Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Lords Works by Miracles :)

Hanging out with my friend Billy Bob Joe :)
I hope you all had an awesome week! :) I sure did and I saw and heard of a LOT of miracles that occurred :)

Here are the highlights from the week! :)

>First off, I completely missed this one a couple of weeks ago..but I got to milk a cow! Some of you won't recognize this city girl when I get home. haha. :) It was so much fun! Also! I got to do some service in my skirt, haha. I was mowing the lawn! And if I am correct, It was my first time ever mowing....haha. It was pretty fun! :) And it was awesome too because I got to do service for the sweetest recent convert ever :)

>I got a new comp! :) It was sad to say goodbye to Hermana Baker but Hna Lutz and Hna Baker are practically the same person haha. It has been fun these past couple of days. She is from California and she is fun and we have been working hard in Payson! We are ready to build up this part of the Lord's vineyard :)
 Mowing a lawn in a skirt :) haha
>So this past week was of course Halloween! Wow, time is flying..but we had to be on lockdown on Halloween night, so we went to a nearby church..which was just SO FAR...haha :) And we got to play games and watch Ephraim's rescue, which is an awesome movie by the way! It was sort of like 17 miracles, but just told from a different point of view on the Mormon Trek out west. :) It was cool because even though it was a movie, you can still feel the spirit. :)

>We taught an AMAZINGLY spiritual lesson to Erin. She is so so so amazing! I love her so much! :) We shared the mormon message "Mountains to Climb" and she felt the spirit so strongly! We testified to her that she is loved by our Heavenly Father and that she is His daughter. In her prayer, she said that she knows that when the sisters come she can feel the difference. After the prayer she said that she knows it is the Spirit. She said that! She knows the feeling! :) It was so so great to hear that! I know that the Spirit works miracles and touches everyone's heart. I know I am simply the guide to allow them to feel the Spirit more in their life and to lead them to true happiness that comes from the Gospel :)

Elsa :) I love her!!!
>Lili, the mom of a less member family, said that her son, who just turned 12 had a brain tumor and that by this age, his brain would have stopped working...she knows that he is healthy, happy and strong all because they are going to church and doing what is right. Mikey received the priesthood yesterday and he is a living example of a miracle!! :) Love it!

>So.. we have been struggling with finding more people to teach.. we felt impressed to go through our former inv. and we went to a house and we testified to her on the doorstep that our message blesses families. She said "Pasen pasen!" yay! She let us in! She got all of her kids (4) and they all listened and participated and were fully engaged!!! We taught la Restauracion and they ALL commited to be baptized!!! It was so amazing! The mom says that she knows that this message will strengthen her family and bring them closer together :) Man...We were jumping up and down, outside of course lol, after the lesson :) we were so happy that we found this amazing family to teach :) :)

So there ya have it. I hope you all can see miracles happen in your life :) I am telling ya they are EVERYWHERE! :)

hehe I LOVE you all and I wish you all to have a wonderful week!

love, hermana derges :) :)

Come unto the Savior!

Post from October 28, 2013
Maybe this guy will be interested? :)
I hope all of you are doing swell :) Payson is great! And I just found out today that I will be staying here and Hermana Baker is leaving! We aren't exactly sure where yet, because another Hermana, Hna Lutz, called us to see if we have gotten our transfer call yet and she said that she is coming to Payson to be companions with me! lol... So we are still waiting for our call to find out where Hermana Baker is heading off to...the call is taking forever! haha

Watching the District :) while eating some oreos with milk :)
I am excited to stay here though! I don't know what I am going to do without Hermana Baker...but I am excited to start working with Hermana Lutz! We were in the same zone in Provo and she is super awesome and funny! :)

So...highlights from the week :)

  >On Monday, we had a sister's zone activity at our house. We all carved pumpkins and had an awesome time :) It was super fun to just relax and enjoy the day with the sisters. I carved a heart made from the treble and bass clef :) It looked cool and so did Hermana Bakers! She carved an american flag! She loves 'merica! Haha. She is so so funny! :)

After pumpkin carving, Lee and Annika both came to have a mini birthday party with Hermana Baker and I. They made an ice cream cake that looks like the worms and dirt dessert...but with ice cream! Yum! The funny part was that we did the Mexican tradition of saying "mordida, mordida mordida!" and the one with the birthday has to quickly take a bite without the others pushing her face into the cake....We got hermana baker good :) hehe I like this tradition. haha :)
Love these girls! :)

>Exchanges with Hermana Garces! We were together in the MTC! :) So....we were both greenies to the was so hard at times to understand people...but We survived :) And it was really fun too! It helped my Spanish a lot. It also helped me rely more on the Spirit rather than focus on what I was going to say :)

Brianne y Pablo :)

>On Thursday we had the opportunity to go to a Relief Society activity with a less active that we are working with. It was a presentation by a member who designs the stain glass for the temples! :) His name is Tom..something..I forget his last name...haha But It was really neat what planning goes into it and how unique and special the designs and pictures in the temple are. It was fascinating! We each got a piece of stain glass that he carved in the same design that will go into the Payson temple! :) We loved it! Elsa, our less active, loved it too! The Spirit was there in that meeting and I can imagine that from that presentation that anyone would want to be in the House of the Lord :)

>We are teaching a family, who the wife is a less active and the husband isn't a member. Before I came to Payson, He didn't want to do anything with the church. But now after several visits he is slowly but surely opening up :) We are really seeing progress! I love the transformation that comes with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I honestly see miracles almost everyday with this wonderful message that I have the chance to share with others :)

>Lots of Service on Saturday. We are really working with a less active/part member family. We helped set up her kid's birthday/costume party (which BTW was a Despicable me 2 Party!!) and we got talking to the mom and she says that the church is true, but she doesn't like the people. We hope to help build her faith in Jesus Christ and to help her come back to church. The same with Karla, a less active, and her husband who isn't a member, but we can see the interest building little by little. :) yay!

 John Bytheway! :)

>Also...with another less active family we were able to go with them to a devotional given by John was amazing! I learned so many great things! He is such an amazing speaker and you can just feel the spirit from what he teaches. His presentation was entitled, Come Unto Christ. One thing I really loved was when he expounded upon the parable of the Prodigal son. The son had committed so so many sins and felt unworthy to be his father's son. When the son finally came back to the father, his father RAN and went to him and kissed his neck. When the father had kissed his sons neck, he was signifying that his son was worthy or of higher status than him. The Father had compassion on his son and forgave him. He gave him a robe (symbol of the Atonement) and a ring which symbolized his status with the family. He was STILL his son. An heir to all. "He was lost, but now, he is FOUND." When we make mistakes, "the minute we TURN to the Father, and He will RUN to us." You are never to far to come back. "It is not about distance, it is about DIRECTION". :) Amazing stuff right?? :) I loved it! Come unto the Savior! Come to be perfected in Him. Don't try to become perfect before you come to Him. That is why He is there for us :) He loves us! He loved us enough to have died for us. I know that this is true with all my heart :)

I hope you all have a wonderful wonderful week!

I love you all! :)

love, Hermana Derges :)

Rely on the Lord in ALL you do!

Post from October 21, 2013
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Everything is all fine and dandy here in Payson :) I love it here! The trees are all changing and it is beautiful! It is getting a bit chilly here and there, but overall, the snow has not come yet, so I am a happy camper! Haha. :)

My Spanish is coming along great :) I love language study! Haha, I feel like a nerd...but I just love it! I am slowly understanding more and more. It is nice when we talk to native speakers who know English as well so we can ask questions :) This is super nice! And they are so happy to help because they can ask us questions in return about English :)

So here are some of the highlights from this past week :)

>On Monday, after emailing, part of our zone planned a surprise birthday party for Hermana Garces and my companion Hermana Baker! ....Let me tell you though, haha, it is SUPER hard to plan a SURPRISE party for someone who is with you 24/7!....hehe BUT we did it! It was so fun! And they loved it! :)

>So...on Wednesday, there was a trainer's meeting up in Provo. And since I am being follow up trained, we planned to go to the meeting. We carpooled with another set of sisters. We got there and finally realized that the training was only for the first 6 me....haha...So of course the others sisters had to stay so we were stuck in Provo! Haha....We got picked up by another set of sisters and went to the Provo Center Temple booth for their shift. It was fun! I met someone from Finland and Brazil! I miss working there when I was in Provo! There is SO much work being down on the temple! I am excited for when it gets completed! I also, luckily, got to see one of the Less active families we worked with when I was in Provo too! It was so great to see her :)

>On Saturday, we had a Dia de Deportes (can't you see we are playing hard??) hehe, for the youth/young adults in our ward for a missionary activity. We played volleyball and soccer and I scored 3 goals! Woot woot! It was a ton of fun...none of the investigators we invited came unfortunately.. but recent converts came and also an inv. from the other sisters came too! :)

 The Wonderful Reyes Family :) I ADORE them :)

>So anywhoo. Yesterday was a GREAT day :) We were invited to come to a Primary sharing time to talk about missionary work! They told the kids that we were the Spanish missionaries so they said the "hello song" with "hola" instead. haha :) When we got up there, we started speaking in spanish haha they all thought it was super funny :) We had them actually practice giving a card to their neighbor. We had to make sure they understood that when they give the card away that they give it to a friend who DOESN'T come to church or who hasn't been in a while lol. Only in Utah :) hehe. They did so great! They all gave us a huge afterwards too :) I love kids!!!! :)

Do you notice anything wrong in this picture?? :) (look at her feet...hehe...and we are in a lesson!!)
>Also, TWO of our investigators came to church!!! YAY!!! :) We were SO excited! Erin, came with her mother-in-law, who is a member. Her husband was at work.. Erin's husband is less active and wishwashy about coming back...but we are teaching Erin, who is doing great! We came over after church and taught her an awesome lesson on the Sacrament :) The Spirit was SO strong :) She really knows that God loves her! :) She is so so sweet and wonderful! I hope and pray that she keeps wanting to learn more!


>Also yesterday was Sister Baker's birthday! So a lot of members did very very sweet things for her :) We went over to an appt with a less active lady's, who actually is really really sick :/ She is so so sweet. We absolutely love her and her family. They are from Argentina! They were so sweet that they made a bday cake for Hna Baker! :) I am glad that she had a great bday on the mish :)

>One awesome thing that I learned from the Lord this week...which sounds pretty silly.. is that I need Him for EVERYTHING. I need to pray everyday for His help, because I cannot do it alone. I learned that the more that I ask and pray for His help along with me trying the best I can, that my days go by so smoothly and I can feel the Spirit more and more during my day. I learned, from one of the talks at church, that we need to let the Lord take the lead in our lives. We need to submit our will to Him and let him guide us. He knows how to help us and knows what we need to do in our lives to be truly happy.

I know that my Savior lives and that He loves us :) He is ALWAYS there waiting for us to beckon to Him and to follow in His footsteps :)

I love you all! Thank you for all of your love and kindness towards me! :) I hope you all have a wonderful wonderful week!

love, Hermana Derges :)