December 30, 2014

 
December 30, 2014


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!


So, I LOVED talking with y'all on Christmas!!!!!!!!!!! It was the BEST!!!!!!!

So updates from this week...

Hna Montesino no longer is my companion. They called Friday night and told us that they would be picking her up on Saturday morning and taking her to another area. We all wanted to cry; we were having SO MUCH fun together and seeing lots of Miracles, but we know that the Lords timing is perfect and that He is leading the work!!! I gave her the Forget Me Not bracelet to take with her: she loved it!!! I have learned SO MUCH from Hna. Montesino. She is exactly obedient and the most humblest person I know. She counts on the Lord always and trusts in His perfect plan for us!!!! And I wanted to ask if y'all could please write her. You could ask someone in the Spanish ward to translate what you want to say, because she hardly receives any emails from home. She was really grateful for all of the presents for Christmas. I am really thankful that Heavenly Father sent her to be with us for Christmas. I know it was planned by Him and not just by chance. I really needed to learn from her this last week and I needed the chance to share all the blessings He has giving me!!!! I am SO THANKFUL for a loving family who supports. It is a grand blessing that not everyone has and I sometimes take it for granted more than I should - I feel; but seriously, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS and letters and encouragement ALWAYS. I know I wouldn't be able to continue without you guys!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So this week, Norma and Lester got married on Saturday afternoon and baptized on Sunday!!!! And little Karen, who is 9, was also baptized!!!! She was SO HAPPY!!!! It was SO CUTE!!!!! Her Mom has been inactive for years. She was baptized when she was 16 or 17 and now is coming back to church. She has plans to talk to the Bishop to make sure she is worthy to take the Sacrament or see what she needs to do to repent! She asked us the other day, "Can I still come back to church, or since I left is that possible?" We were like, OF COURSE it is possible!!!! You are always welcome to come to church and change!!! I testify as a Representative of Jesus Christ that through Christ we ALL can be made clean!!!! It doesn't matter how many times we have made the same stupid mistakes, if we are willing to come to him we can change and be purified through His Atoning sacrifice!!!!! Just start by being obedient, do the simple things, pray, ask for forgiveness, read the scriptures, go to church, talk to your bishop and take the sacrament!!!! It works every time for everyone!!!! The way is simple, but it just takes a lot of courage to stay on it!!!! Lester and Norma were SO HAPPY to be baptized. I asked Norma how she felt and she said, "Feliz to be completing another commandment from God!!!!" With a bright smile on her face!!!! Hna Markham and Pres. Markham were able to make it out to the baptismal service too and that was really special!!!!!

I LOVE the area!!!!! I LOVE this branch!!!!!!!! They are the BEST!!!!! We have LOTS of miracles headed our way!!!! THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Hna Tarah Ray Sherrod!!!!!!

December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ILOVEYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So haha, funny story, I now have 2 companions!!!!! So it happens that the city I'm in was 2 areas and there were four sisters, but we lived in different houses. But then on Friday at 9 in the morning Hna Funk who came to the other area in the city with me calls and tells me that the Asistants just told her that she has emergency changes and that her companion was going to be coming to live with us and we are going to be a trio!!!! Well let me tell you, we are having a BLAST!!!! It is SO MUCH fun working with the 3 of us!!!!! My new companion, Hna. Montecino is from Honduras!!! I always wanted to have a companion from Honduras and I didnt think I was going to get to have one!!!! Well looky there!!!! So she is AWESOME!!!!!! She is the MOST humblest person I have ever worked with. She LOVES the people with ALL her heart!!!! And her testimony is HUGE and strong!!!! Everytime she teaches I feel the Spirit!!!! And I just want to watch her, I am like, that is okay, just go ahead and teach the lesson... Haha!!!!! She has almost a year in the Mission, so I am still the senior companion of both, but they are both just such good Missionaries. They are willing to take more than there load of the work and LOVE being Missionaries. They LOVE working and work with ALL of their hearts, so I am VERY GRATEFUL for that Blessing from the Lord!!!!! So Hna. Alba finished her training on Sunday!!!!! SHE IS AMAZING!!!!! And since Hna Funk left I have now been given the responsibility of the Retencion for the Zone, which means I keep track of what converts from all of the branches in the Distrit are coming and receive revelation for what we can do to help them!!! This'll be fun!!!!


Well, we are preparing 8 people to be baptized on Sunday!!!! It is incredible you guys!!!!! INCREDIBLE!!!!! I feel like we haven't even done anything to receive these miracles that the Lord is just pouring out!!!!! Well, of course we are working hard, showing or Fe and praying, but really, The Lord just LOVES His children. I know its not me or my companions, but just the Blessing that we are in this area at this time when these 8 beautiful souls are readying to make their first covenant with God!!!! I hope to tell you more about them individually, but here are there names so that you can pray for them and take them to the Temple please!!! 

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014

Re: Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!!!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GOT MY PACKAGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got both packages and a package from Hna. Martineau full of letters from the young women!!!! Can you please tell her THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! That I am SO GRATEFUL!!!!!!!!!!! I opened my blouse and skirt from Danelle, I LOVE IT!!!!! I used it yesterday!!!! Can you please tell her THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH and that I LOVE the books too!!!!!!!! I am not in the area with Javier still, but I am going to send it to him and the Oreos to Hna. Macias!!!! She will be SOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! But tell EVERYONE, Danelle, the Rickers, Boothes, Wilsons, Sherrods, Campbells, Dutsons, my friends and the ward that I LOVE them ALL SO MUCH!!!! To the end of counting and LOTS, LOTS more!!!!!! And I wish them a Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO HAPPY to be talking to y'all in 2 days!!!! WHOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!













December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014

Okay, I am going to see how fast I can write all of this!!!!!!

SO I LOVE LIFE!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been sent to the MOST BEAUTIFUL area in the WHOLE MISSION, to the MOST BEAUTIFUL BRANCH!!!!!!!! Yes, I am here in the coast, a little bit farther than Santa Lucia where I was before in a beautiful town where EVERYONE is nice and friendly!!!! I feel like I have come home!!!!! I know this is where I am suppose to be!!!! And it makes me seriously sad to think one day soon I won't be here, so that is why I do not think about it!! Haha!!! And really this last week I haven't even had time to have thoughts about after the Mission, because I have been too caught up in the wonderful work that is happening in this area!!!!!


I dont know what these people are doing to receive SO MANY Blessings, but he is just POURING THEM OUT!!!! Literally pouring!!!! The flood gates have been opened!!!! So let me tell you as many as I possibly can before my time is up!!! Well first and foremost, I LOOOOOOOVE MY COMPANION!!!!! Her name is Hna. Alb, she is from Mexico, she is 24!! She doesn't speak English, but dont worry we are working on that!!! We are reading out loud in the Book of Mormon in English everyday and working in the study book that they give the Latinos learning English!!!! She is picking it up fast!!! She will be fluent in no time!!!! She is a GOOD MISSIONARY!!!! She is here Serving with ALL her heart and she LOVES the people. She is a true messenger of the truth and LOVE of Christ!!!! I can feel the Spirit testify through her!!! I LOVE her and am SO THANKFUL to be working with her!!!! She is teaching me A LOT!!!! The best is that she already had several weeks in the Mission field when I received her, and although I think it would be fun to train a fresh newbie how to contact a bus, I am really thankful that we can just start working together as companions and that she already feels and knows her place as a Missionary!!!! She is good at expressing concerns and suggestions. We are communicating well, teaching unity and becoming better Missionaries together!!! So yeah, I am having a BLAST!!!! Well, so for miracles!!! We had 10 people attending church!!! 10!!!! I dont remember EVER having 10 people in church!!!!! And they just came to church!!!! We brought one family, Nanci and Mario de Leon and the rest just came of their own accord with the members!!!! Please pray for Nanci and Mario; they have accepted to be baptized the 28th of December, so we will be preparing them for that date!!! Please pray that they will receive a stronger testimony always and be able to quit drinking coffee and that they will be prepared the 28th!!! It was their first time attending church this week, but they like it A LOT and we have a appointment with them today!!!! Also we have had A LOT of success with the leaders here. Our branch president, is AWESOME!!!! We have already had a Family Home Evening in his house that he sent up with our investigador, Lesbia and invited us to!!!! Haha!!!! He is pilas!!!! Wow, time flies and I have got to go, but I am putting a list of names at the end that y'all can pray for!!! Please do so!!!!! We need your strong Fe to see the miracles and baptize every week this change!!!!! 

I LOVE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really I cannot express just how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a Missionary!!!! I AM SOOOOO THANKFUL to feel this HAPPINESS here with these people that I have never before felt in my Mission and in my life!!!! I am seeing how every Blessing that I have been given in the Mission or before is being fulfilled!!!! I remember how I felt a year ago with depression and how happy I feel now. I am SO THANKFUL that the Lord healed me, because I know my Mission is something I will never forget. The lessons I have learned are precious for this life and for ALL of Eternity!!!!! I LOVE the Lord!!!! I TESTIFY THAT HE LIVES AND LOVES YOU!!!!!!! Follow Him!!!! Be made whole by him!!!!! Read, ponder and pray mightily and go to church!!!! Do everything in remembrance of Him and you will always have a shining light to lead the way!!!!!! LOVE, Hna. Tarah Ray Sherrod

December 9, 2014


December 9, 2014

Well, I am sorry to hear that everyone is sick!!! Yikes!!! I am going to be praying for you!!! And hey, I am going to need your prayers of great Fe for my health too, because guess what, I AM GOING BACK TO THE COAST!!!!!!!! YUP!!!! I have changes!!! Well, it turns out that I actually had changes last Thursday, because they took us out of our area out of the blue!!! It was a little dangerous in the area we were at and President had no idea. Once he found out that it was considered a bit of a red zone where we were, they took us out. They are sending Elderes there tomorrow when we have changes. Good thing, because we had 4 people with bauptismal dates!!!! AAHH!!!! I was working hard on those bauptisms!!!! Oh well, The Lord definitely knows best!!!


I know that Domingo, Rachel, Cesar and Edgar will be baptized. The Elders will take good care of them!!! It was actually pretty cool, because it had been reported to the security of the church that dangerous things were happening near our area, so the head of security from all of Central America comes in his awesome FBI looking vehicle to scout out the area to see if we should be there or not. Turns out we shouldn´t, but it was sure a cool experience riding around with him! So that would answer the question, that no, I am no longer teaching Brenda and Miguel. They hadn´t been able to come to church and it was getting a little hard to find them, so it seems to be the will of the Lord! I have their number to be able to contact them later though. And I am going to keep in touch with the people we were teaching, so that I can still support them after they are baptized! Because even though I am not going to be there when they are baptized, I helped teach them and I LOVE each one of them SO MUCH!!!! 

Well, we have been in the area of the Training Sisters for the last week and let me tell you, I JUST LOVE IT. I always wanted to Serve here, because I have had A LOT of companions that served here and they have all told me just how GREAT and AMAZING the ward is and how dedicated to the Mission work they are. And it is SO TRUE. They are just AMAZING. I felt SO MUCH love for them. Really I know the Lord knew I needed the experience of coming here, because these people have impacted my life. And HAPPY DAY, Hna. Flor that I taught in Rivera de Rio, she is living here now. So, I have been able to teach her. It has been awesome. I had come to this area a couple of times for divisiones before so it wasn't too overwhelming to try and learn the area. And its cool to help a few people, mainly converts that I taught in divisiones before. I feel like the Lord sent us here with LOTS of purpose. I have been able to help a few of the investigadores and families here in just a few days and it has made me excited to serve well and see miracles in my next area. Oh, and we have had SO MUCH fun teaching and living with the four of us. One day I go with one of the sisters and the next the other. I have learned SO MUCH from them of how to be a better teacher. For that I am SO GRATEFUL. So back to the coast comment... Well Saturday night, I received a phone call from the assistants and the Elder said, Hermana, I dont want you to say anything until I have finished talking. I said, okay... And then he started, Hermana, a trainer is someone who effects the way a missionary will Serve their whole mission... I just went OH MY GOSH... I HAVE BEEN CALLED TO BE A TRAINER.  And I believe I am going to the coast to do it, SO PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. I still feel like I have A LOT to improve, but I feel the support of the Lord. I know He has Called me to do it. Pray that I can be a help to this new Missionary. I know I am going to Serve her and LOVE her. Just please pray for me. Well, I gotta go. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS Love, Hna Tarah Ray Sherrod

December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

So this week...
So, to answer questions, no Doming was not baptized. He went to visit some cousins and of course its the classic Satan like to attack before baptism thing. But we saw him yesterday, he is doing good, he still wants to be baptized!!!! He accepted his baptismal date for this Sunday!!!! So please send LOTS of Fe and prayers His way!!!! And our way to know how we can help him!!!! He is a good kid!!! He really, as we all do, needs the Gospel in His life!!! I know that being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost will not only change His future in this life, but for the Eternities!!! The enemigo always attacks the strongest, just remember if you are having trials, its because you are worth it!!! Not because God has forgotten you!!!! And because God has not forgotten you and you know it, the enemy won't either and he will constantly try to lead you from the path, but you can continue on!!! You can endure to the end and overcome, because Christ did!!!!!

Have y'all seen the new video released by the church?!!! He is the Gift?!!! You really should!!! It is GREAT!!!!! We received a disc of it and are sharing it with EVERYONE here!!!! It is really powerful!!!! Please share it with the Davises!!! And all!!!! And ask them and yourselves what Gift you are going to give to Heavenly Father and Christ this year!!!! You will see miracles and feel the LOVE and the miracle of Christ's Atoning sacrifice for us!!!!!!

So Domingo is going to be baptized this Sunday and also a 14 year old girl, Rachel Lara!!!! This girl is PILAS!!!! She is the best friend of an awesome young woman, Abigail that ALWAYS is willing to help us!!! She came to church the last two Sundays and she received her answer that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and this is the true church!!!! It was a miracle. We did a lot of service for her mom and her, helping to wash clothes and dishes and it wasn't even hard asking for the mom's permission, she just gave it to us!!!!! Service really is a pure form of LOVE and I know that as we serve others, people we like and people we dont get along with especially, will ALWAYS bring others unto Christ. His Spirit will always be with us and we will receive a remission of our sins!!!! And the pure joy that comes. with ALL of that!!!!!

I LOVE the Lord!!!!!!! I am SOOOOOOO GRATEFUL for His Atoning Sacrifice!!! And the power of His LOVE and of Service!!!!! I am so grateful to be His Representative!!!! I testify that He lives and LOVES YOU!!!!! THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL THE PRAYERS OF FE!!!!!!!! We feel your LOVE and help!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Hermana Tarah Ray Sherrod!!!!!

December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

AWE!!!! I miss Purrls!!!! Please tell her I LOVE HER!!! haha!!!! Its good to hear that she is still her crazy self!!!!

I am glad y'all kept up with tradition and went to the Temple Thanksgiving weekend!!!! I will be glad to join in with y'all next year!!! But not with my fiance yet I hope!!! Haha!!!! I miss Manti!!!!

It will be cool to go all together again!!!! That will have to be one of the first things we do when I get back!!! But yeah, we aren't going to think about that yet!!!! (Just makes sure you have the spaghetti cooking!!!!) :)

I am glad you got to enjoy the Spirit!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Knowing y'all are doing good, physically and Spiritually is the BEST news I could have!!!!!!! I LOVE YALL!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LE AMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanksgiving Greeting



December 2, 2014

RE: HAPPY THANKSGIVING AT 11:17!!!!!!

I hope y'all had a FANTASTIC THANKSGIVING!!!!!!
I was praying for y'all!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
























November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

Okay, well I have some COOL, but COOL stories to tell this week!!!! So lets see, first... Yesterday we were sharing something with Hna Stephanie after church. It was awesome because we were just outside on the grass enjoying the Spirit and the warm sun!!!! It was AWESOME!!!! Well we hadn't really planned out what we were going to be sharing for her because it was just a lesson out of nowhere, but I just started talking and some how it led into Martrimonio Eterno, (Eternal Marriage) because we were talking about the Temple. She had gone to the temple last Thursday, she didn't go in, she wanted to but plans changed and she just got to go enjoy the outside for a bit!!! I was disappointed that she didn't end up being able to go in, but she said she felt the Spirit outside and loved it!!! She is excited to go again soon and take family names!!!! Stephanie is the only member in her family right now, she was the first to have the courage to be baptized!!!! Her family will soon follow!!! Yo se!!! One of her sisters came to the church for her confirmation, but came late and then left right after Sacrament ended. She regularly attends the Catholic church, but we are praying for her! You can too! Her name is Caroline! And we just met her little brother Wilber yesterday, who is 14, I think... I hope to tell you more of the story of how we met him in a second, but he could really progress in these next few weeks too!!! We are going to be working with him!!!! But so Stephanie's mom has been giving her a bit of a hard time for her decision to be baptized and it has been a bit trying for her, but we are praying for her mom and I know things will turn around and I know she has her Savior at her side!!!! Listen to this: So we were teaching yesterday after church about eternal marriage and the goal of going to the Temple when I felt out of no where to express that Christ feels everything she feels, that all that is happening right now adjusting to living the Gospel, is hard, but that is okay, because He truly understands!!!!! I shared how my companion accidentally burnt herself the other day, when she was making me breakfast actually, and I used the experience as an example to show that I dont have the pain of her burn so its hard for me to remember sometimes that she is hurt, but she does all the time because she feels it! I was sharing that even if it seems like others have forgotten us at times, we can ALWAYS know that our Savior has not forgotten us, because He literally feels all the pain that we are passing through!!! He can not forgot us!!!! We are imprinted on His hands and feet!!! 1 Nephi 21:15!!!!! And then it was really cool because she asked if we pray out loud. We answered that yes we pray out loud together as companions through out the day and in our personal prayers we also pray out loud sometimes. And then she told us that the Sunday before when she had knelt down to pray, she felt sad and frustrated with the situation with her mom and then as she was praying she heard my voice, my companion's voice and the voice of Hna Luna praying for her!!!! And she knew we loved her and she wasn't alone!!!! HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!!!!!! I honestly dont know how the Lord works miracles like that, but oh He does!!! I am SO GRATEFUL!!!!!! SO GRATEFUL to know that the Lord LIVES and LOVES us!!!!! That He is here for us!!!!!! EVERY SINGLE STEP of the way!!!!! Well lets see, so like I mentioned before in other letters, I believe, the Familia Luna are PILAS!!!! But seriously, PILISIMAS!!!!! They ALWAYS help us with whatever they can do they are ALWAYS SO HAPPY to help!!!!!!! W are SO THANKFUL for them!!!!! Like the other night we where in a sketchy part of town and we felt a little sacred so we called them to see if they could give us a ride home so we wouldn't have to walk alone back to the house, because it was almost 9. Their car is really old and I dont know how it is still running but they came and got us and took us home! And when I saw them I noticed that Hna Luna was in her pajamas and I asked, "Were y'all sleeping when I called?!" They had been, but they were not upset whatsoever, just happy to help!!!! :D :D :D I know that they are building there Home on High!!!! They to me are the PERFECT example of 3 Nephi 13: 19-21!!!! "Lay up your treasures in Heaven, where moth and dust do not corrupt... because where your treasure is there will be your heart also."!!!!!!! They live in a tiny little house that is made of metal sheets and hard plastic, but I can testify that their mansion in the Heavens is GINORMOUS and GORGEOUS!!!!! They are teaching me SO MUCH of how I can really put what matters first and Serve the Lord with all my heart!!! They have so little physically, but SO MUCH joy Spiritually in their home!!!! We got to spend almost the whole day yesterday with them after we gave our house a good cleaning job, a few cock roaches and flies had to be evicted. ;) We played soccer and ate lunch with them!!!! It was THE BEST!!!!! I have pictures, but I forgot my camera. I will send them along later! I Hope y'all get to meet them one day!!!! I told them I was going to bring my brothers to play soccer!!!! Well I have got to go!!!! But I LOVE Y'ALL!!!!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!!!!! Love, Hna Tarah Ray Sherrod!!!! Please pray for Doming and Alan y Aridane. We are preparing them to be baptized on Sunday!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






November 17, 2014



November 17, 2014

So this week....

Okay!!!!! So to answer Mom's question from the other email: YES!!!! We are still teaching Brenda and Miguel!!! They weren't there when we knocked in the morning to take them to church. But we did have a short lesson with Brenda earlier in the week and from what I understood she did pray and ask about Joseph Smith and said she felt good!! We found her in the morning on like Wednesday and right as we came, her dad who doesn't actually live there, but actually lives near the Temple was there and he told us that he and his wife are members of the church!!! That they were baptized about 4 years ago!!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!!!! He doesn't have a phone, so it'll be hard to communicate with him, but we did get his address so that we can tell him to come when they are going to baptized. They dont have a baptismal date yet, because its been hard to teach them, they haven't been home and such, but we are going to keep trying!!!! I have Fe!!! I feel that God sent me to them or them to me!!! And if I dont do anything else in this area I want to baptize them!!!

But speaking of the area, we are actually teaching A LOT of positive people!!!! We found this girl this week Kenia, who is 18. We found her two weeks ago and just shared something short and left a pamphlet, but when we came back on Saturday she had read it all!!! And she understood everything. We explained about how Christ's church was organized and how it was restored by Joseph Smith!!! At the end of the lesson in her prayer, she asked that she would be able to feel that this all was true!!!! She is GOLDEN!!! Please pray for her!!!!

Also this other boy we are teaching, Domingo came to church on Sunday!!!! He has a baptismal date for the 30th of this month!!! Please pray hard for him!!!! He is a good kid!!! And has a good desire to be baptized!!! He just has a hard time reading in the Book of Mormon and its hard for him to stay reverent in the lessons, because is SO FUNNY!!!! Every lesson he has us laughing SO HARD!!!!

So, that is how it is going with teaching for the most part!!! We had a couple of cool teaching experiences teaching people who dont actually live in our area, but we passed them on as references to the other areas. There was this one lady that said 10 years ago she was going to church, but she never understood about Joseph Smith, she didn't like that part. We taught her about how important Prophets are and challenged her to pray and ask God if He has Called a Prophet in these days. She said that she didn't need to pray, because she could already feel that he was a Prophet, that she had never understood before, but now listening to it again she did!!!! The Spirit was really strong!!! It was really cool!!!!

Well, I gotta go!!!! But remember to ALWAYS look for someone you can share the Gospel with!!!! This work does not go forward without references from the members!!!! Nothing happens until we find someone to teach!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS for the prayers!!!!!!! I am praying for y'all EVERYDAY!!!!! Love, Tarah Ray Sherrod!!!!!!!

November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014

Re: Package has been sent

Yeah, I guess I exaggerated the shoulders thing, but if feels barely to my shoulders so... But yeah, I like it! I am still planning on growing it out, but it doesn't look bad or anything! And I have been getting complements like crazy from the members when I have it straightened. Its really funny! I used to wear my hair straightened a lot in high school and got complements when I started doing it curly more often, here its the opposite!! haha!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH for sending the package!!!!! Seriously!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LE AMO BUSTANTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had thought of a request for the package you wanted to send for Christmas, but you have already sent it, haha! I had thought of a package of double stuffed Oreos because my companion LOVES, but seriously LOVES them!!! You cant get them here or in Ecuador. She has only tried them from her other Norte companions, but I thought of that this week. It would be awesome if I could give her those!!! Also Javier who got married and baptized, he has been attending church for over a decade now and already knows all the basics, but he is really interested in the Spirit World and all that about family history work and now that he can participate it'll be really cool to see what miracles happen!!! But we were talking about the Spirit World and he expressed a lot of interest in knowing how it is in the Spirit World, I shared a few things that I know from the personal experiences we (you and I and the family) have had and what we have studied but I mentioned the book The Message. He can read English so he has an interest in reading it, so I wanted to give him a copy!!! But if I am remembering right, when you send packages its just in the box that is 20 dollars no matter what weight and then more depending on where you are sending it right? So if it is a lot of money to just sent those two things, dont worry about it!!! I can send them along at a later time!!! I will certainly be praying that the package gets here!!! Hna Macia and I are SO Hoping that we will spend Christmas together. We have been talking about Christmas traditions and everything and I am SO EXCITED to have another Christmas here in Guatemala!!! We broke out the Christmas music this morning, Josh Groban and Celine Dion!!! I am SO GRATEFUL and HAPPY that this year I can think about being apart at Christmas and enjoy Christmas music without sending me into a panic attack because of my depression like last year!!! It was like exactly a year ago that I was starting to have serious panic attacks and depression and wow, I am just SO THANKFUL that the Lord healed me!!!! It is a MIRACLE!!!! Heavenly Father really, truly LOVES US ALL!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for ALL of your prayers!!!! Because I know He healed me by your Fe!!!!!! But seriously, I am SO looking forward to Christmas!!!! I of course would LOVE to be home with y'all, but I am SO THANKFUL and HAPPY to be a Missionary right now and to have the opportunity to give the Message of our Savior and Redeemer that makes Christmas SO SPECIAL and SO IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SERIOUSLY SO EXCITED for CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I AM SO THANKFUL and SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY for the Peace I fill in my Calling as a Missionary this year!!!!!!!!!!! It is SUCH an AMAZING MIRACLE for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know God lives and that HE LOVES US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And its cool because I am in a climate that it is more or less similar to the climate Christ would of been born into!!!! WHOOHOO!!!! And if the Tree is still up when I come home I would LOVE that!!!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!!! So just whatever y'all want to do!!!!!!!!!! Well I am going to read some and write some more!!!! LOVE, Your daughter, Tarah Ray!!!!!

November 11, 2014


November 11, 2014






November 11, 2014




November 11, 2014

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!

Well so this week my sister got married!!!!!!!!! WHOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!! I have
another brother!!! YIKES!!! Just kidding!!!!! I am SOOOOOOOO HAPPY and
EXCITED for Eternal Families!!!!!!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL to our
Heavenly Father for His Eternal, ABSOLUTELY PERFECT Plan of HAPPINESS for
His children!!!!!!!!! He LOVES EACH and EVERYONE of us, with a PERFECT LOVE
and I AM SOOOOOOOOO GRATEFUL for the opportunity to testify EVERY DAY SO
MANY TIMES that He LIVES, HE LOVES US!!!!! And He has a PERFECT plan and I
testify that no matter what you are going through, no matter Satan is
trying to throw at you, ALL sadness can be swept in the Perfect Hope that
He LIVES and LOVES us!!!! That Christ died for EACH and EVERYONE of
us!!!!!! ALL of us can change and be made PERFECT in Him!!!! I KNOW its
true!!!!!!!! I testify as a Representative of Jesus Christ that He LIVES,
He LOVES YOU and He wants ALL of us to return home and He has restored His
TRUE church and Gospel to the Earth and because He has done that, FAMILIES
CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER!!!!!!!!!! I know The Lord LOVES US and He will
complete with ALL of His promises as we are Faithful and strive to follow
and become as He is!!! As we live as He did!!!! Obedient to our Father in
Heaven, with exactness ALWAYS!!!!!!!!

So Stephanie was baptized this week!!!!!!!!! It was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was durring the week so it was just a few
members, the familia Luna who introduced us to her (we have been
teaching her in their home), the Bishop and a few others, another friend of
Stephanie who is a member too!!!! It was cool, because there was a small
earthquake right after she was baptized as we were singing hymns and
waiting for her to come out of the bathroom!! And one of the sisters there
said that it was shaking all the way from the Heavens because the Angels were
rejoicing!!! And I said, that it was the gates of hell shaking, because
another prisoner had gone free!!!!!!!! 

I am SO THANKFUL for the GOSPEL!!!!!!! I know when we are bauptized are wrongs are washed away and we are forgiven for our sins!!!!! I am SO THANKFUL for ALL the Miracles this week!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO THANKFUL that we can make Covenants with God and that He will ALWAYS lead us by the Spirit to completing those
covenants with Him!!!!!!!! Heavenly Father wants us home!!!! He will NOT
let us fail!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!

Well this is all for this week, I will be writing more next week I hope!!!!
Hna Macias and I are still doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is SO
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We decided that she
will be marrying Vallan!!!! hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE YALL!!!!!!!!
Love,
Tarah Ray Sherrod!!!!!!!!!


November 11, 2014







November 4, 2014



November 4, 2014



Okay, so this week....
 
SO!!!! How are y'all?!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And guess what, I know Heavenly Father LOVES us too!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTLEY PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! So this week was changes. I received the BEST companion EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! No seriously, the BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!! Her name is Hna. Macias, she is from Ecuador!!!! She is PILAS, but seriously PILAS!!!!! She has 5 months in the Mission and I am like, WOW!!! If you are that good at 5 months in the Mission I cant even imagine what the Lord has in store for you to do here!!!!! It was really funny, because when they announced the cambios, we were actually sitting right next to each other and we had been in the same zone before in El Frutal and I told her, I want you, I am going to be SO THANKFUL if you are my companion! And what do you know?!!! She is teaching me SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously!!!! I had been praying that I would be able to learn how to ask better inspired questions and teach people with more love according to their needs and Heavenly Father sent me the PERFECT companion to teach me that!!!!! Asking inspired questions, testifying of the Truth with true LOVE for the people really is the talent of Hna Macias!!!! She is also SO DILIGENT, right on top of things and ALWAYS Serving!!!!!!!! She finishes one task and there she is doing another one until all is in order and done and she does it so happily and with love!!! Like seriously, you guys, she makes me breakfast like everyday!!!! Hahaha!!! She is the BEST!!!!!!!! The Mission work with her isn't work at all, its Mission Fun!!!!!!!!! Having a good companion who supports you, who is willing to make sacrifices and reach for the same goals really makes all the difference at how effectively you work!!!!! I KNOW we will see miracles these next few weeks, we have a goal of 400 baptisms in the Mission for the month of November, and 7 here in our area!!!! We have A LOT of prepared people, please just continue to pray for us and them so that we will find God's Sheep and bring them back to His fold!!!! And GUESS WHAT?!!!!! THIS WEEK WE HAVE A BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember Estfani from a couple weeks ago who had already been coming to church and had a Book of Mormon and reading it and we just didn't know?!!!! Well, she is getting baptized on Thursday at 7!!!! She will be out of town on Sunday so we are having the baptism before then, because you know how the enemy attacks! So please with all your Fe pray that her interview and baptism will all go over well!!!! We are trying to have a Family Home Evening with her today with the Bishop in his house!!! I am SO THANKFUL for this Miracle Heavenly Father has Blessed us with with Estfani and I know that their are many more Miracles waiting for us this month!!!!! BRING IT ON!!!! I testify as a Representative of Jesus Christ that He lives and LOVES us and that we all can make sacred covenants with Him because His power and authority has been restored to the Earth through a True Prophet, Joseph Smith!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE, Hna Tarah Ray Sherrod!!!!!!!!!!!

November 4, 2014



November 4, 2014

We went to the Temple!!!!!! I AM SO THANKFUL!!!!!!!!!! AND SOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the new video was AMAZING!!!!!!!!! The Church of Jesus Christ really does amazing work!!!!!!!!!! The Church is True yall!!!!!!!!!!!



November 4, 2014



November 4, 2014

Hey this is our last baptism we had!!! That is me, Hna. Graham, Javier, his wife Brenda and Hno. Herenendez who baptized him!!! Such a pretty familia!!! They will be sealed in a year!!! WHOOHOO!!!!! I testify as a personal Representative of Jesus Christ that Heavenly Father TRULY LOVES ALL OF HIS CHILDREN and desires ALL of us to have the ETERNAL HAPPINESS that He has!!!!!!! I know it is possible when we follow the Perfect example of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ and make covenants with our Father in Heaven and we keep those covenants!!!!!!

October 28,2014



October 28, 2014

Well, this week... PILAS Francisco came to church again on time and on his own!!!!!!!!!! He is PILAS!!!!!!!!! He smokes, so we are going to be working on that with him so he can be baptized this month, in the next 2 weeks we hope!!!!! It is a bit hard for him to concentrate in the lessons a bit. He has a very active mind, but that's okay. Its fun when we get to change the way we teach to meet the needs of the individual!!! Blanca came to church all on her own this week!!!! We didn't even get to call her in the morning to remind her, because her phone is broken, but she came all the same!!!!!!! At the Distribution Center we bought her an English Triple and she LOVES it!!!! We had been teaching her the Plan of Salvation over several visits so we had finished teaching her about the Spirit World and we left her with Alma 40 to read and when we came again she had read it ALL and had GREAT questions about the judgement and resurrection!!! And when we finished explaining about the 3 Kingdoms of Glory, she asked the BEST question, seriously I am trying to remember if I have heard a better question during my time as a Missionary. She asked, What do I need to do so that Daniella y Sofia (her two daughters) get to the Celestial Kingdom? That is what I want for them. Our answer of course, BAPTISM BY SOMEONE WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY OF GOD!!! Yes, we will be teaching the Gospel of Christ to her today, just pray that we will find her. Its been a little tricky these last 2 weeks! Please pray for Natali!!! We are trying to get her baptized this weekend, but we weren't able to find her ALL last week!!! I feel bad about that!! We need to teach her to prepare her or Satan is going to swoop in! I LOVED the trip to the Temple!!! The new video is AMAZING!!!!!! Hna Graham and I also discovered we are related!!! Turns out she has John William Dutson, 6 genereations back in her family tree too!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We aren't just Serving our Missions in Guatemala together, but we will be part of the same eternal family!!!! COOL RIGHT?!!!!!!! Well, I am sorry this is SO short, I was trying to write you all individually, so yeah.... But I LOVE YALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE PRAYERS AND ALL LA FE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOOOOOOOOOOOOU!!!!!!!!!! LE AMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Hna Tarah Ray Sherrod