Date

February 9, 2016

Area

1st zone assignment, El Paso, Texas

Companion

Hermana Brown

FEBRERO! CUANDO QUE LO PASO?!

Hello Dearest Loved Ones!
Sorry I ran out of time last week so it was only a little mensajito! But to follow up; we had transfers last week! So-so bittersweet... In only six weeks I have grown to love the missionaries in my district and area - they have helped me grow so much in the Gospel! A mission is filled with friends to make, the ones we convert and strengthen and the ones that convert and strengthen us!

Well I am officially taking over my baby area! (Baby area meaning my first area in the mission) I have to say it's been a little bit of a struggle doing everything with only my knowledge of the area because Hermana Brown is new to the area - but we get by everyday and always pray. (ALWAYS PRAY. IT HELPS A LOT). Here's the best example I can think of right now: because of zone changes, we have been driving to a lot of areas I have never been before. We started trying to use a GPS that was left in our car to see if it was functional. So, we went to Zone Sports last P Day and it's about 22 miles from where we live. I am the driver and I had never driven to or from the new church where Zone Sports was being held. Getting there was fine, but we tried to come home....and got lost. We only have an authorized amount of miles we can drive every month. For us it's 1000 miles, so about 35 miles everyday. The day we got lost we went almost 90 miles - hahahaha... Poor zone leaders - we called them to let them know we were lost and all they said was, "Yeah, you are not even on our map." WOOPS! Well, I am here to tell you that we are safe and sound - and never using the abandoned GPS ever again. #missionaryhandmedowns#theawkwardmomemntwhenyouendupatarailroadyard

It's been tough this week with teaching; trying to remember all the people we need to teach and visit and all the new referrals or people that we contact. But we rely on God and work as hard as we can and everything works out! It just seems that we haven't been able to find a lot of people this week. We had 14 lessons last week and only 2 this week!! But it makes me think of Alma 26:27 - a scripture that I loveeeee! :
27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.
Wooo!! That means that we press forward and he will give us success! Maybe not in the time we think, or in the way we want, but in the way we need 😄

Heard that the Broncos won? YAY #bandwagonerforlife Missionaries weren't allowed to leave their apartments Sunday night after 4:00 PM 🏈 I've never been that interested in football anyway, but yay westcoast?

We had a really cool experience this morning talking to a man at the laundromat. We didn't catch his name but he was so kind and let us use the rest of his time on the dryer machine. But he's gone through some hard things and really has a desire to turn his life around - thus, we can help him! I am excited to meet with him and teach him more about how this gospel is true and can truly help people overcome their challenges through Christ!

I am excited for these next 7 weeks and all I can learn from the new people and missionaries in my zone. We had a zone training this week as well and it taught me the importance of love. If we love people enough, we'll leave them commitments to progress. If we love them enough, we'll ask them those hard questions about being baptized and reading scriptures and praying. If we love them enough, we'll tell them and SHOW THEM. Love is the foundation of the Atonement! And Jesus Christ is love personified! Show someone you love them today, it can never hurt!

Love you all,
Hermana Bigley




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