Thursday, August 28, 2014




ahhhh I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!! 

Also... drum roll please..... Fidel visited Sacramento this week to see the Ochoa's and his aunt/uncle and he texted us.. HE WILL BE BAPTIZED IN 2 WEEKS AND HE MIGHT BE MOVING BACK TO THE SAC MISSION!!! HOLLERRR!!!!

Okay this has been nutzo and the elders are about to revolt if we don't give them their awesome t-shirts.

Sorry this is so short!!!!!


Hermana Skidmore

bien hecho, muchachito!

well done, little guy!

WOWOW this week was so great! my brain is like empty because I've been dumping it all into my journal but I wanted to write a little something and then send pics!

Zone conference;

It's official, our district is a family. We sit together, eat together and we talked about colonosokpies (sp? haha) together. nice :) 

It was amazing! 

President said something that really hit me:

"On the my difficult day of His life, Christ said 'Not my will but Thine be done.'" 

For some reason.. this had never occured to me.. that when Jesus was suffering in the Garden.. that was essentially the beginning of the hardest days of His life.. I reflected a lot on my quote on quote "hardest days" and considered if I did the same.. did I submit to what God wanted? or was I angry and impatient? Sad to admit probably the latter. haha. but we're human. And we're here to learn and grow :) 

So that's what I've learned this week! Even when we're going through tought stuff, there is someone that needs our help, that is going through something even more tough. I love the quote by the Prophet Gordon B. Hinkley:

The best antidote for worry is work. The best medicine for despair is service. The best cure for weariness is to help someone even more tired.

I'm so grateful for this Gospel, and the opportunity I have to serve! I love the people. I love tracting, I love updating the area book, I love being awkward on a bike. I love it. I love being a missionary and I only get to do it once. It's all in :) 

Shout out to Hermana Pitcher! 

Hermano Salinas was at soccer this week with a nice beared (he kind of resembeled Cameron.. but then again everyone with a beard reminds me of Cameron haha) and what did I sing to him?

Shout out to Hermana Thomas!


it. was. epic. barbershop style haha.

Ok pictures to come! 

Les quiero hasta la luna y de regreso,

Hermana Skidmore


Our Zone leaders made us watch this at our Zone Training.. hahaha... TALK ABOUT HELLO MARRIAGE PREP! It was a little funny at the start.. but by the end we were all really humbled and the Spirit was so strong. 

This week I have learned a lot about patience, especially with myself. Progression takes time and Hermana Skidmore is all about the before and after infomercial, give me five seconds and I'll make your carpet look as white as my teeth after too falling asleep with the whitening things in. haha I LIKE INSTANT RESULTS! and that's not the way God works... slowly but surely he is refining us.. 

I've also been reading a lot about Job. The guy in the Bible that lost EVERYTHING. I've only lost my camera and i'm about to explode.. he lost all his sheep, all his animals, AND his besties.... so I've got some work to do.. but that's the beautiful thing - "He loves me enough to cut me down." Heavenly Father loves us enough to let us learn and grow, slowly but surely, and before we know it, and maybe without even realizing it, we'll be closer to heaven than we ever though possible. 

Que tenga una buena semana y les quiero con todo mi corazon,

Hermana Skidmore

Siga nadando!

Just keep swimming! - what coach Arv used to tell me in the pool haha. 


On Saturday I was able to take the trek 2 hours with the help of Hermana Griffith and Sister Cody Mariott (english member!) TO TRACY!!!! AHHH!!!!!!

Remember the pictures of us and the Gomez family? and Suegro (father in law)? The old man and I that hit it off like besties from the first time we met? 

HE GOT BAPTIZED AND SO DID J.J ARIAS (13 year old that I taught while in Tracy!) Gordo Gomez, 18 year old of the Gomez family, got to baptize his Grandpa (Suegro!) and J.J's Dad, Juan (Recent Convert) got to baptize J.J.!

ahhhhhh. pure joy. TONS of missionaries were there, including my sweet Hermana Cuesta!

Tender mercy. Hermana Griffith and I had smiles plastered on our faces for HOURS. It was amazing to see that all the sweating, awkward conversations, being chased by wild ducks, and faith, came to fruition. I love being a missionary.

Watch this :) Get chills. 

This guy reminds me of Cameron! The beard.. everyone with a beard reminds me of Cameorn haha. BTW - LET"S TALK ABOUT THE CINIEMATIC ELEMENTS LIKE WOW.

This week I've been thinking a lot about what it is that makes us want to change.. what is it that really changes people? We had Mission Leadership Council and talked a lot about the Spirit and the effects of loving missionary work, no matter what! 

President always asks 3 questions:
What have you learned?
What have you felt?
And what are you going to do about it?

This is.. in essence I guess what makes us all want to change.. we feel something different. The feeling, a feeling send directly from God through the Holy Spirit, inevitable propels individuals closer to our Father in Heaven. Closer to not just knowing change is necessary, but wanting the necessary changes, desiring to become better. I love missionary work because we are called of God to ask His children, our brothers and sister, super personal questions... and it's not weird.. those are the questions that help them to realize that they do not have to experience life the way they've been told. That God has a plan for them. you. me. the next person you see walk by. the person waiting at the gas pump on Mur-Len and 159th. (is that still right? haha)  even them. I know He lives. I know God lives and I know that our Savior Jesus Christ lives. 

Funny stuff this week: 
 - Angeles called Mom hahahaahaha
- Elder Graham found out you can call and text at the same time.. hahaha
- "Gateando" means crawling.. not cat-fighting.. don't make that mistake.. haha

Les quiero con todo mi corazon,

Hermana Skidmore

Monday, August 4, 2014

La Risa Te Sana

Hola familia querida! 

La risa te sana is something that Angeles always says - it means, "Laughing heals you!" haha. 


FELIZ CUMPLEANOS PAPACITA (not an actual word, but you don't know that ;)) AND FELIZ ANIVERSARIO - Mumsie and Popsicle. love you both so much!!! have the fiesta you want and deserve! 


-Fidel - I've been on the phone with the Roseville Mission Office this week (with permission, don't worry!) 

"Hello this is Sister Skidmore from the Sacramento Mission!"
"...we know..." hahaha 


But Fidel is now meeting with the Spanish Elders in Roseville!

- Hermano Ferran... he feels pressured and won't accept a baptismal date.. his brother is going back to Spanish for 4 months so he doesn't want to get baptized until his brother is back in the US.. NOOOOOOO... so we asked him to pray about the 6th of August. He is so ready and the ward already thinks he's a member.. all that's missing is the covenant and the blessings ;) 

WOAH LIVIN ON A PRAYER - we need a miracle. let you know next week. 

but there is a silver lining to the partial cloud cover - Ferran lives with his brother and sister in law who are both less active members - for the first time this week, she fed the missionaries! and it was us! She is also a marriage and family therapist so we have lots to talk about. I feel so blessed that she is coming back... good things are happening, maybe not exactly how we want but we are grateful for the amazing things that keep us going! 

Funny stuff: 

Hermana Sierra is from Panama! She knew some english before she came but it's still fun to be with her while she's working out the kinks/learning more slang haha.
I had to explain all the contexts of the word "naughty" .. that was nice and awkward.. she's like "can you use it in a sentence both ways.." 

no. no I can't. haha. I don't like that word in english! 

She also loves the word "bosses" hahah "We're bosses!" 

Angeles pronounces Google like : "goo-glay" hahaha 

Hermana Pitcher and Hermana Thomas are coming to visit this week - LET'S GET TRUNKYYYY! hahaha just kidding. member present lessons, whatuppp! 

I love you all so much, I love being a missionary.. I don't email all of the things I've learned spiritually 
1) because the Elders in here with us talk so much and figured out my first name.. so that's awkward haha.
2) I can't even begin to explain things with words.. I've learned so much about love. That the world is so filled with hurt but the Love of our Savior is so evident as well. It is everywhere, there is so much proof that God lives. 

Watch this: 
cry a little. you'll know why I love it. it's a little sad but it gave me chills all over. and the spiritual boost I needed on a hard day. the song in the background "Abide with me" has become one of my favorites :) 


alright so the mission is not doin such a hot job of helping us not be trunky.. as like a last hoorah we all get to go to the old gold mine and hunt for gold.. it's like a giant trunky group because everyone knows you're going because you're going home! haha 

so I'll send pics because we don't have much time.. like always ;) 

Esta semana! 

Fidel - he has read up to 1 Nephi Chapter 12 in the Book of Mormon and spent like all of wednesday night at the church with us, helping with Youth Conference and then helped with English Classes haha he also got news that.. he is 3rd in line for a transplant!!! for his kindeys... downfall... 

HE MOVED OUT OF THE MISSION BY LIKE A MILE! so we handed over an amazing person to the Roseville mission.. haha 

OK NOT MUCH TIME! gonna send pics! 


Hermana Skidmore