Sunday, September 25, 2016

With Real Intent

August 15, 2016

Dear familia,

Things were pretty cool with a few storms for a while but have heated back up here in Mesa and I had successful car cookies to prove it! :)

We did have interviews with President and Sister Townsend! And I loved it! It was a little different because normally with President and Sister Jenkins we talked about Meridian for a little bit. But I am so
grateful I have the opportunity to serve with them! I love how they are very much black and white with the rules and what is written in the white handbook, the missionary rule book pretty much!

Another eventful week has come and gone all too quickly here in Mesa! One of the greatest themes I saw from this week is that those who are truly searching with real desire and are willing to act receive the
revelation they are looking for!

Earlier this week we were in the Visitors Center at night and Sister Loynd, my previous companion, and I were on exchanges when this woman came in a little hesitant because she wasn't quite sure what to do. As
we began to talk to her it turns out that she started reading the Book of Mormon in March when she found it in a drawer when she was on a business trip. She has been reading for almost EVERY day! She wants to
continue to learn but wasn't quite sure how to go about it so she decided to give the visitors center a shot! She is going to meet with the local missionaries in California. But it was an amazing blessing to be a part of the steps of her coming to Christ and seeing her true desire to do it!

The other experience from this week would be when I was in the Visitors Center on exchanges again but with an English sister, Sister McSheehy. The English sisters came and got me for a tour in Spanish. Which it was a man with a young family who had hired the man to paint their house and shared the gospel with him the best they could with their broken Spanish and his broken English. They came to the visitors center to help him receive more help in learning more! They mentioned how he cried as they testified that God loves him and that he can
become better! It was amazing to hear how the Lord has been preparing him! And it was a blessing to be to be able to testify to him about the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ! That is by far one of
my favorite parts of being a missionary!

Just liking being a missionary, one of my greatest desires is to share something that has blessed my life.  I have to share one of the greatest talks I have read in my life! "Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ" by
Elder Neal A Maxwell. It has helped me continue to morph my view of my mission and my purpose as we are sharing a message with other people not only to help relieve them from the weight of sin but also apply the
enabling power in their lives! I invite you all to look it up in the October 1997 conference. Go and read it because your lives will be changed for the better!

I love you all! Hope you have a great week! Have lots of fun in Utah!

Con amor,
Hermana Hart

  























You know it is hot when you need a pot holder for your doorknob!                            Car baked cookies!

Full of surprises :)

August 8, 2016

Dear familia,
I am glad you were able to enjoy some cooler weather this week! And enjoy the Spirit at the baptism! 

This week sure was full of surprises both big and small! Which helps me understand and remember that God is part of the details both big and small!

Earlier this week I was able to contact someone who sent a request for a Bible a while back through Mormon.org. As part of my calling in the visitors center, I call those referrals to see if they are interested in meeting with the missionaries. So Josh requested a Bible back in June but asked that it be delivered by mail but it never reached him so I asked again if missionaries could bring it by. Well Josh is from the south and he told us that growing up he was told not to talk with Mormons but he was willing to meet with them one time. Well Wednesday
I talked to him and he has been meeting with the elders every day almost and loves learning more about the gospel. He told me that he was going to get baptized on August 27. The best part was at the end
he said, "who knows some day I might be a Mormon!" His enthusiasm for the gospel is so contagious! It is really amazing to hear how he has progressed!

The other greatest event of this week is Kate, a recent convert from the Netherlands surprised me and came down to visit. It was a complete surprise, and such a sweet blessing to finally get to meet her after
almost 1 year of teaching her online! We didn't get to spend a lot of time together but it was enough for me to get to talk with her even for just a little bit! She is such an inspiration to see her and her desire to share her testimony with others around her!

Yesterday in Relief Society our lesson was on "Accepting the Lord's Timing and Will" by Elder Bednar in this months Ensign. It is so amazing as he teaches the importance to have faith in the timing of the Lord and that His will is what will be best for us. I love his quote by Elder Neal A Maxwell who said, "Not shrinking is more
important than surviving." I know that each one of us will come across challenges that have outcomes that we don't particularly desire but as we have faith and trust that the will of God is what needs to happen
for the best then we can continue on our path of discipleship. So whatever circumstances you are in now have the faith that whatever the end results may 
be, it is for the best!



Con amor,
Hermana Hart


       Who knew cheese grew in trees :)                                     Kate came to visit!

     


He will lead you one way or another! :)

August 1, 2016

Dear Familia,
What a fantastic week! And my testimony of finding those who the Lord has prepared has grown so much this week!

Having an English with Spanish is pretty common because our mission is shrinking because more are going home than we are getting, but it is fun to be a part of both missionary work cultures because they are
completely different! :)

We're were able to visit Miguel for a quick moment on Friday but his family from Mexico surprised him and his family by driving up. Which is not uncommon here in Mesa! You have a family of 5 and suddenly you
have like 30 people staying at your house! Crazy but fun!

On Monday night after a lesson we had we weren't having much luck finding people at home and we had gone through most of our back up plans. Well we finally came down to one of the potential investigators
we had listed who only had the address of an apartment complex and nothing else and so we decided we should give it a try. So we get to the complex and we say a prayer to be guided to someone who had been
prepared to receive the gospel. After we left the car there was one apartment with its light on. We went and knocked on the door and the man, Luciano, first asked us which church we were from and after we
answered he asked for the Book of Mormon! We handed him off to the English elders and he is now progressing towards baptism! :)

Thursday in the visitors center Sister Freckleton had the really awesome experience to give a tour to some young men from a local shelter and they were all from different parts of Central and South America. And it was just a really neat experience for me to share my testimony with other youth from all over the world! And it just amazes
me how the Lord provides a way to provide for His children because He knows where they are!

On Friday there was a storm and we were struggling to find people in their homes and so we decided to stop by a new investigator's apartment. When we knocked on the door a woman answered the door who was the wife of the new investigator. Well she at first wasn't all too excited we were on her front step, but with pity she opened the door because we were all wet. We then started to teach her and she has met with missionaries in the past and we could see the Spririt working within. At the end of the lesson she opened up to us a little bit about the family struggles she is going through and said we could come back! It was an amazing storm miracle!

Something Sister Feckleton and I then talked about was the symbolism of the storm miracles that happen. Because really they are the miracles that take place in our lives during and after some of the roughest parts of our lives! And it is because we are more submissive and more willing to be lead by the hand of God to be where He wants us to be and do what He wants us to do! So if you feel like you are in your own storm, turn towards Heavenly Father because He will guide you to the right, safe place!

I love you all so much! Keep enjoying your last bit of summer! Have a fabulous week!


Con amor,
Hermana Hart