Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Feliz Navidad!

Hello all.   Merry Christmas!!  I'm sad I won't be able to celebrate with any of y'all this year but I am sure Christmas at the CCM will be fantastic!  I heard it's been snowing quite a bit in the states. It only gets cold enough here for a light jacket in the mornings. It will be weird not having a true winter this year.

NEWS: I got my flight stuff yesterday. I leave the CCM at 6am on Monday by bus to the Mexico city airport and catch a flight at nine in the morning. From there I will fly to PANAMA CITY, PANAMA and have a two hour layover. Then straight on to the Dominican Republic!  For those of you who don't know, I am terrified of airports. not the flying but the airport and security and stuff, but it will be great. I am super excited to get there and feel like a for real missionary. I will proabably be the only missionary on my flight 

This morning we had the opportunity to go to the Mexico City temple. It was an amazing experience. I wish I had more time to explain, but I don't.  It was so great.  It was a half hour bus ride through Mexico City and wow, they are some scary drivers. Also, I am so blessed to have grown up in the US. It's amazing to see the difference between the two places in the world.

Next time I send out a mass email it should be from the DR so thats super amazing. I am so excited!! Its going to be great!

If y'all get the chance please watch the video on that is the #asaviorisborn.  It is a really, really good video.

Thank you all for the letters and packages they make my day!

Last thing, I'm going to add some photos of the past week and the temple onto dropbox so look out for those.


Hermana Shepherd

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Almost Christmas!


I am doing so great!  Next week is our last week in the CCM, so thats pretty sad. I don't want to leave. These people are so fun.  I didn't think a mission could be this fun, but last night I laughed for a solid hour. I'm gonna miss all these people so much. We are already planning a road trip for when we all get home. 

This past Sunday we had the oppertunity to tune in to the dedication of the Tijuana Mexico temple. It was so amazing.  I was so tired and almost fell asleep during the prayer which was no bueno, pero when we sang "The Spirit of God" for the closing himno the curtains were going crazy because of the ''wind.  When we finished and went outside there was no wind at all. Hermana Stockwell and I were saying that it was the angels trying to come in through the window.

I hope this all makes sense and I spelled most everything right.  I'm struggling with English more and more lately. We have been working on solo Espanol for the past week, so if we can say it in Spanish we have to.  It's helping quite a bit.

We started teaching each other in our district as investagadors, and its been quite fun.
The very beginng of each lesson is us trying not to giggle beause we are teaching the people in our class. 

I was asked three times today how my first day at the CCM is going and I'm like it was great, five weeks ago. People don't recognize us because we have the last time to eat every day. 

We are going to the temple on Wednesday, so I'm not sure if pday willl be then or Thursday. We'll see. Anyway, this week has been great. I dont have much because it's mostly the same stuff over and over again everyday.

I am so excited to get out into the field!

Hermana Shepherd

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hey Y'all

This week was fantastic!

I have been trying super hard this past week to always have the spirit with me so I can talk through it, and say what I need to in lessons and real life. It's been so great.  I have had a lot of experiences with it this week.

I had tons of experiences to share that were just amazing. 

First, I was in a lesson with our investagador who is actually our teacher, Hermano Cruz.  He was talking about how he hasn't received an answer to his prayers yet and out of nowhere I remembered this scripture that I read one time last week and I knew exactly where it was. How,  you may ask?  The holy ghost brought to my remembrance the things which I had studied.  So that was amazing. After the lesson Hermano Cruz said that he could see the light come on in my face when I realized I knew a perfect scripture for him.   We both were on the verge of crying because the spirit was so strong. That scripture btw is D&C 64:31 - 33. 

Another cool experience that I had was in testimony meeting on Sunday.  While the branch president was talking I felt impressed to open my scriptures. While I was looking at them I saw my tab for Words of Mormon and I thought, I need to read this right now so I read verse 6 and 7.  7 hit me so hard and the spirit told me share it now, so I got up IN TESTIMONY MEETING  and shared this scripture IN SPANISH to the people of my zone. The scripture is Words of Mormon verse 7. 

Funny thing. Yesterday I was talking with Hermano Cruz and he asked me what my favorite book was and I yelled ENOS, but he was actually talking about like non Book of Mormon books.  So that was pretty awkward.

Also, my spirit animal is officially a Fox so that is a thing now.

The food here is getting kinda boring. I eat like two donuts a day so that I can stop losing weight. They eat real spicy food here. 

So if y'all want, you can send emails to this email and I will get it in letter form the same day. I love it when I get things. It makes my day, so send things please. I don't care if it's something super boring its just nice getting things.

days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. 


Hermana Shepherd

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Week 2

This week was so great.. I am starting to get Spanish really well. I am also starting to lose my English pretty fast. Sorry if this doesn't make sense. Yesterday I had real full conversations with two seperate Latinos and I understood everything. It felt so good.

On sunday, mi companera and I were called to be the sister training leaders for our zone, so we are basically the girl version of zone leaders. We are in charge of all of the hermanas and making sure that there aren't any problems with any of them. 

I have been really sick all week which sucks, but I'm getting better now and just have a bad cough. The rest of my district is sick as well.  I went to the doctor and he gave me some meds. 

I have lost ten pounds. My skirts dont fit well. Send food. HALP. haha jk. The food is okay, It's just mostly the same things everyday and it can be really spicy so I usually just eat bread

I don't really have much to report this week,  It's great here, I love it, I never want to leave. I have the best district ever and I am going to miss them like crazy when I leave.

Sorry I dont have more pictures, we are only allowed to take them on pday and Hermana Stockwell and I took a very much needed nap this morning.

I love you all and miss you so much!

Hermana Shepherd

The selfie stick picture: The Hispanic in the back is David, our teacher. We all have a low key crush on him. To the left of him is Eder Burnthorn, his comp is the front one holding the stick, Elder Shelton. The one to the back and left of Elder Shelton is Elder Bayton. his comp is the red head to the right of Elder Shelton. 
The girls from left to right :Hermana Stockwell, (my comp).  me, Hermana Pebbles and then Hermana Amos.