Thursday, October 17, 2013

Long time no talk!

Hola everyone!

I am so sorry that I have not posted in fooooooorrrrrrrrreeeeeeevvvvvvveeeeeerrrr! eek!
Just being a busy bee :)

Well HEADS UP I have been in Payson for a bit now, four weeks and a day to be exact! Wow!
 These past several weeks have been roller coasters, BUT they have been fun! :) Mission life is great!

Last pic with the two of us at transfers!

I was super sad to leave Provo and Hermana Cordova and ALL the amazing people I met there! I LOVED serving there!!! ...but I was super excited, as well, to start fresh in a different area :)

Soooo this is my amazing companion is Hermana Cassidy Baker! (on the left) She is from New Mexico and she is SO funny :) and so stinkin cute! :) Also I was 'panions with Hermana Bangerter (middle) as well but just for a week! She is from Sandy, Utah. Who, now, is in Argentina! She was here in the Utah Provo Mission for 7 months waiting for her visa! Wow! I am so excited that she finally got to go! She is a super awesome missionary and a sweetheart!! :) 
and yes! we are holding cute little puppies! So fun :)

My Spanish is coming along just great. I can't always understand everyone but I can usually say what I need to say to teach or to talk to someone. It is really hard to understand some accents! Argentinians are fun to listen to lol but Dominican Republicans are SUPER hard to understand for me lol. I am trying my best to not sound like a gringo...but I am coming to the conclusion that this is impossible! Haha :) But I will keep practicing! :) I can keep up a conversation pretty well though :) Yay for that! haha.

We live in the COOLEST place ever! We actually live in a barn! haha no I don't sleep with the cows.... but there are cows! and chickens! and horses! It is the neatest place ever! :) We live right above there in the pic, it is above a garage/workshop.

Looky who I saw!!!! Bishop Hurst was in Payson!!! He came out to help his daughter sell/buy a car and He thought he would swing by to say hello :) It was so fun to see him!!! :) 
Angel Moroni was put up on the Payson temple last Thursday! I didn't get to see it go up bc we were in a zone training meeting. But we went afterwards to see it and it looks BEAUTIFUL! :) It will be so neat to see it finished. Unfortunately the Payson and the Provo Center Temple won't be completed until after my mission is over....So I will just have to come back hehe :)

So....In the past couple weeks we have been teaching an AMAZING investigator (he is the one in the hat), his name is Uriel....I mean, he is practically golden, lol He said that he has been praying and reading the Book of Mormon, he said he knows it is TRUE!! And also that he wants to change his life, and he attended a baptismal service......but bc of problems at his work, I mean abusive problems from his manager, he left for California this past Saturday to find a job out there by his family....NOOOO!! :( It was super super sad to say goodbye to him! But we told him that the church is everywhere and he can be taught and learn more in Cali. So I wish the very best to him!!!

At the baptismal service, I was asked the night before to play the flute lol. It all went well, except during the performance, of course i was terrified!!! Like any performance really lol. Plus my flute was acting all funky!!! No joke haha But in the end, they said that the felt the spirit as I played so I was super happy for this :)

We went to the temple with a couple sisters last week in Provo :) Of course it was amazing :D I love the temple and I know that it is the House of the Lord! Try try try to go as much as possible everyone!! :) I really want to go to a Spanish session sometime :) I think that would be awesome!!! I am very blessed to have the opportunity to go twice a month out here. I am so grateful for this opportunity to go so much :) We are very spoiled out here........but that is ok with me...hehe :)

So we have a sweet lady investigator named, Mireya and she has had tons and tons of problems with health in her family, her kids are sick, her daughter has a broken leg, she is so stressed out that her face started to twitch a ton. So she asked for a priesthood blessing for her. She said yesterday (about a week after the blessing) that right after the blessing happened EVERYTHING stopped hurting/twitching! Her husband, who before was never before interested in the Gospel, said he was even amazed!!! :) We even said a prayer with them and he stayed!! :) Baby steps but we are slowly trucking along with this family!!! :) AWESOME because I love this family! :)

This week, try to look for the miracles that happen because they happen EVERYWHERE!!! :)
I know that as we look for miracles our testimonies of God's and Jesus Christ's love will be strengthened.
I have a strong testimony that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live! :) I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that it helps EVERYONE!!! :) No matter the circumstance.  Anyone who turns their hearts to Christ, will in turn receive blessings for it.  He loves us and wants all of his children to turn to Him and have FAITH in Him. We will NEVER fail while doing this.  It might be hard, but it is WORTH it.  Plus, He is right there helping us EVERY step of the way.  I know that this is true with ALL of my heart.  And you can know it is true as well through praying and asking to know for yourself.

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." -Matthew 7:7&8

I love you all! Have a fantastic week! :)

Love, Hermana Derges

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