Thursday, October 28, 2010

Santa Fe Here I Come . . .

So........ I have transfer news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) I leave for santa fe in the morning!!! (so, haha, if you could send my boots, white & purple peacoats, and maybe some thick tights, gloves and scarves) :D It's gonna be cold!!!! I will miss it here SO very much!!! These people have become my people. I love them so much. I know I'll be back though.

I was thinking about the signifigance of the spanish names of my areas and I think they define it fairly well. Socorro, literally means "to succor" in spanish, like in the scriptures, but it also refers to 'relief' in relief society. Where as Santa Fe literally means holy faith. I can't think of a better way to describe my time here as relief. These people have been a relief to me during my hardest times and I am so grateful to help them with relief from life by sharing the gospel. I've seen so many incredible people change and become even more amazing. I can't begin to describe the many people I've seen change their lives and come to love. I love it here. Santa Fe will take faith, I don't know anything about the people, weather, or the future. But I know who holds it and I will follow Him in faith. I am excited to see what it holds. :)

I want to share with you the greatest miracle of the week, though it wasn't my own. We witnessed so many, but this story is one that changed my life. The Miranda family.

A year and a half ago, Elder Pearson was in this area and found the Miranda family by knocking on doors. They started teaching them but they weren't very interested. However, their 18 year old daughter became very interested and over time wanted nothing more than to be baptized. However due to medical issues that came up, they just couldn't meet with her and then he got transferred. Other Elders tried visiting their family but never got through. At the same time I got here, Elder Pearson got transferred back. When he and Elder Zeitner went to visit the Miranda family, they found them completely changed. Their 18 year old daughter had died of Kidney failure. And they were broken and ready. They wanted more than anything to be with her forever. And they were overjoyed with the fact that she can still be baptized since she wanted it so badly. That is the goal, the temple. They are one of the best families in our ward. And after recieving the priesthood, Brother Miranda was able to baptized Sister Miranda yesterday after church. It was absolutely incredible. We're going to say goodbye to them today and I will miss them so much. What an incredible miracle.

I can't tell you how much I love these people and will miss them. Yesterday to say goodbye to me, less active members came to church that haven't been in YEARS and so many of our investigators! Most importantly they made good friends and will keep coming. I know I was here for a reason, and I know I'm leaving now for a reason. I will miss them with my whole heart and always think of them. I love these people. They truly are my people. I will miss my home in Horizon City/Socorro Texas.

I KNOW my mission call came from my Heavenly Father. I KNOW He lives and directs this work. I am and forever will be grateful for my time here. I love these incredible people.

I love you all. You are constantly in my prayers and I couldnt' love you more.

Se Fuerte,

Con mi amor,

Hermana Jardine

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I can't even begin to describe how I feel right now.  I love you all so much.  Thank you for your support!
I'm emailing a day late because we had Zone Conference yesterday where Elder Claudio Zivic of the first quorum of 70 and his wife instructed the Las Cruces, El Paso and Mount Franklin zones. It was absolutely incredible.  Elder Zivic chose just a few people he wanted to interview and spend time with before and I was somehow one of the ones he picked.  I am honored. He is absolutely incredible and I am honored to call him my friend! The interview was all in spanish.  He is learning english, he and his wife are from Argentina.  It was incredible! To know and understand and speak freely in the language.  And I felt as though I was spending time with the prophet, his office is across from Thomas S Monson's in Salt Lake and he told us all hello from him.  But you could just FEEL it, it was like being able to spend 20 minutes with the Savior, and I am honored to have been worthy of such an event.  I felt so clean, pure, and honored to be a servant of the Lord.
He greeted me by name and the first question he asked was how you are all doing, especially with Dad's situation.  He gave his regards and condolences and promised so many incredible blessings, and I can FEEL them.  Our family is so strong.  He then asked questions about the work and myself I am grateful I've worked hard and been worthy so I was able to feel clean and answer as I did.  We talked about so many incredible things.  It was incredible.  As I stood up to leave he shook my hand, looked me in the eye and promised certain special things equal to my patriarchal blessing.  It was absolutely the most amazing experience of my life.  I love him, I love my prophet, I love my savior, I love this work!! I LOVE this language and people, and am honored to do good things without it and them throughout my life!
After the interviews we were able to be instructed by Elder Zivic and his sweet wife and President and Sister Miller.  I love them all so much! I have never felt so edified in my life!! It was great.  Elder Zivic was very attentive, spoke right to our hearts and involved us in the teachings.  At one point he called on Sister Good and I (the only sisters south of Albuquerque and in all three zones) to role play in front of everyone.  It was scary but incredible! I'm not sure where the spanish came from.  I love this work!!! It was so great to spend time with them, eat lunch with them and mingle.  I love our leaders and our zones.  I am in the best mission in the world!  In parting, he shook my hand again and by name promised the same blessings.  It felt as though my Savior was speaking to me.  
I know I'm of worth, I know I have work to do here, and I am honored to be here.  I love my family so much! This situation has only made us stronger and love each of you more than I possibly thought I could.  I respect and admire each of you! I love my life, I love this gospel and more than anything I love my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesucristo.  I have never been happier or felt more faith.  There are good things ahead.  
This week was a great week.  We've become not only 100% obedient solely by the letter but spirit of the law.  We've stepped up and become to best missionaries we can be and miracles are around us.  I cannot even begin in the slightest to share all of them.  I love these families, I love this work, I would not rather be anywhere doing anything else at this time.  I miss and love you all.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  I pray for you constantly and will keep working hard so we can all be blessed and bless those around us.  Please keep writing! That means more than anything. I love you all so much.

Hermana Jardine

P.S. THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!!!!! You guys are absolutely amazing.  I love you so much and you all mean the world to me.  I am the most blessed person in the world!

P.S. Send Elder Milnes address! I need to send him a letter! Tell them all hello and thank you!

P.S. If you could send some of my colder clothes that would mean a lot! It's cooling off here, okay, well, 70's isn't cold, but it is for here! :) That would mean a lot though, thank you.  Also, if you could send me some smalls Carinessa Garments that would mean a lot! 

Did you ever get the souvenier package I sent? I love you all so much and you are always in my prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU!