Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Phil Collins and Repentance Mmmmhmm

8 girls in a taxi!
First off. Another Hermana told me Phil Collins speaks Spanish and translated all the Tarzan songs himself and sings them. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT??? Please someone send me some MP3s next week because I am dying to hear them. The Tarzan soundtrack is my life. So there's that.

Second, yesterday Miguel passed the sacrament to us and I don't think I've ever been more proud of a convert. He's also seminary class president. And Martha is probably the most dedicated convert I know. I love them sooo much!!!

And... for the sad news. Scarlet told us yesterday they won't continue with the lessons. Hermana Hatt started crying... It was rough. The mission has given me really tough skin though so I was OK, but I felt like I was going to throw up afterwards. So heartbreaking. She just has a TON of family opposition and feels really confused and Alejandra and Jazlin don't want to change religions because, well, it's hard to do what the Lord asks sometimes. Change is never easy. But we will continue praying for them. I know that God is mindful of them and loves them and when the time is right he'll help clarify their confusions and lead them the Christ.

I have really gained a greater understanding of repentance this week. If the mission does anything, it makes you realize how imperfect you are. I used to think, "Yeah I make mistakes but I'm doing better and I'm OK" and now I really feel, as King Benjamin put it, like the dust of the earth. I'm realizing how sinful I really am. I fall short A LOT and I distance myself from the Lord with my choices every day. The Atonement of Jesus Christ isn't something that we need just when we pray or just when we take the sacrament, we need Him always. The mission has been really humbling for me. I feel like I am better "relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of [my] faith." (Moroni 6:4) because I am better realizing how much we need Him.

Well I am proud of myself because this has been a fairly decent sized letter. Also, I am going to the mall today with Lehi and Allison and Eva (if I haven't mentioned them, they're members and I love them) so I'm stoked and I'll have good pictures next week. But for this week I just have this. You can't tell but there are 8 girls in this taxi. Saving money like a boss. Don't kill me, Mom and Dad. It's not like we can wear seat belts anyways. Hahaha

Love you all!!

Hermana Michelle Guber

Monday, February 16, 2015

Casi Nica (Almost Nicaraguan)

Alejandra and I have the same backpack! It's actually like a ¨cool kid¨ thing to have a "Totto" backpack apparently. I bought the cool brand and didn't even know it. haha 

First off-- HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVEN!!! I cannot believe you are 18. Like when did this happen?? Yesterday we were still living in that old house, playing outside, climbing trees and now we're serving missions!! What is this??

We had an interesting week filled with some odd experiences... Just to name a few...

We accidentally started contacting a weirdo who wanted to tell us how pretty we were. It happens more than it should. The men here are creeps. 

I made a parallel to the Bachelorette... Emily's season... best to date... to help Ellayne understand how she can feel more comfortable with baptism. PRAY FOR HER!! SHE'S ALMOST THERE!! She knows it's true. Por fin.

I had my hand kissed by an old man in a street contact. It was great. And wet. 

We ran away from a drunk and kind of just burst into the living room of a nearby member's house to avoid him. They laughed pretty hard.

And last, but not least... Mom you remember that weird thing on my leg I told you about?? They're stretch marks. Yeah. I have gained so much weight and my body doesn't handle it well. It's fine though. I keep saying... I AM NOT HERE TO BE PRETTY over and over again. Hahaha

Ok, well I really just love the mission. With all of the doubts and the hard days and the struggles, it still is the best experience I have had. I have learned more here than like all of high school and college combined. I really just know myself and Heavenly Father so much better because I am here. I love it with all my heart. 

And I love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Gubler

I didn't buy the jersey deal because I already spend enough on other crap. So I'm the odd one out with Hermana Tobar.

MILKY smile!!

I have a lot of bug bites. Les encanta mi sangre... (They love my blood...)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mas o Menos

Well not really anything happened this week. We found some super amazing families and we have some others that are progressing to baptism splendidly. And Ellayne is praying about picking a fecha! She actually fasted this weekend about it and gave a fast offering and everything. Like she asked me how to in church this week. I love her. So hopefully she takes the step this month :)

Just a quick thought, I have really gained a testimony here about callings and what it means to magnify them. I see the difference in the work when the members step up and go the extra mile with their callings and when they don't. I have been super glad to see how great Mom is in her calling in her weekly letters! It really makes a huge difference to the people you serve and the Lord. 

I'm sorry this is literally the crappiest email I've probably ever sent and I PROMISE I will be better next week. Also our SD cards are all messed up so I am currently unable to send photos. We're going to try another cyber so maybe I'll be able to send a few in a little bit but we'll see! 

Until next week! Love you!

Hermana Gubler

Priesthood and Power

Martha and Miguel's Baptism

This week we had one of the best baptisms I have gotten to take part in... it was seriously a miracle. The morning of the baptism Martha told us she felt really sick and wanted to wait to get baptized till next week. We had a nice deep conversation and I told her that it was important that she got baptized with Miguel and how we can't put off the things the Lord wants us to do, so we decided to pray. Afterwards she said she knew she needed to get baptized, but she still felt physically awful. So we had the Elders and a guy in the ward give her a blessing. She immediately felt better and was baptized without a problem. Afterwards she told me she couldn't feel any pain at all. Miracle.

And another story a little more personal involving priesthood blessings this week. We were on our way to Scarlet's house and I started to feel something horrible. Like it was a physical, dark, pressure on my chest. I figured I was having a mental breakdown or something had happened at home. So I started freaking out a little. I called Hna Bernards because she was on an exchange back in Villa Venezuela and then went back to the house. We sang hymns and prayed that the feeling would go away. It didn't. I was staring at the telephone waiting to get a call saying something had happened at home. But at the same time I was totally calm and my pulse and breathing were normal... but this feeling was so tangible and horrid. So Elder Knight (one of our zone leaders) and another Elder from Villa Venezuela came up with Hermana Bernards and Hermana Walker and Elder Knight gave me a blessing. By the end of the blessing, the feeling was gone. It. Was. Gone. It was seriously one of the most drastic changes, it was so strong and then totally gone. 

I know that the power of the priesthood is real. Like Dad has taught me, there is real power just in Christ's name alone. He lives. This is His gospel and His priesthood. I don't know what that feeling was but I'm pretty sure I know where it came from, and I know that Christ's name and His light cast out all fear. I am so blessed to be a missionary for His church and to see miracles on the daily. Thank you for all your support and all the emails! I have the best family and friends ever :)

Love you! Until next week!

Hermana Gubler

 P.S. Oh and Alejandra, who remember is 14, was up till 3am Saturday morning doing personal progress and asked for a triplet so she could read the scriptures from the Doctrine and Covenants. And she wants to serve a mission. And she was the first to get up for church on Sunday, which is something Scarlet said is a MIRACLE because she hates getting up early. And her dad and her aunt were making fun of her for going to church and--remember she is super shy--she stood up to both of them and said she wants to go and likes it a lot. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!! WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD WOULD I GET TO WATCH LIVES CHANGE LIKE THIS??

Martha and Miguel's Baptism

Monday, February 2, 2015

January 26, 2015

This is the cutest couple ever. Pedro and Virginia. This was taken on my last weekend with Wheat when they fed us a cow. Pedro passed away this morning. He said to her, "Voy a verte aya" before he died. "I'll see you there." They were together for 70 something years (no, literally) but never had the money to go to the temple. I hope the ward can help her to be able to go so they can be sealed before she passes on. So grateful for eternal families.
Quote of the week goes to Hermana Hatt: "Sometimes I wish we could just ride on a cloud from cita to cita and then I wouldn't be so tired and we wouldn't even have to contact people because they would contact us because we would be on a flying cloud!" True that. I love her so much.

Other thoughts from the week:

Creole is sick. It's like English... but not. Like I understand sort of... but I don't. So bizarre.

Sometimes we get into taxis playing English radio and sometimes they play "Rude" by Magic and Hna Hatt and I jam out and the taxista thinks we're nuts. Well, that was just one time but it was really great.

We have these "Sin Verg├╝enza" (without embarrassment) goals as a mission and one of them was to contact a sports team and we totes did it and it was awkward and awesome. No fear.

We had 7 people in church yesterday! Martha and Miguel ended up needing another week so they're getting dunked this Saturday. Then we had another family of three who are the CUTEST!! The daughters are BEAUTIFUL and all the young men were asking for their names. Haha, deacons. And this brother-sister pair named Juan and Anna came who are super fun. Juan is an atheist. Yeah, we're teaching him. I have no idea what I'm doing because NO ONE here doesn't believe in God. And I thought Juan was gay when I met him. Turns out he's not. He's very much straight. And just a little muso. It's fine. hahaha

One of the Elders in our ward, Elder Ward, got stung by a scorpion this week and he was a little drunk-like in church. Don't worry he's fine. 

Sometimes the elders make my week by texting me bachelor quotes. Photo attached. #WinningInEveryWay

Sorry my weekly emails are so 'Hi/Bye' because I really just have zero time, like at all. But I love you all so much! The gospel is true!!

Hermana Gubler
Bachelor Quote from Elders :)