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





Saturday, September 9, 2017

Misión México Oaxaca

Buenos días, sabemos que ustedes están muy preocupados por el terremoto que paso en México anoche. Si, nos afectó aquí en Oaxaca, pero ya nos comunicamos con todos los Misioneros y todos están bien y en lugares seguros. Cuando los misioneros tengan tiempo, enviarán un correo electrónico a ustedes para verificar que están seguros.

Good morning, I know that you are all worried about the earthquake that hit Mexico last night. Yes we were affect by it here in Oaxaca, but we have talked with all of the missionaries and they are safe, and in safe places. When the missionaries get a chance they will email you to verify that they are safe.

Elder Hernandez
Secretario de Misión
Misión México Oaxaca
Oficina 951 514 2017
Cel. 951 109 8192
E-Mail 2012820@ldschurch.org

Friday, September 8, 2017

Just in case you heard

Just in case your heard about the quake... It was bad, but all the missionaries are safe. :)
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 74: Really short week!!!

So, this last week, on Saturday the other 2 missionaries came to Huajuapan to start working in their area! So now we are sharing the area, and it is AWESOME! The branch is very ready to work, and give us references! We received like 7 at least this last week! And we had 8 new investigators! That may not be that much, but we are trying to get even more this week. We fasted yesterday and I fasted especially for my companion so that he can learn spanish quicker, and for our area. So that we can find 5 families that can progress to baptism before Elder Johnson and I are out of here. We have already found one family that is progressing decently, and we just received 2 families from references!

Anyways, with the picture... Yesterday was my companion Elder Johnsons birthday!!! So some members made him a cake!!! And so here is a picture! Then we sang him "las mañanitas" which is the longest and 2nd best birthday song ever. So, then he did the "mordida" which is a mexican tradition where you just take a big huge bit out of your cake! It is awesome!!! But yeah, that is about it this week. We are planning on finding a lot of new people this week, and president showed us a new way to contact people that I haven't tried and I am very anxious to try it! But for now that is about it. I'll keep y'all informed on how we are doing down here in Huajuapan, we have had a lot of rain from the hurricane, but nothing compared to Houston, so keep praying for them. And remember that God won't leave us alone. We just have to trust him.

Till next week!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 73: First week in Huajuapan...

Well, this has been a fun week!! First pictures. One is a cool pic that we took as the office staff in our house that I think looks cool. Then Elder Johnson, my new comp and I traveling to Huajuapan.

The view from the road.

MY LANDLORD GRADUATED FROM UT!!!!!

So this week we have had a bunch of work, because this city is huge and we are the only missionaries. Ok, well it is about the size of St. George, but for 2 missionaries that is a LOT. So President calls me on Friday and is like, well I saw the city and realized we need more missionaries so find an apartment in the next few days so I can send you some other missionaries. And so I was happy because it means that we will be able to help the branch out here even more!!! And the missionaries that are coming is a newbie! And Elder Castro! He is one of my great friends, and he goes home with me so it will be a very awesome next few changes. I don't know how long I'll be here for, but for the time that God leaves me here, I will do everything I can to change this branch into a very strong part of a stake!!! WOOHHOO!!! ANIMO!!!





Just to inform y'all, we have a baptism in three weeks! We set the date two days ago and he is super exited! He has a lot to learn but is exited!