11/7/16: 18 months later

So this is the last formal email I’ll be sending out.¬† Next Sunday afternoon, I will be leaving the islands to travel to Madrid. ¬†Then Monday morning I will be turning in my tablet and spending the day there before catching my flight back to Texas on Tuesday morning.

I wanted to take this time to kind of tell the “story” of what I have been doing the last 18 months.

But really to do that, I have to go back to Fall of 2014. ¬†That’s when I decided I was sure I wanted to set schooling aside, my family, my friends, to go serve the Lord. ¬†I look back and realize I had no idea what I was getting myself into. ¬†But now I can say for sure, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

I turned in my ‚Äúpapers” January of 2015 with a lot of anticipation of where the Lord would call me to serve.

2 weeks later, standing in line at Jamba Juice on BYU campus, I get a call to tell me they have arrived. ¬†The wait seemed unbearable, and the envelope was unsealed that same afternoon. ¬†Reading the words, “Sister Devereaux you are hereby called to serve in the Spain Madrid Mission” …speaking in the Spanish language. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately felt peace with where I would be going. ¬†Now I can confirm that once again, the Lord has put me here in Spain for many reasons that He continues to reveal to me.

After that, it was a lot of waiting and continuous preparing. ¬†Finally, on the 25th of May in 2015, I left from Houston, Texas to fly to Madrid, Spain.¬† I arrived there with so much excitement! ¬†(Maybe because this chapter of my life had finally started or maybe because I was just excited to have my feet on the ground after a long flight). ¬†I was driven to the Missionary Training Center, right on temple grounds. ¬†And there, I met the MTC President and his wife, President and Sister Lovell. ¬†They are some of the most generous people I have ever met. ¬†I spent those 6 weeks learning the basics of Spanish (and when I say basic, I mean I learned more there than I did in the 3 years from high school classes) and what missionary life would really be life. ¬†Those 6 weeks wouldn’t be what they were without the incredible teachers and other missionaries learning along with me. ¬†I was able to meet people from all around the world- Ukraine, Russia, Portugal, England, and all over the States. ¬†I’m grateful for the assignment I had to be a “sister training leader” there and be able to grow closer with a lot of the Sister missionaries. ¬†But it was my 2 companions that made all the difference- Hermana Rollins and Hermana Eyring. ¬†And our other 2 Spanish learning roommates Hermana Smalley and Brown. ¬†At the end of the 6 weeks, there were some tough goodbyes and a fair share of tears- once again not knowing what would come next.

On Tuesday July 7th, 2015, I left the MTC to head to the mission home in San Sebasti√°n de Los Reyes where I would be meeting President and Hermana Pack and find out where I would first be serving. ¬†Fun thing, the Packs had also just arrived in Spain. ¬†So we joked that day that we were all a little “green”. ¬†This is when I first learned how incredible and inspired this family is. ¬†I felt a connection with them the first time I met them, maybe because they too were from the south or that Hermana Pack and my mother could be sisters. ¬†Well, President announced that I would be going straight up the northern coast- to a port town in Galicia called La Coru√Īa. ¬†My trainer would be Hermana Braun from California.

Once again, the nerves and excitement were high. ¬†I took a good length train ride up to my new area. ¬†(Which can I mention was absolutely beautiful!). ¬†My trainer was perfectly matched for me, and has become one of my very best friends. ¬†She had the same motto as I had come with on the mission to “work hard, be obedient, love the people, and have fun”. She helped me overcome my awful Spanish and the terrible gringo accent and showed me a little more of the missionary I wanted to become. ¬†After 2 transfers, my “greenie breaker”, Hermana Spencer from Parma, Idaho, joined me in La Coru√Īa to get some work done. ¬†There is an old rumor in the mission that the north of Spain is the ‚Äėrefiners fire‚Äô.¬† That its “hard”. ¬†But my trainer had me convinced it was the promised land and that’s where miracles happened. ¬†That excitement carried me through those transfers. ¬†I met some of the strongest members of the church there and some of the most powerful converts. ¬†Every time I walked up the street, the name “Ronda de Outeiro” is engraved in my heart.

So after about 4 ¬Ĺ months there, I received news that I would be heading back down to Madrid to a little town called Azuqueca.¬† The biggest shock would be that I would be serving with an Hermana from Ecuador!¬† Looking back now, I am so grateful for the experience that

  • I could really put my Spanish to use and learn a ton more
  • It was so cool getting to know another culture that closely.

Azuqueca, I would say, is the little Utah of Madrid. ¬†It is basically a dormitory community- where there is good priced housing with easy access to the city. ¬†So when the temple was opened, a ton of members from the south of Spain moved to the city to work in the temple. ¬†This, and the other strong families, formed one strong ward. ¬†I say it was an answer to my mom‚Äôs prayers to have me in a good place where the members took good care of their missionaries for the holidays. ¬†After a transfer, President informed Hermana Romero and I that we would be training Hermana Butler- who lives in Madrid but is originally from Scotland.¬† She was waiting for her visa before serving in the Provo Utah mission.¬† It was my second “trio” but the only one in the mission field. ¬†We each came from different backgrounds but found unity and learned so much from one another.

The most shocking change was after just 2 transfers in Azuqueca, I received a call from President Pack to return to the north but this time to Gij√≥n, Asturias where I would serve as sister training leader with Hermana Rossberg. ¬†That attitude of ‘miracles happen in the north’ had stayed with me, and I was ecstatic. ¬†Gijon is another place that has stolen my heart. ¬†The green mountains on the coast are one part of it, but like always, the members were one of a kind in this small branch.¬† I’ll never forget Sunday dinner with the branch President and his family and whoever else they could fit in their home. ¬†I also made another best friend, my companion of 3 transfers. ¬†We literally could finish each other’s sentences by the end of those 4 ¬Ĺ months. ¬†We became pro’s at the 6 hour train ride to Madrid for leadership meeting and set so many goals together that kept the work fun and challenging.

After 3 transfers, Hermana Rossberg left and in came Hermana Otto.¬† She’s just great. She’s from Indiana and is a recent convert to the church. ¬†It was her 3rd transfer, and she jokes that she half served in Leon with all the intercambio exchanges and trips to Madrid that I continued doing. ¬†She helped me through some of my hardest days on the mission and I’m so grateful for that.

And my last transfer call. ¬†President called to tell me I would be heading to the islands! ¬†But this time it would be a little different, because I would go to Madrid and pick up my “baby” that was leaving the MTC so we could go “pink-wash” the La Laguna area. ¬†I joke that we followed Nephi when he said that he was “led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.” ¬†He sure did guide us. ¬†But I couldn’t have done it without my companion Hermana Tyler. ¬†She kept me laughing, tried her hardest to break through the “mission veil”, and filled me up with chuches (sweets) for a lifetime. ¬†She taught me that loving people is the most important. ¬†As happy as she was to “kill” her “mother” of the mission, she left after 2 transfers and Hermana Deeter came in for my last transfer. ¬†I think it was God‚Äôs was of saying I needed to get back in shape before coming home because she was also a cross country runner. ¬†It was an incredible last transfer where we were blessed to see some “fruits” of all the hard work. ¬†And not to mention the many adventures Hermana Deeter and I had!

And that brings me to today. ¬†Where all I can really say is how grateful I am for this experience and blessed I feel to have met these incredible people and see God’s work roll forth on the front line. ¬†If you have read all of this email, you’re a true friend. ¬†Sorry for the novel. ¬†I hope you understood all the weird “mission terms” and “spanglish” and bad grammar and have felt how much love I have for this place in Spain that has truly become sacred ground to me.

Mark 8:35 says “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel‚Äôs, the same shall save it.” ¬†I promise this is true and that God loves us and that His son Jesus Christ is our Savior.

See ya on the other side!

Con mucho cari√Īo, Hermana Brooke Devereaux


A few more pictures…

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Pumpkin carving…

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Punta de Hidalgo sure is pretty

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We brought the Relief Society President cookies for her birthday and this is how her pet bird thanks us..
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My first Spanish wedding!

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Pictures from last p day…

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10/31/16: FELIZ Halloween

So, this week was a pretty great one…as always!

Quote of the week: We were teaching one of our investigators the Ten Commandments and he was dead serious when he told us, “Santificar el d√≠a de los festivos es un mandamiento de Dios” (one of the commandments of God is to keep the party days holy).haha only in Spain where every other day is a holiday.

We went to visit our Lebanese friend in the mountains and IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! ¬†The whole bus ride over we kept saying, “WOW, so beautiful.” ¬†I think the people on the bus thought we were crazy but you gotta enjoy the nature! ¬†The little town he lives in has about fifty people and looks like South America. ¬†We even had to walk on this little path in the mountains to get to his house. ¬†Definitely felt like a different mission for a minute! ¬†Our Lebanese friend fed us some typical food from his country and we were able to teach him the restoration while looking out at the ocean. ¬†It was like a dream day in the mission (there aren’t too many of those)! ¬†Too bad he “broke up” with us later this week. ¬†He said he isn’t quite ready to commit himself to our church. ¬†We hope he comes back one day but for now he has the Book of Mormon and we hope that one day he will decide to accept it!

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We visited our Lebanese friend in his village in the mountains.
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It was absolutely beautiful there in Taborno!

We also had a BAPTISM this week! ¬†Our dear Alexy finally was able to enter the waters of baptism and it was such a good day!! ¬†We did learn that day that we should always have the elders fill up the baptismal font because when the Hermanas do it, we end up forgetting to plug it. ¬†And just two hours before the baptism we have to start filling the font with buckets of water. ¬†Yeah, fun stuff! ¬†Also a member called an hour before telling us she wouldn’t make it to the baptism, so I was blessed to be able to give a little improv talk haha. ¬†But the Spirit pulled through, and my talk was filled with a lot of beautiful things that I didn’t come up with.

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Alexy got baptized!!

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We also had intercambios once again.  I was with Hermana Vannucci from Idaho, this is her first transfer on the mission and I was her first intercambio!  I was so impressed with how focused she is so early on in the mission.  It was a good afternoon and the intercambio ended with breakfast on the roof.

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Hermana Vannucci and us up on the roof for breakfast during intercambios!

I also had the chance to have my last interview in the field with President. ¬†I’ll say it again- I absolutely love the Packs!

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We had interviews this week with President and he announced our district leader, Elder Tullis, is going to the office so here’s our last district picture. And me and my companion’s matching boots ūüôā

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Well all these “lasts” make you reflect a little. ¬†One thing I was thinking about this week was 2 verbs I used to mix up all the time in the beginning of my mission when I was learning Spanish. ¬†Pertenecer which means “to belong” and permanecer which means “to stay”. ¬†Well I realized that those words go hand in hand. ¬†I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ. And whether I’m a missionary or a college student or whatever else life has in store for me, I promise to also “permanecer” in the Gospel. ¬†I’ve come to know that’s one thing that can never be put aside. ¬†It’s the most important thing. ¬†And I’m so grateful for the testimony I’m gaining of my Savior Jesus Christ and his restored church here on the mission.

Have a great week!

Love, Hermana Brooke Devereaux


Here are some pictures from p day!

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10/24/16: Barriguita llena, corazoncito feliz

Hello what a great week it was here!

Tuesday we did a little pueblo exploring.  We started with a prayer and saw lots of miracles.  We ended the day meeting with Alexy and finished up teaching the rest of the commandments before her baptism.

Wednesday morning, we went to the church a little early to work on a couple things before district meeting and the doorbell rings. ¬†The doorbell never rings at the church. ¬†So with a lot of hesitation, we go and answer it and a random man is there and wants to know more about the church. ¬†This man is from Lebanon, he lives in the mountains, and he was on the bus to the city and felt like he needed to get off there and find out what church it is. ¬†That was a long story short but the Lord really knows what he’s doing and guides us to where he needs us to be.

Thursday we had intercambios with the Vecindario hermanas- Hermana Contreras (my fellow Texan) and Hermana Robinson. ¬†I was with Hermana Robinson and I was so impressed with all she has learned and accomplished in these past 4 months she’s been on the mission. ¬†Me and Hermana Deeter tried to be all domestic and made them some good home-made food.¬† During intercambios we also had an awesome lesson with Lili, the friend of one of the YSA. ¬†I’m so grateful for Kritsia and her example that she has given her- it’s made all the difference! ¬†Lili is just soaking everything up. ¬†It’s precious.

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The hermanas came in from the other island this week on a boat, so that means we get to go to the dock to pick ’em up!

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They have fun things at the dock.

Friday was Romina‚Äôs baby shower! ¬†She is just superwoman. ¬†She is 8 ¬Ĺ months pregnant and still wears stilettos and is always out serving everyone. ¬†She is already awesome and then I just look at her and think of my 2 cute pregnant sisters. ¬†At her baby shower, another Hermana shared something that really touched me. ¬†She said that since the time her kids were born, she taught them how to pray. ¬†And the day that she walked into their bedroom and saw them praying by themselves was the most special thing. ¬†I’m sure that’s how Heavenly Father feels about us.

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Romina’s baby shower!

Then Saturday Alexy had her baptismal interview! ¬†She passed with flying colors and is all set for next Saturday the 29th. ¬†She’s precious.

This past weekend the rain also hit.  Quite a lot of rain.  And this Hermana had not been to prepared with her sandals and lack of umbrella.  Imagine a bunch of missionaries huddling under a tree, waiting for the bus to come after church in pouring rain.  Good times!

Well I’m just soaking all the time in. ¬†I love it here and have really come to understand that this is exactly what I have needed to learn and where I’ve needed to be the past 18 months.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Love, Hermana Brooke Devereaux

P.S. ¬†Our ward mission leader always says every time we meet with him, ‚Äúfull tummy happy heart‚ÄĚ. ¬†But for whatever reason, it is much better in Spanish coming out of Paco‚Äôs mouth.

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We visited Paco and Mari at her cafe today for p day!

9/19/16: Das Buch Mormon

So I think this weekly email would only be appropriate if it was focused on the Book of the Mormon since that’s how the rest of the week was also. ¬†So here we go!

We had zone conference this past week and President Pack invited us to ‚Äúflood‚ÄĚ the Canary Islands with the Book of Mormon- because each Book of Mormon is a missionary just like we are. ¬†So I took that as my own personal commandment from God that I need to share this Book, that has changed my life, with every person here in La Laguna that will listen to me.

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I ran into Hermana Susan Rogers, who is friend’s with my aunt and uncle in Utah, at a Zone Conference on the island on Tenerife, Grand Canary.

Here’s why. ¬†This is the last 2 paragraphs from the introduction.

“We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. ¬†Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. ¬†(See Moroni 10:3‚Äď5.)

Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord‚Äôs kingdom, once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah.”

I want to focus on the first part for now.  It says that if we read, ponder, and pray- we will receive and answer if the Book of Mormon is true.

I know this is true!

For me, I like to put this to test for other questions I have. ¬†Some are more spiritual; some are very temporal. ¬†How can I be a better student? ¬†And so on. ¬†But that same process to find out if the book is true works for these questions also. ¬†We just have to read, ponder, and pray. ¬†That’s the power of the Book of Mormon.

This has worked for Jonny. ¬†He’s just a struggling man searching for a little bit of peace. ¬†We read some verses in the war chapters and that helped him. ¬†It built his faith so much that he took a 20-minute tram ride and walked 30 minutes with his 3-year old twin sons to get to church Sunday morning!

Our little friend Vayron loves the Book of Mormon so much he finished the entire Book of Mormon children stories in 2 weeks. ¬†He’s so excited for his baptism coming up, he’s one special kid.

It‚Äôs also happening for our friend Felipe. ¬†He’s a super religious man, but wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ. ¬†We read with him Alma 7 and he was able to understand even more the love Jesus has for us.

I could go on and on all day but I will just leave it to y’all to have your own experiences with this awesome book.¬† Get to work, have an awesome week!

Love,

Hermana Brooke Devereaux


Here’s some pictures from this past week:

The bus or "guagua" in canary terms on the way to zone conference.
The bus or “guagua” in canary terms on the way to zone conference.
Zone conference. Everyone came to the chapel here in La Laguna.
Zone conference. Everyone came to the chapel here in La Laguna.
It was first our mission leaders birthday, so we made a sign and brownies and filled up the room where we have correlation with balloons.
It was first our mission leaders birthday, so we made a sign and
brownies and filled up the room where we have correlation with
balloons.
The same day was also Hermana Packs birthday- so we sent this to her ūüėä
The same day was also Hermana Packs birthday- so we sent this to her ūüėä
All the missionaries and the Packs after stake conference this past weekend.
All the missionaries and the Packs after stake conference this past weekend.
Today we played volleyball with the YSA. Yasmina is goin back to Azuqueca for college (remember that place? ūüėČ)
Today we played volleyball with the YSA. Yasmina is going back to
Azuqueca for college (remember that place? ūüėČ)
It was the festival of Christ of La Laguna and they celebrate with fireworks obnoxiously large candy and kids running around with pi√Īata looking things around there waists, sorry there's no picture for that. I told Hermana Tyler I would buy her this foot long chuche if she didn't beg me for candy for 2 weeks haha!
It was the festival of Christ of La Laguna and they celebrate with
fireworks obnoxiously large candy and kids running around with pi√Īata looking things around there waists, sorry there’s no picture for that.
I told Hermana Tyler I would buy her this foot long chuche if she
didn’t beg me for candy for 2 weeks haha!

9/12/16: Li-raf-tah-awk-ey

Hello hello!

This week when we met with Felix we finally helped him overcome his awful memory of forgetting to end in the name of Jesus Christ. ¬†We did so by making a sandwich. ¬†We put out the first piece of bread, and said it is how we start: by addressing Heavenly Father. ¬†Like a sandwich, you choose what goes in the middle. ¬†We can pray straight form our heart.¬† Just like we can express what we want and need to our Heavenly Father.¬† And just like it’s important to put on the other piece of bread, that’s how we end: in the name of Jesus Christ. ¬†It was a fun little activity, and hopefully now Felix will never forget!

We also had an awesome lesson with Jonny about the plan of salvation.¬† 2 of the YSA were able to come with us, and their testimonies we so strong as we talked about the power of the Atonement. ¬†It seemed Jonny really realized that God put us in the same path for a reason. ¬†We talked about how we met. ¬†We were about to get off the tram but I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a man and 2 little boys and felt prompted to go talk to them. ¬†He confessed that he would never just give his number out to a stranger, but felt that he needed to know more about the message we sharing. ¬†I’m so grateful for the Spirit, that guides us to be exactly where the Lord needs us to be.

The highlight of the week was of course the baptism of Andrea. ¬†Her mom was one of the first baptized in La Laguna many, many years ago. ¬†She served a mission, married in the temple, but soon her testimony of God was buried underneath all the problems of life. ¬†But throughout this past year, the elders have been working with her a ton and now she is an active member and is bringing her family back into the church, starting with her daughter Andrea. ¬†After she was baptized, she bore a really powerful testimony. ¬†At one point she simply states, ‚ÄúI know that God exists.‚ÄĚ ¬†Wow. ¬†Those words seemed to just pierce me right at the heart. ¬†Her beautiful testimony helped me strengthen mine.

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Andrea got baptized!

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Then on Saturday, we spent a majority of the day getting ready for a big ward party. ¬†We had a cultural night where all of the members brought a typical dish from their home. ¬†We had dishes from the Canaries, mainland Spain, Argentina, Italy, Columbia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, Mexico, aaaaand America! ¬†We shared a spiritual message beforehand and talked about a crazy looking animal that had all the best talents of other animals and compared it to the ward family here in La Laguna. ¬†We come from different areas all over the world, with very distinct backgrounds and talents and so forth, and together we make up one very talented family that we can support and learn from! ¬†It was a fun activity and it was great because so many people brought friends, and the members that didn’t bring friends came up and basically apologized, telling why their friend they invited wasn’t able to come. ¬†So all in all, it was a big success! ¬†(Ps- the email title comes from a part of each of the animals that made it up)

Well it was one long, fun filled, hard working week. ¬†Elder Tullis looked at me Saturday night and said simply, ‚Äúyou look exhausted.‚ÄĚ ¬†At first I said, ‚Äúouch hahah.‚ÄĚ ¬†Then I realized just how tired I was. ¬†Serving with your whole heart, might, mind, and strength. ¬†That’s what’s asked of us, right?

Here’s to another awesome week!

Love,

Hermana Devereaux


Here are some pictures ūüôā

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District meeting on the big tv with the Elders in La Palma.
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Hermana Tyler with our restoration cups. The church is perfect!
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Last time we visited the bishop and his kids, the little girls were obsessed with our chappas – so we made them their own!

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The Plan of Salvation: Minion Edition
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Our friend victor, from Germany, came running up to us the other week telling us he had something awesome to show us in his broken English….it was his “Apple Watch” hahaha. We finally just got ahold of this gem of a picture.
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So the first day we were here and walked past the university we live next to, we made a joke that we were gonna make t-shirts that said “ULL future student”….well today for p-day, we actually did it ūüėĄ

 

 

9/5/16: I’m goin bananas here cause I can’t think of an email title

Hello all, happy Labor Day!

Today we went on a big adventure to the south of the island, to these cliffs called Los Gigantes.  You might know them called as the cliffs of Despair from Princess Bride.  It was beautiful!

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Then we went to this monkey park over in Los Cristianos, who knew they eat green beans and not just bananas?

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Now to the real exciting stuff!  It was an awesome week.

Our friend Jonny is doing super well. ¬†We met with him on Tuesday and taught the restoration while emphasizing how to find peace in our lives. ¬†I love sharing the message of the restoration with people, and following the spirit so it molds to their lives perfectly. ¬†He loved it and later that week we stopped by to invite him to church and found him taking care of his little 3-year-old son that just got a fever.¬† In the end he wasn’t able to come to church because he needed to take care of him, but it showed his faith a lot seeing how hard he tried to get there.

Speaking of church, it was a very special fast and testimony meeting.¬† One, because Felix walked into church with a new suit and white shirt.¬† It was precious. ¬†And he was sitting by the elders, and as others walked to the front and shared their testimonies, he asked if he could too. ¬†Next thing you know he is walking to the front and I’m sitting there praying because we have never talked about what’s appropriate to share in a testimony in front of the whole congregation. ¬†But my prayer was answered, he shared what he knew to be true straight from his heart, and ended by inviting everyone to his baptism in November (unless they had a family affair, then he would understand) hahaha.

Another beautiful moment was with Jenny. ¬†I absolutely love her and her daughter. ¬†I know that they are a big reason why I’m here. ¬†We went with her to an interview one morning with Bishop to translate. ¬†He asked her to share some of the things she has learned about family history work and the temple.¬† During Sacrament meeting, she walked up, with me following right behind. ¬†I probably absolutely slaughtered the words but hopefully everyone could feel how strong her love is for that sacred work. ¬†It was a special moment and I’m grateful to have been right there at her side.

This past week we also set a goal to focus on following the Spirit more when contacting.  I have prayed with a lot more faith and energy to be led to the people that God has prepared.  I know Heavenly Father has blessed us a ton because of it.

Hope everyone has an awesome week!

Love,

Hermana Devereaux


Here are a few oldies, back from when we went up to Teide.  It was really cool going through the clouds on our way down.

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8/29/16: El evangelio rodar√°

Halo friends!

Welp, it was bound to happen after 15 months of having almost perfect health between companions and I.  My companion got sick.

My poor little Hermana Tyler pushed through it as long as she could, then after crashing on the spare bed in a member’s house we realized it was time we better take it easy.

So accomplishments this week is that we have an absolutely beautiful area book, an updated ward list sheet thing, counted how many plan of salvation pamphlets we have in our piso (1,250 to be exact), a giant stack of pass along cards, and a handful of other crafts of different object lessons.

But whenever we did find the strength to go outside, we were blessed with some awesome lessons!  Biggest miracle of all was being able to meet with an old investigator named Paco.  He has been meeting with different elders on and off for almost 3 years.  We were able to talk with him and he shared with us some of the goals he is working for.  It seems like he is in the right moment to really change his life around.

This past Sunday we also had a fireside about missionary work. ¬†We shared a video I had seen back in the MTC, called the gospel rolls forth. ¬†It shows the growth of the church by stakes on a map of the world. ¬†I remember seeing it and feeling so inspired. ¬†The video was created in 2009, so it doesn’t show the little dot to show the Canary Island stake that was created in 2013, just above Africa. ¬†We zoomed into our little area we take up in the world, and talked about just how special it is and how many people the Lord has prepared right here. ¬†The main purpose of the fireside was to get people to not just to talk about the Gospel, but invite. ¬†We invited each member to bring a friend to a ward activity we will have in 2 weeks. ¬†As the bishop testified and members shared experiences, the Spirit was very present there, and I just felt so grateful to be able to serve with all the great members.

Hope everyone has an awesome week!

Love,

Hermana Brooke Devereaux


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Me and my bird friend, Goosy.
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Want to hear a tragic story about this bird? So it’s the pet of our Relief Society President’s kids. (Ps- I am obsessed with the RS Pres here, her name is Sonia). But she was cleaning the bathroom and had a container of water and bleach and the bird decided to dive in and take a bath. Does that sound dangerous? So she gives him a real bath with soap and then blow dries him off and all his feathers were standing straight up and he was just a puff ball. That’s my random story, I thought it was pretty funny.
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And the cake my companion dropped on the floor. We chose to laugh instead of cry..