Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Week 27: I'm not a TEEN anymore!

All the sisters at the Stutznegger's for Thanksgiving
Model Missionaries?

First, of all the message that the church is publishing via this amazing video https://www.mormon.org/christmas really speaks about the true meaning of Christmas. That when Christ was born in Bethlehem it wasn't just some baby. It wasn't an important baby, a Savior was born. And we so desperately need a Savior. We are so far from perfection we could never be good enough to make it back to our Heavenly Father alone. We need the priceless gift of the atonement. I love this video. I encourage all of you to watch it and share it with all of those around you.

Second, IT is my Birthday! Yay me :) I'm 20!

Thirdly, CRAZY CHANGES ARE COMING TO THE MISSION! Another stake with 8 wards is getting added to our mission and they send sisters there! This is huge because it means there are now 3 more areas where they can send sisters :) Plus they call this place Bautismo Iztapalapa because they have so much success there. The area of our mission that borders that area had over 57 baptisms so far this year. Plus, they are going to white wash us all in! [send them in without trainers] I am so excited and hope I get to go!
Well I love you guys see you soon :)
Hna Lambert
Just picking up!
My sweet companion got transferred out today!

Week 26: Turkey Day makes way for Christmas!

Hooooolaaaaaaaaa Everybody!
Feliz Navidad (Maraca noises) Feliz Navidad (Maraca noises) I WANNA WISH YOU a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my hearrrrrrrrrrrrt :) 

So yah, I know Thanksgiving just passed, but since Thanksgiving doesn't exist here there is no "NOT till after Thanksgiving rule" I have been trying so hard to be strong but now that turkey day has passed I am ready to go full hog in the Christmas spirit. I already put up a paper Christmas tree in my house, we have Christmas-themed kleenex, paper towels, and Christmas scented floor cleaner. We mopped today and now the whole house smells like Christmas.  It's great. I have also started buying these really delicious christmas cookies that come in a cute music box and there are like 5 or 6 different ones with different songs and I am slowly, with the help of Hna Wolferts, going to buy them all :)

So Thanksgiving doesn't exist here but Prez and Sis Stuz invited all the sisters and the office elders to their house to eat on Thursday :) but since their house is all decorated for Christmas it was more like a Christmas party with turkey AND THE BEST STUFFING I HAVE EVER EATEN IN MY ENTITRE LIFE!!! I did miss mom's orange rolls though, and the vegan mash potatoes. Hahahaha JK I love mashed potatoes with butter and cream and all those lovely animal products in it. We got to hang out in our pjs and watch Frozen and Cinderella it was so fun. Probably the best comment of the night was made by Hna Wong right at the beginning of the movie where little Cinderella asks her mom if she believes in Fairy Godmothers and the mom says "I believe in everything" to which Cinderella replies "Then I believe in everything too" and Hna Wong said " don't you wish our investigators were like that?"

Basically Prez and Hermana Stuz are the best people on this planet. They are going straight to the celestial kingdom and I am so excited for Christmas. Love you guys!

An additionally:

Hi! How is it going?
This week we put into practice the "Attack of the Zone".   That is when all the missionaries of the zone come to one neighborhood and look for less active members and invite them to return.  I and my companion organized it with the other missionaries from our zone and it was a lot of work but it turned out awesome.  Our bishop was very happy and really felt that he saw miracles with the less actives, and afterwards was very said because people who promised to come, didn't.  Now he understands better how we feel when no one comes to the chapel week after week.  Even though we still have high hopes for them.  Also, many of the members who went with us said that they have more respect for us now that they see how difficult the work is.  One of them told us "You all walk so much!  I was only with you for 2 hours and you do this all day!"  Today I am so happy because even though it is P-day, we went to an appointment at noon with the brother of Andrea, our investigator who is 15, because she needs his permission to be baptized and he didn't want to give it.  He is Christian.  We went with a spirit of prayer.  Really we did all we could before coming to have the spirit and prepare ourselves.  And everything went well :)  I hope that she can be baptized Dec. 26:0

Until Later!
Hermana Lambert

Hola! Que tal? Como esta?
Este semana nosotros pusimos en practico el Ataque Del Zona. Esto es cuando todos los misioneros del zona viene a un barrio a buscar todos los menos activos y invitarles a regresar. Yo y mi compañera lo organizo con los otros misioneras de nuestro barrio y fue MUCHO trabajo pus salio bien chido :) Nuestro Obispo fue tan feliz el realmente se siento que vio milagros con sus menos activos Y después el fue muy triste porque los personas que prometió a el que iba a venir no fueron. ahora el entiende mejor como sentimos cuando nadie viene a la capilla semana tras semana. Aun cuando tenemos esperanzar muy altos por ellos. También muchos de los miembros quienes no acampanaba dice que tiene mas respecto para nosotros por ahora pueden ver que difícil es. Uno de ellos nos dijo "Ustedes caminan tanto! Solo estaba con ustedes por 2 horas y lo hacen todo el día! 
Hoy estoy tan feliz por aun que fue P-day nosotros pusimos una cita a los 12 con el hermano de Andrea nuestro investigador de 15 anos por ella necesita su permiso para bautizarse y el no quiere darlo. El es Cristiano. Fuimos con el en un espirito de oración. Realmente hicimos todo el posible antes de venir para tener el espirito y prepararnos. Y todo salio bien :) Espero que ella puede bautizarse el 26 de diciembre :)
  Hasta luego
Hna Lambert

Week 25: Photos

My Mexican Christmas Outfit!
Yeah!  A package!
Sorry I didnt write you a real email this week. I love you guys. I am in my same area again. I am going to hit my 6  month mark in 5 days. we have 2 progressing investigators con fecha [with a baptismal date] they are awesome! Sic is adorable. We have to go to Guatemala after my mission so you guys can meet her.  I am going to Prez and Hermana Stuz house for Thanksgiving. It is going to be so much fun. The church is so true and I kick myself all the time for not introducing my friends to the missionaries!  I loved your letter mom :)

How much is that Missionary in the Window?
This mannequin looks just like me!
We helped put a collage up in this store window
Hermana Sic ringing Jocelin's bell

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Week 24: Behind Every Soul Is A Number

Can you tell my Great-Great Grandma was born in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua?
Hola Familia!
This week was great we almost doubled our numbers in every category. I know it is not about the numbers but it is nice to see a reflection of the work you do. The change really came because I decided we were going to teach a lesson every hour no matter if our appointment fell through, and our back up plan fell through, and our plan c fell through... This is a city FILLED with people. There is always someone we can teach and we don't need to waste our time walking from house to house looking for people that aren't home. Also, my companionship has improved a lot. We are just so much more united. We were always fine. We never had problems but now when I look over at her teaching I am just so happy that she is my companion and that I have someone as great as Hermana Sic to work with. You can be comps with anybody but there are only some people that you thank God for sending you.

So this week we did divisions with Hermana Wong and Hermana Jones following the new model of having both of them work in our area. Anteriormente [before] someone would go to their area and someone would come to ours but now we work as two separate companionships in the same area.  It was a bit stressful trying to plan twice as many appointments for the same day but I think we pulled it off rather well. I was with Hermana Jones-- honestly she is an angel!  There were times during our lessons where I literally turned to look at her to make sure she wasn't glowing (maybe it is just that she is very blanquita :) but I swear she almost was). She has such a sweet spirit and disposition I loved working with her :)

I finished the Book of Mormon for the second time in English here on my mission a few days ago.  It was so awesome. Now I just have to hurry up and finish it in Spanish!
I love you guys :)

Hermana Lambert

The following pictures and commentary about our typical meals are courtesy of the awesome Hermana Wolferts:

The classic meal we eat here is as follows. We almost always have 3-4 courses. I'm working hard to not get fat. That's actually not really true. I eat a ton. It's good that we walk a lot!

The first course is almost always some sort of soup, usually a pasta or vegetable soup, or both.
The second course is rice! I really like the rice here (: And people put either banana or egg on it sometimes and it's really yummy (I promise, it sounds weird but it's actually really good).
And then we have some sort of a main dish! I'm in love with salsa verde. I'm going to buy that stuff by the gallon from cafe rio when I get back (it tastes a lot like the cafe rio stuff, but that's about the only similarity between the food here and there).

And ALWAYS the meals are supplemented with tortillas. It doesn't matter what you eat. The people here are just SHOCKED when I tell them we don't have little tortilla stores on every corner back home. They all tell me I need to start a tortilleria when I get home. But the thing is that NO ONE eats tortillas in the states like they do here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Week 23: Letter

Halloween Packages and Cleaning Supplies!!

The part about writing you guys is I can't remember what I already told you. Did I tell you about the Menos Activa [less active] that insists on calling me her nuera [daughter-in-law]? Did I tell you about our Mariposa Lavanderia amigo [Butterfly Laundry friend] named Jesus who promised to come save us by splashing bleach in the face of any of thy guys who bother us? Did I tell you about the lady who uses some glasses she found in the trash as a headband, or that some people said that with my accent I could be from Chihuahua (I'm working on my buenas noshes y mil oshoshientos -1800)? Did I tell you about the abuelita [little grandma] that is teaching me to crochet (I am making a tie)? There are just so many things that happen. Mas que nada estamos aqui trabajando duro. [More than anything, we are here working hard.] Hitting the streets, knocking doors etc. Asi es, la vida de una missionera. [So it goes, the life of a missionary]

Hna Wolferts sent her mom some pictures of me so you can check her blog if you want to see my beautiful Mexican outfit. 

 I guess I will tell you about Alma. She is a golden investigator. She has some addictions (not sure what to) but she hasn't had any since we started teaching her. We teach her everyday at 6 and she says when she is anxious all day it isn't to go buy more drugs, it is for us to come and teach her the word of God. We go very slowly with her because it is hard for her to remember things and she can't read. But we leave her with pictures to help her remember the lesson and she explains it back to us the next time we come. Really, I think she captures what we are teaching more than most of the people we teach. She worked collecting trash and washing taco stands. I love her, she has had such a hard life but she wants to get baptized and is actually fulfilling  all the commitments! It is like a miracle! To answer your question, Dad, yes, my area is definitely one of the richest in my mission, but as you can see we have our success with the poorest.

Alright, I love you guys!

Hna Lambert

P.S. Hey Mom can you see if you can get my sibs to write me?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Week 22: 5 %

We celebrate Day of the Dead

Hermana Sic showing some local color

And it Glows!

Well you know how last week we had 0 progressing investigators? Well we still don't have any, but we have 11 promising nuevos!! It has been amazing. My comp and I have the lowest acceptance rate in our district (5%) so we are trying to examine how we are contacting to see if we can work on that...

I went to the temple today (thats why I am writing martes (Wednesday) instead of lunes (Monday)) it was fantastic, but once again I don't have a lot of time...oops!

Well, familia numero uno is a mom and her 5 kids ages 14, 11,10, 6, and 5.  They are an amazing family.  When we teach them I feel like it is all to good to be true. They are all so attentive and prepared :)  When we finished the first lesson we launched in to the whole "You guys actually have to pray about this for yourselves or you are never going to know spiel" and I tried to commit her to pray about our message. Despues que yo dije "Usted orara con su familia para saber si estas cosas son verdad?" su cara cambio y me dijo [After I said, Will you pray with your family to know if these things are true?" her face changed and she said to me:]  "Ok .here is the thing..." When she said that my heart just dropped. I thought, "Oh no, here come the problems," but then she continued, "I already prayed. I have been wanting to talk to you guys for sooo long. My kids go to school right across the street from your church and we would always see you and you would always Salud us [greet us], and I told my kids, "You salud back even though you don't know them." Your church always called my attention but I didn't know how to acercarme [get involved] so I prayed. I prayed and told Heavenly Father that if this was what he wanted for me and my family then I wanted you to come to us. And here you are." 

You can't imagine how close to tears I was. Months without a progressing investigator, and here is this lady with her 5 beautiful children looking,

and longing, and praying for la verdad. [the truth] I then asked her that if she comes to know that this really is what god wants for her and that our message is true, would she be baptized? She turned to her kids and asked them one by one if they wanted to be baptized AND THEY ALL SAID YES and then she said yes! I was so close to tears:) we decided to wait till the next appointment to explain that the 5 and 6 year olds would have to wait a bit. But yah, they made me really happy and I will tell you about the other nuevos later :) I love you guys so much. 

Hna Lambert

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With Sis. Wolferts and Sis. Sic

A Beautiful Day in Mexico City!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Week 21: Contacting for Days

My district before the changes
Hola Familia!

So last week, right after I got out of the internet cafe, I realized I didn't tell you sooooo many things --but guess what? I used up almost all my internet time reading my 25 emails (you guys are the greatest) and now I have almost no time to write (sorry mom, I'll do better next week). Well--bullet point version of my life...

1.At the begining of this change I got a new companion Hna Sic de Guatemala.  She may be the shortest person I have ever seen she is super sweet and we are both Sister Training leaders! Loco! Yo se! [Crazy! I know!]

2. As Sister Training Leaders we go on divisions a lot, and it was nice to visit other areas see how other wards work, and also realize that part of the reason we are not seeing a ton of success in my area is because the people here are a lot harder.  We contact 100 people and we are lucky if 15 accept. Of those, about 7 will have given us a false number. Of the remaining 8, when we come back to their house, 3 of the people who answer the door claim they don't live there. That leaves us with 5--2 of which are never home--which leaves us with 3 who listen and after a week 1 with the potential of progressing. So yah, it is nice to know not all the areas in the mission are like that. But I honestly dont feel mad or disheartend because I know I am being obedient. I can be better. I can mejorar [improve] my teaching skills, but I feel good with my effort. I'm inviting, people just aren't coming :)

3. One day when I was out of my area on divisions my comp was contacting and she invited these jovenes [young people] to church but they brushed her off saying "Lambert ya nos invito" [Lambert already invited us]  No idea who they were, but nice to know I'm making a name for myself :)

4. I am trying to think of a spanish pun using  beatrice y habia tres because here they sound exactly the same.

I love you all! Peace out-- I promise a real letter next week!

Hermana Lambert

Seeing Sister Villalobos at Zone Conference

Picture courtesy of Sis. Stutznegger, at Zone Conference

With Sis. Villalobos and Pres. Stutznegger

With Sis. Wong in our apartment--picture from Sis. Wolferts

Foviste Ward

Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 20: Tortillas!

These pictures are courtesy of Sis. Wolferts and her new camera!  This is the question we always ask people!

We love the camera!

Ready to tract!
Oct. 19, 2015
So due to a series of unfortunate events I do not have a full hour to write you today :( so this will have to be quick and snappy! I'll just give you some of those truly  Mexican stories I didn't have time for last week!

1. Tortillas
A meal is not complete if there are not tortillas. PERIOD. Tortillas are everything. They serve us pasta in creamy sauce and when we don't use tortillas they start handing them to us. We were eating Chicken nuggets with french fries and the sister told me "Aqui estan las tortillas. "[Here are the tortillas] "Gracias, Hermana," I said as I continued to eat the french fries. "Aqui estan!" [Here they are!] she repeated as she noticed I wasn't eating them. "No le gustan tortillas?" ella me pregunto. "No hermana, si, a mi me gustan tortillas" [Don't you like tortillas?, she asked me. "No, sister, I do like tortillas]  I said with a smile as I grabbed a tortilla and loaded it up with chicken nuggets and french fries... It is just so crazy to me.

Or one time I was eating avocados with tortillas and I asked the sister if she had any salt to put on it. BAD IDEA. Poor lady didn't have any salt in her house so she gave me papas (potato chips) and told me to put them in my tortilla. I told her I was fine, but she insisted. SHE was certain that because I had asked for salt I didn't like it and would not be happy until I made my avocado saltier with potato chips. BUT THE CHIPS WEREN'T EVEN SALTY. :)

2. Know how last week I told you about that contact from a few months ago? Well 3 days ago we found her again but my new comp,  HNA Sic contacted her before I could tell her who it was. It almost ended in the exact same way--this time with us promising to find her in the spirit world to let her know that there really is a life after death.

3. The other day we were contacting and this lady passed us with a lot of bags so of course I offered to help her carry them but she said "NO thanks! your companions already tried to help us in the market!" Hna Wolferts and Hna Martinez already tried to contact and help them!

And to end it on a spiritual note, last night Hno Levi, one of the awesome members in the ward who helps us a lot, was out with us accompanying us to citas [appointments] and giving us references. when it was 8:30 and we were thinking of going to one more menos activa casa [less active home] before we went back home I could see him thinking about some thing he was debating por un buen rato [for a good time] when he said "Ok, tengo un a referencia mas para ustedes. Es mi mejor amigo del mundo " [Ok, I have one more reference for you both.  It is my best friend in the world.]  I felt so honored that he was trusting my companion and me with this reference. He was a teacher in the MTC [Missionary Training Center] and he told us that when he first got home from his mission and saw the elders that were here he wanted to help them, but he knew that he could not trust them with his friends so  el dijo "Ok voy a esperar hasta que llegan missioneros que son obedientes"[he said, "Ok, I am going to wait until obedient missionaries come.] and there have been some good missionaries in this area in between then and now, but he still waited until us to introduce his friend of over 23 years to listen to us. 

Ok, well, I love you guys and I love the photos you sent me. And my pink dress :) wearing it always make me smile. Till next week

con much amor  Hna Lambert

Zone Conference "cool photo" contest

Let's DOUBLE our efforts!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Life is Sweet!

Chiste (Joke)

I was walking down the street laughing so hard I almost had to stop with Hna Wong and Hna Wolferts. As I struggled for breath I thought "that would make a great story!" but then I realized you wouldn't even understand. Not if I didn't explain 5 or 6 things about how Mexico is and what my life here actually looks like. But you know what the worst part is? I can't even remember what we were laughing about. Or what I would have had to explain! So I decided that I am going to try and start doing better in telling you guys all the funny or interesting stories I tell members at lunch when we sit down and swap mission stories.

1. The Razor In The Tree
One day a few weeks ago, I was walking down the street talking on the phone with one of the elders, when all of a sudden, almost as if of its own accord, my hand reached out and hit a nearby tree. I have no idea why I did this. Everything here is dirty and I usually try to avoid touching anything, but I smacked this tree with all most all my strength. Next I almost screamed, but I also try to avoid being loud on the street, (we get enough attention as it is) so I just stopped talking for a moment and told the Elder we would call him back later. When I jerked my hand back from the tree out fell a diamond shaped razor about the size of my nail. I looked down at my hand and sure enough I was bleeding. It wasn't too bad though and there was nothing I could really do so we just went on with our day. In fact I even forgot about it til a few days later my arm started to hurt really bad. I was complaining about it to Hna Wolferts "It has been hurting for 2 days now" I said "It feels like I got a tetanus shot" "Didn't you get stabbed by a dirty razor on the street"? she asked. At THAT point I got freaked out and we had a long disscussion debating whether or not I had Tetanus or AIDS or both but it turns out I am fine :)

2. Contacting and the Second Coming
As missionaries sometimes we talk about how at the judgment day we will stand in front of the people who rejected us and testify that we tried to  teach them the true and living gospel but they wouldn't listen or accept us. We also talk about the people who will stand in front of us at the last day and say " You walked past me every day! I was looking for the gospel and you never contacted me"!!!  A few months ago I was street contacting With Hna Villalobos and she LOVES to teach people about the resurrection right off the bat. Mostly because she assumes it is common ground so she starts off with that and then when the say they don't believe in the resurrection she gets all animated and starts pounding her bible. Anyways we were talking to this lady who said she believed in Jesus Christ and in Heavenly Father but not in the resurrection or in a life after this one. She kept triyng to leave but Hna Villalobos grabbed her hands and wouldn't let her go. It ended with me grabbing Hna Villalobos and testifying that "Yes, indeed Christ would come again to this earth," to which the lady replied "All right, when Christ comes again you guys come and find me and then I will join your church." It was all I could do to keep from laughing. In that moment all I could think was "if only she knew" but instead I told her "Yes, when he comes you will know. And every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus in the Christ."

3. Jose
This past week one of our appointments fell through, and our back-up plan, and our plan C, so we started contacting. We were about to contact a door and Hna Wolferts said WE should pretend we are looking for Jose and see what happens. we all laughed and joked about how Jose really might be the most mexican name, and knocked the door. To Hna Wong and my surprise Hna Wolferts started in with "Se encuentra Jose?" With the most sincere and earnest voice I have ever heard, the man at the door responded "No, Lo siento, no esta. No ha regresado de su trabajo todavia" Hna Wolferts and I about lost it. It was all we could do to keep in our giggles which left Wong to ask the follow-up questions (when will he be back, etc)  We then contacted him, taught him about prophets, gave him a Folleto [pamphlet] and set up a return appointment. It was great :)

4. Ensename Ingles! o Predicame la palabra de Dios!
[Teach me English! or Preach to me the Word of God!]

There are lots of people who yell at us on the street but there is this one corner of our street that we pass almost every night and on one side are all the drunk guys.  If you cross the street there are all the pot heads, so we walk fast and pick which side to walk on by which is less populated. Anyways, one night there was almost nobody on the drunk side so here go Hna Crichton y yo walking as fast as we can, and the guys in the other side start screaming  at us "HELLO! HELLO! Ensename ingles! I want to learn english!" We were pretty far past them, but I yelled over my shoulder "Vayan-se a la capilla Sabado a las 12!" and they all shut up.  It was great.
Or another time this group of 3 muscular guys, ages 17-21, were walking towards us and totally eyeing Hna Wolferts. One of them nodded at his friend and I was expecting him to say something gross about gueras but instead he said "Ella me dio una folleto."  I was laughing so hard we had to stop for a second.
Or one time I was with Hna Crichton we walked past this group of school kids all making fun of us for not speaking spanish "They can't understand us. Those stupid white girls just speak english" and I whipped around and said " Yo hablo espanol, como esta?" they were all so stunned that none of them said anything.  So I smiled and said "Tengan un buen dia!" and left
lots of stuff happens. Usually I don't respond at all but it is nice every once and a while ,when people yell at you "Angels! Angels! Predicame el palabra de Dios" o "Evangelisame" to yell back "Vayan se a la capilla Domingos a las 11"

 So I didn't tell you guys all the stories I made notes of to tell you, but I hope you started to get a better feel for the real Mexico, DF

Peace out, Hna LAmbert

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


MEXICAN flag from on our roof!

A Second View from our roof!

The view down through our apartment from the roof! (3rd floor)

Dear Family

Well, this week I have definitely been able to start to see the fruits of my labors in re-dedicating myself to the work.  Alma, mente, e fuerza, si? (Heart, mind, & strength, yes?)  And even though we were working less in my actual area (what with the night we took off to go to the mission offices to talk to Prez, the day we went to the temple, and how now we have 1 companionship covering 2 areas) we had way more success this week.  At least visible success. :) 

Our lessons with members present went up and I FINALLY have a progressing investigator and he told his family about us and his dad is reading the Book of Mormon!  And we only taught this guy once!  His whole family is de ORO. :) [gold]  I am so happy.

The only dent in my happiness is that Jocelin, the girl who Wong and I taught and baptized in the first 6 weeks here in the mission is not active anymore.  Some of the hard part of rejectino is just loving people so much and seeing their divine potential.  Then you love them all so much that as long as they will listen to you, you just want to keep teaching them but that's not how it works.  They need to put in their own effort and if they won't read and pray they will never progress.  So you leave them and move on to look for new people.  It is like I just got out of a relationship.  I don't want to love the new investigators as much as the old ones because I'm afraid I will just have to leave them again.  But, if I'm not teaching with love, they will never care what my message is.  So I pray for charity, love my investigators, and get my heart broken again, and again, and again.

So, this was the question I took to conference.  "How can I love my investigators and really care about them, teach with the love of Christ, but still keep myself from being heart-broken when they don't accept?"  Well now, even just typing out that question, I realize how obvious the answer is.  You can't.  I need to see every person as their parents see them.  Especially as their Heavenly Parents see them.  I will love them and I will be disappointed.  My heart will break but Heavenly Father will comfort me.  Heal my heart.  Help me start over.  

This letter sounds sad, but really this has been a fantastic week.  Great things are happening in my area and I am excited to get back there with my new comp and work full force. :)  I got to go to the temple this week with Hermana Crichton and do a session in the temple her last day here.  Then we had conference so it has just been a spiritual whirlwind and my heart is full of peace.  I love you guys :)  I got the package you sent me in the beginning of the week and I got the big letter you sent me with the photos hoy.  You guys are the best! 

Hermana Wolferts is going to send you a bunch of pics for the blog :) [see above and below]

Peace Out! 
Hermana Lambert

Our "heater" in the bucket, getting ready for a shower!

Handmade gifts (from newspaper) by a recent convert

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Week 16: Faith

Hola familia,

         As a missionary I think about faith a lot. Do I have enough faith? Do my investigators have faith? How can I grow their faith? How can I grow my own. Also recently we have been talking a lot about specific prayers. For example my district leader and his comp said a prayer in the that they would find a family all dressed in blue that day. Well lo and behold because of series of events they ended up walking in a street they don't normally take and around the corner comes Mom, Dad, and several kids all dressed in blue. They contacted them and passed their reference to the missionaries who live near them. There are just so many stories like that. I believe that Heavenly father really can answer specific prayers but I don't like testing God like that and maybe part of it is that I don't see an answer to my prayer it was because I did not have enough faith. But if I am having this whole debate and I don't even have enough faith to ask then I need to grow my testimony in the first place-. Don't get me wrong I'm not having a crisis of faith or loosing my testimony. I just want more faith. I was reading in Jacob 4:6 and it says basically that as we study the scriptures we will receive revelation and the spirit of prophecy and so when we have these 2 testimonies combined with the testimonies of the prophets our faith will become unbreakable even that we will be able to command the trees and mountains in the name of Jesus Christ and they will move. I want faith like that and now I know how to get it :)
        I have so many funny experiences but I don't know if they will be funny if i type them. I am a better storyteller than story writer. But Ill give it a try I was walking down the street and we see this tiny old lady and she is really old (we found out later she was 92 or something) and she can barely walk. She is just leaning and grabbing on to the wall shuffling along. Hna Viallobos and I went over to her and asked if she needed help and she told us that she was walking home and that she thought that she lived just up the street. We each took a hand and started to help her walk. Hna Villalobos told her it was dangerous in the street and that she should stay inside. She told us she knew and that she had escaped from her house to go for a walk. That her family didn't know she was gone. We took about 15 min to walk 20 feet, I have never seen anyone go so slow. Hna Villobos eventually went down and started knocking doors because this lady wasn't sure where she lived and at one door she knocked and this deep loud scary man voice bellowed "QUIEN!" "hola" "QUIEN!" "buenas tardes" when he opened the door she said " Disculpe, pues ella vive aqui?" and pointed down the road to where I was walking with Maria de Jesus Laura and he shouts "MAMA!!! QUE ESTAS HACIENDO!" He tried to explain he thought she was in her room ect. WE actually came back and taught them later so we will see how that goes. But just picture us.  Sister missionaries trying to help this super old tiny lady walk as she tells us about what a rebel she is because she escaped from her house and ran away for a walk.
well I am out of time. love you lots :)

Hna Lambert

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 15: 3 Companions in 3 Months!!

Here I am with my "baby" Sis. Villalobos and my new companion, Sis. Crichton!

Haha!  We took this picture long before we knew about the changes!!