Sept. 30, 2013
Hello dudes and dudets! This week was crazy and I learned a lot. Like I said last Monday, it was the last week of transfers. Elder Castro and I only tried to kill each other like 3 or 4 times haha just kidding! but it was and interesting couple days that definitely tried my patience. Lo and behold we made it to transfer day. Sunday morning I receive a call telling me that I would be serving as a Zone Leader in the Zona Pitic! My companion id Elder Joyner, he's from Georgia, he's a bomb singer, and he seems like a pretty down to earth guy! I know we will have lots of success here in Satelite (the name of our area). From what everybody has told me, Satelite is one of the richest areas in all of Hermosillo, and the ward is filled with old rich people. Puros x obispos!It seems like I am working my way up through the social classes, first in Cananea, then Cuauhtemoc now Satelite. I am definitely excited for this change and look forward to the next couple of months here in Hermosillo. Im am also looking forward to being zone leader. I will have more responsibility and an even greater cause to be a hard worker as I will need to be a good example for 16 elders and 6 sister missionaries!
This week I learned ever more about the importance of humility in missionary work. As much as we wanted to baptize this week, we accepted the Lords will while 1 by 1 our investigators told us they didn't want to be baptized quite yet or they didn't feel ready. One of these future baptisms is Mercedes. She has been battling the temptation of drinking alcohol since the day she understood she wasn't obeying a commandment! She has so much faith and her positivity is contagious. She was interviewed on Thursday night and passed with flying colors. She was ready, but just needed to give us the ok for us to prepare her baptismal program and fill up the font on saturday. She didn't give us an answer that night but told us she would pray and know by the morning. She was true to her word and gave us a call at 6:27am friday morning. She explained to me that she wanted more time and knew she would eventually be baptized, but not this weekend! I know I have progressed tons in these last few transfers, because 6 months ago, if I were to have heard Mercedess answer I would have been heart broken and down in the dumps. Although I was bummed, I explained to her how much we loved her, supported her and wanted her to feel 100% prepared for her baptism. From what I could hear on the other side of the phone call, I knew she was crying. She explained to me how much she cared for us and how she considered us her own kids. Mercedes is an absolutely incredible person and an even more incredible daughter of God. D&C 121:24 teaches us "there is a time appointed for every man according as his works shall be", I know God has appointed a time for Mercedes and its comin up soon. We remove a pavillion when we feel and pray "Thy will be done and in thine own time" His time should be enough for us since we know that He wants only what is best for his children :)
This week we also found a new house for the Cuahtemoc elders to live. it only took us 3 entire days to find. Looking on internet is almost impossible to find a house for rent. The people here tend not to let the cyber world they are willing to rent their homes, so we were forced to search by foot. Walking nearly every single street in the north side of our area we found a sick house, safe, sound, and within the mission budget that we could use! Yeah the sun is dyin down now, but we had a good laugh when we returned to our home in Las Lomas drenched in sweat. Life is grand
Considering it was my last week in the ward, Bishop Valdez unexpectedly gave me the opportunity to give a talk in sacrament meeting. And I unexpectedly accepted. The first 3 speakers blazed through their talks, and left me with a chunk of 20 minutes to work with. I shared the importance of being diligently obedient. I also compared 3 different kinds of church members: the good, great and excellent. I felt like a motivational speaker up there. I felt very confident with my spanish and was able to let the spirit take over as I was blessed with a very fluid message. As I concluded I shared my testimony and my love for the new ward family I had met in Cuauhtemoc. I said to these faithful members, "When we got here, Elder Castro told me he could see a lot of empty chairs and that we were going to fill the chapel. Now I look at this chapel today full of smiling saints of God." We were truly blessed to have seen so much growth in that ward. Now it is the strongest ward in the stake and they have 6 missionaries working within the ward boundaries!
I wish I could type a little bit more, there is so much goin through my head right now, but times is up! I gotta go haha love you all. the church is truer than true and God loves you. I look forward to an awesome week and General Conference!!! Have a good one too missionaries
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
|changin a flat tire in the pouring rain!! oh the things I do for la hermana Nora :)|
|loving the Mexican food haha! munchin down on some gringas :)|
|family night with the Ibarra family! the crew back together. us 4 started here together in cuahtemoc 5 months ago!|
|the zone. i think you might be able to find me hahah|
|trying to look handsome, jk|
|what the rain and wind does to trees here when it rains. this is the por Little tree in front of our house|
|Elder castro and a Young man from the Ward Brayan! we were in a trio the whole day with him|
|kickin it with Zuzzet, one of our first converts here in cuauhtemoc|
Hello my family! After a pretty crazy week I am finally able to email you guys. Yesterday plans changed suddenly when the presidents wife set up an appointment for me to attended a health clinic specifically for feet! hah lo que pasa es que I have had pretty bad ingrown toenails ewww. the hardy Eagle Scout that I am, I had been battling them with a toenail clipper for about 3 weeks, and making them worse haha. I always have difficulty calling for medical help, but finally called the hermana Hernandez. So yes, I went in to this clinic yesterday.First, they injected me with a massive needle in both big toes where I had the issues and went to work. without giving too many details... they chopped big chunks out of my toenails. The wrapped me up, and sent me on my way. Now I am supposed to rest today and tomorrow, we are planning with members to go on visits using their cars so we can eliminate the walking part of missionary work. so that's that. Mom, I am fine ;)
It has been a great couple of days. I know I emailed you last Thursday, but I will fill you in on a couple deets. The temple was fantastic and we all were able to feel a very special spirit there, there is nothing like the house of the lord. Definitely a real motivating trip and a great opportunity for some personal reflection. Mexico will not receive the new temple video until November, from what the members have told us, they are still working on getting the translation perfect. I understood everything in the session and realized my Spanish has improved tons in such little time. Sunday was a great day at church and we were able to see most of our investigators at church. This week we will sadly be dropping lots from our teaching pool and make a huge effort to find more people to teach this week before transfers on the 29th. We have 2 weeks left. I can see the light haha Elder Castro and I are brothers, but we do have our good and bad days. We are going to step up our game here again and finish the transfer strong.
I love my family tons. My job is too much fun. Every day brings laughter, experience, knowledge, and purpose to my life. We need your prayers for Mercedes, She needs lots of heavenly support this week as she prepares for her baptism! I hope all is well in Cali. Have a fantastic week!