Hermana Kent

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Great Plan

Hola Familia,
I was so glad to hear that Anything Goes was performed in the Halloween assembly!!  That is pretty cool!!!  The whole cast has really worked super hard!!!  What dates do you start performing?  (Kensington and Karadie will be performing in BHS musical production of Anything Goes). When is Miss Samantha's play?  We are very blessed to have good places where theatre is performed and have such talented people super close to us!! 
It is crazy to think that this exact time next week I will be sitting on a plane going to Atlanta Georgia!!!!!  The flight plans weren't emailed we got them in the mail so I leave the MTC at 6 in the morning and head to the airport.  My flight to Atlanta, Gerorgia leaves Salt Lake at 11:15am so I will arrive in Atlanta about 4:50pm and than have a 3 hour lay over so my flight then leaves at 7:44pm and than a nice long 10 hour flight to Buenos Aires!!!  So I will actually arrive in Buenos Aires Tuesday morning at about 8am!!    This 6 weeks has gone by SO fast!  Honestly I don't know how it happened!!  Somehow I blinked and it was gone!! 
So I had a super cool experience this week!!  But to start, I have to give some background about the MTC!!!  The first Friday here like I said I started teaching in Spanish!!  Two days after I got here!!  And it was crazy but cool!!  And then 2 weeks after that "Miguel" who we thought we were teaching actually ended up being a teacher -  Hermano Wallace.  So we have two teachers.  Hermana Boyce and Hermano Wallace!!  There is a plan in this.  And it is great!!  Ok enough background.  So last Monday a week ago like 16 members of our zone left.  And this Wednesday we got 16 newbees.  Ya I am now an oldie apparently!!!  hahah I don't know how that happened cuz honestly I was dropped off yesterday.  But so the other day we were at lunch and the newbees were telling us how they were gonna start teaching and how they were nervous cuz it was in Spanish.  I wanted so bad to tell them what was actually going to happen!!  That they were actually teaching their teacer and that it is a great plan and you will learn so much from it and all these things to help them see how it was going to help them.  But I couldn't!!  It was SO hard not to.  Anyway it then made me think about our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ and how they stand on the other side like I did with these missionaries and want to tell us exactly about our trial and how it will help us and that there is a great plan in it.  But they can't either and it must be so hard for them as well!!!  I am so grateful for the trials that I have been given and that Heavenly Father allows me to go through them to become more like Him and Jesus Christ.  It was such a neat experience.  I LOVE them with all my heart. 
I also spoke in sacrament meeting yesterday about the atonement (in Spanish)  and how grateful I am for that in my life!!!  I of course bawled through the whole thing.
Also last night we watched Joseph Smith The Prophet of the Restoration and it was so cool!!   I look up to Him and Emma so much and the early saints so much!!!  I am so grateful for this restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is true.  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and Kazen, and Grandpa, LIVE.  I KNOW that and I feel them right next to me everyday encouraging me and pushing me on to the next thing!!  I LOVE this gospel.  I can't wait to share the beautiful message it gives to the people in Argentina!!!  My testimony has grown SO much this week!!  Love you all lots and lots and lots. 
Btw moving was fine but anyway I am going to pack today and figure out what to send home and get a package off today for you.  Also, there is an Elder Barfuss and Elder Speidel who are Spanish speaking Elders from my district going to the mission we live in so if you see them take care of them.  They are AWESOME!!  They are both from Canada!!!!
Con Amor,
Hermana Kent


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bearing Testimony in Spanish!

It is so crazy to me that in like all but two weeks I will be leaving for Argentina!!!!  Guess what that means!!!???  I get to call!!!!  I was going to ask you about a calling card so if you send it that will be great!! 

This week has been kinda crappy!! :(  We got a new investigator named Maria on Monday and have taught her every night so far except for Tuesday night.  Every lesson has not had the spirit whatsoever.  In fact she has tried to fight us.  She thinks the commandments and the Book of Mormon aren't necessary.  It has been pretty frustrating; Until Thursday night.  She fought us in the lesson again which was to be expected so we asked some sisters in our zone who just had her as an investigator about how to help her understand the importance of the gospel.  We found out that she is not a member.  She is an actual investigator that is paid to be here.  Hermana Albach shared her story with us and just said to love her and make sure that she knows that we love her and just get to know her.  She said that her and her companion took an entire lesson and just talked about her and her family and themselves and their family. 

Thursday night she asked us to find some scriptures FROM THE BIBLE; she made that very clear, about pre earth life and life after death.  So last night we walked in there prepared to share some scriptures with her and just get to know her story and her family and let her get to know us and our stories and families.  So yes, I took the little picture book you sent me to show her pictures of us. Well we shared the scriptures we prepared and then she asked us to share our favorite scriptures, from the bible.  Hermana House shared Romans 8: 38-39.  I shared John 14: 18,26-27 and then we asked her what her favorite scripture is and she shared John 3:16.  It was pretty cool.  The saying “teach people” not “lessons” became real to me that we need to teach according to our investigators.  Anyway, Hermana House than shared her testimony about the gospel and I shared mine about the gospel.  And guess what I had in that picture book?  The two pics of Kazen that you guys sent me!!!  I was able to talk about Kazen in Spanish for the first time last night!!!!!  The spirit was finally in a lesson with her.  It was so cool.  I shared how Kazen had passed away at two years old and the gospel has blessed my life knowing that I will be with him again someday.  That he IS NOT dead but that he is very much alive!!!  I love feeling that little guy everyday!!!! 

We taught another Hermana in our zone yesterday about the book of Mormon in Spanish and I was able to do it.  And then we taught Ximena, or Hermana Boyce our teacher about the restoration and the gospel again and guess what???!!!  I was able to talk about Kazen in Spanish again.  So the point is… I can now talk about the Book of Mormon and Kazen in Spanish!!!!!  These are way cool experiences that I wanted to share!!!  A crappy week turned into a FABULOUS week!!! 

 By the way, I am being transferred to the main MTC campus on Thursday so my P-Day might change, but I will let you know!!  Send more pictures because I love getting them.  Please keep sending me quotes because I love getting them.  There are some above my bed that I want as well. 
The church is so true and the Book of Mormon is so true.  Kazen, Jesus Christ, Grandpa, and Great-Grandma all love me and are with me every second and I feel them so close.  Sure love and miss you guys!!!
Con Amor,
Hermana Kent

Hermana House and I on P-Day.  She has great taste in clothing;)

Pointing out President and Sister Marston, my best friends parents:)

I love the temple!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I LOVE Being a Missionary!!!

Thank you for the emails and the package!!!  Hermana House and me decorated our window and we love it!!  It looks so fun!!!  (We sent her Halloween window clings)

This week has been so good!!!  Hermana Davis left Tuesday morning at 4:30!!  It was crazy!!  This week has been awesome!!!  Hermana House and I have been on time to things, we have studied better and harder, we are on the same page!!  The companionship is exactly what I was hoping for!!! Also because Hermana Davis was our senior companion we got a new senior companion this week and it is kinda me!! I say kinda because on Tuesday we had a devotional and the 70 that spoke talked about how our companion and ourselves are a team.  So after that talk we decided that the senior companion really doesn't matter because we are playing on the same team and have to make our decisions about everything together!!!

We have taught our teachers again this week and the spirit has been so strong!!  And wasn't conference AMAZING!!!  My favorite part was Pres Packers!!!  He said in his testimony how Jesus Christ is no stranger to his servants!!!  This hit me so hard that Him and Heavenly Father are so physically real!!!  That has hit me so hard this week!! 

Yesterday I played investigator for some elders in my district and it was so incredibly fun!!!  We were practicing "How to Begin Teaching" and it was all in Spanish!!  I did this twice yesterday and I learned that I know a lot more Spanish than I give myself credit for!!  So the Spanish is coming!!!  Slowly but surely.  Other than that this week has also been pretty monotonous!! 

We are up by 6 and getting ready.  By 7 we are leaving to go and eat in the cafeteria. 7:30 is personal study. 8:30 is companion study. 9:30 is language study.  10:30 is gym time and than 11:30 we go get a sack lunch to take back to our apartment so we can hurry and eat and than actually shower and get ready for the day so that by 12:45 we can be in class.  The teacher leaves about 3:45 and we have additional study time until dinner at 4:30 and than 5:15 we are back in class. The teacher than usually leaves at about 8:15 and we have...

wait for it...wait for it... wait for it...

you guessed it additional study time until 9 which is when we have our zone meeting every night and than we usually get back to our apartment by 9:30 which is when we as a companionship plan the next day read our scriptures.  10:15 we get some personal quiet time with Heavenly Father which is super cool if used right and than by 10:30 our lights have to be off!! 

Saturdays are a little different because of p-day!!  As of right now we have service time time in the morning at 6:15 until about 7:30 and than a quick breakfast so that we can hit the 8:30 session at the Provo Temple and than the rest of the day we do whatever we have to get done.  And than we have devotionals Sunday night and Tuesday night so Tuesdays we just don't have our evening class so we can go up to main campus for the devotional.  Tuesdays are usually the nights that apostles come but there hasn't been one yet so far since I have been here, so this week I am hoping!!!  So that's what goes on!! 

I am really good!!! And I have felt so many prayers.  I woke up last Thursday and my throat didnt't feel right so I immediately knew that I was getting a cold and sure enough I did!!  But you know how my colds usually last like a month or at least that is what it feels like for me and than I end up with an ear infection?  I am totally better and I feel no chance of an ear infection.  I feel really blessed!!! 

I really like all of the pictures you guys keep sending me!!!  And thank you for the calendar!!!!  Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father live and this is THEIR work!!!

I LOVE being a missionary!!!
Hermana Kent
My District

Hermana House and Me

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Letter sent October 4, 2014

Hola!!!!  The first session was great ha!!!!  The missionaries are very blessed to have so many people praying for us and our families!!!  I get to watch the women's conference tonight while the Elders are watching priesthood and I'm so excited.  Dad not that you for sure will be able to see name tags but some Elders are singing in the choir tonight so if you see tags with the name of Elder Au Quin or Elder Johnson those are my zone leaders.  They are both white and on the shorter end, but obviously still taller than me. 

I got the package last night and I think everything is going to work great!!! Thank you for the pictures and "open when" letters and the robe!!!!  This week has been a ton of emotions.  But last Saturday was the first time I talked to Kazen.  I was in the temple in the celestial room!! It was incredible. And then Sunday we fasted and it was a rough day with no motivation to do anything with the lack of food!!! But, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and Kazen and many others were definitely watching out for me because there were so many instances where I knew I was being winked at that I can do this and that the day would be ok.  And that dinner would come eventually!!! hahah 

Hermana Davis received her visa this week so she is going to the Colombia MTC on Tuesday which will be so good for her!!  (Karina has been in a trio companionship).  I have struggled with my companions so that will be good!!  I hope it will be a better companionship  with Hermana House!!  

Lucky me because winter has started to make itself known with the freezing cold air.  Guess who has a wicked cold??? ME!!!! but that's ok.  At least I'm not stuck in bed so it'll pass.  However I am going to the gymnasium with my companions but I am not participating because I don't want to get sicker.  If I can prevent getting sicker by not working out is better, cause I don't want to not be in class learning.  I figure it is wiser to use that time and study right now than work out and get sicker :( 

Anyway I have started letters for all of you but haven't finished them yet but I just want you to know.  Either I have class or I am in a meeting with either just my district or my whole zone.  But that's ok they are really cool.  And we got a new teacher this week.  The person we thought was our investigator Miguel Chavez ended up actually being our second teacher Hermano Wallace.  But I knew that.  So the sister teacher we have had Sis Boyce is now going to be an investigator as well so we will now have two investigators but its good practice because its just our teachers.  

I love that Ali wants to facetime!!! I want to facetime her and see everyone's faces!!!  But hey, basically 4 weeks and we get to talk cause I am basically two weeks in now!!! Anyway other than the cold I am good!! Love and miss everyone A LOT!!!
Hermana Kent