Monday, April 27, 2015

Showered with Blessings!

This week we had so many things happen that I don't even know where to begin!
Well Hermana Hill and I have received an overflow of referrals to visit which is great! We've found some new people to teach, including a family so we are excited about that!
Ana Aguilar had a baptism date set for May 9th but now she is getting baptized May 2nd! :)
We have been inviting everyone we talk to to come to the baptism!
It's really cool because awhile back President Eaton suggested asking people "Have you ever seen a baptism by immersion before?" as a way to get a conversation started and now we can actually do it!
Also our investigator Daniela got married! She looked so beautiful!!
We also had another mission devotional Sunday night!
Audon and Maria Ayala, who I taught in Renton both gave their testimonies!
Rosalio Lopez who was also recently baptized gave his testimony too!
I love the devotionals and they are a great way to do missionary work!
One of the videos that was shown at the devotional was the video of the parable of the prodigal son. I love that video! I love it so much that I sent it so you all can watch it!

This is the link 

I know that our Heavenly Father lives and loves us. It is never too late to follow Him. I know that when you read the Book of Mormon you will feel the spirit of God testify to you that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that as we read the Bible and the Book of Mormon everyday we will be guided by the spirit and God will shower us with blessings!
One chapter I studied a lot this past week was Enos chapter 1 in the Book of Mormon. I learned a lot about prayer and the relationship that I want to have with God. I learned and recognized things that I hadn't before. I hope you all read the Book of Mormon and I invite you all to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you learn more about the church and it's teachings you will come to understand why I came to share the teachings of Jesus Christ with others for 18 months. I love you all so much! Keep learning more about the gospel and keep growing!


Hermana Soliz

What really happens during weekly planning!

Auburn Zone Service Project Activity

Me, Daniela, and Hna Hill

Daniela and Ricardo's wedding!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Update from Auburn....

Hay mucho trabajo aqui en Auburn y Puyallup y estamos emocianados para ver todos los milagros que vamos a tener esta traslado! :)
Hermana Hill es la mejor!

So Hermana Hill and I have only been companions for about a week but I know that we are going to see miracles together this transfer! :)

We have already talked to so many different people that I know we are bound to find someone to share our message with!

We were trying really hard to receive referrals with no luck but yesterday we received one!! :)
Also yesterday we contacted this man named Daniel who was riding a horse. Go figure. It was my first contact with someone on a horse.

We had taken a wrong turn and we saw him riding his horse down the street and we were so excited that there was a horse but then we passed him and realized that he was Latino so we turned around and talked to him!

We also found this trailer park that we had no idea existed and there is a lot of Spanish speaking people that live there so there is definitely potential to find new people to share the gospel with!

I've been working on sharing a scripture from the Book of Mormon anytime I talk to someone ans two of my favorite experiences from this past week while doing that were with Cameron and Steven.

With Cameron the conversation started out by me asking how long it took him to grow out his hair which was a little shorter than mine. It was just the first thing that popped into my head and then all of a sudden it came out of my mouth. I probably could've thought of something better but oh well. It turned into a really cool conversation and I was able to talk about faith and testify that God lives. I was also able to share a scripture from the Book of Mormon with him and he accepted one! I also left him Alma 32 to read and he said he would actually read it for real! :)

When we found Steven it was totally because of divine intervention from God. We were looking for a certain apartment that seemed to be nonexistent so we decided to get out and and contact people in the area. That's when we found Steven outside smoking. He was actually taught a lot of the lessons in the past by the Elders but because of one reason or another had stopped learning. He said that he had been praying to God for answers to know what to do. I shared one of my favorite scriptures with Him, Ether 12:27, and testified that I knew it wasn't a coincidence that we where there that day to talk to him and that running into us was part of his answer from God.

I know that just like in these two experiences God's hand is in everything! His plan is perfect and we need to trust in that. God knows each and every one of us and what we are going through. He knows how to comfort us.

I had the opportunity to see very clearly this past week the difference between what happens when we keep trying our hardest to keep the commandments of God and when we give up because of our own desires to have things be easier or to do what we want before the things of God.

I testify that things without our Heavenly Father are NEVER easier and we are definitely NOT happier! Do not fall into Satan's trap and settle for less than what you deserve! Fighting for  the right to live with God again is worth so much worth than the temporal things that will only last for this lifetime.

I love you all and you are in my prayers!

Love Hermana Soliz

Me with my new companion, Hna Hill!

Holding Ashleigh's duck :)

Mulu is from Ethiopia, hardly knows English. We work together at food bank.
Last time Hna Singer and I were together before transfers, will miss her.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Staying in Auburn!!

So we got transfer calls but I'm not the one leaving. I'm staying in Auburn for the next 6 weeks and Hermana Singer is going to Federal Way. Hermana Hill who is one transfer  ahead of me will come to Auburn with me. It should be tons of fun! :) I hear that she is a fantastic and obedient missionary! 
I'm glad I get to stay here in Auburn another transfer because with all of the crazy changes this past transfer I haven't been here very long.

I've been thinking a lot about consecration and God's will and pride and just a whole lot of stuff lately and I am learning so much! :) While I was researching I came across this quote that I thought I would share :)

 "Just give it up. Surrender your will to Him. Unconditionally. Withhold nothing. Turn it all over to Him; all of your desires, wishes, dreams, and hopes. Be true and faithful in your head and in your heart, not just in your behavior. Trust in Him. Trust Him who knows all things. Trust Him who has all power. Trust Him whose love for you is perfect. Trust Him, who alone, suffered, paid, and atoned for your sins, and for your weaknesses as well. Trust Him that He will make of you, immeasurably more, than what you will ever, ever, in all eternity, make of yourself. He will create of you a masterpiece. You will create of you only a smudge. You will create an ordinary man. He will create a God."
The Lord said, "Let me make of you all that you can be."    

Isn't that just so true! The only thing that matters is if we are trying to align our will with God's will. If we're not then in the end we are selling ourselves short.

The miracle and highlight of this past week was Yesmin Valera's baptism!
She was one of my very first investigators when I was in Enumclaw! I always knew she was going to be baptized and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to be there and support her! I love her and her family so much! The baptism was amazing and it was the first one I cried at. Yesmin wanted me to bear my testimony at the baptism and well...I cried. Happy tears of course! :) Then they had Hermana Mitchell on watching on Skype and she gave her testimony too and I cried some more! It was a great night and I know Betty and David will be baptized soon too! Then they can go be sealed as a family in the temple :)

I love being a missionary! I get to meet so many different people from different walks of life. I get to share with them the most important message there is to offer. The message of the restoration of the church of Jesus Christ. I get to celebrate with them in the good times and comfort and support them through the hard times.

Yesmin's baptism was a very special time and I hope I never forget the feelings of love and peace that I felt there.
Les Quiro mucho!

Hermana Soliz   

Yesmin with her family.

I got to come to Enumclaw and Sis Mitchell was on Skype to support Yesmin!

Yesmin and sweet Brother Blad!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spiritually Enlightened!

Just so you know today is my 8 month mark! Time just flies by so fast it's ridiculous! Too bad they don't really give out extensions anymore. Oh well, I'll make the best use of the time I have.
Okay, so how great was General Conference??!!!
It was amazing! Every talk was so good and was divine revelation from God for us to hear.
How lucky are we that we have prophets and apostles to lead and guide us in these last days! It truly is a blessing that we should not take for granted.
Listening to General Conference on Easter was the best! The talks were filled with advice and warnings for us and the music was so beautiful and brought the Spirit. I know Consider the Lillis is your favorite mom :)
Anyways, I hope that it was just as spiritually enlightening for all of you as it was for me and that you were able to receive answers to your prayers.
I know that the leaders we have in the church are men called of God. They are worthy men with the power and authority of God. We need to seek and heed their council.
Also talking to people this Easter season and sharing the video Because He Lives video was so special! We were able to show the video to several people and each person we showed it to felt the spirit for those short two minutes.
Remember Christ every day and look for His hand in your lives. I promise you He is there.
Remember to trust in God and never stop trying. If you are not moving forward then essentially you are moving backwards. Press forward with faith and share the good news of the gospel!
The teachings of Jesus Christ is really the only thing that will ever bring us everlasting happiness!! :)
Also I encourage you all to pay attention to the feelings of the Spirit. The feeling of the Spirit will give you answers, confirm your beliefs, and warn you when needed.
I had an experience this past week where the spirit was warning me to not knock a certain door. The warning was so small though that I didn't pay attention to it. I knocked the door even though I felt like I shouldn't and then I knocked it a second time.
I then told Hermana Singer that I didn't know why but the Spirit really did not want us to be there at that time. She told me that she was feeling the exact same way but was just pushing off the feeling like I was. We left as prompted.
I'm not sure why we weren't supposed to be there but this experience reminded me that we have to be spiritually paying attention all the time.

Les Quiero!
Hermana Soliz

Me and Hna Williams on her last P-day in Auburn. We had a good-bye lunch.

Sisters in our Auburn Zone.  We were fed lunch by the Stake President that day.

Our Revelation Station!!