Aqui esta mi nueva companera!

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Transfers happened and it was another shakeup. I was released from my calling as Visitors’ Center Trainer. It has been an incredible time of learning and growing. But I’ve learned what I needed to and now it’s someone else’s turn.

The good news is I’m still full-site! I am so glad I get to be at the sites everyday still, especially since we’re about three days from busy season. WOOHOOO!! Aaaaaaand my new companion is Sister Aybar (eye-bar) from the Dominican Republic! My third foreign companion, how’d I get so lucky? And they’ve all been from different places, which has been cool. I’m excited to learn from her this transfer. We’ve only been together one day and it was about the most exciting day of my mission. More on that later. Anyway, we live right next to the Smith backyard is literally the Sacred Grove and it’s the most surreal thing on the planet. My new address is 
863 Stafford Rd. Apt 2-B, Palmyra, NY, 14522.


Okay, now for the exciting stuff. Yesterday Sister Aybar and I were serving at the Smith Farm. I started the tour of a great group consisting of a temple couple and their friends and then a family of 10 joined us. We had an incredible tour together, the kids were so well-behaved and gave amazing answers to everything I asked, and at the very end I was talking to the mom in the Frame Home while the kids went out to the barn. She was telling me this incredible story of how she had come here 20 years earlier addicted to meth, and had a life changing experience in the Grove. Right as she’s telling me this we hear lots of little voices screaming outside. She and her husband dashed out to see what happened and they yelled that the 7 year-old’s hand was stuck in an animal trap! Apparently he had jumped over the wall in the barn and stuck his hand in a hole in the corner where a small animal trap was. It took a couple men to pry it off his hand, meanwhile I ran to the welcome center to get the senior elder and his wife to call the paramedics. Two ambulances, 2 cop cars, extra volunteer cars on the road AND a firetruck showed up. While we’re waiting his older brother passes out seeing his little brother like that. He hits the barn floor pretty hard and it takes his mom a while to wake him up. It was the craziest 30 minutes of my life. In the end everyone was fine, the little boy got a good cut but incredibly it didn’t break his little fingers. And that was my first day with Sister Aybar! As the family was walking back to their motor home the mom took me aside and told me she just kept thinking of these great analogies and life lessons we can learn, which got me thinking as well. The wall in the barn is pretty high for a kid his size. He was curious about what was on the other side and instead of viewing the wall as a protection from the other side, he saw it as a hindrance. Before he knew it, his curiosity literally got him in a trap, a trap that he could not get out of by himself. But with the help of his loving father, and the priesthood to give him a blessing, he’s on the road to recovery. When we ignore the protection that surrounds us, we’re also caught in Satan’s trap, and the only thing that can save us is someone stronger, someone who knows how to remove the trap, and someone who loves us enough to go through the effort to get us out. Later that day I was reading about this during personal study in Alma 42, and I’ll leave you with verse 15: And now, the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made; therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy, to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God, and a merciful God also.
I’m grateful for the plan of mercy, I’m grateful for you all, I’m grateful to be a missionary in Palmyra, New York, and I’m grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.

D&C 128:20 Look It Up


We’ve had an eventful couple of days. On Sunday we had a regional broadcast for church which was all very good. We served at the Whitmer Farm that day so we drove down there for the broadcast and served the rest of the day. A couple came in and one of the senior missionaries took them on tour. I just caught a side glimpse of them and I realized he’s the famous church actor who plays Pilate and The Best Two Years mission president! Sure enough, when I came back from my tour he was still there and I got to take a picture with them.  We’ve had a few actors come through recently because they’re filming in Kirtland. So cool.image

On Monday we had two people from the missionary department come from Salt Lake to train us. It was spectacular. Sister Jacobsen and I got to give Bro. Jepsen a tour at the Hill on Monday, on Tuesday we a training meeting with all the site missionaries and President Evans gave an AMAZING training. Want to know what a perfect tour looks like? Read 1 Nephi 11. That’s what a tour should be. Many times the angel says “look”, meaning focus, and “behold” meaning value. Notice what he wants Nephi to focus on and value. What do we focus on and value? Oh man, amazing training. Then Bro. Kay and Bro. Jepsen trained us. Next we packed our minivan full of sisters and drove down to the Whitmer Farm to train the new missionaries and the sisters who came in from Buffalo for the training. It was a blast. imageThe best part of my calling is working with the sisters and the Bradfords. We had a great day on Tuesday. To cap off their stay, Bro. Kay and Bro. Jepsen did more trainings in our site meetings on Wednesday. More incredible stuff. I love being a missionary, but I will never get over how lucky I am to be a missionary at a Visitors’ Center. And not just ANY Visitors’ Center. The HILL CUMORAH. We were told that historians say it has been visited by more angelic messengers than any other location in North America. Cool.

So yep, the past few days have been pretty incredible. To top it off, on Sunday there was an INCREDIBLE broadcast for young adults, but everyone should watch it. Elder Kim B. Clark talking about Joseph Smith. I can almost guarantee you will learn something.

Alrighty, as always, I love being a missionary and I love you all.

Drowning But Not Complaining!

I will start by saying how much I love serving at the Visitors’ Center and Historic Sites. Seriously, it’s the best gig ever. People coming to us to learn about the Restoration! I love it!

This week flew by, and it’s all blurring together. But here are some highlights.
Saturday we were serving at the Hill Cumorah when this group of Young Men from the Bronx came in. We took them in to the Christ statue and as we were waiting for them all to gather we sang I am a Child of God with them. It was the neatest experience. I looked around the room at all of them and was filled with so much love. I was blessed with a glimpse into how our Heavenly Father sees them. He loves each and every one of us and knows us perfectly. These boys are filled with so much potential, and afterwards many of them came up to us and talked about how they want to serve missions. 
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Sunday was spent at the Whitmer Farm. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday? No. Especially when the fields are full of dandelions and you have an awesome companion by your side who can weave flower crowns. Seriously, Sister Jacobsen is the greatest. I’m sure I say this in every email, but I can’t say it enough, I am soooo grateful to be her companion. She has taught me so much and helped me become a better person. 

On Monday I got to go on exchanges with Sister Rea! Wow, now this is one incredible missionary. She is so smart, strong and I thoroughly enjoyed my short time with her and learned a lot. We served at the Smith Farm, and it’s literally been raining every day this week. At one point it was raining really hard, and barely anyone comes to the farm when it’s pouring, so we decided to walk through the Grove. Why? I don’t know, it seemed like a good idea at the time until the lightning struck not far away. We hightailed it back to the Welcome Center. I LOVE THE RAIN!
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Wednesday was new sisters training at the Grandin. We also held site meeting there and practiced giving short tours for when we have hundreds of people in the building at once. Do you know what this means? PAGEANT PREPARATION!! We’ve been doing some scheduling and when we see the schedule of bus tours coming we’re giddy. 
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Also included is our house picture. Back row is Sister Tucker: Texas, Sister Cahoon: Canada, and Sister Abreu: North Carolina. They are great and we have a blast living together at our cute little white house. Which reminds me our house is currently flooding as I write this. Remember the flood alarm a few weeks ago? It went off again this morning and we turned it off and left haha. Oops. All the rain has to go somewhere! Why not our basement?
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Lastly, yesterday was MLC! I know, it seems like last MLC was just last week! What better way to spend Cinco de Mayo then with my incredible missionary friends? We talked a lot about diligence and repentance. It has been amazing to see the strides this mission has taken since I first came out here. I love being a missionary and I love the opportunity to learn from President and Sister Evans.

Alrighty folks, here’s the deal. Stop what you’re doing. Go to Facebook. Search the Hill Cumorah page and LIKE IT! Help promote the sites! Get great pictures and inspirational posts on your feed! This week’s thought is taken from Sister Fuhriman. We got to do teamups with them on Sunday at the Whitmer Farm and she shared 2 Nephi 25:26 (one of my favorites) but changed the words to “And we of Christ, we [post] of Christ, we [snap] of Christ, we [pin] of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” Sharing the gospel isn’t just loosing our tongues, it’s also loosing our thumbs!

I love you all and I love being a missionary!