Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Enduring to the End

First week of this cycle went by super fast, and even with the 110 degree weather we were able to have some success in finding new investigators. We set a goal this week to find 9 new investigators to start new this transfer and be able to have a baptismal service at the end of the transfer. 

On Thursday we only had been able to find 2 new investigators, and didnt know if we were going to be able to reach the goal of 9 by Sunday. Friday in the morning we had one more new investigator and had another appointment planned for 8 that night. We went searching for the house of the other person that we were going to visit, and couldnt find it, the house numbers were all the same in that area, and we needed a letter that coincides with the number to find the exact house, but he didnt give us the letter, only the number. 

We decided to try and ask around if anybody new the man that we had contacted, or where he lived. We found an older lady with her even older mom getting out of their car from going shopping, and asked them if they knew him. They werent of much help, but we asked if we could help them with the bags of groceries, and the 5 gallon jugs of water. They told us no hah and that they could do it alone, but I ignored them and grabbed the bags and a jug anyway haha. I think it took them by surprise, and they gave in, letting us help them. They asked us why we had been looking for the other man and we explained to them about the mission and our purpose. We asked if we could share a message with them, and they let us in. They younger of the two even went upstairs to tell her daughter to come listen to us, and there we had 3 new investigators! We taught them about Joseph Smith, and during the First Vision they couldnt even talk. They just stared at us in awe hahah it was sweet. Then we finished by singing a "Himno" and they accepted another visit and the invitation to pray about what we had taught them.


So now it is Saturday and we have 6 of the 9 to reach our goal. We had another appointment at that night with a lady that we had contacted earlier in the week, and when we got there she invited her husband and daughter to listen to us also, so we had three more Saturday, and reached the goal. In 2 days we were able to get 7 of the 9 new investigators, but our faith was tested. We just have to remember that the miracles and blessings dont come until after the trial of our faith.

It was awesome to see that the Lord helped us reach our simple goal of 9 new investigators, but we had to put in our own effort, and even though we were a little bit discouraged on Thursday for not having found many, we kept pushing hard and at the end of the day, at the end of the week, we found them. It reminded me a lot of the story that Elder Uchtdorf shared about the "Fourth Floor, Last Door," and I invite you all to read or listen to that talk. We just have to keep working hard and not give up, at the end of it all the Lord will bless us with the things that we need to be successful, but we have to endure with faith, to the VERY end. Not to the halfway point or the 3/4 mark. To the END.
But yeah, it was a cool experience. I am very grateful for the Lord and know that He always keeps His word. 

Mom I hope your apendix heals hahah. I am praying for you.
Thanks for everything!
I think my camera is broken so no pictures this week.. I will hopefully figure it out by next week.
Con mucho amor
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Late Father's Day!

Happy Fathers Day, Dad! I am super grateful for my dad. All of you guys that know him know how hard of a worker he is, and how great of an example he has always been for me. I have always said that my parents are the great examples that every missionary needs in their life. My mom has always been such a spiritual light for me, and my dad has truly taught me how to work hard. I couldnt ask for better parents.

This week was a pretty good one, I feel like for the next few months I will only be writing about how hot it is all hours of the day and night haha. 

We have been struggling a little bit with the heat, but things are going well and the work is moving forward. Because we didnt have a whole lot of work this week, we did a bunch of service, and I figured out the hard way that flipping the pages of the Bible isnt enough to keep your hands nice and calloused. I got like 7 blisters hahah. Now I cant even do the page flipping hahah. We have been helping out some investigators with their house and took out a cinder block wall and made a new one to enlarge one of their rooms in their house. 

Also we went with our awesome Bishop, Bishop Jauregui, to his daughters kindergarten and remodeled the playground which was super hot, but super fun too! The best part is that he brought us some Mountain Dews from El Paso so that we would enjoy it a little bit more haha. He is the other guy in the pictures that I will send. He is only 30, and is such a good Bishop. It is funny because sometimes the members of the ward get us mixed up because we both usually wear a gray suit, and we kind of look alike. Some of the little old ladies in the ward have actually tried to give me their tithing envelopes because they think I am him haha.

Transfers were this week, but my companion and I are staying together here in Aeropuerto. I am sad because Elder Butterfield is leaving the ward and once again I am gonna be the only Gringo of the district haha. They moved me up to District Leader, and I am really grateful for the opportunity I have to help out the other Elders of our district. I hope all goes well and that the Lord helps me fulfill my small duty as District Leader.

Thank you all for the prayers and support.
Con mucho amor
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

El Servicio y la Cardidad

This was a really good week! All four of us missionaries were able to speak in Sacrament Meeting and I was able to speak about service. I also talked a little bit about charity. I really enjoyed my talk haha I dont know how the ward members liked it, but I felt really great about it and feel like I was able to get my point across really well. 

I shared the story of the "Joven Rico" or the Young Rich Ruler who asked the Savior the very important question of "What lack I yet?" The Savior's response was that the young ruler should sell all of his belongings and give to the poor, but due to his pride and love for his worldly possesions he didnt do it. It could be said that the young ruler lacked charity or the pure love of Christ and we wasnt willing to follow the counsels of the Lord. If he would have been full of charity he wouldnt have acted so selfishly because the charity "seeketh not her own." Neither do those who are full of charity seek their own, but they seek for opportunities to serve, help, and share the gospel. 

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we arent all wealthy of worldly riches; however, we are rich in knowledge, conviction, and happiness and those are the most important things that we can share with the world. Our knowledge of the Restored Gospel, our conviction of the living Savior of the world, and the happiness that those two truths provide us. 

We have been trying to practice a little bit of what we preach and are helping an investigator family remodel their house a little bit at a time. Here are some of the pictures from this last weeks progress. We removed the texture from their ceiling in 100 degree weather and got a little dirty hahah.

Thank you all for your support and love!
Con mucho amor
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fuego!

Yeah so last night we were coming back to the house at like 9 and we saw this huge column of smoke near our house and we thought "its over...we left the gas on or something and all of our stuff has gone up in flames" but luckily (for us) when we got closer to the house it was clear that it wasnt our house, but the house like one street in front of ours was on fire! It was so crazy! We watched the whole thing from on top of our house and took some videos and pics. 

We were able to watch the fire-fighters climb up on top of the houses and put it out. It was a one of the more exciting parts of the week!

The weather this week was crazy too, it has been super hot and rained like crazy. The weather changes even faster than it does in Utah! We leave in the morning with our rain jackets to battle the water, and it turns out to be a day of 100 degree weather or vice versa. 

We found one of our old invesigators the other day, and were able to have another lesson with her. It was a really great experience, we knew that she had a lot of potential when we found her, but she kind of disappeared for a while. I was super excited when I saw her outside of her house, and we went up and asked her if we could share something with her. She said of course, and we started to teach about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We got to the point of baptism, and invited her to be baptized. She accepted a baptismal date, and shared a really cool experience with us about how she had been having a family problem and was praying the way that she had been taught her whole life from her Catholic parents, but never recieved help, nor an answer. She continued to explain to us how she decided to pray like Joseph Smith prayed directly to our Heavenly Father (and not to the La Virgen de Guadalupe) and how she felt an immediate peace in her heart, and that she knew that God was listening to her. She told us that the problem hasnt gone away, but she finally has the hope that things will work out, and that God is going to help her with the whole process. It was a great testimony builder of the importance of prayer. I loved that lesson! 

Elder Peralta and I have been working well, but we really are struggling getting people to come to church with us. Our area is on the Southeastern side of the airport and the church is clear on the Northwestern side of the airport, so we have to go clear around the airport to the North or to the South to get to there, and it takes forever! If we dont have a ride from one of the members, we can wait like 45 minutes for the bus to pass, and then take it for like 15 minutes and walk another 5, or can walk the whole 1.5 hours to get to the chapel. With a ride it takes like 15 minutes, but not many of the members live in our area, but in the area of the other 2 Elders in our ward, and the division of our areas is also the airport, so it doesnt help much hah. But I would definitely love some advice about how all of you ex-missionaries were able to get investigators to go to church with you, because it is our biggest challenge right now, and if they dont go to church, it is obvious that they cant be baptized, so it is pretty important, thanks!

Other than that, we have been doing pretty good, we are meeting lots of great people, and making lots of friends, but they arent really down for the whole church thing... but we are getting there.

In the public buses there are often images of Catholic Saints, or other "Virgencitas de Guadalupe" that protect us from danger on the streets, so it was nice to see one of our own little cards that we use to contact watching over us on the bus today haha.

Also I got some Wendy's for the first time in 9 months!!
Thank you all for the emails, prayers and support!
con mucho amor
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