My first baptism and Mo-Val Spanish Land! (week 5)

This week was hard but great!  We are having a hard time with our investigators progressing right now, but we had our first baptism which was so great!  Dan and Dawson Hoover are the best!  I remember my first lesson at Dan’s house….I walked in and said “Thanks for letting us come over and teach a lesson”.  He got pretty mad that I said that because he was a former member and he thought he knew everything.  He’s a 72 year old Vietnam Veteran and he had some stories to tell.  The one that most influenced him was when he was stuck in the middle of a field with a wounded pilot having enemy fire coming in all directions.  He said a little prayer promising the Lord that he would do everything he could to come closer to Him when he got home and 10 seconds later the fire ceased.  That’s just one of the many stories he has told us about his time as a marine.  I love the Hoover’s!

Friday I was able to go on my first exchange!  It was in Moreno Valley with a Spanish sister.  It was so cool!  I knew a lot more Spanish than I thought I did.  It was so easy to bond with the people there because they reminded me of my family.  Some of them even asked if I could come back next week.  The sister I was with even let me eat at Portillo’s for lunch!  It was the best and it reminded me of home.  🙂

My favorite experience this week was when I was down and the Lord picked me back up.  We had a really great investigator who was a young girl from Africa and her brother.  They were looking for a church to join and after we had taught them a lesson, they agreed to meet with us again.  The phone number they had given us was disconnected so we stopped by only to find out that they looked things up on the internet against the gospel and weren’t interested anymore.  I was really sad and discouraged.  We stopped by this woman’s home who was 93 years old and we were planning on sharing a message with her about prayer.  She ended up teaching us about prayer and how the adversary doesn’t want us to be happy.  I just knew Heavenly Father was mindful of us.

Love and miss you all!

Sister Meza

Now for some pics…..

The Hoover's Baptism!
The Hoover’s Baptism!
Went hiking with the Zone in Idywild.
Went hiking with the Zone in Idywild.
This was after the hike
This was after the hike

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We helped this woman clean out a camper and found a bunch of black widow spiders!!! :/
We helped this woman clean out a camper and found a bunch of black widow spiders!!! :/
We also found a couple dead cats.  :(
We also found a couple dead cats. 😦
My MTC comp!
My MTC comp!
The fires in California
The fires in California
Portillo's in Moreno Valley!
Portillo’s in Moreno Valley!
Biking by the trailer parks :)
Biking by the trailer parks 🙂
The view behind my Bishop's home.
The view behind my Bishop’s home.

The struggle bus (week 4)

I have no time to write so I’ll just send pictures!  🙂  Hope you all are having a great week!

Sister Maness drove us to the temple.  She just got back from her mission in Boise, Idaho and she'll be going to Rexburg this fall!
Sister Maness drove us to the temple. She just got back from her mission in Boise, Idaho and she’ll be going to Rexburg this fall!
This is Dawson who's getting baptized on Sunday!
This is Dawson who’s getting baptized on Sunday!

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Redlands Temple
Redlands Temple
Such a great day
Such a great day
Where I live
Where I live

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When we biked across our whole area to make a dinner appointment :)
When we biked across our whole area to make a dinner appointment 🙂
This is a sister in our ward.  She likes everyone to call her Grandma.  She's so sweet!
This is a sister in our ward. She likes everyone to call her Grandma. She’s so sweet!
Letters from home!
Letters from home!

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Love and miss you all!

Sister Meza

We are so blessed! (Week 3)

So much has happened this week and the longer I’m here the more I love it!  This area has so much work to do and the ward members are the best!  We are the first sister missionaries in the area for over 10 years!  So a lot more people are willing to talk to us 🙂

I live in an apartment with 3 other sister missionaries and it’s so fun!  I love each of them so much!  My companion is Sister Olsen from Price, Utah; Sister Roberts is from Georgia; and Sister Castrillon is from Columbia!  We all have the best time together!

One of my favorite experiences this week was when we taught an older couple who has a lot of family that are members.  We were going to go over and help them paint a room but it was already finished when we got there, so we shared a spiritual thought on faith.  They expressed concerns about a son they had that wasn’t in the best place.  I shared my testimony on how acts of faith brings you closer to your Heavenly Father and truly blesses your life.  I gave the closing prayer and prayed specifically for their son.  It turns out that after we left, their son texted them!  It was an answer to our prayers and they came to church the next day!

We don’t go door to door here.  We just talk to everyone we see or ride past.  Something crazy about this area is that we run into at least 1 inactive member a day.  All the people are really humble and I love them!  Sister Olsen and I always pray and write down 3 streets that we feel we should walk down.  The first time we did it, all the streets intersected which was crazy!  Last week when we did it we only had one that did.  As we were walking we went up to a garage sale and I wanted to see if they had any blenders because we all were talking about how we wanted one the day before.  The person we talked to ended up being a member and just gave us the blender she had.  It was such a blessing to us and just a sign that the Lord takes care of the details.  This member just recently found out that her friend of 10 years was an inactive member of the church, who used to be close with sister missionaries a long time ago.

The title of this post comes from a phrase us sisters tend to use a lot!  🙂

Love and miss you all!

Sister Meza

Our Apartment!
Our Apartment!
I love these sisters!
I love these sisters!
Bikes are ballin!
Bikes are ballin!

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My favorite flowers grow everywhere here!
My favorite flowers grow everywhere here!
Reunited with my MTC district!
Reunited with my MTC district!
Our mailbox :)
Our mailbox 🙂
Enjoying the sunshine!
Enjoying the sunshine!

Hot in Hemet! (Week 2)

This week has been crazy and so much has happened!  I have such a great companion, Sister Olson, who has been out for 15 months and she is one of the most hard working missionaries I have ever met!  Which is great because there is so  much work to do here in Hemet!  Our area is pretty small but a lot of people live in it.  It’s a biking area which I have loved up until Sunday when it felt like a someone was holding a hot blow dryer to my face.  There are a lot of orange orchards here and the oranges are AMAZING.  The members are so great!  People here aren’t afraid to be themselves and no one is trying to compete with each other which I love!  The members are super involved with missionary work, too, which is sooooo great!  Yesterday we got to hear from Elder Nielson of the Seventy which was super good!  He focused on the enabling power of the Atonement!

Best district ever!
Best district ever!
I love dressing like a missionary!
I love dressing like a missionary!
The mission home
The mission home
Sister Olsen and I
Sister Olsen and I
The time we got stuck in an orange orchard
The time we got stuck in an orange orchard
In front of a members home
In front of a members home
On our bikes...again
On our bikes…again
The road we usually travel
The road we usually travel

I wish I had more time to email!  Love and miss you all!

Sister Meza