Monday, May 15, 2017

Final mission thoughts

One week from today I will finish my mission.  This has been an experience that I will never forget.  Thank you to all those who have supported me during my time here.

I just want to share a small testimony of the reality of the gospel of Jesus Christ.   I know we have a father in heaven who loves us and cares what happens to us on a day to day basis.  He listens and answers our prayers no matter how small and simple they are.  I have felt his guidance daily in so many ways.  I know that we have a divine purpose here on this earth and we are here to learn and grow so one day we will have the opportunity to become like our heavenly father.

I know that Jesus was the only person that could atone for the sins of the world that by him and through him and of him we can be saved.  We can use his atonement in our lives and feel the load taken from our shoulders.  I know that the father talks to us through his prophets, and that Thomas S Monson is a prophet of god that is on the earth today, and he holds the keys to lead the church in these last days. 

As challenging as some of the days of  my mission have been I have really loved every minute of the time I have spent teaching and serving the people of the Dominican Republic.  I am so grateful for a wonderful Mission President and his wife.  They are truly called of god.  I feel like the lord has brought me here to the perfect place at the perfect time for me.  I have met so many people in my mission that will be my friends for eternity and I give thanks to my Heavenly Father.  Leaving will be bittersweet, but I feel like I accomplished what I came here to do.

See you all soon,
Hermana Shepherd

Monday, May 8, 2017

Special Transfers

We had special transfers this week. I am leaving soon and my companion is getting moved to the mission office at that time so in order for our area to not be doubled out (two new missionaries)  I am getting Hermana Rojas from Mexico as my companion. So for the next two weeks it is my job to introduce her to the area and all the people we have been working with.  Our area is huge. It is four areas put together, so it will be a challenge, but we can do it!

Other than that not much happened this week. We have been in the mission office quite alot  this week getting ready for this change and doing a few other errands.   It has been really nice working with Pres. Corbitt.  He is such a wonderful man and he and Sister Corbitt will be truly missed in this mission.  They will be released at the end of June.

Last but not least, we are working to get a couple people baptized before I go home.  

Its been an awesome week :)   It's going to be hard to leave the wonderful people of the Dominican Republic.  I will truly miss this place and the work!

Love you all, 
Hermana Shepherd

Just one of the many sisters I will miss.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wonderful week!

This week was awesome. Leah got baptized! She is from the A Family. Her dad  Nefi is a less active, and her step mom Alicia is also investigating the church.   Alicia is the one who had a dream that the church was true. We are working right now to get them married so that she can get baptized and complete the family. So exciting!!

The opposition has been so hard this week. It poured rain every day and everyone sleeps when it rains so nobody wanted to see us.  We got soaked every day, but it was an adventure. We have been meeting with Alba. She is super cute. We know that the Lord loves us so much and during all the hardships we always see the miracles.

My comp Hermana Ferrer is super cute, and she speaks English perfectly. She is from Chile. 

Also something pretty sweet. Our district leader is from Nicaragua and he can't tell the difference between me and my Latina comp because my Spanish and accent are getting so good.  That was a pretty nice compliment for me!

Here are some pictures from Leah's baptism this past week.

Sorry this is short, I didn't have a lot of time.
Have a great week, Love you all!

Hermana Shepherd

Monday, April 10, 2017


Wow!  So... this last transfer went by so fast. 
I am now on the final transfer of my mission, which means I will be leaving in 6 weeks!  Wow!!!  I am staying put for this last transfer but will get a new companion... Hermana Ferrer. I have never met her but I'm sure she is awesome!  She will join me as a Hermana leader in Nuevo Amanecer! 
I am doing awesome!  We we had the leaders meeting and I said goodbye to hermana Pancake.   She is super great and I hope to stay in touch with her. She goes home tomorrow.  We had the leaders meeting. The mission has changed so much since I have gotten here. It's been weird to start reflecting over my mission as a whole. I have changed so much
We had a tema with president the other day. We talked about how you can find Jesus everywhere in the scriptures. How the story about Joseph has a lot of symbols of Jesus and his life. Very cool. Read D&C 45 the very last 10 verses. So good. It has a lot in common with what is said in the story of Joseph.
Everything is great! Love you all!
Hermana Shepherd

Me, Hermana Pancake and Hermana Stewart

Nuevo Amanecer zone!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Conference was amazing!!

General Conference was amazing!  My favorite was the Sunday afternoon session, but really they were all so good!

I really liked the talk by Gary B. Sabin.   It was quite funny and had a good message. I don't have my notes with me so I invite you all to watch all of the conference talks. I am really excited to print some off next week when the become available. I hope you all enjoyed conference as much as I did and came away with some answers to your questions.

At the end of this conference I think we can all come away with three important concepts.
1. Who is our Heavenly Father?
2. How can I strengthen my testimony?
3. How can we help with the work?

I know that every word said in General Conference is the word of God and by living these principles taught, we can be made clean and worthy to live in the presence of our heavenly father again. I especially like the last question a lot.  How can we help with the work?  I have one way.  I would like to invite you all to make a goal to go to the temple at least one time every month.

Also, I have a super exciting invitation. This Easter the church has a really good video about Jesus. 
Here is the link

Share this with everyone with a testimony about our savior, Jesus Christ. You will be blessed and our lost bretheren around us will be blessed as well. Who knows, maybe through you they will be able to find the truth and happiness of God. 

Hermana Shepherd

Monday, March 27, 2017


This week was awesome!!  We had 10 investagators in church yesterday and 8 less active people. We did a spiritual feast. We found the idea in the Liahona. We invited everyone to church.  Everything went perfectly, we had really good talks and the primary children sang.   It was adorable.

We are having so much success in our ward.  We had a baptism on Saturday!  Stiven.  He is 16 we finally got permission from his parents to baptize him. He has been going to church every week for 6 months. We are finding so many prepared people, I am so excited.

We had a really good zone conference this week also.  We talked about how repentance is a life long process and everytime we repent with sincerity, we become more like Christ.  I think I will write a little paper on it to explain. It has changed the way that we teach completely.  We don't want people to only stop sinning, but to reallly have a change of heart and feel the need to plead with the father for their sins to be forgiven. Oh man, I love it so much!

Overall, super great week. Thank you for all of the support, and a special shoutout to my mom.

Hermana Shepherd

Monday, March 20, 2017

I met an apostle!!!

This week was super good!!

Monday: Hermana Birch got her ears pierced (I talked her into it) AND we had a lesson with the A family. The dad, Nefi, is less active and his wife Alicia and daughter Leah are not members but they have so much potential. We taught them on Monday.  There always  seems to be so much oposition when we teach them but we always end up seeing miracles, I will talk more about them on Thursday.

Tuesday: WE MET ELDER NEIL L ANDERSON!!!!!! I got to shake his hand and everything. He gave us a lot to think about. It was incredible to be in the same room as an apostle. He talked about how there are two things that every convert needs.
1. To have a love for the savior and experiences with repentance. He taught that the people we teach should love the savior so much that even when we aren't there they still get on their knees and pray. 
2.  To gain a love for the Book of Mormon. That they read it and are putting time in to receiving it's knowledge. Then he talked about how we need to apply these two things into all of our lives so that we become converts forever. 

Wednesday: We had exchanges. I went with hermana Pelico to her area. She is the one that I lived with for almost four transfers. She is so cute. Everything went well!

Thursday: We had a training meeting instead of the regular district meeting. Hermana Birch and I had to talk. We talked about how we can work better with recent converts and less actives. Then in the nightime we had an amazing lesson with the A Family. Nefi wasn't there but Alicia recieved her answer!  She had a dream that she was standing with us next to church and there was a few other people.  She said that one of us told her that this was the true church and then she felt a huge peace come over her!!!  YAY!!!  She is going to get baptized but first they have to get married legally. Also Leah has a baptism date for the 15 of April :)

Friday: was a struggle.... I felt so sick all day long. We were having trouble finding people to teach, so we said a prayer.  Then we began to walk and I thought "hey we should go see Frank." and Hermana Birch said "I dont remember how to get to his house" so we walked a couple steps and the spirit said, turn right. so we did.  Then we walked a few more steps and Hermana Birch said "thats it!!" So we knocked on their door.  The whole time I was thinking how great it would be if I had some ginger to help my stomach.  We said a prayer with them and right after the prayer the wife looks at me and says "do you want some hot chocolate?" and our jaws dropped. "OF COURSE OH MY GOSH THANK YOU SO MUCH" so Frank went to go make us hot cocoa and when he came back he said here you go, I also put a little bit of ginger in there for you" MY PRAYEER WAS ANSWERED SO SPECIFICALLY, MY FATHER IN HEAVEN LOVES ME:)  Such a great day. The lesson went really well as well :)

Saturday: We did a service project with the Relief Society. We went to a monestary and sang to some really old nuns. It was a good time.  

Sunday: MIGALINA CAME TO CHURCH!!!!!! YAAAAAAS!   We had a cosecha, where all the elders in our zone came and contacted in our area with members to help us find more people :)

Super good week!   I realized this week that I can't understand Hermana Birch when she talks in English now, only Spanish. She has to repeat herself like ten times in English and only one time in Spanish for me to understand. Haha!

Have a good week!
Love you all,
Hermana Shepherd