9 month mark! (week 39)

Another great week in Corona!  Today we were able to do another crossfit with our Mission President.  It was a killer, but nice to see the top half of the mission!

Saturday was the best time of the week!  We were able to go to Moreno Valley for a multi-stake Women’s Conference.  Sister Reeves of the General Relief Society was there and spoke.  It was so great!!  Her husband was also the President of the Riverside California Mission years ago.  When I talked to her I had told her that I just got done spending six months in Anza and Idyllwild.  She expressed her love for the people there.  It was also my Dad’s birthday (SHOUTOUT) and my 9 month mark!!!

This week I’ve been leaning on a scripture found in D&C 24:12 that says…

“And at all times, and in all places, he shall open his mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump, both day and night.  And I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men.”

I love that scripture and I have felt the promise that it brings as I serve the Lord!  Going on a mission is the best decision I have ever made!

Sister Haughawout is great!  We are so alike and we have a lot of fun with the work.  I love that she always wants to work hard!  We found out that while I was at BYUI that she lived across the street!

Since we only have 400 miles to drive each month (compared to 2150 in Anza) we have to take a few days off of using the car.  We tried to bike, but our area is a really steep incline so we spent a lot of this week walking to our appointments.   About half of the people we try to start conversations with just give us a funny look and say something not at all related to what we try and talk about, or they say “no hablo ingles” with totally English accents….lol!  One of my favorite things about being a missionary is talking to random people you don’t know about the love that God has for them!

The church is true, the work is great!  Have a great week!

Love,

Sister Meza

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Sister Reeves, 2nd Counselor in General Relief Society
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Sister Wilbert
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Drivin with the homie!
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Bike day
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Aftermath of crossfit
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Our area
 

 

 

 

 

Corona…what a place! (week 38)

Corona…I love it here!

But first, a few last words about Anza….

One of my favorite ladies to visit (who was less active) passed away.  😦  Sister Boevers was an older lady who had a problem with her breathing.  We would visit her about once a week since I first got to Anza.  She was always a little grumpy but she grew to love us and I love her!  I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and I know she is in a better place.

The latest on Rudy…Sister Blanchard told me that while her and her new companion were walking they saw him and talked to him.  Apparently Rudy deleted our phone number because he didn’t want to feel the spirit anymore in his life.  That made me sad.

I was so happy because I got to go to the San Diego Temple on Saturday with a brother in the Anza Branch who we taught the new member lessons to and, with the help of the Branch, got him back to church and on track for the sacred ordinances of the temple. (See last week’s post!)   What a blessing the Hardee’s are in my life!  They have strengthened my testimony of eternal marriage as I was able to see them sealed for eternity!

Now to Corona!  I love my new area and new companion, Sister Haughawout (pronounced how-out).  She is a sassy sister from Houston, Texas, and has been out on her mission for only three months!  She is such a great missionary and we have a lot in common including our love of clothes and Chick-fil-A.  Corona is a great area and the members are strong. This area has a reputation of spoiling the missionaries.  It seems like every time we see a member they are giving us something.  For example, at our district meeting this last week, a member bought our entire zone (20 missionaries) In-N-Out Burger!    But the thing this area struggles with the most is finding people that are ready to accept the gospel.  Unlike Hemet, not as many people are ready to open their hearts to the message that we share, but, nonetheless, the field it white!

I love the gospel and how, no matter where you attend church, the feeling is the same.  I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world!

Love,

Sister Meza

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Me and Sister Haughawout
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San Diego Temple
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Love them!
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Goodbye Anza, Hello Corona (week 37)

Well after spending six months on the hill, it is time for us to part ways (for now).  I’m leaving Anza and Idyllwild behind and heading to Corona!

This last week has been really bittersweet because I had a feeling I was leaving and Corona was on my mind all week.  I love Sister Blanchard so much!  My mission “daughter” will now be training!  I am so proud of her and she will be such a great trainer!

This week we finally have someone progressing!  Jim, the partially blind man, came to church!  He loved it!  He is on date for baptism on March 14th.  When I told him I would try and come to his baptism he started crying.  I love Jim!

This Saturday we are going to the San Diego Temple with Brother Hardee and Sister Keep! Brother Hardee was less active when we started teaching him and with the help of the branch, he is getting sealed to Sister Keep this Saturday!  Hopefully, I can find someone in my new ward to take me. 🙂

I’m sure going to miss all of the amazing people I got attached to in this area.  Although the members are few, they are strong and I love them!

Love,

Sister Meza

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Half of the Riverside Mission when Elder Hamula came!

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From Anza to Corona!
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Julieta is leaving next week on her mission to Canada!
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…I said no
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Our dysfunctial district 😉
 

 

Press Forward Friends! (week 36)

Wow, it is already the last week in my 6th transfer!  I have officially spent half my mission so far with Sister Blanchard and it has been so great!

The weather out here has been pretty bipolar!  It’s either sunny and nice, or foggy, windy, rainy and cold!  It tends to keep us on our toes.  I thought the bad weather would help us get into people’s homes, but it doesn’t.  Haha.  We even had a trailer park-wide power outage for a couple of hours!

This week was filled with following the spirit!  We had a couple of experiences where the spirit helped keep us out of trouble.  We spent some time this week finding people on the Branch list we didn’t know.  We were looking for this man, with a name that could only be out of a hobbit movie.  🙂  We were going down this dirt road,which felt like the middle of nowhere, when all of a sudden this nice paved road appeared.  It ended up leading to this huge gate that just happened to be open.  We had a strong feeling to turn around and not enter.  That ended up being the entrance to the Soboba Indian Reservation where they don’t take kindly to outsiders.  Out of my 6 months of being in this area, I had no idea it was there.  There was another time we were looking for this lady, when we came across this trailer with her same address.  There was a gate there but it was only partially covering the entrance.  The same thing happened where we felt like we shouldn’t pursue it and it turns out that a single man lives there who is an alcoholic.  There was a another entrance to the property that we were looking for.

A brighter experience we had was when we had exhausted everyone on our list and had a prompting to stop by an active families home to try and get some referrals.  It had kind of been a tough day, and on the way there I had a feeling that there were going to be home made cookies there and I told Sister Blanchard.  Low and behold there were fresh baked cookies when we got there.  The Holy Ghost has a good sense of humor!  🙂

We are not teaching Rudy anymore.  😦  For the third week in a row he has told us that he was coming on Sunday and doesn’t show.  #sadday.

This past week as church was crazy!  We went to the Anza Branch.  We were thinking “okay, we probably will just have our normal meeting for once”, but we were wrong!  We ended up being asked to teach the youth Sunday School, along with gospel principles.  We somewhat winged a lesson about the creation and the Holy Ghost.  It ended up not being so bad.  The third hour of church was combined with everyone except the primary children.  It was on the new youth theme for the year which is 2 Nephi 31:20 “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”  We were asked to give a talk on pressing forward to everyone right before it started! Hahaha we, of course, said okay and it ended up being pretty good!  Well, at least I hope it was.  🙂

Keep pressing forward my friends!  The church is true!

Love, Sister Meza

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Idyllwild
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Bible Study!
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Anza
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Terwilliger Road
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Fog!