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