Monday, June 30, 2014

A Quick Thought!

I don't have anytime to write today but, I just wanted you to know that I am OK! Things are moving a long here in Mexico. We are working SO hard.

I want you all to know, I know this Church is true. I know without a doubt that our Father in Heaven loves us and is aware of every situation that we are in. I know that he has a plan for us and if we pray with faith he will let us know what it is. I know that Joesph Smith was a Prophet of God. I know that he restored the only true Church. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon and I know that it is the word of God, and that it testifies of our savior Jesus Christ. I know that he lives, and that his atonement works, because I have seen it in action here in my mission.This is  the best decision I have ever made. I am so happy to be a representative of Jesus Christ and to have this chance to share the Gospel with everyone, and most especially the people of Mexico.

This picture was taken today!

My Birthday Celebration!

I love you all, and I hope that you all have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Hermana Riedelbach

Monday, June 23, 2014

Long, Hard Week!

This week was so long. We had some problems with our house and the President wants us to move so, we spent all last week house hunting and haven't found any that he will approve. :( Some other bad news, all of our golden investigators dropped us this week. That stinks! But, don't worry, we are going to jump right back on the horse!

Although we didn't teach a lot last week, I honestly went home feeling like we had worked our hardest everyday. I haven't been this tired at the end of the day my whole mission. My companions and I are getting along great! I love them, and I am so glad to be working with them.

Tomorrow we have a Zone Conference with the President and I am so glad. I am ready to learn and know what we need to do, to be better. It's going to be great!

Today in my personal study I read in Alma 30 and I loved it. It was an answer to my prayers. So, I challenge you all to go and read it this week!

I love you all, and hope you have a great week! Oh, and Happy Birthday Daddy! I love you!

Hermana Riedelbach

p.s. sorry for the lack of pictures, it takes more than 30 minutes to upload mine. I think I need to change the resolution on my camera.


This week was really interesting! Working in a trio is a lot different than working in a companionship. I have learned so much, and I really do have good companions!

We don't really have any progressing investigators so, this last week was just full of street contacting and revisiting old investigators. We found some really good ones and are hoping that they will feel what we can feel!

Yesterday we had to give talks in Church, I was so nervous. The other two times I spoke in church I got a big piece of humble pie handed to me. This time I didn't really have time to prepare anything, and I just went up to the stand and gave a talk. It went so well! My Spanish was soo good, and I didn't forget anything. I am always so amazed at how much Heavenly Father really helps us out when we really try our best.

Hermana Zimmerman gave the most wonderful talk about her Dad yesterday and it made me think about how lucky I am to have the best Dad ever! One of the things that I have really learned here on my mission is how much my Dad (and mom) have taught me. I am so grateful for all that I have learned from them. A lot of the things I learned from my Dad I have used here in the mission field and it has made a world of difference. I love you Daddy! Thanks for everything!

I hope you have a wonderful week! Love you all!

Hermana Riedelbach 

Monday, June 9, 2014

20th B-day and a Transfer!

Welp... I was transferred! I'll spare you the details and just say,  Frontera wasn't that friendly to american girls...but, now I am in VILLAHERMOSA! I am in a trio with Hermana Suazo and Hermana Knowles! Hermana Knowles is form Herriman, Utah woot! Another gringa! She is so awesome, and I am so excited to be working with her! We are in the Espejo Ward, which also happens to be the Mission Presidents Ward...that makes me just a little bit nervous but, that's OK!

This last week kind of stunk because we couldn't leave the house. We all got sick, and there's hurricane coming to Mexico so, it rained really, really,  really hard. But, I have some hysterical stories!

We kind of got in to a prank/joke war this week.  It all started when my companion began to scare me, and you know, I couldn't let her get away with that, not with out getting her back! :) It got really bad on Friday, I went into the bathroom and Hermana Suazo hid under the bed, when I came out, she grabbed my feet. I thought I was going to die! It scared me to death. Don't worry, I did the same to her, and it was just as funny!

That night we had a Family Home Evening with some of the young single adults for my birthday. We made tacos and tortillas.  That's right, I can get married now because I am a pro at tortillas. It took us 4 hours but, we had the best time! That night really is one of  my favorite memories from my mission so far.

As we were eating, Hermana Martínez turned to me and said "we need to play a prank on the members, it's part of the war". I asked, what are we going to do? and she told me that I was the master mind, and needed to come up with something.

It was about nine, and we needed to be home so, I thought of the perfect plan. Fake that the assistants had called a bunch of times and we were going to be in big trouble because we weren't home yet. So, Hermana Suazo started calling Hermana Martínez and we couldn't hear the phone because we were having so much fun, laughing and goofing off at dinner. Then, Hna Martínez had a Hermano pass her bag to her. She checked her phone and said, "you've got to be kidding me!" The assistants have called 5 times, everyone shhhh! Hermana Suazo called her again,  she faked a story that the President was coming to our house at that exact moment, and we needed to get home.

I hadn't quite finished my Taco yet so, I grabbed my plate and headed out the door! All the members couldn't believe what just had happened, they all followed us out worried to death. The ward mission leader jumped up and yelled no! But, after 5 minutes we came back, because we still hadn't eaten my birthday cake. They all wanted to kill us... but, man that joke was sooooo goood! :)

I am so sad to leave Frontera, I have another family there. I cried so hard saying good bye.  I will miss them all but, this isn't goodbye for good! They really have changed my life, and I am so grateful for all I learned from them. I am so excited to be here in Villahermosa!  I know it will be great! 

Thanks for all of the Birthday wishes! I will try to send pictures but, this computer is unbelievably slow. Maybe, I will end up sending a CD home full of pictures of this transfer.

I love you all tons!

Hermana Riedelbach

Monday, June 2, 2014

Another Week Has Flown By...

Transfers are next week, I can't believe a whole transfer has flown by! I am pretty sure I am going to be transferred to a new area. I am sad about that but, I know that I will only go where the Lord wants me to go! I have made some life long friends in this area and am so grateful for that! One brother is even planning my wedding to his son...which is a little awkward, because his son is only 16...and seeing as how I AM GOING TO BE TWENTY THIS's a little uncomfortable. But, we have a lot of fun joking around about it. The theme of our last lesson with them was, Families Can Be Together Forever! Hahahaha.

Yesterday we had an investigator commit to be baptized on June 21st! I am so excited for her, and hope she can meet her goal! The little boys we teach are doing great! They are still the cutest little bunch! Last night I got to play with them and it was a blast! We raced and danced and skipped and sang! Their family has a lot of problems, and I want to cry every time we teach them but, for some reason last night they were all happy, and I was so glad to be able to run around and be a kid again!

The 4 little boys we are teaching at a members house.

On Saturday Hermana Triana and I got to go on splits. This is her first transfer in Mexico so, let's just say it was interesting! Two gringas walking the streets of Mexico! I was really nervous at first but, I said a prayer and Heavenly Father helped us do the rest! It went really well, and we had some really great lessons! I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have to learn and to grow. It was hard, but I loved every minute of it.

The weather here in Mexico is almost as bi-polar as Utah! At the beginning of this week I was dying of heat, and now it's raining harder than ever.   My boot broke today, which means my foot has enjoyed swimming all day! :)

And CONGRATULATIONS SAWYER! I am so proud of you! I can't believe you are old enough to graduate high school! Keep working hard!  I love you, and I am so proud of you!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Hermana Riedelbach