Monday, July 20, 2015

Crazy Hot

July 20, 2015

Dear family
Sorry this will be so short but the iPhone died while we were out so I
couldn't email until now. But we have zone conference once a transfer
and district meeting every other week. This week I experienced my
first tiny monsoon! The rain drops were huge! We went to the temple
and it is just gorgeous inside! Our area is pretty big we have a few
apartment complexes and a few parts of neighborhoods. I am grateful we
have a car because we would be twice as sweaty without it! This last
Tuesday we went to a trainer who does a class for the sisters every
Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 am but I loved it! We haven't seen a
whole lot of progress in our area so we are changing our goals and how
we set them. This week we met Jessica who is studying to be an
accountant and she knows about the straight and narrow so we are
excited to help her come to know the true straight and narrow. Our
investigator on date for this month actually moved out of our area to
tonight is our transfer lesson.
Mom I'm so excited for you! I was so excited I squealed at little in
the middle of Walmart! Good luck to Josh! I know he will do great! I
promise next week letter will be better! I love you all so much!
Con Amor,
Hermana Hart

First Monsoon.  She said the raindrops really hurt.



Sharing the back of their visitor center book (pictures of their families).


Making friends with the cacti.


Even in Arizona Abby is her mother's daughter.  
She needs to wear a blanket to keep warm.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 13, 2015

Wow I can't believe that I have been out for over a month now! It has
been such a crazy week! But first I'll answer your questions.
1. My area is the Mesa South stake but only half of the area because
the elders cover the other half.
2. I am serving in the VC and I normally spend either 9-3 or 3-9 there
3. A typical day depends on if I have VC in the morning or evening so
we wake up and work out for 30 minutes which lately has been running
up and down our parking lot and I do at least 25 push-ups every day.
Then get ready and eat breakfast. The personal study in our apartment,
if it is a VC morning we finish studying there otherwise in the
apartment. Then teaching and contacting the rest of the other time.
But because of the VC schedule we have to mix our schedule around to
be able to meet with our investigators. So honestly there is no
typical day for me
4. We serve in 1 ward Liahona but its boundaries are the whole stake
5. Because I have the opportunity to serve half my day inside usually
the heat isn't too bad ;) and after last summer standing in the heat
for 6+ hours everyday helped prepare me.
6. One of the boys asked if I ever spake in English. The answer is yes
probably more than I should but I have helped more English speaking
people in the VC than Spanish. But anything at church is Spanish
except some will speak English with me. The only investigators we
speak English with are children investigators and sometimes it
switches from English to  Spanish.y companion and I are working on
speaking Spanish all the time except at the VC and we are getting
there.
Well this week we came into contact with lots of different people. We
found a less active lady, Urbelinda, and she was willing to let us
teach a lesson on our initial visit but it was right before dinner and
so we couldn't stay so we hope to be able to contact her again this
week. When she first came to the U.S. She was super strong in the
church so we hope to rekindle that fire. One day we went to stop by
Urbelinda's but she wasn't home but a man, Miguel, was sitting outside
of her neighbors house. He was waiting for the person to come home so
we shared the "Because He Lives" video. He started to open up so we
got his information so we could contact him during TC (our online
teaching at the VC). On Friday we had to drop one of my favorite
investigators, Guadelupe, because she didn't fully understand our
purpose. She said she enjoyed learning from us but that she would
never leave her church and we explained that she can't progress
without attending church. So we invited her to ask God what he wants
her to do but she said she wouldn't change, which broke my heart. I
hope that with time her heart will be softened and that she will
accept the gospel. We also met with Rose Mary whose parents were
active members but she was never baptized because of bad examples in
her life but her grandchildren are investigating the church and we are
trying to reactivate her daughter and the girls mom. So I hope and
pray that we can help their whole family accept the gospel. One of our
investigators Juan Carlos, on date moved out of our area to tonight we
are having our last lesson with him and then passing him to the other
sisters. They just so happen to be our last companions, Hermana
Gonzalez's last companion and my last companion who came from the MTC
with me. So he is in good hands. Nothing too crazy this week just a
lot of walking and dropping with faith. But I think the best
experience was in the VC when we were given another companions tour on
the spot in Spanish. We were asked to teach the Plan of Salvation and
eternal marriage. I am so grateful for the gift of tongues because I
was able to speak fairly fluently without preparing any thing to say.
I am so grateful for the Spirit and the blessings it brings!
I forgot to tell you this last week but I am actually the one driving
our car because my companion's license expired and she is working on
it getting renewed.
I made the goal to read the Book of Mormon every transfer and I was
reading in 1 Nephi earlier this week and read 16:23 and I noticed how
it said that he only made An arrow only 1! This reminded me of how
much faith and trust Nephi had in the Lord that He would provide for
their needs. I strive to have the same faith and trust that the Lord
will prepare people for us to teach and are ready to accept the
gospel.
The best place to send mail and packages is the VC because I will get
them that day and it won't change until I go full field. The address
is
525 E Main St
Mesa, AZ 85203
I am glad to hear that the boys are doing so well at swimming and that
Ashley is riding horses! I kind of miss Tangos but I get a lot of
authentic Hispanic food here and from all over Central and South
America. I don't quite understand but they still eat soup in the 100+
weather! I'm glad Elder Turner is doing well and that your coworker is
doing better! Mom I love that talk about the Atonement because it is
the enabling power of the Atonement that I'm studying this transfer in
the Book of Mormon. It is amazing how much of it is involved in our
daily lives. I'm sorry if I missed any of your other questions I try
to write them down as I read!
Will the boys swim meet be rescheduled? Is Ashley still going to an
art class? What ward is Britta and Reid in?
I love you all so much! And I love hearing from you all!
Con Amor,
Hermana Hart

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week 1 in Arizona



 Sister Agaya and Hermana Hart

Hermanas Hart and Gonzalez



Dear familia,

This is so hard to write on an iPhone but I will get my iPad soon

after some training. I don't even know where to begin! First of all on
Sunday the quorum of the twelve were there but they had the building
on extreme lock down. I needed some information for Monday being by
myself so I was able to see Elder Bednar and Cook from a distance!
Then Monday I was adopted into another temporary district for meals
and when I wasn't in class with my teachers. That makes 3 districts in
the MTC! I think I set a record! We were on the same flight as
President Jenkin's daughter. President and Sister Jenkin's and the APs
met us at the airport and then we went to the VC and the temple. Then
we had lunch and interviews with the President. In my interview with
President we talked about patience and how sometimes high achievers
forget to have patience with themselves and he counseled me to have
patience with myself and being a missionary and learning Spanish and
serving in the VC because in all three situations I am only a beginner
and the Lord knows that. Then we got to take a nap! After our nap we
were picked up for our missionary experience. I had the opportunity to
go to the VC with Sister Makaya that first night when it was planned
for me to go out with some Spanish sisters. I know because of the
experiences I had that night I was supposed to be at the VC. I got to
help a girl know what she needed to be doing next in her life and what
the Lord wants for her. But the best was a an old man who had a rough
couple of years and I was blessed by the Lord to receive revelation on
behalf of the man through the Spirit. If I can make my whole mission
like that first night I'm excited to see what the Lord has planned for
me in AZ. The next day was zone conference with the Whole mission and
I was asked to share my experiences from the night before! I was
assigned to be companions with Hermana Gonzalez she is from Cali but
is originally from El Salvador. She is awesome and patient with my
Spanish. I already lover her! She has so much to teach me! Our area is
awesome there is so much work to be done. We have a baptism date set
for July 25 but we are working on having h come to church. We came
into 2 new investigators yesterday with we wet trying to clean up our
potential investigators! My companion is so good at talking to
everyone. It is so hard fore to do it in Spanish but it will come with
time. I went on splits already with some sisters in our ward who are
moving! We cover one ward with elders but the one ward covers a whole
stake so we split the area. I love the food here! I've already been to
Backyard Taco and missionaries get a discount! I bore my testimony in
Spanish for the first time besides when I'm teaching. ;) I'm glad to
hear that the boys are doing so well in swim and Ashley is riding
horses! I guess i will have to find someone who likes to lifted much
as me. Mom I know that just like 1 Nephi 3:7 says the Lord gives no
commandment unless He provides a way to do it. So just keep being
patient with the Lord's timing. I know everything happens for a
reason! I'm good as of right now! That's great Sarah comes home soon!
What was your favorite part of the 4 of July? What is the next big
thing planned to do for the summer? I always love hearing from you!
I'm so blessed to be serving in Mesa right now and I know this is
where the Lord needs and wants me!
Con Amor,
Hermana Hart