Thursday, February 23, 2017

Week 57 - Calgary

Feliz Dia de las Familias!!
Estoy aqui de regreso otra vez! Wow this week has been really crazy. Some sad things have happened but also some great things have happened. I'll start off with the sad so we can end on a happy note and also I don't have time to write a lot because it's family day so there's a ton of missionaries here because the libraries are closed. Alright so first I will start off with René. So these past couple of weeks we haven't had much contact with him because he went to live in the north of Calgary with his brother for some time because him and his daughter kept getting into fights because she is still having problems with drugs and drinking and doesn't want to stop with her friends. She has tried to stop and has gone to rehab a couple of times but always gets back into it. So René left for some time and then this past Thursday we get a text from him saying that he misses us and that he failed. Then we call him and he sounded just like he did when he first miraculously called us and asked for help like back in August. He was super sad and said he is back to where he was at in the beginning and his whole life is this cycle of him making wrong decisions and ruining his life. Immediately Elder Sorvari and I started to talk to him and cheer him up and explain how much Heavenly Father loves us and He will never give up on us so we can't ever give up on him and we always have to try to repent because that is what God wants. If we stop trying then we will just be sad and not fix anything. Then René kept saying that he knows what the bible says and that he failed to repent. We told him no and then he said he just wants us to be there with hi and talk with him. So we called Elder Tate and Elder Nuttall who are in the north of Calgary and they went over. We also let Obispo Jaco and Hermano Ruiz know and now we are trying to help him start addiction recovery program that the church has. So keep René in your prayers.
Well I am kind of running out of time so I will share a good story. This week I believe that Elder Sorvari and I have stepped it up and have been working even harder because this is his last transfer and we really want to finish strong. So we contacted almost all the less actives there are in our ward and had a couple of lessons with them and a couple of them didn't answer the door but what was super cool was that there were soooo many people at church yesterday! Like more than I have even seen and some of the less actives we visited that didn't answer just showed up and we were able to talk to them and set things up. So awesome and it is amazing how true that principal in Preach My Gospel is "No Effort is Wasted." Sometimes during the week it is possible that we will get down but always remember that you are doing a lot better than you think you are, especially if you are trying your best to live the gospel. You might not see the blessings right away but the blessings are huge. I really love Sunday's so much now. They are the greatest because you can always relax a bit and take in what the Spirit wants you to know. This week I really started to understand how God feels when we choose not to follow Him and how the scriptures say that he feels sorrowful but yet He is in heaven and has eternal happiness. How can you be sad and eternally happy at the same time? But when I was praying for René this Sunday I believe I felt some of what God feels when we are going through something really hard that we put on ourselves. I still felt that deep joy that the gospel brings but I felt sorrowful for what René is going through. It was an amazing experience and it really goes to show you that we dot understand everything or know everything in the gospel of in the scriptures yet. The most important thing to know is that God loves you and to really understand that and what that means. René said that God still Ioves him so that made me really happy and I know that with the gospel his family can be fixed and he will be happy. I know that God loves us even if we don't realize it or don't understand it, if we live the gospel and exercise faith and really have true intention, then we will really start to understand how much God loves us and how it works. We will understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it works. This week I studied these 2 scriptures Ether 12:27And if men come unto me will show unto them their weaknessgive unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will make weak things become strong unto them."
and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weaknessMost gladly therefore will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 Therefore take pleasure in infirmitiesin reproaches, in necessities, in persecutionsin distresses for Christ’s sake: for when am weakthen am strong. "  It is so amazing how this process works of understanding Gods love for us, understanding Jesus Christ Atonement and His grace. Well I am about out of time but still have a lot of pics to send! I love y'all a ton and I know that God loves you, He has blessed us so much with our family and I hope y'all have an awesome family home evening tonight and learn something and have fun :)) LOS QUIERO!!! Hasta la próxima semana. El tiempo sigue volando " 
Love, Elder Proctor


Friday, February 17, 2017

Week 56 - Calgary

Feliz Dia de los Enamorados!!! :D
Buenos dias!
So this morning has been super crazy. I woke up with a pretty bad headache, I have been getting them every once in a while and also bloody noses because it is too dry here!! I have to drink more water but I already feel like I am but I guess you can never drink enough water. Then once we got already to go to the library we realized that it is "Family Day," a holiday here in Canada and so we switch up our schedule and then Elder Ibanez(from Toronto) texts us that our Family Day is next Monday and Family Day today is just in BC(British Colombia) so the libraries aren't closed for us today and we were like woooow but its all good now! I don't have as much time to write but not a ton happened this week. We are still trying our best to find investigators and less actives to teach but right now the work is just kind of going slow. We just have Carmen and Jorge and Omaira and Luis to teach but they have been busy and sadly this week Jorge just got a kidney infection so he was in the hospital this past week but is now back home. Then Rene has been having a lot of trails and difficulties in his life right now. But what is super awesome is that the Elbow River Spanish Ward is helping out sooo much with missionary work and being real friends to everyone and everyone we teach. They have helped Carmen and Jorge and Omaira and Luis and Rene a lot and I have really learned that members are more important in missionary work than the actually missionaries. I love all the members so much and yesterday we made some really good plans with our ward missionary leader to involve the members as much as possible and work all together and we planned some fun activities that we are going to do like sports tourneys and little Book of Mormon play and having lessons at the church and church tours. I really feel like these past couple of weeks the work is moving forward and faster and we are improving. It is super interesting to me how success is determined. Even when you are not able to teach as much as other times, if you are working as hard as you can and really improving then you feel great and successful. When you are teaching a lot but not improving and really learning somehow you just don't feel very successful in the end. I love all these awesome things I have learned on my mission.
So I am kind of running out of time and have a lot of pics to send so I will share this awesome story that happened yesterday. So this past week some Elders here got in a bad car accident and one of them broke his femur and had to have surgery so this Sunday, his name is Elder Ajeman, so some of the missionaries fasted for him yesterday and I also fasted to have an awesome experience at church whatever it may be and guess what!? Just before church started this guy comes in and sits in the back row in the chapel who we have never seen before. Then one of the members goes and sits next to him and opens up the hymn and sings with him. It was awesome and then after Sacrament meeting we talk to him and his name is Felix from Peru and has lived here for 8 years but he cant speak English fluently and his girlfriend is Canadian and told him to try out going to church. So he came to our Spanish Ward! So cool and he is going back to Peru this week but will be back on the 28th of February and he looks forward to talking with us and said we can talk right when he gets back. Direct answer to my prayer and fast and also Elder Ajeman is recuperating really well. The gospel is so great and I really love how everything always comes together and works out if we are living the gospel and always doing our best to help others and take more steps to being more Christlike. I know it is hard stepping out of our comfort zone but that is what the gospel is all about. Letting God really mold us into the person that we were born to be. To be like Christ. He is our example. I highly doubt the Atonement was something comfortable or easy but during it I know that Jesus Christ developed the love He has for us now and now He knows exactly how to help us and guide us in our life. So step out of your comfort zone and make new friends and help everyone you see. There should not be any fear. Jesus Christ eliminates all fear and all those bad feeling you might have if you really live the gospel and become like Him. Well I am out of time again!! There goes another Monday email. SO CRAZY!! I love yall and hope this Valentines yall show Christlike love to one another and dont fight! :P
Love: Elder Proctor


Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 54 - Calgary

Mi querida familia!! Esta semana fue increíble!

Alright so first I just have to let y'all know that I am loving my mission and I remember like 6 months ago I was saying my mission couldn't get any better and I couldn't imagine it being better and now I am here and it is! It's like every single day my love for the gospel and for Jesus Christ increases and sometimes I don't even realize how much it really grows over a long period of time. And what is crazy is that, well, sadly we haven't taught a lesson to any of our investigators the past 2 weeks. We have done a lot of contacting potential investigators and less actives and I mean a lot and no one has been receptive. But even though we have been rejected for the past 2 weeks I feel like I have a much better understanding of the gospel and how Gods work, really works. As long as you personally do your absolute best to work as hard as you can to live the gospel then you will have an effect on people and will make a difference and really help people come unto Christ and by doing that you will come closer to Christ. We all have that same goal, to come unto Christ.  I remember towards the beginning of my mission I would get discouraged in the times when we weren't teaching as much and did a lot of contacting without seeing the results of our efforts. But now I feel so much better and I read this from Preach My Gospel this week - "
No Effort Is Wasted
When people choose not to investigate the restored gospel, your work is not wasted. Your consistent efforts in
serving and teaching as many people as you can is one way God prepares His children to eventually receive His
 servants. He often reaches out to His children through you. Even when people do not accept the opportunity to 
learn the gospel, your service and words are evidence of God’s love for them and may plant seeds that future
missionaries and members of the Church will harvest." Preach My Gospel really has everything you need to know. It has helped me so much to actually know exactly what to do in almost every situation and circumstance I have been in in my mission and always has the answer. I am so grateful for it and to be able to study it an the scriptures every morning. That reminds me! There was a worldwide missionary broadcast this week and the missionary schedule changed for the whole world!! It was so well done because it was like we were in the weekly meeting that the missionary leaders in Salt Lake(I forget the name) has to talk about missionary work and how to move the work forward. So it was Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Elder Bednar, Elder Anderson, and some other leaders and it was live. Super amazing to see how the church really is a living church and is lead by Jesus Christ, He really does guide the affairs of His church. So this is the schedule now:

6:30-8:30 pray/exercise/get ready/eat breakfast
8:30-9:00 daily planning 
9:00-10:00 personal study
Half hour to an hour on companionship study
Half hour to an hour on language
Half hour of lunch
Hour dinner 
9:00 be home and 9:30 be home if you are in a lesson

Now there is no nightly planning and they said we can go to bed at 9:30 if we really need it. And also our pday starts at 8:00am now! So we actually have time to do the things we are supposed to do on pdays like wash the car and clean the pad and do laundry. So yeah the schedule is more flexible now and mornings and nights feel way better. I love it.  It was so cool to hear Elder Bednar and Elder Oaks say that God really trusts us to plan well and to really benefit from this new schedule and to help His children come unto Christ. It's amazing how God works and calls us to work for Him. Just as King Benjamin says in Mosiah 2:17 "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." We are serving God when we are serving each other and helping each other out. We show our love to God by how we treat others and how we live the gospel. During the worldwide broadcast Elder Bednar said something that I loved. He said a testimony is not the words you say themselves, the testimony is who you are! You are the testimony of what the gospel of Jesus Christ does to a persons life. And when you live the gospel you have the promise from God that His Spirit will always be with you. And what does the Holy Spirit do? He testifies of the Father and the Son. So it's the Spirit testifying through us. I just thought that was super cool and I remembered something Elder Bednar said last year when I was I the MTC. He said we can bring the Spirit unto the hearts of the people, not into them, it's their choice to let the Spirit come into their hearts and experience the joy that the gospel brings. We shared this in some member lessons that we had and we have been sharing the restoration a lot with them. It is so nice and yesterday, Hermano Pompa gave a talk on the first vision and his son Miguel Pompa just left on his mission to Argentina like 4 months ago (wow! how has it already been that long?) and he talked a lot about missionaries and missionary work and it was amazing because I thought of you mom and dad giving talks and remembering yall talking about Mason and it was super cool. It's incredible that there are missionaries literally all over the world sharing the gospel. I am so happy to be a missionary right now and to know that yall are doing well. God really blesses us for our efforts to serve Him. Well I am kind of running out of time again and still can not believe how fast Mondays come and go. I would say it is even going a little too fast haha I love yall and have a lot of pics to send now!