I only have one more week!!!

Good afternoon ladies and gents,

This evening we are going to read possibly the last email from Sister Dunne.

Okay imma stop being dumb. BUT THIS IS CRAZY. MY LAST WEEK. Worst and best feeling ever. This is going to be a rough and dramatic lifestyle change so when I come home, don’t tell me i’m awkward. I already know it, yeah? hahhaha

Story time.

This week I ate a pitajaya (pee-tah-hi-ya) and it is the SWEETEST fruit i have tasted in my whole life. It just tastes like SUGARY GOODNESS. I was planning on buying lots this week so i could eat one every day…but it’s a good thing i waited to make that decision because it turns out that they have a laxidive effect. Imma leave it at that.

i love this fruit. it's called pitajaya
i love this fruit. it’s called pitajaya

Also this week, my companion and I were eating some ice cream and mine fell on the ground. I picked it up and ate the part that didn’t touch the ground. My companion repremanded me afterwards because men frequently pee on the sidewalks, walls and streets here. I need some other opinions. Is that reeeeally that bad?

Also this week, we saw a man walking down the street. He tore a branch off a tree and put it around his neck. Then he kneeled on the ground and started doing some sort of ritual drawing a cross in the air. He also casually had a sausage hanging from the top part of his dredlocks. That’s all I have to say about that.

So This last week, I bought some peppers to make a sauce from Peru called “Huancaina”. I was SUPER excited, but when i got the peppers out of the bag, i smelled the pepper and it smelled like a sweet pepper to me and I got super upset because i specifically asked the fruit and veggies lady for the hottest pepper. I decided to open it up and take a little bite to prove to my companion that the lady messed up with the peppers. I took the bite, and it didn’t have any effect on me…until I spit it out. THEN MY MOUTH BURNED LIKE FIRE. ohhhhhhh yeah. So I ran to the fridge and drank some milk as fast as I could…and that helped calm the burn down a bit.  After that experience, I started reflecting on life and on the gospel…and I came up with an analogy! Sin may not appear to have a negative affect on us at first. We may sin, and possibly confuse it for good at first saying “it’s not THAT bad”, and right afterwards feel fine. But as time goes by, whether it be minutes or years, we see the burn on our lives and the negatie, and painful effect it has on us. The only solution to get rid of the burn is to calm it down with milk. The milk may be the gospel…where we slowly learn how through Jesus Christ, we can eliminate that “burn” from our lives forever.

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1 Peter 2:2-3

Which leads me to another question, after being baptized by water and receiving the Holy Ghost, how can we be purified and sanctified? How can we see and feel that difference in our lives? Let us look at Helaman 3:35:

“Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft; and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.”

Now, how do we yield our hearts unto God? Just as it says earlier in the verse, when we fast and pray often, we become more humble, we strengthen our faith and are filled with joy and consolation which also comes from the Holy Ghost. Now when we yield our hearts unto God it also means that we are willing to do HIS will. We do not complain about our lives or circumstances or experiences or trials… we accept those things, find solutions, trust in God, and PUSH FORWARD. When we learn to be humble and to do as God wants, we receive a peace of conscience and a calmer, happier life.

As Christ assured us in D&C 29:L5, “Lift up your hearts and be glad, for I AM IN YOUR MIDST.” He is with us. Trust in Him.

I was also reading Mormon 8:28-41 and DANG those verses are so powerful! He is talking about OUR DAY. I encourage you all to read it and see what changes need to be done.

Well honestly…I don’t know what else to say. This is weird. I cannot believe that i will be in TRACKTOWN, USA in a week. Like I said last week, time has flown by…but I have grown immensely from this experience.

this is called chirimoya
this is called chirimoya

There is so much to say but I will just share my testimony with you all instead;

I know that God lives. His hand is in our lives more than we know. He loves us infinitely and despite our challenges and weakness, He always wants us to come back to Him. He has given us all we need to return to His presence, all He requires is that we follow Him and His plan.
I know that Jesus Christ lives. He is our Saviour and Redeemer. He literally felt the excruciating pain of each and every one of our afflictions, sorrows, griefs, regrets, and sins. He knows us perfectly. He suffered afflictions and temptations of all kinds and never fell once. He understands our difficulties and our weaknesses. He understands how to help us. He has shown us the perfect and joyous way. He has loved us always and still does when we make mistakes. He forgives us if we give an honest effort to repent and follow Him. He glorifies and strengthens those who are obedient both in actions and desires.
I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of Jesus Christ with all the necessary saving ordinances and the true authority of God Almighty.
I know that The Book of Mormon is true. It was written by prophets called of God in the ancient American continent. This book has changed my life and it has allowed me to know Jesus Christ on a more spiritually intimate level. I know that if we do not repent, it is not possible for mercy to have and effect on our souls and we, therefore, cannot be saved.
I know that in order to be saved, we must have faith on Christ, but that we also must act. (2 Nephi 25:23) I know that if we repent, are baptized by someone who has the power and authority of God, receive the Holy Ghost, and live the commandments joyfully and willfully until our very last day in this temple of flesh and bones… we will be exalted and be able to live with our Father in Heaven for the eternities.
I testify of the importance of doing family history.
(familysearch.org) <–check it out 😉
We cannot be saved without our ancestors, and neither can they be saved without us. (D&C 128:15) When we do it, we learn more about ourselves, our potential, and our self worth as well.
I testify that families CAN be eternal and that we will see them after this life. We will be with them forever if we keep the covenants we make with God in this life, whole-heartedly.
I testify that you can change your life 180 degrees by living this excellent gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ can heal any wound, spiritual or emotional, and it can give us a great hope in this life and the life after.

I love this gospel…I love Ecuador…I love the Lord and His perfect love…I love life aaaand I love all of you. When we acheive a perfect love as Jesus Christ (which i’m stiiiiiill working on), we acheive greater happiness. We judge less, criticize less, complain less, and worry less. Christ is our anchor when the seas of tribulations come our way.

The waves of temptations and trials may never end, but Jesus Christ has power to calm the sea. Trust in His power, and secure your anchor now.
Helaman 5:12. Ether 12:4.

I don’t know if I will email much or at all next monday…there really isn’t a point. Sooo…until we meet again, folks.
Love,
Hermana Dunne

 

cool website:
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/

Nothing is coincidence if we are following the Spirit of the Lord.

I back up the words in Jacob where it says”…our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream…” (Jacob 7:26) What an incredible journey…OH WAIT. It’s not over yetttt!!! But man, has it passed by fast. Faster than I ever thought possible…and every day goes by faster and faster. Que miedo.

I feel like this mission has blessed me in more ways than I can name. One of these ways is that I have been able to be more receptive and aware of the Holy Ghost. He is so real and speaks to us daily, in many ways, we just have to have the right mindset and be aware of Him and we will hear Him.

My second parents.  Sister and president Richardson
My second parents. Sister and president Richardson

 

THIS WEEK HERMANO FEDERICO SE BAUTIZO!! Wow, So Federico got baptized and it was GREAT, but it sure was an adventure. We left the baptismal font filling up early and when we went back an hour before the baptism, turns out that the drain had been opened and the font didn’t fill up AT ALL. So we frantically started filling up buckets from water spickets outside to get more water in the font as soon as possible…the water ended up being yellow because it was dirty. Half of the room’s lights didn’t work so it was mostly dark. There was no gas to heat up the water. aaaand much more….HAHAHHAAHHA IT. WAS. RIDICULOUS. But hey, he was happy. He made a great covenant with God, he made a lot of changes in his life, and the Spirit was strong. He’s a great guy.

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Yesterday, we were visiting people after church and then it started to downpour. We ended up visiting the bishop. He recently got hit by a bull and is very injured. He can hardly move and is on medication. When we showed up, he got really excited and said “THIS is the Lord’s work.” Then he started to talk about how when we work through rain or whatever else may come our way, that THAT is where the miracles start to come. He was in such a fragile state…and the whole situation made me reflect a lot on life. We didn’t have plans to visit the bishop, we kind of decided last minute…but it was always in the Lord’s plans. It’s amazing how much God leads us into the lives of others. He led us to go strengthen our bishop, but the bishop ended up strengthening US. What I learned that night is a lot more profound to me, but it’s sufficient for me to say that God always places us into situations with a purpose. Nothing is coincidence if we are following the Spirit of the Lord.

me and Nethercott
me and Nethercott

We are also starting “la fe de febrero trae los milagros de marzo” or “the faith of february brings the miracles of march” like we did last year! Basically in this time, we can’t have any activities, we can only listen to hymns, and we make some spiritual sacrifices. Although it’s a bummer that we can’t have activities or anything, the spirit is a lot stronger. I am starting to get up at 6 instead of 6:30 and I study the new testament…then we ruuuuuun! It’s a really fun experience. I am happy to be able to finish this mission out strong…the Lord is powerful and God is great. Miracles are real and God answers our prayers frequently.

The leaders who are all leaving
The leaders who are all leaving

Thanks for all your support! This week will be a great one. Hasta Luego,
Hermana Dunne

ps…carnaval is starting here again where they spray you with foam, paint, flour, and eggs aaaand water balloons. this week we wont be able to work much because of it -__- BUUUUT I did surprise my companion today

carnival attack on compi
carnival attack on compi

1 Thessalonians 2:17,20

James 4:10,14

Study it and do your best to reflect it in your behavior

This week has been amazing. I have grown a lot and I have been able to feel the Spirit of the Lord and His happiness and grace and mercy more in my life and it is the most exquisite feeling.

Something that impacted me a lot this week was reading the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13. The wheat represents righteousness and the tares represent evil/ satan’s traps and temptations. We must protect ourselves from the evil that slowly but surely soffocates our high moral standards, our joy in God and things of God, and most of all, the guide of the Holy Ghost.

OHHH HAHAHA so this week I made morrocho for breakfast. As I was eating, ants slowly started floating to the top. bhahahaha I WAS SO GROSSED OUT! We have an ant problem in the house. I guess they got into the sugar and I didn’t realize it…the good thing is that I was well nourished after that meal. Yes I finished it all.

This week our ward also had an activity and NO ONE PLANNED IT so we (there are 6 missionaries in our ward) had to wing it. It went decently well…but SHOOT it was awkward for everyone.

our district
our district

This week Craig C. Christiansen came and the zone leaders and sister training leaders from Quito were able to have a meeting with him!! It was very inspirational. I also had the priviledge of singing “I know that my Redeemer lives” with Hna Powley. She has an amaaazing voice. But, wow, i learned so much from him. What he said made me reflect a lot more on the Atonement and what it means for me. I have applied it more to my life by repenting more frequently and by striving to feel that true, limitless love for everyone i meet. It’s an incredible, uplifting feeling.

I have so much more to say but no time. I encourage all of you to take the time to study the Atonement in depth. See how you can apply it more to your life. Read the New Testament and 3Nephi chapters 11-28 and study Christ. Study His words, example, actions, attributes…everything He eminates…study it and do your best to reflect it in your behaviour, thoughts, words, and actions. It will truly elevate your spirit and you will feel one of the most refreshing, enlightening feelings.

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I love Jesus Christ so much. He truly has saved my soul from all manner of danger and sorrow. He lives. He directs this church through a modern-´day prophet. He does all He can to help us return to both His and God’s presence. God micromanages everything for us here on this earth. Never doubt the presence of God. His hand is in your life more than you think. I know that is true, and i share it in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Have a great week,
Hermana Dunne 🙂

Everyone who comes into our lives is there for a reason

GOOD AFTERNOON!
NO TIME.

shoutout to Tilly Bremner my cousin for the ADORABLE card she sent me!!!!!

This week there has been lots of rain. it’s cold here. nevertheless, we are working hard. The members that live in our house call me barbie and hna nethercott polly pocket. starting and ending the mission with that beloved nickname…

intense rain
intense rain

Today we went bowling as a zone. i got third. my companion schooled all of us. it was swell. I also ate cinnibon.

I will not be dragged to any malls when i get home either, just saying. forgot how much i hate malls. blehh

Well, something spiritual i learned this week is that we all must learn how to correct people with LOVE. If we don’t do it with love, we’re not doing it the Lord’s way. The Lord corrected others to help them and they ended up loving Him more. I love this gospel. Jesus Christ lives. Let us better ourselves daily.

Everyone who comes into our lives is there for a reason, whether it be for a day or a lifetime, you met them for a reason. Love them, don’t judge them, help them, uplift them, and strengthen them in every way you can. God trusts you with that responsibility. Service is love. And love is a commandment of God.

LOVE YOU,
HERMANA DUNNE