Monthly Archives: August 2013
Sweet! My battery just died after it sent. America’s baptism, and my companion, Elder Smith. We have fun =)
This week was sweet! Mayra came to church again, and with a host of other children as well! We went with the young men and she chilled in Primary with her kids and those she brought along with her. They all had a good experience, it seems! No one was crying at the end or making a ruckus during sacrament meeting. She’s a boss. And, in addition, ouy boy Juan came to church for the first time! Our members did a great job being friendly and greeting all of our nonmember friends that day, and helping out with all the younguns. I asked Juan how he felt after sacrament meeting and he said laughingly, “Un poco asaltado,” which means a little bit assaulted/attacked. It was humorous. Juan told nearly everyone he met, ‘I want to get baptized, but I have to stop smoking first,’ and everyone offered their advice and support, and it was great! I love it when members help out investigators. Or when they help out anyone at all really. Nonmembers, less-actives, actives, everyone. President Monson, our Elder’s Quorum president (no joke, that’s really his name), was phenomenal. I love seeing progress!! But I know there will come that time when it won’t be seen as easily in the future. Just gotta keep your head up, you know? Good things will come, as Elder Jeff Holland has promised. Don’t give up! You’re all wonderful and beautiful and amazing!
, said my camera. Too bad I forgot it in the car… haha! I’ll probably send pictures next week. If I remember then.
This week I had one of those moments where you look back on yourself introspectively and realize that changes have been made. SO gratifying! As you know, there are rough times on the mission, and I’m not exactly the most positive person on the face of the planet. But, this week I noticed myself falling into the discouragement trap and I remembered the words of a blessing given to me through my mission president: God does not send men to earth to fail. My beloved brothers, sisters, elders, and parents, I testify that this is a gospel truth. Our purpose here is not to fail, but to succeed. We are the chosen spirits, the noble and great, those with earthly and eternal destinies that those that lived before us in times of darkness could only dream of. Ours is a fierce battle, a long one and a hard one, but “they that be with us are more than they which are against us.” We just have to open our eyes a bit to see it. Measuring success from moment to moment will only bring discouragment. Repentance, akin to success, is best measured by constant actions over a long period of time. If you keep opening the oven every minute of your life, or your mission, to check if the cake is done or if it is doing well, the cake will end up flat. Have the faith that what you are doing is right. Trust in those spiritual witnesses you have already received instead of constantly seeking more. If it was true then, it is still true now. ‘Cast not away, therefore, thy confidence, for it hath great recompense unto reward… Forward, and not back!… For we are not of those who draw back into perdition.’
Never forget that you are loved.
So I may have lost my camera… Hence no pictures. But who am I kidding, I probably wouldn’t have sent any anyways. But we’re on the hunt. If I find it, I’ll send something.
Holy Moses, Dad, your beard looks like Nathan’s more and more, but led red and more like Gandalf. Super jealous of the family trip, b the w… But I’m glad you all had a good time and enjoyed the most precious of joys! Family rocks. Especially you guys. Chris, you looked younger than me in the pictures Dad sent! When do you Peace out to the Corps? October?
I’m having a blast with my new compa, Elder Smith. He got some creepy rash thing this week and I told him it was cancer and now he’s paranoid… He was wigging out so much he lost feeling in his hands and got super light-headed at our dinner appointment yesterday hahaha but we’re going to the doctor this week to check it out. Meanwhile I remain untouched by disease in the mission! Blessings woot woot.
Stake conference this week was stinking AWEsome! Our youth has always been pretty rebellious, and now the Stake Presidency is doing stuff about it. A new member of the presidency doesn’t speak Spanish at all, is bringing lots of changes. Our stake will now be bilingual, and all of the youth programs will be in english. And when you address the oyuth in sacrament meeting, you’ll need to speak in english. Doc & Cov 90:11 (if I remember correctly). Everyone in their own tongue, baby. Now they’ll understand the Gospel, have a much better chance to stay strong in the church, and I really feel like this stake is going to grow a lot and have generations in it, strong families, as opposed to before, when the missionaries just had to keep finding and replacing members when the youth went less-active or to english wards, parents getting disillusioned because the gospel isn’t helping their children. The youth of this Church are incredible. I’m SO excited for the future of the East LA Stake. The work is hastening, my beloved brothers and sisters. Be a part of it!
This week was a good last week with Elder Alvarez. He has now peaced out to East LA with Elder Coffey!! and I am jealous, but it’s okay cuz my new companion is Elder Smith from the Fletcher days! We’re gonna have an awesome transfer together.
Things look like they’re ready to get going. The leadership in our branch is getting things in order, the Elder’s Quorum President is back from Guatemala and getting people’s rears in gear, home teaching is finally getting done (WOOOOT!!), and members are catching the vision. We also finally met the Becerra’s mom (not the mission president’s wife. another one) and we’re gonna be able to start teaching the whole family and baptize them! She told us that now is the time to get into the church. They’ve been exposed to it their whole lives, now it appears they’ve understood that they need something more. The Lord is truly preparing the hearts of the people. Now we just gotta go find more! =D
Keep up the work, all you member missionaries. We’ll never be able to hasten this Work without you.
Much love to each one of you,