Monday, April 24, 2017

La Primera Visión

This week was another good week in Aeropuerto. We found some new investigators on Saturday night and they came with us to Church on Sunday, the very next day! It really was rewarding, and I know that it was a blessing from the Lord after a slower week of work. For the past 2 weeks everyone has been out of school for the Holy Week and Easter and everything so not many people have been home and it has been a little bit tough, but the Lord always blesses us for making an honest effort!

We had a Multi-zone Conference with President Owen and we talked about the importance of the First Vision in our teaching, and how we should try and share it the first time we meet with new investigators. It was something that really moved me. He talked to us about the tours in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, and the beauty of the organ, gardens, waterfalls, and architecture, but at the very beginning of the tour they show you a statue of Joseph Smith with God the Father and the Son in the Sacred Grove. He explained to us that that powerful experience is what invites the Spirit throughout the whole tour, and what really catches the attention of the visitors. It is really interesting to me that before showing them all of the grandeur inside and out of the Conference Center they begin the tour with a small but beautiful piece of art that represents the event that started it all in this dispensation. If it werent for the First Vision in the Sacred Grove, none of the other grand or majestic "things" of the Church would exist. It all started with a humble prayer and a powerful response, and that is how all of us will be truly converted.

President Owen finished with his testimony saying:
"The Jesus Christ that I know, and know to be real, is the Jesus Christ who appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820, along with God the Father, to restore the glorious and perfect Gospel that he brought to the earth in ancient times." 

I would like to add my testimony to that of President Owen and let you all know that Jesus and the Father appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, and restored what for many years had been lost. I know that the Heavens are open, that Jesus leads and guides HIS church, that He lives, and that He loves each one of us. I hope that all of you will be able to feel that love this week in your busy lives.
Thank you for the prayers, letters, everything!

Mucho amor
Elder Cade Jason Poll

La Primera Visión Pics

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hoppy Easter! Pics

Hoppy Easter!

Even though I feel more comfortable speaking Spanish than English I still got a few puns up my sleeve hahah.
This was a great week Elder Hoyos and I had more lessons in this week than any other week together, and are finding lots of great new people to teach. 

This week we were teaching a less active lady and she gave us these sweet wallets that she makes out of potato chip bags, I picked the purple one because it is my favortie flavor of "Takis" chips hah. I have become an addict to Mexican chili-powder and spicy salsa and everything Mexico! Even the candy with chili in or on it hah I love it!

We also said goodbye to one of our friends "Mama Mari" she is the grandma of one of the recent converts of the ward and always takes such good care of us. She offers us whatever they have in the house everytime we go over there, but she is moving to another part of Juarez to live with her other daughter, so she wont be there anymore. We taught her one last lesson and gave her a little present and she started to cry! She is such a sweet little old lady.. even though she isnt smiling in the picture hah. Nobody smiles much in pictures here hah. I will miss her a lot!

After a long hard day of work Sunday the Hermana that rents us our little house was waiting for us with all of her kids and grandkids and a huge plate of "costillitas"or little ribs and "carne asada" which is just steak I think but super duper good. It is one of the foods that the Northern part of Mexico is known for, and it was a great night! We also got to play with her grandkids and the hollowed out eggs that they fill with confetti or flour and smash over your head! A tradition that I will be bringing to South Weber in about 16 months, so you had better watch out!!  It was a nice reward for our hard work Sunday, because all of our investigators that we searched for that day either werent at home or were drunk because of the Holliday, and teaching drunk people is a whole other story hah.

But on a more serious note, I am beyond grateful for the Savior and His sacrifice and Resurrection for us, so that we truly can have the hope and the knowledge that one day our families will be ETERNAL! That is something that really offers me peace at this point in my life becasue honestly I miss you guys a lot. 

Last but not least....Happy Birthday to my beautiful "madre" this week! Everyone that sees her, please give her a great big hug for me! She has been such a great example to me in my life and has always helped and loved me, even when I might have been a "punk." She is an example that everyone can and should follow, and is so humble that I know she hates that I am putting this in my email, but she truly deserves it. Thank you mom for helping me get to this point in my life and my mission. You are the greatest! I love you more than anything!

Love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!
Mucho amor
-Elder Cade Jason Poll

Monday, April 10, 2017

One Year With Juarez on My Mind

I realized this week that it has been over a year since I got my mission call! I cant believe that a year has gone by, and that for 7 of those 12 months I have lived here in Mexico! Time is flying by and I love the mission more and more every single day! I have learned and grown so much in what I feel like is such a little amount of time.

This last week Elder Hoyos and I worked super hard and found lots of people to teach. We contacted 28 people this week and 10 of them are already new investigators, and we have visits scheduled with the others this week. We have been getting along really well. He sure talks a lot, but it is better than walking around in silence I guess hah.

This week we went to a part of the area that we had never been to before and found a cemetary. I had never been to a Juarense Cemetery before, but they sure are a lot different than the ones back home. (If you look closely at my wrist in the picture you can notice that I left my watch at home that day haha)

Yesterday we were walking down the "calle" and Elder Hoyos screamed "Oh my gosh, how is he doing that?" (in Spanish of course hah) I turned to look and say this kid named Javier sitting on the back of his van doing magic for everyone who walked by. We contacted him and his family and are going to go back and teach them. He was a super funny kid.

And the other picture is of a "pellet gun" that we found for sale this week hah. He told us he used it for rattlesnakes and rabbits on his Ranch further south in Chihuahua. If I werent a missionary it would already be mine haha.
Thanks for the love and letters this week!

Mucho amor
Elder Poll

Monday, April 3, 2017

Work Hard and Be Nice

So we have this sign in my house in Utah that says exactly that. "Work Hard and Be Nice," and that is exactly what I was able to learn from this General Conference. 

I think that I have been worrying myself over things of little importance, and it has been weighing down on me a little bit. All that I need to focus on is my calling as a missionary, and willingly do what I am asked. I know that if I can be more like Christ I will be a better servant of the Lord, and will have a more powerful influence on the people here in my mission. 

Being nice is something so simple that I dont think I have ever really focused on being nice. It is a characteristic that I think I have always overlooked, and it is the answer that the Lord gave me when I asked Him "What lack I yet?" It really is such a basic principle that I have kind of skipped over it. I am not saying that I have been extremely rude to everybody my whole life, but I really dont know if I have ever made a conscious effort to just simply be nice. 

Those are things that I will be working on in the half-year wait until the next General Conference, and I invite you all to join me in doing the same. 

Other than that, I had a good week with my new companion. We have been getting along really well and I think we will be really successfull here in this cycle together. He is from Tarija, Bermejo, Bolivia! Right on the border with Argentina!

Saturday in-between the morning and afternoon sessions of Conference, we had a hamburger cook-out, and it was super fun and I realized that even Mexican hamburgers taste good when I grill em up haha. In-between the other sessions we hung out with the Bishop and his father-in-law, the Stake President. They bought us icecream, pizza, and treated us like kings! It was one of my favorite weekends of my whole mission. General Conference really is a missionary holiday hah.

I have a bunch of pictures this week. My new comp and I. Another kid from Ogden, his name is Elder Sanchez, I didnt know him before, but he just got here to the mission. One of our investigators, Gilberto, showing us his Cowboy hat collection. The cookout and the feast. And hanging out in our humble home.

Thanks for all the love and prayers. I hope that you had a great weekend, because I sure did!

Mucho amor.
Elder Cade Poll

Work Hard and Be Nice Pics