Monday, October 12, 2015

Alright! Today has gone by super fast on top of everything! It's been a pretty fun day! We went up to Great Falls Park with the sisters in our zone and went on a little hike. It was really pretty and we had a fun time!
The week has been just as amazing as the other weeks of my mission :) Sindi is flying through the Book of Mormon. We committed her to read 3 chapters a day. When we saw her on Monday she was in Mosiah 10 and on Thursday she was in Alma 5....that's way more than three a day for those of you who don't know! She's amazing and we love her. Her little sister Liz gets funnier and funnier every time we see her. I have a note that I have written down all of the funny things she says on. Our most recent favorite is when she asked what year we were born in and then asked if that was when Abe Lincoln was alive. Those lessons are always super fun!
We had interviews with President this last week, and we get 15 minutes with him. I seriously thought I was in there for 2 minutes when he said it was time to end. It’s crazy how fast time can go, and I feel like that is how the rest of my mission will feel. And that is a really scary thought.  That night we ate some delicious alfajores, which are a little Peruvian cookie sandwich things, as a member was telling us stories about her conversion and as we planned her son's baptism coming up really soon. After that we had a sweet lesson with Denis and Ingris and the girls. They are progressing little by little. We can see that they want to learn a lot more, but their foundation of their beliefs is a little shaky, so we have to establish that first. It's going to be a bit of a longer process than we thought, but worth it! They are amazing and I'm so happy they are finally opening up to us.
We had exchanges this week and I went to Sudley with Hermana Craner. We had so many miracles!!! First miracle of the night: one of the girls that got baptized in the ward when I was there had fallen off for a little bit and was struggling a lot. She got out of a hospital that day, so we got to go visit her and help her come back. I was so happy to see her after 6 months and it was great to know that she is getting better. Second miracle, we contacted a referral that they received from headquarters and it's a super prepared family! On top of everything I got to know Hermana Craner and she is amazing! I loved her within 5 minutes of being with her. She is super great and has an amazing story. I loved the entire exchange and I know that we both learned a lot :)
We visited one of our recent converts that is young and he was really struggling. He's 15, in high school, and has been struggling recently with his friends. They were friends that he had before becoming a member and they are horrible influences. He kinda stopped hanging out with them for a bit, but got back in with them a little more recently. He basically told us how he was feeling and how he didn't really want to come to church or activities any more, and I just begged him to rethink it. I asked him a bunch of questions about how different his life has been and he realized how much better his life is with the church and by the end he promised that he was going to come back, starting with seminary, church, mutual and other little things. It was a hard lesson, but it was amazing by the end. I know that the spirit was guiding us in the things we were saying and the questions we were asking. Then he went to mutual that night and we made s'mores :)
We had an "Endure to the End" meeting on Friday for all of the missionaries that are going home in the next 3 transfers and that morning it hit me a little harder how soon it really is and how much I still have left to do. It was perfect because it pumped us up to work as hard as we can and establish a culture for the new missionaries.
Sunday was an amazing day here in Bella Vista. We in total had 12 investigators at church! It was incredible! But I loved looking around and seeing all of the missionaries split up sitting with their multiple investigators that had come. And of course the time that we have all those investigators sacrament meeting went 20 minutes over! It was SO long! But the good thing is most of the investigators didn't know that that wasn't normal and weren't waiting for it to end :) haha
The work keeps moving over here and I just love all that is happening. People are coming unto Christ because us as missionaries and the members are getting better at working together and bringing them into the Bella Vista family so that they can't be lost again. God is in charge of this work and we just do what He wants us too. It always works out perfectly according to His plan, maybe not ours. Love you all! Have a great week :)

Con Amor,
Hermana Moberly

Great Falls Park 

Great Falls Park Panorama

On the Rocks Great Falls Park

The Sisters! Great Falls Park

More of the Sisters!

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Miracles

What a week!! It went by SO fast. It started off great with a lesson with Sindi and her little sister Liz. We read in the picture Book of Mormon with them and it's the cutest because Liz is learning how to read and she likes to guess the words just from the first couple of letters. They are learning a lot and we keep trying to think of ways to help Sindi's parents see that she is ready to be baptized! She already comes to church and mutual every week and reads 3 chapters in the Book of Mormon every day. She is super great! We went to Taco Bamba with Karen that night and talked a lot with her. We all have times in life where we get so many things thrown at us that we think God is saying, "Let’s have this happen and that too and have her figure out how to get through it all". But I think really he is thinking, "I'm going to let this and that happen to her so that she can become more like me and be really happy." Sometimes we don't always see the reasons behind things, but God's plan is perfect and all that happens will only help us in the end.
We had exchanges this week and Hermana Peabody came to me for a day! :) It was so great to be with her again :) I am amazed every time I am with her by how amazing she is and how much better she is becoming. Going through training is hard, and I think especially for those who are white washing. But this Hermana is so incredible and I love her! I think that sometimes I don't show people always how much I love them or how much I appreciate them. She has taught me so much, and even though I am the sister training leader, I always learn from these girls in my stewardship. I'm probably the luckiest missionary in the world to be serving around these amazing people!
On Thursday we had Mission Leadership Counsel, which was amazing as it always is. This time we were talking about how to unify the mission as a whole and what to emphasize as a mission. We decided that it comes down to finding new investigators. When we find new investigators it drives the rest of the process towards baptism. But the best way to get them to baptism is by finding the elect. In order to find those who are prepared we have to be good at finding and we have to have the faith that we will find them. Miracles happen according to the faith that we have. If we don't think we are going to find anyone prepared, we probably won't. But when we are willing to do whatever it takes and follow the spirit we can and will find the right people to teach and eventually baptize, with the main goal being eternal life and eternal families :)
Also, during MLC we were told that a hurricane might be coming and that we should prepare. Sister Huntsman was so cute, she kept saying that she wasn't worried about it, but we could see it in her eyes and just in how much she emphasized that we needed to be prepared. It didn't end up coming, which is good because then we might not have been able to work at all. And with power outages we might have missed some of General Conference.
Friday was a pretty fun day, I'll have to tell you the story at some point when we have some time. Long story short, this one guy REALLY wanted us to come teach him, even though he was 45 minutes late and we had another appointment. But the person we were supposed to see didn't end up being there, so we went back and another guy in the house tried to tell us that we worship the prophet. It amazes me that some people think crazy things and when they realize it isn't right they don't want to hear what we actually believe. It's crazy and pretty sad most of the time. But that was part of that night.
Saturday was Marisabel's baptism between conference sessions :) There were 12 missionaries there and about 5 or 6 returned missionaries that were skyped in. She cried the entire time and the spirit was so strong. We visited her on Sunday night and she told us that she realized she hasn't stopped smiling yet :) she is the best and this coming Sunday she will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!
I hope that you all enjoyed conference, I did for sure! I don't know if I have a favorite part or talk, but we have to rewatch Saturday again because we were running all over the building setting things up for the baptism and getting it all organized. But I learned a lot and I have a lot of changes that I want to make so I can be better :) love you all! Have a great week! And if you didn't watch conference, please do!

Con Amor,
Hermana Moberly
The Staches

Mission Leadership...Throwback to the Annandale Zone

Me and Marisabel

Hna McMillin, Marisabel and Me