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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pasadena Week 7 🌞

My new companion Hermana Arriagada, Hermana Wilde and I!


The sisters we live with!



Coming home after a long, awesome day!


I love hermana Wilde! She is wonderful.


Hello everyone!

We had transfers today, and I get to stay in Pasadena! My new
companion is Hermana Arriagada! Hermana Wilde finished her mission
today - I am so grateful and her example!

This past week flew by! I feel like every week flies by. I spent the
majority of this week recovering from a really awful cold but it was
still a great week! It was a week full of fun and laughter but more
than anything else, hard work, so it was awesome! The best part was
Sunday! 8 of the people we are teaching came to church with us and 4
other people who are learning about the church came too! It was
incredible. I am so grateful for this gospel. It brings true peace. If
you want to find peace that lasts, you'll only find it in Jesus
Christ.

I don't have too much time left, but I will try to send some pictures
today to make up for that. It is starting to get super hot here in
California and I think I'll spend all summer dying from the heat! It
is crazy but I love it.

Thanks for all the support :)

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pasadena Week 4

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day! I got to celebrate Mother's Day three times because our congregation had an activity on the 6th, then the Mexican Mother's Day was the 10th, and we of course celebrated yesterday! My mom is the best in the whole wide world and I am so incredibly grateful for her and indebted to her.

On Saturday, a 17 year old girl that we have been teaching named Andrea was baptized! She is incredible, and it was such a spiritual experience to see her making that promise to God. It is so comforting to know that God has provided a way for us to be cleansed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even more than just cleansed though, I have learned that it heals us as we follow the path Christ established. And I have grown in gratitude for the priesthood power and authority that was restored to this earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. This is the exact same church that Christ established, and it contains the same power by which he performed miracles and taught. It is the truth, and I am so grateful to have the security of that knowledge.

I love each of you! Thank you for your love and support.

Love,

Hermana Hirschi

Andrea and her little siblings on Saturday!


The other sister missionaries we live with!


Sister Gordon! We spent the day together on Wednesday. She is super sweet!





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

Monday, May 8, 2017

¡Feliz dΓ­a de las madres!

Hello everyone!

I am so sorry for the lack of emails lately. Monday's are busy, busy busy days and it is a struggle to fit everything in.

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. There is nothing harder in the world but nothing better. I get to testify of Jesus the Christ every single day and there is nothing that brings more joy than standing up for Him. I love teaching people about His church - the exact same church that He established when He walked on the earth. I love surprising people when I speak Spanish with them - they can never quite believe that two gringas are in front of them speaking some fairly decent Spanish! I have even started to like parallel parking - something my dad probably thought I would never do willingly! I love California and I love that I still have 11 months to preach this marvelous gospel of change and repentance.

Right now we are teaching several incredible people. Andrea is 16, her mother is a member of the church but Andrea was never baptized. She is amazing. She has come to church several times and fits right in! It has been really cool to listen to all she has learned from us and to watch her change as she strives to come closer to God. Alfredo is probably in his 60s and is the coolest person ever! He used to have a lot of problems with drinking, but he quit it all and I LOVE when we visit him because he just talks about all the changes he has seen in his life since he started learning from us. He says he feels happier and has more desires to do good and to be up and about instead of just sitting around. Victoria is also in her 60s and has great desires to help her family come to Christ. Her two sons have met with us a few times and her grandsons have come to church 3 times! They each have told us that they have felt changed as they come to Christ.

I have learned, through each of these people and the many others I have taught, that a true faith in Christ stems from a desire to learn of Him, and the courage to follow Him. True faith centered in Christ leads us to act, and to change through repentance. As we repent, we are able to leave in our past bad habits and guilt, and past mistakes can be washed away through baptism by immersion, by someone who holds the proper authority. We remain close to God after baptism by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and by keeping God's commandments so that He can continue to bless us. As we endure to the end and faithfully follow Him, we become changed through the power of the Atonement of Christ. I have felt that power in my life as I have followed that process. I have a long way to go, but what a blessing it is to know that He walks right beside me, guiding my every step. I count myself even more lucky that I get to see that process of change happening in the lives of people here in California, people I have come to know and love. 

Thanks to each of you for your support! It means the world. I don't have tons of time to reply to individual people today but please know that I am grateful for you and your thoughtful emails.

Love,

Hermana Sarah Hirschi

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

I am obsessed with California.



LA! I love it. 


This is my favorite breakfast. Overnight oatmeal. Google it or ask me for the recipe. I think I eat it almost everyday!



Monday, March 27, 2017

"We Thank Thee, O God, For a Prophet!"

Buenas tardes todos! How is everyone?

This week has been so fun. Hermana Lyman and I are still getting along super well and it is so fun to work together! We have met lots of cool people this week and this coming week we will be teaching a lot of them about Christ and how they can increase their faith in Christ! 

This week in my studies, I have studied a lot about prophets. All throughout the Bible, God taught and guided His people through prophets. Today, He does the same! There is a prophet on the earth again and he guides the Church of Jesus Christ through modern-day revelation. Something that impressed me this week as I studied about prophets was a quote that said something like "Prophets help us understand how our relationship with God should be." So I went and studied some of the former talks that the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson has given, and found lots of talks that helped me understand my relationship with God better. This coming weekend (Saturday and Sunday), President Monson and the other leaders of the church will again address the entire world! If you listen, I promise he will speak about how you can better understand your relationship with God. I know that God loves us just as much as He did in the Bible times, which is why He has called a prophet again in these days, to guide us and teach us! I am so grateful to live in a time with a prophet again. If you want to listen to what he has to say this weekend, visit lds.org. I promise you will not be disappointed!! 

Today we went up into the beautiful mountains (Mt. Baldy) and hiked a little bit. It was so nice to be out in nature and enjoy the views! I'll send some pictures soon.

I love you all! Thank you for the love and support :)

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

HOoola!

Hi everyone!

Wow, what a whirlwind of a week! It was so fast and I can hardly remember what happened! Hermana Lyman and I get along so well! It is so fun to be with her and to be doing this work of salvation together! Her Spanish is improving so much and I am learning so much with her.

This week I have been thinking a lot about the will of God. Lots of times, we want things according to our timetable, and we forget that God has His own, perfect timetable. He has all the factors and all the outcomes that we cannot see, and He knows exactly what will help us the most. We think we know best when all we can see are the two steps directly in front of us, while he can see the beginning, middle, and end of the path. He knows the hills and the declines, and all the dangers on the trail. As we walk along, we would do well to remember His master plan, and cry out to Him, "Lord, I believe! Help thou mine unbelief," like a trusting father in the New Testament cried out. I am trying to trust more in His will and His timing every day. What a blessing it is to know that He knows the path, and that when we trust in Him, we don't have to worry about what comes next, because we can know that He will only give us the trials we can handle, and the ones that will help us become who He knows we can become. I encourage you all to pray for more trust in His plan, and to accept His will. 

I am so lucky to be a missionary! Thank you for all your support and love.

Love,

Hermana Sarah Hirschi | California Arcadia Mission

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Route 66!!!






I just liked the flower.




Hirschi y Hirschi 🀘🏻🀘🏻🀘🏻





Hi everyone!!

I'm so sorry I didn't get time to write a group email last week! It
was a crazy day (but then again they all are!) and I'm sorry for those
of you I didn't get to reply to!

This week has been great! I think a few times a week I sort of have to
pinch myself and realize that I'm actually a missionary and that I
really am in California! It's the best!! It's also pretty hard.
Something my companion and I were talking about is how individualized
missions are to the missionary. Some serve in third world countries
where they might not even have electricity all the time. Others serve
in the United States where they have iPads and cars to help them out.
But no matter what, each missionary has trials and individual
struggles that are perfectly designed by the One who knows us best, to
help us grow and become better. Really, that's how life is. Lots of
people we teach ask us "If God is so loving, how does He let so much
suffering occur?" And while I don't know the perfect answer, I think
it's something along the lines of this: God knows and loves us
perfectly. He never gives us challenges that are more than He can
handle, and through those trials, He molds us into the person He knows
we can become. Without the trials, we wouldn't know the joy of the
good times.

Something funny that happened this week is that we had a church
breakfast on Saturday, and so Hermana Hirschi and I went and helped
out. We ended up in the kitchen, and all the women were teaching us
how to make tortillas! It took a lot of trial and error (and a lot of
ugly tortillas), but finally we got the hang of it, and the ladies all
told us that we could get married now, since we would be able to make
our husbands tortillas! We had a good laugh about that😊 People ask
Hermana Hirschi and I if we are sisters all the time! We look enough
alike to everybody that they don't always believe us when we say nope,
we are 8th cousins, twice removed! It is pretty fun to see all the
reactions. Also fun fact Route 66 passes through my area and we go on
it all the time.

Well, I hope all of you have a blessed week, and a Happy Valentine's Day!!

With love,
Hermana Sarah Hirschi

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

This is Gabriel - he is the son of a member of our church and he is
the cutest and craziest kid ever!

Monday, January 30, 2017

And I think to myself... What a wonderful world!

Hello everyone!

What a wonderful week it has been! It's been so wonderful I can't seem to remember everything that happened haha, but I do know it was a good week - how can it not be good when you spend every day serving God? Also it is sunny and warm and I got to play frisbee today so I feel very blessed. 

This week I felt really loved as members of the wards here went out of their way to wish me a happy birthday and to make sure I felt loved! And so many of you did too - thank you so much for all of the birthday wishes and messages! I am so grateful for you. 

I don't have too much time so I will just share a scripture that I love: "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." (Mosiah 4:9) I love this scripture! It is so simple in its invitation and yet so profound. Believe in God! Believe that He loves you! Believe that He has a plan for you, because He does.

I know my Savior lives! I know God has a plan for me and each of you, and I'm SO lucky and blessed to help people here in Covina find that plan.

God be with you this week!

Love,
Hermana Hirschi

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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Re: ¡Buenos tardes!

I love you and miss being able to talk with you! Take care of yourself. Happy you are in Covina for your birthday day.

Working with sister hirschi maybe one of your best converts if you can help her to see the power of the atonement in her life!!!!

I love you

> On Jan 23, 2017, at 4:11 PM, Sarah Ann Hirschi <sarah.hirschi@myldsmail.net> wrote:
>
> ¡Hola mis amigos!
>
> This week has been super great! I found out on Saturday that I get to
> stay here in Covina for another transfer (6 weeks) and Hermana Hirschi
> will be staying here with me! Hooray!! I really love it here and I'm
> so grateful for the chance to stay and work and serve here for a
> little while longer.
>
> It has been raining SO MUCH here! This morning it even hailed! I love
> the rain a lot so it has made me happy. Someone told us this the other
> day: "Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." I LOVE THAT. So
> I've been trying to feel the rain instead of just getting wet this
> week and it makes it better when we're walking in the rain with wet
> feet and cold hands trying and failing to find people to serve and
> teach 😊☔️
>
> Something I was studying a little bit about yesterday is the Atonement
> of Jesus Christ in Mosiah 3, in the Book of Mormon. The phrase
> "through the atonement" or "through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ" or
> some other similar phrase appears so many times and as I highlighted
> and read each of them, I was struck by how much power the Atonement of
> Jesus Christ has. It has all power to forgive sin, all power to change
> human nature, all power to heal broken hearts, all power to save us...
> Through Jesus Christ, we have all the potential and ability to become
> the men and women He knows we can become. And He never gives up on
> that potential, even when we do! His love is infinite and everlasting,
> as are the effects of His great Sacrifice. As we turn to Him, He will
> close the gap and make up the difference so that we can become changed
> through Him. I'm so grateful for Him and that we can change and become
> better!
>
> I am once again, really grateful for each of you. For your love,
> support, prayers, emails, mail.. I appreciate it all so much. I wish I
> could express my gratitude more fully!
>
> Con amor,
>
> Hermana Sarah Hirschi
>
> Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
> Mailing Address:
> 614 W Foothill Blvd
> Arcadia, CA 91006

¡Buenos tardes!

¡Hola mis amigos!

This week has been super great! I found out on Saturday that I get to
stay here in Covina for another transfer (6 weeks) and Hermana Hirschi
will be staying here with me! Hooray!! I really love it here and I'm
so grateful for the chance to stay and work and serve here for a
little while longer.

It has been raining SO MUCH here! This morning it even hailed! I love
the rain a lot so it has made me happy. Someone told us this the other
day: "Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." I LOVE THAT. So
I've been trying to feel the rain instead of just getting wet this
week and it makes it better when we're walking in the rain with wet
feet and cold hands trying and failing to find people to serve and
teach 😊☔️

Something I was studying a little bit about yesterday is the Atonement
of Jesus Christ in Mosiah 3, in the Book of Mormon. The phrase
"through the atonement" or "through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ" or
some other similar phrase appears so many times and as I highlighted
and read each of them, I was struck by how much power the Atonement of
Jesus Christ has. It has all power to forgive sin, all power to change
human nature, all power to heal broken hearts, all power to save us...
Through Jesus Christ, we have all the potential and ability to become
the men and women He knows we can become. And He never gives up on
that potential, even when we do! His love is infinite and everlasting,
as are the effects of His great Sacrifice. As we turn to Him, He will
close the gap and make up the difference so that we can become changed
through Him. I'm so grateful for Him and that we can change and become
better!

I am once again, really grateful for each of you. For your love,
support, prayers, emails, mail.. I appreciate it all so much. I wish I
could express my gratitude more fully!

Con amor,

Hermana Sarah Hirschi

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hola🌞




I love California.



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


Hermana Sarah Hirschi | Arcadia California Mission
Mailing Address:
614 W Foothill Blvd
Arcadia, CA 91006¡Hola mis amigos!

How is everyone this week?

I apologize (once again) for not being able to respond to everyone's
emails this week, and for how short this email will be! Time is
slipping away quicker than I like to see! I've nearly been on my
mission for 4 months! I wish I could pause it every so often, so I
could enjoy moments longer or email everyone back. But I hope you all
know how much I love and appreciate each of you!

This week was, as are all the others, a good one. Every day I wake up
so grateful to be alive and to have a whole new day to testify of
Christ to everyone I see! It's so good to be alive. God is so good. I
reread the talk "You matter to Him" by Dieter F Uchtdorf this week,
and this line from the talk really stuck with me: "This is a paradox
of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to
God." I love that idea. As I realize my own nothingness in comparison
to God, I am humbled to think that He loves me with a love that is as
infinite as it is enormous. His love for me will never end, simply
because I am His daughter. If I were the only human on the earth, He
still would have sent His Son to provide a way for me to return back
to His presence, because He loves me. Really, as a missionary the only
thing I do is help people remember who they are - beloved sons and
daughters of the Most High God! As they rediscover and remember that
divinity, a light changes in their countenance, and they are able to
draw closer and closer to Christ.

The miracle of God's love is that it is always there, for each of us,
in every moment. Nothing we do or don't do, no matter where we are, no
matter what we are doing, it is simply always there because we are
quite literally His sons and daughters. How grateful I am for that
truth.

I love each of you! Have a wonderful week :)

Hermana Hirschi


My dear friend Hermana Triny and I matched a few days ago!

Monday, January 9, 2017

☔️

Hello everyone! How was the first week of 2017?

I do not have much time today, and so I apologize to everyone who has
not received a reply to an email yet. I promise I read all your emails
and appreciate them more than you know. It is nice to know that I am
not forgotten ❤️

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I know that I say that every week, but it
is so true. Yesterday as I sat in church, I was overwhelmed by a sense
of love for the people I am serving here in Pomona/Covina. They are
truly special to me and even more special to our Heavenly Father. I
feel so privileged to work with them.

This week I was thinking a lot about my testimony. I know that Jesus
Christ lives. I know He loves us personally. And I know He is so proud
of us as we strive to become more like Him. I read this quote this
week that I really like: "[A testimony] generates the conviction that
as the teachings of the Savior are consistently obeyed, life will be
beautiful, the future will be secure, and there will be capacity to
overcome the challenges that cross our path." How beautiful is that? I
am so grateful that I have a strong foundation on which I can rely
during the hard times. Christ is my Rock, and without Him I could not
stand.

I am so grateful to be alive. I have so many blessings I cannot begin
to count them all! I am grateful for each of you and your love and
support on my life.

Lots of love,

Hermana Hirschi

PS- sorry no pictures this week, I didn't take any :( I will be better
next week!


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

Monday, January 2, 2017

FELIZ AΓ‘O NUEVO

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!

I can hardly believe that it is already 2017. This will be such a
great year! I will have the blessing and privilege of spending every
day this year here in the mission field. Could there be a better way
to spend a whole year? (Nope!)

I have been thinking a lot about visions, goals and plans. As a
missionary, we set goals and plans every day, and there is always a
vision that the goals and plans lead towards. My personal vision for
this year is to become more full of pure, Christlike love. All that He
did was motivated by and full of love. While I spend this next year
serving the children of God here, I want to have my actions motivated
by a pure love for each of them. It is a grand vision, and one that
will not be fully realized in this life or without His help, and so I
will be praying and working lots towards this vision. This coming week
I will be setting goals and plans to help me more fully achieve this
vision.

This week I was studying a lot about God's love for us. Here is a
short snippet from my study journal:

"I am trying to comprehend God's love in some small way and I simply
cannot. He loves us. He gave us our agency and a commandment to choose
to follow Him. He weeps when we choose wickedness. He has created us -
we are His, and yet somehow we turn away from Him and He, in His
infinite goodness and love allows us to choose this. He weeps when we
suffer because of those decisions and rejoices with us when they make
us happy. HE LOVES US SO MUCH."

I cannot comprehend the love he has for us. I can only try to emulate
it as I help other people feel that love. And that is my vision for
this year!

I love each of you and hope God will be with each of you this year.

Love,

Hermana Hirschi

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