Hey mom! I am sorry I have had a crazy last week sorry for not writing. I had been sick with diarreah and headach with lots of vomiting. Tuesday early in the morning I was vomiting blood so my mission president and his wife came and got me at 2 in the morning and took me to the emergency room. We got out at aboutand I was resting the rest of the day and a few days after. I am still recovering but everything is all good now! But last p-day I was super sick.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Comp: Elder Cagle
Hola hola!! I wasnt able to send a letter the last week because i was super enfermo! It started 2 saturdays ago and I was stuck with diarreah and a headach. Then everything moved into vomiting and tuesday morning I was vomiting blood so I called my Presdident and then he and his wife came to our house atto take us to the hospital and we got out at about . So all p-day I was resting. Its a bummer!
Another big bummer is that most of the people who had a date to be baptized the 20th have had their baptism date moved so my companion will continue with them which is awesome! They just need a little more time. But we are still planning to have a baptism the 20th of March.
Its been pretty hard trying to stay focused on the mission because I am REALLY excited to see my family again. My ex companion Elder Cooper sent me a message saying that going home is something really nice, but that its not worth being distracted over. I know that I have to keep giving my 100 percent. Elder Cagle and I are still trying to work hard. We have difficult days and some really good days. One of my goals in every sector is to leave it better than when I had come to it. We have been finding alot of people and I am excited to keep planting seeds for the next missionaries. Its the best thing in the world being instruments in the hands of our Father in bringing our brethren to have a knowledge of the truth.
See you guys soon!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
- we recieved the news that in the family Elder Cooper and I had helped get reactivated there was a girl with the age of 21 who had lost her baptism records. The mission, the stake and the family have tried to look everywhere or for some evidences but nothing has been found. She has a baptism date for the .
- we went to one of the houses that we had recently found. In this house there is a convert who was baptized last year. He stopped going to church and got involved with a girl and they are now living together. He called us and told us to go and visit him. He told us that he wanted to do things right. His girlfriend wants to become involved in the church and do the same. We found out that the girl has to get divorced from her husband that she had separated from so that they could get married and go to church. So friend told us that he is planning to move out and be friends with his girlfriend so that they both can progress and so that his girlfriend can be baptized with her 3 kids. She has a baptizm date for the .
- we had ward counsel and our bishop told us that there was a sister from columbia and that she had been recieving the lessons from the missionares there and she had just barely moved here and she wants to be baptized. She has a baptism date for the .
- we had lunch with an active family. They had told us that in our ward there was an hermana that was an investigator and had been an investigator for almost 7 years. She told us that missionaries had always passed by but she coudnt progress because she needed to get a divorce and get married with the guy she had been living with. The active family told us that she always pays her tithing and that she is super strong and that this last sunday she had told the relief society that she went to the registo civil and became legally married to the guy she is living with right now. And she also told the sisters that now she can become a member of the church. She has a baptism date for the .
- we also visited a house of a youth that was recently baptized. He is the only member of his family. They live in very poor conditions but they are a great family. The converts mom had always participated in the visits we had with her son. But she was firm in her decision not to be baptized and join the church. Well this last monday we visited them. Her son went to the kitchen to make juice and we sat with her in the living. I kindof jokingly asked the sister when she was planning to be baptized. She gave me a big SHHHHHHHHH -and then said quietly that she had talked with a returned sister missionary. That she bore her testimony to her and that she had felt the spirit to hear this returned missionary. She told me and my companion that she wants to keep the news a suprize to her 17 year old son. She accepted to be batptized the .
Comp: Elder Cagle
Wow this week was probably on of the hardest weeks in my mission! So I only have had 6 weeks in this sector before my last companion Elder Cooper returned home -6 weeks is not enough to learn this sector!! So my companion Elder Cagle and I have been walking around everywhere with a map trying to remember where everyone lives.and Sunday last week were some of the hardest days because we had absolutely no lessons and we have very few lessons from the days before. The people were just ocupied or on vacation an we only had a few investigatores but we had visited them all. It was really hard litteraly walking 5 straight hours in the heat trying to find someone to teach!! Geez! But just yesterday we began to see blessings because of our diligence.
Well we are working with a family and they are becoming reactivated. They have a son who is not a member. This family has a goal to be sealed in the temple. We have been working hard with this family and their son has a baptism date for the.
My companion Elder Cagle and I have been seening lots of miracles. I know that our Heavenly Father has touched the hearts of these people. Even if these families dont make the baptism convant they will still have that seed and hopefully it will bloom in the future. We have started asking references. We have learned that the members are timid. Its hard to ask them to join us in a lesson with somene they dont know. So - we are working around that. We are asking the members for references in very specific ways and still the members are to shy to introduce us to them so we go and contact the house and if they accept us we tell the members that they had recieved us and they sooon become very excited to go to the lessons and share their testimonies. When these members see the success from their efforts they will want to participate more because thats what brings joy and happiness. Other members will see the examples and want to follow.
The field is white, and it is ready to harvest. I have learned from my mission president that it is like lookig for easter eggs. There are many many easter eggs but they are all hidden and we have to look diligently. Sometimes we give up to easy. As Elder Holland has said "Salvation is not a cheap experience." Even when we have been looking and searching and never find those eggs we still leave behind the hints and clues or seeds. We are all on the same team.
Well thats my week!! Love you guys!!
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Comp: Elder Cagle
Well my companion Elder Cooper just returned home yesterday and we we recieved our new companions. I have to train the next Zone Leader because its his first time as Zone Leader and I leave the mission this change. But this sector is HUGE! It has been pretty difficult trying to remember where everyone lives and continue where we left off with Elder Cooper. I have one change in this sector but it sure was not enough to learn it! haha But we are doing our best, that is what matters to the Lord -that we do our best. The name of my new companion is Elder Cagle. He is from California and he is 2 metros de altura!! locoooooo! But the good thing is that the flaites dont yell things at us anymore haha!
We hope to have 3 baptisms this change, I am really excited. We have a family that is progressing fast. It is amazing to see their conversion, it is one of the best experiences. I love this work. It is such a priviledge to participate in this great work.
We recently had our P-Day changed to. It will be interesting, it feels really weird.
Thats all I have this week!"!
Love you guys!
Monday, February 1, 2016
Comp: Elder Cooper.
Wowowowowow!!! This week has been a huge bummer!!!! Everyone is on vacation in the beach! It has been so hard trying to find our investigators or tying to make appointments. Nevertheless! We have found some great new investigatores and we are planning to have 3 baptisms this next change.
My companion Elder Cooper is very trunky because he goes home. I have been somewhat trunky as well because I am killing him his last change and I am going to die my next change. But I shall endure to the end. 49 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has been so hot here walking around everywhere. Ive been taking 2 showers every day. We have some serious sweatmarks on our shirts at the end of the day after taking off our backpacks. But we are doing good.
We had a guy in church this last Sunday. His name is Dimitri. We have never taught him. He is a very skinny old guy that has no teeth and is almost always drunk in the street. Whenever we see him we invite him to church -he always says that he will be there but he never comes so the next time we see him in the street we ask him why he couldnt go and he always says he couldnt. But this time he came and was there for all 3 hours and participated really well in the classes!!! It was pretty cool.
Well See you all soon!!
Monday, January 18, 2016
Comp: Elder Cooper
Wow its soooooooooooooooooooooooo hot here!!!!!!!! I feel like I am under a huge magnifying glass, I swear im gonna catch fire any day now! Arizona is soooo much hotter but I dont feel like Im being sniped out by the like like I do here. WEW!
This is a really good sector that I am in. Its been really hard trying to adjust back to walking so much again but its good exercise. We have a bunch of investigators but we still havent had any progresando. We have been trying to look at the tema to see what we can do to sharpen our teachings and focus more on their needs. Thats one of the more difficult parts of missionary work- trying to discern the needs and doubts of the investigators. But the good news is that we have a few inactive families that are coming back to church after years and years of inactivity. Some of these families are part member families so hopefully we can get on that soon.
We are passing out books of mormom and cards to all the members in our ward and they are trying to find a family member or neighbor, friend that they can introduce to and then give us a call. We have been receiving muchas referencias. We hope to see some good fruits soon! We gotta keep up on the work, my companion goes home the 8th of Febuary and I have just two months left!! Thats nothing!!! I feeli kinda stressed like I have a huge loead of things to do and just a really short time to do them in.
We had our leadership meeting and our mission president gave us a really cool example about the field being white and ready to harvest. He said that the Lord has many people prepared to receive us. Its like easter eggs we have to put in a huge amount of effort to find theos people prepared. The scriptures dont say gently put your sickle in but they say THRUST it in. Alot of times we are not thrusting or doing everything we can do, not being diligent and we give up easily because we dont find results. So our mission president siad we had to be more diligent because the eggs are there, and there are many of them.
Miss you guys!! See you all soon ;)