Staying in Corona! (week 56)

What a transfer!  I am staying in Corona with Sister Roberts for at least another six weeks!  #round3  Crazy things have been happening in this mission!  So many missionaries have been going home early.  There were eight this transfer which is pretty unheard of.  A lot of them I know which mades me sad but they did the Lord’s time!  Sister Roberts trainer, Sister Turner, went home and we were able to go to her farewell lunch at the mission home this week.

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Sister Turner’s farewell lunch 😦
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The Mission Home

One of my favorite Zone Leaders found out Saturday that he is also being sent home due to medical reasons, so today we made him bear us his outgoing testimony and it was so powerful!  I hope that one day I can be on that level!

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Lunch with the Zone!

This week was our District Leader’s last week on the mission so we brought some muffins and the Hermanas brought some tamales that a member had given them.  Since they were made with meat, Sister Roberts didn’t eat much, but my love of Mexican food compelled me to eat most of the one we were sharing.  Our whole district ended up getting food poisoning from the tamales.  That was fun.  😦  Luckily, since Sister Brown and Sister Roberts felt okay enough to go out together, while Sister Madrid and I stayed inside.  That night Sister Roberts had a very, very painful migraine that put her out the whole next day, so we didn’t get tons done this week.

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THE DISTRICT!
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Breakfast with the Hermanas!
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Sick exchanges 😦
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When my companion is sick, I write letters

We did have an amazing lesson with one of our investigators, Heather, this week that reminded me why I am out here and made me know that what I’m doing is worth it!  We taught her about the gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism by immersion, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end).  She is currently on date for baptism in July.  She knows that this is the right path that God wants her to take and she has felt the spirit as we have been able to meet with her!  She is the greatest and I love her!!

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Teaching with Elder and Sister Littlefield!
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They are the cutest!
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Zoey 🙂

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Just Push Through (week 55)

This week was the most stressful week of my mission.  For the past two or three weeks, I haven’t been able to sleep very well and this week it was really affecting me.  My desire to do anything was low and I figured out that it was due to stress.  I was deeply discouraged and pretty irritable.  At one point I was super out of it and needed to take a nap to try to get things straight.  As I was lying there I realized that I just had to push myself.  I needed to get out of bed and get to work and that is what we did!  It ended up being the most successful week I have had in Corona!

The biggest thing that helped me move forward and push through was hearing the talk by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf titled “The Infinite Power of Hope”.  It helped me realize the great blessings of enduring to the end.  Here is the talk…

https://www.lds.org/liahona/2008/11/the-infinite-power-of-hope?lang=eng

Sunday we were able to teach a lot of people and help them progress toward baptism!

Don’t forget to just push through the hard times because great blessings await!

Love, Sister Meza

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When you forget your church shoes!

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Hiking!
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Gospel Principles!
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Breakfast
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Sara’s Birthday!

See Miracles Each Day! (week 54)

I look back on my weeks and sometimes it’s hard to remember what happened, but lately I have really been keeping up on my journal and it has been so great!  I can actually remember what happens week to week.  It is so cool to look back and read about the little miracles I have each day!!

One day in my personal study a scripture stood out to me at the beginning on 2 Nephi in the Book of Mormon, when Lehi is pleading with his wayward sons to follow Christ.  For some reason that really stuck out to me that day.  Later that day, right before our Book of Mormon class, our Bishop pulled us into his office because a woman had just wandered in looking for help and seeking guidance.  She shared with us how her husband was unfaithful which lead to their divorce and that her son was struggling with his faith in Christ and is making bad decisions.  We offered to teach her about the restored gospel but she declined, so I gave her a Book of Mormon with the chapters I had read that morning marked.  I testified of the guidance the Book of Mormon has brought into my life personally and I knew that if she would read it, she would find her answer.  She accepted. She actually lives in our apartment complex so I hope I can run into her again soon!  I know the spirit prompted that scripture to stick out to me for that sister.  God is good! That is just one of the many tender mercies this week!

Don’t forget to write in your journal, and if you haven’t started one, do it!

Have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Getting dessert at Cheesecake Factory with Hermana Brown!
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Post crossfit!
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Dinner with the ward ladies…love ’em!
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Post 107 degree biking pic!

 

Just invite! (week 53)

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a great Memorial Day!  I know I sure did! 🙂  Although it wasn’t very much different from any other pday.  All the missionaries got together to play something called chair soccer and two-step dodge ball.  To make it even more fun, some of the Elders brought a smoke machine and disco ball that they had found in a members garage.  haha.

This week was good.  Sister Roberts had headaches so we spent a little time in.  Last Tuesday, we were able to go to the temple which was definitely the highlight of my week.  The feeling after leaving the temple is like no other!

On Wednesday, we were able to have dinner with another family from our Stake, the Wheats.  They are probably one of the most missionary-minded families I have met since being out here.  They have brought so many people into the gospel and they are such a great example to me!  When I asked Sister Wheat what helps her to share the gospel with others, she said “just invite”.  How simple is that?!  We can invite our friends and even acquaintances to learn more, come to church, or come to your home.  We are all brothers and sisters trying to do our very best in this life.  We can increase our love for others as we invite.

And if you’re not a member, you can learn more at mormon.org!  🙂

This week I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Moore!  She is a great missionary and I learned a lot from her.  She was serving in the Corona Ward a year ago.   She has also served in every area I have, so I was able to hear about all the people I used to serve!  Especially the Anza Branch…miss you guys so much!

Sister Moore and I were able to help a young recent convert, Nora, write her first talk!  Sunday she gave it and it was so wonderful and heartfelt!  We later had a lesson with a less active sister who said that specific talk had touched her. 🙂  Way to go, Nora!  We also watched The Restoration video with her and Zoey after church.  We all felt the spirit very strong and we all wept.

Sister Haughawout, my last companion, is going home for brain surgery.  I love her so much and I wish the best for her!  She will always be a close friend and my prayers will be with her as she overcomes her migraines.  She taught me so much in our short seven weeks together!  I know she is doing the will of the Lord.

Hope you all have a great week and don’t forget to invite! 🙂

If you’d like to watch the restoration video, you can find it here…

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2008-06-01-the-restoration?lang=eng

Love, Sister Meza

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Going to the temple

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Exchanges with Sister Moore!
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Corona Missionaries!
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Service!