Monday, October 28, 2013

Never stop learning!

October 28th, 2013

This week was... interesting.. It had it´s good moments and it´s bad. But we´re going to talk about the good moments!!

We have an amazing investigator, his name is Angel. He is very good.. Very good.. friends with one of the young women. He is super amazing. We were able to visit him in his house this week and my companion was like, Wow, He´s awesome! And I was like, Yeah I know!! He is really responsible and is really searching this religeon for himself. He is making honest efforts to assist sacrament meeting, only that his work is saturday night in another city. But he´s been able to go once and he loved it. I really hope I stay here long enough to see his baptism. I know, one moment I want to leave and now that I´ve been here 7 months, I don´t want to go haha. 
But something that I admired in him was his interest really in learning. Something that we as missionaries have to focus on is leaving commitments with people. Members, inactives, or investigators. We don´t progress, unless we keep commitments. There´s a magic formula that we use as missionaries to make a commitment with someone. First, ask if they will do something, in the most dirrect way possible, such as ¨will you go to church this Sunday?¨ or ¨will you read the book of Mormon and pray  to ask if it is true?¨ Ask questions that require yes or no, and don´t accept any other answer. Then, make a promise with them. This part is a little different with missionaries that with normal members because we have been set apart to be able to make promises to people. Saying things such as, ´´as representatives of Jesus Christ, we can promise you that if you pray for an answer....´´ like that. Then we bear our testimony about the thing that we are commiting them to do. Then we verify when they are going to do it. Jesus Christ taught with commitments. The New Testament is filled with commitments. But because Jesus Christ isn´t here to make commitments in person with our investigators, we have been sent as his representatives to help people grow spiritually. 

Angel demostrated this perfectly. We asked him to read 3 Nephi 11 for our next visit. When we returned, he we verified his commitment to read that chapter. He said, ´´oh yeah, I read it. Actually I read it like 3 times so I could understand it better. It was actually really cool how Jesus Christ came down and all the people went to him.....´´ And explained the whole chapter to us. We asked him questions to help him focus on the parts that were most important to him in this moment, like Baptism, and it went very well. 

When we keep commitments, wheather they come from our home/visiting teachers, the prophet or other leaders of the church, the scriptures, or from ourselves, when we keep these commitments is when we grow spiritually. I can promise to all of you, as a representative of Jesus Christ, that as we keep our commitments that we have made with our Heavenly Father, keep the commitments that the Prophet has asked us, and keep the commitments that the prophets of old, including Jesus Christ have asked of us in the scriptures, that your relationship will grow closer to God. That you will feel the spirit more abundantly in your life. That you will be able to experience real joy and peace that only come through living the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I hope everything is going well at home and that you all have a wonderfull, spiritually uplifting week!

With much love,
Elder Warren

Monday, October 21, 2013

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Buena Semana!

October 21st, 2013

This week was pretty great actually! I was a little upset earlier that I was still in my first area, and that I´m going to be here for a while, who knows how long, but I feel much better now. My new companion is Elder Flores, yeah Elder Flowers. He is really awesome though. Really spiritual and I feel like I can be myself with him. 

We had a pretty alright week this week. The little Nalleli went to church again and was in the primary program! She also brought two of her cousins and her Aunt with her! We are also still teaching Angel and he didn´t have to go to work this weekend so he went to church and said that it was cool! So that was great. Also there are families and members bringing family members and friends to church. The work, slowly, is starting to move forward! 

The most important part about this week is that I feel like I should be here right now. There were times in the last transfer when I really felt like going home, or thought a lot about how nice it would be to be home, and it distracted me a lot. I feel like I am much more focused now on the people here and on what I need to do here in Rio Bravo. My companion and I in our weekly planning session were thinking of new ideas to find new investigators, one of them being starting an English clase in the church and maybe a music clase! =) Also we are making family mission plans with the member families when we go to eat. It´s like a ward mission plan, but for the family. What can the do specifically to share the gospel, and make goals. Then we will check up on them when we eat with them again in 2 weeks. I´m excited to start to see the work move forward and see success here. 

It´s great to hear from all of you back home. I really do miss you but I´m trying really hard to focus an what I need to do here. 

thanks for all of the support and love!

With much love,
Elder Warren

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Another transfer in Monterreal!

October 14th, 2013

Thats right folks! I will be spending at least 6 more weeks in Rio Bravo! My companion, Elder Amador is officially going home tomorrow so I will have a new companion, Elder Flores, who is going to finish his mission in one transfer and 2 weeks. So I will be transferred after this one and he will have to teach the area in 2 weeks, or I will just be here for the rest of my mission. 

I was really feeling a little upset about being here so long. I'm now the oldest missionary in this zone, or I've been here longer than any other missionary. The good part is that I know the people here really well. And they've seen me grow because really, I grew up as a missionary here in Rio Bravo. I went from almost not speaking any spanish, to giving talks in sacrament meeting. In this week, I've really had to reflect on why I'm still here. God has a reason for me that I'm still here. I guess there's something that I still need to do in this area of the vinyard that I haven't done yet. 

This past week really helped me feel better about staying here. We found some new investigators that look very promising. We just happened to run into a bunch of people that seemed really prepared to hear the gospel, which was fantastic! We had a lesson with a 16 year old kid, a friend of a young girl  that lives below us. His name is Angel. We were able to have our first lesson in the chapel and the spirit was super strong. He has had a lot of problems in his life. I'm not going to say all of them for his privacy and such but his father has passed away, and when he was here, was abusive to his mom. Him and his sister are pretty sick, but he has to travel to Reynosa every weekend to work so that his family has money. We talked with him about the love that God has for all of his children. How we can all repent of the bad things we have done and that really God forgets the things we have done when we repent. We talked also about the power of prayer. The comfort that we recieve when we talk with our Heavenly Father on a daily basis. There really is power in prayer. I've experienced the feelings of peace when Heavenly Father forgave me of sins I have commited and I've felt answers to my questions and doubts. I'm really excited for Angel. 

Nalleli also is progressing well. She's a little 10 year old girl who is part of a less active family. Her and her mom have gone to church now 2 times and we're going to keep encouraging them to go. 

We were able to have a success with a less active who went to church for the first time since I've been here. It's really interesting to see that there are people that really are ready to go to church, they just need an invitation. We only visited her twice and she's gone to church two times now. It really makes me happy to see things like that happen. 

We went to visit Luis Lopez, the brother that we re-activated and baptised his kids. This guy is amazing. Like, he's going to be the next branch president. He's making visits with less actives, even though he doesn't have any assignments. He is also preaching the gospel to some people at work. He is really excited about the work of salvation. I really do love them and their family, it's one of the happiest things I've experienced is with them. 

So yeah, I'm ready to be in this area again, to teach it again, and to have some more success here! Hope everythings is going well at home, I pray for you guys daily, and I'll make sure to pray more specifically for Dad. I love you!

Love,
Elder Warren

Monday, October 7, 2013

General Conference!

October 7th, 2013

Well this week started out pretty interesting. This Monday started out with getting sick. Don´t worry I´m totally fine now, but I had a temperature going so we went and bought medicine and I went and slept almost all of tuesday and wednesday. Thursday we worked a little but still didn´t feel great and worked all day Friday and by the end of the day didn´t feel to great. I´ve realized how important being in good health is for missionaries. I really did not feel like being a missionary when I was sick. I hated feeling that way too. But now I feel better! On to more happy news.

The family I told you about last week where the kids speak English went to church on Sunday! It was awesome! I´m not sure how much they liked it, I think they were a little bored because It was two hours of sitting listening to old guys talking and if you don´t really have an invested interest in who they are or what they are saying I could see how it could be pretty boring. We didn´t have the chance to teach them again that day to really ask them how it went so we have to wait until next Saturday. 

So I don´t think I told you last week but my companion is probably going home early at the end of this transfer. He has some back problems and he can chose to go home on time and wait for a surgury and they church won´t pay for it, or he can go home 2 months early and the church insurance will cover the cost of the surgury so he´s going home now. Soo that means that I am most likely going to be in Rio Bravo again. It seems like I´ve been here forever haha. Well now about 1/4 of my mission so it has been a while but I´d like to get to see some other places. Maybe President Morales will send some new missionaries in, who knows. 

Something pretty cool today is that there are a ton of butterflies here! Because all the butterflies go to México for the winter so there´s literally thousands of them flying around! It´s pretty awesome. 

So the General Conference was pretty cool! On Sunday we got to watch it in English but on Saturday it was in Spanish. I´m pretty sure I got mostly all of it but it was a little easier to zone out at times (I was still a little sick to my credit.) But there were many great messages in this session and the spirit was felt very strongly. Saturday was really focused on the work of salvation which I love, I just hope everyone was able to hear and apply it. 

I hope all of you have a great week this week! Enjoy the changing leaves and such! It was pretty cool here yesterday, like I was comfortable with my Jacket. 

With love,
Elder Warren