December 31, 2013

Elijah's promise

What a GREAT Christmas!!

Honestly, it was so special. We got to spend Christmas Eve with the awesome familia Oporto, and we had tons and tons of good food. Turkey, beef, pork (I LOVE the pork steaks they make here.), green beans, potato salad, papas duchezas (like tater tots), bread, soda, Pan de Pascua (fruit cake, which I actually really like), ice cream cake, and everything else under the sun. They gave each of us a nice pen with our name engraved on it, and we performed a funny skit for them. Leslie and her family also bought and gave us presents earlier that day, (keep in mind that we just barely met these people a week ago), and I've enjoyed wearing some cute little Crocs around our heavenly apartment. Aren't the Chilean people so giving and Christlike and sweet?? I love them so much. Just a heads up- don't be weirded out if I kiss you all when I get home. They've been telling me for months that we Americans are very 'frio', or cold, and I'm finally starting to feel it. What is going to happen when I just have to shake hands with everyone again? Lame.

Did my first mini-cambio this week and loved it. I love feeling like I can be more of a help to the Hermanas and to the Lord. Also had our first leaders meeting today and that went really well. We got to play soccer after, and my inner thighs are going to be sore again... I should also start keeping a tally of how many elders have asked me "So are you the Hermana that did that rap?"... Oh boy.

Here is my cool, non Christmas related story of the week. After a coordination meeting with our ward leaders (Collao really is AWESOME for coordinating with the missionaries), one of the primary leaders called us and asked if we could help them out. They were practicing for the Primary Program and asked if we could play the piano for them. Obviously both of us play the piano, and usually I'd cede to Hermana Call in these circumstances, because she plays better than I do. I felt the urge, though, so I volunteered to play. We practiced a little with them, and then Sunday came. The kids sang really well, it was nice to play the piano for them, and we had some cute little talks. I felt the Spirit really strongly!

The Primary President was the last one to stand up, and she began speaking about the importance of teaching our children and of the Primary organization. All of the sudden, I hear her say the name Aurelia Spencer Rogers- I almost didn't recognize it at first because she pronounced it a bit differently, but I focused in a little harder and she was retelling the story of how the Primary was founded. People, that is my great-great-great Grandma!! I've read her journal two or three times and I know her story almost by heart. I was shocked- even in Utah, I had never heard anyone talk about her or the founding of the Primary.

It was such a beautiful testimony to me of the reality of Elijah's promise. Our hearts and lives and legacies really do turn to our fathers, and I FELT that in such a real way. There I was, sitting in sacrament meeting on the other side of the world, hearing about my very own family and the influence that they've had on generations. Even more than that, I was participating in the very work that she loved so much, and I felt so close to her and so amazed at the way the Lord works His plan.

We had lunch with the Primary President and her family that day, and I explained the story to them. The Hermana was so, so, happy. She told me that she'd had a whole different talk planned, but at 2 in the morning that day, had felt like she needed to change it. Doesn't the Lord really just direct our lives? We see it every day here, and I can't even tell you how many genuine, real-life miracles we see as we serve in the Lord's work. You can see them too! Open your eyes, pick up your feet, and get moving on the path the Lord has laid out for us. It is only when we get ourselves moving in the Lord`s cause that we can really see His All powerful hand in our lives, and I invite each of you to ponder on how you can do that just a little more.

I love you all- so, so much.

I pray for you daily.

Hermana Oldroyd

Going running on our mini cambio with Hermana Skirvin

Is that a Christmas miracle, or what?? Who would have thought that these two cousins would be bringing the Glazier Christmas spirit together on the other side of the world

Erica, Kata Oporto, Hermana Call

Javiera, Hermana Call, Sofie, Lucas, and Leslie. They're the ones that gave us the Croc shoes! Leslie and Javi aren't members, so we're teaching them right now. So fun!!

Another Christmas miracle!!! That white elephant game turned out pretty well for me.

December 23, 2013

a Palace

Familia y amigos!

Ok, we are short for time once again. Numbered list?

1. Rode in a double decker bus. Always have wanted to do that! Found out, however, that you get more carsick on the second level. Blech.

2. We were at lunch with a member this week and explaining that Hermana Call and I had been compaions in the MTC. I made some comment like, "Well, we've changed and become more Chilean since then!" And Hermana Call came back "Well isn't that right! Remember when we had a companionship inventory (part of the weekly missionary routine- we chat about our relationship as companions, etc.) and I had to ask you to hug me every night so that I wouldn't be touch deprived? Well now you're putting your arm around me in district class, hugging me all the time, and I'm thinking "What happened to Hermana Oldroyd?"  So apparently I'm a LOT more touchy feely than I used to be.

3. Our apartment is a PALACE. Oh my, it is nicer than Liberty Square. It is new, new, new, all carpeted, with nice closets, lots of rooms, and a balcony. I'm still in shock.

4. Barrio Collao is FANTASTIC. The members have received us like traveling royalty, "We haven`t had Hermanas in 20 years!! We love you!!" and they're excited to start working more with the missionaries. We are going to have a TON of success here.

5. Our ward mission leader is the BEST!!!! Hermano Oporto recently reactivated, and all of his family are recent converts. His daughter is a ward missionary now, his wife always wants to send us home food, he has a car and drives us to visits, and he is all about uniting our efforts with the ward. He makes me think of how my Grandpa must be over there in Provo. Ohh, heaven sent ward mission leader. It makes the work so much better!!

6. That isn't to say that I still don't love Nico and Mary with all, all, all of my heart. We got to travel back to Parral for a Christmas devotional this Sunday, and it was a Christmas miracle for us. I sang Mary, Did You Know solo, (almost hyperventilated in the bathroom before, but after walking around the chapel and praying, it went perfectly and I felt really good about it. It was a good experience!), played the piano for some songs, and got to see lots of people. Mary and Nico came, and the first thing they said to me was "Have you heard the news? We changed the name of the baby. We're naming her Erica." Oh my dear people. My heart just almost exploded with love, humility, gratitude, and amazement at the way the Lord works with the heart of the people.

That is the big spiritual thought of the week. The longer I spend on the mission, the more I come to understand the nature of God and how He really loves. Life is so huge, we love, and hurt, and joy so much, and all of that happens on a larger scale for God. It is so humbling to me and I love Him so much.

Merry Christmas!!

Hermana Oldroyd

saying goodbye


saying goodbye
Erica and Hermana Call

December 16, 2013

Our Faces gave it Away


Family and friends, it is that time of year.

That is, it is that time of the month where everything changes and all of the sudden, I have to leave Estación. I felt super calm this whole week, not really thinking a lot about transfers. Every once and a while, those little worry moments, but nothing big. Sunday night, we were waiting in Nico and Mari's house (ward mission leader and his wife) for Ana Maria to arrive so that we could teach her a lesson. Just about the same time that Mari was saying "Don't goooooo!!! You can't leave us!! I want you to meet our baby!!" we got a call from President Arrington.

Hermana Gutierrez answered the phone, and after a little "hello and how are you?", she passed me the phone. "Hi, President! How are you?" "Doing well, Hermana. How are you?" Good question. We've got President on the phone, the night before transfers... "Doing really well! What can I do for you?" "Well, Hermana, we want to give you another assignment. We want to call you as a Leader Hermana here in zona Andalien with Hermana Call. Would you be willing to accept that assignment?"

Of course I would!!! I LOVE the Lord, and I LOVE serving in His work, and I'm so, so much more than excited to start working over there. Not to mention that Hermana Call and I have already been companions (MTC, remember?), and it'll be a blast working with her. I told him that I would be happy to do it, and when he asked me if I was worthy to accept the assignment, I told him that I was. I may not be a perfect missionary, but I am worthy.

Hermana Leader Trainer, or some title like that, is basically like a zone leader for the sisters. We do exchanges with them, give training classes sometimes, are more involved in the leadership of the mission, attend some meetings, etc. Hermana Call has already been a leader for a while, so she'll be teaching me how it all goes. We'll also be opening a new sector in Collao, so if I understand that right, it means that we'll be no Area Book, no map, and no previous Hermana work to go off of. I think the Elders have already been there, but we'll be accompanying them in the sector now. At least, that is what I understand as of now. I'll give you the real update next week!

Hanging up the phone, you just should've seen Nico, Mari, and Hermana Gutierrez's faces. Oh, it was terrible. "So, you're leaving? "Yep..." President had asked me not to tell anyone except my companion until the next day, but our faces pretty much gave everything away to Nico and Mari. Ana Maria came, and we taught the lessons just like normal, but Nico and Mari also pulled out a little Christmas present and handed it to me. "Open it now", they said.

There, nestled in a little popsicle stick frame, was a pair of little gold earrings, a pearl bracelet, and a handmade card. Pulling the little gifts out one by one, I could see that Mari had carefully painted, glued, and arranged the frame to surround one of our passalong cards of Christ, and had written in Sharpie marker on top "Feliz Navidad". I started getting emotional, and Mari said to me "And that bracelet is special... I wore that for our wedding. See?" And she showed me the picture of their wedding day. I cried, and we made plans to go back and say goodbye tonight. I love Nico like the crazy, rebellious, loving, law-breaking brother that I never had, and Mari has a very special place in my heart.

Coming back to the house, we knelt to pray, and Hermana Gutierrez said just about the most beautiful prayer I have ever heard. She thanked the Lord for a lot of very specific things that we have learned together, things I've helped her with, etc. and there we were, sobbing again. Ohh, part of me is just sick inside at the thought of leaving Estación and all the people I have come to love so, so much. But I know that the Lord's will is in it, and that everything will be ok.

I hope you all are well!! I love you and look forward to talking with a few of you on Christmas!!

Hermana Oldroyd

Making Pan Eterno (an emergency type bread that lasts for months- you'd like it, Dad!) for a Relief Society Activity
Hermana Oldroyd Sandwich! Oh, Pato (Patricia Perez) and Mari, that pregnant woman... I love them!
These pants are all the rage right now. They're usually a really flashy pattern and kinda seethrough, but Hermana Miskin and Peterson and I decided to go a little more conservative and buy solid colors. Matchy!!
Hermana Christine and her skinned rabbit!!! I know it tasted good, but it looked a little unappealing in the pot..

December 10, 2013

Christmas Season

My dear people,

Here we are again! And oh boy, it is the last week in this transfer. Can you believe that? Also, it is December. That is another shocker for me! I'm also just cringing reading the English that I'm writing... It is really starting to bother me how inarticulate

It may be super hot over here, but we are still hustling and bustling to get everything ready for Christmas. We've got about a BILLION events to assist, plan, practice for, etc. and now I understand why some adults were always complaining that Christmas was more stressful than restful. Gotcha! But I'm still so, so excited, and so thrilled every time I get to immerse myself in Christmas music. Our zone is in charge of a Christmas devotional for our district (the four branches in which we serve), and it is coming together quite nicely. We had a little council with the most musical of the missionaries and the senior missionary couple, the Moras, and planned it all out. I'll play about 7 songs on the piano, sing "Mary, Did You Know" solo, and I've been helping direct and teach all the other missionaries in the choir. (Thank you, Britton Poulter- everything I know and remember about singing in a choir, I learned from you!!) I have never felt this musically needed!

Had a couple of internal, boiling stress moments this week, but Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I felt a great peace. When it comes down to it, this week was a good one. We were super diligent with talking to people, and we taught lots of lessons. We're still looking for those prepared people, but we're doing well with our pillars of faith, obedience, and diligence, and that is really all I need to be happy as a missionary.

I love you all and hope you're preparing yourselves spiritually for the Christmas season. It really is all about Him.

With love,

Hermana Oldroyd

Rocking some crazy P-day hairdos. This is the typical Hermana Peterson-do, and Hermana Miskin tried it to tease her a bit... turns out it is quite comfy in all the heat!

Blueberries! Half of Chile is harvesting fruit right now- blueberries, strawberries, and cherries. We´re eating lots of fresh fruit and cream, and loving it. Have I ever told you that Parral is also one of the biggest rice producing areas in Chile? We bus past the flooded rice fields every week.

December 2, 2013

Fully Immersed

Dear Family and Friends,

I love you!!

I really do.

The only problem is that the more time I spend here in Chile, the more my attention span goes to the work here, and my immediate family there. I´m sorry I´m such a lame missionary! I always shook my head at missionaries like me, thinking ´What, you have a whole day every week just to write people, and this is the email you send all of us?´ But that just goes to show that God is the only unchanging one in this universe. 

We found a really great less-active sister that came to church and shared a really powerful testimony.

I am not an angry person- hardly EVER get angry, but there are two things that do make me angry. Really negligent mothers and really repressive husbands. Ooohhhh. Not a fan.

I love you all!!! Love the gospel, so, so much.

Hermana Oldroyd

Ps.  Funny story- We were in the street this week when I remembered that I had to call a member. I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a person in the house in front of us. So I said to Hermana Gutierrez ´Go contact him while I talk on the phone!´ But she looked over there, started laughing, and said back to me, ´But he is half-naked!!!!´ and I suddenly realized she was right.... I guess it is easier to just go shirtless in the heat here. Oh boy, we laughed and laughed.
Making our own lunch!!

Silly Dad, thinking that there are Triscuits here in Chile. I was VERY happy about those, and ate them with some delicious mexican guacamole. (Hermana Nájera taught me a better way to do it- we´ll be snacking on that when I get home.)

November 26, 2013

9 Months Out!


Crazy week, with Hermana Gutierrez in Concepción for a new-missionary training session. She was there for three days, so I stayed in Centro with Hermana Miskin and Peterson. We had a really good time, and ran around everywhere trying to cover four sectors with one big Gringo companionship. Played piano for a special musical number in our district conference with them, and they sang beautifully. Ooh, and I forgot how nice it feels to play prelude/postlude. Sister Fisher- thank you for teaching me how to play piano, and Mom- thank you for making me stay in there until I could play all the hymns. It brought a great peace to my soul to hear some of those familiar hymns that aren't quite as common here in Latin America. On the other hand, we have La Luz de La Verdad and Oíd El Toquid de Clarin, which I am going to miss like crazy when I get back to the states. We sing them just about every Sunday!

Hermana Gutierrez is really progressing! She is starting to take more initiative in lessons, she hasn't cried hardly at all this week, and she was a champion this week in some mini divisions that we had to do. Even though she only has three weeks here, she bucked up, took a member with her, and went to teach a lesson all by herself when we were crunched for time. She also went out contacting with the other new hermanas while we gringas were practicing our song, and she came back so excited! "Hermana, I taught THEM how to contact! Remember how you taught me to stand in front in people that are walking fast in the street? They didn't know that, and I was like, What are you Moms teaching you?" hahaha Oh, I laughed and laughed, and felt very glad for her. She's a good one.

This Saturday and Sunday we had district conference (hence the musical number), but we didn't have any investigators with us, and we were missing a lot of people from the branch. I sat on the bus to Parral, feeling a big discouraged and pondering on my mission. (Why so much pondering, you might ask? Well, in case you haven't been counting, this week is my 9 month mark. OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE ALREADY BEEN A MISSIONARY FOR 9 MONTHS???!! STOP IT!!! DON´T EVEN SAY IT!!! Don't you even dare start thinking about coming to pick me up, yet!!! Hold your horses, people!!!!) Well the point is that I thought for a moment, and then came to this conclusion.

(Quote from my study journal)
"It is moments like this when I show God what kind of  missionary I am. Will I lose the faith when the skies get gray? No! We work harder, we put our shoulder to the wheel, we set appointments and make calls and study and do contacts and do EVERYTHING we can to push God's work along. I will push to the end with a perfect faith that God will guide us in His work. I so much prefer to look forward with faith than to cast my eyes around wondering what I´m doing wrong. I love this gospel SO much. It is everything to me- my life, my love, my everyday walk and talk. It is my hope and anchor when life gets rough, my tender gift to those I love."

That is the truth, people. This is all my heart and soul, and I am SO happy here. I hope you are as well! All my prayers-


Hermana Oldroyd
Hermana Gutierrez and Erica
Hermana Carmen Rosa, one of our best sisters. She is opening a little gift shop in her home, and we went to help her set up. I also learned how to make gift bags out of wrapping paper. Cool!!!

Mini Gringo Cambio! Recent convert from Cauquenes Centro- Would you blame me if I told you he reminded me so much of Grandpa Glazier that I cried in our lesson with him? It probably also made a difference that when we sang a hymn to him, we had some sweet harmony going on and the spirit was really strong. LOVE the gospel, and I LOVE knowing that my family will be together forever.

Yeah, I bought those sunglasses, but then Elder Dumm told me they were too big. Awwww. Thats ok, I´ll just burn my eyes out here while Ana Maria enjoys my sunglasses.
and Playing soccer.

November 18, 2013

Celestial Apartment

Dear Family and Friends,

1. We had a college cleaning check flashback this week when our Zone Leader called us in the middle of the day- "Hermanas! The Baldens (a senior missionary couple) are coming up to inspect the houses! If you want to keep your PDay, get over there and do some tidying!" So we arranged the schedule a bit and hustled over to the house. They checked us that night, and guess what?? We earned a Celestial Apartment award and some candy along with it. They've only given one other in all the houses north of Chillan (which is a lot), so I felt pretty good about all the window scrubbing we'd done in the last month. She declared us almost completely mold free! Yes!

2. Hermana Gutierrez is from Guatemala, just in case I didn't tell you that last week. Thought of you, Mom!

3. I think we've finally gained some ground with President Raiqueo, our branch president. He called us this week and asked if we could come to a Family Night with him and his family that night. On the way to his house, he explained that his wife is having a major struggle with her faith, and that he wanted us to share a message to help her. We had a good time playing with the stick bugs on his back porch, then we sang, prayed, and had a really spiritual lesson about the trials of our faith (Ether 12) and the miracles that come after.

4. I LOVE teaching. Last week I got to give a talk, teach the youth Sunday School class, and then teach Young Women. It was the best!!

5. We are out of time again...

6. I love you all so much! I love the gospel so much, and know that the Lord is so present in our lives. If you find yourself struggling more than necessary in life, put more trust in the power of the Lord's Atonement. Believe that it can work for you, even in your imperfections, impatience, and imprudence. The ability to apply the Atonement to our own lives is one of the most powerful tools that we can wield as members of this faith, as friends and family who seek to help others, and as growing children of God. It is the most important thing that I have learned on my mission.

I love you all!!!

Hermana Oldroyd

Did I upload this picture before? We visited a family of all boys after doing service  and had some fun playing with a lizard. Hermana Nájera tried to take a picture like this after, but the little thing ran up her neck and got tangled in her hair. She screamed and screamed, and we all laughed and laughed....

Ahh!! I don't remember if I told you this... HAHA! Hermana Berta and Arturo bought two dolls and named them after Hermana Nájera and me.... Say Hello to Hermana Oldroyd Junior

Gipsy tent! They're called "jitanas" here. They have a horrible reputation, but we talked to them in the street and they were nice, so we went and taught them a lesson! Did you know they're their own race, and that they have their own language? It was fascinating.

 Don't think there is anything better than a peanut butter package.... YES!
I Love AnnaLeesa Rowley!

This was supposed to look like I was eating it, but the bug moved right as we took the picture, so I'm half screaming from surprise here. Woops!

Stick bug!! That was cool- thought you'd like this, Dad!

November 12, 2013

Love being a missionary

My dear people-

Once again, this will be a short one. My companion got sick with really bad cramps (I feel much more prepared now to comfort someone who is giving birth.) and we spent most of the day in the house.

Good news is that we had a zone activity this morning and played soccer! Haven't done THAT in about ten years, but I scored two goals, had an assist, and played goalie. (Shout out, Sydney!) That was great fun, and I will be very sore tomorrow.

Nicole got baptized this weekend! It was a beautiful baptism service, my first double baptism! The Elders also baptized a cute 11 year old. Even if the baptismal font overflowed again, even if we started late, even if we spent hours in the morning cleaning the chapel and downloading Mormon Messages to show in between the changing period, it all turned out really well. Nicole was so happy, and gave me a big, wet hug after coming out of the font. She also pulled me aside later that night and said "Hermana, I want to give you something. All of my friends and relatives have tried to steal it from me, but I want you to have it." And then she passed me her favorite ring, shiny steel and diamond studded. She wears it always, and I just about cried. It was so tender, and she is very special to me.

Hermana Gutierrez is a chipper, low-key woman, and I love her. She has missed her family a bit, and doesn't love talking to people in the street, but she has a great attitude and is willing to work. She really wants to be here, which is what counts, and she learns fast. We'll be working some miracles soon! Actually we've seen many, and I was going to write you about them, but there isn't time!

I love you all. I LOVE being a missionary and I am so happy, even when I'm crazy stressed or busy or a little overwhelmed. The Savior is ALWAYS the answer, and I know that He loves each one of us. How blessed we are to partake in His saving ordinances and work toward an eternal goal. Love you!!

Hermana Oldroyd

November 4, 2013


Well, this is a new low.

Literally have no time to write you all an email, and I'm so sorry!!!

Today is cambios, and Hermana Nájera is going to Barrio Norte, a sector very close to Concepción. I'm very bummed that she is going- I love her so much. I'll be training again, and my companion's name (I peeked and saw it on the computer.) is Hermana Gutierrez. Yeah!!!!! Another Latina!!! At least, I think so. We'll see! We'll travel to Conce early tomorrow morning, then be back in Estación ready to work.

Um, that is all. I love you and know that the gospel is true. I love being a missionary!!!
Hermana Oldroyd

THAT is the pile of weeds that we and the Elders pulled from AnaMaria's front yard. Oh boy


After one of our little P-Day games. It is called ´Señor Palito´and is quite a scream. I'll teach it to you when I get home!

Also an old photo- September 18, helping Mari peel tomatoes. They do everything by hand, and boy, that was a bit tedious! But I must say, my knife skills are seriously improving. I open cans without a second thought now, and the whole peeling deal has also improved a lot.

Karishna, a joven that the Elders are about to baptize, her friend, me, and Hermana Gaby Gaete Mena

A Movie Night that we hosted. We watched God's Army (my first time seeing it), and yes, I cried. It was great fun!

October 29, 2013

You ARE bringing it!


Hope that all is well over there. So much to say! Ana Maria got baptized this week, and everything went well with that. Even if she showed up just 5 minutes before the baptism was supposed to start and came 10 minutes late to sacrament meeting the next day (young people these days...), she was so excited and felt so good. Hermana Nájera and I sang Lead, Kindly Light acapella in her baptism, and that went well.

Also! Nicole called us last Monday night with important news- she told us that she had a really bad day, but that when she got home, she knelt to pray and ask for help. She said she felt the biggest surge of faith and hope, and that she had started seeing everything with new eyes. She has a new optimism, and even if life is still filled with drama, even if her family still doubts that she can handle being a Mormon, she felt it. She really felt it. I was so happy!!!!! I can't even describe it.

Hermana Berta sends saludos to all of you. She says to tell you that there is someone here in Chile that loves me a lot. She is such a dear- she is so loving, and so utterly thrilled to visit people with us. Lately she's even tried to show some extra love and care by baking us things- even if she burns them or fries the death out of the sopapillas, she always sends us home with a bag.

Let's mix up this letter a bit, shall we? Sometimes I feel like my letters are becoming more and more lame. I'm sorry. I think I'm just so involved with the missionary mindset that I may have lost touch with what will be a novelty to you, what you might like to hear, what might be important to say. Sometimes I'll think of things during the week and kick myself for not telling you, not sharing that scripture, not telling that funny story. I do my best!

The point is, this week I wrote a poem! It has been a looong time since I've done that, but we were on the bus going to our district class (about an hour long), and I felt the urge. I should title it, but I hate titling things. Think of it in a gospel/missionary work perspective, yeah? Here it is.

A little bit of sky.
They reach, wanting more,
wondering why,
and what for.
They walk on,
ever on,
searching for a bit of sky.
How exalted,
you and I,
to know and breathe of heaven's air,
to know just how to lead them there-
with us,
a little bit of sky.

If then,
we see their faces fall,
how gently,
we must spread our borrowed feather wings,
to lift them up.
So that we all
in this are filled,
and find,
a little bit of sky.

Yep. There is that! Also, Hermana Nájera accidentally broke my camera, and the Elders were supposed to pass us more photos of the baptism, some activities we've done, etc. but they're late and our internet time is up. Sorry for the limited photos!

One more thing! Writing my best friend, chatting about missionary work. Wanted to share with all of you a little piece of encouragement that I shared with her. "Changing the general perspective of 'missionary work' is half the battle in bringing the gospel to all the world. You ARE bringing it! Being a missionary is being loving and good and a little bit brave in explaining just what makes you the person you are. That is all!"

I know that we can all be missionaries. That is what, in this last dispensation, the Lord has called each of us to be!  If we ever want to see the face of the Lord, we'd better get busy about preaching His gospel, because it just won't happen until we've done our part to bring His word to ALL of His children. Do it with your words, with your love, with your lives. Our message will not fail. I love the Lord with all my heart, and I love each of you so very much. The greatest joy comes from working with the Lord in His work and glory, and I wish that we could each be just a little better in doing that. I pray for you all-

Hermana Oldroyd

Pato and Escarlett, those sneaky girls. They went and bought my exact same shoes two days after seeing mine. Twinners!
Nicole, me, Hermana Nájera, and Ana Maria. Bunch of 20 year old buddies, growing in the gospel together. Love it!

Trying to be an 8 cow missionary!! (Name that old church movie)

 Zona Parral