Friday, December 26, 2014

Quick Emails

Dear friends and family,
My sincerest apologies that my emails have been so short! It seems that the hour or half hour sessions to email are becoming more and more short. I was so blessed to skypé my family for Christmas today and hope that all of you are having a beautiful time with your families during this holiday season. 
I am blown away that I have 3 months in the field already! Time really does fly by although we arent totally immune to feeling a little homesick once in a while. The progress we have made here in Patapo has been tremendous and we have some fantastic investigators. Hermana Dodson, of Bountiful, UT--my other trainer--had a fantastic moment with our investigator couple the other night. They are keeping all of the commitments and desire to be married. When we knelt down with them to pray, Hermana Dodson and I both felt an impression that they would be an eternal family and that we would see them in the eternities. It was so strong and undeniable that we were on cloud 9 for days after. This work is truly the best decision I have ever made. 
Since time is spent for me, this will have to be all this week! All is well and I wish all of you a great holiday season--enjoy the cold!
Hermana Furness

Cambios Cambios...

Dear friends and family,
A bit of a triste week Im afraid. My dear companera Hermana Hawks is going home as she has faithfully served the Lord for a year and a half. I must pay tribute to what a fantastic trainer shes been and how I am so thankful Ive gotten off on the right foot at the start of my mission. She was truly called of God to serve the people of Peru and all of us in Patapo will miss her dearly. Truly, she is a legend of the Peru Chiclayo mission.

On the other hand however, things are blowin up here in Peru. I am LOVING every minute of the missionary life and wish I could share how amazing it is with everyone. My spanish, teehee, is actually progressing quite well. Everyone has told me that I speak very well and I actually understand about 90% of the conversations. I am definitely not near perfect but I feel a step ahead of the game. 

This week I thought I would give all of you in the states a little taste of costumbres here in Peru.I made a list on one of our combi rides back from Chiclayo one day and thought they would be fun to share (:

Coming into a room--all the women do that little italian cheek kiss thing and all the men shake hands. 

Christ and God are eveeeerrryyywhhheeerre. All the cars and motos have "Dios es mi guia" or "Cristo nos alma". I lovvee it.

Everyone says buenos dias, tardes, noches. Everyone on the street will be friendly and talk to you when we greet them good morning, afternoon, night, etc.

There are speed bumps all over the road. And everyone drives like its Tokyo Drift. The crazy thing is, I trust nearly every driver on the roads here. Theyre all crazy but no one gets into wrecks. Crazy.

Perros. En todas lados. Insectos tambien. Especialmente sancuros.

In patapo, we are surrounded by sugar cane. The fields are all green billowing stalks and I love passing them on the way to Chiclayo. 

I dont have any more time but thanks so much for the support friends and family! I am loving this mission and want to bear my testimony that I KNOW this gospel is the church of Jesus Christ himself. We have so much purpose and potential and hope in this gospel and I want to show everyone how much happiness they can have with this knowledge. Suerte everyone!

Hermana Furness

P.S. I got a surprise surgery for an ingrown toenail this week. Surprise mom!! (:

Monday, December 8, 2014

The First Agenda

Dear Friends and Family,
It seems I've reached a milestone in my mission--this coming week will be my first 6 completed weeks in the field and that means I will finish my 1st out of 13 "daily planners" or "agendas" in the mission. Feeling pretty accomplished for finishing the first 6 weeks of the first few struggle months. 

This week has really been fantastic though. We had our first baptism date set with one of our investigators named Maria Violetta. She is the sweetest and most tender hearted soul. She knew that the church was true just from reading the introduction to the BOM. What courage and faith she has; it is simply inspiring.

As with most if not all weeks, I dont have much time to write this email. I would love for you all to check out D&C 58:3-4. It is so beautiful and really pinpoints what struggles we have with faith. We have to trust the designs of God and wait for the reward after the work. I am loving reading the D and C chapters. 

Well, with a minute to spare and no computer port for my camera, I am afraid that this will have to be the extent of my group email. Your individual emails have been such a great support to me and I hope all of you are doing well wherever you are in this world. God speed!

Hermana Furness

Monday, December 1, 2014

Insectos en toooodos lados

Monday, December 1, 2014

Greetings family and friends!

Another week down in my mission in Pátapo, Peru and things are going swell. Hermana Hawks and I are prospering in our companionship and our investigators are progressing in this area we have opened up. I have so much to write and so little time so here are some little sweet moments from this week. 

First of all, Spanish can be frustrating. I came to terms with it a few weeks ago but sometimes it can still be frustrating. This week, however, I learned something beautiful about this language. This might actually be really cheesy but it was a nice spritual moment for me haha--My comp and I were walking down one of the calles here in Patapo and I looked up at the sky to a beautiful sunset. The clouds were the perfect amount of fluff and pink, purple, and orange painted the sky. I asked what the word for sky was and learned that "cielo" means sky. As I continued, I realized that los cielos means heaven, and I thought it was just beautiful that for a language that I cant describe everything I want to, the sky and the heavens are all the same because they are Gods. Just a sweet moment. 


I love the definition of Charity from the Bible dictionary. "The highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection; the pure love of Christ." Just beautiful. I dont have any more time but just ponder that everyone!! I am loving my mission and hope all is well wherever you may be.


Hermana Furness

Sigh of Relief

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ok. Sigh of relief this week. Things are getting settled in finally and I think Ive just about caught up to the 3 week old emails that are haunting my inbox. Pictures are a seemingly daunting task to upload but I should be able to write my group email more efficiently from now on. 

First off, APOLOGIES! I feel so terrible about adding my own district emails to my last so late and my apologies for not writing my group email last week. Things have been CRAZY everytime our internet hour rolls around but I love having the opportunity to share a spiritual insight with such a large collection of people.

This week has been exponentially successful. My 2nd week in the field was beyond rough with stomach pains, language barriers, and fighting thoughts about home constantly. This week, however has been much better and I adore the field. Im more accustomed to mission life and Im starting to find my feel around. Time is short today so this might be cut short. 

I just want you all to read D&C 6 verses 32 through 34. (especially district 114)!! Because that perfectly describes mission life. I will share them here:

32 Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as touching onething, behold, there will I be in the midst of them—even so am I in the midst of you.
33 Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward.
34 Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.
What comfort to hear "fear not, little flock; do good" I just think those words are so poetic. We are going around in pairs of 2, touching the lives of our investigators and inviting the spirit to be amongst us. What a privilege it is to be in the field and respresent our lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
I hope all of you are doing well and thank you for having patience with my emails!! Do well and stay strong in the field, home, or wherever life takes you. 
God bless!!
Hermana Furness

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Dear friends and fam,
With a meager 8 minutes on the clock, its another rushed email. My
past hour and a half on the computer was filled with tears, news about
my dear grandfather, frustrating rants about missing toilet seats and
slow internet connection, and an endless list of difficulties. Within
each, however, the frustrations seem to slide away and I realize the
humility that is awaiting me. I start to think about how I must enter
into these trials if I am going to reach the people awaiting to enter
into the Lords kingdom. I remember how lucky I am to serve Gods
children and be the one who delivers the good news of the gospel to my
spiritual brother or sister.

While here in Potapo, just 20 minutes from Chiclayo, I feel like I
have learned the entire world and more. The growth in the field is on
STEROIDS because we are required to work hard. The physical toll isnt
too high--only stomach aches, mosquito bites, and odd tans from our
clothes--its the emotional toll that seems the hardest to surmount.
Self mastery is an art and while others seem to have it on the ball, I
have felt my confidence dissapate as I try to manage myself around all
this chaos. Obedience is constantly echoing in my mind but when I
focus on the blessings, I feel my soul filled with hope.

Well folks, I only have 1 minute and a half. I have to apologize for
not being able to answer individual emails outside of Mom and Hill but
know that they have all been read. I hope that not only my typing
skills but my time limit will increase in the coming weeks, months,
and year and a half. God speed and continue to build all of your

Hermana Furness

Thursday, October 30, 2014


K so greatest news ever: I can send pictures this week!!! Which means I have NO time during this hour that feels like a minute to read or write too many emails. This week has been crazy progressive and I am loving and hating the remainder of my time here.
We are all ready to get out into the field and start serving our real investigators. We have had just the smallest taste of interaction with real contacts and potential investigators on our Pdays, but we want to start giving lessons and helping all sorts of people overcome addictions, find peace, gain a friend, and most importantly, invite them to come to Christ. He is our best hope and most consistent source of happiness in life and as missionaries, we desire for all to partake.
In other ways however, there is not NEAR enough time at the CCM for learning Spanish. Its been a bit of a wake up call that we will have to speak Spanish near 100% in less than a week in all our communications with either our native companera or just the people we will be interacting with all the time. Its a bit of adapt or fall by the wayside!!
One of my favorite experiences throughout this week has been my interviews with the Hermans here at the CCM. I have been so blessed to be called a sister leader with my companera Hermana Walker who has done a fantastic job in being a sister leader as well. I love the time for interviews with the Hermanas though because I have truly felt the spirit testify the truth to me most at these moments. All these girls are here to serve their Lord and just need some consolation, a pep talk to keep on going, or just someone to have a good conversation with. We all strengthen each other--honestly, as sisters in a far away Zion-- and uplift one another to never give up and put our strength in Christ. It is so amazing and I look forward to getting to know each one of the Hermanas.
During class this week, we were able to view some pictures of the Chiclayo mission and specific areas within the mission. Let me just inform all of you--look UP Cajamarca. I am SO pumped to go to CHiclayo but I am on my knees praying for a transfer to Cajamarca at some point in my mission. It is beyond exquisite and has near everything I would dream of in beautiful landscapes.
Chiclayo is a blessed area and I cant wait to get my hands dirty with some real work with real investigators.
Since time is short and pictures are in need of attaching, this will have to be the end of my weekly email! I am enjoying every minute here and my testimony has only grown stronger and stronger each day. By next Pday, my in field commencement will have occurred--I can hardly wait to bear my testimony to others about how much I know this church is true. I know that missions are truly the paving for the literal gathering of Israel and that while we await the Lords appearance that we can have joy and peace within this Gospel. I love all of you and hope that the simple principles of the gospel remain intact in your lives. God bless.
Hali Furness
1-my companion and I, Hermana Walker
2-our district mascot\my keychain\Steve the llama
3-me in front of the Lima Peru temple!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Blessings Through Trial(2)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

¿Que Pasa? Everyone!

Hello friends and family!!
With 13 minutes left on my email time here goes my weekly email. Everything has been SO sweet here. Our teachers are pressing us to try harder and harder every day so my Spanish and spiritual muscles are growing while we are trying to physically lose the pounds from the chicken and rice we eat every day haha.
I thought I would take some time to talk about my experiences on Pday today. We always get to go to a morning session inside the Lima Peru temple. It is so neat to listen to the sessions in Spanish--there is really nothing like it and it is so beautiful to be doing work for people that lived in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, etc.
This morning and afternoon, our lunch ladies went crazy and made us these fantastic meals! We eat eggs and rolls literally EVERY morning and they just decided to make french toast. Lunch was this crazy buffet of pasta, desserts, rolls, and more so you know...the blessings of righteous desire right? haha
During classes this week, our teachers have been pushing us really hard here. They want us to work hard on Spanish and we have learned that we cant slack off here. It is such a blessing that these teachers care about us enough to push us. They really arent doing it for more money in their pockets--they push us because they care and have traveled the journey with us of knowing zero Spanish to being able to actually communicate with people of a completely different language.
One of my most favorite spiritual moments out here this week was during devotional. We all put on headphones because the speaker talks completely in Spanish, but they werent working this week. It was hard to try and focus on everything he was saying to try to piece together his talk but then towards the end, I just KNEW what he was saying. His face, his countenance, his spirit, everything about him. It all spoke to me and I could feel his love for this gospel. I could believe that I didnt even need to know the language perfect to know what he was talking about. What a tender mercy of the Lord.
With only 3 minutes left on my timer, I have to say adieu but I truly wish you all the best! I have a testimony that the gospel IS for everyone and that its so worth it to just give it one shot. THe transformation people have in thinking that life is good to KNOWING life is great is unbelievable. We all share the gospel through our examples and whether its intentional or not, people will perceive what we do if its good or bad.
Thank you all for all the support and keep on keepin on!!
Hermana Hali Furness

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Lord Doth Provide

¿Comó estan everyone???
Updates about my time here in the CCM:
So the first thing I have to talk about is all the weird stuff that goes on here! The CCM is SO much fun but it is definitely a scheduled and disciplined place. We are here doing the Lords errand and preparing for it is muy importante. A regular day in the life of a CCM resident--
Waking up, 6:30 a.m. or earlier, and showering in a bipolar temperature shower. (The flush of a toilet turns arctic water into burning lava.)
Breakfast at 7:00 and then Personal Study. The breakfast is ALWAYS eggs, rolls, and ham or cheese of some sort. They are CONSISTENT.
During the rest of the day there is Companionship study, grammatical classes, investigator teaching opportunities, and meals. Physical Activity is SO much fun--everyone wears futból jerseys and we either play volleyball, soccer, or if youre really brave, ping-pong with Presidente Gonzalez---the CCM president haha.
We have discovered, and by we I mean my district, that we can sing CRAZY good together. Somehow we incidently discovered that we all harmonize really well and now weve been asked to perform as a district in devotional and church. Don{t be too surprising if you hear about a traveling missionary group that sings and tours all the missions ;) haha
After dinner, we have more class and more investigators until 9:00-which we prepare for the next day by doing daily planning for a half hour. It is a struggle to plan for an already scheduled day and fake investigators but obeying the rules has truly blessed me and my companera.
Quiet dignity is at 10:15-10:30 in which we all write in our journals, meditate, pray, and think on Christ quietly in our dorms. If you haven{t tried it, I encourage any of yall to try this one night just for the kick of it. It is somthing that I earnestly look forward to and savor every minute of.
Since I only have 3 minutes left of email time, I thought I would save this for the weekly email-
Our new investigator Carlos, has been good, but we were all recorded to look at things we could get feedback on. Yesterday, our instructors gave us some tips and pointers on things we could improve on, but it was pretty techinical. We all felt a little burned by it and felt like they were asking a lot of us for only being here 2 weeks. Then I felt the spirit touch upon my heart. They are SUPPOSED to be pushing us. This isn{t a place where we take our time to learn on our own agenda and will. This IS spiritual boot camp. I felt a bigger desire within myself to push my limits and try harder in all that is asked of me. We cannot do it alone but with the Lord we are made strong. I was so thankful that I was able to look at the situation as something constructive instead of harmful. 
I wish you all the best and hope that all is well in Terreton!!
Hermana Furness

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hola Amigos y familia!

This is the first email on Pday that I get to send!! Ive sent this to my mom so she might be posting this to my blog at and a link to facebook. The first 5 minutes we got here they allowed us to send a quick email that said we were alive and breathing but we didn}{t know we would only be allowed to email again a week and a half later!! So finally here is my email and the details about my blissful time here at the CCM (:
Ok, so the language-
Spanish is going somewhat good haha but that}s only because i{m in a class with some serious champs. Eveyrone is super excited and enthusiastic about learning the gospel and learning the language that you have to keep up! But it{s ok because there are lots of times for companionship and personal study for spanish and reading scriptures. There are a TON of latinos and latinas here and we get to practice speaking spanish to them haha. By the way, my grammer and spelling and punctuation really sucks because we only have 1 hour to type, we{re typing on spanish keyboards, and I{m learning to speak a whole new language haha.
The weather--
It{s much different than I expected--I thought it would be a tropical warm sunny vacationy feel but it{s actually kinda weird ha. The sky is always gray with no clouds really and it{s just a tidge chilly. Not something a light jacket can{t handle haha. Today was VERY warm however, and it was great to see some clouds yesterday. Do you know what}s weird though? The moon is upside down here haha. Instead of a half circle that{s vertical, it is horizontal like a bowl. Weird huh?
Mi compañera--
Her name is Hermana Walker and shes really great! Shes from Provo and is mad funny. She also likes movies and sarcastic comments so its fun to listen to her haha. I don}t know if she{ll be staying here much longer though because she might be headed home soon--she just needs to find the right path for herself (: but i{ve really enjoyed spending time with her--although it is an adjustment to remember to have someone with you all the time; you can}t go to the bathroom without your companion!
The food--
Chicken and rice, chicken and rice, chicken, and rice, chicken, and sometimes rice. Haha but really though the food is amazing! It{s really good and you actually do have options--they do potatoes a lot and fruits, jello, soups. There is ALWAYS eggs, 1 slice of ham or cheese for breakfast. But the ROLLS are to die for. When we first got here there was a sign that said ´´no more than 4 rolls´´ and we scoffed at that because we wondered who really needs 4 rolls.
Only 4 rolls. They{re delicious and we know why there{s a limit now.
The investigators--
When you hear rumors about teaching within the first few days of ariving here you kinda feel like they{re kidding but its so true. We have taught 3 times in spanish and its crazy how much spanish I already know!! Don{}t worry--they{re not REAL investigators but we have to treat them like they are. Its really good practice for the field and I}ve learned a lot about the simplicity of the gospel and the power that simplicity holds.
We pray ALLLLLLLLLLLL TTTHHHHEEEE TIIMMMEE. Morning prayers, meal prayers, opening and closing prayers for each meeting--companishionship prayers, daily planning prayers, weekly prayers, prayers for people that need help, prayers for learning Spanish, prayers for our investigator, just ALL the time. And i luuuve it. If someone ever thinks about going on a mission, they better be ok with the concept of praying.
So today we went to the temple and it was a very neat experience. We stayed in 1 tiny room with about 20-30 people in it and it was all in Spanish. When we got to the veil we had to say it all in Spanish and it was so great! Ah but I forgot my temple reccommend but they accepted my old one that I kept despite Bishop telling me to destroy it. Could think I followed my gut!! ;)
I have some really horrible news :(
we can{t send pictures or written letters until we leave!! :( I{m not sure why but thats just the rules. So i can{t attach pictures today but I took lots today don{t y}all fret (: (shoutout to Jessica E. ;) ) The pictures at the temple were BEAUTIFUL because it was clouded over.
I love and miss all of you so much and hope that my letters can be a good influence in your life. The best part about being with the people here is that they are so Christlike and think to help people with problems everyday. Just today, we were walking on the streets in Lima and a lady was moving boxes into a taxi. Our schnazzy elders in prime suits stopped and started helping her move them into the car. She was so gracious that she hugged one of the elders and he just sat there like an awkward RM that cant touch girls haha. It was so sweet.
I know that this gospel is so true and I can{t believe and comprehend how blessed I am from it. To return to God so happy because I{ve brought some of my sisters and brothers to this gospel will be one of the greatest feelings in the world. I know that the Book of Mormon IS the word of God and that you will take the time to just read it for yourself and no one else. I know that God does love you and he loves me because He provides a way back to Him even though He had to sacrifice His most beloved son. I know Jesucirsto loves us like no other and wants us to take full use of the Atonement that he gave His life for. I know that there everyone and anyone is worth the same as our families and friends--that every soul is worth saving.
I love you all and wish you the best!!!
Always love,
Hermana Hali Furness

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


We werent allowed to call last night so right now, we are allowed 5 minutes to write an e-mail home to let our parents know we're alive. I had a safe travel´and all of my bags arrived. I miss and love you and dad so so much and cant wait to begin my training!! Peru is BEAUTIFUL by the way and I can already tell that Im going to love the people in it. I hope to hear from you soon and my pday should be on wednesday or thursday. Not sure which. I love you so much!!
Hermana Furness

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Test E-mail For Blog

Hi Mom!
This is just a test e-mail for you to practice posting to my blog. I can't wait to go out and serve the people of Peru! Here is a picture of me at the Idaho Falls temple.

Love and miss you!
Hermana Furness

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Food For Thought With a Grain of Salt

As I watched a religious film with my family for FHE, many thoughts came into my mind and this late night rant sort of happened! Take it with a grain of salt and realize that I'm not the best publisher of exactly what I'm thinking. Enjoy! (:

Sometimes we ask ourselves and others, “why does God allow bad things to happen?” I’d like to pose a question that might stand opposite to it—“why has God blessed me when another is more worthy?” The answers to both of these questions differ slightly but must be addressed with one valuable and important truth; whatever happens and for whatever purpose it DOES happen, God loves us unconditionally and does not favor one individual, race, nation, history, or kind above the other. Oh how quick we are to doubt. And Satan…oh. He is SO clever. So so VERY clever. Such doubt slides into our hearts like a black silk glove slips over our hand. It is so comfortable and so much easier to side with doubt. What we don’t know doesn’t hurt us right? I am one to say wrong. We cannot doubt. We cannot take that narcotic and expect to feel happiness the remainder of our days. As we doubt that there is a God because bad things happen, can we honestly believe that there is a God in a world where nothing bad happened? Is it just ‘paradise’ all the time never knowing sin from salvation? Darkness from light? The worst of times to the best? The depression and low of addiction to the freedom and joy of recovery? We must stop blinding ourselves to the idea that there is no God behind creation and existence. We cannot expect the purpose of life to be, 'simply exist.' 

Truly. Ask yourself. Think and feel as hard as your soul and mind can bear it. Why do we exist? 
What is the point?
Why why why??

I’m not the one to chip in and say, "look here! I have the #1 top selling religion that tells truth more effectively than the leading bargain brand. It’ll answer all of your questions and provides a sensory evidence guarantee of God or your time and money back.” 
No. Just no. 

Those who believe in a God or ‘higher power’ arrive to that belief like the individual arrives to happiness. There are personal and general things that make each person on earth tick. Some are fancied pink by dogs. Some find joy in clean sheets on a bed. A lot of people find comfort in chocolate! It’s a safe bet that all people find happiness in love. But with the comparable journey to finding happiness, the journey to a belief in God is detailed and tailored to fit each individual. It is comprised of trials and blessings in which a belief in God, the Atonement, or other means of religous nourishment have fulfilled otherwise sorrowful states. The only way the individual wears such a coat of belief is if they allow the prick of a needle to correct a misunderstanding. 

While many may argue, “you're just choosing an unintelligent and easy path to believe in a God instead of facing facts, science, and philosophy to explain life,” they miss one very important principle in their argument. God is not the opposite of science and fact and vice versa. Why does God have to be associated with make-believe, magic, and smoke & mirrors? And why is science viewed as a sensory based explanation that allows no spiritual revelation of thought?
It is such a fault of human nature to box God and man’s work into two separate categories. If both sides—and I mean the nonreligious and the religious—would lend themselves to the truths found in both, I believe there would be so much less contention between the two.
I can testify that as a religious person, I’ve witnessed the dismissal of scientific fact as explanation for many things on earth as an ‘evil that man has created to lead away the minds and hearts of men.’ This doesn’t infer that all science is sound and that every theory is perfect. It does infer, however, that man—and I believe with the mercies of a God who has brought revelation to men through the spark of intelligence and creative thought—can explain parts of this world through scientific discovery. 
On the other hand, as a student and friend to nonreligious individuals, the dismissal of God is often derived from a belief that crazed individuals are paranoid about a damning and hateful God who won’t save them unless they do every little thing he commands perfectly at the turn of his thumb. In trusting what science points to and what they can only see, hear, taste, touch, or smell—the confirming of truth beyond the abilities of man is evidenced in a quiet but ever real feeling in the heart that is NOT excluded to the mind. 

My hope in bringing awareness to the combination and complementary power within science and religion is not to create a perfectly matched fit with both of them. There are times when religion admits that they simply don’t know and when science just doesn’t have the means yet. When so called ‘proof’ of some scientific theories is the rumor and conjuring of false facts from deceitful sources so it is even with religion. There are many who conjure up and deceive men with false beliefs and ‘truths’ about God. There is evil on every side but there is so much good to be found as well. If we so allow, a humble respect and reverence for both practices can invite the environment of a beautiful intertwining. 

As this is coming from a pondering of religious thought, I must bear my testimony. I bear because I need my testimony for myself and I bear in hopes that you will feel compassion for new ideas and not feel deceived or wrongfully persuaded. I truly can’t prove with physical evidence that there is a God who loves and cares about me. But I feel it. I feel it in every single mercy I’m given, in every kindness from mankind, in every shoulder given to cry on, every tear fallen at the loss of love, every affectionate kiss of loving parents, every last breath I’m granted to take. Open yourself. Open yourself as I have to the love that God will provide you and open yourself to an understanding of the imperfections of our carnal state. He lives and while He lives I’ll sing. There is beauty to be found. There is joy to be felt. There is a God who longingly awaits your return. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Journey Begins!

Hola amigos y familia!
I'm so very happy to say that I've received a mission call from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! I am assigned to labor in the Peru Chiclayo Mission and will report on September 23, 2014 (:

As you can guess, this blog will be used to keep anyone and everyone updated on my adventures in Peru. I won't be directly writing the blog--hopefully I can teach my mom some tech savvy skills to transfer e-mails to here (: *for any of you family members out there that know about computers my mom might need your help once I'm gone! (:

Also, to any visitors passing by my blog, I hope that my words will inspire and uplift your hearts through my testimony of Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and my Redeemer and has provided me happiness that I had never known. Please, if you have instinctively pushed the concept of a living God out of your mind all I ask is for you to pray. Just get on those two knees and humbly talk to our Heavenly Father. He will always receive you with open arms and once you have felt the love he has to offer you just as I have, you'll hardly believe that you ever doubted yourself. He is there. I promise.

To any one wanting to write me--please do! I have to admit though that I'm a terrible responder but I have a feeling that I might be in need of some of your words once I'm out in the field :)

On this exciting journey I have been asked to speak in the Spanish language. This will probably be one of the toughest mountains to climb for me but I am SO excited to learn. A mission may be a brutal mental, physical, and spiritual challenge but it is oh so sweet as well. If any of you would like to write me in Spanish, I highly encourage it! I will be thrilled to practice this great language and correspond with you bilingual folks out there :)

I want to express my love for all of you that have supported me throughout the years. I truly hope I haven't offended any of you and desire your forgiveness if I have. There are innumerable blessings in my life and each one of your spirits have impacted me more than you will ever know. To my family, I don't know how I can ever repay the love you've given to me. I feel so undeserving but extremely lucky that I was born into my family. May God bless all of you for sending you to me.

The last thing I want to do is bear you my absolutely genuine testimony. There are certain things that we know in this life and I feel like the most blessed human being ever to know that there is a living God and his son, Jesus Christ. They are so special and sacred to me; my personal relationship with them has brought upon me unshakable faith. I have faith in their existence, faith in their timing, and faith in their answers. I believe that Christ has walked this earth in days past and was crucified for our sins. Along with that, I believe that He was not only crucified for our sins but for the infinite grace we need to return to a loving Heavenly Father. I believe that with the dislocation of Christ's church upon this Earth, our dear brother Joseph Smith has brought the restoration of the gospel back again. I undoubtedly know that the Book of Mormon is 100% real, ancient, and true scripture and that it was through the power of God that Joseph Smith was able to translate it. I believe that there is a prophet today who speak and receive revelation from God. And lastly, I had once believed but have come to know that through the power of prayer and study of scripture that God offers us a love that no man can understand--that obedience to this love and his commandments do not bind human nature but free it instead.

I hope that you will enjoy my blog and a peek inside the country of Peru! May God be ever present in your life from today and that my blog will strengthen that testimony. As they say in Spanish:

Adiós por ahora!