Monday, August 25, 2014

another week in paradise (or should I say another 6 weeks in moxee)


We got transfer calls on saturday and drum roll..... I am staying here with hermana mohun! I am actually super excited because I know that there is a lot of work to be done here and I have high hopes for this transfer!! 

Last pday was pretty hilarious because our zone leaders elder larsen and elder doman planned something they called the Selah Olympics (because we are the selah zone)! They went all out and each companionship was a different country and they planned events and games and we had an opening ceremony with lighters and all. It turned out super fun! Hermana Mohun and I chose Jamaica for our country and so for our treat that we brought that was supposed to be relevant to your country, we made brownies and then picked some mint leaves from the mitchells garden and put them on the top aka "special brownies" hahahaha they were a hit!! 

So as I said last week, our car was not working haha... and we didnt get it back until friday so we were without a car for a whole week. I actually loved walking but we were SO tired every night when we got home because we have a really big area and there were parts of our area that we couldn't  go to all week because by them time we got there we would of had to walk home. But yeah it was definitely a week to increase our companionship unity because we didn't have CDs or anything forcing us to talk, you name it and we probably talked about it hahaha. It was fun though! 

We had a couple of miracles from walking! We were on the sidewalk, walking into town and this truck pulled over and the guy said " ok you girls are going to think I am really weird..really weird, but something told me that I needed to stop and talk to you because I am trying to bring God into my life and I really think you girls can help me." UH.... every missionaries dream!!!! We were like.." that was the spirit telling you to pull over!" We had a cool talk with him and then passed him to the english sisters because he didn't speak spanish but it was really really awesome! and right after, we were still walking and we were talking about what had just happened and kind of praying that we would have the same thing happen but with someone that spoke spanish..... and what do you know.. we run into a guy named Adrian (a spanish speaker) and he is in the process of changing his life after a pretty rough past and has recently found God. We told him about church and he was super excited to come!! He was awesome and we are hoping to meet with him this week.

We also had a lot of service opportunities this past week, we did some cleaning and organizing for a pregnant sister in the branch... BEST DAY EVER (I know I am such a nerd, but cleaning is fun ok), and we did some yardwork for another sister in the branch and she made us waffles it was great!

On tuesday we had zone conference with President and Sister Ware!! They are the BEST. It was such a good day filled with the spirit and some great advice of things we can work on in our work. One of the things that stood out to me was how for in order for us to grow and become better missionaries and become more like the Savior we need to first be cut down, we need to first be humble, repent, and be willing to change before we can make that change. I have noticed a huge focus in the mission lately on humility. I have been applying the things we learned in zone conference or at least trying to, and I have already started to notice a difference in myself and that I have been more humble and aware of the needs of those around me. 

One quote that I loved from the meeting was, "as you submit your will to God, you are giving Him the only thing that is really yours to give." Isn't that powerful?? we have our agency and the choice to follow Christ or not which is one of the difficult things about missionary work, helping people realize that, but other than agency, all that we have was given to us and is continually given to us by our Heavenly Father. You better believe I have been saying a whole lot of gratitude prayers.

So in my book of mormon reading I about halfway done with Alma and have been finding a ton of good stuff (cuz the book of mormon is the B.O.M (literally)) and I was especially loving the part where Alma is writing letters to his sons and when I was reading this I had the thought to read my patriarchal blessing because these letters are kind of like a patriarchal blessing, they are foretelling the lives of the sons of Alma. It was super cool to read my blessing alongside these chapters in Alma and try to pick out similarities. Something someone told me at the ccm I think was that when reading your patriarchal blessing, read it as if it were a letter from Heavenly Father, that you just got it in the mail and it was the response to some questions you had asked. I recommend you all do this!! It is SO COOL because thats exactly what a patriarchal blessing is, advice from our Heavenly Father on how to press forward in our lives here.

I am really loving being a missionary and I know I still have A LONG WAY to go before I become the missionary that I want to be and that Heavenly Father wants me to be, but I am trying! 

I LOVE YOU ALL and thank you so much for all you do for me!!!!! Have a great week!!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Wortley

pic#1 here is a picture of me in the famous HOP fields. Despite how cool they look, they are REASTY. they smell like poop oh and they are EVERYWHERE

pic#2 me and hermana mohun at the selah olympics (we won tic tak toe) and yes we have matching tie dye Yakima shirts

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