Monday, December 7, 2015

One Year

Well tomorrow I hit my one year mark! That is so strange! I have loved this year. I have grown more in this year than in any other year of my 21 year old life. I will be forever grateful for my mission and what I have learned here. I know I wouldn't of learned these things in any other place.

On Saturday President and I decided that it is best I go home and find a specialist and fix these problems I am having with my legs. While it is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make, I know it'll be for the best. President told me it's the right thing and I have his blessing but man, is it hard. He told me that the final specialist responded to my results and said it is what the doctor in Spain thought, a turn of the bones in my legs. There is no surgery required but a long and extensive physical therapy. I'm not quite sure what that entitles, but whatever it is, I hope it helps. Im so worried and scared to go home, but I'm trying to just go with faith that it's the Lords plan for me.

I'll get home on Friday afternoon. It feels so strange. We've been staying at the mission home and I will continue to stay here after my companion goes home (Wednesday). This week we've been helping Hermana Dayton. One day we had to take her to the plaza to buy Presidents Christmas present and we took her on the metro for the first time! Luckily it was one of the nicest lines and not the normal super sketchy ones! It was so much fun! We also got a picture in the plaza, Spain gets serious about their Christmas decorations!

As I finish my mission, I can feel nothing but gratitude. I am going home a different person. I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for this gospel that has blessed my life tremendously. I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it applies to us today. I have so much to be grateful for that I couldn't list them all. I love Spain and all the people in it. I love the Spanish language. I am going to miss these people more than anything. They really have become part of my family, and I will be forever grateful for the love they have shown to me, even when I couldn't communicate with them...haha.

Os quiero,

Hermana Terrazas ES❤️

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello dearest family and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I'm glad we decided to take our preparation day today and I get to "talk" to you :) I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving...or are having...or will have...mejor dicho. I hope you all know how grateful I am for each and every one of you in my life! It's so strange that last year we were all together saying goodbye! It's been a year since I've seen most of you! How strange! Today didn't feel like Thanksgiving, probably cause the food wasn't as good. Well, and obviously I'm not with the fam bam. But that's okay! We had fun as a district :)

We changed district meeting to today so that afterwards we could have Thanksgiving as a district! Hermana Reid did the turkey, I did the rolls, the Elders did fruit salad and drinks, Hermana Solos had corn on the cob, Hermana Canales had salad, and the other Elders had pie and mashed potatoes! Oh and to get a turkey here you have to go to an actually meet shop not just the grocery store and order it 3 days in advance, then the day of pick it up. I watched them cut the head off and finish cleaning it! Also while watching another lady chop up a rabbit, face and all. Yummy. Anyways we got our turkey and had to finish plucking the feathers off! That was an adventure. But fun! It's weird that it's just a normal day here in Spain, they don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but they do celebrate Black Friday and actually call it Black Friday. So I mean, they got something I guess.

Well, we got all the scans into the doctors in Germany, and President has gotten results from a few different ones. Last night he was going to call the guy who's over everything and talk about the results and I should know by Friday! I'm super nervous, but I know whatever they decide is for the best!

On Sunday we went to our ward activity to watch Meet the Mormons and Innocent came (a recent convert) and he brought us back chocolate from Ghana!!! It was so nice! He said it's the only thing Ghana knows how to do haha well during the movie we get a call from President so of course I start freakin out thinking he's going to tell me some big news about what the doctors found...nope he was just calling to get help on how to work a Mac computer. Haha "hi Hermana Terrazas I was just calling to see if you could tell me how to copy and paste on this thing?" Haha it was pretty funny. President and Hermana Dayton are so funny I love that I've been able to get to know them better. Hermana Dayton gave us these 2 character books that she used to teach her kids for us to teach our kids one day! It was so nice. Also Saturday I was really tired, I was yawning a ton and she stopped what we were doing and goes Hermana Terrazas go take a nap. There's a bed, go. I tried to fight her but she wasn't hearing it, she told me I had to go eat some food to get my stomach full and then take a nap. I didn't...well I went and laid down but couldn't sleep. It was just really funny.

So this week our sister training leader wanted to do an intercambio...and seeing as I can't work we had to figure it out, it was complicated but worked! On the way to Barcelona Hermana Shake jumped onto the same train we were on at her stop (half an hour away) and rode with us the rest of the way to the office then they dropped me off with Hermana Dayton (she was sick) and then Hermana Dayton sent me down to the office (downstairs) to be with Hermana Morejon and work with her. It was weird. Elder Morejon was very confused when he asked who my companion was and I just pointed at his wife haha. But it worked! Then later I went back up and ate dinner with President and Hermana Dayton until the Hermanas in Barcelona could come pick me up! That was so much fun! Hermana Fernandez was one of the hermanas who picked me up, she's from Spain and was in the MTC with me! She's so funny everything is "oh que linda" or "mi bonita" in her sweet little voice, I love it haha she speaks English really good as well! Also in that piso is Hermana Larsen who I lived with when she first got in the mission! So it was a fun night! Then in the morning they took me back to the office where my companion met up with me.

There is this old Filipino man named Archie and he is a member and is just basically a part of the mission. He was there and sang my first day in the mission and I'm not sure why but he's always just sitting in the mission office. He loves being around missionaries. Well Tuesday he was there and he would sing a primary song and like twirl and then go and shake my hand and say "that's my talent" haha he is so funny! He changed the words of the primary song  "I know Heavenly Father loves me"  to "I'm glad I was baptized in Spain! Yes it's great to be a Latter Day Saint" hahah well him and the office elders a long time ago wrote a song called "Amigos para Siempre" and they sung it at my transfer meeting and Tuesday he calls Elder Day over to where we are and makes him sing it with him. It is so funny! Next time he's in the office I'll try to get a video, it's just too good. It made my week.

Well sorry this doesn't have much missionary stuff...sometimes working in the office and not going out and proselyting makes for a different type of mission, but that's okay. As president tells us almost every day "everything's spiritual to God, and your helping the missionaries and us" it makes me feel better.

My ponderize scriptures for the last two weeks (because I forgot last week again...sorry) are:

1 Nefi 3:7
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."

And 2 Nefi 2:24
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things

These two scriptures have really been a comfort to me during this time, first of all to know that if God commands something, he'll provide a way, he's not going to tell us to do something just to watch us struggle. And second, just to have faith that everything happens for a reason. A lot of times we may not know that reason, but I do know that God who knows why, knows everything! So it's okay! I've learned to have so much more faith and trust in God that everything happens for a reason. Just keep doing what I need to do and everything will turn out the way it needs to.

Os quiero un montón!

Hermana Ruth Terrazas ES❤️

Our thanksgiving! We named him Charles...just finishing giving him his first bath!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hi Family!

Hello family!

How was your week? I hope it was great!

We had a huge miracle Saturday! So the ward and the Elders had a baptism so we had called Isaac and he said he'd go (he didn't) but as we were greeting people Dios dado walked in! Now Dios dado is an African and about a month ago we met him when we were in the church one night and he came and knocked on the door. He told us he was new in town and that he had gone to church before and was taking lessons from the missionaries. We tried to set up a time to meet with him, but he didn't want to so we gave him our number and he left. And then Saturday night he just walks in! Apparently he had come earlier and the elders told him there would be a baptism so he came for it! We talked to him a little and he told us that he's already read almost the whole Book of Mormon and he knows it's true. After the baptism service i asked him if he'd ever thought about baptism for himself, he said yes, he wants to, he just has to prepare! Well my friend that's what we're here for! So as we were waiting for the people to finish changing after he baptism Dani, our ward mission leader comes up to us and goes "I have good news and bad news, we need you to teach something right now to everyone as we wait, good news you get a member present." I asked him what the bad news was and he says "you have to teach it, now" hahaha so we got up and taught about the gospel of Christ! It went pretty good for not practicing it. I guess that's what happens when you always have to be prepared to teach!

Sunday we had even more miracles! First of all Dios dado came to church! The only problem is he doesn't have a place to live, and no work. So he told me he was hungry and I asked why he did t eat breakfast and he told me he hadn't eat Saturday either, because he has no money or food. My heart just about broke. He talked to the bishop and so the bishop tried to find him a place to stay but no one had anything. The bishop is still looking for work for him. Hopefully he finds it. I think the hardest thing about being a missionary is seeing people in need and pain and not being able to do much. Sure I can help spiritually, but I can't help physically and it's so hard. I feel like is week I've just been praying with all my might for these 3 Africans in particular who don't have work, and are struggling so bad. I just wish there was more I could do. But anyways, Isaac is the other miracle. Last week he left right after sacrament meeting and so before he left I made him promise that he would make time for us next week no matter what. So he promised. And every time we saw him (in the street, or in the grocery store) I made him repromise, just to make sure haha well he kept good! After sacrament meeting we went and taught him and set another fecha with him! He knows he needs to be baptized, and wants to, he believes it's true, he just says he needs to change some things in his life first. So his fecha is the 28th and we're calling him everyday to try to meet with him! He's so great.

I love the Africans here. They are just such a believing, loving people. They can have no food, no house,  no work, and yet they still praise God. They just don't complain. Whenever we try to encourage them by telling them to have faith they always respond with how good God is and how they know it will be alright and God will bless them. They usually teach me more than I can teach them. On Sunday we had Dios dado, Isaac, Emanuel, and Kwazy all sitting in our row at church, it was pretty funny, afterwards at ward council they were laughing about how we just had our little group of Africans. Haha

So when I first got to the ward the elders and my companion told me, don't expect to give a talk, the bishop told us a missionary would never speak until their last Sunday in church. So I thought I was off the hook! Well last week bishop came up to me and asked me to give a talk, I asked him in what and he said, "whatever you think our ward needs". I was super shocked! First, he asked me to speak, and second, asked what I thought they needed. So I gave a talk on Sunday! I hope it really was what the ward needed. But the Relief society lesson was about missionary work (obviously that's what I talked about...)and they had me go up and reread a part of my talk! The Elders and ward missionary leader and my companion all told me it was super fuerte but done with love so it was okay! Haha I hope so!

So on Tuesday we had Specialized Conference, with President and Hermana Dayton and it was so good! Hermana Dayton talked about positive thinking and how we really create our own happiness. I don't know if you know this but she was a motivational speaker before so she's good at this. She is such a strong person. She has sat me down and talked about trials with me before and shared hers, she's gone through so much, yet is the most positive person I've ever seen. She challenged us to say That's Great whenever something happens, and not sarcastically either. But think of the reasons of why it is great. She shared how a week after her first husband died she went to a class and they told her to do that, and she struggled with it, but that night her and her kids decided to do it, and they found the good things that came out of that tragedy. Then president talked about being a consecrated missionary. It was way good.

After Specialized Training we all had to get flu shots....but Hermana Dayton brought us candy so no big deal! Well when we had gotten back to the mission home my arm was hurting and I remembered how mom always made me do push ups after I got shots...and I would complain and say it was cruel and unusual punishment, but guess what? I did push ups. My mom is a wise one.

Afterwards we went back to the office to help out, and we had to bind the medical book we made (it's finally done!) but we had to walk there. It was about 30 minutes altogether, up and down hill. So my legs were not happy. It was alright walking but alter that night I felt the consequences. But the Elders had called and told us we needed to hang up flyers for our activity Sunday. So we talked to President and asked if we could borrow the wheel chair from the office :) so we went around town in a wheelchair asking people if we could put flyers up in their stores! I'm pretty sure most the people said yes out of pity,but hey they said yes! It's a good thing we had the wheelchair though, because later that night while we were grocery shopping I couldn't put any weight on my leg without extreme pain, it's a little better today, but not much.

So today we had a mission conference with 3 zones and Elder Christenson and Elder Dyches came! But the coolest part is afterwards we got to have dinner with them at the mission home! We thought we would just be serving, but Hermana Dayton called us this morning to tell us they would be setting a place for us as well! I got to sit by Sister Dyches and we just talked, us and Elder Obando (the area authority, he was also in my ward in Valencia) well his daughter, just got back from a mission in Mexico and is going to byui in January!!! It was super fun getting to know her. It was a really neat experience.

Well this is a longer email, sorry for my ranting! But at least I had things to say this week, right?! I'll send pictures!

Os quiero,
Hermana Ruth Terrazas ❤️

We also got sweatshirts this week!!!!! Best souvenir ever :)

Hermana Reid thought it was funny I was doing push ups while waiting for cookies to bake so she took pictures.

And the second one is me giving up. Haha

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Round Two!

Sorry to bombard you all with emails this week it's just things have been crazy. Things in the office are crazy and we are ALWAYS busy. President and Hermana Dayton thank us like 3 times a day and just say over and over how they don't know what they would do if we weren't here haha

Well this week we had transfers! So yesterday we had a lunch for the new missionaries and a dinner for the missionaries going home and then today was the meeting where the new missionaries get their trainers so we had a lunch for that. So much cooking. Anyways I have some pictures! So I'll send those. Next week my preparation day SHOULD be Monday! But you never know...Wednesday Elder Christanson is coming from the 70 and Elder Dyches who's the area president over our missions! So we might be serving a dinner to them that night which would be really cool!

Well I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week

My district from last transfer! Two left so tomorrow I'll get a picture with my new district and send it to you next week :) oh by the way hermana Canales is in my district now and I am SO excited to see her tomorrow!!!!

Saturday night, making a thousand cookies for the Stake Presidents dinner

The table for the stake presidents dinner, I thought it was pretty. We're learning how to be very fancy :)

Us today getting ready for the lunch with Carolina!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

11 Months!

Can you believe it?! Because I can't! Every month just goes faster and faster. And I feel like I say that every month...but it's true! I don't feel like I've been gone 11 months. Weird!

Well we were just in the good old office again this week! This week President and Hermana Dayton had a dinner for the stake presidents because they had a meeting. Normally Carolina is here to cook, but she doesn't work Saturdays so me and Hermana Reid did it all! Well, the food was already made, but we made brownies and cookies for a ton of people and heated up all the food. It was chaos. And then the two Senior couples came to help and what I thought would be them kind of directing us and telling us what to do turned into us directing them and teaching them how to do everything. A little backwards, but it was good. Haha but oh so tiring! We ran a couple of errands for Hermana Dayton as well this week, like buying photos and picture frames.

Sunday we just went to church like normal and then Hermana Dayton is having us watch all the Mormon Messages and put them under themes so that the missionaries can easily look and see when to use these videos. And they're sending it to Salt Lake when we're done for the church to use. It's crazy the stuff we're doing right now, the whole church might start using! All of Spain is going to use these books we just made and then they'll send them to all of Europe and they think the church just might start using them. It's so cool to think that this is something that is not going to help just our mission but all the missions and we got to put it together!

Today is transfers so we helped with the transfer lunch and we'll help with the dinner in an hour. (We're using half our time to write right now in between chaos and we'll finishing writing later) so the lunch is for the new missionaries and the dinner is for the old missionaries going home.

Well as of late I feel like my emails are kind of boring...but we're just in the office so I don't have much to talk about besides how many power points I made this week....haha

Os quiero!

Hermana Ruth Terrazas ❤️

Oh bite I won't be finishing emailing until another day thisweek....I'm not sure what day, whenever we manage to find time :)

Sorry to bombard you all with emails but, I forgot to put my ponderize scripture from the last 2 weeks!

They were Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

And Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Monday, November 9, 2015

News from the Spain Barcelona Mission

Dear family and friends of the Spain Barcelona Mission,

We have now been in Spain four months and are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity of serving with the dedicated, hardworking, faithful Barcelona Spain missionaries. We are inspired by their commitment to share the Gospel and bring others to Christ. We see miracles daily and feel it a privilege to be a part of this wonderful work.

We wanted to share some information we felt would be helpful to you and also ask for your support in a new policy that will take effect this week.

ESPAÑA BARCELONA BLOG- We are pleased to inform you of the availability of our mission blog starting July 1st of 2015. It will contain mission news, photos, new developments, the vision of the mission, our weekly newsletter, arrivals and farewells of our missionaries, helpful information for newly called missionaries, and other newsworthy items. The URL for the blog is:

We invite you to visit this site and would love any feedback or helpful suggestions to make this a blog you will enjoy visiting.

E-MAIL COMMUNICATION WITH SPAIN BARCELONA MISSIONARIES—The Mission President’s Handbook states, “As an alternative to regular mail, missionaries may communicate with their family on PREPARATION DAY by email” according to the guidelines established by the mission president. Similarly, the Missionary Handbook states, “USE EMAIL ONLY ON PREPARATION DAY.”

We are asking family and friends to SEND E-MAILS ONLY ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER 3:30 PM MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME  UP TO MONDAY 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME (Spain is eight hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time). We are going to allow our missionaries an additional half hour (2 hours instead of 1 ½ hours) to respond to e-mails each preparation day.  E-mails sent during the regular week are a significant distractor for the missionaries as they are then tempted to stop where there is WiFi at a computer café, church building, or member's home multiple times to read emails. We would ask you not to send e-mails during the week. We will be asking all missionaries not to open e-mails during the week so they can remain focused on the all important work they are doing in bringing others to Christ.

SHIPPING PACKAGES TO THE SPAIN BARCELONA MISSION—We have found that packages sent by regular mail to the U.S. Postal Service are often held up in customs for extended periods of time. The cost to retrieve the package is very often much more than the value of the items being sent. If you plan to send something small, under 4 lbs, we have found that the padded flat rate packages available from the U.S. Postal Service make it and usually cost around $25 to send. If your items are larger, you can use UPS, Fedex, or DHL using a credit card in case they are stopped at customs.

Another option is through which uses DHL.  To use this service, go to the website and register for an account.  Then go to the International tab and fill out the form to get a rate quote.  This is a service that is cheaper and faster than UPS or Fedex.  On the package, write "Missionary Supplies-not for resale." If the value says less than $20, customs normally does not look at it.  It is highly recommended that you call DHL prior to sending your package.  You can describe each item in the package, and they will let you know if it will pass through customs.  We have found it takes three or four business days from Arizona or Utah for a package to be delivered in Spain.

Many families have informed us that they purchase larger items on  These items usually arrive in less than a week, they avoid having to pass through customs and it is more likely that they will receive the items sent. We would encourage you to send packages directly to your missionary´s apartment and state (fill in) that the package should arrive before 11 AM.  Our next transfer is on Tuesday December 8th so your missionary will have their new address on that day if you are sending a Christmas package.  If you plan to purchase scriptures, church books, or garments, we suggest you buy them from  Items ship directly from Germany and always arrive safely.  Many families put additional money on their missionaries’ bank card and let them go out and purchase the needed item.

We feel so privileged for the opportunity to serve in the Spain Barcelona mission. We are inspired daily by the missionaries who valiantly serve in this wonderful location. Thank you for your assistance in helping our missionaries stay focused and productive. We feel most grateful for the love and support you offer them.


Presidente and Hermana Dayton

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Can you believe we're already in November?! I can't believe it. The time has gone so fast!

Anyways, this week has been good! Monday morning we get a call at 9am from Hermana Dayton asking if we can leave right then to go help Carolina (the cook in the mission home who's also in our ward in Martorell) cook for concilio (meeting for the zone leaders and sister training leaders) so we run and get on the next train and we get there at like 10:30 and Carolina is just like dying. She was 2 hours late because of traffic and so for the next 2 1/2 hours we cooked like crazy people so lunch would be ready in time. But in the meantime, Carolina gave me the best advice/talk ever basically we were talking about my knees and my situation and she basically told me to have more faith in Gods plan and it was just like a mom talk. So I was really grateful for that talk, even though I can't call my mom and get her advice I have Carolina! Then after we feed everyone lunch we had to make the snacks and desserts for all them. It was a crazy day. And we have transfers next week to cook for...that'll be fun! Haha

Well, this week was good, we just were in the office doing work! So much happens but honestly it's not that yeah. Oh and I'm really sorry about not mentioning I wouldn't have preparation day until today...I realized I freaked some people out. Don't worry! But seeing as I'll be in the office still next transfer just don't worry if I don't email, our schedule is crazy and it's different every week. Only worry if it's like Sunday and I haven't emailed yet :) okay?!

Well sorry this is boring and short, but I really don't have much more to say!

Os quiero!

Hermana Ruth Terrazas ❤️

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Meet the Office Hermanas!

Well this week was an interesting one, we had interviews on Thursday which was great! I love interviews with President! And mostly just getting to sit and talk with Hermana Dayton :) she had a bag of candy so we could "trick or treat" and she made us banana bread. She's so great! So in interviews President and I decided that it would be best for me to go work in the office until the end of the transfer to see if my knees get any better. They've been getting pretty bad as of late so hopefully this will help. Basically we go to the office Monday-Saturday and we still are living in Martorell so we leave after studies at 11 and get there at 12 and then stay until 6:30. We get back to piso at like 8 or 8:30 at night and just do things in piso. President doesn't want us working because he wants to just see if we can really rest my legs so that after these 2 weeks I can go work again. It was pretty hard on Sunday to give all our investigators to the Elders :( especially since after a couple hard weeks of pure contacting we finally have people progressing and we have to give them over. But I'm sure the Elders will take care of them.

Sunday I did a musical number with the Elders! It was fun! Elder Jones played the piano and Elder Ahlstrom and I sung "Con El Salvador al Lado" which is if the Savior stood beside me. I love that song in Spanish. It's super pretty.

In the office we're basically just Hermana Daytons assistants! So we don't even really work in the office, most the time we're up in the mission home working. Which was SO weird the first day when they just gave us the keys and really? But it's so good! We're working on the mission blog, emails to parents, typing up a bunch of projects Hermana Dayton has! It's so great, we're super busy every second that the time passes by insanely fast. The Elders are grateful because they told us if we weren't here they would be the ones doing these projects, and they're already plenty busy. Yesterday we finished everything we needed to do and Hermana Dayton wasn't there to give us more and it was only 4:30 and we did NOT want to just go back to piso so we just asked the Elders what we could do to help them so we just made a bunch of calls & basically did busy work but it made me feel good we could do something to help! It's funny cause everyone gets really confused when we start calling them because hermanas have never worked in the office before. Haha.

My scripture I ponderized this week was 3 Nefi 5:13 13 "Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." That's what I'm doing all day every day! How great is that?! I'm just here to declare the word of God so that we can all live with Him one day!

Well that was my week! I hope you all had a fantastic week!

Os quiero!

Hermana Ruth a Terrazas ❤️

Monday, October 19, 2015

Philippians 3:2

Read it. It says... "Beware of dogs." Yesterday this scripture came to life.

We went to visit a member and its this huge house with this gate, well she lets us in and this pit bull just comes running barking and growling, and first I'm like oh whatever hola! And then it just starts getting closer and she's like no it doesn't then tries to bite my hand and I barely move it in time. Que va. So she grabs the dog and is like once he calms down so after a bit I put my hand up to his nose...and he goes nuts and tries to kill me again. So she had to carry the dog until we got inside. Scariest moment of my life. I don't know why, but it's true that missionaries and dogs are NOT friends. The bible even says it.

This week was super good! We had intercambios and I was with Hermana Steinfeldt! My mtc companion! So that was fun! And we saw a huge miracle! Do you remember I. from last week? Well Wednesday we were waiting for an investigator to meet us at the church for a cita and I. walks up so we say hi and he's like we had a cita right? (No we didn't have one until the next day) so we're like oh...yeah...okay. So we go and talk to him (our other investigator never showed up) and we teach him the restoration and he tells us he knows it's true! And that he already believes the Book of Mormon is true! So we set a fecha with him to get baptized the 7th of November! He is super prepared!

And then on Sunday we had like 4 people who said they would for sure be at church...and not one of them came :( but then we were sitting there during sacrament meeting and this young girl walks in and the bishops wife asks me if I know her I say no she must be one of the elders. So afterwards our ward mission leader brings her to us and says she lives in your area, so we talk to her and she's friend of a less active member and so she just decided to come and see what it was like! All on her own! She stayed for all 3 hours and LOVED it. She said it was filled with love and felt like we were all just a big family. :) what a miracle!

So funny story. Wednesday during English class they're asking me how to say phrases and I'm like wow they have a ton of questions this is something great! Then it turns out they were just wondering how to ask us out....hahaha took me awhile to catch on but they thought it was hilarious, and then at the end they were like "como se dice tus ojos son muy bonitos" I'm like "your eyes are very beautiful" and then they would say it back to us with these huge grins. Haha we got a good laugh out of it. Oh Africans.

Well anyways I had a great week and I hope you all did as well! The scripture I was ponderizing this week was Helaman 12:1 "and thus we can behold how false and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him."  I really liked this scripture because I realized that it's true, the hearts of men are so unsteady we're always changing what we want, but when we learn to put our trust in God we feel his love and his blessings, his ways don't change. It's something I'm working on more is how to put my trust in God and not in man.

Love you all!

love, Hermana Ruth Terrazas

That is the Christopher Columbus statue where he left from Spain!!! How cool!

We went to barc today! And got MEXICAN FOOD! Man I've missed that stuff.

Monday, October 12, 2015

10 Months!


Man I just feel like every month goes by faster and faster! How crazy I hit my 10 months already!

This week was a good one! And a long one! Well I got my retainer finally (from when someone stole my bag like 2 months ago) and wow it hurt! I felt like I got braces all over again! But the day we got it we stopped by the office and Hermana Een was there so I got to see her! I love being able to see old companions :)

So this week a recent convert from the Hermanas was helping us with a cita and he's from Ghana and is so funny. He's my new favorite person here. He just told me all about Africa and what countries are good and which aren't and how they tell the difference between each other. It was super fun. He also tried to teach me Twi...I think I'm just going to stick with English and Spanish.... But we were waiting and he was like "this guys from (place in Africa) but I mean...I'm not judging or anything..." Apparently there's some bad blood between some states in Africa haha and during a cita with him we're talking and all of a sudden he just bows his head & closes his eyes so we're like okay I guess it's time to start so I ask him who's praying and he just says "you are" without looking up, it was really funny. And then to close I ask him who he wants to say it and he says you & I told him I just prayed & he was like so, you're new. Haha thanks...

Also this week something I've noticed my whole mission finally clicked. The difference between city buses/bus drivers and pueblo ones. The city ones are just normal men and if there is music it's so quiet you can barely hear it. Pueblo buses are just crazy. The bus drivers are usually hippies, and the music is loud and just anything goes. They're these little buses and the bus drivers just go fast and crazy. It's the closest we get to a roller coaster ride on the mission. I love pueblo buses. Even though sometimes I fear my life, it's all good.

This week when we were at a Locultorio printing off something the guy final,y asked us who we are and with what group so we explain what missionaries are and everything & then he just goes oh okay...well this is free and gave us free gum :) I love nice people!

We had two huge miracles this week! The first is N., we contacted her last thing one night and she seems super interested so we set up a cita and we met with her she's our age, and is just golden! During the lesson she stops and says "is it okay with you if next time I bring my boyfriend to listen as well?" Uhm YES! She is definitely prepared. And then there's I.. So Saturday we had a cita and we brought a member with us. Well the cita fired and we couldn't go contact (I'll explain later) so we didn't know what to do so we walk out of the building and he stops and waves this guy over from across the street, and then turns and tells us that this is his friend and he's been talking about the church with him and wants us to teach the guy I. comes over and before we can say anything the member says I want you to invite him to church (in front of him) so we laugh and I'm like hey we have church tomorrow! You should come! He said maybe, but then left. Well Sunday, HE CAME! That like never happens!!! And the best part he's been there before!!! And said he'd start going again!!! What?!? Miracles!!!

Okay now I'll explain the not being able to contact thing. Well lately my knees have been getting worse but I've still been able to work, well Saturday we had ward sports, and we all we played is rapido where you just shoot the soccer ball in the goal, and I thought it was fine because I wasn't running & i don't kick with the bad knee. Well after my knees hurt, and then as the day goes on it gets so bad where I just could not walk. At all. I would try and have to stop after 2 steps...which was okay because we had a day FULL of citas so if I could just manage to get there I could rest for 45 minutes, well every. single. one. Of the citas we didn't know what to do seeing as I could not walk for 5 hours contacting. So we called a President and he told me I had to not use my legs for 3 days...he said "you can get up to go to the bathroom or eat food but besides that you do not use your legs. You can go to church if you want, but that's it.....and never kick a soccer ball again." Yes sir. So we're hoping after these 3 days they'll be feeling better. Which I'm sure they will be!

As promised last week, my scripture that I ponderized this week was Alma 57:27 "Now this was the faith of those of whom I have spoken; they are young and their minds are firm and they do out their trust in God continually."  When I read this scripture it just stuck out to me. Then the more I thought about it the more it meant. I thought of it as explaining the missionaries here in El Faro, a lot of times people are so surprised at how young we are and what we're doing, but it's because of this faith and trust in God that we're here for a year and a half or two years.

Anyways, that was my week! I hope you all had a wonderful week!

I love you all!

Love, Hermana Ruth Terrazas

Monday, October 5, 2015

Martorell/General Conference

I hope you all watched and LOVED General Conference! I know I did! We went up to hospitalet to watch it (the stake center) so we got to watch it with the missionaries in our zone. They always play it in English in a different room for missionaries and investigators/members (there are a lot of Africans in Spain) I LOVED conference! So here in Spain Saturday we watch the women's broadcast and Saturday morning(that ones live) and then on Sunday we watch Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning (live) and as missionaries we can't watch Sunday afternoon because it doesn't play until after curfew. So today for preparation day me and Hermana Reid made for French  toast (we don't have a waffle maker) and went to the church and watched conference! I loved it! I can't pick a favorite talk but, I think the best thing was all the invitations and challenges we received! So mom mentioned this to me and I was thinking the same thing, we should all share our scripture every week, I'll put mine up every week and share my feelings about it and then you all can do the same :) also mom sent me the pictures of all you watching conference in your homes and it made me SO HAPPY to see my family and even better, them all watching conference. One quote I loved was "family is the center of life and is the key for eternal happiness". I love my family!

Well this was my first week in Martorell! The areas good, with conference I didn't get to meet all the members but we ate with the bishop so I got to meet his family and I've met others just around town and the few we've visited. They all seem great! Well as of now Martorell doesn't have much but it has SO much potential. I love that I have a companion who is equally dedicated to being exactly obedient. It just makes the work that much easier. We contacted basically all week and saw HUGE miracles, like huge. We said that no matter what we would have 8 new investigators(that's the goal for the mission each week) and we did! Sunday morning we had 5 but we're blessed to find 3 more! One of them is an older man who I went to contact but didn't hear me (he was turning) so I kept walking but my companion retried and he stopped, so I ask him if he believes in a God and he tells me no, but as we keep talking he tells me he has faith in a God but that God doesn't love him or care about him, that he knows he's his child but God doesn't care to listen. It broke my heart, so We bore our testimonies about how God is listening and he said well he's never sent me any sign and that's when I said, "well he did, because we're here." He kind of chuckled and said maybe your right. We were able to set up a return cita with him although he refuses to tell us his name..haha oh those old Catalan men. It was such a miracle for me! I've never been able to be that bold but because I could just feel such love for this man it wasn't boldness it was love! Another miracle is Peter. So after conference we had a cita in our area, last thing Sunday night(usually those nights are filled roaming the streets stopping every person you see because there's only like 3) so we went to "Peters" house and a woman answers, well it turns out she's an old investigator and her 2 children. We taught them and they were so excited we came back! They didn't know why the missionaries stopped visiting them. We're not sure if Peter gave us the wrong address and led us to them or if maybe he does live there, but either way it was a huge miracle!

Well I love you all and hope you have a great week and apply the teachings from Conference! Tomorrow morning I will pick my scripture and next week I'll share it and I'll be waiting to hear yours!

Love, Hermana Ruth Terrazas

She bought me chocolate :) this companionship started out on the right foot.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Goodbye Granollers

Yup, I'm being transferred. We kinda already figured, but I had the hope that maybe I would stay one more. I am going to Martorell! It's kinda funny I have now served 45 min to the west of Barcelona, 45 min to the north, and now like 45 min to the south...they just really want to keep me around! Haha but I knew if I'd be transferred I'd stay close. Anyways, my new companion will be Hermana Reid. She actually lived with us in Terrassa my first 2 weeks of the mission and then we went to the Valencia zone together at the same time! It's kind of nice to already know who my companion is and what she's like!

Well this week was crazy. We had Zone Conference which was super good! I love conferences in the mission. They're definitely one of the best parts. Especially testimony meeting. Missionary testimony meetings are the best. After that I had an intercambio with Hermana Lamoreaux so they was super fun!

So on Friday we were out working and my throat hurt but I just went bought some cough drops and we kept working, well then Saturday morning I woke up and boom. Tonsillitis. I have some great luck. Saturday I felt like death. I basically slept the ENTIRE day. And then Sunday at church everyone was like "ohh....your sick..." Thanks you noticed? Haha.

 Man this ward is SO hard to say goodbye to. I feel like every ward I just get closer to and love more and more. I feel like my second family is here in Granollers. I remember when I got here thinking that I hoped I got transferred soon and was not looking forward to my time here, somewhere along those first few weeks everything changed and I became unbelievably close with the people here. It really was so hard to say goodbye. Hermano Merchan in our gospel principle class asked me to bear my testimony and before I did he told me "Hermana although maybe you didn't have many numbers here you planted seeds, and we'll take care of them. But most important you taught us all, you shared your love and we learned so much. I learned things from you I will keep forever." It was the sweetest and then in consejo when I told them I was leaving bishop got up grabbed one of the young adults there and said "give her a big hug for me" and then she gave me the longest hug. I am so grateful for the love I have felt from this ward. Afterwards all the women stayed to watch the Relief Society broadcast and Maria deal Angels came and sat down by me and told me how it would be so weird for her to watch this in Spanish because she always watches conference in English. Soooo we went to another room and I got to watch it in English :) I was a happy camper. But when we were watching during one of the songs she turned to me and said "I'm sure your moms thinking of you right now, and she's really proud of you." It was a tender moment.

Monday I had to say my hardest goodbye, Dari, Romane, and Dylan. Dari is a recent convert who is 14 years old and I just love her! We go to their house every Monday night to have a lesson and dinner :) I am going to miss all the laughs, jokes, and food. Haha. They made me a cake with a candle and everything :) also they gave me an anklet which is super pretty! I feel like Dari is the little sister I never had. Oh and of course her baby brother Dylan :)

I'm sad to be leaving but excited to go to a new area and meet more amazing people! I know for sure I will be visiting this family of mine here in Granollers. I'll send pictures :)

I love you all and have a great week!

Love, Hermana Ruth Terrazas

Ps. I'm sending this this morning and then I'll get back on later to email more with my new companion.

I forgot!

So this week was a weird one so one day we were contacting and this man kept trying to kiss us! And then got mad at us because we didn't want to haha like the first time he tried and we backed away and then got mad that we didn't like him and we explained we're missionaries and he kind of calmed down and then like 5 minutes later tried again. So we just walked away. In the moment it was super annoying, now looking back it was super funny.

When we went to eat with one of our members she decided to give us a law of chastity lesson for when we got home....haha talk about awkward. But super funny!

I'm sure there's more but I can never remember, anyways until later :)

Barcelona and Badalona zones :)

Oh yeah we had a birthday party for Elder Deleu!

Julia and Ana :)

Dixiana and Mateu :) her parents live in Martorell so I'll see her!

Dari ❤️

Maria deal Angels :)

Yes that says my name...haha I promise they don't call me that but she said "Terrazas" wouldn't fit and then Romane said "yeah and my hand would cramp trying to write all that!" Haha

Dylan :)

My companion

Almost all the hermanas who got transferred!

Hermana birch is now going to be the companion of Hermana Canales!!! (Hna birch is in my group and I lived witness her in Valencia and love her!!!)

Monday, September 21, 2015

One More Week!


This was a good week! Next week is transfers and we're both nervous because we have no clue what's going to happen...we have the same amount of time here soooo we could stay together which we both want haha or one of us is leaving...Hermana Canales thinks I'm leaving but I'm not sure. Honestly, when I first came to Granollers I thought I wanted to leave shortly, but now after 3 1/2 months I've come to love it here. I love the members, and I love it here. I have learned so much here, probably more than in my whole mission. And I've grown as well. But we'll see what happens.

Well this week was super good! We were in the street contacting people basically for the whole week but it was fun and we have a couple people really interested! So last night we had a cita with a woman from our area book and she lived in a little pueblo. So we went and it was an HOUR to hour. And the best part the whole time...uphill but not just a hill like straight. We were joking "so the doctor said not to walk uphills or what do we climb a mountain for an hour!" So yeah we thought that when we got there she wouldn't be there (that's about how the mission usually goes) but she was there and super interested! She visited the church in the U.S. With her sister and the visitors center and loved it!!! I'm super excited to visit her next Sunday but the only down part is that walk again...

So this week our zone had a goal to find 8 news, and Sunday night at 8:50 we only had 5 and we sent our numbers in and Elder Deleu called and said no you have 15 more minutes I'm not sending in the numbers you can find 3, so we were super pumped and went and found 3 people in 15 minutes!!!! It was so exhilarating! It was like an adrenaline rush haha so that was a huge miracle!! And I know it's because this week we decided that if we wanted to see miracles we had to be EXACTLY obedient (not that we were ever disobedient) but this week we did everything we could and we saw miracles!

I love my mission, I am so happy I made this decision to serve the Lord for 18 months it is definitely the best decision I have made and every day I'm more and more grateful.

Have a great week!

Hermana Ruth Terrazas

Our lovely district :)

hospital gowns: at least their modest!

We cut our hair today! (Just the ends) and got cool watches from McDonald's

Monday, September 14, 2015

Noche de Culturas

Well this week we had our culture night! (I'll send pictures later) it was super fun! We got there early to set up there were 9 or 10 different countries! USA, France, Honduras, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain, Bolivia, Venezuela, and we had more countries in our ward but they couldn't come! We watched a video before about all the countries, has a message and then went to eat! I made banana bread and it turned out super good! I was scared cause it was my first time making it but it was good! I had lots of arguments because they kept trying to call it cake...its not cake. Also everyone complained that I didn't bring hamburgers haha but all in all it was a super fun activity! We had two investigators come and I think they liked it!

Since Wednesday was my 9 month mark I took the traditional pregnancy pictures, I don't know why but it's a tradition in our mission for the hermanas to take pregnancy pictures at 9 months haha so I'll send those later :)

This week was a little difficult work wise, basically all the people we had just fell through and we either couldn't get in touch with them or they didn't want anything and then the whole week we were street contacting or knocking doors and we just had zero success. We don't know what happened, Sunday night we still had 0 new investigators for the week and I was just praying to find at least one person, so we went to one of our pueblos to do some pass bys and we decided to talk to every single person, even if they looked scary, or busy, and after probably 30 people we found a guy named C.!!! And he's been to our church before! So that was a huge miracle. But this week we're ready to just contact the heck out of Granollers and find people! R. (our fecha from before) told us on Saturday that she still wants to be baptized but can't because her husband doesn't want her to, he had been trying for a long time to get her baptized in his church but she said no, and so she said if she were to get baptized in our church it would start a huge fight and possibly end their marriage. So obviously that can't happen, we're hoping with time he'll lighten up and she can be baptized.

I'll send some pictures now! Love you all!

Love, Hermana Terrazas

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

9 Months and a Dream!

Hi family!!

I hope you had a great week! :) can you believe it!?! I'm at my 9 months! It doesn't seem real. I still feel like a baby in the mission haha but it really is crazy that I'm at the half way point. I love my mission and wouldn't trade this experience for anything! Everyday I grow to love it more! I'm so grateful for the things I've learned and the people I've met. If there's one thing I've learned it's that thinking makes all the difference, whether it's positive or negative. If you think positive things will be positive, if you think negative things will be negative! It seems so simple but it's so true, the days where I just am so negative in my thinking are terrible but the days where I'm thinking positively despite the circumstance are the best days! Another thing-- about the hard days. Me and Hermana Canales were talking about this and I've come to a conclusion, that hard days build character and testimony. A lot of people when we tell them about our schedule say "well yeah but who's in your piso making you do it who's checking in on you?" And when we tell them no one, that we just do it, that they trust us they're always super shocked. Because it's true we technically could just go to piso and no one would know but we don't! The mission, and especially the hard days, build us to be honest to have character! One time President Pace told me "if you didn't have a testimony you wouldn't be you wouldn't be doing this" and it's so true! That this is hard, a lot of days are hard but because I have a testimony I'm here! And it grows everyday!

Well this week was super good! I had my first dream in all Spanish!!!! That was super exciting!!! I don't remember exactly what about...except that I woke up in the middle of the night super excited because it was in all Spanish, then I went back to bed haha

We have an activity Saturday for different cultures! Everyone is going to bring a dish from their country! We have 10 different countries in our wars! Spain is such a mixture of people! I'm super excited :) I'm still thinking about what I'm going to bring...if you have ideas send them to me...please :)

This week we set a fecha with Rosa!!! She's an investigator who we couldn't meet with for a couple weeks and we went Saturday and she wasn't there so we left and then she called us half an hour later and said she had left for a bit and lost track of time and asked if we could come back right then! So we went and we watched the Restoration with her and set a goal for her to be baptized on the 19th! I'm super excited for her! It was funny we invited her to the activity just to go and she was like okay oh I can bring this and this! Haha she's perfect!

We had Enfoque de zona this week and so I got to see Hermana Lamoreaux! So that was super fun, also I got a letters from the young women in the ward! Please tell them all thank you and that I loved
them :)

Well I love you all and hope you have a great week! :)

Love, Hermana Ruth Terrazas :)

The Cataluyna flag with candles!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Festa Major

That means 'fiesta mayor' in Catalan. This week was the fiesta mayor! It's this huge party Granollers has (basically every city in Spain has its own party) and they divide the city into two teams the blue and white (depending on where you live) and they have games throughout the week between the two teams and every night there's a party. It seemed super fun, obviously we couldn't go butttt it looked awesome and we have shirts!!! A member got them for us. We're the blue team, although technically we live in the white area our member lives in blue and he said we had to be blue lol but it's our area so I guess that counts!

This week was a good one! We were with Georgina (the relief society president) a lot visiting some women in the ward, it was super good to get to know them more and how we can help and also to work with her! She has a daughter who's 2 and is going through a phase of unhappiness and so one day we were passing by some people and the little girl was super grumpy and Georgina didn't feel good either so I asked her if she wanted a cookie (my favorite bakery is right there) so I bought her a cookie and she was so happy it was super funny and then the next time we were together luckily I had made brownies that day for people and brought some for her because she asked for a chocolate cookie! I have a feeling I need to bring a treat with me from now on...

Well Saturday and Sunday we were in piso because Hermana Canales was sick, we planned just for Saturday morning so she could sleep so we called to tell Hermana Dayton that she was sick and going to sleep and she told us to call at mediodia so we did and she told us to stay in piso Saturday and Sunday :( it's good because she needs to get better but staying in piso is the worst haha but lately a lot of missionaries try to push through the sickness and are getting worse so everyone who's sick has to stay in piso and rest for a day or two.

I gave my first talk yesterday! I've always gone up and born my testimony and introduced myself but yesterday I actually gave a talk! It was super scary but turned out good :) luckily I have a native companion so I was 100% sure that what I was going to say made sense and was correct, that calmed my nerves a lot haha. It was kinda funny I was the second speaker and so I spoke and right after was a hymn...and since I'm the chorister I just like walked over to the side and waited for the was a little awkward but funny! I realized that now on my mission I get nervous because things are in Spanish but I have a feeling when I go home I'm going to be nervous because things are in English. The other day we were visiting a lady from Africa in the ward and I started to talk in Spanish and Hermana Canales kept having to remind me to talk in English! I would start to say something but it would just come out in Spanish. It's a real struggle lately. Especially now since the new Elder in our ward doesn't speak English I don't even speak with them in English! But I love it :)

This week we were passing by old investigators from other missionaries and we weren't having any success and the last one we went to rang the timbre he asked who it was I said the missionaries and he let us in the building...I thought we'd go up to the door and he'd have an excuse or something but him and his girlfriend let us in to talk to them! They had a ton of questions about the plan of Salvation that we were able to answer! And they told us that it makes sense now, God isn't the reason bad things happen to people we're doing things things because we have agency. It was so nice to teach someone who understood! We're visiting them to,or row and I'm super excited :)

Well I hope you all have a good week! Oh the picture is our shirts they say "blaus" which means blue in Catalan

Love. Hermana Terrazas :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Just Another Week!

Well, this week was an interesting one. I feel like nothing happened and yet so much. Kind of a bummer but De., our investigator who has a fecha has gone sketch haha. We haven't seen him or talked to him. We call he doesn't answer and we stop by and he's not there. So that's pretty sad, but hopefully this week we can get in contact with him!

So we went to eat with Maria Jesus, a member, and we got to the train station saw a train leaving and barely caught it, so we were sitting down talking to this girl and we realize the trains not stopping.....we got on a train without stops. Haha so we rode it until the first stop and ran and caught a train to go back. Well when we got there it was saying stops and it said Mollet so we thought perfect it's stopping in Mollet! We got on....ANOTHER train without stops. It was saying the pueblos it WASNT stopping in. Haha it was really funny and luckily the trains didn't take us too far. And on the first train the girl we were talking to was super nice, she's from Nicaragua which is right next to Honduras so her and Hermana Canales clicked and guess what?! After a while she asked me where I was from and I said the U.S. And she said she thought I was from Spain because of my accent!!!! Happiest day of my life.

After Maria Jesus that same day we went to visit a recent convert who lives in a pueblo close to Mollet that we usually take the bus to. Well during the month of August there's no bus (they take vacations seriously in Spain) so we had to walk. But the worst part was that we had to walk on the freeway to go over! Talk about scary! Haha we were just hoping we didn't die haha. So that was fun!

So every Wednesday we eat with a member named Josepha and she's like our grandma. She always gives us a packet of cookies and a juice before we leave! It's super cute. And then every Friday we eat with Maria Jesus, we say she's like our crazy aunt, haha she has a super spunky personality that I love! She was the first sister missionary in Spain. And she converted to the church when she was 20. She has cancer and is alone but so strong in the gospel, she is such an example to me. She always says "tu sabes, asi es la vida" "you know, this is life" (for those of you who need a translation lol). I was telling Hermana Canales that maybe we don't have a ton of members at lessons, but I feel like I have friends here! Like I go to church and I feel like I'm with friends, and the whole ward, I love it! The work is a little slow right now, but the people are great.

Oh! I forgot to mention last week that the week before we had no gas or hot water haha it was only for a week luckily but of course it was the only week that was cold and rainy! Luckily we get fed twice a week because we couldn't cook! We did weekly planning at the church so that we could cook food after. But while we were cooking it started POURING!!! Obviously we went and played in it!

So every week we teach English class and at first no one came but lately we've been getting more people, well this week the elders couldn't come and I was worried cause we usually do two classes for the different levels and they told me not to worry because their investigators weren't coming, well one of ours came who can speak she just needs help with little things, and then an investigator who ALWAYS says she'll come but NEVER comes walks through the door...and she speaks that was interesting I was trying to juggle the both haha

Also I realized lately I haven't been really saying much, so sorry, but I'm the ward chorister. Haha when Hermana Ratliff left I became the that's interesting, and now me and Hermana Canales are doing visiting teaching with a lady in the ward because we don't have many who are doing it. We went yesterday it was super weird! We were in a car!!!

Friday we went to visit Romane and Dari (Dari is 14 and a recent convert) and she had boughten us skirts!!! So Sunday we wore them and everyone called us twins :) haha I'll send pictures!

I love you all have a great week!!!

love, Hermana Ruth Terrazas

This is Romane and Dari...the reason I'm getting fat on my mission. :)

Dari and Dylan :)

How many months we have!

My wonderful companion and I :)