Sister Melanie Hickman, from Chico California

Sister Melanie Hickman, from Chico California is serving an 18 month mission in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Week 20: Born to be a Queen, crutches, and guacamole!

Hey there!

Another week has passed! This week was good! We know the area now so it is a little bit easier. I better start answering questions:

What made you smile this week? When my companion and I contacted a woman in the street and she was totally not interested and was in the process of shutting her door when we told her we would pass by on Wednesday. We asked her if she needed help with anything and I jokingly said," With your son's English homework?" She said, "You know English?" To say the least she changed completely and said," So will you pass by tomorrow?" It is amazing that Heavenly Father has given me the knowledge of English to be able to share the gospel with people!


Favorite person you met this week? Probably a young man named C.... We contacted him in the street and passed by his house a week later. We talked to his mom who knew who we were because C... had told her about us. We are hoping that they will be receptive to our message this week. 

Share a time that you felt the spirit?
 I got to give a talk in sacrament meeting on Sunday and I talked about how we are all the children of God. I shared the story of King Louis the 15th by Vaughn J Featherstone:
"Many years ago I heard the story of the son of King Louis XVI of France. King Louis had been taken from his throne and imprisoned. His young son, the prince, was taken by those who dethroned the king. They thought that inasmuch as the king’s son was heir to the throne, if they could destroy him morally, he would never realize the great and grand destiny that life had bestowed upon him.
They took him to a community far away, and there they exposed the lad to every filthy and vile thing that life could offer. They exposed him to foods the richness of which would quickly make him a slave to appetite. They used vile language around him constantly. They exposed him to lewd and lusting women. They exposed him to dishonor and distrust. He was surrounded 24 hours a day by everything that could drag the soul of a man as low as one could slip. For over six months he had this treatment—but not once did the young lad buckle under pressure. Finally, after intensive temptation, they questioned him. Why had he not submitted himself to these things—why had he not partaken? These things would provide pleasure, satisfy his lusts, and were desirable; they were all his. The boy said, “I cannot do what you ask for I was born to be a king.”

Last night we visited a less active member who has been offended my some members and has not come to church in 5 months. I got to share an experience with her about a time in my life when I was affended by members in my Young Women's  class.  It was simple but I got to testify that we go to church for Heavenly Father and not anyone else. It made me realize that God has prepared me by every little experience to be a missionary. 
Do you ride the bus or walk more? Walk up the steep hills:)

Do you walk by the temple every day? Almost every day we walk by our chapel and the temple is right next to it. 

Share something that you love about your companion? She is very obedient with the mission rules.
Share something you love about your area? Everyone knows about the church because of the temple. 
Share something you love about your ward? We have memebers that go on visits with us for the whole day.   We have three brethren that are very active in the work of the Lord and willing to help us. 

Favorite food you ate this week? guacamole a sister made for us. 

Are you feeling healthy? Funny you would ask this week of all week.....remember when I had problems with a muscle in my foot my senior year.... well it has been a little hard to walk lately. It has not stopped me from working. The bishop gave me crutches but I can`t use them in this area because the stairs and hills, but I`m a lot better now. 

I love you all! Remember who can get you to the top of the mountain and the next and the next... Your Savior!

Hermana Hickman 

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