For ye shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
ISAIAH 55:12

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Week 13

hi hi hi!!! this is the start of the second transfer and in a couple days i will have been out for almost 3 months i really feel that i have just gotten here so that is kind of starting to weird me out and make me sad that the time is flying so fast but just live every moment and it is so great! so hermana rickett has left us which was very very sad but she is needed elsewhere and that is okay and  i was very happy that hermana mejia was staying because we are best friends and i love her so much. our new companion and my new trainer is hermana gaines. which is so great because she is the best person ever and it is also really funny because when i was in the mtc one of my teachers told me that someone named hermana gaines was going to be my trainer and i of course never heard of her or anyone in the mission and he said she was in the mission and was one of his friends from byu and that she is exactly like me and that she will def be my trainer then when i got to the mission home she was the first missionary that i met so that was so weird and i was really thinking she was going to be but then of course she wasn't my trainer and hermana rickett was so when ever i found out that hermana gaines was going to be my trainer for this transfer it was pretty weird but so awesome! now i need to email my mtc teacher and let him know he was right! but the point is that i love her so much! and i suppose it is destiny that we are companions hahaha. but really she is the best person ever and i am learning so much from her, she is a powerful missionary and a great example! i am so excited for this transfer! me and my hermanas are having so much fun and we have lots of great people and families we are teaching! This week I am most grateful for the scriptures, and specifically the book of mormon. I have been having super powerful experiences and actually every time that i do read it, it is exactly relevant to my day like crazy amounts. yesterday it was almost word for word a conversation i had, and it was very cool. so for example yesterday we were talking to a young man who was an atheist and we was very smart and nice and great to talk to, but of course when you talk to people like that they challenge you, and that is why i truly love talking to atheists and people who will challenge me because that is one time when my testimony is always strengthened. There have been many times so far when someone just picks you apart and these have been some of the experiences when i have felt the holy ghost the most powerfully testify to me of the truth. and then when i got home last night i read in extra time before bed and it was about the anti christ korihor in alma 30 and the conversation was almost word for word and it was super cool for me and i felt the holy ghost testify to me for the second time that day of our heavenly father and his power and love. and in the book of mormon i was able to see what alma such a great missionary said and then learn how to become a little better everyday and it was pretty cool. i was thinking if only i read this in the morning before but i guess i need to try on my own first and then we get the help but either way i have such a strong testimony of the book of mormon. I know it is God's words to us and that we can receive personal revelation and answers to our prayers. There have been so many times when we have shared the scripture that those people needed at that moment and sometimes the same scripture to different people but the holy ghost still speaks to them and will give them what they need we just have to follow the promptings. I know it is a gift from God and i am so grateful to have this guidance and knowledge as well as the guidance form the living prophet thomas s. monson. we are already getting so excited for general conference! I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I live because of him, I will live because of him, We can change anything through him and we can overcome anything. Through the atonement our natures can be changed and we can become more like Christ. This week I have had an opportunity to really learn what the atonement is and means and i am still learning this now and probably will be forever, but i am incredibly grateful and so full of joy that there is no room for anything else!!!! 
the scripture for this moment is Alma 26:22. 
con muchisimo amor, 
Hermana Egan

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Week 12

hi hi hi hi! this week has been so awesome! and the new transfer starts tomorrow! i am staying in logan with hermana mejia and we are getting a new trainer hermana gaines. i will miss hermana rickett so much she was the best thing but i am very excited for a new transfer and a fresh start! 
anyways, this week has been great! one of the coolest things is when one of our investigators who has been in jail just got out and messaged us on facebook right when he was free and told us he is coming to church with us on sunday. this is such a miracle if you even knew this person. He is so awesome and very smart and he knows the bible and he has a lot of problems with churches and stuff but they all line up perfectly with the gospel and it is pretty cool that this really is all the answers he is looking for so we taught him a couple times before he got caught for jail but he always said he hates church and everyday bad comes from church and that he will never never go to church so it is amazing and i don't know what happened while he was in jail but i cannot wait to talk to him he is so cool and i think he read the book of mormon! 
anyways also yesterday we met the nicest sweetest cutest family from spain and they invited us in and wanted us to eat dinner with them but we had already ate and so they just postponed their dinner for an hour while we talked and they just wanted to talk more and more and they were so nice. The parents are very catholic and the dad knows everything about the catholic church and is super super nice and really cool and super open to talk to us we talked about all the differences and we taught the restoration and the coolest part was that there teenage daughter has been going to the lds church and she went to efy last week and and she was answering all of the questions and she was beaming when she was talking about efy and church and it was super cool. they are going back to spain in a month but we are so excited to teach them before they do! I love being a missionary it is the best thing that has ever happened to me and i love all the people that we meet everyday. I think the Lord has definitely blessed me with a better memory because if we meet 50 people that day i remember them all and there names and the people i met in the first weeks that i talked to once and then meet them again way later i love to remember their names and show them that i care about them because i really do! i just love all the people and being a missionary that is another gift that comes i think is to see the people more how heavenly father sees them and just appreciate what it is that they have. I know that Heavenly Father is guiding me everyday I know that he guides all of us and he is involved in our lives, he is always there, and he always wants to help us, I know that he has a plan for us, and when i dont understand why something isn't going the way i planned it he has a better purpose in mind and he knows what is best and that the people are being prepared. I love this gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that is has been restored and we have a living prophet today. I know that we can return to live with heavenly father and jesus christ and live together with our families after this life.
con mucho amor, 
Hermana Egan

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Week 11

This week has been a crazy week and an AWESOME one!!!! lots lots lots has happened and it is very exciting!!!! we took on of our investigators (it is actually the one who read the scriptures from behind the bush if you are keeping up, who is now progressing so much and it is amazing) but we took him tot he martin harris pageant and there he was able to meet a few of the youth from our spanish branch miraculously that they were right next to where we were sitting out of literally thousands of people it was pretty cool he also came to church with us this sunday and he is already talking about next week and he is coming to activities and it is pretty cool!!! also we got facebook this week which was the craziest weirdest thing ever that i thought would never happen but it is so amazing and the teaching opportunities now available with the new technology is incredible and the potential of missionary work has just skyrocketed. They have asked us to use the same account that we had because i guess for one that is a rule that facebook has is one account per person so of course we are following all of the rules but also it is pretty cool and it is a blessing because it really makes us into a life long missionary and we are able to stay in contact with the people that we are teaching now after our mission and even after we get transferred. There are many missionaries who are already teaching families and friends the gospel lesson and it is pretty amazing. I will only be using facebook for missionary purposes though do it is is for anything else we will need to email but we also need the help of all the members to get involved we need all of their support and we need all the members to add us so that we are able to spread the gospel even more we need the members to like comment and share when we post mormon messages or spiritual thoughts so that that will spread to all of your friends also and we can get more people in touch with the missionaries and more people effected. Please help out and also add the missionaries from your home ward on facebook if that mission has started the program because that is how we are going to make the most difference is with every one involved working together to dot he lord's work. We had to of course clear everything off of our old facebooks before we could start using them as a missionary so we had to hide all of our pictures and past posts which took a while but now that i am done i have been on one day when i started contacting and i have already had a miracle happen and it is pretty amazing and i know that lots of success is on its way with the use of technology also it is pretty cool how much the lord does trust the youth with first the age change for missions and now using all of this technology. I know that the Lord has been preparing many miracles and plans before my mission that i had no idea while they were happening and now i am very grateful and amazed at the miracles and blessings that i see every day. Also we have had some pretty cool lesson this week and one was with someone who wasnt keep commitments before i guess and so my hermanas had to drop them before i got here but we ran into them randomly and they invited us in and we taught the coolest lesson ever it was amazing and the spirit was so strong and especially when the woman said the prayer at the end it was very cool that was actually yesterday and we have another appointment tonight so i am pretty excited about we have been getting more referrals and finding more people since we have lost a few and it is pretty cool. I cannot believe that this transfer is already over time is flying by but i am so grateful for every day and each moment. This week many of my prayers were answered in really cool and real ways and i am feeling very happy and grateful and free! :) Many of the answers did come through other people and i just love the way that the Lord works! it is pretty amazing! I love being a missionary so much! Today we got to go hiking again and i run some of it with one of my hermanas and it was very freeing and beautiful and awesome! I know this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that Christ established when we lived and it is the kingdom of God on this earth I am so grateful to have this knowledge, peace, love, joy in my life and I want every one to have it and I want everyone to know it! I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know that through Him we can do it all and we can have blessing after this life that we can never imagine how great as long as we will live this life like He did and keep our covenants and commandments! and there is so much joy in that! Also logan is one of the most beautiful places around the earth as much as i have seen i am finding out the mountains are amazing and the sunset every day against the sky is a masterpiece it is pretty cool! I love this earth and the plan that heavenly father has for each of us. I know that he hears you and your prayers and that our heavenly father is always there and he always loves us even when we do make the mistake. I know because I can feel the spirit and the love that heavenly father for the people that i teach every day.
Con Mucho Amor,
Hermana Egan

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Week 10

Hola Hola Hola!
This week has been super great! I love my hermanas to death and they make everything fun. We have a few investigators that are really progressing. and for example, the boy from the bushes story last week is going around telling everyone that he is going to be baptized so that is pretty cool. but also really sad things have happened when we have lost a lot of people. for example, one of our investigators moved and is now out of our area so we cant teach her anymore but we are still going to her baptism. Also another one of our investigators,  we found out where we teach him is actually his sons house and he doesn't live in our area either. Also another one of ours, is either missing or hiding and we have tried so many times and no luck and it is really pretty sad that we are starting to lose hope on her because she was so golden and awesome. but other than that we did teach a lot of really cool lesson this week and the Lord is definitely blessing us. The food was kinda hard this week and it did make me pretty sick one night but the Lord is definitely helping me with that also and just day by day everything is great! The members in the spanish branch are super awesome and very willing to help and come to lessons they are pretty cool. This week we are super busy and we are going to a martin harris pageant a few times to help, be missionaries and talk to non members there and also we are bringing a few investigators with us so we are pretty excited about that! This is the scripture that I like at the moment.
And they did humble themselves even in the depths of humility; and they did cry mightily to God; yea, even all the day long did they cry unto their God that he would deliver them out of their afflictions.
And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.
Mosiah 21:14-15
I love these verses because it is a great example that the Lord will always hear our cries always and will always answer them but according to his timing and his will and also our faith.
I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for us and he is interested in each of our lives he loves us and he knows us and we will strengthen us through all things if we will turn to him, humble ourselves, and ask. This day is beautiful and the earth that we live on! I love my savior Jesus Christ and I know that he lives and is my way, my hope, and my salvation. This work would never be possible without God fully involved, and i am so grateful for the so many blessing near me around me in me by me and floating around me everyday if i could only see them all.
Love Love Love,
Hermana Egan