Easter Time

March 21, 2016-March 28, 2016

I can see why Heavenly Father put me and Hermana Maldonado together. She’s amazing! Drives me crazy sometimes, but it’s all good. Forces me to deal with all of my personality flaws (remember the whole “What are you thinking/feeling?” “uhhh…..Idunnno” Yea…she’s forcing that out of me. Guess I didn’t realize I still had a problem with it.) I also talked to Kayla a little bit about it, but President Curtis counseled me that I need to work on loving myself and having more confidence in myself. so she’s helping me with that too…

Declo is really good! The members are amazing! And they’re all super excited to have sisters. We didn’t have a car this week (it is in Twin being fixed. we probably won’t have it this week either) But the members helped a ton. A couple people drove us around to all of our appointments and to make visits and we got to know them really well. And they helped support the members and bore powerful testimonies. It was really awesome. We found 3 new investigators this week, all in Spanish! And we have been working with TONS of English Less Active members, some of which are starting to become active. Brother Rasmussen, on of our LA members that we’re working with, went to church last week! It was super exciting! The work is really picking up and we’re starting to get to know more people, members and investigators alike. We had an appointment with one less active yesterday. We talked about Jesus Christ and the Atonement, and it seemed like she was tearing up. You could tell she was very touched by the Spirit. I love that. Those are my favorite moments. That’s when I know I’m being successful. I could have absolutely no more baptisms for the rest of my mission, but as long as I have moments like that, I know that I’m doing what I’m supposed to.

I saw Trudy! She came with one of the members that gave us a ride and surprised me by being there. It was really cool to see her and catch up with her.

We watched women’s conference in Spanish! We had an investigator, Rufina, who came. She is the sweetest little old lady. She’s in her 80s (she doesn’t know exactly how old she is.) She’s lonely: has a bunch of kids but none of them come visit her. Her prayers are so powerful. I just love her so much! and she went to church this week too! it was awesome!

Our mission has a focus of measuring the number of times we testify of Christ during the day. Basically to get us thinking about it. And it’s powerful. Because then we tie every single doctrine we teach into the Atonement and Jesus Christ.  This week was Easter, as I’m sure you all know. It was an absolutely amazing week to be a missionary. It’s definitely tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday.  🙂 I love that Christians in the entire world were celebrating our Savior Jesus Christ. I love being His representative. I have the opportunity to tell people about him every day!!
Today we were able to share the Easter video (Followhim.mormon.org if you haven’t seen it) with the man serving us at the Drivethru at McDonalds. THAT was cool. We testified of how through Jesus Christ we can find new life. He seemed really interested and was asking questions about the video. I love moments like that when the Lord puts people in our path that we can touch. I’ll probably never talk to him again, but I was hopefully able to plant that seed so that one day he can accept the gospel and that true happiness that comes only through it.
I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful that He died so that we can live again. I know that He lives and that He still runs his church through His chosen prophets. I am so excited tobe able to hear General Conference. I invite you to watch or listen to at least one session of General Conference (you can watch it on lds.org or on certain channels) I invite you to have a specific question in mind as you watch. And I can promise you that you will receive that answer.
I love you all so much! I can’t believe the changes I have seen in this past year. If one thing has changed, it’s my testimony. Before, I believed that the gospel was true. Now I know.
Con muchisimo amor,
Hermana Haws
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Daylight Savings time, exchanges, awesome members

Things here are good. The work is picking up and the members are awesome. Really help a ton. We are finally starting to find our way around and not get lost. Things are so-so with my companion. We are struggling a little bit to get along, but working through it slowly. I just can’t help but think that this is great marriage prep–being forced to talk about my feelings and work through problems (as you know, I’m not super good at that)…Hna Maldonado is an amazing missionary. And I know we were put together as companions to learn something from each other. I’ve been kind of stressed, but I’m working on it…hopefully this week will be better.

 

Daylight savings time is KILLING me. I had a hard time staying awake during the second sacrament meeting we went to…and a missionary asleep in sacrament meeting doesn’t give a very good first impression…I just made it look like I was praying hahaha 😉 I was struggling a little during studies this morning too.

We went on exchanges this week. I went to Kimberly with Hermana Santillano (my first companion)! So I got to serve with her for a day! It was so fun being able to serve with her again and talk to her about everything. She was like super understanding and it was really fun.
I went to the doctor this morning. He said everything looks really good. He recommended doing physical therapy to get rid of it completely, but he told me basically that it’s my choice whether I want to do that now or wait until I get home. The mission doctor seems to think that waiting until I get home is a better idea, that way it won’t interfere with the work. I guess the church mission health department is pretty strict about approving PT for missionaries.

Whitewashing Declo!

March 7, 2016

Hey! So Declo is good.There’s lots of work here. We cover 5 wards in Spanish and English. Even though it’s small, there’s lots of people, especially out of the actual city limits, out in the country and stuff. We have kind of just spent this week studying the area book (book of all the investigators and less actives that the missionaries before us had been working with). We met with a couple of people and received blessings from one of the Bishops. The little house we moved into was a disaster….Elders…WE had to do a ton of cleaning, and still kind of do. But my companion likes cleaning. Like I asked her what her hobbies are and she said cleaning was one of the things that she likes to do.

Hna Maldonado is super sweet. She’s from Provo, but her mom is from Chile and her dad is from Brazil and she lived in Brazil until she was 5, so she did know spanish before the mission. She has a really quiet personality. and SUPER obedient. And she was an STL (Sister Training Leader) so she knows like a ton of rules I didn’t even know were rules just because she’s been in a bunch of meetings with just president and the leaders. I feel super inadequate sometimes (but it seems like Heavenly Father really likes making us feel that way…it makes us work harder to be better). I’m trying super hard to be positive about the work and our companionship and basically just everything about the situation. We already have exchanges this week, which means I leave the area for a day (and on a day that we’ll be talking to/meeting all of the ward leaders). I think just everything in general is really stressful right now, because that’s how whitewashing is. But I know it’ll get better. Having done it before gives me the hope that the stress and frustration will only last for a couple weeks.
Change really is a great thing in the gospel because it allows us to change and grow.
Our first day here, we went out to make visits. After wandering around for a bit, we were able to find one of the investigators the elders had been working with. We taught them and had a great lesson. We got done just before 9, in time to get home before we were late. It was dark and apparently we couldn’t remember exactly where our house was. So we drove around looking for the lane to turnoff for a good 20 minutes. At this point we were starting to get to where we were a little late, and we hadn’t met everyone in the wards yet so we didn’t know who to call. In desperation, we called our zone leaders who live in Rupert, about 15 minutes away. They drove over to help show us where the house was. We and they both got home after 9:30, so we had to talk to President about it, but at least we finally found it!
My being directionally challenged has disappeared for the most part on the mission, but then there are times like these (when I get lost in the middle of nowhere) when it’s pretty obvious that I still don’t know north from south and I can’t really read a map to save my life.
Love ya!
Hermana Haws

Transfer news, more pics, etc

February 29, 2016

HEY! Sooo…I’m being transferred! It’s super bittersweet, but I think it’ll be good. I’m whitewashing, again, so that will be kind of crazy. Sister Featherston is super awesome. For the most part we got along really well and it’s kind of  bummer to be transferred after only one transfer with her.

This month was a month of miracles. With doctor visits and everything else, I ran out of money within the first week. Well so then I was out of food and super broke. I prayed and relied on the Lord to be able to take care of me, trusting in the promise made in 3 Nephi 13:26-33. Well members gave us food the entire month and our fridge was completely full and I didn’t go hungry. It was so amazing to see the Lord fulfill the promises he’s made to His servants.

I fulfilled one of my mission goals of taking a picture preaching to cows. There are more cows than people in my mission and we are commanded to preach to every creature. Why not cows?

Love yall! Remember the Lord loves us and fulfills his promises.

Hermana Haws

 

All’s good in the life of a sister missionary

February 15, 2016

My week was really good. Lots of good things happened.
We set a baptismal date this week! The Salinas family is part member/less active. Sister Salinas is a single mom with 6 kids. All except the two youngest kids are baptized. Aunnie is 10 and Cori is 8. Sister Salinas told us this week that she has been talking to a man in Chile (he’s a member) and they decided that they wanted to be married in the temple. She said that this is a goal that she has had her entire life. She had been working toward it with her kids’ dad, but things didn’t work out and they separated. But now she has that goal in her life again. And it’s a lot closer than it was before. She loves her kids so much and wants to be sealed to them. She really wants the gospel, she really has a testimony of it, she just has a little bit of a hard time acting, being motivated. They were supposed to come to church this week, but didn’t show up. We’re not really sure what happened. But we are planning on finding ways to get them to church.
We have also been finding a TON of new investigators. its awesome! We did have some people at church yesterday. Jennifer Huckaby (I think I told you about her last time) came to church, still in the wrong ward :/ But she came! And she’s been reading the Book of Mormon. And her daughters seem to be taking a little more interest. So that’s super awesome to see.
We had dinner for Valentine’s day at the Bishop’s house and his wife decorated the table with these little cups that had chocolate in them. They have a daughter on a mission so she was like “well I hope someone’s taking care of Lisa like this” Apparently Valentine’s day is like a huge thing for some people. but it was really sweet. I love our bishop and his family. They are super awesome.
Well that’s about it. Being a missionary is awesome. I love it so much. It’s really awesome. I get to tell people every day about Jesus Christ and the blessings that come through the gospel. I get to testify and feel the spirit and see the change it makes in other peoples lives when they feel that spirit too. I love you all so much. I hope all is well with you.
Con Amor,
Hermana Haws

Lo siento

So… I’m kind of horrible about writing. Sorry it’s been so long!

Gooding is doing AMAZING right now! We found like 13 new investigators in the past 2 weeks. We also dropped a ton of people, but it’s ok because that’s what it  needs. The area is supposed to change a lot because if people aren’t progressing we can’t spend all of our time on them. It’s really good to see because the area has basically stayed the same the entire time I’ve been here.

One family that we found really seems to be a “golden” family. Jennifer and her family moved here from California about a year ago. Thanks to some really great members of the church, she was fellowshipped instantly. After a time, they invited her to come to church, the Primary Program. She had a lot of misconceptions of what the church is, but loved that when she went, it was all about Jesus Christ. She met the Elders once, because all of her fellowshippers are in 3rd ward (we only cover first ward in English). And then finally after about a month of them trying to get in, they realized that she lived in our area and passed her over to us. We have been trying to get in for a while and were finally able to have an appointment with her! She has three teenage daughters that are interested as well. They all came to church yesterday, but in third ward. BUT then her daughters came to Sunday school and Young Women in first ward, instantly made friends and are planning on going to their activities this week. So that was SUPER awesome!
Also, we have been meeting with all of the Ward Mission Leaders to try and coordinate the work better and find more investigators. We have a TON of referrals now. We even went to Fairfield this week! Now THAT’S a lot of snow! They had snow all the way up to the street signs.
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It’s just a cute little town that’s up in the mountains. They have a ski resort somewhere near it too. It was awesome. Super pretty drive out there too.
Ok so I’m going to make a list of all of the questions Jackson (a 5 year old kid) has asked me. Their family is awesome and we’re there a lot. We skyped at there house and eat dinner there pretty often. There’s tons of these random questions and they are super fun and interesting. Makes me love being a missionary.
1) Have you ever kissed a boy?
​2) Have you ever farted?
3) Do you teach kindergarten?
4) Do you like kindergarteners?
And FINALLY
5) Sister Haws, Did your dad die? (WHAT?! XD)
hahah they were so random and made dinner table conversations 10x more interesting.
Well I love you all. Gooding is awesome, although I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be here. I love the gospel so much. I love being a missionary and meeting and visiting so many people. I love seeing their progress.
Love y’all!! Stay amazing!