Monday, May 14, 2018

Letter 99 Mayra's Baptism!!

Hey Everyone!

It was a great week because Mayra was baptized! She is so awesome and prepared and we had such a wonderful service. I’m so grateful I got to be a part of her journey. I will put some pictures below. It was also a great Mother’s Day and really fun to see family! Everyone is so old now so it will be weird to go home, but it’s good to see that the same sibling jokes and teasing have not changed at all.

Other than the baptism we didn’t have too much going on. Sonia has made some wonderful progress too and we are excited for her baptism coming up! I love this area so much, I love being a missionary so much. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to see people changing their lives and learning truth. I’m so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the impact it’s made in my life. Because of the savior, I can change and I don’t need to keep making the same mistakes. There will always be hope for me and each one of his children because of the sacrifice he made.

I have been so blessed in my life to be raised in such a good family when families all around me are falling apart and I want to bring those same blessings to my children. I know the gospel blesses families and I’m so grateful for all that the lord has given me. I have one request for all of you and it’s a request that many of you have fulfilled already but I invite you to fulfill it again. Please read the Book of Mormon. Whether you have never read it or whether you have read it 200 times. I promise you that it will increase your understanding of the Lords love for us and it will help you find the happiness and peace that you might be lacking right now. I know it is true and it will bless your life more than anything. I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Letter 98 Grateful!

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Sorry no pictures again this week I will try to get some before I go home but it’s Mother’s Day next week so who needs pictures anyway. Well this week has been awesome! Unfortunately we were dropped by a few people this week so now we don’t have a lot of prepared people for June. Hopefully we can find some more soon. However, Mayra passed the interview so that’s what matters! We are super excited for her baptism this weekend it’s going to be awesome!

Sonya is progressing super well also and so that is really good. Overall I’m enjoying this area a ton and things are going great! I’m so grateful for the restored gospel and you can clearly see the change it has had in Mayra's life and many others lives. I’m so grateful I got to be part of this wonderful journey of hers. There were some hiccups along the way, but she was willing to work through them and gain her own testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel and that made all the difference. I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Letter 97 Temple Visitor's Center

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Well this week we had a lot happen. Good news and Bad news. Unfortunately, Sophia is too stressed with the move going on and so she has decided to postpone the baptism until after they move to Arizona even though she just needs 1 more lesson and the interview. I just hope she chooses to get baptized when she gets there. I just know it will always feel too busy and so I hope she chooses to do that. 

For good news though, the same day Sophia dropped her Baptismal date we set another one with a lady named Sonia! We had dinner with her and a member and she is just going through a lot right now. She is really willing to learn and we already met with her 3 times last week. Her date is for May 26th which is a little rushed, but if we meet with her often we know that it can work! She also came to church this Sunday and it was a great meeting!

We also had a great trip to the temple visitors center with Mayra last Saturday. Her husband accompanied her and that was really his first exposure to the church and it was a great experience! Mayra is still on date for the 12th and we are super excited for her baptism. Not only that, but her husband who didn’t want to meet with us before is now showing some interest and he even came to church with Mayra this week! 

It was awesome and it’s amazing to see the gospel bringing families closer together in the Sunland ward. This area has some awesome potential and many of the members are actually convert families. It just goes to show how much the gospel blesses families and it’s amazing to see that. Over all things are going wonderful!

Oh I almost forgot! We got transfer calls this week and Elder Pate and I will be staying together for my last transfer which should be pretty fun! Anyway, that’s pretty much it for this week, I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Letter 96 Evening Zone Conference

Sorry I don’t have a lot of time to write again, but we had a great week! Both of our investigators moved their dates to the 12th of May and so we are super excited for them! It’s gonna be a great weekend!

Other than that, we have struggle to find this week but we hope to make next week better with some new goals. We also had an awesome evening zone conference with the members and we got to do a role play in front of all the stake leaders which was really cool. Anyway that was it for this week! I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Letter 95 No Time!

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It’s been a pretty normal week here, sorry I don’t have a ton of time to write but I hope you are all doing great! Mayra is doing great and changed her date to the 12th of May which we are excited for. Sophia hurt her back so we couldn’t meet but hopefully this week we can. Anyway, things are still going great! Have a great week!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Letter 94 Awesome Week!

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It’s been another awesome week for us! We were able to find a lot of new investigators and we were able to set Mayra on date for May 19th! She is doing super awesome and she will definitely be able to make her date. We are so excited for all the progress this area is making! 

We also found Robert again, another investigator we had on date who disappeared so that was good. His phone broke so that’s why we couldn’t find him but we have an appointment tonight! Sofia is doing well too. We met with her on Friday and had a great lesson on the commandments. Her date isn’t until May 27th because it’s her birthday
and she wants it to be special although she could seriously be baptized in April if she wanted to! We are going to go to the temple visitor center with her in a few weeks which will be fun. That was pretty much it this week since Wednesday! 

Remember to go to church, pray, and read always! CPR keeps us spiritually alive so don’t forget church, prayer, reading. If you aren’t doing one of those things or even all three, I invite you to start doing them and you will be able
to feel the saviors love in your life and find answers to your revelation through the scriptures, and revelation through church attendance and I promise you it really does work. Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Letter 93 Temple!

Hey Everyone!

Wow what a week! Sorry for having p day later. First if all, congrats to my little brother Jared who received his mission call to Chicago Illinois! That’s so awesome! Well, this letter is gonna be a little long because this week was amazing!

General Conference was amazing! I’ve never quite had a conference like that! I felt so strongly during that conference though that President Nelson is a prophet of God and he is prepared to lead the church. I knew before that he was, but I especially felt that spiritual witness during this conference. So many crazy announcements, but I feel like they will help the church so much, especially combining the Elders and High Priests. And a temple in Russia! That makes me so excited! That will be a lot closer to Armenian and I’m super excited to hear more about it! I especially loved President Nelson’s talk about receiving personal revelation and I would encourage you all to look it over again or if you haven’t seen the conference yet, watch it! It answered a lot of my questions that I didn’t fully realize I had but I’m so glad he spoke on that because it really helped me out and strengthened my testimony.

Also, we went to the temple today! That was so amazing and I’m so grateful we have a temple nearby to visit. We have 7 new temples and I’m so grateful for them. When I get home I really want to take the challenge to visit the temple more often. We also taught Sofia this week and she got to watch conference which was good. She is on date for the End of May on her birthday. It’s been great to see so many people progress. I love this area so much! I hope you all take the time to ponder the messages from conference again!