Wednesday, November 5, 2014

¿que es un milagro?

                                                                                                                                                 November 3, 2014



Some funny things I forgot to tell you guys about...a couple weeks ago we were having issues with our toilet, and the plunger we had was totally broken.  So it was a fun experience to try to explain "plunger" in Spanish without knowing the Spanish word for plunger...lots of arm action and everything.  lol...  Also recently our Relief Society had a workshop one Saturday and asked us to come, so we went thinking we could learn more about how to have better mental, emotional, and physical health...and there was a lady who came to teach about women's health.  So we sat through an hour of information about when you should have the pap test and what happens when you go through menopause...all in Spanish.  Hermana Wadsworth laughed at me because I was really struggling to pay attention and I fell asleep for part of it...things you do not expect as a part of missionary life...

This week has been a long one.  Hermana Wadsworth was feeling bad for most of the week, and I had some period symptoms, so I was all emotional and irritable and out of energy and bloated and super hungry all week.  Blech.  But, finally, I have felt better.  Also we have just been trying really hard and not feeling really successful in the missionary work.  We only have the one investigator I told you about last week.  So we are searching for people who would like to know more.  We are trying to do our very best, and praying to have the Spirit to guide us.  I am hoping that we will find someone!  I am here to help and to teach, and I want to serve!  So we are doing the best we can.

Friday was Halloween and it was definitely a Halloween to remember!  The bad news first...we were at the chapel all day for the activity, so there wasn't anyone at our house to hand out candy.  And somebody egged our house.  So that was super fun to clean up.  Blech.  But the good news is that the activity was fabulous!  The elders in one of the other branches planned everything and invited all three of the branches in La Unión.  We had games, food, music, costumes...everyone had a great time.  Our mamita helped us to do our "angel" costume, which was really fun.  Our wings are wire with pantyhose stretched over them, and we glued on quilt batting and feathers.  :)  That's the best costume I've had in a long time!  

 Our Mamita Hna Angelica who helped us make our wings!
Halloween decorations the Elders put up for the party (It was all pretty impressive for four elders!  They're awesome!)

This weekend was district conference (which is like stake conference, but for all of the branches in our area instead of wards).  The talks were really good...and a lot of people focused on how we can see miracles in our lives.  So I put the title as ¿Qué es un milagro?  What is a miracle?  Here, the miracle we are all hoping for is that our district can become a stake.  But for us to see that miracle, we need to act on our faith.  A miracle requires faith, service, and prayer.  It requires diligence and hope.  Hermana Wadsworth and I are striving to apply that to our area to find the miracle...people who are prepared to listen to the gospel.

I love you all and I hope that you are having a great week!  I hope Abby feels better soon!  And I wish you a very happy November!

Love always, Hermana Latham 

mi yugo es fácil y ligera mi carga

                                                                                                                                   October 27, 2014



I sincerely am trying to send pictures.  This week I took some with Hermana Wadsworth's camera so that it would work.  But no.  :(  Sorry!

It's funny that you have dreams about when I'm home...I'm doing the same thing, trying to keep going and keep focused, but I find my mind wandering so much.  I feel like it is going to be so weird for me to be home because everything here is so completely different.  I don't worry that things will be weird...I worry that I will be weird with the things that used to be normal for me.  Does that make sense?  I don't know.  And it doesn't help that all of my stuff is ready to die...or already died.  This week another pair of shoes gave up the ghost.  Missionary shoes are so valiant!  They just go and go...but when there is a big hole in the bottom there is no solution...hahaha.  Also my body just doesn't handle the hard work as well as it did in the beginning.  I get tired more easily.  But I am still not ready to come home!  I have four more months!  Lots of things left to do!  So I am trying to focus and give as much as I can while I still have the chance.  This week I ate too much lactose and had a lot of stomach pain for a few days.  And today Hermana Wadsworth's stomach doesn't feel so good.  But we are pushing through it!

This week we had a really special visit with AXXX.  She is golden.  She reads the Book of Mormon and knows that everything that we teach her is true.  But she is just scared about changing everything in her life and her family.   They always say that the Lord is preparing people specifically for you as a missionary.  This week I really felt it.  With my experiences and stories, I could help AXXX to come closer to our Savior.  Also, one day a bunch of our appointments fell through, so we went to visit a sister who we hadn't visited for a while.  When we went by, it was exactly the moment that she needed to feel her Savior's love.  I thanked Heavenly Father for guiding us to the person who truly needed Him.  It is such a special opportunity to be able to devote all of my time to serving others and helping them to progress and feel happy.

Hermana Wadsworth and I are really enjoying this companionship.  I feel like I am learning just as much or maybe more than she is from the training manual.  This week we studied a lot about prayer and the centrality of the Book of Mormon to our message.  I felt so much more prepared to teach this week!  I know that the Book of Mormon is the key to having a testimony in Jesus Christ, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Church is true.  Last week you asked me if we will be together for Christmas.  I don't know because we have transfers on December 3.  But that made me think of the flash drive Abby is doing.  I didn't mean for her to freak out about it!  I know she has a million and one things to do.  All she really has to do is just upload the CDs to the computer and copy them onto the flash drive.  It should be pretty quick and easy.  I feel really bad about stressing her out over this; it's not even that big of a deal.  Can you ask her and Benjamin to write me?  I miss hearing from them!  It sounds like they had a great time at Trunk or Treat!  If you could send pics I would love that.  I love the picture of you and Daddy for the football game.  You guys look so cute!  Your hair is so different!  I want to send you a picture of my hair.  You would not believe how long and blonde it is.  I'm thinking about cutting it, but my companion says it looks fine.  I'm still not sure, but I kind of want to grow it for these last four months and cut it when I get home.

This week we are having a Halloween activity and inviting everyone, members, investigators, contacts, everyone!  It is for our branch with the other branches here in La Unión and maybe the Rio Bueno branch too (I'm not sure).  So it should be really fun!  The zone leaders planned it and they are really excited.  They called to tell us all the details and told us that we should plan costumes but still remember that we are representatives of Jesus Christ...haha it's a bit difficult to have a costume as a missionary, but we are thinking of dressing all in white and making wings out of panty hose and hangers to be angels.  haha.  

I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy your Halloween!  Thanks for the picture.  Can you send me one of the jack o'lantern if you make one?

I wrote the whole email and forgot to explain the title :)  It comes from a scripture in Matthew 11:28-30, and my companion shared it with two different families for a spiritual thought this week.  It is so beautiful to think about how the Lord helps us to handle our trials.  He is always there to help us.  "My yoke is easy and my burden is light,"  "mi yugo es fácil y ligera mi carga."

Love, Hermana Latham