March 15, 2016


1st zone assignment, El Paso, Texas


Hermana Brown

Taking off the Training Wheels

Hola mundo, como esta?

Your favorite greenie has graduated! #wooohoooooo Well I finished training this week - the moment of truth comes on Saturday because it's also transfer week! I might train or be transferred or stay here! I've only ever had seven week transfers in the mission, so six weeks must usually go by even faster!

Last week was a little rough work wise - for our entire district it seemed like. Spring break probably threw things for a loop - people usually just go down to Mexico whenever they get the chance, so our investigator pool just kind of migrates down to Juarez on the weekends and holidays. But that's ok! Lot's of time to do finding and contacting.

I think our district leader sensed that we were all having a hard time and so we had a district meeting that really helped us to reflect on our work and make resolve to do better. We talked about attributes of those who were converted;examples of scriptural stories and people. I thought about Paul the Apostle. At the time of Christ, the Apostles barely knew more about the gospel than we do ourselves! They were fisherman! ...But after they decided to leave their nets they started an amazing journey of personal conversion. Even after Christ's death, they showed amazing diligence in sharing and continuing to build the kingdom of God. Paul traveled for almost 20 years around Europe on a mission! I think of that great chapter in the scriptures (Luke 22).

​31 ​And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.

​The apostles were so willing and so determined! May we have such determination like the apostles.​

The awesome-est highlight of this last week is that we had 4 INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH! #booyah I am such a proud missionary! It makes me so happy when I see investigators at church, because I know their understanding and progress will make tremendous leaps and bounds! Church is a place to remember and worship God, we don't go for anyone else - and if we do, it's for the wrong reasons! Hermana Brown and I were able to bear our testimonies in Relief Society about Joseph Smith and the First Vision - the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I thought about a lesson that we watch as part of our training given on Joseph Smith. The investigator asked, "Why is faith in Joseph Smith important?" and the missionary responded, "Faith in Joseph Smith is not important. It's important to know that he was a prophet of God and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through him." How true the gospel is and how blessed we are to receive it in these Latter Days!

We have been teaching a less active family and their daughter Alexandra. It's been hard getting them to church but they came and it was AAAmazinggggg! We also had a pass off lesson with the 3rd ward elders. The investigator is Jahyrah - she is awesome! Her husband is a member and so we are working to get Jahyrah a baptismal date. They have a two year old daughter who is the cutest thing in the entire world. She's like Vanelope from Wreck it Ralph + Agnes from Despicable Me = cute overload. They just moved into our area, so the elders are sad to let them go but we are all in this work together!

These facts are so funny but oh so true. Missionaries for the win:

The church has put out their new Easter video for this year! I promise it's uplifting and inspiring as it focuses on the Resurrection of Christ and how we are able to overcome all things through it! Even death! Easter is so close and we are so lucky to celebrate it! Take some time to enjoy Easter this year and remember it's true meaning! WOOHOO! JESUS IS AWESOME!

Well we still haven't moved but the end of this week looks promising! No pictures this week but I'll send some more from last week! (The Chamizal Zone! with President and Sister Miller! :) )

Thank you for all you love and support, keep it coming!

Hermana Bigley


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