Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Rain in Spain Stays Mainly on the Plains

Just because My Fair Lady is one of my Audrey Hepburn favourites, because my companion is from Spain, I am from the plains, and it hasn't been raining but it sure has been snowing a lot. Killing 5 birds with one stone. Boom.

This week has been really really good. We have been finding new investigators on the square and from teaching center like crazy. Here we always have so many new investigators because we are a very finding centered mission and sometimes it's a little difficult to stay organized and find the time to keep track of all of them but it is a huge blessing that we have the opportunity to share the gospel so frequently. Many of them follow through and meet with local missionaries, and yes quite a few have been baptized these past transfers, and also many don't. But lately, the conversations we have been having and the people just feel very prepared and just very much in tune. I love these people so much, even just after one conversation. And I am so excited for the future that is ahead of us all.

She's going to kill me, but my District leader from Brasil had her wisdom teeth out this week and we were on exchanges and she didn't have one of those cool ice paks so we made one ourselves. :)


I wanted to share something that I really liked from a General Conference talk I was reading during personal study the other day, The Pleasing Word of God by :

The key words are “turn away … from doing thy pleasure,” or in other words, doing God’s will. Oftentimes, our will—shaped by the desires, appetites, and passions of the natural man conflicts with the will of God. The prophet Brigham Young taught that “when the will, passions, and feelings of person are perfectly submissive to God and his requirements, that person is sanctified.—It is, for my will to be swallowed up in the will of God, that will lead me into all good, and crown me ultimately with immortality and eternal lives” 

Okay. Eating natural food, letting your hair grow out to its natural color, living in the woods without electricity...that's not what the scriptures mean when they speak of the natural man. Thank goodness, because I really dig all of those things. The natural man is the one who is unwilling to follow God's will. Who puts the things of the world before the things of the Lord. I'm going to be honest, it's one of the most difficult things in life, rising above the natural man, because we are material girls and boys living in a material world. But we really gotta watch what kind of passions and desires are really motivating us. The promise that Brigham Young gives, that a person is sanctified, made holy, and crowned with immorality and eternal life, is a pretty incredible promise. You'd think that would be enough motivation for us all but sometimes we lack the strength to rise above it all. I look forward to the day when we really are able to rise as the Savior did. Love Him, love you, have a wonderful week all.

Xoxo,
Sister Cox

Scary protests in the street the night of Inauguration. It was SO LOUD and so angry. Felt good to be safe inside of Temple Square. 





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Que Guay

FYI this week's letter jumps around, I hope you can keep up. 
My name is Sister Cox, sorry for the Ramen noodles covering the name tag.

So we walked into our glorious chapel for sacrament meeting and guess who was sitting on the Stand next to President Risenmay. ELDER COOK WHAT THE WHAT. QUE GUAY. No one knew because he and his wife last minute decided to join because they had later assignments during the day. We were all pleasantly very surprised. He spoke for a few minutes at the end and he said something that I will never forget:

"Now I am not going to tell you any of my sacred experiences because that is something that we do not share with others, but I want you to know that I have seen the Savior's face and I have heard His voice and He is real." 

The prophet and apostles are called by God and they are literal witnesses of the Savior Jesus Christ. This is not just a belief my friends, this is a truth. So grateful to have them in these latter days of increasing chaos. 

Sister Guerrero and I were exploring the Church History Museum for pday today and we found out we both share a favourite scripture in the Book of Mormon. 2 Nephi 30. This painting is such a beautiful depiction of the peace that will be on the earth someday. The church history museum has an incredible art exhibit upstairs. Go look go look if you come.


So my new companion is the greatest blessing ever. She 1. Is such an incredible human being. 2. Is beautiful. 3. So humble and hardworking 4. Knows how to really enjoy life no matter what circumstance we are in annnnnd 5. Speaks very minimal English. But she has been constantly practicing and working on it and the gift of tongues is real. I have to say though, I always thought I was pretty proficient with the English language. But man has it been a wake up call trying to explain why we have so many versions of words and linking junk and past present future, rules that don't include blah blah blah. I love how many words we have to be able to communicate and express ourselves but holy cow is English complex. Because of this challenge, I am learning right along with Sister Warrior and with all of the miracles we have already seen together I can't wait to see how the Lord continues to work with us this transfer and work with her for the rest of her mission. 

Square friend meeting


So one of our investigators from Canada that I met a few months ago, has been learning about the Gospel for some time. He married a woman from the Philippines who is a member of the church but he is "just spiritual" and doesn't believe in religion. He is an incredible man with a good heart but very very stubborn. These investigators make me think of the ice and snow that accumulates on the streets and side walks. It accumulates around their hearts for some reason or another. But we "are the salt of the earth." (Matt 5, 3 Nephi 12) And just as we toss salt on the ground to melt the ice, we are placing ice on their hearts with the spirit and the love of the Savior but the hardest part is that sometimes they just brush the salt off rather than letting it rest there and soften/melt their icy hard hearts. It really is all in God's timing and I really do enjoy the process of all of this and being part of this great work. 

Music and the Spoken word first Sunday of the transfer, all new sisters and their companions attend. That's us! Sleepy face and Asian eyes, I know. :)


I hope you all have a wonderful week! 
xoxo,
Sister Cox

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bebe

My beautiful new companion Sister Guerrero, from Spain! 
Her name means warrior how cool is that???

More to come next week! 
Sister Cox


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year, No Fear




Hello All
New goal this year: eliminate fear from my life. It is one of the greatest tools Satan uses and I want to let love take over.  That sounds like a flower child, hippie phrase but it's the truest truth. Love is what makes this world a better place. Christ-like love.

There are so many scriptures that talk about not having fear but a few of my favorites are in D&C  6:34: "Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail." And 36, "Look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not."

The things we are able to accomplish when we look to the Lord in our thoughts and trust in His and our Heavenly Father's will. Sometimes easier said than done, I know. But that's what faith and hope are all about. Do our best, and let the Lord do the rest:) <--Thanks Brigham Young.
Every transfer Sisters also find out if they will be going outbound and my MacBaby will be going to Las Vegas so she will be back in about 3 months.
Next item of importance:

This week is TRANFER WEEK!

Assignment: Square, just more time out on the square talking to people.
Sister Brito is going home tomorrow and this was our last picture together, at music and the Spoken Word at the Tabernacle Sunday morning. We are able to go once a transfer, but on the last transfer, Loyd Newell the Broadcast announcer says goodbye to all of the sisters going home and says where they are from and they stand and everyone thanks them for their service. She is heading home to the same world as a different person. So glad I could learn from her this transfer.

Companion: I don't know who she will be yet because I will be training and the new sisters will be arriving tomorrow. I feel humbled and so grateful to have this calling, I feel the trust of Heavenly Father and I am praying that I don't let Him and my new companion down. I am excited for the next transfers ahead.
One of my favourite human beings came to Temple Square and she just got home from her mission in Russia. Blessed to see her beautiful face, and to see her doing so well.

Pday: My new pday will now be Wednesday so guess what?! I will have the opportunity to email again tomrrow. I probably won't write another mass email tomorrow but I will send pictures of my new companion and I would love to hear from you all and will respond to emails from this week tomorrow

Love xoxo,
Sister Cox 
Just one last picture describing the morning of transfers. Dysfunctional to say the least.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Pictures January 3, 2017

Just some pictures this week for you guys.

They were taking the nativity down today so we thought we hang with the camels for a bit. 


My companion has been packing to go to home to Brazil and I found out I can fit in her suitcase so she can take me with her!
We met two of the sisters from The Entertainers, one of the meet the mormons movies that we play in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. They had a performance in the Tab on new years eve and we bumped into them down in the tabernacle tunnels and we took a picture with them. First picture with the famous. I still have yet to meet elder holland as well as The prophet... And the rest of the quorum of the twelve hahah.

Pretty cool thing. The bottom picture is the Wickels. They came and found me and I got to see them and hug them and talk to them. I  have the picture on my wall of Jesus with his sheep in my apartment  that Jim gave me on my baptism day when I was 8. They are truly the grandparents I never got to have in my young life. Heavenly Father knows who we need in our life and when and sends them back to us again to let us know how much has changed!! Love them. AND LOVE YOU ALL.

Happy New Year!
Love,
Sister Cox