Monday, March 3, 2014

Half Through!


So I don't know if you guys noticed but I am officially half way done with my mission. Hermana Shannon and I are freaking out a little bit but we are fine.....kind of. We are really happy that we got to spend it together though. It's great being with someone who is on the exact same page as you.

This week was a pretty normal one. We are just working hard and really trying to find new investigators, we have been struggling with this a little bit for a couple of weeks but we did find more this week than we did last week so we are pretty excited about that!
One thing that we are really happy about though is that we have 4 really solid progressing investigators with dates! So we have been working with them a lot this week and helping them progress towards baptism. One of them being Alex who came to church again! And also good news Mario is planning on getting married this week and is still good for the 15th of March so we are really looking forward to that. He didn't know if he would be able to get a day off of work to do it this week but we invited him to fast about it yesterday and he just told us that he got a day off and it is happening! We are really happy for him.

We also found two lost sheep this week! We found them knocking. One of them actually went on a mission and hasn't been to church in about 15 years. And the other one got baptized in Utah a couple of years ago and didn't know where the church was here so he's really grateful that we found him. His wife isn't a member but is interested to know more about the church so we will see how that goes!
So this morning I was reading in 2 Nephi 4 and the spirit hit me with something so strong. I compared my situation of losing Mom to Nephi's situation of losing his father in this chapter. I am amazed by his faith and trust in the Lord even after just losing someone so special to him. I can relate to his words when he says, "My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep." Then in verse 30 he states, "Rejoice, o my heart, and cry unto the Lord and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation."

I am far from perfect but after Mom's death this is how I felt. I remember being so grateful to God for all my blessings and for all the miracles along the way. I know he has been my support and he has never left me or my family alone. I miss my Mom but I know that God has a plan and it is perfect. He just wants us to return home to him.
I love the scriptures so much. Especially the Book of Mormon. I have found so much peace and comfort in it and I know it's the word of God. And I know you can find peace and comfort in it as well.

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

Hermana San Juan

Some Pics of us helping our investigators paint!


#1 This old asian man named Chi Ha that walks the route that we run every morning donates money to the missionary fund every month and buys us groceries every once and a while. He is the best! He's not a member either. He just knows everything about the church because missionaries have been talking to him every morning for about a year now. And he basically has the whole Book of Mormon memorized. We love him.

#2 Hermana Valdez is my FAVORITE. She sends us the funniest texts (I don't even know if you will get this/think it's funny but hna shannon and I were dying).  [I think she forgot most of us don't speak Spanish.]


  1. Fun pictures! You are such an example to me Katelyn. You are strong, a hard working, and full of faith!! I miss your Mom like crazy too, but have also felt buoyed up. It's hard to believe you're already half way through your mission!! Time is flying by. Love you, and good luck with those you are teaching!

  2. Love your wonderful attitude and willing heart!! Really, I just love you! You are amazing, and I am so proud of you>