Monday, February 24, 2014

First Week in Valle Hermoso!

February 24th, 2013

Soooo this week was pretty awesome! I don´t know what it is, but entering Valle Hermoso, I just got filled with excitement to work here! The members are really great in this little branch. Obviously it has it´s kinks to be worked out, but I can feel that we are going to have a lot of success here in this little branch. There are various people that I can tell are going to be baptised very soon. One is a sweet old lady who is the aunt of one of the members here. We taught her the restauration and immidiatly after she said that she knows the church is true. And she has told us that she has gone to baptist churchs, pentacost, and others but she just really likes the church! Her husband though is a little difficult. He just sits there and doesn´t say anything, but he´s listening. Maybe someday it will be his time. 

I don´t know why but I just feel good being here, and I hope I keep feeling good being here. One of the awesome things is that Elder Rawle, who was in my district in the MTC is my district leader right now! And he´s super awesome so that also makes me happy haha. 

Other than that, riding bikes was super hard the first and second day, because the muscles you use to walk and to ride a bike, are different so I had to get in shape again but now there´s no problem. 

My new companion´s name is Elder Rodriguez. He´s from Guatemala a country just below Mexico. He´s really awesome and actually basically has the same time as me, just two weeks less, in the mission. He´s pretty chill too like me so we´re getting along pretty well. 

Well that´s about it for now, but I hope that you all have a wonerfull week there at home!

Love,
Elder Warren


They treat the missionaries well here in Valle Hermosa.


Our bike gang of gospel preaching Mormon's. Some of the youth that went with us to do some lessons. 



Monday, February 17, 2014

cambios y bautismos!


February 17th, 2014


That´s right folks, transfers arrived! Anddddd I am being transfered to a town called Valle Hermoso! They call it the city of three lies because it´s not a city, it´s not in a vally, and it´s not lovely, haha. Bu I will be in a branch called Gardina. Another branch in my mission haha. Hopefully I will be able to help them become a ward in my time there. I will be going as senior companion this time. I´m a little nervous to be like the one fully in charge now but I feel like I know enough to be able to do it. Oh yeah, and it´s the only area of the mission where they have bikes! So I´ll be riding a bike around which will be fun, I kind of miss riding bikes. 

Soo we hd baptisms this week! Two!! We baptised Keyla who´s a teenager and part of a member family that we reactivated. Her uncle baptised her an on sunday I did the confirmation! It was a first for me but it was pretty cool. So everything went well with that baptism but then we had another that came as kind of a suprise in the week. The mom of the family Trujillo that I´ve told you about didn´t want to be baptised an felt pressured when we asked her about her baptisms. Then we stopped by super quick one day and we found out why she didn´t want to get baptised. It was because she´s really really super shy! She didn´t want anyone there in her baptism or her confirmation. She didn´t want to be presented in front of all of the members and then have everyone come up to her and congradulate her and shake her hand. I don´t know why she doesn´t want that but whatever. So we had a private baptism and confirmation with the aproval of the bishop and mission president. But wow, I felt so happy to be able to see her be baptised because I honestly didn´t think I was going to see her get baptised because I kind of knew that I was going to be transfered. But they have had like years of the missionaries visiting them and it felt pretty special that it was us that were able to help her. They said to us that we are the most special missionaries that have visited them and they had actually changed from what we have been able to share with them. Changing lives, one family at a time. awww yeah. 

So that was super awesome about this week. I just want to share with all of you that I know that this church is true, I have no doubt. You may ask how I can know something so shurely that is so often disputed even among the most billiant of people, and the answer is simple. First, we need to humble ourselves before God, which means we realize our weekness and our lack of knowledge and have faith in him, which means we believe, or even have a desire to believe in him, and be willing to do what he wants of us. Then, we need to follow the admonition of James, first chapter, fifth verse. ´´If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upraideth not, and it shall be given him. but et him ask in faith, nothing wavering.´´  We use his scripture a lot as missionaries because it it is the key of really knowing. Part of being humble and having faith, is having the desire to know. If you don´t really want to know, or aren´t going to change anything after you find out, God obviously isn´t going to tell you anything. But if you have all of these things and you ask God, how is he going to tell you the answer? Is he going to appear to you and tell you in person? Or at least send an angel to communicate the answer to you? It would be nice if the answer came in a manner that clear, but rare is the time when that happens. Jesus Christ tought that all things spiritual are learned through the Holy Ghost. That is how we recieve our answers, through the Holy Ghost, but how do we know if the Holy Ghost is trying to give us an anwer? In Galations we learn of the fruits of the spirit, it says ´´But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.´´  We can´t just make ourselves feel happy, or feel joy or peace. The spirit is one of the means by which we feel these emotions and if we feel these emotions while we are asking, we are on our way to really recieving a heavenly answer. But this is how I know and this is why I´m here. 

I hope you all have a great week and try out what I tried to explain just now. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them. 

Love you all!

Love,
Elder Warren


Keyla and her family!

Husband and wife!

The Trujillo Family!


Monday, February 10, 2014

11months.

February 10th, 2014

Time is flying by. Now I´ve been a missionary for almost a year. The work here was a little slow this week. I really don´t know why. Maybe because it got super cold here, like 30. (I know, it´s not that cold but in México everyone is dying of cold. Plus the houses don´t have heating here.) or maybe it´s just a trial of our faith. We couldn´t find anyone new but we could at least see the progress of Keyla who is a teenager that is going to get baptised this saturday, and of Eunice from the family I told you about. She isn´t sure yet but we´re going to try to have her baptism on Saturday as well. 

This week was pretty cold. I never thought here in this part of México it would get so cold. I don´t know, it felt a little frustrating to not see too much progress and I felt like we were really trying, knocking on doors, contacting. I don´t know, maybe we didn´t do all that we could have, well I know that we didn´t do all that we could have, and that´s not okay. I´ve thought a lot about how I´m going to improve and the things that I am personally going to change in this week that have to do with having more confidence and initiative. 

So transfers are next week and It´s very possible that I will be going to a different area, but I´ve said that before then I stayed 8 months in the same area. But I will let you know for sure next week what will happen with that. 

Oh but something funny that happened in this week. We went with an investigator and somehow the subject of my loss of hair came up and made an awesome joke haha. It doesn´t make sense in English but I´ll try to explain it. But this is what she said ´´es como la gasolina, cada ves mas cara.´´ which means, you are like gasoline, every day more expensive. But ´´cara´´ in spanish means expensive, and also face. So it´s like saying every day I have more face because my hairline is receeding. I don´t know, you had to be there. And talk spanish. 

But that´s about what happened in this week. Oh also last Monday after I wrote to you, we went to a mall as a district and walked around in some of the stores and ate in the food place, I forgot what you call that. But it was pretty fun!

I hope you all have a wonderfull week! I love you all and pray that you all have great week!

Love,
Elder Warren

Monday, February 3, 2014

A week

February 3rd, 2014

Another week gone by super fast. This transfer is ending super quick. Something really awesome that has been happening this week is the progress of the Trujillo family. I think I mentioned them last week where the family is less active and the wife is an investigator. We´ve seen a ton of progress in them in this week. The problem that other missionaries have had with this family is that the Dad wasn´t really trying to follow through with his commitments. but now he´s, as you say in spanish, poniendo las pilas, which translates to he´s putting in the batteries. we assinged them to do a family home evening and we just went to watch pretty much. The dad did a fantastic lesson on the role of the family and of the different members inside the family. He has realized that he needs to take more control and be a leader in his house and lots of other good things but the spirit was felt super strong with them. Then another day we watched the video of Joseph Smith, the prophet of the restauration, which is now on Youtube. The liked it a lot and said that it answered a lot of questions that they had about Joseph Smith and the early church. They are really awesome and hope that I am still here to see her get baptised!

I don´t have too much time to keep writting but in this week I´ve realized how much I´ve changed. Don´t worry, I´m not a different person, but I have learned how to be a better member of the church and how to be a better husband, both things that will be valuble to me. Also I´ve had to learn a lot about leadership, something that is also helping me prepare to be of more use in the future. 

Thanks to everyone that has helped prepare me to serve a mission and helped me make the decission. I hope that you are all well at home and have a wonderful week!

Love,
Elder Warren