Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 85: Well, good things and not so good...

So we had  2 baptisms planned for this week!!! But I need to emphasize HAD... One moved to Puebla because her ex, who she separated from to be able to get baptized, was trying to kill her.... Oh Oaxaca... How I love you. Actually, I do love Oaxaca, because where else are you going to be able to see a priesthood blessing work so well, as to give someone the comfort that everything will be ok, even when someone is trying to kill them! (That happened twice... This week.... XD) But it is fun! We can be certain that in Puebla she will be a very strong member that will even probably help her family make it into the church!

And well the other investigator just won't talk to us and isn't in her house.... So, that is fun. But good news, we found a lot of investigators who have a lot of potential! And we are gonna help build a small little chapel (technically it is called a house of prayer) in a little tiny town! There are about 12 members there and it is an hour away from Huajuapan, so it is hard for them to get her. We actually have a few investigators there too, so we may even be able to start up a branch!!! And then get our district turned into a STAKE!! Exiting!!

Also exiting, I found a Texas vehicle sticker from years ago! We tried contacting the house but no one was home-... :( But there will be someone there soon, I am sure!

Hasta la vista. Well actually now, because I'll write again next week and the "vista" will be the next time I see y'all. So till next week!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 84: Adiós Elder Johnson.... :(

Well, good news and bad news. Good news is that I get to stay in Huajuapan! But Elder Johnson left for the city of Oaxaca. We had a lot of fun as companions so it was a bit sad, but I know that he'll do great in his mission. And I'll be able to hold up the strength out here in Huajuapan de Leon!

I am now with Elder Jímenez, he's from the North, and I kind of knew him before being his companion right now, thanks to my time in the office XD But, he likes to work hard and so we will have lots of fun too.

Anyways, this last week we were able to find a lot of new investigators and we have been starting to receive a lot of referrals! I know that this branch here has a lot of members that want to help, they just sometimes feel nervous or don't know how. So we are here to show them! So also if any of you ever feel like you know someone that is having a hard time in their life, send them a message and tell them that you are thinking about them and that God loves them. Also that there are 2 missionaries that are literally just here to help people that want to talk to them to help them feel a bit better! Because as missionaries we are just here to help 24/7! So let us know so that we can help!

Sorry about no pictures.... We didn't have lots of cool things happen this week... I mean we found a scorpion under Johnson's bed, but to be honest, stuff like that is kinda becoming normal to me...

Bye!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 83: Well, this week was rough....

Not a lot happened this week, because we had a milti-zone conference with a member of the 70! So we had to go down to Oaxaca the day before, so we had to spend a lot of time traveling in windy Oaxacan roads.... I don't enjoy it much because I mean I kinda wanted to be doing some missionary work instead of traveling for hours both days, but it turned out good. The meeting with Elder Valenzuela was just amazing. I learned a lot! And especially yesterday with fast sunday I realized that there are a lot of things as a missionary and as a person that I can improve at. I mean I know that what I have done is definitly acceptable for the Lord, but He also wants us to continually strive to be better and better! I mean after all, we do have the mandate to "Be ye therefor perfect, even as I, or your Father in Heaven is perfect." I may have quoted that bad... If I did I am sorry... I am trying to memorize more scriptures, but I haven't made it to 3rd Nephi yet....

Also, if I do not send an email next week it is because it is transfers and I left to an area far far away, but I'll then write at least a bit on Tuesday! So, I hope y'all have a great time! (sorry for no pics, can't find my adapter.... DX)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 82: WOW! That went by quick!

Well... That week went by way quicker than last week! Probably because I haven't been sick!!

But this week we have few photos. We got a picture at the church of some members with us. I mean it is not the whole ward, just some converts, members, and investigators. But it was a fun day at church!

This week we planned a ward activity, which, while we only had about 20 people show up, it did turn out really well! We had more food than we could handle but that was ok! On Sunday I gave a talk, using the articles of faith as my base, showing how really we can show all people what we believe and we can share and help all people!

This Wednesday we will have another zone meeting, but this time it will be a Mission Tour with Elder Valenzuela, of the seventy! So it will be super fun!

I hope that all of y'all are doing well!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Week 81: Well, kind of a long week..... Actually REALLY LONG.

Well, this week has been extremely long, for a few reasons. One, I've been sick for the better half of the week, and on Saturday I had the WORST MIGRAINE :P I don't know why but every single October for the past at least 5 years I have gotten a migraine. And this one was really bad. But I drank like a liter of coke, and then got permission to rest for a couple hours while I was getting better and then we went back out to work!

The other part of the week that has been hard is that we have been contacting every day for more than an hour and until Saturday night, NOBODY let us talk to them. I mean besides our normal investigators that we have. But it was a rough week with finding new investigators, but I know that it will get better.

But a good thing is that we had 3 baptisms!!! Woohoo!!! It is a family that the mom was less active and married outside of the church but while the kids have all been taught good principles, they were rarely ever at church. But the dad is very catholic so when we started talking to them they were afraid of what their dad would say with their baptism, and so we talked to them about it, and then they talked to their dad, and not only was he ok with them getting baptized, he went to the baptism!!! Along with like 50 other people!!! It was a HUGE TURNOUT!!! Definitely the highlight of my week, and a very high point in the mission. So that is what 2 of the pictures are of. One picture is two AWESOME members we have here that speak English, but are moving to Mexico because the earthquake damaged their house... :( But that is ok, they will have fun there. They recently got married about 3 months ago. And so it was cool getting to know them.

So you may wonder when you see the last picture I attached... It is an iPhone of our recent convert (ewww) with the background of a scene in High School Musical 3 because that little kid is MY COMPANION! He was in High School Musical 3 for like 45 seconds. That is very impressive if you ask me. But he also was in two other movies, but he doesn't want me to tell anyone else the other movies.... So I just had to share that picture because I just died laughing after I saw the phone of our convert because I had told them that Elder Johnson showed up in High school musical 3 XD.

Anyways, keep up the good work everyone, and do what ya gotta do. Have a great week!
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Elder Loosle
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

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





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!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dear Loosle Family:

Through this letter we inform you that your son, Elder Loosle has been called to serve as a Trainer in the México Oaxaca Mission. He’ll have a deep and lasting influence in the development of the attitudes, habits and capabilities of his companion. The instructions the new missionary receives from him will strengthen him during his mission and I trust that your son will be an example to him.

There are high expectations for your son in this new assignment. A Trainer must be an example in every aspect; for example, by helping his companion to understand and to live the missionary principles in a way that he helps many people to come unto Christ.

I’m sure that your son will inspire his companion by following the Lord and rising to the high standards and expectations that He expects from them as his representatives.

I congratulate you for having raised a responsible son and I thank you for sending us a missionary with great attributes. I ask you to continue praying for him so that he can fulfil his new assignment in a manner pleasing to the Lord. Your son has all of my confidence, love and support while he continues his progress as a servant of the Lord.

Warm Regards,

Presidente Félix Conde Beltrán

Mexico Oaxaca Mission

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 72: HERE COMES THE FRÍO!!!!

So, as many people know, this is my last Pday as secretary! So I'll be writing on Mondays normally after this. But! I will be leaving the offices and going to..... Huajuapan de León! Technically the legit name of the city is Heroica Ciudad de Huajuapan de León, but we just call it Huajuapan for short. I was kinda hoping for the coast, but President wanted me to help out in the other part of the mission that is struggling and that he wants a lot stronger. It is part of the Sierra part of Oaxaca, or part of the mountains. SO IT GETS COLD!!! LIKE 0 DEGREES SOMETIMES! (ok, that is in Celsius, but still, I've been working in like really hot and humid so...)

Anyways, on to the pictures...

The Robins took us out to eat last Saturday to say farewell to me in the offices, IDK if I already sent that picture so sorry if I did.

My district! We have 2 sisters and 8 elders. It is fairly large, but my next district will be of 4 Elders. And my entire zone will have 8... So that will be a big change.

The last two are because the Robins and the other office Elders surprised me with a goodbye cake yesterday in the middle of the day! It was funny because we have a rat that lives here in the offices that is apparently HUGE! And so all of us have been trying to kill it with venom and stuff but I always joke about just hunting it down. So Sister Robins pretended to freak out and say that the rat had just gone into the kitchen, and so I run in with a frying pan to kill it, and then I see a bunch of balloons and a cake and I'm like.... Where's the rat? I was confused for a second. But it was fun.
So my aunt sent me some questions this last week, and I have the answers here to share with y'all!
Who has been your hardest companion and what did you learn from him? Well, I've had a few. Many of my companions have been great! But I've had a couple that I struggled a lot with. Probably the two most were my second companion and my companion that I had 2 months ago. My second companion because he was pretty prideful and didn't want to learn anymore of being a missionary and thought he knew almost everything. So from him I learned how to let people believe that they are right, and just let others win, and go with their way even when I know it won't work, but I have to let them understand it. My other companion that I struggled a lot with was one of my recent companions. We were together for 5 months, and that is a really long time. I mean I really learned how to love all people while I was with him, and see the good in everyone. He didn't like talking to me much and was a lot of times giving me a cold shoulder, but I learned how to see the good in everyone and love them.

Which companions do you think will be lifelong friends (ps. Most of mine are)? The funny thing is it is the missionaries that aren't my companions that I get along with really well! XD But now with 3 companions I get along with them all, and two of them are Americans so I'm definitely seeing them after the mission! One (Elder Hernandez) is even planning on going to Utah State!!! And well, even though Elder Knapp is going to BYU, I'll still go and visit to hang out with him. But also I have had some others from North Mexico, like Tijuana, that have been really cool! (Elder Solano) And I am totally planning on staying in touch with him!

What was your favorite area and why? Oh... That is really hard. Every area is different and has it's own blessings and difficult areas. Rio Grande was awesome just because it is the coast and where I started. Tehuantepec has a lot of culture. In Yagul, I was able to see a lot of big changes in my ward, even though I didn't see many baptisms, but here in La Noria, I have seen lots of progress and many converts! But I am exited for my next area because it will be the first place where it gets COLD!!!!
Was it the people, the geography or both? Well, I kinda just answered that.... And so my favorite is all of the above.



What has been the hardest thing to learn about yourself thus far? Probably self control, as well as self confidence. And a good balance of the both. Trusting in God means that we have to also trust in ourselves because He trusts us to do what is right, which is why we are here. But also, we have to show our self control and not get one, prideful, and two, not get into stuff the easy way. Because we might be able to get out of somethings like that, but it will never be as good as if we do it in God's way.

Well this letter got long... So all in all it was a good week! I'm exited for Huajuapan, and just to let y'all know, my emails may get a bit shorter and I may not respond as much, because I'll be more limited and I'll be paying for my internet time again.... XD

Have a great week!

Week 71: More questions!

Well the Bacon's emailed me some questions so I'll share them with y'all cuz they are fun questions! And if anyone else has questions, feel free to ask them and I can put them in next weeks email.


  • How are you and why? Well, I was super sick last Wednesday but now I feel AWESOME!! Just because I am back to normal basically, so I am not sure if that answered the question...
  • How do you stay motivated when times are tough?  It is something very hard. Especially when you can't control the situation that you are in, because other people are the reason for he tough times. But what I always fall back on is that I know that I have a God that loves me, and a Savior that gave His life for me. If I can be confident that I am trying my best to please them, then I can be happy while I do it too. 
  • How do you stay motivated knowing you're coming home soon? WELL, seeing how I still have a long time left in the mission, we will ignore that question, (Yes, that is how I deal with it, ignoring the fact.) (I'll worry about stuff at home when I get home.)
  • What's the weirdest food you've had? Have you ever turned down any food? Well, that is a hard question... Because it could be a lot, from insects called chicatanas and chapolines, to many different types of mole, to some stuff that I honestly don't even know what it was... So they were each weird in their own way. But if we like just finished eating and someone else offers us food, a lot of times we turn it down just because we are already stuffed. But because something was disgusting, no  I have not said no. I have always at least tried all the food that I've been given, and if I don't like it, I finish it and don't ask for more, and then avoid as much as I possibly can to eat it again, but there haven't been a lot of things that I have not like here so that is good!


Anyways, continuing with the pictures... One is of a cool hill. But if you look closely it looks like Groot is there! The other is of the Secretary who trained me, and then me with the new secretary I am training! Woohoo!

So, this week has been a bit hard with working 3 areas, but we are getting the hang of it and it is actually kind of fun! But, we will be only working one in just over a week so it'll be good. And by we I mean the secretaries, because I'll be going too....!!! *cue drum rool...* *dramatic pause* Who knows where. I figure out Monday, because President couldn't finish the changes with Elder Knapp on Thursday so on Monday they will finish, because then President goes out of town for a week until changes so he won't have another time to do them. BUT! It will be fun wherever I go.

Anyways, even though I will be leaving my area, I know it is the best, and I will be going to where God needs me. Once we can really trust God, He will  show us what we need to do and show us that He can trust us with many things! Remember, with small things, great things shall come to pass!

Week 70: Well I've heard of trios...

Well, special changes happened on Monday, and on Tuesday Elder Vasquez, the assistant to President, got moved to the zone leader in the coast, so the other AP is in a quartet with me, my comp Elder Mares, my comp and replacement Elder Hernandez. So it is very fun. I don't know of other missionaries who have a companionship of 4, and we'll be like this for 3 weeks with one assistant. It'll be interesting. BUT SUPER FUN!!!!

Also, I'd like to thank my family for the package and the stuff they sent me! I didn't attach a picture of the package but I did attach a lot of pictures this week! So, to describe them I'll put the number that is the last 2 digits of the attachment.

29 & 32 - My 3 comps and I eating lunch on the roof of a members house. It was like a tuna salad thing but I don't have a picture of that...

33 - Just a random cool church we found in Etla searching for the Nacho Libre church.

64 & 65 - WE FOUND THE CHURCH FROM NACHO LIBRE!!! And there were a few random toilets outside so we had to take pictures! But that is a trail that lead to the church. I'm pretty sure it was used in a running scene but I haven't seen the movie in a while....










71 & 73 - We went to a place called "pasillo de carne asada" for Elder Knapp's birthday! They sang to him to, a very Mexican birthday song! It was fun!

Then we went shopping and stuff and it was and it was a good pday.

Anyways, this week has been really interesting and hard but my time in the offices is coming to an end and I'm gonna end it with a good finish. I'll finish strong and I'll make sure my replacement feels better then I did when I came in, as well as has a better ward than when I got here. I hope that he can have a lot of success in this area, because really I have come to love these people over the last 6 months. And so I want them all to have all the blessings that God has prepared for them!

So, with that, remember that God loves y'all, and that Jesus Christ is going to always help us reach our divine potential. Doesn't matter if we mess up, He will love us and want us to come back. So with that, until next week! :)