Celebrate the joy Christ brings us with all you know as much as you can!

Hey folks. How ya doinnnn?

I dont know why but i’m in a really good mood today! Probably because i’m about to go buy christmas lights. hehe.

Okay so wow, God really does give us hard times to help us reflect and see what else we can do better. Lots of self reflection this week. You might get to the point where you think “wow, i’ve worked hard for a while now. I think i’m humble!” Then BOOM ya get humbled again. Or “wow I have super strong faith…that was always a struggle, but ya know I feel pretty strong” and then BOOM your faith gets tried! My advice: KEEP AT IT.

Also, I had a strong impression this week while reading in 2Nephi that i needed to share this with you all: Do not be tricked into thinking that all is well. That is how satan deceives you. 2 Nephi 28:20-30 ecplains that satan will deceive us by:
1- Causing us to anger against truth (prophets, commandments, scriptures, leaders)
2- Pacify us and “lull [us] away into carnal security” (thinking we’re okay with what we have and what we’re doing)
3- Flatter us away with things of the world (clothes, money, movies, or anything you give more attention than you do to God)
4- Says there is no devil (THERE IS. And you know it.)
5- Persuade us to deny the power of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost (This week someone told me that the Holy Ghost doesnt exist…that it is just a chemical imbalance that causes us to feel a certain sensation, etc… don’t fall into that trap. God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost live and are as real as you and I are.)
6- Think that “we have received [enough of God’s word] and we need no more!” (verse 29) (read 2 Nephi chapter 29 too)

Christmas dinner at the Presidents house.
Christmas dinner at the Presidents house.

On another note, This week we had our Christmas “dinner” (it was lunch) with President Richardson and his wife!! All of us leaders did a skit and it was super funny but at the end very spiritual.  I had a few epiphanies there.  Jesus Christ really is our Saviour.  This really is GOD’S work and HIS will. If we do our best, we should feel good at the end of the day. God will do the rest always. I love Him dearly.

Delicious brownie from Christmas dinner.
Delicious brownie from Christmas dinner.

We can work super hard all day long all week with a bad attitude and see no fruits, or we can work super hard all day long all week with a good attitude and see many fruits hasta milagros. Put it to test. Change your attitude, and you’ll see changes in your life.

Something interesting that my companion shared with me this last week too is that when we receive health blessings, we may have the faith to be healed…..but do we have the faith to NOT be healed? Do we have faith strong enough to accept that maybe God has it in our plan to not be healed? To suffer a little more? To grow a little more through the same hard experience? To learn a little more? Do we trust in God enough to accept whatever trial may come our way and to keep pushing forward? Let us analyze our faith and cause it to grow by reading our scriptures daily, praying always, and going to church every sunday.

the view at the President's house
the view at the President’s house

I love this work. It feels like time truly is winding down faster and faster every day out here. I’ll be SKYPING MY FAMILY AGAIN next week and two months later I’ll be home. It’s amazing how much you can learn in such little time.

God is great, life is a beautiful mountain range of ups and downs, but in the end the view of it all is priceless.

I hope you all have a really great week! Celebrate the joy Christ brings us with all you know as much as you can! And go visit christmas.mormon.org!! It’s seriously amazing! And the video is very touching.

I'm an elf
I’m an elf

Much love,
Hermana Dunne!!

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

Buenas tardes a todos! Espero que todos esten super felices hoy! Porque? Porque es un lunes y hay que estar felices, pues! Welp. Here is my new sector in a nutshell: Cold, very high (in altitude), doorbells, strong sun rays.

Not much more to say about that. My companion, Hna Nethercott did Cross Country and her PR was 19:36 for a 5k where mine was 21:21 hahhaha sooooo she’s awesome. Motivating me FOR SURE. We’ve been running every morning but we’re so high up that sometimes it feels like my throat is bleeding when we run hahahhahah but it’s not.Ahem, well i’m sure THAT’S something you all wanted to know. Moving onnnnn…

We put Christmas decorations up 🙂 It’s a happier environment in the house now. We’re not trunky though 🙂 We’re doing swelllllll.

I don’t know how many times this week i’ve seen people deal drugs or sniff something on the streets and look at me…I was only scared a lot. Buuuut we just don’t go down in that part of the city after 6:30 pm. Other than that, todo tranquilooooo!

OH FUN FACT! My companion and I share the exact same birthday. July 13th, 1994! craaaaazy stuff.

me and my companion in the chaos of the city eating bread and drinking oatmeal smoothie.
me and my companion in the chaos of the city eating bread and drinking oatmeal smoothie.

This week we had a ward talent show! Hna Nethercott and I sang Silent Night in English for the first two verses and the last one in Spanish. It went well! The 4 elders in our ward start the show off though…they used their clip badges as kazoos and did a christmas song melody. It was pretty funny. There were a few members who went up and sang or played the guitar but I think they mistook the talent show for a concert because they each sang or played 6 songs each…

The people here are different. They have a looooot of money. They are a little more close minded…okay a lot so it’s kind of difficult to teach because not many people want to listen aunque sea por un minuto. But, we’re working hard nevertheless. This sector has potential! We just need to meet the members and work with them more and we’ll see how it all goes. I don’t think i’ve talked so much during the day in my entire life…we’re always doing SOMETHING. So, that gives me hope!

A cool metaphor my companion told me this week is that the gospel is like a portion of food; we are hungry and aren’t satisfied until we eat that portion of food. If we like it, we get more and become even fuller. If we choose not to eat it, our stomach hurts and our body starts to debilitate until we eat that portion of food we need to keep going. From a child’s perspective, we don’t get food unless we’re “good”. It’s the same with our Father in Heaven. He loves us. He has shown us through His gospel, prophets, scriptures, and commandments what we need to be filled and satisfied spiritually. If we are good, and do as He has told us, we are filled with joy and blessings. If we are not, we receive sadness and will not receive a spiritual relief or peace until we do those things.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Seek Him. Seek His example, His gospel, and His attributes. You will live a happier life full of strength, enlightenment, and joy. Follow Him.

I love you all and hope to hear from you next week! Thanks for all your support and help 🙂 I hope you have a very merry week!

Love,
Hermana Dunne!

I got transferred :( I’m in Ponceano, Ofelia

Hey everyone! Welp,not much time and this keyboard is a little awful…so let’s get to it!

I got transferred 😦 I’m in Ponceano, Ofelia now. It’s a super sad transfer because I wasn’t expecting it at all…and i really came to love everyone in El Vergel…but I mean, what can ya do? It’s God’s will. You just gotta adapt and overcome.That’s how everything in life is, right?

Anyway, last week i had a really bad experience with spirits again…to the point where i couldn’t even THINK to say my prayer. so we sang songs, said a prayer, and commanded it (or them) to leave. scary stuff.

Something interesting I learned this week in a training we received this week is that when 2 people get along it’s either because they’re both obedient or both disobedient. When 2 people don’t get along, it’s because one wants to do the right thing and the other doesn’t care enough. It really is this way. Not just in the mission,but in life as well. If you have problems within your family or marriage, analyze the situation and see how you can care more. Also, read “The Family: A Proclamation for the World” and apply the principles you find there. 🙂

Also, i want to share the experiences we had every day this week with Leonel and Tatiana getting married and baptized so you can see the miracles that happened:

Leonel & Tatiana's wedding
Leonel & Tatiana’s wedding

monday– Leonel couldnt get the marriage date because he didn’t have all the witness information.

tuesday–he didn’t have an ORIGINAL copy of the documents he needed from witnesses so he still couldnt get assigned a date.

wednesday– FINALLY GOT A DATE (almost wasn’t an opening until monday until they double checked)

thursday– Leonel wanted a tie and suit and a dress for his wife
and really scrambled finding them

friday–One of the witnesses got to the Registro Civil ten minutes late so they almost didn’t get married, but luckily they found a way to just make us wait an hour…

yay they did it!
yay they did it!

saturday–They couldn’t enter the baptismal faunt for a while because the water was too hot (hmmm reminds me of my baptism!) so we had to wait a while

sunday–they got confirmed members of Jesus Christ’s church!

their baptism and Tatiana's daughters.
their baptism and Tatiana’s daughters.

Really this was probably the happiest week of my whole mission.They are amazing people and they were able to do all they did because of their faith and prayers…they seriously are very,very converted to the Lord and His gospel. It’s amazing. 🙂 I love them so much.

Well, I just want you all to know that God really still is a God of miracles and that truly by our faith,we see them. I know this gospel is true. I have seen more miracles this week than in my whole mission. Search the scriptures. Apply them to your lives. Live what you learn. Blessings and miracles will come.

Our delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Our delicious Thanksgiving feast.

I love you all.Have a really great week. 🙂
Love,
Hermana Dunne