Monday, January 27, 2014

Making Tortillas and Memories - Sister Lindsey Jeppson

Written by Sister Lindsey Jeppson, serving in the Arizona Mesa Mission / Mesa Temple Visitors' Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaking Spanish.

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This week was fabulous!

District lunch at Haven Burger
We had exchanges...with Hermana Valladares (my trainer). It was a little weird to be her companion again. But, it went super well. At the end of exchanges, we do an evaluation. When she was telling me of my strengths, she started crying and said, "Sister Jeppson, you are just so humble. So willing to learn." It went really well. I feel like our friendship was solidified.

During our exchange, she showed us the new video for the youth theme, "Come Unto Christ". If you haven't seen it yet, stop everything and watch it. It is so good. What I love about it, is how they were able to relate the teachings of Christ to our day, and the typical trials that come.

We are doing very well. Everyday is an adventure. I am continuing to meet new people everyday. People from all sorts of backgrounds. I'm not sure if I told you about our Bulgarian friend. But we stopped by one day and found this guy from Bulgaria. He moved here to be free. He speaks very little English. He told us to come back in a year when he learns English better. Every time we drive by and see him, we honk and wave, and he blows us kisses. We decided to get a Book of Mormon, "The Living Chirst," and "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," in Bulgarian. Yesterday, we found him and gave them to him. He read the title of the book and said, "MORMONS! You're MORMONS! I read about you on the internet. There's one man with 10 wives and 50 kids!" We were like, "No, no, no, not true. Read this, not the internet." He then went on to say that he watches football (soccer) and doesn't read. So he didn't accept the Book of Mormon, but he did accept the other two documents. We're in the process of finding a returned missionary from Bulgaria that can talk to him.
Making tortillas!
The Book of Mormon changes lives. We are teaching someone who has a brain tumor. She is 20 years old. She has gone through SOO many trials. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and she says that she feels peace. We also took her to the Visitors' Center and showed her, "God's Plan for His Family" (go watch it at Salt Lake Temple Visitors' Center). We also showed her the exhibit about prophets. She has made a goal to get her family (less active husband and step daughter) to the temple. She is probably one of the strongest people I have ever met. She has agreed to be baptized, and she is working hard to get to that point.

My mission has changed me more that I could have ever thought possible. I am learning so much.
Thank you again, for all your prayers on my behalf, as well as on behalf of the missionaries all around the world. LOVE YOU ALL!!

Hermana Jeppson

Half Way (January 20, 2014)

Gilbert Temple Open House (February 3, 2014)