Repentance (week 21)

So much has happened this week!  Last Monday was spent cleaning and reorganizing our trailer and it looks great!  I’ll have to send some pictures next week.  We had multi-Zone Conference this week which is basically where the leaders in the mission give us training.  It was so good!!!!  They focused on contacting, which I personally love.  Contacting is when we go walking and talking to new people.   It used to be something that I always had to push myself out of my comfort zone to do but now it comes naturally.  Being a missionary is always going to be awkward, but you have to learn to love the awkward moments.

We also spent all of yesterday in Idyllwild, which we only go to every other week.  They asked us to speak in sacrament and I was given the topic on repentance.  Since I was second to speak, I ended up giving the talk for 25 minutes which was weird, since I grew up only give 5 minutes talks in sacrament meeting.  I loved what I had learned about repentance while giving this talk.

The definition of repentance is to form a fresh view of God, yourself, and the world.  Any sin is an action that pulls you away from God.  God’s will for each of us is to inherit eternal life (2 Nephi 10:23) and as we repent we align our will with His.  There are 6 steps that we as missionaries teach to people to help them repent:

  1.  Recognize:  We all sin daily so it will be a daily process.
  2. Stop:  This is when the Godly sorrow vs. worldly sorrow comes into play. Godly sorrow leads us to repentance and worldly sorrow leads us to damnation or simply puts the stop of progression.
  3. Confess:  Pray to the Lord for forgiveness.  Any feeling that makes you feel unworthy to pray is from the adversary.  Heavenly Father is always there to help you, if you just ask.
  4. Keep the Commandments:  Turn to God when you make a mistake rather than the world.  You were never meant to walk a lonely path.
  5. Acknowledge the Savior:  It is only through Jesus Christ that allows us to repent. It all starts with faith and then the cycle starts over again.

I have learned a lot while studying this simple concept and I hope that we all continue on our path to grow closer to God through repentance.

Alma 36:24 in the Book of Mormon…”Yea, and from that time even until now, I have labored without ceasing, that I might bring souls unto repentance; that I might bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of which I did taste; that they might also be born of God, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.”

We were also able to pick up six new investigators this week!  Three in Anza and three in Idyllwild:

Nicole — A young mom who just finished college and lives with a less active.  We taught her the restoration and she wanted us to come back.

Carol and Alexia — We helped them move in last week and they accepted to hear our message.  Carol was hesitant to accept the invite to read the Book of Mormon, but hopefully she will.

Dorian — Works with famous athletes in helping them turn to God.  We taught him the plan of salvation and he said that he will pray about it, which is great!

Norm and Sherri — We also taught them the restoration but they said they didn’t believe in the priesthood.  They said that they want to know more and have committed to reading the pamphlet we left them.

It has been a great week!  Sister Blanchard is a bomb missionary and we are getting a lot done!  Hope you all have a great week!

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It got super cold in Idyllwild...in the 60's!  (she has forgotten Chicago winters) ;)
It got super cold in Idyllwild…in the 60’s! (she has forgotten Chicago winters) 😉
Someone who lives in Idyllwild carved this into their tree!
Someone who lives in Idyllwild carved this into their tree!
The beautiful view from our lesson with Dorian.
The beautiful view from our lesson with Dorian.

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Multi-zone Conference!
Multi-zone Conference!
Our Zone
Our Zone
President and Sister Mullen driving us to Pep Boys to pick up our truck!  :)
President and Sister Mullen driving us to Pep Boys to pick up our truck! 🙂
Anza has the best views!
Anza has the best views!
My companion is musically inclined :)
My companion is musically inclined 🙂
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2nd Transfer in Anza! (week 20)

This week has been fun, but also crazy!…as always! 🙂  On Monday, Sister Springer was transferred to Lake Elsinore and I stayed in Hemet with Sister Moore for a few days since she was also going to be training a new missionary.  It felt really good to be back in Hemet, even if it was only for a few days.  Then we were off to Riverside, along with Sister Roberts who will also be a trainer! Whooohooo!  There were six cute little sisters entering the mission field and I had a feeling when I met Sister Blanchard that she would be my new companion!

Sister Blanchard is from Fort Collins, Colorado, and she is half Japanese which is pretty cool!  I actually lived across from her during my Fall Semester at BYUI which blows my mind.  I am so excited to be her companion! She came out of the MTC with a strong fire to get things done, which is exactly what Anza needs.  I was a little worried about someone starting off their mission in Anza, just because it is so different from any area in the mission, but all that is gone.  She has truly been prepared for this area and the people here.

The first night we were together we got to stay with the Hermanas from the Ramona Ward since we had zone meeting in the morning, so we got to go contacting in my old area.  I got to see a few families that I missed and got a couple of people for the sisters in that area to teach.

We finally got to our area Thursday night and didn’t get to working until Friday. Our Mission President counseled the whole mission to go walking 1 1/2 hours a day.  Since Anza is so spread out, we had never done this before.  Well, this week we went walking and ended up finding three new investigators!  I have a strong testimony of following the counsel of your leaders!

Have a great week!  Love and miss you all!

Love, Sister Meza

Saying goodbye to Sister Springer...Anza will miss you!
Saying goodbye to Sister Springer…Anza will miss you!
Sister Moore and I treated ourselves to sushi!
Sister Moore and I treated ourselves to sushi!
Our drive to Hemet
Our drive to Hemet
Sister Blanchard and I!
Sister Blanchard and I!

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#Anza
#Anza
The Zone!
The Zone!

Temple, Conference and Training! (week 19)

This week has been great!  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to go to the temple every three months and the Redland’s Temple is amazing!  Plus we got to stop at Cafe Rio on the way!  🙂

The beautiful Redland's Temple!
The beautiful Redland’s Temple!
Sister Therrian was kind enough to drive us to the temple :)
Sister Therrian was kind enough to drive us to the temple 🙂

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DSCN1834[1]This week we had to drop one of our investigators who wouldn’t give up some bad habits which was sad.  He felt the spirit every time we would teach him, but he still didn’t want to change.

I loved General Conference and the opportunity we have to hear from a living prophet and apostles.  I felt like some of the messages shared were meant for me personally.  I enjoyed hearing the testimonies of three new apostles.  I felt the spirit testify to me that they are truly called of God and I can’t wait to hear the amazing messages to come from each of them in the years to come.

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The Hemet missionaries got together to watch Conference!
I loved the challenge given in conference from Denn G. Darant of the Seventy to “ponderize” a different scripture each week.  The one I will be working on this week is in D&C 29:7 “And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts.”

We had transfer calls on Saturday and I’ve been asked to train a new missionary straight out of the MTC!  I’m super excited and nervous at the same time! Hopefully I’ll help this sister have a running start to her mission.  I’m excited for the transfer ahead as I learn from my new companion and hopefully she’ll learn from me. 🙂

Have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Sail Faliano found a snake!
Sail Faliano found a snake!
Relief Society!
Relief Society!
My area covers 1/4 of the mission
My area covers 1/4 of the mission
We have caught two mice in our trailer :(
We have caught two mice in our trailer 😦

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Beautiful sunsets!
Beautiful sunsets!
Happy Birthday, Sister Springer!
Happy Birthday, Sister Springer!

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