Monday, October 31, 2016

Dia de Halloween

Hola and Happy Halloween!




Today was fun because it was dia de preparación and Halloween! Our P-day lasted until 4 today, we proselyted from 4-7, and now we are in our apartments.

This was a crazy week! We taught 23 lessons! (Which is a lot for us!) This week we saw a miracle with a new investigator, Carol. We found her knocking last week and taught her the Restoration on Monday. She loved it! When we came back she had read 1 Nephi 1 six times! So, we set a date with her to be baptized December 3rd! She is super excited to get baptized! We are working with lots of other awesome people right now too!

We were also able to set a baptismal date with our investigator, Natividad! She came to church this week with her kids and they loved it!


I know I talk about temples a lot and many of my non Mormon friends do not understand, so I will explain one purpose of temples. 




We read in the New Testament in 1 Peter 3: 18-19 what Christ did during the three
days between his death and resurrection.


18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the
flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;


We read in this scripture that Christ went and preached to those who did not have the opportunity to learn about Him and His gospel during their lifetime. Everyone will have the chance to learn about Him! But, we read in John 3:5 that baptism is the key to living with God again.
These people do not have bodies. They are dead and are in the world of spirits. They can not be baptized.

In 1 Corinthians 15:29 we read about what Christ's original church did for these people.

29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the
dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?

They were performing baptisms for the dead. Christ's church has been restored on the Earth today, and the temple is where these baptisms are performed. In the temple we can be baptized in place of our ancestors that did not get the chance to learn about Christ. They then can accept or reject the baptism after they learn about Him. I am so grateful for the knowledge that those who have passed on without ever hearing about Jesus Christ can learn about Him and accept Him.

I hope you all have a great week and a fun Halloween!




Love,

Hermana Bettridge


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Monday, October 24, 2016

25% Complete!

Hello! 

It is crazy to think I am a fourth done with my mission now! This was an awesome week!

This week we got to go to a fun wedding/baptism! We got fed some really good tamales! Here is us with our investigator, Destiny. She is going to be 
baptized in a few weeks.



We started the week by working with the Houston Food Bank to distribute food. They gave us this giant box of chocolate and cookies for helping, so we had fun handing it out to homeless people on the street


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The two most beautiful things in Texas: Taco Bell and he Hermana Kiser


This awesome, old lady in our ward gave us these dresses! (Look back at the picture, I know I look bald)


We do not have a ton of investigators right now, so we are going to be finding a lot this week! We are super excited because we know Heavenly Father has prepared a lot of His children and we just have to find them! I love my mission!

I hope everyone has an awesome week! We all have hard things going on in our lives, but we have a Heavenly Father who loves us! We can always turn to Him, no matter what!

Love,

Hermana Bettridge

Monday, October 17, 2016

Loving The New Area!

Hola familia y amigos,


Said goodbye to one of my favorite families in Bryan, the Faz family

The biggest news this week is that I am now serving in the city of Houston! I am serving in Houston 3rd Ward (Spanish) and Melbourne Ward (English.) I miss College Station, but I am really excited to be here. I love it so much even though it's sketchy! The other day the Elders' bags and iPads got stolen.


My new companion is Hermana Kiser (like kie-sir.) She has been out 8 months and was also trained in College Station! She is from Utah. She is funny and I can tell we are going to have fun and also have a lot of success this transfer!


At the "pit" that we turned into a park

My second day here we got to help build a playground at an elementary school. It was really hot outside, but we had a fun time and the kids are so excited to finally have a playground. While we were working on that we met one of the Elders' investigators. We helped him plan how he is going to propose to his wife so she can get baptized and they can get sealed next year. ❤️ He did it and they are going to get married Saturday morning and she is going to get baptized Saturday afternoon!

We do not have many investigators right now, so we do a lot of contacting. We spend a lot of the day knocking doors. We did find 7 potential investigators through knocking this week!


I love the ward and members here. On Saturday everyone we visited wanted to feed us. We were fed four huge meals in 6 hours. I don't know how I did it!


Have a great week and go do something to help someone else!


Love,




Hermana Bettridge

Our signs somehow helped the construction progress


My new address is:

Hermana Carolyn Bettridge

404 Oxford St #2206

Houston, TX 77090


Rosa, Alicia, and Jesus Fernando

Saying goodbye to our friend at the laundromat! One day he will get baptized!
















Monday, October 10, 2016

(Technically) Done with training!


Hello!



This is a super cute old lady (she is almost 90) I met on the exchange in Madisonville. 
She served a mission in Mexico 70 years ago! We talked in Spanish, 
she still remembers a lot! She teaches an English class in Madisonville and is the sweetest!





























This was a crazy week but it was great!


I will start with the sad part, Hermana Sheirbon and I are being transferred away from each other! 😭I am super sad, but we knew it was going to happen because my training is over. I am leaving College Station and Hermana Sheirbon is staying! I am sad to be leaving (after finally getting to know the ward!) but I am excited to go to a new area! We thought I would be staying since she has been here three transfers now, so that was a surprise, but I am excited to go to a new place and meet new people. I have no idea where I am going, somewhere in the Houston area! So stay tuned for next week!


This week we did see an awesome miracle! We were knocking and we found this man, Rigo. We taught him and when we came back we found he had read several chapters of the Book of Mormon. He prayed about it and said he knew it is true! So we set a baptismal date with him for October 29th! He came to church yesterday and loved it! I am excited to hear what happens with him!


I went on exchanges this week in Huntsville and Madisonville. In Madisonville it is so rural they have drive an hour to get to their next appointment. We were in the car for four hours that day! That night we went to the high school football game to contact people. It was fun! I forgot how crazy people in south are about football 😜

Here are some pictures from the week.

I love you all!


Love,

Hermana Bettridge


Hermana Sheirbon had a meeting in Houston this week, so we got to go to Bucee's! It was the best day ever! (Bucee's is the best gas station and so much more.)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Almost 4 Months



Hola!

Here is a creepy snapping turtle that was outside of our apartment #texas

Last P day we had a P-Día de hogar (a mix of p day and family home evening) with the district. We came in our pajamas and brought all of our couch cushions. We had a normal family home evening with a lesson and hymn and everything and then we carved pumpkins. Hermana Barerra made us flan. We are all looking forward to it being fall soon! It is still hot here.


This week President Mortensen did a presentation at Texas A&M about what Mormons believe. He gave a general overview and then there was a question and answer.


We are still working with Jose and helping him prepare to be baptized soon. We started teaching a family from Honduras this week too.


I loved General Conference this weekend! I'm so grateful to have the knowledge a living prophet and apostles of God are on the Earth today. If you missed conference you can go read/listen/watch what they said at lds.org. We watched conference up at the church in Spanish and listened with headphones in English


I feel like one thing that they emphasized a lot at conference was the importance of making sure parents understand the importance of preparing their children to face the challenges that come in life. I am grateful I have parents who taught me the importance of the gospel. They set an example I will follow one day when I am a parent.



Have a great week!

Love,



Hermana Bettridge



Here is the district at our p- dia de hogar




Here is a video of our district language study, we had to make the verb in subjunctive form out of cheerios



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