May 17, 2016
This week was AMAZING!! We had so many success stories with our investigators.
One of the most awesome ones, Hermana Rios, sent us a text last week that said “Hola hnas! Que tal si hoy en nuestro estudio me ensenan que es lo que tengo que hacer y dejar de hacer para mas correctamente alabar a Dios y preprararme para el bautismo!!!” Or basically “Hello sisters! How about in our study today you teach me about what I need to do and stop doing to more fully worship God and prepare for baptism!!” we were SOOOO excited we got up and did a happy dance in the middle of studies. And then we had a lesson about fasting and keeping the sabbath day holy, and then she came to sacrament on Sunday!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!
Also, hermana Campos es mi abuelita. She’s this little old lady that we teach and she’s adorable. She got a priesthood blessing this week because she was sick and then accepted a baptism commitment and she committed to never ever drink coffee again because she “doesn’t want Satan to have power over her.” She’s so awesome.
Also, Brother Hedges. He’s a prospective elder working towards being worthy to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. We were setting an appointment with him yesterday over the phone and he was just like “you sisters are angels. You have the Spirit so strong and I learn so much from you. I don’t know what it is, but every time I meet with you it makes my heart all warm inside.”
We got to skype home for mothers day! It was so amazing to be able to see my family and talk to them.
We found out that the Idaho Twin Falls Mission will be closing and we will be consolidating with the Idaho Boise Mission. I’m super excited about the mission changes. I think it’ll be an interesting, fun transition. It is really exciting and a little nerve-wracking to find out what’s gonna happen with transfers, even if it’s not for a few weeks. The mission is losing 12 spanish missionaries and only gaining 1 in the next two transfers, so President is consolidating and closing areas all over the place. Like my area in Gooding was closed and the work given to the elders there. And Declo might be an area that’s in danger of being closed, but that’s all speculation so who knows what’ll happen. But who knows, in a couple transfers I could be in Boise or Twin or who knows where. I have a feeling one of us (my companion or I) will be transferred this next transfer, but I’ve been wrong before so I guess we’ll see 😉
I love this gospel. I love my mission, and most of all I love the Lord. I hope that life finds you all well. Remember that God loves you. He loved you enough to send His Son.
I love you all!! Have a great week!!
May 2, 2016
Frmo my mom’s email: “Someone posted a picture of you and your companion on Facebook and this is what they said: The post was from Brett Anthon and he said, “A big thanks to the Declo Idaho Stake Spanish interpretation team! Our two sister missionaries, Sister Haws and Sister Maldonado, are world class interpreters!” Then Heather Anthon replied, “These sisters are wonderful. I was able to go to a discussion with them and I was impressed with both of them. Great job parents!” So, I posted, “Aww! I love to see pictures of my missionary, Hermana Haws! Thank you for sharing!” Then, Brett Anthon replied, “I have been interpreting Spanish for about 20 years, and in all honesty, your daughter’s ability to interpret is amazing. Thanks for sending her out to Idaho. She is an asset to our Stake.” That’s really neat that he would be so complimentary about you! So, according to him, your Spanish is really good!”
April 4, 2016-April 11, 2016
Conference was AMAZING!!!
I hit my year mark in the mission this week! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I first became a missionary! The time has gone by so fast, and yet a lot has happened this past year. It’s crazy to think that after next conference, I will be coming home. 6 months! This past year has gone by so fast! Sometimes I feel like I just got here, while other times I feel like I’ve been here forever. It feels like I’ve never known anything different. It’s a crazy complex.
Also, it snowed this week!