Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week 67: Changes!

So, I wrote this letter and saved it as a draft instead of sending it... Good thing I just realized XD

Well this week was changes so new missionaries arrived, but only 4 arrived. So that means that we had to close 5 AREAS! Kinda sad... But now I have an area that is about 3 times the size.... It is cool, we have a lot of cool members and investigators over there so it will be SUPER FUN! We were even able to get a new baptismal date put down in that area! But now instead of being 5 missionaries in our ward it is just my comp and I. So we have to trust a lot in the Lord and His miracles, because we have to be working in the offices for a while every day, and now we have a very large area. But, it is cool. I know that the Lord will help us.

Today we had an awesome activity with all the youth in the stake which was like a mini MTC (Missionary Training Center) And so we got to show them and train them how they can help other people and share the gospel! And even as normal youth with just their school friends and stuff. This week was pretty packed of stuff but a lot of it was boring office stuff and a few really awesome lessons that we were able to have. So I hope that we can get more time out of the offices this next week and keep our investigators progressing!

Well it wasn't a super different week so no pictures and it is kinda a short email, but yeah, that is it for now!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 65: WELL... Lots of stuff....

Ok, so, I had NO TIME last week because of the updating the offices, so sorry if I didn't get to respond to some people. Or if you were waiting on a letter and never got it. Sorry, I was able to write for like 15 or 20 minutes before I got kicked off for the entire day. But that is OK! Anyways, moving onward!

So for the pictures... Well actually I'll just go into the events of the last two weeks.
Ok, so first off, last week, man it feels like it was a year ago, we had the opportunity to do some service! But it wasn't like your normal get out your lawn tools or we are laying down concrete kind of service, we got to translate for some super cool Americans and build wheelchairs! Every two years, there is a group that comes down here to give wheel chairs to the needy and so this year they were working with Hope Haven West and so we had the chance to accommodate some 170 wheelchairs to the needy here in Oaxaca! I got to help translate, as well as build a few of the wheelchairs, with a guy named Don and another guy named Curtis. That was fun!! I put a couple pictures of that. I got to do it on Tuesday and Thursday of last week.

So the rest of last week wasn't terribly eventful. I did not get to not have much of a Pday last week because they were cleaning the offices and so I couldn't write, but I did get to talk to some converts from my first area! And next week they are coming up to the city to go to the temple, so I'll be able to see them probably!

But then this week got SUPER PACKED! The workers were working like overtime to get the job done before President Conde got here on Thursday, and then I had to do a bunch of stuff for the Madsen's before they left, and then the printers stopped working and then Conde showed up, and wow.

I am tired again just thinking about how long the week was... But President Madsen had his last zone conference with us, which was super great and where basically everyone cried, because when you are loosing a mission president it is like changing parents or something... It is weird.

But after we got to meet President Conde a little bit I decided he will help the mission A LOT! I know that he really is called of God and here for a reason. But this morning we got to say goodbye and send off President Madsen, and so we made a big sign and I put a picture of that as well!

So that was the last two weeks... It will be pretty different because of President Conde now but I know it will be good and we will be able to do the things the Lord has put us to do here.

Have a great day!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hello Elder!

Hey Elder Loosle!

Hope you're doing well. Granted, we've no doubt you're killing it out there because of your solid upbringing and your family's love for the Utah State Aggies! (jokes)

Well, we're sitting around the table right now after church realizing we haven't been supporting our missionaries enough. So, we've asked the kids what questions they had for the missionaries we know. Here's what we came up with (mostly the kids!):

  • What's the craziest thing you've eaten so far? 
  • Have you been able to teach anyone who decided to get baptized? Any story you can tell us? 
  • Are there lots of kids in your ward?
  • Do peoples cell phones ring during church? 
  • Do you get to take hot showers or cold showers on your mission? 
  • Have you made any new friends there? 
  • Can you or your companion cook? Who cooks the most and what do you eat?
  • How is your Spanish? Have learned anything other than Spanish? 

Anyway, we're grateful for your service and hope and pray for our missionaries as a family. Hope you feel that support! Sending a pic of the family too so that you remember who we are (granted, I have a beard now... cause why not! Ha!).

Much love,
Jon and the rest of the Bacon's (Michelle, Marcus, Seth and Lucy)

So, first off, to answer the questions....

  • What's the craziest thing you've eaten so far? Well, here people eat grasshoppers with like a salsa and spices on it call chapulines. They don't taste that bad actually... Here's a link to a picture.
  • Have you been able to teach anyone who decided to get baptized? Any story you can tell us? Actually I've been blessed with a lot of success in that aspect. A baptism that we had recently was of a young girl who we found who was actually friends with some members, and had attended church before. She went to church with us, then to EFY (still as an investigator) and then a few weeks later got baptized! Now we are teaching her mom and she is preparing for her baptism on the 8th of July!
  • Are there lots of kids in your ward? There are a decent amount. We have about 100 to 115 that come out to church every week, like 15 being primary aged, another 10 being youth, and so while it is not extremely huge, we are still able to have them help us in the work!
  • Do peoples cell phones ring during church? Sometimes, and even sometimes during the sacrament! Goodness people, is it that hard to turn your phone off?
  • Do you get to take hot showers or cold showers on your mission? In some areas, my first two, I have only had cold water, but in this area and my last area I have had hot water. I even have a washer AND A DRYER now!!! Because I am in the offices, I can use the washer and dryer from here to wash my clothes.
  • Have you made any new friends there? A BUNCH!!! At first it was hard, for language and being super isolated from other missionaries, so I missed my friends at home a lot. But now I have a bunch of friends, and being a secretary has helped me get to know like almost every missionary! So, I really hope to have all of these friends after I go back home!
  • Can you or your companion cook? Who cooks the most and what do you eat? We both can cook, but he really likes cooking rice... And not much more. Bananas with cheese as well, that is boiled bananas. He has interesting tastes in food, but he is from Peru and that is what they eat in his home town. So it is fun! I normally make simple stuff, eggs, pancakes, some sort of chicken stuff, mac and cheese, but sometimes we get fancy
  • How is your Spanish? Have learned anything other than Spanish? Well, I've got Spanish down, thanks to a lot of practice and a lot of help from God. But the fun part about Oaxaca is that there are lots of little dialects that there are towns where they only speak that. Almost no Spanish. I learned a few words of a more popular one called Zapotec. Caadxi'ga' (Chawie chawie) means little by little.

So, thanks for the email! And I understand that while many times we might not write the missionaries, you can still support them in many other ways, like prayers and those are definitely felt from down here in Oaxaca! Thanks for everything!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 63: Lots of work here in the offices...

Well, this week there has been lots going on here in the offices but it has very little to do with my work as a secretary. While I do have work still, because we are getting ready to receive the new president, so there are a bunch of workers here in the offices who are making a bunch of renovations to the offices to make them look very nice for the new President Conde. For me it just means that we have to stay here while they are working, and while they are working on the computers and stuff I have to do other stuff, so one thing that we have done is shred A BUNCH OF PAPERS!! And so there are some pictures for y'all.

Anyways, well I have had a lot of thoughts recently about things that I am doing to try and get better, and while there are sometimes we just really feel like we are messing everything up, and we can't do anything right, God is always there to help us.

 I've been having some hard times with the office work here, and wanting to be able to get more time working in our area, but not being able to, and while a lot of times there are many things that can frustrate us, I know that God will always help us. If we have the desire to get better and make it back to Him, He will be there guiding us and encourage us. If we fall, He isn't going to beat us down so we can't get up, He will lead us on and help us up, so that we can keep on going. I have thought of it like a baby learning how to walk. We are all learning how to walk, but when we fall, like all babies do as they are trying to walk, their parents don't ask why did you fall and make them feel terrible for not being able to walk. They show them that they can get back up again. Help them to try again. Maybe to fall again, but to eventually through the loving help of loving parents, they can make it to walking, and even running, without having to worry about tripping over themselves. I know that we all have a loving Heavenly Father who will forgive you. And He will help you to reach your true potencial. I hope all y'all have a wonderful week and keep doing great things!

Thanks for the support! Have a great week!

Week 62: Wedding!

NOTE:  Jason wrote 2 emails this day:

Well, this week has been super fun! We were able to see a Mexican wedding (very different from weddings in the states) and help out some great people who will get baptized in this coming month!
So with the pictures, we to Monte Alban again and well I realized that on the 20 peso Mexican bill it has Monte Alban! So that is one picture.

Then I have a bunch of random Monte Alban pictures with other missionaries because ALL OF THE MISSIONARIES IN THE CITY went with us! We were like 70 missionaries almost!
We also had the wedding of Victor and Pati! They'll get baptized in a few weeks, but first they had to get married and now they want things to settle down to be sure of their decision. After the wedding, we helped set up for a party and I started making balloon animals and made a dog and a TURTLE!!! HOW COOL!

Before they got married we had a family home evening with them! That is a few of the other pics!

Anyways, this week has been pretty bust with a lot of office work and work for our area, but it is nice to have a calm Pday, where we are just relaxing to help us rest and finish up a bit of work we have here in the offices. Because the assistants are out of town, so it is just my comp and I and we didn't really feel like doing anything crazy. BUT!

I do have a super awesome experience I would like to share with all y'all. So, one of our investigators was robbed this last week and she was just completely furious and she was feeling like she didn't want to hear anything more of the gospel or anything because she just was angry and wanted to hurt the person that robbed her, because she had an idea of who it was. But she let us give her a blessing and bless her house so that she could be able to be more in tune to the spirit of God, and she told us the next morning, that saying that prayer with her daughter, who is a recent convert really helped her feel the relief she needed. Also we helped her learn how to read better! It really showed me the power of prayer and priesthood blessing. Really there are 2 ways that people work miracles, by faith and through the priesthood. And if we put them both together, we will be able to accomplish anything that God wants us to. Remember that there are loads of people who love y'all and want to help!

Have a great week!

Week 62: Ok, so I don't have a lot of time...

Well today we have a bunch of stuff planned so writing time kinda got shortened.... But that doesn't mean I don't care about y'all, it just means President wants do to a bunch of stuff and it is my comps birthday so we have loads of plans XD

Also, no pictures because my camera got stolen.... By the sister missionaries XD They were using my camera and then never gave it back to me because they accidentally put it in their bag... But that is Ok, they will give it back to me tomorrow...

But this week has overall been good! I have been trying to focus on what I can do to keep getting better, and well I learned last night in a FHE that we had, that you need to really put time into the people that you are with, whoever they be so that you can really be their friends and help them while they help you!

But for now, that is all, I may send another email later with more stuff but yeah, have a great week!

Week 61: Small Email...

Lol sorry XD, but, it does seem like a cool set up! I hope you are all doing well! And that everything is great with Alyssa back at her house! Also, I may or may not have time to write a decent weekly email, so I will try but it may be small... Sorry, we have a lot planned for today but next week we won't be doing a bunch, so I'll be able to write more.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Week 60: Visiting Ruins! And TRANSFERS!

Well today was super fun! We went in the morning to go to Monte Alban, some ruins that are very large on a big hill here in the city, and so that is basically all the pictures...

Also we had a combined district meeting for the last week of the transfer, so I took a picture. So, the pictures are a bit random, but it was a fun week! Also, the member that is in the pictures with us at Monte Alban, is our recent convert Freddy.

But this week has gone by super fast, but also slow... We have had a lot of work in the offices and a lot of problems with technology, which is a problem when you are working on a computer.... But we haven't been able to leave that much which is kind of rough... But we are keeping our investigators up and progressing! It is just hard when we leave so much.

This week I have been focusing on what things I can do to get better, not because I am terrible, but I have realized as I focus on what I lack, I can fix it little by little so that I can be a better missionary and person! But something I have realized is that as I fix something I start to recognize other small things I can be doing a bit better. And while it might make some people think that it is overwhelming, it actually helps me to know I am getting closer to who my Heavenly Father wants me to be!

The ways that we will be able to achieve that potential that He has for us, is when we are constantly devoted to talk with Him, and seek answers from Him. I know that we can all achieve our purpose in life and our divine potential.

Also, we got a new assistant today! Elder Knapp, because Elder Caballero is leaving to go to Juchitán! And so I'll send pictures with him next week! Sorry the email isn't long... I just kinda ran out of stuff to say... While we were busy, not a lot happened...

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Week 59: LITTLE CAESER'S!!!!!

Little Caesar's opened up!!! We went on Tuesday night, and it was PACKED! I got a picture! It is actually just as good as the states though... But! Let's get to the pictures first!

Well the Little Caesar's... OBVIOUSLY

Also I took a picture of our white board we have here in the offices that we fill with quotes. I'll translate a couple, the top one says,

"The power of a magician {missionary}, resides in his empty fist {head}, and his ability to make his audience {president} believe that said fist {head} is full." 

The next one in the orange I really like too!

You need to go to bed early to be able to go to bed early. 

But if you want more, talk to my friend google translate cuz I've only got so much time to do it right now...

One is of my companion because it was the first time he has ever eaten cereal with bananas... Or cold cereal in his life...

And then the last ones are of our baptism that we had this week!!! Well this morning! And it was super great! My comp spent a while drawing on a white board while we were waiting for the baptismal font to fill up.... But it was a great baptism!!!

But this last week has been a good week! Oh, I should say I was with president today for a while, because we had a goodbye thing for Elder Caballero who won't be assistant anymore and so we threw a party and president gave me a bit of time right now to write.

Also big news, by the time you read this, I'll probably be an UNCLE!!! ¡¡¡TÍO!!! Because as I am writing this, she is in the hospital getting ready to have my niece!!!

Also fun stuff, this morning there was an earthquake! Idk where the epicenter was but it was kinda strong here, I could feel one big shake that made me kinda worried, cuz I was on the second floor of a concrete building, and so I got up but as I stood up it stopped. My companion is not as used to earthquakes so he totally flipped out XD But that is ok.

Anyways, this week has been a good week because we have been able to keep planning for the investigators we have so that they keep progressing and also, we have been able to find a few new investigators and old ones we were dropping but all of the sudden are progressing a lot! And so that is good! We also have some baptismal dates that are scheduled for next month!

Anyways, something that I have learned this week is that we have to really always be constant. Because it is when we are having ups and downs that Satan can hurt us more, as well as if we are constant, we will be able to continually learn and our spiritual progress will be a lot more, because we won't have to redo or retrace parts. Also something very important is that we are always trying to get closer to our Father in Heaven and not just be like, ehh, I'm fine. But that is about the time I have to I'll talk to y'all later!

Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Week 58: WHOOPS!

 Wow, I can't believe I forgot to send a weekly email out last week too! We just got a bunch of stuff that happened so well we had a baptism last week! Which is part of the reason I was not able to write... I thought I would have time after but then we started late and ended later...

 But Anyways, I'll get started with the pictures. I haven't sent pictures in a while so some of these are old. But lots of pictures!!!!

So there are 2 pictures of an Easter egg I made, when we celebrated Easter! We all wrote on painted eggs and then had a competition of who's egg would break all of the others. I didn't win, but I did like my egg!

Another two of a service project we did! We cleaned out Victor's(an investigator we have) chimney! He grills chickens! They taste really good, but once a week he has to clean the chimney, and man that thing gets dirty! Made me dirty too!

There is one with a nice view from a part of a different area. We sometimes go out there to eat because it is part of our ward but other missionaries have it as their area, because there are 4 missionaries in our ward.

Another one is a picture with the asistentes and Elder Vasquez, and Elder Silva and I. Elder Silva had to go home early because he got super sick and so we helped him feel good so that he wouldn't go home sad!

We also had a baptism! Priscila got baptized! There are a couple pictures of that too!
Oh, also I threw in a picture of when I burned my shirt XD.

Well, so it has been interesting and kind of rough in the last few weeks, because of the stuff that has been happening, like with missionaries going home early, changing stuff, just loads of things, and so I felt like we couldn't really leave to work a lot, but God is really blessing our efforts, because we have another baptism this coming Saturday!

And Victor and Pati are getting MARRIED!! On the 8th of June so that on the 10th of June they can get baptized! I'm so exited! We are also trying to find some new investigators that can progress, but also Priscila's Mom is going to get baptized in like 4 weeks as well!!

I love being out here in Oaxaca having the opportunity to change people's lives for the better so that they can really follow Jesus Christ. I know what I am doing is what God wants, and I know what I share is true. I know this is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and He will help me overcome the challenges that I have.

Anyways, have a great week!

Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 56: Woohoo!

Yeah! I'm not sick anymore!!!! But I can't find my cable for my camera so no pics for right now... I think I'll have to buy an adapter because I think someone stole my cable... That is ok, I'll just put my name on the adapter so that no one can take it!

So, this week was pretty slow, but overall, I was able to learn a lot. I learned patience because sometimes people just don't listen to the directions their leaders give them because they think they know better and well there is nothing that you can do because you can't force anyone to do anything. So you just roll with the punches, and keep up the attitude! Even thought we can't control everything, we can control our attitudes! So if we stay happy and upbeat, even when there is some struggles, we can keep ourselves open to the spiritual guidance.

Ok, so I am not saying we should all fake being happy when we are not, because that will just end up bad. I will admit, last night I was a bit mad because there were some missionary struggles that I needed to fix because missionaries weren't listening to their leaders. So I was definitely annoyed. But after a minute I calmed myself down and focused on the things I can control, and other people do not make that list. So when we really focus on the way we are living and try to keep it at God's standards, forgiving ourselves when we mess up, as God forgives us, we can find out how to be a lot happier in general. Maybe we won't be perfect, and maybe we won't be happy 100% of the time, but when we understand what really can make us happy, and we live by those things, such as the gospel, we really find the true joy that comes from Christ.

So, I hope that y'all have a great week and keep up the attitudes! God put us here in the world for a reason and He didn't give us life so that we would be miserable, He put us here to have JOY!!!!

Talk to y'all next week!
Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week 55: Well, whoops...

Forgot to email last week.. Sorry about that, just went passed me. But that is ok! Up and running again!

So anyway, I realized I need to take more pictures so that I can send them to y'all. But anyway... These last two weeks have been a bit stressful with changes and a large mission history that I need to write, but I have finished most of the stuff that I needed to and so that is good! Also I got super sick over the last 2 weeks. First I had a fever last week, then I got better but now I have an infection thing in my throat. But I just went to the doctor so that is ok. I got some medicine and I am starting to feel better.

But this week has been a bit hectic preparing for all the changes that we have and all of the other things that will be happening. But the good news is we will have a baptism pretty soon of a SUPER AWESOME investigator that we have! She went to EFY, she is only 14 but she really understands a lot and really wants to be better and help her mom out. Her mom is also listening to us, but she can't read or write so it is a bit harder to understand for her, but she is also really excited too.

But that is about it this week, I hope y'all are doing great!!!! Keep on keeping on!

Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Week 54: Missed your email on Saturday...

Whoops! I knew I forgot something XD

Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión

Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 53: Well MY BIRTHDAY! And a year in the mission!

Well this week was a big anniversary week, cuz it was my birthday and the ONE YEAR MARK IN THE MISSION!! Super crazy! But this week has been pretty good! I am staring to get into the hang of being secretary!

But, before I get sidetracked all of the pictures are of the (1st) little party we had in the offices!

But anyways I wanted to share something that President told me in interviews yesterday! He told me you can make it to the Major Leagues if you can hit a curve ball. If we apply that to our lives, if we can nail a curve ball and make it into a spiritual home run, where we learn and grow, we can not only make it good in this life, but we can make it to our heavenly mansion! I definitely am a sure witness that life throws lots of curve balls that we don't necessarily want. But if we can learn and grow from everything that God lets us go through we will ALWAYS come out on top.

And that is a promise. Maybe not on top in the world's eyes, but that is because we will be on top of the world, and though the others may not understand, we will, and we will know that God will.

Have a great week! See y'all in less than a year!

Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión
Misión Mexico Oaxaca

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Week 52: I got to play President, assistant, and rescue!

Well this week has been one of the longer weeks for the extra amount of work in the office and little amount of work that we could do as actual missionaries....... But I have really found some blessings within the work! And some answers to questions I didn't even know I had thanks to conference!

But first, pictures!!! One is of a Sister Missionary that got here from the CCM this last Monday! President wasn't here and neither were the assistants so I got to play President and be the welcoming squad with my comp! Super fun! There are 3 pics of this, one is of Elder and Sister Robbins with her also playing President to help make the sister feel welcomed! She knows that she just came at a weird time which is the real reason why President wasn't there.
The other 2 are when we did a service project to clean a chimney for a BBQ grill, but we didn't actually clean it because he didn't have the stuff. So I just climbed up it to see how dirty it was, and yes it was dirty.

Anyways going back to why the week was very long, but fun! So Monday the new sister got here, I also had to do some immigration stuff that day so that the people would not be sent home a year or 6 months early. So Monday morning I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

Monday night we found out that the Sister that was coming to the city for special transfers, got stuck in a blockade. (.... Oaxaca... -.-) (JK, I love Oaxaca!!!!) (But not blockades.-. ..) Anyway, so we get the news that she should arrive at about 2 in the morning and we would have to go get her. I couldn't sleep well because I was kinda worried for the Sister, even though I didn't know her, I didn't want her to suffer either... But then we go the entire night without a single call telling us she is still there, and so she calls back in the morning, telling the assistants that the blockade was still up in the morning and because she had a lot of stuff and no money, someone, (the secretaries) needed to go out there to pick her up, and bring her and her luggage to Oaxaca, because she couldn't pay for an Urban that will drive out there and take people to Oaxaca if you walk all the way across the blockade.

So Tuesday morning early we get going on very little sleep to take a 3 hour ride in a van, to get to a blockade, on a very windy road, so sleeping there is almost out of the question. But by nothing short of a miracle I was not only able to make it without throwing up, but also was able to catch a few Zzzz's! So we get to the blockade at like 11-11:20 and we pass by like 50 or 60 stopped cars before the driver says we can't go any farther and we have to walk the rest. Literally we were walking until 1 at a fast pace, before we found the sister, and we didn't even walk the whole blockade! It took us like over an hour to get past all the cars and too the actual blockade in the road, and well after that it was another 30 minutes of knocking bus doors asking if there were any missionaries on board XD It was definitely a once in a life time experience! So we find the Sister and she had actually been talking to the driver about the gospel and he didn't just want to learn more, he wanted to go to church so he could get baptized! But the sister didn't have any pamphlets or a Book of Mormon to give him, but that morning I wasn't planning on bringing anything because I wanted my hands empty to help the Sister with her stuff, but I had a small impression to bring a Book of Mormon, so I put it in my pocket, and when I was able to give it to him, you could just see that he wanted to read it. And he was about to as well, before another miracle happened. So we grabbed all of the sisters stuff and he was like "Y'all are walking to the other side?!" I told him yep, cuz that is how we got there, and after he told us good luck he said, if by some miracle they open up the blockade, before we get to the other side where we could take the Urban, he would pick us up and give us a ride! So off we went, and literally after I walked about 20 feet with a bunch of bags, I hear him scream, "Wait! Come back, they are letting cars pass!" So we quickly through everything back in and got a free ride to Oaxaca in a charter bus that is MUCH nicer than an Urban (15 or 20 passanger van). So we finally get back at like 6 and after some time waiting and doing some stuff we send the sister off to her area. But I kinda had a headache from the 6 hours of windy Oaxaquen roads. But it was a major blessing not having to walk the 3 miles again, with suitcases, and then stuffing us into a van to head home.

All of that in the first 2 days of the week... There is more, like how I had to send someone home yesterday to renew his visa from his house, but that will be for a different time cuz I have got to get to conference! Sorry that that last paragraph was longer than the book of Alma! XD

See y'all later, have a great week!

Elder Loosle
Secretario de Misión
Misión Mexico Oaxaca