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
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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

Week 62

May 11, 2015

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So it was great seeing the whole family yesterday! Minus Isaac – I was SOOOOOO sad that he couldn’t connect. Darn internet. 😦 But yeah.
This week was pretty normal. We had zone council on Tuesday and it was really good. When it was my turn to lead the council (my companion and I did the doctrine part during the first half) I didn’t get super nervous, like my first time around, so I’m taking that as a sign of progress. I think it helps that we’re the oldest in the zone and everyone else is pretty new, so expectations are a little lower. Hahaha, just kidding. But yeah, it ended up turning out really well with lots of insightful commentary from the zone, which is honestly the best part.

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The Celaya South Zone! We’re only missing one companionship (my district leader and his companion) because they had an emergency and were in the hospital the entire time. But everything is good now, so no worries.
Proselyting wise, it was pretty good. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Still trying to learn my area, because it is HUGE. We have the biggest area in all of Celaya (that’s including both zones) but I like it this way. I’ve had big areas my whole mission and it’s just more opportunities to work. We were gonna start doing divisions with the sisters in our zone, but since they have a lot of doctor appointments this week, we’re gonna postpone it until next week. Which I’m super greatful for because it gives me another week to learn and hopefully not get lost.
As for my companion, I’m really happy working with Hermana Noh. That girl is a spirtitual bomb. I’ve been learning so much from her and it’s been pretty great.
After I called home, we had to take a taxi to our appointment. It’s with some recent converts from last transfer. They’re a family of 6, but only the three youngest got baptized. We’re working right now with the parents so that they can get married and also the oldest daughter. The mom came to church for the first time and she’s doing really well!
Anyway, yesterday was Ariana’s, the youngest of the girls, birthday and since they’re really poor, they couldn’t afford to buy her a cake. My companion and I wanted to help out and we were gonna buy the cake, but since our money hadn’t been deposited, we had to figure out another solution. When we arrived to our house on Saturday night, we came up with an idea to make a cake out of pancakes. We had a tub of Nutella and a box of oreos, and that’s what the filling/frosting was. And to be honest, it actually turned out pretty stinking good. But the best part was the smile on Ariana’s face when she saw it. She was SO happy to get her ‘chocolate cake’. Totes a priceless moment.
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​Las niñas!
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​Our pancake-cake.
And yeah! That’s kinda it for this week. Today we went to the church to play soccer with part of the zone. It was a lot of fun, even though I sucked at it. But thankfully the elders in this zone are really chill and not as competitive as others, so we all ended up having a good time.
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Until next time!
Loooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria
PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!!!! 🙂 ❤

Week 61 + How Far We’ve Come

May 4, 2015

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So this first week was kinda amazing. My companion and I are sister training leaders, so we had to go to Queretaro on Thursday for leadership council. And oh my goodness, it was amazing. Presidente has decided to do a new ‘format’ and I absolutely love this new direction in which the mission is heading. So just a heads up – this letter is gonna be a long one.
To start things off, Presidente gave us a bit of a rundown of the history of the Mexico Queretaro Mission.
He spoke of his experience when he first arrived to the mission and all of the different problems and challenges he and Hermana Mejorada faced. They spoke about the times they got lost, how they didn’t know the missionaries, how they didn’t know the area, and just a bunch of stuff that comes when we face changes in our life. I really loved this part because it helped me realize that Presidente knows exactly what we go through as missionaries.
Transfers are always exciting, but there’s also that part that’s a little stressful and frustrating as you try and learn a new area. Where you don’t know anyone or where anything is and all of that jazz – and that’s kinda what I’m facing right now. So when Presidente shared this with us, it just brought me a lot of comfort. Because I see him now with so much confidence and expereince, and not the nervous newbie he was almost 2 years ago. And it was just a reminder of hope for me, and a reminder to be more patient with myself and trust that everything will come in its due time. So yeah, that was nice.
Then Presidente began to talk about one of the biggest challenges he had the first year of his mission – finding leaders.
He told us how in the very first leadership council, there were only 8 zones, 16 zone leaders, and 2 sister training leaders, and how it was like World War Three. The Queretaro mission is a combination of the former Leon and Mexico City North missions, and at the beginning, there was a HUGE division between the missionaries. During the councils, the missionarires from Leon would sit on one side of the room and the ones from Mexico North would sit on the other. They’d argue about how ‘their’ mission president did this, or that ‘theirs’ did that, and it was just a bunch of chaos. Presidente even told us that at one point, he almost had to break up a fight between two elders.
Yeah, it was pretty intense.
Then Presidente began to talk about how proud he was of the progress the mission has made, and I testify to his words. The mission has grown and matured SO much. We now have 11 zones, 22 zone leaders, 16 sister training leaders, and instead of getting into fights for differences of opinions, we’re able to discuss and develop ideas and come to conclusions for the whole mission. The new problem is that instead of not having enough leaders, we now have so many with the capacity to lead, that it’s hard to figure out who is needed at this time. There are now so many options, but that’s honestly more of a blessing than a burden.
It’s kinda amazing.
We also spoke a lot about the ‘culture’ of a mission and how each mission is different from another. He taught us that ‘the culture of a mission is what happens when the mission president isn’t there‘ and then told us how when he went away to his annual seminar with the Area presidency, he was really proud of us because he didn’t receive a single call. He spoke of other presidents who had to constantly be on their phones because of missionaries who had problems or emergencies, and how he was able to enjoy the seminar in peace.
He then said how this was a sign of our culture as a mission. The Mexico Queretaro mission is a self-governing mission. It’s a mission where the missionaries know how to manage theirselves on their own and how to resolve their own probelms with the Lord. I was honestly surprised when I heard this, but at the same time, so happy because it’s just proof of how far we’ve come.
The Mexico Queretaro mission is also a mission of councils, something I realized that not every mission does. Presidente has always said that the way the heavens are governed, is by councils. And so he’s been teaching us to have councils from the start. Whether they be as companionships, districts, zones, or as leaders – everything we gotta do as a council. Turns out that this was actually the ‘new instruction’ that Presidente received from the Area Presidency during his seminar, and he was just like ‘Glad I’ve been doing this my whole mission’.
But yeah, I love this about my mission because it’s helping us be way more prepared for life. We’re learning how to be leaders and we’re learning how to work with others.
And that’s where the new format comes in.
After about 2 hours of listening to Presidente, he then divided us up into 4 groups and gave each of us the same 6 questions that we were to answer and figure out solutions. After we discussed them in our small groups, we’d get back together and put them all on the table and make the final decisions for the mission.
Yeah, I flipping loved this part of the council!
Now, everyone was able to have a say and voice their opinion on what they thought the mission needed. Usually, it’s always the same six elders who talk and participate, but now, there was way more participation. It was also way more efficient and way faster. It’s serisouly an exciting time to be a part of the mission.
After the council, we broke our fast (Presidente now asks all of us to come fasting to the leadership councils) and had lunch. The bus that would take us to Celaya didn’t arrive until 6, so that gave us like, 4 hours to hang out with Presidente and all of our mission friends before going back to our areas. It was so great catching up with everyone. There were quite a few missionaries from my generation and also former companions of mine there – most of which I haven’t seen in like, 8 months. So of course I just had to take a bunch of pictures with everyone.
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This kid, for example, I haven’t seen for more than half of my mission. Elder Atwood is from my generation and he is seriously like a brother to me… probably because he reminds me a lot of JD. But yeah, heart of gold that one.
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I was also super stoked to see Hna Kelsch again! I haven’t seen her since I finished her training 6 months ago, and it just made me so happy to see how much she has grown and learned since then. Seriously, one of my favorite parts of the mission is seeing people progress towards their eternal potential – whether they be investigators, members, or missionaries. It’s seriously a beautiful thing.
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Elder Komatsu!!!! He was AP for the last two transers, so I’ve seen him around a bit. But since he’s the only Asian in the mission, making him slightly famous, I had to take a picture with him…. jk, he’s actually been a friend of mine for a while now. Another elder who I arrived to the mission with.
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And of course, Elder Arvanitas! Only one of my favorite zone leaders ever. This kid’s a spiritual powerhouse. Makes me cry every time he bears his testimony, not even kidding.
These missionaries have seriously become like family to me – I love it!
And yeah. So I didn’t mean for this letter to become a rave about my mission, but I can’t help it. My mission’s awesome. Tomorrow is zone council and Presidente has told us that instead of giving us specific instructions of what we have to teach, we gotta do it by revelation and focus on the needs of our zone and their priorities. So we got a lot of work to do, but that’s what I came here for so it’s all good!
Until next week!
Looooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria

Week 60 + TRANSFERS!!!

April 27, 2015

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So this week was kinda slow. My companion and I ate something that messed up our stomachs and so we were kinda sick for like four days. Rough way to finish up the transfer. But we’re all good now, and that’s what’s important!
Anyway, there’s not much to say except that I have transfers! My new companion is Hermana Noh and I’m going to Celaya!!!! Hna Noh is finishing this transfer and so I’m pretty sure I’ll be in Celaya for a while. I might even end up finishing there, but who knows. I’m gonna miss Lagos a ton, but I’m also really excited for this transfer. I’ve been learning so much lately and I’m just really looking forward to putting it all into practice in my new area. Which, by the way, was Hna Arias’s first area, so she’s sending me a ton of contacts from there so that I can go look them up and try and find some new investigators. And that’s kinda it!
Loooooooooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria
Picture time!!!! Saying bye to some of my favorite families!
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Week 59!!

April 20, 2015

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So I don’t have much time today, because for P-day we went with a sister who taught us how to make brownies and ‘pan de nata’ (no idea how to translate that) and it kinda took up all day. So here are some pictures instead.
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Eating our brownies!
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Drinking some ‘mate’. The sister who invited us over had some and since my companion is from Argentina she was like ‘You have to try this!!!!’ and so I did. T’was quite delicious.
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And getting our ‘pan de nata’ out of the oven. This too was pretty stinking delicious.
So that’s kinda all I got time for today. This week was pretty normal. We’ve been studying President Uchtdorf’s talk of ‘A Matter of a Few Degrees’ and the whole theme of ‘small and simple things’, and so Presidente asked us missionaries to invite our families to read it and reflect upon whether or not you’ve strayed a bit from the path. I LOVE this talk (and this topic in general) and it has helped me so much in the mission. Great things really do come and pass by measure of small and simple things, whether they be for good or bad. Presidente is constantly reminding us that there are no such things as ‘small rules’ or ‘grays’ and holy cow is that true. So yeah, here’s the link so ya’ll can study it and do a little bit of self-reflection as well.
And yeah! Until next week!
Looooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria

Week 58 + Multi-Zone Conference!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 13, 2015

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So last Tuesday we had a multi-zone conference with Presidente, and HOLY FLIPPING COW. Probably the BEST zone conference I’ve had on the mission so far. Seriously, everything about it was amazing. The format was a little different than what they usually are, which made the time fly even faster than normal. It was kinda just like a four hour long Q&A/Discussion with Presidente, where we talked about everything we’ve been learning the last few transfers and doubts we had and tips we wanted for proselyting and all that jazz.
We began sharing our testimonies and also the things we’ve been learning these last few transfers. And it turns out that pretty much everyone just wanted to talk about the subject of grace. We’ve been learning so much about what grace really means and how the Atonement applies to both, sinners and saints. The Spirit was so strong during this part and it was only just the beginning!
Then, Presidente got down to what he really wanted to share with us, which was the topic of becoming spiritually self-reliant. He shared with all of us how the only thing he wants us to learn from him while he is our president, is that he taught us how to resort to the Lord and learn for ourselves. And I just gotta say, that that has been the biggest lesson that Presidente has taught me. We talked a lot about the importantce of going straight to the source to find the solutions to our trials and just learning how to figure out our own problems with the Lord.
Something Presidente emphasized a lot to us, was how our commitment should always be with the Lord. Not him, not our companions, not anybody else but God. We’ve been studying a lot about ‘real intent’ and the importance of the question ‘WHY’, and about how we should always do the things for teh right reasons. He taught us how there’s no point having ‘the law’ engraved on plates or scrolls or a handbook, when it is not first engraved upon our hearts. This was probably my favorite part of zone conference. I just learned so much and received so many answers as to how I can improve as both a missionary and a person. It is just so important that we are constantly evaluating and refining our purpose so that we can be sure that everything we do, we do it because we love God and want to serve Him.
There was a point during the conference, when one of the assistants made a comment that just really stuck out to me. He began to talk about how now, the question isn’t ‘Why did we choose to go on a mission?’ because we’ve already arrived. The question now ought to be: ‘Why are we still here?’.
As soon as I heard him ask all of us this, a line from my patriarichal blessing popped into my head. It’s the part in my blessing referring to how I will gain a testimony of the true Church and the line that came to my mind was:
You will live in it and live for it and seek to BUILD IT UP & STRENGTHEN IT wherever you can‘. (The ‘it’ is referring to the Church).
To answer the assistant’s question, that is the reason why I’m still on my mission. Because the Lord has called me to build up and strengthen His Church and His Kingdom here in this part of the world. That was such a spiritual moment for me because I knew it was Heavenly Father reminding me why He needs me on His side.
And I just wanted to share that with ya’ll, because I just think it’s so important that we are always aware of what our purpose is. Whether it be during our mission or for a calling or for just life in general, always know the reason why behind the things we do.
Yeah, told you it was a spiritual overload.
Anyway, once all of the ‘training’ part was over by Presidente, he surprised all of us with the movie ‘Meet the Mormons’! Okay, so maybe for my companion and I it wasn’t much of a surprise.
When we ate with Presidente and the stake presidency last transfer after stake conference, Presidente kinda let that announcement slip. But he had made us promise not to say anything about it. And there was no way we were gonna blab because we totally wanted to see Meet the Mormons. And well, ya’ll who know me know how hard it is for me to keep my mouth shut. But I’m glad to say that the mission has taught me how to hold my tongue.
So yeah, that was a lovely ‘surprise’ we got at the end of the zone conference. And that’s kinda it for this week.
Loooooooooooooooooooooove,
Hermana Sanabria
PICTURE TIME!
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Hermana Green!!!!
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Here is Hna Arias and I with one of our former district leaders, Elder Lima.So this transfer a lot of the friends I have made during the mission are finishing, which made this zone conference a little bittersweet because it was the last time I’m gonna see all of them.
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Totally bummed that my favorite zone leader ever is finishing this transfer. Elder Oliva has become one of my best friends and is such an amazing example to me. Seriously, never met a more Christ-like person before.