Monday, December 30, 2013

December 30, 2013 Feliz Navidad and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!‏

Can't believe all of you will be celebrating the new year tomorrow :) I will be out trying to teach some people until approximately 9:30 at night :) And ya know what??? I would rather be anywhere else!!! My compa lost her planner yesterday and I forgot mine at the house when we came to e-mail so I am going to do my best to remember what happened this past week. Christmas already seems like a month ago. I can't believe how fast time passes!! It was so good to get to talk to y'all on Christmas :) Everyone still looks good!!! :D It all sort of feels like a dream. It sure was good to see your face and hear your voice though :) My first time in just about 8 months! I'll get to see you again in 4 1/2 months on Mother's Day! It'll be here before you can blink. I hear there's TONS of snow in Utah. Not a flake here. There has actually been a few days here lately when we just about hit 60 :) It's not too bad being in Texas through the Winter if you're willing to go through a few random ice storms ;) Alright... So Christmas Eve and Christmas were SO GREAT!!! On Christmas Eve The Buchanan's invited us over to dinner with a lady from their work that isn't a member and didn't have anyone to spend the holidays with. We were expecting five of us. Me and my comp, the couple, and this lady. When we get to the house there are tons of cars. Turns out it was ALL of the Buchanan family, all of the wife's family, and 2 people from work that didn't have anyone to spend the holidays with. Not to mention some people from our ward!!! Talk about intimidating :) We had a whole Christmas lesson planned out. We didn't get to do the whole thing but we shared about a 10 min. message. IT WAS SO GOOD!! The Spirit was there so strong. I honestly couldn't have been more proud of our members :) The dinner was delicious!! Ah man, it was seriously a MIRACLE! After that we headed over with the Chequer family. When we got there Madelay told us she had cooked us dinner :) It was so cute of her! She's only 20 and she said it was the first one she has ever cooked. There was some potatoes and gravy and I was like hmm :) Haven't eaten that for a while... this should be good!! Took a big ole bite and it turns out it was PEANUT BUTTER on mash potatoes!! :) Hahaha, I guess that's something they do in Ecuador?? We got them a few simple presents and they were so excited. They really don't have much at all. Christmas Day was honestly one of the best if not the best I have ever had. Christmas morning we woke up and made some hot chocolate :) Then we watched The Lamb of God. Afterwards, we opened presents. I got to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone that sent me cards and packages!! I've never felt so loved in my life ;) I honestly could never say thanks enough :) Then we got ready and went to District meeting. We did something like a white elephant there and had an amazing testimony meeting. IT WAS SO GOOD! I love being a missionary. Afterwards the biggest miracle happened... our recent convert Alma invited us over to her daughters house for dinner. We have been wanting to meet her daughter forever!! Well, once again... we are expecting a few people. HA! There ended up being about 40 people there. All of them (I am pretty sure) were non-members! We asked Alma if she told them we were coming.. she said yes but by how everyone reacted I don't think she had :) Everyone kept giving us the weirdest looks but they were all super nice even if they were a bit uncomfortable. We didn't get to share a message but spent the time talking with all the people and explaining what we do :) Dinner on Christmas with 40 non-members??? DONE and DONE! It was so incredible :) After that we headed to nothing else but another Christmas Dinner. HA! I have never been SO stuffed in my life. It was with our Ward mission leader. He is an awesome guy and actually just completed 1 year of being a member this last 15th of December!! Can you believe it?? After that we headed back to the Buchanan's where I got to call home :) How bitter sweet it was! Mostly sweet though. When we got done calling home it was dark and cold outside and we were wondering what would be the best way to contact a bunch of people all at once. I had the bright idea of the movie theatre :) Hahah!! Well, it worked out! We ended up contacting over 60 people in just a short amount of time. I even got to contact the guy in the booth :) I told him how awesome he was for working on Christmas. He was super nice and hopefully he gets baptized ;) That was it for Christmas. Honestly, one of the best in my life! Can you believe it that next year I'll be home for Christmas?!? Where does time go? To be honest I don't really remember what happened the rest of the week... We took Alma to a lesson with us :) It was her first time being out with the missionaries since her baptism. I think it got her super excited because the next day she wanted us to go over and visit her neighbor :) So last night we went and had a lesson with her neighbor! When they offered us coffee she said oh no! We don't drink coffee! It was too cute :) Also we met this really awesome girl named Alex. She has tattoos and piercings all over and has had a pretty rough life. We talked to her for a good half hour in her drive way. We are excited to go back and talk to her again and hope that we will be able to help her turn her life around :) Well, I love and miss you all!!! Also, HAPPY BIRHTDAY MOM!! I hope y'all have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! You're all in my prayers :)
From Deep in the Heart of Texas- Hermana Jenny Hadlock

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!!!!! :D‏

OH MAN!! :)
I am so stinkin' excited for Christmas in the field!!! My first and only Christmas as a full-time missionary :) I am going to enjoy every minute of it!! "Come what may and love it". This week was a really good one. I am convinced that after some of the hardest times is when the best of times come. It is a trial of our faith... After the rain comes the rainbow. The sun will always shine again :) Monday we got to go have a recent convert lesson. Hermana McDonald had a baptism with them. It was a little boy whose name is Eric. He is 9. It turns out the family got sealed I think it 2008 but after that they went in-active. So he was never baptized. They are such an incredible family! We watched Joy to the World with them and then we went around the room and every one of us told why we love our Savior Jesus Christ. By the end most of us were crying. One of the little girls said how happy she was that they had been sealed. It was honestly one of the times in my mission that I have felt the Spirit the strongest. It was truly incredible :) It's so fun as a missionary to go around and teach people about "the reason of the season" our Savior and His birth. Tuesday was so awesome!!! So anyone who knows me knows how much I love old people :) I don't know why but I really do love them SO much. We met the cutest little old grandpa named Santiago and then he told us we should go and talk to his neighbor. We are pretty sure his wife passed away and he is alone. He doesn't speak Spanish so we had to give him as a referral but not before I got a picture with him :) His name is Lother. He is seriously the sweetest/cutest little old grandpa in the world. When I saw what hat he was wearing I couldn't help but ask him if I could take a picture with him :) Take a look! I'll attach the picture :) Wednesday was INCREDIBLE!!! We had a specialized training for our mission and it was seriously a blast and I learned so much! I'm convinced my mission president, President Durrant, is the best one out there. Not to mention a former BYU basketball legend ;) GO COUGARS! :D We got there early so that we could play sports. President will always let us come an hour before the meeting starts (so we had to wake up at like 5:00) and we got there around 7:00. We got to play with the other missionaries until the meeting started. It was too crazy because Hermana LeBaron and Elder Joel Gardner were there. Both kids from my high school! We are still representing the Ville all the way out here in the heart of Texas :) It was fun to see all of my old compas and play some sports! Then we started the training. I have got to say one of the things we always learn is how importance obedience is. One elder, Elder Sears, that actually served 17/24 months of his mission in Honduras told a really interesting story. He said there was an Elder in his mission who wasn't the most obedient and didn't really give it all of his "heart, might, mind, and strength." Nevertheless, this missionary had something like over 100 baptisms in during his service. Can you imagine?!? Wow. Anyhow, during one of his last interviews the mission president asked him how he felt about his service over the last 2 years. This Elder began to cry. Even though he had baptized so many he knew he hadn't given it his all and wasn't happy. That sure hit me hard. My mission president also loves singing! So during this we had a competition of who could re-write the words to deep in the heart of texas to "in our hearts forever" We got in our Texas gear and I had on my Texas T-shirt and sleeping shorts. It was so fun!!! My district won and got the prize :) Sometimes I wish I could record those meetings and send them home to you. I always learn SO much. He also had us prepare lunch, a 5$ gift, and a paper we wrote on how to be a successful missionary. We ended up putting them in a line and we all got somebody else's. He then taught us a lesson that whatever we are doing this season we should be preparing it for others and thinking of what we can give instead of what we receive. He said he hoped we prepared a better lunch for the missionary who would receive it than we normally prepared. It was sure good! I also got to sing :) The assistants called my compa and asked her if she would do a musical number so we ended up doing The First Noel. It was one of the songs I sang as a Madrigal and it sure made me happy :)  Thursday we got to meet an awesome family. Their names are Irene y Omar Rodriguez. They were a referral from the Elders. They are super Catholic but they love Jesus. I guess the mom spent like 3 hours reading the Bible with her two little boys one night just explaining things to them. They seem really sweet! They are convinced we are not going to change them at all but said they are willing to listen to us because they feel like they need to have open hearts. They said shutting the door on us would be like shutting the door on Christ. We're really excited to see what comes out of it :) They seem like a really sweet family. We are still working with La Familia Segovia and Chequer. The Chequer family hasn't been coming to church the last while and that makes me sad but hopefully we can get them coming back. :/ They have all been reading in the Book of Mormon though and praying to see if it is true!! I sure love them :) The Segovia's have the cutest little girl named Dayana who is 11 and Mitchell who is 4. He is SO crazy :) We stopped by their house on Sunday to see if they were coming to church. The grandpa was there from Mexico and he was like why not?! :) So he came and brought Dayana and Mitchel. Mitchel DID NOT want to go into primary so we sat in the hall and made snow flakes, colored pictures, and watched Mr. Krueger's Christmas. It made for a good time :) We were SO happy to see them at church!!! Oh yeah... Tuesday a miracle totally happened. Hermana McDonald texted me and asked me if I could bring her brown coat to the training. She couldn't find it and figured she had left it. I couldn't find it anywhere. I was at service that day and before I even knew what was coming out of my mouth asked Jose if he had seen a brown coat... he went to the back and said is this it?? Sure enough, there it was!!! Couldn't believe it :) Turns out when we went there to pass out Turkeys thanksgiving I had left it there. I had NO idea!! God knows how much I lose things and is ALWAYS looking out for me :) One last thing... last Sunday when I was still feeling kinda down this lady stops us after church and says SISTERS! :) We started talking to her and she said she had served in Switzerland. People there weren't very open to religion at all. When I asked her what her best advice was... she told me she looked for a miracle in every single day :) She was standing there with a 3 month old in her arms and another little kid. I realized before I knew it I would be off my mission and standing in her shoes. It really hit me that I need to take in every second and love it as is :) So there's my challenge to you!! Look with your heart and find a miracle in every single day :) Stop and take a few minutes to be quiet this Christmas and think of why you love your Savior, Jesus Christ :) I know that He lives. I love Him. I LOVE YOU!!!!! :D FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
-Hermana Jenny Hadlock

Also we had super crazy rain this week!!! Check it out :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013 7 months on the mission!!! :D‏

Buenos dias!!!!
How in the world are you?? :) I can't believe it... as of yesterday I hit 7 months on the mission!! In some ways it feels like an eternity, like I've been a missionary for all my life :) In others, it feels like it was just yesterday I was in the MTC. Time is so weird here on the mission! Well... let me think of what happened this week. Every time there is a change like a transfer or a new companion it always takes a bit to get used to and so it's hard to remember what happened all week. All the days just sort of blend together as one. Last Monday Hermana McDonald and I enjoyed our last bit of time together and she stopped by to say "see you later" (not goodbye because we will all see each other again) to some of our families :) We had a last super powerful lesson together about the Book of Mormon. Man, we were good teachers together there at the end :) We knocked peoples' socks off :) The next day we got her ready and we headed out to transfers in Dallas. We were listening to a CD she wrote on the way and both crying. It was bitter sweet :) It was funny because during the first part of the transfer it wasn't like we were fighting or anything but it just didn't click super fast. After talking and working everything out we ended up having one of the best friendships that I have had on my mission. It was amazing!! Well, we got to transfers and I got my new compa :) Her name is Hermana Moore!!!! When Hermana Kirkham and I were in the MTC we made a decision that whoever our companion was we were going to love them. So whenever I get a new companion I just decide that I love them and that is that :) Hermana Moore is awesome! She is by far the shortest companion I have had. I think she is the same height as Jyllian. Haha, I love it!  Tuesday we taught a few families and just tried to get her un-packed when we got home and get everything settled. Wednesday we had our district meeting and it was really good. There are some really awesome missionaries in my new district and I am so excited because Hermana Kirkham (my MTC compa) is back in my district!!!! We also found an amazing lady that I am so excited to teach. Her name is Eva Luz :) When we met her it was actually quite hilarious because she was in the middle of the road with her granddaughter. It was like a circle and there were no cars and no one was home so no worries, it was safe. Anyhow, we decided to pull over the car and talk to her. I don't know that I have ever talked to someone so friendly. She immediately accepted us back! We ended up having to change the appointment but we are meeting with her this week and she seems like she will be really awesome so we will be praying hard that it goes well. Wednesday night was sort of tough because we had to drop a family that we have been teaching for a while. They won't keep any commitments and aren't progressing at all. The dad has been a member since he was young but the mom is super catholic. We are hoping if we give them a little break it will help jump start them and make them want to progress. But we are going to have to leave them for a few weeks :( It was la familia Martinez. President Durrant has asked us to try and make 24 contacts every day. Hermana Moore and I really wanted to make it and it was getting late so we decided to go to the grocery stores and just contact everyone. We ended up having a really good experience :) Although most people were in a rush... we met one couple that seemed really nice and I'm excited to meet with them again this week. Then, a miracle happened. We decided to contact one more guy that had his hood opened and looked like he was having trouble with his car. We walked up and asked if we could help. We offered to jump his car and Hermana Moore pulled the car around. He hooked up all the cables and then tried it. His car started right up!! :) He said, "Wow, I guess God really does answer prayers." He had a big grin on his face and was SO grateful that we had helped him. He didn't speak Spanish sadly so we sent him as a referral to the English missionaries. Hopefully he will be able to accept the Gospel. I want to share my testimony with you that God really does answer prayers. Not one goes unheard. Sometimes we think He doesn't answer... but sometimes the answer is no. Or, we need to keep looking and searching :) I promise you and testify to you that He WILL answer and hear every prayer that you offer with sincerity. Remember the lady that thought we were her daughters playing a prank on her that told us to go away and then felt really embarrassed? We went back to her this week and she ended up answering and telling us not to come back... but for real this time. She said it was causing too many problems. It made me so sad because I knew how much the Gospel could bless her in her life. Even though we all have problems I know that our load will be lighter and our lives full of more joy when we have the Gospel :) No matter how hard it is... stay close to your Savior and to the Gospel! Friday was a good one :) We got to go over to Alma's. She is our recent convert. We ended up helping her rake leaves in her front yard!! It was a blast! Hermana Moore and I raked them into a huge pile and before we put them in bags we hurry and took pictures in them :) We also got the information of her brother so hopefully we can get the missionaries over to him soon! Hermana Sanchez (the one who we ate Thanksgiving with) is still progressing! She still has a hard time understanding the authority and why we need to be baptized again but she loves reading the Book of Mormon. Keep her in your prayers that she'll be able to have the Spirit teach her and find clarity in our message :) I really feel like she is ready to accept the Gospel and her family as well!! Saturday night we had the Christmas party. It was really fun :) We were kind bummer because none of our investigators showed up. I'm not sure why but it was a really rough day for some reason. We had a bunch of lessons but just about every one of them fell through. We had la familia Checker that night and so I had been looking forward to that! When we got there the dad wasn't there like normal. I guess he had work or something like that. I guess it made all of the rest of them talk a lot more because he wasn't there. We found out they hadn't understood as much as we thought they had been understanding because the dad had been helping them. They didn't come to church either on Sunday so we were super sad about that :( So it turns out that we probably won't be having a "White Christmas" this year. Anyhow, we set up lessons with the daughters one on one during the week so that should help them to progress more along with the dad and hopefully they can be baptized sometime in January! :) For some reason Saturday it all kind of hit me and I was really down for a bit. I just started to cry and I couldn't understand why so many of the people we have been teaching and were progressing really well had fallen through. I felt sort of hopeless. Then I was reading in the Book of Mormon and I found my answer :) It is in Alma 17:28-29.
 "28 Now the servants of the king began to murmur, saying: Now the king will slay us, as he has our brethren because their flocks were scattered by thewickedness of these men. And they began to weep exceedingly, saying: Behold, our flocks are scattered already.
 29 Now they wept because of the fear of being slain. Now when Ammon saw this his heart was swollen within him with joy; for, said he, will show forth mypower unto these my fellow-servants, or the power which is in me, in restoring these flocks unto the king, that may win the hearts of these my fellow-servants, that may lead them to abelieve in my words."
This hit me really strong! I realized that I had 2 options... I could be the servants or I could be a stud like Ammon :) Things are always going to go wrong in life and almost always things don't go exactly as we had planned them... but there is always hope!! :) If we are doing what we are supposed to and trying our very hardest to let the Spirit guide us we will be okay. We will be more than okay :) If we hand our mediocre goods over to the hands of God he will return them as extraordinary :) Even though it has still been hard I have decided that it doesn't matter how many people drop us or what happens... if they do it just means that God probably has something better in mind for us right now. So I am going to do my best to put my faith in Him and see what comes of it :) It sure was good to go to church yesterday. Hermana Buchannon ended up asking us to help her teach her class. It was the 16 year old Sunday school. It was on what else but missionary work!!! We had a lot of fun with them and helped them to know how they could share the Gospel with their friends and help us in the work. It blows my mind... feels like I was in their seats just yesterday and here I am 20 and a good chunk done of a mission. Time flies!! Don't blink. We also made cards with them to give to friends who aren't members or families we haven't seen at church in a while.
Well, things here are great! Even though it was a rougher week, I know I am growing and progressing because of it. I sure love you and can't believe that Christmas is just 9 days away!!!!!! Even though the Holiday season is sort of crazy don't forget to take time out to smile, relax, and enjoy time with the family :) More than anything... take a few minutes to think about Jesus Christ, your Savior :) He loves you more than you can comprehend. He is there with you more than you know... walking with us shoulder to shoulder. Take the challenge from Elder Ballard at conference and reach out to 1 person between now and Christmas!! :) Love you. Hope you have an amazing week!
Love always, Hermana Hadlock

This is from the day we got kicked out of the outlets for singing :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 Iced over! :D‏

Buenas tardes!
I have lots of things to tell you this week :) But first off... how's the weather there?? It has been real cold here!!! I'll get to that story in a minute though :) So.. Monday night we went to visit one of our referrals. Her name is Sylvia. I guess someone had asked if she could receive a blessing because she has some type of really bad skin cancer. She has been going through a lot lately and we hadn't been able to catch her at home to finally meet her. Monday night though we finally caught her at home! She opened the door and let us right in without a second thought :) She told us her whole story and started to cry and said she was so glad that we had come. We told her we will bring someone with us to give her a blessing when we come again. When we were about to leave she told us that she had some empanadas she wanted to share with us! I was so happy when she said this because earlier I had told my compa how bad I wanted an empanada. How crazy is that? :) She also gave us this really yummy cactus fruit that I think is named tuna. It's in Spanish so it sounds different but it sure is good. David and Lili had given me some once and so it made me think of them!! Sylvia said that her daughter had really been struggling and asked us to pray for her and thought that maybe we could talk to her. I am really excited to see what will happen with her! Tuesday was a good one. We started out with zone meeting! Our zone leaders are super awesome and they decorated the gym all Christmasy. Hermana McDonald and her sister had a really awesome idea about a mission bucket list. She shared the idea with me and it started to go around the mission. At Zone meeting we got to give a training on it and it was really good! We talked about how we are no different than Moroni or Alma and Amulek in the scriptures. There's things on the bucket list singing in a lavandaria, contacting a police officer, having five families at church... etc. So it's pretty fun :) I have loved my time with Hermana McDonald. There have been rough patches just like there is with everything but we have seen so many miracles together and been through so much. That night we had a lesson with Hermana Sanchez. We really felt impressed to share the Joseph Smith movie with them and we weren't sure why because we had already taught the first lesson. Nevertheless, we trusted in it and went along with it. When we got there we put it in and because we had to go into the living room where the dvd player was the husband ended up joining us for the lesson instead of watching tv. Right when we started the mom and dad of Hermana Sanchez showed up too so the mom got to watch it with us! By the end they all said they would be baptized they said they just needed to learn more about everything but they really liked what they had seen. It was really good :) We also had a lesson that night with our recent convert as our ward mission leader's house but he didn't show up for a long time. Even though we didn't get to teach him the lesson we had planned it all worked out because I got to know my Ward mission leader a little better. Wednesday morning we had service at the Co-Op. It's a food bank where we do service. Jose, who runs it told us he wanted to take us to lunch for our birthdays.  He is very strong Baptist and isn't really too fond of the Book of Mormon or our religion but he thinks all of us missionaries who do service there are nice and we're friends so we figured it would be a good opportunity. That night we ended up getting to go to his house and share a message about the Book of Mormon with him and his wife Maria :) She is the nicest in the whole world!!! She had bought hot chocolate (Mexican style) and cookies (from the Mexican cookie store) all for us because she knew we were coming that night. When we started teaching about the Book of Mormon Jose left the room and that made us really sad... but we found out he was listening because when we said certain things he would yell from the other room! Haha. I just hope that he got something out of our message from the other room :) We gave them each a Book of Mormon with our testimonies written in it. We invited them to pray about it and ask. I really believe that one day they will come around :) They also bought scarves for both my compa and I. It was so sweet of them!!! Thursday night was a bit of a rougher day and we didn't find many people home. People are more accepting talking about Jesus Christ and Christmas at this time of the year... the problem is that it gets dark so much earlier and it's cold. So there aren't people outside like there is during the rest of the times of the year so it has actually been a bit harder with the work lately. Pero, no importa!! We will keep working hard and giving it our all :) We are still are praying that La Familia Checker can be baptized on Christmas!!! So keep them in your prayers please :) They are the most amazing family. We went over there last night because Arelis (who is now 13) had her birthday yesterday! We felt bad we didn't have time to make her anything or buy anything so we made her a little card. When we asked what she had done for her birthday she pointed to the cake on the table... It was just a tiny little cake in a tin container. It really humbled Hermana McDonald and I to realize that they truly have so little... Nevertheless, they are incredible :) I wonder if they missionaries that taught the dad just about 30 years ago in Ecuador would've ever thought he would be meeting with missionaries again here. YOUR WORK IS NEVER WASTED!!! Even if you don't see immediate results. Now to Friday... CRAZIEST THING!!! So remember the humidity factor here in Texas?? It doesn't snow normal here. It was sort of raining/snowing/misting all night long. With freezing temperatures this is never good. When we got outside Friday morning everything... EVERTYHING was covered in a think layer of ICE!!! Our car door was frozen shut. Everything was frozen. The other thing was that the side walks were ice skating rinks. Not even joking :) When we were heading out we got a text from our zone leaders that said all the missionaries were to stay inside that day. No one was to leave. We were shocked but we could honestly see why!!! I will send pictures. It was honestly the craziest thing ever!!!!!! My shoes must have had a little more grip or something because I could keep my balance at least somewhat well but my companion nearly fell a million times... she looked like a baby giraffe on ice :) AHAHAH!!!! Honestly, I couldn't breathe because I was laughing so hard. Well... with all day inside I decided I finally had time to clean!!!! I think missionaries have been living in that apartment since '09. I even found teaching records from Hermana Schulte (I went to school with her two little brothers in T-ville) here in my area book. Anyhow... it really needed cleaning. So I cleaned for 8 1/2 hrs straight!!! Our apartment has never been so clean and organized :) Hermana McDonald was able to catch up in her journal and she wrote 41 pages in her big journal. What a day :) I ended by writing Christmas cards and writing in my journal as well :) When we got up Saturday it had melted a bit and then re-frozen. We got a text saying that we were not allowed to use our cars that day. We had a project we needed to get done at the church so we headed out... on foot :) OH MAN!!!!!! Funniest experience of my life! Seriously when I say baby giraffe on ice I mean it. Her shoes had no grip and she was ALL over the place :) She was holding onto me the whole time. She was convinced that her shoes are made specifically for sledding :) We were standing at the stop light waiting to cross and she starts singing... preach the gospel!!! Preach the preach the gospel and she's dancing all over the place. I am quite certain every pair of eyes at that stop light were on us :) I was honestly DYING laughing!!! We had 3 different cars roll down their windows and say something. One yelled.."Cuidado!" Which is careful in Spanish :) Ah seriously.. it was straight ICE! I've never seen anything like it. Needless to say we were sliding rather than walking and a 15 min took 45 min with us linked arm in arm nearly the whole time :) We couldn't stop laughing! We finally made it back to our apt. and seeing how no one wanted to drive us and we couldn't walk we ended up staying inside again that night. We watched some missionary movies and did some more journal writing. It made for a low week of lessons but as least we made it through alive :) OORAH! Saturday night we got the call... the transfer call. When we looked down to see President Durrant calling we both got a little nervous and then picked up the phone :) It was President and Sister Durrant asking my companion to be the new sister training leader!!! So now she is going to be companions with Hermana Ostler, my old companion, who was made sister training leader as well. We were excited for her but super sad!!! This meant two things... 1. She would be leaving Grand Prairie. 2. That I would be taking over the area!!! This stressed me out a whole bunch last time but it all worked out in the end so this time I just decided to have faith and it will all work out :) I am super sad she is going because I have loved my time with her. Nevertheless, I am going to love my new companion!! Her name is Hermana Moore. She is actually from Rexburg, ID so that'll be fun to talk with her about good ole Rexburg :) Sure miss that place ;) -18 winters! Ha, thought I'd be getting away from that here but I guess not. Also, Hermana Kirkham from the MTC is coming to take her place so I will be in the same district as her again and get to see her every week!! :) WWWWWHHOOOO!!! I'm super excited about that :) Yesterday, lots of church services were canceled but our bishop decided to hold sacrament. We only had about 20 people there but it sure was an incredible Spirit. We had a really good lesson with Alma, our recent convert last night. We went and said bye to a lot of people and there was a lot of crying. Hermana McDonald has been here for 5 transfers so people sure are going to miss her! Hermana Martinez (same member that had us over for Thanksgiving) fed us yesterday and it was pretty delicious :) Well... even after transfer calls and a few days of ice skating all is well here in good 'ole Texas!!! :) I sure love you all and hope you have a great week! You're in my prayers.
Love always, Hermana Hadlock :)

Oh yeah... as far as calling on Christmas :) I should either be skyping or calling on face time!! :) Hopefully one of the two. So I will try and let you know next week :) can't wait!!! :)
And funniest thing ever.. this morning... I had mice poop in my breakfast! Then I took a drink of milk and it was rotten. Sometimes in life.. you can laugh or cry... :) So choose to laugh!!! :D

The ice storm!!! :) This was my compa trying to cross the street :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013 There is reason to give thanks... (:‏

Every week I am never ceased to be amazed as I sit down to right an e-mail about the past week... there's honestly NO WAY I could ever include it all!!! But here goes nothin' :) So last Monday was awesome! We ended up going to contact at the outlets here. There is a big place with them and we decided it would be a good way to contact a lot of people pretty fast! We loved it. We even had a few lessons right there in the outlets. It's amazing how many times we pray with people right there in the middle of the outlets and their faces just light up :) I can't tell you how many people have walked away from us teary eyed or with a smile because of the prayer and message we have just shared with them. At first on my mission it was hard for me to do things like that but it gets easier and easier. If you think I wasn't shy before my mission... just wait 'til I get home ;) Plus most of the time it's in Spanish so most of the people around have not a clue what is going on. Haha! Tuesday was a bit of a tougher day. Sometimes I get frustrated or down... but I know that tomorrow is a new day. The mission is definitely not without it's challenges but the blessings out weigh the decifios. (Difficult times.. hard things. Ha! The Spanish word comes first to my mind a lot of times now. ) Wednesday was crazy!! We had an amazing lesson with this lady we are teaching named Hermana Sanchez. She is honestly the most humble sweetest lady I know. Hermana Vargas from our ward came and it was such a good lesson. She used to be Catholic and so she helped Hermana Sanchez understand a little bit more about why our church was different. It helps a lot when they have someone who has been in their shoes talk to them about it. Instead of 2 bolillas (bolillas are white girls... the literal translation is like white bread. Too funny :) ) But anyways... it was an amazing lesson! At the end we were asking her when we could come back and I said Jueves o viernes... then realized Thursday was Thanksgiving so I just said oh not that day maybe the next?? Then she said we could come back Friday but also invited us TO EAT WITH THEM ON THANKSGIVING!!! Hermana McDonald and I were SO happy! :) I'll tell you more about Thanksgiving in a sec. After that we had la familia Martinez. Hermana McD said she wanted to go back to the apt. and grab a Thanksgiving activity for them the next day. We never go back to the apt. early but we decided we could run back and pick that up. When we walked in we could hear water... we both looked at each other and both said did you leave something on??? Then we walked into our kitchen and the whole thing was flooded!! There was water filling up both the sinks and counters and all over the floor. We couldn't believe it!! But the fossit wasn't on so we couldn't figure out where the water was coming from. The dishwasher was full as well but nothing was on... so we called the emergency handy men of the apt. and thank goodness they're Hispanics and we're good friends because he called us right back and said, "Hermanas! What's going on??" He showed up and cleaned all the water up with a shop vac. I guess the water line had gotten clogged and the people upstairs were using their water and because we share pipes living in apts. the water had come back up through all of our stuff! Anyways.. we got it all cleaned up and they got it fixed and there wasn't any damage done but it sure did make for a crazy night :) Nevertheless, all is well!! Moving onto Dia de Accion de GRACIAS! Aka, Thanksgiving!! One of our favorite ward members invited us over for dinner. When we got there we were so surprised!! There was A HUGE turkey on the table and Mexican style stuffing and corn and gravy and of course... pumpkin pie! We had it all :) It was honestly so delicious!!! Then she surprised us with 2 gift bags. She bought us a scarf each for our birthdays :) I don't know why we didn't take pictures... I don't know what we were thinking... but it sure was delicious! :D Then we went out knocking. We were asked to knock doors for a bit that day to find families to share the Gospel with :) We talked with a lot of people, some willing to listen and others not but it turned out good! After that we were so excited because we got to go to Hermana Sanchez's. When we got there they opened up the door and we saw SO MANY people! ALL of her family was there except for 1 sister that still lives in Mexico. There was honestly like 30 or 40 adults there let a lone kids and such! We were in heaven. I have never seen so much COMIDA/FOOD in my life!!!!! It honestly looked like we had just walked into a golden corral Mexican style :) They had tamales, barbacoa, strawberries and crème, and just about every other thing you could think of... They even had turkey!!! We talked to a lot of the family and ate such good food :) I wish I could go back there right now because I was so full from Hermana Martinez's that I barely ate a plate... so I didn't get to try a lot of it but man it was sure delicious :) I did miss home but there isn't anywhere else I would rather be and God blessed us SO much that we could have 2 Thanksgiving dinners!!! :D We got to talk to a lot of the family and they even handed us the phone of the sister that lives in Mexico so we talked to her for a bit!! Hahah. We didn't really have the opportunity to share a message sadly but we did get the info of some of them and sent it to the other missionaries :) We asked Hermana Sanchez if we could get their info later and she said yes :) Honestly, it was so good. Both places even packaged up some food and sent it home with us!!! It couldn't have been a better day :) I hope you had an AMAZING THANKSGIVING as well! Friday was a funny one... we are running low on miles for our car. Every month we get a certain amount and this month because we had to take Hermana McDaniel for the emergency transfer we were running really low. So we had to walk a night. I know.. most missionaries in the world would laugh at that because we are so spoiled with our car! Anyways, it was a cold night and Hermana McDonald and I were both super tired by the time we got home but it all worked out and we met some really awesome people! There's one girl named Maria in particular I have a really good feeling about so we'll see how it works out :) Saturday we got to go and visit La familia Checker. They are doing SO good! Everytime we go over the dad basically teaches us. He has so much wisdom. The two daughters are my favorites! 1is named Madeline but she says it like Madelay :) I love it. She is 20. The other is Arelis and she is 13. We are teaching their cousin Steven as well who just turned 22 yesterday. If I want my Spanish to sound like anyone's it is theirs! They have the coolest accent from Ecuador. It sounds so pretty. I can basically understand everything in the language now and pretty much speak my mind on anything I want to say. Sometimes I struggle with a word here or there but it really is amazing. I know God has blessed me so much. Yesterday Steven and Madelay came to church!! We were so excited! I guess their Grandma is Mormon and Madelay was almost baptized in Ecuador before they left. They all still have a date for the 25th of December. A White Christmas :) So we will keep praying for them and working with them!! There's a wrap up of the week :) I also just want to say 2 things. Actually 3. 1. Go out with the missionaries! Lessons with members help us more than you can imagine. If you don't know the missionaries in your ward... get to know them! Don't worry. It's not scary... they'll help you with whatever they would like you to share :) 2. I have seen SO many blessings from serving a mission. They are countless. Not only in my own life and in the life of all the Texans here with me... :) but in the lives of my family and loved ones. I am amazed every week when I hear from you and hear of all the many blessings you are receiving :) Take the invitation from conference and invite one person to church before the end of the year!! WE need your help :) The Lord needs your help. 3. Thank you. Honestly, thank you. I can never express how grateful I am for all the love and support I receive from you every week. Your stories make me laugh :) Keep up the good work!!! TE QUIERO!!!
HOW IN THE WORLD COULD I FORGET?!? Funniest thing happened. So Hermana McD and I decided to go back to the outlets on black Friday. Our plan was to be like "the prophets of old." You ask exactly what that means.. so did I :) Our plan was to go and sing hymns and Christmas carols in Spanish. Then we were going to stand on a bench and bear our testimonies and pass out cards. Such a good plan right?? I wasn't nervous until we got there and there was not a single space left to park because so many cars were there... then I got REAL nervous. We found a spot and walked in and started to sing :) We were getting braver and braver and when we were just about to start the 4th song our joke before hand about police kicking us out became a reality. Two of them came walking up to us and pretty nicely said that we could not sing there and that we would have to stop or get escorted out. We chose the second. Nah ;) We were sad but we stopped singing... it was sad because he told us we couldn't do it because not everyone believed in Christmas and God and such. It made us sad :( But I invite you all to remember Christ during this time of the year especially :) And hey... we tried :) It was pretty fun!
Well, I LOVE YOU!!! Thank you :)
Con gusto, Hermana Hadlock
This is a picture of the night we walked and the scarf she gave me :) Also.. this is Hermana Picaso who we ate dinner with yesterday! :)

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 Feliz semana de accion de gracias!! :)‏

Hey there!! :) This first part of the letter is from my compa :) Hermana McDonald!
Okay... so just when you think that the name teasing thing is going to go down... you get another companion. so Hermana HADLOCK..... the hispanics can't pronounce her name so they say "Hatdock". which sounds like hotdog when they say it. So now instead of the McTwins is Hermana Hamberguesa and Hotdog. hahahahah my last name is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
Hombre o hombre! Direct translation... Man oh man!! (This is a game my compass and I play... direct translation of Spanish and English phrases... it's hilarious :) )
This week I have LOTS to be grateful for and also lots of stories to tell :) So do you all remember the papusa lady from El Salvador from the lavandaria that we met last week?? :) Well, we ended up going to her house the day of my birthday and she made us papusas!!! It was so delicious and she even taught us how so that one day I can make them when I come home and I am missing all of this delicious food :) Her husband ended up coming home and he is really into his church. We ended up having a lesson on the Book of Mormon and he wants us to come back and he said he wants to "teach us a few things". I'm not sure exactly what that means but I guess we will find out :) They're super nice and have no plans of joining the church but I think they want to learn more about ours which is totally okay with us :) I still can't believe she invited us over and cooked papusas though.... that was a straight miracle and a gift from God on my birthday :) Tuesday was really good. We went running and did I ever tell you all about the 2 dogs that were outside of our apts? Well, one of them followed us the ENTIRE way on our run. It was too funny :) At district meeting they made us cupcakes and brownies for our Birthdays and sang to us! It was so much fun and so nice of them :) Then when we got home the dogs were still outside... it had been like 5 days and the pound still hadn't come so we decided to take them ourselves. We wrapped them up in some pillow cases and held them in our laps and off to the pound we went. Hermana McDonald had named they Skunkers and Parana :) Hahah!! They were so stinkin' cute. Not in appearance but personality... ah well, it's what's on the inside that counts right? When we dropped them off I would be lying if I said I didn't cry. Can you believe that??? I know, me neither. I'm such a softy for animals. Still think I might be a vet one day but who really knows? Tuesday we also had another amazing thing happen! So we found this guy outside changing his wiper blades one day and we asked him if we could stop by another time. He said he was from Ecuador and had just barely moved here like a month or two before that. He said when he was young he went to our church and that lots of his family were members. We went by on Tuesday and had such a good lesson with him! We got to go back on Saturday again I believe and we had another amazing lesson. We taught him the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon. This time his two daughters and their cousin listened. We set a baptismal date with them for this Christmas :) How amazing would that be?? So will you pray for them? They are the Checker family :) The dad and one of the daughters ended up coming to church this last week. We are SO excited about them and really do have a good feeling. I feel like they're really special :) Like maybe they are some of the people I was sent here to find. We will see how it all turns out. Wednesday you all know was my 20th GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!!! Honestly... I don't think it could have been any better! It was one of the best birthdays I've ever had in my life!!! I got a lot of packages and letters from all my family and friends :) My companion is also the greatest in the whole world!!! So here was my day... funniest thing of my life :) We woke up and for exercise we decided to do something really fun and go to the park! We played on some super awesome swings. Then we went to McDonald's and got my favorite thing ever the Bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle. YUM! Then we came home and I opened all of my packages and letters :) I have to say... THANK YOU!!! GRACIAS, GRACIAS, MUSHISISISISMAS GRACIAS to anyone who sent anything!!!! :D I have never felt so loved in my life :D After that we went to the food bank and did service. I love working there! They have the best people :) When we got back from service we went and picked up Alma, one of our recent converts, and she took us out to eat at a Taqueria! Those are my favorite in the whole world. The funniest thing happened there.. so Alma and Hermana McDonald were singing Happy Birthday in Spanish and then these 3 hombres starting singing with them! I felt super loved. They told me feliz cumpleanos and I told them to tell my compa too because it was her birthday the next day! They responded with what time are we all coming to celebrate? In the Hispanic culture they look for any reason to celebrate anything :) So we were joking and we said you bring the cake and we'll meet you here at 12:00. They asked what kind of cake chocolate or tres leches? I was joking and said both! One for each of us. Then we headed out and we went to go knock a street that we have been wanting to knock for a while. We met some people that I know we were supposed to meet and said they had been going through a really tough time. It was then time to head to Delmi's (the lady with the papusas) I already described it there but it was delicious! Then we had a lesson with a man named Antonio and he works for Coca cola. So he gave Hermana McDonald and I antique cokes for our birthdays :) We are still trying to get him to come to church! President and Sister Durrant called us while we were there to wish us happy birthdays :) After we headed to a lesson with the Martinez family. The husband has been a member for a really long time but the wife isn't. Missionaries have been visiting them for years so we are still trying to work with them. He is really starting to change and wants to come back to church! The wife still doesn't really want to but we'll see what we can do :) Anyways... when we got there they said they had a surprise for us and they pulled out a big cake and sang for us!! :D It was so good :) Then we had a lesson on eternal families and the temples. Hopefully they'll keep progressing! All in all it was the greatest birthday ever and it's never felt so good to be 20 :D Ha! I'll remember my birthday forever and I wouldn't have rather spent in any where else but on a mission. It's amazing the love you feel for the people you serve. The next day was another blast!! It was another day of birthday for my companion and working hard :) I decorated our kitchen for her and it looked so fun! We made her breakfast with eggs, bacon, chocolate chip pancakes, and chocolate milk. ALL gluten, sugar, and lactose free. Ask how we did it... Honestly, I have no idea :) It was amazing! She has allergies to all those things but it was still delicious. Then we went to lunch with Alma again and we decided to stop and see if the 3 hombres were there from the taqueria. They were there and they had tres leches! We couldn't believe it and we were dying laughing. The best part about it was they said... "Instead of one chocolate and one tres leches we just bought tres leches with café!" I didn't know if he meant chocolate or coffee but I smelled it and it smelled like coffee so we couldn't even eat it... funniest things of my life! We ended up serving it up for all the people in the taqueria :) We wrote down their info and missionaries will be stopping by their house. Funniest thing ever :) I hope them and their families all get baptized!! That night was sad because we had exchanges. Hermana Ostler came here and I went to her area with Hermana Malekamu. It was a fun exchange! Hermana Malekamu only has 2 weeks left before she goes home. But.. I was FREEZING!! I hadn't brought stuff to stay warm because when I left it was fine. We got there and it was raining/ snowing and I was in flats and basically just a light cardigan so I went to Target right then with her and bought tights!! She let me use her coat and I survived! :) It has been freezing here in Texas since Friday! I have been bundled up in coats and tights and boots! It's a whole different kind of cold here... it cuts you to the bone because it's a wet cold. Any how, we'll get more blessings right? :) We have been sick for the last 3 days but we are both starting to feel a little better :) Friday night was really good and we got to teach Hermana Sanchez. She came to church this last Sunday and honestly she is one of the most humble people I know! I love her so much :) We were excited because we had 4 people at church on Sunday! Also... Sunday was the best day of my mission!!!!  I'll explain. So we were waiting outside when we got a phone call that said they had changed the time of the baptism from 6:00 to 1:00. Are you ready for this... it was the BAPTISM of Lili y David!!! We were so afraid we wouldn't make it in time but they had changed it because of the storm warnings. Nevertheless, WE MADE IT!!! I think I almost broke Lili I gave her a hug so big when I walked in and there they were standing in white!!! I honestly can't begin to express the joy I felt.  They are so special and honestly so incredible :) If they are the only 2 I were ever to find on my mission it would be worth it a million times over. They were so excited and their faces when they came out of the water was filled with joy :) It was the best day of my life!!! I love them :) So grateful I'm a missionary. I love and thank you all for everything! P.s. I challenge every one of you to take the challenge from conference and invite 1 person to church between now and Christmas!! This is the work of salvation and it's the work of every single one of us :) "The only way to win is to lose-LOSE YOURSELF." Lose yourself in the work of the Lord! What better gift could you give? Love you :)
-Hermana Hadlock

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 La semana de CUMPLEANOS! :D‏

How in the world are you all doing??
I know I say this every week... but I have SO much to write I can't even begin where to remember to remember :) Ha, that's quite the mouthful of a sentence. Anyhow, what a week!!! On Tuesday we had Zone conferences. Can I just say ever single time we have a meeting with President Durrant I walk away feeling like in this work we can take on the world! :) Of course we could never do it alone, the Savior and our Heavenly Father are the most important. With them, we truly can do anything :) During the conference we were able to build towers out of paper. We then had a competition where we got to use spray bottles and a blow dryer to try and destroy the towers made out of paper. It was such a blast!! Our President compared it with Helaman 5:12. "12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." He pointed out this scripture doesn't say if the devil sends forth his mighty whirlwinds but WHEN. Our time of testing is now. Trials will come. But we can be strong and overcome them with faith in Christ :) There is always hope. Which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes... "All will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end." Something like that :) Take a few minutes and go look at a night sky with all the stars and I promise you'll be able to feel a little hope from above :) Anyways, zone conference was truly amazing. The next day we had the opportunity of going to the temple!!! I was SO excited see as how I haven't been to the temple since the MTC and it's my first time here in the Dallas Temple. It was absolutely incredible. To just sit and feel of the peace and truly forget all about the world was amazing. We got to go as a zone and that hardly ever happens! President Durrant told zones that if they reached their baptismal goals 2 months in a row then we could go. We missed ours barely but another zone got it more than once so they gave their turn to us. I love how President Durrant always motivates us positively. I have learned to be a true and great leader you must show those you lead that you truly, truly love them :) I invite any of you that haven't been to the temple for a while or who haven't been there at all to get there!! It is a place where we can find peace. Where we can find true and everlasting joy :) So a few funny stories for the week. Wednesday we needed Hermana McDonald's bike back. We already had one and the Elders had borrowed the other one. So we decided that she would run and I would bike to their house and then get the bike and we could both ride back together. When we got there the front tire was half way flat.... we didn't have a way to pump it so Hermana McDonald (the champion of all champions) hops on the bike anyways and we just prayed we'd make it home! We found if she was riding really fast then it wasn't so bad. Too funny and we eventually made it home :) Also, we have pets!! Well, sorta. One night we were in an apartment complex not too far from our house but still probably a couple of miles. There was this stray looking dog outside and it was coming after us. We went into the house for the appointment and when we came out it was gone. The next morning we came outside and it was outside our door. I am CONVINCED it is the same dog. Anyways, we felt really bad so we gave it some food and called animal services to see what they could do. When we came home again... there were two dogs. The animal services said they couldn't come until today so since then we have been feeding them and they have been following us around EVERYWHERE! It's the funniest thing :) We sure will miss them when they come and pick them up :( Friday was another funny day. Remember when I talked about how I tripped while running?? Well I did that and I have also tripped up stairs 2 my time with Hermana McDonald!! Can you believe that?? So embarrassing :) We're teaching 3 sisters that live in the same apartment complexes and it happened at one of their houses. The next time we visited the other sister she asked who had fallen up the stairs?? Too funny and SO embarrassing :) So like myself :) The people here that we are teaching are amazing!! I learned how to make tamales this week with one of them named Blanca. They were so stinkin' good!! They have the cutest family and I am so hoping we can get them into the Gospel. We haven't gotten them to church yet but I am praying we will be able to. We are also teaching their next door neighbors. The mom is a member and the daughter is 17 and she is going to have a baby in a few months. It has been a really tough situation to work with because the mom and the daughter don't get along but we love them so much and we are hoping that Ana (the daughter) will see why she needs the Gospel in her life. We are also teaching another Blanca. She had told us she wanted to be baptized and we were so excited! We finally got to teach the husband and he said that he would like to be baptized as well so we are super excited to keep working with them!! Sadly, they didn't come to church this last week but we will keep working with them. I don't remember if I have talked about Alma y Ramon. Alma was baptized but Ramon (her ex-husband) still isn't. We had the MOST powerful lesson about the Book of Mormon with them this last week. Before we went in we said a  prayer. Hermana McDonald prayed that we could have the Prophets who have written the scriptures be in the lesson with us, testifying with us that it is the word of God. That made a huge impression on me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I know that if you will read it every day you will have more power to do good in your life. If you read the Book of Mormon every day you will be happier. It was saved for our day for a reason :) People died so that we could have it in our hands. Open it!!!! Also, Hermana McDonald has taught me so much about faith. Faith is power. She is such a good example of showing this :) When we work hard and put our faith in God nothing is impossible! There are still days I start to wonder if I can keep going, if I'll ever speak Spanish fluently, if we are going to have more baptisms, etc. Then I have to remember all the blessings and miracles I have seen in my life and I know I have no choice but to press on :) So remember how my birthday is this Wednesday? :) Well my companion's birthday is this THURSDAY!!! We are definitely going to have to have a fiesta :D Alma said she wants to get us a cake or something :) I am so excited! Also, Lili y David are going to be baptized this Sunday the 24th :) From my last area. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Hermana McDonald and I are going to drive up there Saturday night to go to the baptism. I couldn't be more thrilled :) They are so ready! They sent me a letter this last week and it had a picture of Choco (their chocolate lab that I love in it) and said he missed me. Haha, too funny! Well, that's about all for this week. Thank goodness we didn't have to kill any more cock roaches this week!!! Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes :) It's going to be the best golden birthday ever!! One last birthday miracle... so today we were doing our laundry and we started talking to this lady that was folding laundry by us. As the conversation keeps going we got to explain that we're missionaries and that we share a message about Jesus Christ. We then found out she was from El Salvador. The people from there are seriously the nicest I have ever met!! Also, they make papusas there... (my favorite.) Next thing we know... she asks us when we can come over and that she will teach us how to make them!!!! :D and... WE'RE GOING OVER ON MY BIRTHDAY!!! :) Even better she already lives next to some members and some less actives in our ward. Such a miracle :) Well I love you all!!! Oh and I hit my 6 month mark on the 15th. Where in the world has time gone??? Another favorite quote... "You don't find the happy life. You make it." Enjoy every day and make yours the happy life!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!! Que tengan buen semana :) Les quiero mucho! Ya dije? Me encanta espanol :) Hablo con ustedes proximo semana!!!
Con Amor, Hermana Hadlock :D

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 Ah man... an emergency transfer!!!‏

So this last week was such a WILD one!!! I honestly don't even know where to start. Usually, I use my journal. But seeing as how I haven't even had time to get it all down in there... I can't use that this week to refer back to. Wow, wow, wow. So we had lots of lessons one night so we decided to go on missionary exchanges with the members. It went really well :) It's sweet being in a trio because two of us (Hermana McDaniel and I ) went to a few lessons while Hermana McDonald went to a few others. It's hilarious... when we are introducing ourselves at the door they go first and say, " Hi, I'm Hermana McDonald... and McDaniel... " then I started saying Hermana McHadlock :) It was super funny and we were all laughing!! This last week we set a few more baptismal dates. I am so excited!! We have one super solid guy whose name is Rodrigo. He always had wanted to know why there are so many churches. He didn't come to church but he was really sick and he said that he would come the next week. He came to a member dinner with us and that was awesome. Here in this area we are doing something right now where we only eat dinners with the members if they have one of their friends that isn't a member or if we can bring an investigator. It is definitely a lot harder and we don't have as many dinners but how it has been working and getting the members involved is incredible. We also use a question our mission president came up with... "Would you be willing to listen to a brief presentation of my ... faith, church, about Jesus Christ." We have the members ask it and then invite people over and we go! It has been working really well and we love it. The members are getting excited about the work :) So this last week was seriously SO eventful. This next coming one will be too!! On Thursday I think it was we got home and I realized that my wallet was gone... Surprise surprise right?? :) I don't lose things all the time or anything ;) Well, we searched and searched for it all over the apartment and in the car! We couldn't find it anywhere. I thought for sure it was stolen. We decided to kneel down and pray and while we were praying I had two different ideas come to my head. I knew they weren't my own. One was the lavandaria and the other was in the gutter on the street where we had parked. We decided to go to the lavandaria first... we were all in our pajamas and searching. We didn't find it there but Hermana McDaniel contacted a family outside. They said that they were going through a really hard time and could really use some help right now. They spoke english so we won't be teaching them but we gave them a card and all of us knew that was why we had to go to the lavandaria was to know them. Then we decided to go to the street where we had parked...sure enough!!! As we're pulling up we're all like no way... my compa jumps out and there is my wallet in the street!!! Right in the gutter. It must have fallen out of my back pack when we were getting out. I couldn't believe it. We started to cry because the Spirit was so strong. We knew that I had lost my wallet so that we could find that family at the lavandaria. Miracles happen every day on a mission :) Then we got home and it was already past bed time when Hermana McDonald starts yelling.. sure enough... there's a NASTY cockroach the size of TEXAS in our kitchen!!! It was quite the event trying to kill it. While we were trying to kill it... we found more!!! It was so nasty. I was screaming and we were all freaking out trying to get them. None the less, we ended up killing them all and all ended well :) We saw one on the ceiling again the next night but we killed that one too and haven't seen another one since. Also this last week we ran in Long John Silver's to go to the bathroom really fast. As we are leaving my compa turns around and starts talking real loud and tells everyone in there we have a very special message for them and that we are missionaries!!! :D I was shocked to say the least. So we went around and gave everyone cards. I seriously love my companions. They are the greatest :) Well now for the other shocking piece of news... we got a call last Saturday night that Hermana McDaniel was getting emergency transferred to Rowlette. They told her another sister was going home for an emergency and she had to go and take her place. We were all crying. They told her she would be leaving the next day (which was yesterday). We drove her to Rowlette yesterday. I honestly miss her so bad!! Our little trio doesn't feel complete without the other McD. But all is well. We have confidence in the Lord that everything will work out for our good :) I am still super excited to be here with Hermana McDonald!! She is awesome and I have a lot to learn from her :) This area is honestly amazing. We have so many people we are preparing for baptism. My companion told me you can change an area by what you say and what you believe about it. She said a year ago... this was one of the slowest/toughest areas in the missions. The work has changed here :) We are now doing SO well!! The work is hard but so worth it :) While I am here trying to help others I realize how often God is helping and building up me personally. No matter what comes in life... have faith in God and follow what he would have you do and you will never come out with the short end of the stick. So I can't believe it... this week on the 15th I hit my 6 month mark!!! And.. one year from tomorrow, November 12th, I'll be coming home! How nuts is that??? Time passes SO FAST!! I'm going to be an old geezer here soon on the 20th :) Oh yeah... one last thing. Too funny! So the other morning we were running and I trip... it looks so funny that my companions thought I was doing it just to be funny :) NOT!!! I had really fallen. So then the next morning... my companion biffs it as well. Ah man, it was hilarious :) Well, all is well here in Texas. God is working with me slowly to make me into the person He would have me be. My companion is amazing. The work here is incredible. I love Spanish and I love the people!! We are never alone in this work. We are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Savior Himself. Oh yeah... and Wednesday I get to go to the temple for the 1st time!!! :D WHHOO!! Hope all is well there at home :) I love y'all!! 

Until next week, Hermana Hadlock :) 

Lili in my last area drew this :)

Downtown Dallas last night

 The last picture with my trio!!!