Sunday, November 6, 2016

Blast From the Past!

October 31, 2016

Dear Familia,

This week was really amazing and we worked in our area and at the visitors center! It is so great to be a missionary! :)

On Tuesday we had the chance to meet a family that recently moved into our area from Phoenix! The 2 teenage boys, Jairo and Anthony, were baptized earlier in the year and so the previous missionaries were working with the parents! It was so amazing because when we asked the parents when they have seen the hand of the Lord in their lives, they replied by sharing the conversion stories of their sons! We are so excited to continue to work with the whole family!

Wednesday night in the visitors center was crazy busy, like it usually is for a mutual night, but this time it was full of other missionaries bringing their investigators! There was a point that all the sisters, including the senior sister on shift was on a tour! Which was fantastic! :)

Thursday night we were teaching an investigator that I had met when I was in this area 2 transfers ago, who hadn't been taught since I had met him the first time. (So like 3 months) And while we were teaching Juan, his friends knocked on his door and he invited them to listen too! Little did we know that one of them was a potential in our area book! We were able to teach them all about the restoration! The crazy thing was that they all already had a Book of Mormon, so some member or another missionary already started planting the seed!

Friday morning we had our last storytime until next year! That is when we act out the stories from the scriptures and sing primary songs with little kids in the visitors center! It is always so much fun to see the faces of the little kids light up as we share the stories they know and as they participate! This week I was Jonah from Jonah and the whale! :)

We are teaching an apartment of dads with a few kids who have recently moved from Guatemala! They are so amazing! This Friday was our ward party for Halloween and because they have only recently moved to the states, they had no idea what that was! So we called a few members and we found the kids costumes to borrow and a member to give them a ride! Everything worked out, and I don't think those kids have ever been so happy as they were with other kids and eating candy! It was so precious to see how content their dads were to see their kids happy. :) I don't think they have ever eaten a cupcake before because they ate like 5 each, including their dads! :) I just hope they didn't have a stomach ache the next day. :)

I love being a missionary and I think one of the many reasons why is because as a missionary I have been able to become more converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ! This week I read an awesome talk called "When Thou Art Converted" from April 2004 by Elder Christofferson! It is so amazing and I invite you all to read it and also apply it!

I hope you are all safe and sound tonight and that you can become a little more converted to the gospel and the Lord this week! Love you all so much!

Hermana Hart

Our cute friends from Guatemala :)

Dinner with our member who is 97 years old ❤️


Storytime with Sister Ashton

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Families are Forever

October 24, 2016

Dear Familia,

This week we have continued a finding frenzy! Everyone needs the gospel and we are just trying to find those who are ready to accept the gospel in their lives!

Sadly I have been moved out of the area with Joel and Berenice but it is okay because there are more people to teach in my area now who need the gospel as well! :)

Monday night we had some time to go finding and we stopped by a recent convert's, ElĂ­as, apartment and we found his girlfriend, Mireya. She let us come in and share the message about the restoration, and she
just nodded all throughout the lesson and told us that she has read to 1 Nephi 8! We then were able to teach her the gospel of Jesus Christ in the same lesson! She has been so prepared by the Lord throughout
her life! And she is now preparing for baptism!

The funniest thing that happened this week was when we asked Hermana Gilgen to come help us teach a lesson and we received a call from her saying that her car was trapped. She wasn't in the parking lot we were in so we went to go find her in the neighboring one. As we approach her, she is standing outside of her car, but her car was being moved so we just assumed it was her husband.  When the car was freed from its spot a stranger hopped out of the car! The best part of the story is that Hermana's primary songs were blasting in the car
when, Jose opened the door! She then explained who we are and invited him to meet with us! We are going to go by later this week! :)

All during the week we have had the opportunity to meet and teach these amazingly prepared fathers and a few of their children, who all recently moved from Guatemala! They are so enthusiastic for all things about Christ and it is so amazing to see how much they light up as they share their testimonies with us! And their kids are just 
adorable, if I must say! :)

Friday I had the chance to be companions with my first trainee, Sister Weight, for exchanges because she is my sister training leader! It was so great to be companions again because it was really awesome to see how much she has grown in the mission since we were companions almost a year ago! We spent most of our night trying to find investigators in her area, and after several people were not home, we found a family that was
taught by missionaries a few months back! They wanted to continue to learn more! :)

Yesterday we were in the visitors center and a family with smaller children wanted to watch Gods Plan for His Family which is a display about the eternal families, one of my favorite parts of the visitors center. At the end we were talking about the things that we can do to help our family. The dad spoke up and mentioned how they have a goal to not whine or complain during the week. As he shared with us this goal they have as a family it made me think of how blessed we are to have families to help lift and encourage us in our course of life!

I really know that the gospel is for families! That we have the teachings of Jesus Christ to help us to become more like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! I am so grateful for them! I would invite you to read the Family: A Proclamation to the World because it so simply teaches us what needs to be a part of our lives individually and as a family! :)

Hermana Hart

Our roommates, Sister Kennedy and Sister Wong

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Little Here, a Little There

October 17, 2016

Dear Familia,

Can I just say I love being a missionary! In the words of Chris Cook from the "A Book of Mormon Story" Mormon message,"it is a little experience here on this [day], little experience on that [day]!" And if you haven't seen that video I invite you to watch it!

Earlier this week we had a fantastic lesson with Francisco who is preparing for baptism at the beginning of November! We were talking about the word of wisdom and he mentioned all of the changes he has
been making in his life with the help of his member girlfriend! :) and we invited him to live the word of wisdom and he said "of course, they are part of the laws of life!" :) it was so sweet! :)

On Wednesday we got to be a part of one of the best service projects of my mission! We planted flowers on the temple and visitors center grounds! It was so much fun and now every day when we go to the visitors center for our shift we see the flowers we got to help plant! :) It was so much fun to serve with the sisters in the visitors center in a different way! :)

I am so grateful for Google! On Friday this couple visiting from England came into the visitors center and at first they seemed a little lost and as we approached them they asked if they could have a tour! We said "of course!" They were really interested in who missionaries are, so we headed over towards an exhibit we have about
missionaries! We asked them how they found the visitors center and they said they just googled things to do in Mesa! What!?! After watching a video about a missionary, we invited them to meet with missionaries in England when they return home and they said yes! We then got to share with them a Book of Mormon! Komiko, the woman, mentioned that she hoped to make it up to Salt Lake to the visit the temple! The Lord is guiding his people from all over and sometimes Google can help!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk in sacrament meeting about tools that the Lord has given members in order to do missionary work! And let me just say that there are lots! :) But all of us 7 missionaries (2 sisters and 5 elders) in the ward had the opportunity to share our testimonies, just some of us were able to be a little
more prepared because we were asked last week! :) I invite you all to review Elder Anderson's talk, A Witness of God, from General Conference! It is so amazing about member missionary work!

I feel so blessed and grateful that I have been able to serve pretty much in two areas in my mission! And as I was able to share my testimony from yesterday it made me reflect on how much it has grown since the first time I ever bore my testimony on my mission! I am so grateful for all of the little and big experiences I have had on the
mission and how much I have learned! It is always so amazing to see what each day has in store!

I love you all so much! And hope you have an exciting week full of fun activities! :)

Hermana Hart

At a zone dinner last Monday I caught two bees using cups, 
a new found talent? I think so! :)

I made little German Pancakes in pie tins because you 
do with what you have sometimes! :)

Planting at the temple

The Unexpected :)

October 10, 2016

Dear Familia,

It is so great to hear that things are going smoothly at home! And I know that time will get faster as we get closer to the holidays! So keep working hard now! :)

This week has been a whirlwind! So many amazing events and miracles took place and it just flew by!

This week is transfers and I will be staying with Hermana Alarcon in Liahona 1st! We now have enough missionaries that Spanish missionaries are being taken out of English wards! So no more Solomon Ward. :/ But
we are really excited to see what this transfer has in store! :)

This week our time in our area was limited by some events later on in the week, and so at the beginning of our week every hour was so precious! We were hoping to reach our goals of having members present at
our lessons, especially on Wednesday because it was our last night in the area until tomorrow! So we called all of the members we could think of and had several confirmed that they would be able to join us! We were going to be able to reach our goal! Then the unexpected happened Wednesday night for the better! We showed up for a lesson we were supposed to have with a recent convert who is 9, Olga, and when we knocked on the door, her nonmember cousins were over hanging out! It was so sweet to watch Olga help her younger cousin, Camila, read her parts of the Book of Mormon and even helped her say the closing prayer! At the end Camila's older brother,
Sebastian, asked if he could have a Book of Mormon because it talks about Christ! How amazing and he is only 10 years old!

Later on in the evening we had just a few minutes before an appointment so we decided to stop by one of our investigators we never had a chance to visit. As we walked up her driveway, there were two men standing outside talking. We began talking with them and Joel mentioned that his wife was meeting with missionaries previously but asked that they come back after the summer because they go to Mexico frequently. He said that they were ready to meet with missionaries again and then proceeded to ask us how he could know which church was
true?!! :) That was such a tender mercy from the Lord as we have been praying to find a family to teach! :)

The big event that took place at the end of the week was..... Gladys Knight and the Saints Unified Voices came to perform and Hermana Alarcon and I helped with it, along with 10 other missionaries! It was so amazing to hear the choir perform and to hear the testimonies of Gladys and her husband, William! It was definitely not something you expect to hear in a chapel but it was a great opportunity for members to invite their neighbors and friends to an exciting, Spirit filled event! Hearing nonmembers talk in line as they were preparing to listen to the fireside, was so awesome because they were so excited to hear from Gladys Knight! But I think what happened was a little unexpected for them, but all of them enjoyed it!

I am so grateful that Heavenly Father is so aware of all of His children! And their needs and their talents and knows exactly how to bless them! I know that sometimes we can't always see the bigger picture but as we trust Him and be willing to do our part, miracles will be apart of our lives daily! 1 Nephi 1:20 Ether 12:6

I love you all so much and hope you all have a fantastic week!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

Us with our Gladys Knight pamphlets to hand out

Pablo and Leti were taught by the elders in our ward,
 but Leti loves the sisters! :)

Personal Revelation and Guidance

 October 3, 2016

Dear Familia!

What a fantastic week and weekend! I loved Conference so much, and not just because it talked a lot about missionary work! :) But I love how every time I watch General Conference my testimony of the church
leaders being called and inspired by God is always strengthened! I know that President Monson is the living prophet called of God to lead us today!

Earlier this week we had a lesson with one of our investigators, Francisco! He is the boyfriend of one of the members of our ward and he has really progressed so much! He is so amazing and has asked for
an hour off every Sunday to come to sacrament meeting! But we had a lesson about repentance, and he told us about the changes he has made in his life! He then all of a sudden brought up baptism by himself!
Repentance really does lead to baptism! But it was really amazing to hear about how he is changing his life to bring more joy into his life like President Nelson talked about!

We watched General Conference at the visitors center for all the sessions because we were on shift! But it was so much fun to be able to watch it with all of the sisters! We had other members come watch it with us, and some of them even brought in cinnamon rolls! It was great!

There were lots of different themes in Conference but a big one I think was repentance and how it leads us to joy in our lives! My time here in Mesa has really taught me that! The path of repentance may not always be the easiest or the most comfortable but it always brings joy! I love the description in the scriptures that says "[the Lord] also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ"(Alma 31:38). I know that is true! We can always find joy as we turn towards Christ!

I loved the talk by Elder Peter Meur about preparing for the sacrament! I love how simple it is to prepare for it but sometimes we forget that there are little things we can do to make the most of what we are already doing!

The other night we were out with our member and she asked if we could go visit her friend who said she would like to meet with the missionaries! So we went out searching for her but we couldn't seem to find her! But we were crunched in time so we pulled up to the last house we thought it could be! I could tell it wasn't the right house because we were looking for 305 and it was 431! I felt like we should knock on the door anyways so we did! We found Berenice who has friends who are members of the Church but she hadn't really ever talked with
her about the gospel! We shared with her a message about eternal families and she said we could come back! It was amazing!

I am so grateful for personal revelation and the gift of the Holy Ghost which allows us to be better! And helps us know what Heavenly Father wants us to do! I love being a missionary! I love you all so
much! I am so grateful for you!

Hermana Hart

Sometimes your companion makes you                                                  The Heuers in Arizona!
a third companion out of carrots
and peanut butter :)

Attitude of Gratitude

September 26, 2016

Dear familia!

I hope you are enjoying the fall weather and the different colors! I am not quite sure if Arizona has a fall necessarily but the weather in the 80-90s are great!

This week has been really focused on gratitude, and I have learned so much!

Lately, Sister Alarcon and I have been talking about the importance of understanding and appreciating the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how that effects us! Amazingly enough on Friday morning in our prep
meeting in the visitors center we had a guest speaker from the Tempe Institute come talk to us about developing faith in Jesus Christ and he discussed gratitude! I never realized how important the role of gratitude plays in faith!

One of the greatest events this week that I am grateful for is going to the temple! I feel so blessed to serve in a mission where we get to go the temple every 6 weeks! It is one of the greatest blessings our Heavenly Father has given us to be able to receive direction from Him! I would urge you to go to the temple more often and I promise you that the blessings will follow!

I am also grateful for the nights where nothing goes as planned because that allows us to see the hand of the Lord throughout the whole night! On Thursday, all of our set lessons fell through, but every other door we knocked on someone opened the door! It was such a blessing and an amazing reminder that the Lord is part of all the little details! We were able to invite a less active family to church Thursday night and they were there yesterday! Which was amazing! :)

I know that as we continue to study about the Savior and increase our understanding of the Atonement our desire to be obedient and our love for Him will increase! And as we express our gratitude for what He did
for us, we will see a difference in our relationship with Him! I would suggest reading Gratitude for the Atonement from the June 2007 Ensign! It is so powerful!

I am so grateful to be a missionary and be a part of the work of the Lord! I know He loves all of His children and wants them to be happy! Living the gospel leads people to be happy! It is our choice to live
the gospel! I hope you choose to live it because I know that it is the best way and only way to live to return back to Heavenly Father!

I love you all! Have a great week! Enjoy General Conference!

Hermana Hart

Christmas lights are going up!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Walking by Faith

September 19, 2016

Dear familia,

What a crazy full week this was! But those are always the best! Something that really seemed to be the theme for this week is acting on the knowledge that we have and being willing to act with faith! 

We are still working on meeting all of our investigators from our Spanish area, and so on Tuesday night we had all of the set lessons but we felt like we needed to go find our investigators we haven't met yet. Well Heavenly Father worked everything out for us because all of our set appointments cancelled but it was definitely a tender mercy! We were able to meet many of our investigators and it was interesting to see where they were all at in the process of conversion, some more willing to change and act than others even with similar understanding. But there was one woman, Gloria, she let us in even though it was really late and she mentioned she thought the sisters didn't want to see her any more. But we explained the situation and invited her to church and she said yes! Even though a lot is going on in her life, she willingly acted with faith and came to church with her daughter yesterday! 

But the other side miracle of Tuesday night is that we found Tania and her family, who I previously taught in my other area! She is the inactive member, who knew nothing about the gospel! She had moved away and the sisters who are serving in my previous area had no idea how to contact her, but Heavenly Father knew and she now lives in my area again! :D

The following day we had a lesson with another investigator, Flor, who was being taught by the other sisters. As we were talking with her she bore her testimony that she knows these things are true! And she wants to go to church but is concerned about keeping her job, but she mentioned that she found a new job where she doesn't have to work on Sundays or Saturdays! And so we are working with her to act on her faith that has grown through reading the Book of Mormon and praying that she will be able to attend church! 

Friday we had zone conference! And it was so amazing to learn more about how we can be more effective missionaries! We talked about asking for referrals from everyone! This is something that we are taught even in the MTC and it really dawned on me the importance in acting according to our knowledge that there are things that are more than just great ideas, but they are things that when we do them we will be blessed! Truly that is what this life is for increasing our knowledge and acting upon what we learn! And as we do so we prepare ourselves to meet God! And to exercise our faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement! When that happens we repent, or become changed! :)

Yesterday in the visitors' center we were talking with a man, who was looking at the new picture gallery we have by Liz Lemon Swindle, of Peter being saved by Christ after he has begun to sink! We had a great conversation about the importance of exercising our faith and trusting that Christ will always be there to help us! Sometimes we let other things distract us but really as we focus on Christ and act on our faith, then we will never "sink"! 

I know that is true! That Christ always has His hands ready to help us and that we can always trust in him! I invite you to read Matthew 14 towards the end of the story of Peter walking on water and put yourself in his shoes! I know that we can all continue to strengthen our faith in Christ and act accordingly! 

I hope you all enjoy your next week! Love you!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart


Putting up Christmas Lights

The Miracle of a Referral :)

September 12, 2016

Dear familia,

What a crazy full week! And it has been a great one!

Things have been cooling down here in Mesa to a good 90* average which has been nice! :)

My companion is doing great! And I am still a visitors' center trainer and training the new English visitors' center trainer, Sister Parke, with the duties we have to do in the visitors' center at the same time I am training Hermana Alarcon. Sister Parke and I are not companions and we are each in charge of a shift which this transfer is 5 set of sisters. But it is such a blessing to serve with all of the sisters in the visitors center! :)

Throughout this week and last we have come across these youth who are sisters, Zanab, Sarah and Fatima, every time we stop by to visit some of our other investigators! Whenever we pull up and are saying our prayer before we get out of the car they are running out their door to come say hi and talk with us! They are super sweet! We are going to have an actual lesson with them this week, and when we gave them a Restoration pamphlet and they told us to quiz them on it before our lesson! :) They live in our Spanish area and they are an English and Arabic speaking family, so if they want to continue to learn we will have to give them to the English missionaries in the area! :( But they are so AMAZING!

This week we visited with the Martinez family, and since Lesly's baptism a few weeks ago, the parents have been taking temple preparation classes and they only have 2 left! So there have been so many amazing changes in this family and they are so close to receiving the blessings of an eternal family! :) So more to come with them! 

On Friday we had exchanges and I was with Sister Ventanilla, who came out with me from the MTC!  And we had such a fun lesson about the Anti-Nephi-Lehis as we talked about burying our weapons of war/ being obedient with Josh who is a 9 year old investigator of a part member family! It was so much fun! But because we couldn't bury our Popsicle sticks with how we will be more obedient like we usually do, we took off our headbands of rebellion (ties)! :) It was so great!  We had received a referral earlier in the day for Amber and we went to go stop by later that evening. When we get there we found out that Amber is a member who was baptized 2 years ago in Georgia! We also talked with her mom who is not a member, Gloria! They didn't feel comfortable going to church because they didn't know the building so we set up a tour with them on Saturday! Everything was going to work out on Saturday until we showed up and there was a funeral and the whole church parking lot was filled with cars! It was probably one of the best attended funeral services I have ever seen! So we went to the visitors' center down the street instead! But they came to church yesterday! :) 

One of the greatest miracles of this week was that Josh, an online referral, was baptized this week! About 3 months ago Josh requested a Bible and asked that I just mail it to him because he didn't want any contact with the church. But after a few weeks and it hadn't arrived he said that he would allow the elders to come by but, "if they say something I don't like, I am going to throw them out!" Needless to say that he didn't throw them out, but continued to meet with them and was baptized this weekend! I think one of the greatest tender mercies this week was when he sent me a message on Facebook saying "Muchos gracias hermana! Hope I said that right". It was super sweet! 

I know that there are miracles in referrals from investigators, members and even self-referrals! And this week my testimony has grown so much of that! I would invite you all to read/watch/listen to "The Summer of the Lambs" by Sister Jayne B Malan General Conference October 1989. I am so grateful to serve here in Mesa and also have the opportunity to teach people all around the world! :) 

Have a fantastic week! I love you all so much! And I am so very grateful for your love and support! Keep working hard! :)

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

Josh's Baptism in South Carolina

Both sisters I trained! 

Preparing at all Ages!

September 5, 2016

Dear familia!

It is so great that you were able to enjoy your time in McCall, even with the overflowing church building! Things were actually significantly cooler here in Mesa as well! In fact we walked out of our apartment Sunday morning at 6:45 am and we both mentioned that it was chilly as it was 85* outside! That is so sad! :)

I have to say that time just seems to be flying by! And I would love to find a way to slow time down! But for now I am just enjoying every minute I can!

This week was transfers and I stayed in my area, except I am serving in a different area of our Spanish ward, Liahona 1st. Tuesday was full of anticipation as Sister Freckleton and I were both preparing to pick up our new trainees from the mission office! So my new companion is Hermana Alarcon from South Dakota! The first missionary I have met from South Dakota and she is my companion! :) She is so much fun and we laugh a good portion of the day!

Tuesday night was a little interesting because we didn't have our digital areabook for our Spanish area yet so we did some rearranging to meet some of our new investigators! :) But it was great because the majority of my area is where I served a year ago when I first got to the mission! 

On Thursday we had a lesson with Ronaldo and Jennifer, who are siblings and the other hermanas of our ward were teaching and they are amazing! They have so many amazing questions like who Jesus Christ is and why He is important! And they are only 12 and 15! The Lord truly prepares everyone no matter what age for the gospel! :)

Later that evening, we asked one of our members from our Spanish ward to come out with us to go find some of our investigators, and as we were leaving her house we got a call from the visitors center saying that David was there for a lesson! David is an investigator from our English ward, who happens to speak Spanish and the member knows some English so we just went with it! :) We explained the situation to both of them, as we started teaching David about temples we realized he doesn't know the gospel language in Spanish. Coming from experience of learning Spanish on the mission, the gospel should count as another language in of itself! But it was so sweet to see how Hermana Martinez shared her testimony about overcoming the word of wisdom! Because that is what David is working on! :) Overall I am grateful the Spirit doesn't work with only one specific language! :)

On Sunday, Hermana Alarcon and I had the opportunity to talk to the primary about being missionaries now and so we made these cute little missionaries that we dressed up as we talked about what they can do! It was so much fun to be with the little primary kids and to feel their spirit to be missionaries! The Lord prepares His missionaries while they are young! :)

I am so grateful to be a missionary in the Arizona Mesa Mission! And I know that each one of you have missionary work that the Lord needs you to do! No matter where you are at! Look for them throughout your day! 

Love you! Have a great week!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

The Joy in the Gospel!

August 29, 2016

Dear familia,

This week has truly gone by like a blur! But it has been a very good blur! :)

At the beginning of the week we had the opportunity to eat dinner with some of the elders' investigators, Leti and Pablo. She was so excited to have us over that on Sunday, that is what she wanted to talk about after church! And we were supposed to be in the visitors center for dinner but she wanted to make sure we'd be there, so we made arrangements to be there! When we arrived, we soon realized she was about to give us all that she had, but she did it with so much love! My heart was so touched to see her desire to serve in the best way she
knew how! :)

This weekend we had the baptism of Lesly, an 11 year old of a part member family! They are the family I met with Hermana Gonzalez! Now with the baptism of Lesly, her parents are preparing for the temple! It is so exciting to see how much their family has progressed in the gospel and how happy they are! Hermana gave the talk about baptism but shared how baptism is only one more step their family is taking to enjoy the blessing and the joy that comes through the gospel!

We had a tiny Skype with Kate, as she will be heading back to the Netherlands to finish her last few semesters of school! It is amazing to see the joy that she has experienced through living the gospel in her life every time we skype with her!

Yesterday as we were leaving the visitors center to go to the confirmation of Lesly, a girl was looking at the front desk. We asked her if she needed help and she told us that she was just looking, so as we are halfway down the ramp outside she comes back out and with tears in her eyes asks if we could share our testimony with her. We
walk back inside and we sit down in the Christus room and begin to get to know her. She is in a very difficult situation as she is almost 19 and married outside of the Church and has lost the blessings of the gospel in her life! It was so sad to see her so broken down, but it was so amazing to see her as we shared our testimonies of hope of the gospel! This is why I am a missionary! To bring hope and joy to others through Jesus Christ and His gospel!

I know that the gospel can bring us the greatest joy in our life no matter our circumstances! I would invite you to read "It works wonderfully!" by President Uchtdorf! It is amazing to help us understand how we can apply the gospel in our lives to achieve Heavenly Father's promised blessings!

I love you all! And hope you have a fantastic week!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

Temple trip with Sister Freckleton!

Hope through our purpose!

August 22, 2016

Dear familia,

It sounds like things are going to pick up even more with school, but I know that things will always work out the way that they need to! As a trainer in the visitors center I go on exchanges with the every sister on my shift which is 6 this transfer. So in the evenings I am with the another sister almost every night! :) and then in the visitors center we have a meeting for training every Friday morning! Which are always so amazing! :)

We do have a washer and dryer in our apartment and I think that is a standard in the mission! So such a big blessing! :)

Today we had a goodbye brunch and watched Ephriam's Rescue with all the other sisters and senior couples from the visitors center for the three sisters going home this next week! :) Those are always so fun to
have all of us sisters together!

What a crazy week! But it definitely was a great one!

On Tuesday we were on our way into our apartment at night and we got a call from a Utah number and as we answer it, Kate from the Netherlands was on the other end! She was calling to let us know that she went to the temple to do baptisms for the first time! And that she even took a family name! She sounded so excited and full of joy! I am so grateful that she was able to have that experience and now she has a great purpose to go to the temple to do the work for her family! I am so grateful for the temple and how it helps us have greater purpose here on earth to have an eternal family! Earlier in the afternoon we had a really great meeting with our
mission president, President Townsend, about our missionary purpose and using technology! It is such an amazing thing to have the technology to help other people to come unto Christ that wouldn't be
able to be done otherwise! Like with Kate!

Thursday in the morning we were in the visitors center and a man walked in and looked at the Christus and then asked if there was anything more. We told him yes and began to get to know him; Victor is from Bountiful Utah and lives just a few blocks away from the temple. As we talked with him we realized he had some deep questions
and that the plan of salvation would help him with them. So we began teaching the plan of salvation and when we were done little did we know that 2 hours had passed by! Because of the restored gospel we now have the precious knowledge of the plan of salvation! And it is a blessing to share this knowledge with others every day so they know that everything that happens in this life has a purpose and that they have a great purpose here on earth! :)

In the afternoon on Friday we had the baptism interview for Lesly, who is one of the girls I taught when I was previously in this area! We actually found the family by a member referral my last night in the area with my trainer, Hermana Gonzalez! And her baptism will be this Friday! Following her baptism in the coming weeks their family will be able to enter the temple and be sealed in the temple! It is such a blessing to see them progress as a family! Which is Heavenly Father's plan! And I watch that every day in the visitors center! :)

I know that we can always find great hope as we remember our purpose! And that there are always great miracles to look forward to! :) 

I love you all so much!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart
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