Monday, November 17, 2014

hola y'all - October 27th email update

Hi y'all!! Sorry I didn't email last week, I ran out of time! 

We got transfer calls last night....Sister Stidham is leaving, doubling into a new area, and training. And I'm staying to finish training Hermana Ormsby and we're getting another missionary to train! Haha I hope I do a good job! I get to drive the car now which is really exciting for me, because it's kind of been a while. But I'm really excited and I'm so happy I get to stay in the Castle Hills ward because I love it so much! But I will miss Sister Stidham terribly! She has been the best trainer ever and I love her dearly! But she's been here for six months, so it's time to move on! She did say something really funny yesterday though. She was trying to say "we all", and it came out "w'all", like "y'all". Haha. Texas. Another thing that = Texas is the fact that every Sunday night as we walk around apartment complexes, everyone is barbecuing and the air is just full of the haunting aroma of smoked meat. Haha it kills us.

Because I didn't email last week, many of y'all probably don't know that my sweet Ukrainian investigator wasn't able to get baptized because she had to work, and she's been out of town for the last week. But hopefully soon! Thanks for caring so much about her!

This last week, as always, was full of its ups and downs, but overall, it was really great and rewarding! We had a lot of lessons that we were really excited for, and then no one would answer, and we got dropped by an investigator. It got super frustrating and I felt very whiny, and then Wham! Blessings in the form of meeting new people, or having a different lesson go really well. It made me feel so ridiculous to have been complaining in my mind so much, and then Heavenly Father still blesses me. Very, very humbling, and very motivating. It was a really good reminder not to get so caught up on the dumb little things that I let the good things slip by. 

On Thursday Elder Hamula of the Seventy came to talk to our mission. It was awesome. His wife is hysterical and really stressed to us the importance of talking to EVERYONE and using our area book all of the time. Then Elder Hamula talked a lot about being consecrated missionaries and truly giving every day our all. Something that he said that I loved was, "You cannot teach what you are not living." And it's so true.

         Another thing he talked about was the fact that many of us had enough faith to serve. We're here, we're doing it. But do we have enough faith to succeed? Do we start everyday with complete faith that we will find people and with the determination to work our very hardest? 
      The last thing that I really enjoyed him talking about was receiving personal revelation. He gave 4 steps to receiving personal revelation. 1. You need to ask. 2. You need to have a true desire to receive an answer, and you must have faith that you will. 3. You need to be committed to act on the revelation you receive. There's no point in receiving an answer if you're not going to do anything about it. 4. You need to listen. He talked about living in a way that allows you to be able to hear. He said, "If you cannot stand the quiet, you won't hear the quiet voice that speaks." To me, this means during study time, or at the temple, or just slowing down for a second to really listen and seek answers.

He taught us some really great things, and we were blessed to hear from him again at stake conference on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend was awesome and I seriously learned so much.

Remember the father and son we've been teaching? Well we went for a lesson on Friday night, and his son wasn't there, so we still taught. He had 4 more things to be taught, and a baptismal date was still up in the air, so we asked him about it.

Everything is coming along great, and this next week will be really exciting! I'm excited for our new sister and this upcoming baptism!  I'll let y'all know how things go next week and I'll send some pics! 

Thanks for the continued support and prayers. It means the world to me, and I'm so grateful to have y'all backing me up while I have the best experience of my life!!

Have a great week!!

Love, Sister Snyder :)

P.S. We have the ward Halloween party this week and our costumes'll have to see next week what we're going to be!

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