Monday, January 31, 2011

Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Love you Love you Lovvvvvvve you! Mom and Dad thank you for all your love and sacrifice for me and my brother! I know that you two will be blessed for your efforts. I have been thinking more and more about what I need to do after the mission. I want to study, work, and find my eternal companion.

I am sending some photos again this week. The first two is of our district here in Tocumen.   Pic 1   Pic 2.   The last one is of Me and Hermana Calero about to go spread some good news to Tocumen!

Sunday we had a meetings with all the adults and they played a video on what we need to do to be living prudent lives. First work, we never stop working. Second, always living within your means and to be self-reliant. Third, give!! We know that it is through our diligence and obedience that the blessings of the Lord come to us, both physically and spiritually.

So this week we put obedience to the missionary schedule to the test. Getting up at 6:30 ,Personal Study at 8, Companion Study at 9, leaving the home at 11, getting home at 9:30 and in bed by 10:30. We were not perfect in everything but we did pretty good. One day running from the Store to the house to study. The other day running with our bags and books to leave the house at 11. It was kind of like a game and my companion and I really wanted to win! hehe. And guess what? It wasn´t easy and we sometimes were complaining but the Lord blessed us with a Golden Investigator. We got to church and a member introduced us to a friend who has a cousin who isn´t a member. We put a cita with her that night. We went with the Family Sanchez to visit Zeidy. She is 19 years old. Well, we taught her about prophets and the Restoration and Hermana Calero asked if she would like to follow Christ and be baptized. SHE SAID YES!!!!! How awesome right? So we are so grateful and I know it is for our obedience and our desire to serve him with all our heart, might, mind and strength.

I really feel like in this week I have learned so much and studied so much more and effectly. The time is flying by and I love this work, my companion and the Lord!!

You guys too!!!!


Hermana Ochs

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Ok so wow, thank you, thank you, thank you family for all that you are doing and for your advice. I am getting more and more used to Tocumen. The members feed us lunch and dinner here. So I am not starving but I need to be careful again. What is bad is that my companion can not eat pretty much anything and I feel bad leaving any food behind so sometimes I eat her food so that the people that fed us or I don't have to feel bad. Mucho Comida....... haha

Talking about food I am now a duro fanatic. Because of all the heat, people sale popsicles in certain houses and I am always on the look out, haha. Of course my favorite is Coco!!!!! We have an investigator that sales the best duros I have tried!!! Yep Mom, I will eat a duro for you while you enjoy your warm blankets.

So the Zone has changed a lot since the last exchanges and we are working on getting better in total. The last couple of months there haven't been a lot of baptisms. But it was not just that, we had to become better, more committed missionaries. In our District Meeting last week we recommitted ourselves to do better and be more obedient. The meeting was a bit intense and it made my companion cry but I made her feel better. We are working hard and completing our goals little by little. Hermana Calero is awesome. She is a hard worker and very loving. We will be more obedient and show how much we love the Lord. She told me the other day that I have motivated her to work faster in the new changes than with any other companion. I just hope it keeps going! Wish me luck and strengthen for the week!

Lots and lots of love!!!!!

Hermana Ochs
Hermana Ochs sent us a Christmas Card which we got the other day. I thought it would be nice to share with everyone.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM

It sounds and looks like the Wedding was SOOOOOO awesome!!! I am so so so happy for Hill and Justin! Give them my best of wishes and love!!!!!! I love the colors and Hill looked so pretty in her dress. Man Samantha and Hunter are way taller than when I remember and that story about Sammy ,hahaha, is awesome. She is a smarty-pants, hehehe. Oo and it was awesome to see everyone in the photos! Everyone looks good happy and healthy. But I didn´t see pics of you guys there. It is ok I believe you two were awesome too!

Well man how can I tell you the story....well I had changes. I am in Tocumen. And I have a awesome companion....but she is also one of the difficult ones. Pres. wrote to me saying that yes it might be a little difficult but to get to know her she is a great person. He also said that he put his most gentle spirit with her and that this will be a learning experience for me. Ya it is hard. Supposedly I was Senor comp but she talked with Pres. saying that she should be because she has one change more than me in the Mission. I don´t know if I will ever be Senor companion but I will support and love my comp. Just pray for me, I have been asking for a lot of patience and love. Haha and a few people have called asking if I am doing good. Haha, Hermana Calero thinks that everyone thinks we are not getting along, but we have talked. And she is cool, I just have to stand for what I know is right and not waver. O but now I can speak more Spanish and my comp is very excited to learn English.

But ya this month I will complete a year in the MISSION!!!!! Wow wow sham wow! Hehe. So Tocumen is a urban area close to Panama City and has the International Airport right next door. I can hear planes coming and going everyday. Hahaha, but I will not be trunky! The members here are awesome and they really love us missionaries. I am getting better at making friends with new people faster. Ooo wow one house we ate at the family is a family of clowns. Seriously the husband, wife and kids work as clowns, painted faces and all. Hahaha, they are awesome and the hermana cooked rice with coco. Yummmmmmy!!!!

So little by little I am getting used to the new area! It is very flat, hot, and has loads and loads of houses that all look the same. Ooo the area I live in is called Nuevo Tocumen. I think you could find me or close to where we live.

Hey I love you guys soooooooo sooooo much and I am soooo glad to have a family like you guys always behind me.

Love mucho amor,

Hermana Ochs

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM

So wow, I was getting so worried that once again my package wasn't going to get to you guys BUTTTTT It DID And I Am SOOOO Happy!! I have been thinking that I need to get you guys more Panama stuff. Poco a poco, right. haha

Ya well this week, this week.... was bien largo y full of some trials.

But first of all we had a total blast at the Amador Causeway. Sorry for my even worse spelling now that I am speaking and writing in Spanish a lot, haha. It was really cool, first we started out playing Frisbee then kickball, which was awesome fun, haha. Then we ate and went to the Causeway. So they ran out of big bikes at the bike rental and I didn´t want to ride a motorized bike so I rented a pretty pink princess bike!!!!!!! hehe. It really reminded me of my little pink bike I had as a kid, hehehe. Ya and it felt like it too.......wowwwwy me duelio (it hurt), hahaha. And half way through the ride my chain fell off and kept falling off. Soooo, my savior Hermana Cluff pulled me allll the way back, hahahaha. She called me the Princess, hahaha. But I didn't feel like one, it hurt a lot and I was like a little kid tired, sore, and cranky, haha. A big thanks to Hermana Cluff for saving the life of your child! haha.

Then I caught some kind of virus and I had the Diarrhea Alll week and even a fever one night. Yes that was the worst thing that happened but I am slowly recovering and eating a bit normally now. Mom, don´t worry Heavenly Father, my companion, the members, and Hermana Cluff took good care of me.

In response to your question about whether the Mission was able to reach the goal of getting 1,000 baptisms this year: Yes we got it!!!!! 1,000 Baptisms!!!!

So this weekend was an interesting one. This Sunday we were supposed to have Elder Clark of the Seventy come to our area but he didn't show up. But everybody in our ward was expecting him and we had 142 people in attendance. That is best attendance they have ever had at church so we should just tell the members every Sunday that a General Authority is coming, hahaha. Yes, changes are coming so we will see this next week whether I will be here in Chorrera or a new area!

Love and thanks for everything.

Chao Chao

Hermana Ochs

P.S. Keep me in the info circle about Israel´s mission call and The wedding of Hill and Justin!
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 7:07 AM

So this week has been pretty cool. We had a really fun P-day where I got everyone to play baseball!!!!! That was cool and everyone enjoyed themselves. Then later we had our Zone Gift Exchange! I had Hermana Cluff and Hermana Dance had me. Then we had our Zone Conference at the Mission President's House. Hermana Ward made us breakfast and lunch. Yummmmy! We had Meat Loaf and Cheesy Potatoes with homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese icing!!!! Super good! I sat next to President Ward and he was asking us Sisters if we knew of any areas big enough to put more Sisters for one change. This next change, which is on the 12th of January, we are getting 5 new Sisters. President Ward was thinking of having us share our area this next change. I told him to think and pray about it, hehe. I don´t want him to get hasty, haha. So we will see. A lot of Sisters like asking President Ward about what is going to happen, give their two cents to get on his good side, and to know the gossip of the mission. But I really don´t care, I don´t what to mess with fate or revelation. Haha, plus I believe that Pres loves me enough to take good care of me. hehe. So that was a great Conference, just our Zone with the President and the APs. We learned a lot about how to form good/inspired questions. But when we went to leave there was so much Holiday traffic that it took all day for us to get back home.

I am sending a few photos for you all. Here is a picture of a cool Rainbow in our area. Here is a picture of a interesting Nativity scene. Here are some pictures from the Zone Mission Christmas Party: Pic 1   Pic 2   Pic 3   Pic 4. Here is a picture from our Sisters Christmas Eve Sleepover. This a picture of Doris with some of her grandkids before her Baptism. And this is a picture from our Zone Conference that we had at the Mission Home.

So we are back on the hunt to find new investigators. The grandkids of Doris are awesome and progressing well. The oldest boy, Felix, loves the Book of Mormon and he is already on chapter 16 of First Nephi. He is a super wizz! So we are now working with Felix's parents to get them to come to church with Doris and the other grandkids.

We had some awesome lessons this week. One with the Zone Leaders and the Familia Jaen, then with our Menos Activos (Less Actives). I don´t know if I have mentioned Sacha Quintero in my emails before but we made a deal with him that if he would bring his neighbor (Elena, one of our investigators) we would buy him a Cheesecake! He was reluctant at first but he followed through. It was so awesome to see the whole familia Quintero and Elena at church. Other Menos Activos came too! It was just an awesome Sunday!!!!!

I love you guys soooooo much! Keep me in your prayers and I will too. haha love ya!

Ooooo Today we get to go to the Amador Causeway! It will be my first time there, so we will see!


Hermana Ochs

P.S. Ooooo yes and a happy New Years!!!!! How was it is the States? It was loud here... haha. Here we come 2011!