Its been a pretty superb week
aqui en el CCM. Ok, so the other night an Hermana from our casa came into
our room so we were just chatting it up and I found out she was from
Springville! So I told her I have family in Springville. So she asked
for their names and I said "Do you know Lloyd or Pam Knowles?" and she
said yes! Apparently she's good friends with Matt and Ash too! Her name is
Hermana Nelson and I have been quoting Hot Rod like
nobody's business during our breaks which basically makes my day every
day. She also drew me a picture about one of our favorite quotes. Its a
So we've been teaching Hugo y David (two separate
investigators AKA our teachers) and it's been going really well! We've
already talked about baptism with David and he agreed to being baptized.
That was during the second lesson which wasn't planned at all, but like I
said, the Spirit is a beautiful thing! Hugo is doing really well too.
His situation is a little more difficult but he's opened up to us a lot
and told us he sincerely feels that our message can change his life for
the better. My companion and I are getting much better at letting the Spirit guide our conversations and our lessons and it is powerful. One
of the exercises we do during class is practice teaching with each
other. So basically role play. When I got to be the investigator it was
such a beautiful experience because I could feel the power in the
message as it was being taught to me.
I love it here and my Spanish is getting better
everyday. I really enjoy practicing my Spanish with the workers here. So
every Tuesday we do service and our district made pretty good friends
with the workers en la lavanderia. So whenever it's time for service we
always run over there to fold sheets with Hermano Fragoso and chat it up
en español. I'm really thankful for the workers here en el CCM. They're so
kind and patient with us missionaries.
I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but Sundays are
THE BEST. I loved the lesson in Relief Society. We talked about the
universal language of love. I don't want any of these next 18 months to
be about myself. It's all about those I serve and helping them feel the
love of our Savior and receive the blessings that our Heavenly Father is
waiting to so generously give us as we exercise faith in our Savior
Jesus Christ. Someone shared a really cool acronym during this lesson.
JOY (Jesus Others Yourself). This is the order we must have our thoughts
in order to obtain joy. We must always think first of our Savior, then
of others, THEN ourselves. As we follow this order our actions will
portray that which our Savior would want us to do and we can obtain
Christlike attributes. We must speak the universal language of love. I
challenge you guys to strive to develop Christlike attributes. Maybe there's something specific you can work on or maybe we can generally show
more love and do more service for others, and show our gratitude to
those who serve us.
Quiero compartit mi testimonio en español. Yo se que
esta iglesia es verdadero. Tambien se que Jesucristo y nuestro Padre
Celestial viven y por medio de Jose Smith y la restauracion podemos
tener el Evangelio de Jesucristo en nuestros vidas. Dios nos ama mas que
podemos saber y senti este amor en mi vida. Este es porque yo estoy
aqui en el CCM. Quiero compartir mi testimonio con todas las personas en
mi mision para traer el Evangelio en ellos vidas. Hay no lugar que
quiero estar que aqui porque este es el trabajo del Señor.
I love you all so much and miss you! But always
remember I'm where our Savior needs me to be. I would devote my life to
this work in a heartbeat because I know of the happiness and blessings
it can bring into peoples lives. There is no greater joy that can be
purchased or found anywhere else. This is the Church of Jesus Christ and
I am His representative.
Keep smiling my beautiful friends and family!
(English translation of Jasmine's testimony for those who don't know Spanish - "I want to bear my testimony in Spanish. I know this church is true. Also I know Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father live and through Joseph Smith and the restoration we can have the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. God loves us more than we can know and I feel this love in my life. This is because I am here at the CCM. I want to share my testimony with everybody in my mission to bring the gospel to their lives. There is no where else I want to be because this is the work of the Lord.")
Hola familia y amigos! Remember that picture of my swollen wrist I sent?
Well conveniently my branch presidente is also a doctor here en el CCM
and he told me I sprained it nice and good so I got a pretty swagtastic
brace to wear this past week but its doing much better now! So we
finished teaching Felipe and now he's our evening teacher (awk), but let
me tell you about our last lesson with him. I invited him to be baptized
and at first he was hesitant because he said his wife didn't agree with
his decision so Hermana Stout and I just bore our testimonies about how
as we exercise our faith Heavenly Father will honor that faith and help
us to be happy and everything will fall into place. Then there was a
pause. Then I asked him again, but I recited the baptismal invitation
from memory and looked him in the eyes as I said it. He then said he
would be baptized. Then I asked him to say the closing prayer and it was
beautiful, he started to cry when he talked about how thankful he was
that we were there for him. Afterwards I shared with him the picture of
me and dad when I got baptized and explained how it was one of the
happiest days of my life and how close to our Father in Heaven I felt.
So Tasha sent me an email about how there's an Elder from
her ward here and funny story! He was actually one of the first people I
met at the airport and we even talked about how you guys were from the
same town but I didn't even think to ask if he knew you haha, but after I
got your email I found him again and were basically BFF'S now (not
really), but we say hi every time we see each other now.
Pete! On Saturday they served chicken sandwiches and
waffle fries for dinner! It was SUPER mediocre but it was probably the
closest thing I'll get to American food and I'm thankful for that. The
other day Hermana Nelson from my district was excited because they had
muffins en el comedor but she didn't like it so it was a little
disappointing. She said it just tasted like everything else here so I
said "I didn't know a muffin could taste like rice and beans" ...I
thought it was funny.
During our district meeting on Sunday our district
leader Elder Geeding told us for our weekly goal we should memorize the
baptismal invitation in Spanish and the representative from the branch
presidency that was there was like "what are you talking about?" So I
said from memory "the one that goes Seguira el ejemplo de jesucristo al
ser bautizado por alguien que posea la autoridad del sacerdocio de
dios?" And everyone was like welp shes ahead of the game.
So Monday we had our first lesson with our new
"investigator" AKA Hermano Zumaya AKA Felipe and he played someone named
Hugo. It definitely didn't go as planned which was a really humbling
experience. I know through these practice lessons we will be better
prepared for the people in Chicago. After the lesson we got feedback and Hermano Zumaya asked us what we thought of Hugo. I told him he reminded
me a lot of Pete. I cried when I talked about him. There are a lot of
major differences between Hugo and Pete, but the fact that there were so
many similarities made it special. When I talked about Pete I felt the Spirit so strong that Heavenly Father is taking care of him. Every night
I've been praying that I can know my family and friends are being taken
care of while I'm on my mission so that experience was a huge blessing.
Everything just makes me want to work harder!
Oh! I forgot to mention that I see Elder Fairbanks
from our stake here all the time! We basically have the same schedule.
We took a picture together today at the temple I'm sure Sister Peacock
will appreciate that! #youthcommitteecrew #comounjefe
The temple here is BEAUTIFUL and I thought of mom the whole time.
The spirit there is amazing. I took so many pictures but I don't have a
lot of time to send very many. Driving through Mexico City was way cool.
The culture is awesome and we waved to a lot of people from the bus.
Missionary life is super great I just can't wait to get to the field and
get to meet all of those Chicagoans! This church is true! I know my
Savior lives and He is right here with me every step of the way. The
people in Chicago need me to be my best and I'm going to give them my
best! No matter what. They're always on my mind. I'm determined to give
everything Ive got to my Savior and His work. I love this church so much
and received so many blessings from this knowledge. If I can help
change at least one persons life for the better by bringing them the
happiness of the gospel then this entire year and a half will be more
than worth it.
I love you all so much and I miss you too! Keep smiling :)
Hola familia y amigos! I absolutely love it aqui en el CCM! The CCM is
ginormous and it's super beautiful, especially the mountains and all the
colorful houses on it! It's insane how much I've learned already and how
quickly I'm learning spanish. I can pray pretty fluently in español now! Probably cause I do it like 10 times a day. The Spirit here is so strong
and I know its helping us learn. It helps me in my studies and when I
teach and I'm so thankful for such a spiritual atmosphere. Mi compañera se llama
Hermana Stout and she's pretty cool! She's from Washington State and we'll
both be serving in Chicago.
I can easily already tell that missionary work is going to be the
hardest thing I've ever done. Obviously I didn't expect it to be easy, but
I'm so thankful I'm here and for this amazing opportunity I have to grow
so much closer to our Savior. I pray all the time here. In español of
course! Mostly for those I'm going to teach and to be able to do so as
effectively as possible, and for everyone back home. The first few days
were so long but after we got into the groove of the schedule here
everything seems to go by faster. So Hermana Stout and I started
teaching our first investigator on Friday! Everyone in my district is
pretty sure this is just a guy that works here, but hey! A lesson is a
lesson and when the Spirit is there it's amazing and can touch the heart
of anyone regardless of their membership in the church or not. Man I
love the Spirit! I don't think I can say that enough! So this guys name
is Felipe and he's from here in Mexico City. We've taught him 3 times
already and we're teaching him again tonight! Each lesson has been
absolutely AMAZING! He doesn't speak english so I've learned so much
spanish in preparing for each time we meet with him. In the first lesson
I taught him how to pray and it was beautiful! I seriously cannot
express how well we've been doing with our teaching. The Spirit is always
so strong in our lessons and my compañera and I have gotten so good at
letting it guide our conversations. It even allows us to bear POWERFUL
testimonies from our heart. IN SPANISH! So great! Its so important to
put our trust in the Lord and He will bless us with the Spirit to be
able to know what to do! La fe es muy importante! We are so blessed here
and I'm so excited for what were going to learn next. I know I'm going to
do amazing things in Chicago! I CANNOT WAIT to meet these people and to
serve and teach them! THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!
Everyone in my district is super cool. We have a lot of fun but most of
all I love the Spirit they bring (there I go with loving the Spirit
again). Their testimonies are so strong and last night we went around
and shared why we were on missions. It was absolutely beautiful! We did
some service yesterday and all the hermanas were singing Disney while we
cleaned one of the casas for the new missionaries that are coming
today. So fun! I think each week my favorite day is going to be Sunday.
It's a little more relaxing than all the classes and such every other day
and we get to watch a church movie at the end of the day! So for
sacrament meeting everyone is asked to prepare a talk and then during
the meeting they tell you who is going to speak. Guess who got picked
her first Sunday at el CCM? This kid! Not gonna lie I think I nailed it.
I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost and en español! Also it rains pretty
much everyday here and when it does it pours! Like the power went out
while I was in the shower the other day haha. I pretty much play
volleyball everyday during our hour of gym time. Its so great! My
district and I are going to get together later and get a game going. I
love and miss everyone so much but there's no doubt in my mind that I'm
exactly where the Lord needs me. I love this church so much and I know
with all my heart that it is the truth. If you want to contact me I
suggest email cause everyone says it takes way too long to receive
physical mail. I love you all so much and I look forward to hearing from
you and knowing how everything is going!