July 5-Feliz cuatro de Julio

13 Nov

Feliz cuatro de Julio familia.

Yesterday was just a P-day. We were in the Parade on the Church’s float. It was funny. We just had to wave to all the people who have rejected us. haha. jk, I only noticed the ones we have taught. It was fun, but kinda hot. After that, we just went shopping at Walmart and did laundry. The libraries were closed, so we didn’t get to email.

So, a lot has happened over the past week, and here’s what’s going on. Sis. Thomas got transferred to Tucson, so Sister Call is going to join Sister Vawdrey and I in a trio until the next transfer in two weeks. That means we are Spanish and English again and we have more to do. I am excited though, it will be really fun!

This past week was great, just teaching and finding people to teach. It is amazing to see the Lord’s hand in this, his work daily. We really only do such a small part of it. He has been preparing B—-, our investigator who is being baptized this weekend. B—– says that this all makes more sense than any church he’s ever been to, and that it all feels so right. He is very excited to be baptized and become part of God’s fold.

Also, our investigator F—– is amazing. He was scheduled to be baptized on the 30 of July, but he’s been progressing so quickly (is already trying to quit smoking and has given up coffee and tea) that we moved his date up a week to the 23. He is working very hard to keep the word of wisdom. When we taught it to him, he said, “I know that this is the source of all my health problems. That’s part of the reason you were sent to me.” He is wonderful. He came to church last Sunday and stayed all three hours, and LOVED it! He is pure gold! He is 64 and is “looking for a mate” so if you know anyone. . . haha. It will be wonderful to see continued changes in his life.

We are still working with P——–. We haven’t been able to see her for about 4 days because of the holiday, so we don’t know how prepared she is at this point for her baptism which is scheduled for Saturday. We are praying that the Lord will continue to work with her to prepare her and to guide her in the right direction. She has been reading in the Book of Mormon again which has really been helping her testimony and desires to be baptized. The Book of Mormon is so important to this work. I know it is truly God’s. That it is necessary to test the faith of Christ’s followers. And that the Holy Ghost will ALWAYS testify of its truth and divinity when people sincerely want to know. It’s like magic.

Today, we met our new mission president, President Killpack and his wife, Sister Killpack. They are REALLY nice. I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that they are called of God to head this area of his vineyard. I know they will be diligent and humble servants. The Lord will qualify them and give them all that they need to progress his work here.

President Killpack served his mission in Deuseldorf, Germany. . . i don’t know how to spell that. but, that was cool. He and Sister Killpack are working on their Spanish. I’m really excited to work with them more.

I guess that’s about it for the week.

Oh yeah, we contacted this one guy at his house. He said that we’d better come back another time.

So, I said, “So, you want us to come back? Is there a time that works better than others?”

He said, “Yeah, uh, what year is it?”

I said, “2011.”

He said, “Yeah try back in 2019. I might be weak then.”

I said, “Ok, we’ll make a note of it.”

I just hope the second coming isn’t before then, or he might be in some trouble.

I am learning that this work is becoming very urgent in these, the last days. Even Sis. Killpack said that the apostles in the MTC were saying that they feel the Lord’s hand evermore present in these days because His work is becoming more and more urgent. It’s kinda exciting. We are so privileged to have a part of the most worthwhile work there is–saving souls. Some people just don’t know how important it is when we knock on their door or stop them in the street. We try to explain to them and hope the Holy Ghost will touch them to make them believe. But, I know now more than ever that this is God’s Church, that Christ leads it today and that it is urgent to be baptized and endure to the end, to receive all the blessings of the gospel starting today, and to last through the eternities.

The end.

-Sister Bryce

June 27-Hola a todos!

13 Nov

Marley’s Baptism

Our wonderful friend and now fellow Latter-day Saint Marley was baptized this past Saturday. We are so proud of her. It was not very easy because some of her family did not want her to be baptized. She battled with the decision for some time. Ultimately because of her wonderful faith, reading in the Book of Mormon and praying sincerely, she received an answer from Heavenly Father that she could not suppress. We asked her what changed. She said, “Heavenly Father told me it was the right thing to do.” So, with great courage, she did it.

The baptismal service was really beautiful. Her friend gave a talk on Baptism and the Holy Ghost, she asked me to sing “I am a Child of God”. She bore the most wonderful testimony after her baptism about how she knows the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. She said that it took some time, but after taking it all step by step and following direction from God, she now KNOWS it’s true.

Her Dad, Stepmom and sisters came to her confirmation on Sunday to support her. The confirmation was wonderful as well.

She is so special and I am so glad that I had the chance to teach and know her. She will be a wonderful example to her family, and the blessings are only beginning for her. We will be great friends for life.

Marley's Baptism

June 13 “Que Pasa Wey?”

13 Nov

Hola mis amigos.

Many funny and amazing things have happened this week. Let’s get started.

(funny quotes from non-believers)
1. While tracting, we found this guy who just wanted to argue with us, so we just smiled at him as big as we could and laughed at all the funny things he said on the way to our truck. : ) He was trying to tell us that we don’t believe in the Bible or Jesus Christ, just the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith- WRONG! But here’s what happened:

He was all, “Where’s your Bible?”
I was like, “It’s right here in my bag.”
He responded dramatically, “Well, what good does it do you in there?”

hahahahahaha, we have been asking people that question a lot and it’s gotten to be really funny, maybe because we’re in the sun a lot.

Then he said, “When was the last time you opened that Bible? You’ve been walking around for hours and I’ll bet you haven’t even used it once.”
He didn’t listen, but I said, “Like 20 minutes ago.”

That was great.

2. We talked to a guy who was not interested and told us, “Well my faith is ‘Catholism’.” He’s obviously very devout.

3. We tracted into a woman who started crying as soon as we started talking to her. She was afraid of listening to anything that would take her away from Jesus Christ. We told her that we would definitely not do that. But then, she got hostile. She asked us if we had “our bible” with us. So, I took out my quad and she freaked out. She took it from my hands (not cool) and was looking through it. Then, she asked, “What kind of Bible is this?” We said, “The King James Version.” She said, “Oh good, that’s the kind I use.” Then she was looking through it and said, “This doesn’t look like the King James Version.” So, we showed her the title page that said, “KING JAMES VERSION.” She still didn’t believe us and just kept crying. We were sad, but also entertained. She would only accept a pamphlet and an invitation to read it. We wish her the best.

(separate post–weekly update)
This last week has been soo good. The Lord’s work is really progressing because we have tried to involve him in it as much as possible. We both feel grateful to have qualified enough to receive a lot of inspiration lately which has brought many miracles. Here’s what’s been going on:

1. My companion looks like Emily O.They act totally different, so it took me a while to notice it. But, they look so much alike. haha

2. Two of our investigators have really been doing well. They went to Girls Camp last week with the Young Women and came to church on Sunday. Their mom used to be against them getting baptized and tried to talk them out of it all the time. However, they have both talked to her and told her that they really want to be baptized because “they know Joseph Smith was a prophet.” Now their mom is okay with it and wants to learn more about the church. We hope that goes well! We have also been slowly teaching their Dad. They will be getting baptized this weekend! : ) I know that is only because the Lord wants them to, and they have let Him work in their lives. He has guided and will guide them them to where they are and where they’ll be in the future. They love the church and it’s been such a blessing to watch their lives fill up with more light.

3. Just a note–It is getting pretty hot here and it’s REALLY windy. Sometimes the wind knocks us over, it’s really strong. It shakes our car violently while we’re praying. But it makes it feel not as hot. I have a tan.

June 7, 2011 Transfer News

13 Nov

Hola mis queridos amigos!

Transfer news: I am staying here in my same area and my new companion’s name is Sister Vawdrey. She is from Highland, Utah and seems to be a great missionary so far. What happens is we just get a phone call the Sunday night before, and they tell us where the Lord needs us. Then on Tuesday, we drive to Lordsburg and a transfer van drives them from Tucson to meet us there (about an hour from here) and then we drive back. It’s all very organized. So, yup, we will continue working with all our same investigators. Some of them are doing well and some are not.

Brother Dominguez (the miracle investigator) moved back to Texas with his family, so we sent his information to the missionaries there to teach him. Marley and Princess (two 12 and 14 year old girls) were doing really, really well and have amazing faith. But, their entire family (except for their Dad) is against them being baptized into the church. Since they’re so young, it’s been really hard and confusing for them. Luckily, their Dad would like to listen to our lessons too, so hopefully if he is on board, they will have some support. It’s really sad bc their stepmom and step sister are both less active members, but they avoid us, because they know they’re not keeping the commandments. which doesn’t matter to us, but it makes them feel uncomfortable. Soo, that’s that. We have found 4 new investigators this past week who are singles’ branch age and three new hispanic people to teach as well. So, the work is progressing and always, always busy. We don’t even have time to write letters to our friends or anything. I have been writing the same letter to Heidi for like three weeks now. Once we do our laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, washing the car, morning studies and exercise, there’s not any extra time. But, esta bien. I have almost been out for five months now which is crazy, but I’m glad it’s going by fast. That means we’re busy! : ) We get a new mission president at the end of this month June 28. That will be interesting. I’ve heard it can be a difficult adjustment, but we will see.

And yes, I can’t believe i stuck my hand in a cow either. But, I figured, why not. At least it’s not skydiving–that I can’t handle. But the vet was all, you can feel the calf’s head and you’ll never get a chance like this again. Once I felt it, I was like, “Okay.” I guess it was cool, but it was more gross than cool. But it was interesting and all the Elders respect us more now. haha.

Anyways, we have to go pick up our laundry and head to dinner. That’s about it. I know a lot of funny things happen during the week, but I can’t remember them right now.

Love you all,
Sister Bryce

May 31, 2011

5 Jul

Hola hermanos, hermanas y padres!

Okay, this past week was C-razy.

My new companion is great. We have been working really hard. She went to Duke before her mission, studying Politics, which is cool. We found a bunch of new investigators that speak Spanish, but we had to give them over to the Spanish Sisters. President wants us to only teach the English people for right now. I think because we already had a ton of investigators. I was sad at first, but I know that they will all be taken care of. We will just have to practice our Spanish mucho and pray that our next areas are all Spanish. ha.

Story 1: We went to teach this one family whom we have taught many times before and they have baptismal dates for July 9th. We went to their home on Wednesday with our ward mission leader for a lesson. We began saying hi to some of their daughters out on the front porch. Then, one of their “friends” came to the door and told us (firmly and in kind of a hostile manner) “We’re not interested; so please leave.” I didn’t know who he was and had never seen him before so I was kinda confused for a second. Then I said with a smile on my cara, “Oh, we’re here to see L—- and her family. We know them.” Then, he got more mad and said, “I’m asking you to leave the premises. They are the ones who told me to tell you that.” Because that had kinda happened to us once before I felt a little shocked and a little sad. Brother McDonald, our ward mission leader said, “Well, we know the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith is a prophet.” It was great. But the girls’ faces on the front porch were so sad to see because they love it when we come over. Just a few days earlier, they gave us hugs and said, “Thank you. This is helping our family so much.” So, we gave them a rest for a day and prayed for them a lot.

Then, we were in the neighborhood one night when they were getting home. The mom jumped out of the car and called my name. So, we went over to talk to them. She gave me a hug and said, “I do not like what happened the other day. My girls told me what he said to you and unless I ask you not to come over, please come over. It makes my girls’ days when you stop by.” So, their one daughter G— was with us and had told her mom what happened and told her mom that we were her friends. S—— (who didn’t listen to our lessons at first) said she cried after we left. The mom told us she yelled at that guy and was cursing at him–that part didn’t make us feel better haha. So in the end, the relationship has been re-established. We just want the parents to listen to more of the lessons so that they can pull their kids along, not the other way around. We will keep working with them and so will the Lord.

Story 2: When we were teaching one of their neighbors P—, she told us a wonderful story about one of the daughters of L—, named L———-. P—-‘s son was murdered some time ago and she is very much not at peace still. It is taking over and ruining her whole life because she cannot let go of it. We taught her a little bit, but she says she’s not ready yet for something like this (even though we told her it’s the only thing that will help her.) But, she told us that Lexie is one of the biggest trouble makers out of the whole family. One day P— asked L—- to throw away an Otter Pop wrapper and L—- put it on Patricia’s doorstep. haha. However, she went on to tell us about a very sweet thing that L—- had done after that. She came over one day and sat P—– down and said, “I want to talk to you about your son.” L—- went on to tell her that she would see her son again someday because of Jesus and that it would be okay. She also taught P—– how to pray and told her she knew she could call God anytime. She told her she forgot his phone number, but she was sure she could call him still. Haha. That was such a wonderful story! It made all of those crazy things that happen every day worth it to know that a 5 year old could explain to a suffering older woman the Plan of Salvation.

Story 3: We tracted into this guy yesterday who is named Javier. He had a scar tattooed over his eyeball and a tear drop (which means he has killed someone). Cool right? Well, I said, “Hi, we’re missionaries from The Church.” He interrupted and said, “of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” So, it turns out he is Mormon and has been all his life. However, he was very angry because his son had been murdered as well. A woman stabbed him in a McDonald’s that he worked in in Safford years ago. He was crazy! and very mad about it still. We tried to talk to him, but he was really grumpy. So, he told us that he also lives with his girlfriend that wants to be baptized. He told us that unlike us, he doesn’t put limits on love and that he can live with her and it’s okay. . . which is false. But then he said, “What year is it?” We said, “2011.” He said, “Welcome to Mormonism 2011.” Then he talked for a long time about how he still has a testimony and believes in Heavenly Father. He also told us to be careful around the “hood”. Then he said, “Welcome to Mormonism 2010. . . haha. He was really messed up. It’s really sad what has happened to him, but he’s handling it totally the wrong way. So, that was a weird story.

Story 4: M—- and P—– came to church this past Sunday. We were able to teach their Dad a lesson and their less-active Stepmom, P——. That was really good, because we want their whole family to be active members of the church. The Dad said he would take the lessons if that’s what the girls wanted. So, there is hope. Anyways, the girls are doing really well. They are both going to girls’ camp this week with the Young Women! They have now both told us that they know Joseph Smith was a prophet and the Book of Mormon is true. It has been really hard for them so far, because their biological mother told them she doesn’t like Mormons and that she needs to be baptized by her grandfather in the Christian church-wrong. Anyways, it is really difficult to clear up stuff like that with a 12 and 14 year old. It’s not fun to explain to them that their mother is wrong and rude and that their grandfather does not have the priesthood after their mom said he did. Anyways, we will just pray that Heavenly Father will continue to care for them, because there’s only so much we can do. He will have to do most of it and help these two girls get past all the opposition they face.

Story 5: We were tracting out in White Signal (in the middle of nothing) when we found Zach Morris’ Dad. The actor who plays Zach Morris, his dad lives there and we tried to teach him. It turns out we left him the Restoration pamphlet and he agreed to read it and pray about it. But he told us he couldn’t join our church for some reason and he will read and pray about it, but he won’t tell us if he gets an answer. . . weird people. But it was cool. He said he respects us and knows a lot of good mormons, but he just can’t join. haha. whatever. He did say that his son did a voice over for a mormon commercial once. That was neat.

So, there are a ton of fires somewhere in New Mexico and the sky is really smokey here. The air quality is not so good at the moment. It is apparently a huge fire and the smoke reaches up to Iowa. Maybe you have seen something about it on the news. I don’t know but it’s kinda hard to imagine a fire so big. The wind here is so strong too that it just keeps spreading. It’s okay though because it makes people pray and they all ask us about the end of the world and Jesus’ second coming. We get to teach a lot of people that way. It reminds me of in Helaman when Nephi prays for a famine to humble the people and remind them to turn to God. . . and it worked. Anyways, that’s just on the bright side of things. Really, it would be nice if the fires were extinguished.

All in all, it’s been a good week. Just finding and teaching people. Those are some of the highlights. Heavenly Father is definitely watching over us in every situation. We have zone training tomorrow which breaks up the mundane schedule that we have every day. So, that will be nice. It will also be a good opportunity to learn a lot.

Love you all!
-Sister Bryce

Transfer #4

5 Jul

Hola mis queridos amigos!

Transfer news: I am staying here in my same area and my new companion’s name is Sister Vawdrey. She is from Highland, Utah and seems to be a great missionary so far. What happens is we just get a phone call the Sunday night before, and they tell us where the Lord needs us. Then on Tuesday, we drive to Lordsburg and a transfer van drives them from Tucson to meet us there (about an hour from here) and then we drive back. It’s all very organized. So, yup, we will continue working with all our same investigators. Some of them are doing well and some are not.

Brother Dominguez (the miracle investigator) moved back to Texas with his family, so we sent his information to the missionaries there to teach him. Marley and Princess (two 12 and 14 year old girls) were doing really, really well and have amazing faith. But, their entire family (except for their Dad) is against them being baptized into the church. Since they’re so young, it’s been really hard and confusing for them. Luckily, their Dad would like to listen to our lessons too, so hopefully if he is on board, they will have some support. It’s really sad bc their stepmom and step sister are both less active members, but they avoid us, because they know they’re not keeping the commandments. which doesn’t matter to us, but it makes them feel uncomfortable. Soo, that’s that. We have found 4 new investigators this past week who are singles’ branch age and three new hispanic people to teach as well. So, the work is progressing and always, always busy. We don’t even have time to write letters to our friends or anything. I have been writing the same letter to Heidi for like three weeks now. Once we do our laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, washing the car, morning studies and exercise, there’s not any extra time. But, esta bien. I have almost been out for five months now which is crazy, but I’m glad it’s going by fast. That means we’re busy! : ) We get a new mission president at the end of this month June 28. That will be interesting. I’ve heard it can be a difficult adjustment, but we will see.

And yes, I can’t believe i stuck my hand in a cow either. But, I figured, why not. At least it’s not skydiving–that I can’t handle. But the vet was all, you can feel the calf’s head and you’ll never get a chance like this again. Once I felt it, I was like, “Okay.” I guess it was cool, but it was more gross than cool. But it was interesting and all the Elders respect us more now. haha.

Anyways, we have to go pick up our laundry and head to dinner. That’s about it. I know a lot of funny things happen during the week, but I can’t remember them right now.

Love you all,
Sister Bryce

May 31, 2011

5 Jul

Hi family,

We didn’t get to email yesterday because it was Memorial Day and the library was closed. But, it worked out well, because we had an extra hour of other stuff. So for P-day yesterday, we went to Old McDonald’s farm, literally. Brother Niel McDonald is our Ward mission leader. He and his Dad own a ranch out in White Signal, so they invited us out to help with branding. hahaha. It was waaaay fun. It was gross at first, but then, after you get over it, it was kinda cool. I will send some pictures of it. So, they were castrating the cows, vaccinating them, dehorning them, and branding them. Two of the Elders went, one grew up on a ranch, and they loved it too. Elder Morley (an elderly missionary here) even got in there and was doing the castrating. It was funny. Brother McDonald’s kids were out helping too. Tom is the one in the orange shirt and he is autistic. He was super funny. He was petting two of the horses and then he conked their heads together. haha. Then, they had our Branch Stake President out there who is a vet. He was “preg-checking” the cows. He told us we should try it. So, we did and we felt the head of a baby calf inside of a mother cow. It was really gross. Also gross, we ate “Rocky Mountain Oysters”, the Steers’ parts cooked. It didn’t really taste that good, it was squishy kinda like the fat on chicken. But, we did it. Poor Tom had to carry over all the cut off private parts and the cut off ears and put them in piles. They keep count of the cows that way. They only cut off the tip of the females ears. Brother McDonald was sharpening a knife by me and said he was going to give it to me to castrate the cows. I was like, “Are you serious?” Turns out his daughter Brianna told us only the men do that job and not even grandma McDonald has done that before. I was kinda relieved, but I think I would have done it.

Then, we went back to the house and Sister McDonald had prepared us a wonderful lunch- awesome burritos- and we played with their kittens. It was a really fun day. Then, we did our laundry and grocery shopping during our dinner time. My companion got really sunburnt. I love having my skin that doesn’t burn like that.

Oh yes, my companion has been PMSing ALL the time. Bless her heart. She starts her period every other week because she’s so stressed (she’s even on birth control, but that doesn’t even regulate it), which means her hormones are always raging and she’s always extra cranky on top of having anxiety depression . . . I shall come out with the patience of . . . someone really patient. Almost as patient as Christ probably, but not really even close to that. (that’s really personal, don’t tell anyone I said that).

Other than that, yes, transfers are coming up next week, so I will email again on Tuesday, and I’m not sure where I’ll be. I could be here or I could be there somewhere else. We’ll see. I keep singing, “I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord. . . ” Anywho, it’s the last day in May which means that it is June tomorrow, duh. But, that means I’ve almost been out five months, which means I am approaching having one year left. I never kept track of how long I’d been out before I got here, but my companion keeps diligent track, so I don’t really forget it. Also, people ask me all the time.

So, I’ll try to get some pictures up and send those too.

Our investigators are coming. It was hard to get them to keep their commitments like coming to church over the Holiday, so we are working on them. We did find a woman who speaks only spanish that we are now teaching! That was exciting!

Love you all,
-Sister Bryce

A Day on the Ranch

Mountain Oysters for Dinner?

Excuse Me, but I Think There May Be a Calf in There!

Congradulations ! You're Gonna Be A Mom!

May 23, 2011

5 Jul

Hola a todos

This past week has been so so so wonderful, which made up for two weeks ago which was really tough. So many ups and downs on missions, so you just have to endure the trials so the miracles follow. And that is soooo true!

Three of our investigators came to church this past Sunday. Also, one less active and one less active family came. It was a miracle. So, two of those investigators-Marley and Princes (12 and 14)- we gave a church tour to on Saturday with a young woman and young women’s leader. Afterwards they went out for ice cream at DQ. Then on Sunday, the leader was able to pick them up and bring them to church. They stayed all three hours and especially enjoyed young womens. I am really grateful for the support of the ward members here; they are so helpful and willing to serve. Also, the young women asked when the girls were getting baptized and Marley said, “June 11. . . or sooner.” Her date is set for June 11, but she wants to be baptized sooner. She is so cute!

Other than that, we have been very very busy, which is a huge blessing from the Lord. We have been working hard here, and the last two days, we picked up 11 new investigators. Some were referrals from members, some we tracted into, and some were simply placed in our paths. What’s really exciting is there are about three whole families that we get to teach. One is so humble. The Dad is in AA with two of our other investigators (jaja) but he is really seeking the truth. They are actually married (which is kind of rare these days) and have 5 daughters. We have another appointment with them tonight and we are going to try to get them set up with baptismal dates and progressing in the gospel. Everything is working out so well! We are really being blessed in this area.

We had to give one of our investigators to the Elders because he was having some Law of Chastity issues involving pornography and President and our Zone Leaders didn’t want us to teach him anymore. But, we are excited, because we lose sleep over him. Now that he’s not under our stewardship, we will be a lot more at peace. I will miss playing with his kitten though. But the other day we found like 20 kittens under someone’s porch. It was sweet!

These people are like our children. You have to teach them so much. My companion pointed out to me that we are the only religion that knows Christ bled from every pore in the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s only found in Mosiah 3:7 and D&C 19:18. No wonder everyone skips over the garden where Christ did his greatest suffering and focuses on the crucifixion. That was interesting.

As a hobby now, we collect JW literature from people’s doors when they’re not home. We are coming up with quite the stash. So, if anyone wants some. . . jk. But, it’s so interesting to see how confused they are because they lack the revelation and interpretation of scriptures. Also, their Bible is farther off than the King James Version. Considering that they take the bible so literally, you’d think they’d want the purest version. Who knows?

I think that sums it all up. This transfer (6 week period after which there’s a possibility we can be moved) has flown by with only this and next week left. But it’s all good. Today, we are going to learn how to make stained glass because one of our investigators owns a stained glass shop and wants to teach us. It should be fun, even though we really don’t have time for it. P-days are busy, not relaxing at all. That was a lie and a myth that you don’t realize until you come on your mission. On the Best Two Years they made it look like a field day. But, no. Also, you don’t get to wear pants on that day-still skirts. Just so the myths are cleared up.

Entonces, enfriate mi querida familia. (that means chill)
Les amo mucho,

Hermana Bryce

May 16, 2011

5 Jul

Hola a todos

Este semana pasada fue un “roller coaster”. Habian muchas cosas dificiles y muchas cosas maravillosas.

Dos milagros:

Uno. Uno de nuevos investigadores, con una fecha bautismal en 11 Junio 2011, vinio al bautismo de R— (una investigadora de otras misioneras en nuestra zona). El Espiritu estaba tan fuerte y la paz estuvo tan especial. Cuando R— se levanto del agua, achazo las manos en el aire y sonreyo tan grande! Luego, a fuera de la capilla, lo hizo otra vez y nos dijo, “todo esta bien ahorita.” Fue una experiencia bonita. Y nuestro investigador nos dijo, “Ese fue ‘lovely.'” Despues, le damos una “tour” de la capilla para prepararle por los Domingos. Se divertia y nos dijo, “son las nueve de la manana?” Entonces, el vinio a la reunion sacramental el dia proximo. Mi companera y yo nos encanta cuando investigadores vienen a la iglesia y guardan compromisos en general. El le gusto la reunion sacramental, pero se perdio la pan durante la Santa Cena. Fue chistoso a mi, pero el estuvo nervioso. Pero, ?que se puede hacer?

Dos. Uno de nuestros investigadores, lo encontramos en el Lunes a traz, habia hecho una fecha bautismal con nosotras despues de la primera leccion. Y tuvimos una cita en el proximo dia. Al regresar, su apartamento fue “empty.” El habia movado. Yo estaba como, “Pues, que paso? No entiendo.” Entonces, toque en las puertas en los dos lados. Como producto, encontramos dos mas gente ensenar. !Ayayay! Uno de ellos es mas sincero que el otro. Pero, el milagro paso cuando estabamos hablando con nuestro nuevo investigador en lo cual vamos a llamarle Hermano C— (no es su nombre real). Pero, Hermano C—, nos dijo que el habia leido el Libro de Mormon porque el esposo de su hermano es Mormon. Entonces, ensenamos un poco del Libro de Mormon y la restauracion. El nos dijo, “That’s what I’m looking for.” AHHHHHHH! Perfecto! Regresamos el proximo dia y el no era alla por nuestra cita. Fue un poco triste, pero sintio bien–consuelo del Espiritu. Le escribimos una nota en la puerta y salimos. Volvimos el proximo dia y le ensenamos la primera leccion–la restauracion con mas informacion. El espiritu fue tan, tan fuerte. El fue un “Marine” y tiene dificiles dormiendo a veces. Siempre se levanta son las 5 de las mananas. Pero, nos dijo muchas cosas buenas como “yo ha sentido tan mucha paz, durmi como un bebe anoche. Durmi hasta 6:30 de la manana.” Y el nos dijo sus risas son como el sol. Pueden venir todos los dias hasta muevo? Fue tan brillante! Dios ha preparado este hermano y el es muy sensitiva al espiritu santo. Siento muy privilegida ensenarle.

-Hermana Bryce

En Ingles:

This past week was a roller coaster. There were many difficult and marvelous times.

Two miracles:

1: One of our investigators came to a baptism of R— this past week. And he came to church on Sunday for Sacrament Meeting. I love it when they come to church because it means they are actually taking everything seriously. The baptism was awesome. It was for R— (who was being taught by other missionaries in our area). She is hispanic and is so funny. After she came out of the water, she threw her hands in the air in a “high V” and smiled with her eyes closed. Later, when she went out in the parking lot, she did it again and said, “Everything is okay now.” It was awesome. The next day in church she got confirmed and her oxygen tank ran out during Sunday School, so she went home. woops.

2: Another one, we got this new investigator last week and set a baptismal date with him. We came back the next day to teach him and his apartment was totally empty. I was like “What the heck?” So we knocked on both of his neighbors doors. We were able to teach both of them. One is much more prepared than the other however. He is a marine probably in his 50s and was a principal in Texas. He is attending the University here. He told us he had read the BOM bc his brother in law is mormon. He said he liked it. So we taught him a little about the BOM the first time and just got to know him better. We had an appointment for the next day, we went and he wasn’t there. So we left hima note. We came back the next day and it turns out he had been at his graduation. But he was so impressed that we came back when we said we would. We taught him a very powerful 1st lesson of the restoration. He had been prepared so much, he kept telling us, “I believe that. I believe that.” It was cool. Then, he accepted a baptismal date of June 11 and said “Of course!” It was such a privilege to teach him and to witness the Spirit teach him as we spoke. He told us he knows we are called of God; he likes that we smile when we talk and says it’s like the sun coming up; he has PTSD from being in Afghanistan 3 times, but said after he read the BOM the first night, he slept like a baby, even until 6:30 when he usually can’t sleep past 5. So far, our teaching experience with him has been wonderful. I am excited to see him progress!!!

But Heavenly Father certainly didn’t let us have those two miracles until after testing us (Ether 12:6 I think?) One of our investigators yelled at us and told us to never come back around her or her children. All we have ever done is taken out her garbage for her. She had become an investigator before I got in the area, and we’ve only been able to see her twice since I’ve been here. Both times, she told us she was busy, so we just take out her trash and ask if there’s anything else we can do. So, one day her mom came to the door and we told her we had an appointment with her daughter. She told us (with her cranky pants on) that she wasn’t home. The next day we went back and she hid behind her sister as her sister yelled at us and told us to quit harassing her. She also told us we didn’t have an appointment, but we definitely did because she told us to come back on Wednesday at 3:00. I call that an appointment. Anyways, we didn’t say anything and just walked away. They were too angry to talk to. Sister Thomas left a flower and a note on their doorstep three days later, and we don’t plan on going back.

Also, it’s been tricky with Sister Thomas’ anxiety depression. She gets really cranky and it’s hard. I just try to be patient with her and help her as much as I can. But, she has to sleep a lot which takes out of time we get to find and teach people. I’m just seeing that it’s a lot easier to do the work with two people. I pretty much keep all the records in the area book and everything, bc she doesn’t do it at night bc she says she gets overwhelmed. She says she’ll do it the next day, but I know it won’t get done unless I just do it. . . otherwise their records won’t be as detailed or complete and someone is bound to get forgotten.

Also, we invited a homeless boy Wyl, whom we’ve been talking to on the street, to dinner and an institute lesson. He came for dinner, and sat down for the lesson. When the passed him an institute registration slip, he literally ran out the door. He also started laughing after the teacher said Joseph Smith. He is really crazy I think he’s done a lot of drugs. But, I was really sad bc I wanted him to make good friends and feel the spirit. Later, the institute teachers asked us not to invite people like that there anymore. Sister Thomas and I were sad because we are supposed to talk to EVERYbody, and we were just trying to help him. So, yup the week had its sad moments, but good ones too.

But, it’s all good. We are going to have a much better week this time around and work really hard to do the work. It really is work, especially when your companion isn’t running on all four wheels.

Anyways, love you all! have a great week!
-Sister Bryce

May 9, 2011

5 Jul

Familia!!

Fue muy muy divertido hablar con Ustedes ayer. La conversasion me dio animo y apoyo. Gracias por todo que me dan. La semana pasada fue un poco dificil porque muchos de nuestros invetigadores no guardan sus compromisos con nosotros y no vinieron a la iglesia. Entonces, no pueden bautizarse tanto pronto como es posible. Y cuando ellos no estan progresando, estan regresando. Eso da gozo al Diablo. : ( Pero, tengo mucha energia y voy a trabajar muy muy dura esta semana para encontrar mas personas para ensenar.

It was very very fun to talk with you all yesterday. It gave me support y excitement. Thank you for all that you do for me. The past week was kinda difficult because many of our investigators do not keep their commitments with us and didn’t come to church on Sunday (one did). Therefore, they can’t be baptized as soon as they would have been able to and they are not progressing. When they aren’t progressing, they are digressing, which is bad because it makes the Devil happy. BUT, I have a lot of energy this week and I am going to work super, super hard to find more people to teach.

My companion ahora is not as similar to me in the way that we teach, so it’s kinda a little more difficult than in my last area, but we are working on it. We have to compromise on a lot of the different ways we prefer to teach. But, without being unified, the Spirit can’t be there as strong, so it’s important to get on the same page so that the Spirit can teach people which is more important. People convert by what they feel, not what they know.

Love you all,
Que vayan con Dios y tengan una buena semana!
Go with God and have a good week!
-Sister Bryce

Feliz dia de las madres!!