Hola! (3-9-15)

This week was normal. But I didn’t take pictures… oops.

This week we have been working a lot with a family that we found a few weeks ago. When we met them they all thought they were members, then later we found out that no, the daughter was never baptized. It’s like we are teaching 4 investigadores, we just can’t baptize 3 of them because they are already members. It’s been really beautiful; the first lesson we had, the mom told us that she was only listening because the church teaches good things to help families but that she doesn’t believe that it’s the true church or that we have a prophet. So we have been working really hard, teaching everything from the start, and we have seen miracles. Yesterday in gospel principles she said that she knows it’s the true church and that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet. We almost started crying. The dad told us that he is reading his Book of Mormon every day and they are praying together every night so that he can feel more worthy to receive the priesthood and baptize his daughter. She is 13 and her brother will be turning 18 and has told us he wants to prepare to be a missionary. We are pretty happy. I’m going to come back to Mexico when they go through the temple. 🙂

This week was been good; the sun is out a lot more and we aren’t cold at night. And I’m also getting my tan back. Oh and also this week we saved a baby from getting eaten by a really hungry dog. But that’s a story I’ll share in May.

I hope everyone is doing great, keeping the commandments, having family nights, and being missionaries

Love Hermana Jacob

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Hola (3-2-15)

3-2-15 me in a chair Hola,

For the last 3 months of my mission I was going to train again, because that’s the vision of president, that the leaders can train and then those missionaries they train can be leaders right away. But instead of that he has kept me as sister training leader in Morelia. I am also staying to help my companion in some areas that she needs and also there are a lot of new leaders that he want to keep me here to help as long as I can.

When I watched the “Meet the Mormons” movie I started thinking of some things I want to do with my life but I’m not going to tell you right now :). It’s really not anything big; I’m just replanning what I’m going to do after the mission. I’m not even sure what it will be because I feel like that’s revelations that I’ll receive after the mission, right now’s not the time.

3-2-15 my zone

3-2-15zone conference2

3-2-15zone conference 3-2-15 hermana Moncada in the cousel of leaders

This week we went to Guadalajara and had a counsel. We talked a lot about goals and intermediate goals. And that if we don’t work hard EVERYDAY and if we aren’t obedient EVERYDAY we can’t expect to reach our goal like Heavenly Father wants. We watched the video of Joseph Smith about Zion and how Joseph and the brothers were tested in their obedience. There are a lot of times we aren’t going to understand why we have a commandment or why we have to do something, but we need to do it even when it’s not easy and blessings will come.

I love you all,

Be obedient 🙂

Hermana Jacob

Look at this really big rabbit!

Look at this really big rabbit!

Happy Birthday to me! (2-23-2015)

Hola todos!

2-23-15 Happy birthday to me

This week was really good. I had divisions in Guanajuato for 2 days, and then it was my birthday. As you can see from the pictures I had a good day. First we had a surprise conference with president where we watched “Meet the Mormons” because this week it’s going to be in theaters here. I cried because I’m just so grateful to be able to be a missionary at this time and also because I think I realized what I want to do with my life after my mission. After the movie I was able to have a special interview with president.  We changed plans for how I’m going to finish the mission.

There are two families here that I love so much, the mom of Hermana Ariana makes cakes and they surprised me with one after the lesson we taught. But they were nice enough not to shove the cake in my face.

con la familia de Hermana ariana

con la familia de Hermana ariana

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Then the family Gutierrez surprised me with tostadas and a cake and lots of balloons. And yes I got cake up my nose. I love this family so much.

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Thank you for the letters and the pictures and thank you for eating Mexican food on my birthday, it means a lot 🙂

  A gift from my comp

A gift from my comp

Les amo!

Soccer in Mexico! (2-16-15)

2-16-15 HALLEY tag

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I’m glad everyone’s feeling better and thank you for all the pictures!

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 The elders helping us get the water tank filled at the church.

The elders helping us get the water tank filled at the church.

This week we finally had the baptism for the hermanita. I think I told you that we have been able to help this family return to the church. The mom almost has a calling and her brother has the priesthood and goes to all the church activities. It was really beautiful. She was able to share her testimony at the end of the program and it almost made me cry. She knows that this church has helped her family be happier and she shared with us her experience of when we prayed to know if the church was true 🙂

2-16-15 my district

 I've never played soccer, wink wink.

I’ve never played soccer, wink wink.

 soccer game over

soccer game over

Also today we had a district activity! I played soccer for the first time in Mexico! It felt really good. I told them all that I’ve never played soccer before, then my team won 🙂 and then we had to finish when the ball was kicked way over the fence. We ate a lot of pizza afterward. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sore tomorrow.

I hope everyone is going great! Love you all!

Hermana Jacob

We made a washing machine (2-9-2015)

I’m sorry that everyone’s sick. It sounds like a pretty scary house to be in. Drink tea.

This whole week I wasn’t with my companion because we did divisions. But I got to be with Hermana Valdez for 2 days. My companion from Lazaro.

Our road trip to have splits with the sisters. That is a horse in the water!

Our road trip to have splits with the sisters. That is a horse in the water!

Also this week the whole mission was working super super hard in reaching our goal for investigators in the sacrament meeting. The leaders and assistants were calling us every night and president was in contact with us. The truth is that this week and the week before have been stressful and I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure but like always I have received answers.  Alma 37:34, nunca descansare de las buenas obras.

We had 4 investigadores with us yesterday and they all came with members. 🙂

Also this week we were invited to a birthday party of the niña of our investigator. She really actually liked the movie of Jesus that we gave her better than her stuffed animals. We felt pretty special.

2-9-15 we were invited to the birthday party of the niña of our investigador. she really actually liked the movie better than her stuffed animals. we felt pretty special. 2-9-15 we were invited to the birthday party of the niña of our investigador. she really actually liked the movie better than her stuffed animals. we felt pretty special2.

This week we made our [washing machine]. We made it out of a coca cola bottle. It’s faster than washing by hand.

washing clothes with the new washing machine.

washing clothes with the new washing machine.

2-9-15 washing machine

I love you all!

P.S. Pictures of our house. We have the best beds in the mission!

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Short but long. (2-2-2015)

Leadership council

Leadership council

This week was a good one.  Short but long; super hard but rewarding.

We went to Guadalajara (I feel like I write that like every week) for a leadership council so we can present all the information to the missionaries. We did something a little different. Every month we have goals for baptisms but we never reach them. so president thought we needed to understand what it feels like to reach goals. So we all got balloons and set goals and then worked really hard to reach them. Then we set more goals based on the things we learned the first time and we were able to get better.

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 Mi companera

Mi companera

2-2-15 popped them all

Then we popped them all!

Then we popped them all!

It was really surprising the things we were able to learn from this little activity. Like the fact that we need to work together and that sometimes we have different skills then our companion. or we need to have more faith in our goals and not compare ourselves to other people. Or that we can look at the quality of the balloons and there are some that aren’t quite strong converts.  I took a lot of pictures of the activity. It was fun because these counsels are always really serious and strict and this time we got to have a little fun.

Also this week they took away Hermana Taylor so we are only two now. Kinda sad. It feels like we can’t work as hard with only 2 people.

All my Mexican clothes.

All my Mexican clothes.

In this picture I decided to put on all the Mexican clothes I own.

I hope everyone is doing great! Thank you for your letters! and the discursos that you sent me (I don’t remember how they are called). It sounds like everyone is doing great, with the house and the boat and school and church. but you all have to take better care of mom so she doesn’t get sick again.

Hermana Jacob

Where does the time go? (1-26-15)

My planner with a picture of my brother Devon (Elder Jacob) in Puerto Rico.

My planner with a picture of my brother Devon (Elder Jacob) in Puerto Rico.

Trip to Guadalajara

Trip to Guadalajara

Fingerprinting for new visas.

Fingerprinting for new visas.

I really don’t know where my time always goes. I never seem to have time to write. Last week we went to Guadalajara to sign visas. I’ve been here in Mexico for a whole year! Last week we also had cambios (transfers) and now we are a companionship of 3 and it’s actually harder than I thought to teach with 3 people; everyone wants to talk at the same time. But we are working on it. Also it’s a little harder to fit into our house. I’ve been humbled to the top bunk.

My companions

My companions

Companions

Companions

My companions

My companions

With the elders last week we had a family night with a few members of the ward.  We talked about all the aspects of self-sufficiency.  It went really well.

Noche de hogar. We talked about being self sufficient and how to resolve problems in our family.

Noche de hogar. We talked about being self sufficient and how to resolve problems in our family.

Nothing super exciting has happened. But we’ve been working hard. We have been working with the sisters in our ward so we can split up and visit more people. We talk to EVERYONE in the streets. We have been given these little handy pass along cards with questions on them like “Do you want to be with your loved ones after this life?” or “How can I learn from the trials in life?” So we walk up to people and ask them to pick a card and read it. Then (they never know the answer) we tell them we want to help them answer it and visit with them in their house. A lot of people let us share a message with them.

We have been working with a family that has problems with the word of wisdom and it’s really amazing to see this message change their lives and their relationship. The dad has problems for alcohol but wants to stop for his daughter, who’s 4 and says she wants nothing to do with him if he keeps drinking. She’s a little sassy. But we talked a lot about prayer and they say them all the time now. Personal and together and we pick little things to work on to help their relationship. Like the dad is going to help cook dinner and set the table and everything then after the prayer they eat together, like we do back at home. Just this little thing has changes a lot and it’s really beautiful.

Sometimes people say they are on their mission to find a certain person. And I feel like I’ve met some of the people that I was supposed to, and I feel like this family is part of the reason in here.

I love you all!

Hermana Jacob

Cumple años of the sister of Hermana Mary.

Cumple años of the sister of Hermana Mary.

 I was her only friend nice enough to help her.

I was her only friend nice enough to help her.

Crazy Week! (1-19-15)

This week was super crazy! I went to Guadalajara again to renew my visa.  We also had special interchanges having to do with some problems with the Hermanas in the zone, so I wasn’t really is my area very much at all.

Now everything is back to normal. Well sorta, we are now is a companionship of 3. 2 sister training leaders and another sister. I’ll send pictures next Monday!

I’m sorry this is so short. I love you all!!!!

Dia de Los Reyes (1-12-15)

Día de Los Reyes (Three Kings day)

Día de Los Reyes (Three Kings day)

Rosca

Rosca

I cut the piece with the little doll so I have to make tamales for everyone.

I cut the piece with the little doll so I have to make tamales for everyone.

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This week was Dia de Los Reyes. So we ate rosca with our investigator. Rosca is a tradition and you have to cut the piece that you want and hope you don’t get a piece with a muñeca (doll). And with my luck, I did, so I have to make everyone tamales in February. We are going to start this tradition at home!

Mary's baptism

Mary’s baptism

Mary

Mary

I almost didn’t see my companion at all this week; we had splits with the hermanas in two areas.  When we were together we had interviews with president and had a baptism Saturday. The baptism was for Mary. I love her to death. She had already started on her personal progress before her baptism. Most of her family is members, we are still working with her dad who is really catholic, but miracles exist.

I hope everyone is doing great!

Hermana Jacob

Food on the street

Food on the street

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Who does this look like?

Who does this look like?

bread

bread

Feliz cumpleaños a mi mama! (1-5-15)

Watch your step!

Watch your step!

So starting this year our president only told us we can write home once a month, the other 3 Mondays we just get to write to him and no one else… a little harsh but it’ll all be fine.

Just kidding. Nothing’s changed. Only that today I don’t have time to write much. I just want to say that I love my family a lot and that I love all the pictures they send me.

This week we went to Guadalajara and I got the Christmas package!! Thank you so much! We have already eaten half of the Nutella!

BIG scriptures!!

BIG scriptures!!

I hope everyone is having a great 2015 and setting super great goals (to read the Book of Mormon) or other great things.

I love you all!

Hermana Jacob

Our bishop was released this week.

Our bishop was released this week.