Monday, October 27, 2014

The One I can't believe...


Wow have I seen miracles this week! Tucuman is amazing! I LOVE my companion. LOVE the members. LOVE the investigators. LOVE the views. LOVE EVERYTHING!!!.... except the heat.... we are seriously dying out here... haha we don't have air conditioning in the apartment and I seriously haven't stopped sweating since I got here.... I am losing a ton of weight though so I guess that's a plus :) 

This letter is ¨the one I can't believe¨ for a few reasons.

1. I forgot my planner in the apartment. In my planner I write on sticky notes everything I want to tell you that happens during the week. I can never remember... haha so next week you are going to get a long email... 

2. HOLY SMOKES can we talk about what just happened with my bag?!?!? Y'all don't even know! There are about 100 buses... maybe even more... In our city in Tucuman and the people here aren't the most honest... but seriously we left the internet cafe and walked passed the apartment and this woman called out to us and told us that she had our bag.... WHAT?¿? We had called the bus station but we didn't say we were missionaries or where we lived or ANYTHING! I can't even explain how big of a miracle that was. She had never met us before and I have no idea how my bag got off the bus and in her hands. And then I found out today that they found my notes that I left on the bus when we went to Chile.... I am a very forgetful person I know... haha. BUT I'M SO HAPPY!!! These two experiences really were testimony builders to me that God is aware of me. He wanted to test me to see if I would be willing to put ALL of my faith in Him. Whether I found the bag or not, I knew it would be okay. 

3. I hit 7 months yesterday... I can't even believe it. 6 was such a big milestone for me that 7 snuck up so fast. 

Anyway. Tucuman is great! We have a lot of people progressing! I feel really good about the work. I know that we will have success these next couple of months. I am going to wait another week to get to know more people and then I will tell you about some of them! 

The branch has about 100 people every week! We are working to become a ward. But once again there is no one to play the piano. I got there and started playing some hymns for prelude music. The members started crying! They came up to me and said they haven't heard the hymns from the piano in so long! It is the coolest feeling to touch lives through music. We are going to start a piano class. I am going to teach from the simplified hymns so that when I leave there will be people that can play. I will let you know how it goes! 

I am so happy here. I LOVE my companion, love my district, love Tucuman, LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! These moments are priceless. I can't believe how much I am changing and growing. The church is SO SUPER TRUE! I love telling people about it! We should never fear to tell people what we know. If it brings us happiness it will bring happiness to them. I want to challenge all of you to share your testimony! On facebook, to a friend, to a family member, to me :) Christ is coming and we have to let EVERYONE know it! Thank you all for your support. I cant even begin to say how much it means to me. This is the best time of my life because I am dong the Lord's work. But I know that you can do it too. You don't need a name tag to be a missionary. You just need a testimony :) Thank you all for being so strong and faithful. And for those who are reading my letters who aren't members or who haven't been to church for a while, Heavenly Father loves YOU! YOU are His child! Christ suffered, died, and was resurrected for YOU! It is a personal sacrifice because he loves YOU! Wow I love the gospel! I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love this work.

Until next week,
Hermana Hammond

Sisters Conference in Santiago

With Hermana Herrera

Monday, October 20, 2014

The One you won´t believe!

Hey fam!!! 

So I am now in Tucuman Oeste! It is a beautiful area! Reminds me a lot of Georgia! Lots of trees and very humid! :) But very pretty! My companion is Hermana Chipana! She is from Bolivia and will finish the mission this transfer! I have to learn the area quick! :)

I am all unpacked in the new apartment! It's huge! We live with 2 other sisters! I love it! Unfortunately I lost a bag with all of the traveling and my planner and all of my money was in it. In my planner I write everything I want to write in my letter home... I hope I can give a good report.

Leaving Cabildo was really hard but I know I will be back! That made it a lot easier! The conference of sisters was INCREDIBLE! It was just the sisters in Santiago. President went from zone to zone. We talked about who we are. I loved every second! It was just what I needed.

So this is the letter you wont believe!!! We were sitting at Oscars house and he said ah Hermanas you have to listen to this song that I found on the church website! It's beautiful! I listen to it everyday!...... He started playing it and it was uncle Rick's song Real Beauty!!! I was like, NO WAY! That's my uncle! I know how to play it on the piano! He almost didn't believe me! Ahh it was so cool! He loves uncle Rick's music! After that he went and listened to all of his songs :) Super cool!

So this week was sort of crazy! For 4 days we didn't have any electricity! It was a big crazy mess but all is well in Cabildo! haha it's so hot here it's almost a joke! And I can't just call up my grandma and say grab your swimsuit and snacks were going to the pool... no for missionaries it is so much worse because we work.... and work... and work until we pass out... which is a possibility. ;) haha but I still love it here! I think we are going to have a lot of success here! I am very excited!

Here's to a new transfer, a new area, a new companion, and another chance to learn what God has in store for me! 

Hermana Hammond

P.S. sorry I'm a slacker on pictures again..... I promise next week for sure!

We got this email about 20 minutes after Jessica left the Internet cafe:

You're not going to believe this.... we found my bag!!!!!! All my money, my cards. eVErythinG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahh I'm so happy!!! We seriously were walking back from the cafe and this lady from the lost and found called us over and gave me my bag!!! Thank you for your prayers!!! 

Here is the link to the song that Oscar loves so much:

Monday, October 13, 2014

The last One in Cabildo!

Hello loved ones! 

Hahah I don't have much of a report this week... Sunday is transfers and I think it's about time I said my goodbyes to my lovely Cabildo. I love it here so much! It's going to be so hard to leave but a little easier knowing I will be back so soon. Anyway... wow I really have nothing to say... sorry. hahah 

This week I found oatmeal squares at the grocery store! That was pretty great. 

This week is PACKED! Tomorrow we have district meeting, Wednesday we have a special reunion with just the sisters in Santiago! President and Hermana Chaparro will be there! SO excited! Wednesday night we are going to do the family history work for Oscar's dad!! He is going to have a temple recommend interview and go be baptized for his dad. Wow life couldn't get better!

So I have a new friend for life! Hermana Herrera! We clicked! She is working in the area next to mine and we spent all p day at their apartment! We will be best friends forever! And maybe even companions one day! :) Hope so!

Culture fact: Sleeping from 1-5 is a must. Nobody is awake. Everything closes and no one answers the door.... it's called la siesta... the nap. Hahah I love it! I want to bring the tradition home :)

Okay I am going to leave the rest of my time to try and send pictures and chat with my family.

Love you all! Pray I get transferred somewhere a little cooler so I don't fry like an egg!
Hermana Hammond

Monday, October 6, 2014


Holy smokes family did I love general conference!!! I feel overwhelmed with all I want to share with you! Here are some of the things that stood out to me. 

1. Parents. Right now I have my earthly parents, my mission parents, and my Heavenly parents. They are all here to guide me and love me. Also I have to prepare now to be the parent that will raise strong children in the gospel. I have to be strong and do all the preparation I can because the family is so important. Here's a quote that explains the whole reason I am here:

-Many young women are serving missions. Many are preparing not because they aren't married or have nothing else to do; but because they have a desire to serve and therefore are being called to the work. The reason so many are going is because Heavenly Father will be sending HIS priesthood army to the earth and wants to send them to mothers who have been properly trained and taught the gospel. What better training can a young woman have than that of serving a mission. - I LOVE THAT! 

2.Spiritual Revelation. God sent us here to make decisions. It gives us oportunities to grow! He did not send us here to be confused or alone. We have the tools to know what is God's will. 

3. PROPHETS! Wow! Do I have a desire to follow the prophets!!! What great talks! Such motivation to have so much trust in the prophet because really it is God's way of talking to, teaching, and helping His children. WOW I didn't want it to end!

Okay so update on the work. We are teaching a family right now. Mom and son. The dad died about a month ago. They came to conference and loved it! Preparing for August 25th! Espergin family :) AND!!!..... drum roll please...... JUAN CAME TO GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!!!!!!!! BOO YEAH! He loved it! Wants to listen to us again and is going to church Sunday!

Last night we had a lesson with Sara and Camilla! (They want to be baptized but don't have permission. We were trying to teach their dad.) Well last night he listened! He told me something cool. He said, I don't know the gospel is true, but I know that you know it's true. And I am going to do all that I can to be able to testify like you do. HOW COOL IS THAT! His heart is changing! I LOVE THIS WORK!

Okay fam bam I have to write President. I love you all so much! I can't even begin to tell you how much your prayers strengthen me. I loved the final prayer on Saturday morning blessing the families of missionaries! I once heard a quote that said, the strongest angles in heaven are now the familes of missionaries! SO TRUE! I love you all! I would love to hear what you loved most from conference! Sorry I don't have pictures this week... forgot the cord again... haha next week for sure!

Hermana Hammond