Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pictures-- DC Week 41

1. Jullian. This precious little boy who reminds me of Adam. Well he came up to me at the face painting booth and asked if I would paint "A race car!" on his face. After attempt one (which was a sad attempt in my book, haha) I noticed him getting back in line for round 2. When he came up to me again, he then smiled all cute and pleading and said, "I want ANOTHER race car racing the first one!!!" How could I turn him down? :) Beautiful, ain't it?
2. La Familia Gomez-Lopez
3. Look who came!
4. Fall 1
5. Fall 2
6. Temple!
7. Isn't it beautiful?? (PS the boxes behind me were just a bunch of stereos. I liked mine a whole lot better ;) 
8. Mission Conference. (Got to meet Elder Zwick of the Seventy).


DC Week 41!

November 18, 2013

Hey Family!!!  How's everybody doing so far this week?  Dontcha’ just love Mondays??

Okay first off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHY ROSE!!!!!  Yay for November Birthdays!!  I love you so so much sweet girl, and can't believe you will be turning double digits!!  I remember the day you were born, and how excited I was to hold you for the first time...Time goes by so fast...

Well let's see, it's been a good week.  Lots of success with our little ward lately... It is growing stronger and we have been able to see lots of miracles since we have focused our efforts on our part member families.  There is so much good work to be done there, and I think that for me, those situations are my personal favorite.  There is something so spiritually satisfying about helping whole families accept the gospel.  The rewards?  Priceless.  And eternal, really.  The blessings that come to those families have ripple effects for generations to come.  I would love to go through the temple this summer with a few of the baptisms I had been a part of at the beginning of my mission...I imagine it is something beautiful to see that deep wrought, and genuine change in one of God's children.

Story time: So yesterday evening, Sister Clement and I had rushed out the door for some appointments and right as the door slammed shut behind us, I probed, "You got the keys, right?" We immediately froze where we were.  Looked up at each other.  And then with big smiles beginning to grow on our faces, we both answered together: "Nope." Hahaha!  We just died laughing.  Well turns out, the only things we grabbed on our way out were our bags, and a big fat book of classic Christmas songs--we wanted to sing in the car because we are sick of listening to the same David Archuletta CD that has been on repeat since, oh...about September.  So naturally, we sat on the fourth floor of our stairwell caroling to passersby within earshot of us until the maintenance guy came.  Needless to say, we had some good practice, and I have been working on my harmonizing.  It's quite fun, actually!

Well family, it's that jolly time.  I love you to pieces.  Please check out this little Mormon Message.  You may have already seen it...Such a powerful message.  It's easy to think that Christ is always there when life is dandy...but what about the difficult times?  That's when I especially find it hard to turn to my Heavenly Father...but if we can master that skill...and realize that not only is He there, not only has He sent a Savior for us so that we can overcome...but He wants us to turn to Him in need... We chose to come into this life, knowing it wouldn't be easy...knowing it wouldn't be perfect...and knowing that neither would we...but that it would be worth it.  That through the healing and sanctifying power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ...anything...anything is possible.

Here's the link. Watch it together.

Oh how I love you!  Continue to look for ways you can serve others this time of year!

Hermana Graff

DC Week 40!

November 16, 2013

Oh, how I love this time of year!!!

 There’s just something in the air—besides dying leaves and Canadian geese flying south for the winter!  Let me fill you in on some of the festivities: So the day after Halloween, we came into the VC early for our weekly training meeting and lo and behold, they had already begun stringing lights and garlands!  When you walk into the center, you seriously must stop.  Double take.  And think, “Golly, I thought I was walking inside??”  It’s like a grove with all the Christmas trees they’ve put up!  I’ll have to send some pictures later on, (but first I need to take them).  The trees outside are just as magnificent!!  Well, actually they were at their peak right around my birthday.  Everywhere you looked, the world was just on FIRE with color!  Oh I really must love being a missionary, because if it were all up to me, I would give anything to just lay down a nice big blanket and have a painting session all day long with just me and the nature and the Lord… Probably a good thing they keep us busy with more important things haha.  Well anyway, most of the leaves are gone now.  Starting to look a lot like it did when I started my mission… Weird.  Let’s see…what else…? Oh!  All the squirrels are a lot fatter than they used to be back in the spring. –Yeah that was a waste of a line.  Okay moving on…

 So on Sunday, I had the privilege of singing in another Night of Music and Inspiration at the Visitor Center.  It was so much fun!  The theme was “Do as ye have seen me do”.  Everything was on service.  So. Awesome.  Although there were a lot of technical issues (poor Sister Nakatsuka…she was the one in charge of this month’s performance), the Spirit was still there. And we had a full house too!!  That’s always fun.  Should be twice that busy every night for Festival of Lights.  It runs all through the month of December. –More on that as it comes.

 Bueno…mi espanol esta mejorando cada dia que estoy aquí!  Ahora, puedo hablar sin miedo (o menos que antes jaja) y mi vocabulario esta creciendo también.  Entonces, ahora, puedo ensenar casi cada lección de Predicad Mi Evangelio y muchos otros principios de la iglesia.  Las cosas mas difíciles son esas conversaciones en la calle sobre cosas mas generales, o cosas del mundo jaja.  Pero todavía es divertido tratar a tener una experiencia linda con ellos, o por lo menos, compartir mi testimonio corto J  Es una processa, pero estoy agradecida por esta oportunidad tan grande que mi Padre Celestial me ha dado… esta cambiando mi vida…para siempre.  Y de verdad…tengo un amor por la gente aquí que no puedo explicar…no en español, ni ingles…es algo mas grande de eso que solo siento en mi corazón.  Pero tengo un testimonio de esta obra. Que es la obra de Dios.  Que tenemos la oportunidad ser un poquito parte de eso…pero que marvillosa, no?  Tenemos algo especial…y tenemos que compartirlo con el mundo!  Ahorita es el tiempo actuar!  O familia…sabemos que…si, podamos ser sellados con nuestra familia para siempre…pero que tal todo los demás…?  Que tal de ellos…?  Necesitan este Evangelio tambien…y es nuestro propósito ser misioneros.  Ahora.  En cada momento. Tiren su miedo! …Y ser dicipulos de Cristo.

 Well, to come full circle, I hope you can each feel the sweet spirit in the air this time of year. Remember to be extra good!  More importantly, remember to do it for the right reasons.  Don’t waste your time doing good things just to do them—that’s silly!  But do them out of love.  Real, Christlike love…

I am so proud of each of you…I want you to know that I think of you, and pray for you often. You have all played such an integral role in my life up to now…and I would not be the same person without each one of you in my life!

More next week!

Hermana Graff

Alma 29:9  

PS—La próxima semana, espero que pueda contarles mas de mis investigadores, y los miembros aquí. Hace mucho tiempo desde he compartido cosas asi. Disculpeme! O!  Y fotos tambien!! ;)

Pictures--DC- Weeks 38-39

DC Weeks 38-39!

November 4, 2013

You are all so wonderful!!  Can I just tell you that??  Thank you so much for everything "birthday".  It was perfect.  I consider myself one of the luckiest people in this big wide world to have each of you in my life!  Just hope ya’ know.  

So lately we have been doing a lot of service.  Everything from ripping up tile floors, to raking leaves, to painting faces :)  The good thing is that many miracles have come from it.  Makes you think about Ammon with King Lamoni, huh? Before he could just waltz through the front doors and start teaching the Plan of Salvation to a bunch of hardhearted Lamanites (even though it was true), he first served.  I mean it makes sense.  He could have just started preaching...but decided to take a more creative route.  And way to go, Ammon, because just consider the "number of his sheaves" that he reaped because of it!  He was smart.  He first loved the people.  And he first served His God, by serving them.  I like it.  So I think I will try to implement this more into my missionary work here.  See what happens, ya know?  I'll follow up with you on that.

Family, I love you.  Do everything you can to be missionaries were you are...in your own capacities... There are individuals prepared by God...who are just waiting. 

Until next week :)

Hermana Graff

Alma 17:11 ~How can we apply this today? 


1. Oh, it's fall...

2. So I had options, you see.

3. She got really creative :)

4. ...

More pictures later...