Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas HO HO HO!

So this week was pretty different. First of all I realized that Christmas here is SO DIFFERENT than in the United States. Fireworks galore! And the ward Christmas party started out with the missionaries singing two hymns and then the rest of it was the young men dancing to rap and then the young women´s dancing to a rap song also. There was no baby Jesus manger nativity but I guess that´s how they do it here. On Thursday we went to a multi- zone Christmas Conference where we played games and ate REALLY good food. I cant remember when I last ate good chicken with rice and mashed potatoes with rolls and cheesecake! Then we exchanged white elephant gifts and I got a relic of Nicaragua which was a piece of tree cut at an angle and painted on it was a cool picture! WAHOO!! Then President gave us Peanut butter and Jelly, which was everyone! And then he gave each apartment a microwave! 

We also learned at the conference that the mission  this year had 2,113 baptism! The year before we had around 1,265. We are the highest baptizing mission in the world. Our goal was 2,035 and if we reached it we would all go to the beach in San Juan! So on January 13 the whole mission is going to San Juan! Anyway I got to Skype with the family which was awesome! The connection was so bad though (sorry mom). 


I just want to tell you people how much I love this scripture Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-8

 7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but asmall moment;
 8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumphover all thy foes.
One thing that we teach people is Enduring to the end and part of that is patience and long suffering. Patience isn´t a one time thing to learn, it´s an eternal thing that I think we´ll be learning forever!

Hermana Partridge

Monday, December 14, 2015

I Ate Ants!

This week has been crazy! Tuesday we got the call for changes and 2 elders next to us were pulled so our area is huge! Plus the two Hermanas here in the house! So now I am living with 3 Guatemaltecas! Also I got a call from the secretary to the President and he asked me to be in a choir for a huge event at the Presidents house. So on Friday I went to practice for an hour and it was me and 3 other sisters and 6 elders. Small choir. SATURDAY WAS CRAZY!! So after lunch we had to run and buy a cake for a wedding that we were having in the backyard of one of our investigators so he could get married and baptized. So the whole day we were running around and getting stuff ready and we had the wedding and then the baptism and then after all the crazy of everything we went to the church in Alta Gracia and practiced singing for like 20 min. and then we got on a bus and went to Presidents house where he was having this huge dinner with all the stake presidents of Nicaragua Managua south mission. So we sang in front of them and let me just say I was more nervous singing in front of President than any other performance or basketball game in my life! We were all so nervous because if we messed up we would all get macheted.

Sunday was a good day, we had 6 investigators come to church and then after when we were teaching a lesson in the house of an investigator they asked us if we wanted pinolillo (a type of drink here in Nicaragua) and I said, "Estoy bien" which is I'm good no thank you but he heard "Esta bien" which is OK I would love some! (They were an older couple) So we got these huge cups of pinolillo and I took a sip and looked down and there was an ant next to my mouth. No biggy I just flicked it off and took another sip and that's when I saw it! There were a few dead ants floating on top of the water. I don't think they had rinsed out the cup at all but I drank it anyway. Then I realized that they didn't give us Agua Puro and I was praying the whole time that I wouldn't get a parasite. My companion and I were laughing so hard when we left because of the irony of the situation! I think Im good because a lot of missionaries here drink the water without a filter and are fine. We´ll see! BOOYAH!!

Word of wisdom for the day!

Come what may, and love it!
I love this phrase because it gives a message of hope and faith that no matter what happens it´ll get better and that whatever does happen we need to have a good attitude about it. Come what may, and love it! If a challenge comes, love it because it´ll make you that much stronger!

Love you all!
Hermana Partridge

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

6 Weeks in Nicaragua

This week has been full of surprises. Today is a Holiday here in Nicaragua and as sisters we were given permission not to work today because it's not safe. It's some holiday that the Catholics celebrate about the Virgin Mary.  So many fireworks were going off last night it was a little hard to sleep. 

I have gained a testimony about the hymns of the church and also of Fasting and Prayer. So here in Nicaragua we're allowed to drink Coca Cola and one day I realized that I was relying on it too much. So I decided to fast from it for a week and only drink it when given to me by members. This last week I haven't drank any Coca Cola! Poor Hermana Greenhalgh, because when the members gave me coke she drank hers and mine to help me with my fast! Thank you Hermana Greenhalgh!! But because of this fast I saw so many miracles happen and finally I broke one of the walls of Spanish and I have been able to understand people twice as better and talk twice as good! I'm so happy!

The hymns have been a source of comfort and joy for me here in Nicaragua, even though I can't understand the words being said, it beings me joy and peace just to hear them. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!


Some words of Wisdom for the Day:

"It always seems impossible until it's done." -Nelson Mandela

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. -Dr. Suess

"Don't compare your beginning to someone elses middle." -Jon Acuff

"Nothing carries more potential for change than individual acts of human kindness" -Jamie Winship

"Promise me you will always remember:
You´re braver than you believe
and stronger than you seem
and smarter than you think."
-Winnie the Pooh

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Week

This week flew by fast! Our investigator Manuel who had a drinking problem has finally gotten baptized! He hasn't drank in 3 weeks! He received a blessing of strength from the Elders and hasn't drank since. 
This is Manuel who got baptized! He's super tuanies!


I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY need your prayers for a little old lady named Dorothy. She lives with her daughter who is awful and I mean awful. Dorothy had a stroke about a year ago that left the left side of her body without any movement so she's in a wheelchair and can only move her right arm and right leg. She wears a diaper and always smells like urine and her room is so bad. Her daughter won't help her at all. The day of her baptism Sister Greenhalgh had to bathe her and help her with everything. Turns out her diaper was soaked through because it hadn't been changed in 5 days. She's skinny, REALLY skinny, it feels like I'm hugging a skeleton. The other day was so sad. We can't take her to church because her daughter won't get her ready and we don't have time to bathe her and get her ready; but, yesterday we saw her and we went to talk to her outside of her house and she saw us and broke down crying. She asked us why we didn't take her to church and how awful her daughter is and how hungry she was. Hermana Greenhalgh and DeLeon went to make her some food while we found out that she hasn't eaten in 2 days. I think it might have been more but she's also diabetic and her blood sugar was low. She told me how her daughter calls her a pig and other names. She said she has no one but God. We got the phone number of her other daughter who lives in the States and we talked to the bishop and we're trying to find a way to help her. It seriously broke my heart the other day. 

I'm now 6 weeks into the mission and I'm teaching lessons by myself now. If I'm teaching a lesson and don't know what to say next, I usually look at my companion; but, now she just stares at me and so I continue to talk and struggle through it, which is good because how are we going to get anywhere if we don't struggle. 

When I was told before the mission that it would be rice and beans.......they weren't joking. I eat rice and beans for days! WAHOO!! Thanksgiving we did go out as a zone and ate fries, chicken, and finally vegetables! All the while I thought about pumpkin pie. YUM! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

I love you all and hope you're doing well! 

 Thanksgiving Dinner: Chicken, french fries and veggies.  Yum!!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Winter in Nicaragua

WAHOO!!! Another week come and gone! So last Saturday I had my first baptism! We went to the church and everything was going great the faunt was full, people were there and Melissa (our investigator who is 15 years old) was excited. She got baptized and after we had cake and orange soda and while we were eating cake and orange soda i was trying to talk to a member and work on my Spanish when I wasn't watching where I was going and tripped and spilled my cup of orange soda all over the floor!!!! I was so embarrassed so we had to go get a mop and mop it up. First baptism was a go! 

It rained so much this week! I was soaked and there was seriously a river in the street! Apparently it´s not even rainy season here yet. Right now it´s winter here and everyone is like its chilly and I´m like it´s hot! It´s cooled down a lot since I´ve got here but it´s still hot enough that I´m dripping sweat.

So here in Nicaragua they have something called Chikungunya which is like a fever you get with joint pain and is horrible and it lasts for a couple months! You get it from mosquito bites and a lot of missionaries have it right now, if you could pray for them that would be great!

If you guys could pray for my investigators that would be awesome! Our first investigator is Manuel who is 67 years old and drinks a ton of alcohol but for 2 weeks he´s been clean and he´s come to church and he cleaned up and shaved! He´s getting baptized this Saturday and we are so excited! 

Then there´s Julian who is 78 years old who loves the church, reads The Book of Mormon and the book he received of principals of the gospel but his problem is he doesn't feel ready to get baptized. We brought the Zone leader over to talk to him and apparently he didn't like that and didn't come to church this Sunday. He loves our lessons though. 

Then there´s Lester and Rosa. This family really needs your prayers. Lester hasn't drank any coffee or smoked for over 2 weeks but last Saturday went out drinking with his friends and felt so bad! But he came to church this Sunday, sadly Rosa couldn't because she´s pregnant and was having really bad contractions. She´s due next month. 

Marta who is the Sister of a great convert Santiago. Santiago smoked marijuana every day of his life before he met the missionaries and we have a picture of the first day we met him and he looks angry even though he does have a smile. He stopped smoking and got baptized and is a completely different person. He also needs your prayers because he needs work. But anyway, Marta, is super hard because the missionaries before really pressured her into being baptized. Her daughter though is super interested in the church.

Luis is 20 years old and hasn't smoked for 2 weeks now! 

I´m still alive and kickin! The church is so true, I´ve seen it change people in ways that I´ve never seen before! 

Hermana Partridge
Drenched Sisters

Monday, November 16, 2015

Two Month Mark

I don't have much time but this past week has been pretty good.My Spanish is getting better!  I'm alive and doing well! BOOYAH!! TWO MONTHS IN THE MISSION TODAY!

Word of Wisdom for the week:
Our business in life is not to get ahead of others but to get ahead of ourselves, to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by out todays, to bear our trials more beautifully than we ever dreamed we could, to give as we never have given, to do our work with more force and a finer finish than ever. This is the true goal, To get ahead of ourselves.
The drinks here come in a bag and you tear the corner open with your teeth and DELISH!

 This is where I sleep, we dont sleep with any blankets because of how hot it gets and we always have a fan running.



This is a picture of my first baptism!


There are a ton of these here, its like a mini taxi with no doors and seat belts, they're a lot of fun!


 Another sort of taxi that they have here. I can't remember what they're called though, also super fun!




 




 




This is Hermana Greenhalgh after she ate the bowl of soup,she was so tired.






This is part of my area. To get to the other side we had to cross this sketchy plank made out of wood and something else but finally they put in a metal bridge! 






Everyone has pictures on their wall of pictures that they've taken and then changed the background.







 We have a ton of these lizards living in every house here and they bark!

 





On Wednesdays, I'm companions with Hermana Greenhalgh who is the mission nurse and she is always on the phone with sick people and appointments. She rocks! She's from Richfield, Utah! 





I love this picture of Christ!



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sister in Area Watches Over Missionaries

These are some sweet missionaries!  Sister Ivi Sobalvarro cooks and cares for these wonderful ladies.

Nice work!

 Carmen helps cook with Ivi. Yum!

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Bowl of Never Ending Soup

This past week Hermana Greenhalgh and I were together a lot because my companion and her companion are sister training leaders and had to go talk to the Mission President. Tuesday we had lunch at Ivi´s house, a very wonderful lady of the church who always makes us lunch but this time she had made us gillo pinto (beans and rice) which is what everyone here eats but in soup form. She served it to us in a huge bowl and bite after bite I tried to finish it but it would not end! But in the end I conquered the bowl of soup

THIS IS THE NEVER ENDING BOWL OF SOUP!! AAAWWW!! It was so much! But I conquered it!

Later on in the day we were walking down a dirt road and up ahead were two teenagers who had these weird tattoos that kinda looked the same and one guy had scars all over his shoulder and they were looking at us a lot and Hermana Greenhalgh said, "I don't like the way they´re looking at us.......let´s invite them to church!" So we walked right up to these sketchy looking guys and invited them to church! But alas they didn't come. 

So Hermana Greenhalgh and I are both from Utah and we were walking down the street and we saw 2 Greengos!! Both of us looked at each other in amazement and we´re like "There´s Americans! WOW!" I´ve only been here two weeks and seeing white people is exciting. 

This week I was day dreaming about Fall and leaves and sweaters and hot chocolate and pumpkins.....

The lightening storms here are amazingly gorgeous and the lightening is red!

So many new things and so little time.

Words of Wisdom for the day

There are two things I know. That I am a great sinner, and that Jesus is a great Savior.

Hermana Partridge


This is pretty special.  Hermana Partridge's companion, Hermana Wendy Gomez, who is from Guatemala, emailed her dad and this is what she said:

Hola, ¿cómo estan??? Bueno, mucho gusto. Soy Hermana Gómez, la entrenadora de Hermana Partridge. La verdad, estoy muy feliz por tener a su hija como compañera. Estoy ayudando a ella para que sea una excelente compañera y pueda trabajar fuertemente en la obra del Señor. Ella está muy feliz de ayudar a las personas aquí. Ustedes no se preocupen, yo cuidaré de ella y aquí todas las personas son buenas, no hay ningun peligro. Ella me comentó que usted servió su mision en mi pais, Guatemala, y eso me hizo muy feliz, cuidense mucho les enviamos saludos desde Nicaragua. Feliz semana, saludos a su familia.

Hello, how are you guys??? OK, pleased to know you. I am Hermana Gómez, Hermana Partridge's trainer. Honestly, I am very happy to have your daughter as a companion. I'm helping her so that she's an excellent companion and can work hard in the work of the Lord. She is very happy to help people here. Don't worry, I will take care of her and people here are good, there isn't any danger. She mentioned to me that you served your mission in my country, Guatemala, and that made me really happy, take good care of yourself, we send you greetings from Nicaragua. Have a good week, greetings to your family.

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

First Preparation Day (P-Day) in Mission


WOW! So I had to wake up at 2:00 in the morning to leave for the airport. We got there, got on our plane, flew to Atlanta Georgia and then waited 4 hours for another plane. When we were on the plane for Nicaragua I got my first taste of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. An hour from when we were supposed to land a man comes up to all of us missionaries and asks us, If this plane were going down and I was a drug addict what would your message be to me in 60 sec. One of the sisters we were traveling with answered it beautifully talking of Christ and then the man started to ask us other questions and then the sister referenced the Book of Mormon and the man said, that´s the problem with you guys, you don't use the Holy Bible. We then explained to him that we do and then all of a sudden he was ripping into us. He seemed so friendly at first and now he was telling us what´s what. I then understood what it was like for Christ when he was rejected....instead he wasn´t mad. When we landed in Nicaragua it was warm and the air was MOIST!! I have never experienced anything like that before! We got picked up by President and we slept at the mission home.
 I got assigned to my trainer Hermana Gomez from Guatemala. She´s from Alapa? in Guatemala. I can't understand about 80% of what she´s says to me because she speaks so fast. Plus here in Nicaragua everyone cuts their words short or doesn´t say the S at the end of the word. She´s probably one of the most patient people I have ever met. We got to the house and then went out to work right off the bat. So let me tell you a little about Nicaragua, there are bars on every door and window, there are tons of dogs in the streets but you don't want to touch them, people sweep dirt and trash in front of their house all the time, it´s hot and humid, there are these things called Pulparia´s on every corner where they sell snacks and drinks(like a gas station but way smaller). Everyone here drinks Coke, and it is amazing compared to the Coke that´s in the United States, and everyone has a TV. We´ll be teaching an investigator in a house that´s one room with a dirt floor and they are so poor but they have a tv, even though they're really old tvs. The food here is really basic, just rice and beans at every meal and plantains cooked different ways. They also have this cheese that everyone likes to eat at meals and it´s usually fried but it tastes weird and salty, I don't like it but oh well. In the streets for transportation people have dirt bikes with seats attached to the front to drive people around like taxi´s.  Oh yeah there are taxi´s everywhere! Also there are horses that pull wooden carts for transportation. In houses we´ll see pictures of people but they have cropped themselves out and changed the background. I want to tell you so much more but it is a totally different world! And they drink coke in BAGS! and chocolate milk and juice! They also have this stuff called Leche Agria which is milk that has been left out in the sun and is basically curdled and nasty and we´re told not to drink it, EVER! No diarrhea yet but the streets are filthy, dogs pooping everywhere, kids peeing on the side of the street, trash and poop is everywhere and it´s awesome!  We only take cold showers due to the fact that it´s a third world country. The driving here is ridiculous I forgot to mention, that there are no speed limits and everyone honks at everyone but no one gets offended! They drive so crazy! We also washed out cloths in a thing called a pila. Everyone has one and they use it for everything. Washing the dishes, washing cloths, washing kids.
The lessons are going well, my companion mostly teaches and then at the end looks at me and says, testifica, which tells me to bear my testimony on the subject. Our investigators are awesome! My zone is in Managua and my area Linda Vista.
Love you all!
Hermana Partridge

The house that we live in which is the nicest house out of all the missionaries that live in Nicaragua. I live with the Sister leaders and the sister nurse.
Me my companion who is next to me and then Hermana Greenhalg who is the nurse, and then Hermana De Leon. Love these Hermanas!
This is me with a glow in the dark lollipop in my mouth given to me by Cristofer who is next to me, he is hilarious. I also have a bag of Coke in my hand.
We found a lake! Which nobody knew was around in the area!
This is Jose who is one of the kids of the investigators.
 
This is the pila that I was talking about, we wash our clothes in it and then hang them up to dry.











Saturday, October 31, 2015

Letter From Mission President

President and Sister Russell with Hermana Partridge

Hermana Partridge's first companion in Mission: Hermana Gomez              

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Safe Arrival

Hermana Partridge arrives safely to Nicaragua!

SLC Airport

Hermana Partridge with other missionaries leaving for Atlanta, Georgia on their way to Nicaragua.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Please write me in the mission field

Sister Carmen Raye Partridge
Nicaragua Managua South Mission
De la Retonda del Periodista
150 vrs. al Sur Ofiplaza Suite 725
Managua, Managua
NICARAGUA

or

Sister Carmen Raye Partridge
AP 3527
Managua, Nicaragua

POUCH MAIL INSTRUCTIONS
Items not complying with the following instructions will be returned to the sender, or discarded if the complete return address is not included.

Lay the letter blank side down.  Fold the bottom of the letter about one-third of the way up the page and crease.  Fold the top of the letter to the bottom of the first fold and crease. Secure the long side with two pieces of tape about one inch (2.5 centimeters) in from each end, but do not seal the ends.  Write your name and complete return address in the top left corner.  Affix first class postage in the top right corner.  In the middle, write the missionary address:

Sister Carmen Raye Partridge
Nicaragua Managua South Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0150

For packages:

Sister Carmen Raye Partridge
Nicaragua Managua South Mission
De la Retonda del Periodist
150 vrs. al Sur Ofiplaza Suite 725
Managua, Managua
Nicaragua
Phone: 505 2254-7553

If you ship a package via a private courier, they will need the  telephone number listed above.
 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chad Lewis, Language barrier, and more!

On Sunday we had Chad Lewis come and speak to us! For those of you who don't know who Chad Lewis is he played football for BYU and then played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also served a mission in Taiwan. Also sitting on the front row in the MTC was Tayson Hill who is the quarter back for BYU and is out for the season for breaking his foot. Well he actually tore his lisfranc ligament and as it turns out so did Chad Lewis.So we got to hear from both of them. Chad lewis talked to us about a little about his mission but the funniest thing was he had Elder Oaks come speak to them in their mission and he said, "I know the Lord loves the Chinese because he made a lot of them". He also said that when he had torn his lisfrac ligament he couldn't play in the Superbowl but he said that his family was his Superbowl! Then Tayson Hill bore his testimony and said, "Not one experience playing on the field in front of thousands compares to serving a mission" This huge football player was in tears saying this and it was probably one of the most heart felt thing I have heard come from that pulpit!

Ugh...we were teaching our teacher and he was complaining how he's trying to find a girl to take out on a date that wants to talk about the gospel(because apparently there are no girls like that here at BYU) weird) anyway I was going to ask him, "Have you taken any girls out on dates?" Instead I used Tocar instead of Tomar and said, "Have you touched any girls on dates?".....the elders erupted into laughter and I felt so bad and my teacher just laughed it off but..it...was...horrible....ugh LANGUAGE BARRIER!!! Well at least it wasn't as bad as the Elders in the other district that told their investigator to read 3 Nephi3:7 but they meant 1 Nephi 3:7, so their investigator read , "Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with out secret works, and become out brethren that ye may be like unto us-not out slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance" I'm just glad they didn't read verse 8 as well.

Nothing really happened that was out of the ordinary this week. I leave for Nicaragua Monday morning at 3:35 a.m. I'm so pumped! I'm going to miss playing sand volleyball everyday though. Try not to do anything crazy while I'm gone people! I love you all!

Hermana Partridge

Words of Wisdom for the day

"A few months after moving to a small town, a woman complained to a neighbor about the poor service at the local drug store. She hoped the neighbor would repeat her complaint to the store's owner. The next time she went to the drugstore the druggist greeted her with a big smile and told her how happy he was to see her again. He said he hoped she liked their town and to please let him know if there was anything he could do to help her get settled. He then filled her order promptly and courteously. Later the woman reported the miraculous change to her friend. "I suppose you told the druggist how poor I thought the service was?" she asked. "Actually", the woman said. "I told him you were amazed at the way he had built up his drugstore and you thought it was one of the best you'd ever seen."



Friday, October 16, 2015

Lord of the Rings, disease, and toilets!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Epistle of a Missionary

I thought that this was hilarious!

The First Epistle of the Elders to the Dead Letter Writers
Chapter 1
In the beginning was the 
mailbox and the mailbox was 
void of letters.
2 And the missionaries said,
"Let the box be filled," and the
box was not filled.
3 And the missionaries beheld 
the continuing void and were 
not pleased.
4 And lo, it was the first day
of the week and there was no
mail delivered, but this was 
good.
5 But on the second day was
the mail delivered; yet the box
remained empty.
6 Yea, even from the second
day unto the seventh was the
mail delivered.
7 Even so, the box retained it's 
void.
8 And yea, great mists of dark-
ness spread forth from the void
and enshrouded the missionaries. 
Yea, and did bring much sadness
to their otherwise cheery days.
9 Even the long hours of fruitless 
tracting, being attacked by 
the fowls of the air, and being 
pursed by the beasts of the
field were not as disheartening
as the lack of blessed objects
known as letters.
10 Yet they persisted.

Chapter 2
And, Lo, on the second day of
the second week the mists still
encircled the mailbox.
2 And on the third day, from
within the depths of the void
was a single postcard. 
3 And this postcard put forth a 
ray of light that pierced the darkness
and overcame the mists.
4 And the missionaries were
well pleased, and there was 
much rejoicing.
5 But, alas, their exclamations 
of joy were in vain. For the
postcard was for someone else.
6 But if their joy was so 
exceedingly great over someone 
else's mail, how great would be
their joy at partaking of their
own mail?

Chapter 3
But some will say, A letter.
A Letter. We have already
written a letter. We have no 
need to write any more letters.
2 Know ye not that there are
more days than one, and more
events than one in a day? Why
think ye that these events need
not be reported?
3 Yea, and ye need not worry
that your letters will go unanswered.
4 But you should say, I will go
and write the letter that a 
missionary requests. For I know
that he giveth no requests
except he be prepared to 
speedily respond.
5 And we give unto you the 
parable of the self-addressed
envelopes.
6 When the missionary
departed into the far off land he
gave a certain number of self-
addressed stamped envelopes to
his friends.
7 Unto one he gave five, unto
another he gave two, and unto
the third he gave one.
8 And while he was gone, he
that was given the five envelopes
wrote five letters, then in his zeal
wrote five letters more.
9 The same with him that had
two envelopes; He wrote two
letters and then two letters
more.
10 But he that was given the
one self-addressed envelope
became slothful and careless.
And he lost the envelope, even
that which he was given.
11 And when the missionary
came home he went unto his
friends. And he that had written
ten letters was warmly greeted.
12 The same with him that 
had written four letters.
13 But he that had written
none at all was given nothing
more than a fishy, wimp-like
handshake.

Chapter 4
And the missionary said unto
his friend; lovest thou me?
2 And the friend said, of 
course I love thee. then the
missionary said, fill my
mailbox.
3 He saith a second time,
friend, lovest thou me? And the
friend said, thou knowest that I
love thee. He then said, fill my 
mailbox.
4 He then spake a third time
saying, lovest thou me? And the
friend said, thou knowest all 
things, thou knowest that I love
thee.
5 Then the missionary said,
stuff my mailbox.
6 And the vision is become 
unto all as the words of a letter
that is sealed in the envelope
that men deliver to one who is
not serving a mission saying,
Read this, I pray thee; and he
saith, I cannot, for it is not
mine.
7 And the letter is delivered to
him that is serving a mission
saying, read this I pray thee;
and he saith, why sure.
8 Therefore, you should
proceed to do a marvelous work
for a missionary, even a marvelous
work and a wonder by
writing a letter.

The days have kind of blurred together but everyday has been a blessing! General conference was spectacular! I'm sure everyone was on the edge of their seats when our beloved Prophet Thomas S. Monson talked. I'm sure everyone in that building was praying for him and thousands around the world! A few days after General Conference we had Linda K. Burton come talk to us and she mentioned what happened at Conference and then asked the question, "Do we really appreciate our Prophet and what he does for us?" That was truly a wake up call for me! I always thought ,"If the prophet dies then another one will be called" but I have not been grateful enough to Thomas S Monson and how much he sacrifices for this church and I'm also grateful that the Lord would not keep us in the dark but allow us to have a prophet. Also right after Elder Hollands talk the entire MTC could be heard sniffling and coughing (trying to cover up crying) and I'm pretty sure everyone there had their eyes water.

Vocal point came and sang and talked to us which was pretty cool. Probably one of my favorite things here is volleyball. Everyday we go outside to play sand volleyball! We also had another wonderful lesson with Marco and it was just as heart felt as the other ones! I love teaching him! 

So I've had a goal to not eat sugar for 2 weeks and I made it a little over a week and then.....they had pumpkin pie for lunch and it's October and it's Fall and I'm not going to have thanksgiving for who knows how many years and I wont be able to eat pumpkin pie in Nicaragua! Those were almost all the excuses that I came up with to eat the pie...so I took a bite....and it tasted like leaves changing colors, like hot chocolate and sweaters, like cinnamon and pumpkins, like cool crisp air and IT WAS AMAZING!!!! I think it was the best piece of pumpkin pie I've ever had!

Words of Wisdom for the day:

It took Michelangelo twelve years - one brush stroke at a time - to paint his biblical scenes in the Sistine Chapel. It took Brahms twenty years - one note at a time - to compose his First Symphony. It took Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay eighty days - one step at a time - to climb the 29,000 feet of Mount Everest. 
                Word by word, brush-stroke by brush-stroke, note by note, step by step, problem by problem, prayer by prayer - this is the secret of Achievement.    -Author unknown


Hermana Partridge

Friday, October 2, 2015

Spiritual Experiences

This week I was reminded how blessed I am. My companion and I started to teach an investigator named Marco. He's an old man who has had polio since he was 1 year old and we sing to him every time we meet with him and he just closes his eyes and smiles. I really never thought that songs could do much but I have come to gain a testimony of them! Anyway, we were teaching Marco and explaining what happens after we die and he said that he hopes that its real because he wants to be able to run up in heaven and be with his wife forever and I seriously cried after this meeting because this man has never ran in his life and I LOVE running! I only then realized how blessed I am to have working legs. THEN we taught him again only this time we taught about the Restoration and Joseph Smith and then we shared the story of when Joseph Smith was a little boy and he had to have his leg operated on and how he walked with a limp the rest of his life. We told him that God doesn't care about your body and what it looks like, God cares about your faith and your actions and what's in your heart. We had started to tell him this and he started crying and again I came to realize just how blessed I am. We asked if he would pray and he offered one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard. THEN we had the opportunity to talk with a member and teach him but in the end he taught me more. It was an old man who had joined the church and I asked him if he would share his favorite scripture. He then shared scriptures in Enos and while reading he started to cry and then bore his testimony of how thankful he was to have found the gospel and how grateful he is for a loving savior. I was seriously so touched by this man because I realized in that moment that I had been born into the Gospel and that I had the opportunity to grow up with it when this man could have gone his whole life without it. Day by day I am starting to be thankful for things I never thought about. Like spoons! I am thankful for spoons so that I can eat cereal and so I don't have to use my hand!


Also I would like to share a story called

          TWO HANDS

While walking in the sand one day
I tripped and fell and while I lay
Two hands reached out to lift me high,
One hand moist, the other hand dry.
On hand was tattered, worn, and abused.
The other hand soft, smooth, and unused.
I knew not which hand to take in mine.
To lift me up and guide me through time.
For one hand would lead me back home to God,
The other away from the iron rod
Cautiously I picked the tattered, torn hand
It lifted me up and again I could stand.
I knew then I'd picked the Lord's helping hand,
For Satan would've left me there in the sand.
I wondered why his hand was so worn and abused
And then I remembered how much it was used.

Love you all!   
Hermana Partridge

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mishaps at the MTC

Kelcie Sanchez who works at the MTC saw Sister Partridge.  This is a friend of Carmen's who worked with her this summer in Moab at the Sunset Diner.  She has been so good to her!  Thanks Kelcie!  We love you even though we have never met except in a picture!

It has been an amazing week! I also found out that there's this thing called "Dear Elder" which is a website that you can go on and type in my MTC address and then type a message and they print it out here and I get it that same day! My MTC address is:

Hermana Partridge 
OCT26 NIC-MANS
2005 N. 900 E. Unit 191
Provo UT 84602
On the third day I was here we started to teach a fake investigator but we didn't know that till later. On the third discussion it was pretty funny because since I'm in a district of elders and I'm the only Hermana then I just go in like a trio with two other Elders. So on the third discussion we start to talk to Diogo and he asks a question to us and I thought he said "cansado"(tired) but he actually asked if I was married (casado) to one of the Elders and I was like "Si" and the Elders said "No" and it was a really funny moment of the teaching discussion! Then the other Elders in Spanish said that this was the Gospel of Vegetables. Good times! Everyday we(our entire zone) go outside to the sand volleyball courts and play volleyball, it's some of the funniest things I've done here!

Also I saw Elder Leftler from Creekside Apt. at Snow and I almost ran up to him and hugged him but then I remembered we couldnt hug Elders and a hand shake sufficed, but it was pretty awesome to be able to see him! Also I saw Kelcie from Moab and Sunset Grill here, she works in the mornings as a custodian and I love seeing her! One morning I went in and a donut was on my desk and another time a bag of Life savers with an awesome quote about how the Lord is our Lifesaver! Both from Kelcie! 

There's something here called TRC(Teaching Resource Center) here and it's where we teach real investigators in Spanish. There's this old man named Marco that mi companera and I just go in to sing to en Espanol since he cant understand the hymns in English. Then we taught a woman named Viri and the first lesson went ok, the second lesson however was amazing! We started to teach what we were going to teach and then we ended up talking about something else entirely and then we both bore our testimonies and oh-my-lanta! The spirit was felt! It was amazing!

Each day I found more things that are completely opposite between me and my companion but the great thing is that we get along so well and she is absolutely amazing!

Love you all!
Hermana Partridge

 My name tag.

 This is a picture of my roommates and my companion is the one on the far right! The Hermana in the middle is Hermana Bushman who was in my old ward back at Snow! The Hermana on the far left is Hermana Browning!
This is our zone!
My district...
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All the Hermanas in our zone!


Hermana Partridge and some Hermanas from the zone!