Week 83 – Now I live outside the Temple

August 8, 2016

 Love you all so much! I’m sorry I have had no time to write anything, but I love my new area. I live in front of the temple, which is amazing. This week I have been able to train the new missionaries coming into the field, and have dinner with the president a bunch. Ha! Ha! He always invites my comp and I over! I love the mission so much and will tell you everything next week. Sorry, I have to go and finish a presentation with my comp for the leadership counsel meeting!

Week 82- Last Transfer!

August 1, 2016

Bueno! First off I love you all so much! I hope and wish for the best for you guys!

This week was another crazy week! The week went by so fast it was crazy, but something super awesome happened. We had a baptism this Saturday, and it was the coolest thing, because the man that we baptized didn’t not know any Spanish; none at all. All of the lessons that we taught him were in Quetchua, the native language here in Bolivia! It was super amazing to watch his testimony grow!

SAM_9804I also got a new calling this week in my mission, so today; in actually 2 hours I will be going to Cochabamba to meet with my new companion. I love the mission so much. I will be missing Sucre a bunch, but I am so happy for the 4.5 months that I have had here in Sucre! I love the ward here so much and all of the Elders and Hermana’s here are amazing!

Week 81 – People teaching me!

July 24, 2016

 Well good afternoon friends and family! I hope you are all well!

This week was very exciting for my comp and I. We have been working super hard for the past couple of months, and we are now seeing so many blessing from our work, and I am just so grateful. I know that the Lord is truly guiding us to find these amazing people; to help them come unto Christ, and be able to live better lives and feel more love, peace and security in the arms of the Savor. I truly love where I am, and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to work in this area. There are so many amazing families here, and so many amazing people here! It’s just not me teaching them, but them teaching me, and just one person can change the way you think. One of those stories I would love to share with you guys….

Yesterday we were teaching a less active who hasn’t been to church in a very long time. We were teaching her about how she can better her relationship with God. We asked her how her relationship with God was, and she told us that it isn’t that good. At this moment in time she was frustrated with God, and we asked her why?  I should give you a little background about this amazing woman. She is 35 years old, and always has a smile on her face. Her husband is the second counselor in the bishopric, and she lost her hearing when she was 20, so she legally cannot hear.  This week she spent about 500bs, which is a bunch of money, and which she really didn’t t have, so that she could buy a microphone for her ear. She wanted to be able to hear, but she told us that it didn’t work and started to cry.  She told us that she didn’t t think that her hearing had decreased that much, but she couldn’t hear anything! She told us that she was so looking forward to hearing the voice of her kids for the first time, and listening to music, and hearing what her own voice sounded like! I felt so sad, I never once realized the gift I had in just being able to hear. I feel as as if many times we are blessed and don’t even realize the importance of the blessing we receive! I love the mission so much, and the opportunity that I have to learn so many new things from my Father in heaven!!

Week 80 – I love this zone and the people in it!

July 25, 2016

 Hey, hey family and friends! How are you all doing?  This week was super amazing. I was able to work super close with some of the elders in our zone, trying to help them become better missionaries, and in turn, I was able to learn a lot from them. I am now learning to put more trust in the spirit. I’m learning how it can guide me, and what I say, during each lesson that I teach. This week I was really able to focus on the needs of the people that I’m teaching, and was able to help many people become better. I love this work so much and I am so happy that I am here and able to help other people!

This week Elder Larrea and I were able to do 2 intercombios with Elder Soto, and Elder Gumuci, and Elder Marcillo, and Elder Salmons. Both of the intercombios were truly amazing. I was able to learn a lot from these amazing elders. At first I was with Elder Marcillo. He is truly an amazing elder and together we were able to work super hard and place 3 fechas for baptism. I truly see a great future for him, especially as a leader here in the mission.  I also was able to be with Elder Gumucio, which was truly amazing.   He is a great elder and it was really cool seeing the way that he taught the gospel. He really makes sure that the people that he is teaching understand the message; we were also able to place a fecha with him as well. The two intercombios we did were amaizing.   We talked about how we can become better missionaries together, and we set goals that we can accomplish!

SAM_9737SAM_9734We have begun to see huge progress with the new plan my comp and I created. The new program is working amazingly well. This week each companionship worked super hard. We increased the lessons that they taught a bunch. We had one elder, Elder Pasten, sick for the whole week, and Elder Pulido sick for 3 days, but regardless of that, this week the zone contacted 530 people and 6 companionships completed the goal of contacting 10 people. These elders and hermanas (sisters), are amazing! Our zone also taught 122 lessons with members. That means that the average per companionship reached over 10. This week the zone also put down15 fechas (dates), which means that in total the zone has 41 investigators with fecha baptismal (baptismal dates). I truly love this zone and the members in it. They are changing Sucre and helping it become a better place spiritually. I truly love this zone and I am going to miss this zone when I leave here.

Week 79 – Life on the Mission

July 4, 2015

 Buenos, this week was another amazing week.

Let’s see….this week was pretty dang interesting. On Thursday we got ready for our plane ride to Cochabamba. We all got to the airport, all of the zone leaders that are serving the mission outside of Cochabomb, to fly to Cochabomba! We all got there and were waiting for the plane to leave. We were scheduled to leave at 11:20, so we obviously weren’t going to make it by 12:00.  We should’ve made it by 12:15, which wasn’t too bad, but the plane was delayed, and I had to tell president everything that was going on. Finally, at noon, 40 min later, we boarded the plane. The 6 zone leaders that were with me were all sitting in different parts of the plane and I sat next to a young man, and we started talking. He asked me where I was from and I told him that I was from California and then he said in English, “No way, where in California?” I told him Orange County, and he asked me, “Where in Orange County?” I told him I was from Laguna Hill and he said, “No way! I served there on my mission!”  It turns out that he served a mission in our stake, but served in the Aliso ward. It was super crazy because he knew a bunch of the same people that I know from back home!  When we finally got to the meeting it was 1:00 in the afternoon and we were an hour late for the meeting, which kinda stank, but everything went well once we got there.

We also had to teach the class at the meeting, which made my comp, and I pretty dang nervous, but once we got up there everything went super well. We were able to feel the spirit super strong while we were teaching!

Afterwards we went to the church offices to drop a couple of things off for the zone with the secretaries, which was pretty cool. There were some new things that we talked about that we have to incorporate in the zone! Then we went to the assistants house to sleep, and that was such an amazing experience because they live right in front of the temple, so as I was in my bed with my head on the pillow, I could see the temple and Angel Moroni.  It was a really a neat experience.

Saturday the singles group had an activity and they invited us because they were going to do a zapata misional, which means go and search for all the young single adults in the ward that haven’t been going to church. It was super cool. My comp and I split up so that we could find more people faster, and we had so much success. It was awesome.

SAM_9728This week was truly amazing! I had so much fun, and the mission is just passing by so fast its crazy!  I just want to let you guys know how much I love this work! Its truly amazing and I’m so grateful that I am here and am able to better my relationship with my loving heavenly father.

Week 79 – Too Tired to Take off my Clothes:)

July 4, 2016

 Hey, hey, hey!

This week was the most tiring week of my whole mission. My comp and I put super high goals in place so that we could help as many people as possible. We also made a goal to talk to 70 new people each week, and contact them about the gospel. Every night we got home between 9:30-10:00, and just fell asleep in our beds with our church clothes still on. We were just too tired to take them off!

This Thursday we are flying to Cochabamba for a leaders meeting with all the zone leaders in our mission, and with the assistants, and with the President and his wife. It’s my 4th meeting like this! We have one every month, but this week my comp and I will be teaching, which makes me a bit nervous.

SAM_9703Over the past 6 weeks my comp and I have been working a bunch with the less actives in the ward and we have been able to reactivate 5 of them. This next week we should be reactivating 2 more, which makes us super happy. I’d like to tell you the story about one of the reactivations that we should be having this next week. His name is Gabriel, and he has been inactive for about 8 years. We found him through his grandmother who always attends church. We went to visit him and we had an amazing lesson. The next week he went to church, and the next week he left with us to go teaching and to visit other people. The next week he told us that he made the decision to go on the mission, and he told us that he talked with the bishop about all the mistakes that he had committed in the past and how he wants to change and come clean before God. It’s so amazing to see how much the gospel can change someone’s life for the better and allow him or her to become better people.  yo se que esta iglesia es verdad y que Dios nos ama cada uno de nosotros ni importa lo que hemos hecho en el pasado el siempre estará por nosotros por ayudarnos y cuidarnos durante los tiempos fáciles y difíciles he loves you!!!!!!!!! Love you guys so much! Hope all is well!

Week 78 – Creating a New Plan

June 27, 2016

Hey, hey, hey.

 Here I am again. This week was another great week, but it started off super slow. Tuesday and Wednesday my companion was pretty dang sick. He had a fever and a stomachache, and was throwing up. That wasn’t fun at all, but on Tuesday we were able to find 2 members, one who would stay with my comp, and another to accompany me so that we could still teach and go out and work that day. But it was super funny, because my comp felt super sick that day and just wanted to sleep. But when I came back at 8 that night to pick him up he told me that the brother who had been with him for the past 7 hours never stopped talking once, and telling my comp his life stories. He told me that for 7 hours he was recounting his life and telling him about all these weird experiences that he has had. My comp told me that all he wanted to do was sleep, and he felt super tired the whole time. Ha! I just laughed, and he told me if he was ever sick again to never send him to that member’s house again. I was just cracking up. Ha, ha! I know that member, and its true what he told me, because every time we go to visit him and his family he always tells us super strange stories. Ha, ha.

But this week was a big success. We planed a missionary activity with the ward to watch Meet the Mormons, and it was a huge success. We had 130 people come and about 30 were investigators or less actives. It was an amazing day and a great way to start to share the gospel with others. After the activity we went back to the house and we recreated the whole way in which we help and teach lessons, and follow up on goals with our zone. We literally spent about 6 hours creating this new plan to help the missionaries in our zone reach their full potential in their areas. We are super stoked about this new way to help these amazing missionaries grow together. The next day we called the mission president and his wife so that we could set up a meeting with him to present our plan. It turned out that he was scheduled to pass by Sucre the next day so that he could visit Villazon. So he told us that he could meet with us the next day. On Friday we met with him and we presented him with our new plan, and he said he loved it, and wants our zone to use the new plan that we created. If it works out well he wants to have the whole mission use it. Super cool, huh.

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This week was super awesome. I just love my comp so much. He is so amazing. I am so happy that he is my comp. We are having a bunch of success together. We are also meeting with every bishop in the stake each month and are meeting with the stake president once every 2 weeks. It’s super awesome. I love you guys so much. I pray for the best for all of you!

Week 77 – I’m officially a travel agent:)

June 20, 2016

Hey family and friends, hope all of you guys are well. I miss you all so much. You’re all in my prayers, and I hope you are all having the best summer ever. Ha, ha! Funny thing is, I cant say the same thing…… here in Bolivia it’s winter, but I am having the best winter ever if that counts?

This week was officially the craziest week of my life. My comp and I are in charge of all of Sucre, and we are also in charge of all the elders and sisters that are outside of the cocha. There are about 60 people, and we are like their travel agents when there are changes in the zone, or when anyone has transfers, and there were transfers this week. The thing that was crazy was that while we were trying to do handle the transfers there was blockades everywhere. That means that the roads are closed because people are protesting and throwing huge rocks and heavy object into the roads. The people are standing there in huge groups so that cars can’t pass by. We had to send people in 5 different groups to different cities, each about 89 hours away, and just my comp and I were in charge of all of it. We went to the airport 5 times this week, which is about an hour away to pick up and send off elders or sisters. We also went to the terminal about 5 times to buy bus tickets and send off elders by bus to Tupiza, Cocha, and Potosi. It was so crazy. My comp and I were so tired, but the good thing is it all ended yesterday at about 6 at night.

As I said, this week was transfers, but I will be staying here in Sucre for one more transfer, or for 6 more weeks, but then I will for sure be going to a new area. I don’t know where, but it will be my last area, which makes me feel super sad.

This week we were able to help a bunch of people come closer to Christ and help them and their family, which made me super happy. I just love the opportunity we have to help others. This week my best friend in the mission, Elder Johnson, ended his mission, which is pretty sad, but we have plans to hang out when we I get back, and I have to teach him how to surf. Ha, ha, ha! That should be supper fun.

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matthewWe got 7 new elders and one new sister in our zone this week, which is awesome. I will miss all of the elders that left because they are all truly amazing I was able to grow super close to them, but I am super excited for the new people that are now in our zone. They all seem super amazing and really hard workers, which I just love. There are so many amazing people here in Sucre. My comp and I are getting super close with a family of 7. It’s a single mom and her 3 sons, and her son’s wife and daughter. They’re super awesome. Her son is a return missionary. Her other son just left on a mission about 4 weeks ago, and her other son has his mission call to Peru. They are all super amazing. I love them so much. Tonight we actually have a family home evening with them, which I’m totally looking forward to.  I better go, but I love all of you guys so much thanks for your amazing emails. Miss you all.

Week 76 – I will serve until the last minute

 

June 13, 2016

 Hola familia que tal po, che, pe, la vida es gran aqui en Bolivia.

Hey guys how are you? I love you guys so much. It’s kind of weird that my time here on the mission is coming to an end. To be honest I don’t like thinking about that, it makes me sad, I love working for the Lord and being able to help other people come unto Christ.  I love Bolivia so much; the people here are so amazing. I have literally learned so many new and amazing things here on the mission that I will be able to apply for the rest of my life. But don’t worry I won’t get “trunky,” (lazy) I’m going to work as hard as I can up until my very last day. Then when I will come home I will probably just sleep for a couple days! Ha ha.

How are all of you? What’s new? This week has been super crazy. Well, the whole mission has been super crazy! Ha ha! The other day we caught a plane to go to Cochabamba so that we could have a meeting with the mission president and with other leaders in the mission. It was a great meeting! We really learned a bunch and we talked about how we can better the mission here in Cocha. We were only there for 2 days, but it was a great 2 days! I was able to visit a couple of my converts there in Tiquipaya.

This past Sunday we went on splits, and it was truly amazing. I went and visited a family that we had visited about 2 weeks earlier. A member told us that the father of the family, Felix, wasn’t well, so we went to visit him. When he walked into the room he was completely different from the last time that I saw him, which just shocked me so much. He seemed to have something mentally wrong with him as if something had attacked his brain, and he was super slow to move and to look. It was very weird but I could immediately feel the spirit super strong, it was amazing. We began to talk about the atonement of Jesus Christ and how it could cure us from any sickness, and how we must always put our faith in him and He can help us. I truly love our Savior so much and I feel such a connection to him now that I am here on my mission.

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Love you all so much! Hope all is well. If you need anything just let me know.

Week 75 – Missing Grass:)

June 6, 2016

Hey family and friends. Hope all is well! You guys are so amazing! I’m so lucky to have such amazing friends and an amazing family like you all. I truly consider you all family. You are all in my prayers each and every day.

This week was super cool. We did a lot of contacting, or knocking doors looking for people to teach, or that need help with service. We actually had a lot of success. We have been able to find a bunch of new families and people that have been struggling in their homes. It was a great experience to help these people progress. It’s weird to think of how many blessings we have in California, such as grass. Ha, ha! To be honest I have not seen grass in so long. Ha, ha! That’s one thing I miss a bunch. To be honest, I love it here so much. I truly don’t want to leave because the people here are so humble and are so amazing. They truly are suffering here, but they don’t know anything different so its a big blessing being able to help them progress.

This week we have had so much progress. We were able to rescue someone and have 7 investigators come to church. This week we also went to the 7 waterfalls here in Sucre, which was super cool. I’ll send you guys pictures. I miss you all so much. We also were able to see a member open his mission call, which was amazing! I was able to feel the spirit super strong.

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Love you all and miss you! Have a great week!