November 25th, 2013 Thats right folks! This missionary is finally leaving his native land of Monterreal, Rio Bravo to bigger and better things! We recieved the call Saturday. I'm going to Riveras 2 in Reynosa. I'm pretty sure it's the ward of the mission president haha. I will be going with Elder Ayala for three weeks when he finishes then who knows what will happen. He's the district leader right now so it's possible that I will be a district leader in 3 weeks! ahhhhhh!!! Or Training!!!! AHHHHH!!!! No But it's really exciting! I have to learn everything in 3 weeks though so that will be a little tough but I think I can do it!
This week was pretty awesome! Angel is progressing fantastically. Actually I sent a photo of us so you know him. It's a little sad that I won't be here for his baptism but that's how the mission is. You always leave before a baptism. Also the couple we found last week, Karime and Edgar, are fantastic!! We got to there house last night, and it was super cold, oh yeah so it's been really really cold here these past few days it's pretty crazy. Anyway, we got there and Edgar left, went to the store bought some sweet bread, and some milk and invited us to coffee haha. Then he was like, What you don't drink coffee?? So we taught the word of wisdom and agreed to live it! He is actually really awesome. After church, he was given a gospels principles book and was studying it before we visited him on tuesday! We got there and he had a bunch of awesome questions! If you didn't know yet, questions are the best!!
So Elder Love, the zone leader, told me something really special today. He told me that people have come up to him from my branch and have told him how good of a missionary I am. How I have been able to change a lot of things in this branch simply by my attitude or the way that I am. It really helped me because I guess I didn't realize I had that much of an impact here but it was really nice to hear that. So really if you like a missionary, tell him how awesome he is! And maybe not in front of his companion haha.
Well I hope everything has gone fantastic for you people this week. Keep me in your thoughts, as I keep you in mine. Love you all!
November 18th, 2013 This week we were able to find 5 new investigators!! This has really been a challenge for us lately. We are now recieving more references from people and went back and found some old investigators. Angel is still doing great. Went to church yesterday and we moved his baptism date up to november 30 so that he can go to the temple one week later on December 7th! He´s super ready and prepared, he just needs to go to church a couple more times.
Cool story time. Okay, so about a week ago, we recieved a call from a missionary in Reynosa that had a reference for us, just the name and phone number. So we called her that night, didn´t answer. We waited about a week, I think we forgot about it, and called her again. She answered, this was Saturday, and said, well is it alright if we meet at church? Sure! we said. Didn´t show up to church when it started at 9. But she showed up at 11! We went in another sacrament meeting for a branch that starts at 11 and then they went in the classes of that Branch for that day. She brought her boyfriend with her. We planned to visit her at 6:30 that night. we started a lesson at 5:30 and it went on, and on, and on, and on. We didn´t leave till 7ish and I was a little ticked off that we wasted so much time. Sure this sister needed our help, but it was a lot of time. We quickly went to the house of Karime is her name, and found her boyfriend outside the house because he was locked out. He had left the house then Karime went to go buy some groceries I guess and took the keys with her. We talked with him for like 2 minutes and then Karime showed up. Later in the lesson she was talking about how they had talked about prayer in gospel principles class andshe was praying really hard that she would be able to get home before we showed up because she was running late and missed one of the busses. It´s really amazing how the lord directs and guides us in our lives. Lots of times, we feel frustrated when God starts to guide us, like I was after the hour and a half lesson, but we need to realize that he knows everything. And if he´s planning something for us, we need to accept it. Also, lots of times, we don´t realize we are being, or have been guided by God, until after it has happened! I really learned a lot from that. Trust in the will of the Lord. Now, we just have to work out a few kinks between them because they are living together but aren´t married. Karime is an inactive and her boyfriend, Edgar is an investigator, but the both of them are really ready to learn!
I hope that all of you are having, and had a wonderful week!! Until next week!!
November 11th, 2013 Umm yeah.. you probably received a few extra emails but yeah..
This week we had a baptism!! wooo We were able to finally baptise Nallely! In the pictures are her mom and her nephew that is two years older that her. It´s kind of weird but hey. I was really excited for her! I just really hope that they will keep going to church because the other six daughters of her mom were baptised too but now all are inactive. We´re going to have to keep visiting them for a while to make sure that they don´t fall away.
We also visited Angle a lot this week. He´s so awesome haha. He´s progressing very well also. He couldn´t go to church this week for an emergency in the family but he is really excited about the church. He was actually asking us when the next temple trip is because he wants to go and do temple work! So we might be baptising him in november 30th!!
The problem that we have now is that we aren´t finding many new investigators.. We have recieved some references but when we go to visit them, they aren´t at home or something happens that we can´t find people in their home. We´re really going to focus on finding new investigators this week. Hopefully the members will be able to help us out.
Oh yesterday in church, President Morales and his wife suprised us with a visit to our Branch. They gave some really great talks in Sacrament meeting and then in the sunday school class, the topic was every member a missionary. It was so perfect, I still don´t believe it. But sister Morales was in the class and a question was asked, How can we help the full time missionaries? And there were things like, Oh give them food! Give them a ride somewhere! Then the teacher asked Sister Morales and she was like, Well that´s easy, give them a reference! Go and teach with them! Basically told them that if the Branch isn´t growing, it isn´t the fault of the missionaries, it´s the fault of the members. All the people in the class were just like ... oh... haha. I hope it helps though.
Everything is going good here though, I got a little runny nose the other day but I´m recovering. The weather has actually gotten pretty cold lately, but I love it!
Hope everything is going great for all of you on ´´the other side´´ as they call it here haha. Love you all!
November 4th, 2013 Slowly but surely we are seeing progress. Still the only real investigators that we have are Angle and Nayeli. We are still working with them and they were both able to go to church today! Nayeli has me a bit worried though. She is only going for the first hour then she leaves with her mom. Her mom started a buisness very recently that´s like a food stand thing. So she leaves church after the first hour to run that. We need to be able to explain very well the sabath day and we are trying to find someone her age that has kids around her age too to be her friend and visit them during the week but it´s pretty difficult. Also we had a lesson with her yesterday and it was sooo dificult! She was not focusing at all and it took more than half an hour to understand that tithing is 10% of all that we earn... My companion was trying to help her and eventually was like, you ask her Elder. haha.
We had a zone conference this week that was really awesome. The wife of the president, Hermana Morales, told us that if at any time we need to feel better or like have someone tell us they love us, basically a mom, we can call her haha. It was really sweet.
We are still visiting Angle and he was able to go to church this week! He probably left right after work and didn´t sleep at all but it really shows the commitment that he has. It´s really awesome. We just have to really check his motives haha, because he´s good friends with one of the young women.
Something that we did this week was we fasted. We fasted specifically that every family that we asked if they know someone that can benifit from our message, can give us a family that is prepared to recieve us and the gospel. We are starting to see the fruits of it already. We haven´t recieved many but we have many pending references!! Hopefully this will really help us.
Also, we were able to get our Elders quorum president to go to church yesterday for like the first time in almost 3 months! haha. But he really does want to work, it´s just that there is a lot of criticism sometimes against the leaders. It kind of annoys me. But hey.
Hope you all are having a great day and continue to have a marvolous week! Que tengan una buena semana! Hasta Luego!