Monday, June 19, 2017

"Houston is getting more righteous!" - President Mortensen


Soooo.... 


We got transfer news and I am leaving Bear Creek! I am super surprised because I have only been here for six weeks, but I know I needed to be here and Heavenly Father now needs me elsewhere. So, I'm kind of sad but mostly just excited for a new adventure! Hermana Twitchell is staying here and I will be back for the baptisms of those we found during these last six weeks. πŸŽ‰


Me with President and Sister Mortensen

This week was also one of the BEST WEEKS EVER because Hermana Sheirbon (who is now Amanda... still not used to that) my mission mom (trainer) came back to visit! She came with my mission grandma Hermana Lowry! So I got to finally meet her!

Overall we had a great week and saw a lot of miracles! We were visiting people on the ward directory that we didn't know, and we found an inactive man who told us he wants to come back to church! He let us in, and we taught his wife and two kids who aren't members! They were super excited! We taught the Restoration and they asked what they had to do to get baptized. They came to church yesterday and started reading in the Book of Mormon together! We were setting the return appointment and the 15 year old son said that we needed to come back even sooner because he couldn't wait to learn more.

We were also able to set a baptismal date with Cesar Ruiz, from the Ruiz family (the part member family we started working with last week.) He is super pumped! Then we read the story about Ammon chopping off arms and he now loves the Book of Mormon and is excited to read more. (He is an 11 year old boy!)

We spent Saturday helping a family move. (Which made me realize how out of shape I am!) They were super grateful for our help, and it turns out it is another part member family! So, Hermana Twitchell will be back this week to go teach them!

Because this ward is literally the best (I will miss that) we had two parties this week! We had a Father's Day dinner/fiesta and then another party in the park the next day. The park activity was really fun because they grilled up a bunch of carne asada. We ended up having a giant water balloon fight/ confetti egg fight at the end. This member named Marvin brought a bunch of hammocks and his newborn puppies. I was chilling in a hammock, holding a puppy and I mentioned how much I like hammocks, so he gave me one of them! So I am super happy with my hammock straight from Honduras! πŸ‡­πŸ‡³

The sad part about this week is that we had our last zone conference with the Mortensens! It was really emotional! President and Sister Mortensen gave us their last trainings. It was so good! I learned so much! Here is just a snippet of what I learned; I literally took pages of notes and nothing I say here will do justice to the Spirit I felt and what I learned. (This is really long so if you don't want to read it all you can just skip to the pictures at the bottom of the email πŸ˜‰)

Sister Mortensen gave a really good training about enduring to the end. She talked about how in order to expect someone to endure to the end they have to understand the why. She talked about how we spend a lot of time in this mission explaining to why to people (why of church, why of the Book of Mormon, why of commandments etc.) because she and President want to make sure we understand the why so that we do these things for the rest of our lives. She talked about the importance of teaching the why to our kids. She talked about how she saw a teenager take a selfie in the chapel. Their parent told them not to do that, and the teenager asked why. Instead of actually explaining why it wasn't appropriate the parent just said "we don't do that in here." She then contrasted that story with a mission in the South Pacific several years ago. The missionaries in that mission kept bringing food into the chapel and leaving a mess. The mission president told them to stop, but the problem persisted. The mission president reminded them at a zone conference that it was not okay to do that, but the problem persisted. Then the mission president had interview with one of the missionaries and took him inside a chapel. He said "Elder, in about five years you will be standing in a chapel like this in a circle with your priesthood mentors. What will you be doing?" The missionary answered that he would be blessing his baby. Then the mission president pointed to the front and said "and eight years after that you will stand in a chapel like this in a circle with your priesthood mentors again. What will you be doing?" The mission president talked about how he would be confirming that child a member of the church and would bestow upon his child the sacred Gift of the Holy Ghost. Then the mission President talked about how four years after that he would be sitting in a chapel like this and he would watch his son, newly ordained to the priesthood, pass the sacrament for the first time. Four years after, in a chapel, he would watch his son worthily bless the emblems of the sacrament. Then the mission president asked him "now do you understand why we need to keep our chapels sacred? These chapels will bless your life and the lives of your posterity forever." After he helped the missionaries understand they why, the problem stopped. There was never a problem again with food because even when new missionaries came in the older ones would explain the importance of keeping chapels sacred. She talked about a lot of other good things too, but I loved that story! I have spent my entire mission reading Luke 22 with people and explaining why we have to go to church every week, Revelation 12 and explaining why we have to keep the commandments, etc. But, by teaching the why so much I now understand. I will now partake of the sacrament every week for the rest of my life, I will keep the commandments because I understand they protect my agency, I will never go another day in my life without reading in the Book of Mormon. Because I understand, I will make sure my children understand too.

For President's training he talked about how we need to teach our children about agency. President told us when he got set apart he was told that his success as a mission president would not be manifested in the number of baptisms in the mission while he was here, but that it would be manifested by if the children and grandchildren of the missionaries he watched over grow up in the safety of covenants. He told us in his many years serving in the church he has heard parents say they will not force their kids to go to church, go on a mission etc. because their kids "have their agency." President said people who say that do not understand agency.

In Moses 7 we read about how the Lord wept because of the sins of the world. In verse 32 we read:

The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;

The Lord gave us our knowledge and our agency (freewill.) In verse 33 He tells us why.

33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;

The reason he gave us agency is so that we will choose Him. A perfect plan is in place. The Creation happened so that we can prove ourselves and show that we will do all things He commands us. The Fall is part of the plan because it had to happen; we were in a perfect state perfore the Fall. Physical and spiritual death are a result of the Fall. Physical death has an endpoint; the resurrection will come to pass. Spiritual death (separation from God) does not necessarily have an endpoint; if we do not choose God we remain dead spiritually. We are already cut off from His presence; The only choice we have to make is if we want to live. God gave us agency to choose Him because we love Him. The only way to overcome spiritual death is through the Atonement by using our agency the way it was designed. The reason we have agency is so that we can love Him and choose Him. The point of agency is so that we are able to overcome spiritual death and live forever. The way to overcome spiritual death is to be baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and retain it through the sacrament. In a leadership conference with General Authorities once someone said that they could choose to pay their tithing or not and Elder Bednar said no, the choice was if they wanted to choose to brake their covenants, which leads to death. They only thing we can choose is to remain alive. We can cancel our covenants, but all else leads to death. We are born dead; the gospel gives us life.

In 2 Nephi 2:14 we read:

And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon.

All of God's creations are either something to act or something to be acted upon. We were created to be a thing to act, but we often aren't. Sometimes we let things act upon us: permissiveness, technology, the world (great and spacious building,) our body, our emotions, our circumstances etc. If we ever aren't happy it is because we have allowed something to act upon us. We are agents to act and not objects to be acted upon. God gave Adam dominion over ALL things. He did that so the test would be worthwhile and agency would work. If He had given Adam dominion over 99.9% things it wouldn't work. In verse 16 we read:

Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.

We can do nothing of ourselves unless we are enticed by one or the other, God or Satan. They both have to exist. We have agency to love and choose God. Opposition (made up of "opposing enticers") are the conditions that have to exist. A parent is an opposing enticer (hopefully on God's side.) If a parent says they "will not force" their kids the destiny of that child will be Satan; if a parent sits on the sidelines and does nothing there is only one opposing enticer at work, the world (Satan's side.)

Parents should be the principle enticers for righteousness. In Doctrine and Covenants 68:25 we read:

And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.

The commandment of the Lord is that parents must teach their children to understand. Kids need to understand the why. If parents do not teach their kids, nothing will happen. When someone understands they will act. In order for understanding to happen there has to be an enticer.

Both President and Sister Mortensen talked about how idleness is a Spirit killer. It's easier for parents to not check their kids' phones or listen to what is playing through their headphones, but, this is about life and death. The enticement for righteousness has to be just as strong as the opposite. The world will not take a break, in fact, there is an active interest to destroy. President told us that, thankfully, the enticement for righteousness prevailed in our lives because we are here on missions. But, no one can choose without being enticed. That's why parents must push their kids to go to church, go on missions, and be baptized. That's why we as missionaries have to badger people to go to church, get baptized etc. We have to badger, they are dying. Captain Moroni didn't care if he was bothering people. If we aren't enticers of righteousness we are doing nothing to help the kingdom of God.

President talked to us a lot about permissiveness and how we can never be permissive. We must expect our kids to do great things, and we have to help them. If we ever aren't encouraging good we are allowing evil.

President reminded us how Satan wants to keep us from making covenants because covenants are safety. Just how Satan attacked us really hard right before we went to the temple and missions, Satan will try his hardest to destroy us right before we get married. President told us once we enter into the new and everlasting covenant and continue living the gospel the influence of Satan will dramatically decrease. Satan was only able to entice Adam and Eve when they weren't together; when we find the right person and are ready to get married in the right place we must not unnecessarily delay it. President gave a really powerful testimony and ended by saying, "I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and will be forever. I expect no less of you."

So, I will really miss them! We ended Zone Conference by going out the door one by one so they could all hug us, take a picture with us, and give us some final words individually. On June 30th President Peterson will get here. President will show him how to do some office things, and then he will give him the phone, keys, and will take off the same day. President Peterson will get set apart by an Apostle the night before and once the wheels of his plane touch down in Houston he will be our new mission president. I will miss the Mortensens, but I already love the Petersons and have been praying for them!

I hope you all have a great week! I will let you know next week where I went and who my new companion is!


Love,




Hermana Bettridge


Fotos:


Amanda and I! I love that she still wears mission appropriate dresses even though she doesn't have to anymore πŸ˜‰ 
Mission grandma, mom, and daughter! (All dramatic blondes) 
  
I got to see Hermana Barrera! ❤️ 


Last district meeting (they are holding up Elder Jones because he is going home)


Last district meeting (they are holding up Elder Jones because he is going home)
Chilling in hammocks with puppies

Monday, June 12, 2017

La Bicicleta 🚴🏼‍♀️ πŸ‘—πŸ‘‘


Hola, Hola!!


I woke up to the BEST SURPRISE EVER. MY TRAINER/MOM HERMANA SHEIRBON IS HERE VISITING AND SURPRISED ME!!! I love her so much and am so happy!! So, that pretty much made my entire week. Also this week I had my last interview with President before he goes back to California and the new president comes. It was really good and he talked to us about planning and working more with part member families. Also this week I HIT MY YEAR MARK! I can't believe I have been out a year! I will be coming home in four transfers, which is nothing!

Bikes

This week we were on bikes! No, I'm not as cool as my bff Hermana Calderon, but we spent a day on bikes. We serve in this ward with a set of elders; we have a car but they have bikes. They needed to drive down to eight week follow up, so we were nice and traded them for the day. It was REALLY HOT and REALLY HARD! We were super sore and sweaty after. I am super grateful we have a car! I have a ton of respect for missionaries on bikes! 

Bikes


and more bikes!


This ward is just the best! We planned a noche de hogar with Uvaldo and his family. We told our ward mission leader and invited him and his wife. They brought treats, and they mentioned to the bishop that we were going over there. So the bishopric also showed up last minute because this ward is just that awesome! We taught a fun lesson about prayer. Uvaldo's kids have a hard time praying; they always forget what to say and freeze in the middle. So, we made them this fun dry erase prayer book where they could write out what they wanted to say in their prayer beforehand. It worked and Yulieth said her first prayer all by herself! We were super proud! Later in the week we had another noche de hogar with a less active and her two little girls. We talked to them about prayer too. They are from El Salvador and made us these good frozen, chocolate bananas. 


We spent a lot of this week visiting less actives, former investigators, and part member families. We had a lot of success! Four of the new investigators we found this week came to church! Things are really starting to pick up here!

This week I got to go on an exchange with Hermana Fernandez, who is one of the coolest people ever. This is my fourth exchange with her, and probably my second favorite exchange ever! (my first favorite involved her and Hermana Calderon, but that's another story.) We found some really less actives and a part member family that came to church on Sunday! I love her so much! She is an awesome teacher, and everyone we talked to loved her too! ❤️

This week I was reading in Jeremiah 31. I loved these verses.

31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.


This prophecy is still unfulfilled, we are now responsible for hastening the work and sharing the gospel with everyone. But, the days will come when everyone will know the Lord.


I was reading a talk by Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone Of the Seventy and he quoted these verses and talked about a training that President Packer gave to General Authorities about how this prophecy will come to pass. He said this training changed his life. He said "President Packer’s message was that we must live worthy to have the Holy Ghost with us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the rest of our lives. This was not a message for us only; it is a message for every member of the Church. Can you imagine what would happen if every man, woman, youth, and child lived in such a way as to qualify? We would startle the world."


I know that our lives will be blessed as we live worthy to have the Spirit with us ALWAYS! We can do that by testifying every day, not just when we're called on to speak once a year. We can study and ponder the scriptures every day. And we can pray always!

Que tengan una buena semana!


Love,



Hermana Bettridge



Fotos: 

Me with Presidente πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
Noche de hogar 🏑 


Hermana Fernandez "La reina de Mexico" (jk, that's what people call la virgen de Guadalupe)

Monday, June 5, 2017

El Bautismo de Yulieth y Lysandra!


Hola, hola!


This week was great because Yulieth and Lysandra got baptized! (They are ten and eight! Super adorable!) And their dad, Uvaldo, got to baptize them! It was a very happy day! We have been working with Uvaldo the whole time I've been here to help him prepare to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. He was super nervous to baptize them, but everything turned out great and they were so happy! He got to stand in the circle for their confirmations the next day too.

La familia Coronel! Yulieth wore the dress I wore when I was baptized twelve years ago! Uvaldo's other kids are 6 and 7, so they will be getting baptized soon too. Aren't they all adorable? Another cute thing about them is that they speak more Spanish than English. 

Another random highlight from the week was that a member drove an hour to H3 to buy tacos from her favorite taco stand, and then shared them with us! 

We did a lot of finding this week and only managed to find two new investigators, but they are pretty cool! It is a mom and daughter we found knocking doors. Their names are Alberta and Lesley. We had a lot of luck with the last Lesley, so we will see what happens!
😊


Yesterday President Mortensen invited us all to fast only for gratitude and not to ask for anything. I became a little more aware of how much I have been blessed with! Even though life can be hard sometimes, I have so much to be thankful for! If any of you are ever feeling sad this week, I would invite you to think of all of the awesome things in your lives! I love this scripture in 2 Nephi 9:52, "remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice."

Have an awesome week!!!


Love,




Hermana Bettridge (who will be officially out for one year this Thursday!!!)




Fotos:
This is Giselle and she left for her mission today! She got baptized around two years ago and is awesome! She's going to kill it down in the Houston South Mission. This is me at her party pretending she already has a tag πŸ˜œ 

Here's everyone in the ward that came to her party! πŸŽ‰ 
This is one of my favorite members, Hermana Ferreyra. She is from Argentina and makes the best empaΓ±adas I have ever eaten. 


And here's her dog, Lady. 🐢 


Here's the district at district meeting. There was this whole problem where the elders' car keys got stolen so we ended up having district meeting in the conference room of their apartment complex. It was super fancy and we got hot chocolate and cookies. πŸͺ 


Here's me reading the Book of Mormon to a cat that was following us around while we were tracting 🐱

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer is Here

Hola!
This week summer really got here; it was hot! Despite being out in the heat for several hours of the day, some great things happened!

First off, I guess I sent the wrong address last week? My real one is:

Hermana Carolyn Bettridge
15903 Yorktown Crossing Pkwy #1223
Houston, TX 77084
       
My mom sent us these glasses so we wore them in district meeting




In this area we teach free English classes at different schools. The parents of the kids in the district can go to the classes so they can better communicate with their kids' teachers. The school year ended, so we had a fun graduation party for them. They got diplomas and everything. I will send the pictures when I get them. One of our students, Imelda, is super cute and she spoke in front of everyone (in English!) about how much the class helped her. 

Also this week we got to go to the temple with Lesley! She is so amazing and was so happy to go! She got to do the baptisms for some of the names she found. Uvaldo (Yulieth's dad) got the priesthood yesterday! He was so happy! He will be able to baptize her this Saturday, and they are all so excited! I love serving in this ward, they are all so amazing and they do everything they can to help us out! Life is good πŸ˜Š

But, the best thing that happened this week was that we had a fireside for the Spanish program! It was so good! Lesley spoke about her conversion. Albert from H3 also spoke and did a great job! I sang a song with Hermana Jones and Hermana Andreasen, and I got to see all of my friends and some people from the past wards I have served in. 

When we were at the fireside last night someone mentioned how before they met with missionaries they didn't understand why we need Christ or why He had to die. I think this is a common thought people have. The Atonement of Jesus Christ (when He suffered for our sins in Gethsemane, died on the cross, and was resurrected) is something I am still trying to understand; I don't think it is something anyone can really fully comprehend. 

Why we need a Savior

I know that before this life we lived with God as His spirit children. In His presence there was a limit to how much we could progress, so we had to leave for a time. (Just like how we can't stay in our parents' house forever! We eventually have to leave and go to school to learn and gain experience and eventually move out!) We also didn't have a physical body like Heavenly Father. So, Jesus Christ, under the direction of Heavenly Father, created the Earth. We read in the scriptures that He created the Earth in order to test us, to see if we would keep the commandments. (There is a lot in those statements. That is the purpose of the creation.) We can't see Heavenly Father or remember our pre earth life, so we have to walk by faith, this is part of the test! But, He has given us agency or "freewill," the freedom to choose if we're going to keep the commandments

This test of keeping the commandments began with our first parents on Earth, Adam and Eve. God placed them in the Garden of Eden and gave them two commandments: to multiply and replenish the earth (have kids), and to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So, they had this commandment to have kids, but before they ate of the fruit they had no knowledge of good or evil, they were like babies! They were also immortal. In the Book of Mormon we gain additional insight about Adam and Eve in 2 Nephi 2 we learn what would have happened if they hadn't eaten of the fruit.

22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.

If they hadn't eaten of the fruit they would have remained in their immortal state. They would have never died.

23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.

That is huge! They weren't able to have children until they partook of the fruit. They were our first parents. We came to earth by receiving a physical body from our earthly parents. If they hadn't eaten of the fruit we wouldn't have been able to come to earth. 

God knew this was going to happen. (He knows everything!) This was all part of His plan, but they needed to choose for themselves. 

24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

When they ate misery and suffering entered the world. But, because of this, we are able to experience joy! If there was no bad we wouldn't know the good. Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to experience happiness, for this, He allows us to go through trials and hard times. 

This was all part of His plan, but there is a problem. When they ate of the fruit two deaths entered the world: physical death and spiritual death. Physical death: we all die physically. (Before they ate of the fruit there was no death.) Spiritual death: we sin and separate ourselves from God. (In the Garden they were in the presence of God because they didn't have sin. When they ate of the fruit they had transgressed, they were expelled from the Garden because they couldn't be in His presence anymore.)

We read in the scriptures that no unclean thing can be in the presence of God. But, we are not perfect. We make mistakes every day. Even if I decided to be perfect from this moment on I am not able to erase the things I have done in the past. With sin I am unclean. I am unable to be in God's presence again. 

For this, we need Jesus Christ. This is why He is our Savior. He literally saved us from spiritual and physical death. This was all part of Heavenly Father's plan for us, He knew we would make mistakes, so Christ was chosen before the foundation of the world to be our Savior so that we could all return to Heavenly Father's presence. Christ overcame physical death for all of us. He died, but was resurrected three days later. Because of that, one day we will all resurrect too. We will die and be separated from our physical bodies for a time, but eventually we will get them back (in their perfect form!) Christ also atoned for our sins and saved us from spiritual death. Before His death on the cross He went to the Garden of Gethsemane. There He took upon Himself all of our sins. He lived a sinless life and was perfect. For this reason, He was the only one worthy to be our Savior. He suffered and payed for our sins. He bled from every pore. More than just our sins, He felt every pain, sadness, sickness, and trial we have ever felt and ever will in our lives. He did all of this so He could understand perfectly how to help each one of us. If we accept His sacrifice into our lives we don't have to suffer and pay for our sins. If we accept this sacrifice and apply the Atonement into our lives we can be saved from our sins. In Alma 7 we read some of my favorite verses about the Atonement. 

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

Words cannot describe the love I feel for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives today. I know that I am nothing without Him. I know that because of what He did I am able to feel peace and joy in my life, despite all of the mistakes I have made. Because of Him we have second chances, and all that is wrong can be made right. 

There is an awesome video here that talks more about why we need a Savior and what the world would be like if He hadn't come.


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

Love,

Hermana Bettridge

Fotos: 


                                Us at the temple with Lesley and her friend, Lorie!


  1. My friends and I at the temple!


  1. More at the temple!

  1. Us at a member's graduation party! (That is Hermana Alvarez in the back, she is one of the best members here!)

  1. Hermana Black!

  1. Us at church with Uvaldo's kids


 Hermana Kiser!

 The best!

 Hna Calderon! I literally cried when I saw her ❤️ 

  1. Albert!

 
                                                                    Lesley!


Hermana Jones!

Monday, May 22, 2017

El Templo

Hola, hola!


The best part of this week was that we got to go to the temple! I love the temple so much! I can't wait until I get to go to the temple whenever I want. 😊 There was also a ward fiesta that was pretty fun! There was really good food (homemade tortillas!)



We did family history with Lesley and were able to find some names for her to take to the temple this Friday! I love Lesley so much! She loves choir, but she decided to skip her last choir banquet because it was on a Sunday and she wanted to keep the Sabbath Day holy. She is amazing!

Other than that, it was just pretty much us trying to find new investigators. We did A LOT of knocking and set up some return appointments, but it didn't really lead to anything. We did find a cool lady named Alejandra who is a former investigator. We went over to see if she had interest in learning again and we ended up talking for almost two hours, so she's cool.

This week I have been thinking a lot about how much I love the Book of Mormon! But, I know there are a lot of people who don't understand what the Book of Mormon is or why we even need it. The Bible was written by prophets and apostles who were living on the other side of the world (like in Jerusalem.) But, we know that God loves all of His children. At the same time the Bible was being written there were people living in other parts of the world. God sent prophets to these people, as well, to teach them about Jesus Christ.

The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was written by prophets and apostles who were living around the same time. The difference is that it was written by prophets that were living on the American continent. They wrote their experiences on plates, and the prophet Joseph Smith was led by an angel to find them and was able to translate them by the power of God.

The Book of Mormon doesn't replace the Bible, but by reading it we can learn more of what prophets taught about Christ! Reading the Book of Mormon has brought me so much closer to Christ, and I have learned so much more about His life.

I would love to send a copy of the Book of Mormon to anyone who would like one! Just send me your address.

I love you all! Have a great week!


Love,




Hermana Bettridge




Fotos:

The Temple

We got to hold these newborn puppies! (They will be gross pit bulls one day, but they're cute for now)

Our district. We took a "texas" picture.






Monday, May 15, 2017

Bear Creek Here I Am!


Hola, hola!

Lesley's baptism and my new companion!


Well, this week has been a little crazy because after 7.5 months of serving right next to downtown I am now serving in the suburbs! I am serving in the Bear Creek 2nd Ward. It covers part of Katy, Texas and the part of Houston that is right next to Katy. It is a Spanish ward, and I am not covering an English ward anymore. So, if we find investigators that don't speak Spanish we have to pass them off to the English missionaries. But, I really like the ward here! Everyone is super nice and wants to feed us! It is a nicer area, so it's a little harder to find Spanish speakers who are interested in learning more. But, it's fun! I haven't had a white person slam the door in my face in awhile.


If anyone would like to send me letters I would love it! My new address is:

Hermana Carolyn Bettridge
1590 Yorktown Crossing Pkwy #1223
Houston, TX 77084


My companion is Hermana Twitchell. She is from Cedar City, and we actually both went to SUU fall semester 2015. (But we didn't know each other.) But we are both going back to SUU after our missions. She will be going home in 11 weeks, so we might be staying together until she leaves. 

Before I left H3 Sister Fraga took us to dinner! (I love her!)

We actually had a baptism on Saturday! The hermanas had been teaching Lesley for about a month. She is so amazing! She is a senior in high school. She doesn't really have support from her family, but she has friends in the church that helped introduce her to the gospel. She has such a strong testimony and is just awesome! I am excited to teach her the new member lessons. She graduates from high school next Friday, but it's Faith Meets Families that night (when the new converts in the mission go to the temple to do baptisms for the first time together.) She said "I want to go to the temple! I graduate in the morning, so it's fine!" 

We don't have a ton of other investigators right now, so we are finding a lot! We are teaching a cute ten year old named Yulieth! (Like Juliet) Her dad is an inactive member. We are helping him prepare to get the priesthood so he can baptize Yulieth and her eight year old sister in a few weeks. I like that the majority of my mission has been spent teaching kids! 😊
Church was good yesterday! I was asked to bear my testimony on the Book of Mormon in sacrament meeting. Lesley was confirmed, and Yulieth and her family came! The best part of yesterday was skyping home! I was so excited to get to talk to my family (including my mission mom, Hermana Sheirbon!!!) It was weird to think the next time I talk with my family will be at the airport when I go home.

This week I was reading in Jesus the Christ about Christ fasting for 40 days. At the end of His fast Satan tempts him. He tells him "If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." I really like what Talmage said about this experience. "Hungry as Jesus was, there was a temptation in Satan’s words even greater than that embodied in the suggestion that He provide food for His famishing body--the temptation to put to proof the possible doubt implied in the tempter’s “If.” The Eternal Father had proclaimed Jesus as His Son; the devil tried to make the Son doubt that divine relationship. Why not prove the Father’s interest in His Son at this moment of dire necessity?"

Satan is sneaky! I know this is one way he tries to trap us. He tries to make us forget who we are. We are children of God! He loves us! He allows us to be tempted and go through hard things because He loves us and wants us to grow. In Romans 8:16 we learn: "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God"

So, never forget that! Satan will always try to make us forget who we are. He wants us to think less of ourselves. But, we are children of a God who loves us and will never forget us. Because He knows Satan is sneaky He has given us so many things to help us, one of which is prayer. We can always talk to Him and He will answer.

I hope everyone has an amazing week! I am going back to H3 on Saturday for Lyvan's baptism so I am super excited!




Con amor,




Hermana Bettridge




Fotos:
Albert took us to a second dinner that night. 
Hermana Twitchell and I with a cat we found while knocking (We both love cats)
Us with a member's cat (It was a week of orange cats)

Skyping my family! (Including my mission mom, of course!)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ya me voy (I'm Leaving)



Hola a todos!

Us with some love graffiti 

Well, we got the news and I am finally leaving H3! I have mixed emotions; I am sad to be leaving everyone I have come to love, but I am excited to go have new adventures somewhere else. I have been here for seven and a half months, which is a really long time! Almost half my mission. I will miss Hermana Black most of all! She is the best, and I know she is going to continue to see miracles with her new companion! :) I won't know where I am going until I get to transfer meeting tomorrow, but I will either be going to another part of Houston, back to College Station, or to Conroe. We will see!




We have seen a lot of miracles this past week. Lyvan is excited to get baptized in two weeks. Yesterday he fasted without us having to remind him. And he went until 8pm and did a full 24 hours! I will be coming back for his baptism. We have continued to find cool people who seem like they are ready to progress, so that's super exciting!

We also had a super fun ward party that was for Mother's Day/ Cinco de Mayo. The men pretended that they made the food for the women, but we went outside and there was a taco truck. Abril came! (My old investigator!) And we started teaching her again.

Yesterday in Relief Society the lesson was on the need of a Savior. The teacher had us bear our testimonies at the end about the Savior, and it was really powerful. I am SO GRATEFUL I know about Jesus Christ and what He did for me. We talk with a lot of people everyday who don't believe in Him, or who believe in Him but don't understand the importance of the Atonement. I would invite you all to watch the video below and think more about Jesus Christ this week and what He did for you!


Alma 7:11-13 (from the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ)


11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

Love,



Hermana Bettridge

http://www.mormon.org/becauseofhim


Fotos:

District meeting! We went out by the "Melbourne" sign and stood in our age in the mission order. We tried to do the evolution thing. (Hna Black went to the MTC a day before me because she went to Mexico.)

Karen's kids and I! They are super sweet!! I hope she gets baptized so they can grow up in the gospel. 

I said goodbye to Jocelyn at our lesson on Friday. I am going to miss all of these adorable kids!
Elizabeth on Sunday. She is the sweetest too!


My pit bull friend from the street. 
I ate my last torta with Hna Nunez. She feeds them to us every single Sunday!