Monday, August 31, 2015

Just Another Week...

July 27, 2015

Hola mis queridos,
Hermanas - freezing in July!
Bueno. This week was full of typical missionary things. Some of the stellar moments. We got the go ahead for Julio. He will be baptized this Saturday Agosto 1. AWESOME!! We made some announcements and we just bought him a tie. Not so stellar. He is struggling and we are trying to help him. I have such a testimony that as we ask and search the scriptures the Lord will lead us. I found (I don't know how many) scriptures for him and gave them to him last night. He said they are helping. We will see. Keep him in your prayers.

Cecilia went to the temple with the youth and then gave her testimony about it on Sunday. She is GLOWING!! It was such an incredible feeling! Seriously I am so honored and humbled that I was able to be a part of this transition and change in her life. Speaking of change. Something that was incredibly special for me this week happened during sacrament meeting. I was sitting there thinking and I believe someone had said something earlier or after. (can't remember). But it just hit me. Change is one of the greatest gifts we are given in the world! Through our Savior and Redeemer we can truly change!! FOR GOOD! We can be better then we were before and continue bettering ourselves. I have seen that change in so many lives and I am finally starting to recognize it in my own life. It is an incredible miracle and blessing. I am so grateful for every moment in my mission!! It is the greatest place to find who you are and to help others do so as well. 
Cleaning the font

Other news. Cristhian is doing GREAT! He is still on point for August 15th. We are just seeing a lot of miracles. We also were able to visit Victoria and were an answer to her prayer. We passed by on a day after she had already told us she wouldn't be home but we decided to anyway and she happened to be outside her apartment building and told us that we were an answer to her prayers. (AWESOME! LOVE THE SPIRIT). Really that was our week. Super awesome and full of miracles. 

Oh and I played the piano for the general priesthood meeting musical number and got roped in to playing all the hymns (it was bad). Me and my comp were the only hermanas and we kept confusing all the speakers because they kept saying good afternoon brothers....oh and hermanas and then all the heads would turn and look at us. Real fun. Craziness. Oh and I finished the Book of Mormon in Spanish for the first time!! Woohoo!!!

Well I love you all!! Remember who you are and who you stand for and read the talk about waking up early in the Ensign or New Era for Julio. It is great!!! 


Hermana Albach

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tender Mercies Abound

July 13, 2015

Hola todo!!
Ojala que todo este bien en sus vidas ahora!! <Hopefully, all is well with you> So this week was really crazy for us but it was awesome. I am just going to update you on some of the simple things and highlight some awesome moments that we have had. 

Hrma Bernal, Cecilia, Kaitlyn
Cecilia: She had her baptism announced this Sunday. We had a noche de hogar <Family Home Evening> last Monday with her which was a lot of fun. She has been coming to all the activities. She is just so prepared! She passed her baptismal interview!!! WOOHOO!!! We made her some super cute invitations! She is just so great and the best part is that she wants us to come and start teaching her aunt and her cousins the gospel so that they can feel and have the same happiness they do and stop smoking. So great!

Julio: He is also still coming and loving it. He is so smart and knows so much. We are just trying to help him feel still. We were able to identify a lot of his necesidades <needs> this week and think we can now make a lot more progress. 

Tender Mercies---- Interviews with Presidente LaPierre. So choice. They are something I look forward to all the time and this time was no different. I learn so much and able to leave feeling like I have been recharged and can be a better missionary then I was before I entered. He is truly called of God and is helping me to become a better person. 

Service. We had some incredibly sacred and special experiences to serve an hermana this week. Through which I was able to feel the love of the Lord more fully for me and really see the love he has for each and every one of his children. 

Prayer. The Lord ANSWERS prayers. Last week I went and printed out a bunch of pictures from my mission. I had my jacket all day and I thought I had put my usb drive in and then when I went to look for it I couldn't find it. I was sure it was lost. I looked through everything. I was ok with it just a little sad because I knew I had my photos on my card. But then I realized one day that all my photos from my comps was on the usb drive. So I said a prayer and then felt prompted to look again in my backpack. And in a super random pocket that I was sure I had checked before. There it was!! The Lord is there. He loves us and will guide and help us as we humble ourselves before him and have faith in him! 

Love you all and hope you can take time to look for and find the tender mercies that the Lord has for each and every one of you! You are always in my prayers. Keep the faith and be the example of love and service that our Savior needs!!


Hermana Albach