Monday, 31 August 2015

He is so merciful and so loving

HEEY family!

We had a nice zone conference with President this week. Really felt the Spirit and he made some changes to the mission that he felt would help with our success. We are all really excited for it. I also had to capacitate in front of everyone including President and his wife. I was so nervous I couldn't sleep the whole night before and then when I got up there it was weird, like all my nerves went away and I got mad at myself afterwards for stressing over nothing. I talked on recognizing the Spirit and how it is key as a missionary to have success and to have spiritual power. 
There is this scripture that I really like that is in 2 Nefi 28:32, ¨No obstante que les extenderé mi brazo de día en día, me negaran. Sin embargo, si se arrepienten y vienen a mi, seré misericordioso con ellos, porque mi brazo esta extendido todo el día, dice el Señor Dios de los Ejércitos. I just think about the times that we may reject Jesus, and maybe not even realize it! I think that when we are disobedient to the commandments of God we are rejecting his arm. But I love the first part. That his hand will always be there, even in the times of rejection we can turn to him and be received. And apply the Atonement in our lives. He is so merciful and so loving we can never forget that our Saviour is always there for us. I like sharing this scripture with members and investigators. Don't forget that he is extending his arm at all times to you. 
I love you guys. Here is a selfie haha and a picture of the zone we went and ate today at peter pipers pizza.
 

 LES QUIERO MUCHO!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 24 August 2015

There is this mountain called the cerro de la campana...

Heeey family,

On Saturday night we got some great news. Our Bishopric phoned and asked if we could each give talks the following day. Ahh I went a little crazy trying to think of what I could share. Luckily my topic was on the Atonement meanwhile my poor companion had to talk on hermanamiento which I think is more dificult haha. But it went really well. 
 
I also saw an investigator who is now a strong member in the church who got baptized. We found her but I got transferred before she got baptized and now she is in the Young Women's Presidency and her husband also got baptized and is our Ward Mission Leader. It was waaaay cool. We had a lot of catching up to do. 
Well I am attaching some pictures we took last week. There is this mountain called the cerro de la campana that is in the middle of Hermosillo. So we climbed it for an activity as a zone. It was pretty fun but I got a huge sunburn afterwards haha. 
 
I am really sorry my emails may seem so boring but I really don't have any exciting news to share. Only that I am pumped that Sabrina can fly home with me. That will be sooo awesome! 
I love you all and pray for you. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and that he is aware of our needs. I know that if we are obedient to his commandments, he will prepare the way for us to accomplish the thing he has commanded. Sounds more simpler said than done. To just trust in the Lord and put our lives in his hands and all that we have. Have a great week!

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 17 August 2015

The Sabbath is not a day for idleness

Heey.

This week crazy things happened. The biggest was that we got special transfers and I am now back in Modelo my very first area I served in. It feels soo weird, going to church everyone was like ¨Hna Blackmore!! Come visit us!!¨ but it was nice that everyone remembered me. And I saw the familia Quintana! I missed them so much I am glad I can see them for a bit. President said it is only for this transfer and then I am out of Hermosillo again. But wow is it ever hot out. Today we climbed this mountain called cerro de la campana that's in the middle of Hermosillo and you overlook the whole city. It is really pretty. But this computer doesn't let me send pictures, sorrry. I also saw mi hija Hna Panohaya and it was quite a reunion.
I was reading an article on the LDS page that talked about keeping the Sabbath Day holy. I like how they compared it to running. They said ¨Like runners, we experience spiritual fatigue. As we follow the Lord´s counsel to take time to be holy each Sabbath day, we will reach peak performance in our lives.¨ For me I feel like at the end of the week I´m in desperate need for it to be Sunday. I need that spiritual renovation and inspiration that we can receive from going to church. I need to feel like I´m at my Peak Performance just as if I was going to the gym haha.
¨The Sabbath is not a day for idleness, but a day set apart for the work of the Lord. As we focus our Sabbath Day observance on the things that matter most--things like deepening our commitment to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, strengthening our relationships with loved ones, and serving others--we become sanctified, or made holy, through the power of the Atonement
Focusing on the things that matter most will bless us. We will become sanctified and made clean if we commit ourselves to following the Lord. What an amazing blessing. 
I love you all. I´ll try and send pictures next week. Take care

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 10 August 2015

have ye spiritually been born of God?

Hello family,

Wow the emails were very interesting this week haha. I am doing really good. My new companion is Hna Maea and she is from Utah but she comes from Samoa. I don't have any pictures right now of us. Anyways this week we have been working really hard with Irma. She is a great person and really loves the gospel. It was a miracle because she quit smoking :) and we put a baptism date for her on the 22nd. Before she was having difficulties leaving it but we kept teaching the importance on reading the Book of Mormon. And she started reading it more often and we always gave seguimento. Honestly that book is sooo special. It really gives you the desire to change your life and be more Christlike. We were talking with her and her family this week on how our Heavenly Father expects us to give him everything. How as Jeffrey R Holland put it, we have a life of discipleship to devote to Him (something like that) and how Alma nicely put it 
And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in this mortal body?
Can we really say that we rely on God with every decision we make in life? And make decisions that help build the kingdom of God here on the earth? That's what I am trying to do. At times I get a little stressed with what choices I have to make. But I don't understand why when its so simple, if it draws me closer to the Lord, then do it. If not, then it is of the devil and it is not of God. 
Well I must say I really enjoyed reading the email of the bench story haha. I miss you all and pray for you. You are the best family in the world.
Love

Hermana Blackmore

Monday, 3 August 2015

Its really an honor and such a privilege to be able to go

Heeey!

Haha Dad I loved your email and how detailed it was hehe. How is everyone doing? This last week was super interesting. Our air conditioning broke in our room and I woke up sweating and wondering why it wouldn't turn on! It was an adventure. 
This last week we got to go to the temple. We took a bus to Hermosillo and President picked us up and we stayed the night at his house, had dinner with him and Hna Robinson, it was really nice and then did a session the next day. And on Sunday President came to our ward here in Guaymas and it was testimony meeting. Because there were transfers, half the missionaries here were leaving and we all stood up and bore our testimonies and everyone was crying. But it was so spiritual. I really look up to every missionary here who leaves everything behind, including their families, and go to an unknown place, not knowing a single person, and preach the gospel. I was thinking that during the testimonies and then I thought oh yeah I did that too but I don't really think about it. Its really an honor and such a privilege to be able to go. This morning my companion Hna Sanchez left to Hermosillo because she finished and man we were cryyyying! In front of everyone (embarrassing) but I have just grown to love her so much and can't imagine being in her position!

 
I love this time I have. I have thought a lot on how dad said to remember always the reason why you're here. Ya its nice to make friends and do things as a zone but that's not the purpose of serving a mission. 
Well today is a new transfer and I will be receiving my new companion later tonight. Her name is Hna Maea from Utah. I miss you all and hope your enjoying the summer weather. Its reaally hot here but I feel like its easier this year to get through it because I know what to expect. 
I attached some pictures for you! Take care, sorry my past emails may seem so bland.

Hermana Blackmore