Megan's Background

Monday, October 26, 2015

Having Faith Was A Good Tactic!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great week! This week was a good week for us here in Bolivia. It was a little stressful because at the beginning of the week our landlord told us we have to move out because she is remodeling the house and only gave us until the end of the month. I figured that’s what I get since I wasn’t home for my family’s move. And, let me tell you trying to find a house here in Potosi after only being here for 2 months was feeling impossible. We have knocked a lot of doors asking about housing and I finally decided I couldn’t keep stressing myself out. I had to have faith that if I remained focused on the work I am here to do, the Lord would provide us a house. I also had to hope that it would not be an adobe hut where all the cholitas live which was looking to be our only option. :) It was a good tactic, because the Lord did provide. We were leaving one morning to go out and work and a lady that lives underneath us told us that there is a family that just finished building apartments in their house. She came with us and knocked on their door, which is just 3 houses down from where we live now. She told them our situation and they invited us back later that night to look at the house. IT’S PERFECT! First, it’s a family that we will be renting from. Second, it’s not an adobe hut and last but not least there is a working bathroom! They must be a pretty wealthy family because their oldest is 20 and studied in North Carolina for 6 months. They are excited I will be able to speak English with her when she comes home from La Paz for the summer. It is incredible how the Lord has blessed us, I am grateful to be a part of this all.

On Sunday, we had Stake Conference; it was a live broadcast from Salt Lake. Did you know Elder Todd D. Christofferson knows Spanish? It was so great and we were all surprised. They talked a lot about the family and the importance of going to the temple. It was such a great talk. Also, yesterday was Hermana Males birthday. I made her pancakes in the morning and I gave her one of my skirts because she didn’t bring any with her, only her traditional clothing. We celebrated with cake and ice cream. She is so sweet; she began to cry when Hermana Lidia (our pensionista) brought out the cake. She is so humble and we get along so well. I hope she had the greatest birthday.

So, this week we began the rainy season. It has rained and snowed EVERYDAY. It’s going to be a long three months, but we make the best of it, because that’s all you can do. I’m sure Hermana Males thinks I’m crazy dancing in the streets and jumping in the puddles. Ha-ha. When else will I be in the middle of Bolivia freezing and walking in the snow and rain? Got to take advantage!

Well, I love you all so much. Enjoy the simple things and count all the many blessings you have. Have a GREAT week!

Love, Hermana Lomax

Monday, October 19, 2015

My Mouth Was Filled With Exactly What Needed To Be Said!

Hello Family & Friends,

Oh how I love writing you each week! I don’t know how I am so blessed to live in the greatest 2 places in the world. Why do they have to be so far apart though?

First of all….Happy Birthday Dad! I hope you had a great day! I love you so much!

This is Paul, he is 17 years old and the greatest young man I’ve ever met. He was baptized this week and seriously I’ve never met anyone who loves the gospel so much after only a short time of investigating. 

His baptism was incredible! The only thing that stood in the way of his baptism was getting permission from his mom. She is really strong in her religion and we were worried she wouldn’t give him the permission needed. We had planned to go to her house and talk to her, but her schedule never permitted it. But, finally on Wednesday Paul came to seminary with the signed form. 

On Saturday evening when Paul was baptized, his mom surprised us and showed up. I introduced myself and thanked her for coming. Her response consisted of an eye roll as she said; “Well, I guess I have to support my son in his decision since I can’t convince him otherwise.” I talked to her for a little bit and was nervous. While I didn’t know what I could possibly say, I found that my mouth was filled with exactly what needed to be said. The Spirit is the best! And like I’ve shared before, those moments become my favorite moments of the mission. We took pictures, and began the service. The Spirit filled the room the whole meeting. After the baptism Paul bore his testimony. Wow!!! All I can say is that I am so grateful that Heavenly Father let me be a little part of his journey. He is going to be an awesome missionary and do many great things for the church here in Bolivia. I love this kid! As we were getting ready to leave I went up to Paul’s mom and thanked her for coming. She hugged me and thanked me several times. She was a completely different person than the one I met earlier in the night. I was even able to get her to accept having the missionaries come and visit her sometime this next week. It was an incredible experience and of course Hermana Males is just so giddy about her first baptism. I love this gospel; I really do stand all amazed every single day.

Yesterday we taught a less active. He is a good man and has good desires, but HE DOESN'T COME TO CHURCH. It was another one of those moments where I had no idea what to say or what we were going to teach. But, it ended up being such a great lesson. He is a good man and I am really excited to see what happens! 

Today, we went and made brownies and banana muffins at my pensionista’s house with Hermana Alarcon and Hermana Shultz and then played walli as a zone. Our zone is great!

This week we are going to Sucre for a conference with Elder Godoy. It should be really great. I’ll write you about it next week. I love you all so much! Have a good week! 

Love, Hermana Lomax

Monday, October 12, 2015

What A Week It Has Been!

Hello All,

I hope you all enjoyed your Fall Break, I have loved hearing about all the things you’ve done.

So, on Sunday night we got our transfers and since I am training we left Monday night at 9:00 to get on a bus to ride to Cochabamba... so while you were travelling 12 hours on Monday I was too. It was the longest night. I don’t think any of us slept at all. We got to the Stake Center in Cochabamba at 6:30am on Tuesday where we were assigned to other missionaries in Cochabamba to hang out with for the day. I went with Hermana Mathers. She is from Colorado and I’ve seen her a few times, but Oh my goodness, we had SO much fun as we worked in her area. She is a sweet sister and we enjoyed our time together. We even put honey on our faces to help some people chase their dog down to get him back. I know…probably not a good idea given my history, but I don’t think we were of much help anyway because we were laughing so hard. 

Wednesday morning we woke up early, met at the church building and all of us who were either training or newbies went up to the Christ statue. It was so weird, I feel like I was just there as a new missionary. We took lots of pictures and had a devotional with Pres. Hansen. After the Christ statue we went back to the Stake Center and had conference and training the whole day. Then we were assigned our companions. My new companion IS SO SWEET her name is Hermana Males. She is from Ecuador and her family is native so she wears the traditional clothing of Ecuador. She is so cute. In the mission you refer to your trainer as mom or dad and so she is my little hijita (daughter)…. I love her! After all the meetings, the missionaries serving outside of Cochabamba were given permission to go to the Temple; it was such a great blessing. I love the Cochabamba Temple, and I was able to see a lot of the members from my last ward. I love these people! That night we slept in the hotel and woke up Thursday morning and went to the airport to fly to Sucre. It was weird to be in an airplane, and I was just flying 20 minutes to Sucre. How am I going to leave this place for real? We’re just not going to think about it. After we arrived in Sucre we waited for about an hour and then got into taxis and drove 3 hours to Potosi. We finally made it home!

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we were able to work like normal. On one of these days, we were walking to some lessons and outside were 2 little girls playing. We were talking with the member that came out with us when suddenly the smallest of the girls came running up to us, grabbed my hand and just stood with us for a bit. I have never seen her before in my life. I love these children here SO much. I finally asked if she wanted to take pictures because like I’ve written before the kids LOVE pictures. We took some time taking pictures with our new little friends. Best parts of the mission. Hermana Males got all excited after that. We had District/Zone meetings on Friday and guess what? Hermana Alarcon (my trainer) is in our Zone. It’s SO Awesome! I haven’t seen her in so long. She is ending in 6 weeks and we get to be together, three generations together in one Zone. That’s something special! I’m so excited for these upcoming months; they are going to go by fast. This area is progressing quickly; we will be having a baptism this week for a young man. He is so awesome! The pure definition of a golden investigator. We are trying really hard to finish all the lessons before his baptism. 

So, yes that has been our week, a little crazy, but there is nothing better. I love you all SO much! I hope you have the greatest week!

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I hope your day is so good. We will be celebrating here with baptisms! I’ll send a birthday picture next week!

Love, Hermana Lomax

Package from the McCown Family, best surprise ever!
Playing in the SNOW!

Dance Festival last weekend. How great are their outfits!? 
Christ Statue in Cochabamba!
Cochabamba Temple.
Plane ride to Sucre. 
Finally home in Potosi with my new hijita…Hermana Males.
Cutest children ever!

Three Generations!
Myself, Hermana Males and Hermana Alarcon (my trainer).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Listening To the Lord's Servants!

Hello All,

I write this letter with a lot of gratitude and love in my heart for my family and my friends. It was so fun to see pictures of Madison´s wedding and seeing you all together. It can be a little hard for a moment, but then it passes as I think about how I have been blessed with such incredible people in my life and it’s all because of the Savior and His gospel. I know why I’m here. I feel so blessed to share just a little of my gratitude with others. I'm giving only 18 months and it is passing by so quickly. So, at times it can be rough, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Thank you all for your sweet messages! I loved the email. I have the best family and friends in the world!

It has been quite an incredible week. We were able to watch conference... in ENGLISH! A miracle. And to top it off on Saturday it snowed. In the morning we played in the snow while visiting less actives and then were able to listen to the Lord´s servants. I love general conference SO much, I always have, but in the mission it’s something different. I love our prophet Thomas S. Monson and the Twelve Apostles. It was pretty neat to hear that Gary Stevenson is a new Apostle as we just heard him speak only a month ago when he visited with Elder Bednar. I learned so much from this General Conference. Of course, Elder Holland’s talk made us all cry. It’s a good thing there were only about 5 of us in this little room. We were just expressing our love for our moms shortly before he spoke. Have I mentioned that General Conference is one of my favorite parts of the mission? :)

Yesterday we had transfers; I can’t believe how fast these last 6 weeks have gone with Hermana Chicaiza. She is leaving and going to Cochabamba. She wasn’t too happy, but I have been assuring her that Cochabamba is the best and she will be going to the same Zone I was in. I will be training here in Potosi. We are leaving tonight at 9:00 to go to Cochabamba for some training on how to train and I will find out who my new companion is on Wednesday. It’s been busy, my companion has been packing all day, it is going to be a great transfer and I am really excited!

I want you to know I love you all so much. I am so grateful to be a missionary for the Lord, to bring the world His truth! Have a GREAT week!

Love, Hermana Lomax