Monday, September 11, 2017

El Monte Week 4 ☀️

Hello everyone!

It was a week full of meetings and teaching. Someone said "a missionary is happiest when they are teaching." And that is so true! As I teach people about the true doctrine of Jesus Christ, my heart is filled with the Spirit and I know that the words i am saying are true. Nothing has brought me more joy than to testify of my Savior Jesus Christ.

He lives! He loves me! Something else I learned this week is that someone else's blessings don't take away from my own. I LOVE THAT. I think it is a natural human tendency to compare our weaknesses or things we don't have with others' strengths and blessings and we don't have to do that! All is made right and fair through Christ.

I love being a missionary. I can't believe it has almost been a year. Espero que todos se encuentran muy bien :)

Love,
Hermana Hirschi




Monday, August 28, 2017

El Monte de Zion Week 2



Compañeras - Killin it.



I love to see the temple ❤





Huntington Beach ❤ (no worries we didn't swim)


Hello everyone!

I had an awesome week. And as usual I don't have much time so here are
some highlights.

- we got to go to the Newport Beach temple with a recent convert,
Aileen, to do baptisms for deceased ancestors! (1 Corinthians 15) It
was an amazing experience and on the way back the member who gave us a
ride drove us BY THE BEACH so we got to see the beach from the car and
I almost cried it was so beautiful.
- we are teaching several amazing people and SIX of them have dates to
be baptized. There are a couple others who don't have dates yet but
they are progressing well and it is just so fun to work with everyone.
- I get to put my piano skills to the test every Sunday playing the
hymns for the congregation! #yikes
- my compañera is Hna Angomas and is HILARIOUS and so fun to work
with. It is funny to see the cultural difference we have and fun to
work together. We are all children of God!!!
- SHOUT OUT to my little brother Adam who will be getting baptized
this weekend. I know that baptism is the first step on our path back
to our Father in Heaven.


I love you all, thanks for all the wonderful support and friendship. I
am truly blessed.

Hermana Hirschi





Too short to reach sooo you stand on the counter obviously!

Monday, August 21, 2017

El Monte Week 1 🌞






Sent from my iPadHello everyone!

I got transferred today! I left the beautiful city of Pasadena and now
I am in El Monte! I don't know much about the area yet but I am really
excited to get to work here! My new companion is Hermana Angomas. She
is from the Dominican Republic and I am excited to get to know her!

The past week was full of craziness! We went on lots of exchanges with
different companionships and ran all over the place trying to help
everyone and to pack since they moved the apartment in Pasadena. So
I'm not really sure what happened when.. and Sunday was full of
goodbyes which was sad.

I think the hardest thing about being a missionary is that you feel
Christ's love for the people you are around for a couple months and
then you leave to repeat the same thing over and over again. It is
such a wonderful thing to learn to love the people here like Christ
does. I love that I get to help each of them come closer to Christ as
I strive to do the same.

Have a great week!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Goodbyes πŸ’”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fotos



















Sent from my iPadZone conference, compañeras, exchanges with sis Pehrson, sister
Forsey!! Apparently this painting is super famous? Us sisters at the
Huntington gardens.

Pasadena Week 17 🌞




Sent from my iPad

Hello everyone!

It has been another busy week! We did two exchanges with different
sisters this week and that was super fun! We taught a lot of lessons
to people and I learned a lot about God's love for each of us. I don't
have a ton of time (that's starting to become a weekly occurrence,
isn't it?) but I hope you all are happy and safe and well and enjoying
the daily manifestations of God's personal, individual love for YOU.

Love,

Hermana Sarah Hirschi

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pasadena 🌞

Hello everyone! 

I am unfortunately running out of time so I will just have to send lots of pictures today :) thanks to all of you for your love and support. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! It is the best thing ever. 


Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Sent from my iPad




Monday, July 24, 2017

Pasadena Week I have no idea

Hola a todos!

It has been a whirlwind of a week. I love missionary life! This week marked 10 months since I said goodbye to my family and walked into the Missionary Training Center. I cannot believe it! I have loved every second and I am so grateful that I still have 8 more months to enjoy being a missionary.

This week the highlight was for sure the barbecue that our congregation had! We had yummy carne asada and hamburgers and juice and it was so fun. Us missionaries were in charge of guarding the water balloons until it was time for the little kids to play with them and it went really well until they all bombarded us and we got soaked! I did have a slight advantage though since I had the hose the whole time :) 

This week I have been reading and thinking a lot about faith. Lots of times, God asks us to do things that we think are hard, for example, keeping the commandments, giving up our Sundays to go to church and worship Him, going on a mission, living high standards, etc.. Sometimes we don't understand the reasons why, and so we hesitate or balk at complying with His commands. But the scriptures teach us that we don't receive an answer until after the "trial of our faith," or in other words, until after we have tried it for ourselves. As we keep the commandments, we grow in the conviction that it is something good, because when we keep God's commandments He can and does bless us. I have seen that a lot in my own life, and especially in the lives of those I teach. We are the ones who make the commandments seem scary or unrealistic, when in reality they are just the way to receive a flood of blessings in our lives. So I am growing in my appreciation for God's commandments, because even though I don't understand the purpose all the time, as I keep them I feel of His love and receive more blessings than I can describe in a short email :)

Have a wonderful week! God bless each of you!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

A cool elevator on the way to Olive Garden to celebrate Hermana Arriagada being in the mission for a year!


You can't really tell but we are SOAKED to the bone here!


I also got my first sunburn since I arrived here in California. And I am still super white, even with it.


The crash that comes after eating a yummy cake

Sent from my iPad

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hello from Pasadena!



Always tired.



At the temple with Carlos, Eduardo, Vicky and Edward. They are an awesome family.



Sent from my iPadHello everyone!

What a crazy week it has been! As usual though haha! This week we had
meetings three days in a row and then we were gone from Pasadena
Saturday and most of Sunday. Saturday we left because I was asked to
sing at a funeral for a stillborn child. It was really humbling to see
the family come together in love at a time of trials. It made me feel
really grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, which makes it
possible to have family ties last forever, after death! I know that is
true and possible through the temple. We went to the temple visitors
center after church on Sunday with some of the people we are teaching
and that experience reaffirmed my knowledge that my family will be
together forever. I love my family, sorry to all y'all out there but
my family is the best. I cannot imagine heaven without my family.
At the visitors center, Carlos, one of the people we are teaching who
went with us, asked us what drove us to continue in this church, what
drove us to believe it, and that really made me think. Why am I here,
in California on a mission? Why do I believe that the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the
earth? As I thought, I realized that my answer boiled down to two
simple facts:
1. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and know that
They love me.
2. I love my family and want to be together with them forever.
Those two facts give me the motivation to keep going when it gets
hard. Because my Father and Christ love me, they have provided a way
for me to be happy with my family forever. And I know that They have
provided that for every single person on the earth. That is why I am a
missionary - to help other families have the same hope and comfort
that I have, and to be able to have forever families.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Free slurpee day!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pasadena Week 11 πŸŒžπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONEπŸ’™❤️
I love America. I feel so grateful to live in this great nation! Land of the free and home of the brave.

This week was an adventure! I don't think I've had such a stressful week my entire mission! Everything that could go wrong did. But at the same time I saw so many tender mercies from God. Our new mission president and his wife came to our baptism that we had this Saturday and it was so amazing to meet them.

On Saturday, Blanca got baptized! She is the 15 year old niece of a member here and she is just amazing. We met her two weeks ago and since day one she has just had the biggest desires to learn and come closer to God. Her baptismal service was beautiful and full of the Spirit, and on Sunday she shared her testimony with the congregation and it was so powerful. I know that this gospel is what brings true, lasting happiness to each child of God. It is His given way to happiness, satisfaction guaranteed! It does not mean that it will be easy. But it does mean that we will have the divine help we need when we struggle and fall. He is always there, just a prayer away! I know He lives to help us.

Have a wonderful week everyone! Keep cool and hydrated- that's the challenge for us here in Pasadena now :) 

Love,
Hermana Hirschi 

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

President and Sister Wells with Blanca and Hna Arriagada and I at her baptism.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Pasadena Week I lost count again

Hello all! 

It is hot here in Pasadena. Our car told us it was 109 degrees today. Any suggestions for dealing with the heat are greatly appreciated 😊

It has been a wonderful week! The highlight was Saturday. On Saturday I got to go to the LA temple with Hna Lyman to watch some of my most favorite people, Triny and Armando, be sealed for time and all eternity! Their marriage is no longer "til death do you part" but for "todo el tiempo y toda la eternidad." It was the most incredible experience. I know that the sealing was carried out by the sacred priesthood power of God, the authority He gives to men to act in His name. That priesthood power was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have taught that to countless people here in California and I think I have grown in the surety of that fact each time I teach it! On Saturday, the Spirit of God confirmed to my heart that the power of the priesthood is real, and that through it, families can be sealed together forever in the temple. 

On Sunday, Hna Arriagada and I were able to go back to the temple to give a tour of the visitors center to Blanca, a 15 year old who will be baptized on July 1. The Spirit again whispered to my heart that the temple is truly the house of God, and that no sacrifice is too great to obtain the blessing and hope and assurance of having an eternal family. I though of my own family and was filled with gratitude at the thought that I will be able to be with them forever because of the sealing power of the priesthood. This small year and a half apart is so worth it, because I get to help other families have that same assurance and hope! 

I am grateful for each of you and your support! Have a wonderful week :) 


Hermana Hirschi

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

Triny and Armando after being sealed in the temple! Son mis abuelitos aquΓ­. Triny handmade her wedding dress. 


WAHOO!

At the temple Sunday with Blanca!


I love my companion!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pasadena Week 10🌞

Met the Chick-fil-A cow #lifemade


Our area is on fire! So bright we can't see 🌞

Studies with Sisters Allen and Robinson - LOVE THEM.

I love my companion.

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address:
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006Hello from sunny Pasadena! We live in a state of constant heat
advisory haha it is SO hot! I am trying to drink lots of water and
stay hydrated while we are out working and talking to everyone!

This week was honestly really stressful! It really helped me to rely
more on God and less on my own strength. This week as I was studying
in the Book of Mormon, I read a verse that talked about being a
disciple of Christ, and it made me think of this quote: "A disciple of
Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ." I LOVE THAT. I am
not perfect, none of us are, but I am trying to become more like
Christ. I am so grateful that Jesus provides the way for us to follow
to become more like Him through our faith and willingness to change.
We are so lucky. And I feel so lucky to help people here in Pasadena
learn how to apply that love of Christ in their own lives and to see
them change.

Sorry this is shorter today, we are running late as usual :) have a
wonderful week!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pasadena Week 9



Peruvian food πŸ˜‹




I LOVE HNA ARRIAGADA
















Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address:
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006Hello everyone! I hope all is well with each of you :)

This week was a week full of meetings. Tuesday we had a meeting with
all the leaders in the mission, Wednesday we had an exchange with some
other sister training leaders, Thursday we taught in two meetings,
Friday we had two meetings with the leaders in these area.. it was a
lot of sitting and travel time. I felt like we didn't have a ton of
time to work in our area and to really teach people but I learned that
I didn't need to worry because God was here working all the time we
were in meetings, learning how to be better missionaries. He prepared
7 people to come to church and 5 new people to listen to the beautiful
message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel so blessed to
be able to teach this gospel! And honestly I learn so much about it
every day. I think that if nothing else results from my going on a
mission, I will have learned so much more about how to apply the love
of Christ in my life, and that is more than worth all the hard days.

This week I rode a bus in California for the first time and it was
soooo fun! Also we are Peruvian food and it was SO yummy. Also. We
knocked on the door of this house and these girls opened the door with
what looked like little plants that looked exactly like this emoji 🌱
growing out of their heads! I'm sure they weren't actually growing on
their heads but it sure looked funny.. is there like a trend of having
plants on your head now or something?

I love being a missionary. I love being able to invite everyone to
come closer to Christ. I have been realizing that the important things
in life are not the material ones, but the spiritual. We can't take
our clothes or our food or cars or houses or phones with us when we
die.

Have a wonderful week!

Love,

Hermana Hirschi

On the bus! We took it to church with a family that has 6 little kids
it was SO FUN.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Re: Pasadena Week something (lost count whoops)

#RIP Hna Wilde

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

> On Jun 5, 2017, at 5:51 PM, Sarah Ann Hirschi <sarah.hirschi@myldsmail.net> wrote:
>
> Hello everyone! This will be a shorter email again :( I will send lots
> of pictures!
>
> Here's the rundown:
> I love my new companion. She is incredible.
> Pasadena is BEAUTIFUL, and I love it so much.
> The people we are working with are SO cool, I am so lucky to meet them
> and help them!
> God is working right alongside of us, and He loves us and knows us and
> I know He is involved in the details of our lives. Anything that is
> important to us is important to Him, and He truly wants us to be
> happy.
>
> Have an awesome week!
>
> Love,
>
> Hermana Sarah Hirschi
>
> Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
> Mailing Address:
> 614 W Foothill Blvd
> Arcadia, CA 91006
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Pasadena Week something (lost count whoops)






Hello everyone! This will be a shorter email again :( I will send lots
of pictures!

Here's the rundown:
I love my new companion. She is incredible.
Pasadena is BEAUTIFUL, and I love it so much.
The people we are working with are SO cool, I am so lucky to meet them
and help them!
God is working right alongside of us, and He loves us and knows us and
I know He is involved in the details of our lives. Anything that is
important to us is important to Him, and He truly wants us to be
happy.

Have an awesome week!

Love,

Hermana Sarah Hirschi

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