Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Good Week

This last week was a good one, which a lot of opportunity to reflect on the things I´ve learned. 
We had a good family home evening with a member family on Thursday night and we were able to invite Hermano Pablo, our investigator. He´s progressing a lot, and I hope he continues to progress. I know there´s a time for everyone. We have a lot of hope for him. There are always challenges, but I like something that my companion often says, that we are here to be tested, to see how obedient we are (like it says in Abraham 3)

On Friday we went to one of the neighborhoods in our area and were blessed to find some people - some less active members and an old investigator that we hope can progress. She had been reading the book of mormon, which is always a good sign :) She´s a very giving person - she even gave me a pair of shoes (they´re like crocs so I don´t use them to go out but they´re great for in the house).  That night was also interesting because the power went out in Santa Lucia.  Thankfully we were the four of us together and had flashlights, and then we also had to plan by flashlight. It was interesting, but kind of fun. 
Changes are coming up this week, but it´s not likely that I or Hermana Platero will leave - but one never knows. There are always greater plans that we can´t see. 

I´d like to share a scripture that I found in Alma 18:35 And a portion of htat Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge, and also pwoer according to my faith and desires which are in God. 

I´d like to share my testimony that we can find strength in the scriptures and in the experiences we have. 
I know Heavenly Father puts people in our path. Today for example, I suggested to my companion that I show her a part of our area where it´s nice to take pictures. She agreed and we climbed up the stairs. We talked to an elderly man - but he didn´t really want to talk to us. But, later we met some young adults who were visiting Santa Lucia. They were interested in what we had to share and even though they live in Tegucigalpa, we can be a small part in their journey of knowing more about the gospel. 

There´s a lot I still have to learn, but what I´ve been learning over and over here is the need to follow the Spirit. Without that gift, we can do nothing. It is essential in conversion becasue it is only through the power of the Spirit that hearts can be changed. I testify that power is real, and changes lives. I love you all and thank you for your prayers and support. You are all so important to me. 

We went to an hermana´s house today for lunch, also to say goodbye to one hermana that will be leaving. These are most of the hermanas in our zone and Hermana Sonia (the hermana in purple) and her niece and daughter.

Hermana Platero y la cruz‏


Hermana Hogge

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Singing on the Bus

So this week was normal, with some dissapointments, but that means we just have to learn something from it.

One of the most exciting things that happened was that on Thursday after our district meeting, we four hermanas decided to do something that we hadn´t ever done before, something that Elder Ochoa had invited us to do.. We sang on the bus. 

In front of everyone, it might have been a bit scary, but I wanted to do it because we want to find people. We didn´t get any references from it, and people couldn´t really hear us very well, but that´s ok. It won´t  be the last time we do it. I hope we can find more people in the future. We´re always trying to find the lost sheep, as my companion always says. Lucas15 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible, all parables about finding that which was lost - and rejoicing. 

We also learned a good lesson from Mark 10: 17 - 22. It´s the tale of the rich yong ruler. Isn´t it intersting that he doesn´t have a name? An hermana shared that lesson with us, and asked us to think about what we might be lacking - not to make us sad, like the rich young ruler was, but to help us to follow the Savior.
I wish you all a good week! I love you family! you´re so important to me. 

Oh, and Mom, I got a haircut, just so you know my hair is healthy. Love you so much !

The other hermanas surprised me with a little happy 8 months! Feels kind of weird,
but it´s been a good ride!


Hermana Hogge

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happy Mothers Day!

Mothers Day Skype call 05.10.2015
First of all, it was such a wonderful blessing to get to talk to my wonderful family yesterday! I love you all so much. But I have to say it was a good thing we said goodbye when we did. Two minutes later the power went out here and the other hermanas lost their connection. We think it was Heavenly Father telling us He gave us our time and we needed to wrap it up :) 

        Here in Santa Lucia we keep on working. The whole mission is working harder and we hope that we will be able to find the poeple that are ready for us and help them to be baptized soon. Speaking of which, Heidy was able to attend church for the first time yesterday! It was fun - we passed by for her and swapped scary stories on the way to the church . . . maybe a different way of approaching it, but it was fun.  Our branch had a cute little mother´s day celebration after church with music and a little food. We had to warn the investigators that not every Sunday was like this, but the Spirit is always the same. 

         It is interesting how the Spirit works. In the morning, I pray for specific blessings -  I´ve noticed how the Savior has counceled us to pray that we can be able to resist temptations. It doesn't matter where or who we are, temptations will always come, and when we pray for help, it will be given. And we´ll realize we can be braver, more humble, more patient, more loving, and more faithful than we were before. Little by little, we´ll see a change. But it only comes through prayers and constantly trying to be worthy of and follow the Spirit. Even now sometimes it´s still harder to talk to people on the street or on the bus, but it´s never impossible. 

          We had divisions this week on tuesday and wednesday and that was really great (where one of the sister training leaders comes here and one of us leaves for their area for a day). So I got to know the area La Esperanza in Tegucigalpa for a day. Its´funny because both of the hermanas have the last name Garcia and I was with the one that trained my companion from the CCM (MTC). I learned a lot from her, including about the authority that we as missionaries have.It´s really amazing, when you understand it. 

          Funny story time. The other day we were teaching one of our investigators - our good old friend Pablo. He´s always willing to say the closing prayer, he´s given up coffee and promised to pay his tithing. But either It´s still hard for people to understand my Spanish, or he`s getting a little deaf becuase as we wrapped up the lesson the other day and I asked how his personal prayers we`re coming along - he took off his hat and started to pray then and there. Hermana Plater and I were struggling not to laugh the whole time! It was funny. We hope that we can see his baptism this coming June. 

           Overall, the language is coming along. Sometimes there are words that still trip me up - and it´s interesting because with every companion I almost feel like I have to learn a whole new vocabulary, because ever culture has different words for things. Hermana Platero has to practically play catch phrase with me so I can understand what she´s saying - if the first word doesn´t do it, I can get it on the third or fourth. 

           But, whenever discouraged about the language or anythign else, we can always sing a hymn or have a race up the hills of Santa Lucia. Sometimes we laugh if we´re riding on the bus and accidentily catch oursleves humming to the tune of a popular song, look at each other, and then switch to singing I am a Child of God.  But it´s true, songs help a lot. And remembering who we are, and who the people around us are, will help us be better people. 

           Though a little far from all of you, my testimony about eternal families has grown. I couldn´t help yesterday but feel very excited for the spirit in Heaven that will join our family soon, and he or she couldn´t ask for better parents - Congratulations Bryan and Annette and all the family!  

             I love you all so so much!


             Hermana Hogge

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Rainy Season

This last week was very interesting as the rainy season has officially begun for pretty much all of Honduras as far as I know. Before the rainy season so many people burn garbage and there have been many fires (nothing too close, but there was a lot of smoke) so I`m glad that`s over. Now the weather and the air is cleaner and cooler. And we might have gotten wet a few times. Just a little. 

         This week we have been trying to put more in practice what we learned from Elder Ochoa. It hasn't been easy but we've found a few people that look positive. Heidy continues to progress, but there's a small problem that her parents don't really want her to be baptized. So that's a bit difficult. Prayers for Heidy please! We know everything will turn out alright if we just have faith. We don't know when, but blessings always come. 

          It's like the storm we walked home in the other day. Seriously it was a downpour and we walked home in a river up to our ankles. But, at least its not that cold, we had fun, and in the morning, it was all sunny and pretty. 

           Elder Ochoa (form the 70 that spoke to us the other week) challenged us to look up scriptures of faith that inspire us and I`d like to share one that has helped me this week that is from Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"  That and the class on Sunday helped me understand that to have faith, we need to be visionary. We need to put in practice the ability to imagine the things we cannot yet see - physically. Faith is a universal power. With faith, all things were created, because everything was created spiritually before it was created physically. 

Remembering that I try to imagine the people we talk to in the street and waiting for buses entering the temple one day. I received some news from Hermana Arango that one investigator that we had was baptized and preparing to receive the priesthood. It was hard to teach him for the majority of our time there because we taught him in the house of a friend, and he had work. But everything paid off. Testimonies can really make a difference. 

           The testimonies of this week in sacrament meeting really touched me. Every week we are blessed, but fast and testimony meetings can be something really special. We strengthen each other through our testimonies. Also something really speacial this week was that Hermano Eugenio was able to bless the sacrament. I almost cried. 

             Well, getting to the part that`s important to know next week. We will be skyping in our mission leader`s house at 6 here. Which would be five for you all (I think, right?) Anyway. He should have enough computers or other divices for the four of us but if not I`ll let you know and we`ll be talking 40 minutes later. Sound good? Ok.  I love you all and I hope everyone is doing well. Congratulations Ally on your graduation!!!! I hope it was something special. I`m so proud of you. 

           I love you all and hope this week is a good one.  I just want to extend one challenge to look up a scripture that strengthens your faith. I know it helps. 

          Love, Hermana Hogge