Monday, September 26, 2016

hello from miami!

Miami is literally everything you have heard and then some more. Wow. We have been going all over our area trying to figure it out and find all the people who are ready for us. We took over from Elders... It's been a mess but we are working on it. The Elders were not very organized and me and my child are very similar and everything needs to be organized.

So, my baby's name is Sister Dimond! (like diamond). She is from Alpine, UT! She studied for a year at Utah State University and she is so pumped to be out here! We are basically the same person. We get along great and she is killing it her first week. She is really trying to go out and learn as much as possible in as fast as possible and I am trying to teach her the best Spanish this gringa knows.

Our area, if you were to look at a map...look for Homestead and then go a few miles up. That's us! We are super south in the mission! The farthest we could go! The area is nice and big with lots of different people. We have tried to go to a few places in each of the 4 quadrants we have, but most of our notes from the Elders just say: "Do not go here at night." So at least they're watching out for us.

No super scary experiences promise, just some feelings of "Oh my goodness get out of here!" The Spirit is guiding us and keeping us safe, but sometimes we make mistakes and go into the sketchiest part of Miami... oops. We went on our morning run the first day and figured that it was just an easy loop around the house... we were very wrong. We ended up way far from home and it took us forever to find our way back. But we said a prayer and miraculously found our way back. I have no idea how but we did it. It was a bit worrisome and I, being the best mother ever, got my child lost her first day in the field. WHOOO.

The ward seems really great and really supportive and we are really excited with all the people we got to meet with. We met the Ward Mission Leader (who has a ferret) and he was surprised by how much we already knew about the ward in 2 days. That's why there's sisters here now. We met a lot of cool people and even though none of them came to church this Sunday, we got a lot of prayers said for people and contacted some very cool people who we are excited to work with! The ward, like I mentioned last week, is bilingual. So how it works is that there are actually 2 professional translators in our ward and they translate. So if an English speaker is speaking, they go into Spanish and vice versa. Interesting, complicated but it works. We sing one song in English and then one in Spanish and it just flip flops. They even have 2 different Sunday School classes and then 3rd hour is also translated. It's super different, but it works I guess!

This Saturday was also the women's conference! We got to go and it was amazing. President Uchtdorf's talk hit me hard. At the end, he told the story of the missionaries who found his wife's family and how they knocked and knocked and on the last door found an awesome family. He was using it as a metaphor to keep going and there is hope at the last door...but as a missionary it was not a metaphor! It was really spoken right to me. Just keep knocking, keep going and you will find it. Like the verse in Matthew it says "knock and it shall be opened unto you." That verse has a totally different meaning as a missionary that I had never realized before. We just need to keep going!

PS: My new address is 19820 SW 119th Ave, Miami, FL 33177

#1: Generational picture! Sister Soza almost mowed me down right before this to give me a hug. It was quite a sight I'm sure.


#3: 1st mother daughter photo

#4: Our house has GIANT avocados... I am in heaven

#5: This is Tina Turner the Ferret. This is also my favorite picture I have taken on my mission
because it is completely not posed. Also Sister Dimond and I have decided that this will be our album cover on our parody band. These are our zone leaders and ward mission leader.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

i'm having a baby!

Do not freak out. I am not actually having a baby, but I will be training a new missionary! Transfer calls came in last night and I will not only be training a new missionary but also transferring. Also pink washing the area of Coral Reef South in Miami South! I am taking over an Elders area with my trainee and I am so excited! I have no idea what to think or what the heck I am going to do, come tomorrow but WOAH. I am freaking out a bit, but its really just excitement!

So more on that next week... all I know is that it's a bilingual area in Miami South, but mostly Spanish. I have no idea what the area is like, but based on their numbers this last week, I'm walking into a great area.

This last week we had a mission conference and we went all the way down to Miami and I got to see my trainer Sister Soza again. It was so nice to see her! It was a great conference that really got us all pumped and excited to hit our mission goal of 100 baptisms in the month of October. President Richardson said: "Give it all you've got, and then give it some more." There is no down time in missionary work and we have to continually work and find and teach to build the people here. We are really "raising the bar" and President said. It's going to be an exciting month! We did a mission wide fast on Sunday and we started it with a "mighty prayer" by President himself. It was awesome and the whole mission saw so many miracles this week because of it and they will hopefully continue to come.

We also had a great stake conference up in Fort Myers and we heard a lot about the temple and family history work and genealogy. It was hard as a missionary because we cannot do any of that right now but it was really nice and there were a ton of people there. The stake is huge and there are about 30 missionaries in the whole stake. Woah, that is a lot of missionaries! It was awesome.

Sister Rosario will be leaving to an area in Fort Lauderdale. So we have a lot to do to prepare our area for the 2 new sisters coming in. Thank you for the love and support, I love you all!

1: We went to the Everglades! This is it. It was also very strange to wear pants.

2: Peace out into the yucky everglades water

3: Sister Soza, love her!

4: Last comp pic :(

5: Family photo! (Me, my "Mom," Sister Soza, my "Dad," Elder Adams, and my "Brother,"Elder Foster!)

6: House photo at the glades
1: The Glades

2: Sunset

3: The Tylers, the family we eat with every Sunday. Don't worry mom, I was taken care of here :) I'm going to miss them the most!

4: Beautiful rainbow... beautiful Sister Adams

5: I am going to miss my dollar taco Tuesdays


Monday, September 12, 2016

let's pretend it's not week six

This week we had an awesome zone training, and President Richardson came, which is awesome! He drove all the way out here to see us. Just kidding it was just his turn to make the LONG drive across the entire state, but the training was really awesome. We have a mission goal every month of 100 baptisms, but we haven't been hitting it in a while. So the training was about finding those people this month, to be baptized in October, and really just a pump up 2 1/2 hour long training. Well, it worked because everyone killed it in finding this week here in the Naples Zone. We found 6 ourselves and every single one of them was a little miracle.

Sister Rosario and I are focusing on all the different methods that there are to find and so we picked the most obvious one. BE SEEN. If we aren't seen, people won't talk to us and we cannot stop and talk to them very easily in a car so... BIKE DAY! So fun. So much pain. So worth it. We biked about 20 miles, half of it in the rain, whoo! But sacrifices, because our investigator Nicole, along with 2 of her children, accepted baptismal dates! She has already prayed and knows its all true and she was so down to get baptized. She loves all the members and really does want to be baptized. 

Here in South Florida, there are a lot of people from many different countries and this week, Albania and Greece were added onto the list of different countries! I have about 50 different countries at this point, including Yugoslavia and Sri Lanka. It is so cool to see all the different countries and cultures here and I am so blessed to be in this wonderful part of the world with so many amazing people!.

This week in my Book of Mormon reading I was in Jacob. There is a verse in Jacob 4 that I really loved. It says: Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness thawe may know that it is by higraceand his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things. Isn't that so awesome? It goes along great with Ether 12:27. The Lord gives us weaknesses, not to put us down or sad, but so that we will turn to Him and rely on Him. If we didn't have weaknesses there would be no need for Him because we would all be perfect. NEWS FLASH, literally no one is perfect. We all fall and we all have weaknesses but they can become strengths as we rely on the Lord. 

Love you all! We are headed to Miami on Wednesday for a special mission conference (2 hour drive yay) and then next Monday is a proselyting day so look for the email next Tuesday

1: BIKE DAY, finally on the way home!

2: some people have some weird statues in their yard. This is from a Portuguese speaking woman and is now my all time favorite statue


4: post mighty prayer in the Bahia best house

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

week 5 has begun

First of all, GO COUGARS! Sunday morning after the game we were sitting in the chapel and I heard a bunch of people talking about it. One of the members son's who knows I went there before my mission came up and gave me the play by play. He's like 10 so it was super animated and hilarious, BUT GO COUGS. 

Okay, back to missionary work. We didn't get hit with the hurricane, just a lot of rain. We did a lot of knocking and contacting and trying to find people. Our area sort of dried up right as it was getting started, so not too much happened this week. But that's missionary work, right? I love it here in this area and really love all the members and people we get to meet. We saw some miracles and we were able to really focus on the Savior this week. 

One miracle we saw actually didn't really help us but we were able to pass an awesome referral to the YSA Sisters. We knocked into Mike who loved the prayer, and was so down to come to church. We gave the sisters his number and they immediately went to teach him. He accepted all the commitments and teachings and ended up coming to church yesterday. It really just shows that we are all on the same team and it might not have helped us out but it made us feel really good to find someone who is ready! 

We also had some interesting experiences since we were knocking a lot. We met this man while knocking and we talked with him for probably 15 minutes. He seemed open at first but then we started talking a bit more and he just went off about how God doesn't answer prayers and that at 19 and 20 years old, we know nothing so there is no way we know that God has answered our prayers. It was kind of shocking to have someone like throw that in your face. We really didn't know how to help him, if we even could so we just testified to him that we knew God had answered our prayers in the past and that He still does today. He really did not like that but we were able to leave knowing that we did all we could to show him the truth. I stood there the whole time just feeling so sorry for him and how sad it must be to believe that Heavenly Father is not watching out for us. I could really feel the pain the Savior feels for him too. Being a missionary really brings us so close to the Savior and we really can feel bits and pieces of that pain. 

We also learned about the Holy Ghost yesterday at church and here is the part of the lesson that i really liked:
To have the Holy Ghost with us we need to:
1) try honestly and sincerely to keep the commandments He has given us
2) be spiritually attuned as a receiver of divine message
3) ask in humble, fervent prayer for this gift
4) seek answers with unwavering faith
Inspiration comes to all who ASK, in FAITH. 

It was a really great lesson and will now be the focus of my studies the rest of the week! We are running this week full speed, with training tomorrow with the zone and then next week we get to have a special mission conference!!!! I hope everyone has a great week! 

1: this is why we have Elders, y'all

2: caught in the rain!

3: I stepped in this giant puddle while knocking and Sister Rosario didn't warn me! I was too focused on knocking the door and I didn't see it.

4: #work

5: The GIANT baptist church has this sign... I think its in the wrong church?