Monday, March 30, 2015

Prayers Answered, Improv Talks, Heat Waves, and Tired as Ever!!

The highlights of this week including giving a talk in church on 5 minutes notice. I talked on conversion and I felt like it went decently... Missionary life! And this week is Holy Week which means it is the hottest week of the year! And they aren't kidding! I am totally used to the heat but it is seriously unreal right now. I'm excited for the rain in May. Hmm what else... I have been so tired lately. Like, SO TIRED. I think it's the heat. haha Annnd my dear old companion Hermana Wilkins got called to be the sister trainng leader for the whole mission this week. So proud of her! She is the best. Keep her in your prayers because it's a stressful calling! 

Oh and a good story! So this past Sunday we had some baptisms planned but they got moved to this week. But one of those baptisms, of a joven (youth) named Nelson, was going to happen on Sunday.  All day Saturday though, I just didn't feel right about it. I felt like he needed a bit more preparation and we needed to help him build his scripture reading and church attendance habits... I found out in the evening my companion felt the same way. So I called one of the other Hermanas in the zone and asked for advice and she told me if he's ready he will come to church without problems but if he isn't, he won't and we need to prepare him more. So we decided to pray and see what happened. Literally right after my comp said Amen we hear him call outside our door (he's our neighbor) and he tells us he needs to go pick up his uncle and take him to the airport tomorrow so he wanted to change his date. Never thought I would be so happy to hear an investigator make an excuse for not going to church. haha So after that we knew he wasn't quite ready and we were able to move his date to this week and prepare him a bit more. The Lord is so mindful of us and really does answer prayers. :)

Also, I am so stoked for general conference you have NO IDEA. I feel so blessed to know that the Lord is going to be speaking through the Prophet and Apostles this weekend and we get to listen! It really is the best thing! 

Well, I'm out of time but I love you all dearly! Have a fantastic week!

Hermana Gubler

Friday, March 27, 2015

Seatbelts, Liahonas, Hump Day, and Accountability

Baptism of Martha!! We´re praying the rest of her family. Sonia and Donnovan, get baptized this week with two others we're teaching, Hendry and Gabriel. Keep them in your prayers! Also Ellayne has a fecha (baptism date) for the 11th of April. I know it's crazy that I have taught her the entire time I've been in Los Laureles but I just love her too much to leave her. She is so incredible. Pray for her too!!

A few interesting things happened this week.

1. Saw a dead man in the street. Like, eyes and jaw open. The works. The cops were filling out some paperwork off to the side. Like. Scarring. Also funerals here are so scary. If you never have to go to one consider yourself lucky.

2. Got to wear a seat beat in a Taxi this week and it felt so good. I think it's worth mentioning because I never realized how much I would miss seat belts. I love them!

3. Was lucky enough to get a copy of this month's Liahona in English and I read a sweet article called Satan's Rebellion that I suggest you all read. It's solid. Also, I just miss seminary so much. Aprovechen, children. (Take advantage, children.)

4. Pizza Hut is still closed. We're frantically looking for alternatives but no one delivers here. Like. Help.

Annnddddd.... in two days I reach halfway on my mission!! When did this happen???? It goes SO FAST: It was fast from day one. They say it only speeds up from here. Not excited. I love the mission with all my heart. 

I learned a great lesson this week about making excuses. I have noticed on the mission that the most successful missionaries are the ones who never use excuses, and I have tried hard to never use excuses in any situation. This week, though, I was reprimanded for a very small mistake, and it became very, very tempting to make excuses. My own words came to my mind as I started to form those thoughts and I realized I needed to choose repentance instead of rationalization. So I did. It was a small but powerful lesson for me.

I know that Heavenly Father lives and that He loves His children!!

Hermana Gubler

Zone conference

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Miracles, Machetes, and Missing Pizza Hut

First day with my baby :) (New companion Angie Ramos)
The big news this week is that Pizza Hut is closed for remodel right now so all the missionaries are suffering. Send prayers our way.

The smaller news is that we had an emergency meeting with all the sisters in Managua on Tuesday. We figured it would be a nice little motivating session for some of the sisters who had been feeling really trunkie. It wasn't. I've never been macheted harder! All the sisters are baptizing a ton less than the Elders, and usually it's the other way around. He talked about some of the sisters who recently finished their missions (he talked about Hna Wheat and I wanted to cry) and told us we need to step up to fill their shoes. It wasn't too bad for me particularly because at the beginning he said, Not all of you are failing right now, Hna Beckert is baptizing a ton where no one else did in that area, and Hna Gubler is doing everything really well, and Hna Auvua is baptizing where ever she goes. And then continued. It was like President knew I'm already hard enough on myself so I didn't feel worse. Haha. But anyways. It was great motivation. 

Also my companion is amazing. She is a champion. She's been through some hard stuff and is still the happiest and most kind person. I love her. I had a little breakdown this week cuz I´m a baby
(didn´t cry though. Like I have seriously developed the toughest skin here, I think it's impossible to cry while speaking Spanish or something) and she is just so supportive and amazing. 

We have three baptisms set up this week so pray all goes well for Martha (different one, there are a lot of Martha's here) Gabriel, and Hendry :) I really just love seeing people change. There's a light that comes into people's eyes as their faith grows. It's so neat. 

Love you all! Have a great week!

Hermana Gubler

We have two problems: we don't throw out our old cereal boxes and we eat way too many frosted flakes.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Pick Me Up

Set apart by Jesus. 

So first off, if you didn't already know, my second daughter is a LATINA!!! Finally! Spanish 24/7 people. I'm learning a ton! And she looveeesss to talk so I'm learning a ton :) But pray for my patience because I've got a lot of teaching to do :) haha! No, but she's great. I'll get a good picture of us to you soon!

Well this week wasn't the best number wise, we only had one person in church. But I'm really grateful for it because I learned something from my dismay. I opened up the last general conference Ensign (THANK YOU MOM - I LOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE SO MUCH) and I decided to read a talk by Jörg Klebingat that in all senses put me back on my feet with a new dedication to serve the Lord. I had been feeling a little like I'm just doing the motions and down lately (If you can't tell by my rather whiny emails - oops) and like I just wasn't a very good missionary. I always seem to find myself praying to know if the Lord is proud of me. The talk is called Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence. The beginning explains my life right now as a very imperfect missionary. But here's a little excerpt that I love if you don't want to read the whole thing:

Brothers and sisters, acknowledge and face your weaknesses, but don't be immobilized by them, because some of them will be your companions until you depart this earth life. No matter what your current status, the very moment you voluntarily choose honest, joyful, daily repentance by striving to simply do and be your very best, the Savior's Atonement envelopes and follows you, as it were, wherever you go. Living in this manner, you can truly "always retain a remission of your sins" (Mosiah 4:12) every hour of every day, every second of every minute, and thus be fully clean and acceptable before God all the time. Yours is the privilege, if you want it, to come to know for yourself, today or soon, that you are pleasing God in spite of your shortcomings.

I really just love the Lord and love His servants. Despite the difficulties He always seems to find a way to speak peace to my soul. I am super imperfect but I'm working on it and I feel alright :) Thank you for your prayers! I love you all tons!

Hermana Gubler

My Hatt with a member, Graisa :)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lessons Learned and Hijas Gained

Pic from Nicaragua Managua North Mission's Facebook page

First off, the big news, I'M TRAINING AGAIN!!! Hermana Hatt is off to Chinandega and I will be getting my second daughter tomorrow! #PrayForALatina haha So excited.

Some of the lessons learned this week:

1. Don't go to the mall with your ward mission leader if his sister will be late because the AP (who you didn't ask permission from to go to the mall, I asked the other one) might be there to see you shopping with only a 21 year old guy. Because he'll probably call your ZL and you'll feel embarrassed for days. oops. haha

2. Don't play "Most Likely/Most" award games with your zone or you and the other blonde Elder might get voted as "novios" (boyfriend/girlfriend) because "their babies would be barbies" -_- never again.

3. Don't hug people from behind while they're eating soup or your hair might end up in it. But don't worry because Wendy continued to eat it. hahaha

But among the funny lessons I really just want to say how grateful I am for the opportunity to serve a mission and for the lessons that really have changed me. I've reflected on it a lot this week and I really feel so changed. Really the mission has enlightened my mind, has widened my perspective, and has changed my heart. I got to do divisions with Hermana Wilkins this week (I just love her so much) and it was just so cool to see how much we've changed since the CCM. Like so much! I just love this work and this country and these people and the Lord! Thank you for all the prayers for me and my companions and my investigators :) We really can feel them. ¡LES AMO TANTO!

Love Hermana Gubler

Another Facebook pic

 Zone pic :)
Elder Nelson, Elder Ward, Lehi (Ward Mission Leader), Michelle, and Hna Hatt

Allison apologizes for her shirt. Didn't have time to change. ahaha

Goodbyes to Hermana Hatt and Janzen :)

Mall adventures :)
Caterpillar is a big deal here, Dad. Who knew???
Goodbye photo with my dear Hatt :)