Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day pics

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you all had a great week and that all of you madres enjoyed your special day. I had a great day, talking with my family was great, but it is crazy to think that the next time we see each other I will be home. That was the last video-call. Time goes by too quickly. 

I am so grateful for my mom as well, for her constant example to me of what enduring to the end means. She always expresses so much love for me and helps me in my challenges. She gives me great advice and I couldnt be more greateful for her. More than just a mom she is a real true friend.

This week we have been battling to get our investigators to accept a baptismal date. No one wants to accept the Gospel right now, but we are still faithfully searching and working hard.

Love you all so much! Have a great week!

Con mucho amor
Elder Poll
Here are a few pictures of my current area in Jardines

Monday, May 7, 2018

La Recicladora Se Quemó pics

La Recicladora Se Quemó

This week was a little bit busy and a little bit boring, and we dont have much to say, but I am super excited to talk with my family this week, and will send a few pictures of the baptisms last week and the smoke from the recycling plant that burned down last week in our area.
Love you all so much
Con mucho amor
Elder Poll

Monday, April 30, 2018

Fathers and Sons

This last weekend of April was awesome! We had three baptisms: Juana Gallardo, Jorge Rodriguez and Kevin Rafael. I was especially happy for Kevin because his dad was able to baptize him. Their family had been inactive for a very long time. Following the death of their only 6 month old son they stopped going to church and started to doubt the existence of a God. I cant imagine the pain and suffering that they had to have felt while passing through such a heartbreaking trial, however the joy that I was able to experience with them as they slowly returned to the church and as Eloy, Kevin's father, stepped into the baptismal font with his son, filled me with emotion and I remembered how special it is for a father, who holds the priesthood, to baptize his children. 

I felt much love and gratitude for my own dad who was willing and worthy to baptize me 12 years ago. That decision, taken early in my life, has had more of an effect on me than any other I have taken since. If I wouldnt have been baptized I would never have made the decision to serve a mission, and I would have missed the single most important and incredible experience of my life.

I love you all so much and am grateful for the amazing examples that I have in my life. Thank you for holding firmly to the Iron Rod, and leading and guiding me down the right path.

I will later send the pictures of the baptism.

Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

Monday, April 23, 2018

More Miracles

Elder Neil L. Andersen told the México Area Presidency that there is an urgency to increase the number of baptisms right now in México and we have been trying to focus more on our missionary purpose to teach repentance and baptize converts. 

About two weeks ago we only had one investigator with a baptismal date for this week and were a little bit upset because we have been asked to baptize 2 people a month and are trying to overcome the baptismal barriers that exist here in Northern México. 

We have been praying and fasting to try and find chosen people to teach and baptize and 2 weeks ago as we kept working hard and trusting in the Lord, out of the blue an older lady that is the grandmother of one of the sisters in our ward asked us to visit her which was incredible because the sister told us that many missionaries have passed through this ward and her grandmother had told her that she wasn´t going to be baptized and that she didnt want to even listen to the missionaries anymore. 

We told the Bishop that we were going to be visiting this lady and he told us that it is great but that we should practically take it easy on her and not talk right away about baptism, because he knows about what happened with the other missionaries that pressured her too much, and in the first lesson with her this last Wednesday we taught the restoration and spoke about the authority very clearly and that it is necessary to baptize and that the priesthood was restored and we made it really clear, but we didnt invite her to be baptized for fear of what the Bishop had told us I think. We then left her the chapter 31 in 2 Nephi as her "homework." 

When we returned on Saturday we asked her if she had any questions and she said that she hadnt understood perfectly the message of the chapter and we reviewed it with her, reading the key verses, and explained that it is important for us to follow Jesus Christ´s example and be baptized. I felt a strong impression to invite her to be baptized and did so, but felt nervous to place a baptismal date. The Spirit continued to guide me and indicated that she be baptized the 28 of April as well and as I asked her if she would prepare herself to be baptized that day, I could tell that we were all feeling the Spirit and she accepted the baptismal date. 

When we told the sister that we had placed a baptismal date with her grandma the next day in church, she told me that she already knew, that her grandma had called her and told her that she had good news for her and that she was going to be baptized. She seems so excited for her baptism and has been inviting everybody to the baptism this Saturday. 

This last week, we searched everywhere and with everyone to try and find baptisms and an older sister in the ward was been waiting for her husband to recuperate from open heart surgery and has been in Torreon but a couple of weeks they came back to Juárez and her grandson that lives with her has not been baptized yet and the missionaries used to visit them and we started to visit them a couple of weeks ago and she said that she didnt want her grandson to be baptized until her husband was 100% better from his operation which was going to take a long time, and we commented that to the Bishop and he talked with the sister and in the next appointment we had with them she said that she had changed her mind and asked us when her grandson could be baptized. We told her that we had a baptismal service the 28th and she said that that would be perfect. We have been teaching her grandson, Jorge, and he seems super excited and ready for his baptism. He even went to a ward primary activity for future missionaries on Saturday and is ready to be baptized. 

I know that the Lord answers our prayers and blesses us as we fast with faith. Two weeks ago we could have been satisfied with the two baptisms that we had planned and could have stopped working as hard, but we knew that if we just trusted in the Lord he would keep blessing us with the success that we have been asking and praying for, and as I have said before, He always keeps His word.

I love you guys so much and hope that you have a great week!
Elder Poll