Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This week was great, but pretty rough too! We worked hard this week and didn't have as much success as we would have liked. But I know that we will see success in the near future. We have one investigator that backed out of a baptism date set for last week, but we should be able to get it re-set for this week. I have faith! He is awesome Hermano Raymundo. I can see him serving a mission in a year. I made crepes and  thanks for the recipè pops! They turned out absolutely great. I am starting to eat 2 eggs a day mixed with milk, a banana, and ice - the best breakfast shake ever. My spanish is improving a lot! I am even starting to dream in Spanish  more often. This week we tracked down like a billion menos activos and recent converts trying to keep them active and ask for referencias but had little success. This next week we are going to work very hard and get a ton of new investigators. We have this one investigator that has come to church a few times but never has time to have lessons but loves church. We need to find a way to teach her! It is so hot here. Standing in the sun for longer than a minute drains you completely. I would literally pay $10 a minute for a siesta! There is one store with a/c in this town. I think we are going to stop by after emailing and soak in the beauty of that which you all take for granted!!! I really do love being a missionary here!!!! Its real great! I am so so so lucky to have this opportunity to serve the lord in this amazing work!
Elder Pucheta at the Internet Cafe!


Monday, May 23, 2011

The Baptism of Hermana Nancy
 What a great week to be a missionary!!! The baptism of Hermana Nancy went fantastic! Teaching her has been awesome! We contacted her sister who was a menos activo. She was visiting her mom like a month and a half ago and their whole family was inactive. We started talking with them and having family home evenings and then we started teaching one of her daughters( hermana nancy) who is like 30 years old and is awesome. At first she was firm on her catholic beliefs and didn’t really want to hear anything. But the spirit works miracles and after a few lessons we set a date for her baptism. But then her boyfriend told her if she got baptized, he would never marry her. It was rough and she bailed out of the date we set for her. Then Elder Pucheta and I went to see her and we told her to pray and ask God if she needed to be baptized. The next lesson we had with her, she had the biggest, brightest smile on her face and said she wanted to be baptized and that she knew that she needed to be baptized. It was soooooooooooo great! At church yesterday, it was one of the best sacrament meetings in my life! It was way powerful!  We had 3 investigators come and I know that they all felt the spirit because it was sooo strong! Hermana Nancy wanted me to confirm her and give her the gift of the Holy Ghost. So of course I had to do it. I was very nervous but it went really good! We went to Mcdonalds this morning – the first time in 5 months having a Mcdonalds breakfast and I loved it so very much. Oh ya, and this week I made peach cobbler in a frying pan and it was sabrosisimo!!!  I had a greeaat week! Spanish is still hard but every day I get better. We ordered pizza Saturday night. It wasn’t that great but we poured hunts 3 cheese sauce on it and it made it better. If any of you have any awesome recipes for cooking in a frying pan, send em my way por favor! Well my testimony of this wonderful Gospel grew so much this week! It really does change lives! There is no place I would rather be or no other thing I would rather be doing right now! I love teaching and I love learning about our savior so much!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Saying goodbye to Elder Rosas!
Mexico is reeeaaal great! My old comp, Elder Rosas, is playing on the beach right now in Mansanio, which is like 4 hours away. And my new companion is Elder Pucheta! Mexicano chaparito! He is awesome! He doesn't speak any English so I am learning Spanish like crazy speaking it all day. The Lord really has blessed me lately because I can understand pretty much everything he says to me and if I can't understand a word, he is able to explain it to me in Spanish. So it is awesome! This week was waaaaaay hard but great. Now that Elder Rosas is gone, I am in charge of this area so I have to set up all the appointments and plan for the whole day to make sure we don't waste a second of time. It was a little stressful but we were blessed. We have a servicio bautismo tonight which I cannot wait for! I love baptisms! I love being a missionary! This week at the walmart we found probably one of the greatest discoveries of mankind! They had CAP'N CRUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We of course bought 7 boxes, and of course they were expensive, but worth every peso! Oh how I missed that taste! But any avid cap'n cruch consumer knows what happens when you eat too much of that wonderful product.  My mouth still hurts a little bit, but I am almost better. While getting ready the other day our neighbors blasted a CCR album.  That was a nice tender mercy! We taught a lesson in a house with a dog head mounted on the wall. That was different! Oh ya, I  literally grabbed a tiger by the tail! There was a truck and the tiger's tail was sticking through the bars and I grabbed it! It was a good moment in my life. We did a lot of tracting this week and we have a lot more to do this week but I have faith that we will find new investigators that will want to change their lives. We rescued a kitten last night! It was stuck in a deep hole and Elder Brown saved it! it is literally like 2 days old. It is so small! We didn't know what to do with it last night, so we obviously had to let it spend the night with us and fed it spaghetti sauce and milk. It is awesome but we are trying to find someone who will take it. We found a new investigator who is 20 years old and is learning english and is way interested in the gospel! We are going to try to help him set a baptism date next week. Well I love this work and I love the gospel! I know that the Book of Mormon is true. Whenever I testify of it, I feel the spirit so strong! I love you all!
My new Companion, Elder Pucheta
My District

Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8th we were able to call Tyler in Mexico! We absolutely loved talking to him and hearing his voice. He sounded great! For my Mother's Day present, as requested, he sent me several pictures. It is so fun to see his world!
 Tyler is still Tyler!

May 9, 2011 letter from Tyler

FELIZ DIA DE LAS MADRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well it was really great talking to you guys yesterday. I really enjoyed that. Changes are tonight and most likely I will stay in this area and Elder Rosas will be transferred. But you never know?? This week was a great one! One of our investigators was baptized and it went really well. We will hopefully have another one this week. We have to work really hard this next week because we need new investigators and a lot of them!!  The weather is really hot and it kills me!  I am looking more like a  Mexican every day. I can't wait for the rainy season! We had our first killer thunder storm and I have never seen anything like it! The best thing happened the other night. These two drunk ladies got in a full on fight in front of our house and their sons had to go break them apart.  There was a lot of yelling and the cops ended up showing up. We, of course were seated at our window for the entire thing! Nothing better than some Mexican top ramen while watching two 50 year olds fight. A dog bit me the other day. My body is starting to adjust to the food down here, slowly but surely (even though I have had some serious battles). I really wish I had more time to study!  It is so hard to fit both Spanish and gospel study into my study time,  but I have to make it work! Well I love you all! I love this church and I know that it is true! I am so thankful to be a missionary here in Mexico! Love you!