Monday, July 25, 2016


Well, friends..... This is one of those weeks where I'm just drawing a
blank. I'm not quite sure what to write today! The time just keeps
going faster a faster and I keep trying to slow it down but I just
can't! I'm starting to feel like I'm in reverse quicksand. Like rather
than being sucked in, I'm slowly being spit out (of the quicksand, aka
the mission) and the harder I try to fight my way back in the further
out I go. Just to be clear, that isn't a very fun feeling! But with
that said, I'm enjoying and cherishing the moments I have left more
and more every day.
So..... One of the highlights for me this week was our road trip up to
pope valley with sister Garate, the branch president's wife. She drove
us up there to see our investigator gamine, the one who is getting
baptized next month. Now considering that it's in the middle of
nowhere and it takes a million years and tons of windy mountain roads
to get there, it's quite a commitment to go out there. So she took us
and we also went and visited all the less actives and potentials we
could find out there. We had an awesome lesson with gamine, got to see
a few other people, and had a surprising amount of fun. And sister
Garate had us all equipped with water bottles and snacks, including
some killer good farm-fresh peaches :)
We also got to do a ton of service this week which I enjoyed as well.
You know, there's just something about serving others that makes me
outrageously happy. A woman actually called us this week and said
she'd been given our number about a year ago by some missionaries who
said to call if she ever needed anything. She told us what she needed
and was like "okay so what's the catch?" And of course we explained to
her that there wasn't one, we just love to serve people. She just
couldn't get over it and kept asking why and what was up and who was
forcing us to do this and on and on. Honestly it got to the point
where I just wanted to be like "LADY. Have you ever tried just giving
up a few hours of your day to serve someone voluntarily? Cause in all
reality, when we serve people, sure they benefit from it, but the real
benefit comes to us. You can't replicate the kind of happiness it
brings." But, I'm working on being more charitable and loving right
now so I figured I'd just keep my mouth shut. Haha but it's true,
service is great. I just love it.
Plus, serving others=serving God.
{ M o s i a h 2 : 1 7 }  
Love you all! 
Hermana Lewis

1. Hermana Navarro came to visit me!! 
2. And Hermana Gonzalez 
3. One of the biggest lessons I've learned recently. 
4. My comp and me being candid hahaha

Monday, July 18, 2016

Buckle up!‏

Alright, buckle up for this one. Idk what got into me but this email
is a long one!
I swear, every week gets faster and faster. Sometimes I think God is
trying to be funny by playing a trick on me, cause I for real don't
feel like it's been a week since I wrote. Heck, I don't even feel like
it's been a week since I came out on the mission sometimes. But, here
we are again.
I think reality sunk in this week, which was really not fun. You see,
for the past month I've been trying to convince everyone (including
myself) that I don't go home for another two transfers. I thought I
was doing a pretty good job, cause even the APs believed me. Then,
zone conference happened. So every 3 months we have a zone conference,
where a couple of zones combine and president and sister wright come
and teach us, as well as the APs and tech elders. At the end, anyone
going home before the next zone conference has to get up and give
their departing testimony. President always announces beforehand who
will have to get up, and then it happens at the end. So during our
lunch break, me and a few other missionaries tried to convince him he
had made a mistake, but he laughed at all of us and changed the
subject. When I got up there and started to share my testimony,
something just hit me. I realized that I really am leaving soon, but I
also realized (to an extent) what this mission has done for me. As the
words came out of my mouth and I shared the testimony that I have, I
realized that the testimony I have now is a testimony I never even
dreamed of having before my mission. It was a such a bittersweet
experience and it made me so much more grateful for this wonderful
experience. And grateful that it's not quite over yet! :)
Speaking of zone conference, it was great. My zone leaders and I were
asked to teach a section together on language which was terrifying
because we've never had to do that before, but I actually really
enjoyed preparing for it. It's incredible how big of a role our
language plays in who we are not just as missionaries, but as people
in general. From gossiping, to speaking negatively, to using
inappropriate language, they all matter and affect who we are. So just
avoid them! It's as simple as that :)
Oh! I forgot about some cool news! Yesterday at church, our cute
investigator Gamine was there, and she said she wants to be baptized
on her 13th birthday, August 28! So we're excited about that :) she
lives with her grandma, who is an inactive member, but gamine has
recently been interested in the church more and now wants to join
which we are super excited about :)
Lastly, I wanted to talk about the Morgans. Oh my goodness, how I love
the Morgans. They are super active members who live up in the crazy
town of angwin and they are some of the sweetest, most incredible
people I have ever met. They have a beautiful house and view and yard
and everything, and along with that are incredibly humble. I tell you
all this because we get the privilege of going up there to do service
for them. It's fun because we go up, and we work in the garden with
Wanda, who isn't a member but her sister is one of the members here.
Then the zone leaders come up and work in the yard with Juan, their
worker who lives down in the zone leaders' area in Napa. We sweat and
work and chat with them, and then we all get together and enjoy lunch
after. I tell you all this because this week at lunch sister Morgan
said something that really hit my heart. We were enjoying talking and
eating when she thanked all of us for coming and working together,
because she always feels such an incredible spirit when we're all
there and is grateful to be surrounded by good people and for what we
each have to bring to the table. As I looked around, I don't know what
it was, but something helped me get a glimpse of how God sees each of
the people who were sitting at that table. Each of us- me, my
companion, the elders, Wanda, Juan, the Morgans- come from such
different backgrounds, but there was just such a spirit of love and so
much goodness surrounding that table, and I was grateful to be able to
see that. So today, I'm grateful for good people. And I'm grateful for
a Heavenly Father who loves me and each of his children so much, and
even lets me see through his eyes for a second every once in a while. 
Hermana Lewis  
1. My new best friend, juan's puppy!
2. Again. Cause he's adorable. 
3. Typical moment with us. My comp always takes selfies and I'm always
in the background doing something/being dumb haha 
4. Another picture of me being dumb.... Our investigator gave us roses
and my comp was taking pictures of them so of course I had to get in
it haha 
5. So, I ate a cricket you guys! This was a while ago but I think I
forgot to send it

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Missionary life is funny. And also fun.‏

Alright, so here's the deal. I had this lovely email written to you
all and then my stupid iPad deleted it. The entire thing. So now this
one will be of much lower quality. Sorry. this week the
speakers didn't show up at the veterans home and brother graham asked
me on the spot to get up and speak, so I did. I felt inspired to talk
about prayer, so I shared a few stories/scriptures about it in the
Book of Mormon, shared my thoughts, and sat down. Our investigator
Lance, who was sitting next to me, said in his "inside voice" (which
is practically yelling cause he is going deaf) "huh. I didn't think
you were smart! You're a lot more intelligent than I thought you
were." Haha I didn't know whether to take it as a compliment or not,
but the congregation got a good laugh out of it, so it was alright.
Also this week we had quite a few miracles happen with referrals,
which is a miracle alone because nobody gives us referrals. Like ever.
But a few members introduced us to some family and friends, and we're
teaching them all now so we're pretty excited about that! :)
Well, that's about all I have time for now, so for pictures this week..... 
1. Typical car pics with my comp 
2. So, the other day it was 109 degrees at 7:00 at night. It was
awful. Hence why I look so awful.
3. Our thanksgiving dinner in July!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Happy 4th!‏

Dearest family and friends,
1. I apologize in advance for the terrible quality of this letter
2. I love you all, and I also love the work I get the privilege of
doing here. Don't take this short email as an indication of anything
3. This week we picked up 3 awesome new investigators and I love them dearly
4. MLC was this week and that is always a highlight for me because I
feel like I'm spiritually drinking from a fire hydrant and it's
exhausting but I love it so much
5. We had a thanksgiving dinner after district meeting on Thursday but
unfortunately I forgot to get the pictures so those will come later.
But I made mashed potatoes and it was a heavenly experience. I've
missed them. Hence why my breakfast, lunch, and sometimes late night
snacks this week have all consisted of potatoes.
6. Please enjoy this beautiful picture of my area. I can't take photo
credit though, one of our members took it the other day. Don't I live
in heaven!?
7. And........ Happy 4th of July!!!!!

Hermana Lewis