Hope and Faith (week 47)

Hey Everyone!

This week, like every week in Corona, was busy!  We started off last week with Zone Conference!  The Stake President in Corona came and spoke to us.  He shared a crazy story about a time when he was in the special forces and something went wrong on his mission, and those that were negative lost their lives.  Kind of a crazy story to share in a room full of missionaries!  I thought about that story throughout the week and analyzed how important it is to have a positive attitude in missionary work and in life.  Corona has a reputation in the mission as being a hard area to do missionary work.  One of the former AP’s recently got transferred here into the hardest ward to find people to teach.  A ward where the old missionaries had a goal of picking up 2 new investigators a week to now a solid 10.  And they continue to go above and beyond that each week.  Why are hope and faith important?  I know that without the two, working as a missionary and being in the outside world is hard.  Trials will come in our lives and what do we have to help us when they do?  I know that we have the Lord Jesus Christ on our side to help us as we remain hopeful and faithful.  🙂

I also went on exchanges this week to Lake Elsinore!  I always learn something new from each one and I think this one helped me love the area I’m serving in more!

We were able to do some service at an elementary school this week by helping them make boards to hold children’s backpacks.  It was super fun and we are going back this week to finish.  They were so appreciative!

We also had a stake missionary breakfast early Saturday morning.  We are really seeing improvements in the stake as far as missionaries go and we really felt the love the leadership had for us.  They are so motivated to strengthen Corona!!

We also went to the Arcadia Mission Office because Sister Roberts had a doctor’s appointment with a doctor that meets with all of the Southern California missionaries.

Our Zone activity this morning was a BBQ at a members home with a crazy nice backyard!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!!!

Love, Sister Meza

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Exchange selfies
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Going to the Arcadia Mission Office with Sister Mullen
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Carne Asada!
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The Standard of Truth (week 46)

What a week!  The highlight of it was definitely Sunday!  Zoey had been looking forward to sharing her testimony in fast and testimony meeting for the last two weeks and made it a goal of hers.  So, we all went up with her and it was so great!!!  All the testimonies were focused on missionary work!  It was so great because we had a fireside at our church building that night on that very topic!  Our Mission President gave it and it was fantastic!  🙂

During the middle of the week we had gotten a call from our Mission President asking us if we could sing with the four other missionaries whose wards were also included in the Missionary fireside.  All I had to say was “what if I’m a terrible singer?”.  He said it didn’t matter and that all that mattered was the spirit.  He was right.  We started “The Standard of Truth” which says —

“The standard of truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing;….the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every climb, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” — Joseph Smith, Jr.

After that song, we sang the primary song, “We’ll Bring the World His Truth”.  There were a lot of people there that were feeling the spirit which was way cool!

WE WENT TRACTING!!!  This week we went door to door trying to find people to teach!  We are only allowed to do it when it’s raining and this week was just that!  It was fun!  I helped the Spanish Elders find people to teach because a lot of people we talked to didn’t know English.  My Spanish is okay, but half the time I don’t understand what they were saying.The best door contact we had was with this born again lady who started speaking to us in tongues which was…..interesting.

Hope you all have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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SHOPPING CARTS FOR DAYS!!
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Sharing a video of Jesus
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Found this while walking 🙂

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The bridge in our area

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He is there for us individually (week 45)

I feel like the weeks keep going faster and faster!  I love Corona, California, and the people here!  My new companion is Sister Roberts from Boise, Idaho.  I love her so much, even though we seem to not have many things in common, we love the gospel and sharing it!

This week was pretty hard.  We were trying to adjust to being on our bikes and it really limited our productivity doing the work.  I love the bike life though!!!  But, due to my companion having six asthma attacks this week, they gave us our car back.  So, now we will be on both bike and car.  The area we work is a long strip.  From up a mountain to down past Highway 15.  It’s one big incline that would probably take 3 or so hours to bike the long way, and about 15 minutes across it.  The closer to the highway, the more ghetto it gets and we aren’t allowed past a good chunk of it at night, even with a car.  I love it though!  It is so diverse, even some places we walk we end up talking to more Spanish speakers than English.

A funny experience that me and Sister Roberts had this week was when we were walking in these areas.  I was looking down when she says, “look who it is!”.  As I looked up I saw the Spanish Elders that share our area and they are on their bikes.  Right when I see them, one of them flipped over his handlebars and came tumbling down.  Luckily, the only thing that got hurt was his pride.  Haha.

I loved General Conference!  For those of you who don’t know what General Conference is, it is a special broadcast of the churches leaders, including our prophet and apostles!  I loved that so many of the talks were about our divine identity being children of God.  He knows our mistakes and struggles t

hat we might not want anyone else to know and he loves us anyway.  He knows what we can be more than who we were.

When you look at the life of Jesus Christ, he taught people individually.  He didn’t just say…”it is done, everyone in the whole earth is healed”, although he could have.  Jesus Christ touched peoples lives individually and when we apply that to our own lives, we understand that he knows us and he knows our needs.  He is there for us individually just like in times of old.  I know that is true!  I know that Jesus Christ lives and has a hand in each of our lives.

I want to invite everyone who reads this to pray to see the Lord’s hand in your life each day.  At the end of the day, write in down, and at the end of the week read through it and give thanks to the Lord!  I promise that as you do this, you will see the light of Jesus Christ in your life!  I know that it is there now.

Hope you all have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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We had glow in the dark trash ball as a zone activity this morning.   So fun!
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In between General Conference Sessions!

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Bikin’
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Teaching Ruben, a recent convert
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Sister Roberts!
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Getting Indian food!
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Opening hearts to Christ (week 44)

Happy Easter!  This week has been great!  I love this time of year when people open their hearts to Christ!  We were able to pick up a new investigator, Mike, who came to church and brought his mom.  Craig and Zoey were also at church and said goodbye to Sister Haughawout!  She is leaving and my new companion will be Sister Roberts.  They are also taking away our car so we will be bikin it.  We plan to be tan and skinny by the end of the next transfer!  haha!  In reality, I am kinda freaking out because our area has a long incline, but at least my thighs will get toned!

I am really going to miss Sister H.  She has really taught me a lot about becoming a more loving missionary!  I am so grateful we will be together in Idaho after the mission!  I just love her!!!  The people in this ward are really sad to see her go.

Well, that’s really it for this week!  I hope you all have a great one!

Love, Sister Meza

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Last day with my girl

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I’m really going to miss some of these missionaries!
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Bike life
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#selfie
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Women’s Conference
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The Saunders
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Zoey!
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The addiction is real