Monday, March 30, 2015

learn about Jesus Christ and all that He has done for every one of us. and use the atonement in your life DAILY be asking forgiveness for every error, whether big or small, on purpose or on accident. 

soooooo transfers. they took hna paredes away from me! and theres this new system in the mission office where they arent telling anyone where they are being sent until they get on the bus to their new area. and nobody knows whos gona be their companion until they get to the area. now me and the other sisters from my generation are the oldest hermanas in the whole mission. SCARY. and we have lots of work to do. 

so. march. completed our goal!

april. yesterday we had 3 of our investigators come to church, each very unique. first theres Williams. hes about 23, has a 3 yr old daughter named Jade, and just less than a month ago got hit by a taxi on his motorcycle. broke both bones in his leg, 8 screws and a metal plate. we found him outside of his house bc we had to avoid a sketchy drug dealer street, and i was intrigued by his stitches, all up his bottom half of his leg. obvi we had to ask what happened. long story short, we went back the next day, he has TONS of questions, loved every minute of the lesson about the Restoration and was so focused on the words and the doctrine, accepted a baptismal date AND came to church with us the whole 3 hours. FAITH RIGHT. he said they told him to rest 6 months, but he wanted to go to church so we arranged to have him picked up with his daughter!! so awesome. problem is that he broke up with his gf/mother of his child, but they are still living together!! thats how the world functions these days. so we have to help him asap so he can progress! 

another one. Rosario. hes a bit older, lives alone, and sells newspapers for a living. he has a lot of neighborhood cats that hang around his house. we found him while looking for a different old lonely man, but God knows what he is doing haha. so he was like ya come visit me all the time! so we take the members and he loves getting to know them and wants to learn everything. but sometimes he doesnt let us get a word in! but its okay! thats how the spirit works! we can learn something that we are saying right there in the moment! and we invited him to maribi's baptism. he didnt show, but as we were leaving he was walking out of the chapel!! we were like hermano where have you been! and he said i was watching the baptism it was awesome! haha he went to the baptism of the other ward that meets in the same building and we had no idea. but he loved it! and he accepted to be baptized on the 11th so we are helping him out! he came to church all by himself and was participating and everything in the classes. 

the other is Levi. omg. he has been listening to the elders since 2012 and he has like 5 books of mormon and we went to see him and hes like look i already know everything and i just dont think God wants to hear from me. well basically said that. but he isnt confident that he will receive answers to his prayers so theres that. hes only 19, and has a lot on his mind. but we are trying to teach him every little thing about the atonement so he can use it and relax a bit!!! AND HE CAME TO CHURCH. the first time in who knows how long. and he accepted to be baptized on april 18th, but he did it doubtingly. so we have work. 

AND MANY MORE. lots of inactive families that want us to teach their children so they can be baptized, so hopefully that will help them come back and remember the truthfulness of the gospel! 

DECEMBER - He is the Gift
JANUARY - 8 questions that can be answered with the Gospel
FEBRUARY - Meet the Mormons (well, here in mexico it just came out)
MARCH - Because He Lives. 

the work is moving forward, and we cant lose a minute of it!

see you later! do all you can in the position that you have been given in this life! love you all!

love, hna zimmerman

ALSO P.S. i fell. flat out on my back. slipped on the sidewalk, luckily my head didnt hit the ground, the curb was just high enough to keep it from hitting. how embarrassing right. like looking straight up at the sky on my back. how? dont know haha. scraped up my arm. but im okay! what a blessing! my comp thought i passed out haha. 

also, when it rains a little in carmen, everything floods. theres no drainage system cuz if they dig a few feet they hit water. the streets are always a mess cuz theyre all built on sand!! theres shells in al the asphalt and concrete everywhere. 

All the adultas solteras. Young single adult women. They danced the salsa at the Relief Society Anniversary.  
Every year they all dress up like pioneers with bonnets to commemorate the anniversary.

 Hermana Paredes at the bus stations

Monday, March 23, 2015


the 2nd counselor in the stake presidency here has a little boy name Pahoran Helaman, and i asked him how old he was and he told me 5 and a half. then he proceeded to ask me a whole bunch of questions and i told him that i was 20 and a half. later on we saw him again in the chapel and the only thing he remembered about me, not even my name (of course) is that im 20 and a half. 

today i found in the huge stack of Liahonas in our house, a magazine from July 1994. (July 1994 is Jordy's birthday)  what. 
it had all the general conference talks from the april conference that year. president Uchtdorf was called to the 2nd quorum of the 70, and robert d hales was just called to the quorum of the 12. im old. 

and now we get to watch conference AGAIN what a blessing. and just yesterday i finished reading the last talk from the last general conference. the time passes by faster when you study the previous conference talks. i started studying right when we got the magazine with all the copies. we need to hear the words of the prophet and the apostles in our day, as well as the prophets of old. you cant do anything in this work or help God effectively if you arent constantly studying His words and His scriptures in order to learn and change and grow. 

the positive/negative part of serving a mission is that you become aware of every weakness you ever possessed!

Maribi was baptized on saturday. shes 13 and wants to be a missionary. she has changed alot in the last month and a half. when we found her she had just been kicked out of school and kicked out of her house. we have to pass her drunken relatives to get inside to see her. but dont worry they dont bother us or anything haha. and im really grateful that the Lord always completes what he knows needs to happen. despite all the different problems that poor Mari had to face, she was able to be baptzied and confirmed, something that will help her immensely as she continues to grow and progress. 

read the scriptures. study the words of the prophets. play the part that you have been given. do your best wherever you are called. BE PREPARED for when the Lord needs your help. 

in PMG it says "when the Father asked His Beloved Son to pay the price of the sins of the world, Jesus was PREPARED and WILLING."

are you prepared AND willing? will you be able to share what you know confidently with those about you? will you be able to testify of the truth that you know? 

Love you and pray for you all!!

love hermana zimmerman

Monday, March 16, 2015


look what my first convert pamela sent me!!! shes about to turn in her mission papers, her little sister was baptized half a year ago, and they just moved to mexico city. she always updates me on her progress and expresses how much she loves me i just love her!! and she told me in her last message "and the people i help convert wont be my converts, they will be ours." WOW. 

Monday, March 9, 2015


Carmen. blazing heat. lots of stuff to do. we are the first sister missionaries in the ward in over 20 years so its funny to see peoples reaction when we visit them. they dont know how to treat us and ask us why we arent wearing a uniform haha. but this ward needs a lot of help and we are doing our best to get everyone involved and really be unified. thats the most important. the ward has got to be unified. if someone didnt go to church, GO SEE THEM. whether its your calling or not. if you think of someone or that you should go help them out or send em a message, DO IT cuz its the holy ghost. 

Visit the sick, help the needy, lift up the sad. do as Christ did, always act in such a way that you can be his representative. 

OH YEA we got to see meet the mormons. SO AWESOME. if you havent seen it yet go see it. our mission president said its a good way to get members on their feet. sometimes people are scared to share the gospel cuz they arent living as well as they should, simple. be obedient to the commandments!! be an example!!! everyone should ask you "oh youre a mormon! that means you do the family night thing on mondays!" and youre gona want to say yes... so do it!! love you all!! write me letters! in the mail! haha

love, hna zimmerman

the Carmen Zone!! #howmanymissionariesdoesittaketotakethesamepictureon15differentcameras #dontrememberhowtohashtag but here we are!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

16 Months

The best baptisms are part member baptisms. where theres a family member that has been inactive for years, and their spouse and children accept the gospel later on. it completes so many promises and so many prayers are answered. even better when they have waited so long for the SISTER missionaries to touch their hearts. Karla and Abraham! the ward is trusting us more and more little by little, after our first 2 weeks opening the area, they have started helping us out and getting involved, and now they know that we are NOT here to mess around. 

please share the gospel. if its changed your life, be a little courteous and let it change the lives of others. ESPECIALLY the people that you love! 

think back to your own baptism! think about the love and security you felt! and now transfer it to all others. its the best way to show the Lord that you love Him.

also, im in the ward Aeropuerto. which means airport. which means yes the airport is in my area. which means all day the planes and helicopters fly over us. classic. i counted 15 pass over us before 9 am. and they fly super close. 

if you havent served a mission yet, i highly advise you to do so!

ALSO did everyone know that March is the month of gratitude? be grateful!
im grateful for nice taxi drivers even in dangerous places
im grateful for a breeze when its blazing hot outside
im grateful for all the members that tell us we need to gain weight and feed us everytime we are in their homes. 
be grateful!

love, hermana zimmerman

first baptisms together with my New Companion. 2nd week in Carmen and first sunday together! 
the sun is wayyy strong here. every morning when we go outside it feels like the beach is just around the corner! but we live in the middle of the island. love it. 

Karla and Abraham