Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Week 10 - Calgary


HOLAAAAA!!! ESTOY MUY AGRADECIDO POR NUESTRA FAMILIA ‏

So yesterday was an amazing day. Best Easter Day I have ever had. The night before I prayed so hard for the gift of tongues and also for the gift of interpretation of tongues and the whole day I understood so much more Spanish than usual. It made it the best day at church I have had here. But even better, the entire Penagos family came to church! Plus one we had not even seen before. So that was 9 investigators at church. I will never forget that lesson that I told you about last week con la familia Penagos and that's not all! Elizabeth y Miguel came to church too! We were sooo happy to see all of them. They all attended all of church. And in gospel principals class hermano Jimanez gave like the perfect lesson on the family and the proclamation to the world. We were all involved too. And I actually understood almost everything! haha there's nothing we can't do if we have faith in Christ. And after that lesson I pondered about how happy I am to be here and to be writing Jesus Christ name on my heart.

We had interviews with President Miles this week and President said that I have already changed since my first day here. He said that he can see me changing and my testimony growing and that at the end of my mission I will have to take off my nametag but I will have Jesus Christ name written on my heart so deeply. Hearing that made me feel the Spirit. Feeling the Spirit is definitely the best feeling that anyone can feel. I feel it so much here and that is why I am so happy. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost have one purpose. Moses 1:39. For us to be happy. We have to do our part though. We have to choose to turn to Christ and come unto Him. It really isn't hard. And as we do we just start to feel more and more happy and then we start to realize just how great life is and how much God blesses us and what we can do if we have faith in Christ. It is amazing.

During the Sacrament yesterday I just said a long prayer of gratitude and there is like an infinite number of things we can be grateful for. Most of all, the Atonement. The Atonement is the greatest gift and blessing we have becomes it enables us to live with God and with our families forever and also to become like God and to have eternal life. The Atonement is infinite so our gratitude should be infinite. Towards the end of my prayer I just pleaded to have help and to be blessed to know how to help our investigators and less actives and everyone to feel the Spirit and to understand the importance of the gospel and the Atonement. Galatians 5:22-23 and also for me to just have a larger portion of the Spirit because I know that the Spirit is the teacher and that through the Spirit of Truth we can come to know the importance of everything the church teaches, the importance of the Restoration, Plan of Salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the commandments, and the laws and ordinances of the gospel. We can know these things are true. So all these thoughts and feelings are pretty much going through my mind and heart everyday and the more I learn the more I want to share it all because knowing this and feeling the Spirit is just so great.

Like Lehi's dream, I just want to share the love of God. And also I am trying to switch my mind to Spanish and it is pretty hard. My mission is more of a Spainglish mission. I love it though. I have no doubt that this where I am supposed to be. I know that I will eventually be able to speak good Spanish if I keep up what I am doing and have faith in Christ. So back to the investigators, I believe almost all are progressing, some faster than others and that's ok. Each step is just as important as the other. Without faith, there would be no baptism. Without repentance, there would be no baptism. Without baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, we could not go to the temple and be endowed. Without the endowment, families could not be sealed together forever. It all starts with faith and then once we continue to follow the path and come unto Christ, we enjoy to end.

I know this gospel is true and I know Christ Atonement is real. I am doing my best to share it with others and bring the Spirit UNTO them. They have to let the Spirit INTO their hearts. Once they really do they really start to progress and understand how much joy comes from the gospel, how much joy comes from feeling the Spirit. I love watching this process take place. It is incredible. This week I have seen the first 2 steps faith and repentance in Miguel y Elizabeth and with the Penagos family and with Adriana y Jordan and then we help a lot of less actives. All the steps build on each other, we need them all. All of this is possible because of the life of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Well I have said a lot and I think one word that sums up my week is GOZO. 

I love your emails and I love yall and miss yall I think more and more each day but I feel like I am lost in the work and I love it so much. ALL IS WELL :))))))))

Love, Elder Proctor

. . . still his turn . . .

our Tripanionship ride

We dyed Easter Eggs for the Hermanas - we are so thoughtful . . .

Easter Package - Bueno!

Tom Hortons - apparently really cool in Canada
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Week 9 - Calgary


Ahhhhhh!

I am like the happiest I have ever been in my life right now. Reading all of your emails and seeing those pics of Chrissy and Landon and Bryce and how Mason is doing well and pushing through school and everything. It is just soooooo great. The strength and love that the gospel brings families is just incredible. AND WHAT!?!?! SFA beat West Virginia in the first round!? And then they only lost by one to Notre Dame!? Two words.. March Madness. I love it. And Kim is going to Orem Utah Spanish Speaking!?!?! And to the Mexico MTC!? Ahhh!!! Soooo excited and happy for her.
 
Alright so this week I really focused on the Atonement of Jesus Christ on studying it and seeing it in my life and others because President and Sister Miles gave the whole mission this really awesome packet with talks from the prophets just about the Atonement. I have learned so much, but the more I learn about the Atonement the more I am dumbfounded by it. I will send a pic of some of the talks and want to invite you all to read it as a family and personally think and ponder about the Atonement of Jesus Christ each day and study some scriptures about it. As you do, you will just develop so much love for everything and everyone.
 
I just love the scripture Doctrine and Convenios 18. Every person you see, their soul is worth the entirety of the Atonement. All of us have infinite worth in God's eyes. I really look at people differently now because of the Atonement. My worries about Spanish are lessening and my Spanish is improving because of the Atonement. The Atonement of Jesus Christ enables us to become heirs with God. God knows every language. I feel that my Spanish is improving faster when I focus more on the Atonement and the Spirit than just learning the language. The gift of tongues is so real.
 
So we are teaching this family right now la familia P. They have been taught all the lessons but said they wanted more time and to know more about the church before getting baptized. So here is the really sad thing. Their grandma and grandpa both died last week. So we had a lesson with them a couple of days ago and it was so amazing. So the church released a new video "Hallelujah" and we have been showing it a lot. Before we started with the lesson we were talking about soccer and how Elder Sanchez might have gone pro in Uruguay if he had not chosen to go on mission. His conversion story is awesome and he is so good at soccer. He was baptized four years ago. Anyways we started the lesson with a prayer and watched the video and you could literally feel the Spirit start to fill the room. It was so cool. And then we talked about the plan of salvation and the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how families can be together forever. It was so spiritual. And when I started to bear my testimony of these things Hermana P started to cry. And then I started to tear up too. Testifying in Spanish is my favorite thing to do. Afterwards, I asked all of them if they could feel the Spirit and they all said yes!!! There were 8 people there and 2 of them were new just visiting and they all said yes. And then Elder Sanchez explained some things about the Spirit and they all thanked us so much for coming on a mission and sharing the gospel. Hermano P said we have so much spiritual knowledge and how cool it is.
 
Gosh, there are so many stories but not enough time write them all. I really am loving it here so much. Sometimes I hear people and missionaries complain and I am just like ALL IS WELL! I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the through Him and His gospel we can all have so much love, peace, joy, and happiness in this life. Through Him all things are possible. We can live with our families in the Celestial kingdom with our Heavenly Father because of the Atonement. The Atonement is real. I know that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration and that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
 
Having this testimony makes life incredible and sharing it with others just makes it even better. I love yall and miss yall so much but am happy to be here and happy that we have the gospel in our lives. All is well :))))))
 
Elder Proctor
 
Zone Conference

Our Apartment - right behind the Church!

There is the Church in the background.

Neat monument on a hill.

 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Week 8 - Calgary

 
So much happened this week!!!
 
I have so many stories to tell and do not know where to start - haha. So yesterday was church and I am slowly starting to understand what every one is saying. I can understand a lot of the gospel stuff but when it comes to regular conversation I am still just lost - haha. This week I am going to start learning regular vocabulary and not just gospel vocabulary. This past week I have felt quite stressed about not understanding people and not learning it fast enough but over the past couple of days I have been really praying for peace and comfort and for the gift of tongues and for it to slowly but surely come. I think I am stressing about it because I just love it so much and want to know it right now. I love Spanish culture and just want to understand everything but I can't right now - haha. Elder Sanchez and Elder Bailey (my trainers) think I am so funny because they know that I want to learn it all in one day but I can't - haha. The members also tell me that it will come and "don't worry be happy" and that my Spanish is good and will just keep improving. So I gotta just stop worrying about the language! Yesterday I read some scriptures about the Spirit and how the Spirit is the teacher and the language of the Spirit is way more important than Spanish in teaching. It brought me so much comfort. The scriptures and prayer really bring so much peace and comfort into our lives. I love it.
 
Yesterday we had a stake priesthood meeting and the whole time I was just thinking how amazing and loving and merciful God is and how much I love Him and how I need to show more love towards Him. I can always work harder and always improve. My goal is to be Christ like everyday and show the love I have for others everyday. One of our lessons we taught to Adriana and Jordan was about Christlike attributes. They are married and Adriana is Catholic and Jordan is a Jehovah Witness. They are kind of like lifetime investigators. They said during the lesson that they felt the Spirit and that they enjoy us coming over so much but they don't want to be baptized yet because they want to know more. I told them that I am still learning and want to know more and I have been a member all my life and that through the gift of the Holy Ghost we can always have the constant companionship of Him and learn more. They liked that but then they said missionaries are pushy and that the Spanish culture here is that they take a lot of time to think about it. I believe her - haha because all of our investigators and are like this. They all progress pretty slowly but I told her that that's ok and that our goal is just to help you and Jordan to come unto Christ and enjoy the blessings that come from doing so. Gosh I love teaching.
 
Oh yeah another thing is that so many people cancel lessons. It is pretty frustrating and Elder Sanchez and Elder Bailey were getting pretty mad and asked me why every one cancel and I just said "agency the wonderful gift of agency". So yeah that night we had 3 lessons planned and they all canceled and then we went to the church and sang Himnos for a bit and it was so awesome. I don't know if I have told yall this but oh my gosh I love music and himnos soooooooo muuuuchhhh. Like if you pay attention to the words and also look at the scriptures that are on the bottom of the page it and know the stories it is just so cool and the Spirit just comes. Like while the Sacrament was being prepared yesterday we sang "I need thee every hour" and I felt the Spirit so much and almost started to cry. That song means so much to me. The youtube video of Sam Robson singing it helped me during tough times and then my district sang it in the MTC on our last Sunday together. So special.
 
Oh yeah! and yesterday we taught primary and it was the highlight of my week. We taught them about the book of Enos which is like my favorite. Well pretty much everything in my book of Mormon is like my favorite haha but yeah and it so funny how they know Spanish and English and they taught me some Spanish. And how they helped me pronounce some words in the scriptures. I was being taught by 5-7 year olds and it was the sweetest thing ever. And they all have so much knowledge!! It was so cool like a couple of them brought up the tree of life and explained it perfectly! How blessed are we!? It is so important to teach children plain and simple and eternal truths. And we need to remember that we are all children. Compared to God we are nothing. Man is nothing. We have so much to learn. I started doing this this week - Everyday when I am getting ready in the morning I look in the mirror and ask myself "will I do my best to grow closer to God and become more like Christ and help other come unto Him? and then the night comes and I am dead tired and I look in the mirror as I am getting ready for bed and ask myself "did I do my best to grow closer to God and become more like Christ and help others come unto Him?" Doing this has helped me so much. I want to invite all of you to do this. I know you all know how to come unto Christ. Do all the Sunday School answers. The basics. Just do it! and with real intent and a sincere heart and big desire to learn more and improve and become more Christlike. Repent. Repent means to change. Repentance is a gift. This gospel is amazing and it changes underline changes/repentance peoples lives and brings us true joy and happiness and peace. God wants us to share it with others. Lets do it!
I love you Dad! Mom! Mason! Chrissy! Landon! and Bryce! also this past week I have started to miss you all more and it is because my love for yall is growing. I already feel like a completely different person since I left. I am sorry for being so annoying and mean to you guys sometimes and want you guys to know that yall are the most important people in my life. And be kind to each other and don't fight :)
 
Elder Proctor

Nice little pond

Soccer Time on P-day!

Elder Sanchez drinks this stuff
I tasted it and it HAS to be a Word of Wisdom Nono....

City lights of Calgary - Pretty
 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Week 7 - Calgary

 
Calgary is BEAUTIFUL and it's not even cold - haha!
 
So my area/zone is just called Calgary zone. Since I am Spanish speaking, my area is insanely big. My trainers/companions Elder Bailey and Elder Sanchez said it is really really hard to find Spanish people to teach, but when they do - it is so awesome. So first of all I got sick on Thursday... like really sick. So I wasn't able to go out and teach or find most of Thursday and then Friday or Saturday. I had a fever and body aches and a sore throat. I slept through most of it. When I wasn't sleeping I was either praying or studying scriptures and looking back on my old Book of Mormon study journals. It was so awesome. The first day I was sick I was just kinda mad because I had just gotten here and wanted to go out and work. So then the next day I was just laying in bed and then I decided to pray as sincerely as I could. I decided to pray in English. I prayed for an hour. It was so great. I just thanked Heavenly Father for every little thing that we have and all the amazing things we have, like everything, our bodies, breathing, water, food, light, beds, bathrooms, being able to get sick, being able to experience really hard things and still be able to grow and become stronger. Then I went into how great the Atonement is. I just pondered out loud and thanked Heavenly Father for Jesus Christ. Then I read Enos and then prayed more. Then I read over a lot of my Book of Mormon study journal and, oh my gosh. The Book of Mormon really is the greatest book we have. All of the Joseph Smith quotes about the Book of Mormon are true. The Book of Mormon contains the gospel of Jesus Christ and when combined with the Bible - eternal truths are discovered and can change your life and help you through the hardest things in life and make the happy things in life overwhelmingly happy. Then I prayed some more and read my patriarchal blessing. Then I just started to cry and couldn't stop.
 
God blesses us so much and when we just obey and He gives us more blessings than we can handle. Just obey. Be obedient. I am so happy that we are able to get sick and that "bad" things happen in life because if they didn't we would not be humble and would not understand and appreciate the good. There is opposition in all things as Nephi says. So anyways after all that I started to get better and on Sunday was able to go to church. I fasted and I bore my testimony. It is so cool how the church is the same all around the world. And the Spirit feels the same. Just as incredible. Afterwards people came up to me and gave me compliments on my Spanish. The members are awesome and I love Spanish. They speak insanely fast and it's so awesome. They said I should not worry about Spanish and that I would be fluent in 7 months. I don't believe them - haha. I do have faith but I think it will take a bit longer. Elder Sanchez helps me a ton. He is the only native Spanish speaker in the mission so I am really blessed to have him. Also Elder Sanchez and Elder Bailey are hilarious. Especially Elder Sanchez, he has this dry sense of humor and his laugh just makes you laugh and so does Elder Baileys. They are so great and they have already taught me a lot about how to teach and be a missionary. They are obedient.
 
Hmmmmm what else, So my apartment is really nice. It is pretty big and Elder Sanchez and Elder Bailey like to keep it clean. OH! So yesterday we went to Hermano Fernandez apartment to eat dinner Hermano Fernandez is super awesome and is so into the gospel. His apartment is like a temple. So many cool pictures. After dinner he asked me to give him a priesthood blessing of comfort and counsel. I have given a lot of priesthood blessings on my mission and I want all you to know that they are awesome and you should think about them more often. Don't ever be afraid to ask for one.
 
Well that's it for this week and this upcoming week I feel so ready for helping others come unto Christ. I think this week with me being sick was just for me to prep for being in the field. I am so happy and love you like you don't even know. I cant wait to see y'all on Mothers day and show you my Spanish. Time is flying by. 
 
Elder Proctor
President and Sister Miles. . .They are AWESOME!
 
Arrival in Calgary
Awesome Mission Welcome Meal

 

We all guessed where our first area would be.
 
My Trainers - I needed 2 cuz I'm sooo. . . special!

Awesome ward member

Eat your heart out Mason, Calgary Tower. . .
 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Week 6 - MTC and off to Canada


Ohhh Canada!

I really just feel so happy right now. I have been preparing to go out in the field in Calgary Canada, learning Spanish, learning how to teach, and learning how to help others come unto Christ for 6 weeks now. I am so ready to go. Yesterday our district sang: "Te Necesito Si" (I Need Thee Every Hour) one my most favorite songs ever during church. It was amazing and we actually sounded super good - haha. I also got to bless the Sacrament in Spanish. Then we also sang "Para Siempre Dios Este Con Vos" (God be with you till we meet again) it was so great and we all cried. It was hard not to hug the Hermanas. Then we had the most spiritual testimony meeting I have ever been a part of after the devotional. Then we all gave each other priesthood blessings and - oh my goodness. I have never felt the Spirit so much in one day. At the end of the day I was so spiritually exhausted and it was so awesome. Then we all woke up at 3:00 am to say goodbye to half of us. We all left at different times early in the morning so I have been up since 3:00 am - haha. I really don't know how I am still awake and going strong. Oh wait yes I do! It is the Spirit! The gift of the Holy Ghost is like the best gift ever. Other than the Atonement of Jesus Christ and eternal life. Being here at the MTC has been such an incredible experience. I want every one to know that the MTC is awesome and it IS what you make it. Just be obedient and diligent and God will overflow your cup with blessings and it will flow on others. "Come thou Fount of Every Blessing" 

I love you all. Dad, Mom, Mason, Chrissy, Landon, and Bryce. Family is central to Gods plan of happiness. I miss you all but am so happy that I am out here because I am inviting others to come unto Christ so that they can be with their families together forever. Always share. Be kind. And learn something knew about the gospel and Jesus Christ every day. :)))) actually do all the things we learn at church and know we need to do. Just do it. And watch your life change. You will be happier everyday. 
 
nos vamos.
 
 
Great Friends

Last day with our Branch President

My awesome district - gonna miss them!

District walk

District Temple Selfie x 11



Go forth and Serve!