Monday, 23 November 2015

¨I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee¨

Hey family,
How have you all been doing? I hope it is warmer up there than it is here because it has been getting really cold these past few days. We sleep with lots of layers and several blankets. At times I feel kind of silly for being cold because I know Canada is 10x colder. We have been pretty busy everyday and now we are preparing for 2 baptisms this weekend. It'll be exciting.
There is this video we watched last week called The Bread of Life and it talks about how Jesus Christ must always be at the centre of our lives, and how we must always remember Him. I am sorry that some of my experiences I share over email are very short or not very detailed. I just feel that it doesn't compare to a typed email than when you say it in person. But the most special lesson/experience I have learned on the mission is how big of a role Jesus Christ should play, and does play in our lives. I have been blessed to see many miracles, tender mercies, rejection, tears of joy, tears of sadness, fatigue, trials and hardships. But I can truly say that the promise that the Lord gave ¨I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee¨ was applied at every moment. I know He lives.I know that He loves us. I know without a doubt that this is his church. I know that only he can lift us when we fall, ease our burdens, and help us back onto the path to eternal life. I know that we are never alone. He will always be there to help guide us, comfort us, and motivate us. I love my Saviour, and am eternally indebted to him.
Serving a mission has been the greatest experience of my life. It has been a pleasure for me to dedicate 18 months to bringing the gospel to others. The first Presidency said ¨There is no other work more important, or that brings greater happiness or satisfaction to a person¨ I want to thank you, my family, for the examples you are to me. I am so lucky to have you as my family. I love you so much.
There is so much more I want to say. But I want you to know that I know this is the only true church of God. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is truly a special book with an incredible promise giving anyone the opportunity to search, ask, and receive. I know this is true, and that our Heavenly Father loves us so much. He wants to bless us. And will do so as we keep the commandments. Always strive to do better, and never give up. 
¨Sin does not define us, it refines us¨ (through the Atonement)
Lots of love,

Hermana Blackmore
 
The first picture is us at the dentist, my comp had a cavity haha so she was getting it fixed


la zona!
 

Monday, 16 November 2015

it was a blessing from God

Hey

So I got an awesome story.
On Monday we visited one of our investigators, Jesús. And before he even sat down he told us he wanted to get baptised on Saturday. It was a miracle. Heavenly Father blessed us. So we were super busy all week preparing everything :)
Only the day of the baptism I got a flu bug and was throwing up and dizzy all day long. But we made it to the baptism. It was super spiritual.

I want you to know that I know this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I know with all of my heart that this is His church. And that the prophet Thomas S Monson is a prophet of God. 
Oh and a side experience I want to share. A member gave us extra food and we didn't know what to do with it because we weren't going to eat it and decided to bring it to an investigator. When we did she told us she had no food to give her kids and that it was a blessing from God that we came. She is a single mom and does her very best to help her kids. But it was so humbling to see. So please, don't waste food. We are so blessed.
And I know that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and he will carry our burdens. He is so patient with us, and always will be. We must always have faith in Him and remember he will lift us when we fall. Don't ever forget that the Atonement is so real and so important. It is the center of everything. I love you family. You are the best.

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 9 November 2015

Not one of us is more loved than another.

Hey hey

This week we went to Hermosillo and well the offices had told us the bus left at 5:30 but it actually left at 5. So I missed the bus and the next one to leave was at 8. It was crazy and I was going to have to travel alone but I asked if my companion could come with me and Presidente said yes. So we had a night-long bus ride and we were so exhausted when we got there haha. It was an adventure. 
But the counsel was really good. President presented a new plan he had for the mission. And then we held a zone meeting the next day and explained everything to all the missionaries. 
Yesterday we took an investigator to her Young Women's class, and she is super shy and hasn't been liking it. So we told her we would go in with her. I was sad to see how there were several shy girls kinda not in the group and the more popular girls sat together. I love the youth so much and it breaks my heart to see someone feel excluded because I understand how badly you want to be involved and be included. I have come to have a greater understanding of how much our Heavenly Father loves us each individually. It is an immense love, a perfect love that we can't even understand it fully. And we are his sons and daughters with the potential to be like him. Not one of us is more loved than another.
Glad to know you're all doing well. Take care, LOVE YOU!
 



 

Monday, 2 November 2015

he laughed again and said you will see

Heeeey

This week we had a zone meeting and I had to speak at it, its weird to think that at the beginning of my mission I probably would have peed my pants if I had to speak in front of other missionaries, and in a different language. But I felt pretty calm this time. But now I wonder how i'll feel speaking in English when I get home haha.
 So one of the other sisters got super sick, she was in the hospital and we went to see how she was doing and helped them out a little bit, on our way back we found this area of graffiti and we just had to stop and take some ¨Black-hawk¨ pictures hahah, 
Today I am heading off to Hermosillo again for a leadership meeting, I will let you know how that goes next week. 
I am so grateful for this time I have to be a missionary. It is such a special experience that I will never forget. I still remember talking to Brendan once before and saying that I just wanted to be out on the mission field because it was easier than normal life.. haha. and he laughed and said it was hard and i said what's so hard its just teaching the gospel and baptizing, that's it! and he laughed again and said you will see. I still remember that conversation really well. I can say that it is hard, but it is sooo rewarding, I would live it all again if I could. The mission is the best.
Love you all

Hermana Blackmore


Monday, 26 October 2015

you guys should read Mosiah 4:19

Heey

So this week was pretty good. Had several events happen hehe. But me and my companion have been working super hard this week. We actually made the mission goals this week and we were soo happy about it. Last week we were reflecting on how great the prophets were, like all that Joseph Smith had done, and the prophets in the Book of Mormon. They were great men, but Heavenly Father loves all of his children equally. So what made them able to do the amazing things they did? The only difference was their faith. And that really stuck to me and this week me and my companion were really excited and had the determination to complete all of our goals. It was exciting.
So today me and my companion went to the border of the States! And took pictures, right now this computer isn't letting me send any so next week I will try again. 
Honestly nothing else is really new, i can't think of anything hehe. But you guys should read Mosiah 4:19. I love that verse. How we all depend on the Lord. It is sooo true. 
Sorry this email is so short this week. LOVE YOU!

PS. I say for Christmas we do whatever you wanna do. I'm good with anything as long as i'm with the family! love you all

Monday, 19 October 2015

This week we had some good experiences.

Hi Everyone,

This week we had some good experiences. Me and my companion decided to do a fast to find more chosen ones. We didn't really have a private place to start our prayer so we did it in the corner by an abandoned house. I noticed this older looking guy walked past us and then walked past us again! All in like 2 minutes. But we said our prayer and kept walking to our next appointment. We saw him again and this time he stopped us and asked us to visit him in his home. He mentioned that he was having problems fighting and stuff with his wife and just wanted his family to be happy. It was really cool that he came and talked to us. It is one thing President is really talking a lot about. Is having the faith to find people to teach. 
We had a zone conference as well and President talked about the strength of our message. There was this talk in a general conference he quoted about staying in the boat. Anyways President talked about that and how we are in the gospel/boat and if we want to back out or jump off we are jumping into water where we will drown or get lost. There is no other way. Only to stay on the boat and keep going. We talked about the blessings that were restored through the prophet Joseph Smith that we would lose immediately if we were in the water. Eternal families, Priesthood, Scriptures, Celestial Kingdom, etc. It reminded me a lot of Mosiah 2. I would recommend you all read that chapter and highlight v41. It is my favourite verse :)
The weather is cooling down a lot. Its kinda nice because there are so many hills here and I get hot so fast. I love you all so much. I have the greatest family in the world that's for sure :)
LOVE YOU!!!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 12 October 2015

he can really be our strength

Hiiiii!

This week I went into Hermosillo for a counsel that we had with President and the leaders. It was very spiritual and we came out with the desires of working harder and giving it everything we got. 
On Saturday night our neighbor decided to throw a party and blasted music sooo loud at 3 in the morning. Me and my companion were so mad and I wished so bad I could call the cops and that they would do someting about it because its disturbing the peace right? But its something that no one cares about here. We were so tired in the morning for church and then I was playing prelude in sacrament meeting and then the Pte stood up to start and said I would be playing piano. I got sooo nervous! Thank goodness they were songs I knew how to play haha. 
Its also getting a lot colder here. I now sleep with a sweater and the hoodie on and socks. So dad maybe the temperature says its still hot but I am freeeeezing!
I love the scripture in 2 Nefi 22. Well the whole chapter. But it says : He aquí, Dios es mi salvación; confiare y no temeré, porque el Señor Jehova es mi fortaleza y mi canción; y también ha llegado a ser salvación para mi.
I just love how much trust it says we should have in the Lord. And how he can really be our strength. And our salvation. It says so much in the scriptures that we can not be saved through any other way or man except by Jesus Christ. The Atonement is so so important.
I have attached pictures of me and President Robinson and his wife and me and the Elders I travelled with to Hermosillo. And me and my crazy comp hehehe 
Have a great week,

Love

Hermana Blackmore