Monday, November 20, 2017

Una semana de fiestas y servicio ๐ŸŽ‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ข 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!”๐Ÿ˜‚

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 mormon.org this Friday and check out the Church’s Christmas video and service initiative! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Love,


Hermana Bettridge

Fotos:

 
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 ๐Ÿ˜ข)
 

The cute primary kids doing a presentation about the first Thanksgiving at our ward party ๐Ÿ
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! ๐Ÿ’• (She was sad because we were leaving each other again, but I will see her this week!)

Monday, November 13, 2017

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„ (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 Peรฑa 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 mormon.org 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰) 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!

Love,
Hermana Bettridge

Fotos:

The day has come! I am on the board of departing missionaries ๐Ÿ˜ฑ (see all those? 7 hermanas are going home! That’s like half of us!)


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

A member made us these really good gorditas ๐Ÿ‘ 

This is Dennise! She went contacting with us ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Conroe is getting ready for Christmas!๐ŸŽ„ 

I officially became a Conroe 3rd missionary at the Barreras ๐Ÿ˜‚

Monday, November 6, 2017

๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฆ➕(Boda Bap and Pupusas)


Hola, hola!


This was a great week! So many awesome things are happening in Conroe!
Kyonee at her wedding ๐Ÿ’• 


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! ๐Ÿ˜Š)

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!

Love,


Hermana Bettridge

Fotos:

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 ๐Ÿ˜† 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 ๐Ÿ˜˜

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!


Love,


Hermana Bettridge


Fotos:

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 Calderรณn. ๐Ÿ˜ญ 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!

Love,



Hermana Bettridge

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


Fotos:
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.”

Albert

Best friends forever ❤️

Monday, October 16, 2017

7 semanas mรกs!! ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ




Hola, hola!

This week was amazing!!! So many miracles! 

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Our Dia at noche latina! 

We are teaching Luz, and the English elders are teaching her husband. Luz told us she really wants to get baptized, but she wants to do it with her husband when he is ready. So, we thought she would have to wait a little bit longer. But, Charlie told us he was ready! So they will be getting baptized together on November 11th!!! They are so excited! And they are even more excited to go to the temple and be sealed after a year! While we were teaching Luz the Plan of Salvation she told us she was sad for her grandma and everyone that didn’t get to learn about the gospel. So, we got to teach Luz more about temples this week! She was so excited she was tearing up!! She is so excited to do the baptisms for her ancestors once she is baptized! She said she wants to go to the temple every week. She is about halfway done with the Book of Mormon, so she is excited to finish it before her baptism. 

Juan Carlos is doing great !

We kind of had to drop all of the other people we were working with because they weren’t wanting to keep commitments. But, we found some great new people this week!

We found some new people on campus! I really love contacting on campus and talking to people my own age! We also started teaching a lady named Veronica and her kids. She was living in another ward, but she just moved here. She has an 8 year old daughter and a 10 year old son. So, we are helping the kids prepare for baptism and helping Veronica come back to church.

Last Monday we got a call from a missionary serving in Los Angeles. She told us her mom lives in our ward boundaries, and has been inactive for many years. But, her mom had just emailed her and told her she was ready to come back to church! Her mom asked if she could send the information for where the church was and what time it started. So we visited Sinja! She is amazing! She has gone through some really hard things. During Harvey she was scared her house was going to flood because the water came halfway up her yard, but she had some personal experiences that reassured her of Heavenly Father’s love! Everything was fine, and her house didn’t flood. She was so excited we came over, and is excited to come be a strength to the ward. This Sunday was stake conference, and it was kind of far away, but she came anyway! (And brought her mom, who hasn’t been to church for several years!) We are going to keep visiting her every week because she said she doesn’t remember that much.

But, these aren’t even the biggest miracle!!! So on Friday we got a call from one of the sets of English missionaries. They told us they had just knocked into a hispanic woman who wanted us to come by. (Now, this happens a lot, and the english missionaries get really excited but it usually turns out that the people aren’t interested and the missionaries couldn’t understand them.) But, this lady is so legit! Her name is Karina, and her family investigators the church when she was a teenager. Her sisters got baptized. She never did, but she would go to church every week and did personal progress and everything! She moved here when she was 17, and she didn’t know where the church was. So, she stopped going. She was SO EXCITED when the elders knocked on her door! She said she wants us to come and teach her whole family so they can all be a part of the church! (She is now married and has two kids, and her mom lives with her!) 

This week we had our noche hispana party at church! It was super fun! Everyone brought food from their country, and there was music and dancing. Luz came with her husband, and a lot of people brought there friends!

Also, we had zone conference this week! President Peterson talked to us about repentance. We talked about how repentance is NOT confessing sins or stopping doing what’s wrong. Repentance is changing to become like Christ. It is a lifelong process. We have to repent every day!

I love being a missionary so much! I know I am going to be super sad to take my tag off in 7 weeks, but my mission has taught me how to be a better missionary when I don’t have a tag on! Nothing could ever stop me from sharing the gospel. Next Monday I will know if I am finishing my mission here, or if I am going somewhere else for the last six weeks. I hope I stay here with Hermana Calderรณn! But I am happy to go wherever I am needed.

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

Love,

Hermana Bettridge

Fotos:
  1. The hermanas of the zone at zone conference!
  2. Us!
  3. The district!
  4. It’s us in a cup; USA and Mexico!
  5. Stake conference with Sinja and Maria!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Canyon Lakes

Hola, hola



We went back to Spring Texas to see one of Hermana Calderon’s old investigators get baptized.

Luz is doing awesome as well! She LOVED conference! She decided she wants to be more faithful about reading the Book of Mormon, so she read 50 chapters last week! She is amazing, and I feel so blessed that I get to teach her!

Our other investigators aren’t progressing as much right now, but we have been out finding new people! Our English class is also going great! 11 people came! (That’s huge because no one was coming when I got here!) We also started teaching an English class a public school. We have around 20 students in that one! Life is great in Canyon Lakes!

This week I started reading the general conference talks. I was really able to relate to Elder Jeffrey R Holland´s talk. He spoke about becoming perfect, eventually. In the mission field your faults are magnified, and it is easy to get discouraged and to think about everything we should be. Christ commands us to be perfect, and perfection seems like an impossible goal. But, we shouldn’t be discouraged. (That’s what Satan wants!)

Elder Holland taught that “Jesus did not intend His sermon on this subject to be a verbal hammer for battering us about our shortcomings. No, I believe He intended it to be a tribute to who and what God the Eternal Father is and what we can achieve with Him in eternity. In any case, I am grateful to know that in spite of my imperfections, at least God is perfect--that at least He is, for example, able to love His enemies, because too often, due to the “natural man” and woman in us, you and I are sometimes that enemy. How grateful I am that at least God can bless those who despitefully use Him because, without wanting or intending to do so, we all despitefully use Him sometimes. I am grateful that God is merciful and a peacemaker because I need mercy and the world needs peace. Of course, all we say of the Father’s virtues we also say of His Only Begotten Son, who lived and died unto the same perfection.”

In the Book of Mormon, Moroni teaches that we can be made perfect in Christ; it isn’t something we can do on our own. Perfection is something we can obtain only as a gift from Him.

Elder Holland illustrated this principle by recounting a New Testament parable. “A servant was in debt to his king for the amount of 10,000 talents. Hearing the servant’s plea for patience and mercy, “the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and … forgave … the debt.” But then that same servant would not forgive a fellow servant who owed him 100 pence. On hearing this, the king lamented to the one he had forgiven, “Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?”

If 100 pence was equal to $100, then 10,000 talents would equal around $1 billion dollars, something beyond our comprehension. It’s supposed to be; it shows how incapable we are to ever repaying the debt we owe the Savior, but how we are very capable of forgiving the 100 pence that is owed to us.

Elder Holland taught that “this isn’t a story about two servants arguing in the New Testament. It is a story about us, the fallen human family--mortal debtors, transgressors, and prisoners all. Every one of us is a debtor, and the verdict was imprisonment for every one of us. And there we would all have remained were it not for the grace of a King who sets us free because He loves us and is “moved with compassion toward us.” We may not be able to demonstrate yet the 10,000-talent perfection the Father and the Son have achieved, but it is not too much for Them to ask us to be a little more godlike in little things, that we speak and act, love and forgive, repent and improve.”

I love that! Heavenly Father loves us so much, and He just wants us to do our best! This video talks about this a little bit:  Click Here


I hope everyone has an awesome week!

Love,




Hermana Bettridge



Hermana Calderon and I wore matching dresses to MLC

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mi Quinceaรฑera

 Hola, hola!

I don't have a ton of time today, but this was an amazing week! One change is that my mission will now have Facebook! That will be different haha! I don't know all of the details yet, but I will know more this week. 

Quinceaรฑera

Something super fun was that we celebrated our quinceaรฑera! (15 months in the mission.) Mine was actually a few weeks ago because I came in a few weeks before Hermana Calderรณn, but we celebrated together! The elders threw us a party for district meeting. They brought us Krispy Kreme, we had cake, and we took some fun pictures.

We found some cool new investigators on campus this week. I love campus contacting! We can talk to a lot of people who are open to hearing our message. A lot of them have a lot of questions they are looking to find answers to, so that's awesome!

The biggest news is Luz! She decided that she wants to get baptized! But, she doesn't feel totally ready yet. She did say she would prepare to be baptized on October 28th!!! We were so happy for her. We are excited to continue working with her so that she can feel ready.

But, the best part of the week was General Conference! I felt a lot of peace and got to hear some things I really needed to hear. One of my favorite talks was Elder Rasband's! You can watch it here:

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/media/session_2_talk_8?lang=eng

Watching General Conference

I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us! He loves us, and He puts the people we need in our lives.

I hope you have a great week!

Love,


Hermana Bettridge



The pictures are from our Quinceaรฑera and from Conference!






Monday, September 25, 2017

College Life

Hola, hola!



We do a lot of service, so we haven't had a ton of teaching time. But we make good use of the time we have. We started contacting at a college to try and find some JAS (jรณvenes adultos solteros) to teach, and it was the best thing ever! We got to talk to so many people, and quickly! And about half the people there were Spanish speakers. And it's fun being on a college campus with people our own age. This week we made a board that said "what is the purpose of life?" And we went around and asked people to put up a sticky note with their answer. A lot of people got really sad because they didn't have any idea! Then they wanted to listen to us ๐Ÿ˜‚ We got a really solid new investigator named Felicia! (Which is cute because in Spanish feliz = happy ๐Ÿ˜)

I still love being with Hermana Calderรณn! Every day is a party! I am extra tired because we work really hard all day, but we still stay up really late every night laughing and talking. (And then get up at 6:30 every day!) But it's all worth it! And it helps me not freak out about the fact I'll be home in 10 weeks! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

As far as our investigators go, we finished teaching Juan Carlos all of the commandments. We hope to set a more official date with him soon. We visited Luz with members too. She received her answer that the Book of Mormon is true. But, she still wants to learn more before she commits to baptism. She came to church on Sunday, and her husband came with her even though he doesn't speak Spanish. Both Juan Carlos and Luz read almost every day and come to church every week. So they are super close!

Other miracles happened! We found a man named Jorge. His family got baptized about a year ago, but he wasn't ready yet. The missionaries kept going by, but he wasn't ready yet. But, he does better in Spanish. So we went by and started teaching him! He seems more ready now. And he went to church on Sunday!

One of the members brought her friend to church on Sunday, Francisco. He told us he wants us to come by this week and explain more! So the work is still going!

Even though we do more service than we do tracting, we are still able to share Heavenly Father's love. (Maybe even more so!) Before we leave a house we offer them a Book of Mormon and ask to pray with them, and no one has turned us down so far!

You would think that I might be able to lose some mission weight from all of this construction work. Here is why I haven't:

Monday: We were fed pozole

Tuesday: We went and got tacos from a truck

Wednesday: We were fed fideo

Thursday: A member took us to get pupusas, and another member gave us some chicken and rice. Another missionary also made us Chilean empanadas.

Friday: We went to the "noche latina" party that one of the wards in the area was having. Each classroom and food from a different country. (My favorite were empanadas from Argentina!)

Saturday: A member took us to get tacos from a taco stand

Sunday: We had some kind of sketchy food from the Red Cross truck, it was like beans and pasta mixed with corn and some weird meat. But then a member made us pancakes.

One day this week we were trying to visit people, and it starting pouring rain! And this adorable cat was out in the rain ๐Ÿ˜ญ I picked him up and he started purring! 


On Saturday we went to a fun stake activity for Women's Conference! We had dinner and did some crafts. And then we watched the conference! It was so good! It made me super excited to watch more this weekend! You can watch it on Saturday and Sunday at lds.org

I loved Women's Conference! A big thing they talked about was just being happy! I know that if we build our foundation on Christ there will be a joy in our lives that no trial will be able to take away. I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,




Hermana Bettridge




Fotos:


We parked in lot H3!

Campus Life


District meeting! We set a goal to all set 5 baptismal dates this transfer. The Indian statue was a gift from someone that we did service for. We role play on it ๐Ÿ˜‚ 


SERVICE!!