Monday, December 4, 2017

Los Piojos (Y mi último correo!)

Hola, y adios!

I never thought I would be sending out my final group email! But, the time has finally come. I did have a great last week in the mission!

First off, Light The World brought us so many miracles! We participated in the little service projects every day which made us so happy! In addition, we found some great new investigators this week by showing the video on doorsteps, people love it! We found six new investigators this week from it! (Which is huge for this area!)

We noticed these sweet, little girls at church had lice last week. And, we knew their parents (sadly) weren’t going to do anything about it. So, we decided we needed to go help them out. You know how you usually find a ton of eggs and just a couple of bugs? Well, we probably picked out 100 bugs. It was really bad! Later that day I went on an exchange with Hermana Jones (who is just the best and I was so excited to go on my last exchange with her!) She decided she would check my hair for lice that night, just to be safe. Sadly, I had a giant louse in my hair 😱 I ALMOST WENT MY ENTIRE MISSION WITHOUT GETTING LICE, AND IT WAS RUINED MY LAST WEEK! (It is normal for hermanas to get lice because we are around different people all day and we kiss their cheeks and touch heads.) So she coconut oiled up my hair and picked everything out the next day. Thankfully we just found the one bug, and it just managed to lay a couple of eggs. I am now clean! 😊

Tomorrow I will spend the day with the other missionaries that are going home and with my Mission President. Wednesday, I I fly back to Tulsa! (If anyone in Oklahoma wants to come to the airport with my family, I get in at 3:30 PM) That night I will be released by my ecclesiastical leaders and will no longer be a full time missionary. Even though I am leaving, I am not going back to the “real world.” I hope to never become part of the world; I will rise above it! My mission was an experience that changed my life more than I ever thought it could. Though I hope I was able to inspire and help other people, I know I am the greatest convert that came from my mission. I will end my final email with my personal testimony! This is the message I went out on a mission to share:

Heavenly Father loves us all so much! He is our Heavenly Father, the Father of our spirits. There are no coincidences, everything is part of His plan for us. He wants us to return back to Him, so He has given us things to help guide us. One of those things are our families. We lived as a family before this life, and He has given us a way to be with our families even after this life. He gave us the scriptures to help guide our families. The scriptures were written by prophets (like Moses) and Apostles (like Matthew.)

A prophet is someone sent by God to be His mouthpiece on the Earth. As we see in the stories of Noah, Moses, or any Biblical prophet, it is important to listen to prophets because they can speak with God face to face (Exodus 33:11) and they know what lies ahead. We can know if someone is a true prophet or a false prophet by their fruits (Matthew 7: 15-16). Sadly, people always reject prophets, and the world falls into a state called an apostasy when there isn’t a prophet on the Earth. All of the Old Testament prophets were preparing the world for the coming of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Christ did so many important things! The most important thing is that He died for us. Because of that, if we accept that sacrifice and follow Him, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Christ also taught, set an example for us, and performed miracles. Even though there were many different beliefs and religions when Christ came to Earth, He established His own church (Matthew 16:18), or rather, His teachings and organization. He also called twelve Apostles. He gave them a power called the priesthood; the authority to act in His name. In Matthew 16:19 we read that with this power they could bind things so they would be bound on Earth and in heaven. They could bind things like a family, so they family could together even after this life. They could bind a baptism so that it would be valid in heaven and not just on Earth. This power was so important! Christ gave them this power by the laying on of hands. Because they had Christ’s power they could do some of the same things that Christ did like teach and perform miracles. (The prophets had this power too, that is how Moses parted the Red Sea.)

We read in Ephesians 2:20 that the Apostles were the foundation of Jesus Christ’s church. They were essential! (There also had to be 12 of them, that’s why they met together after Judas killed himself and chose Matthias to replace him.) Sadly, the people rejected Jesus Christ. He was crucified. But, three days later He resurrected (and lives today!) His church was still okay! The Apostles were still on Earth. They had His priesthood authority. They were the foundation of His church. They received revelation from Christ about how to guide His church, thus, it was still the church of Jesus Christ. But, the Apostles were teaching the same things Christ taught. The people rejected and killed Jesus Christ. They didn’t want to listen to the Apostles either. They were also rejected and killed. The Apostles were the ones with the Priesthood power, when they were killed this authority was taken from the Earth. The Apostles were the foundation of Christ’s church; If we take away a foundation of something it will fall down. Christ’s church fell.

But, there were still good people that wanted to follow Jesus Christ and remember the things He taught. So, people began to form their own churches. They taught good things, but they lacked priesthood power. Many churches taught about baptism, but they didn’t have the authority to perform a baptism that would be bound, or valid, in heaven. No one had the authority to bind a family. Marriages could only be performed “until death do you part.” When the people died their marriage ended. This was another apostasy, like the other ones that had happened in the past. This one lasted a really long time (after all, the people on Earth rejected Jesus Christ himself.) But, Heavenly Father would’ve leave us in darkness forever. The way He has always ended an apostasy is by calling another prophet.

In 1820 there was a boy named Joseph Smith. He was only 14 years old, but he felt really confused about what church he should go to. They all read the same Bible, but they taught different things. Jospeh Smith only had a 3rd grade education, but he decided to read the Bible on his own. One day he read in James 1:5 that if we lack wisdom we should ask of God. So, Joseph Smith decided to pray and ask God what church he should join. So, he went to the woods by his house to say his first prayer out loud. He started to pray when, in his own words, he said “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph asked them which church he should join. He was told to join none of them; the church of Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet. He was called of God to bring back Jesus Christ’s original church, with everything that had been lost over time; Joseph Smith did not start his own church. Twelve apostles were also called. Three of Christ’s original apostles, Peter, James, and John came to the Earth as angels to lay their hands on Joseph Smith’s head and give him the priesthood authority of Jesus Christ that was lost. Because that power is on earth again a valid baptism can be performed and families can be bound together forever. Joseph Smith died, but another prophet was called. There is a prophet today! Thomas S Monson is the prophet of God on the Earth today.

We read in Matthew that we can know if someone is a prophet of God by their fruits. A fruit of the prophet Joseph Smith is the Book of Mormon. The Bible was written by prophets living in the Middle East. But, at the same time the Bible was written there were people living in other parts of the world. Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and He wanted everyone to know about Jesus Christ. So, he sent prophets to other parts of the world, as well. He sent prophets to the people living in the ancient Americas. These prophets wrote their experiences on plates. Eventually an apostasy occurred here too (a few hundred years after Christ died). The last prophet here, Moroni, was rejected and was about to be killed. He buried the plates in the ground. Joseph Smith was lead by an angel to find those plates, and by the power of God he was able to translate them (they were written in a very old language.)

The Book of Mormon does not replace the Bible. The Book of Mormon is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. In it we read the experiences the prophets had in the Americas. The Book of Mormon has brought so much peace to my life! The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

There is a way you can know if all of this is true. You simply need to read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true. I know He will answer you because He answered me. When I was 12 I decided I needed to know for myself, so I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to ask Heavenly Father if it was true. He answered me through the Holy Ghost. I was able to feel the Holy Ghost and know it was true. Because the Book of Mormon is true, Joseph Smith was a true prophet. Because Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the church he restored is the church of Jesus Christ. That is why I went on a mission. There is a prophet of God on earth today! The heavens have been opened again! After centuries of being lost, the same church Jesus Christ himself established is back! We can have peace in this life, and we can live with God again and with our families after this life! This is the most important message; everyone deserves to know!

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me! I would love to give you a copy of the Book of Mormon. You can also chat anonymously with missionaries online at and read the Book of Mormon on the website.

I love you all! Thank you for supporting me, loving me, and praying for me these last 18 months. I don’t know exactly what lies ahead in my future, but I know it will be awesome!


Hermana Bettridge


Bae Jones picking out my lice

Us matching on our exchange 💕 

“La misión”


Dying... (from the mission)

Christmas devotional with the Barreras!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Día del Acción de Gracias 🦃


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a great week and had many things to be grateful for!
Back to the yellow shirt on Thanksgiving for service!

I got to go back to Canyon Lakes for two baptisms this week! Remember Juan Carlos? He finally got baptized! He told us about two months ago that he was going to get baptized on November 21st, but we had to keep it a secret! Here is what I said in my Facebook post: “Today was one of the best days of my mission! Juan Carlos has had contact with the Church ever since he met his wife over twenty years ago. His wife raised their kids in the Church, and one of their daughters is currently in Paraguay serving a mission. Before I got to Canyon Lakes he started going to church every week and staying the whole time. Megan Peña and I would go over every week to eat dinner and share a message. Juan Carlos told us he would get baptized one day, but he wasn’t ready yet. One night Maleny Calderon and I were driving home after going over to their house when he texted us and told us he was ready to get baptized! He told us he wanted it to be a secret because he wanted to get baptized on his wife’s birthday and surprise her! His wife serves in Young Women’s, so she was told she needed to be at the stake center at 7 for an interview. Meanwhile, the whole ward got there at 6 to wait. She walked in and realized she was at her husband’s baptism! There wasn’t a dry eye! In a year his daughter will be back from her mission and the family will go to the temple to be sealed together for time and all eternity! ❤️ “ (You can go on my Facebook to watch the video of her reaction!)
Juan Carlos’ baptism!

In addition, I got to go back on Saturday for the baptism of Julian and his sister Natalia! Julian is 10, and Natalia is 8. They are super cute kids, and they were so excited to finally get baptized! (Missionaries have been working with them for awhile now, but they don’t have very stable lives and kept moving into different wards!) 
Julian and Natalia’s baptism!

We had a good Thanksgiving! We spent most of the day doing service at a center for the homeless. We helped set up for the Thanksgiving meal, sort through clothes, and sort food boxes. Then we served food and helped pass out the clothing. Later we went and ate Thanksgiving dinner with some members. It was really good!

I also got to attend my first quinceañera on Saturday! (It was technically a Sweet 16, but it had the elements of a quinceañera! She just wanted to wait until she was 16 to have the big party.) It was so fun! We went to help set up everything the morning of. It was super nice! Probably nicer than my wedding will be! 😂 I love Hispanics and their parties!
 Barrera Quinceañera/Sweet 16!

We had some good luck with investigators this week as well! At the beginning of the week we started visiting people in the ward directory we don’t know (there are a lot of them!) We went to visit this one lady who lived way out in the middle of nowhere. At one point our GPS took us on an unpaved road. Eventually we came to a dead end in the road, but we really felt like we needed to see this lady! So we looked at a map and found a different route. Eventually we got there, and the lady was sitting outside in her driveway. She was happy to see us and immediately got us some chairs and invited us to share a message. She said she hasn’t been to church in about five years. Her ten year old son, Edgar, came to join us. He never got baptized, but remembers that he loved going to church! He loves to pray, and he said a really sweet closing prayer when we left. We are excited to work with their family again so they can all come back to church and Edgar can get baptized!

We had met a lady named Lidia (my middle name!) while knocking doors a couple weeks ago. She had gone out of town, but we were finally able to get in with her. She is so cool! She just moved here from Honduras and has a new baby. She is scared for her kids to grow up with all of the bad stuff happening in the world, and she has been looking for a church to raise them in. We know we were lead to her, and we are excited to continue teaching her!

Our other investigator, Yesenia, invited us over so we could learn how to make Honduran flour tortillas! She has been reading in the Book of Mormon a little bit, and she came to church with her two kids yesterday! Our other investigator, Laura, came to church for the third time yesterday! So, we are hoping to set some baptismal dates this week! I love the mission! (But I do hate that when you come to love an area you get taken out!)

Those of you who knew me before the mission know how close I am to my family, especially to my mom. Many people (including myself) weren’t sure about how I was going to leave without getting to communicate with my mom in the same way (in high school we would hang out all the time, even at school because she was my choir teacher! When I moved to Utah for school I would still call her almost every day!) The night before I left for the Mission Training Center  (MTC) I told my family we were going to say goodbye and get all of our tears out that night so I wouldn’t cry at the airport the next day and my makeup would still be nice when I got to the MTC! The next day we got up really early and they drove me to the airport. We hugged goodbye, and I went off to go through security with no tears! My parents told me I was going to do a great job and that they loved me. I was terrified because I really didn’t have any idea what was going to happen, but I knew I was going to have a great experience that would change my eternity. I went on a mission because I had prayed about it and knew it was part of Heavenly Father’s plan for me. I was excited for the experiences I was going to have.

This week in district meeting our district leader asked us to ponder about what Heavenly Father might have said to us before we came to Earth. While I don’t know exactly what He said, I can imagine He probably told me that He loved me and knew I was going to do good things. I was probably scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen, and I was used to being in my Heavenly Parents’ presence every day, but I was excited! We read in Job that we shouted for joy! I was happy for the chance to progress and excited for the experiences I was going to have.

Then I came to Earth! On Earth we have ways to grow and develop that we hadn’t had before. We prove ourselves, choose to come unto Christ, and prepare for eternity. My mission has been one of those opportunities for me! While we aren’t in the presence of God anymore, we can still communicate with Him through prayer. Prayer has saved me on the mission! I have learned to rely on prayer in a way I was never able to before. 

In 9 days I will get off the plane and will run and get to hug my family again (and there will be a lot of tears!) I know the happiness and joy I will feel in 9 days won’t even compare to what I will feel in the reunion with my family and friends, including my Heavenly Parents, when I have departed from this mortal life and return to my heavenly home.

The mission is like a mini life experience. Life, like the mission, can be really hard sometimes! We have to keep an eternal perspective. This life is so short! We need to have faith and make the best of every moment! I love all of you! I am so grateful for the love, prayers, and support I have received these past 18 months. I am going to go into this last week of my mission with faith, and I will make the best of every moment! I look forward to what is to come!


Hermana Bettridge

P.S. go watch this years’ #LightTheWorld videos on !

Bowling with Kyonee and Oscar last p day!

Thanksgiving dinner with the familia Vasquez! (And their cat, Simba!)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Una semana de fiestas y servicio 🎉

Hola hola!

This week we went to a lot of fiestas and did a lot of service!

Hermana Morales and I were sorting the Christmas toys at the shelter and we found Barbies that are friends and look like us!

We volunteer at a women’s shelter for a couple of hours a week. We normally sort the donations. But, this week we spent more time there because they needed our help sorting Christmas toys for the kids! So fun! On Saturday we participated in a big service project with other missionaries and with a YSA ward. We did some deep cleaning at the shelter, and then we took apart a bunch of beds and set up new ones. It was really tiring, but they were so grateful for all of our help!

The other weekly service we do is teach English class. We have been putting up a lot of posters and inviting everyone we talk to. We had ten new students come, so that was awesome! This week two of our (nonmember) English class students invited us over for their sister’s baby shower. I was super excited because they were inviting us over to their house of nonmember, hispanic friends, and because I had never been to a hispanic baby shower before. It was super fun! It was basically a normal, hispanic party. (So a lot of food and loud music!) The pregnant lady wore a really fancy dress, and I decided I want to wear a fancy dress to my baby shower 😂

We also had our ward Thanksgiving party! SO MANY people came and brought their friends! It ended up being really fun! There was some interesting food, one hermana make mole turkey. (Mole is not my favorite!) But, there was some really good stuff too! One of the white hermanas brought funeral potatoes that were SO GOOD! I hadn’t had them my entire mission.

Other than that, we basically just visited people! I went to my last zone conference 😢 President talked to us about the importance of teaching with the Spirit, #LIGHTtheWORLD, and using Facebook more.

As I am getting to the end of my mission (16 days left) I have been thinking a lot about going home. I am excited to see everyone, go to back to school, and move forward in life but I can also get sad thinking about not being a full time missionary anymore. It’s something I have been praying about a lot recently. But, yesterday Heavenly Father helped me see that everything is going to be okay!

These four cute primary girls that just got baptized come to church alone every week. (There dad drops them off and leaves, we are working on that.) They love sitting with us misioneras and coloring during sacrament meeting. This other primary girl came to sit with us and showed me her talk. It was called “Puedo elegir ser una misionera ahora.” (I can choose to be a missionary now.) It was all about the little things she does everyday to share the gospel. I thought, “Wow! If this 10 year old can be a missionary so can I!”😂

We (all the missionaries here) also watched the Face to Face event last night with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard. They talked about a lot of really great things I had questions about! One of the things they talked about was adjusting to “normal” life after the mission. They told us to keep doing the things we do as missionaries! It’s all about using agency correctly. In the mission we are told what time to wake up, when to study, where to work etc. At home we still wake up and go out to get stuff done, but we choose what time. At home I will still study the scriptures, but I decide when and for how long etc.

This week I also remembered way back when I was at the end of my time in the MTC. Our teacher shared an experience he had with us. He was getting close to the end of his mission when he had to go home suddenly for health problems. His mission President shared Doctrine and Covenants 138:57 with him, which reads:

I beheld that the faithful elders of this dispensation, when they depart from mortal life, continue their labors in the preaching of the gospel of repentance and redemption, through the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son of God, among those who are in darkness and under the bondage of sin in the great world of the spirits of the dead.

Nothing, not even death, will stop me from sharing the gospel! The gospel of Jesus Christ has changed my life. The things I have learned in my mission have forever changed me. I can look forward to this next chapter in my life because I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me!

I hope everyone has an amazing week! Eat a lot of turkey, and don’t forget to go on this Friday and check out the Church’s Christmas video and service initiative! 😊


Hermana Bettridge


Hermana Jones (my sister and STL companion) and I at Zone Conference! (I kind of have crying eyes because I had just given my dying(last) testimony 😢)

The cute primary kids doing a presentation about the first Thanksgiving at our ward party 🍁
Cleaning at the women’s shelter
Us at another fiesta! A member was having a party and asked us to come serve food. (That’s a mechanical bull behind us!)
The biggest tender mercy of the week, I got to see mi hermanita y mejor amiga at the YSA broadcast! 💕 (She was sad because we were leaving each other again, but I will see her this week!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 (almost)

Hola a todos!!!

This week I got to go back for Luz’ baptism! It was such a special day! She was so happy! 

Here is what I wrote on Facebook because it sums it up pretty well:
“Four months ago Megan Peña and I were new in a ward that hadn’t had a baptism in almost a year and a half. Feeling completely discouraged I fasted and prayed that Heavenly Father would lead us to find those who were ready to accept the Restored Gospel. In the middle of my fast we were sitting in church when a woman approached us and asked if she could purchase a copy of the Book of Mormon in Spanish. The English elders had knocked on her door and told her what time the Spanish services were, and she showed up on her own! We began teaching Luz while the English elders taught her husband, Charlie. They read the Book of Mormon, pondered the message in their hearts, and asked God if it was true. Today they were baptized, and in one year they will enter the temple to be sealed together for time and all eternity! God answers prayers. This is why I left everyone I love for a year and a half, so others can be with those they love for all eternity! ❤️ “

In other happy news, CHRISTMAS IS COMING! This week at MLC President showed us the Christmas Initiative this year. Remember #LIGHTtheWORLD last year? It’s really similar this year. The church is releasing a little service advent. Every day in December there is a scripture and a mini service project. I am super excited! It will be available on the day after Thanksgiving.

Most of our investigators are not wanting to keep commitments, but we did have two newer investigators come to church on Sunday! We have been doing a lot of finding. (With not a ton of immediate success, but it’s all good! We’ll find them 😉) One night this week a youth recent convert, Dennise, asked us if she could come knock doors with us. That was super fun!

There are a lot of members I really love in this ward. We started teaching Kyonee her new member lessons! She is so amazing and loves learning everything she can about the gospel!

This week I was reviewing the General Conference talks, and I reread on of my favorites! I really loved Elder Rasband’s talk. In the talk he quoted Neal A Maxwell who said that “none of us ever fully utilizes the people-opportunities allocated to us within our circles of friendship. You and I may call these intersectings ‘coincidence.’ This word is understandable for mortals to use, but coincidence is not an appropriate word to describe the workings of an omniscient God. He does not do things by ‘coincidence’ but … by ‘divine design.’”

He goes on to talk about how we can see Heavenly Father’s hand in our lives when we look back on everything that has happened. As I read that I reflected on everything that has happened on my mission. I know Heavenly Father always put me in the places I needed to be in order to learn what He wanted me to. Every ward I was in, every companion I had, and every investigator I worked with was not by chance. Heavenly Father loves us so much! On my mission my testimony of how much He cares about us as individuals has grown SO much.

I hope everyone has an amazing week!

Hermana Bettridge


The day has come! I am on the board of departing missionaries 😱 (see all those? 7 hermanas are going home! That’s like half of us!)

My pals at MLC ❤️ (I got to see Calderón twice this week #milagros)

A member made us these really good gorditas 👍 

This is Dennise! She went contacting with us 😃 Conroe is getting ready for Christmas!🎄 

I officially became a Conroe 3rd missionary at the Barreras 😂

Monday, November 6, 2017

👰🏻💦➕(Boda Bap and Pupusas)

Hola, hola!

This was a great week! So many awesome things are happening in Conroe!
Kyonee at her wedding 💕 

The best part was that Kyonee got married and baptized! Her family drove down from Utah so they could be here! She was so happy! She was crying the whole time. We had the wedding in the Relief Society room, then she changed and we went right into the baptism. Then we had the reception in the gym. It was fun! She loved everything!

Yesterday we had a regional Stake Conference. So, we got together as a Stake and watched a broadcast from Salt Lake. We got to hear from some amazing talks, including a talk by Elder Christofferson. It was really good! It was like a mini General Conference! In addition to the awesome talks I got to see my favorite people because Canyon Lakes was there! I got to see Luz (who passed her baptismal interview and is getting baptized this Saturday!) Hermana Calderon told me that when she and Charlie (her husband) came out of their interviews he was crying and hugged her and said “just one more year and then we can go to the temple and be together forever.” ❤️

Halloween wasn’t that eventful. We just visited some people, then we had to be in our apartments by 6:30. So, we did our companionship study at night, ate dinner, and then we played cards. A few days later we had our ward Halloween party (but it was a Fall Festival because it was November.) Hermana Morales and I dressed up like the Elders. We all did face painting.

We didn’t have a ton of luck finding new people to teach this week. But, we had a little miracle last night! We went to visit a referral, and she turned out to be really cool! Her name is Rosa. She has two little kids. She is really interested in reading the Book of Mormon and learning more. Her mom, Gabi, was there too and wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon. So we are excited to teach them more. Milagros! Heavenly Father always puts people in our path.

My favorite hispanic food is a pupusa. If you don’t know what that is, it’s from El Salvador and it’s kind of like a pancake stuffed with meat and cheese. Super good! So, I’ve always wanted to learn how to make them. But, my entire mission people have said that it’s REALLY hard and you have to be from El Salvador to do it right. WRONG! Last night we went to a member’s house for dinner. She lives with this old lady (non member) who makes pupusas. The old lady taught us how to make pupusas! And it wasn’t that hard! So, now Hermana Morales and I are pupusa experts. And the old lady thinks we’re cool, so we will go baptize her. (She invited us over again to learn how to make tortillas de harina! 😊)

Before the regional broadcast on Sunday the Stake President, President Call, talked to us about the importance of saying prayers of faith. He quoted James 2 and talked about how faith without works is dead. He talked about the importance of showing faith when we pray; we must pray with the intent on acting. We have to remember that our faith can’t change other’s agency or Heavenly Father’s will. But, we pray to align our will with His. When we pray with faith we don’t pray that the missionaries can find people to teach. Instead we pray that people will be put in our path to talk to, that we will have the right words, and that we can introduce them to the missionaries. I loved that! He invited us to say a prayer of faith for each member of our family ever day.

That’s about it! We are planning on going out this week and finding a bunch of cool people to teach! I love you all and hope you have a great week!


Hermana Bettridge


For the Halloween party we dressed up like the Elders

Our face painting stand (decorated with stuff from our apartment)

This member has this ugly dog, but her toenails were painted 
(it’s hard to tell, but they are pink!)

I got to see Hermana Cervantes my “Canyon Lakes mom” at the Conference

We made the Relief Society room look nice(r) for the wedding 
(the runner is paper from the library we stapled to carpet and put flowers over the staples)

The gym is what we were even prouder of! The Relief Society Hermanas were supposed to show up with decorations and we were just going to help decorate. Well, no one showed up. So we frantically ran around and found string, lights, and tulle in a closet. So we decorated the stage curtain and put down tablecloths 😆 Looks decent! (They did eventually show up with food and a cake, so that’s what’s really important!)

Kyonee’s baptism ❤️ 

PUPUSAS!!! Made by us 😘

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Country

Hola, hola!

For my last six weeks in the mission I got transferred to CONROE! Conroe is a little town about 45 minutes away from Houston. We are still in the Spanish stake, and our area is huge! It’s mostly just a lot of little towns in the country. Even though I didn’t LOVE Canyon Lakes at first I was REALLY SAD to leave. (And to leave Hermana Calderon, but she is training and I am so happy for her trainee!!!) But, I know this is where Heavenly Father needs me to be, so I am happy to be here! And I will hopefully get to go back to Canyon Lakes for some baptisms :) I got to Conroe, and I felt so much love for all of the people here! My companion is Hermana Morales! I got put with another native speaker! She is awesome! She is from Arizona and is a little over halfway done with her mission. 

Hermana Morales ❤️ 

At one point we were knocking on a door and I realized I was cold! I think summer might be over! (Finally!!!)

We have some great investigators. This Saturday I will be having my first boda/bap! (Boda = wedding, When you are baptized you make a promise to keep God’s commandments, including the commandment to only have sexual relations within marriage. So, if two people are living together and want to be baptized they have to be married first. So a boda/ bap is when there is a wedding and then the baptism right after!) Her name is Keyonee, and she is so ready to get baptized! I love her so much! She is from Utah, so she has been around the church for awhile. She loves the gospel!

We are working with a lot of kids, so I am really happy about that! (Speaking of kids, the Canyon Lakes hermanas just set a date with Julian, who I got to teach a little bit before I left!) Two of our other investigators are Chris and Ariel, these cholo kids. We went to teach them, but they just wanted to run around the yard and punch each other. So we read the story of Ammon in the children’s Book of Mormon and then acted it out. They liked throwing rocks and pretending to cut off arms. They want to get baptized, but their mom wants them to wait until they’re older. A ver!

This week I have been thinking a lot about how much Heavenly Father loves us! All of us! He has a plan for all of us! He can make so much more out of our lives than we can by ourselves. My mission hasn’t been exactly what I expected, but Heavenly Father has put me around the exact people I needed and the places I needed to be. The gospel is amazing! I was sitting in sacrament meeting yesterday and I started tearing up because I realized I only have five more weeks! Ahhh!!!

I hope everyone has an amazing week! If anyone wants to write me a letter (I would love it) my new address is:

Hermana Bettridge
1900 Westview Blvd #811
Conroe, TX 77304
Que tengan una buena semana!


Hermana Bettridge


Saying goodbye to Luz! She will be getting baptized on the 11th ❤️ 

Saying goodbye to Hermana Cervantes and Juan Carlos

Chris, Ariel, and Jorge (Jorge got baptized a few months ago)

We made slime at our dinner appointment

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ya me voy ✌️

Hola, hola!

Well, I received the sad news that I am leaving Canyon Lakes and Hermana Calderón. 😭 Tomorrow I will know where I’m going and who I will be with. So, stay tuned! I am sad, but I know Heavenly Father has a plan for us that is better than our own. I am excited to finish the last six weeks of my mission off strong! I know I will see miracles! On the bright side, I am coming back to Houston after Christmas with my family to show them the mission!

This was our last day on campus

Our investigators are doing great! Juan Carlos is doing so well! So is Luz, we taught her the word of wisdom and she literally threw away all of the coffee and tea in her house without question. (It’s an extra big deal because she is Colombian, and they love their coffee!)

Remember Karina from last week? Well she is super cool! We went over to teach her family some more. Her mom, Sara, came in for the lesson. They are all so excited! It turns out they all went to the cultural celebration before the temple dedication for one of the temples in Mexico. They remember that they got to hear the prophet speak and felt a lot of peace. They didn’t get baptized because Karina’s dad wouldn’t let them. (But he is still in Mexico, and she is an adult now.) I know great things are going to happen with her family!

I don’t have a ton of time to write because I have to pack.

I love you!


Hermana Bettridge

P.S. I can hopefully go back for Luz's baptism if a member can drive me!

Last day on campus 
Elder Munoz’ funeral (complete with Vampire teeth)

The hermanas

This is Elder Taylor (who is now brother Taylor.) He was the mission vehicle coordinator. But, they finished their missions. My favorite quote from him: “you might get towed.”


Best friends forever ❤️