Monday, September 19, 2016

¡¡¡¡¡VIVA MÉXICO!!!!! Letter 9-19-16

With Saulito

With Ismelda Moreno (RS president)

With investigator Ivonne and her recent convert grandma, Alma

With Ariana, Rosario and Valeria


What a wonderful week we had here in Peñasco! We celebrated Mexican Independence on Thursday with a ¨Noche Mexicana¨ in the chapel. Hna Camacho and I and the other missionaries from our branch showed up in Mexican dresses that mi comp's mom sent us from Veracruz.

Other than that, this week has been filled with attending to our investigators that will be being baptized this weekend.


As of now Irlanda, Kenia and Ivonne will be baptized. Ariana and Rosario will hopefully be baptized in the following week. Please include these (and all) of my investigators in your prayers.

Please forgive me for a short email this week. I have to make a program for the baptisms... AHHHHH AGAIN I´M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a great week!

Con amor,

Hermana Hauck

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Little Girls Bike Letter 9-12-16

Flour-faced hermanas after our zone activity today.

More Flour Faces

Yaqui mural here in Peñasco

Yaqui mural here in Peñasco

Nursery Time

Hello all!!!

The work keeps moving forth here in Peñasco! We had a really good week, though Hna Camacho came down with strep throat this weekend:/ I´m sick too but just mildly. It´s been kind of hard attending all of our investigators being sick and all. I went on divisions with a member to be able to get in some needed lessons. The good news is we´re both healin´ up well and will be pretty much back to normal by tomorrow or Wednesday. 

Besides that unfortunate event, this week was lovely! We had a Zone conference with President that was really inspiring and got me so excited. He talked a lot about the Atonement. He shared a story that I think many of you have heard. It´s about a little girl who wanted a bike. Her dad told her to do all she could to earn the money for it and she could have it. She did everything she, as a little girl, could but still was short of the price of the bike. So her daddy paid the remainder. I couldn´t help crying as I listened to this story  that I´d already heard many times because it touched my heart in such a deeper way this week as I imagined the Savior paying that debt for me. I, being young, impatient, selfish, prideful and imperfect in so many ways will never be able to reach the happiness and glory that Heavenly Father has prepared for us. Yet Christ atoned to be able to lift me higher than I can on my own. I know that He has paid that same debt for each and every one of you.

And in the work, all of our investigators are doing really well..

This girly is absolutely adorable. She has a little journal that she writes in as she reads her Book of Mormon to remember what she learns. Her family is less active but told us this week that they want to be sealed in the temple!!! They´ve already gone to church twice as a family:)

Doing really well too. She has several friends that are members which helps so much. Her kids are coming to church with us too but aren´t old enough to baptize yet.

Rosario y Ariana (y Valeria):
We started teaching Vale, Ariana´s sister, this week. They´re doing really well too and have come to several activities and church meetings with us.

Also doing well, but sadly this week his parents expressed some of their negative feelings towards his preparations for baptism. From what we can understand from their point of view they have fears that he´ll be baptized then later on in his teenage years he´ll go off the deep end and make lots of serious mistakes (as happened with an older daughter of theirs). They feel like it would be better for him to be baptized when he´s older and has more sins to be washed away. I understand how someone could arrive to that logic, but I don´t think they really understand the purpose of baptism, nor that it is in fact a commandment. And one of the amazing parts of baptism is the confirmation of the gift of the Holy Ghost which will help him in his life to make the correct decisions. We´ve tried sharing scriptures with them and talking on the matter but they´re rather set in this idea. If anybody has advice on the matter I´m all ears:)

That all for this week!

Con amor,

Hermana Hauck

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Happy Week And A Happy Life Letter 9-5-16

ELOTES with member Lupita:)

Masks with Ariana

Hermana Hauck here is a happy camper because we had a great week here with our investigators! Yesterday 5 investigators came to church with us! It was so amazing having them all there because it´s been really hard getting people to come to church here in our area. Brief summary of each of our main progressing investigators:

Andres: You already know a bit about him. 10 years old, son of a less active couple. He is the CUTEST THING EVER. He´s extremely polite and doesn´t has a sarcastic bone in his body so I am (naturally) always joking around with him.

Irlanda: 11 years old and also is from a less active family. She´s the older sister of the quadruplets... I think I mentioned them once, right? Well, the whole family came to church with us this Sunday! They were climbing all over the seats and running around. Irlanda is really smart and has been progressing well.

Rosario & Ariana: a grandma and her 17 year old granddaughter. They are really sweet and love Hna Camacho and me so much. Actually, last night we did facials with Ariana.

This week was also really special because we had a visit from Seventy Elder Pino. All of my zone here in Peñasco went down to Caborca for a multi zone conference with him, his wife an Hna and President Robinson. He talked alot about the sacredness of our calling. He told us that our mission calls are recieved via revelation. The Lord puts us where He puts us because He knows where we need to be for our own welfare and that of others.

With those thoughts from Elder Pino, I just wanted to share with you that I know that to be true. In these 14 months that I have been here as a missionary in the state of Sonora I have learned that the Lord actually knows me and that He sent me here. I look back at the early months of my mission when I had such a hard time adapting to Mexico. I thought I would never come to love my mission nor this place to where I was called. Now I can´t express hard grateful I am to have been sent here by the Lord. I have had experiences here that I am sure I could not have had anywhere else and I have come to love this place, the people and the culture so much I feel like my heart might explode! It´s been a lesson for me to trust in God. He knows what He´s doing and He doesn't give us things we can´t do. If we´re tried in the tasks and calling He gives us, it because He wants to give us a chance to prove our faith and dedication.

I also want you all to know how much I love you and how grateful I am for your support. Hahaha wow, lots of feelings right now!

Have a great week!!!!!!

Con amor,
Hermana Hauck