Wednesday, March 30, 2016

hello everyone!

Well this is Elder Sidwell.... you may be wondering why isn't this Sister Herrera !?!? well her companion Sister Lerch is pretty sick, so they won't be emailing for a day or two, just thought you guys would like to know... and please pray for them! 
Have a great week 
Poland Warsaw Missionaries 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We're sick!

Hello!  This is Elder Cowley!  Surprise!

Unfortunately, Sister Herrera and Lerch are sick, and so they will not be emailing today, but rather tomorrow hopefully!

She asked me to ask you all to keep them in your prayers!

Thank you!

P.s.  Sister Herrera is awesome!  She's an inspiration to so many missionaries around her! :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

The new Easter video

Have y'all watched this yet?? It's awesome because it reminds us that the Savior is with us no matter what.

Who says Sisters aren't tough as nails??

Hey everyone, Sister Lerch and I are doing great here in Warsaw II! We went out to go see Krystyna who live quite a ways out of Warsaw, and it was an adventure just trying to get there! We ended up having to take a train and then a little white bus, and then we missed the stop we needed to get off at, and the whole time we were on the last leg of our journey, I was talking to Krystyna and she said to get off immediately and that it would then take us half an hour to get to her. As we walked on the bike path, we heard a crying baby which we then figured was a signal from a baby monitor, but despite all that, we got to Krystyna's and she had some delicious Ukrainian borscht waiting for us along with blini (naleszniki). During the lesson, Krystyna showed us pictures from her baptism along with the Sisters who taught her. We read "The Hope of God's Light" from President Uchtdorf with her, she really loves this talk! One of my favourite parts is:

 "Isn't it wonderful to know that we don't have to be perfect to experience the blessings and gifts of our Heavenly Father? We don't have to wait to cross the finish line to receive God's blessings. In fact, the heavens begin to part and the blessings of heaven begin to distill upon us with the very first steps we take toward the light.

The perfect place to begin is exactly where you are right now. It doesn't matter how unqualified you may think you are or how far behind others you may feel. The very moment you begin to seek your Heavenly Father, in that moment, the hope of His light will begin to awaken, enliven, and ennoble your soul.5 The darkness may not dissipate all at once, but as surely as night always gives way to dawn, the light will come."

This is very special to me because lately, I've felt like I wasn't doing enough as a missionary, or that the work we were doing was ineffective. But you know what? It's been said that G-d calls whom He qualifies. To me, that means that any step we take to strengthen the branch or ward where we serve is considered missionary work, even if it is different. We've had so much success teaching less-actives! I just can't help but feel like the people really ready to hear the Gospel are right in front of us, even listed in the ward directory sometimes. I ask myself, " Why would G-d send us a bunch of people to teach tracting when we haven't even been taking care of the ones we already have?"

It was seriously miracle after miracle this week and it made me realise once again, that this is G-d's work, and when we are doing what we can, then we really don't need to be afraid because G-d's work will go forward in His own time. At first it was scary; just because you have to sort of step out of the old ways and into the new. My whole mission, I thought tracting all day and finding through that made us in a way more successful. But something the Spirit has really taught me is that to word smart, we need to step out of our box and do it. So, we are doing that and honestly, I know this is what's right, because the Spirit is so strong in our less-active lessons. I am so excited to really get my elbows in the dirt here and work, work, work! This is such an amazing area, with some of the best members I have met in my life. I love Warsaw! 

Thanks so much once again for all of your support! I love you!!

Siostra Herrera   

Monday, March 14, 2016


No cześć, everyone! I'm sorry to say that there's nothing much to report for this week, but here's what we do have: At the start of this week, Sister Lerch and I made a lot of rosół (chicken soup) and took it to members and investigators. We also had a lesson with Kate and we'll get to teach her English every week! I just love being here, being able to serve these beautiful people! 

This week, we've learned so much about the love of G-d. I wish I could type a paragraph about how much He loves each and every one of you, but no matter how eloquent it could be, you would understand. Only the Spirit can teach us this wonderful truth. Throughout my mission, I've been so blessed to come in contact it, to scratch the surface of the enormous and eternal capacity of the love that G-d has for us. I feel like this realization of His love for His children has changed me the most out of anything here. To know that G-d really is my Father in Heaven and that He hears my prayers makes everything okay. It is no coincidence that this knowledge is the first principle listed in the missionary lessons in Preach My Gospel. It is the foundation for all happiness, peace and knowledge we can obtain. 

The other cool part is that we can't learn the love of G-d simply by sitting around and thinking, "Hmm, I wonder if G-d loves me?" *Ping* "Oh yeah, He does love me." 

Sorry Charlie, life wasn't meant to be that easy. Instead, we have the Gospel: this seemingly simple pool of knowledge that as we explore it, brings us into supreme caverns of knowledge we could never have imagined. It's so cool! We have the G-dly truth of existence wrapped up in a simple present called the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

As we learn these truths, we feel more of G-d's love and we change. Literally, our character, the fundamental building blocks of who we are, change so we become who we want to be. This opportunity is available to everyone. 

I'm not sure there's much else to write, but keep on keeping on everyone. It'll all be worth it! Just look up, move forward, and make an effort to strengthen your faith. I promise we can get through all trials, no matter how hard, no matter how silly they seem to be. I testify that a mission call is holy. It is from G-d and that the knowledge we have gives the people we teach the power to change their lives. I'm so proud of all of you! 

Thank-you for the letters, they really do mean a lot. :D

Love you all!
Siostra Herrera

Monday, March 7, 2016

3. Spirit Stars
4. Baby Tomek


Sorry, I almost forgot!

1. Tracting fun
2. With Irina


Hi everyone, sorry for dropping the ball last week! What a miracle, my mother emailed me, so I decided to just write her. In other news, we had a fast day for miracles on Tuesday, that day we were able to talk to many interested people and we also had a lesson with Siostra Kulinicz on "The Music of the Gospel". Their oldest wasn't home, but as a parting gift, Siostra Lerch and I left a jar full of star shaped candies as a reward for him every time he does something to bring the Spirit into their home.

Siostra Lerch and I were also asked to come to Young Womens' and teach Adrianna why it's important to prepare for a mission and how she can do it. It brought back so many memories of when I was preparing for a mission!  

I love my companion so much, I love watching her grow each day. She also makes awesome pasta salad! 

See you all next week!

Siostra Herrera