Megan's Background



Monday, April 27, 2015

Using My MA Skills….and Burger King!

Hello!

What a week it has been! Last Sunday we had 
transfers and I came to Villa Moscu on
My Companions!
Tuesday. It is awesome and SO different than Huayllani. Our house has 4 rooms and a giant full sized kitchen and 2 SINKS! I am in a trio and everyone was telling me how sorry they were because they all think it’s the worst. But I love it!!! We are having SO much fun and we are all so much alike. Hermana Molina is from Lima Peru. She got baptized when she was 18. She was the first in her family of 11 and now her mom and 4 of her siblings are members. Her dad died when she was 7 because of an overdose. Her story is incredible and she is a powerful missionary, a humble missionary. I love it when she shares her story. Hermana Wing is from Highland, Utah (my first gringa companion!) I love her, she has been out for almost 9 months and she is the sweetest. We work out a lot, which is awesome. We are a lot alike and we hardly ever speak English to each other, only when Hermana Molina is in the shower or when we are with other No. Americans. These next 5 weeks are going to go by so fast.

So, I have a funny story to share. Mom, remember when you asked me if I’ve had the opportunity to use any of my Medical Assisting? Well, now I can say I have, but not the way you would think. On Wednesday, we had tramitaze (I don’t know the word in English but it’s things we have to do for our citizenship). We went to the clinic in the morning where I had a physical including x-rays and having my blood drawn. Well at least they attempted! The lady poked me 4 times and couldn’t get my vain. I tried to tell her where it was, but she still missed. So she settled on poking my finger and got some blood that way. The next day on Thursday we received a call that I needed to return to the clinic because they didn’t get enough blood to run their tests. So we went back and she poked me 3 more times, with no success (it’s a good thing we practiced so much in class because getting poked 7 times would have freaked me out). So, I finally told the lady that I could try and draw my own blood, that I am a Medical Assistant and had done it before (but like almost a year ago :/) She looked at me like I was crazy and gave me the needle. So there in this dumpy clinic in Cochabamba I drew my own blood. The lady couldn’t believe it. She told me that was the first time someone has ever done that. But anyways…. so now I’m walking around with 2 bruised arms. Ha-ha. What a great experience and it's good to know I DIDNT FORGET HOW TO DRAW BLOOD! Whoop Whoop!

So, another story….. on Thursday I got a call from 
my Zone Leader in Huayllani asking me if I could
Burger King with Pres. & Sister Hansen!
come back for 2 days and do a musical number for their stake conference. So, me and another Sister from Idaho who is in another zone here in Cochabamba, went on an intercambio. On Saturday morning we practiced, and then I went back to her area with her to figure out what to do with her companion during the day, we ended up working a bit and then we went to the adult session at 7:00 on Saturday night. We sang and after we finished we gathered our blankets and pillows to go sleep on the floor of my old house in Huayllani. Hermana Hansen saw us and asked where we were going to sleep. When we told her, she said we could just go sleep at the mission home and then they would bring us back with them the next morning. (They spoke in all the sessions.) On our way to the mission home Hermana Hansen told President that we needed to go to Burger King for dinner because she was hungry. So at 9:30 at night we went and ate at Burger King. IT WAS SO GOOD! Who could ever want Burger King so much?! Ha-ha. It’s a huge luxury here. President got us crowns and made us where them the whole time. It was so much fun spending time with them. Then I got the best nights sleep I think I’ve ever had in my whole life. We woke up early and when we went downstairs President had made us all breakfast. He made eggs, fruit, toast, BACON and real apple juice. It was so sweet. We all ate together and then went to the 2 sessions of Conference. I was able to see everyone from Huayllani and even though it’s only been a week, I feel like it has been forever. I love them all SO much!  After it was over they drove us to the temple where we met up with our companions. 

So, I was a little spoiled this week, I will never forget this. I am grateful and excited for this week to meet more people and share the gospel with EVERYONE! I love you all so much and I hope you have a FANTASTIC week!


Love, Hermana Lomax

The Mission Home!



This is a little boy who just turned 7 so we made him a cake. That's what happens when there are 3 gringas we make a lot of american food. Ha-ha. 



 This blanket was one that the elders gave me when they brought me my bed and things. I think they are trying to tell us something ;)

Monday, April 20, 2015

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great week. I cannot believe how fast they go.

So, first off Familia Caceres - Zail, Cyntia and Mariana got BAPTIZED!!!! I don’t even know how to write about how well it went. It was so great! There were so many people at their baptisms that we had to start in the chapel. President came and baptized Mariana and a brother in our ward baptized Zail and Cyntia. It was an emotional day, I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! They were so happy, and Zail’s parents came from Peru for the baptism, that was a special surprise. After the baptisms, they each bore their testimonies... and wow they were powerful. Mariana shared an experience about how one day she asked her mom how to bare a testimony, Cyntia told her that she should pray to know what to say and to know that the things she did say were true. She then shared how that night she prayed and received an answer that the gospel is true. How sweet is that and she is only 10. Cyntia cried as she bore her testimony and Zail shared how excited he is to go to the temple. I don’t know how to tell you how I am feeling; this by far is the best day of my life. After the meeting Hermana Ordonez and I made a surprise video for them of their lives. It was powerful and I am so grateful for a Heavenly Father who put them in my path. When I met them I may not have known Spanish well or known exactly what to do for them, but this gospel is so true and I can testify that THIS IS THE WORK OF THE LORD. How did I get so lucky to be a part of it? I love them with all my heart. Now Zail is preparing to get the priesthood next week so that he can baptize his sister that is living with them.

Yesterday, we had cambios. I am leaving Huayllani and going to the President´s area. My new area Villa Mascu has the temple and the Mission Home and the elders that serve in our ward are the assistants. I am going be in a trio with a gringa and a sister from Peru. I am going from the poorest part of the city to the richest (ha-ha), but I am going to miss Huayllani SO MUCH. I never thought it would be so difficult. I worked hard in this area! When I first got here we had 1 investigator and they were about to close the area. But, now we have 8 investigators coming to church every week, 2 of those families have wedding dates so that they can be baptized. It’s incredible! Last night when we received cambios we were at the Caceres’ eating cake and waiting for cambios. When we found out that I would be leaving, Mariana and Sebastian began to cry. IT WAS SO HARD! But, as I held them both in my arms I remembered something that Gina told me. She explained to me that as a missionary you are called to change lives and once you change them, you have to leave because you have done what you were there to do and now it’s time to change others. What a coincidence that I am leaving the day after their baptisms. This family is well taken care of and they are great examples to the other investigators here. Plus, I’m not going that far away. So I’ll be able to come back for Paula’s baptism on the 9th of May. I am super excited for the changes ahead. So, I leave Huayllani tomorrow :( I still have to pack all my stuff.... and you know I have a lot.

I hope you all have a great week. I love you all so much and am so grateful for your examples.


Love, Hermana Lomax




Monday, April 13, 2015

To the YW…."And I Will Send Angels Round About You, To Bear You Up"

Hi Young Women,

I am sorry I haven’t written you a letter for a while, but don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about you. I wanted to share an experience with you that I think of everyday here on my mission. When I left in November for my Mission, preparing to go and saying goodbye to my family was not super difficult because I knew without a doubt that this is what I needed to do. The morning I left, as I sat on the airplane waiting to take off in Tucson, the plane was totally dark. All the passengers around me were sleeping and it was quiet. As we took off, the sun began to rise over the mountains and I could see the land below in the newly lighted day. At that moment my mind was bombarded with doubt, for the first time I realized what I was doing. I had just said goodbye to my family for a year and a half to go to a foreign country where I knew I wouldn’t be able to understand or communicate. The question entered my mind, “Could I really do this?” Silent tears welled up in my eyes as I felt fear, a feeling I hadn’t felt before concerning my Mission. What was I doing? (It was a good thing it was dark so no one could see :)) But, at that moment while staring out the window, I pictured heavenly angels flying along side me and immediately I felt comfort. I left my home willingly, trustingly to go and serve the Lord, because I knew it was true! He was there for me as I sat alone on that airplane. He is always here for me because I have declared myself as a Disciple of Christ. After this experience the rest of the trip was great, I was even able give out my first Book of Mormon to the lady sitting next to me.

A few weeks later I was at the MTC in Colombia, we had time for personal study. I was feeling overwhelmed with all the Spanish we were learning and again I felt that same feeling. “Can I really do this?” As I read in my scriptures, I flipped to a random page, it was Doctrine and Covenants 84: 85-88. As I read the last verse, "and I will send angels round about you, to bear you up," I remembered that experience I had in the airplane and once again received that same comfort. That scripture was an answer to prayer. I read that scripture often here on my mission.

So, now a few weeks ago, I was at my Pensions house for lunch and saw a picture on her computer screen of Sister Missionaries walking down a dirt road with angels around them. I immediately thought of these 2 experiences and asked her to send it to me. I know that the Lord’s angels everyday surround me as I walk the dirt roads of Bolivia and serve the Lord as a Missionary. What comfort that gives me!

I share this with you because I want you to know that you too have angels walking beside you in everything you do. Remember this, that you are not alone. And when you ask yourself, “Can I really do this?” Know that you CAN! You CAN stand up for what you believe. You CAN be examples to those who don’t believe the same things you do, you CAN do the things you set your mind to, you CAN live ALL the standards in the For Strength of Youth pamphlet, you CAN do hard things, and you CAN change lives. Because the Lord is always with you protecting you and lifting you up. You girls are so incredible, I think of you all so much and pray for you everyday. I think the world of each one of you and I love you! Have a great week and know you are never alone!

Love,

Hermana Lomax (Megan) 



Doctrine & Covenants 
Section 84

 85 Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.
 86 Therefore, let no man among you, for this commandment is unto all the faithful who are called of God in the church unto the ministry, from this hour take purse or scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom.
 87 Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgment which is to come.
 88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

La Cancha…..You Can Google It! :)

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a good week. Our week was great and went by fast. Nothing super exciting happened, just preparing for the baptism of Familia Caceres. I am so excited; the whole ward is helping prepare for it. Our ward is awesome, seriously! I am sitting next to a girl in our ward right now in the Internet Cafe she is so sweet. That’s what I like the most, there are so many YSA here or in Bolivia it’s JAS (Jovenes Adultos Solatarios). We have 2 investigators that are YSA, so we get to go to all the activities. 

I am doing really well; it’s starting to get cooler as we are getting ready for winter. It’s so strange thinking you all just finished winter and I am just starting. I bought some leggings so I don’t look too ridiculous with my long socks (ha-ha). Also, this is the last week of this transfer, on Sunday we find out the changes. I cannot believe how fast 6 weeks go by in a mission. I remember at home 6 weeks felt like FOREVER. I could stay or go, we never know. But, I love Huayllani with all my heart and the people here. We have so much fun. I will send some pictures.

Today for P-day we played Minute To Win It (the props of having gringo Zone Leaders). Then, we went shopping in the Cancha. I still have mixed feelings about the Cancha, its where everyone goes to shop. You can Google it. While we were in the Cancha I saw some girls that obviously were from the states. We stick out so much. My companion told me today, as we were walking around, that I need to hide somewhere when she asks the prices of things because they raise the price big time if they see you are with gringo. Anyways, these girls were speaking English so I asked where they were from. One was from Colorado and the other Ohio. This was the first time I have seen people from the states here other than Missionaries. I told them why I was here and we talked for a bit. Finally, she told me they were Jehovah Witnesses. You would not believe how many there are here... it’s surprising. I could tell she didn’t want to tell me.

Now we are going over to Familia Caceres because its Zail’s birthday and a lot of the people in the ward are throwing him a surprise birthday party.

I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week! Ill talk to you next week!

Love,

Hermana Lomax


Dia de Ninos (kid's day) in our Primary.
Grocery shopping at La Cancha.
Our Zone activity - Minute to Win It! The BEST District in the Mission. ;) 


Monday, April 6, 2015

I Loved General Conference!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great week, a good Easter and enjoyed Conference. Our week was so great; I cannot believe how different Conference felt this year. I never realized what a big deal it really is. It’s been interesting to see how they broadcast it in another country and all the translating that has to happen. We watched all the sessions in the church building on a white sheet, with all the members. I’ve just been used to waking up, eating breakfast and turning on the TV. On Saturday, I watched it in English and on Sunday in Spanish because they had some technology issues. The first session was from 12:00-2:00 and the second was from 4:00-6:00 on both days. I can’t believe how fast they went by.

Easter was so great! We woke up and had to leave for the church building about an hour early.  On holidays here in Bolivia it is a law that there can be no motorized vehicles in operation except for the police. There were SO many people on the streets and it created a really fun environment. Lots of people were out riding bikes. Some people tied a volleyball net between some intersection lights and were playing volleyball in the middle of the "Freeway of Cochabamba." And many Cholitas were out barbequing. How awesome! Why don’t we do this in the states? So, everyone on Sunday had to walk to the building it was fun to see the members in our ward walking or riding bikes. It was awesome to see their sacrifice, because we had to walk back to the building at 4:00.

We went to our pensions to eat lunch between sessions and we played UNO. I am a pro at UNO. We play it almost everyday. Ha-ha. It was such a great weekend. I had a bad headache Sunday night from concentrating so much on understanding everything in Spanish. Tonight I am going to watch Elder Holland’s talk again in English at my pensions, because you know how much I love that man. Did you all have a favorite talk, what was it?

So I talked to Sister Hansen about my bite I just have to keep an eye on the dog for about 2 weeks to make sure it doesn’t die or get sick. It’s all good, it has healed really well. And I got all my pictures back. WOOHOO!

Earlier this week we went to the hospital to visit Sebastian the little 5 year old of the familia Caceres. He came down with pneumonia so he was in the hospital for about 5 days. It was so fun to visit with him. I helped him build Avengers Legos. It reminded me so much of building Legos with Kasen. Ha-ha. We had a great time. But, he is home now and back to his crazy, energetic self.

I am so grateful for all of you. I think of you so much. Have a great week.

I love you!


Hermana Lomax

Happy Easter or Dia de Pascua from Hermana Lomax and Hermana Ordonez.

This was the night I got bit by the dog. Not the best picture, but just take a look at how awesome my calf muscle is and the bug bite scars. Ha-ha! Oh and check out my horrible long socks with my skirt.
This is a few days later, so it looks pretty good.
Walking to the church building to watch General Conference.

Picu and UNO! I'm so excited to come home and cook you Bolivian food. And, yes I still hate tomatoes with a passion, but I gag them down. :)

At the hospital with Familia Caceres.