Date

May 25, 2016

Area

1st zone assignment, El Paso, Texas

Companion

Hermana Bosch

Anxiously Engaged! (In a Good Cause)

WOW! Today's emails from everyone have been awesome! A for the email title; we have been focusing on Doctrine and Covenants 58: 27 - 28:

27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.

it has been awesome thinking on this theme throughout the week preparing for Zone Conference on Thursday! In Spanish the scripture translates a little differently, saying that we should be: "yearn to be consecrated to a good cause." So cool!

This has been cool to think about, but also congratulations to all of you who's emails I received that are engaged with a ring on your finger haha - CONGRATS! hahahahahaha.

AND SHOUTOUT TO ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVED THEIR MISSION CALLS! Calgary Canada, Pocatello Idaho, Nebraska and Papa New Guinea are such lucky places!! #jessopfamily!! Cheehoo!!

This week has been so great! We have FIVE investigators on baptismal date!! We are so excited for them!! Most of them have to get married before their baptism - but that's ok - we are looking forward to throwing a couple weddings!

Valeria is our investigator that has been progressing the most and we were able to see her for a quick minute yesterday. Her Aunt asked for a priesthood blessing and so we went the Elders to give her one. I'm so glad they were able to give her guidance and counsel from our Heavenly Father we hope to start teaching her! In the last lesson with Valeria, we wanted to know how everything was going so that she could be baptized, so on our way out I asked her about the wedding and she said IT'S A SURPRISE! She won't tell me until our next appointment on Thrusday! Don't mess with a sister missionary when baptism is on the line!!

We also gave talks in church this Sunday! On a scale of Hot Tamales to Habanero Chiles I was super nervous to talk in front of the ward in Spanish! (I'd rate it about a wasabi peanut butter sandwich level haha) But it went really well! Hermana Bosch and I talked about sacrifice and obedience. I shared a lot from a talk by Neal A. Maxwell, entitled "Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father." It was really good! : https://www.lds.org/ensign/1995/11/swallowed-up-in-the-will-of-the-father.p1?lang=eng

Funny moments:

- We were doing yardwork for a service activity and there was an old dryer in the backyard. It had obviously been there for quite some time and wasn't being used. One of the Elders opened the dryer and there was A CAT TAIL IN IT. We were trying to get it with a broom out thinking it was a dead cat or something and then the Hermano just comes and grabs it right out of the dryer with his hands.......explanation?? Still not sure what purpose a cut off cat tail serves......

ALSO - THIS IS CRAZY..? In some missions Sister Missionaries are now allowed to wear pants?? #saywhat: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/missionary-dress-guidelines-revised-help-prevent-mosquito-borne-diseases?cid=%22HP_FR_20-5-2016__dPAD_fMNWS_xLIDyL2-1_

Well I'm so excited to have Zone conference this week! Thank you for everyone that wrote me! They are always such sweet surprises! Love you all!

Love,
Hermana Bigley




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