Monday, 23 February 2015

I'm sad about the news of Grandma Blackmore

Hello,

I'm sad about the news of Grandma Blackmore. I feel like the Lord has brought me the comfort I need because me and my new companion are super close. It is nice that I will have her to talk to.
So I don't know if I have talked to about the Familia Jaime. They are so awesome and call me their daughter and before transfers they asked when they got to meet their other daughter (my new companion) and we totally planned a prank on her. Hno Elly pretended to be a non member when we got there and we started teaching him and I almost couldn't teach, I could only testify because I would start smiling and almost start laughing. Then at the end my companion was sooo into it. And finally Hno Elly told her he was a return missionary and she was like "WHAAAAAT!" and we all laughed. 
My companion is great. Smiling all the time! In church I play the piano in sacrament and she leads the music and ALWAYS has a smile on her face. She came from Peñasco where there are lots of stray dogs and this one day we were walking down this street and contacting this one house. But the dog tied up was seriously so mad at us and growling and showing its teeth like it wanted to tear us apart. My heart was racing and i started walking away really fast and my companion was like (smiling) "its okay it won't do anything" and pointed at the dog and firmly was like "NO! BAD DOG!" and obviously it wasn't listening and didn't care. I just walked behind her and pulled her arm until we were a safe distance away. She kept insisting that it wasn't going to do anything hahaha.
I'm helping my companion to get to know the area well and tomorrow we are going to the clinic for another ingrown toe nail I have, but on my other foot. I think its from my shoes so I am going to have to use different ones. Love you lots

Hermana Blackmore
 
 

Monday, 16 February 2015

she wanted to hear my Canadian accent

Heeey!

Guess what? I played the piano for sacrament meeting on Sunday! I was nervous but I think I did good. I feel bad cause no one in the ward knows how to play or knows anything about music so I volunteered since the sister missionary that played before got transferred.
So I am with 3 other sisters at the moment because my companion, Hermana Rodriguez is going to sleep at the mission office tonight and goes home tomorrow with another sister. My new companion is Hermana Fletcher and I just met her a few hours ago. She is super happy all the time its kinda funny. She kept asking me to talk in English because she wanted to hear my Canadian accent and wouldn't stop talking about it. I haven't talked in English yet though. hehehe.
This week we went with a less active family who has 3 little girls and we taught them a lesson. Throughout that time they were yelling, crying, and making so much noise it was hard to stay focused and then we invited them to church on Sunday. They told us that they are embarrassed of the behaviour of their kids and don't want them to be loud at church and for that reason they didn't want to go. Well I shared the experience of Tennyson and how he had to sit on Dads lap every sacrament meeting until he was 8 years old. HAHA! I chuckled and told them that he could never sit still and i remembered the Clifford joke he would tell Dad in his ear and laugh lol. But I said that even though he may have been loud and couldn't pay attention we always went to church and my Dad set an example for us in teaching us the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day holy. 
Pues voy a compartir mi pensamiento en español :)
Hace unas semanas cuando comimos con una familia del barrio. Después, empezamos a hablar de la doctrina de la iglesia, fue muy interesante. El hermano nos comento y dijo que una vez, el Presidente Boyd K Packer estuvo aquí en Hermosillo y hablo con los miembros y dijo que no debemos preocuparnos en lo que debemos hacer en el futuro o los problemas de ahorra, sino que debemos ser obedientes y poner el Evangelio en primer plano siempre. Ir a la iglesia, leer las escrituras, pagar los diezmos. Y así vamos a tener ese seguridad que todo va a salir bien. Es una muestra de fe.
Me gusta como Ezra Taft Benson le dijo en el manual para la Escuela Dominical.
"No tenemos razones para preocuparnos realmente. Vivan el Evangelio, y guarden los mandamientos. Cumplan con la oración en el hogar por la noche y por la manana. Obedezcan las normas de la iglesia. Traten de vivir de manera calmada y alegre...La felicidad debe ganarse di día en día, pero vale la pena el esfuerzo.
Jesucristo también enseno este principio en 3 Nefi 13. El dijo a sus apóstoles que ellos fueron escogidos para predicar entre el pueblo el Evangelio.
Siguió diciendo "No os afanéis, pues, diciendo: Que comeremos o que beberemos, o con que nos hemos de vestir? Porque vuestro Padre Celestial sabe que tenéis necesidad de todas estas cosas. Mas buscad primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia, y todas estas cosas os serán añadidas" V 31-33
Esta vida es de aprendizaje. Dios quiere que aprendamos a confiar en el. Por eso estamos aquí. Seria muy fácil si todas las cosas las tuviéramos sin la necesidad de confiar en el Senor. No pudiéramos progresar o llegar a ser como Jesucristo.
Dios nos da la promesa de que si nosotros cumplimos nuestra parte, el va a cumplir también. "Yo el Senor estoy obligado cuando hacéis lo que os digo. Mas cuando no hacéis lo que os digo; ninguna promesa tenéis."
Se que muchas veces en la vida sentimos triste, o desesperados por lo que sea. Pero también se que el consejo de Boyd K Packer y Ezra Taft Benson nos aplica. Siguen fiel en la iglesia. Hagan lo que Dios espere que hagamos, y dejar el resto en sus manos.
Se que Dios vive, y que el nos ama mas que podemos comprender. Se que el esta al pendiente de cada uno de nosotros y que tiene un plan perfecto. Se que estamos aquí por un propósito y la meta en el fin es regresar a vivir con el.
Se que podemos ser limpios mediante la expiación de Jesucristo y que es real y tiene el poder de sanarnos y empezar de nuevo.
I love you all so much! Have a great week.

Hermana Blackmore

I attached a photo of my old companion Hermana Metler! Saw her at the bus depot today I was soooo happy
 
 

Monday, 9 February 2015

Conversion is not a one time thing

HEEEEY

So last week was kinda funny because me and my comp were on the bus and it was packed, by the time we got to the end of where we were going I was at one end of the bus and she was on the other. I couldn´t even see outside I was so squished! She said ¨Bajan¨ (get down) and got off the bus and she said as soon as she took her step down the bus just left and she was like ¨Uhmmmm companion where are youuuu?¨ Meanwhile I finally noticed that we past the stop and was squirming through everyone saying ¨con permiso con permiso con permiso¨ (excuse me), got to the front and saw she wasn´t there. I started panicking and my heart was beating so fast I went up to the driver and pointed to my tag and was like ¨Donde esta mi compañera?¨ (Where is my companion?) ¨Ella bajo unas paradas atrás¨ (She got off a few stops ago) and I was like ¨Bajan, Bajan!¨ and yeah we walked towards each other to meet up again and I thought she was going to get mad at me but she laughed and was like ¨I´m the one that's suppose to be leaving not you!¨
Well we had a zone meeting this week and it was great I felt the Spirit super strong and afterwards I was talking to Elder Alvarenga and he was telling me stories about Brendan and when they did intercambios (exchanges) together.
Also we ate dinner with a family and I finally noticed that here people only eat with tortillas and no forks. They use their hands a lot! It´s kinda nice actually. hehe
Well I am not sure if you have read the First Presidency Message for this month. It talks about conversion and how to be truly converted to the gospel.
Jesus said ¨When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren¨
President Eyring then says: The Lord has taught us that when we are truly converted to His gospel, our hearts will be turned from selfish concerns and turned toward service to lift others as they move upward to eternal life.
Conversion is not a one time thing, but a lifetime process in which we must be constantly striving to become disciples of Jesus Christ, and part of becoming one is serving and reaching out to others. 
Looking back on spiritual moments on my life, most of them involved service. I know that as we serve and lift others, with an eye single to the glory of God, we will better understand the potential each of us have and realize we are all here on this earth for the same reason. Some people don´t realize this and some have a better understanding than others. But charity will enlighten our minds and help us in our own conversion to become true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Tell Brendan I say Happy Birthday and love him. What an old man!!
Thanks Dad for your spiritual thoughts every week. I still print them all off and read them throughout the week. I look forward to them!
Love you guys so much, take care!

Hermana Blackmore
 
 
 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Hey is it raining?!

QUE ONDA!

This week I feel like we worked with a lot of families who had marriage problems. Its pretty sad. When we first taught one of our investigator families there were seriously the happy family you see off the movies. Just awesome. We read scriptures together and prayed as a family and then they would do it by themselves when we werent there. They went to church all the time and everything. But later I witnessed Satan completely destroy them. They are now getting a divorce and the entire family is splitting apart, long story short. An experience that I will never forget. I cannot explain the importance of always keeping the commandments and doing the little things which are important. Going to church, scripture study, prayer, family home evening. It broke my heart seeing it. But I learned so much of what I want in my future family and I thought so much of my family back home and how grateful I am that my parents are united and support each other always. Sometimes we forget how blessed we are.
When Sabrina was talking about the flood it reminded me of the rain here. Because Sonora is a desert and hardly rains, when it does, the city is so unprepared and the roads are just flooded with water sometimes up to your knees, its so crazy. And it rains hard. I once said to my companion "Hey is it raining?!" and a raindrop dropped on my head then all of a sudden just like off the movie Tarzan when it started raining when he was with Jane in the tree, it just started pouring! hahhaa!
Also we ate with a member this week and her daughter sat at the table with us and asked us what made us choose to go on a mission. We each shared our experience and it was just great hearing that each of us have our own story/background of why we came here. It reminded me of why I really desired to come here, the trials I went through and now being here, looking back at everything, I can't explain how grateful I am that I stuck to it and made it through. I got a little teary eyed telling the story hehe. 
Well I love you all so much, I look forward to hearing from you every week, and still waiting on the tithing experience hehe.
LOVE YOU!!