Monday, March 27, 2017

Podando...(pruning/mowing/ however you want to translate it... its a tough one

So this week was a really good one! We started out this Tuesday by going to the Mutual Activity to play some basketball with the members. When I got there the Bishop and the Elders quorum president were toying with something behind the chapel, and when I got back to see what it was I couldnt believe my eyes. It was una podadora (a lawn-mower)!! They couldnt figure it out because they dont have much grass here, so I went to the rescue. I started it on the first pull and then begged them to let me mow the little bit of grass around the church. It was like 7 at night, and  I had such a nice time hah. I missed the smell of gas and grass mixed together. It might have been the best 15 minutes of my mission. I really missed mowing lawns.. weird I know. After that we had some fun playing basketball and futbol.

We had transfers again, and my companion is leaving to be Zone leader in the North, and I am staying here in Aeropuerto as senior companion with a little Bolivian, Elder Hoyos, from my same generation of missionaries. I am super excited for the new opportunity to take over the area a little bit, and work with this new Elder. I think this will be a good learning and growing experience for me.

Earlier today we went to Walmart for the first time in my whole mission and it was paradise! I loved it, I felt like I was home... for the 20 minutes that we were in there they played 2 of my favorite "wordly" songs... Otherside by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and A Horse With No Name by America. I was in heaven hahah.

I am super excited for all the revelation and direction that we are going to be receiving this weekend with General Conference. I feel like it is a Holliday hah. I hope that all of us will be able to receive some guidance through the words of the Apostles and Prophet of the Church. I just read an email from my buddy Kade Palmer, and he talked about how these men really have the same authority and power that Jesus gave to his Apostles during his earthly ministry. I hope we can all recognize the sacredness of their callings, and that the words they speak to us come directly from our Savior Jesus Christ who leads and guides the church through the Prophet and his Apostles. We are so blessed to have them here upon the earth.

On a lighter note, I have found a lot of Virgin Mary paintings in this area, and will send some pictures of our adventures this week here in a bit.

Love you all and hope you have a great week, and an even better weekend! 

Mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

*the virgins
*my friend Lalito and I sword fighting in his yard
*super windy, dirty day

Podando pics

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lots of Emails

Sorry for the short group email this week, but I took a bunch of time to respond to all of the other personal emails that I had.

This week was really good, we had a Multi-Zone Conference with President Owen and it really helped us as a companionship and as missionaries. He talked to us about being Excellent instead of being mediocre, and it really helped us to put more effort into the work, and we were rewarded for it. We taught with more unity and power that we have our whole time together, and we were able to help a lot of people in doubt. It was amazing to feel the Spirit put the words into my mouth and help me teach according to the needs of the investigators. 

Thats all for now. Like I said.. sorry for the short email. I hope all is well and that you are enjoying the nicer weather at home. It is super hot here and I think this summer is gonna be a beast hah. 

This week we were searching for a reference and found this cool shack. 
Mucho amor
Elder Poll

Lots of Emails- Pics

Monday, March 13, 2017

Winter Heat

So it is already getting super hot here in Juarez and we havent even made it to Spring yet. I am scared for what this Summer has in store for me hah. I am going to get fried and none of you will recognize who the American is in any of my pictures hah.

We had a good week this week! We started out with a Zone Conference, and it was good to see some of my friends from my generation of missionaries, and meet new Elders. After that we had divisions with the Zone Leaders. I went to an area called Parajes, which is like the Southern tip of Juarez, with Elder Gerratt from Salem, Utah. We had a bunch of fun, and the members took great care of us there and we ate a ton. In the night we ate like three free dinners, and in the morning one of the sisters brought us some pancakes with Nutella and strawberries and syrup and everything. I felt like a King hah. It is a pretty awesome ward, and hopefully someday I will get to serve there and get a little bit chubbier lol. I love the mission!

We finished the week with a baptism of an investigator named Fermin. He was a reference from a member of a different ward, and they have worked together for about 20-25 years. His friend was the one to baptize him and confirm him. It was really neat to see the change in Fermin from Saturday morning before his baptism to Sunday afternoon when they he was confirmed a member. He looked totally different and quite frankly jolly hahah. It is great to see how much joy the Gospel of Jesus Christ offers to us in our lives! 

Thanks for enverything, sorry for a shorter email today, but we have to go to the mission offices to deliver the baptismal record.
Mucho amor!
Elder Cade Poll

Winter Heat Pics

Monday, March 6, 2017

Only a Girl Mission to Go Lol.

Hahah I am laughing so hard at my own title and jokes... I cant believe that I have already hit the 6 month mark!! It is pretty awesome to have hit a milestone, even if I have a daunting 18 months left to go, I am super pumped for what is ahead of me, and proud of what is behind me!

This week Elder Butterfield had his birthday, and we both hit the six month mark, so we had a Fiesta with some more cake, and some flaming ties! We had a great time and then got back to work.

Elder Rodriguez and I found a super awesome family this week too, we really are seeing so many blessings in our area. She is a single mom of 32 years old with....... 8 KIDS!!! I think like 6 of them are over the age of 8, not that it matters for anything, but we had a great first lesson with them! 

We shared the Proclamation to the World and she really loved it. We sat on the porch and taught with the multitude of kids sitting and our feet and participating in the lesson with us. It was sooo awesome! After the lesson, the mom told us that when she was a little girl, she went to church with the missionaries, and that she loved it! There is a lot of potential here in this family too!  

Yesterday the OTHER  family that we found two weeks ago came to church with us, and they really liked it. The mom in that family is the one who is going to make or break the whole family, and she told us that she really liked the atmosphere of the Church, and that it was organized really well and that the chapel was really "bonita." 

There is a ton of work here in Aeropuerto and hopefully we can work wisely to reap a lot of blessings and help a lot of families/people/children of God!

Love you all so much! Have a great week, thanks for everything!
Mucho amor.
Elder Cade Jason Poll

Only a Girl Mission to Go Lol. Pics