Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cute All Around!

March 8, 2016

 Dear familia,

Transfers happened this week and sadly I will no longer be with
Hermana Weight, but I will still be in Valencia, the Spanish ward. I
am in the same house, so I have officially stayed in 3 apartments; 2
in the same complex and right now I live in the pool house of a
member. My new companion is Hermana Loynd and she is from Portland,
Oregon. This transfer is the Easter Pageant, and it is 7 weeks long!
It is crazy to think that about 1 year ago you were here watching the
Easter Pageant without me! And it has been almost 9 months since you
dropped me off at the MTC!

As for the miracles that Hermana Weight and I are creating, I am not
quite sure what Sister Jenkins meant. But all I know is that Hermana
Weight and I did our best to work hard and put the rest in the Lord's
hands.

This week I taught one of my oldest investigators and we met one of
our youngest investigators! Ofelia is a cute little 60 year old lady,
and we had the opportunity to teach her the plan of salvation as she
informed us that she had lost her son and husband. And for me, I never
realized what a blessing it is to have that knowledge that I will see my
loved ones again, when I saw her so sad without that knowledge.
There is no greater blessing than to be a missionary and help someone
learn and apply the Gospel in their life! Then on the other spectrum
of cute, we met Valerie, a cute little 8 year old girl who wants to
learn about God! She is just adorable!

In the visitors center, a cute story is that Paul, the veteran who
came into the VC as a promise to his fellow servicemen a few weeks
ago, has been reading in the Book of Mormon, and the best part is that
he was able to attend church 2 weeks ago where he met a single mother who is
a veteran as well! They have been able to go on a few dates, but the
best part is that she is helping him with the Book of Mormon and more
importantly teaching him how the Atonement of Christ applies to him as
a veteran! It is just so amazing the way everything works out!

So in the Visitors Center we teach people over the phone as part of
our calling as well as Facebook and Skype like online missions. The
only difference is that we will teach them until they are ready to
meet with local missionaries and then we will just follow up and give
support in any way possible! So in a way I teach several people through
media, but Paul and Mamathou and Kate are some investigators I have
more regular contact with, especially Kate from the Netherlands! She
is just so amazing! And some day I will meet her in person, I hope!

I have actually only seen one live scorpion on my mission, but
several missionaries have shown me ones they have caught and killed
and taped in their journal. I have not done that, but have thought
about it. But guess I have to start with seeing more than one on a
member's doorstep! :)

I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and the knowledge that we
have that we will be with our loved ones again! I know that the
Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and that through Him we can find
strength to overcome any and all challenges! I love being a
missionary!

I hope everything goes well for you all this week! Don't forget to
help and lift those around you! You never know who you might help!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart


To add to my theme of "cute", 
a little nephew of an investigator


Saying goodbye to Hermana Anderson!


My district! Well, the second one of the transfer! :)


Our investigator's lamb (it looks like a goat to me) and it actually tried to eat my skirt! 
We weren't fast enough to take a picture :(



March 9, 2016

Dear Brother and Sister Hart,
We are pleased to inform you that your daughter, Sister Abigail Hart, has been called to be a Sister Training Leader in the Arizona Mesa Mission.
A Sister Training Leader is a relatively new position in the Church.  It is a calling reserved for the most exemplary sister missionaries in the mission.
As such, Sister Hart and her companion will be responsible for the training and welfare of the sister missionaries assigned to her.  She will go on regular exchanges with them.  She is a member of the Mission Leadership Council, which plays a key role in determining the goals and overall direction of the mission.
Thank you for raising such a fine daughter and for your support of her missionary effort. Positive and uplifting letters from home and encouraging Sister Hart in her responsibilities will strengthen and inspire her.
Sincerely,
Kirk L. Jenkins
President, Arizona Mesa Mission





Sunday, March 6, 2016

Outside Adventures!

February 29, 2016

Dear familia,

I know that busy lives means that time goes by fast, so enjoy every
moment that you can! This week was really great! My eye doctor
appointment went great! The doctor is a member so it was like I was in
Idaho! :) And the secretaries were so helpful because I didn't know
how to fill out all the paperwork, which I think gives me the biggest
anxiety going to doctor offices by myself! But all is well and I will
be able to see the remainder of my mission!

To clarify, Luis and the mother are in my English wards I was taken
out of. So now we only cover our Spanish ward. It is the same area as
before but we are now combined with another Spanish ward. But
transfers are next week so we will see what happens then!
We had a lesson on the phone with one of my investigators from the
Visitors Center, Mamathou, at the beginning of the week, and as we
began the lesson she asked if she could invite her friend to learn
more about what we teach! It is just amazing to see how great of a
desire people have to share the gospel with those they love when they
have felt the Spirit, even if it is over the phone!

Also within the Visitors Center, on Saturday we had another Skype
lesson with Kate in the Netherlands, and this time she was really in
the Netherlands! We read with her Enos, and about the blessing of
prayer. And as we were reading I realized how much the Spirit teaches
us as we are trying to help others learn, as we teach by the Spirit,
which allows the Spirit to be the real teacher. She had been
struggling a little bit but after reading in the scriptures and being
taught by the Spirit, things have been going good for her!

On Thursday, we went to go visit a referral that we had received
earlier that day through our phone, and when we knocked on the door, a
16 year old boy, Jeft, answered the door. We asked if Josue, our
referral, lived there and he said that was his brother and that he
wasn't home. So we tried to start teaching him, we hadn't talked to
him for very long and it was quite noticeable how nervous he was
because he had begun to sweat! We felt so bad that we had made him
that nervous, but it was kind of funny at the same time!

Friday night we had a ward party so the two wards could get to know
each other. Bishop Gulbrandsen asked that we help him with preparing
the food. So we made about 100 feet worth of sandwiches. I think after
that one night I could get a job at any Subway! :) But it was really
fun to get to know the members, especially those from the other ward!

The craziest thing this week was Saturday because it was the Phoenix
Marathon and so every road of our mission was blocked off so we
couldn't reach the south end of our mission which is where the
Visitors Center is. So we left an hour before our shift hoping to find
a way across, but it came down to us calling President Jenkins for
permission to leave the mission to get to shift at the VC! He sounded
surprised but gave us the go, so we took a quick detour into the
Scottsdale mission for a few miles to drive on the 202! It just felt
so weird even though we had permission and everything! When we got to the
VC, it was the first practice of the Easter Pageant so it looked like
the people of King Benjamin, when he taught the people! I am so
excited for the Easter Pageant! 
I am so grateful for the knowledge of the Savior and for the opportunity 
I have to serve in Arizona to teach other people about Him and the blessings He brings!
I hope you all have a great week! I love you all so much! And remember
the Savior loves you, no matter where you are!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart


King Benjamin Style Easter Pageant Practice




Farewell Kickball for VC sisters leaving next week




No big deal it is 122 in February :)