So to begin with a funny story… during one of our first lessons with one of the people we are teaching, I tried to explain what the spirit world is but I switched the words around because spirit world in spanish is el mundo de los espíritus, and I said el espiritu de los mundos, so in english I said the spirit of the worlds. Needless to say my companion and that sister that we were teaching were both buying of laughter
So this week went by really fast!!!!! I totally scared my companion!!! She left the room to go to the bathroom, so I decided to hide under the bed…… she came walking back into the room and I grabbed her ankles from underneath the bed. Lets just say that she was more than a little terrified, but it was a good laugh!! we had a lot of fun this week. We have 12 people who we are teaching right now so we have literally been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. We had one baptismal interview this week! This little girl is 9 years old and she is so excited! She was literally beaming when she left the baptismal interview! She was so excited to tell her none member friend that she had passed the baptismal interview. Her friend then began to ask her what questions they asked her. So she started to tell him all of the questions that they asked her and then she told him all of the answers and explained why it was important. She was a great little missionary and is she helping to prepare her friends for our next lesson because we have been teaching her friend as well!
There is a place close to our house where my companion and I always by tacos, and they are really good. Usually we just order our tacos and we eat there or we will take our tacos to the house if it is late. Well on Saturday we went there to eat tacos again, but this time the people started talking to us. First someone asked if I was from Canada hahaha. I explained that I was from Ohio and then they began to ask me why I was here in Mexico. I explained that I am here to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I explained our purpose as missionaries. While I was doing this my companion started talking to a women next to her because she started to ask her questions. Everyone who was there eating tacos began to listen to us and to ask questions. My companion and I both started to talk briefly about what we believed and asked them if they would like to listen to our message. The two people who were asking us a lot of questions said yes and we put appointments with them. It was a really cool and interesting experience. We were just doing something normal, and they started to ask us questions which led us into the perfect opportunity to invite them to come closer to Christ.
Yesterday we were searching for some of the people that we are teaching when we saw a sister that has not been coming to church for 2 years, and we felt prompted to walk with her and talk to her. She was going to by pizza for her kids because they were hungry but only wanted to eat Pizza. We started talking to her about her family and asked if there was anything that we could do to help. She expressed to us her desire to go to church but, that the last time that she went to church that she began to have serious problems with her husband( who is member , but stopped going for a problem with a member) and that to save her marriage, she stopped going to church. While we were waiting with her for her Pizza, she decided to buy us tacos( although we said that were fine). After we finished eating our tacos, we started talking to the sister again, when another lady walked up to my companion and I and asked if we would like a taco(we did not know this lady and had never met her before) We told her that we were OK, but thanked her for the offer. The Lady left and the sister that we were with looked at us and said “You should have contacted her! It was the perfect opportunity!” My companion and I were so focused in this sister that we missed and opportunity to bless the life of another child of God. But in this moment we were blessed to feel the love that this sister has for all of God’s children. We were able to feel the desire that she had to help in the gathering of God’s children, and she showed us once again that no matter what situation we are in we always have an opportunity to share the gospel. I testify that every single one of you, have the ability and the opportunity to bless the lives of those around you and to share the gospel. You do not need a missionary name tag in order to share the gospel with those around you. My invitation to you this week is to share the gospel with someone in a natural situation, and to pray every day for the opportunity to share the gospel with someone this week! I love you all so much!!!
Con mucho amor (with lots of love)
1.) a friend from the MTC
2.) my companion and I with Luisa, who will be baptized this Saturday!!
Hey all!! This week has been so good!! Marco got baptized on saturday and received the Holy Ghost yesterday! He was so happy and although he was not smiling in the pictures he was smiling a whole lot after the pictures. His mother was so happy and kept on telling us how this was a miracle, and how she had been praying for this moment for about 7 months now. My companion and I did a musical number for marcos baptism and it was so powerful! It was so much fun because it was a song that I love to play and it is called “Oh My Soul Hungered” we were able to find the words in spanish so my companion sung the song in spanish as I played the piano.
Hey all! So this week has gone by like a whirlwind!! I can’t believe that it is already P-Day again! This week has been amazing! Marco has his baptismal interview and we are finishing the program for his baptism! He is so excited and his countenance has changed completely. He smiles, laughs, spends time with his family, and is always asking us questions with a real intention to understand and listen to the council to give. He will be baptized this Saturday and we are so excited!
Oh my goodnes!!! This week has been amazing!!!!!!! I don’t even know where to start!!! Well………………….. I have to start somewhere soooooo Lets start with the least exciting thing first and put the most exciting thing for last!! Mwahaha!!!
Hey all!! Happy New Year!!!!! This week has been really good!!! on saturday we our mission Christmas Party!! It was so much fun! Each Zone had a skit or a song that they sang. It was good to be able to relax and enjoy this time with our mission president and his wife! We also got a lot of really Good food!!!! WE have started teaching a girl named Azul! She has 15 years and we she is really excited to listen to us and we are excited to teach her. So far we have only had a quick 5 minute lesson but we will be having another lesson with her tomorrow. We have a few other people that we are teaching but we have not been able to teach them this week because everybody left for vacations to be with their families.
Hey all! I apolagize that I did not write on christmas. I was not able to access my email because the computer that I was using was not working, so I am writing my email today!
Hey! So this week has been awesome!! We have been talking to a lot of people and inviting them to our activity this thursday!! We have started teaching a man named Jonathan and he really has a desire to change! We had such an amazing lesson with him. We started to talk about the Atonement of jesus christ and how through baptism we can be wiped clean of all of our sins! He started to cry because he was so excited about the possability of be wiped clean and starting new. I have been so excited this week because we have started teaching more people! We had over 20 missionaries in our area because we had them come to help us find more people to teach! It was so much fun and we had 7 new people to teach! Today my companion and I went to a market and it was so cool! There were so many really cool things that were hand maid and it is a great place to contact people and invite others to come unto christ. There was also an exhibit of Leonardo De vinci and although the painting were not the origional it was still really cool to see and I was so excited!! It was so cool to be able to see replicas of the things that he made and painted and to be able to read about it! During these next two weeks until Christmas, I want to invite you guys to share the gospel with a friend or a neighbor and share your testimony. It does not have to be something big or a lesson with them. You guys are amazing and I love you all so much!!
So this week was really good! We contacted a lot of people and we are working on finding other people this week! I love the Light the world campaign! It is an amazing opportunity to invite people to come unto christ and to brighten the lives of those around you! On saturday we were contacting people and asking them if we could give them a passalong card of jesus christ. One person was walking slower than a snail but he started to tells us that he was running and didn’t have time to stop and talk. We told him that that was ok and that we could run or walk with him. He literally ran away from us. We laughed really hard after that, it was sad but funny at the same time! We visited one of our investigators this week and he ahs started to change! He is starting to read the book of mormon and actually search for the answers to his questions. He went to church, but usually when he goes to church He just sleeps and does not pay attention. This sunday he was paying attention and said that he really liked what was said! I am so excited because he is actually starting to do the things that he needs to do to recieve his answers. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be here and to see the lives of those around me change! I love you guys so much!
Hey all!! I apologize that my emails have not been long I will do a lot better about that I promise!! This week we contacted a few and have some new people that we are hoping to start teaching! I started reading “Jesus the Christ” and I love it so much!!! It talks more in depth about the premortal life and gave me a new perspective or understanding about christ and who he is, and what he did for us! We have had a few lessons this week and they have been really good! This week we are hoping to extend a baptismal invitation to 1 or 2 of our investigators!! It is my companions birthday today, so we changed our P-Day to today and we went to the temple!!! I literally almost cried because I was so excited! The temple is literally my home away from home!! My companion is awesome!! Her name is Hermana Solorzano and she has been teaching me how to cook things for EL Salvador, and they are so good!! I am so excited to learn how to cook some other things!! We are also going to eat tacos for her birthday and I am so excited because the tacos here are so good and so different!! I am so excited to visit more people this week and to see how they are doing and how we can help them! One of the sisters in my other ward made me a dress and I reacieved it this week! I love it so much and am really excited! We also went to the temple with one of our investigators (Marco) on sunday, because here in Mexico they put Christmas lights all around the temple and it is so pretty! Every year they have a Christmas devotional and after the devotional they turn on the lights and they dont turn them of agian until Christmas is over! It was so cool to be able to go with them to the temple, because they spirit was so strong and they made comments about the songs and our investigator now wants to learn the songs and read the scriptures that are at the bottom of the hymns. Marco needs to learn english so I have been helping him with english and my companion and I have also taken this time to talk to him so that we can find out what he really needs and how we can help him. We have also been doing alot with Light the World! It has been so much fun to contact people and tell them about LDS.org and how there is a calander and on every day of December it gives and idea for something that we can do to come closer to christ and to share his light. We contacted a lady in the street and we were talking about christ and she was not interested at all and told us that she didnt have a lot of time and needed to go. We then really quickly told her about the website and the calander and everything changed. She got really excited and was excited to see what the calander said and to brighten the days of other people. My invitation for you guys this week is to read the talk “Put Your Trust in the Lord” I read this talk this week and I loved it so much! As I have been on my mission I have realized that we as missionarys can not work with out the members. We need your help to find people to teach, and to talk to the people that we teach and befriend them. The missionarys need your testimonys and the spirit that you can bring in the lessons that they have with their investigators. With out the members it is so much hard to find people to teach. I invite you guys during this Christmas season to talk to your friends about the gospel. It can be something simple like asking what you guys can do to serve the people or other friends, or share the calander of light the world with them. Ask the missionarys if you can go with them to a lesson. When I went to lessons with the missionarys before my mission, it really helped me to know how to teach people and how I can share the gospel in simple and natural ways! I love you all so much and am so grateful for all of your prayers!