Monday, March 30, 2015

Gracias a que El Vive!‏ - Because He Lives

Hola everyone!

So this week went well... We had been planning on having a baptism, but it fell through. :/  But, the elders in my ward still had a baptism, and that went super well!  
We also got to watch the women's session of General Conference and that went well as well, I got to watch it in another room in English, yay!  

Today we were able to have our district activity which is always fun!  A little soccer, and we always cook.  Carne asada, cubitos, salsas, agua de jamaica.. the usual. 

Haha this email will be really short... I don't have much to say, BUT I am doing very well.  These past few weeks we have been dropping a lot of investigators, but that just gives us more time to find those who are prepared to listen to our message, and are going to progress in the church.  Our new family we found is doing well, they have their own trials right now, but all of the kids went to church yesterday, and are progressing very well.  

One quick experience, we went with a less active family to share a lesson, and we didn't know exactly what we were going to teach.  The dad just left them, and the mom had been looking for a solution but hadn't quite found an answer.  So we decided to say a prayer, and ask God specifically for an answer, and we opened up the Book of Mormon in a random page and was exactly what the mom needed to hear.  

This past week started an initiative that is called 'Gracias a que El Vive', and talks all about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I don't know what the page is in english.. but in Spanish it is  and even though the video is only 1.5 minutes, it is amazing.  

I know that Jesus lives, and because HE LIVES, we all can find the solutions to our problems.  We can be happy here on the earth, and even though we all pass through trials, problems, and hardships, the fact that He lives, means that we all will live again.  But even better than that, if we are obediente to His commandments while here on the earth, after this life we will live in His presence, with our families forever. 

Everyone, go watch General Conference this week!  I am very excited as well, and know that you will receive the answers that you need to whatever problem you have.  

Love you all!
Hermana Zimmerman
 the dogs here are pretty friendly.
 Selfie from last sunday when a family went with us to share lessons. :)
THE DISTRICT.  Today we had our district activity with the usual -food and soccer. (my team won...) :)


Monday, March 23, 2015


Hey everyone!  
Ok, so this week wasn't too eventful... Well... yes and no.
My comp and I almost completed a our goal for total lessons, but we finished with a few great new people to teach!
Last Sunday as it was raining super hard, before we went home we went to find a family to teach, so we went and had a quick lesson with this new family M.T. and then we kept in contact with them every day, and then yesterday the four kids came to church!!  We had a lot of plans to get investigators to church, so we tried to call basically every member to see if they could give our investigators a ride, but NO ONE could!  Their car was broken, or they were going to be at another ward, and everything was just falling through.  BUT, whe we were at the main road to meet the kids M.T. a member from Guacamayas stopped by because she knows my comp (because she is from her old ward), and gave us a ride!  IT was perfect!  The whole family couldn't come because of some family problems that they are having,. but after church when we went to visit them, we had a great lesson, and they all accepted to be baptized, and the kids loved church.  I love them so much!!! 

We also found a reference, the daughter of an old investigator, and the first lesson was perfect!  She was definately a Chosen, (just like her mom), but unfortunately, right now isn't her time to be baptized.  She can't go to church because of school she takes on Sundays, BUT she has a break on April 5, and she said she would come, and then in July when she is out of school, she can be baptized.  So even though I will not be here, I hope that she will get baptized.  

Not much else to say... but this past friday..ish, when my comp and I got home after our day of work, we noticed we got super sunburned!  haha so no pics this week... just kidding, this comp just doesn't work, but that was kind of fun.

We also had a zone conference with our mission president this past week, that also went very well!  We talked a lot about how we can help our investigators receieve their answers through prayer, and how we can get them to church!  So my comp and I are going to be working a lot with what we learned...

That's about it!  haha have a great week everyone!

Hermana Zimmerman

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hola familia!‏

Hey everyone!
Hmmm.. so this letter will be short...
Basically, we are still working hard to find new people to teach, and at the end of the day on Sunday we were able to complete with a lot of our goals, and we found a family to teach!! :)  They are a family of 6, and in the first lesson we had yesterday they accepted to go to church the next sunday, and we gave them a few pamphlets to the kids and they were already reading them and... I am just very excited to work with them. :) 
We were able to see a few other miracles as well!  We were able to really show love for one of our investigators on Tuesday because he needed to be at his baptismal interview, but he didn't answer his phone, and it was  about 20 minutes until his interview, and we had to be at another part of our area that is pretty far away, but anyways we went to make sure he got to the interview, and he did it!! :)  So we are going to see when he can be baptized.  
We were also able to do a lot of service which felt great! We taught a lady how to make churros, we helped paint a house, and a few other things.. But it was fun. 

We also got to go on divisiones with the STL's!  I got to go to Lazaro Cardenas, with Hermana Johnston, and it was super fun!  We ended up walking the entire area, but we were diligent. :)  And had a pretty weird experience with a lady.. 

I am doing well, and I hope everyone else is as well.  These past 3 days have been very different from being super hot, it's been raining!!! But it has been great, and I hope it stays cool for a while. 

Have a great week everyone! 

Hermana Zimmerman
 but my comp completed 9 months last week! So we made a little cake.
 last monday as we were passing by to do visits, the people gave us all of this food! We felt super blessed. :)  
We taught one of our invesitgators how to make churros so she can sell them. :) 


Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekly Blessings :D

Hi everyone!  I hope all is well. :)
So this week I actually have a lot to say... and have learned a lot.  In some ways this week was a little hard, because we dropped a lot of investigators... and I mean a lot.  Our area book was full, but they just weren't progressing, so that was kind of sad, but it just opens the door to find the chosen people here. 
As we were going through the week, I was noticing that some days it was harder to have new lessons, and I didn't feel like we were using our time well enough, and was really focused in the 'numbers'.  To complete with the normas de excellencia (haha spanish just sticks sometimes..)  basically with the mission goals.  How many lessons we need to have each week, and everything.  But then as I was talking with my comp, she asked me.  'listen Sis. Zimmerman, do you feel like this week was a week of success, even though we haven't had as many lessons as usual.. or your past weeks have been successful, with all of the numbers?  And it made me really realize, that the numbers don't matter, if we don't have people progressing.  And at the end of the week, we actually had a normal amount of lessons, BUT we had a lot more miracles.  So lesson 1- the numbers don't matter, it is the people we find who are ready and willing to accept the Gospel who really count. 

Here are just a few cool experiences that happened this past week as well.  
1-A new investigator that we have had, but only had 1 lesson about 3 weeks ago, called us during our weekly planning on thursday, and told us that he was going to talk with his boss to get work off on Sunday, because he wanted to come and bring his kids. :)  Then from that day we had daily contact friday and saturday, and then saturday night when we called he said he was already preparing his clothes to bring one of his kids to church, and was going to invite his parents.  
2-We have still been working with an investigator that we have had since I got here, but we are really starting to understand more of his needs, and the needs of his wife.  We had a cool lesson with him where we explained DyC 20:37, and asked him after every part if he felt like he was completing with the baptismal requirements (because he said he didn't feel ready). And after every question such as -'Are you willing to be humble and accept God's will?'  He said yes!  And he was able to realize that he is ready to be baptized, we only have a few more lessons to teach, and a little more work to do, but if all goes well, he and his wife can be baptized soon. :)
3-This week we went with a few less actives, and had other great experiences!  One less active actually gave us a reference and came to the church for the first time in months!  And with the others we were able to find out their needs, and now we know exactly what we need to do to help them. One less active always says she will go to church, but we had another cool lesson with her, and invited her to church, and her answer was a clear, yes!  

So really, I am able to notice more of my part in the mission work, that if I listen, and really listen, demonstrate love for the people, and seek to help them staying focused at all times with daily contact, miracles happen.

At the end of the week, we didn't meet our goal of investigators at church, but at least I could say I did my part. And that I have another week to help people come unto Christ. :)

Ok.. only one more little thing!  I have been talking a lot with my comp, and we have a fun lesson plan for a few of our investigators or less actives, and I invite all of you to do this activity as well.  
Just think about what goals you want to complete in the next 5, 15, 50, 1000 years. :)  We have been thinking a lot about the last part, 'What goals do I want to have in 1000 years?  or.. after death?'  I know it sounds a little strange, but everything we do here on earth has a consequence, or a grand blessing.  And it is up to us, what we do today, that helps us either achieve our eternal goals, or no. :)

Love you all, and hope you all have a great week! 
Hermana Zimmerman
 Just a few pics from this morning when we went to Malecon.  No we didn't go near the water, but just the sight was enough. :)  YAY!

We could only enter in exercise clothes, so we tried out the funny little machines. 

haha this last machine.. 'esta bien pesada!'  or.. it's really heavy!  haha well, the weight was yourself.. I don't know if that makes sense... but that was kind of funny. :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

ME QUEDO!‏ (translation, left me!)

Una buenas tardes a todos.. 
Pues, como dice arriba, sigo aqui en Palmas!  
Ok, haha, basically I am going to be here in Palmas (Lazaro Cardenas) for at least 6 more weeks, making it 6 months here in my 2nd area that I will complete!  And I will be completing 1 year in the mission here.  Speaking of which... today completes 11 months here in the mission!  Wow, time sure does fly.. 
So, with these changes I have a kind of funny story.  My comp had to be in Guadalajara Saturday, so she left Friday night, so I ended up staying in Guacamayas with an Hermana from my MTC district, because her comp also went home.  While I was there in her area yesterday, we ate with the other sister missionaries in the ward, and I told Hermana Moran, that she would be coming to Palmas.  Just as a joke.  And here we are, Hermana Moran and I in Palmas 2. :)  This is the 2nd prophesy that I have said that has been completed with my transfers... woohoo!  
So, Hermana Hernandez finished her mission, and I am now with Hna. Moran who I am super excited to work with.  She is a powerful missionary, and I am looking forward to working with her.  WOOT!  She is awesome. 
Yesterday we were only able to go to my ward for a little bit because we had to go to Guacamayas, but what was great is that we were able to have a lot of less actives come!  And one of them is a family that not their whole family are members, so we will be working with them to all to be an eternal family. 

This week we were able to do some service helping a family refurnish their table!  And we were rewarded with coke. :)

I don't have much else to say... but even though I will be staying in my area, and it will be getting super hot here... I am excited to see what this new compansionship will bring. :)

Love you all!
Hermana Zimmerman

Just a quick scripture that I read this week..
DyC 103:36 
36 All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.
 Last pic of my compa and I!  She is now in her casa. 
 Just sanding a table... #servicio
 The team!

 new comp Hermana Moran from DF, Mexico!  haha that makes 3 comps from DF.. :) (Distrito Federal)
11 months in the mission!