Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Well here I am again. Another week down!

I am glad that you guys ( Poll family) had a fun time in St. George, but I am still mad that nobody invited me. Maybe next year... or the next...

Anyway, this was a very normal week. I dont feel like anything crazy happened. 

We had some other good lessons this week and invited lots of people to baptism. I hope that we will be able to help them reach their goals and be baptized on the dates that we have planned.

Omar, from last weeks email, came with us to Stake Conference and really enjoyed it! It was great to see him so happy to have come back to church with us and feel the Spirit.

I feel kind of uninspired today and dont have much to write, but I will be sure to write a better email next week.

Thanks for always supporting me and helping me become a better missionary. 

Have a great Memorial Day!

Here is a picture of my comp and I to prove that we are alive and well.

Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blessings on Blessings!

Yeah it is super hot here... I am getting nice and "tostado." I will leave the translation up to you guys on that one hah. 

We are doing really well here and having good success. We had another baptism this week and I have to give it all up to the power of fasting and prayer. We had the baptism planned for Evelin, but her parents werent really on board with the whole thing. Her mom lives here in Juárez but is Catholic and her dad is living and working in Washington right now so they were going to talk with him about it to see if they would let her be baptized. 

We were really unsure about the whole thing because her mom really hadnt talked to us openly about her doubts or beliefs, and when we would bring it up she would disappear into her room and not come out, so we had our doubts about the probability of Evelin being baptized. 

We thought it would be a good opportunity to put our faith to the test and fast so that we could get permission from her parents and that all would go well for Evelin. When we went to do the baptismal interview after the fast, the mom came right with us and talked very openly with us. The Spirit put the words in our mouths to be able to answer questions and clear up her doubts, and she gave us permission! It was a very strong testimony builder for me about fasting and prayer.

Another cool experience we had was finding, or better said, being found by a member who had fallen away from the Church and gotten lost. His name is Omar and is from Honduras! He is like 25 and taked to us all about his conversion with him and his family, how he fell into "forbidden pathways," as Lehi would say, and got left by his friends and family. 

He doesnt have much time here living in Juárez, but told us that he had been praying for God to send him the missionaries the other night because he wanted to start changing again. He told us that the day after he prayed he saw us walking in the "calle" and that he didnt have the courage to talk to us but he knew that God had answered his prayer. Then about 3 days later he saw us again and wasnt gonna let us pass by without talking to us. We had a really beautiful lesson with him about repentance and Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah. It was awesome.

Thanks for your prayers and encouragement!
Con mucho amor!
Elder Cade Poll

Blessings on Blessings! Pics

Monday, May 15, 2017

Día de la Madre

I know it is a day late, but I have to wish my mom a very happy día de la Madre over email or else it doesnt really count! So Happy Mothers Day, mom!! I love you and hope you had a great day yesterday. It was sooo good to see and talk to you guys. Not that I was really unmotivated or anything, but it was a really nice boost of motivation to keep pushing forward in the work of the Lord! 

This was a pretty good week here in Aeropuerto, my last day with Elder Hoyos, the hermana Serrano Pérez taught us how to make her secret recipe of "mangoneadas" because we baptized her granddaughter! It was a great reward, because these things are delicious, and we are going to make a living off of them in the Summers! It is pretty much just blended up mango, water, and a few secret ingredients, and then you freeze them into popsicles. They are one of my favorite things from here so far!

My first week with Elder Peralta has gone really well, he is from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and speaks English! It is awesome because he talks to me in English and I talk to him in Spanish, and if we can understand eachother, we know that we are doing alright with the languages. He is my first companion that is taller than me which is wierd too, so I am not the tall guy anymore... I just feel like my average-height self again hah. 

This week if all goes well we should be able to baptize again, and we are really hoping that things do go well. 
I dont have much to say because we just talked yesterday, but I love you all. It was fun to see a few of the changes in the kids and everything.. they are getting so big! 
Thanks for all of the love and support!

The pictures that I took with the other Elders are some of my friends that went home this cycle, and my trainer and my mission "brother." I still need to take a picure with my new comp hah.

con mucho amor
Elder Cade Jason Poll

Diá de la Madre Pics

Monday, May 8, 2017

Staying in Aeropuerto!

So changes came again this week and I get to stay another transfer in Barrio Aeropuerto! It was a really weird transfer because my companion, E. Hoyos, is actually leaving, and he just got here! E. Peralta, from Veracruz, Mexico, I think, is going to come with me to Aeropuerto. I know that the Lord really guides us through revelation, and that I get to stay here another 6 weeks because this is where I am needed. I feel like we have really gained the trust of the members here, and that they are helping us a lot with our investigators and lessons! I think that this transfer is going to be a successful one for us!

This week was great. We had the baptism of our little Daniela! She is such a sweet little girl and was so happy to finally be baptized. She asked me to baptize her, and I did it very happily. Her whole family came to the baptism, and many of them are less actives and it was great to be able to see them feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in the baptism. It was really nice. Danielas dad even came to the baptism, and he had been against it for a very long time because he is Catholic, but he was really cool about everything and treated us really nicely. I really think he felt the peace in the baptism.

Also, this Sunday there was a visitor in the Sacrament Meeting who we didnt recognize. I went to say "hola" to him and he said "hey whats up Elder?" It really surprised me and I asked him where he was from and he told me Utah, so I asked him from what part, and he said Ogden! I told him I was from South Weber, and it turns out that more specifically he is from Washington Terrace!! Like 2 minutes away from my house if you wanna pay the dollar to get over the Toll-Bridge haha. I took a picture with him, and it turns out that he is the 1st Counselor in the Bishopric of the Spanish Ward in Riverdale, Utah. It was a really great experience to meet him, he even bore his testimony and said "the only one of you I will probably ever see again is el Elder Poll." I promised him to go visit his ward after I get home from the mission!

Anyway.. we had a good week.. get ready for a bunch of pictures!
Mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

We also saved a baby bird that fell from this tree, but then the house cat got him while we were out working that day hahah. The effort is all that counts.

and we found a suspicous plant in our garden hahahah

STAYING IN AEROPUERTO! PICS

Monday, May 1, 2017

Las Bendiciones del Templo. (Temple Blessings)

This week was great! On Friday, Elder Hoyos and I had the opportunity to go to the Temple and go through a session in Spanish! It was awesome, I didnt even use the little headphone translators that they have and everything went smoothly. It was incredible to feel the immediate peace that hit us as we stepped onto the Temple grounds, and even stronger as we walked through the doors. I know that the Temple is the house of the Lord here on the earth and that his Spirit really does abide in those holy places. It was a great experience to gain more "fortaleza espiritual," or spiritual strength, and really just rest for a while and enjoy the presence of the Spirit. 

We have been working with a less active family for a little while now, and the past few weeks they have been coming with us to the chapel, and this Saturday one of their grand-daughters is going to be baptized! Her name is Daniela, and she is such a sweet little girl. She is 9 years old, and hasnt been able to be baptized because her dad, who is Catholic, has never allowed her to take the decision. We are really hoping and praying that all will go well this week so that she will be able to have her long-awaited baptism. 

Yesterday when we were walking back from lunch to change out of our suits, we ran into a little drunk guy, and he was almost falling over, he came up to us and I thought for sure he was going to ask for money, so I tried to ignore him a little bit, but he insisted and yelled "oigan amigos ayudenme con esta bolsa por favor" or "hey friends, help me with this bag please." I grabbed his bag of supposed groceries, but I swear he was hauling bricks in that thing, and my companion and I each grabbed one of his arms to support him, and we walked like half of a mile back to his house haha. He told us that his name was Manuel and that he was from Durango, Mexico, then he told us that he knew us and that he was the angel Gabriel, then he changed into the Devils twin brother, then the actual Devil, then the king of the World, and then told us that he was Jesus. I think I will have to stick with Manuel hahah.

Anyway, we had a legit week here, and I already hit the 8 month mark... 1/3 of the way through hah. I cant believe how fast this goes by...wow.

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

Las Bendiciones del Templo. (Temple Blessings) PICS