"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" Isaiah 52:7

Monday, February 24, 2014

This week where to begin...
Well on Wednesday I went to the doctor, I got some xrays but they havent called me back so I guess everything is good to go. I am taking gabapentin to help with the nerve pain and it has helped so much. I'm not in pain and I have so much more energy and I am sleeping through the night. It has been an incredible blessing. She also prescribed me a muscle relaxer, so I tried it and it was a disaster. I couldn't keep my eyes open to save my life, I almost fell asleep in a lesson... so I think I am just going to stick with the gabapentin. Also she wants me to go to physical therapy for a few weeks, is that covered by insurance? Can I call them and start going this week? After three weeks if I am still in pain when not on the medication, she will refer me to an orthopedist.
Otherwise the greatest part of this week .... I WENT BACK TO SEASIDE!!!! Lidia- Pablo's wife was baptized on Friday night and I was able to get permission to go. It was the most spiritual baptism of my mission. Pablo baptized her and it was so touching. I love them so much. Our purpose here is to help families be together forever and that is what is happening with them. Their children are now all investigating the church with their spouses. The Spanish group is growing rapidly down there because of Pablo. He is the best member missionary on earth. It was such a blessing to be able to see the fruit of our labors. We met Pablo and Lidia for the first time at Analia's wedding. I remember planning it and all the work and exhaustion that went into it, many times we wondered are we supposed to do this? Looking back almost 8 months ago, it is so clear that the Lord had a plan. Ricardo, Analias husband didn't get baptized- but the wedding wasn't for them, it was to bring an entire family into the Gospel. This is His work. It hit me in the baptism how carefully planned our missions are and the Lord knows where we need to be and when for the people that are prepared to be found. It is such an incredible blessing to be a part of this work. I just love the Seaside ward so much, I can't wait to visit it and I can't wait to live there one day haha
On Saturday and Sunday we had the opportunity to hear from a member of the Seventy- Elder Aunua at stake conference. He was really cool and very laid back which was awesome because usually when general authorities come everyone is serious and professional. But he brought the Spirit so strong and everyone was laughing and really happy. I loved everything he spoke about. He talked a lot about how we share the Gospel because we want people to have all the same blessings and be able to be together forever. It hit me that sometimes we complicate sharing the Gospel but really its is quite simple.
Nothing really else to report on, we got bunk beds this week so that has been fun. Sister Arias has had pink eye so we had to stay in the house for a while yesterday... that wasn't so fun. Otherwise thats it.
Love you all so much!
Hermana Fischetti

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hello family!! What a week we have had! First off, it started on Tuesday with us thinking we were getting emergency transferred because of the gang stuff BUT miracles of miracles we ended up just switching areas with the elders. We feel totally safe now and get to stay in our ward! It has been a blessing. President said he prayed long and hard about what to do, it is really cool to be a part of the revelation process and we know there are specific reasons this happened. Since we've moved areas we have met single woman that need us to teach them and its been so cool- there is a reason why all the drama happened. So now we are basically white washing an area and it has been so much fun.
Then on Wednesday we had an incredible lesson with the Bishops daughter. He asked us to work with her because shes been going through a lot right now. It is so cool how the Lord puts us in specific situations to be able to help people that are going through the same things we have been through. She is in the situation I was when I came home from college my freshman year, and it was so cool to be able to talk to her and share scriptures with her that helped me. We are teaching her again tomorrow and I am so excited. I really feel like we can help her a lot and help her to change the path she is on.
THEN I got the BEST PACKAGE EVER! Wow thank you mom so much for all your work and thank you everyone for all your sweet notes! I absolutely loved it! All the notes, it just made my week. I was laughing for days. Dad thank you for the suggestion on Alma 50- I love that chapter especially when it talks about it being the happiest time among the Nephites. Obedience is the way to find happiness- no other way!
We have also had a miracle of member missionary work- we got 2 new investigators from members. Thats a miracle, it never happens, and when it does they usually get baptized. So we are super pumped about that. Yerba Buena is on fire.
Then on Saturday we had the best experience of my whole entire life. Every week we volunteer at a class to help vietnamese people get their citizenship- its hysterical because vietnamese people are the funniest ever. So 3 students got their citizenship this week! very exciting so they took us out to the the nicest pho restaurant in San Jose. It was just the craziest experience, we were celebrities snapping pics like classic asians i just loved it so much. mom also please accept all my friend requests especially those from vietnamese people hahaha have to keep in contact for life. I wish I could explain how funny the dinner was but I really can't so I won't even try. Lets just say it was the best hour of my entire life.
After the dinner we went to Noche de Amistad at the ward building and it was so awesome. I remember in Seaside one night playing Soccer and I just felt it, like this is where I belong this is home this is my family. I haven't really felt that yet in Yerba which made me sad, but that night we played all these games and everyone was laughing and singing and dancing and it was just a blast. And I felt it again, like these people are my family too- I promised them before this life I would come find them and I have. Man I love being a missionary.
Ok thats all I've got this week! I love you all so much!
Hermana Fischetti

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ok this week... wow what to even say. haha we've been having the craziest time but thats ok. its been awesome and really adventurous. On Monday we moved apartments so that was exciting yes we still live in a palace. I can't even think what happened this week. We had an awesome lesson with an investigator family Friday night and I am really excited to see their progress. We are hoping they will get baptized in the next few weeks, but we will see. Thank you all for your fasts for the rain- its been a miracle, we still need a lot more but every little bit helps. On Saturday we had a cool lesson with this woman named Mercedez. So she was taught by missionaried in 2010 but never got baptized so her teaching record was in our area book. Last week I was going through all the former investigators since 2004 and pulled out any that have  come to church. Usually thats an easy way to weed out people willing to keep commitments. So then during weekly planning on Friday we called the names I had gotten to make appts. Then there was this woman named Mercedez- she had never gone to church so I seriously have no idea how she got taken out of the area book. But we called her and set up an appt. She was like oh yeah im having a garage sale tomorrow you should come. So I thought it was kind of a joke and was like man this is kind of a waste of time. But as usual I was so wrong. We meet there and shes like oh ive been waiting for you all day! We had an awesome lesson and the Spirit was so strong. She had breat cancer so the missionaries couldn't teach her back then because her life was just too crazy but now she is really interested and wants to know more. We are super excited  for it. Miracles are happening all the time. Sister Arias and I are doing great, but please keep us in your prayers. We are facing a lot of trials in our area. I can't really talk about it in email, but our area is dangerous. On Thursday we are meeting with the Chief of Police in San Jose to figure out if we should stay in our area or not. Don't worry we are being very safe and please don't call President Watkins because you are afraid for my safety. But just keep us in your prayers even more than usual.
Otherwise nothing else to really report. We are working hard and constantly striving for exact obedience. Luckily we don't have an underground railroad of elder sister letters in our mission. Sheesh. missionaries sometimes kill me.
Love you lots
Hermana FIschetti