hola mi amigos!

hola mi amigos y familia! thank you for joining me on my 18 month journey to the merida mexico mission! i am so excited to be serving as a full time LDS missionary and representing my savior jesus christ everyday. i hope through my experiences it may help you draw closer to Christ & gain a love for this wonderful work we are all involved in. God speed and i will see you all again before we know it. until then, my wonderful mother will be updating my blog of all my adventures.

con mucho amor,
hermana maisie ellen hobbs

the field is white already to harvest; d&c 4:4

the field is white already to harvest; d&c 4:4

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9

Buenas Tardes mi hermosa famila!! como estan?? 

welp.. this morning I got a great suprise... TRANSFERS TO TICUL! Ticul is the farthest area east in the mission, with the Hermana Huerta de Mexico! There I will be finishing my mission.We{ll still be sister training leaders, and im excited because theres a lot of hermanas that have been my friends in the zone!! so it will be great to work with them and help them out. I was a little bit shocked becasue last week pres. told me id be staying in my area because we had a lot of baptisms coming up.. but guess the Lord had other plans for me :) sad because I didnt get the chance to say goodbye to anyone... 

they usually call us in the night so we can be in the offices by 8 in the morning, but transfers were a little crazy because there were more than 35 missionaries going home.. so LOTS of changes! We didnt get the call till 7 in the morning and i had NOTHING packed. so it was a ramble of throwing things into my suitcase and finding a way to get my maletas out. It was a show, but it was fun.. Im a little bit sad to leave motul... well a lot acutally, but that area will forever be sacred to me.. The people I met, the blessings I saw.. Motul was what helped me grow spiritually and learn to rely on our Savior. But I know with every transfer, with every area, with every companion, there is something to learn, & with each one I am learning WHO is christ. So Im excited to see what Oxkutzcab has for me :) 

this last week was great!! Jose chan went to church as well as Isela! Isela will be baptized this week, so im a little sad that I wont be there.. :/ but I will be in spirit! and in one year when she seals with Jose!!! Also got great news that one of my inv. of kanasin was baptized SATURDAY!! do you remember abraham?? he was the old little guys who had lots of addictions?? he was finally able to dejarlos and be baptized!! I was THRILLED when I got the news!!! So happy for him :) 

We had our sunday night peliculas where we watched about JOSE SMITH. We had a really good turnout! I have loved doing that. It strengthend my testimony in our beloved profet.  we thank thee for a prophet has struly become one of my favorite hymns!

We also did divisions on tuesday with Hermana Renteria and Hermana Lugo. we both went to there area because la herman renteria sprang her ankle lunes playing basketball. woops. so we went so hermana lugo didnt stay in the house the whole week. It was fun working there! tuesday I stayed with her to care for the little sickie it was fun :) We worked a lot in her english book!! she is basically fluent. it amazes me the gift of tounges. she is working to present her exam so she can get the english certificate. It was fun being with her. we came together in the mission! she finishes a transfer after me and was one of my good friends of LAKIN :) 

Hermana Falcon has finished her mission...no me diga im super sad about that. Almost didnt get the chance to despedirla but we found each other! (also i know you got my itenerary but i need you to tell me if ill be going to mexico city so i can tell her so we can meet up in the airport) I cant even begin to explain how grateful I am for her. 

I dont have much time, but those are the updates on my life!! LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH.

kik hobbs

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 2

Oh my little family!! 

I love hearing from you all and how great you are doing! this week was one of many many blessings, and I will try to convey all of them.This past week has been a week of great reflexion! Every day I become more and more grateful for the mission my father has sent me to and the experiences that he has blessed me with.. 

first... Little Fernando was baptized!!!! It was such a wonderful experience!!! and on halloween so he will always remember his special little day. All this week he has been SOOO excited practically jumping up and down asking his mother is saturday here yet?? It amazes me the light children have and how strong they are.. especially him! His mom Alicia will be getting baptized as well, but a little more ahead, there are some things we gotta get settled first, but little Fernando is SUCH a good example to her, always making her pray and reminding her to read her scriptures. He chose Hermano Alberto to do the ordinance (he is a less active that the missionaries reactivated about 9 months ago, was put in the bishopbric and now is preparing to enter in the temple with his family in december) He reminds me lot of my own father... his humble leadership. He was very touched that little fernando wanted him to do the ordinance, and he spent all week preparing himself so he could be more spiritually prepared saturday. What a great man who honors his preisthood!!! Saturday couldnt have been a more specail day... (and hectic) friday was suppose to be his interview with our DL but Alicia forgot about an event/party in her work and left us waiting.. jajaj we were a little bit stressed out. We were calling her and calling her and nada. She called us around 10:00 tat night and said oh cant we do it in the morning? (felt super bad for our little elderes) so we passed by to walk together to the church and their dog went missing. so we were on search mode in the morning for about an hour tring  to find little espike but NADA.he still hasnt showed up..:( it reminds me again how there are ALWAYS obstacles in front of us, not to discourage us, but to really show us how much we want something and what we are willing to do to accomplish it! and nothing would stop little fernando. He came bouncing in and almost jumped right into the font at 6 for his service. hahah it was so cute!! and sunday being confirmed as well was an experience really really beautiful! 

On thrusday we had interviews with Pres.. LOVE TALKING TO PAPA GARCIA :) I know Ive said it a million times but still it marvels me how similar my presidentes are to my parents. I think Hermana Garcia could be a twin of mom with all her spaz and energy! jajaj as we finished our interviews there were 4 other hermanas there with us that were tooken out of there area for algunas razones and were a little discouraged and hermana garcia just said VAMANOS YA! and took us to eat a dairy queen. it was something so thoughtful of her, and it went a long way. She told us her story of how her and Pres met, got married and everything and HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO be a mother!! she is a teacher as well & helped answer a lot of my questions.. her and pres served in the same mission but never knew each other. After the mission, she has already been home one year. pres got home and was looking at his pictures of the mission and she was in one of  them and said, Im going to marry her - and made it happen. jajaj it was so cute hearing her story. And spending time with mama garcia :) 

Sunday was a day very very special. ( I LOVE FAST AND TESTIMONY MEETINGS) A menos activo family that we have been working with (the sister of Maurcio our convert) blessed  their baby boy, and their 12 year old passed the sacrament por la primera vez, Fernando was confirmed a member of the church, and MAURICIO recieved the PREISTHOOD!!!!!! I was so emotional all throughout the church seeing the power of God being used to bless these boys life, a power that I have seen first handly how it enriches and blesses the lives of families.. Little do they know the influence that they can and will have to bless the lives of those they serve, both in the church &especially in their future families, It made me remind of my wonderful brothers, of my father, and of my grand heritage that I have had in my life. I know that los hombres are tempted more for this power that they are entrusted, but it is a FIGHT to be worthy! one worth fighting. us as woman as well must be spiritual influences for good

Moroni 7:31
31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.

D y C107:99
99 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.

Let us all live live up to our callings of our heavenly father!! He has such great plans for us and will make us bigger and better then who we are already through the atonement! Love you all so much. Know that my little family is always in my prayers. little hobbs, and the big hobbs too ;) I have such a wonderful family who has helped me get to this point in my life. My wonderful sister who lead our family strongly with her righteous decisions and radiating virtue, big Slam who has such wisdom and has taught me so much about dedication & hard work, my brother Jacob who has taught me that is is more important how we make others feel tham what we say and to do ARKS, mi hermanito who has taught me patience and to FOLLOW our pursuits, to help others and to give our all. and my parents i could write a novel to them. but I truly feel like nephi of old, being born to goodly parents. ( i told you this week has been a week of reflexion :) 

LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. be wise, what more can I say? 

October 26

This week was GREAT as always!! 
it was a little rainy so that was perfect for me. I love the rain here, got to break out my yellow coat. everyone has been saying that the spirits have been preparing to come out with this moody weather since its almost hana pixnal o sea dia de los muertos! we,ve already been fed our pib which is tradition here in yucatan to eat for these holidays. its like a tamale, but BIGGER & BETTER. ill try to send photos one day. 

HAPPY WEDDING FOR AMBER!! she is such a beautiful bride. i have a letter that i hope will be getting to here soon. jaja. no we havent received any bit of the hurricane. just a litte rain like always! 

this week was fun, we had intercambios, I went with the heramana avitia in PINOS (the city of the RICH and POWERFUL). I saw her nacer in lakin so it was fun working with her and seeing how much she has progressed! their area was a little different because its where all the doctors and rich people live so their are hardly any people home of in the streets but we started out with a pray and found 2 new investigadores that day!! just waiting for us.. both with sad stories. It always amazes me how the lord works.

We had a reunion with the AP.s this week and it was super powerful.. taked about the faith & desire. its something that is so common to hear, to have faith, and often we say, YES WE HAVE FAITH, or we visit the people and they tell us all about the faith they have.. but it amazes me what faith truly can do if we excercise and develop it. made me think a lot about where my faith is in what I am doing.. Eter 12:12-19. after the reunion hermana valdez & I decided that we are going to BAPTIZE EVERY WEEK. that has been and always will be the goal of the mission, yet not always has been fulfilled. but we have seen the lord already work miracles in motul, and we know he can help us! so we are praying and working hard to help our brothers and sisters come to the knowledgo oof our savior as well.

little fernando es doing so welL! we are excited for him this week to be baptized on halloween!! keep him and his mommy alicia in your prayers please.

love you all so much

hermana hobbs

October 19

hola mi familia!!! 

this week went super well! 
sorry this is gonna be a little short email.

We found the familia Biste! they went to our activity on Friday, we did the family history act agian, but in motul 1 (we are the travelig act:) love the sweet spirit that brings the history work. 

CLARIBEL accepted fecha!! and she invited us to eat with her today. We were able to meet her husband and speak with him as well. They are soooo great really seeking a lot of guidance in this life. They are going to come to our act. on thursday and to chruh to COME & SEE. 

Isela is progressing so well! She will be getting baptized in about a month when her brother comes from cancun to baptize her the week of his wedding! lots of great blessings that are coming. 

Alicia se enfermo she had west nile ( a very common thing here) so wasnt ablt to go to church. the little boys came though! Jorge wanted to sit by me but it was a constant struggle to keep him quiet in the sacrament. He is a very very very active little boy. jajajaj the mission sure prepares us to be papas. It was really fun :) 

Hermana Valdez and I marvill every day how the lord puts the prepared in our way. we are so grateful to be missionaries in this greate work. 

hermana hobbs

October 12

"Selfishness is a sickness,
to love truly is to truly feel,
the most beautiful day of my life is today,
the biggest obstaculo is fear, 
the prettiest friendship is to be sincere
the most noble beauty is a smile,
Never give up, & fight for what you want most, 
fight for your future.
dont forget that the love is like the crystal, it breaks 
easily if you dont care for it." - Hermana Elda

This week was so great as always. This week we ate with one of my most favorite people. La hermana Elda. she is one of the pioneers here in Motul of the church. I love hearing her stories of sacrifice, of taking her 9 children to the church of walking to all the other pueblos to share the gospel. She reminds me so much of grandma hobbs. she has so much spaz & enthusiasm to share what she knows is true!! She pulled out like 5 million libros that she has wrote little things like this (the english translation is a little weird). They are pure treasures! she has one for every kid. and has passed for many trials.. but is a true woman of faith. it amazes me to see these books and to hear that she went back to elementary school, ya a grown woman so that she would be able to help her little kids with homework. and then to read what she has written! She has the biggest heart.

I have been reflecting a lot lately about the simple truths.. as we taught a young joven who had lost his mother about 4 years ago, we shared the simple truth of the plan of salvation.

As we visited with our recient convert Mauricio and were helping him with his family history work and preparing to recieve sacerdocio and enter into the temple made me remember the blessings we have to do this work on both sides of the veil.. so that families can be together forever.

The gospel is so simple that even a young child can learn it.. Like our little Ryan, Brandon, and now Fernando and family are choosing to learn and be baptized for halloween. But so complex that it takes an eternity to master it. 

We have seen so many blessings this week! Alicia and Fernando have accepted to be baptized, as well Isela recieved her answer that truly she will be baptized when she had a dream about Hermana Valdez and I teaching. (her brother will be able to do the ordinance!!) Maurcio bore his testimony in church SUPER powerful! The ward is starting to be put back in order again, we now have a pres. of relief society  & pres. quoreum elderes, Hermanos that havent drank for almost 1 month! Menos activos that are now reactivando, so many blessings are happening here in Motul that I dont think I can see them all. I love being a missionary. I love thinking of all the blessings that the father has permited me to see here.. and its through the simpleness of the gospel. Let us be like Nefi, firm and constant in keeping the commandments of the Lord. LDM promeses us more than 31 times that if we keep the commandments, we will prosper in OUR promised lands.


Hermana Hobbs

October 5


sounds like yall had a rockin weekend of conference in Idaho, i LOVED dads cake!!! dad truly baffles me with all the talents and imagination he has! I can just picture grandmas excitement for her little poodle jajaja :) 

we too had an amazing week filled with the spirit!! we had 9 menos activos and 4 investigadores who went to conference this weekend!!!! THE LORD BLESSES US :) it started out a little rough cuz I got a little infection in my stomach from something I ate. (weird cuz its the first time its happened) I hadnt been feeling very well since monday and by wednesday I felt pretty weird, so we made a quick trip to the doctor and had to stay in jueves.. but the lord healed me quickly. he knew that we had lots of work to do!

I marvilled this week as I saw the hand of our heavenly father.. i am humbled by the way he works. and I realize more and more every day how blesses us according to our desires and wills. First, on friday we were walking to an appointment and as we were crossing the street someone shouted at us, I usually dont prest attention but as we turned around a young dad asked wheres the temple of uds?? we were caught off guard but as we started to talk found out that he was an investigator in Chiapas and moved here about 3 weeks ago!! He was like when can you come to our house to visit us??? where is the church?? It was a little blessing! He has 2 cute little kids, and his wife. They were going to come to the conf, but werent able to make it... but we have an appt. this week. 

then sunday in the conference (which was SO powerful) while pres. monson was 
speaking, the secretary came up to us and said hermanas, i have work for you. I have to be honest I was a little bugged because we made a huge rucus leaving and left when the profet was giving his talk, but i soon became repented.. thats when we met Alicia, Fernando (8), and Jorge (6). The secretary solo said, here she is. and left back in to the conference. Alicia introduced herself and said, I dont want my kids to attend my church. (catholic) because I want them to be good boys. I dont want them to be found in the streets, or to have addictions, and Im hoping you can help me.. I could see the disperation in her eyes for her two little boys. Jorge the youngest made quick friends with another child adn was running through the halls and little fernando looked as if he was going to cry.. It was so crazy. She said Im goign to start bringing hiim to churhc every sunday and maybe ill joing as well. It was our little blessing!

i dont think ill ever have words to say how grateful I am for my savior or for my family, for the gospel, for everything that the mission has given me. I too feel like my father that I can only say that I am blessed. Blessed to have these experiences and these people I love so much... I love you all and I hope you strive to put in practice wehat you learned this conference

Hermana Hobbs