Monday, May 13, 2013

Hermana Ferrell's letter home!

Hi everybody! It was so great to talk yesterday. Honestly, it doesn`t really seem real... that you all actually exist! It was wonderful to see everybody. Ah I love you so much. But actually, after talking to you I didn`t feel too trunky. It`s so weird. My emotions are kind of odd. You see, I miss you and I love you. So much. But, not enough to want to come home. YET! Ha, I`m sure the day will come. but for now, I`m loving being a missionary. 

Dad, I forgot to tell you yesterday, I LOVED the pages of the book you sent. So much!! I am so buying that book in 14 months. AH, no, like 13 months. AH! That sounds SHORT! Time is sure passing by... and your letter, dad you`re so sweet! I would die if I got 20 "free" lessons a week. I have to get those by the sweat of my brow here! Ha, well, more like by the freezing of my toes. I`m so proud of the way you and mom are serving in the church. I am so excited to have a life time  of service still left to give to the Lord. I`m seeing more and more that my mission really is only the beggining. And its fairly easy. WELL, ha, NOT exactly true. its super hard. But its harder to be a stake president with 9 kids running several business, a school, and whatever else you are probably doing. It`s great to be fully immersed in service in the kingdom. I hope the Lord always keeps me as busy as possible builing zion here on the Earth for as long as I live. 

But yeah, the only thing I really am in need of is thermal garments. And gum. Haha, siempre chicle. The kind here is gross... I don`t want you guys to have to spend a lot of money on shipping. Mom, yesterday I was writing about your in my journal and I was remembering our New York trip. That was SO stinking fun. Just the two of us in NYC! Remember that one thai place we found in brooklyn? and watching phantom and hanging out at glenn beck studio and walking around central park and museums. That was a good time! We need to that again sometime in the future. I hope you love your trip out east!!!! Be safe. Im still a worrier. But have fun!! I want to see TONS of pictures. And I would love more pictures! I can`t print them but I sure would love to just see them :) Kinsey, I`m so worried about you and your leg. I hope you can still go to Colorado! It would be a bummer to have to get re assigned. What if you don`t go spanish speaking ¿?¿ That would super tragic. Kidding, any place is a good place. It just wouuld be a better place if you were speaking spanish :) Keep me updated! Have a wonderful time in the temple. I know you will. I will be thinking of you on thursday. I wish I could be there for that kins. I really do. Honestly, more than christmas or easter or my bday or any other occasion... but I am there in spirit!!! Write me all about it. Well, you know, as much as you can ;) AH Im so jealous you are going to the tmeple. 

Okay, I wrote all my friends today so I don`t have a ton of time. But I loved being able totalk for an hour yesterday! I love you all so much. Thanks for loving me and for praying for me. Kiss brigham and summer for me!!!!!! They are SO darn cute. Everybody looks great! Kins, you are beautiful (your face looks a TON thinner). Mom, you`re super pretty as always. I`m so grateful that I look so much like you! Ha, dad, that isn`t an insult. You look great too!! And, have you lost weight too¿ You look thinner!! Jackson and jacob, be SMART. You`re both too good looking for your good. Jack, Keep courtney fairbourn at bay till july 14th.... and even then, dude, you don`t a girlfriend. believe me, its only an invitation to DRMA CENTRAL. Which is a completely overated place. ellie, eli, and sabrina all look a lot older too!! MAN family, what`s up with everyone looking so great?¿ 

Alright, I love you all Talk to you in a week. 


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hermana Ferrells first baptism!

Hey Family!! How are you?

It has been an absolutely wonderful week. We had a baptism on Saturday!!! I cannot even describe how incredible it was. I´ve rarely felt the spirit so strong. I LOVE being a missionary. Knowing that I was able to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord and help bring someone to be baptized is just.... there´s not words! Norma is now able to go the Celestial Kingdom. How amazing! I feel so privileged and honored that the Lord is trusting me to be a part of this work. Even if I never baptize anyone else on my mission, she was worth it. SHe is worth every rat, all the rain, the cold, the blisters, everything. I´ve obviously been happy a lot of times in my life! But I have never felt such pure joy as I felt watching Norma be baptized. The words of that scripture kept running through my head, "how great shall be your joy if you shall bring but one soul." So true. Nothing in the world can compare with being a missionary. It´s exauhsting, frustrating, inspiring, and so, so, so wonderful. I´ve never felt the depth of emotions before that I´m experiencing here on my mission. I feel my testimony becoming so much deeper and my conversion stronger and stronger to the Lord. Come what may in life, nothing will slacken my faith in the Lord. Nothing. I don´t care if nothing ever goes my way again, after the things I´ve seen and felt, I will never look back! 

Hermana Anderton left yesterday. It was sad, I cried. She´s going home! Please look her up on facebook and say hi to her for me! Ah I love her. I´m in a temporary trio with hna porter and her companion right now. 
mom, your prayer was answered! My new comp is from Mexico!!!!! Her name is Hermana Orosco and she doesn´t speak any English. I talked to her last night on the phone. And the good news is I understood everything she said!! Yay! So there´s a slight chance I´ll survive the next cambio. And I´m staying here in Victoria. Ah, cambio calls are super stressful!!! But I¨m a little nervous honestly... I hope she´s nice. And that she doesn´t judge me for eating practically only veggies. Guess what? Hna Anderton left me all her work out stuff. before her mission she had typed out a bunch of julian MIchael routines and stuff, and we have been doing them together every morning because it´s WAY to cold to run anymore. ANd she left them for me!! I´m super excited about that. She also left me casi almost of her clothes. I brought way too cute of clothes with me. Ha, I´m definitely morphing into a sister missionary.

Okay, much love! Kinsey, you are in my prayers with your surgery!!!! Also, would you send me melina´s address?? I don´t know where shés living these days and I have a letter I need to send. Todavía, I haven´t gotten your letters yet. It takes a good month to get stuff!!! It might also have somehting to do with the fact that I´m a good 6 hours away from the mission office right now, so I don´t get mail too frequently. 

Talk to you this Sunday!!! DAD EMAIL ME BACK!!! I love you all :)

Hermana Ferrell 


Hermana Ferrells latest letter

Hola Familia!! How are you this week? I´m doing great, especially after conference. We watched it live in the "gringo" room! Haha I was so happy to be able to hear the conference in English! When the prophet first started talking I was just hit with how much my life has changed. I was sitting in south america, wearing a missionary tag, and speaking spanish. ANd not only that, but everything inside my heart is different. Everything. Nothing at all is the same for me. this conference was incredibely powerful for me. I´ve never appreciated anything more than the sound of familar voices. Seriously, the voices of the prophet and apostles were the first familiar thing I´ve heard from home. My love of this church deepened and I felt overwhelmed with the truthfulness of this work! We have a living prophet, how cool is that? AND SOME GREAT NEWS: we had THREE investigadores come to the conference!! ANd they all absolutely loved it. Elder Holland´s talk, man, talk about powerful. Love him. ANd Elder CHristofferson might have just become my favorite with his Les Mis reference. That was great! I also loved L. Tom Perry´s talk. ANd the prophets. And Elaine S. Dalton. She´s one of my role models! COnference was just amazing. One of the highlights of my mission so far!! I got so much specific revelation and answers to so many of my questions. Elder Holland got up to talk, and took a breath, and my comp leaned over to me and said, "i´m scared." Hahah nothing like Elder Holland to smack down doctrine clear as clear can get!

Anyway, life is great. I´m loving this culture more and more as the time goes by. One of the members in my branch made me a pretty chilean ring yesterday!! It´s so pretty. I´m definitely becoming attached. I just wish I could speak spanish better!! Dad, I wish so bad I could send pictures! THe ciber here is way old fash. Ha, I took a picture of the computers here. They´ve got to be from the 70s or so. Next week I´m taking a trip to Temuco with my zone, so I´ll be able to send pics there! It´s so beautiful here. Everyday I´m out and I think, "wow this is crazy cool." Take the spiritual things out of a mission and it´s the most adventurous cool thing. Put the spiritual back in, and it becomes the most incredible,. spiritual, sacred, beautiful thing. I´m loving being a missionary. 

A few funny things. They cut their lawn here with scissors. No, that is  not a joke!!! I laughed when I saw it for the first time! It takes them HOURS! Go figure...someone needs to send lawn mowers down here. ALong with central heating. OKAY! I´m freezing my fanny off. I thought I was going to this warm south america country. PSYCH! It´s practically antartica. ANd i´m only slightly exaggerating. I have forgotten what it feels like to wake up warm, or sleep warm, or be warm in the mornings. SOmetimes it heats up during the day. Sometimes not. I´m wearing all my warm stuff, my coat, gloves, tights, thermals, and scarfs and I´m still cold. THe worst part? IT¨S ONLY THE BEGINNING OF FALL!!!! My companion laughed at me all cold and said, "just you wait for the winter, you´re gonna die!" Ha, how comforting. I´m a little scared honestly... so, point being, feel free to send me every warm article of clothing you can think of. ANd it´s not just dry cold like it is in utah, it´s humid cold. it gets into the marrow of your bones and... well, let´s just say it´s pretty cold. And it a veces snows here, but during the winter it rains all day pretty much every day. THis week I had my first experience with chilean rain. I´ve never, ever seen it rain like this before. It´s rains SO heavy. It´s crazy!! But the gospel has to be preached, rain or shine...

ANd on this day, I was knocking doors because every single one of our plans had fallen through that day. People were super rude. And we weren´t having any success knocking. Let me paint this picture. It was FREEZING. It was raining BUCKETS. I thought my toes were in danger of being frozen off. It was getting dark. And nobody was out on the streets. I know, weird right? And the whole street that we were on must have had some big issues cause they were VERY mean. And this one lady said (yelled) to us that we were of the devil and just there to spread lies. I bit my tongue, but I was so very, very, very tempted to say,

I´ve come an awful long way to tell a lie. Do you see what I´m doing right now? Do you realize that I´m thousands and thousands of miles away from home? I´ve left all my family, my friends, my country, my house, my way of life, and literally all of my comfort. I´m standing here in the pouring rain and feel like dying. And I´m here for you. I´m not getting paid,. I´m actually paying quite a bit of money to do this. Do you really think I would do that all for a lie? 

It makes me way frustrated, as you can see. But I love the people anyways. I have some awesome investigadores right now and I really have faith that they are going to get baptized soon :) Which would be a miracles! Good thing God is a God of miracles!

I love this gospel. It´s true and I know it. The first time I told the Joseph Smith story, I felt this almost tangible power fill me and fill the room. And every time I tell it, the spirit just rushes to testify of that event. I know that happened. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission!! It´s wonderful.

I love you all!! Thanks for all the support :) 

Hermana Ferrell