Hermana Celia Marin is serving a full time Spanish speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ogden, Utah. She is excited to be serving the Lord. We will be posting her weekly emails and any pictures that she sends. Be sure to send her letters of encouragement throughout the next 18 months.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sept 25, 2012

Hola everyone,
Guess what? Transfers are tomorrow! We found out today if we're getting transferred or staying. I'm getting transferred to Logan to train Hermana Peña. I'm sad I'm leaving Brigham after we got a baptism date. It's ok, I'll come back for Maria's baptism. :) I'm going to miss serving with Hermana Faasavalu. We had a great time and laughed all the time. She's awesome and hopefully in the future I'll get to serve with her again. There's a lot of changes this transfer. The younger missionaries, meaning the missionaries that have been out less time are zone leaders and district leaders. I think that's cool. haha Anyways, today we are playing volleyball and just hanging out with a bunch of missionaries because I won't be able to come to Ogden as much anymore. Sad day. It's okay, I hope fun people will be in Logan. haha Anyone going to General Conference? I'm going! I hope to see a lot of you there and come up to me to say hi! I'll be going to a saturday and sunday session. I'm not sure what session on Saturday but on Sunday the afternoon session right in front of the pulpit. I'm super excited to hear from our prophet. :)
On Saturday was the cultural celebration for the brigham city temple. I was there all day! It was great! Russell M. Nielsen and L. Tom Perry were there. I saw them from up close. I felt the Spirit at the celebration even though there was a bunch of dancing, The youth did an amazing job dancing and putting everything together. I hope I can see the Boise temple's celebration on TV or something. My advice for the youth is that you should all be in it or participate in it somehow. Your testimony will grow and you'll just see. :) I also got to got to the dedication. It was great! We went to 2 out of 3 sessions. It was a great opportunity to see the temple get dedicated. Boyd K. Packer dedicated it and all I have to say is that he is a funny man. He made us laugh. Well I hope you're all doing great and send me more letters people or feel free to send me packages. ;) Love you guys!
-Hermana Marin

Sept 18, 2012

Hi everyone! Sorry for not updating on what's been going on. I was super busy for 4 weeks working at the temple open house. We worked Monday-Saturday from 7am-10pm. we didn't really have P-Days. I would come home exhausted. But working at the temple open house was great! I loved it even though it was stressful. haha We had a loft of spiritual experiences. I talked to a lot of non-members and I would asked them how they felt when they were in the temple and they would say they could feel God's presence and they could really feel closer to God. It was way awesome!
Yesterday was our first day back to work after the temple open house. We got right back to work and worked really hard to find new people to teach. This lady named Maria who we were just teaching her daughters because Maria didn't want to get taught went to the temple open house and I was able to sneak her and her sister-in-law (who's a member) to the brides room in the temple and a supervisor was there and gave Maria and her sister-in-law a lesson in the brides room and when she stepped into the brides room, she just started to cry. She felt the Spirit. The next day we got a call saying that she wants the missionary discussions. We were so happy. Yesterday, we had our first lesson with her on the restoration. My companion and I haven't taught for 4 weeks because all of us worked at the temple. So we don't know why but we both forgot the lesson on the restoration. haha But the Spirit guided us on what to say and we were able to teach it. Then I felt that I should ask her what was holding her from getting baptized? So I did. Maria started to cry and said "because I don't feel worthy to get baptized." I pulled out my scriptures and read to her D&C 18:10-12. she started to cry even more and I told her that "no matter if were worthy or not Heavenly Father still loves us. We're all children of God. And that's why Jesus Christ died so we can repent of our sins. If you get baptized your sins will be washed again and you get to start fresh, I wish I could get baptized again. It's an amazing feeling when you come out of the water." Then my companion shared her testimony about why she's here on a mission because she wants other families to have the same blessings her family has. Then she set up her own baptism date. :) She'll be getting baptized in Oct. Once my companion and I got in the car, we just started screaming from joy. haha We were soooo happy! It was such an awesome lesson! All 3 of us were crying during the lesson. haha :)