Monday, July 31, 2017

Adiós, Aeropuerto... Hola, Alamedas!

After 6 months here in Aeropuerto and almost a year in Ciudad Juarez, my time has come and I am getting transfered to the Mormon Colonies of Nuevo Casas Grandes. 

I am going to be serving in the Colonia Dublán Zone/Stake and will be in the Alamedas Area/Ward. A weird coincidence that I have noticed is that all 3 of my areas start with A... Azteca, Aeropuerto, Alamedas. I am sure it means nothing, but it is a neat pattern haha. 

I am super excited to serve in Casas Grandes for a while, but will definitely miss Juárez. I have met so many people and made so many friends here that I will miss them a ton, and it is even worse because 17 missionaries are going home and only 2 are going to arrive, so they had to close a lot of areas where there are 4 missionaries- which means they are closing my current area of Aeropuerto 2, and the 2 Elders that are in the other half of the area will have to be in charge of this half of the ward, too- which will be tough because it is a big area. 

It is really hard saying goodbye to everyone here and it is going to be a hard night telling them all goodbye, but that's how the mission is... the greatest thing you will ever do, but the hardest thing you will ever do. I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Even though I am sad to leave, I am muy muy muy excited for this new stage in my missionary service. My companion is going to be el Elder Rios, and I am going to be the district leader again. 

Elder Rios is from my same generation of missionaries and is really cool, we played a bunch of cage soccer together in the MTC haha. He is from Veracruz Mexico and is an awesome Elder. We are going to have a blast working our tails off!

Thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers. I am doing great and the work is marching on.

I found this little corner store when I did divisions this week when I did divisions with my district... shout out to my hermanita.

Con mucho amor,
Elder Cade Jason Poll

Adiós, Aeropuerto... Hola, Alamedas! Pics

Monday, July 24, 2017

"Umm Elder Peralta.... las llaves se quedaron adentro..." Pics

"Umm Elder Peralta.... las llaves se quedaron adentro..."

You will understand the subject a little further on...

Hello friends and family. This week has been challenging but very rewarding as well. We have been battling to find the new investigators after one or two lessons with them they seem to not open the doors or never be home or never answer the phone. It is really stressful, but I guess if they were really chosen by God to hear our message, they would answer us or open the door or at least be home haha. No hay que aguitarse. 

If you guys remember from my last email about Juan and Maria that thanked us for helping them during the time of the loss of Maria's mother, they came to church with us this Sunday and it was awesome! All of the talks in Sacrament Meeting were about the challenges that God gives us in our lives, and why he gives them to us. Afterwards, in the class of "Principios del Evangelio", we really felt the spirit strongly, and I think that the class was very moving for all of us. Juan even shared a "testimony"at the end of the class and thanked our Heavenly Father for introducing him and Maria to "Poll y Peralta" and this Gospel at such a crucial time in their lives, when they needed it most. 

We also had Zone Conference with President Owen this last week and were able to learn many things and feel the spirit.
Yesterday after church, one of my friends/members/second counselor of the bishopric, Marco Tenorio, came with us to visit a few families, and as many of you know, Sundays are about the worst day for missionary work. At least here in Mexico. None of the investigators were acutally home, but we had a great time contacting, telling mission stories, throwing rocks at stray dogs.... a big stray German Shepherd was chasing after a little girl on her bike, so we started to throw rocks at it, and I pegged him in the back end with a laser hahahah it was awesome, I felt like a hero. 

After that we had a lesson with one of my favorite less actives from this ward, the hermana Serrano Perez, and it was awesome. I think I needed the lesson as much as she did. And just about all of us ended up in tears. It was great to have Marco come with us to help us with some contacts and teaching. He gave us a few pointers on how he worked in his mission, and it helped me a lot. He is about 25 and is married and has a kid, so his more mature and expereinced point of view really helped us out.

About the title...Our keys got left inside, and the owner of our house went on vacation to Mazatlan, so I had to break in the only window that doesnt have a cage on it haha. It isnt as high as it looks so dont worry.. I was 100% safe. But yeah I felt bad for leaving them inside hahah.

Love you all so much. Have a great week!

Con mucho amor
Elder Poll

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up

This week was and adventure here in Juaritos. It rained super hard a for a few days here, and because we are in the desert, the infrastructure of the city isnt really made to take on a lot of water, so we did some pretty good service this week. 

One day, it was so bad that we stopped what we were doing and I told my companion that we were going to start working. There were a few people digging trenches threw the flooded dirt streets to drain the water out of the patios and driveways of all of the houses, so I grabbed the last spare shovel and started digging. At first I tried not to get to wet or dirty, but then remembered a similar story that one of our counselors in the MTC told us about not worrying about getting dirty, so I forgot about my selfish desires and started to focus on the needs of the other people. 

Everyone seemed very surprised to see us working in the rain and the mud. After we finished with the trenches we noticed that the house of somebody that we had previously contacted (but turned us down hahah)  was flooding because their whole patio was flooded up to the door of their house, and the daughter and dad were battling the water with a few buckets. So we asked if they needed help and they said that they didn't want us to get dirty or wet, and I just told them "No se preocupen, ya nos mojamos al cavar las trincheras" and got to work. The daughter and another one of her friends started to fill the 5 gallon buckets with an old ice cream bucket, and we hauled the 5 gallon buckets... one in each hand... up a little hill on the other side of the road to empty them out into the trenches that we had made. 

It took us about 45 minutes of hauling buckets to get the water to a level below my ankles hahah, and luckily my shoes survived. I honestly had a blast helping them, and kept telling myself this is a story that you are going to be able to write about in your letter this week, and talk about forever. It was very rewarding, and now I think that the family is going to allow us to teach them.

We also had a really powerful experience with some investigators named Maria and Juan Campa. They are super awesome, but about a month ago, before we knew them, Maria´s mother passed away, and they told us that she had been passing through a very difficult time. This weekend they thanked us for sharing these messages with them, and Juan specifically thanked us for helping his wife with the death of her mother, because she was really struggling, but ever since the first time we went to visit them she has started to calm down a little bit and feel at peace. It was another rewarding experience of the week.

I love you all so much and love getting all of the emails about all of the fun you are having without me hahah.

Have a great week and enjoy the pictures of the district, the floods, Juárez from the bridge next to the airport, drying out a hand washed shirt early in the morning because I forgot to do laundry this week, and my divisions with Elder Carreto.

Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll

The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up! Pics

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10th, 2017. That is about as creative as it gets today.

First things first.... Sorry for not writing you all last week. We got to the internet cafe late, the time flew by, and we had a lesson to get to. I was trying to respond to a few other emails that I had, and before I knew it we had to leave to arrive to the lesson on time. They werent actually home hahah but we made the effort. 

But last week was pretty good, I was able to go on divisions with one of our Zone Leaders, Elder Marin, and honestly I had a blast. He is such a great example to all of us and really is a great leader. It was my second time going to that area in divisions, and the first time I went there, about 3 months ago, we went with a sister of the ward, Hermana Mayorga, in the morning and she made us a huge breakfast with pancakes and nutella and bananas and strawberries and a bunch of stuff.  She is an older lady but we got along really great and she treats the missionaries so well and gives them rides to get to where they are going and things like that. 

The Elders in that ward always had told me.. "Elder Poll la hermana Mayorga never stops talking about you, she keeps saying that she is going to tell President Owen to send you to Parajes to be in her ward because she loves you so much," but I didnt really believe them. And when we did divisions two weeks ago, she came and picked us up and the first thing she told me was "I was going to lie and tell the Elders that I couldnt help them today, but when they told me that Elder Poll was coming back to Parajes for the day, I had to come help," 

When we got to the area she took us straight to her house and told me that I could grab whatever I wanted and that she wasnt going to let us leave to start working until Elder Poll was satisfied haha, so we ate a little lunch with her the first day of divisions, and she told us that we had to go back in the morning for another breakfast.

The next morning when we got to her house she had already made eggs and ham, another mexican dish called "chilaquiles," and was starting with the pancakes hahah. We smothered the pancakes in nutella, syrup, strawberries, bananas, powdered sugar.. you name it, she had it for us haha. We ate so much food and she took such good care of us. It was something that I really needed. I thought it was so funny that after only a couple of times going with her, she was so kind to me and took such good care of us. I thought I would write about this experience just so that a few of you worriers... like my dad hahah... would know that there are wonderful members here that are taking care of us.

On the 4th of July I climbed up on top of my house and was able to spot a few flashed of fireworks in distant El Paso. And of course I threw on the red white and blue combo.. I will try and send the pictures.

Anyway, the work is going pretty well, we have been finding lots of new people, but not many have accepted our invitations or kept their commitments. It is kind of tough right now, my life consists of walking laps around the same streets that I have walked for the last 6 months in the 105 degree weather, with a little rag to wipe the sweat and dirt off of my face. But with the hope that is mentioned in Ether 12 verse 4, 
"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God." 

God is real and blesses us when we glorify Him through our good works. With that knowledge we will have the hope, faith, and strength to overcome every challenge that we face in this life.

Love you all and hope that you have a great and safe week!
Con mucho amor
Elder Cade Poll