Monday, August 27, 2012

80 Days left

well lets see this week was a great week. its a lot cooler here. its still around 100 but a little less. more humididy but thats to be espected by the ocean. ummmmm. i live in a 4 man piso which is the first time in my mission and i really like it. there are the other elders Mambo and Biamont mambo is new and its still his first area but he is good he is a champ and then biamont goes home with me in november. then my companion elder staples dies this transfer so next transfer will be another companion again. haha. anyways its nice because we just party. any free time is just party time and we are living it up and having fun. as well as like, it makes the time go by really a lot faster too. i cant believe its already monday and that this weekend is already september. haha its weird but it works i guess. 
lets see we have been talking alot about love lately charity and the likes. i dont remember what i wrote last week so if im repeating myself. well the prophets do it all the time and it must mean its important. haha .anways we talked about how we are obedient for like 3 reasons the first we are scared or we are going to get punished. the second because we are going to get a reward for being obedient or the third simply because we love God. and if we love god we will keep his commandments. and if we keep the commandments its either because we love god or soon we will love god for doing so. its just interesting to think about why we do things or why we dont. but as we understand what it means and how it affects us and those around us it makes a difference.

i dont know that its always fun being obedient and we dont always understand it. for example the party scene. there are tons of people that seem they are having fun and living the life right now. but if you wait like 5 years and see where they are its interesting to see how much better off we are and how much they depend on that stuff. and we really are free. 

When we start teaching people we often start by trying to have them esplain the word truth. Think about it what is truth? we get answers like well its not lies and its something thats right. well thats true but still... not very clear. we then ask them if they like listening to lies ... which no one likes being lied to. haha so we go one there is a scripture that explains it in DyC 93:24 that truth is a knowledge of things how they are and how they were and how they will be. something that we know that never changes. the truth is the only time we can recieve blessings from god is when we show our love and are obedient to what he asks of us. that is truth and if you dont believe it or dont have a testimony of it it is because you arent being obedient and as we know you can only recieve a testimony AFTER the trial of your faith. Be obedient try it out . test the Lord. it only will work out for your good. and hey, if by chance it doesnt work (which it will) then really what have you wasted besides a little bit of effort and a little bit of time. which would have been wasted on something else anyways.

keep working hard keep being the best. i know that this is all true and the more we dedicate ourselves the more the lord shows his love towards us. have a great week! LOVE YOU!

Monday, August 20, 2012

87 Days Left!!!!

hey everyone sorry about last week. i just got confused. so funny thing mom wrote on the blog in the first time in i dont know how long and said it must have been the temperature haha well this week or last week or whenever 55 degrees. thats pretty hot .. haha but yeah. so thats funny.

 I am getting transfered this week to jerez de la frontera. its in cadiz and they are known for how bad they speak the language haha so i probably wont be coming home speaking anything but blab haha. but no stress. lets see here. live is good apart from that. Pres. Deere and his family came to church and spoke. they gave good talks and he challenged the ward to have everyone help with the missionaries and how that is the only way to help this work move forward. well its true. i testify that its true.right after the meeting a less active kid that we helped come back to church told me that he was going to serve a mission and is starting his papers this week andddd that tomorrow(aka monday night aka tonight) we are going to be giving his girlfriend the first lesson. haha we are pretty excited.  i havent had a baptism in my whole mission unless they contacted the missionaries orrrr it was a member reference. which means. basically that i have gotten now probably thousands of futures and of them and my knowledge so far not one has been baptized. buttt that doesnt mean it wont happen it just is more effective. so think about that. who can you help come to Christ? it will help your testimony and it will help theres. and whats the worst that could happen? they are going to say no? well i have had rocks thrown at me. been shot with bb guns and been yelled names for the last 2 years. trust me .. you guys can do it. 

 apart from all that im glad to leave sevilla for the heat. they say its a little bit colder down where i am going which will be way nice. haha. not too much but enough . haha. anyways we played soccer today and lets see today we are going to write in peoples books and get all the stuff packed. i havent started and all my clothes are dirty. which means i have to wear longsleeve tonight .haha i hate when this happens but sometimes you just dont have time and if you do it over night then it sits there in the heat of everything and becomes super stinky anyways haha soooooo thats no bueno. anyways im excited for this week .we are hittin up the last area of the mission and just partying and working hard. know that i love you all and pray for you all thanks for you love too. its much needed and appreciated haha. you are all champions. remember small and simple brings big and great. :D

Monday, August 13, 2012

94 Days Left

Okay So Brad didn't send us a group email today!  I guess the heat is getting to him.  But there were pictures on the mission blog so we know he is alive!

Monday, August 6, 2012

101 Days left!!!!

ok well first things first! 

 Mario and Marius got baptized yesterday. they are amazing and great examples to so many people. we had a great time with them during the service that we had right after church. haha they were so excited they just couldnt wait any longer. we started to change after church and marius got so excited that his shirt was inside out haha he didnt notice and i dont think anyone else did either. but its ok. little minor detail haha. anyways mario as well started to cry when he was giving his testimony and it was  really powerful. they just are going to be such great members and when they turn 19 their dream is to serve a mission and go and convert a couple of 13 year olds too. so they have great desires. 
Also we have been working with some members and trying to get in to teach some of their family and stuff. well yesterday the mother of out ward mission leader(he served a misison in logan utah) made us some brownies and ice cream and we taught them. we had already done some service for them in the past and have a great relationship with them so now its trying to move into teaching them about the gospel and helping them see the beauty of it. so we taught them and they have SO MANY QUESTIONS! we love that as missionaries. man ask away. as long as they arent the typical dumb questions that no one really cares about. but she had some great questions so we said that we could pass by other times and for her to write down the questions and we will show her. we feel like we will need to use the bible a lot with her seeing that she uses it a lot with her religion but it wont be too hard to help her find the knowledge and the truth especially as she opens up and understands more and more of the restoration. she has a lot of questions about the plan of salvation and we are really excited to start teaching her daughters and stuff.typical. anyways this was a great week we are just having aa great time in this august heat. of death. haha its hot here but its not stoppin how hot we are.. we on fire haha. anyways im tired and we have to catch a train back to sevilla we are in cordoba today to se ethe mesquita and stuff typical apostate stuff that is cool to take pictures of. anyways. i love you all. keep on chugging the gospel is true! MUAH