Monday, December 11, 2017

Una Visita Inolvidable

This was an incredible week to be a missionary in the Misión México Ciudad Juarez.

It really was "an unforgettable visit" from Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela, and Elder Joel Martínez. 
Elder Oaks walked into the room where we were waiting patiently to take a picture with him and said "Well this looks like a good group." He is such a friendly, kind, energetic and charismatic person. It was very easy to recognize him as a true servant of the Lord. After the picture we filed out of room one by one and were able to shake all of their hands. When it was my turn Elder Oaks gave me a good firm handshake, and I dont know how he did it, but pronounced "Poll" correctly.. for the first time in my whole mission someone pronounced my name right hah. I was chosen to sing in the special musical number/choir with a few other Elders and Sister missionaries which was really neat. We sang "Creo en Cristo" or "I Believe in Christ," which was a tender mercy for me because it has always been a special hymn to me. 

They then spoke to us and pretty much talked about finding new investigators, teaching repentance and baptizing converts. 

I really loved a part that he spoke about repentance that it isnt always connected with sin, but it is always connected with making a change. Sometimes we are scared to repent, but it is always a positive process. He told us how important it is to be "full-time missionaries" and promised us that if we teach more we will baptize more.

I know that God loves us and guides us by calling prophets.
Con mucho amor
Elder Poll

Monday, December 4, 2017

December?!

Time is flyyyyiiiing by. I feel like 2017 just started and it will soon be coming to close. I cant believe it hah. 

This week we had transfers, every single companionship in our zone had transfers other than us. Elder Kuri and I are staying in Obrera, and this is his last transfer, so I will be the one to "kill" him haha. I am glad that I will spend Christmas here in Obrera, it really is a nice ward and I feel comfortable with the members. 

We had a good week and lots of success with "menos activos" or less active members. We ate Sunday dinner with a less active family 2 Sundays ago, and asked the brother if he could take us to Colonia Juarez so that I could do a baptismal interview, and he said "¡claro que sí!" and took us to Colonia that week, we had a good time talking with him during the 30 minute drive and when we least expected it, he arrived to the "capilla." I hadnt seen him at church my whole time here in Obrera, so it was a nice surprise, and his wife, a very faithful and active sister, looked happier than ever that her husband had gone to church. We had some other families come with us that hadn't gone in a while and are seeing lots of miracles.

We cleaned the old house where the sister missionaries used to live in our ward, because the mission is going to stop renting the house and found an old little Christmas tree and some lights and we cleaned and fixed it up and now our house is full of Christmas cheer! Also a picture of our district because Hermana Hurtado from Costa Rica is going home tomorrow and we are gonna miss her here in the district.
Love you all so much, have a great week! Thanks for everything!

Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

Dec 4th Cleaning Pics

December?! Pics

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Adventures with the Jurado Family Pics

Adventures with the Jurado Family

This was a great week for us here in northern Chihuahua. Last week we went on a super fun and beautiful adventure to "La Cueva de la Olla" which means "cave of the pot" or "pot cave" you guys can be the judges of that translation... I think I prefer the former. I will send lots of pictures... I felt right at home eating tacos between the pines with fall leaves scattered around the fire. I really did enjoy that P Day.

We have been working a lot with the members here and I am feeling right at home. In more than half of the lessons we had last week members of the ward accompanied us and helped us visit. We are getting help from all of the organizations of the ward from the Primary to the High Priests and all is going well.

I am doing great. We have transfers next week and I hope to stay here with my companion. It will be his last transfer of the mission and I want to send him off haha. 
Love you all.. thanks for the emails and cards and everything!

Con mucho amor
Elder Poll

Monday, November 20, 2017

We Got Good News! Pics

We Got Good News!

Sorry, I don't have much time today because it is a Mexican Holiday and we are going to celebrate with another adventure with the Jurado family!! We are going to "la cueva de la olla" or the cave of the cooking pot haha. It should be a fun adventure, and we hope to enjoy the day!

This week was a good week, we have honestly been working so hard and have had so much work that we have had to place two appointments at the same time each day and we split up with members of the ward so that we can reach all of the lessons that we have.

Get ready for the good news. We had a leadership conference in Juarez and a zone conference here in Nuevo Casas Grandes, and President Owen informed us that December 8, 2017, we will receive a visit from Elder Dallin H. Oaks!! He is coming to Mexico to speak specifically to US and we are all going to meet him in Juarez that day! 

We are especially lucky to have this opportunity because not only is he a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but he is THE Apostle in-charge of the missionary department of the church. I am so excited to receive specific instructions from an apostle of the Lord and cant wait to see the miracles that will follow such a spiritual experience.

Love you all so much! 
con mucho amor
Elder Cade Jason Poll
Here are some pics of the zone conference, and a golden eagle.

Monday, November 13, 2017

El Bautismo De Gerardo pics

El Bautismo de Gerardo

First off, I would like to apologize for the length and quality of the last few letters and hope to make up for it in this letter. 
So I havent talked about Gerardo yet because I feel like every time I write about an investigator in an email, they tell us they dont want us to visit them anymore, and I didnt want to jynx it again with Gerardo hahah. 

My first day in Obrera, Elder Soto and I went to eat with the L family in a huge house in the very limit of our area. When we arrived, the house maid opened the door for us and led us to the kitchen. We sat down and met Sister L, and we started to eat. As we began talking, we asked about her husband and she told us that he was working in his office bidding online for some heavy machinery, and that he would be out soon to talk to us. She told us beforehand to forgive them both for his way of being and we told her not to worry that we deal with all kinds of people in the street and are used to everything, but I really didnt know what to expect.

 When Gerardo came out of the office he shouted playfully asking who had let the Mormons in to his house and asked us if we wanted a tequila or some wine to go with our lasagna hahah. We knew he was just playing around, but it was enough for us to realize that he wasnt a member of the church. 

We kept talking with them and found out that Lizeth (sister López) was baptized about 10 years ago and as their three oldest daughters have reached the age of 8, they have all been baptized and raised in the church, but Gerardo was never convinced. We finished the meal sharing a few scriptures and ending in prayer and that was the last time I saw Gerardo for about a month and a half, until one day we went to pay the rent (they own one of our missionary houses) and Lizeth wasnt there, so we gave the money to Gerardo. We talked for a few minutes and that was that. 

The following Sunday when we got to church, we saw Lizeth and her daughters walk in to the chapel as normal, but what surprised us was that Gerardo was with them! It was the first time that I had seen him at church and it really made me happy to see him. We quickly went to welcome them to church and say hello, and took our seats as the services started. We went to the other classes as normal and when we finished, Sister Lizeth found us and told us that yesterday after we paid the rent, Gerardo called her and told her that he wanted to be baptized and that he wanted us to go visit him!!

 We went to the Bishop's office and told him what had happened and he jumped for joy in his office and told us that we were heaven's annointed ones hahah and that many missionaries had gone through that house without success, and that Sister Lizeth needs the support of Gerardo more than ever in her life and that we had to teach him and be sure that he was baptized. 

We started to teach Gerardo and each that we visited him we could see more and more desire in him to be baptized. We taught oll of the lessons in about 2 weeks and we saw lots of progress in him and lots of happiness in his wife and daughters. Gerardo started fasting and paying offerings before he was even baptized, and the day he was confirmed a member he faithfully paid his tithing. His baptism was such a spiritual experience and we were really able to feel the love of God and the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

We have seen a huge change in him, and when he came out of the water he told us that he wasnt expecting to feel a perceptible change, but he did and we have all seen and felt it too. It was a huge blessing to be part of this conversion, it may have taken 10 years for Gerardo to take the decision, but he did it, and he isnt turning back!

I know that the Lord is preparing people in all places and at all times, that we are only instruments in His hands and that if we do our part, He takes care of the rest.
Love you all so much!

con mucho amor 
Elder Poll

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Learning to be BOLD pic

Learning to be BOLD

Hello friends and family! This was a pretty good week with my new companion. We have been working really hard and having success. He is a good guy, we don't have much in common, but we are both missionaries and are both called to serve in Obrera and that has been enough for us to get along pretty well and keep working hard!

I cant believe that it is already Halloween.. time kind of just freezes in the mission, and after doing the same thing day after day you kind of forget about things like Holidays and things like that hah. I just hope I dont take an egg to the head last Halloween hahaha. I dont think so though, this little town is a lot calmer than Juárez haha. 

I dont have much to write about this week, we have been inviting lots of people to be baptized in the first lesson, and it has actually been working quite a bit. I kind of was scared to invite people to be baptized in the first lesson before, but the scripture Alma 38: 10-12 has really helped me.

10 And now, as ye have begun to teach the word even so I would that ye should continue to teach; and I would that ye would be diligent and temperate in all things.
11 See that ye are not lifted up unto pride; yea, see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom, nor of your much strength.
12 Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.
I have seen that the Holy Ghost really is the one who does all the work and prepares the hearts of the investigators, and that I really am only a tool that is being used in the hands of the Lord. I have really been able to feel His influence this week which is really rewarding as a missionary.

Here is a picture of Elder Soto´s last day here with Esbardo, one of our investigators.

con mucho amor

Elder Poll

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Surprise Baptism Pics

Surprise Baptism

This was a good week and my last week with Elder Soto, he is going to Juárez to end his mission. I had a great transfer with him and was able to learn a lot from him. We were happily surprised by a baptism this week of a lady in our ward who has been receiving the missionaries for years, but finally took the decision to be baptized this last Saturday. It was a good way to end the transfer with Elder Soto. My new companion is Elder Kuri from Guerrero, México and he is a very obedient and diligent Elder, so I am excited to grow even more as a missionary and become a better Elder and representative of the Lord.

The pictures are of the district, the baptism, some nutella and doughnuts that they dropped off to us again and a new "amigo borracho" that we met outside of a Catholic church that worked for Union Pacific in Ogden and asked for a copy of the "Libro de Mormón."
Love you all and hope that you have a good week!
con mucho amor
Elder Poll