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.
I am so grateful for my mission. I love being the Lord's missionary here in B.C. Canada. It is such a blessing in my life. I just want to testify that we are in the right path. We, as members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are in the path that leads to eternal life. I know that this doesn't mean that it is easy. It's never been easy. Life is so hard, but because of that, I know that God loves us. He is giving this time to us, away from His presence, so that we can learn and grow and become like Him. And one day, we will be like Him. I know that's true. I love the scripture in 2 Nefii 31:21 "Y ahora bien, amados hermanos mios, esta es la send; y no hay otro camino, ni nombre dada debajo del cielo por el cual el hombre pueda salvarse en el reino de Dios. Y ahora bien, he aqui, esta es la doctrina de Cristo, y la unica y verdadera doctrina del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espiritu Santo, que son un Dios, sin fin. Amen" God is so good, and He has given us everything we need to be happy in this life and in eternity!
Okay, so we have had so many miracles this week. We have been running from one lesson to the next! It's so good.
Miracle #1: Joan!!! So a few weeks ago, we met Joan, who is a little old lady here in Surrey. She is from Canada...so she speaks English..not Spanish! But we of course talked to her and asked if she knew anyone that spoke Spanish. She pointed to her neighbors..so we knocked on her neighbor's door..they spoke Spanish..but definitely weren't interested. So then as we were walking back, we passed Joan again, she was just finishing mowing her lawn. We asked if we could help, and she said we could come back the next week. So for the past few weeks, we have been mowing her lawn and sharing the gospel with her. We had an amazing zone meeting on Friday that really pumped us up to go out and do the work. We headed straight on over to Joan's, mowed her lawn, and asked if we could share the gospel. It was so cute, she had chairs and a table already set up for us in the back. We usually start teaching people by sharing the Restoration, but we felt inspired to teach the Plan of Salvation. She was quiet as we taught, but we could see the Spirit was sinking deep in her heart. When we talked about judgement day, we mentioned that judgement day can be a GREAT DAY...if we are prepared. We can be prepared through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. She immediately asked, "So would I have to be baptized again?" It was silent..it's always a bit scary telling someone that their baptism wasn't valid and that they will have to be baptized again. But I felt the Spirit speak through me. I said, "We know that Jesus Christ had the power to baptize, and we know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His chruch and so it has His preisthood power. And so Joan, the answer is yes, we would invite you to be baptized again by someone holding the preisthood authority." She took it so well and agreed to be baptized!! YAY! So please, pray for Joan!
Miracle #2: Lucero!! Lucero is the niece of one of our members in the ward. She is visiting from Peru for a bit. We felt like we should stop by to "drop off a mother's day letter" for the Hermana and then offer to share the gospel. Haha..it worked perfectly! Hermana was so happy to see us and receive a card, and Lucero was there! She had been there when the Elders had dinner with this family and they already shared about the Restoration. So we shared the Plan of Salvation. Oh my goodness, the Spirit was so strong! Lucero was just glowing! I know she felt the truthfulness of God's plan for her. She told me a few weeks ago in relief society that she didn't know why she came to B.C. or what her purpose is here...well I DO!!! I know that she is here to learn about the gospel. She is so ready. We really love Lucero, and so sad that she is actually in New Jersey now and then will go back to Peru. It's hard to not be able to teach her again, but we know that we made a difference in her life!
Miracle #3: Rosa and Raul. They are progressing so so much! And we are working so hard with Raul to get the priesthood! So next Sunday he should be meeting with the bishop to finally start the process. Pray so much for them please!!!
Hermanas with Isabella, Ludwig
So we were visiting a family in our ward this week, and their granddaughters wanted to show us there dancing. Haha, they are like 6 years old and 2. We died laughing. They were all over the place...so intense. But after the dance, the little 2 year old was talking to me. She asked what we are doing...so I said "we are missionaries right now!" She looked so confused and then was like, "NO! You're not fairies!" She must of heard me wrong, but we died laughing. She was so cute.
Wilson, Lucero, Hoth
Well...I'm so happy to be on my mission, working so hard for the Lord and with the Lord. I know God is real. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and I know He will come again. I pray that all of us will be so prepared, and I know we will as we live the gospel!