10.31.2016

Count Your Many Blessings

Well this week went by super fast, and I feel super blessed. Like seriously! 

Here's the highlights of the week: 

1. High Adventure - our way of saying the 4 hour one-way roadtrip to ABQ with 4 other sisters to go to MLC (mission leadership council). Yeah, it was pretty fun. MLC was awesome! There were 40 of us in total and it was really powerful to sit in a meeting from 7:30am - 4pm counseling one with another on how to help others come to Christ. I love hearing President Duffey speak . . . especially as he speaks of our fore-ordination to be in this mission serving with these people. Heavenly Father really does place us in the places and around the people that we need to be around . . . it acts like a catalyst for our growth and development. 

p.s. You want to know what was REALLY weird? Well we spent the night with some of the hermanas up in ABQ, and it just so happened to be MY OLD APARTMENT. Talk about deja vu (I'm not sure how to spell that . . . man spanish has messed me up). But yeah, it brought back a LOT of good memories! Alvarado Park was the best.

2. SERVICE. We did service as a ward and it was quite fun. There were 35 of us all in matching blue "LDS MONTANA VISTA" shirts, and I think it's safe to say we looked good. haha. I love service . . . I'm sad I didn't like it more when I was younger. It's such a blessing to be able to help those around us!

3. Halloween FIESTA. We went as missionaries - pretty clever, right?

4. Oh, and btw, WE HAD A BAPTISM. And it was awesome. Her name is Nury, and she is probably the funniest person I have ever met in my whole life. The first lesson I taught her I had tears streaming down my face for a good 10 minutes straight. She is married to a less active member, who is now really trying to come back to activity in the church. They're awesome and their 2 little boys are so cute. I love when we go their house and the 4 year old sees us and shouts "LADIES". But it's so cool to see people enter into the waters of baptism and make that covenant with our Heavenly Father! When she came up out of the water I could see a difference in her eyes . . . they were filled with light and she was clean! We asked her how she felt right after she had gotten out of the water and she said "I know I made the right choice." If it was appropriate to do an Irish jig right then and there, I would have totally done it. 

I'm really grateful for the time I have to serve the Lord . . . the time goes by fast, but I know that they've had an eternal impact on me. It's a miracle. This work is a miracle--that little, young, 18, 19, and 20 something year-old people can do what we missionaries do. I'm grateful to be involved in this work that changes lives and changes eternity. 

mucho amor . . . 

Hermana March

p.s.s. I don't feel blessed because it went fast hahaha that sounded bad. I AM BLESSED because it was an awesome week! just had to clear that one up!

pictures:

of course there are free rocks in El Paso.... there's plenty to go around

 our High Adventure/MLC gang

catching a late dinner on the drive back to El Paso

la fiesta

 elote y Mexicocoa (my way to say Mexican hot chocolate)

Montana Vista at service

Nury's baptism! 

celebratory popsicles

Bishop's daughter







10.24.2016

Happy. Hola. and Howdy

Okay, so yeah, this has been a good week. Like REAL good. I'm talking like green enchiladas good. 

It was definitely hard to leave cute little Hatch behind, but the Lord was calling me to the promised land! I really really loved my time in Hatch, and the Lord sure taught me a lot while I was there! 

But, yeah, so El Paso is basically heaven on earth. I love it. The people, the members, the people we're teaching, the food, the language, the culture... I'm super happy. 

Well we've been teaching a ton this past week . . . and the overarching theme seems to be the identity we have as children of God and the importance of having that relationship with Him through prayer. 

In the past general conference, Elder Uceda said something that really touched me, he said: 

"At the very moment we say, “Father in Heaven,” He hears our prayers and is sensitive to us and our needs. And so His eyes and His ears are now connected to you. He reads our minds, and He feels our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him. Now, the wonderful thing is that He will see you with eyes of love and mercy - love and mercy that we cannot fully understand. But love and mercy are with Him the very moment you say, "Father in Heaven." 
So moment of prayer is very, very sacred moment. He is not one to say, “No, will not listen tyou now because you only come to me when you are in trouble.” Only men do that. He is not one to say,“Oh, you cannot imagine how busy am now.” Only men say that."
It's so true.... our Father in Heaven loves us so so so much. I've never felt His love stronger for me personally and for all other people than I have on my mission. I testify that our Father in Heaven knows us personally and deeply... He created us and I would imagine that we spent hours with Him in heaven before we came to this life and He told us all about the many adventures He had planned for us. 
I love my Father in Heaven, and I sure know He loves us. 
Have the best week! I love you all! (We got to run... we're headed to ABQ with 4 other sisters today for an all day training (MLC) tomorrow!) Talk to you next week!
Hermana March.
pictures: 
 saying goodbye to the Madrid family

 I'm going to miss them tons - Lisa and Maggie Herrera

the new companion! 

10.17.2016

Bound for the Promised Land

Well drum roll please . . . I'M HEADED TO EL PASO, TX. 

Here's how it all went down:

1. We got a call on Thrusday night from the Assistants to the President telling us that our area (Hatch and Truth or Consequence) was going to be pink washed . . .aka two new sisters were coming in to the area! We were not expecting AT ALL that both of us were going to be leaving. 

2. Then we get a call on Friday night from President Guffey (answering a call from your mission president only slightly makes you want to cry) and he called me to be an STL (sister training leader)! 

3. Saturday was the long awaited transfer call to tell us exactly where we were going . . . I'm headed to Montana Vista in El Paso to serve with Hermana Bosch!

This morning I was reading in the New Testament and I loved the part as Paul was writing a letter to the Corinthians about his missionary labors. In 2 Corinthians 4:17 he says:

7 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 
This area . . . these past 5+ months have been the hardest in my very entire life. I have never worked so hard and never shed so many tears. There were many times where I didn't know what to do for these people or what to say, and all I could do was turn to the Lord. I've spent quite a lot of time on my knees begging for His guidance. He was there in the best and worst moments. Every step and every fall. I know that the Lord doesn't expect us to baptize the world or be perfect, but He does expect us to try and to do our best relying on Him. 

He allows us to go through trials and tribulations so that we can learn and grow. Like Paul said, our trials are for our benefit . . . our eternal benefit. So what if it might be hard right now? There's a reason. This past week we were talking to a man that was going through a lot of problems and he said that he just was done with having trials. The Spirit testified to and through me that we aren't going to be shielded from hardships even if we want to--they are a part of life. We can either suffer or we can suffer and learn. I'd rather get some type of participant's medal than nothing at all!

I'm not sure what exactly to think of the whole transfers thing. I'm sad to leave Hatch and TorC because you know, you invest so much in the area and these people and they'll always have a little bit of your heart. But I've heard El Paso referred to as "the promised land" more than once . . . so I'm sure good things await me there, right?

I'm so excited and grateful for the time I have left to serve my Heavenly Father. The past 15 months have been such a blessing and I know that the Lord has been shaping me and molding me into who I need to be. I feel so blessed that I have been an instrument in His hands to offer salvation to all His children. I know that there is something I have to do in El Paso, TX . . . or else the Lord wouldn't be sending me there, even if it may be for a small time! 

Mucho amor por supuesto! 

Hermana March

p.s. I do have some good news for all of you though! After 24 weeks of hard work and searching and searching and searching... A GOLDEN INVESTIGATOR ARRIVED. He was being taught by some sisters in Albuquerque, but technically lives in our area in TorC. We taught him a lesson yesterday and he's super cool and super duper prepared. He is going to be baptized October 29th.... so we're a little bummed that we'll miss his baptism by 11 days!

pictures: 

 me and a dog pal.... he tried to lick me, but that's nasty

 David and las hermanas

 "the field is white already to harvest" cute little cotton field!

one year ago today... cleaning the new temple president's house in temple jumpsuits (haha)

10.11.2016

4th hour, last door

Wow. Yeah, if I had one word to describe the week it would be "door" . . . actually probably "knock." Because we did a LOT of that. You know that feeling when you've been on a boat for a long time and then you get on dry ground, but somehow you still feel like you're rocking with the waves. Well that's kinda how I felt at the end of the days . . . except I felt like I was still knocking on doors! 

Sister Bishop and I have really been struggling to find people to teach. We spent a total of 16 hours knocking doors this week. Yeah . . . I was really shocked when I counted that up. In total, we were able to talk to 95 people, and got a couple potential people to teach, so we're keeping our fingers crossed! 

I can tell you that, well, . . . knocking on doors isn't my favorite thing to do. At the beginning of my mission it actually made me want to find the nearest table to crawl under and promptly hide. It still makes me want to cry sometimes because, well, I get really nervous talking to complete strangers on their front porch. BUT I've learned that it's necessary . . . and it's a blessing to be able to share your testimony with so many people! That doesn't mean it's not scary (especially when the chihuahuas are looking at you like you're the most delicious meal they've ever seen), but it's worth it! 

So one of the days, we'd been walking these back dirt roads for 4 hours straight and we get to one of the last doors we were going to knock before heading off to a dinner appointment. We hadn't hardly any success so far that day, so I think it's safe to say that both of us were done. I offered a short prayer in my heart and said "I'm so tired Heavenly Father. I'm frustrated . . . why won't these people just listen? I just want to know that you're there . . . that you're aware of us and know that we're trying our best to serve you". 

Well we knock on the door, and the lady says "hi, yeah, I know all about you Mormons . . . and I'm sorry, but I'm not interested." At that moment, I wanted to throw up my hands and say "REALLY?! YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE OUR GOLDEN PERSON WE FIND!". But then she said "You look like you've been walking all day. I really admire what you do--spreading the word of God and all. I have a big ole pomegranate bush at the front of the yard, please go pick one each and enjoy."

Well you're thinking probably thinking "Hermana March, why on earth is this the story you share with us this week???"  But as some of you know I LOVE POMEGRANATES. And there are tons of pomegranate trees here . . . everywhere. And in the heat of the summer, all I've wanted is to pick a fresh one and eat it. And right then, 4th hour and last door, I get one. A true tender mercy from the Lord . . . He answered my prayer, but I guess just not in the way I wanted/expected.

For those of you who had the chance to hear President Uchtdorf's general women broadcast talk, that's the theme of my email. 

He said: "In our search for enduring faith, in our quest to connect with God and His purposes, let us remember the Lord's promise: 'Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' Will we give up after knocking on a door or two? A floor or two? Or will we keep seeking until we have reached the fourth floor, last door? God 'rewards those who earnestly seek him,' but that reward is not usually behind the first door. So we need to keep knocking . . . don't give up. Seek God with all your heart. Exercise faith. Walk in righteousness. I promise you that if you will do this - even until the fourth floor, last door - you will receive the answers you seek. You will find faith. And one day you will be filled with light that grows 'brighter and brighter until the perfect day.' . . . God is real. He lives. He loves you. He knows you. He understands you. He knows the silent pleadings of your heart. He has not abandoned you. He will not forsake you."

I testify that God is there. He knows me and He knows you. Sometimes it's not until the 4th door that we find something . . . and then when we do find it, it's not normally in the shape or form we think it should be! But He does answer and He blesses us. He is so so aware of us . . . I've never seen that be more true than on my mission. I love our Heavenly Father. He is so good to us. 

Love you all mucho, 

Hermana March

pictures: 

 White Sands National Park . . . aka lots and lots of sand dunes for miles

  my best friend dog that runs with me in the mornings sometimes.... she sits outside our front door sometimes and it's so cute. I've named her "Dotty"

sometimes we twin on accident.

10.04.2016

I listened to a prophet's voice...

I'm on spiritual cloud nine.... and it's awesome. 

I don't have much to write about this week and I'm short on time as well . . . but let's be real. General Conference is the most exciting thing I could talk about anyways! 

Well Sister Bishop and I watched all 4 of the sessions in our little chapel all by our lonesome. All of our members watched it at home and we had one investigator that listened to it on the radio . . . BUT I got to wear my fuzzy socks since no one else was around, so I guess that's good? Conference wouldn't be conference without fuzzy socks.

There were so many highlights from general conference... here are the top 2:

1. DID YOU HEAR WHEN PRESIDENT EYRING MENTIONED ABQ?! Like hello.... I'm a missionary there and that was just awesome. p.s. I served in that one building he mentioned! It's cool to think of the growth this area has had . . . like President Eyring said, "the Lord is building His kingdom quietly . . . it takes the Holy Spirit to see it's grandeur." I did a little happy dance because that was so dang cool. 

2. So a really powerful experience during general conference . . . well, President Monson got up there and started speaking and the thought, "you testify everyday to people on the streets that he is a prophet of God on the earth today . . . do you really believe that?" At that moment, I offered a quick prayer to know if Thomas S. Monson is really a prophet in these days. As I closed the prayer, a clear soft voice said "He truly is a prophet of God." I know without a doubt that God loves us so much that he has given us a living prophet to lead and guide us in all we do today in this changing and crazy world.

I love you all. The church is true and the book I'm sharing is blue. 

Hermana March