Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FELIZ ANO NUEVO!!

Hermana Salcido and Hermana San Juan 
 

BEST THING EVER!
First off it was the best thing ever talking to ya'll on Christmas. It was the best present that I could have gotten. I feel so blessed to have family and friends that are so supportive. Your attitude and spirits lift my attitude and spirits. You motivate me to work harder and be better so thank you!
Yesterday we had a pretty big miracle. So during Hour of Power this week we met a 15 year old girl named Saray Robles. We taught her a lesson on the couch on her front porch. We talked to her about the nature of God and taught her how to pray. And she said the last prayer and it was beautiful. Just simple and beautiful. Then yesterday we had an appointment with her and we invited Eleazar Hernandez to come with us. So he came and this time we went in her house and taught her and her mom. Her mom told us that the first night when we came that Saray came back in the house with a huge smile on her face and she told her she thinks it's true and she wanted to go to church but she didn't have a ride. They told us how they believe that God sent us here to them at a time when they need us the most. Saray told us that she has really bad depression and after we left she hasn't felt the same. She feels happier. I know we were sent to them for a reason and we feel so good about them.
I love mission miracles.
I was also reflecting on what happened this year this morning. It truly has been a life changing year. I am grateful for this year. It showed me some really amazing beautiful times and some of the hardest times. I know that Heavenly Father was with me through it all. I can see all the blessings and all the tiny miracles that happened this year. I can't wait to set some New Years resolutions and just try to make 2014 the best year yet. I love you all so much and I hope you have the happiest of New Years!
Love,
Hermana San Juan <3
This is the family that we spent Christmas Eve with.
Their names are the Rubios.
We had the BEST food.  Pasole, arroz, jamon, tamales and all sorts of other amazing things.


My adorable Christmas trees and presents.


These houses look like they could be in Hunger Games.
Hermana Salcido and I are obsessed.


Christmas Eve fun!

Monday, December 23, 2013

FELIZ NAVIDAD

This was such a great week. Even though things have been a little slow here because EVERYONE went to Mexico for Christmas. And when I say everyone I'm not even exaggerating. All of our investigators, the members, the less actives, and all the rest of the Mexicans in Baytown are in Mexico. Haha there were about 20 people at church yesterday. So sad. But other than that things have been great! 
My new companion's name is Hermana Salcido. She is so awesome. We have so much in common it's crazy and we even look like twins! Everyone has been asking us if we are sisters. I'm really sorry I don't have a picture I will have one next week (forgot my camera oops). She is from Utah (surprise) and she has been out about 9 months. This transfer is going to be so great I'm am more than excited.

Also thank you everyone so much for all the packages and letters! I feel so loved and lucky to have all of you in my life. I AM SO BLESSED. So really thank you.

I hope everyone has a happy Christmas! I love, love, love being a missionary at this time of year. I am seeing Christmas in a whole new light. I have been reading the Christmas story in the Bible and it all just has so much more meaning to me now than it ever has. I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ and for this time of year that we have to celebrate his birth. I have been thinking lately about what I am going to give Jesus this year for Christmas. I think it's so amazing how we can repent and change and just become better every day. I owe Christ everything and I am trying so hard to become more like him every day. I know this Church is true and I'm grateful for all of you (hey that rhymes). LOVE Y'ALL.

Love,
Hermana San Juan :)    

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Conference


Hey Ya'll!

So I have really great news...I'm staying here in Baytown for another 7 weeks! The sad news is that Hermana Flores is leaving me. I am going to miss her like crazy. She has taught me so much. I just wanted to share with you part of my letter that I sent to President Crawford this week:

 "I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to stay here in Baytown for another transfer. I am really going to work hard and I have such a desire to help this area grow. I have really come to love this area and I see so much potential here. I am also so grateful for the opportunity I had to be companions with Hermana Flores. She has taught me so much and I will be forever grateful for her. She just inspires me to be better and to work harder and to be obedient. I am going to carry what she has taught me throughout my entire mission and I hope to bless other people's lives through what I have learned. I really feel so confident coming out of this transfer."

It's sad to say goodbye to her but I am so excited and I feel ready to take over this area. Also I can't wait to meet my new companion!

Also Christmas conference was on Wednesday! I am going to type you the excerpt from my journal.


Elder Hafford, Katelyn


Elder Davis, Hermanas Flores, San Juan, Elder Halter


Elder Sully, Hermana Tonga, Hermana Flores


Gifts from Hermana Flores to all her past companions.

"Today was Christmas Conference! Such a great day, it's so strange that it's over already. It's something missionaries talk about all year long. And I'm a little sad because it's my only one. So the conference started off with the end of year mission video then we talked about numbers (classic) then two recent converts spoke to us about their conversion story and there were a couple of musical numbers in between. Then Sister Crawford told a couple of Christmas stories. I really loved hearing all the music and the stories. It made it feel a little bit more like Christmas. Elder Davis (or Chad Davis) and his companion sat next to Hermana Flores and me. It was nice talking to him and catching up. Then we ate lunch. The food was really amazing. They had a chocolate fountain with all sorts of fruits and treats to dip in it. I sat by Hermana Arcila and we talked the whole time. It was so great catching up with her. She told me that three of the people that we taught together while we were there got baptized that weekend! Olga, Donchewy and Isabelle! She wanted it to be a surprise so that's why she waited until Christmas conference to tell me. SO HAPPY. It was hard to stop smiling the rest of the day after that. What a wonderful day."


Katelyn, Bagpiper, Hermana Flores


 Also we had to say goodbye to Katia on Wednesday. She's gone to the Dominican Republic. She said that she is thinking about coming back in two week instead of 4 now so that will be good. She is still really excited for her baptism and I am happy that I will be here for it!

Well that's about it for my week I love you all! And I love this time of year! I am so grateful for the Savior and for his great sacrifice. I have really been reflecting on it a lot lately and what the true meaning of Christmas really is. You guys make me so happy. Thanks for all your love and support.

And guess what...I GET TO TALK TO YOU ON CHRISTMAS.

Love,
Hermana San Juan

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas in the Air

Spanish Class:


Planning - and Food


Hola! :)

So quick story. On Wednesday we had to go get the oil changed in our car and they said it would be about half an hour but of course it ended up taking about 3 because more people started coming in and apparently the tires needed to be changed (you know how car places are). But while we were there waiting we met this man named Johnny Ray Kennedy. Quite a name right? I told him it sounds like someone famous. Anyway, I talked with him for the entire 3 hours that we were waiting and it was the best thing ever. I could basically tell you his whole life story. He is this 70-year-old black man who has been through it all. We gave him a Book of Mormon and basically had a lesson with him right there. We talked about prophets, read the introduction, and told him about Joseph Smith. He said that he would really love to learn more and would love to know if it's true. We left him with the commitment to pray about it. He said he would. I love being a missionary guys.

Also we set a baptismal date with Katia! It's for February first because she is going to the Dominican Republic for a month to visit her daughter. I think I told you that last week? But anyway, she is so excited! She has been coming to church and all the activities for the past couple of weeks and she fits right in with the branch. The members have been really great with her and she told us that she feels right at home. She just has a natural love for the gospel and it's such a great example to me.

Did you guys like the First Presidency Christmas Devotional? I thought it was really beautiful. We watched it in Katia's apartment with her. She was fascinated by all the people that were there at the Conference Center, the Christmas decorations, how amazing Temple Square looks, the choir, and the beautiful talks given. She is so great you guys.

That's about it for my week, we find out Saturday about transfers! Oh also almost forgot, Christmas conference is this Wednesday. It's where the whole mission gets together and people share their talents and there are speakers. I'm really excited Hermana Flores says it's really amazing. 

Love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Love,
Hermana San Juan   

Hermana Flores, Suyasen who goes with them teaching, and Katelyn
So funny, Hermana Flores & Hermana San Juan are dressed alike.


President Crawford, "Funny"


These are pictures of Katelyn's apartment.  



Monday, December 2, 2013

Six Month Mark

 Just doing some light reading by the beautiful fire place in the office of our apartment complex.


Buenos Dias!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We went to a member of the English ward's house, President Pomeroy. He is my favorite. He is a nice old man who knows so much about the gospel it's unreal. So basically during Thanksgiving dinner we sat and talked with him and asked him questions. He also speaks Spanish because he went on his mission to Chile (shout out to Mason) so we have spanish class with him every Wednesday morning. It was an all day P-day for us so we got together with the other missionaries in our zone and listened to Christmas music and played games.

Katia Quitarte is one of our progressing investigators. She is from the Dominican Republic and I love her accent. She just gets the gospel and has a natural love for it. We invited her to be baptized Thursday and she said yes! The only thing is that she is going back to the D.R. in a week to visit her daughter for a month. But she said she is going to continue going to church and meeting with the missionaries there! Plus she wants to share the gospel with her daughter so she is really excited. We gave her extra pamphlets and a Book of Mormon to give to her daughter and she is thrilled.

So on Friday night Hermana Shannon sent me a text that said "Hermana St John! Happy 6 months! We've made it this far!!" At this point I started to panic because I hadn't realized that it was my 6th month mark until that moment. And then Hermana Flores said "Your a third done with your mission!" Time is flying by so fast but I am loving every moment of it! I love my mission.

Funny story. We were at a member house the other night eating dinner and the 6-year-old son was saying the prayer and he said, "Please bless that I won't get too bored when the missionaries are here." Hermana Flores and I just stared cracking up. Oh little kids.

Things are going really well here in Baytown! I love this place and I learn so much from these amazing people every day. I know this gospel is true and it is how we find true happiness. Love you all so much I am so lucky to have people like you in my life.  

Love,
Hermana San Juan :)







Waterburger with the Hernandez family!












Thanksgiving Fun!

Monday, November 25, 2013

So Happy!

Hey!

So I am sooo happy to write you all this week. First of all it makes me SO happy that Mom's headstone was up for her birthday. And it makes me so happy to see that you all were together for that special day. Even though I wasn't there with you guys I can feel your love and I know that Mom is happy. I can just picture her smiling down on all of you. I feel like I should share a couple of my greatest memories about her because I wasn't there to share them with all of you. 

First off EVERYTIME I would say, "I feel like (insert food name here)." She would say, "Well you don't look like it!" It cracked me up every time. Also remember how right after she was recovering from cancer the first time she had the goal to run the whole Race For The Cure 5k? So she got up every morning and went running. And I know it was hard for her because she just got done with all her treatments...but she did it! She worked so hard and she ran the whole race without stopping! I remember running by her side and just being so proud of her. That is how she has always been. She has always been the perfect example to me of never giving up. I will forever be greatful for her and what she has taught me. A huge part of who I am today is because of her. Love you with all my heart Mom.

This week was a really great one! We have been finding new people to teach that are so prepared. Heavenly Father is really blessing this area. So I don't think I have told you this, but something that President Crawford asks us to do is to memorize the whole Joseph Smith first vision so that we can recite it when we are teaching about Joseph Smith. It brings the spirit SO strong. So I have been working on memorizing it in Spanish the whole time I have been out and oh man its been hard but I finally felt comfortable reciting it the other day. We were in a lesson with this 15-year-old girl named Aylin and I recited the story for her. I was SO nervous. But the spirit was there helping me along the way and it was a beautiful moment as she told us that she felt a peace inside her and she believes that it's true.

You guys the Church is true. We all have challenges in life but God knows each and every one of us individually. I can promise you that. I have felt it so many times. I love you all so much and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We were invited to a Thanksgiving dinner at President Pamroy's home (we have Spanish classes with him every Tuesday morning). So I will be having American food for Thanksgiving wahooo! LOVE YOU. <3

Love,
Hermana San Juan   

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hermana power!

Hola

Okay so pretty big news. We now have 4 Hermanas in our branch instead of 2 Elders and 2 Hermanas. They changed the Elders area into a Hermanas area! So this week we have been helping Hermanas Oxyenbine and Mellur figure out their new area. Hermana power! 

We did a lot of finding this week. Hermana Flores and I have really been trying hard to talk to everyone. We found a couple of families because of it and have a lot of great lessons set up for this next coming up week so we are super excited and feel really blessed. Our teaching pool is pretty low right now but we have not lost the faith! Baytown=the best. Last night we were doing some knocking and found this family of 5 who let us in right away. Sweetest family ever. We are going back to see them on Wednesday!

Hey so remember Esperanza? Well she told us that she wants to wait until after she has her baby to get baptized. But she is still really excited and is coming to church every Sunday so I don't have any doubts that she will get baptized in the next few months.

ALSO
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON THE 22nd PAIGIE. Your going to be a teenager.....so weird. Please stop growing up. Thanks.

Sorry not a lot happened this week. The Church is true and I love you. Really sorry this letter is so boring I don't have very much time! I will do better next week. LOVE YA'LL.

Love,
Hermana San Juan

Monday, November 11, 2013

Livin da Lyfe

Hey you guys!
So I am super stoked because guess what? Hermana Flores and I get to stay another transfer together here in Baytown! Yeah, we are pretty excited. We get to spend Thanksgiving together here in Baytown--best thing ever. I was writing in my journal the other night that I didn't think I could ever love another place as much as I loved Port Arthur but, you know what, I love Baytown just as much. This past transfer went by so fast and this next one is going to go by even faster because it's only a 5 week transfer. They cut it down to 5 weeks because if not, transfers would have landed on Christmas day. So this transfer is 5 weeks and the next one is 7.
Okay you guys, we had a MIRACLE this week. So last Friday we were knocking doors and we knocked this one house and a woman and her 9-year-old son answered the door. She told us that she was going to a Halloween party but that whenever we were back in the area again we could come back. So we decided to go back on Tuesday and right when we pulled up they were walking to the mailbox so we got out and they invited us inside. So to make the story short she told us that she has a brother and a sister who are members of the Church and coincidently (not) her brother and sister-in-law are going be sealed in the temple on Saturday! How neat is that? She told us that her sister has tried to get her to meet with the missionaries before (about 10 years ago) but she didn't feel ready. But she told us that now she feels ready and she wants to hear what we have to say. Also she told us that she called her sister after we knocked her door and was like, "Did you send the missionaries over?!" haha We told her it was Heavenly Father that sent us and she said, "I think you right." Oh, but the funny thing is when she answered the door she was dressed up in a devil costume. haha Classic. Oh! sorry I keep forgetting things. The whole time we were at her house her son (Rolando) was saying things like, "Mom, I want to get baptized!" "Mom I want to be sealed in the temple!" And we gave him a restoration folleto and he was like, "Mom can I keep this in my room, I am going to read it every day!" Hermana Flores and I just looked at each other like, "Is this really happening?" We have an appointment with them tomorrow. 
Great things are happening here in Baytown!
We also had the chance to teach Luz and her 3 daughters this week. We taught about the restoration and they LOVED the story of Joseph Smith. They kept asking us to tell it again haha. We are seeing them today and hopefully setting a baptism date. Love that cute little family.
I just LOVE seeing how this gospel changes lives. I love seeing the look on peoples faces when the spirit is strong and we tell them that the true gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored on the earth today! I remember the day that we told Luz this. She started to cry and said, "I have been looking for the truth for so long." I have really come to learn that our job as missionaries is to bring back to peoples' rememberance things that they once knew.
You guys, no joke, being a missionary is the best thing ever. I love reading Brooke's, Josh's, Mason's, Jane's, Morgan's, ect..e-mails about their missions. You guys are examples to me so thank you!  LOVE Y'ALL.
Love,
Hermana San Juan    
P.S. Meet Marsha. She is our next door neighbor and she knocks on our door every morning at 8:30 to say Hi to us.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Word of God Heals My Wounded Soul


'MERICA!
Everything's Bigger in TEXAS.

Okay I have to confess something...Hermana Flores and I have been listening to Christmas music. I know, I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet.  It's just so good, and we are a little limited on music so what can ya do? This time of year in Texas is beautiful. The weather is a perfect 75 degrees all day long and it's wonderful. Except for the crazy rainstorms that we got this past week, the weather was perfect. It was pouring rain for about two days straight. We have to keep grocery bags in our backpacks to wrap our stuff in for when it's starts raining. But I have really loved all the rain. It's what makes Houston so green. Texas is really starting to grow on me. At first I thought all the factories and refineries were ugly, but you know I have really come to appreciate the beauty of them. I actually have been thinking a lot about the refineries, kinda weird? Almost every hispanic person we meet or teach works for the refineries. There are endless types of jobs. The refineries have supplied many people who came to America for a better life with a job that they can support their family on. To me that's why they are beautiful. And also at night when we ride past them all the lights are on and it looks like it's own little galaxy.

This week was really good teaching wise also! We set a baptism date with one of our investigators, Esperanza. The 7th of December! She is the wife of a less active in our branch and we are teaching him as well and helping him prepare so that he can baptize his wife. They are both so excited and are working really hard to prepare for that date. She is also pregnant and is expecting her baby on Christmas Eve so it's going to be a big month for them.

Have I told you about Javier? Well we have been teaching him and he came to church last Sunday and he loved it! He told us he felt the spirit so strong and he was tearing up. We are planning on inviting him to be baptized this coming week. Also, he LOVES the Book of Mormon.  He thinks that it is the best thing in the world (he's right). We found him knocking doors during hour of power.

This scripture really stuck out to me this past week: 

Jacob 2:8 And I supposeth me that they have come up hither to hear the pleasing word of God, yea, the word which health the wounded soul  

It just made me feel so good because it's so true. When no one wants to listen to us or when things just don't work out as planned the word of God heals my wounded soul.

I love you all so much and hope you have a great week and enjoyed the extra hour of sleep from daylight savings, I know I sure did! LOVE YOU!

Con Amor,
Hermana San Juan
  
I just had to share this picture. Classic.


We got to take a ferry to Battleship Texas how legit is that? So here are the pictures I couldn't send last week because I forgot my camera.  




Our Tour Guide


Battleship Texas


Cutest Missionaries Ever!


Hermanas San Juan and Flores


Doesn't this look like it could be on the cover of PMG? Yeah I know I'm a professional.  

Monday, October 28, 2013

No More Speaking English


Katelyn's Decorated Planner


Visit to Battleship Texas on Zone P-Day
Hey everyone!

So basically I am really mad at myself because I forgot my camera in the appartment and I have a lot of really good pictures to send you guys! So mad but it's okay.  You will have that to look forward to next week.

So guess what? I went on exchanges with Hermana Shannon this past week and I am going on exchanges with her again today! It is the weirdest thing ever teaching with her again but this time we actually know what we are doing haha. We were doing some reminiscing and it's amazing to think about how far we have come. It was so fun to see her again.

This past Thursday we had interviews with President Crawford. I have the best mission president in the world. He has one of the strongest testimonies I have ever heard and has one of the biggest hearts. While in my interview with him he asked "How often do you and Hermana Flores speak Spanish with each other?" I told him that we speak it everywhere but in the car and in the apartment. Then he said, "Thats terrific! I want you two to speak Spanish from the time you wake up in the morning to the time you go to sleep.  Can you do that?" So we don't speak English anymore! It has been one of the most challenging things of my mission but it has been such a blessing. I can already see that I have more confidence with my Spanish and it has already improved so much I can't even believe it...and it has only been 4 days!

So while we were knocking doors the other day we met this black man named Kevin. And we were having a little bit of a hard day, it was hot, we were knocking doors, 3 people canceled on us (you know usual missionary stuff). Kevin goes to the Baptist church down the street from his house. We bore our testimonies about the restoration and he just started tearing up and he said I am not interested in your message but thank you so so so much for coming by my house today. We then asked if there was anything that we could do for him and he said, "Actually yes.  Can we have a prayer?" So we held hands and said a prayer. I felt an overwhelming feeling of the love that God has for Kevin. 

Another miracle this week. We met an older lady named Lacy. She is from England.  You don't meet alot of people from there here in Texas! We met her as we were walking down the street. As we were saying goodbye to her she said, "You know, there is something different about you two. Thank you for sharing you light with me." It made me think a lot about the light of Christ and how I always want to have His light. It was such a testimony builder for me. The spirit confirmed to me many times this week that this is Christ's church and He loves us.

I'm so sorry I forgot my camera! Still can't believe it. I love you all so much you are always in my prayers. LOVE YOU, MISS YOU.

Love,
Hermana San Juan


Super nice couple took Hermanas Shannon, Flores & San Juan to dinner.


Katelyn & Hermana Flores in their apartment.


Katelyn & Hermana Flores


I Love Exuberant Missionaries!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Learning and Growing


Bueno!

The weather here in Texas is finally starting to cool down. It's about 70 degrees today and rainy.  It feels amazing. I am really ready for the cold weather. Today I broke out one of my long-sleeved shirts. Wahooo! Plus, cold weather means all the mosquitoes die!

I have decided that this transfer has really been one of learning and growing for me. This week was a really hard week in the sense that almost all of our appointments fell through. But Hermana Flores and I have not lost the faith! We are still going strong and I can honestly say I am SO happy. It is the weirdest thing in the world. I really believe you can get through anything if you put your trust in Heavenly Father. This scripture has really stuck out to me this past week and has been the theme of this transfer Hermana Flores and I have decided.  

2 Nephi 31:19-20:
 [And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done?  Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.  

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.  Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father:  Ye shall have eternal life.]  

It's a classic.

Oh and also 1 Nephi 20:10 "He aqui, te he purificado; te he escogido en el horno de la afliccion." [For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.]  SO GOOD.

So we had stake conference this past weekend and all the missionaries in the stake and all the youth sang a medley of "We'll Bring the World His Truth" and "Called to Serve". It was so powerful I don't think there was a dry eye in the building. It's funny because there is this joke in the mission about how emotional President Crawford is becuase he cries all the time, like all the time. He even jokes about it himself, haha. But it was funny because he was there sitting on the stand and as we were walking past him back to our seats he was bawling and he said to us "Thanks alot Elders and Sisters, look what you did to me." LOVE President Crawford.

So good news.  I am feeling a lot more comfortable with Spanish and I am coming to really love it. I can't see myself serving around anyone else. Hispanics are the best. Nicest people you will ever meet. I love being able to communicate with them and I love being a part of their culture.

Sorry I don't have a lot of time but I just want you all to know that I love you with all my heart and I love this gospel with all my heart. I KNOW it's true. Seriously, love ya'll.

Love,
Hermana San Juan

Monday, October 14, 2013

IS JAZZY OKAY?!?!

Okay so what happened to my little Jazzy is the saddest thing ever. But honestly I didn't know whether to cry or laugh because I am just picturing Jazzy hobbling around the house. Okay no it's really sad. Every one please give her an extra hug for me. Man I just love that dog so much. She's a trooper.

So this week was a really great one! We are teaching this really amazing woman right now. Her name is Luz Silva. She was a referral from one of the Elders and she is golden. She is so prepared. The only thing is that she works on Sundays right when we have church.  But Heavenly Father will provide a way.

We are also teaching the Valencia family. They have 3 kids and are the best. How we met them is we were looking through a potential investigators' list and their name just kept poping out to us so we decided to go visit them. While we were talking to them they told us that their 5-year-old son just passed away from a brain tumor. I felt prompted to share about my Mom and how I know families are eternal. They told us that this touched their hearts and they felt something different inside. And we have been teaching them ever since. It's really amazing to me because as I was bearing my testimony to them I felt the Holy Ghost confirm to me that it is true.

We are still having a little bit of a hard time finding people to teach. We knock doors for almost 3 hours every day trying to find people. It's hard work but I have really come to love knocking doors. I never thought that I would say that but I really do. Everyone has their own story and I learn something from every person we talk to.

This week I have been thinking a lot about why we are given trials. Something I have learned on my mission is that every trial that is put in our paths is there to shape us and mold us into the person God wants us to become. Which is, like Him. If we put our faith in God we can come out of our trials victorious. Heavenly Father loves us SO much, it amazes me every day. If there is one thing I have learned it's how much my Heavenly Father loves me. He has testified this truth to my heart and it is just the most amazing feeling ever!

 "Though we are incomplete God loves us completely, though we are imperfect, he loves us perfectly, though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely."  --Dieter F. Uchtdorf  

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

I am so greatful for this gospel and for the knowledge that families are eternal and that I will see my Mom again and she will be healthy and perfected. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who we can turn to for anything. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it answers questions of the soul. I know that this is the true church. I LOVE being a missionary. And I am so HAPPY.

I love you all so much you give me strength! Your faith gives me faith. I really hope you all know how much I love you. And I hope Jazzy is okay.  I'm going to be praying for her!

Love,
Hermana San Juan  :)
619 Rollingbrooke Dr #210
Baytown, TX 77521

MISSION OFFICE:
Hermana Katelyn St. John
Texas Houston East Mission
2815 W Lake Houston Pkwy Ste 109
Kingwood TX 77339 USA

katelyn.st.john@myldsmail.net

Monday, October 7, 2013

I'm in Baytown, TX


We got to go to the Houston Temple.
Hola!

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a great week and I hope you LOVED General Conference just as much as I did. Watching General Conference as a missionary is such a neat experience. All the missionaries went to the chapel and watched it there along with a few members and investigators. The spirit was so strong. It's amazing to me just how inspired the leaders of the Church are. They are truly called of God. I thought one of the main themes of this Conference was to put your trust in God and you will have nothing to fear. I thought about you all so much during this Conference. Watching it made me a little homesick but I did appreciate it more than I ever have before. The talks brought new light into my life and I was uplifted. I can't wait until they come out in the Liahona so that I can read them again :)

So, as you all know I was transferred this week! It was really hard to leave Port Arthur and say goodbye to all those people I have grown to love so much there. I told them I am already planning a trip to come back and visit after my mission haha. And I already miss my mommy, Hermana Arcila. I decided that a mission is basically just one big goodbye! But it's okay because they aren't goodbyes forever, just goodbyes for now.


My Mommy, Hermana Arcila


Transfer Day: I saw Elder Davis who also went to Bountiful High School.


My new companion is Hermana Flores! She is from Compton, California and is the sweetest girl you will ever meet. She goes home in Feb., along with Hermana Arcila, so she has been out for a while now.  Her parents are both Mexican so she knows Spanish really well and has been helping me out a lot with mine!

My new companion is Hermana Flores.

I am in the city of Baytown which is about an hour away from Houston. They call it Baytown because there is water everywhere, its beautiful!  It's also very green and there are a lot of trees. So far I love it here and the people are SO sweet. I am excited to get to know this area and the people here better. The thing that we are struggling with the most right now is just finding more people to teach. Our teaching pool is really low right now but we are doing all we can to find more people. It's just a little hard because people have their agency and don't always want to listen......errrgg!  But we know as long as we are being obedient and doing our best the Lord will bless us! And we have already seen great blessings just this past week.

Well that's about it for me this week. I love you all so much I can't even put it into words. I think about you and pray for you every day. Thank you all for being such great examples to me. Being a missionary has changed me forever. I love this gospel and I know this is the true Church. I know that if you let Jesus Christ and his atonement carry you, there is nothing you can't get through.

Con mucho mucho mucho amor,

Hermana San Juan  

NEW PHOTOS FROM OLD AREA:


Hermana Arcila and Katelyn in their apartment in Port Arthur.


Port Arthur Apartment


Hermana San Juan with Alex and Alfonzo. They weren't excited about a photo.


Alex and Alfonzo's Home


Another birthday party photo.