Monday, August 14, 2017

La mejor semana en Canyon Lakes

Hola, hola!

Today for P-Day we went to a ropes course! It was super fun!

This has been a crazy week full of miracles! This week I have really seen the Lord's hand in my life. I know this is His work, and I am so fortunate to be a part of it.

We had a great lesson with Juan Carlos and President Peterson! The Spirit was super strong, and President talked to him about repentance. Juan Carlos told us he fasted and prayed and decided he wanted to get baptized and has a date in mind. But, he doesn't want to tell us what the date is. So, that's awkward! But, his wife texted us later and told us he wants to be sealed as a family in the temple when his daughter gets home from her mission next December. So, that would mean he would need to get baptized before this December. (Because the temple is such a sacred place where we make special promises with God, we have to make sure we are prepared before we can go inside and make those promises. So, one requirement the Lord has set before we can enter the temple is that we have to have been a member of the Church for at least a year.) We are going over tonight to talk about eternal families with him.

We went over to teach Luz, our miracle investigator from last week, and she is so amazing! She gave a copy of the Book of Mormon to her dad, and he is already in Jacob. He loves it! Luz loves the Gospel and loves the idea of eternal families. She also invited one of her friends over for our second official lesson with her because she said she knows this is so good and she wants to share it with everyone! She came to church yesterday with her dad and friend. (Sadly her dad is just here visiting and is going back to Colombia next week, but the missionaries there will keep teaching him!)

Earlier in the week we got an awesome referral from a set of English missionaries. They are working with a less active member of their ward (who is hispanic, but goes to an English ward.) While they have been going over to teach him his sister that lives with him has become really interested, and she has been asking him questions. She doesn't speak English, so they gave us her information and we went over to teach her. Her name is Chely and she is amazing! We are also teaching her two sons: Jorge is 16 and David is 12. Chely has been through a lot of hard things, and she is so ready! She was having a really hard time and said the Book of Mormon really helped her feel peace. We brought over this awesome member to her second lesson, and she and the member are now best friends!

We had a lesson during our English class this week, so we asked our Ward Mission Leader (the member of the local congregation who helps us with our missionary efforts) to teach the class. Two new people came, Camilo and Sofia from Colombia. One of the members became friends with Sofia and invited her to church. They came and brought their little kid! (They are also from Colombia πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄)

When we were with Juan Carlos this week President talked a lot about repentance. He talked about how repentance isn't simply stopping to do things that aren't right. It is too turn away from sin. 

He shared these verses from Alma chapter 28.

10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.

11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain--

12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.

I love these verses because it shows how merciful God is. This group of people was not just committing minor sins, they were committing murder. When we come to know Christ and to embrace His teachings we can experience true peace. There is nothing we have done we can not be forgiven of. I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and for the peace I have been able to feel because of it.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!


Hermana Bettridge


On an exchange with Hermana Fonua (from Tonga!) You can't tell, but we got really wet because it randomly started pouring rain!

 Our District

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week ☔️

Hola, hola!

This week has been a great start to a new transfer! It rained every day this week, but it helped it cool down a little bit. I am excited to see everything that is going to happen in the area this transfer!

Our place πŸ© 
We had to drop a bunch of our investigators because they weren't wanting to keep commitments, but we found some great new people! We found a Colombian couple named Francia and Enrique. She invited us over for dinner, and we walked into their dining room and there is a copy of the picture of Christ that is in the front of the Book of Mormon. Francia was like "I painted that because I love the Book of Mormon so much." We had dinner and then asked them about their experiences with the missionaries in the past. They brought out their copies of the Book of Mormon, and they have them super marked up. (More than some members!) Francia told us she only reads the Book of Mormon and not the Bible (and we're like, well you need to read the Bible too...) and we asked what was keeping them from baptism if they know the Book of Mormon is true. They said they have never been to church before, and the missionaries stopped coming because they wouldn't go. She said "I don't go to God, He comes to me." So, we are going to teach them again this week and can hopefully help them understand the importance of church!

In other news, we invited Juan Carlos to get baptized and he told us he will get baptized, but he just doesn't know when. We had a really powerful lesson and talked about eternal families. Our mission President is coming to a lesson with him tonight. If he doesn't want to work towards a specific date we are going to have to stop teaching him for awhile and let the ward and his family help him. But he is so close!

But, we found a miracle investigator named Luz! She randomly showed up to church yesterday. She said she has been learning about the Book of Mormon a little bit and wanted to know if she could buy one in Spanish from us πŸ˜‚ (So we promptly gave her one for free!) It turns out her she doesn't speak English that well, but her husband is white. The English elders have been teaching him for a month and he is getting baptized in a few weeks. She can't really understand them, but they gave her the address of the church in Spanish and she came all by herself! (Why the English elders haven't contacted us for the last month, I'm not sure...) So we are super happy to go teach her and her dad. She is already friends with the other two Colombian families in the ward πŸ˜‚ 

JAS is going pretty well. We visited a ton of people this week and are cleaning up the directory. Some more less actives that haven't been in a long time came to church yesterday! We are super excited for campus to get going in a few weeks.

This week I have been thinking about this scripture in the Book of Mormon, Helaman 5:12:
     And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

Satan is always going to try to attack us, especially when we are trying to make changes for the better in our lives. This week we were talking with a less active who has been coming back, and she said she knows Satan is attacking her a lot because she is wanting to come back to Church. She said she knows he is going to work harder on her than on her friends who party and drink every weekend. It is so important that we make sure our foundation is built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ! That is how we will stay safe. One of the best ways we can ensure our personal safety is by making covenants. Covenants tie us to Heavenly Father. Satan knows this, that's why he always attacks us the most right before we go to the temple or when we're getting ready to go to church on Sunday mornings. 

I want to invite everyone to focus on how you can make Christ your foundation!

I hope you all have a great week!


Hermana Bettridge 


New district! We're back to being las reinas πŸ‘‘ 
(The Queens)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Otro traslado en Canyon Lakes!

Hola, Hola!

We got transfer info and I am staying here with Hermana PeΓ±a! That means I'm "killing" her because she goes home at the end of this transfer. We are super excited to see all of the miracles that are going to happen the next six weeks! School will be starting up this transfer too, so we're planning on contacting on college campuses with the English YSA missionaries and finding some JAS.

Matching outfits and our favorite book!
As far as investigators go, Juan Carlos is super close to getting a baptismal date! He is recognizing when he feels the Spirit and knows it is true, we just have to help him realize the necessity of baptism. Our investigator Henry was doing well, but then he told us he didn't want to go to church because of some family drama. We found some new people this week we are hoping can progress!

One of the biggest miracles of the week was English class! We went from having no one come at the beginning of the transfer to having seven people come! All of them found out about the class by us knocking on their door and inviting them, seeing our poster in the laundromat, or someone from the class inviting them! One of them, CΓ©sar, came up afterwards and told us he wants to start coming to our church! (Sadly he had to go work last minute on Sunday, but he told us he would do everything he could to be there next week!) We are hoping to start teaching him, and some others from the class. We have been having a member come to the class to be the "assistant teacher" and help fellowship everyone so they have a friend when they decide to come to church.

These past few weeks we have visited a lot of less actives from Canyon Lakes, but this past week we visited more people in the JAS branch. It worked because we had over 50 people come on Sunday! It hasn't been that high since I have been here. It has been interesting working with people my own age. I am so grateful for the decisions I have made in my life, especially the decision to go on a mission! I can see the difference that comes from living the gospel and from not living it.

As we have visited a lot of JAS who are less active, some have expressed their desire to come back. Hermana PeΓ±a and I have had the opportunity to share the parable of the laborers in the vineyard with them. In Matthew 20 we read:

1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.

5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.

6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.

11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,

12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?

14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

In this story we read about a man who owns a vineyard. He needs workers. He goes out early in the morning and hires a group of people to come work for him for the day. He goes back later in the afternoon and hires another group of people. When the day is almost over, he goes out and hires a third group of people. When the day is over he pays them all the same amount of money. The workers who worked all day don't understand why those who only worked a little bit at the end of the day got paid the same amount. Elder Jeffery R Holland gave a conference talk a few years ago and talked about this parable. He said "surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it... Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning… His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there... So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time.”

I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is something I will never be able to fully comprehend in this life, but it is something that has changed my life completely. I love sharing this story with people who have gone away from the teachings of Jesus Christ because it shows the love He has for us all. There are so many blessings He has for all of us, and He just wants us to come unto Him. If we have gone away He invites us to come back; it doesn't matter how long we have been away or how many mistakes we have made while we were away.

I love you all! Have a great week!


Hermana Bettridge


Friday, July 28, 2017

Another Week!


This week was a little slower than usual, but we still saw a ton of miracles!

The night of her foot problems a member brought us over enchiladas ❤️ 
Celebratory car selfie when she recovered

My companion has been having problems with her toe for a few months. We finally went to a podiatrist this week, and it turns out she had a giant ingrown toenail that had to be cut out! So that was sad, but she's pretty much back to normal now. The members were really nice and helpful. The Relief Society president sat with Hermana PeΓ±a that night, and one of her counselors went with me to our appointments.

We have been trying to visit several less active and part member families during my time here, but, people don't want to answer their phones or the door. So, we decided to tape up hearts on their doors when they don't want to answer πŸ˜‚ (There is a picture example below.)

There isn't a ton to say about our investigators. It's been hard to find new ones and help those we have progress. But, Juan Carlos is doing great! We had a family home evening with him and his family last Monday and watched the movie "The Testaments." It is about Christ coming to the Americas. The Spirit was so strong! We also got to talk a lot about temples. His kids just went to Nauvoo for youth conference, and so he helped them gather the names of his ancestors so they could be baptized for them. He had a lot of questions about baptism/baptisms for the dead. After youth conference they had a testimony meeting for all of the youth that went and their parents. Juan Carlos went and his daughter bore a really powerful testimony about temples and how she hopes her dad will get baptized soon so their family can be sealed for time and all eternity in the temple. Yesterday Juan Carlos came to church even though his wife didn't come! We hope to set a baptismal date with him soon.

Our English class is also starting to pick up! We had two new people come this last week.

Last night we had a "Why I Believe" fireside with the Petersons. They talked about receiving personal revelation. And I got to see a lot of my friends!

Today is Pioneer Day! Today marks 170 years since the pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley to start their new lives! I am so grateful to my pioneer ancestors who sacrificed everything to walk to Utah after being forcefully driven from their homes. Despite all of the hard things that were going on, they had hope and knew it was more important to do the right thing instead of the easy thing so their posterity could grow up in the safety of covenants. Joseph Smith said, "Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame... No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”​​

It's crazy to think of how much growth has happened since the early days of the church. Over this past year I have had the privilege to work with many pioneers, first generation Latter-day Saints that are paving the way for their families and future generations. I love them and admire them. The challenges we face today may be different, but they require just as much courage and strength from the Lord.

After the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph Smith, Brigham Young led the Saints to Utah. He said, “we feel no fear. We are in the hands of our Heavenly Father, that God of Abraham and Joseph who guided us to this land, who fed the poor Saints on the plains with quails, who gave his people strength to labour without bread, who sent the gulls of the deep as Saviours to preserve the Golden Wheat for bread for his people and who preserved his Saints from the wrath of their enemies, delivering them. … We live in this light, are guided by his wisdom, protected by his strength.”

This is such an exciting time to be on the Earth! The heavens are again opened! Saving truths that had been lost and distorted have been restored. New scripture has been revealed. The Lord's kingdom is on the Earth again in preparation for His second coming. God has, again, sent a prophet to reveal His will and prepare us for what is to come!

I love all of you, and I hope you have a week!


Hermana Bettridge

Hermana Kiser! She is going home next week 😭 

Hermana Jones!

Hermana Black!

Albert came too! πŸ˜‚

When people don't want to answer their doors we just put hearts on! πŸ˜‚

Monday, July 17, 2017

Another Week!

Hola, hola!

As always, this was a great week full of miracles! This coming week will mark one year of me being in the field, (which means I go home in 142 days 😳.) But, that means I (almost) have officially known Amanda (Hermana Sheirbon) for a year! Speaking of, this last week marked four years from the time she got baptized!

Here we are during my training a year ago! I had the best trainer in the world! She taught me everything I know, and she taught me how fun missionary work is!

I haven't talked about him yet, but we have been teaching an "eternigator" named Juan Carlos. His wife and kids are all members. He now comes to church every week and stays for all three hours of church. He has a calling in scouts. He participates in class, and he bore his testimony about fasting in gospel principles yesterday. His daughter is on a mission, and she has started sending him weekly reading assignments that he completes. So, we know he is super close to baptism!

This week we visited some people who haven't been to church in awhile. We started teaching the husbands of two of the women we visited. We also passed by some people that the missionaries were teaching in the past, and some of them wanted us to come back and teach them again!

In Mark 12: 30-31 we read that Christ said:

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

The commandments are instructions that ultimately lead to us being happy. But, we have our agency and can choose whether or not we are going to keep the commandments. Christ gave us the commandment to love but, like all commandments, we have to choose to love. Love is a choice. Yesterday in the car we were listening to a recording of a talk that was about that principle. It was really good! It was about how Satan doesn't want us to love. If Satan's plan had won we wouldn't have our agency. Because of that, we wouldn't have had the ability to love.

But, as Jacob says in the Book of Mormon, "O how great the plan of our God!" I know that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us all so much! Because He loves us, we are here on Earth so we can become everything He knows we can be. If we keep the commandments we will be truly happy and will live with our families and with Heavenly Father forever!

Have a great week!


Hermana Bettridge

Here is Amanda (Hermana Sheirbon) at her own baptism four years ago! She secretly went to seminary with her friends to learn the gospel. Then she got baptized even though it meant getting kicked out of her house. 

We didn't take a ton of pictures this week, but so you know I'm alive we took this today πŸ˜‰ Here's us with some kid Bibles

Monday, July 10, 2017

New Presidente

Hola, hola!

This week went super fast! It was also weird because we met the new mission President! But President and Sister Peterson are the sweetest and I am so happy they are here!
For the Fourth of July we had zone conference with them! They are from Philadelphia. He served his mission in Ecuador and is excited to use his Spanish here! Sister Peterson is a convert and also served a mission in Iowa! Super cool!

Later on for the Fourth of July I went on an exchange back in Bear Creek with Hermana Twitchell! So it was just like old times! We went to a BBQ and there were a lot of people from the ward there, so it was super fun to see them. We also got to see Uvaldo and his family. It was pretty much a normal day, there were a lot of fireworks being lit off as we drove home.

We only found one new investigator this week, but he is cool because we asked if he had faith in Jesus Christ and he said "of course, my name is Jesus." πŸ˜‚ But he is cool because he already has a Book of Mormon and is excited for us to come back. We tried knocking some more doors but there aren't many hispanics here so that was awk. So looks like we will mostly be working with less actives and in the JAS 
(JΓ³venes adultos solterosbranch. πŸ˜‚

We got asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting for Canyon Lakes. We spoke about missionary work and it went really well. A few days before our Ward Mission Leader called us and said he wanted us to sing as well... so we called up the English elders that also meet in our building. We sang the medley of "As Sisters in Zion" and "We'll Bring the World His Truth." We taught the elders how to sing in Spanish and THEY DID SUCH A GREAT JOB! The Spirit was SO STRONG. I think it was exactly what Canyon Lakes needed. When we had practiced before the song kind of sounded iffy, so I am 100% sure there were angels there helping us out. It was a really special experience.

You know those stories every missionary has where it is randomly announced they will be speaking next? That happened to us in the JAS branch! But, jokes on them, we spoke earlier in Canyon Lakes and already had talks prepared! πŸ˜‰

For my talk I based a lot of it off of Elder Holland's talk from October 2012 and it is SO GOOD! I highly recommend you go read it :)

Have a great week!


Hermana Bettridge

Carolyn with President Peterson and Hermana Kiser

Zone Conference pictures

July 4th fiesta

They like to dress like twins!

For P day today we drove to Sealy, Texas. It is the middle of nowhere, but there is a member there that works at this place that makes fancy sports cars even faster.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Canyon Lakes Week 2

Hola, hola!

This has been another week of trying to figure out what works best here, but it was a great week full of miracles! We were able to find six new investigators and had four investigators come to church yesterday!

We drive a mom car !

We got a new mission president! President and Sister Peterson came on Friday and the Mortensens left a few hours after they came. I haven't met them yet, but I will meet them tomorrow at zone conference. The APs put together a video for the Mortensens of all of us in the mission saying the mission statement. Here is the video for President "our discipleship is eternally settled."  Click the movie player to watch it!


We have a really great ward mission leader in Canyon Lakes. He is new too, and he is kind of intense but committed to helping us have success. He gave us blessings yesterday, and it really helped me feel the love Heavenly Father has for me and the potential this area has. He also invited a friend from work to come to church, and the friend came and brought his kids! We have an appointment to go teach them this week!

Joshua is doing good and is coming along in the lessons! His mom is super excited for the baptism and has started inviting all of their family. But, they struggle to come to church and didn't come yesterday either, so we will keep helping them with that. 

We are also going to start working more with the YSA. The branch has the records of 323 people, but the attendance yesterday was 38. We actually have a cool investigator named Angelica in the YSA who is engaged to a member. 

Yesterday in Relief Society the teacher showed a video. It was Elder Holland talking about how when his son was little he wanted to take him to southern Utah to show him where he had grown up. (Then there was a bunch of footage of southern Utah #trunky) They had a great time, and it came time to come home. They were driving back when they came to a fork in the road. Neither one of them remembered which way they had taken to get there. So, they said a prayer. They both felt they should go one way, so they started driving in that direction. Soon the road came to a dead end. It was clearly not the correct way. 

They turned around, went the other way, and eventually got home. On the way home Elder Holland's son asked why they had prayed and both felt they should go the wrong way. Elder Holland told him that Heavenly Father had given them that answer for their benefit. They just had to drive a few minutes before it was obvious that they needed to go the other way. Then they were able to have peace of mind and knew with certainty that they were on the correct road home. If He had told them the correct road to take they would have still been second guessing themselves the whole time and wondering if they were actually on the correct road or if they needed to go back. They would have wondered what would have happened had they taken the other road.

Isaiah 55: 8-9
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I know that Heavenly Father loves us so much. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He has a plan for each of us. As we seek to do His will He will make more out of us and our lives than we ever could on our own. 

I love you all! 


Hermana Bettridge


Here is this pregnant cat that was following us around on exchanges

We tried to coax the babies out... no luck

Remember Maria from H3? She went to the temple to do baptisms last week! πŸ˜ƒ