Megan's Background

Monday, April 25, 2016

I feel as though the Lord is blessing me in these last weeks so that I may go home knowing that I have served Him well.

Hello All,

This week has been another great week, so full of emotions. At the beginning of this week I got a virus on one of my memory cards so I lost all those pictures. Thankfully, I had saved most of them to another memory card. Now I am just waiting for the man at the Internet Cafe to see if he can restore the ones that were not saved.

On Wednesday my money pouch got stolen from my bag and I had to tell the trufi (bus) driver that I didn’t have money to pay him. I felt so bad, but he was nice about it. 

Thursday we had Zone Conference. I had to give my last testimony, it was really hard, but a spiritual experience. We learned so much at that conference.

The best part of my week was Saturday because we had a baptism. Mihjael got baptized! It was such a great day. It never ceases to amaze me how powerful the Spirit is as one of God's children enters the waters of baptism. Mihjael has changed so much. It was good to see his cousins who are members there to support him.

Sunday we had Ward Conference. All the stake leaders came and spoke. The theme was Love One Another. It was a great day.

We have seen so many miracles these last few weeks, I feel as though the Lord really is blessing me in these last weeks so that I may go home knowing that I have served Him well.

Well, I’m sorry I don’t have time to write much. There is much to do, and it’s not gonna get done if I’m sitting here at the computer. I love you all so much!

Love, Hermana Lomax

My favorite! He had no idea why I wanted to take his picture. :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

We Are Seeing Miracles!

Hello All,

I never thought time could pass so quickly, I feel like I am not in control anymore. But, I know the Lord and His angels are. These last few weeks have been a testament to me that the Lord leads us to where we must be in the precise moments that we must be there. We are seeing miracles!

My companion got sick this week. Poor girl. She is such a dedicated missionary that she even threw up outside of an investigators home. Its such a bummer when things like this happen, especially when all you want is to be out teaching the gospel. Fortunately, we are blessed in this ward to have great members always willing to go out with us. On Wednesday, Hermana Fuenzalida stayed with our pensionista while I went out and worked with a cute girl in our ward that recently returned home from her mission in Peru. It was a great day. We met families, and taught spiritually uplifting lessons.

Thursday, Hermana Fuenzalida was feeling better so we went out and worked...hard. We are seeing a lot of progress in the people who we teach.

Friday, the stake had a primary activity, a Pioneer Festival. We took some kids we are teaching (Paola´s younger siblings). It was so cute to see all the little kids perform pioneer dances. You can only imagine how cute it was to see little Bolivian children try and dance like the pioneers. I know it must have been strange for them because their style of dance is VERY different.

On Sunday, we woke early and went to Ward council. While in Ward council the bishop asked if we could speak in Sacrament meeting. It’s normal, and now not so stressful. We also taught the lesson in Relief Society, but we knew about that one and were able to plan a little bit. And to make it even better we had 7 investigators at church, the most in all my time in this area. Like I said, we are seeing miracles! Later that night the young women had their New Beginnings and we were able to take Paola. It was so cute. We fought hard to take a picture with her. Oh that girl….good thing I love her to pieces.

It has been a great week and we topped if off today. For P-day we woke up early and drove 4 hours to the jungle. I have been dying my whole mission to go to Incachaka. It is so pretty. I’ve never seen so much green in my life. It was muddy and wet. There were vines and weird birds and insects everywhere. We didn’t find any monkeys, unfortunately. God has incredible creations on this earth and I feel so blessed to take them in. We are tired, but SO excited for this week. To give everything we have and serve the Lord with all our hearts. We are looking forward to more miracles!

I hope you all have a great week, I love you and I pray for you always!

Love, Hermana Lomax 

Monday, April 11, 2016

"The great thing about the gospel is that we get credit for trying even if we don’t always succeed."

This has been a great week. We have been working hard. I feel really blessed because I was able to see Hermana Males! On Tuesday we went all the way across Cochabamba to teach in a Zone meeting. It happened to be Hermana Males’ Zone and she had no idea we were coming. It was a fun surprise and her face was priceless. It was so good to see her after 4 months. Then on Saturday we had exchanges with her and her companion. Hermana Males came here to my area with me. It was so fun. She is becoming an incredible missionary. She talks to everyone, she is obedient, and she knows how to teach with the spirit. I don’t know how I was so blessed to train her. 

So, while we were on our exchanges we were teaching an older lady, named Maria, outside of her tienda. While we were teaching, another lady came up to us dressed in a skirt and a sun hat. Who else dresses like we do besides.... a Jehovah’s Witness. What a great surprise. She sat down right between Hermana Males and I. She told us that she has also been teaching Maria. We welcomed her right in and we continued to teach. At first I was a little nervous, but then I thought to myself, “why?”. I am a called and chosen missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ. I thought of the story in the Book of Mormon when Alma, his sons and the brothers of Mosiah went to the land of the Zoramites. When they arrived they found the people had misunderstood the teachings of the Lord. They were worshipping in a way so different from how the Lord had commanded. Alma and those with him took on the daunting task of correcting them in their wickedness and changing their hearts. They taught humility and reminded them of the true meaning of the scriptures. These missionaries were firm and filled with the spirit. In that moment I knew their experiences had become my own and it was my turn to teach as they did. I began to ask this lady about herself and her life, just like I have done with everyone I’ve met for the past 17 months. She began to ask me about my life and I began to share. As we continued she started arguing gospel principles. She started asking questions such as, “Where in the Bible does it say…..?” Those questions could have gone on for hours. Instead Hermana Males and me directed our attention to the hermana whom we had come to visit. She looked at us and told us that she is confused about which church is true, because there are so many, and they all seem to teach different principles. And at that moment it was very evident how true her statement was. We felt impressed to speak of prayer. We asked the Jehovah’s Witness if she would open her Bible and read Santiago 1:5 (I don’t remember his name in English at this moment).  She read it aloud and for a moment even began teaching with us the importance of prayer. I was a little caught off guard. We shared our testimonies that prayer is the answer. God is our loving father; He will answer us if we seek him. We are not here to talk badly of other churches, to persuade unjustly. We are simply here as representatives of Jesus Christ to help people use their agency the way the Lord intended and to act for themselves in receiving answers. None of us can endure on borrowed light, we must have our own. That Jehovah’s Witness may have wondered how we as "Mormon Missionaries" have such great success. I hope she received an answer that afternoon. There was nothing for her to argue, it is basic truth that we all need no matter to what church we belong. We ended with a prayer and left, but only to the next house where we had another lesson. :)

I don’t know if I handled that situation the way the Lord would have if he were here, I hope so. It’s always a thought that runs through my mind at the end of everyday. But, I have received so much comfort in the words spoken by Elder Holland, when he said, "The great thing about the gospel is that we get credit for trying even if we don’t always succeed." I am trying to serve as the Lord would have me do. I still have much to learn. I have often felt the burden that there is so little time to learn so much, what a heavy feeling that is. But, I feel as though Elder Holland was speaking to me. He gave me the comfort in knowing that the Lord will do wonders with me whether here in Bolivia or at home.

I love you, I pray for you and I hope the very best for each of you.

Love, Hermana Lomax
My daughter in the mission, Hermana Males.

Peanut Butter & Oreos!
I was finally able to get Paola to take a picture with me. :)

Monday, April 4, 2016

I Love You and Pray For You! - To the Young Women

Dear Young Women,

I want you to know that I love you and I pray for you. We have been blessed to listen to our church leaders this last week. Let me tell you, there is nothing like listening to General Conference as a missionary. My heart is full of gratitude to be able to serve my Heavenly Father. Being a missionary is one of the greatest blessings the Lord has offered me. My mission is changing me. These people are changing me. 

I simply want to write to let you know that this gospel is true. God lives and loves us. I know that our Redeemer lives. I’ve been blessed to witness His Atonement change lives, including my own. I know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel. I know he saw God the Father and His son in a grove of trees. I know God answers prayers, including prayers of the poor, the sinful, the weak and the lost. We are His children and He loves us. Never forget the words spoken by Elder Holland who when reciting scripture, announced by the Lord himself, said, "Do not fear, I am with you."

I love you. I look up to you because of your courage and faith. More importantly, always remember that our Heavenly Father loves you. Your knowledge of this is priceless. Live it. He is always there to help you.

Have a great week and enjoy every moment of it because time goes by faster than you can imagine.

Love, Hermana Lomax