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

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