Monday, October 19, 2015

I am going to die in pasco


Ok yesterday we had THE BIGGEST MIRACLE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At church Yaneths sister Maribel came up to us and told us that she wants to get baptized!!!!!!! She will be getting baptized tomorrow! :) We are so excited for her!! Hermana Garcia is getting transferred to Pendelton :( which is why we will be doing the baptism tomorrow so that she can be there! I am going to miss hermana garcia so much. She has made such a huge impact on my mission on my life in everything!! She is a true disciple of Christ and a light for everyone.
​Oh my goodness we are so excited for maribel. She has been reading and praying everyday and she also enrolled in seminary! It is incredible the growth that we have seen in her. Her and Yaneth and their two little siblings Josue and Joseline have started reading together in the scriptures every night, their parents are super busy working but the kids are making such an awesome effort to read together! 

I am excited to spend my last 6 weeks here in Pasco!!! I truly love this place and the people here. I will be training a new sister training leaader, Hermana Bland! She is an awesome missionary. I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with her a few times! 

Margarita got baptized on saturday!!!!! It was a beautiful baptism. She is so great. I can't get over how blessed we have been to teach these sweet humble people. We just love them so much!!!! Margarita also had us over for dinner this week and we ate enchiladas de michoachan ( no idea how to spell that haha) It was the first time either of us had eaten this kind of enchiladas and they were super good! 

Kind of a crazy week we also went on two exchanges! The first exchange I stayed in Pasco with hermana safston. We had the coolest lesson with Jesus (Rodolfos nephew) and Yaneth and her boyfriend came with us! He is seriously such a smart kid and has real intent to learn and act. After the lesson Yaneth asked for his number to invite him to hang out with them, being that he just got here from mexico he doesn't know a lot of people. Yaneth is so awesome she is already doing missionary work!! On thursday I went to kennewick for the day with Hermana Jaccard! We had a great day and talked with a ton of people :) 

We had a lesson with Jesus last night and we taught the plan of salvation. He told us that he felt as if he has heard this plan before. Really cool moment. He is doing great and preparing to be baptized on the 30th, but he will now be in the elders area. We are excited for him though! 

It was truly a miracle filled week!! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. The ponderize scripture that I chose for this week is Alma 26:12 (hermana garcias and my companion scripture :) ) It says "Therefore let us glory, yea we will glory in the Lord; yea we will rejoice for our joy is full; yea we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea who can say too much of His great power, and of His mercy, and of His long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." 

con amor
hermana wortley

Monday, October 12, 2015


Hello everyone!!

Ok it was such an awesome week! Huge highlight, Yaneth got baptized!! It was such a great baptism. Since she had started going to an english ward with a friend in the beginning she knows a bunch of members in that ward and so a ton of them came and there was also a great turn out from members from our ward as well... and HUGE miracle, we had 9 investigators show up to the baptism! It was in a mix of spanish and english because she chose english and spanish members to speak and it was seriously so cool to see the whole room jam packed. Hermana garcia and I had asked a couple of the members from our ward to share their testimonies about the book of mormon during the time while Yaneth was changing and oh my goodness they both bore the most powerful and humble testimonies. The spirit was so strong and those that came said that their desire to read the book of mormon increased after hearing those testimonies. Yaneths family came to the baptism and said that they felt really good about the decision that Yaneth had made to be baptized! 
This week we also had Elder Johnson from the 70 come to visit the mission! On wednesday we were able to go to a mission leadership council with Elder Johnson and it was incredible. He taught nothing but pure doctrine. He talked a lot about the Godhead and their purpose. He asked the question how long do you spend teaching the first principle from the first lesson? (which is God is our loving heavenly father) All of us realized that we sort of rushed right through that principle and came to the conclusion that they believe that God is our loving heavenly father so we have the same beliefs and we can move on. Elder Johnson said no.. we do not have the same beliefs as them because we believe that Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and bones and that we were literally created in His image. He said that when they come to know that He truly has a body of flesh and bones that we are just like Him, that is when the gospel will make sense to them and they will more fully comprehend the other things that you will teach them. He then challenged us to pray that night and ask a few simple questions.. to ask if Heavenly Father really exists, if He really has a body of flesh and bones, if He really knows us, if He really loves us, and if we are His children.  These seem to be simple questions but they truly bring a deeper understanding of who we are and why we are here and what the role is of our Heavenly Father. I prayed that night and had a truly sacred experience as I conversed with my Father in Heaven. I know that He loves us. I received answers to each of those questions, and I know that you can too! Prayer is a powerful thing and such a huge blessing!! I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father whose only purpose is to bring to pass our eternal life. Everything He does is for us.

We are teaching some incredible people. Margarita is preparing to be baptized this saturday!!!! We are so happy for her and for her family! Her daughter is a member and told us that she has been praying since the day she got baptized that her mom would come to know the truth as well. Such a cool family. Jose is also doing great we were able to have some lessons with him this week as well. Jesus (the nephew of Rodolfo) has also been reading and praying!! The Lord is truly putting prepared people in our path :) Time is going by super fast! This week we we will be getting transfer calls!! I hope you all have a great week!! LOVE YOU!

con amor
hermana wortley

Monday, October 5, 2015



Well it was an amazing week! We were so blessed to be able to listen to our prophet this weekend and all of the incredible leaders of the church. I loved every minute of it and am excited to start applying the things that I learned!! I loved all of the questions that were asked and the challenges given! 
We had some awesome things happen this week as well! First off yesterday we had planned to have a church tour with one of our investigators Jose and we invited Irma to come with us as well as Rodolfo. It was such a spiritual and humbling experience to hear the testimonies of these sweet recent converts as they testified of the blessings that they have seen since they have joined the church, as well as their testimonies of the book of mormon! Rodolfo also brought his nephew who just arrived from mexico on saturday and he is now preparing to be baptized on October 30th! Miracles are everywhere!! 

We had a really great lesson with the Renteria family as well. We have been praying so hard for them that they will have the desire to read and pray as their kids have been doing. Yaneth who is preparing to be baptized this friday bore her testimony to her parents about how she received her answer of the truthfulness of the book of mormon. We bore testimony to them as well of eternal families and that baptism truly is just the first step in our eternal journey. They committed to read and pray, and we as well will be praying with all our hearts for them that they can have the joy of the restored gospel in their lives! Maribel the 14 year old has been reading and praying everyday and it is so cool to see how happy she is. She told us that when she reads she feels a lasting happiness. 

We had the chance to go on exchanges this week with the Grandview hermanas! I went to grandview with hermana miranda. It was such a great day! I learned a lot from her about teaching simply and being genuine. I love the chance to go on exchanges to learn from other missionaries as well as to find things that we can both work on throughout the day to become better instruments in the hands of the Lord :)
We had MLC this week as well! MLC is always such an uplifting and inspired revelatory experience. There was a very inspired training given on the book of mormon. Wow let me just tell you how much I LOVE the book of mormon. We are SO blessed to have that book and to be able to learn from it each and every day. My testimony of Christ and the Restored gospel deepens each time I open the book of mormon and I know with my whole heart that it is true. 

We found out this week that they are going to be splitting our area when transfers come or really just taking a big chunk of it and giving it to the elders. It is a little heartbreaking because every one of our investigators that are preparing to be baptized and recent converts are in the chunk that they are taking away. We are going to miss all of them but we know that the Lord is preparing people everywhere and that this change will help us to find the others people who are waiting to receive the restored gospel! I can't believe how fast time is going by!!!! 
I hope that you all have a great week and keep in mind the things that the spirit taught you during conference!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!

con amor
hermana wortley