Saturday, December 5, 2015
Buenas dias familia y amigos!
Happy thanksgiving!! Hope you all had a wonderful week!!!
So I don't have a lot of time to write but I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have had a part in my life to make me the person I am and for this opportunity to be serving the people of Baltimore Maryland. This time of year is a great time to love one another and be thankful! And eat lots!!! Ps none of these calories count until January 1st so eat as much as you want!! or so I'm told... But as I sat at the thanksgiving table with the Greer family, the Martinez family and the Barrientos family, I am so thankful for each one of them and it was so cool to see how they would allow us to be part of their family. Someone really close to me told me the secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is and not what you think it should be... It really works!! And I am so thankful. What are you thankful for?
Scripture of the week: Mosiah 2:17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
Serve others, love those that hate you and be thankful for those that are around you. If we have love, show it, through serving others. I love you all. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!! Have a great week!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Yo!!!!!!!!!!!! new word of the week! when somthing surprises you say yo!!!!!
Wow I don't even know where to begin! this week was soo full of awesome miricals!! :) Last night we had such an amazing activity which was titled the Barra de hierro, which literaly means the iron rod, and there is a story in the book of mormon how that if we hold to the iron rod, we can see eternal life. So we rapped rope around the church to the door handles which resembled the iron rod. One end was where the ppl started aka birth and the other rope ended in the chaple "celestial kingdom" and so we blinfolded all thes people and told them here is your journey in life! The goal was to hold to the iron rod until you made it to the end. So they held onto the rod and we had ppl telling them to follow them (resembling devils) and others telling them to stay holding on the rod (angels) Some ppl got confused and let go of the "rod" which was rope and the devils led them to the world know as "the world we live in"... while others that held on made it to the celestial kingdom... there they ate cookies and had a great time! It was a great demonstration for everyone and everyone had a blast cuz some were in heaven and others where not and so the ones that went astray felt decieved and so it was a mini demonstration on what life actually is... Everything is symbolic! I couldnt believe that some ppl let go of the rod even tho nefi, "god" had told them to hold onto the rod till the end, yet they still were tempted and let go because of our words... shows just how strong the pull of the world is!
This week ive really been trying to figure out what makes a person desire to be baptized and why.... We know that baptism is the gate to eternal life when done by priesthood authority which was given to joseph smith the prophet. As i think more and more about it and the whole scheme of the world and all the many churches out there, all the different people and different beliefs, I have find myself sadden because of the lack of faith that humanity has in "God" and in "Man". Each person has a different perspective of who god really is. What is the secret to life. Am i really making a difference. And where am i really going to go after this life?
As I think about the message that we share with each one of our investigators, I try to understand why it is not easy for them to see how i do when i am open to what they have to say. The message that we share is the restoration of the gospel of Jesus christ. I aske all my inv, what does that word restoration mean? Just in worldly terms? Well they answer me, restore means to make new. Taking an old car for example and making it brand new! So when i teach restoration of the gospel of jesus christ and say Joseph smith's name, automatically, people assume that we worship joseph smith. They in turn are the ppl that have let go of the iron rod and are blind folded. So we continue to explain about prophets of old, aka moses, noe, abraham, isach, all the prophets in the bible, great that is something we all can agree on!!, we get to the part of jesus christ establishing a church with priesthood authority (Mathew 10:1) jesus gives that authority to his apostles to teach preach and baptize... he gives 12 apostles, he is the prophet and gives the ppl the word of god. aka thru revelation and the scriptures, all this he does so that we might hold onto the iron rod. But what to the ppl do? they kill the prophets... So we lose the church christ establishes and many many churches form.. aka apostacy.... Logically if god loved us like he said he does and is the same yesterday today and forever, why wouldnt he call a new prophet??
So As i think and ponder a new prophet being called is really what separates us from all other churches and truths in the world. I want to look at how joseph smith was called, he says that he had a vision, where he saw both god and jesus christ... Many ppl would say that is impossible. If you believe in the bible you can read about Moses talking face to face with god (Exodus 33:11)... And then as Moses is being chastized for not doing as the lord has comanded, the lord says that he will call a prophet in a vision, face to face if your read it in spanish or mouth to mouth if read in english (Numbers 12:6-8)... so if god is the same today yesterday and forever and had prophets in the past to give his word, logically, how does it not make sense that he would call another prophet?
Now here is the overall question, did joseph smith really see god like he said he did? Well we know that we can ask god and he will give unto us anything we ask in the name of jesus christ( John 14:14) And how will we recieve an answer? By the power of the holy ghost ( 1corintheans 2:10-11) 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Godknoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Godknoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
So then after all is said and done that is the question we need to ask ourselves, was joseph smith called of god by seeing him face to face, If that is true then everthing that comes after is true. Baptism is the gate to etearnal life and so is receiving the gift of the holy ghost. I testify that when i was baptised and recieved it i now understand so many more things because i have the gift of the holy ghost in all times and all places. How cool is that!! I just want to share this message with the world because i know that joseph smith saw god and once one can understand that, the windows of heaven are now opened and blessing pour from the heavens! This message is so important because since joseph smith saw god we can live forever! and we understand why. So pray ask god, he will answer, I promise. And hold tight to the iron rod! Hope you have a great week!
But ya as for the spiritual side of things we had such a great lesson with rudy this week!! We taught him the plan of salvation and talked about how families can live together forever when they are sealed together by the power of god in his holy temple. Rudy was so stoked. He definately felt the truth of our message! We invited him to be baptized but he still wants to wait a little.... Ana Garcia is another less active member that we have been working with and she finally went to institute this last week!! It was soo good! We are seeing so many cool miracles. Why is that a mircale? Because when we are living our life in line with Gods, the windows of heaven open and possibilities come that we never thought possible... I love this job! haha Well my ponderizing scripture for this week was Ether 12:27... "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I have used this scripture soo many times this week! There is a promise from god that if we go thru trials and put God first, he will then make week things strong unto us. I know he lives and that my trials are now a testimony to me that I must continue to help those ppl that are ready. I love you all Hope you have a great week!!
So God gave me a miracle and let me stay in this area at least one more transfer!!! I definitely know i have work to do!! With 12 people in the district and 10 investigators, we definately have our work cut out for us!! Mirical this week!! Axel, a recent convert since last february came to church!! First off last Wednesday he called us up and was like, Im just not feelin the spirit like I should. Ive been putting off church way too long. We went over and shared the Ether 12:27scripture with him... says And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weakthings become strong unto them.
We explained that if he does the first couple things, the lord promises us that whatever trial we are going thru, in the future, he will make that weak thing strong unto us. We talked to him about the temple and this sunday he got his TEMPLE RECOMMEND!!! I was sooo pumped!!! So we are gonna hit that up soon! Hes never gone!! Since february!!! I always think of how excited travis biggs got when we got to do these things and i am soo pumped for Axel!!
We have just seen so many miracles! But i am running out opf time to tell them all!! haha Just know that whatever happens, as long as we put trust in the lord, he always helps us, but like any good father, he makes us learn from our mistakes. Sometimes it is hard to see how ppl cant believe, but its because we do not knock on the door ourselves as he is waiting on the other side. Sometimes it is hard to knock! But when you do its the warmest house youll ever walk into!!
Hope you all have a great week!! Stay Golden
Monday, November 2, 2015
Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
When we understand why our first parents fell, we begin to understand our purpose here on the earth. As we explained our purpose here, we barely had to explain, saida kept talking and she was just lead by the spirit as she made connections by herself as the spirit revealed personal revalation to her! Sooo cool! I could just remember as I did the same thing, sitting in Travis's house and he would just laugh and be sooo stoked for me!! HE would never say oh I knew that but was sooo pumped that I had made that connection. Oh man I had never felt soo much joy than in that moment, watching Saida make those connections and just feeling overwhelmed by the spirit!! IT was soooo cool!!
I know im typing a lot but for those of you that feel like there is not much more to learn from church of from the doctrines, I would encourage you to read 2 Nephi28:30... We met with a member this week, and he felt the same way... We bore testimony of the sacrament verse and of this scripture. As I was talking to him, I explained the joy that I felt as I watched Saida make those connections. There is no greater joy than sharing the gospel with those you love. Lets face it, there are a lot of opinions out there, but there is only one truth. If you ask god, he will give it to you. So commitment for the week, will you all share one belief that you have from this wonderful plan with someone you care about this week? Awwesome, I love you all so much, and if I didn't know this was absolute truth, I wouldn't waist my time. None other than god himself with change the hearts and minds of people, but you must have a desire to find him first! Have a great week!
So spiritual out pouring of the week, Sacrament Meeting. I am not going to tell you the story that he shared, but just know. The Atonement is real. Go to sacrament meeting next sunday, ask God to help you with whatever your struggle might be and He will. After Sacrament we had the opportunity to watch 12 steps to change with a family that is addicted to alcohol. We meet with a boy named Kevin. He is 18 years old and he cannot go to sleep without drinking alcohol. When he and his sister were little, their grandma would offer them alcohol. He would drink. She would not. They have an older brother named Carlos. He is about 24 and just got out of jail. He asks Kevin, his little brother to drink with him. Kevin wants to be a good example their youngest brother, but does not know where to start. As we are talking, their step dad walks in drunk. Kevin tells us that the thing that motivates him to make it though the work day is knowing that he can have a drink in the evening. This problem with alcohol started when they were very young. I look at my life and look how fortunate I am not to have to of delt with the problems that alcohol brought because my family set the example when we were young that Alcohol is dangerous. It dulls senses, increases anger, and brings a number of health problems. I feel so bad for my friend Kevin. He is such a great kid. Is there anyway out? Yes and it is though the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If one has the desire to change their life and ask him for help, I can promise, he can and will make all the difference. I did not know how real addictions were until I came out here and meet so many great people that hide their addictions from whomever it may be. But the thing that i told kevin is, you can lie to me, your family, your friends, even yourself, but there is one you cannot lie to and that is God. He know us personally and he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us. I know this gospel is so true or else I would not give 2 years of college, of dating, of my family and of my life than to help these ppl, to let them know that God is real. That He is there when we need him the most and even when we don't need him. If any of you or anyone you know struggles from addiction, their are programs, and videos that are labeled 12 steps to change. Watch em. I have watched ppl struggle from smoking and the way that they gained their testimony of whether god was true is by reading the book of mormon everytime they had a craving. This is the way that they knew this book was from God and not from a man. It helped them stop, live free and clean! The book of mormon works miracles!! I love you all and feel of the spirit every day! Hope you have a great week!
Monday, October 12, 2015
14:11 from the Book of Mormon... I always wanted to know why god lets bad things happen to innocent people. The scriptures really are the words of God. Read them and ponderize. Have a great week!!
I hate planning
I don't remember if I told you the story of this guy but we were just walking down the street and this ice cream truck pulls up and this guy swings the door open! runs out of the house and says ICE CREAM!!!!! at the top of his lungs!! He then pushes to the front of the line and cuts off all the kids. Soooo funny!!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
next sunday. I am praying that they do because the gospel could help them soo much!! The feeling that you get when you teach is soo awesome!! I just wish ppl were more open! haha but that is ok!! So funny story after the lesson, I get home and it is a pretty storm night and I get a call from the sisters in our district that they are going to be home a little late... at 9:50 then I get this call and I was in the shower so I missed the call and the message that they left is that someone broke into their apartment and they are freaking out... So I call them and they say they are chillin in the car and when they went inside everything was moved around and they cut the power when they walked into their appartment... so I call the zone leaders who then call pres... within 2 min I'm on the phone with pres and he tells me I have to go check it out... Well Elder Ball who was in the hospital last monday wasn't with us so I was with my comp Elder Tolley and Elder ball's comp elder Ed Leon. So we are like sick!! This is gonna be so cool!! So confession there is a machete under our sink and it is so sick. Elder Deleon is like lets bring it!! but I say no no, we are just gonna go check it out... So we drive at 10:20 and it is pretty stormy... We get there 10:30... and the sisters are terrified... we go take a look and I flip on the switch and no light. Dang it! It's just like a movie! I ain't going in there if I can't see!! So I ask the neighbor if they have power and they say no.. so I'm like ok they didn't cut the power we are good. They give us a flashlight and we search the apartment... IT WAS SOOO SICK!! I felt like a detective ahhah... ok clear no one there... so we let the sisters come in, Pres Christiansen calls me so I am talking to him... nothing is stolen ok what happened? The sisers then said oh all this stuff was in the closet, why would they move the christmas tree in the middle of the room?... I look in the closet and there is a valve at the botttem.. I think oh it was probably just the maintanence man trying to get to the valve!.. Sure enough there is a note that says, "hey sorry about the mess, we have to shut off the water cuz of the storm, we will come back tomorrow. Joe" The sisters were like Dang it Joe!!! how could you do this to us!! I was like really?? Sooo funny now if anything bad happens we just blame it on Joe... yep just another day in missionary life... tune in next week for our next mystery!!
Missions are hilarious,
Hope you all have a great week!!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
on Oct 24, I'm praying for that!!! We finally get Diana to come to a baptism and she actually went inside the church! She loved watching it, but still said she couldn't feel the spirit, we blessed her house the night before...ummm oh had a sweet spiritual experience where I just got up from a lesson cuz the spirit told me to 3 times and went to another lesson and the spirit was soo strong there... Then Saturday morning ran a 5K and got sick. We were in the ER all day today!!! But not for me haha the new guy in our district came so I stayed in the ER all day with him, but he is gonna be fine, he couldn't eat and was feeling terrible!! I feel bad for him but it looks like he is gonna be able to stay here and not have to return home so that will be good!! Wow this mission is nuts!! I have so many cool stories but no time to tell them! We have to go meet some ppl tonight! I don't have time to rest haha but it will be great!! Lesson learned for the week!! Follow the spirit, when you are unsure what to do, pause, ask, and he will guide you, it's nuts!! I've come to learn that the spirits voice is always the same, constant and calm... imagine someone that whispers... if they whisper at the same level, you can only hear them if you get closer to them, they will never change tone... so how do we get closer? Seek and you shall find and knock and it shall be open unto you. How crazy is that!! I've seen sooo many miracles this week!! I love it!! I can't believe how true what we teach is! I don't feel religious, I just tell em facts!! Hope you all have a great week!! Love you!
Hey how's it goin! Well this week was crazy!! So ok I can't hold it in any longer. Guess what!!!! I wrote Elder Holland this WEEK!!! So Tuesday right, I meet the 1st counselor to the stake president who just says that he is going to be meeting with Elder Holland in 2 days!! So I casually go up to him after and ask him to thank elder holland for me for the talk he gave in general conference and he says well why don't you write him a letter? So I do and I gave it to him thursday and he said that he was going to personally hand deliver it to Elder Holland!!!!!! how crazy is that!! I know! I was soo pumped, I've been waiting all week to tell you cuz you know how cool that is!!? Anyway this week had soo many miracles! We started teaching a family and they are soo golden. The baptism we went to last week, kevin may sleep for days and forget about our appointments but he is a really great guy... although none of our investigators showed up at church, it was ok because we need to be on the Lords time and not our own. I would say that was the biggest lesson I learned this week. Be patient and on the Lords time. Hmm what else soo So funny story for you. For me at the time it was hard.. So our branch president calls up friday night and asks us to meet him for a missionary meeting on saturday at 2:30. So we clean the park up all morning rush home, change out clothes to our white shirt and I have my tan pants and shoes and we rush over to the church and it is 2:35 when we get there, so we are kind of late and there are a lot of cars in the parking lot, so we walk in and there is nobody to be seen, so we walk around the church for about 10 min until finally we come to the high council man's door. We put our head to the door and hear voices... so we knock, not thinking and a man opens the door and says come in... so we just walked into a meeting 15 min late, everyone in there has suits on, our missionary zone leaders are there and they give us the most confused look like where are your suit jackets, our mission president, the stake president, his counselor, and all the 8 bishops and missionary leaders in the entire stake of Frederick!! All of them look at us and I am just like ohhhh nooooo... 15 minutes late and we don't have our suit jackets and we aren't even supposed to be there, but we subbed in for our ward mission leader cuz he never does anything so its ok! haha man most embarasing moment on my mission yet!!! But it turned out all good! Stake conference was good... Keep the sabbath day holy! You will be blessed, more so than those that don't, fact not fiction...test it!... but transfers are this week! Elder Brewer, my trainee is leaving! Another elder is coming here, I hear a little bit of disobedience but we will have to see... and we are getting 2 new elders in the district so I'm pumped but now we'll have 10 elders and sisters in this district.. I gonna be even more busy! It's gonna be great tho :).. I feel like I was just writing about training, now it's 6 weeks later! So nuts!! Well thing to work on for me this week, Obedience.. because with obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles. We gotta help these ppl, that's literally what I eat sleep and breath.. all I can think about is seeing how I can help these ppl and I find that my own problems seem to deminish.. I would encourage all of you to watch the mormon message, Lift this week. Lemme know what you think :) Have a great week!!
Ok so this week was sooo crazy good!!! Alright lemme tell you, Miracles out the wazzoo!! So I'll start with the coolest thing, so Quieten L Cook...sorry for butchering his name, came to our mission!!!! I shook his hand nbd!! We all drove to Annapolis stake center last saturday morning and when he walked in his head was literally glowing!! He gave us some sweet advice! And he left a special apostolic blessing upon our mission. He told us that even though it is hard to serve sometimes that we need to be assured that when we are serving here that our family and friends back at home will be blessed more than we can imagine for the service that we are doing right now. I can't help to think and just feel that by me being here, there is gotta be someone at home that will be blessed and it encourages me to work harder and harder each day!!! After the spiritual outpouring, we raced back home and picked up an investigator and less active all the way in Frederick and then got in the car and drove back down 45 min to Ellicot City to watch a baptism in a river!! Our investigator then said he wanted to be baptized!! He dressed down for church but then something came up and he couldn't make it... So then yesterday we went to a Porque yo creo in Columbia and I found out someone that Elder Leavit and I were teaching is getting baptized next Saturday!! So they said that the familia Soriano requested that we come down to watch it soo we gotta find someone to come and be baptized! So yesterday I felt kinda sick. I had a fever but went to church and felt pretty terrible. I love hispanics!! they see that I'm not feeling good so they just show up with random pills... I couldn't help but think of Shelby's ghetto experience in Peru where you tell them your symoptoms and they just give you medicine... that's exactly what they did.. so I took it!! and I felt so much better... don't know if it was bad or not but feel better now! Probably was some drug.. I felt wired... idk if that's a good thing or not! Sorry I've been so bad at writing, We never have time!! Thank you Becky for writing me! I hope everything turns out for their car. Glad to hear no one was hurt... So I'm learning a lot, we have a ton of good times! It's all good. I hope all of you have a great day Tell Quinn good luck!! He's gotta lemme know how he is feeling!! When is Chloe coming to the Baltimore mission?? That is soo nuts!! Hope you all have a great week!!
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Waz up! How is everyone doing?
So this week was super good. We taught 23 lessons this week!! That's soo crazy especially for spanish work in the states!! I'm literally praying so hard for 1 on our 11 investigators to come to church! We had so many that said oh yes I will be there and not one of them showed! :( I was like are you kidding me!! Why do ppl have agency! haha but its so good! But then we had this guy named carlos and he told us he couldnt make it and then we hit the 3rd hour which is sacrament and he comes!! He left work early all the way in Virginia just to make it!! I was sooo happy!! He is such a boss!! And after we had this money lesson with Gregorio, the one that lives in Damascus MD and he was just saying I want to go so bad but my wife just doesn't want to go. I had to of course tell him that whenever I went dirt biking, unless I loaded the trailer, packed all the dirt bike bags and then went to my dad and said ok everything is packed all you have to do is drive, that is when we went riding!! He liked that idea and said that next week he was going to load up everything and say ok Esposa all you have to do is come and sit in the car! We have another lesson with him on tuesday and that is a miracle cuz he didn't even want to meet with us last night, I think it was cuz he felt guilty for not answering out texts. We didn't care!! So I took an elder with me on exchanges this week and he is still in his first 2 transfers and it was one of the funnest exchanges ever!! He couldn't believe we could knock a hispanic door at 8:55 at night! Or ask for a bottle of water and they would just go inside and get us one no matter who it is, even if we just met them!! The culture is just soo humble it is soo awesome!! So I have a miracle to tell about this blessing we gave this week and wow it is soo cool but I'm like out of time to write!! So we get this call at 9:30 am this week from our branch president and he is like hey I need you at my house there is a lady there that needs a blessing. So we go and it turns out that it is this family that is not members of the church and they are there with their little baby and he has this feeding tube hooked to him and he needs a liver transplant or something I didn't understand the spanish word they used but anyway this baby looks so sick and the mom is just in tears and the dad is looking so sad it's almost like that story of how the man is desperatly bringing his kid to be heald by Jesus. Now I'm not comparing anything we did to Jesus but we anointed and gave this baby a blessing and I'm not kidding you everything starts going crazy as we bless this baby!! Phones start ringing, tv's are on,. the baby is crying the other kids starty screaming all while I'm trying to hear the words of the Lord in spanish!! One of the most ridiculously distracting blessings I've ever given but after, color returns to the baby's face and he looks healthy!! The parents were like what the heck!! It was sooo nuts!! They were so thankful!! It was something I def wanna remember. Missions are crazy cool! I love em!! I love you all I have to go but I hope everyone has a great week! Take care of the gym for me! And ya see ya!! Love
8:50 and I was close to our apartment, and I was like I have to do key indicators tonight and call a bunch of people I should just go home, but I was like no, not yet, I really want an 8:59 miracle...so I tell my companion, we are going to get an 8:59 miracle tonight... so we have been trying to find this guy named Leonelle forever!! The sisters gave him to us a little bit ago and his cousin just got shot in Vegas, The only thing that I knew from him is his name and that he wants us to pay for his cousins funeral... So last night we are walking and I see 4 hispanic guys and it's like 8:55 so we talk to them and I am not even kidding you at 8:59, some random guy drives up and says Elder Cornejo, Elder Brewer, how's it going? And we are just like what the heck who is this guy? He says I'm Leonele! So we start talking to him and he parks the car and we get a return for tomorrow!! And he said he'd really like to come back to church!!! Ohhh Whaaaaat?? That was so sick!! And he knows my trainer Elder Riddle so it was sooo sweet!! He's gonna be baptized haha. Talk about finding... we walk down the street and our investigator just finds us!! It was sooooooo sick!!!!! I was pumped!!! It reminds me, we are fishers of men, just need to be in the right place at the right time. I love it!! Hope you all have a great week!.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
So this week was crazy!! After last week, I had a great time with Elder Fisher for the next two days and we literally ate soooo much food!! He was leaving so everyone was feeding us!!! IT was soooo awesome!! In one night we had all you can eat Golden Corall! then cheesecake at another lady's house, then we went and said bye to this family from Bolivia and they had prepared this carne and rice and platanos and oh man it was soooo good. But I didn't sleep much that night at all cuz I was worried about training and being district leader and not understanding all the spanish!! But it's sooo weird! I can understand now! the Lord must want us to understand!!! So last week I translated better in sacrament!! and I can understand all the lessons!! IT's sooo cool! I can understand spanish!!! After that Wednesday came, I had to get TB tested and it came back negative, so no worries.. then training my new comp. He actually lived in mexico for 2 years, 6 years ago so he knows a lot of spanish!! but it is still pretty foreign. I feel like I just got here but then he reminds me of all the things I felt when I arrived here. It's cool. We definately have some good times!! Friday was leadership meeting from 8-4:30, then on Saturday we taught an english class, Sunday we had church until 4:30, Monday we had zone conference from 8-4:30. I feel like I never have time to be an actual missionary. And now today preparation day until 6!! Everything has just been flying by!! We found a new person to teach last week and she is sweet!! We invited her to be baptized and she said yes!! but she needs to learn more first haha. She's just looking to make her life better! My new comp is definitely good luck!! I am so excited to get out and work! Sorry I've been so bad in writing! and with pictures. I'm grateful for all of you and your examples in getting me here to this point. I hope you all have a great week! Next week I'll have a funny story! Say hi to Janelle for me! I can't believe she is home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Well we had to move this lady this week and oh my gosh, she had some of the heaviest furniture in the world!! Each piece was like 300 pounds and we had to squeeze it out of this little tiny door frame... It was all solid oak!! but we got it all in. She only broke one lamp! So that was awesome... literally just pushes it off the table... and it shatteres... we all watched her and were like did that just happen? Cuz she almost starts crying after... idk...but ya we got to go to the temple this week. That was sweet. The member that took us fell asleep and the guy inside was freaking out. So let me describe to you just how humid it was, we walk outside the temple and my camera wont even take a picture because the air is so humid. IT fogged up my lense within seconds... so thats the reason why i have no pictures this week :( sorry! What else i really need to write down these cool experiences because by today i forget them all!! and I definitely need to write in my journal, its just we are sooo busy i never have time!! I am gonna work on that this week, Follow up with me next week to see how I do! Enjoy your vacations if you see guys with white shirts give em water!! ITs so hot! haha
So this week was sooo hard but sooo sweet!!! We went hard! haha We found 5 new investigators!! Literally everything possible happened to us this week!! So Monday we met a sweet latino family Hernandez. His mother in law goes to our branch but he goes to the english ward with his family. He is nuts but its funny. He calls all the hispanics laminitas or laminites and says they are always late for everything!! So we set up a party for couples last friday night and while he was waiting for them to arrive he got his disco ball out and blasted Turn Down for What and the sub was sooo beautiful!! haha He just started blasting all this solja boy and wobble and all these songs and starts dancing and has us film him so he can send it to an ex missionary. hahaha he is hilarious pretty crazy tho. I wish my words could better describe what went down but no amount of words can have you fully capture the image of his dance moves that will forever be engraven in my memory... not a good thing... haha... then we also had some drunk guys we delt with. I talked to a homelss guy for 5 min a guy that had been living in the church for 5 weeks and then one day the bishop comes and says there is someone here that shouldnt be and they find him!!! i cant believe he dodged the members for 5 weeks straight! But now he just chills outside and the members wanna put him in jail... youd think theyd wanna help him?? but idk thats the english work haha As far as our missionary work it was so sick!! the members here are awesome!!! We are becoming pretty good friends with them. We helped set up a wedding but couldnt go to it but that was last friday and then we are litterally contacting like crazy to try and meet new ppl. We have met a ton of pregnant teens. One 14 year old we gave a blessing to last week and then another one we talked to in the street... so weird. Sundays are the best in the mornings cuz this family makes these Giant and i mean Giant pancakes for us to eat with strawberries, peaches, blueberries, platanos, whipped cream, dulce de leche and of course maple syrup. When i get older i definately wanna get a tradition going for the missionaries to come over at least once a week. This family is famous around the mission for these pankakes cuz they are literally so huge!!! And missionaries rarely ever eat breakfast so it'll be cool! Oh this week we get to go to the Washing DC temple, last week we did babtisms with the branch so that was sweet but this week we get to go thru a session. We werent allowed to do the baptisms and i forgot my temple reccomend... so pres wasnt too happy with that haha but i won't forget it again!!! Man there are so many cool things that went down but ya its hard, it's sooo tiring but it is sooo fun!! and rewarding!! Work hard and love one another that is our goal for this week!! Hope you all have a great week!!
Thursday, July 23, 2015
So here is my last week..
So here I am, literally am in the best area ever! I have the most spiritual lesson ever, with the coolest less active family, by the way it was on how much God loves his children... We have an investigator on date and one that has just started progressing and 2 more that have potential to progress... the members love us and are feeding us like 3 meals a day and I am just like this is sooo sweet!! I looove my mission!! Now I have an interview with the president! I got the coolest companion this is so fun. Basketball for 3 hours last Prep day and now the next one is in 3 days life couldn't be better!! haha
Then I go in for my interview and am so stoked to meet the new mish president again...cuz he sat in our district meeting a couple weeks ago... and we start talking about my ole comp in the mtc. Then he starts telling me all these problems they've been having in Frederick MD... so I'm thinking why are you telling me this pres?? then he says we need you to go in there. Your new companion will be Elder Fisher and see if you can establish better relationships with the branch... I'm like ohh what?? I'm leaving? I ask.. so when will this take affect.. he says tomorrow morning... I almost dropped... haha so we came Friday morning to Frederick and have been here fixing everything.... the apartment was trashed so we cleaned that for 5 hours... the area books haven't been updated since March and there is no contact info or addressed for anyone... but I don't wanna go into all the details cuz I don't wanna talk bad but you get it that it has been a crazy last 3 days... The members... well there is always a lot of work to do but there are some Great members!! We had pancakes from this family and they were sooo bomb!! Apparently they feed us every sunday!! So it is gonna be soo sick!! I'm pumped and I got a sweet companion here! We've literally made cookies for 4 familes now ahha and got some referals! So just getting that trust is what we are working on... It'll turn out great I think :)... and there is a gym here so im stoked!! And next Tuesday we need to go on exchanges since my comp is the district leader and I've literally been here 5 days by that time and have to know who I can go and see so I've been studying the area late into the night and early in the morning to find who lives where and what we can do to fix it! haha but its been super humbling and my companion is a great guy! I miss Elder Leavitt in Columbia but I hope he has a great time... the guy that was here in Frederick went to Columbia "my area I came from" so he better work hard with elder Leavitt haha... anyway I am sooo stoked Quinn is going Spanish speaking to costa rica!?? that is insane!!! We will have to go visit him ;) haha anyway I gotta go, I'm out of time. Missions are so cool cuz they show you how to work hard and be efficient. I noticed that our branch council talks for 2 hours but they talk only about the 5 calendar dates... we could go over that in 10 min... idk its such a good experience. I love it ! Oh and my new address is
I was litereally in her exact same spot!! It's sooo cool. She's awesome!! I'm so excited! And then we have another family we are working with. The 9 year old son wants to get baptized and they all wanna come to church so we are trying to mend burnt bridges there!! And then we spent some time at another families house this week and they have a guy in is 20s that lives with them that apparently hates the missionaries but he sat in with us and was interested in learning. The entire family was shocked!! It was so sweet and then after this lesson, this lady decided that she was going to bring one of her co workers to the baptism in Annapolis and she liked it a ton so now she wants to start taking the lessons... wholly tolido its sooo cool!!! I love just how many miracles we are seeing. People have soo many hard trials in their life and this message that we share helps with that because it really isnt us that share it, but those around us and God, cuz this is what he asks of us. Its so nuts why would God, the creater of all the universe and everything ask ppl like us to work and try to bring his words to the ppl. If he really wanted ppl to believe wouldnt he just do it himself? My question is if he did that, what would we learn? Why would anyone serve ppl? Why would we help one another if God gave us everything, we wouldnt need anything... its is so crazy how many things just fall into place when we just do what he asks of us. I tell all the ppl i teach, im not here to change your religion or your beliefs, i am here to share a message that has changed my life for the better. Its a message that we cannot fully comprehend unless we put in the work and have faith that this is the complete church. IF we really put aside out desires and thoughts and ask ourselves for one second, if there was a God and he LOVED me, loved me more than i could comprehend, what would i do for him? what would he want me to do? My focus for this week is what would anyone do if we really understood that there was some all powerful being out there who loved us, what could we gain and what would that mean to you? Have a great week!
Waiting for the fourth of july fire works!!! My new companion is the one on the left with red hair. Hes a stud. We have a ton of fun! I tell him he looks like the guy from the italian job. You shoulda seen him with long hair!!! spittin image!