Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hello everyone!

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! 🎉
It was a really good week in Harlem. Hermana Masoe and I were able to see a lot of miracles. 
Here are a few things that happened........

-VIANCES BIRTHDAY!! 
(Viance is a recent convert, I was able to go do baptisms with her my first day in Harlem) She is now 13 years old.... so Hermana Masoe and I blew up a bunch of balloons + put on our princess birthday crowns and sang her "feliz cumpleaños"

- Zoila is leaving to the D.R. to be with her husband for sometime.

-A new pizza joint opened up on Amsterdam so we were given free pizza!

-An interview with President Smith. He is so wonderful.

-Prayers. We made it a goal to pray with more people. People on the street. At their front doors. On the bus. Prayer is so powerful! 
I testify this is true.

- Harlem Shake! A member in the ward, Herman & his fiance, took Hermana Masoe and I out to lunch at Harlem Shake. If you are ever in Harlem.....you must stop by.

We received the news this past week that another apostle of the Lord will be visiting the mission: President Russell M. Nelson
We are very blessed! 
We will also begin to read the Book of Mormon together as a mission. 
To prepare we are studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 
I know that our Savior lives and gracias a Él.....nada as imposible. ❤

Welp. Thats a wrap! 
You are all in my prayers.

Love, Hermana Worley 










Sunday, August 6, 2017

A gratitude list....

This week I was a little extra greatful for......

1. My little black nametag.
2. This tablet- it's such an awesome tool to share the gospel with.
3. My dentist appt @ 1:00. YES, this hermana probably has a cavity....#sendprayers
4. The DAISY cookies that Momma Worley sent.
5. Priesthood blessings.
6. GREAT HARVEST BOISE! Thank you for the care package.
(I put something in the mail for you all this morning, so keep your eyes on the look out)
7. Pee day! Talking to you all + reorganizing for the week is refreshing.
8. N.Y. stairs.....they hurt my calves so good.
9. The Book of Mormon. 
10. My family. I love my tribe 💛
11. This scripture:
Doctrine & Covenants 1:23 
"That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers."

I hope you can take some time to reflect on your current gratitude list too. 
Much love & light,
Hermana Worley

Pictures:
Hermana Masoe and I
Selfie with hna anderson + ward members + elders 




Thursday, July 27, 2017

American Natural History Museum!!!


BIG CHANGES

A week full of big changes!

Hermana Anderson is on her way back home to Utah! Craziness.
This past Sunday Evelyn, a member in the ward fed us a goodbye dinner for Hermana Anderson and the end of dinner she gave Hermana Anderson a cute scarf and a mug....then she went into the bathroom and came out with a HUGE bouquet of flowers and said that these are for ME because she doesn't want me to be sad that Hermana Anderson was leaving. 
I then started to bawl..... we are talking about big crockadile tears and then I thanked her for being a second momma to me here in New York.
It was a really special evening.

Thursday morning the cell phone started buzzing on the desk during morning studies......so we looked at the phone and it read President Smith... here is how the convo went:
President Smith: Good morning is Sister Worley there?
Me: Yes I'm here!
President Smith: Sister Worley the Lord has called you to be a trainor.
Me: *all of the emotions all at once* 

So that happened. At first I thought that the Lord & President Smith had made a HUGE mistake calling me to train. 
I was still in training. 
Still struggling with Spanish. 
Still trying to navigate around the city. 
Just really under qualified overall.

Moral of the story. You have got to be careful for what you pray for because I was praying for more training.....just not in this capacity. 

My new companion just came from the Mexico MTC. Her parents are from Samoa but she was raised in California. Has 10 siblings. A heart of GOLD! 
We are gonna learn so much and pour our hearts in the work. 

Yesterday was our first day together and she was a champion with all of the city walking & Spanish speaking. I was praying that New York would be on its best behavior for her. 
When we knocked on one of the doors for a look up, a man opened up the door in a red thong!!!!!!! Ahhhhh. So I took Hermana Masoe by the arm and we ran down the stairs to leave the building. Poor girl! 
We were also to teach the message of the restoration to a lady sitting outside her building, help a man push a grocery cart full of groceries to his home, eat tamales for dinner, visit our cute member Lousia and tract in a project.

There are so many reasons why heart is full to the brim:
1. Hermana Masoe is THE CUTEST SISTER EVER. We are going to learn so much together. 
2. I get to serve in Harlem for another 12 weeks!
3. We have been having some magic rainy days in the city!
4. The Lord has put me in a new situation where I am able to learn how to put more of my trust in Him.

I am thankful for this gospel and for all of your prayers.
Much love,
Hermana Worley 

Pictures: 
-my last district
-Hermana MASOE!!! ISN'T she DARLING???




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hello everyone! 💛

Hello everyone! 💛
This past week was filled with a lot of different kinds of days. 
The good ones and the bad ones. #strugglebusweeks
Haha isn't that just life sometimes? 
Weeks like this make me extra greatful for the Savior and this gospel.

One of my top favorite scriptures is:  Mosiah 24:13-15 (in the Book of Mormon)

13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.

14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

I know that the Lord does ease our burdens, even the ones that we don't feel upon our backs. 
Because of Him we can find peace + strength in the struggle. 

Hermana Anderson heads home next this coming Tuesday and that means transfer calls will be this Saturday evening sometime! I am very thankful for all that I have learned from her!

Hermana Day and I were able to visit the Empire State Building! It was magic to view the city from such a different perspective than I usually do. 
It was as if I was looking at a land of legos with a big broccoli patch right in the middle. Then it hit me that Heavenly Father wants me here in this city, at this moment, speaking Spanish, living in Harlem just trying to do what the Savior would do.

Pictures:
Top of the Empire state & Little India

Lots of love,
Hermana Worley 



Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Empire State building!!!!

Hermana Day and I had sooooo much fun!!! We also had the same mtc teachers!!! 



APF + stick notes + Fresi

Feliz miércoles!

I feel like I ALWAYS start this way......but this past week really did WHiZ by.
It was also filled with a lot of ingredients.

Hmm lets start with a not so funny food expierence......
Okay so I'll begin real quick with explaining that i was a vegetarian before the mission but i have been eating meats of all sorts because, what would Jesus do? Right? So a lot of food that i am served is a weird expierence because I'm fed a lot of meat but anyways, yesterday after helping out a lady in the ward named Ana clean out her home she wanted to feed us food. 

A HUGE plate of spaghetti was on the menu.
When I got near to finishing my plate/putting some spaghetti in my purse....I felt something really hard in my mouth so I started to chew really slowly and then just had to take it out of my mouth....when I looked in my hand it was WOOD!! Like a stick from a tree branch. Yup. 🌲 
The end!

Thursday: 
Hermana Anderson and I felt that we should look up one of the gals that we found through talking to people on the bus not too long ago. We have been able to meet with her once for a lesson + deliver her a book of Mormon....but after that lesson we haven't been able to keep in contact with her. We have attempted quite a bit to reach out to her have not had much luck with her being home/answering her phone.
Regardless we felt like we should try again.
So we knocked on her door and nothing.
We left a note.
The next morning our phone buzzed and it was her asking if we could come by to visit with her this Saturday morning! 
Hermana Anderson explained to me that she can't remember what she wrote on the note on her door but that she was praying that Heavenly Father would help her reach out to us.
This little tender mercy was a soft reminder of how important it is to never give up on people....and that sticky note messages do really work.

Friday afternoon: 
My district had an APF!
An APF is an Area Proselytizing Focus so we set up a booth on the busy streets of Harlem with cases of cold water bottles + Books of Mormons + pass along cards + members from the church. It was SO fun and super cute to see the members get excited about missionary work!

Saturday morning: 
we recieved a text from Fresi (one of our investigators) asking if we could come over and see her asap.
Hermana Anderson and I knew something was wrong so we raced over to her home. When we got there we all sat on the sofa and Fresi just started to bawl. She explained to us that her husband was kicking her out of the house so she had to move to Brooklyn today to live with one of her friends until she figures out something else.
All of her family lives in the DR. Hermana Anderson & I have been one of her biggest support systems. So we helped her pack her bags then said our goodbyes. My heart is still really heavy for Fresi and I am learning what it means to trust God. 

I am extra thankful today that there is no such thing as permanent goodbyes & that everyday is a fresh start because of the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. 💛

Much love,
Hermana Worley 🌻


Pictures:
-We had a super rainy day this past week and were drenched on the way to the chapel. Some men offered us some trashbags to keep dry!! Rain in the city is ALWAYS magic! 
-a awkward selfie with Ana Maria and I! This darling lady is 106 years old!!!!! 
- the train station. I love the art in N.Y.. 




Monday, July 10, 2017

PRESIDENT UCHTDORF IN NY + THE FOURTH= BEST WEEK EVER!

The heading of this email is 100% TRUTH! 

This past Sunday all of the missionaries in the mission had the super special treat to enjoy a sacrament meeting with President Utchdorf + his DARLING wife Harriet + thier daughter + grandson Eric.
It was a meeting that I will remember for the rest of forever.... I wish that can say I took really great notes but the spirit was so strong in the meeting that I spent a lot of time wiping tears.  
President Uchtdorf talked a lot out putting our trust in the Lord and encouraged us missionaries to THINK BIG & creatively when sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with our brothers and sisters in NY. 

I hope that everyone had a safe 4th of July! Yesterday to celebrate Hna Anderson & I + our roommates decorated the house in our 4th of July gear...thanks to momma worley for sending the care package. 
For lunch we celebrated with a super awesome sister in the ward. Her name is Hermana Villanueva. She is from the DR, cooks the best food and tells the FUNNIEST jokes. Yesterday she cooked us an american lunch.....dominican style and fed us Costco samples of Angel food cake for dessert. The rest of our day was spent tracking in an area higher up on the island than we normally go to. 

The missionary work is going great. We spent a lot of time this past week teaching lessons and finding people to teach.
Heavenly Father really loves His children and I feel blessed to be able to take part in this work.

Today we get to go to the temple and then Chinatown!

Some happy things:

-New york Rats are REAL!!!!!! This past week Hna Anderson and I were walking down Amsterdam and a lady was freaking out about a rat that was scurrying along the side of the building.

-Lots of old men sit outside playing dominos on the summer days with thier Latino music bumping.

-Rita & Jeffery Molina. Rita and Jeffery are mom and son who are from Ecuador. Jeffery is around the age of 14. Rita has been investigating the church for a few years now. This past Thursday we had the oppertunity to teach them about The Plan of Salvation and after the lesson Rita runs to her room and brings out a bright pink (1/2 used) lipstick which she gifts to me. Such a tender the moment. 

-Teaching English class! It's one of my favorite things! This past week we taught four students how to order food in English at a resturant.  

Pictures
-Sister Perkins & I! We came out to the mission field together and snagged this picture right after the mission wide church service this past Sunday....isn't she super cute?
-Selfies during companionship study! 
-4th Fun!!

I love you all,
💛Hermana Worley







Tender mercies!

After the temple today hna Anderson and I headed to China town so she could get souvenirs for her little siblings because she is heading home soon. We were walking down the street and a cute family yells "missionaries" so we turn around and they were so excited to see us! The mom asked if she could take us out to lunch and then took a pic and sent it to you both!! So that is the sweet story behind the picture. She is from IT! 



Thursday, June 29, 2017

xoxoxo

ALSO Cupcakes ATMS are REAL is New York!!! I got a pineapple cupcake!!! 


No tiempo hoy

HOLA!

I dont have much time to write today but I still wanted to send you all some fotos + love. I am alive! + happy!  and there are miracles EVERYDAY in New York. This past week was filled with lots of walking, prayer, planning, teaching about our purpose here on earth, rice + beans, rain and FIREFLIES! It is so fun seeing fireflies alive at night on our walk back home to our apartment. #bliss
I hope your week was filled with lots of good things too. 

Love,
Hermana Worley

Pictures:
-Weekly planning: my ft. the white board at home
-A Rainbow- pure magic
-The fire hydrants are always open exploading water! #summertiiime




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mas FOTOS!




A Happy Day! :)

Hola! :)

Its "P" day again & the first day of summer. 
A happy day! :)

This past week I had the opportunity to tour the Unitied Nations! It was one of the coolest expierences EVER. Felipe is a member of the Harlem Spanish ward and he works as a religious coordinator.
Want to know a cool fact? The UN is technically not located in New York. Its international territory.

Elizabeth is my most favorite Bolivian EVER. We met her through knocking doors in one of apartments that we were in. She works as a home attendent to a little old lady who is 105 years old! Crazy, huh?! 
Elizabeth is studing to take her citizenship test so we practice speaking English with her + asking qustions + then at the end we share a spiritual message. #win-win

The ward threw a fathers day party on honor of "Dia del Los Padres" and it was SO fun. So many rice and beans were cooked, there was lots of dancing, costumes and a live band. Fathers day was extra special this year for me. Not being able to physically celebrate the day with my dad made me apprectiate him even more. I hope you were able to give your dad a great big hug. 
I am very thankful for my Earthly Father and my Heavenly Father and my awesome grandpas. I have been blessed with the best.
One of my top favorite things to share with people as a missionary is that we are all literally children of a loving Heavenly Father. He loves us and watches over us. :)

Love you all big time,
Hermana Worley

Fotos:
- the cupcake atm
-My roommates and I
-View from the UN





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I was able to tour the U.N. today

Oh my goodness so one of the members in the ward, Felipe works at the U.N. and he gave us sisters a personal tour!! Guess what. Norman Rockwell painting was there!


Tranfers + Funfetti + A sick companion

HOLA HOLA HOLA!

GUESS WHAT! TRANFERS THIS WEEK!!! FUN STUFF! 
I am still city living finishing up my training this cycle with Hermana Anderson. 
One of our sister roomate left us and we are sad to loose Hermana Balcasar but we are SUPER excited to have Hermana Day come and join us! She is the bees knees!

Hermana Anderson has been dealing with a lame bug and this past Saturday we spent in our home so she could rest for the day. Send her some good vibes if you can!

This past week was filled with a lot of wonderful things.

Yesterday Hermana Anderson & I baked a TON of Funfetti cookies for all of our friends in the city with a mini message about the gospel! Like FOUR  dozen cookies. Our apartment still smells divine.
When we were on the bus to go deliever all of our treats I saw a super cute little latino lady sitting down and a strong impression came to me 
"you need to give her a plate of cookies" 
and I thought oh my word! WHAT!?
How am I supposed to give a stanger a plate of cookies when I dont even speak her language very well?!
 She is gonna think I am so wierd but I reminded myself that I am wierd and all that I need is 12 seconds of extreme bravery!
So I sat down next her said "hola" & just prayed SO hard for the best.
We were able to understand eachother really well and talk about our relationship with Jesus Christ. When my bus stop was coming up I explained to her that I have a plate of cookies for her and she was like "uuuuhhhhm esta bien" but I ended up explaining to her that they are for her because I love her and I hope that she can enjoy the note that is with them and drink some milk too! And then guess what happened!!! 
SHE TOOK THE COOKIES! 
I don't know why I felt impressed to give a random stranger a plate of cookies on the bus BUT I do know that it is SUPER imporant to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I may never see that lady again and I may never know if the cookies made it to her home or into a trash can after she got off the bus, but it doesn't matter! If you have a kind thought come to your mind......DO IT! That is my challenge to you all this week.

Tender mercies:
-My METRO CARD - A/C on the SUBWAY!!!! HOLLA!!!
-SUNSHINE
-ALL of the YELLOW taxi cabs. SO new york.
-This city. There are so many magic moments!

I love you all lots! 
Talk next week


Fotos:
My and my Magnolia red velvet cupcake! SO YUM!
My first complete SPANISH note




Saturday, June 10, 2017

HaPpY bIrThDaY tO mE


v-e-i-n-t-i-u-n-o!

Yes that header of this email is RIGHT! 
This hermana of yours is now twenty one years old! 

Thank you for all of the birthday love that was sent my way. I feel extraordinarly blessed that I am able to serve our Jesus for my WHOLE 21st year of LIFE! 

Lets talk about the birthday festivities:

So the big day began with Hermana Anderson and I going on a run outside to the top of the nearby target parking garage where we were able to watch the sun rise above the hudson river!
When we came home to start getting ready for the day the whole apartment was DECKED OUT. Our sister roomates hung ballons + streamers + banners and baked blueberry muffins for breakfast.
Then I was able to open up birthday gifts! (thanks family!!!!!!!!!)
My momma sent me a birthday dress and all of our Latino friends DIED over my mexican vestido! It was thee funniest! *vestido pictured below*

For dinner one of the ward memebers, Hermana Daisy Matos, threw me a mini birthday party at her home! She is a darling sister from the Dominican Republic who speaks Spanish far to fast w/ too much slang for me to follow along fully with her conversations....but nevertheless she and I love eachother very much! 

She made me a big vegetarian dinner + 2 birthday cakes + lit some matches on fire and put them on top of a cake for me to blow out + invited Hermana Villanoeva over with her little grandson + told lots of funny jokes! It was a hoot!

I don't have much time to write more today but I am sending you lots of LOVE from New York. I pray for you all!

Make it a good week,
Hermana Worley

Fotos:
-The Brownie cake that my roomates made for me on Sunday!
-Hermana Anderson and I ate our district meeting w the Bday CROWNS



Friday, June 2, 2017

my home away from home- Spanish Harlem














Central Park Wonderland



Hello its Hermana Worley here!

Hello its Hermana Worley here,

Can you all believe that another week has passed by? ME NEITHER!

I was able to attend the Manhattan temple recently to do a session. There are a lot of places that I love in this city of mine but I have to say that the temple takes the cake! It is where I find peace + clarity + council + hope + love. So many good things. 
The Manhattan temple is pretty unique because it is placed in such a noisy busy place but when you walk in it is completely silent. #bliss

Sometimes when I have left the temple in the past I have thought to myself: "oh boy, now I have to go back to the "real" world" 
and I think that is so silly....because if you take a moment to think about it... the temple is the "real" world everything else is just fluff! 

Lots of mini miracles here like meeting people on the bus that give us thier address and tell us to come visit them or seeing a memeber of the church just in time when they needed it and even being able to appreciate the power of a priesthood blessing of health.

The last few days I caught a bad bug or something of the sort because Saturday evening I was throwing up feeling sicker than a dog. #notfun
But times like those are tender/rough remindering of some of the really good things in life....like blue gatorade + preisthood blessings + fuzzy blankets + MVP COMPANIONS. 
Hermana Anderson is the bees knees!

I love the ward that I am serving in right now. It very aclectic (? not sure if thats how the word is spelt hahah) But there are about 600 members in the ward and about only 60 families that are active. Which blows my mind! We are trying to build the ward!

Well I hope that you all have a wonderful week!
Much love and light,
Hermana Worley

Pictures:
-My first tamale experience


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Famous Cookies


Famous Cookies!!!

Theory for life......SMILE


I really need to think of more creative "hello" greetings but there is no time for that this week so here is a great big:
 HELLO EVERYONE! :)

I hope that you all have a wonderful week.
It is interesting to me to see and expierence a little pice of SO many different cultures here. But one thing that is tried and true throughout my travels in life, and has been true here is that when you see people on the street and you give them a small smile, chances are....they wont even smile back at you. BUT if you give them a HUGE smile, most of the time you al least get a little smile back. :)
So I just walk around saying HELLO + HOLA with a HUGE smile plastered on my face and usually I get at least little smiles back. :) Try it out this week!

Yesterday when Hermana Anderson and I were headed home on the bus we were able to meet a darling women who was deaf and refer her the elders. We used the sign language that we both knew (which is very limited), showed her a video that the elders put together, she put in thier phone number in her phone and were able to talk about her job with her! She braids hair for a living! This expierence testified to me that LOVE really is the universal language!!!

I dont have much time this week to write today but I hope that you are saying your prayers + reading your scriptures + remembering your Savior Jesus Christ.

mini letter poetry:

Dear Spiral Stairs, I'm convinced you want to kill all young children, pregnant women, and elderly people. You are SUPER sketch. 

Dear people who say they can't speak English when I speak to them in Spanish...sorry. I'm working on the accent okay?!


Dear Project Elevator, sometimes I would rather pee in you than some of the bathroom that I visit in peoples homes.......dont ask.

Dear self, you should have taken a world religions class for SURE. Anyone want to do some religion research and send it my way???? ;) There are so many different religions practiced here.

Dear family, thanks for the letters you gave me before I went to the MTC. I read them often and they fill me with SO much strength and love!!! 


Photos:
-gotta apprecaite all of the thank you you can get
-a classic manhattan sunset...they get me every evening...