November 9, 2015
Hey hey hey! Love you guys, and miss you guys a bunch!
Well, I’ll give you guys a short recap of my week.
Martes: martes was awesome! I got the opportunity to teach Borris and his wife Villma. They are doing just amazing! It’s crazy to see how the gospel affects lives. When we started teaching them their house was super messy and disorganized. When we went back this week it was clean; spotless. You can tell that the gospel is cleaning them when you look at their house. Each week as we come back to teach them their house gets cleaner, and they become closer to God. When we went in to teach them this week they asked us if they could name their house, as in put a title on their door way. I think we came up with; God guides and directs this house and my family…something similar to that. But it’s awesome! We actually have another lesson with them tonight. After that we taught some other awesome people and a couple less actives. We began to teach Hma Rivera who wasn’t feeling well and had been super sick. We got the opportunity to give her a health blessing. Then we said good-bye to our pention who is moving to Peru. It stinks that he is gone. He’s such a great guy.
Miércoles: We started off the week with a zone conference with the Mission President. It was actually super cool even though it did take 6 hours! The conference was about, “Which way do we face?!” It was basically talking about how many times we do things to please man, or to make us seem cooler in front of others by doing things that we shouldn’t. It talked about how we must please God before man and not just do things to look cool, but to do things to please God. That we should do things that we know are correct. The lame thing that happened that day was when we were coming home. I had the sister missionaries and my comp hide as I called a taxi. I look super Latino, so for me they always give me a cheaper price. Ha Ha! I got the taxi for 20 lbs to go back to our house, so I called the others and we got in the taxi to go home. On the ride home we began talking to the taxi driver about the gospel which was super cool. I thought it went well, but as we were getting out of the car he said, “You guys are Christian’s right? And you believe in what is fair and right?” Obviously we said yes, but then he proceeded to say, “Well then it should cost 30 lbs to get here with four people, so if you really are Christians you should pay 30 lbs.” I was pretty dang mad, but at least we gave him the 30 lbs.
Jueves: Jueves was an all right day. It was super awesome in the morning! We left at 9:30 in the morning to walk to a referral we had received from a member the day before. The reference was 45 min walking distance away, but it was a great walk and I just loved it because it was super cloudy. We taught him, and 3 more lessons before lunch that morning, and it was super awesome. The contact was awesome, and we have another lesson set up with him for tomorrow. But after that………….. Bad news! That afternoon we had about 6 lessons planned out. We were all set to go and visit but within the space of an hour all of the lessons fell through and canceled. At 2 in the afternoon we were just sitting out side thinking, “Dang what a bummer!” We decided that we would just go knocking on doors, which does get pretty dang boring. It can also be awesome when you meet a bunch of amazing awesome people. That day we got about 5 doors slammed in our face, and a bunch more people saying no, they didn’t have time, but we did find some cool people who we are going to visit tomorrow.
Viernes: Twas a grand day. I’m trying to learn more Quetchua, which is super hard, but I love it. This day we left with a return missionary to teach some lessons and decided that we would stop by a couple of less actives that we had been trying to visit for the past month. We hadn’t been successful because every time we’ve stopped by they haven’t been home. I don’t know how or why, but when we got there both of the family’s were home which was amazing! We were able to talk to them and get to know them better and teach them a short lesson. We invited them to church and they said that they would go! We were super grateful that we passed by and talked to them. One of the girls we taught was 15 and we asked her if she could have anything in the world, what would it be? She looked at me and said, “That my family had more unity, and were happier, and that my dad would get baptized.” Right as she said that her dad walked in the room and we asked him if we could visit him, and he said of course, come back Monday at 6. So that’s where we will be at 6:00, and I’m stoked to go there.
Sábado: Another great day! Basically all we did that day was teach lessons. We had the opportunity to teach some awesome lessons, but by far the best lesson was the last one. At about 7:30 we walked part way up the mountain to teach one of the less actives in our ward. The week before we gave her a challenge to ask her boss if she could come to work later so that she could come to church and when we talked to her on Saturday the first thing that she said was, “Guess what Elders? I’m coming to church tomorrow!” I told my boss that I would come to work late so that I could come to church. It literally made our day. It will be her first time in church in 1 year. I was so happy for her and it was so cool to see how happy she was for her decision.
Domingo: my favorite day of the week. Church today was amazing! We had 9 of our less actives come to church and 3 of our investigators, including Borris. It was amazing! I felt that the work that we had done that week finally paid off. It was awesome! We were also able to reactivate someone from the ward. It was just amazing so see so many amazing people there. Something else that was amazing was seeing Borris at church. As he walked into church he was wearing a white shirt and tie with his scriptures in hands and everyone went up to greet him, saying, “Hey, how are you? What ward are you from?” They all thought that he was a member and was just visiting. It was amazing! He is such an amazing person. After that we had a couple of family home evenings to go to, and afterwards, as we were walking home, we saw a mother and daughter walking. The daughter was crying. She asked her mom if there was a way that we could help them, and the mom asked if we were elders, and we said yes. It turns out that they are members but haven’t been to church in a long time. We asked if we could give her daughter a blessing, and promised her that with faith the pain would go away. It was a miracle.
That was my week. Love you guys! Stay safe!
|November 2, 2015
Como están mis queridos. Les extraño mucho. Es la verdad, Ojala que todos de ustedes esten bien. Amo la mision y la oportunidad que yo tengo de predicar este evangelio a todos las personas. Se que el poder de este evangelio tiene el poder de cambiar y ayudar a todos las familias aquí en la tierra.
This week was a super fun one!
Borris and Villma, the couple that I told you guys about, are doing amazing and progressing super fast. I told you how Borris had taken the missionary discussions about 25 years ago, but his wife had never heard of the gospel. We had 2 lessons with them this week and on Thursday we were talking with him about the plan of salvation and the plan that the Lord has for all of us. Then we were talking about eternal marriage. He said that he knows the importance of marriage and has already started their marriage papers. Then we began to talk with them about how a husband and wife are meant to be together forever. At that moment Villma grabbed his hand, and with tears in her eyes she smiled and said, “I can’t wait to be with you forever.” I was just stunned and shocked. These two people are so amazing. It’s amazing how ready for the gospel they are.
Then we went looking for a less active family that a member had told us about. We had a plan to have a lesson with the family, but we went contacting with two members who’s names are Dennis and
Saturday. As we were contacting, Sister Luz, the mother of this less active family drove by, and we told her that we would pass by her house that day. On the walk to her house she drove by again and gave us a ride in the bed of her truck. When we arrived we were able to talk to her and her daughter. We told them that although we may sometimes forget the Lord, and all that He has done for us, the Lord would never forget us. I told her that her loving savior has scars in his hands and in his feet that reminds him of us. That he was sacrificed so that we could progress. As we ended the lesson we asked the mom if she could end with a prayer, and as she was praying she began to cry. I know that this gospel is amazing and can help and change the lives of so many people. I love you all! I hope all is well! Stay safe!
We also had a baptism this week of an amazing family. This family has progressed so much. They have told me dozens of times that this gospel has changed their life.
October 26, 2015
Hola hola hola mi gran familia y amigos!
I’m sorry that the letter I wrote last week didn’t send. I have no idea what happened. Ha! So this week I guess you will get 2! What up!?
This week was a great one. In our district meeting I asked everyone to wear their costumes for Halloween, and during the meeting as I taught we all had our Halloween costumes on! It was a blast! La verdad! Ha Ha! Afterwards we had a couple lessons and then we had a noche de hogar where we made a bunch of delicious food.
I now know how to cut a chicken and everything. Well, its a bit different here because you get the chickens with their heads, and their feet, but we helped cook, and the food was amazing. Afterwards I was feeling a little “risky,” I think that’s the word, but I started a water fight which was the best.
The next day we went to an area called Apote. There we went contacting and taught a few less actives. One of my comps main focus is in Apote because there are many less active people. We go there about 3 times a week to teach, and to help them realize what living the gospel principles can bring to their life. We teach about all the benefits that we can receive. Afterwards we went to the familia garcia, we do service for this family every Wednesday. When we get there we take off our shoes, go to the fields and began to plant. I love planting and farming. I don’t know why, but it just feels so peaceful, and I just love talking to the people while we’re working.
I decided that while I’m here on my mission I’m going to try and learn more languages…Portuguese and also Quetchua. Quetchua is the native language that they speak here. It’s the language of the Lamanites. I’m learning a lot of the language now, which is awesome.
The next day, Thursday, we had intercambios. This is when we switch companions for a day so that we can see the teaching methods of other missionaries. This is a way in which we can grow and learn, and help each other. That day I was with Elder Nayler who was my best friend when I was in the CCM in Columbia. It was so awesome to teach with him, and to see how much he has grown as a missionary. It’s awesome because we started in the same district when it was super hard for us because we were so new. We were always there for each other and were always lifting each other up. Now he is in my district again, and it’s so awesome. As we were talking we saw a lady walking through a bunch of fields and we both felt the impression to talk to her. She told us about her family and how she was looking for religion in her life. Then she asked us if we could visit here again. Delighted we said, “Yes, of course.” So today my comp and I are going to visit her, which will be awesome.
The next day was Friday! I love Fridays! They’re just the best! To start off the day we had some service projects, baking a bunch of food for day of the dead. Unfortunately, we had to leave early before we could eat anything because of the transfers. After the intercambios we went to Apote, again to teach the wonderful people there. It’s so amazing and so awesome because we are actually starting to see progress among the people who live there. They are mainly farmers and work in the fields. They truly are grateful and love what they have. It doesn’t matter to them how much or how little they may have, they appreciate it all.
Saturday we headed off to Apote again to visit the people that we weren’t able to visit before. We were there early in the morning and talked to a new investigator named Fernando. He’s super cool and asked us to come back on Wednesday and bring him more materials to read. He’s a really super guy. After that we visited a family who asked us to help them make bread, so of course we said. Little did we know that it was 20 pounds of bread and that it would take 3 hours! Ha ha! But it was fun and all in all it was a super good day. After that we taught some awesome lessons with some super cool investigators and less actives.
Sunday, the great day of the Lord, we had a meeting with the bishop at 7:15. The Bishop talked to us about how the ward was doing and how he could help us and how we could help him. We also talked about the progress of the people that we were teaching. At church we had a couple of investigators come and a less active family, which was awesome. It’s so great to see people come to church on Sundays. You work all week long just for that day. Trying to teach them and help them to honor the Lords day. After that we had a training session for 3 hours where we taught the ward missionary’s how to teach and what to share, and how to help others.
To be honest it was a great week. I love this work. It has helped me grow into a better person. I just barely started this work and I can’t wait to be helping others for the rest of my life. I love you guys all so much. Thank you for all that you do. Stay safe.