Tuesday, 29 September 2015

how grateful I am for the prophets and Joseph Smith

HII!

Well this week quite a bit happened. I was soo busy doing exchanges with the other sisters before we had interviews with President. It was really fun I love going out with them and talking and visiting and loving them. 
It was awesome because we were able to contact this one lady who was super opened to hearing us. We taught lesson one and presented her the Book of Mormon and she told us she was super curious about it and really did want to read it. I love teaching the first lesson. I have heard some missionaries say that it can get boring teaching the same thing over and over again. But I know that its different every time if we want it to be. Like we can study the doctrine more deeper and then be able to understand the needs better of the investigators. And together be edified like it says in Doctrine and Covenants. Actually this last Sunday, on short notice I was asked to give a talk. And I decided to talk on the Book of Mormon and how super important it is to read it. I shared my personal experience on how I received a testimony of it and I just can't express how much I love and appreciate that book. And how grateful I am for the prophets and Joseph Smith that sacrificed so much so that we can read it and learn from it. 
I love you all. I know I never said it enough when I was home so I try and say it at the end of every email hehehe.
I hope mom and Vix got the chance to watch the Women's Conference and if not, please watch it. Also don't forget about General Conference this weekend and the Priesthood session. And remember I'll be watching it from Mexico with you guys! <3 
Love Hermana Blackmore
 

here are some pics! love ya!
 

Monday, 21 September 2015

I love Nogales!

Heey!

I love Nogales! It is super sweet here and really different. This week we had an area of the seventy come and speak to us. It was really interesting what he said. Normally as a missionary you go out and answer every question an investigator has and you investigate, study, and come back with an answer to them. Elder Piper, taught that the best way to help someone change and come unto Christ, is letting them find the answers for themselves. He said when we aren't obedient and are sinning, it is because we don't understand the doctrine because if we did, we wouldn't do that. 
So that afternoon we visited an investigator and taught her the restoration and invited her to read the book of mormon. She told us that she wanted to know where we go when we die, because her son passed away after returning from his mission. So we left her Alma 40 to read and invited her to write down the answers that she found in that chapter and ask God if it was true that her son was there. It was a really spiritual lesson and even I came out with the desire to study more doctrine and find answers. 
Also had to travel to Hermosillo by myself with the Zone Leaders. It felt so weird! But we had this leadership meeting there with E Piper. 

 
Things are good here in my area with my companion. She is really cool and we are a lot alike haha. I am really happy for her because she has no fear contacting on the street. She like starts the conversation ¨Hola como esta¨ and then turns to me because she doesn´t know what to say so I help her out. But its awesome soon she´ll be speaking Spanish all the time!
 
Love you all so much. Keep reading the Book of Mormon please and saying your prayers, its super important. And make sure your doing your visiting teaching and home teaching and really serving and showing you love the families. I know you already do ;)

Love Hermana Blackmore

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

I had to travel to Nogales

Hello family!

Well this week was pretty good. Several things happened like my best friend on the mission Hna Fletcher left on Thursday. And President did a dinner for her and let her invite some sister missionaries so I went to say goodbye to her and ate dinner at President's house. It was so awesome because his wife made mashed potatoes with roast and gravy and homemade bread just like how mom makes it!! I seriously almost died! It was funny cause there was some latinas there and they were so hesitant on how to eat and didn't know what to do at first haha. 
Also on Sunday we got to watch the rededication of the Mexico City Temple. It was really awesome. There were 3 sessions and I kept remembering when the Vancouver Temple was dedicated and how cool of an experience that was. One thing that I really liked in the talks was that it was mentioned how we need to always have a temple recommend, and if we don't, it should be our number 1 goal in life to become worthy or change whatever we need as soon as possible so we can have a recommend and receive the wonderful blessings that are inside the temple.
I remember last week we taught a less active guy. And he told us his story of why he stopped going to church. Basically he got offended by the members and he was telling us how his mind is telling him to go back to church but his heart is still so hurt and he feels so much anger that he will not. He definitely has a testimony (obviously its not that strong but he knows its true) but I felt soo bad for him. I just wanted to cry and told him how the covenants he made are with God when he was baptized, not the members of the church. And that God expects him to stay true to his part. How sad it is when we let the anger and hurt overcome us that we don't even realize we are only hurting ourselves and missing out on blessings God wants to give us. We can't let the world or man get in the way of our salvation. It is only a distraction and sadly, Satan is doing a good job on luring away.
Well we had transfers on Monday. That is why I did not write yesterday sooorry. I had to travel to Nogales 5 hours north of Hermosillo on the border to the States and pick up my daughter in the offices who I am training! 
 
She is from Utah and doesn't speak Spanish so it´ll be fun we are opening area and I still have to do exchanges with the other sisters and see how they are doing. So i've got a lot and been keeping busy. 
Miss you all so much! Les quiero y no olvidan a leer el Libro de Mormon por favor!!!

Hermana Blackmore
 
 

Monday, 7 September 2015

SALMON!

Heey heeey,

Guess what I ate for the first time on my mission? SALMON! Just like how we make it at home. Salmon here is really expensive but we ate with this really wealthy family and they fed it to us I was pretty happy hehe. Also the sushi here is reaaally good I never liked it in Canada but its probably one of my favourite foods now. I'd like to learn how to make it.
Well one of my favourite scriptures is in 1 Nefi 6. Nefi is talking and tells the reason why he writes in the plates. ¨Porque toda mi intención es persuadir a los hombres a que vengan al Dios de Abraham, y al Dios de Isaac, y al Dios de Jacob, y sean salvos. De modo que no escribo las cosas que agradan al mundo, sino las que agradan a Dios y a los que no son del mundo. Por tanto, daré un mandamiento a mis descendientes de que no ocupen estas planchas con cosas que no sean de valor para los hijos de los hombres.
I just love those verses because it tells us the exact purpose of the Book of Mormon. To help us be saved. Don't we all want to return back to our Heavenly Father? And we can know exactly how by reading that book. Sometimes we take it for granted or don't realize just how important it is to read it. And how every word written is revelation and what God wanted us to know. How lucky are we.
Pues familia, les quiero un buen. Quiero agradecerles por toda su ayuda y por su apoyo. Les extraño pero ay que seguir trabajando. Cuídense! 

Hermana Blackmore