Hola todos! (10-20-14)

Again I don’t have a lot of photos. I will repent. I hope Devon had a great birthday!

Dad to answer our question about being a newbee; it’s weird really. Even though I’m not a newbee anymore, I feel like I just started and I really feel inadequate.  I think we will always feel like that if we understand our callings that we have in life.

This letter is going to be super short because the cyber that we are using has the slowest computers that have ever existed! I’m working on the attribute of patience.

Hermana Micaela

Hermana Micaela

This week I was able to go on divisions to Zihua, to my old area. It was super nice. I missed it a lot and i got to see Hermana Micaela. She was someone I found; a Jehovah Witness. We taught her and she’s going to be baptized in 2 weeks. It’s just sad I won’t be there for it.

Thank you for all your prayers and thank you for everything.

Les amo mucho,

Hermana Jacob

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Feliz Cumpeaños Elder Jacob, lo mejor misionero del mundo. (10-13-14)

Potato cakes and soup

Potato cakes and soup

I’m sorry that the only picture I took this week is of food. I’ll do better this week.

Dad in your letter I had to think a little bit of why my English wasn’t correct. That’s funny. I can still speak English but it’s harder. And I have absolutely forgotten how to pray in English. No me sale.

This week I went on splits with two sisters in the zone. It’s good to work with other people sometimes to learn how they teach, the only bad thing is that I still don’t know my area too well so we were lost a little bit, but talked to a lot of people.

I hope everyone is doing great. Time is going fast, super-fast. And everyone needs to stop growing up and making big decisions about their life without me. Just wait another few months.

I love you all,

Hermana Jacob

Conferencia General (10-6-14)

La bandera

La bandera

 we have a lake in our area

we have a lake in our area

My zone

My zone

 Halley and Valdez

Halley and Valdez

General conference was super great! I got to watch half in Spanish and half in English because we watched it with a few of our investigadores. We prayed to get them there to listen to the prophet and then when Elder Bednar talked directly to them, it made my day.  We told them they could find their answers in general conference.  I really loved all of the talks and when the members of the 70 spoke in their language of Spanish, we were all very content here.

Guadalajara was good, it was long and we got trapped there because some of the roads leading home were closed.  All in all, we weren’t able to work too much in our area this week but yesterday something super great happened…We are teaching a man, whose wife is a recent convert.  They were going to be baptized the same day but he wasn’t able to because of problems with the word of wisdom.  Yesterday we went with a message about repentance and how they can both be sealed in the temple for all time and eternity. We know he needs to change and wants to do it for his family. So we invited him to be baptized again and he said yes but wouldn’t agree on a date a few weeks in the future because he said he needs to prepare and learn more. We were then able to read in Moroni 6: 1-3 and ask him if he really had desires to follow Christ with a broken heart and contrite spirit. His attitude completely changed and he said yes and he made specific goals for himself in order to make these needed changes. The spirit was so strong and I can bear testimony that through Christ anything is possible.

 packages from home!

packages from home!

Another highlight of the week, I got 2 packages from home! Thank you mom and dad! Also I was able to speak in another zone conference and was a little less nervous this time.   Last weekend we had a baptism for a sister that the hermanas before us found. She is super great and strong, the only member of her family.  She loves the Book of Mormon and she really does have a family at church.

Baptism!

Baptism!

Baptism!

Baptism!

I just found out that my college roommate, Diana Chudleigh, is going to be serving a mission in New Zealand.  I’m so happy for her!!

Hermana Jacob

Churros

Churros

Hola (9-29-14)

Halley and Hermana Valdez

Halley and Hermana Valdez

This week has been crazy but good.  I don’t have time to write today but thank you so much for the letters. I’m printing them out to read later today. I love you all so much. Please eat a lot of cinnamon rolls for me and don’t fall asleep during general conference (papa, dad). But really I hope we all listen and receive personal revelation this weekend. I love you all.

Hermana Jacob

Grapes & 10 Meses (9-22-14)

Preach!

Preach!

This week was really good; hard but good. That’s exciting to hear about the house and everything that is going on at home; all the fun everyone is having. It sounds like stake conference was super super great. I wish I could have heard the talk from president Gillespie. It’s true; there should be lots of different, new people at church every Sunday if we are really doing our part as member missionaries.

Sometime soon I am going to follow up and verify your work in family history.  I’m super excited to work on family history when I get home in May.

No, there are no apples here, well si there are, but they are expensive so we just buy bananas and tuna. But this week a member gave us a whole bunch of grapes!  We were in heaven.

I will send pictures of the house this next week; it’s small and pretty normal. Actually it was horrible when I got here Monday; it was a wreck. I felt like I was opening an area again. Today we finally took out trash that has been there for over a month.

I took the place of another sister when I came to this area. It’s been a little hard because she only focused on the numbers and not the people. So last night we really went thought the area book to find the people that we need to focus on and the people who really don’t want to listen. It’s hard sometimes to balance numbers and people. But we are pretty much starting from scratch and finding people to really take time and focus on them.

10 meses pastel.

10 meses pastel.

This week I made it to the 10 month mark. 10 months!! I feel like I just started. I hope time starts to slow down sometime soon.

Also I followed the example of Devon and we preached to a horse.

halley and horse

halley and horse

Caballo

Caballo

I love you all!

our area is the center of Lazaro, so each night we go to the main square and contact (and go to a concert)

our area is the center of Lazaro, so each night we go to the main square and contact (and go to a concert)

nosotras

nosotras

Puerco Rico

Puerco Rico

Hermana Valdez

Hermana Valdez

Hermana Valdez

Hermana Valdez

Viva Mexico (9-15-14)

Mexico!

Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

Well this week was pretty exciting.  September 16 is Mexican Independence Day.  Everything is Mexico. Everything. Everyone has their pride on and more than anyone we do. Hermana Betti and I were dressed everyday with the Mexican flag. Viva Mexico! The big yell is tonight and we actually have to be in the house an hour early because everyone is going to be drinking and having their fiestas. But I’m sure we will wake up at midnight to yell.

That’s so exciting about Jaymeson getting his mission call to Mexico! It really doesn’t get any better than Mexico. Viva Mexico!

So today we had cambios.  I took photos with everyone and of everything in my area. I’m in love with Zihua.  It’s ok that I am leaving because….. I only moved 2 hours away. I’m still in the same zone. Everyone’s joking and saying that I’ll never leave Lazaro and right now I’m right in the middle of Lazaro. My new companion, Hermana Valdez, and I are in Lazar Cardenas 2. I’ve been called as sister training leader for our zone. So I’m super nervous but I know that I can learn and I can do anything with the help of my Heavenly Father.  So please pray for me.

Also I’m happy because I will be able to go on splits in both my old areas! Viva Mexico!

Also this week I bought a hammock. Viva Mexico.

Amor,

Hermana Jacob

Hermana Betti

Hermana Betti

Family Radilla

Family Radilla

 Our other investigador Hermana Catherine. I'm always going to love this family so much.

Our other investigador Hermana Catherine. I’m always going to love this family so much.

 Mi districto

Mi districto

 Mi districto

Mi districto

9-15-14 mexico! 2

 Mama Gilleta. We always eat casadillas gratis.

Mama Gilleta. We always eat casadillas gratis.

 Juntos somos zihua con mi hija

Juntos somos zihua con mi hija

Hermano Pedro. The one we thought was an investigator but it turns out was baptized.

Hermano Pedro. The one we thought was an investigator but it turns out was baptized.

 Hermana Kati in YW

Hermana Kati in YW

Hammocks

Hammocks

 The elders of Zihua 1b

The elders of Zihua 1b

 Hermana Maria de Los Angeles. she is going to be baptized in 2 weeks!

Hermana Maria de Los Angeles. she is going to be baptized in 2 weeks!

Zihua friends

Zihua friends

Zihua RS

Zihua RS

Gracias por sus cartas! (9-8-14)

9-8-14 hma Christen

We are better this week. No one was too sick. So we had all these plans to talk to a million people and have a million lessons and then we were told we had to go to Guadalajara. I went to a conference with all the zone leaders and sister training leaders.  I think because I’m training. Maybe he will have me train again this transfer.  We will see. Anyway, that took up about 3 days and then we had zone conference and that took a day. So our area was a little bit lonely, but I got to see Hermana Christen again and everyone In Guacamayas.   It was nice.

us with our hijas

Us with our hijas

9-8-14 training conference 9-8-14 zone sisters

All the sisters in my zone.

All the sisters in my zone.

This week we went to visit one of our Investigators who has been going to church with us and she told us that when we first knocked on her door (when we were actually looking for someone else) and started teaching her, she felt like a little kid, but right now, now that she’s going to church and reading and progressing, she feels like she growing bigger.  It was so cute; I love her so much.  It’s true, we are here on the earth to learn about the plan of salvation, we can learn other things but they are all extra. When we can come closer to our heavenly father that is when we are progressing.

We were able to visit the less active member who lost her daughter. She came to church with us and stayed all 3 hours, even though she didn’t think she would be able too. She also wanted to share her testimony but was too nervous. So we are going to share our testimonies together this next fast Sunday.

I’m sending photos of Zitlali. Carlitos and Meli. We went to visit them yesterday. I’m going to miss them so much, they are super great kids.

9-8-14 zitlali carlitos and meli 3 9-8-14 zitlali carlitos and meli 2 9-8-14 zitlali carlitos and meli

A photo of when we went to visit a family in our ward yesterday. They are always in their little store outside their house on Sundays and they weren’t there! Que milagro! Last Sunday we had a lesson with the mom about the Importance of the family and the Sabbath day, and just like that, they all just went to the beach together instead of working on Sunday. We were so happy we took a picture.

9-8-14 store closed

I love you all. I have cambios this Monday so I’m pretty sure I won’t have time to write.

Hermana Jacob

we are eating tuna. it tastes like a cucumber and an apple put together in one fruit.

We are eating tuna. It tastes like a cucumber and an apple put together in one fruit.

 what i eat to stay awake

What I eat to stay awake

Our apartment...where we study

Our apartment…where we study

Where we sleep

Where we sleep

our kitchen

our kitchen