Monday, July 16, 2018

Caseta Pics


I had a really fun week. We went to el Valle de Juárez to a place called Caseta and baptized 2 little girls whose parents werent active in the church, Paola and Aylin, and it was such a neat experience. The meeting house in Caseta is supposedly the oldest in all of México and still has a lot of its original style. 

I know that my emails are getting shorter and shorter and less detailed each week, but I really am loving the mission, this is my last month in the mission and I really feel happy for what I have been able to accomplish and hope and pray that God will bless me with an excellent final month of my mission. 

I really have come to appreciate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I don´t think that I understood completely the importance of the Gospel in our lives before the mission. I love faith, repentance, baptism (or partaking of the sacrament), receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. It isn´t something that we only do once in our whole lives, but a process that takes a whole lifetime to be carried out. I know that if we return to these fundamentals when our testimony is shaken or weak, we will find the spiritual strenght that we need to keep pressing forward and that eventually we will become what God wants us to become.

Con mucho amor
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Monday, July 9, 2018

El día de la Independencia... en el Barrio Independencia

So my first week in Independencia was pretty great. I really like the ward and the area is nicer than my last one. I think I am a little bit further out of town, but most of the streets are paved and the people have kept their word more. I feel like we are going to have a successful month here, 8 investigators went to church with us yesterday, and 2 should be baptized this week in a town that we travel to on Saturdays to preach in a ward called Caseta in el valle de Juarez. 

God blessed me with an awesome sunset on the 4th of July here in my new area and I could see lots of fireworks across the border from a hill in my area, but I cant send pictures today, so I will send them next week.

Con mucho amor
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Monday, July 2, 2018

The Beginning of the End pics

The Beginning of the End

So I am about to start my last transfer of my whole mission and I feel great. I am being transfered from Jardines to the Independencia ward which should be a good time as well. I will definitely miss this place and as always the people. The converts, the members, and the missionaries. I have had a great time here in Jardines but am optimistic for what the future has in store for me. I will still be out in the boonies but that's exactly where the Lord needs me.

This was a less than great week, we did divisions with the Elders in Benito Juarez and Villa Ahumada which was fun. I stayed in Benito Juarez with Elder Higgins from Arizona and Elder Sanchez who is from none other than Ogden, Utah. We had a blast and cooked some burgers after a hard day of work. I guess thats what happens when three American Elders get to spend a whole day together. Greatness happens.

Our baptisms left us hanging this Saturday with the font full, the programs printed and the members more than ready to do their part in the baptism. We went and searched for them like 2 hours before the baptism and they werent home so we waited it out and called them about 50 times each and we havent heard from them since. I guess we have to accept that everybody has their own agency, and can choose between right and wrong even if they do so foolishly. But its nothing to cry about. We just gotta keep moving forward.

Love you guys soo much, here are a few pics of my adventure in Benito Juarez. A REAL Mexican pueblito.
Con mucho amor

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Monday, June 25, 2018

We Need Water

In all honesty this was an average week, we have been working with a family that should be baptized this weekend and we really hope that all goes well because the gospel will be able to bless them in a way unimaginable to them. 

We are still battling with the heat and trying to keep our spirits and our water intake level high.. supposedly we are supposed to be drinking about 5 to 6 liters of water each day which is tough in a place where the tap water does more damage than good and you have to buy about 6 jugs of water each week with a humble missionary budget haha but the members help us out and treat us well. 

This year is shaping up to be the hottest of my time here in Juárez, and I think that it must be México's way of thanking us for the work we have done here, or maybe Juárez is upset that we are leaving and thats why it is treating us this way haha. From about 9 in the morning to 9 at night we are sitting at around 100 degrees, and it hits its peak right after we eat at 2 PM at about 105 degrees. I have never experienced anything like it in my life. Our shoe soles seem to be on the brink of melting, and our name tags heat up enough for you to cook an egg them.

Love you all so much and hope you have a great week!

Con mucho amor
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Mexico vs. Alemania

This week was a good one, we had lots of success and on the 30th we should have a few baptisms. We are struggling with the ever changing weather in Juárez when within an hour you can experience both extremes in temperature. We have been getting a bit of rain and suddenly it climbs back up to the regular 105 degree weather and the whole city turns into a sauna. The desert converts itself into a giant mud pit and our nicely polished "zapatos" turn into all terrain vehicles. I will send a couple of pictures of what I mean. 

We also had a really fun time yesterday with the Bishop an his family after church, we went to eat and "se hizo la carne asada." While the Bishop manned the grill we helped out by inflating his little daughter's pool for a party they were going to have today at her kindergarten. 

We are also super stoked because México beat Germany yesterday in the World Cup and everyone went crazy becasue Germany was the champion 4 years ago and was the favorite to win again this year. Gotta love the underdog. Viva México!

Anyway, I love you all so much and with everyday that passes I admire more and more those who have served missions and I thank you for your examples. See you in 2 months.
Con mucho amor
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