Massachusetts Boston Mission

Sunday, March 29, 2015

More funny pictures! :)

Apparently there are some Jehovah's Witnesses in Hermana Webber and Hermana De Leon's apartment. They have this shelf in the laundry room where they placed a Book of Mormon for anyone who got bored doing laundry to pick up and read. The other day, they came in and saw that someone had moved the Book of Mormon to the bottom shelf, and had placed a bunch of Jehovah's Witness pamphlets on the other shelves. So the two went and got a bunch of the lds pamphlets and pass along cards and books of mormon and put them on the shelves. "Please note how our stuff is on top, because the our church is the TRUTH! hahahah I just thought this was really funny. It's like a silent religious feud." -Hermana Webber

A HILARIOUS picture from the lovely Hermana Webber and Hermana De Leon

These two are AMAZING!! :)

Make Me Whole

This week was special on many different levels. I learned a lot and I grew a lot and I know I am better today than I was last Monday because of it. 

Well, to start off, we found three new investigators this week! Giovanni, Jaime, and Osman! We found Jaime and Osman while doing some personal contacting, so that was really exciting! Jaime came to stake conference and I think he really enjoyed it! God really is hastening His work here in New England. 

Hermana De Leon and I are working really well together. We have so much fun together too. You know that song from Charlie Brown? It's the Christmas song, and it's only piano music? Sometimes, we like to turn that on in the car and dance to it. It's probably really hilarious because it's definitely not the type of song one would dance to, but we have fun and that's all that matters! 

Well, the coolest experience of my week was definitely when I had the chance to perform a solo at a mission fireside. President Packard came with a special presentation about "What the world knows because of Joseph Smith." He is an INCREDIBLE speaker, and I learned so much from his words. It was a really special meeting and there were members, investigators, and missionaries from all over the state of Connecticut. 

The song I was asked to sing is, "Make Me Whole" from The Lamb of God. My amazing roommate, Sister Smith, accompanied me on the flute, and Sister Rowley played the piano. There is a really talented Elder in my mission called Elder Nelson. He is basically a pro opera singer. He helped me out with the song a little bit. The night before the fireside, he told me to come up with a story in my mind and then live it... So, the story I came up with was pretty simple. As I sang, I pictured myself being transformed. I was literally begging God to make me whole, the way He is whole. I asked Him to transform my eyes, so that I might see clearly. Not only physically, but spiritually. I asked Him to transform my ears, so that I would be able to decipher right from wrong. Goodness from the bad. Lastly, I asked Him to transform my lips, that I might sing songs of praises of Him for the rest of my life. I pleaded with Him to help me perform this song by The Spirit of The Holy Ghost. And I KNOW that as I sang, The Spirit testified to the congregation of my testimony. And that the things President Packard had taught were true. 

Here are the beautiful lyrics:

"Touch my eyes and bid them see
That my gaze might pierce the veil
And behold the wondrous scene
That in dreams I've long beheld.
Oh, touch my heart and bid it know
That every sorrow here, is but a moment's tear
And though wilt make me whole, again. 

"Touch my ears and bid them hear
All the glory of thy truth
That my hope might come of faith
And no more require proof
Oh, touch my heart and bid it know 
That while in darkness here, The Light is ever near, 
And thou wilt make me whole, again.

"Then, touch my lips and bid them sing
Songs of everlasting praise
That my soul might then believe 
And give thanks through all my days
Oh, tough my heart and bid it know
That every breath I take is by thy tender grace
And thou wilt make me whole,
Oh, thou wilt make me whole...
Oh, thou wilt make me whole, again."

It was really cool to hear my voice physically strengthened as I sang that last verse. I know that, as the song says, God touched my lips so that I could sing that song for Him. And I know I was an instrument in His hands for a moment. There is no better feeling than bearing your testimony through song. A senior missionary couple, Elder and Sister Foote, came up to me after the meeting and told me that they had brought an investigator, and during the song, she broke down crying. She decided to set a baptismal date that night at the fireside. :) It was a very spiritual experience for me. 

Natalie, one of our investigators, came too! I love her so much. She is progressing so much and learning more and more every day. I am very proud of her. 

We had some sister stay the weekend with us. They are the PVC Sisters. They travel throughout our mission (which is made up of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and parts of New York and Vermont), and they set up a Portable Visitors' Center at the firesides and stake conferences. They give tours to people and it's soooo cool what they get to do! I took a picture of one of them. Her name is Sister Couto and she is from Brazil. I think she looks exactly like Antonio's girlfriend, Sara! 

Anyways, all is doing very well here in the mish. I am still learning and growing and I have a LONG ways to go before The Lord will have made me completely whole. But, as a I said before, I know that I am a little more filled with His Spirit than I was yesterday. And I know I will be able to say the same for tomorrow. I love you all! 

Hermana Webber


Sisters Hanson, Smith, Merkley, Cuoto, De Leon, and Webber!! :) 


Hermana De Leon and some vultures... Hahaha

District Elder Anderson and some turkey things at the zoo

Hermana Webber and Hermana De Leon get to do service every week at a zoo!

This is Dave. He's super cool and he's the maintenance, handyman guy at Beardsley Zoo. 

It's snowwwwwyyyy

Monday, March 9, 2015

All is well in Zion

Yo no puedo creer que estoy 4 meses en mi mision! 

The past 4 months have been the most challenging, rewarding times in my entire life. I have loved, learned and grown so much. 

This week has been full of changes! I said goodbye to my wonderful trainer, Sister Heileson, who has just been called to serve as a Sister Training Leader in Boston! She was an amazing trainer and I learned a lot from her. The MBM also lost one of my all-time favorite missionaries ever, Sister Tantillo! She has been one of my roommates for the past 3 months and helped me SO MUCH in my first two transfers. She finished her mission this week and returned honorably to Washington! I will miss her so much! 

I received a new companion!!! Her name is Hermana De Leon and she is HILARIOUS. I love everything about her. She is from Guatemala and she is a total crack-up. She teases me a lot and always makes really funny, high-pitched noises. She was baptized just two years ago and she has one of the strongest testimonies of The Book of Mormon I have ever heard. I love her very much and we've already done some really great work together! 

This week, we found another man from France in the digital mission, who told us he wants to be baptized! We hooked him up with the missionaries in Paris, who are going over to his house on Friday. His name is Louis! I love the Digital Mission! It's honestly an incredible experience. 

Three days ago, one of our members, Hermana Maldonado, brought us to her friend Janet's house. She told us she had felt a prompting that we should visit her. We taught her The Restoration and invited her to be baptized on March 28th, to which she replied YES! We were so happy and excited! She is from Cuba and she is SO sweet. When she talks to me, she says, "Mi Amor," which means, "My Love" in Spanish. Man, I love the Hispanic people. They are so special! 

I've recently been reading the Isaiah chapters quoted in The Book of Mormon. I LOVE the scripture that says, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvaltion; that saith unto Zion, They God reigneth!" I've realized that this scripture is talking about us! We are those who are publishing peace! We have a message of everlasting joy and happiness to share with the world. And I can testify that these past 4 months have truly been the most beautiful in my life, just like the scripture says. How beautiful upon the mountains, rocks, hills, desert, streets, sidewalks are the feet of those who share this glad message! The message of Christ's restored, perfect church. The message of eternal life. The message of LOVE. 

Hermana Webber
All is well in Zion

Cute Sisters!!

This is AWKWARD...

Sister Tantillo, Hermana Webber's HERO!!

Bridgeport, Hannah's FAVORITE place!! 

Cute Hermana De Leon


The sisters found some awesome graffiti in one of the sketchiest parts of the city #daredevils

Hannah loves target ;)

It's good to have an OPEN MIND :)