Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Week 35

We Love serving in Puerto Rico

Hola mis queridas padres y Amigos,

First off I was asked by Hermana Boucher (Mission President's wife)  to sing a solo this Friday at our zone conference in Ponce. I am excited! I'll have someone record it for sure. 

On Friday we were contacting in this one neighborhood and we were about to leave when we spotted a woman entering her house, and I felt the Spirit nudge me and say, "Go over and talk to her".  I have been trying to be better at following any prompting I receive the first time I feel them, so we walked over and talked to her.  We asked her if we could share a card with her, and she broke down, bawling.  She invited us inside her house and told us how she had been praying all day that someone would come and talk to her, and when we came up, we were an answer to her prayers.  We sang a song for her, and shared a scripture with her in the Book of Mormon. She was able to feel at peace and thanked us for helping her and for listening to what had happened to her.  Her daughter arrived right as we left and she gave us the tightest hug I had gotten in a really long time.  It was amazing for me to see how by following these simple promptings, we too can be an answer to someone's prayers.

Miracle of the week: After we talked to the lady I mentioned above, it was pouring rain and we didn't have umbrellas because we never know when its going to rain (#bienvenidosalamision).  So we started walking and this man is walking in front of us, and then turns around and starts walking towards us. He comes up to us, hands us his umbrella, says nothing, and walks away.  It was crazy, but so nice!  We tried running to give him a card, but he disappeared.  It was truly a miracle!

Another spiritual experience happened yesterday at Church.  I was asked to teach the gospel principles class and I got to choose the topic.  I chose the Atonement and in our class were the other Sister Missionaries in my Ward, the Bishop, our Ward Mission Leader, our recent converts, and Ivette and an investigator of the other Sister's named Jose.  I had been feeling a little more stressed than usual that morning and had a lot on my mind.  I started the lesson and was just following along in the book, and my Spanish was tripping me up and I was starting to get even more stressed and discouraged, but then I got a prompting that I should just speak from my heart and that everything would be fine.  So, I closed the book, and the words came, not just what I wanted to say, but as well, in the Spanish Language.  I was able to testify of the power of the Atonement and how it has affected my life.  I have never felt the Spirit so strong testifying about the Atonement until then.  I have always known how powerful the Atonement is, but I wanted so badly that these investigators knew that I knew that we truly can be healed and sanctified and strengthened through the Savior.  After the lesson, Hermano Rivera one of the counselors in the Bishopric came up to me and said, "you know it was a good lesson when everyone was crying and didn't want to move because they felt the Spirit so strong.  Thank you for your lesson, I think everyone needed it."  I was so so so grateful for that compliment and more grateful for the guidance of the Spirit. 

Ivette and Nicole: Ivette made a goal to start reading a chapter in the Book of Mormon everyday!  She sat next to me in church yesterday and was so excited to show me how much she'd read.  Her and Nicole are coming to Church.  We asked Ivette yesterday if she had prayed about her baptism date of the 29th, but says that she still doesn't feel ready.  She wants to get baptized, but I think she is just nervous.  She is so prepared.  So this week we are going to pray for her and that she can receive the confirmation and answer that she is prepared.
Luis, Pepe, and Maria: Three friends that all play dominoes together in the plaza with more friends.  Hermana Larsen and I found them on our intercambio and we set a date to teach them for the following week, and they came!   I was so happy!   We taught all three, Cindy (as our member present with us, because they are her friends) and this other girl Lala, all the restoration and it was so cool!  Luis, Pepe, and Maria all accepted a fecha for May 13th, so we are going to see them tomorrow and teach them the Plan of Salvation.
We havent heard from Melodie.. ):

MOTHERS DAY WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!  We'll be skyping you at Obispo's house! I am so excited for you to meet him, he is the best hahaha.  We ate at his house last night.  He is also taking us to a lighthouse that is in our area today with Cindy!

Obispo Cruz with his Loca Hermana's

Peace Out!
Love You All!

I am so glad you got the video of me singing when you were in the Hospital having a down moment with Neno, that makes my heart happy how the Spirit knew you needed this at that moment.  Glad to know that Neno is in good hands with the Lord and his Doctors.  We fasted, (and waddy too) and usually, something like this, would affect me because I am so far away, and it's family, but I was swallowed up in the comfort of the Great Plan of Salvation that our loving Father in Heaven has made for all of His children.  I know, that no matter what happens, that I am sealed to my family, and that I will see Neno again.  Don't worry I am not distracted. Satan wants that. I'm not letting that happen, because the work of the Lord must go on!  Also, ask Neno if he got my letter I sent him 2 weeks ago!  I am so excited for him to read it because it's all in Spanish!

Dad, your spiritual thoughts last week really helped me in my personal study last Thursday.  It helped the rest of my week seem a lot less stressful.  I really really appreciate the time you take to write them, and I share them with my fellow Missionaries and investigators!

In my personal study this morning, I read a quote from Neil A. Maxwell, that says, "Certain forms of suffering, endured well, can actually be enabling.. part of enduring well consists of being meek enough, amid our suffering, to learn from our relevant experiences.  Rather than simply passing through these things, they must pass through us, in ways which sanctify us".  I love that.

I love you both so much.  I love Neno and the rest of our family so much.  Here's my testimony in Spanish.
Yo se que esta es la iglesia verdadera que ha sido restaurado sobre la faz de la tierra.  Yo se sin dudas que la expiacion de Jesucristo tiene el poder a aliviarnos y sanarnos en cada momento.  Yo se que las familias pueden ser eternas.  Cuando ponemos las cosas de Dios primeros en nuestros vidas, y seguir adelante hasta el fin, vamos a obtener la vida eterna. 
Les Amo,
Hermana Green

My District

Dad would be Proud! His famous Cesar Salad
Obispo Cruz took  The Hermana's and Cindy on an Adventure on P-day.

Love my Cute Companion Hermana Zimmerman

Hermana's Representing in Puerto Rico

Hermana Cortez & Green

Looking for Treasures.

We Love Puerto Rico!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 34

Happy Easter From Puerto Rico

Hola Familia y Amigos! 

Feliz Pascua a Todos! (Easter in spanish) I hope it was a wonderful day full of family and happiness, but most of all, remembering the Savior and that He lives!

So we had an all mission Testimony Meeting yesterday about Hermana Boucher's Book of Mormon challenge, to read it focusing on Christ and the Atonement and it honestly has changed my perspective on everything.  I thought I had a pretty good understanding about the Atonement before this, but to really dial in and focus on EVERY verse and to see that EVERY Prophet testified of Christ, Prophets that lived during His time and Prophets who lived 600 years before.  On the front cover of the Book of Mormon it says, " Un Otro Testamento de Jesucristo" and it is so true.  The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and His living reality and that He lives and will continue to lead His church, just as He always has.  My testimony on both the Book of Mormon and the Atonement has been strengthened so much, and that the Atonement has the power to heal and fortify us both physically and spiritually.  I have seen it time and time again in my own life, and continue to see it happen every day.  I bore my testimony and I got such a rush, a rush comparable to when I perform and have all of this adrenaline, it came in that moment, but more so, the Spirit overwhelmed me with gratitude for my Savior and what He did for each one of us.  I feel so grateful that I have this time in my life to be a witness of Him, and that I get to bear my testimony everyday here.  Someone mentioned yesterday that, "Our lives are Our Testimony".  That really impacted me, because as we live the gospel, we will find that we will be a walking testimony and that others will see our good works.  At the end of the Testimony Meeting we watched a video called, "Missionary Work and The Atonement", and it was incredible.  My eyes were not dry after watching that video.  Then to end the testimony meeting, we sang, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives".   I couldn't bring myself to sing the first two verses because I was still so impacted by the video and reflecting on my own testimony and my own life at that moment and how even throughout my lowest moments, Christ was there, every step of the way. It was a moment I will never forget and will treasure for the rest of my life.

My interview with my Mission President was great.  He knows me SO well.  He was able to give me advice and remind me that I am not the worst missionary ever and that everything that I was feeling was normal.  It's been challenging at points this transfer being a trainer because we hadn't been finding people with potential that wanted to learn more, and every day we hadn't felt successful.  I immediately thought that it was my fault and had been feeling the weight of that, but President Boucher reminded me that Heavenly Father truly is preparing His children to receive the restored gospel and that through our faith and diligence we will find them.  So that was comforting to feel, and I do feel a lot better now.

I got the packages you sent and I DIED of happiness!  I loved all the cute little stickers Mom put on the letter and the dresses you both sent were GORGEOUS, especially the yellow one!  I really like that color, and I may or may not be wearing it today, for the second day in a row - Haha!  Grandma is the best and sent Sees chocolate and a cute note, I love her.  Our house has definitely enjoyed the plethora of candy, to say the least.

Our investigators are great!  On Thursday, Hermana Zimmerman and I decided that we should fast to find those that are prepared for the gospel, and to help our current investigators feel the Spirit more abundantly, and to testify of the truthfulness of this Gospel.  It truly was an answer to our prayers because we have already seen the blessings of it.  Ivette: Wow, pero wow!  She is doing wonderful.  We had planned to teach her and Nicole about Temples, Baptisms for the Dead, Eternal Marriage, and how we can be sealed for all eternity in temples, thanks to the Priesthood authority.  We got to our lesson on Wednesday and felt that we needed to read the Book Of Mormon with them instead, so we did!  It was a great lesson and it's cool to see their understanding grow more and more.  On Friday-Saturday we had intercambios, and I stayed in Cabo Rojo and Hermana Larsen came with me.  We had set up an appointment with Ivette and Nicole for Saturday and we were really excited because we were for sure going to talk about temples.  We got there and Nicole wasn't there, which was sad, but Ivette was, which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  She opened up to us more about some things that were going on in her life, and when we told her we wanted to talk about temples, she stopped us and said, " I had a dream yesterday that Nicole and I were in this beautiful place and I KNEW that we were in a temple, It was so beautiful!!  Hermana Larsen and I were SPEECHLESS, because we hadn't taught her about temples before that.  As we got into the lesson, we told her about how all these blessings are available through Baptism and she told us that she wants to get Baptized and that she's willing to drop coffee!  We went over the Baptismal questions with her and she answered them all perfectly.  She is so ready!  So we re-invited her to be Baptized on the 29th of April and she was still hesitant on committing to that day, but we invited her to pray about it at the end of the lesson, and she asked specifically to know if this was what God wants her to do, and she truly wants to receive an answer!  It was amazing!  She told us, Nicole doesn't want to get baptized right now, and for once, I was okay with it.  It reminded me of Leunanni's conversion and how it all started when Awilda (her mom) got Baptized a year before her, and that's when she realized that it was something she wanted.  Ivette wants Nicole to get baptized as well, and I feel at peace knowing that it is in the will and timing of Heavenly Father.  Ivette is amazing!!  I brought that book of our family that Mom made to show my investigators when I was Baptized, when Mom and Dad got Sealed in the Temple and when we all got Sealed as a Family.  She was looking through it, telling me how much I look like both Mom and Dad, I laughed a little and said how crazy it was because I am adopted.  She just starts CRYING and I bore my testimony on eternal families, and she told me, " You were meant to be with that family, I know that God helped you get there, you were always meant to be there".  My heart was full.  She came to church yesterday and loved it.  She's the best.  Thank you for your prayers for her, they worked!

Inter-Cambios with these Amazing Hermanas

Hermana Larsen &  Me!

Melodie (a young single mother), and her two kids, Devin (9), and Ernis (3):  We met this cute family 3 weeks ago contacting and immediately had a great relationship with them.  They are adorable.  After some talking we were able to set up a return appointment and we ended up teaching them the Plan of Salvation and Melodie and Ernis both agreed to be baptized!  Then, they moved and didn't tell us their new address, and we thought that they weren't interested, and we were really sad.  But, Hermana Zimmerman didn't lose hope and she was determined that we could find them in the apartment complex they moved to.  One day last week, we were contacting and Hermana Zimmerman suggested that we go to the other side of the complex, and we did, and we saw Devin and Ernis playing outside!  It was truly a miracle!!  We ended up teaching Melodie again and after the lesson we still were confused on whether or not they had interest.  We came back on Friday and we decided to get to know their family more. Melodie opened up and told us that her husband had left her 3 months ago and that she hasn't been at peace.  She told us that every time we visit her, she feels peace and the hope to keep going.  It was such a blessing to hear that, and she really appreciates us.  We love this cute little family and have been praying for a family with two kids two help bring to the gospel.  I hope they are the answers to our prayers.

Last night while driving back from the all mission conference, we had to make a stop in a parking lot for the Zone Leaders to help us get back home.  They needed help getting to us so we asked directions from this man in the parking lot sitting in his car.  He gave us directions and we gave him a pass along card.  We got into talking and he told us about how at one point in his life he had fallen into a depression, got schizophrenia and was in a Mental Hospital receiving help, but that through the grace of God and his prayers, he was healed and saved.  He had a cool testimony on the Atonement!  I bore my testimony of the Atonement and afterwards he said, " You keep sharing that testimony with people here and you will help save a lot of people’s lives.  Thanks for sharing that with me, and keep moving forward in your work".  I was very touched.  Also, Hermana Wilde, one of the senior couple's working in the Mission was serving refreshments last night after the testimony meeting and I walked up to the refreshments and said hi to her, and she almost dropped these cups in her hand because she just came and hugged me! She said, " Hermana Green, I am just so proud of you and your progress and how far you've come!  You make me very proud".  I almost started crying because of how kind that was.  It's the little things in life.  Oh, I almost forgot, last night at the testimony meeting our Sisters in the Zone sang “Asombro Me Da”, (I stand all amazed) and that was really cool.

Random things:  We have a Zone Conference with our Zone and Ponce (woo!) next Friday and I was asked to sing a solo at it!  So that's exciting.  I met a man in Subway on Saturday night who walked in as we were ordering and in English goes, "hey Sisters! I am a member too".  His name is Moses and he actually ended up serving in the Long Beach, CA Mission!  A.K.A. my home!  He was really cool.  Hermana Zimmerman made a cake for Hermana Antonio's 9 Meses. I am very proud of how it turned out, haha.

Dad, thank you for the consejo (advice) and I am going to study it in my personal study tomorrow! You never fail to give me the perfect advice right when I need it. Thanks for being you.  I am definitely jealous that Dad made prime rib for Easter, I am sure it was wonderful. 

Not too long till we get to talk again on skype! How exciting.  I am just loving the mission.  I love my calling.  I love being a missionary.  I love serving other.  I love this gospel.  I love my family and friends and people in my life.  I just am so grateful.  I am grateful for the Savior and His atonement and that I have the chance to be with you both for Time and All Eternity.  I love you.

All my love,
Hermana Green

Roomie Shinanigans

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 33

Hermana Green with her Companion Hermana Zimmerman out doing visits.

Hola mi Familia y Amigos,

This week was good and also kind of challenging.  I am learning so much every day, and finding myself being humbled.  I am grateful for the experiences on the mission and although they might be hard, I wouldn't ask for them to be taken away, because I know it is helping to strengthen my testimony.  We had four fechas (baptismal dates) placed, and they all fell through.  Sad, but we are not losing the faith and we want to baptize and have the desire and diligence to do so.  We just need to keep on working hard (be all in) and seeking the Lord's will, and we will find the elect and the Lord will guide us and help us to succeed.  One of the major things I took away from conference is renewing our willingness to be disciples of Christ with the Lord as our partner, to try a little harder each day to be more like Him.  I am reminded of a couple of quotes from General Conference that gives me strength and comfort.  Gary B. Sabin said; When we are fully committed and “all in,” heaven shakes for our good (D&C 21:6).   Ulisses Soares said; “Through increasing our faith in Jesus Christ, we will develop the capacity to overcome even what appears to be overwhelming obstacles. Therefore, as we exercise faith in Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, we will be strengthened, our burdens will be eased.  If we are steadfast and do not waver in our faith, the Lord will increase our capacity to raise ourselves above our current challenges”.

We had a great spiritual experience this past week.  We had a lesson with Ivette and Nicole last Friday and they weren’t feeling well, so they both got Priesthood Blessings, and it is just absolutely INCREDIBLE knowing that the words these Elders are speaking are words directly from our Heavenly Father.  They felt the Spirit and told us a couple days later that their health instantly was better.  I am so grateful for the Restoration of the Priesthood and that we have the same authority Christ gave to His Apostles to heal the sick, the afflicted, to perform ordinances with God's authority to help us become sealed families for time and all eternity.  What a comfort and blessing that is to me.  So, the lesson we had with them went really well!  They told us that they loved coming to church and loved the feeling of it there.  A couple weeks ago, we visited them without calling them before hand, just to drop by and see how they were. We had a feeling and were prompted that we should do that, so we did.  It was a good lesson and we left feeling confused on whether or not they still wanted us to continue to visit them.   Our last lesson with them, after we were finished, Ivette started offering us jugo and was just all happy and bubbly. Nicole said," Y'know, my mom gets so happy when you come, ever since my dad died, she has been really sad, lonely and cries a lot.  But when you come by, she lights up.  Nicole says, my mom feels like she is surrounded by a warm blanket at church and I love seeing my mom happy.  My mom really loves when you come by.  “My heart was so full knowing that she is feeling this way”.  Then, right after that, Ivette told us that the day we came by without calling, she had told Nicole that she felt like we were going to come by.  Ivette said," that day was a really hard day for us, and I felt and knew that you were going to pass by”.   I told Nicole that, and she said, "but mom they haven’t called?" and she said, " trust me, they'll come" and you came!  I knew it was from God."  In our last lesson with them as well, we were trying to figure out why Nicole had had doubts about getting baptized, and she said that she was scared that she would get made fun of at school.  They came to church on Sunday and we gave Nicole the Armor of God challenge coin you guys gave me, and a Spanish CTR ring, she said, Wow, for me - I will never forget you guys, thank you!!  We also gave Ivette a challenge coin, (the prayer one), she too was very grateful.  We had a fecha (baptismal date) with them, but yesterday after church Ivette told me that we can’t talk about baptism with Nicole because she is feeling too much sadness from her father's passing and doesn't feel like right now is a good time.  However, Nicole told us that she would be willing to work towards it, so it is all just kind of confusing what’s going to happen next, but we aren't giving up!  Anita, our miracle investigator from last week, she was going to come to church, but she woke up late and said that we could come teach her later this week.  So, we are looking forward to meeting with her.

Ivette, Nicole with their Challenge Coins. 

What have I learned the most in the seven months I have been out on my mission:  That is a very hard question to answer because I have learned so much!  But I think some of the biggest things I've learned are; 1) Obeying the commandments TRULY does bring the most happiness.  2) Heavenly Father is so mindful of us, knows us personally, and is constantly guiding my life.  3) The Book of Mormon is the most correct book and one that is written for OUR DAY.  Without the Book of Mormon, I don't know where I’d be.  There is very real power and knowledge from that book and it has the potential to change our lives, if we allow it to do so. I have loved reading the scriptures and have come to realize the importance of daily scripture study.  4) The little things in life have become the things that mean the most.  5) Faith and trust in the Lord and in ourselves is huge. I never thought I would have been capable of learning Spanish, but the Lord called me here and after a lot of hard work and continuous hard work, I have felt very confident in this ability and I know now more than ever that there isn't ANYTHING that I can't overcome.

This week we made a cake with Alex's family for Hermana Rivera, the Relief Society President in our Ward who feeds us every week, and drives us to church, and just does SO MUCH for the missionaries here.  And, this wasn't your average Betty rocker box cake!!  This was ALL by hand, we even made the frosting!!  It was so fun, and we didn't mess it up!!  High fives all arounddddddddd!!!
Alex's Family with Hermana Rivera, Green & Zimmerman

Easter plans are going to Church and then having an all Mission Testimony Meeting about our Book of Mormon challenge from President Boucher, focused on the scriptures of the Atonement.  It has really strengthened my testimony on how much the Book of Mormon testifies of the power of the atonement!

I am glad you are taking care of your Ward and Stake Missionaries!  Being one, it means the WORLD when members take the time to help us, get to know us, and feed us!  This time in my mission right now has definitely been one of the most challenging, but I am learning so much.  I am so grateful for the experiences I have had here, and no matter how hard it gets, I wouldn't trade any of it.  I know Heavenly Father has a plan for us.  The people I have met on my mission, I really can't imagine my life without.  I am so grateful every day for this time in my life.

Happy Birthday Khloe! Well, tomorrow.  I can’t wait for the day that our family comes and sees this amazing island and people of Puerto Rico.

Love you all, have a Wonderful Easter!
Hermana Green

Sending Love from Puerto Rico!

Hermana Green with Obispo Cruz, Hermana Zimmerman, Cortes & Antonio

Hermanas Locas!
Playing the Piano in Sacrament Meeting.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 32

Our Cute House of Four!

Hola Hola Familia Y Amigos!

I want to share an amazing spirtiual experience we had last week.  So a couple of weeks ago I was looking at former investigators in our area book and happened to come across a girl named Anna.  We tried to find her street for a couple days but had no luck.  We asked Alex (our recent convert) if he knew where the street was and he did, and then he asked who we were looking for.  We told him and it turns out he knows her - who would have known!  So he told us he would go over to her house and talk to her.  A couple of days later he called us and said he found her house, talked to her, and put in a good word for us and said we could go visit her.  He said it was house 99 and to ask for Anita (What, keep this in mind).  So the next day, we looked for HOURS for her house, we looked everywhere and couldn't find it.  We were sad, but kept on working.  The next day, Hermana Zimmerman and I were walking to go grab some dinner and we saw Cindy (another one of our recent converts) in the plaza, so we went up and said hi to her, and she says, "hey girls, could you say a prayer for my friend who was standing with Cindy?"  Cindy said, "her aunt just passed away today and she's taking it really hard."  So we walked over and said a prayer with this lady and Cindy.  We asked for the name of her friend, and she said her name was," Anita".  I quickly thought, "Anita! hmm.. I wonder if it's the same Anita that Alex told us about and that we've been looking for, what would the chances be..."   We asked if we could share a scripture with Anita (Mosiah 16:8-9, one of my all time favorite scriptures) that talks about how there is a resurrection and a light in the world, thanks to Christ.  It helped Anita a lot,  and we gave a very brief plan of salvation lesson.  When we walked up to Anita, she had been smoking, and mentioned that she never smokes, but when she does, its because she's depressed. I had an impression to tell her that she wouldn't find her peace in smoking a cigarette. Usually, I wouldn't mention something that strong when first meeting someone, but I couldn't shake the thought and prompting I received.  I told her that, and added that the gospel of Jesus Christ can give her the light and peace she needs in her life.  Right then, something changed, and she nodded in agreement.  After our brief lesson, we asked her if we could come by and share more about this peace she could feel and she said yes!  We asked for her address and house number and she said it was house number 99 - WHAT, my jaw DROPPED.  I could not BELIEVE what had just happened.  We hugged her and set a return appointment and left.  Cindy, right after the lesson said, "you know, I wasn't even planning on being here, (in the plaza) but something told me I needed to go and stay for awhile, then out of nowhere I saw Anita and she told me what had happened, and immediately right after that, I saw the two of you walk around the corner.  I knew I needed to stay for a reason".  That whole miracle was a testimony builder for me that Heavenly Father truly is mindful of us and knows our desires and truly is preparing people for us to find.  If we will simply follow the promptings we get and put our faith and trust in Him, He will provide miracles that will increase our testimonies, strengthen our faith, but most importantly touch the lives of those who are in need of His blessings and comfort.  I am humbled and grateful to be an instrument in His hands!

Our investigators... well, a lot of them have dropped us, but hey, that's all apart of missionary work.  We are here to find the elect and even if that means it is only 1 or 2 people, so be it.  We have Anita, who I mentioned above, Ivette and Nicole, so for now we will focus on these three.  We saw Ivette and Nicole a couple times last week and our last lesson we had with them we were going to talk about real intent and invite them to be baptized on the 8th, but as we were reading through the Book of Mormon at their house during the lesson, Nicole got immense pain and they had to go to the hospital, so we couldn't finish the lesson.  We hope we can work with them more this week.

We watched General Conference in our Ward Clerk's office in our building.  We actually got to watch it in English for a change, so that was cool!  I have SO MANY things I liked but here are a couple; JOAQUIN E. COSTA'S talk was AMAZING.  Elder Holland's talk and how it related to music and choir really made me happy. (I quickly want to thank Mr. Tison and Brett and Brandon Stewart for helping me understand what REAL quality music is, and for always challenging me to become better in music, and in life. Thank you for helping me become the person I am today and for filling my life with joy and music).  "Let your obedience be exact and your faith unwavering", "Daily He gives us chances to lead, guide and walk beside others" - Joseph M. Brough (this is the key to missionary work btw).  The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to become something."  "The way to a better world will ALWAYS be the gospel of Jesus Christ."  It was also mentioned, that there were about 70,000 missionaries! I am honored to be one of those 70,000 and that I have this title as a Missionary.  I am also grateful for my cousins and friends who are also serving with all their heart, might, mind and strength all around the world.  We truly will bring the world His truth.  The world we live in is changing rapidly and the time is NOW for us all to rise up to our best potential, be obedient to the commandments and stand firm in what we know to be true.  Youth and young adults especially, please never lower your standards and NEVER be afraid to stand alone.  Take courage and have faith, for the Lord is always on our side! (Mom I loved that you posted this on social Media)

Well, I am the designated driver for our house of Missionaries, aka I am driving us to meetings and other things - WOW, never thought that would happen!  The zone activity we had last week was so fun!  We played volleyball with water balloons and had to catch the water balloons in towels and work with our companion to get it over the net.  It was really fun and we were in Mayaguez, it is gorgeous!!  President Bourcher was with us the whole day (it was all day Wednesday) and he even took us to Mcdonalds. He is the BEST!

A gift from a random fisherman that we taught a lesson to.
Driving through the Island going to Mayaguez.
Mayaguez is so Beautiful!
Our District
My Sweet Companion Hermana Zimmerman.

Hermana Josie told me to do a Little Mermaid pose so i did. HAHAHA

I LOVE MY OBISPO CRUZ. He reminds me so much of Dad.  He teases me alot but its because he likes me, haha!!  He speaks english, and he helps us out SO MUCH.  Missionary work gets NOWHERE without members help and the bishop is a big key in pumping up the members to help with missionary work!  I am thankful to have an awesome supportive Bishop!!  

Obispo Cruz, Hermana Green & Antonio (Obispo Cruz told my parents that I speak like a true Puertorican. #goals)

I am so excited and proud of Jade for getting baptized!!  I can't believe Jade wore my jumpsuit, that is so special!! I was thinking about her all week and how special and wonderful her baptismal day must have been. 

All those quotes you sent me from General Conference, I wrote down in my journal too, Dad!  I am happy that we were on the same page.  Also, thanks for being my parents!! 

Well, it's time to go, but I want to let you know how much I love you, my dear family. (and friends) I am proud to be your daughter everyday.

All my love,
Hermana Green.

My Cabo Rojo Homies!
Fun times in our house.
Celebrating Hermana Cortes 16 months of Service.
Thank You MSP YW!!
Loved all the Notes!  I feel so Loved!