Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 Everything can be Illuminated

¡Hola mi Familia y mis amigos!

We were able to go to the La, Crosse district Meeting. 

I hope you all had a wonderful week. This has been a pretty interesting week for me!!
Last Monday, we headed out to La Crosse, Wisconsin for an exchange. We were there for Monday and Tuesday. It was fun to be out of Minnesota for a couple of days, because I have been in Minnesota and haven't left for more than a year haha.

Sister Jasperson. I love and look up to her so much!
She's from California so we had fun sharing our
experiences and love for CA. 

I was with Sister Jasperson, who is a Hmong Missionary. She has been out for just a month on her mission and she is on fire. I learned so much from her. I was able to participate (by sitting there and smiling) in the lessons that we taught in Hmong. One of the Hmong ladies that we visited, Grandma, said to me in Hmong that she would teach me Hmong and I needed to teach her Spanish haha.

This is grandma! She only speaks Hmong
 but she was so happy to open her home to us. 

Grandma gave us some gourd juice...
I'll just say that it's not my favorite haha 

     This week we did A LOT of finding. We are having to clean out our teaching pool because we haven't been teaching many people who are progressing or we haven't been able to get in contact with a lot of our investigators. As a result of this, we are knocking lots of doors and are trying to find new people to teach. It's really fun actually. We have been finding some new people to teach, but it is taking a lot of diligence and commitment. One thing I noticed yesterday as we were knocking a neighborhood was how happy I was. Even though we weren't seeing much success, we were able to talk to a few people who listened to us. I know that as we continue to  be diligent in our finding efforts that we are going to continue to see miracles. Focusing on the little miracles and all of the little blessings that God gives us is what is helping us continue to look forward with faith.
       We are still working with the Hermosillo Family and their dad who isn't a member Rigo. He expressed that he feels that he has never received an answer as he has prayed about the Book of Mormon. However, we had a really good lesson with him about Faith and putting in our part. I know god has a very specific plan for all of us and he answers us in His timing, according to our faith.
       We are still working with Jesus, but he will not be getting baptized next week. It still has been really amazing to see the change of coming closer to He savior take place in him. I know that the Lord strengthens us in things we wouldn't ever be able to do alone.
     A quote that really helped me this week was by Lorenzo Snow and he said:
“When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; go to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated.”
I know that as we looked outside of ourselves we are SO MUCH HAPPIER. I know that as we strive to bring light into the lives of others,that same light will come into our lives as well. I know Jesus Christ is the brightest light, and as we rely on Him we will never be in darkness. I know that our purpose in this life is to be happy and to be filled with light. It is up to us to go to Jesus Christ and He will life and illuminate us.

I love you all and I hope you have a very great week. More importantly, God and Jesus Christ love you all so much more!!!
Hermana Duvall

 El Hermano Jose Castillo gave hermana
Anderson and I these hearts with our names in it

 El Hermano Jose Castillo me this
 heart my name on it

We had to stop to take a picture with the
cute little ice cream truck (bus?).
I love that it has Dora on it haha 

We went and got tacos en a tienda called El Sueño.
Alex Frandsen, his little bro, and Jesus!!
It was good to eat some authentic tacos. 

Veronica!!!!! Look how happy she is!!! 

Just a classic picture of a Polaroid

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017 The Worth of Souls is GREAT!

¡Hola mi familia y mis amigos!
      This week was super great filled with lots of meetings and super nice weather. No joke, for like 4 days straight it was in the high 60's/low 70's and it was SO nice. But the humidity is slowly coming back. Okay, that's my weather kick for the week.

We went to Canadian honker and tried their famous
Bunnie's cake! Sister Luk and Sister Winters,
with a recent convert Victor 

    Last Tuesday, we had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) up in Bloomington. Those are also super great being together as all the leaders in the mission and talking about how to improve the mission. I always learn a lot there. The next day, we had Zone Conference.  Hermana Anderson and I got to give a training, so that was fun.
       I had a really fun opportunity this Sunday translating. Our sacrament meeting is in English, and normally a member of the ward translates and those who need translation use headphones. This member wasn't able to make it to church this Sunday, so hermana Anderson and I had the chance to translate. As we were sitting there, one of the Hispanic members came up to me and asked if I could stand next to him as he bore his testimony in Spanish and translate for him. SO SCARY. I did it because he asked and it worked out fine- a lot better than I thought it would. I am grateful for the help the Savior gives me to be able to do things like that are super scary haha.

The Marler Family! We did a fun activity where we made
 sandwiches and related it to prayer. 
Their daughter Emma really loved it. 

   We also had Exchanges this week with the trio in the zone. So I went on an exchange with two sisters (Sisters Luk and Winters) and their companion Sister Woodward came to our area with Hermana Anderson. It was super cool because I got to sit in on a couple of Chinese lessons! I love that even though I wasn't able to understand what was being said, I was able to feel the spirit. Doesn't matter what language, the spirit can still be there.

Out here in Wisconsin mini golfing for Pday.

    We are currently in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for today and tomorrow. We came  here for an exchange with Sister Calchera and Sister Jasperson. I can finally say that I have been to Wisconsin. It's pretty because there are these bluffs that almost look like they could be mountains!
       We were finally able to see one of our investigators, Naya this week! She has been out of town visiting family for the last month or so. We had a really amazing lessons bout the Plan of Salvation. We invited Naya to be baptized and she said she really wants to. She had to talk to her parents about it, so we are praying for her! We also were able to see Jesus this

This morning as we were driving to Lacrosse, Wisconsin.
The Mississippi River

week again. They had a really amazing lesson with him about Tithing while we were on exchanges. We had another lesson with him later in the week, and he has lost a lot of hope. He has been making so many changes in his life and has had various trials come in his path as he had been preparing for baptism. He hasn't been able to see the blessings come from all of theses changes. We are still planning on visiting him more and we are hoping that he will continue to hold on a little longer. I know Blessings come in Gods timing and that God has a perfect plan for all of us.
      A scripture that has been running through my mind a lot this last week is in  D&C 18:10 which says "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God"
We need to see ourselves and others as God sees us, so that we are able to remember our great worth and potential. I know that God sees us for who we can become. He knows who we can become, and he has a very perfect plan to help us get there. I know that God loves every single one of us no matter what. If there has been one main thing I have learned being a missionary is how important we are to our Heavenly Father in heaven. I know he answers our prayers. I know he knows best. I know that Heavenly Father sent His Son to give us the strength to keep pressing forward even when it is hard. I love being a missionary so much and I love teaching people this wonderful truth.

I love and appreciate you all! I know that God, and His Son, Jesus Christ love you all so much more. Que tengan una buena semana

Con amor,
Hermana Duvall

a super cool 🌅 sunset!
 It definitely looked better in person than in the picture.