9.27.2016

I am a Child of God

Well this week was pretty sweet I do have to say! It was like Christmas, but better! We had so many good things happening this past week . . . I'll try to explain! 

1. ZONE CONFERENCE: It was awesome. There were about 40 of us with President and Sister Guffey, and it was just all day goodness. I love that at this zone conference we focused on teaching repentance. You know, I used to think that when someone would say "I'm going through the repentance process" that it was something bad . . . but I've realized that each and every one of us, each and every day should say "I'm going through the repentance process" . . . because, well, we're all sinners and we've all got a LOT of work to be doing! I'm forever grateful for the Savior and the chance He gives us to repent and become better day after day after day. 

2. WOMEN'S SESSION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE: wasn't that just awesome?! I always love going to hear the leaders of the church speaking specifically to the women of the church, and boy do they do a good job at it! I love the special role that women play in building up the kingdom! 

3. THE TEMPLE. We got to go to the temple. It was my fave thing of the week. I secretly wanted to hide in the temple and just live there forever. It's been 6+ months since I've stepped foot in a temple, and how grateful I am that we had that chance as a mission yesterday! It was a 3 hour drive each way, but so worth it! There is a spirit in the temple that you just can't beat. It's truly a refuge from the world. I feel so close to my Heavenly Father within those walls and I know that if I can be in the temple worthily, I am on the right track to getting home to Him safely. 

I think my thoughts for this week really just come back down to the love our Father in Heaven has for each and every one of - yes, every single one of us, no matter how imperfect or how lost. He loved us so much that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay the price for our sins and make repentance possible. He loves us so He gives us a modern prophet to lead and guide us through these often troubling and trying times. He loves us so much that He has provided harbors of safety throughout the world where we can go, worship, and learn from Him and His Holy Spirit. 

Here's a quote I recently heard by Ezra Taft Benson and LOVED: "Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar His face is to us." 

I testify that He is NOT a stranger. He knows us and we know Him. Of course, that memory has been dulled by the veil, but that memory is remembered day after day and prayer after prayer. So just do the small things . . . and you'll realize how well you know Him as your Father. 

Les quiero muchisimo! 

Hermana March

pictures:

 makin' my ristra

  Hatch is sure dang pretty

 companionship selfie at the temple! 

 in front of the temple

 in front of the temple

 sista friends

 the las cruces zone

 selfie stick tradition at the temple

look who I found! Hermanita Oliphant!

the original 3:  then, and  . . .

 . . . now. I can't believe it's been 15 months since the first picture of us 3 in Mexico City

 just like old days . . . laughing our guts out

 look who else I saw! Hermana Jolley!

my past 3 compas . . . .I love them





9.20.2016

his little light of mine... i'm gonna let it shine

Hello there . . . another week has come and gone. And, well, it's been quite the week! 

First off, I'll go ahead and give you some of the highlights! 

1. Last Tuesday, Sister Bishop and I went on a hike . . . up a big pile of dirt. It kinda looked like a rocky thing, but about halfway up we realized that it was all dirt. All dirt. And it really didn't want us to climb up . . . but we did. I do have to say that I consider myself VERY blessed I didn't rip my pants . . . I was pretty close a couple of times!

2. I ate some menudo this week and didn't barf! That's a BIG accomplishment . . . especially if you remember what happened last time I ate menudo. Yeah, the 2nd time was better, but I don't think I'm ever going to enjoy eating cow stomach.

3. So I think I told you a while back that I bought a big box of dog treats to give to the dogs here in Hatch . . .  well here's the update: they all love me. We go on runs in the mornings and we're normally greeted by a couple of my furry friends that are looking for a treat. They normally follow us home and wait til I get them a treat hahaha. I'm winning Hatch one dog at a time. 

4. We did have another amazing miracle this week! So Hermana Oliphant and I had a few extra minutes a couple weeks ago in TorC, so we decided to knock some doors. After saying a prayer, we felt led to a specific street, so we got out and the first door we knocked on ended up being a less active member who we didn't know about! We invited her to take the missionary discussions, and she accepted. Sister Bishop and I have gone back 3 times since then and each time we can see something different about Kayla. Her countenance is brighter, and this past Sunday her house was cleaned and reorganized! Well normally her husband sees us and takes off running to the bedroom and closes the door. But this time when he left, the bedroom door stayed open. We taught Kayla about half of the gospel of Jesus Christ when Victor, her husband, came out to collect his shoes. Well after taking a long time to put on his shoes, he pulls up a chair to the living room, as if to join the conversation. Long story short, he begins to ask lots of questions about the Mormon belief: tattoos, Word of Wisdom, temples, infant baptism, etc. We tried our best to answer his questions, but then explained to him that he would understand all of those aspects of our beliefs better if he had the foundation, so we invited him to hear the missionary discussions from the beginning--and he was so excited to accept! He even said at the end of our discussion, "maybe this Mormon faith is for me"! We're so excited to continue to see Victor and Kayla's progress! 

I truly love this work. It's been the greatest 14+ months of my life . . . and everyday I wake up grateful to wear the Savior's name for the day. I've been thinking a lot about the things that are of greatest worth to us in this life . . . is it education? family? job? etc, etc. Well those things are probably important. But the Lord put it even more simply to the Whitmer brothers as He said in D&C 15, "the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father". So there we go . . . missionary work is the most worth! As we share the gospel with everyone we know and love, we will find the greatest abundance of life . . . we will live to see the joy it brings into others lives. I love seeing people change because of the knowledge of the gospel. Find someone that needs the light of the gospel in their lives . . . I know you'll see a change in them like I see a change in so many of the people I visit. 

Mucho amor porque les quiero mucho!

Hermana March

pictures:

 behold the "rocky" dirt

look at that view.... and it's even kinda green


sometimes I think the only things we see are tractors. with taller wheels than me!

9.13.2016

hola...... adios

Okay, so I'm going to apologize right away for the lameness that is going to follow in this letter. 

I hardly have any time to write, but know that it's been a good week! Here are some really short highlights of the week:

1. We found 6 new people to teach this week! (3 of them are the March family... yes you heard that right!)

2. The member from the OG "Chile Challenge" got his even spicier chile. I ate it like candy and he said he gives up because "dang... [I] can eat chile. [He was] proud!" 

3. We did some service out in the middle of nowhere again . . . it was the lady whose house looks like something out of a fairytale!

And yeah, that's about all I can think of right now. 

I know the Lord continues to bless us in the work and I've loved serving here! Sister Bishop and I are just working as hard as we can, I'm trying to be okay with flying solo in Spanish contacts and lessons, and we're just trying to save souls day by day. 

Love you all mucho! 

Hermana March

here's some pictures that might make up for the sorriness of this letter:


 Arlene and her fabulous house

 the outside of the little cottage

 those posts are where the deep holes we dug went! 

9.07.2016

Miracles Happen (once in a while, when you believe)

Anybody know the reference? Princess Diaries.

Well anyways, like the title says MIRACLES HAPPEN. 

Okay here are some highlights of the week, and then I'll get to the good stuff (the miracles):

1. I'm staying in Hatch for another 6 weeks! I got a new companion yesterday, Sister Bishop, who seems really awesome! She is an English sister, so we're in what's called a "zebra companionship." It'll definitely be interesting having to do all the talking in Spanish alone! 

2. We got a 3rd companion for the day last Thursday. Her name is Hermana Moss and she's awesome.... we came out to the field the same day, and have wanted to be companions ever since. Well, maybe we can't be official companions, but we were for one day!

3. I got ringworm . . . yes gross I know. But don't worry . . . it's not an actual worm inside of me. A member told me that I had worms inside of me and I promptly wanted to cry. His wife made sure to tell me it wasn't actually worms and just fungus. It doesn't look pretty and I probably got it from the wild cats that always rub up against my legs here. (every time they do I try to shoo them away). Don't worry I'm not going to die. I got the miracle cream that'll make me not a "leper" anymore.

4. It was the big chile festival this past weekend and the air just smelled like chile and it was pure happiness. 

Okay, here's the good stuff! (p.s. I pre-apologize for the essay) 

This week has been a week of miracles! Hermana Oliphant and I have been working super duper hard for the past 2 transfers, but we didn't feel like we'd seen the results that we wanted from the work we were doing. Like we'd ask ourselves, "Are we doing anything? Where is all this hard work going?" But the Lord got a dump truck this week and just let the blessings flow!

So the first miracle was on Wednesday. Hermana Oliphant and I decided that we would skip our lunch hour at home and just eat on the 1 hour drive to Truth or Consequence so that we would have more time to work there. Well, we're driving down the road and we see a ton of onions spilled all over the side of the road and two people picking them up. So, we pull over to the side of the road and jump out and run to go ask if we can help. He was an elderly Mexican man, and before he says anything, he asks, "son Mormonas?" or "are you Mormons?" Long story short, he was baptized in the 80s and has been inactive for years and years. He was so grateful that we would stop and help him pick up these onions on some dusty road in the sun that he told us where he lives and that we should come by. We asked about his testimony of the church, and he said he wasn't quite sure. Well we invited him to pretend to be an investigator and to let us teach him the missionary discussions from start to finish, so that he could see for himself if it's true. He accepted, and said that he was grateful to have this fresh slate to "investigate" the church!

The next miracle of the week was that we got a new investigator named Rudy in Truth orConsequence! So after 2 transfers of just knocking doors, the blessing came! We looked back at the records, and this is the first new in TorC in just about 6 months.... 6 MONTHS! That's like forever in missionary time! We know the Lord had EVERYTHING to do with this huge success. He just wanted to see our diligence and our determination to never give up!


And the last miracle is about Jodi. Jodi was a member referral, and we were told that if we drove by and her dark Subaru was there it meant she was also. Well, we were driving down the street last Wednesday, and we passed by her shop, and I saw her car. We were headed somewhere else, so we passed by, but the Spirit wouldn't let me be. I kept having the feeling to go and knock on her door. After about 1 minute of going back and forth with the Spirit and then me realizing I was being stupid, I flipped a U-turn, and we were headed back to Jodi's. Well we knock and Jodi was there! Another long story short, but we had an amazing first contact with her! We didn't get to teach her that day, but she was so excited to get a copy of the Book of Mormon and promised to come to church. We called her at 9am on Sunday morning and she said "I'm getting ready . . . I'll be there!" And she came! She even told us that she had read the Book of Mormon and that she really enjoyed it - even to the point of not being able to put it down even though she was falling asleep! Lesson learned: DON'T FIGHT WITH THE SPIRIT.


I know the Lord blesses hard work and diligence. Sometimes we feel or think that the blessings will never come, but they always do. We just have to have faith in the Lord's timing and realize that He knows best.


I feel really blessed to be serving as a missionary, and more specifically in the Hatch and Truth or Consequences areas! I've never felt more content and more full of purpose than I have on a mission. It's a blessing to be able to serve the Lord and His people! 

Loveth you all mucho!

Hermana March


I love chile and 'merica

us + Willie (he's acting all tough)


my wormy friends


Hermana Moss! Our trio for the day


Some of my faves

Bye bye hermana Oliphant! (last picture as companions!)