Monday, October 16, 2017

Adventures with the Jurado Family Pics

Adventures with the Jurado Family!

This was a great and tired week here in Obrera! We had another leadership conference in Juárez this week and had to catch the Omnibus de México at like 5:30 AM, spent all day in the conference and got back to Nuevo Casas Grandes at about 10:30 PM. We have been working really hard with members and young men of the ward to help us in our visits, and help us find new investigadors. I love seeing the excitement of the people as they work with us and find a new love for missionary work.

This weekend we changed a few hours of our P-Day to Saturday so that we could go have a picnic by the river near an old Hacienda called San Diego. We went with the Jurado family, who is our ward mission leader and had a blast! We cooked some "chuletas de res" and "papas asadas." The kids had a good time playing in the river and I envied them as I watched haha. It was a great time to relax a little bit and enjoy the beautiful day. After that we took a trip to Colonia Juárez and went to see the temple and the Academia Juárez, a church-owned bilingual school where kids from all over the country come to study and learn English. It really was a great day. 

Pictures from Saturday, another package that arrived on our porch, and our humble abode. We removed all the weeds from our yard this morning with one of our investigators, it was starting to look like a jungle so we trimmed it back a bit haha
Love you all! Thanks for your love and prayers!
con mucho amor
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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Book of Mormon & Krispy Kreme

This week was pretty good. I have been reading the Book of Mormon a ton, my companion and I study in Spanish in the mornings and read a little bit of "El Libro De Mormón," and when we get home at night we read another little bit of "The Book of Mormon." He speaks pretty good English and has learned it all while here in the Mission. We have a good time learning and reading together and building our testimonies of the Book of Mormon to be able to testify with more certainty and power.

We had Zone Conference with President Owen this weekend, and the Assistants to the President, Elder Vázquez and Elder Butterfield, came and spent Friday night with us in Obrera which was awesome because the night before somebody from the ward or stake who went to El Paso, Texas left us a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the porch with a tub of JIF peanut butter and another of Welch´s grape jelly. We definitely enjoyed the visit and the anonymous gift. 

We are still doing great and improving each week. We are loving the mission and the work we have been trusted with. 
Thank you all for everything. Have a great day and week!
Some pics of our zone, a super big moon from the other night, and the closest I think it is gonna get to little corner store for Sophie haha.
con mucho amor
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Conferencia General Octubre 2017

This General Conference was incredibly edifying and uplifting. I loved all of the powerful witnesses that were shared regarding the Book of Mormon and the precious truths that it holds. I feel so blessed to have a knowledge of "la Expiación de Jesu cristo" or the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and for the chance that He gives me to repent of my sins, shortcomings, and errors every day and every week as I partake of "la Santa Cena" or the Sacrament. I feel spiritually strengthened by the counsels of the Lord from His Holy Prophets, and feel a new, rejuvenated desire to share this message and their words with all those who I come in contact with. I know without a doubt that Jesus Christ is our Savior, that He knows us personally, understands our problems, and most importantly that He lives and guides us in these latter-days.

We had a great week this week, we decided not to use the bikes to see how it went, and we doubled our numbers from last week in lessons, and tripled the number of new investigators. I love the bikes, but we came to the conclusion that if we have to go to one of the farther colonies we can use the bikes, but that we are much more effective afoot. 

I love you all and want you to know that I am loving the mission. Thank you for your love and prayers. 

Some pictures on the edges of the area just before we received a downpour and a pretty bird that we saw while knocking doors the other day.. it isnt a great picture because I had to take it fast before they kids come out to tell us "My mom says that she isn't home." Hahaha that one gets to me every single time.. I love the mission!

Con mucho amor

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Good Times in Mission

I have to be honest, these last two weeks have been full of the hardest, most diligent, obedient missionary work of my whole mission, and we have been battling a lot to find people to teach and for the investigators to let us in to their houses. We only had 7 lessons this last week, which is really little here, our weekly goal is 30, but nobody wants to let us in.

Opening area has been a lot harder than we ever thought it would be hah. But our spirits are high and we are still working and pedalling our tails off. The bikes are great, and it helps us a lot with the potential to have a lot more lessons and visit more people each day in different parts of the area, only that they dont let us in haha... but the potential is there!

We are really excited for General Conference and are hoping to bring a lot of investigators to listen to the modern day Prophets reveal the latest instructions of our Heavenly Father. Start getting your questions ready for this weekend, because they are going to be answered. 

We were able to take a nice 20 minute bike ride from Nuevo Casas Grandes to Casas Grandes "Pueblo" to do a baptismal interview for the Sister Missionaries in our District and Zone which was really relaxing and fun, but we got stranded there at night and it was super dark and we didnt dare take the highway back to Nuevo Casas Grandes in the dark, so some of Elder Soto's converts came and picked us up and gave us a quick ride home haha. We have been having a lot of fun here cool new experiences. The mission is great.

Love you guys a lot and hope you are all well, here are some photos of the Leadership Conference, the bikes, the big Casas Grandes sign, a litlle frog that we found in a puddle outside of our house when it rained, our "capilla" and the outskirts of the area.

Con mucho amor,
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Starting From Cero

Yeah so this week was awesome and super tiring but super rewarding and just a great time. This was the first time that we have had to open an area without knowing anybody or any of the streets or anything hah. It has been a super great experience for the both of us, and we have been able to grow a ton. We have been talking with everybody we see, and have been crossing the town on our bikes hah. 

Tuesday when we got to the house we didnt have power because the other missionaries didnt pay the bills, so we spent our first night planning and studying by candlelight which was super fun, and we have just been having a great time. 

My companion is an animal and is the hardest working companion I have had in my whole mission. I have been learning so much from him and we have been able to form a really strong bond between us. 

Friday we had to go to Juárez to a Leadership Conference with President Owen and it was really great. It was good to be back in Juárez for the day and see all of the other Elders from Juárez because we kind of get stranded here in the little town hah. 

We have a ton of support and help in the ward, and our ward mission leader and the ward missionaries have been helping us a ton, The Jurado family calls us every night to see if there is anything that we need and have brought us dinner like 4 times this week, it has been great because Brother Jurado is our ward mission leader and has helped us a ton. We even did divisions with Brother Jurado and I went with Brother Lopez, one of the ward missionaries, and we split up to be able to get to know more people and the area. Brother Lopez just got baptized last November, and is already that willing to help us with service in the ward and in sharing the Gospel.

I had a great time in Sacrament meeting this week, and tried to have a more spiritual experience in during the Sacrament because most of the time we are so worried about the investigators and if they are gonna show up that as missionaries we forget about the importance of the what we are doing. 

My companion and I made a special effort to just enjoy the sacrament meeting and have a spiritual experience to be able to truly testify to others about the importance of "la sant cena" and its power. I was really able to feel the spirit and really nourish myself spiritually and know that it is going to help me for the rest of the week. 

Love you guys so much, have a great week.
con mucho amor
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sorry for not having any photos but I forgot my cable at my house