Sunday, February 28, 2016

Great missionary

February 27, 2016

We received the following letter today.

Dear Sister Hart,
This is Sister Meredith Ashton.  My husband and I have been here at the Visitors' Center for a year and will be here one more year.  He is now serving as the director of the Center.  The other day I had the opportunity to interview Sister Hart and I wanted you to know what a wonderful young woman and missionary I feel she is.  It's a pure joy to work with Sister Hart.  She is focused, happy, caring, and quietly going about doing what the Lord wants her to do.  She is obedient, even in the little things here at the Center, like trying to be on time, not dawdling around visiting when she should be somewhere else (though she can be plenty social).  About a week ago I watched as she and another missionary (not her comp) were teaching a couple of young women how to be missionaries to their friends.  She and Sister Kelson did a terrific job; I learned some things. It was really fun watching and listening to them.
I wish you could see her in action, but since you can't I wanted you to know how wonderful she is.  We sure do love her here at the Center.
Thanks for raising such a wonderful daughter.
Sincerely,
Sister Meredith Ashton

Growing season! 🌷

February 22, 2016

Dear familia,

It is so crazy to think that you are living where there is snow
(except for Chandra) while it is pollen season here in Arizona! But I
am glad everyone is gearing up for some lacrosse and still skiing! I
don't think I have ever been this warm in February in my life! But I
love it! Thank you so much for the Valentine box! I loved it! My one
request for my birthday is a written letter! I love emails but I also
love to go back and read letters. I don't need anything so that would
be my desire! I do have a pen eye appointment next week on Monday. And
as for last week I really did send an email just myldsmail.org just
freaked out so some received my emails and some did not. But I do
apologize for any inconvenience! :)

With the new realignment we need to build up our teaching pool because
several of our investigators are in our other wards, which is so much
fun! Our bishop has asked that we go back through our area book and
invite all previous investigators to come to church with the new
church time and meeting place. So that is what we did and we found
some investigators who had still been reading in the Book of Mormon!

On Tuesday we had district meeting in a mansion and the brother who
own's the house actually was recently released as a mission president
in Thailand and he knew Sister Carrillo! It is crazy to think how much
contact I have with former mission presidents! It is a blessing
because they all have so many great insights on how to be an effective
missionary and bring forth the work of salvation!

We had one of the most powerful lessons I have ever had on my mission
on Wednesday! The assistants to the president white washed one of our
wards so we had a hand off lesson with Mary. And as we were teaching
her about the restoration, Hermana Weight invited her to be baptized
and she took a few seconds trying to figure out what to say and after
a little bit she said "Sure! I just feel it!" She was just so excited!
It amazes me of all the different ways Heavenly Father prepares each
of his children!

Another example would be from yesterday in the Visitors Center. We
came in for the evening shift and Sister Trane (one of the senior
couples) came up to us and told us a lady called in wanting to learn
more about the church and God. So she gave us her phone number and we
called Mamathou, and she is amazing! We started teaching the
restoration over the phone and she stopped us and asked how long does
a person have to be a member before they can be baptized! We taught
about the qualifications for baptism mentioned in Mosiah 18:8-10 and
Hermana Weight mentioned that generally a person will go to church for
3 weeks. So the Mamathou asked if she could start this week! She is
such an amazing miracle!

Friday we gave a presentation at the baptism of some fellow Spanish
sister missionaries for the cutest little girls! While we were there
we met President Jenkins's parents! That was pretty great!  It is so
amazing to see how the gospel is meant for every person no matter what
their age! It is truly how we can draw closer to Heavenly Father and
become more like the Savior. 

On Sunday our bishop taught us how our happiness can't depend on someone's 
agency. But it truly all depends on how we are living the Gospel of Jesus Christ 
in our lives! I know that as we more fully live the Gospel, our lives will be filled with
more happiness, and the kind of happiness that lasts, even for the
eternities!

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all so much!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart


We received this picture and the following message from 
Sister Jenkins, (the mission president's wife)
regarding the baptism Hermana Hart referred to in her letter.

"We were with your daughters last night at a Spanish baptism.  They shared a message and did a great job.  They love being companions!  And we love them.  Thanks for preparing them so well!  
Sister Jenkins Arizona Mesa Mission"

The Greatest Love

February 22, 2016

This is the email we should have received on February 15, 2016.

Dear Familia,

I hope you all enjoyed Valentines Day! Did you do your heart wall like
always? I haven't set up an appointment because we have to go on
Monday and because today is a holiday it was a little difficult. So I
hope next week will work out.

This week has gone by so fast! This Wednesday we had interviews with
President Jenkins and as part of our interview he asked that we teach
him repentance. And to say that was intimidating is an understatement!
We practiced all week and so when it came showtime I had prepared like
3 different lessons to share just in case! :) But when all was said
and done it went pretty well, from my point of view, which was such a
relief!

On Thursday we had exchanges and my Sister Training Leader is actually
Hermana Aguilar, my last companion which was so much fun! When we went
to go visit a referral, we got out of the car and a man came up to us and
asked if we knew how to use nunchucks. Which was a little random and
when we told him not really he turned away and came back with a pair
and was about to swing them around.  Hermana Aguilar kindly asked
him to put them away. Sometimes I just don't understand some people's
logic but it quite often leads to a great story that I can look back
on!

The highlight of the week for me was going to the temple in Spanish on
Saturday! All of the Spanish missionaries of the mission had the
opportunity to go and experience it! And afterwards we had a
conference together! It was such an amazing experience for me! I
absolutely loved it!

On Sunday we began our new ward! In the middle of the week we received
new transfer news that became effective yesterday. Hermana Weight and
I now serve in Valencia, a Spanish ward that our previous ward,
Arboleda, was dissolved into. And due to the fact that it is in a
different stake we were moved out of our English wards. So we now
currently only cover 1 Spanish ward, Valencia. Our new bishop just
returned from being a mission president in July, and so serving here
will be such a blessing to me to have the opportunity to learn from
him! He is just so amazing and so is our new mega Spanish ward! I love
it so much!

This morning the temple was open and so we had another opportunity to
go to the temple, and be able to spend time in the House of the Lord.
It always amazes me how we are able to receive answers to prayers
there and more importantly how we are able to feel the love of  Heavenly
Father and Jesus Christ as we are in the temple or around the temple!
I want to invite you all to go to the temple as often as possible in
any way possible, to walk the grounds, do baptisms or other
ordinances. Whatever it may be just go and feel the love Heavenly
Father and the Savior have for you!

Best of luck with school and work! I hope you all have a great week,
and look for the way God shows His love for you in your life! I want
you to know that I love you so much!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

No Email :(

February 15, 2016

We did not receive an email from Abby today.  However, this email was sent to us on Tuesday, February 16, 2016:

 Brother and Sister Hart,
> Many of the emails that were supposedly sent yesterday did not go through.  Hermana Hart asked me to email you to let you know she is still breathing and fine.  She is a great missionary.   We love her.  She will email again on Monday.
>
> Sister Trane

Realigning Success :)

February 8, 2016

Dear familia!
I had heard that Kung Fu Panda 3 was out by various members and I was honestly surprised I hadn't heard about it, especially from Dad! :) But I'm glad it was good! I definitely wish there was more time in a week so that way we could see all the people we teach all the time! But we will have to do with what we are given! :) 

This week has been great and also a little crazy! We had FHE with one of our ward mission leader's on Monday and they had some non member friends over. The mom was responsible for sharing the lesson, and I knew she would give us an opportunity to share a comment at the end, and it was just amazing how strong the Spirit was by the end of the lesson! I knew there was no way that the mother and daughter didn't feel it! 

On Tuesday we met this family who was a referral from some members. They have been invited to several church activities and have even gone to a few, and one of the greatest blessings is that they are supposed to have had a baby this weekend! And so we had a short opportunity to discuss the plan of salvation with the father and the blessing of an eternal family he could have! The awkward moment is as we were walking away I kept calling him Oscar and I said his name like 3 or 4 times and as we reached the car, Hermana Weight reminded me that his name is Diego. So I definitely hope that didn't offend him and that we will still be able to meet with them in the next week! :) 

This week we were able to have a follow up lesson with the woman who wanted us to help her daughter. We planned a lesson that was all about how she is a daughter of God and how knowing what that means can help us. By the end of the lesson we had taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think it is because as we truly understand that we are children of God we will have the desire to become better and achieve our divine potential but it is only through living the Gospel that we can achieve this goal!

We also had another lesson with the man we found while he was fixing his car, Luis. We met him at the Visitors' Center and taught the Restoration. It was so powerful as we watched the Restoration video and then talked about the experience Joseph Smith had as he humbly prayed to receive an answer from God. He is willing to continue to meet with us and test to see if the Gospel really is something that will help him in the current circumstances he is in. We were so excited to continue to work with him until the turn of events yesterday! :(

Yesterday the boundaries of our stake were realigned, as well as with 3 other stakes, so there can be a creation of a 5th stake in the area. This was probably one of the biggest events of the week, and due to this realignment Leonora (where Luis, April (our investigator who is so golden), and the mother and daughter live) was disolved into 2 other existing wards in the stake so we aren't sure if we will get to teach them after this week. :( And most of the the Spanish ward, Arboleda, was absorbed into the neighboring Spanish ward in the stake over. So we will probably just teach in the same area and then we will be a combined ward! I am excited to work with other missionaries and the bishop is really supportive and missionary work driven! So that will be so much fun! We still have 1 English ward but we aren't sure if we will get to continue working in it after this transfer! :( But I know that I will serve wherever the Lord needs me to serve, and that all I can do is work hard and share the Gospel and my testimony!

I apologize for all of the frowny faces, but I am truly happy, it is just hard to lose some of the members and investigators I have grown to love! I know that these changes are the opportunity for this area to continue to grow!

How did the ACT go? Are there any lacrosse games coming up? What is your favorite science project you have done with your class? How is Grandmother? Are Gram and Papa almost moved in in Nampa?
Thanks for all of the love and support! It means a lot! I love you all so much! I hope you all have a great week!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Opportunity of a Lifetime!

February 1, 2016

Dear familia,

I hope all of the lacrosse seasons go well! I can't wait to hear about some great goals and defense! I hope there will be some tough players representing the Hart family on the field! :) 

I can't even imagine skiing right now because this past week it was in the higher 70s and there was no need for a cardigan in January! 

This week has gone by so quickly with having Pday on Tuesday instead of Monday! And I wish there was a way to slow down time just a little bit because I love it out here so much! Tuesday night we actually met the mom of one of our investigators, Iseal, who is from Mexico because it was his birthday. And she is so excited about going to church and she kept telling us how important it was that her sons went to church! And that was just the beginning of the week of miracles! 

On Friday we were in the Visitors Center and we were in the back when a nicely dressed couple comes up to us and introduces themselves, as Elder and Sister Pino. It turns out that they  were on an assignment to conduct our stake conference this weekend! He is from Venezuela and so when he learned that we were the Spanish sisters in the stake he was so excited! It wasn't until another missionary kindly asked what his calling was, that I learned he is in the first quorum of the Seventy. We aren't allowed to ask for pictures, and so after they asked us to take pictures of them he asked if we wanted a picture! And of course we said yes! The cool thing was that he conducted the conference in Spanish and had one of our members translate for him!

 I think of the strangest events this week was when we were in some apartments on Saturday and all of a sudden we hear a woman yelling out, and we turn around and she is chasing after us from the other end. She asked us if we were from a church and if we could help her daughter have a better attitude. And so we told her that we would love to meet with her and her daughter and she said of course! Things were a little rocky when we first went in and started talking to her daughter, but by the end everything was good! And now we will put to the test how much teaching doctrine can change behavior! :) 

As for Skyping Kate, she is an investigator that came onto Mormon.org chat and so in the Visitors' Center we are the ones who answer those chats and so after our chat the day she came on we have been messaging on Facebook and I answer questions she may have. She has her own missionaries in the Netherlands that she meets with, and so I am just another support in her process of conversion! And the other week we decided to Skype so we could meet "face to face" you could say. It was such an amazing experience!

We can't have that ponderizing scripture app, but that would be helpful. My scripture is 2 Nephi 4:26 because I want to focus more on the Savior and his Atonement.

Through the events of this week and my ponderizing scripture from last week I know Heavenly Father is mindful of all of His children and what they need in the exact time they need it! So just be patient and the answers to questions and prayers will come not necessarily in the time that we think we need them, but they will certainly come! We just need to continue to be diligent and do our part!

I love you all and you are all such great examples to me! I hope you all have a great week!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart



Hermana Hart's District this transfer


Hermana Weight and Hermana Hart 
with Sister and Elder Pino