Two weeks in one post:) I hit my year mark already!!

Well hey everyone. Another week gone by…..and it went by SERIOUSLY SLOW.

This sector is really hard. It’s really tiring because we literally climb up and down the volcano, teaching, every day.

This week we were studying and all of a sudden the refrigerator started to shake and i was all freaked out and then the whole room and building (we live on the third floor) started shaking and we looked outside and people were all scared. So we ran outside and then it stopped. That was on tuesday at 10:10am and it lasted like 10 seconds. this week there have been four earthquakes that i know of but i heard that there have been even more!! They’re feeling them more in Quito, but here we’ve been feeling them too.  It was a really cool experience! hahaa buuuut i really hope that it doesn’t get any worse than it’s been.

Just a lone palm tree
Just a lone palm tree

This week we also found a family…familia lema perugachi….they are great! They don’t really feel motivated to do anything though, which is kind of hard, but I know that in the Lord’s timing, they’ll come to know this gospel as truth. It was crazy though because we visited them and then immediately last sunday three “catequistas” (basically like visiting teachers from the catholic church) went to their house and told them that they have been catholic their whole lives and that they have to stay in the catholic church. We visited them this week and helped them understand that religion isn’t tradition. it isn’t a tradition that a family passes down. It is what a person feels to be true and real and truly be the only church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ only formed one church. After He and His apostles died, people changed A LOT OF THINGS. His gospel, the way we should be baptized, what it says in the Bible…..and from that formed many churches. But Jesus Christ isn’t going to say that every church is true if every church teaches something different. It doens’t make sense. He will accept what HE created and left to us as truth.

I'm what makes her happy in life:)
I’m what makes her happy in life:)

This week has been super long and tiring and hard to be honest. I feel like i have less and less energy every day. BUT we are still working hard and giving all we can! I have also had some really great experiences this week where the spirit was REALLY strong…

I really enjoyed reading Matthew 7:21-23 this week. There are people from other religions saying that they worked miracles in His name but he tells them HE NEVER KNEW THEM because they didn’t have HIS AUTHORITY to act in His name. This is the priesthood. This is why there is only one church. Jesus Christ did not give His authority to every church on the earth. It doesn’t make sense. He has one church and it carries His name.

I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH! Have a really great week and never forget to pray and ask God about what you do in life. He will guide you. With soooooo much looooooove,

Hermana Dunne! 😀

me in a jungle
me in a jungle
Pablito washing his clothes in the sequia.
Pablito washing his clothes in the sequia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

¿Que honda? Well another week gone by….and this week i hit a year -__- Really, really sad. Time has flowwwn by, seriously. But it’s also a good feeling because i know i haven’t wasted a day of the Lord’s time here.

Here are some facts about this week:

Wellll there is A LOT of wind and dust this month. It’s awful. We come home coated…literally with a coat of dust.

THERE ARE FIREFLIES HERE!!! EEP!! First time i’ve seen fireflies in my life so that’s great 🙂

There is a canadian muslim gringa who lives at the very top of Quinchuqui. weirdest thing ever but everyone always asks me if i’m her daughter. haaa….

This week we contacted a sweet old lady and she invited us into her house. We walk in and her husband’s in the bed asleep. But  when we walked in, he woke up and slooooowly sat up and said “OOOOOOO!” all high pitched “estoy aqui echado….ya voy.” it was the most hilarious thing ever and every time we showed him a picture of Jesus as we taught, he said “VE!” hahahaha so precious.

This week has been wayyyy too trunky.(fyi,  for people that don’t know what trunky is: missing home and loved ones)With my comp going home in two weeks it’s been rough….I just miss Eugene and the rain and going on hikes and all… :/ BUT NO WORRIES because i’m still doing well 🙂 aaand working harrrrd ;D

Me and my district celebrating Her. Lopez's 18 months.
Me and my district celebrating Her. Lopez’s 18 months.

well, sorry that those facts aren’t the greatest. it wasn’t the most interesting week. Moving on…

We have a woman we teach who got baptized recently and she’s mute/deaf. She is the sweetest person ever…she really has a really special spirit about her. It’s been kind of a challenge teaching her but we’ve been using lots of pictures and hand motions and we’ve learned a few things in Kichua because she can read our lips if we speak Kichua. It’s a really great experience teaching her.

This week there have still been lots of earthquakes in Quito supposedly. I think it’s calmed down a little though. I don’t really know, como no puedo ver la tele…

The Book of Mormon is really great! It’s really amazing to see HOW MUCH the Book of Mormon talks about Jesus Christ. 2 Nephi 2 was also a chapter I really liked this week. You learn so much about the Atonement, the resurrection, and judgment day.

I also recommend reading Romans 6:11-14…do not give in to the temptations of the devil unto sin…trust more in God and LIVE HIS GOSPEL. You will guarantee your eternal happiness.

Miryan's daughter
Miryan’s daughter

Also, i absolutely LOVED “The Hope of God’s Light” by Elder Uchtdorf (april 7, 2013) He says, “…the best path for healing (is) to understand and accept that darkness exists–but not dwell there.” I know that when we are in dark parts of our life…when we don’t feel God’s presence, we aren’t happy, we may have received some time of traumatic event…that it may seem that there isn’t hope. But there ALWAYS is. Just as when light enters a room, darkness cannot exists because it is overcome with light, Jesus Christ’s love and comfort can overcome whatever other darkness may exist in our lives. When we read the scriptures, when we pour out our souls in prayer to Heavenly Father, when we go to church–searching for a release from whatever pain we may be experiencing–darkness cannot exist. It cannot affect us and enter our souls because we will be overcome with light.

Elder Uchtdorf then says, “God’s light is real…It has the power to soften the sting of the deepst wound. It can be a healing balm for the lonliness and sickness of our souls. In the furrows of despair, it can plant the seeds of a brighter hope. It can englighten the deepest falleys of sorrow. It can illuminate the path before us and lead us through the darknest night into the promise of a new dawn.”

This house burnt down.
This house burnt down.

I know this is true. I have seen and experienced it. Trust in the Light of God and seek after it. There, you will find happiness. Your pursuit of happiness will be over, because as you live in God’s light and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you will be happy. I promise this.

WITH SO MUCH LOVE,

Hermana Dunne

Shout out to my parents…HAPPY ANNIVERSARY THIS SUNDAY! 😀

Me and Sister Richardson...President's wife.  My second mom.
Me and Sister Richardson…President’s wife. My second mom.

I CANNOT HANDLE COW STOMACH!

GREAT DAY TO YOU ALL!

So  much to say, so little time. Okay seriously the weeks go by faster and faster.This week I want to share a few experiences I had with the people who live here.

First, this week we were walking home and passed a woman, barefoot, carrying wood on her back with a blanket about four times her size. She was also dragging a tree by a rope behind her….SHE WAS TINY and it looked SO heavy! So we helped her out. Turns out she was deaf and mute. (there are SO MANY deaf/mute people here by the way.) So we talked to her a little in hand motions and she was just smiling the whole time. We finally made it to her house and she was so pleased…pardoning herself for not having bread to give us. But it was a really spiritual experience. I felt the spirit really strong with her, as i do with all the other deaf/mute people here…they are really special people. They have really sweet spirits and i love them so much.

 

 

sweetest family ever. Camuando family
sweetest family ever. Camuando family

Second, we contacted a woman on the street this week and told her we are missionaries and that we share a message about Jesus Christ that blesses families a lot! She started going off on us saying she is Evangelist and doesn’t need our help, but we remained calm talking to her. Then this woman approached her and they started talking in Kichua so we couldn’t understand. I only understood “missionaries” “mormon” and “religion” and they looks on their faces and the spirit felt there helped me understand that they weren’t talking good about us. They were talking for about five minutes straight (without breathing so we couldn’t cut in!) I felt the spirit telling me really strongly that i needed to testify and honestly i was really sick of just standing there listening to them gossip about us right in front of us. So i cut in and said “Excuse me. Sorry to cut you off, but I just wanted to let you know that if you want to know the truth about this church, you should ask a member because they actually know what we teach, instead of learning from gossip. I know that Jesus Christ lives, I know this is His church, and I know that this is what you need in your lives. It was nice meeting you two, have a really great day and keep to the faith.” The spirit was really strong and they both looked a little stunned and only said goodbye to us. It was a nice experience.

I am learning Kichua a lot more now!!! i can semi speak. it’s still super hard though, but it’s coming along.

lake Cuicocha
lake Cuicocha

I am also starting to really dislike the sound of English now 😦 it’s so sad, but every time i hear someone speak English, it just sounds ugly 😦 aaaand i am LOSING MY ENGLISH SO BAD. I cannnnnnot speak. It’s really really bad. so imma work on that….

okay, last note: I CANNOT HANDLE COW STOMACH. For the wedding reception, we helped set up and they gave us cow stomach soup (that i had JUST watched them wash where they wash clothes) and just the smell made me wanna throw up. I snuck the cow stomach into a plastic bag and we GOT OUTTA THERE FAST. buuuut I’m pretty sure the groom knew. hahhahaha but he’s cool and understand…. hehe.

In front of Lake Cuicocha
In front of Lake Cuicocha

Basically this week i just want everyone to know that it is better to be clean in all aspects of your life. don’t do anything that harms your body in any way. use the temple God has given you wisely and show Him your respect through respect for the gift He has given you.

Seek the Lord “early”. Live His doctrines NOW. (isaiah 2:9)

Some good things to read are: 3nephi 18:24, 3 nephi 18:32, Moses 632-34 and Isaiah 1:17-19. as well as “truths most worth knowing” by boyd k. packer in the liahona of august 2014 p. 48

 

BE CLEAN!!!! It is the thing most worth doing in this life. Love y’all!! have a really splendid weeek!!!! Ciaoooooo!! 😀

 

CON MUCHISISISISIMO AMOR,

Hermana Dunne!

 

 

This week was the most awful and incredible week ever.

Hahahahahahahahahaha

Had to start this email off with laughter so everyone could be happy. SMILE 🙂

This week was the most awful and incredible week ever.

I’m going to talk about 5 trials and then 5 blessings I saw this week.

 

1. We stopped by a member’s house to drop off a Book of Mormon she asked for and got yelled at and the door literally slammed in our faces by her anti-lds husband.

 

2. I got more insults and rejection this week than i have in my whole mission.

 

3. Our house flooded. (however that was more fun than it was a trial hehe)

 

4. I got suuuper sunburnt. (hurts to move)

 

5. I got hospitalized and diagnosed with a stomach infection!

Me and nurse Berrett. She is the sweetest person ever and just shines with sweetness!!
Me and nurse Berrett. She is the sweetest person ever and just shines with sweetness!!

 

All of these five things were trials that kind of brought me down this week. The worst being that I had to go to the hospital because I had to go to Quito and I lost a lot of time to work this week because I had to recuperate. I was really dehydrated and really sick. I couldn’t leave the house for a few days and that is honestly the worst thing ever when all I want to do is go out and talk and teach.

 

However, Heavenly Father is Great and is full of mercy, love, and miracles. Here are the five blessings I saw this week:

 

1. We had changes last night but I didn’t get changed. 🙂 I have more chances to work in this sector and with Hna Lopez!

 

2. I am getting better healthwise. With each day I get stronger.

 

3. 98 people came to church yesterday! Usually we have 60 or 70. AND my converts from Ibarra came to visit me!

 

4. Edwin Iza (who i was working with before I got moved to the other side of Quinchuqui) got baptized on saturday!!

Edwins baptism
Edwins baptism

 

5. Heavenly Father blessed us with a miracle couple who will be

baptized TOMORROW.

 

Of all of these blessings, the last one is the one that truly has strengthened me the most. Yesterday we got a call from our branch president. He told us there was a couple who wanted to get baptized. Turns out they had been going to church and receiving the missionary lessons in Brazil for three months and were TOTALLY prepared to be baptized! They got their interviews yesterday and after talking with our mission president, everything is going to work out and they will be baptized tomorrow.

Estela and Rolando "the miracle baptism"
Estela and Rolando “the miracle baptism”

 

 

One more thing:  Try and see both sides of the situation when you’re going through a rough time. And I promise that if you ask Heavenly Father for a different perspective, and do your part, that He will bless you with it. He will heal and comfort your heart. Keep pushing forward; the Lord has a lot of blessings in store for those of you who are keeping His commandments.

Lots of love,Hermana Dunne 🙂

 

Here is my August 4th letter:

 

Hey people! Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

1. this week i taught a lesson HALF in kitchwa! I am learning….slowly….but surely. haha

2. the rumor is true. as the mission goes on, YOU LOSE ENERGY. i am allllllways tired. it is horrid.

3. I am doing better 🙂 working at least.

4. This week I helped an 90 year old woman cross the street. We pass her all the time so i asked her “how have you been?” and she goes “MAL! no ve no puedo caminar?!” or “BAD! can’t you see i cant walk?” it was the saddest but most precious thing ever because then she started to cry. Lesson learned. Don’t ask questions. Just help.

First of all, I want all of you to know that God never forgets us.

If we stop keeping God’s commandments, our bodies and spirits are no longer pure or worthy enough to have the Holy Ghost with us. God doesn’t forget us, but we distance ourselves from Him as we disobey His commandments and we are given a time to reflect on our actions, repent, and be worthy to have the Holy Ghost with us again. Helaman 6:34-35, 7:22-23 teaches us that we must act first if we want God’s help. So, in order to not distance yourself from God, “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God.” (D&C 121:45)

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The other day my companion fell while watching a hippy twirl flags. She fell straight on the curb and her backpack went flying and i went to help her up and asked if she was okay. As i had received the response earlier from the older woman crossing the road, my companion said “no! I just fell!” So what I learned is that when we truly have charity, we won’t waste the time ASKING, but we will use it ACTING. If we see someone sad, someone suffereing, someone struggling…rather than asking if they need help or if they’re okay, we should act. HELP OTHERS OUT!

 

We must DO OUR PART, but at the same time we must trust in God and His hand in our lives. Work towards whatever it is that you want whether it be an occupation or a Christlike attribute…do your part…and then God will do His. But you must be willing to do as He wants because He knows what will benefit us more in the end, eternally.

 

I recommend reading the talk given in the August 2014 Liahona page 42 aaaaand “to be free of heavy burdens” by richard g. scott (liahona november 2002) really great talks. 🙂

 

Gotta go! love you all lots!! LOVE, HERMANA DUNNE tilll next week!