Dear Sister Hoth: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Canada Vancouver Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish Language.
Sometimes on my mission, I feel so much like Nephi in 3 Nephi 7. The people in this chapter are so wicked and will not hearken to his words. He knows he is declaring the truth and so he does it boldly, without ceasing. He preaches repentance unto baptize, and only a few are converted. He does it with great power and authority. This is missionary work, but what makes his mission unique is the incredible faith he had. In verse 18 we can see just how great his faith was,"And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily." Life is sometimes hard. Missions are sometimes hard. But I know that if we have faith, we will recognize the angels that God is sending to minister to us DAILY. I believe this is what got Nephi through it all. He had so much rejection, but he chose not to harden his heart toward God or the people. He chose faith. And because of that...he saw and performed miracles..."in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death by the people." He had angels ministering unto him daily! His story reminded me of a chapter in Helaman...Helaman 16...it's actually not even the sciptures, but the heading. It says "some harden their hearts, and others see angels." I love that. I love how black and white it is. We can choose to see angels every day...or we can harden our hearts! I know that God is so aware of us, He loves us. He is meeting all of our needs through the Spirit and those around us. I pray that each of us will recognize that living the gospel is the best way to live our lives. We are promised so many incredible blessings! We are promised that angels will minister to us daily.
I am loving Vancouver so much! It seems like we don't have a lot going on here because we are always finding, but Sister Polanco and I are always laughing! Haha, it has been so fun to get to know her better and know Vancouver better! This is a happening place! There is so much to do, so much to see, and the best part is there are people everywhere!! So many people to talk to...so different from Sidney! Granted, most of the people we talk to speak only Chinese or Punjabi, but hey we are enjoying every second of it! Now that I know where I'm going, I have loved taking the bus and train everywhere! It's so incredible to talk to so many people and hear their stories! I love it.
Our Halloween Costumes!
Haha...for Halloween...we dressed up as missionaries. We did all the normal stuff like walking around, looking at all the costumes (very interesting), and knocking on doors. Ha, the people weren't extremely receptive to the gospel, but they gave us some candy. So that was cool. Halloween night, we had to be in our apartments by 6pm to plan for the next week! We could hear all the festivities happening outside! These Canadians sure like their fireworks!
So Hermana Polanco is basically the cutest thing ever. Not only that, but she has such a strong, powerful testimony! I'm amazed at her every single day! She has so much faith and wants to work so hard on her mission! Such an inspiration to me! I absolutely love my mission, and I absolutely love the people that I have been able to meet. We have been able to meet with two of our investigators this week...Lorena and Yasmin! They are great and I pray and hope that they begin to progress! Hermana Polanco is helping me so much with my Spanish and we have been able to have great lessons with members, investigators, and others as we are unified with the Spirit.
Haha...I've met some amazing people here in Vancouver! And I've met some really interesting people. On the bus, I said hi to a man that was standing by me. He looked at me and was like, "Are you talking to me?" I said yep. And he took a huge, dramatic sigh and said, "Okaaaaaay." And moved to the front of the bus. Haha, I died laughing. It was so awkard! Although we have so many experiences like that everyday! I can feel that God is preparing somebody to accept the message of the gospel. I truly can feel that Sister Polanco and I will baptize someone this transfer! We can do it with God's help! I love this gospel and I know it's true. It has changed me. I pray that all of you will accept it and let it change you! It won't be easy, but I know it will be worth it! Love you all so much!
Cute little Hermana Umana Also...Esperanza went to the temple!!! So special!! (Mom...you should put her picture on my blog)
from Hermana Wilson:
Esperanza WENT TO THE TEMPLE! It was her first time. We were able to help her do some family history work prior to the temple trip, and she got all the information she needed to be baptized on behalf of her older sister who passed away when she was a young girl.