Sunday, November 29, 2015

Returning to My Home Away from Home!

November 24, 2015

Dear Familia,

This week has been so crazy! On Tuesday we had our VC training for all
of the new exhibits and everything is so amazing! Wednesday night was
my first shift in the new VC! It is so amazing by how inspired each
exhibit is. One of the new exhibits is the 8 Stories about the
missionaries in the missionary training videos, and it is so popular
we sometimes have to kick people out of the room so others can
experience it too. :) 

I feel like I am back home in the VC again. I will have another full field experience 
later on in my mission. :) which I am excited about! This week we have 
dropped (stopped teaching) several of our investigators, but in return we 
have received several great referrals from other missionaries. 
We met Arturo and we knocked on his door pretty late and when he answered 
the door he told us he wants to learn!

As for Thanksgiving, we have the only shift of the VC from 5-9 and the
other missionaries are allowed to come to the VC and experience the
new exhibits to be able to use them with their investigators in the
future. We will probably be eating dinner in the VC that night, which means only one 
dinner which is perfectly fine with me! :) 
I will run my 10k in the morning and then we have a lesson with a referral in
the early afternoon. This morning was the 5k and I did alright but I
can't wait until Thursday and the 10k. 

Sorry this is so short but it was a little crazy with the 5k this morning! 

I love you all so much!

This Friday starts Christmas lights and that will be so exciting! I
will send a picture next week! 

Enjoy Thanksgiving on Thursday, don't eat too much turkey! :) 

I love you!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

PS my ponderizing scripture is Alma 57:20-21

Reminder of Dad!

(A member gave them some Snapple drinks.  One was 
Mango Madness,which is one of Collin's favorite drinks.)

A little taste of Christmas lights

Abby at the Thanksgiving 10K that she ran.
(A member sent us this picture)

A Few Firsts This Week

November 16, 2015

Dear Familia,
Wow this week has gone by so quickly! There just isn't enough time in
a missionary day! This last Monday, we met a family from Chile and they
are gypsies. So now Hermana Aguilar and I are trying to figure out
what they believe and what they do all day. We went back over on
Tuesday and my companion tried to guess what the dad's name is, and
she tried to say Henry in a Spanish accent so it sounded like honey,
and he just stared cracking up. He thought it was the greatest thing,
and he told me if I called him Bunny, he could be Honey Bunny, but we
told him that we would just stick with his real name, Jose. They are
just so interesting! 

Also, this week we taught the Restoration to Laura
and her whole family sat in on the lesson! That was one of the first
times I have had a whole family sit in on a lesson! 

Another first for me was on Saturday I attended my first live sealing of a 
couple in our ward! I was so worried that I wasn't going to understand it, 
but the sealer was a native English speaker and so I was able to understand
everything, with the help of the gift of tongues. :) We were
able to sit in the temple for like 30 minutes before the sealing
actually happened, and I am so grateful for that time. I absolutely
love the temple! I know that they are the house of God, and that
Heavenly Father's desire is that all of His children be able to enjoy
all of the blessings He has for them. Temples make it possible to
gain access to some of the greatest blessings He has for us! Along
this theme there is another family in our ward that will soon be
getting sealed in December! After the father told us we were both so
excited.  We just talked about it all the way back after the fireside we
went to with him and his daughter! 

Yesterday I played the piano in Sacrament meeting, it was a little bit of a 
struggle for the sacrament hymn because I never had to play for Sacrament 
before, but that's alright. It went pretty well, considering I haven't practiced for
almost 5 months. :)

It has been cooling down here quite a bit. Not enough for snow, but
enough that you need a jacket in the morning and at night. It is so
weird because it has the feeling of an Idaho spring, but people are
putting up Christmas lights and decorations.  I love this time of
year so much! I am so grateful for this time I have to serve a
mission, and help others understand the blessings that come from
living the Gospel.

The VC opens this Tuesday at 5 pm, and so tomorrow we have training
from 9-3 and my first shift in the remodeled VC is on Wednesday at 3-9
pm!  Next Friday, Christmas lights start! 

As for today during our day we played chair soccer with our zone this morning, 
and then did studies and cleaned and then we were going to a lunch for another
sister's birthday but they never showed up so we went to the mission
office. And we are finishing up emails and prepping for the week.
Tonight we have a few FHEs with members and investigators.
That is so great to hear that Jordan is doing so well! It is still
crazy that I was able to see him before he left a while ago, but it
feels just like yesterday. Also on Halloween we went to the temple at
night, and on the way in there was a group of elders and we started
talking to them. When they said they were from Tempe, I asked if they
knew Jordan. One of the elders said that he was his companion for a
while, but all of them only had good things to say so I am sure he was
a great missionary

I am so grateful for my area and the members and my companion, Hermana Aguilar! My
ponderizing scripture for the week is Alma 53: 20-21 about the
stripling warriors. 

Keep up the great work family! I love all so much! Live in thanksgiving daily!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Hart

A couple in Abby's ward that were sealed in the temple.  
Abby and her companion were able to attend.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Double the Area, Double the Love!

November 9, 2015

Dear Familia,

Transfers happened this week, so my companion and I are officially
over the whole stake! It is so crazy how big our area is, but as the
news has spread that we are the only companionship in the ward, the
members have told us that they are there to help us in any way. This
helps me relax a little bit. 

This week we found Laura and she lives in,
what used to be the elders area.  She was trying to help her
daughter, Danna, with her homework, but Laura doesn't speak very much
English so she was struggling. So we went over Saturday to help Danna
with more of her homework.  We read the Giving Tree with her. I love
that book so much! Laura said that she wanted us to come back when
her husband is home, too! We are so excited to work with them more! 

We also found Jesus, and he is only 18 years old, but he looks so much
older. We had such a great Restoration lesson with him and we had one
of our ward missionaries, she is a little older.  At the end of the
lesson, we invited him to say the closing prayer.  At first, he didn't
want to, but Hermana Lujan told him how her dad told her that we all
have to be brave and she helped him say the prayer! It was so amazing!

This Sunday we had a regional conference and we watched it in Spanish
so I struggled a little bit to understand everything. What I
understood the most was that I need to simplify everything and focus
on the things that are most important.

As for running, I run 6 miles every Wednesday and on Saturday we run
the 5k course. My shoe size is 8.5. I have been blessed to be serving
where I can run at the tracks of the local high schools. 

My companion, Hermana Aguilar started her mission here in Liahona 1st just like me!
We have not been companions before. Hermana Gaskell, who just was
my companion, is a full proselyting missionary. This last transfer,
with the VC closed, most of the VC sisters had full proselyting

Taking over the elders area has been so interesting. At the same time we have been 
able to find more people. We are still trying to get used to using 2 phones 
and 2 area books. White washing means that two new missionaries are put into 
an area. We have to rely on the area book and notes of the previous missionaries to know
what is taking place. We have the benefit that I have been a part of
correlation meetings, but we still have to meet all of their
investigators. It is definitely a challenge that I am learning a lot

In the teaching center we chatted with Paola from Mexico and she
has read part of the Book of Mormon and has recognized the difference
it makes in her life! We are going to call her tomorrow!
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? How are the Mahlundts doing?
What have you recently done for FHE?
I love you all so much! Keep pressing forward!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Hart

Hermana Gaskell - This is pretty much how we feel when we come home every night.

Hermana Hart and Hermana Aguilar

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Big Plans Ahead

November 2, 2015

Dear Familia,
I am glad that you were able to visit Logan! It is so weird to think
that it is cold everywhere else. This morning it was 60* and I thought
I was going to die! :) 

As for funny this week, our recent convert,
Jaime, told us he had a card game and if we lost we had to eat these
little red chili peppers. If we won, he had to. We thought there
was no way that we would lose, so we said yes. But we lost! And so I
just swallowed the first three, so they made me eat three more and chew
them. At first they weren't hot, but after about a minute my eyes
started watering and I just couldn't stop. They took a video so I will
try to get it to send to you in the future. 

This goes along with my best lesson this week. We are teaching Jaime the 
new member lessons but we have him teach us the doctrinal points. This 
last week his cousin Fernando came to visit from Mexico, for like a month, and Jaime
had already talked to him about the Restoration before we came over.
Yesterday Jaime helped us teach the Plan of Salvation to Fernando, and
Fernando accepted the invitation to be baptized at the end of this
month. I was so excited I didn't even know what to say after he said

This Saturday we received transfer news and I am staying in Liahona
First! Hermana Gaskell is leaving me because the VC opens back up
November 17. My new companion, Hermana Aguilar, is coming back. She
previously served here, but we are going to need that because we are
keeping my area and white washing the elders area. So the 2 of us will
be covering the whole stake by ourselves. And with Christmas lights
starting on November 27 and so the last two weeks of the transfer we
will only have 3 nights in our area! I am interested to see what the
Lord has in plan for this area and me and how we can grow! I am a lot
of nervous, but the Lord and President Jenkins know what they are

As for Spanish, I think I grew the most this last transfer with Hermana
Gaskell because I had to learn as quickly as possible. I still have so
much to do to improve, but I think back to being in high school where
I was so scared to even say one sentence in Spanish and now I spend at
least 1/2 of my day speaking Spanish. It would be different in a
foreign country because I don't have to use Spanish everywhere I go,
so I'm learning it a little slower than others in foreign countries, but
it is definitely coming!

My ponderizing scripture is Alma 37:44-45. I am so excited to
ponderize this because it teaches about the blessings of following the
words of Christ!

I was asked if I wanted to run a 10k on Thanksgiving! The race is
sponsoring 10 missionaries to run and so I will get to run the mission
5k on Monday and the 10k on Thursday. I am so excited! That being said, for
Christmas all I really need are new running shoes because I will have
broken down my current ones. :( other than that my only other ideas
would be CDs for the car. But I am truly doing really great! Thank you
so much for your support! And keep working hard! Happy Birthday Dad!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Hart

Mission Tour!

October 26, 2015

Dear familia,
It sounds like you all enjoyed stake conference. Something Dad
mentioned was reading the Book of Mormon with a focus on a topic. I
have done that ever since I got to Mesa. My first time through I
focused on the Enabling power of Jesus Christ and this time I am
reading with a focus on prayer. How they are said, how they  received
answers, and what happened after/before. It is so amazing to read it in a
different light every time. 

This week for service we worked at a local food bank and we also did some 
member's dishes for her. I love service
so much! 

The Visitors Center doesn't have a program necessarily, but
every night there is a concert on the front lawn. One night as VC
sisters we have our own concert!

As for this last week, we had our mission tour with Elder Sitati from
the 70. He gave a talk in the April conference, and he is from Kenya!
On Wednesday he gave a fireside with his wife for everyone, and so in
order to go we had to have an investigator, recent convert, or
prospective elder with us. We invited two of our progressing
investigators; one rode his bike to the wrong building and wouldn't
make it on time. But our other investigator that we really wanted to
come came after we called her 10 minutes before it started to remind
her. :) She had to follow my Spanish directions so I prayed so hard
that she could find the building, and she did! As we were leaving she
told us that all of her questions from the lesson we had the day
before had been answered! Then on Thursday we had our meeting with
him, and he really focused on us being the best disciples of Jesus
Christ we can be and then everything else will fall into place. 

Our investigator who went to the wrong building is Jerry, and he is one of
the greatest blessings for me. He has one of the greatest desires to
enter in God's kingdom than any other person. He told me that he can
see the light in my eyes and he asked that we help him have it in his.
I don't know why but when he said that it made me realize how much just
being an example is allowing me to share my testimony without words.

Transfers or I guess changes are next week. This transfer most of us
VC sisters have had full-field sisters as our companions. So my mom
moved out of our area this last transfer, and I think I will be in the
same area for this next transfer as well. I will let you know next

This week it was like 60-70 in the morning and it was so sad because
it felt like I needed a coat! When in Idaho we would still be wearing
short sleeve shirts! But it is still pretty warm during the day. This
Pday we made cinnamon rolls! Sorry this is a little shorter than
normal just not enough time today. My ponderizing scripture is Alma
17:11 this week!
What is everyone going to be for Halloween? Are there any great plans
for this weekend?
I love you all so much! Keep up the great work at home!
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Hart
PS President Jenkins informed me last week that Utah State crushed BSU
a few weeks ago! :)