Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Complete joy.

Hna Morales & Hna Flores 4 The Lord 4 The Work 4 The Memories 4 BAYBERTY!
1. 1st HOP together. Tanglewood, Dayton, LA, Bunny with Angel wings praying next to the Nutcracker. & We have minecraft!
2. Hna Flores: "Okay, so we're looking for Giovanni & Olivia." man walks up, Hna Morales:" GIOVANNI!" Hna Flores: "Are you Giovanni M_____? Do you know an Olivia P_____?" Hna Morales confused face... Hna Flores: "Hna! That's who we're looking for!"
3. F: "So Zoyla"  M: "Soilah"
    F: "Mahgahlee" M:"Mahgahli"
    M: "yeah"         F: "It's pronounced 'yay'"
4. Dropping the scissors in office depot
5. Hna Morales taking flight
6. DP squared
7. Learning Chinese with Ming-Ling our GPS
8. "RIGHHHT." Said in a Kronk-like voice
9. Teaching Zoila. Hna M: "So, how do you think the teachings of Jesus Christ can bless your life?" Hna F: *out of corner of mouth "Hna just tell her!" Hna M: "I mean, let me tell you..."
10. Hna M: "It's in the bag."
Hna F: (super animatedly) IT'S IN THE BAG???!!!
12. 4-4-4- FOR BAYBERTY!
13. Hna Morales' "best contact"
14. Our Promise with God to get the 4-4-4
15. Failed texas inspired cookies.
16. Hna F: " What's so & so's last name?" Hna M: "I don't know." Hna F: "What's so & so's last name?" Hna M: "I don't know." Hna F: "What's so & so's last name?" Hna M: "HNA I DON'T KNOW!"
17.Making an Hna Morales sized copy of our area map.
18. Hna F: "Do you have something to contribute?"
19. Shuffling to our umbrella's in the rain on our walking day.
20. Eddie's birthday party.
21. Hna Morales almost turning into the median.
22. Rowdy child in church, Hna F: "Shhh, here's some crayons. Draw Jesus."
23. MMMm mo tik tay hi yohbi!
24. Ordering at Paneras. Hna Flores gets an actual lunch. Hna Morales gets a bagel?
25. The times we broke the Hernandez's door knob.
26. Cleaning the restaurant. Hna Flores. NOT a happy camper. Hna F: "HOW IS THIS PURPOSE DRIVEN!?"
27. Champow!
28. Partying with Meeko & friends
This is such a bittersweet day! I have grown to love my companion so much. Hna Morales is not the same missionary I met at the beginning of our time together. She has grown and matured so much in our 6 week period together. Our prayers all this week were prayers of gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the revelation received to have us be companions. I have never felt so equally yoked with a companion before. The reason for this is that Hna Morales was so willing to work, so willing to contribute. I have never had better companionship studies or weekly planning sessions. Both of us contributed, Hna Morales didn't pay attention to time on the mission, she made sure to contribute her share and then some. I was so happy all throughout this transfer and I know that a great portion of this can be attributed to Hna Morales' desire to change.

There definitely was a breakdown, but it was the prelude to our breakthrough! We focused on not being selfish, and letting our Heavenly Father mold us into the daughters of God and members of the church we are both destined to be. We focused a lot on the eternal perspective, as well as open communication.  It is amazing the change that has taken place. I feel so grateful to have witnessed it.

Is Hna Morales' teaching perfect? No. Does she have PMG or the Missionary Handbook memorized? No. But she has what a missionary needs to succeed. I have told her this a countless number of times, she will change as a result of her mission, because she is allowing her Father in Heaven to refine her and mold her. Throughout this I have been changed as well! Oh I feel so complete. I feel ready to conquer whatever challenge life (or the mission, or future companions) throw at me! I feel upliftted and full of faith. I have loved these past 6 weeks! I love the satisfaction that comes from training, retraining, or rerouting someone on their missionary/life course. I have felt grateful to see a glimpse firsthand of what Heavenly Father feels when someone applies the atonement in their lives.
This week we also finished reading the Book of Mormon as a mission! We also started a LDM reading with all the less-actives we are working with, complete with a cute reading chart. It has been such a success. Our less-actives, have been progressing. They are reading the Book of Mormon. We read the Book of Mormon just a page at a time, and finished reading on my one year in tejas mark! I have loved just all the knowledge I have gained as we read slower, and paid more attention to details. As we finished the LDM, I felt so impmressed by the "thesis statement" of Moroni.
"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then  is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God through the sheding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot."
(Moroni 10: 32-33)
Beautiful. That is what this life is all about. That's what the Book of Mormon is all about! Abounding in Holy places. This week I also finished my read-through of all of last conferences' talks. I was so especially moved by the messages from the general YW presidency. Just some quotes I really loved mentioned in the talks:
"You can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experiences with the Lord in the most miserable experiences of your life ..., while enduring the most painful injustices, when facing the most insurmountable odds and opposition you have ever faced." -E. Holland
"Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty." -Pres. Thomas S. Monson
I am so grateful for my mission. It is such a privilege to be here, and there's no where I'd rather be!
I love y'all. :)
Hna Flores
Carpooling with Bro. Pomeroy to the temple!
Las Latinas de BAYTOWN!
E. Owens' and I's one year in Tejas Birthday party. Thanks for the supplies Mom! 
With Hna Socorro Hernandez. :) We lovingly gave her Kenny, the Avocado plant we had growing in our apartment. 
Just my companion playing with some racoon family that we made our friends last night. Racoons apparently love sweet empanadas. Pocahontas dreams fulfilled. 
Most of the zone at our last district meal! :)


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