Monday, August 31, 2015

i love everything about the gospel

well sorry dad but my pdays i'm allowed to feel 10 percent trunky! hahaha just kidding. i promise i always stay focused. home does not keep me from working my hardesst... i promise! ya i'm pretty sure i'll be flown to mexico to meet up with lana when she finishes. that's what the flight people are saying. it'll be finalized in about 15 days supposedly.. yay! so we have only got about 14 weeks left on the mission... sad ;( but happy. and yes dad me and lana will want the fireplace on fullll blast. and we expect you to come skiing with us and make snow angels with us.
    well this week has been great! our investigator that didn't believe that god loved us is getting baptized because she knows now that he loves her! she is sooo smart! she will be a firm member for sure!!! so happpppppyyy! but i have been thinking ALOT this week how much i have learned. seriously dad. i can never thank god enough because he has been so good to me. he has taught me things that i will apply in my life forever. my love for the book of mormon has grown immensely. i understand it much better and love the new things i learn from it each day i study and ponder it. i have also learned that god answers prayers. he really does! all the time. the challenge can be recognizing the answers. but if we really are keeping the commandments and putting our part, its so much easier to recognize and act upon the answers.

i LOVE my mission
i love that i have been called of god to gather israel
i love my plaque ( i cried when i lost it but rejoiced when god lead me to find it)
i love the people
i love the book of mormon
i love feeling the spirit
i love jesus christ
i love everything about the gospel
i love my family!! 
families are forever!!!

 love bina!
our awesome trio!! FIERCE!!!
hahah that bus is awesome. all the buses here are like that. they are made of wood and are always booming with loud music. we take the bus when we have to go to the airport cause its way cheaper

Monday, August 24, 2015

in alma 37:23 it mentions a Gazelem... what is it?????!!

dad! what's up?? well i've got a few things to say. first off. to inform you all i will be flying home with lana. i got permission from my president and the missionary who does all the flights will make sure our flights connect for the last part in vancouver. but he is going to try to fly me to mexico to where lana is before she takes off. we will see! so now the family knows that they can plan to be there that week if they are able to. 
    so this week was awesome!!!!! i can't remember if i mentioned that we are in a trio. with hna lozano. she extended 2 weeks cause she's waiting for her parents. and we have SO MUCH FUN! i love the spirit we feel and we enjoy the work so much together. we are always laughing and talking to everybody. its been so great! we had an awesome week. 
we found a woman who is 30, she's single and has no kids or friends or nothing... because of her character. she stopped us on the streets and pulled us in. she said that she just couldn't take it anymore and wants to stop being mad and hating everyone. she says she hates god and that he is bad. and she has gone through lots of sad things in her life that makes her think that. she said that she wants to change and has tried therapy and everything and nothing that works so now her last resource is god. so we explained the plan of salvation. it was a very unique lesson and she had a billion questions. she just wanted to change the perspective she has of god so little by little we are helping her and she is willing to complete the invitations we make her.. so while i was in family history i was reading a talk and realized it would be perfect for her. its called "he will never forget you" or something like that. and i printed it off and we went over to her house and she read it and at a certain part she started to cry! and we all started crying cause the spirit was strong and for once in her life she was recognizing that she was feeling god's love! our heavenly father loves her soooo much!!! so she came to church with us and had sooooo many questions in gospel principles that after we went into a room and taught her. her spirit hungers so much for the gospel! it really is amazing! we have a cita with her tonight and i'm so pumped. i love people like her who are willing to change and do whatever it takes to change and be happy. she is sad because everyone hates her she says. but we love her!!!!!
      well i love you all so much. i hope you have an excellent week!
ps. question dad.... in alma 37:23 it mentions a Gazelem... what is it?????!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

i couldn't imagine my life without it

hey whats up! this week was a good one. i enjoyed it a lot because a sister who is waiting for her family to arrive next week is staying with us and proselyting with us meanwhile and our trio is a smash! sooo fun! working hard and the spirit is strong in the lessons. today me miner and hna jimenez and our comp are going to eat spaghetti for our 14 month mark. it should be fun. and we are going to eat ice cream for 30 cents! hahaha freeeeek its so hot out right now! i'm dying here and i forgot my ponytail so you can imagine how huge and hot my hair is. lolll. hmm what can i tell you guys. everything is the same.... working hard hard hard hard and finding awesome people and studying and growing closer to the lord! it really is the best place to be. i often pray to the lord that my testimony won't fade away when i get home and that i can always read my BOM and stay strong in the gospel. i love this gospel so much i couldn't imagine my life without it. it really was a huge blessing to be born into the covenant.
    that is crazy that ethan got his mission call! isn't he like 14?!!! they grow up so fast. that is so great. i bet he will be an awesome missionary! who is next to go out? and where is he going
    so my comp got lice! woot! so we spent all night picking it out and found the queen and king lice and we killed them. she was soooo mad it was funny. she was like"i'm soo dirty!!! ewewewewewwwww!!" hahahaa she's a funny  one. everyone says they are surprised that i havn't gotten it yet cause you usually get it at least once on the mission. but i've suffered other things so i hope i don't ever get lice! hahaha well i love you all very much. dad i hope you don't starve without mom!! lol love you!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

i already knew what questions i had to ask her

what's up! this week was killer! wanna know why?? cause i started a purification.. its where you write down ALL the things you are doing or thinking that could take the spirit away and you write the things you want to accomplish for example i put  wanted to strengthen my faith and be more patient.. so then you write down the plan on how you will achieve that.. it was awesome. then you fast.. let my tell ya.. its HARD!! and every night you have to consult with the lord about your purification.. so that's what i've been doing. think i was able to cut out all 20 things on my list?? NOPE! but i sure feel a change in my life since i've started.. its awesome. we have been seeing miracles... i feel like i'm not so stressed... i feel the spirit more.. its soo great. i love it. i feel like i've been more patient with the elders... for example.. we can't go on the internet till our whole district is here and my beloved district leader is always soooo late. and by the time he gets here there are no machines left.. so i always call him in the morning to remind him and he still fails to get here early and then when he gets here i hand it to him... lol so this monday he was later than ever but i didn't say anything :) in fact i was extra nice to him.. and it was so easy to just not care... so yeah i feel like i have more control of myself! hahah so yesterday we went to the hospital to translate for the gringo doctors that came in.. sooo i was the only sister that was there out of the missionaries and guess what room they put me in... gynecology (i dunno how to spell it.. my mind is in spanish mode) so yeah we helped about 10 patients and you can just imagine the things i had to see and translate.. but it was soooo cool cause i learnt sooooo much about the woman's body!! i was sooo shocked at how much i learned when i left the hospital! it was sad to see some of the cases that the women here have. the gynecologist agreed that woman suffer a lot and have so many different pains. but i got to see an ultra sound too. so today i'm going in again to translate ;) with hna miner!! woot that means that after i'm done here at the internet i get to roll with her till 5pm! yay! love her.... we are going to pick up her packet in the offices and we know its going to be great cause her family always sends LOADS of munchies! so that will be great. haha but yeah the doctor was training another doctor.. and he has 20 years experience and he is the best! he was so patient with her and explained so clearly to her! he was SOOO great. he wanted a pic with us after and tried to put his arm around us and i was like woah!! ehhhhh sorry but as missionaries you basically can only shake our hand.. haha he was like OHH SORRY!! hahaha but it was cool cause he was treating me like i was a doctor in training too.. like when the peruvian woman would tell me her case i would explain to the doctor and i already knew what questions i had to ask her because of the previous patients.. and the doctor would ask.. "ok what do you think is causing her pains from what she is telling us?" and i would respond..." her back.. and one thing she needs to do is get physical therapy to strengthen her back muscles and that will help with her internal pain... she also need to go on birth control to regulate her insides because her miscarriage irregulated everything" and he says " EXCELLENT!" hahahahha it was soooo fun! so i'm excited to get back there today. i learnt a whole different vocabulary in spanish..(won't mention what words) but it was fun.  
translating for the docs
well i'm super stoked for this next week that's coming cause we will have more proselyting time! and we have found awesome investigators.. all this week i have been coordinating a huge family history activity that we had for all of iquitos.. lots of work but it was a success! the president and his family came and sat through while we taught and explained . and they called me after and said it was well done :) wellllll i'm glad dad that you still do things to please mom. a woman likes that and you get brownie points to. happy wife happy life. 

love you all soo much!!
forgot to say.. put the cd called "called to serve" and listen to in on a roadie to pg or something and listen to the words! and think of me and lana.. its amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i listen to it alll the time. its the closest to country music as its going to get for me haha.. but the words pump me up!  
always wanted a pic with a little peruvian child's hand in mine!
family history
when i saw sister child's family!! they were sooo happy! they just happened to go to my ward and still havn't seen hna child till later today! it was weird seeing an american. i was so happy to see them though cause i met them on skype during xmas and they are the kindest nicest family ever :)
pday photoshooot!!! haha yep calll me a poser dad... i know you're rolling your eyes!

Monday, August 3, 2015

i'm back to the beginning again

hey dad!!  i remember the love you always gave us. the hugs the kisses the i love you's and the scripture studys and the heart to hearts. that's what shaped me into the person i am today! i remember how kind vicky always was to me, she always shared with me always laughed with me and even when i was mean to her she would never ever be mean back to me. that's what i love about her. she's such a great person.
    well this week has been alright. i think that sometimes satan makes us feel horrible. all this morning i had been asking myself if i have become a better person on the mission because sometimes i feel like i'm worse than before. but i know the lord is working with me and helping me become better. i've gotta put my part in too and be obedient and seek counsel from him all the time. i finished reading the book of mormon so i'm back to the beginning again. i love how the book of mormon starts out! nephi had so much faith and was so obedient. i like that even though things were hard at time and seemed impossible he always trusted that the lord would provide a way. and i sure as heck don't wanna be like laman and lemuel. even though they saw an angel they still murmured and said "how can god deliver laban into our hands.. he is sooo strong..." etc.. i remember that god is great. he is the creator of all things and anything is possible through him.
      family history has been busy too. yesterday we sent 7 names to the temple. its awesome how the spirit is felt so strong in that room. i love it. we have also been coordinating a HUGEEE activity that is going to be for all of iquitos. i'm in charge of it so its been stressful but fun! i hope that lots of investigators come! well i love you all. i am so happy to hear that your summer is going over well. next month will cool down and you will be going into fall then winter! crazy!! i forgot what winter even means. haha love you all!!! XOXOX