Many Miracles! (week 70)

This week we saw many miracles!  Our focus this week was to rely more fully on the Lord, then on our own abilities.  With that, we were able to pick up nine new investigators including two families!  🙂

Our new investigators include…

Velma — we met her husband while “seeking with faith” and he said we could come back.  He ended up not interested, but his wife is. 🙂

Jasmine — this cute young mom raising five little boys, mostly by herself.  Her husband works all over the country and she only gets to see him five times a year.  She told us about her love for the Bible and how much of an impact her mom reading it to her at a young age had on her.

Notel — he requested a Bible online and so we were the ones to deliver it!  🙂  He had been taught by missionaries before, but stopped when he didn’t feel ready for baptism, although he has a strong desire to come closer to God.

The Andrade family —  We have been teaching the mom, Mirna, for a few weeks and she finally got her family to meet with us.  They are really hoping to read the Book of Mormon together as a family.  We even had the Mancilla family from our ward come to the lesson.  Some of them even ended up being friends from school!  It was cool to hear their testimonies!

Esther — she is this cute little Latino woman some other missionaries had referred to us. She has a close friend who is a member and always invites her to church.

Christina and Junewin — super nice family (as they all are!) and they were really excited to have us!  They are very interested in the gospel.

I also got to watch the General Women’s Broadcast last weekend and it was the bomb!  I loved the reference to the story about Christ and the woman at the well.  She was teachable.  Christ can give us living water if we seek it like she did, and then she went and shared this witness with others!  I feel like this is a basic version of my experience as a missionary.  I have learned to be teachable, to rely on the Lord, and to share my witness!  I love the scriptures!  I love this gospel!

Love, Sister Meza

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Sisters over Misters 🙂

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Jurupa Missionaries!

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The Women’s Broadcast!
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My home share is Ms. Route 66 #princesspose

I can do it and I will (week 69)

This week was good and kinda crazy!  Sister Blanchard is no longer in our trio, so we are no longer a trio!  😦  A sister we were close to ended up getting really sick and was sent home, so now Sister Blanchard is in Eastvale with a Sister I came in with, Sister Parker!  They are in my district so I will get to see them a lot!  🙂

Sister Thomas is my new companion and she is just beginning her mission!  She is really great and I am learning a lot from her ,although we are very different.  She is very good at connecting with people and it has been cool to see this last week.  At the beginning of the week, she was struggling with wanting to be here, and I didn’t know how to help her because it was something that I didn’t struggle with.  She got a blessing that really helped her and now she has a fire for the work!  It is awesome being with Sister Thomas because she is really good at noticing small blessings we have each day!  She also loves horses!  She has ten rescue horses at home that she really misses.  At the trainer meeting after she was assigned as my new companion, I got to hear her testimony and I knew that she was out here to serve the Lord.   I felt the spirit strong!

We are teaching a few people, but none of them are solid enough to come to church or keep commitments, so this week we are focusing on finding the prepared!

We are going to have a great transfer together!  We also got matching bracelets today that mean “I can do it and I will”.  Sister Thomas is going to have a great start to her mission, and I am going to have a great finish to mine!

Love and miss you all!  🙂

Love, Sister Meza

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Sister Thomas and I
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Matching bracelets

 

Training in Jurupa! (week 68)

This week was crazy!  We had a good lesson with one of our investigators, Mirna, who is struggling raising her teenage boys.  One of them doesn’t have a belief in God and it really hurts her.  We were able to take some other members up with us who she totally clicked with which is always awesome!  She is ready for us to come teach her whole family about the Restoration.  She read the Book of Mormon and thought it was amazing.  We will be teaching her whole family  next week!  She wasn’t very interested when we started teaching and the spirit helped her want to know that the message we share is true.  It is amazing how much love God has for his children and how much he leads those that are prepared for the gospel.

We are very close with the other sisters serving in our zone, Sister Banks and Sister Da Silva — they serve with the Eastvale Ward.  This week Sister Banks got really sick.  Sister Blanchard stayed in with her for three days while Sister Da Silva and I went to work.  It was Sister Da Silva’s last week in the mission and it was cool to learn from her!  She is a great missionary!

This week we did a foot cleanse with our home share, Mama B.  It was gross because the color of the water was from all the toxins in our body.  According to the color of it, Sister Blanchard and I had it all come from our liver.  :/

Oh yea, and transfers just happened and I am training a new missionary in Jurupa!  Sister Blanchard will also be my companion so we will be in a trio!  I am so excited to finally be in a trio!  I will be picking up my new companion tomorrow.

Hope you all have the best week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Sister Da Silva and I
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Shark bait
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the Zone!

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J-rupa…land of horses
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Blitz
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“tracting”
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Foot detox #nasty

Preparation (week 67)

Preparation – that has been the subject of my study for my whole mission.  It is something talked about in my patriarchal blessing and it is something that we as missionaries are always doing.  We start every week with a day to prepare, we plan nightly, we plan weekly, we set goals and work towards them.  We are always preparing and it truly makes all the difference.  It is a big part of who I am becoming.  This week I read in Alma where the armored Nephites fought the naked Lamanites.  Their preparations for war made all the difference.  I know that same armor is what we put on as missionaries in a metaphorical way.  We do so by being obedient, having faith, and the list goes on.  I have loved learning how much preparation is talked about in the scriptures.  That has really helped me this week!

Our home share, Mama B (Sister Burola), had a huge party this week at her home with all the single adults that live in Southern California!  Some of our favorite people from Anza came and it was a very happy reunion!  Since her party was so late (and we have a curfew!), we ended up staying the night with the Eastvale sisters which was really fun!

Sister Blanchard and I went to Urgent Care because we thought she had pink eye, but she ended up having some inflammation.  They put this cool dye in her eye that made it glow bright green under a black light.

This morning we played kickball with our zone and the other Jurupa zone!  The weather here has been so humid!….reminds me of home!  🙂

Love, Sister Meza

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Glasses life
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ANZA PEOPLE!
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I love these Sisters!
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Doing some service
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Sister Blanchard’s eye problems 😦

#tendermercies (week 66)

Another great week!  The highlight was definitely going to the Redlands Temple!  Right after emailing last Thursday, I signed on to familysearch.org in hopes of finding a name to take to the temple and I did!  I printed the card for Maria Dischinger, who is a relative that lived in the 1700’s in Holland.  After I saw the card, I noticed that her baptism and confirmation had been done in Chicago in 2014.  I then realized that I had done her baptism my last trip with my home ward as a youth.  I was able to do her initiatory and endowment.  I felt so much love that day!  It was cool to do initiatories also because I hadn’t done it since I took out my own (for those of you who have been to the temple).  Also, one of the workers in the temple was my Bishop’s wife in the ward I am serving in!  #tendermercies  We were also able to do a session with someone who was deaf, so we got to see captions during the session which was cool!

This week we also had exchanges!  Sister Jensen, a Hermana that I had served with before, came to be with me for a day.  It was cool to see how much of the area I knew!  We also had a blitz that day and I was able to go “seeking with faith” with a new spanish sister in the mission, Hermana Chandler.  While we were walking, we met this woman who we said hello to and when she turned around she said, “oh my gosh, it’s sister missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!”  She was a less active member and seeing us was an answer to her prayers.

I know that by following the still small voice of the Spirit, the Lord will always stand by our

side!  I love the mission and I love the Lord!

On a side note, we had crossfit today with the top half of the mission.  I was dying, but it was so much fun!  🙂

Love, Sister Meza

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Temple Trip!

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Pre-crossfit selfie!

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Seek with Faith (week 65)

In this mission we walk!….I mean seek with faith!  That is a term well loved in this mission for the 1 hour and 30 minutes a day we go contacting.  Contacting has been hard this summer due to the heat.  To be honest, Sister Blanchard and I haven’t been as faithful to it as we should be, so this week it was something we worked on.  Although not many people were outside, we were faithful to it and looked to the promise our District Leader, Elder Warren, had given us.  He promised that if we walked, we would find people who were prepared, not necessarily from walking, but that they would pop out to us.  That promise came to be!

After nightly planning on Thursday, we had gotten a text for a referral from church headquarters, a guy named Mario.  The next day we visited him and learned more about why we found him.  He was struggling in life to find purpose.  He is 33 and has gone through a lot, including being homeless and various addictions.  He had taken the lessons before from other missionaries, but he quickly fell back into his bad habits.  We taught him the Restoration and the spirit was strong.  We have many people in the ward that are fellowshipping him.  He came to church last Sunday and took notes in every meeting.  We taught the Word of Wisdom and he committed to live it.  Due to his past, he won’t be able to be baptized for a year, so he is currently on date for the 19th of July next year!  🙂  He is willing to do what we commit him to do because he is ready to change his life through faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end!

We also had a good time with family history with the Holyoaks!  The Holyoaks are a senior missionary couple that are serving with us in the Jurupa Ward.  They are mainly over family history work and helping people get to the temple.  They are the cutest!!!  We got to spend some time and work on our family history!  I went from just having a few of my mom’s lines, to having almost all of them!  It was so addicting and I didn’t want to stop!  haha.  I can’t wait to get more into it off of the mission!  It is awesome how much technology has advanced to help us connect to our families!

Today is our pday (last Thursday) since we get the chance to go to the Redlands Temple!  I love it here in Jurupa and to serve with one of my very best friends, Sister Blanchard!

Have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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The Holyoaks!
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I have blonde in my hair!
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The District!
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The fires 😦

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Nightly landscape

Ammon and Aaron (week 64)

This week was good.  I was sick three days with a sore throat and nausea but we were able to get a lot done missionary work wise!  We were able to pick up five new investigators this week, and one who we are teaching came to church, but, sadly, a bunch of our investigators that we had set for a baptism date fell through.

What I have really been loving this week (and always!) is reading the Book of Mormon.  To be honest, I have turned into a nerd about it.  🙂  I just love when I can better understand and apply it to my life.  Right now I am in the book of Alma and it has a few different stories about missionaries.  The two I like to compare (they also happen at the same time) is Ammon and Aaron.  Ammon is a guy that gets captured and the king asks him what he is doing in the land and, basically, Ammon just says “I want to stay here and become your servant”.  He becomes the king’s favorite.  He teaches and converts the king.  Aaron, on the other hand, goes to another city and starts preaching and the people get really mad at him.  He ends up basically bible bashing them and he ends up in prison under harsh treatment.  Eventually, Ammon comes to Aaron’s rescue and they go back out teaching.

What I learned from them is that you really need to share the gospel with love, whether you wear a name tag or not.  If you follow Jesus Christ you represent Him.  There are many times that I have talked to people who very much oppose what I believe and try to convince me otherwise through debating the scriptures and stuff, just like Aaron, but Ammon really showed that he followed Jesus Christ by becoming a servant and showing love, just as Christ does.

I love the Book of Mormon!

Love, Sister Meza

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Mt. Rubidoux
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V-ball
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Car selfies for days
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Rosie
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Tank

 

 

 

 

 

Reunited! (week 63)

Woww, I love this area and I love my companion!  Jurupa is so different from any area I have served.  This week we almost got punched out by a woman that appeared to be on drugs, and we drove past a guy pulling out a knife on another guy.  We are in a bad area, but I love it!  The people are really humble!

The ward we are serving in was recently combined with another ward.  There are almost 900 people that should be going to our ward and the list is 40 pages long…which is huge!  We share the ward with two other sets of missionaries — our zone leaders and a senior couple, the Holyoaks.  The area we serve is really desert-y and hot.  We also live with a member who has two dogs which is something I’ve always wanted on the mission!  🙂

Serving with Sister Blanchard is so great!  I don’t know what it is, but we were made to be companions!  At the end of this transfer, we will have served six months with each other.  That is a third of our mission.  I wouldn’t choose anyone else to spend it with.

Since we are living with members (called a home share), two sisters who finished their mission here a year ago came to visit for the week which was super cool.  They were able to give us a lot of referrals for people they had previously taught and were able to tell us more about the ward since Sister Blanchard and I are pretty new.  One of them I had met in the airport when I got to the mission.  It was cool.

We were able to pick up a bunch of new investigators this week including a family!

We taught this woman name Morna, who has family that are members of the church.  We taught her a lesson and at first she wasn’t interested in us coming back, but we testified that the message that we are sharing with her can change her life and her attitude totally changed and she was excited for us to come back!  It was all the spirit!

Have a great week!

Love, Sister Meza

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Reunited and it feels so good!
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We went golfing!

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Sister Blanchard!

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Our favorite ice cream place!
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J-rupa!

 

 

Corona to Jurupa! (week 62)

I am leaving Corona to go to Jurupa!…and my new companion is…..SISTER BLANCHARD!!!!  For those of you who don’t know, Sister Blanchard was my third companion and this will be our 4th transfer together.  I would choose no one else to spend a third of my mission with.  🙂

This past week was pretty great!  I love Sister Nai and I will really miss being her companion!  We are always having fun with the work and that really makes all the difference.  We started teaching one of our investigator’s sons.  While we were on his porch teaching him a lesson, one of our former investigators that lived across the street walked up and said that after praying about it, he wanted to give us back the pass along card we had given him.  It was really awkward and he wasn’t acting himself.  I took the card back and he kept talking (during the lesson we were giving) and said that he wanted to go to church, so I handed back the card and said if you want to come to church you can give us a call.  He said ok and put it back in his wallet.  This experience reminded me of what was said in the last missionary meeting we had that pass along cards are a little way that the Holy Ghost can bug people (in a good way!).

I love the gospel and I love being a missionary!

Sister Blanchard and I are ready to kill it this transfer!!

Love, Sister Meza

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Favorite flower
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The District!
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Holding a bearded dragon
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We love to walk through sprinklers!
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Our last Sunday together

 

One Step at a Time (week 61)

This week was good!  I feel like my faith has been growing in this area one step at a time.  🙂

Last Monday we didn’t have a dinner appointment, so one of Sister Nai’s sisters who served in the Anaheim Mission, Samoan speaking, knew someone in Corona and hooked us up for dinner.  It was so nice!  We were able to teach them and the pure love of Christ filled me and Sister Nai’s heart.  They haven’t had missionaries over for as long as they had lived there and told us that us coming by was much needed.  As missionaries, members are always doing nice things for us and I always felt bad and I don’t want people to go out of their way to serve us.  That’s why we are here is to serve them.  However, we had a lesson in Gospel Principles class on service and how when we serve we put off the natural man.  When we deny others to serve us, we ourselves deny others to do the same.  SHOW OTHERS YOUR LOVE FOR THEM BY LETTING THEM SERVE YOU 🙂

One day, Sister Nai woke up with a really bad pain in her shoulder so we went to a physical therapist.  I don’t know why, but lately all of my companions get sick….probably because I stress them out to much!  😉  haha just kidding!

Our apartment had been smelling lately and we couldn’t figure out why.  We also had fruit flies everywhere and it was disgusting!  So one day when I had enough of all the flies, I cleaned out our fridge hard core.  The smell hadn’t gone away so I started opening cabinets and found a bag of rotten potatoes.  IT WAS SO DISGUSTING!  I had never been so grossed out in my life.  It was like we had found a hive.

The entire Riverside Mission is doing the scripture marking activity on page 114 of Preach My Gospel!  It is so cool because I did the same activity at the very start of my mission.  It is crazy how much more I mark compared to then.  I love the Book of Mormon!  Sometimes it freaks me out how much it can apply to me in the moment!

Missionaries are allowed to wear hats now!  Sister Nai and I really love to rock it!  Especially due to the 100+ degree weather this past week!

Love and miss you all!

Love, Sister Meza

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The Corona Zone
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Reppin our new hats!
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Pioneer Day!
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Another awkward Zone picture 😉
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At the physical therapist!