Week 7 – Sabbath – A delight?

Sunday is DEFINITELY the most stressful day of the week. Honestly the only time I feel somewhat peaceful and okay is during the Sacrament. I have to learn all over again how to make the Sabbath ´´a delight´´ because on the mission it´s a different story. I´m trying to understand why we have to work on Sundays. Sundays are just like all the other days for us but actually worse (besides the Sacrament). Thank you for passing on Natalie´s words because I really shouldn´t stress as much as I do.

I am doing better at handling the stress and disappointments. So many excuses and the members here are so cold. I haven´t cried on the mission until yesterday. I feel like I just needed to get it out and now I´m good. All I can do is work hard and be obedient. I felt like the Book of Mormon prophets when they say something like, Listen, you guys need to repent and now I wash my hands of your blood. If you don´t do these things I won´t be responsible because I´m exhorting you with my whole soul to do them now!

It´s nice to hear how life is going back home with the Cabin and sports. I´ve thought about how having investigators on a mission is a lot like being a parent. I think of them like children sometimes when I have to go in, wake them up, do their laundry so they won´t ´´have´´ to do it Sunday morning, and have the patience when they don´t listen. But then the gratification when they learn a principle, do it, and see the blessings and therefore develop a testimony of that principle is pretty great.

A single mom we have is getting baptized on your birthday and she had a pretty cool experience this week. We taught her the doctrine of the Sabbath Day and she finally went to church. She works all the other days selling fruit in the market, which is really rough because some days you sell and others you don´t. Some days she has no food to feed her 5 kids. Anyway, she was worrying about having enough for that week. Monday she went to the market to sell plantaines and she usually sells maybe 70 in a day. That day she sold 400 plantaines and the woman next to her sold 60. She felt that the miracle was God telling her that she needed to listen and do to everything that the hermanas told her. How Cool!? She´s got other problems that we have to work through, but as far as her desire to get baptized I don´t worry about her.

We definitely have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior. That´s one thing that I have felt strongly every day. There are and have been many people who don´t have the whole truth but sincerely believe in Christ. Elder Kevin Duncan came to our mission my second week (he also spoke in Conference) and he said something that I have to remind myself of everyday. One day, (pretty much) everyone will accept the gospel. If they don´t now, their Heavenly Father has a plan for their acceptance either in this life or in the next. How fun will the missionary work in the Spirit World be???

Hope Maddy has a good time at prom. If she´s anything like me (which I think she is), she´ll enjoy it for the first bit then think about how silly it is 🙂 If she´s there with real friends though it´ll be fun.

I asked about Mother´s Day (May 8) and we only use Skype. I´m sure I´ll have more information next week as far as the time and everything. We´ll get to talk face to face in 15 days!!

I´m teaching English classes every Saturday and I think it´s a blast. I really like it; maybe because the tables turn and they feel ridiculous speaking english instead of me speaking spansh 😉

Love you all very very much,
Hna. Morse

Week 6 – Get to work!

Mom,

Okay, Seth has to tell me what he was doing when he ripped his pants haha 🙂 Thanks for all the news, it´s always good to hear about everybody. Natalie Reed is back already!! Holy cow that seemed like a short time. So excited for Sierra and Jess, can´t wait to see pictures of the babes when they come. I bought a pretty nice camera for $80.

This week was really great! I had a few days where my Spanish was so on point that other native Spanish speakers told me that I didn´t have the gringa accent. I know I still have it, but it was good to hear anyways. We had interchanges this week, so I spent a day with another Sister in another area. Hermana Avilos is from Honduras and she´s awesome. It was a fun day getting to know new people and see how another missionary teaches. Yesterday we found a family of 5 kids, 4 of which are of baptizing age and are suuuupper positive! So excited. The mom is actually a member but inactive. She still has her triple and hymno and everything. The dad is super interested, was disappointed when I didn´t have another Book of Mormon with me to give him, and the oldest son is already coming the mutual this Thursday. The dad was talking to us and he said that he believed that Heavenly Father, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are separate and wanted to know what we believed. Wahooooo.

This week I´ve truely learned that when I´m unhappy on the mission, it´s because I´m not working hard enough. When I´m trying to be more diligent and really trying the whole day to work hard, I am less tired, less annoyed, and more happy in general. Pres. Hinckley´s dad was so right when he said ´´Forget yourself and get to work.´´ It´s always the little things!

Thank you for your prayers, I´ve felt them. Kinda weird to say but I´ve really felt supported and I know it´s a combination of my own prayers and obedience and the prayers in my behalf. So happy to hear that you feel blessed that I am here, I hope you always feel that way. I LOVE you always,

Hna. Morse

Pictures: One of the pretty views of my area. The mountains are beautiful in a different way than Provo but still. We´re hiking steep hills every day. The other picture is Hna. Oy, me, and another companionship that we´re friends with. Last Monday (pday) we went out to lunch together at a place called ´´Angeles y Diablos´´ or ´´Angels and Devils´´. I loved the food. The other gringa is named Hna. Polhill and she´s pretty cool. Went to BYU before and is studying English and we like the same exact music…so we´re pretty much best friends 😉 hopefully we´ll be companions one of these days.

Week 5 -Grateful for my Family

This week was so much better. Not because anything super miraculous happened but I`ve been better at not letting things get me down. We did have a baptism this week though! My first. Nicol is 9 years old and is super strong, given that her family aren`t members yet so she doesn`t have that much support. Her mom, Vanessa, will most likely be getting bapized soon as well. All we have to do is set a date. The kids I`m posing with are hers, there are 5 of them. The littlest (the baby) she jokes is mine because he`s the only kid that`s white haha.

We had a kid that was going to be baptized last Saturday back out. His family is super Evangelist and he was being doctrinally attacked constantly by his parents and 7 other siblings. We`re still talking with him, giving him time to develop a stronger testimony. I have no idea what will happen, honestly. It`s up to him now. But a testimony is different than a conversion. He has a testimony of the Book of Mormon but he isn`t converted enough to go against his family. It`s a tough situation.

We started teaching the mom of one of our investigators. Her name is Cecilia and she has pretty bad depression and anxiety. Here`s the stopper: she hasn`t let her house in 8 YEARS! We had some members come and give her a priesthood blessing and she has committed to coming to the baptism this Saturday and church next Sunday. She understands everything we teach and is especially touched by the Plan of Salvation. She wants to be baptized but still has fear of leaving her house. She felt a lot better after the blessing though and seems willing to try is Saturday. I pray she`ll be able to!

In dealing with so many family problems in this ward, it has made me so grateful for the home and environment you and Mom provided for us. You guys made us go to church, do everything we were supposed to and all the while set a good example. Our house was always a safe, comfortable, peaceful place. So many people don`t have anywhere to go for peace and love, not even their own home. I was talking to a sister that was saying she is sad because the Spirit she feels at church vanishes when she goes home because of the choices her family is making and the bad enviornment in general. I tried to help her but she asked me if I had had the same problem at home and the only thing I could do was bear to her my testimony that the reason my home was so great was because my parents taught us the principles of the gospel and we practiced them, always trying to improve.

All the problems the people have here can be lightened or solved if they were praying and reading their scriptures regularly. Everyone we talk to with emotional or spiritual challenges 99% of the time are not doing the little things.

I love you all and hope everything is well. I can`t wait to here and see pictures of Ireland! I`ve been told that we use Skype on Mothers day; not sure about Google Hangouts.

Love,

Abby

Week 4 – Pray for Water!

General Conference was great! I can´t wait to read all the talks in English! haha. I loved Hallstrom´s, Snow´s, and Holland´s especially. I found answers for my investigators in other talks but those were for me. During tough moments, I need to remember Christ and fall back on the truths that I know. Being humble is huge. A lot of the things that are holding me up is from my pride I think. I´ve always been able to do everything I´ve tried pretty well and have been recognised for what I´ve done. It´s the opposite here; I´m trying hard, not doing the best, and people are careless and even resentful sometimes. I don´t mind getting rejected by people on the street; I was expecting that, but I wasn´t expecting it from the members. Anyway, I need to be more humble, forget myself, and just get to work. I need prayers! Thank you for the prayers you´ve already given me. Don´t worry, I´ll get through this well enough 🙂

Happy Spring Break everyone! Watch good movies for me.

So the ward welcomed back a returned sister missionary this week named Tatiana. She has no family so she had to return to a ward where she didn´t know anyone. A pretty sad story but she’s a happy person in general. She served in Nicaragua. I asked her if she knew a Hermana Walborn and she said she had lived with her (not as her companion but they lived in a larger house with a few companionships). She said, ”She´s crazy!!”. She definitely knows Nancy haha.

Many members here drink something called ”cafe de maize” (coffee of corn) and it´s pretty much a coffee substitute. Eliseo, an investigator who is getting baptized this Saturday, made some for us last night. I really liked it actually, it´s totally different. They dip bread in it and everything. It´s pretty good. They took some pictures so maybe I can get them somehow to send to you.

So this week there were two separate days where we had no water! It was crazy. Couldn´t shower, brush our teeth, drink, or cook. We bought bottled water to drink and splash on our faces. I love water!! Grateful for every day we wake up and have water. There´s a little moment before I turn on the faucet every morning where I pray that I´ll be able to shower 🙂

Last Tuesday we went to San Salvador in order to get our residencies. I was able to see Elder Nasilai again and the other missionaries I arrived with, so that was fun for a couple of hours. We also ate Taco Bell. It never tasted so good!

Have a great week. Remember to be grateful and to constantly remember Christ. Our knowledge of the gospel should change the way we live, act, think, and treat others every second, not just in the powerful spiritual moments like Elder Holland´s talk. I love you all so much!

Love,
Hermana Morse