Monday, May 16, 2016

El Espíritu de Elias (May 16, 2016)

Another busy week flew by! Goodness me! It's starting to go way too fast! One more month and there goes a year! 

This week was super full of family history things. We had skype trainings, intercambios, temple trips, lessons, and plannings. They keep us going down here!

Last Thursday, we were able to go to the temple and do a session. I just love the temple! Have I said that before? Because I do! We did the names of one of the sisters in our zone because she has like 249 names reserved, so we knocked the number down to 241. It was good just to go and meditate in the celestial room. It truly is the House of God. Afterwards, we went and got burritos at Burrito Bar (YUM!) and then there is a lady who makes custom dresses cheaply, so we went and got fitted for those. I'm pretty excited. 
Well, I have no time today, so I'm just gonna end here.

I know that the church is true. I know that it contains the fullness of the gospel with the proper authority and priesthood power. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that if you read it and ask Heavenly Father if it is true or not, you will receive an answer and know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers. I know that He has blessings waiting for us if we open the door with our obedience. I know that through the expiacion (atonement) of our Savior Jesus Christ, we can change. We can repent and become new, become better than before. I know that if we live the gospel, we can return to the presence of our Father in Heaven together with our families forever. 


Hermana Elise Joyner

¡Que alegría fue a verles! (May 9, 2016)

Skyping on Mother's Day
It was so good to see and talk to you yesterday! It made me really happy. COLE IS GONNA BE TALLER THAN ME!!!!! Seriously, we gotta do something about that... But it was fun and I'm glad the technology worked so that ALL of us could talk together. That was pretty neat! GA, CA, Canada, and Peru! 40 minutes went too fast! Oh well, next time we talk we can take as long as we want (.......). 

This week was crazy full of meetings! On Tuesday, we had leaders council and then in the night, another companionship of sisters came home with us to stay the night to be able to go to the sister's meeting on Wednesday. That meeting was awesome! All 30 of us sisters in the mission got together and had breakfast, received training, did a few games and activities, had lunch, took a million and a half pictures, and just had a good time! It's super fun because you can do things and say things with only sisters that you wouldn't say if there were Elderes present. It was a more special meeting. After that meeting, I went home with another sister and worked in her area for the night. Thursday, we went and had a zone council where we give all the information that we learned in leaders council to the rest of hte zone. Friday we had a multi-zona conference. That was pretty neat because the mission doctors for hte area of northwestern south america came and spoke to us about health and what we can do to have mental and physical health. It was interesting and kinda funny because one of the doctors is from Australia so he was speaking Spanish with his accent and it was like what.... But it was good! And then on Saturday we did our weekly planning because we were in a meeting on Friday. And yesterday was Mother's Day, so you know, we chatted with you for a bit. Busy busy busy! And then this week we get to go to the temple on Thursday to be able to do a session! WAHOOO!!!!! But that also means that we don't get P-day today.... but that's ok because TEMPLO!!!! And on Saturday we are going with the converts and rescues for family history so that they can do the bautismos vicarios. I love the mission! I have really come to love the temple because of the deeper understanding that I get when we teach about it and family history and when we can go. The Templo really is the house of the Lord. GO! TO! THE! TEMPLE!

Alma 56: 47&48:
 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

I love these verses! I have the luck that in my case it is so true! They had never gone out to battle in their lives and here they are, a bunch of jovenes, being sent out to defend their families and freedoms. And it is all beacuse their parents were being true to the covenants they had made with God. What an example they had in their lives! What an example I have in my life! I see my parents being true to their covenants, so here I am in the battle field. Like the warriors, I dont fear; I only think on the liberty of the people of God. Why? Because I doubt not that my mother knows it. Thanks mama!

That's all I got for you today! I hope you all have a wonderful week and share the gospel! 



Hermana Elise Joyner

Monday, May 2, 2016

May, Meetings, and Mothers! (May 2, 2016)

May is here!!!!! And so is Fall!!! AHHH!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!! These past two weeks, a coolness has come to Chorrillos. The mornings, nights, and when the sun goes down in the afternoon are a bit chilly. Not cold yet, but chilly. However, when the sun comes out in the morning and afternoon, it's still kinda hot. But not as hot because the sun isn't as bad. But still. I'M SO EXCITED!!!

This week, May has brought us a mountain of meetings! Tomorrow, we have the Leader's Council, Wed is a special meeting just for all the Hermanas of the mission, Thurs is our Zone Council, Fri is a Multi-zone Conference here in Lima, and Sat is our weekly planning, with Sunday being Mother's Day. BUSY BUSY BUSY!!!

Pres Letter quote (he likes us to write a miracle each week if you haven't noticed)-  

"Miracle of the week! This week has been full of tender mercies from the Lord. The miracle that touched me the most was the power of service. Patty Cerna is a less active who is very closed off and has always avoided us since I got here in Las Villas. We finally caught her outside of her house Friday afternoon. She was knee deep with things to do in and outside of her house to prepare for her family that was coming in town. She was super stressed, so when we offered to help, she accepted. It was such a surprise and miracle that she let us past the gate. As we began to help her clean up her yard, we started to talk to her and found out a lot of little things that we could converse about and ways we could tie it to the gospel and testify. She said that she she was super grateful and liked to talk to us. We set up another appointment to teach her family this week. Her husband and son are not members. I know that when we strive to work with the menos activos, we can have the promise that Elder Godoy shared with us. We are finding through our less actives!"
(The promise from Elder Godoy was that if we worked to rescue more less actives, our baptisms would double). 

I don't remember a scripture being given from this last week, so.... PONDERIZE MY OWN SCRIPTURE READING!!!!! I was reading in Alma 43 this morning. I really liked verses 19-21.

19 And when the armies of the Lamanites saw that the people of Nephi, or that Moroni, had prepared his people with breastplates and with arm-shields, yea, and also shields to defend their heads, and also they were dressed with thick clothing—

 20 Now the army of Zerahemnah was not prepared with any such thing; they had only their swords and their cimeters, their bows and their arrows, their stones and their slings; and they were naked, save it were a skin which was girded about their loins; yea, all were naked, save it were the Zoramites and the Amalekites;

 21 But they were not armed with breastplates, nor shields—therefore, they were exceedingly afraid of the armies of the Nephites because of their armor, notwithstanding their number being so much greater than the Nephites.

Even though there were so many more Lamanites than Nephites, they were afraid of the Nephites. Why? The Nephites had armor. They got up and got dressed that morning for the battle! They put on their defensives. Comparing with the Lamanite army, they didn't have anything. Just a little cloth that didn't cover much. Numbers don't matter when you don't have the necessary protection. SO, let's take a personal application here. What do you put on as your defense every day? Is the enemy afraid of you even though they have a bigger team? I know that as we do the little things each and every day, we are building the spiritual protection that we need. Read the scriptures, pray, serve, go to the temple, ask Heavenly Father what else He wants you to do and then do it!!!!! I love all the things you can learn from the war chapters!

That's all the time I got for now. Talk to you in... 6 DAYS!!!!!!!! (talk to my folks in 4...)


Hermana Elise Joyner