Friday, December 26, 2014

Return with Honor

Hermana Sherman's mom here... This will be the last post on Hermana Sherman's blog.

It's with mixed feelings to close her blog.  I'll miss checking my email a dozen times every Monday morning awaiting her emails :)

I would like to express my gratitude for President Klein & Hermana Klein who has forever impacted my daughters life.  I'm grateful for Presidents' spiritual direction in which he led, for his fatherly love, & for his wise counsel he gave her throughout her mission.

I'm grateful for the missionaries she served with and every one of her companions, it's blessed her with a greater capacity to love.

I'm grateful for the people of Honduras who by their humble ways, showed her that happiness doesn't come from temporal things & showed her a part of the law of consecration in sharing what you have no matter the circumstance.  Most importantly the meaning of faith and trusting in the Lord.

I'm grateful for Heavenly Father for His protection, tender mercies, & miracles that have touched her life as well as our family through her obedience, while she was in Honduras.

Lastly, I know our Savior Jesus Christ lives and has restored His gospel here on earth.  That through Him and His atonement we are able to return to our Heavenly Father and be with our families not just here on earth, but through eternity. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Last email from Honduras...

Okaaaaaaay. I dont even know where to begin... I know I always say that I had the best week filled with miracles, but really... this week tops them all. 

I saw AUNTIE CHIPS!!!!!!!! She is the cutest little old Asian lady ever! And the sweetest!!! We met up with her and her husband in San Pedro Sula today and ate lunch and walked around. It was so special and she made a huge sacrifice to meet up with me. HUGE tender mercy!!!

We had 3 baptisms on Saturday and another one Sunday morning. They are all 16 or 17 yrs old and are PILAS!! (Awesome) They all bore their testimonies afterward and the spirit was so strong. Im so grateful I was able to teach them and feel like i really didnt do anything because the Lord already had prepared their hearts to hear the Gospel. 

Sunday was rough. It was Fast and Testimony meeting and I almost cried. I felt a pit in my stomach the entire time that was horrible. I felt like i was homesick even though im going home. This is by far the best area and best ward ive been in during my mission and the time has been way too short. The members support the missionaries so much and it makes the world of difference! 

Tomorrow, we get to go to the airport and pick up all the new missionaries. There's 19 newbies! Then we give orientations all day, which is always fun. We then have a huge sleep over with all the sisters and Wednesday is when I officially lose my companion. I honestly cant even explain how i feel right now. I either have nerves or a parasite haha Im just grateful. Grateful for this time ive had to share with the people in Honduras. Grateful for my companions ive had, grateful for my mission president, grateful for my testimony.

Ive finally started to understand how much love Heavenly Father has for His children and how perfect the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. I know there is only true eternal happiness through keeping the commandments of God. Thank you familia mia for your love and support while being here in Honduras. 

Mama and papi, I love you and how much ive taken you for granted. Brothers and Sisters and Inlaws, I fully expect to have a volleyball and pingpong tournament when i get back. Cant wait to squeeze your guts! I might be a little emotionally unstable for a little bit, but if i randomly start crying in fetal position in the corner, just ignore me and Ill turn back to normal soon. I am looking forward to baths, carpet, and washing machines. Woohoo!!

Hermana Sherman
Baptisms of Ricardo, Guadelupe and Alejandro

Auntie Chieko (Chips) & Rafael

Escobar family

Baptism of Katia

Monday, December 1, 2014

This week was amazing...lemme tell ya!

This week was amazing...lemme tell ya!
I got to go to TELA!!!!! We did exchanges and I worked in Tela (my first area). We had two activities with the Branch and a Relief Society Training. I got to see a lot of members and it was so fun! I also got to see Hazy! The cute little girl that used to live by us and would always ask us to sing I am a child of God. I was walking up to her house yelling her name and she ran out and gave me the biggest hug. Her Mom looked really good and happy and said her husband has changed and isnt drinking anymore, so the Hermanas are going to visit them. It was especially fun seeing all of the fruits of our labors. 

We contacted a family when I was there and this last Saturday, one of the daughters got baptized. The church attendance has now tripled and has reached 120, when it was only around 40 when I was there. I wish I could visit every one of my areas and all the members because they've all made an impact in my life.

We got a toilet seat!! It was like Christmas morning. For Thanksgiving we ate rice, beans, and gineo (boiled bananas),which I'm totally fine with that! Just grateful for my area and my Companion, and all of the blessings Heavenly Father has given me.

Last week we fasted for our investigators, especially for K_ and B_. We were a little bummed one night because Satan has been working really hard with K_. We were joking around saying that we needed to fast again because it didnt work. We called B_ 5 minutes later to remind him to read his Book of Mormon when he says," Soooo my brother and friend Ricardo want to be baptized and they want to know what they need to do." We were like OKAYYY, the Lord blessed us with 2 more investigators. It turns out K_ only was a little bit down because one of her best friends moved away, but has already read to 2 Nephi in the Book of Mormon! Shes also attended church the past 4 Sundays and loves it. She is an awesome example to her sister and friends.

B_ was baptized Saturday!! There was such a sweet spirit there and when he bore his testimony and thanked us for teaching him. All the hard work pays off in moments like those.

We have 4 set baptismal dates this Saturday with possibilities of 2 more. We are working really hard sprinting to the finish line. We are seeing more miracles every day and I now have a strong testimony of the power in fasting. 

A weird fruit that's between a pear and an apple