Monday, July 29, 2013

Last week of transfer 2!

    So this week was pretty chill, we had some good lessons with our investigators and we even taught some lessons in English so I felt like I was really able to participate more which was nice. One of our investigators named Evelyn has really progressed this week and it was sooooo cool. She told us flat out in two of our lessons with her that she did not want to get baptized, but on Saturday she really opened up and said that she was thinking about it. We have only been meeting with her for about 2 weeks and seeing the change in her is one of the coolest things ever! At first she wasn’t even sure if there was a god and now she prays to him every day :) I think that’s the coolest part about being on a mission, seeing the change that the knowledge of the Gospel can bring into people lives. The hardest part is going to church and having investigators not show up, and being so sad because you just want them to see and feel the spirit. Sometimes it’s hard that they have free agency. We just want them to have the blessings! But sometimes they just aren’t ready I guess and that’s ok, we just need to try our best. 

  So Sunday was AWESOME!!! all four of us full time missionaries spoke in church, I was last and I didn’t have much time to speak but I was able to bare my testimony which as cool. We also did a special musical number of "yo se que vive mi senor" and the spirit was so strong when we sang! There were so many people crying. And they all came up and thanked us afterward. That was nice, because we were sad we didn’t have any investigators at church, but we were still able to touch some people and help them feel the spirit, so that’s all that counts!

  Also it is monsoon season! It is soooo cool, I LOVE it. We were walking around the other day and it just starting pouring on us. It was so much fun. I asked sister Segura if I could jump in a puddle and she said yes. So I did. We talked to people in the rain and they asked us why we were smiling so big. We told them because we have the best news ever to tell them! We also woke up Wednesday morning and it was pouring so we decided to go running in the rain. That is the only time I have ever enjoyed running. I love the rain!

  Well we got transfer calls last night.... and sister Segura is leaving :( I love her SOOOOOOOO much! She is my best friend and we have been through a lot. It will be hard, but we are also both excited to get new companions and continue the work. So next week I will have a new companion. It will be exciting, can’t wait to introduce ya all to her. Well love ya all tons, keeping you in my prayers! Talk to ya soon!

         Hermana Savage :)
Heres us on p-day with our Raspados! SOOOOOO GOOD!

By the awesome wall in Guadalupe

Walking in the Rain! :)

Great week!


   So this week was pretty much amazing and there we had some really amazing experiences. I don’t have time to share them all, but I want to share one of my favorites. We had a lesson with one of our investigators named Miguel this week. A little background info on him. He is married to a member and he has been investigating the church for years and years. He knows everything is true he just doesn’t feel like it is his time to be baptized because he hasn’t gotten his answer yet. We looked through his progress record and it is 2 pages long of missionaries after missionaries who have pushed for baptism but all ended up with the same result. He doesn’t get baptized. So we decided to just read in the book of Mormon with him to try and do something different. Didn’t work. He told us he already knew the book of Mormon was true and he was a good person. Then he went off on baptism. It was getting a little heated and I didn’t really know what was going on but I kept getting the feeling that I had to share something. I went over in my mind what I could share, but I didn’t know how to say anything I wanted to in Spanish. Then I came to a thought and I kept coming back to it. I had no idea how to say it, but I felt so strongly that I had to say it that I just decided to share in English. The conversation was still pretty heated so I had to kind of raise my hand to get attention and ask if I could share something. "puedo compartir algo?" I asked if it was ok if I said it in English and he said it was ok. I said “you have been holding of baptism for years and years because you say you are waiting for your answer." sister Segura started to translate for me, but I could feel that he understood what I was saying. ”but you are so blessed. You know the book of Mormon is true, you know joseph smith was a true prophet, and you know this church is true. You know! Miguel you have been blessed with a believing heart. You are waiting for your answer, but sometimes heavenly father doesn’t answer because he trusts us to make the right choice. He trusts YOU Miguel. One hundred percent to make the choice." it was really quiet and I have never felt the spirit so strong in my life. I know it was 100% the spirit because I could feel how powerful the words were. And I could tell that it hit him hard. He was quiet for a long time and his eyes were a little watery. Then he said "I’m going to be baptized." it was soooooooo amazing! Then the real problem came up and he told us that they weren't married. So now we know what to work on and we can get him on the path home! :)

  So many other things happened too but I don’t have time to write. But something fun happened this week. So yesterday morning we got a call and we were told that we had to teach gospel doctrines because they couldn’t get ahold of anyone. Sister Segura got sick and had to stay home. And she and sister Maier thought it would be a great idea for me and sister Funke to go to church by our self. So we had to teach gospel doctrines in Spanish and neither of us knows Spanish very well. But it actually went ok and we took up the whole class time which was cool. Miracles. Haha it was great the members had a good time with our broken Spanish and jokes. But I better go. So love you all1 and I have sooo many letters from everyone I fell so loved its awesome! But I don’t have all the time to write back so if I don’t write you back right away, don’t worry. I will! Just be patient! Love ya all!

                             Hermana Savage

Sister Funke and I. Gopel Doctorine Teachers no biggie! :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hola! como estan!?

Hola! como estan!?

   I don’t have much to report on this week because I don’t know how to put everything that I want to say into a short letter. But we had Zone Conference this week, and it was sooooo amazing! There were so many things said that I really needed to hear, and helped me out a lot. It’s amazing how strong the spirit was when we are all there. There wasn't a dry eye at the end. Even the elders were getting a little teary eyed. I don’t think I have ever felt the spirit so strong in my life or ever felt how much the lord sustains me and trust me. He trusts me enough to have his sons name on my chest close to my heart. He sustains me enough to back me up 100 %. It is so amazing to be a part of this work. This week I think I really found out what my purpose not only as a missionary is but as a person as well. One of the lines president pointed out in preach my gospel was the one that says just as vital as what you do is who you are. I’m starting to realize how important I really am to Heavenly Father, which is something that I have really needed to know. I struggle a lot with that. Feeling like I’m just a burden. But Zone conference really helped me to realize how important I am.

     We were also able to go on exchanges this week which was so much fun! I went to Mesa with sister Tompson and I learned so much. It’s fun that the sisters are able to go on exchanges now, since there are so many of us. Sister power!!! We also went on our temple trip to for this transfer on Wednesday. I love the temple. It gets better and better each time I go.

    So we have an investigator that is in the works of turning into a miracle. Her name is Maritza and she has been talking to missionaries for about a year now off and on. We actually haven't seen her in about a month and a half, because she wasn't progressing and she said she didn’t have time to talk to us anymore. 2 weeks ago we got a call from her though and she told us how her 17 year old son was in the hospital about to go into surgery to get a tumor removed that they had found. She told us about how they were so scared and how they prayed and everything seemed to be ok. She told us how she could feel the hand of god in her life and that she wanted us back because she could tell the difference of not having us in her home. Yesterday we were able to go over and her son is already home. It was amazing when we were talking to him how thankful he was for the priesthood blessing that he received while he was in the hospital. The whole time we were there and he was being fed through a tube in his stomach and he had the hiccups really bad. We asked if we could leave with a prayer and i said it. i asked for him to be blessed con las cosas he needed at the moment and immediately his hiccups stooped. After the prayer he was amazed and he said. My hiccups are gone! It was sooo cool! They are so prepared now and we can’t wait to talk with them tonight.
   So this morning we were able to go to the Familia marina home to play some ping pong. It was pretty intense and so much fun. I love their Family they have 5 kids and we were all having a pretty good time. Oh and I’m the ping pong champion for the day which was pretty bom. Oh yeah so I was chicken and I didn’t cut my hair too short, but she did take off 6 1/2 inches! but anyway hope you all are having  a fantastic week! Can’t wait to hear from ya all! Love ya tons!

               Hermana Savage 
Sis Segura with my Hair

Here are the before pictures of me and sister Segura before my hair cut, cut off quite a bit, but it didn't change too much. So I might cut it again soon because I'm a little braver now.

Heres us at the Temple! :)

At the Marinas for Ping Pong P-day

Monday, July 8, 2013

4th of July

Dear Family and friends,
    Nothing too crazy happened this week, but it’s been really good! We met our new Mission President and it was quite a surprise when he had to duck to get into the room. President Toone is 7 FEET TALL! It was awesome to see the elders give him a hug. They all looked so little. Even Elder Hire at 6' 4" found it nice to look up to someone for once. then he came to sister Segura... everyone started laughing as she only reaches to about his ankle being 5 feet tall. He is amazing and he speaks with power and sincerity. We are all so excited to get to know him.

   We weren't able to do anything to crazy for the 4th of July. We actually had to be back at our apartment by 6:30pm. Probably because they don’t want missionaries walking around when there are people running around setting off explosions. But we were able to go through our Area Book hard core and make some maps and get things organized really well, which was nice. We weren't able to see any fireworks so instead we had our own firework show. I got my glow stick "fireworks" that mom sent me and hung them on our ceiling fan. Then we turned out the lights, turned on the fan and laid down on the carpet to watch our "missionary" firework show. It was fun! 

   I had a really cool experience this week too. We met this less active woman and we started talking to her, I didn't fully understand what was going on but I kept being prompted to share Alma 40:11-12. So I did and I shared how it really comforted me when my uncle Brad passed away. It was so strong and she started crying. I guess her mom died and she was worried about her so it was the perfect scripture for her. It’s awesome to be in tune with the spirit because even when I don’t understand everything, I can still be a part of the lesson, as long as I let the spirit guide me. 

  So today I am going to get my hair cut. The only thing is I’m a chicken. But I guess next week you will be able to see how brave I was according to how short it goes. But it will be fun to change things up, plus it will be nice to have shorter hair in the heat. It’s so crazy that I have already been out for three months! The time is flying by so fast! Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. Well I hope everyone is doing well, and enjoying the summer. Can’t wait to hear from you all! Love ya tons!!! :) 

                  Hermana Savage