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, November 24, 2014

Week 46:Busy and Happy...30 lessons and 141 contacts

Hi Family and Friends,
Questions for the week:

Share a tender mercy:
8 people came to church this week. It was a miracle that we were not even expecting. We have had more then 30 lessons this week and 141 contacts, we are working hard. Sometimes we get stressed because there is so many people to visit but we continue to work with those that are progressing. I love being a missionary and stressing about the souls of other people. I´m thankful for my faith that has grown in the mission.

Describe a scene that you often see that you think would surprise me:
The people that vend things in the street. The people that pass by in the street on their bikes to take out people´s garbage... you have to pay them.                                                                                                          If you had not chosen to serve a mission what would you have missed?
Everything... I would miss Spanish. I love speaking Spanish.                                                                                                                                                       Share 6 things that made you smile and 2 things that made you laugh:
1.The Primary program
2. President interviewing me and falling asleep because he was so tired
3. Seeing the members take care of our investigators when they came to church
4. Drinking things that when I arrived in the mission I refused to drink
5. 31 days until we talk
6. I did not remember that Thanksgiving this week
1. One of our converts bought us a hammock
2. In the back of a small car and everyone told me my legs could reach the top of the car
 Do you remember the 1st week in Tuxtla? What has changed the most since that week?
I remember it like it was yesterday. The change is that I now understand what the people are saying and that I don´t cry wanting to go home, and the way the people live is my way of life now.
I love you all and so thankful for a wonderful family, give hugs to everyone.  I love you!
I love you all Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Hermana Hickman

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 45: Giving blood, picking fruit Mexico style:)

Hola Everyone:)
Best day this week?
Tuesday was the best day this week. We had a lot of success and went from lesson to lesson.  More then anything I felt the Spirit super strong as we got to talk about family history.

The Stressful question...What 5 things made you smile?
1. I gave blood for the first time and did not pass out and I got a shot in the other arm.
2. My companion asked me how to say something in English and I repeated the word in Spanish thinking it was the name in English
3. A family of 4 on one motorcycle
4. Going in a taxi at 110 miles/hour
5. Receiving a blessing in English

Since it is Thanksgiving this month name 5 more things that you are thankful for ( different than the ones mentioned last week).

1. The power of prayer
2. Trials and when Heavenly Father takes his time answering my prayers because he wants me to learn patience.
3. The temple
4. Repentance
5. email so that I can write my family

How are your prayers different? 

I actual talk with my Heavenly Father and tell him what is in my heart.... 

What was your very first thought this morning when you woke up?  What was your last thought before you fell asleep last night?
I had a strange dream.... what was it?
I say good night to everyone in the family and say I love you good night and I can´t sleep until I do it... :)

I read that you have 96 sisters in your mission, the most of any other Mexico mission except one. What impresses you about the sister missionaries in your mission? there are so many great sisters here and the work has really hastened with all the work they are doing  


Favorite meal this week? 

Beans with a pan cooked chicken

Earthquakes? no

I'm not sure were to start sometimes I feel like I´m in shock that I´m here in Mexico there are so many things that are different.... no everything is different. I worry about the day I return because I have accepted the culture as my own. My health is fine there is nothing to worry about.  To tell you the truth it has made me a lot stronger because giving blood and getting shots and is something that has always given me fear, but I know I can handle it..... pretty much missionary strong... lol jk

I love you all:)

Hermana Hickman

Week 44: Very sick and sweet miracles

Hey Everybody,
Sorry I can´t write much we are writing late because I have been sick all day. Last night I threw up all night but I seem to be doing better now. I know the Lord will bless me when I forget myself and keep working.. The Relief Society President make me vegetable soup and one of the counselors of the bishop gave me a blessing. I don´t mean to worry you and I don´t know if you like when I tell you but I feel your prayers when you know what is going on in my life.
I bought my camera for 60 dollars
 Well this week we had many miracles I was really stressed because we did not have any new investigators on Thursday of this week and I was praying really hard that we would find new people to teach. Heavenly Father answered our prayers and we found new people to teach that really seem interested! We meet people that let us come into there house after knowing them for 2 minutes we met a man that has such a sad life and just started crying when we started talking to him. We also had 5 people that came to church which was amazing!
Family you sound so great it gives motivation every day to work to represent our family I love that our family is growing fast and hope you know I pray for each of you by name every night.  I love you all so much and know you are here with me, please send prayers of health my way:)
We had a fun experience to talking with a man that is from another church. He took us to a home of people that he was teaching and tried argue with us for about our church.  It was fun. I know the church is true and there is not a doubt in my mind and heart that the church has been restored and that God lives!!!!
I love you all so much:) XOXOXOX
Hermana Hickman para siempre:)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 43:Dia de muertos, 154 contacts, broken refrigerator:(

Hi Everyone:
So how was your week?  Great we had a lot of sucess this week and little by little we are finding people that are ready to be baptized. It was super cool this week on Saturday we had a lot of contacts that we needed to do to reach our goal of 140. On Saturday we contacted 52 people we were so happy. The mission goal is that at least 4 people come to church only 3 people came we were pretty sad that all of our goals were' nt going to be met. When we went to eat lunch with the members they told us that there was an investigator at church that we did not know.  We were so happy and completed the mission goals of excellence this week:)

Share 5 things that you are thankful for:
1. To have the opportunity to serve a mission.
2. To have the Book of Mormon in my life.
3. To have a family that all of them are members of the Church.
4. To know the plan God has for me.
5. For my amazing companion Sister H!

Share 5 things that made you smile:
Everything makes me smile... this question stresses me out!
1. We have a little boy we are teaching that just loves going to church and reminds us when his baptism is when we visit with him.
2. Dia de muertos or Halloween here is crazy the people visit the graveyards and have a party.
3. Our convert family bore their testimonies at church.
4. Being able to fall asleep in 2 secs when my head hits the pillow.
5, My companion and I went to town this week so she could pick out a dress to go home in and I tried on a couple of things and realized I liked my old missionary worn out clothes better:)

Best lesson this week? With the little boy B.. he listens to us and learns so fast .He wants to be baptized and tells us how many more Sundays he needs before he is baptized.

Any earthquakes? yes but they are when i´m sleeping so I don´t feel anything.

After being sick is it hard to eat?
 I´m feeling a lot better but now our refrigerator does not work so we can´t buy food:)
Share a time that you felt the spirit guide you:
We did not have time to visit a women that lived far away so we decided to visit a man that is preparing to be baptized. When we visited him his ¨girlfriend¨was visiting him and they had just had a huge fight. The woman started to cry. I know that it was not an accident that we visited them that night:)

How has your mission prepared you for marriage and being a mother?
Being a missionary has helped me really know what I want in a husband.  I want my husband to love the Lord more then he Loves me. I feel like I have changed so much that it is crazy. I feel like hearing people's problems and worries and all the bad things that are passing through their lives has helped me prepare to listen to my children and forget the problems I might have.

How has your testimony grown this week?
I know now that Heavenly Father knows us personally and that he understands and knows our hearts, I know that His Son went through a lot so that I can have someone to talk to every night when I kneel down to pray. I could not be happier to be a missionary! i feel blessed to know more about His restored gospel.
 Love you ALL!
Hermana Hickman