Sunday, January 24, 2016

1/18/2016: Buenos Dias!

Buenos dias les de Dios :) Good morning to all! Happy Monday to you all!

Well pday was a good day. We got up bright and early to go to the market. We had done all of our shopping by the time we wrote home, it was a nice change of pace. We went to lunch at Santos / Diablitos like always and then we got a call from the old house owner. I had called him a million times to tell him we moved out but he never answered so he finally called from a new number wanting to know what happened. The point is that I was stressed because we had to move out some beds and I didnt have the means of doing it. In the end, the zone leaders and the members helped us get all of the mission stuff out of the old house. We played Uno for a bit and then we ate pupusas. The elders of Israel joined us at an appointment to help explain the Priesthood to a recent convert, Alex Hernandez. 

Tuesday we had a really spiritual zone meeting. I was able to learn a lot and feel the Holy Ghost. My district leader, Elder Aldous, spoke about how we need to be concecrated missionaries. We read the description of the word concecrated and it means to dedicate and sanctify to righteousness. The sister training leaders talked about love. This gospel is a gospel of love and as missionaries we need to be sure to share and show our love for those around us. When people can feel that they are loved, they change. 

Wednesday we had morning study session with Mama Spjut. She wanted to sit in and participate in an English companionship study. We learned a lot of things from her, she is a really special and spiritual lady. She taught us about 15 points of Almas discipleship in Mosiah 18. We then did our weekly planning and made all of the plans and goals for this next change that we are beginning. We had some good lessons, went to our ward council meeting, and then we came home to a surprise. Our toilet had flooded and we came home to water streaming out of the front door. So we got to do some unplanned mopping. We called a member to come check it. He ended up getting sprayed with water that shot up out of the back tank part of the toilet. It was seriously sooo funny. 

Thursday I completed 15 months in the  mission. We played Uno with the Gochez family. The elders happened to be there because we always run into them while doing our visits. We are basically a companionship of 4. Anyway, we spiced things up and the loser of each round had to drink salsa negra )worchestershire sauce=. All of us gringos lost. My companion and Elder Isom both drenched their clothes on accident with the sauce. I managed to just drink it. Lets just say it wasnt a spoonful of sugar haha 

Friday we did a quick service project. We spent the entire morning putting together signs and paper cut outs for a youth activity. We started out as a disaster but in the end we had a good system going and it was a success. In the afternoon we went with a recent convert who is now attending a different church. It is sad that they have easily changed their thoughts and their desires. We have a lot of work to do! 

Saturday we went out visiting bright and early with the young women. We did like 5 visits in about 2 hours and that is when I decided I wish I had a car in the mission. It would make life a whole lot easier. It was fun to be back with the jovensitas. I was able to get to know some new people and a new part of  my area. We contacted a reference that we got from a member. Her name is Esmeralda and she is really great. We clicked with her and she told us she would go to a mutual activity and to church. We went to mutual and she was happy and having a good time with the young women. I also got to see a member from Espana while I was there. It was so good to see him and Papi Obispo. Many people have touched my life here and I am so grateful for each of them!

Sunday we brought Esmeralda to church. She had a good time and felt the Spirit. In the afternoon we taught the Restoration. I was kneeling and teaching while using a puzzle to explain. By the end, my legs were soo dead. They had completely fallen alseep. The Holy Ghost was there in that lesson and I know that Rosa and Mario felt it. We also helped our investigator, Nicole, move houses. They moved everything over in one afternoon and we helped get them a little bit more organized. One of the elders grabbed a single couch and tried throwing it on his shoulder. As he did, he realized it was heavier than he thought. He began to lean backward, but in slow motion. His comp tried to save him and then Elder Reyes and I busted up. I was laughing soo hard. 

Life is good. I am doing the same old same old. Working, walking, laughing, and eating yummy frijoles.  It was a quick week spent with really great people. The gospel makes us happy. I love you all and I hope all is well. muah!! 

Hermana Ferre 

1/11/2016: 15 MONTHS!!

Hello hello! Just so everyone is aware, I basically have 15 months in the mission. How did that happen?

So Monday was a normal day. We ran all of our errands and then we made pupusas from scratch with Bethssy. Lets just say that I didnt have the touch to begin with, but I learned. I am a little bit more Salvadoreana so get ready to eat yummy pupusas. It was a lot of fun to be with the members and the pupusas turned out great! We had a few things that we needed to buy from the hardware store for our new house so we went to the "home depot" here in El Salvador. Just imagine two gringas walking into a hardware store. ALL eyes were on us. Everyone thought we were lost but little did they know, I knew exactly where to go and what to do. It was so funny.  

Tuesday we had our district meeting. Our district leader invited us to give 
a spiritual thought on faith in missionary work. My comp and I rocked it. After the district meeting, we did companion exchanges. Hna Sheehan came here to Paraiso with me and Hna Vincent left to Espana. Hna Sheehan and I found so many new people to teach and we managed our time really well. We had an experience where we said goodbye to a less active member. So normally after saying goodbye, you leave. Well there was a truck in front of us in the street that kept us from walking away from the member. It was so awkward and it gave me the giggles. Bethssys house flooded so we helped a little bit to clean and mop the floor.  

Wednesday we had a birthday celebration for Ishma. He doesnt like celebrations but we had a homemade hamburger cena and sang him happy birthday. We had a fun day. The whole fam was there so it was a good time! We also found a really chosen guy. His name is Jonathan and he is really down to earth. He is 17 and he told us that he attends a different chruch but that he wants to hear the message. We found him because my companion felt impressed to talk to him. He was one of the very last street contacts we did and my companion says to me "he is the chosen one". And he was. I hope he progresses and can go on a mission :)

Thursday was a rollercoaster of a day. Some members out of the blue told my companion that she should go home and get married to her boyfriend. It really is what my companion wants but she hadnt been thinking about it so it threw us both for a loop. We had good lessons despite the emotional mess we were in haha. The elders decided to fast with us to help a family here in this area. It meant a lot to me that they were willing to sacrifice a little bit for some of our investigators. We visited a little old lady who is less active and she told us we were wasting our time with her and that we needed to focus on those who dont have the gospel.   

Friday we had an emotional day. We had a really spiritually lesson with Sandra and Naun. Tears and testimonies were involved. In the end, Sandra and Naun are not going to be married. Naun doesnt want to marry Sandra right now. So many things have gone down and it has me so stressed but I know that it all happens for a reason so I am moving forward with faith. I love that family so much and I just want them to have all of the blessings that I know they are missing out on.

Saturday we got up early and went to help Liz cook for an activity she had in the afternoon. I had a really got time helping. I was on veggie slicing duty. Look at all of the things I am learning on the mish. We supported the elders and went to a baptism. Then in the evening we had dinner with Sandra and Naun.(I made the frijoles and they were delish). We didnt mention anything about marriage and we all had a good time. Sandra and Naun have a backdoor that other people can use to go into Ciudad Paraiso. Anyway, there was a dog that was scratching on the door wanting food. The dogs name is Quien, which means who. So all of us joked about how quien was at the door. All sorts of jokes and comments but my companion didnt know it was sthe dogs name. So the cute little thing walks over to the door saying "quien" (asking who was knocking at the door) It was seriously so funny. I was dying laughing. I then choked on my spit and I figured it was because I didnt help out my comp. 

So funny story: I always keep our cellphone in my backpack. My backpack has two outside pockets. I always put the phone behind my agenda so that nobody can see that it is there and so that I dont get robbed. Well  we showed up to the baptism and I was talking to my mission leader, Oswaldito. He asks me for the bishops number. I reached for the phone but I didnt feel it. I started searchinge everywhere for the phone. We had just came from the bus and I was sure that somebody had robbed me.I go into panic mode and I have Sister Vincent start looking in her bag. At this point her and I are talking in English and I am thinking how on earth did that happen. In the end, Oswaldo put the phone in my face. He had taken it out of my bag without me knowing or feeling it. So lesson learned. This gringa wont be doing that anymore haha.

Sunday was a good day. We had quite a few investigators in sacrament meeting. It was the primary program, and it was so much fun. The kids were so dang cute. Everyone was laughing. The little ones bring a special spirit to our lives. We had a few meetings which felt like a normal sunday at home. They are just preparing me to be back at home, right? #baggy. During our meeting with our mission leader, he asked me to say the prayer. As I began to pray, the neighbors turned on the music super loud. After the prayer, Oswaldito said "and thats how Satan works". It is so true. There is always opposition when we are trying to do the right.   

Well things are good here on my end. It was a normal week, we didnt do anything out of the norm. Missionary work is a wonderful thing and I am loving my time here in Paraiso. Have a great week! Choose the right. Love you all! 

Hermana Ferre 

1/4/16: Heavenly Father is So Nice!

Well this week started really slow and then Heavenly Father blessed us big time. Heavenly Father is so nice.  

Monday we went to the market to buy all of our food for the week. I found a guy on the bus, I taught him about the Restoration. He then gave me his address to visit his family. I also found a cute little old lady who didnt want anything to do with the church, however, she gave me a reference. She wants us to visit her granddaughter. So the point is that public transportation is a blessing sometimes. We drank smoothies and we played some games while we hung out with the members. All in all, it was a good pday.  

Tuesday was our district meeting. The elders were eating jelly beans that had two flavors of each other. One flavor was yummy and the other was a gross flavor such as dirty socks or mucous. So gross but it was funny to watch their faces as they tried it. As missionaries we are focusing a lot right now in reactivating priesthood holders. We need more worthy and active priesthood holders in the church! In the evening we went to mutual. We were in the youth activity and then afterward we had a meeting to make a game plan for Sunday. Some of the youth are in charge of guiding all of the members to the front of the chapel. The people tend to sit in the back and there is a lot of empty space in the front. But that is going to change and it will make for a better sacrament meeting.

Wednesday was a fun day. We went on an adventure with a few members. We visited in a new part of our area so we (the missionaries) could get to know some of the members who arent attending church, AKA less actives members. I had a great time and we got a few of them to commit to go to church on Sunday.  

Thursday my poor comp got sick. She had had a cold for a few days but she woke up on Thursday not being able to walk. She felt like she was going to fall over and she was really dizzy. She also had a fever. So basically it was a boring day in the house. We went to our cooks house and she made us BBQ chicken and it was really good. I hadnt ate that in a really long time. Then in the evening we went to Bethssys house. We ended up eating ice cream with them and then they headed off to all of their celebrations. As missionaries had to enter the house at 8pm so we werent on the street with all of the crazies. I had extra time in the house to chat with Hermana Stokes and that was the highlight of my day! Oh but the best part was when I heard someone knocking on my window at 12:15am. Bethssy came over to wish me a happy new year with a great big hug! I opened the door and we talked for like 5 minutes. My companion didnt hear any of it. Good times and good memories with good people. :)

Friday we kicked butt because we didnt work on Thursday. We went to a ward activity. We convinced some of our investigators to come with us and we showed up and nobody was there. Eventually people began to show up. They played soccer outside and Hermana Vincent and I pretended to help cook lunch with some of the members. The Vasquez family brought some of their friends to the activity so we were able to meet them and put a date of when we are going to visit them. 

Saturday was a normal day. It was actually a really special day. Sandra and Nahum are a couple that I was teaching about 6 months ago. Now I am here again and I am back with them. Well Sandra is very willing and interested in the church. She wants to go to church, she wants to be married, and she wants to be baptized. But Nahum is stubborn and he doesnt want any of that. I know he really does. He just wants to be a tough guy and pretend he doesnt. Anyway, we were teaching them and trying to commit them to church. Sandra said she would go and Nahum kept making excuses. I was almost ready to give up on the begging haha when one of their kids called Sandra into a different room. Nahum then whispered to us that he is going to attend church on Sunday but that it was a secret. I seriously got the biggest smile on my face. Sandra walked in again and I had to play cool and pretend like that hadnt just happened. I was soo grateful. I know that he is being changed. I have seen the changes and I know that Heavenly Father is softening his heart little by little. The second experience was with a new family that we found. Alex y Ana. We talked about how they have had many pairs of missionaries in their home. At the end I told them that there was a reason that they have had so many missionaries and now we were in their home with them. I then invited them to think about what Heavenly Father wants from them and to pray and ask him. Alex then said to me, ÿou have a good point. I hadnt thought about it that way before¨. I know that Alex felt the Holy Ghost and that he was able to recognize that Heavenly Father was giving him countless opportunities to have the gospel in his life. 

Sunday was such a beautiful day. We got up and went for all of our investigators. Nobody answered, and one of the investigators wasnt home. We then passed by for Sandra and Nahum. As we walked up, the 3 kids and the husband were dressed and ready to go to church and Sandra was finishing up. That was the first time that that has ever happened. We left their house at 930 and made it to church taking our time. Nahum had been saying to the elders and to his family that he wasnt going to go to church, that he was going to run an errand. Well he got off the bus at the church with the rest of us and he went to church for the very first time. As we arrived, I wanted to take a picture of their family in front of the church. Their oldest son Jose was already there greeting people. We called him outside and when he saw his dad there, he literally started to cry. Jose had no idea that Nahum was going to go to church so he was completely surprised. It was the most beautiful moment. Jose was the first to be baptized and I know the rest of his family will follow his example. From that experience I strengthened my tesimony on two things. 1.the power of fasting because we were fasting when that all happened. 2.that Heavenly Father really is changing and preparing the people we love for the gospel. In the afternoon we went to visit Sandra and Nahum. The elders happened to be there. We spent a few minutes flying kits in an open field with them and then went inside to have a ¨serious chat¨with Sandra and Nahum. It was time to get down to business. We were able to put a wedding date with Sandra and Nahum. They are going to get married on January 16th, 2016. Nahum had always said no to the idea, but like I said, Nahum is changing. I almost couldnt believe it because for the 6 months I have known those two, the answer has always been no. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father is aware of each and every one of us. He knows our needs and everything that happens is according to His will and His timing. I came back to this area for a reason. Sandra and Nahum know that as well and things are falling into place. 

I am so grateful to be here in the mission and to be experiencing moments like these with people I have come to love so much. The gospel makes us happy :) Have a great week everyone. The church is true and God loves you!  

Hermana Ferre

12/28/15: Last email of 2015!

Well I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, I know I sure did. This week was our ¨p-day week¨. We had something fun basically everyday. 

On Monday we ran errands, got lost in the market, we went out to eat lunch with my girl Hna Stokes, and then we hung out a bit with the members before beginning to work. 

Tuesday was a normal work day. We had our district meeting in the Mena families home (really it was outside). We did a practice where 5 of us missionaries taught an investigator. We each took turns teaching a point in the doctrine of Christ. The point was to teach using the Book of Mormon. It was a fun practice! In the evening we painted our new home! The elders and the Escarate family helped us paint. We painted the house from top to bottom. We painted the family room and the two bedrooms blue and the kitchen we painted it yellow. Yeah, that was a fun but bad idea. It looks cute and it brightened things up, which is what we wanted. We finished off our day by eating pupusas with Bethssy!

Wednesday was our mission Christmas party. About half of the mission gathered together. We played games, we ate snacks and lunch, and we watched Arthurs Christmas. At the end we had a devotional and I was able to sing in the choir with some other missionaries. At night we had our ward Christmas party. There was food, music, and dancing. It was seriously so much fun. We had 6 investigators show up and they all had a great time.

Thursday was the best day of the entire week. It was Christmas Eve which is Christmas here. They celebrate with their family and with dinner on the 24th and on the 25th they all go to the beach. Anyway, I got to Skype home and see my cute fam. I was surprised and I got to see a lot more people than I expected. Merry Christmas to me! It was so good to see and to hear everyones voices. The crazy thing is that the next I see you all, I will be back home! Time seriously flies. We hung out with Bethssy and her fam. We cooked, we played games, and we taste tested chocolates together Ñ= Our mission leader invited us over for dinner. So the good news is that we didnt go hungry. It was a very special Christmas.

On Friday we woke up bright and early and went to cook Flan with Bethssy. It really is so easy and it turned out great. I got to go back to Espana and visit la familia Ochoa! It felt so good being back with them. I was surrounded by people who I love so much and who love me. We made a quick visit and then I headed back to my area. We gathered together as missionaries with Bethssy and her fam for a Christmas dinner and party. Bethssy invited us to express her love for us and so we felt ät home¨while far away from our homes. We ate cena and exchanged gifts. Hermana Stokes was supposed to show up but she never came. I was looking forward to seeing her so I was super bummed. Well as we were in the house planning at night, Bethssy and Ishmael showed up. They gave me a present from Hermana Stokes. It was a surprise and it seriously made my day! It was the best Christmas ever :) Everyone went to the beach and there was NOBODY in the streets. The buses werent running very much and the streets were so empty. 

Saturday we went to a baptism. A young 8 year old was baptized so we went to support him. My companion spoke on baptism and did great! After the baptism, we ate lunch (just so you know, we ate mac & cheese for the first time) and then the fun began. We moved! We loaded 2 cars with all of our crap, strapped the mattresses on the car tops, and walked the fridge down the street. Some of the members and the elders helped, and they were a BIG help. We are now moved in and settled. I feel so much more comfortable and at home in this house. It is smaller, brighter, cleaner. It was the fastest move I have ever been apart of. There really is no need to drag out moving haha. As we left Bethssys house, I thought I left our keys on the counter. So we got dropped off at our house in a car, walked back to Bethssys house, and THEN my comp realized she had the keys in her bag the whole time...wut. 

Sunday was an emotional day. We went to help Sandra and Nahum get ready for church. Nahum wakes up everyday at 6 or 630 but today he was still sleeping at 9. Sandra was upset because she wanted to go to church as a family. We talked it out with her and she decided to still go with us. So her and the girls joined us at church. I began to cry while sitting with her in her house before church. I love her and her family so much and I know all of the blessings that they are missing out on. That is what makes it hard! I still have faith that Nahum is going to pull through and that he is going to accept the gospel one day. At night time we went on a night walk with Bethssy to her mother-in-laws house for our meeting with the mission leader. We had gone an entire day without seeing Bethssy so we were all so excited to see each other. I love that little lady :) She treats me like family. 

It was a great week. A full week of pday! We basically lived with Bethssy. It was a happy week with lots of celebrations and memories made. It really is the best time of the year! I hope all of you enjoyed Christmas and that you have a happy New Year :) Oh and I cut my hair this week. 

Feliz Navidad y ano nuevo! Love you lots :)
Hermana Ferre

12/21/15: Feliz Navidad!!

Hola Hello! 

It was quite the week. Another week has come and gone and here we are on another Monday morning!

So on Monday I finally was reunited with Hermana Stokes. We went to the market with Mama Rosa. I literally got teary eyed when I saw Hermana Stokes. She has such a special place in my heart and it was so good to be back by her side for a bit. We laughed and joked and did all of our shopping. After that we just hung out, did some cleaning here in the house, and took a lil nap. We had an adventure in the night time. We basically got lost and it took us about an hour to get home because of the bus routes. Sometimes puplic transportation is rough at rush hour. We had a lesson with the Perez family. They are a family of 10. It is such a blessing to be teaching such a big family but it is also really hard to get and keep people focused enough to feel the Spirit. Slowly but surely we are working with them and making progress. 

Tuesday we talked to a lot of people about the gospel. We worked hard and had many opportunties to share the great message. We started eating lunch with our new cook, Liz. Her house is seriously so cute. We were on her back porch washing dishes and the door slammed shut. Well here the doors can only be opened from one side. So we had to wait for Liz to get home to let us our of her backyard haha. Then we headed our appointments and lessons. We came home and had a little Christmas fun. We sat around our little lit Christmas tree and opened our Christmas stockings from Hermana Vincents mom. Her mom planned on me being a Latina and sent black bobby pins. She is a sweetheart :)

Wednesday we did our weekly planning. I also may or may not have taken a nap. and I may not even regret it haha. We went to lunch and heard some crazy stories. It turns out a member here went to Egypt and lived there for 5 months. How cool is that? I had no idea and I was smiling the entire time that she told me her life stories.

Thursday we did divisions with some sisters while their companions went to San Salvador. I worked with Hermana Osorio from Guatemala. Her and I went exploring in a new part of my area. It was so successful! We crossed bridges and went through the woods and then we found a girl named Gabriella. She is a young mom who has twin girls. They were born with only 5 months and they are sooo small. We visited with her and she quickly accepted the invitation to attend church with us. I am grateful for moments like that where Heavenly Father blesses us with people who are prepared for the gospel.My companion and I colored our two Christmas elves and we made Olafs out of white cups. We have a Christmas tree and our Christmas stockings. This house is hoppin with the Christmas spirit :)

Friday we went house shopping with Mama Spjut. The house we are in is giant, dark, and there are one too many animals living here. So the new house is smaller, brighter, and we shouldnt have very many unwelcomed visitors. Then we headed to the office for lunch and interviews with President Spjut. We were in the office for about 5 hours. We ate lunch, had a zone meeting, and the interviews with President. President is such a great guy. He shared some of his mission experiences with me and at the end he told me he loved me. He is a very special guy and he does so much to help us succeed as missionaries. We visited the Hernandez family. They invited us over for dinner. People sacrifice so much for us and I feel so blessed. We watched the  Joseph Smith movie which helped all of us strengthen our testimonies on the Restoration. I love this gospel with my whole heart!

Saturday was such a rough day. Lots of ups and downs. We tried to visit as ward council. We had the right intentions but in the end it just used up a lot of our time. We had a little miracle happen. I was ready to call it a day when a guy came running up to us saying how he really wants to go to church, that he wants us to visit and teach him, etc. It was what I needed to hear in that moment.Heavenly Father knows each one of us and all of our needs. Some members went to EFY here so we passed by to hear some of the stories and welcome them back home! It was a long day. There is opposition in all things. We just have to move onward and upward. 

Sunday we went all over the world to bring investigators to church. Our church meetings now begin at 10 which was nice for us but a lot of the members wanted to leave early to eat lunch. All of the youth and the counselors from EFY bore their testimonies. Each youth said that after their time at EFY they have now decided to serve a full time mission. The counselors bore their testimonies as well. They had a different perspective (a lot more running around and behind the scenes efforts) but the Spirit filled the roomed and testified as each and every one of them shared their experiences. One of my converts bore his testimony. He has 2 years until he can go on the mission and he is already a power house. He is going to bless so many lives. Listening to him bear his testimony makes it all worth it. Oh and just so you know, our miracle boy from Saturday didnt go to church. #ooops. We then had a crazy night. As we went to a members home, her dog was shaking but couldnt walk or move. Someone fed him rat poison and it was already taking affect. The dog was shaking, it was foaming at the mouth, and they shoved some coal and lime down his throat to supposedly pump out his stomach. We went to a meeting with our mission leader and then headed back. The dog was doing much better. He still had lots of symptoms but he was much more calm. Close call but prayers were answered :) Oh I also got proposed to. Some guy told me to take him back to the states with me. He asked do you have a boyfriend?  I said no. He then said "take me with and then you will. Then we will get married." hahaha what.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!I  In this season of Christmas I want you all to remember that Jesus is not in a manger, He is not on the cross, He is not in the tomb. He is the tree of life, the light of the world. And He lives. 

Feliz Navidad. Enjoy and be sure to sing it loud for all to hear. :) I love you all! 

Hermana Ferre

12/14/15: 14 months...WHAT?!

Hello to all! 

It has been such a rollercoaster of a week. Sunday night Hermana Stokes and I were told that we would not have changes and then all of a sudden we were told that we both had changes. Her and I were both so sad. Many people say that they find some of their best friends on their missions. Well that girl is seriously mine. She is the one! We just had to come to El Salvador to find each other. We spent the quickest 6 weeks together as companions. 6 weeks of adventures,laughing,and memories. It was an unforgettable change. 

So the new missionaries showed up a day late which happened to be during the changes meeting. It made everything so crazy. All of us in the office were running around like crazy trying to make things run smoothly while Presidente and Hermana Spjut were in the meeting. Well as I was helping some new missionaries with their health sheets, an elder comes in and says to me, [Sister Ferre, Paraiso with Hermana Vincent[. I could not believe it! I was assigned to the same area where I was 6 months ago. It is so rare for missionaries to return to their old areas but I did.

So I was assigned back to Paraiso. It has been the biggest blessing. We are opening area but I know the area and the members from the 6 weeks that I had previously been here so we are here working hard.

My companion is Sister Vincent. She is from West Jordan and she has 4 months in the mission. Her and I have gotten along well. We are trying to adjust to each other. I think we are going to have a good change together. She is pretty quiet so I have had to be more of the talker, which has been good for me. We have had many adventures so far. The first day we got to the area, our house was TRASHED. The other two sisters destroyed the place. There was a mattress on the floor, boxes (yes multiple) of pizza and garbage, and dirty dishes everywhere. We didnt have anything to clean with so some members went to the store for us then we came home and we had a cleaning party. Bethssy, Liz, and Sandra came over to help clean the house. It took us two nights to accomplish it. I kid you not, it was horrible. But now we have got the thing back in shape. 

The members here are wonderful. They take great care of us, they love us. I am blessed and so so grateful to be in such great hands.This area really does feel like paradise.I was in this area from May to June. I told the people here that I would come back. I always felt like I would. My hope and my prayers were answered. I am back in this wonderful area and now I am working hard to find the reason why.

The church is true. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Missionary work is something that ALL of us need to be involved in. Repentance is real. Families can be together forever. And the Savior makes it all possible.

Sorry for the short letter home. The time just got away from me. I miss you all and I hope that everything is fine and dandy. Happy Holidays! Lots of love. Have a great week everyone! 

Hermana Ferre 

11/30/2015: Hola Hello!

Hello to all! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving :) 

Monday we had a normal pday. We went to the crazy market (my papaya exploded in my backpack), we did laundry, and then we headed to a members home. We just hung out and enjoyed some free time. We took some pictures! Blah blah blah, the usual. 

Tuesday we had intercambios. I left my area and I got to visit Palmar. I worked with Hermana Avila from Honduras. It was such a successful day!! We found a family of 6 and they all gathered around to listen to our message. Heavenly Father is always preparing His children for the gospel and I know without a doubt that that family is ready. It is moments like that that make it all worth it. I got to see some old faces and it felt good that they remembered me! We walked and walked but we had a lot of success. It was a great day! I talked to a guy on the bus because I felt like I should. Well I shook his hand at the beginning and it was normal. He ended up rejecting the invitation and not wanting to hear the message a different day. Anyway to say goodbye, I shook his hand again and it was so SWEATY. I made that kid so nervous! Haha poor guy. 

Wednesday we had a normal day. Nothing too crazy happened. We had a really spiritually lesson with our investigator Brandon. He is so full of questions and doubts. It made the lesson long but very powerul. The Holy Ghost was there. Now we just have to work hard to help him continue having spiritual experiences and to act according to those experiences. I tried a new fruit. It was white and had a funny texture but hey it was too bad. We surfed the bus again and Heavenly Father blessed us with lots of families in our path. 

Thursday we met a lady named Reina. She is a really spiritual lady, just in a different church. (She would be such a great member). We talked to her, she shared some of her life stories. As I was there with her I had a feeling come over me and the thought saying how much trust Heavenly Father has in me, an imperfect being, to help one of His daughters find the way back home. I am so far from perfect but Heavenly Father knows that and He continues helping me as I strive in His great work. We took a wrong bus and it took us forever and a day away from our area. But we made it safely home. It was actually a huge blessing! I had a reference but didnt know where the dirrecction was to pass it on the rhe elders. Anyway, in our journey we came across the colonia and I knew which elders I could pass it to. Bendiciones!! We celebrated Thanksgiving by eating grilled chiken and some instant potatoes with some members. 

Friday I woke up sick. I had some tummy issues and wasnt able to get out and work. It was the first time I have gotten sick in the mission and it was a long and boring day! My cute companion took good care of me! We had an elder who got bit by some animal and his toe turned purple and began to split open. Well get this. It comes to find out that a nurse in his ward looked it over and pulled out an entire sack of spider eggs. Is that so gross or what?? His toe now feels better haha the joys of the mission. He is a trooper! 

Saturday we helped the Ochoa family make tortillas. It is their business and they had a big event. They had to make 400 tortillas and a different lady made 600. 1,000 tortillas for a wedding. My skirt got really dirty. Mama Rosa took our tortillas to "fix them" and next thing you know she smashed them and started over. Haha I dont think we were that much of a help. But while we were there we got to help decorate their Christmas tree. It is defintely the best time of the year! And I met a cute little chubby baby. The cutest little thing and so so happy. We helped the elders with a baptism they had. Then we had the funniest moment! Hna Stokes and I were sitting on the curb talking on the phone and Anival and Paty drove by in their car. Then they backed up to us. He backed up like 4 times and as he was doing so, I told Hna Stokes that he was going to run over the open man hole. And sure enough, he backed right into it and got stuck. It was such bad luck for him but it cracked me up! A nice guy came running out of nowhere and helped lift him out. There are great people everywhere we go. 

Sunday was a good day! We did a lot of visiting. A little old lady told us that gets bored reading the Book of Mormon because of all the wars haha. We found a lady named Jesenia. She was a reference and she is looking for the truth! During Relief Society, the Obispo spoke on family and parenthood. He read from a different talk on how in the next life, the titles or callings we have now wont matter. The titles that will continue with us is that of mother & wife or father & husband. Basically the family is the most important. We have to learn and live the gospel as a family and we have to learn to magnify those sacred callings. (Or future callings for some of us). So I am inviting you all to remember your duties and responsibilities in the home. They are the most important ones of all. Oh and best news of all, one of my favorite couples here just found out that they are going to have a baby!! Best news ever! 

The new meditizar scripture for the week is D&C 58:27! 
This is the true church of Jesús Christ. 
I love you all! 

oh and I didnt proof read this email so sorry if I sound like a scattered mess haha

Hermana Ferre  

11/23/2015: Birthdays X5

This week we celebrated 5 birthdays, we completed our weekly goals (yesss), and we met some more of Heavenly Fathers wonderful children. I am blessed :) 

P-day!! We got up bright and early. We had the house cleaned and the laundry done before 8am. We then went to run our errands. It was a normal morning and then we decided to take some time off. We went to Bethssy house and watched Meet the Mormons (with watermelon as our movie snack). It was fun to relax and enjoy with them. We went to visit a different family in the evening. The lady (Delmi Figueroa) was cooking. All of a sudden we heard a giant explosion. A glass pan that she had resting on the top of the stove, exploded! Glass shattered and flew all over the kitchen! 

Tuesday we had an eventful day! We had our district meeting. Then we went to the church to throw a small birthday party for a less active member. (Birthday #1). We bought her a small slice of cake, wrote a cute note on the chalkboard, and gave her a small necklace. She was so incredibly happy and grateful for the small birthday party. We had a mission activity. We watched Meet the Mormons and had a popcorn party. Patty, Hna Stokes, and I made a bunch of popcorn for la gente to eat. It was a fun lil movie night. We then went out to eat dinner with Patty and her hubby. Oh and I drew my very first eyeball with the help of a member and it was a success! 

Wednesday was Robertos birthday! (Birthday #2). We decorated his house while he was at work so he came home to a fun surprise. As a family we all ate dinner and played games. We laughed and laughed. Roberto had a special day and that was the goal! We had to pay hospital bills and just so you all know, it only costs $6.25 to get stomach stitches removed here. Cant beat that!  

Thursday we had our Thanksgiving celebration and our multizone meeting. Sister Spjut shared with us a talk about having a mighty change of heart. I kid you not it was General Conference worthy! It was so so good. I felt the Holy Ghost so strongly as she spoke. We are going to have some changes in the mission, but change is a good thing. Our lunch was fancy and it was our "Thanksgiving dinner". After lunch we all got our surprise flu shots. President Spjut rocked it. He can do it all! I even got to inject a sister. Anything goes here in El Salvador :) oh and (birthday #3, but we didnt attend) 

Friday we had another birthday celebration (Birthday #4). Geneis turned 10 so we spent some time with me. She wanted to eat pizza for her birthday but as her mom ordered the pizza, they said that they wouldnt deliver to the zone where they lived. Hna Stokes and I began calling and asking people who would be willing. Finally Roberto told us he could order the pizza to his house then bring it up. And sure enough, 40 minutes later, he comes walking up with a giant pizza. 

Saturday we had such a good working day! Lots of good lessons. We found a family that I walked in their home, it had hit me that I had been there before. As I got thinking, I had visited them during a companion exchange clear back in January! So that was fun! We went with the Ochoa family to make Baleadas with them and some of the members. I am getting the hang of making them. Mama Rosa let us use some of her yummy beans. She has the special touch when it comes to frijoles! 

Sunday we went to church. We had lunch (as always) with Papi Obispo and his family. They have extended family in town so I got to meet them. They all speak English so we had a nice English chat. The one lady was celebrating her birthday (Birthday #5).  During lunch I tried a fruit for the first time called Granadilla. We had such a funny lesson with a little old grandpa. He was teasing us and asking all sorts of questions about cafe & the church. He then told my comp that she should be a model instead. Haha and thats when we left. However us with our mission leader, we laughed and laughed.

It was a fast week, with lots of adventures. The church is so true and I feel 100% blessed. I love you all and HAPPY THANKSGIVING :)  

Con amor, 
Hermana Ferre'

11/16/2015: Practice Love

Friends & family... WE HAVE TO PRACTICE LOVE. That is something that one of my converts taught us this last week. We need to practice love. 

Monday we had a laid back and relaxing pday. We went to the market with Mama Rosa. It was quite the journey as always. We walked through a little pathway and I swear the people just peed right there on the floor. During our morning adventure, an old guy came up to me and said to me "my barbie". Haha who says that? I was like uh im not your barbie. In the afternoon I was washing dishes in a members home and I kid you not, a rat touched me. I was washing and I thought I felt something but as I looked, nothing was there. So I continued washing. At this point Hermana Stokes was looking around wanting to know what had happened and sure enough something ran out from where my feet were and disappeared. It was a rat. We had FHE with the bishop and has family. We watched Meet the Mormons :) 

Tuesday we had our zone conference. The stake president came to motivate us. He told us to all repent and be better so that was fun. After the meeting we headed to lunch. As we walked down a small path, a protective dog began chasing my companion because she got too close to the little puppies. It was a close call & got our heart rate up for a quick sec. Later on in the day we were walking in a place called la linea (kinda sketchy). I was explaining to Hna Stokes that supposedly that whole area was full of members. She turns to me and says "yeah, it is hopping with members but not from the church". Haha

Wednesday. 11/11/2015! Well my cute comp and I completed two weeks of being together so we celebrated our anniversary by exchanging lambs and getting caught in a rainstorm. We visited little Mercedes. She opened the door standing in her bra. Without shame she walked out of the house, gave us hugs, and did it all as she was in her bra. We then had to cross a giant river after a rainstorm. Roberto helped us cross the river and conquer some of our fears. A helping hand is always appreciated! 

Thursday we went on a ROADTRIP. A group of us who all came together, we headed back to San Salvador to get new residency cards. I am now good to be here 1 more year! We also lucked out and got to go out to lunch. We had to enter a parking garage, an escalator, a shopping mall and then we finally made it to the restaurant. Oh and all of that while the song from Titanic was playing. We were completely in the world and I felt completely out of place. It was so much fun though. Lots of laughs and remembering the journey that we all began together 1 year ago. 

Friday was Friday the 13th and we chose to celebrate. We had a good working day! And it was one of the best days! We made homemade hamburgers with the bishop and his fam. They must have been made with love because they turned out top notch!! I was the grill flipper and I rocked it. We all cooked together, laughed together and made even more jokes. Life is so good. Funny story: I was walking down the street (almost to our cooks house) when I looked to my right. There was a member walking out of his house (walking to the street) without pants on!! Yep I saw his white, hairy legs. He quickly turned around and grabbed basketball shorts. The funny part isnt that I saw him but that he was literally leaving the house without pants on. Who does that?? 

Saturday was another great day, lots of adventures. My companion began the day wanting a hard boiled egg, however she wanted it quickly so she put it in the microwave. 3 minutes later and as I was standing right next to it cooking, a giant bomb sound goes off. The egg exploded and the microwave door breaks open. It scared me so bad! It was then that I knew we were off to a great start in our day. We then went with a lady and offered to help wash some dishes. She didnt have soap nor a scrubber so Hna Stokes and I literally washed dishes 1. using dirty water 2. without soap 3. and literally using our fingers. THEN we left lunch and we were walking in a sketchy part of town. I (being in my own little world & just talking and talking) made a telefono hand sign because I was talking about calling somebody. Once I realized what I was doing I hurried and stopped, with my heart beating just a little bit faster than normal. I dont even know if it means something bad here but I know it wasnt the best timing to be flashing signs. I am now working on not talking so much with my hands while in the street. :) 

Sunday was a stressful day helping others make it to church. Once there it was a good experiece. We had stake conference and the themes of the conference were 1. Marriage (get married fast people) 2. Family. 3. Giving a generous fast offering. We found two new hermanos who are completely prepared for the gospel. Sundays are stressful but Heavenly Father always always blesses us. We chose a new scripture to ponderize. This week we are going to focus on Mosiah 4:9. Oh and while in a members home I got to Skype a missionary I served with, Elder Montero. So good to see him!! 

I learned a lot this week and I am even more grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. Life is good & God is great. I love you all! :)

Con amor, 
Hermana Ferre 

11/9/2015: Small Victories!

P-DAAAAAY!! Well it is finally pday, and what a blessing that is. :) 

Lunes we had a festive Halloween party and we carved pumpkins! We went with some of the members and we made pancakes for lunch (That isnt a thing here haha) They told us "there are two sins here in el Salvador...1. eating pupusas & 2. eating pancakes for lunch". But we made them and they tasted great. We had a babysfirstpumpkin moment and taught the members how to carve pumpkins. Happy Halloween!!

Martes we had a district meeting and talked about decision making. My DL, Elder Vasquez, explained how all of us are able to have success in our missions and in our lives, it just depends on our personal decisions. Each of us make small decisions that lead to big results. Something else that I really liked was that all of us want and seek success. To achieve it, we have to start from the bottom with little successes osea small victories. "If we want to recieve it all, we must give it all". 

Miercoles we had a long morning doing weekly planning. Then had an adventure! Cada dia is an adventure. My old companion Hna Mac got bit by a cat so we had a good laugh about that. She has to get rabies shots haha. My companion told a youth to pick up the trash he threw on church ground. She totally worked it and helped put him in his place! As we got to the house at the end of the day, Hermana Stokes turns to me and asks "so how was your day??" It was so funny.

Jueves was a day with lots of service! We washed a lot of dishes and even got to help a family move. It is always nice to change things up with a little bit of service. I learned a lesson that really helped put some things in perspective. We had an appointment with an investigator, Samuel. A different family then invited us to eat. We almost went with the family then they called last minute to cancel. So as they cancelled, we decided to still go with Samuel. I have had many moments where the people arent home or really arent waiting for us when we make appointments. However, as we showed up, he was waiting. We had a great lesson and Samuel is totally prepared. As we left, the member who we were with, (knowing that we almost didnt go) he put us in our place and let us know that that wasnt cool. These people deserve the very best and I always need to stay true to my word even if the people dont. It was an experience that made me think and I for one am very grateful for that lesson. I am learning each day and trying to be a little bit better. 

Viernes we worked with one of the members, Roberto Antonio. The lessons went well. We foumd a young girl who is totally prepared. She is one of our converts nieces and she is completely interested! In the afternoon we saw a different member, Lucy, in the street. We began whistling and shoutinf out to her. Well she didnt hear us but all of a sudden 3 big dogs come around the corner running and barking at us. I seriously froze with fear. Luckily the owner came chasing after them and nothing bad went down. I got to make some tortillas con Mama Carcamo (I am almost Salvadoreña) 

Sabado we had the longest lesson of my entire life. It included laughing, crying, and the great great gospel. The girl completely trusted us and told us her whole life story (she's only 18) She talked and talked and then talked some more. We went to a members home and talked about some deep doctrine. This gospel is so simple and yet so complex. I have so much to learn!! 

Domingo we had a happy sabbath day. We talked about being self sufficient and about temple work. We went to visit new coverts in the afternoon, to spread a little sunshine! I sure do love these people. We helped an hermana wash clothes and as we walked to her house, a crazy guy followed us. He didnt get near us but we saw him following us and could hear him laughing. The guy was literally crazy and it was just like something from the movies. A little old lady, Mercedes, (in the pic) said to us as we saw her in the street, "adios my virgens" hahaha who says that?? One of the members told some of his mission stories. He shared about 5 times where he called his mission president. He was in danger and would immediately call his mission president. We were dying laughing and as each story went on we knew what would happen next... "presidente" haha :) 

So this week I was studying a great talk and there was one part that I loved so I thought I'd share. It is a good reminder for all of us. 
"Satan's increasing influence in the world is allowed to provide an atmosphere in which to prove ourselves. While he causes havoc today, Satan's final destiny was fixed by Jesus Christ through His Atonement and Resurrection. The devil will not triumph. Even now he must operate within the bounds set by the Lord. He cannot take away any blessing that has veen earned. He cannot alter character that has been woven from righteous decisions. He has no power to destroy the eternal bonds forged in a holy temple between a husband, wife, and children. He cannot quench true faith. He cannot take away your testimony. Yes, these things can be lost by succumbing to his temptations. But he has no power in and of himself to destroy them". 

All is well. I know without a doubt that the church is true and that I am where I need to be. I am blessed to a representative of my Savior Jesus Christ and I am happier than I have ever been before. The mish rocks my socks. :) I love you all. 

Con mucho amor, 
La Hermanita Ferre 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

10/26/15: Happy Monday

Another week is in the books. 

Lunes my companion began to cry AGAIN when she found they suggested her as a sister leader. The poor girl doesnt like stress. We went to lunch with some missionaries and we bought some things. We then chose to be lazy and to come home and sleep. It was rainy and cool and I absoluetly loved my little nap. We had dinner with the Bishop and his fam. I feel like they are my fam! 

Martes was a MIRACLE day. We had a zone conference call. It was a new way to do zone meeting and I am a fan! We went to mutual. I was talking with members and one little lady came up to me and said a candidate just came to the church. We quickly went over to meet him, his name is Carlos. He had recieved lessons from missionaries about 5 years ago but at that time wasnt completely ready. He came to the church on his own with a sincere desire to change and to know how he could prepare to be baptized. He has had a rough life with bad decisions and he is ready for the gospel of Jesus Christ in his life. We had a lil member with us who was a big help. 

Miercoles we headed out to work earlier than normal. We visited Miguel Angel and we had the lesson with a member. The poor member had worked all night but stayed awake to help us out. (I thought about karles.) Miguel has a desire to attend a church and to make the changes. We went with the Ochoa family. They are absolutely wonderful. I feel like I am at home with them. We played with Ismael and Genesis. Ismael just laughs and laughs. Cuties 

Jueves we went to the office. We took a lunch from home #healthylife. We visited la familia Rodriguez. The husband said a really sincere prayer and he is so interested. He has been doing his part to research. As we left 2 of the little toddlers on the street yelled at us. They came running up to us grabbed us around our necks and gave us great big kisses. It seriously melts my heart every time. 

Viernes all of our appointments fell through. We went with lots of people and nobody recieved us. We did our efforts but not every day is a walk in the park. As we were walking down the street, my companion just randomly says "I am so grateful for flies.. they have saved me from many close calls." She is one of a kind and I love her so much :) 

Sabado we had such a great day! We worked hard and we got a lot accomplished. We recieved lots and lots of blessings. The members pulled through and helped us contact and find a few new people. We found a family. The wife is 31, the husband is 20. The wife has a daughter who is 18 years old. I dont understand love. We then went with the Rodriguez family and I got some more kisses from the cute little ones. I am pretty sure the elders dont get kisses from the kids haha  

Domingo was such a happy day! We got up early to go to the Rodriguez families home and help them get ready for church. It was so much fun to be in that home as they all got ready for the day. We headed on a journey and finally made it to church. I met a guy who spoke English while on the bus. I tried my best to teach the gospel in English but man it was hard! As we arrived at church and I got off the bus, I saw a lil member there waiting outside of the bus. It was a complete surprise and made my day. 

Funny moment: 
I was getting off the bus the bus one day. As I stepped down, my skirt stayed on the step, and then my comp stepped on my skirt. So as I went down, my skirt went up. Hahaha ooops 

Well this great work is moving forward and I couldnt be happier to be apart of it. I love you all! 

Con mucho amor, 
Hermanita Ferre 


Well hello hello. Another week down, time flies. But I am here and I am happy. I hope you all are too! 

So Monday was a normal day. We went out to lunch as hermanas. My sweet companion was so upset about not having food. She seriously got tears in her eyes. It was one of the funniest moments. We ran some errands with Oswaldo and I had some time to take a quick nap. The best part was that a big rainstorm hit so I got to take a nice and cool siesta. We made Baleadas (a food from Honduras) with the Bishop and his family. It was a lot of fun.

Tuesday we had a multizone meeting. We had to do some juggling during the meeting with the sick missionaries. a funny story was when we went to a home. We knocked and asked for Fernando. Two little boys answered and said that Fernando didnt live there and they didnt know who he was. We then asked well do you have an older brother? They quickly responded and said yes!! We asked what is his name? They said "Fernando Antonio". WHAT! Kids these days ;) It was so funny. 

Wednesday we had our weekly planning. My companion and I had a good laugh. I was telling her about how cute Karleigh is when she laughs. How she always always starts to cry. We were cracking up. I could picture Karles perfectly! We visited investigators and we found a new family who accepted the invitation to prepare to be baptized. We have been searching for new people to teach and Heavenly Father blessed us with a cute fam. We fixed dinner with the Caballero family and I walked in and saw the most beautiful CHRISTMAS TREE!! They have already begun to celebrate the best time of the year. We sang a Christmas hymn to make the most of it. :) 

Thursday we went to the office. We got all of the medicine kits ready for the 28 missionaries who are coming in 2 weeks. We then went with the Ochoa family. We had a nice lesson and then we played the balloon toss game. Little Ismael was laughing and laughing. He loves cars and he always calls me Hermana Ferrari haha :)  It was a normal day. Nothing too crazy happened. 

Friday we found an older guy named Ciro. He was so cool! He told us about all of the places he had been and his dreams places where he still wants to go. He said that he loves meeting new people and knowing other countries. His favorite part is trying new foods. He is cool and could use the gospel in his life. 

Saturday was a rainy and cold day. My legs got filthy from all of the mud. You would have thought that we went riding and not out as missionaries. We visited a lot of members and less active members. We met a lady who is member but now she doesnt believe in God. She says why would God let bad things happen to good people. She had so many doubts and questions. And each of her doubts had an answer in the Book of Mormon. All of you should read it, it changes lives. 

Sunday was a good sabbath day! We didnt have very many hermanos in church. Some weeks we have great assistance and other weeks we have 88 people. It was a happy Sunday. We got to visit lots of members and we found a new family of gold. We are blessed! 

Some of the funny moments frlm the week. 
1. When Hermana Mac Donald kissed the bishop. (Not really but she went in to kiss his cheek how we do with all the women) 
2. When Sister Mac Donald called me mom as we were walking down the street
3. When Hermana Mac Donald offended our golden family by calling him old haha he is 40 and is married to a 24 year old. 
4. And on Monday when my cute comp cried over a burrito :) 

Life is good. Make the moments count. Have a great week! I love you all :)

Con mucho amor, 
Hermanita Ferre