I met a lady today in the parking lot of Walmart. She was from South Dakota, and she was even a mormon.
Write me... my mailbox is hungry:
14825 Windward #211
Corpus Christi, Texas
not much happened this week so i'll just list highlights:
Elder Bednar is probs my favorite apostle.. and Christofferson.. well they are all good. But Bednar's analogies are so simple and applicable.
"Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness. Because our individual load needs to generate spiritual traction, we should be careful to not haul around in our lives so many nice but unnecessary things that we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly matter most." -Elder Bednar "Bear Up Their Burden's With Ease."
Look at your trials with different eyes, see the good in them and how they are making you stronger.
Your #1 fan,
La Hermanita Hemmingsen
shout out to DVHS prom 2k15. #cuidense!
The rumors are true, I am in Corpus. The night before I left I was talking to little Tervort baby and said, "I bet I go up to Corpus on the Island with Sister Medina's baby and she will come back down here to be your new companion." And sure enough, it happened. I finished packing up everything, got up 3 hours later, drove 3 hours to McAllen, and then drove 3 hours to Corpus.
I am back on the beach, reminds me of my Port Isabel days. We wake up early and run on the seawall of the ocean. The nice ocean breeze and loud seagulls join us. Like every new area, it is hard to adjust to. New people, new language (no one speaks Spanish, just English with a hard southern draw), new missionaries, new companion, new area, new, new, ew. JK. It's wonderful.
A couple days before I got here, the car hit a palm tree. Those things are indestructible, and new cars, those days are not. (our Toyota Corolla is no Faldmo Cadi). So it's been in the shop all week, but I love bikes so there's no worries there.
Our apartment is SUPER COOL. It's actually an old hotel. I'll send pictures.
My new companion is Sister Messer. She is from Missouri. She loves the ukulele, making animal noises(best competitor for my dad I have ever met), and the gospel. She is in the same situation that I was months ago in Port Isabel, having to take over the area. It's a stressful thing, but she is doing a great job. We have been visiting members and getting to know the area so that we can know where we need to start. There is a lot of work to do.
Random story: Saturday night we came home to check the mail and we got one of those "pull the tab to see if you won a car" ads that no one really looks at. We pulled the tab and won! Haha. It was so random. We gave it to our neighbor and he responded, "Oh thanks! I have actually wanted to talk to y'all about that book you read. The mormon one. Will you come over and talk about it with me sometime?" #jawdrop So yeah, we will be talking with he and his wife soon.
I have been thinking a lot about the human mind and how we are able to do things. I personally believe we can do anything as long as our heart and head tell us that we can. 99%of the battle is telling your brain that you can. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 Elder Hatchet was showing us this little exercise that proves my point.
The pen didn't give you any more power, but it made you believe that you could do it. When we tell ourselves we can accomplish the task at had, we can. Like I said, 99% of the battle is getting it in your head. Once you can master your mind you can do anything.
Like the quote goes, "Whether you tell yourself you can, or tell yourself you can't, you are right."
However, unlike the little exercise, we really do have a power on our side. It's our Heavenly Father. Sometimes we just forget. Like it says in Luke, 1: 37, "For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Keep going strong out there, my friends! Only a month and a half of school left, less for those college kids.
With that sweet southern' sugar,
I can't begin to tell you what happened to laredo this week. Like this is one of the weeks that I will talk about when I go home when people ask me to tell them crazy stories about my mission.
I don't know what else to say. I am so amazed at how aware God is of his children. There shouldn't be a day that goes by that we don't see at least one miracle. If you don't see them, you aren't looking!
Much love from,
The Queen of Laredo
Riley and Alec Unsicker for singing in the choir. I was sitting next to Elder Blackman and at the same time we pointed at the screen! "HEY! I KNOW THEM!" Riley was standing right next to his brother. #crazycoincidences
Sister Hunt goin back to Cali. #bestSTLever
My wonderful companion. SO HEARTBROKEN. We made a CD with all our jamz, #findatreeandputitinyourhouse #ineedsomefoodstamps #itestifyfrommymotherswomb
I'll love you forever, my baby you'll be.
My laredo fan club. I love yall Bastante. No me olvideis!
a brief in photos
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In our church we believe that everyone is a child of God. Being sons and daughters of the same God makes us brothers and sisters. Male missionaries are called Elders because that is their title of the priesthood they hold. Female missionaries are called sisters, it too is just a title to remind us that we are all apart of God’s family.
Hermana is sister in Spanish, and since I will be speaking Spanish in Texas,
my official title will be
month by month