Monday, March 2, 2015

Transfer 10 Week 2 March 2 2015

Elder Sebastian and I had another really good week. We had a lot of work to do.

This week was kind of just a normal week. But I got cold again which was kind of weird. But I forgot my planner in the house so I cant really remember anything that I was going to write. 

Yesterday was really good. Our investigator Joel went to church. It was his third time going. His wife and two of his kids are members of the church, and he has a son that is in the MTC in provo. He has been progressing very well. I remember the first time that we went to visit him he didnt want to talk much about the church at all. But ever since his son entered the MTC about a month ago he started warming up to the church a little bit more and he started to attend. And yesterday he actually started to participate a lot in the classes. We also went and ate with them yesterday like we do almost every sunday and we shared a message about temples and family history work. His wife had actually gone to the temple just the week before and he had a few questions about it, so it worked out perfectly.

We also had a lesson with our investigator named Rafael yesterday. We shared the Restoration video with him and we talked a lot about the Preisthood. We have invited him to be baptized before but he always told us that he had already been baptized in a different church so he didnt need to. He had a lot of questions for us about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon after the video. And we invited him to baptism again. He said that he is going to continue to read the Book of Mormon and he is going to pray and ask if it is true, and if he feels that it is true he will be baptized! 

So this week was pretty good. I am still doing great. I dont have any compaints at all. I am just glad to be here.

Elder Earl
 One of the families we are working with...with Elder Martinez.
This is how close I am to TEXAS!!
Eating tortillas I made from scratch.  We found out afterwards that you should use hot water and not cold water when making them..they were a little hard.

Transfer 10 Week 1 February 23 2015

Well I had another really good week. I met my new companion on Tuesday and we started to work like usual.

My companion is named Elder Sabastian. He is from Idaho and he has been on the mission for about 8 months. 

On wednesday we had our zone meeting. We recieved a book of mormon from a member in a different ward here in Piedras Negras. It came with an address of her friend that she was gifting it to. So that day we went to her house to give her her Book of Mormon and to contact her. Her name is Paloma and we had a really good lesson with her. She says that she is really excited to start reading because her friend that is a member has told her a lot about it. She also wrote her testimony and marked a lot of her favorite scriptures and chapters for her. It was really cool.

We were also able to have a really good lesson with our investigator named Adrian and his kids. We contacted him a long time ago, but we haven´t been able to have a real lesson with him because he is always busy with work or with his children. We taught them the Restoration and we shared the video of Joseph Smith. They all decided that they want to start reading the Book of Mormon as a family and to pray to know it is true

These were really great experiences because I know that if they read meditate and pray they will recieve their answer through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. 

Yesterday was really good as well. Three of our investigators went to church! Which was really great. My companion was called up to give an impromtu talk as well. He struggled a bit but it wasnt horrible. I have heard worse, and I have given worse. Then we had a stake Priesthood conference. It went really well. The three young men that are going on missions all bore their testimonies, as well as a brother who was just called to be the stake Patriarch. The Stake President gave a talk about Patriarchal Blessings. It was really good.

Well thats it

Elder Earl

Transfer 9 Week 6 February 16 2015

Well. Another week and transfer have ended. It was a really good week, and we have the changes!
This last week was really good. We had a lot of lessons we recieved a few refferals and we were able to find a new investigator as well. He is kind of crazy but he is a good guy.
But the best part of the week was definitely yesterday! These last two transfers in this area have been really good but we have struggled with getting our investigators to go to church with us. Yesterday we had a ward conference and 70 people went to church which is the most that I have seen here in this ward and 3 of our investigators went as well! Overall the church services were really good. We listened to talks from the bishop as well as the stake president and the choir sang I Know That My Redeemer Lives (It was okay). The Presidents talk was very powerful. He spoke about Family History work and Temple work as well.
Today in the morning our district leader called us with the changes. My comp is going to Monclova tomorrow in the morning and I am staying here for another 6 weeks. I dont know my companion, but I know that his name is Elder Sebastian. He is american. But that is all I know. I think that he is fairly new to the mission as well. We will see how it goes.
Elder Earl

Transfer 9 Week 5 February 9 2015

Well I had a pretty normal week, not much to tell, but it was good
Next sunday we are going to have a ward conference here so the ward formed a choir and are going to sing a hymn. Unfortunately, not enough men joined, so we were probably forced to join the choir by the sister that was put in charge. And what is even more unfortunate is that I have to sing a solo. I´m not all that excited about it, but I guess it´s not the worst thing that can happen.
Also, on sunday after passing the sacrament I sat down and about 2 minutes later I heard. And now we will here a talk given my Elder Earl(but in spanish) And I was not prepared to give a talk because no one told me that I was going to speak! So I gave a 10 minute impromtu talk in spanish this last week. It wasnt perfect but I felt pretty good about it. And I was able to speak for quite a while as well.
Other than that the week was good but just kind of normal. I feel like our investigators are progressing pretty well, but unfortunately none of them are going to church. Which is super disappointing. But other than that, everything is going great! 4 days ago was the one year anniversary of the day I entered the MTC! So see you all in about a year!
Elder Earl