Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 33: Well... Special transfers

Well first of, sorry for no photos last week, I got a trojan horse virus on my sd card when I connected it to the computer last week, but with the help of my companion, we got rid of it and kept my photos! :)

And so on with the photos! (I don't remember the order but I think you can figure it out if I get it wrong)
1 - We went shopping for the sister missionaries last week because one of the dislocated her foot, and so we went shopping for them
2 - Cool spanish sign language paper I got from a deaf guy, but my little sign language I know is a different language for him so I just spelled out a couple of things saying thanks with this paper
3 - Rattlesnake! One of our investigators caught a rattlesnake and is going to sell it for like $80 bucks! (To be honest I don't know how much rattlesnakes go for... But it is about 6 feet long!)
4 - DOMINO'S!!!!!! We ate domino's pizza this morning for breakfast! It is actually basically the same price as in the states... more or less, and just as good as well :)

Ohh, the reason why I called this email special transfers is because even though today is not transfers, when the missionaries change their location, there are some changing, and I'll still be here in Tehuantepec, area Guiengola, I dare you all to try and pronounce that, but I will be in a trio with my companion right now and Elder Castro, starting tomorrow. Well I think anyway, because my companion doesn't know all the details but I think that will happen.

Also, this week we have been able to set up another baptismal date and we are really trying to help people receive their answers from God so that they can know for themselves that the gospel is true and that the message that we bring really is the word of God.

But, one thing that has really helped me this week is the scripture in Matthew 17:20.
(only part of the verse) "If ye have as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall be removed, and nothing shall be impossible to you" (Emphasis added)

I have been trying to help people work through some problems that they have, because I am a missionary, and so I have been able to see that when we have faith and use it, really nothing is impossible. Even moving mountains. But the mountains that we have to move are not giant rocks in the ground, they are much harder, in my personal opinion to move because they are everything from addictions, to mental and emotional wounds, to whatever it may be that is blocking the way from where we are to where we want to be. But these problems, once we move them, can come back, which is for me personally why I think it is more difficult to move. But, Jesus Christ said that NOTHING would be impossible for us if we have a tiny bit of faith and start to use it. But I want to put another scripture to help emphasize my point, because even if we feel like we don't have that tiny bit of faith or we have lost it, in Alma, we can read that even if we have a desire to believe, it is enough to get started, whether it is for the first time, or the seven hundred and fifty first time. It is not to late, and it is not impossible.

And yeah, that is my .... well it turned into more of a general conference talk that anything with the length of the paragraph... Oh well! Have a good week!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 32: Well... Trump won...

Yeah I know that has little to do with my missionary work in Mexico, but it is something!

Anyways, I say that because many people here have asked me who I would have voted for.... I always tell them that that decision is like choosing which leg I want to cut off... XD Sorry to offend any hardcore Trump or Hilary Fans, but it looks like we cut off my left leg!

Pictures aren't working so waiting till next week.

Anyways, back to Mexico! This week was a bit rough... We weren't able to have a lot of lessons, but we did get 3 baptismal dates set!

Anyways, we also had interviews with Mission President and that was good!

But with the three dates that we have scheduled for baptism, they are family members of the first members in my area! Her cousins are and nephew are really open and receiving the gospel with open hearts! But the people here are really great! I can't wait until I can see them get baptized and start on the road to return to their Heavenly Father!

This week, even though I know there will be challenges, I know that I will be able to become the missionary that the Lord would have me be. And I would like to challenge you all to do the same! I think we should all focus on trying to be exactly who God would have us be right now, because we can always be better and He will always help us!

And for anyone who doesn't know where to find out how to get better, I suggest start by praying. And then listen. Listen to your thoughts and feelings and let the good ones lead the way, because all good things come from God. He will help you if you let him, I have seen that happen in my life so I know it will happen in yours too.

So, with that I will be off, until next week! Have a great time in the real world!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 31: Well 7 months and running

So yesterday was 7 months and wow, these past 7 months have been absolutely amazing. I can't wait to see what the other 17 months are going to have for me!
Anyways, there are only 4 photos. And they are almost the same...
2 of some candy that one sister in our district bought for our district(Hermana Perdue)
And 2 of the view from a cool cave in my area! But you can't enter into the cave... But there is apparently another entrance on the other side of the mountain, so next Pday maybe! 
But anyway.... This week was really good, we have been really trying to work on helping people start to progress and they are progressing! We were able to help multiple of our investigators make it to church! 

Also, this week we were able to find a lot of new investigators who are starting to change their lives for the better! We had a really good lesson with a member that was one of the first members in Tehuantepec like 50 years ago! She went with us to visit her friend and then her cousin! And with her cousin she testified of eternal families and there is nothing more amazing that to be able to know that you can have a family, FOREVER! And help others come to that knowledge as well!
Anyways... yeah a bit short... but, I hope that you all had a great week and can have another!

Saturday, November 5, 2016


HALLOWEEN!!!!  Well actually it is almost the same as ever other day here.... A bit sad, but that is ok!

Photos! Well most of them are from the baptism! Oh yeah we had another :) But some are from our last district meeting where we combined with another district to eat PIZZA! It was good. But yeah you can almost see the pizza in the selfie with the other missionaries. ALMOST.

Anyways, the baptism this week was really good again, but also stressful. My companion told me that baptisms for him hardly work out really well but at least the investigator gets baptized. But the next baptism, I don't know when it will be, but I know that I will do everything in my power so it runs smoothly. It has been a bit difficult this last transfer because the ward doesn't have a lot of leadership in the ward level so we are going to focus on fixing that in the next few weeks.

Also, today were transfers but my companion and I are staying here! Not a lot changed. Only one sister missionary left and one arrived. And everything else is the same.

Hmm... well I want to share a little thought that my companion taught me, but I think someone else showed me before. It comes from the Book of Mormon in 3rd Nephi 11.

 17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.

This is when Jesus Christ visited the Americas after his ascension into heaven and when He proclaimed Himself to be the Christ, the shouted Hosanna! If you look up what that word means, it translated means "Save us" (look it up in the Topical Guide) And so if we think about it, the first thing that the Nephites recognized when they saw Jesus, is that through Him we are all saved. And they pleaded for thier salvacion from Him.

We also should always remember that it is only "through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (Articles of Faith 1:3) If we remember Him and always try to do what He would have us do, we will never make a huge mistake in our lives. Sometimes we might have a rough time, but He didn't have an easy time either.

So, with that I hope you all have a wonderful week and always remember Him!