Monday, October 28, 2013

Nineteenth Week in the Field

Hola Everyone! 

I can't believe how fast time is flying by!  I don't know where it went!

This week was full of so many miracles and faith promoting experiences. We had a huge miracle this week that resulted from a referral that a member of one of the Thousand Oaks wards gave to the other Hermanas in the branch. They gave it to us and when we went and visited them (Gloria and Tivursio) last week they wanted to know more. This week when we visited them, they committed to baptism for the end of November. They are so ready and already living a gospel and Christ-like life. They just need to come to church which may present a problem every so often because of the many health problems that she has. They both have such a desire to come closer to Christ though. They love it when we come over and meet with them. They feel really good and know what we're saying is true.

Another miracle that happened this week was that we were finally able to locate a less active member (Socorro). The branch was unsure of where her exact address was, but we were able to hunt her down. Apparently, she wants to come to church, but can't because she doesn't have a ride. She lives with some other people (we haven't established the relationship yet) who hopefully will be able to give her a ride if they become more interested. 

Linda, is still doing great, except the fact that she keeps not coming to church.  We think she still has that testimony of the gospel, but something's missing in her desire to attend church.  We have to push her baptism date back again.  Please pray for her so that she can still get baptized. 
Because we're no longer in the English ward anymore, we get to go to the Branch!!  The members, though there's only a few, are amazing!  They all have really strong testimonies of the gospel and want to do what's best for us to help continue the work along.  President Parra got really excited because (in his words) the branch now has a "private army" of missionaries to help it grow.  Working with the other Hermanas on a more regular basis is really great too.  We also got to see Pablo pass the sacrament!  It was the most adorable thing I've ever seen!  He even got to pass it to Hermana Faletau and I.  He's turning into quite a little jokester too.  After Sacrament Meeting he was trying to tell us that the Gospel Principles class was somewhere else, but then he got caught when the Elder's Quorum president told us where it was.  He just laughed and told us that he almost got us.  I love Pablo so much!  In Relief Society, Hermana Parra, (RS pres.)  got up, she told the Relief Society that our dinner calendars should be full even though there's really not that many of them and it's split between two sets now.  She continued to say that she might ask members in Moorpark 1st and 2nd Wards to help out.  YAY!  This means we'll probably get to see some of the members again even though we're still in the branch!  I'm so grateful, though, to be constantly working with the Hispanic population here. 

Although I do love it in the Branch, I do still miss the ward.  We live with Sister Appel and Sister Heslop in the apartment (no more apartment to ourselves), but they're super great!  It's hard sometimes listening to them plan and talk about the investigators that we used to meet with, but I know their in good hands.  The sisters are really sweet and caring.  We did find out this week, though, that Ezra probably doesn't want to be baptized now because we left the ward.  I pretty positive that he'll change his mind when he meets the sisters, but please keep him in your prayers.  He needs to be baptized!  He shouldn't have that mindset.  Apparently, the ward still misses us a lot as well (especially after I was there for three months), but they love the new sisters too.

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to be still here in Moorpark and serving the Lord!  Thanks for all the love and support that you all give me! 

Con Amor,
Hermana Halliday

PS:  Shout out to Mark and Jocelyn who had their baby (Paxton) and Gma and Gpa Hobbs on getting their mission call to the Phillipines!  CONGRATS!!  ALSO...  Big congratulations to Brittany who got into Utah State!

Brother Levine

 The Seguine Family

 Bishop and Sister Benton


Biffed it this week and scratched/bruised almost my entire leg and foot!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eighteenth Week in the Field

Hola Everyone!

So....this week is transfers again!!  I get to stay here in Moorpark with Hermana Faletau! BUT....we're only doing Spanish work now, so we get to go to the Thousand Oaks 6th Branch instead of the Moorpark 1st Ward.  I'm definitely going to miss the English work, but the branch will be good too!  Because we're now just in the branch, we don't get to keep teaching Ezra :(  We will still be in the zone though, so we can still go!  

This week when we were teaching Ezra, we talked to him about the Word of Wisdom.  When we came back later this week, he told us that he was really proud of himself.  He told us that he told his mom that she had to stop drinking coffee to support him because he couldn't.  He also told his dad that he couldn't drink tea either because he promised us that he wouldn't and he didn't want to because he wanted to be baptized.  I'm going to miss him so much!

When we were teaching one of our Spanish investigators, Lupe, she told us that she knows that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God.  I loved being able to see her eyes light up with the truth.  That's probably one of my favorite parts of serving a mission.  Helping people realize how good they can have it with the gospel in their lives.  

We've gotten so many referrals from members this week!!  It's been so great!!  We love being able to see the members get more involved in hastening the work.  It still kind of stinks that we have to leave them all with completely other sister missionaries coming into the ward, but we're really happy for them because at least it's work getting done.  

We did, however, get a Spanish referral from a brother in one of the Thousand Oaks wards who is golden.  The husband works for him and is going through a lot to hard things right now.  The wife is recently in remission for cancer and suffered two strokes.  She's bed ridden, but we've been able to go by a few times and read to her out of the Book of Mormon.  She loves it!!  We can't wait to keep working with her.  

We got to see Pablo like three times within two days because we kept running into him!  I love him so much and I'm so grateful that we still get to visit him. He told us that when we come visit, he feels so much happier and forgets about his depression for a little bit.  He feels closer to heaven.  He hates living in the house he's in right now because of his neglecting family, so I offered him my bedroom with my family while I was on my mission!! He laughed, but I think he seriously considered it for a second.  I don't think he'd want to move to Colorado though no matter how awesome my family is! :)  Living with him would be pretty legit after the mission though!

I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be serving a mission!  I know I've said that like a thousand times, but I really do mean it!  Thanks to everyone that has gotten me this far!  I really appreciate all the love and support that I've received.  

Con amor, 
Hermana Halliday :)

 Pablo is the coolest guy ever!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Seventeenth Week in the Field

Hola Everyone!

Sorry this email is going to be pretty short!  We had some complications this morning, but I'll give more details next week!

First, I just want to thank everyone for all of the wonderful birthday wishes!  It was a great one!  On Wednesday, we got to have dinner with the Mann family who made me a birthday cake....I've had so much cake this week!  We had dinner with the Ramirez' who made a really yummy dinner (and more cake)!  We got to got to Stake Conference that night and then the general session the next day.  The day before my birthday, the zone leaders stopped by and hung up a huge Happy Birthday banner across our door before we got home (and left a cake like treat).  I'll send a pic later.  Hermana Faletau also made me a cake!

We got to go to the temple on Tuesday with Sister Mann!  It was amazing, as usual.  There happened to be a ton of missionaries from the Arcadia mission there at the same time, so we blended right in.  :)  I love going to the temple and being able to receive so much inspiration and revelation.  

We got to go to Stake Conference this weekend!  It was great and we even got permission to go to the adult session when President Castro spoke.  We found out that we're getting 32 new missionaries next week during transfers!  It's amazing how fast the work is hastening.  

Linda and Ezra are the only two people we have with baptismal dates, but since Linda didn't come to Stake Conference on Sunday, we have to push her date back.  We were really upset about this, but we realized that it was probably a good thing, since we don't know if we'll be able to help her be completely ready by the 26th.  We're still working with her though!  She prayed for the first time in front of us this week!

We've been seeing a lot more success this week and hope to keep seeing more!  

Thanks for all the love and support!  Sorry for the shortness (I'll give more details next week)!  I'll send a bunch of pictures!

Con amor, 

Hermana Halliday

Birthday Package from Home!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!

 LA Temple - Me at the Christus

 Me at the LA Temple

 Celebrating My Birthday with the Mann's

 Traced Back to Adam!

 Birthday Sign Ezra Made Me!

 Birthday Cakes from the Ramirez Family.

Birthday Banner from the Zone Leaders.

 Hermana Faletau Made Me a Birthday Cake!

The 7'3" Elder in our Mission.  He is the tallest missionary currently serving in North America!

The LA Temple Early in the Morning!  Beautiful!