Never abandon the great truths revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Never stop reading, pondering, and applying the doctrine of Christ contained in the Book of Mormon.Never fail to give equal time to the Lord through honest attempts to understand what the Lord has revealed. As my dear friend and former colleague Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, “We should not assume … that just because something is unexplainable by us it is unexplainable.”
So before you make that spiritually perilous choice to leave, I encourage you to stop and think carefully before giving up whatever it was that brought you to your testimony of the restored Church of Jesus Christ in the first place. Stop and think about what you have felt here and why you felt it. Think about the times when the Holy Ghost has borne witness to you of eternal truth.”
On Saturday we had a baptism. We got to the church like an hour early to make sure everything we alright and the font was full and stuff. Well it just so happens that everything wasn’t alright. The font had like an inch of water. So clearly we filled the font with buckets for the full hour before the baptism. BUT of course everything worked out perfectly for Yoselin to enter the waters of baptism and make covenants with our Heavenly Father. It was amazing to see and it was such a special feeling to have my first baptism. I wont forget it.
Hola que tal!
I need to hear some jokes or something though because I haven’t really laughed in about 8 weeks.
I just feel the answers to prayers this week, and I feel very blessed. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be here. My mission president challenged us to read the New Testament throughout December and focus on the life of Jesus. He said that sometimes in our lives when we aren’t feeling the happiness that we want it is because we aren’t studying like we should. I think that’s true and I think that we can all study a little bit harder. I love the idea to read about Jesus this month and I encourage you all to do it too!!
I know it’s a little bit more serious of an email this week, but that’s alright There are several more weeks for that. Well that’s about it. I hope you all had a good thanksgiving and are in the Christmas spirit. I miss that! Celebrate extra hard for me!
I’m just out here in Mexico straight grinding. The first few weeks in my mission contacting was my least favorite thing. But as I have set goals for myself I have grown to love trying to achieve them. I’m doing so much better at contacting. I even got to play basketball for a little the other day by contacting. It was so good.
I’m learning Spanish everyday and it’s fun, I’m enjoying it but I just want to know it all already!! But it’s fun to feel the gift of tongues everyday. I think I’ve given 6 or 7 blessings in Spanish since I’ve been here and those are the hardest but the most spiritual. I love it!
I only have 5 more weeks of training and then I’ll be a veteran. I can’t wait to see what the next weeks bring. I always love splits and stuff cause it’s just a little different from normal days and I get to be with Mexican Elders which I love.
I’m having a hard time focusing this week because the kid sitting next to me is a FIFA wizard. I’ve never seen anyone this good. Every five seconds I hear GOAALLLL. It’s nuts. Anyway back to the things pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The spirit is so strong, and I love having it all the time. I love to read the Book of Mormon here cause I’m absolutely hooked. I learn so much. I want to invite anyone who has a husband or wife that reads this to make sure you read the scriptures together. I obviously don’t have a wife, but I know if you do that your relationship will strengthen.
I know this church is true and I’m thankful for these 2 years I get to share it. I hope all of you are receiving the blessings you need. I love you!! and pray for you, please pray for me!
This week has been so good. It has been an answer to prayers and a testimony builder. Last Monday I fasted that we would find an investigator to teach and baptize this transfer. I just wanted a little taste of the glory, ya know, to see what it tastes like. Literally the next day we met Yoselin. We were teaching her and we were getting towards the end of the lesson and we asked her that if she prayed and knew our message was true, if she would be baptized. she said yes! So I asked her how much time she thinks she would need and she said “hmm about a week” and I was like woah wow! Haha. But we have a rule that the investigators need to attend church 5 times. So we set a date for the 3rd of December. What a miracle. My testimony of the fast is so much stronger than before. I will be staying here in San Blas to finish my training. We will see what happens after that. I’m excited about it though I like it here a lot.
I had divisions with the Zone Leaders this week. I was with Elder Ruiz. yesss. I love being with the Mexicans. they love to learn English and it helps me with Spanish. My favorite Elder finished his mission today. Elder Flores. He gave me a lot of good advice, and I learned a lot from him.
I’m glad to hear that Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America and not Crooked Hillary. Either way I’m glad I’m in Mexico for 2 years. I might get to help build the wall for service or something. We’ll see.
Yo se que Jesucristo vive y nos ama. Yo se que la oracion es muy poderoso. Yo se que esta iglesia es verdadera y hay mucho gozo cuando seguimos los mandamientos. Yo se que Jose Smith fue una profeta de dios. Yo he orado y he recibido una respuesta. Les amo, tengan una buena semana!
Well another week down in San Blas. Que padre. I really like it here. Its freakin hot but I can manage. I’m straight learning Spanish. I’m getting better. I can understand just about everything through context and I’m getting better at understanding all the words. Its a blessing from Dios.
Hmm this week was a quick one. We had divisions with the Elders from Villa Hildalgo. I was with Elder Angulo, who doesn’t spick a lick of English. It was a blast. Hes from Ecuador so it was like listening to a song every time he spoke. I love him, I want to be his comp some day.
If you want to have a life changing experience. Look up how to make the different Mexican waters(Fruit, jamaica, horchata, barley, avena) they are so good. I love them.
I’m really enjoying my mission and the growth that’s happening. Its fun to set personal goals every morning and try to accomplish them. It’s seriously fun and I think you guys should do it. I want to apply it after the mish and such.
I feel all the prayers, and I need them so keep it up. Pray for me because tomorrow and Tuesday are Day of the Dead so I might get killed. But its okay I’m serving the Lord. Also there’s a fat strike going on right now because the workers aren’t getting paid. Imagine like 500 people sitting in the middle of the town in like Beaver, that’s what its like.
I saw 5 iguanas this week. Ellos son bien padre. I love you all have a good week!
I feel a lot more situated and I dont miss a lot of the things I was struggling with at the beginning. I don’t want any of you to worry about me, because I heard the Whip and Nae Nae this week so…… God is good. What a blessing.
We have a couple progressing investigators, and they were at church this week so that was good, I feel great when I see the people we work with come to church. The hardest thing is that everyone commits to do anything we ask but then they don”t. 🙂
I’ve been tired this week. But so has my companion. Haha we were doing comp study the other morning and it was his turn to read and it was quiet for like 5 seconds so I looked up and he was passsseeeddd out. I didn’t wake him up and I put my head on my desk and took a little nap. I know it was the wrong choice, but I was tired.
The food here is sooo good and they feed us all the time. The other day I was at a members house and the food looked really plain so I put 4 spoonfuls of salsa on one little taco and ate it. My mouth went numb and was on fire for like 30 minutes. I then noticed that even the Mexicans only put a tiny little dab on theirs. It was so hot.
I learn something new everyday, and I strengthen relationships everyday as well. I’m really starting to enjoy it here and I’m thankful for this opportunity. I love the Book of Mormon and I know its true. We have been focusing on it a lot the last couple weeks and I just know that it’s the truth. I’m so thankful for the words it has for me everyday. I know it can bless all lives and through the study of it daily we can be protected from the craziness in the world.
I love hearing from everyone so keep it coming! I hope everyone is doing alright. Jesus Christ went through whatever you are right now so you should be fine. Lean on him and it will work out.
Be safe and have a good week!!
I arrived in Guadalajara around 8 or 9 and then the first thing they had us do was go work a normal day with a companionship. I got to work with Elder Viviana from Hurricane Utah and Elder Florres from somewhere in Mexico. I absolutely loved it. It was so fun but so much walking. My favorite part was reading the Book of Mormon with a member named Roberto. He was 15 and I loved him lots. It was kind of sad that whole day because I met a lot of people I knew I probably wouldn’t be serving any time soon. When we got back to the apartment I went to take a shower. Lol there wasn’t a shower head and there was a soda bottle with holes poked in the bottom taped to the pipe. So that was my first shower experience here.
Tuesday was just a fat training all day long and we got to spend a lot of time with Presidente Clayton and Hermana Clayton. I love them both so much and I’m so thankful for them. They were so welcoming right from the start. Towards the end of the day we received our trainers. Mine is Elder Taylor from California, right by Roseville! He seems pretty cool. He is obedient, and I’ve already learned from him. We were assigned to the San Blas area right outside Puerto Vallarta. Its about 6 hours from the mission offices, so we drove about half way that night and stayed with some elders. It was so fun it was straight Latinos. They called me gringo all night, but they were cool. The shower experience improved here, but this time Ihad to flush the toilet by pulling the plug in the back of the toilet to flush.
We woke up this morning and took a bus the rest of the way to San Blas. It’s so freaking hot here. Like humid as can be. I haven’t been dry in hours. It’s awesome. We had lunch with a member couple today. They were so nice and the food was dankkkkk (super good). We read the Book of Mormon with them and the husband started sobbing because he feels bad about his past. We read from D&C 58 with them and he seemed comforted but I’m not sure cause I dont know Spanish.I dont know what language they were teaching us in the CCM but it wasn’t Spanish. God speed Elder Cluff! We have an appointment with some less actives a little later so we will see how that goes.
The homes I’ve had the opportunity to sit in have been very humble. Usually a couch and some windows with no glass and one light bulb in the middle of the room. I’ve already been humbled and I know that will continue to happen everyday. Especially since I only speak broken Spanish and can barely understand what they are saying. I absolutely love it. It’s going to be hard, and take some serious adjusting but I can feel a deep love for this work already. It’s seriously crazy to see some of this stuff. I saw four people on a Moped yesterday, and last night I saw a fairly limp body in the basket of a bike. There are dogs everywhere, and I’ve already taken like 30 taxis. Never have I done that before but esta bien. I love him and his Gospel and I know its true! Pictures next week!!!