Sunday, July 28, 2013

Adios Provo MTC Hola Guatemala :) July 19th, 2013

Goodbye Provo MTC  July 19th, 2013
My last week at the MTC! So bittersweet. I am so excited for what lies ahead in Guatemala but I am going to have a really hard time saying goodbye to my 10 new brothers. When I say brothers, I absolutely mean it. These Elders are FANTASTIC. We have become so close in these last 6 weeks and it will be hard to say goodbye but I know that they will always be my MTC family :)
 I directed the music last Sunday..... it was bad. We sang a song toooo!!!!! It was so pretty. O Jesus Thou Who Wearest a Crown to If You Could Hie to Kolob. GORGEOUS
We played baseball this week during gym time. Now when I say baseball, it is a completely different game than what you are thinking. We do not have a bat or a baseball so we improvise. We used an end of a crutch for our bat (extremely difficult) and a stress ball. It was sooooo much fun and I actually wasn't too terrible.
 Yesterday we had in-field orientation which is basically where they prepare you for the field. IT WAS AMAZING. I AM SO EXCITED. It also helped that I ate half a bag of Sour Patch Watermelons before 10 am..... I was a little too happy all day but that's okay. The most important thing to me is that we need to set goals and then make plans afterwards. When we have something we are aiming for, it is so much easier to stretch ourselves and truly reach our full potential. I think in life I have always pushed the importance of goals to the side. It has just been something we did in 7th grade gym class and never looked at again but I am starting to realize how effective goals can be. I definitely have a long way to go in making goals and achieving them but I now realize their importance. When we have a plan, we have direction and purpose. It is a reflection of our Heavenly Father's plan for us here on Earth. Although His plan is much greater, if we turn to Him for direction in our goals and plans, we will receive His help and be more able to accomplish that which we should do. 1 Nephi 3:7 :)
I met an Elder from Guatemala and we talked in Spanish :) He said I speak really well and I don't sound like a gringa :) YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!
So we have a new investigator, Constantino from Uruguay! He is so awesome and he knows so much about the church (his son is a member). During our lesson, I had him recount the story of Jospeh Smith (he's heard it so many times) and then I felt like I needed to go over James 1:5 with him. He kept saying how he has so many questions about the Gospel and just religion in general. As he read James 1:5, I said something along the lines of "You said you have a lot of questions. We don't have all of the wisdom in the world but our Heavenly Father does. He is all-powerful and has all the wisdom in the world." It just came out of nowhere and then I had him read verse 6 as well. We can ask our Heavenly Father anything we want but if we don't pray in faith, we won't receive an answer. We need to expect an answer. We need to trust in the Lord and then He will answer us.
I have really been interested in the topic of angels lately! I have started to notice how often they are brought up in the Book of Mormon. Before I left on my mission, Pres. Larson shared a scripture with my family and I that has brought me to tears everytime I read it. D&C 84:88.
88 -  And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.
 I am not alone in this work. The Savior is working beside me and His heavenly angels are as well. This quote from Elder Holland basically sums it up, " I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so, I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges we face. [N]or will he, so long as time shall last, or the Earth shall stand, or there shall be one man [or woman or child] upon the face thereof to be saved." I would challenge all of you to strive to be an angel to someone else everyday. Sometimes all we need is someone who will listen or someone who smiles. Never let an opportunity to brighten someone's day pass you by. I was having a rough day and I said a pray that I may have more joy and be happier. It was almost 5 minutes after that and I began to see little miracles in my life that came through mortal angels :) Our Heavenly Father is aware of us and our struggles. Pray to Him in faith and He will send you aid. Always.
 In our district meeting, we talked about enduring to the end. Whenever I hear this phrase, I automatically think of cross country. In a race, you give everything you have. There should be no regrets once you cross that finish line and that is how life is. We need to be looking ahead far enough that we keep our focus on what really is important but we also cannot let the stretch before us bring discouragement and  looking behind you just causes you to get nowhere. The only place to look is forward. In life, our goal is to become like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We will never be perfect in this life but as we continually press forward with faith, we will slowly begin to better perfect our imperfections. 2 Nephi 31: 19-20 basically sum it up!
19 -  And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
 20  - Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a clove of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
 I was able to watch a devotional by Elder Bednar called "Character of Christ". AMAZING. Try to find it and watch it. It is a great eye opener and caused me to really reflect upon what I have been doing in my life. He talks about how the Savior's instinct is to turn outward when the rest of us would turn inward. In our times of deepest trials, do we look to see how we can help lift others up?  In my life, it has really been about what I want but it should be what the Lord wants. One thing Elder Bednar kept repeating was "There would be no atoning sacrifice without the Character of Christ". If it wasn't for his selfless love and ability to turn outwards, we would have no hope. We would have no light. We would be lost. I love my Savior and I am so grateful for the example He has set for me. I know nothing we do will ever repay Him for what He has done but we can give Him our time, our efforts, and we can turn the desires of our hearts into His will. I know that as we do these things, we will gradually begin to turn outwards instead of inward.
I had a great realization while reading "See Others as they May Become" by Pres. Monson. I am a apart of the greatest work on the face of the Earth. I have been called of God to serve Him for 18 months. He trusts me with His children in Guatemala! I have began to feel the pressure of this calling on my shoulders but I know that with the Savior and Our Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost, I will be able to truly bring eternal joy to these people. I don't want to waste a second of their time and I want to work as hard as I can. We all are children of God and we all DESERVE the opportunity to hear of the Restored Gospel. This is our Savior's truth and it is His Gospel.
Talks to watch: “Safety for the Soul” - Elder Holland, “The Ministering of Angels” Elder Holland, “See Others as They May Become” - Pres. Monson
You can find them on :) They are amazing!
 Love you all sooo much!  xoxoxoxo (besos y abrazos)
Con todo mi corazon,

Hermana Webster
Hermana Webster, Moore & Pister

Dynamic Trio

Tres Amigas

Exercising on Pday


A God of Miracles July 12th, 2013

July 12th, 2013
Hola mi familia y mis amigos tambien!!!
Another week here at the MTC and I only have 10 days left.... where has the time gone! Seriously!!!!
It would have been my grandpa's birthday this past week! Love you Grandpa Jack. You truly are missed :)
 Well my circulo de amistad was this week. I felt so overwhelmed with love and warm fuzzies!!! :) My district is so amazing and they lift me up when I am down. I am grateful for them and all they have taught me. If I was supposed to come to the Provo MTC instead of Guatemala just to meet them.... I am totally fine with that. They are truly my brothers and my companions are amazing. I am so grateful for what they have shown me and have helped me learn!
 One thing that I have really worked on this week is meditating before I pray. It is so easy to just kneel and repeat the same lines or phrases over and over again without even thinking about what we are saying or WHO we are talking to. We are talking to our Creator, our Heavenly Father. So before I pray, I have been taking 2 minutes or so to reflect upon the day. I have reflected on the blessings and the miracles that I saw throughout the day, I have reflected on the times I recognized the Spirit assisting me in what I was doing and the things that I need to ask for forgiveness of and improve the next day. As I have done this, I have felt more joy and have felt a stronger bond form with my Heavenly Father. It has only been 3days but it makes a difference. Personal prayer is so essential in this life. It is a way we can talk to our Heavenly Father and receive answers from Him. We are His children; he wants to hear about our day. He wants to know the things that went well and the things that didn't go so well. He wants to know of our struggles and He wants to help us improve every day. When we treat our Heavenly Father as someone we trust and can talk to, we have a stronger desire to do what He has asked us to and therefore we become more like Him. I promise you if you meditate before prayer and truly talk to our Heavenly Father, you will be able to recognize His love and His hand in your life more easily.
 We said goodbye to our teacher Hermana Kitto this week. She is such an amazing person and I am so grateful that I was able to meet her. She has inspired me to be a better missionary and strive to always do the Lord's will. Before she left, we talked about miracles and how they happen. She pointed out something that I have never thought about before. If we want miracles in our lives, we need to be exactly obedient. Obedience brings blessings but exact obedience brings miracles. Along with obedience, there is faith, hope and love.
Faith is believing in God. Hope is believing in ourselves. Love is believing in others. When we have these principles together, we are guaranteed to witness miracles. All we have to do is what He asks of us and we are beyond blessed.
So we taught Elizabeth for the last time. It was hard to know this was the last time we would teach her but I had a little miracle of my own. During TALL (a language program to help with teaching the Gospel in Spanish), I had a sentence come up that said "When we are baptized, we become spirit children of Christ, I wanted to learn more about this but just put it away in my mind. Then as I was reading in Mosiah 5. I came across verses 7 and 8:
And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shallbe called the achildren of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; forbehold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say thatyour hearts are bchanged through faith on his name; therefore, yeare cborn of him and have become his dsons and his daughters.
 And under this head ye are made afree, and there is bno otherhead whereby ye can be made free. There is no other cnamegiven whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that yeshould dtake upon you the name of Christ, all you that haveentered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedientunto the end of your lives.

I was deeply touched by them. When we are baptized we are spiritually reborn and this was made possible through the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. Then as we were teaching Elizabeth about baptism, I felt impressed to share this verse with her. As she read this verse, her face said it all. She made the connection of how Christ feels for us with how she felt about her children. It is amazing how the Spirit prepares us for to teach without us even realizing and how our Heavenly Father knows each of us individually. We truly have a God of miracles.
 Another thing I have been praying for is to recognize the Spirit. It has been amazing to see the difference. Sometimes we are just so distracted by the things around us and assume there are coincidences but nothing is! Everything has a reason and a purpose and we need to recognize the Lord's hand in all things. Through this we can see how truly blessed we all are!
 So we taught in TRC this week to Elder Crockett, a darling senior missionary! He was so wonderful and truly taught us! He said that through our service our families are being blessed :) and angles are surrounding us to lift us up. As a missionary, I have heard so many people talk about angels and how they are surrounding us. It brings me such comfort to know that I am not alone in this. I have the Savior and many others right by my side and an amazing support group throughout the world! :)
 So last week or 2 weeks, I talked about that Elder who looks like Elder Christensen in The District..... well I saw the REAL Elder Christensen and I almost had a heart attack. I literally could not speak for 30 seconds. It was one of the greatest moments. LOL
We got a new teacher, Hermano Bulloch. He served in Uruguay and he is hilarious!! His stories and enthusiasm have made me even more excited to be in Guatemala!!! I am so excited.... 10 days! ajhhhhhhh
So we sent a letter to Elder Pope's mom about how we appreciate her food that her son shares with us so she sent us 2 packages of brownies and yummy bars! It was amazing and definitely made my day!

"Obedience is the price, Faith is the power, Love is the motive, Spirit is the key, Christ is the reason, Joy is the reward"  Elder Goodman shared this with us and I just love it!!! It is a mission in a nutshell! I am so grateful to be here and for the many lessons I am learning and have yet to learn!!!

Hermana Webster

My MTC District at the Provo Temple

Kira and Sis. Kitto

Tres Hermanas - Sis. Webster, Sis Moore, Sis Pister

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Belated 4th of July

Can I just say I love America? This country is so amazing and I am so grateful to live here and have the freedoms and rights that I do! Yesterday, we have a district moment of silence for those who fight for our freedom and have fought for it as well. I am so grateful for them! Then we sang the national anthem (with parts even!). It was truly a spiritual experience.
Here at the MTC, we got to watch a movie!!! 17 miracles :) It is about a few of the miracles that happened as the pioneers made their way to Salt Lake City. It really made me reflect on how the Lord is a part of our daily lives. He truly is in the details and is helping us along the way. It also made me think about the many angels we have surrounding us, whether they are here on Earth or from the heavens, they are there.  Afterwards, we watched fireworks and ate ice cream. I am sure you can imagine how excited I was! It was kind of out of control....! :)
 I found a theme for my mission! It is 1 Thessalonians 1:3! I specifically like the phrases "Work of Faith", "Labor of Love" and "Patience of Hope"“. Even though I haven't entered the mission field yet, I already know it is going to be hard. I know there are going to be days where I will just want to give up. This is where the work of faith comes in. The Lord gives us challenges and trials to test us and strengthen us. It is not where things are going well that our faith is strengthened, it is when nothing is going right but we have the faith that the Lord will bless us.  I know there are going to be people who will change my life forever and will make me a better person. I want to share this message of joy with them because of this labor of love. I am not here to just baptize people. I am here to being people closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the ultimate example of love. I am here to represent Him on this Earth and help others feel His love through me. Then there is patience of hope. Patience has always been something I have struggled with so I have begun to study it more in depth. I have come to learn that patience is not just waiting. It is enduring and enduring well. Not everything works out the way we plan for a reason but when these moments come, it is important to trust in our Heavenly Father and have the hope and knowledge that He is going to help us.
 So Sister Sheri Dew came and spoke to us in Relief Society... awesome! One thing I loved is that she said on our missions we need to first find out who we are and then find out who the Savior is. We cannot understand how important the Savior is until we understand our worth. I would ask all of you who may feel lost, who may feel alone and depressed to get on your knees and ask our loving Heavenly Father what you mean to Him. It is an experience that words cannot describe and it will change the way you see yourself, the way you treat others and the way you live your life. I promise you that He will answer you. It may not be right away but it will come.
 We also got to watch a devotional on Sunday night by Pres. Bednar called "Becoming Missionaries"! I don't know if you can access it online or through you-tube but it is one worth watching! Especially if you are preparing to go on a mission! It made me realize that I was chosen to be a representative of Jesus Christ before I lived here on this Earth. I knew the blessings it would bring and I need to take advantage of every second as a missionary because 18 months goes by fast!!!!!!!
 We had a lesson with Elizabeth! Our first lesson with her was very short and did not go very well! In the second lesson, we focused on the love of our Heavenly Father. She believes there is a God but didn't see Him as a loving Heavenly Father. Then our third lesson was just absolutely amazing! I had asked her to read 1 Nephi 8 for some reason and we figured out how to incorporate it into our lesson about the Restoration. The Spirit in that room was incredibly strong and there was no denying. She offered the pray at the end and said the most amazing things. She said something like "Father, I never believed these things before or felt anything but I believe it now. Forgive me for my hard heart and bless me with faith". It was so incredible and I was so happy. I have never been so happy. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can bring us true joy in this life. Christ is the light and the way and now Elizabeth knows that!
 Also, I have noticed in teaching the lesson how my Spanish is coming along. I am definitely not fluent by any means but I can get by! The Lord really does bless His missionaries with the ability to learn quickly and communicate not only through our words but through our smiles and our spirit.
Random thoughts: Hermana Pister fainted and Hermana Moore caught her....yay!!! Our teacher, Hermano Wadsworth is helping open up the Mexico MTC so he left! We taught a grammar concept in Spanish yaya!!!!
 Favorite moment of the week: We had a devotional with Brother Matthew Richardson in the General Sunday School Presidency and my Living Prophets teacher at BYU. THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG. I could tell that he had put much thought into his message and truly wanted every missionary to make changes following his talk. He talked about what it means to be a real missionary. We represent Jesus Christ and need to act, teach, love, and serve accordingly. As a missionary, we are doing the Savior's work and we are not alone. He is alongside with us. As I mentioned before, we have angels guiding us and helping us through the way, we have the Spirit to testify of the truthfulness of our words and we have the protection and love of the Lord in all that we do. Nothing can stop this work from going forward and I want to act well my part as a missionary and not slow down this wonderful work!
The best part though was our district meeting that followed. I was so touched by the powerful and uplifting testimonies of the Elders in my district. They talked about what it means to them to be a missionary and I have never felt so joyful and uplifted in my life. I have never heard such strong testimonies of our Savior and Redeemer from young men. One thing that I loved that Elder Montgomery said was everything we do; we do it in His name. We have been given the power and authority to preach and love as our Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to be here and to be a missionary! I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that through the Book of Mormon, we can find an answer to EVERY trial and challenge we face in this life. It was written for our day and can bless us more than any other book on this Earth. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and that I am His Daughter. I know our Savior Jesus Christ has suffered all things that we might have joy and choose to follow Him and our loving Father in Heaven. I love all of you and I am so grateful for all you do!!! Always remember you are NEVER alone!!!

Hermana Webster
Teaching the Spanish Class


Tres Hermana's

Walking to the Provo Temple
Anonymous MTC Pic

Courtesy of Marec ! She sat by them :)