"And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things for myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46. Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God... 48. I say unto you, that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name. 49. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren."
"Come unto Christ and be perfected in him and deny yourselves of all ungodliness."
First things first. Joseph got
baptized!! How amazing it was! His father Jaime and his mom and cousin came.
Joseph just couldn't stop smiling the whole day and into next day he was
smiling even bigger for his confirmation of the Holy Ghost. What a guy. I'm so
proud of him.
Speaking and singing at the baptism
and on Sunday for church all went smoothly too! I'm so glad the mission has
taught me how to write a talk in a short amount of time and to present it well
enough for people to understand, but I guess that's mostly the spirit.
As expected it was a roller coaster
of a week, and now that it's over my comps and I are all like, "now
what?" We just had that awesome whirl wind experience last week that left
us crying and smiling so now what is left for this week? Well brothers and
sisters this is basically how I know I am going to feel coming back home from my
mission, so I'm glad I'm somewhat prepared. BUT I know, I know there are things
waiting for me. It's literally right around the corner and I can't turn back.
Trust me I tried a couple of times, and I realized that ain't no fun. So I'm
gonna face that corner and turn it with confidence, heck I might even peek
around the corner! But ok this analogy is making less and less sense. The point
is that I am looking forward to coming home because in all honesty I feel like
I'm starting my mission over. I got my flight plans a couple weeks ago and it
felt like my call letter to my mission. This Ward that I am in now is like a
family to me and it's going to break my heart to leave them but I know I have
family and friends back home excited to see me and for me to share with them
the things that I learned. This is a never ending cycle, which I'm grateful for
because it's a never ending cycle of happiness.
Most people we come across ask, why
are you here on your missions? What is the point? And my answer is simple really.
I know God lives and loves us. I've seen it. It's so clear the evidence of Him
today it excites me! We have a prophet today who God has called to lead us in
these troubled times. What the prophets say I know comes from God because as I
have listened and followed their words I have seen marvelous changes happen in
my life, and the lives of others. God is preparing each and everyone of us for
the time when we meet Him and He asks what we have done to grow, learn, serve,
and so much more. I hope to make Him proud everyday. The path to do so is
Also! Just so that I don't surprise
anyone, I just want y'all to know that I've changed a lot on my mission. But
I'm still me, of course. Probably the biggest change I'd have to say is that I
dyed my hair. Lol jk. But no I really did dye my hair. BUT back to the
change. I'd like to say that My mission has made me more confident, more
faithful, more obedient, more loving, more humble, and more patient. But of
course on my return I still want to improve and change more, because this is
not the end of my mission :). Change is so exciting. This excitement wouldn't
be possible without the atonement of Christ. Oh my goodness He loves us so
much. I have felt this love, and it's beyond words of how complete and perfect
it is. I have been studying the atonement for the last few months of my
mission, sometimes I forget but then I realize that I studied it on accident,
and I have learned and felt so much. I know Christ lives today. It's so amazing
how much peace I feel knowing this is true.
I'm sorry I know I could ramble on
and on in my testimony, but I'm sure those who are reading are used to it :)
Well, I think this is the longest
email I have ever written, or that I will ever write. I look forward to seeing
you all next week! Wow.... next week.
My homecoming talk will be at 9800 Foothills
Canyon Blvd. Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 on March 19 at 1pm. Please come!
I'd love to see your beautiful face :)
Well everyone I apologize for not
being present yesterday. We had a very long meeting and so our email Day is now
Hope you all stayed dry this week. It
has been pouring cats and dogs lately, which is good for good ol Californias
This week went insanely good. Every
experience right now is just so sweet and I had been feeling before that it was
slipping right through my fingers. However! Now I'm trying to figure out how to
apply all this delicious goodness that the gospel is giving me right now so it
won't do that! It's a process, that's for sure. And only Heavenly Father knows
how to help me figure out all I have to do before the process takes
A lot is going to be happening this
week so I will write more next week. But a preview to next week:
Singing in church
Talk in church
Exchanges in a Spanish area
Service for the Ward
So much has to happen in such a small
amount of time. I'm just so grateful that I'm a missionary in all of it so that
God can direct me to know what to do for it all. It's amazing what faith can do.
I'm so happy here. Between all that will be going on this week I'll be laughing
and smiling all the way.
Take care y'all :) till next
Also! I went to Spanish work on Valentine's Day and it was
the coolest experience of my life!!! Pictures might have to wait for a couple
weeks because.... no cord... sorry! But it was fun :)
It is a pleasure for me to inform you that your daughter, Sister
Zhenya Christine Plumb, has been assigned to serve as a Sister Trainer
Leader. This new assignment reflects her progress and growth in the Lord’s
work. Sister Trainers play a vital role in establishing the atmosphere
and culture of the mission. They rely on the direction of the
Spirit. They have been called because of their obedience, diligence,
humility, and effectiveness in their proselyting work. They are respected
by the other missionaries.
Thank you for all you have done to prepare her so she could
fulfill this new responsibility. Sister Villanueva and I feel so blessed
to have your daughter in the California Arcadia Mission. Thank you for
your faithful prayers and constant support which will help your daughter
fulfill this new assignment.
Wow what a wonderful miracle filled
week. I'm so grateful to be on my mission. Everyday I'm grateful to be a
missionary. Ok which miracle can I start with? Let's go to this Saturday
when we had a Ward blitz. Just for some information! A blitz in mission terms
refers to missionaries and members of the church grouping together and then
going out for an hour or two and doing missionary work hard core, or in other
words preaching the gospel with much power and authority. Sister Hernandez and two
other sister missionaries, Sister Blanchard from Spanish work, and Sister Thawinpwrat
from Chinese work, and I all drove out to find those poor and unfortunate souls
who knew not God. And did we find them? Indeed we did. The first apartment
complex was gated BUT as we drove in and a car was going in the same time so we
got in and talked to a ton of Chinese people and Sister T did her thing!
Then we went to go see our old
investigator Daniel! Sister Z and I taught him a while ago and we invited him
to our activity in March. He is still good ol’ Daniel but he is trying to
improve :)After that we went to another
apartment complex that was also gated, so tactful Sister Hernandez parked the
car on the side, waited for a car to pull in and then she parked the car and we
found Matthew! It was the fourth floor, third door (referring to Elder Utchdorf’s 4th Floor Last
Door Conference talk Oct. 2016 Women’s session) but it was close ;) He told us to come back the next day and we
could teach him and his brother as well. We did. They said they both wanted to
follow Christ more fully and be baptized. We are so grateful to have found a
family who has and shows real intent finally! Their names are Matthew and Marc
so now we just need a Luke and John :) lol.... anyways. I have a testimony of
every little effort that we extend in the work of the Lord; whether it's a
smile or an act of service, a wave hello, or opening the door for someone, it
leads to so much more.
Thanks for all your love and support
Remember who you are. Remember who
those around you are.
I think it's amazing that Heavenly Father cares not
only for our spiritual well fair but also for our temporal. I've seen prayer
and fasting change the lives of the people we teach here. The most humbling
experience I've had is when we went to teach a lesson to a recent convert in
glendale- Eddy Marrioquin. She lived in a shack behind the garage. And the
ceiling wouldn't hold up against the rain and the walls were about to cave in.
She would get so cold every night and would wake up with a bloody nose because
of the amount of dust she would breath in and the mold on the ceiling. It broke
my heart but every time we would come she would always feed us. Listen to our
message and do the commitments we left for her. We could only take care of her
spiritually (except for buying her an electric blanket at night) but as she
followed the commandments and went to church every week, she saw the blessings.
She got her endowments last year and she got a job! And her English is
improving so much. She is finding a new place to live right now and is magnifying
her calling despite circumstances.
We've seen the blessings of prayer and fasting and keeping the
commandments in our lives as well I know if we all commit to lives Heavenly
Father expects of us we will be fine :)
I love you so much mom! I'm grateful to be here on my mission
and I'm grateful that you and dad are so supportive of me and have strong
testimonies of the gospel.