It’s tradition to have your face smashed into your birthday cake!!

HEY YOU Guys…..thanks for reading my emails.

We celebrated all of our birthdays and got our faces smashed into our cakes.
We celebrated all of our birthdays and got our faces smashed into our cakes.


I have had my face smashed in cake four times this week. Definitely not ideal but HEY it was good. There is a plant here called “Ortiga” and it is a plant used for traditional punishment here. It is also used for birthday parties. LUCKILY I MADE IT OUT ALIVE. The plant just makes you sting and itch like crazy for a few hours. You get a few good bumps out of it but luckily i avoided THAT. My companion accidentally walked by it this week and got to experience the effects. Poor thing.


Honestly yesterday for my birthday, it was a SUPER trying day! But because Heavenly Father blesses His servants, He threw in a few great experiences. I feel like that is what the mission is always like. Lots of opposition, but you always have those moments that bring the thought to your mind “THIS is why I’m here.” The mission is really beautiful like that. It breaks you down to humble you and put your life in order, but it blesses you to keep you going and know that God loves and that this is His work.

me and the sisters of our sector
me and the sisters of our sector

This week Hna Rojas and I gave the training to our district! The lesson went really well! We talked about our purpose here. One activity we did is that three elders held ice in their hands while the rest of us sang hymns, recited the first vision and our missionary purpose. The elders were SUFFERING! haha Then after we talked about how what we did (singing hymns and all) is really good stuff, but there are people suffering. Who was helping them? We, as missionaries, can do lots of great stuff and keep all the rules and everything, but we must be sure that we are giving the Lord our all. That we are diligently seeking these people who are suffering. Those people who are living with the weight of sin and don’t know how to leave it behind. We must find them, help them throw away “their ice” and bring them to the truth. There is a scripture i really like that we shared that’s in Alma 43:1 i think where it says that Alma could not rest. We can’t either. We are called of God to do this work and we don’t have time to rest. This time is sacred and we must give the Lord absolutely our all so those who are suffering can finally come to know this truth, this peace, this joy.

the hermanas surprised me
the hermanas surprised me

After, the elders gave me two tubs of oreo and chocolate ice cream for my birthday. I was pretty happy.


I read a good talk that talked about how we must put God before all things rather than justifying what we do with excuses of culture or whatever it may be. It’s called “No Other Gods” by Elder Oaks.

Something he said is “But man’s laws cannot make moral what God has declared immoral.” Let that settle in your heart a little.

We must stand up for what is correct. We must be examples. in 1 Timothy 4:12 it says “Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

Robert Louis Stevenson defines what courage may be for us when he says, “Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.”

Charles Swindoll adds, “Courage is not limited to the battlefield…or bravely catching a theif in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are inner tests, like remaining faithful when no one’s looking,…like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.”

Me and the Rodriquez family....I love this family!!
Me and the Rodriquez family….I love this family!!

I love these quotes so much! Accepting this gospel and living it may cost us friends and cause us to feel alone. But that does not matter. We must stand alone at times until others join you and realize that you’re doing what’s right. Be an example! Be who God has destined you to be! Be obedient to God’s commandments and don’t mind what others may say! This life is the life to prepare to meet GOD.  Be loyal to God. Don’t mind what others say. Be valient in this gospel and you will stand out and bless the lives of others.

When you truly come to find out WHY you keep God’s commandments and WHY you are a member of this church, THAT is when you become strong. THAT is when you can stand alone, with God at your side, and be happy in life. THAT is when you set the standard and bless the lives of others. I am coming to realize that before my mission I didn’t know very well why I did the things I did in this church. I knew they made me happy, I knew they were the right thing to do, but I didn’t have my own personal reason for obeying God. Find that reason now and I promise you that you will be stonger and happier. I have been able to find that reason thanks to this mission and I know that this gospel is true. It is the only way we can find our way home to our Heavenly Father and live eternally with our family.

look I'm tall
look I’m tall

I want to finish with a quote from our prophet, Thomas S. Monson. He says, “Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but as the determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men [and women] have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.” -(Thomas S. Monson, “courage counts” Ensign Nov 1986)

This gospel is true. Find out for yourself. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!



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