April 17, 2017


3rd Zone Assignment, El Paso Texas


Hermana Openshaw

Happy Easter!

Buenos tardes de El Paso, Texas!

This week was pretty eventful!

MONDAY: We started to teach a family! A less active member moved back to El Paso from Colorado and went to a baptism for a child of record in our ward. The families have been good friends and her two children age 8 and 9 have not been baptized yet. We taught them the first lesson and they are so prepared! I love teaching children - sometimes it's a hard adjustment for me to make, but they are some of the smartest people I've taught on my mission! We are working with them towards a baptismal date of May 6th - I am excited to see progression in their relationship with Heavenly Father and my teaching skills!

TUESDAY: Jose started his family tree! We met at the Family History Center and made him an account. There were already some names in his tree - but he's excited to find more names and dates and take them to the temple!

WEDNESDAY: We did service for a friend of one of the Sisters in our congregation. Her fence had blown over in the dust storms a couple weeks ago so we met up with our ward mission leader and the elders to put it back up. Two hours in the hot sun had us pretty fried...but it was worth it! Nails, dirt, sweat and all!

THURSDAY: We had interviews with President and Sister Guffey - it was my last interview before departing the mission 😩 I was definitely overwhelmed by the spirit I felt as we discussed certain things about my mission experience but I am so grateful for President and Sister Guffey and all they do.

FRIDAY: We had an awesome district council on teaching short and powerful lessons. President and Sister Guffey also attended, so that was nice. We also had a small miracle being able to see Hermana Sweeney - she is a member but struggles to balance a lot of things on her plate. We caught her on the way out and shared a Prince of Peace message with her and a hymn. It is amazing, that withstanding any turmoil going on in our life, focusing a small amount of time and energy on the Gospel of Jesus Christ will give us peace. I felt so much peace amidst all the things happening in her life - I know she did too!

SATURDAY: We were going through the ward list contacting members we hadn't really met yet and we ended up driving WAY FAR out to a place called Hueco Tanks. It's probably the closest I've been to the middle of nowhere on my mission - but it was a fun adventure! We felt that the Hermano we visited really did need the visit.

SUNDAY: Easter Sunday! The church services were so spirit filled and awe inspiring. A member asked us to sing "Asombro Me Da" (I Stand All Amazed) at the end of her sacrament talk. I'm so grateful for my Savior and all He did and the opportunity we have to celebrate not his death, but His Resurrection. A scripture we heard often on Sunday was Luke 24: 2-4:
"2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, and two angels standing by it in shining garments.

3 And they entered into the sepulcher, and not findingthe body of the Lord Jesus, they were much perplexed thereabout;

4 And were affrighted, and bowed down their faces to the earth. But behold the angels said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?"

I know that Christ lives! He is the living Son of the living God! What comfort this sweet sentence gives - I hope you all seek more peace in your life through Jesus Christ this, and every, Easter Season 😃

Love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Bigley


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