11.28.2016

We had a Baptism, We had a Baptism, We had a Baptism, Hey, Hey, Hey

That's right . . . we had a baptism. And it was TOTALLY a MIRACLE. 

So his name is Eddie and his uncle is a member of our ward. We had taught him twice before and set his baptismal date for the last Saturday of November. Well, he kinda disappeared off the face of the planet . . . and one day we felt like we needed to to call him, so we did; we asked him if he remembered his baptismal date, he said yes and that he still wanted to get baptized that day. So we visited him everyday and made it happen!

It's a total and complete miracle. Because he was a minor and technically lives with his mom out of our area during the week but comes to stay with his uncle on the weekends, we had to get permission from his mom, the mission president, the 2 stake presidents (like ours and the stake where he technically lives), and the 2 bishops. AND ALL OF THEM SAID YES. No one thought it was going to happen, but when the Lord wants someone to get baptized, He makes it happen! 

Sidenote: one of the stake presidents was like "man . . . that's not fair to send the sisters to ask for permission. If it was the Zone Leaders, I would have said 'absolutely not', but for you sisters, I have to say 'yes'." #HERMANAPOWER. 

So that's really the exciting part of the week. But here are some other highlights!

1. We got to go to the Thanksgiving Day parade in El Paso . . . and then we got to pick up all the trash on the streets afterwards. 

2. So another miracle of the week . . . we only had to eat twice on Thanksgiving. I feel so blessed. #graciasperoestoyllena

3. It's that time of year folks . . . TAMALES. I feel so spoiled rotten with all the fresh tamales we get to eat. "You want a tamale?" "YES" (*we eat it*) "Hermanas, I'm giving you both another one and you can't even tell me no." 

4. So transfer news came out Saturday night.... it looks like I'm going to be spending my last two weeks on my mission in Montana Vista with Hermana Bosch! I'm really excited!

5. We did have to move apartments . . . lame. Just kidding, we're in the same complex but now we're neighbors with our hermana friends that serve in the ward next to ours.

Okay, so that's the week. It was great. And I'm oh so thankful..... for so many things! 

I'm grateful for the sacred time I have had to serve the Lord as His full time servant the past year and a half. The amount of blessings received are unbelievable. Sometimes I need to pinch myself because I see so many miracles daily.

I testify that the Lord lives. HE is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He has paid the price for our salvation. WE just need to follow Him and trust in His promises. He sacrificed Himself to know what we feel - pain, happiness, guilt, suffering, heartbreak, joy. I know that He has the power to bind up broken hearts and carry weights that bring us to our knees. He is everything. 

And what a pleasure it's been to wear His name next to mine for so long. For that, I'm thankful. 

MUCHO AMOR

Hermana March

pictures: 

the whole group at MLC... man we look good

we panicked

Eddie's baptism! He's the one next to me!

baptismal selfie. #dothe10Cdance

hermanas at the parade with cotton candy

FELIZ DIA DE GRACIAS

 the El Paso Zone at zone training

we just keep panicking.

our friends now neighbors


muggin it

comps 

 the district leader who says that he's 90

11.22.2016

Holy Moly. Missionary Work is Cool

I'm feeling like a million bucks . . . which is a miracle from the lack of sleep I've been getting and all the things we've had to do in the past week.

Here's a look into the last 8 days in la vida de Hermana March: 

 1. Zone Conference - we got assigned to do a 30 minute training in front of 80 missionaries and the mission president. No pressure, right? Yeah . . . I think it went good though! 

2. Same Zone Conference, I was asked to do a musical number . . . are y'all trying to kill me?

3. High Adventure - another 5 hour trip one way to Albuquerque for MLC on Sunday night then another 5 hours back down to El Paso on Monday night.

4. Our "special guest" at MLC was an Area 70 where he had me and Hermana Bosch get up and talk to someone about the gospel using the word "yellow". What?

5. Last interview with President Guffey on the mission in which he tries to convince me that going home isn't as scary as I think. (Believe me, it's still scary). 

6. Every week on Monday nights we have a conference call as a mission and they ask random missionaries from the mission to share their testimonies on the Savior . . .  and they picked me! So in the back of a mini-van at 10pm I was sharing my testimony. 

So, yeah. That was my week. I'm alive and I'm actually loving life! We saw sooooo many miracles as well! Here are the top 2 on my mind:

The first miracle of the week was on a blitz (multiple companionships go to the same area at the same time and knock doors) with Hermana Thompson from the Montwood area. We were knocking and the only lady that opened that day let us in after just a few minutes talking on her porch! As we were inside she told us that she hasn't been able to have kids for 9 years, but on Wednesday she found out that they are having twins. She said that the pregnancy is complicated, so she is on bed rest and hasn't been able to go to church for a couple weeks, but has been missing it. Well when we knocked on her door on Saturday she wasn't going to open the door because she was at home alone, but something told her to get dressed as quick as she could and run to the door because they were going to be "people from God". She accepted right away to hear more about our message!

The second miracle was that we found the most elect person! His name is Sal, and was actually a referral from the zone leaders from the previous week's blitz. We taught Sal the first lesson, and everything just made so much sense to him, so it was no problem for him to accept the challenge to be baptized! While we were teaching, an analogy between the apostasy and teachers came to my mind. (It was that prophets are like school teachers - there are some students that listen and benefit from listening, but others would rather play around in class and "reject" the teacher. But just because they don't listen, it's not the teacher's fault. He was only doing his job and trying to help the students to have a better future.) I wasn't sure why it came to mind because I had never heard of that comparison before, but I said "okay" and went with it! When the analogy was said, Sal says "I can relate to that - I'm a school teacher!" Wow. The Spirit is soooo cool! He knew the perfect analogy to help Sal and I got to be a part of that! 

Sometimes I feel a little too lucky to be able to experience all of these things. The Lord has been so good to me this past year and a half! The Savior loves us so much - if I've learned anything on my mission, it's that truth! 

Mucho amor por todos ustedes!

Hermana March

pictures:
 companionship selfie at Krispy Kreme on day

 our training board that we slaved over!

 when a member gives all of you glow sticks, you have to take a selfie (our DL and his green)

some of our favorite investigators that came to church on Sunday! with their babeeee

 sometimes at dinner the member offers to let you wear their cowboy hats and you just have to say yes

 zone leaders and stls of El Paso at MLC...we're pretty much the coolest

the "sleepover crew"... we stay with these cuties every time we're in ABQ


last MLC at dinner

 okay, so crazy. the first time I was an STL all of these cuties were my sisters that I worked with...now we're all together!


catchin' dinner last night with the South kids

the district at BLITZ. They're my friends

throw back to a year ago exactly when my friend Jesus got baptized

11.14.2016

El Paso Adventure

Wow. Sometimes I feel like I blink my eyes and then it's time to email again. Like man, yall must be tired of hearing from me so frequently. 

1. We go on exchanges and we swing by the sisters' chapel . . . it's beautiful. We had a couple minutes before their investigator showed up, so she took me downstairs to see "the vault."  You must be thinking, what's that?! Well it's exactly that . . . a vault. This chapel was built in World War 2 times and it's the first in El Paso. And well, the banks couldn't be trusted with the tithing money, so it was all kept in the safe in the church . . . SO COOL. You knock on it and it sounds super hollow . . . yes. super cool. 

2. So last night we go to eat dinner at a member's house and they give us both a huge plate of french fries smothered in Valentina. (yes, the good stuff). Well we eat it and we're like, sweet! Fries for dinner - that's like a childhood dream come true. Well then the hermano brings us each the biggest bowl of chicken posole I have ever seen in my life. I kinda wanted to cry . . . partly because I was so full and partly because it was so dang good. I think we must have had a full chicken in each of our bowls. 

3. I'm running out of fun things to write from this week, so I'll just tell you about the huge hail storm we had last week. I thought we were going to die. We're cruising in our little Toyota Corolla and the water is covering the wheel wells and yeah, there was a moment of hydroplaning and yup. We're alive and safe . . . now. Good story, right Mom? 

Oh, okay, so this week we've been so blessed. It's like the Lord was just handing us blessings left and right.... we'd walk around a corner and bam, another a new investigator! In the past week we found 6 new people to teach. Like. what!?! 

I LOVE serving the Lord. I love being able to dedicate my whole day to Him and His work. It's really such a blessing. The gospel is so true. It's the rock we have in this ever changing world. It's something that will protect us from the coming storms. The Savior is the way, the truth, and the light. He is my all and my joy. I will patiently wait on the Lord. I will patiently wait to see the plan that He has for me unfold.

Check out Psalms 27. Trust and love Him. 

Les quiero muchoooooo. 

Hermana March

pictures: 

 the beautiful chapel (sorry it's dark outside!)

the vault!

the never ending bowl of posole 

 Texas just warning us about the water on the roads during the storm...thanks

 casual tumbleweed in the middle of the street

pumpkin heads

 they're super cute... thanks Mom!


11.07.2016

I'm feeling real good. I love being a missionary

Life is good. Missionary work is the best. And yeah, that about sums up the week. 

I don't have a lot of time, but here's the low down of the week. 

1. Exchanges. We're over 4 companionships all over El Paso. This week I got to go to the West side and even to UTEP . . . that was weird to be around college students. They're scary. 

2. Two SMCMs (stake missionary correlation meeting). Basically us and the zone leaders go and talk to all the stake leaders and it's really intimidating. 

3. Interviews with President! He's awesome. I kinda really like being a missionary. 

4. We had 2 potential investigators just show up to church and they're such a cute little family! A MIRACLE. 

5. IT'S COLD IN EL PASO. Like 70 degrees. It's heaven. 

Well that's about all I have for you this week. I'm just going to close this lamish email by saying that missionary life is the best. 

This past week I have had a couple spiritual experiences that have forever changed my perspective on the time that we have here on earth. I have never felt more sure that God is our Heavenly Father and that He knows us as His children. He loves us so deeply and is so concerned about the things that are going on in our lives.  While our life is hard here on earth, imagine how hard it was for Him to let His children come here to gain a body and experience, knowing that full well not all of His children would do what they needed to be able to make it back to His presence. But He did it with the HOPE that as many as possible could come back to Him having gained a body and growing so much. I'm forever grateful for the plan that He created to bring JOY eternally in to our lives. This life and plan is a great opportunity given to us by an all knowing and all loving Father, all made possible through a loving Brother, Jesus Christ. 

I love you all mucho mucho! Have a great week!

Hermana March

p.s. here's some random pictures of us with some members. and a selfie from service