"After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel." - Joseph Smith

Friday, February 28, 2014

1 Week Down!

Hola a todas!

So because we had to go get visas yesterday we didn't get to email so they said we could today but then didn't give us any time so now they said we could have like 30  minutes really fast so I'll try and give a low down. And I'll try to send pictures next week.

Ok, so I love el CCM. There are definitely a lot of ups and downs. For instance, I've never dealt with so many rules before in my life, but I'm trying really hard to develop a desire to be exactly obedient. Most of the time, it's wonderful here. I find that most of the time, when I have a low moment, I am almost immediately reminded of why I am here. I know that this is where I am supposed to be and I love the fact the I am constantly growing closer to my Heavenly Father and My Savior.

My District is awesome. I love them. We're so close already, it's crazy. Mis companeras y yo get along really well and I know I'm so blessed by them. I love them and I'm so glad we're all going to the same mission. Elder Scullin, one of the elders in my district, is absolutely hilarious and makes me laugh pretty much every time he opens his mouth. It's actually kind of a problem sometimes. Like, I almost choke and die at every meal.

I've learned so much and I can't even begin to describe it. I know without a doubt that this Gospel is true and it's such a privilege to get to assist the Lord in his work.
I love the emails and the letters and the thoughts and prayers. I love y'all so much! I miss y'all and "y'all." These Utah people are driving me crazy. Texas is the promised land, but for now, Utah works. Also, my mysterious skin condition is almost all cleared up. I just have a few more days worth of drugs to take and I'll be all better.

Gosh, I love all of you and I think of and pray for you everyday! I want everyone to know that I know I am supposed to be here and I know that this Gospel is of Jesus Christ.

Con Mucho Amor,
Hermana Dudley
P.S. I hope that I actually get to write a decent  email next week. Please excuse my lack of typing skill and detail as I am typing faster than I ever have.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hola! From the MTC

Hola Todas!

They told us today that we can send a quick email home, just to let everyone know that I am here at the CCM (MTC) and am alive and all that jazz. We don't know why they waited until today, ha. Pero, all is well. I developed a strange skin condition, pero el doctor gave me two different drugs for it.

Anyways, I love y'all! Can't wait until P-day when I can actually read all these wonderful emails. My P-day is Thursday, pero this thursday we have to travel to SLC to talk to the consulate for our visas, so hopefully we'll still have time to email! We get two horas on the computer, which is awesome.

Con amor,
Hermana Dudley

P.S. But Still Lil' Ole Koby

Monday, February 17, 2014

Here We Go!

Howdy Friends!

Tomorrow is the day! I’ll be off the Utah, then off to Mexico! I can’t believe it’s come so fast. I’m so excited and nervous, but I know without a doubt that this is what I am supposed to do. I love this Gospel. I know that is the true, full and restored Gospel of my personal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that through His Atonement, I can be made clean again and again. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and knows me on a personal level. I know I am a true daughter of God, with a divine nature, and I know that I will be able to live with my Heavenly Father again. I know that families, through the ordinances of the Temple, are sealed together for time and all eternity. I’m more grateful for that than anything else. I love my family dearly. They have helped me in more ways than I could ever imagine. Families are forever and that’s one of the reasons we have missions; missionaries leave their families for a short time so that others may be with theirs for eternities.
I know that I was called to my mission by revelation from God to a living Prophet. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and he was able to translate the Book Of Mormon through the power of God. The Book of Mormon is true! It is beautiful and it is comfort and it is for us, here and now and today.
I don’t know or understand everything about this church, but I love it. I know that I can learn and grow and progress every day. I know that it’s absolutely okay to not know every little thing, that’s where faith comes in!

I have a great testimony of prayer. I know that Heavenly Father hears each of our prayers and will always be a comfort and a friend. I’m so grateful for that. I’m grateful for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I know it to be true. I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for the wonderful friends I have. Above all, I’m grateful for the opportunity I have to serve this mission. I pray that I can help the people of Chihuahua come closer to Christ and feel his love, and the joy that comes with it, the way I have. 

Hermana Dudley