Sister Hamilton has been called to serve for a period of 18 months in the California Arcadia Mission. She will be serving in Spanish.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone!

I am so excited for Halloween. Right now I'm at a zone activity and
we're carving pumpkins and eating treats. My companion and I made
little witches hats, I'll attach a picture. We have a really great
zone. For actual Halloween I think we'll be spending the evening at a
members home.

This week we had some really cool experiences. We had 4 investigators
come to church this Sunday, 3 of whom had never been before. One woman
in particular had an amazing experience. The Gospel Principles lesson
was on Eternal Marriage and it touched her heart. She said that she
always thought there was something wrong with the 'till death do you
part' line in marriage vows and she wants to be sealed to her family.
She said she was going to take the gospel principles book home and
read it and that she couldn't wait to come back to church. She is such
a sweet woman. The funny thing is she looks kind of like a Latina
version of my grandmother and she loves to garden just like her too.

We also had a really powerful lesson with a part member family. The
husband is actually an RM, but he's pretty inactive. We decided to ask
him to teach the lesson. We asked if he would feel able to teach us
the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was all for it, he
got so excited and did an incredible job. At one point he had tears in
his eyes as he was bearing his testimony and I think it really effect
his wife who is an investigator. I'm so excited to work with them.

While we were at their house they fed us dinner. It was fish. With a
face. I'll attach a picture. It was actually really good with lemon on
it. I have eaten so many things in this short time that I never would
have eaten before and I have yet to have a bad experience.

I have to get going, but I hope you all have a great week and a
wonderful Halloween. Stay safe!

Love, Hermana Hamilton

Hermana Hamilton and the Week of Three Flat Tires

This week's email comes late because yesterday there was New
Missionary Orientation so our pday was moved until today. The meeting
was great. We had bunch of little lessons taught by the APs, the
mission president and his wife (the Villanuevas) I especially liked
getting to know the Villanuevas a little better. They are so kind and
really excited to be here. They are from Mexico and apparently they
were expecting to be assigned to a Latin American mission. When they
realized only 40% of our mission is Spanish speaking I guess it was
quite a shock for them. I think it's kind of a blessing though because
it makes me feel like they really understand us. They are struggling
with a new language just like we are.

There are actually seven languages in the mission. Something pretty
cool is the Chinese speaking missionaries are about to make a Chinese
stake. It'll either be the first one in the world or at least one of
the first, I not sure, but either way that is super exciting. I hope
we can see such great things happen in the Spanish stake.

So as for the title of this email. We had three flat tires this week,
all different tires and all different days. On the upside my companion
and I are both pretty good at patching flat tires now. Hopefully we
won't have this keep happening. It was really frustrating this past
week because it kept us from meeting with people and teaching lessons.
I have to admit this past week was pretty hard and we had a lot of set
backs, but I have a lot of hope for this next week. We did find a new
investigator we're pretty excited about so hopefully we will see
miracles with her.

This week has really been about faith for me. Faith that Heavenly
Father listening and that everything will work out in the end. Some
many times I felt like I was at the end of all I could handle and then
something would work out like being able to catch a bus we shouldn't
have been able to or finally finding a referral who wants to learn
more after hours of not being able to find anyone. I especially think
it's important to have faith that something wonderful is going to
happen and remember you just have to keep moving forward.

I'm really thankful for the Book of Mormon. I've been trying to read a
little from it every night before bed in addition to the studies we do
in the morning. It's incredible how something written so long ago by a
bunch of men can apply so clearly to the problems I'm dealing with. I
can take courage in what I read and let go of the things that haven't
gone how I would have liked to.

If you get the chance you should go see Meet the Mormons while its in
theaters. I will admit the narrator is a touch cheesy, but the stories
are really powerful. We had a special zone meeting where we were able
to watch it. It was a great experience and pretty inspiring as a
missionary to see how the gospel is for everyone. The last story they
share really touched me.

I hope you are all happy and heathy and having a great day!
Hermana Hamilton