Rachael's Mission

Mexico Torreon Mission October 2015 - April 2017

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 13 (Are You on the Sideline or on the Field?)

Hola familia y amigos! 

You probably think I am crazy with how I describe the weather. But here it is blazing hot one day and freezing the next or the day starts out cold, heats up, and ends in the frozen zone. The weather is more temperamental here than Utah!


After I emailed we went to Centro (Torreon). While there we shopped for thermal leggings.  I thought I had entered into a den or the black market or something! The shops are all dark and obscure and there are alley ways in every direction! You could literally get lost! I'm pretty sure I could buy whatever I wanted there! It was Swiss Days on steroids mixed in with the Black Market! We found what we needed-Hermana Rubina was fitted for her Mariachi Dress to wear when she returns home (This is her last transfer. She leaves in February! Wait......people leave the mission? ;) ) Then we went to District Meeting and met the new people in our district like Elder Wilkes from the Dominican Republic. Elder Sanchez and Elder Black were moved somewhere else in Mexico. 


Well this day was amazing! We saw so many little miracles along the way! The best was when we went to visit Omar y Marcia! They are supposed to be praying for an answer as to whether they should be baptized. Marcia prayed and that night she dreamed of her 'abuelo' whom she hasn't dreamed of in a long time! It was so cool because her 'abuelo' is waiting for her to join the church so she can do the temple work for him! I really hope she realizes how special her answer is! Right now they have a baptismal date of 13 of Febrero!


Today was normal and then in the evening we had a movie night with Rosca and hot chocolate! It was fabulous! We watched 17 Miracles (LOVE that movie). And guess what!? I won the Rosca! I got the baby Jesus! But apparently that means I have to make the tamales.........ya sorry, I don't know how to make tamales so........that will have to wait! Plus there is no time!  But it was still fun to win the Baby Jesus!


Just a normal day of teaching, preaching, contacting, trying not to be clumsy and fall because there are rocks everywhere whose sole purpose in life is to trip you. ;)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

These three days were rough. We haven´t contacted that many people, no one is home for their appointments, people reject us and tell us to come back ¨later¨ which means never and our investigators didn't come to church.

It is hard and frustrating because you love these people and want them to have this precious gift. The gift of the gospel is the greatest gift anyone could ever receive on this earth and they won't accept it! I have really had to remember this week that everyone has their agency to accept or reject these things. We cannot force them. It has been impressed upon me that there are so very few of us that are actually going to return to our Heavenly Father and receive the fullness of his glory. We need to work so very hard to obtain these things. I have been reading in the December Liahona about the new and everlasting covenant! It is fabulous! Go and read it! It talks about all that we will receive in the Celestial Kingdom and what we must do to obtain it! Heavenly Father has given us the opportunity to receive never ending happiness and to live the life that He lives with not only our beloved family but with all the other people that we love in our lives! How amazing is His plan for us!

This week I was reading in Alma 8 when Alma went to the city of Ammonihah. He was rejected and spit upon. His soul was anguished for the loss of their souls. It comforts me to know that even Alma, a prophet of God, was rejected! Many times it is not us but the hardness of their hearts because Satan has gotten a firm hold on so many of these people and is not willing to let go. I am here to simply offer this knowledge and if they reject the message it is sad. There is not much else I can do other than hopefully plant seeds so they will be future investigators. However, then an angel of the Lord came to Alma and commanded him to return and there he found Amulek and together they preached and changed the hearts of many! Miracles were performed! We need to remember that in our lives "It is after the trial of our faith that miracles are brought to pass"! He does not give us the miracles to build our faith. He gives us the trials to use our faith, to grow our faith, to show our devotion and determination and then through that effort we are able to see miracles wrought in our lives! Brothers and sisters exercise you faith! Doubt not! Remember that with Christ all things are possible! So move forward and act, trusting perfectly in the plan that Heavenly Father has for you. This plan is a plan of happiness, not only for this life, but for eternity. Do not sit idly by on the sidelines for there too you will be lost and forgotten. Only those who enter the field and thrust in their sickle and labor with all their might and bring forth fruits will be remembered. And then when we return to our Heavenly Father we can smile and rejoice because He will say to us, "Here is my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased!" Always strive to do things that will please our Heavenly Father and make Him proud to have such amazing children-children that love, serve, strive to be like Christ, take action and exercise great faith so that great things may come to pass!

I love you all! Hope you are having a wonderful new year!


Hermana Lutze

P.S. If anyone has any contacting tips, that would be much appreciated!

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