Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Semana (Week) 68: Probably should eat an apple a day, to keep the doc away!

Field trip to the doctors.
Sooooo, this week has been a bit slow.  Got pretty sick on Monday, and have been sick ever since (more stomach probs...yay!)  Went to the doc on Thursday and he gave me a pharmacy to take home with me.  We traveled about 30 min to get to the hospital and then I found out that I didn't have my health insurance card, so we had to go all the way back to the house and return to the hospital again.  Wednesday, I could at least leave the house to work as much as we could and we had divisions on Friday with the sisters in Manantiales.  It was a very sweet blessing that I felt very good physically this day, because I was praying so much to be able to feel good to do divisions.  

We have 2 new investigators, one of them is a police man.  We met him on the street one night, and we gave our number to him.  He CALLED us, which NEVER happens.  We taught him in the church and it seems like he is looking for lots of answers.

BEST NEWS EVER! They finally called a bishop in our ward! There hasn't been a bishop for more than 2 years, so everyone was really happy about it.  We are also in the Choir for Stake Conference, so we have been dedicating time for that.

Now the WORST NEWS EVER! I got my flight intinerary :.( Ok, its not the worst news ever, haha, but certainly surprised me a lot, the time is going by really fast.

Love you all!! Tengan una semana feliz!

Hermana Boice

Un Alambre!! (Heart Attack on a Plate)

Tacos de Pastor for 3 pesos! This is prob the reason I have health problems....

Monday, January 16, 2017

Semana (Week) 67: Learning Life Lessons

Well, I have got to say that it's been a bit of a hard week.  We have been walking all day and every day to find new investigators, and thankfully we have been able to find some.

We did have a good experience finding one of our new investigator, Guadalupe.  She was an old investigator, and we prayerfully went through all of the old investigators, found her name,and we felt that we needed to visit her.  Sure enough, we went to her house, and she accepted us immediately.  She told us about the death of her father, and how she has felt so alone and needed someones support.  She knows that God sent us to her to help her.

This week I was meditating on 2 Nefi 31:20. A scripture that everyone knows, but I was able to find something profound for me personally. I have been praying for a while asking God to tell me what I can do to improve and be a better missionary. I have lots of faults, and I know there are many things that I need to improve. He directed me to this chapter where I read verse 20:
"Por tanto, debeis seguir adelante con firmeza en Cristo, teniendo un fulgor PERFECTO de ESPERANZA y AMOR por DIOS y por TODOS los hombres. Por tanto, si marchais adelante deletandoos en la palabra de Cristo y perseveráis hasta el fin, he aquí asi dice el Padre, Tendréis la vida eterna."

When I read those parts, I know that they were what He wants me to improve on. Hope, have the trust that he will complete His promises, and wait for them patiently with enthusiasm. And have charity for all people. I will be honest that this part can be very difficult for me. Its all good with people that are nice to you, but its the difficult people that are sometimes hard to love. These last 2 days have been a trial for me, and I wont get too much into detail, but its suffice to say that I felt humbled almost to the dust. But I can see that The Lord is trying to teach my something very important, that I need to see everyone through his eyes, without judgement, and to be more humble. We don't know the lives of others, and we don't need too.  We just need to focus on ourselves, and what we need to do better :)

Hermana Boice
This is tejocote, its a fruit....its weird!


More Foooood! My favorite food of all!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Semana (Week) 66: Murphy´s Law....

T´was a very eventful week this week.  First, we are back with the skirts, no more pants (sad day).  On Tuesday we left for Guadalajara for the Leadership Counsel on Wednesday, and were able to make it to the temple.  The temple is in the other mission of Guadalajara.  We got there 2 hours early and were waiting in the church next door.  Little did we know that inside they were having their own Leadership Counsel with their Mission President. They ended and everyone started coming out and staring at us like we were foreigners (technically, ya we are).  It was actually kinda funny. Wednesday was our Leadership Counsel (for 8 hours) lots of stuff we went over and my head was killing me after... haha.

Fast forward to our trip back to Morelia in the bus, my comp and I were talking about cameras, and how she has lost hers a couple times.  I did the worst things I could have done and said ¨I have NEVER lost my camera¨................. Well wouldn't you know that we got home went to sleep, next day, looked for my camera. But it was No Where To Be Found...................Irony of Murphy´s Law.  So ya, lost 15 months of my life, no biggy... 😩

This week has been a mission changing week for me. I have begun to do things a bit differently. I remember from the General Conference talk of Pres. Uchtdorf when he talked about a little girl with her grandmother. The grandma couldn't hear very well and the child told her to HEAR HARDER! Maybe that is not the best way we are going to progress, but we can learn to listen differently. So this week I have been ¨listening differently¨. In my personal studies, I have received more revelation in this week than probably in all my mission. I have learned to wait and listen to the spirit in what and where I should study. By doing this, I have been able to find lots of answers. One of them being, If I want to be a consecrated missionary, I need to talk with more people wherever I am. This has been one of my weaknesses in the mission, having the valor to stop people in the street, talk in buses, talk in any situation. But I learned that it is a commandment from the Lord to me as a missionary. So we made this change in ourselves and we focused on talking with people wherever we found them. In the first day that we made that decision together, we talked with 63 people that day. I could feel more energy, and I felt really good. I felt happy. In 5 days, we talked with 124 people.  I feel like we are doing our part, and know that the Lord will bless us with His Miracles.

This week I was meditating D&C 50:24
"Lo que es Dios es LUZ, y el que recibe LUZ y persevera en Dios, recibe mas LUZ, y esa LUZ se hace mas y mas resplandeciente hasta el dia perfecto"

The Light has caught my attention the most. From meditating in this scripture, I tried identifying what really it's referring to as Light. It could mean many things, but I came to the conclusion that its talking about Knowledge. God has a perfect knowledge in all things, and as we receive it and we apply it, He will give us more and more. Knowledge really is a Light because with more of it, we can always see more and more clear. 

Thanks so much for the packages!!!! You are all the best and I am very grateful for your love!

Hermana Boice



Monday, January 9, 2017

Semana (Week) 65: Transfers!!! 15 Months in the Mission!!!

Today was transfers! And I am honestly super duper happy! I was transferred to Morelia! To the Estadio Ward (We share the building and our services are at 3pm :P) Now I have been in Guadalajara, Zamora, the State of Guanajuato, I just was missing Morelia.  I have been very blessed to be in the majority of the mission.  And I am pretty sure that this will be my last area because I only with have 3 months left.  And I am with Hermana M!! We also came into the mission together :)

Now, bittersweet news. Esmerelda is going to be baptized this Saturday!! But I am not going to be able to be there to see it :( I got to see them for the last time on Sunday and got to say goodbye to some of the members.  We got invited to eat lunch and they were Steak Tacos (My fav) and so I felt really happy that day. After we got all the missionaries together and we went to sing at a retirement home.  After we went to shake all their hands and so many started to cry, asking us to come and sing to the more often.  It was really sweet.  We went to a members house to say goodbye and she told me that she was super sad that I was leaving, because I never cut her hair.  So, it became 3 hours of service and I cut her hair, her two daughter, and her sister ( I chopped off about 1 ft of hair from every one) and dyed hair of another.  Its helping me get back into the swing of it.

Oh ya, and I also completed 15 months in the mission..........dont want to say much more about that :(

This week I have been ponderizing Mosiah 23:21-
21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.
I have become to really love this scripture.  I first looked up what it really means to chasen, because I think that we take it more strongly than what its trying to say.  Chasen means correction or discipline that has the objective of help people to improve and be strengthened. Is that not what our Heavenly Father wants for us? To help us become stronger and help us progress? And he helps us do this by trying our patience and faith. Why the two? Our patience to see if with submit ourselves to his will in all things, but the faith to see us submit ourselves cheerfully and with hope. he wants us to endure in our afflictions, but with joy :)

Love you all!!!

Hermana Boice