Megan's Background

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hamburgers with BACON!!!

Hello Everyone,

It’s hard to believe it’s only been 4 days since I last wrote, it has been a busy 4 days. I had my first Zone Conference and it was really great. We talked about being a consecrated missionary. We ate burritos and watched MEET THE MORMONS! I love that movie, and nobody had to give talks (ha-ha) so that was a plus.

We taught a lot of leccions this week. The work is really progressing here in Huayllani. It was SO slow when I got here. They had no investigators because the other sister was sick all the time so they never got out. But, we have changed that, (and of course just in time for transfers in less than 2 week) but I think I will stay here. We had 5 investigators at church. I love this area and everything about it...including the mud and bugs... yes, I have to tell you I think I have a record amount of bug bites. Mainly on my arms and a few on my legs. It’s Horrible but it’s the life of a Bolivian. Seriously, the people here have scars on their arms from bugs. Don’t worry though mom all the missionaries have them, so I don’t think I’ll die ;) and I try to wear bug spray.

Today for P-day we got to go to the Mission Home. It was so fun! We played games and hung-out with President and Sister Hansen. We also ate hamburgers with BACON! It’s the first time in 3 1/2 months! All of us from the states about died. We aren’t allowed to eat lettuce, strawberries, pig, or fish...except for in the Mission Home. It was the best thing in the entire world! We also had ice cream sundaes. My companion thought it was great. The mission home is sooo pretty. It’s pretty much the only American home here, it is right behind the temple so when you walk out the front door you see the temple and then the Christ statue is right next to it. Quite the sight!

I am excited for this upcoming week. I hope you are all doing well; I love you all so much and am so grateful for you! 

Hermana Lomax

Sorry this email isn’t super exciting; hopefully next week will be better. :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Testifying of the Savior!

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week. It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve written. It has been such a great week, full of lots of incredible experiences.

On Tuesday we had a full day of leccions, we went to visit Daniela she had her baby so we got to go and see how she is doing. While we were there we were taking pictures and I noticed that I had no memory in my camera. That couldn’t be, so I investigated a little more and realized I didn’t have my memory card. I had left it in the computer in Sacaba from the last time I wrote. To say I was freaking out would be an understatement. I have 400 pictures on that memory card. I told my companion we needed to go to Sacaba. It was 8 o'clock at night and we ran through trees and bushes in the dark. We got in a trufy (a van that drives people places that always has so many people and animals in it) and rode to Sacaba. We said a prayer that it would be there. When we got to the Internet Cafe it wasn’t in the computer. We asked the lady and she pulled my memory card and adapter out of the drawer. I was so relieved. That was a little tender mercy for the start of the week. 

On Thursday, we got to wake up at 4:30 and go to the temple. It was so INCREDIBLE and much needed. The temple here is so beautiful and now I can actually understand. It was definitely worth waking up early for. :) After we finished at the temple I went on another intercambio, this time with a girl from Utah!!! She Speaks ENGLISH! She is a sweet missionary; I learned so much from her. We talked with many people, but there was one I wanted to share with you. It was the last person we talked to. We were on our way to dinner when we saw him sitting on the side of the street reading a book. We talked to him for a bit and he told us he had talked to missionaries before. We decided to teach the Plan of Salvation. As we began to teach he started to contradict everything we were saying. He stated that he is perfectly happy in his life and he only gives credit to himself. He told us that he doesn’t need anyone or anything else in his life. As he continued Hermana Wing and I looked at each other, she put the pamphlet back in her bag. And there in an empty street, we became two missionaries in a foreign country speaking a different language than our own, with prayers in our hearts opening our mouths and testifying of a Savior, a Savior who suffered and died for us. We NEED Him in our lives. Never in my life have I felt so much love for Him and had such a strong desire to share that love than in that moment. The Spirit was so strong and the gift of tongues was definitely present. After we each finished, he had no contradiction. He thanked us for coming by to talk to him and told us that we have a great message to share with the world, but that he is content and that he needed to get back to work. We said a prayer and walked away. As we walked down the street we put our arms around each other. We all have our agency we all get to choose. That is something our Heavenly Father has to deal with and as missionaries so do we. We were happy and grateful because we chose to open our mouths and testify of our Savior. We could have just walked away, but we didn’t. I can tell you that even though he didn’t accept it, Milton a man who sells newspapers on the side of a street in Cala Cala, has heard and felt the burning testimonies of two 19 year-old Sister Missionaries. And to me that is enough. At the end of this life I will not be standing at the judgment seat for him, but for myself and I want to be able to say that I took every opportunity to boldly testify of my Savior. He has given me EVERYTHING and I need people to know how much I love Him. If that’s all I do here on my mission, it is sufficient enough for me. I am so grateful for these types of experiences. I will remember it forever.

On Saturday I was back in my area and for about a week I had been trying to figure out what we could do to get our investigators to church, because that has been the struggle. Since it was Valentine’s Day we decided to make cookies for our investigators. I woke up early and made cookie dough and icing. We studied and then afterwards we went to our pensions house and baked the cookies. I bought ribbon and made paper hearts that we wrote a scripture - Deuteronomy 6:5 about loving the Lord with all our hearts. It was SO fun! We went around and delivered them and sang the hymn I Stand All Amazed and shared a short message about the love of our Savior. It turned out so well. We had 6 investigators at Church on Sunday. We have some incredible people we are teaching right now. We are teaching 2 families and one is GOLDEN. They are the sweetest. I will send you a picture of them. Cynthia, Sebastian, Mariana, and Sebastian Jr. I LOVE this family with all my heart! Also we are teaching another girl named Daniela she is 23 and she is so fun to be with.

So, as you know Monday and Tuesday was Carnaval. We got permission to go to a ward activity on Monday, which was good because we were able to get out of our house and the 2 families we are teaching went too. It was a lot of fun. There were about 4 wards there as well as the missionaries serving in those wards. We played futbol and basketball, we ate lunch and had a huge water fight. That’s what they do for Carnaval here. People go out in the street with water guns and giant water balloons and nail each other. It was understandable why we weren’t allowed to leave. Not to mention all the drunks. Anyways by the end of the day it started raining and we were drenched. It was so cold, but lots of fun. Yesterday, we went to our pensions for lunch. That was the only time we were allowed to leave. It was like a war outside. Apparently, Tuesday is the biggest day of celebrating. We made it to lunch with only a few watermarks. But, on our way back we were walking and had to go under a bridge that passed over the street. There were people all lined up on that bridge loaded with water balloons and water guns. There was no other way home. I told Hermana Alarcon we needed to run fast under this overpass and hope their aim was really bad! :) I started sprinting as I heard and felt the splash of water balloons hitting the ground around me. I MADE IT! I looked back and Hermana Alarcon hadn’t even started running yet. She started for it and was immediately hit with a water gun, but nothing too bad. (Ha-ha) It was fun and an adrenaline rush. We got home and I studied Spanish the rest of the day. 

So, it’s been a crazy week. It was a lot of fun and I love it here! I will talk to you next Monday!

Love Hermana Lomax

P.S. So I had to share this with you. I get Brianna's letters every week that she sends her family. This was the beginning of the one she sent last week:

“This week our washer broke...yeah I was really, really sad about that because now I have to wash my clothes in the sink:( We are looking for a new one tonight so hopefully I will not have to wash all of my clothes in our sink. Its not really how I want to do things but what can you do #mishlife.”

Ha-ha-ha. I almost died. I love her!

Cochabamba Temple
President and Sister Hansen 

Our Investigators

Monday, February 9, 2015

Desire, Ponder, Act and Share!


I love Mondays! It’s the best getting to read all your emails and hear all about what’s going on with everyone. THANK YOU!!!

This week has probably been the best week so far on my mission. We taught so many great lessons and met some AWESOME new investigators. I also gave a talk in church yesterday. If you think a 15 minute talk in English is bad just imagine a 15 minute talk in Spanish after only 3 months of experience and in front of a couple from the Temple Presidency and a record amount of people- 50!! It actually went really well after much prayer. Not to mention we had 5, yep 5 investigators come. How Awesome, right!?

The ward members here are SO incredible. They are ALL so excited about the work. We get calls all through out the week about people they have found for us to teach. It’s so fun to see how excited they get. On Sundays the members are so welcoming we never have to worry about our investigators at church. That’s my favorite part, how close people are. My pensionista (the family that feeds us) has a big yellow bus thing that they drive to church. After we all pile in, about half the ward, they drive everyone home. It's so ghetto and it feels like it’s going to break down and explode, but it’s so fun to cram as many people as we can in that thing.

So, after church yesterday a sister in our ward, Hermana Angulo invited a family that she referred to us about 4 days ago, over to their house for family home evening. I planned a lesson and we invited the Elders serving in our ward. We talked about the conversion of Joseph Smith because the topic for our talks in church was conversion. We taught about how first Joseph had a DESIRE and then he PONDERED about that desire as he read the scriptures. Afterwards, he chose to ACT, and once he received the truth he SHARED HIS TESTIMONY with others, even those who persecuted him. This was something I studied before my mission and I figured it would be a perfect FHE lesson, translated in Spanish of course ;) We explained to this family that they are in the same position as Joseph Smith, they have a desire and now they need to follow the example of the conversion of Joseph Smith and truly become converted themselves. Afterwards we watched the restoration and ate refreshments. It was so fun! They have a baptism date set for February 28th, along with 3 other investigators, but they are the most promising.

So, all in all this week has been great and I am really excited to make this next week even better. I see my Spanish improving everyday and my testimony growing, which I didn’t know was possible, but it is. I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week!

Hermana Lomax

P.S. I will be writing on Wednesday next week, NOT on Monday. Monday and Tuesday is the Carnival and all missionaries are not allowed to leave their houses...its going to be the longest 2 days EVER! So, I’ll talk to you on Wednesday next week!

The new part of my area……I love it!

Monday, February 2, 2015

You Asked For Pictures!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAYLIE!!! I hope you had such a great birthday on Friday. It's hard to believe you are thirteen. Where has the time gone? I love you SO much!
This is the House where we live. We live on the 3rd story in a little apartment. This is probably the nicest place here in Huayllani.  I am perfectly fine without a sink. :)
This is our room. My favorite place ever! Dad, do you remember when you said if I do small things like make my bed everyday, I will find greater success in my day? I made it a commitment before I came out, and I know it's only been 3 months but I have not missed a day. :)
So, you will be happy to know that 2 weeks ago WE GOT A SMOKE DETECTOR! I had to take a picture for you. :)
The people here are so amazing…seriously. The kids especially and they LOVE pictures.  AHHH I love them!

This place is AMAZING, seriously everyday is a new adventure. Here are some places and things we see everyday.

Remember how I said they drink everything out of bags... well here you go!