Week 35: “Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength…”

“…but be diligent unto the end” (Doctrine and Covenants 10:4). This week I have been in physical therapy everyday, which leaves little time to do the work. TBH I feel a little guilty for that, but this scripture helped me feel better. It is hard to be a missionary and have health problems hahaha. I just want to WORK AND WORK AND WORK AND WORK, but that is probably not a good idea, because #pain. IDK. I think God understands that I am doing the best that I can. I sure hope so.

This week was CRAZY. We had to go to physical therapy for 2.5 hours everyday and then we have hosted missionaries from all over the mission this week almost everyday, so it was an adventure. We had very little time to go out and work. But there were some cool tender mercies, which helped a lot.

  1. The Hermanas de Federal came and stayed the night with us! But it was a bit sad for them, because one of them had to go home early 😦 but it was really nice for me to be able to talk to them and hear about my converts and investigators out there. Lidia is amazing. She is learning how to read so that she can read the Libro de Mormon, and one day she literally RAN to church, because she had some complications in the morning, but really wanted to go to church. #CONVERSION. It makes my heart happy to know that she is doing so well and is going strong still :). One of my investigators, Paula, is also progressing really well. She has a baptismal date, has gone to church a few times, and invites all her friends to listen to the missionaries. YAY TEAM. Also we were almost going to be a trio until the end of this transfer with the Hermana from Federal who didn’t leave, but now we are not a trio hahahah.
  2. I got a package! Yay for my mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is also Mama Hong’s birthday yessssssssssssssssss. My mom is the best for reals. All the missionaries with their mom was as cool as my mom, but alas. No one can be as cool as my mom. It was also Dad’s birthday yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. I also opened my mission call exactly a year ago yessssssssssssssssss. And I have been out on my mission for 8 whole months yessssssssssssss. How crazy?!?!?!
  3. I may not have had investigators go to church for like two transfers BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT on Saturday we went and visited some inactive young women in our ward and invited them to church, and they came yesterday, so I count that as a success yesssssssssssssssssssss.

I think that is all for this week?!?!?! Maybe hahaha. We are in search of new investigators, so if anyone knows anyone who lives out here and needs the gospel let us know. And also guess what?!?! The STLs out here are officially moving in with us today hahahahhahhaah #killmenow jk it will be fine hahahahhahahahhahahahhahahahhahahah. We will seeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. The STLs are super chill, so it should be okie dokie 🙂

Peace out. Love you all lots 🙂

Hermana Elisyn Kay Hong

On mosquito-bitten,
Bruise-spotted,
Tired, swollen knees
She humbly offers
All she is
To her Master,
Who saved her.

 

 

BYU bunnies
Easter bunnies? They love BYU
hermanas in the house
Hermanas in the house
more hermanas in the house
More Hermanas in the house
One year ago she got her mission call.
One year ago Lisi opened her call
Package from Mom
Mom’s package arrived
Tortas Fritas with Liliana
Tortas fritas with Liliana
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Holding lots of Chicken in Liliiana’s car

Week 34: “For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea….”

“…for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth. And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?” (Ether 2:24-25) This week I read my favorite story in the Book of Mormon again (the story about the brother of Jared and the boats), and I swear every time I read it I learn sooooooooo much. I really liked these verses, because they taught me that God gives us trials, but He also prepares us for them. My mission president always says “LA MISIÓN NO ES FACIL.” And it is true, but it is hard in weird ways. Your back hurts always, or you get sick after you eat spinach, or your investigators are just your friends, or other people’s lives make you sad, or you miss home lots, or you can’t speak the language. There are lots of trials in the mission, but it’s so easy to see that God’s hand is in the work every day. I’m just trying to remember that He has prepared me for these trials, and after the trials we reach the promised land. But throughout the trials (like the brother of Jared), we see Jesus!

Happy Easter by the way. I have decided that I really like Easter, because I get to think more about my Savior. I love my Savior, and I am grateful that I get to be on this mission and serve Him every day! It’s magical. I love it. Even though it is hard.

This week was interesting. I went to the doctor! AGAIN! Hahahaha. I love going to the doctor…… not. It takes so much time hahaha. But I will be going to the doctor lots in the next two weeks, because I have to go to physical therapy every day for two weeks. Yaaaaay. At least I can finally do SOMETHING to improve my back. It seems like the process was way too long to receive a simple repuesta, but oh well.

All our investigators seemed to have hit a wall. They are all disappearing haha. Or going to the club too much. We are teaching this family (más o menos teaching them) and their family breaks my heart. It is hard. The mom is like 50 years old and has a bunch of kids who are older and already have kids and then a daughter who is 8 years old (I keep wanting to say that they have a certain amount of years because that’s how it works in Spanish. YA FUE INGLES.) Anyways. The mom, two daughters with their kids, and the 8 year old all live together, and the mom is always “sick” but she goes to the club every night. It is so hard for me to teach them, because I just want to shake the mom and tell her to take better care of her family, but I can’t really do that hahaha. But okay.

Also this week I broke another sink, but it was the sink of a member hahah. It’s all good thought. It was an easy fix.

I love and miss you all so much. Every morning this week I woke up and thought I was at home. It was the worst. Oh well.


Hermana Elisyn Kay Hong

On mosquito-bitten,
Bruise-spotted,
Tired, swollen knees
She humbly offers
All she is
To her Master,
Who saved her.
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Hermana Hong and her lovely companion!

Week 33: “And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world…”

“whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end” (Mormon 7:7).   I really just want to be part of the “choirs above.” In Spanish the verse says “coros celestiales” instead of “choirs above,” and I like that better hahaha.

POR FIN FUI AL DOCTOR OTRA VEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They gave me pills and took some x-rays. My spine has a little curve right smack dab in the middle of my back, and my hips are uneven, which doesn’t make my back feel too good. We’re still waiting to see if we can do anything else to make it feel better, but for now, I’m happy that my back pain has decreased.

It was so nice to leave and go to work this week. And we saw crazy things happen. We had divisiones this week too, so it was just good all around.

Here’s one story that I love from this week. When we were in divisiones, Hermana Card and I were just walking to an investigator’s house and contacting a bit, and we walked past this house that is like tucked back behind this other house and has this long alley thing that leads from the front door to the street. And the door was open and this lady was inside cleaning. We just kind of kept walking, but then we took like three steps after we passed and both looked at each other and turned back haha. Turns out this lady is named Gabriela and has been searching for more peace in her life, and when we turned back to her house and gave her a pass along card that says “conoce al PRINCIPE de PAZ” she knew it was God’s way of saying that she needed to listen to our message. The next day Hermana Verdeja and I went and visited her and shared the new Easter video and the Restoration, and she kept saying “I feel so good. So happy.” Then at the end of the lesson we pulled up the bible video of Christ’s baptism and invited her to get baptized. And she said yes! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It was awesome. The Spirit was so strong!

I also want to tell you all about my new grandpa, Carlos. He is one of our new investigators from before reposo, and he is the best. He owns a kiosco right by our apartment, and we visit him every night. He is the best. IDK how to explain how awesome he is. But we are teaching him and his two friends that always visit him in his kiosco. It is fun 🙂

So basically I am doing well. Much better than last week! Also I am currently wearing tights, because it is cold outside and my heart is very happy.

I love you all so much! Thank you all for your prayers!!!!

Pics:

missionary pandas
Hermana Verdeja and I are pandas.
hermana white with nametag
Hermana White forgot her nametag the other day when we helped with una Capilla Abierta, so I lent her mine. It was weird hahaha.
at doctor
Us at the doctor

Week 32: “There’s surely somewhere a lowly place….”

“In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.”

Welp. This week I was under house arrest again thanks to my best friend, my back. I am a bit frustrated with my back, but I am trusting in God. On the brightside we did get to leave and watch all of conference, which was nice.

Before bedrest started, Hermana Verdeja and I found 5 new investigators. woot woot. I love my new area, and I am excited to go out and work.

That’s all for this week. Peace out. Love you all.

 

P.S.

Also just so you all know….

I KNOW THAT JESUS IS MY SAVIOR. I KNOW HEAVENLY FATHER HAS A PLAN FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. I HAVE LOVED MY MISSION WITH ALL MY HEART. (even though sometimes I don’t realize it in the moment, I have loved my mission 100%) I THANK MY HEAVENLY FATHER EVERYDAY FOR LETTING ME SERVE A MISSION. IT IS AN HONOR TO REPRESENT JESUS CHRIST.

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reposo
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Cuz ice cream makes everything better?
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Lying down on the job
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The members take good care of the missionaries 🙂