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





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