Monday, March 17, 2014

Elder Malpica, Elder Kimball, Me and Sister Warner
Elder Christensen and Elder Peircy
Gary!! and Me
Sister Wells!!
Hey Everyone!
So transfers are this week, and I am staying in Hermosa Liahona and training a new missionary! Sister Warner is going to Downey. It was fun while it lasted, but we both knew we'd be splitting up. It's sad, but I'm ready for this next transfer and excited for what is to come. I love change. :)
So this week, we have a lot of different things. First, we had a Sisters Training on Tuesday, which was really good. Sister Weidman is amazing and so sweet! She answered a lot of my personal questions through her talk. Also, if anyone wants a good scripture to study this week, read the 23rd Pslam, and study it. It's so good :)
We also had temple service this week! And we got to clean inside the Temple! Oh my goodness it was amazing! There were some Hermanos working with us and they took us up to the 3rd floor, which I had never seen, and it was really cool! I got to see a lot of different parts of the temple and hear some really great stories from the temple workers. We were in there all day, just feeling that special spirit and being at peace. I love the temple!
We also met with Edgar this week. Not sure if I have talked about him yet or not. But he is from Guatemala, about 58 years old. he investigated the church
 about 7 years ago. He was going to get baptized, but left to Guatemala for a long time and lost contact with the church. We found him when we were on splits, and I thought he was a member because he knew some much about the church. Anyway, we had a lesson with him and we brought the bishops wife, and it was so great! We taught the restoration and it was so powerful. I recited the First Vision and I immediatley felt the spirit come into the room. and you could see his face change. He is a little loud and loves to talk, but when the spirit came, he felt it. He had tears in his eyes when we asked him how he felt. And he said that he flet grateful that the Lord would give us this and give us a prophet. I truly feel blessed to have been there. We set a date with him in April, please keep him in your prayers. He  needs so much support and he is going into surgery this week as well. And yesterday he came to church! He was so happy to be there and just love life! He is very enthusiastic about life :) he makes me happy haha
Also yesterday we went to the departing missionary fireside with Marco and Hermano Romero. I got to hear Sister Wells speak! I can't believe she is going home! and guess who else was there, from way back in Lynwood a year ago!!?? Martha! and Gary! and Sulma! It was the best reunion ever! Martha was so happy, and I about cried when I talked to her. She is still going to church, and reading,  not baptized yet, but I know it will happen. Sulma is doing great and so are her three kids. And then GARY! I didn't even recognize him!!! He's changed so much. He was walking (when I left he was on crutches and in a cast) and he looked great! He said that he is planning on going on a mission!!!! I was beyond happy. Gary played a huge role in the missioanry I am today. I will forever be grateful for the things he taught me and the chance I had to teach him and his family.
So ya, that was my week. It was great. It's starting to get warm here agian, and all I can think about is how much I sweated last summer... that's really all I remember... sweating in the car, sweating in the apartment, sweating in the street, haha it was so hot so that will be fun :)
Well family I love you tons. Keep being member missioanries. Look for the people in your wards who need a lift or a gentle remind to come to chruch :) The Lord will bless you with opportunities to share the gospel, only once he knows He can trust you wiht them. So open your mouth :) I LOVE YOU THE MOST!!!!
Kiera lynn, Hermana Wright
This week marks my 1 year out!!!!
March 10th, 2014

So this week was pretty good. We had two awesome experiences with potentials. So we were out looking for potentials on Tuesday and it was.... well it's not my favorite, but it's better than tracting. So we find this one woman and we were looking for a guy named Erick. She said that was her husband and that he wasn't home, but that we could come back Thursday and talk to her. So we set up a time. Then we kept walking and walking and walking and there was no one on the street cause it was in the middle and the day, then we looked for another potential. We know on the door and a woman answered and we asked if she knew the person, she told us that he had moved years ago. So we tried to find out where she was from and talk to her, but she told us she was very into her religion and strong in the Catholic church. So we tried talking about the English class and getting her to the church building.  She finally opened the screen door so we could see her, and she took the flyer. Then we kept talking about... I don't even know what, then she started crying, and told us to come in. Both me and Sister Warner looked at each other and made sure we had heard her right and understood Spanish, and ya she had told us to come in. So we did. and for the next hour, she told us everything that was happening in her life. Things with her son and granddaughter, she just got diagnosed with cancer the day before, and that day she had been praying all morning for help, and then we knocked on the door. It was an amazing experience to be able to be an answer to someones prayer. I was very humbled. At the end we asked if we could come back again, she said yes, but reminded us that she's Catholic, haha but regardless of what happens, it showed me that God really does listen to our prayers and that he loves all of his children. Please pray that she will have a softened heart and allow us to share the message we have this week. 
So on Thursday we went back to the woman we set an appointment with. We get there and she was cleaning off her porch and saw us come. She asked how long our message would take, we told her 20-30 minutes, she said she didn't have enough time for that, she we tole her 5 minutes. She said ok and came down and opened the door and let us in. And right after we prayed, it was amazing to watch the spirit work with her and soften her heart. She opened up and told us all everything that she had been struggling with this last year, with family, and she has a heart condition and a lot of other things. We were there much longer than 5 minutes! haha and at the end we gave her a Book of Mormon and she was so excited to have and to read it! She told us that the next time we come back to make sure and ask her how her reading is going! Oh p.s. she is from Peru, so I love her :)
Again it just showed me that the Lord is so aware of us and our needs. He really is there and he wants to bless us so bad. So my thought for this week is never give the Lord and excuse not to bless you. Do everything you are supposed to, even the little things, because they bring blessings too. 
I love you all so much. I 'm so grateful for all your love and support over this last year. It's been the best year of my life and I love being a missionary. I never want to leave, I never want to loose this feeling of being set apart. The gospel is true. I know that with out a doubt and I will forever be grateful for my mission. I LOVE YOU THE  MOST!

Kiera lynn
Mini Missionary Stephanie!
Love this Sister!!
Mar 3
Hi Everyone!
We had a great week this week!
We'll start with Tuesday. It started off great because we went to Cafe Rio!!!!!! I love that place so much. It never gets old. We did a lot of contacting that day and were able to find a couple of potentials. Then for dinner that night we went to Hna Brunettas, she is amazing! We were sharing stories about family members and the gospel and by the end of it we were all in tears. She loved the conference talk we shared with her about praying for loved one to come to the gospel and being that good example. It strengthened my testimony when she said that she needed that and was grateful. Then later that night we went ot the church building to see one of our investigators, Marco, who goes to the Book of Mormon class every Tuesday. We talked to him with our ward mission leader and two of the elders about how to help him stop drinking. Hno Romero was really blunt, but he needs that. After they gave him a blessing. It was a great experience and you could feel the spirit so strong and that he has the desire to change. Please keep him in your prayers. We also had really cool experience with two other members, where we read a scripture to them and it ended up being the answer to their prayers! We had no idea. I love being a missionary so much. The Lord really does help his children through others.
Then this weekend was just filled with cool things! First, I got to talk to my mission president one on one, and it was awesome! We just talked and he gave me some advice and it helped me so much. I love him! Then he sat in on our district meeting, and right as Elder Kimball was doing accountability, Elder Piercy started freaking out. His head started killing him and he was getting really pale and he kept asking his comp if he took his pills that morning, and then he was sweating, President asked him how urgent it was that he got his pills, Elder Piercy said it was urgent, so President and Elder Christensen took off and we were left there, me, Sister Warner, Elder Kimball and Elder Malpica, watching over Elder Piercy as he told us what to do if he started having a seizure. Come to find out, he has Epilepsy. So we sat and waited for them to come back with the meds, he took them, waited a couple minutes and then was good. haha it was so crazy. I was a little nervous, but not really cause he had two priesthood holders there :)
Then also on Friday, we got another Mini Missionary!!!!!! She was amazing, her name is Stephanie, and she's from 4th ward up in Hollywood! So it was so much fun for all of us to talk about Hollywood again. So Steph was baptized 4 years and ago, but was less active. But this last fall she came back to church and is now the secretary in the young womens, and her older brother just got baptized in November. She is 20 years old, and has been debating on whether to go on a mission or not. So she was with us for our lesson with Marco on Saturday, and we set a baptismal date with him!!!! Please pray for him! And then Sunday came and Rosa and her two kids came to church!!!!!! I was so happy that they came! They are so ready to be baptized. Hopefully this week we will be able to set a date with them as well :)
Then we had to take Stephanie back, and it was a sad moment, but she told us that she knows she is going on a mission now! Isn't that amazing! She will be an incredible missionary. I am so happy that we got to have her this weekend, she was so much fun and it helped me remember why I am out here.
Well I can't remember anything else, But it was a great week! I love you all so much! have a great week! I LOVE YOU THE MOST
Kiera lynn

Feb 24
Hi Everyone :)
Alright so I have two great stories from this week.
They both happened on Friday.
So this past week, there were some rough patches. I have been struggling personally and it all just came to the surface I guess. I had no idea what to do about the situation that was getting me down and it was hard to focus on the work. So I decided to ask for a blessing. It was amazing. Elder Kimball gave a beautiful blessing, with so much guidance and counsel. I flet so much peace after. I knew that I could trust my Heavenly Father and move forward with faith. I know I've said this many times, but I am so grateful for the priesthood. It's power is real. I am also grateful for the young men here who were able to do that for me. I love them and look up to them.
So later that night we went to the Santos house for dinner. Both Mercedees and Laura (sisters) were baptized last September. and then their nephew, Fernando, was baptized two weeks ago. They had some great news, that they finally got Allison. Now Allison is Fernandos Sister, jenny, 6 year old daughter. Now Jenny is a drug addict, and had not had her daughter for a while because the state took her away. So this little 6 year old gilr has been living in a foster home. But everything was finally cleared and the court approved, so Allison is officially a part of the Santos family. So she was there Friday night and we had so much fun with her. When we started our spiritual thought, we told her we were going to talk about the temple. She told us "wait", and she ran into her room and brought a picture of Jesus and on the back was the temple. We asked if she knew who was on the picture and what was on the back. This little 6 year old girl, then talked for the next 15 minutes about who Jesus was, what the temple was, about faith, about God. I have never felt the spirit like I did that night. It was so strong that it almost felt heavy. Allison was saying things that I have never heard a child speak. You could tell that the Holy Ghost was with her and it was him speaking. I was in tears. Allison has been though so much in her life already, and hearing what she said that night, there was no doubt in my mind that she KNOWS who Jesus is. She knows him. It was an incredible experience. Read D&C 128:18, I'm pretty sure that's what happened. Both me and Sister Warner left saying that there is no way the church isn't true. It's ALL true.
Then Saturday, I got to go to a wedding recpetion for a family that got sealed :) And guess what, the cake was falling and tipping. So guess who got to fix it?!! Me and Elder Kimball :) haha it was so much fun. I felt like

I was at home again for a second. But I was so glad I was able to help. I also got to cut the cake :) haha
Well family I love you all. Thank you for being so great. I LOVE YOU THE MOST