Monday, June 24, 2013

week 10!

June 24th, 2013


Whew. Dang, I have to go to my agenda to remember what happeed this week. Hold on...

Well one of the most exciting parts of this week is that we had lots of people in church this Sunday!! 9 Investigators and 5 less actives!! Awesome! Granted, 4 of the investigators live in the United States and only came because they were visiting member families, but they are taking the lessons in the United States and we are helping them a little bit. It´s helped me realize that every contact you have with someone, even if the completely reject you, is going to play a role in their life. And we are helpig this family grow just a little bit more every sunday with our Gospel Principles class. The family of Rosalinda that has been progressing most and was the closest to baptism didn´t come to church though. We haven´t taught her in a long time. Every time we pass by she isn´t there or is busy. Even if we make an appointment. It´s a bit frustrating. One of the investigators was brought to church and that was awesome! It´s really good to see the members helping in the mission work. 

Oh Oh Oh, which reminds me! What did you think of the conference about missionary work!?!? Awesome, huh? There are so many changes that are going to happen, mainly that the members need to help the missionaries sooo much more! Something I loved that was said is that missionaries should have their agendas filled with MEANINGFULL lessons! They should not have to tract or really spend much time searching. The work is moving very rapidly and we don´t have time to search for people! We need to spend all of our time teaching! And with members! Please please please!! Tell he missionaries when you are available to help them teach lessons! Investigators progress so much better when they have a friend to go to church with and to be in the lessons with! Something else that you shouldn´t be afraid to go out ad invite your friends to learn more! If they say no, It´s not going to be the end of your friendship. And if you really love your friends and want whats best for them, then you will want to share this gospel with them. I´ve seen people start to change as we´ve been teaching them and it´s amazing what the gospel can do in one´s life. 

Which brings me to our work with our less actives! Also, the importance of visiting teaching! There are at least 3 different families that if they had visiting teachers that actually visited them, they wouldn´t have gone inactive. We´re working with them and we had 5 come to church this Sunday! Usually, less actives just need someone to invite them to church then they can remember what if felt like as a member and they will want to continue coming back. 

I hope the conference yesterday inspired you guys to contribute more to missionary work! It isn´t just something that you should do, It´s something that we as members are commanded to do!

Hope you all have an awesome week. Oh, mom, I finally got your letters this week. You can just send them to the Texis address, it´s much faster, cheaper, and more sure that I´ll get them. Or you can have Dad write something to me at work, because it´s nice to hear from you every week if I can. 

I love you all at home and hope every things is going well. Your in my prayers always!

Love,
Elder Warren

Monday, June 17, 2013

FAQ's

Some frequently asked questions about missions:


Q: What is an LDS (Latter Day Saint or Mormon) missionary?
A: A volunteer representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who engages in various activities such as proselytizing, church service, humanitarian aid, and community service. Mormon missionaries may serve on a full- or part-time basis depending on the assignment, and are organized geographically into missions. The mission assignment could be to any one of the 405 missions organized worldwide.

Q: How many missionaries are there worldwide?
A: There are almost 65,000 full-time missionaries worldwide as of April 2013 (as well as over 22,000 part-time church-service missionaries at the end of 2012).

Q: Are there any famous missionaries?
A: There are several celebrities and well-known people who have served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For example, Aaron Eckhart (in Switzerland/France)Stephen Covey (in England), Jon Heder (in Japan), Ken Jennings (in Spain), Elizabeth Smart (in France), Lindsey Stirling (in NYC), Jon Huntsman, Jr. (in Taiwan)and Mitt Romney (in France). David Archuleta is currently serving a mission in Chile until March 2014.

Q: Where is Elder Warren serving?
A: He's in the Monterrey East Mexico mission, right now serving in Rio Bravo. A missionary serves in an area for a few to several months then is transfered to a new town in the region.

Q: How long is a mission?
A: Two years. Elder Warren will be serving from March 2013 to March 2015.

Q: How can Elder Warren communicate?
A: Through letters and through email. He can respond to letters and to email on p-day. Other forms of communication, such as texting, phone calls, Facebook, and Skype aren't allowed. This helps the missionary to avoid distractions from serving the Lord and doing His work.

Q: What is P-day?
A: Preparation day is the one day a week missionaries get to write to their families and friends, email, do laundry, and prepare for the week ahead. Elder Warren's p-day is on Monday. To see more about what missionaries do on p-day, see the post from June 17th.

Q: When was Elder Warren called to serve and when did he leave for the MTC?
A: Elder Warren received his call in October 2012 to the Monterrey East Mexico mission. He reported to the Provo MTC on March 6th, 2013.

Q: Who do missionaries teach?
A: Missionaries teach anyone who is willing to learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. People learning about the church, called "investigators," choose to receive lessons from the missionaries. The missionaries do not force anyone to join the LDS church and only facilitate the steps needed to learn about the church and its teachings and principles.



Week 9!

June 17th, 2013

I´m not sure how much longer I will be putting the weeks in, but it´s crazy to think I´ve been here this long! Cool story. We went to an investigator´s home but she wasn´t there, one her teenage daughter with some of her friends. They told me to talk in English because she can understand a little because of school. I just told her that we just stopped by to remind Rosalinda that there's church tomorrow and that a member family will pick them up, and It was hard! I haven´t spoken English in a while and it was hard to say something that normally I wouldn´t have a problem with! Also my spanish is improving a lot. I can understand most of what people say now. If I want, I can go order a hamburger all by myself. It´s exciting to realize how much better I am at the language than I was before. 

In other news, this week was a little difficult. It seems like every plan we had this with fell through. Todos de nuestros planes cayo! So we didn´t have a lot of lessions. Also there were three dfferent less active families we taught this week that all said that they were going to go to church this week and none of them came. Also our investigator with a baptismal date didn´t come either. 

We found this guy named Jesus Reyes this week. Just so you know, there are some crazy people in Mexico haha. He is very interested in religeon and has heard a lot of different religeons talk to him, including some Elders. But he is very confused. We were teaching him and he started talking about how the trees and the rock that he had in his hand are God. We´re trying to teach him but it´s a little difficult. He has a good heart, It´s just going to be hard to teach him because he is very stubborn in his views. 

We had to drop Mario this week. It was kind of sad but he wasn´t making any progress or putting any effort in to know if what we were telling him was true. It´s  sad when this happens because they could be ready to recieve this wonderfull blessing in their life, but they chose to not pursue it to see even if it could bless them. ugh. I know that if you do the things that we are telling you, that you WILL recieve an answer! And it WILL be that it is true! All you have to do is try!! People are just lazy a bit. 

We do have one investigator that is doing well. Her name is Rosalinda. She just needs to work things out with her ¨husband¨ He is in a marriage but hasn´t been with her for over 30 years so we think that it is automatically divorced. So they just have to get married and she will be baptised! QuĂ© Bueno!

Okay, Answer time. 

Question 1. Whats the weather like?

Hot. by mid day, it´s pretty much always over 90. The hotest it has been was about 43 degrees celcius or about 109 degrees. So yeah it´s hot. It never rains, but when it does, it pours. It´s only really rained here twice since I´ve been here. But you get used to it, you really do. You get used to sweating constantly. I still wish it was like at home though. 

Question 2

No, I´m fine with the advair, I got plenty.

Question 3

I bought A pair of shoes last wednesday and they are doing great! I couldn´t stand my old shoes any more. If you can get a pair of shoes from the Ellis´ keep them because I will probably need new shoes latter in my mission. 

Question 4.

On P days We clean the house, study for 2 hours, do laundry, email, eat, then go to the chapel with the rest of the elders from our zone and we play soccer or something until 630. Then we have a district meeting where the district leader gives a lesson to his district.  then we walk home. For about an hour. 

Yeah, Tony is pretty much the boss there. Skinny guy? Yeah Ken is the big guy. I think he´s still the boss of that place but it´s cool that they still remember me haha

Tell mom that if she is going to mail me, to use the Texas address that I gave you guys earlier. It´s a lot faster and cheaper and the letter won´t get lost. Becki sent a letter to the Mexico address when I first got here and I still haven´t gotten it. Might as well make that my address for everyone actually. 

Well it´s time to go, I love you all and hope you all have a great, inspirational, and spiritual week! Love you!

Love,
Elder Warren

Monday, June 10, 2013

Week 8!

June 10th, 2013

Hey Family! Hope all is going well! Happy Birthday Kirk! I sent a letter, you should be getting it soon. (Actually I sent it in the envelope I sent to Becki, so she has it). But yeah! This week was good. It´s really interesting being a missionary in Mexico because you meet a lot of.. interesting.. people. More than once we´ve had people come up to us and ask us if we can talk to them. I feel like that never happens in the US. But pretty much always you can tell that there´s something wrong with them, like they use drugs frequently and you have to be carefull with these kinds of people. We were looking for someone that was on our list of members and found out he´s now in one of the drug cartels. Also, we found a family on tuesday I think but we found them while looking for someone else that doesn´t live there anymore. But yeah, they are living a pretty rough life and I´m pretty sure that drugs or something is a part of their life. So we´re not sure what we´re gonna do with them because the mom and daughter seemed interested but the sons that were like teenagers were just laughing the whole lesson like ´´are they really doing this right now?´´ kind of way. So yeah. 

We now have 8 Baptismal dates! Although that doesn´t mean much because only one of them goes to church. That is seriously the hardest and most frustrating part is just getting people to come to church. But we do have one person that is part of a family of 4 or 5 and she is very likely going to get baptised.

Also, We visited a less active family yesterday. The father and mother live alone now and their kids are moved out. They have been members for a long time and they know the church is true and that the book of Mormon is true but he was saying that he is lazy. And if he doesn´t have a calling or if people don´t visit him or talk to him, it´s hard for him to go to church which I can understand. He was also talking about how he likes to make goals with the missionaries because every time he makes goals with the missionaries he makes progress and reads and goes to church. So we started making goals with him and yeah. I´m really excited for him. But really, reactivating someone is just as good as a baptism because your are still bring someone back to the fold of God who had experienced the joy, but had fallen away. I´m really excited for him and his wife because he really has a desire to change, he just needs help. And that is what we are gonna do! But this is also why visiting teaching is so important!! If he had a visiting teacher that visited him, he most likely wouldn´t have fallen inactive. 

Well yeah that was my week. Hope you get the computer fixed soon. Haven´t gotten your letters yet but it should be soon. Hope all is well with you guys! I love you so much. May God be with you!

Love,
Elder Warren

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Week 7!!

June 3rd, 2013

Well this week was an improvement from this past week. There were two days I wasn´t in my area because I went to Monterrey for my visa (I love going to Monterrey! haha). So I got a green card now. It´s a shame I won´t be able to serve there in the city, but I hear that everyone likes it better out here in la frontera because the work is better. So We only really worked in our area for 4 days this week and the numbers didn´t look very impresive but we did have a lot of success! 

We were going to teach Mario and saw him riding by on his bike. We followed him down this dirt road, (he didn´t notice us) and eventually we didn´t see him anymore but we decided to keep going and when we rounded the corner, there he was!  He has some land there and was watering his plants, so we helped him and offered service. We then returned another day and taught him the lesson about the plan of Salvation because his wife had just died so we explained where she is right now and how he can be together with her and his family forever. He liked that a lot. 

We also went to visit someone who was on the list of members that we didn´t recognize and there was an old lady sitting outside and we asked if this man lived here. She said ´´he did live here.´´ We then found out he had passed away. Also that he was the only member in the family. His wife never got baptised. We asked if we could share our message with her and she teared up and said yes. We sat down with her outside on the porch and taught the first lesson about the restoration. The spirit was so strong and she commited to a baptismal date! It was wonderfull. She even said after, that after the first prayer, she just felt really good, peacefull, and calm. We explained that these are the feelings of the spirit and are the same feelings that you are going to have when you pray to know if our message is true. She can´t read so we couldn´t commit here to read the book of Mormon but we gave her a copy and asked her to pray about it anyway. She said she would and also that she doesn´t want to get baptised unless she feels in her heart it is the right thing to do. She is perfect haha. We explained that yeah, this is how we want her to feel before her baptism and we don´t want her to be baptised if she isn´t sure. 

I don´t know, maybe the week before was to test me a little bit. Hopefully we will continue to have success with our investigators. One thing we need to work on is contacting in the street. It takes a lot of courage for me to walk up to someone and just strt talking to them, especially in a language I´m not great at yet. We have a goal to make 60 contacts this week.  Thats 10 a day except monday. It´s not going to be easy but we are promised that we will be given the words to say in the very hour, yea the very moment that we need them. I´m going to trust in this promise. 

I hope all of you are doing well! Hope Kirk has a good birthday this Saturday! May God be with you until we meet again!

Love,
Elder Warren