New and Peachy

21 doesn't feel any different than 20. Just sayin.

Hola y'all!! <<<<(attempting a mixture of the two cultures I live in) Crazy fun week :) That's how they seem to be ...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

21 doesn't feel any different than 20. Just sayin.

Hola y'all!! <<<<(attempting a mixture of the two cultures I live in)

Crazy fun week :) That's how they seem to be going lately :)

I pray that each of you are doing well and enjoying this beautiful journey called life! The path God led me on is treating me great out here in Georgia!!! Plus, it's my birthday and so far it's been peachy :) Some members are taking us to lunch as well as bowling later today. Fun times when the anniversary of the day you escaped from the womb lands on Pday :)

There were quite a few appointments and wonderful miracles this week! 

The Elders sent us a referral for Claudia and oh goodness, that lesson was wonderful! She told us about her life and how she has been searching for peace and just can't seem to find it. We talked to her about the Restoration and about the fulness of joy and peace she can find in Christ. She wants to grow closer to her Savior and wowser the Spirit was just so sweet in that lesson!! 

Aracely has a baptism date for December!!!!!!! It's a little ways away because there is a few factors holding her back at the moment... works on Sunday, smoking, and a couple other things. But with the power of the Atonement, all is possible and we can have our slates wiped clean :)

At President Interviews on Friday, Sister De La Rosa and I set up an obstacle course as part of our training. We used red yarn and tied it back and forth all over a hallway and had the missionaries go through it as we hummed the mission impossible theme and laughed our guts out. We used it to represent the principle of obedience. God has not given us commandments just to make the journey difficult, obedience is not an obstacle course. Instead it is a way to receive blessings and help from our loving Father in Heaven and a way to show our LOVE. 

We had a couple more lessons with Iris! She is so willing and open to learning!! Plus, her husband is pretty nice, though whenever we are there he quickly eats because its his lunch break and then leaves. Hopefully soon we will be able to teach them together! 

Nancy. Nancy. Nancy. We teach her a couple lessons then she disappears for a month and then we get back in contact and the same thing happens again. But this time we feel it is a little different. We decided to stop by one morning after teaching Maria and Nancy opened the door with teary eyes. We came in and she sat down and poured out everything that has been happening and how she feels so lost. "How did my life get to this??" We sat and listened. As she calmed down, the words just started coming to us as we testified that she is not alone and that God has a special plan for her. We talked to her about how she lived with our Heavenly Father before coming to earth and that she chose and accepted His plan. That He loves her and is waiting for her to come back to Him. We visited a couple days later and taught the entire Plan of Salvation lesson and her words>>"Sister, You are blowing my mind right now" hahaha love that lady :)  

Saturday I had the blessing to attend the baptism of Erica. I am sure many of you don't remember, but if you were to look back through my emails in May you would find one about an incredible experience finding and teaching a woman named Erica. Since nobody got time to go digging through emails I will give ya a quick recap. Sis Barroso and I were driving down the road in Chamblee on our way to an appointment when we saw a cute Latino family out washing the driveway. We both felt that we needed to stop and talk to them but didn't want to be awkward about it (seriously, my life). We pulled over a little farther up the street and knocked all of the doors on that street, including talking with them. That family washing the driveway was Ninfa and her kids. While knocking we met Erica and she invited us back. Fast forward, I left Chamblee and went to Cunningham but knew Sis Barroso and Sis Whiting were still teaching Erica. AND LAST SATURDAY SHE GOT BAPTIZED!!! And guess who also showed up at the baptism to support their neighbor and I got to give them all hugs?? NINFA AND THE KIDS!!! God is in the details people. When Erica got to the church building the day of her baptism, she saw me and gave me the biggest hug asking why I had had to leave and how happy she was to see me. I felt SO happy. There just aren't words. Erica told me about the prayer that she had said outside the temple on the grounds when she was feeling nervous about getting baptized a couple weeks ago. She explained that as she prayed that this feeling came over her, tingles, warm fuzzies, love, peace, and she knew that everything would be alright. That she was making the right decision. The Spirit is awesome, let me tell you. 

We have been meeting with Maria as much as missionarily possible! October 14th here we come!!! She is full of light and it is such a blessing to see her this happy. She told us about telling her sister that she was getting baptized and her sister started crying :) I am so excited for Maria to enjoy the gift and companionship of the Holy Ghost and have that guidance in her life. As well as enjoy the blessings of the temple!! Already can't wait to go with her! Saturday is going to be another precious memory, I already know :)

I invite yall to check out at least 1 general conference talk this week!!! lds.org So many good ones to choose from :) Love you to pieces :)

Pics to come next week :)

Con Amor,

Hermana Draper

Monday, October 2, 2017

Bubble Soccer + Me = a good ole time

Buenas Tardes Amigos y Familia!

At this precise moment in time my neck is a little sore from.... BUBBLE SOCCER!! Yup, you better believe it, Brother Pettita offered to come and provide Bubble Soccer for our Zone P-day and whalooaaa it happened after a few changed dates due to that random hurricane a bit ago. It was a hoot! Loved being with all the crazy missionaries in the ATL area. *also, one of the photos attached is pretty cool because I am sideways touching the ball with my feet... that explanation doesn't make sense so just scroll down and look at the picture.  

So this week was one of those didn't-plan-in-lunch-time-because-we-were-so-busy weeks and boy I LOVED IT. Lots of lessons, wonderful people, and of course... la comida latina ;) The way to my heart as everyone knows... through my stomach. 

Update from last P-day: Sister De La Rosa's hair turned out fine!! Prayers were answered and the dye didn't fail us. 

In the same trailer park we met Iris and Sara. Iris is a mom of 2 cute kiddos and from Honduras. Sara is from Mexico and has had a very rough life. The lessons we have had with each of them have brought me near to tears as we talk to them about the plan our loving Heavenly Father has for each of us. When we asked Sara to say the closing prayer in our second lesson she looked at us and said ok, proceeded to give a simple prayer and afterwards told us "I've never prayed before. That was the first time." Beautiful moment. 

Exchanges with the Atlanta Sisters! Always a fun time. I went with Sister Richman and Sister Collings, two sisters that I adore!!! I served with Sister Collings in my last zone, so you can say that we were pretty happy to see each other again :) We taught these two hilarious older black ladies that made my heart so happy. Christine had these HUGE white glasses, navy pantsuit and cute lil red flats. Adorable and such a southern lady :)  Also served for a minute at the Food Bank! I am slowly improving at the speed in which I can find the expiration date on an item of food. #ResumeSkills.

Maria is getting baptized in 2 weeks!! We can't wait!! It got pushed back a week due to some appointments of hers that had to be moved from this last week to this week. But she is loving every lesson! We brought a member from the Branch the last two lessons about the commandments and they went wonderfully! Maria came and watched conference at the house of a different member too! It's happening with her and I love her soooo much :) She makes me laugh and she cooks the BEST food :) 

I have started teaching piano lessons to Ashley, a cute lil member in the Branch. She's learning so stinking fast!! And she practices. Why am I so lucky? 

Our investigator family didn't show up to the Family Home Evening we had planned at a member's home, but that's alright. We did the activity anyway and had a ball! We did a scripture scavenger hunt after the lesson and the kids went wild running around trying to figure out the scripture hints. Cookies were the end prize :) 

General Conference. Can we just say that pretty much every talk was inspired and perfect? I LOVED how many talks were on the Plan of Salvation and how we are where we are for a purpose. I forgot my notes that I took, so I'll sure some thoughts I had next week. 

I love you all dearly and pray that you all are enjoying fall :) Keep searching for ways to help those around you and shining Christ's light :) 

Con Amor,
Hermana Draper

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I can't think of anything to put here....

Familia y Amigos,

Hmmm... if any one has tips on dying hair please let me know. We are experimenting on Hna De La Rosa's hair... Ya probably not the smartest idea to have me do it but... salons are expensive! Prayers needed

What a week! Lots of running all over Marietta and Mableton area and enjoying every minute :) 

Families are so important and Edith loved that we focus so much on them! We shared with her the Family: A Proclamation to the World and she agreed on every point! We are so excited to go back to teach her the Plan of Salvation and we have Sister Smith who is a doll to go as the team up with us :) 

Maria and the kiddos :) I just love them. So much. And they came to sports night!! Isaee ran up to me as they walked in (I was goalie at the time) and jumped up and wrapped his arms around my neck and wrapped his legs around my waist to give me his signature hug attack :) Cutest little kid ever and thought he was going to get hit by the soccer ball that came flying at us. But thankfully my blocking skills are slowing improving. 

ZONE CONFERENCE!! Learned amongst many of my fellow missionaries and got to see friends that have since moved to other areas! The coolest part is when we sorta re-enacted a Book of Mormon story when they buried the weapons of war. We wrote down what is holding us back from being more consecrated missionaries on a piece of paper that had a picture of a sword on it. I wrote impatience. Lol. Whoever knows me knows that I am a very impatient person and I like to see things happening fast. But I know that God's timing is the best timing and in that I must trust. So I wrote that down and a couple other things and we went outside and buried all our papers in a hole. It was neat :) 

Maria (the Maria who has a baptismal date) was feeling a little worried about some immigration issues, her working visa will expire in January so she is struggling to figure out what to do. The Elders came by to give her a blessing of comfort and the Spirit was strong! Everyone was either sniffling or crying. After they left, we talked to Maria and she is now getting baptized (fingers crossed and praying hard) October 7th! It is making us run to get in the rest of the lessons, but we feel that it is right! She really needs the help and guidance that comes from having the gift of the Holy Ghost! 

We had Women's Conference in Brockett! Maria drove us over to help us save on miles :) We love that lady so much :) Women's Conference was inspiring and so beautiful! The Atlanta Stake put on a nice night of soup and musical numbers. I loved seeing a few people from Chamblee!! Lots of hugs :) 

We brought Lolita to teach Aracely about patriarchal blessings and she really wants one! Aracely is doing well progressing through the 12 steps of overcoming addictions. She even came to church for Sacrament Meeting!!!

The Primary kids are now getting used to treats and being bribed. But they still do what I say ;) Yesterday was double chocolate cookies and a bag of carrots to give their mothers peace of mind. 

Special moment last night and evidence that God works in His wonderful ways. Our appointment with Maria canceled since she was at a baby shower so we went instead to visit Nancy, a less active member in the same area. Lolita was with us and we crossed paths with Nancy as she was walking inside to the apartment from her car. The lesson we had with her was so full of the Spirit. We read and discussed a chapter in the Book of Mormon and she expressed her feelings. She said that she has been feeling empty lately and she knows it is because she isn't doing things right. She told us that she loved having us there because she could feel the sweet stirrings of the Spirit again. Lolita shared with her about a time in her life when she went less active and what helped her come back to church. Exactly what Nancy needed :) God is mindful of His children, I testify of that.

Today, there were plans to go to the zoo. Then that didn't happen. Sooo... we went to hobby lobby and found posters with lions. 

I love you all and hope life is unfolding beautifully for each of you. That you are looking in each day for the ways God has manifested Himself to you and shown you that He is mindful of you :) I am blessed beyond measure to be out here in the Peach State and can't wait to see what miracles this week holds :) 

Con Amor, 

Hermana Draper


Monday, September 18, 2017

"Hna Draper, what happened to my birthday cake? There is a hole in it."

Buenos dias :)

HEYYYYYYYYY

Hurricane didn't hit us that bad, just some power outages and a few fallen trees. We were instructed to stay inside, but started going stir crazy. The Elders called to ask us to stop by their apartment and grab a thumbdrive they had forgotten before leaving to go play basketball at the church. So we headed over to their apartment with a few things.... We may or may not have dyed their milk different colors, decorated with toilet paper, and written "Ministry of Magic This Way" above their toilet. And a few other things. We did end up eventually picking up the thumbdrive and delivering it at the church too. We played some volley ball with them to pass the time. Once it started to rain a little harder outside Hna De La Rosa and I headed back to our apartment. I spent 4 hours on our map. It now looks beautiful. With every member and less active and apartment complex and key points pinned with different colors and labeled. Ya. Perfectionist problems. 

So all in all, Irma didn't hurt us too bad thankfully. Blessings :) Thanks for the prayers!!!

Been doing a lot of knocking with not much luck, but that's ok, we still enjoy ourselves and the reactions we get when people answer the door :) 

Aracely is slowlying overcoming smoking! Step by step. We have been helping her process through what situations tempt her to smoke and how she can counteract them. Lately she has been painting her house, so with that to keep her busy she has been doing great! 

Missionary Leadership Conference! Ya, Sis De La Rosa and I are still Sister Training Leaders! The conference was great and it was so good to see dear other missionaries who are in different areas. Something that Sister Foote shared about the sacrament really touched my heart. She was telling us about the symbolism behind why we use broken bread for the sacrament. Instead of identical wafers, a loaf of bread is broken into pieces in front of us as we sing hymns. Each and every piece is different. Just as we are. We all have been hurt, we all have sinned, each and every one of us are struggling in unique ways. We have specific needs and different vices. But the Atonement of Jesus Christ heals all wounds, all sorrows, all pains. It is individual. Our Lord and Savior sacrifice and suffered for you and for me and for all of us. 

Just as the Savior loves us uniquely, we must also minister in the same manner. We must strive to teach, serve and to lift one by one as Christ did and does. 

We were trying to find some former investigators with addresses from some old teaching records and ran into a guy that the Sisters had met a few months ago! His name is Steven and he is from DALLAS TEXAS!!! The wonderful place of my birth. We bonded. His brother even knew where Farmers Branch was!! We passed his info along to the English Elders and they called him that night. The next day we got a text the next day saying "Steven is on date" He's getting baptized in a few weeks!!! Miracles. 

Lolita and Yadif got in a pretty bad car accident that was caused by another car crossing the median and hitting them. Yadif got some staples in the back of his head and a black eye, Lolita has some fractured ribs. We called the Elders as soon as we found out and they came to give them a blessing. 

Maria and the kiddos!! Another fun lesson with them about the commandments :) Finally met her husband Diego, he is reallllyyyyy shy. 

A really special moment in my mission happened Saturday afternoon. I was able to Facetime a dear friend of mine that got baptized later that day. (My mission president is that best and gave permission) My heart was SO happy to see her dressed in white and willing to take upon her the name of Christ. We also got to talk on the phone that night and boy have I missed her!! God works in marvelous ways my friends :) 

So, there was a fiesta. Everyone brought food from their country... so of course, I stuck a tiny pizza in the oven and brought that. Merica! They had a program and it was SOOOO cute to see the kids doing dances from their home countries and the parents as well. Us missionaries did the Macarena to a church parody of Despacito. We do what we can. Maria came to the fiesta too!!!! 

Lizbeth, Ricky and Linzy CAME TO CHURCH! Lizbeth hasn't had a full Sunday off of work in who knows how long, but she did Sunday! She finally got to stay for all 3 hours of church and she LOVED it. Sis De La Rosa sat with her during Sunday School and Relief Society and told me about a comment that Lizbeth had made about tithing (that was the topic in Gospel Principles). She had said that there is something that keeps drawing her to the church and she already has a testimony of tithing! After church was over Lizbeth came up to me with open arms (I had been playing the organ for Sacrament Meeting and then in the youth class and then in primary and hadnt had the chance to say hi yet) and said "Mi Hermana Cortinas!!" Sidenote: my last name. Spanish speakers can't say it right so most just opt for Cortinas... which is curtains (get it, drapes?) in Spanish. I asked her how she liked church and she looked me in the eye and said "It's just what I've been looking for." I felt such happiness and hugged her again. She is slowly traveling along the right path, Christ's path. She is finding more light and growing closer to her Savior. 

Also about church, I have become the unofficial Primary music person. I never realized how hard it is to control 10 kids under the age of 12 and to attempt to teach them to sing songs. I must admit, I have resorted to bribing. Cupcakes tend to do the trick. 

Found a cool lady named Maribel who was dying her hair bright pink when she answered the door. Her hands were blue and so I asked about that. "The blue dye didn't stay in, so I'm doing pink." Way to be you girl. 

SUNDAY WAS HERMANA DE LA ROSA's BIRTHDAY. She is a whopping 21 years old. In the morning I read her as many scriptures as I could about growing older, waxing old with age, gray hair. This morning she opened the fridge and asked, "Hna Draper, what happened to my birthday cake? There is a hole in it." She told me she at first thought it had been a rat or something but then figured it couldn't have been, it was in a plastic box in the fridge... "I was hungry. It's chocolate." 

Yo se que esta vida es un poco dificil a veces, pero valdra la pena. Tenemos que ser firmes y fieles en la fe y podemos hacerlo por medio de la expiacion de nuestro Salvador. El nos ama y quiere que cambiemos :) 

Con Amor,

Hermana Draper

Sarah posing with letters and pics from the Corinne 2nd Ward Primary

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Wow. That's a lot of sunshine." ---Isaee

Familia y Amigos,

Oh goodness, weird emailing on a Tuesday! I hope everyone's Labor Day was enjoyed to the max and it was relaxing/refreshing for all :) 

My people update:

Carmen and Pancho. Oh gosh, Pancho is really starting to open up to us (he is 7 years old) and when we taught him the 10 Commandments HE LOVED IT. We showed him how to remember them using his fingers and he kept going through them over and over again cuz he was having so much fun :) Carmen is a different story, we don't quite know where teaching her will go. She is at the point now where she really needs to start coming to church or they will not progress. 

ARACELY is doing so good with trying to overcome smoking! She is hangin in there and has been working through the 12 Step addiction recovery program that the Church adapted from the AA 12 Steps. She is so funny though as she fills out the question and answer portions, but so honest and it's wonderful to see her truly trying to kick the habit. 

Well friends. Let me tell you about Sonia. Lol. She is a hoot. We found her as we were trying to find a less active and she had the same exact address (turns out the less active lived on the opposite side of the complex). She invited us back! Wasn't there at her return apt. But we stopped by a different day and she let us right in :) She talked to us about how her entire family back in Mexico got baptized when she was 12 except for her, cuz she didn't like the Elders who were teaching her family. Well, she has decided now that "God is with the Mormons" and we have been having so much fun teaching this lady! And she cooks Ah-mazing. SO good. We watched the 20 minute Restoration video and she told us, "My old church never told me that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ! It makes so much more sense!" We like this human. 

Maria and the kiddos!! Can I just say, how GOOD it feels to knock on a door and inside you hear "It's the missionaries! YAY!" and you are greeted with HUGE hugs from all of the children?? Ya, so wonderful. They are all progressing so fast and taking it all in :) Just the bump in the road of a hard shelled boyfriend of Maria (haven't met him yet, though Maria says he is hardshelled). We are going to try to meet with him and see if he will let the Spirit soften his heart at all. The subject line of this email came from something Isaee said as we were watching The Testaments movie about the people who were here in the Americas when Christ came and visited them. At the part in the movie where Christ comes down from heaven in this bright ray of light Isaee shouted "Wow!!! That's a lot of sunshine!!" It brought a smile to my face :) 

Lizbeth. Loved church. She enjoyed the hymns the most :) She started singing like an opera singer in one of our lessons while Sis De La Rosa and I were singing "The Lord is my Light". She wants to come to church this week again!!! The kids are doing so well in school too :)

We had a wonderful time a) eating carne asada and b) reading a chapter in the Book of Mormon with Rosa Isela, a less active member. She has some thoughtful comments and we are looking forward to seeing how the power that comes from reading the Book of Mormon will bless her life :) 

Yadif wants to get baptized :) Just gotta get the permission from his mom! 

Maria (different Maria) finally was there at an appointment! We had a very spiritual lesson as we watched the Treasures in Heaven: The John Tanner Story video and talked about the sacrifices we make. She has sorta hit stagnant in the progress realm of things, and we are trying to get her moving along again. She still loves everything, it's just she works Sundays and it's hard for her to move forward. 

TEMPLE WITH JONY!!! We went with Hno Montenegro, Lolita and Jony :) Such a sweet experience seeing that boy in white once again doing the work for those who have gone on before. He said he felt such peace, very similar to that during his baptism. Baptisms and other ordinances for the dead are just evidence that Heavenly Father is perfectly just and merciful. The same yesterday, today, and forever. 

I love this scripture in the Book of Mormon:
Words of Mormon Chapter 9:9-10, 18-21
9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?
10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.
18 And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles? And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
19 And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
20 And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust.
21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

Super powerful huh? Also another AWESOME talk that all should read 

I am meeting such wonderful people each day and I love this work I am about. I love the culture, almost as much as I love the food :) Watching people light up as the Spirit touches their hearts and enlightens their understanding is beautiful to behold. 

We have also been helping Juan Carlos and Jonathan with role plays to get them prepped for serving missions themselves! Juan Carlos plans on leaving about in January, so we are trying to break his habit of giving long winded explanations on everything and helping him learn to teach simply :) 

Thank you for all the prayers. I love you all dearly and hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!!!

Con Amor, 

Hermana Draper

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"You bring Utah to Georgia"

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Que pasa? How are y'all doing? I pray each of you had a wonderful week and are getting back into the rigor of school or back to the daily work grind. Summer hopefully was stock full of vacations and memories to last :) 

This week. Talk about a weird one. We were really only in our area 2 and a half days. Otherwise, we were moving, had exchanges or were in  interviews. 

Well, we moved across the parking lot to an apartment with a realllllllll nice view. It looks out over the pond that is within our complex and is on the third floor! I made brownies and the Elders flocked over to help us move. It was a pretty fun time with them again as they moved the washer and dryer. 

Lesson with Aracely!! Went well and we are working with her to overcome smoking. Read through Ether 12 in the Book of Mormon and it was touching to see her desire to change and become better :)

Exchanges with the ATL Sisters started off with service at the Food Bank! All the ATL Elders were there so it was a fun time. Though since it is a rule they can't redistribute chocolate due to some people getting sick from reheated and cooled chocolate (whaaa???) they have to throw it all away. WE THREW AWAY BOXES OF GODIVA CHOCOLATE AND MY HEART BROKE AND SHATTERED TO SEE THE WASTE OF MANNA FROM HEAVEN. I was with Sister Stoker the rest of the day and we enjoyed knocking doors and meeting some really neat people who were open to hear our message! I also randomly had to go to the bathroom while out tracting.... so when we finally knocked into a lady who looked nice-ish I just asked her if I could use her bathroom. She let me! So. Checkbox checked. Used a random person's bathroom. 

Interviews! Our trainings went well and I enjoyed the trainings also given by the Zone Leaders and AP's. Talking with President is always a fun time :) 

Exchanges with the Marietta/Mableton Sisters!!! Again started off the day with them at the Restore facility doing service. I was with Sister Clark for the day and boy do I love that sister!! She has the biggest heart and is going home in a few weeks. So sad to see her finish her mission, but she will be on to bigger and better things! We had a legit miracle while we were out tracting! We were headed to an apartment building and as we walked towards the back of it Sister Clark turned towards me and asked, "Where do you think we should go?" We stopped and prayed for direction and as I opened my eyes I just felt a pull back towards where we had walked from. A boy who was running groceries back and forth between a car and his home crossed my path. We had previously asked him if he needed help with the groceries, but he had said no. This time I just started asking what his name was and if we could talk to his mom. He took us up to their apartment and boy... miracles happen. We talked with Tracy and shared with her about the love that Christ has and about the Book of Mormon--evidence that God loves all of His children no matter where they are. The Spirit was so strong as we talked with Tracy and she agreed to meet with the English sisters later that week!! 

That same day, after dinner I got a call from some Sister missionaries in the state where one of my close friends lives. They told me that my friend is getting BAPTIZED in a couple weeks!! I can't quite put my feelings to words, but the only emotion I think has an accurate definition is Joy. True Joy. Blessings are raining down! 

The only downer of the week...We were going to go to the temple... then Jony got super sick. He looked as white as me... and he's Mexican. So we rescheduled it for next week. 

BUT THEN HE GOT WELL ENOUGH TO GIVE A TALK IN CHURCH!!! He talked about temples and why we have them. He did so good :) 

LIZBETH CAME TO CHURCH WITHOUT ANYONE GIVING HER A RIDE OR NOTHING. Ricky and Linzy seemed pretty excited to have their mom finally join them at church! We are PUMPED for our lesson on Wednesday with her to see what she thought of church (lol she got the Branch President's # so she could call and ask him more questions). 

Lol Yadif, our 10 year old investigator sat with me at the organ through all of Sacrament Meeting and he is trying to figure out how to play it. Super entertaining. 

The subject line of this email is from a comment our Branch President said to me after I shared a spiritual thought at a dinner. It really touched me. Everywhere we go we should be true to who we are. We should strive to develop the talents God gave us and embrace the personality we have while learning Christlike attributes. I am a missionary, yes, but how I interact with people is still the Sarah so many of you know. We are able to touch and bless lives as we simply try to be our best self. 

Thank you for all your prayers. I feel them everyday and so many miracles are happening here and across the world :) 

Hoy es el dia que El Senor esta apresurando Su obra :)

Con Amor,

Hermana Draper


Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart......

Hola Familia y Amigos!!

It's been another week here in Marietta, Georgia and boy has it been hot. I am eager for it to cool down. But I am doing great! 

Lots of lessons this week with wonderful people. We currently have three people we are teaching with the name Maria. It gets confusing. Sorry. 

Maria and the kiddos are doing great :) I brought cupcakes to the last lesson and they paid great attention ;) Maria is learning very fast and has constantly has great questions!

Maria is sharing the Book of Mormon with her friends and it is so neat to watch her grow! 

We had a neat lesson with Maria this week and hopefully she can come to church next week. 

Yadif. He is a hoot and a holler. So much fun to teach this 10 year old. And he has been coming to church regularly!!! That one loves soccer. A lot. 

One of my new favorite members Lolita came with us to teach Lizbeth, RIcky, and Linzy. We reviewed the Restoration and Lolita is an All star in lessons. 

More lessons with some new investigators that went well and I am looking forward to watching them progress next week! I'll tell you more about em next week!

We did a lot of service with some new friends from the Dominican Republic and put bananas in grocery bags for a food drive! Plus got a tshirt. Service don't count unless you get a tshirt to prove you did it. Jk. Jk. 

Well, we moved apartments. From one side of our complex to the other side. I bribed the Elders with pancakes to come helps us out at 8:00 in the morning on Saturday. They were champs and walked beds, dressers across the parking lot. 

We had a cool activity in Downtown ATL, we took pages from the Book of Mormon and had people highlight every reference to God or Jesus Christ. We had lots of interesting and touching conversations as we shared with people Another Testament of Jesus Christ. All the other missionaries in my zone were there as well!! 

Jonathan got his temple recommend Sunday!!! And he passed the Sacrament during Sacrament Meeting. Probably one of the most special moments of my mission when he switched positions so he would be the one to pass it to me as I was seated at the organ. I don't know how to express the feeling I had. Having witnessed how much he has changed and grown in the Lord. Oh my goodness, the light in his eyes. I feel overwhelmed by the love our Savior has for each one of us and that we have the opportunity to change each day and improve. We can keep trying, keep growing, keep learning. All thanks to the Atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

So pumped to go with Jony to the temple on Saturday! We also have some branch members coming as well to make a good trip out of it :)

Right now we are at Hno Montenegros! The Eclipse/Event of the Century is happening at the moment. Thank goodness my parents sent my companion and I the special glasses, because EVERYWHERE was sold out. It is a pretty funny thing to see Jonathan and Juan Carlos looking up at the sun with the glasses. 

Well, I have an eclipse to go watch. 

No one go blind. Please. 

Con Amor,

Hermana Draper


PS:  Jonathan dice: estoy mirando el eclipse com las hermana draper y con la hermana de la rosa y ella son las dos mujeres mas buenas que yo he conocido en mi vida y an sido una bendicion para mi y ustedes an tenido la bendicion de crecer con la hermana draper y ojala ella se case y tenga muchos hijos y que no se olvide de mi esas son las dos cosas que mas quiero en esta vida