Monday, December 5, 2016

Corona, CA to SLC, UT

Letter from Dec 5

Here it is! The time that we all knew would come (that I didn't want to come, but my family has been wanting for a while) When I first left, it felt like it would be an eternity before I would see my family again. When I first left, I had a testimony of the restored Gospel, but had no idea how much stronger it would really get. When I first left, the only words I knew how to say in Spanish were: help me, bathroom, apple, hi, carrot, and dog. Now, it feels like I've only been away from home for at the most 8 months. Now, my testimony has grown stronger every single day, and I have come to know the importance of the gospel in my life. Now, I can not only speak spanish, but I can share with people the most important message on the earth in two languages.

I have loved every single second of being a missionary. I have learned so much about the Gospel, Jesus Christ, His church, His love, His atonement, myself, and a whole year and a half long list of other things. I am so grateful for everything. I am grateful that I had the initial desire to serve a mission. With that desire, it grew into action, and the action required a leap of faith. I've been leaping for the past 18 months, and my faith has been strengthened in incredible ways. I'm about to come home and continue leaping as I start up again with school and finding a job and paying for everything. But I know that if we have the faith and desire to obey God at all times, then He will bless us. I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I know He loves you. I know that we are all brothers and sisters and that we can feel of God's love when we search for it, and even when we don't. I know that the Gospel has brought me the most peace, comfort, and guidance, and I have no reason to not share it with everyone I come in contact with. I will continue in the Lords work to bring others unto Him. I'm excited to learn how to be a missionary at all times as I put into practice everything that I have learned. My heart is full. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I have come to know him through my service to him. I know that He is the only way that I am allowed to return back to my Heavenly Father. I am grateful for Him and all that He has done for me. I will continue to follow His example in all things.

Thank you for always supporting me and praying for me. I love you all and am excited to hear about your experiences in exchange for mine.

Love you.
Hermana Sager

​My Pena family (half of them). Love them. 

​Our last shakes together in Corona for this period of our lives. 

Merry Grinchmas!!

There was no explanation but im guessing she is crying from eating the pepper!!! 

​It was 56 degrees and I was almost crying because it was so cold. Wish me luck.
Currently in SLC 28 degrees ( she is going to die when she comes home)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Turkey, Tamales and Rain!

Letter from Nov 28


I hope you all had the best Thanksgiving. I hope you ate a lot of food and took a nap (for those who are not missionaries).

My Thanksgiving here in Corona was wonderful. The morning started off with a Turkey bowl with our zone and a neighboring zone. Luckily a member had flags for us to use so we didn't have to try Two hand touch. Every time I had the ball and someone tried to pull my flag they would pull my hair with it. So that was nice. We all dressed for cold weather, but then the sun came out to surprise us. So that was also nice. We then went home to study and do our weekly planning. Once that was done we were able to visit with some families from our ward. We were blessed enough to have two different dinners. We ate with the Pena Family, and she gave us their spin of a turkey dinner with some Turkey Tamales. They were wonderful. I'm gonna have to find someone who can make me some Tamales at home, and then I'll share with all of you. We then went to Hna Garcias house where she gave us a huge plate. I was very grateful for the hnas and their willingness to feed us. I was also very grateful that I successfully ate all the food without feeling too sick. But other than the material things, I was able to remember and recognize all the blessings that God has given me. I love Thanksgiving and think that we should follow the council of Alma 34:38, and "live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you." So I invite you to think about it daily: What are you grateful for?

I do want you to know that I took my candy corns to the members that I visited. I left them each with a baggie of their 5 kernels of corn and told them to say what they were grateful for when they ate with their families before eating their candy corns. The 3 families we left them with really liked the idea and were excited to try it. Then I brought some to the zone activity too, but everyone was all over the place so we just at the candy. But then, Hna HS and I had our own little kernels of corn sharing moment and it was nice. I'ts always nice to remember what you're grateful for.

I had the chance to go to the temple one last time on Friday before heading home. It was a group of 13 or 14 missionaries and President and Sister Mullen. It was a really cool experience. I was able to see Hnas Babb, Visick, Burris, and Cramer. The 5 of us came went through the Mexico MTC together, we showed up to Riverside together, and we are so happy that all 5 of us have been able to finish our missions. While at the temple, I learned a lot this time. I was really praying to understand more of what God wants for me, and I felt of His love and learned a lot. After the session, Sister and President Mullen came up to us and told us congratulations and thanked us for serving. Of course all the Sisters started crying. The elders are pretty tough this time. I know that the temple is the house of the Lord. I know that we can receive comfort and guidance and love when we go to do the work of the Lord in his holy temples. 

Who's seen the new #LIGHTtheWORLD video? It makes me choke up every single time. I love seeing the comparisons of how we can follow in the Saviors footsteps and serve just as he did. I am super excited to be having different service opportunities every day in December. I would also invite you all to take part in that. Together, we can light the world!

Just like the council I gave to my family, in this week, I would suggest that you do anything else that you know would make me jealous. Go to my favorite restaurants without me. Go have fun without me. Enjoy this last week of me not there to annoy you in person. I promise to work hard until the very end, and I know that you will do the same.

Have the best day ever!
Hermana Sager

Hermana Sager mentioned #LIGHTtheWORLD in her letter. Follow the link to watch this beautiful message.
Redlands temple with the out going missionaries!!

​Thanksgiving morning. Eyeball headband to play some football.

Hermanas Sager and Hernadez Sanchez

On thanksgiving our family has a tradition of Candy corns and telling what we are greatful for.
Perfect Badge picture. I know How greatful Hermana Sager is for her badge.

Hermana Sager Hanging with the Elders