Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 92: Lots of divisions...

Well, no pictures this week... I did do 2 days straight of exchanges, which we call divisions, because well that is the word we use in Spanish. But it was a lot of traveling for my comp and I and it was a bit annoying. But it was really fun! I learned a lot, and I hope I was able to help as well the Elders that I was with.

Also, I have been able to do a lot of fun stuff as zone leader. It is a bit stressful at times. But we are having fun. We had a baptism planned but we had to push it back for 2 weeks but we have others as well for 2 weeks from now. We are trying to get 8 this month, and 25 as a zone. It is a large increase from last month, but definitely a possibility. But as a zone, we have been trying to increase our new investigators so that everything can keep going uphill.

But we didn't have a lot of time today, so I gtg.... Talk to you next week
Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, January 1, 2018

Week 91: Well, I don't even know where to begin...

So, I'll start out with the pictures and then go from there... First off. Two missionaries left their mattresses and wooden bedframes on the roof of their house and well Mexican fireworks and wood don't mix together well.... That is the aftermath....

Then, WINDMILLS AND A BUNCH OF THEM!!! I did divisions with a trainer to help him learn a few things and where he is there is a huge wind farm! It is cool!

Also, we had a baptism! He is just a little 10-year-old kid, but he has a lot of faith and wants to stay strong in the church. His parents aren't members yet, but his aunt and uncle are and he has been living with them.

And look at that amazing hammock that an Elder bought. His name is Elder Soldani and his hammock is like the new thing here in Juchitán.

Anyways, this week has been good, but this coming week will be even better. We have lots of divisions planned and we will be out and about helping EVERYONE! We have gotten 7 news both weeks for the last 2 weeks but we think we can do better. We also have another baptism this next week and hopefully one more the week after that. We are trying, but we just need to show a bit more faith, and I am sure the Lord will provide.

But, this last week we found someone with 600+ notes on the first like 1000 pages of the bible. I learned a lot from him and my companion in that lesson, and I am determined to edify my studies, as well as my faith. So, those are part of my new year's resolutions, now I want to challenge

y'all to make your own! And just in general try to find something to better yourself in! Because that is really the goal of the gospel. So we should all do it!

Have a great week!
Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Friday, December 29, 2017

Week 90: Well, being a zone leader is interesting...

So, I am starting to get a handle of what is what here in Juchitán, and while it is an interesting place, we are having the most success in the whole mission as a zone! Well, that is because Elder Verkler my comp is an awesome missionary, but I'll keep it going with him! Anyways, lots of pictures this week....

So the pictures range from Awkward mirror selfie, to What happens when we get to the activity on time and we start late (like an hour late) (that is me

in a chair with my sunglasses being SUPER BORED because no one got there on time), to Jose Luis's baptism! to a Burned Mototaxi on a small building, to a chimpanzee... Yes, a chimpanzee... While we were contacting, we saw someone's pet chimpanzee... And for 2 activities this week I dressed up as Santa Claus!

Anyway, first off, Tuesday was fun, I went to one district meeting while my comp went to another and we had a really good training from a new district leader. Wednesday we found the chimpanzee contacting, Thursday we had Jose Luis's baptism. He is the boyfriend of a member and he has been attending for almost a year, but he finally has felt comfortable enough to make the decision to get baptized. He is a bit shy but really cool. Friday we had the ward activity, well one of our wards, we are working 2 and well, I got to be Santa! And then I borrowed the Santa outfit for Saturday where we had another activity but a multizone activity for all the missionaries. I was also Santa, I met President Conde's daughters and son's in law, and I played the sax. Yesterday we had 7 investigators at church, and we have 2 more baptism dates next week! Wow. This week has been productive. AND THIS NEXT WEEK WILL BE EVEN MORE SO!!! WOOHOOO!!!!! H.O.O.R.A.H.!!!

Well, I hope that y'all are having a wonderful and Merry Christmas, and an AMAZING new year! Bye!
Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Friday, December 22, 2017

Misión México Oaxaca

Mexico Oaxaca Mission

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca

Dear Loosle Family:

This letter is to inform you that your son, Elder Loosle, has been called to serve as a Zone Leader here in the Mexico Oaxaca Mission. He has the responsibility to teach, take care of, inspire and edify the missionaries in his zone. His service has qualified him for this responsibility.

There are high expectations for your son in this new assignment. A Zone Leader must be an example to his zone in every aspect: for example, the work in his own area, his personal worthiness and his obedience to the Lord. The missionaries in his zone will follow him and I trust that your son will be a great example to them.

Your son will teach the missionaries and district leaders in his zone monthly. He’ll meet monthly with the Stake President/ District President and, sometimes, with the Bishops/Branch Presidents to coordinate and improve missionary work in his zone.

He’ll represent the Mission President in many situations and will make decisions that will increase the level of commitment of the missionaries and priesthood leaders with whom he associates. I’m sure your son will inspire his zone to follow the Lord and to fulfill the high standards that He expects of them as His representatives.

I congratulate you for raising such a responsible young man and I thank you for sending us such an excellent missionary. I only ask that you continue praying for him so that he can fulfill his new assignment in a way that pleases the Lord. Your son has all my support, love and trust while he continues to progress as a servant of the Lord.


President Félix Conde Beltrán

Misión México Oaxaca

Week 89: Well... Adiós Huajuapan, Hello JUCHITÁN!

So, I had transferred. I am very happy that my companion has made Christmas plans! And we have the Christmas activity on this coming Saturday so that will be fun!!! But I am tired because I have traveled 9 hours on Oaxacan roads in the last 2 days so I think I will sleep well tonight. It is weird being a missionary just all of the sudden picking up all your stuff and leaving to another place, living with people you have never met, and just leaving any friends you have made behind. But, it is ok, because I have gotten used to it now and I know it will not be terribly long before I see them again.

But, I am SUPER EXCITED for Christmas! In the Istmo there is not a lot of Christmassy stuff, but that doesn't mean that I can't be excited and happy about it! So, I will do everything I can to help everyone get excited!

Next week I'll have more time and pictures because I will be on my normal schedule and not just finishing a terrible bus ride. Well, actually the ride in the suburban from Huajuapan to Oaxaca was a lot worse than from Oaxaca to Juchitán because on the first I got thrown up on...  Elder Ellsworth was sick starting Sunday morning, so he threw up at church and then on the ride to Oaxaca... I hope he made it to the coast ok...

But I hope y'all are having a great day and doing everything that you need to!
Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Week 88: Well... REALLY LATE LETTER... :P

Well, today we were waiting for like 2 hours to get some metal bed frames... We actually just got them, and then came really quick here to finish our writing. So that was sad. But besides that, it was a fun Pday! We made some stuffed gingerbread men plush thingies! There is a picture of one that I got to keep! We made a lot of small ones for kids as a service project! And we got to make a bigger one for each of us!

The other pictures of a field that we played on today, we left SUPER early to play so that there would not be anyone there and we wouldn't get burned, and it was FREEZING. But fun. And the last is of some keychains that I bought while I was in downtown Oaxaca last week for the zone conference. If you want to ask why the pineapple and the mango, well ask a return missionary that served in Mexico.

But this week we had a zone conference that was really good! We talked about realistic goals, and I realized that we need to always keep in mind the end. And also how we can use the members to help us. I learned a lot and afterward

, I had an interview with President, and he gave me permission to go to the temple with my first convert! His name is Paco, and while he is only a teenager still, he is going to the temple every 2 months to do baptisms for the dead! And so I think President wants me to finish my mission here in Huajuapan which would be fine with me. But if not, we will know next week! :D

Anyways, I hope that you all have a great week and are SUPER EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS LIKE I AM! Just always remember the reason for the season! Let's put more focus on our Savior and how we can help others, instead of what they can give to us! :)

Till next week! :)
Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 87: Well... Today we climbed a mountain...

So, today for Pday we climbed a mountain! That was fun! I took lots of pictures from on top as well as one from below so you could see the mountain! We went with some ward members so that we could get to the mountain and follow the trail, but we ended up just ditching the trail for a while and going straight up the forest area. It was fun. We made it to the top, but the members who took the trail beat us XD But we had fun as well.

Also, the other picture is of a little bat-like object I found in a recent converts house... It says part of Hebrews 12:5 and  says

My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Well, it is an interesting scripture to put on an object of that kind... But it is ok, it was funny seeing it.

Anyways, this week has been interesting. We were able to get a lot of new investigators but the ones we have almost stopped progressing... It is kinda sad, but we do have to keep on helping other people and so sometimes we have to stop visiting some people in order to help others because there are only 2 of us, and like 60,000 + people that we need to visit. So, we are gonna keep working hard and show the Lord that we are willing to do whatever it takes to help people!

Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca