Massachusetts Boston Mission

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Obedience Brings Forth The Blessings Of HEAVEN

Dear Family, 

This week I learned about OBEDIENCE! I learned that the blessings and miracles that come from even a small desire to be obedient are IMMEDIATE and TANGIBLE. 

The past few weeks have been a little frustrating because Sister Bybee and I have been trying to build the area back up from floor one. Right before I was transferred here, the area had 5 baptisms, so coming in fresh we didn't have many investigators to work (because they'd all been baptized, which is GREAT!). We've been trying to figure out what it is God wants us to do with this area... It's taken a lot of patience, prayer, and hard work... The answer we came to was that we needed to be more obedient. 

On Thursday, we had weekly planning with our elders. We had a really special companionship inventory with them. We started off by telling each other the things we appreciated about one another and it was such a special atmosphere. We were able to learn and grow from one another.  Because we were working together with so much genuine love, the constructive criticism that followed was given and received so well. We set some solid goals together, many of which involved EXACT obedience. I love these missionaries so much!!! They are my people! My family! 

And I just want to reiterate what I said before by sharing an experience that happened right after our talk... That night, the elders picked up two new investigators that we've been working to contact ALL MONTH and have had zero success. Then, the next day, we picked up another investigator and have since seen so many blessings come from just wanting to God's will. 

Here is what a typical day is like in Boston (my dear companion wrote this, so you can thank her for that): "So let me tell you a few things that happened on Saturday. We met a man on the bus named Todd. He is 6'8" and was in a wheelchair because his leg was cut off below the knee. In a 10 minute bus ride he told us how he is a Free Mason and that had met with the missionaries for years and was about to get baptized a few years back but got into a bad relationship and lost contact with the missionaries. He was in jail for 3 years for something that he was proven "not guilty" of just last week and is working now to get back all of his property. (He has a house in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Arizona, was a merchant marine, went to chef school, lived in Germany and China, etc, etc) He said that he lost his leg and broke his nose in a beating in jail. He said he wanted to meet up with the missionaries here again. (And also that he wanted to marry a mormon woman) Say what???? So we got his number and are going to meet with him this week! (We will have to pass him off to the English Elders after that....He speaks Spanish, but he isn't hispanic.)
Next, we go to visit a less-active man and his family and while we are there, their friend came to visit. She is a nun from Puerto Rico and guess what her name is..... ENCARNACION. (Yes I immediately thought of Nacho Libre!) She was one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met and she was so nice! We asked to share a message before we left so we shared a spiritual thought out of the Bible with a nun.....that doesn't happen every day.....
To top it off, on the way home I looked out the window of the bus and saw a guy riding a bike shirtless with a massive snake wrapped around his neck......yupp this is Boston! (Dorchester more specifically)"

This work is exhilarating! I was interviewed by President Miller this week and he told me a little about his vision for our mission... He wants every group here to become a branch, every branch become a ward, and he wants to split two stakes and create a new one in the next three years. He wants GROWTH here in the church and I know we have the mechanics, missionaries, and faith to make it happen! I am so happy to serve in the greatest mission on the planet. MBM PRIDE! 

I love you all! 
Have a great week! 
Hermana Webber

I am His

Dear family, 

this week was great! we set two baptismal dates with my favorite investigators, Hector and Rene from Guatemala! I love them so much!!! 

The work is starting to pick up here in the Boston Spanish Branch! We have 10 recent converts we are working with the help them get to the temple on August 1st! We are finding new investigators every week and contacting people every day. It's so much fun to "preach the gospel to every creature."

We went on exchanges with some of the sisters in our zone this week. I stayed in my area with Sister Striuli (incredible missionary from Brazil). We had an adventure together. :) This guy bought ice cream for us... I wasn't gonna turn down free ice cream! 

We did weekly planning with the elders at Boston Commons and some members from Virginia ran into us and gave us $20 to buy ourselves lunch. It's such a small world (especially when you're a Mormon! haha). We went to a little hole in the wall sandwich shop call Alcapone in downtown Boston. 

The biggest thing I learned this week is that obedience doesn't only bring miracles, but it brings HAPPINESS. I really am my happiest when I serve The Lord with ALL my heart, mind and strength. The concept of consecration has never been more real to me. That's one thing I learned from The Packard's...

Everything I am, everything I do, everything I have I owe to Heavenly Father. Everything I hope to be is His. I am His...

And ya know what?

He is mine too. 

I LOVE YOU! Have a great week

PS sorry for the lame email. I am writing in an Apple store here in Cambridge and the workers keep asking us if we have any questions... I think they want us to leave! Hahaha 

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Church Is True!!

To the best Family and Friends this world has to offer, 

This week was PACKED!

Let me a paint a picture for all of you. 

Every Sunday, we go to church at this little chapel at 79 Mount Hope Street in Roslindale, Massachusetts. In that chapel, every week, there are four different congregations that meet up. There is an English Ward, a Haitian Ward, a Spanish Branch, and a Portuguese Group.  You can imagine how crazy and crowded this building gets. It's incredible. I can't explain it. All these faithful devoted people, all with their individual backgrounds and cultures, coming together on the Sabbath to hear the same messages and the same doctrine in four different languages. There are a total of 16 missionaries assigned to this building, a set of elders and sisters in each program. That's our zone, The Boston East Zone of ZION. :) I love it here. The diversity is unreal. 

We had Mission Leadership Council on Wednesday with President and Sister Miller. It was really special to be a part of their first MLC meeting. It was really different than the MLC's with President and Sister Packard, but it was amazing nonetheless. Everyone was invited to talk and learn from each other. I love the missionaries in that council so much and I learned something from each of them. It was really spiritual. For the first 30 minutes, we discussed what ZION is. I was so happy when I realized that even though we have a new president, our culture of Zion isn't going to change. That's something we'll always strive for.

On Thursday, we spent ALL DAY planning for zone meeting with our the zone leaders, Elder Vecchi and Elder Garrido. They're the Portuguese elders here. They're great and planning went really well with them. 

Friday, we had Zone Meeting! It was amazing! We talked about accountability and How To Begin Teaching. Zone Meeting was soooo much fun! I LOVE our zone. It's so diverse... But I already said that :)

Then, on Saturday, we picked up two, solid new investigators, Hector and Rene Castillo! They just moved here from Guatemala like two weeks ago, right when I was sent to this area. :) I really think Heavenly Father put me here to work with them! They're AMAZING! Carlos Castillo (Hector's brother, Rene's son), was baptized in Guatemala 8 months ago and is bringing them to church with him. When we visited them, there was a moment when I just sat there and watched them to talking and laughing and smiling and my heart was filled with so much love for them. 

My heart has really been changed on this mission. I am so grateful that I am not the same person as I was before. Working with so many different people, from so many different countries and with their own, individual stories has humbled me so much. 

I've come to realize here that we really are ALL sons and daughters of God. We are brothers and sisters. We are a big family and together, we are building God's kingdom. I know we are preparing the world right now for the second coming of Jesus Christ and that His gospel really will penetrate every country and will be brought forth to every people. We are a part of that army who is making it happen. 

I am witnessing it happen here in Boston as I watch these people come to worship our father in heaven each week. They are all my brothers and sisters, as cheesy as that may sound. 

I love you all! I hope it's a great week. Talk to you soon! 
Hermana Webber

PS Here is my new address:

2 Dunning Way #109
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Last Mission Leadership Council with the Packards 

Digital exchanges in Lowell, MA with Sister Goncalves and Sister Lima

Okay, I forgot to tell you guys this AMAZING story! So a few weeks ago, Sister Thompson and I went on exchanges to Bridgeport (where I started my mission). 
Before then, I had been working on one of the websites and found a young man names Sylvester. I skyped with him and found out he just moved from Ghana to the USA like three months ago... and guess where he told me he lives?.. BRIDGEPORT!!!

I got his number and told him about our church and everything and planned to meet him when he came down to do exchanges with the sisters there. So, we met him at the mall there, which is right across the street from the english chapel, and we brought him over to the church with us! He was soooo cool! There was actually a baptism going on that day and so he got to see the baptism and everything! It was such a miracle and so exciting. We introduced him to the elders serving in Bridgeport and he's getting to meet with them! 
These are pictures of us outside the church. :)

The Orgill's

Bunker Hill with my girl, Sister Thompsie

Farewell Conference with The Packards. I love them SO much. You guys are so lucky you get to meet them! 

THESE ARE MY PEOPLE! We're the Boston Spanish missionaries :)

Here we are at the Boston Public Library, weekly planning! :)

Happy 4th of July! :)


P-Day with the english sisters and our elders too! :)

These are the "Haitianaries" -The Haitian Creole elders, Elder Lee and Elder Basiten.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!


It was a very eventful week. 

Just for everyone's information, I am now serving in Boston! :) I am in a Spanish Branch and we work here in the city. I love it here. I love contacting people on the subway. I love the busy streets. I love the diversity. Boston is my favorite place to be! 

So, this week we set TWO baptismal dates!!! One with Camila Perdomo for July 26th. She came here to learn English and she is SOLID. Super smart, BEAUTIFUL, and looooooves hearing about the gospel. I am super excited for her. Then, on Saturday, we were doing some digital mission work and we found Samuel, from Ghana, and taught the Restoration... We invited him to be baptized on July 26th and he said YES! So, we hooked him up with the missionaries in Ghana.


On Friday, we had a welcome conference for our new mission president. I got sing for him! His name is Todd Miller and he's from California. His wife and daughter, Bella, are absolutely wonderful. I love them SO MUCH already! It's really different from what I'm used to with the Packard's, but I know it's what God has planned for the MBM right now. I just need to accept it and embrace it. :) 

My companion's name is Sister Bybee. She's from New Mexico. She is PHENOMENAL. We are working super hard together. She is absolutely brilliant and I've learned a lot about consecration from her already. We work with two elders in the branch, Elder Paiva (Brazil) and Elder Brodowski (California). They are SO much fun! With the four of us, we get a lot more work in. I know this is how God wants His work to be done. I think it's really cool that we are all learning how to build God's kingdom together. I ADORE my companions and love our elders! 

On the 4th of July, President Miller extended our curfew so that we could take part in the festivities here in Boston. We all drove to the Cambridge Stake Center and stood on the roof of it to watch some fireworks. The fireworks didn't really start until after curfew, so we missed most of it, but it was great to be with the missionaries. I love our mission. 

Something I learned this week is to trust in God's timing. 
I think getting a new mission president is going to even further teach me how to trust my Heavenly Father and his timetable. It's really humbling.

I love you all! Talk to you soon! 

Hermana Webber  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Goodbye Brother and Sister Packard!

Last Week with The Packard's 

Dear Family and Friends, 
My time in the Fishbowl is up! I am being transferred this Saturday to Boston. I am really excited to be able to go back out into the field. I will never stop digital proselyting, but I really can't wait to go back to the Spanish program and serve these incredible people. I learned SO much in the Fishbowl. I'll talk more about that later in my email, but first I want to mention a huge change that is happening this week in my mission. 

It's the last week with President and Sister Packard. My mission is about to go through a HUGE change. I know it's God's timing. I know President and Sister Miller are coming in at the exact time that the mission needs them. 

I'm going to miss The Packard's so much. They've taught me so many important things. They've taught me how to seek for and receive personal revelation. They've helped me develop a genuine love for studying The Book of Mormon. They've showed me what it means to CONSECRATE myself to God. They've taught me, and hundreds of other missionaries, what ZION is. I owe a lot to them. 

I am so grateful for the time I've spent with them. I've made memories that I'll never forget. I'm really happy for the past three months I've had to serve in The Fishbowl. It was an opportunity of a lifetime. I have such a solid testimony that the work we are doing here in the Massachusetts Boston Mission really is going to change the way the church sees missionary work. God has given such a strong tool in His work. I know when we use the internet wisely, we can spread His church to every nation, kindred, and people. My calling in the digital mission has helped me in so many ways. 

I learned how to think outside of the box. My perspective on life and people itself has forever been changed. I have been able to travel around my amazing mission and meet with the stellar people here and try my best to help and serve them in their digital proselyting efforts. It really has been a treat. 

It's also been great to work with some of the smartest, most creative people I've ever known. Sister Caceres, Sister Thompson, Elder Halling, Elder Gonzalez, and Elder Vecchi have each helped me come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. It's been really cool to see each of them fulfill their missionary purpose, which is to invite others to come unto Christ, within the Fishbowl. 

Because of the Fishbowl, I really am changed. 
Because of The Packard's, I'm changed too. 

I know Heavenly Father sent me to this mission so I could make those changes within myself. I know He's also sent me here to help people change too. I can't wait to continue serving in Boston. The city is calling me!!! 

I love you guys! You're in my prayers. GOD SPEED THE RIGHT, right??

Hermana Webber

This is a link to a commercial made about the digital mission. Its a brief summary of what I've been doing the past three months in the fishbowl. Go check it out!!!

Last P-Day our zone carved watermelons! :)

Our zone is the Boston West zone and people call us W.I.N.G.S

W.I.N.G.S stands for West Is Never Gonna Stop

smashing watermelons