Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb. 19, 2018

Well you could say that it was a good week buy the look of the numbers. However, I didn't like this week to be honest. Well like what happened was Tuesday just normal work day. Wendesday is when the problem came. So we had an area attack. That is where the whole district comes to your area and works to help you out. So everyone came here. Then we went and split up worked hard. The plan was work hard until night time. Have a Noche de Hogar with Familia Lopez so that we could see if they were going to be baptized. And it was one of the daughter's birthdays right? So we show up with a cake and sing and just having a great time. Then the mom's companion comes in. Real pissed off he starts swearing up a storm at us and tells us to get out and never come back... The daughters were in shock and the mom was crying... He said he was gonna throw away the cake and I about lost my cool in the house... I did say a few bad words in english... But we were about to baptize them and now this happens... I left heartbroken and destroyed... We finished the day off eating pupusas. But we also all slept in my house and we threw all the matresses on the floor and had a wrestling UFC match without punches and kicks. I destroyed everyone. Hahaha The first kid a Dominican thought he was hot stuff so I ankle picked him and threw him in an arm bar and he was crying for mercy. Hahaha that was my favorite match. The first one and the shortest one. So Thrusday came around and we had a rough day. We were heartbroken for what had happened and we just couldn't find anyone. Then we went to give english classes and Familia Lopez was waiting for us and we are always there early!!! Wow I was really happen to see them. They felt bad for what happened and they just said that they were going to come to church and even were going to come to the baptism we had on Saturday. So Saturday rolls around. We are filling up this worthless piece of crap you have to put together baptismal font that someone lost the plastic so there is a freaking tarp that you put in it... Like ya really bad... Water was going out everywhere. We baptized Victor but Familia Lopez didn't come. They weren't even home to answer the phone or anything. So Sunday comes by real fast and they show up, Familia Lopez, and tell us that they couldn't make it to the baptism because they were taking the mom's companion out of jail... The neighbors called the cops when they heard him yelling at us but he kept going even after we left... So ya they didn't get baptized... And I had to translate a conference that was Area wide. Like all the central american countries heard it today. There were 2 talks that weren't translated so they made me get up to translate them. The first one I butchered the heck out of it, but the 2nd one I did pretty dang good. Everyone said I did good. So I either did good or they were brown nosing pretty hard on me. But there are changes this week. So we will see what happens. I would love to stay with Elder Mateo one more change. But if not it is okay. Well that was my week. Love you!!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb. 12, 2018 Happy Valentine's Day

A picture of a door 

Hey!!! So this week we had fun again! But we didn't get the 2 baptisms that we wanted... However, on the bright side we are going to baptize a kid this week. He is a little crazy. But we are going to baptize him. We have a chance to baptize the familia Lopez this week too. That would be a miracle that we really are waiting for. Anyways, we keep finding baptisms with less active members, it is awesome. We found 2 more this week. A miracle this week that we had is that Humberto, the son of the recent convert, quit his job and is going to work for another member hahaha. He is going to learn how to weld and he is going to weld with the Branch President. Awesome right? We totally set that up. English classes were pretty fun this week. We got a less active who is super cool to come. He wants to go on a mission, but he is going to finish in the university. Good thing he is finishing this year! He is a super good guy. He even invited us over and gave us dinner one night. So when we thought that we were doing good with the attendance in the branch with 2 weeks above 50 I figured that we were going to have 60 this week.... I was wrong. We had 35... UH.. The lowest attendance that I have had in my entire mission. But that means there is a lot of work to do this week!!! Haha just a shout out to the sis-in-law with the birthday that went past and also shout out to mommy because in 3 years you are half a century old hahaha happy birthday mommy yesterday! I love you!!! Well have a great week!
Sorry the pics wont load.... Next week

Side note from Mom-- Really-- What a jackwang!!  Apparently we didn't teach Jackson any manners about talking about a woman's age ???? What the Heck!!??

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb. 5, 2018

Well here we are again with another P-day. This week was another good week!!! I would have to say that we are just killing it in the supposedly bad area. Well better put the WORST area in the mission. Like ya. Hahaha I feel like we are making it one of the best areas in the mission. This week we were able to invite Johana to be baptized in interchanges and she accepted. Also we did interviews with Familia Lopez and it went well. It is just that they don't feel all that ready so they are going to do the interviews again this week to see if they are going to be baptized. I sure do hope that they will make the choice to be baptized... So we also had interviews this week. Hahaha mine was great!!! We started talking about witches and wizards and demons. Hahaha he told me he was going to send me a letter with a ton of info about all this to read and to give to the branch president. Then he was super happy because we are working the way that he asked and we are doing the plan that he told us and it is bringing success. He was happy for us. And happy with our work. So that was nice. We didn't have 8 investigators in church but we aren't always on top of the world right? So this week was just a blast to be honest. Oh and there were emergency changes again. So the new zone leader in Elder Giron!!!! Hahaha the two of them were my comps! Super cool. Love the heck out of them. Well ya that was my week... Not much to say just working hard to bring souls unto Christ. Love you!!!

January 29, 2018

Soo what up guys!!!!! Another week gone by and another set of stories to go along with it. So like Monday was gay as AIDS we like never do anything. Then Tuesday rolled around and we were supposed to have a Branch Family Home Evening and only like 8 people were there.. It is honestly embarrassing. Then the members told us that we should say this and plan that. So yes frustrating. Then Weds. we had district meeting and it was lame. Also this week I was sooooo SICK!!! I couldn't talk half the week.. It was so difficult to find new investigators and to even teach. However, we did put a few baptismal dates this week. Anyways we get to Thursday bought medicine and just tried to work but struggled. We tried to have English classes but no one showed up and it is frustrating that no one comes when we try so hard. Also the crazy part of Thursday was that we showed up to an investigator that we have a baptismal date with. She is like 22 and she showed up to the door in a towel and we were like uhhhh... She was come on in my boyfriend is here. We were like uh and he couldn't answer the door??? And then she just stood there talking to us in a towel for like 5 minutes and my comp said hey go change and she was like oh ya hahahha.... She said she was moving and so we lost her... Crap... Then Friday came and we were a little bit better and I don't remember anything but we made pupusas with a member so that was pretty cool. Then Saturday, Saturday and Sunday were amazing but Saturday we went out early to commit everyone and their dogs to go to church. We started with Fam. Lopez. They were talking to us and we asked them some pre-interview questions. And some other questions. One of them was what is the Priesthood and they didn't know. So we explained to them and we told them that we had the Priesthood and then we explained that you have to have the Priesthood to baptize. And the mom asked if we could baptize. We were like Ya we sure can! Then she said to her daughter he is going to baptize you and he is going to baptize you. They just smiled and we were like what just happened did they just say that they wanted to be baptized??? So we set up the baptismal interview for this Tuesday. We will see how it goes. Then we visited a ton of other people and committed them to go to church. We got Victor committed and Johana. Sunday rolled around and we got 8 investigators in church!!!! A new record here!!!! It was so cool!!!! We are so happy like no one has any idea! We also had 11 less actives in church it was great!!! Wow we had a great Sunday. But ya that was pretty much my week! Hope you guys had a good week too! Love you!!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

Hey!!! So this week was a little different. We had a rough time at the begining of the week. We couldn't find  anything. But then we got to the last part of the week. We found 13 new investigators in one day! It was awesome. Then Sunday rolled around and we had 5 investigators in church!! A high for this area. But the only thing was is that it wasn't that good because the people aren't progressing now. It is sad. Familia Lopez is amazing only that the mom isn't married and her daughters don't want to be baptized unless the mom gets baptized. So we are trying to work with her companion. So we also found a kid on Sunday and he is 9 who is a members grandson and he wants to be baptized. So we have a baptism. I am a little disappointed in a member. We have an investigator that works for a member. But there are fiestas in a place called Guacotecti and the member does food. So she didn't let him come to church and his baptismal date fell threw. I am very upset with the member. But also I got new shoes that the soles were a little worn out and my comp told me to buy new soles and he would put them on so he did! That was cool. We also worked with the Branch president we bugged him a ton hahaha but we had fun. I also bought an old baseball mitt which was dope. So that was my week!!!!

Voice Recording:
Well, We had a good week I'd have to say.  I;m a little bit sick so sorry.  We were having a tough time finding new people this week, but we found 13 people one day which was pretty cool.  I mean, that was on of  my highest day of finding new people.  My highest was 21 people, 1/2 of them didn't work out let's just say that, but these 13 people, they're alright.  It was only 3 families that we found so that's actually pretty cool.  We also found a pretty cool person that day, her name's Joanna but her mom is pretty cool.  Her mom's a medical forensic and we saw some pretty gnarly pictures with her.  Some murder scenes here and I'm like wow, that's pretty gnarly.  I was like That's a 009mm shell, .009mm case, that's a 40.  She's like wow, how do you know that?  I was like, I'm not dumb, I know a lot about guns.  So we kind of talked with them, it was pretty cool.  We also had a record of 5 in church this week.  Like for this area, that's huge.  In Moncagua not really, you could pull off 10 and you're like that's good.  But here 5 was amazing.  Right now we're struggling with the law of Chastity.  We need to get people married, but nobody wants to get married.  I got a couple people that need to get divorced and then married.  But that is so expensive here.  It's like $300-400 and they don't have money to pull that off.  So like we're trying to look for a lawyer that's a member that could maybe cut us a deal and help us out.  What else, yesterday, we found a 9 year old kid not baptized in a member family.   He's like, 'yeah, I'll be baptized."  He's already got all the attendances, Just got to make sure he doesn't drink coffee.  Like honestly, he's not breaking the Law of Chastity, he's 9 years old.  We found him and just working hard.  I don't know much to say, my comp's funny, he's fun.  The area's cool, it's pretty. I mean, I don't know I don't have much to say.  I haven't done this for a while so I'm out of practice, and my throat hurts.  Love you guys.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 15, 2018-- 18 months!

Hey guys! How are all you??? Well A new change started and we are just rocking and rolling. We've got some pretty good people to work with and they are progressing. But let me tell you. New Converts are powerful. And they are one of the best ways to get baptisms. Whether it is with their family members or if it is with their friends. We have one recent convert that is starting to bring her two sons to church and they are starting to like church a lot. So I am pretty excited about that. So we also have been doing something a little different to find new investigators. Because here the normal knock doors isn't very successful. So we go to the less actives. Like the most less actives that there are and tell them that we are there to bring them back to the fold once again. And they come back to church! And they all have family that aren't baptized so like we find and reactivate. It is very successful. The branch attendance was 49 and 23 were investigators less actives and us... Just about half the attendance. So I think it is working. Also this week I turned 18 months old.... WHAT??? Where does this time go??? I am very surprised on how fast time is just flying past... But ya I finished my sister mission now time to start the real one!!! Haha anyways I've just been having a blast here. It is weird now because there  are more people that  I know that have gone home than there are in the mission right now... So cool right? Hope everything is going good! Love you!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 8, 2018

Hey so like this was a pretty dope week!! Kinda sad but still pretty cool. So this week we found out that they are shutting the zone and shutting a couple areas. One is where the other 2 Elders are at. So we are going to have their area too! Which is cool because they have a pretty good family that they are working with. So I do like that part of it. But it kinda sucks that I won't live with the other guys again. That kinda stinks. We should have a lot of fun. So I worked with every Elder in my district this week. So Tuesday I went to work with Elder Arirama from Peru. He has a couple more months than I do on the mission. So it was fun to work with him. Then I worked with my comp. We found a girl. She was a little bigger and had a daughter and my comp said hey your daughter is like 1 right? She was like ya! SO he goes and you are like 21? She laughs and goes no I'm 15.... Just as old as Kourtney... The whole time she was breast feeding and she was showing us EVERYTHING!!!! Wow  sin verg├╝enzas... Anyways but we taught a recent convert family and they said that they were going to bring an investigator and Sunday rolled around and they did it!!! I was so happy and proud of them. More missionary work then the flipping old members. But ya so that pretty much was the week! Love y'all!!!!