contacted him on Saturday. He is older, lives with his son’s family (his ex-wife lives down the street with the daughter…). We were trying to visit his neighbor, who is an investigator, but N. was just outside working in his yard. Apparently my companion was praying super hard while I was writing a Post-It for our investigator so that N. would stay outside so that we could talk to him. We go over and he was seriously golden. At first he didn’t seem interested, but then we came to realize that he has been searching for a really long time for the truth. He was so excited to read the Book of Mormon! It was slightly awkward when he asked us if there was someone smarter than us that he could talk to, but it ended up that he just meant that he just wanted to know who he would have to talk to to get answers to his questions – but he was perfectly content when we told him that we would teach him. We are super excited for our appointment with him on wednesday!
O. and R. – This was seriously a miracle find. They are neighbors of one of the sisters in our ward. (This sister is seriously the greatest by the way. She has been married several times, but she recently married the love of her life, her eternal companion, but he recently passed away of a brain tumor. Her faith and testimony is so strong.) Her husband, before he passed away, was good friends with O., and he always offered to send the missionaries, but they never came. So recently, when an appointment fell through, this wonderful sister invited us over to go contact O. He was super nice and invited us back. We just went over last night, and it ends up that they were taught several years ago by two sister missionaries back in California! (they are originally from El Salvador). They absolutely loved them. Apparently one of the Sisters visited them about three years ago here in Vegas, but they have had no contact since. R. is really sad about it. We told her she should try facebook – they know the full names of both of the Sisters. They were telling us stories of when the Sisters taught them, for example, one time they came over and made cheesecake for them – so now they really want us to too! We’ll have to figure out a recipe so that we can do that for them haha.
We get to leave the mission! I actually got to leave last week, I just forgot to say it. On exchanges in Paradise Stake, my temporary companion had a doctors appointment out in the West Las Vegas Mission. We almost drove through the strip to go there (we were a block away), but we decided to go further down on Las Vegas Blvd so we wouldn’t have to…it was a bit sketch. And now we get to go back out to the West Mission for a conference where Elder Anderson is going to come (tommorow)! Everyone is talking about what they think he is going to say.
Also, another miracle from yesterday: We had a few Less Active members come back to church! It was such an exciting day. We had no investigators come, but just seeing people come back after so long was such a blessing. What was so big about it too was that these people had been offended in some way and decided they wanted nothing to do with the church, but they have found a way to forgive.
Being a missionary is the best!

Hermana Newey

transfer day! (9-2-13)

6 weeks up in the mission field! Which means 12 weeks since I left home…how crazy is that? 12 weeks isn’t long in terms of 18 months, but when I think of how fast these weeks have gone by, it’s kind of scary to think how fast the 18 months will fly by. But also, thinking about how exhausted I’ve been these past 6 weeks just work work working, I think I might be grateful when the 18 months come and I can finally relax! Missionary work is hard, but so worth it.
Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of the side of missionary work being hard, not much of the worth it. There has been a ton of knocking on doors without much walking through them. It’s definitely been rough. After a while your hand starts to hurt! haha. Sometimes it can be really discouraging though. After knocking on 10 doors you start to lose hope that the people behind the next door will be ready to listen. But that is never the right attitude to have. Most doors might not open, but there are some that will! I think of one door in particular. We have visited that house I guess 5 times now. The first time no one answered. The second time S. opened and let us in (because it was raining!) and we shared about the Book of Mormon and she definitely had some interesting opinions that we will have to work with, but she will definitely be fun to teach if we continue to get the chance. The third time M. opened, and she is seriously the nicest. She couldn’t let us in right then because she was getting her kids ready for the first day of school the next day, but she was so sweet. She even apologized for not joining us when we taught S. that first time because she was on the phone with someone. The fourth time M. was there again, with her neighbor. She opened the door and literally without hesitation asked if we wanted to come inside. It was such a blessing. A lot of people when they have company over will say that they are too busy with company to let us in, but they both welcomed us in and loved listening to our message. Thinking back on that moment it was a miracle that we found both M. and her neighbor there together. I’m so excited to start teaching them both! M. is so ready for this gospel, and her neighbor pretty much has a testimony of the Gospel, she just doesn’t know it yet. Hermana Nieto and I joked that that lesson felt like an LTM because we were teaching, but she pretty much testified of what we said. She definitely has a lot of things to learn, but I see a lot of potential in her. The fifth time we visited no one opened, but hope definitely isn’t lost. We will go visit again soon.
Another blessing: Torrential downpour on friday morning. Seriously the best.
And then the greatest blessing ever….F. and N. got married!!! It was so cute!! They were so excited to know that they were finally able to live the Law of Chastity. We got to help do the decorations on friday night and then the ceremony was on saturday. She was so pretty and they looked so happy. I also got to sit at the “family table” for the first time in my life. I was going to go and sit with the Elders with my dinner, but the bride called me back and said that the seats were saved specially for us Sisters that helped teach her husband. It was humbling to think how the people we teach really are grateful for our being there to support them. I have only been with them for 6 weeks, but they treat us like family. I did feel slightly awkward sitting at the front, but I loved getting to sit by the bride. And then….F’s baptism was on Sunday! It wasn’t the smoothest running baptismal service ever, not in the least bit, but it truly was a blessing to be able to see how happy he was to finally take this step in his life after having to go through a lot of hard things. There were 6 of us Sister Missionaries who helped teach him, so he asked all of us to participate and I gave the closing prayer. I could really feel the Spirit testify to me that he is ready to start this new path and that he will be blessed for his desire to live this Gospel. I’m so excited for him!!
I love this Gospel and the joy it brings into my life. I love that I have the opportunity to share that with the people here in Montebello. (Oh yeah, transfers happened and I’m staying right where I am with Hermana Nieto!) I’m ready to continue to work hard here for the next 6 weeks and hopefully see the fruits of our labors. Missionary work is the best.

love
Hermana Newey/Kiwi

Nearing the end of transfer 1! (8-26-13)

So I’m pretty much loving missionary life. It can be really rough out here, but you can always see the silver linings. Sister Nieto and I have been getting a little bit down on ourselves lately (not getting the numbers that we want/expect, having investigators fall through and refuse to talk to us, and the list goes on), but we decided that we needed to start a “miracle board” where we write down a couple of miracles at the end of every day. So we go to bed thinking about the positive things that happened that day. Que bendicion. There are seriously so many tender mercies we can find as we look for them. Funny story: at Gospel Principles we had this guy come to church for the first time and he told of how God has blessed him: by giving him marijuana. He also told of how he used to be in a gang and stab people, but he got shot in the back so now he is in a wheelchair. It was a bit crazy. My companion was actually teaching the lesson, but she handled it all super well and just moved on with the lesson. It was pretty cray!
We have a wedding to go to on Saturday, and then the baptism on Sunday! I seriously think I might cry if that falls through – but I think it will all be well. This family is seriously the best. I love going to their house. We actually did the Anti-Nephi-Lehi lesson with them yesterday: we wrote down what we wanted to give up (he is working on abstaining from drinking – and he’s being a boss at it!) and then we buried our papers in the ground. They love giving people nicknames too: I’m either Hermana Kiwi or Ricitos de Oro (they sing some jingle that was for a shampoo commercial back in Mexico to me – it’s seriously stuck in my head all the time now).
We went to the funeral of a sweet sister on Saturday – it was really precious hearing her family speak of how blessed they have been to have her in their lives.
This email is super short today, but all in all it’s been a solid week. Not many lessons but we’ve been meeting a lot of various people out in the streets as we go from lesson to lesson. I met this really cool lady yesterday who had a dog named “Chuey” (I think that is how you spell that) – so I said “Like from Star Wars?” She got excited when I said that, because apparently no one else ever gets the reference. That dog seriously looked like a mini Chuey though, he was so precious.
So that’s it for this week!!

Love
Hermana Newey/Kiwi/Ricitos de Oro ūüôā

week 3? (8-12-13)

I’m losing track of time! ¬†We wake up, exercise, study, eat, then work work work! And then I get home and I’m just exhausted, but we still have to plan for the next day. ¬†It’s definitely important though that we use that time at night to really plan and get a good start for the next day. ¬†Missionary work is so much more than going out and teaching – we really have to plan and prepare ourselves so that we can do everything effectively. ¬†We all had a huge wake up call this week as one of the Elders in our District went home by choice. ¬†He wasn’t working hard but was focusing instead on what he was missing at home. ¬†We really have to be out here for the right reasons.¬†

¬†I actually read himno 153 ¬†oid el toque del clarin (it’s only in Spanish!) a lot. ¬†We sang it in the MTC, and I really love it! ¬†It always reminds me of how when we accept the call to work, we really have to put our heart and soul into it. ¬†Missionary work is so worth it! but we have to put in that effort to get the reward. ¬†

Which reminds me: we had a really awesome lesson with one of our investigators. ¬†He always tells us how he just wants to learn and has no desire to work or go to any church at all. ¬†But when we taught him the Plan of Salvation he said something really powerful – “vale la pena” (it’s worth it). ¬†We are slowly seeing the light come to him. ¬†I really hope that he starts to act on what he is learning. ¬†He didn’t come to church yesterday, but I see a lot of potential in him!¬†
We are actually really struggling with getting people to church. ¬†One investigator ¬†hasn’t come in 3 weeks for various reasons. ¬†We are trying to get her to night church, but last night her husband almost cut his finger off! ¬†We figured that was a pretty good excuse…we are going to work hard this week to get her there next week though! (and work hard to get everyone there…because literally no one is coming!). ¬†Generally everyone works on Sundays, and they don’t feel like they can just drop their jobs to come. ¬†I’m really impressed though how even though these people are so busy with work, families, etc, they still somehow manage to find time to let us come teach them. ¬†It’s a true blessing that they share their extra time with us when they can. ¬†
Our investigator S was a perfect example of that this week.  He had a lot of family in town this weekend, but when we came, he took the time to come and have a lesson.  He was pretty distracted the entire time, but we taught a really good lesson of the Plan of Salvation to him.  You could tell he was thinking about his family the entire time, so when we mentioned eternal families, it was powerful.  
The greatest part about being on a mission is the opportunity we have to constantly receive promptings from the Holy Spirit. If we work for that we can have that happen every day of our lives, but here we are pretty much forced to work for it. ¬†We study the scriptures, we pray constantly, and we get to teach the Gospel. ¬†I absolutely love the blessings that come from that. ¬†My testimony of the scriptures has grown SO much since I have come here. ¬†The Word of God. ¬†Nothing can beat that! We’re trying to help the investigators see that power, but it often feels like we are just begging them to read. ¬†We have recently seen a lot of improvements though in seeing people start to read!
We went to the temple this past week! (all of us new missionaries and our trainers). ¬†It was such an awesome experience. ¬†I love that I’m neighbors with the temple, but it was such a blessing to get to go after not going for a while and feeling that peace there. ¬†I’ll attach a photo from that! ¬†The photo of the large group of us is actually me, my trainer, her trainer (Sister Franco – who leaves this month), and then two other newer sisters (hermana romero in the middleish, and I don’t remember the other sister’s name!). ¬†I actually talked to Hermana Romero (the one on the opposite end) before even going to the MTC, so it was cool to see her there! She came here a week or so after I got here. ¬†One cool thing about being at the temple too was that there was a wedding going on, and we got to see the couple come out as we were leaving. ¬†The family was so excited! ¬†
We also went to a baptism on Friday, out of area.  What was cool about it, was that there were SO MANY missionaries there, because they had all been involved in helping this sister in her conversion.  It was a testament to how we are all in this work together. 
 
I love this work so much!  Being in Las Vegas is seriously the best.  
 
Hermana Newey
 
I attached a photo from my driveway, of how close the temple is! 
 
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Week 2 in the “campo misional” (8-5-2013)

Holy dang this week has been stressful. ¬†We recently had Area changes, so it has been so much work trying to reorganize everything and what not. ¬†We are still in the midst of trying to get everything in order! ¬†But it’s going to be worth it. ¬†We have already seen blessings of the Area change. ¬†Right now we are working with investigators that the Elders used to teach, but we teach now because of the boundary changes – I can definitely see that it’s a blessing because we can revitalize the lessons with each investigator, and help them in different ways. ¬†The Elders can do the same for people that we used to teach! ¬†We hope to see a lot of good things in the future because of the changes.

I am definitely struggling with the language…which can be super frustrating at times! But I’m working at it, and I have noticed small improvements. ¬†I think what is roughest is not being able to understand the people. ¬†I seriously get so confused in lessons. ¬†I think people use a lot of slang or whatnot, because I will understand some words, but other times I have no idea what the words mean. ¬†I’m definitely learning to rely on whatever words pop into my head – and I just say them – hoping that they will actually go along with the conversation and make some sense. ¬†Sometimes the people will just talk to my companion because she is a native speaker, and they assume that I have no idea what is going on. ¬†I’m trying to change that image, and be less hesitant to speak. ¬†
The funniest thing is hearing people try to pronounce my name! ¬†I actually didn’t think it would be so hard for them, but they really struggle. ¬†I swear they think my name has 5 syllables instead of 2. ¬†Sometimes I find myself saying my name like they do – hey I guess I’m a latina now! We actually have one investigator who has started calling me Hermana “Kiwi” now. ¬†I actually like the nickname! ¬†He’s a really cool guy. ¬†We are just waiting for him to get married on the 31st of this month. ¬†I can’t wait until the wedding! ¬†His “wife” is actually a member, but I feel like we teach both of them – you have seen her testimony grow through the experience too. ¬†They are always really willing to hear more and the lessons are so fun. ¬†We are always laughing. ¬†
One of our biggest struggles is getting our investigators to church. ¬†We have at least a couple who are so ready to get baptized, but they still don’t see the importance of going to church – and they can’t actually get baptized until they start coming. ¬†We are just going to keep working with them and building their testimony. ¬†The two that I am mainly thinking of are both very similar. ¬†Things have happened in their lives and they really want the Gospel of Christ in their homes. ¬†They are so willing to listen and receptive to the lessons, they just don’t see the importance of acting. ¬†I seriously love them both so much, I just want them to understand how important it all is! ¬†We are just going to continue to work with them and see where it goes. ¬†I see great things in their futures!¬†
So crazy thing that happened: ¬†Our car broke down! ¬†We didn’t have it for over 24 hours. ¬†Tuesday was seriously a rough day. ¬†We didn’t have bikes, so we had to call members to drive us around. ¬†We were super pumped because we thought that we would have a ton of lessons with members present, but that definitely didn’t happen. ¬†That entire day we were being dropped of at houses for appointments, no one would be home, so we would walk everywhere trying to visit potentials – but no one wanted to talk to us. ¬†By 7 that night we had taught no one. ¬†Pretty uncommon for us. ¬†But finally at the end of the day we had the most perfect experience. ¬†Hermana C (an awesome member – she is seriously the best) came to our lesson that night with a family. ¬†(The father is ¬†trying to quit smoking). ¬†Me and my companion barely said anything that lesson – it was mainly just Hermana C – but it was good! ¬†We’ve been really trying to find a good member to fellowship this family and be a support to them, and she was just perfect. ¬†When the father prayed at the end of that lesson there was so much power. ¬†I think it will take him a long time before he fully changes, but the small steps have been huge.¬†
We recently started teaching the coolest guy. ¬†He is such an example of the Lord preparing people before we even find them. ¬†Every time he says anything, you can tell how ready he is to hear the message of the restored gospel. ¬†He pretty much knows everything already – he just doesn’t know that he knows it – if that makes any sense?
I think one of my favorite experiences was actually with a less active member. ¬†We visited her house this Saturday and she almost didn’t even let us in! ¬†You could just tell that she was really stressed and didn’t feel like she had time. ¬†We played a jeopardy-esque game, where you had to answer questions relating to the missionary lessons (she has a lot of kids, so it was a good way to involve them all). ¬†Whenever they didn’t understand a question, either me or my companion would explain it simply, so that they could understand. ¬†At the end of the lesson the mother told us that we came at the perfect time. She has been going through a lot right now, and really needed to be reminded of her testimony of the gospel. ¬† What a blessing. ¬†
OK Рso I love you all so much!  Missions are the best.  
 
Hermana Newey

I’m in Las Vegas!

What a whirlwind of a first week!¬† It’s been pretty crazy to experience how mission work actually is – and I love it!

So let’s start right when I got here. So I got lost in the airport. Haha pretty embarrassing. I actually had the two other Spanish speakers with me and we had to catch a shuttle all the way back to the baggage claim we actually wanted to be at.¬† I felt slightly bad that everyone had to wait for us, but tender mercy: we actually met a really cool member of the church on the shuttle – he spoke Spanish and he was super nice.¬† I thought it was pretty cool that the very first person that we met was a member.¬† Sadly he lives in the Las Vegas West Mission boundaries, but it was still a fun experience!¬† I practiced my Spanish with him a bit.¬†

And then I met President Neider!¬† I’m really excited to serve with him as my Mission President. We spent pretty much all of the first day at his house.¬† We got introduced to what the mission is all about and what not, and just got all of the info that we’ll need to do good work out here.¬† We got to get to know a little the other missionaries who were entering the mission, and something fun: one of the Sisters waiting for a visa to Brazil was in my freshman ward at BYU! ¬† And then we took a nap – which was pretty funny, since we had 27 missionaries scattered around a house sprawled out wherever was available.¬†¬†
And then at 4pm we learned who our trainers would be!¬† Mine is Hermana Nieto, and we serve in the Central Zone: Montebello East!¬† I love it.¬† Something fun: we live just a block away from the Las Vegas Temple!¬† You can see it in all it’s glory from our driveway.¬† I should have taken a picture, but maybe I will send one next week!¬† One of these days me and my companion are going to go around the neighborhood and look at all the really cool expensive houses that we live by.¬†¬†

That night we went straight to dinner at 5, and in the Spanish wards you do everything with your District (you share the same ward).   

Teaching people is so awesome.  I just love it.  On Saturday we actually had a baptism!!  I only actually taught her twice (just preparing her for baptismal interview and whatnot), but it was such a cool experience to see this sister accept Christ into her life, and to really see how important this work is.  Her story is that she actually came looking for the church (her sister and daughter are members) Рshe just showed up at the chapel one day and asked if she could join type of thing!  Then they referred her to the missionaries, and the rest is history.  We are actually teaching her other daughter right now.  

All of the people we are teaching are at varying stages in their journeys, which is exciting to see how everyone has their different paths and time frames.  We actually recently started teaching a brother who really struggles with smoking.  His wife has already been baptized and her faith is just so strong.  We are trying to work with him so that they can eventually be sealed in the temple.  

Someone else we are teaching is actually a less active, but I think that it’s just as exciting to teach her as it is to teach an investigator.¬† This sister hasn’t gone to church for years, but her sister invited her to see her give a talk, and now she comes to church regularly and wants to relearn the lessons.¬† We’ve only taught her one lesson so far, and she lives with a nonmember, so we are going to see where that leads as well!¬† They are both really awesome.

I think one of the coolest experiences I have had here is that there was one investigator who has been taught for 9 months and has never really committed.¬† We went to go let her know that we wouldn’t be visiting for a while, and you could just tell that she was really disappointed to hear that.¬† We testified to her that the peace that she feels when the missionaries come is the Holy Spirit, and that she can have that Spirit bless her family if she keeps the commandments.¬† You could just feel the Spirit so strong in that room.¬† I am so excited to keep teaching her!¬† I felt really good about her and that she is ready to progress.¬†

We don’t have many progressing investigators, just two more, but we are really working right now to get some more investigators.¬† Our boundaries got entirely changed for our area, so we have been looking at the Area Book a lot, and getting to know people.¬† I’ve knocked on a lot of doors!¬† Everyone has been super nice to us, and I’m excited to get to know them all a lot more.¬†¬†

I hope everything is going well at home!¬† I miss everyone, but I’m excited to make the Montebello Ward my family for the next 12 or so weeks!¬†

con amor
Hermana Newey

 

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Heading out into the field!

I can’t believe it is finally here!!¬† I seriously leave for Las Vegas in less than two days.¬†
The MTC experience has been the greatest ever.¬† I have loved every second of being here!¬† I’m seriously so blessed.
It’s slightly sad leaving here and saying goodbye to my “family” slash District as we all head out into the world.¬† But it is also just so exciting!¬†It was such an honor to share this experience with so many great Sisters and Elders, and I know that they are all going to go out and have amazing missions.¬† I’ve learned so much from all of them and I just love em! (platonically of course)¬†¬† And we had the greatest teachers – they were the best.¬† I wouldn’t have traded any bit of these past 6 weeks!
I’m really struggling with thinking of what else to tell you all, but I hope you enjoy the pictures I sent! It’s really fun looking back at the pictures that we took our first Sunday (which I never actually sent…whoops!) and then looking at the ones from this Sunday.¬† We’ve just gotten so crazy, but I love it!
 Getting to help clean the temple a week ago was so amazing.  It is so inspiring how detailed everything is there.  We had the opportunity to polish a chandelier Рit was just beautiful.  The Temple truly is the House of the Lord.
Yesterday we got to watch “Character of Christ”, a devotional that Elder Bednar gave here during some Christmas a couple of years ago.¬† It was just an amazing way to end our experience here.¬† My District on Saturday also went and looked at the paintings in the main building and discussed how Christ’s example can help us in missionary work.¬† I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He really is involved in this work.¬† I hope to be able to follow his example as I go out into the field and to share the good news!¬† I know that Christ loves everyone and I am so excited to share that with others, so that they can feel His love just as I do.¬† Yo se que esta iglesia es verdadera!¬† Jesucristo es mi Salvador!¬† Le amo!
Being a missionary is the best!
 
love
Hermana Newey
 
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One week left…wait what?!

Familia y Amigos,
 
It’s always hard to think of new things to tell you all each week, because it’s pretty much a time warp here.¬† It all feels pretty much the same, and you never really know what happened what week!¬† But I actually wrote out a list of things that were exciting or funny this week, so I have new things to say aside from just saying “the MTC is awesome!”¬† So here goes:
 
I got my travel plans this week!!¬†It’s pretty exciting.¬† The only person in my district who hasn’t gotten their plans yet is my companion Hermana Merrill – she is serving in Salt Lake City Central, so we’re just assuming that she is going to get on a bus the morning of and head up (we like to joke though that she is going to have to push all of her belongings to¬†SLC¬†in a handcart haha).¬† But I leave on July 24…at 4:30am. My flight actually leaves at 8:30am and then I get to Las Vegas at 9am.¬† So my flight is definitely the easiest of everyone else in my district!¬† The first one to leave is Hermana Binks at 2:30am Sunday night for Louisville; and then from there it is Elders Egbert and Johnson to Honduras, Tegucigalpa; Hermana Smith to Alabama, Birmingham; Elders Smith and Potter to Guatemala, Retalhuehu (I don’t actually know how to spell that..), and then Elders Chandler and Elbaba leave an hour after me for Ohio, Cincinnati.¬† It’s sad that we will all head our separate ways after the MTC, but it’s also cool that we all get to go different places.¬† Everyone is going to do amazing things on their missions. I’m so excited!
 
Today my district gets to help clean the temple!¬† We actually leave in one hour to head up there and help out for three hours.¬† I’ve never been so excited to clean in my life.¬† I’m honored to have the opportunity.¬† It was disappointing a couple of weeks ago when we were told that we couldn’t go to the temple anymore because it’s closed for several weeks this summer, but it’s definitely a blessing that we get to go back again, even if it’s just to clean, before we leave.
 
We got to host last week like I said, and we get to do it again this week!¬† It’s crazy to see other missionaries saying goodbye to their families and then helping them through their first 15 minutes of the MTC.¬† I got slightly emotional seeing it all!¬† It was definitely a nice break from all of the study time and class time that we have.¬†
 
One thing that is super cool about our P-Days is that we get to go to the TRC that night. (The TRC at the Provo Missionary Training Center is a place for volunteers to come and let the missionaries teach them and help bring them closer to Jesus Christ.)¬† In the English TRC people can actually pretend to be nonmembers, but in the Spanish TRC we teach members as themselves – so we don’t teach the lessons as you would to an investigator, you actually teach it to help the person.¬† It’s cool.¬† But…last week there was legitimately a nonmember at our TRC: A Catholic priest from Spain came to visit the MTC.¬† Two of the companionships in our district got to speak with him and they said it was really amazing to listen to him.¬† He was just this awesome man who has this great view on life.¬† He takes his students to visit Utah every year because he loves how important families are to the Mormon culture.¬† He supposedly said that he will be coming back next week, so we will see what happens!
 
Devotionals are pretty much the best here.¬† Rumor is that we might be getting someone big on Tuesday because they are going to broadcast it (to the other MTC’s I think), but even if it is someone you’ve never heard of, they are generally still good!¬† One of the greatest devotionals I have ever been to happened last Tuesday.¬† Elder L Lionel Kendrick spoke.¬† He spoke on the Holy Spirit, and it was just amazing.¬†You couldn’t write down fast enough all that he had to say.¬† Here at the MTC I have been learning a lot about personal revelation, and his devotional was just the icing on the cake.¬† The coolest part though was when he blessed every single missionary in that room at one time.¬† You could just feel the Priesthood power fill the room.¬† We also have the most amazing Relief Society speakers.¬† We have had Sheri Dew come speak to us, and this week we had Carole Mikita this week.¬† I love it!
 
Fun things that have happened:
Practicing the¬†subjunctive as Hermano Lloyd drew a picture on the whiteboard of an elephant serving a mission in the language of the flamingos – it was wierd but we couldn’t stop laughing
Every monday morning we have breakfast with our Zone (since we don’t go to the temple) – it’s just fun getting to know everyone in the Zone.¬† Everyone is super awesome!
Elder Potter always saying “superbien” in the weirdest voice.
Elder Chandler just zings us with what he says – he seriously has the best comebacks, yet he’s always just smiling when he says them!
Hermana Binks accidentally calling herself Hermana Smith “That’s Hermana Smith to you!”
Playing volleyball in the rain.
We seriously just laugh all of the time.¬† I love this place.¬† But I’m so excited to get out into the field!
 
And one of the coolest things was that we got to share what we thought everyone strengths in our District were with each other.¬† It’s amazing how awesome everyone is.¬†
 
 
Love you all!
 
 
Hermana Newey

All is Well

Family and friends,
 
I have only 2 weeks and 2 days left here! What the what?¬† It’s pretty cray.¬† The four Hermanas that were here when we arrived leave tomorrow, which just feels so wierd (I’m going to miss them so much!).¬†We’re going to be the oldest District now.¬† When ever a District leaves we sing “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” enthusiastically, but in Spanish – it’s crazy to think that will be us in just 2 weeks….Also, my comp and I got a calling – Music Coordinators for our Zone! Haha we have to pick the music for Sacrament Meeting, and wait for it…Priesthood.¬†Haha random.
 
So Fourth of July.¬†What a day.¬† So I’ve officially decided that the MTC is a pro at keeping secrets.¬† You never know who the Devotional speaker will be til the day of (my Living Prophet’s teacher Brother Richardson spoke last Tuesday, which was pretty cool)…and 4th of July they were preeetty sneaky.¬† So they told us we were having a special July 4th event thing¬† that night, with some video and fireworks – so we all just assumed it would be a video of fireworks (due to the fact that our¬† bedtime is before the fireworks even start).¬† Plot twist: The video was “17 Miracles”…and we got to stay up late! The movie ended around 10ish and then we watched the fireworks from Stadium of Fire.¬† You should have seen how proud the MTC Presidency looked when they pulled that one off.¬† What they did fail to tell us though, was that even though we were allowed to stay up late (til like 11) we were still cursed the next morning because we were just straight up exhausted.¬† Everyone was zombies the next morning.¬† It was rough to say the least.¬† But I have never actually enjoyed fireworks before, but I strangely did on Thursday!¬† Maybe it was because we were standing up so I couldn’t fall asleep, and everyone was just so excited (our Elders were just oooing and ahhhing the entire time haha). One sad thing though was that they turned the movie off right before the last scene,¬† and supposedly it is the best part! Hermana Merrill told me what happened though, so that was good – wish I could have seen it though!! But that movie is super good.¬† I’m actually really impressed with the quality of some Mormon films – we watched the Joseph Smith movie last night, and that was pretty well done as well.
 
We get to Host this Wednesday!! I’m pumped.¬† It feels like yesterday I was getting here, and now I get to help new Sisters as they arrive!¬† It’s gon be fun.
 
I seriously fail at thinking of things to say in these emails.  So much happens, but it all just takes too long to explain or I just forget it all as I sit down to write.  But all is well here at the MTC! I still love it! My District is awesome, even my Zone is awesome!  Seriously, Missionaries are awesome.  Everyone is going to go out and kill it on their missions. 
 

One super cool thing about being at the MTC is just how awesomely in tune everyone is with the Spirit. When we practice teaching with our District you can just tell how much everyone has grown.¬† And we can have discussions about things as simple as the importance of Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, and everyone has just such great insights.¬† It’s pretty awesome.¬† I haven’t had any crazy experiences this week, but I’m just growing so much in my testimony.¬† This Gospel is seriously the greatest.¬†ever.¬†

Love,

Hermana Newey