Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Week 64 - Calgary

 
Feliz Pascuas :))
 
Alright so I will write this email super fast because yesterday we went to Kananaskis! I have a ton of pics so I hope yall see how much fun it was. Although I did have 2 rolled ankles. So 2 weeks ago on pday I rolled my right ankle playing gatorball and then last pday I rolled my left ankle playing basketball. Then yesterday I decided to go ahead and hike and it was pretty painful but was it worth it? Yes haha. Gosh I love Canada so much especially these hikes I have been able to do over my mission with other missionaries and members and sometimes investigators. Its incredible. So I will just list off some of the things we did this week. We had interviews with President Miles and those are always super cool because he always gets us pumped up and feel better about ourselves and shares amazing stories. The main thing that stuck with me from his interview with me was that he told me to ask myself how does Heavenly Father really look at me and see me as a person and then pray about that question and Heavenly Father will answer. So I invite yall to do the same, ask yourself how you think Heavenly Father sees you and then actually ask Him in prayer how He sees you. You will probably see that you are way too hard on yourself and realize how much Heavenly Father really loves you and sees what you can become. Its super cool. Also this week we had another lesson with Sean, he is a Jew and has been investigating the church for 9 years now. Every lesson we have had with has been so crazy and awesome. Its like the only time on my mission that I have taught in English too because its the Sisters investigator but Sean rally likes me and Elder Ibanez so haha. Anyways we just talked about the Book of Mormon chapters 15-19 of 2 Nephi with him (yes those Isaiah chapters) and learning from what we read from one another was super cool. I definitely felt the Spirit and Sean made some cool connections with it and finally he said that he feels like he his 40% there in believing in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. That was amazing. I can definitely testify that the Book of Mormons objective is to testify of Jesus Christ as a our Savior. Also this week we had a lesson with Felix and Hermano Pavon came with us and we focused on temples and the priesthood. It was super cool and I can see that Felix is already gaining a testimony of temples and the importance of them. Its crazy how fast he is progressing. He should be getting the Aaronic Priesthood this Sunday and then we will set up going to the temple with him. I am super excited for him. Also easter Sunday was amazing. We had 4 new investigators to church! I dont have time to write about it though. Just know that God answers your prayers, every single one of them. Its really crazy how fast time is flying by. I already have to send pics again! And in 2 days I will just have 9 months left of my mission.. WHAT!? I cant think about it haha. And Mason and Allie are getting married in like 17 in the Houston Temple! AHHHHH!!!! So awesome and I wish yall could have seen my reaction when I opened up the wedding invitation. Sooo happy for you Mason and Allie. I was going nuts when I opened it haha. And also like a week later it will be Mothers Day :O blows my mind. I love each of yall and am happy all is well is Nacogdoches :)
 


Mission Desk (mom said this was never the case at home)


 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Week 63 - Calgary


Una de las mejeros semanas de mi mission

We baptized Felix!!! It was so incredible and the journey was so fast! Also I gotta write this email fast because we got to the library kind of late. Gosh I have so many stories to write that happened this week but no time, oh well I will just write about "el hombre del ano" Felix haha. So last Wednesday we had a lesson set up with Felix at 5:30pm and we got Hermano Ruiz to come with us but then something came up and he couldn't and so we knew we had to get a member there so we start calling and texting everyone throughout the day and literally everyone could not go. Also we had 2 other lessons set up with Carmen and Jorge and then la familia Palma. And we also were doing service at the food bank so it was a super crazy day. Then while we were working in the food bank Carmen and Jorge cancel so then that frees us up for 7:30pm. So then we ask Felix if we can do it at 7:30 and he says yes and we ask everyone again and turns out everyone still cant go at 7:30pm haha and then it gets to be like 6:30pm and we try calling Hermano Colorado again and we know that he is only free on Sundays but we were praying for a miracle because he is like the perfect "preach my gospel missionary," so then he texts us and there's a whole lot of other details but I dont have time to write it all but just know that it was crazy setting all this up and we ended up with the perfect amount of time to visit Felix with Hermano Colorado who is like the best member present to have. Then we start to teaching the lesson and it was one of the coolest lessons I have taught on my mission. We taught the commandments, the law of chastity, the word of wisdom, and tithing. We started with chastity and it went perfectly and Felix said some awesome things and is just all for it and then we do the word of wisdom and he said he drinks a lot of tea but he said "yeah i mean I can give that up though, it wont be the end of the world," and Elder Ibanez and I and even Hermano Colorado we are all just like smiling at each other and shocked and we explain a little bit more why we have the word of wisdom. And then we get to tithing and we finally hit it. The one thing that really caused him to struggle and not agree with. I don't have time to explain all the details but we spent like 30 mins talking about it and bearing testimony and Hermano Colorado finished it by sharing Eter 12:27 which is one of my favorite scriptures and I know that its your favorite mom:) and Hermano Colorado laid it out so perfectly and that scripture and promise he received from us that if we humble ourselves and put our trust in God then God will take care of all of our needs spiritually and physically and he will make us strong. It was amazing. There's so many other crazy details but now I wanna finish talking about the baptism yesterday. It was probably the most relaxed and peaceful time of my life. I felt the Spirit so much and Felix is a pretty chill guy and loves to play sports like me and it was just so cool to help him along with getting baptized. Then Elder Ibanez gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost and its just like living a dream being able to see someone be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Watching someone really give up their sins and accept the gospel and see how happy they are when they do. Its the sweetest joy ever. Now I am really looking forward to working with him some more along with the members and progressing to the temple and so on. He has so much faith. With all the other investigators we have and the ones I have taught and also the less actives and even some members who struggle, I have learned that all of our problems can be solved through faith in Jesus Christ, His atonement and His gospel. We just have to accept it and live it. I know that sometimes it may seem hard to live the gospel but trust me its not as hard as it was for the Savior. We cant even compare it to the Savior. So we should put our faith in Him and let him make our burden light in everything in our life. Matthew 11:28-30. Ether 12:27. Come unto Him is His invitation. I can promise you that at first coming unto Him may be hard but the joy comes so fast. God is so merciful and so forgiving and more than anything, loving. He wants you to develop faith in Him and really learn it. That's why its not easy but anything easy in life really isnt rewarding but living the gospel is the most rewarding thing ever because God just pours blessings on you. Its so awesome and I am so grateful to be able to live the gospel. Well that's all I got for this week and got some awesome pics to send! Espero que las gusten! I LOVE YALL
 
 
Great Friend Felix being baptized!

 

Come, come, ye saints....





 

 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 62 - Calgary

 
Una semana llena!
 
Paa - I dont even know where to start this week has been soooo incredible and full and its been one of the best on my mission. I have a ton of pics to send too and not a lot of time to write so this email will be all over the place. So I am now with my boy Elder Ibanez again and last Tuesday I said goodbye to Sorvari. Its crazy how fast they leave. We drop him off at the mission home and President and Sister Miles greet them and then we give hugs and then President says "alright time to go! and you Elders and Sisters, lets go baptize someone!!" And then we are off haha. Made me just a little home sick watching him leave but then when I got Elder Ibanez and we started working, I am back to knowing that serving a mission is the best thing and most fun thing you can do in the world. Like this past Wednesday we taught Felix the gospel of Jesus Christ and talked about his baptism and it really just blows my mind at how much he is prepared to receive it. So we talked about his baptismal date and he said he would let us know if April 9th worked because it was orginally set for this Wednesday April 5th but we still have to teach him a little bit more and have the baptismal interview. Then he sends us a text and lets us know that April 9th works! The whole process has just been incredible watching him prepare for baptism by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon and coming to church and learning. Its so simple but so amazing when people actually do it and then you see them experience the joy of living the gospel and feeling the Holy Ghost. Nothing better than that. Well maybe general conference was haha all things in the gospel are the greatest because they all work together and are one in Christ. So we were able to watch the first session with President and Sister Miles with a lot of other missionaries then the second session with the Pompas and the Pavons and after we celebrated Elder Ibanez birthday and had the the best cake ever "tres leches." Then we watched the priesthood session with Felix and then yesterday we watched the Sunday morning session with la familia Palma and then ended conference by watching the last session with Sean. I wish I could take time to tell you all the details of watching each one with all these people because each one was so different and incredible. Watching conference as missionaries and knowing that they have left their families too to serve full time and then watching with 2 strong and faithful families in the church and feeling at home and then watching with a family that has just lost a mother and feeling their love and kindness for us and feel their desire to listen to us and the prophets and learn then watching with an investigator who has been investigating for 9 years now and just struggles with feeling the Spirit and making the decision to be baptized. All of it, I have had so many experiences and thoughts this past week and it really has all strengthened my testimony of our Heavenly Father and of His Son Jesus Christ and of the Holy Ghost and how They care for us and love us and are mindful of us and just how They work. And because of this I have a much bigger desire to be obedient and have more faith and really show my love for Heavenly Father by serving my mission with real intent and helping His children come unto Christ by living His restored gospel. I really am so happy to be able to live the gospel and I can testify that if we choose to live it and share it with others we will receive so many blessings from Heavenly Father beyond belief. Well I gotta get to sending pics now! I have a ton :) espero que las disfruten y que tengan una linda semana!!
 
My awesome Spanish Language District

Posing

Happy Birthday Elder Ibenez


...it didn't make it over :(

Volleyball night fun

Awesome Sisters

Dinner with the missionaries

Great visit by Pres. and Sister Miles