Arizona, Week 13 – Conversions and baptisms and daily miracles…

(Mesa area with Sister Shannon Homer)

In the car with Hermana Homer and Hermana Berbert

In the car with Hermana Homer and Hermana Berbert

This transfer has flown by faster than any before. Hermana Homer and I have learned so much together and seen so many miracles. Next Monday I’ll know where I’ll be and with who for my last transfer of the mission. Hermana Homer and I would love to be together, but we’ll see what God has in mind. We love each other so much and I truly believe we will be lifelong friends. We saw more miracles than I could name this transfer. We actually started out with the goal to baptize every week the whole transfer and it didn’t happen, but something even better happened. We were able to teach families and now we will have our last 3 baptisms this weekend – a total of 7 (or 8 if you count the investigator we have have been Skype teaching – Hayley!) So that’s even more than if we had gotten a baptism each week. It’s been so cool to see so many fruits, so many real conversions. I really feel like each of the people we taught this transfer will endure to the end and has experienced a real, startling, life-changing conversion. I feel so blessed that God has let me witness so many beautiful miracles.

Hermana Berbert and Hermana Homer with Diego and family

Hermana Berbert and Hermana Homer with Diego and family

Diego’s baptism was really sweet. He’s a really quiet kid, but it’s been neat to watch him open up to us and when he does talk, it’s obvious that he has been soaking it all in. He really understands everything. His prayers are amazing. At first he was so shy that he didn’t want to be baptized in front of a group of people. Then as he has come to know God and change his life, he realized how important it was and decided to be the example to the rest of his family, the first one to take that step. It was so sweet. He even shared a brief testimony at his baptism about how happy he felt. He was especially excited to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Up on the roof for a service project

Up on the roof for a service project

It’s been a good week. We saw miracles daily. They are everywhere. I am so so so so so happy. Nothing can get me down. I’m just so happy to be where I know I need to be and doing what I know God wants me to do. This next transfer is going to be the best of them all, I can feel it.

Love you all!
Hermana Berbert

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Arizona, Week 12 – Scorpions, another apartment, and my final zone conference…

(Mesa area with Sister Shannon Homer)

Hey all! Here are the highlights this week:

We moved again. The first house had WAY too many scorpions. Not to mention that in every conversation we had with the lady who lived there she told us scorpion facts for at least 10 minutes. I know way more about them than I want to now. Poor Sister Homer was scared to death everyday. Then one day we were in bed and talking and I saw one crawl up on her covers. I said, “Get out of your bed.” She just kind of looked at me confused so I said it again, “I’m serious. Get out of your bed!” Then I told her to leave the room and I killed the scorpion. She was pretty much in tears and we almost slept in the car that night because she didn’t want to get back into her bed. We ended up just shaking out the sheets and spraying bug poison all around our beds like crazy. But I was so proud of her. She overcame her fear in that week! On the very last day as we were literally rolling the suitcases to the car, a scorpion crawled in front of her and she just whipped off her shoe and smacked it to death. Then she screamed because she was so excited she killed one. We even taped some in our journals to remember the adventures. haha. But our new place is amazing. We live on a lake! There is a dock outside and it’s so pretty!!! And the lady who lives here is adorable. She LOVES having us with her and is like our little adopted grandma.

Faith to walk on water?

Faith to walk on water?

New address:
1001 S Lagoon Dr
Gilbert, AZ 85233-7970
United States

Check out the dinner they caught for us!

Check out the dinner they caught for us!

That was a really long highlight. I probably won’t have time for many more. So a weird thing happened this last week. We had zone conference and we went and learned and it was really cool. I kept thinking how the previous zone conference was actually my first day in this mission. Isn’t that crazy? So much has happened since then that it seems like it was forever ago. Time is flying so fast. It was cool to see how much has changed since the last one. Then they started announcing some events that are coming up and I was writing down all the info because a member of the Seventy is coming to do training. Then he told us the date and I realized I wouldn’t even be here anymore. That was a weird thought. Then President Toone asked all of us to stand if we were going home the next transfer. I stood up along with a couple others. He said, “This is your last zone conference. Will you share your testimonies with us before you go? Ladies first.” And I was the only sister standing, so I was very suddenly on the spot. In that moment the realization that my mission is coming to an end hit me for the very first time. I mean, I’ve known that time is running out, but I don’t think about it much and it never felt real to me. I’m dead serious. I hardly even think about it and when people mention it, I just always think, “But I still have a long time left. There is still so much I can do.” So anyway, I shared my testimony and it was super simple. Unlike a lot of the missionaries I hadn’t thought at all about what I would say or how I have changed, etc. So I just shared why I love being a missionary and that I’m never going to stop being a missionary and that what missionary work really just boils down to is loving people. I felt kind of strange that whole day, but then I got over it and forgot it again. haha

Out of time. Quickest spiritual thought ever:
Challenge + Faith = Miracle
Infinity (Christ) + x (us, wherever we’re at) = Infinity (our potential)

Love you all!
Hermana Berbert

Arizona, Week 11 – Zone training, Facebook teaching, baking cookies in the car, drinking tea, and more…

(Mesa area with Sister Shannon Homer)

So much has happened this week!

On Tuesday Hermana Homer and I did our first zone training together with the Elders. It was awesome. We used tons of visual aids and videos and role-plays, etc. So it was really fun and we got this zone pumped for the new focus. The focus is on family mission plans. Or getting each family in our wards to make their own missionary plan of action on how they are going to share the Gospel. President Toone developed a genius mission-wide way of doing it. And I’m excited to see everyone really start feeling how amazing it is to share the Gospel with their families. I learned a ton too and got a lot of good ideas. I also started my own personal mission plan for how I’ll keep doing missionary work when I get home. One of the sisters came up to us at the end and was crying. She said that this was the answer to her prayers she had been looking for. We are all so excited to get the members more involved. I already know this is so inspired.

Facebook teaching has been taking off lately! We are Skype teaching people all over the place! It’s the coolest thing. We are teaching one of Sister Homer’s friend’s back home named Haylee and she is sooooooo getting baptized soon. She is amazing. She went to church this Sunday and has been reading the Book of Mormon and progressing super well. And it’s amazing to see how the Spirit can still be so strong over such a distance. We did a member presentation with her yesterday and Hermana Homer’s family Skyped in too and got to help us teach her. Talk about cool things with technology! We were teaching someone in South Dakota, while being in Arizona, with a member present from Idaho! That was pretty crazy.

It’s been super HOT lately. Our car said it was 127 degrees at 5:30 at night the other day. We are definitely in the 3 digits all the time. We are having fun with it though. We baked cookies in our car! Just left some cookies dough out during dinner and they were ready when we got out! But I’m learning to be careful too. The other day I left my lotion in the car and went to put it on and it totally scorched my skin. Ouch!

I accidentally drank tea! I totally didn’t expect it because active members gave it to us and I thought it was probably just some Mexican drink I had never seen before. I took one drink and then asked her what kind of juice it was and she said, “Tea.” Awkward missionary moments.

So we also moved to a new house! We live with a member now. It’s the first time I’ve done this before. She is a cute little grandma. We just live in the basement, so it’s kind of back to camping style living again. I mean it’s nice, but we don’t have our own kitchen or washing machine or anything, so we eat off paper plates and stuff. We have a little bit of room for our food in the fridge, but mostly it is stocked full of PEANUT BUTTER! One of the sisters added it up and she has 96 lbs. of peanut butter in her basement. I have never seen so much! She also has a kitty, so we basically have a pet. It’s kind of fun except when I start getting allergies from touching her too much. Also there is a gnome by the front door that talks every time we pass it. It always scares me and I don’t know why she bought it cause it just whines and complains all the time. I’m really tempted to kick that thing sometimes. Also, in every conversation we have with the member, she warns us to watch out for scorpions. Apparently there was a giant scorpion experiment they were doing nearby here once and after they finished they just let all of them go and they got into everyone’s homes. She warned us to check our shoes, food, pillows and beds everyday and watch out because sometimes they can fall from the ceilings or be between the couch pillows. I haven’t seen any yet, but Hermana Homer is so scared. Our new place is actually pretty nice though.

Here’s my new address:
1967 E Calle Monte Vista
Tempe, AZ 85284-8005
United States

Anyway, we are working hard and doing well! We put 4 investigators on date this week for June! Diego, Angelina, Ariana, and Ashley. We are teaching some of the coolest people. We are trying to put Salome on date. Please keep her in your prayers! She is so ready, just needs to make the decision. She has been investigating for 25 years! So we feel like she will either accept this week or never! She might get baptized this weekend if we can work it out! I love you all and I love this work!!!!

Love,
Hermana Berbert