Monthly Archives: July 2015

Week 71 + San Miguel, Dinner with the Bishop, + A BAPTISM!!!!

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So first things first: WE HAD A BAPTISM ON SATURDAY!!!!!
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We found Carlos at the start of this transfer that just ended and holy cow. Can you say golden investigator? He already had 3 assistances to the church when we started teaching him (his girlfriend is a member), and he has grown and changed so much. It has been such a blessing teaching him and helping him prepare for those sacred covenants he made this weekend. There truly was no better way to finish this transfer.
Speaking of transfers, I am officially finishing my mission here in Celaya! Hna Weatherhead and I stay as companions and I’m so happy because we have so many plans and goals we want to accomplish. It’s so weird to think that I’m at the end now, and that I’m beginning my last transfer. Yeah it’s a little sad, but I’m also really excited for everything this transfer has in store for me. I know I’m gonna see some miracles here before I go.
Like I mentioned last week, I was in San Miguel for divisions and it was so much fun! I loved working with Hna Coello, but more than anything, I loved seeing how much success they were having. San Miguel is a pretty tough area and to see the sisters working so hard and reaping those fruits they sowed was pretty awesome. It was also great to see some of the members during the ward council on Wednesday. Since my transfers from San Miguel came as a surprise to me, I didn’t get the chance to say bye to anyone. And so I finally got that opportunity last week and so I was happy.
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Then, once I came back to my area, we had to prepare for a dinner we held for our bishop and his family. We invited him to our apartment and made subs and pasta salad and it was really good.
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So yeah. Busy week but very rewarding. As for our P-day, since we didn’t have transfers, we just went to the bus station to say bye to everyone who did. We all went out to get some tortas (sandwhiches) and tacos at this little place around the corner, that’s kinda a trademark for the missionaries here in Celaya and hung out taking pictures before everyone had to transfer to their new areas. Lots of fun.
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And yep. That’s it for this week! Until next time!
LOooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria

Week 70 + Zone Conference!!!!

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So this week we had a conference with the two zones of Celaya and it was kinda amazing. Seriously, Presidente is kinda the best. The Spirit was just so intense and I received so many answers to my prayers on how to finish my mission as strong as I possibly can. Hna Weatherhead and I just walked out of the conference SO pumped to work and bring as many souls unto Christ as possible. Such a spiritual high, I just love it!
Anyway, this week went well. Lots of work to get done and we’re just trying to give our best to the Lord. Even though a lot of our plans fell through, we’re not letting that get to us. And that’s kinda it for the week.
Now for today: I’M BACK IN SAN MIGUEL!!!!!
No, I didn’t get special transfers. We just decided to spend our P-day here and it’s been a blast! As sister training leaders, we have our little ‘sister district’ that we’re in charge of and my companion and I had been wanting to do an activity with them for a while now. So when we saw Hna Mejorada on Thursday, we asked her for permission and she was like ‘Yeah, go for it!’ and that’s what we did! We grabbed all of the sisters here in Celaya and we came to San Miguel and spent the day in this really awesome botanical garden park thing and yeah. So much fun!
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It feels so weird yet good to be back in my old area. I’m actually going to be staying here for a few days for divisions, which I’m super pumped about. And yeah.
So that’s it for this week! Until next time,
Looooooooooooooooove,
Hna Sanabria

Week 69!!!

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So this week was a pretty good week. We did divisions with the sisters in our zones, Hermana Pederson and Arias, and it was actually pretty successful. We got a lot of work done and things are definitely looking up here in Celaya.
As a zone, we’ve been working super hard on how to help improve our areas. For like the whole month, we’ve been the zone with the lowest assistances to church. And so two weeks ago, we decided to do a zone fast. We made a list of things we wanted to include in our fast, and then each companionship was assigned a specific day to fast. We ended this fast Sunday and holy cow. The results have been miraculous! We went from bring the least amount of people to bringing the 3rd most in the mission. We were all so happy when we saw the results and no not just because now we won’t have the assistants down our backs anymore. I think our testimonies of fasting have gotten so much stronger and we all know it’s because of this sacrifice that the Lord blessed us.
Anyway, that’s kinda it for this week. Now for some pictures!
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We got together to play soccer again as a zone (well, half because the other sisters didn’t come and there’s a district that’s like an hour away, so they never come into Celaya). I almost threw a goal in too! My soccer skills are definitely improving since I’ve been here
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Totally celebrated 4th of July with a pancake breakfast! Just one of the perks of having an American companion.
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Zone activity at Costco!!!! After we finished playing, we headed over to do some grocery shopping. Unfortunately during divisions, they cut our power for like 3 days, so all of our food went bad. Hence the Costco trip. But we had a ton of fun and we got to have chicken bakes for lunch, so I’m not complaining.
And yeah! Until next week!
Loooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria!

Week 68

Holaaaaaaaa!!!!! No time today, so here are just some pictures from this week instead.

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This guy was outside of where we were gonna write and we just had to get a picture with him.

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Zone council!!!!

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The leaders of Celaya South! Yeah, we may have gone matching.

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Hna Weatherhead!!!!

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Companion selfies 🙂

Week 67 + Leadership Council!!!!

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So this week has been pretty intense. I may have gotten like a total of, 15 hours of sleep? What with transfers, travelling to Queretaro, and a bunch of other crazy last minute STL duties, I’m pretty much exhausted. But despite all the lack of sleep, it’s been a really good time.
Thursday was Leadership Council and it was another good one. The Spirit was SO STRONG. We were talking a ton about how to ask inspired questions, something that I’ve been working so hard to do these last couple of transfers, and yeah. Revelation overload. It was really cool though, because instead of Presidente and the assistants doing all of the talking, it was mainly us – the council. I learned so much and I’m just so excited to start putting it all into practice in my area.

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All of the leaders from my generation! So good seeing everyone again!

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With Hnas Womack, Weatherhead, and Cadena!

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Presidente!!!!
As for today, it was a pretty chill and rewarding P-day. We managed to get our house clean and laundry done in like, 2 hours – record time! And then we went to go play soccer at the chapel with both of the zones here in Celaya, which was a ton of fun. Though, they all came like, an hour late, so my companion and I were just chilling in the parking lot for a bit. But we took advantage of that time to nap and take pictures, so no complaining.
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Then we headed to Costco with the zone leaders and bought all of our food for the month. And the best part is, that we only spent like a quarter of our money and in two weeks we’re gonna get our monthly allowance again. I love Mexico.
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And yeah, that’s it for now. Until next week!
Looooooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria

Week 66 + TRANSFERS!!!!

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Once again I have no time to write because today we had transfers. This transfer, Presidente decided to implement a new program where instead of us travelling to our new areas on Tuesdays morning and arriving for district council, we will be travelling Mondays and have to arrive before 6 (when we begin our proselyting after pdays). But they didn’t tell us this until Sunday night… like at 11, so it’s been a little crazy.
Since Hna Noh is finishing, she doesn’t leave until Tuesday morning, so for today we’re in a trio with my new companion, who is no one other than Hermana Weatherhead! I saw her arrive to the mission and we shared an area in Tejeda for 3 months more than a year ago, so it’s kinda crazy that we’re together but I’m so excited. We’re already good friends, which is gonna make the transition way easier.
It’s kinda funny because last transfer, during leadership council, Hna Weatherhead and I were talking when she goes up to Presidente and asks him ‘Hey Pres, can we be companions one day?’ and Presidente just gave us a ‘We’ll see’ look and boom! It actually happened. We used to always joke that she was gonna be my last companion, and by the looks of it, I think that it is actually gonna come true. Crazy how things work out, huh?
Well that’s all I got time for today, until next week!
Looooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria
Picture Time!!!!
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Our last Family Home Evening as a companionship! This transfer, Presidente gave instructions that every Monday night after planning we were to hold an FHE as a companionship (or if there were more than one companionships living together, they’d get together) and it has been so much fun! A member brought us pizza and Tampico juice and we pushed our beds together and had ourselves a ball. Totally gonna miss my companion but I know she’s got great things in store for her in the future!
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Last district council of the transfer (and for Hna Noh)! The other district joined us for the picture and to give Hna Noh a poster they made for her farewell.
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Distrito Tecno! Saying goodbye to Elder Ruiz (he got transferred to the offices as secretary) and Elder Mohl (our district leader who got transferred to Leon).

Week 65 + Multi-Zone Conference, Interviews, Queretaro, and Divisions!!!

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So this week was pretty intense! I don’t have much time to write because I had to send reports to Presidente and Hermana Mejorada over the divisions we did, which took up practically all of my time.
But to sum things up:
Tuesday: Celaya Zone Conference/Interviews!!!! The conference with Presidente was pretty short, because he ended up deciding to do interviews with us instead. We talked mainly about the topics of the last 4 weekly letters he’s been sending us, which has a lot to do with theme of ‘why are we on a mission’. It was a beautiful subject and I could feel the Spirit confirming to me that I was still here for the right reasons. So that’s good. My interview was also pretty amazing. I received so much guidance from both Presidente and the Spirit and I definitely came out of there super pumped and spiritually-replenished.
Since my companion had a doctors appointment that same day in Queretaro, we ended up hitching a ride with Presidente and the assistants afterwards, which was a lot of fun. We were only in Queretaro for a few hours, but it still felt so good returning to my first area. So many memories there.
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Wednesday-Saturday: DIVISIONS!!!! I stayed in my area with Hemana Atatai, from Missouri, and it was quite the adventure. Once again I got super lost, but it all worked out in the end.
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Sunday: Church, nothing new there. Oh, and received the news about Elder Perry. So sad, but not a suprirse, since I had been reading on LDS.org about his battle with cancer. Prayers go out to his family and the 12.
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Monday: CHINESE BUFFET WITH THE ZONE! So good. So fattening. But so much fun. Yeah
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And that’s all I got time for! Until next week!
Looooooooooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria
PS: CONGRATS TO ISAAC FOR GRADUATING WTIH SO MANY HONORS!!!!

Week 64 + Divisions!!!!

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So this week my companion and I began our duties as sister training leaders and did our first divisions! I worked in my area with Hermana Guevara, and I’m not too sure if I was able to teach or train her much, but I sure did learn a ton. It was a lot of fun working together and even though I may have gotten lost in my area the first day, we were able to laugh about it and enjoy ourselves.
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Proselyting wise, it was mainly just a lot of street contacting and looking up directions – which really helped me learn my area. I also got to put my map-reading skills (which I gained when I first arrived to Lagos) to the test, which was exciting.
And that’s kinda it for this week! Today we went and played mini-golf as a district, and I kinda realized that golf is definitely not my thing. But it was a ton of fun… even if I may have sent my ball to the street a few times. Afterwards we went to Pizza Hut and hung around until writing time. And yeah. Pretty exciting, I know. Tomorrow we have a Multi-Zone Conference with Presidente, so next week I will definitely write a lot more. So until next time!
Looooooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria
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Companion selfies 🙂
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Mini-golf!!!!
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The District!!!! (and a member…)

Week 63 + Quinceañera!

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So today is my 15 month mark in the mission, hence the ‘quinceñera’ title. Totally can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Not cool. But so far, I feel pretty good. This is my companion’s last transfer but unlike my other companions who finished their missions with me, she hasn’t ‘shut down’ and it’s been a huge blessing working together.
I admire her so much for her good attitude and not letting her future plans or packing or being tired distract her from the work. It’s my goal to help her finish strong and she’s been doing the same for me, and I think that’s what’s really been helping us – the fact that we’re both watching out for each other. We’ve seen so many sisters kinda die out and so that’s why we are just so focused on staying on top of things and not allowing ourselves to fall. And so far so good. Our hearts are still set on the work and we’re still giving it all we got and that’s the way it’s gonna stay.
Anyway, on Saturday the elders of our district (they’re in the other ward) had a ward mission activity and asked us to help them out. It was for the primary kids, to help them get more motivated about missionary work. They divided us up with a ‘mini companion’ (and an adult supervisor) and we had to teach a class of ‘investigators’ a lesson from Preach My Gospel. It was so much fun and so cute to see these little Primary kids share their testimonies and their desires about serving a mission. My companion was Hermanita Hernandez, a 10 year old little girl who was baptized about a year ago. It was so much fun working with her – it kinda felt like I was training again, hahaa.
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District Tecnologico with our mini companions!
After the activity, my companion and I went to visit the Morales family (the part member family we’re teaching). We talked about family home evenings because on Sunday (yesterday) a family from the ward was going to go over and hold one with them, so that they could learn how to do them. Afterwards, the girls showed us their chicken coop and one of the hen’s eggs hatched. So I may have taken some pictures with the baby chicks.
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I liked this one because I feel like it looks like me, hahaha.
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The girls accompanied us on our way to the bus stop. 🙂
So that’s kinda it for this week. Today we got together with our district to play soccer and basketball and it was a lot of fun. There’s not really anything else to do here in Celaya, so I have a feeling that by the end of my time here, I’m gonna finally know how to play soccer. The good thing about Celaya is that even do there’s nothing to do, there’s a bunch of other missionaries, unlike when I was in Lagos. So at least we can meet up and do nothing together, hahaa. And to finish up, we headed over to Subway, which I hadn’t eaten in FOREVER. So that was exciting.
And yeah! Until next time!
Loooooooooooooove