Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015

WOW!!! This week was so crazy! So let me tell you about it. Everyday we woke up at 3:30 and did exercise and then we started working at 7:00. On Monday, we had a big zone meeting to throw in ideas about what we could do during the week! I gave the idea of going to the central Park in Heredia and singing as a zone and handing out pamphlets! So that's what we did! Tuesday we sang in the park for 3 hours. Wednesday, we worked in our areas and found 20 news! Thursday, we went to the Park again with a HUGE BOOK OF MORMON and handed out pamphlets and Book of Mormons! And the best part was that President Laboriel came with his wife to help us contact people! I actually talked to an athiest who didn't believe in anything! However, I got him to believe in Faith for starters! He's crazy but he is a good guy. We literally just started contacting EVERYONE THAT MOVED!!!! We contacted and Sang on every bus that we got on! Some people clapped and others looked disgusted 😁 We had so much fun from Monday to Thursday! And then, On Friday!!! Friday was my favorite day of the week!! What we did is we took all of the investigators that wanted to come, of all of the areas in the zone, and we took them with us to the TEMPLE!!!!  We had a big lesson with all of the investigators in the zone! We even committed them all to baptism! One of the elders actually went out by the road and started inviting people off of the street to come and listen and sing! Then Elder Wilkinsen (zone leader) and I went into the front part of the temple and asked the President if we could take our investigators into the waiting room! They said YES!! So we took all of the investigators into the waiting room and we all sat there in silence! The spirit was so strong! I wasn't even inside the temple and I just wanted to lay there on the floor and not move! It was one of the most spiritual experiences I have ever had!! I loved being there at the temple! I love having it so close to me! It's such a blessing! I will send some pictures!
As you can see, this week was so crazy! As of Thursday, the mission had talked to more than 8,000 people! We are going to find out what the totals of everything were tomorrow! Thank you for praying for me and supporting me this week! It was hard! We suffered and had so much fun! My companion and I are doing great! We aren't having too much success in the area right now, but we are learning a lot. Here is the thing. I'm training Elder Serrano right? But, I am also training Denis our branch mission leader. He is a convert from last year! He is great! I'm making them both contact busses ;) Its good fun! I hope you all had a great week!! Thank you for everything!!!
I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!! <3
HUGE book of mormon!😃

My friend

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I found this picture in the house of a member, and I had to take a picture of it!

My new Nametag!

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015

WOW!!! Has this week been absolutely Crazy! As I told you all last week! I'm training! My son is named Elder Serrano!! He is from Honduras!! He is really motivated but really scared! So, I have been having him talk to people!! The branch here is so great! Our ward mission leader is a 29 year old guy with a 2 year old baby! So young with lots of energy! He really likes going on divisions with me because we both love talking to people! Elder Serrano and I worked so hard this last week trying to get to know the branch and to find new investigators. And with the motivation of conference, we know that we can work even harder!
Speaking of conference, WOW!! So many new things came to light and helpful tips and motivation became clear! Obviously I'm going to start of with Jeffrey R. Holland! His talk was so amazing about the love that mothers have and how it was compared to the love of Christ! Mom, Thank you so much for the Love that you show me! I love you so much! Unfortunately, the satellite cut out in the middle of his talk...So I didn't get to hear all of his talk, but I will look for it today!  I loved the quote that said -What is keeping me from Progressing personally-
This week, we are doing something called a week of Sacrifice!! We are getting up at 5, getting ready, studying, and working from 8 am, to nine-thirty at night!! Pray for me because it is going to be stressful but amazing! Today actually, we only have 45 minutes to write our families, I don't know why our Zone leaders did this but I'm just going with it! I know that the Lord will bless me!

Something cool that I did! My branch mission leader, Elder Serrano, and I, Were on a bus to Heredia to watch conference on Saturday! The whole bus was filled like none other!!! We were just sitting there, and I got up, walked up to the bus driver and said ´'Can I sing a song´´ He said sure! so i got up in front of the bus, this time just me! and i sang -Families can be together forever- The whole bus got completely quiet as i sang and then invited them to look for Christ in there lives! After that, the bus was quiet until we got to the last bus stop! Many people smiled as they walked by me and some gave me a short, thank you. I could feel the spirit so strong. I have never during my whole mission got up and just started yelling at everyone. I have only sang to invite the spirit. I know that music brings the spirit into whatever surrounding! It is a tool of conversion! I love the savoir and the things that I am learned out here in the field, and the wonderful things that I learned during conference!  

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love you with all their hearts. They know exactly how you feel in every moment in your life. I don't fully understand the Atonement, and maybe never will, but I know that there was a reason that Christ spent 2 times suffering physically on earth. When we are down, lonely, stressed out, and just unhappy, they know! Christ had to suffer for EVERY PAIN so that when we have pain, he knows EXACTLY how to cure us. We just need to look, trust, and follow his counsel. However, he also suffers a 3rd time now, as he watches us sin. I'm sure it hurts him again just as it did before. Always do the will of the Lord, NEVER your own! -I God have  suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent.- Repentance is not just confessing your sins to a bishop, that is just the first step in changing, but it is changing your heart to become more like the savior. A change of action, thought, and spirit. I am not perfect when it comes to repentance, but I know how much it can change someone. I love you all so very much and hope that you all can take the things that you learned from conference and apply them today, tomorrow, this month, and this year. The Father and the Son will NEVER leave us on our own. 
-God is our refuge and strength, very present help in trouble.
 -Be stilland know that am God: will be exalted among the heathen, will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46: 1,10 
A scripture that I want all to look at this week is (Matthew 13:10-14) I love learning about the life of Christ!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!