Monday, December 29, 2014



"Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven." -3 Nephi 12:16

WOW! Weeks go by SO fast here!  We had a fun zone white elephant gift exchange and I grabbed a cute stuffed elephant and some candy, but there were some funny and interesting gifts given out! That’s what us missionaries do for fun on pdays:)  Today will be a snowball fight in this HUGE park!  I'm excited! 

We met with Yulene; her children were really sick and we taught her a little bit about how God loves us and gave us families so we can progress here on Earth. She is an amazing mother and has a wonderful family!  I'm excited to see her progress! 

Kenaya Coca is an AWESOME member in our ward!  She is studying at the U and has a brother on a mission in California!  She is a sweetheart and came out with us a couple of times and she let us come to her house to Skype our families!  Her mom bought us hand wash towels for Christmas and she bought us each cute bracelets that say "Inspire" and "Blessed".  We love her and them so much! 

We met a family on Christmas Eve morning named the Carranza Family. They have a lot of little children that sang on Christmas Sunday "Away in a Manger" as a family. It was beyond precious. The mother always cries when she sees sisters because she remembers when she was taught and the feelings she felt thanks to the sisters in her home so many years ago. Her husband was talking about when we leave on our missions and the change our families are going to see in us.  I started to get a little teary eyed because that’s EXACTLY what I want. I don’t want to come home and people see me the same way.  I work every single day to be a better Christlike person and I truly hope it shows now and after my mission -- not only to my family, but everyone I come into contact with. 

We met Erika Velez. She has like 5 little girls under the age of 10. Their family of mostly girls reminded me a little of home.  She had a beautiful tree given to her by a member in the ward that put a picture of Christ with children and a sign underneath that says "Families can be together forever."   I complimented her on the tree. She said she would like to know more about the church and we plan on teaching her soon! 

We made Christmas Eve Dinner for a family that the mom is having severe back pain. It felt funny preparing food for a family of 5, rather than myself.  I felt like I was making food for my family back home.  I loved the way I felt after leaving her house.  Christmas is all about service and I love serving

We met with a Cuban named Barbara.  She is sweet and lovely and has a huge 6 month old boy.  I'm excited to get to know her and teach her so her family can be together forever. 

We ate dinner at the ward mission leader’s home.  We had posole and tortas (again another holiday with Mexican food) haha.  I love it and will be adopting certain Hispanic traditions when I return back home. (I was pronounced a Latina – that’s so exciting; mainly because I love the people so much....)

On Christmas, it SNOWED!!! I FINALLY got the Christmas wish I have always wanted (too bad friends and family weren’t there too, but that’s okay).  We taught Maria Rodriguez and sang a Christmas carol to her!  After, we went to the Banos family;  they fed us tamales and hot chocolate with some pecan pie to eat. We shared a scripture and sang a Christmas song.  Then we went to Skype our families; SUPER FUN BUT I ALWAYS CRY....  It’s not because I hate the mission, it’s not because I miss them daily (I mean...I do but you get it...) it’s because I realize HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM AND THEY MEAN TO ME. It makes me realize the true reason why I’m out here serving and not being with family and friends during the holiday times.  And while emails are just letters on a computer screen, actually viewing your family that you love so much on Skype will never be easy for me. We got lost on our way to our dinner appointment, but we still found time to sing Christmas songs and I played some hymns on the piano and we talked about our missions.  I also realized as we were walking in the snow and my feet were cold, Sister Gonzalez asked "man!  why is no one opening the door?”  It’s Christmas! and I’m cold and want I to meet new people, should we just go home?"  I thought about how good a warm home sounded.  How good getting out of the freezing snow and actually being able to feel my toes and hands would be. Then I realized why:  I told her "We should try this home and we probably shouldn’t go home today.  We need to be out working even if no one is home. This work is worth freezing for!  This gospel and the blessings it brings is the reason we are here!  We need to tell others this message and share it. So, just one more door!"  We knocked, the door opened, and Sister Gonzalez was super happy.  As we were thawing out, I realized how dedicated I am to His work and how there is nowhere in the world, (even my bed) that I would rather be on Christmas day than knocking on the doors of members and investigators to teach the gospel. 

We had another really spiritual lesson with Maria. She cried  when I asked her how her prayers and communication with her Heavenly Father were going.  She shared an experience when her father needed eye surgery and she said she just poured out her heart to God and everything went okay. I love Maria and I know her potential. She is amazing and knows God answers her prayers. 

We also visited Maurie.  She and her husband have an INCREDIBLE story.  Basically, he was in jail and someone handed him an English bible.  He knows 0 to little English and had someone translate it for him.  Next, he found the church and then helped this lady (Maurie) get off the streets and get clean since she was a severe addict. They were married November 2nd and she was baptized November 15th. They are now looking forward to the temple.  They have 8 boys and possibly awaiting twins to arrive soon.  I shared with the boys how wonderful it will be for them to go to the temple with their parents.  To just hear their story and see their house filled with pictures of the Savior and temple just shows you how much this gospel can change lives.  I love them so much. 

Saturday was a hard day. We walked all day and only 2 people opened their doors for us. One was our dinner appointment.  It was another day of reflecting on how much I love this work and even when days like that go by, I'm able to show my diligence and love to the Lord in order to find the people that need this gospel.

Sunday was a great day too!  No investigators came to church, but Maurie and her husband did!  We taught Gospel Principles and sent out a list to the Young Women and Relief Society in order to get some members to come out with us!  PLEASE GO OUT WITH YOUR MISSIONARIES AND HELP THEM TEACH!!!  We did service again and cooked for the sister with the injured back.  She gave us a "tour" of her house that included pictures of her son who is on his mission in Peru. He’s been out 2 months and I’m not kidding that EVERY room in that house had at least 5 pictures of him... 

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful new year!  I love this time of year to focus on my goals and resolutions! I have many planned for the New Year, but my main goal is to give up my will to my Father’s will.

Happy New Year! 

Con Amor,
Hermana Blankmeyer 

p.s. I saw Santa riding a motorcycle one day in Rose Park.... gotta love it :) 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Children of Light


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16

SOOOOOOO where do I even begin?!?

It was difficult saying goodbye to everyone in Layton and having to pack EVERYTHING (you acquire a LOT on the mission...) But it all got done, finished.   Now we are all good and settled in. 

So most of you know I'm now serving in Rose Park! I work in the Mount Ensign Second Ward (we cover the whole stake, but Spanish program only takes care of the 2nd ward.) We are whitewashing (when 2 new missionaries come into an area) and my companion, Sister Gonzalez has just finished training in the English program then got put with me here. (*For those who don't know English and Spanish programs are WAY different, so she's lucky to get to learn how to do both)
We live in a place where Elders have lived for at least 2 years... imagine how "clean" it looked. It smelled like elders too, so we are planning a DEEP clean today.  

We met with our Ward Mission Leader and Bishop within the first two days. We didn't have an area book (information on the area) until Thursday. However we got busy and got a map of the area and a copy of the ward directory.  We focused on meeting as many members as we could.  We wanted to get to know them and where they live so we can help them bring their friends closer to Christ. So far everything is working really well! We established ward goals, personal goals, companionship goals, and everything with our bishop and ward mission leader.   We are excited to all work together to achieve these goals. 

Contacts are HUGE and super important in this circumstance of a whitewash, mainly because we just need people to see that we are here to help them.   Yes, even the random people on the street, in whatever way they need help.  The more people we meet will help to get us going in this area. I have a strong faith in this area.  I believe it can progress well and we will be able to look back after this transfer and see the progress.  But we have to start somewhere:) 

We met with a lot of members, and investigators.   We prayed about some former members and investigators and felt they were ready for some "sisters."  We also contacted someone who felt that it wasn't by coincidence that she was outside walking her dog when we came by.  Speaking of DOGS they ARE THE BEST (jk I'm not a fan of dogs.  But if I ever feel uncomfortable walking up to someone with a dog I just go to them and say, "Oh my goodness I love your dog! Can I pet it?") It is a totally awesome conversation starter.  Sister Gonzalez always talks about how impressed she is about the way I'm fearless with contacts.   It is mainly thanks to Mexico.   I also know the spirit is going to be with me so I really have no fear walking up to anyone in the street and introducing myself in a happy manner.  It is friendly no?:) 

Saturday is a special day it's the day we get ready for SUNDAYYYYYY. Saturday we had the opportunity to work a service project for underprivileged families that need help in this holiday season. People donate clothes, baby articles, household items, toys, and so much more so these people can get the help they need. It's in Farmington and most of the people that go are Hispanic.  Therefore the need for the Salt Lake City Utah Spanish speaking missionaries and some from the Ogden mission (yes I basically asked every elder and sister if they knew Sister Boman and Elder Andrus, and most said yes!)  It was awesome to get to go and use my Spanish language to help a family receive the things they needed. I told the brother in charge that I would be back next year with some friends, so they can provide the service and feel the spirit that I felt when I was there. 

Sunday was insane. We had meetings in our stake center from 8-5. That NEVER happens in Spanish program, but it made me happy that we were not getting left out of the stake correlation that we normally do. Church was sweet, we each gave a minute presentation about ourselves over the pulpit. I felt like I actually knew Spanish in that moment. I was just speaking fluently and didn't realize until after I closed. Its crazy how quick the language can come if we pray and study it:) 

Also, I got to go to CARMEN AND KARELI'S BAPTISM!!!!  I don't think you understand their excitement and surprise when I showed up at the Layton stake center and saw them all dressed in white... I was in tears, (shocker) then pulled myself together. It felt like the whole ward was there it was GREAT! I felt the spirit so strong and told them to keep reading their scriptures and get their eyes focused on the TEMPLE! 

This Christmas time I would invite everyone to read Luke 2, about Christ's birth.  Also the prophecy in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 10:4, Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews--evena Messiah, or in other words, a Savior of the world. I love more than ANYTHING that He is the Son of God and came in such a humble state. I know He loves me and when I think of Christmas the first thing I think of is Service. He did so many amazing things on this Earth, and I try everyday to take upon His name in a way that He would have me do. I'm thankful for the opportunity to share He is the Gift with so many people here who don't constantly feel His love or care for them. I love John 3:16, I love it more in Spanish but really study the scripture and understand the true meaning of Christmas this year. I love you and really believe that this Christmas will be the best one I've had so far.

 Hermana Blankmeyer  

Monday, December 15, 2014


"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 


Last Pday we got permission to watch Ephraim's Rescue, which is a TOTALLY good movie, so if your'e bored this holiday season, might as well watch that with some popcorn like I did :) 

We visited Maria and read the Book of Mormon with her, she loved the story of Nephi chapter 3, and we invited her to finish reading and also read chapter 4! We love visiting her and reading the book of mormon with her. We also visited Janeth, and showed her the He is the Gift video.  We talked about how her parents really need help because they have no money for food she is worried for them.   She hopes they understand that this is a trial of their faith and they need to trust in the Lord and He will provide according to their works and faith. We also visited Rosa, and we talked about the Plan of Salvation. I bore my testimony knowing that one day she will be in heaven with her child who she had a miscarriage with and be able to continue to be its mother in heaven and be with her family forever. She loved it and believed it, but we think she isn't progressing like some others so we are not sure what we need to do to help her. 

The family home evening we planned for the ward was on love. God showed His love by giving His Son (John 3:16) -> Jesus Christ showed His love by atoning for our sins (1 Nephi 19:9) -> and we can show our love by loving and obeying the commandments of God (John 13:34-35). Then we played do you love your neighbor? It was super fun and we had a lot of discussion :)

We visited Griselle and showed her He is the Gift and she loved it and said she would be at church this week. We showed the less active Perez family it too and they came to church on sunday :)

We sang in the church choir and I played the piano, then we visited Carmen and taught her the Word of Wisdom and she committed to living it, along with the other girls. 

We finally got in contact with a guy named Luis Miguel and he told us that he has been to church and read a bit of the Book of Mormon its just the environment where he lives isn't exactly "worthy". We are planning on going to visit with him and answer anymore questions he may have. We also visited Kareli and we taught her the Word of Wisdom, but with help because the young girls were on a date and were helping us teach, which was really fun :) 

We went with the Bishop and first counselor to visit Guadalupe. They kinda just took it away and talked to her and helped calm her fears and worries. She will try to repent and forgive before her baptismal date, we hope and pray she can overcome this before then. 

I got the calendar yall sent me on Friday and I loved it! Thanks so much:) I also got the Christmas card from the Smith's, Thank you both so much. I love you! 

Something totally awesomely inspiring happened on Friday.   We had an appointment with the recent convert, the Gomez family, because they are reaching their year mark when they can enter the temple and be sealed as a family. We planned on reading a bit of the Proclamation to the World.  We had an awesome member who just recently got to be sealed to her family, come talk about her experience. They weren't home so we went to Anabel. We sat there planning on watching He is the Gift with them, but we ended up talking about how they did service at the hospital by giving gifts to kids. she told us how her husband talked about how the mormon church is the only good church.   I handed her the proclamation that was in my lap for them to read since we know they want to get married on Valentine's day, and sister Deranges talked about her story.   Anabel has a son who has leukemia and she talked about how its hard sometimes.   Sister Durantes talked about how her daughter got in an accident and was in a coma for 3 months, the spirit was so strong and everyone was crying. I talked about how I know families can be together forever and I am not worried about anyone in my family leaving because I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for them.   We will see them again and it will be amazing because they will be perfect and it will be for eternity. (At the end Anabel talked about how I looked a lot like a barbie, Ariel from the Little mermaid, then Sister Hanson goes "NO!! SHE LOOKS LIKE ANA FROM FROZEN!!" Then Anabel got her son who is sick and asked him to shake "Ana's hand" and he was shy so I sang "Do you wanna build a snowman?" and his face just lit up. It was the cutest thing ever.)

Carmen and Karleli and them were at church and it was super awkward when people from the stake talked about how we had no investigators at church when we had 6... they just didn't raise their hands when she asked who was investigating the church because they were not sure what that meant... also in the year 2014, Layton (as a stake) had 27 baptisms and the Layton 3rd ward contributed 14 of them! How awesome is that:) Hispanics are the best. 

I have to say Congrats to the newly weds! and 

Also... Transferssssss, I'M LEAVING LAYTON :( I will have to say goodbye tonight to all of my progressing investigators and members who I love dearly because I am going to..... 
ROSE PARK.  I am super excited and I will be a co-senior companion with Hermana Gonzalez.  I am sad to leave an AWESOME area and the investigators who put themselves on date for baptism, but maybe I can attend and go on splits and see them get baptized, but if not its okay. 

Sorry I don't know my new address.  However, I am sure I will find out soon.   For now send everything to the mission home, it is the safest bet because I will be pretty close to there now.

Utah Salt Lake City Mission
1535 South Edison Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115-1625


Con Amor, 
Hermana Blankmeyer 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." -Proverbs 16:32 
This week was interesting! 
We taught a lesson (FHE) with the Cifuentes family, who brought their family despite the birth of their new baby girl. We showed them the "He is the Gift" video ( or and we watched it with them. It was awesome; their little girls also sang Glorious by David Archuleta. (Speaking of David... we bought the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas CD with him; it's basically all we listen to in the car...) We have a family in the ward that wants to invite their friend to come listen to us, and they invited her over.  THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!!  It totally changes everything when we INVITE people into our homes and allow the missionaries to teach.  Otherwise, they are "too busy" and will shut the door in our faces. Rosa, we visited her and it was pretty sad:  we are sad that we lost this COMPLETELY ready family for the gospel.  They've been searching and searching and they were uncomfortable in church because they saw people on their phones in sacrament meeting on facebook, texting, and not using the gospel app.  It's a sacred meeting that we have and get to participate in; therefore, we should remember that for at least that hour we should be acting as if the Savior and his apostles were there teaching us.  Other things can wait. 
We taught the Noche de Hogar again and taught about the role of the Holy Ghost.  We used Preach My Gospel, scriptures, and personal experiences to start a discussion. It went well!
We also went past Debbie, a sweet little lady who has a lot of family problems. We showed her He is the Gift and she is hopefully reading the Book of Mormon to get a better understanding of Christ in her life. Also, we prayed for her daughter who is really caught up in drugs and is trying so hard to quit.  We taught Carmen the Word of Wisdom and went over the baptismal questions so she could gauge where she is and determine what needs to improve before Dec 14th.  We practiced for the choir concert on Sunday, and we visited a less active family and shared He is the Gift and they absolutely loved it. 
We had zone conference on my 9th month mark!  So we had to go get the car cleaned before then and we went to visit Maria.  We taught a sweet, little 7 year old about prophets (to one of our recent convert's daughter) and then we visited Kareli and taught her the word of wisdom and the baptismal interview questions because she was at work the day before.  We went out with the new relief society president and visited a couple people, too.  We shared He is the Gift and talked about it.  I can't say enough how much I LOVE HE IS THE GIFT.  Every single time I feel the spirit and joy so strong. 
Zone Conference was SO GOOD.  We got there early to practice for the musical number, and I learned so much.  Sister Hansen, President Hansen, and the AP's gave some really good talks.  I hope to apply them better throughout the rest of my mission.  We also found out on Dec 19th we are having a multi-zone Christmas brunch and we get to watch.....FROZENNNNNN :) I'm excited but it's chill...  After zone conference, we took Guadalupe and her family down to temple square to go see Luz de las Naciones (Light of the nations).  It's essentially a hispanic Christmas production the church provides.  We got there 40 minutes late (we got off at the wrong exit and the traffic was INSANE) and we had to park super far away and then grab our tickets and wait in line.  We got to the very front of the line and they reached full capacity at the Tabernacle and so we went to the Joesph Smith Memorial Building and watched it there.  It was really good and they really enjoyed it.  Then when it was over we literally sprinted to our cars and got home safely. 

Light of the Nations (Luz de las naciones) which is a hispanic Christmas production the church does with our investigators at temple square! Here are some pictures from it. For more information copy and paste this URL:

Here are some more with my investigator from Veracruz. Guadalupe and her daughters Melanie and Angie.

We also got to help make the program for a little 8 year old in our ward who was getting baptized.  That was super fun.  We didn't think we were going to be able to make it but our appointments canceled (Saturdays are really hard) and we were doing service for Sister Smith.  We got to go and I played the songs for the baptism.  We went to Guadalupe that night to tell her about Carmen and Kareli and how they would be at church too so that it wasn't a surprise.  Obviously it's harder for Guadalupe and she had a hard time.  We were all crying after what she was saying about her hard decision.  She wants to forgive but needs help because she knows she is weak.  She didn't come to church, and neither did Carmen and Kareli :(  Carmen and them were sick.  Therefore, they are not on date for Dec 14th anymore -- but things happen. 
We taught the Gospel Principles class again yesterday.  That was really hard because we had no notice, but I hope it went well.  We visited some new people, attended a stake president correlation meeting, then practiced singing a missionary medley for our stake conference being held in January!  I LOVED THE FIRST PRESIDENCY CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL. There is a free gift of music from Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Sampler  on the page following the devotional. You can watch the entire devotional at Christmas Devotional Watch the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional  I was totally crying during Elder D. Todd Christofferson's talk.  I felt the spirit so strong during that devotional. 

I want to thank you all so much for all your prayers.  They truly help and I love you all.  I hope you embrace the season and the spirit that lies within.  I hope this week you challenge yourselves to love and serve your neighbors so that our hearts may be filled with joy and love and not anger. 
Con Mucho Amor,
Hermana Blankmeyer 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger" -Proverbs 15:1 

So we taught Elizabeth with Hermana Solano and we watching the Finding Faith in Christ video, which I was about in tears at the end of. I love that movie and the spirit was so strong there in that lesson. Members REALLY make a difference in lessons. 

Tuesday we had to go to Rose Park, for our hispanic initiative, that is ending on December 14th.  It was a follow-up and information on how we can use it better. It is and it is a wonderful site to help people understand the answers to the questions many people have. We also met with Anabel, and she said she wants to get married to her husband on Valentines Day! We didn't know that they weren't married but we are super excited for them! Ramon and Mercedes watched the Restoration video with us and again, tears started.   The spirit really touches my heart when we are watching those videos with our investigators. They loved it and want to know more. We also got him to pray! It wasn't easy, but after it was over I let him know how amazing it is that we have this opportunity to communicate with our Heavenly Father and feel his love. Then we taught the Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) and we did a gratitude activity that Hermana Hanson had done in her family. 

me and my companion at the multi-zone conference

Wednesday we had a multi-zone conference for "He is the Gift" SERIOUSLY IN LOVEEE WITH THIS INITIATIVE THAT THE CHURCH IS DOING!!! I can't even BEGIN to explain. LITERALLY YOU CAN STOP READING MY BLOG AND GO TO o and watch the 2 minute video YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. We are sharing it and spreading it like wildfire and I love that we are. It is another video I get to always feel the spirit when I watch it. We went to Carmen's house for dinner and met her mother.   Carmen is from Anaheim, California and we talked about L3 and it was awesome. Then we had choir practice and I have learned most of the songs on the piano for the concert.  However, I am continuing to pray and practice to get better. 

THANKSGIVING DAY!!! yeah it was preparation day... we went to buy stuff at Walmart and cleaned and such. It was kind of a chill relaxing day and then we went to 7 eleven to get a donut and a member paid for us so that was super nice! We had thanksgiving dinner ****PLEASE NOTE I AM IN UTAH BUT I ALSO AM IN THE SPANISH PROGRAM***** baked potatoes, salad, ribs, and fruit. Then we went to our next appointment and had pasta and whipped cream with fruit for dinner.  The other people we visited all gave us food. After the day we had 1 bottle of sparkling grape juice, dunkin donuts, turkey, rice, rolls, pan dulce, tostados, and some candy. I really did miss watching the Macy's parade and smelling apple pie.  I did have the pleasure of helping Sister Smith peel her apples for her Thanksgiving pies. 

We had an AWESOME lesson with Hermana Dominguez and Maria. I don't know much about Family History but since most of her family is gone, she is super interested in it! She was in tears after she found out about her family history and we were so thankful for Hermana Dominguez (her calling is family history worker) and she just took it away. We also finally contacted Jose and Jose, and we shared with them the "He is the gift" initiative. Literally everytime I watch it I feel so happy and good. We did service with Sister Smith again, Saturday's are really hard and this week we were painting her house. It was super fun to spend time with her and help her, also listening to Christmas music was super fun too. 

Well, none of our investigators came to church. :( Carmen and Karlei couldn't because their house was leaking and they needed to fix it.  Guadalupe and Rosa never responded to us. We are just thinking it was because of the Thanksgiving holiday.   We were BEATEN tired from all of our work. Hermana Hanson and I have never been so tired in our lives and then in sacrament we were falling asleep. Right when that happened the brother that was giving his talk and was like "YOU SHOULD NOT BE SLEEPING IN CHURCH" ... it was funny. Then after sacrament we had to teach gospel principles with like 2 minutes notice. Hopefully it went well. We had a stake Christmas devotional which was super cool. Mainly musical pieces about Christmas and some talks here and there about the true meaning and such.  We left early so we could get to our dinner and then our dinner canceled :( thats okay, we weren't hungry.  We just kept working and then the next thing we know its 9:00pm and we needed to be home and as soon as we walked in we were STARVING!! 

I love you all and hope you share the "He is the gift" video. I love it more than words can describe. I love you all and hope you will continue to help with His work. 


And read in Preach my Gospel about the Restoration (pages 6, 31-40) 

....also on friday i hit my 9 month mark....whattttttt