Monday, January 25, 2016

We're All in This Together


i hope you are all doing great! well there are lots of things to tell so we´ll get started:

on wednesday we had a WORLD WIDE MISSIONARY BROADCAST!! thats right...WORLD WIDE!! every missionary in the world was watching it, and wow...just the thought of that brought a huge spirit. the theme of the conference was "Teach Repentance, Baptize Converts" were listened to the general authorities speak to us about the importance of teaching the basic doctines!! i thnk sometimes, not just as missionaries, but as members we try to give all of the knowledge we have in the first chance we get, but sometimes just teaching to the basic doctrines WITH THE SPIRIT is what the people need. the thing that stood out to me the most is something that Elder Neil L. Anderson said. he stated, "No matter how much we talk of chirst, it will never be too much" WOW!!!!! what truth that has. as missionaries we literally wear his name on our chest everyday and it is our duty to "talk, rejoice in, preach, and prophesy" of CHRIST!!!! but that shouldnt just be a duty of full time missionaries with the black name tag on, but a duty of every person in the world!! and especially of the members of HIS church. Also he said, that if we dont know what to talk about that we should talk of Christ. so just remember that. :D

also we saw a huge miracle this week. a few weeks ago we were looking at hte old investigators in our area book and we came across a name, Karen Garcia. we looked for her for a while..but the direction and number werent very good. so we asked some of the members that lived close to where we thought she lived. they gave us a direction..but it was almost as hard to find it as before. flashforward, saturday night we were again looking at the area book and the progress forms in it...and again came across her name. i told hermana chan that i felt we should visit her the next day and we made our plans. flashforward to church. i had to lead the hymns and half way through the meeting a teenage girl walked in. as i saw her i felt something...the spirit. and after the meeting we talked to her.. and guess who it was..KAREN GARCIA!!!! she came to church. the bishop had invited her. lets just say that the spirit is trying to tell the whole ward that she is ready!!! we have a cita tomorrow!!! :)))

i love being a missionary because i get to focus on the hand of the lord. he is always there in our lives but as normal people we often cant focus solely on his hands because of hte demands of hte world...but how special it is to put aside every other care in the world and focus on helping other know our savior. i invite you all to try, amongst the distractions of the real world, to focus on the hands of the lord in your lives. i promise you that you will be astounded at the miracles you see!!

i love you all so much and i really do have the best family in the world! thanks for your prayers and love!! I LOVE YOU!! have a great week and good luck in everything!!

con amor!!
Hermana Canty

PS: this week i ate shark and chicken liver...those are some new things...

Monday, January 18, 2016

2 Nephi 25:26

Well hello my beautiful family!! :)))

this week was a trying week, and i have very little time today, so i will try to do a recap! :)

we went with la familia cardenas a few times this week! they are so great!! the want to be baptized but the only doubt they have is that they dont know too much about the church (not so much the doctirne of the church, but how it works) for example Hno Jimi is from a Evangelical family and Hna Mildred is from a Catholic family. they are a little hesitant about changing all of that, but they are so great. and our ward mission leader helps us so much. he is always there with us and testifying to them. they werent able to come to church this week :/ but its okay, they can still be baptized this weekend. we are gonna have an FHE with them tonight to see how they are doing!! :))

also, as a mission, we have 3 scriptures that we also quote in every meeting, and up until last tuesday one of them was 3 Nephi 5:13. but presidente ruiz changed it and we are now memorizing 2 Nephi 25:26

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

i love this scripture. as missionaries that is what we are doing everyday!! and we, as MEMBERS of the church should do that too!! never be afraid to testify of christ!!! speaking of that...i have another goal. Presidente Ruiz challenged us all to learn the living christ is spanish before march...but since i already know joining with presidente and i will learn the living christ in ENGLISH!!! he is learnign it too!! and already has like 2 paragraphs!!!! i invite you all to join with us in learning this...i promise you that your testimony of Jesus Christ will grow!!!!!!:DDD

im not sure what else has much and so little and so fast that i cant keep up!! but jsut know that the lord is speeding up his work, its a full time job we have people...we need to prepare everyone for when our savior comes. please keep him close to you!! the one thing that i have come to know here, is that my savior lives and loves me. as imperfect as we are..he came to die for us so htat we could overcome those imperfections. trust in him. I LOVE YOU!!! have a great week!!!!! good luck with everything this week!!!!

Hermana Canty

Monday, January 11, 2016

Contraataque El Enemigo


its a great day and was an amazing week. i have lots to tell and little time so we will get right to it :))

First, Hna Karla A. is so great!! her little son is doing a LOT better this week..i saw him smile and laugh for the first time in a while which is great!!! she has been having lots of trials lately, trials which would normally break the desires of the people, but she has been PRESSING FORWARD!!!! she wasnt able to come to church this week because she had to take her son to get checked, but her testimony of the book of mormon is growing!! :) her whole family is catholic..which sometimes worries her but she is progressing toward baptism!!

Also this week we had a meeting with presidente Ruiz, it was kinda "improv" bc they told us tuesday night and it was wednesday, but it was great!!! :)) the focus of the meeting was "Contraataque Al Enemigo" that means, "counter atack to the Enemy." we have a goal this month of MORE THAN 200 BAPTISMS!!!!! and we started the month very presidente wanted to help us find out what was happening and how we can change it. he did this analogy that we can relate to:

in sports when the other team starts to get ahead, what do we do!? (the first thing that came to my mind was Diamond Hard...but i couldnt say that to Presidente Ruiz lol) WE COUNTER ATACK THEM!!!

well thats waht we planned in this conference. first, we have changed a LOT of things in the culture of our mission to help us really focus on the calling that we have, and we talked about being more obediente as a mission. we also made plans as a districts as to what we would do to counter atack the enemy in our areas and even made battle crys...all of these things are to help us reach the goal that was PROMISED to us by an APOSTLE OF THE LORD in November!!! BRILLANDO MISION REU!!! :) also to finish the conference, we started a fast together (we fast every wednesday) and let me tell you...IT WAS SO POWERFUL!! the spirit was so strong!!!! there is power in fasting!!! :D

also the members of our ward this week REALLY helped us!! we received lots of references and were able to contact almost all of them! members really are the best way to do missionary remember that!! ;) but i would like to tell you of the BIGGEST miracle we had this week...and it all started with a desire to visit a MA family:

friday night we planned to visit a MA family with our ward mission leader, bc we didnt know where they lived. it had been a good day but we hadnt found any new investigators. we were sitting on a bench waiting for him to come and i was just thinking about the day that we had had, and i felt calm, but also like something was missing. i didnt recognize the feeling until later but it was the spirit telling me, "just wait and see what the lord has planned" well our WML got there and we started walking to the house of the MA family, but on the way he told us, "hermanas, if its okay with you i have a friend who is waiting to meet us right now, can we go before we go with the family?" of course we said yes!! and i felt like jumping in the street with joy because it was the first member reference WITH A CITA that we had recieved!!! :) so we went to meet this friend, and it turns out that this friend has a wife!!! :D thats when we met la Familia Cardenas, Jimi and Mildred. they are so great!! they are younger, (22-25) and just got married 9 months ago! they were talking with the sisters in the area about 6 months ago but Jimi went to the States and Mildred went to live with her mom and they lost contact. well he is back now and they are SO willing to learn!!! :)))) they are really special! we left their house and i was smiling like a child on christmas!!! :))) ALSO they came to church on sunday!!! :))) (they walked in RIGHT before the sacrament!! :D) and they really liked it!!! and later that night we went with them and Hermano Jimi accepted baptism for the 23 of JAN!!!! :)))) they truly are prepared!! we have a cita with them on Wednesday and we are going to do a FHE and make food!! :)))

that experience taught me lots of things, the first of which is it reaffirmed a phrase we have in the mission "Exactly Obedient So God Cannot Deny A Miracle" hermana chan and i try very hard to be obedient, we arent perfect but everyday we do our best so that just like heavenly father lead us to Familia Cardenas, he can lead us to others!!! also it helped me remember that HE NEVER LEAVES US ALONE!!! its right in the moments that we are about to give up that he sweeps in and saves us!!!

this is truly the work of the lord, and how amazing it is to be a part of it!!! please pray and ask heavenly father for the names of people who you can invite the missionaries to teach. THIS IS THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH AND THE ONLY CHURCH THAT HAS THE KEYS TO CELESTIAL KINGDOM!!! we cant let anyone NOT recieve these blessings!!!

I love you all so much! have a great week!! work hard, pray harder!! :D

Con amor,
Hermana Canty


Monday, January 4, 2016

Will You Come To Church With Us? :)

I will tell you a little about my week!! :)

we went with Hermana Karla (the wife of the family mejia) this week, and she is passing through LOTS of trials. her little son of 1 yr is really sick and she is also having some health problems that are scaring them and hno gilberto isnt progessing as much as we would all like...but she is doing great!! she told us from the first visit this week that she was going to come to church, and even though they were both sick (her and her son) they came!!!!! :DDDDD she loved it!! i was so happy..not that they were sick..but that EVEN THOUGH they were sick they came to church. she really understood the importance of coming and she felt the spirit! also we went with our district leader to visit her this week and when we got there she was VERY busy! she was running around all day trying to find medicine and this of the sort..and the elders offered to give the baby a blessing. and she accepted. she had so much trust is the power of god and the POWER that the elders have that she accepted without hesitation, she said "i would LOVE that!" she told us that she didnt really understand exactly what is the priesthood but that she knew the blessing would help her baby. it was amazing to see her faith!! i testify that those elders have the power of god to do things like that!! :)) (that same day they actually gave 3 blessings in our area..super cool!!)

also we have another investigator...whose name is also Karla, but we will refer to her as Karla R. she also came to church yesterday!!! :)) the sisters had been teaching her before but stopped..and yesterday was the first time she came to church in the whole time!! it was kinda weird bc her little baby was crying a lot and she didnt get to listen to too much but she really liked it. we are gonna work with her a lot to help her and find members that can help with her baby!! :)) she is really cool!! :) i will keep you all updated on her!! :))

i hope this week goes EXCELENTE for you all!! you are the best family. remember that this year is the year to help our heavenly father in HIS work!! share the gospel at all home and visiting teaching..BE STRONG in the is the ONLY way to find joy in this life AND in the next! i love you all so much!! have a great week!!! :D

con amor,
Hermana Canty