Monday, July 28, 2014

You are Successful!

Hey! This past week was pretty fun :) It was slow work wise because it was a holiday here. Pioneer day and all :) This next Saturday, our zone is going to be walking in the Santaquin parade lol It should be pretty fun. It is a pretty small one because Santaquin isn't that big, but nonetheless it should be fun :) 

Hermana Baker and I biking!!!

I got to go on exchanges with my old compy Hermana Baker!!! And better yet we were back in Payson! lol Flashback crazyness! For some of you who may not remember, we were comps back in Payson almost around the same time last year :) We got to eat with the Mullens! It was a surprise! :) I love that family!! :) Plus during the day, we got to go biking! Man I felt like a real missionary! haha jk jk :) But I do say, while riding a bike, I can rock a skirt pretty well! haha :) We also got to meet our little beaver friend, it was really creepy but really funny! 
Beaver buddies!

On Pioneer day we got to go out to a huge corn field and pulled weeds! We got a lot done, it was pretty fun, even though we all got some lovely blisters. I can't shake anyones hand with my right hand bc mine is right on my thumb joint! not fun! lol So I am going to have a fish hand shake for a little while lol 
Hot dog!

So we need to find more people to always. But right now our teaching pool is a little low.. So we are going to be doing that all week non stop! lol
Mr. Beaver!

We had president interviews this past week! I love our President! He said that we need to take his son out with us because he speaks spanish lol We are really nervous to do so but we are going to give it a shot! haha He also mentioned that the change he has seen in me from the start of my mission has been inspiring. I loved hearing that. I know that I am changing because I am becoming closer to my Savior Jesus Christ :)

I know that this gospel is true! We had a meeting yesterday with all the ward mission leaders from the stake and they were really discouraged and didn't feel successful in their callings. My comp and I testified to them that it is not the number of lessons or baptisms there are, it is about your dedication to the Lord and to the work. The Lord knows are hearts. People have their agency to accept the gospel. We have the responsibility to share that and invite them to learn more and we need to live our lives in such a way that they will see the light of Christ in us and want to follow Christ's example. I know that this is true with my whole heart :) 

I love you all, I hope you have a fabulous week! :)
Look how much my hair has grown! I think biotin is working!! lol
Just kidding... lol :) (Hermana Baker was standing behind me haha!)

Love, Hermana Derges :)

Faith to Move Mountains!

How was your week? My week was pretty great :) 

>Boys walking their sheep down the street! lol

On Pday, my district went to graffiti mansion! It is a really cool place! Then we went to the famous Santaquin Red Barn. They have glass bottled soda, like pops!! :) I was so excited!!!

Then with our investigator we made chocoflan!! It was pretty good, even though it didn't look the greatest haha :) It was really fun doing that with Sandra :)

Then we had a great lesson with Angelica and she wants to get baptized! We just have to kinda help her to get to church! :/ But she wants to do it, so we are going to help her get to church!!! :)

>Ok so we had this same little guy in my house when I was growing up!!! So I figured it was about time I share the gospel with him! haha :)

So one thing I have really learned out here is that we need to invite!! That is our purpose as missionaries. To invite others to come unto Christ. For members, it is the same thing!!! All we have to do is invite others to come unto Christ. They can say no, they have their agency, but what if they say yes??? :) We NEVER know, so we have to ask! :) I know that the Spirit is helping us when we do so. The Spirit will fill our mind with what we need to say. It all starts with faith! The faith to believe that others can change. Remember that with the faith of a mustard seed, we can move mountains. And faith without works is dead. So lets go out and work and invite others!! :) Then we will see our faith grow and see our fellow brothers and sisters accept the gospel :)

I know that this true with my whole heart :) I love you all and you all are in my prayers :)
Our little friend in our apartment! eeek!

Thank you for your love out here! It really means a lot :)

Love, Hermana Derges :)

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Good Ol' South...Again!

Just a FEW of the families and people I love in Saratoga Springs! I will miss you!

 Hermana Vieira :)

 Hermana Wheeler :)

 Amber y Laura!

La Familia Huebsch! :)

 La Familia Alfaro :)

 The Whitneys! :)

Brianna! :)

La Familia Retamales :)

Well folks, I was transferred to the good ol city of Santaquin this past week!!! Just a minute away from my old area of Payson! :) I am with Hermana Bumstead and she is AMAZING! She is from Kearney Missouri! Really close to Brandi and Jim :) She and I are really alike! I am so happy to be serving with her!! :) I believe we are going to have a really fun transfer :)

Gretchen lol

Hermana Bumstead and I :) with the BEST sign ever!

But yes! I had to say goodbye to the amazing area of Saratoga Springs...I loved loved loved it there! I am going to miss so many people there. It was so fun and I loved being comps with Hermana Abellan.. But I am excited to keep serving and new opportunities to help the people here in Santaquin :)


This past week was crazy with transfers, but hna bumstead and I have been working hard! :) There is a tiny Spanish branch here of about 30 people, quite a change from Sarataga lol But it was neat that I got to meet everyone on my first sunday :) hehe.

Hermana Villalobos! :)

Then on Saturday....Bernice got baptized!!!!!!!!! YAY :) She was a girl I taught in Provo way back when :) I was so excited and I was able to Provo for it :) She looked so happy and she was so cute because she was a little nervous and so after she was baptized she said "I did it, it did it!" lol I love her! :)

Santaquin :)

Anywhoo I am still loving the mission :) I am so happy to be serving the Lord and learning to love so much more. I love that we have the knowledge of the restored gospel and the truth that we know that Heavenly Father really loves us and is there for us. He is our Father :) A real being who cares about each and every one of us! :)

I love you all!! I will keep you all in my prayers :)

Love, Hermana Derges :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Badge or No Badge :)

I am being transferred!!! And I have nooooo idea where I am Oh boy, I have been here six months in this area and I don't want to leave!
Hermana Baker!

Ay..but I do believe it is time. I love this area so so much and know it like the back of my hand :) I am going to miss the amazing people here! And I have learned so much from being here :) Now...I have to say a million goodbyes and pack up six months of stuff at my house lol crazy! :)
Hermana Cordova!

but anywhooo!!! How was everyone's fourth of July?? :) I had a blast!! It was so so great :) I got to walk in the Provo parade and then we got to watch Frozen, the cutest movie ever!!! I am still singing all the songs in my head! :) hehe


I got to learn how to make some really really yummy and amazing tortillas with Hna Jaar! :) It was so much fun! :)
 TORTILLAS that we made! Yum! :)

Then some really really great news!!! Bernice, the sweetest girl ever who I taught in Provo back in the day, is getting baptized this Saturday!!! And I get to go!! :) I am so so pumped! :) yay!!!
2 seconds from my house :)

A necklace I made! :)

I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary. I feel like time is zooming by and I just want it to stop! :) I love the people and I love serving my Savior :) I know that this gospel is true and that we are blessed when we share it with others, badge or no badge :) People are being prepared all around us and we just need to be ready with the answers and testimony that they need to hear :) The Spirit will ALWAYS guide us if he knows that we will follows his promptings :)

I love you all and I pray for you :)

Have a fabulous week :)

Love, Hermana Derges :)