Monday, October 26, 2015

So this was a good week this week!!! We had another conference, and this time it was a regional conference...  It was good, we heard from Elder Anderson.  Even though he doesn't know Spanish very well, he talked in it, and it was great!!! They really need to learn how to do the conferences better here though, because it is just really hot, and there are never enough seats... 

So this week I got to go on an exchange with Elder Strong again, and it was great!!! We had fun! And we taught a lot of people together!!! I also this week found a cool monkey!! 

The Pinto family is doing better, they finally are realizing that the way to come out of there problems is the gospel, so that's great!!!  Also the Leon family is realizing that, They are both really great!! 

I feel like the whole family is just busy bees that run around everywhere all the time, but I guess that is what makes us happy so why not keep doing it!!! Im glad to hear how good everyone is doing!!! 
Thanks mom for teaching me about that, it makes me want to study more about Abraham!!!  You are the best mom, thanks for everything you do!!!! Love you!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Well, we had an absolutely great week here!!!  This week was Stake conference, aand this one was a great conference. The area 70 came, Elder Balderama.  He gave an amazing talk to us, and also President Willard did an amazing job! It was just so great for all the people who were there, and so many people liked it!! 

Everything is going good for me and my comp here. We went to this one area this week, that we have never been to. I felt like we were just walking in the straight jungle, and then we found a street with houses.  So we started to contact them, and it seemed like no one wanted to talk to us at all, then we got to the last house on the street, and we contacted a guy, and his wife, and we taught them a little.  They said they weren't that interested, and that they were from other churches.  But we still taught them and said we would come back. Then Saturday when we went back, and they were very happy to see us.  When we started teaching, the man said he had a lot of questions for us about the pamphlet.  We asked if we could explain it first and then see if still had questions.  So we taught about the restoration.  Afterwards he said he didn't have any questions about it, and he just wanted to know more about the organization of the church. Then we invited him and his wife to be baptized, and they said yes, and they said they felt like they have always been looking for a church like ours, and feel like they finally found it!!! They are just so great, then they went with us to Stake Conference, and they loved it!!! 

The Millares family is doing great, I had some pictures I was going to send of them, but I forgot my camera, so here's a picture of My comp and I when we went bowling.

And the family of MIcaela is doing great, they are just so much happier now!!! They went to Stake Conference, and loved it so much!!! They are just doing so great!!! The Pinto family is doing better, even though they are having some trials.

Thanks so much family for all that you do. I love you tons, and you guys are the best!!! 

Monday October 12, 2015

So this was a good week here!!! Sister Lucy is just the best ever!!! She loves us so much, and she loves the gospel too!!! She always wants to invite us over for pizza, and she has introduced us to all of her family, and all of her friends, and tells us that we need to baptize them!!! Haha she is really the best!!! So we went and visited the Leon family, and they said they really want to be baptized still, but the problem is she can't take out a new I.D because she doesn't have correct papers, and she can't get correct papers cause she doesn't have an I.D... So they feel like they will never be able to figure it out... 

My comp is doing a lot better now though, he´s not complaining of all the work as much!!! haha, but no, we are working really hard even though he doesn't like it, and we are just going crazy contacting and teaching, trying to teach as many people as possible!!! 

That's so great to hear that the family is doing so great, you guys just seem so happy, and that life is just loaded with fun activities, and just so much joy!!! I guess that what the gospel is!!! That's the kind of joy I just wish everyone could have!!! Every time we visit the Millares family it's just so full of love and happiness, and I know it's because they now have the gospel in their lives!!! They are just so happy and Brother Juan Luis should get the priesthood on Sunday so that will be great for him!! 

Well I love you family, thanks for all the love you guys have!!! 

Monday October 5, 2015

So, Lets just say that conference was the best!!!! I absolutely loved it, all of it!!! The speakers were so inspired, and the new apostles are so great!!!! They are going to serve so well in their new callings!!!  So in conference, I think my favorite talk was the first one by President Uchtdorf!! Where he asked people to step back and simplify their lives in the gospel!!! Out here, teaching people, I feel like that is a huge obstacle for people, that they look at the gospel like it is so hard, or one thing that they don't understand perfectly, and they distance themselves from the gospel. Just like president Uchtdorf said, That the gospel is so easy, a child can understand, but also so profound and complex that it takes a lifetime to really grasp it! 

I just really loved it, and I am so excited to put in practice all of the promises, and challenges that they made. 

So everything has been going great, Sister Lucy our convert is just the best, and she always wants to invite people to hear us, it's the best!!! She also made us pizza the other day, and it was so good, but my comp doesn't like pizza, so I had to eat all of his... haha also the Millares family is doing great!!!  They talk about their temple sealing every time we go over there, and they are so excited to get sealed in a year!! 

My comp is also doing good, He is not used to waking up early, and also he doesn't like walking everywhere, but he is doing really good, and we are getting along great!!!! 

I'm so happy to hear how good you guys are doing, I love you Family so much, and thanks for all the support!! And mom I was thinking about you during all of Elder Hollands talk, and President Nelsons!!!! Love you mom!!! 

Coming home from the Priesthood Session

Monday September 28, 2015

Hello Family!!!! 

So I got my new comp!!! HIs name is Elder Mori, and he is from Peru!!! He is way awesome, and way tiny!!! I feel like he is like my little 14 year old brother. Just because he is so new!!! Haha 

My comp and I get a long great though. He is completely new, and training him is a lot harder than it was with Elder Carrasco.. He doesn't have medical problems or anything like that, he just has never read the scriptures before his mission, and it's not as easy for him to teach.  But he is still way great, and he is way funny!!!! 

Everything in the mission is going great!!! We have had like a bunch of miracles just in this last week.  We are going to start finding a lot of new people in this area! (even though I am sure I have contacted every house here) The members this last Sunday told me I should buy a lot here just because I have been in this ward for so much time!!! Haha but its ok, because I love this ward, and I love working with the people in it!!! 

We had a trainers meeting right before we got our comps, and it was amazing!!! President is just so loving, and does such a good job of teaching us!!! 

Mikaela and her family are doing great, and they are all so excited to be going to church, and they love my new comp, because they have family who lives in Peru! The Leon family are going through a lot of trials lately... they had a funeral two Sundays ago, so they couldn't go to church, and then his sister was in the hospital so they couldn't go again... they are a little sad because they think they will never be able to fix their papers. But, last night we visited them, and they are almost into Alma in the book of mormon! So that's good!!! 

The mission really is going great, I'm really excited for this week, and the chance to hear so much revelation from the prophet, and the new apostles, I think it is an historic moment!!! 

Well I love you all, Dad I'm proud of the goal you have!!! I have started reading Doctrine and Covenants, and lets just say that that is very powerful!!! Love you all family, and I'm glad to hear you are all doing so good!!! 

Monday September 21, 2015

So transfers came this week.....  Based on some stuff that my comp has been going through, they are going to let him go to his house, and I am staying here to train again.... Haha crazy I know, I have been in this area a long time, and it looks like I'm going to stay more time. I will get my new comp on Wednesday! 

But this week was great, Mikaela, got baptized, and also Sister Lucy got baptized!!! Sister Lucy is a lady that my comp and I found that we have been teaching for four weeks.  When we first met her she wanted nothing to do with us, but agreed to listen to us, but said she will never get baptized... Then she just had an amazing conversion, and got baptized, and she is just amazing!!! She loves the church and she told us right after that she wants to bare her testimony in church, and she wants all of her family to go to church!!! 

So my comp had a long interview with President this week, and after he called me in just for a second, and we had like one of the most powerful moments ever. He just expressed some very powerful thoughts to me, and he just made me feel so great, he is such an inspired man!!!  He told me I was going to train again, and that my comp was going home.  But my comp will be fine, he just has to work stuff out and he´ll be back!

Also, I just finished reading Jesus the Christ, and let's just say that it is one of the best books I have ever read, so much doctrine, and so many different perspectives!!! 

Well I love you family, thanks for all of the support that you give me!! I love you all!!! 

Monday September 14, 2015

Well If you can't tell by my picture, this was an amazing week!!! We had a conference this week with Elder Uceda, from the 70, and let's just say that it was the best and most powerful conference I have ever attended!!! It was also the first time in the mission that I have had a general authority visit us! 

So this was really a great week. Elder Uceda invited us to do a lot of things to be better missionaries.  There are so many things that I need to do to be better!!! He also made us a lot of promises.  It is easy to tell that he is a man with power and authority from God.  But at the same time he was so humble.  It was just great!!! 

Mikaela has been doing a lot better.  If her health stays good she should be baptized this week, along with Sister Lucy that we are teaching. The Leon family is getting kind of disappointed, and so it's getting hard for them. I really hope they can have a miracle to help them with their papers. 

This week was kind of hard for us to work. We had to go to the dentist twice, and the clinic once... My comp just keeps having medical problems, so we are always just going back and forth to downtown. I guess we will see what happens this next week during transfers... I really don't want to leave this area, because I love it so much, and the ward too! But I have also been here for almost 6 months, so who knows... 

When Elder Uceda was here he also invited all the Latinos to learn English, and for all the white people to get better at Spanish.  So that has been my goal. I am studying Spanish a lot more, to perfect it, and also my companion and I are speaking a lot of English, so he can learn it better!!! 

Well thats all for this week, I love you guys so much, and mom please tell Jeff  Happy Birthday from me!!! 

Monday September 7, 2015

So this was just great!!! The Millares family did get baptized and it was just great!!! They are so happy!! When they met Elder Strong for their baptism interview, Elder Strong asked them what their purpose of getting baptized is, and they said that their goal is to be baptized and in a year go to the temple to finally be sealed for eternity!! It made me so happy to know that I get to be part of helping them become an eternal family!!! 

The little girl Micaela who was supposed to be baptized a couple weeks ago has been really sick lately, she was actually in the hospital for these last three weeks, that's why she never got baptized... Saturday she finally got out of the hospital and Sunday, she was in church with all of her family. After sacrament her dad pulled me aside, and he wanted to talk a little with me. He expressed to me that he has never felt loved by the church, even though he has been member since he was eight.. He said he has always just gone in and out of activity in the church because he feels like people just look down on him... Then he thanked me cause he said that he felt like I was a missionary that actually cared about him and his family, and that we have been helping them have the motivation to go back to church. They are just such a great family.  We are going to start doing family home evenings with them a lot more.  So that they make the habit of it! 

My comp is doing great. Tonight we have to go to the dentist, and they are going to do some work on him.  So I guess we will see how that goes! 

I'm so glad to hear that BYU beat Nebraska. That's the best story ever!!! They must be doing so great!!! I 'm excited to watch them play next year! Tell everyone I love them and tell them all thanks for the prayers!  I love you mom, thanks for everything you do!