Monday, January 8, 2018

A BIG WEEK


Monday, January 1, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR.






WOW. 
2017 was the greatest thing. 
I can't even say how much was packed into those twelve months and I loved all of it. 

This week was pretty wild. 
On new years eve Sister Sheffield and I played dominoes with some members, drank some Martinelli's, and were kneeling at our beds in prayer at 10:30 ready to go to bed. 
However, the actual wild things were at church where I spoke in one ward, we did sharing time right after for jr. and sr. primary, taught a gospel principles class (sort of) and then shared a message during young womans. Sundays ARE fun days...but more importantly holy ones too. 

I genuinely hope that each of you take sometime to think about all the Christ-centered goodness in 2017 and set goals for even more of it in 2018. 

#setgoalsandmakeplans
LOVE YOU. 
I'll send pictures of me celebrating new years day hmong style next week. 




Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN FRESNO.











There was absolutely no snow this week, or rain, or even a need for a coat......but there was a baptism and I'm 100% convinced that that is the best kind of a white Christmas. 

Kenny was baptized in the Fresno 5th ward and hearing him say the opening prayer at his baptism was the most satisfying thing that I have ever heard, and his testimony was incredible. 

Other Christmas things that are even better than snow: 

-Christmas Caroling to Syrian refugees, the kids were so cute and Brother Call (the member we went caroling with) is better than Santa Claus to them. 
-the nativity we put on for some families in the stake with the YSA Elders....there is only one time I've been grateful for the piles of clothes of missionaries past in the apartment and it was when we needed some nativity costumes.
-You get to be with the kindest members in all the world AND you get to feed their pet goats they got for Christmas. 

Well. Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and Jesus Christ is the most wonderful person in all the earth. 
Please take the time to REMEMBER HIM, because He is forever remembering you. 
love you all! 

Sister Rendon



Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry more Christ.......get it Christ..mas.











WHAT A WEEK. WHAT A WEEK. WHAT A WEEK. 

-I promise that it is not that I've gotten 1000x more dramatic since I've left, it's just that my life is 1000x cooler and so I have more to be excited about. 

SOME THINGS. 

-In Fresno 5 we did service for our fun investigator Bill Gates from egypt. He is starting a shoe store and needed help moving a million shoe boxes around. Half way through the process he told us he could make us rich if we became business partners...it was a hard pass. 

-surprise. I got transferred. I spent the last half of the week with Sisters Sheffield and Baldwin in the Clovis/Cedar wood area. Sister Baldwin will be returning home tomorrow and Sister Sheffield and I will keep being companions and it's going to be the best. I about died when I saw how short the ward list was..I'm back in Clovis...where everyone is active. 

-the first member I met in this area was....................SISTER CHARLENE STEBLES. SO CUTE. She was the first baptism I had in the mission.....and I sat next to her in sacrament meeting....and she is so cute...and converted which is obviously the most important thing. 

-then Sister Baldwin and I visited Lora Kinnison. (Jack's mom) she was the 2nd baptism I had in the mission. She is literally so cute and told us this incredible story about how visiting teaching is going for her....and Jack is growing and it's so sweet. 

-CHRISTMAS ZONE CONFERENCE. Zone conference is always good...and then you add Christmas and things get soooo good. 

Ultimately what touched my heart most is the message President shared....he talked about the things that are commonly seen as the 'sacrifices' that missionaries make and then he said...."Ultimately, you will find in the end that it is never truly a sacrifice to come to know Christ." That is how I feel about my mission. I know that I am not perfect at it but I have tried with my whole heart to give my whole self to the Lord. I have tried my best to lay every piece of myself on a sacrificial alter and as I've done that I've found myself. I can honestly say that as I am today I am more me than I have ever before been and it is because I know my Savior more than ever before. 

I love being a missionary. I'm excited to continue to be a missionary, especially during this Christmas week. I love the Lord and I hope you take the time to remember HIM this Christmas.  

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sit down before you read this one.



                                                                                   December 11, 2017



Hello family. 
I love you all so much and it's important that you remember that. 

In hopes to avoid too much anticipation I'll just say it now....
I have chosen to extend my mission for 30 days. 
I was supposed to return home on February 14th, now I'll be home 30 days after that- honestly I haven't even taken the time to figure out when that day is. 

I have to be honest this isn't something that I've always wanted. To be truthful when I got to the MTC and I saw the card that told me I would return on the 14th of February, I didn't say anything but I thought to myself....'well, that's a little bit too long. I'll probably do that thing where you go home a little early so I can start school.' 
Clearly that changed over time and it's been quite some time that I've been thinking to myself...'February 14th....that can't be right. I need more time.' 

Obviously my mission has changed me and I hope that you can see whenever I do get home that it has changed me for the better. I promise my mission and especially the last 30 days of it has and will allow me to be a better daughter and sister. 

I already know that the gift of these 30 days will be the greatest gift for me this Christmas, but the 2nd would be your support. 
I wish I could be more eloquent, I wish you could know how I truly feel not only about my mission but also about you. 

I LOVE YOU and I'm excited to see you and
I'm excited to keep serving. 



Monday, December 4, 2017

a six-thousand word email














However it's only a 6,000 word email if you believe that ''a picture is worth a thousand words"





Monday, November 27, 2017

THIS WEEK IN THE CFM:





















Photo credit: David Hernandez















-we had the annual mission turkey bowl, where we don't keep score and the trash talk is quoting scripture. That was a fun time. 


-We had three thanksgiving dinners. P.s. when you get a priesthood blessing the day before thanksgiving that says...be weary of food....it throws a whole new aspect on thanksgiving. It was still a good time though because thanksgiving is not nearly as much about turkey as it is about being thankful and I have a lot to be thankful for. 

-I have two Polynesian companions now. I'm outnumbered and eating more corned beef than ever before. (Sister Soifua is a visa waiter and will be going to the Philippines next transfer probably)

-the light the world video came out and I took a selfie to get your attention if you only look at the pictures. The daily videos are SO COOL. Really actually go to mormon.org to find out more

-I went back to TULARE for a baptism. I loved it so so so so so so much. It was "grandma Mary's" baptism. The first lesson we had specifically for her was my last lesson in Tulare....it was so good...she has been so prepared!!! Ruben gave a talk at the baptism wearing a new tie he had bought for himself and he is a ward missionary now!  Special thanks to my mom who made Christmas come early for all of them...Ruben loves his new BYU shirt...and still plans on naming his first son Hooper. 

I saw Sister Burnside at the baptism....we talked to each other super fast the whole time and only finished telling each other half of our stories because we were so excited to move on to the next one. One hard thing about being a missionary is that you spend an entire four and a half months with someone you love a whole lot and then you do not see them at all for a month and a half.... the hard part is not seeing each other for a month and a half not the being together for four and a half months. 

LIGHT THE WORLD STARTS THIS WEEK. DO IT. 

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH.