Sunday, May 24, 2015

         I'm excited to report this week. I usually always am but my mind is just reflecting of the experiences of this week and they are so great! I really love being here in Moncada especially with Sister Canencia. we are getting to become really great friends. its been a blessing to be with her every day in our studies, promptings annd other ways we are becoming one.this is the most unified I've felt in a companionship before. 
we are working with one particular family. the husband was baptized when he was very young and is now less active. the wife is an investigator. i really love this family. I have seen their growth so much. but its usually when we are there. they have a hard time keeping commitments. they always makes commitments but dont keep them. so yesterday i studied in preach my gospel about helping them keep commitments. 
        Last night when we went to them we extended commitments a little differently. we really emphasized the promised blessings. the spirit was so strong. because i remembered about what is says in preach my gospel about we should read often with our investigators. so last night we focused on 3rd Nephi chapter 11 with them. i felt so much peace. i know with all my heart the book of mormon is true.after we read i asked hoe she felt from reading the book of mormon. she said that she felt that our father in heaven lives. i thought that was so awesome! thats the purpose of the book of mormon! To bear witness of the father and the son! and she got it! She understood it! There was so much peace in their home.  i have such a testimony of preach my gospel. It is truly inspired. one day in my personal studies i had the feeling to study some of the chapter on the book of mormon. and how to use it to respond to objections. then in language study i had the feeling to study 3 Nephi 27 where it talks about Christ's church being called after his name. im so glad i followed those promptings.
     Our first lesson is one I will never forget. We were teaching an older women. Her husband came in in the middle of the lesson. He had a very hard heart. He wanted evidence. that the church is true and has authority because all churches say that. president the lesson was so exciting! me and Sister Canencia bore witness through testimony about his questions. then i remembered what i studied earlier about using the book of mormon to respond to objections. then i remembered the chapter i read in language study. we opened our scriptures and we read where i studied earlier. the older man did not want to beleive anything but i know i was prompted to study those things for a reason! he wasnt very kind but there came a point when he said where does the authority come from? sister canencia taught clearly about the restoration of the priesthood and the church. until this he wasnt very happy. but at this moment he got so angry. he said he wouldnt believe us because we lack one thing....a degree in theology.i thought that was kind of a strange thing to say...anyways i said we dont need a degree to share the message of God. we have been called by a prophet.i dont think he really liked me...but anyways  we bore testimony ,invited him to pray and ask, then closed the lesson.
       i love this work. theres nothing else like the feeling of being a missionary! usually people just accept what we teach. they dont always act, but they usually always kindly accept what we teach. but this man was different and it was exciting! because we had all the answers! although he didn't believe anything we said, i have no doubt in my mind what we taught was true. 
       we also had a one day mission with the branch missionaries! that was fun! they spent the whole day with us. we got to teach them about missionary work and then we had lunch together. then we went out to work! a lot of them are preparing to go on missions so it was a good experience! but i leanred a lot from them. i worked with two youth nessy, and joshua. nessy is a recent convert of about a year and is 17. she is so knowledgable about the gospel and so confident in teaching and bearing testiomony! joshua is awesome at earning peoples trust. he is sincere and has charity to all the people. i learned from them again to enjoy missionary work even when things are going hard. somtimes its easy to get caught up in everything thats not going right. but that day i realized sister peavler relax and enjoy! :) anyways this was a great blessed week. love and miss you all! 
love sister peavler 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Heavenly Father Loves his Children

hi family and friends! this week was awesome! i will share one of my many experiences!

      We had a investigator a long time ago that we stopped teaching. shes always at school and her husband isnt really fond of us. well for the past days i kept having the prompting to go to her. so the other day we visited her. i just happened to be the only day she would be home in her busy schedule. anyways she wasnt very happy to see us. i dont know why. her whole countanance has changed. its really sad. anyways we taught her about faith in Jesus Christ by acting to follow him. She took it hard and would not accept almost anything we said. She wasnt happy when we told her if she just puts the Lord first things will work out. she said she cant give all her time and effort to the Lord. she said what about my family? I have to take care of them too! i thought this was kind of funny brcause our family is the Lord! Its the most imporant unit to Him! she didnt understand that. she saw the church as taking her time away from her family. we shared the scripture n 3rd nephi 14 about not worrying but trusting the Lord because He knows what we need. she didnt accept that and refused to make any commitments. but my heart really hurt during this lesson. i cried. and this tiime not because i felt the spirit. but because i see her and what she could be. but she wont try to even listen hardly. and it just hurts my heart. i know ive said this in many of my emails but here on the mission i really feel how much Havenly Father loves His children. and how important they are to Him. even tho she wasnt really accepting to what we said, im glad we went because i had the feeling we needed to go. we will not be going back to her,which is the reason my heart hurts. but i know at the right time she will accept the gospel. 
           You know that anology we always use about sharing the gospel? like its like if we have something really good to eat then its soo good we want to share it with all those around us. i never related to that story cuz if i have something really good to eat i dont want to share it! haha! but with the gospel i see the blessing in my life, and i imagine what my life would be without the gospel and i would be no where. i would not be me. i would not know my purpose. i see how blessed i am then when i meet people i just want them to accept it. i see how many problems people have, we all have problems. but if we just will act on our faith we will be blessed. thats what i wanted lovely (that investigator we went back to ) to understand. but i cant force anyone to understand. im just an instrument. but its okay, cuz its not about me. as long as they understand who Heavenly Father is and who they are, im content. they just have to choose to act. the mission stretches you in all ways. but i  really really love my mission. if anyone is debating about wether or not to go GO! if anyone is debating wether or not to learn more from the misionaries CALL THEM. yeah we are young, but a prophet of God called us and we have the message that will save you and make you happy. just act on your faith and you wont regret anything. love you all!
love sister peavler

Baptism Picture

Farm where we met Megan our investigator!

fillipino kids playing games

This is what me and my companion get around in! 

an investigator's house


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Patiently waiting for miracles

Hello my dear family and friends! Like always I have some awesome experiences to share with you all! First I have two things to say....It's so hot!!!!! The's mango season! I love mangos!!! okay now I will tell you the good stuff:)

1.) Chito and Vina! I love this couple! So chito is a less active and his wife is an investigator. We are preparing him to return and for Vina to be baptized! They're such a fun family! Sometimes  being a missionary, you want to see the miracles happen NOW! Like I want brother Chito to return NOW and  sister vina to be baptized NOW! But just like Heavenly Father is patient with me, I remember I need to be patient with them and see the miracles that are already happening. When we first offered to teach brother Chito he would say "Bukas na lang!" which means tomorrow or in the future. Which really means he didn't want to be taught. But now when we go to their home right away they say "Come in! Are you going to teach us tonight?" It's so awesome! Being with their family is always an adventure. They are a young couple with a baby and a energetic 4 year you can imagine what i mean by "adventure" haha. We have seen their family grow closer as they have been learning the teachings of Jesus Christ. We found this family because we were teaching his brothers (the twins.)

      Now we are just teaching one twin cuz the other one is always gone. Anyways the one  we are teaching is michael. He's 21 or 22. We have seen huge changes in him. He's progressing so well. but he cant be baptized yet because he wont come to church! I look at him as my brother and i just want him to understand he's so close! We had him identify changes in his life since he's been listening to the missionary lessons. He identified many. Our past couple of lessons have been really spiritual with him. I really expected him to be at church yesterday, but he wasn't. It's a hard feeling knowing how close people are they just have to take one more step. It's a good lesson to me of how Heavenly Father feels about me and each one of His children. Anyways I have a question for you all how has keeping the sabbath day blessed your life? please email me and share so i can share these blessings with others!

2.) Jade! Jade is 14, she will be baptized this friday!! We are so excited! I remember the first day I met her and now she'll be baptized this week! It's been an awesome journey with her!! I'll send pics next week :) The awesome thing is that we found another 14 year old girl really close to jades house and she will be baptized in June! Her name is Megan! We found her because we saw a really pretty farm so we were going to explore. Then megan was sitting on a bench by herself. Anyways we have been teaching her and she came to church yesterday! and now her and jade have eachother for support, so thats great! 

Well these are the main highlights of my week!!!!!  love ya all and thank you for your support!
love sister peavler