Monday, April 21, 2014

Some interesting things that happened this week.

April 21st, 2014

Well, hello everyone! Hows it been going? Here it´s been pretty good. We are going to have a double baptism in the branch next Saturday! Of the kid we´ve been teaching whose name is Tommy, and a teenager that I started to teach but now the other Elders are teaching him. It was pretty awesome what happened with him because we put a baptismal date with him My previous companion and I, and he accepted it as a goal. He has been very busy since then with school and work so the other Elders almost haven´t been able to meet with him but he had come to church on various occasions. They had a lesson with him this past Saturday and asked him if he wanted to put him baptismal date for a day in May but he said that he had put his goal for the 26th of April so he´s going to be baptised this saturday! Pretty awesome really. At least we could invite him to baptism in a way that he really took it seriously so that when he got to this point he still had that in his mind that he wanted to achieve that goal.

So we found out what the Méxican traditions for Easter are. They save their egg shells and fill them with confetty, put tape over the hole, and paint them. Then they hide the eggs and we all go looking for them. They after we have found all the eggs, we break them over each others heads and finish it all with confetty in our hair. (Image included) Sounds like something I might bring back from México.

My companion is doing pretty awesome. He´s learning spanish like a pro, probably better than I did. Actually, I feel like he might be better than me at the end of the 12 weeks at spanish he´s that good. But he´s also a great teacher and will be an excelent teacher with just a bit more practice.
(Of course he has an awesome teacher.. Ahem What?)

So we have a new thing that the mission is doing. We have the first two hours of our day to do pure contacting and tracting. We´ve seen a lot more new investigators, but Little progress.. haha. But there are sure to come some better stories from these experiences. So every week I´ll share a tracting story that I thought was the best. This week we didn´t contact or tract that much, but one experience we had was we saw an older lady outside and it was my companions turn to start the contact so he said ¨Buenas tardes!¨ she looked then kind of ignored him so I said, a bit louder ¨Buenes tardes hermana, como está?¨  She then said, ¨No está la Señora.¨ which translates to the lady (I assume like the lady of the house) isn´t here. She then proceeded to walk, slowly, to the back of the house where we couldn´t see her. And never returned.  In our district, we´ve decided that we are going to call those moments ¨pues.. cuídese!¨ or ¨well... take care!¨ Just those awkward moments that happen. Stay tuned for more missionary tracting experiences!

Well, that´s about all I got for this week. I hope you are all just havin a great time there at home. Love you all!

Elder Warren

Just hilarious
So We went with the other elders of my district to see an investigator that they found who talks English who goes by the name of ¨White dude.¨ The only Mexican missionary in the district, Elder Gomez, decided to write a note when he wasn´t there. It´s pretty awesome. He knows a bit of English from video games lol. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Second week with Elder Hancock!

April 14th, 2014

So this week was pretty sweet! I really do love my new companion. He is just awesome. So ready to work and he is learning spanish super quickly. I guess I didn´t realize how fast I was learning spanish but I think it´s because I was always frustrated for the things that I didn´t understand that I didn´t realize how much I was progressing but I can tell how much my companion is progressing in his spanish and it´s really incredible. You can see the hand of the lord in his progress.

This week went pretty well. The baptism that we thought we were going to have next saturday told us that she isn´t sure she wants to be baptised but that she wants to keep going to church. I think we just need to repass the first lesson which talks about the restauration. She´s a Little sweet old lady and I don´t want her to close us out for feeling pressured so we´ve asked a few of the members to pass by with her to talk to her and just be like a friend.

We are seeing much more help from the members in the work and they are getting much more excited about the work now that there are four of us in the Little branch. We have some good plans to make this week more productive and I´m excited to be able to see some progress here.

It´s really awesome being a trainer. It´s like I litterally have a son haha. He´ll probably be a good friend of mine for a long time. We are getting along great and I really am enjoying my time with him!

We had some pretty spiritual experiences this week. The oportunity to give various blessings and experience a few tears in the lesson because of the power of the spirit. Something that isn´t very frequent coming from me.

But Hope you all have a wonderfull week!

Elder Warren

Monday, April 7, 2014

Trainer and District Leader.

April 7th, 2014

Sooo this week was super interesting and fun! That´s right, it was fun! My new companion´s name is Elder Hancock. He´s from Salem, Utah. He likes bike riding which is good because he got placed in the only zone in the mission with bikes. We are getting along great so far! He is a really awesome guy. It´s kind of hard because he is the first companion I´ve had that is American besides Elder Hoffman and Elder Price at the beggining of my mission but they were about to end so they pretty much talked spanish perfectly. But now I have to be the person that knows all of the spanish and if I don´t understand what someone is saying, well my companion won´t understand either haha. So it´s been a Little more pressure in that sense but apart from that, it´s really an awesome experience and I´m learning a ton actually. It´s interesting having to teach a missionary how to teach people and all that but it´s also kind of cool because I can kind of form him into the kind of missionary that I want him to be. That could be good or bad but with me as his trainer, it´ll be something good.

So General Conference was also pretty sweet! The messages were super good this year I don´t know maybe it was just me. You should watch all of them if you didn´t get the chance to do it this weekend!

Also I want to send thanks to the Young family because Saturday I got the suprise of a package full of food! It litterally made me so happy and thank you sooo much!

Also thanks to sister Voss. I´m recieving your letters still and sorry for not responding but It´s super hard to find the time to write hand written letters here in the mission. I send my love and greeting to her!

I hope you all have a great fantastic week and You´ll be hearing more of this awesome experience that I´m in with my son. I really do love him like a son. It´s interesting how that happens. But have a great week everyone!

Elder Warren