Monday, May 23, 2016

Photos photos!

Hey y'all!
I hope you are all having a beautiful Monday, because we sure are! We went to Elche today to see my teacher from the CCM so writing time is short. But. Here are some pictures and some quick little thoughts.
Our sweet investigator Janet gave us pedicures last week for pday... She is moving to Cadiz this week and we are super sad about that. BUT. I feel so grateful to have been a part of her journey into the church and I know she will continue to progress and I love her a million.

Intercambios with Hermanas from Albacete! I thought a lot about how important it is to love everyone even when we are different. We need to respect our leaders and our companions and the people we work with and it really all comes down to trusting in God and relying on the fact that He knows what He is doing and we just go with it and try to learn and progress.

I learned how to make arepas from Venezuela this week! With these guys we are really working on helping them red and pray sincerely to know the truth. They are awesome.

Today we went to Elche - famous for its palm trees - and I visited my sweet CCM teacher! I feel so incredibly blessed to be here. The friends you make on a mission are so special and I'm so grateful for her! Especially now that we can actually communicate in Spanish. 😜

We saw miracles this week as we worked hard to reach our goals and we also experienced how much Satan tries to get in the way and that's just obnoxious. But the work goes forward and nothing stops the work of the Lord. I love being a missionary and I love seeing the hands of Lord in our lives every single day in every moment!
I love you all, have a fabulous week!!
Love, Hermana Hauber 😘🌴☀️🇪🇸

Monday, May 16, 2016

When the sun comes out...

Hi y'all!
It has been another awesome week here in Alicante! First of all, because the rain took a break and the sunshine came out!! But really, it is so different than Badajoz, and has things that I love, but really hard things too. This week, I think I experienced some of the highest, happiest moments but also some of the hardest moments.
Let's start off with the happy ones. We saw so many miracles this week! We have set new standards of excellence as a mission and as a companionship, we have really been pushing ourselves to reach them. And as we strived to reach our goals, I could really see how people were put in our path, words into our mouths, energy into my body and faith into my heart. And really, I know the Lord is here next to me in every aspect of the work. We had one day where we taught 5 solid investigator lessons! All in one day! Now, I'm not saying that numbers are everything, but as we have really pushed ourselves, I have felt the constant blessings of the Lord. The joy of sharing this gospel with new people and testifying of our Savior Jesus Christ was just incredible. I am so grateful that this is my calling for the next 9 months.
Something else that has made a huge difference is that Hermana Swenson and I have started doing is saying short prayers of gratitude together. After citas, after finding people or even a really good street contact  - anything that really makes is grateful, no matter how big or small. And that has helped me see so much more the hand of the Lord in my life and how much he helps me in every moment.
With all of these wonderful, amazing, uplifting moments this week, I have also had a some hard times. I started thinking about everything that I need to improve on - things with obedience or writing in my journal, speaking the language, studying - basically everything and I got really discouraged. I really truly want to be the best missionary I can be but I feel like I will never get there because there is so much that I am lacking.
We did intercambios with the other Hermanas in Alicante today and one of them, Hermana Anderson is finishing up her mission soon and a HUGE example to me. We talked a lot about really using the atonement every single day and that is something that I really want to get better at. I also know that is the only way I will improve is by accepting little by little by the power of the atonement and the help of Christ every day.
This week has been kind of a struggle between these extreme ups and downs, but I think more than anything I am just grateful. I'm grateful for this gospel, and for the opportunity to share it. I'm grateful for the knowledge of the atonement, the knowledge that Jesus Christ suffered for me, to help me. And even though I'm still learning how to use and apply this gift, I'm grateful to know that I can always keep progressing and that he will forgive me and give me the strength to continue moving forward.
I love being a missionary and I love sharing the gospel with everyone. I love y'all and hope all is well.
Much love,
Hermana Hauber 😘☀️🇪🇸

We hiked up to the castle for p-day. 😎🏛

These sweet Hermanas... I love them!

I'm a professional photographer now (;


Hot = ice cream time

My district and mission leader and his friend!

Monday, May 9, 2016

El Amor de Dios

Hi y'all!

This week was such a good week!! The good things started off with consejo on Monday and Tuesday! We traveled to the mission home in Fuengirola and then had meetings Monday evening and Tuesday morning and wow - what a cool spiritual experience. I thought about how much the Lord trusts us - and therefore how much he loves us - to let us be here teaching His children and like taking care of them. All of the missionaries here, but also all of everyone that we interact with on a daily basis. It's incredible!

I also got to see my sweet, amazing trainer, Hermana Watson, for the first time since she left me and the last time before she goes home in a couple weeks. What an amazing example she is to me.

Then! We had Intercambios with the Hermanas from Malaga and Elche! We had some really cool contacting experiences which for me is good, because I still have a hard time with it. But I love when I do open my mouth and someone really truly listens to us even if for a moment. 
Elche Hermanas

Malaga Hermanas
We also had a couple awesome investigator lessons this week! One lady we are teaching is from Colombia and so open to the gospel. The spirit is always so strong in our lessons and she is progressing so well! We taught her the word of wisdom this week and even though she only had a few small things, she just accepted it so easily! 
We are also teaching another man who has been through a lot of hard things in his life, but really wants to change and he loves learning about the gospel. Honestly, there is so much potential here in Alicante, it is a blessing to be here working and teaching and sharing this glorious message.
Last but not least, I got to skype with my beautiful family! It was kind of a surreal feeling. But wow, I am so blessed to have them supporting me. I have such a strong testimony of the Lords plan for us as his children. He loves us and he KNOWS us and he just wants us to find happiness and has given us all that we need to accomplish it. The gospel is incredible. And it's true. And I love being a missionary.
I love you all! Have a wonderful week!!
XOXO Hermana Hauber

My compi

Us with our Alicante Zone Leaders

The Redds! They were in Caceres while I was in Badajoz
and they go home this week!

Our Zone!

Today we went and learned how to cook some new food
 with a member and the other Hermanas. YUM!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Let's go to the Beach! (Bye Badajoz)

Hola familia y amigos!!
What a crazy, wonderful, incredible week it has been! Let's start at the beginning. Y'all know that we got transfer calls and I was called to go serve in Alicante.
So.... Monday and Tuesday were full of goodbyes. It was so so so hard to leave Badajoz. I experienced so many hard, hard things there but also felt some of the greatest joys there with those people. I will forever be grateful for the amazing opportunity to serve there.
And so.... After lots of photos and tears and hugs and besos I left Badajoz behind.
And... after 3 hours in a bus, 4 hours in trains stations and 6 hours in trains, I made it to Alicante!! It's been really rainy and I haven't had the opportunity to take any cool pictures, but it is beautiful here! I already love the area and the people and my companion and it's amazing. I literally feel like I am in training again because my comp shows me everywhere to go and I'm just learning everything brand new, it is humbling and an incredible experience.
The blessings of the gospel, you guys are so real. I love being a missionary and helping others learn about what has blessed my life in so many ways. We have already had so many wonderful lessons this week with investigators, I feel so blessed to be here. I know the Lord is aware of us and what we need and what we are going through. He really does have a plan for each one of us.
Sorry, this is all just kind of rambling. But I'm doing well and I love the gospel. Thanks for all the support and love! Have a wonderful week!!
XOXO Hermana Hauber

First compi picture when I arrived with Hermana Swenson.
She's from Utah and is super sweet and likes to eat healthy.
Aaaand... I already love her (:

Last district meeting in Badajoz!

Two of my favorite elders that I saw on transfer day! Elders Nye and Miller

These are the greatest people. Cecelia, Presidente Herles, and Samuel
My sweet member friend, Flor 💜

Final compi picture - the nightgown tradition lives on
On the way to Malaga!

What happens on a 4 hour train ride

One of the members wanted a picture with the new missionaries haha

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