Week 13: Todo Bien!!

This week we accomplished more goals than we have the whole time I’ve been here! It was awesome! I made a little paper that we have on our wall where I get to color in a little bubble for every goal we meet— this week’s paper is the most colorful by far!! We met a lot of new people to teach and we worked really hard with the members. One cool thing our ward does is that once a month the members go out for two hours after church and knock doors in our area and make appointments for us. It’s awesome that they do the finding and we do the teaching! Of course, we do other things to find as well but usually we’re so busy with the appointments already set for us that we don’t do that much! I hope though that we can work more with their actual friends– that is still and will always be the best way to do missionary work!

I have to be honest, sometimes I feel like I am being stretched more than I can handle! We teach CONSTANTLY, it’s hard to be on all the time. I despair when I think how much better Jesus would be doing all of this if He were here! I mean, this is the work of salvation! And I am so weak! I marvel that despite everything I lack, God lets me participate. For all that I am discovering about myself and about Him through this service, I am so grateful!

Something Sister Dew shared with us in Relief Society in the MTC has really helped me. She was in an interview with President Hinckley and He said, “How are you doing Sherri?”and she said, “Good, but I wish I were smarter.” And he responded, “I¬†wish you were smarter too!” and then he got very serious and said, “Actually, I wish we were all smarter.”

I wish I were smarter too! But I am coming to find that service in the church is the best medicine for all that we lack. This is, after all, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints– it’s both His and ours! And through our service we become not only saints, but eventually like Him!

That’s all for now! I love you all! Thank you for your faith and prayers in my behalf! Keep ’em comin’!

Hermana Cardon


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Week 12: Another Great Week!

I ate a fish eye this week! It was actually not terrible but the gag-me factor was way high thus negating the flavor value. It was in this fish soup we were eating in which the sister who made it literally took a whole fish, cut it in 6 parts, and every bowl got a part. I was lucky enough to get the head! And when I poked it with my spoon and the eye popped out and then everyone at the table told me that was the best part. “Muy rico!!” [“Very rich!”] they kept saying…. Haha yah super rico….

MIRACLE OF THE WEEK: Yesterday, being the last day of the week, was our last day to reach our goals! And we still had new investigators to find, which was daunting because this weekend, being the end of the month, was a huge fiesta, everyone was out partying. Despite the bleak outlook, somehow we found a FAMILY! We knocked on their door which is usually like an awkward, open-the-door-just-a-crack-and-tell-them-we’re-busy-type experience, but they immediately invited us in and were asking us all sorts of questions about how they can be stronger as a family. The spirit was so strong and they asked us to come back as soon as possible! I don’t know how we found them, but based on our first conversation with them I can see the hand of the Lord having prepared them to learn!

It’s so great to find families because families really are the best place to put the gospel into practice. It’s something I have thought a lot about because I talk to families about families every day, and one thought that really fuels me with a desire to teach with greater power on this subject is something President Eyring said about why we even have families… he said that Jesus used a child in His mortal ministry as an example for the people of the pure love they must and could have to be like Him, and that He has offered us the family as an example of the ideal setting in which we can learn how to love as He loves. That is because the greatest joys and the greatest sorrows we experience are in family relationships! The joys come from putting the welfare of others before our own– That is what love is! And the sorrow comes primarily fromn selfishness, which is the absence of love.

Here in Piura we are combatting the exact same problems as anywhere else. Someone told me that the glamour of a foreign mission call would lose its sheen the moment I got off the plane…. and I think this is what they meant! The problems are all the same and the solutions are too! Families will always be happiest when forged around the teachings of Jesus and the Prophets. Every other way simply will not bring the desired results.

I’m doing great here! I’m not perfect, but I know God is willing to accept my sincere efforts!

Hermana Cardon


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Week 11: Long Week

This week was really sad. It started out great! I had an exchange with some other sisters in a nearby area and returned to my area ready to hit the ground running with my companion! She looked kind of sad though, and told me that one of our investigators [was having some difficulties]. I cried so much I was sick. If he only knew how important his happiness is to us! If only he know how we have fasted and prayed so much in order to recieve revelation in how to help him, that his happiness is all we think about! It’s so painful to watch someone hurt themselves, when it could all be different if they would but believe and change.

Anyway, then we went to the house of a young mother to see how she was doing and found her holding her baby who had died just moments before. We sat on her bed with her and just cried and cried and cried.

The funeral was the next day and my companion and I had a training that morning and we rushed back after it to acompany the mom as we walked to the cemetery. I’m not going to go into detail about what it looked like, but I will say that that cemetery would be the last place I would want to put something so precious.

This family is so strong though. Throughout this entire week they have been sad but firm. They know their family is eternal. They trust in the promises and covenants they have made. Throughout this entire week they have been constantly bearing their testimonies that they know they will see their little son again, and that this is not the end. I know they will too! Can we see the evidence? No! But we can feel it. We feel it when we testify, we feel it as we read the words of prophets that testify of this truth, we feel it as we pray for comfort. The Holy Ghost testifies that this is the truth.

I have seen a lot of struggles while I’ve been here, but there is such a difference between those who choose to confront their struggles with faith, believing in the words of God, and those who choose to rely on their own wisdom to handle it. There is no hope when there is no faith. Faith that Christ really did teach us the way to live, and because we choose to believe this we will take His advice. Faith that we really can be forgiven of all our sins and begin again. Faith that God loves us and everything He has commanded us to do really will bring us happiness. Faith that He wants the very best for us, even life eternal. I don’t know what struggles I will face in my life, but I do know that if I hold true to my covenants I have no reason to be afraid of what will come. There is protection and peace in obedience.

I love you guys! I hope this email wasn’t too much of a downer! I’m doing great and I am happy! Thanks for your prayers and support!

Hermana Cardon


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