Tuesday, November 17, 2015



I don't even have the words to describe how much joy I feel right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This week has been one of the best weeks ever and I am the happiest person alive! 

First off this week we got a new companion, she is a temple square sister!!! Her name is Sister Rivas and she is from PANAMA!!! How cool is that!!!! She speaks spanish fluently! So we are going to learn soo much!! She is the cutest and funnest girl ever!!!! So happy to have her with us!

The next day we had zone conference and learned so much great stuff! I LOVE LEARNING!! 

Then the next day we got FOOD POISONING!! Not the highlight of the week.... we were all fighting over the bathroom haha... nothing says comp unity more than throwing up in the same toilet! LOL Sorry if that was TMI :) haha 

THEN THE BEST DAY CAME AND THAT DAY WAS SUNDAY... and you want to know why it was the best day? 


I can't even explain how much joy I felt and how much joy I still feel knowing that they have started on the path to eternal life!! They are going to be able to live in the Celestial Kingdom!!! And we are going to have a huge party up there in heaven:) 

My heart feels like it's about to explode just talking about how happy I am so I think I'll give it a break:) But I want you all to know that our heavenly father loves each of us sooo much more than we can even imagine! So we should do what he asks us to do, cause he has our best interest at heart:) 

I was reading a conference talk today that was just UNREAL! In it there were 2 invitations and I would like to invite you to do these same things:

The First Invitation

The first invitation is simple: I invite you to save money each week. The amount you save is not particularly significant; that is up to you. As you develop a habit of saving, you will benefit personally. And you may also have opportunities to assist others financially as a result of your diligence. Imagine the positive outcome of saving money weekly for six months, a year, 10 years,or more. Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results.

The Second Invitation

My second invitation is quite different from and much more important than the first. It is this: I invite you to“ponderize”  one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.

First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day.

Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week.

 I hope you will decide to save money each week. Exercise your faith, discipline yourself, and do it. I also sincerely pray you will choose to ponder God’s words in an extended and deeper manner on a weekly basis. Exercise your faith, discipline yourself, and do it.

Unlike the first money-saving invitation, all the benefits of the second soul-saving invitation will be yours to keep forever—free from the moths and rust of this world.   (side note from her mom....... pretty sure this was a cut and past from Oct. 2015 Gen Conf because there were no spelling errors haha!!)


I love you guys soo much! I hope and pray you all have the happiest week! 

xoxo Hermana Ihrke
So happy!!!

And the pics keep coming!

This is gonna be a FUN transfer! woohoo

​My cute new comp!!! HNA RIVAS!!!

This is where I spent a lot of my time this week! lol

Ok ignore how sick I look.... but look at how funny this baby looks!!!! AHHHHH

Sunday selfies!

pj selfies!



Got some cake on my face....


My second family! Oh how I love them!!!!

H1 crew! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

I've never laughed so hard before in my whole life!!!! 10-9-2015

Oh my goodness I hope you are all ready for the absolute funniest story you will ever hear! 

So we are teaching this Cuban family and they are amazing! And we were about to start the lesson with the prayer when one of them started laughing uncontrollably. So naturally we all started laughing uncontrollably and then we started laughing so hard that all of a sudden one of the ladies stops laughing and runs to the bathroom... leaving behind a HUGE puddle of pee in her chair!!!!! 
WE STARTED LAUGHING EVEN HARDER AND I LITERALLY ALMOST PEED MY PANTS TOO!!! It was the funniest thing in the whole planet! We laughed for a good 40 min strait!!!!! They are the best people ever!!!
WE SERIOUSLY HAVE THE BEST INVESTIGATORS EVER!!! I  will tell you more about all of them next week:)

I love this place sooo much!!!

Oh and we are getting ready for a BIG baptism next week! So stay tuned! 

We had a really awesome conference yesterday and one of the things that I loved was that simplicity is sophisticated. If we can simplify our lives and focus only on the things that really matter most we will find more joy and a deeper appreciation for the simple moments:) So slow down and think about what you are doing... and make sure that you are filling your time with things that matter :)

Love you all so much! Have the best week ever:)

-Hermana Ihrke
This is my home away from home! This is my Mexican family:) So much love for these sweet boys I can't even explain!

​Cheesecake Factory!!!! 

My district! They love going shopping with the Hermanas... #NOT

Got to see some old friends! I love being in the same stake my whole mission!!! Woohoo!!

Gerardo got baptized this week!!! He is so amazing!!!!

Love these cute girls!

Monday, November 2, 2015

HAPPY HALLOWEEN :) 10/2/2015


This week was a huge party!!!! And you all know how much I love to party;) So it was a pretty awesome week! 

First I just want to say that I have been so blessed to teach some of the most amazing people in the whole entire world. 

We have a family we are teaching and they just moved into a little apartment and they have practically nothing, but on sunday they signed up on the meal calender to feed us and when we went over they had set up a little table with the only two chairs they have and a little table cloth and gave us all the food they had:) It was such a humbling experience! I have never felt so much love in my whole life! 

Then we have Manuel and his fam! THEY MOVED!!!! But they now live right next to us:) haha they are our new neighbors! It's the best thing that has ever happened!!!! 

I fell on my bike this week... both of my tires were flat and I turned a corner and made a slow motion fall onto the pavement... it was really really funny cause I was seriously going like .02 miles per hour.... oh and all the cars at the intersection were laughing sooo hard! But maybe they will feel bad for us and listen to what we have to say some day:) Hahaha 

We also went to the temple this week! Hermana Tovilla and Jenny went through for the first time:) I LOVE THE TEMPLE WITH MY WHOLE HEART!!!!

Then Elder Corbridge came and spoke to us!!! lets just say my mind was blown!!!! He talked a lot about "what matters most". 

I definitely learned what matters most! If you want to know what I learned shoot me an email or come talk to me in 2 months:)

I'M SOOOO HAPPY!!!! I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW AWESOME IT IS TO BE A MISSIONARY!!!! Everyone said that it would be hard... but really it's way more fun than it is hard:) So if you can I would highly consider a mission, it'll be one of the best decisions you will make:)

ok well I hope you all have an awesome week! Love you so much! ttyl! 

-Hermana ihrke
​This is Jaqulyn and this is the cutest/sweetest dinner I have ever had! They are the kindest people in the whole world! Love them sooo much!

Our investigators give us ski masks so we don't get cold:) But then we look like we are going to rob a bank... What are they doing with ski masks? They have never even seen the snow....???? haha