It's been insane weather this week! The high of the week was 72 degrees! We were walking and couldn't help but sweat! Indiana is still a weird place.. haha!
Our miracle for the week is Cathy. She is a woman I met about 5 months ago when I was REALLY GREEN. We haven't been in her area since then. The elders found her and she mentioned she talked to some sisters. They asked if it was either me or Sister Carpenter. She remembered my name for some reason! So they told us all about it and asked if we would visit her. Of course we did! She was so sweet! We talked about the Book of Mormon. She has had one for a long time but has never gotten around to reading it. We taught her how the BoM and the Bible work together and support each other. She loved it! We challenged her again to read the chapter the elders left her with (3 Nephi 11) because she hadn't done it. Sister Miles asked if she could bring her new companion to meet her and talk more about the BoM. She said yes! I love missionary work!
We also met a Jewish woman. She had a lot of questions about God and Jesus Christ. It appears she doesn't have much of an understanding of the relationship between the two and between us and Heavenly Father. We taught her how to pray and how we can receive answers to prayers when we are sincere. You could see the gears starting to turn as we talked about the Plan of Salvation and Jesus Christ's love for us.
It's so cool how my testimony has grown just this last week. Whenever you get the chance, bear testimony. As you do, you are open to grow so much! Also, if you haven't seen the new church video, go check it out! (: (https://www.mormon.org/christmas)
This week I will be transferred to a new area, so Terre Haute is in my rear view! But it's been great! We spent a lot of time saying good-bye to people! It's been great! But I'm excited to go to a new area! (: New adventure! I'll get an address asap! (:
WAIT!! Cool thing. One of our members added me on Facebook and saw that we have a common friend. Cameron-Kambree Wright(Richhart). It's so cool because he was her missionary in California! What a small world!
Anyway, almost Merry Christmas! (:
Love, Sister Mondragon <3
pictures are better than words.. so here!
Helena and Kyle!
It's about time I got a new area. I am serving in Elkhart, Indiana now. If you Google Terre Haute and where I am now, you will see I went from one end of the mission to the other. It was a long day! This week has been insane. Saying goodbye to everyone in Terre Haute was the worst. They've become like family (still not as hard as Brooklin and Lexi though). Our last dinner was with the Worthington's, a fave family! They made it an extra special night with gifts (a "Dragon Lady" tshirt) and a special dessert. Photo attached (: After dinner, we met Jason, our lovely non-member pal for ice cream. It was fun!
Our first night in Elkhart was busy! We went straight to dinner with a cute family! Then met the bishop at the church. It was really nice. They helped us take the luggage we couldn't fit in our car to our apartment. Super cool couple! They have been taking such good care of us! They love having missionaries (especially sisters) because they are empty nesters! It's great to have a mission mom in Elkhart! We are both so excited to be here! Not the same experience as my first week in Terre Haute. It's been a really great first impression! I love it up here! We got snow on Thursday, but it didn't stick. Just enough to make driving annoying.
Sunday was crazy meeting everyone in the ward! They are so excited to have sister missionaries! I don't remember most of them... HA! It's okay. It will come. It's going to be a great transfer! I'm excited to be in such a wonderful area! The Bishop and his wife are soooo amazing! They've been taking really good care of us this week.
With Chrismas this week, I wanted to share a quick message.
It talks about how we should seek the kingdom of God first and all the things we need for will be taken care of. This Christmas, put God first and then see how he will bless you for choosing righteousness. I've seen how our obedience and commitment and trust in the Lord can bring blessings we can't imagine. Merry Christmas! I love you all! Have a great week!
PS Thanks for the 12 days of Christmas, Dusty! It's been fun (:
It's December and I'm not sure how that happened. Time has flown past me since I entered the MTC. I'm tying up my 4th transfer, and my last transfer in Terre Haute. It's crazy! Christmas time is approaching!
This week we had a lot of interesting days! First of all, we've been doing a lot of service for this cool guy named Jason! He attends a different church, but knows a member of our stake presidency. They are good acquaintances, so he offered our assistance for a big project Jason was doing. The task is to set up a million lights for a big display at Deming Park. We have gone about 6 times to wrap light strands around PVC pipes. It was a lot of work, not knowing what the end product was going to be. Picture standing in the cold with rain coming down sideways wrapping lights with frozen hands. That's what we've done all week. It's supposed to be finished this week, so we have put a lot of time into it. The interesting part is it's for his church, but none of those members have helped. It's been him alone, with the assistance from a few friends and the missionaries. He noticed that we are always willing and able to help, so when we invited him and his friend, Ashton, to church, they accepted. Ashton is such a sweet girl! We have gotten along with her really well! They are the best! Lots of potential and a great relationship started!
Another thing is Thanksgiving! We ate at the Griffins. But before that we went to the church as a Zone to play basketball. Dinner was at 1, so we made our way there and ate with their family! After eating dinner, we went to Honey Creek middle school to play football. I was really nervous because I don't really get football, but it was so much fun! We enjoyed it a lot, and I even caught a touchdown pass! (: Definitely a tradition I agree with!
Multi-Zone Conference included a visit from Elder Marcus B Nash and his wife. Elder Nash spoke at the MTC when I was there. It was cool to hear from him again! I can't describe the spirit when a general authority enters the room. He walked in and any conversation completely dissipated. It was so cool. There aren't words to describe it. But I know from the spirit I felt yesterday that he is a man called of God to lead and guide us. I know the Priesthood was restored through Joseph Smith and we are so blessed to have in on the earth again. I'm grateful for blessings, specifically, patriarchal blessings. If you haven't read yours in a while, I would encourage you to read it! It gives me a sense of peace to remember my Father in Heaven really does know me personally. I love this gospel and I know we can find true happiness in it, if we are willing to search for it.
I love you all. Thank you for the support and prayers! Have a great week!
P.S. In Moroni 10:8, it talks about gifts we receive from God. As this Christmas season approaches, think of the gifts you receive from God. Whether they be temporal or spiritual, write them down. Then think of how you can help someone using that gift/talent. Using our gifts to help others is one of the best ways to improve our abilities and have a happy spirit! Pay it forward this year(:
This blog is to share the experiences of Meagan Lynnae Mondragon as she serves an LDS mission in the Indiana Indianapolis Mission.