Monday, May 19, 2014

Someone Greater Asked the Same Question - 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.

HOLA MIS AMIGAS!

This week has been so great, so busy, and so crazy... We have had many meetings, exchanges, activities, etc.

So because of crazy things, we got 4 new missionaries from Ukraine this week, 2 missionaries who returned to the mission after being home for a little bit, and 1 who got reassigned here until her visa comes in. So, different changes have occurred. Like the Elders in our area are going to be in a trio. So we will have 7 missionaries in our ward. Because we are a Spanish speaking zone, we don't get to see much of the English speaking missionaries. I see new faces every day. So I have made an effort to get to know the English missionaries. It's fun to get to know them and their background. Each missionary is so different and unique. Each has their own personality. Missionaries are normal people. We are most definitely not perfect. On P-Days (preparation day), the missionaries reserve the tri-stake center, and we play volleyball and basketball. It kind of reminds me of the MTC (Missionary Training Center). My mission is unique because the mission is so small, we see missionaries more often. Unlike Kolby, where he only sees missionaries (other than his companion) at zone conferences.

We had exchanges this week, and because our Sister Training Leader doesn't have a license, Sister Alcocer had to get certified. So, she has been driving. We split up this time. Usually our Sister Training Leader will come with both of us and we'll be a trio for 24 hours, but this time they were individual. So Sister Alcocer stayed in our area, and I went to the other area. It's funny, because this was my third time going to that area for exchanges. I am starting to recognize the members and investigators now. They were saying that I am going to get transferred there. I don't think so.

Wednesday, I went back to the area, and I felt weird. All of our appointments fell through and dinners got double scheduled. So we went to one and another member was expecting us, so when we didn't show up, she called each companionship worried. Everything seemed to go wrong that night. When we got home, I just laid on the floor, tired and drained because it was over 100 degrees. I thought to myself, why is this so hard. Then a thought came into my mind. Words from Elder Holland, "Presidents, when your missionaries ask you why this is so hard, tell them that someone greater asked that same question." When Jesus Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked if the bitter cup could be taken from Him, but he continued forward until it was completed. I took a deep breathe, and just smiled. Yah, missionary work is hard, but what good thing in life isn't?

Yesterday, we went over to Pe** and Pa**'s home. There is a bit of an issue we have been having with them, and I don't think I ever told you about it. So Pa** has a relative in a neighboring ward, and so she has been going to church with her. Pepe has been coming to church with us. But they both wanted to get baptized in the other ward. We had no idea how to go about doing it. We would have to ask permission from both bishops and the mission president, which would have been easy, but it didn't feel right, so we haven't worried too much about asking permission yet. Well yesterday, when we went over there they started talking about their baptism, (we didn't even bring it up, because anytime we did in the past, walls would go up and we would get no where). They brought it up. They FINALLY picked a date first of all, AND they told us that they thought about it and that they would get baptized in our ward! I couldn't even believe it because they were so dead set on getting baptized in the other ward. We are getting everything all sorted out and scheduled, and it is going to be great!

We have been seeing many miralces in the Visitors' Center as well. We are teaching two people via Skype until their missionaries get to their area. I have a referral from Easter Pageant who set a baptismal date, I have two more that agreed to meet with missionaries, and every time I call them, they just seem so excited to continue.

The Lord has hastened his work, and it is continuing every day. I feel like this is just an exciting time to be alive. We are seeing so many miracles and evidence of this every day. Members are coming in to the Visitors' Center, bringing their non member friends. People have stopped us on the street asking for information.

OH! One quick story. We didn't have any set appointments one hour last week. And the plans we had didn't feel right. So we both just sat there thinking of people we needed to visit. We finally agreed on visiting a family in our ward. As we were driving to their home, we were passing this father and his sons outside, we both looked at them and kept driving. Sister Alcocer asked if we should turn around and go visit them. I hesitated because it seemed kind of creepy. So we continued forward. We stopped in front of the member's home, got out and knocked. But no one was there. So we decided to walk back to that family we saw. As we were walking, we saw the same family in their truck driving away. We were kind of bummed....but we kept on walking.

We saw this Hispanic man outside his house and we just walked right up to him. He had a friend with him. We got there, asked how he was, and a 45 minute conversation started. He just started talking and talking. Then he started talking about is Mormon boss and how he'd invited him to church. We didn't say anything. What was interesting though, was his friend. His friend was quiet, but from the few things he said, we found out that he has been driving back and forth from here to Mexico ever so often to visit his son who has kidney failure. He seemed troubled by it. When we invited them to church, he said he would try. He didn't end up going, but we are planning on visiting them again. After we left, I just had a very distinct impression that God loves ALL of his children and He is so aware of each of them. I am not completely sure why that happened, but I have every good intention to find out.

I am so glad to hear, that everything is going well! Say congrats to Dallin for me! He will be great! Looks like we'll barely miss each other. But that's ok. I am super jealous he is going to the MTC in Mexico though.

Congrats Taylor for making the Varsity Cheer team! That's crazy! I love you all! Have a great week!!! Be safe, and pray often!

Les quiero mucho!

Hermana Jeppson

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