Cities and Companions

Cities and Companions

Monday, April 27, 2015

4/27/2015 - Culiacan Letter & Pics

6 Weeks, Trainer

Hey Everybody,

 So this week was amazing we had a capacitation (training?) that i helped put together about helping the sisters and getting them excited about missionary work. We talked about to Lift, to Excite, to Inspire and to Bless it was a good theme. We also talked about Health and we did some workout exercises afterwards and i was able to do a small presentation of Kenpo, it was a blast everyone was having so much fun! 

  We also had our ultimate junat de distrito and it was super great, we had some great missionaries go and just having fun. My companion went to Mazatlan and I received a new Missionary, i am her trainer and so excited and nervous at the same time, she is amazing full of energy and just thrilled to be here in the mission. We are happy and it has been amazing. I'll write more next week but I love the mission and its so true. 

Love you all,
Hermana Newmeyer

Trainer - New missionary

Fun District Meeting

Hermana Missionary Activity (capacitation)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

4/20/2015 - Culiacan Letter

Hey Everybody!

   Oh what joy i found when i opened my email today, so many friends and family have written and i feel so grateful.  I never knew what the effect was for a letter or something for a missionary to read. Its incredible! I feel so grateful and full of love and just ready to conquer the world. It is something that i look forward to every week and the chance to share my experiences that have happened. Thank you for all who are reading I am truly grateful for all. 
   This week was good, not as great as some of the other weeks that i have had but still good. We worked and looked for people, and we still walk every day i think i will be an expert walker by the time that i come back. Newmeyer walks will be nothing compared to this. So we went to a baptism this week that was for the other ward in our building and it was so beautiful you could feel the love of the ward for this family that is going to get baptized, the whole ward practically showed up and some from our ward as well! It was beautiful and you could feel the spirit the whole time. I wasn't feeling too well that day, just walked around with a headache and then it later became a migraine, oooh i despise those days, everything seemed liked a blur and i was just dizzy and wanting to throw up. Well, let me just tell you how awesome, how sweet, and caring my companion is. She said we are going home. I laid down and she just looked after me, it was really sweet of her and i cherished the moment even though i was feeling rotten inside and i wanted to die. I was truly grateful for all the times that were hard for us, we have been through a lot and we are both growing and learning still from our challenges and problems.

    I always think of the Disney movie, Peter Pan, when they are trying to fly, Peter says "all it takes is faith and trust, oh and a little bit of pixie dust." That really is all you need in a companionship, faith in one another and trust, and yes pixie dust, whatever you say it is, for me its love. I have learned to love each one of my companions with weaknesses and trials the whole package, its a wonderful experience. I hope that this week all will be well, and that we will all be able to trust and have faith in our Heavenly Father and Love for Him as well.  Thank you again for all the letters, it truly has made my week. I love you all.

Always Happy,

Hermana Newmeyer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4/13/2015 - Culiacan Letter & Pics

Don't Give Up

Hey Everybody,

   Oooooh This week was really hard for me. I know i don't say that much, but really every week is really hard but this week was spiritually and emotionally hard for me. So i do have some time on the mission and i do understand Spanish fairly well to talk with people and say how's it going. But this past transfer i have had almost everyday, someone comment on how my Spanish is not good at all, and they don't understand me. Ouch. I am pretty sure there has come a time in every person's life that they feel that they are doing alright and they understand and they have worked hard and still are working hard, and then someone says, no you are not.  At first you don't believe them or you just don't understand, and you keep walking down the road, again someone calls out ''that's the wrong way!'' this time you notice them and you feel something, then they call out again, ''hey, you don't know where you are going.''  Then you stop in the road only to find yourself alone and not sure where to go.  Why is it so hard to understand, why is it so difficult to just do what we feel is right, or know to be right through diligent scripture study, prayer and going to church.  All i can say is, i don't know. In life there are challenges but we will never go anywhere if we just stop in the road. Doctrine y Covenants 24:8.

   So that was one of the things bothering me, my Spanish, i guess i am glad that i still sound American so when i come home no one will think how funny my accent is. So we have been working with a young man for about a month now, and he has been reading out of the Book of Mormon and he stopped drinking and he was just excelling in his boxing, he was going good. But he still had a problem with knowing for sure what he was to do in life. We had shared with him a lot of finding your personal answers through prayer and he was praying, but he was also talking with his friends, and they were still drinking, and just not doing great things. They told him that church = responsibility, baptism = commitment, and its true, but he looked at it as, ''i don't need anymore commitments or responsibility'' He said he didn't want to get baptized anymore and his family didn't want to listen to us. My heart just broke, i felt awful, did me and my companion do everything for them? did we teach them right? was the spirit there? we later went to another investigator and she had the same answer, she didn't want to get baptized.

  This morning our alarm went off, and it was Josh Groban ''You Raise me Up'' we thought it would be hilarious because we have to get up in the morning so why not have someone sing to us to get up. But i was listening to the words and they are beautiful:

When I am down and, oh, my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

There is no life - no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up to more than I can be.

  If we trust in our Heavenly Father he will be there for us, we just need to believe in him and keep going on. Never doubting, never losing sight of who we can become. It is hard but we will be able to do it. I love you all, thanks for believing in Him.

Always Happy,

Hermana Newmeyer





Tuesday, April 7, 2015

4/6/2015 - Culiacan Letter & Pics

Will she remember me?

Hey everybody!

  So this week was great! This week is called La Semana Santa or The Holy Week, and normally during this week everyone goes on Vacation, to the beach to camp overnight. Super fun, and all the stores are closed well the little ones that are owned by the owners of the house. We were walking down a road and there was literally no one out. Normally it would be covered with people pushing each other aside, selling things and just noise. This week, it was like a ghost town.

   Also, this week funny story, we were walking down the road and a car was coming, so we moved to the side, well i must have stepped on a rock wrong but the next thing i knew i was sent sprawling in front of the car on my hands and knees, i twisted my right ankle and scrapped off my left knee, well it felt like it, it was all bloody and dirty. While i was on all fours the car just went around us and continued on the way, and then there was this guy on the side of us just watching, and didn't do anything. After hobbling up and then limping away, he just still sat there watching. Super funny, and then my companion gives me an antibiotic rub that just stung and it felt so bad, just smarting and giving me pain. After the drama we finally went back out and then came home after a couple of hours and my knee had swollen up, so that was fun.

  We headed to General Conference this weekend and it was amazing! I just truly loved every part and was so happy, during the Sunday morning session, i was thrilled to see my family investigators that i helped baptize and the little toothless old woman that i helped as well. I had heard from someone that she had stopped going to church and she was not receiving help. And then i saw her in church! I was overjoyed and couldn't stop thinking about her and wondering if she would remember me. She had a hard time remembering the lessons when i taught her and 6 months had passed away since i last saw her, i was just hoping that she would remember. At the last prayer of the Session, everyone started to get up and leave and so did she, i jumped up and chased after her and touched her on her shoulder, she turned around and i asked her ¿do you remember me? she smiled her one tooth smile and gave me a hug around my waist (because she was so short) and gave me a kiss. And she said, ''you helped me to get baptized.  I was overcome with an immense love for her and i could feel every part of my soul just beam with excitement and joy. I walked away after saying goodbye and thinking, She remembered Me.  

   I truly believe that today in life, we forget. I forget everything. Yet to someone who once knew you, who once taught you, who once said  i love you, they will always remember, just like our Savior Jesus Christ, He knew us, He taught us, He loves us, He will remember who we are. We just have to remember Who He Is. I hope that i will never forget this experience, that she remembered me, and then i will remember the day that i knew my Heavenly Father and he will be waiting with arms open wide. 

Always Happy,

Hermana Newmeyer

Trinidad Reyes on her baptism day

Zone Conference

Bloody Knee from fall

Car rides - Mexican style

Sun Rays