Monday, August 26, 2013

starting to work again!

August 26th, 2013

Well we finally got out of the house again this Saturday and Sunday! It felt so great to go out and teach people! I think the most exciting thing that is happening that I am really excited for is that there is a less active family, that really isn´t less active anymore, (because of us) the family has been to church three weeks in a row now and they are planning on continuing. We found them when I was with Elder Parra and I´m pretty sure they haven´t been to church for 8 or 10 years. They went to the temple together, the husband and wife, but they fell away little by little. We found them using the list of members of the ward and went to visit him. We´ve had many powerfull lessons with him, Luis Humberto I think I´ve mentioned some of our past lessons in other emails, and now he and his family are going to church. He now has 5 children. Thats a reactivation of 7 people. Just thinking about that makes me so happy. It´s a joy that I´ve only experienced one or two other times, and these times where when Becki told me about her testimony and desire to follow Christ. It is so powerfull and beautiful. And best of all, three of the 5 kids are old enough to get baptised. 8, 10, and 12. We passed by yesterday and all three want to get baptised! They are planned to get baptised on the 7th of September. So exciting!!

Now, in regards to transfers. This is the last week of the transfer and I´m not sure if I´m going to change. It´s possible but I kind of doubt it because my companion still doesn´t know the area very well. I do want to leave and get to know new people and new missionaries, the only problem is the baptism is one week after the transfers. So I´m kind of hoping that I don´t leave but at the same time I want to leave. It seems like it´s always like that, when you start to have success in an area, you get transfered. 

The weather here is actually pretty nice. The canicula (not sure if thats how you spell it) is over and it´s been cloudy and overcast with a nice breeze for the past few days. Reminds me of home a bit haha. 

Yup well thats about all I got for this week. I love all of you and pray for all of you that are back home daily. Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Warren

another week in the house

August 19th, 2013

Week two in house. I'm telling you, I will be so glad when I can walk in the hot sun again. For a plus, the family that lives under us was doing some construction the other day so I was able to go out and dig some holes and make some cement Mexican style. This means that you have really fine rocks, almost like sand, then your rocks like the size of marbles or so, but much more rough, in a huge circle out in the street. You then put the cement stuff which is super fine rock, like powder. Then you get some buckets and throw lots of water in this circle with a diameter of about 12-15 feet. then you start mixing with a shovel. And one person has a wheelbarrel, two people shovel the mixed cement in the wheelbarrel, and two more are mixing the cement with their shovels. This is kind of sad that I'm taking this much time to write about how we made cement, but this was the highlight of my week.

That's not true actually. There is a less active family that I have been teaching now for 2 months and yesterday was their second Sunday in a row that they went to church with the whole family. There really isn't anything that makes me more happy than that. Also, I was looking at the branch list of members, and his three oldest children can be baptised! We're going to have some baptisms soon. As soon as my companion can walk again.. He's going to therapy now every day. Today was his second day. Still can't walk. It's kind of frustrating because I just want to go out and work, but I can't. Also I'm loosing my tan. I burnt up like crazy the day I made concrete. 

I guess the good think is that I'm using this time to study the scriptures very in depth. I'm reading Revelations right now in connection with Doctrine and Covenants and the revelations that relate to Revelations. I'm actually making an outline of the book Revelations. It's reminding me of that time I had to outline the book about sugar for AP World History. I guess high school did teach me something useful after all.

It's good to hear from you family! Glad things went well at scout camp and that Kirk and Eric are progressing well with their Scouting! It really is a good thing to do and fun also! Try and make scouts as fun as it can be for them because I remember when I didn't want to do scouts, it was because it wasn't fun. 

Good luck speaking in Warsaw! Well I mean you already did, but it's good to see you working in your calling Dad. I actually know some people from Warsaw that went to Fredonia. 

Well I hope you all have a wonderful week everyone and can make it more exciting than my week was haha. 

With Love,
Elder Warren 

Monday, August 12, 2013

boringg week

August 12th, 2013

Well, this week was interesting. Because my companion can´t walk, we have been in the house all week. No lessons, no sunburns, no sore feet, no nothing. Just studying the scriptures, laying in bed, and hanging out with the return missionary that lives below us. I´ve been averaging 5 to 6 hours of scripture study each day this week. I´ve been learning a lot, but I never wanted to go out a work more in my missions. All I want to do is go out and walk a couple miles, find out that people aren´t home walk a couple more miles, get sunburned, come home super tired and do it again. It´s kind of freaking me out actually. We´re going to the hospital again tomorrow to get his stitches out so we should be able to walk after that, I hope. 

I think one thing that I´ve been able to learn from this week is that I really love being a missionary! And I shouldn´t complain too much when we have a bad day because this right now is like the worst. I just feel like I should be out and about working. I know this work is ordained of God and that I´ve been called by a living prophet to preach the gospel to the world. And right now, I just want to do that. 

I hope everything is going well at home. Haven´t heard from you in a while..

With much love,
Elder Warren