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June 13, 2016
Wow what a busy but amazing week you all have had! It always seems to be greater when we are focusing on the little things in life.
|Sis. Gonzalez, Sis. Willes and me together again!|
So our super awesome ward mission leader continues to be awesome! One day this week he was with us to visit a recent convert who is struggling and told me "You look like your mom dont you"....i was kind of taken back and told him i was the spitin image of my mom :) And im happy to be so! Its actually funny when ill make a face or hand gesture and then realize that mom does the exact same thing.
We have met lots of really cool people this week. One experience was when we felt like we should stop and visit a less active. We have been trying to get to her 15 year old son too who hasnt wanted anything to do with us or the gospel..but we´re slowly working on him. The 15yr old kids friends showed up during the lesson but he wasnt home....we asked them if they wanted to join in on the lesson with us and they said yes, which is super weird because 15 year old kids never want to talk to us especially about religion :) We had a lesson with them and they accepted everything we talked about and at the end the 15 yr old menos activo walked in and said the closing prayer which is a huge step! Hopefully this week we can help the 15yr old friends! Im super excited!
So our mission president is ending his mission! He was the mission president who opened this mission so it was a really special thing to have everyone gathered together...all of the less actives and recent converts in the last 3 years along with all the missionaries in Iquitos: and it was really special to be able to see all of the missionaries that i havent seen for 9 months. I didnt realize how tight of a bond you have with the missionaries you serve wtih. I think its because of that: SERVICE. When you serve with someone or for someone your connection is so much tighter becuase you are helping Gods children together.
My companion is Hermana Vazquez from Arizona and we actually met in the CCM and went to Pucallpa together. Whats even more crazy is the 1st night in my mission together we stayed in an apartment with some other hermanas and now we are back in the same ward we stayed in that first night together! That first day we ate in our bishops house! And i just put this all together. But she really is such an amazing companion and it has been interesting to get to talk in english a little bit more. Its actually improving my ability to speak in spanish if you can believe it cause now english or spanish goes. But the climate it a little different...its more humid so you sweat more but the sun doesnt kill you as much which is good.
I am loving everything here and wish i had more time to say everything i wanted to! But id like you all to read Mosiah 3:5-9 this week. It talks about the atonement of Jesus Christ and really what he did for us. If he did that much for you what can you give to #Him?
Love you all so much!
Happy Fathers day dad! I love you so much and want to thank you for supporting me so much here. It means way more than i think you will ever know.
Also i got to see Hna Willes, My mom who trained me this week for the 1st time in 6 months!
Posted by Hermana Briggs' madre :) at 7:05 AM
June 6, 2016
This week was absolutely crazy! I had transfers for the first time on my mission!! I had to leave my home Vista Alegre ward that I have been in for my entire mission! I don't think I have ever cried so hard...I had grown to love so so many people there and there will always be a part of my heart in Pucallpa. One of the hardest moments was leaving our investigators house, who's son had just got baptized. I love that family so much and know that God will continue helping them progress.
So, then I packed my bags (I never want to pack again :) and jumped on a plane to Iquitos! There, I found out my companion was Hermana Vazquez! One of the gringas that I knew in the CCM! She is absolutely incredible and we have so much fun doing missionary work together. It was also her birthday this week so we got to celebrate with lots of cake...lots of cake and Gable you can be happy...I finally like chocolate cake :)
Also when I left Pucallpa, our ward didn't have a ward mission leader and it was a struggle, but I arrived in Iquitos and our mission leader, I think, is the most dedicated ward mission leader in the WORLD!!! He makes visits with us just about every other day, brings us food when we´re hungry, takes us around in his motokar, and teaches in the lessons with such a power and spirit...he even has his own mission planner :) Iquitos is super different. Almost all the streets are paved and there isn't always dirt in your eyes. The people are different too...a little bit harder to teach and finding someone to teach is actually sometimes a struggle, which wasn't something I dealt with in Pucallpa. I actually really love that I have been learning to rely more on the spirit.
I am super excited to continue working in the vineyard of the Lord, wherever He may place me. I was reading in Words of Mormon today in verse 7 which talks about how God knows all...and for me that is enough. I just need to trust in Him.
Love you all so much!! Keep smiling brightly! And have fun with your snake dad! I hope you enjoyed your birthday: I was thinking of you and praying for you. also crazy world that Micaklya was there!!!! Such a small world.
Posted by Hermana Briggs' madre :) at 7:03 AM
|This is a picture from the baptism of J*.|
This week has been another great rollercoaster! The highlight of the week was definitely the BAPTISM of J!!!!! This 12 year old kid is my absolute favorite! He is the son of the family that wants to get baptized so badly but is waiting for some paperwork so they can get married first. We felt that the baptism of J would really help fortify their family. And at first J didnt want to listen to us, but by since we have been concentrating our efforts on him, he has changed completely and his mom has told us of the change she is seeing in him too. He cracks me up every lesson! This week he asked if he could make copies of us so we wouldnt have to leave :) I absolutely love their family! If this family was the 1 reason i came on a mission, i would be happy.
With one of the greatest experiences i had in my mission also accompanied one of the saddest. We went to teach the reference of the member that i taught when i got sick and when we arrived i realized her husband was there, who hadnt recieved us very nicely the time before. But we went forward with the lesson until her husband realized we were there. He walked up to us and told us to get out. He used words so forceful, but i didnt feel worried for me, but more for the woman we were teaching. She told us after that her husband is the reason why she has never been able to join a church. But we have faith that the Lord will help us with her. And we keep praying that somehow we will be able to teach her.
We also were able to rescue these 2 young men that you see in this picture. They are super duper awesome and weve been working with them for a while! It was a complete miracle because they were supposed to recieve the priesthood and bless the sacrament before sunday ended, so they recieved it before church and we called someone to bring 2 white shirts and ties and all within an hour they were blessing the sacrament! Oh so cool!
Our mission president is ending his mission and i had the opportunity to have an interview with him on thursday. I asked him what blessings he had seen in his life from serving a mission, and he was a little surprised because it was the 1st time he had shared his testimony about his mission. Really the mission is the one time you are able to give 100% of your efforts to the Lord. And you can feel the Christlike attributes develop, not easily, but everything is more clear.
|Hermana Alberto's birthday!|
Oh ya and we celebrated Hna Albertos birthday yesterday! I absolutely love her!
And transfers are tonight so ill let you know next week
Posted by Hermana Briggs' madre :) at 6:57 AM