Monday, August 14, 2017

"Everyone's Amazing Potential"

Well hello everyone! I am first going to start off with our crazy transfer news.... Hna Starke and I will be staying in Spanish YSA (Young Single Adults) for another transfer and for a little bit of time we will be in a trio with .... Hna Jensen!!! Hermana Jensen is one of my past companions in Valencia and before she had me as a companion she was companions with Hermana Starke! She is finishing her mission with us during this transfer then going back home to quickly start school at BYU. Crazy how things work out!

We will also have the English Sister Training Leaders move in with us. We got the word last night of our new roommates so the Elders were helping us move more beds in the room and making them into bunkbeds. We are going from 2 in our bedroom to 5 very quickly! It’s a party!

This week has been really fun:). We had a lesson with Roberto before he got confirmed this Sunday and we were talking about some of the things we taught him in the past. He wants to get started on his Family History work so we can go do Baptisms for the Dead with him when the LA Temple opens back up!

At the end of our lesson he said that he had a very important question for us. He asked us how to get started to prepare to serve his own mission!!! This is so exciting!!! We talked to him about a mission and he is excited to prepare to go in about a year! 

Also, this week we went to an awesome lesson with our Ward Mission Leader, Hyrum. We went to our investigator Luis' house (who we found knocking doors) and had a huge break through lesson. He has been struggling with a lot of Word of Wisdom problems and some other things that have been hard for him. Hyrum was a huge help because he was able to relate.

This lesson really opened up my eyes to see that each and every one of us have potential and we shouldn't judge anyone by the way they look. Luis expressed to us that he really wants to change his life. Before my mission would probably have not talked to Luis, he is covered in Tattoos, is always drunk, and is a little sketchy.

But as we have talked with Luis, I have really started to look at him from the eyes of our Father in Heaven! He came to church this Sunday and loved every second. He said he felt an amazing amount of peace that he wants to be with him every day. We are working toward baptism with him slowly but he really has so much potential. Just like each and every one of us!

I am so excited that I get to stay in the Spanish YSA! I have seen so many miracles and I have seen so much happiness in other people.  We each have so much to give and we can all give it in different ways. I am so glad that I get to be a missionary and help people like Roberto who is now preparing for a mission and also people like Luis who have an open heart to change :).

Have an amazing week everyone!! Talk to you soon!

Hermana Hadley 

Dinner with Omar, a member of the Spanish YSA Branch

Another one bits the dust! Farwell Elder Wakamatus :(

Out Squad is getting split up :(
We all had matching ties and head bands that Elder Wakamatus made us!

The Gang
Sure gunna miss them!

A cute lemonade place we found the other day.

Mom Note: Each Monday Night the YSA Branch President and his wife have dinner with the Sister Missionaries.  They call it Adventure Monday's and we are blessed with extra pictures that they send to us! Here is last weeks Adventure Monday to a Guatemalan Food Truck!

We were told these were Fancy Spicy Snow Cones :)

The owner of the Food Truck ask if he could share their picture on his 
Food Truck Webpage.  
They're FAMOUS! This was what we found :)

We were able to attend the Provo MTC Openhouse this last week and thought we would include these pictures that we sent to Hermana Hadley <3

Monday, August 7, 2017

"One Year & One Baptism"

Holy Cow, has this been a week! There has been so many things happen it feels like it has been 2 weeks in one! I am sending a ton of pictures for this week because a lot of stuff happened, and I can't even write about all of it!

The most exciting news is...ROBERTO GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!! It was such an awesome day! Our Mission President came and he talked with Roberto and told us that he was one of the most converted people he had seen in a long time! I am so grateful for him! Roberto has really grown and has come out of his shell. When he got in his white jump suit he kept kicking around and saying he felt like a ninja! :) 

His baptism was going to be on Saturday, but he had to work until 8:30 that night, so Sunday during Sunday School Hna Starke and I started filling up the font and he got baptized right after church. A fun fact is that he got baptized on the same day that I was baptized just 12 years earlier!

We sang a musical number with some people in our Branch that talked about Christ’s Hands and all the miracles he did for us! It was impressive that we could get some of the Latino boys to sing on pitch! My favorite part was when Roberto bore his testimony at the end. He told us about how he was so happy to be baptized and how he felt like he was a little kid who experienced peace for the first time. He also gave thanks to Luis, his cousin who introduced him to the church! Luis just got baptized a few months ago and is already an awesome missionary.

Also, this week I hit ONE YEAR in the mission! It has been so crazy to think that I have been doing this for a whole year! We had an awesome surprise for our dinner, my mom ordered Domino’s Pizza for us. It was such a fun little pizza party we had to celebrate both me and Hermana Starke’s 1 year in the mission!

This week we found City Walk (an area by Universal Studios with shopping and restaurants) and had lunch there! It was a little crazy adventure and it was fun to leave little pass along cards in some of the stores we went into. haha. We were sneaky about it!

I love being a missionary and I am so happy that I have been able to help with the baptism of Roberto!! I hope you all have an awesome week! The Gospel is TRUE!!!!

Hermana Hadley 

The Hermana's and our Rama!!!
(Rama means Branch)

Sister Henrie posted "They're celebrating in the YSA Branch"

Roberto's Baptism!!!
This is one of Roberto's really good friends, Melvin who baptized him.

Roberto and his Cousin Luis who was baptized just a few months ago. 
Luis introduced the Gospel to Roberto and also performed the confirmation. 

Our musical number at Roberto's Baptism

Hna Starke and I found Universal Studios and then had lunch at City Walk!!!  
This is as close as missionaries can get to the Theme Parks in our Mission.

Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria! The pizza was huge!!!

ET Phone Home!

Me and Hermana Starke on our little Adventure

"Bubba Gump Shrimp Co." 

Elder Yeck got a fortune cookie without a fortune

Very hot hot hot knock out in the middle of nowhere. 
110 Degress and 75% Humidity

Our 1 Year Pizza Party!!!

Mom Note: Both Hermanas and Hermana Vasquez (Branch President's Wife) agreed that this was the cutest Pizza Delivery Man they had seen. I thought it was going to be some creepy man at their apartment and would scare the girls so I arranged to have it deliveried to the Vasquez Family.  Thank you for helping with our surprise Pres. and Sister Vasquez!

A Fun Fact: McKay purposely chose the outfit she wore on August 2, 2016 to the airport 
to wear again on August 2, 2017 :) She is so cute!

Facebook post:
One year ago today we left for the airport at 3:00 am to put Hermana McKay Hadley on a plane to Mexico City to begin her journey. She is loving every second of her mission in San Fernando and this is a quote from her letter this week.

"Being a missionary is the best! Seriously, I feel so lucky that everyday I get to wake up and realize that I get to spend the whole day serving my Heavenly Father!"

We are so blessed by her service and sure do love our cute missionary!!! <3