Thursday, May 29, 2014

A week of miracles

May 27th, 2014

Sooo some pretty interesting things happened this week. One of the most awesome things that happened is that Eric who I´ve mentioned quite a bit before in my other letters, the one who was paralized, is now walking with a walker! But that´s not even the big miracle. We went to talk with him, the branch president and I one night when we went on divisions. But that was a friday and we basically gave him a frank discussion maybe to drop him, or stop teaching him because he kind of stopped progressing. So we told him to pray to know what he needs to do. Then on Monday (a week ago) he called us randomly and asked to meet with us. We went there first at the first momento we could tuesday and he told us that he wants to go to church! I was happy, but didn´t want to be disilusioned either. But we planned for someone to pick him up, the day came, and he went! I was super happy. Angelita also went and brought one of her grandkids that is 17 and that was pretty awesome to see also.

But something I learned from this is the power of having a member present in the lesson to help them come to church.

Angelita is progressing like a boss. (Excuse the expression, but it is the best way I can describe it in the English vocabulary that I am left with). She is so commited to follow everything that we´ve taught her. We taught the Word of wisdom and we found her only weakness haha. She loves to drink coffee. But she´s commited to stop drinking, that was friday and on sunday she still hadn´t drunken anything. She really does make me so happy though. Just seeing people comming to church makes me bubble up with excitement (you can ask my companion, I was so happy to see Eric come to church).

Well my time has run up to write so this will have to do for this week. Hope you all have a wonderfull week there in good ol´ New York.

Love,
Elder Warren

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Awesome week!

May 19th, 2014

So this week was pretty sweet! Last week I forgot to tell you about Angelita. She is the sweetest lady you could meet. She is a friend of the relief society president. She has recently lost her husband and was feeling kind of sad about that. But when we had the baptism of Tommy, we asked everyone to think in someone that they could invite to listen to the missionaries and this hermana thought of Angelita. The first lesson it was kind of like, ehh I guess she´s interested, then we taught the restauration and it was like, alright she´s pretty interested, then we taught the plan of salvation and she just loved it and the spirit was so strong. When we taught the restauration, we invited her to be baptised but said that she wants to take her time. But then we taught the plan of salvation and the next time the Gospel of Jesús Christ and we had her. She actually told us, I want to be baptised. And we just were like OKAYY!! haha. So she´s gonna be baptised the 7th of june. She´s the most prepared person that I have ever taught I think. She just believed everything and actually has told us, I was just waiting for someone to preach me the Word of God, and then we arrived. It literraly feels like I knew her before but I´ve never met her. It feels so wonderful just to see the góspel working miracles in peoples lives.

The mission is pretty awesome for that reason, to be able to see peoples lives change for the better and recieve a hope that they had never had.

Sorry that it´s no very long my letter, but it´s time to go.

Love you all and hope you all have a wonderfull week!!

Love,
Elder Warren

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week of Transfers!

May 12th, 2014

Well I just talked to my family but for the rest of you and my faithfull blog followers. So this week was kind of interesting. I feel like we worked a lot more on searching for families that are members than normal so that we can do this thing and be a Ward. We have a ton of names of people that don´t live here anymore and we´ve figured out how to get them off the list.

Something we´re gonna have to do this week is focus more on finding investigators and we´re going to be working more with the member families and also focusing on contacting if we don´t know what to do in that specific moment.

My companion is doing fantastic. Learning spanish like a pro and the thing I love is that he understands how missionary work functions which is almost the most important thing.

Well, I hope that you guys all have a great week, I know I didn´t write a whole lot, but there isn´t much time today to write.

So I´ll be writting y´all in a week!

Love,
Elder Warren

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Double Baptism!

April 28th, 2014

So yeah, we had a double baptism this past saturday and it was probably the most interesting/problematic baptism I´ve ever been a part of. I´ll be sending pictures but Just listen. So In México, there isn´t a whole lot of water presure in the city pipes so the church needs a pump to give the water in the building water pressure. So Somehow, the pump started got some air in the system so when the font was about halfway ful, the water stopped flowing. This was about half an hour before the baptism. So we were kind of freakin out. Then we went up on the roof because here in México sometimes there isn´t any water at all so the put a tank on the roof that fills up with water when there is water then when there isn´t any, the building uses that water but the pipe leaving from the tank didn´t work for some reason. So we brought a hose up to the roof and siphoned the water from the tank on the roof into the baptismal font. It was so ghetto but aw man I´m never going to forget that. End of story, we had a beautiful baptism of Tommy and Tomas.

So something that happened in this week was that I conducted my first baptismal interview for Tomas. It was an awesome experience and he really was super converted. One of the things that he said that really impacted me and made me reflect a bit on why I´m here, is that he said ¨It amazes me how much love all you missionaries have for the people. There aren´t many people out there that would spend all day on a bike just trying to bring them the Gospel in their life. It´s something that I really admire in you and want to let you know that I apreciate you all very much.¨ That kind of made me think. Like I wish that everyone saw us that way, because obviously there are many out there that think we are just trying to get more people to join the church and to just ¨get baptisms¨ but that´s really not why we are here. We or at least speaking for myself, Preach the gospel to actually improve people´s lives because I know that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, in it´s perfect form how it was when Jesus himself was on the Earth, is the only way to experience true joy in our life. I look at all the people that tell us that ¨they´re good¨ because the already have a religeon and we don´t have to preach to them who god is because ¨they already know him.¨ It makes me sad because I can see that they aren´t truly happy and I just want to share this great thing that we have that I know would help everyone in whatever situation they are in.

I think that every day, I apreciate a little more the fact that I am on a mission. Every day, I love it a bit more.

Hope you all have had a great week and that this week is awesome for you!

Love,
Elder Warren