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, February 16, 2015

Week 58: Tender Mercy at the Temple

Hola Familia,
How many weeks left in this transfer?
This week and the next..... then I will be leaving Tapachula... 

What was your biggest challenge this week?
Our numbers went down a lot because I spent 3 days in Tuxtla..... I will explain below.

What is your biggest concern?
We have two married members that are thinking about separating so we are trying to keep them together.

Share your most significant tender mercy and Who was your favorite person this week?(go together)  Hermano C..... is my favorite person. After a year in Mexico I need to renew my visa so they sent all the USA people that had 13 months in the mission to Tuxtla to give our finger prints and sign papers. I got to sleep at Mission President's home for one night on the couch.... The next day President invited me to go to the TEMPLE:)))) I wanted to go so bad but I felt bad because my companion was here in our area and I told him I really should get back. In the end I went to the temple and the crazy part is that Hermano C... from my 2nd area had called me on monday and told me that he had received his endowments on Saturday. I was pretty sad because I wanted to be there. When we were sitting in the session Hermano C... entered:)  It was his second time to the temple and I was so happy. We have time to talk in the temple after, but when we left and were outside he told me that he was not planning on going today to the temple but that the spirit told him that if he went he would be surprised. I was soooooo happy! My joy was full to see him in the temple!

What are you looking forward to this week? Working our tails off! I´m pretty sure that I´m going to be transfered this next transfer and I want to leave the area with a whole bunch of people ready to be baptized. 

I love you all!
The mission is great!
Thank you for the prayers you all have sent my way:)

Hermana Hickman 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week 57:I Love Being a Missionary!

Hola Familia,
1. What has been your biggest challenge this week? Myself... lol no we have been working super hard to meet the goal of excellence for the mission. On Sunday we needed 4 people to come to church to meet with these goals of excellence and only three people came. I was frustrated because I really wanted to complete the goals....
Then I asked myself why do you want to complete them ? So that President tells you good job, because you feel like you are not a good missionary if you don´t or because you really want these people to come unto Christ. It really made me think.... and on Thursday we had a zone conference and we talked about being consagrados... idk what the word is in English... and doing things because we love God and nothing else. It was a hard lesson to learn but now I know:)

2. What has been your biggest concern? Hermana C's mom. I have a huge favor to ask... can you put her family´s name on the temple prayer roll every time you go???? it is.... Familia C... P....

3. What has been your biggest success? The converts! A lot of our converts are going to the temple for the first time the end of this month. 

4. Who has been your favorite person this week? Why? L... because she makes me feel happy just to be around her. Also a young women named E.. She has been visiting with us and got up this Sunday and talked about missionary work... She motivated me to get up share my testimony too:) 

5. What has been your most significant tender mercy? This week I looked a my name-tag and really realized what it said..... He has called me and trusted me with His work. I have waited my whole life to have this calling and realized this week that I can´t waste another minute. 

6. What are you looking forward to this coming week? Our baptism this Saturday:))))

7. Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week? In Alma 24 when the Anti-Nephi- Lehi's give their lives because they don´t want to fall into their old sins. 

8. Share three things that made you smile.
1. Hermano C... from my 2nd area went to the temple this week. I did not get to go but he called me this morning and was so happy.
2. Elder oaks comes 28th of February
3. I got the Kartchner Christmas card this week... lol Christmas in Febrero 

I love you all! I´m excited that every day is getting a little closer to the birth of my two new nieces:) I love you all and can´t believe that I´m serving a mission :))))) It is the best:) I have a testimony that God Lives and knows us.   I know that if you need help don´t every think you are alone, there is someone that walks every step and every day. He is there! He will lead the way out of darkness because He loves us and wants us to be happy:)))) I love you all:)))

Hermana Hickman 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 56: Lots to Smile about:)

Hola Familia,

5 things that made you smile:
1. A person we talked with on the street was surprised when I told her I was not from Chiapas.
2. We put a few posters up in our house of things we want to do better. 
3. I got to have a random interview with President G and he told me how much he loves me.
4. We get to go the temple with our ward and then hear Elder Oaks 28 Febrero. 
5. I have really learned to love my companion.
6. I have prayed that Natalie could see her Spanish friend again!!! Heavenly Father answers prayers.

What talent has Heavenly Father magnified since you became a missionary? My companion has really helpped me to think more positively. It is still something I am working on but I love that she is always there to help when I´m down.

That is so exciting that the YW go on splits with you.  How many of them want to serve missions?
Out of the 7 that do splits with us, 6 of them really want to go on a mission. It is super fun to motivate them, but it really turns out that they motivate me to enjoy the mission and smile always. 

What is the question that you get asked about the US the most when people find out that you live there? Do you like it there or here more? 

What gospel principle do you love to teach the most? Plan of Salvation 

It is so excited to hear that the recent converts are advancing in the priesthood and participating in family history work and temple work.  How has your testimony of the priesthood and the temple increased as you see how converts are blessed? In Mexico's area plan they have really focussed on family history. I realize I´m not very good at it but I love help converts find names because when you find a name you can see in their eyes the excitement. I know and have felt that their families are happy too! 

This week was a little hard one of our families told us that they did not want to listen to us any more. She cried when she told us. I feel like she knows it is true but is scared to change. I have also felt really really tired this week... I´ll be studying when all of the sudden my eyes are closed. Thanks dad for giving me that talent:) lol I really do love it here!  In my interview with President he kind of made it clear that this next transfer I will leave. He even asked me where I wanted to go but I was to scared to tell him I wanted to go to San Cristobal. I told him where he needed me... I would go. I have really learned to love being a missionary and I love being with my companion because she does everything with such conviction. Please pray that my body can feel more full of energy. 
Hermana Hickman