Monday, April 27, 2015

Power Ward

This week we have just been getting to know better the area, the members, and everything to do with missinonary work.  I feel like we are getting to know everything pretty well, the area, how to get around.. But things are going well! We were able to find a few more people to teach this past week, and had the opportunity to go to the ward council meeting on Sunday!  Let's just say that this ward knows how to work, and has a very strong Bishop at it's head.  

We also had interviews last week (again.. because this zone still hadn't had interviews), but that also went great!  The only sad part was that it was my last interview with Pte. Camarillo, as he and his wife will be leaving in June.. But it went very well, with some great advice concerning how I can work.  And what really depends on me.  Because how the people will act, well that depends on them.  But if we do not talk with everyone, and invited people to read, pray, come to church, and all of that, than we are not doing our part.  

Not much else to say... but everything is very good here. :)  Have a great week!

Love you!
Hermana Zimmerman
quick selfie in a bike-taxi... 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Las Juntas!‏

haha forgot to mention, I am now in the Tlaquepaque Stake in Las Juntas!  haha it is in Guadalajara, but a little on the edge... from what I know. 

This past week has really just been getting to know the area.  It's a lot bigger than my other areas, but has a lot of potential.  The members are ready to work, and already as we have gotten to know them, they want to help in the missionary work.  YAY! 

This past week we went to find a recent convert as of a few months, becuase the other misioneries hadn't visited her in a while.. so we stopped by and she was very nice.  We shared a short message with her and she had felt like she was getting a little away from God.. but wanted to go to church.  And it turns out that on Sunday she came!  And her mom also came who isn't a member, but has listened to the missionaries before.  She even offered to go and clean the temple with the members. We have a meeting with them on wednesday.  

My new comp is great, has a huge desire to serve, and I just love her.  

Not much more to say... let's just say this area is my dream area. :)

Love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Zimmerman
 New area in Guadalajara!
 my new Companion Hermana Lopez
silly pic with our family before I left
last pic with the ward and investigators.. :(

Monday, April 13, 2015

changes.... yikes!‏

Hey everyone!!

Haha wow, I am going to be real quick... so I had transfers!  Not much of a surpirse, but I was actually very sad to leave Lazaro Cardenas.. but I finally made it to Guadalajara!  Woohoo!  It is already a lot cooler here than Lazaro, and I am very grateful I made it just in time before it got really hot.  

But we had some amazing miracles this past week!  

So basically we have always been working with a less active familiy Hna. V. and Hna. E.  and their family.  On tuesday we went to visit them and as we were leaving the mom said, 'Thanks for not forgetting about us.  It seems that we are blessed, because even though we have been inactive for such a long time, the missionaries always seem to find us.  Thank you so much.'  It gave me such a good feeling.  And then we visited them again on Saturday to remind them to go to church, and it turned out that yesterday THEY CAME!!!!!! The first time in about 4 years.  Then later after church our bishop told us- 'Thank you both for the work you are doing.  Hna. V. hasn't been to church in forever, and I know it is because of the work that you have done that they could come to church today.'  And said that we are 'potent missioneraries'. :)  Then before the day ended we went to say goodbye to them, because I was leaving, and they are excited to get activated back in the church, by reading the book of mormon daily... and i am super happy for them.

Other note, the family all went to church today!!! (the first time the whole family went together, to a normal day of church), and they loved it all.  Then after church when I told them I might be leaving they all started crying... :(  I really feel so blessed to have been there to find them and begin their teaching.  Maybe I will not be there for when they get baptized, BUT I for sure will be there in a year when they go to the temple. :)  

So I am very sad to leave my Palmitas, I feel very blessed to have met everyone there.. and I definitely cried when I left.... 

In other news.... I am now opening an area in Guadalajara, and am training... we left yesterday night at 1 in the morning... and had training today, but my comp is great, and I just hope I don't mess up... :)  Her name is Hermana Lopez, and is from Oaxaca!  I will send a pic next week when there is more peace.. and I have more time.  

But I am excited to be in a new area, and to be in fresh area for the first time in 6 months... 

I hope you all have a great week!!! Love you!

Herrmana Zimmerman

Monday, April 6, 2015

Otro Año Ha Pasado... (Another year has passed..)‏

Wow.  That was fast, and I can't believe that I only have 6 months left.  But...

This week was great! I don't really know where to begin.. 
quick update on the family M.T.  We used up the vacations and visited them every day this past week, and they are all doing great!  The whole family went to conference for the Saturday Afternoon session, and then watched a baptism of the STL's, and loved it all.  Then in the night we went to visit them, but 15 minutes before we got there the dad had left super angry.  And his family was worried he was going to go drink again.. so we taught a quick lesson, and then when we got back to our house, they called us, and everything was fine, he didn't drink!  :) And all are staying strong with the Word of Wisdom even though the dad has had a problem drinking, and the while family has been drinking coffee, when we invited them to stop, they all accepted!  And yesterday we went to visit them again, and the dad told us that in the morning as he was out walking one of his friends passed by and offered him a ride.  So he got in, and his friend went and bought alcohol, and offered him some, but he said 'No, Thanks.'  and his friend was just like .. 'whaat?? Since when?'  And then offered him a cigarette and he said no again!  WOOHOO!!! But then the mom said 'oops!!! I had a cup of coffee...' and all of the kids- 'mom!'  Her response, 'I'm going to go pray and ask God for forgiveness, and I won't do it again.'  Wow. :)  I love them!  
Another quick story was when we taught them about 'God is our Heavenly Father' we sang 'I am a Child of God' and after we asked them what did they like most, and the oldest said 'Soy un hijo de Dios.  Porque es cierto.'  or.. I am a child of God, and that is very true.  I know that we are all children of God, and that has a very significant meaning.  He is our Father, and He loves us more than we can even imagine.  

One last quick story.. We have been teaching a youth as of a few weeks ago, but haven't been quite sure if we should keep going, because her parents aren't married, and don't want to get married.  But every time we go I feel a peace.  We went this past week and she (hna. S.) told us that she prayed and received an answer, that this is true.  Something we hadn't even excepted.. and then yesterday the whole family was going to go!  (and a few of the members haven't been very receptive), so we planned that we were going to pass by at 1:30, but then we didn't know that yesterday was the change of hours.. (horario.. haha), and we didnt have any credit in our cell phone, so we passed by an hour late, and they had all changed and then didn't want to come.  But Hna. S. came with her friend.  But we will be working more with them. 

Then, another miracle-  on saturday we met a young woman Hna. L. at the morning session of Gen. Conf., and she was very nice, and than later the elders told us she lived in our area!  She also came yesterday to another session of conference.  Anyway, she is so prepared to hear the Gospel, she has had a few trials as we all have, but has 2 little girls, and is amazing.  

Conference was also so good!  Unfortunately for the 2 morning sessions the internet was a little slow so we didn't get to listen to everything, but what we did listen to was amazing!  And I will just read the other talks later.. :) 

Well, I continue to learn, study, and grow in the Gospel, and am looking forward to dedicating myself these last 6 months. 

love you all! 
Hermana Zimmerman
one year in the mish.  ALso it was super nice, my comp woke up early and made a cake and the poster!!!
 I received 4 packages!! I was so  happy:D
 Conference!! From a nice little room with air conditioning. :)
 Helping out with the Ward Relief Society Activity! 
 quick selfie in front of our house after the Zone Conference!
One of my favorite families!