Monday, February 17, 2014

Another weekly update!!

Last week when we received our email from Sister Carr in the Pines, we were concerned because of the health issues she seemed to be having. This week she writes that she is feeling 100% better since she's made some dietary changes and she continues on with her missionary duties.

Hermana Carr, in Mexico also had some exciting news to share with us this week.   We are so proud of both of our missionaries and continue to love and support them in all that they do.  

Our daughter in the Pines celebrated her birthday this week and we took a some family pictures to send her our birthday wishes.

Even though we couldn't send it, we had to make her a gluten free birthday cake.

Mom and Dad...the best mom and dad. Have a great anniversary!!!! I am so blessed to have YOU as my parents.
You are both so special to me and I am forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with great examples of love and devotion!
I have never doubted how much I am loved and I can't wait to be a mom and blame the great love that I have for my kids on you!!!

Well I am thankful for you, I miss you, I love you!!!

Happy Anniversary and I am sending you from across the sea the biggest hug and kiss from  me. (: 

It was pretty low key we of course went to church and did our normal missionary duties and last night the Bishop and his family made dinner for me at their home so that was a lot fun. Saturday Sister S.  and I went to lunch with some other sisters. And I guess on Wednesday my zone is having a party for me.
Before I forget please tell President Markham congratulations for me!!! that is incredible and he is going to to great!!! 

Anyway this week was a really good week. Sobrang Mabalis!!! Anyway we have 6 ibds right now....some are doing well and some we are a little confused about what it is they need. Speaking of investigators, I just got a letter from Sister B. and our investigator Brother N. got baptized on the 15th!!!!!!!! astig di ba???  I am so excited for him. Sister S. and I have a lot of baptisms planned for March... we are just hoping that we are BOTH still here and everything works out, either way it will!!

Not much else to report. I felt 100 times better this week than last!!! I am doing a lot better. I haven't gotten my package yet pero sana on Wednesday!!! 

Well, I love you, I will be home for Christmas haha be safe and have a great week!!!! I will write again next week.

 Sister Carr
I"m Gonna be a Mom!!
 Haha Hope the title of the email didn´t freak you out too much! 

Haha so this week was, well interesting to say the least...

Oh, but first, Mom and Dad I hope you had a SPECTACULAR anniversary! Congrats! LOVE YOU! 

So, it was my second week in my new area and we had two more baptisms! YAY! Hermano P. and Hermana A. (husband and wife)! They are awesome! And Hermano P. teaches me maya :) I´m determined to learn both Spanish and Maya while I´m here haha :) 

So last night we got a call letting us know if we had changes. We did. Hermana M. is going to open an area and train a new sister missionary! Que potente no?! Even though we were only companions for two weeks, I love Hermana M ! She's incredible! Along with this news, I also found out that I will also be training a new sister missionary...AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I freaked out a little. I just finished my training this past week (it´s 12 weeks long) and now it´s my turn to train. I must say, I´m a little scared because I still don´t know this area all that well and I´m still learning Spanish. But honestly, I´m also really excited! Terrified, but excited, haha! 

So when someone becomes a trainer, they become a parent. That´s why I said I´m going to be a mama! My daughter will be the new missionary I´m going to train! Haha kinda silly, but it´s fun. I´m seriously so nervous! We´re here in Merida today to have a meeting with the president and tomorrow I will meet my daughter and  we´ll go back to our town to continue working. 

I know the Lord has called me to be a trainer for a reason. I have something to learn and perhaps have something to teach this new sister. I don´t quite know yet but I´m choosing to have faith in the Lord. He has faith in me. I know that when I make the decision to depend on Him, He will bless me with the ability to do His work. I´m trying not to be scared. I´m trying to be brave and remember always that He knows me and my capabilities. He wouldn´t call me to train if He knew I couldn´t. Which means I must have it in me somewhere, I just have to find it! Haha I know I will and I know that I will continue to have the strength and guidance of the Lord :) 

This gospel is true family! I´m telling you without any doubt in my heart this gospel is TRUE! Although we face challenges, our Heavenly Father will ALWAYS provide a way to overcome them, but we must be faithful and strong! Thank you all for your faith and love and support! I couldn´t do this without you guys! I love you all with all my heart! 

Con todo mi amor siempre, 
Sarahbeara :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Health Issues and Surprise Transfers

We received an email from our missionary last week letting us know that she has been having some health concerns.   She's been losing a lot of weight and has been having a problem eating.  She's been to the doctor and has been put on medicine for some of these issues and has had to change her diet.   About a year before going on her mission she found out that she has a severe allergy to gluten (wheat, rye, oats, barley..etc).  She had to eliminate all gluten from her diet. This was hard because everything seems to have some sort of gluten in it, but she adjusted to her new way of eating and was doing very well. She also recently discovered that she is lactose intolerant.  Once in the Philippines within a few weeks she started to feel sick again.  Her diet in the Pines consisted of meat, veggies, fruit and lots and lots of rice.  For a person with gluten allergies rice is usually okay to eat, but she recently found out that the reason she's been getting sick is because the rice she's been buying and eating in the Pines undergoes a flour bath to help with the drying process before it's packaged.   People with a gluten allergies can't consume anything with flour, it makes them very sick.   She assured us that she is doing fine and will be okay, and says that she has to eliminate rice and dairy from her diet.  So, her diet mainly consists of meat, veggies, fruits and nuts.  Needless to say we are concerned for her, but we also know that she is being well taken care of by her Mission President and his wife.  The President's wife, Sister M. has truly been a guardian angel and we are so grateful for her.    We know that our daughter will be just fine and that the Lord is taking care of her. 

Sis. Carr and Sis. S.  her new companion

Sending birthday wishes to me.  I love that smile!!

From Mexico:

Hermana Carr was recently transferred to a new area.  She said it was a bit of a shock to get transferred because she was supposed to remain in her area for at least another week and she and her companions Hermana C. and N. had been teaching some people and were preparing them for baptism.  She was loving her area and had built some good friendships.  When she got the call that she would be leaving and that she had to report to her new area the very next day she said her heart sank and she started to cry.  She was really going to miss her companions and the people she had met there in that small Mexican town.  She was comforted when she thought of the words to the hymn, " I"ll go where you want me to go dear Lord"

 I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord,
Over mountain or plain or sea;
I'll say what you want me to say dear Lord,
I'll be what you want me to be.

Hermana Carr in her new area with her new companion Hermana H. She says that her new companion doesn't speak much English so she will be getting really good at speaking Spanish.   She had her first baptisms there this past week and she is learning to love her new area and the people she has been sent there to serve.

Hermana Carr and Hermana H. with one of the newest baptized members of the church in Mexico