Love One Another (week 43)

This week was jam packed!  Just like most of them lately!  The highlight of my week was for sure going to the Redland’s Temple :).  I love and cherish the feelings I receive when I go.  I feel so blessed to be able to attend the temple on my mission because I know many others don’t have the opportunity.

Something else that happened this week is that we had Stake Conference.  We were able to hear from Elder Dube of the Seventy.  There was a lot that I learned and needed!  One thing that really stood out to me was when one of the members of the Corona Stake talked about four things:  1)  Finding a need or concern that we have been having in our lives; 2) Studying the part of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that could help you overcome your need or concern; 3) Making a plan on how you can overcome your need or concern using Christ’s Atonement; and 4)  Implement that plan into your life every day.  I know that this will help us become what our Father in Heaven wants us to become!   I love Jesus Christ and the opportunity I have had to represent Him for the past 10 months — how fast time flies!

Finding people to teach in Corona is hard, but the people we find are more ready to accept the gospel  Two weeks ago we went looking for investigators, or “finding” as we missionaries like to say.  Out for 13 hours and didn’t find one new investigator for the week.  This past week we were able to find Marcos!  The cool thing about it was that Marcos called us, which has only happened to me twice on my mission.  He is a truck driver and basically asked us what the process is to become a member.  We just told him that he needs to pray, read the Book of Mormon, pray again, and go to church.  He is so ready to know of its truth, which is great!  His girlfriend is already a member of the church.

I love meeting people that are willing to grow closer to our Heavenly Father!  Something that this area has really helped me with is my fear of rejection.  There are a lot of people that we talk to in a day.  Some nice, like this Indian man we met yesterday, who gave us some sparkling water.  And there are people that are straight up rude, like this 20 year old who road by us on his skateboard twice and yelled profanities at us.  But I know that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and we all make mistakes in this life.  I know that because of what Christ did for us, it doesn’t matter what we have done, as long as we turn to Him and by being kind, by serving others, and most of all, by loving others!

I love these words from Christ in John 15:

10.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12.  This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Remember the Lord and keep his commandments!

I love and miss you all!

Love, Sister Meza

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Getting our hair cut!
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District Meeting!

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Gotta love those tan lines #ombre
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Shopping carts are everywhere in Corona
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My cute companion!
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Our crazy desk area
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Chick-fil-a er day
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CRM-California Riverside Mission

 

 

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Cold, Wet, and the Spirit (week 42)

This week was great!  As always!  One of my favorite experiences I had this week was a blessing we received form being diligent.  It was late and raining last Monday night and we were trying to figure out where to go.  Everyone we would try that opened the door that night thought we were crazy standing in the rain, but we were on the hunt for people that would receive us!  We decided to stop by a former investigators home that lived in the area we were at the time.  It turns out that the person we thought we were stopping by to see had moved, but the new people that lived there allowed us to show the “Because He Lives” video on their front porch.  It was a mom and her two young daughters.  Their porch was small so Sister Haughawout and I stood in the pouring rain while they watched it.  Although I was cold and wet, I felt the spirit so strong as we testified of Jesus Christ!  I am so grateful for my calling as a missionary!

Another great thing that happened this week was when we were able to teach the Word of Wisdom to our investigator, Craig.  For those of you who don’t know what the Word of Wisdom is, it is a law of health given to us by a loving Heavenly Father through a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith.  We knew how he struggles with smoking and so we weren’t sure how he would take it our message.   The spirit was so strong during the lesson and he committed to giving up smoking!  The next day our ward mission leader, Brother Behrens, was able to give him a priesthood blessing.  He called us later that day and said that is has really helped him!  I know that the Lord gives us commandments for our benefit in this life and in the life to come.  Have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Playin in the rain
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Good ‘ole Corona
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Our residence
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The Corona Zone
Everywhere we go in our area the sidewalks are tagged…

 

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One Eternal Round (week 41)

What a week.  As some of you may know, I turned 20 last week!  I am officially not a teenager and it feels just the same.  Crazy is all I can say about what went on this week.  Last Tuesday, we had a district meeting and helped people move.  Wednesday was my birthday!  Sister H has been having bad headaches lately so she got a new prescription that made her sick and higher that a kite, so we had to spend it in until she was able to get better.  Thursday, like always, we had weekly planning and then I got sick which wasn’t fun.   Friday we had a training on the new Easter video coming out.  Saturday was our only normal day.  Sadly, we weren’t able to get a lot done last week, but it has given us a desire to work hard this week!

One of the people we are teaching is Zoey.  She has a strong testimony that the church is true, but her parents don’t feel like she is ready to be baptized.  Last Thursday, we taught her about missionary work and she ended up bringing one of her friends to church on Sunday!

“For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round (1 Nephi 10:19).

Hope you all have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Happy Birthday to me 🙂
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Zoey (in the middle)
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The O’Flynn family
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Oh, Elders….lol
 

Corona, Corona, Corona (week 40)

This week has been great as always!  I cannot believe it is already the 4th week in the transfer!  I love serving with Sister Haughawout (how-out).  Sometimes we joke around about how similar we are.   We are hoping we can stay together for another transfer, but I think that we have a little too much fun for our own good.  🙂

This week we have really been working on getting out of our comfort zone to talk to people wherever we go.  This past week we were contacting an investigator at their home, and there was a drug deal going down with a bunch of teenagers next to their house, so I walked up to them and invited them to learn more about Jesus Christ and how he can help us through our trials.  As I have gone out of my way to talk to people, even though it can be super awkward, I have found more strength in my testimony and how blessed I am to have a knowledge that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is our Savior!

I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I’m so grateful that I get to have these 18 months set apart in my life to serve the Lord!

If you know anyone that would be interested in learning more about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, you can refer them to the missionaries through mormon.org.

Wishing you a great week!

Love,

Sister Meza

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Sister “Howsitgoing” 🙂
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