Week 75 – All we can do

This week has been amazing. I know I say that every week we see miracles, but it is so true. One of the greatest miracles of my mission happened: our investigator Francisco Rocero. He is the referral from Hermano Wellington, and we started teaching him only three weeks ago. But he was already so prepared and willing before we started teaching him, in the first lesson he told us that he had a great desire to pay tithing because he knew that this church is the only church that truly has authority. And from that moment on he has progressed so quickly. He loves the Book of Mormon, he loves Thomas S. Monson, he loves learning about the Restoration, he loves learning more every day. But we didn{t think he would be able to be baptized because he was living with his girlfriend. Well then we taught him the Law of Chastity and yeah, he started living the Law of Chastity since the moment we taught him because he wants to repent and please the Lord, He really acts and makes changes in his life. So when we heard that he was no longer living with his girlfriend we invited him to be baptized the 23 of december and he accepted! I was so happy for him and he is so happy and excited. All of the members are excited as well.

I really feel like the Lord listens to and answers my prayers. These last few months I have prayed fervently to find those who are ready to make covenants with the Lord. I have wept and pleaded with the Lord for more opportunities to see the miracle of conversion in those we teach. And I have asked many times, What more do I lack, what more am I missing…Because with all the work that we were putting it, we just weren{t seeing the results that we wanted. And then when Francisco said yes to baptism I felt like the Lord had answered my personal prayer. Once again He showed me that I am not in control. He is in control, He knows what happens in His Vineyard, He knows who is ready and He puts them in our paths. I really love the scripture when Nephi says that “we are saved after all we can do”. I feel like that is what the Lord has proven me time and time again. I do all that I can, I put in my best effort, and in His due time, in His way, He saves me. He blesses me with a miracle that I was not even expecting. He blesses us with baptisms when the time is right, and in other moments He blesses us in other ways.

We are seeing a lot of great people come unto Christ. More of our investigators are reading the Book of Mormon, and that excites me so much. Because the power of this book changes people. When more people are reading, more people attend church, and more people can have baptismal dates. Like Solange and Familia Bustos. They are reading and experimenting the power of the word of God. They are feasting on the words of Christ, and the words of Christ (and our invitations) are showing them all the things that they should do. We have an investigator, Solange, that is reading in 2 Nephi, and she is right in the thick of Isaiah. And she loves it. She told us that the words that she is reading in the Book of Mormon have inspired her to share with her freinds and invite them to church so that they can be part of Zion as well. And about a week ago Solange did not even want to come to church. The Book of Mormon really changes people.

I love this gospel. I love sharing the scriptures with people. This week I feel like the Spirit has guided me so much in being able to share the right scriptures with the right people in the right moment. And in doing so I have learned so much more. It’s amazing how in the act of sharing something with someone, we receive so much more. And it applies so much in sharing the gospel with others. I receive so much more as I share with others things I didn’t even know I knew.

Week 74 – Crazy but Good

The mission is so good. Crazy, but good.

Lately I’ve felt a little bit numb with my feelings and everything. I think it’s because there is so much to think about, and so many weird emotions that sometimes I feel like my brain just shuts down. But I’ve been trying to pray with real intent to feel the Spirit even more and overcome the natural man, that tendency to just drift through these last few weeks. And it’s helping me a lot, I’ve been really sincere with my Heavenly Father when I tell him about my efforts and how I’ve spent my time every day. I’m able to recognize every day what I should be doing better, but I’m also able to feel the power of the Atonement every day in my small efforts to be a little better.

Our investigators are progressing better, and as we invite them to share what they’ve learned with other people that they know, they’re actually doing it. This week we received more referrals from the members, and more referrals from investigators. The Lord is really blessing us. One of the referrals is Lucia Bustos, and she has a baptismal date for the 27 of January. Lucia is the mother of Janet Duarte, one of our best investigators. Lucia won’t be able to attend church for a few weeks because she has to work this month on Sundays, but she is willing to attend every Sunday when she can, and her daughter already attends church every Sunday. Lucia gave us three referrals this week. Her son, her daughter-in-law, and her husband. We started teaching her son and he has great desires to be baptized as well.

Francisco, a member’s referral, also gave us another referral, his girlfriend. He’s going to bring her to our lesson tonight. Right now we’re finding almost exclusively through referrals, and it’s been amazing to see they just keep on giving.

This week we organized an awesome activity in the Movie theater. My comapnion and I worked with the movie theater guy in order to show a movie of the birth of Jesus Christ, along with the videos of Light The World. We also had choirs from the ward that sang, and we passed out cards so that each person could right a note to someone that the love, to light their world this holiday season. Also, in our activity in the movie theater, we set appointments with two families, who were also references from members. the activity went really well, and lots of members, less actives, and investigators went. I was really happy with the results.

I’m really grateful for how much the Lord is blessing us here in Coca, and I feel a lot closer with the members because I feel like we’re really working together. I’m grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that is willing to work with us even with all of our weaknesses.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Ether 12:27 and the mercifulness of the Lord in helping to make my weaknesses become strengths. In the mission, I feel like it is so easy to recognize all of my weaknesses. Even at the end. But when I look back, I see how much strength the Lord has given me, and how he has changed me and molded me to be the person that He wants me to be, even if my weaknesses don’t magically disappear like I want them too. Anyways, I’m happy here and I’m grateful for everything.

So the pictures I sent are from today. An awesome member took us to the jungle, he used to live in the jungle in an indigenous tribe. We did lots of cool things. He made me a crown out of a tree that we found, he showed us where to find fresh water in the branches, and lots of other cool stuff. We saw monkeys! And we ate ants! They tasted like lemon, they were actually really good. It was so hot and sweaty, but really fun. I love the members here, they are awesome, and I feel so much love for them!

Thanks for your letters, I love you all!!!

Week 73 – fotos

This is Betty, she´s our investigator from Haiti and she made us a Haitian soup that was really good. She speaks French, Creole, Spanish, and English.

A picture with me, Angie, Anthony, and Anabella

Left: P’day with Hermana Sandoval before we got our new companions. We went to a juice-smoothie place that´s super good Right: Angie, our investigator’s daughter, said that she was going to draw a picture of me. She drew me as a giant chicken eating a little girl. And because I’m always using lipstick in church, she drew the chicken with lipstick. She’s a very interesting girl haha

My last Sunday with Hermana Chavez


Week 72 – Staying in the Jungle

So we had transfers, and looks like I’m staying in the jungle!! I’m getting a new companion, Hermana Hilasaca from Peru. She`s awesome, I stayed with her for a week in Quito.

I really love Coca, and I’m very grateful that I can stay for another change. It really is a special place. It’s not easy, but everyday we are seeing ways that the Lord answers our prayers.

The Duarte family are planning to get married at the end of this month, and they are becoming so converted to the Savior. They have been helping us so much to be able to teach their family and friends. last Monday they invited us over to their Family Home Evening. We taught them how to do Family Home Evening a month ago and they’ve been holding their family home evenings every monday night since that lesson. We told them that we had another lesson at 7 but that we could come at 8. When we got there, they were in the middle of their FHE and had invited 3 of their family members (2 brothers and their sister and law) to their family home evening. Janet and Luis Duarte had taught all of the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their family, and when we got there they were all talking about what they had learned about the lesson, it was the best thing that has happened in my mission. All of those who were present said that they would read the Book of Mormon and that as they receive their answer, that they will be baptized. The Duarte Family have really changed and I think it’s because we’ve focused so much on the Book of Mormon with them. Luis is in Alma, and Janet is finishing up 2 Nephi.

We also had an amazing experience with Merci. I’ve been reading in Preach my Gospel all about commitments, because the people here are very noncommittal. I realized that we needed to be a lot more direct with our invitations and show our faith through “Invite with Boldness”. This week we really put it into practice with Merci, and especially as we invited her to baptism. For weeks she has told us that she doesn’t feel ready for a date, but this time we really focused on increasing her faith in our Savior. She accepted a baptismal date because she really does want to change her life, and she decided to have faith in the Lord’s promises and prepare to be baptized December 30th. The members are excited to help her as well.

We are planning an event here in Coca, we want to do a Christmas show for Light the World in the Central Park of Coca, we are working on getting permission from the city, and we are going to show videos, have a Choir, the whole shibang. It’s hard because we’re only a little branch, but I’m excited and my companion and I are planning everything!

Hermana Means

Week 71 – Birthday Week

Don’t have a lot of time, but thank you for the birthday emails and well wishes! I was very excited to receive so many emails this morning!

Life is good and the mission is awesome. Super hard because sometimes you just want to shake people and tell them “Hey, I’m trying to lead you to the path of eternal happiness. Listen! Read! Do something!” But I can’t so I just keep trying to do what I can.

One thing that drives me crazy is that nobody reads here in Latin America. It’s just not a habit here. And that’s so hard when our main focus is to get people to read a book. The Book of Mormon. We can keep saying that it’s wonderful but they have to read it. But when they do read it, the power of this book is so evident, and we see changes right away. I love the Book of Mormon.

This week our goal is to track down all of the Books of Mormon that we’ve given out and do better follow up with those that have them. A few people we haven`t been able to find again, but this week we are going to track them down and see if they are really reading, and how it has affected a change in their lives.

This week I want to make my teaching more personal. I feel like in some ways i just have all of the lessons memorized and it becomes something routine, even when I’m trying to use different techniques and different scriptures. This week my goal is that those who listen to me can really truly feel that I love this gospel, and that it brings me joy. I loved what Elder Ballard said in the Face to Face with Young single Adults yesterday. We need to smile more. We need to show people that the gospel, that trusting in the Lord, that faith, and repentance, and eternal families, and every other amazing blessing of Christ are what bring us joy. what a marvelous calling we have to bring joyful news to every person we meet. I was just reading in Mosiah when the angel tells King Benjamin that he comes with “alegres nuevas de gran gozo.” And then he announces the reality of the life and Atonement of Christ. How amazing is our calling?

Ee have a great investigator, Milton. Milton is a great young man that is willing to participate in everything. He’s come to church twice, and he came to the Face to Face. We didn’t have much time to talk about what he learned but I think he felt good. He’s learning a lot about how the gospel gives us purpose.

I learned a lot from Elder Ballard and Elder Oaks. I loved when Elder Ballard said that we don’t need to create two completely different spheres of “temporal” and “spiritual” in our life, but that everything should really be one. Every day can be spiritual when we start with prayer and scripture study and we try to do what the Lord would have us do in every aspect of life. I also liked when Elder Oaks talked about Agency and Inspiration. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to wait and be told what to do or where to go, he wants us to act. Practice making good decisions. And then ask for a confirmation. I think that can be applied to missionary work, education, marriage, and everything else. I want to do what I know is right, be obedient, and ask for a spiritual confirmation as I “go about doing good”.

Yesterday, I had a huge surprise. We were walking down the street and stopped by the chapel because the bishop and his wife were outside. They were talking to a man that looked like he was from the U.S. but said he was from Brazil. He started talking to us and he said, “I want to guess where you’re from. “I’m guessing you’re from The U.S. but not from Utah…maybe California. Maybe like Stockton/Lodi area…and your Dad is the bishop?” and that point I was scared and like what the heck??? This guy knows everything about me. Afterwards he said that he was the ex husband of Debbie Nuevert from the ward and that he was sent to surprise me and give me a gift haha. And told me that he knew the Bogrens and everything and it was such a funny surprise. The bishop laughed a lot haha. But anyways, thank you for the gift Debbie! and anyone else involved!

Love you all!!!

Hermana Means

Week 70 – Speaking English

The mission is so weird, every time that you feel like you finally know what you’re doing, you realize that you actually don’t know anything.

As I draw closer to the end of my mission, I feel like that every day. The more I learn about how to serve the Lord, the more I realize that I don’t know anything. But I think that’s a rule of thumb in the gospel. We learn line upon line and precept upon precept. And we learn that our Heavenly Father has an infinite list of truths and mysteries that he wants to teach us, anyways some highlights.

We taught a man from Haiti this week! He’s super awesome, the elders had contacted him and told us that this man, Anderson, wanted to hear the lessons in English or French. Or Creole. So we set up an appointment for Sunday and we practiced all week with my companion teaching the in English. When we finally got to the lesson, he told us that even though he’s been learning English, his Spanish is better than his English so we ended up teaching him in Spanish. But he wants a Book of Mormon in English. And French. haha. But it was good that I could practice English with my companion. I’m forgetting English haha. I loved teaching him, the lesson was so great and he understood well the need to receive his own answer from God and the Holy Spirit.

I loved seeing our investigator family, Familia Duarte, get involved in missionary work. The Duarte family is so ready to get baptized, they are just waiting to finish some papers and get married. They gave us tons of references, and we taught two of their family members this week, and they were super open and accepted to read the Book of Mormon and to go to church. We taught them in the home of the family that gave us the reference, and the Spirit was so strong as Janet Duarte bore her testimony of how the Book of mormon has changed her. I love seeing how the testimony of this family was strengthened when they shared the gospel with others. That’s what’s great about working with members. Even if the references don’t get baptized, the faith and testimony of the members that shared the gospel will be strengthened.

I’m working on believing in miracles, because we sure need them here in Coca. But just like Moroni said, our God is a God of miracles, “sin sombra de cambio.” I am able to see the miracle of conversion every day here in the mission, and I`m appreciating it more and more.

There are many more amazing things that happen every day! Love you all!!!
Hermana Means

Week 69 – Full time Disciple

We did a service project and planted trees in the jungle. I got eaten by bugs and also a huge rash all over my arms. But the family was so cute and they gave us papaya and Cacao.

The last time that I will see Hermana Pelaez and Hermana Polson before they go home. I cried a lot when they both gave their final testimonies. I can’t believe that they’re finishing and that I’ll be next. Crazy stuff.

Ok sorry everyone, I didn’t write a letter last week. I didn’t have lots of time and I thought that no one was really reading them but hey I was wrong! everyone asked me what happened. Don’t worry I`m alive!! but anyways, this week was AWESOME.

We had an awesome conference with Elder and Hermana Falabella (from the Area presidency) And President and Sister Murphy. It was great and I learned so much, and I really renewed my commitment to be a full-time disciple of Christ.

I am so so grateful that we had the conference with Elder Falabella because it was something I desperately needed. In the last couple weeks I have felt frustrated, and obviously for a lack of faith on my part. But after listening to Elder Falabella and President Murphy talk about discipleship and a variety of topics, one thought kept entering my mind. I decide what kind of mission I’m going to have, and I decide how many amazing spiritual experiences I can have in these next few months. I thought a lot about 2 Nephi 2: 26 about acting and not being acted upon. I can’t just hope that everyday will be filled with rich spiritual experiences, I have to go out looking for them.

Elder Falabella talked about being a Full Time Missionary, about always looking for opportunities and following the impressions of the Spirit. and at first I felt pretty good because I always contact. I’m good at talking in the buses and taxis and in every other obvious place. But when I came out of those meetings I realized that I have been missing so many other less obvious opportunities to share the gospel. So many opportunities to have enriching experiences with those around me. I think lately my mentality has been, “Well, I’ll do what I’m supposed to do and the Lord will give me some good experiences and people that want to get baptized.” But I realized that I have not been actively seeking out more experiences as I should. If I want one spiritual experience every day, yeah I can contact a few people and get it. I can do what I’m supposed to do and find new investigators and teach lessons. But if I want every moment to be something special, I have to actively seek out those opportunities, pay fervent attention to the spirit, and go outside of my comfort zone.

That’s what we did since the moment we left the meetings this weekend, and the results were amazing. As we left Subway, Elder Fillmore decided to contact the whole bus and offer them Books of Mormon. It was awesome, and every missionary started to talk with the person closest to them. I gave out two Books of mormon to people that are really excited to receive the missionaries. I started talking to one man about the book of Mormon and how this book has changed my life and taught me how to repent. I shared with him the story of Alma and this man said that he wanted to read the book of Mormon very badly. He told me that for a long time he has wanted to repent and be clean of his sins but has not known how to start the process of repentance. It was amazing the sincerity of this man. I passed the reference over to the other mission in referral manager. when we got to the terminal in Quitumbre we had to wait for an hour and a half in the terminal. We contacted the whole time, and received tons of references. We even found a returned missionary that served in our mission three years ago, and we gave him some pass along cards so that he could contact too.

We don’t have anyone with a baptismal date right now. Lester had a date for the 18 de Noviembre but his Mom is showing more interest and has one attendance at church and so we’re going to see if she can get baptized with her son. It would be much better for Lester because he is having a hard time staying on track and he needs more support in order to get baptized. After the conference we called Lester’s mom and set up an appointment with her. We taught her yesterday and said that she is super willing to read the Book of Mormon and go to church as a family. She has some health problems but I really feel that they can get baptized if they help and support each other.

Yesterday we found a family and it was a great experience. We had been specifically searching for a complete family to teach. We contacted a house and at first only the mom was home to listen. We started teaching her when boom. her two teenage daughters got home and wanted to listen. About twenty minutes later her husband and two other children got home and started listening. We found a complete family of 7! The parents were listening and not really getting the message. they just kept saying that they were Catholic and the Dad said that he would die Catholic and everything. The usual. But I could tell that the 17 year-old daughter was really understanding an feeling the Spirit. When we taught about the Book of Mormon she wanted to read it so badly and started opening up the book and reading parts during the lesson. We had to call back her attention because she kept getting distracted by the Book of Mormon haha. At the end of the lesson the family said that they would pray and read, but the daughter said that she wanted to get baptized. It was awesome.

When we left, she wanted to accompany us out and she walked with us for like 15 minutes and told us how much she wanted to listen to our message and go to church. She told us that she had always wondered why there are so many different churches and why there aren’t modern day prophets. Our message answered her questions and she told us that even if her parents don’t want to go to our church she really wanted to. I am grateful that there ARE modern day prophets and revelations that there ARE answers to our questions. I love this gospel and I love teaching it and I love helping others to understand that God wants to bless us and guide us and give us answers.

Thank you for your letters, thank you for everything!!

Hermana Means

Week 67 – Progression

This week I was feeling pretty frustrated and a little powerless with all of our investigators’ problems. They have so many difficulties that keep them from being baptized. Relationship problems, family problems, substance abuse problems, etc. I feel like we’re teaching all of the right things and trying to help our investigators and the members, but it’s just a rollercoaster with these people. One day they are doing great, the next day they fall back into the same problems. But I’m trying to look for more guidance from the Spirit and focus on what we as missionaries can control and no on what we can’t control. We really want to strengthen the Branch, and we know that that will only happen if we focus on baptizing those who can really be firm and steadfast now and after their baptism. I love everyone here, because for the most prat they try. the branch is doing all that they can. It’s hard when the strong are few and the down trodden are many. But it’s amazing to see how the faith of one individual can change so much.

Heavenly Father answered our prayers this week and we found an amazing family, and the best part is, they’re married! The Montalvàn family. They are such humble, sweet people, ready to learn more and trust in God. The wife and her son attended church this week and before Sacrament meeting started she told us “Hermanas, if I have a good experience today, I want to be baptized in this church.” Afterwards she told us that she has received answers to her prayers and wants to be baptized with her husband. I have never met people so humble. The mother of this family has had a very very difficult life. Yet she faces every situation and every day with optimism. She has a child with special needs, she herself is physically handicapped in a few ways, and yet she seems happy. And as she has learned more about the gospel this week, she is even happier. She is constantly thanking us, constantly thanking her Heavenly Father for the messages we share. I want to be more like her.

We also saw a great change in the Duarte family. They have finally decided that they want to get married and be baptized as soon as possible. The only problem is a legal/business problem that they have, because they own a business together and can’t get married until they find someone else to invest in their business. Something like that. But it’s amazing to see their testimony growing. Just a few weeks ago, when we mentioned the word of wisdom, they said that they would try to drink less but weren’t sure if they would be able to do it and didn’t want to commit. So we went back to the basics in the last couple of weeks. We’ve talked a lot about the book of Mormon, faith in Christ, obedience, repentance. Their testimony grew, especially in the Book of Mormon. The husband, who has always been very skeptical and analytical, has been truly converted by the Book of Mormon. He bore his testimony that the Book of Mormon contains eternal truths and the power to change people. Last night we taught the word of Wisdom, and it was so miraculous. They accepted everything so easily because they understand so well the “Why?” of the Word of Wisdom. they understand the importance of having the Spirit with them at all times, and committed to keeping the word of wisdom. I really feel that the Book of Mormon changed their perspective. We didn’t have to convince them that the Word of Wisdom was a commandment, because they already had a testimony of the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

We had another experience yesterday that was very interesting. One of our investigators told us that even though he wants to go to church and learn more and be closer to God, he doesn’t want to give up his life of partying on the weekends and a few other things. And I told him that one of the hardest things about the gospel is being able to see with Heavenly Father’s perspective and really understand that God knows best what will make us happy. I think we have a hard time believing that God’s way is really the happiest way. If we truly believed all of his promises, if we truly believed that the blessings will be worth more than the sacrifice, it wouldn’t be so hard to give our will up to Him. But we continue thinking that the music that we listen to, the videos we watch, the things we do make us happier than God can make us. It’s a struggle to trust in him but ultimately we will be happier.

I am trying to improve, and trying to be patient with the progress of our current investigators while looking for new ones. I’ve realized that the repentance process has a different time span for each person, but if they are showing fruit meet for repentance, then that is ok. I will be patient. I’m reading 3 Nephi and am always stunned with how well Christ could speak in groups yet minister one on one. I want to do the same.

Love you all!!!
Hermana Means

Week 66 – Every Change is a Miracle

We made some weird face masks out of Gelatine, it didn’t turn out so well

A little baby waterfall on the side of the road

This week has been good.

Even though I’m really happy, it’s not all perfect, and there are days when I feel discouraged. There are days that I question why this work is so hard and why people choose to reject or ignore Christ. It’s hard to see a lot of broken families and a lot of pregnant 13 year-olds and a lot of sadness due to drugs. But every single day I have the privilege of seeing the power of Christ in the lives of the people we meet and teach, and every single day I realize how perfect the Plan of our Heavenly Father is.

This week we really saw an amazing change in one of our investigators, Rosa. She is the 23 year-old daughter of Jose Almeida who was recently baptized, and he gave us her reference. The first time we visited her she said that she would listen but she would never come to church. After teaching the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation, we have seen a complete change in her. She has come to church the last two weeks and knows that what we teach is true. She has received answers to her prayers, and she even invited her husband and her sister in law to church this week and they came. The husband came to church and he wants to listen to our message. They have decided that they want to get married, and Rosa is set on having an eternal family and going to the temple someday. We are so excited to have a lesson with her and her husband tomorrow, I love the lessons that we have with her because she is so anxious to learn more. When we taught the purpose of our life here on earth, her countenance completely changed and I could see the joy that she felt. My testimony of the Plan of Salvation increased in this moment and it was so special. She even participated in Relief Society and gave part of the class. I am trying to appreciate all of the changes that we are able to notice in our investigators every day. Because every change is a miracle. The gospel of Jesus Christ truly changes people!

Love you all!!

Hermana Means

Week 65 – BOM

What would my life be like without the Book of Mormon?

I`ve thought a lot about this question this week since Russel M. Nelson gave his talk in General Conference.
So here are my thoughts:
Without the Book of Mormon
I would not know or understand the nature of the Godhead.
I would not understand that my Heavenly Father is perfectly loving and perfectly just.
I would not understand the need for constant, ongoing revelation from God.
I would not know how to repent of my many sins and weaknesses.
I would not have hope to be able to overcome my weaknesses.
I would not know the purpose and necessity of the Fall of Adam.
I would not understand the Atonement ofJesus Christ.
I would not be able to see the dire need for missionary work.
I would not understand that “wickedness never was happiness.”
I would not feel as much love and gratitude for my Savior.
I would not know why God allows bad things to happen to good people.
And the list goes on and on.

I love the Book of Mormon and I love sharing it with people. I love being here in South America, because I can tell people “Hey, Christ came here! To this continent! He came to the Americas! How do you feel about that?”

It`s awesome.

In addition, I`ve thought a lot about what parts of the Book of Mormon are most valuable to me, and could be the most valuable to the people we teach and contact. I was praying one night, asking the Lord what He wants me to share with His children in coca about the Book of Mormon. And my mind kept coming back to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I`m determined to use the Book of mormon this week to teach our investigators and our contacts about the valuable insight that the Book of mormon has concerning the Atonement. I was studying about the Atonement in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and something that really struck me was that the Book of mormon really shows the enabling power of the Atonement. The Bible tells us many times that through the sacrifice of Christ we are cleansed, but only the Book of Mormon shows us that through the Atonement we can be not only cleansed, but sanctified to become more like Him. That is a message that every child of God must hear. That is truly a message of hope, that we can not only be clean, but that we can truly be changed.

I would love love love it if those that are reading this could send me a thought or two about what has impacted you the most from the Book of Mormon. A special verse, a piece of doctrine? A special experience? Anything would be awesome.
and if you haven`t read the book of Mormon, I really recommend it. It wil change your life. even if you`re not religious, even if you don`t believe in God, even if you`ve never gone to church. This book can bless your life immensely.

Our District leader challenged us to use the Book of Mormon more in our contacts this week, and since our district meeting we have used the book of Mormon in every single contact we`ve had. It has helped us a ton to recognize who is really prepared to listen to the message of the restoration. We also have been trying to share a scripture from the Book of Mormon in every contact. Tad R. Callister described the words of the Book of Mormon as “messages with a heartbeat.” So we decided to use more often the actual words written in the Book of Mormon instead of just our words, and the results were amazing. More people were interested in our message, more people wanted to read the book, more people opened up to us about their difficulties and fears. A taxi driver in Quito told us that his son had cerebral palsy and that he felt that nobody could understand him or his situation. We read in that very moment Alma 7: 11-12 and testified that Christ understands him perfectly. It was a really spiritual moment. And we`ve had many others like it.

I love the people here, they are so loving and kind. They are humble and open. the food is awesome. I`m happy to be here! It`s crazy how fast time is flying by!!

I love you all thank you for your letters and encouragement!!!

Hermana Means

PS. Sorry I`ve been bad about writing about the culture and everything, but everything is just so normal to me now I don`t know what to write about haha. Also sorry if my English is bad, I can`t speak. I tried to help my companion learn a song in english and I kept pronouncing the words wrong. woops.