Monday, September 28, 2015
Well, september's almost over! It seems that the mission is going by faster and faster, I can't believe that we're going into October! I wonder what I'll do for Halloween! :P
So! This week was a fun week, some good things happened and we're seeing some progress here in Obregon.
On tuesday, we had our district meeting as usual. This time our zone leaders joined us and they told us there that they want to do companion exchanges with us on friday, alrighty then! After that we planned for the week and everything was normal. Later that day, we went to the chapel again because my companion is teaching the youth how to speak in public without fear and he's also preparing them to act in a little play of a story from the Book of Mormon. It's going to be a lot of fun! We're going to see what we can do in these couple of weeks with this activity.
The next couple of days was just work, up until friday, where we did companion exchanges with the zone leaders. I left my area to go with one zone leader to his own area, and the other leader went with my companion to our own area. It was really fun, it was cool to see another area of the mission and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with another missionary like our zone leader. He's really cool and relaxed, and he likes to work.
We ended the companion exchanges the next day, Saturday, by going to the chapel to meet up with the rest of the district to do tours! We handed out pamphlets (or rather we offered them pamphlets) and we invited people to take a tour of the inside of our chapel. We were able to show quite a few people the church, and it was fun!
Updates with the work, we have an investigator! Her name is Angelica and she's a very nice woman, she has catholic beliefs, but she doesn't currently go to any church. She seems really interested in the gospel, she asks a lot of questions (which is really good!) and she did come to church with us this sunday, although she had to leave early to pick up her daughter from Hermosillo. This week we have planned appointments with other people, and we're going to see what we can pull off. Wish us luck!
These past couple of day, we've been offered to go work out in a home gym that a member has in his house, naturally we accepted the offer! We've gone twice and it's not too bad, I think we'll be going to this gym a few more times, maybe more :)
So that's my week summed up, also GENERAL CONFERENCE IS NEXT WEEK! WOO! I'm so excited to hear what the prophet and the apostles, and whoever else is going to say! We're going to invite everybody and their dog to General Conference, and also we'll be preparing ourselves spiritually to benefit from Conference as much as we can :)
Love you all and here's to another week!
-A little speaker that looks like a soda can
Monday, September 21, 2015
Hey everyone! This week was very interesting for me, due to some minor changes in my missionary life,
First of all, I'm not in Etchojoa anymore, I'm in Obregon....again. What happened was that an Elder here in Obregon got very sick, sick enough that he had to get sent home. So, they sent me to fill his place, in an area called Pioneros. So I left Etchojoa and I returned to Obregon. I'm now in my new new area, Pioneros B. We share this area with another companionship, my good friends that came with me from the MTC, Elder Steele and Elder Juarez. We were in the MTC at the same time, so that's pretty neat.
This past week, while I was in Etchojoa, we mainly just street contacted the entire time because we didn't have any investigators pretty much. Then, I received a call from the AP's (Assistentes) and they tell me that I'm going to Obregon, due to special transfers. I arrived to Obregon, and I waited in the bus station for the AP's and other elders to pick me up and take me to our area. I got settled in, and we went to work a little bit, because I arrived this Saturday.
This sunday, I presented myself to the ward, I said who I was and I bore a little testimony. I never got to see how the branch was in Etchojoa, but the ward in Pioneros is very nice, the members are friendly, and the area is nice. Although, it's going to be a bit difficult.
Here's the situation, my companion is new, he only has 7 weeks in the mission, and since his former trainer was sick most of the time, they don't have anyone to teach, they don't have investigators nor referrals....nothing. Okay then, so it's going to be an interesting transfer, but if we work hard enough we'll get through. I've never trained before, nor been in an area like this. It's going to be a great learning experience! Woo!
Also, today I bought shoes! My shoes were too worn out to use, so I had no other choice, I went to the store and bought a new pair of shoes. Let's see how long they last :)
So, that's what's going on over here in Obregon. Time really is flying by, I can't believe that we're halfway through September! I'm also looking forward to General Conference in a few weeks! I wonder if I'll be able to watch it in English or if I'll watch it in Spanish. Either way, I feel that I'll be able to get the general message :)
Until next week!
Monday, September 14, 2015
Hey everybody! This week was a really good one! Fun things going on in my life. Still enjoying the heat here in mexico, but it really does feel like it's going down.
This weekend was really special because we got to see the rededication of the Mexico City temple, it was broadcasted in our chapel, since it's the stake center. On saturday, we saw a cultural activity broadcasted from mexico city, we invited some people and they came I was so happy! Anyways, this cultural thing was a play type of thing, where it was about the growth of the church in mexico. Honestly, I loved it! They also made a little summary of the book of mormon, from nephi all the way to joseph smith, it was very well done!
On sunday we were able to see one of the rededication sessions as well. It was awesome! we had to get a little pass to be able to enter, it was a little yellow slip. President Eyring and Elder Holland, along with some 70s took part in rededicating the temple. It was really cool to see President Eyring have a translator at his side, same with Elder Holland. The general authorities were able to speak spanish, so they did! A really cool part was that Elder Holland actually shared a part of his testimony in spanish, I loved it! One of the general authorities, Elder Benjamin de Hoyos, did the dedicatory prayer. It was an amazing experience, honestly :)
Now, some new things are going on here in my life. First off, I'm in a new area! It's called Etchojoa, I'm in the Navajoa Zone, it's south from Obregón. It's still hot as ever but it's really nice here. It's cool, I feel like I'm going to enjoy it. It's less 'city' and more towards the little 'village' type, but not completely. It's in between, if that makes sense. It's going to be a bit difficult because we are 'opening' the area. What that means, is that the missionaries that were here before....left, my companion and I don't know the area, so it's up to us to find the investigators that the previous missionaries were teaching and we need to figure out where everything is, where the members live, and yeah. It's going to be fun! Luckily each area has a folder containing teaching records and other forms about the area, so that should help us a bit. We'll see what happens. I really am excited to get to know this area. New people, new investigators, new everything!
So that's what's going on in my life, wish me luck! Until next monday!
Monday, September 7, 2015
Hey everybody! Another week gone by in the mission, and today marks 8 months in the mission! It feels just like I hit 7 months like a week ago!
This week was a bit more special than the rest, mainly because I'm now 19 years old! I got some birthday wishes from other missionaries in my district, and the mission president, President Munive, actually sang to me as well! It was a couple days after, and I get a call from President Munive and his wife, and they sang happy birthday to me. It was so amazing, I couldn't help but smile! My companion and I ate some cheesecake and we went and did our missionary duties, because there's not much else that we can do as missionaries haha!
This last week was a bit more prosperous than the last, we were able to find quite a few more investigators, so we're happy! We're going to see how well they progress and we'll see if we can baptize some of them, if not, all of them!
We had the opportunity to do companion exchanges this week, it was fun! I spent the day in my area with Elder Yoo, and elder from California, while my companion went to Elder Yoo's area with his companion, Elder Buchanan. It was really cool teaching with him and working in my area with Elder Yoo.
FUN FACT! This Elder Yoo is actually from the same hometown I grew up in, Santa Clarita! He actually lived pretty close to where I used to live! We even assisted church in the same building, just at different hours. Also, there was a bit of time difference, by the time I left, he had just recently moved in. Either way, how cool is that?!
So, that's pretty much it for this week, we have some fun things planned for this upcoming week, I'm excited!