Monday, 29 June 2015

I wish I could send pictures

Heey everyone,

Well Guaymas is very different than Hermosillo. First off it is reaaaally humid out. And our house has no air conditioning besides our bedrooms. So during our studies its a little difficult because I am constantly hot/sweaty. Our shower doesn´t work, we shower with a bucket and dump it on our head, and our washer doesn´t work either. Laaame. But its all good. Different experience. But the first day we were walking under this tree and a bird pooped on my head and it went all on my shirt it was disgusting. I just started laughing while one of the sisters started wiping me with a kleenex and asked why I was laughing but seriously i just thought oh man what else is there to do? Other than that Guaymas is really pretty. The ocean is nearby and we get to see it when we walk up the hills. I wish I could send pictures but the computers here are super old school. When I can i´ll send them. 
We are teaching a woman right now who is progressing a lot. But the only thing is that she smokes. And she is trying to quit. Its really interesting because its the first time I´ve worked with someone who has addiction problems. But my testimony has grown a lot on the Word of Wisdom. Its sad to see a person struggle and not be able to control their desire to drink, smoke, or do drugs. Those who obey are truly blessed and are free. 
Have I talked about my companion to you guys? She is from the Dominican Republic and she goes home at the end of this transfer. She is pretty cool we can relate a lot and have a lot of the same ideas which is great. 
Our ward is nice. The church here is sooo pretty and its a tourist area here so lots of Americans come to the ward even though they don´t know Spanish. I felt weird though when they would talk to me in English haha. 
Well we are receiving our new President tomorrow. It will be interesting. Can´t think of much else. Sounds like everyone is doing great I miss you all and don´t go a day without reading your scriptures or saying your prayers. Its super important. Also family home evening. Please be diligent. I know the Lord will continue to bless you only if you keep the commandments. So be worthy of that promise :)

LOVE YOU!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 22 June 2015

cosas dificiles vale la pena

Heeey,

We sorted out our water problem last week, turns out someone robbed the knob outside because it was made of copper and you can sell copper here. So we phoned up the Bishop and he fixed our water so we had it again. 
Also HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO THE BEST DAD IN THE WORLD. Miss you lots and love you!
And Happy Birthday Vicky on Sunday! You're growing up so fast.
Well big news. We had transfers today and I traveled this morning south to a smaller city called Guaymas, its along the ocean and reaaally pretty. I am now a Sister Training Leader. My new companion is Hna Sanchez she is from the Dominican Republic. I am sooo nervous and wonder what I can teach the sisters and thinking about capacitating the missionaries scares me a little. But I guess we will see how it goes haha. Its way less hotter here than Hermosillo, more humid because of the ocean nearby but there is always a little breeze which is nice. 
I said goodbye to everyone in Cuauhtemoc and it was really sad. Bore my testimony in church yesterday and my poor companion was struggling all week. She was sad to see me leave and I think a little scared now that she is done her training, haha she was great I´ll miss her for sure. 
Well this week we talked a lot about trials and challenges in our life, and something that President said is that cosas dificiles vale la pena. I like that a lot because we can't expect to earn something without paying a price for it, and being willing to do it. I have learned that and seen it many times throughout the mission. We had a special zone meeting to say goodbye to President and his wife. He was crying and told us to be diligent and give our all to the mission. Really powerful.
Well I was hoping to send you pictures but this computer is not letting me, I´ll try again next week. I miss you all and love you!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 15 June 2015

it was really sweet to see

Heey family

Well this last week was awesome because we had a baptism! Nahomi got baptized and it was really sweet to see. Their whole family was crying and it was just a beautiful experience. I'll attach pictures for you to see.


 
The day before we also went to a baptism in the ward of a member family. Me and my comp were sitting there and all of a sudden they announced ¨and Hermana Blackmore will give her testimony on baptism and Hermana Panohaya will give hers on the Holy Spirit¨ I seriously was speechless because it was completely unplanned and I got reaaaally nervous standing up there in front of everyone. I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards and felt so embarrassed and my poor comp did as well haha but hey that's what happens as missionaries.
I also spoke on Sunday on missionary work. Got really nervous as well but once I was up there i felt fine and was able to express myself and my ideas that came to my head. Oh also got asked to talk in the District Meeting today. (a lot of talks this week) 
Hmmm trying to think what else is new....... ah, we have no water! Don't know why but woke up this morning and nothing! So we gotta figure that out because we neeeed to shower!
Well I am reading in 1 Nephi again. I really admire him and how brave he was. Even in front of his brothers who always murmured about everything he was still obedient and trusted in the Lord. I love how plainly he speaks and then says that those who get offended or take the truth to be hard are those who are doing exactly what you shouldn't. Because if you were you wouldn't feel that way. He is awesome. Also talked about the Bible and the Book of Mormon. How the Book of Mormon was going to come forth to the world and testify of Christ and compliment the Bible. I love that book so much and how there is always something you can learn from reading it. 
Well after we are done writing we are doing a family home evening with the familia Bustamante I am pretty excited. 
I love you all and hope you have an excellent week :)

Monday, 8 June 2015

if we don't have the Spirit with us we cannot teach. Period.

Heeey
This week we had to go to the clinic because my companion got an eye infection. It looked like the same infection I had when I first got on the mission but not as bad, and they gave her eye drops. That was at the beginning of the week. But her eye is still pretty red we might have to take another trip there again. Not a fan of the clinic. 


 Also that's awesome that fast and testmony meeting was spiritual for you guys. I think we are the only mission in the world that have permission to drink water even when we fast! How crazy is that? But seriously half the mission would die if we didn't lol. Also I got asked to give a talk next Sunday on Missionary Work. I am reaaaally nervous aaaaaah. 
We had a zone meeting and the topic was on the Spirit and how if we don't have the Spirit with us we cannot teach. Period. How crucial it is that we have it and be worthy of its companionship. I know that missionary work cannot have any success without the Holy Ghost. I love reading the talk Dad gave me right before I came on the mission, it talks about exactly that and how we will not be decieved if we take the Spirit as our guide.
Well we have a baptism this Saturday that I am super excited about. The family I was telling you about that have reactivated and Nahomi is super pumped to be baptized, so are we hehe. 
 
Well I know this church is the only true church on the earth. I know that the prophet Thomas S Monsen is a prophet of God. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and that his son Jesus Christ lives. I am so proud of Ten and that he graduated and is focused on serving a mission. It will be the best thing he ever does in his life. Prepare now by studying Preach My Gospel and the Book of Mormon everyday. I love you all and hope this week goes super awesome!!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 1 June 2015

I probably say that in every email

Heeey todos!

How are you all doing?
This week not sure if you saw the temperature but it boomed and brought back deja vu of last year. It is reaaaaally hot out. But this year I am determined to use an umbrella even though i dont want to because thats what the Jehovah's Witnesses use here and then people think we are them! I get so much more tired during the day and I tried remembering how I made it through last year and I am hoping eating more will help. More fruits and vegetables and such. So I´ll see how this week goes.
Well we have a baptism thats coming up soon. We reactivated this family who stopped going to church for 10 years so it was like teaching a new person the gospel. The sons are great. One wants to serve a mission and we are really excited for them. This last week we had a lesson with them and one of them is still a little shaky on his testimony. He isn't sure if its true that we have a prophet in real life that can speak with God and receive revelation. I remembered the time when as a youth we had TYC and went down to Vancouver for the opening of the temple and we saw the prophet and his counselors. It was awesome. It was super cool that they were able to watch our performance and the Spirit was so strong. Especially when he was leaving and it was unplanned but everyone burst out singing We Thank Thee O God For A Prophet. I shared my testimony of him and invited the family to keep reading the Book of Mormon because that is the key in receiving a testimony.
I loved church yesterday because the Bishop spoke strongly on reading the scriptures and prayer. He said that he wants the ward to focus more on doing it in their homes and they will see the blessings that come of it. 
I love you all so much. I probably say that in every email but I mean it haha. You guys are the best and throughout my mission I also think of how I can help you guys in your needs and I really worry about you. I mean I am sure your all fine but still haha. Keep living the gospel, and not just going to church and paying your tithing, but make it a lifestyle, a need you cannot live without. I pray for you all every night!

Hermana Blackmore