Wednesday, November 25, 2015


{i am not actually sure if this is allowed...}

Hello family!  
first off... happy thankgiving this week and happy birthday BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  i hope you have just the happiest birthday!  Are you 14 now??  

This week i dont have too much to share with you all.  Sorry!  We are working hard and finding lots of people to teach.  (lots of catholics)  And i am happy as always!  

This week we had interviews with President.  I think i was feeling a little doubtful of myself and my work.  He simply reminded me that the Savior is so patient with us! 

This transfer has been so great. Busy, but great. I have felt so so blessed to be with Hermana Peralta! I feel that when i have doubts and fears, she always knows EXACTLY what to say to me. I think that The Lord has answered a lot of my prayers through her. I think a lot of my doubts come from a fear that the work i have done here in the mission hasnt really made a difference, and then the question of have i truly been loosing myself in the service of God? I realized today that if i hadnt lost myself up until now, my mission would not have changed me for the better. And i feel so changed. And so incredibly greatful for what The Lord has taught me and what i know that He will surely teach me over the next few months. We truly find ourselves as we loose ourselves in the service of others. We are becoming disciples of Christ, and as we learn He is so aware of us and so incredibly patient. I am so infinitely grateful for His patience with me.

I copied and pasted what i wrote to the president this week so that you can understand a little better what i am feeling.  Really i just love and am so so grateful for the things that i am learning out here in the mission!  I will never be able to repay The Lord for all that He has given me.  

I hope that you all have a great week, remembering what you are grateful for.  We are so indebted to The Lord... sometimes it is overwhelming.  But He is so perfectly patient with us.  
I love you all so much.  

Hermana Neff 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

tunguragua has been exploding all week...... 11.16.15

I wish i had more to say about this week!  There were some great moments and some harder moments too!  One of the harder moments was spending 4 hours in the sun with NO ONE to visit during divisions and getting terribly burned!  I have no idea what to do because even if i put sunscreen on, i still get burned! 

Our investigator that had a baptismal date for the 28th didnt come to church this week. I felt so sad and frustrated..... but i am trying to trust in The Lord and have faith that everything will work out!

We had divisions in Guaranda.  When i went two months ago to Guaranda, we found an investigator with Hermana Tello.  When i went this week, i had the opportunity to visit the same investigator and her and her chidren are getting baptized this week!  Such a sweet experience.  

I am doing GREAT.  Happy, content, and working!  

Oh please pray for our investigator Edwin. We are going to try to help accept baptism today so hopefully all goes well.  

Yesterday we watched the Restoration with some recent converts.  I love watching that movie because it reminds me of the sacrifices that the early saints of the church made and the power of the restoration.  We are so blessed to be a part of it.  

have a happy week :)

Hermana Neff 
This is the oldest church in Ecuador!  I think it dates back to like 1582 or something like that..... 

Thursday, November 12, 2015


First off.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY MY ANGEL AND BEST FRIEND!!!!! I miss you and i am dead that you are 10 years old! I Love you!! 

Ok so this week we had a leadership conference.  It was so so special!  President Christensen used an example with two cups.  He filled one with water and the other with ice.... and he shared the example of how we all need to be like water, conformable, and willing to conform ourselves to the will of the Lord.  When ice needs to turn to water (in order to conform itself to the shape of the cup) it needs the sun.  It needs light.  In our lives it is no different.  When we need to change our hearts from "ice-cold" to moldeable "water"  we need our light source, which is the Savior.  Only through the Savior can we be changed.  I am so grateful for the many ways that He has changed me in my mission.  The other night i was just thinking about how after this mission i feel that i have not repayed The Lord for anything, but rather, i am much more indebted to Him than i was before.

Yesterday i had a special experience with Paty and Nicole our recent converts.  Paty has been sick the last two weeks so they hadnt been to church.  My companion and I have been visiting a little bit less because we have had to travel so much for divisions and leadership conference.  Anyways she said to me yesterday, "Hermana, i want to tell you something.  Today Nicole and i realized that we are never going to leave the church."  She proceeded to tell me that earlier that day,  they were getting ready to go to church.  She said that she didnt feel excited to go at all.  Thay she was confused and doubting, but that she got in the taxi and went with Nicole. In the taxi they talked about how they just simply didnt want to go to church, and how they had never felt this way about church before (obviously  the adversary..)  Anyways she said that after church they walked out and said that they felt so renewed and happy and excited and at peace.  I was so grateful for a loving Father in Heaven!  Who helped my recent converts learn a lesson that will help them remain actives in the church for the rest of their lives.  I testified to them that there have been many times in my life when i havent felt the desire to continue either, but every time that i do, The Lord helps me feel His love, and helps me know that He is proud of me.  And those feelings are enough to make want to remain active in His church always.  

So we are teaching the nephew of paty.  His name is Edwin.  We really have had such a hard time figuring out why he wont accept baptism.  This week we FOUND HIS ICEBERG!! Finally.  In the lesson he was telling me that he wanted to have more of an anwser. So i asked him what blessings he has recieved in his life since he started attending church and reading the book of moromon (he is almost to mosiah). He told me that he has seen many differneces and has felt a lot of peace.  I testified to him in that moment that he HAS recieved an answer from the spirit.  And then i asked him "so what ELSE is keeping you from being baptized?"  and he told us!  He is afraid to be baptized without his dad.  FINALLY he told us!   And all it took was a simple and direct question.... guided by the spirit.  

We are also working with a reference from a member with her two sons.  They came to church this Sunday so we are hoping to help them make it to baptism this transfer!  Her name is Rosario.  

Anyways i am happy.  Just content as you all know!  This week we have two divisions so it should be pretty busy!  

Oh and TODAY WE WENT TO MY FAVORITE VOLCANO IN THE WORLD CHIMBORAZO!!!!!  I was so happy because there was SNOW!! I havent seen snow in SOO LONG. 
 But i am burned now because we were at one of the highest points on earth.  Chimborazo is the highest point on earth that extends from the center of the earth... i dont know if that made sense... but it was SO FUN.  I LOVE ECUADOR!  I am so lucky.  

LOVE YOU ALL!! Have a grrrrreat week

Hermana Neff   

So we went to a little Pueblito called licto.  We went to visit a contact there.... but we called him when we got there and he said that he had gone to save all his animals from drowning because it was going to rain... so we took advantage and took some pictures. So beautiful.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Disciples 11.2.15


This week has consisted of..... COLADA MORADA.  And if you all remember from last year, i am obsessed with the colada morada. It is so so delicious! And wa was de pan!! 
Ok first off I am so grateful that Hermana Peralta is my companion!  We are having so much fun together and finding lots of new people to teach.  I learned this week in preach my gospel that the spirit will lead us to the people who are ready to hear the message of the restored gospel.  It doesnt say that he will lead us to only those that will be baptized, but EVERYONE that is ready to hear the message of the restored gospel.  I have felt that so much this week!  We have met so many people that arent married, that work on sundays, etc. etc.  who are waiting for their papers until next year who i will probably never see be baptized BUT i could feel and see in the lessons with them that they needed the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.  What a blessing it is to be a missionary!
This week i especially loved this passage. I feel that The Lord has truly chastised me in certain moments throughout my mission, for which i am so grateful. Anways I looked at the footnote for"exercised" and it says "trained or disciplined"  I learned that to be a true DISCIPLE of Christ it takes DISCIPLINE!  I love what verse twelve says.  All the training, discipline, chastening that we will recieve in our lives is ultimately to make us better disciples of Jesus Christ.  It is to enable us to better "lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;"

 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

There is nothing better than just learning a sweet doctrine from the scriptures that we can apply in our lives! 

We had a halloween dance thing in a war this week.  It was fun.... and a little crazy.  Everyone dressed up and we had a contest for the best costume!  I love Latin America! 
i love the mission!

Hermana Neff