Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

My motto for this last week...REJOICE EVERMORE!!! 

My dearest Family and Friends,

Well, I´ll be honest and say I´ve been trying to think about and plan out this letter for a long time now and no matter how hard I try I just can´t figure out what I want to say. How do you put a year and a half of the best experience of your life into one little email? There are so many feelings in my heart and so much I want to share. I can´t believe all that’s happened in this short time and all the growing and learning I´ve experienced. Part of me feels like I´m I´m leaving behind a part of my heart that will forever stay in this beautiful country. But the other part of me is so full of gratitude for this incredible experience and an excitement to be able to put everything into practice that the Lord has taught me. I think Ammon says it best in Alma 26 when he spends a whole chapter just glorying in the Lord and trying to put the joy of a missionary into words. In verse 16 it says, "Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."

I honestly can´t express what I feel reflecting on this mission experience, however, one thing I do know for sure - One of the biggest feelings I have is of gratitude to the Lord. Another scripture from this same chapter has been on my mind and in my heart these past few weeks. Verses 11-12 say, "I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom, but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. Yea, I know that I am nothing, as to my strength I am weak. Therefore, I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things, yea behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." Here on my mission I have learned that I really am nothing. I am so weak, so imperfect, yet I have also seen the incredible strength of the Lord. I´ve learned to rely on him and seen that when I do, all things are possible. I have truly seen miracles in this last year and a half, and they happen EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! It´s not because of anything I am doing, it´s all thanks to Him and His infinite goodness.

In Alma 29: 9-10 it explains a little more, "I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me, yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance, and this is my joy. And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy, then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer, yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me." I´ve only tried to be an instrument in the hands of God and as a result I´ve seen and felt that great love and joy. I´ve seen the Lord change the hearts of my brothers and sisters here and it´s reminded me how much he´s changed mine as well. He has been so good to me and so good to his children here in little Lima, Peru. 

Last night I was making a little list of some of the things I´ve learned and I thought I´d share a few really quickly. 

1. How to recognize and follow the spirit. 
2. How to love a new culture and people
3. How to study the gospel and learn by the spirit
4. Obedience - The first law of Heaven
5. How to get along with so many types of people and love them
6. How to trust in the Lord and what it means to really have Faith in Christ
7. How to live a life of Service
8. The importance of Family
9. What it means to be a disciple of Christ
10. Gratitude for all I have
11. Covenants and ordinances are the key to eternal progression
12. The temple is the goal
13. How to be a leader and be humble
14. The power and importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ
15. How to live the gospel because I love it and understand why, not just because it´s what you do. 

I´m out of time, but I testify that this work is true. I love my Savior. I’ve felt His love and seen His hand every day. Before I trusted that the Lord would help me create a beautiful life for myself, now I know how. I want to give my life in His service. I love him so much. I know this is His gospel and that He has restored his church on the earth in these latter days. I know we have a prophet who receives revelation from God. I will forever be grateful for this experience. I can´t wait to see you all soon and share these feelings in person. Love you all!!!!! HURRAH FOR ISREAL!!!

Hermana Cox

Visit back to San Roque

French toast in divisions with Hermana Ekins!! 

What two north american missionaries do when they are together. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My cute companion and I :)

What an awesome week!!!!!! We had interviews with President yesterday which is why we are having pday today. :) My testimony of the power the Lord gives to his servants has grown so much in this time here. I know that the Lord inspires his chosen servants and reveals to them the necessary words and counsel that need to be given. I left feeling like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders and a feeling of peace in my heart. I could feel that the Lord really was pleased with my offering and that he loves me, imperfections and all. It´s something I’ve been really worried about my whole mission, what does the Lord think of my service? President shared a scripture with me in Helaman 10: 4-5 that was an answer to that prayer and desire to know and even though I don´t feel at times like I deserve to have my name placed there along with Nephi, I have faith that the Lord spoke through him and through the scriptures to calm my heart and lift my spirit. I haven´t been a perfect missionary, but I do feel peace in my heart that the Lord is pleased with what I´ve offered. I also felt mucho más tranquila (more calm) about what my plans are heading back home and that it´s going to be a beautiful life ahead of me. 

This week I was super sick which made things a little difficult, but I felt that I had to rely on the Lord every day for the strength and support I needed. He in turn blessed me with that strength and much much more. It was a week of miracles. :) One of my favorites happened with a family who just moved here into the ward. We were walking in the street looking for an address and the wife, R..., came up to us and asked us where the closest church was. We gave her a contact card with the direction and she told us that she was a member but inactive, however, she wants to return to the church. Her husband isn´t a member but agreed to let us come by and visit them. On Saturday night we went to visit and we began talking and the husband started telling us all the things he didn´t like about the church or things he´d heard about the Mormons. The wife was trying to correct him and explain that many of those things weren´t true, but she is only a member of about 2 years and went inactive after 10 months so she didn´t have a lot of answers for him. My companion and I both felt the impression to just let him keep talking and get out all he wanted to say. As we listened to him his critical comments began to lighten up and he started sharing some of the things he did like about the church. We were able to gain his confidence and explain a few of questions. We then decided to share a Mormon message but weren’t sure exactly which one. We just chose one that we had watched with a family earlier that week called "Amor durdadero" about the grandpa with Parkinson´s who takes care of his wife who can´t speak or do anything for herself. After the video ended he was very quiet and we asked him how he felt. He looked at us and just started bawling. He proceeded to tell us about how he had a sickness as well that almost killed him about a year ago and it´s something he will have to fight with for the rest of his life. His wife stuck with him through it all and was a great blessing to him. We began to testify of eternal families and that we can be sealed to our spouses and children for all eternity in the temple. It really hit home and he opened up to us and even accepted the invitation to pray and ask if the church is really true. We also invited him to be baptized if he came to feel that our message was true and he agreed. It was such a beautiful experience and we were all in tears. It´s amazing how the spirit works through us as missionaries and the Lord knows each one of his children. A..., the husband, started out so defensive and hard-hearted but when we followed the spirit we could reach right into his heart and help him understand. Before we left we all knelt down to pray and he offered a very sincere and powerful prayer thanking the Lord for our visit, for our message, and for the chance his family has to learn and become a forever family. How beautiful!!!!!! I love teaching the gospel with all my heart. Sometimes I forget how beautiful and important our message is that we carry, but it´s moments like these when I feel the spirit testify to my heart just as strongly as to those who are listening that it really is true. I love this gospel, I love my Savior, I love my Father in Heaven and am so grateful for his plan of happiness. I can´t wait to see this family keep progressing. :) 

Time is flying, but the blessings just keep coming. I´m so happy and so grateful for every chance I have to share my testimony with others. Never forget to nurture that knowledge. We are at war and Satan is working so hard to weaken the Lord´s soldiers. We are fighting for the souls of God, including ours, and Christ is our captain. That fight is getting every day more intense and we must put on our armor every morning. Read the scriptures, pray with real intent, go to church and keep the Sabbath day holy, pay tithing, serve others, and never forget to thank the Lord for every blessing he sends us. I know we will win and I know we will receive our grand reward of eternal life. It´s not easy and we can´t arrive at the celestial kingdom by accident. The Lord needs agents, he needs strong warriors, and he needs them for life. Love you all so much! Stay strong and find joy in living the gospel every day. Have a wonderful week!!!!


Hermana Cox

Wow, I´m gonna miss Peruvian food!!

Eating our turkey leg at a member´s house. :)

Our ward mission leader is the best and bought us donuts!!!!! Dunkin donuts at that!!! :)

Our FHE with the S... family (recent converts) and our two awesome investigators, G... and A... Ramos. They are planning on getting married in August so they can get baptized!! :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

This week was another one of running around and trying to keep up with the work of two areas. I love being busy but it sure does get exhausting sometimes. :) We set a goal to take our recent converts that still haven´t gone to the temple yet on the 23rd to do baptisms. They are getting super excited about it and so am I! :)

We also had many miracles this week with Investigators getting to the sacrament meeting. We were planning on bringing one of our investigators, C..., and we planned to meet her at the bus stop but when we got there, she wasn´t there. We tried calling but her phone was off and we were going to be late so we just went, praying that somehow she would miraculously show up. We also have another investigator that was going to be picked up by a family but that family called us in the morning to tell us the dad was in the emergency room and they wouldn´t be able to bring him. He lives far away and we didn´t have time to get him but we didn´t have his number either to communicate. We thought of a new convert that lives pretty close and called to ask if she could get him. She had no idea where his house was and we don´t have an exact direction either because we always visit him in his store. We just gave her the best directions we could and then prayed she would be able to find him in time for them both to make it to church. We got to Sacrament meeting and we didn´t see any investigators and were feeling a little bummed out, but then to our surprise just as the opening song was starting we saw C... walk in with a member that lives in her building that she had decided to go with instead. We were super excited and she looked really happy to be there. Then about 2 min. later J... (our other investigator) walked in with the new convert (R...) as well. She had somehow been able to find him and they both made it there on time. Later we had 3 more investigators come in with members that we had forgotten to call and remind. It was a fun day at church having them all there and seeing how great the ward was to help them and befriend them. I am so grateful for the members who help us and for the little miracles we see every day in the Lord´s work. We are all one big team and he helps us as we put forth our best efforts. 

Our area is doing well and we are working with some awesome families...but many of them are living together and not married. We are still working hard with them and seeing progress but we will have to be a little patient with the marriage paper process. The good news is that they are willing and are putting forth their efforts. The Lord will bless them for that. My companion is the best and is such a hard worker. She keeps me focused and helps me not overstress with her jokes and humor. :) She has been having a lot of foot pain this week and it´s gotten really swollen. We´ve had to walk around really slow this week which is always difficult, but I feel the Lord is teaching me patience and a lot of love instead of getting frustrated. It´s an opportunity to serve and show compassion. :) Please pray for her that she can get better soon! 

Every day is a blessing and I only pray that I can continue to be an instrument in the Lord´s hands and do his will. This week I decided I want to stop focusing on all the things I still lack or wanted to accomplish or learn while here on my mission and just focus on being grateful for all the experiences and blessings the Lord gives me each day. If I do my part, he´ll take care of the rest and teach me what I need to learn. I love him and am so grateful for this time I have to serve him. Keep serving others, keep nurturing your testimony every day, keep loving as the Lord taught us how. Unconditionally and unselfishly. How did you like the talk? Awesome, right?! Hope you had the opportunity to read and study it. :) 

Love you all so much. Thank you for your love and support!!!! Keep the prayers coming this way for the R... Family (get married and keep progressing), V... Family (Same), N... (get married and that her boyfriend will come back to church), J... (with his job and also that he can keep progressing. He will be moving to Chile in a week so we want to send his referral there), S... (have support from her family), M... (time for us to visit her), O... and N... (get married and come to church), and V... family (Same). Also F... and M..., C..., E..., and M...A... that they can get everything ready to go to the temple next week!! 

Until next week!!

Love, Hermana Cox

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Familia y Amigos!!! 

Another great week here in paradise! There are seriously so many prepared, chosen people here and I feel so blessed to have the chance to share the gospel with them and help them to change their lives. Like I mentioned last week there are lots of couples who we need to help get married first and then they will be able to be baptized and take their first step towards their eternal family. We have 4 couples we are working with right now and 2 of those families also have children who are preparing as well. What a miracle it is to work with families. I love it so much. On Saturday we visited one of these families, the R... Family, and after we finished teaching them we asked if they had any questions for us. G..., the wife, looked at us and asked, "So I´ve heard about something that you do in families to help them be more night or something like that." My companion and I both got really excited and started explaining a little bit about how we do a family home evening and why it helps us strengthen our families. They asked us to come and teach them how to do it sometime and it just so happened that our awesome ward mission leader was there at the appointment with us and volunteered to bring some members the next day and do a family home evening. They agreed and yesterday (Sunday) we did a family home evening with them and their kids. It was so sweet and a group of members came and joined us as well (We could barely all fit in their house). They loved it and are so excited to keep learning more and be a part of the ward. The members invited their kids to the young men and women activities and they are all super excited about it. The members here are amazing and are so willing to drop everything and serve with us. I know the Lord is blessing this ward with prepared families because the members are prepared and ready to receive them and help them.

One of our other investigators, N..., is the daughter-in-law of a member family and was invited to go to the temple with the relief society on Saturday. The RS President stayed outside the temple with all the recent converts and less active members that couldn´t enter the session and gave them a big tour of the temple and explained the importance of the ordinances we do there. N... came back so touched and I think it was a huge step towards her desire to be baptized. She also needs to get married first and her husband is less active so it will be a challenge, but she is so sensitive to the spirit and is really falling in love with the gospel and sees and understands how it will bless her family. 

We also had an awesome multi-zone conference on Friday and I really enjoyed it. President talked a lot about the importance of faith in our eternal progression and he assigned us a talk by Elder Scott to read. It´s called "The transforming power of faith and character". I highly recommend looking it up and reading it. Then tell me what you think! It talks a lot about how our character, who we are becoming is what matters most to God and in order to develop a strong character we must exercise faith in Christ. I wish I had the talk with me now to share all my favorite parts, but unfortunately I left it at home...but you´ll have to read it to find all the beautiful messages for yourself. :) At the end of the conference, President always asks a few missionaries who are finishing to share their testimonies. Among those were Elder Josh Nieman, Elder Kolton Pierson, and I. They are my buddies from High School and it was so fun for me to hear them share their testimonies and I can honestly see how much they have grown in their time here. They both got emotional and shared powerful testimonies of the Savior and his gospel. I know they will return with great power and continue to be instruments in the Lord´s hands. I was so filled with the spirit as I got to share my humble testimony and I feel so grateful for this amazing experience I´ve had. I was grateful for the chance to testify of my Savior and the reality of his gospel. 

Love you all so much. I hope you have a great week and see the blessing God sends every day. Go look up that talk I mentioned and set some goals for yourselves. I love you all!!!!!

Con Amor, 

Hermana Cox

 I don´t know where I left off with pics, but these are some from my last day in Campoy, my last area

Our family of converts,

 our ward mission leader and those who were in our family home evening. 

My pensionista and her family,

Pictures from my current area

New Zone in Surco!!!

Family Home evening with our recent converts

My cute compie completed one year in the mission!!! Wahooo!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hola Hola! Here we are again on a beautiful Monday morning in Lima, Peru! Can I just say how grateful I am to be here in Villa Alegre?!!! This area is amazing! This ward has so much potential and I am so excited to be working with Hermana Mendoza. This week was a little crazy because we are now the only missionaries in this ward (before there were Elders too) which means we are now working two areas and combining them. We are maintaining our area and then trying to get to know the other part of the ward where the Elders were and keep moving forward with all their people. They did a great job leaving us a list of the most important investigators, less active members, and converts and a description of what they need to keep progressing. We were able to visit almost every one of them this week and get to know these amazing people. The members came with us to show us around almost every day and we have received so much support from them and our ward mission leader.

There are so many prepared investigators here...and FAMILIES!!!! I love teaching the gospel to entire families and seeing the blessings and changes that come into their lives. We have 2 families that are needing to have the parents get married before they can be baptized but they are both willing and we are in the process. I am so excited to see their progress and have the opportunity to help them come to their Savior. 

Please pray for J... G... (keep progressing towards baptism), C..., H..., and their kids (Get married and progress towards baptism), A... and G... (get married so they can get baptized), O... and N... (Also get married so they can be baptized), S... (Permission from her parents to be baptized), E... and N... (Activate them), C... (come to church and want to be baptized), and just all our investigators, less actives, and there are double. :) 

It was a really crazy, busy week but that´s how I like it. :) I need to have lots going on to keep me from being trunky...Today I officially completed 17 months in the mission. I can´t believe how time has flown and how much has happened in so short a time. But it´s been an amazing journey and I wouldn´t trade these experiences for the world. So far I’m doing really well and just feel so much motivation and desire to work hard and enjoy every moment. Sometimes I feel a little bit of the sadness creep in as I remember that this incredible adventure is coming to an end, but then I remember that it really doesn´t end after I step off the plane. I truly feel that I’ve become a missionary and have been converted into a true disciple of Jesus Christ. It doesn´t mean I´m perfect or that I´ll be able to keep doing all the things I do here for the Lord, but I know that when we have a true desire to serve the Lord and give our lives to him that he will provide us opportunities to keep helping others and keep sharing the gospel with all those around us. This is only the beginning...the training ground for life. :) 

I hope you are all doing well and seeing so many miracles every day. Don´t forget to read the Book of Mormon every day. That is one of the biggest things I´ve been able to see here is the difference in the members who are reading and studying faithfully every day and progress and continue growing, and those who don´t and slowly become weaker and Satan tries to make his way into their lives. The Book of Mormon is our greatest tool in conversion. I know that´s true. :) I love you all so much!!!! Have an awesome day!!! Hurrah for Israel!!!
Monday, June 20, 2016

Well, we are back to transfer time again. I can´t believe how fast these 6 weeks have gone. I´m starting to enter into panic with how fast time is flying. It was an awesome week full of miracles and tender mercies of the Lord as always.

This week we got to go to the temple and I really enjoyed going and feeling the spirit that is there. This will be my last time getting to go to the temple here as a missionary so it was a little bitter-sweet. As I sat in the celestial room my mind went back in time to the first time I entered this temple when I first got to the MTC. I remember feeling so nervous, so afraid, so far out of my comfort zone. But I remember praying and just crying, telling the Lord all my worries and feeling such peace and comfort knowing that he would be with me every step of the way. And then sitting there on Tuesday I was amazed to see how far I’ve come and how quickly the time has gone. I realized that I now felt so comfortable here and with my calling as a missionary. I´m not a perfect missionary and I still have so much I need to improve (I better hurry and get on that), but I know that the Lord kept his promise and was with me every step of the way. It´s been quite the journey and I´ve changed so much, but I know that it´s exactly what I’ve needed in my life to draw me even closer to my Savior. I love him so much. I´m so grateful for the time I’ve had here and I left ready and motivated to give my all this last transfer. Oh how I love this work. 

Last trip to the temple! I love this place more than I can express. 

I was hoping to get to stay here in my area to finish with my sweet Hermana Vaca, but I guess the Lord has other plans for us both. I will be leaving and headed back to Surco! That was my 2nd zone so it will be fun to go back there. I will be in a different ward, but sharing the church building with my old San Roque ward! Hopefully I´ll get to see some of my sweet members there. :) My companion is Hermana Mendoza from Bolivia I believe. I was her sister leader a while ago and did divisions with her one time but I´m excited to get to know her even better. :) I won´t be a Hermana leader this transfer which will be a nice break, but I do believe we are opening an area which is always an adventure. I´m sad to be leaving, but excited for the new adventure. I´m excited to see what the Lord has in store for us there. 

Thank you for those who sent me their testimonies, I loved reading them. I would still love to receive more from those who would like to send me theirs. I hope you all have a wonderful week and never forget to have spiritual experiences every day. On Sunday our teacher talked a lot about how important it is to constantly have spiritual experiences so that we can keep progressing and growing spiritually. That´s the whole point of this life but it´s so easy to get distracted by the things of the world. In the end none of that really matters, but the conversion we obtain and the relationship we develop with the Lord is a treasure we get to take with us. 

I love you all so much!! Have a great week!!

The sisters in our trunky meeting! We had our self-reliance meeting where they talk about college, jobs, family, goals, and everything to prepare us to return to the real strange. It was actually really cool and I learned a lot. :)

Happy Father´s Day all!!!

Monday, June 14, 2016

Dear Friends and Family,

What an incredible week. I can`t believe how much revelation I received and how much I could feel the spirit in one week. It was a pretty crazy one for us with 3 zone meetings, Elder Rasband, and then a Family History activity we put on for the converts in our stake. Literally every day this week we had some kind of activity and responsibility. But where the Lord asks much of us, he always gives us the strength and power we need to complete what we need to in his service. I really felt that this week. 

Our meeting with Elder Rasband is something I will never forget. Being able to shake his hand and look into his eyes was such a neat experience for me. I didn`t feel some kind of electric shock or powerful spiritual impression, rather I felt sincerity and the pure love of Christ radiating from him. I felt that love the whole meeting and his humility, sincerity, and true devotion to the Lord impacted me more than anything else. I went with a few questions in my mind and heart and I received answers to many through the words spoken and through impressions of the spirit. One of the questions that I had really been pondering in my heart and wanted to ask him was this, "Elder Rasband, you are called to be a special witness of Jesus Christ. To be that kind of witness, I`m sure you must really need to know the Savior and be close to him. What has helped you the most in your life to develop that relationship with the Savior and what advice would you give us as youth about how to strengthen that relationship throughout our lives?"  I loved what Sister Moore from the CCM said, that this ability to be a special witness has come because of Elder Rasband`s pure desire to take upon him the name of Christ in all he does and serve him until the end. It`s the accumulation of all the little things the gospel teaches us, but behind all we DO must burn that great DESIRE to know the Savior, serve him, and take upon us his name. Do what he would do, say what he would say, be who he wants us to be at all times and in all things and in all places. I also loved how he talked about following our first impression. I`ve been trying to put that into practice this week and have found that it`s so true! So often I receive an impression from the spirit but then begin to question if it`s really from him or just my own mind and then I overanalyze the whole situation. I have found that if something comes to my mind and it is something good, why not just do it. Why wait for a big spiritual impression if the spirit of the Lord is that spirit that constantly entices us to do good and serve God. The first prompting is from the spirit, the doubting and debating that follows is either our own natural man or the enticements of the adversary. Something else that really impacted me about what he said was his pure and powerful testimony he bore at the end of his message. He said that although there were still many responsibilities of his calling he still did not feel adequate to fill yet, the responsibility he did feel 100% sure about what his call to testify of Christ. He bore such a powerful testimony that he lives and is our Savior. But what struck me most is that he said that he knew with absolute surety because he could feel a burning in his heart and continues to feel it every time he testifies. He asked us if we too could feel the burning at that moment and I could have sworn my heart was going to explode out of my chest. I felt that burning that feels my whole heart with joy and sends chills down my whole body. He told us it was the exact same for him. That feeling is how he knows, that confirmation of the spirit, not by any other way. I realized that it was the same for me. I KNOW that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior. I knew it before I came to this earth and I`m so grateful that the Lord has testified to my heart again and given me the opportunity to know in this life also so that I can share that testimony and witness with all those I come in contact with. I left that meeting with the same testimony I entered with, nothing new was taught. But I left with that testimony rekindled and strengthened until it glowed like a bonfire. I want to strive to feel that every day and never stop testifying of what I know and what I feel. This time we have as missionaries is so short, but I know that it is a preparation for even more after. The things I am doing now are preparing me for a life of dedicated discipleship to my Lord and King. I have been able to see that so clearly and it has become the pure and only desire of my heart. I`m here because I love him and want to serve him. And I will live every day of my life for that same reason. What a beautiful, unforgettable experience with a true and living apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Hope you all have a marvelous week. Keep serving, keep doing good, strengthen you testimony through scripture and prayer every single day. The Lord loves us all and we should never forget to take a moment and feel that. :) Then go out and share it with everyone we know! I would love to hear your testimonies as well. Those who have time and would like to I would love for you to email me and share with me your testimony of the Savior so I can read them every morning as I wake up. Nothing can motivate us to share the gospel more than hearing the testimonies of others. :)

Con Amor,

Hermana Cox

Our twinner dresses

Our pensionista made us ceviche de pota...pota is octopus! It was a crazy meal but i actually kind of liked it. :) Pretty fun...

Package from Home

Monday, June 6, 2016

Another great week here in paradise! It´s gotten pretty cold lately and we live in a tiny 4th floor room which makes it even colder. :) But we are doing well and finding a lot of great people. Please keep praying for M... N... and J..., A..., and the O... family. They are all amazing and so prepared. I have no time, but please pray for us this week with a big week of trainings, zone meetings, A VISIT FROM AN APOSTLE OF GOD!!!, and a family history activity we are in charge of. Elder Rasband will be coming on Thursday and I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. It´ll be an incredible experience. I am so happy and loving every day. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. I love you all so much!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Half way through the transfer already!!! It was a great week though but each one is flying by faster and faster! We have been worried about a lot of the recent converts in our area and because there are a good amount, it has been hard to visit all of them each week. We lost contact with a few and they stopped coming to church as well. We really worried about it and realized that we needed to focus on strengthening and helping our converts and asked for the Lord´s help. This week we were able to contact almost every single one and have lessons with them. One of our converts, J..., who was baptized about  2 months ago hadn´t come to church for 4 weeks because of work and complications at home but we included him in our prayers and even our fast this week and he came to church out of nowhere! He told us a little bit about what was going on and that he was afraid to come back to church because of what everyone would say but promised he was going to start coming to church again. The moment I saw him walk in my heart filled with joy and I couldn´t help but have a huge smile on my face. Every soul is precious to the Lord and he loves them all so much. As missionaries he lets us feel a little taste of that great love. :) It was such a big miracle for us. 

We have also been working with the direcciones disconocidas and have had success in finding families and individuals who are in need of help and humble and prepared to come back to the fold. We´ve also found many great contacts and new investigators as we´ve been searching. The Lord is blessing us so much. 

This week we found some awesome new investigators from Colombia! The mom, M... N..., has been really worried about her youngest son because he is being led away by some bad influences and has started drinking lots of alcohol. She saw the church one night and felt something special and told herself that she would go and visit. So last Sunday on her way to the market she passed by and walked inside to see when the meetings started. She found a member of our ward and gave the member her information so that we could go and visit her. We called and visited her this week and had 2 awesome lessons. The first one she told us about the problems in her family and asked how she could fast. The member she talked to told her that fasting and praying would help her with her problems. We explained how to fast and the power it has and invited her to do it. When we came back a few days later she told us that she had fasted for the 24 hours and didn´t even feel hunger or thirst. She said that she never read the bible very much because she didn´t really understand but that night she was up until 3 in the morning reading it and receiving answers. It was amazing. She is a woman of great faith and very willing to act. Her daughter J... has been listening as well and they both came to church on Sunday and have accepted a baptismal goal for the first of July. We are so excited for them and can´t wait to keep helping them receive answers, help, and draw nearer to the Lord. 

Some fun news of the week, I ate a whole fish...literally the whole fish put in the pan and fried and then placed on my plate. Head, gills, fins and all. I ate it all and even the eyeball, just to say I did. Wow, I’ve changed so much. Haha, Peru has brought out my adventurous side. :)

Love you all and hope you have a wonderful week. Thank you for all the love and prayers. This week I challenge you to pick a conference talk from last conference to study again and then pray about how you can apply it this week. Then look for opportunities to share it with someone else that may need that message as well. Love you all! Please keep praying for us!:)

Fun little highschool reunion this week for pday! How crazy! :)

Pday and happy 16 months! Can you believe it? I can´t...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wow, it´s gotten so cold this week! It came so suddenly and seems to have scared everyone into their houses and beds. :) It´s been another great week that has flown by much quicker than I can imagine. It was a tougher week in our area and we ended up having a lot of lessons in the street trying to find new investigators. But we also saw so many miracles and blessings. I know that there are prepared children of God out there waiting and prepared to receive the message of the gospel, we just need to keep searching and following the spirit. I know the Lord is true to his promises and if we just keep working our hardest, he will bless us for our efforts. The Lord is so good and he just waits for us to exercise the needed faith so he can work his miracles.

I know this week we are going to find escogidos, I just feel it! De hecho, we have found amazing people and another whole family came to church this Sunday! Another referral from members too! E..., F..., and their three kids. We are super excited about them and the ward was incredible. They got to church a little late and came and sat in the back. After the meeting ended before we could even get to the back of the chapel to talk to them we had ward members run up to us telling us that a family of investigators was here (they all wanted to be the first ones to give us the referral even though they were already our investigators) and members were already taking the kids to their classes and offering to go with them. We almost didn´t even get to talk to them. :) This ward is incredible that way! They had members with them the whole morning and we basically didn´t do anything during all of church until the end when we asked them how it went. So exciting!! :) Little miracles every Sunday!!  I love this ward so much, they are seriously my family. I could probably move back to Peru and live here my whole life. 

I am out of time, but we are doing well and working hard! Please pray for us and for our investigators. E..., F..., C..., D..., K..., A..., B..., M..., and all the converts who have been baptized as well. J... needs a lot of prayers right now, he is the first one who got baptized when I got to this area. 

Have a great week and enjoy finishing up school. Love you all!!

Hermana Cox