Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Praying and Fasting Pics

Praying and Pushing Forward

This week was great! We had a lot of success as a district, and have seen a lot of progress. The sister missionaries had a baptism this week and the investigator, Ramon, lives in a little pueblito outside of Casas Grandes called Enriquez, so we had a fun adventure going to the little town to the baptismal interview. He is about 80 years old, and doesnt hear or see and barely walks, so I had to yell the questions in his ear so that he hear and answer me haha. After the interview he asked me to give a talk in his baptism, and he asked my companion to baptize him haha, it really suprised us because we werent expecting it, so we took some of our investigators with us, and it was a nice experience.

Sunday was a day full of miracles. We had plans for 10 investigators to join us at church this week, which was a crazy goal, because we only had 7 last week, and they were almost all of the investigators that we had, but we put the goal as 10 and went with it. Sunday morning, after a week of hard work, nobody was answering their phones, our investigators had to downtown and werent going to have time to come with us, and the brother that was going to help us with a ride for our investigators hadnt answered us in 2 days. 

Honestly we kind of lost hope and faith, but decided to pray and ask God to help us and our investigators, and as we finished the prayer and started getting ready to go to church, the phone started ringing, and our investigators told us that they had returned from downtown and were going to be able to come with us and the other family called us and told us that they would be ready and waiting for us and the ride, and then the brother with the truck called us and told us that he was sorry he hadnt responded but was out of town and had just got back and could help us. After a trial of our faith we made it to church with 9 investigators. 

We hadnt reached the goal, but were happy with the blessings we had recieved, and as we were singing the opening prayer, one of the young women of the ward arrived with her little sister who isnt a member, but we have been teaching to try and get permission to baptize her, and made it 10. We reached the goal of 10 investigators in the capilla and still are so grateful for the blessings, the help of the members, and the efforts of the investigators to be able to join us at church. It was a great day and week.

Thank you all for your prayers for us. I know that God really does listen to us every single time that we pray to Him, and that He really does answer our humble prayers. 
Love you all very much and hope you can all pray a little bit more sincerely and humbly even when it might seem like all has been lost. 

Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

Monday, August 7, 2017

Heaven on Earth

It might just be because I lived in Juárez for almost a year, but this little pueblito of Nuevo Casas Grandes is like living in a dream. This week has been awesome! Last Tuesday we got an early start and headed to the mission offices to get ready to take the Omnibus from Juárez to Nuevo Casas Grandes. 

Like I said last week, many missionaries went home this week and finished their missions, so I was able to say goodbye to a lot of my good friends and examples that I have had in the mission. It was really sad, but the good thing is that most of them are from Utah, or at least close by, so I will get to see them again. 

We got to the Bus Station at about 1 in the afternoon and had to wait until 3 to be able to load our luggage on and get going. During our wait I was able to make lots of new friends who I had never met before from the mission including Elder (Tyler) Evans who is from Layton Utah and went to Layton High. We even sat next to each other on the bus and talked about all of the mutual friends that we had, our High School Rivalry, and a bunch of other things that we had in common. He is actually my Zone Leader right now, and is goes home in like 3 months, so I will miss him a lot too here in a little bit. 

Also Elder Sanchez and Elder Gray kept us entertained with a bunch of magic/card tricks that they practiced when they were companions, and it was awesome. We had like half of the bus station surrounding us in our little missionary circle watching all of the magic tricks haha.

Here in Alamedas we are in the smallest area of the whole mission, but there is still plenty of work to be done, and lots of investigators who need to get married to be able to be baptized. We have like 3 families who could be baptized tomorrow if the parents were married, so we are going to be working with some of the civil leaders of the town who are going to help us with these investigators. 

In my Zone/Stake their is also a ward of pure Americans who speak English because of the Mormon Colonies here. The sister missionaries in my district had a baptism this week and we were able to go, and it was all in English. When I walked into the Stake Center, instead of hearing "Hola, Elder, ¿qué tal?" I heard "Hey, Elder! How´s it goin?" hahah. It kind of freaked me out, but it is all good. It was a cool experience to have. 

We are having a great time here, we live in a little guest house behind the house of a member, and our yard is beautiful. Everything is green because of the rain, and I really feel like I am at a good point in my mission.

Thank you all for everything. Have a great week.
Con mucho amor.
Elder Cade Poll

also I have a montón de fotos so it could take a while to send them to you

Monday, July 31, 2017

Adiós, Aeropuerto... Hola, Alamedas!

After 6 months here in Aeropuerto and almost a year in Ciudad Juarez, my time has come and I am getting transfered to the Mormon Colonies of Nuevo Casas Grandes. 

I am going to be serving in the Colonia Dublán Zone/Stake and will be in the Alamedas Area/Ward. A weird coincidence that I have noticed is that all 3 of my areas start with A... Azteca, Aeropuerto, Alamedas. I am sure it means nothing, but it is a neat pattern haha. 

I am super excited to serve in Casas Grandes for a while, but will definitely miss Juárez. I have met so many people and made so many friends here that I will miss them a ton, and it is even worse because 17 missionaries are going home and only 2 are going to arrive, so they had to close a lot of areas where there are 4 missionaries- which means they are closing my current area of Aeropuerto 2, and the 2 Elders that are in the other half of the area will have to be in charge of this half of the ward, too- which will be tough because it is a big area. 

It is really hard saying goodbye to everyone here and it is going to be a hard night telling them all goodbye, but that's how the mission is... the greatest thing you will ever do, but the hardest thing you will ever do. I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Even though I am sad to leave, I am muy muy muy excited for this new stage in my missionary service. My companion is going to be el Elder Rios, and I am going to be the district leader again. 

Elder Rios is from my same generation of missionaries and is really cool, we played a bunch of cage soccer together in the MTC haha. He is from Veracruz Mexico and is an awesome Elder. We are going to have a blast working our tails off!

Thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers. I am doing great and the work is marching on.

I found this little corner store when I did divisions this week when I did divisions with my district... shout out to my hermanita.

Con mucho amor,
Elder Cade Jason Poll

Adiós, Aeropuerto... Hola, Alamedas! Pics