Monday, February 9, 2015

A Fresh Start!

Well transfers were almost a week ago and Hermana Merrell got the call that she was leaving. Sitting in transfer meeting on Tuesday morning was  the most stressful thing, just waiting for your name to pop up on the screen with your new companion, I swear I have an anxiety attack every time. My new companion is Hermana Watts. She is from a tiny tiny town in COLORADO! We are representing Colorado here in Rowlett, Texas. She came out with Hermana Walton, the Hermana that I trained, so she has been out for about 7 months now. It has been different adjusting, but with every new companion it always takes a few days! I love her though and we are working hard and having fun! She has such a desire to work hard and have fun and also have no regrets so we are just running around crazy busy! It is awesome!

We had a great week! Practically our whole zone got transferred, so there will be some more new people to meet at Zone meeting. We had a great week as far as teaching lessons. We found an amazing woman named Sara, and she told us that she has such a desire to learn what is right. Then we met a lady from Peru who is just broken because she is fighting with her ex-husband. She is so humble and just so sweet! She also invited us to her son's birthday party this next weekend. She met some members in our ward that are also from Peru and she loved them. We also have this amazing family, the mom is just amazing and so friendly to us. I love just having the opportunity to teach lessons to people and seeing their faith grow and their lives change.

Last month, President Taylor has focus on The Book of Mormon, and this month he is having us focus on inviting people to church and family history. It has been so fun contacting people with an "invite to church." Most of them are willing to accept, whether they come or not that is their decision, but most of them are super nice about it. Family history is amazing too. We are planning a temple trip with the youth on February 21st and they are all preparing names to go. We are bringing some of our recent converts and re-activated less actives with us!
I hope everyone has a fabulous week and I hope everyone knows that I love them. Thanks for all the prayers, emails and letters! I love this gospel and I know that living it truly brings joy to our lives. Thanks for everything, have a great week!

Hermana Cattich
Our Bishop's family! They are the best!

Goodbye Elder "Summertime!"

My old companion and my new! Hermana Merrell and Hermana Watts!

My good mission friend Elder Day that was going home the next day!

One of my favorites! We came out together and now she is with Hermana Merrell!

Monday, February 2, 2015

"Success is going from failure to failure without loosing any enthusiasm!"

Hello everyone, this week was one to remember in the Texas Dallas Mission, I mean the Texas Dallas Heaven. Life is just so good right now. First of all, we received transfer calls this morning and Hermana Merrell is leaving, we won't find out where until tomorrow morning at the transfer meeting. It is going to be weird that I am now starting my last 6 weeks/transfers of my mission....okay I am not going to talk about it anymore!

This week we had the privilege to hear from Elder Nelson and he was accompanied by Elder Lynn G. Robbins. We had to be at the meeting house at 6am because we drove with the Casalinda Hermanas and they were in the choir so they had to practice. Well we were the first ones there, we even beat the seminary students. When everyone in the mission arrived we all split up and took turns taking group pictures with both of them. We were out in the hall waiting for our turn and then when they told me to go into the gym I saw Elder Nelson, it was almost a surreal experience but it was awesome. They had us all lined up and we all got to shake his hand.

Elder Robbins talked about taking up our "cross daily" and becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. He used a lot of cross references in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon. It was really cool and uplifting. He also talked about enduring to the end. He used the quote that "Success if going from failure to failure without loosing any enthusiasm." That is so true especially in life. We will each have our struggles but we can overcome them all, and we just need to realize that success is not always something that we can physically see but it is something that we can feel. Also, how partaking of the sacrament is an ordinance of enduring to the end and failing but never loosing enthusiasm. Every week, we have all made mistakes and "failed" a little bit but we always renew our baptismal covenants with a hope and a knowledge that the atonement will help us all through our life.

Elder Nelson talked about the 12 tribes of Israel and our inheritance. He talked about having a vision for our lives and if we have a vision we need to know where we came from. He went on to talk about the 12 tribes and how each of us have a responsibility in this life and that we were all sent here in this time for a reason. What he said was a little different then what I thought he would say, but I know that it was inspired. I actually learned some really cool things and now I have a strong desire to read and study the Pearl of Great Price and also really work in the temples after my mission and do work for my family. The meeting was great and of course it was amazing to be in the presence of a member of the 12 apostles. Life is just oh so good.

So yesterday, after church we decided that we were going to stop by and some of the less actives that live near the church. Sadly, none of them were home, so we decided that we would go out to Rockwall and knock a little bit. Well we got a little lost but we found a new apartment complex that looked really promising! We decided to knock there and after a few doors everyone was pretty much not interested! Well, the next door a lady opened the door and let us right in. She was talking about how her son needed help with homework because she didn't understand English and how we were an answer to her prayers. So we helped her little boy finish is project and started talking to her about the gospel! She is amazing and is a single mom of 2 little kids. I am so excited to work with them next week! We also had an awesome lesson with la Familia Castillo and we brought some members with us and we talked about the Book of Mormon. It was a great end to an awesome week!

Tomorrow morning we are going to transfer meeting and we will find out who our new companions are. I think everyone is a little nervous because practically the whole mission is getting transferred. I am excited to get one last companion for my last transfer! I love being a missionary and I love this gospel! Have a great week!

Hermana Cattich


Elder Sasser and Elder Cotter, they both go home tomorrow!

Good ole mission buddies!

My "daughters," I trained both of them!

Carrollton Crew!

A gift from my zone leader that is going home tomorrow!