Thursday, December 21, 2017

Week 97 - Calgary

Feliz Navidad!!!!
I can't believe next week is already Christmas!!!! Man I really am so excited to see y'all next Monday and then like some days later finish my mission and see y'all in person... WHAT!?!? Finish my mission!?!?!? Haha yeah I am really freaking out. I am feeling it come more and more because all the members and missionaries and investigators and everyone are always surprised when I say "sí este es mi último traslado" o "tengo 23 meses" and then they're like wow! You're about to go home! What are your plans!? and everything.. you know how people do haha it feels so weird and crazy that I have hit this point in my mission. I really am so happy though, this week Elder Schiel and I had some incredible experiences even though it has been tough finding new investigators. But we have been working hard so the miracles are still there, like this week we had 3 amaaaazing lessons that of course I won't have time to write about them all. But here is one of them, so I don't know if you remember a while back like in April of this year when I was here. Hermano Perez wife passed away because of cancer. I remember a couple of times when Elder Ibanez and I had visited him he was just truly broken and Elder Ibanez and I did all we could to help him but we just had to be there and talk with him. It was so sad. Then I remember one time when we left I wanted to cry because it was so sad and I didn't really understand why she had died. Like they are just one of those awesome faithful sweet super amazing members in the ward and then God takes his wife away at that time. He struggled so much and so did the kids. So I get back here and I Elder Schiel how is he and he said he has only come to church like 2 times since I had left. Then I ask how he is doing in Ward counsel and Obispo says he still is working through it. So then I say a prayer that a miracle would happen that he would feel something and find a way to come to church and guess what? He came!! It still blows my mind how God answers our prayers especially when we want to help His children come unto Christ. It's so cool. And when he walked in the sacrament room as we were greeting people at the door I ran over to him and he was like ahhh you're back!! And we gave each other a big bear hug and I could feel that he was a little better from back in April. Then we could only talk for like 30 seconds and then just before the end of sacrament meeting he left. But then Elder Schiel and I visited him yesterday! And it was incredible! So somehow, just like every other member, he starts off talking about how great Star Wars the Last Jedi was and he was like back to normal from like he was last year just super super energetic and crazy and joking around and laughing a ton so that was super awesome and it's so funny because he is from Chile and some chilenos to express something super amazing or like super bad they just like scream "NOOOOOOOO!!" and then he explained how incredible it was watching it in IMAX 3D. It was soooo funny and man I really can't wait to watch it with y'all when I get home. Soooooo excited like every single day since like Thursday every talks about how great it is haha. Anyways it was so nice to see that emotion in him and then we shared our message about light the world and day 18 and Hermano Perez was really shocked on how the Lord just knows what he needs.  We talked about how hard things in life can be and really they can be soooo hard but we will always have Jesus Christ, we will always have the gospel to live, we will always have the scriptures and then I shared some of Isaias 53 and talked about how Christ was shattered and broken because of our sins but He paid the price to make it easier on us and we just have to come unto Him and repent and have faith and then I shared 2 Nefi 33:1-3 and bore my testimony that I have seen a lot of people accept and reject the gospel and Christ and the scriptures but those who accept and live it are so much more happier and understand so much more about this life and why things happen the way they do  I love those scriptures and also 2 Nefi 33:12. Yall should read them. And then he said the things that have happened to him these past couple of weeks have really helped him gain a better understanding of the plan of Salvation and just the plan that God has for his family and why things happened the way they did and also how important the scriptures are. I felt the Spirit so strongly and it is definitely a moment of my mission that I will never forget. Then at the end we talked just a little bit about me going home and he told me that it is just etapas de la vida and some other things but I don't know what it would be in English but it hit me hard and I just felt that this time I have had on my mission has been incredible and so has my life before my mission and it will be after my mission too. I am so grateful that I have been able to come to know Christ more on my mission because knowing Him makes life so awesome everyday. Loving others, helping others and just forgetting about yourself makes you feel like you have no big problems in your life but the only "problem" you have is that of you being far away from being perfect like Christ. I know that He is our Savior and that we should do all that we can to become like Him because if we do, we can really change the world that we live in and others will follow our example. Alright I gotta send some pics now and get going! So happy I get to see yall next Monday. I love yall and hope yall have an incredible Christmas!!! 


Elder Ibenz

Elder Fish

Elder Schiel

Great District

The Last Jedi (ill be able to see it in 3 weeks!)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Week 92 - Calgary

El invierno ha llegado :O
Another week gone like that! And all of a sudden winter hit me like a truck! It snowed a ton last Thursday and Friday. I got all my winter stuff out from my suitcase and was wearing like three layers plus my big jacket and I walk outside and I was like what the heck!?!? It's too cold!! It feels like it's -25 again but with the windchill like -40!! But then I see it's only -10 and I'm like wow. Last winter after it was like -25 forever and it went down to -10 all of us were like its summmmeeerr!! And takin off our jackets and stuff haha. So yeah just gotta get used to it again and I kind of already have. Just that first day was baaadd haha. But man I love the snow. It looks so awesome and after like every other missionary meeting we have we usually have a mini snowball fight but here sometimes it's impossible to make a snowball or a snowman because the snow doesn't pack because it's "dry snow" haha weirdest thing in the world. How can snow be dry? But anyways I love it. So yeah this week has been super awesome even though it was another week of canceled lessons and people being busy. It's really funny to me because as missionaries we get really frustrated when people are busy and like even when you are praying for someone to get a good job and he or she does and you're like awesome! But then the next day you get frustrated because sometimes you can't meet with them haha. So sadly we weren't able to go to the temple with Manuel last Saturday because of his job and it was so funny because we were so close, it was like 2:20pm an we were literally in the car about to go to the temple and then Junior, Manuels friend texts us and say Manuel is working and he forgot his phone. We were like NOOO WAYYY! That's hilarious! So yeah and then today we were hoping to do it but this morning he said he can't but we can this Friday haha. One day we will go!! I know it haha. But yeah I don't have worries because he is still progressing in the gospel and this Sunday he passed the sacrament for the first time! It was awesome and I was there beside him passing with him. It was a super spiritual and awesome sacrament for me. I love really reading the lyrics of the sacrament hymn and then hearing everyone singing and then look at the scriptures at the bottom of the page that go along with the hymn and I showed Manuel that and he thought it was super cool and he would start doing that. It is the sweetest thing in the world to see someone learn all these little things in the gospel and feel the Spirit and truly be happy and feel the love of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Yesterday we had interviews with President Miles and during my interview I was talking about Manuel and seeing people over my mission change through the gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, my companions, members, and then he kind of stops me and says the Atonement has changed you! And I was like wow and I felt the Spirit and felt more of how Christ Atonement really changes everyone more than we think. Just like we know Christ loves us more than we can imagine because of His Atonement. But as we live the gospel we start to understand more and learn more and know more. We develop a relationship with the Savior. That is the greatest thing. Really feel and understand and know Christ role in your life. For me I have been learning a ton more from studying the Book of Mormon more since general conference and applying what I learn and sharing it with people and serving others. It brings the most real and true happiness to ones life. It is incredible. The Book of Mormon outlines the gospel of Jesus Christ so clearly and how to live it. For zone conference next week a general authority is coming, Elder Natress of the Seventy and one of the ways we are preparing for it by studying 2 Nephi 31, 3 Nephi 11 & 27 which really explains what the gospel is. I want y'all to study it too! And study what faith is and what repentance is. Really dig deep and learn something new and feel the Spirit. Study what faith is and what repentance and apply it. It will be awesome. Well I am out of time once again and I cant believe that it is already November. Bueno, ya tengo que despedirles otra vez pero voy estar aqui de regreso la semana siguiente en un abrir y cerrar de ojos! Los quiero mucho!!! 
...te he...

The district



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Week 91 - Calgary

Happy Halloween!

MAAAN! This week was sooo great haha I love Halloween so much. This past weekend we went to a bunch of Halloween parties that English wards all around our area were having and we got to talk and meet more of the Latino members in the other wards and we got some of them to invite their friends to our ESL classes so that's awesome. Also playing games and seeing white culture again like the trunk or treat thing was so awesome. I really love the members of the church so much. No matter where you go in the world you can find people who love and serve and at the church and members of the church just have a sweet and loving spirit no matter what their culture or race or language they speak. It just amazes me who God is able to really bless and love each and every one of us even though in some ways we are different but for the most part we all are the same. We are children of God. We all have desires and dreams and we have the ability to choose what we do with them. Its awesome and one of my biggest desires is to help people know and understand that we are all children of God and because of that we gotta love each other. Anyways this weekend was awesome and also guess what!? Valentina got baptized! Elder Fish did it and man it was such great baptism. La familia Garcia really are like the sweetest convert family ever and next month they will be able to be sealed in the temple!!! SOOO excited!!! And also so we were supposed to go to the temple and do baptisms with Manuel like 3 weeks ago but he has been super busy with his new job but POR FIN finally this Saturday at 3:00pm we will be going with him. I really cant wait. I remember goin with Felix a while back and it was one of the best experiences of my mission. So yeah I am super pumped. Awesome things are happening and even though pretty much every lesson we had planned this week, we kept busy and miracles happened. NEVER GIVE UP! That's something super valuable I have learned here. Sometimes you just have bad days and it is just so funny to me because people get sooooo mad and soooo angry when they have days like that but it doesn't serve anything to get mad. Just laugh and know that God is messing with you haha not really like that but He is testing your faith and wants you to choose to be happy and persevere through it and learn and progress because you are on your way to becoming better. So don't worry its all good. Like last night I was thinking quite a bit about what I will do when I get home like getting a job and getting ready for school and one day I will have a family and I was like oh gosh!! And I couldn't really sleep cause I was stressing. But then I was like wait I am on my mission. I got God on my side. God is awesome! So I don't have anything to worry about. Then I prayed a bit more and fell asleep instantly like I usually do. So yeah I just gotta continue to forget my self and go to work! The best work in the world. Alright I got wrap up and now and send some awesome pictures. Cant believe this is the second Halloween already. Hope y'all have an awesome night and this night we have to be in our pads by 6:00pm cause you know so yeah I will be thinking about y'all tonight. I love and miss y'all!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Week 89 - Calgary

¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!  (Happy Thanksgiving in Canada)

Holy cooowww time is going so fast! Next week is already transfers and like halfway through October! This transfer is a five week transfer but man it has gone by fast. Anyways this past week was incredible like always. Manuel received the Aaronic priesthood and is now a priest and guess what!? We are going to the temple as a ward on Saturday and Manuel is coming!!!!! He got his temple recommend and everything is set. It will be the first time for him to do baptisms and he will be able to be baptized for his dad!! Sooo excited and it is pretty crazy how fast all of these thongs happen. It feels like just last week Norma Rodriguez, Manuels sister told us that Manuel will be coming from Mexico and he will probably want to take the discussions. But that was like in the beginning of August and now we are already here. Its so awesome and time just really isn't a thing as a missionary haha it feels so weird. Also the hermanas convert Juan Jose will be going for the first time also to the temple. We have gotten close being at church every Sunday and we played soccer on Saturday and I have really grown to love playing soccer. We will try to get more people to come next Saturday because it was just 6 of us last Saturday but it was still great. Then on the 20th of October which is next Friday Valentina will be getting baptized! The daughter of la famila Garcia that we have been teaching. And she will being baptized with an investigator of the other set of hermanas, her name is Jennifer. So the work is really going strong right now and also to add to it we found a family to teach yesterday! They are soooo aweosme. So we knock on this door and this huge buff black guy with lots of tattoos and dreads answers the door with a new born baby in his arms and we didn't think he spoke Spanish but then we introduced ourselves and realized he spoke Spanish and is from the Dominican Republic and we were like YES!! and he invited us in and get this he was playing Destiny 2! So I was talking to him about it and turns out he was super into Halo 3 too back in the day haha it was so awesome. But then after getting to know each other we shared the restoration with him and he accepted to be baptized!! We didn't set a date yet but he is so into it and had never heard of the Book of Mormon and just had heard of the Mormon church. Then after he accepted he was like yeah I have never been baptized before and so like I gotta repent and be baptized because I have faith in Christ and my whole family can be baptized too!! Another one of those moments that you like at your companions in shock and your like freaking out inside haha. Then he offers to feed us soup that his wife from Nicaragua was making for us. It was soooo goood. Then some guy walks through the door who lives in the basement sits with us and we get to talking to him, his name is Eber, he is from Honduras. We explained what we do as missionaries and he said he has such a big respect for what we do and wants to help change the world and establish peace. So we explained how the church works and how we have apostles of Jesus Christ and Christ is the head of the church and he leads it so who better to establish peace than the Prince of Peace and His apostles and disciples? He thought that was awesome and he will be coming to church on Sunday. Luis who is the big buff black guy has to work every other Sunday so he will be coming the next Sunday. But yeah super awesome miracle and really looking forward for them. Then that night we called the hermanas and they found a family to teach too. So yeah I am loving it here and working a ton and seeing so many miracles happening. There's really nothing better than doing what God wants us to do. Loving and helping and serving one another and living the gospel. It is so wonderful and beautiful how it works. We really don't deserve the endless blessings we receive as we come unto Christ and live the gospel. Christ really is filled with mercy. He is so merciful. He will always forgive us and bless us. And we should be the same with others. Just serve and be willing to serve and help people out. Always keep your eye out for someone who needs help in anyway and pray to serve others and it will come. God answers our prayers and especially the ones that we are sincere about and ones that we truly want to help His children and our friends and family. Man the past couple of weeks I have kind of felt more that I have been out here for a while haha like I havent seen y'all in forever. I really cant wait to see y'all again and I just realized it will be in just 3 months!! THAT'S CRAZY!! Its coming soon. I love y'all and am looking forward to that day and also a couple days after that so I can meet Allie in person! haha :))) Hasta pronto!

Elder Fish, Elder Ibenz, Me - that lake is really that blue... crazy!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Week 88 - Calgary

Conferencia General

Wow what an incredible week!! So kind of funny, right when I finished emailing last week our lesson canceled with la familia Garcia and we were like "woooow they never cancel, what are we gonna do now?" And then 10 seconds later this girl about 20 years old asks us so are y'all mormons? And we were like yes and she asks I don't know if y'all are busy but could I ask you some questions on what you believe. And we were like YES! haha so that was super cool and I feel like that happens all the time. No matter what happens even if great lessons cancel there are always miracles and cool things happening. So we talked to her for like 45 minutes and she is catholic and had some classic questions that a person who goes to the internet and reads about mormons has. Like how we think we can be Jesus Christ and how there is no historical evidence for the Book of Mormon and how the leaders of our church are super rich and we should not pay tithing to them and we should really think about what we are doing. So when she was saying all this I got kind of offended and it is interesting because I didn't used to get offended because I know they don't understand at all what we do but now I just feel like my testimony of Jesus Christ is so strong that it literally makes me sad for them and I just want to help them understand so I just started testifying of the Book of Mormon that she was holding in her hand that we gave to her and testified that the Book of Mormon really saved my life because all it does is testify and teach us of Christ and it was through that book and prayer and faith that I was able to overcome what I did and now I see people as who they are now, children of God and they have so much light in them, every single one of us even if you cant see, we all have the light of Christ in us. I promised her that if she really read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and lived the gospel she would understand and feel even more love for the Savior for her. She accepted but I felt that she didnt really have the true desire to do it. But maybe one day. And it is interesting to me because as disciples of Jesus Christ we are supposed to build and help others faith in God no matter what and there is love there. But she was trying to tear down our faith so it kind of shows you who is doing the right thing and "following what the bible says." So that was cool and MAN! GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS AMAZING!!! Every single talk I took a bunch of notes and my favorites were Joni L Koch about how we should be one in Christ and we really have no right to judge other or speak ill about anyone! That is always funny to me and I even do it sometimes too and it is literally something you learn in kindergarten. Don't be mean. Treat others how you want to be treated. Be nice. But right when that person who annoys you leaves the room you start talking bad about him or her. Why?!?! haha its just negative. Think of how Jesus Christ feels about him or her. He knows everything about him or her. You don't. He knows exactly how to help him or her. You might know a little bit but that's not enough. That's why we have to pray with all the energy of our hearts to have that pure love of Christ and just love them and never speak ill of anyone. We are all in this together so don't beat each other down. I also loved Bonnie L Oscarsons because she talked about serving those around us. Agh I am running out of time. So my top favorites were by President Russel M Nelson about the Book of Mormon and its power because that is exactly what I have been feeling these past couple of transfers and now I want to be even more diligent in studying and praying with the Book of Mormon and then of course I loved Elder Neil L Andersons who went last. That was Enmanuels favorite too, we had a lesson with him last night and man it was awesome. I wish I had more time to write but just know that this is the best work in the world, the work of the Lord. Be a disciple of Jesus Christ, share with each other, love each other, work together, help each other, and share the gospel because that's how we do it. We did another 2 moves this week and miracles happen. Its the best thing ever. Alright now I gotta send those Banff pics and others! I love y'all and cant believe I just have 99 days left!!!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Week 81 - Calgary

Toma la mano de Jesucristo y deja que te ayude
So we are at the library right now and most of the time there are quite a few disabled or mentally handicap people here and so this old lady is strolling around us singing "let your love flow, you know what i mean, its the season, let your love flow" Its the sweetest thing ever and what makes it even better is that these past 2 days I have felt such an incredible amount of love from the Savior and Heavenly Father. So on Sunday Elder Fish and I had an incredible experience studying together but I will have to share it when I get home. Then yesterday we had zone conference and it was one of the best zone conferences of my mission. We had it where I had my very first zone conference at the Evergreen chapel where also Elder Christofferson came to visit us in April of 2016. That fact blows my mind haha. Anyways the whole conference was mainly on love and the Atonement of Jesus Christ and we all prepared by coming having read and studied Elder Bednars talk, "In the Strength of the Lord," that he gave when he was the President of BYU Idaho. It is such an amazing talk and it has helped tremendously various times. Yall have to read it together. I remember yall sent it to me on my first Easter here and I studied it and loved it and it has helped me on my mission so thanks again for sending that. So we spent an hour talking about it and ended with a testimony meeting. I have probably never felt the Spirit so much in my life. Being able to see so many missionaries change so much because I have been out for a while now and I have literally seen missionaries change sooo much and like the way they give their testimonies and the amount of knowledge and love for people they have gained on their missions is a miracle and it comes from the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So towards the end of the testimonies I bore mine on how the greatest miracle of the gospel and the Atonement is the change that it brings to ones life if they apply it to their life and testified that Heavenly Father really is our literal Father in heaven and we are His children and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and the way that we know this is by living the gospel and having the confirmation of it through the Holy Spirit. They make up the Godhead and truly are involved in our lives. I looked at them and said to them you are evidence to me that the gospel is true also. I know some of the missionaries stories and they are so incredible and some of their testimonies hit me so hard. I love them. Here is one of the quotes from Elder Bednars talk, he quoted President David O. McKay, “The purpose of the gospel is . . . to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature” and Elder Bednar uses my favorite scripture Mosiah 3:19 to really dig deep on the meaning of it. I have really learned on my mission that the gospel is for everyone no matter where you are in your life. People are just not perfect. We do not understand to Atonement fully because I feel like if we did society and life would be a lot different, even in the church. There would be no fear in us or irritated feelings or contention, there would be no desire to sin or to do wrong, we would help and care for one another, we would truly love one another as Jesus Christ loves us. I can promise you that Jesus Christ can be friends with anyone and He is. So we should be the same way. Just think of how you get irritated with some one you dont get along with or yall are just different. Now just think of how different you and Christ are. He is perfect and you are not. He wants to help you out and sometimes you just completely disobey and choose not to be nice to people and love them and serve them and choose not to obey a certain commandment, then you start to feel sad and get irritated with others and it just goes downhill from there. But if we choose Christ its the complete opposite. We still will have trials and hard times but that deep feeling of happiness and peace will always be there in you and you will feel the love of Christ as you continue to improve and live the gospel. There was an awesome missionary who bore his testimony and he has been out 23 months so he is about to go home and he shared this hymn because his dad said you should read this hymn, hymn number 127. Then he looks at it and its "Does the Journey Seem Long?" We all laughed but then he shared a couple of experiences that he has had on his mission and then read the lyrics "1. Does the journey seem long, The path rugged and steep? Are there briars and thorns on the way? Do sharp stones cut your feet As you struggle to rise To the heights thru the heat of the day? 2. Is your heart faint and sad, Your soul weary within, As you toil ’neath your burden of care? Does the load heavy seem You are forced now to lift? Is there no one your burden to share? 3. Let your heart be not faint Now the journey’s begun; There is One who still beckons to you. So look upward in joy And take hold of his hand; He will lead you to heights that are new— 4. A land holy and pure, Where all trouble doth end, And your life shall be free from all sin, Where no tears shall be shed, For no sorrows remain. Take his hand and with him enter in." I have been able to take the Saviors hand and in a way I feel like I have entered in to a part of heaven. I am enjoying life so much because I know that Jesus Christ is on my side. I feel His love and am trying my best to emulate that love that He has for everyone of Gods children, all of us. It is all about really applying His Atonement in our lives. We can read about it, study about it, go to church once a week and feel the Spirit and go back home and be ourselves and not change but that wont really help us, it will help us some but what really matters is applying and acting. Let Christ change us, we are supposed to change as President David O. McKay said and King Benjamin in Mosiah 3:19. Thats what the gospel is all about, change, which is repentance. Its a lifetime process, its a journey so start now and a lot of problems in your life will be solved and you will come to realize that the problem was you haha you arent perfect. I have learned that so much being here. I am no where near perfect. Just when I think I am doing good something comes up and I have to work on another weakness I have and they add up. But that is why we have the gospel so its all good. So yeah I am super happy to be here and I am in shock once again because its already the 15 of August and I just have 5 months left and right when I think the time cant go any faster, it does. So weird because I know this is a weekly email but it feels like I am here every other day haha. Time flies when you are having fun. Well I wasnt able to write about some of the cool stories that happened this week. Not a ton happened because it was another rough week with lessons canceling and people being busy but still there are always miracles everyday but yeah keep praying for us and for our investigators and especially for Manuel! I love yall and miss yall and looking forward to seeing yall soon :) que tengan una buena semana! Chau
Love, Elder Proctor

Some joker pulled the fire alarm during Zone Conference - what is this? Jr. High...

Chocolate Banana Nut Bread! Bueno....


Week 80 - Calgary

Muchas bendiciones y el amor de Dios

Man this week was awesome but also pretty tough. One of those weeks that you literally cant meet with any of your investigators because they are busy or the appointment falls threw and then you set some other things up with members and that falls threw so you end up contacting and knocking doors and showing the Lord you are here to work and serve and then you get blessed! So on last Friday it was one of those days just contacting all day and we had dinner with la familia Hinojosa, they are from Peru and one of those super strong and sweet and awesome members who have amazing stories and love the gospel and you can feel the Spirit so strongly in their home. They just have one son who is 17 years old and is preparing for a mission. The dad has some health problems. He had a really bad stroke a while back and I think he has like problems with his muscles, I forgot what its called. Super strong in the gospel though. So we had dinner with them and they always make amazing Peruvian food and share stories about Peru and its super cool. Then for the message we shared 2 Nefi 31:19-20, "19 Y ahora bien, amados hermanos míos, después de haber entrado en esta estrecha y angosta senda, quisiera preguntar si ya quedó hecho todo. He aquí, os digo que no; porque no habéis llegado hasta aquí sino por la palabra de Cristo, con fe inquebrantable en él, confiando íntegramente en los méritos de aquel que es poderoso para salvar.  20 Por tanto, debéis seguir adelante con firmeza en Cristo, teniendo un fulgor perfecto de esperanza y amor por Dios y por todos los hombres. Por tanto, si marcháis adelante, deleitándoos en la palabra de Cristo, y perseveráis hasta el fin, he aquí, así dice el Padre: Tendréis la vida eterna." And we really focused on how hope and love for God and our brothers and sisters is the most important thing in the gospel and how it is the greatest commandment and we must be like Christ and have His love in order to be truly happy and serve the Lord. Jesus Christ gave His life for us so we must give our life to Him. It was super awesome and then after the message Hermana Hinojosa thanked us a lot and said she really needed that and then asked us to give a blessing to Hermano Hinojosa. Right after that moment I just felt a huge amount of love for them in my heart and the Spirit fill me. I said of course. Then Elder Fish did the anointing and I gave the blessing. I cant really remember everything I said but wow I know without a doubt that the amount of love that Heavenly Father has for each one of His children is truly amazing and it is shown through His Son Jesus Christ. He knows what we need and what we want, He knows what we need to experience and need to learn. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. I felt the Spirit so strongly testifying to me these things as I gave that blessing to Hermano Hinojosa. Because of this experience I feel like I love others more and am really growing to Jesus Christ and the way He sees us. And what is incredible is that this same type of thing happened the next day. Last Saturday we contacted a ton and then just before dinner we get a random call from this guy asking for a blessing and so right after dinner with the Carters we drive over to his house and meet him for the first time. His name is Hermano Alvarez and he is from Colombia. He says he has 2 daughters and one just got back from her mission and then I am like wait! you are the dad of Camila Alvarez! And he is like yeah! And I was like wow thats so sweet. So he explain to us what was going on. He has only been here for about a month here in Canada to be here with his daughters but he said it has been really hard to adjust to being here and that the past couple of nights he has had panic attacks and struggles with anxiety and I immediately felt for him and explained some of what I had been through and also my mom. Then we gave him a priesthood blessing and once again I started to feel soooo much love for him and hope for him like I did with Hermano Hinojosa. It truly is awesome and I am just so amazed of the love that Jesus Christ has for us. I have always loved that hymn, "I Stand All Amazed." But through learning more and understanding more of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, it has so much more meaning and significance to me now. I just feel like so honored to be able to work and serve here and to be able to learn how to really love people like Jesus Christ because I am here acting in the place of Him. I am His representative. I really do fall short but He lifts me up so I am able to do it and be here and continue. Last night I was thinking about y'all a lot and really just missing y'all and then I looked over some of the first pictures of my mission on my old camera and thought of the countless amount of miracles and awesome memories I have seen and made over the course of my mission and felt again the love and blessings that the gospel brings. It is so worth it. It is sooo worth it no matter how hard it may seem. The ups and the downs. Just keep living the gospel. There are things that you can learn by living the gospel that can not be answered or be learned by man. It really comes from God, we are His children. We should love and serve one another and ultimately love and serve Him. Alright I guess it is time to wrap up again. Oh and Manuel is still doing great, we are meeting with him tomorrow and he came to church and his baptism is coming up soon! Next Saturday! I am super pumped. Bueno hasta la proxima semana! Los quiero 
Love Elder Proctor  (forgot camera to upload picts)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Week 79 - Calgary

My mission is the best :

Oh my gosh this week has been one of the best of my mission. I could honestly say that about every week though haha, this week I just feel like we worked super hard and we have seen so many crazy and awesome things happen. Like I wish I could tell y'all every little miracle that has happened this week but it would be like writing a novel. I'm super happy I have my journals though. I have written a ton in them and sometimes I have slacked but I always write in my planners everything so it's all good. I am just so happy right now. The amount of happiness and fulfillment that comes from missionary work never gets old. So this week we took some of the young men with us some days for almost the whole day and it has been incredible. The prophets and apostles really want us to work with the youth a lot because they are our future so one thing that has been amazing is to see these young men pray with real intent like right before a lesson and take a leap of faith during the lesson and share their experiences that they have had and how they know that the gospel makes one happy and really changes ones life. Also how they feel the Spirit and how they have made it here to Canada. Their testimonies are so strong. It's the coolest thing ever and one time one of them shared Mosiah 2:41 which is a scripture that I love, "Y además, quisiera que consideraseis el bendito y feliz estado de aquellos que guardan los mandamientos de Dios. Porque he aquí, ellos son bendecidos en todas las cosas, tanto temporales como espirituales; y si continúan fieles hasta el fin, son recibidos en el cielo, para que así moren con Dios en un estado de interminable felicidad. ¡Oh recordad, recordad que estas cosas son verdaderas!, porque el Señor Dios lo ha declarado." And he shared this to a less active and he shared his experience without the church before he was a member and how he was bullied in school and he didn't see his dad for 6 years because his dad was up here in Canada working and then once they all got to Canada they found the missionaries and the gospel changed their lives and they have been blessed immensely spiritually and temporally. It was amazing and what blows my mind is that he is only 13 years old! I believe he is so mature because of what he has been through. All of them are and something that I am continuing to realize is just how amazing it is to feel the Spirit and see these things happen.
I think I have already said this before but I know without a doubt that the greatest miracle of all is the change that comes to ones life who really lives the gospel. No matter what age or race or language they speak, we are all children of our Heavenly Father and we all have Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. No matter if you are 8, 9, or 10 years who just received the gift of the Holy Ghost or 12,14, or 17 who is preparing for a mission or has the priesthood or is preparing to go to the temple or is 50 years or is 97 years old and a new convert or going to the temple for the first time. I have seen so many peoples lives change because of the gospel and continue to change including mine. It really has given me like un testimonio inquebrantable and it keeps growing. I love it so much. So yeah the gospel is amazing. Oh and we got to teach Manuel and Ramon 2 times this past week and we read the Book of Mormon with them and their family, 2 Nefi 31, that chapter is so awesome and then we taught some the gospel of Jesus Christ and guess what!? Manuel has his baptismal date! On the 19th of August!!!! Soooooo excited. Ramon is still willing to listen but he says he just wants to listen to us because he has already been baptized in the catholic church and we explained to him what the gift of the Holy Ghost but he said again he is ok and will just listen but we will get him eventually haha. But yeah Manuel is so ready and really wants it. But the scary thing is this week is transfers!! Tonight we find out but I really don't think I will go back to the south Spanish ward so its all good. I just hate the feeling of not knowing for sure haha. So hopefully I stay and get to be here for Manuel's baptism. Also this week we had exchanges which is when you go with another missionary for 24 hours. I went back to Strathmore with the crazy natives and the entire day we did service! I literally didn't wear proselyting clothes the whole day. It was pretty nice haha and it was so awesome doing service. We did helped with a move for a non member family and I swear sometimes I feel that I have been called here to just be a mover haha we do at least 1 move a week and every once in a while we do like 3 in a week. Its good though. Then we helped this guy build his house and I cut all the weeds in the backyard with this nice weed whacker and then we went to help a member cut wood with his nonmember friend and they feed us dinner, they're from England and that was the day haha. A lot of driving, Strathmore has like 10,000 people and there's super small little towns surrounding it kind of like Nacogdoches. And Strathmore is like 45 mins away from Calgary and the little towns around are far away. It was really nice. I have always been in the city so it was really nice getting that feeling of Nacogdoches back. I definitely like small towns better than the city. Well I am running out of time once again. I am just so happy to be here even though I am growing to miss y'all more and more. Its already August which blows my mind. Time continues to fly. I love y'all and I just read that Mason and Allie will be there the day after I get back!! I can't wait to be there with all y'all!!! Dang I am so excited. AGH such a weird feeling though. Mason and Allie know what I'm talking about and dad. Alright time for some pics:
Love Elder Proctor

Mi Amigo, Diego



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week 78 - Calgary

Adivinan cuando regresare 😊
Oh my gosh I swear the weeks just keep going by faster and faster. This week has been so much fun and really busy. So I will start off with a funny story. So Elder Fish and I see this pretty cool park we have never been too and so we go there, talk to people and its super nice and Elder Fish looks up and sees a "red moon!" At first I was like nooo wayyyy! That looks amazing! And then I was like in my mind waaaaiit that can't be the moon, that's the sun, the clouds are just making it look super cool. So then I go along with it with Elder Fish then I say we gotta take some pictures! And then as we took some pictures some kids who are like 7 years old walk by and Elder Fish turns to them and points "hey look! the moon is red! Isn't that cool!?" And then one of them just says, "nooo that's the sun you idiot" and just walk away and I start dying laughing and so does Elder Fish haha it was sooo great. Alright and here's an awesome miracle that happened. So I think I told y'all last week that we have been getting a ton of people to teach for the English missionaries lately and they all have been miracles like this week we had another awesome one. We found this family from Ghana, well they found us and they just walked into the church this Sunday and asked about the church and everything and we gave them to the Sister missionaries and that family is sooo ready to receive and live the gospel. The sisters said the first lesson with them was incredible and that the reason why the family wanted to come to the church was because some missionaries in Ghana did a lot of service for them a while back. Super awesome and goes to show you that no effort is wasted. Anyways we prayed a lot one night to find someone who was really just as prepared as these people we have been finding for the English missionaries and then the next day at dinner with Hermana Rodriguez, as we start to eat she just says "so I have someone for you to teach Elders! My brother! His name is Manuel and he finally is now really interested in the church and he wants to take the lessons!" Elder Fish and I were pretty shocked and super happy. So then a couple days later we meet him, his name is Manuel and is from Mexico but has only been here for about 4 months so we told him about our ESL classes that we teach and he said he would come, then we taught the first lesson to him, the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and halfway through the lesson one of his friends comes and we teach him too! His name is Ramon and has been here a bit longer than Manuel. He said he was willing to listen and learn so at the end of the lesson we invite them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and come to church and they say yeah we will for sure. Then we ask them if they want to get baptized and Manuel said yes!!! It was so amazing and Ramón said he doesn't know yet and wants to learn more but that's still good. So yeah that was incredible. Definitely an answer to our prayers and efforts in finding. Then this past Saturday we had a big picnic barbecue thing as a ward at this nice park and tons of people came including Manuel and Ramón and we played volleyball an other games. It was super fun and super good turn out. Agh I love the Spanish people here so much. And it's soooo nice to play games and sports with them because you learn new sayings and words and it's just awesome. So yeah the work is going soooo well here and I am lovin my mission as much as ever and I finally understand a little bit of what a missionary feels when he or she is going home because guess what!? I got a call from the mission office this week and so I am coming home on January 10th!! I was pretty shocked to get that phone call this early but I guess President Miles is just planning for the future. I don't know but yeah January 10th is the day and after the phone call a rush of emotions hit me and I was like wooah this is so craazzzyyy! Aghhhh I'm like sad but also happy and excited but don't want it to end but I want to see y'all and yeah it's just the weirdest craziest feeling ever. But then shortly after I stopped thinking about it and it's all good now! I got an amazing 6 months ahead of me and will be continuing loving this time I have. I do have to say I am so beyond excited to see y'all on that day. It's been a while haha I love y'all a ton and hope yall are loving the summer! Its goin by fast so enjoy it! 
Love, Elder Proctor
Elder Fish and I with some friends!

Red Moon....

Hermana Dean (former missionary out here) came back to visit with her family.

fun sock/tennis ball game.