Date

August 24, 2015

Area

1st Area

Companion

Hermana Welch

Family Letter #tears&baptisms

Buenas Tardes Mi Familia,
So I honestly don't even know where to start after the week my companion and I just had.
The hashtag at the top of the page pretty much defines how it went. Last Pday evening I received mom's package with the letter and it came at a great time. It meant a lot to me and it helped me get though what I was going through mentally. All better now(: That night the Elders went over to Anthony's casa to give him, Edith, Angel, and Ruby all blessings before school started. It was a wonderful experience and everytime Anthony gets a blessing I can feel the spirit stronger in his home. And after each experience with him receiving a blessing I've been able to see how it's changed him a little bit inside.
On Tues. we did some service at the homeless shelter with our district which was really fun. The only part that wasn't was that I kept getting light headed and everything was spinning. Pretty much all week I lost my apatite and didn't eat like I usually do. I about passed out a few times so that was kinda freaky. No worries I'm back to eating like usual now. Kind of a freak thing I think... During the rest of the day on Tues we spent 4hrs finding and NO one was home. That day seemed like 10 years. That's how the mission is though, a day seems like a year and a year seems like a day. Weird how that works. That evening we taught the familia Garcia Chaves (Juan Garcia the RC's sister and family). When we got to her house I could tell something was up because Rosa didn't act quite the same. We had planned on teaching the Plan of Salvation but as soon as we started the lesson she told us that she was confused and that she had a lot of doubts now... My heart just sunk because it didn't make sense. She told us that she had a dream and was pretty freaked out by it. I promised her that if she would pray to Heavenly Father he would assure he that she and her family are on the right path. So that was the commitment that we left her. Interesting because we went into the lesson planning on teaching something totally different as well as extending the baptism invite but none of those happened. As we drove away from that appointment HMN and I were silent for a bit then we both talked about how we knew that they are supposed to be baptized so there's opposing forces working against us. As soon as we said that it was confirmed to us because we felt it... After we got home that night we stayed up talking about how it was pretty freaky. I personally know that there are opposing forces but never have I felt it that strong before in my life, and actually recognized where that opposition was coming from. The advisory knows that the Garcia Chaves familia will be baptized and he's going to do anything to stop it. My Hermana and I woke up that next morning with more determination to stay specifically focused.
On Wednesday at 6:30 am we went back to the Temple after not having gone for a while because it was closed for cleaning. It was a beautiful experience like always and in the Celestail room I had a woman come up to me and ask what my last name was. She said, " I thought you looked familiar, I'm Kaleb's Grandma Southard" then it dawned on me who she was! It was a fun experience seeing a familiar face in the temple (: After the Temple we went to Deseret book and I bought the bible video's because I love them so much! I got a great discount because I'm a missionera (: That night we went to the Morales house.. so backing up a bit. Hermana and I wanted to get Anthony away from his house in order to invite him to baptism because there are ALWAYS so many distractions there with so many people. We prayed for a way to just be able to visit with him and when we walked in he was sitting on the couch just him. In my head I thanked Heavenly Father for that little miracle(: We decided to just talk to him and be pretty forward but take more of a friendly approach. I shared a scripture I had read earlier in personal study with him about how God will provide miracles IF we have faith. I asked him if he thought God would answer his prayer about baptism if we prayed right there and then. He said yes, and asked me if I'd pray for him to know if he should be baptized. I looked at my HMN and said, "can I do that" she shrugged her shoulders and said, "I don't see why not" haha I had never thought/had been asked to do that before. I agreed of course and HMN and I knelt down beside Anthony and I offered a prayer. I asked Heavenly Father to let Anthony know in his mind and in his heart if he should be baptized. The spirit filled the room very strong.. After the prayer I looked in his eyes and they were filled with tears. I knew that he knew he had gotten an answer from God. We talked about it and he said that he wanted to be baptized. So We set him on a Date for Aug 29 (this Saturday) and will the most joy I've felt possibly yet in my mission we left that house and called district leader to tell him the wonderful news! That night at 9:15 we went on exchanges and so HMN and I didn't even have time to talk about it so we were pretty bummed. To be honest I really dislike going English it's too slow and boring #whitepeople #mypeoplearethebest #hatersgonnahate. The next day was VERY slow and boring because like usual when I go into English on exchanges all of their appointments cancel somehow. I don't think I belong in English haha Thursday evening after we exchanged back we went to Rosa Gracia's house for our appointment and it went VERY well. I extended the invitation to be baptized for their whole family:D They all accepted assuming they feel ready on sept. 5th and want to do it together so they want us to meet more often with them. We are going to do that! Our commitment was to pray about the date to see if it's right for them as a family. Hermana and I came away from there feeling so much joy! That evening I got mom's second package in the mail with the Deep Blue oil's in it and it came just in time! My hip had been out for a whole day just randomly again and I was in A LOT of pain and pretty aggravated. After I read the talk she enclosed, I pondered the statement, "how Joseph Smith endured much pain and opposition right before miracles happened." That really hit me hard considering how I knew that we are going to have 5 baptisms this transfer. The next morning I woke up and got out of bed I knew my hip hadn't popped back into place yet. I sat down to pray and told the Adversary to go away. I knew that Heavenly Father was right along side me and working miracles with our people so I wasn't about to go another day with my hip hurting. I figured that if I said that my hip would stop hurting. So after that I put on my workout clothes and while I was working out my hip popped back into place. I knew Heavenly Father had heard my prayer and that I wasn't going to put up with any more freaking distractions from the Adversary. He's done making my hips hurt because he knew that before it would make me sad. Not now! Nothing's going to stop me from helping our 5 people get baptized. That morning during personal study HMN and I just sat and talked because I knew that we were both going through mini personal trials, we talked and cried and talked some more. I told her how sometimes I just don't think it's fair to still have pain considering all that I've been though. That's why I told satain to kick it to the dust because he can't distract me any more.
So Friday evening we went back to Rosa's house and her and her esposo Manuel were the only ones home. It was a blessing because again, there were no distractions just sitting there in the peaceful spirit and we talked about their answer on baptism. They prayed and both feel like they would like to they just want to keep meeting with us more so they will feel prepared on Sept 5th. The Lord guided us during that lesson and it went really well (: After that we taught Roberto- our new inv. and it went well too! He said that he wants to feel the Holy Ghost in his life and I promised him that he could if he got baptized... he said that he wanted to learn more 1st, fair enough.
Saturday we went to the Temple with the LA familia the Garcia Garcia familia. When we were at the temple with them I had the idea for them to split off and individually walk around the grounds, find somewhere to pray and receive answers on what they needed to do to accomplish their vision as a family and personally. After that I gave them the Garcia Familia's vision for them to write all of their ideas down. It was a wonderful expereince and they all felt the spirit. That night before we went home we stopped by the morales familia. They were all outside and together even the step dad. We Took Elder Clayton's advice in going to the dad and asking him for his permission if Anthony can be baptized (out of respect it's a Hispanic culture thing). Nervous as all get out I asked him and then this was his response: " no he's not old enough to make his own decisions" then got up and walked away to smoke. I tried so hard to fight back the tears. I really didn't know what to say. After we said a prayer and shook hands HMN and I turned away and walked back to our car. Tears came streaming down my face and after we got back into the car we were silent. How could this have happened? We both knew he was going to be baptized? I personally promised him that he would and we all felt it after we prayed with him a few days later. Hermana and I were so distraught. I drove home the most upset I have ever been in my mission so far. I haven't gotten "mad" since I was probably back at home. You just don't get mad as a missionary. That night Hermana and I walked in our house and just sat on the floor crying and we prayed for some clarification on what to do. We literally didn't understand how he could be baptized now. He wasn't able to go to church that sunday because the parents said no. After we prayed we still didn't understand so I decided to search the scriptures for some answers. I read some verses that touched my heart and knew that God was communicating with me. I then pondered how to counteract the situation. With the scripture that says how only good things come from God we could talk to the step-dad about our purpose as missionaries. Maybe then it would soften his heart a bit. (side note... the step dad is drinking and smoking every time I've visited them in the past 8 months.)You could guess why a shy little missionary like me would have kind of avoided him all this long.
Sunday morning with swollen eyes HMN and I went to church... we were literally exhausted but we made it somehow with out falling asleep. The familia Rosa Garcia was at church so it made my whole day!(: Later on we had a few lessons then at 8pm I decided we needed to go back to the Morales house. I had been praying for a miracle ALL day long so that Heavenly Father would give me the courage to talk to Anthony's step dad. I wasn't finished with the step-dad yet and I made a promise to Anthony which I wasn't going to break. HNO Pina came with us and he gave HMN morales a blessing for her health. Before the blessing when the step-dad stepped outside to smoke I opened the door and asked him if he would like to join us for the blessing. He said no at 1st and then he came in... after the blessing the spirit filled the room with was beautiful. I asked the whole family if we could share a message with them and the step dad agreed and sat down with the mom. I knew exactly what I wanted to say and I wasn't nervous at all. Heavenly Father blessed me with the gift of tongues at the time because I felt like what I had to say made sense. I explained that our purpose as missionaries was to help others to come unto Jesus Christ and help them feel happiness in their life. I felt like I should just solely bare my testimony on why I'm out here in the 1st pace and 2ndly that I love my family and know that it's possible to have an eternal family. The dad actually listened they whole time! I asked Anthony to share his testimony on what he's learned so far and it was to touching. Then I asked the step dad why God is important in his life. Hermana was so nervous to talk to I took the lead in the lesson and HNO Pina helped by sharing why the gospel is important in his life. I decided not to bring up baptism but to simply ask the step dad if we could come back to teach him and his WHOLE family together this Tuesday and he agreed. Heavenly Father blessed us with a miracle in disguise... we have a new investigator and the dad's heart must be softened because we are going to teach the whole family together then invite them all to be baptized at the end of this week. He really does work in mysterious ways (:
So as you can see from my novel I just wrote it's been the toughest, emotional physically and spiritually week of my mission so far but I know that faith precedes miracles.
Stay tuned for next week's email because Elder Zwick from the 70 is doing a mission tour so we will be going to that this week as well as a devotional from him and a stake AMERICAN BBQ (my 1st one all summer) haha Please pray for Anthony if you would and ask to have his step-dad's heart opened and softened.
I love the Lord and the opportunity I have to fight for the wonderful people I'm teaching every day and help them take steps to changing their life. Even if it means being bolder than you've ever been in your life.
Have a great week family I love ya! Glad I get to be with you guys for eternity(:
Hermanita Angell
I thought you might like this powerful letter from Mariah. She is teaching with great power and authority.  Just amazing to see.

Dewey Angell
dewey.angell@gmail.com

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Mariah Angell" <mariah.angell@myldsmail.net>
Date: Aug 24, 2015 4:13 PM
Subject: Family Letter #tears&baptisms
To: "Jarell Angell" <Ja@angellsphotography.com>, "Dewey G Angell" <dewey.angell@gmail.com>
Cc:

Buenas Tardes Mi Familia,
So I honestly don't even know where to start after the week my companion and I just had.
The hashtag at the top of the page pretty much defines how it went. Last Pday evening I received mom's package with the letter and it came at a great time. It meant a lot to me and it helped me get though what I was going through mentally. All better now(: That night the Elders went over to Anthony's casa to give him, Edith, Angel, and Ruby all blessings before school started. It was a wonderful experience and everytime Anthony gets a blessing I can feel the spirit stronger in his home. And after each experience with him receiving a blessing I've been able to see how it's changed him a little bit inside.
On Tues. we did some service at the homeless shelter with our district which was really fun. The only part that wasn't was that I kept getting light headed and everything was spinning. Pretty much all week I lost my apatite and didn't eat like I usually do. I about passed out a few times so that was kinda freaky. No worries I'm back to eating like usual now. Kind of a freak thing I think... During the rest of the day on Tues we spent 4hrs finding and NO one was home. That day seemed like 10 years. That's how the mission is though, a day seems like a year and a year seems like a day. Weird how that works. That evening we taught the familia Garcia Chaves (Juan Garcia the RC's sister and family). When we got to her house I could tell something was up because Rosa didn't act quite the same. We had planned on teaching the Plan of Salvation but as soon as we started the lesson she told us that she was confused and that she had a lot of doubts now... My heart just sunk because it didn't make sense. She told us that she had a dream and was pretty freaked out by it. I promised her that if she would pray to Heavenly Father he would assure he that she and her family are on the right path. So that was the commitment that we left her. Interesting because we went into the lesson planning on teaching something totally different as well as extending the baptism invite but none of those happened. As we drove away from that appointment HMN and I were silent for a bit then we both talked about how we knew that they are supposed to be baptized so there's opposing forces working against us. As soon as we said that it was confirmed to us because we felt it... After we got home that night we stayed up talking about how it was pretty freaky. I personally know that there are opposing forces but never have I felt it that strong before in my life, and actually recognized where that opposition was coming from. The advisory knows that the Garcia Chaves familia will be baptized and he's going to do anything to stop it. My Hermana and I woke up that next morning with more determination to stay specifically focused.
On Wednesday at 6:30 am we went back to the Temple after not having gone for a while because it was closed for cleaning. It was a beautiful experience like always and in the Celestail room I had a woman come up to me and ask what my last name was. She said, " I thought you looked familiar, I'm Kaleb's Grandma Southard" then it dawned on me who she was! It was a fun experience seeing a familiar face in the temple (: After the Temple we went to Deseret book and I bought the bible video's because I love them so much! I got a great discount because I'm a missionera (: That night we went to the Morales house.. so backing up a bit. Hermana and I wanted to get Anthony away from his house in order to invite him to baptism because there are ALWAYS so many distractions there with so many people. We prayed for a way to just be able to visit with him and when we walked in he was sitting on the couch just him. In my head I thanked Heavenly Father for that little miracle(: We decided to just talk to him and be pretty forward but take more of a friendly approach. I shared a scripture I had read earlier in personal study with him about how God will provide miracles IF we have faith. I asked him if he thought God would answer his prayer about baptism if we prayed right there and then. He said yes, and asked me if I'd pray for him to know if he should be baptized. I looked at my HMN and said, "can I do that" she shrugged her shoulders and said, "I don't see why not" haha I had never thought/had been asked to do that before. I agreed of course and HMN and I knelt down beside Anthony and I offered a prayer. I asked Heavenly Father to let Anthony know in his mind and in his heart if he should be baptized. The spirit filled the room very strong.. After the prayer I looked in his eyes and they were filled with tears. I knew that he knew he had gotten an answer from God. We talked about it and he said that he wanted to be baptized. So We set him on a Date for Aug 29 (this Saturday) and will the most joy I've felt possibly yet in my mission we left that house and called district leader to tell him the wonderful news! That night at 9:15 we went on exchanges and so HMN and I didn't even have time to talk about it so we were pretty bummed. To be honest I really dislike going English it's too slow and boring #whitepeople #mypeoplearethebest #hatersgonnahate. The next day was VERY slow and boring because like usual when I go into English on exchanges all of their appointments cancel somehow. I don't think I belong in English haha Thursday evening after we exchanged back we went to Rosa Gracia's house for our appointment and it went VERY well. I extended the invitation to be baptized for their whole family:D They all accepted assuming they feel ready on sept. 5th and want to do it together so they want us to meet more often with them. We are going to do that! Our commitment was to pray about the date to see if it's right for them as a family. Hermana and I came away from there feeling so much joy! That evening I got mom's second package in the mail with the Deep Blue oil's in it and it came just in time! My hip had been out for a whole day just randomly again and I was in A LOT of pain and pretty aggravated. After I read the talk she enclosed, I pondered the statement, "how Joseph Smith endured much pain and opposition right before miracles happened." That really hit me hard considering how I knew that we are going to have 5 baptisms this transfer. The next morning I woke up and got out of bed I knew my hip hadn't popped back into place yet. I sat down to pray and told the Adversary to go away. I knew that Heavenly Father was right along side me and working miracles with our people so I wasn't about to go another day with my hip hurting. I figured that if I said that my hip would stop hurting. So after that I put on my workout clothes and while I was working out my hip popped back into place. I knew Heavenly Father had heard my prayer and that I wasn't going to put up with any more freaking distractions from the Adversary. He's done making my hips hurt because he knew that before it would make me sad. Not now! Nothing's going to stop me from helping our 5 people get baptized. That morning during personal study HMN and I just sat and talked because I knew that we were both going through mini personal trials, we talked and cried and talked some more. I told her how sometimes I just don't think it's fair to still have pain considering all that I've been though. That's why I told satain to kick it to the dust because he can't distract me any more.
So Friday evening we went back to Rosa's house and her and her esposo Manuel were the only ones home. It was a blessing because again, there were no distractions just sitting there in the peaceful spirit and we talked about their answer on baptism. They prayed and both feel like they would like to they just want to keep meeting with us more so they will feel prepared on Sept 5th. The Lord guided us during that lesson and it went really well (: After that we taught Roberto- our new inv. and it went well too! He said that he wants to feel the Holy Ghost in his life and I promised him that he could if he got baptized... he said that he wanted to learn more 1st, fair enough.
Saturday we went to the Temple with the LA familia the Garcia Garcia familia. When we were at the temple with them I had the idea for them to split off and individually walk around the grounds, find somewhere to pray and receive answers on what they needed to do to accomplish their vision as a family and personally. After that I gave them the Garcia Familia's vision for them to write all of their ideas down. It was a wonderful expereince and they all felt the spirit. That night before we went home we stopped by the morales familia. They were all outside and together even the step dad. We Took Elder Clayton's advice in going to the dad and asking him for his permission if Anthony can be baptized (out of respect it's a Hispanic culture thing). Nervous as all get out I asked him and then this was his response: " no he's not old enough to make his own decisions" then got up and walked away to smoke. I tried so hard to fight back the tears. I really didn't know what to say. After we said a prayer and shook hands HMN and I turned away and walked back to our car. Tears came streaming down my face and after we got back into the car we were silent. How could this have happened? We both knew he was going to be baptized? I personally promised him that he would and we all felt it after we prayed with him a few days later. Hermana and I were so distraught. I drove home the most upset I have ever been in my mission so far. I haven't gotten "mad" since I was probably back at home. You just don't get mad as a missionary. That night Hermana and I walked in our house and just sat on the floor crying and we prayed for some clarification on what to do. We literally didn't understand how he could be baptized now. He wasn't able to go to church that sunday because the parents said no. After we prayed we still didn't understand so I decided to search the scriptures for some answers. I read some verses that touched my heart and knew that God was communicating with me. I then pondered how to counteract the situation. With the scripture that says how only good things come from God we could talk to the step-dad about our purpose as missionaries. Maybe then it would soften his heart a bit. (side note... the step dad is drinking and smoking every time I've visited them in the past 8 months.)You could guess why a shy little missionary like me would have kind of avoided him all this long.
Sunday morning with swollen eyes HMN and I went to church... we were literally exhausted but we made it somehow with out falling asleep. The familia Rosa Garcia was at church so it made my whole day!(: Later on we had a few lessons then at 8pm I decided we needed to go back to the Morales house. I had been praying for a miracle ALL day long so that Heavenly Father would give me the courage to talk to Anthony's step dad. I wasn't finished with the step-dad yet and I made a promise to Anthony which I wasn't going to break. HNO Pina came with us and he gave HMN morales a blessing for her health. Before the blessing when the step-dad stepped outside to smoke I opened the door and asked him if he would like to join us for the blessing. He said no at 1st and then he came in... after the blessing the spirit filled the room with was beautiful. I asked the whole family if we could share a message with them and the step dad agreed and sat down with the mom. I knew exactly what I wanted to say and I wasn't nervous at all. Heavenly Father blessed me with the gift of tongues at the time because I felt like what I had to say made sense. I explained that our purpose as missionaries was to help others to come unto Jesus Christ and help them feel happiness in their life. I felt like I should just solely bare my testimony on why I'm out here in the 1st pace and 2ndly that I love my family and know that it's possible to have an eternal family. The dad actually listened they whole time! I asked Anthony to share his testimony on what he's learned so far and it was to touching. Then I asked the step dad why God is important in his life. Hermana was so nervous to talk to I took the lead in the lesson and HNO Pina helped by sharing why the gospel is important in his life. I decided not to bring up baptism but to simply ask the step dad if we could come back to teach him and his WHOLE family together this Tuesday and he agreed. Heavenly Father blessed us with a miracle in disguise... we have a new investigator and the dad's heart must be softened because we are going to teach the whole family together then invite them all to be baptized at the end of this week. He really does work in mysterious ways (:
So as you can see from my novel I just wrote it's been the toughest, emotional physically and spiritually week of my mission so far but I know that faith precedes miracles.
Stay tuned for next week's email because Elder Zwick from the 70 is doing a mission tour so we will be going to that this week as well as a devotional from him and a stake AMERICAN BBQ (my 1st one all summer) haha Please pray for Anthony if you would and ask to have his step-dad's heart opened and softened.
I love the Lord and the opportunity I have to fight for the wonderful people I'm teaching every day and help them take steps to changing their life. Even if it means being bolder than you've ever been in your life.
Have a great week family I love ya! Glad I get to be with you guys for eternity(:
Hermanita Angell




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