Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.

Doctrine and Covenants 50:22

Monday, May 18, 2015

He is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name. ~Alma 26:35 May 18, 2015

Happy Monday!!

This week has been great! Next week is going to be crazy!!!! We have transfers and Sister Kent is leaving and we will only be here in Green River three days this week. The rest of the time will be spent down at meetings and such in Salt Lake City.  After this I am heading down to Park City to be with Sister Flake until tomorrow night while Sister Kent and Sister Nelson head down to the mission home for Sister Training Leader stuff. Then we have exchanges Wednesday and Friday we will all be in Salt Lake City all day for meetings then we get to go to the TEMPLE - all the departing missionaries AND their companions get to go (: and then we will head down to transfers Monday morning. Yikes! Somewhere in between that we will do some teaching haha.

Actually we have a lot of great appointments coming up. We have this awesome new less-active member couple from deep in the south. She cooks us southern food and told us, "I am SORRY, but I can kick Miss Paula Deen in the TEETH with my cooking!" lol She did make us an INCREDILBE apple pie. They are really excited about coming back to church. They saw us and just yelled their address to us out of their car window when they were driving down the street and told us to come. They are ready to return and work on being sealed in the temple! Miracles every where.

In response to your questions about my lovely friends: Israel is doing awesome! He was so emotional as he told us about his experience with  getting the gift of the holy ghost. He said he knew the power of God is real and that he loves us, but he said the feeling of the gift of the holy ghost was amazing - he said he didn't know something that special could happen to anyone and that anyone could feel that in their life. He is SO happy! He works at a Little America hotel and it is always busy in the summer so they always hire extra help and this summer he will have time to come to all 3 hours of church so we just have to wait a few more weeks. We are going to be doing his new member lessons in lots of different members homes so he can get to know his ward family better; speaking of which, we found out he has lots of responsibility to take care of his mom and nieces and nephews in Mexico. That is why he has to work so much. Please keep his family in your prayers. He is so humble, we had no idea.

The Paperinis are the most kind people. It is going to be a journey for each of them but the Lord is really working on them. Bishop told us on Sunday that a few months ago he had tithing settlement with the Paperinis neighbor and felt prompted to leave the neighbor with a Book of Mormon, something he hadn't asked anyone else to do. The Bishop told him, “there is someone you know that needs this Book of Mormon," ....it was the Paperinis (:

Mattio Paperini works for the oil company, Solvey. He started in Italy a little over ten years ago and then they moved him to Belgium; he was there for 6 years and then got moved to Green River, Wyoming. haha They have been her for 3 years and really like it. What a change!

The Clarks are doing so good! Gerri said, “we will be at church because we don't have very long to make the '3 times' before our baptism requirement!”  (In our mission an investigator must go to church 3 times before they can be baptized.) Her husband, Adam, said, “no, we need to go to church, just because we need to go to church  - no matter what the rules are.” It was great to hear that testimony. They are also helping a less-active member friend get back to church. Proud moments as a missionary. haha. Gerri and the kids and her less-active member friend came to church, but Adam’s back is still causing him lots of pain so he didn’t come. :(  He needs lots of prayers.

Sister Kent and I spoke and sang in sacrament meeting and I think it finally hit her yesterday when the bishop announced from the pulpit that she was going home. It was an emotional day for her. Usually that means I am emotional, too, but the Lord really helped me to keep strong and be the one to kind of say, “its ok, lets go do missionary work!” haha She is awesome and was very grateful for that. She is such a wonderful example.

I really need to give a BIG thank you to Bishop Miller for all he did for me as a seminary teacher. I will write him and send it home so you can get it to him.

Good to hear about every one - especially Cierra. I’m glad she has decided to serve a mission. She is so sweet and is going to be an amazing missionary. I will miss her! It will be over two years that we will not get to see each other!

Glad you got to see Elese Houser. I still feel like it was just yesterday we were having tea parties in the summer and playing with baby bunnies! Time is SO WEIRD!

I can't believe school is over after this week! So crazy. I can't believe Micah is graduating and Karson will be a JUNIOR! And Jasmine and Taylor are GRADUATING. Ugh, time freaks me out.

So good to hear about the new bishopric! YAY RON! He is the best. I love that Sister Turley bore her testimony - what a wonderful example of how the Atonement really can help us to become what the Savior would have us be.

Here is my answer to your question, Dad, of how fasting has made an impact on my mission. I love fasting! I ESPECIALLY love fast offerings. I love that the Savior loves us so much and wants us to receive the blessing that come from serving, particularly giving to the poor and needy, and no matter who we are or whatever our circumstance, we can do that through fast offerings.

My favorite fasting experience on my mission was with our investigator Jayden from my first area. Her mom is a less-active member and she was the only thing keeping Jayden from baptism. Jayden attended a sacrament meeting in her ward and it was all about the law of the fast. She had lots of questions during her next lesson with us about how it worked and then asked all of us if we could do a special fast to have her mom’s heart softened. It was so special to see her willingness. Her mom did change her mind and instead of making her wait at least a year, she said she could be baptized on her birthday, which is this summer! I don't know how she is doing now, but I know that when you fast with real intent, you can just feel Heavenly Father telling you, "I'm working on something for you, thank you for your faith."

We just taught mission prep class yesterday and along with you, Mom - talking about your wonderful primary class - I am just amazed at the youth! I don't know if I can say this yet, haha, but I feel like I understand now what everyone always said to me and the youth my age when I was growing up. It is so true that each generation just keeps getting stronger and stronger! Just thinking about the youth a couple of years younger than me who are preparing for missions... they are strong! The world is going down hill, but holy cow, we have some strong soldiers on the Lord’s side. God’s kingdom continues to be built with a new kind of strength! I can't wait to have my own children to see the strength they will have!

Love you!
xoxo, Sister Hatch

Thursday, May 14, 2015

For it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men...Moroni 7:37


It has been a week of miracles. A crazy, CRAZY week of miracles! I wish I had time to tell you all of them but it continues to be a crazy week!

First of all, Mothers Day was PERFECT! Except for that by the end of the day I had completely lost my voice.. but the Lord provided and I was able to do all that I needed to do.

I just want to say thank you for the love and support I get from my family and also all of my friends who read this.

We are always warned to be wary of not getting homesick when we call home and I just want to let my dear family know that calling and seeing you only makes me want to be a better missionary. Your support and love makes me want to work harder to provide the people here in Green River, Wyoming with the kind of eternal family that I have been so very blessed with. I want you all to know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and hearts CHANGE. I love my Savior so so much.

Israel’s baptism was wonderful. So full of love and pure JOY! The Lord helped me to be able to sing even though my voice has been acting up. I love priesthood blessings.

We also found a new family to teach on Saturday. Their names are the Paperini's, they are from Italy and they are SO kind and welcoming. We had an instant friendship and we are going to start teaching them every week. Their hearts have really been prepared.

The Clarks are awesome. Adam is still having lots of health problems. Keep him in your prayers. But they are committed to baptism for the month of June. It will be really special. Just got to get them to church.

The Rapues continue to progress and embrace the gospel. They are such a sweet family.

Well everyone sorry it is so short. I love you and I know this church is true.

Also, I told my family that the key to missionary work was inviting. But, along with that, I really think the most important thing is charity. Love as our Savior loved, put yourself in places where you can FEEL His love for you and miracles happen. Keep the faith strong everyone and spread the love of our dear Savior Jesus Christ.

XOXO, Sister Hatch

Monday, May 11, 2015

Comfort those that stand in need of comfort ~ May 3, 2015

Hola, Family and Friends!

I have been thinking a lot this week about my covenants with my Heavenly Father and my Savior and the plan the gospel gives us. Each day of my mission I discover more and more that the gospel is all about charity - the PURE love of Christ. I love the opportunity I have each day to "lift up the feeble knees of those in distress" and "comfort those that stand in need of comfort." It has been a wonderful and emotional draining, yet very uplifting, week here in Green River.

The big fun news of the week is that I got to visit with my dear friend Kimberly! I don't know if you remember her but she is from Cottonwood. Crazy. I was on exchanges and Sister Mendoza and I were discussing some of the valuable lessons we have learned on our missions. One of the greatest lessons I learned on my mission was from Kimberly. Well, no less than about an hour later I get a text from her! Don't know how she tracked down my number, but she told me she was on her way to Greenriver and she needed an appointment with me! haha She is a HOOT! So, she drove down and while Sister Kent was in her “Sister Training Leader” meeting we got to chat. Kimberly is my lifelong friend and I know one of the reasons I am here on my mission is to help her. She is an elect daughter of God. What a blessing it is to be a part of her life. I'm so grateful for the support I can give her and know that I have to remain strong and faithful to this gospel for people like her. She also uplifts and encourages me to be a better disciple of Christ. “He that preacheth and he that recieveth are BOTH edified and rejoice together.” <3 -D&C 50. (That is who the photo is from that you got mama - seconds after she arrived to see me in Green River.) She is one of the strongest people I know. Please keep Kimberly in your prayers.

Also, stake conference was this weekend! It was absolutely wonderful! We have such a wonderful, missionary-minded stake president - and wonderful wards as well. Minutes after the conference was over one of our bishops approached us and told us what he got from President Young’s message and asked us to speak about missionary work in the ward and what the focus should be and that missionary work will be the theme of sacrament meeting for the next month or so. There was a real focus on going out and BRINGING souls to Christ. That it requires great responsibility and effort on our part as well as asking and praying for opportunities to invite. We need to be doing more. Just like Elder Holland’s analogy in General Conference with the two brothers who were climbing, we need to REACH out our hand and LIFT and BRING our brothers and sisters higher and we need to do it out of love. We had the opportunity to hear from THREE General Authorities as well. Elder Johnson of the Seventy and Elder and Sister Durham (He was just called this last General Conference as an Area Authority and she was called as the Second Counselor of the General Primary. SO inspiring to hear from them each twice - during both sessions of stake conference.

Every one here is doing well. Sister Kent is preparing to go home in a few weeks and just discovered she has walking pneumonia! :( Please keep her in her in your prayers. We both want to finish STRONG for her and that is going well. Israel’s baptism is this Saturday and he just can’t wipe the smile off his face. Pray that he will be able to find another job so he can start coming to church regularly and to all three meetings.

The Clarks are so enthusiastic about learning more and preparing for baptism but they have some hurdles for sure. We are seeing Sister Clark tonight - she is seeking some peace. They are such a remarkable family.

The Rapues are awesome. Sister Rapue, after studying and studying the Book of  Mormon has just told us that she, without a doubt, knows that it works hand in hand with the Bible and it is true! (: They are gone this weekend to see their son who will hopefully be home soon so that they can work together as a family to prepare for baptism.

Joey has a very sincere heart but lots of changes that he needs to make and has a little bit of a way to go - so his baptism is being pushed back. I just love Joey so much and most of all want him to be safe from the things hurting him in his life.

Much prayers are greatly appreciated for all of theses wonderful people we are working with. We have great support here. Amazing ward mission leaders and genuine people striving to do their best. As different as it is out here, I am learning a lot and constantly learning more about who my Savior is and what His Atonement means to me personally. The Atonement is so individual. Discover what it means to you. It is SO real.

I love you all and pray that all of you will have the opportunity this coming week to comfort those that stand in need of comfort. Someone out there today needs your nourishment. Rely on the Savior and "go and do" -1 Nephi 3:7      <3

XOXO, Sister Hatch