Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week 80: Multi-Zone Conference was great!

Well so on Friday we had a Multi-Zone Conference with all of the missionaries within 3 hours of the city! So we had to travel Thursday night for the conference on Friday. And so that is what the pictures are of. One is of eating pizza in Little Caesar's on Thursday night, and the other is that is without people is a night picture of the temple. I like the temple at night, it is nice and calm, like any other time, but it always leaves me with a wonderful peace, even just seeing it.

Anyways, in the conference I learned of a lot of things that I can be doing much better. I remembered that we should be getting back home, dead tired, with broken shoes. We need to preach the gospel until everyone has heard it because that is all we are doing right now. And so we set a goal to find 2 families on Saturday, and at almost 9 o'clock, we found the second one! It goes to show when we trust Heavenly Father, He will help us complete our goals, as long as they are righteous.

So, with that, I hope all y'all are doing great! Till next week!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca






Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 79: Well spanish tongue twisters are fun...

So, first things first, with the pictures, two are of my flag we put up on the wall! It like fills up the entire wall! XD
























The other one is a spanish tongue twister. parangaricutirimicuaro. Basically supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But in English I like it better.

 

And the last picture is from a party this morning that we had because it was Elder Ellsworth's Birthday! So we had one party and tonight we'll have another!!!

Anyways, but with the mission. Elder Johnson has been getting really a lot better with his spanish so that has made me a lot more exited to keep helping him! In no time at all he'll be fluent! But this last week has been kinda hard because we haven't been able to find many new investigators. But we do have some baptismal dates coming up very soon so I am exited. I know that he will be able to be a great missionary very soon, so in these next few weeks I am commiting myself to continue helping him so afterwards he'll be able to help his next companion, whoever it is. I know that God has put us where we are so that we can grow but also to help ALL of the people around us. He knows us, and knows our potential. He knows the times that we need what we need and so He will always be there at those times. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and I will keep sharing that truth until the last breath leaves my mouth. Without Him we are nothing, but when we use the atonement of His Son, we will become just like Him. And that I can promise y'all. I hope y'all know that I am loving it out here and I can't be more happy to be here. And that I hope the best for each and everyone of you out there.
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 78: AND HE SCREAMS PAST 3RD!!!

Well on Friday, it is the 18 month mark of my mission and... wow... The sister missionary that was in my district in the CCM, Hermana Aden goes home on Wednesday... It is weird thinking about that. But it is cool. I know I've still got a long time out here to go. (Ok, I know it isn't that long, but I don't want to think about going home for a while because I like it out here. Yes, home is fun too but it is different.)

Anyways... Sorry no pictures. We played POOL!!! Like Billiards! And it was AWESOME! Getting home I need to practice more ..... I still won a few times but I am not anywhere NEAR where I was. We will probably go again in a few weeks and so I can keep practicing.

But on a more spiritual note... General Conference was AMAZING!!! I hope you all saw it and if you didn't, well I'll leave that as homework. I really liked Elder Neil L. Anderson's closing talk, about the importance of General Conference. It was sad that President Monson wasn't able to attend, also the passing of Elder Robert D. Hales, but I really loved the words Elder Neil L. Anderson shared of what Elder Hales was to share. If we use our faith, we literally are preparing ourselves to meet God, and I can promise you all that if we keep on trying, even though our perfection is still in a pending proscess, we will make it to that great day where we will be able to stand happily in the prescense of God once again.

Sorry about the short email, but I hope everyone is having a great time!!!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Week 77: Well, lots of stuff has happened...

Ok, so first off, last Tuesday we had another EARTHQUAKE!!!! But this one hit hard. So before I tell the story I'll tell you the pics. Many are of the damage from the earquake....
231 - That  is a catholic church that is about to fall... They closed the street off because they think it will fall.


























232 - That is a what happens when you get on the member's bad side... They try to shove you into the car... Just kiding, that was today we went to play basketball.

















235 - We shoved 4 missionaries in the backseat of the car and that is how Elder Castro and Elder Ellsworth ended up...
















180 - Our church had some damage too... But they fixed it so we are good!
196- THAT IS A CRACK IN MY WALL IN MY HOUSE!!! One of like 17, but it's cool, it's completely safe. Even if the roof just stays up for faith. There isn't damage to the foundation so the president says that it is ok that we stay there.











223 - Well even the internet place where I write got damage... XD













225 - An investigators garage... The roof completely broke and we helped clean up.











227 - THERE ARE LIKE 50 MILLION OF THESE PHARMACIES. And it is funn because they are San Jorge. (Or in English, St. George XD)











179 - A house that we took a picture in front of a while ago, just completely fell down.

Well. So with the earthquake first. I was in divisions with Elder Ellsworth, and we were planning in their house. (Their house in the third story of an apartment building) and I said that if there is an earthquake, I meant like at night, I was gonna run, and hope he was behind me. Then we plan and after about 20 minutes I hear a very low, very loud grumbling sound and I look out the window and what do I see? Well not popcorn popping, but a light pole that starts to shake along with all of the houses. So I bust out of that apartment, running full speed and don't even notice how strong the earthquake even was. I look back to make sure Elder Ellsworth was following me, and he was but he couldn't run as quick because the ground was moving FROM UNDERNEATH HIS LEGS!!! So we get down to the bottom and I'm like telling him to run in English and Spanish, and we get out and look up and see the building wobbling back and forth. But it didn't fall. So after it ended, some specialists checked their house and our house and said that the damage was minor and nothing will happen. But I don't really think that there are any problems either.

Thanks to the earthquake, we've been able to help our Branch President do some cleaning, and he will have to tear down his business and put it back up again, because it was very damaged... We also helped other with the damage. As you can see there was damage, but I don't think anyone died in Huajuapan.  In Puebla and Mexico there was more da








mage.

Anyways, with all this stuff that has been going on I AM SOOO EXITED TO HEAR THE APOSTOLS IN GENERAL CONFERENCE! I mean I don't expect them to be like, "Hey, prepare yourselves for the second coming" But I know that they will say inspired words. So you all need to listen!!! TO ALL OF THE SESSIONS! WOOHOO!! 10 hours of church! (Ok, only the men have to see the priesthood session. But the women already should've seen the women's conference!) And so have a great day!!!


Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE!!!

Well first off we are fine. This one hit puebla so Puebla and Mexico City got hit hard, and us in Huajuapan, being one of the bigger cities closest to Puebla also got hit pretty hard. Some houses fell down completely. A lot had parts that fell. My house and the other missionaries house has cracks, but it's all good, small cracks are just decorations! But when it happened I was in the other house of the missionaries because we had started divisions and we were planning and I was like FREAK!!! EARTHQUAKE! AND WE ARE ON THE 3RD STORY! And so I ran down those stairs VERY quick. It was strong here. I was with Elder Ellsworth and he had a hard time running because we were on the 3rd floor trying to get down, and he could feel the ground moving out of place under his feet. But the house didn't fall so we are fine. We got to the street and it kept quaking, but then it stopped and we found the other missionaries and did some service, and tried writing yesterday but we were COMPLETELY full of appointments. So I hope that no one was worried. I mean, I'm sure y'all all knew that I'm safe as a missionary and well even though it hit Puebla, the only part of Oaxaca where there was damage was here in Huajuapan. But I don't think anyone died here. Many fainted, but they are all fine! Lots of service opportunities now!!!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Week 76: BAPTISMS AND MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!

I have a big flag!!! Woohoo!! So with the pictures, two are of the Mexican night we had at church! And one is of Ismael's baptism!!!

So, I'll start off talking about Ismael a bit! He is a really good kid. He is 9 years old and for the past 3 years, him and his mom have been inactive because they had a problem with some other members, but they were really missing the blessings of church. So after the ward mission leader visited them once they said they would try and come back. Then we got here in Huajuapan, after there hadn't been missionaries for about a month, and we visited them. The first visit Ismael told us he wanted to get baptized and so we said, awesome! We'll put the date for the 16th! Because that is Mexican Independance day and HOW COOL IS THAT TO GET BAPTIZED ON YOUR COUNTRY'S BIRTHDAY!!!! AWESOME!!! So we had a decent amount of people show of to the baptism, but we had a HUGE turnout for the activity! It wasn't the best planned but we had 6 investigators that went and they all had fun so it is cool!

Anyways, I hope that everyone is having a great time! I know that the gospel that I am sharing with the world is really the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church that houses it is His church. We are all here in the earth for a purpose and God wants every single one of us to get back to his presence.

Something we have noticed here in Huajuapan is we have very few active members but we have a lot that haven't gone in a long time. So we are going to fix that and make this small little branch of Huajuapan a strong Stake in Zion!!!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 75: One interesting week....

So this week has been a lot of well a lot of stuff and I have a few pictures first!
(Sorry none of earthquakes, no damage in huajuapan)

30 - (the last 2 digits of the picture number) RAINBOW! It was cool, and super huge so I took a picture of part of it!





































31 - Mac and cheese! But homemade! Super tasty!

39 - Hot chocolate with the companion

41 - My comp's first tlayuda!



































46 - When you ask your comp to take a picture of you and this is what shows up on your camera

48 & 59- I bought a flag! But I wanted a bigger one.... Also my comp didn't realize it was in black and white...

So, back to the serious stuff. This week has been a rough week for many people. With hurricanes and earthquakes and fires, one may think where is God in all of this destruction? Some people will say that he is not anywhere to be found, but I can testify that amist all of the darkness that we can see, there is a light. And there are miracles that are plain and clear to anyone who goes towards the light of Christ. If we trust in the Lord with all our heart, He will lead us to what we need to do, and we will be able to help others and ourselves if we just follow His teachings. I know that if we try our best, God will always confort us and we will always be able to make it back to Him. I hope the best for everyone out there and I want y'all to know that even though Mexican Independance day is coming up and I've got some hardcore Mexican pride going on, I'm not forgetting about the US and I am praying that everything goes well for everyone with all of the disasters that we have been seeing.

Keep up the good attitudes!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca