Week 2 in the new Utah Orem Missiono

My new Aspen Grove Zone in our new Utah Orem Mission.

My new Aspen Grove Zone in our new Utah Orem Mission.

I do look forward to sharing my testimony with you in English/Spanish. I’ll try my best to do it in parts so you can understand what I’m saying. But forgive me if I start getting my words mixed up.

Thank you so much for you words near the end of your letter. They really helped me Saturday night and continue to bring me comfort. 🙂

 Last night we were trying to contact a referral and met Maria (who is originally from Holland). She has a great sense of humor. She told us her conversion story, and we were laughing all the way through her story. She helped me see the beauty of being able to laugh even through challenges.

Last night we were trying to contact a referral and met Maria (who is originally from Holland). She has a great sense of humor. She told us her conversion story, and we were laughing all the way through her story. She helped me see the beauty of being able to laugh even through challenges.

[These are the words at the end of Mom’s letter: “Well, my beloved daughter, I am so proud of your hard work and dedication you demonstrate each day you serve the Lord. Relish this time—as it seems to be going by so fast—too fast for you, I’m sure.

We love you and pray for you every day. Daddy loves receiving your e-mails in Spanish. The e-mails challenge him, which is what he needs.

Here’s a great quote to end with: ‘Happiness doesn’t come from external circumstances. It comes from the inside—regardless of what is happening around us.’—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “All Is Well”

Love you always.”]

As we were on our way to visit a sister, we saw this older sister who looked disoriented, tired, and confused walking down the street carrying heavy binders. We ran to help her and discovered that she wanted to take the binders to the Family History center, but she didn't know where the center was. We found a ride for her to take the binders and later learned her name is Jean Barton. She lives in a nursing home and loves family history.

As we were on our way to visit a sister, we saw this older sister who looked disoriented, tired, and confused walking down the street carrying heavy binders. We ran to help her and discovered that she wanted to take the binders to the Family History center, but she didn’t know where the center was. We found a ride for her to take the binders and later learned her name is Jean Barton. She lives in a nursing home and loves family history.

This last Tuesday we got to meet with President Killpack individually. And his words touched my heart just like President McCune’s. President Killpack barely knows me, and yet he knew how I was feeling, what was going on, with what I am struggling, everything. He told me that he could feel through the Spirit that I was a good missionary. And everything he said was exactly what I needed to hear. One thing of which he reminded me is the importance of remembering my identity as a daughter of God — that I am His daughter and He has a mission for me to fulfill here (Moses 1:1-26). I need to be kind to myself as well.

This week we found 3 new investigators!

One of them is Norberto. Thursday night we visited him and read parts of the Introduction of the Book of Mormon. We read the third paragraph about the visitation of Jesus Christ to the Americas, and asked him if he would like to read about this experience, We read 3 Nephi 11:1-15, and we asked him how he would feel if he could have been a witness of this event. He responded that it would have been a pleasure and a joy — to have been there and touch the marks in the hands and feet of His Savior and Messiah. When we invited to be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood of God when he knows that the Book of Mormon is scripture from God and this is the path to receive eternal life, he said YES!! That is what he would want to do. We invited him to read, ponder, and pray to know that this is true. We testified that God would take the time (like He did with the Nephites) to answer his prayers so he can receive his own testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

During one of our lessons with a family this past Thursday, the uncle and his wife (who were visiting) cooked us a gourmet meal! It was absolutely DELICIOUS.

During one of our lessons with a family this past Thursday, the uncle and his wife (who were visiting) cooked us a gourmet meal! It was absolutely DELICIOUS.

Later that night we visited Mirta and Daniel (the other two). Earlier that week, Daniel and Mirta expressed their interest in learning more about from where the Book of Mormon came, what the Book of Mormon talks about, and where in the Bible it talks about the Book of Mormon. That night we read the first 5 paragraphs from the introduction to the Book of Mormon in English and Spanish. One thing that caught Daniel’s eye is what the Book of Mormon talked about concerning the Tower of Babel. We also read Ezequiel 37:16-17, and they both expressed their desires to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know that it is scripture from God and a record of their forefathers.

There are so many other miracles, spiritual highs, trials and challenges that we witnessed and experienced this week written in my journal, but I don’t have more time to write. I’m learning a lot of what it means to be in a companionship and working things out and striving for unity despite challenges. Other miracles are written with their corresponding pictures sent home earlier this afternoon before we went and played volleyball with the district.

We were at the house of the De La Cruz family and Hermana Bonilla bought this suitcase from them (that they had bought at a yard sale). It was exactly what Hermana Bonilla needed, as her suitcase broke one the plane ride here.

We were at the house of the De La Cruz family and Hermana Bonilla bought this suitcase from them (that they had bought at a yard sale). It was exactly what Hermana Bonilla needed, as her suitcase broke one the plane ride here.

I love you! Thank you for all your words of wisdom. Thank you for writing according to the promptings of the spirit. They are exactly what I need every week. Thank you for all your support and prayers — I can feel them.

¡Cristo vive!

Hermana Billings

We ran into Jacklin Larsen her night and helped her get in contact with some teachers of the church where her son lives, and ever since then, we run into each other. She is such a cute little lady.

We ran into Jacklin Larsen one night and helped her get in contact with some teachers of the church where her son lives, and ever since then, we run into each other. She is such a cute little lady.

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