Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Week 53: Satz!

This was a really awesome week!

We were able to meet with C and L this week, and they´re REALLY interested in the church. They weren´t able to go to church this week because they had something already planned, but they promised for the next Sunday! I´m SUUUUPER excited for them. They have two sons who, as of right now, haven´t listened to us, but we hope that little by little we´ll gain their confidence.

This week was pretty crazy, because Hna Hndz and I planned my first (and her first) mission activity! Like, it´s a ward activity but we´re planning it. We´re doing a fireside, with fire and marshmallows and everything, and it´s going to be about service, but as preparation we assigned each family in the ward another family or two that they would have to serve. And then we´ll celebrate Friday 11 August with the fireside. So pray that everyone does their act of service this week! We had to write these "invitations" 40 times!! Our hands were pretty tired. But we´re SUPER excited for the activity. Pray lots so that it´s a success!

Workin´ hard or hardly workin?
The assignments!
In my study this week I was studying a lot about spiritual gifts, and I really liked this quote from Heber J. Grant (I´m translating it from Spanish, so if it´s not exactly right, sorry): "Whatever thing in which we persevere becomes easier to do, not because its nature has changed, but because our ability to do it has increased." I loved this, because I feel like I´ve really been able to see that in the mission. Gospel Principles shared the story of Shelly Mann, who had polio but then kept working and working until she won the olympic gold medal. It was really really cool to see how God really does make our weaknesses become strengths. During the mission, I´ve been making a list of scriptures that I find that back up Ether 12:27, that the Lord will make our weaknesses strengths. It´s INCREDIBLE to see all the scriptures I´ve found. God´s work and his glory is our progress in this life, and it´s awesome to see that He helps us to do it if we turn to Him. If you feel like something is hard right now, just keep working and ask for help from Him! And read 1 Nephi 17:50!

Love you all lots!

Hermana Owens

 I tried....satz! Or.....caterpillar!

Ah............but the truth is, it´s not even that bad!
They told us how you clean it so that you´re not eating poop.....
You break off the ends of the caterpillar and then you basically milk it.
The description of the process did not make the caterpillar that much more appetizing.
But in the end, it was actually pretty tasty!
Everything´s better with a little chili! :D​

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Week 52: ONE YEAR.

How crazy!!!!

I seriously can´t believe that in two days I´ll have been in the mission, in Mexico, waking up at 6:30 and going to bed at 10:30, talking with EVERYONE, for ONE YEAR!!! The time literally FLIES. I just got a message that I have to go to immigration tomorrow so that I can renew my green card! Ah! 

This week was really awesome. We´ve been visitng O, and it´s super awesome because this Friday there was a Young Single Adult dance and so some of the YSAs from the ward invited O to go, and he loved it!!! Yay for friendshipping in the church!!

We ate with a really nice family this Sunday, that we don´t know super well. But as we were sharing the message, I feel like we were able to really gain their confidence. and they gave us the names of three family members and their families that they want us to visit! It was like......"AHHHHH!!!!!" we were pretty excited.

This week I´ve been studying the sacrament a lot, but studying that this week also included reading about His death, and His resurrection. It was pretty incredible reading the three different accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and then just thinking about how EVERYTHING He did was for love. We can really overcome any sadness, any trial, anything thanks to Him. I will forever love Alma 7, when it talks about Him taking upon Him our sicknesses. I was also reading about how the Savior can heal anything. It talked about a Japanese man that had to deal with a lot of racism because of WW2, but that as he shared his testimony of our Savior, he was able to help other people see that hate is NOT the answer. I liked a quote from Pres. Monson: "Mother Teresa spoke this profound truth: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." The Savior admonished, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." I ask, can we love one another, as the Savior commanded, if we judge each other? And I answer, with Mother Teresa: No, we cannot." Love is so important! Charity, the pure love of Christ, is so powerful.

Love you all lots!

Hermana Owens

A girl from the Grijalva! [Her first area.]
She´s the girlfriend of a guy in this ward! 

The Tuxtla night skyline :D


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week 51: Semana de Milagros Numero ____ (however many weeks I have in the mission. I guess almost 52? :D)

Hola!

To clarify some questions that some people asked me (but as we all know, as Mummy asked me): 

There were missionaries in this área before. Just this last transfer the área was closed, but we´re reopening the área.

[I asked her why she called us “papas” when Google Translate said that means “potatoes.”] 

No, "papas" is potatoes. Papás is parents 😀 With the accent, you put the emphasis on that syllable. So, potatoes would be PApas. But parents is paPAS.

[I also asked her: Scale of 1 to 100: How would you rate your Spanish speaking? And what do you still need to work on?]

90? 85? An A minus? There are still a LOT of words that people just use sometimes. Like, my vocabulary is pretty good, it´s just that in each part of Mexico there are a hundred different words for each thing. So you´re always learning new words for things. Also, there are some things that I still might not say right. Like, I say it more in a manner english-ish than spanish-ish, but it´s generally pretty good.

It rains here, but generally not as much [as in her last area] and not every day. But that brings me to one miracle! We were in a part of our área pretty far from our house, so we have to take a combi [bus] to return to the part more central of our área. And we THOUGHT that we had to go to this one street to wait for the combi, but after we had walked there and waited for a bit we realized that, because it was late, the combi didn´t pass by there! So we had to walk about 15 blocks to go to this OTHER part of the área where the combi would pass. But when we arrived, not a single combi passed! We were getting pretty frantic, it was, like, 8:50, and all this time I was thinking, "Don´t worry, Heavenly Father, I´m praying in my heart, we just don´t have the time to do a real prayer! But I´m praying in my heart for a combi!" But then, it started to RAIN. When it started I was just like, "Nooo, this is the salt in the wound, PLEASE don´t let it rain." But then I just heard that little voice, but SO CLEARLY: "Say a prayer." So I closed my eyes and just thought, "Please, Father, let the combi pass right now." I opened my eyes, and 10 seconds later there was the combi! We got on, and then it just started to POUR!!! As we drove, I felt like we were more in a boat than in a combi! It was a pretty awesome miracle, but I also felt a little bad for not having really prayed BEFORE.

Another miracle we saw: yesterday we met a guy, C! We were asking how to find an address (and contacting while doing so) so we asked him if he´d ever spoken to missionaries. And WOW. He said that he had spoken to elders a few years ago, but that he wasn´t that interested then. But then he was diagnosed with diabetes, and ever since then he´s been looking and looking for a church, to get closer to God! He´s gone to all different types of churches, but then he asked us if the church has the power of healing. It was really really awesome to be able to explain that the same power and authority that Jesús Christ had, and has, is here on earth. We couldn´t promise that he would be healed, because we don´t know if it´s the will of God, but that we could promise him peace and tranquility, even WITH the sickness. We have an appointment for tomorrow, so pray lots for him! He said he would invite his wife and kids, too!!! (So, pray even more :D)

We went this Thursday to talk with the boyfriend who came to church, O, but nobody was home! We were pretty sad, but then this Saturday we felt that we should go visit him. He lives WAY up a hill and there aren´t very many other people to visit if we would go and he wasn´t there. But we were with hno P, our líder missional [mission leader], and we decided to go for it! And he was there! It was worth it :D It was our first official visit with him, and he accepted a baptismal date for August 12! It´ll be a lot of work, but he´s super excited! He mentioned that he wanted to ask permission to have his rest day as ALWAYS Sunday...without us even mentioning it!

I´m so excited to keep seeing the miracles la Salle has prepared for us!

Love you all lots!

Hermana Owens

CHIAPAS <3

"Todo lo puedo en Cristo, que me fortalece."
[I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.]
The sister training leaders gave us this!









Monday Movie Day!
Featuring "On the Way home"
30 minutes about a family that lost their daughter,
but then a good friend shares the góspel with them.
A message of hope and inspiration.
And "The Testaments" with sign language in English
because we couldn´t figure out how to change it.
We only watched a little. It was pretty fun to watch
because the signer was VERY expressive.
Hna Hernández was embarrassed
because she hadn´t bathed yet, but ah well.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Week 50: Hola Familia!

Hola!

This was a super awesome week! We had a conference with President Doman and interviews, and it was super awesome talking to him!

We had a huge miracle in the church this Sunday. All of the investigators that were planning on going ended up not being able to go, but we prayed that we would be able to see a miracle and that investigators would be able to come. And then when we arrived there, a family that we had visited this week came to church, and the daughter brought her boyfriend! And he loved going to church! It was awesome, we have an appointment with him for this Thursday, so pray that everything goes well!

We had interviews with Pres Doman, and he sure is a sweet man. He´s very different from Pres George, but his energy is catching! I´m super excited to work with him. he says that he wants to come out into the field, go on visits and everything! I´m pretty excited for that :D 

Well, love you all lots!

Hermana Owens

The compañerismo!

The familia! They helped us out a LOT here.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week 49: I still don´t have a new camera....but next week! :D

[We’ve been noticing for a while that all her pictures are out of focus, so we have been begging her every week to get a new camera!]

Hola!

I didn´t notice how bad the pictures were until I saw a bigger image the last week. They´re more or less clear when I´m looking at them in the camera, but they´re obviously REALLY not in focus when they´re big. I will buy a new camera next week. And it´s not that I don´t WANT to or that I don´t want good photos, it´s just that there´s no TIME!!!! NONE AT ALL!!! But it´s okay. We´re going to hope for good pictures next week.

Presidente George left this Friday, and that very same day President Doman [the new Mission President] came to get to know all the missionaries here! He had two conferences Friday, to get to know the missionaries here in Tuxtla and in Comitán, and then two conferences Saturday, to get to know the missionaries from Tapachula and Chauhites. He´s COMPLETELY different from Pres George. Pres George was very calm, a very, well, CALM person. But Pres Doman is like, "YEAH let´s go to WORK!" It´s a little different but I´m also really excited to learn from him! I guess the football coach is coming out... Also, his wife is like that, too. I think she´s even more enthusiastic than him!

So, my companion! She´s Hna Hernandez, from Hidalgo!!! [Hidalgo is just north of Mexico City.] It´s pretty awesome working with her, because she´s way more prepared for the mission than I was! Like, she already knows about a lot of the things we do as missionaries, it's more just explaining ways to teach, ways to contact, etc. It´s pretty fun working with her :) It´s funny, because Hna Gutierrez, my last companion, is training the companion from the CCM [Missionary Training Center] of my companion. (I feel like I didn´t explain that very well. Hna Gutierrez and I were companions. Hna Hernandez and Hna Moreno were companions. Now Hernandez and Owens are companions, and Moreno and Gutierrez are companions.)

All of the companions! The great cambio!
Opening the area is pretty crazy. Our area is HUGE. It has about 8 different colonies (like, suburb areas? I´m not exactly sure how to define how big they are but they´re big, and 8 of them is a LOT).

The house en la salle
The view from our house in Tuxtla!
This week I´ve been really trying to listen to the Spirit even MORE because it´s a little crazy opening an area, and it´s pretty awesome! We´ve found a family that we´re going to be teaching. I´m most excited to work here because we have the most incredible mission leader here. [Each congregation has someone who is assigned to work with the missionaries.] He was baptized three years ago but he has a HUGE desire to do everything really really well. We´re working hard with his son right now to help him get baptized.

Love you all lots! Pray for us so that I have time to buy a camera to send nice pictures!

Hermana Owens


 "What comes from the heart is worth gold
and tastes like chocolate."
We ate with an hermana this week that has a fruit bouquet store.
We enjoyed eating there a lot :D

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Week 48: AHHHH!!!! the scariest transfer ever!!!!

Hola!

Well, I didn´t write until now because we were traveling from Tapachula to Tuxtla: I´m going to be serving in La Salle, Tuxtla Mactumatza stake!!!! And I will be opening an area! And I'll be training!!!
 
AHHHH!!!!! Needless to say, I´m a LITTLE nervous. My battle cry these last two days has been "Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies." Basically, opening an area means that they drop you blind in an area and you have to figure out what you do by a lot of prayers. I´m a little scared, but I feel like I¨m going to be able to do it.

I´m just writing quick to let you guys know that I'm alive, and that I´ll be enjoying this week a lot! And I'll be requiring a lot of prayers this week :D Pray for us ALL THE TIME, and I know we´ll see a lot of miracles.

I´ll miss Tapachula a lot, but I´m SOOOO excited to see what La Salle brings!!!!

Love you all lots!

Hermana Owens

Making empanadas de platano!





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 47: Feliz Día de los Padres!!!!

Hola!

I´m not actually sure if Father´s Day is the same there as it is here, but if not...Well, happy Mexican Father´s Day!

First of all, the worldly news: There was an earthquake here! 7.7, so it wasn´t that strong and didn´t cause any damage, but I felt my first earthquake in my life! [I looked online and the news said it was a 6.9 magnitude.] It was at 2:30 am, and I didn´t know what to do! It was crazy. I can now die in peace, because I know how it feels for the very EARTH beneath you to shake. It´s pretty crazy.

Also, I tried the long-awaited cicin! Or in other words......ANTS!!!!! They´re crunchy, and HUGE, and taste like peanuts. I also ate them with hot chocolate and cookies....an interesting mix.

Cicin!
Cicin! These ants are HUGE.
 Anyways, this was a pretty cool week! H blessed the sacrament again, and then afterwards we saw him paying his tithing! That was pretty AWESOME. And then after church yesterday he went to Guatemala to visit his family, especially so that he could visit the graves of his grandparents to investigate his family history!!! YAAYYY!!!

We saw a bunch of miracles this week, and I felt like the Spirit was really just guiding us. We have been looking for a LONG time for this one family: the mom is a member and her husband and two kids aren´t members. We had planned to visit them one day at about 7, but they weren´t there. They live pretty far out in our area, so we were pretty disappointed. So we went to visit the bishop and talk about some stuff, and after that we passed the house of the family (family P) and they still weren´t there. So we were leaving, heading out for the main street to take the combi back to the house, when I realized that I had forgotten my umbrella in the house of the bishop! We thought briefly about leaving it there, but not having an umbrella right now in Tapachula is like leaving a lung behind. So we went back for it. When we were going to the house of the bishop, the family was still not there. We asked for the umbrella, and left, and completely forgot to even check if the family was there! But then I heard, like, whistling or something, and we turn around to see that the P family was there, arriving JUST as we were leaving the house of the bishop!!!!! I mean, the timing was PERFECT!!! So then we talked with the family, and they are SUPER excited to get baptized, especially the kids! I´m SO excited for this family! It was pretty cool to see how the Lord works in mysterious ways, even with a forgotten umbrella :D

Look for the Lord´s hand in everything! It makes any day miraculous! :D

Love you lots!

Hermana Owens

This one lady has an alligator hung up on her wall. It´s pretty intense.
Zonas Tapachula México (mine) and Tapachula Izapa (not mine)!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week 41: Feliz Día de Las Madres! (10 May and 14 May)

Hola, mi familia!

I hope that you´re not going TOO crazy that my emails haven´t been that great lately, but I'm trying to be a little better with sending personal emails. An hour just doesn´t really permit too much detail! 

But, this was a really awesome week! I think I´ve mentioned H here, but he´s this really incredible investigator we have. We haven´t even taught him repentance yet, or at least really, really clearly, but he understands that it´s not just stopping doing a sin, but that it´s these changes we do in our lives to be closer to God, that it´s reading our scriptures every day and praying always and going to church. He´s AWESOME. He´s set for 27 May for baptism, so pray for him lots that everything will go well so that he can do it!

This week the rains started! It hasn´t been EVERY day, so the season still isn´t quite here, but this Tuesday or Wednesday it just POURED. The water reached midcalf, and so when I was walking literally my entire skirt was soaked! It was super fun :D

I´ve been really learning about repentance lately. It´s incredible to see in the Book of Mormon everything that it teaches about what we have to do to change to be more like Christ! Always read the Book of Mormon!

Love you lots! See you Sunday! [On Mother's Day we get to talk to her via Skype! One of the two times a year (Mother's Day and Christmas Day) that we get to see her!]

Hermana Owens

Happy Mother´s Day! This was in a literal MOUNTAIN of mother´s day cakes :)

 There was an activity this Friday for Mother´s Day
and one of the acts was this.
It was kind of weird, but those are the youth of 5 de Febrero!
Smile!
We had exchanges this week!
I worked with Hna Gomez here in Cinco!
It was really fun
(but Hna Tovar and I were also very happy to see each other again :D)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Week 40: Noche de Talentos!

Hola, mi familia!

This was a really super awesome week! First of all, we had an activity Saturday, called "One day in the mission" with the kids of primary, and so we went to visit people with little kids and it was super fun! They then had a talent show, which was basically my favorite thing in the world. These dances are literally my favorite.

A traditional Mexican dance "los Viejitos" (or, "the little old people").
They just walk around slowly to the music,
beating their staffs against the ground in time to the music.
I enjoyed it a lot :D 



video
"El torro Mambo" 
I really like how everyone cheers. I love everything about this :) especially the last bull. 
Sorry about the quality of the video... 

On another note, we had a super awesome lesson with an investigator that came for the second time to church this Sunday! We haven´t had the opportunity to teach him very much about Joseph Smith or the restoration, but we asked him if he believes that he was a prophet and other questions about the Book of Mormon, and he was just like, "yeah, I believe it´s true." He´s obviously studied, and prayed, and believes for himself that it´s true. He´s really really awesome.

Love you lots!

Hermana Owens

Another awkward selfie :)

Hno Luis, an investigator, and the next hit band.... 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week 39: Photos! [Halfway Through Her Mission!]

Hola!

I really don´t have time to write but we went to the ruins of Izapa where there´s this rock that has an image of the tree of life. There are a bunch of plaques with information about them so I took pictures of them, too, but I think I´ll show them after the mission. We went with a family from the ward, so they are the kids in the photos :D

[Some information I looked up in Wikipedia: Izapa is a very large pre-Columbian archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The settlement at Izapa extended over 1.4 miles, making it the largest site in Chiapas. The site reached its apogee between 850 BCE and 100 BCE; several archaeologists have theorized that Izapa may have been settled as early as 1500 BCE. Izapa remained occupied until approximately 1200 CE.]

I have received some letters! Actually, Sister Perryman, Aunt Kaylene, and Aunt Karen sent me some that arrived this week from Christmas....I don´t know what happened with Sister Perryman´s card, but there are some holes in it... [Only 5 months after Christmas! I'm guessing we need to send cards right about now to have them arrive by this coming Christmas -- if they arrive at all!]

Oh, I also had a really cool realization this week in my study! I was reading when Abinadi is teaching, and he talks about the commandments, and it hit me that the commandment is "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain," and we always think about that meaning that we can´t swear, but we also promise that we will take upon ourselves the name of Christ in baptism, so it also means that we can´t be baptized in vain! Like, when we make this covenant, we´re promising to represent him, and so we have to always work to keep that covenant! It was cool. ☺ Now I´m trying to read all the commandments according to the higher law of the gospel, not the law of Moses, and I guess anything that you think of....

But it was a really awesome week!

Love you lots!

Hermana Owens


"Anything the light touches..."

Walking up the ruins
Muy serias [very serious]
Missionaries! And future missionary. All with our backpacks :D

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Week 38: Happy Easter!

Hola, familia!

Sorry for writing late, but there was a baptism of a boy here in the ward at 4:30 so we couldn´t write until now. But here we are!

This was a really awesome week :D We were able to visit a less active lady, she hasn´t come in a long time, but she expressed how she really wanted to return to the church, and she went to church this Sunday and went to the baptism!

One day this week Hna Tovar told me that she had prayed that we would be rejected a whole bunch today, and I was just like "what?" But she prayed so that we would be rejected by the people that wouldn´t be willing to make a change in their lives, and only the people that really want to accept the gospel would accept our invitation. And it was incredible! There were a lot of people that just did NOT want to hear us, but then there were some really AWESOME people that we met this day.

This week in our zone conference we talked a lot about goals, and how a goal is the end, what we want to accomplish, and a plan is HOW we´re going to accomplish it. I´m going to be working on the guitar for one goal this coming month! One investigator we have, Luis, is a music teacher and he´s going to teach us some stuff :D

We have interviews with Pres George this week! They´ve made a change to interviews to every exchange and I´m really happy about that :D [They used to have them every other exchange.]

We had a really awesome experience: we went to visit a lady, but only her mom was there. She´s probably about 90 and can´t talk, but every time you shake her hand she always brings it to her forehead. It´s a really sweet thing, like she´s kissing your hand because she can´t talk with you or greet you any other way. I´ve always really liked her, and so we decided to sing "Sweet Hour of Prayer" for her. It was so incredible. As we were singing, she just sat there and smiled, and I just felt so strongly that maybe she wasn´t able to or wouldn’t have the chance to accept the gospel here in this life, but that after this life she would be jumping on the chance to accept it. I just felt that she was really happy to be there with us.

This week I was studying about how to be a consecrated missionary, not just a good missionary, and it says that we have to leave behind pride, and give our all, and focus on the atonement. It was interesting, but if we are humble, we will repent. I already knew that, but I guess I hadn´t thought so much that when we keep with a sin, we keep with it because we´re prideful and don´t want to accept the gift of the Atonement in our lives. but if we repent, we´re humbling ourselves and the Lord will accept all that we do. It was a really neat realization.

Hope you´re all well and had an awesome Easter! Remember the Prince of Peace!

Love, Hermana Owens

[I asked her how much they walk.]

Generally, in total we probably walk about three hours, but sometimes there are the days when all the visits fall through. The other day we only sat down to eat! My legs hurt after that day...

[I also asked her if they had seen many big bugs.]

We see a LOT of cockroaches. But generally big bugs, not really.

[I asked if the cockroaches were in their apartments.] 

Yeah, sometimes. They fumigated recently, but just a really (I don´t remember the word) light? fumigation. Like it worked, for about a month, and then the ants and cockroaches all came back....

This is the hermana. I still don´t know her name, but she´s really, really, really special.
I don´t know if you can see it....

...but a witch got stuck in a tree?


Friday, April 14, 2017

Week 37: The Miracles of Fasting!

Hola, mi familia!

We had a really awesome week! I read your email, and I guess I can pretty safely say that I´m very happy 😀 [Vance asked her how she was doing.] It´s just pretty cool to feel like what you´re saying, with your companion, really is just being guided by the Spirit. Like, when you leave a lesson and you just can´t say anything more than "wow" because you just KNOW that what you both were saying really was you teaching by the Spirit. It´s really awesome.

I´m gonna miss Hna Tovar a LOT. I feel like we´re super in sync, and not just in lessons, we just have a super similar sense of humor. We´ve made a pact that we HAVE to stay in contact. Also, she´s going to wait to get married until at least February 😀

If you remember, we fasted the last week that we would have a whole bunch of investigators in the conference, but we ended up only having two. But, we felt this incredible comfort that we WOULD receive the blessings of our fast during the week, if not the way that we thought or hoped. But one of the investigators that went, he´s the reference of an hno that just came here from Honduras about a month ago and he accepted a baptismal date in the second visit! He´s really interested, and excited! It´s really cool teaching people that just really want to know if this is the truth.

Also, this Sunday, a young woman in the ward invited a friend to the church, and so after church we went to the house of the young woman, to talk with her friend. She had some questions about what everything was, about some of the testimonies, and about baptism! It was awesome, because we only chatted with her for about twenty minutes, but by the end, she´s accepted to be baptized 6 May! Like, she is just so prepared!

I´ve felt really grateful this week to think about Easter. There´s a video, "the Atonement and Missionary Work" that´s SUPER powerful. I just love what Elder Holland says, that really every time we are rejected by people, we´re really shoulder to shoulder with Him. This is just an incredible time, when we can remember what He did for us. I was thinking about what an incredible month April is! We have general conference, we have Easter, we have fast Sunday....really, it´s just an awesome month, spiritually. I´m just really grateful for the knowledge of the Atonement, and that I can continue gaining my testimony of Him through the Book of Mormon. Always keep reading!

Love you lots :)

Hermana Owens

I´m sorry, I don´t really have many exciting pictures for this week,
so here´s an iguana that we found on our way to a lesson!
Us with Hna R and Hno R with some lemons O.o 

Us with lemons. We really just don´t have pictures this week......

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Week 36: Hola!

Hola!

Well, of course watching general conference was AWESOME. Hna Tovar and I were planning on watching a session or two in English, just so we could listen to their voices, but then we ended up not....but I understood everything! Yay!

I really liked the talk from S Mark Palmer, that he wanted to teach his missionaries obedience, but then he realized that the way to teach was to love them, and then you can teach them. "Love should not be conditional upon the fulfilling of your own goals for somebody else." I really liked that :D

It was transfer week, but Hna Tovar and I are staying together! We´re pretty excited!

We had a pretty cool experience this week: a lady has been going to church like for 3 weeks now, but every time we´ve asked her where she lives, she hasn´t been able to tell us, or has given us the direction wrong, but this week we finally found her! She´s 47, and she´s wanted to get baptized since she was 10! But her parents wouldn´t give her permission, so she left home when she was 17, but then there has just been obstacle after obstacle for her to get baptized. But it was really cool, because I felt like I should promise her that if she read her Libro de Mormón every day, and prayed, and went to church every Sunday, she would be able to overcome every obstacle and get baptize April 29. I really feel like she can do it, if she really works for it! I´m really excited for her :D

We also fasted this Friday that all of the people that we invited to Conference would be able to come, but in the end only two people came! but it´s actually kind of cool, because I feel like, well, maybe we didn´t have a lot of people come, but we´re going to see the blessings of our fast this week, so I´ll let you know what we see next Monday :D

Love you all lots! Hermana Owens

Makin' pancakes!
The evolution of the pancake:
 from really, really terrible to really delicious because we put chocolate in :D 
Zona Tapachula México!
The new best friend and a change....
let´s see who notes it :D
[Hint: Look very, very closely at her previously non-pierced ears.]

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Week 35: A Mexican Museum!

Hola, Familia!!!!

A lot happened this week ahhh!!!!! (stressed typing because a lot happened)

First of all, we went to Hitler's house!!! (yaaaayyy......) There's a house here in Chiapas, in Santo Domingo, where a lot of generals of the German army would come and relax. But in the beginning of WWII, they all got kicked out by the Mexicans. But now it's a museum, and we went with both zones in Tapachula with Presidente George!!! It was fun, and pretty nice to relax.

Zona Tapachula México!

Santo Domingo!
I took some photos of the exhibits in the museum because they made me laugh....
in mexico you can touch the exhibits! and they're on the floor sometimes!
And they are even labeled by handwritten pieces of paper sometimes :D




We also had a baptism in the ward (of a member, an 8-year-old) but we arrived and the font was EMPTY. Completely empty. But then one of the counselors arrived, and said that they had filled it, but they must have forgotten to put a stop in, so they lost all the water. But then they started it again, and in about fifteen minutes it was ready! It was a miracle that it filled so quickly. I was REALLY grateful.


This morning I was reading in the November Conference Liahona [Church magazine], and wow. First, I was reading "Is it I?" (for some reason that doesn´t sound like correct English but I think it is), from Pres Uchtdorf, and it was really powerful, that I have to humble myself and really consider how I have to change. I really liked "If our weaknesses and shortcomings remain obscured in the shadows, then the redeeming power of the Savior cannot heal them and make them strengths. Ironically, our blindness toward our human weaknesses will also make us blind to the divine potential that our father yearns to nurture within each of us." It's a really powerful talk that makes you want to change.

But then after was the talk from Pres Eyring, "the Preparatory Priesthood." And this was powerful in a completely different way. He didn't really say anything in it really new or striking; it was about having trust and showing it in the people that you teach. But it was less what he said, but just reading it, I could just FEEL love. I'm not even sure why it touched me so much, I don't think I've been looking for an answer that I discovered in this talk or something. But I just really felt the love of God for me, and that He really has this trust for us.

Reading these talks made me SUPER excited for conference this weekend. After spending so much time here talking about prophets, and who they are, and what they do, and just talking about EVERYTHING about them, I've gained a lot more appreciation for Conference.

[Tess also answered a few of my questions.] Do a lot of people have dogs there?

Yes. Mostly Chihuahuas.

Did you get to see Women’s Conference? [The choir that sang in Conference was the same choir that Tess participated in her freshman year at BYU.]

I knew, like, half the choir! Maybe that´s a bit of an exaggeration, but I knew a LOT of people. There was a part of me that thought, "Wow. If I was at home, I could be singing in CONFERENCE right now." And maybe a little part was like "noooo" but well I'm a representative of Jesus Christ and I can sing anytime I want. 😀 Seriously, it was just kind of surreal.

But it´s also Mango season! We have two bags filled with mangos that some people have given us, and mango JAM homemade that is super delicious and would be really good as mango cobbler.

Adios!!

Hermana Owens


I finally got the plug out of the sink
 (it has never drained well, and I kind of lost patience
and spent about a half hour working with this thing.
Stabbing it with a knife worked surprisingly well!)