I’m glad they called me on a mission!

After serving an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have decided to make a final post about my whole experience as being a missionary. I’ve been thinking a lot about the question, “What does my mission mean to me?”  To be honest, I’m not sure if I can answer that question completely because it’s fairly hard to summarize my entire experience into a simple answer. But I’ll do my best.

I can’t really express how eternally grateful I am to have had the opportunity to serve my Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time I put on my nametag as a missionary, I was taking his name upon myself. What a privilege, and what a responsibility. As representatives of Jesus Christ, missionaries have one objective. Bless everyone they can with the knowledge of the gospel. Every missionary has recited their purpose: “To invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.”

Serving a mission is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. This is the Lord’s work. Spending 18 months talking to everyone I could in Puebla about the gospel was the absolute best thing ever.  I can honestly say that I have never been as happy as I was when I was a missionary. Missionaries save lives by bringing Heavenly Father’s children back to Him, and in the process, we end up saving ourselves as well. I am so grateful for the eye-opening experience I had. I can say that I have come to know my Heavenly Father, and my Redeemer Jesus Christ. I know they love me and that they love EVERY SINGLE ONE of us. It doesn’t matter who we are, or what we have done. They love us with an unconditional love. Because they love us so much, they have provided us a way to return home to them. A way to have unending happiness. That ‘way’ is the gospel. I am so thankful to have the gospel in my life.

I have had incredible experiences teaching others about the gospel too. I have seen many miracles in my life and in the lives of others. It’s hard sharing the gospel when it’s pouring rain, or when you’re in the scorching sun, or when no one wants to accept the message. But even through all that, it’s worth it. It’s worth it to find those people who are ready, who see their lives change, who see all the blessings that come from living the gospel. It’s worth it for them. It’s worth everything to do what Jesus did, and bless others and learn and grow. I love the people of Mexico (especially those poblanos 🙂 ) and I’ so glad I was able to serve and love them.

I will never forget all the experiences I had on the short mission I was able to serve. But the mission doesn’t end after 18 months. It’s an eternal mission. A mission to live the gospel every day of our lives. It’s not an easy one either, but it’s worth it.

I know this church is true, that it’s the Lord Jesus Christ’s church here on the earth. I know that there are prophets today who lead and guide us. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true. Anyone who wants to know these simple truths can ask God, and He will answer them!

Thanks for all your support and love!

Hermana Zutz

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Last letter home!

Well it’s true, this is my last letter home! I can’t believe it! Next Monday is Christmas Day, so I’ll just be skyping my family and the next monday we all go to the mission home and tuesday night I’ll be home in Texas. I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone. But I’ll go ahead and write about our week before getting all sentimental haha 🙂

I’ll start off with a quote from Hna Badger:

– "Y’all better repent y’allselves"
(when a non-texan tries to use y’all 🙂

Also, this past tuesday was interesting because it was the day of the Virgen of Guadalupe. We had intercambios with the hermanas in Fuertes (downtown) and we got some pretty sweet rejection haha! We knocked on a door looking for a lady, but her dad came out and told us "We are catholic. I don’t know why you’re knocking on our door. Never come back. I don’t ever want to see you again, and especially not on the day of the virgen!!" haha we just told hime to have a nice day and walked off laughing 🙂

(Trenzas 🙂

(when you walk so much, you get a hole in your shoe!)

(practicing the piano! 🙂

Well this week like all the others was full of miracles and challenges! We are really happy because we found some awesome new investigators, 2 of which accepted a baptismal date! The first one’s name is Margarita! We went to go visit an older sister from the ward, and when we walked in, Margarita was giving her a perm! We started talking and she was really interested. She’s 70 years old, and she’s a really happy and loving person! She came with us to the ward christmas party, and liked it a lot! The other one’s name is Marcos. He’s 30 and works for the bishop in his bakery. He has had a lot of problems in his life, and has some problems with the word of wisdom, but he wants to change and be better! We are really happy to be working with them.

With the other investigators, there’s been a lot of challenges. Basically it’s harder at christmas time because everyone works alot, so they haven’t been able to come to church. But we keep trying!!

So now for the sentimental part 🙂

Well like I said, I really can’t believe how fast the time has gone. I LOVE being a missionary. I was thinking the other day, although there are lots of times where the mission is really REALLY hard, I have never been so happy. It’s hard because we come to love the people we teach so much. We come to love the people who are rude to us. When you’re a missionary, you understand that we don’t just preach the gospel, we are literally trying to save souls. Trying to bring the biggest number of them back to our Heavenly Father. It’s hard because lots of times, the people we love the most decide not to do what they know is right, or not do what is going to make them happy. But even though it’s hard, we continue everyday searching for those people who are ready. Talking to everyone, trying to make them understand the blessings the gospel can bring them. It’s the best! Being able to talk about Jesus Christ and what he did for us every single day is the best! And that’s why we are so happy as missionaries. Because we see the gospel change people’s lives. We see the blessings and miracles they receive. We see people come closer to our Heavenly Father, and by seeing that, we come closer to our Heavenly Father too. Being a missionary is the best. It’s really sad to think that the time I have left with a nametag is almost over. But I try not to think of that. I keep trying to give my best every day and help the most people that I can! 🙂

I would just like to finish by sharing my testimony. I know that God lives and I know that he loves us, every single one of us, despite our weaknesses and mistakes. ​I know that Jesus Christ is our savior, and like the scriptures say:

"there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent" – Mosiah 3:17

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church, the church directed by Jesus Christ himself, through a living prophet and 12 apostles. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is true. Any person that reads it and asks God in prayer if it is true can know that for themselves. I know that the gospel is true, and that the privilege I’ve had to preach it for a year and a half is one of the experiences that I will treasure most. I love the gospel!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and that everyone can remember the true meaning of this special holiday!

Les amo! Nos veremos pronto 🙂

Hermana Zutz

Christmas time is here :)

Hola Everyone!

Well we had a pretty hectic week! Christmas is definitely getting closer! It’s gotten a little cold here (not cold enough to snow – Texas beat us on that one). It’s kind of annoying because it’s hot during the day but cold at night and in the morning. Today we got up super early to wash clothes and the water was SOOO cold. I think my hands just about froze. I couldn’t move my fingers haha. But you gotta do what you gotta do to save time 🙂

Today I got to visit some people from Xonacatepec so that was really nice. It’s great getting to see old investigators and members again 🙂 I know I’ll really treasure the friendships I’ve made here! I just love these people so much!

We are actually going to have a schedule change for december. Usually we go back home at 9 o clock every night, but now for the hermanas we have to be home at 7PM for safety, unless we’re with a member (male) who’s accompanying us. It’ll be really weird to study at night instead of in the morning. (please pray for me so that I can stay awake haha!)

We did intercambios with the hermanas en Xonacatepec. I don’t have pictures but I’ll try to send some later.

Well the truth is, we’ve had kind of a hard week this week. A lot of our investigators disappeared haha. Margarita (the miracle from last week!) disappeared completely. We called her, texted her, knocked on her door, and nothing. It must be for the holidays, lots of people are working a lot. Vicente and Dolores are also working a lot. We tried to go to the market where they work but we couldn’t teach. Too much music and noise. It’s kind of annoying but there’s not much we can do. Almost all of our appointments fell through this week, which is a bummer too. One night when we were doing our companionship prayer, Hna Badger said "Thank you for all the people who reject us, and thank you because all the appointments fell through today" and the both of us just bursted out laughing (not very reverent, but I just had to laugh at our luck haha)! But really, we have to be greatful for all of it. You just gotta look at the bright side – when there aren’t appointments, there’s more time to look for new investigators! We keep talking with everyone! We have found some awesome people. We showed the Light the world video to a mother in the street and she started to cry. It really touched her.

I love being a missionary, and I love the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, and the people I’ve taught. It’s definitely gone by too fast. Being able to talk about the gospel every single day is a huge blessing. I’m so glad the I was "called to serve" as the song says 🙂 I’m trying to enjoy every minute that’s left.

Love yall!

Hna Zutz

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(Old pictures – on the way to grajales there was a lot of fog)

(When your shoes break but it doesnt make sense to buy new ones – use KOLA LOKA (mexican super glue)

(our district activity – preparing for a piñata competition. It’ll be a boat when it’s finished (haha it’s upside down)

​(This week we have been "running around like chickens with our heads cut off 🙂 – yes, that is how they sell chickens here, hanging)

One giant miracle!

Well we had a hard, good, tiring week haha!

First off, we had intercambios with Bosques and another area called Grajales!

(Las hermanas de bosques – Hna Romero and Mi Hija – Hermana Castro!)

(Another – sorry about the camera strap lol)

I brought Hermana Castro over to Alamos Tuesday and we had a really good day! It was nice to spend a day with her again and work hard and catch up 🙂

Then on Friday, we had intercambios with Grajales, which is an area about an hour away from us. It is an area with a ton of pueblitos (really small towns) and it is SO COLD there. I almost died at night from the cold haha we had tosleep with like 4 shirts and my coat and also tights and leggings and we were still cold haha. I feel really bad for the hermanas who have to sleep there, nut really, their area is awesome! It is a branch that has 35 people who attend each sunday. There isn’t even a church building, just a "prayer house" – it’s literally a house with a room fixed up to be the chapel. But the members are really awesome and really willing to participate in the missionary work. We had a great day there!

(Hermana Herrera and I dying of cold in Grajales!)

(In the bus central meeting back up!)

Well like I said, we had a hard but good week here!

We have been trying new ideas to find new investigators, and we have realized that using the Light the World video is really awesome! The people really like it and are a lot more willing to listen to us! So we have had fun doing that. We also went as a district with our santa hats to sing christmas carols in el centro (downtown) and it was fun. We caught some people’s attention so that’s good !

The week was a little hard because we have seen lots of challenges. Some of our investigators disappeared, so we haven’t been able to talk to them 😦 lots of them need to get divorced and then get married which isn’t fun because it takes a long time to do that. We have been contacting lots and lots of people but the appointments have all fallen through. We felt a little discouraged but we received blessings from the elders in the neighboring ward and after that we felt a lot better.

We are also really happy because we had a giant miracle this week! When we were in Intercambios, Hna Badger and the other Hna contacted a 25 year old girl named Margarita!
She is AWESOME! They showed her the Light the World video and she loved it! She asked them what time were our church services and said she wanted to go. Well yesterday she came to church with us, stayed all 3 hours and she loved it! She was so happy! She also came and watched the christmas devotional and loved it to. She read the pamphlet of the restoration we gave her and prayed to know if it was true and said that she felt really good about everything. We couldn’t believe it! But we are really happy for her so please pray for her so she can be baptized soon 🙂

Hope yall have a great week!

Hna Zutz

Despedida de Camino Real

So since it’s my last transfer, they give us the chance to visit some of our old areas and say goodbye, so today I got to go to Camino Real!

HERMANA PAOLA and ALLISON 🙂

Mariana! Her empanadas are still great!

My best convert, ANDREA 😀 we ate lunch with her, luis and annelisse

Hna Andrea and Hna Badger and I

sorry it’s a little blurry

hna andrea gave us a little early christmas present!

Christmas Miracles, Chicken Brains, Falling Down, and Thankful for all of it!

Hola Everyone!

Well… we had an absolutely crazy week as you can see from the title… some pretty funny things happened…

– "I’m grateful for all the days I had food poisoning, because they made me stronger" – Hermana Badger on Thanksgiving Day.

– "It’s a Christmas Miracle!!!!!" – One day this week we ran out of gas (the water heaters here run on tanks of gas) and because of that, the water heater didn’t turn on. We accepted the fact that we would have to shower with ice cold water, but then hermana badger screamed, "Hermana, the water is coming out hot!!" We don’t know how that happened, but we decided it was just a Christmas Miracle!

– Well I fell down again this week. Hahaha we were walking near a ditch that has a creek (la barranca) and I didn’t realize there was a hole in the ground and I fell hahaha. My ankle hurt a couple of days but it’s all good now! I told our President, "I always fall down and never hurt myself, so idk what happened this time." He just laughed.

– We ate CHICKEN HEADS INCLUDING THE BRAINS

(Hna Badger with her chicken head )

(me with my chicken head)

(We ate the brain… it tasted like chicken haha)

So we had a really good week. There were lots of challenges but lots of miracles.

We had our leadership council Friday. It was sooo spiritual! We talked about what we’re gonna do in the Christmas Conference and also ideas of things to do this christmas to find more people to teach. It’s usually hard for missionary work in the christmas season because everyone starts to work a lot or they go on vacation. But we brainstormed some good ideas! We also talked about why we should be more persistent (don’t take no for an answer) and we have had some fun applying that this week! They also gave us lunch (not really a thanksgiving meal.. fried chicken breast with salad and baked potatoes… but we did get pumpkin pie at the end so that was good!)

(Sister Training Leaders with Hermana Nelson!)

​(we found a pretty cool advertisement! go see the video at mormon.org!)

So like I said, we saw some challenges this week but also some miracles. We have been talking to EVERYONE! We decided that we needed some new investigators so we have focused a ot this week in contacting! We found an 18 year old girl yesterday (the neighbor of a member) whose name is Nancy. She is awesome! She accepted a baptismal date in the first lesson and she said she’d come to church with us this Sunday 🙂

We’ve seen some challenges with Patricia and Luis… they didn’t come to church this week because they went to Tlaxcala because it was Patricia’s husband’s brother’s birthday hahaha. Patricia’s husband didn’t like church last week, and he gets mad when they go to church all 3 hours because it "messes up his plans". So that has been hard. But we keep praying for them so they can come to church and so Luis can be baptized!

We have seen progress with Dolores and Vicente. We talked about marriage with them again this week and put some goals so they can get married. Today, Vicente is going to go to civil records (idk if that’s what it’s called in English…) to see what they need to do. He also went to check to see if he’s legally divorced and we are hoping that he is so they can get married soon!

Well… that’s all I can think of right now. I hope y’all all had a great thanksgiving and that everyone can start serving to LIGHT THE WORLD

Hna Zutz

Starting my last cambio!!

Ahhhhh I can’t believe that I will be starting my last cambio!! I feel sad and nervous and excited all at the same time haha. The mission really has gone by so fast. I can’t believe that I only have 6 weeks left here. I am planning on making the best out of this last cambio!

We had a good week. Hermana Galicia had to say goodbye to everyone. I was really surprised that she didn’t stress out too much about going home. I hope I can do the same haha 🙂

(Sad to see her leave :()

Yesterday, lots and lots of new missionaries got here, and because of that there wasn’t time to decide all the cambios, so what they did is they put each new missionary in a trio for Monday afternoon. So we got to spend the day with Hermana Nocelo! She is from Matamoros, Mexico and I was really impressed with her. She was talking with people on the bus and everything without us telling her to do it! She only stayed with us for a day but it was really cool to see someone new with so much energy 🙂

(hermana galicia, hermana nocelo, and I!)

(Got to reunite with Hermana Schoenfeld!)

(Adios from la CAPU)

My new companion’s name is Hermana Badger! She is from Utah! I am happy to finally have an american companion hahaha! She has 14 months in the mission. She is awesome, we already knew eachother because when I was in Camino Real she was in the neighboring ward and the wards shared a chapel! She has a lot of energy and I know she’s gonna keep me working until the very last day of my mission haha! We are planning on working very very hard.

(Hermana Badger!)

We saw some really awesome miracles this past week! Luis Angel came back home! He apologized to his mom and when we had a lesson, in his prayer he asked for forgiveness! We knew Patricia’s faith was big enough to make miracles happen! They came to church with us this sunday and an even bigger miracle – patricia’s husband came to church too! We were really surprised but it was so cool! Hopefully he’ll start to listen to us more!

With Vicente and Dolores, we talked about the law of chastity and why they needed to be married and they were sooo receptive! Vicente said " we need to get married, we are living in sin" haha and said that from that night on they now sleep in separate beds hahaha. They said they want to get married, the only thing left is to set a date! That is our goal this week!

We also saw a huge miracle because we had a hard time finding new investigators this week. We said a covenant prayer, telling Heavenly Father that we were going to knock on doors for and hour and that we wanted 4 new investigators. We knocked for about 30 minutes and no one wanted to accept us. But then a car drove up and parked on the other side of the street and 4 people got out of the car! It was a family!! It was just too good to be true. We talked with them, shared a message there in the street and they accepted another appointment!

I hope y’all have a good week and a good thanksgiving!!

Hermana Zutz