Hey Everyone!!!I hope all is well. :) The work keeps moving along, and we are working on making this last week count, as it is the last week in the mission for my comp.This week we had divisions with the STL's!! I stayed in my area, for the second time, and Hermana Johnston came to Palmas 2! We got in a few visits, and the best part was at the end of the day we were able to set 2 baptismal dates with some of my investigators that haven't really been wanting to accept dates. We taught them the purpose of baptism, and what are the 3 main characteristics- How Jesus was baptized, and now they are progressing more, and I am pretty happy there. :)When we got back from divisions (or exchanges?) we passed by a lady who sells chicken, and she ended up talking to us! It was so great, she said she wants her daughter to be like us (even though she is only 10 years old), and we set a meeting for the next day to teach her. So before we went to teach her we did some practices in the morning of asking inspired questions in the first lesson, to really get to know the people we are teaching, and to use these questions from How To Begin Teaching. It turned out soo well in the lesson. I don't remember exactly what question we asked, something like 'what made you want to listen to our message?' And she said that God must have put us in her path and directed us to her. :) We've only had one lesson with her, and she couldn't come to church, but we are going to try to visit her and her family this week!As my comp and I have been talking more about how we can do better in our own teaching methods, and in our first lesson. What points we really need to teach, and this is kind of obvious, but it really hit us this week how important it is for the people to understand the Restoration of the Gospel. So this week we will be focusing more on how we can help our investigators understand more about the Restoration. Here in Mexico there are so many missionaries from other churches, the people treat it like just another message, or just another church. But it isn't just some other church, it is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, that has finally been restored here on the earth. The more time I am here in Mexico, this Gospel just makes more sense.I hope you all have a great week! My invitation to all of you is to work on your own testimony. We got to meet with a less active family who is super nice, and their 2 daughters aren't baptized, but are less active because their testimonies aren't very strong. So as we will be working with them on strengthening their testimonies, I invite all of you to read the talk from Elder Christensen from General Conference in October 2014, about 'I know of these things for myself'. I think that is what it is called.. :)Love you all!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Feliz Dia del Amor y la Amistad!! (Happy Valentine's Day)
Feliz dia a todos. :)
So this week I tried really hard to remember any cool experiences that I had that I could share... so here are a few of my experiences that have happened here in Lazaro this past week.
First off, these past weeks my comp and I have been working with some of our newer investigators, and some that have been progressing, or have really good potential to progress. I have been really excited about a few of our investigators, but this past week things just kind of fell through.. not all the way, haha but we are working hard.
On wednesday (i think..) we ended up walking a lot. A lot of people weren't in their houses, and I have decided that I wasn't very happy, or more than anything grateful for the opportunity I have to serve. Then close to the end of the night we passed by one of our investigators Hermano G., and we had to wait 20 minutes for him to finish what he was doing, and it was at the end of the day.. but then when he finished his project, he sat down, and we asked who he would like to give the opening prayer. And he said, 'Ill do it.' Totally serious, and gave a prayer that was super good! (he NEVER likes to offer the prayer). We also had a recent convert with us who is going to complete one year in April, and the lesson we were able to share ended up to be super good. The member was able to share his testimony about how scripture study has helped his life, and how he has changed his life to be a better father, and the lesson just ended up super good. :) So I learned that I need to be more grateful for the lessons that I have had.. and the people that I do have to teach.
THEN, here we go. Friday the 13th, we kind of knew that something bad would happen this day.. It turns out this this past friday we had a zone conference with our mission president and the assistents. We were informed before that it would start at 8-30 in the morning, and finish at 2. Well, we were still in our house at 8-15 ready to leave when got a message from the STLs asking where we were at, because the meeting had already started. Holy cow, we booked it from our house and arrived 30 minutes late... everyone was already there, and we were pretty embarrassed. We didn't receive any message that had said when we had to be in the church, because it had changed so that we should have gotten there at 7-30, and the meeting started at 8 o clock. But, in the end the meeting turned out really good. We had the opportunity to invite members, and do practices with them, and we actually had about 25 members show up!! And 26 missionaries. That was more members than any of the other conferences, so that was awesome. :)
With that, today we also had our district activity! We played soccer, and ate... but it was all super good. :)
Hope you all have a great week! (and had a great Valentine's Day!)
Feliz Dia del Amor y la Amistad!! (Happy Valentine's Day)
We sent our missionary name tags with our district leader so that he could take a pic in the beach..:) that is 15 minutes from my area.. Gracias a Elder Fonseca!
another pic of the beach!
District Activity - played soccer :D
Monday, February 9, 2015
Hola everyone!!! :)
So this week, we worked. Haha about 2 weeks ago we received the newsletter from Pte. Camarillo, that talked a lot about faith. In a stake conference that they assisted as of a few weeks, one of the speakers talked about when he served as a mission president. While he was a mission president he had a sister missionary who was a little desanimated. For 3 weeks in a row none of her investigators showed up to church. So she talked with her mission pres. and he talked to her a lot about how her faith could help her bring her 9 investigators to church. So she studied more about faith and then with confidence said that she had faith that she would bring 9 investigators to church the next Sunday. So... Sunday came, and the Pte, receieved a phone call, and asked if she brought the 9 investigators to church and she said no... they had 11. 2 of their investigators brought a friend. :)
SO with that story, this week my comp and I set a goal of 7 investigators in church, we made plans every day so that they could assist, and when sunday came.. we had 2. haha, didn't see that coming. We don't know what happened, but we will be working hard this week to bring our investigators to church. :)
This week in my personal study I studied a talk from Pte. Dieter F. Uchtdorf about missionary work that I actually heard in the MTC. He shares a story about Elder Green and Elder Strong, and basically I now feel reenergized to be a missionary, and hope that I can work harder..
I hope everyone is doing well! :)
I DID IT!!! Un tomal. :)
my comp and I. :)
Monday, February 2, 2015
This week in Palmas was pretty good. Well, this week could have gone a little bit better if more pepole had gone to church.. haha agency, but it did go well. We did have 2 investigators at church, but they aren't married, so we are working so that they can get married soon. :)
One of our investigators is doing really well though, and I am so happy that my comp and I get to teach her. Hermana M., is a lady who we had talked with her in the streets, and offered our help. She was really skeptical at first, but then she let us in, and all of the lessons so far have been great! She is reading the Book of Mormon, has prayed to know that this church is true, and says that it is, the only problem is that because she babysits her grandkids on sunday it is hard for her to come to church. But we are working on it. :) She went to a baptism of the elders this past week and New Beginnings for the Young Women's program, and loved it all. She will also be going to a Family Home Evening activity tonight so that is all exciting. :)
This past week we also had our zone meeting, and that was great!! We reviewed our goals, and if we completed them (with our baptisms), and we didn't meet our goal. :/ So we did an activity where we had to blow up balloons as fast as we could, (before that we put a goal as to how many we could blow up), and then we blew them up in a minute, and were all able to complete our goals! So we all raised our goals, and were able to blow up even more! (about 120 or so) in one minute, with all of the companionships. So I learned more about how we have to have the drive and the energy to complete our goals.
I hope that everyone is doing well, and have a great week! :)
I completed 10 months in the mission today!
Good ole sunset here in Lazaro. :)