Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 28th "I love my ward and this work and the people I am working with!! I love missionary work ! "

What a week!!! Man I love Guatemala. I love being a missionary :)
So we had an awesome experience. We were looking for one of our investigators and when we left Hna. Toribias house, he was playing soccer in the basketball court right in front of her house. We asked if we could teach him a mini lesson and he said sure. Then 10 adorable children followed him and us. It was so fun! It looked like and kind of felt like the picture of Christ teaching the Sermon on the Mount. He read the Book of Mormon and we asked him how he felt about it... "Tranquilo" aka peaceful It was awesome :) I couldn’t stop smiling. Hna. Toribia (recent convert) helped u teach too and let me tell you... she was TESTIFYING!! I loved hearing her testimony of the Gospel and how grateful she is for it in her life. These little children were amazing. So full of faith. If only everyone could believe like little kids. We got their information and visited their families too! One little girl was telling her mom how excited she was for us to stop by and when we gave her the Book of Mormon, her and her sister actually read it!!! (little did we know, her mom is an inactive member)

The little girl who likes Cinderella and reading... Cecilia (I think I talked about her last time) but we taught her and her mom and before I left she came up to me and was like " Uhh... este domingo???" AS IN I WANT TO GO TO CHURCH!!! My heart was full of joy. This little girl is seriously adorable and I love her so much!!!! Seriously the faith of a child is amazing.

So we started teaching the daughter of a member, Lillian, last week and she is super pilas!!!(awesome, una palabra guatemalteca) She is reading the Book of Mormon and she went to a baptism with us. I love being with her. She is just full of light and has a desire to learn and she is just hilarious. I am so excited for her and the changes she is making in her life!

So a super sweet experience.... I was feeling a little homesick and I just kind of cried out, “Heavenly Father, you know I am here for you". A second later I just felt like He responded my prayer and the thought came to my mind; “I am here for you too". He will NOT leave us comfortless. :)

So a Hermana in my house was super sick on Sunday so I went with her to Reu. As we were leaving, I just started crying. I wouldn’t be able to go pick up my investigators for church and it was then that I realized how much I love my ward and this work and the people I am working with!! I love missionary work. It may be hard but it makes me happy and I really do love these people!!!

We had no water for 4 days... aka smelly Kira.... it was great.

Well that is my week! I love you all tons! xoxoxoox
Hna. Kira Webster

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Oct. 21st, 2013 The temple is where we can find peace, where we can be closest to our Father in heaven and the Savior here on Earth. I LOVE THE TEMPLE!!

If you cannot tell... I am a little happy. I got to go to the temple in Xela (Quetzaltenango) this week! It is so beautiful. The temple is truly the house of the Lord. When I entered the temple, tears just came. I have never felt so much peace in my life. I have never been surrounded by so much beauty nor had so much joy in my heart. Hermana Terry ( my twin, no joke) went with us and when we both walked in, we just looked at each other and started to cry and we had the biggest smiles on our faces. The temple is where we can find peace, where we can be closest to our Father in heaven and the Savior here on Earth. I LOVE THE TEMPLE!! If you are close to the temple, GO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN: I cannot stress it enough. Go!!
after the temple.... WENDYS!!!! I was freaking out. So many childhood memories. hahaha.
So la obra misional is kinda of everything you don’t expect it to be.  have learned so much about patience and humility here. I still have a long ways to go but I feel like I am changing. Slowly but surely. I have really learned to love my companion. It was her birthday this week and you know how I am with birthdays! I went all out. When we serve people, we really learn to love them. We are happier and they are happier. That’s how the Lord wants it to be :)
Being a missionary is all about sacrifice. The biggest sacrifice is not our time but our pride. Being a missionary is about being selfless. It is about forgetting what we want and doing what He wants us to do instead.
So we had 2 investigators in church!! Miracle. One of them is a little girl and she is adorable. Her favorite princess is Cinderella so we basically just talk about princesses and books with her. She is adorable and we are going to teach her and her family this week! I am so excited.
So a member in our ward had us over for lunch and we were talking with her and her daughter, who I thought was a member for like 3 months... she isn’t and we started teaching her! It was awesome. her mom is a recent converts and to her testify of the divinity of the Church was so awesome!! I love this family so much and they are having us over for the Day of the Dead!!! ( It’s kind of a big deal here, 2 other families want to have us over too!!!! yaya food!)
By the way....  I LOVE PAN aka bread. It is soooooooooooooo good. Here it is just sweet goodness. I can’t even ex plain it. I am going to definitely gain weight... oh well.
Anyways I love you all so much!! Thanks for your support and your letters.
Hna. Kira Webster

Sunday, October 20, 2013

If you are teaching and you learn something, you know the Spirit is working through you. Oct 14th, 2013

Where to begin!!
So much to say and so little time so here it goes!!!
I have loved this week so much because I have really recognized the Spirit working through me. The words just come out and I feel like I am speaking to the people we are teaching specifically. Something I always have loved is the phrase, If you are teaching and you learn something, you know the Spirit is working through you. We were teaching Julio, he went to the Priesthood session, and I just straight up told him, It doesn’t matter what we think or hat we need to do. When the Lord tells us to do something we do it. I was a little surprised when it came out of my mouth but it was what he needed to hear. I truly am just trying to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to do HIS work.
So I have been reading past conferences in my personal study, and one talk that was on prayer really stuck out to me. If we want our prayers to work, we need to ACT. We cannot just ask for something and expect to do nothing. We need to live our prayers. I don’t know if that really makes sense but it does to me! It is like medicine, if we don’t use it as directed we won’t be healed and won’t get the results we want.
MILAGRO. So the second counselor in our Bishopric and his wife are just awesome. Always willing to work with us and visit with us. So Hno. Eduardo visited Julio and his family with us. Now Julios dad is a member (but he didn’t know it because he got baptized when he was 8 and forgot?) and his mom is catholic. Well Hno. Eduardo really opened their hearts. It was incredible to be there. He started talking about how Christ asked Peter Do you love me? Then Feed my Sheep. He told Hno. Freddy that he has that same responsibility specifically for his children and how he is the example. The Spirit was definitely there testifying to both of them of what they should do. Then Hna. Lydia opened up to us. She told us that she feels something special every time we come and she knows what she needs to do is go to church with us. It was awesome!! I was so happy and grateful for Hno. Edurado in that moment. He truly helped her open up to us.
So a less active member in our ward is deaf so nobody understand him and he doesn’t understand anyone so I took on the challenge of learning sign language in Spanish. He is teaching me :) During our Gospel Principles, we learned about the Spirit World and I taught it to him in signs... kind of. He understood what I was saying. It was so cool and I could tell he was so happy that someone could communicate with him. I still have a lot to learn but I like it a lot :)
This Sunday, I realized how much I love these people. This is my home ward now. I know the people and they know me. The little kids always come and give me hugs and the members are always saying hello to us. Even people who are just on the street always say hello to me (i kind of stand out!). San Felipe has really become a special place in my heart. I am so grateful to be here and working with them here :)

Randomness from my week:
We celebrated Hna. Toribias birthday with her!! So much fun :)
I was called a princess in a prayer this week.... (Smiles)
"We are unaware of hosts of blessings that we receive from day to day"
 - Elder Cook

I love you all!! Take care! xoxoxoxo
Hna. Kira Webster

Happy Birthday Hna Toribias

Kira and Hna Ison

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Lord gives us trials so that we can become stronger. Oct 7th

Oct 7th, 2013
So General Conference is amazing as always!!! I watched 3 sessions in Spanish and understood quite a bit but still am looking forward to when I can read them in English!! :) I definitely loved Pres. Utchdorfs talk and Pres. Monson. I really needed that. I was promised that I would understand why I was serving a mission and I think I know why now. To be stronger. Stronger spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physically.  I know the Lord gives us trials so that we can become stronger. He helps us through it but also wants us to learn. He truly is Our Loving Heavenly Father and He only wants what is best for us. 
So General Conference for me was rough. The preparation part. We visited over 30 people we have been teaching or just met and left our house 3 hours before conference started and everyone just flat out rejected us. I was feeling pretty beat down. We have been working so hard and everyone doesnt really want to change or make commitments. I am not gonna lie, i went to the bathroom before conference and cried. Then my zone leader, Elder Johnson, found me and said Hey we are watching in English upstairs. I knew this was a gift from our Heavenly Father, It is amazing how our faith is tested to as much as we can do and then we have a miracle.  For me, this was a miracle. 

We had 3 people end up coming to conference and these were miracles as well!!!
Remember Evelin?? My second week here we taught her and she called us angels :) She didn’t really want to learn more because her dad is super against the church but he came to conference with her and we are going to start teaching her again!! I have been thinking about her for such a long time. I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo happy!!!!

Another lady was the mother of a recent convert. She has never gone to church. not even for her daughters baptism; but she went to conference and she showed up by herself!! It was amazing and we didn’t even know she came until later that night!!! Also, Hna. Toribia came to church by herself. We always pass by for her and we couldn’t this week but when we walked in, there she was going up the stairs!! :) My heart was seriously filled with joy.
So you know how I said finding people who are interested in the gospel has been rough; well we were walking and we passed this house and I felt like hey we should contact this guy but I kind of brushed it off and then my comp stopped me and we went back to his house. William. He is awesome!! We started teaching him and he stopped me in the middle and said so when do you have church??? What!!! He wants to go and he talked about how he has overcome so many things in his life through the Lord. His faith is incredible and I am so excited to teach him again!!

I went to a Mayan Ruin on Prep Day (P-day)!!!
 I think it is the oldest ruin in history but I am not sure. t was pretty cool!!!!

I love you all soooooooooooooooo much!

Hna. Kira Webster

Beautiful San Felipe