Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 3 In Jardines City

This was kind of a tough week. We had little success but we worked with what we had. A couple of people that we had planned baptisms for this week disappeared and we haven't heard from them since. We are working hard at finding new people to teach, I think that finding is a key part of the work because if you dont find new investigators, you cant teach repentance, and if you dont teach repentance, you cant baptize converts, so we have kind of gone back to the basics. 

My area is huge and my feet kill from walking miles across this desert wasteland haha but I love it still. Our Bishop is such a good guy and he makes us laugh so hard. I will try to get a picture with him this week to send home.

I guess this is a super short email, but I cant think of much to say today.  Love you all so much!

Here is the evidence that the second coming is gonna happen in Juárez... and some of my favorite food.. mole, nopales, and arroz.

Con mucho amor
Elder Poll

Week 3 in Jardines City Pics

Monday, March 12, 2018

Navejas Baptism

So this week was very stressful, but it all worked out mas o menos.
We were planning on having 4 baptisms this week but the Navejas family, Eduardo, Alejandra and Luz, 3 of the 4 who were going to be baptized, told us they couldnt because they were going to operate on the Alejandra's mom, and they needed to stay and take care of her. So then we were planning on only 1 baptism, and when our district leader went to interview her, she said that she didn't feel ready so then we were planning on 0 baptisms. 

I was pretty upset about it and my companion was too, but I was in another area in divisions so I couldnt really go help out and I felt very powerless, so I prayed. Something so simple but so effective. I asked God to help us so that we could have the baptismal service that we had planned out with the ward. 

The next day when I got back to my area my companion told me to go to the chapel instead of the house so that we could help fill up the baptismal font, and I asked him why, and he told me that Alejandra's mother's operation had been postponed until Monday and that they wanted to be baptized. So we did end up having the baptismal service, and the Navejas family ws baptized. I know that God listens to and answers our prayers when we humble ourselves enough to accept His will and perfect plan.

This week we have some pictures of the new area, a conejo or rabbit, the baptismal service, filling the font with the district, and some Chocolate Zucaritas with marshmallows. I fell in love with this cereal in 3rd grade on a trip we took to Cancun and it has taken me about 10 years to find them again... it was well worth the wait. 

Love you all so much!
Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Jason Poll

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Jardines Heaven

It really is good to be back in Juarez, and Jardines is a great ward. I think we are going to be successful here, we worked our tails off last week and found a bunch of new people to teach and we had 12 investigators come to sacrament meeting with us, for me that is a personal best, so I am very pleased with my first week here in this ward, and I think that my second week is going to be a good one too because we have 4 baptisms lined up for this Saturday haha. I love it here. 

My companion is great too! He is from Chone, Ecuador a little town on the coast from what I know and is a super humble missionary. He is the only member of his family, or I think his little brother might have been baptized recently, but he is a pioneer for his family and I admire him for that. 

Elder Rafael E. Pino from the Area Presidency came and visited us last week and we had a Zone Conference and a Leadership Council meeting with him and we were able to talk about some of the challenges we are having as a mission and what we can do to fix it. He really did help me out a lot and gave us some great advice. I know that our mission is going to keep progressing thanks to his inspiring visit.

I love you all and hope you have a great week.

Here is a picture of me and a painting in the town park in my last area in Obrera. Along with Miguel Hidalgo, Pancho Villa, and the Virgen de Guadalupe, all of the types of people in the painting are the main racial or cultural groups that are in Nuevo Casas Grandes and we are pretty sure that among  the Chinese, Tarahumara Indians and German Menonites, the Mormons made the mural as well hahah. 

Con mucho amor
Elder Poll