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, October 29, 2013

Week 22

Ward Cultural Night

Hiking again on P Day

It was an epic adventure today just to get to this little computer to say hi to everyone in other lands. it has just starting snowing and being very cold and we biked over here to the tabernacle through huge puddles and lakes of water and it was very fun but also know that i love you very much because my fingers are still very numb so it is hard to even write this so maybe it will be short. this week we had a cultural night with the whole branch and it was incredible! all of the church members wore their clothing and brought food music and dances from their country, and it was so fun to see how much pride these people have in the country and we sang the song with the mexican people and it was super super fun! also it is such a cool time this week because everyone is preparing to go to the temple all of the less actives and all of the new converts it is so amazing and i am so excited for them! leslie's baptism is on saturday and she is so awesome! i love her so much! she is so funny and cute and has been coming to church for so long and is finally getting baptized so everyone knows her and is so happy for her. so last night we met this crazy awesome girl who basically does the same thing as us. (she said hahaha) but she goes all over the united states selling magazines for this contest and it is this second chance at life and that she has just come out of jail and she was really really incredible actually but she said that she didn't like these mormons (probably because they weren't buying her magazines with half naked people on them) but then i gave her $5 and then she loved us more than she already did we were best friends. it was really fun. also we had an incredible lesson with lorena's abuelita! she came to conference with us too with lorena and with blanca and she is so amazing and she wants to be baptized! she knows that it is true and it is so amazing! she cannot read because she never learned how but we go over in the mornings and read the scriptures with her as our language study and she loves to read and she has great questions and i love her so much i am so excited for her! so basically this has been the greatest week ever and time ever and i am ready for another fresh week of work! i cannot believe this transfer is almost over there is so much more to do!!! thought for this moment: prayer is not about changing my circumstances but it is about changing me. I love my savior Jesus Christ and I know that he is my only hope, I am nothing without Him but with Him I can have hope and strength, peace and joy! I LOVE THIS GOSPEL AND I KNOW THAT IT IS TRUE.
Espero que tengan un buenisima dia!
Amor Amor Amor,
Hermana Egan

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Week 21

THIS WEEK HAS BEEN EPIC!!! I cannot believe that this transfer is half way over! es loco! we found out at one of our lessons that before we started teaching one of the young women we teach that she would listen in to the lessons we were having with her less active mother. she is very shy but she would crack open her door and stand and listen where we could not see her or she would sit in the hallway, she is so amazing and she has one of the most amazing spirits. it is amazing how the people we are teaching are prepared by the lord, and i have seen so many times people who i never thought would listen to us, and their hearts have been softened. it is when we are teaching their family or friends and then they will slowly listen in and become more and more involved it is so great to see the spirit of the lord working! This week we went through all the old progress records and we had to go through many but to find a few that we are very excited to visit one of them was really progressing but then moved to peru for a little and said to come back in a few months and it has been way past that time and i dont know why we havent visited or found that record before now but i hope we will be able to find her! oh! also we got a referral from salt lake and she is incredible and wants to learn more and be baptized! it is amazing! we only talked with her for maybe 10 minutes but she is prepared and i am so excited to go back and to teach her and her daughter! also we have been trying to find a man named oscar for a very long time but he is very hard to find because of his schedule so we go at the probably perfect time to find him but instead we find his cousin who we have never met and who we didnt even know live there with him and we taught him the plan of salvation on the spot and he came to church with us the next day on sunday it was incredible and he is planning on coming back to church next week and staying for the full three hours i am so excited to start teaching him! i love this area, it is amazing. it is gold. me and hermana gaines say this everyday. also that we love this mission. really it is so blessed. and there are so many people that are prepared and so many people ready to teach. i know there are so many more people that we still haven't found yet but we are too busy with the people that we are already teaching! but we have been scheduling in some more finding so hopefully we will see fruits of that soon! but yes this week has been fabulous! there is much more to do! and so little time! also our ward mission leader is amazing, he is the greatest and is so involved and helps us so much i love everything about this area and this branch and i didn't even realize how great it was until now. I love the people here it is going to be so hard when i get transferred but i am always up for a fresh start so everything is great! scripture for this moment is in Isaiah 49:16 that says "Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." Jesus Christ will never forget us. We are all a part of Him. A quote I read today that i loved was forget all the reasons why it wont work and remember the one reason why it will. The reason is Jesus Christ. He will never forget us He is always here with us as long as we will have the faith and remember Him. When it is hard and you hurt, remember Him and remember the pains that He has felt for us. I love my Savior Jesus Christ I know that the power of His atonement and sacrifice is real and is our only hope, I have seen it change lives and the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can bring true and forever lasting happiness. And I am so grateful.
LOVE LOVE LOVE, Hermana Egan

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Week 20

Lorena's Baptism

Hiking on P - Day

Hello and yet another incredible week we have seen the blessings of the lord! news for this week is.... well mostly i am so grateful. today especially my heart is filled with gratitude. my stomach is light and i cannot stop smiling. I love the Lord. and I love this earth he has given us. We went hiking this morning again and it was so beautiful. The lord has blessed us this transfer one after another we cannot even believe it the miracles that have happened and the hearts that have happened. the changes that we have seen in people this week is amazing, and it is all the lord's doing and his work. lorenas baptism was beautiful and the spirit was so strong i am so happy for her she is amazing i cannot wait to go to the temple with her! also there are four other people who we are teaching who have baptismal dates for the next three weeks. i am so happy for them. and i have learned so much from each of them. something that me and hermana gaines have started to do is to have prayers of gratitude where we dont ask for anything but only thank the lord for what is happening and it has been incredible. I love hermana gaines so much we never stop going and she gives every single thing and time to the lord she is amazing and is such an example to me to be better each day. She is always giving and always serving and such an example of our savior. this transfer is flying by i cannot believe it has already been two weeks i feel that it has just started although so much has happened but there is so much more to do. it is just like elder edward dube said in conference, dont look back at what we have already done but look at what we still have to do. and this is how i feel each day. after miracles happen it is easy to say wow look what happened we did good today we can slow down and take it easy but we didnt do anything that was the lord and he has much more in store for us even in that day. I love my savior and I love my Heavenly Father. Also i want to invite you if you have a patriarchal blessing to read it now. and pray to understand what you need at this moment. We have had powerful experiences this week and I know that our blessings are a letter from our Heavenly Father to us. The power of the holy ghost is amazing and has power to do miracles and soften hearts and change our natures. Heavenly father has a plan for us and for each of us. I love what President Monson said in the relief society broadcast, so simple, "remember prayer", i know that i forgot the real power of prayer and how important is it to keep our faith enough to reach our potential. LOVE LOVE LOVE HERMANA EGAN 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Week 19

THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST WEEK OF MY MISSION AND ACTUALLY NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT MY LIFE. Everything has changed. It is incredible I am finally starting to be more of the missionary that I want to be. Hermana Gaines is amazing I love her so much we run around everywhere and we do everything as fast as we can. We go running every morning and we bike everywhere we go, but the incredible thing is that we are teaching triple as many lessons as we were when we were in cars my first two transfers. We taught 37 lessons between wednesday and sunday and two of the days were general conference. We have made a new goal to teach 10 lessons a day not even counting facebook lessons and we started this week with 9 yesterday so we will need to work harder but we can do that. I am so happy. When you are a missionary I have found that the only only only thing that will  make you happy is being a missionary and doing everything right and how you are supposed to and then you will be happy and even the things that used to make you happy before you were a missionary do not satisfy me now. The only thing is the work and teaching with the spirit. This is the reason that this week has been amazing. The more teaching the more spirit the better. We have made a lot of new goals and have changed a lot of things. With hermana gaines I am so comfotable and I can be myself and we are both always on the same page and we are both willing to make the same sacrifices. I know she is willing to work so much harder and do so much so is the greatest example to me in every moment and she is an incredible missionary. (this is the same person that my mtc teacher told me about and how we are exactly the same and that we were going to be companions, and now we actually are and it is unreal) we are trying to be exactly exactly obedient this transfer and we have already seen the lord bless us. Lorena is getting baptized on saturday and I could not be more happy for her she is incredible and she is so happy and excited! Lorena her mom and grandma are the investigators that came with us to conference last week and they are so amazing! I love them so much and we are so comfortable around them they are like my family. Her mom just laughs at my spanish but helps me a lot she is so great! We starting teaching a lot more lessons and a lot shorter when we used to stay for a while but now we just go in love them bring the spirit share the gospel leave quickly and then they are crying and asking when we will come back instead of us setting up the return appointment it is amazing. 

Also we have seen people change this week that I have been teaching for my entire mission so far and it is amazing people that you would never think. Someone we have been teaching little lessons to a lot and they are just one of our friends in an area that we teach half the people who live in the apartment complex and we has been to jail lots and is super whatever to us and never keeps commitments but we love him so much and have kept teaching him for some reason even though usually we would drop him but now we now why because we taught a lesson and it was incredible and he was completely different and so serious and he wants this and he knows that he needs this and he wants to change his life and everything and he is willing to change and sacrifice and it is amazing and he is coming to church on sunday and we are so excited! also there has been people listening into our lessons that he didnt even know about and one of our investigators sister took his book of mormon and has been reading it and it is so incredible. and also one of the daughters of another person we are teaching came up to us after and asked if we would assign her something in the book of mormon to read it is amazing. we aren't even doing anything and the people are asking us to come to church and the people are asking us to read the book of mormon and to come back and to teach them more and it is all the lord blessing us and lord preparing the people and they feel the spirit. and we have so much time it is amazing we will have 10 minutes to get the whole way across our area and we will look at each other and say we have time to visit hannah or one more person and we will literally get off our bikes and run and tell them we love them but we dont have much time but show them the mormon message and invite them and it is amazing! THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST TRANSFER OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!! we are so pumped! and we have just started and there is so many more things that we can improve on and more goals that we have. also today after the temple we almost beat all the other missionaries in their cars to the lunch place and they were all telling us we shouldnt bike but ride with them and we will take forever we were so happy! hermana gaines is so amazing everyone says that we are the same person and we are alike except she is minus all the bad things about me and times 10 all the good things. we both have so much energy it is so great we go go go and at the end of the day we are asleep in a moment we are so dead and my body actually feels broken right now in pieces i am soooo sore and i love it. we are both smiling all the time and just getting everyone pumped up for church and for everything i love it so much! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY AND I HOPE IT NEVER ENDS. i dont think that i will ever have a companion like hermana gaines ever again so we are really taking advantage of this opportunity from heavcenly father to work so hard and to do everything that we can to bring everyone closer to Him and to teach his children of Christ. 

and Conference was unreal. wow this letter could be forever long because there were so many miracles that i cannot even say in the time and i dont have any time because we need to gogogogogo like always and do a thousand things but conference was amazing. so before i prayed lots about which questions i was going to ask this conference i wrote some down and was really seeking for revelation on many things. one of them was how can i be a better missionary? really generic right what every missionary wants to know. i also had a few others that were my personal things that are personal. so during conference it is was crazy that each talk was specifically for one of the people that we teach and i thought of one person during each talk it was exactly for them and exactly for their situation crazy amounts. After the fourth one i was thinking okay these are the answers to everyone else i know to their prayers but i will need to keep waiting for the answers to mine. Then finally I realized that i am the most prideful and selfish person ever and the answer to my prayer is to not worry about any of my own problems to forget myself to forget these things that are hard and that the only thing my life is about is these people is to help them and being them closer to their savior. and this is how i will be happy. this is the answer to everything to forget myself. which is something i am working on and it is going to take a while. But the spirit was incredible to be in the same room as the apostles and prophet it was amazing i could not stop crying and i am so grateful for this gospel and for my heavenly father i love him so much. I have so much joy I love everyone and everything my muscles in my face are sore from never stopping smiling. My favorite talk from conference was uchtdorf it was incredible and i could not stop crying the spirit was so strong. I love when he kept saying Come, Come I loved him so much and also For here you will find something that is precious beyond price. Incredible. I posted it on my facebook if anyone missed it or if they want to see it again. oh also amazing thing is that we have started to use the less actives as the fellowships for the investigators and we will pray and see who will be for who and we tell that person all about the investigator and then they come to the lesson with us right after that and it is so many lessons with members and then the less actives offers them a ride to church and i am thinking in my dont even go to church.... YESSS! it is incredible and the gbreatets thing ever! everyone should do this it is making the investiagtor work and the less active work one and that is how everything should be as one! yay!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Week 18

Heeelllooo! Another transfer is in the past and the news is that i am staying here in logan! i am super happy and so excited for this next transfer. Hermana Mejia is leaving which is so sad she has been a best friend to me my whole mission so far but i know that the lord needs her elsewhere and i am so blessed that hermana gaines is staying here in logan! so it will be us two for this next transfer and we are super pumped! we have tickets to go to general conference and we are super excited we are bringing a couple of investigators who are mind blown and so excited to see the living prophet today. it was really a miracle from the lord that we received the tickets and we invited them before we even had them and many missionaries were having troubles trying to get them and no one could. so it is amazing and i am so happy and blessed to be staying in this area. 
"When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
-Elder Jeffery R. Holland 
this quote has been my strength this week and i love it so much.
I know that there is a living prophet today and like it says in doctrine and covenants 1:38 whether by my own voice or the voice of my servants it is the same. i am so excited to hear from the lord this saturday! i know that this is the scripture that we have specifically for our time and for this moment and there knowledge and hope gives me so much joy. 
Nos Vemos!
Hermana Egan