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Sister Alyssa Nicole Escalante

California Carlsbad Mission

451 W Bobier Dr

Vista, CA 92083

Monday, June 24, 2013

Big Changes Ahead!

Hi Everyone!

 I don't have a ton of time left, but that's ok, because I feel like there is way too much to tell that I don't even want to try. I love this work so much!  There is so much happening right now in Escondido; it's crazy. We just fill up our days with lessons so quickly that we don't even have time to find. If something falls through, we say a prayer to find someone ready, and we do. It just happens!

Yesterday, we had 15 minutes before our next appointment so we stopped by an apartment complex we had never tried before. We reviewed our goals, prayed, got out of the car, and accomplished our goals in 15 minutes...it was crazy! We literally got out of the car and someone walked out of their door that had met Hermana Sheffield before (I guess he used to live with a member a while back) and he just told us his day off and that we needed to come over. Jeez. It's so crazy, I feel like I can't even keep up with the work....

… Darn, I only have a few minutes left. What to say?!  Well, the baptism for Rene and Patricia in Temecula was wonderful! A member, Julian, and his daughter drove us up and it was so fantastic! Patricia started crying as soon as she saw me and couldn't even speak. Rene was so excited and humble and was telling me about how he is getting ready to receive the priesthood and how he goes to church every week, even when his mom isn't feeling well or Oscar doesn't want to go. He finds himself a ride and goes! He is so strong and will be such a great support and example to his family!

Hermana Sheffield is leaving me tomorrow! Can you believe it?!  Already!  We got jipped a week because most of the transfers are happening tomorrow at the mission conference and then we will have another transfer meeting next week to welcome the new missionaries and mission president.

Man... I'm almost out of time. We have been picking up investigators like crazy though, and we set another baptismal date yesterday with a man named Gabriel. Hermana Sheffield is super sad to leave, but hopefully she'll love her new area, whether it be in the new Irvine mission, or here.

Man, I'm already out of time! Well, the mission conference broadcast thing yesterday was amazing and I'm excited to see the new changes in the field. This work truly is inspired and really is that marvelous work that Isaías prophesied about (Sorry, I don't know how to spell it is English so I just went with Spanish).

Out of time.
Love you!

K, I just have a few minutes because we got our time extended and I wanted to respond to your letter because who knows how much time I'll have next week.

Yay! Congrats to Jilli! She is so darling J I'm so happy for her and Jon.

I don't know when they will start the church tours and the Internet changes, but I kind of hope that the internet rules change in our mission in 9 months... so that I don't have to deal with them, ha-ha! But whatever the Lord has happen, I guess will happen.

That's so fun that Ariana was in town! I didn't know, but good to know J I don't know who Todd and Becca Pope are, but cool. Sorry to hear about Sister Asplund, but that's cool about seeing the people in the Orchard Grove ward. Tell Rick that his daughter needs to write me so I can help keep her in line! But I guess that doesn't apply for the next little while anyway, since I won't be reading her letters even if she sends them ;)

Ok, I think I'm for real done now. Love you! I'll let you know next week about all the crazy changes and who my new companion is and changes in the zone and district and stuff and about the new president.

Love you!

Hermana Alyssa Nicole Escalante

Volleyball anyone?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Feliz Dia de los Padres!

Hi Everyone!
Sorry, I only have a few minutes again this week. I'm awful, I know. I have decided to not write anyone but immediate family for awhile so I had to write some people explaining why I wouldn't be responding to their emails or letters.  I have realized recently that I am to the point where I am a "good missionary" and I know how to do the work, but I know there is so much more I could be doing and I have so much more potential than I am showing. In order to completely focus myself on the work, I've decided to go on a 40-day fast of all the things that might distract me from the work - including writing anyone who is not immediate family. I really don't feel like the letters or emails are all that distracting or harmful in the least, but just like food and water aren't bad, it's much more about the sacrifice and the dedication, showing the Lord that I love Him and His work more than the things I will be giving up. I am sure that I will grow from this and become a far more dedicated tool in the hands of God and it will all be worth it.

It sounds like life is awesome in Utah and with the fam (wherever they might be in the world). I did receive Jilli and Jon's invite. It's on my fridge J they are so cute!

It sounds like Chrisser is doing amazingly and he is a fantastic missionary. I can always learn from the kid - he is so great.

I'm sorry to hear about Morgan's mama and will definitely keep her in my prayers. I am glad to hear she is doing well though. I hadn't heard from Ariana and Brudder for a while, but she just wrote me and I'll have more time to write her back next week. Yay! J

It has been a good week. We had intercambios with Hermana Schwegler and Hermana Gutknecht so I was in the northern part of Escondido for 2 days - fun stuff! One day with Hma Schwegs and the other with Hma Goots! I love Hma Schwegler. As soon as our intercambio started, we were in the car talking about how this is our bajillionth intercambio together and how she has seen me grow and we both started crying a little and it was precious and a little ridiculous J she's amazing though.

Hermana Sheffield and I are growing so much together and are both praying that we will both stay here together another transfer. We had such a great day yesterday! We taught so many lessons (ate 2 dinners - ugh) and ended it with teaching a very powerful lesson on the Restoration.

As a mission, we have really focused on personalizing the lessons according to their needs and desires. That is exactly what we did last night for this sweet, young girl (when I say young, I mean she was my age) and the Spirit was so strong, especially when we shared the experience of Joseph Smith when he saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. We were all crying and we invited Rosa to be baptized. She said yes, but we will talk with her about a date next week when we teach her and her fiancé together.

Well, I am out of time. We had a great Zone Activity today. The work is crazy great here in Dido. I love you and I love the Lord with all my heart.

Con amor,

Hermana Alyssa Nicole Escalante

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Temple (and Picture) Day!

Hi Mami!

So, I have no time today. Sorry. We went to the temple this morning (that's why I'm writing so late, as well) and it was amazingly wonderful as usual. I love studying in the temple. I just feel like knowledge flows straight from the scriptures right into my brain and soul. It's so great. I have so much to tell you, but so little time. I have lots of pictures too, so that might take up most of my time uploading them.... we'll see. 

I am glad to hear things are going well though and that you are keeping busy and having a blast playing with your kids and grandkids and working and keeping in shape! You are super woman, aren't you? ;)

So the Spanish Conference was pretty great and we learned a ton! Afterwards we went on exchanges and I stayed here with Hermana McBride. It was pretty fun, but we were mostly just busy getting everything ready for the baptism.

Saturday, after we met back up with our companions, we headed straight back to the church to fill up the font and set up. It was a great service for Mauricio and his dad even came! He also came to the confirmation the next day and hopefully we will be teaching him on Wednesday :)

We are going on exchanges again with Hermana Schwegler and Hermana Gutknetch tonight for 2 days because Hma Schwegs is our Sister Trainer Leader so we both will spend 24 with her, each.

Hmm, out of time. It was fun seeing Hermana Jones and Ruiz at the conference. We are picking up new investigators and it's lots of fun!

Will you send me some coco hydro packets in your next package? No rush. Just whenever it may be. But seriously....no rush. Just whenever you do :)

I think I'm out of time. Sorry. Hopefully I'll have more tiempo next week. LOVE YOU!
Hermana Alyssa Nicole Escalante

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hello from Awesome Escondido!

Hi Mama!

Well, it's been a good week! It seems like any week in Escondido would be great. Dad hasn't really mentioned much about the hospital or anything about Escondido, but I did just get a package from him! It included the most beautiful picture of my new, darling nephew! Which is now hanging on my wall above my bed. It's wonderful.

Ok, let's get to the juicy stuff! I have so much to tell! Mauricio's baptism is this week and he is so awesome. He is almost 17 but more like a 10 yr. old when we teach him, because he's just not that educated, but that also means he has the faith of a child! It's amazing! This last Sunday we committed him to fast with us and he was pretty worried about going for 2 meals without eating. Well, we told him that he would receive strength from the Lord if he did and what do you know, he did! He said he woke up at 6 am pretty darn hungry, but said a prayer and wasn't hungry for the rest of the day and he was full of energy! Also, he has had a really hard time understanding the Book of Mormon (when he reads on his own) because he has the education of a child, but since Sunday he has read several pages and he understands it! He was telling us how great the book is how great it is that God is helping him understand. Wow. Milagros Mama, they are so real. And I have so many more!

Ok, first of all, did I tell you last week that Patricia is getting baptized on the 22nd? Woot! So I'm all excited to go back to Temecula for the baptismal service, right? Well now it will be doubly amazing because Rene is getting baptized with her that same day! GAH!! I am so stoked! I almost started crying here in the library I was so excited and happy! He is such an amazing example to his family. J

We had Zone Training yesterday (it was so small! There are only 12 people in my whole Zone, including the Zone Leaders! Ha-ha) and it was fabulous. Hermana Schwegler did a cool training as well (because she is the Sister Training Leader for this area and Temecula) about studies. During the training,  she had us read a chapter from the BoM (1 Nefi 7). We talked about and learned new study ideas and the importance of studying with a purpose, and then read the chapter again, but this time studying it for our investigators. Hermana Sheffield and I received some pretty awesome revelation for our new investigator Rosi during that study, and it turned out that every companionship gained a lot of amazing insights for their investigators as well. It was so cool because we seriously found exactly what Rosi needs, and Hermana Schwegler was blown away at everyone's answers about what they found because she just picked that chapter randomly. She literally just asked her companion to pick a number between 1 and 22 and it happened to be 7, so we read 1 Nefi 7, which most people wouldn't take to be a very amazing chapter anyway. It was so cool and the spirit was so strong. I love the Book of Mormon, and I know it to be the word of God. It is seriously a book of revelation.

So yeah, Rosi and Saul, we will be seeing again tomorrow and we really hope that everything we learned and gained will help us to teach to her needs and desires and that we will be able to set a baptismal date for her and her husband. They are one of the 4 new investigators we picked up in the last week. Hopefully they can all progress and be amazing. Hermana Sheffer and I (that's what the Latino's call her because they can't say Sheffield - ha-ha) hope to stay together another transfer, but we'll see. People keep saying I'll be staying and training again next transfer, but I'm kind of hoping it's a rumor because I would love to stay with Hma Sheffer for a while longer! And yes, I did mean to send that email to Hma Sheffield, ha-ha sorry about that. I guess because I forwarded you those pictures from her email last week when I pressed the "respond" button, it went to you instead of her. Anyway...yeah, it's been a good week, but we are always so busy! I guess God has been trusting us because we have been getting referrals up the ying yang. We can't keep up! The work is so good here mama, I love it.

Tell Zach I'm sorry and will hopefully write him soon! I seriously have letters from January that I still haven't responded to yet. I am just so behind! I think while I was training I only wrote one person (Kimi - for her birthday), oh yeah, and Paris, but it was super short and was just asking him a question, and I just started again today, trying to catch up with my other letters. I'm glad to hear his new job is going great! I promise I'll write him soon, don't worry. Kirdy (Kirsten) also wrote me so hopefully I'll have time to write her back, but I haven't heard from Chaddy yet. Tell him to write me! He can even email me if he wants.

Any more pictures of Benson Floyd lately? J Any verdict from Michael and Jodi about where they will be staying? Glad to hear the workshop went well and I am excited for your new grad students! They are getting an amazing teacher! To be honest, the longer I'm on the mish, the more I wonder about what kind of teacher I want to be. I'm not sure if I want to be a regular elementary teacher or a specialist, you know? We'll see though. I don't have to decide today, thankfully! And I'm grateful for this little extra time that the Lord has given me to help me find out what exactly it is I want to be when I grow up ;)

Darn, I finally found my little converter thing for my camera and was going to add some pics, but I guess I need a converter for my converter and Hermana Sheffer forgot her camera today. Oh well, I'm pretty much out of time anyway.

We are having a Spanish Conference this Saturday with all the Spanish missionaries and I am stoked! I'll let you know about it next week! I LOVE YOU MAMA!!

Con amor,

Hermana Alyssa Nicole Escalante