Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 14 Elder Jones

Hey!   Glad to hear everything is going well with you guys!  We had transfers this week on Tuesday.  Elder Torres and I are a companionship for this transfer again!  The meeting was really fun because I got to see all the missionaries from the CCM and missionaries that have served in Caja de Agua that the members always talk about.  Elder Torres and I had to bring Arroz con Leche to all the missionaries that have served in Caja de Agua and their companions from a member family here.  The members here really love the missionaries, especially since almost everyone here is a convert within the last 10 years.  I also got to see missionaries that are newer than me!!  They all look so scared.  I also found out that one of the Elders that I was good friends with in the CCM went home last week because he hated his companion since the first day, and then after 4 weeks he was switched to a different companion.  He hated that companion too so he decided to go home.  It was really sad for all of us in the CCM with him. 

 I was supposed to go to the temple Friday but I had 2 days of Immigrations that they kind of just told us about 2 days before our ward went to the temple.  So yea, that sucked because I really miss the temple and Immigrations is the worst, but we believe in obeying the Law of the land so yea gotta be obedient.  Elder Bean and I were companions for our 2 days of immigrations and he was in the CCM with me. The night after our first day of immigrations we went and taught people in his sector.  But yea, for immigrations we had to wake up at 4:30 to get to the mission offices on time.  On the busses Elder Bean and I spoke to everyone we could and it was so awesome.  I love to introduce myself and have conversations with random strangers now.  I´m so blessed to be serving in Peru because that´s normal here.  At the temple Elder Torres and Elder Arevalo brought some of our investigators.  The cousins of the Gonzalez family really want to take lessons with the missionaries now and it´s really exciting.  Jesus is still really interested and he´s progressing. 

I saw the Ocean today!  I´ve been in Lima almost 2 months and today was the first time I saw the Ocean.  We played Soccer as a zone on a soccer field right next to the beach.  It was so much fun. I love soccer so much. 

OH so the Assistant to the President in our mission in the nephew of the Madura family in our ward, and the AP that he replaced was the one that served in our ward for a while when he was waiting for his visa.  So with that and Hermana Sievert being related to the Brady´s and the Rubow’s, our ward has a ton of connections to the Lima Peru Central mission. 

The weeks are flying by.  It seriously feels like I wrote you guys yesterday.  I need to start having a bad attitude about everything and complaining a lot so the time goes slower, because this week is 3 months for me.  My appreciation for the Book of Mormon has grown so much in these last few months.  Usually after I get done studying the Book of Mormon every day I´m really excited.  I just want to share what I learned with someone because there´s so much I´m learning that I didn´t even know before.  Before my mission I studied the Book of Mormon but it wasn´t ever like this.  I´m gaining a testimony of the realness of my calling.  Missionary isn´t just a title that they gave me because I wanted to serve a mission.  I received my calling by the laying on of hands by someone with the authority to do so, and with that comes real power and authority that I´m starting to realize.  The Lord has called me for this and now he is qualifying me.  It´s such a testimony-builder of the priesthood and callings in the church. 

I love you guys and I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Jones 

Week 24 In Mexico Hermana Jones

So this week was super good because Hermana Vea and I decided to do everything that we possibly could to find people to teach.  So we found a lady, Roxana.  The first time we talked to her it was good.  However, the second day we came over to her house, her mother in law was there.  It was obvious that she was there just to fight with us.  Everything we said she would fight against it.  It was one of the best lessons that we have ever had though because every time she would say something we would just bear our testimony.   I have never felt the spirit so strongly in my life.  I think I was converted in that lesson instead of Roxana… hahah.

There was a part of the lesson where I started shaking.  It was weird because I was about to talk about Joseph Smith and the first vision.  I just prayed in my heart to have the strength and the Spirit to help.  When I said the first vision I felt every word of it and knew it was true.  Maybe Roxana will never get baptized but I think I will remember that lesson for the rest of my life!  

I’ve thought a lot about how the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ is our unique message.  However sometimes, it is the message that we have the most fear to share.   We believe in revelation.   We believe in a living prophet.  This sets us apart from every other church.  I know that when we talk about these things and bear our testimonies of these things that the Spirit will bear testimony through us.  

I had to give a talk on Sunday.   I have thought a lot about why we share the gospel with others.  I have thought a lot about why I am hear giving up a year of my life.  The answer I finally found in the scriptures was in Romans where it says" I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ".   (I never have my scriptures with me when I go to write letters home. I should start bringing them, so that I can quote the scriptures right). I’ve thought a lot how everything centers in Jesus Christ.

Every week we have to contact  at least 70 people in the streets and I usually start with, “Hola soy Hermana Jones y este es mi compañera Hermana Vea.  Y SOMOS REPRESENTANTES DE JESUCRITO”.   In English that is… we are representatives of Jesus Christ.  If we don’t say this one line, we are not allowed to count it as a contact.  It doesn’t matter how long we were talking to them.  In Preach My Gospel it says our purpose is to invite people to come unto Christ.  We are to help people realize that this isn’t just another church here on the earth.  That is church is the restored church that Christ established while he was here on the earth. Christ is the leader of this church.

Anyway this week was super sad because I was transferred out of EL Oro.  I seriously feel like part of my heart was torn out.  I thought I knew what a broken heart was but I was very very very wrong.  I had no idea.  Even though I had a lot of hard times in El Oro, I met some of the best people I have ever know in my life.   It’s going to be OK though because Hermana Vea and I decided we are going to go visit El Oro together (The City of Gold hahah). We are both studying in Utah after the mission.  She gets home 3 months before me.

I am now in a big city again in Taluca.  My new companion is Hna. Mejila.  She is super cute and tiny.  She looks super tiny in the picture but I am bending down.  She is smaller than she looks! This area seems like it will be good.  It will take some getting used to after spending the majority of my mission so far in El Oro.

Oh and my foot is fine.  I feel like things heal crazy fast here.  I was only limping for like 2 days.  I think all the exercise of walking up mountains and stuff warms up your foot or something.   Really I have no idea but I’m fine.

Our area here in Taluca is crazy.  We just have one neighborhood. It is a gated community.  No one can come in unless they live there.  There are stores and everything inside the gates.  So the only time we leave is to go to church.  It is kind of convenient because everyone you talk to lives here.  It is about 2 miles long.  I kind of feel weird after being in a huge area where all you can see are fields and animals.  Now this place is so tiny and fenced all around.  I am sure I am going to learn to love this area just as much though.  It is like those movies where everything is super perfect inside the fence.  There are little cute houses and parks but then there is a huge fence around it.  There are police every five feet and no one inside knows what is going on outside.  Hahah- Joke!!!  I am just being dramatic.  I hope you guys have a great week though and keep doing great things.

Hermana Jones 

Favorite El Oro food...we had it every week.

Reactivated Family...LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Kenya and Wendy

Hermana Vea

El Oro Bishop and his family

Hermana Rosario- the best person I have ever met.

Hermana Joseanny and family

Best family EVER and they will be bapitzed

New Apartment in Taluca...SO NICE!

My new Companion!!!!

 Pretty much every candy has chile in it in Mexico:)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 13 Elder Jones

Hey, that's awesome that Tyler finished his Eagle project! Oh my gosh that brings back stressful memories. And Congrats to Allie! That's so awesome. I remember the summer before 8th grade cross country was when I really decided to dedicate myself to cross country and that's really cool that Allison is doing so well and she likes it. Dan- that`s so great, keep with the violin!!

Okay so this week was great.  Tomorrow is transfers, but I'm pretty sure that Elder Torres isn`t going to leave, which is great because he`s my best friend. I got the package Wednesday! Thank you so much. Seriously. It felt so good to eat something that wasn`t rice, potatoes, or chicken. I'm sending some pictures. Oh my gosh American food is so good.

Friday nights here are the worst because all the Peruvians in Caja de Agua all have e a party starting at 10pm and it goes until 10am. And the music they play is soooo loud, it`s like the equivalent of having a stereo in our room blasting Peruvain music. Then Saturday after the party is over they all sleep for a few hours and then play soccer the rest of the day.

So we found a Cornelius this week!!! (someone that wants to be baptized right away). On Saturday we had 3 people that wanted us to visit them at 11am, and all 3 of them weren`t in their houses, so we decided to knock on a door. An elderly man, Jesùs Pachas, answered the door and when he saw us he was really happy and he was smiling a lot. He invited us in and showed us that he had a Book of Mormon from 10 years ago when the missionaries visited him, and he wanted to know what the Book of Mormon was about but his eyes are bad and he can`t read it. He said he always sees us walking around Caja de Agua and that he had been praying for a long time that we would knock on his door and that God had answered his prayers.

He told us that he had been baptized as a Catholic and Pentecostal but he doesn`t believe they have the authority to baptize and he told us that he believes that we have a truth that is from God and that if the Book of Mormon is coupled with the Bible, and the Bible is something great, then the Book of Mormon must be something great too.  He wants us to come to his house to teach him and to read the Book of Mormon to him.  He`s always wanted to go to our church but he can`t walk very well because his nervous system doesn`t work very well. He wants to get baptized the 27th of September. Yesterday we had told him that we were going to come pick him up and take him in a taxi to church. An hour before church started, he was just so excited to go to church that he tried walking to church on his own and we found him half way on his way to church when we went to pick him up. He loved church so much. He knows so much about what we believe, but he`s still so humble and willing to learn from other people. Last week we weren`t able to go to the temple because not enough people were going to go, but this Friday there are enough people that want to go and we`re going with Jesùs to stay outside the temple and talk and walk around while the ward members are inside.  Amazing that it's just 6 days after his first visit with the missionaries, and he's visiting the temple.  I`m really excited for him. He`s going to have an awesome experience at the temple and so much is changing for him so quickly and it makes me really happy.

So yea it was another really good week, hope you guys have an awesome week!

Week 23 Hermana Jones

I hope everyone is doing super great this week! I loved getting all the pictures.  It is funny to see people from home and sounds like you had a great time at the bee party and during Tyler's eagle project.

So this week was a little hard, but it was good. At the beginning of this week I made the goal that I was going to be the best missionary that I possibly could. I am just going to tell you that's a bad goal as a missionary because it almost guarantees that the week is going to have lots of challenges. This week we pretty much walked to Africa ha ha ha, just kidding! but it was super far, looking for investigators.  I got so sunburnt, but luckily not on my face.

Also, I stepped on a rusty nail so...I had to get a shot.  After I stepped on the nail, it started healing and then I got the same foot run over by a taxi! What are the chances of it happening to the same foot? We also had a lot of investigators drop us this week, which was a little hard, but I am sure we will find more this week! Anyway, I know that Heavenly Father was helping me be the best missionary I could be this week because we showed what kind of person we are going to be in our trials not in the easy times.

I also got the package this week, though, so that was super awesome :) I am sending you guys a package and it actually is all of your Christmas presents because I have no idea how long it will take since your letters still haven't gotten to you. If you get it early though, you can't open it until Christmas!! just kidding, I wouldn't do that to you, you can open it when you get it.

I have been watching the Doctrine and Covenants movies because I haven't been able to sleep very well this week, and they are so good. One of my favorites is about forgiveness and it is the story of W.W Phelps.  It tells how he was the cause of a lot of Joseph Smith's hardest trials in his life but when he asked for forgiveness, Jopseph freely forgave him and asked the church to let him back into the fold.  Then my favorite part of the story is that W.W Phelps wrote the Hymn"Praise to the Man." There are so many stories in the Doctrine and Covenants movies and history of the church that I didn't even know and they are so good.

One of the ones that I have watched at least ten times now is the one about Emma Smith and it shows all her trials and her hardships and I think I cry every time especially when she is standing with Joseph and he tells her that it is his time. I just love watching it, though, because I just think if she can make it through all of that I can easily make it through anything that I am experiencing in my life. I also love the story about how when the Saints' water was poisoned a lot of people started to complain but Joseph just went and started digging for water. I love that example for us because when hard things are happening we shouldn't complain, we should trust in the Lord and go out and do something.  I just have a lot of random thoughts from my studies but a quote I loved was " We aren't obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see."

This week I also had a great experience. The Reyes family has not been to church in three weeks, so we went to look for them, but we went last week in the rain and mudslides and after we were thoroughly wet and dirty we gave up.  We looked again this week and still couldn't find them when we ran into a investigator who knew where they lived, and when we got there the bishop was there. Then five minutes later someone yelled "Good Afternoon!" and another family came to visit and then another and then another. We ended up with 20 people in their little tiny house on top of a mountain that cars couldn't go up.  Some of the members had walked ten miles from their house to get there. It was one of the best experiences I have ever seen because this family did not have money to come to church that week but the Mom was just crying she was so happy that her "Family" had cared enough to come visit her. I know that it was the Holy Ghost that gave us all the idea to come visit her and there were so many things that had to come together to be able to find her house. I think that was one of my favorite experiences here in the mission because the world would call it coincidence that we found an investigator who knew the way, or that we had all had the idea to visit this family at the same time but I know that Heavenly Father loved this family and he needed them to know he loved them so sent us all to show his love for them. I hope you have a great week and love you all!

The pictures are fiesta bread and another creature visiting our home.

Love Hermana Jones

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Week 12 Elder Jones

Hey! this week was great! Still loving it. So I keep forgetting to tell you guys this but  there are 2 languages spoken in my mission-- Kichwa and Spanish.  There are a few old people that only speak Kichwa but pretty much everyone here speaks both Kichwa and Spanish so I'm learning a little bit of Kichwa every day. It`s really, really difficult.  It`s not that important to learn Kichwa, but I am interested in it and want to learn.

Okay, so something really funny about the people here.So you know how when Americans say they can speak Spanish when they really can`t and they just put o at the end of every English word? Peruvians do that too only they put "ation" at the end of every Spanish word. So yea if you`ve ever wondered what English speakers sound like to people who don't speak English, that's what we sound like

Last  preparation day our zone all got Peru Soccer Jerseys and we went into the city where there's a Mormon church with an outdoor soccer court and we played against Elder Baker`s zone who had Colombia jerseys and it was so fun. I hadn`t realized it, but my soccer playing was improved after playing with Mexicans for 6 weeks.

We get to go to the temple this week and I'm really excited to see the Lima temple and to go through a session in Spanish.

So a couple experiences this week. Elder Torres and I were having our weekly planning session and for our goals for the week  I wanted to put 0 for baptized and confirmed because all our investigators either aren't married or don`t have enough church attendances to be baptized this week. But Elder Torres said no. He said that we`re never going to put zero for the week. He said that we needed to have faith that something would work out. So we put 1 and 1 for baptized and confirmed. Later that day, Hermana Katherine called us.  Hermana Katherine has been taking lessons with the missionaries for over a year, and her mom, sisters, brother, and grandmother are all members of the church.  She also has an amazing testimony of the Book of Mormon and the gospel of Jesus Christ, but she couldn`t get baptized because she lives with her boyfriend.  She told us on the phone that she had made the decision to separate from her boyfriend for the safety of her two little boys and that she wanted to be baptized as soon as possible! So now all we need is a baptismal interview with the district leader and she`s ready to be baptized.

Alfredo and Evelin are progressing really well, they keep all their commitments and they have a desire to learn more. The only thing is that it`s difficult for them to attend church because they`re very old and they live on the top of the mountain, making it hard to walk that distance. It`s hard for Elder Torres and I to walk up to their house to meet with them.  But they do want to come to church.

One more thing. We had a meeting downtown this week with our whole mission. It was going to be with Elder Christofferson,  but he had to go back to Utah earlier than expected, so it was with Elder Suarez from the presidency of the Seventy and his wife and Elder C. Scott Grow.  It was really good-- they all gave really good talks. Sister Suarez talked about how if your investigators have trouble with their commitments they're probably going to have trouble with covenants. I feel like I remember Elder C. Scott Grow from General Conference because his face looked really familiar.  I think I remember Dad pointing out that his name is a sentence.  It was a good conference.

The busses are always super packed here and not all the people can reach the bar to hold on to, so there were people holding on to my arms and shoulders and there was a little kid holding on to my leg. It was actually very funny.

Hope you guys have a great week, I'm still really happy and I still really love the people.

Elder Jones

Week 22 Hermana Jones

Ok, so I am trying to send some pictures because some pretty crazy things happened this week!

It sounds like things are really exciting with the Bee Party and I really liked the talk that dad sent :) This week was pretty funny/hard and so many things happened I don't even know where to start.

Well, I guess I will start with the really funny old man who asked my companion to marry him. She contacted him in the street and he was probably 70 years old.  He spent half an hour telling us how we were from the devil and evil and then he started speaking Masagua which is a different language here in our area, and said if we had the spirit we would be able to understand him, and then out of nowhere he asked my companion if she wanted to marry him! It was so funny because it came out of nowhere and her response was so funny! So that was great :)

Also this week, we were working on getting Adriana and Laurdes baptized. Laurdes' daughters are the people that I am sitting on the hammock with in the photo. Also, we had to go clean the baptismal font because the room doesn't have a roof so leaves and dirt and bugs get in the baptismal font and it is pretty nasty.

 Then the craziest part of the week was the giant parade. We were walking through the street in Santa Rosa and we saw all kinds of flowers hanging up and all kinds of balloons and we were like-- "oh how pretty"! Then all of a sudden we heard like chanting and drums and all kinds of yelling. We got a little freaked out and thought about turning around when all of a sudden thousands of people started walking towards us carrying crosses and altars and they were all chanting. That was when I got pretty freaked out and was positive we should turn around but then we found Diana and she told us everything was ok.  She said it was just a parade for the Virgin of Santa Rosa.  I guess different pueblos have their own virgin they don't just celebrate the virgin Mary. So that was the first day of working on Friday where you couldn't move through the streets because there were so many people.  The second day wasn't as bad because there were just little shops that covered all the streets so it actually made contacting easier because people weren't as crazy-- just buying things.  It was good because everyone was out of their houses so we could talk to them.

Also on Saturday we went to look for an investigator and I figured out we walked close to 7 miles to find them which doesn't sound like that much, but when you are walking up a mountain you really feel like you are going to die! hahah! It was super sad because when we got there she wasn't home, so we had to walk back and we thought all that work was for nothing, but then it was crazy because I guess a lady had seen us walking there and wondered why we were there.  So when she saw us in El Oro she asked what religion we were, if she could have one of the pamphlets that we have and said that we could come visit her at her house! It was a miracle because I was really feeling bad this past week with the lack of people to teach. Looks like all it took was walking up a mountian :)

One thing I have learned in the mission is that is called missionary work for a reason but at the same time it can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. You can have the desire, you can have faith, but if you aren't doing the work, and if you aren't doing your part you can't ever see miracles.

This week I was reading a lot about John the Baptist, and I think he is now one of my favorite prophets. I love how it talks about in Jesus the Christ when his father Zacharais went to the temple no one expected him to see an angel because they thought visions and angels were a thing of the past ( just like people today) but he saw the angel Gabriel and he told him he was going to have a son. I think my favorite thing about John the Baptist was how humble he was. He had lots of people listening to him and people asking if he was the Christ, but he never let it go to his head he said that there was someone else coming who he was not even worthy to unlatch his shoe. I also love when Jesus comes, John tells two of his disciples that this is Jesus the Christ and tells them to leave and follow him. How many people, when they have power and followers are willing, tell them to leave and follow someone greater. Finally my favorite part about John is when it says that he never performed miracles but fulfilled his calling of testifying of Christ. I thought a lot about that last part about how many times in the mission or in live we want miracles,we want signs but John's greatest calling was to testify of Christ through his words and his deeds, which is everyone of our callings here in this life. That's to testify of Christ. It says great things about John the Baptist in the bible dictionary and also in Jesus the Christ if you want to read a little of it it is so good.

I have also been studying the sacrament a little which is super interesting but I still haven't found my answers so if you find any good talks about the sacrament I would love it if you could send them to me! Also this week I think I heard the best talk in church I have ever heard in my whole life. It was all about exaltation and my favorite line from this speaker was "Everyone talks about how salvation is personal. And that's true. But exaltation is not personal. To receive exaltation you need your family". I just loved the talk so much because she talked about how often we worry about ourselves, are we reading our scriptures, do we have a testimony, are we being obedient? How often do we worry for the welfare of our family members? Are we helping their testimony grow? Are we helping our family to be a celestial family? We don't want to make it to the celestial kingdom only to have Heavenly Father ask us where our family is. It was such a good talk! Anyway I hope you have a great week and have fun at school :)

Hermana Jones

ps. the fruit in the picture is prickly pear.  The name is "tuna" here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 21 Hermana Jones

OK when Dad told me it has been 46 degrees here in El Oro, I could not even believe it because it seems so much colder. I think its because it rains almost every day so then we are wet and cold.

Sounds like everything is going great with schoool picking up again. I love it that there is school again because it is easier for people to meet with us because they actually are home. El oro looked like a ghost town during the summer.

This week has been good.  On Sunday I felt like a proud parent because they called on Diana, my new convert, to say the closing prayer in sacrament. She forgot to say in the name of Jesus Christ but there is just something so happy to see someone who just a month ago didn't know anything about the church is now up there giving the prayer. We also take her out teaching with us all the time because she loves to walk and she loves to talk which is pretty much perfect for coming out with us because that's pretty much all we do all day. Also we have been having a lot of success with inactives coming back to church, which is super good because if we can get our attendance to 170 people they will start building a chapel.

I am trying to send lots of pictures because I have not met one missionary here who has not gotten their camera stolen. One sister missionary has been robbed 8 times in the mission!! I was in shock when I heard that.  Some pictures are to show what is like after seven straight days of rain and us hiking around and some are because my companion likes to get pictures of me when I'm doing weird things.  The one hiking with us is Diana, and we were hiking to visit some investigators in Santa Rosa.  One picture is the view of our back yard.  The flower picture is a neat real flower that looks like metal.  One shows what most of the houses look like here in the pueblos-- they all have these metal rods sticking up all over the roof just in case they ever want to build a second story but they put plastic bottles on them because there is a ton of lightning here and they don't want it to strike their house.  The others are of a cactus tree, my companion, and my best friend-- the donkey that bit me!

Anyway, this week has been good but it is always a little hard to find new people to teach. Especially because a lot of the members are afraid to give us names of friends or family.  This week, though, we changed what we were asking.  Instead of asking if there was anyone we could teach we asked if there was anyone who needed help.  Painting their house, doing their laundry, doing dishes, any type of service and all of a sudden we started getting lots of names of people we could visit.  So this week we helped paint and lots of other type of service but it was so worth it because we have people to teach! People are so much more willing to listen when we do some type of service for them first.

There are a few areas here that are a  little hard to teach like the Jordana and Santiago Ixtempan because there are a lot of churches that were started by ex members there. One of the churches in the Jordana was started by an ex missionary so it is a little hard to teach people because they believe in a lot of the same things that we do like the plan of salvation, baptism by immersion, the priesthood. So that has been one of our struggles here.

Anyway, we were talking to the only member of the church in Tapaxco and she has been a member for 15 years but her story is crazy. She was talking about how when she first joined the church all of a sudden pastors from all types of different religions would start coming to her house to try and convince them that what they were doing was wrong and then when they wouldn't listen the pastors started telling people not to talk to this family because the church they belonged to was of the devil. Then their water, lights, and gas all got shut off for being members of the church and she said this all happened in the first 4 months of being a member of the church. She talked about how parents would tell their kids not to talk to her sons in school and all types of hard things. It was just so sad to hear but at the same time she is one of the strongest members of the church I have ever met so it just shows that realy our trials do make us stronger. She said that she has been a member for 15 years and just recently people started talking to them again but it was because she was hit by a car and had to have half of her face reconstructed. Every time I listen to people's stories here in Mexico I am just amazed at how easy my life is.

Also something interesting is I have been looking at the Bible Dictionary and topical guide in English and Spanish and there are some things in the English one that aren't in the Spanish one and some things in the Spanish one that aren't in the English. It is great knowing two languages just lets you learn more about the gospel hahaha!

Anyway, we also have the best family ever that we are teaching and they are progressing so well. I don't remember if I told you about the family that has a daughter who is 15 and has a 1 year old baby but they are just so excited about the gospel and it is just crazy how prepared they were for the gospel.

Sometimes we experience trials but it is to put you on the path that Heavenly Father planned for you. There have been so many days on the mission where I just think that nothing else could possibly go wrong but thinking back on those experiences we either found someone or learned something that we needed to.

I had a good experience with that this week when it was probably the worst day of my life. I was super wet and cold and no one wanted to listen to us, the people we were contacting were being super rude and I just wanted to go home, so we were about to cross the street when all of a sudden one of the stray dogs tried biting my legs. I was getting annoyed and tried to cross the street when all of a sudden it bit my dress and started pulling me back. I was super annoyed and tried hitting it with something when all of a sudden it pulled on me so hard I fell off the sidewalk into the mud. So I was completely covered in mud. Almost the second I fell over, though, a car passed half on the sidewalk half on the road where I just was. I just sat there and was amazed. The car passed exactly where I was just a few seconds ago and even though I was cold and wet and now covered in mud , I felt like I just needed to give a prayer of gratitude right there.

Sometimes it seems like our challenges are never going to end (and they probably won't because just a new one will happen) but our trials and challenges are always strengthening us and preparing us for the future. I was super annoyed that I had to experience the trial of the dog but it helped me to avoid the bigger problem coming that I couldn't see which was the car. The trials of loneliness help us to be more compassionate when someone else is feeling the same thing, the trial of sickness helps us be more grateful when we are healthy. Jesus Christ experienced every trial every temptation, and every problem but he overcame it all and because of that he is able to understand and have compassion on others.  He is able to be our Savior because of the trials that he had. When I think of all the people I look up to here in Mexico and at home I can say that they are the people who have not had a life was easy because the majority have suffered a lot but that's what made them the people that they are today. I hope you guys have a great week and remember that miracles are the resuly of obedience (I have definitely needed to learn that here on the mission).

Have a great week!
Love Hermana Jones