Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Good Times in Mission

I have to be honest, these last two weeks have been full of the hardest, most diligent, obedient missionary work of my whole mission, and we have been battling a lot to find people to teach and for the investigators to let us in to their houses. We only had 7 lessons this last week, which is really little here, our weekly goal is 30, but nobody wants to let us in.

Opening area has been a lot harder than we ever thought it would be hah. But our spirits are high and we are still working and pedalling our tails off. The bikes are great, and it helps us a lot with the potential to have a lot more lessons and visit more people each day in different parts of the area, only that they dont let us in haha... but the potential is there!

We are really excited for General Conference and are hoping to bring a lot of investigators to listen to the modern day Prophets reveal the latest instructions of our Heavenly Father. Start getting your questions ready for this weekend, because they are going to be answered. 

We were able to take a nice 20 minute bike ride from Nuevo Casas Grandes to Casas Grandes "Pueblo" to do a baptismal interview for the Sister Missionaries in our District and Zone which was really relaxing and fun, but we got stranded there at night and it was super dark and we didnt dare take the highway back to Nuevo Casas Grandes in the dark, so some of Elder Soto's converts came and picked us up and gave us a quick ride home haha. We have been having a lot of fun here cool new experiences. The mission is great.

Love you guys a lot and hope you are all well, here are some photos of the Leadership Conference, the bikes, the big Casas Grandes sign, a litlle frog that we found in a puddle outside of our house when it rained, our "capilla" and the outskirts of the area.

Con mucho amor,
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Good Times in Mission-Pictures

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Starting From Cero

Yeah so this week was awesome and super tiring but super rewarding and just a great time. This was the first time that we have had to open an area without knowing anybody or any of the streets or anything hah. It has been a super great experience for the both of us, and we have been able to grow a ton. We have been talking with everybody we see, and have been crossing the town on our bikes hah. 

Tuesday when we got to the house we didnt have power because the other missionaries didnt pay the bills, so we spent our first night planning and studying by candlelight which was super fun, and we have just been having a great time. 

My companion is an animal and is the hardest working companion I have had in my whole mission. I have been learning so much from him and we have been able to form a really strong bond between us. 

Friday we had to go to Juárez to a Leadership Conference with President Owen and it was really great. It was good to be back in Juárez for the day and see all of the other Elders from Juárez because we kind of get stranded here in the little town hah. 

We have a ton of support and help in the ward, and our ward mission leader and the ward missionaries have been helping us a ton, The Jurado family calls us every night to see if there is anything that we need and have brought us dinner like 4 times this week, it has been great because Brother Jurado is our ward mission leader and has helped us a ton. We even did divisions with Brother Jurado and I went with Brother Lopez, one of the ward missionaries, and we split up to be able to get to know more people and the area. Brother Lopez just got baptized last November, and is already that willing to help us with service in the ward and in sharing the Gospel.

I had a great time in Sacrament meeting this week, and tried to have a more spiritual experience in during the Sacrament because most of the time we are so worried about the investigators and if they are gonna show up that as missionaries we forget about the importance of the what we are doing. 

My companion and I made a special effort to just enjoy the sacrament meeting and have a spiritual experience to be able to truly testify to others about the importance of "la sant cena" and its power. I was really able to feel the spirit and really nourish myself spiritually and know that it is going to help me for the rest of the week. 

Love you guys so much, have a great week.
con mucho amor
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sorry for not having any photos but I forgot my cable at my house

Monday, September 11, 2017

From Alamedas to Obrera!

Hello everybody! Hope you are all doing well and that the fire didn´t affect any of you too seriously. There have been a lot of disasters, large and small, passing by in all parts of the world. Just to let you know I am fine too, the earthquakes and huracanes are very very very far away from this little desert town, and even the families of my friends and companions who do live in the southern part of Mexico are all okay, the only thing I have been battling lately have been allergies hah. 

We had a pretty good week here in Alamedas and were able to speak in sacrament meeting yesterday about missionary work, and it went really well. We received lots of compliments for our talks and have even had families give us the names of some people we can go visit and have even set appointments for us hah. Which is great because just yesterday I was informed that I am leaving el barrio Alamedas. Yeah I got transfered again, after only a month and a half here in the ward. I am going to a ward called Obrera, and am super excited for this new opportunity. 

My new companion is going to be Elder Soto, from the Ciudad de México, and he is actually my current Zone Leader in Colonia Dublán, and we are both getting moved to Obrera in Colonia Juárez to open the area and be the new Zone Leaders of that stake/zone. It is pretty close to where we are now, just the other side of town. I am super excited and am looking forward to getting lost in our new area haha. I know that this new opportunity is going to help us grow spiritually, and actually physically as well because it is the only area in the mission with bikes and we will be building muscle haha. 

This last week I was able to go on divisions with some of the elders from my district, and we went to a little town called Hidalgo, and I took a bunch of pictures because it was just a little farm town with cows, hay, even little baseball diamonds. I will send some pictures.
Thank you for everything, love you all so much!

Con mucho amor
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Don't Worry Be Happy Pics


This phrase, most likely the only one my companion knows in English, has been a lot of help for me this transfer with Elder Rios, and has made me realize something that is truly important, our happiness. Probably 4 or 5 times a day I hear from my comp "Don't worrry, be happy." We said it a lot this week because we had a few baptisms fall because they weren't able or didn't want to get married this last week, and it really tested our faith.

 I felt super upset and felt like we had failed because we didn't reach the goals that we had set, but Elder Rios told me to not worry and to be happy. We dont need to worry too much about the things that we can't handle or that we can't control. We are only expected to do what is within our reach, and the rest is either up to other people, and God to decide what will happen. 

The point of the story is this, if you are struggling with a problem or trial, do all that you can to fix it, and if it is out of your reach. Don't worry. Things will pass by and the problems will calm down and go away, just... be happy. 

So this week was pretty good other than that.. I officially have been away from home for more than a year, which means we got burn one of my old, not so white, shirts haha. Also we were able to help 10 investigators come to church with us again, and we ended up having a good week.

Love you so much, and hope that all is going well at home. 
Con mucho amor
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