Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I Will Give Unto You Sucess

Hope everyone had a good week.

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Sardinas- Sardines. As in, "my companion bought sardines last Monday, and it got me curious. So I bought some too. I ate them last night. They taste like sardines."

​Actitud- Attitude. As in, "Life can be tough and sometimes it doesn't go how we'd like it to, but if we keep a good attitude, it's a lot more enjoyable."
Caridad- Charity. As in, "charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." Moroni 7:47

To start the week, we had companion exchanges with our Sister Training Leader, Hermana Hale. I went with her to her area in Colonia Dublan, and we had a great time. I learned a lot. She is a fabulous example of hard work and a good attitude. We'll be doing more exchanges this week, and I'm looking forward to learning more from her.
During our exchanges, we read Alma 26. I'd read it before and liked the chapter, but it hit me stronger this time. We were reading the whole story and felt like it was talking about us. It talks about some missionaries who went to preach to a really tough group of people. They went through some super hard experiences, but they had great success as missionaries.

Alma 26:27 says, 
"Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success."

That's the mission. We go through a lot, but if we bear it with patience, the Lord works miracles.

I'm just going to tell one story.

A couple of weeks ago, the other Sisters gave us the address of somebody they had met in the street and said that she wanted to listen, but she lives pretty far into our area. This week we finally found her and got to know her. She told us about a few changes she's been making in her life to make her home a better place for her children. We told her that accepting Christ in our lives and making his teachings the center of our homes is the best thing we can do for our families. We asked her if she wanted to learn more, and she said, "I felt something different when you were talking just now. Not bad, but different." We asked if she wanted to feel that more, and she said yes. We're going back this week to teach her more.

Keep going, work hard, trust in the Lord. He loves you.
And I love you!
Have a great week!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments

First off,

​Happy Birthday to my awesome brother-in-law, Logan, and my lovely sister-in-law, April! After 2 weeks, the pictures finally uploaded :) I hope your birthdays went well!

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Planear/Planificar- to plan. As in, "Planning is important to have success in life."
Disculpar- to forgive/pardon. As in, "forgive me, I did not plan my Spanish Lesson or email for today very well. Oops."
Segundas oportunidades- second chances. As in, "Good thing I have second chances. Actually, I have another chance every week. The great news is that no matter what the mistake is, we have second chances in life thanks to our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can always improve and keep going if we turn to Him."

Just one story. Disculpen.

So our investigators haven't been coming to church for the past few weeks, and it's been stressing me out (missionary problems). This week we've been praying a ton for our investigators to be able to come. We've been praying for them, praying for our teaching ability, and really doing all we can to invite them well. and we saw the fruits!
The awesome family we teach who loev prophets and know the Bible super well was finally able to come to church yesterday!
On Saturday we taught them about the commandment of the Sabbath Day. We should reserve Sundays to attend church, serve others, and grow spiritually. We explained to them a few things that we should and should not do on Sundays and their answers were things like,
"Oh. We need to start buying the groceries on Saturday instead of Sunday."
"We can tell my dad to come help with the house on Saturdays too."
They didn't fight the commandment or try to justify anything that they had been doing contrary to the commandment up to this point. They simply understood the commandment, looked for the way to change in order to keep it, and they did it.

We should all be like that. When we learn about God's commandments, we may realize that we aren't living in harmony with some of them. That's alright, we're human. The important thing is that we repent of our old behavior, and change it to be better. When we align our lives with God's commandments, we will see the blessings!

"If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." Doctrine and Covenants 82:10

The Lord loves us and gives us great promises! Live the commandments, and enjoy the blessings!

Have a great week, everyone. Thank you for your prayers and continual support!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What a SUPER Week!

I hope everyone had a SUPER week and a SUPER Sunday yesterday. Things have been SUPER great here!

First off,

My mom sent me a package! Thanks mom! Also, thank you laurels and CTR 6 class of the Canterberry ward for your sweet notes! I feel very blessed to know all of you :)

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Yoghurt- yogurt. (That's how it is spelled here, I'm pretty sure they spell it differently in other countries.) As in, "You can probably thank my choice of yogurt this week for the Broncos' victory in the Superbowl."

Hueso- bone. As in, "That sounds like the prohecy of the dry bones from Ezekiel."
Profecía- prophecy. As in, "In the scriptures we find many prophecies about Jesus Christ and how He has made possible our salvation. When we understand these prophecies and our Heavenly Father's plan for us, we can find great perspective in life.

So on Saturday we were teaching an awesome family of investigators about the Plan of Salvation, and I learned a ton. For example, we were talking about the resurrection and we read from Alma 40:23.
"The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame."

They read it, and they all looked at each other like the had some kind of inside joke. But no, they just have an immense knowledge of the Bible. They said, "it's just like the prohecy of the dry bones in Ezekiel." We had no idea what they were talking about. So they showed us Ezekiel 37. The first 15 verses are, indeed, a prophecy about the resurrection. We learned.

Then Sunday we went back to visit that awesome family who we met last week. They're still excited to learn about the Gospel. When we asked how they've felt as they've started praying, they told us about several ways they've recognized answers to their prayers this week. Their six-year-old son got sick this week, and he said that his ear was hurting a lot. So he and his mom said a prayer, and they said that quickly afterward, it didn't hurt him anymore. They also said that they feel a difference in their home when we come to teach them.
I love seeing people recognize the Holy Spirit! It's fantastic!

Lastly, I'd like to share a scripture that I love.

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." 2 Nefi 31:20

Go forward with faith! Your Savior loves you! He will help you through everything.

Have a super week!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pythagorean Theorem!!


I hope everyone's week went well.
I'm short on time, forgive me.

Spanish Lessons with Hermana Clark:
Teorema de Pitágoras - Pythagorean Theorem. As in, "On Saturday our mission president taught us about the Pythagorean Theorem and all sorts of stuff I used to do in my math classes for about two hours to explain how we should study more effectively in order to teach our investigators with power and authority. It hurt my brain to try to do Geometry in Spanish." 
Cuadrada- squar(ed). As in, "Every tortilla I try to make comes out as a square." One of our investigators was making tortillas the other day when we showed up and she asked us to help her...so we tried, but they came out a little crazy. Luckily, she made the dough. So they tasted good anyway :)
Tentación - temptation. As in, "As we try to make the right choices in life, temptations will always come. The more we try to follow our Savior, the more Satan tries to keep us from doing so. Our Savior is stronger than the adversary, though, and He will always help us make the right choices if we are truly willing to exercise faith in Him."

So this week we went looking for a lady who we met last week. When we got to her house, she wasn't there. Her sister was there visiting her mom, though, and we told her a bit about how our message helps families find eternal happiness. She was pretty interested, so she invited us to her house down the street and we taught her a bit. She liked it a lot, so she invited us to come back Sunday to meet her husband too. 
We went back Sunday and, to our delight, her husband is just as into the message as she is. We brought a member of the ward with us who is about their age and has kids the same age as theirs. She testified of how the Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses families, and it was perfect. It was one of the best first lessons I've ever been in. They really want to prepare to be baptized and become and eternal family.

There's my story. 
Today was crazy and I don't have pictures, but they will be here next week!

I love you all! Pray always and stay strong! Your Heavenly Father loves you! 
Have a great week!

~Hermana Hannah Jo Clark