November 24, 2017




Hermana Cook

A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit

Wow. Just a straight up wow from me today. I cannot believe the time has come for me to head out to the mission field. That was the quickest 6 weeks of my entire life! I leave for Guadalajara at 2:30 in the morning on Monday (Sunday night). I feel so excited to put my Spanish to the test and immerse myself in the culture. 

SO, a lot happened this week! My companion ate some pineapple (and she is VERY allergic). Her whole mouth got super torn up, and she couldn´t talk for like 2 days! Which means I had to teach the lessons by myself...The lessons went well. We had Elder Bethers pretend to be a member in our lesson, so I wouldn´t have to be the one talking the whole time. It's crazy to think that in a couple of days I will have a brand new companion and real people to teach! 

We had a couple of crazy nights in the casa when crazy things kept happening! It all started when an Elder called our phone and long story short...gave a love note to an Hermana in our casa! We were all freaking out, and it was super crazy! The same night Hermanas decided to start cutting each others hair...and yup, I chopped all my hair off! 

lol. Just kidding. Never.

But some girls did cut their hair off, and one girl even got bangs! It looked pretty good, and I was way impressed!

So, in order to prepare us to leave they did these breakout classes. They gave some kids some balloons in our class to write down their hopes and dreams on. Then sent them out and told us that we had to pop their balloons! Basically kill all their dreams! These poor unexpecting kids come back in and tell us all their hopes and dreams and BOOM; All their dreams were dead. It was super funny and super sad at the same time. You guys should have seen the looks on these poor Elders faces! But, what they were trying to teach us was that the world will try to bring us down and say that what we are doing is impossible, but we can't let them. I have SO much to be grateful for, and each of you have blessed my life in ways I cannot describe. We had a devotional this week where we talked about the poverty we will see. I'm not sure that I am ready for this, but I know God will help me. Here in Mexico a good credit rate is in the 60% range! It blows my mind that so many people are being taken advantage of and my heart is broken. Whenever I think that I had to give up a lot to be here it's not true. I had to give up nothing. There is a Latina Hermana here whose family said that if she went on a mission she would have no family to go home to. She has three dresses and one pair of shoes on her feet.

Life is so good to me, and even though this will be hard, I know that my message is worth it. I hope someday to have as much faith as that young Latina. Never give up. The Lord is on your side. We are on the winning team. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the true path to happiness, and I know this with my whole soul. I love you all! The church is true. Have a blessed Thanksgiving <3

Love, Hermana Lindsay 

1. I got a sticker! Basically means its my last week and I'm a cool 6 weeker
2. Me and my amazing companion who I love so much :)


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