Monday, January 15, 2018

1/15/2018

Well hello everyone!

Wow. This was a week. It was a tiring week and just a lot of stuff going on.

So, last Sunday we fasted. We had a mission fast like you all know. Fasting is exhausting right? Yeah it is. So I was just SO tired because we also fasted as a zone on Wednesday. So fasting twice in three days isn’t the best thing. But it was the best because miracles came out of it! But like my health didn’t like it. Cause after the fast Wednesday night, I woke up on Thursday and I was IILLLL! I was all shaky, stomach hurt, felt nauseous, and my bowels were not agreeing with me if you know what I mean (it’s life, don’t get grossed out). And then on Friday I felt better, but still had stomach problems and was suuuuper tired. And Saturday and Sunday I was just trying to live the life of a missionary. And I still can’t eat very much. My body just doesn’t want it. And so I basically haven’t eaten anything for a week. Talk about a terrible way to lose weight πŸ˜‚ I haven’t weighed myself, but yeah I’ve definitely lost weight. I’ve just been so exhausted too. Like not tired, but EXHAUSTED.
But from these fasts, the mission has seen a lot of miracles! So it works! But it’s a whole lot of sacrifice.

Oh and more news! I’m getting transfered! Not good, not bad. I’m sad to leave everyone here in Liahona 1 because I’ve had like 6 months here and the people are awesome. But then again, it’s a mission. What am I gonna do? Being sad is just tiring and it’s not like I can change it! I’m going to the Valencia ward. It’s where all the rich white people live and the Spanish ward is huge. I’ve heard there’s like 200 or more members that attend. That’s super good!!! 
Oh and there’s good news about the area change.... I’m in a car!! I love the bike life, but let's be real, there are 100% less problems in car. I know. I’ve experienced it. It’s a good way to stay in shape! Kinda. It’s also a good way to spend 400 dollars, almost get ran over, get to be really close friends with the road because stuff happens and you fall. We’ve gotten super close after these past few months. HA
Oh yeah! And I also go released as district leader. I guess I just wasn’t needed anymore!
And it’s funny because the missionary I’m going to be with just finished his training just like Elder Matamoros did. And so it’s happening as such: my new companion is Elder Ghormley (newer missionary) who currently is companions with Elder Sorensen. Elder Sorensen is coming to Liahona 1 (where I am rn) to be companions with Elder Matamoros. And then I’m going to Valencia (where Elder Sorensen is at) and going to be companions with Elder Ghormley. So we’re just switching companions haha! 

Well, it’s been an interesting week! Love you all and I’m still happy



Monday, January 8, 2018

1/8/2018

¡Holllaaaa a todos!

This week was great! Absolutely exhausting and fantastic. 

So Elder Matamoros and I have set some really good goals for our companionship this week! During weekly planning (that we do every Friday) we set some good goals and we are working hard to achieve them. One of them requires a lot more effort towards the work and we’re both super exhausted, but happy πŸ˜ƒ 
Also, for all last week our goals were (our weekly goals -key indicators. If someone doesn’t understand, ask your husband or a friend):

1 baptism (can’t set a goal of 0. That’s dumb)
1 person at church (because we hadn’t had any investigator at church for like 5 months)
3 new investigators 
1 person with a baptismal date 

Well... we didn’t get that 1 baptism (like I said, can’t put a goal of 1. We didn’t have any investigator THAT close to baptism as to be baptized in a week). But! We did have an investigator at church, which was a miracle! We found 4 new investigators and that same person that came to church now has a baptismal date!!! With my experience, it’s eeaassyy to find new investigators. But the other three goals are challenging. So it felt good to achieve some goals this week. Also, the cool thing about it is on Sunday we were doing a mission wide fast. We were fasting for Heavenly Father to pour out his spirit on the people of Mesa so that their hearts and minds would be prepared to receive the gospel. And miracles have been brought from it so far! We are now progressing with people and it’s just awesome. It’s been a little plain in this area for a while. And now the investigator with a baptismal date, her husband now wants to listen to the lessons!!! 

And so on Sunday Elder Matamoros and I were fasting, we got up an hour earlier than usual because we had a meeting with the stake presidency, we were like non stop running around and so we were dead tired. And then yesterday wasn’t our p day (today is... duh) and we were still working super hard and it’s just been a few days or a week of go go go because of the MIRALCES we’ve been having! It’s accomplishing! But maaaaaan we’re tired. 
Fasting works people. Fasting works. 

And during all of this stuff, tiredness, a little lot of stress, we were laughing and smiling!!    Usually when I’m tired and stressed I’m not happy. But how could I not be happy when I’m doing the work of the lord and she’s giving us so many blessings? 

But on a more funnier note Elder Matamoros fell again. He was riding behind me and a car honked at us and so he turned around to say hi and when he did that I had slowed down because there was another trash can on the sidewalk, and when he turned back around he saw that I was slowing down, so to not hit me he slammed on his brakes and he went flying and smacked into this little brick fence wall thing. Super funny! He’s a tough guy. He didn’t get hurt. 

Everything is lovely here in Arizona!! Les quiero a todos πŸ˜Š

Monday, January 1, 2018

1/1/2018

¡Hola a todos! ¡Feliz AΓ±o Nuevo!

Life is good! I’m happy and you all should be happy. Cause why not? There’s no reason not to be.

Today we had a fun party!! we had a New Years party as a mission and so this morning we had a bunch of sports and food at noon. The food was my favorite part. I’m not the biggest fan of many sports, but I still played! Some. 

I can’t remember if I told you last week, but I think I’m going to start counting the times I almost get ran over. And when I get ran over, the points start over. I’ve now got 2 points!! But I’m safe, I promise. But one truck was like 4 inches from hitting me. Now I truly respect the “check for bikes” thing πŸ˜‚ I am a supporter
Oh and I’m super good at falling but not falling! I guess my tumbling skills help on bike. Every time I fall, I just walk out of it. So I guess I don’t fall. But the bike does! One time my back tire literally was all the way up in the air and the bike fell but I just walked over the handle bars and my bike fell and I was like awww I hope the bikes ok. πŸ˜‚ I guess my 8ft long legs do some good!! Jajaja πŸ˜‚ 

So, now that it’s a new year, what are your resolutions?! I understand that resolutions are kind of dumb, cause why wait to change something? Just do it! But I decided to think about what I really need to change. I took some time to really think. I’ve already changed so much, and every day everything is about Jesus Christ and God and I’ve never felt closer to them than I do now! But I’m not perfect. So I decided that I want to work on charity and love. A Christlike love. Cause, I’m not perfect. And neither are you guys! You can’t tell me you have a Christlike love for everyone. I know you sometimes talk badly about people or you think some unkind things. We’ve all done it. But doing that just hurts both people. And it’s obviously not what Jesus would do!!
So I just want to invite you all to think of something that you could do differently this year to become closer to Jesus Christ. How? Well to be like him! You could pick a Christlike attribute or something like that. I promise that you will feel so much more happiness in your life and more content. 

¡Les quiero a todos! Hasta luego πŸ‘‹πŸ½ 





Tuesday, December 26, 2017

12-26-2017-Opening presents

Hola a todos mis amigosssss 

How has everyone been?! Enjoyed Christmas?! Ya spoiled little children.
I hope you’re enjoying Christmas break as well. That was always the beessssst. I slept so good during those breaks. I forgot what sleep is.

So this week was pretty good! It went by super fast too. Last Monday we went hiking “Flatiron” and for like 2-3 days my legs were KILLING ME they were so sore!!! It was awesome. But I mean every other time my legs had been sore in my life, I didn’t have to ride a bike to get around everywhere. So that was the worst part. I had to bike with sore legs!! And then one day this week (can’t remember what day) it was sooooooo windy!! And the wind was blowing so hard and it was blowing against us too. So it made it a lot harder to bike and my legs were ON πŸ”₯

Now I have realized that my trials now are not mental, they’re physical. At the beginning of my mission my trials were just all mental! Mentally tired, frustrated because I couldn’t speak the language, having to think soooo much about what I want to say because I had to piece together the sentences, etc. And now, that’s the LEAST of my worries. 
I have fallen from my bike mannny times (don’t ask me why), my legs constantly hurt, especially when we want to get somewhere fast because we are running late. My energy is physically gone, not mentally. 
Language -  ✅
Mentally tired -  ✅
Physical trials - ???? 

But despite the trials, I’m HAPPY! Cause happiness comes from the message I am sharing. And when I get to share it, it makes me happy!! It makes me happy when I know I’m being obedient, and when I know that I have been forgiven for my sins. The physical trials really try my patience, but I keep going forward with a smile! And I laugh! People probably think I’m crazy because I’m laughing my head off on my bike riding down the street!! I’ve had to walk insanely far because of bike problems, I’ve fallen off and gotten scraped up, my companion has has like 7 different bikes because it’s just problem after problem for him (and if he has a problem, I do too because I’m with him 24/7). But you know what?! WE’RE HAPPY!!!! 

Be happy and learn to laugh at your problems. You either laugh at them or you cry. Who wants to cry? Nobody. 

That’s all I got for this week. Love you all and Merry Christmas and a happy new year!🎈🎊 
 
 

Monday, December 18, 2017

12-18-2017- p-day hike

Hey everyone! Sorry I’m getting these emails so late. We went on a hike today! And it was awesome. We did “Flatiron” in 4 hours. It was awesome! 

We didn’t have any bike problems!! Well, Elder Matamoros didn’t have any bike problems! He took the tire off of one bike and put it on the one he bought. It’s ghetto but awesome πŸ˜‚

We had our Christmas ward party also! And of course, it was Hispanic. So we had tamales, hit some piΓ±atas, sang some songs, and sat and took pictures with a Hispanic Santa! I don’t think I can go through Christmas without tamales and piΓ±atas. They know how to party!! It was awesome. 

We did a service also. We literally bagged 4000 cookies for children. They’re tuning the light rail into the polar express for children. It’s going to be so awesome! And then later that day Elder Johnson (now Jake cause he went home) bought us Raising Cane’s and it was bliss. I love that restaurant. It doesn’t exist in Idaho so I’ve got to take advantage of it will I’m here in AZ hahahaha. 

We finally went to the temple with a recent convert, Elizabeth! It was amazing. We have a goal of trying to get people to the temple 30 days after they’re baptized. It was 5 months later. But she made it!!! And it was awesome. We went with the other sister missionaries in the ward too so that they could help her out. Cause yeah. 

December has gone by so fast! And I’ll be honest, it doesn’t feel like Christmas. Christmas for me has to have snow in it. There’s no snow!! It’s actually really warm during the day and it’s like a summer in Idaho. Maybe a little colder than an Idaho summer, but it’s right there. Christmas is coming fast! 

An update with living conditions: the church is trying to get all missionaries into members homes and I think it’s awesome. When I first moved into a members home, not gonna lie I thought it was going to be terrible and weird. Cause where we live we literally act like their children (or grandchildren). And at first it was a little weird cause you don’t know your limits. After living on your own for over a year, it’s a little bit of a change. But now after time, they’re literally like our grandparents and we just chill with them. We just act like it’s our own house (we treat it nicely of course). They sometimes cook for us! Last night we had enchilada pie. They’re super chill too. Now whenever we are there it’s just like hey what up Grandma hahaha

Those were the highlights of the week!! Love you all and be safe in that terrible weather

Γ‰lder Hepworth 
 

Helping clean the mission home

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

12-11-2017

What’s good everyone!!!

So hey, this week better! A whole lot less problems with bikes and falling and everything! So yay everyone clap. 

As I have said in my other emails, I am always laughing. Yup. STILL LAUGHING!!! You’ve got to enjoy the mission, right?? And so many funny things happen I will often times remember some funny experience and just start laughing. So people probably think I’m crazy πŸ˜‚

Oh wait I almost forgot! I did almost fall. Well, my bike fell, but I just floated down like an angel. So, we were riding on the sidewalk just living life singing hymns and loving life. And I tried to pass this trashcan (for some reason people put their trash cans on the sidewalk, right in the way of people trying to ride or walk on it) and it still had stuff in it so it was super heavy. My companion was riding in front on me and he passed it, not big deal. Well my handle bars are longer than his, so when I passed I hit it and it turned my tire and my bike fell but somehow I was still standing up and maybe stumbled a little bit. Hit my leg on a tiny post sticking out of the ground. Nothing major and just got a little bruise. I was riding pretty fast too cause I was like nahh I ain’t slowing down for this. I probably should have slowed down. Oh well! Now I just kick the trash cans out into the street as I pass by. No jk πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I would never. But I am getting pretty good at dodging those things. 

Elder Matamoros is just kind of reckless. And one day when we were pulling in (with our bikes) to our driveway, there are some trash cans on the left side of the house where we usually pull around to. And Elder Matamoros just decides to run into one of them with his bike just because πŸ˜‚ he hit the trashcan and the trashcan slid back and hit the gate behind it. I was laughing so hard πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and when he did it, I was like, “por quΓ© hiciste eso?!” And he was like, “de quΓ© hablas??” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ he wouldn’t admit that he did it. Or anything. He was just like I don’t know what you’re talking about. What trash cans? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Oh also, I’ll send you pictures to prove it. But I bought a rack to put on my bike. It’s quite handy! I’ve carried food on it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ who needs a car?!? Not us!!! Sometimes we get hungry and we don’t eat out too often (we shouldn’t anyways) but we just feel like we should receive some award.. so we buy pizza and Panda Express! 

We’ve gotten so many referrals from the Christmas Lights at the temple too. Last time I checked we had received 20. But we got like 7 more from some sister missionaries last night. So yeah it’s a ton!! And it’s awesome. So grateful πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Well that’s all I got for this week! It was a good one. Just like all the others! Stay happy people. Even in your trials. It’s the best when you can laugh at your problems.

 Love you all and happy holidays πŸŽ…πŸΎπŸ€ΆπŸ½

Γ‰lder Hepworth 
 



 

Monday, December 4, 2017

12-4-2017- Getting a smart phone

Hey everyone!!! 

So this week was crazy. Crazy awesome! Hahaha yeah it was just like other weeks. Problems? Yeah there were problems. Fun? Yeah we had fun. Did we have our patience tested? ALWWAYYYSSSS!

So, I’ll start with the MILES that we had to walk. So, Elder Matamoros has always had problems with his bikes. He’s just a big ball of bad luck. So anyways, one night he was using this bike that the people we live with (our grandparents lol). The bike is trash cause it was sitting outside for years. Well, Elder Matamoros was riding it back from dinner (it was suuuuper far away and out of our area) and all of a sudden the entire pedal came off on the left side πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ like the pedal and the arm. All of it!! And so, us being missionaries, I had to stay with him! Duh. And we walked allllll the way back home (probably a mile) to put the bike back and then we walked alllll the way over to this other missionaries apartment to grab a bike that nobody was using. It was probably 2 miles or so. And we were kind of in a hurry too because we were going to do a little thing with the young for youth conference. WELL, when we got to the youth thing (tired, winded, but still laughing super hard that I almost fell over cause life is fun still) they had just started this movie that was going to last an hour and a half and it was 8 o clock. So we peaced out of there and went and visited more people. 

Oh yeah and I don’t think I told you guys last week! But my companion fell twice in one day. And one time it almost peed myself it was so funny πŸ˜‚ he was going straight and he just fell like he doesn’t even know how either. And I turn around and I see him laying flat on the ground and he just looks at me and screams “HOWWW” 

Oh and we are getting some bomb referrals from Christmas lights at the temple. We’ve gotten like almost 10 (like 4-5 of those yesterday) and for sure 4 of them are solid. So we’re making progress! 

I will send a video of our week too so look forward  that!

Love you all 
 

"Who knew we were going to get smart phones?"