Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 24th, 2014 I love the Gospel.

Buenas tardes folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well.... someone broke into our house.......................... WE DID.  Hna. Page left the keys in our house and we were freaking out. Then I remembered that man who tried to break into our house... I thought hey we should do the same. After twenty minutes and a lot of frustration. We opened the window and pulled the keys out with a stick. Pretty sketchy huh?? this is what Guatemala has taught me.

We did service for a recent convert, Vivian. She is awesome and the elders tried to teach me how to chop wood. After like 10 tries I finally did it. They were freaking out. It was terrifying. I felt like I was going to chop my foot off.
Randomly walking down the street and this man yelled out..... JOSE SMITH. That was it but I thought it was hilarious.

It is mango season..... they are amazing here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so stinking delicious. Not even kidding. I love it so much. I hated mangoes before but now I am a mango freak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filling in the words of Spanish soap operas is hilarious by the way. At least with Hna. Page and Hna. Webster.

Well now for spiritual events!
Hna. Blanca!! So she lives like 15 minutes away from church and wasn’t very positive but we explained the sacrament to her and she was like... well i have never partaken of it. So she was like I will save my quetzales so I can come to church! We weren’t really sure what was going to happen and on Saturday she called us and was like hey my cousin will take me so you don’t need to drop by. We were really hesitant but we walked into church and she was sitting there with her two kids!!! It was seriously a miracle :) Her heart truly was softened and I know that she rally has this desire to follow the Lord! We are excited to see how our visits go with her this week :)

Alejandro... so we were like let’s go visit him. His brother opens the door...wasted. But… let’s just say I gave him some fine words about what he was doing to himself. He kind of just stopped drinking and started listening to us. We talked about Christ and how it is through Him we can find relief and not through alcohol. He started just crying and asking us to forgive him. It was so sad to see but at the same time I felt that he had this desire to change. He asked us to come back the next day so we did. It was a beautiful lesson. We explained repentance and I know they want this change. they want to follow the Savior and change their lives.

 I am so grateful for the knowledge I have through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. He lives and He is here to help us. In these days through a living prophet of God. We know the things we should avoid and what truly will bring happiness in this life and the next. I love the Gospel.

Thanks for your love and support. I love you!!!!
Hna. Webster

"AX"idents can  happen...

Twinners...even the tongue :)

March 17th, 2014 Do the small and simple things that the Lord has asked of us, we will receive so many blessings in the moment but also in the heavens!!! :)

Well this week... I can’t really remember what happened so here it goes.
We were able to teach a Less active family and the Spirit really gave me the words. She wanted us to come over to tell us that she could no longer go to church. At first, we tried to talk to her and understand but it was going nowhere so we decided to sing her favorite hymn. Little did I know.... it was Count Your Blessings. We were able to teach her about how blessings only can come through our obedience to the Lord and His commandments. I just really felt like the Lord put the words I needed to help her understand WHY  we go to church. But many may ask... why?? We can pray and read the scriptures at home right?? 

But at Church, we do something much greater. We partake of the Sacrament. We remember what Christ did for each and every one of us. The bread representing His body and the water, His blood. When we prepare ourselves for this moment and truly reflect upon His life, it becomes something sacred and precious to us. We need it weekly.

Hna. Page and I haven’t had investigators come to church with us for a while so we decided to focus on helping people understand why we take the sacrament and why it is essential in our lives. I know that as we do the small and simple things that the Lord has asked of us, we will receive so many blessings in the moment but also in the heavens!!! :)

Being a missionary is hard work but it pays off. I have learned a ton and have felt the Lord really guide me. So many people don´t want to listen to us and it truly makes me sad.

I know how Nephi really felt.

But I, Nephi, have written what I have written, and I esteem it as of great worth, and especially unto my people. For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry.

I love you all!!! Thanks for the support.

Hna. Kira Webster

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 10th We cannot judge and say who is and who isn’t until we try!! So share the Gospel with your friends and everyone else!!!

Guatemalan Horror Story…..

Well you are probably wondering about the title of this email...

So let's just say the worst way to wake up in the morning is to have your companion jump on your bed and tell you to be quiet. Hna. Page pointed over to the window and there were just two hands trying to get through the window. (The windows here are like blinds, they open and close and he was trying to push it open).Someone was trying to get into our house. I just thought I am going to die. We just ran to the other room to call the zone leaders and tell them to run over to our house. They said they were on their way. Like 10 seconds after our doorbell rang.... way too fast to be the zone leaders. We both were just shaking and praying and crying. We yelled WHO IS IT!!  I don’t know how but the Lord gave me the most terrifying voice in the world and I told that man to LEAVE before someone else took him out of there. We sat in 3 minutes of silence and then the elders from the office showed up with bats and what not. The guy had left but they found him on the corner and the police came and took care of things. Let’s just say it was an experience. I slept with a frying pan but todo esta bien now.  (YES…. Her Mom had a heart attack while reading this portion of her letter….)

Well other than that experience, this week was an interesting one. We found a super awesome guy named Alejandro and he just gets the Gospel. He has the desire to change. I was just beaming the whole lesson. I know there truly are people who are prepared and ready to hear this Gospel. We cannot judge and say who is and who isn’t until we try!! So share the Gospel with your friends and everyone else!!!
I have learned a very valuable lesson this week about love. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the missionary routine that we forget our purpose as missionaries. I was getting stuck in the routine and Hna. Page helped me remember why I am here…. LOVE…. I love the Lord and His children. We are here to strengthen them and invite them unto our Savior, Jesus Christ. After meditating it and truly studying how the Savior taught, I saw a difference in our lessons. We had a beautiful spirit there and we were able to teach and find two wonderful families. I know the Spirit guided us to them for our desire to truly teach as the Savior did. I love representing his name and I am so grateful to be back on track with the true and pure love of Christ at the core of my purpose. I love these people. I am not perfect and have many faults but through teaching them and serving them I am becoming better little by little.

When an investigator tells you they don’t want you to visit them anymore... it is like a break up. Devastating and heart breaking really, but the Lord always puts miracles right after!!  Christian's( recent convert) aunt and uncle came to our stake conference... alone!!!! Without even teaching them. It was beautiful. Miracles are the best!!!! It comes through our hard work and dedication. :)
I just wanna say thank you all for the emails and support. It makes my day!! Week and month!!! I love you all a ton!!! xoxoxooxox

Hna. Kira  Webster

Twin from another Mother aka Hna. Page

MTC Comps

"Wack A Creep Pan"

Pday  Jump

Numbered like the sands of the seas...

Awe the Beach !

March 3rd, 2014 When we are faithful and diligent and bear our trials with patience the Lord will bless us with the sweetest blessings

Well this week was a tough one.

We had a baptism fall through. This hermanito wants to get baptized so badly but his family told him they would stop supporting him financially if he did. They told him that the morning of the baptism. We couldn’t get a hold of him and were looking for him everywhere but couldn’t find him. Our ward mission leader found him and brought him to us. He was so sad and stressed out. I didn’t know what to say to him but the Spirit gave me the words. Faith, diligence and patience. Alma 32:42. When we are faithful and diligent and bear our trials with patience the Lord will bless us with the sweetest blessings as it says in Alma 32:42. It says pure, delicious and white. Baptism :) Or the temple!! :) He knows it is the truth. His faith is just getting tested a little bit.

Let`s just say I am learning a lot. The Lord has blessed us with a lot of little miracles to keep us going. We found an awesome hermano, Carlos. My comp was testifying about how the Book of Mormon helps bring light and knowledge into her life and then suddenly the lights came on at the same time. It was pretty legit. He kept saying how he wanted a sign to know it’s true and I think that was it for him. He really has the desire to learn more about the Book of Mormon and we feel so blessed to teach him!!!

I just wanna say how much I love my comp. I LOVE HNA. PAGE. We get along so well and everyone calls us twins. We kinda look alike. She is so loving too!! and she always is smiling. She reminds me of Vernie!! :) Vernie is my sister aka Sister Webster. We pretend to speak in Chinese all the time just to see if people believe us and they do. it is hilarious. We are hilarious. We made a rap about our district leader too.... it is hilarious. We are hilarious.

So an hermano in my ward graduated from Granger High in West Valley!!! what what!!!!! So mom your high school has graduates all the way in Guatemala. I thought it was pretty legit!!!!

I am loving your letters about missionary experiences!! Please keep it up. It helps me to continue forward in the work with a good attitude!!
I love you all tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry I haven’t had pics....Next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hna. Kira Webster

February 24th , 2014 I left my heart in San Felipe.....

I left my heart in San Felipe.....

I had my first area change. It literally broke my heart to leave those people. Knowing that the majority of them I would never see again. It hurt. It was hard. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry again. I was praying that the Lord would put certain people in my path so that I could say goodbye... and He did. Sometimes we really don’t understand our impact until we have to leave as missionaries. I was able to see Darvin!!!! He was looking for me to say goodbye. He just was telling me how he feels so much happier and he feels peace in his life. It made me feel so good to know and truly blessed that I could be a part of helping him come unto Christ. I learned so much in San Felipe and I will always hold it very close to my heart. I will never forget the people there!!!!

Julio got baptized on Saturday!! I couldn’t be there but I am sooooooooooooooooo happy!!! Alexa and Jacqueline are getting baptized next Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all soooooooooooooooooo much. I love being a missionary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well here I am in ConcepciĆ³n with Hna. Page!!! My first gringa comp. I love her so much. She is awesome. She is a Graphic Design major at BYU and has 4 months in the mission (hermanapage.wordpress.com). We have so much fun together and we work hard. We almost always fall asleep in out planning sessions at night Hahaha. Oh yah.... IT IS SO STINKIN HOT HERE.  I am seriously dying of heat. San felipe is like super fresco but here.... yah it is bad. They had 3 baptisms this week and there recent converts are amazing. Their testimonies have strengthened me greatly. The Gospel really does have the power to change people and help them feel the Saviors love IMMENSELY in their lives.

So we had to receive permission from a Catholic Godmother to baptize her nephews. It was terrifying but the Spirit really helped me to be forward with her and let her know the truth. She was super hesitant in the beginning but we were able to let our investigators bear their testimonies of the truthfulness of this Gospel to her. She wouldn’t listen at first but I made her and in the end.... they are getting baptized next Saturday!!!!!
So I am now known as Hermana Machete. Machetear is a verb here. It means to machete. I machete people. I tell them how it is straight up which is something that has changed about me in the mission. I am pretty straight forward now. I don’t know if it good or bad.

So everyone here thinks I sing like an angel. Christian, a recent convert, just stared at me with his mouth open as we sang hymns in Sacrament meeting. He then showed me that his palms were sweating because he could not handle how beautiful my voice is..... bahahahah. If you have heard me sing..... it isn’t that great but I’ll take it!!!

So we had a pretty neat experience this week in an area of 4 houses. We went to contact this one family but they had a huge Virgin Mary in this glass frame and I was like uhhh..... idk but they turned out pretty positive and the son is 15 and His name is Joseph... like Joseph Smith so we were able to take about the Restoration a little!!! Then we left and this lady was like I need your prayers come on in.... okay!!! The lord really puts us in the place of those who are prepared. So many times this week we went to visit someone an found someone else instead!!! Everyday miracles!!!!

You can see them in your life too!!! Just keep the faith and always seek to do the will of the Lord!!! and then write them down afterwards and email me about them!!!!
love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hna. Kira Webster

1st Transfer   San Felipe to Concepcion

February 17th - Even though there are some days that are tough, the Lord always sends us miracles in our path!!!

This has been the weirdest week ever. I don’t know how to even start....
We were going to have a baptism on Saturday but they didn’t really feel ready. I just feel so beat down. We did everything we could to help them take this step but they just didn’t want to. My comp and I just got to the house and cried. Then we talked about how we really started to understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. All He wants is to give us salvation but when we refuse to repent, when we refuse to change the little things in our lives, we reject what He has done for each of us. I just felt so much love for my Savior. When Peter rejected Him 3 times, after seeing Him, walking with Him and learning from Him. Yet He still loved him. He still taught him and was patient and He still finished the work His Father gave Him to do. I don’t think anyone will ever truly understand but we can feel a small, extremely small part of it. I know He died for each of us. He lives and He loves us and that is why He did what He did. That is why we have to do all we can to thank Him and be able to return to His presence one day.

Hno. Julio is getting baptized this Saturday!!! He is so awesome!!!! He was just telling us how happy he is and how he knows the Church is true without a doubt. His faith is such an example to me. I am so grateful for his example. He doesn’t even care what he has to do; he said he just wants to be obedient to the Lords commandments. Teaching him truly is a pleasure and it is so clear that he can recognize the truth!!!

I am so grateful to be here as a missionary. Even though there are some days that are tough, the Lord always sends us miracles in our path!!! I know the Gospel is true. I have no doubt about that!!! Always be willing to open your mouth and preach it to those who don’t know!!! They need us and we need them!! We cannot truly be converted unto the Lord if we do not have the desire to share His doctrine with our brothers and sisters around us.
I love you all  !!!

Oh Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hna. Kira Webster

PS - I was robbed - so I need a new camera. So NO pics this week    :)