Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trabajemos Hoy en la Obra

November 2, 2015

Hola!

At our zone meeting last week the zone leaders issued a challenge to
us to make a goal to receive at least 3 new investigators a week. Well
since we received that challenge our zone has most certainly been on
FIRE! The zone leaders update everyone whenever a companionship adds a
new investigator to their teaching pool and everyone is doing great!
This week my companion and I were super blessed to receive 4 new
investigators.

About two weeks ago our ward mission leader gave us a referral (Marco
and Barbara) and we tried a few times to visit them but they were
never home. Last week Hermano Lugo (our ward mission leader) told us
that the daughter of this referral just had surgery and that they
requested the missionaries come to give her a blessing. So we went
with Hermano Lugo and the Elders to see Vanessa (the daughter) and she
received a blessing. The majority of that visit we really just took
time to get to know the family and it was super nice. Well last night
we stopped by their house again and everyone was home. We ended up
teaching them about the plan of salvation and it went really well.
They also mentioned to us that they have an appointment with Vanessa's
surgeon today at 2:00 and asked if we would come and translate for
them because they don't speak English. This family is very sweet and
I'm excited to keep teaching them. Also please pray for Vanessa! :)

Oh my Olimpia! She is a referral. A referral from the ward. The ward
actually told us to go visit her. Haha #district2 ANYWAY, Olimpia is
awesome! We've been blessed to be teaching her pretty regularly in a
members home (we had a on appointment with her this morning!) and she
loves the gospel. She said before she met us that she had been praying
to know what path God wanted her to follow and eventually she met
Hermana Blanca while walking her kids to school and Hermana (being the
awesome missionary she is) invited her to her home to meet with us so
we can introduce the restored gospel into her life. This morning she
also accepted the invitation to be baptized :)

This past week was pretty busy and it looks like this upcoming week
will be even busier. I feel so blessed to be able to be serving here
and for the privilege to help bring the gospel into so many lives.

My companion and I had a pretty interesting experience on Saturday
night. We went to visit our sweet little grandma investigator, Angela,
and she let us in but she also had some other visitors over. We sat
down and started to listen to what they were talking about and of
course they were discussing religion. Usually that's a pretty ideal
situation for missionaries to jump in and share some restored truth,
but this time it was quite the opposite. They immediately started
making fun of the church and raised their voices at us about a lot of
different things and made sure we didn't get a chance to respond. Well
I've never been rejected so aggressively on my mission and clearly the
spirit wasn't there. It's experiences like these that are never
desired but that I'm thankful for because of what I take from it.
After this experience I immediately thought of a couple scriptures in
1 Nephi Chapter 8 in the Book of Mormon:
12 "And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with
exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my
family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable
above all other fruit."
33 "And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange
building. And after they did enter into that building they did point
the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit
also; but we heeded them not."
I love that! "But we heeded them not." There are going to be times in
our lives where we encounter people that will try to damage our faith
and testimonies, but it is up to us to decide if we will maintain a
firm grip on the rod of iron and "heed them not." I know this gospel
is true and it will always be true. I have experienced and testify of
the "exceedingly great joy" this gospel brings and I know this fruit
will always be precious and desirable. Even if people reject me or
make fun of me, "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ" (Romans
1:16).

This week was filled with so many blessings and I would love to share
them all but just know that the work is moving forward and I
absolutely love being a missionary. I love you all and hope everyone
has a great week :)

Mantener la sonrisa,

Hermana Knowles

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Trabajemos hoy en la obra

1. Trabajemos hoy en la obra del Señor,
y ganemos así un hogar celestial.
En la lucha cruel empuñemos, sin temor,
la espada de la verdad.

Firmes y valientes en la lid,
todo enemigo confundid.
Lucharemos a vencer el error;
seguiremos sólo al Señor.

2. Nuestras filas chicas jamás desmayarán,
a pesar de las huestes que contenderán,
y del cielo, Cristo poder nos dará
en defensa de la verdad.

Firmes y valientes en la lid,
todo enemigo confundid.
Lucharemos a vencer el error;
seguiremos sólo al Señor.

3. Toda obra buena aleja el temor,
pues tenemos en Cristo un gran Defensor.
En las duras pruebas nos da el valor
de luchar por la verdad.

Firmes y valientes en la lid,
todo enemigo confundid.
Lucharemos a vencer el error;
seguiremos sólo al Señor.

I'll say it again... I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY :)


Divina Luz

October 26, 2015

Hola!

I don't have too much time today because we spent a good portion of
the day at the temple on Saturday so we're cutting pday a little
short.

It's been quite the week. This week we had a zone training meeting and
that was super great! It's always exciting to receive instruction from
President Woodbury and the other leaders in our area.

Saturday was definitely the busiest day of the week. In the morning we
went to the temple because two people from the ward went for the first
time. Then right after that a couple from the midway ward that I got
to know while serving in Chicago 2nd got sealed! It was such a cool
experience to be there for these hermanos. Being in the temple was
such a tender experience. I got to see people from each ward I've
served in (except Chicago Heights) while I was there and it was SO
GOOD to visit with them again. I don't think I can sufficiently
explain how happy I was to be in the temple on Saturday. It was a much
needed and treasured trip.

We have an awesome new investigator named Olimpia! She was a referral
from Hermana Blanca, who was one of the people we went to the temple
for :) She is so sincere and has a pure desire to follow the Savior.
We're really excited to keep teaching her!

Piano lessons are going good too! I'll have a new student next week so
that'll be fun. I also got to play violin again this week at a members
house! It was quite the refreshing experience haha.

I have to get going but I love you all! I know this gospel is true. I
know it! It makes me so happy and there's nothing else I'd rather be
doing right now than serving a full time mission and helping bring
this joy to others. I know we have a loving Father in Heaven and
Savior, Jesus Christ and that they live. Stay strong my beautiful
family and friends!

2 Nephi 31:20

Mantener la sonrisa,

Hermana Knowles

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Divina Luz
1. Divina Luz, con esplendor benigno, alúmbrame.
Oscuras son la noche y la senda; mi Guía sé.
Muy lejos de Tu pabellón estoy,
y al hogar de las alturas voy.

2. Momentos hubo en que Tu ayuda no supliqué,
confiando en mi propia experiencia; no tuve fe.
Mas hoy deploro esa ceguedad;
préstame, Dios, Tu grata claridad.

3. Guiando Tú, la noche resplandece, y cruzaré
los valles, montes, riscos y torrentes con firme pie.
Veré después el día despertar,
y me guiarás de vuelta a mi hogar.




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En un Lejano Cerro Fue

October 19, 2015

Hola!

Yesterday was ward conference and it was great! Obispo wanted to have a choir and when no one showed up for the rehearsal on Thursday they went to Plan B #themissionaries. It turned out really nice! We sang Soy un Hijo de Dios with different parts and everything it was awesome! Also for the conference my companion and I were asked to translate between English and Spanish so the stake leaders and the ward could understand each other. It was a cool experience! We'll be doing that again for the stake primary meeting on Thursday.

This week we had our quarterly interview with President Woodbury! I love interviews with President, he always knows what to say. We always end up laughing and crying and of course it's not complete without a couple awkward moments haha It's like all the components of a full length movie in about a 20 minute period.

Good news! We finally got our car window fixed on Saturday! No more psyching out the drivers behind me making it look like I'm going to turn right just so I can see traffic from that direction and then end up turning left. Warning:ducktaperacingstripesonlyfunctionislookingcoolandpreventingwindbutimpairvisionbyonehundredpercent.

We also got some more referrals this week and have some cool new investigators that we're excited to visit again in these next few days! The work is moving forward!

Piano classes are going good and it looks like I'll be getting a couple more students soon! After our class on Saturday Gabriel was saying that his two other kids went down to Chicago that morning and he asked Marcos if he wanted to go too but Marcos said, "but today is my piano lesson with Hermana Knowles!" I guess you could say that made my day.

Well I don't have too much to write about this week. We have a lot of work to do here and we're working hard! For pday today I think we're meeting up with the Gurnee 1st Sisters to carve some pumpkins. Gotta keep that October spirit alive!

Familia y amigos, I have a testimony of this Gospel. I know we have a Savior who is Jesus Christ and that He lives and He is at the head of this church. I know he performed the Atonement for each of us and that it is REAL. I have no doubt about it. The Atonement helps me to change and be better everyday. I'm thankful for the relationship I've been able to build and continue to strengthen with my Savior. I know this work is His and there is nothing else I'd rather be doing than serving as a full time missionary. I love you all and hope everyone has a great week :)

Mantener la sonrisa,

Hermana Knowles

119 En un lejano cerro fue

1. En un lejano cerro fue, allende la ciudad,
que en la cruz Jesús expió del mundo la maldad.

2. Jamás podremos comprender las penas que sufrió,
mas para darnos salvación Él en la cruz murió.

3. Tan sólo Él fue digno de ̮efectuar la Expiación.
Él nos abrió la puerta hacia la exaltación.

4. Su gran amor debemos hoy saber corresponder,
y en Su redención confiar y obedientes ser.

Pumpkins!




Oh Dulce, Grata Oración

October 12, 2015

Hola!

Tuesday was a day full of miracles and tender mercies! Every Tuesday morning we go to a library in Waukegan and help teach an English class with the elders. Each of the missionaries works with a group of about 5 people on average. The group I was working with was awesome. Everyone was picking it up pretty quick except one lady who was rather quiet. I had them start working on a writing activity and started to make conversation with Silvia, the lady who was struggling a little. I worked with her one on one and after a while it was easy to tell that she was feeling more comfortable and was starting to get it. I just wanted to share this experience because to me this was a tender mercy. Most of the time I don't even feel too comfortable teaching that class but helping Silvia helped me gain confidence and her gratitude at the end of the class touched my heart. After we finished she said, "I hope I can be in your group again next week!"

On Tuesday we finally had a lesson with our investigator, Pablo! Unfortunately we didn't have a member come with us so we taught him on the steps in front of his house which ended up being convenient because I didn't have my usual visual aid to teach the plan of salvation so we drew it on the ground in chalk. We weren't planning on teaching the plan of salvation but through some good ole how to begin teaching (preach my gospel ch. 10; check it out future missionaries its a good read) he mentioned how he didn't know it was possible for families to be together forever. It was a great lesson!

Also on Tuesday! We did some finding and talked to a former investigator named Maria Dominguez. We told her who we were and she said she's been waiting for missionaries to come back! She said the previous companionships that visited her just stopped coming and every Tuesday for a few weeks she waited to see if they would come. #inspiredplanning

Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday we contacted a referral named Maria Cortez. She thought our appointment was for an hour later than when we showed up so she wasn't quite prepared because she still hadn't fed her kids. #serviceopportunity We told her not to worry and asked if we could do her dishes while she cooked and she accepted the offer. As we cleaned we got to know her a little. She and her husband are the parents of six awesome kids (13, 11, 8, 7, 5, and 1 I think...if I remember correctly). We also talked about some of the basic beliefs of the church to answer her questions and she seemed to receive it pretty well. They're so great and she invited us to come back the same day next week but one hour later haha.

On Saturday I was able to teach Gabriel's son, Marcos, a piano lesson! He's a fast learner so it went really well. It reminded me a lot of when I would teach piano lessons while I was serving in Chicago 4th. 

Sunday was testimony meeting and I loved it! My companion being the good example that she is went up to share her testimony pretty early in the meeting. After much thought and waiting I decided to go up too towards the end of the meeting. A really cool thing happened when I stood up! At the same time that I stood up so did all of the Elders in the district and we all walked up there together in a line of missionaries. The Elders went up with a member from the ward that they visit pretty often. This Hermano is hilarious! While we were sitting on the stand waiting to speak he tapped my shoulder and said, "You're going to go last because I already warmed up these Elders, they're good to go." It was great. 

We had our first appointment with another referral on Sunday named Luis Garcia. We got like four referrals this week it was sweet! This Hermano really liked the message of the restoration and he even prayed at the end. He said he wants his whole family to be there the next time we come over so they can learn together. How cool is that? 

Well things are going pretty great here in Gurnee. Familia y amigos, I want you to know that I have a strong testimony of this Gospel. I know that it is true. I know we have a living prophet on the earth today who is Thomas S. Monson who guides and directs the church through divine revelation from our Heavenly Father. I know that as we live the gospel and follow his counsel we will find joy and be protected from the temptations of the world. I know anyone can obtain a personal testimony of these things if they sincerely ask God through prayer. I know He is always listening and He will always answer. I love each of you and I love my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Stay tuned to see what happens next week with: Hermana Knowles, the Gurnee Missionary Life. ✌️

Mantener la sonrisa,

Hermana Knowles

OK. So we leave our apartment this morning to go get groceries and when I open the driver door I notice that there's GLASS all over the passenger seat. I guess last night someone had the nerve to break the window of our car and steal our GPS. Boy would I like to meet this person and give them a pass along card and teach them about the restored gospel! Haha. #tendermercyreview because of that I got to: talk to the wonderful Elder Atkinson and have his laugh make my morning, wave at our nice neighbors as they drove by while we cleaned the glass, take funny pictures with my companion, be filled with gratitude in knowing my companion and I are safe, think about how much I love my companion and want her to be safe as I vacuumed the glass off her seat and made sure it was spotless so she could safely sit there, know how much our district leader cares because he and his companion are going to Home Depot for us to get what we need in the meantime before the car gets fixed, be more thankful for tithing and the funds of the church, and so much more! Well now that that person has our GPS they have the address to the church! Haha I know this was a blessing in disguise. It's been quite the morning and I can definitely still say that I'm living the dream! 

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Oh dulce, grata oración
1.Oh dulce, grata oración,
que calmas toda aflicción,
al Padre puedes acudir
y ante El, por mí pedir.
En las tristezas y pesar
mi alma pudo descansar,
y se libró de tentación
en dulce, grata oración;
y se libró de tentación
en dulce, grata oración.
2.Oh dulce, grata oración,
tú llevarás mi petición.
Al Rey eterno llegarás;
Sus bendiciones pedirás.
Al invitarme mi Señor
a fiar en El y Su amor,
le abriré mi corazón
en dulce, grata oración;
le abriré mi corazón
en dulce, grata oración.
3.Oh dulce, grata oración,
anhelo tu consolación;
al ver la muerte acercar,
el miedo puedes alejar.
Cuando la vida deje ya,
iré al Padre Celestial,
buscando a Sus pies perdón
en dulce grata oración,
buscando a Sus pies perdón
en dulce grata oración.


Broken car window.  :(

Fixed it!  :)

Piano lessons

Cuenta Tus Bendiciones

October 5, 2015

Hola!

I experienced some pretty hard core dejavu this week as team Dowdle and Knowles was reunited for exchanges! She spent the day up here with me in Gurnee and I guess you could say it was a blast and a half. It was pretty much just nonstop talking and catching each other up on everything since our companionship in March. It was also, of course a day full of tender mercies. I'm making a better effort to recognize the tender mercies each day and it's been really cool! I recommend it. "Count your many blessings; name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done." 

So how about that conference weekend? Wasn't it AWESOME? If you missed the conference don't fret! Go on to lds.org and you can watch the sessions online. I guess you could say that conference rocked my world. How cool is it to know we have a living prophet who guides and directs the church through revelation? And every six months we get to hear from him, members of the quorum of the twelve apostles, and other leaders of the church? Heavenly Father must love us a lot! I know I felt the love of my Savior and Father in Heaven during conference. It's amazing how we can receive our own personal revelation through these inspired messages. Here are some of my favorite conference moments:

PRESIDENT UCHTDORF said, "Tell a man that there are a trillion stars in the sky and he will believe you. Tell a man that the wall is white and he will go up and touch it...Sometimes the truth may seem too straightforward or too simple to appreciate its value." I love how he asks us if we are making our discipleship too complicated and invited us to start where we are and grow from there. The gospel is so beautifully simple and perfect. We can come closer to Christ with a desire to believe, a willing heart, and having trust in the Lord. 

PRESIDENT NELSON's talk basically knocked my no-show socks off. I most certainly look forward to reviewing that beautiful document when it's available on the one and only gospel library app. #unintentionaladvertising. In a nutshell he said, "The kingdom of God is not complete without women who keep and make covenants." So powerful! I also loved the story he shared about how his wife helped and strengthened him when he was struggling and he mentioned, "If you quit now others will painfully have to learn what you already know." So good! 

ELDER HAYNIE shared a sweet example from his childhood and related how after playing in the mud you are not going to be welcome in grandma's house, o sea, "No unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of God." We are all going to make mistakes but REPENTANCE IS REAL. No matter how deep we've gotten in the mud we can be made clean through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I wish I had the time to go on and on talking about conference. It was just so good! If anyone has the chance I would love to hear some of your favorite conference moments too :)

I hope everyone is doing great! I love you all and I want you all to know that I love my Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ. I'm so thankful to be a missionary sharing this beautiful gospel with everyone Heavenly Father puts in my path. This gospel is true and I have no doubt about it. 

Mantener la sonrisa,

Hermana Knowles :) 

Cuenta tus bendiciones
1.Cuando te abrumen penas y dolor,
cuando tentaciones rujan con furor,
ve tus bendiciones; cuenta y verás
cuántas bendiciones de Jesús tendrás.
Bendiciones, cuenta y verás,
bendiciones que recibirás;
bendiciones, cuenta y verás
cuántas bendiciones de Jesús tendrás.
2.¿Sientes una carga grande de pesar?
¿Es tu cruz pesada para aguantar?
Ve tus bendiciones; cuenta y verás
cómo aflicciones nunca más tendrás.
Bendiciones, cuenta y verás,
bendiciones que recibirás;
bendiciones, cuenta y verás
cuántas bendiciones de Jesús tendrás.
3.Cuando veas a otros que más ricos son,
piensa que de Cristo es tu galardón.
Oro no te compra lo que Dios te da:
un hogar eterno donde Él está.
Bendiciones, cuenta y verás,
bendiciones que recibirás;
bendiciones, cuenta y verás
cuántas bendiciones de Jesús tendrás.
4.No te desanimes do el mal está,
y si no desmayas, Dios te guardará.
Ve tus bendiciones y de Él tendrás
en tu vida gran consolación y paz.
Bendiciones, cuenta y verás,
bendiciones que recibirás;
bendiciones, cuenta y verás
cuántas bendiciones de Jesús tendrás.


I Know That My Redeemer Lives

September 28, 2015

Hola familia y amigos!

We got to watch the General Women's Session of CONFERENCE on Saturday! Woooo I love conference time. These messages are so inspired it's like the church is true or something. I definitely felt the spirit and had some of my questions answered from that session it was so good! If everyone could just do me a favor and PLEASE WATCH CONFERENCE this weekend that'd be superb. I had two favorite quotes from the women's session. One was from President Uchtdorf's talk when he said, "Forever is composed of nows," and I don't remember exactly who said this next one but she was talking about how we have so many blessings waiting for us when the time comes to return to live with our Father in Heaven again. She was saying that the blessings will be so great that we will look back on our lives and think, "Was that all that was required?" Im obsessed. 

On Sunday our recent convert Gabriel was confirmed and received the Gift of the Holy Ghost! Que emocionante! He brought his two sons on Sunday and wanted us to wait for him in front to help him with his tie it was precious! After the confirmation he was just glowing. You could see that the gospel has changed his life and how happy it makes him. Afterwards, he walked down the aisle with a huge smile on his face, shaking everyone's hand on the way back to his seat. It was such a tender moment!

I had a cool experience on Tuesday night. We visited the Quevedo Family who are super awesome! Jessica, the daughter is a recent convert and she's way cool. She invited us over that night to share a message about a specific topic and I felt we were able to meet her needs but I also felt that I specifically needed to be with this family that night. After we shared our message I thought it would be a good idea to sing I Know that My Redeemer Lives together. This song always gets me! The words are just so powerful. I'm sure this has been my email subject before but I'm going to make this my hymn of the week again in English because I want to invite you all to read the lyrics and ponder what they mean to you personally. As we were singing this on Tuesday with this wonderful family I sincerely thought about the words and my personal relationship with the Savior. As I did so I felt such a strong spirit strengthen and reconfirm my testimony that Jesus Christ lives and He is my Savior. It was something so simple yet so sweet and precious to me. I testify that we have a loving Savior who is Jesus Christ and I know He lives. I love Him and I am so thankful for His example and Atoning sacrifice for each of us. 

I love you all and hope everyone has a great week! 

Keep smiling,

Hermana Knowles

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I Know That My Redeemer Lives
1.I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.
2.He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.
3.He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.
4.He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

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