Monday, December 30, 2013

"As you bear your trials with patience, you will be blessed".

That's what Elder Williams had said in the Priesthood blessing he gave me a month ago (i cannot believe that was a month ago. I cannot keep up with the time! I haven't looked at my desk calendar in forever and the last time i marked it was the beginning of december...and now december is gone. Holy Flip!) Anyway... oh the word "patience". I started studing patience about a month before I left my last area, so now everytime I do scripture stude and read "patience" I'm like, "oh, there's that word again!" Haha. It's pretty much a sigh lol. From what I've learned about patience in the last 3 month, it's that it goes hand in hand with faith, hope, and diligence...which are all Christ-like attributes we need to help us endure to the end. We have this goal that we HOPE to achieve (like the hope that we will crosee the finish line at the end of a marathon). FAITH is the action that allows us to fulfill our hope (you gotta take that first step!). Where does diligence and patience come in? Diligence goes hand in hand with's always doing SOMETHING to reach your goal (warming up, jogging, running, name it!) And then there's the silent action of patience that goes with hope. It's that glow of home that allows us to press forward patiently as we diligently continue to take our steps of faith. Patience is a little tricky for me to describe, but if I were to attempt, I'd say patience is that feeling within yourself that motivates you to hold on a little longer. I'm going to do extra prep, push a little harder, run a little's that feeling of knowing that what you hope for--your end goal--is going to be worth it, no matter all the work you're going to have to put in.

Anyway, HOW TRUE is the promise of being blessed as we're patient through our trials? VERY! We found 3 new investigators this past week! Aw yaaaah! Which bring our teaching pool to 12 :) And we have 3 more potentials we'll be seeing today, and 5 more this upcoming week. Yeeeuh baby! Wish us luck! I'll tell you about our 3 new investigators in a sec but can I just rant for a sec?

I am SO sick of being sick!!! Staying in the house is such a dangerous place to be cuz it jus tmakes you wallow away in sorrow. And it doesn't help that when I am actaully feeling a bit better, then my comp is sick. And in the last few weeks there jas just been so much negative energy! Oh my goodness, I can't even deal! (dont worry, not towards each other! whew!) Like my companion was thinking of ways we could get kidnapped just so we wouldn't have to do exchanges with the STLs. I mean, I wasn't looking forward to exchanges either, but I dont want to be kidnapped to avoid it! LOL oh goodness. She was most definitely just over-exaggerating, but that is just how much she DOESNT like the other sisters in our ward. And then the nightmare happened. Before they came on exchanges, they told Sis Linton that we couldn't do service all day. And Sis Linton went OFF on them saying how she came here to serve and doesn't care about how many baptisms we get (see, this is probably why we dont have any progressing investigators with a date right now -_-") I was so scared. I like Sis Johnson and Sis Zundel, but it's always SO AWKWARD when the 4 of us are together cuz i know my companion doesn't like them. Anyway, the nightmare continues cuz the next morning during comp study she said it strait to their face that she didn't like or trust them and that she and other people think they think they are better than everyone else. HOLY FLIPPIN POOP A LOOPS. The room was so silent and I just about cried cuz I could just feel the heat and contention. When we split, I was with Sis Zundel, and I just had to apologize to her about everything that was happening. But I had a REALLY REALLY good time with her! It just felt SO GOOOOOOD to work and have someone motivated to push just one more person/door. SO GOOD :D

So Sis Zundel and I picked up Lydia Johnson as a new investigator. Background story: A few weeks ago we were going through our potential list and a "rose grimes" stood out to me. So we drive over to her house and knock, but no one is home. But there was a ton of noise coming from the house next door. As nervous as I was, I told Sis Linton that we should probably go knock on it. We did and Lydia opens the door. Sis Linton tells her what we teach about and she says "i'd like to listen to more, but i have a kid in the bath". So we set an appointment to come the following week. During the rest of the week, we thought we'd go back to that neighbourhood, Fisher Ct, hoping it would be like the blessed Willow St. But I've already shared this story about tracting and no one wanting to talk to us except for that one lady Lisa (who we didn't even pick up as an investigator! grr. oh well, we'll go back and check up on her). Anyway, I had lost all hope for Fisher Ct cuz Lydia was in bed when we tried to see her. BUT, when Sis Zundel and I went back this weekend, Lydia opend the door and invited us in. AND FED US NACHOS! (oh man, i love cheese, but it is KIIIIILLING me right now). But we got talking and her foster kids were saying how they've never been baptized (oh hello ;D) and that they wanted to go to church. So we invited them to come out and Sis Zundel was like we can teach you a little bit now if you have time. And so we taught the restoration with the pamphlets just like Bro Donaldson taught us...and it went GREAT! Gah, it felt SOOOO good to be teaching again! We gave her a BOM and she said she'd read it and the pamphlet over. When we left her house my heart was just brimming with joy! Then Sis Zundel turns to me and says "you are so good at teaching! I get what you're saying now about the whole 'silence' thing!" Baha i had told her earlier about Sister Fernandez and our impeccable teaching in unity haha. After sis zundel tells me this i just told her how sis ash totally grilled me for word vomitting at lessons, so i've been working on the whole silence thing and letting the spirit work it's magic. SCORE. She just said that its usually so awkward to leave silences, but she liked the fact that i let the spirit speak to Lydia first before I started to speak, and how I bore testimony of what was most important. Oh man, that just felt really good! I told Sis Zundel afterwards that I was really glad she was the one that came with me to that appointment because there has just been so much negative energy lately that I didn't feel adequate enough to teach because I wasn't sure if the spirit was going to use me. She said she understood, but reassured me that the lesson went so well. GAH I AM SO EXCITED FOR LYDIA! She is so solid! Like during the lesson during the silences, i will admit i slightly started to panic. And things were just forming into my head that I just wanted to shout for joy with. But i took a deep breath before I said any of it, and to my surpirse it came out the way the spirit wasnted and needed it to. Shocked me a bit, but it was pretty awesome. I love bearing testimony, but I don't think i've ever done it like that before. It was pretty cool.

Our other new investigators are Ginger and John. We had received a media referral for an Allan McChone, and when we went to his address, it was Ginger. Apparently Allan was her ex husband and they both took the missionary discussions. Allan was the only one who joined though. But Ginger loves Mormons and loves the discussions so she invited us to come back and teach her and John! John doesn't sound all that interested, but I definitely see potential. I told sis linton we have to be careful about focusing too much on Ginger cuz she actually wants it, and then not paying as much attention to John. I just told her the potential is there, we just need to help him a bit.

Oh this Sunday Sister Linton and I had to give a 5 minute talk each to fill in for someone else. We just had to talk about our decision to serve a mission and to tie it to spiritual gifts if we could. Oh man, I was sitting there so gittery, and sis linton is like are you ok? I'm like "i'm so nervous I'm about to puke". WHAT THE CHEEEESE? Since when does Ariana Rae Afu Limas get nervous to give a talk during sacrament meeting. UGH. Oh i hate how weak and frail my body is right now. UGHHHH. Dont get me wrong...I've been exercising like a BAUS! Like, so well I can do way more than just one pushup now. (Shocked? Yeah, me too hahaha). But like, outwardly physically I'm doing perfectly's just the insides. THE NERRRRVE! Sigh. I'm giving in though. I'll talk to my president about it during interviews this transfer (errr, there is only 3 weeks left of this transfer. seriously, where is the time going? :/) I just really really really don't want to be told by Dr Anderson that there's something wrong with me. GAAAAH. ANYWAY, i spoke and for the record, DID NOT puke. I talked about my mission story in the span of 3 mins (which is a miracle considering there is so much to it LOL its so hard leaving stuff out!)

Moving onward...CHRISTMAS WAS GREAT! A few thank yous...
- Mom, dad, laura, and arielle: Thanks so much for the package! I loved how you wrapped everything inside. That made opening it tons of fun. Love the outfit, and i wore it right away :) And also, thank you for always sending something for my companions. I enjoy watching their face expressions when I tell them my family has sent them something :D

- Sara & Holly: Thanks for the moccassins! Haha its such a conincidence. My companion just bought some and told me to buy some too but i'm like nahh, i already have a pair (except they have holes LOL). But i love them! And the fact that they are so bright! And I absolutely loved the card and envelope and wrapping. Bahaha you guys know me so well. I enjoyed the fact that you scratched out a word in the card and put "poop" instead. YEEEUS. And to mr anonymous...that is Dannykins handwriting, right? Bahaha over 2 years later and i still know his handwriting XD (not unless it wasn't, then please disregard this message :P)

- Stan the Man: Thank you for putting a smile on my face :) haha i love how even after 8 months apart you still know me so well. Silly boy :P

- Don Mills Ward Relief Society & YSA: Thank you so much for the chocolates and all the kind notes! I got home from exchanges and asked sis linton if she checked the mail and she says "no i forgot". But i walk in and there is a package for me sitting on the couch. Ahaaa i'm like nu-unhhhh you liar!!! I just loved reading them all! It made me so happy :) You are all awesome and i miss Don Mills TONS!

- Marek Hospitality/ Tim Hortons co-workers: So I also got your card right when I got home from exchanges. But at first I thought it was from the Filipino ward fam! But then I saw Kelly's name, and Chris, and Kumar, and Ate Ema and Virgie, and Robert!!! GAAAAAH. I "eeeeked" so loud when I realized it was from work. Bahaha. Oh you all are too sweet.

- FAMJAM. Skyping was AWESOME. I loved being part of all the regular christmas singing and dancing and prayer for the food. It was pretty legit. It was so hard to hang up!

And here is the though from Sis Brook's that I absolutely loved!:
"Okay so we all get a beautifully wrapped gift. it comes from the Saviour. He was born, died, and resurrected to give us all the gift of Eternal life. But what we do with that gift is up to us. It looks beautiful just as it is. We could just sit it on a shelf and admire it every day and thank the Lord for this beautiful package. Or we could excercise our faith in the Saviour and say I think there is more to this gift. I am going to exercise my faith and open it. I am going to sacrifice or throw away the beautiful wrapping and bow to see waht's inside. IN other words, repent. When we open the gift we find a guitar (or whatever you decide the gift should be) and you tihnk wow this is one gorgeous guitar. So then you have another choice. Do you put th eguitar on display and admire it every now and then and think I'm so grateful I have this gift or do you pick up the guitar and start strumming the strings (get baptized and receive the Holy Ghost). Do you keep practicing and learn how to put the notes together to perform a song? (Study the scriptures and come to church). Do you keep practicing so you can get better and accompany others? (pay tithing, serve in a calling, and go to the temple). Do you strive to perfect your use of this gift until the day when the Saviour stands before you to hear what you did with the gift He gave you?"

^ Pretty awesome, right? Thanks Sister Brooks! But I atest to what she says! NEGLECT NOT THE GIFT THAT IS IN THEE! There is so much you have to give! Share it with others!!!

On a last note, can I just say my district is AWESOME? Elder Smith is like, so what do you guys do for fun on pday? And we're like nothing unless there is an activity planned. But we all just chilled and played bball last monday, and we're all going shopping this monday. THANK GOODNESS. I hate staying in the apartment. All the trainings that were given at our district meeting were about being happy and having a good balance between fun and work. It was pretty awesome. My district is just so great.

Anyway, hope you all have a fantabulous week!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Be good, be obedient, and have fun! Work on those goals ;)
Mucho Love!

Sister Limas

It’s Not about the Presents, but HIS Presence.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

To family & friends: I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year! With all the chaos of the holidays, don’t forget to take some time to reflect on what it’s all about. Or maybe I should say WHO it’s all about. You know what is sad and heartbreaking? I talk to random people on the street, and when I ask them if they are excited for Christmas they say there is no reason to be. WHAT. THE. CHEESE?!?! Christmas is SO exciting! And this is the reason why: All of a sudden everyone wants to do more. More giving, more sharing, more serving, more loving, more singing, more thinking about Christ! As we go about doing good, we feel the Christmas Spirit in more abundance. We just LOVE getting high on that feeling! I’ve always dreaded the day after Christmas. All of a sudden, everything we’ve been working on for months and all the excitement build up – whether it’s the parties being planned, the surprises being kept secret, the songs being rehearsed, or just waiting for a good ol’ fam jam – all of a sudden, everything seems to slip away, leaving us with this empty feeling of “what’s next?” But you know what is so great about being a member of the Church? We have made covenants! And one of the things we promised Heavenly Father was to always take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. Yup, all day err’ day, baby! And so the Christmas Spirit doesn’t have to end! We can have the Spirit of Christ all the time! Why does the adrenaline of more giving, sharing, serving, loving, singing, and thinking of Christ have to end? It’s not supposed to! I think there’s something truly special about having Christmas and New Year’s Day just seven days apart. As we reflect on how to keep the Spirit of Christ in our hearts, we then start making goals on how we can improve and do better. So there will always be a little more to give and to share; there will always be one more person to serve and to love; there will always be one more song of rejoicing to sing; and a never-ending focus on our Saviour Jesus Christ. Why do we make goals? Because we haven’t reached our full potential yet. In the words of my dear friend, Preach Myles, from Martinsville, Illinois: “YOU DON’T KNOW HOW PRECIOUS YOU ARE”. And it’s true. But Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do. That’s why He was sent here to earth. Christ showed us HOW to be, and then He died and lived again for us so we CAN be. Neglect not the gift that is in thee! Share what you know with others. Show them why there’s a reason to rejoice and sing!

Love and miss you all! Be good, be happy, be obedient, and just love, love, LOVE! I’ll see you all-y’all at the end of the year! 

Mucho Lovin’
Sister Limas

Remember the reason for the season. It’s not about the presents, but HIS presence. Let your Christmas Spirit include the Spirit of Christ

Oh, It's Such a Small World

Monday, December 23, 2013

SO I have to give you a little background story before I go off on my excitement from this week.

After I got my mission call, Amaru Anderson (now Hermana Anderson serving in Barcelona, Spain yeyuuuh!), told me her friend Logan Smith was serving in the Missouri St Louis Mission. She gave me his facebook page and told me to write him to ask him about the mission. Buuuut I didn't end up doing it cuz I didn't have his "current" address (which is a pretty dumb excuse now that I look back cuz i could have sent it to the mission office LOL). Anyway! Months ago, after I had attended the New Trainers Meeting, we had gone to the mission office to get some stuff. In the elevator I met an Elder Smith from British Columbia. Totally looked like a stiffy and we didn't say much to each other. Anywhoozers, fast forwarding to last district leader Elder Williams (who just went home) tells us our new district leader is Elder Smith "and he's from Canada Sister Limas! Woo!" And i'm like yeah, but is he from Ottawa? How many Elder Smith's are there in the mission that are Canadian?! :/ Hahaha ok well Elder Smith calls us on Wednesday night and the conversation goes as follows:

Me: Hey you're Canadian right...
Smith: Yeah! I currently live in British Columbia, but I lived in Ottawa for two years.
Me: NO WAY. Do you know Amaru Anderson?
Smith: YOU KNOW AMARU?!?! Whaaaat!
Me: Yeah she told me about you before coming out!
Smith: Dude, her boyfriend is like my best friend!!!

Bahaha yesssss. The whole time at district meeting on Friday I just kept laughing to myself cuz he sounds EXACTLY like Amaru.  It was so funny. Just way chill and laid back. We went to district dinner afterwards and WE KNOW SO MANY OF THE SAME PEOPLE O____O Apparently he's chilled in the GTA quite a bit. We said we should see how many mutual friends we have on Facebook, but we obviously can't do that lol. And he even knows some people from Marc Garneau. Say what? Out of all schools, who would know people from MGCI? LOL. (No offence. I love my MGCI friends haha. but if you're from Garneau you'll totally know what i mean). So if any of you know a Logan Smith, he says hi :) He said he knows Nicole Leon, Emily Jones, Jared Lim, Vicki Brook, Joe Ward (served in Toronto & in the band Behind Sapphire)...and just a bunch of other names sounded familiar to him and his friends sound familiar to me. But yah, he says hi. If his name sounds famliar to you, shoot me an email so I can let him know I know you! It is such a small world! And to add to it, his companion, Elder Oskins, was born and adopted in Ontario and moved to Pheonix. So of course I ask "Do you know Taylor Webb? Or Matt Webb?" (they both served as APs in Toronto). And he's like "yuuuup, i think taylor's in my ward". LOLOLOL oh man. I just love it. Oh, and to add to the excitement, Elder Texeria got transfered into my zone! Aw yah! (My BC Canadian buddy). And now he's serving with Elder Abad (the only other filipino in the mission LOL). Aaaand, Elder Dingman (my foster child!) got transfered into my district. SWEETNESS!

ANYWAY, that is pretty much all my exciting news. I've been sick all week and just have looked absolutely pathetic sleeping on the recliner trying to catch up on sleep. Every time I say "no really, we can work", Sister Linton commands me to get back in bed. Haha oh man. We called the nurse up and she put me on a fat-free diet to try and see if it might be my gall-bladder making me sick in the morning. Do you know how many leaders have asked me if im pregnant? Yeah, NOT FUNNY. Especially since I've been losing weight instead of gaining. Anyway after the fat-free diet, she put me back on fat and i almost puked  from eating a few bites of cereal. So the past few days I've just had absolutely no appetite to eat, and when I finally do it's like in the evening, and then I'll eat a bit and try hard to keep it all down. GAH. Food still sounds so uber good to me....i just can't eat it. Oh the heartache of not being able to eat cheese and spicy-ness! The nurse also said I may have to talk to the mission psych doctor. Ahhhh, i dont want toooooo. A few missionaries I know have been to his office to talk to him and i'm like no no no no noooo. i don't want to be told i have something wrong with me -____-" So i am currently avoiding it lol. We had comp inventory and I just kept apologizing to sister linton for being so physically weak and such a sap. I told her one of her strengths is definitely being compassionate and understanding, because she's been through it. She knows how I and some other elders in my district feel because she's been where we've been. And she knows how to be empathetic about it, which I am extremely grateful for. And then she tells me what she admires is how strong i am. That no matter how much things are weighing down, im being obedient to what heavenly father wants me to do even though it makes me vulnerable. And then we just had a crying session cuz she's like "i'm not going to let them send you home. we're going to get through this together. And i will be holding on to your ankle if they send you to the airport. I'm not going to let you go home."

But enough of that sappy-ness! I am feeling a whole lot better. Still feeling notious in the morning, but hey! I ate grapes today!!! Now that's a miracle. The body is definitely a blessing and allows us to do and experience things our Spirit wouldn't be able to do on its own. But i hate the physical limitations of a weak vessel. Le sigh. But hey, at least i'm smiling and not dead :D

On a happier note, on Saturday we were able to visit a few people. We met with Guadalupe (who HAD a baptism date for the 28th but not anymore. Man, we aren't going to be able to contribute to the 450 for the end of this year!!! -.-") She had gotten eye surgery and her doctor said she can't get baptized until it gets warmer to make sure she doesn't get an infection in her lungs. Ok here's my relationship oh Guadalupe. She's a wonderful lady. She really is. And we are constantly telling her that she is beautiful daughter of God because of the relationship she has with him and it doesn't matter what other people say about her. She has low self esteem issues and a lot of health problems. But you can only say things so many times until it sounds vain. And so my relationship with her has pretty much become 'ok here we go again'. But when we saw her on Saturday she told us that she now has 20/20 vision in her eye. MY HEART LEPT WITH JOY! Like I have not been that genuinly joyous for weeks! Then it made me realize how much I actually love and care about this lady. Cuz normally I'd probably get excited or say "i'm so happy for you". But i could literally feel my heart jump from happiness. I just squealed and gave her a hug. She has been so worried that she would go blind and it was such a miracle to hear 20/20. Oh WHEWWW, its good to know preisthood blessings work!

Last thing. I've been reading Alma 5. Want a good self-evaluation? Go read Alma 5 and evaluate yourself. And bless the missionary's soul that left their BOM Institute Manuel in my desk!!! I have been kicking myself in the butt for the past 7 months because I didn't take mine with me. But now I've got one. Thank goodness. It's just soooo good. I want to share a quote from Elder Holland:

"I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testiofy that He loves each of us--insecurities, anxierties, self-image, and all. He doesn't measure our talents or our looks; He doesn't measure our professions or our possessions. He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other. I know that if we will be faithful, there is a perfectly tailored robe of righteousness ready and waiting for everyone, 'robes...made...white in the blood of the Lamb' [Revelation 7:4]. May we encourage each other in our effort to win that prize"

Hey, just don't forget to love those around you. Christmas is the perfect time to do that. But make it happen all-year round. Neglct not the gift that is in thee. Help your brothers and sisters come unto Christ. Sis Brooks had shared a really awesome Christmas thought with me and I was going to share it here but I forgot it at home -_-" But i'll share it next week!

But here's a short Christmas poem :)
What is Christmas?
It's more than a day at the end of the year,
More than a season of joy and good cheer--
Christmas is really God's pattern for living,
To be followed all year by unselfish giving.
For in giving to others and in being kind
Man finds true joy and peace of mind--
And peace on earth will come to stay
When we live Christmas every day.
--Helen Steiner Rice

I can't wait till all-y'all get my Christmas cards. I asked Sara to post my Christmas message I had sent everybody onto my blog too. I originally was just writing it for the ward bulletin, but when I finished it I was like "umm...i should probably send this to everyone else". Haha. So hopefully you'll get it or see it posted soon.

MERRY CHRITSMAS EVERYONE! Hope you all have a wonderful one :) And I can't wait to Skyyyyype! Love you allls :)

Mucho Lovin' from a less-sickly Sister Limas :)

Can it get any more AWKWARD?

Monday, December 16, 2013

So before I tell you about all the crazy things that have happened this week, I guess I'll give an update on my health since so many people have been asking haha. thanks for all your concern :P Im not quite too sure what's been happening to my health. 3 weeks ago i had told my district leader that it was like slow times of the (like riding in the car, right before bed) where I start to get emotionally he told me to keep myself busy. And I have. Maybe a little too busy. I get these really weird/scary dreams and so I guess I've been avoiding going to sleep. I'll stay up and do something until 10 30 even though I'm exhausted...andeven though I wake up at like 4 in the morning. Grr. I haven't been eating too much either. I haven't been buying groceries because everytime i do, they just go bad in the fridge cuz I dont eat anything. i'm just lucky the food pantry likes to give us free stuff and that my companion loves cooking. So when she cooks, she makes me eat. I've also have been getting gagging episodes. It's not the usual noxious feeling of "sis limas is having a super bad migraine and needs to vomit to make it stop", but a noxious feeling cuz i just get this sick feeling in my gut. But because there's no food in my stomach, there's nothing to throw up. GROSS, i know. Hahaha anyway, onto more interesting things.

Like I said, this week  has been crazy. SO many of our appointments were dropped. Again. UGH. But let me tell you about 3 scary/interesting ones.

First, Gino. He is a less-active recent convert (man, that should never happen. never let your recent converts go LA!) Well we went to his place so we could teach his 20 yr old son. He said he wanted to learn, but this time he refused to come down. So we had a lesson with Gino. We started with BOM Baseball. And then he starts talking about what spiritual path to take, and saying how he's been baptized in so many churches and wants to know "what's next". I am glad sis linton was bold and said that our church is the only one with the priesthood authority to make his baptism valid....but let me teellllll you, IT GOT SO AWKWARD. Gino started preaching about how we are saved by grace...dont go into doctrince....we cant count on our actions to be saved because then we're putting ourselves above Christ. And my heart just stopped. And the memeber that came with us started saying stuff to. I was starting to panic REALLLL bad and I was begging Heavenly Father to help us. Then I felt impressed to ask Gino a question. And in my head i'm like "what? Heavenly Father are you sure? I won't know what to say next!" Haha heavenly father's just said "TRY ME." So i sucked it up and asked Gino the question. Everything went silent. He answered. Then I felt prompted to ask him another question. he answered. And then I felt prompted to share one of my favourite scriptures: 2 nephi 31 (last 3 verses :)) I don't know what happened, but he just stopped preaching. And then i felt prompted to ask him if he knew about patriarchal blessings. And then i bore my testimony on a whole bunch of things which i can't even remember anymore cuz it wasn't me, it was the spirit. I was definitely spiritually exhausted when he left his house and just mentally hi5 Heavenly Father for helping us out. 

Second, Manuel. We had gone to his house twice this week and both times he wasn't home like he said he would. The first time we got to know his family a bit more. The second time, we ended up starting a lesson with his brother in law and his brother in law's girlfriend (who is already an investigator). Randall & Andrea are their names. Anyway, before Randall let us in, he had mentioned how he needs to come to church cuz he hasn't in a long time. So my head is going ding ding ding! That's your gospel-conversation starter! So he lets us in and we start talking. I was trying SO HARD to keep things on topic but him, andrea, my comp, and the member that came kept talking about other things. Eventually Sis Linton could tell i was getting frustrated so she helped me out. And just as things were starting to go a bit smoother, Manuel walks into the house. With a big empty vodka bottle in his hand. DRUNK. He starts laughing saying we caught him doing something bad. i just about cried. It took a really long time to settle him down, and then we try to go back to the lesson and everyone starts talking about weather, and asking why woman don't have power in the church (oh goodness, how many times do we needs to discuss the snow?! and the news?! and woman in the church?! it just went SO OFF TOPIC) We start talking about joseph smith and just because i said "1800s" he thinks he can start changing the subject to slavery and starts asking if we teach that and "if we're gonna teach, then we better know anything". I almost yelled at him. And i tried avoiding him and tried focusing on randall and andrea because at least they were being somewhat receptive. But manuel kept interrupting. I was like oh man this is so useless....we're counciled not to teach drunk people cuz they can't feel the spirit. I was so frustrated! I just wanted to say k, it's late we gotta go. bear my testimony of the restoration, and storm out. I guess Sis Linton could tell I was pretty much close to tears, so she talked over them and bore her testimony of the 1st vision. Then I attested to what she bore testimony of. The room was completely silent. Normally I would get super nervous when that many eyes are glaring me down, but that's how I know the Spirit was in the room helping me testify. The spirit was definitely strong in that room. Then we did what he said we'd apply during comp study: let them know the Spirit is there. So we did. And we told them to take a couple of minutes to pay attention to those feelings. I just smiled at sister linton and whispered thank you. Andrea said she felt realllly good, and Randall said he had a few questions....and Manuel just left to try to get to KFC before it closed -_____-" But we started testifying more about this stuff and pretty much used the "how to begin teaching" bullet points without even realizing it (haha i've been telling sis linton we had to practice that cuz i stunk at doing it. But there the spirit was guiding us. and i didn't know we did that until this morning when sis linton told me lol).

Third, Sis Moss. She is a less active and the last time we visited her, we promised that if she read the Book of Mormon, she will lose the desire to smoke. What happens? We walk to the back of her house and catch her smoking a cigarette. OH MAN. So we sit in for the lesson and originally we were going to share a Christmas video with her. But the moment we sat down I felt prompted to share Christ's birth recorded in the BOM. At first i'm like "i don't even know where that is...". But I went to the index to Christ's life and flipped to the first scripture that had "virgin" in it (like virgin mary) thinking it would be a good Christmas story. 1 nephi 11 :) One of my favourites, and didn't even realize it. But the moment i flipped to it and saw all my notes i'm like "ok, heavenly father I see what you're doing". So we asked if we could just read the chapter with her. And in the beginning it talked about "desires". And then we asked her what her desire was. To stop smoking, of course. And so we just went through the verses, and verse 16-17 has been one of my favourites since I got out here: "And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God? And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things." Later on we read about how the condescension of God was to send our Redeemer to the world to be an example to us, to die for us, to suffer for us.....and it's all because of God's love for us. I bore testimony of the Atonement; how I, like Nephi, don't understand the reason for everything. Why you have an addiction. Why we have weaknesses. Why bad things have to happen. But I KNOW that Heavenly Father sent His son to the earth so that we can now feel that comfort, peace, love, and help we need through our weaknesses and struggles. Hey, if the past 3 weeks had to be trying just so that I can bear testimony of the Atonement with that much conviction, then sobeit. 

Fourth, Lisa. We were tracting on this street we were prompted to go back to. Everyone either didn't open their doors or didn't want to talk to us. And all i could think was "heavenly father i know we're here for a reasooon! Why does no one want to talk to us?!" Then Sis linton says to me:
Linton: do you want to talk at this door since I've been talking at the past few...
Me: oh, i'm sorry! I'm standing on the opposite side of where people come out, so they end up talking to you first...
Linton: You're doing that on purpose!
Me: *gasps* no i'm not!
Hahah and of course in the middle of this short mimicking argument, a lady opens her door and I just put my smile back on and said "hi we're missionaries from the church of jesus christ of latter day saints and we would love to share a special christmas message with you". She looked at us, cocked her head, and then said, "come on in". Sister Linton and I pretty much looked at each other and mentally said "wait, WHAT?" Hahaha. So we're sitting at her table and she's like what's the message? And we were silent. LOL. She's like is this your first time doing this? I'm like "oh of course not", when in actuality it was. But we talked about Christmas and the birth of the Saviour and asked her if she knew why He was sent to earth. Of course we talked a little bit about the Atonement, but we turned it into a short restoration lesson. Did we get her as an investigator? No. But before we left she said "I wouldn't have normally let you in, but I had a feeling I should. I really needed that. Thanks for the message". And that was it. We left her a Book of Mormon and a couple DVDs. 

To top all this craziness off....we had a creeper former investigator text us this week! He was all liek when are we going to do exorcisms together? and can we meet one on one? and lets meet at night. CREEEEEEEPY. Sheesh, first in Paris it was that man who wanted Sis Ash and I to go to his hotel room, and now it's this other dude who just likes to text the sisters about wanting to snuggle and watch movies. NO WAY, dude, NAY NAAAY.

Anyway, I just want to bear my testimony of a few things:
1 - I have a testimony of the power of the Spirit. It blows my mind that Heavenly Father trusts me that much to carry it. And I will bear testimony time and time again of the confidence that comes when we are keeping ourselves worthy of the Spirit to guide. Cuz there's no way you can go wrong. I know what it's like to not know what the Spirit is directing anymore; Where there's no confidence in what to do next because you don't know if you're worthy of the Spirit. But I can testify that when we live our life according to the will of Heavenly Father and show Him how much we love Him by keeping the commandments and standards, then there's no reason for Him not to help guide you.

2 - I have a testimony of the divine responsibilities of men and women. It bugs me SO MUCH when people (both members and non members) talk about how women don't have power. Seriously, there are times where I have had to bite my tongue at people's doors so I wouldn't go off on them. But I have such a HUGE testimony of my divine role as a woman. I know my Heavenly Father created me a certain way because I am vital to His plan. VITAL. My divine role does not include holding the Priesthood. Does that mean I don't have any power? NO. Like Bro Donaldson had told us in our training, we've been set apart by Priesthood Power. I have apostolic authority to fulfill and magnify my calling to what I have stewardship over. And I have definitely felt that power. I also testify that men and women are equals. Seriously, the church isn't sexist. This is Christ's gospel and it's perfect. And we have been created by our Heavenly Father PERFECTLY. He created men and women as equals and I bear testimony that we can't fulfill our divine responsibility of the priesthood and motherhood without the other.

3 - My new favourite scripture is 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Verse 16 says "but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day". Yes, we suffer. Yes, we feel pain and sorrow. But I can testify that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be spiritually renewed and be stronger day by day. Like I said earlier, if I have to emotionally and physically struggle just so I can gain a stronger testimony of the Atonement, then sobeit. I have felt that change inside of me as I've relied on my Saviour for His help. 

4 - LOVE & CHARITY. Man, if I could share how much I learn about this I would. But I dont got space or time :P But I do have a testimony of the pure love of Christ. I know I'm not perfect at this Christlike attribute. I feel like I will feel like i'm doing it right to a certain extent, and then i study it again and i realize there is much room for improvement. Just love, guys! Like Jack Johnson sings, "Love is the answer to most of the questions in my heart. Like why are we here? Where do we go? And why is it so hard?" Haha I know it's not a church reference, but it is SO TRUE. I've been studying the fundamental: The doctrine of Christ-the missionary purpose. There's a reason why Charity and Love is a study underneath it. Cuz everything we teach, everything this gospel is is centred on LOVE. Why am I on earth? Where do we go after this life? Why did Christ suffer for us? Why did Heavenly Father let Him suffer? Why do we go through trials? Why am I on this mission? It's all because of the LOVE Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has for each and every one of us. He loves us so much to send us to earth to we have the opportunity to learn and grow and become stronger. He loves us too much to not give us trials that will help build our faith in Christ. And I know I love my Heavenly Father too much to not serve this mission. I also know that part of the reason I'm out here is because of the love and hope I have for my future divine responsibilities. Like Elder Toki says, ONE LOVEEEE. Seriously, it's not to be cheesy, or romantic, or girly of any sort! If there's anything that I keep learning about its that LOVE and FAITH are not a possession to have. It's a VERB. LOVE and FAITH are what drives us to ACT. It's the motivation for us to pull through what we need to. Including Christ. Think of how much FAITH He had as He pushed Himself to do the will of His Father. Such humility and meekness! And think of how much LOVE He had to suffer for each and every one of us. Another thing I keep learning is about how much pain He had suffered. How could He ever be willing to do that much without that motivating LOVE He has for each and every one of us?

5 - Last but not least, a quote from President Lorenzo Snow: "...I say to the Latter-day Saints, if any of you are sleep, read the words of the Savior spoken when He was upon the earth in regard to the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and took oil in their lamps, and when the Bridegroom came there was only one-half prepared to go out to meet Him. Do not let it be so with us as Latter-day Saints. Let us try to be true to the everlasting covenants that we have made and be true to God. God bless the Latter-day Saints and pout out His Spirit upon you. May you be faithful to your god, faithful to your families, and conduct yourselves with prudence in all things, and labor for the interests of the kingdom of God, and that we may not be among the foolish virgins, but be found worthy to be amongst those who will be crowned as kings and queens and reign throughout eternity."

Follow the Spirit, Be good, Be happy, Be obedient, and Just love. 

MUCHO LOVIN' from Sister Limas :)

Last pday we went to East St Louis to carol. And we may have explored an abandoned hotel to smash some windows as well. I mean....what? Ahaaa.


CANADIIIANS! Me, Elder Rasmussen (his fam is moving to Toronto!), Elder Rauche (my MTC buddy), and Elder Dahle (who actually isn't Canadian but always happens to be in the middle of our "canadian triangle" LOL)

The Treasures in You

Monday, December 9, 2013

Hola err'one!

This week has been pretty good. Nothing too too exciting. But I guess I should update you on all the highlights from the past two weeks.

But first...

Can I just say I have a hugeeee testimony of prayer? I keep learning something new about it the longer i'm out here. Like I said, last week I had a lot of one-on-one daddy-daughter time with Heavenly Father. One thing I've been doing a lot lately in my prayers is TELLING MYSELF TO SHUT UP. Hahaha. Like I'll go on and on explaining things (gotta hold myself accountable haha), and then i'm like "okay heavenly father, I'm shutting up now. What do you want me to do?" And it's so AMAZING cuz He speaks back. I LOVE IT. I dont remember if I shared this with you or not, but during my first day at the MTC, Bro Beheshti (one of my amazing teachers) said we were going to do a silent prayer. We were all going to get on our knees, he would offer a prayer of silence. So he said one or two lines every so often, but for the most part all we did was kneel and listen. What an amazing exercise that was! He told us to record our thoughts and feelings in our journal. Flashbacking to that memory...I just remember hearing "everything is going to be ok!" Man, that should just be the theme for the mission, no? That's all I ever here. And that's because it's so true.

Also, I am starting to gain a testimony of the power and authority of this calling. Sis Linton is a huge example to me of that. She promises people miracles will happen with no doubt. I really admire that about her. And it's something I've been working on. I dont have a problem promising things, but sometimes I get a little hesitant. For example we've been playing Book of Mormon Baseball with our investigators/less actives to help them realize that the BOM is there to answer all of life's questions. And i just let sister linton take lead on that activity. And it never fails! I just shake my head with impressivness because the scripture we land on ALWAYS answers their questions. Its so cool. We played it with this one less active, and afterwards I bore my testimony of the Book of Mormon and that we can receive personal revelation as we study it (hey, if trials give me an even more burning testimony of the BOM, then wooo!) Bro Donaldson said at our training, "you have apostolic authority". Ho yeah we do! And I better darn use it well!

AND, I wanted to share this poem with everyone last week but totally forgot to include it:
There are treasures in life, but owners are few
Of money and power to buy things brand new
Yet you can be wealthy and feel regal too,
If you will just look for the treasures in you.
These treasures in life are not hard to find
When you look in your heart, your soul, and your mind
For when you are willing to share what's within,
Your fervent search for riches will end.
The joy and the laughter, the smile that you bring;
The heart unafraid to love and to sing;
The hand always willing to help those in need;
Ones quick to reach out, to labor and feed.
So thank you for sharing these great gifts inside;
The caring, the cheering, the hug when one cried.
Thanks for the energy, encouragement too
And thank you for sharing the treasures in you.

And so I say thank you to anyone and everyone who has been in my life. Thanks for sharing your gifts inside :) I can honestly say that I've learned AT LEAST one thing from everyone I've ever met. And that's the reason why I'm me. So thank you. 

NOOOW onto other updates. Birthday first!
So my birthday was pretty good! Sis Jamboretz took Sis Linton and I to St Louis :D We went to the office to pick up my bday package/letters and then went out for lunch. Then we went up the Arch! Haha the pod was so small. But hey, cramped, awkward spaces are an excuse to have street lessons with people...bahaha win! We got up there and it was already dark out. Good thing it was because the lights down below were SOOOO BEAUTIFUL. We got back to Glen Carbon, did some work, and then went to Sis Jamboretz house for a birthday dinner :) Photos shall be added. BUT, here are a few thank yous:

Mom, dad, and Arielle: Thanks for the birthday package! I appreciated everything inside SO MUCH, you don't even know! XD haha. And I have shared my Timmy's hot chocolate with my fellow Canadians. And i shared the ding dong with Elder Abad. Hahaha he got so excited.

Laura, Holly, Sara; YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. I loooooved the audio recording you sent me. You guys are SO WEIRD and i am SO PROUD to call you my best friends :') Answers to some of your questions: Ella? A whooole lot of Detox tea and chocolate laxatives...that's all im gonna say about that ;) My companion...she told me to tell you she is a "proper" person and a mexican. BAHAH kidding. She's so the opposite lololol. Like you know how Sara laughs when i say "stop, i'm such a lady" because sometimes she knows how untrue that can be. Well my companion is like me in that way but x5 :P. Holly, I love how everything was in Espanol. I am so ridiculously proud of you! I'm so excited for you to get to the MTC and field!!! You are gonna rock it! Also, Nick...thank you for laughing. Hahaha. I miss your laugh and how much joy it brings me. I am SO excited that you're gonna be my brother in law (not that you haven't been a bro to me the past couple years, CUZ YOU HAVE!). Gah, thanks for making me feel special guys. I got a little bit embarrassed when you were talking about me to my companion on the tape. I'm pretty sure my face turned red XD 

Autumn and Sis Brooks: Thank you for the sweet, sweet birthday card and letters :) 

Milloras, Dapats, Catedrals, and Ate Des: Thanks for the birthday letter bunch!!! Haha that made me way happy :D 

Tita Mary Jane & Seth: Thank you for the birthday card and gift :) That helped out a lot :)

Stan the man: Thanks for making me a pair of mittens...that matches the hat you made me too! My comp is getting a hoot out of them too :P

Lola & Grandma: Thanks for your birthday presents :) I really needed that hehe

Sis Jamboretz: Thanks for everything you do for us missionaries. I had fun spending the day with you :) And i know the heels were just a joke, but thanks for letting me have them anyway ;) and for the giftcard to your boutique! I sure do love your shop! :D

Kim and Michaela Clements: Thanks for making me feel like a Princess ;) hahaha

To my old companions: Sis Scott (my love bug) thanks for email chatting with me; Sis Ash (hey momma heyyyyy) thanks for shooting me a line aha; and Sis Fernandez (that's my baby girl!) thanks for the sweet letter. Man, I am sure darn lucky to have had such amazing companions :)


* Willow St sure is a blessed one. That was the 1st street Sis Linton and I went tracting on. For some reason it popped out to both of us on the GPS. We were rejected all on one side of the street, but got to talk to so many on the other side of it. 2 potentials. Well when we went back there last week to contact our potentials, we ended up talking to a man we had tracted into before. He was putting up his Christmas decorations outside and started talking to us and telling us about his daughter and how she needs good religion. He says "i dont know why i'm telling you all this but..." Ahaha i love it. 

* We passed out over 1000 pass-a-long cards at the Christmas Parade in East St. Louis!

* We played BOM Baseball with our investigators Eli and John Duque. They are both in highschool and can both be a little stubborn sometimes. But this week I was like "ooookay, i'm just gonna give it to you strait..." We talked to them about baptism and what stopped them from doing so with previous missionaries. Aha! They are praying about a baptism date now :)

* Sis Linton and I went on splits with members this week. This was my first time ever doing it here (aha i've done it a few times in Toronto) and i was superrrr nervous cuz this time I was the missionary lol. Sis Clements and I went to see Violet Salas....AND NOW SHE HAS A BAPTISM DATE!! I tried so hard to get her to pick a date in December, but she's sticking with Feb 15. But hey, at least it's not in June like she had originally wanted. Woo!

* Like I said last week, I had to do a training at Zone Training Meeting. Aha, so they got a bunch of missionaries to do trainings on the Fundamentals. I was in charge of "The Role of the Holy Ghost in Conversion". I get up there and we read a few scriptures and then I ask for a volunteer. HAHA everyone in my district plus the zone leaders all started shaking their heads cuz they knew what was coming. Elder Stewart and Elder Milne were the only ones who put up their hands, bless their hearts. They sit down and I pull out lipstick and a blindfold. I blindfolded Elder Stewart and gave him the lipstick to put on Elder Miline. ROFL. Too funny. Later on Sis Linton came up to guide Elder Stewarts hand to where it was supposed to be. The point of that was we can try and try, but it's only though the Spirit that we'll be able to know exactly what to do with our investigators. I related it to Ratitouille we feel so inadequate/qualified to teach, but the Spirit is able to help us. my district leader was just shouted, "i love sister limas' trainings". AHAAA WIN!

* So I have two Canadians in my zone: Elder Rauche and Elder Rasmussen. And I hang around them a lot talking about Canadian things and just keeping the Canadian pride. BUT THEY HAVE SO MUCH BROMANCE bahaha. Elder Deirjt comes up to me and he's like "are all Canadian boys like that?" And at first i was gonna be like "pfffft of course not", but i paused and flashbacked to the stick figure drawing Sara and Autumn made on Draw It of Stan and Nick...and all the hearts. Bahahaha. I'm like "errr...yeah, pretty much". 

* So this week we had dinner at the Holbrooks with the STLs and the Colemans. We came late cuz we had an appointment. Haha a little fact about my companion...she gets a little uncomfortable around the STLs. I like them, but she gets super awkward around them. And so when all of us are together I start to get awkward cuz i dont know who to be between the two haha. Anyway, to escape the awkwardness we said we'd leave shortly after the Colemans arrive and try to see Manuel (even though he already told us he didnt think he could meet with us that night). Well, I got super comfortable with the Colemans...I just had so much in common with their kids. And so we didn't leave as early as we intended. And at first i was thinking ok we dont HAVE to go see Manuel. But then Sis Linton and I looked at each other right before 7 30 and we're like "we should probably go". can I say: GOOOOOD TIMING! We drove out to Collinsville and found Manuel walking on the streets just about to go into someone else's house. We rolled down the window and he's like "who's that?!". we say the missionaries, and he's like "oh hey boo!" BAHAHA he's african american and that's what he calls me ROFL. We had a lesson right there in the street. He stood outside in the cold and started pouring out his concerns to us. He started crying! But we told him to read the Book of Mormon and promised it would help him know what to do if he prayed about it. Later on he said, "you know, even though I was standing out in the cold, I feel all warm inside". :') aw yay!

* We had our Relief Society christmas party this week and Bro and sis bennion came as guest speakers. They speak at EFY and stuff. IT WAS SOOO GOOD. Brings back good youth leadership conference memories. Anywho, I went to speak to him afterwards and BAHAHA he reminds me of Bro Goldthorp!!! Its like a little slice of home. So I look at Bro Goldthorp as this huge spiritual giant cuz he's just SO GOOD at giving lessons. His institute classes are awesome! But he also likes to joke around. So one time at York Insitute i'm like totally zoned out before class and he says something to tease me and then pushes me. I just busted out giggling cuz i was totally not expecting that to happen. And that's exactly what bro bennion did bahaha. there he was talking about teh Saviour and it was so spiritual, and then when I went to talk to him he starts saying "hey man this and that" and nudging my arm. Haha. I just found it way funny.

* We've been going to the hospital a lot lately cuz one of our recent convert's mom was in ICU. Well, James (our recent convert) was talking to one of the nurse's about how nice Mormons are AND SHE REQUESTED A BOOK OF MORMON. So we dropped it off and she said she's read it during lunch break and call us :D Also, sis linton and i crochet a lot so when i see people doing it, it catches my eye and gives me a reason to talk to them. Well, the receptionist was crocheting a teapot holder and so we started talking (she is SUPER nice). Then she's like "those are really cute mittens" (the ones that Stan made me) and she asked for the pattern and then asked us to come stop by. WIIIIIN. Oh yes, we are going to teach the gospel and relate it to crocheting! I did it before with cross-stitching at a potentials. It can be done again :D

* I hit 7 months yesterday. Thus far being out I have gotten the reputation of: Lima Bean, Oh Canada (what people say to me when I have a blonde moment), Smiley, rapping the 1st discussion, my mouse sneezes, sneezing in threes, my "eeeks", my trainings, that I'm THE Filipino Canadian, and my fear of birds. I have left quite the impression, no? LOL

Anywho, hope you all have a great week!
Love you loads!

Mucho lovinnnn from Sister Limas :)

 Me and Sis Sabee before Zone pday...ugly sweater contest...expect, i really liked my sweater :P

  So the Sisters before us left these moustaches in our apartment...

and of course me and my comp gotta have fun with them :)

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