Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm a changed woman.....ok ok maybe a changing woman.

Hey there family. This week was great like always. I dont have too much to write about and i dont have alot of time. But we have a few investigators progressing. Were planning on teaching, and baptizing the daylights out of each one of them. We have Rodrigo Baez, Ramona Pavon, The familia villagra, pablo... they are our investigators. And then we have our less actives the family segovia, valdez, sergio, baez, and govilon. If you all could just give them a shout out to the big man upstairs we would be so grateful! I just have to say that i am a changed woman! Okay I still lack a lot so maybe i should say, I am a changing woman... Im in the process. I have such a testimony of this gospel and of this work! Its literally perfect. Every day I realize more and more how dang perfect this gospel is and how dang perfect God is. Its awesome. Last night i was laying in bed thinking about this work and i thought man... how cool would it be to do this my whole life?? And then i thought, duh hermana hunt. You can. You dont have to be serving a mission to be a missionary. I love this work and i know that every member is a missionary. Seriously the work here in this little town of Itaugua is really moving along. The members are always willing and asking to go to lessons with us, the bishop and his counselors are so invloved with the missionary work... our ward is literally like a big family. Yesterday after church we all met up at the chapel and like 25 sisters in the relief society showed up to go and visit every less active member in this town. Every sunday these members have more and more references for us. Its amazing. Its showed me exactly what this work is all about.. These people arent scared to share the gospel. If you can think of a friend, a family member, less actives... give those elders something to do! Give them your references! Help them with their lessons. Hold the missionary lessons in your home. This week as ive thought so much about all this i think about all the people that i should have shared the gospel with before the mission but i didnt.. but its alright ive still got time to open my mouth. haha Thankyou all for all your love and support! thankyou for your prayers and remember i love you and so does god.!!! Choa! and by the way has someone talked to lynne gaylor????? I really would like to speak to her at some point in my mission. Pretty sure they think i have forgotten them. okay! choa!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hotter than infierno!! Just how many cows can one person eat!!! All in all I'm doing pretty solid!

Hey everybody! How is the US?! Im sure everyone is just doing great! Another week down in the mishhhhh.... with my comp, hermana hernandez. Things are going pretty good. Its still hot and i still eat enough meat for the whole town of heber. Like seriously, sometimes i wonder... how many cows will i have eaten by the time i finish my mission? But anyways i guess you could say that im doing pretty solid.. This week was hotter than infierno. We walked all over the place working with everyone that we could so that we could get them to church sunday. We havent had a single investigator in church for the past month... I honestly didnt know what we were doing wrong. Everyone would say Yeah! We will be there sunday for sure! dont worry! but then they never would come. I came to the conclusion that so far my mission has been like a boyfriend... ive get led on for a few weeks or months and then boom... my heart gets broken. But yesterday people.... we had 6 investigators at church... yeah you heard right 6 investigators. And then 6 less active members. It was a miricle stright from the big man upstairs. We havent had a single investigator in church for like a month. I was getting pretty flustered. But God sure lifted up my spirit yesterday for suuuure. There wasnt enough room for people to sit in the classes so all the missionaries had to leave. The bishop was running aroung trying to figure out what to do.. poor guy. haha So we ended up taking it outside.. haha so we had our classes under the mango trees yesterday. Pretty great.. I seriously am so grateful for my father in heaven and all that he does for me. I am so thankful for the knowledge than i have of his plan for every one of us. My heart is at peace to know that if i keep the commandments and always to my part, the lord will bless me. I am so grateful for all of you and for the support that you all give me. Thanks for everything! Stay busy and keep happy! BYE!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Never ask the Lord Why.......repent..... get on your knees and pray. Alma 26:22

Hello there family.. how are all of you? This week was pretty interesting. Honestly One of the hardest weeks of my mission thus far. But from my life experience, the hardest times are the times when we learn the most. Hermana villanueva left, most of our investigators broke my heart, and i recieved my new comp... Hermana Hernandez. Lets start with hermana villanueva. Well I didnt cry at all when i had to say goodbye becasue things were pretty crazy and we had to get going... it wasnt until i got to the second day without hermana villanueva that I realized she was gone. At first it just felt like a division with another missionary. haha She was seriously the best trainer that i could have asked for but at the same time we were best friends. We worked hard and played hard. She wrote me from Peru today and said that she is with her parents and she is happy. She is doing super good in peru and there is no doubt in my mind that God has lots of blessings waiting for her. One day we will be able to see each other once again. So if someone could be on the look out for her future husband in Arizona i would really apreciate it. Thankyou. Now for my new comp hermana hernandez. She is aweful. HAHA JUST KIDDING!!!!! She is great! She is from peru... Go figure. haha She is 4 years older than me and she says she can cook. I´ll believe when i see it. haha She likes to work.. and i like that. She has a very tender heart and is very loving, kind and obedient. I like that too. She has a very soft voice... The complete opposite to hermana villanueva haha that will take some adjusting. But one thing that hermana villanueva always told me is that Every companion is perfect for you. I know hermana hernandez is perfect for me and that we are going to learn alot in the next 3 months of her training. And as for our investigators... Right now we dont have anyone progressing. Satan is working hard on the hearts of each one of the investigadors.Yes, The work this week was slow because of the change.. But DONT WORRY! All is going to be just fine. We are gonna work our hind ends off this coming week and you can bet your boots that the work will pick back up. But seriously people, this week was rough and there was a time when i asked God why. Why in the world did you call me to train? I felt so inadequate and so confused. haha Then, Hermana Sanchez knocked some sense into me. She came in my room and said "Hermana Hunt! Su respuesta esta en las escrituras! Arrodillarse, ore a dios, y abre sus escrituras! Aqui va estar su respuesta!" your answer is in the scriptures! Get on your knees, say a prayer and open up your scriptires. So then i did and what do you know... the page i opened to was Alma 26:22. If you could all go read that i would appriciate it. So then the next day i explained to hermana sanchez what happened and what was the scripture i found and she read it and she said, "Now, you need to repent." And i was like waht? why? and she said, "becasue you asked God why. Never question the will of the lord. Repent, Have faith, do good works, and pray always. And God will reveal his mysteries to you. Remeber what hermana villanueva taught you. She didnt teach you to be weak, she taught you to be strong." So basically.... i felt like simba from the lion king when the monkey hits him on the head with a stick. So this week i learned not to ask God why. Remember that he has a plan for each of us and that we should NEVER quesiton his will. I love all of you and miss you all dearly! Have a great week! Choa

Faith Goimarac served in Rachels mission. Returned home in October of last year.

Rachel's new companion!! Her first trainee. Hrh Neenerita posted this picture for me! She is awesome!! They are both so cute! Hermana Villanueva comments on the pic!!!

Rachel's awesome first trainee in the mission field! Sister Monica Villanueva!!! She is home back in Peru. This is a precious picture of them both.