Hermana Galicia’s last week!

Hola!!

Well we had a pretty good week! As you can see from the title, this next week is Hermana Galicia’s last week in the mission! Next week we will have transfers! I feel like this transfer has just gone by soooo fast. By the way, next week they are changing our p-day to Tuesday so I will be writing Tuesday!

Exciting news: 3 more of my old investigators in Xonacatepec got baptized this weekend, the 2 girls from the Fernandez Family and Victor!! So exciting!

This week we had a "Christmas training conference" showing us what we will be doing for the Christmas campaign this year. It’s basically the same as last year with the "Light the World" theme – looking for ways to serve every day of Decemeber. We are excited!

(Hermana Herrera, Ferniza, Galicia, and I at the Christmas training)

So we saw some cool miracles this week! We have a couple that we have been teaching. Their names are Vicente and Dolores. They are friends of a bishop in another ward, and he invited them to a family home evening with him and his family. Since they live in our area, they passed us the referral. They are awesome! We have taught them various lessons, and they are really receptive. As always, after teaching the restoration, we committed them to pray to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if this was the church of Jesus Christ. In the next lesson, Dolores told us that she had a brother who had been really sick. He did some medical exams and they were waiting on the results. She told us that when she said her prayer, she asked for God to give her a sign that the church was true, that sign being that her brother’s tests results would come back fine. She waited, and the test results came back normal! Her brother didn’t have anything wrong. What a miracle (and an answer!)! She was really surprised, and said that God had answered her. They came to church this Sunday and liked it a lot. The only problem is… they’re not married ahhhhhh but we hope they will be soon hahaha!

(gigantic cemita that Dolores and Vicente gave us- sorry it’s blurry)

(hermana galicia with her gigantic cemita)

With Luis Angel, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. He was no longer grounded from going to church, but last weekend something weird happened. Patricia’s brother (17 years old) came over to her house, and him and Luis took some of his mom’s money to go by snacks without asking her. Well of course she got mad, and the whole thing blew up. Turns out that Luis Angel left home to go live with his uncle and grandma. It was all really weird and doesn’t make a lot of sense. But yeah we haven’t seen him. Patricia was really sad and worried, because he refused to come back home. But we were able to read the story of Alma the younger when the angel appeared to him with her. The story says that the Angel appeared to him because of the faithfulness of his father and his father’s prayers. Patricia really does have a TON of faith, and we know that if she keeps praying with faith, everything will work out.

Well, that’s about all I have to say. I hope y’all have a good week!

Hermana Zutz

(Dirt roads = dirty shoes)

(our view of La Malinche today! We went to some of Hna Galicia’s old areas so she could say goodbye)

(Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl)

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16 Months and Día de los Muertos (de los pantalones)!

Hola!!

Well we had a suuuuuuper busy week this week. Here are some cool things that happened:

– Yesterday I completed 16 Months in the mission. I can’t believe I just have 2 months left :O It just keeps going by faster and faster!

– This week (November 1 and 2), el día de los muertos (day of the dead) was celebrated here in Mexico, which basically means that this week was really hard lol. Since the holiday is celebrated basically only by catholics (basically everyone), everyone remembered that they were catholic and decided not to listed to us hahaha. We had a really hard time finding our investigators because everyone goes out to parties, ect. But it was pretty cool. THey have some cool traditions. They always make "pan de muerto" called "hojaldras". It’s pretty good. Look up hojaldras if you wanna see pictures. We ate a lot of that! And they put "offerings" with a certain type of flower, and on the table they put all the food that the dead person liked. It’s pretty interesting

– Now we are offically back to skirts 😦 We are sad. And also we think there are more mosquitos now than in the summer haha because we have gotten bit up (even though we are using bug spray!)

– Also, 3 of my investigators from Xonacatepec got baptized this past weekend (Ariadna, Aline, and Juan Carlos)! So exciting!!

Tuesday, we had our Zone Conference. Hermana Galicia and I had to to train about how to extend a committment invitation to investigators (invite them to come to church, read the book of mormon, ect). We did an object lesson that was pretty funny. We asked for a volunteer, and then gave them a cup of some brown liquid (if was really just orange juice with food coloring) and told them to drink it. At first they didn’t want to do it, but we convinced them, offering them chocolate, telling them it was good, ect. Then went they drank it they realized it was good hahaha. But yeah we related that to asking investigators to do things they normally wouldn’t do, things that to them sound crazy like closing their business on Tuesday, stopping drinking coffee, ect. And we talked about how we have the power to promise specific blessing to our investigators for if they keep their committment. We also have to warn them of the consequences if they dont keep it. It went well. We were all stressed because we had to traing 3 different groups for 30 minutes each, but it went really well! And not surprisingly, the elders were a lot more willing to drink the brown drink than the hermanas hahaha!

We also did intercambios with the hermanas from Libres (like an hour and a half away from Puebla). It was fun. I stayed with Hermana Urias in Libres. We didn’t find a lot of people because it was Nov. 2, but we did get to teach some lessons so that was good!

(in the hermanas’ house, there’s a mystery door… in the roof…)

(the view of Libres)

(day of the dead tradition – put a cross on the door or on the floor in front of the door with these orange flowers… aparently it’s so the dead person recognizes the house so they can come in and "eat" the offering)

(On the bus back to Puebla with Hermana Urias)

We saw a small miracle with Patricia and Luis Angel. They came to baptism in another ward with us , where a family of 5 got baptized! It was really nice. They loved it! Also, Luis Angel’s stepdad actually listened to us a little!! Before, he always left when we arrived, but this time he stayed at the end of the lesson and during the last prayer. Last week, when we got to their house, he was changing the tire of his car, and we offered to help him (really, we don’t know anything about changing tires, but we offered nonetheless), and he said no thanks. But Patricia told us that afterward he started to ask her a bunch of questions about us, what we do, why we offered to help, did we really know how to change a tire, ect haha. She told us that he was impressed that we had offered to help him. So we think that’s why he stayed during the lesson! Patricia and Luis Angel still didn’t come to church, but hopefully they come next week!

(with Lulu, Patricia and Luis Angel’s cat)

(We love LULU!!!)

Also, yesterday Hermana Galicia had a really bad day. First, her stomach hurt a lot because of what we ate in la comida, and then, walking to an appointment, she tripped over a wire hanger that was laying in the road and tore up her knee. I felt really bad for her. When we got home, she died on my bed haha

​(day of the dead, right?)

But now she’s better, so that’s good! (I had to clean her knee for her hahaha)

Well I hope y’all all have a good week!

Hermana Zutz

Zone Conference- October 31

Here are some photos from our Zone Conference!

(Zona La Paz- Fuertes) p.s. sorry it’s blurry

(Hermana Galicia and I!)

(Hermana Castro and Hermana Stewart!!)

(The Trio in fuertes – Hermana Santizo, Hermana Hualpa, and Hermana Steadman – we matched a lot haha)

(las hermanas de bosques – hermana castañon and hermana romero)

Selfie 🙂

One year older and wiser too!

Hola!!
well, this tuesday was hermana galicia’s birthday!! She turned 21! We didn’t get to celebrate much on tuesday because we did intercambios, but we tried to celebrate it in the week! (At least I sang her "las mañanitas" at 6:30 AM)

(with her birthday note!)

(Birthday note up close)

In our district meeting, we also bought a cake to celebrate and surprised her. (Also it was the best cake I think I’ve eaten here in Mexico!)

(district celebration!)

(Ft. our zone leader, elder valenzuela)

So like I said, we had intercambios with Xonacatepec Tuesday, and I got to see Hermana Castro again! I stayed in Alamos and Hermana Stewart came with me (we arrived her in the mission together). It was a lot of fun, and we both learned a lot from eachother! Since I have little time in our area, I was really worried about getting lost, but thankfully I didn’t! (Well… I did get a little lost, but not too bad haha). We had a good day! (sorry I forgot to take pictures)

So about our investigators…

We have had some cool experiences! Luis Angel and Patricia are progressing well! They always get so excited when we teach them. Yesterday, we had a lesson with them about Baptism and the gift of the holy ghost! We told them that right now (since they haven’t been baptized), they can only feel the presence of the holy ghost at times (when we’re there teaching a lesson, when they read the BOM, or pray) but then it leaves, and that the Gift of the holy ghost is having his company always!! They got really excited and said "well we’re gonna read all the time so he can be with us!" and then when we got up to leave, Patricia said "don’t take the Holy Ghost with you!!" haha. The sad thing is is that Luis Angel failed some classes in school and his stepdad grounded him from coming to church. SERIOUSLY. Luis angel said that he cried a lot because he wanted to come to church, he told his stepdad "I’ll give you my phone, I won’t leave to go with my friends for an entire month, just let me go to church!" but his stepdad said no. he was going to get him "where it really hurts" so that he would make better grades. lets just say that when I heard that, i got suuuuuper mad and super sad. But as a missionary I’ve learned how to control that haha. There wasn’t really anything we could do. But like how does a parent ground someone from coming to church??? The thing is, his stepdad doesn’t really believe in God so for him it didn’t really matter. Oh well. We fasted yesterday so that the Lord would soften his heart and that he would let Luis Angel come to church.

we are also sad because this week we will start wearing skirts again 😥 I love pants seriously but we have to say goodbye. Also, its hard because the weather here is weird. It the morning and at night, it’s really cold, but during the day it gets super hot, so we never know what clothes to wear haha!

I hope you all have a good week 🙂

Hermana Zutz

(celebrating again, on Pday!

Intercambios!

Hola! Como están todos??

Some quotes from this week:

"me: What is your family like?

hna galicia: they are persons, normal human beings"

– practicing english

"Don’t mad with me!!" – Hermana Galicia

Well we had an interesting week here in alamos! We had intercambios with Bosques and Serdan this week! They were super fun. I stayed with Hermana Romero in Bosques Tuesday and it was fun. We worked hard, found new investigators. And got to know each other a little better! I got to see a lot of people I knew from the ward (bishop, stake president’s wife, ect.), and it was good to get to catch up haha!

Then on Friday we went to Ciudad Serdan, a big pueblo (does that make sense?) that’s about 2.5 hours away from here. Serdan is reaaalllly pretty. It’s at the base of another volcano that’s on the border between Puebla and Veracruz called “el pico de Orizaba.” Since it’s at the base of the volcano, it gets REALLY COLD at night/in the morning. I was freezing to death. We had to get up super early because we had to be there by 9:00-9:30 AM. We first took a bus to the bus terminal and then took one of those greyhound type buses to serdan. But I enjoyed the view along the way. I stayed with Hermana Tadeo and we worked hard there too! Hermana Tadeo is really small but walks soooo fast haha. I was running to keep up with her! But we had a good day and we were able to teach a lot of people. The people there are really receptive!

(The drive to Ciudad Serdan)

(El pico de orizaba)

(while waiting for the combi, we decided to take pictures!)

(Hermana Tadeo and I!)

In Alamos, we had kind of a hard week. No one wanted to listen to us haha. Everyone told us no. But we kept contacting people and knocking on doors. We know that the Lord will bless us if we keep working diligently!

Patricia and Luis Angel are doing really well! They have been reading the book of mormon, their pamphlets and praying and have been receiving answers and having really cool expriences!! Patricia told us that Luis Angel really likes to listen to bad music (gangster rap stuff) and that she always would get mad when he would listen to it. She would tell him to stop it, but he would never do it and would always get really mad at her. Well she told us that this week out of the blue, Luis Angel erased ALL of the bad music he had! He said that he just didn’t feel the need to listen to it anymore and started listening to better music! They said that they thought it was an answer to their prayers. I thought the story was awesome because it shows that the gospel helps people to repent and be better, even in the smallest of ways 🙂

And I have GREAT NEWS!! Guadalupe (our investigator in Xonacatepec) got baptized this past weekend! I’m going to tell hermana castro to send pictures so hopefully I’ll send them to y’all next week!

Hermana Zutz 🙂

(in "el parian" en el centro!)

​(El centro was really damaged because of the earthquake a month ago, they have had to support lots of the buildngs so they don’t collapse)

Hulk legs, here I come!

Hola Everyone!

So we had a good week here in Alamos! I really like this area – we have seen a lot of miracles!

(Hermana Galicia and I!)

We have been working hard! This area is super hilly and there’s hardly any public transportation – which means I will actually get home with hulk legs from climbing up and down hills all day haha! But that’s okay! Part of being a missionary!

(At the end of my first day in Alamos… oops.)

So a little about our investigators…

We have some awesome families that we are teaching!

One of them is a mom and her son (he’s 13) who’s names are Patricia and Luis Angel. They would be golden, other than the fact that the mom has to get divorced and then marry her new boyfriend 😥 haha. But seriously, they are really awesome. Very receptive and they get really excited when we teach them. We talked about the fact that the familiy can be eternal, and the mom got so excited. She said that a couple of years ago, someone told her that when we die we won’t be in families, we’ll just all be brothers and sisters and we won’t recognize our children or our parents, ect. and she said that that had made her super sad. Well we were able to testify and talk about how the family can be eternal! She got so excited! We talked about getting married/sealed in the temple and she just said "well I gotta get a move on with my divorce so I can get married in the temple!!" haha. They came to church with us yesterday and they liked it a lot!

Another is the Huerta Cortes family. They are a mom and her daughter (21) and son (13). They are also really receptive and came to church with us yesterday. When they got there, the daughter turned to me and said "That’s my uncle!! and pointed to one of the brothers who was sharing his testimony. Turns out that the mom’s husband’s cousin is in our ward haha! They didn’t know and the cousin didn’t know that they were listening to us either haha!

We also found another young couple named José and Geovana. The elders from the neighboring area contacted them in the street and passed us the referral. They are awesome! They really want to learn more about God and learn how they can strengthen their family – everything the gospel can do!! So we are looking forward to working with them!

We also had a leadership council friday with all the zone leaders and sister training leaders (I will say HLC from now on – in spanish: hermana lider capacitadora). It was super awesome. It was like a mini zone conference. We learned a lot. We talked about the needs of the mission and also offered ideas of things to teach in the next zone conference. And aftewards they gave us lasanga haha (it was really good :))

(Title of Liberty for the Mission Leadership Council)

This week we will being doing intercambios with the hermanas from Bosques and Ciudad Serdan. Kind of nervous but also excited. I’ll let y’all know how that goes!

Have a great week!

Hermana Zutz

​Mexico! 🙂

Long live the Alamo!!

Hola!!

Well…. we had transfers (cambios)! I am now in an area called Alamos! (sure does remind me of texas haha!) Alamos is about 20 minutes away from Xonacatepec, not too far haha! But it is part of another stake called Fuertes. My companion’s name is Hermana Galicia. She is from Queretaro, Mexico, and has been my sister training leader for 3 transfers! (ever since I got to Xona). This will be her last transfer as she is going home Nov 20. That mean’s I’m going to kill her haha (you "Kill" someone when you’re their last companion before going home!) Another surprise… I was called to be a sister training leader (Hermana Lider). Que loco!! I was really surprised haha President Nelson called me saturday while we were eating with some members and caught me totally off guard, I just replied "oooookayy" hahaha. I’m kind of nervous because there’s a lot of things we’ll have to do – exchanges (intercambios), lots of phone calls, leadership councils, training in the zone conferences… ect. I’m nervous but I know the Lord will help me. We have 8 hermanas. So please please pray for me because I really need it haha! The good thing is that I will be hermana castro’s sister training leader haha. I told her "you can’t escape from me haha." I will be doing intercambios with both the hermanas from Xonacatepec and Bosques!

​(old picture, but Hermana Galicia is the one next to me in blue)

We had a good last week in Xonacatepec. We took another adventure to San Andres Las Vegas ( a pueblo in our area). We had contacted a family that said they lived there, but when we went for the appointment, we never found their address (probably because the houses don’t have numbers) and they never answered the phone. Oops.

(View from San Andres Las Vegas)

(Las vegas!)

Angel, our golden investigator, is doing really well! We introduced him and his wife to another young couple in our ward, and they hit it off really well! We all had a family home evening together yesterday, and the hermano prepared a really good lesson about how the book of mormon answers a lot of questions about baptism! Angel payed a lot of attention and liked the lesson a lot! Although I probably won’t be able to be there at his baptism, it’s great being able to play a part in the progress of an investigator!

We weren’t able to talk with Victor a lot because whenever we had appointments, he wasn’t home. It’s a little hard to find him sometimes, and it doesn’t help that he doesn’t have a phone. But we did see him tuesday and he showed us that he had already read up to Jacob in the book of mormon! I couldn’t believe it! He said he liked it a lot and that it was helping him a lot.!

Abigail was super sad when I told her that I had transfers. I love her a lot. She is so sweet and she gets so so so excited when we teach her. I had given her some general conference talks and she always was so excited to tell us what she had learned from the talk. I’m gonna miss her!

(Last appointment with Abigail- our investigator!)

We also did a cool missionary activity! We did a free car wash! When the people entered, we told them to go inside the church while the young men and young women washed their car. Inside we had snacks and drinks, and we showed some mormon messages/videos from the bible. The people loved it. We got to talk with them about the videos and talk about Jesus Christ! It was great, and every single person that came in gave us their address and made an appointment with us! Hermana Castro says "it’s amazing how much the word "free" will do" hahaha!

(Free car wash – "Come and be clean")

Well that’s about it. I hope all y’all are doing well! Have a good week 🙂

Hermana Zutz

(When your investigator falls asleep, take a picture with her!)


Cambios!

Here are some photos saying goodbye to some special people

(Guadalupe (investigator) – she gets really mad when we have cambios because she says it’s not fair that they always take us away from her!)

(hermana Nayeli – first baptism here in Xona!)

(I found hermana Santizo and Hermana Castañon!)

(hermana herrera is going to tlaxcala – she’s going to be training!!!)

(Adios, hija :´( – )

Last week of training :(

Buenas Tardes!!

So as you can see, we will be entering our last week of Hna Castro’s training… 😦

That means, next week we will have cambios. I’ll tell y’all next monday what happened! The most likely is that I’ll be leaving Xonacatepec since I have more time here 😦 I’d really like to stay because we have found some really awesome investigators. But the Lord needs me where he needs me!

So we had a great week this week! We have found some GOLDEN investigators!

One of them’s name is Angel. His wife is a member of the church, and they got married about 3 months ago. Angel’s wife always invited him to church, but he always said that when he was ready, he would go. Well last sunday he showed up at church, and that’s where we met him! In a lesson with them, Angel told us that recently some things had happened to make him think it was time to go to church. At work, he found one of our pass along cards that has a picture of Jesus Christ in the americas. A couple weeks later, he found a brand-new copy of the Book of Mormon. He started to read it, and he felt that it was God telling him that it was time. Well he is GOLDEN! He accepted a baptismal date in the first lesson, and actually asked if he could be baptized earlier! He has a lot of faith, he likes church a lot, and he also attended a baptism of another ward this week with us! When we left the baptism, he said he felt a "different energy". I asked him "Do you know what that different energy is called?" He said no. I told him "It’s called the Holy Ghost!" He laughed and agreed with me. He also went to church yesterday to watch general conference!

We finally were able to find Victor this week! It turns out that one of his brothers passed away in a building that collapsed during the earthquake in Mexico City 😦 He had a really hard week. But he said that he has been reading the Book of Mormon and that when he reads it, he feels a lot better. He came to general conference yesterday too and he said that he felt like a lot of the talks helped him. So that’s good. We are praying a lot for him.

Abigail is doing well too! She has been having some family problems, so we left her the assignment to read "Adversity" (A talk by Henry B. Eyring) and also Alma 32. She read both and loved them! She was so excited to tell us everything that she had learned! She didn’t come to church, but we are hoping that she will come next week!

Guadalupe wasn’t able to be baptized last week 😦 She got super super sick on Tuesday and they had to take her to the hospital. She is older and sick, so we were all really worried. But I think she is getting a little better.

General Conference was awesome! We had a ton of investigators show up, so that was a miracle!! I hope they were able to learn just as much as I was!

Here are some of my favorite talks:

President Uchtdorf: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/three-sisters?lang=eng

Elder Holland: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/media/session_1_talk_11/5594207155001?lang=eng

Elder Callister: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/media/session_5_talk_4/5595013698001?lang=eng

W. Craig Zwick: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/media/session_4_talk_10/5594897363001?lang=eng

Donald L. Hallstrom: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/media/session_4_talk_5/5594907556001?lang=eng

Well that’s about it!

I hope y’all all have a good week!

Hermana Zutz

(District meeting!)

(:)

(watching general conference in english with hermana herrera!!)

Hermana Zutz: 3-time earthquake survivor!

Hey everyone!

Well, as you can all see from the title, we had some pretty crazy experiences this week! Tuesday, we were waiting for a sister from the ward who was going to accompany us to an appointment outside of an Oxxo (a convenience store here). It was about 1:15, and we felt the ground start to shake. I thought I had stepped on a loose piece of cement, but then we looked up and everything was shaking. It was kinda scary. Everyone started to run out of buildings/houses/stores, and we realized that it was another earthquake. It was really strong. It lasted about 15 or 20 seconds. All the street lamps were swaying like Jello. The people working in the Oxxo ran out, some of them crying, and grabbed hands and made a circle and started reciting the Lord’s prayer (because everyone here is catholic) and saying things like “protect us Lord, we’re all wicked, forgive us, ect”. Everyone was really scared. Since all the kids were still in school, once the earthquake stopped, we saw all the parents running to the schools to make sure their kids were okay. It was all really crazy. But we are all fine. Nothing happened close to where we were. Turns out that there were actually 2 earthquakes that happened at the same time, one in Puebla, and one in Morelos. I think they were measured at 7.1. Apparently, things are really bad in Morelos, and in Mexico City. Lots of buildings and I think a school collapsed. Everyone was collecting food and supplies to donate. In the centro here in Puebla, lots of buildings collapsed too (because they’re really old). It’s really sad. Please pray for the people affected. When the phone lines finally got fixed, we got a text from our zone leaders saying that we had to go home all Tuesday afternoon and have an emergency backpack at hand, since there could be replicas (I don’t know it that’s how you say it in English…).

(some bricks that fell on a car here in our area)

(when we got home, we found our mirror shattered haha. I guess it fell over during the earthquake)

The sister missionaries in Bosques had some damage to their house. They live on the 3rd floor, and when they got home, they saw a bunch of cracks in the walls and ceilings. So they came to spend the night with us Tuesday night. But I guess the damage was only superficial, not structural so they are fine.

(our last-minute sleepover)

(trying to take a funny picture and failing haha)

The second earthquake this week happened Saturday morning. It was at like 7:55. I was finishing getting ready, sitting on my bed, and I felt the house sway a tiny bit. I thought I had just gotten dizzy haha. I asked Hermana Castro if she felt something weird, and she said she had too so I knew I wasn’t just crazy! We barely felt it here, it lasted like 2 seconds.

We are pretty much tired of earthquakes at this point.

So with our investigators, we are still seeing some challenges. The Fernandez Family has kinda gotten stuck in a rut. The parents have had a lot of work, and they don’t know if they’re going to have to keep working Sundays or not. They don’t want to be baptized if they’re not going to be able to go to church (they have a point). So we are trying to figure that out.

We are trying to see if one of our investigators, Guadalupe, can be baptized soon. She is the wife of José. She really wants to be baptized, and she’s definitely ready. The only thing is that José isn’t ready. He’s unsure, and also we found out that he secretly smokes. He tells us he doesn’t, and gets really mad when we ask him. But his granddaughters and his wife tell us he smokes every day. So we are kind of stuck on what to do there. But we are hoping that Hna Guadalupe will be able to be baptized soon 🙂 She is such a sweetheart.

Abigail accepted a baptismal date! She is really sweet, and she can feel the spirit very strongly! We taught her about the restoration this week, and she committed to praying to see if Joseph Smith was a prophet!

We weren’t able to see Victor this week ( I wrote about him I think 2 weeks ago)… We knocked on his door, but we saw a note taped to it saying that they had a tragedy in the family and that he wouldn’t be here. We think it might have something to do with the earthquake. We hope nothing too bad happened 😦

Also, we got to watch the Women’s Session of General Conference Saturday night! It was so great! Go watch it if you haven’t! Also, this weekend is General Conference! You can watch it here: lds.org

I hope you all have a good week!!

(A fruit here called Maracuyá – it’s really good as ice cream!)

(At the baptism of a little girl from the ward! p.s. please ignore that we’re in the bathroom of the church)

District activity today ft. Hermana Herrera!