Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This magic moment‏

Haylo family. ...that is how latinos say hello and I like it. haha

I am doing great. How are all of you? well im not quite sure if you all wanted to know that, but I told you anyways.

Well I just want to get to the point today. I went home to Mariscal and it was amazing. I died. I was like if this is how it feels just to return home to my first family in the mission it is going to be super crazy when I am in California....ya sorry just  a second of trunkiness. but wow it was so great and I want to share with you all an experience I had when I got to see my viejito, mi abuelito, Alfonso.

So I called him in the morning and he was all like: quien es. y yo dije hermana dunkley...oh mi reinita mi reinita que gusto escucharle como estas que haces....a donde te vas....vas a venir a mi casa...y yo le dije si alfonso vamos a venir a su casa y el me dijo oh que bueno escucharte. 
I had to put in spanish cuz it sounds better. So then I went to his house later and He asked me if he could give me a hug I told him he couldnt and he was sad, but we talked anyways. I asked him if he had finished reading his book of mormon and then he told me. Hermana Dunkley. I have read the book of mormon three times since you first gave it to me and doctrine and covenants twice. I was amazed. It was so great. haha. Then he gave the last prayer and he said. I am so thankful for hermana Dunkley she was the first one who showed me this gospel and light and now I feel so thankful for this opportunity. 

As he thanked God for me, I just sat there in disbelief. I  couldn´t feel so much happiness like that. It was amazing. I had never really felt that before. Just having the opportunity to find someone teach them the gospel and then return after 6 months and meet them again as active members of the church, is in experience like no other I have had in my life. I only wish for the day that I can see him in the temple. 

I am so truly grateful for this chance to serve a mission and meet people each and every day. You never know the day that will come when you can help someone change their life. So thankful for all those who have helped me to prepare to come out here, because if it weren´t for you all I wouldn´t have been able to feel this joy in that moment.

Con mucho amor de Armenia,
Hermana Dunkley

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bearing burdens with hope‏

Hello Everyone!! 
How are you all doing?
I am doing great. Just some few thoughts from this week and a video I saw on mormon messages that is from

 David A. Bednar he says,"Each of us also carries a load. Our individual load is comprised of demands and opportunities, obligations and privileges, afflictions and blessings, and options and constraints. Two guiding questions can be helpful as we periodically and prayerfully assess our load: “Is the load I am carrying producing the spiritual traction that will enable me to press forward with faith in Christ on the strait and narrow path and avoid getting stuck? Is the load I am carrying creating sufficient spiritual traction so I ultimately can return home to Heavenly Father?”

Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness. Because our individual load needs to generate spiritual traction, we should be careful to not haul around in our lives so many nice but unnecessary things that we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly matter most."

I truly love this because I think that we all have trials that are hard to live with and burdens that bring us down, but when truly can see that the burdens are what help us to lead onward we can find the guidance we need to continue onward.

This week I had some burdens with the responsabilites that I have and the people that I become worried about,  but as I listened to this I could truly see that it is possible to overcome all of those things.

I love you all so much
Con mucho amor de Armenia,
Hermana Dunkley

Monday, April 13, 2015

La Historia‏

¿Buenas días como están con todos?
Yo bien gracias. Hoy tenemos un actividad por eso estoy escribiendo mas temprano pero voy a regresar mas tarde para poder responder a todos.

So this last week was truly amazing. I had so much fun. We did divisions and I got to go out with a sister from Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was so amazing she is hilarious, and I loved hearing her accent. She always puts an sh when there is a y or ll. so she says things like (sh)yo soy hermana molina. It was so cute. I started talking like someone from Argentina. Then we had some really great lessons with our investigators and were able to find lots of new ones.  We had interviews with president I recieved so much help from him.  Something that he helped me to see was how I am continuing to strengthen my testimony. 

I told him that I have been trying to change my prayers so that they are more sincere. Like I am talking to God with all the energy of my heart like the scriptures say.  Then he told me something really amazing. When we go to pray to God we should imagine like we are truly in his presence and taking those 5 minutes to talk with Him like we need to do.  It made me truly contemplate. Everytime I talk to Him I am in His presence and so I should continue to move forward and do those things that are important. 

Just a cool quote that I would like to share with you all that I read today as we were on our drive to our activity. dice,"la historia no se la cuenta, se la hace." Manuela Saenz. In english, "History, you don´t tell it, you make it." 
So as I was sitting on the bus. I thought about all the importance that there is in this quote. We should always be doing our best to act throughout our lives. We should do more to make history than just tell the story.  

I hope you all are doing well and remember the importance of the gospel in your lives.

Con mucho amor de Armenia,
Hermana Dunkley

Monday, April 6, 2015

Even when you fall you can always get back up‏

Querido familia,
Que maravillosa ese conferencia general. Aprendí mucho de las palabras de nuestro profetas vivientes, y espero que ustedes también pudieron aprender de sus palabras. 

I am so thankful for the conference we were able to have I recieved so many answers to my questions. Well this week didn´t  look the  best on paper, but it was a week filled with hard work, lessons learned, lots of walking and funny stories, and some crazy insights. Yesterday I felt bad like I hadn´t done all that I could, then I thought about the things I could accomplish, and when I was able to sit with an investigator in one of the sessions of general conference and see how he felt participtating in that for the first time, I felt really good and like I had made a difference in the life of someone.  Now I just have hope to continue to feel like that even when sometimes the mission can be hard.  I am so grateful for this time and just wanted to tell you all. I hope you can continue to have a smile on your face even when you have bad days. 

Just remember that even when a sister missionary falls in the mud she can always get back up and serve. (that is all you guys are going to get of the story)

Con mucho amor de Armenia,
Hermana Dunkley