Monday, December 26, 2016

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, full of food and family and
Christ! Yesterday was a very different, yet special Christmas for me!
I've decided that I'm not a fan of being away from my family,
especially during the holidays, but I realized that no sacrifice of
mine could ever compare to the sacrifice of Christ, and so I am more
than content to be here in California, serving He who gave all for me
and you. AND I've gained an even greater appreciation of modern
technology - I was able to FaceTime with my family for 40 minutes
yesterday and I am so grateful for the technology that made that
possible!

On Christmas Eve, Hermana Hirschi and I went to a nursing home with
Elder Cho and Elder Condie, the elders who work in our area with us
(they speak English though and we teach primarily in Spanish), and we
put on a small Christmas program for the residents there whose
families weren't there. As we sang Christmas songs and read the
Christmas story, my heart was full of love for each person, each child
of God who was there in the room with us. I wished that I could convey
to each of them personally how much Heavenly Father loves them, and I
hope we were able to do that through our music.

I'm looking forward to this new year! I will be lucky enough to spend
all 365 days of 2017 here in California, serving and loving the people
I meet here! What a blessing it is to be serving the Lord, even if my
humble service could never even begin to repay Him for all He has
done.

I am grateful for each of you and for your love and support. Thank you
to all who sent cards or letters or emails or packages wishing me a
merry Christmas! I am so lucky to have so many friends and family all
over the world.

I love each of you, and pray that God will be with you this next week
and the beginning of this new year!

Love,

Hermana Hirschi

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address:
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006

Monday, December 19, 2016

Feliz Navidad!




Hola everyone! How are you all?

I am so excited for Christmas! Although I have to admit that it
doesn't really seem like it's Christmas... It doesn't even really seem
like it's December since it's still sunny and warm down here in
California. BUT the Christmas Spirit is alive and well in us
missionaries and in (most of) the people we talk to! It's such a
blessing to be a missionary at Christmas time. It's definitely hard
and weird to not be with my family celebrating with the normal
traditions that we have, but I love being a representative of Jesus
Christ and wouldn't trade it for anything. I love talking about Jesus
Christ all the time, but especially now, when everyone already has Him
in mind a little more than usual (although we should try to have Him
in mind every day, even when it isn't Christmas anymore).

This week has been a week full of miracles, just like every other
week. Every day Hermana Hirschi and I have people ask if we're sisters
or cousins, and they often have an incredulous look on their face when
they realize that we have the same last name! It's almost as if they
don't believe us, which is pretty funny. We are working well together,
and this past week we have been able to help 3 people set a goal of
being baptized to follow the example of Jesus Christ on January 14,
2017! I can't think of a better way for them or their families to
start the new year. Two of them are our neighbors, Luis and Dulce.
They are a sweet couple and have two cute kids, Tony and Dulce. They
have a lot of faith in Jesus Christ, and are working to overcome some
problems, and it's really amazing to see how through Christ they are
able to make progress every day. The other person who will be baptized
that day is Erica. She has been learning about the church for about 3
months now, and she has loved learning about it so far and wants to
keep learning about it! She has 5 adorable kids, and the oldest is 8,
so he might be baptized the same day as her. We are also teaching her
husband Martin, and we're helping him learn more about Jesus Christ
and His gospel as well, so hopefully he will be able to be baptized
with his wife and son. This gospel is really all about the family, and
I've seen how it has changed and strengthened families so much in the
past month that I've been here in California.

I started reading the Book of Mormon again in September, and my goal
is to finish it by Sunday as a Christmas present for Jesus Christ :)
As I've read, I've written down one phrase from each page that has
stuck out to me, and now that I'm almost done, it's beautiful to look
back on the pages and see the phrases that stuck out to me most that
day. I've gained a stronger testimony of how true the Book of Mormon
is. I know it is the word of God. It's been really cool to see how
personal the Book of Mormon is to me and also to the people who read
it for the first time. I've been lucky enough to see people reading it
and finding answers to questions like "Why does God allow suffering to
happen," and lots of other personal questions. It's a book like no
other, and no man could write a book that answers every single
person's personal questions. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of
God, and I am so grateful that we have it today. A verse that I read
this morning that I'd like to share is this:

"'Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a
better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope
cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would
make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being
led to glorify God."

I'm grateful for my faith in God, because I know that He lives and
loves me. I know that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God, who came
to earth to suffer, die, and live again so that we can someday return
to live with God and our families again. I know He lives! In this
Christmas season, I'm so grateful for the light that Christ brings to
my heart, especially in this too often dark world. What a hope that
light brings us.

I'M SO LUCKY TO BE A MISSIONARY. I hope you all know how much I love
being a missionary and how grateful I am for the support of each of
you. You mean so much to me!

May God be with each of you this Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address:
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006


This is clearly a necessary picture when you have two Hirschi's and a
giant Hershey...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Re: Hermana Hirschi y el don de lenguas

It's y'alls lucky day- here are some pictures!!

We decided to use our bikes instead of our car one day and it of course was the day it rained really hard... SO FUN I LOVED IT ๐Ÿ˜Š


My study desk! We study for 4 hours every day and it's awesome. I love learning more about Jesus Christ and His gospel!

These are the other missionaries who serve in the Pomona Ward! The Hermana next to Hermana Wilde and I is Hermana Silva, and she is the wonderful member who fed us on Thanksgiving!

Selfie with Hermana Wilde in the middle of biking in the rain๐ŸŒž☔️


This week we also made cookies to take to our investigators and members who live near us.

Love you all!! Sorry again that this week was short! Sorry to any of you I didn't get to reply to- I will reply next Monday! 

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address: 
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006

On Nov 28, 2016, at 4:12 PM, Sarah Ann Hirschi <sarah.hirschi@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Hola everybody!

Today will be short because I'm almost out of time. Also sorry my email didn't send last week! I'm not quite sure what happened with that.

We've seen lots of miracles the past couple weeks. I love working with the people here and teaching them all about Christ. Everyone, no matter what is going on in their lives, can be blessed by learning and talking about Christ.

I want to invite you all to watch the Light the World video on mormon.org if you haven't already. It is BEAUTIFUL. It is all about how we can serve like Jesus Christ did. I would invite you all to serve every day of December to help fill the world with the light of Jesus Christ. I know He is the source of all that is light and good in this crazy world!

Also - good story for you guys, last week I prayed really hard for the gift of tongues, or that God would help me understand and speak Spanish better. One day, we were teaching our investigator and she gave us tacos. Turns out they were tacos de lengua (tongue tacos), so I was blessed with the gift of tongues in a way I didn't expect ;)

I love you all! Sorry no pictures this week, today is very crazy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! God is good.

God be with you!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Sister Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

Mailing Address:
Sister Sarah Hirschi
614 W. Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006

Hermana Hirschi y el don de lenguas

Hola everybody!

Today will be short because I'm almost out of time. Also sorry my email didn't send last week! I'm not quite sure what happened with that.

We've seen lots of miracles the past couple weeks. I love working with the people here and teaching them all about Christ. Everyone, no matter what is going on in their lives, can be blessed by learning and talking about Christ.

I want to invite you all to watch the Light the World video on mormon.org if you haven't already. It is BEAUTIFUL. It is all about how we can serve like Jesus Christ did. I would invite you all to serve every day of December to help fill the world with the light of Jesus Christ. I know He is the source of all that is light and good in this crazy world!

Also - good story for you guys, last week I prayed really hard for the gift of tongues, or that God would help me understand and speak Spanish better. One day, we were teaching our investigator and she gave us tacos. Turns out they were tacos de lengua (tongue tacos), so I was blessed with the gift of tongues in a way I didn't expect ;)

I love you all! Sorry no pictures this week, today is very crazy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers! God is good.

God be with you!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Sister Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

Mailing Address:
Sister Sarah Hirschi
614 W. Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hermana Hirschi // Week 2

Hola amigos!

How has this week been for everyone? I hope it's been one full of God's love and influence. It has been for me!

This week was a little more stressful than last week, since we had lots of meetings and we also moved apartments! We had been living outside of our area, and so we moved to an apartment inside our area this week. I love it! We are in the process of decorating, so if anyone has any cute, cheap ideas for decorating an apartment, let me know :)

We were blessed this week to have lots of members of the Church feed us dinners! I've tried some really great Mexican foods, and a couple not so great. My least favorite so far would probably be ceviche. It was made with shrimp and that is one of my least favorite foods, so that was hard to get down. But I prayed a lot in my heart as I was eating and somehow I was able to eat it. I think the favorite dish I've tried so far has been tostadas with beans and salsa and guacamole and cheese and lettuce and tomatoes - wow that is delicious. I've tried lots of drinks here too - horchata, agua fresca (basically this super yummy juice) and jamaica (made from hibiscus flowers) and I love all those. 

I've been very humbled by the people here. Lots of them have so little, and they are always so happy. I think it's made me realize even more how you can be happier than the richest man in the world if you have God and your family! Thank goodness I have both :) 

Today I studied a lot about hope. Lots of times I think we view hope as something like "I hope it rains today," or "I hope I get a good grade on this test," but really I think it is so much more! Hope is really meant to be "sure, unwavering, and active." Isn't that beautiful? It's something that is sure. We have a sure hope through Christ, that we can change and be saved if we apply His Atoning Sacrifice in our lives. "And what is it that he shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that he shall have hope through the Atonement of Christ and the power of His resurrection to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in Him." (Moroni 7:41, the Book of Mormon) I love that. I am working to increase my hope by increasing my faith in Christ this week by trying to rely more on His grace when I am not enough (which is always).

I love you all! Thank you for the support and love and prayers. You are in my prayers as well. God be with you!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address: 
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006

Pictures:
1. Hermana Wilde and I and her first ever Slurpee!!!
2. Making pancakes with Hermana Arriola
3. An awesome dog we saw cruisin along
4. Missionary selfies are a must at any meetings
5. The sunsets here are INCREDIBLE. Sometimes we can see the outline of LA on the horizon with a brilliantly blazing sky behind it and it takes my breath away.
6. The donut hole. You drive through it and pick out a donut and they're amazing.
7. Hermana Wilde and I made tostadas! 
8. Our fun roommates before we moved! Hermanas Kingston & Arriola















Monday, November 7, 2016

Hola from Covina!

​​HOLA EVERYBODY!

Wow what a wonderful past couple weeks it has been. I don't know that I could adequately describe it if I tried. It has been full of wonderful learning and growing experiences and I love my mission more than I thought would be possible!

My companion is Hermana Wilde! She is from Ammon, ID and is just the greatest missionary I've met! She speaks Spanish very well, and isn't afraid to talk to anybody. We get along super well and I've already learned so much from her. I love her so much!

Right now, we are serving in the Pomona West area, which covers a lot of Covina and some of Pomona as well. We're actually opening up this area; there haven't been sister missionaries in this area for several years, so it's been fun to figure out the area together. I LOVE IT. I love all the people and I love the food and almost most of all I love the warm weather. I can't believe that it's November, and it's still 95 degrees outside. I'm so grateful Heavenly Father let me come to a warm mission :)

Something I've learned a lot this week is that God strengthens us for the things He asks us to do. There is absolutely no way that I would be able to wake up at 6:30 every day, study for 4 hours, talk to people I don't know in a language I don't really know until 9:00pm, and sleep at 10:30pm without His help. I've felt strength beyond my own multiple times and I'm so grateful for His love and influence in my life.

A phrase from the Book of Mormon that I love is this: "Their joy shall be in the Lord." WOW that is so true! As I've studied the scriptures and learned more about Him, and spent all day, every day working to invite other people to come to Him, my joy has been so full. The Lord is so good, and I am so grateful He has let me come to this mission to work in this great work.

I love you all! Send me letters and emails and anything your heart desires - I would love to hear from you. If you do send letters or packages, please make sure my whole name (Hermana Sarah Hirschi) is on it since there is another Hermana Hirschi here :)

God be with you all!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

California Arcadia Mission
Mailing Address:
Sister Sarah Hirschi
614 W. Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006

hermanahirschi.blogspot.com

​Pictures from the MTC:
My district with our teacher Hermano Hicks, our zone, the hermanas in our zone! Sorry I'm not sure which order they're in! This computer is really old :/


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I'm Leavin' On A Jet Plane!

Hola amigos y familia!

I officially only have a week left in the MTC! This time next Tuesday, I'll be in California! I'm SO excited. I also can't believe that it's been almost 6 weeks! Some days it felt like 6 weeks would never end. We got our travel plans this week and I'll be leaving the MTC at 4:20am next Tuesday. SO EXCITING!

This week honestly is such a blur. The days went by so quickly, I can't believe it's Pday again today. It was a week full of laughter and some hard moments as usual. I've made so many dear friends here and had so many wonderful moments. 

I think the greatest thing that I learned this week is something I already knew and was just reminded of. I sat in the Provo Temple this morning, thinking about my testimony of Christ and this gospel and was overwhelmed by a sense of peace. I realized that I know that Christ lives. It's not just a belief or something that I hope is true, it's something that I honestly know, just like I know that the sky is blue. It's not something that I doubt or wonder about, I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that He is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that God loves me. I feel so grateful that I know these things, and that I get to share this knowledge with the people in California! 

I definitely don't know everything - I think my knowledge is summed up in this scripture from the Book of Mormon. A prophet named Nephi is asked by a messenger from God, "Knowest thou the condescension of God?" and Nephi replies, "I know that He loveth His children, nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things." (1 Nephi 11: 16-17) I feel exactly like Nephi! I don't know everything, and I don't know the answers to all the questions that I have or that others have. However, I know with absolute surety that God loves His children! He loves me, and He loves each of you. I think it's so cool that the God and Creator of this world knows and loves each of His children individually. 

With this being the last week in the MTC, all mail (DearElders, packages, letters, etc) sent here to me needs to arrive by Saturday so I make sure to receive it. If you want to send something to me after this time in the MTC, the address for the mission home in California is on my blog! This is where everything should be sent for the next 17 months.

Thank you all for your support and love and prayers! I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends and family surrounding me. I am thankful for each one of you.

God be with you! Te amo!

Sister Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

MTC Address: 
Sister Sarah Hirschi
NOV01 CA-ARC
2005 N 900 E Unit 259
Provo, UT 84602


​Pictures:
1. My district and I found this MormonAd this week and wow it's so true. Keep us updated! We love any and all news from our friends and families :) 
2. WE HAVE OUR TRAVEL PLANS! We were so excited.
3. My sweet friends and sisters! Four of these sisters left this morning and yesterday for their missions.
4. I'm SO excited to go to California! Flight plans made it even more exciting.
5. Hermanas Rolfson and Wheelwright! I love them! 
6. Hermana Flores and I with Hermana Deakin. She's amazing. (Also s/o to the elders photobombing in the background)
7. All the Spanish speaking hermanas with our "MTC Dad" President Price. We love him!
8. All the beautiful hermanas again! 
9. Pajama selfies with our hermanas!
10. Hermana Flores and I with Hermana Machlachlan! We love her.
11. Hermana Rolfson and I! She's going to BYU after her mission too, so we're already planning our reunion

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It's A Wonderful Life

Hello friends and family! How is everyone today? I hope you are all well.

This past week has been awesome, as have all the weeks here in the MTC. I'm sitting here typing this looking out the window at some beautiful trees, eating some yummy cookies, and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. I love learning more about Christ every day, and I love being a servant of Him. It rained yesterday and it made me happy! I truly do have such a wonderful life.

Remember the beautiful song I wrote about last week? We got to perform that at the devotional this past Tuesday, and guess who the speaker was! Elder David A. Bednar! What a cool opportunity it was to perform for an Apostle of the Lord, and then to hear his counsel of how we can come closer to Christ. I'm so grateful that God has called prophets and apostles today, just like He has done throughout time. His love is so great and powerful. (Also the rumor in the MTC is that our devotional speaker today might be Jeffrey R. Holland.. stay tuned next week to see if that is true or not!)

This week, I was lucky enough to get to teach a lesson about the Book of Mormon to the other sister missionaries who are serving Spanish speaking missions. As I read and studied to prepare for that lesson, I felt my testimony of that great book grow even more. I love this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley: "There is nothing we could do of greater importance than to have fortified in our individual lives an unshakable conviction that Jesus is the Christ.... And that my brothers and sisters, is the purpose of the coming forth of this remarkable and wonderful book." Could it be any clearer that the purpose of the Book of Mormon is to bring each soul who reads it closer to Christ? Speaking from my own experience, I know that this is true! I've felt closer to Christ each time I read even just a small passage. I know that the same will happen for any person who reads the Book of Mormon with a sincere desire to grow closer to Christ, and I promise you that if you have that desire, you will know that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and will help you personally in your life to come to know Him. If any of you read the Book of Mormon and feel that, will you share your experience with me? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with the book that I love so much. (If you don't have a copy and want one, let me know and I can get you one for free!)

Also! Something that was super fun for me this week was that my district was chosen out of the entire MTC to be the test district for a new class on family history! So this past Sunday, I was able to spend an hour looking through my family tree, learning about my ancestors and it was the coolest experience. I love how important family history work is in this church. As I read through the names and stories of my family members, I honestly felt a connection with them. I love my family, both those on the earth now and those who have gone before! I know God cares about our families, and I'm so grateful that He has a Plan for us to be together with our families for all eternity.

In all honesty, everything hard about being away from my family and home fades in comparison to the love I feel from God. Life was not meant to be easy, but it was meant to be joyful even in the hard times! I have been so blessed to feel that joy even in the midst of difficulties. God is so good to me. 

Thank you to all those who write me letters, Dear Elders or send me packages - you make the world go round and I'm forever grateful to you! They are a bright spot in my days :) As always, if you have any questions or thoughts you'd like to share, I promise to reply to you! 

Since I focused so much on the Book of Mormon this week, I want to just end with a verse that I think perfectly encapsulates my thoughts towards you! "May Christ life thee up, and may His sufferings and death... and His mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of His glory and of eternal life rest in your mind forever." (Moroni 9:25). May Christ lift each of you up this week in both the difficult and the good times.

Con amor,

Sister Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

MTC Address: 
Sister Sarah Hirschi
NOV01 CA-ARC
2005 N 900 E Unit 259
Provo, UT 84602



Pictures:
1. Hermana Flores & I outside of the temple!
2. Hermana Wright! She is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She left this week for her mission in Anaheim, CA and I'm so excited to hear about all her adventures.
3. Hermana Carreon! She and I met in Boise in the Deseret Book right before we both came into the MTC and have become such good friends here! She left for her mission in San Diego, CA yesterday.
4. Sometimes your laundry is just too heavy to carry any other way but this... 
5. Elders! And Hermana Flores. 
6. A beautiful depiction of the verse I shared. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

HALFWAY THERE & LIVIN ON A PRAYER

Hola amigos! OK the subject line is real for two reasons - one, this week marks the halfway point for my district and I! We have officially been here for 3 weeks and have 3 left! And every day I'm livin on a prayer because I can't do anything without God's help, as I've learned over and over again here. I love being at the MTC and I love learning Spanish.

This week we had a sister from France join our district temporarily! She came early to the MTC so that she could go to the temple today and since her companion and district won't arrive until tomorrow, she's been rooming with Sister Flores and I, which has been super fun. Her name is Hermana Martin, and she has the most beautiful accent and personality. She'll be going to the Montreal Canada mission, speaking both Spanish and French. 

An incredible thank you to everyone who sends me letters, emails and Dear Elders! You are the best and it makes my day to hear from you! I love hearing about your lives and all that goes on. Keep them coming because I promise I'll write you back and also we have a competition in my district to see who gets the most Dear Elders! Instructions for Dear Elders are on my blog :) 

Best part of this week: I GOT TO SEE MY SISTER AT THE TEMPLE. It made my whole day and it makes me happy to just think about it! I love my family and I'm so grateful that I get to be with them forever.

One of the other best parts of this week has probably been singing in the MTC Choir. We are singing the most beautiful arrangement of "Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer" and it is so powerful. I can't wait to perform it tonight! My favorite lyrics are these: "Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer, we are weak but thou art strong. In thy infinite compassion, stay the tide of sin and wrong! Keep thy loving arms around us, keep us in the narrow way. Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer, let us never from thee stray." How beautiful is that?! Every time we sing it my soul just feels this incredible love and gratitude for Jesus Christ. He is stronger than our largest strengths, and He has the power to conquer all heartache, sin or wrong in this world if we will turn to Him. 

I love being a missionary. I don't think I could ever explain how much joy it gives me to be a representative of Jesus Christ, inviting people to come unto Him! I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and I am so grateful for His Father and our Father, who loved us each enough to send us His Only Begotten Son. What a miracle His love is. 

Thank you for all your love and support! Thanks to those who read my emails/blog posts - you're the greatest.

I love you all! God be with you!

Sister Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

1. EMMA! Ok are we not the cutest sisters ever?

2. Hermana Stringham, me, and Hermana Hansen. They live in the room next door and I love them so much. Hna S is going to Anaheim, CA and Hna Hansen is going to San Antonio, TX.

3. Hna Smith, Hna Wright, Hna Flores, me and Hna Martin. Hna Smith left today for the Everett, WA mission, it's so sad to not see her around anymore!

4. At the temple today! Back row: Hnas Flores, Deakin, Giles and Maclachlan. Front row: Me, Hnas Martin, Hansen and Noorda. I love them all so much!

5. Best district ever - Hna Flores, me, Hna Martin, Elder Hall and Elder Christensen.


6. Cutest sister missionaries ever? I think so. Also s/o to Elder Mixon photobombing in the back.










Thursday, October 6, 2016

HOLA Week 2

Hola amigos!

I honestly can't believe it's already PDay again. It feels like I just emailed home yesterday! Time goes by so quickly here.

This was one of the best weeks ever! On Saturday, I had the privilege of singing in the special MTC Choir at General Conference. It was amazing to sing and to bear witness of Christ in the same meeting that the prophets and leaders of the Church spoke about how to come closer to Him. (If you didn't see me, go to lds.org and watch the Saturday Afternoon Session of the Conference!) During the Conference, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for my Heavenly Father for allowing me to have the opportunity not only to sing in the same room as His apostles and prophets (only 360 of the missionaries here got to sing in the choir), but to be able to be a missionary. It's the best thing ever and I already feel sad thinking that in just 18 months my mission will be over. But I'm not dwelling on that because I've got the next 18 months to make the best ever!

My Spanish is improving rapidly, and I think in part it's because we have class totally in Spanish for several hours a day. I can already teach about Christ in Spanish and can bear my testimony of Him which is the coolest ever because I love talking about my Savior! What a blessing it is to be His witness.

Something sad that happened this week is that Elder Smith switched districts. He had been really struggling with the language and teaching and so they moved him to another district with a beginning Spanish class so that will hopefully help him. But it's sad for us because we felt a lot like a family - we spend almost all day together and it's weird to only have the four of us now. 

I've loved the past two weeks here. It's weird to think that I've only been here for two weeks and yet it also feels like I've been here for forever! But this is such a special place. You can tell that this is a place where the Lord's Spirit is present because all the missionaries (over 2000!) are striving to keep His commandments and serve Him fully. It's one of the best feelings to be in devotionals with all the missionaries and to be singing hymns and praises to God!

Speaking of devotionals, on Sunday night, BYU VOCAL POINT CAME. Literally one of the best things ever! They are so talented and they performed so beautifully! If you don't know who they are, go to YouTube and look up "Nearer My God to Thee" by BYU Vocal Point. They performed that live for us and it was such a spiritual experience! 

The food isn't much better but every Monday night they have Subway or Chick fil A or some other restaurant cater to the MTC so I'm surviving :) And honestly I love it here. There's nothing more fun than being on the Lord's errand, doing His work.

I love Jesus Christ! I love His gospel and am so grateful for His Atonement and love. God's plan for each of us is perfect and is for our good - we just need to trust in that.

I love you all! Write me letters and use Dear Elder (it's super easy) because I seriously love to hear from everyone! Mail is the best and I also promise I'll always write back. If you have questions let me know!

God be with you!!



Pictures:

1. IT RAINED! We love the rain and obviously had to take pictures in it.
2. Gangsters comin at you from District 27 E
3. More rain pictures because I love the rain
4. Popcorn party! Always a must after a long day of Spanish
5. This is Hermana Pierce!!! She left yesterday for her mission and I'll miss seeing her happy face all the time. She was a great friend at BYU.
6. THAILAND SQUAD. Everyone in this picture (except for Elder Fjeldsted, the shorter elder) lived in Thailand at the same time I did! And all of them except for me are going to Thailand on their missions! I love them.



Saturday, October 1, 2016

HOLA from the MTC

HOLA EVERYBODY!!

How is everybody? The past few days have been so crazy but also so great. I love the MTC (Missionary Training Center) a lot. It's a lot of work, and a busy schedule, but so so good. 

I'm in the intermediate Spanish class here which means I'm supposedly supposed to be good at Spanish but yikes it's rough sometimes. Our teachers only talk to us in Spanish so for 6 hours of class a day all I hear is Spanish. I've definitely learned so so much! And we practice teaching a fake investigator named Alejandro and he speaks really fast and pretends he doesn't know English (even though he does know how) so we can't ask him questions about how to say something when we don't know, we just kinda go with it which makes for some interesting conversations sometimes in our broken Spanish.

My companion is Hermana Flores! She's from Salt Lake City and is going to the Redlands California mission. Our district (the group of missionaries who came into the MTC the same day and are learning the same language as me) is really small, only 5 people total. There is a trio of elders - Elder Hall, Christensen and Smith. They're awesome and we've all become really close over the past 6 days we've been here. 

I've learned and grown so much while I've been here! I'm not sure what else yall want to hear about - shoot me an email or a letter and I promise I'll reply and answer your questions! Also I've seen SO many people I know and love here! It's made the transition way easier to literally have a friend to say hi to everywhere I go.

The food here SUCKS. I legit feel sick when I eat it so please send me yummy snacks if you feel like it :) Also shout out to the people who've sent me letters or Dear Elders - you're the greatest ever. (Details for using Dear Elder are on my blog by the way)

However, despite the food, I am happy and loving it here. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ with all of my heart. I know He loves me and I'm so lucky I get to spend the next 18 months teaching about Him and His love! I got to go to the temple today and I love the peaceful feeling that brings. What a great blessing it is to be able to feel God's love for me on a daily basis.

I love and miss you all! God be with you!

Sister Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

MTC Address: 
Sister Sarah Hirschi
NOV01 CA-ARC
2005 N 900 E Unit 259
Provo, UT 84602