Declare Glad Tidings (week 18)

This week has probably been the slowest out of the short four months I’ve been on my mission.  We have been trying to manage the miles this week by having branch members drive us.  We had a great experience with a lady who has recently become active and went through the temple.  I love seeing members who know the feeling of living without the spirit and then becoming truly converted.

My favorite scripture this week has been D&C 19:29-30 “And thou shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see.  And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.”  This scripture has really been the outline for me in this new area.  Not just because this area is on a mountain, but because I have really learned a lot about humility and trusting in the Lord.  We can’t find people to teach through our own efforts, so we really do have to rely on the Lord and trust that he will lead us to people who have been prepared to receive the gospel, through our obedience as missionaries.  I love the Lord, Jesus Christ, and I feel closer to Him than ever.

We were also able to celebrate Sister Springer’s birthday!  I waited until she went to sleep and decorated the trailer.  🙂  We also had a great dinner with the Merchant family!  I forgot my camera cord at home, so I’ll send a lot of pictures next week, especially since I get to go to the Redland’s Temple on Wednesday!  Whooo hooo!

Hope everyone had a great September!

Love, Sister Meza

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Check your speed (week 17)

Another busy week in Anza!  Thursday we got together with half of the mission while they put these little boxes in the mission cars to monitor our driving.  It was funny because during the meeting the guy from Salt Lake who came with a crew to install them, asked the 50 or so of us to raise our hand if we drove over 90 mph in our mission cars.  Almost all of the Elders raised their hand and none of the Sisters did.  I was kind of dreading the whole thing, especially in the area I’m in, but I always forget that it’s there until it says “check your speed.”  It’s definitely helping me be a safe driver though!

This week we were able to pick up 7 investigators, which is unheard of in this area!  One of them being Sally, a single woman from Zimbabwe that we are helping do home improvement projects around her house.  She is so sweet and has a really strong testimony of Jesus Christ.  We are also teaching the Lannik family!  The dad is the local high school’s wresting coach and they have two sons in high school.  We showed the family a video about Jesus Christ called “Because He Lives” and it was so great!  We are pretty sure the two boys were tearing up during it :)….the spirit was definitely there!  I love being a missionary and seeing the light and hope that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

Love, Sister Meza

We are blessed with great sunsets
We are blessed with great sunsets
My companion made me breakfast one day!
My companion made me breakfast one day!
"check your speed"
“check your speed”
My desk
My desk
The District!
The District!

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Muddling through the mountains
Muddling through the mountains

Filled to the Max! (week 16)

This week has been harder than most, but I love being a missionary more than ever!  Sister Springer and I are working well with each other and I love being her companion.  She has a love for the people that really influences her missionary work in a positive way!

This week we were asked to speak in the Idyllwild Branch.  Sunday morning comes along and Sister Springer wakes up with pink eye.  So, luckily, we found a member of the Anza Branch to take me to church.  When we showed up, it turned out there was only one Priesthood holder there so they couldn’t pass the sacrament.  They had to switch all the hours of church around and so sacrament ended up being last.  Because I was so busy during the week I only had Sunday morning to prepare for my talk, that I ended up giving to a chapel filled to the max…..with 6 people. 🙂

I talked about the first great commandment, to love God with all your heart.  I know that all we can give is our hearts because everything else is already His.  If we follow this great commandment, all the other commandments will be easier as we keep an eternal perspective.  I felt the spirit so strong in that humble chapel and I pray that one day it will grow into a mighty ward!

I love this area!

Love, Sister Meza

Tarantula skin!
Tarantula skin!
Zone hike
Zone hike
Cozzens and Roberts!
Cozzens and Roberts!
Took Sister Springer to Bdubs for her birthday!  22 woo hoo!
Took Sister Springer to Bdubs for her birthday on the 24th! 22 woo hoo!
The Zone!
The Zone!
Hiking in Hemet
Hiking in Hemet

Happy Labor Day! (week 15)

Sister Springer and I are working really hard in this area to get the missionary work going.  We both have a strong love for the people that we serve in this area!  We have a lot of opportunities to do service because everyone here owns a bunch of land and there is always something to do.  The people here work hard!  We were able to pick up a lot of people who used to take the lessons from previous missionaries, with the hopes of helping them build a stronger desire to follow Jesus Christ and to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel.

This week the Anza Branch hosted a community event with the Boy Scouts and the Police Department.  It was great!  The Anza Branch is really good at getting out into the community!  We are trying to get the work going strong in the Idyllwild Branch this coming week, since there are only six or so active members there.  Sister Springer and I have a lot of fun together as companions and I love her!

Have a great week!  Love and miss you all!

Sister Meza

Community Event
Community Event

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Our trailer
Our trailer
Angel, one of our investigators
Angel, one of our investigators
A tarantula!
A tarantula!

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Doing service for Sister Holcomb
Doing service for Sister Holcomb
Putting stickers on pomegranates
Putting stickers on pomegranates
Idyllwild
Idyllwild
This was a guy's property that we explored....
This was a guy’s property that we explored….
...he had a bomb shelter....
…he had a bomb shelter….
...and a bunch of bunk houses for cattle ranchers back in the day. It was cool!
…and a bunch of bunk houses for cattle ranchers back in the day. It was cool!

Anza and Idyllwild (week 14)

This week has been great!  There is so much work to do in my new area and we are getting to it!  My companion, Sister Springer, and I made mission standards this week and that hasn’t happened in our area for the last three transfers.  But with that, we also went 400 miles over the 2,000 we get a month in this area (oops), so we will probably be getting a call from the Mission President this week…..luckily, it is now a new month.

We are over two branches (or congregations).  The Anza Branch could be a ward if everyone came, but it only has about 30 active members.  The Idyllwild Branch has only 10 active members and so that’s where we went last Sunday. The views are beautiful everywhere and I love the people!

Until next week…

Sister Meza

My first day in my new area!
My first day in my new area!
Doing service walking dogs
Doing service walking dogs
The truck!
The truck!
Driving through the California mountains
Driving through the California mountains
Foolish Pleasure Rock...
Foolish Pleasure Rock…
...those pants though
…those pants though
Doing some exploring and hiking on our p-day!
Doing some exploring and hiking on our p-day!
A Dust Storm
A Dust Storm
Sister Springer with Angel, our investigator
Sister Springer with Angel, our investigator
We cleaned a man's house for service...I'm never getting a cat
We cleaned a man’s house for service…I’m never getting a cat
On our way to an appointment
On our way to an appointment