“DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS BEFORE YOU DOUBT YOUR FAITH” -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Awe man. HELLO! How is everyone? Gosh dang. Conference this weekend was absolutely FANTASTIC. I have never felt the love or power of God more strongly than I did this weekend. What amazes me even more is that no one coordinates their talks!!But there is ALWAYS a theme. Wow. Everyone’s words are TRULY inspired of God.
Okay, before I get all spiritual on you, SHOUT OUT TO MY FATHER!!!!!!!! His birthday is in 3 days!! Happy birthday dad! I love you sososososo much 🙂 thank you sooo much for all the love and support you have given me. I love you and it is so great being able to relate missionary experiences with you. I think about you every day and how much you have impacted my life! Stay cool and keep being friends with my friends so there will still be friends for me when i am home…chiste….but fo real. do yo thang. and have fun in MEXICO!!
Okay, this week has been great. Like, the week was already going super well because I feel like I am learning so much and this week I have been preparing to FINALLY go out into the real world…I just feel so accomplished. and then I got to finish my ccm experience with a BANG! and watch conference!!! OH MY GOODNESS. Like, I needed that so badly. I think without conference, i would be a lot more nervous and anxious today, but i am actually just SO excited to leave. I want to share this message with people so badly.
ALSO i have been dyyyying to sing with the choir here but there isnt a choir. they choose different districts every week to sing… so on sunday, there was a district who was going to sing before conference and we were watching them practice, so i begged Hermana Finley (an hermana in our district) to go ask them if we could join. she did and they said yes. DREAM COME TRUE. we sang the efy medley song in spanish. it was beautiful and i may or may not have teared up.
Going back to conference…WOW. VERY VERY INSPIRATIONAL. Oh my goodness. I dont care WHAT religion you are, you NEED to watch or listen to or read the talk that was given by Uchtdorf possibly called “come join with us”…….maybe not. but it was given 10/5/13. amazing. everyone, i am not kidding. You are missing out on spiritual and mental and emotional upliftment if you dont watch this. i beg of you to watch it. Mom, PLEASE attach this talk to my blog post. Thank you!! Please also attach my other favorites: Edward Dube, Holland, Bednar, D. Todd Christofferson, Dallin H. Oaks, and Linda S. Reeves (all on 10/5). Here are some of my FAVORITE quotes from conference (keep in mind i had to write super fast so they might not be perfect quotes):
“The scriptures are a key to spiritual protection” -Boyd K. Packer –The scriptures are CRUCIAL for us.
Christofferson–I love how he emphasized how we really do need to be different. We need to stand out. We need to strive to be the best we can be and do the best we can because there is enough of the other stuff in the world.
“Believe in miracles. I have seen so many…Hope is NEVER lost.”-Jeffrey R Holland–When he said this, it was SO powerful. you know he is saying that from the very core of his soul. Then, he talks more about trials and hardhisps and says “If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it.” WOW. powerful words.We can work through our hard times through the power and help and hope we receive THROUGH the Atonement.
“The Lord allows us to be tried and tested, sometimes to our maximum capacity…BUT He doesn’t leave us in the ashes.”-Lina S. Reeves–WOW. She said this with so much power and all her heart. It is so true. Even when it feels as if it is the worst possible thing you could be going through, Heavenly Father is RIGHT THERE helping us through it and he is not going to let us just crash and burn. We need to hold to our faith in Him though. Always.
So all of those were from the first session on saturday and then on sunday i decided to go to conference with questions. I think it is SO important to go into it with questions because then you can see and hear when God is talking to you through the speaker’s talks. I had EVERY SINGLE ONE of my questions answered. And it was so direct and exact that I was in awe. Heavenly Father knows every single one of us. He knows who we are, how we are, what we want, what we need, when we need trials, when we need help, when we need comfort…everything. I am in awe of His glory and His love for us.
Here are a few more quotes…i am sorry i have SO much to say!!!
“All men have their fears. But those who face their fears with courage, HAVE DIGNITY.”-Dallin H. Oaks–I needed to hear this. I had a lot of fear of going to Ecuador, but after reading this powerful session of conference, I feel rock solid.
ahh! Richard J. Maynes’ talk was AMAZING too!! read that ish asap
OH MAN! This one—-“God speaks. He spoke anciently. He spoke to Joseph, and He speaks to you.”-David M. McConkie
Adrian Ochoa’s talk was also sooo great! I love how frequently he said “look up” in alll the circumstances…aw man. so good.
Okay there is so much more i could write but i have no time. But seriously…everyone should watch conference, whether they are lds or not. It is the most inspirational thing ever. and the words come STRAIGHT from God. They are so inspired. I am kind of sad because I have never really paid attention to conference much or applied it to my life in the past. But SERIOUSLY. This is like Christmas from God! It is suuuch a blessing to be able to hear these inspirational words and know how to deal with things in our lives…and to know that we have a God who loves us enough to bless us with a prophet to guide us. I can’t express my thanks enough. Without this gospel in my life i would be nothing. I NEED this gospel and Thomas S. Monson, and God. So thankful. Words cannot even begin to describe my gratefulness and love for this gospel and for the Atonement. I will never be able to put into words those strong emotions. We are blessed. Just know that. And know that God never, ever, forgets about us. He is always there. You just need to look up. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Well next week i will be in Ecuador! Finally. Till next week. Con todo mi corazon,
Here’s the link Madi wanted me to put on here so anyone can watch the Conference talks.
HOLA HOLA HOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! LAST WEEK IN SPIRITUAL PRISON!!! Don’t get me wrong, it is fantastic here and i will miss a ton of people, but DANG am I ready to get out into the field and teach REAL people!!! AHhhh and get GENUINE latino food. Can’t wait. And I can’t wait to be on my own with my companion. I feel like i will be able to focus soooo much better!
So we have this thing called TRC (i dunno why) and members from mexico city come to the ccm and we teach them. It is suuuper cool and we are given a broad topic so we can teach from pretty much any angle. It is suuuper nice meeting with genuine spanish speakers because they speak a heck of a lot faster than our teachers and i seriously have to concentrate SO hard to understand them…It is a lot easier teaching REAL people rather than our teachers because i feel like it is so much more genuine. And our lessons flow nicer, we remember our spanish more….with our teachers it is kind of awkward cuz it is role play and we know they are analyzing us so they can tell us what to work on.
I have learned three piano songs!! woohooo! i can now play “sweet hour of prayer”, “god be with you till we meet again” and “we thank the, o God, for a prophet”…..i am so happy! hopefully i will not have to play the piano in ecuador though because i cant read notes. i just memorized these songs.
I can speak spanish a lot better now
I am learning a lot more than i thought i ever could about this gospel. There is SO MUCH TRUTH in the book of mormon. I am reading a lot more in the bible now too and it is amazing the words that are in there. Seriously encouraging words that have brightened my day numerous times.
I feel the spirit so strongly in every fiber of my being when I read the book of mormon and when i bear my testimony! There is NO denying of the truthfulness of this church. I wish SO BADLY that everyone I knew would open their hearts and just give this church a chance and learn about this gospel. Heavenly Father loves everyone SO MUCH and He yearns for His children to learn more about His plan for us.
I went to the temple again today and I said a prayer while I was in there. I thanked Him a lot and then I prayed for Him to help me know what i needed to work on this week to prepare myself to leave this next week. I received a lot of inspiration and i just started to cry. Prayer is SO POWERFUL. HEAVENLY FATHER SPEAKS TO US. He is ALWAYS LISTENING. ALWAYS. And he NEVER forgets about ANYONE no matter what they have done in their life. He is ALWAYS ready to welcome us back in his arms. Can’t say that enough. Running out of time, so till next week!!! 🙂 (i will probably get to email one last time before I head out to Quito! EEP!! (FREAKIN OUT OVER HURR) Adios!!!
She says the buses are so close to other buses and cars that she could roll down the window and touch them if she wanted. So she decided to make a sign to show all the people they passed. She said most everyone smiled at her and looked friendly:)
Madi is only in the MTC until October 8th so if you’d like to send her a letter DearElder.com would be the best method. Or just emailing her. Regular letters are taking a little over two weeks to get to her.
GOOD DAY MY LOVELY FAMILY!
So last week i forgot to mention that we do a service project every tuesday and they are ALWAYS fun. We hopped in the back of this truck with a garage in the back of it (sorry i cant explain it any other way) and the back was completely open. we literally would hop out of the back as he was driving and we would collect all the water containers from all over the mtc neighborhood. (we have filtered water bottles in our casas) it was SO MUCH FUN. We would run ahead of the truck, grab the containers, throw them to each other through an assembly line, and then hop back in the truck and more people would hop out and go for it. I loved it because i have missed running a lot. but OH MY GOODNESS. ahahhh okay this is so sad but we all laughed so hard…..Hermana Hill (my companion) was trying to jump into the truck as we were driving and her arms latched onto the truck ahead of her feet and she totally ATE IT. I was like “HERMANA!” and jumped out and helped her up. But we were allll laughing (including her) so it is okay and she is fine 🙂
I set a goal to learn three songs on the piano before I leave the ccm! So far I have “sweet hour of prayer” and “We thank thee o god for a prophet” down!!! They are pretty easy. but i actually cant play them exactly right. I play some minor chords and make it sound cooler!!! so yeah.
Mexicans just GET ice cream. Like, they have perfected ice cream treats. They know that the cone should be chocolate covered in the WHOLE inside of the cone and that there should be a big chunk of chocolate at the bottom. They mix the most ingenious flavors….they just….GET IT. So if you ever want something good, go to the mexican tienda, otherwise you are only settling.
Okay on the more spiritual side of things, I am starting to realize how dramatic of a change this mission requires. Like, i literally have to learn to control my thoughts. I have to train myself to be focused so that I can allllways feel the spirit and I can know how to help people. It is really weird that I only have two weeks left here. I am kind of freaking out. This last week i realized that I am definitely progressing, but i am not progressing as much as I could be. I could be working a lot harder. So that is what i have been trying to do. I need to focus on and strengthen my relationship with Heavenly Father right now. That is what should matter most. So i am trying really hard to let go of my socialness and be a little more constructive with my time.
I think that being constructive with time is a good thing for everyone to have too. I watched some videos on lds.org this week and i loooved them. So please look up and watch “mountains to climb”, “your potential, your privileges”, “My brother Hyrum”, “Enduring Love!!!!” “Extraordinary gift!!!” and “daily bread:pattern”. Soooo great. especially make an effort to look up the ones i added !!!!! to. okay? okay 🙂 EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THEM.
Something else that i am trying really hard to do is work through being tired. There are days and times where we have some extra time where we could take a short nap if we wanted to, and i am not trying to say napping is bad or like rag on anyone, but when my companions take naps, i try really hard to push through the tiredness and read my scriptures instead. I have been thinking…I cant just sleep whenever i’m tired when i am actually on the mission. So i need to train myself to work through that so i can be stronger. I really enjoy it and I feel like the scriptures give me energy. It’s cool. 🙂
Something that my district leader, Elder Pope, said was “God never changes, people and situations change.” I really really liked that. When people think it’s weird that we have changed rules and stuff in our church, it doesnt discredit that our church is true or that god isnt always constant. People and situations change and Heavenly Father decides what is okay when. That is why it is crucial to have prophets. okay well i love you all soooo much and i cant wait to hear from you again next week! i am trying really hard to write shorter emails but its hard. it will be rough in the field. kl ove you all!!! :)) till next week!!
From now on please send anything to this address since it takes over two weeks for anything to get to me here in Mexico. They won’t forward anything to me that arrives after I leave for Ecuador.
Hermana Madison Amy dunne
Ecuador Quito North Mission
Calle Francisco Robles E4-151
(y Avenida Amazonas)
Edificio Iglesia de Jesucristo
Hola mi familia!!!! 🙂
Okay so first of all, i want to apologize for saying “buey”…apparently it’s not the nicest term…according to the nativos here. haha whoops.
So, this week has been really super great. I have actually been sick the past two weeks with a headache, sore throat, and lots of congestion…but I got a priesthood blessing from my district leader, elder pope and his companion elder madrigal and now i feel better 🙂 woohoo!! Okay so last pday i emailed you on 9/11 and forgot to mention how weird that felt. All last week/weekend we had been celebrating Mexico’s dia de independencia! Which was this monday and it felt so weird because there were decorations EVERYWHERE for mexico and not one thing to remember nine eleven. I know i know, i’m in mexico, what should i expect? haha but it was just super weird. I had a moment of silence in my heart…along with all the other americans here. BUT OH MY GOSH okay so i want to be latino soooo badly. like, friday night we had this HUGE celebration in the gym which was basically a party and it was the weirdest thing because i didn’t think they would allow missionaries to do that. haha but they had natives perform traditional dances–and just fyi, one day i will dance like them and wear those HUGE frilly dresses. awe man. i wanted to get up on the stage with them and dance sooo badly. haha MAN. And people sang and we all sang their national anthem….it. was. great. We sat in the stands with the natives too so they were going CRAZY and i can say that it satisfied my craving of yelling at football games. my throat hurt so bad haha i was still sick then so it probably wasn’t the best but it was fantastic. It was HILARIOUS though because there is this native elder that I have been seeing everywhere and we were sitting in the stands with him and he keppppt asking me to smile for him…like, he was just taking pictures of…me. haha it was the weirdest thing. so after the celebration he asked if he could have a picture with me and then all of a sudden ALL of these nativos starting asking me and my companions to take pictures with them. it was hilarious. we felt famous.
Spiritually, i am growing a lot. I really think i am starting to understand the spirit more. Like, i really have to put all my trust in God and pray with all my heart that he will help me learn and teach. I have taught lessons where i asked for HF to help me know what questions to ask or what to say back to them or what scriptures to find that will help them and SERIOUSLY every time I end up saying or finding something that i never had thought of before. Like, a question will pop into my head and i can´t stop thinking about it so i ask it and then EVERY TIME i have done that, the investigator has opened up and/or started crying. All i have to say is that this REALLY IS the Lord’s work and I REALLY AM just an instrument in His hands. He knows the intentions and thoughts and feelings of the person i am teaching, so it is crucial that I listen to the Holy Ghost and I am listening to the promptings I get. Gosh, like I have had a few times this past week where i have felt a little down but then i just think of how I need to be better than that. And how this time is so short and i better work hard otherwise i will come home with regrets. And how i can’t be distracted with my worries or my problems or the things i miss on this mission because i need to be worried and involved and concerned with the people i am teaching. I have no room to be selfless. I just don’t let myself think that way. And if i ever do, i just pray for HF to guide me to a scripture that will cheer me up, and every time i pray about that and then randomly open my scriptures, there is ALWAYS a verse screaming comfort to me it is insane. Like this last week, i opened to St. Luke 24:36 which says “peace be unto you.” I was like….no….way. So i tried it again and randomly opened to 2nd John 1:3 which says “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” like WHAT THE ACTUAL DEV. Heavenly Father basically spoke straight to me through the scriptures!! I am amazed at the level of spirituality i am experiencing here. I love it. soso much.
Shout out to Nana and Grandpa for sending me the most amazing package ever and making my whole district happy! WE. LOVE. FOOD. hehe okay i promise i eat a tooon, but i actually have lost 5 pounds since i’ve been here. Nuts, huh? I don’t get it. I will try and eat more…
Also, shout out to Jan for sending me two letters before my own family! Hahahaha Cheered me up for sure. Also, whoever said it was a good idea to bring earplugs, YOU’RE RIGHT! If i didn’t have them to sleep with, then i would probably be up an extra hour. This city is sooo noisy. And people are allllways honking their horns…and it lasts for seriously like a solid ten seconds. I don’t get it. People need to cool their jets! I also use the earplugs for during class when i’m trying to study. My district is absolutely insane and very very loquacious. (SAT word, ya dig, dad?) It is starting to trend. ahha I gave my friend Elder Foster some ear plugs to use during class too. they’re nice ish.
Just so everybody knows, THE BOOK OF MORMON IS TRUE!! I can say that with my whole heart and soul. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind! So everyone needs to read this book. It will change your life forever, I promise. Pay attention to how you feel when you read it and make sure you read the introduction and moroni 10:3-5. You won´t regret it. Read about how Christ visited the Americas too!!! 3 Nephi chapters 8-11. AH this book is so great. I don´t know why I didn´t read it sooner than this last winter. Absolutely amazing. And full of adventure, and history, and spirituality, and real life problems, and action, and romance…the whole she bang! Gah. I love this book.
On another note, everyone should probably listen to the whole EFY 2013 CD…I want these songs on my ipod so badly! But I can´t download them for some reason. You should probs send me a CD mom 😉 SO GOOD. You can find them on lds.org under the search “youth music” then the first link…i think. haha look em upppp and dowload emmmm
i play soccer or volleyball every day and i LOVE IT. it is so much fun and i know it is the only exercise i get all day so i go as hard as
Con parte del amor de mi corazon, Hermana Dunne!!!
(Los otros partes son por Wes y Jesucristo y Dios!! Lo siento!)
They got to watch natives perform traditional dances and celebrate all week!
Que tal, buey?! This is what our district ALWAYS says. buey really means ox, but it´s slang for like ‘dude’… Second, HOLY SMOKES does Heavenly Father love us! Like seriously…okay. familia, i want you to watch “Earthly father, heavenly father” video. es muyyy bueyno., HELLO!!! Ah. This week has been craaaazy amazing. (hehe…buey…)
okay so they have nutella here. HALLELUJAH. basically have a nutella/peanut butter sandwich every day. just kidding, i wouldn´t do that to myself. but they are fantastic! okay so i am still figuring out how to collect all my thoughts and make this a coherent email, so for now i am just going to write stuff for ONLY nuestra familia right now 🙂
Right now i am trying to finish the BOM in spanish! 🙂 I was hoping to finish it before i leave the mtc…but that might take a miracle. we´ll see! 🙂
Sometimes at meals i sit with the natives so i can practice my spanish better. they are so intimidating. haha
It´s a lot harder for me to read the scriptures in english outloud. spanish is a lot easier. and i like the way it sounds soo much more. Like, now when i read the scriptures for personal study, i only use spanish ones because it sounds so much nicer. I also only pray in spanish now! for class, for companionship prayers and for my personal prayers 🙂 I started THAT like last week though.
Elder Holland talked and BOY was it FANTASTIC. I never want to stop being a missionary. ever. Let me give you some quotes I wrote down from his talk:
It is a great time to be alive and to be a missionary.” ”You´ve gotta be the best missionaries we´ve ever had. Because no one has ever been faced with the things we are faced with now.” ”I command you to come home with at lease ONE convert and IT BETTER BE YOU.” ”Everything I cherish in this world, I have because of this church…almost everything that I have, I look back and see it all strated with that call.” ”God´s chosen young people since the beginning of time. And he´s chosen you¨” ”You have this in the very marrow of your being. And at leaset we can count on YOU coming back converted.” ”You are going to have the gospel so powerfully and so firmly in your soul, that you are going to astonish people.”
Something i am learning to do is TRUST the Lord no matter how nervous i may be.
now for my random spiritual thoughts:
“Because Jesus walked a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to.” -Jeffrey R. Holland. Soak that in for a minute.
I read Ether 12:27 and felt SO STRONGLY that i needed to share it with you and everyone! Look at the verbs only and see how we should live.
Also look at the action words in Omni 1:26. AND DO THOSE THINGS. Gosh i love that scripture
This quote is super cool: “If you really want to do something, no one can stop you. If you really don´t want to do something, no one can help you.” I think anyone and everyone should hear that!
“No, God does not need us to love Him, but Oh, how we need God to love us.”- Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
Okay, news! I was made a sister missionary trainer!! I am bascially just accountable for how all the sisters are doing in our branch. So i, along with my companions, have to get to know everyone and check up on them and stuff which is pretty cool!
Okay, so i am sorry this is so unorganized, but i will be better. my thoughts have been scattered and i had sooo many thoughts.
oKAY! tata for now! i will keep you updated more next week. I love you all so much and CAN´T wait to hear from you next week!!! 🙂 Te quiero muchisimo!!!
con todo mi corazon,
Hermana Dunne 🙂
pps- I have memorized these things….(not copying them down! seriously straight from mi mente!!!):
Seguirá el ejemplo de Jesucristo, al ser bautizado por alguien que poseea la autoridad del sacerdocio de dios?
Vi una columna de luz mas brillante que el sol directament arriba de mi cabeza. Y esta luz gradualmente decendio hasta descansar sobre mi. Al reposar sobre mi, la luz, vi en el aire, arriba de mi, a dos personajes cuyo fulgor y gloria no admiten descripcion. Uno de ellos me hablo, llamandome por mi nombre, y dijo, señalando al otro, “Este es mi hijo amado, Escúchalo.”
Bien hecho, ehhhh?? hehe i am very proud of that! okay adios! te quiero mucho!!