Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 78 - And then the time goes by . . . .

February 6, 2017

Hello everyone!
So this is it! I really don't believe that it actually comes to an end! Well, the being in Iquitos part of it. A missionary life lives forever if you do it right! This week was full of so many great things and put a beautiful ending to my mission. 

Me, with my sweet, sweet pensionista!
I have always had this thing in the mission that if a someone is not working right, my theory is that often I can love them into it. Love often works miracles! That is something we have been trying to do with our Relief Society president. I really just love her and she has so so many good qualities, so we decided to serve here and then as a result, her confidence in us grew and we were able to find a less active through her that sat and cried as we taught her of the desires to feel clean again. The Lord really does work through mysterious ways. 

Us with N* who has a son on a mission! She is working to be baptized!
We visited a family last night that we have been visiting off and on over the past couple weeks. They have had some really strong marriage and family problems, and I think because of it have been more open to our message. After teaching the Restoration of  the Gospel of Jesus Christ last night, they said they did want to be baptized. It surprised me because the husband is really hard hearted, but it is amazing that learning the doctrine can change people!

Also this is me with my last convert and the next progressing investigator, her daughter.
I wanted to end with my testimony of the truthfulness of this church, of this gospel and of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know He lives. He has been my constant strength through these passing weeks and months, that are now turning into years. I know that God has a plan for each and every one of us. 

Despedida (farewell) with the mission president and his wife! 

I love you all and am excited to see you! Love you!
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Briggs

Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 77 - Repentance & Fasting is Amazing!

Hello y'all!
So this week was absolutely incredible! I'll just highlight a few points.

My sweet comps!
We had zone conference and also a world wide conference this week where they talked about the importance of teaching repentance. To help us do it better they changed the schedule of the mission and also the numbers that we use! Everything is much more to the agency of the missionaries in being able to plan their own day! It's so cool! But, it basically starts when I get home :( 
 Our pensionista's mom, who bought us aguaje(water) icecream!
Also, on Saturday, we decided to fast to be able to find families and to complete the mission baptism goal. Well, we immediately started to see miracles happen. Almost all the people we found committed to come to church and 3 of them actually did come on Sunday! We went to visit a family that we thought would progress but they didn't want to let us in. We remembered a contact we had there and found a group of 4 guys all watching "Batman." They let us in (with a member) and we taught them about the Sabbath day. Well, turns out one of them has a family and wants to get baptized, another went to a baptism in our ward 3 weeks ago and also wants to get baptized and the other 2 are interested! What an answer to our fast! 
Our district!
Then, to make it even better all of the missionaries in our zone came to tract or contact people in our area for 2 hours! We got a total of 40 references! So, God really more than answered our fast because I don't know how we are going to contact all those references!
 Alma 26:22 "Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance."

Our Zone!
I know this is the work of God. People may reject. They may say that there is no way possible to become like our Father, but I know there is. It is through our Savior and Redeemer. I love Him with all my heart and hope I can serve Him with every last little bit of strength I have this week. Love you all to the moon and back! Keep smiling!

Con amor,
Hermana Briggs

The sweet sisters I'm finishing with!

"The Divine Gift of Repentance"

This is from an awesome article, "Repentance" by Mariel Wangsgard, on

Monday, January 23, 2017

Week 76 - This is the Lord's Work and Lots of Companions!

January 23, 2017

Hello Familia!

Well this was probably the most companions I have had in one week! I had visits from 2 sisters this week and we were able to do splits and conquer a lot! 

We also got a new companion this week named Hermana Pac. I love her! She was trained by Hermana Wood and they act just the same! We have had some adjustments but really after already being in a trio, I just love it! We went to the airport 3 times this week to pick up and drop off sisters. 

I had a little experience this week when I was on exchanges with a sister from our ward. The family we were going to visit wasn't home, and so we went to visit another sister. On the way there, I saw a young woman sitting in her motokar on her phone. I felt impressed to contact her, so I did. We found out she was studying English and French and didn't have much time to listen to us. So, I asked her if I could help her with her English. So, there in the middle of the street, we practiced English. When she asked me what I love about Iquitos, I told her it was sharing the gospel with people. She ran into her house to grab her schedule and said "you can come back to visit me Monday, Thursday or Sunday." I know that service opens people's hearts and fills their souls with love. 

Never forget what your savior did for you and what glorious opportunity you have to share this gospel with others! I know this is the Lord's work!

I'm loving it here! Don't worry! If you can believe it, I even enjoy the heat at this point! Sorry it's so short this week! Enjoy the pictures! 

Love you tons!
Hermana Briggs

Are You Sleeping Through the Restoration?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 75 - Where Can I Go? & Line upon Line . . .

January 16, 2016

Monday, January 9, 2017

Week 74 - 7,000 Miracles!

January 9, 2016

Well, hello, everyone!

So #1, I love miracles….and #2 I love being a missionary because you get front row seats to see all of God miracles that He has to offer if we are willing to folllow Him and be obedient, even when we are tired or don't know what to do. I want to call this week 7000 miracles!

Only to hit a few, it was Hermana Rodriguez’s birthday on Thurday…so we ate 3 leches, and paneton and icecream and lots of great stuff. But when we went to work that afternoon, all of our appointments fell through and everyone we contacted rejected us. She was super disappointed, especially because it was her birthday. I told her God had a bigger plan for us and we kept going. Later that night we went to a recent convert's house and felt prompted to invite her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to come. We didn't think they would, but they did!!! We had a powerful lesson guided by the spirit and the boyfriend ended up coming to church on Sunday! We are going back today and really it was a complete miracle!

Also, while we were waiting for some hermanas (sisters) to come accompany us for the afternoon, we decided to contact a house in front of the chapel. They were super nice and we went back yesterday to visit them! As we got done with the lesson, one of them said, "I never knew I could receive answers from the spirit by feelings of peace in my life!" The spirit of God often gives us answers by giving us peace!

Well, keep smiling all of you! A smile can change the first impression you have with someone, which sets up the whole relationship you have with them. I know this church is true with all my heart and am soaking up every day I have to share that with the people in Iquitos. 

Wish I could say more!
Love you all!
Hermana Briggs

Hermana Rodriquez's birthday!
Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayers

Monday, January 2, 2017

Week 73 - Back to Iquitos and Great Plane Rides!